Thief River Falls - Agnes M. (Bugge) Drees, 96, died November 18, 2005 at Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls. Thru her difficult struggle with rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease, her humor and her sweet smiling spirit remained for years.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 22, at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Terri Cuppett officiating. Casket bearers included Neil Bugge, Keith Bugge, John Bugge, Brian Bugge, Shawn Bugge and Adam Bugge. Interment will follow at St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
Agnes was born to Alma (Berggren) Bugge and John J. Bugge on November 6, 1909 in Numedal Township, Red Lake County, Thief River Falls. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith and attended school through the eighth grade. Her mother, Alma originally from Sweden and her father, John, originally from Norway, met in Minnesota, got married, raised five daughters and four sons as they also owned and operated a farm near Thief River Falls for many years.
Third oldest daughter, Agnes worked at Mercy Hospital for several years, then traveled out west during World War II to work at the Bremerton, Washington Naval shipyards, returning to Thief River Falls as the war was concluding. She then worked at a number of restaurants in Thief River Falls and married Hillie Drees on July 22, 1943 in Dorothy. They then bought “The Diner,” a local rail car-based restaurant in Thief River Falls, operating it as well as starting or buying various other local businesses over time including two farms.
She was survived by one brother, Rudolph “Rudy” who currently resides at Oakland Park Nursing Home and two sisters, Mae Davis of Bremerton, Wash., and Adeline Wutzke of Yakima, Wash.; seven nephews; and one niece.
Agnes was preceded in death by her husband, Hillie on September 19, 1982; mother; father; two sisters, Lillian Bugge and Myrtle Nelson; three brothers, Wilhelm ”Bill”, Adolph and Earl Bugge.