THOMPSON-LARSON FUNERAL DIRECTORS
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December 30, 1931 - September 29, 2014
Phyllis Elaine Peterson was born December 30, 1931, the daughter of Alfred and Julia (Erickson) Peterson, on the rural family home near Carpio, ND. She loved learning fine needle work and embroidery from her grandmother and making lefsa and kringla with her mother. Her three younger brothers gave her many memorable moments, which were very entertaining to her own children. She attended the country school just down the road for eight years, and graduated from Carpio High School as the Salutatorian four years later. When a senior in high school, she was asked to go back to the country school and teach for the last couple of months as the teacher had surgery.
After completing twelve months at the Minot Business College, she started working in the business office at Oppens Grocery Store in Minot where she met the love of her life Glen Holter. They were united in marriage at the Carpio Lutheran Church on March 5, 1952. The couple made their home in Minot for a short time, then moved to a farm near Towner. During this time, Phyllis stayed home to raise their three children Glenda, Carla and Allen.
They moved back to rural Minot in 1960 where Glen was employed as the north central salesman for the Nash Finch Company, the second largest publicly traded wholesale food distributor in the United States. At the age of 36, he became ill with a blood disorder and was severely handicapped. Phyllis took a job in the business office at St. Josephs Hospital in 1961 and worked there until 1998. She began doing all calculations by hand and typing checks, but with the advent of computers, she was sent to several places across the country and learned computer programming. She even assisted three other hospitals and a large corporation set up their office computer systems.
Phyllis always had a deep, personal faith in God. She and Glen were members of Christ Lutheran Church in Minot. She enjoyed ladies Bible Studies. They both enjoyed volunteering their time at the Hostfest. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2012. Phyllis was a very quiet, calm, soft spoken woman. She loved to read, listen to music, and do embroidery in her free time. Her favorite times were family gatherings and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Phyllis touched many lives, but her greatest treasure was her family. Those who shared her life were her husband, Glen; daughter, Glenda (Russell) Fauske of Bottineau; son, Allen Holter (JoAnn Mosser) of Minot; grandchildren, Tyrell Fauske, Fargo; Austin Fauske, Bismarck; Betina (Douglas) Fry, Minot; Dustin (Trina) Holter, Minot; and Levi Holter, Fargo; great-grandson, Carter and great-granddaughter, Elsie Fry, Minot; great-grandsons, Lane and Wyatt Holter, and great-granddaughters, Kynlee and Mylee Holter, Minot; brothers, Don (Joyce) Peterson, Carpio; Darrel (Marlis) Peterson, Carpio; and David (Diane) Peterson, Bismarck; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Glen; daughter, Carla; and parents, Alfred and Julia Peterson.
Funeral Service: Friday, October 3, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot
February 24, 1923 - September 28, 2014
As a Minot State Teachers College student, Delores was active in campus life, was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, and performed in voice and piano. She earned a double major with honors in English and music education. Following her graduation from MSU, she taught one year each in Hettinger and Crosby.
On May 6, 1944, in New Orleans, Louisiana, she married Lieutenant Delbert Trip Triplett of Tolley, North Dakota. Following his discharge from the U.S. Navy, Trip finished his degree at Minot State Teachers College., and Trip and Delores were blessed with their first child, JoAnn. In 1946, they moved to Lansford, North Dakota, and sons Roger and Bill were born. Delores devoted her life to raising her family at home and teaching her students at Lansford High School, where she instructed English and music, and supervised drama, the annual, and the school paper.
Intrigued with learning and growing as a professional, Delores continued her education with studies in library science and reading special education, as well as taking graduate hours through the University of Mary. When she retired from secondary teaching, she became the Lansford Elementary Principal and reading tutor. She retired in 1988 with almost never taking a sick day.
Known for being an avid fan, she was referred to as the Cubs' number one fan. She rarely missed Rogers and Bills athletic events. She also supported the MSU alumni activities and was a Beaver Booster, attending many games.
Delores was devoted to her music and to her faith, joyfully serving the Lord. Mrs. Triplett played the organ for the worship services, in addition to teaching Sunday School and Bible School, serving on the Church Council, and being a member and officer of the WELCA group at Trinity Lutheran Church. She also served the community by playing the piano and organ at showers, weddings, funerals, and for Eastern Star. In the 1950s, she gave private piano lessons. She only missed one Lansford Memorial Day program in sixty years.
In their retirement, Trip and Delores continued operating Triplett Insurance Agency and spent their time gardening and bird watching. They enjoyed following Bills teams in Montana, watching Jo Ann and Bobs kids sporting activities, being Viking fans, and watching college sports. They were loyal American Legion and Lansford amateur baseball supporters for years.
Delores played bridge regularly with a group of ladies who became like sisters to her. Her favorite pastimes were reading and doing crossword puzzles. Her best days were when her former students, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren stopped over for visits. She was also very proud to direct the performances by the LHS chorus alum at school reunions.
In Trips passing, Delores continued to find ways to enjoy life. In 2006, she moved to Minot where her son, Roger, cared for her. When her poor vision made household tasks too difficult, she moved to Edgewood Vista, where she spent four years in her apartment and had good care. While there, she was able to enjoy the company of friends and family, along with the entertainment of books on tape. In the fall of 2012, Delores entered the Good Samaritan Center in Mohall.
Delores was a dutiful member of the Order of Eastern Star, Trinity Lutheran Church, the Lansford Bowling Association, N.D. Teacher's Association, Lansford Hi-Neighbors, and the Lansford Country Club. She served on the board of the Lansford Apartments Inc. and also sat on election boards after she retired.
Delores life, values, and talents touched so many and continue to impact lives today.
