THOMPSON-LARSON FUNERAL DIRECTORS
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December 26, 1941 - December 1, 2013
Eleanor Ehlke, 71, Minot, died Sunday, December 1, 2013 in a Minot Medical Center.
Eleanor Joyce Ehlke was born December 26, 1941 in Minot, the daughter of George and Dorothy (Frye) Stebleton. She was reared and educated in Minot and graduated from Minot High School in 1960. Following graduation she was employed by St. Josephs Hospital in the lab department as a histologist. After leaving St. Josephs she provided home daycare for several years. In 1988, she began work at Trinity Health in the dietary department and worked there until she retired due to health reasons.
On May 10, 1963, Eleanor was united in marriage to Wesley Ehlke. Together they raised two children, Brenda Jo and Bryan David.
Eleanor enjoyed going to the casinos, bird watching, flowers, spending time with the grandchildren, making divinity with her granddaughter, loved the holidays and baking and cooking for others. She also loved spending time outside on her deck in the summer months with friends and family. Her newest found interest was Pinterest.
Eleanor is survived by her husband, Wesley Ehlke, Minot; son, Bryan David (Shelli) Ehlke, Minot; daughter, Brenda Jo (Terry) Just, Minot; three grandchildren, Amber (Branden) Stephenson, Kyler Just, and SaRaya Ehlke; three great-grandchildren, Kambrya, Kaydence and Tayven; brothers, Darrell (Judy) Stebleton, Minot, Larry Stebleton, Minot, Warren Stebleton, Surrey, ND, Arnie (Ida) Stebleton, Bismarck, ND, Curtis (Cindy) Stebleton, Lakeville, MN, and Jeffrey (Lori) Stebleton, Minot; sisters, Judy (Erwin) Fetzer, Surrey, Maxine Henderson, Minot, Lois (Dale) Falb, Warren, OH, and Shelli Stebleton, Dallas, TX; several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Janice Jacobson.
Funeral: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot
Visitation: Thursday from 4:00-7:00 at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
Bruce Jr., Francis
September 26, 1968 - December 1, 2013
Francis Alex Bruce Jr., 45, Minot, passed away December 1, 2013, at a Minot hospital.
Francis was born on September 26, 1968, the son of Francis Alex Bruce Sr. and Helen Bruce, Seattle, Washington. He was reared and educated in Minot.
Survivors: wife, Mary, Minot; mother, Helen Bruce, Minot; son, Christian Laurence Bruce, Minot; daughters, Aubry Mae Belgarde, Torrington, CT, and Crystal Lynn Bruce, Minot; granddaughter Adalynn; brothers, Gary (Berta) Bruce Port Orchard, WA, Rick Bruce (Sheryl), Auburn, WA, Bob Bruce, Minot, and Curtis Bruce, Minot; Sisters, Linda Bruce, Minot and Angel (Chico) Minneapolis, MN. Francis was preceded in death by his father, Francis Sr.
Mass of Christian Burial: Today, December 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to burial at St. Leos Catholic Church, Minot.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
June 29, 1921 - November 30, 2013
Albert T. Engberg, 92, Minot, died Saturday, November 30, 2013 in a Minot nursing home.
Albert Thomas Engberg was born on June 29, 1921, a son of Peter A. and Rose (Woodhans) Engberg in Tofield, Alberta Canada. He was raised and educated in Williston, ND. As a young man, Albert served in the Civilian Construction Corps.
Albert married Helen Pingry. To this union four children were born, Ron, Mike, Judy and Tommy. They later divorced.
On June 4, 1955, Albert was united in marriage to Lila Urdahl Ferring in Minot, ND. They made their home in Williston, where Albert worked in the maintenance department at the Plainsman Hotel. They later moved to Minot, where Albert was in maintenance at the Clarence Parker Hotel and the International Inn. Lila passed away in 2010.
Al enjoyed fishing, camping, working in his garden and woodworking. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by all that knew him.
