BANGOR - Beloved by all who knew him, family and friends alike, Lowell George Kjenstad Sr., 82, died of heart failure Friday, March 7, 2014. He was born Oct. 19, 1931, in Vang, N.D., the son of Bernhard Kjenstad and Emma (Nygren) Kjenstad.
He graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1954. He married his beloved Myrna May Williams on May 19, 1950.The family moved to Strong in 1958 and then Bingham in 1959. Lowell was the minister of the local Congregational Church. When Lowell turned to teaching, the family moved to Pleasant Ridge. In the early 1980s, Lowell and Myrna moved to Bangor and Lowell began working for the Cole Family Foundation. He was with them at the inception of the Cole Land Transportation Museum where he was curator for over 30 years.
Lowell was predeceased by his wife, Myrna in 2009. He is survived by a sister, Edna May and husband, Al Bellerud, of Park River, N.D.; many nieces and nephews in the mid-west and across the country; sons, Lowell Jr. and wife, Joyce, of Seabrook, N.H., and Peter and wife, Jacqueline, of Machiasport; daughters, Paula and husband, Brad Varney, of Turner, and Lyn Kjenstad Carter and wife, Lois Galgay Reckitt, of South Portland; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; and siblings, John, Evelyn, and Gladys.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, 120 Park St., Bangor, with the Rev. Becky Gunn, officiating. Spring interment will be held privately. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, 120 Park St., Bangor, ME 04401.