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Ruth Tangen April 28, 1924 - June 8, 2009

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STARBUCK -- Ruth Marion Tangen, 85, of Starbuck, died Monday at the Minnewaska Lutheran Nursing Home in Starbuck.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church in Twin Valley. The Starbuck Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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She was born April 28, 1924, to Oscar and Emma (Peterson) Borud in Fosston. She grew up in Fosston where she received her education.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Twin Valley and a past member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Winger. After high school, she worked several years in Minneapolis for Sears and Roebuck. She returned to Fosston and worked as a receptionist for the hospital.

She married Francis Tangen on April 30, 1949. They lived in several communities including Fosston, McIntosh, Winger, Twin Valley and retired to Starbuck. She worked as a bookkeeper at the Winger Co-op, as a nurse's aide and was owner and operator of a convenience store/café. She was an American Legion Auxiliary member and was active in the McDowell women's choir.

She is survived by her husband; four children: Cynthia Johnson of Gully, Ray (and Marilyn) Tangen of Rock Springs, Wyo., Beverly (and Craig) Helgaas of Glenwood and Dale Tangen of Glenwood; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son-in-law: Darrell Johnson; and one sister.

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