Dale August Niswonger, age 63 of Warsaw, ND passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Dale leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 31 years, Mardell; his children: Jeremy (Collette) Adamsen, East Grand Forks, MN; Mandi (James) Robinson, Valley City, ND; Jason (Katie) Klava, Warsaw, ND; his grandchildren: Alex, Max and Jax Robinson, Davis and Dex Adamsen, Trevor and Trenton Klava and Adrien Charboneau, his mother; Isabel Niswonger, Minto, ND; siblings: Bill (Gloria) Niswonger, Walker, MN; Mariette (Melton) Flores, Rogers, AR; Gary Niswonger, Warsaw, ND; Peggy Niswonger, Minto, ND and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Dale was the 5th of 7 children born to Clarence and Isabel (Gerszewski) Niswonger on November 19, 1957 in Grafton, ND. Dale took his place as youngest brother seriously and in a family that considered quick wit a must, and saracasm a competitive sport, he surpassed us all. He graduated from Minto High School in 1976. From there he traveled the world while in the US Navy. He then worked for McCann Farms,Torks Polski Dom, Gudajtes Farms and Triple D Construction. He also owned and operated a business of his own known as Dale’s Small Engine Repair. Dale couple always be found in his shop with a diet Mountain Dew in his hand and a cat on his lap visiting with his many cherished friends.
In 1990 he married the love of his life, Mardell Mattson. Together they created great memories and stories for their three children and later eight grandchildren.
Dale was fluent in sarcasm and wit. He had many hobbies and loved spending time outdoors. Whether he was fishing or tending to his garden and trees he was content. He was known for his legendary 4th of July parties. Dale was happiest when he was with his family. He took advantage of every opportunity to create new memories with the people he loved the most. Dale truly did love life. He was real, he was the laughter and joy, the hope and absolute essence of our family, the baby brother, the confidant, consoler, keeper of secrets and giver of light and wisdom-he was the heartbeat of this family. That evidence is the deep sorrow and pain in our hearts that his family feels from his passing. He is now reunited with his father Clarence, his sister, LuAnn Jacobson, infant brother John and grandson Izaya and his grandparents.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, September 27, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church of Warsaw, ND. Friends may call at the church on Monday for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Minto, ND. Military rites will be provided by the Minto American Legion and the US Navy Honor Guard.
Joyce (Wisler) Bjornstad, 97, of Cando, ND passed away Friday, September 17, 2021 at the Towner County Living Center in Cando. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the Christian Fellowship Church in Cando with Pastor Jeff Peters officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place at Zion Cemetery in rural Cando. Music will be provided by Catherine Anfinson.
The funeral service will be live-streamed at CFC YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCkYqz4gdUCZ4rjR8bjNUI_A
The burial service at the cemetery will be live-streamed at CFC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/235312613655838/
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Zion Cemetery Fund, c/o Christian Fellowship Church, PO Box 797, Cando ND 58324.
Joyce Annetta Wisler was born March 31, 1924, to Dwight L. and Myrtle (Gensinger) Wisler, in South Bend, Indiana.
Joyce was only a few months old when the family moved to Zion, ND, where she was reared and attended school. Joyce worked for different families doing housework and also spent two winters in Chicago, Illinois, working for Bethany Hospital as a nurse’s aide.
On February 26, 1945, Joyce married Pete Bjornstad in Lakota, ND. They lived on a farm southeast of Cando. Even though Joyce contracted polio when she was just a few months old, which left her left arm practically useless, that didn’t stop her from raising six active children. In May of 1981 they moved into Cando, ND. They enjoyed many winters in Chandler, Arizona beginning in January, 1977. Joyce was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Cando, now known as Christian Fellowship Church. She enjoyed bowling, gardening, doing crafts and painting, which included painting on cream cans, saws, mailboxes, etc. Joyce kept a diary of daily happenings since 1941. She also made several scrap books with articles gleaned from the Towner County Record Herald and other sources. She always had her camera handy, so as a result has many photo albums full of memories. Joyce loved spending time with her kids and grandkids and the coffee pot was always on along with a plate full of goodies whenever family and friends stopped by.
In 2017 they moved into Prairie View Estates congregate housing until December 31, 2019 when Pete moved into the nursing home in Cando, and Joyce went into Basic Care on January 1, 2020. Pete passed away on October 15, 2020.
Joyce is survived by children, Norman Bjornstad of Maricopa, Arizona; Bobby (Nancy) Bjornstad of Carrington, ND; Sheila (Ron) Hartl of Dickinson, ND; Laona (Garth) Eggl, of Cando, ND; Royce (Charlene) Bjornstad of Crocker, MO; daughter-in-law, Mary Lue Bjornstad of Arkansas; and step-daughter Karen (Monte) Anderson of Minnesota, 18 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters: Ivadelle (Don) Cotton of Kansas and Cele (Wally) Rardon of Texas; brothers-in-law Steve Heisler of Cando and Ray Reid of Montana; sister-in-law Dorothy Bjornstad of Cando and numerous nephews and nieces.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 75 years, Pete; son, Carl Dwayne; great-great granddaughter Avalynn Rae Lunden; brothers, Dwayne and Billy Wisler; and sisters, Judy Heisler, Maxine Morgan, Rosalie Reid, Connie Martz and Darlene Howard.
Dennis Odden, 77, Grand Forks, N.D., died Wednesday, Sept. 15, in Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Dennis was born April 15, 1944, in Park River, ND, the son of Palmer & Margaret (Levin) Odden. He grew up in Park River and graduated from Park River High School.
He worked for the ND Highway Dept for 37 years, retiring in 1996. He made his home in Grand Forks.
Dennis enjoyed watching TV, listening to music, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his sister, Pauline (Allen) Machovsky; niece, Toni Lafrenz; nephew, Dean Hryzan; great-niece, Claire and aunts, Donna Nissen & Carole Levin.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Katherine Phillipe; brothers-in-law, Edwin Lafrenz & Robert Phillipe and a niece, Cindy Hryzan.
Memorial Service: 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 20, at Amundson Funeral Home with visitation from 9-10 a.m. prior to the service.
Inurnment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Park River, ND.
Kenneth G. Morden, 73, of Cavalier, ND passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Sanford on Broadway, Fargo, ND, after a short battle with cancer. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Friday, September 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND.
Kenneth G. Morden was born June 27, 1948 at Cavalier, ND to George and Dorothy (Norgart) Morden. He grew up in Cavalier and graduated from Cavalier High School. Kenny lived and worked in Minneapolis and Fargo, ND. When he returned home to Cavalier, he worked on the family farm and was the broker for the Cavalier Potato Company.
Things he enjoyed were cruising around town and especially crop tours, fishing trips, playing cards and the slot machines.
He is survived by his sons: Chris (Missy) Morden, Cavalier, ND, K.C. Morden, Colt Morden and Alyssa Torkelson, St. Cloud, MN, grandchildren: Shaun, Brady, and Coby Morden, significant friend, Joline Lucier, Cavalier, ND, and his sister, Judy (Don) Johnson, Cavalier, ND.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Sheryl Renae Fisher was born May 25, 1961, to Victor Robert (Bob) and Esther (Dietrich) Fisher in Cavalier, ND. She graduated from Cavalier High School and lived her life in Cavalier and Mountain, ND. Her relationships with the Lord Jesus Christ and her family were very important to Sheryl.
Sheryl’s most treasured places to visit were her Fisher grandparents’ cabin in Minaki, Ontario, and her Dietrich grandparents’ farm near Glasston, ND. Other loves were birdwatching, parakeets, word puzzles, and country churches. When she was able, she enjoyed going on long walks and drives. In addition, for many years she was an avid Cavalier Tornadoes fan.
Sheryl had a wonderful sense of humor. She enjoyed telling little jokes that she laughed at with great delight. Her sweet and gentle spirit will be greatly missed.
Sheryl was preceded in death by her father, grandparents: Victor and Julia Fisher and Jacob and Isabel Dietrich, uncle: Donald Dietrich, aunt: Cynthia Hartje, and cousin: Todd Dietrich.
Sheryl is survived by her mother, brother: Doug (Cinda) Fisher, niece: Kara (Jason) Clapp, nephews: Kurt (Londa) Backlund, Jacob (Jelena) Fisher and Benjamin (Bethany) Fisher, grand-nieces Sheyenne, Haddyn, Jade, Tennyson, and Makkedah, grand-nephews Jubal, Wyatt, Kallin, Finn, and Henry, and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Sheryl Renae Fisher, 60, of Cavalier, ND, peacefully passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, ND. We rejoice that she is now in the presence of her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 pm at the Cavalier Baptist Church, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm. on Saturday, September 25, 2021. A graveside service will take place immediately afterwards at the Cavalier Cemetery. The funeral will be available to be viewed at www.askewfunerlhome.com on Sheryl’s obituary following the service on Saturday.
Please wear masks in the sanctuary during the visitation and funeral.
The family greatly appreciates the care given to Sheryl at Borg Pioneer Memorial Home, Wedgewood Manor, and by Hospice of North Dakota. Memorials to these places are welcome.
Joseph K. Peterka, 74, of Grand Forks, ND passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021, at his home in Grand Forks.
Mass of Christian Burial: 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 13, 2021, in Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND.
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday with a 7:00 p.m. vigil service in the Historic Norman Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Monday.
Burial: Calvary South Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND.
Alfred G. Hanson, age 95 of Park River, ND and formerly of Mountain, ND passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at the Good Samaritan Center of Park River.
Alfred G. Hanson was born June 16, 1926 to John and Aurora (Olgeirson) Hanson in Thingvalla Township, North Dakota. Alfred attended school until the 8th grade, when he began farming with his family. He also worked in HVAC repair during his younger years. On May 16, 1969, Alfred married Hope Irene (Indridason) Byron and instantly became part of a large family that loved him very much. They made their home on the family farm and owned the Mountain Cash Store. Alfred continued to farm and began working at the PAR site in Cavalier, ND, where he was known as “a jack of all trades”. He retired from the PAR site after 30 years.
His love of farming and woodworking never stopped. He continued to farm and helped out his son Jon “Mayo” with his cattle, into his late 80’s. He spent countless hours and patience working the most intricate pieces of woodcraft. Alfred was a lifelong member of Vikur Lutheran Church, served on the board of directors for the Mountain Cemetery and Borg Pioneer Memorial Home. He was also a 34 year member of the Tongue River Lodge #22 of Cavalier, ND.
Alfred is survived by his children: Candice (Bob) Strand, Hazen, ND; Pandora Hemsher, Rapid City, SD; Nadine (Dale) Carr, Wheatland, WY; Tyrone Byron, Mountain, ND; Dwight (Elaine) Byron, Park River, ND; and Fred (Juanita) Byron, Anchorage, AK; 18 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; and 8 great, great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins also carry on his legacy. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Jon “Mayo” Byron, and grandchildren: Jolene Goodro, John Robert Strand, and Lara Le Strand; brother Percy, and infant twin brother.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. at Vikur Lutheran Church in Mountain. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow the service at Mountain Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Vikur Lutheran Church or Mountain Cemetery.
Dr. Helen A. Knutt, 83, retired Veterinarian of Rocklake and Cando, passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at the Towner County Medical Center in Cando, ND. A visitation will be held on Monday, September 6, 2021, from 5pm to 7pm, with a 7pm prayer service at the Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home in Cando. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 1pm at All Nations Lutheran Church in Rocklake, with Rev. Scott Ramey officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church with lunch to follow in the church basement. Following lunch, a burial will take place at the Arndt Cemetery, located in rural Rocklake.
Memorials are preferred to the All Nations Lutheran Church in Rock Lake, ND.
Helen Anne Hartwick was born in a house in Blue Earth, MN, the daughter of a real estate, loans and insurance agent and former farmer, George A. Hartwick, and his wife Olivia E. (nee Bartel), a former school teacher. Born November 3, 1937, she grew up the youngest of 7 children. After graduating high school valedictorian in 1955 and attending Mankato Commercial College, she worked for 12-1/2 years for the United States Government, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Social Security Administration, first as a claims stenographer, then as a claims representative.
On January 2nd, 1961, she married Raymond "Jack" Lloyd, who was initially a farm hand for her father. Together they owned and managed several rental properties in Mankato. When Jack passed away in 1967, Helen decided to take a chance and do something she'd wanted to do since childhood: become a veterinarian!
She started pre-vet in 1968, going to Mankato State College. She was then accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota (St. Paul), and began attending classes in September of 1970. It was there she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1972 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in May of 1974.
Helen came to Devils Lake, ND, in 1973 for a summer job with Roger Prior, DVM, at the Lake Region Veterinary Clinic. While employed there, she met Wallis Knutt of Rocklake, who was to become her husband. They met when Helen was sent up to Rocklake to do some blood testing on some hogs for Wallis and his brother Ronald. They would meet a few more times, professionally, over the summer. When the results of the lab tests on the hogs came back, Wallis, who was mostly in charge of the hog operation, asked her to explain them over dinner. After dinner, when he began opening doors for her and asked what she wanted to do next, she realized that they were, in fact, on a date! After dating the rest of the summer, Wallis came to the Minneapolis area to see her again while also visiting his sister. At that time, he invited her to North Dakota for Christmas, where they became engaged. They were married March 16, 1974, in the Cando Lutheran Church. Together, they had two daughters: Gail Ellen and Martha Eve.
Helen initially set up her veterinary practice on their farm, eventually opening Knutt Veterinary Clinic in the remodeled Jahnke Store building on Main Street in Rocklake. In 1979-80, Wallis and crew moved the now retired hog barn into Rocklake and then remodeled it for Helen's practice, which was now known as Knutt Veterinary Hospital. This modern veterinary hospital had facilities for both large and small animals. Helen also operated Knutt Satellite Clinic at Langdon from 1977-1991. Dr. Knutt officially closed her practice in 2001 after being bitten by a cat, which caused an infection, and then severe anemia. After recovering, Helen obtained employment with USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service, as a Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer and Inspector in charge at the North American Bison Cooperative in New Rockford, Bowdon Locker Plant, and also supervised two additional plants in Mandan. She retired from this position in 2007 for health reasons.
Helen was an attendee/member of All Nations Lutheran Church in Rocklake since 1987. There she taught Sunday School for 3 years, was an active member of the Altar Guild for a couple of years, was Recorder for AAL for a couple of years, played piano for Sunday services for several years, was a member of the LWML, and after her retirement volunteered as the church secretary.
After retiring from the USDA, she took an active role in the local chapter of the NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Assn.). She also enjoyed many hours of jigsaw puzzles, playing games of Sequence and Flinch, helping her daughters out when possible, and taking in as many of the 3 granddaughters' activities that she could.
Helen is survived by daughters Gail (Mrs.Terry) Harder, Munich, ND, and Marty (Mrs. Curtis) Larson, New Rockford, ND; granddaughters Casey June (Mrs. Luke) Weston, Rolla, ND; Coty Mae Harder (fiance of Michael Kraft), Grand Forks, ND; and Olivia Rose Larson, New Rockford, ND; sister Mary O. Monical, Pontiac, IL; sister-in-law Marcy (Mrs. Jerry) Frye, Minot, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen is preceded in death by her husband Wallis; her first husband Jack; her parents; sisters Frances Cook, Dorothy Rutledge, and Margaret Ofverstedt and their respective husbands; brothers George B. and John and their respective wives; brother-in-law George D. Monical; and 6 nieces and nephews.
Dale T. Clark, 57, of Langdon, ND passed away Monday, August 30, 2021, at his home. A graveside service will be held Saturday, September 4, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery, Walhalla, ND.
Dale Todd Clark was born November 8, 1963, at Grafton, ND to Thomas and Erma (Weiner) Clark. He grew up and attended school in Walhalla, ND., where he enjoyed playing football. He owned and operated his own masonry construction business. Dale was excellent at his craft, his stone and tile work became his art. Nothing was left undone until it was perfect.
He enjoyed being with family and his special friend Heather Kramer, other friends, and his faithful fury friend Marvin.
Dale was married to Susie Moore, and they have one son, Cory.
He is survived by his son, Cory (Callie) Clark and grandchildren, Rylee, Gage, and Rhyan all of Alexandria, MN, Parents, Erma and Gene “Pops” Uecker, Walhalla, ND, siblings: Viola Srnsky, Grand Forks, ND, Terry (Petra) Clark, Oxnard, CA, Karen Winkler, Fargo, ND, niece, Rhea Winkler, and nephews, Terrance and Christopher Clark, his special friend, Heather Kramer, Langdon, ND. Also surviving are four step-sisters, one step-son, along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Preceding him in death were his dad, Thomas Clark, infant brother, Manuel William Clark, and his grandparents.
He is greatly missed and will forever be in our hearts.
We are saddened to announce the passing of our daughter, Lindsey Erin Belcher Duray. Lindsey was born on February 18, 1985, in St Louis, MO, and died on August 29, 2021 in Pembina ND at the age of 36.
Lindsey grew up in Montana before settling in Eastern North Dakota, and graduated from Pembina High School in 2003.
Lindsey was an accomplished and sought after hairstylist, with a loyal following of clients in Grafton, Grand Forks and Pembina. She owned The White Buffalo Salon, which she founded. A quick social media search reveals all those happy clients.
Lindsey loved hair styling, fashion, her friends and family, her beloved cats, fishing, and country music. She was a fiercely loyal and generous friend- kind, big hearted, empathetic, caring and compassionate.
Lindsey is survived by her dad, Phil (Kathy), her brother, Chris (Leah), nephews Zeke and Caius, her Pawpaw Roy, grandma Virginia, uncles Joe, Zarren, and Zane, aunt Farol, and numerous cousins and friends who all loved her dearly.
She is preceded in death by her beloved mother, Vicky, her paternal grandmother and maternal grandpa.
Askew Funeral Home in Cavalier ND is handling the arrangements. No service is planned at this time.
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