Vincent Earl Rambeck, 95, of Hensel, ND, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at the Lutheran Sunset Home, Grafton, ND.
Vince was born to Irving and Esther Rambeck at Reynolds, ND on October 26,1924. He was one of six children, all the rest whom preceded him in death. His family moved from Reynolds, ND to rural Hensel, ND in 1942. Shortly after moving to Hensel, Vince was inducted into the U.S. Army and served in the European Theater. He was a part of General Hodges 7th Army and later in General Patton’s 3rd Army. While serving in combat he was awarded the Bronze Star. Upon his discharge from the Army, he returned to the farm near Hensel where he farmed for the remainder of his life.
On November 12, 1949, he married Elin Erlendson and together they raised five children. His faith, his family, and his farm were the things he treasured most.
As well as being preceded in death by his siblings and parents, he was also preceded by his wife, Elin and all her siblings and her parents, and also by his son-in-law, Gene Benson.
He is survived by his daughters: Olivia (Jim) Castro, Alice Rambeck, Beth (Bill) Kemp and sons: Doug (Kathy) Rambeck and Neal (Barb) Rambeck, as well as 13 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cavalier Cemetery, Cavalier, ND. Social distancing is encouraged as well as wearing a mask. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Cavalier Evangelical Free Church or charity of donors choice.
Marlene Bates, 85, of Drayton, North Dakota passed away on May 20, 2020 in Fargo, ND with her family by her side.
Marlene was born August 19, 1934 to Mildred (Talley) and Herman Mosolf and spent her her life in the Bowesmont and Drayton areas until her elder years. Marlene attended country school in her youth often riding on horseback or in horse drawn carriages. She attended Drayton High School and graduated in the class of 1952. She worked as a young woman at the local clothing store as well as the Drayton State Bank. She married Donald Bates, the love of her life in 1955 and they were married 65 years. Marlene’s life’s work was her family. She would sew her children’s clothes, bake delicious pies and deserts and make sure tasty meals were ready for Donald when he came in late from the ﬁeld and take full course meals to the farm during the busy harvest season. She also would work a seasonal job on a potato harvester and later enjoyed working for the Drayton School as a cook.
Marlene was very socially active in the Drayton community and her church, holding oﬃces in the Lutheran Woman’s Missionary League, Weight Watchers, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Drayton Senior Center. In her later years Marlene and Donald lived in the Tisdale Apartments where she could be found putting together numerous jigsaw puzzles, or at the Senior Center playing cards or Bingo. Marlene loved seeing her family grow and as her children left home for college and eventually had their own families the children and grandchildren could always count on a “grandma” package full of interesting goodies and her famous bars. A voicemail from Grandma Marlene was always a news bulletin about all the goings on in Drayton as well as lots of love. Marlene loved her life and friends and it was a diﬃcult decision to leave her beloved home when it became necessary that she and Donald would need more care. They made their home in Grand Forks and eventually Fargo to be closer to family.
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Aldon, Marvin, and Kenneth, sisters Florence, and Lois and daughter Linda. She is survived by her husband Donald, sister Delores, children Nina Hanson (Clint), Carol Benson (Lyle), Jeﬀerey Bates (Michele), and Suzanne Johnsen, eleven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. She will be sorely missed and remembered lovingly by all.
A visitation for Marlene will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. with a private family funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in the Drayton City Cemetery at 12:00 following the service. Rev. Bernhard Seter, presiding; Sheila Weinleader, organist. Casket bearers will be Clint Hanson, Lyle Benson, Elliot Bates, Rick Bustrom, Alan Libbrecht and Tyler Cunningham. The family requests masks be worn to protect those who are the most vulnerable. In lieu of ﬂowers Marlene’s family request that memorials be given to the Drayton Senior Center.
Raymond O. Sevigny, 98, of Grand Forks, ND passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Kittson Memorial Health Center in Hallock, MN.
