Elizabeth Williamson, age 101 of Valley City, ND and formerly of Grafton, ND passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Sheyenne Care Center of Valley City. Funeral services will be Monday, May 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Grafton Lutheran Church, Grafton, North Dakota. Visitation will be Monday for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Grafton Lutheran Cemetery.
Marlene Trenbearth, 74, of Neche, ND passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at her home. A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. Burial will be held in the Union Cemetery, Neche, ND. Marlene was born November 21, 1942 at McKeesport, PA, to Stephen and Rose (Bertovic) Dudik. She was trained as a nurse by the nuns at Braddock General Hospital, Braddock, PA. Marlene then served for two years in the Peace Corps in Bolivia. Marlene lived and worked in the Washington DC area, where she first learned of our church teachings and became a member of the Unification Church in the U.S. While in that area she worked at the Visiting Nurses Association and Walter Reed Medical Center in neonatal care. She met her future husband Larry in March of 1971, while they were doing Unification Church work in Portland, OR. They were subsequently blessed in marriage in the church in Seoul, Korea on February 8, 1975. Following their marriage, they lived in McKeesport, PA, Gloucester and Rockport, MA, and Neche, ND. She is survived by her husband, Larry; children: Erica (Tomitaka) Sodeyama, Grand Forks, ND, Andrea (Aliso) Lowen, Tacoma, WA, Michael Trenbeath, Grand Forks, Jean Trenbeath (Jonathan Fu), San Mateo, CA, Brian Trenbeath, Grand Forks; grandchildren: Umiko and Jago Sodeyama; David and Zachary Lowen. Preceding her in death were her parents.
Wallace D. Momerak, age 88, of Park River, ND passed away on April 24, 2017 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton.
Wallace was born on April 7, 1929 in Grafton, the son of the late Vilhelm “William” and Odelia (Dahl) Momerak. He graduated from the Walsh County Agricultural School in Park River and attended the University of North Dakota for one year. Wallace returned home to begin his lifelong carpentry career. Wallace was united in marriage to Elda P. Peterson on April 5, 1958 in Grafton. They resided in Park River and raised their family. His carpentry skills were honed by working with his father and later with his youngest brother, Leonard. He worked for Adamsen Construction of Grafton and was later self-employed.
Wallace was a member of the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Park River.
Wallace is survived by his children: Cheryl (Steve) Church, Drayton, ND; Carol (Ronnie) Phillips, Rochester, MN; Douglas (Connie) Momerak, Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren: Ali and Jacob Church, Drayton, ND; Bryce, Blaine and Brandi Momerak, Grand Forks; siblings: Ordean (Darlene) Momerak, Minot, ND; Bernice (Ed) Pengilly, Langdon, ND; Wilma Gemmill, Edinburg, ND; Leonard (Adele) Momerak, Grafton, ND; brother-in-law, Floyd (Doris) Peterson, Blaine, MN; sister-in-law, Delaine (John) Russum, Grafton, ND. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Elda, granddaughter, Ashley Momerak, brother and sister-in-law, Harvey (Phyllis) Momerak, sister and brother-in-law, Donna (Marvin) Mertens and brother-in-law, Gordon Gemmill.
Memorial services will be Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Park River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Park River, North Dakota.
Memorials are preferred to the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Radio Fund or to the Park River Senior Citizens Meal Program.
Orpha Amelia Bertsch, 93, Jamestown, North Dakota, died Friday, April 21, 2017 at Ave Maria Village in Jamestown.
Orpha A. Wahl was born to John and Emilie (Rothfusz) Wahl on May 7, 1923, at Ashely, ND. Orpha graduated from Ashely High School in 1942. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Orpha taught in several North Dakota schools, retiring in 1986.
On November 25, 1943, Orpha was united in marriage to Herbert K. Bertsch. Herbert passed away on January 19, 2009.
Orpha was always actively involved in community organizations. She directed the Federated Church Choir and the Community Choir in Grafton, ND for many years.
Orpha is survived by her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert; parents; sister, Viola Roezler; and brothers, Theodore, Alvin, and Oliver.
Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Good Shepherd Chapel, Ave Maria Village, Jamestown.
Visitation: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Williams Funeral Home, Jamestown.
Interment: North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Sandra Nelson, age 61 of Grafton, ND passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Altru Hospital of Grand Forks.
Sandy was born November 11, 1955 in Bottineau, ND the daughter of Wallace and Ione (Hobberstead) Nelson. She came to live at the Life Skills and Transition Center in September of 1984. She liked to go outside, feel the leaves and loved the feel of the breeze on her face. Sandy was named Queen of the Spring Gala in 2007.
