Arna Ingeborg Njaa was born May 26, 1904 at Glen Mary, Saskatchewan to Pastor & Mrs. S.H. Njaa. The Njaa family moved to Northwood, North Dakota in 1914 where she attended public schools.
She was a 1925 graduate from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she sang in the St. Olaf Choir. She was a recipient of the St. Olaf College Distinguished Alumni Award. She taught school at Ryder, ND and Plentywood, Montana. She took additional courses at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, graduating in 1936. She was then called to be the Executive Secretary of The Lutheran Daughters of the Reformation. Later she helped organized The Lutheran Children of the Reformation. In 1968, at the time of the merger of The American Lutheran Church, all women's organizations were under the title of The American Lutheran Church Women, Miss Njaa became its Director of Stewardship, and later its Executive Director until her retirement in 1973. Since then she had been a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Minneapolis filling many offices including that of the first woman president of that congregation.
She was predeceased by her parents; 3 brothers, Ralph, Harold and Reuben; 1 sister, Margaret Rosholt; nephew, David Bilstad, and is survived by 2 sisters, Clara Swenson of Mpls and Judith Bilstad of Loveland, CO; brother-in-law, Malcolm Rosholt of Rosholt, WI; in addition to nephews, Jack Njaa, FL, Ross Njaa, CA, Ruben Njaa, TX, Fred Swenson, Anoka, MN, Steven and Richard Bilstad, CO; and nieces, Mei-Fei Elrick, Guelph, Canada, Katherine Lange, Austin, MN, Mary Olson, Golden Valley, MN, Jean Gryte, Yuma, AZ and 29 grand-nieces & nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 24, at Bethel Ev. Lutheran Church, 41st St. & 16th Ave S.