THOMPSON-LARSON FUNERAL DIRECTORS
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October 13, 1933 - March 5, 2014
Norman L. Hildenbrand-----80, Minot, died Wednesday, March 05, 2014 in a Minot hospital.
Norman was born on October 13, 1933, a son of Jacob and Mary (Schlag) Hildenbrand in Harvey, ND. He was raised in Anamoose, ND.
On June 30, 1954, Norman was drafted into the United States Army. He proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in June 7, 1956.
On March 4, 1960, Norman was united in marriage to Donna Hamel. Norman worked for Zontelli Construction and for Souris River Telephone until retiring at the age of 55. Norman loved to farm and ranch and did this in the Logan area for over 44 years. When he was not working on the farm, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.
Norman is survived by:
Wife of 54 years Donna Hildenbrand, Minot; children: Jackie (Leon Kristjanson) Hildenbrand, Minot; Janelle (Rory) Schell, Minot, Dean Hildenbrand, Minot; grandchildren: Shawn (Brenda) Kristjanson, Kristy (Craig) Enger, Jheri Rademacher-Hildenbrand, Kelsea Rademacher-Hildenbrand, Eccoe Kristjanson, Kenedee Kristjanson, Sydnie Schell, Carson Schell, Dylan (Alec) Hildenbrand, Shelby Hildenbrand; great-grandchildren: Donovan Kristjanson, Jaycee Kristjanson, Geoffery Enger, Maezee Enger; Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Raymond and Arlen, sister Diane Hildenbrand and a granddaughter Kacey Ann Schell.
Private family services will be held with burial taking place at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND.
Heizelman, Orville "Jimmy"
September 23, 1935 - March 4, 2014
Orville Jimmy Heizelman, 78, Minot, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in a Minot nursing home.
Orville James Heizelman was born on September 23, 1935, a son of Ferdinand and Pauline (Scheuffle) Heizelman in Minot, ND. He was raised and educated in the Velva and Sawyer area.
Jimmy attended the School for the Deaf located in Devils Lake for a time, before returning to the Velva area.
Jimmy enjoyed riding motorcycle, snowmobiling and bowling on the Wii. He was an excellent craftsman, making miniature horse drawn carriages and carving the leatherwork.
Jimmy is survived by:
Siblings: Ardis Aasen, Minot, Janice Knippelberg, Oak Harbor, WA, Ronald (Patricia) Heizelman, Velva, Garry (Gloria) Heizelman, Minot, Judith (Melvin) Bachmeier, Minot; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents and brothers-in-law Tom Aasen and Jack Knippelberg.
Visitation: Friday, March 7, 2014, from 3 until 7 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Funeral Service: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11 am at Trinity Homes Chapel, Minot
Burial: in the spring of 2014 at Velva Community Cemetery, Velva
July 25, 1931 - March 1, 2014
Richard Swanson------82, Minot, died Saturday, March 1, 2014 in a Minot nursing home.
Richard Gerald Swanson was born on July 25, 1931, a son of Ernest and Gertrude (Redmann) Swanson in Edmore, ND. His mother passed away when he was eight years old, and along with the seven youngest children, moved into an orphanage in Fargo, ND. At the age of 10, Richard moved to Minot to live with Bertha Blume and foster Brother Ralph Anderson.
On November 10, 1951, Richard was united in marriage to Kathryn Hauge at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minot. They lived in Minot, where Richard worked for the Great Northern Railroad as a Brakeman and Conductor.
His sons were his pride and joy and together they enjoyed fishing and camping. Richard also enjoyed working on automobiles and collecting antiques. For over 25 years, he participated at the Magic City Flea market.
Richard is survived by:
Wife Kathryn, Minot; sons: Lannie (Janet) Swanson, Killeen Texas, Randy Swanson, Spokane, WA, Mark (Patty) Swanson, Velva, ND, daughter-in-law Darla Swanson, Minot; grandchildren: Brue Swanson, Tori and Jake Lombard, Zane Swanson, Lee Swanson, Amy Swanson, Colin Swanson, Paul Swanson, Allison Swanson; great-granddaughter Brynn Swanson; step-grandchildren: Rick (Teri) Hamberger, Janell Hamberger, and great-step-grandchildren: Evan and Emily; sister: Luella (Ken) Olson, Lakota, ND, Brother: Jim Hall, St. Cloud, MN, John Sanaker, Cambridge, MN; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, son Kent, brothers Ernie (Fran) Swanson, Charles Swanson, Edwin Swanson, James Swanson, Jay Bergquist, a sister Evelyn (Ervin) Froelich,a sister-in-law Lynn Sanaker and his foster mother Bertha Blume.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, friends may sign a guest register on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 3 until 7 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Memorial Service: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11 am at Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Memorial Fund at Bethany Lutheran Church of Minot
Kraft, Joseph (Joe)
March 1, 2014
Joseph (Joe) Kraft, 94, Minot, formerly of Granville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Trinity Hospital.
