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The July-August issue of "Skjold News" had some problems.
COLOR ISSUES: We only print black and white issues but some of our members got color issues as the printing company started our production run on the wrong equipment and rather than throw them away just included them at no additional cost (if you got one don't count on in in the future!).

ISSUES NOT DELIVERED: We've learned that some people have received the newsletter while others did not. It is starting to look like those issues to be sent to addresses with zip codes starting with "600" were delivered. We are meeting with the postal facility folks on Wednesday July 12 to see what happened. We'll let you know the results.

Remembering Luella Trinrud


Our member Luella Trinrud passed away in her sleep May 23, 2017. She had just celebrated her 107th birthday earlier this month with Karli Barber, Lois Amack, Lorraine Brenner, and some of Karli’s daughters being with Luella for the celebration.

Very proud of her Norwegian heritage, she started  out as a Daughter of Norway.  Luella was a life member of Skjold Lodge, receiving her 50 year pin in 1995Click on the image for a larger version.


This Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10 a.m. there will be a graveside service at Memorial Park Cemetery 9900 Gross Point Rd in Skokie with a light lunch following at Trinity Lutheran Church 3637 Golf Rd in Evanston.


Remembering Jim Severson


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

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.