Sandra is survived by her mother, Ione Nelson, Glasgow, MT; brother, Bruce Nelson, Washington and sister, Jonette, Glasgow, MT. She was preceded in death by her father, Wallace Nelson, maternal and paternal grandparents.
Memorial services will be Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 1:45 P.M. at the All Faith’s Chapel in Grafton, ND. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at the All Faith’s Cemetery, Grafton, ND.
Reidus E. Johnson Sr., age 74 of Minto, ND, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Assembly of God Church in Grafton. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Grafton City Cemetery.
Kenneth Lee Shannon, age 73 of Grafton, ND passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Unity Medical Center of Grafton.
Kenneth Lee Shannon was born July 10, 1943 in Crystal, ND the son of the late George and Annie M. (Sagert) Shannon. He attended schools in Crystal. Kenneth moved to Grafton and started working at Borden’s in 1961. He married Bonnie Greenwood on February 19, 1966 at St. John’s Catholic Church of Grafton. The couple made their home here since. In 1976 Kenneth went to work as a custodian for the Grafton Public Schools and worked there until retiring in 2009.
He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic church and the Grafton Knights of Columbus.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Bonnie of Grafton, his daughter: Susan (James) Summers, Grafton, ND; his daughter-in-law, Heidi Shannon, Thompson, ND; grandchildren: Derek and Dru Shannon, Thompson, ND; his siblings: Marvin Shannon, Florida, Geraldine (Dwaine) Jenson, Erskine, MN; Linda Nelson, International Falls, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Ron.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Grafton. Visitation will be Sunday from 3-5 with a prayer service at 5:00 PM at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may also call at the church on Monday for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Grafton, North Dakota.
Dean A. Young, 87, of Drayton, North Dakota passed away at Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks on Sunday, April 16, 2017. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, April, 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Drayton United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Bowesmont Cemetery, Bowesmont, North Dakota. Visitation will be held at Austin Funeral Home in Drayton on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00.
Margey Ann Lacher, age 74 of Grafton, ND passed away Thursday, April 11, 2017 at Cedar Grove at the Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1:45 P.M. at the All Faith’s Chapel of Grafton. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Grafton City Cemetery.
Eleanor Schroeder Lee, age 82 of Park River, ND, passed away surrounded by her loved ones on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Altru Hospital of Grand Forks.
Eleanor Schroeder was born April 18, 1934 in Mallory, MN, the daughter of the late John and Emma (Buttenhoff) Schroeder. She attended grade school in Mallory and graduated from the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, MN in 1953. She was united in marriage to Harold Lee on July 10, 1954 in Fisher, MN. They raised their children Debra, Charlotte, Steve, Larry and Daryl at the farm they purchased in Shepherd Township. The couple moved to Park River in 1996.
Eleanor was a member of the Vang Lutheran Church of rural Fairdale, the Mountain Lutheran Church of Adams and the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Park River, as well as the Sons of Norway Vaarliv Lodge #4486 and the Good Sam Auxiliary. She helped with the Walsh County Fair and 4-H and enjoyed quilting and knitting. She was a member of the Walsh Quilters and the knitting group at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her children: Debra Lee, Park River, ND, Charlotte (Maynard) Landsem, Edmore, ND, Steve (Deborah) Lee, Pisek, ND, Larry (Stacy) Lee, Fargo, ND and Daryl (Sandra) Lee, Lawton, ND; 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren with one more on the way; brother John Schroeder, sisters: Karen, Viola and Wanda; brother-in-law Lester (Pat) Lee, Adams, ND, sisters-in-law: Ellen Severson, Grafton, ND, June Peterson, Colorado Springs, CO and Elaine Finger, Fullerton, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents: John and Emma Schroeder, husband Harold Lee on March 8, 2010, daughter Delores Lee, granddaughter Landsem, sisters: Bev Vidden and Leona Sibbetts; brothers: Melborne Schroeder and Ted Schroeder; sisters-in-law: Eshter Brown and Emma Fosdick.
Funeral Services will be Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Park River. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7 with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the church. Friends may also call at the church for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Vang Lutheran Cemetery of rural Fairdale.
Sharland Hoselton, 93, of Drayton, North Dakota passed away at 1st Care Health Center in Park River, North Dakota on Sunday, April 9, 2017. The family will hold a private service in his honor. Interment will be in Drayton City Cemetery.
Boonmee Daley, age 69 of Grafton, ND, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Unity Medical Center of Grafton.