Joe was born in Barton, ND to Peter and Lena (Dexheimer) Kraft and attended school in Granville. He served in the Army from 1942-46.
Joe was proud of his lifetime membership in the American Legion and lifelong membership in the Knights of Columbus (KC) joining both in 1946. He was a member of the KC Fourth Degree and Columbian Club House.
In the spring of 1948, Joe and Mary (Flammang) had their first dance at the Easter Monday dance in Karlsruhe, N.D. Mary and Joe married on June 28, 1948 at St. Leos Catholic Church, Minot. Together fifteen children were born. Mary passed away September 5, 2012.
While extremely busy raising children and operating the family farm, Joe was very involved in his community. Joe was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Granville until it closed and became a member of St. Leos Catholic Church, Minot. He was a member of the McHenry County A.C.S. Board, Granville School Board, Norwich Farmers Elevator and Granville Community Club.
Joe farmed most of his life. He was a great story teller and liked to tell of his father being the first farmer in the area to purchase a tractor with rubber tires back in 1935. Joes son, Bill, continues to operate the family farm. After retiring from farming, Joe drove bus and handled custodial duties for Granville Public School.
While listening to his waltz and polka music, Joe took drives to the country to conduct crop tours of his sons and grandsons crops. His sharp memory provided abundant knowledge to the boys. His pride and joy was his 1985 Oldsmobile displaying license plate 2444. Joe retained the 2444 plate for 44 years. His memory of numbers and dates was amazing.
Joes lifeline was his cell phone. His left shirt pocket safely held his phone within a quick reach. Being able to visit with family and friends was an important part of every day.
In July of 2013, Joe moved to Trinity Homes where room 429 became his new home. He was known as Mr. Joe and the staff often called him spoiled because of all the attention he received. Joe didnt hesitate to acknowledge that his family was always there for him. Joe loved his visitors and always had a sweet treat ready and a Sprite Zero. To the end, Joes favorite TV shows were Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. You could usually find him watching the MN Twins or Timberwolves too. Joes passing leaves a void - but many memorable moments to remember.
His family includes: Children, Ken (Gloria) Kraft, Steve Kraft, Mary Beth Kraft, Tim Kraft, Judith (Tim) Bingen, Bob Kraft, Bernadette Kraft, Teresa (Darrel) Loftesnes, Pat Kraft, Mike Kraft, Bill Kraft, Kathleen (Ray) Lilliquist, Linda (Joe) Hudson and son-in-law Fred Hansen. He is also survived by 29 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Sisters Lenora Klein, Mary Bloms and Emily Dufner.
He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Lena Kraft, brothers John and Pete, sister Ann Carleno, an infant daughter Mary Jo, daughter Virginia, infant granddaughter Nicole Hansen and infant great-granddaughter Isabella Newman.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from 3 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home.
Vigil Prayer Service: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Leos Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
October 12, 1969 - February 26, 2014
Scott Pfeifer---44, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at his home in Kenmare, ND from diabetic complications.
Scott Gerald Pfeifer was born on October 12, 1969. He became a son of Gerald and Ollie Ann (Folkers) Pfeifer. Scott lived the first four years of his life in Crosby, ND. In January of 1974, the family moved to Bowbells, ND, where Scott was confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and graduated from Bowbells High School in 1988.
While growing up in a small community, Scott was involved with any school activites, basketball, baseball and especially football or any community activities. He was never still; there were never any dull moments. Throughout his lifetime, he never met anyone he wouldnt visit with and would assist in any way. He was well known for his gift of gab and was always ready to give a long explanation.
Most of his life after graduation was spent working in the oil fields in some capacity. He enjoyed working with cattle which he did on the farm, in Bismarck and St. Anthony, ND. He had a love for mechanics and was especially interested and proud of his brother Stevens racing career. Scott faced many health challenges throughout his lifetime.
He was once married to Ronda Schweitzer.