Survivors include: Daughter JoAnn (Robert) Savelkoul, Lake Metigoshe; sons Roger Triplett and Bill (Kara)Triplett , Minot; grandchildren Jill (Sedi )Halvorson, Fargo; Michael (Kelly) Savelkoul, Waukesha WI; Bart (Andrea) Savelkoul, Lansford; step-grandchildren Kyle, Casey, and Hunter Watson, Lambert, MT, and 6 great-grandchildren, John Gates (Jill Halvorson); Henry, Joseph, and Ginger Savelkoul (Bart Savelkoul); Ava and Robert Savelkoul (Michael Savelkoul). She was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away in 2000, and her parents.
Funeral Service: Friday, October 3, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Lansford, ND.
Visitation: Today, Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Burial: Grano Cemetery, Grano, ND
May 17, 1915 - September 28, 2014
Grace C. Houston was born on May 17, 1915, the daughter of George and Sigrid (Johnson) Houston in Burlington, ND. She was raised and educated in Burlington, graduating from Burlington High School in 1933, as class valedictorian.
Following her high school graduation, she worked as a cook/kitchen helper with the Civilian Conservation Corps while they were constructing the Lake Darling Dam.
On June 29, 1937, Grace was united in marriage to Albert Hauser at St. Marys Catholic Church in Foxholm. They made their home on a farm located in Foxholm Township of Ward County, where they started their family of seven children. In 1946, they moved to a farm located in St. Marys Township of Ward County, 2 ½ miles east of Foxholm. Albert passed January 19, 1962. Following her husbands death, she continued to reside on the farm and raise her family.
She was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church, Foxholm, and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers.
Grace enjoyed playing cards, yard work, gardening, fishing, reading, dancing, and quilting.
One of her favorite quotes was, Doesnt pay to get mad, youre just going to have to get glad again.
Her loving family includes: children: Larry (Marlys) Hauser, Foxholm, ND, Karen (Daniel) Rademacher, Minot, Janet Evanson, Burlington, ND, Peggy (Bruce) Elberg, Burlington, Michael (Kathy) Hauser, Minot; daughters-in-law: Linda Hauser, Foxholm, and Jean Hauser, Bothell, WA; grandchildren, Gayle Vickery, Julie Hauser, Paul Hauser, Michele Hammer, Karla Brown, Kimberly Brown, Todd Hauser, Kristi Bosch, Keri Schaaf, Steven Rademacher, Sheila Deaver, Kevin Rademacher, Keith Rademacher, Tamara Vetter, Lynette Hildebrand, Byron Evanson, Deanne Reeves, Ami Yale, Andrew Elberg, Jamie Hauser, Danette Hauser, Jesse Hauser;
39 great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Saiger, Kent, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Albert; an infant daughter; sons, Raymond and Stanley, and a son-in-law Buzz Evanson; infant grandson, Justin Hauser; siblings, Violet Gorde, George Houston, and Dorothy Thurow; and infant siblings, Eileen and Milton Houston.
Visitation: Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 4 to 7 pm at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Vigil Prayer Service: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7 pm at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, October 3, 2014, 11:00 am at St. Marys Catholic Church, Foxholm, ND
Burial: St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Foxholm, ND.
July 26, 1925 - September 28, 2014
Loretta Rataschak was born on July 26, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter of William and Bertha (Teschner)Rataschak. She was raised and educated on the south side of Chicago and was employed at First National Bank in downtown, Chicago. Loretta met her future husband while vacationing in North Dakota; Loretta and Marvin Grant Witt were united in marriage on April 12, 1953. They shared their lives with each other and their children until his passing in 2006.
Loretta had many and varied interests. While transitioning in early married life from living and working in the loop in Chicago, to a farming operation near Ryder, ND, she found herself in several new roles including: homemaker, mother, Sunday school teacher, 4-H leader, gardener, square dancer, LWML member, and exhibitor at the North Dakota State Fair.
Loretta was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Grant; her brother Walter, and a sister Eleanor.
Loretta is survived by:
Sons: John Witt, Bismarck, ND; Robert Witt, rural Douglas, ND;
Daughters: Karen Steenstrup, Minot, ND; Kathleen Fagerbakke, Marion, Iowa; Six grandchildren: one great grandson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Lorettas family expresses their sincere appreciation and deep gratitude for the three years of exemplary care their mother received while at the Benedictine Living Center of Garrison. The family requests that any memorials may be sent to the Benedictine Living Center PO Box 219, Garrison, ND 58540, or the Our Savior Lutheran Church, 3705 11th St SW, Minot, ND 58701.
November 23, 1959 - September 24, 2014
Ronald Lee Rosenthal was born on November 23, 1959, a son of Bernard and Phyllis (Gross) Rosenthal in Minot, ND. He was raised and educated in Minot, attending Minot Public Schools. He furthered his education by attending Minot State University.
Ron worked various jobs throughout his lifetime, including working construction at Coal Creek Mine, and Trinity Health. Ron enjoyed fishing and coin collecting.
