Vergel M. Ritter, 102, of Cavalier, ND passed away Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, ND. Funeral service will be held Friday, October, 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour before the time of services.
Vergel Ritter was born October 5 1917, at home, to Harvey and Flossie (Well) Restemayer. She attended the Ruby Country School though 8th grade and went on to graduate from Cavalier in 1935.
Vergel married Roy Ritter on October 5, 1937 at Cavalier. They resided in Crystal where Vergel did babysitting and also worked at Red Owl. In 1947 they moved to Strathcona, MN where they farmed. In 1953 they moved to the Seattle area. Vergel helped manage the Trailer Court in which they lived. She also took in Ironing and did babysitting for extra income. When not working she took many shopping trips into Seattle with friends. Vergel and Roy also enjoyed many camping trips to Mt. Rainier.
Roy and Vergel retired and moved back to Cavalier in 1984. Vergel always kept busy making quilts, 100s of afghans and doilies. Family, Friends and Church were very important to Vergel.
She is survived by her sister, Isabelle Sommer, Cavalier, and several nieces and nephews.
Vergel was preceded in death by her husband; Roy, parents; Harvey and Flossie Restemayer, and brothers; Stanley and Shirley.
Duane C. Tollefson, age 94 of Park River, ND and Edmore, ND passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the First Care Health Center of Park River.
Duane C. Tollefson was born August 9, 1925 in Park River, ND the son of the late Arthur and Alvilde (Jenson) Tollefson. He attended Highland elementary school. Following his education he started farming with his parents near Edmore, ND. Duane was united in marriage to Mary Jane Kalgard Flaten on June 9, 1974 in Park River, ND. The couple made their home on the Kalgard Farm near Park River. He continued to farm near Edmore and raise cattle near Park River until slowing phasing out of farming in the early 2000’s when the couple moved into Park River.
Duane was a member of the Victory Free Lutheran Church in Park River. He served as a Boy Scout Leader and taught Sunday school and Youth Group in Edmore. He was an avid horseman and was especially fond of his horse “Goldie”. The couple loved to travel, especially their trips to California. In his later years he was involved with the Jail Ministry in Devils Lake, ND.
Duane is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, Park River, ND; his daughter; Deborah (Ross) Manni, Star Prairie, WI; step-children: Rev. Mark (Carol) Flaten, Finley, ND; Robert (Sandy) Flaten, Park River, ND; Janelle (Brian) Brodon; FL; grandchildren: Britta & Jaxon Manni, Joy Solano, Anna Lassonde; Sarah McKay; Rachel Trottier; Stephanie Hawkins; Sean Misner; 13 great grandchildren and sister: Lorrayne Vogel, Amarillo, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-son, Stephen Flaten; sister, Joyce Hammond and brother, Donald Tollefson.
Funeral services will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Victory Free Lutheran Church, Park River, ND. Visitation will be Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Edmore Cemetery, Edmore, ND.
Jeffry E. Restemayer, 65, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Monday, October 14, 2019, at his home in Cavalier. Funeral Service will be held Monday, October 21, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a 4:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Interment will be held in the Zion Cemetery, Cavalier, ND.
Jeffry Earl Restemayer was born August 7, 1954 to Earl and Helen (Haugstad) Restemayer. Jeff grew up on the family farm, and attended Cavalier School. He enjoyed playing the bass horn taking part in many state music contests and trips including the International Music Camp. He also enjoyed playing with the Pep Band for years.
He was involved in 4-H for 10 years, earning many ribbons and trophies at the Pembina County Fair in Hamilton.
Jeff always had a love of cooking and serving special food, which he learned from his Grandma Lydia Restemayer.
He earned a degree from Wahpeton School of Science in Culinary Arts. He went on a trip to Europe with his chef class viewing different cooking sites. He worked at a supper club in Fargo. He took great pride in scouring recipe books and magazines for what to try for the next event. He always made sure there was plenty of food and a variety to choose from. He also didn’t mind washing dishes!
On returning to Cavalier, he went into partnership with is Dad raising hogs, and helping with the Ralston Purina Feed Dealership. He also worked as a cook at the popular Chuckwagon Café for over ten years.
He married Lynette Hance in 1981 at Deering, ND. In April of 1989, they welcomed their son John to the family.
In 1987 Jeff started working at the Pembina County Sheriff’s Office as a 911 Dispatcher and Jailer. He retired on May 31, 2017 after 29.5 years. He worked mostly nights, and somehow it seemed to work out that he was “on shift” whenever something out of the ordinary happened. He was glad for doing his part in helping the work of the Sheriff and Police go well.
He was a member of the Cavalier Jaycees and Trinity United Methodist Church in Cavalier, serving on many committees. Jeff enjoyed attending weekly Bible study and was currently serving as the Sunday School Superintendent. Jeff also continued his interest in 4-H. He was a leader of the Tongue River Braves, Green Clovers Club, and served on the County Leaders 4-H Council.
Jeff loved the Pembina County Fair in Hamilton. He served on the fair board for over 25 years, spending most days of summer working at the fairgrounds, and thinking of ways to improve the fair for everyone. He was so proud to be on the fair board to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the fair. He took it in stride when the radio station would interview him each day of which food stand he tried.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Lynette; son, John; mother, Helen; brothers: Steve (Sue) Restemayer and Doug (Connie) Restemayer; nephews: Bill, Alex, and Max Restemayer; niece, Anna Restemayer; uncle, Harold Haugstad; aunts: Alice Peterson and Linda Restemayer; brother-in-law, Jim (Linda) Hance; sisters-in-law, Bev Dougan and Judy (Steve) Doeden, and their families.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earl; father-in-law, Lynn Hance; grandparents: Milton and Linda Restemayer and Harry and Caroline Haugstad; aunts: Mabel Kerlin, Muriel (Larry) Johnson, Corrine Haugstad; uncles: Russell Restemayer and Bob Peterson; sister-in-law, Colleen Hance; and brother-in-law, Danny Dougan.
Dennis Allan Peterson, age 58, St. Cloud, MN, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, October 4, 2019, surrounded by his family, at his home in St. Cloud.
A memorial gathering celebrating Dennis’s life will be held Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Benson Funeral Home Chapel, St. Cloud, MN. A second service will be held Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Bethel Free Lutheran Church, Grafton, ND. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in Grafton Lutheran Cemetery, Grafton, ND.
Dennis was born November 17, 1960 in Grafton, ND to Boyd and Betty (Brooks) Peterson. He enjoyed stock and sprint car races. An all-around sports fan, Dennis was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins fan.
Survivors include his brothers, Kevin Peterson of Beaverton, OR and Wayne (Ginny) Peterson of Clear Lake, MN; niece, Angela (Erik Kuronen) Peterson of Big Lake, MN; and nephew Eric Peterson of Bogotá, Colombia.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brad Larson, Jeff Madson, Jeff Burns, Larry Biri, Tracy Brooks and Travis Brooks.
Visitation Location:Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Visitation Date/Time:Memorial Gathering Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 3 to 5 PM
Funeral Time:Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Funeral Location: Bethel Free Lutheran Church, Grafton, ND
Burial Location:Grafton Lutheran Cemetery, Grafton, ND
Donnie “Tommy” Anderson, 57, of Plummer, MN, passed away Monday, October 7, 2019, in Fargo, ND.
Donnie “Tommy” Anderson was born September 6, 1962, in Langdon, ND, to Donald and Dorothy (Bitz) Anderson. He went to school in Walhalla, Langdon, and Milton. He worked for a tree removal service in Pueblo, CO, before returning to the area four years ago. He currently lived with his sister, Jody, in Plummer. Donnie enjoyed fishing and playing pool, dice, cards, and dominos.
Surviving Donnie are his siblings: Donna (Ron), JoAnn, Diane (Dan), Terry, Jody (Mark), Doug, David (Veronica) and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, sister Kathy, nephew Sean Michael, niece Connie Mae, and many aunts and uncles.
Funeral service will be rescheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019, at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND, with visitation starting at 1:00 p.m.
Laurel M. (Mondry) Kruse, age 75 of Jamestown, ND, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2019 in Bismarck, ND.
Laurel was born in Grafton, ND to Richard and Sylvia (Wysocki) Mondry on April 14, 1944. She graduated from Minto High School and moved all over the United States to find warmer weather. After the death of her husband of 24 years, she returned to North Dakota to take her residence in Jamestown. She had a number of different careers including: Accounts Payable, Production Manager and Certified Nurse’s Assistant. She finally retired at age 73. Her greatest joys were her children and grandchildren. She loved to cook and took pride in the meals she prepared. Laurel was famous for her Secret Recipe Hot-dish, Burritos, Banana Bread and all things Thanksgiving. She was an accomplished Spinner and would take wool from its raw form and spin beautiful yarns. Other interests included: Weaving, Horses, Antique shopping, Scuba and Skydiving. She loved to travel but hated to drive, a fearless person who never shied from a new experience.
Laurel is survived by her fiancé, John Riski; Son, Shawn (Kristina) Norton; daughter, Shelly Bourquin; sisters: Laverne (Jim Costello) Mahar, Lorraine (Conrad) Dvorak and Dianna Bass; brothers: Harold (Joan) Mondry and Richard (Darlene) Mondry; Granddaughter, Alex Brusko; Grandsons: Connor (Carly) Norton and Gabe Brusko; Great-grandson, Xavier Gonzalez. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jim and Granddaughter, Krystal.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Minto, ND. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 9:00 – 10:30 A.M at the church. Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Minto, ND.
Shirley R. Kemp, 95, of Cavalier, ND passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier, ND. Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cavalier Evangelical Free Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation at the church for one hour before the time of services on Saturday. There will also be a visitation at the church on Friday, October 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 7;00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Burial will be held in the Hamilton Cemetery.
She is survived by her sons: David (Martha) Kemp, Don (Becky) Kemp, Greg (Gracie) Kemp, Bill (Beth) Kemp, 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren with two on the way, and one sister.
Veronica Pitcher, age 88 of Park River, ND went home to be with her Lord on Monday, September 30, 2019.
