Gudrun E Stenoien


Stenoien, Gudrun E. of Bloomington, MN, age 95, went to her eternal home on February 10th. Gudrun was the second of ten children born to Rev. Gilbert and Emma Stenoien. She is preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Joseph, Roy, and Melford. She is survived by 3 brothers, Gordon (Marilynn), Vernon (Borghild), and Daniel (Eleanor); and 3 sisters, Borghild Gisselquist, Rebecca Stenoien, Valborg Harvey. Twenty eight nieces and nephews were held close to her heart, also. She lived with her sister, Rebecca, the last 15 years at Friendship Village. Gudrun lived her life as a servant of God, tending always to the needs of others before herself. Her life of service outside her extended family included a multi-facited career with nursing (RN from Lutheran Deaconess and advanced degree in Public Health and Midwifery) as its base. She served in WWII with “the greatest generation” from 1942-1947 in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps with the American troops through North Africa and Italy. She served 10 years as a medical missionary in Cameroon, Africa with the Church of the Lutheran Bretheren where in addition to work in a remote medical clinic, she also worked as a linguist, developing a reading primer and Scripture translation. Later employment until retirement was with the city of Minneapolis in public health nursing. She will always be an inspiration to all who knew her. A memorial service celebrating Gudrun’s life will be held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 4100 Cedar Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN, on Wednesday, Feb, 19 at 11 AM. A luncheon will be served following the service. Gifts in memory of Gudrun arc encouraged for the Lutheran Brethem Church-African Mission, in care of Ebenezer Lutheran Church.

Published on February 16, 2014

Teresa Stenoien : Gudrun visited us in France when she was in Cameroon. We were fascinated by her stories. She is the reason I am a missionary in Africa today.

Martha Walters: Oh, another one of great ’41 LD nurses leaving us. So many great memories together. Special nurse, servant and friend. God bless you dear. Miss you Goody!

Judy A. Stenoien: She inspired me to be a nurse thru her missions. Her whole family are blessed with Christ, love that surrounded her always!

Mike Jones: Gudrun was a humble servant whose love for others was only exceeded by her love of the Lord. The appreciation people showed her seemed to surprise and embarrass her. Gudrun was a dear friend who will be missed by many.

Bonnie Stenoien Peterson: Wonderful lady and servant of the Lord. Enjoyed a visit with she and Becky a few years ago in Bloomington.

Phil and Sara Wold: Dan, we send our condolences to you & Eleanor, as well as to your entire family. As a youngster growing up in Ebenezer, I always looked up to “Goodie.” She always had time to talk & made me feel like I was very special. In fact, in was she who was special. Our warmest regards. Phil & Sara Wold


Evading Capture in WWII Europe

Gudrun Stenoien is mentioned in this book, written in 1997.

Aircraft Down! recounts six extraordinary evasion adventures that took place in Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Albania, and Greece during World War II. In 1944 alone, nearly 30,000 American airmen survived bailing out of or crash landing their aircraft in Europe. The great majority were captured immediately.  At the time, Gudrun was a nurse caring for injured soldiers. She was from Mayville, ND. 

Gudren wrote this letter to me in 1983 about our Norwegian origins and relatives she met in Stordal on a prior trip.

Letter Gudrun Stenoien 1983