Garnet Rajewsky, 89, of Bowman, ND, passed away on Monday, December 25, 2017 at the Southwest Healthcare Long Term Center in Bowman. Funeral Services for Garnet will be on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bowman Lutheran Church. Pastor Mark Nygard will officiate with burial to follow in the Bowman Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12-9 on Wednesday at the Krebsbach Funeral Home Chapel.
Garnet Ruth Wigern was born on May 15, 1928 to Antone and Palma Wigern in Erskine MN, where she was raised with her brothers and sisters. She was especially close to her brother, Albee, who passed away at an early age.
She met Kenneth Rajewsky and says fondly that their first date was to a chicken dinner in Albert Lea in his Model A. She thought it was a good first date–which it turns out, was her last first date. They married on 10/29/49 because she said “it doesn’t matter how big and bulky your pockets are, it’s what’s in your heart.” They bought a stove on credit and used the windowsill as the fridge. They had Doug on 2/15/51, the apple of their eye. A few years later, they were foster parents for a short time to two young boys.
They moved to Bowman, ND in 1963. Kenny ran Reliable Tractor at the end of Main Street and they lived above it until they built the shop east of town. They lived and breathed green and yellow for 30 years. Garnet was his partner, his dearie, his soul mate. They did everything together, whether that was snowmobiling at their cabin in Spearfish Canyon, farming and ranching, or having toddies with their friends, they were a team. Kenny and Garnet devoted their years to their family, their friends, their business and their community.
After Leah and Kelly, their granddaughters, came into their lives, they spent every possible moment with them, whether that meant traveling to MN, meeting halfway in Steele or flying them to Mesa for Christmas, they were each others’ world. They helped raise them and taught them many valuable lessons. Their love and devotion grew even more when their first great grandchild Hattie (who they sweetly call Pumpkin) came into their lives in 2014.
In her lifetime, she baked a gazillion bars, cookies, cakes and pies for her family and friends and the employees and customers at the store. She kept a large garden and flower bed, canning and freezing her own vegetables and meats. She could crochet, knit and sew anything, from clothes for the granddaughters to clothes for their Barbies. She had the patience of a saint: once she realized Kelly & Leah would never learn to knit, she taught them to cross-stitch. She was kind, compassionate and smart. She loved a good joke and a little coffee with her hot water. She could make leftovers taste delicious and making a dying geranium come back to life. She never met an animal she didn’t like and was known to feed a stray cat now and again.
Kenny often says that Garnet is his better half and he was so very thankful to have her by his side for their 67 years together. The only nights they spent apart were the nights she was in the hospital. She often said Kenny was the best caregiver to her, as she struggled with health issues for a very long time. She had a grace about her not often found these days. She hated to impose or be a burden to those who cared for her and she always had a smile on her face.
When asked about the trick to staying married a few years ago, Garnet said to just do everything together, trust and love each other, and never go to bed mad.
Garnet is survived by her beloved husband, Kenny; her son and daughter-in-law, Doug & Jody; granddaughters Leah and partner Rich, Kelly and Michael Wilkinson, Kristi and Bryant Faulkner, grandson Brandon Hoggarth and their great-granddaughter Hattie Wilkinson, And her sister and Brother in law LeeAnn and Jim Kronlokken, several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.
She is proceeded in death by her parents Antone and Palma Wigern, brothers, Albee Wigern and Omer (Marie) Wigern, sisters Esther (Bill Rasmussen), Elvira “Toots” (Hilbert lahs) nieces and nephews, many good friends, and a few furry friends, Tilley, Frank, smokie, and grandma cat.
Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services in charge of the arrangements.