Obituary | Nina Bakke

Nina Bakke
Nina Bakke

Nina Bakke, 87, of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at  Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral service for Nina will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday March 24, 2023 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Reverend Jonathan Dodson officiating. Burial will be held at the Fargo ND Veteran Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Nina Marie Bakke was born on September 27, 1935 at Grano, ND daughter of Otto and Emma (Isaacson) Paulson. She was raised in Strandquist, MN and attended school in Standquist graduating in 1953. Nina worked service jobs in the area.

After one week of dating she was united in marriage to Harvey Bakke on December 28, 1955 at Karlstad, MN. The couple lived in Cheyenne, WY, Rantoul, Ill, Morocco, Albuquerque, and back to Illinois. Following Harvey’s retirement they moved to Red Lake Falls, October of 1971. Where they have since resided.

Nina worked at the Barn and also at St. John’s Hospital in Red Lake Falls and as a special education aide at the elementary school retiring in 1996.

Nina enjoyed golfing and bowling, crocheting and painting; Collecting dolls, composing and playing music. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Red Hat Society. Most of all she enjoyed crafting and making snacks and sharing them with her grandkids and great-grandkids.

Nina is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Harvey of Red Lake Falls, MN; children Heidi (Terry) Rewertz of Red Lake Falls, MN, Tami (Jamie) Garvin of Wagener, SC and Kevin (Margaret) Bakke of Brookings, SD; grandchildren Justin (Amy) Rewertz, Jenea (Sajid) Targui,  Benjamin (Rachael) Largis, Matthew (Lindsey) Largis, Zachary Garvin, Jakob (Kirby Williams) Garvin, Seth (Priscilla) Garvin, Erin (Patrick Shea) Bakke, Adam Bakke; great-grandchildren Kiera (Kurt Larson) Largis, Aubree Largis, Chloe Largis, Brooklyn Lerol, Braxton Largis, Berkleigh Largis, Amira Targui, Omar Targui, Ja’Lasyiana Williams, Kaley Garvin, Mya Garvin, Isaiah Garvin, Ava Garvin, Riley Jo Garvin, Seth Jr. “SJ” Garvin, Kaiden Buzzanga; one great-great granddaughter “baby Larson” to be born in April of 2023 brother Darrold (Marlene) Paulson of Fairfield, CA; sisters-in-law Lois (Vern) Berglin, Coreen Paulson, Genevieve Paulson, Linda Bakke and Elizabeth Bakke; Brother-in-law Will Bakke, along with several nieces and nephews.

Nina is preceded in death by her parents Otto and Emma Paulson, siblings Thelma (Maurice) Hoffos, Wallace (Vivian) Paulson, Royce (Leona) Paulson, Lester Paulson, Maurice Paulson, Annette (Alton) Henrickson; brothers and sisters-in-law Judy Bakke, Keith (June) Bakke, Marilyn (Bert)   Donovan Bakke, Douglas Bakke.