Laurel Storbakken, age 88, formerly of Veblen, SD, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018, at Edgewood Senior Living Vista in Watertown. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 5, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Veblen.
Visitation will be in Watertown from 2-4:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m., at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel.
Burial will be at Palestine Cemetery, rural Veblen.
Laurel Ann Storbakken, born March 28, 1930, died peacefully surrounded by family. She was welcomed to heaven by her parents, William and Elsie Voss; husband, Roy Jens Storbakken; granddaughter, Hope Rose Storbakken; sister, Amy Langeland; and brother, Rodney Voss.
She is survived by her four children, Gary (Kathy) Storbakken, Rhonda (Steve) Affield, Kevin (Sheila) Storbakken, and Rodell (Lynn) Storbakken; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was baptized on Mother’s Day, May 11, 1930, at St. Joseph Lutheran Church. Laurel grew up in a family that cared deeply about their faith, family, and community. She attended Cottonwood School – White Rock #3 and Rosholt High School. In 1948, Laurel attended nurse’s training at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo, ND with a six-month affiliation at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. She graduated 1951 and began her nursing career at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.
On May 30, 1952, Laurel married the love of her life, Roy Jens Storbakken at Bethania Lutheran Church in Rosholt, SD. They were married for nearly 54 years and were active members of Palestine Church and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for 45 years. They farmed together at Storbakken corner north of Veblen where they raised four children. Laurel was faith-filled with a commitment to her family. She shared her strong work ethic to serve her community as an RN at the Veblen Hospital until it closed and at Dakotah Quilt Factory. Laurel treasured time to garden, create crafts, sew, knit, and crochet and was an avid lifetime reader including the entire Bible seven times and every book in her school library. Her leadership as a 4-H leader, Sunday School teacher and superintendent, Bible Study leader, Future Nurse’s of America leader, church chairman of W.M.F. and various church offices was commendable.
Laurel and Roy moved to Watertown in 1997 and were members of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. In January of 2017 Laurel moved to and enjoyed her time at Edgewood Senior Living Vista in Watertown.
Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown, www.wightandcomes.com.