Tuesday, May 3, 2016 4:54 pm

Patricia “Pat” Luren, age 86, of Decorah, died Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Hawkeye Care Center in Carroll.

Patricia Ann (Amundson) Luren was born on March 24, 1930, the daughter of Robert and Ruth (Kramer) Amundson in Spring Valley, MN.  She grew up in Decorah and attended Decorah High School graduating in 1948.  Pat was united in marriage to Martin Luren on August 12, 1950, at the Methodist Church in Decorah.  Pat worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for a short time, and at Wapsie Produce, Construction Lumber, and was a Deputy Auditor for Winneshiek County in Decorah. In 1975, Pat started working for the City of Decorah. She retired in 1993, serving for eighteen years as the City Clerk, Treasurer and Administrator. Pat enjoyed traveling, reading, watching movies and keeping her home immaculate.  She was a member of the Decorah Lutheran Church and Circle. Pat volunteered at the Winneshiek Medical Center and at the Vesterheim Museum. 

Pat is survived by her two daughters: Lynn (Mark) Heino, Carroll, and Ann (Martin) Melberg, Blaine, Minn.; grandchildren:  Martin Hilberg, Katherine Jarvis, Martin Melberg, Brady Melberg, Clinton Heino, Dustin (Stacy) Heino and Kelsey Heino; great grandchildren: Connor Heino and Landon Heino; her brother: John (Margaret) Amundson, Battle Creek, Mich., along with several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents: Robert and Ruth (Kramer) Amundson; her husband:  Marty Luren on Aug. 22, 1997; her father-in-law and mother-in-law: Martin and Florence (Styve) Luren; brothers: Charles Amundson, Benjamin (Judy) Amundson, Eugene Amundson and Robert Amundson; and her sister: Mary (Frank) Cunnion.

A Celebration of Life and Memory was held Monday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at Decorah Lutheran Church, with the Rev Dave Sorenson and the Rev. Charis Combs-Lay officiating. Organist was Kathy Murray. Hymns included “Amazing Grace,” “In the Garden,”  The Lord’s Prayer” and “How Great Thou Art.” Casket bearers were David Rooney, Marc Folkedahl, Don Wurtzel, Ron Hemesath, Martin Hilberg and Martin Melberg. Interment was at Phelps Cemetery, Decorah.

Schluter Balik Funeral Home of Decorah was in charge of the arrangements.


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