Albert is survived by:
Children: Greg (Jan) Engberg, Colorado Springs, CO, Ron (Vicki) Engberg , Wichita, KS, Mike (Teresa) Arkansas City, KS, Melody Sorenson, Minot, Judy Woods, Arkansas City, KS, Barbara (Dayton) Herbranson, St. Cloud, MN and Linda (Ron) Ihmels, Bismarck, ND; two sisters: June Iverson, Williston,ND, and Delores Goodwin, WI; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lila, son Tommy, brother Jack and two sisters Evalen Callan and Sis Gilbert.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
November 15, 1939 - November 28, 2013
John J. Roering, 74, Bowbells, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013, in his home.
John was born on November 15, 1939, in Avon, MN, the son of Clarence and Ernestine (Timp) Roering. He was raised and educated in Melrose, MN and graduated from
Melrose High School in 1958. After graduation John worked for various companies and in the late 60s moved to Bowbells where he worked road construction and then the potash plant in Northgate until it closed in 1997. He worked for Burke County till he retired and most recently for SunPrairie Grain.
John was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved his black labs.
He was a member of the Bowbells Fire Department, Bowbells Ambulance and Stony Run Sportsman Club. He was also a Hunters Safety Instructor.
Memorials preferred to the Bowbells Fire Department or the Stony Run Sportsman Club.
John is survived by his sons, Shawn Roering, Donnybrook, and Thomas Roering, Bowbells; daughter, Teresa Roering and her fiancé Mclain Morawski, Watford City, ND; step-children, Joe Mertes, Toni Mertes, Toni (Adam) Jensen all of Bowbells and Laura Mertes, White Bear Lake, MN; grandchildren, Arabella Roering, Andrew Roering and Bruin Morawski. John is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Service: Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Josephs Catholic Church, Bowbells.
Visitation: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare.
October 12, 1982 - November 27, 2013
Wesley A. Mertz, 31, Minot, passed away from cancer on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, in a Fargo hospital.
Wesley was born on October 12, 1982, in Minot, ND, the son of Ray and Catherine (Cogdill) Mertz. He was reared and educated in Minot and worked most recently at Walmart and the Quentin Burdick Job Corps.
Wesley is survived by his daughter, Terri; father, Ray (Sherri) Mertz; mother, Catherine Mertz; brothers, Travis, Austin and Dustin; sister, Shelly Mertz.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Homer Cogdill, paternal grandparents, Fred and Evelyn Mertz and Ingeborg Mertz, uncle, LeRoy Mertz and aunt, Marion Bryne.
Funeral Service: Monday, December 9th at 2 p.m. at the Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Chapel, Minot.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Private burial will take place at a later date.
November 10, 1918 - November 25, 2013
Mildred Edwards-----95, Kenmare, died Monday, November 25, 2013 in a Kenmare hospital.
Mildred Irene Gleave was born on November 10, 1918, one of ten children born to Harry and Bertha Gleave on the family homestead that is now Iverson Lake Lostwood Refuge, where she was raised and educated. The family moved to the current farmstead in 1936.
On June 27, 1942, Mildred was united in marriage to Milford Edwards in Sidney, MT. They made their home on the Edwards farm, located in Diamond Township, Burke County, ND. She assisted her husband with the operations of the farm, working with cattle and farming. Their son Lee, also farmed with his parents. Milford passed away October 26, 1996. Following his death, Mildred remained on the farm, where she remained until winter of 2012.
Mildred was an avid musician and you could always hear her singing im walking the floor over you and yodeling. She was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by all that knew her.
Mildred is survived by:
Daughter-in-law Diane Edwards, grandchildren: Wade Edwards and Randy Edwards; five great-grandchildren: Cody, Jarret, April, Brooke and Kayla; great-great grandchildren: Trey, Sophia, and Breah; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, husband Milford, son Lee, two infant children, grandson Jeffrey, an infant granddaughter Mary Verenda; seven brothers Marshall, Harry Jr., Charles, Walt, John, Clifford, Ray; two sisters Etta and Mae;
Visitation: Friday, November 29, 2013 from 4 until 7 pm at Thompson larson Funeral Home, Powers Lake, ND
Funeral service: Saturday, November 30, 2013, at 11 am at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Powers Lake, ND
Burial: Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, Powers Lake, ND
Peterson, Orris "Pete"
June 17, 1938 - November 24, 2013
Orris Pete Peterson, 75, Minot, died Sunday, November 24, 2013 in his home.