Raymond was born in Oakwood Township in Walsh County, North Dakota on August 24, 1921 the son of Leon and Clara (Dumas) Sevigny, oldest of 11 children. He attended school at St. Aloysius Academy in Oakwood, ND through the 7th grade, to work on the family farm. His education did not stop him from helping his children and grandchildren with their schoolwork especially Math. He worked as a farm laborer, soldier, railroad, hauled coal, machinist, and furnace repair.
On November 13, 1947, Raymond married, the love of his life just short of 63 years, Sophie Silewski at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Warsaw, ND. They lived in Grafton, ND, Brook, MN, Vesleville, ND, and the majority of their life together in Grand Forks, ND. Having 7 children together.
Raymond entered the United States Army in the fall of 1942. He completed his basic training at Fort Snelling, MN and then was stationed Fort Sill, OK, Fort Mead, MD, and Camp Young, CA. In November 1943, he went overseas to Sydney Australia and later was stationed in Milney Bay New Guinea. Attached to the 3748th QM Truck Company, he was responsible to deliver and carry supplies, and patients to the ships to send them home after combat injuries. Ray returned to the states on January 13, 1946 to Camp Stoneman CA, Fort Louise, WA and then HOME. He was a Technician 5th grade during WWII serving from 1942 to 1945.
After the military, Ray worked for Peavey Elevator in Grafton, on a farm for Thomas Silewski for one year, Then Bill Suda and the Railroad. In 1955, he began working for Vilandre Fuel and Heating in Grand Forks. He retired in 1985 after 30 years of employment.
Ray was a member of the St Michael’s Catholic Church for many years the American Legion Post 157 for 56 years and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3817 for 45years. He enjoyed the outdoors especially fishing with his family, traveling around in “their bus” and later a Winnebago, woodworking, gardening with his wife, Sophie, playing cards, dice, loved to polka, playing harmonica, that was enjoyed by everyone, and board game. His most cherished moments were spending time with his family. He went to Washington, DC in October of 2019 with his eldest granddaughter with Honor Flight, Was honored At the UND Veterans day program 11-2019 as a representative of the Wold War II.
He is survived by his children, Rosalia Ann (Gerald) Ray, Forada, MN; Marlene Marie (Thomas) Dowdle Hallock MN; Patricia Mae (William) Kirkeby Thief River MN; Timothy Robert Grand Forks ND, Thomas Raymond (Dorthy), Grand Forks ND; Frank Allan and Arnold Joseph (Therez)Grand Forks ND; 32 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild on the way, 3 step-grandchildren, 3 step great- grandchildren; a sister, Edith and a brother, Wilmer, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon(1986) and Clara(1984), his wife, Sophie (2010); sisters, Irene (2017), Alfred Adelore (1927), Alfred Edward(1955), Olivine Lucille (2018), Rene Earnest (1929), Eva Mae (2009), Helena Regina (1988), and Amelia Aurelia (1936); sons-in-law, Paul(1979), and Rylan Sevigny (2014), and many others.
Mass of Christian Burial: St. Michael's Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND..
Burial: Memorial Park South Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND.
Military Honors: Accorded by members of the American Legion Post 157, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3817 and the North Dakota Army National Guard.
Agnes M. Lessard, age 98 of Grafton, ND passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton.
Agnes M. Collette was born December 18, 1921 in Oakwood, ND the third child of Arthur and Marie (Campbell) Collette. She attended St. Aloysius Academy in Oakwood, ND. Following her education she took the civil service test and went to work in Washington, DC during World War II from 1942-1945. Agnes was united in marriage to Maurice Lessard on June 29, 1945 in Sioux City, IA. The couple moved back to Grafton following Maurice’s military service where they farmed and raised their family. Upon retirement the couple spent the winter months in Mesa, AZ. Maurice died in October 12, 1992 and Agnes continued to live in Mesa until moving back to Grand Forks, ND and later the Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton.
