Lena Maree (Holladay) Nordenstrom, of Mora, died on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at the New Perspective Senior Living in Columbia Heights. She was 97 years old.

Lovingly known as Maree, she was born April 25, 1924, in Chanute, Kansas, to Joseph and Gladys (Bartlett) Holladay. She graduated high school from Chanute and then attended Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, majoring in music.  

She was united in marriage to Bernard Nordenstromon on July 7, 1945. After his discharge from the U.S. Air Force, they moved to Mora, where they lived their entire married life. She used her musical training to serve as a piano and organ teacher for 60-plus years.  She was a member of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association and served four years in the office of sight playing administrator and also a member of the East Central Keyboard Teachers Association. 

As a member of the Mora United Methodist Church, she served as the church organist for 74 years. She held many positions in the church, including, trustee, board member, worship committee and president of the Mora United Methodist Women. She also helped direct youth and senior choirs.  

She was a member of the Mora Women’s Club, serving one term as president, a member of the Eastern Star, serving as organist, a member of the Dala Heritage Society, serving as the secretary, a member of the Dala Folk Dancers and a lifetime member of the Kanabec Historical Society. She held the position of office manager for Bernard Nordenstrom Construction from 1957 until her retirement. 

She was a dedicated and strong supporter of Mora, investing in real estate and supporting many civic and religious organizations in the community.  

She and her husband enjoyed spending time traveling in the U.S. and Europe for many years. They loved spending winters in Mesa, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard, and daughter, Marsha Knuth.

She is survived by her children, David (Ginny), Tom (June), Holly (Chaz) Carroll and BJ (Mary); son-in-law, Thomas Knuth; brother, Marvin Holladay; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; many nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

A public celebration of her life is being planned for the spring of 2022. Memorials are preferred to, Kick Cancer to the Curb, Dala Heritage or the Kanabec Historical Society. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at

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