Orris H. Peterson was born on June 17, 1938, a son of Henery and Evelyn (Sandberg) Peterson in Washburn, ND. He was raised and educated in Turtle Lake, ND.
On December 29, 1970, Orris was united in marriage to Violet Hoyt in Rapid City, SD. They made their home in Minot, where Orris worked for the Ward County Highway Department for over 25 years.
Orris enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing golf. He was a member of the Grace Fellowship Church of Burlington, ND.
He is survived by:
Wife, Violet, Minot;
Children:Kelly (Mary) Hoyt, Loveland, Co, Cheryl (Rick) Rogers, Johnstown, CO, Melinda Wharton, Grand Forks, ND, Anna (Gary Luke) Monahan, Broomfield, CO, Terry (David) Ward, Oak Hills, CA, sister Ann Lammermann, Minot, Lee (Betty) Peterson, Bismarck, ND; 10 grandchildren: 9 great-grandchildren; Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Orris was preceded in death by his parents, brother Shane Lovo and a brother-in-law Lynn Lammermann.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, friends may sign a guest register book on Friday, November 29, 2013 one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorial Service: Friday, November 29, 2013, 11 am at Grace Fellowship Church, located at 8300 29th Ave NW, Burlington, ND
Burial: A private family committal service will take place at a later date.
December 28, 1934 - November 23, 2013
Donovan Jensen, 78, Kenmare, ND, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Kenmare Community Hospital.
Donovan Martin Jensen was born December 28, 1934, the son of Martin and Olga (Jensen) Jensen, on the Jensen family farm near Norma, ND. He was raised on the family farm and educated at Rockford Township School. As a young adult, he worked construction for several years.
Donovan married Vallie Rosencrans on August 17, 1958, at Zion Lutheran Church in Berthold, ND. They made their home in Minot, Grand Forks, and later in Aurora, MN, before returning to farm north of Norma, ND, in 1967. They farmed small grains until retiring in the late 1990s. Following his retirement, he continued to help his son on the farm.
He was a member of Evanger Lutheran Church, rural Norma. He served on the Rockford Township Board for many years.
Donovan enjoyed hunting and looking forward to his brother-in-law, Herb, coming from Alaska to hunt with him each fall. He also enjoyed helping on the farm and visiting with family and friends. He especially loved spending time with his two granddaughters, going to their school activities, teaching them how to drive on the country roads and telling them stories.
His loving family includes: wife of 55 years, Vallie, Kenmare; sons, Ron (Marla) Jensen, Kenmare, and Richard Jensen, rural Norma; grandchildren, McKinzie and Marissa Jensen;
brother, Duane (Aurice) Jensen, Yuma, AZ; sister, Dorothy Bauer, Bismarck, ND; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donovan was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Rodney; infant brother, LaVern; and brother-in-law, Robert Bauer.
Funeral: Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Kenmare.
Interment: Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Norma, ND.
Visitation: Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church.
February 22, 1932 - November 22, 2013
Victor D. Witteman, 81, Minot, ND, formerly of Westhope, ND, passed away Friday, November 22, 2013, at ManorCare Health Services in Minot.
Victor Dale Witteman was born February 22, 1932, the son of Ed and Christine (Wright) Witteman, in Westhope, ND. He was raised and educated in Westhope, graduating from Westhope High School in 1950.
Following his high school graduation, he attended Minot State Teachers College for a year and then attended North Dakota State Agricultural College, now North Dakota State University, where he received a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He worked as a mechanical engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company in Los Angeles, CA, for a couple of years, and then for various companies throughout California.
He furthered his education by attending the University of Southern California, where he earned a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and also a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. He then worked in the electrical engineering field for several years before returning to North Dakota to assist his father with farming and electrical contracting.
He later worked at an Anti Missile Base near Langdon, ND, and then at Colstrip Electrical Power Plant in southeastern Montana, for a few years. He then returned to the family farm and farmed until moving to Minot in 1992.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Minot.