Ron is survived by:
Mother Phyllis Rosenthal, Minot; Father: Bernard Rosenthal, Minot;
Sister: Kathy (Steve) Gladback, Minot; step-siblings: Joe Gieser, Minot, Bruce (Paula) Gieser, Lake Havasau, AZ, Judy (Steve) Hoff, Minot, Linda (Randy) Nielsen, Minot; nieces and nephews: Megan, Jared, Kayla, Brianna, Janell, Alex, Bethny, Brittany and Brady; uncle Daniel Gross, Eugene, OR; aunt Janet (Jim) Roberts, Eagleville, MO;
He was preceded in death by step-mother Carol Rosenthal, step-brothers Kevin Gieser and Wayne Gieser, maternal grandparents Jacob and Katherine Gross and paternal grandparents Art and Marion Rosenthal.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, friends may sign a guest register on Monday, September 29, 2014 from 2 until 6 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Graveside Service: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 2 pm at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
Lundeen, Clarence "Belle"
December 18, 1947 - September 22, 2014
Clarence Lyle Belle Lundeen was born December 18, 1947, the son of Clarence Lundeen Sr. and Myrtle (Rode) Lundeen, in Devils Lake, ND. He was raised and educated in Minot, ND, graduating from Minot High School in 1966.
Following his high school graduation, he joined the North Dakota National Guard as a medic and served for several years.
Belle was once married to Nancy Cole. From this union, a son, Clarence III, was born. He later married Diane Scott. From this union, a son, Troy, was born. They were later divorced.
Belle and Marilyn Burgess were married in 1982, and although this union ended in divorce, they remained constant companions. She was the love of his life.
Belle was blessed with five grandchildren, who were the highlight of his life. He looked forward to every one of their visits.
His father, Clarence Sr. was in the automotive body shop business and Belle and his brothers started their careers working with their father. Each one later owned their own auto body shops. Belle eventually became intrigued by the hospitality business and went on to own several lounges, motels and commercial real estate buildings. Customers would rarely see him without his dog, Bach, by his side.
In his spare time, Belle enjoyed traveling, sailing and spending time on his house boat. He had a great appreciation for contemporary art, and the finer things in life. Belle was truly an original.
He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.
Surviving family includes: sons, Clarence Lundeen III, and his fiancée, Nichole Petras, Minot, ND, and Troy (Kim) Lundeen, Beavercreek, OH; special companion, Marilyn Lundeen, Minot, ND;
grandchildren, Brock, Canton, OH, Blake, Minot, Beau and Baylee, both Alamaogordo, NM, and Brody, Beavercreek, OH;
brothers, Jerome (Janice) Lundeen, Minot, ND, and Darwin (Myong) Lundeen, Fairbanks, AK; sisters, Donna (Elmer) Panasuck, Harrisburg, PA, and Delilah (Charles) Dintimen-Voss, Picayune, MS; aunt, Ruth Schultz, Minot, ND;
and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Madison Scott Lundeen; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Funeral: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
November 17, 1936 - September 22, 2014
Vernon was born to Harris and Clara (Pollak) Eymann on November 17, 1936 at Kenmare, North Dakota. He lived in Kenaston and attended the Kenaston School until his family moved into Kenmare. He attended the Kenmare Public School for 6th grade, and then St. Agnes Academy until his graduation in 1955.
He married Rosina Roehrich at St. Anthony's in Linton on June 11, 1956. He worked for International Harvester from 1956 to 1964 at which time he went to work for Earl Schwartz Co. He was employed at the farm until the time of his passing, except for a short break in 1980 and 1981 when he worked for Gooseneck Implement and Bomac Drilling.
His hobbies included leather craft, archery, woodworking, gardening, attending toy shows, and adding to his extensive collection of farm toys to fill his museum. He constructed a large train set and was especially talented at building 1/16 scale tractors from scratch, some of which he sold to other collectors. He enjoyed showing his tractors/implements at various Toy Shows in ND and usually had a grandchild or two with him to display their farm scene. He and Rose traveled to the National Toy Show in Dyersville, IA numerous times where he would always find one more toy to add to his collection. He also enjoyed taking short trips on his Harley. A more recent hobby of Vern's was restoring old John Deere and IH tractors which he showed at the Pioneer Village.
Vernon is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rosina; three children: Jim (Peggy) Eymann of Palmer, AK, Deb (Mick) West of Montrose, CO, and Dennis Eymann of Kenmare; seven grandchildren: Micheal (Melissa) Eymann of Wasilla, AK, Matthew Eymann of Anchorage, AK, Maria Eymann of Palmer, AK, Alissa (Chris) Parsze of Flagstaff, AZ, Shana (David) Combs of Montrose, CO, Kelsey West of Montrose, CO, and Brian West of Denver, CO; four great-grandchildren: Trent and Aria Eymann of Wasilla, AK, and Alacrity Combs and Kasen West of Montrose, CO; several beloved pets, Gidget, Tasha, Molly, and Beretta; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Duane Eymann; grandchildren, Moriah and Marcus Eymann and Michael West; a sister, Joyce Schoenborn; and a number of brothers- and sisters-in-law.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Kenmare.
Visitation: Friday, September 26, 2014 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. at the St. Agnes Catholic Church, Kenmare.
Burial at St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery, Kenmare.
July 5, 1956 - September 22, 2014
Neil Edward Johnson was born July 5, 1956, the son of Earl and Elaine (Whitson) Johnson, in Minot, ND. He was raised in Deering and educated in Minot.
In the fall of 1985, he moved with his parents to Minot, where Neil was placed with REM. He was later enrolled for services at the Minot Vocational Adjustment Workshop, now known as KALIX. During this time, he worked in various capacities. Fridays to him was payday and Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays were his days off, which he always kept track of.
He was a member of 2nd Story in Minot. He really enjoyed playing Bingo and dance nights.
He enjoyed clocks, mainly shopping for them. He never had too many. He enjoyed watching television and keeping the REM staff on their toes.
Surviving family includes: brother, Lance (Darla) Johnson, Deering; sister, Dana (Donald) Henson, Deering; nieces, Holly Johnson and her fiancé, Ryan Sebo, and Brooke Johnson and fiancé, Cody Hilliard; nephews, Luke Johnson, Dale (Karla) Henson, Scott Henson, and Derek Henson; one great niece; four great nephews and numerous cousins.