Agnes is survived by her children: Jolene (Kurt) Stiver, Niles, MI; Wayne (Avis) Lessard, Grafton, ND; Lloyd (Debbie) Lessard, Cherry Valley, CA; Bruce Lessard, Grand Forks, ND; Darryl Lessard, Grand Forks, ND; Douglas (Kate) Lessard, Houston, TX; 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and siblings: Joyce (Roman) Lessard, Grafton, ND, Roland (Elaine) Collette, Grafton, ND; Frances Schuster, Grafton, ND; Carol (Terrance) Gallagher, Tumwater WA; sister-in-law, Lorna Collette, Grafton, ND. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings: Romeo Collette, Margaret DeMers, Kenneth Collette, Maurice Collette, Juliette Lessard and grandson, Andrew Lessard.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 9-10 AM at St. John’s Catholic Church. Social Distancing guidelines will be observed and Masks are required. Private family funeral services will be held on Wednesday with interment at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. A video of the funeral will be available by clicking on Agnes Lessard’s obituary on the Tollefson Funeral Home website.
Cyril M. Novak, age 92 of Grafton, ND passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020 at his home in Grafton.
Cyril Marcel Novak was born June 12, 1927 in Prairie Center Township, Walsh County, ND the son of the late Anton and Margaret (Barta) Novak. He grew up and attended school there. Cy served in the US Army from September of 1946 to December of 1947, serving in Japan. Upon his discharge he returned home and attended Hanson’ s Tech School in Fargo. After graduating he started working at Silliman’s Implement in Park River. He met Delores Wooldridge there and the couple married on November 23, 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Cyril went to work for Wilson Brother’s in Grafton and worked there for 38 years. He also had a windshield repair business. He drove potato truck for Torkelson Farms and beet truck for Keeley Brothers.
Cyril was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and was the DDP chairman under Fr. Lommel for 2 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #3918, Grafton VFW and Grafton American Legion Posts. He volunteered at the Walsh County Food Pantry and washed dishes at the parish center. He enjoyed bowling and wood working and was proud of the 1929 Chevrolet that he restored.
Cyril is survived by his wife of 64 years, Delores J. Novak, Grafton, ND; his children: Kimberly Novak, Barnesville, MN; Keith (Nancy) Novak, Fairfax, VA; Curtis (Laurie) Novak, Crary, ND; Carmen Toso, Duluth, MN; Brian (Stacy) Novak, Baudette, MN; Bradley (Hope) Novak, Grand Forks, ND; Grandchildren: Sarah McCullough, Katie Krob, Tina Skaflen, Adelle Novak, Alan Ravy, Tawnya Azar, Ryan Novak, Melissa Gilbert, Tommy Novak, Emily Ruch, Dominic Novak, Derek Novak, Karen Novak, Jonathan Novak, Elijah Novak, Sean Novak, Christopher Novak, Austin Novak, Daniel Novak; 10 great grandchildren, his brother, Leonard Novak, Grafton, ND; sister: Doris Wilhelmi, Blue Earth, MN; sisters-in-law; Elaine Novak, Dorothy Novak, Ruth Wooldridge and Alyce Veralrud. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Clair M. Novak in 1992, brothers: Tony, Vivian, Herman; sisters, Florence Pecka and Edith Ramsey Flint; brothers-in-law, Maynard Wooldridge, Dick Wilhelmi, Louis Lovcik, Gordon Veralrud and Russel Midgarden; sisters-in-law; Grace Midgarden, Carol Lovcik, Ellen Novak.
Private family services will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 with interment at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Grafton, ND. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer memorials to St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. Mass of Christian Burial will be held after COVID-19 restrictions area lifted.
Alice M. Jorgenson, age 94 of Park River, ND passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at the First Care Health Center of Park River, ND.
Alice M. Jorgenson was born May 26, 1925 in Park River, ND the daughter of the late Olaf and Marie (Lorentzen) Jorgenson. She graduated from the Walsh County Agricultural School in 1943 and attended Business School in Minneapolis. She returned to Park River and started working at the First State Bank which later became First United Bank. She retired in 1999 after 55 years of service. She continued to make her home in Park River.