Surviving family includes: brother, Gary Witteman, Portland, OR; sister, Norma Bennett, Grand Forks, ND; and one niece, three nephews and a few cousins.
Victor was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Margaret Darlene Witteman; sister-in-law, Dorothy Witteman.
Funeral: Friday, November 29, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Interment: Westhope Cemetery, Westhope, ND.
Visitation: Friday one hour prior to the service at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to the Souris Valley United Way.
September 25, 1976 - November 22, 2013
Justin Blom, 37, of Lignite, ND passed away Friday November 22, 2013 due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Lignite.
Justin Dean Blom, the son of Donald and Marsha (Springsted) Blom, was born September 25, 1976 in Tioga, ND. He was raised in Lignite and graduated from Burke Central High School in 1995. While in high school, he played football and basketball and assisted his father with the operation of the family farm.
Following his high school graduation, he started his own repair shop, Justins Repair. He also worked with custom grain and gravel hauling, oil field services, and backhoe services.
On February 4, 1998 his first pride and joy, Brook, was born. On May 24, 2001 his mini-me, Mia, was born.
He was a member of the Lignite Church of God and the Lignite Fire Department, where he served as Fire Chief. He was also a driver for the Portal Ambulance Service and was the President of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
To those who knew Justin, he was like an M & M. He had a tough exterior but had a heart of gold. He had his grandfathers work ethic and loved building his business. He was a man of integrity and if you were his friend, you were a good friend. There was no brighter light in his life than his daughters Brook and Mia. He never missed their activities and ball games. He loved them to the moon and back.
Any spare minute he had was spent with the fire department. He loved the camaraderie with the Lignite Volunteer Fire Department. Justin was always willing to pitch in to better the community. There was never a question that Justin didnt have the answer to nor was there anything he couldnt fix. He was always willing to help whether it be moving snow, towing a car, or sweeping the floor in the fire hall.
He loved racing. He started racing when he was a freshman in high school and continued until the time of his death. He loved to camp, fish, ride his Harley, ride snowmobiles, and spend time with his girls and fiancée.
Heaven gained an amazing father, son, brother, grandson, nephew, friend, Fire Chief, handy man, and racecar driver.
Surviving family includes: daughters, Brook (15) and Mia (12); mother, Marsha Larson, Williston; sisters, Kayla (Josh) Dascher, Rochester, MN, and Megan (Matt) Kihle, Lignite;
nieces, Audrey and Trista Kihle; nephew, Nathan Dascher;
maternal grandmother, June Springsted, Lignite;
fiancée, Danyell Knutson, Lignite;
and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Justin was preceded in death by his father, Donald; maternal grandfather, Wendell Springy Springsted; paternal grandparents, Clarence and Helen Blom; uncles, Jerry and Les Springsted; and a close friend, Ashley Bakken.
Funeral: Friday, November 29, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Lignite.
Interment: First Lutheran Cemetery, Lignite, ND.
Visitation: Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. at Church of God in Lignite.
Family Prayer Service: Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Church of God in Lignite.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Brook and Mia Blom Trust Fund.
January 11, 1928 - November 22, 2013
Joyce Shuman, 85, Minot, died Saturday, 11/22, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Joyce Marie Hoiland was born January 11, 1928, the daughter of Daniel and Olava (Hilmo) Hoiland, in Wolseth, ND. She was raised in Wolseth and educated in Wolseth, Westhope and Minot. She graduated from Minot High School in 1945.
Following her high school graduation, she went to work for City Bakery for a short time and then Northwestern Bell Telephone, before beginning her employment as a Telephone Operator for Northern States Power Company.
Joyce married R.H. Rod Shuman May 11, 1951, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minot.They made their home in Minot, where she continued her employment at NSP. She retired from there in 1985. Following their retirement, they wintered in Las Vegas, NV, and spent the summer months at the cabin at Pouch Bay on Lake Sakakawea.
She was a former member of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minot and a member of Bread of Life Lutheran Church in Minot.
