Joyce O. Sagert, 88, of Mountain, ND, formerly of Neche, ND, passed away September 19, 2020, at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier, ND. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier. Visitation will be held for one hour before the time of the service. Use of masks and social distancing is recommended.
Joyce was born August 8, 1932, in Vang, ND, to Joseph and Olga (Christianson) Thompson. She attended school at Vang and high school in Walhalla. On July 8, 1952, she married Rienhold Sagert. They farmed in the Neche area.
Joyce enjoyed playing cards, gardening, crocheting, and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children: Keith (Marilyn) Sagert, Neche, ND and Mark Sagert, Cavalier, ND; grandchildren: Jeremy (Kayla) Sagert; Carmin (Dan) Lampi; Kevin (Irina) Sagert; Drew (Jadeyn) Sagert; and Austin Sagert; six great-grandchildren and sister, Marion (Richard) Raymer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers: Earl, Arthur, and Marvin Thompson, and sister, Adeline Williams.
Thelma F. Nelson, age 80 of Grafton, North Dakota, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at the Unity Medical Center of Grafton.
Thelma Faye Watkins was born June 17, 1940 in Drayton, North Dakota, the daughter of the late Willis and Marion (Uggerud) Watkins. She grew up in rural Drayton attending Herrick School in rural Walsh County and Grafton High School, graduating in 1958. She started working at Earl’s Shoe Store while in high school and continued working for Herbel’s Shoe Store and the Shoe Box until it closed. Thelma was united in marriage to LeRoy Nelson on February 18, 1961 at the Grafton Lutheran Church of Grafton. Thelma worked as the librarian for the Grafton Public Schools until her retirement in 2005.
She was a member of the Grafton Lutheran Church, church circle, a Luther League advisor and a Sunday school treasurer. She was also involved with the Girl Scouts. Thelma loved being with her family and friends. She enjoyed baking, cooking, gardening, canning, sewing and crafting. When she worked at the school she would often bring in bundt cakes on Thursday’s, which the teachers dubbed “Thelma Thursday”. She also made caramel rolls for the city shop crew.
Thelma is survived by her husband of 59 years, LeRoy Nelson, Grafton, ND; daughters: Monica (Chris) Olson, Braham, MN; Marcia (Chris) Olson, Grafton, ND; Melinda (Burrell) Nadeau, Andover, MN; grandchildren: Melissa (Kevin) Hopke, Cory (Melissa) Blanchard, Sydney (Jesús Flores) Will, Lily Nadeau and Claire Olson; brothers: Robert (Marilyn) Watkins, Raymond (Kathy) Watkins and George (Darlene) Watkins; sisters: Mary (Everett) Wheeler and Renae (Lynn) Fredrickson; sister-in-law, Ann Marie Estad and brother-in-law, Bennie Nelson. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters: Helen Louise Watkins and Doris Thomasson and mother and father-in-law, Everett and Stella Nelson.
Funeral services will be Monday, September 21, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. at the Grafton Lutheran Church of Grafton. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Grafton Lutheran Cemetery. Masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.
Melvin G. Lembke, 89, of Neche, ND, passed away Monday, September 14, 2020, at his home near Neche, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home in Cavalier, ND. A private family memorial service will be held on Friday. Use of masks and social distancing is recommended.
Melvin was born July 26, 1931, at Neche, ND, to George and Martha (Saiger) Lembke. He grew up and attended country school near Neche and graduated from Neche High School. On December 18, 1953, Melvin married Elaine Quam in Cavalier, ND. Melvin farmed in the Neche area his entire life. Elaine and Melvin wintered in Donna, TX, for many years.