Scott is survived by:
Parents: Jerry and Ollie Ann; sister: Stacey (Chane) Orso; brother: Steven (Karen) Pfeifer: nephews: Connor Sheppard, Sladen Pfeifer, step-nephew Tristan Orso; nieces Caitlin Sheppard, Acelyn Pfeifer, Godparents Aunt Ruby and Uncle Otto Folkers; several aunts, uncles cousins and friends. His beloved dog and companion Plex also survives.
Scott was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Hilbert Sr. and Gladys Pfeifer, maternal grandparents Berend and Anna Folkers.
Visitation: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 4-6 at Thompson larson Funeral Home, Kenmare,
Funeral Service: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bowbells, ND
Burial: will take place at a later date in the spring of 2014 at Bowbells Community Cemetery, Bowbells, ND
June 27, 1925 - February 26, 2014
Tony W. Feist, 88, Velva, ND, formerly of Logan, ND, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the Souris Valley Care Center in Velva.
Anton Tony Wendlyn Feist was born June 27, 1925, the son of Frank and Catherine (Senger) Feist, in Karlsruhe, ND. He was raised and educated in Karlsruhe.
Tony enlisted in the United States Army on June 16, 1945. He proudly served his country during WWII, and was honorably discharged November 18, 1946.
Tony married Dolores K. Goebel June 10, 1952, in Karlsruhe. They made their home in Karlsruhe on the farm. Together with his Dad and brothers, they built St. Cecilia Catholic Church in 1957. Tony later moved to Velva, where he owned and operated Tonys Building Service. In 1960, they moved and made their home in Drake, where Tony owned and operated Feist Lumber. In 1965, they lost the home and business to a fire, but Tony rebuilt the business and continued living in Drake until 1972, when they moved to Minot. After moving to Minot, Tony worked along with his brothers at Feist Cupboards and Minot Sash and Door. Tony later went to work with Dan at Feist Construction. In the mid 1980s, he went to work at Real Builders and did most of the bidding on the jobs. In his spare time he loved to work on wood working projects in his shop, building everything from cedar chests for his children to toys for his grandkids. In 1988, he retired, but thats when he really started working. Tony was now on call for Fr. Walter and was instrumental in the remodeling and improvements done to the inside of the St. Leos Church.
He was a member of St. Leos in Minot and St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Velva.
He enjoyed fishing with Fr. Walter, Dan, and Bill Ruelle. Camping with his family and his true passion, wood working. He was always there to help his children when needed and built many items they still have to this day. Tony and Dolores were recently elected as King & Queen of Hearts at Souris Valley Care Center in Velva, a day we wont too soon forget.
Surviving family includes: wife of 61 years, Dolores Feist, Logan, and now resides at Souris Valley Care Center in Velva; children, Gayle (Steve) East, Goldbar, WA, Bruce (Randi) Feist, Minot, Claudia Brendle, Minot, Greg Feist, Ohio, Mary (Ken) West, Minot, and Gerard Feist, Fargo;20 grandchildren, 27great-grandchildren, brothers, Daniel (Jean) Feist, Minot, Richard Feist, Minot; and Paul Feist, Elk Grove, CA; sisters, Jean Williams, Dixon, CA; Eva (John) Deibert, Velva, Agnes Leier, Elk Grove, CA, and Dotty Leier, Elk Grove, CA;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ronnie Feist; great-grandson, Anthony Forsman; brother, Edward Feist; sisters, Anna Aberle, Emily Sedarholm, Mary Roselli, Kathryn Wald, Lynn Ogle, Helen Feist.
Funeral: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Velva.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Monday at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to Knights of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
May 23, 1960 - February 25, 2014
Steve Knutson, 53, of Lignite, ND, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Steven Terry Knutson was born in Mohall on May 23, 1960, to Terry and Marie (Krause) Knutson. He began school in Sherwood, and then moved to Bellingham, WA, before returning to North Dakota and residing in Northgate. After graduating from Bowbells High School in 1978, Steve worked at the Bowbells Elevator, and then took a job as a dynamiter with a seismograph crew off the shores of Louisiana.
In 1979, Steve met Lisa Hermanson and shortly afterward began working at the Lignite Gas Plant. Steve married Lisa on December 11, 1982, in Lignite, ND, where they made their home and raised their daughter, Jade. Steve eventually became the Manager at the gas plant and in 2007 he took the job of Facilities Manager with Whiting Oil and Gas. He worked at the Robinson Lake Facility near Stanley until the time of his death. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lignite and a First Responder with the Portal Volunteer Ambulance.
