Argiene Gjerde

Born: Mon., Apr. 18, 1921
Died: Fri., Jan. 27, 2012

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Argiene Gjerde April 18, 1921 ~ January 27, 2012 Argiene Gjerde was born in Elmore, MN, on April 18, 1921. She was the youngest child of Albert and Elsa Krupp. She married Sam Gjerde in 1940, and celebrated their 61st anniversary before his passing. Argiene and Sam owned and operated the only grocery store in Helix, Oregon, for 25 years while raising their children in this Eastern Oregon farm town. Argiene served on the Helix Library Board and helped put together the history room adjacent to the library. She enjoyed sewing, skiing and decorating for each holiday. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her oldest son, Denton, twin babies at birth, and her brother Fritz. Argiene is survived by her son and devoted caregiver Delmer Gjerde, daughter Ren Kent Brown, granddaughter Erin James Storm, grandson Adam Heather Brown, and great-grandchildren Katelyn and James. She is also survived by her sister Lielah Franke. A graveside memorial service is planned for April. Remembrances may be made to the Helix Library or to a charity on choice.

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Kris Rees
   Posted Wed February 08, 2012
Dear Delmer & Renier & family, I just learned of your Mom's passing, and am so sorry for your loss. But I know she is in the Lord's hands and no longer in pain--and in such good company! I will always have such dear and wonderful memories of your Mom--everyday she put up with me growing up!--such patience! And I will be eternally grateful for how vigilant and caring she was with my Mom after Dad passed, keeping a close eye and looking in on her frequently. And I have always made it a point to stop and visit every time I have been home over the years and I will miss those visits. I hope you can all find comfort in the many wonderful memories you have, and knowing she is at peace. Ren, I would love to visit with you; please send me your email w/phone number. Delmer, my thoughts are with you, I know what a loss this is for you. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Fred and Mary Len Rees
   Posted Sat February 11, 2012
Argiene was a wonderful member of the Helix community. She and Sam will long be remembered for their support of friends and neighbors. We have been fortunate to have the Gjerde family as friends for over 50 years.

Bob and Barb Swart
   Posted Fri February 17, 2012
We are sorry for your loss. Sam and Argiene played an important role in Helix for many years. Not only did they own and operate the store, they supported the community and school for many years. Sam has been missed for a number of years and Argiene will be missed also.

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