THOMPSON-LARSON FUNERAL DIRECTORS
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July 14, 2014 - July 14, 2104
Isabella is survived by:
Loving parents, Daniel and Caroline Lemere, Minot;
Siblings: Cassandra, Aundraya, Bonnita, Ekira, Felicia, and Ganessa Lemere, all at home;
Paternal grandparents: Mary and Floyd Lemere, Minot;
Maternal grandmother Sheila Yarham, Longmont, CO
Aunts and uncles: Floyd (Charity) Lemere III and family, Mike (Brenda) Lemere and family, and Howard Lemere and family, Athena Yarham and family; Barbara Yarham and Family.
Isabella was preceded in death by her brother Dante Virgil Lemere, paternal great-grandmother Mildred Smith, maternal grandmother Bonnie Yarham and maternal grandfather William Yarham.
Private family services will take place.
July 8, 1932 - July 22, 2014
Lucille C. Massine, 82, Minot, ND, passed away quietly in her home after a long and courageous battle with ALS on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Lucille Catherine Brossart was born on July 8, 1932 to Nicholas and Magdalen (Voeller) Brossart. She was reared on a farm outside of Rugby where she helped with the many chores and the raising of her younger brothers and sisters. She attended a one room country school near the farm. In the first few years, she was the only girl with 12 boys, including five of her brothers.
Lucille married Leonard Massine on October 6, 1954 in Rugby, ND, where they began their family. They lived for a short time in Garrison and Bottineau, ND before moving to Minot in 1963. Lucille was a full time wife, mother and homemaker, selflessly devoting her life to her children; especially advocating and dedicating her time for the care of her youngest daughter.
Lucille was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church and its Confraternity of Christian Mothers. She enjoyed reading, gardening, playing cards, baking, sewing, cross-stitch and quilting. She lovingly made each grandchild a special quilt or blanket so they could feel her warm embrace no matter where they were. She had a fantastic memory and impeccable attention to detail. She loved spending time with family and friends making these times special with her famous buns, cookies, caramel rolls, and chocolate slice bars.
Lucilles loving family includes: her children: Marilyn (Ken) Levadney, Minot; Michael (Donna) Massine, Larkspur, CO; Sandra (John) Reiser, Minot; Steven (Carrie) Massine, Excelsior, MN; Bradley (Wendy) Massine, West Jordan, UT; Barbara (David) Johnson, Minot; Nancy (Steven) Bohl, Mandan; and Nadine Massine, Minot; grandchildren: Cheryl Vaudt, Karen (Shannon) Tudahl, Amy (Brad) Dauphinais, Sara (Ron) Smith, Nick (Jurene) Levadney, Katie Levadney, Sean Massine, Shannon Massine, Melony (Bryan) Mings, Jennifer Reiser, Taylor Reiser, Baylee Reiser, Joseph Massine, Robert Massine, Alex Massine, Dakota Johnson, Hunter Johnson, Eric Bohl, and Braden Bohl; great-grandchildren: Zachary Vaudt, Alexis Vaudt, Kayla Tudahl, Gavin Tudahl, Liam Tudahl, Cole Dauphinais, Caden Dauphinias, Caina Dauphinias, Caleesi Dauphinias, and Soraea Smith, Hudsyn and Jayger Mings, Pierce Gable; Brothers: Edward Brossart, Al Brossart, Nick Brossart, Jr., all of Rugby; Sisters:Viola Collins, Rugby, Ann Brossart, Minot, Betty Brossart, Devils Lake, Marcelle Brossart, San Leandro, CA;
brothers-in-law, Claude Wolfe, Minot, and Jerry (Nancy) Andrews, Sioux Falls, SD; sisters-in-law, Joyce Brossart, Scottsdale, AZ, and Marsha Brossart, Grand Forks, ND;
many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law; Joseph and Cunegunda Massine; brothers, Daniel, Tony, Raymond, and Tom Brossart; sister, Monica Devine; sisters-in-law, Irene Peters, Mary Wolfe, Margaret Brossart, Catherine Andrews and Phyllis Brossart; and grandson, Raymond Pena.
Funeral: Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, and Friday from 4:30 to 7 pm at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Friday at 5:30 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to Bishop Ryan Catholic School or ALS Association.
September 11, 1955 - July 20, 2014
Lynn Marie Ogaard was born September 11, 1955, the daughter of Raymond and Shirley (St. Michael) Ogaard, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. As a young child, she attended The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception School in Crookston, MN. In 1967, she moved with her family to Minot. She graduated from Minot High School in 1974.
Lynn Marie and Lynn Anthony were united in marriage August 29th 1975, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minot, ND. They made their home in Minot, where they raised their three children, Eric, Heidi and Haylie. Lynn stayed at home with her children during their childhood. She devoted her time to their numerous concerts, sporting events, and family vacations. Her devotion to her children carried onto her grandkids, never skipping a beat. Lynn always showed her unconditional love with her beautiful smile. Baking, cuddling while watching Disney movies and water fights were a few of her favorite activities with her grandkids.
Lynn and Lynns passion was spending time at their cabin at Indian Hills on Lake Sakakawea. Their time together at the cabin was spent fishing and sitting out on their deck. Occasionally they would bring along the grandkids to tube or swim. Most of all Lynn was loved by her family; both immediate and extended. Her sisters Kim and Alison were never far from her heart and they made a point to see each other often. She also enjoyed her time helping her mother and father-in-law until her illness made it too difficult.
Lynn Marie and Lynn Anthony had a very loving and devoted marriage. After 39 years they both still had a sparkle in their eye when they looked at each other, and their love was evident to all who were in their lives. Holding hands, special looks and loving smiles, they were true soul mates.
She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot. Her faith in God was never ending, helping her during her battle.