Steven was widely regarded as kind, caring, and patient, with a skill for building close friendships that bridged generations. He was young at heart and had a rich sense of humor that he employed when least expected, invariably lightening the mood of those around him. Steve also had an endless passion for collecting classic cars. Always a loving father, Steve was a hero to his daughter. In recent years, Steve particularly enjoyed traveling with his wife and delighted in spending time with his pug, Mady.
Surviving family includes: wife, Lisa of Lignite; daughter, Jade (Dave) Feldner of Donnybrook, ND; step-grandchildren, Lane and Lee Feldner; siblings, Kermit (Deanna) Knutson of Bowbells, Traver (Mary Sue) Knutson of Minot, Gerry (Marsha) Knutson and Teresa (Jay) Hass of Bowbells, Jay (Monica) Knutson of Portal, and DelRee (Tom) Rasmusson of Kenmare;
mother-in-law, Ermalee Hermanson of Lignite; sisters-in-law, Jyl (Randy) Baumann of Gillette, WY; Maia Hermanson and Lori (Mark) Hermanson-Germain of Orlando, FL; and numerous nieces, nephews, and three great-nephews.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents; maternal grandparents, John and Ella Krause; paternal grandparents, Ted and Inga Knutson; father-in-law, Keith Hermanson; nephew, Ashley Bakken; and sister-in-law, Shelli Hermanson.
Memorial Service: Monday, March 3, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Lignite.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the register book one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the Ashley Bakken Memorial Endowment at NDSU in Fargo.
August 6, 1989 - February 24, 2014
Devin Blowers, 24, Minot, passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 24, 2014 in Douglas County, MN.
Devin Jeffrey Blowers was born on August 6, 1989, a son of Jeffrey and Debbie (Wagner) Blowers in Minot, ND. He was raised and educated in Minot, where he graduated from Minot High School in 2007.
Devin worked construction for various contractors within the Minot area, including Rolac Contracting and K & B Insulation.
Devin enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his daughters Shylee and Bennie. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed working on his Harley Davidson Heritage Softtail Classic. He also enjoyed spending time with his dog Chevy.
Devin is survived by:
Two daughters Shylee Maran Blowers, Minot, Bennie Rae Blowers, Fargo, ND; mother Debbie (companion Paul Luetzen) Blowers, Minot; father Jeffrey (Julia) Blowers, Minot; sister Leah N. Blowers, Minot, ND; brother Michael (Kaia) Zietz, Bismarck, ND; step-brothers: Kody Clark and Travis Clark, Minot; maternal grandmother: Janet Wagner, Harvey, ND; aunts and uncles, Brenda (Gary) Richter, Bismarck, Paula (Kenny) Selensky, Selz, ND, Melissa (Ramiro) Nunez, Lincoln, ND; Mike (Ellie) Blowers, Douglas, WY, Jolene (Shana) Blowers, Sioux City, IA: niece and nephews, Candence Zietz and Brayden Zietz of Bismarck, four cousins Matt Richter, Riley Nunez, Remi Nunez, Emma Selensky; Shylees mother, long time companion, Ashley Erickson of Minot ND.
Devin was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Victor Buddy Wagner and his paternal grandparents Mike and Sharon Blowers.
Visitation: Monday, March 3, 2014 from 3 until 7 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Funeral Service: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 1 pm at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Benefit Account for Devin Blowers Children, in care of First Western Bank and Trust, PO Box 1090, Minot, ND 58702
December 31, 1932 - February 24, 2014
Marilyn Rose Hanson, 81, Grand Rapids, MN, formerly of Minot, ND, died Monday, February 24, 2014 at a Grand Rapids nursing home.
Marilyn (Swenson) Hanson was born on December 31, 1932 to Anton and Nellie Swenson in Garrison, North Dakota. Marilyn attended both grade school and high school in Garrison, North Dakota.
Her first job was as a waitress. She also worked as a nurse's aide and cook at Grandview for 17 years. Marilyn was married to Roy Hanson on December 9, 1956. In 1961 Marilyn and Roy moved to Cambridge, MN.
Marilyn is survived by her 5 children, daughters; Patty (Dennis) Pluff, Brainerd MN, Susan Hanson Colorado Springs CO, Shirley (Mike) Irwin Brooklyn Park MN and Karen Hanson Maui HI; son, Roger (Marsha) Hanson Cadott, WI; 8 Grandchildren, 6 great-Grandchildren; sister, Jean Hetletvedt and brother, Duane Swenson.
