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All remaining 2017 Skjold Lodge meetings will be held from 2:00PM - 4:00PM. Previously we had been meeting from 3:00PM-5:00PM.


The Skjold Lodge "Book Scholarship" (intended to help students pay for their books) has been INCREASED from "up to $500" to "up to $1,000".
on our Scholarship page.

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Jim Severson


January 4, 2017 5PM
Rick Severson, informed of of the death of his father and our member, Jim Severson.

Rick's note was "I just wanted to let the lodge know that my father passed away early this morning. Their won't be any formal service, but we might host a "celebration of life" get together sometime in the next week or two".
We will post more details when we have them.

The obituary notice from Daily Herald Newspaper can be found HERE. The text is included next in case you have trouble accessing the Daily Herald web site.
January 10, 2017
James Earl Severson passed away on January 4, 2017 in Elgin after a brief illness.
He was born on April 2, 1930 in Chicago to Earl and Dorothy (Nelson) Severson. During World War II, his family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan while his father, Earl, worked as a B-24 project manager/pilot for the Ford Motor Company at the Willow Run Plant. He was a graduate of Bradley University.

While stationed in New York city as a special agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps of the U.S. Army, he met Doris Alspach, then a stewardess for Eastern Airlines, and married in March of 1957. He was a longtime employee of the Reuben H. Donnelley company as an Account Executive.

Jim was an avid golfer, a member of Elgin Post 57 of the American Legion, a longtime member of the Sons of Norway (Skjold Lodge) and the Torske Club. He was very proud of his Norwegian Heritage. He also loved his visits up north to Sister Bay in Door County with his wife Doris. He is survived by his loving children, son Richard Earl (Clare) and his two stepsons Justin and Brian, and daughter Karen Elizabeth.

As a lifelong dog lover, donations may be made in his name to the Helping Paws Animal Shelter in Huntley, IL or an animal shelter of your choice.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to JourneyCare Hospice. The family is planning a Celebration of Life which will be announced to family and friends at a later date.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2017

Remembering Lorraine Straw

The obituary notice from Nelson Funeral home can be found HERE. The text is included below in case you have trouble accessing the Nelson web site.

Lorraine Ellen Straw, nee Meland, age 73 of Oregon, IL died Sat., Dec. 3, 2016 at Serenity Hospice, Oregon, IL following an 11 month battle with brain cancer. Lorraine was born Nov. 22, 1943 in Chicago IL, the daughter of Thomas & Annabelle, nee Adamson; beloved wife of fifty-one years to Perry Clark Straw Jr.; loving mother of Naomi (Peter) Dhuse and Perry Clark III (Pamela) Straw; dearest grandmother of Zachary, Zoe and Zayla Dhuse; dear sister of Carol Hoidahl. Lorraine enjoyed time with family, neighbors, pursuing art, serving others in the Norwegian Community, and saving the 1893 Viking Ship.

SCHOOLING: Thomas A. Edison School-1956, Taft Highschool-1962, Moody Bible Institute-1965, The Art Institute-1968, Kellogg School of Management-1987

SUPPORTER OF: The Moody Church, Moody Bible Institute, Minnekirken-Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris, Jesus Video/CRU, Family Life Ministries

SERVING/MEMBER: Vesterheim-Norwegian-American Museum, Sons of Norway/Skjold Lodge #100, MSI, CHM, Field Museum, Tall Ships/Chicago, FOVS, Lakeview High School Local School Counsel, Eagle’s Nest Art Group-Oregon, IL

OFFICE HOLDER: Norwegian National League (nnleague. org), Illinois Norsk Rosemalers Association (, Grieg Ladies Singing Society (, Founding President of Friends of the Viking Ship (

Visitation, Thursday, from 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service, Friday, 11 a.m. at Nelson Funeral Home, 820 Talcott Road (at Cumberland Ave.,) Park Ridge, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to Friends of the Viking Ship NFP, P.O. Box 3571, St. Charles, IL 60174 or Serenity Hospice, Oregon, IL would be appreciated. For information 847-823-5122

Remembering Lillian Berge.

BERGE, Lillian Agnes (nee Evenson), 93, of Wildwood, MO formerly of Huntley, IL. Loving mother of Wendy Berge Gray (fiancé Joseph Christopoulos), the late Eric Oscar Berge and Lisa Berge (Ronald Lee) Johnson. Former long devoted wife to Oscar J. Berge. Beloved grandmother of John-Austin Gray and Evan Oscar Gray. Dear eldest sister of the late Helen (late Edward) Froelich, the late Edward "Buddy" (late Emily) Evenson and Elese (late Joseph) Filepek.

Born in Sister Bay, WI, Lillian lived in Door County most of her childhood days. Lillian moved to Chicago's Northshore after honorably serving as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy in San Francisco, CA. She worked in the family business, Berge Builders and Gobe Management for over 30 years. Proud of her Norwegian heritage, she was active in the Skjold Lodge/ Sons of Norway and well known as "Lefse Lil".

Her true joy in life was being a devout Christian within her many church circles throughout her life. Her beautiful spirit is now at rest with her heavenly Father above, yet may it live through each of us.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to Foundation Baptist Church (204 Spring Street, Cary, IL. 60013). If this is not possible, an unexpected act of kindness for some unfortunate soul in her name would be heartfelt.

Family and friends are welcome to a private graveside service and internment at Mount Emblem Cemetery, 520 East Grand Avenue, Elmhurst, IL at 12:00 PM on September 21st, 2016.


Remembering Wayne Muhs

We wouldn’t normally mark the passing of someone who is not a member, Norwegian, or even connected to Sons of Norway, but felt it was important to reflect on the life of Wayne Muhs who’s company printed our newsletter for many years.

Sometimes a relationship is “just business” but for us Wayne was friendly and helpful as he went out of his way to help control our costs, suggest newsletter improvements, provide extra services, comply with ever changing postal regulations, and meet last minute deadlines. His efforts saved us hundreds of dollars and improved our newsletter. We will miss him.
Wayne Muhs passed away peacefully on November 4, 2016, at the age of 66 at home with loved ones and his cocker spaniel by his side with the Cubs’ World Series win fresh in his mind. A private memorial service was held by family in his honor. A longtime resident of Downers Grove, Illinois, he is survived by his wife Mary Lou, his brother Gary, his two children Christopher and Patrick, and his stepchildren Christopher (Judy), Tyler and Spencer. Wayne was a proud grandfather of five grandchildren: Hannah, Collin, Cole, Brecken, and Casen. He was preceded in death by his parents Owen and Mary Ellen Muhs. A veteran, successful businessman, and an avid outdoorsman, Wayne loved spending time outdoors and on the lake at his Wisconsin lake home where he truly enjoyed chopping wood and riding his John Deere tractor. Wayne, like his personality, was large in stature with a hearty laugh and generous spirit that matched his personality. He was fun loving and caring and will be remembered as a loving, dedicated husband and a dear father and grandfather. His favorite outdoor activity was gardening and, if you wish, a memorial may be directed to the Arbor Day Foundation or simply plant a tree, a seed, or a flower on National Arbor Day (April 28, 2017).