Her loving family includes: husband of 39 years, Lynn, Minot; son, Eric (Nicole) Bertsch, Minot; daughters, Heidi (Nathan) Nordstrom, Minot, and Haylie Mahood, and her significant other, Chris Reinhard, Minot; grandchildren, Caitlyn Bertsch, Natalie Bertsch, Emily Bullinger, Cooper Nordstrom, Kaine Bertsch, Kendal Bertsch, and Malik Mahood; brothers, Kevin (Jennifer) Ogaard, Elgin, Illinois, and Jeff Ogaard and his companion, Karen Johnson, Port Orchard, WA; sisters, Kim Bolin, West Fargo, ND, and Alison (Bryan) Schmidt, Horace, ND;
mother-in-law, Philipina Penny Bertsch, Minot; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ronald (Marilyn) Bertsch, Lake Havasu, AZ, Debra New (Carlein Cloutier), Brooklyn Center, MN, Kelly (Colleen) Bertsch, Minot, Karri (John) Kurtzweil, Raleigh, NC, and Troy (Kristi) Bertsch, Minot; and Donna Ogaard, Alexandria, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lynn was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Howard Ogaard; and father-in-law, Sebastian Sy Bertsch.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, July 25, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Thursday at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
March 26, 1943 - July 20, 2014
Marie Garnett Welsch was born March 26, 1943, in Kenmare, ND. Marie was the youngest of five girls and sixth in a family of ten children born to Arthur and Garnet (Johnson) Brekhus, She was raised on the family farm located near Kenmare and attended schools in Kenmare.
Marie married Marvin Welsch in May of 1961, at St. Marys Cathedral in Fargo. They moved Parshall, ND, for a few years before moving to Minot, where they made their home. From this union, three children were born, Mark, Ann, and John.
Marie adored her six grandsons and loved the time she spent with all of them. She especially enjoyed spending time with them and others at their Lake Metigoshe home. Hunting turtles, fishing, chasing fireflies, and bon fires were a few of the things they liked to do. Fireworks on the 4th of July was a great time at the lake.
Maries career was taking care of kids. She started at Surrey School by helping in the classroom and ended at Surrey Schools as the food services director. She took great pride in her work and spoiled everyone with wonderful meals. Marie was even awarded special recognition for her breakfast program. In 1984, she was awarded the School Food Service Member of the Year. She tracked kids grades and progress to prove the importance of a balanced breakfast. She also loved her five mile walks at the lake and was known to turn up the volume when Elvis was singing.
She was a member of St. Leos Catholic Church in Minot.
Her loving family includes: husband of 53 years, Marvin, Surrey; sons, Mark (Becky) Welsch, Surrey, and John Welsch, Bismarck, ND; daughter, Ann (Richard) Breslin, Bismarck, ND; grandchildren, John (Liz Durham) Breslin, Shaun Welsch, Matthew Breslin, Jacob (Carly) Welsch, Don Welsch, and Doug Welsch; brothers, Steve (Janice) Brekhus, Kenmare, ND, and Milton (Jeannie) Brekhus, Kenmare, ND; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Janet Henderson, Dorothy Mello, Doris Kraft, and Geraldine Schuck; brothers, Art, Lyle, and Larry Brekhus.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, July 25, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Leos Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Thursday at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
April 26, 1941 - July 20, 2014
Dianne was born on April 26, 1941, at Trinity Hospital in Minot the daughter of Oscar and Dorothy (Benson) Braaflat. She was raised four miles west of Plaza, ND and went to school in Plaza.
Dianne was united in marriage to Larry Hudson in 1958. The couple lived in Riverdale for six years where Dianne worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. They moved to Minot where they raised their three boys, Kevin, Kelly and Kasey. Diane worked for Trinity for 27 years in the business office and then ING where she later retired.
Dianne loved spending time with family, friends and her childrens friends. Many weekends were spent camping at the lake and at the north unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park where she enjoyed boating, fishing and hiking. Dianne absolutely loved the outdoors and was an avid gardener. Her front and back yard are beautiful flower gardens. She also loved animals and rescued many from the pet shelter. Dianne cherished her grandchildren with all her heart and was proud of all their accomplishments. Dianne truly loved life and will be dearly missed, especially the sound of her laughter.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Larry; sons, Kevin Hudson, Vernonia, OR, Kelly (Jessica) Hudson, Foxholm, ND, Kasey (Rochelle) Hudson, Minot; grandchildren, Kaden, Alexis and Guy Hudson; step-grandchildren, Lecia and Austin Hager; and sister, Yvonne (Robert) Lovdahl, Minot.
Dianne was preceded in by her parents, Oscar and Dorothy and her brothers, Duanne and Lavern Braaflat
Memorial Service: Friday, July 25, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
Friends may sign a guest book Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
February 5, 1919 - July 20, 2014
Tillie was born February 5, 1919 in Drake, ND to Henry Lemer and Josephine (Zeigler) Lemer. She was raised on the family farm in McHenry County near Drake, ND.
She was united in marriage to Pius Wentz on November 20, 1939 in Orrin, ND. Pius and Tillie operated their farmstead in Pierce County until 1959. They moved to Balta, ND for a short period of time then onto Orrin, ND where they owned and operated the Grocery Store. In 1962 they moved to Minot where Tillie was employed at Sweetheart Bakery for 20 years. She retired in 1983. They moved from their home of 30 years to a condo on North Hill where Tillie resided after Piuss death in 1998. She later moved to Edgewood Vista in 2006, then to Trinity Nursing Home in 2010
Tillie was very devout in her faith to the Catholic Religion. Tillie and Pius were members of Little Flower Church for their life journey in Minot. She was caregiver for several years to her father in law, Valentine Wentz until his passing in 1957. She also raised her grandson, Kevin Sanders.
