THOMPSON-LARSON FUNERAL DIRECTORS
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MINOT, ND 58701-3446
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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.
November 13, 1971 - August 30, 2014
Renelle Rae Jacobson was born on November 13, 1971, the daughter of Wesley and Kathleen (Schoenberg) Jacobson in Clearwater, FL. She was raised and educated in the Deering and Granville area, graduating from Granville High School in 1989.
She was a pianist for the Granville School, a member of the Rising Stars 4-H club, and was active in her church youth group. Renelle took flying lessons and made her solo flight shortly after her high school graduation.
She furthered her education by attending University of North Dakota Grand Forks and graduated from Minot State University with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science. While attending college, Renelle worked in a civilian/student program at the Minot Air Force Base.
In 1997, Renelle moved to Montana to fulfill her dream of living in the mountains. She worked for a time at Semitool in Kalispell before accepting a position with Glacier National Park where she served as an Information Technology Specialist. She continued in the IT field throughout her career, spending a short time at the University of Wyoming and later working at Rocky Mountain and Grand Teton National Parks.
During her employment at GNP, she was a volunteer structural firefighter and assisted at RMNP as a family liaison during park emergencies. She enjoyed helping people and traveled to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina to give IT support to national park disaster teams at Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Her love of history led her to be an occasional tour guide at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO and to be part of a team that traveled to Washington, D.C to assist in planning for the Park Services role in the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. Later that year, she was invited to return to help plan the rededication of the Lincoln Memorial in honor of the bicentennial of Lincolns birth; the opportunity was an honor and a highlight for her. She also assisted in that years annual Independence Day celebration on The National Mall.
She medically retired in 2013, due to health reasons, and moved as near as possible to her favorite spot on earth, Glacier National Park.
Renelle was an avid reader who had many interests. She especially enjoyed family, her animals, mountains, riding horse and playing piano. She loved to travel, visiting Australia several times and also countries in Europe, including Norway, where she made contact with family at the location where her grandfather was raised.
Renelle is survived by:
Parents Wesley and Kathleen Kathy Jacobson, Granville, ND; brother Brett Jacobson, Denver, CO; step-paternal grandmother Elsie Jacobson, Minot, ND; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends also survive.
Renelle was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Arthur and Gertrude Schoenberg and paternal grandparents Halftan and Thelma.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, friends may sign a guest register on Friday, September 12, 2014 from 1 until 5 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Memorial Service: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at noon at the Wesley and Kathleen Jacobson Farm, located at 1577 65th St N, Granville, ND.
Burial: A private family burial will take place at Rising Lutheran Cemetery, rural Norwich, ND.
Memorials are preferred to Glacier, Rocky Mountain, or Grand Teton National Park, A.L.E.R.T. Air Ambulance or Home Options Hospice of Kalispell, MT.
March 18, 1944 - August 28, 2014
Bonnie Louise Johnson was born on March 18, 1944, a daughter of Garfield and Myrtle (Livedalen) Johnson in Rugby, ND. She attended grade school in Bantry, ND and graduated from Upham High School in 1962. Bonnie furthered her education by attending Minot State College, graduating in 1964.
In October of 1965, Bonnie was united in marriage to Melvin Clementich at Little Flower Catholic Church in Minot, ND. The couple made their home in Minot, where they raised their two sons Paul and Eric. They later divorced.
Bonnie worked at Dakota Drug in Minot, for over thirty years, retiring in 2011. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, sewing, baking and watching QVC.
Bonnie is survived by: sons and their families: Paul (Karen) Clementich, and their children Sean, Blair and Erin, all of Devils Lake, ND; Eric Clementich and his children Cole and Caydee, Justin (Sierra) Murray and their son Abram, Minot; siblings: Gary (Susan) Johnson, Towner, ND, Linda Johnson, Prior Lake, MN, Merton (Barb) Johnson, Grants, New Mexico; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation: Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 3 until 5 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Prayer Service: Sunday at 5 pm in Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Funeral Service: Monday, September 1, 2014, 11 am in Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Burial: At a later date at the Bloomfield Cemetery, Upham, ND
July 15, 1931 - August 26, 2014
Lester LeRoy Paul Lautenschlager was born on July 15, 1931 a son of Lester and Hildegarde (Rubbelke) Lautenschlager on the family farm near Berthold, ND. He was raised and educated in Berthold, graduating from Berthold High School in 1949.
On October 26, 1957, Lester was united in marriage to Fay Boucher at St. Leos Catholic Church in Minot, ND. The couple made their home in Des Lacs, where Lester continued to farm in the Berthold area. In 1971, the family moved to the Lautenschlager farm near Berthold, where they raised their family, farmed and ranched.