Preceded in death Parents Anton and Nellie Swenson, Husband Roy Hanson, brother, George Swenson and sister Alice (Swenson) Bauer
Funeral Service: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Visitation: Friday, February 28, 2014, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
Hill Corbett, Liahona
December 1, 1976 - February 23, 2014
Liahona Hill Corbett----37, Fargo, ND, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in her home in Fargo.
Liahona Hill was born on December 1, 1976, in Minot, ND, a daughter of Marshall and Sherry (Ramsdell) Hill. She was raised and educated in Minot, graduating in 1996. She furthered her education by attending the Job Corps CNA program, where she met her future husband, John.
On December 18, 1999, Liahona was united in marriage to John Corbett in Grand Forks, ND. They made their home in Minot, before moving to Fargo. Liahona loved children, playing dominoes and singing.
She is survived by: her husband, John, Fargo, ND; parents, Marshall and Sherry Hill, Minot; siblings: Veda Jo (Mike) House, Maxbass, ND, David (Leslie) Hill, Franktown, CO, Jaelann (Fred) Anderson, Salt Lake City, UT, Jeffery (Susan) Hill, Sawyer, ND, Valorie (Bill) Spanogle, Bethlehem, PA, Marcia (Dave) Mergenthaler, Helena, MT, Lydia (Eric) Hirshfeld, Anchorage, AK, Donna ( Shane) Sivertson, Eau Claire, WI, Sariah (Sherman) Sierra, Fargo, ND; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Liahona was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, two nephews Kevin Mergenthaler and Michael Martin.
Visitation: Friday, February 28, 2014 one hour prior to the service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 2025 9th St NW, Minot
Funeral Service: Friday, February 28, 2014, 11:00 am at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Minot
Burial: will take place at a later date in the spring of 2014 at Lakeview Cemetery, Kenmare, ND
August 18, 1923 - February 22, 2014
Edith L. Arneson, 90, Minot, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014 at a Minot nursing home.
Edith Johnson was born on August 18, 1923 to August and Lilly Belle (Horn) Johnson in Hanks, ND. She was raised and educated at Hanks and worked as a cook and housekeeper for various households in the Hanks and Alamo areas.
She married Leslie Arneson on December 24, 1947 at Wildrose, ND. They lived at Grano and then at Wildrose for several years before moving to Parshall, ND, where she served as City Auditor for many years. They then moved to Medicine Lake, Montana. They retired in 1993 and returned to Minot. Les passed away on October 1, 1996 and she continued to live in Minot.
Edith accepted many sewing projects. Her hobbies were crocheting, knitting and reading. She made many afghans for the family.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Minot, ND, a homemakers group and bowled in leagues over the years.
Edith is survived by her daughters, Mila (Sylvan) Nygaard, Grenora, ND and Linda Avery, Casper, WY; six grandchildren, numerous great and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five sisters and three brothers.
Funeral Service: Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, ND.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Memorials are preferred to the ND Vision Services, 1015 South Broadway, Minot, ND. 58701
September 24, 1924 - February 22, 2014
Daniel Pozarnsky, 89, Minot, formerly of Benedict, ND, died Saturday, February 22, 2014 in a Minot hospital.
Daniel was born on September 24, 1924, on the family farm south of Benedict the son of Harry and Anna (Novlesky) Pozarnsky. He attended rural school in Greatstone Township, then Velva High School and later graduated from Minot High School.
Daniel joined the United States Navy on April 26, 1944. He served on the Navy Attack Troop Transport in the South Pacific and took part in the battle of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Daniel was honorably discharged on May 23, 1946. After his Discharge, Daniel returned to ND, where he attended Minot Business College and met Bernice Renfandt. The couple was united in marriage October 26, 1947, at the Nazarene Church in Sawyer, ND. They raised their four children south of Benedict on the family homestead. Daniel and Bernice later purchased the family homestead where they raised small grains and cattle. Daniel retired from farming in 1988 and the couple moved to Minot 2003.
Daniel served on the District Soil Conservation Board, Max School Board, Benedict Farmers Elevator Board and the McLean County FHA Board. He was a federal grain inspector and a member American Legion. He was a member of the Our Redeemers Lutheran Church, Minot, where he was active with Senior Fellowship.
Survivors: wife of 66 years, Bernice, Minot; children, Dennis (Marie) Pozarnsky, Carrington, ND, Brad (Arlene) Pozarnsky, Bottineau, ND, Judy Anderson, Tempe, AZ, and Gary Pozarnsky, Roseville, MN; grandchildren, Christine (Rodney) Kleven, Jared (Hiedie) Pozarnsky, Lara (Jacy) Erling, Chelsey Pozarnsky, Daniel Pozarnsky, Jeralee Anderson, and Nathaniel Anderson; 2 step grandchildren, Tyler Lutz and Natasha (Jason) Sawicki; great grandchildren, Garrett, Ashley and Jacob Pozarnsky and Kayden, Espen and Tenley Erling and Erin and Colton Kleven.