Tillie was the glue for her family. Their home was the centerpiece of all Holiday gatherings for 30 plus years. She made Christmas gatherings extra special. Tillie was an amazing cook coming from a German Russian heritage. Her specialties were Kuchen, canned pickles, beets, tomatoes, chokecherry jelly and chokecherry wine divine. Tillie was an avid and amazing gardener. Her backyard garden and flowers will be forever be embellished in our memories. There was nothing Tillie the Tool Time couldnt fix. She had her little workshop in her basement and you were not allowed to mess with her tools.
Tillie is preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter Judith Ann, granddaughter Anello Wentz, grandson Jacob Hubert; son in law Ray "Buzz" Hubert; sisters Anne (Frank) Bossert, Francis (Lawrence) Keller, brothers John (Mary) Lemer, Henry (Florence) Lemer, Matthew (Josephine) Lemer, Sebastian Lemer and two infant siblings Ludwig and Margareta.
Tillie is survived by her children; MaryAnn Hubert, Queensbury, NY , Ron (Maggie) Wentz, Marysville, WA, Anne (Warren) Trangsrud, Scottsdale, AZ, Gary (Ellen Brehmer) Wentz, Grand Forks, ND, Carol Moller, Minot and Dwight (Deb) Wentz, Minot, 21 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren.
Visitation: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 3 until 7 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Vigil Prayer Service: Wednesday at 7 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:30 am at Little Flower Catholic Church, Minot
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
February 1, 1977 - July 19, 2014
Troy Douglas Hall was born on February 1, 1977, a son of Douglas and Randi (Jesperson) Hall in Dickinson, ND. He was raised and educated in Dickinson, graduating from Dickinson High School in 1995. He attended Minot State University.
On June 15, 2007, Troy was united in marriage to Angela Froseth in Las Vegas, Nevada. They made their home in Minot, where Troy was employed at the Sleep Inn. Together they had a daughter, Hanna. They divorced in 2013.
Troy began working as a landman for Legacy Resources, Inc., which operates out of Bismarck. He most recently worked on land owner relations for Legacy Resources and its principal clients.
Troys happiest times were those spent with his daughter, Hanna. She was his pride and joy and the light of his life. He was a wonderful father. They enjoyed doing many activities together, like playing with dolls, Barbies, and having tea parties. They also loved camping with family at Devils Lake.
Troy was very active. He played pool league out of Sidekicks Lounge for the last ten years. His team took second in the Extravaganza Tournament last year, their best team accomplishment. Troy had many top three finishes in individual competitions. He made many friendships while playing pool. He learned to golf from his grandparents at a young age, and he had become an avid golfer. Fishing with his father and friends in his new boat was also a favorite pastime. He loved to watch hockey, especially the UND Fighting Sioux. Troy was a member of the Minot Moose Lodge, where he met many wonderful friends.
Troy is survived by:
Daughter: Hanna, Minot;
Parents: Douglas and Randi Hall, Minot;
Siblings: Stephanie (Eric) Sandberg, Grand Forks, ND and Erica (Travis) Graber, Rugby, ND;
Nephew and niece: Logan and Sydnee Sandberg, Grand Forks, ND;
Maternal grandparents: Norman and Bonnie Jesperson, Dickinson, ND;
Aunts and uncles: Brian (Jane) Jesperson, Bismarck, ND; Kent (Linette) Jesperson, Cheyenne, WY; Beth (Curt) Kainz, Galesburg, ND; Karlin (Roy) Teigland, Savage, MN; Diane Whiting, St. Charles, MO; Donald (Paulette) Hall, Liverpool, NY; Donna Hall, Fort Collins, CO; Debby (Eric) Stuhler, St. Charles, MO;
Numerous cousins also survive.
Troy was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Guy and Virginia Hall, and an uncle, Jimmy Jesperson.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, friends may sign a guest register on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 5 until 7 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorial Service: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:00 am at Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Burial: a private family committal service will take place at a later date.
October 13, 1931 - July 18, 2014
LaVern was born on October 13, 1931, in McHenry County, ND, the son of Reynold and Elsie Lillian (Schmidt) Schott. He was raised and educated in McLean County.
LaVern married Luvella Blumhagen on June 14, 1953, in Drake, ND. LaVern was once employed by Farmers Union and Cenex Oil in Minot and later worked in Great Falls, MT and in 1979, transferred to Williston where he retired in 1984. After his retirement he managed FM Parkway in Williston. Luvella passed away on October 17, 1998.
LaVern was an avid bowler while living in Williston and he was also a member of the Williston and Minot Moose Lodge.
Survivors: son, Lonnie Schott, Boise, ID; daughter, Laureen (Scott) Jacobson, Brookside, NJ; grandchildren, Andrew and Nadine Jacobson, Bookside, NJ; sister, Eunice Opozda, Garrison, ND; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and special friend, Carol Hanson, Kenmare, ND.
LaVern was preceded in death by his wife, Luvella, parents and brother, Alvin.
Funeral Service: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11 a.m. Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Visitation: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Burial will take place at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Riverview Cemetery, Williston, ND
December 19, 1928 - July 16, 2014
Lyle was born on December 19, 1928, the son of Floyd and Carrie (Soderberg) Kilbourn on the homestead in Berthold. Lyle entered the United States Army on June 25, 1951, so his brother Dale would not have to serve. Lyle served during the Korean Conflict and was honorable discharged on June 24, 1954. After his discharge he returned to North Dakota and went to work for Nash Finch Co. and later retired in 1990. Lyle also farmed his family homestead.
Lyle married Sylvia Nelson on September 28, 1957, in Havre, MT. The couple made their home in rural Minot, then Des Lacs and back to Minot in 1980, where Lyle lived until his death.
He was a member of the VFW Club in Minot where he enjoyed playing bingo with Sylvia.
Lyle loved traveling around the United States to visit his children and grandchildren. He also loved his dogs Alexis and Oscar. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always concerned about everyone else in his family. He was fun to be with and at his age enjoyed flirting with the nurses at the cancer center.
