Eileen Beda Engen

September 22, 1919 ~ December 4, 2021 (age 102)


note: Masks will be required to attend the funeral service.

Eileen Engen, 102, of Warren, MN, passed away on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at North Star Manor in Warren, MN.

Eileen Beda Setterholm was born on September 22, 1919 at home on the farm in Wright Township, near Florian, MN, to Robert and Mabel (Swanson) Setterholm. Eileen was raised on the family farm and attended District 50 Country School. She graduated from high school at the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, MN. After graduation, she enrolled and graduated from the Deaconess Hospital RN program. Eileen served as a Cadet Nurse during WWII. On April 7, 1948, she married Clayton Engen of Viking, MN in Salem Lutheran Church of rural Stephen, MN. They made their home in several places around Argyle before settling on a farm south of Stephen. Eileen worked in hospitals in Karlstad, MN and Grafton, ND. After Clayton died in 1965, she moved with her children to Warren where she worked at the Good Samaritan Center until she retired in her upper 60s. Eileen earned her drivers license after her children left the home, thereafter driving into her 90s. She lived independently until she was nearly 98.

She was very involved in her community. Eileen was an active member of the Warren Assemblies of God Church and she had a deep Christian faith. She was a member of the Warren Garden Club, a foster grandparent at Warren Elementary School, volunteered at the Living at Home Block Nurse Program, and was a member of the Warren Hospital Auxiliary prayer group.

Eileen loved to garden both vegetables and flowers. She entered flowers from her garden at the Marshall County Fair many times and tended her vegetable gardens into her 90s. Earlier in her life, she enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, and embroidery. Eileen was an excellent cook and baker who was know for her Christmas fruit salad, rhubarb custard pie, and oatmeal raisin cookies.

She is survived by her three children, Yvonne (Donald) Nelson of St. Cloud, MN, Joel Engen of Minneapolis, MN, and Joyce Harmsen of Ann Arbor, MI; grandchildren, Chris (Sue), Scott, Troy (Jody), Tajalli (Jonathan), Navid, and Nehemiah (Jean); and great-grandchildren, Astrid, Solveig, Malcolm, Emily, Robbie, Jack, Ria, and Kenzo.

In addition to her husband, Clayton, Eileen was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth (Lorraine), Lloyd (Marion), Ellsworth (Lorraine), and Virgil (Dolores) Setterholm; and son-in-law, Rick Harmsen.

Memorials are preferred in Memory of Eileen.

FUNERAL SERVICE: 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at First Lutheran Church in Stephen, MN.

VISITATION: One hour before services at the church.

INTERMENT: Next to her husband, Clayton, in Stephen Cemetery, Stephen, MN.

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December 11, 2021

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
573 Stephen Ave
Stephen, MN 56757

Funeral Service
December 11, 2021

2:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
573 Stephen Ave
Stephen, MN 56757


Stephen City Cemetery
Pacific Ave
Stephen, MN 56757

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