Alice was a life-long member of the Bethel Baptist Church of Park River.
She is survived by two nieces and two nephews: Ann Marie Denny, Laurie Jorgenson, Chuck Jorgenson and Phillip Jorgenson, seven great nieces and nephews and numerous great great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, a sister and a niece, Lynn Ellen Jorgenson.
Funeral services will be live streamed on www.facebook.com/bethelbaptistpr on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 1:30 PM. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Park River, ND.
Karen Deborah (Corah) Peterson of Park River, ND died on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 at the age of 66 in her daughter’s home in Grand Forks, ND surrounded by her family.
Karen was born December 16, 1953 in Grafton, ND to Eilene (Rustebakke) and Emil Corah. She grew up on the farm with two sisters and attended school in Lankin, ND. She was married to Joseph Michael Peterson on June 28, 1985 and they resided on a farm near Park River. She moved to town shortly after Joe passed away from Pancreatic Cancer.
She worked as a bartender at The Club and the Alibi for 25 years and became a CNA at the Good Samaritan Center in Park River, where she was currently working for the last 20 years. Karen was named CNA of the year in 2004 and had been nominated several times. She took pride in her job and was a very joyful, loving, dedicated and loyal worker. She loved being outdoors tanning on her deck, making jerky, canning salsa, camping, pontooning, gardening, baking, sipping cold beverages, spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends. She also enjoyed watching Ellen and The Vikings.
Karen is survived by her children: Shannon (Kim) Novak, Grand Forks, ND; Debra (Paul) Gilbertson, Grand Forks, ND; Rhonda (Julian) Corona, Grand Forks, ND; and Amanda (Nikki) Peterson, Thief River Falls, MN; her grandchildren Heather & Haylee Novak, Madison Gilbertson, Skylar Sandvig, Cameron Anderson, Uriyah Corona, Hayden Olson, Ty Olson, Landyn Olson and Cooper Deziel and her mother-in-law, Betty Peterson, Colorado Springs, CO. Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, parents and sisters: Marlys Carlson and Janice Kosobud.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, private services will be held on Joe’s Birthday, April 9, 2020 at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Park River.
Edna Elaine (Skjervem) Johnson, of Park River, formerly of Fordville, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 3rd at First Care Health Center in Park River, ND, at the age of 91.
Edna was a kind and quiet person who focused on family and friends. She enjoyed family get-togethers and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Edna was born on November 22, 1928, in rural Fordville, ND, to Edwin and Melvina (Enerson) Skjervem. She graduated from Dahlen High School in 1946. She went on to earn a teaching certificate at Mayville State University. Edna taught at country schools before she married Gerald Johnson in 1951. The couple had 4 children and lived in rural Fordville where they farmed until 1986. After the children were grown, Edna worked as a CNA at the Sunset Home in Grafton, ND. After retiring she lived in Park River.
Edna was an active and dedicated member of the Quale Lutheran Church, Quale WELCA, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Edna is survived by her children David (Cathy) Johnson of Park River, Ellen Meyer of Grafton, Lynn (Connie) Johnson of Grafton, and Kevin (Kelli) Johnson of Dahlen; brother Leland Skjervem of Grand Forks; sisters Alice Fontaine of Grand Forks, and Evy Peterson of Grand Forks; 11 grandchildren: DeeJay (Shannon) Johnson, Mari (Jaime) Bennington, Kristen Johnson, Lana (Jay) Nicholas, Jason (Amber) Meyer, Jared Meyer, Jackie (Justin) Vanderlinden, Katie (Alex) Stock, Jessica (Robbie) Braathen, Nicholas Johnson, and Kaylee (Andrew) Glaser; and 15 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by husband, Gerald Johnson; brothers Oris Skjervem and Kenneth Skjervem; sisters Clarine Agre and Helen Marcks; and her parents.