His loving family includes; sons, Ed (Retta) Kilbourn, Oklee, MN, Steve (Lorie) Kilbourn, Burlington, ND and Duane (Julie) Kilbourn, Tucson, AZ; daughters, Laurie (Peter) LeCapitaine, Appleton, WI and Denise (Jeff) Nabozny, San Angelo, TX; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Lyle was preceded in death by wife, Sylvia, parents, infant daughters, Mary and Michelle, two infant granddaughters, Nikki and Shenette, infant grandson, Kellen and brother, Dale Kilbourn.
Lyles family would like to thank Dr. Pat and all the nurses for the special care they gave their father and grandfather.
Funeral Service: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 1 p.m. with Visitation one hour prior at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot
Mack, Anna Marie
June 27, 1926 - July 15, 2014
Anna Marie Schiele was born on June 27, 1926, a daughter of Ludwig and Katherine (Richter) Schiele at St. Josephs hospital in Minot, ND. She was raised and educated in Drake, ND, where she graduated from Drake High School in 1945. Anna furthered her education by attending Minot State Teachers College, where she earned her Standard Teaching Certificate.
On October 13, 1945, Anna Marie was united in marriage to Lawrence F. Mack at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Karlsruhe, ND. Following their marriage they made their home in a farm near Bergan, ND, where Anna taught in three country schools in McHenry County. In 1959, they moved to Minot, where she was an elementary school teacher at St. Leos Catholic School, Little Flower Catholic School, Perkett Elementary, and eventually retired from Sunnyside Elementary in 1986.
She enjoyed gardening, doll collecting, bell collecting, Bingo, her teacher luncheons, and most of all her grandchildren.
Anna was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Confraternity of Christian Mothers , Minot Teacher Retirement Association, 26th St SW Birthday Group, and Fraternal Order of Eagles, all of Minot.
Anna Marie is survived by:
Husband Lawrence F. Mack, Minot; daughters: Elaine (William) Burke,West Fargo, Carol Mack, Minot, Pamela (William) Degele, Velva; five grandchildren: Michelle Haman, Travis ( Bobbie) Burke, Kyle (Mallori)Aschenbrenner, Bryce (Jill) Aschenbrenner, Lynne Aschenbrenner ; six great-grandchildren: Amanda, Cody, Crysta, Hayden, Hadley, Gracelyn, two great-great grandchildren; Jordan and Stetson
Sisters: Elizabeth Volk, Minot, Magdaline (Anton) Mack, Karlsruhe, Rose Bischof, Minot;
Brothers: Henry (Lucille) Schiele, Minot, Jerome (Bernadine) Schiele, Minot, Michael (Ann) Schiele, Minot, Francis (Arlene) Schiele, Drake, Louie (Rita) Schiele, Velva; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Anna Marie was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter Debbie Mack , sister Cecelia Kramer, infant brother Nicholas;
Visitation: Friday, July 18, 2014, from 3 until 6 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Vigil Prayer Service: Friday at 6 pm at Thompson Larson Funeral home Chapel, Minot
Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 10:30 am at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot
Graveside Service: Saturday at 2 pm at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Karlsruhe, ND
January 27, 1922 - July 12, 2014
He was born to Alma and Julius in South Dakota on January 27, 1922. In 1925 they moved to Plaza North Dakota. He started school in a country schoolhouse. Julius opened the Farmers Union in 1933. Ozzie and his brothers worked at the station throughout high-school, driving gas trucks. Ozzie graduated from Plaza high school in 1939. He enjoyed telling stories about playing football. After high-school, he furthered his education by attending the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. In 1941, he went out west and worked at McDonald Douglas.
He returned to Plaza and enlisted in the Navy on October 2, 1942. Ozzie was honorably discharged in March 1946. He was proud of his service and a member of the Bangen-Moen post 119, serving as commander for 4 years & Post historian. He carried the flag at the July 20th celebrations and Memorial Day parades for many years.
On October 22, 1948, at Plaza, Ozzie was united in marriage to Opal Lyslo. Ozzie farmed and they raised their family in Plaza. In December 1959, he was appointed Postmaster and efficiently ran the post office until he retired on March 30, 1981. Ozzie continued to farm and we all have memories of learning to drive in the old grain trucks and picking rock. He retired from farming in 1985.
During retirement, Opal and Ozzie traveled, staying in Texas in the winter and at a Lake Metigoshe cabin during the summer months.
Ozzie had a lot of energy, he was very involved and committed to the community. He was a boy scout leader and several of his scouts made the rank of Eagle. They went to many campouts and jamborees. Ozzie was a member of the Fire Department for 31 years and was a member of the ambulance squad. He was church council chairman and instrumental in building the new church.
Ozzie always had time for fun and travel, his family has lots of good memories of road trips, camping, hunting, boating, water skiing, tobogganing around the streets of Plaza and many games of cards at family gatherings. He had a great sense of humor, loved a good joke and had many friends. Ozzie was always there for anyone who needed him. He was a wonderful man, who was always patient and a great example to many. He will be greatly missed by his family. And as Dad would say *Mange Tusen Takk" for being here today.
Those who shared in his life:
Wife, Opal Westgard; Daughters: Kyann(Joel) Schneider, Jan (Fidel)Rodriguez, Joy(Ronnie) Coote, Son, Clint(Linda) Westgard; Sisters LaVonne(Robert) Patten, Carol(Jeff) Evenson
Grandchildren Andrea Hendricks, Sara Welder, Brice Schneider, Vanessa Rincon, Garrett Rodriguez, Josie and Archie Coote, Sam and Leo Westgard
Allie and Jonah Welder, Olivia and Lucas Rincon
Ozzie was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Morris and Gene and Sister Helen, Sister-in-laws Josie and Phyliss, brother-in-law Hank Jorde
Funeral Service: Friday July 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Plaza.