Lesters faith was very important to him and he was a very active member of the St. Anns Catholic Church in Berthold, ND, where he served as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, prepared the Alter for Mass, worked marriage encounter weekends, and served on the church council. For 14 years, Lester was active in the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, in Des Lacs. He was President of the Diocesan Council under Bishop Kinny. He was also an Honorary Knights of Columbus member.
Lester was also active within the community of Berthold, serving on the Berthold School Board for nine years, President of the Berthold Fire District Board for 17 years, Berthold Township Board for 31 years, serving as clerk and treasurer, volunteer for the Berthold Ambulance for 19 years and was a Berthold Lions Club member of many years. Lester also was on the Farmers Union Board. He collected owl jewelry and volunteered at the Norsk Hostfest for many years.
Lester is survived by:
Wife of 56 years, Fay, Berthold, ND; children: Catherine (David) Shelkey, Berthold, Elizabeth (Roger) Buggert, Alexandria, MN, Joseph (Lorna) Lautenschlager, Berthold, ND, Mary (Mitch) Depute, Melrose, MN, Paula (John) Schoorl, Quartz Hill, CA, Michael (Ginger) Lautenschlager, Berthold, Ann Marie (Michael) Dittmer, Garden Plains, KS, Timothy (Stacy) Lautenschlager, Kenmare, ND; 24 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren:
Siblings: Genovieve Hall, Berthold, ND, Eugene Lautenschlager, Grand Forks, ND, Lyle (Karen) Lautenschlager, Hilltop, TX, Tom (Joanne) Lautenschlager, Minot, ND, Eileen (Andy) Anderson, Mossy Rock, WA, Doris (Jim) Goettle, Donnybrook, ND, Dan (Jean) Lautenschlager, Minot, Daryl (Peggy) Lautenschlager, Byron, MN: two brothers-in-law: Chuck Boucher, Lake Wales, FL, and John Boucher, Minot; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Hildegarde, grandparents, an infant brother Timothy; sisters-in-law Shirley and Phyllis Boucher, Sally Lautenschlager, brother-in-law Clarence Hall and several aunts and uncles.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, friends may sign a guest register on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 1 until 3 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot and from 5 until 7 pm at St. Anns Catholic Church, Berthold
Vigil Prayer Service: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7 pm at St. Anns Catholic Church, Berthold, ND
Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:30 am at St. Anns Catholic Church, Berthold, ND
Burial: Wildrose Cemetery, Berthold, ND
January 7, 1924 - August 25, 2014
Evelyn Troska was born January 7, 1924, the daughter of John and Cecelia (Osdoba) Troska, in Wells, MN. Her mother, Cecelia died from pneumonia days after giving birth to Evelyn. Around 1930, Evelyn, her sister Bernadette, and their father John moved to Minneapolis where Evelyn attended St. Stephens Parochial School through the 8th grade. She graduated from Minneapolis Central High School in 1941.
Until her marriage to Orin Baertsch in 1945, she was employed as a secretary to the President of the John W. Thomas Co. in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis for a year and then moved to North Dakota, living in the Mandan-Bismarck area for two years then moved to Minot in 1949.
Evelyn was a member of St. Leos Catholic Church, then later St. Johns the Apostle Catholic Church, both in Minot, as well as Our Lady Of Lourdes in Sun City West, AZ, where they maintained a winter home for 16 years. Orin passed away in 1996.
During the early years in Minot, Evelyn was a member of the Jayceettes, a Cub Scout den mother, and secretary-treasurer of the Friends of the Gallery and an active worker in the Art Fest. She was a member of the Minot Art Association, a volunteer at Trinity Hospital and delivered Meals on Wheels for a time.
She was an avid reader and was a patron of the Minot Public Library where she was honored with a plaque, citing her for the large number of books she read.
She was a very talented and prolific painter, producing dozens of paintings for her family and friends.
She enjoyed playing scrabble and spent many summertime hours caring for her flower garden.
Surviving family includes: sons, Orin Jr. and his wife, Janette, Santee, CA and their children, Orin Wesley III, Jeannie Gonzales, and Michelle Baertsch; Randy Baertsch of Minot; Richard and his wife Janene, Lake Havasu City, AZ and their children Chelsey Kovalchick, Rachel Saeem; David and his wife Patricia, Dunedin, FL and their children, Nicole and Samantha; daughter Winnifred (Winnie) Puckett and her husband, Zane, Romona, CA and their children Sarah and Matthew, and 9 great-grandchildren.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her mother, father and step mother; husband, Orin, and her sister, Bernadette Kennedy.
Graveside Service: Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 1:30 pm at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
In lieu of flowers, please say a prayer for Evelyn and her family.