Some of the things he enjoyed were playing cards, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; children: Rhonda (Lanny) Schweitzer, Cavalier, ND; Randy (Peggy) Lembke, Foristell, MO; and Curtis (Mary) Lembke, Manassas, VA; grandchildren: Samantha and Sallie; Chad (Julie) and Brittany; Brett and Brynn; great-grandson, Maxwell; step-grandchildren: Patrick and Shane; siblings: Mona Taylor-Vosper, Donna (Ken) Kallestad, Darlene Bartholomay, and Wayne (Vicki) Lembke.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Timothy John Jelinek, age 56 of Park River, ND, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Little Park across from the Federated Church in Park River. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs. Lunch will be served. In case of inclement weather, the services will be held at Victory Free Lutheran Church. Inurnment will be at the St. Mark’s Catholic Cemetery of Conway.
Beverly A. Pegg, 82, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Society, Park River, ND. Graveside service will be held Monday, September 7, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cavalier Cemetery, please bring your lawn chairs. Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Sunday, September 6th, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home in Cavalier, ND. Social distancing and face covers are recommended.
Beverly Ann Hobart Simmons Pegg was born July 14, 1938 in St. Thomas, ND the 11th child of Ernest “Jake” and Laura (Chapman) Jacobsen. When Beverly was four months old her mother passed away, her father was unable to care for the younger children and they were placed in the Children’s Home in Fargo, ND. At the age of one year, she was adopted by Donald and Betsy (Gifford) Hobart. Her adopted family moved and lived in various locations throughout her life, including Fargo, Minneapolis, Seattle, and San Diego. Beverly graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego in 1956. In 1959, she graduated from San Diego Junior College.
On July 28, 1961, Beverly married Howard R. Simmons at the First Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas, NV. She was a bookkeeper at Industrial Supplies in El Cajon, CA. Howard passed away March 14, 1985. Bev then married Herbert “Herby” Pegg at the Cavalier Baptist Church. She was involved with helping Herby with his cattle and the Rendezvous and Threshers events. They were also in many parades and car shows with Herby’s “Moon” car. Herby passed away on March 19, 2014.
Bev belonged to the Cavalier Baptist Church, Pioneer Heritage Association, Hamilton Homemakers, Cavalier Cemetery, and her “Card Group.”
She is survived by her stepchildren: Judy Pegg, Cavalier, ND and Jeffrey (Maria) Pegg, West Fargo, ND; step grandchildren: Rebecca (Rick) Olson, Plymouth, MN and Seth Pegg, Fargo, ND, nephews: Rob, Mark, and Shawn Willhelm; and other nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were both sets of parents, husbands: Howard and Herby, brothers: James, Earl, Gordon, and Calvin, infant brothers: Melvin and Russell; sisters: Mary in infancy, Norma Graham, Edna Carpenter, Joyce Reiter, and Barbara Willhelm.
Ardella L. Hoenke, age 91 of Grafton, ND passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton.
Ardella Holt was born October 29, 1928 in Grafton, ND, the daughter of the late Herbert and Gladys (Sando) Holt. She was baptized at South Trinity Lutheran Church. She grew up and attended school in Grafton, graduating from Grafton High School. She was united in marriage to Charles Hoenke on September 23, 1948 at South Trinity Lutheran Church. The couple made their home near Grafton and she was employed as a clerk at several area businesses. The couple moved into the Leisure Estates apartments in 2016. Charles passed away on June 26, 2018 and she moved into the Lutheran Sunset Home in October of 2019.
She was a member of the Zion English Lutheran Church and Ladies Aide of Grafton, as well as the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries. She enjoyed spending time outside, flowers, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by her children: Kevin (Elizabeth) Hoenke, Jodean (Bill) Collette, Cheryl Estevis and Carol (Mark) Osowski, all of Grafton, eight grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles, and daughter and son-in-law Glenda (John) Glanner.
Private family services will be held at a later date with interment at the South Trinity Lutheran Cemetery of rural Grafton.
Donald E. Lipsh, age 68 of Warren, MN and formerly Walsh County, passed away peacefully with family by his side on August 20, 2020 at Altru Hospital of Grand Forks, ND.
