Constance Marie “Connie” Einarson, 75, died November 6, 2023, at a Eventide on Eighth, in Moorhead, MN.
Connie was born on August 2, 1948, to John and Margaret (Minike) Kram in Onamia, MN. For many years the family celebrated her birthday at the Icelandic Independence “August the Deuce” celebration in Mountain.
The family settled in Edmore, ND, where she grew up on the family farm. She attended school in Edmore and graduated in 1966. Connie attended college in Grand Forks and Minneapolis and then worked as a respiratory therapist at a number of different hospitals.
In 1974, she married Lee Einarson. Her son, James, was soon joined by a sister, Leigh Anne and a brother, Tyler. They lived in the Edmore area before moving to Lee’s home area near Cavalier. They returned to Edmore to join the family farming operation. Connie and Lee spent many happy hours traveling the countryside on his beloved Harley Davidson.
In Edmore, Connie worked for a time at the Edmore Rest Home and was a volunteer on the Edmore ambulance service. For many years she was employed as an EMT for the Spirit Lake Ambulance Service at Fort Totten. She also was an assistant postmaster in Lawton for several years.
Connie and Lee were happily married until his death in 2007. She suffered a stroke in 2013 And spent her last years in Eventide on Eighth in Moorhead, MN.
Connie’s first love was her children. She cheered on all their music and sports activities and all their successes later in life. Her sons’ love of baseball led her to be a dedicated Minnesota Twins fan for the rest of her life, and was pleased the team finally broke their playoff curse this year.
Connie was constantly doing crafts, especially crochet and quilting. Her family and friends still treasure all the afghans and quilts she made for them over the years. One of her prized quilts incorporated a Minnesota Twins Homer Hanky from the World Champion 1991 team. While she had a hard time getting the hang of using computers, she made many friends in quilting and crocheting groups on the Internet, trading fabric and betting quilt squares on the Minnesota Vikings. She also loved reading and built up an extensive personal library. She loved good food and often made treats like homemade caramel, salsa, and pickles and put out big meals when her children returned for the holidays.
She is survived by her children, James (Libby) Einarson, Annie (Patrick) O’Leary, and Tyler (Andrea) Einarson; grandchildren, Riley, Gavin, Walker, Gabriel, Kayla, Olivia and Gunnar; brothers, John Kram Jr., and Jerry Kram.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Loretta Kram and Bill and Grace Minike; parents, John and Margaret Kram; husband, Lee Einarson; and parents-in-law, John and Marjorie Einarson.
Funeral arrangements are pending. A graveside service will be held at St. Ellens Cemetery, Mountain, next spring or summer.