My Grandmother

I spent 2 weeks of every summer from the time I was five into high school with my grandmother at her cabin on Lake Vermillion, I did a lot of growing up there and will never forget her.

I wrote this to my grandmother for her 80th birthday, which was March 28, 2004

Throughout my entire life the lake has been a place of joy for me.  Every summer that i can remember i have spend my happiest days on the lake. i remember spending countless hours on the pontoon boat fishing for sunnies and learning to knee board behind it.  i remember spending countless hours in the woods behind the cabin chasing frogs and catching bugs, the lake is where i remember growing up.

I remember picking blueberries in those woods and then making a fresh blueberry pie. i can still remember how incredibly good it tasted.

Being at the lake inspired me in my younger years and that inspiration really molded me into the person i am today.  i have you to thank for all of these wonderful experiences like talking me to Spain because that’s where I wanted to go.

You have made such a phenomenal impact on my life and i am forever grateful.

love nick


Virginia Mary Marceau Flann died May 5, 2011. Virginia was born in Belgrade, Minn. on March 28, 1924.

She was affectionately known as Ginny to her many friends and family. Ginny was raised in Minneapolis and married Harold W. Flann on June 5, 1948.

They lived on Minnesota’s Iron Range for many years. Ginny enjoyed sewing, crafts, painting, golf, boating and above all, her friends and family.She forged many special friends that have been a part of her life for more than 50 years.

After Harold’s passing in 1979, Ginny enjoyed travelling to Europe, Spain, Norway, China and Hawaii. She also enjoyed her cabin on Lake Vermillion and her home in Mesa, Arizona.

Ginny found a second love in Les Hafdahl with whom she spent 20 years of joy.

Les passed away in 2007.

Ginny is survived by her three children, Linda (Denny) Nelson, Sun Lakes, AZ; Anita (John) Shontz, Helena, Mont.; and Paul (Cheryl) Flann, Savage, Minn.; she also leaves behind her special grandchildren, Brian Nelson, Scott (Brenda) Nelson, Nick (Jessica) Shontz, Alicia (Drew) Flann Zarges and Lindsey (Matt) Flann Tyson; her four great-grandchildren (Collin, Hannah, Lauren and Cole) knew her and will miss Grandma Ginny; she also loved Les’ children and called them her own; other survivors include Rich (Linda) Hafdahl, White Bear Lake, Mark (Joanne) Hafdahl, Fargo, N.D., Tom (Deanna) Hafdahl, Gilbert, Jim Hafdahl, Virginia, Bob (Karen) Hafdahl, White Bear Lake, and Bill (Judy) Hafdahl, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Sunshine Acres, 3405 N. Higley Road in Mesa, AZ 85215. This children’s home was a favorite non-profit organization of Ginny’s. Memorial services will be held at Windsor Park, Mesa, Ariz. and Virginia at a later date.