Donald Edward Lipsh was born September 13, 1951 in Grafton, ND to the late John and Antoinette (Tuma) Lipsh. He grew up on a farm south of Pisek with his 7 siblings. He made his way through life on his own terms and raised his family in the Pisek, Fordville, and Lankin areas.
Donald found great pride and love in preparing meals for his family and working hard to support them. If anything was for sure, Donald taught his kids and all around him that a hard day’s work was important and rewarding. Not many could out work him.
He worked in the Walsh County area as a farm hand for gracious and caring farmers, such as Mike Gorder Farms. In retirement came his true calling, loving and spending time with his grandchildren. Whether biologically his or merely those that called him grandpa, they were the reason he went through trials and tribulations in his life, to have the chance to love them, unconditionally.
Donald is survived by his children: Chris (Sharon) Lipsh, Grafton, ND; DeeJ Lipsh, Walhalla, ND; Jesse Lipsh (Nano Moreno), Walhalla, ND, and Jade (Kyle) Matti, Warren, MN; 7 grandchildren; siblings: Ronnie Lipsh, Luxemburg, WI and Mayme Jarus, Pembina, ND and many nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Daniel, Leonard, John “Buddy”, Betty McMillan, Annie Lipsh; and grandsons: Adam and John Lipsh.
Donald was a stubborn and ornery person, who dearly loved his family and friends, but didn’t love crowds or this COVID-19 stuff. There were far too many times his loved ones heard “I’m fine!” or “Leave me alone”, but we knew he loved and needed us. Therefore, we are still going to gather in his memory.
Visitation will be on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. A private family inurnment will take place at St. Luke’s Catholic Cemetery of Veseleyville, ND.
Ellen M. “Nookie” Toews, 80, of Walhalla, ND passed away Thursday, August 20, 2020, at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, August 24, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Boniface Catholic Church, Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be held Sunday, August 23rd from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. rosary service.
Ellen M. “Nookie” Goulet was born December 7, 1939 at Concrete, ND to Paul and Mary (Vondal) Goulet. She grew up at Concrete and later moved to Walhalla, where she was a cheerleader while she attended school.
She married Charles Henry Jerome and together they had three children, Sherry, Sheila, and James. Nookie later married Abe Toews on October 6, 1967 at Hallock, MN. To this union two children were born, Darla and Jon.
Together, Ellen and Abe made a home next to her parents in Walhalla. She worked picking potatoes and as a waitress before becoming a stay at home Mom. She was uncommonly kind and was a grandma, aunty, or second mom to many of the neighborhood kids throughout the decades. Her home was a safe haven and she kept her door open for anyone in need. She was always willing to listen or give advice or help however she could. She loved rummage sales and music and Christmas. Ellen faced life fearlessly with her family and faith in God. She was a fierce woman who loved family above all and took great pride in her children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is passing on a legacy of love.
Nookie is survived by her husband, Abe, children: Sheila Forrey and James (Cathy) Jerome, all of Walhalla, ND, Darla (Shawn) Jerome, Grand Forks, ND, and Jon Toews, Walhalla, ND. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Jeff (Kim), Suzanne (Jeff) and Kasandra; Robert (Alexa) and Jesse (Laenee); and Nikki (Eric), Christopher (Emily), Brady (Jackie); Jacob, Piper, and Gavyn; 19 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, daughter, Sherry, and siblings: Mary Dorella “Che-Che” Johnson, Paul Leonard Goulet and David Louis “Sonny” Goulet.
Mary M. Osowski, age 103 of Minto, ND passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton. Mary was born March 12, 1917 in Regent, ND to Charles and Mary (Tupa) Kouba. She was one of ten children.
