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Lauren Elizabeth Lund

February 21, 1994 ~ December 16, 2017 (age 23)
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A candle was lit by The Haas Family on December 18, 2017 8:51 PM
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A candle was lit by Greg and Paulette Liedl on December 18, 2017 9:16 PM
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A candle was lit by Kaci and Darrin Petersen on December 18, 2017 9:43 PM
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A candle was lit by Sherry Wyman on December 18, 2017 10:42 PM
Message from Sherry Wyman
December 18, 2017 10:47 PM

My heart aches for all of you. Lauren was pure joy—she interned at the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office when she was a senior in high school. We sent her fun college “care packages”because she touched all of us. When she came back to Bemidji she reached out to me and brought lunch and we caught up again, and she even dog sat for us one weekend. I know Lauren had a tremendous strong faith as she spoke freely of it. I know she is singing and dancing with the other angels. She was one of a kind and will be missed by many.
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A candle was lit by Val Ras on December 19, 2017 9:10 AM
Message from Val Ras
December 19, 2017 9:12 AM

Mary, there are just no words. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I pray that Jesus holds you close and gives you healing and peace through all of this. Hugs.
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A candle was lit by Christine McKenna on December 19, 2017 10:25 AM
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A candle was lit by Cheryle Turcotte on December 19, 2017 11:00 AM
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A candle was lit by Cheryle Turcotte on December 19, 2017 11:00 AM
Message from Cheryle A Turcotte
December 19, 2017 11:06 AM

My heart goes out to your family. I only met Lauren the one time. But she had a heart of gold. God Bless your family in your hard days ahead.
Blessing from Cheryle Ethans aunt.
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A candle was lit by Karen Seaderberg Holte and Don Holte on December 19, 2017 11:08 AM
Message from Aunt Jenny and Uncle John (Ethan)
December 19, 2017 12:02 PM

I can't find the right words to express how I feel. I'm heartbroken. I only met her once, but liked her instantly and loved how she made Ethan smile. What a beautiful soul. So blessed to have met her, even if it was only once. My heart goes out to all who knew her. May God give you strength through this difficult time.
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A candle was lit by Loren and Tami Hegge on December 19, 2017 1:58 PM
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A candle was lit by Morrison Heathcare @ Mayo on December 19, 2017 2:04 PM
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A candle was lit by Karen Rolf on December 19, 2017 3:20 PM
Message from Terri Anderson
December 19, 2017 3:20 PM

Mary and Family, Words cannot express my sadness. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time. I hope you find some comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten. Hugs and Love
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A Spathiphyllum was sent on December 19, 2017

With deepest sympathy. Our hearts and prayers go out to all who shared in Lauren's life. The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, St. Catherine University

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A candle was lit by Nancy Elizabeth Aguilar on December 19, 2017 4:11 PM
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A candle was lit by Don and Janet Haugan on December 19, 2017 5:59 PM
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A candle was lit by Jesse and angela vaughn on December 19, 2017 6:35 PM
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A candle was lit by Vicky MacKinnon on December 19, 2017 6:46 PM
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A candle was lit by Dave & Pauline Johnson on December 19, 2017 6:59 PM
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A candle was lit by Juliana White on December 19, 2017 7:01 PM
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A candle was lit by Aunt Jenny on December 19, 2017 7:04 PM
Message from Aunt Jenny
December 19, 2017 7:08 PM

Where do we send money for the scholarship fund and bible translators? Is there an address?
Message from Marilyn Shanahan
December 19, 2017 7:52 PM

Mary, John and Family, I have few words to express my sincere sadness for you. I pray the Holy Spirit will wrap around you and give you strength. Lauren was your sunshine; such a beautiful young woman in every way. I continue to think of you and pray for you many times each day. Love to you. Marilyn
Message from Evy Tuck Schneider
December 19, 2017 8:54 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss. This breaks my heart. Your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Message from Erica Cooper
December 19, 2017 8:55 PM

Rachael,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Thinking of you all. Hugs and prayers.
Erica
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A candle was lit by Kelsey Will on December 19, 2017 8:56 PM
Message from Traci and Cory Vaughn
December 19, 2017 10:28 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lauren was such a kind person. We are so sorry for your loss. God bless you and keep you in your time of sorrow.
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A candle was lit by Traci and Cory Vaughn on December 19, 2017 10:28 PM
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A candle was lit by Jeanette Robinson Kane on December 19, 2017 11:17 PM
I am so very sorry for the loss of your daughter. Words cannot convey the deep sympathy I feel for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come.
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A candle was lit by JIM SACKETT on December 20, 2017 5:30 AM
Message from JIM SACKETT
December 20, 2017 5:38 AM

