Joseph Burdean Rogness, 1937 & Margaret Kay (Randall) (Soderlund),Rogness 1938, Eden Prairie, MN

JOSEPH BURDEAN ROGNESS WAS BORN ON THE FAMILY FARM, LOCATED FOUR MILES SOUTH OF JOICE, IA, ON DECEMBER 4, 1937. BURDEAN IS THE SIXTH OF EIGHT CHILDREN. THE FAMILY RENTED THIS FORTY- ACRE FARM DURING THE DEPRESSION. ON MARCH 1, 1938, HENRY ROGNESS MOVED HIS FAMILY TO A FARM KNOWN AS THE “SMITSRUDE FARM”. IT WAS LOCATED ABOUT 2.5 MILES SOUTH OF JOICE, IA. THEY RENTED THIS ONE HUNDRED TWENTY – ACRE FARM FOR FIVE YEARS. THE FAMILY THEN MOVED FURTHER SOUTH ONE MILE, TO THE PAULSON TWO HUNDRED-ACRE FARM. THEY RENTED THIS FARM UNTIL 1947 UNTIL THEY BOUGHT THE PAUL DALBY FARM JUST ACROSS THE ROAD. WHILE LIVING HERE, THEY ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER NEIGHBORING FARM FAMILIES, ATTENDED BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH LOCATED ABOUT ONE AND HALF MILES FROM THE FARM.BURDEAN ATTENDED KITTELSON COUNTRY SCHOOL THROUGH GRADE FOUR, THEN TO THE SCHOOL IN JOICE THROUGH GRADE EIGHT. BURDEAN ATTENDED HILLCREST LUTHERAN ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL AND GRADUATED IN 1956. HILLCREST ACADEMY IS LOCATED IN FERGUS FALLS, MN. WHILE AT HILLCREST ACADEMY HE MET, DATED, AND LATER MARRIED MARGARET KAY SODERLUND ON SEPTEMBER 19, 1959.

KAY WAS BORN IN GRENORA, ND ON MARCH 1, 1938 AND LIVED IN GRENORA WITH HER PARENTS AND THREE BROTHERS. AT AGE FIVE KAYS’ MOTHER PASSED AWAY FROM CANCER AND ONE YEAR LATER HER FATHER DIED. THEY ARE BOTH BURIED IN A GRENORA CEMETERY. AFTER THEIR MOTHER DIED THE THREE BROTHERS ENTERED THE SERVICE IN EACH OF THE THREE BRANCHES, JAMES IN THE AIR FORCE, ROY IN THE ARMY AND DUANE IN THE NAVY. KAY THAN MOVED TO PELICAN RAPIDS, MN AND WAS ADOPTED BY HER UNCLE & AUNT, AXEL & SENA SODERLUND. SHE WAS RAISED IN THIS LOVED HOME, ATTENDED SCHOOL AND HAS SEVERAL GREAT MEMORIES OF HER CHILDHOOD IN PELICAN RAPIDS, MN. WHEN HIGH SCHOOL TIME ARRIVED SHE ATTENDED HILLCREST ACADEMY IN FERGUS FALLS AS HAD SEVERAL OF HER RELATIVES. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL SHE ATTENDED ST LUKES SCHOOL OF NURSING GRADUATING IN 1959.

OUR FIRST HOME AFTER MARRIAGE WAS IN FAIRBAULT, MN. BURDEAN WAS EMPLOYED AT OWATONNA TOOL CO AS A MACHINIST. KAY WAS EMPLOYED AS A REGISTERED NURSE WITH RICH COUNTY HOSPITAL.

