Amy Marlene (Voss) Langeland
November 26, 1936 - July 18, 2017
Amy Marlene Voss Langeland
November 26, 1936- July 18, 2017
SALEM- On July 18, 2017, Amy, with her family by her bedside, peacefully entered Eternal Life and a New Abundant Resurrection Life with Christ in Heaven.SALEM- On July 18, 2017, Amy, with her family by her bedside, peacefully entered Eternal Life and a New Abundant Resurrection Life with Christ in Heaven.
Amy (means “Beloved”) was born on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1936 in her rural home near Rosholt, SD to parents William & Elsie Voss. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethania Lutheran Church, Rosholt, and graduated Valedictorian of her class from Rosholt HS. Her favorite activities were band and choir. She received her Nursing Degree from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Fargo, ND in 1958 and moved with nursing classmates to Denver, CO where she worked at Presbyterian and VA Hospitals. Over the years she worked in a variety of nursing settings. In 1960, it was in Denver that, through her godmother’s cousin, she met the love of her life, Rev. Marvin L. Langeland. They were married on Aug. 5, 1961 in Rosholt, SD so this August they would have celebrated 56 wonderful years of marriage.
Amy led an active life as a registered nurse, loving wife and mother, and ministry partner with Marv at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge, CO; Immanuel LC, Greeley, CO; Faith LC, Little Rock, AR; Messiah LC, Spokane, WA; and retired with Marv to Salem, OR in 1996, where they have been members at Christ the Good Shepherd LC. She dearly loved doing hospitality, outreach, and servant ministry in the church and community. She always welcomed drop-in visitors, and her signature smile won the heart of everyone she met. Her natural warmth and hospitality were gifts she shared with many persons over her whole life. She loved being a mom to Liz and Andrea and taking care of her family. She was a beautifully and deeply humble person who put others first and made many sacrifices for her family and others. She knew just how to make both significant events and ordinary times very special. She loved cooking, baking, sewing, and creating beautiful quilt art, gifting many pieces to family members over the years. Favorite family activities included skiing and spending time in the mountains in CO, singing together, and gathering with extended family and friends.
Her courage and spirit during her illness were inspiring to many. Her daughters were privileged to have the opportunity to give back some of the love and caring they’d always received as they became her caregivers during her treatment for brain cancer. She never described the journey as a struggle or fight, she just kept living and loving.
She is dearly missed by her surviving family: husband Marv; daughters Elizabeth and Andrea, both of Seattle, WA; sisters Laurel Storbakken of Watertown, SD and DeLoris (Dallas) Holm of Blaine, MN; brother Rodney (Ardie) Voss of Rosholt, SD; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, July 29 at 2:00pm at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Salem. Visitation will be Friday, July 28, 3-5:00pm and Saturday, July 29, 10:00am- 1:00pm at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, Salem. Private burial will be at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Salem. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network or Treasures of Africa Children’s Home.