April 1, 1955 - August 24, 2014
He was born April 1, 1955, in Minot, the son of Dr. George M. and Bette (Clausen) Christensen. Reared in Minot, he was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church and graduated from Minot High School in 1973.
He attended North Dakota State University in Fargo before transferring to Minot State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1986. He moved to El Paso, Texas, and taught at Andress High School for 12 years, where he was the coach of the Academic Decathlon Team and the advisor for the high school rodeo club. Since moving back to Minot in 1998, he had taught at the Burdick Job Corps Center where he was affectionately known by his students as Mr. C. He loved his students and took great pride in their success.
Outside the classroom, Paul lived a cowboys life. He took to it early, starting as a boy following in the footsteps of his father. He was a good hand with horses and enjoyed many trail rides with his special friends and the camaraderie that was part of it. He participated in countless cattle drives, roundups and brandings. He especially enjoyed riding in the Badlands.
He chaired the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. He also was a member of the Minot Kiwanis Club, Minot Ys Men, the Ys Mens Rodeo Committee and the Minot Trail Riders.
When he moved back to Minot in 1998, it was to share with his sister and brother-in-law, Barb and Marv Semrau, in the care of his father who suffered from Lou Gehrigs disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He died in 2000 and his mother in 1995.
After losing his home to the 2011 flood, Paul found his piece of paradise on top of a hill outside of Sawyer where his home overlooked his horses.
Paul was very close to his sister and brother-in-law. He was a great cook and enjoyed preparing his Sunday Night Suppers for them. He was known affectionately as Uncle Bugger
to his niece and nephew.
Surviving are his sister and brother-in-law, Barb and Marv Semrau, Minot; a nephew, Chris (Roslynn) Semrau and their children, Nora and Gordon, all of Sioux Falls, SD; niece, Amy (Stuart) Nostdahl and their son, Quinn, all Minneapolis, MN; aunt, Joyce Clausen, Williston, an uncle, Charles (Tracy) Clausen, Baltimore, MD, and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and uncles, Tomy Clausen and Arvild Christensen and his wife Dorothy.
Funeral: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Minot.
Visitation: While there is no reviewal, friends may sign a register Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, PO Box 137, Medora, ND, 58645, or to the Triangle Y Camp, P.O. Box 69, Minot, ND 58702.
February 11, 1938 - August 23, 2014
Marlys was born on February 11, 1938, in Velva, ND, the daughter of Lars and Christine (Sanderson) Stenvold. She was raised in Velva until the age of 12 when the family moved to Minot. She later helped on the family farm in Harvey for a few years and then when she was 20 moved to Great Falls, Montana. Marlys was once married to Charles Blanchard. Marlys lived in Michigan for a few years and in 1975, moved back to Minot where she worked for the Ramada Inn for over 25 years.
Marlys married Richard Brockell in 1983. Richard passed away shortly after their marriage from an accidental fall.
Marlyss grandchildren were the love of her life. She enjoyed the Norsk Hostfest, especially Bjoro Haaland, shopping at the mall, visiting friends and cross stitching.
Survivors: son, Bryon (Tonya) Blanchard, Wakarusa, IN; daughters, Christine Blanchard, Donna Patzner and Melody (Charles) Johnson all of Minot; grandchildren, Terry Patzner Jr., Maxwell Patzner, Simon Blanchard and Rowan Blanchard; sisters, Laura Leibelt, Fessenden, ND and June Sreitz, Minot.
Marlyss was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents; and siblings, Mabel Coffeey, Selma Buethe, Marion Nelson, Lars, Arnold, Loyd and Joe Stenvold.
Memorial Service: Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot. Friends may sign a register book one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Velva Community Cemetery, Velva, ND.
Bachmeier, Mark "Bach"
March 20, 1962 - August 22, 2014
Mark Anthony Bach Bachmeier was born March 20, 1962, the son of Anton Tony and Mary (Bachmeier) Bachmeier, in Minot. He was raised and educated in Minot, graduating from Minot High School in 1981.
Mark worked at K-Mart for a time before starting his career with the North Dakota Department of Transportation where he put in 30 years of service.
In 1992, Mark moved to Norwich, ND, and in 1996, he met the love of his life, Clarinda Rinda. Mark and Rinda were married in April of 1998, on main street in Granville, ND, on McGillicuddy Day, where they had the privilege of being the first married couple of McGillicuddy City, USA.
Bach enjoyed the outdoors very much and was very passionate about hunting and fishing. He was an avid whitetail deer hunter and was very proud of his 5x5 drop tine buck which is hung proudly in his living room for anyone who came to visit to see. Mark loved taking family and friends out to his favorite hunting spots where lots of stories were told and memories were made. One of his greatest pleasures was being able to take kids on their first hunt.