Her loving family includes: husband of 61 years, Rod, Minot; daughter, Jill Jones, Jackson, Tennessee; grandchildren, Nicole (Brian) Guin, and Melissa (Jason) Watson; seven great-grandchildren; step mother-in-law, Evelyn Shuman, Minot; brother-in-law, Morgan Simonson, Minot; sisters-in-law, Mabel Hoiland, Minot, and Jean Burdette, Mesquite, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mabel Simonson, Dora Johnson, Palma Johnson, Bergetta Evenson, Tilda Torgrimson, and Inga Wolseth; brothers, Odin, Roy, John, and Maynard Hoiland.
Funeral: Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot.
April 21, 1934 - November 21, 2013
Patricia Thom, 79, Minot, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2013 at her residence.
Patricia Krueger Thom was born April 21, 1934 in Jud, ND, the daughter of Leonard and Edith (Malm) Krueger. She was reared and educated in Jud and graduated from Jud High School in 1952.
She entered the St. Josephs School of nursing in Grand Forks, ND and graduated in 1955. Her first job as an RN was at the State Hospital in Jamestown, ND. In 1956, Patricia married James Thom and their son David was born in 1958. At that time she worked part time at Trinity Hospital in Jamestown until they moved to Minot in 1964. She started employment at St. Josephs Hospital in Minot and worked there until retirement in 1996. During this time she graduated from Minot State University with a BSN and also took post graduate courses at University of North Dakota and University of Mary. Following retirement she worked for a time at Trinity Nursing Home and worked for many years at City and Country Clinic.
Pat was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Surrey, the Surrey Senior Citizens and St. Josephs Hospital Auxiliary in Minot. For many years she was a member of the American Nurses Association, Oncology Nurse Society and continued to be a member of Omicron Sigma Theta Honor Nurses Society.
Pat is survived by her husband, Jim of 57 years, Minot; son, David (Kelly) Thom; granddaughters, Jessica (Anthony) Shepherd and Elizabeth Thom; great-granddaughter, Brynn Shepherd; step grandsons, Erik Kolb and Evan Hobbs; brothers, William (Jill) Krueger, Knapp, WI and Daniel (Pat) Krueger, Lake City, MN; several beloved nieces and nephews also survive. Pat was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm at First Lutheran Church, Minot
Visitation: Sunday, November 24 from noon-5:00 at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens in Minot
Memorial preferred to City and Country Clinic, St. Joseph Auxiliary or Trinity Hospice.
Eckmann, W. H. Wally
January 5, 1924 - November 19, 2013
W.H. (Wally) Eckmann, 89, Minot, ND, died Tuesday, November 19, 2013, in a Minot Hospital.
Wally Eckmann was born on January 5, 1924, in Chicago, Ill, the son of Myrtle (Bock) and Carl Johann Eckmann. He was raised in Fairmont, Minnesota and graduated from Truman, Minnesota High School in 1943.
He entered military service in June of 1943, serving in the Army and Army Air Corps, serving in the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa-Ie Shima) and was honorably discharged in 1946.
He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, Mankato State University, Minot State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montana, Missoula, MT in 1950.
Wally married Iris Engen on February 12, 1949, in Minot and they had three children.
He was a lumber salesman for three years for the Yaw-Kinney Co. of Great Falls, Mt, covering North and South Dakota.
He went into education in North Dakota, teaching in Kenmare, Max, Upham, and was Superintendent at DesLacs-Burlington for three years, and then principal at Dakota Elementary School at Minot Air Force Base for 11 years. In 1961, he graduated with a Masters in Education from the University of North Dakota.
In 1975, he left education and entered full time farming in the Berthold Area, which he continued until the time of his death.
Wally was a member of and Past President of the Minot Shrine Club, a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, a lifetime member of the Elks and the VFW. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Minot.
Survivors: wife, Iris Eckmann, Minot, sons, Engen Eckmann, Minot (Cathy Schmidt, Bismarck, ND), Bock (Dr. Terry) Eckmann, Minot, and Juli Ann Eckmann, Scottsdale, AZ. Six grandchildren, Aaron, Adam, Ethan (Lacey), Lindsey, Cole, and Katie, one great grandchild, Eli Eckmann.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle and Carl Eckmann.
