Vivian Doris (Ogaard) Arel

July 22, 1922 ~ December 12, 2020 (age 98)


Vivian Doris Arel, age 98, of Crookston, MN, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home with family by her side.

Vivian Doris Ogaard was born on July 22, 1922, in Crookston, MN, the daughter of the late Louis and Victoria (Desrosier) Ogaard.  She was raised in Crookston, MN, and graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1940.  On September 29, 1941, Vivian was united in marriage to Harvey Joseph Arel at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston.  She and Harvey took over his family’s farming operation, working the same land that he grew up on.  Together they raised 5 children, Barbara, Gloria, Kenneth, Daniel, and David.  Sadly, Harvey passed away on December 6, 2008.  In addition to being - devoted wife and mother Vivian worked at Bridgeman’s, Woolworth’s, and then for 20 years at Munn’s Jewelry.  In 2000, she and Harvey retired from farming and their other jobs and moved into Crookston.  In her free time, she liked to travel, play cards, sew, and bake.  She was also very proud to be the oldest living member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN.

Vivian is survived by her children, Barbara Tesh of Kernersville, NC, Gloria Johanneck of South Milwaukee, WI, Kenneth (Barbara) Arel of Pine Island, MN, and Daniel (Lorna) Arel of Dilworth, MN; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey Arel; son, David Arel; infant granddaughter, Elizabeth Jean Johanneck; parents, Louis and Victoria Ogaard; sisters, Luella Bergum and Lucille Charron; brothers, Vernon and Ray Ogaard; and sons-in-law, Lee Tesh and Charlie Johanneck.

Mass of Christian Burial for Vivian will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN, in the spring of 2021.  Interment will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Gentilly, MN. 

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