Douglas Keith Carlson, age 65, passed away peacefully on January 16th, 2021 at Sanford Health Center in Fargo, ND with family by his side.
Doug was born on December 29th, 1955 to Reuben and Shirley (Moe) Carlson in Grafton, ND. He was raised in rural Lankin, ND with his five brothers and sisters. After graduating from Lankin High School in 1974, he attended LRTC in Devils Lake, ND where his carpentry skills were established. He was united in marriage to Susan Madson on September 21st, 1979 at Elk Valley Lutheran Church.
Doug was a carpenter by trade and worked for Robertson Lumber and Adamson Construction in Grafton, ND in the late '70s. From 1980-1984, he worked on the oil rigs for True Drilling which took Doug and his family to western ND and Colorado. In 1984, Doug and Sue returned to Lankin, ND to raise their three children. Doug worked for Farmers Union Oil/Cenex of Adams, ND for 25 years where he spent many hours bouncing around the fields in the TerraGator. Doug and Susan decided to move from their Lankin farm in 2013 and make their home in Grafton, ND where Doug currently worked for Marvin Windows and Doors. Throughout Doug's working life, he also used his carpentry skills to take on small side-jobs, remodel both of his homes, and help out family with projects over the years.
Doug loved hunting, fishing, and spending his spare time back at the family farm working in his large garden or tending to his chickens. He also loved a good round at the poker table, even winning a time or two. On summer nights, Doug could often be found with Sue at their camper by Stump Lake. Most important to Doug was his family. He always enjoyed spending time with all of his children and grandchildren. He would often tell stories of days gone by, which usually included a funny scenario and a little teasing. Doug loved to make people laugh and used his wit on a daily basis to get in a good old-fashioned joke and provoke the well-known "DOUGLAS!!" from his loving wife and snickers from the kids. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife: Susan of Grafton, ND; children: Kimberly (Ryan Johnston) Rost, Grafton, ND; Daniel (Stephanie) Carlson, Park River, ND; Amie (Jim) Vasichek, Lakota, ND; grandchildren: Bevan, Chloe, and Aidan Rost; Hunter, SiddaLee, Amaryllis, and Raelynn Carlson; Lauren, James, and Claire Vasichek; mother, Shirley Carlson, Park River, ND; siblings: Darrell (Sherry) Carlson; Elaine (Brad) Dahl; Mark Carlson; and Mitch (Paulette) Carlson; mother-in-law: Avis Madson; Several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his father Reuben Carlson; sister Rebecca Carlson; grandparents: Emil & Selma Moe and Chris & Bessie Carlson; father-in-law, Ronald Madson; cousin and friend, Glenn "Shorty" Johnson.
The family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and staff at First Care Health Center, Sanford Health Center, and The Cancer Center of ND who have provided wonderful care to Doug over the past five years.
A walk-through visitation will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Adams Mountain Lutheran Church. A private family funeral will be held following the visitation. The funeral service will be live streamed at 2:00 PM on the Tollefson Funeral Home Inc. facebook page. A video of the funeral service will be posted to Douglas’s obituary on the website. Inurnment will be at Hoff Lutheran Cemetery, rural Adams.
Joseph (Joe) Theodore Holm, age 95 of rural Hoople, ND, passed away at his home on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 with family by his side.
Joe was born on February 20, 1925 in Edinburg, ND, the son of the late Ole & Matilda "Tillie" (Halvorson) Holm. Joe was the 5th of 6 children. He completed his education in the Dundee Township District 35 School in the rural Edinburg/Hoople area. He went on to work on his family’s farm. Joe served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1946, spending time in the Philippines and Korea. Following his military service, he returned to North Dakota to farm. Joe was united in marriage to Mae Monson on October 25, 1953 and had three children. He farmed until his retirement in 1989 but continued to assist on the farm for many years afterwards.
Joe was a proud military veteran and active member of the American Legion Post 156 in Edinburg, ND for over 70 years. He was also a member of the Edinburg Fire Department, Dundee Township Board, Hvideso Lutheran Church of rural Hoople, and Trinity Lutheran Church of Edinburg. He was incredibly prideful of his Norwegian heritage and cooked lutefisk at the Park River Bible Camp for many years. Joe was an accomplished self-made carpenter, mechanic, welder, and engineer. He always looked for ways to support his community and neighbors, including dowsing wells and repairing furnaces. Joe enjoyed fishing and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his three children: Jane (Camburn) Shephard Crystal, ND; John (Lea) Holm Park River, ND; Tom (Kristi) Holm Hoople, ND; four grandchildren: Catherine (Richard) Booth Cavalier, ND; Tyson (Kenzie) Holm Omaha, NE; Rachel (Cody) Johansen Hoople, ND; and Jacob Holm Grand Forks ND; five step grandchildren, four great grandchildren, four step great grandchildren, and a special niece, Loretta (David) Schmidt of Colorado. Several other nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his wife Mae, parents, and siblings: Bernice, Raymond, Gilman, Leonard, and Fred.
A walk-through visitation will be held on Monday, January 18, 2021 from 12:30-2:00 PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Edinburg, ND. A private funeral service will follow the visitation. The funeral will be live streamed on the Tollefson Funeral Home Inc. Facebook page. A video of the service will be posted to the Tollefson Funeral Home Website following the service. Interment will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in the spring. A celebration of Joe’s life will be held later following the pandemic restrictions.
Dorothy N. Kannas, 95, formerly of Cando, ND died Monday, January 11, 2021 at Bethel Lutheran and Rehab in Williston, ND, where she had lived for the last 5 years. Her beloved niece, Peggy Miller Evenson was by her side. Funeral services will be held at the Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 2:00pm with Pastor Rick Craig officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Pallbearers will be Jamie Jacksen, Calvin Nass, Riley Nass, Jerod Nass, Zach Meyer, Justin Marsh and Zach Bergrud. Honorary pallbearers will be Randal Nass and Tery Kannas. Music will be provided by Catherine Anfinson. Burial will take place at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Cando.
Dorothy N. Henke was born November 3, 1925 in Churchs Ferry, ND, to Ewald and Martha (Schach) Henke. Dorothy was the second of three close-knit children, all growing up together in the house their grandfather built. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Penn, ND and attended country school near her home. She later attended high school in Penn, ND, where she graduated valedictorian of her class in 1943.
After high school, Dorothy worked at JC Penney in Cando, ND when she met Lynn Nass, who was home on leave from the service. They were married October 20, 1945 and both went to where Lynn was stationed until his discharge. They then returned to Cando where they farmed for many years, however, they did manage to take advantage of the early years of marriage by traveling around the United States before filling their home with three dearly loved children. Dorothy’s faith was important to her and she taught both Sunday school and Bible school when her children were young, often bringing extra children along the way. After Lynn passed away in 1969, Dorothy moved into Cando and worked for the Towner County State Bank for fifteen years before retiring.
On February 15, 1985, Dorothy married Carl Kannas and they resided in Great Falls, Montana until Carl passed away on February 5, 1990. She then lived with her sister, Nadine Miller, in Crookston, MN. They loved passing the time by singing and doing crossword puzzles together, a hobby Dorothy continued until her eyesight would no longer allow it. After about a year, Dorothy again made Cando her home for over twenty years.
After a fall in her home, Dorothy moved to Devils Lake for rehab, eventually getting her own apartment. In Devils Lake she was close to her son, Jerry, and enjoyed visits from many of her grandchildren. In 2015, she moved to Williston to live with her son, Danny and his wife, until moving into Bethel Lutheran in 2016 where she lived until her passing. Even up to her last hours, her mind was still sharp as ever!
Dorothy is survived by her son Danny (Lori), Williston, ND; son-in-law Larry Orvedal, Cando, ND; step-children: Tery Kannas, Kelso, WA; Vicki Wagner, Minneapolis, MN; and Patti Taylor, Great Falls, MT; grandchildren: Jamie (Vicki) Jacksen, Egeland, ND; Valerie Jacksen, Starkweather, ND; Randal (Grace) Nass, Eden Prairie, MN; Calvin (Shari) Nass, Williston, ND; Alyssa (Zach) Meyer, Williston, ND; Stacy (Louis) Nass-Bruskin, Seattle, WA; Misty (Justin) Marsh, Devils Lake, ND; Lyndi (Zack) Nass, New Rockford, ND; Riley Nass, Williston, ND; Roxy Nass, Devils Lake, ND and Jerod (Hayley) Nass, Devils Lake, ND; 28 great grandchildren and 10 great, great grandchildren. She is also survived by several nephews and nieces. She was especially close to and dearly loved by her two nieces, Patty (TJ) Sabie, Embarrass, MN and Peggy (Jeff) Evenson, Mentor, MN. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, sister, Nadine Miller and her husband, Earl, Crookston, MN; nephew, Mike Miller; brother, Art Henke; daughter, Linda Orvedal in 2019; son, Jerry Nass in 2014 and her daughter-in-law, Trudy Nass in 1989.
We would like to especially thank all the wonderful caregivers she had at Bethel Lutheran while she resided there. They all loved her so much too!! Rest in peace, Mom! We will always love you!
Verna L Thompson born April 25, 1935 went to be with the Lord January 2, 2021.
Verna was predeceased by her parents Alvin and Rachel Thompson of LeRoy, SASK, her husband of 24 years Allen Thompson, son: Elden Thompson, sisters: Mary Lou (George) Braitenbach, Aletha (Roy) Stein and Ramona (Charlie) Boseke.Verna is survived by children: Lea Beach (husband Randy Krohn), Omaha, NE; David Thompson Mounds View, MN; and Daniel (Jann) Thompson Adams, ND; siblings: Fern (Ed) Wagner Saskatoon, SASK; and Johnny (Sandra) Thompson of LeRoy, SASK; friend: Ron Boseke, Adams, ND, grandchildren: Carla Grossman Ardoch, ND; Connor Slasson Duluth, MN; Brigit (Tony) Pagenkopf, Rosesemount/Apple Valley, MN; great grandchildren: Evra Grossman, Evan Rohrik, Ryder Llanes and many cousins, nieces and nephews in Canada and the United States.
Although Verna was a permanent resident and expert on the United States-including each state’s capital- she remained a Canadian citizen. After coming to the United States in the 1950’s she met and married Allen Thompson. They had four children. The family moved around quite a bit but spent all of their lives in North Dakota and Minnesota. Verna was a wonderful homemaker and mother to her four children. She loved games, puzzles, dolls, butterflies, and birds. She never knew what boredom was and stayed busy baking her famous chocolate chip cookies, sweet buns, lefse and many other delights that we will all miss. Her days were spent watching her favorite shows including a soap opera or two and of course the news. She kept up on world events and always let us know when bad weather was headed our way-whether we were in the same state as her or not.
A private family service will be Friday, January 8, 2021 at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Park River. A walk through visitation will be held from 12:00 -1:00 PM on Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery of rural Park River, ND, in the spring. A video of the service will be posted on the Tollefson Funeral Home website following the service.
Lynda Rae Houser, age 73 of Aneta, ND and formerly of Park River, ND passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at the Aneta Parkview Health Center of Aneta, ND.
Lynda Rae Loftsgard was born February 23, 1947 in Grafton, ND the daughter of the late Helmer and Sena (Midboe) Loftsgard. She attended rural schools at the Dundee township school #35 and graduated from Walsh County Agricultural School in Park River, ND. Lynda was united in marriage to Ronnie Houser on July 14, 1968 at Park Center Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Park River. Lynda worked at the Park River Potato Company until its closing. She later worked at the Park River Dry Cleaners and did some cleaning for Dr. Coleman. In 2004 the couple moved to Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City, ND and in June of 2019 they moved to the Parkview Health Center in Aneta.
Lynda is survived by her husband Ronnie, Aneta, ND; son Kelly (Kathy) Houser, Park River, ND; three grandchildren: Samantha, Brandon and Madison Houser. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Tracy, brothers: Orvin and Shelby and sister, Carol Udby.
Funeral services will be Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Park River, ND. A walk-through visitation will be held on Monday for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Park River, ND. The service will be live streamed on the Tollefson Funeral Home Inc. facebook page.
Leatrice Ann O'Keefe, age 91, died after a short stay at the Sunset Home in Grafton, North Dakota on December 30, 2020.
Leatrice was born November 21, 1929 in Duluth, Minnesota to Arthur Vick and Alice (Couvrette) Vick. Lea grew up in Crookston, Minn. where she attended St. Joseph's Academy. Being an early reader, the nuns determined she would skip 1st grade. Lea had a happy childhood, growing up with her 3 siblings and extended family during the Great Depression; she often said, "I never knew or felt we were poor." Following high school graduation, Lea attended St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. then was offered a scholarship to St. Joseph School of Nursing in Fargo, No. Dak. where she completed her nursing degree. Shortly thereafter, she met the love of her life and soul-mate, James H. O'Keefe, Sr. They wed September 5, 1953 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Crookston. Jim and Lea had 50 wonderful years together before Jim's untimely passing in 2003.
Lea worked as an RN to support Jim through law school at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Lea and Jim settled in Grafton, No. Dak. in 1957 where Jim established a private law practice. They remained there; unwavering in their love and loyalty to North Dakota and this community. Lea worked at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Grafton as Director of Religious Education and later as a long-time volunteer in the parish office. She was active in her neighborhood Birthday Club of 60+ years, as a member of the Board of Directors at the Lutheran Sunset Home, for various community fundraisers, boy/girl scout den mother, and with her hobbies. She loved to spend time reading, sewing, knitting, gardening, and baking for others.
Lea's life mission and love was caring for her family. Together she and Jim raised six children: Kevin, James, Jr., Maureen, Georgiana "Gigi", Kerry and Kathleen "Katie". The family is so very grateful for two fun-loving yet disciplined, practical, frugal yet generous and caring parents: the quintessential mother and father!
Lea was a natural caregiver and looked after both her mother, Alice, and mother-in-law, Dorothy, for many years. Her community of many friends became like extended family to her. Her frequent acts of kindness and gentle nature endeared her to all whom she knew. Though graceful and loving by nature, Leatrice was also a strong, witty, smart woman with an extraordinary ability to uplift and bring about the best in all the lives she touched.
Lea loved to socialize with her extended family and friends and did so on a daily basis. She thoroughly enjoyed her Happy Hour while chatting, problem-solving and chuckling... on the phone or in-person. Her grown children loved to make the trip to Grafton to spend time with her—one or the other of us was with her in her cozy home most every day for the final year of her life.
Though Lea was a homebody in her later years, she traveled throughout the country and world with Jim during his time as a judge for the state of North Dakota and later once he retired. In recent years, she spent parts of the North Dakota winter with family at her son's vacation home in Arizona.
Lea was an intuitive, spiritual person whose love and devotion to her Catholic faith were evident throughout her life, passed on to her from her mother and maternal grandmother. She will be sorely missed by many. Her sharp wit and mind remained completely intact to the end; she died of natural causes related to a chronic heart condition. As one life-long friend of the family said, "She went STRAIGHT to Heaven, Jesus waiting!" It is hard not to imagine the immortal words from Matthew 24:21 being called to her as she passed: "Well done, my good and faithful servant!"
Lea was preceded in death by: her parents, her in-laws Dr. Emmet and Dorothy O'Keefe, husband Judge James H. O'Keefe, Sr., brothers Dr. James Vick and David Vick, sister-in-law Joan Vick, brother -in-law Marvin Ehlen, brother-in-law Terrence O'Keefe, and sister-in-law MaryKay Geisen.
She is survived by her son Kevin O’Keefe of Mentor, Minn. and his fiancé Maiko Ishiguchi; her son Dr. James O’Keefe Jr. and his wife, Joan, of Shawnee Mission, Kans.; and her four daughters and their husbands, Maureen and Perry Ralph of Fort Collins, Colo.; Gigi and Brian Burnham of Littleton, Colo.; Kerry and Joe Glynn of Boulder, Colo; and Katie O’Keefe and Steve Millette of Superior, Colo.; her sister RoseMary Ehlen of Frederica, Del.; 17 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Judy Vick and Judy O'Keefe, and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass and celebration of Lea's life will be held at St. John's in Grafton at a later date, in late spring or early summer 2021. The family will be forever grateful for the outstanding care provided by the physicians and entire staff at Grafton’s Unity Medical Center and at the Lutheran Sunset Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to either facility.
Paul C. Campbell Jr., 46, of Williston, ND, formerly of Cando, ND passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Services will be held in the Spring of 2021. Condolences and/or memorials can be sent to Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home, P.O. Box 888, Cando, ND 58324.
Paul C. Campbell Jr. was born January 23, 1974 in Cando, ND to Paul C. Campbell Sr. and Connie (Hunt-Campbell) Warbitsky. He attended school in Rock Lake, ND. He lived and worked in the Rock Lake/Rolla area, working for his uncle Don Campbell farming and at Saturn Industries in Clyde, ND. He married Kelly Poitra and they had 3 children, Krista, Michael and Shelby. Paul later moved to Cando where he worked for Belzer Brothers, Integra and Summers Manufacturing in Devils Lake, ND. He met and married the love of his life, Rebecca (Becky) Jean Olson on August 29, 2009 in Devils Lake, ND. The couple later moved to Williston, where he worked for Stride Well Service, Eagle and most recently Power Fuels/Nuverra.