Daniel was preceded in death by his parents and 11 brothers and sisters.
Funeral Service: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church, Minot
Visitation: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
November 5, 1957 - February 21, 2014
Karen A. Anderson, 56, Burlington, ND, died Friday, February 21, 2014 in her home with her family at her side.
Karen Anne Courtenay was born on November 5, 1957, a daughter of Donald C. and Doris I. (Roberts) Courtenay in Watertown, New York. She was raised and educated in Watertown.
Karen was once married to Mark Peterson. To this union two children were born Mark Jr., and Jennifer. The couple later divorced.
On November 5, 1999, Karen was united in marriage to Jack Anderson in Burlington, ND. They made their home in Burlington,. Karen worked at the JC Penneys, store for a time before assisting Jack with the operations of the Idle Hour Lounge located in Burlington.
Karen enjoyed spending time in the outdoors camping, working in her yard and playing with her dogs. She enjoyed the events sponsored by the Idle Hour, especially the Chili Cook-offs.
Karen is survived by:
Husband Jack Anderson, Burlington:
Children: Mark (Angela)Peterson Jr., Minot and Jennifer Grubb, Burlington;
Step-children: Tiffany (Tyrel)Schiele, Lignite, ND; Breann (Josh) Audet, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Six grandchildren: Luke Peterson, Brady Peterson, Kristin Grubb, Rachel Grubb, Anderson Schiele, Elias Schiele; Sisters: Joanne (Jerry) Long, Macon, GA, Donna Grabowski, FL, Mari (Robert) Edenfield, Maysville, GA; Brothers: Charles Courtenay, Asheville, NC, James (Cindy) Courtenay, TN; nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, from 2-7 at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Funeral Service: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11 am at Peace Lutheran Church, Burlington, ND
Burial: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 1:30 pm at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
December 23, 1949 - February 19, 2014
Connie Lynn Mains, 64, Minot, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in a Minot nursing care facility.
Connie was born on December 23, 1949 in Stockton, CA, a daughter of Harold and Yvonne (Earnest) Schnell. Connies father was a minister and her parents were evangelists throughout the country. She was a self taught musician, playing many instruments. Through church, she met Paul Mains. He was also a minister and the couple settled in Lodi, CA. Connie performed all of the music and was heavily involved organizing and working most of the church functions. Connie and Paul later divorced.
Connie then worked as a beautician in her own salon, before taking a leap of faith to go to work as a beautician in a nursing care facility. There, she to pride in making all of the residents, both women and men, to be as beautiful as possible, inside and out. She made many deep connections with the residents, often having them into her home for holidays. She had a special personality that allowed her to connect in some level with everyone that she met. She dearly touched many peoples lives. In March of 1997, Connie suffered a stroke. For many years she was lovingly cared for by her daughters, Rachelle and Kristina. 18 months ago, she moved to Minot to be near her daughter Rachelle. She resided in Trinity Homes, were she loved and was loved by many. She will be dearly missed by her daughters, grandchildren and the many who loved her throughout her life.
Connie is survived by her daughters, Rachelle (Mike) Gutierrez-Garrett of Minot and Kristina (Sean) Golliher of Elk Grove, CA. She is also survived by grandchildren Brandon, Riley and Carter Golliher as well as Anica Chavez, Alyssa Zimny, Stephanie Brown and Zakary Gutierrez and great grandchildren, Cailyn and Nathan. She is also survived by her ex-husband Paul (Vicki) Mains as well as brothers and sisters in law; David (Sherry) Mains, Pam Slaton, and Steve (Bev) Mains, all of Cedar Rapids, Iowa as well as many nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Trinity Homes Chapel, Minot.
Visitation: Saturday, one hour prior to the service at Trinity Homes, Minot.
Amrein, Michelle "Rosie"
June 28, 1982 - February 15, 2014
Michelle "Rosie" Amrein, 31, Burlington, ND, formerly of Minot, ND, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 15, 2014, in her home.
Michelle "Rosie" Rae Amrein was born June 28, 1982, the daughter of Billy Amrein and Debra (Ringsaker) Amrein, in Minot, ND. She was raised and educated in Minot, graduating from Minot High School in 2001.