Boonmee Saitrong was born April 16, 1947 in Ubon, Thailand, the daughter of the late Lee and Oon Saitrong. She grew up and attended school there. Following her education, she worked various jobs until moving to Park River, ND in 1976. Once in Park River, she began working as a CNA the Park River Good Samaritan Center until retiring in 2015. She was united in marriage to Paul Daley in 1992 at Zion Lutheran Church of rural Hoople and the couple made their home near Grafton.
She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Hoople and a life member of the Park River American Legion Auxiliary. She loved flowers and gardening, going to the casinos for shows, and traveling.
Boonmee is survived by her husband Paul of Grafton, sons: Sam Svir, Alameda, CA and Pat Svir, Big Sky, MT, as well as 2 children, 2 grandchildren, 3 sisters and 1 brother in Thailand. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law and a nephew.
Memorial services will be Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at the Zion Lutheran Church of Hoople. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may also call at the church for one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery of Hoople.
Donna Lea Haug, age 92 of Adams, ND passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017, at Woodside Village of Valley Memorial Homes in Grand Forks.
Donna Lea was born June 2, 1924, on the Hammerstad farm west of Edinburg, ND to the late George Gemmill and Sarah (Hammerstad Gemmill) Schissler. She lived on the farm until graduating from Edinburg High School in 1942. She then attended the University of Minnesota for a year before entering Northwest Institute of Medical Technology.
Her first job after school was in Terra Haute, Indiana where she worked in a hospital as a Medical Technician. She returned to Minneapolis where she was employed as technician in the Deaconess Hospital for several years and later for a private Obstetrical Clinic in The Medical Arts Building, downtown Minneapolis. Donna worked there until she married Glenn Haug on January 3, 1949, in Edinburg. She was a lifelong member of Odalen Lutheran Church, rural Edinburg, and Trinity Lutheran Church of Edinburg.
Donna spent the past 68 years on the family farm north of Adams. She was known for her ability to cook and bake and loved playing the piano in her free time. Donna was thrilled by several trips with family to the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Canada, and also the yearly visits to Bemidji. She enjoyed working with Glenn on their hobby of making stained glass lamps and window displays.
Donna is survived by her husband Glenn Haug; Children: Gary (Lucinda) Haug, Minneapolis, MN; Constance (Jack) Shull, Hackensack, MN; and Stuart Haug, Hackensack, MN; Grandchildren: Christian Shull, Catherine (Enrico Zito) Shull, Julie (Jeremy) Day, Brandon (Allisa) Haug, Eli Haug, Kristina Haug, Kostya Haug and Katya (Robert) Grissom; Nine great-grandchildren: Austin, Alex, Adam, and Parker Day; Cohen and Aiden Haug, Megan Grissom, Marquis Bankhead, and Maia Rice. Sisters-in-law: Irma Gemmill (Fordville), Lorna Haug (West Fargo), and Anne Puppe (Cavalier), and Brother-in-law James (Doris) Haug (Edinburg).
Donna was preceded in death by her mother and father and brothers-in-law Norris Haug, Floyd Gemmill, and Earl Puppe, and great-grandson Dominic Rice.
Funeral services will be Monday, April 10, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church of Edinburg. Visitation will be Monday for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Odalen Lutheran Cemetery rural Edinburg.
Ella Kay Reed, 79, of Grafton, ND, and formerly of Cando, ND passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton, ND. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Christian Fellowship Church in Cando, ND with Pastor Les Koenig officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a 5:00 p.m. family service at the Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Burial will take place at the I.O.O. F. Cemetery in Cando, ND.
Allen Micheal “Mike” Steenerson, 69, of Pembina, ND passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the VA Hospital in Fargo, ND, surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Pembina Lutheran Church, Pembina, ND. Visitation will be held Friday, April 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Fargo DAV, 2101 Elm St. N., Fargo, ND 58102. Allen Micheal “Mike” Steenerson was born September 17, 1947, in Drayton, ND to Alvin and Elsie (Lieberg) Steenerson. He was raised in Bowesmont, ND and graduated from Drayton High School in 1965. Mike was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968 and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970. On July 31, 1970, he married his loving wife Carol Colvin in Reidsville, NC. They made their home in Pembina for 46 years. He worked at Motor Coach Industries in Pembina for 39 years, retiring in 2009. Mike was a member of the Pembina Lutheran Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and watching the “Price is Right” on TV. He is survived by his wife Carol, Pembina, ND; sons: Scott Steenerson (Crystal Reger), Moorhead, MN and Todd (Erika) Steenerson, West Fargo, ND; brother, Don (Kathy) Steenerson, Grafton, ND; sister-in-law, Margery “Pudge” Steenerson, Drayton, ND; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; and brothers: Marlin, Roger, and Richard