Neil was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Leslie Bunky Corbin; and many aunts and uncles.
Funeral: Friday, September 26, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Bread of Life Lutheran Church, 1415 17th Ave SW, Minot.
Interment: St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery, Deering, ND.
Visitation: Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to 2nd Story in Minot.
October 28, 1923 - September 22, 2014
Sylvia Y. (Anderson) Spelhaug was born October 28, 1923 in Sioux County, IA to Melvin and Clara Anderson. She attended grade school in rural Hudson, SD and graduated from Hudson, SD High School in 1941.
She moved to Berkeley, CA in 1942 & worked in the Moore Shipyards of Oakland, CA for a few years. She moved to North Dakota in 1946 and married Minor G. Spelhaug on October 22, 1947. The couple farmed for several years near Glenburn, ND until moving to Southern California (Los Angeles area) in 1954. She worked in the secretarial field for an electronics firm, then for the Air Force and finally for the U.S. Postal Service in Inglewood, CA for 13 years. She retired in July of1978 and returned to N.D., due to her husbands forced retirement because of his poor health.
After her husbands death in 1990, she moved to Canton, SD and has remained there since. She was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church of Minot, ND and continued to maintain that membership, albeit, long distance.
In addition, she enjoyed music, travel, crossword puzzles, cooking, baking, and gardening.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas & Charmaine Spelhaug, Sioux Falls, SD; her grandson, Erik Spelhaug, Canton, SD; siblings Nila (George) Krenos, Marinette, WI, Doris Krenos, Yankton, SD, and Delores (Robert) Gwinn, Yankton, SD; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.
Visitation at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton will be Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 2-8 p.m., family present 5-7 p.m.
Funeral services in Minot, ND will begin at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 26 at Bethany Lutheran Church.
Family will be present to greet visitors one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot, ND or the charity of your choice.
June 18, 1940 - September 16, 2014
Alan Lee Nordell was born on June 18, 1940, a son of Ben and Luella (Harrington) Nordell in Williston, ND. He was raised and educated in Williston, graduating from high school in 1958. Alan furthered his education by attending the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, (UND), where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business degree. While in college, Alan was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and was instrumental in raising funds to build a new fraternity house.
Alan enlisted into the United States Army on October 12, 1963. He proudly served his country in Europe until his honorable discharge as a 1st Lieutenant on September 19, 1965. Following his discharge, Alan returned to North Dakota and earned his accounting degree from UND.
On June 4, 1966, Alan was united in marriage to Margaret Halcrow in Drayton, ND. They made their home in Duluth, MN, where Alan worked in banking. He took his Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Exam and upon completion, moved to Fargo, where he worked as a CPA for the Eide-Helmeke CPA firm. In 1973 the family moved to Dickinson where he worked as a CPA and also assisted in the operations of the family ranch in Williston. Upon the sale of the ranch, they moved to Grand Forks where Alan worked with the Drees-Riskey-Nordell firm. In1990 they moved to the San Francisco East Bay area . Alan then began working as an independent CPA. He continued in private practice when they moved to Minot in 1993 and he retired in 2007.
Alan would do anything for his family, especially his son Peter. Alan was active with Peters hockey, organizing a traveling hockey team that would travel into Canada, named the "Red Machine." He had many other involvements in Grand Forks youth hockey including bolstering the financial strength of youth hockey by raising money for the Blue Line Club. He was instrumental in the building of the Eagles Arena. His contributions were acknowledged by the Grand Forks Hockey Association. In Minot he gave back to the hockey community by helping in the front office of the Minot Top Guns and also billeted players in his home. In addition to sporting events, Alan collected coins and sports memorabilia. He enjoyed working on the ranch and was a tremendous cook. He was a member of the Elks, was a Shriner and a member of the American Legion.
Alan is survived by:
His wife of 48 years Dr. Margaret Nordell, Minot; son: Peter Nordell, Pasadena, CA;
Sister: Gail (Charles) Nielson, Grand Rapids, MN; brother Ben Nordell (Bonnie) Florida
Alan was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation: Friday, September 19, 2014 from 2 until 6 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Funeral Service: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1 pm at Trinity Homes Chapel, located on the third floor of Trinity Homes, located at 305 8th Ave NE, , Minot, ND
Burial: A private family committal service will take place at a later date
August 17, 1921 - September 16, 2014
Evelyn Ardella Field was born August 17, 1921, the daughter of Hjalmer and Lena (Olson) Field, on the family farm located north of Butte, ND. She was raised on the family farm and attended country schools in the area. She graduated from Butte high School as the Salutatorian of her class in 1939. Evelyn was proud of her Norwegian heritage and could speak the language most of her life.
Evelyn met Joseph Kasper while in high school and they were high school sweethearts. When WWII began, Joe joined the Army Air Corps and Evy went to work in the shipyards, insulating battleships to help the war effort. When the war was over, they married on January 10, 1947, in Butte, ND. They made their home in Butte, where they owned and operated the grocery/dry goods store for a time.
In 1953, they moved to Minot, where Evy stayed home with her two daughters, Beverly Bev and Bonita Bonnie for many years cooking, baking, and being a mom. Evy worked in downtown Minot for many years, the last of which, was Minot Drug for 20 years. Evy loved to sew, crochet, and take care of her yard. Evy enjoyed trips to the casino and her tickets. Her last gambling trip was her 90th birthday.
Evy became a resident of ManorCare at the age of 90. She continued to be the wonderful, loving, caring mother she always had been.
Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Bev Elberg, Minot; granddaughters, Denae (Garrett) Bossert, Velva, and Dena (Michael) Houmann, Minot; grandsons, Cody Kluck and Callahan Kluck, both of North Glen, CO; former son-in-law, Clive Kluck, Aurora, CO; twin great-granddaughters, Riley and Kennedy Blackburn; step great-grandsons, Gage and Gavin Bossert; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Don and Beaty Kasper, Minot; sister-in-law, Sally Kasper, Fargo; brother-in-law, Terry Heil, Seattle; and many nieces and nephews.
Evelyn was preceded in death by, her husband, Joseph Kasper, who passed away in September of 1994, her daughter, Bonnie Kluck, who passed away in January of 2014, sister, Doris Madison, and many sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws.
Funeral: Friday, September 19, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials: are preferred to Christ Lutheran Church Building Fund or to an organization of the donors choice.
Benshoof, Marguerite "Marge"
November 23, 1916 - September 15, 2014
Marguerite Sara Marge Olson was born November 23, 1916, the daughter of Albert and Myrtle (Bormuth) Olson, in Bowbells, ND. She was baptized at the United Methodist Church in Bowbells. She was raised in Burke County and attended a rural school in the area and later Bowbells Public School.
Marge married Harry E. Benshoof October 6, 1935, in Bowbells, ND. They made their home in Denhoff, ND, for a short time before moving to Bowbells. They later moved to a farm located in Richland Township of Burke County, near Flaxton, ND, where they farmed small grains and raised livestock. They retired from farming in 1979. Harry passed away April 11, 1981.
Following her husbands death, she made her home in Kenmare and wintered in Mesa, Arizona.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Bowbells, was active in the United Methodist Church in Kenmare, and the Kenmare Senior Citizens. She was also a member of the Pull-to-Gether Homemakers Club for over 50 years, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Royal Neighbors of America, and the Order of the Eastern Star.
She enjoyed quilting, playing Rumicube, jig saw puzzles, gardening, and flowers. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and visiting with her friends.
Her loving family includes: Children, Shirley Lindquist, Kenmare, Alvey Lee Benshoof, Klamath Falls, OR, Eileen Furnari, Kenmare, Kenneth A. (Nataliya) Benshoof, Mesa, AZ, and Carol (Norman) Story, Everett, WA and Mesa, AZ; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren; many step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren;
Brothers, Robert (Betty) Olson, Kalispell, MT, and Lawrence Olson, California;
Sisters, Viola Vondal, Walhalla, ND, Martha McLean, Texas, Darlene (Roy) Jensen, Powers Lake, and Lora Mae (Mickey) Schultz, Mobridge, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marge was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry; son, Harry E. Benshoof Jr.; son-in-law, Darvin Lindquist; daughter-in-law, Jean Benshoof; brothers, Alvin, Lewis, and Raymond Olson; sisters, Florence Jensen, LaVerna Westberg, and Inez Mellon; and infant sister, Betty Olson.
Funeral: Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Nazarene, Kenmare.
Interment: Bowbells Cemetery, Bowbells, ND.
Visitation: Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to an organization of the donors choice.
October 22, 1926 - September 15, 2014
Arthur Heisler was born October 22, 1926, the son of Thomas and Philomena (Schwahn) Heisler at the family farm south of Esmond, North Dakota. He was baptized into the Catholic faith at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Selz. He attended East Fork #1 School in Benson County graduating from the eighth grade. He helped his family farm until entering the Army Air Corp in February of 1945 where he served his country during World War II. He was honorably discharged in March of 1947.
Art was united in marriage to Fern Bendickson on April 17, 1946 at the home of Father O-Neil in Harvey, while he was home on a two-week furlough from his post in Illinois. Upon his discharge from the service they made their home in Harvey for a short time before moving to Velva in June of 1952. Art begin his career as a union man with Farmers Union Oil Co. in Velva on July 16, 1952. In 1969 the family moved to Westhope where Art was the manager of the Farmers Union Oil Station there. They returned to Velva in 1970 and Art worked for Gene Watne, grain farming, until 1973. On February 19, 1973 he returned to work at the Farmers Union and retired from there.
Art was a member of St. Cecilias Catholic Church in Velva, ND and served on the Holy Cross Cemetery Board for over 40 years. He was very devoted to his work at the cemetery and spent countless hours overseeing the care & beautification of it. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion Post 39 of Velva, the Eagles Club Aerie 3080 of Harvey and the Velva Senior Citizens.
Art was a loving husband, dad, father-in-law, grandpa, brother, son and uncle. He enjoyed fishing and missed that in recent years as he had been unable to enjoy this pastime. He enjoyed going to the casino with Fern and later with friends, he loved gardening and flowers and took special pride in his yard, which always was meticulously groomed. He passed on his love of cars and all things with motors to his sons. His greatest joy was his family. He had a special love, pride and patience for his grandchildren who could not have asked for a more special grandpa. His home was a special gathering place, especially on Sunday mornings. He had a quick wit and sassiness and would continually amaze his family with some of the things that he said. Even in his last days he made us laugh.