Dear John and Mary,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are for you.
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A candle was lit by Tamie Kugler on December 20, 2017 8:15 AM
Message from Tamie
December 20, 2017 8:18 AM

My thoughts are with you. Find strength in the love of your family and friends.
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A candle was lit by Mary Herried on December 20, 2017 9:06 AM
Message from Mary
December 20, 2017 9:12 AM

Dear Mary and family... there are no words!!! I pray Almighty God blesses you all with abundant peace and serenity to get through this horrible tragedy.... the peace and serenity that can only come from our Father in Heaven! THANK YOU GOD FOR THE INCREDIBLE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE!!!! Someday we will all be together again in that beautiful paradise the Good Lord has promised to those who believe... and I know you BELIEVE!!! Big big HUGS to all of you!!! 💔
Message from Traci Djonne Schanke
December 20, 2017 9:16 AM

Dear John and Mary, my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beautiful Lauren. May the knowledge of all the lives she touched and the love of family and friends bring you comfort in this time of loss and sadness. With love and prayers, Traci
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A candle was lit by Morgan & Cody Johnson on December 20, 2017 9:27 AM
Lauren’s family and Ethan,
We are so sorry for your loss. We only got to meet Lauren once when Ethan brought her to our wedding in September. She gave us the most sincere wedding gift and card. Out of all the attendees at our wedding, her gift was our favorite. She gave us a puzzle and reminded us to always take time out of our busy lives to spend time with each other. Her card is still hanging on our refrigerator as a reminder of her thoughtful words. Although we only met her once, she truly touched our hearts. Our prayers are with you in this time of sadness.
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A candle was lit by Taryn Turk on December 20, 2017 9:44 AM
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A candle was lit by Steve Kennedy; InHarvest, CA on December 20, 2017 11:10 AM
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A Grandma's Garden Table Basket was sent by Gwen, Bob, Katie and Bobby Verchota on December 20, 2017

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A candle was lit by Verchota's Gwen, Bob, Katie and Bobby on December 20, 2017 11:25 AM
Message from Laura Gustafson
December 20, 2017 12:59 PM

Rachael and Family, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I pray you find a bit of peace in this tragic time.

Parable of Immortality

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch until at last she hangs
like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says,
" There she goes! "
Gone where?
Gone from my sight . . . that is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the place of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment
when someone at my side says,
" There she goes! "
there are other eyes watching her coming . . .
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout . . .
" Here she comes! "
Message from Christine Boerner, WMES colleague
December 20, 2017 1:03 PM

Dear Rebecca Kalanzi & family members~ My heart & prayers go out to you at this difficult time. I want you to know that your family has raised a beautiful teacher.
Christine Boerner/ Grade 2 WMES Colleague
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A Basket Garden was sent on December 20, 2017

Thinking of you during this difficult time. Your friends at Children's Minnesota-Center for Professional Development and Practice

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A candle was lit by Laurie Berg on December 20, 2017 3:38 PM
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A candle was lit by Mary Oluwalowo on December 20, 2017 3:45 PM
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A candle was lit by Beth VanDerLoop on December 20, 2017 4:00 PM
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A candle was lit by Scott, Mary, Travis, Corbin & Ethan Miller on December 20, 2017 4:02 PM
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A candle was lit by Lindsay Schipper on December 20, 2017 4:12 PM
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A candle was lit by Janine Schug on December 20, 2017 4:20 PM
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A candle was lit by janet jensen on December 20, 2017 6:09 PM
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A candle was lit by bemidji on December 20, 2017 6:11 PM
John and Mary words can not express the sadness. Hugs and prayers to you and the rest of the family. Janet Jensen
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A candle was lit by Barb Mason on December 20, 2017 7:23 PM
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December 20, 2017 7:28 PM

Rachael and family
my heart aches for the loss of such a beautiful sister and daughter there are no words... I will keep you in my prayers.
Barb
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A candle was lit by Amy Mathiowetz on December 20, 2017 8:50 PM
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A Spathiphyllum was sent on December 20, 2017

