LaVerne I. Nordgulen, age 91 of Detroit Lakes, MN, died April 1, 2017 at Ecumen – Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, MN. LaVerne Ione Nordgulen was born December 7, 1925 in Audubon, MN to Bennie and Annie (Hansen) Wolden. She grew up and received her education in Audubon, graduating from Audubon High School in 1943. On August 27, 1948 she was united in marriage to Harris Nordgulen in Detroit Lakes, MN. They made their home in the Detroit Lakes and Moorhead areas until 1959, when they moved to Denver, CO. While living in Denver LaVerne worked in food service for Adams County School District 50. She retired in 1981 and in 1983 they moved to Mesa, AZ. LaVerne moved back to Detroit Lakes in 2013. LaVerne was a very happy, generous person, who always put others first. One of the countless ways that she gave to others was thru her donation of blood, which she did for many years. She is survived by one daughter, Lu Ann (Roger) Thorpe, of Highlands Ranch, CO; one son, Gary Nordgulen, of Seattle, WA; three grandchildren, Kyle (Chelsea) Thorpe, of Denver, CO; H. Will Thorpe, of Denver, CO; and Eli Miller, of Seattle, WA; two brothers, R. Dennis Wolden, of Minneapolis, MN; and Richard (Donna) Wolden, of Hastings, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harris (1994); one brother, Howard Wolden; one sister, Mary Ann Raye; and her parents. Memorial Services will be on Friday April 7, 2017; 1:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Richwood Lutheran Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes. Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, MN.