Funeral: First Presbyterian Church, Minot, ND on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND
Visitation: Sunday, November 24, 2013, from noon to 5p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, ND
July 31, 1910 - November 16, 2013
Isabel Kraft, 103, Minot, ND, after a massive stroke, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Trinity Hospital in Minot. Her soul went immediately to Heaven because of her saintly life.
Isabel Katherine Robinson was born July 31, 1910, the daughter of Elmer and Mary (Braucher) Robinson, at the Robinson family farm, located six miles west of Berthold, ND. She was raised and educated in Berthold, graduating from Berthold High School.
Following high school, she attended Minot State Teachers College where she received her Standard Teaching Certificate. She then taught school at country schools near Douglas for three years.
Isabel met and later married Christopher J. Kraft December 3, 1931. They made their home in Minot for two years before moving to Glasgow, MT, for four years, and then Drake for four years. In 1943, they moved back to Minot, where she had resided since. Isabel worked for Montgomery Wards, Stevensons Clothing Store, and then for Trinity Hospital in the medical records department for 12 years. Chris passed away in October of 1983.
While living in Minot, she attended St. Leos Catholic Church and later became a member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Minot.
She enjoyed doing needle work, crocheting, reading, playing solitaire, doing puzzles, and watching Wheel of Fortune.
Isabels house was always the place to go if you needed something or to feel loved. She was the epitome of a Mother, and was the worlds greatest mother. Isabel was amazingly beautiful and attributed that to her Jergens Lotion and Ivory Soap. She was deeply loved by her family, relatives and many friends.
Surviving family includes: children, C. Duane (LaVonne) Kraft, Eagle, ID, Darlene Blessum, Steilacoom, WA, and Darrell (Jody) Kraft, Minot; grandchildren, Todd (Lisa) Kraft, Jeff (Melissa) Blessum, Jason Blessum, and Kevin (Brandi) Kraft, Kayla Kraft and her fiancé, Marcus Carter, and Kelby Kraft; five great-grandchildren, Joanna, Brian, Justin, Nicole, and Josh; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Isabel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chris; grandson, Barton Kraft; and great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Samuel Kraft; four brothers; and three sisters.
Funeral: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Little Flower Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to the In Home Ministry Program at Little Flower Catholic Church in Minot or Trinity Hospice in Minot.
February 5, 1957 - November 16, 2013
Steve Bauer----56, Kenmare, died Saturday, November 16, 2013 in his home.
Steven Alan Bauer was born on February 5, 1957, a son of Leonard and Ethel (Hanson) Bauer in Kenmare, ND. He was raised on the family farm and attended Kenmare Public School, graduating in 1975. Following graduation, he attended North Dakota State University and North Dakota State College of science for a time. He returned to Kenmare and took over the family farm.
On July 29, 1983, Steve was united in marriage to Elaine Moen at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Kenmare. They continued living and raising their family in rural Kenmare on the family farm. Steve enjoyed watching sports, listening to rock and roll music, visiting with friends and taking his dog Jersey on many pickup rides.
Those who shared in his life:
Wife Elaine, Kenmare; son Cole Bauer, Minneapolis, MN; daughters: Lisa (Paxton) Perlichek, Kenmare, ND; and Kiah Bauer, Grand Forks, ND;
Brothers: Roger (Kate) Bauer, Benson, MN, Paul (Bev) Bauer, Kenmare, ND, and John Bauer, St. Louis, MO; Sister: Kathleen Bauer, Kenmare; Brother-in-law: Gerald Stark, Spearfish, SD; mother-in-law: Gloria Moen, Kenmare, ND; sisters-in-law: Eileen Helmers, Kenmare, ND, Valerie Moen, St. Petersburg, FL; nieces and nephews: Amanda Bauer, Carrie Bauer, Rachel Bauer, Weston Bauer, Ashley Bauer, Tracey Stark, John (Britney) Stark, Gabriel Stark, Andrew Stark, Blair Helmers and Zack Helmers:
Steve was preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Ethel Bauer, father-in-law Mert Moen, sister Jean Stark, brother-in-law Todd Helmers and niece Heidi Stark.