Those who shared in his life: Daughters, Kathy Schatz and her husband, Wayne, Butte, Sandra Rosendahl and her husband, Denis, Bismarck, Cindy Keller and her husband Pius, Harvey; sons, Kevin and his wife Val, Velva, Keith and his wife Amy, Velva, Michael and his wife Alexia, Velva, son-in-law, Lowell Hankel Sr. (who was married to his daughter, Linda, who preceded him in death) Puyallup, Washington; grandchildren, Lowell Hankel Jr. and his wife Michele, Jamie Hankel and his wife, Alisha, Amy Nechiporenko and her husband, Blaine, Susie Franklin and her husband Travis, Christine Krizan and her husband Jason, Wade Ten Eyck, Angela Olson and her husband Steven, Kari Geerdes and her husband Grant, Craig Keller and his wife Janell, Kayla Hammargren and her husband Kurt, Danielle Hager, Erica Heisler, Tasha Heisler, Nathaniel, Coby and Haley Heisler; step grandaughter, Kristina Rosendahl; ( 24 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren) great grandchildren, Leah Aves, Kylee Dann, Isabel and Aiden Hankel, Kira and Cole Nechiporenko, Zachary and Alyssa Franklin, Morgan, Jaiden and Thomas Krizan, Rochelle, Carleigh and Braedenn Olson, Addysen, Olyvia and Trysden Geerdes, Ashley, Isaac, Ryleigh & Annaley Keller, Kellan Hammargren, Bailey Tvedt; step great-grandchild Noelle Rosendahl; great-great grandchildren, Kelson & Colbie Aves. Sisters, Ernestine Schindler and her husband Lyle, Harvey and Judy Ann Heisler, Bismarck. Brothers, Daniel and his wife Bonnie, Devils Lake, Melvin, Velva, Eugene, Velva and Thomas, Mina, SD. Devoted friend Thelma Palmberg, Velva. Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Fern (2002), daughter Linda Hankel (1988), grandsons Dustin Schatz (2012) and Kyle Keller (2014), sisters Lorraine Schmidtgal, brothers Ewald, Leonard, Norbert and Marvin. Sisters-in-law, Alvina Heisler, Patty Heisler and Ivy Heisler. Brother-in-law, Ted Schmidtgal.
Visitation will be on Friday, September 19, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Velva, ND
Vigil Prayer Service will be on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7 p.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Velva, ND
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Velva, ND
Burial: Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Velva, ND.
Memorials are preferred to the Holy Cross Cemetery maintenance fund, the Velva Ambulance or the donors choice.
Burtch, Marcella "Dolly"
December 10, 1931 - September 14, 2014
Marcella was born on December 10, 1931, a daughter of Abel and Lillian (Reamer) Beaton in Grilley Township, ND. She was raised and educated in the Deering area, graduating from Deering High School in 1949. She furthered her education by attending Minot Business College.
On April 4, 1951, Marcella was united in marriage to Lowell Burtch. They lived in Maryland Township, where together they raised their family. They also raised small grains, beef and dairy cattle. On weekends Marcella would work at her brothers motel in Minot. Marcella managed Minot City Cab Company from 1997 until 2007. Lowell passed away on May 21, 1998.
Marcella was a member of the Deering Lutheran Church, where she was active teaching Sunday School, played the piano and was active with the ladies circle. She served as secretary for the township. Marcella was also a 4-H leader of the Klever Klipperettes. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by all that knew her.
Marcella is survived by:
Daughters: Gloria Lincoln, Plateville, CO, Lynette Burtch-Blake, Minot; son Michael Burtch, Minot;
Eight grandchildren: Alan Chorlton-Burtch, Madison Burtch, Brandon, Eric, Tyler and Travis Burtch, Tiffany Gray; Arthur Scott;
One brother: Lyle Beaton, Rapid City, SD; former daughter in law: Pamela Chorlton-Anderson, Minot; Beloved dog Missy.
Marcella was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lowell, brother Arthur Weber, two grandchildren Daniel Ell and Shanon Gotvaslee;
Visitation: Sunday, September 21, 2014, noon until 5 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Funeral Service: Monday, September 22, 2014, 11:00 am at Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot
Burial: Monday at 1:30 pm at Norwich Lutheran Cemetery, Norwich, ND
April 20, 1946 - September 12, 2014
Marilyn was born on April 20, 1946, in Superior, WI, the daughter of Gene (Albright) Nelson and Robert Theodore Nelson. She was raised along with two younger brothers in Superior, WI, Minot, ND, Grand Forks, ND, Cleveland, OH and later Whittier, CA. Marilyn graduated from Minot High School in 1964. She attended Minot Business College, Minot State University, the University of Wisconsin, and in 1985 the Santa Fe Community College where she was able to tutor and teach after graduation.
Marilyn once worked for the Minot Daily News as a librarian and the Minot Vocational Workshop on 2 occasions, once as a bookkeeper and finally as a counselor. She also had worked for the State of Minnesota, the State of Wisconsin, and the State of Florida as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor until illness forced her to retire. After retiring she was able to pick up the gift of Poetry which was published in Europe as well as the United States of America.
Marilyn was united in married to Robert Lee Merritt on December 4, 1982, in a private ceremony at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Gainesville, FL. To that union the couple had one son, Todd. The couple later divorced.
Marilyn enjoyed her Bible Studies, singing (until forced to quit after a train derailment), writing poetry, crocheting and traveling with her son Todd.
Marilyn was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Minot, North Dakota Association of the Blind, NDCAC, Zonta International, the Minot Community Development Committee, and the local support group for the Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals.
Survivors: son, Todd Michael Merritt, Minot; brothers, Roger (El Rita) Nelson, Bismarck, ND and Mark (Pat) Nelson, Omaha, NE and three nieces and one nephew.
Funeral Service: Monday, September 22, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Minot
Visitation: Sunday, September 21, 2014, from Noon until 4 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
April 28, 1951 - September 12, 2014
Jerald was born on April 28, 1951 to John and Dorothy Arnott in Minot. After graduating high school he joined the U.S. Navy. When station in Puerto Rico, he met his wife Gladys. Upon returning to Minot he worked for the city of Minot until he retired.
