Funeral services for Corinne Flaten of Morris, MN, formerly of Donnelly will be Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Kongsvinger Lutheran Church, rural Donnelly, with Reverend Michael Nelson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer services at 6:45 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Corinne (Woolridge) Flaten was born on July 30, 1930 the daughter of LeRoy and Julia (LeSage) Woolridge of Morris. She graduated from Morris High School, then attended nursing school graduating with her BSN. Corinne met Gordon Flaten and the two were united in marriage in 1952. Their union was blessed with two children, Bruce and Brenda. Corinne worked for many years as a registered nurse, caring for the community that she loved. When she was not working, she often could be found in her kitchen cooking meals and baking treats for family and friends. She spent countless hours knitting, crocheting and sewing. Each child and grandchild has treasured afghans and blankets that she crafted for them. Her dishcloths and potholders are staples in all of their kitchens. Family and friends could go to their mailbox and always find a card with a little note inside celebrating their birthday or a holiday. She loved to give to others almost as much as she loved chocolate. Tables of sweets always appeared during holiday gatherings, along with special Christmas favorites like krumkake and lefse.
Corinne was a lifetime member of the Kongsvinger Lutheran Church and volunteered for many years with the various church activities and women’s groups. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary serving as a past president, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the local Legion. Corinne enjoyed the conversation and comradery of the Red Hat Club, Sons of Norway, and multiple ladies circles. Corinne loved spending time with family and friends as she held strong beliefs in traditional family values.
Corinne passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the West Wind Village. She was 89 years old. She is survived by her son, Bruce (Linda) Flaten of Wheaton; daughter, Brenda (Bill) Spain of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Brian (Brenda) Flaten, and their children, Andrew and Alex, of Alexandria; Danielle (Jason) Kaiser, and their son, Landon of Westfield, IN; Jennifer (Joe) Fults, and their children, Carter and Cassie of Donnelly; Janine (Mike) Rhoades, and their children, Katherine and Connor of Waunakee, WI; Blake (Laurie Wulff) Flaten of Morris; brother, Kenneth Woolridge of Norwood Young America; sisters in law, Carol and Lorraine Woolridge of Morris. Corinne was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon, who passed away in 1995; parents, LeRoy and Julia Woolridge; brothers, Wallace and Ronald Woolridge.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS THE FAMILY PREFERS MEMORIALS TO KONGSVINGER LUTHERAN CHURCH.