Michelle worked for the Minot Vocational Workshop for a time, before working at the Vegas Motel.
She was a member of the Apostolic Faith Church, where she attended with her dad and uncle. She enjoyed going to the 2nd Story, playing Bingo, riding bike, hunting, fishing, bowling, and shopping with her aunts. She was a perfectionist, who loved her cat, Jennie, and enjoyed caring for infants and children.
Her loving family includes: mother, Debra Ringsaker, Minot; father, Billy Amrein, Burlington;
brothers, Shawn Ringsaker, Minot, and Justin Amrein, Glenburn;
and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Michelle was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Auman and Barbara Ward; and paternal grandparents, Raymond and Donna Amrein; uncle, Ronnie Ringsaker; aunt, Diane Ringsaker; cousin, Tristen Rakness; great-aunts, Betty Ann Boehm and Kae Amrein; and great-uncle, Tommy Ahmann.
Funeral: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Apostolic Faith Church, Minot.
Interment: Saron Lutheran Cemetery, South Prairie, ND.
Visitation: Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to the 2nd Story or the Souris Valley Animal Shelter.
Sime Sheehan, Lisa
November 27, 1978 - February 14, 2014
Lisa Marie Sime Sheehan, 35, Minot, died Friday, unexpectedly in her home.
Lisa was born on November 27, 1978, at St. Josephs Hospital in Minot, the daughter of Kenneth and Cindy (Harmon) Sime. She was raised and educated in Surrey, ND. She graduated salutatorian from Surrey High School in 1997. Lisa has 3 children Josiah, Mariah and Lexi. Lisa was united in marriage to Dustin Sheehan on July 31, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. The couple made their home in Minot. Lisa worked for Choice Hotels for many years and most recently worked at Gordmans.
Lisa was very involved in her childrens school activities. Josiahs choir concerts, Mariahs drum kids events and loved it when Lexie would sing to her. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, fishing, arts and crafts, her dog daisy and cat PooPoos. She was a very social person and loved movie nights with her husband and kids.
Survivors: Husband, Dustin; children, Josiah, Mariah and Lexie; parents, Cindy Harmon Sime and Kenneth (Karol Mohs) Sime and their daughter, Madison; brother, Jim Sime and his children Tahleah and Brynlee; sister, Erica Copeland and her children, Tiana, Malachi and Micah; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Eleanor Sime, mother-in-law, Colette Sheehan, uncle, Mike Harmon and his daughter Sheena; aunts Micky Harmon and her daughters, Heidi, Lori, and son Jake and Becky Harmon and her daughter, Jamie; Aunts, Linda (Ron) Stottlemyre, Audrey (Wayne) Marshal and Sandy (Pat) Butz; uncles, Sheldon Sime, Stan (Kathy) Sime, Jeff Sime, Ron Sime and Ron (Sheila) Pakzewiski, Terry (Nancy) Barnes and daughter, Samantha.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Jim (Toni) Harmon and aunt, Vanessa Channell.
Prayer Service: Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. with visitation starting at 4 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
October 1, 1925 - February 10, 2014
Edward A. Schwan, 88, Karlsruhe, ND, died Monday, February 10, 2014, in a Bismarck hospital.
Edward Alex Schwan (Ed) was born on October 1, 1925, the oldest son of Alex and Anna (Klein) Schwan in Karlsruhe, ND. He was raised and educated in Karlsruhe.
Ed was united in marriage to Barbara Abrahamson on January 21, 1953. They farmed and raised their family on the Schwan farm near Karlsruhe, ND. Barbara passed away in November, 2003. Following her death, he continued to live on the farm in Karlsruhe before moving to Bismarck in January 2013.
Ed was a lifelong member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church choir, member of the Knights of Columbus, Lake George Sportsmens Club, and Harvey Eagles Club.
Ed was a self taught musician who played trumpet, trombone and drums. He played in a band for many years and enjoyed playing trumpet for many events. Ed was a happy go lucky man and loved a good joke. He enjoyed bingo, baseball, and playing cards. He loved to entertain visitors and always had baked goods ready to share. Ed loved music and could be heard whistling, singing or humming most of the time.