Mary, John, Rachael and Becky - our thoughts and prayers are with you today, tomorrow and the days to come. With warmest condolences -Erica and Nirmal

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A candle was lit by Jamie Pesek & Family on December 20, 2017 9:20 PM
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A Spathiphyllum was ordered on December 21, 2017

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A candle was lit by The Upadhyay family on December 21, 2017 9:58 AM
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A candle was lit by Holly Pfeiffer on December 21, 2017 11:28 AM
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A candle was lit by Determan/Rosenthal Family (Nicole Rosenthal's family) on December 21, 2017 12:23 PM
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A candle was lit by Chef Chad Crabtree with Compass One on December 21, 2017 4:14 PM
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A candle was lit by William Martinez - Sacramento Ca on December 21, 2017 4:43 PM
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A candle was lit by Jane Storlie on December 21, 2017 5:58 PM
Message from Jane Storlie
December 21, 2017 6:05 PM

Dear Mary, John and family,
My heart aches beyond aching for you. I can’t imagine the pain you are going through. I know that your strong faith in our Lord will help you through this sad time. I will never forget that sweet little Lauren when she was at the clinic. So quite and shy and sweet. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all of you.
Message from Penny Silberg
December 21, 2017 8:15 PM

Becky and Family, I just want to send my love to you all. And I pray for God’s strength to hold you up at this very difficult time. I will remember her Beautiful smile.and glad I got to meet her.
Sending hugs and hold you all in my heart. ❤️ Love Penny
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A candle was lit by Penny Silberg on December 21, 2017 8:17 PM
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A candle was lit by Terri Mrazek on December 21, 2017 9:52 PM
Message from Diane Rud
December 22, 2017 12:39 AM

(Small r on email) I am thinking of you John & Mary at this time and your other 2 daughters. My heart is breaking for you and I can’t imagine your pain and grief. It sounds like Lauren loved God with all her heart and soul so comfort comes in knowing she is in her Heavenly Fathers arm. Love, peace and His comfort to you all. Much love & tears.
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A candle was lit by Kathy Matalamaki on December 22, 2017 9:10 AM
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A candle was lit by Chayla Henry - Performance Foodservice MN on December 22, 2017 11:37 AM
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A candle was lit by Carrie Jorgenson on December 22, 2017 12:44 PM
Message from John & Terry Parsons
December 22, 2017 12:51 PM

Dear Ones, So sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Please know our hearts ache with you. We know that you know the only One who can hold and comfort you and more importantly we know that He will do just that and more! Much love John & Terry.
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A candle was lit by Walter "Bear" Hartell on December 22, 2017 2:05 PM
Message from Valarie Allen
December 22, 2017 2:06 PM

Lauren was a gem. ..treating everyone like a good friend. She showed no partiality and loved all she came in contact with God's love. I only knew her for a short time but will be glad to spend eternity with her someday.
Message from Robert Grunst
December 22, 2017 2:27 PM

Lauren was a superb, conscientious - hard-working student--and a great pleasure to travel with. Twenty-one days in north India. A bracing - positive presence with her infectious smile. Several times with langurs' hands reaching out all along the way, Lauren crossed and recrossed the Lakshman Jula footbridge above the sacred Ganga at Rishikesh in the company of her class mates and Hindu monks, motorcycles and cows, pilgrim families and rare Himalaya anchorites--ever with wonder and with the utmost grace.
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A candle was lit by Becky Nash on December 22, 2017 4:10 PM
Message from Maple Grove, MN
December 29, 2017 11:37 AM

Lauren was always a warmth of happiness during my time in college. She was able to find adventure in every aspect of the experience, whether connecting with her dorm mates and residents or taking us out on adventures in Saint Paul or beyond. She had a very positive impact in my life and I will always remember her with love and gratefulness for her friendship.
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A candle was lit by Gary and Peggy Starbuck on January 14, 2018 2:25 PM
Dear John & Mary,
Gary & I are the parents of Joy Leister who is married to Evan Leister. We express our great sadness at Lauren’s homegoing. Joy told us how much she enjoyed Lauren at Thanksgiving. We never met her, but understand she lived life well and built into others along her journey. We have been praying for you over the last month, and will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers! Lovingly with heartfelt sympathy, Gary and Peggy Starbuck. Memphis, TN
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