IT WAS WHILE THEY WERE LIVING IN FARIBAULT THAT THEIR FIRST DAUGHTER, KIMBERLY KAY, WAS BORN IN FEBRUARY OF 1961. AFTER REMODELING THEIR FIRST HOME, THEY SOLD IT AND MOVED ON TO MINNEAPOLIS, MN, WHERE BURDEAN WAS EMPLOYED WITH ROSEMOUNT ENGINEERING. IT WAS HERE THAT THEIR SECOND DAUGHTER, JODI RENAE WAS BORN, IN JUNE OF 1962. KAY CONTINUED HER CAREER AS A REGISTERED NURSE IN VARIOUS HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES.

WHILE LIVING IN MINNEAPOLIS, BURDEAN ATTENDED THE SALES TRAINING INSTITUTE. THIS LED HIM TO EMPLOYMENT WITH PITNEY BOWES INCORPORATED. AS A SALES REPRESENTATIVE, HE WAS MOVED TO PORTLAND, OREGON, WHERE THE FAMILY LIVED FOR THREE YEARS THROUGH 1969. THEIR THIRD DAUGHTER, LIESL JO, WAS BORN WHILE LIVING IN PORTLAND IN AUGUST OF 1966. BURDEAN WAS THEN TRANSFERRED TO THE MINNEAPOLIS BRANCH OF PITNEY BOWES WHERE HE WAS EMPLOYED UNTIL FEBRUARY OF 1977. WHEN THEY MOVED BACK TO MINNEAPOLIS, JOE, KAY, AND THEIR FOUR CHILDREN LIVED BRIEFLY IN HOPKINS. WHILE LIVING HERE THEIR FOURTH CHILD, JOSEPH BURDEAN JR., WAS BORN IN JULY OF 1970. FINALLY, THE FAMILY MOVED AND REMAINED IN EDINA, MN, WHERE THE CHILDREN WHERE RAISED THROUGH GRADE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL AND THEIR COLLEGE YEARS.

IN 1977 BURDEAN LEFT PITNEY BOWES AND STARTED HIS OWN COMPANY, “MIDWEST MAILING SYSTEMS INC.” THE COMPANY, WHICH STILL THRIVES TODAY, SELLS, RENTS, AND LEASES POSTAGE METER MAILING MACHINES, ELECTRONIC SCALES AND RELATED MAILING AND SHIPPING EQUIPMENT.

THROUGHOUT THE MOVES TO THE VARIOUS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY; FROM MINNESOTA TO OREGON, AND BACK AGAIN, THE ROGNESS FAMILY HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT LUTHERAN BRETHREN CHURCHES. BURDEAN ALSO SERVED ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR THE CHURCH OF THE LUTHERAN BRETHREN FOR NINE YEARS. FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS, BURDEAN AND KAY HAVE BEEN ATTENDING WOODDALE CHURCH IN EDEN PRAIRIE, AND ARE VERY INVOLVED THERE.

IN JANUARY OF 1997, BURDEAN AND KAY SOLD THEIR HOME OF TWENTY-THREE YEARS, AND BOUGHT A CONDOMINIUM A FEW MILES AWAY. THEY NOW HAVE MORE FREEDOM TO ENJOY THEIR LAKE HOME LOCATED ON PICKEREL LAKE, NEAR FERGUS FALLS. THIS IS WHERE THEY SPEND MOST OF THEIR TIME IN THE SUMMER, AND ARE OFTEN JOINED BY THE ENTIRE FAMILY ON WEEKENDS.

ALL FOUR CHILDREN ARE MARRIED AND HAVE PRODUCED Twelve GRANDCHILDREN SO FAR. THIS MAKES A GRAND TOTAL OF Twenty one FAMILY MEMBERS. THE FOUR CHILDREN ALL HAVE HOMES IN THE SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS AREA, SO WE GET TO SPEND LOTS OF QUALITY TIME WITH OUR Children & Grandchildren.

Burdean in his retirment years as a Hobby has been Remodeling homes in Edina. At the present time is working on his fifth home.

Joseph Burdean Rogness, 1937 & Margaret Kay (Randall) (Soderlund),Rogness 1938, Eden Prairie, MN

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