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  Thief River Falls - Lydia Owen, 93, died on Sunday, September 19, 2004 at the CNC Unit on the Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
  Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, September 23,  beginning at 10:30 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. John Wollenzien officiating. Casket bearers include Todd Petersen, Mike Laufman, Corey Perryman, Brian Gerardy, Steve Erickson, Zachery Gerardy, Ben Engelstad and Bill Petersen. Honorary casket bearers include all of Lydia’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
 Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service held at 7 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls and on Thursday one hour prior to the service in the church.
 Lydia Hoyum was born on June 23, 1911 the daughter of John O. and Anna (Aase) Hoyum near Lake Lillian. Her father, who was a minister at a church at Lake Lillian, baptized her. When she was 5 years old she moved with her family to Wannaska and later to Erie.  She attended rural Big Grove Elementary School and worked at various places doing domestic work. 
 At the age of 19, she was united in marriage to Morris Owen on May 3, 1931 at Goodridge. Morris and Lydia made their home in Thief River Falls. Morris died in 1986.
 Lydia was very humble and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church since the early 1930s, member of Women of ELCA, Golden Years Quilting Group and church choir.
 She is survived by her children Betty Laufman of Thief River Falls, Janice (Danny) Moore of Millington, Tenn, Judy (Archie Schneider) Owen of Thief River Falls, Lorray (Larry) Tupy of Apple Valley; 16 grandchildren; over 40 great-grandchildren; sisters, Alfreda Yearout of Waukegan, Ill., Emma Stern of Gurrton, Kan.; sister-in-law Evelyn Hoyum Fosston; and sons-in-law, Phil Gronseth of Arkansas and Dallas Peterson of Provo, Utah.
 Lydia was preceded in death by her husband Morris; daughters Angeline Gronseth and Marlene Peterson; one son, Morris Owen, Jr.; four grandchildren; son-in-law Marlow Newkirk; brothers, Martin and Edwin Hoyum; sisters, Clara Loer, Margaret Holt; and brothers-in-law, Alfred Loer, Forest Stern, Gust Holt and Howard Yearout.