June 1, 1924 - October 29, 2007
Inger Bakke, 83, of Loveland, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Oct. 29, 2007. She was at Hospice in Loveland.
Bakke was born June 1, 1924, in the small Norwegian town of Nes. She later moved to Oslo, Norway, where she married Kjell Bakke on April 30, 1951. When they were in their early thirties, they immigrated to the United States and were proud to become naturalized citizens in 1960.
Their love of the mountains brought them to Colorado, where they lived in the Denver area for nine years, later moving to Steamboat Springs in 1963. Inger owned and operated a knit shop and later was secretary-manager of the Chamber of Commerce. In 1974, she went to work for the Forest Service, where she was an accounting technician, first in Steamboat and later in Delta until her retirement in 1989. She retired near Steamboat until she moved to Loveland in 1998 to be near her daughters.
She was active in the Toastmistress Club and the Business and Professional Women's Club for many years. She also was involved in Sons of Norway Lodges, first in Denver, then she co-founded the Grand Junction lodge, and recently was a member of the Stein Fjell Lodge of Loveland. She was an avid cross-country skier and hiker, and loved camping, dancing, knitting and reading.
She is survived by her daughter Mona Oliverius and her husband, Cal, of Albin, Wyo.; daughter Ellen Monsees and her husband Tim of Loveland; her son, Paul Bakke, and his wife, Laurie, of Hendersonville, N.C.; and her grandchildren, Chris and Megan Bakke, who currently are students at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
A Celebration of life gathering was held Nov. 3 at her daughter's home in Loveland.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stein Fjell Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Kibbey-Fishburn, 1102 Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.