Jerry was an avid hunter and fisherman. Jerry was very passionate about playing pool and participated in many leagues over the years, winning multiple tournaments. He loved spending time with his grandsons.
Survivors: His loving wife of 42 years, Galdys; daughter Sarah; grandsons, Kolben and Kesler; brothers, John (Sharon) Apland, and Jim (Donna) Arnott; sisters, Phyllis Wilson and Carol Mullikin; nephews, John, Jamie (Charisse), and Jason Apland, Chad and Chase Wilson, James (Savannah) and John Arnott, and Brady Mullikin; nieces, JoAnn Apland Kemaldean and Dawn Harvey Amon.
Jerald is preceded in death by his parents John and Dorothy Arnott.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, September 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Leos Catholic Church, Minot.
Visitation and Prayer Service: Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a Vigil Prayer Service at 7 p.m. all at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
March 14, 1938 - September 12, 2014
Frances Sylvia Smesrud was born March 14, 1938, the daughter of Selmer and Mina (Wolhowe) Smesrud, in Minot, ND. Her father, Selmer, passed away when she was five months old. She was raised in Carpio until age three, when she moved with her family to Granville, ND. She was confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Granville and graduated from Granville High School.
Following her high school graduation, she took secretarial courses at Minot Business College and graduated from there in 1957.
Frances married Carl Loftesnes November 3, 1957, at North Prairie Lutheran Church near Velva. They made their home in Minot, where she worked at Motor Service Company for one year. In 1958, they moved to Velva, where she worked for many years alongside her husband at Velva Lumber Co., and served as bookkeeper until it closed in 1985. She then worked as a CNA at the Souris Valley Care Center for a time. During the time she lived in Velva, she had also served as an EMT with the Velva Ambulance. Carl passed away April 28, 1986.
Following her husbands death, she continued to reside in Velva and worked as a receptionist at the Velva Clinic for several years. In 1999, she moved to Minot and began working at St. Josephs Home Health and Hospice, which later became Trinity Home Health and Hospice, until her retirement in 2007.
She was a member of Oak Valley Lutheran Church in Velva, where she was active for 41 years with the womens circle, Sunday school, and the Bible study groups. While living in Minot, she became a member of First Presbyterian Church in Minot. She was proudly a member of Oak Valley Lutheran Church at the time of her death.
She enjoyed playing dominoes with her friends, embroidering, playing games, and was a good friend and caregiver to many. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with friends and family. She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who will be greatly missed.
Her loving family includes: children Teri (Tim) Kvamme, Voltaire, Gregory (Denise) Loftesnes, Okinawa, Japan, and Laura (Donald) Malchose, Minot; grandchildren Casey Kvamme (Lacy Degele), Matthew Kvamme, Ashley (Preston) Bauer, Andrew Loftesnes, Grant Loftesnes, Stephen Loftesnes, and Addison Malchose; great-grandchildren Hailee Kvamme, Taiten Kvamme, and Ashlyn Degele; sister Laurel (Herbert) Livingston, Minot; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Corinne (Eugene) Keyes, Christel Loftesnes, Everett Loftesness, Howard (Jenell) Loftesnes, and Sandy Loftesnes; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence and Olive Loftesnes; brother, Elmo (Marlys) Smesrud; brothers-in-law, Hobert Rosencrans, Robert Loftesnes, and Richard Loftesnes; sister-in-law, Betty Loftesness.
Funeral: Friday, September 19, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva.
Interment: Velva Community Cemetery, Velva ND.
Visitation: Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, and on Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials: Preferred to the Carl Loftesnes/Tony Swedlund Scholarship at the Velva Public School, the Velva Ambulance, Souris Valley Care Center or to Valley View Manor.
January 1, 1920 - September 6, 2014
Glenn E. Dickey was born on January 1, 1920, the third child of eleven to Frank and Clara (Northouse) Dickey on the family farm near Norwich, ND. He was raised and educated in the Norwich and Sawyer area. His family once farmed the area which is now Sunset Memorial Gardens, north of Minot. Times were tough during the Dirty Thirties and Glenn worked hard at various jobs. At the age of 17, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, and was stationed at Priest River Idaho, where he built roads and fought fires. Glenn returned to Minot, where he assisted his parents on a dairy farm.
In 1940, enlisted into the United States Army. He did his training in Fort Lewis, WA, Cheyenne, WY, and Mojave Desert. He deployed from New York to France aboard the Queen Mary, which was a one week voyage. As a member of Pattons Army, Glenn served with the 90th Infantry Division, 3rd Army as a Staff Squad Leader, serving in France, Germany, and Belgium. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, a turning point of WWII. Glenn took charge and led his men in crossing the Rhine River in pontoons. Glenn was wounded twice and was awarded two Purple Hearts, Bronze Star, WWII Victory medal and other European medals. As a foot soldier, he basically walked across France and Germany during his 14 months and 29 days of service. In 1945, after two weeks on a troopship, he returned to North Dakota.
At a perchance meeting, one night in 1947, he met the love of his life, Alice Kessler. On October 16, 1948, Glenn was united in marriage to Alice in Minot. They made their home in Minot, where Glenn worked at a Dairy Farm, Dakota Transfer, Sweetheart Bakery, Great Northern Railroad, drove ambulance and retired from General Services at the Federal Courthouse, upon his retirement, Glenn received a letter from President Ronald Reagan, thanking his for his service to the Federal Government by never missing a day of work. During that timeframe, he and Alice also cared for Alices mother Lillian. He had a strong work ethic and always strived his best. Glenn and Alice spent their 58 years of marriage in Minot and were rarely separated. He loved her deeply and faithfully cared for her until she passed away on died July 13, 2007. Glenn continued to live in Minot. Glenn was a lifetime member of the Disabled American veterans, Minot American Legion Post #26, VFW Club, and the Moose Lodge, all of Minot
Glenn was a self taught woodworker and enjoyed tinkering in his garage, and had every type of tool imaginable. He and Alice were regulars at all the Flea Markets and Craft Shows around the state selling wooden creations they made together.