Visitation: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 4 until 5 pm at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Kenmare
Vigil Prayer Service: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 5 pm at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Kenmare
Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 10:30 am at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Kenmare
Burial: St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery, Kenmare, ND
April 22, 1947 - November 16, 2013
Neva Wills, 66, Velva, passed away unexpectedly in her home on November 16, 2013.
Neva Marie Harne was born in Wadena, MN on April 22, 1947 to Marvin Carl Harne and Gladys (Marshall) Harne. She lived in Harvey, ND before moving to Velva where she attended Velva High School, serving as a cheerleader and majorette for the Aggies in her high school years. She married Gary Wills at Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva, on January 27, 1964. Together they had three children, Robbie, Melanie, and Michelle.
Neva and Gary lived in Velva for many years until Garys employment opportunities took them to Fernley, Nevada and later to Beulah, ND. Upon retirement, Neva and Gary returned to Velva, ND, the place where they had raised their children and the place that felt most like home.
Neva took great pride in her home and her family. She had a talent and passion for decorating and design. She was an incredible cook and her home was often filled with the smell of freshly baked bread. Neva loved to shop and she had a generous and giving spirit toward her family and others. Neva loved her grandchildren deeply and she was always offering up words of encouragement to them in their endeavors. She was a woman of deep faith and while we will miss her dearly, we find great comfort in knowing she is rejoicing in Heaven with the Lord and is once again reunited with her beloved son Robbie whom she had lost and missed so much.
Neva was preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Gladys Harne, her in laws Ralph and Margarette Wills and Lois and Carl Springstead, brother Gene Harne, and her son Senior Chief Robbie Jay Wills.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years Gary, Velva; daughters, Melanie Duchsherer, Minot, ND and Michelle (Carl) Hartsfield, Beavercreek, OH; her daughter-in-law Grace Wills Olongapo City, Philippines; grandchildren Margarette, Ryan, Jasmine, and Angel Wills, Christopher (Amy) Duchsherer, Matthew (Samantha) Duchsherer, Karli and Megan Hartsfield
Graveside service: will take place Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 2 pm at the Velva Community Cemetery, Velva, ND.
April 29, 1930 - November 14, 2013
Frank Haberlock, 83, Minot, passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013 in a Minot nursing home.
Frank Haberlock was born on April 29, 1930, a son of Andrew and Lena (Walter) Haberlock in Granville, ND. He was raised on the family farm and educated in Granville, ND.
On November 20, 1951, Frank was drafted into the United States Army. He served his country in a artillery unit as a corporal during the Korean Conflict, receiving the Korean Service Medal with two bronze service stars and the United Nations Service medal. Frank was honorably discharged on August 18, 1953.
Frank was united in marriage to Dorothy (Hartman) Nordstrom on December 3, 1971 in Minot. They made their home in Minot, where Frank worked as a service manager for Don Moe Dodge for many years. Frank, along with Dorothy, also managed the Henry Towers in Minot until retirement.
Frank loved the outdoors, gardening, fishing and fixing things. He was a member and past president of the Rainbow Garden Club and grew delicious vegetables each year, including cucumbers which turned into Dillies by Dottie. He was also a member of St. Leos Catholic Church, Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge, Eagles Club, Knights of Columbus, VFW Club and the Minot American Legion Post #26, where he was past commander, all of Minot.
He is survived by:
Wife of 42 years, Dorothy, and their beloved dog Toto both of Minot; son Kim (Sandy) Nordstrom, Surprise, AZ: two daughters: Coni (Clyde) Sissel, Phoenix, AZ; Patricia (Steven) Bennett, Mandan, ND; seven grandchildren: five great-grandchildren: sister: Rose Smith; Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Edward, Lyle, Joe, Andrew and sisters Kathryn and Magdalene.
Visitation: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 3 until 7 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot and one hour prior to the funeral mass on Wednesday at the church.