Those Who Shared In His Life: Susanne (Bruce) Lennick, Newman Lake, WA, Steven (Janet) Schwan, Thomas (Julie) Schwan, Adrian (Sandy) Schwan, Christopher Schwan, all of Bismarck, ND, William Schwan, Dillingham, AK, Alex (Dee Ann) Schwan, San Antonio, TX, 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Siblings: Isabelle Carlson, Loretta Abel, Beatrice Aberle, Jerry Schwan, Patrick Schwan, and Audrey Alman.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Alex & Anna, wife Barbara, son Timothy two brothers, Everett & Myron and three sisters, Alice Keller, Corrine Noren, and Victoria Kuncir.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, friends may sign a guest register in Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 4-7 at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Vigil Prayer Service: Sunday, March 2, 2014, 7 pm in Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 10:30 am at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Karlsruhe, ND
Burial: Will take place at a later date in 2014 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Karlsruhe, ND
April 15, 1919 - February 9, 2014
Margeruite Lee, 94, Minot, ND, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014, in her home in Minot.
Margeruite Lenora Brusven was born April 15, 1919, the daughter of Adolph and Jorgine Nilson Brusven, on the Brusven family homestead in Burke County near Columbus, ND. She was raised on the family farm.
Margeruite married Eugene J. Lee June 28, 1942, at Plentywood, Montana. They made their home on the Lee family homestead near Honeyford, ND where together they began farming with Eugenes father and mother, Fred and Louise until retiring in 1976. They moved to Minot in the spring of 1982. Over the years, they spent the winter months in Fort Myers, Florida and later in Mission, Texas.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Minot.
Surviving family includes:
Nieces: Linda Haider, Di Ann Schaefer, Diane Stommes, Judy Bly, and Sandra Liskowick.
Nephews: Alfred Hovis, David, Rollin, Dennis, Robert, Donovan, and Marlowe Brusven, along with several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Margeruite was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eugene, (who passed away, March 7, 1998); brothers, Herman, Carl and Alex Brusven; and sisters, Rubie Granrud, Elma McIvor, Edith Iverson, Helen, Alice, and Myrtle Brusven; and nephews Keith and Barry Granrud and niece, Julie Brusven.
Memorial Service: Sunday, April 13, 2014, at 2 pm at First Baptist Church, Minot.
Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot, ND.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the register book one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials: Preferred to First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Salvation Army.
Margeruites nieces and nephews are honorary pallbearers.
October 24, 1957 - February 9, 2014
Daniel Flagstad, 56, Minot, died Sunday, February 9, 2014 in a Minot hospital.
Danny was born on October 24, 1957 in Minot, ND, a son of Carl O. and Jacqueline (Dickey) Flagstad.
He was raised and educated in Minot, graduating from Minot High School in 1975. He worked for a time at a nuclear power plant in California, before returning to North Dakota where he worked in construction. He was especially proud of work he did on the Stave Church in the Scandinavian Heritage Park. He was also a certified paralegal.
Danny is survived by his sons, Jordan (Sammie) Flagstad and Spencer Flagstad both of Minot and Billy (fiancé Paige Collette) Luetzen of Ray, ND. He is survived by his sister, Leslie (Mike) Scofield of Minot and brothers, Mark (Sandy) Flagstad and Greg (Theresa) Flagstad, of Minot and Michael Flagstad of Warren, PA, sisters-in-law Heidi Flagstad and Vicky Flagstad and former wife, Trudy Berg, a step daughter, Miranda Rufus, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Bryan and Carl O. Kip Flagstad, and an infant sister, Mary Elizabeth.
Funeral: Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Visitation: Friday, February 14, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
September 7, 1957 - February 9, 2014
Richard A. Lakoduk, 56, Minot, formerly of Surrey, died Sunday, February 9, 2014 in a Minot medical center.
Richard Al Lakoduk was born September 7, 1957, the son of Alfred and Marjorie (Selfors) Lakoduk. He was raised and educated in Minot and Surrey, ND. He graduated in 1976 from Surrey High School. After graduation Richard was employed for a short time at Conoco Gas Station in Minot.
He was employed with Burlington Northern Railroad from 1977 to 1978. He also worked for John Broten Lumber in Minot and enjoyed working with customers and making deliveries. Richard started his apprentice training as a pipefitter in the fall of 1980 and then worked as a journeyman until 2014, working at various jobs including gas plants, paper mills, and coal plants. He would do any job from start up to reworks.
Richard enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends, especially hunting Muleys and Whitetails. The Badlands were his great joy for hiking the prairies, pheasants and grouse hunting and fishing in the great outdoors. Richard enjoyed reading everything.
His loving family includes brothers, Randy (Kim) Lakoduk, and Ray (Brenda) Lakoduk, and sister, Rachael (Dave) Blake. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles.
Memorial Service: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Visitation: Wednesday from 4-7pm at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home.
Burial will take place in the spring of 2014 at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
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