Louella Betty Umland was born on January 19, 1937 in Bartlett Township. Her parents were the late Henry and Ella (Guetzko) Umland. Lou was baptized and confirmed at the Bartlett Church in Bartlett Township. She attended Verndale High School and graduated with the Class of 1955 in Verndale, MN. On July 16, 1955 Lou was united in marriage to Kenneth Robben in Bartlett Township.
During their first years of marriage they moved around a lot with Ken’s job. They settled in New York Mills, MN in 1970. They were married for 24 years and blessed with three children: Chet, Deb and Lori.
Lou was employed with Homecrest Industries of Wadena, MN for 25 years until retiring on August 10, 2000.
She was a Life Member of the V.F.W. Post #3289 Auxiliary of New York Mills. Lou enjoyed flower gardening and watching birds, especially hummingbirds. She loved spending time with family and decorating for the holidays.
On September 9, 2021 Lou passed away at her home at 84 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Preceding Lou in death were her parents: Henry and Ella; sisters: Margaret (Floyd) Knutson and Delores (Lester) Bain; brothers: Ed (Jo) Umland, Bob (Dorothy) Umland and Butch (Mariane) Umland; and special friends, Orville Jensen and Paul Beaulieu.
Lou will be dearly missed by her children: Chet (Linda) Robben of Granby, CO; Deb (Dan) Matti of New York Mills and Lori (Les) Quiram of New York Mills; grandchildren: Ty (Sourita) Robben of San Diego, CA; Erin (Shawn) Maddox of Aurora, CO and Nikki (Dwayne Odell) Robben of Greeley, CO; great-grandchildren: Jace Cornelison of Walden, CO; Graham Cornelison of Walden, CO; Reese Maddox of Aurora, CO and soon to be Reidan Kai Robben of San Diego, CA; brother, Norman (Judy) Umland; a host of her nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors; as well as the Matti family children, grandchildren and the entire Jensen family.
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