She was born on June 18, 1931 in Olga, ND to Henry and Veronica Denault. She worked outside the home during harvest with her husband and was employed at the Developmental Center from 1984 to 2005 retiring at the age of 74.
She married Stanley Pitcher on July 15, 1946 in Cavalier, ND. They were married for 63 years and raised eight children together.
Her greatest joy was time spent with her family, she looked forward to those times when all her children came home to be together. She would spend many hours in the kitchen preparing the favorites of each of her children and grandchildren. Her labor of love was working with her hands doing the most beautiful embroidery and crochet and blessed her children with quilts, pillowcases and towels.
Veronica is survived by her children: Eileen (Dick) Halvorson, Eldon Pitcher, David Pitcher, Donald Pitcher, Lori (Hunter) Russell, daughters-in-law Kathy Pitcher and Diane Pitcher; sister Gloria Zueger; fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was preceeded in death by her husband Stanley, her sons Marvin Pitcher and Duayne Pitcher and daughter Vivian Herzog, parents and seven brothers and one sister.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, October 4, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Park River. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Park River.
Amber Leigh (Johnson) Redmann, 36, of Drayton, ND passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at her home.
Amber was born on November 4, 1982 in Grand Forks, ND, the precious first-born child to Lon and Cindy (Mattson) Johnson. She attended Drayton Public School and graduated in 2001. She continued her education at North Dakota State School of Science with a Dental Assistant degree. Amber worked as a dental assistant for a short time, but her true calling was assisting the residents, as a CNA, at Eventide in Fargo, ND and at the Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton, ND. She loved the elderly and had a passion for helping them. Amber was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Drayton, where she was baptized and confirmed her faith in Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. As a young girl, Amber used her beautiful voice to sing His praises at many bridal showers, her own Confirmation, weddings, funerals, and many family gatherings. Amber married Troy Redmann on July 11, 2009 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Forks. They lived in Henderson, NV and Fargo. To this union of seven years, their little star Stella Mae was born. Amber’s pride and joy was her best friend, Stella. She worked from home on handmade tutus and other items, along with being a successful distributor of Juice Plus+, Jamberry Nails, and selling embossed cups and clothing. Amber was a jack of all trades and loved to work every fall on the Johnson Family Farms, driving truck and roto-beater in the sugar beet harvest. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, antiquing, traveling and music, especially the Beatles.
Amber is survived by her daughter Stella Redmann, her parents, her sister Brittany (Robert) Mahar of Cavalier, ND, her brother Blake (Becky) Johnson and niece Julie of Drayton, ND, her grandmothers Harriet Johnson of Grafton, ND, and Ruth Mattson of Grand Forks, ND, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Amber was preceded in death ten years to the day by her grandfather Harris Johnson and just four days prior by her grandfather James Mattson.
May all know that in her life she loved you more! Amber’s favorite Bible verse was Psalm 121: 1-2…I lift up my eyes to the hills---where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, October 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Immanuel Lutheran Church at 1710 Cherry Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Interment will be in the Skjeberg Lutheran Cemetery. Rev. Bernhard Seter and Rev. Craig Fenske, presiding; special music will be
provided by Mandi DeYounge, pianist/soloist. Honorary pall bearers will be family and friends. Visitation will be held at Skjeberg Lutheran
Church rural Drayton on Sunday October 6, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00.
Sidney S. Dvorak, age 98 of Grafton, ND and formerly of Minto passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton.
Sidney S. Dvorak was born April 17, 1921 near Veseleyville, ND the son of the late John and Mary (Sobolik) Dvorak. He attended rural school near there. Following his education he enlisted in the United States Air Corp, serving as a waste gunner on the B-17 Bomber. Following his discharge in 1944 he returned home and worked on the Pete Flaten Farm. Sidney was united in marriage to Godfrey Votava on June 17, 1946 in Veseleyville. The couple made their home there until moving to Minto in 1961. He worked for the Walsh County Highway Department for a few years and in 1962 started as a rural mail carrier for the Minto Post Office, retiring at age 67. Godfrey passed away in August of 2012 and in November of 2016 Sidney moved to Leisure Estates in Grafton.
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Minto, the Minto American Legion, served as President of the Minto School Board and President of the Minto Senior Citizens. He was an active member of the Fair Oaks Golf Club in Grafton as well.
Sidney is survived by his children: Linda (Paul) Lemiux, Grafton, ND; Loretta (Ross) Kringlie, Bozeman, MT; Conrad (Lorraine) Dvorak, Quincy, IL; Sidney John (Judy) Dvorak, Minto, ND; Timothy (Cori) Dvorak, Grafton, ND; Kevin (Beth) Dvorak, Bismarck, ND; daughter-in-law, Lori Dvorak, Gillette, WY; Joel (Becky) Dvorak, Sheridan, WY; Allan (Carolanne) Dvorak, Bismarck, ND; Kim (Cathy) Dvorak, Bismarck, ND; 33 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sons: Dean and Randy; three brothers and three sisters.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Minto, ND. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may also call at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Minto, ND. Military rites will be provided by the Minto American Legion and the North Dakota National Guard Honor Guard.