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Winnifred ‘Winnie’ Bloomquist, 88

Winnifred ‘Winnie’ Bloomquist, 88, of rural East Drayton in MN,
passed away quietly on Thursday morning, November 8, 2012, at
Woodside Village in Grand Forks, ND.
Winnifred Lucie Halcrow was born April 6, 1924, to John and Winnifred
(McIntosh) Halcrow in Bowesmont, ND. Winnie attended school and
graduated from Bowesmont High School, attended NDSU and received her
BA in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She was a member
of Kappa Delta sorority and Theta Sigma Phi (Journalism). Winnie was
the Woman’s Page Editor and feature writer for the Daily Pioneer
newspaper in Mandan, ND, for several years. She married Harvey
Bloomquist on Dec. 12, 1948, and moved to the Bloomquist farm where
they worked together raising various crops, livestock and their
family. She loved to entertain, and holidays always found her fixing
a delicious meal for family and friends and making sure everyone
enjoyed themselves. Winnie enjoyed traveling with Harvey throughout
the US and Canada, as well as many countries around the world. They
traveled with People-to-People to South American, Australia and New
Zealand and enjoyed travels to Scotland, Shetland, Japan, Saudi
Arabia and many countries in Europe. They celebrated 50 years of
marriage in 1998, shortly before Harvey passed away in March 1999.
Winnie’s long life was filled with many varied interests and
community involvement including: Girl Scout Leader, Teien 4-H club
leader, Order of the Eastern Star, Kittson County Republican
chairwoman, American Lutheran Church Women officer and District
delegate. Curling was her passion. She was an active member of the
Drayton Curling Club and the Grafton Curling Club. After being
selected for the 1976 Scots Tour with the US Women’s Curling
Association (USWCA), she served as a delegate to the USWCA Board and
as president 1987-1988. Winnie was instrumental in starting the USWCA
Friendship Tour for women curlers in the US and Canada that continues
to today. Winnie also served as a delegate from North Dakota to the
Board of Directors of the United States Curling Association (USCA)
for many years and served as USCA president 1996-1997. Winnie was one
of only two women to have held both posts. Winnie traveled to many
bonspiels, curling championships, and World Curling events in Canada,
Sweden, Scotland, Switzerland, and Japan.
Winnie loved her cabin at the Northwest Angle on Lake of the Woods
where she enjoyed fishing with Harvey, picnicking on the islands,
bird watching, cross-country skiing in the winter, quiet time just
writing and reading in the cabin. She collected antiques and operated
a shoppe named Poo’s Corner, “by appointment only”. Her extensive
knowledge of antique glassware was much respected. Poo’s Corner was
also the name of her popular weekly column in the Valley News and
Views, which ran for many years. She wrote poetry at times, and her
poem about the little town of Bowesmont is memorialized in stone at
the historic Bowesmont Methodist Church, the last surviving building.
Winnie edited several books in the community including the 100th
anniversary Church History book, “Skjeberg, a People, a Church:
1883-1993” for the Skjeberg Lutheran Church of rural Teien,
Winnie is survived by her children, Laura, Priscilla, Tim (Kim) and
Dan (Dawn); 7 grandchildren, Sarah and James Hammond; Jessica, Alex,
and Kristina McDaniel; Raeann Thirlwall and Kayla (David) Holmes;
sister-in-law Dorothy Halcrow; and several cousins, nieces and
nephews. Her two rescue dogs, Snowy and Bitsy, also survive her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Winnifred; her
brothers, John, Harold and sister-in-law, Eleanor; her sister,
Eleanor and brother-in-law Bob; and her beloved husband of 50 years,
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Drayton
Ambulance Service, the USWCA, USCA or the Alzheimer’s Association
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 14 at 2 pm in the
Skjeberg Lutheran Church, rural Drayton. Interment: Skjeberg
Cemetery. Rev. Patrick McCormack and Rev. Dan Faust, presiding.
Marlys Nelson, organist; Lyndon Johnson, soloist and Brian Solum,
bagpipes. Casket bearers will be James Hammond, Alex McDaniel, Earl
Mattson, Joey Hauert, Bob Halcrow and  Ken Halcrow. Visitation:
Tuesday 6-8 pm with prayer service at 7 pm at Austin Funeral Home in
Drayton. The Austin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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