Mary came to Grafton in the spring of 1935 where she met the love of her life, Chester Osowski. Chester and Mary were married on June 2, 1937. They lived on a farm in rural Grafton for 37 years where they raised 5 children; Joan, David, Paul, Phyllis & Ruth “Putti”. Then moved to Minto in 1970. Mary and Chester spent their summer months working on the farm and their winter months in Mesa, AZ. They loved to travel all over the United States together and made date night a priority. The love they had for each other was so special. Chester passed away July 1, 1986. Mary continued living in Minto until she moved to the Lutheran Sunset Home in October of 2014.
Mary, otherwise known as “Granny” was a member of the Minto Altar Society, American Legion Auxiliary, Golden Age Club, Minto Historical Society and Minto Development Cooperation. She was the life-long farm calendar record keeper for Osowski Farms and took pride in writing her life story, “Mary’s Memories”. She loved cooking, baking, canning and playing cards. Mary also cherished all the visitors and letters received while at the nursing home. She would often say, “I just don’t know why everyone likes me so much” with a smirk on her face. So many have asked how she lived such a long life and her response was “be sure to keep your mind busy or you’ll lose your marbles, I have only lost a few!”
Surviving Mary are 2 children, Joan Ledbury of Grand Forks, ND; David Osowski of Minto, ND; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren who will miss her dearly.
Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Chester Osowski; parents, Charles and Mary Kouba; son, Paul Osowski; daughter, Phyllis Grzadzielewski; daughter, Ruth “Putti” Heder; grandson, Philip Robinson; grandson, Lee Heder, great-grandson Zachary Osowski; and great-great granddaughter Rylie McNelis.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Minto. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Minto. Masks are recommended and social distancing guidelines will be followed. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be sent to the Lutheran Sunset Home or the Sacred Heart Cemetery fund.
Alice Grzadzieleski, 90, of Grand Forks and formerly of Drayton, North Dakota passed to eternal life on August 17, 2020 at the age of 90.
Alice Bridget (Lessard) Grzadzieleski was born on September 24, 1929 to Albert and Ethel (Poole) Lessard on a farm near Oakwood, North Dakota. She attended school at St. Aloysius Academy in Oakwood and later graduated from Drayton Public School in May of 1947. During the course of her life she was employed at Lillegard and Erickson’s, Drayton State Bank, St Elizabeth’s Hospital, American Crystal Sugar Co., Grafton State School and Drayton Public School.
Alice married Harris John Grzadzieleski on August 9, 1949 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Oakwood. Together this union of love brought eight children: Linda (Jack) Thompson, Donaldson, MN, Rodney (Nancy), Meridian, ID, Mary (Bill) Roehm, Travelers Rest, SC, Wanda (Peter) Grzadzieleski, Thompson, ND, Michael (Ruth), Grand Forks, Timothy (deceased), Julie (Michael) Anderson, Jacksonville, FL and Paul , Grand Forks; 14 grandchilden and 22 great grandchildren.
Alice had an insatiable thirst for learning and she stressed the importance of education, family, integrity and having a source larger than yourself – God. She stood firm in what she believed in. Alice was known for her baking skills, her love of flowers and fresh garden vegetables. She prided herself in reaping and canning these annually. Above all her faith was important to her with Ecclesiastics 3:1-8 and John 3:16-17 being her favorite Bible verses and the Rosary her favorite prayer. Alice knew several, “homes”, 701 N 3rd St., Edgewood, Tamarac in Stephen, MN, Halstad Living Center and finally Valley Senior Living in Grand Forks. She was very adaptable and loved all four sites. The family wishes to thank Fr. Gross, Hospice and Valley Senior Living for their impeccable love and service to Alice when she needed it most. A special thanks to Kassi, an LPN, and to her sister for singing “In The Arms Of An Angel” before her passing.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ethel and Albert Lessard; an infant brother, Kenneth; an infant son, Timothy, her husband, Harris and two grandsons, Adam and Drew.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. in St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Drayton. Interment will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery, Drayton. Visitation will be held in the church for one hour prior to the service. Social distancing and masks will be appreciated.
May Alice rest in peace with the Souls of the Departed.