In 2011, accompanied by his niece Renee, Glenn had the privilege to take part in the Rough Rider Honor Flight to visit WWII monuments in Washington, DC. This was also Glenns first plane ride. He said It was like sitting at home in my chair. Glenn was part of the Greatest Generation who simply did the job they were called to do, and came home to blend in. We salute them and may they rest in peace. Glenn often said, He wasnt proud of what he had to do, but wasnt ashamed of it either.
Glenn was a beloved husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. Although he and Alice never had children, they treated their nieces and nephews as their own. Their home was always open anytime especially during the holidays and summer.
Those left to honor his memory: a sister Nadora Backmeier, Flushing, MI; sister-in-law: Tina Collom, Minot; brother-in-law: Harding Sollid, Minot; eleven nieces and nephews, eight grand nieces and nephews and 10 great-grand nieces and nephews.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, wife Alice a sister Nadine Sollid, and brothers Jim, Bob, Joy, Lynn,. DeWaine, Dorman, Don and Grover .
Visitation: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 1 until 7 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Funeral Service: Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:30 at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
July 15, 1948 - September 4, 2014
Jenice M. Forness was born July 15, 1948, the daughter of Johnny and Mary (Van Hove) Forness, in Minot. She was raised and educated in Carpio, ND, graduating from Carpio High School in 1966. Jen was very active in the 4H program and received many awards including the God, Home and Country award, the highest award for females in 4H. Following her high school graduation, she attended Minot State College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She taught at the elementary school in Flasher, ND for one year.
Jen married Curtis C. Schall May 1, 1971, at Carpio Lutheran Church. They made their lifelong home in Minot, where she worked at Trinity Nursing Home as a dietary aide for three years. She then began her employment as a loan specialist for USDA Housing and Rural Development, where she remained employed until her retirement in 2007. Jen received a great deal of recognition and a number of awards during her 33 years with the USDA.
She was a beloved and long-standing member of Zion Lutheran Church in Minot, where she was very active in all aspects of congregational life; Jen was previously the president of the congregation and was most recently the chairperson of the trust fund committee.
Jen was known for her devotion to her children and grandchildren, and was the heart of her family. She made her home into a warm gathering place for holidays and celebrations, and she was often seen supporting her grandchildren at games and events, proudly wearing the logo of the Williston Coyotes, where two of her grandchildren attend school.
She enjoyed many hobbies, including camping, travelling, and many arts and crafts. Together with her husband Curt, she travelled to Italy, Jamaica, England and many countries in Europe. She organized many family trips with her children and grandchildren, including trips to Florida and Hawaii. Her avid interest in crafts included quilting, stamping and cross-stitch: hobbies that she taught and passed on to her daughters. She was a gifted quilter, and designed and created many beautiful pieces for both her family and Zion Lutheran, many of which are displayed in the church year round. Her loss will be keenly felt by both family and her many friends.
Jens advice to her family and others was to simply handle any situation with grace and dignity.
Her loving family includes: Husband of 43 years, Curt, Minot; daughters Tina (David) Hanson, Williston, and Lynn Lepper, Minot; son, Michael (Becca) Schall; grandchildren Baylee and Reed Hanson; Jason and Jenna Hurt, Rachel Lepper; and Noah Schall; mother, Mary Forness, Minot; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda (Vernon) Emerson, West St, Paul, MN, Verla (Jim) Rostad, Minot, ND, Marlys (Todd) Magnuson, Minot, ND; sister-in-law, Gracia Schall, Missoula, MT; brother-in-laws, Wayne (Faith) Schall and Brad (Joan) Schall, all of Littleton, CO; one uncle, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jen was preceded in death by her father, Johnny; maternal grandparents, Edmund and Augusta VanHove; paternal grandparents Anton and Sigrianna Forness; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chet and May Schall; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and one nephew.
Funeral: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.
Visitation: Monday, September 8, 2014, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Family Prayer Service: Monday, September 8, 2014, at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Zion Lutheran Church Trust Fund.
New, Mary Lou
August 4, 1951 - September 2, 2014
Mary Lou Stenvold was born August 4, 1951, the daughter of Lars and Marie (Fahy) Stenvold, in Minot. She was raised and educated in Minot, graduating from Minot High School.
Following her high school graduation, she worked at various restaurants in Minot for a time.
Mary was once married to Harold New. They made their home in Minot, where they opened Subs Unlimited, which she owned and operated for several years. In 1996, she began her employment as a cashier with Thrifty White Drug where she had worked until the time of her death.
She had been a member of the TOPS Club.
She loved people in general, and enjoyed visiting with her friends. She was a giving and generous person, who enjoyed taking care of her good friend, Alma Valgren. She also loved animals.
Surviving family includes:
sisters, Judy (Ken) Haman, Surrey, ND, and Joyce (Les) Cabler, Carrington, ND;
brothers, James (Jane) Stenvold, Dickinson, ND, and Ronald Stenvold, Minot, ND;
brother-in-law, Troy Selzler, Grand Forks, ND; three aunts, an uncle, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; sister, MaDonna Selzler; sister-in-law, Paula Stenvold; and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral: Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the register book on Friday from 4 to 7 pm at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to the Souris Valley Animal Shelter.
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