Mark, along with his wife, Rinda, and best bud, Tom, were able to travel to beautiful Alaska, where they got the opportunity to fish for salmon, halibut, and were even lucky enough to have a successful bear hunt.
Mark also enjoyed the sport of auto racing and was a very dedicated Dale Earhardt, Sr., fan. He also enjoyed the thrill of being on the race track and raced several Enduros. He passed this on to his stepson, Chris, who he nicknamed "Putz", which was meant with love, and loved like he was his own son. He truly enjoyed helping Chris and his friends get into the sport and would take parts out of what he called Bachs bone yard, which was his collection of junk cars behind the trees at their home.
For many years, anyone who you ran into Mark would notice that he was never alone. Only a few steps away was always his Lucky Girl which was Mark and Rindas yellow lab named, Lucky. Anyone who knew Bach knew he wouldnt beat around the bush with you and was always gonna shoot you straight but thats what made Mark, well Mark. He had a contagious smile and even though he wouldn't admit it, had a heart the size of North Dakota and would give you the shirt off his back or his last dollar if somebody needed it. He was always willing to be a friend if you needed it and was always willing to share a cold PBR.
Surviving family includes: wife of 16 years, Rinda Bachmeier, Norwich, ND; son, Chris Putz Reuer and fiancé, Laura Wolla, Minot; grand dog; Knox;
sister, Rebecca Movchan, Minot; nephew, Dustin Movchan; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Mary Bachmeier; sister, Debby Bachmeier; nephew, Shannon Movchan; uncles, John, Mike, and Ben Bachmeier; aunts, Beatrice Young, Mary Lesmeister, Bernadine Lee, and Margaret Bachmeier; and his loyal dog, Lucky.
Sharing of Memories: Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal but friends may sign the register book on Thursday from one hour prior to the service at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Yoder, Magdalena "Lee"
October 13, 1936 - August 19, 2014
She leaves many great, and cherished memories for her family. She will be missed immensely by her loving family, and dear friends. She was the most loving woman anyone could ask for.
She is survived by her mother, MAGDALENA WALTER, sons, KEVIN (JANETTE) YODER, JEFFREY (CAROLE) YODER, BRETT YODER, sisters, AUDREY (LEROY) DUNKEL, GLADYS (BOB) DASTOUS, ALICE (RON) HOMBERG, and SHARON WALTER; brothers, ROBERT WALTER, CHARLES (BEVERLY) WALTER; grandsons, BRANDON (Jasmin), BYRON, and BRADY and great grandson, Aydin and numerous extended family and friends.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 11 AM at St. Leos Catholic Church in Minot, ND. Friends may sign a guest one hour prior to the Mass at the church.
Burial will take place on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Fulda Cemetery, Fulda, ND.
June 10, 1923 - August 13, 2014
Clara Marie Westerness was born June 10, 1923, the daughter of John W. and Esther (Ostenrud) Matson, on the family farm located northeast of Battleview, ND. She was raised on the family farm and attended a country school in the area. As a young adult, she worked as a hired girl on neighboring farms.
Clara married Alvin Westerness November of 1942, at Plentywood, Montana. They made their home on a farm located in Leaf Mountain Township of Burke County, south of Columbus, ND, where they raised their two daughters. They later moved to Bowbells, where Clara enjoyed visiting and playing cards with friends. She also enjoyed helping friends who needed assistance.
Alvin passed away in February of 1991. In August of 2004, she moved into the Kenmare Baptist home, where she continued to reside until she had fallen and broken her hip and had to move into the Kenmare Skilled Nursing Unit, where she received wonderful care and was treated like family by their staff and Dr. Jody Olson.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus and attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bowbells.
Her loving family includes: daughters, Genevieve (Jack) Aufforth, Bowbells, and Shirley Driessen, Jamestown; grandchildren, Jon (Tara) Eggen, Dawn-Marie (Jeremy) Johnson, Darci Eggen (Todd Theede), J.R. (Miranda) Aufforth, Raymond (Marni) Driessen, and Ted Driessen;
16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Calvin Matson, Damascas, OR, and Willard Matson, Devils Lake, ND; sister, Lily Hajj, Lincoln, NE, and Betsy (Palmer) Bakken, Fargo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin Westerness; sisters, Ethel, Agnes, and Millie; and brothers, Robert, Benny, and Delano.
Funeral: Monday, August 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bowbells.
Interment: Bowbells Community Cemetery, Bowbells, ND.
Visitation: Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare.
Memorials: are preferred to Bethelehem Lutheran Church in Bowbells, or the Kenmare Hospital.
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