Vigil Prayer Service: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 11 am at St. Leos Catholic Church, Minot, located at 218 1st St SE, Minot
Burial: Thursday at 11 am at the North Dakota Veterans cemetery, Mandan
January 4, 1951 - November 13, 2013
Darlene Vetter, 62, Minot, died Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Darlene Beverly Cooke was born on January 4, 1951, a daughter of Francis and Violet Cooke in Harvey, ND. She was raised and educated in the Harvey area.
On August 23, 1969, Darlene was united in marriage to Joseph Vetter in Anamoose, ND. They made their home in Minot, where Darlene was a homemaker.
She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, embroidery, canning pickles and beets, baking and working with computers. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.
Darlene is survived by:
Husband Joe, Minot; daughter: Mandy (Chris) Weltikol, Minot; grandchildren: Brandon Weltikol, and Skylar Weltikol; great-grandson Aiden Weltikol; brother: Edward Cooke, Harvey, ND; sisters: Lorraine (Stanley) Pedersen, Harvey, ND, Ione (Raymond) Hanson, Custer, SD; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Tina Marie Vetter.
Visitation: Monday, November 18, 2013, from 3 until 7 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Vigil Prayer Service: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7 pm in Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 10:30 am Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
April 25, 1932 - November 13, 2013
Lois Hagel, 81, Minot, ND, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2013, in her home in Minot.
Lois Lucille Miller was born April 25, 1932, the daughter of Henry and Amanda (Schmidt) Miller, in Harvey, ND. She graduated from Harvey High School in 1949 and worked at the Harvey Lumber Yard and the Gambles store as a book keeper.
She married her husband, Raphael J. Hagel from Orrin, ND, on August 4, 1953 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Harvey, ND. Rays job with the railroad took them to various towns in North Dakota, eventually settling in Dunseith in 1962. While there Lois worked at the San Haven State Hospital as a Dietary Manager. While in Dunseith, Lois was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and was an active member of the Altar Society. Following her retirement from San Haven in 1989, Lois and Ray moved to Minot, ND, where they became members of Little Flower Catholic Church and where she was active in the St. Therese Church of the Little Flower Confraternity. Lois was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Early on Lois enjoyed snowmobiling, golfing, reading and gardening. She especially loved to go camping and fishing. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were extremely important to her. All who knew Lois were treated to her great sense of humor.
Lois is survived by her husband of 60 years, Raphael; five children, Curtis (Dodie) Hagel, Omaha, NE, LaRae (Frank) Evans, Owatonna, MN, David Hagel, Dunseith, ND, Denise (Terry) Marback, Devils Lake, ND, and Rachelle (Darrel) Peltier, Wasilla, AK; sister, Marlys Schimke, Bismarck, ND; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Amanda Miller; her sister, Alice Diebert; brothers, Richard and Norman Miller; and infant daughter, Ann Marie.
Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, November 18, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Little Flower Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Sunday at 4 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to Trinity Hospice in Minot.
February 27, 1950 - November 12, 2013
Darold Schumaier, 63, Minot, passed away Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Darold James Schumaier was born on February 27, 1950, a son of Ruben and Petronilla K. Pat (Schreiner) Schumaier in Riverdale, ND. He was raised and educated in Max and Garrison, ND.
Following his high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy. Due to a medical disability, he was honorably discharged in August of 1968.
Following his honorable discharge, he moved to Minot and began working for Lloyd Sannes at the Standard station. He then joined his father and brothers in Schumaier and Son Construction. He later moved to Arizona where he worked construction. He returned to Minot in November of 1993. Darold worked several jobs at Flexicoil, Morris and AEMSCO. Darold was once married to Linda Amundson.
Darold enjoyed watching NASCAR racing and college football.
Darold is survived by his mother, Pat Schumaier, Minot; brother, Glenn (Gloria Johnson) Schumaier, Minot; sisters, Diane (Arthur) Sprenger, Hillsboro, Oregon and Sandy (Vernon) Griffey, Minot; step-daughter, Christy Amundson and her son, Josh; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Darold was preceded in death by his father, Ruben; brother, Larry Schumaier; sister, Shelly (John) Stenberg; and nephew, Shane Schumaier.
Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 10:00 .m. at Little Flower Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Friday at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
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