Due to the Covid19 crisis, a small family burial service will take place at the Quale Lutheran Church cemetery with Larry Omdahl officiating. A “Celebration of Life” service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Tollefson Funeral Home, Park River, ND
The family would like to thank Dr. Johnson and the First Care Health Center hospital staff for their dedication and care.
Alice J. Gillies Midboe, age 94 of Park River, ND passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the First Care Health Center of Park River.
Alice J. Erovick was born July 21, 1925 in Park River, ND the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Vavrosky) Erovick. She attended schools in Park River, ND. Following her education she worked in various places throughout the United States. She returned to Park River and was united in marriage to Roy Joseph Gillies. The couple made their home in Park River where she did seasonal farm labor. She later worked at the Club Bar and managed the Alibi Bar for several years. Roy passed away in July of 1973. Alice married Marvin Midboe on February 25, 1993 in Park River where they made their home. Alice and Marvin enjoyed a wonderful life together. They traveled to many states in their little TravelVan with their dogs, Dogie and Hercules. When they weren’t traveling or out dancing, they loved entertaining people at their farmhouse. There were many picnic’s with great food, visiting, guitar playing and singing. He passed away on November 3, 2015.
Alice was a member of the Park River Federated Church and the Park River American Legion Auxiliary. She volunteered with the Meals on Wheels Program for several years. Alice was an avid bird watcher and gardener. Once she grew a giant sunflower in her front yard and she and her “Flower” were pictured in the Walsh County Press. She loved and cared for animals, great and small. Recently, Alice’s greatest pleasure came from her 2 O’clock coffee parties. Anyone and everyone were welcome. We will all miss those special times. She was a big Twins fan and loved her Twins T-shirt given to her by a neighbor.
Alice is survived by her daughters: Joan Mastre, Park River, ND; Mari (Don) Swartz, Grafton, ND; stepsons: Duane (Kathy) Midboe, Climax, MN and George Midboe, Inkster, ND; granddaughter: Sami (Christian) Dahl, Minot, ND and five step grandchildren. Alice was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, grandson Timothy Mastre and son-in-law, Ron Mastre.
Funeral services will be held at the Park River Federated Church when the COVID-19 Restrictions have been lifted.
***Update: Service will be a private family service. It will be streamed on the Walhalla Lutheran and Big Pembina Lutheran Parish Facebook Page on Thursday at 10:30 a.m..
Hilda I. Clark, 86, of Walhalla, ND. entered into eternal life surrounded by family on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Pembilier Nursing Center, in Walhalla where she has spent her last 14 months and the past four days under Hospice Care.
Hilda was born August 14, 1933 to Adolf and Olga (Stegman) Latozke in Neche, ND. She grew up on the farm by Neche, graduated from Cavalier High School and attended Mayville Teachers College.
On November 13, 1953 she married Lewis Clark and lived in Walhalla. From that time she worked for Barta’s Super Valu, Pembilier Nursing Center, Walhalla Coop Oil, and other various jobs.
She loved watching her grandchildren and cooking for them, especially date filled cookies. Hilda also enjoyed spending time with family, her cats, and walking her dog Poocher. Other pastimes include sewing, knitting, crocheting and reading.
Hilda is survived by her children: Fred ”Pete” Clark of Maricopa, AZ, Floyd (Patty) Clark and Karen (Tim) Smith all of Walhalla, ND; grandchildren: Ted(Tori) Clark, Caitlin(Matt) Eck, Ashley (Andrew) Danielson, Jamie(Jeremy) Blodgett, Joel(Kelsey) Smith, and Michael(Alison) Smith; great grandchildren: Austin, Lauren, Kyla, Weston, Dominic, Kelly, and William. Along with several in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, daughter, Kay (Larry) Nielson; brothers: Edward, Arthur, Alfred, Paul, Irwin Latozke; sisters: Evelyn (Keil), Doris ( Armstrong)
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Walhalla Lutheran Church, Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour before