Linda Marie Kiefat, 61, of Drayton, North Dakota passed away at her home on August 10, 2019. Memorial services are scheduled for Friday, August 16, at 6 pm in Austin Funeral Chapel, Drayton.
Linda was born March 19, 1958 in Stephen, Minnesota and was the second of four children. She grew up in Stephen and attended high school there. Linda resided in Drayton where she spent summers with her special friend Jim Aubuchon, caring for her many flower gardens and traveling between Drayton and Alexandria visiting friends and family.
Linda is survived by her three children Chad (Amy) Nowacki, Alexandria, MN, Roger Allen (Laura) Stallock, Grand Forks ND and Heather (John) North, Moorhead, MN; as well as her sisters, Deb (David) Kuznia, Drayton, ND, Mary (Bruce) Osowski, Stephen, MN and Chris (Paul) Dahlman, Stephen, MN; five grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is proceeded in death by her parents David and Rita Westerson.
Corrine “Connie” Weberg, age 91 of Park River, ND passed away at the Park River Good Samaritan Center on Sunday, August 11, 2019.
Connie was born on December 20, 1927 in Fairdale, ND the daughter of the late George and Ida Latulippe. She graduated from Fairdale High School in 1946. April 3, 1949 Connie married Leon Weberg at the Aadalen Lutheran Church, Fairdale, ND. Leon and Connie lived and farmed near Fairdale. Connie loved the farm. She always had a large garden, weed less flowerbeds, and freshly baked goodies for coffee! She loved staying busy; mowing, gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, mastering the art of hard hanger and her LEFSE!!!
Leon passed away March 29, 2008 but Connie continued to live on the farm and kept it manicured for the next 10 years before deciding it was time to move to the Good Samaritan Center in Park River in June 2018. She always said she would know when she was ready to leave the farm and when the time came she wanted to go to Good Sam in Park River.
Connie was a member of Our Redeemers Lutheran Church of Fairdale. She was a member of WELCA, the church quilting group, Sons of Norway, Square Dance Clubs, Norwegian Folk Dancers, and of course lots of card playing with friends. Connie’s greatest love was staying busy and visiting with people.
Connie is survived by her and Leon’s three children; Curtiss Weberg of Phoenix, AZ, Barbara (Merle) Langton of Flower Mound, TX, Kenneth (Valerie) Weberg of Walker, MN. 9 Grandchildren, 9 Great-Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ida Latulippe, her husband, Leon Weberg, Brother, Everett Latulippe, Twin Sister, Bernadine Peterson, Infant Sister, Marjory Jane Latulippe, Brother-In-Law Gene Weberg, Sister-In-Law Lillian Bolton, 2 Granddaughters.
Funeral services will be on Thursday. August 15, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in Fairdale, ND. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will at the Aadalen Lutheran Cemetery of Fairdale.
Barbara A. Ault, 81, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019, at the Pembilier Nursing Center, Walhalla, ND. A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cavalier Presbyterian Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation at the church for one hour before the time of services.
Barbara Ann was born and raised in California. She was born on September 2, 1937, to Richard and Nettie Nolan. She and her daughter, Mary Noel, came to ND when she married Merle Ault on August 20, 1966. They made their home in Cavalier, running Ault’s Hartz Superette grocery store.
Barb was the Pembina Country Larger Parish secretary for many years. As a member of the Cavalier Presbyterian Church, she served as a Deacon and as a Member of the Session. Her faith grew and she became a Commissioned Lay Pastor, ministering to many area churches including Cavalier, Walhalla and Milton. She enjoyed time as the Moderator of the Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery. Barb also worked for the United States Government as a year round Census Case Worker. During that time she enjoyed meeting many people. She was a people person, always having a quick smile, and time to visit for everyone.
Her family was her greatest treasure. She cherished every picture, call, and visit. Barb loved being around her family and listening to their stories and laughter. There was nothing she would not do for them and she was quick to show her love.
Barb is survived by her husband, Merle Ault, their daughter, Noel, and son-in-law, Daryl Watson, all of Cavalier. Her grandsons, their wives, and her great-granddaughters are Nick and Becky Watson- Rylee and Reegan, Joe Watson- Adrianna, Amaya, and Meelah, all of Grand Forks. Jordan and Natasha Watson- Ellie, of Cavalier; Barb’s loving siblings are Richard and Sharon Nolan, Dennis Nolan, of AZ, and Bill and Mary Nolan Winkler, of NM.
She was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Nettie Nolan, great-grandson Conner Alexander Watson, and sister-in-law Pam Nolan.
Ron Steinke, 75, of Cavalier, ND passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 at his home. Funeral service will be held Friday, August 16, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. masonic service at the church. Burial will be held in the Cavalier Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Mayo Cancer Research, Rochester, MN or Altru Hospice, Cavalier, ND.
Ronald James Steinke was born April 6, 1944, at Altona, Manitoba to Paul and Margaret (Rose) Steinke. He grew up in the Backoo area and attended the Leyden country school and then graduated from Cavalier High School. After receiving his degree in education from Mayville State University he taught school at the Grand Forks Air Force Base for 11 years. He then returned to the Backoo area where he farmed.
Ron was active in several community activities which included serving on the boards of the: United Lutheran Church, Cavalier School, Red River Valley Sugar Beet Association, Cavalier Farmers Union Elevator, and Polar Communications. He was also a member of the Tongue River Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and the Kem Temple Shrine.
On June 18, 1977, he married Judy Austfjord Fladeland at Cavalier. He is survived by his wife, Judy; children: Mary (Jim) Gaulke, Minneapolis, MN, Camie Thompson, Chanhassen, MN, Janine (Kevin) Norton, San Antonio, TX, Mark Steinke (Janelle Brandl), and John Steinke, all of Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren: Katie and Emma Gaulke; Sophia and Blake Thompson; Kyle (Lindsey) Norton; great-granddaughter, Charlotte Norton. Also surviving him are his siblings: Jim (Darlyn) Steinke, Warren Steinke, Donna (Herb) Hillman, Richard Steinke, and Ruth Webster.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Lila K. Mielke, age 88 of Grafton, ND, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the First Care Health Center of Park River.
Lila K. Kaldor was born April 23, 1931 in Hillsboro, ND, the daughter of the late Orphey and Helen (Ydstie) Kaldor. She attended area schools, graduating from Crystal High School. In 1961she opened the Walsh County Credit Bureau and she was united in marriage to Marvin Mielke on December 22, 1962 at Grafton Lutheran Church. In 1988, she opened North Valley Collections where she worked until her retirement in March of 1995.
She was a member of the Grafton Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a former member of the Walsh County Health Board and Walsh County Housing Board. She was Past President of the Credit Bureau of North Dakota and the Collection Bureau of North Dakota. She served on the Grafton School Board for 18 years, the Walsh County Commission for 12 years and as the Executive Secretary of Grafton United Givers for 36 years. She taught Sunday school for 27 years and was named Grafton’s Citizen of the Year in 1982.
Lila is survived by her husband Marvin, Grafton, ND, children: Scott Mielke, Phoenix, AZ and Barbara (Keith) Janzen, Cleveland, OH, 5 grandchildren, sister Lois (Larry) Gangnes, Argusville, ND, as well as several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Shirley Hoesel, Howard Kaldor and Hazelle Haibek, and nephews: Gray Lindell and Brent Gangnes.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Grafton Lutheran Church of Grafton. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at the Grafton Lutheran Cemetery.
Lorayne T. Lillehaugen, age 97, died August 6, 2019 in her apartment at Parkwood Assisted Living under the loving care of Parkwood Staff and Red River Valley Hospice Care.
Lorayne was born January 16, 1922, in Devils Lake, ND, to Anna (Steen) and Erick Keck. She grew up in Doyon, ND, graduating high school there. She obtained her Standard Teaching Degree at Mayville State Teachers College and taught in several North Dakota schools: Whitman, Adams, Park River, Perth Country School and Michigan Public School.
On June 23, 1946 Lorayne married C. Arnold Lillehaugen in Doyon, ND. They lived near Whitman where they raised their three children and farmed for nearly 60 years. They lived in Bismarck for two legislative sessions while Arnold served in the ND House of Representatives. Following his death in 2006, Lorayne moved to Grand Forks, ND.
Lorayne was known for her beautiful smile, hearty laugh and wonderful sense of humor. She was warm-hearted, easy going, adaptable and playful. She loved people and left a remarkable impression on those she met. Lorayne was always delighted to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending numerous musical programs, events and games. Her sisters and extended family were special in her life, sharing laughter, tears, visits and trips.
Lorayne was creative with diverse interests and talented in everything she explored from sewing and embroidery, drawing, oil and water color painting, calligraphy, board games, swimming, crossword puzzles and Sudoku, to enjoying concerts and music, to watching her favorite basketball teams, (the Spurs and the Warriors). She was excited to attend her first major league baseball game at age 93 and was presented with an autographed baseball after the game from the Atlanta Braves. Lorayne became an excellent cook and bread maker who enjoyed feeding family and friends. Every grandchild loved the experience of “making buns” with Grandma. In her late 70s she purchased a computer, took computer classes and began communicating via email. Lorayne grew up with a love for trains. Her father was a depot agent and she made many trips via Great Northern Railway and AMTRAK. She was always enthused about traveling and enjoyed trips throughout Europe and the U.S. as well as annual lake-time in Alexandria, MN. She actively participated in organizations throughout her community, and in her churches: Sarnia United Lutheran in Whitman, ND and United Lutheran in Grand Forks.
Lorayne is survived by her daughters: Meredith Lins (Robert J. Lins), Cambridge, WI; Paige M. Lillehaugen (David Frueauf), Beaverton, OR; daughter-in-law, Margaret O’Leary, Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren: Brett Washburn (Kellee Reeves), Alpharetta, GA; Heather Washburn, Portland, OR; Eric Lillehaugen (Shelby Cochran), Moorhead, MN; great-grandchildren: Ariel Washburn and Drew Washburn, Alpharetta, GA; and Zander Logue, Portland, OR. She is also survived by three sisters: Mildred Olson, Evergreen, CO; Mary Ann Thal, Lakewood, CO.; Betty Karaim, Mayville, ND; and sisters- and brothers-in-law: Clara Marie Knoff, Plymouth, MN; Carol and MeRoy Lillehaugen, Golden Valley, MN; and Michael and Kathie Lillehaugen, Alexandria, MN, plus many nieces and nephews.
Lorayne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, C. Arnold; son, Mark A. Lillehaugen; sister, Colleen Polka; sisters-in-law Hilma Jorgenson, Sylvia Lillehaugen, Viola Lillehaugen, Edith Lovestrom; and brothers-in-law Tollef Lillehaugen, Marius Jorgenson, N. Manvel Lillehaugen, Leroy Knoff, Willard Olson, Milton Bailey, Frederick Polka, and William Karaim.
Memorials may be given to West Forest Cemetery 11714 53rd St. NE Michigan, ND 58259 % Scott Moen, or United Luthern Church 324 Chestnut Street, Grand Forks, ND. 58201.
Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Amundson Funeral Home in Grand Forks.
Visitation: Friday, August 16 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at Amundson Funeral Home. Visitation will continue the hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Inurnment: West Forest Cemetery, Rural Whitman, ND.
Janice K. Mastre, age 75 of Park River, ND, passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at the Park River Good Samaritan Center.
Janice Bjornson was born March 21, 1944 in Binford, ND, the daughter of the late Sophus and Irene (Melland) Bjornson. The family lived in several places as Janice was growing up and she graduated from Park River High School. She was united in marriage to Ronald Mastre and they had two children: Ricky and Patti. In 1980 she moved to Grand Forks and worked as a utility worker at the North Dakota Mill and Elevator until she retired. She moved to the Park River Good Samaritan Center in 2014.
She is survived by her children: Ricky Mastre and Patti Mastre, both of Park River, ND, 5 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, siblings: Glenn (Caroline) Bjornson, Tolna, ND, Kenneth (LaVonn) Bjornson, Grand Forks, ND, LouAnn (Dale) Viken, Grand Forks, ND, Dennis Bjornson, Renton, WA, Ronald Bjornson, Milbank, SD and Gerald Bjornson, Henderson, NV. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter Stephanie Aune.
Funeral services will be Monday, August 12, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Park River. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery of Park River.
Ray D. Brown, 64, of Cavalier, ND passed away Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND. Funeral service will be held Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, rural St. Thomas, ND. Visitation at the church for one hour before the time of services. Burial will be held in the Cavalier Cemetery.
Ray D. Brown was born January 28, 1955 at Altona, Manitoba to Alex and Marlys (Morrison) Brown. He grew up near Cavalier and graduated from Cavalier High School. He worked for the North Dakota State Highway Department and for various farmers in the area. At the time of his passing he worked for Bernhoft Farms. Ray enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards, his puppy, Shadow, and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
On June 16, 1973, he married Sue Hartje at Cavalier, ND. He is survived by his wife, Sue; children: David (Nicole) Brown, Dilworth, MN, Bobby (Amanda) Brown and Barbie (Scott) Hoffarth, all of Fargo, ND; grandchildren: Shaun and Brady Brown; Harmon, Bently, and Kinly Brown; Espen and Gianna Westby. He is also survived by his mother, Marlys Brown, Cavalier, ND; siblings: Don (Sheri) Brown, Pembina, ND, Lee Brown (Lyndis), Fargo, ND, Kim (Paul) Schwartz, Bathgate, ND.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alex.
Rolland C. Beauchamp, 90, Fargo, ND and formerly of Walhalla, ND passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley at Eventide Care Center in Fargo, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019, at the St Boniface Catholic Church in Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 6:45 p.m. Rosary and 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Interment will be held in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Walhalla.
Rolland C. Beauchamp was born October 29, 1928, to Aristide and Cordelia (Gendreau) Beauchamp. He was born and raised on the family farm north of Olga, ND, with ten brothers and sisters. He graduated from the eighth grade from Olga Public School then started farming with his dad and his brother, Richard. On June 20, 1962, he married Lorraine Zettel.
He loved spending time with his family, farming, doing carpentry work, gardening, canning, baking, decorating for Christmas, and entertaining. He was known for his ability to require perfection with his work. In 1990, he retired from farming and moved into Walhalla in 1996. Due to failing health, Rolland and Lorraine moved to Fargo in 2017. Rolland moved to the Eventide Care Center in February of 2019.
He was an active member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Olga and St. Boniface Catholic Church of Walhalla. Rolland was a member of the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus. He served as a Trustee and Eucharistic Minister for many years at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; children: Lorrie (Bradley) Berg, Fargo, ND, Kimberly (Arthur) Hotten, Underwood, ND, Cory Beauchamp, Wahpeton, ND; grandchildren: Amanda Berg, Tyler Hotten, Megan Hotten, and Jacob Beauchamp; sister Lorraine (Orlo) Mostad; brothers: Hector, Remi (Betty), and Edmund (Ruth); sister-in-law Margie Beauchamp; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters and brothers-in-law: Jannette and Orphela Lepire, Doris and Oscar Marcelin, Marcella and Barry Belanus; and brothers and sisters-in-law: Omer Beauchamp, Harvey Beauchamp, Richard and Rita Beauchamp, and Charlotte Beauchamp.
Dorothy Ann Peterson, age, 79 of Grayson, GA and formerly from Los Angeles, CA, but originally from Gardar, ND passed away on June 22, 2019, while at Benton House of Grayson, a Senior Living Facility where she had resided for the past year and a half.
Dorothy Einarson was born November 21, 1939 in Grafton, ND the daughter of late Huskuldur and Gudrun Einarson. She was raised and attended school in Gardar, ND, graduating from Gardar High School in 1957. Dorothy attended Mayville State University and obtained her teaching certificate in 1958. She later attended beauty school and became a hairdresser in 1960, and worked in the beauty industry for several years. Dorothy married Kristjan Harold Peterson on June 18, 1960 in Gardar, ND. After they were married, Kristjan Dorothy and ventured out to Los Angeles, CA, where they worked and raised their family.
Dorothy returned to college in the mid 70’s for nursing. She received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Los Angeles Valley College and then completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Management from University of La Verna, California. Dorothy enjoyed being a Registered Nurse and made many lifelong friends while working at Panorama Community Hospital in Los Angeles, CA.
Dorothy will be fondly remembered for her vibrant spirit, stylish dress, glamorous makeup and flashy jewelry. She was musically inclined, playing the piano and trombone, and was known to yodel. Dorothy loved “Community Doings” in Gardar and was always one of the Gardar Girls! She loved to dance, especially when there was a good band playing. She was an enthusiastic supporter of any performance by her children and grandchildren and LOVED a good party, especially if there was decorating involved. She always had a big smile to share with the ones she loved, friends and family alike, but Dorothy loved her family above all and always put their needs before her own. She loved to shop with Sheri, bake with Kristjana, watch TV with Tyler, and color or play bubbles with Brynja. She loved to talk on the phone with Dan and Mike to hear the latest of what was going on with them. She always had a big HUG for Sean.
Dorothy is survived by her children Michael Peterson, Daniel Peterson, and Sheri (Sean) Maxwell; grandchildren Kristjana Maxwell, Tyler Maxwell, and Brynja Maxwell; her siblings Evelyn (Kenneth) Holand and Linda Palmer and sister-in-law Kristine Koehmstedt. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings: Elizabeth Einarson and Virginia Tetrault.
Memorial Services will be Friday, August 2, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Pioneer Lutheran Church of rural Gardar, ND. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at Pioneer Lutheran Cemetery, Gardar, ND and a Celebration of Her Life to follow at the Gardar Lutheran Church Basement. Please dress in your most fun clothes and jewelry and join us for a celebration of Dorothy (Dottie) Peterson.