Paul was a fun person to be around. He was always hosting get togethers for friends and family. His biggest annual party was a Halloween costume party. There was always more than enough food and stories to go around. In his free time, he loved doing home improvement projects. He would never consider a project complete until it was perfect. His most recent project was an ice fishing house that was very well thought out. He would avidly post updates on Facebook groups and receive countless compliments on his progress. Fishing had become a passion of his, the past few years of his life, and as anything else he did it was researched constantly. No fish on the lake was safe when he pulled up to a lake. During summer months, it was a guarantee that there would be a fire going and food on the grill. When there wasn’t food cooking and the home projects were caught up on, he had the family packed up and headed to the grasslands to do some target shooting.
Paul is survived by his wife Becky of Williston, ND, children Krista of St. John ND, Michael (Erin) of Devils Lake, ND, Shelby (Jared) of Rolla, ND, Skylar & Keaton of Williston, ND and a grandson Greyson. He is also survived by his sisters: Carolee (Daryl) Vote of Egeland, ND, Amanda (Jon) Warbitsky of Minot, ND, Alicia (Michael) Fenner of Kindred, ND and Abbie Warbitsky of Minot, ND and brother Anthony Warbitsky of Fargo, ND; mother-in-law Sheila (Stan) of Rugby, ND; sister-in-law Rachael (Josh) of Bismarck, ND; brother-in-laws John (Christina) of Towner, ND and Jackson of Bismarck, ND, the family cat, Tabby and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Glenn Andor Haug, age 96 of Park River, ND, formerly of Adams, ND, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the First Care Health Center of Park River.
Glenn was born March 5, 1924 on the Haug farm west of Edinburg, ND, the son of the late James and Anna (Holth) Haug. He grew up on the farm and attended school in the Edinburg area, graduating from Edinburg High School in 1942. Following his education he began farming with his family. He was united in marriage to Donna Lea Gemmill on January 3, 1949 in Edinburg, ND. The couple started their own family farm near Adams, raised their family, and continued to live there for 68 years before moving to Park River in 2016. In the mid-1970's, while he was still farming full-time, Glenn also began working at Bakke Homes, and would continue working there long after he retired from farming. Donna passed away on April 3, 2017 and Glenn moved into the Park River Good Samaritan Center in June of 2018. Glenn and Donna were lifelong members of the Odalen Lutheran Church, rural Edinburg, and later the Trinity Lutheran Church of Edinburg.
Early in his married years, Glenn spent some of his leisure time gunsmithing and reloading shells. Then, in his middle years, Glenn enjoyed gardening, welding and every kind of farm repair work as well as cooking many family Sunday dinners on the charcoal grill. Glenn was an avid woodworker all his life; from building models when he was a child, to building a home for his family, to becoming a cabinet maker at Bakke Homes. Many area homes have cabinets built by Glenn.
Glenn loved farming, but was happiest when his whole family was working in the field with him. He loved constructing stained glass windows and lamps, but was happiest when working on them together with his wife Donna. In his later years, Glenn loved creating wood carvings, many of which earned blue ribbons at the Walsh County Fair, but was happiest when he was carving them for people he cared about. Many people have shared that the hallmark of Glenn’s life was his kindness and appreciation for others.
Glenn is survived by his children: Gary (Lucinda) Haug, Minneapolis, MN, Connie (Jack) Shull, Rome, Italy, and Stuart Haug, Hackensack, MN; grandchildren: Christian (María López-Obrero) Shull , Catherine (Enrico Zito) Shull, Julie (Jeremy) Day, Brandon (Alissa) Haug, Eli Haug, Kristina Haug, Kostya Haug and Katya (Robert) Grissom; ten great-grandchildren: Austin, Alex, Adam and Parker Day, Cohen and Aiden Haug, Megan and Madilyn Grissom, Marquis Bankhead, and Maia Rice; sisters: Irma Gemmill, Grand Forks, ND and Anne Puppe, Cavalier, ND; and sister-in-law Lorna Haug, West Fargo, ND.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna, brothers Norris and James Haug, brothers-in-law Floyd Gemmill and Earl Puppe, sister-in-law Doris Haug, and great-grandson Dominic Rice.
Glenn's family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of the Park River Good Samaritan Center and First Care Health Center of Park River for their compassionate care and kindness.
A private graveside service will be held at Odalen Lutheran Cemetery of rural Edinburg. A memorial service will be held summer of 2021.
Dawn R Wosick, age 65, of Minto/Warsaw, ND died Friday December 11, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loved ones after a short battle against cancer. A private family service was held at St. Stanislaus Church in Warsaw, ND with inurnment at the St. Stanislaus Cemetery on December 15th, 2020.
Dawn was born on February 24, 1955 to Robert W. Oihus & Dorothy (Helland) Oihus in Grafton, ND. She graduated from Grafton High School in 1973 and went on to North Dakota State University to pursue a degree in Nursing.
Dawn was united in marriage to Lynn McGuire in 1974. After the birth of her twin daughters, Jennifer & Rachel, Dawn returned to NDSU to complete her associate degree in Registered Nursing, graduating in 1979 with induction into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She then received a Bachelor of Science degree in Registered Nursing from Moorhead State University in 1996 with induction into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Her lifelong career of serving others as a Registered Nurse in Grafton included the Lutheran Sunset Home, Life Skills and Transition Center and finishing her career at the VA Clinic, retiring from nursing in 2017.
In 2009 she was united in marriage to George F. Wosick at St. Stanislaus Church in Warsaw, ND. Together they planned and built the home of their dreams where Dawn was able to spend her last days with George and her family.
Dawn’s hobbies included sewing, crocheting, china painting, reading, quilting, gardening, canning, baking, yard work, cooking for the masses with ease and effortlessness, traveling the world with George and spending time with her grandchildren. Dawn’s ability to learn any new skill with patience, determination, and perfection was evident by her ever-expanding list of hobbies and interests.
Dawn is survived by her husband George of Warsaw, daughter Jennifer (Chris) Thompson of
Grafton, ND, daughter Rachel (Chad) Gunderson of Hutchinson, MN. Father, Robert W. Oihus (Betty Machart); brother Robert L. (Julie) Oihus of Grafton, Sister Ann (Doug) McCann of Grafton, Janice Oihus of Beulah, ND and Jodi (Larry) Stockert of Mesa, AZ. Grandchildren: Ella, Anders, Mae & Ruth Thompson, Grafton, ND; Amanda, Nathan, Cody, Mark & John Gunderson of Hutchinson, MN.
She was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy, brother Scott, grandparents Ludvig & Mabel Helland and Alfred Oihus, mother and father in-law Richard and Eleanor Wosick, and companion, confidante and fur friend of 19 years, Cookie.
Dawn was loved and respected by all who knew her. She will be remembered for the many lives she touched through her years of service & dedication to others.
The funeral service will be live streamed at 10 am on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 on Tollefson Funeral Home’s Facebook page or can be viewed at a later date on Tollefson Funeral Home’s website.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to George Wosick at 15870 63rd St. NE, Minto ND 58261. All memorials will be forwarded onto a cancer research foundation of the family’s choice.
Ruth E. O'Hara, 93, of Langdon, ND, formerly of Glasston, ND, passed peacefully with her daughter Jodi by her side, on Monday, December 7, 2020 at Maple Manor Care Center.
Ruth Eleanor Olson was born August 29, 1927, in Hamilton Township to Clarence and Mae (Rodgers) Olson. She grew up on the family farm in the Hamilton Township area. Ruth was united in marriage to John L. O'Hara on December 26, 1945. They lived and raised their family on a farm near Glasston, ND until John's passing in 1996. She then relocated to Milton the Winter of 1996 and remained there until 2013 when she then became a beloved family member of Maple Manor Care Center.
Ruth enjoyed spending time baking pies & donuts, knitting, crocheting, sewing and gardening. Later in life she enjoyed playing cards and checkers, she loved reading the Cavalier and Grafton newspapers, going on car rides, and reading cards from all her loved ones. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and had a special place in her heart for all babies. Ruth was also a member of the Glasston United Methodist Church.
Ruth is survived by her children, Jan Johnson, of Grafton, ND, Jolene (Kenneth) Tollefson, of Milton, ND, Joann (Norval) Staples, of Hamilton, ND, Robin (Nong) O'Hara, of Milton, ND, and Jodi O'Hara & Tim Larson, of Milton, ND, her 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, husband John, Son Russell, and brothers Kenneth and Alvin Olson, and sisters Betty Forker and Vernice Thom and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Special thank you to all the staff members at Maple Manor Care Center, who made her last years there feel like she was a part of the family. She was truly loved and loved all members of Maple Manor. Ruthie will be greatly missed by everyone who has the privilege to know her.
A public visitation will be held Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Glasston Cemetery, Glasston, ND.