Visitation: Friday, July 18, 2014 one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial: Saturday at 1:15 pm at Rosehill Memorial Park.
April 7, 1945 - July 11, 2014
Lila Frances Marie Falcon was born April 7, 1945, the daughter of John and Marie (Patnaude) Falcon, in Belcourt, ND. She was raised and educated in Belcourt and attended St. Anns Catholic School.
She moved to Minot in 1967, where she devoted her entire life to raising her children and grandchildren.
She enjoyed traveling, visiting with family and friends, reading, drawing, writing, and drinking her strong coffee.
Surviving family includes: children, Delilah Hatchett, Rockford, IL, Merlin Falcon, Belcourt, ND, Lonnie Falcon, Grand Forks, Charlie Falcon, Bismarck, ND, Beverly Catlin, Minot, Vanica Thompson, Minot, and Stephen Falcon, Minot;
50 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren;
brothers, Arlen, George, Victor, Duane, and Keith Falcon,
sister, Sharon Hauser, Joyce King, Sheila Perez, Yvonne Nichols,
and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lila was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Summer Falcon and Elizabeth Falcon; sister, Carol Halvorson; and brother, Johnny Falcon.
Funeral: Friday, July 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Thursday from 4 to 7 pm at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home in Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Friday at 10:10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred.
June 30, 1929 - July 11, 2014
Francis was born on June 30, 1929 in Endres (Max), ND to Nicholas and Agnes (Marx) Allers. He attended Garrison School, graduating in 1948.
On June 27, 1959, Francis married Catherine "Katie" Leach in Bismarck, ND. They lived in Bismarck until 1963 when the railroad relocated them to Minot.
Francis started working with the Soo Line Railroad shortly after graduation telling his children that his starting salary was $7.00 a week. The railroad took Francis to various ND cities including Wishek, Harvey and Bismarck and ending his 42 year career in Minot. He is also remembered for having a smile on his face at all times while on the job. Francis was proud to tell anyone that he gave 42 years to the Soo Line. After retirement Francis & Katie enjoyed their get togethers with fellow retired railroaders and called themselves the "Broken Rails".
Francis was an active member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church where he served as altar server and always pitched in wherever help was needed. He was a honorary member in Katie's church group. He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4894, where he was a 4th Degree Knight. In 1992, Francis and Katie were recognized as the Knights of Columbus Council 4894 Family of the Year. Francis was also a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad and Airline Clerks, where he was once their secretary. He was a member of the Holy Name Society. Starting in 1997, Francis and Katie volunteered as cooks for Our Lady of Grace Sonshine Youth Camp, creating delicious and nutritious meals for all the kids, specializing in Elephant Ears and Root Beer Floats.
Francis felt was it important to instill a strong Catholic faith and Christian values in his children. Francis' four children attended Catholic elementary school and graduated from Bishop Ryan Catholic School. Francis and Katie were always eager volunteers for any activity that supported Catholic school, the Ryan Auction, making St. Leos donuts, and were an integral part of organizing and running the Bishop Ryan Carnival. Because of their dedication to Bishop Ryan, they were awarded the "R" award which is given to those who go above and beyond for the betterment of the school.
His children and grandchildren have many fond memories of their loving father and grandfather, many being at the lake cabin: Francie in his straw hat, overalls, and boots; the swing breaking on him, putting fireworks under his chair, friends and fires; and time spent with Dee and Marj, lifelong friends who owned the cabin next door; but most of all Dad's Root Beer floats. Many Saturday's were spent in the small kitchen with a pot of moms soup and caramel rolls cooking. They also remember the many trips up and down the stairs that Francis made getting ingredients for Katie as she cooked and baked in her kitchen.
Francis's strong faith was also passed down to his grandchildren. Six of his grandchildren graduated from Bishop Ryan, one is currently attending. His grandchildren loved the time spent with their grandfather: being picked up from school, rides in the car with grandma driving, grandpa in the backseat and them in the front, and showing them his treasures.
Francis is survived by his daughters, Mary Storbeck of Minot, Patty Allers of McKinney, TX, Sara (JP) Kasper of Minot and his son, Jim (Katy) of Minot; sisters Delores (Walt) Broxmeyer of Bismarck, Teresa Wagner of AZ, and Mary (Al) Berger of Bismarck. He is also survived by his grandchildren, who he and Katie called the "Magnificent Seven". They include Brandon and Megan Storbeck, Ryan (Leah), Aaron, and Kelly Kasper, and Amber and Tyler Allers. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Katie, and son in law Fred Storbeck.
Memorials are preferred to Sonshine Youth Camp at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Visitation: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
October 1, 1979 - July 11, 2014
Jennifer was born on October 1, 1979, the daughter of Dennis and Joyce (Morris) Berg in Auburn, WA. She was raised in Auburn and in 1995 moved with her family to North Dakota where she graduated from McClusky High School.
Jennifer enjoyed spending time with her family, inviting everyone to sit with her and have a pop, reading, watching Annie, one of her favorite musicals, and American Idol. She loved going horseback riding with grams on Molly, eating grandpas animal cookies, and the Walter family campouts every summer.
Survivors: mother, Joyce Walter and step father, Leo Walter, Velva; father, Dennis (Tanya) Berg, Sumner, WA; brother, Dustin (Melissa) Smith; sister, Janelle Berg and nephews and nieces, Jordin, Ryley, Kohle, Taelyn and Brynlie and grandpa, Arnold Johnson.
Jennifer was preceded in death by her grams and great grandparents.
Jennifers family will be hosting a social at the Velva Senior Citizens Center on Friday, July 18, 2014, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Friends are encouraged to stop by and pay their respects.
Brilz, Fern "Maggie"
January 23, 1921 - July 11, 2014
Fern I. Maggie Heemer was born January 23, 1921, the daughter of Guy and Anna (Feeney) Hemer, in Minot. She was raised and educated in Minot.
Fern worked as a baker for City Bakery, Alms Dairy, and Oppens Grocery.
Fern was once married to Gordon Llewellyn. From this union five children were born.
Fern met Leo Brilz in 1959, and they were later united in marriage July 10, 1999, in Sidney, Montana. They made their home in Mohall and she worked for Boeing in Minot. In 1965, they moved to Logan. In 1993, they moved to Underwood, where they lived until 1997. They moved back to Logan for a short time before moving to Minot, where they made their home since. Leo passed away July 10, 2000.
Following her husbands death, she continued to reside in Minot.
She attended the Congregational United Church of Christ in Minot.
She enjoyed volunteering for Easter Seals, Community Action, the Minot Blind Association, and the March of Dimes through the Roughrider Snowmobile Club.
Surviving family includes: children, Gordon Llewellyn, Minot; Donna (Robert) Korgel, Minot, April (David) Demaree, Minot, and Thelma (Alvin) Blohm, Center, ND;
12 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 27 great great-grandchildren;
and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo; daughter, Agnes Glaser; daughter-in-law, Ann Llewellyn; granddaughter, Cheryl Ibarra; grandson, Bobby Jo Korgel; three sisters; and three brothers.
Funeral: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Congregational United Church of Christ, Minot.
Interment: Tuesday at 3:00 pm at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND.
Visitation: Monday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
August 6, 1930 - July 10, 2014
His life was the great adventure he was determined to have and which he lived to the hilt. He abided by his own set of rules and, despite his cowboy-like toughness, the goodness and loyalty of his character and his sense of fair play was always at the surface. His optimism and good humor carried him to the end.
He came by his political interests naturally as the son of Lawrence and Nellie Erickson, to whom he was born August 6, 1930, in Minot. The senior Ericksons were dedicated members of the Nonpartisan League (NPL) that later was part of the Democrat Party in North Dakota. They were fighters in various farm movements for decades, and helped improve the working conditions of farmers. They purchased their South Prairie farm property in 1927, where Larry grew up. He graduated in 1948 from Minot High School where, among other varsity achievements, he was a cheerleadera wonderful anomaly in his life that his family wouldnt let him forget. He went on to Minot State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history. He served in the North Dakota National Guard and was activated into the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He married Claryce Thompson in Minot July 6, 1951. Early on, he dubbed her Saffire, and she, along with everyone who knew them well, accepted that as part of her identity with him. They lived and farmed at South Prairie where they raised their four children. A fourth generation is now invested in the property that has always been known as the Diamond T Ranch.
Larry became involved in state Democratic politics at an early age. He was chairman of the State Young Democrats in 1956, and moved into the senior party leadership around 1958, the year it became affiliated with and eventually absorbed the Nonpartisan League. His political activities expanded, and in 1964 he was elected to the State Legislature. He lost by 32 votes in the next election cycle that swept Republicans into office. Then he was named head of the state Democrat-Nonpartisan League, a post he held from 1966 to 1969. He chaired the partys state convention in 1968.
He and other Democrats, including his close friends Mark Purdy and Gary Williamson, traveled to Washington to sit down with Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter in 1967 and 1978 to discuss the state of North Dakota politics, farm and economic issues, and rural development. He was among a contingent of fellow Democrats led by Governor Bill Guy to attend Bobby Kennedys funeral in 1968. That same year he was a delegate to the infamous, strife-torn National Democratic Convention in Chicago, and served under Governor Bill Guy as vice chairman of the Democrat-Nonpartisan League convention delegation.
While his interest in politics never waned, his political activity did, and he turned his energies and active interests to history. At the same time, he and Claryce continued as hosts at their farm to North Dakotas congressional delegation and state and national political officials seeking elective office.
Their guests also included participants in the German Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program, named for General George C. Marshall who, as President Harry Trumans secretary of state, fostered the Marshall Plan to promote economic recovery in Europe following World War II. Program participants are from European nations. They spend time in the United States touring historic sites in Washington and in the nations interior. The Ericksons provided them opportunities to see much of western North Dakota.
Over the years, he was fortunate to hold decades-long friendships which included many adventures such as infamous Canadian fishing trips and N.D. Badlands trail rides.
He held appointments to the North Dakota Historical Society Board, the State Wheat and Beef commissions, and was a supporter of the Ward County Historical Society, and held special assignments with the National of Academy of Sciences. Larry was a charter member of the Dakota Territory Air Museum, a life-long member of the North Dakota Farmers Union, board member of Souris River Telephone, and a board member of First Western Bank, Minot.
He was vice-chairman of the North Dakota Centennial Commission with Governor Art Link. He particularly enjoyed his work with the National Park System Advisory Board. The only North Dakotan to serve on the board at the time of his appointment by President Jimmy Carter, he and Claryce visited and counseled with numerous park officials across the nation. This work became his new passion and he reveled in it. Larry loved North Dakotas Badlands and grasslands, and organized trail rides, and at least one buffalo roundup, with friends and family at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Larry was instrumental in the formation of the Cross Ranch and Fort Totten in western North Dakota. You work not only at trying to preserve our national wonders, but also their history, he once told a reporter from The Minot Daily News.
No matter where his travels took him, he always loved returning to South Prairie. He kept his hand in the farm operation even after son Jon took over. Larry loved sharing the Diamond T with others, whether they visited from overseas or down the road. Branding parties, deck gatherings, blackjack dealings, family time: these were among his favorite moments.
He marveled at his family and their achievements and counted them as his greatest blessing. He loved that the Diamond T served as the homebase and the heart of the family, and took great joy in gathering everyone there with his beloved jewel Saffire at his side.
Larry is survived by his wife, Claryce; his children, Susan Carparelli (Russ), Nashville, Tenn., Vicky Erickson (Alan Ager), Pendleton, Ore., Julie Erickson, St. Louis, Mo., Jon Erickson (Eleanor), Minot, N.D.; and grandchildren Jessica Pickett (Jeff), Christopher Carparelli, Emily Ager, Katie Durick (Josh Kotin), Leah Durick, Jacob, Luke and Hannah Erickson, and great grandchildren Gabriel Pickett, Maxwell Kotin and Olivia Ziniel. Larry is also survived by his sisters, Jeanne McNea and June Holmes, both Billings, Mont., and Bonnie Irwin, Fargo.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Nellie Erickson, and cousin brother, Bud Beckman.
Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 18 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1800 Hiawatha St., Minot.
Friends may a register book on Thursday, July 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot. The family has also requested friends and family to share any stories and photos online at (www.thompsonlarson.com).
The family suggests that memorial gifts be directed to the North Dakota Historical Society and the Dakota Territory Air Museum.
October 13, 1946 - July 5, 2014
Gayle was born on October 13, 1946 in Williston, ND a son of Carl and Theola Johnson.
For the past 41 years, Gayle has been a dedicated employee and friend at I. Keating Furniture World in Minot, able to announce the exact number of years and days he was there. His dedication, loyalty and friendship should be the standard for every work environment. Gayle would often say, I dont know what this place would do without me!. Unfortunately, we will now have to find out. Gayle loved to eat and enjoyed many holiday meals with his friends at I. Keatings and meals at the Golden Corral. He took great pride in his job of taking and getting the mail at the Second Story Social Club in Minot and greatly enjoyed his companionship with so many at the Second Story, especially Alayne, Greg and Dot.
Gayle loved the Western Lifestyle, often seen in his cowboy hat and western shirt. He loved bullriding and travelling, especially to Medora for the classic car show , Tioga ND and Washington to visit family. Gayle had many diverse interests, including flea markets and gun shows and putting together miniature model cars. He loved all kinds of aircraft, especially military aircraft, and thoroughly enjoyed air shows as well as going to Minot Air Force Base for Northern Neighbors Day. He enjoyed Old Western movies and anything about World War I and World War II. His fifteen minutes of fame came doing the weather with Tom Schrader. He also enjoyed his yearly presentation to the class at Minot State University about his life at the Grafton State School. He had an unbelievable memory, able to remember dates, exactly what happened, the day of the week and what the weather was like.
Gayle loved being independent and all that went with it. One of his greatest successes was getting his drivers license and driving his car, which he kept in perfect condition. He would often take a Sunday drive for lunch.
Gayle is survived by his sister, Christine (Jim) Smith of Kennewick, WA; brothers, Carl (Janet) Johnson of Moses Lake, WA, Laverne (Kathy) Johnson of Great Falls, MT, Harlan (Lois) Johnson of Tioga, ND and John Olson of Kennewick, WA; as well numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his friends at the Second Story Social Club of Minot, his friends at I. Keating Furniture and his many friends of Downtown Minot.
Funeral: Friends and family will remember and celebrate Gayles life at a funeral service on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Minot.
Visitation: A public visitation will be held at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home on Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
August 19, 1922 - July 5, 2014
Helen Louise Arndt was born August 19, 1922, in Wenatchee, Washington, to Arthur and Lottie (Estes) Arndt. She had three brothers that helped watch out for her on the family wheat and cattle farm on Badger Mt. above the Wenatchee Valley. Following graduation from Wenatchee High School, Helen moved to Seattle, Washington, to continue her education.
While in Seattle, she was a member of the Pythian Sisters and served as Excellent Chief of Rainier Temple. A women's organization believing in bring women of diverse backgrounds together to provide them opportunities to grow through the principles of Purity, Love, Equality, Fidelity and believing in a Supreme Being.
Helen met the love of her life Charles A. Gleave in Seattle. They married August 26, 1945 in Wenatchee, Washington. They later moved to Bowbells, ND, were they raised cattle, sheep and farmed. Charlie and Helen loved spending time with relatives and friends.
Helen continued to farm following Charlie's death in 1979. She was a women ahead of her time. Her being independent, and having such a pioneer spirit. Helen has been a great inspiration to us all. She loved to remind us from time to time that "Girls wear DRESSES and Boys wear PANTS". She will be greatly missed.
Her latest passion was reading about and watching all of the oil drilling activity in the hills of Bowbells. Plus, Helen loved to stop in at Linda Erickson's for tea and share daily events. She did so enjoy having little drummies for lunch and taking the bones home to Trixie-her beloved dog.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; three brothers; Floyd, Albert, Elmer Arndt; one step-son, Kenneth Gleave; nephew, Bruce C. Arndt, all of Washington state.
She is survived by nieces and nephews; Rita (Collie) Winkle, Merle (Gayle) Arndt, Connie (Randy) Hunt, Gerald Arndt, Arthur J. Arndt, Duane (Colleen) Arndt, Dennis Arndt of Washington state; one step-son, Duane (Pam) Gleave of Everett, WA; and several step-grandchildren.
Funeral: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Kenmare, ND.
Graveside Service: Mountain View Park, in Colville, Washington, where her beloved Charlie lies.
Visitation: Wednesday one hour prior to the service in the church.
Memorials: are preferred to the Child Evangelism Fellowship.
January 9, 1933 - July 1, 2014
Elroy was born on January 9, 1933, in Lincoln Valley, ND, the son of Ben and Minnie (Triebwasser) Reiswig. Elroy was baptized at Immanuel Baptist Church in Minot. He attended rural school and attended school in McClusky. Elroy entered the United States Navy on March 13, 1953. He was stationed in Cuba and the Virgin Islands and returned to United States where he served in the reserves in New Orleans, LA. Elroy was united in marriage to Viola Walker on July 31, 1955, in Turtle Lake. Elroy was honorably discharged on March 12, 1957. After his discharge he returned to McClusky where he farmed for two years and later moved to Minot where he worked for a gas station. Elroy went to work for Bridgeman Creamer as a driver, where he worked for over 31 years. Viola passed away on January 22, 2002. While working for Bridgeman Elroy also managed Jefferson Trailer Park and Fairview Lodge Motel. Elroy married Ruth Zietz on August 29, 2003, in Minot.
Elroy was a member of the Moose Lodge and the NW Polkateers.
Survivors: Wife, Ruth, Minot; sons, Rick Reiswig, his wife Judy, their daughters, Leslie and Krista, Krista's husband Bobby Niles and their sons, Mason and Cohen, all of Omaha, NE; Jody Reiswig, his wife Allison, Jody's son Shannon, his wife Jessica and their daughters, Alaijah, Mira and Parker, Jody's daughter Heather, Allison's daughters Beth and Anna Marie Pons Minot, ND, Mark Reiswig Minot, ND; daughters, Paula Reiswig, her boyfriend Kyle Hazel, Kyle's daughters Shelby and Katie, Velva, ND, Penny Reiswig, her boyfriend Robert Seaman, Penny's daughter FaLynn, FaLynn's boyfriend Tyler Meschke and their son Colton, Penny's son Shane Walter, Shane's son Sylas, Penny's daughter Shaylee Walter, Minot; Cindee (Reiswig) Hutchins, her husband Mike and their son Brandon and daughter Keiree, Minot; Ruth (Zietz) Reiswig children, son, Reuben Bauman, his wife Betty and their daughters Toni and Tanya, Minot; daughter, Debbie Bauman, her son Shawn Wick, Missouri, son, Gregory and his son Marcus Bauman, Oklahoma, son, Stacy Zietz, his wife Dawn and his son Kellan and daughter, Miranda, Dawns daughter, Katie, son, Dillon and daughter, Hanna, Burlington, ND, son, Scott Zietz, his sons, Tyler and Tanner, Scotts daughter, Tiffany, Minot, son, Stephen Zietz, his wife Lisa and their son Dustin, Granville, ND, daughter Shelly Zietz, Shelly's husband Craig Thompson and their daughter Kelsey, sons Kelby and Kaleb, daughter Kinley and son Kayden. Lehi, Utah; brothers, Lawrence, Bismarck, Sam, McClusky and Norris, Bismarck and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Elroy was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Minnie Reiswig, infant brother, Ted and brothers, Clarence, Melvin and sisters, Bertha, Ester, Deloris and Altrude.
Funeral Service: Monday, July 7, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, Minot.
Visitation: Sunday, July 6, 2014, from Noon until 5 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Burial: Private interment will take place at a later date.
March 8, 1928 - June 28, 2014
On June 5, 1948, she married the love of her life Lawrence Mickelsen, at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Bowbells, ND. They were the proud parents of five children. An avid reader all of her life, Colleen instilled that wealth in her childrens lives. Always immersed in her Catholic faith, she was active in Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, teaching CCD, and served on the parish Council. In later years, she was active in Serra Club and served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, where she was a charter member. Colleen was a Presidents Club Avon Lady. She and Lawrence graced the dance floor at the Moose Lodge with their Saturday evening presence.
A very social person, Colleen enjoyed many special friendships all her life. When lonely or down, she would arrange coffee parties, to turn a sad day into one blest with friends. Proud of her Irish and Swedish roots, she faithfully attended the Norsk Hostfest for over 25 years, hosting guests in her home until 2012.
Gifted with a strong personality, she was a stable guide for her family through Lawrences 36 year career with the Burlington Northern Railroad, a job necessitating his frequent absence. Colleen loved being a stay at home mom and hearing the greeting Hey mom, whats up? She did work in food service at Perkett Elementary school for several years. She was a great cook and was a sharp, good- natured card player. Colleen had quick wit and her playful sense of humor added vinegar to many gatherings.
Colleen was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 56 years, Lawrence, son Larry, grandson Gary Dalen, siblings: one brother, Ralph Johnson and eight sisters: Kay OConnell, Ann Rubbelke, Lucile Patrick, Ilene Johnson, Florence Siebert, Elizabeth Ness, infant sister Genevieve Johnson, Dolores Sundin, and in-laws: Margaret (Bud) Barry, Irvin (Leone) Mickelsen, Arnold (Ilene) Mickelsen, Fred Propp, Joe OConnell, Francis Rubbelke, George Patrick, Lily Johnson and Emmett Ness.
Colleen is survived by: daughters: Colleen (Joe) Ressler, Mandan, ND, Sharon (Steve) Dalen, Great Falls, MT, Colette (Greg)Furness, Andover, MN; son, Tony Mickelsen, Everett, WA; eleven grandchildren: Alicia Flickinger, Jonathan Mickelsen, Doug Dalen, Justin Mickelsen, Christopher Furness, Jennifer Furness, Matthew Furness, Angela Arsencault, Anthony Mickelsen, Katherine Furness, Maria Furness; fifteen great-grandchildren: sister-in-law Lila Propp; brothers-in-law: Lyle Sundin, and William Siebert; She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and special friends.
The family wishes to thank the sixth floor staff at Trinity Health and Hospice staff for their compassionate, excellent care, Father Charlie Heidt, Father Bruce Krebs, Monsignor Joseph Senger, Deacon Chuck Kramer, Chaplain Cliff Nelson and Chaplain Brian Krebs.
The family prefers memorials given in Colleens honor to Bishop Ryan School Foundation or Trinity Hospice.
Visitation: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 4 until 7 pm at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot
Vigil Prayer Service: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7 pm at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot
Mass of Christian Burial: will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 10:30 am at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot
Internment will take place at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot
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