Gretchen Noreen (Majer) Wold, 84, Detroit Lakes, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at Sunnyside Care Center. She was surrounded by family.
Gretchen was born on May 6, 1939, in Greenbush, MN, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Helen (Nelson) Majer. She married Harold Wold on December 20, 1958, and together they raised four boys. Gretchen worked as a nurse in her earlier years until she and Harold began operating Long Lake Campsite and RV Resort in 1972. They also owned/operated Wold’s RV Sales from 1989 to 2002.
Gretchen and her husband enjoyed square dancing and traveling with family and friends. She was active in her church, First Lutheran Church, Audubon, and had served on the church council and in the Women’s Circle. She also belonged to LOL Dolls (Ladies of Long Lake). Gretchen loved a good cup of coffee and visiting with friends and family. She never missed an opportunity to stop at the outlet malls, her greatest love, however, was for her family. Gretchen treasured her kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Her house was always open, and the cookie jar full. Her family and friends were always well fed. She will be sadly missed.
Gretchen leaves her children: Merle (Kathy) Wold, Kelvin Wold, Randy (Alisa) Wold and Jay (Amy) Wold, all of Detroit Lakes; her grandchildren: Emily (Alan) Wold-Boll, Zack (Nellie Straub), Askelson, Hillary (Kelly) Walters, Alec (Ashley) Wold, Megan (Tanner) Carlson, Levi (Rilee) Wold, Brady (Hailey) Wold and Carsen Wold; her great-grandchildren: Liliana Boll, Daisy Boll, Breccan Wold, Briggs Wold, Navy Wold, Marley Wold and Charlee Jo Wold; as well as a brother, Laurel (Arlette) Majer of Middle River.
Gretchen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harold and an infant sister, Amanda Helen.
The visitation for Gretchen will be Wednesday, October 18th from 5 to 7pm with a Prayer Service at 6:30pm. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 19th at 11:00 am with a 1-hour prior visitation at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, AUDUBON (373 Third St., Audubon, MN 56511). Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Sunnyside Care Center as well as Hospice of the Red River Valley for their kind and compassionate care of Gretchen.
The family has selected Crookston Floral for arrangements. #800-568-6906 or #218-281-3549.
David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, please visit DavidDonehower.com or call (218) 847-4147.