Sherman J. Soli, 78, of Walhalla, ND, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the Pembilier Nursing Center in Walhalla, ND. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the Walhalla Lutheran Church in Walhalla. Visitation will be held for one hour before the time of the service.
Sherman was born on November 24, 1941, near Vang, ND, to Alvin and Ruth (Thompson) Soli. He grew up in the Vang area and graduated from Walhalla High School. After school Sherman enlisted in the US Army. After his discharge from the Army, Sherman returned to the Vang area to farm. Sherman married Geraldine Charbonneau and together they had two daughters Rachelle and Sabrina. Sherman enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his daughters: Rachelle (Joe) Barton, and Sabrina (Francis) Lafferty, all of Smithfield, PA; grandchildren: Bryce, Brody, and Bristol Barton, and Savannah Soli; great-grandson, Maverick; and siblings: Georgia Veer, Robert (Mary) Soli, and Orin (Francine) Soli.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Delores Soli.
Lorraine Marie was born July 25, 1938, to Aristide and Cordelia (Gendreau) Beauchamp. She was born and raised on the family farm in Olga, ND. She was the last of eleven children and forever known as the baby. She graduated from Walhalla, ND high school in 1958.
Lorraine was a special woman who had a heart of gold. Her greatest joys came in giving of herself to help others. It was her reason for living.
Lorraine’s Top 11 List
1. The one great love of her life, her husband of 58 years, Orlo Mostad, who she married November 28, 1961.
2. Her two beloved daughters, Brenda and Jennifer, who she loved unconditionally.
3. The two greatest joys of her life, her granddaughters, Cora and Ariana Strickler. She would text them daily ensuring they knew they were loved and that Grandma and Grandpa were thinking of them.
4. Lorraine was a master bread maker. Her favorite part was sharing it with others. If you’ve tasted Lorraine’s bread, you’ve tasted love.
5. She enjoyed Doritos for breakfast. Better yet, she enjoyed sharing them with her granddaughters snuggled in beside her.
6. Lorraine loved going for walks. She was an endless source of energy and would walk every morning, most recently with her lifelong friend, Shirley Thom.
7. She loved talking to anyone in her path — people she knew and people she didn’t. It didn’t matter. Lorraine was a talker.
8. Lorraine was a nurturer of all things, from people to pets to plants. She was an epic gardener who grew tomato plants like no other, often turning a shade of crimson in the fall from her own over consumption.
9. She was a devout Catholic who never missed mass, because you never know what might happen if you did, and she wasn’t going to take chances.
10. Lorraine loved to crochet. She made the most beautiful afghans that continue to wrap her family in love.
11. Lorraine defined strength and bravery. She would care for loved ones without flinching, blow snow, mow lawns, chop wood, milk cows, clean barns, drive motorcycles, three-wheelers, and snowmobiles, all with the strength of six men and the grace of a lady.
Lorraine was, and will forever remain a special woman with a heart of gold. She touched the lives of many. She was a strong, brave and kind role model for her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Orlo, daughters Brenda Erickson (Charles Marlen), Jennifer (Bryan) Strickler, granddaughters Cora and Ariana Strickler, brothers Remi (Betty) Beauchamp and Edmund (Ruth) Beauchamp; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents; sisters and brothers-in-law: Jeanette 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, Hector and Charlotte Beauchamp, and Rolland Beauchamp.
Lorraine M. Mostad, 81, Cavalier, ND peacefully joined God in Heaven on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Brigid of Ireland Catholic Church. Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will also be a rosary service at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. all at the church.
Eric J. “Ike” Meberg, age 61 of Park River, ND passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at his home in Park River.
Eric Meberg was born February 22, 1958 in Park River, ND, the son of the late Paul and Lorraine (Kjos) Meberg. He grew up and attended school there. He then attended NDSU for two years before returning to Park River to farm. He was united in marriage to Patricia Houle and the couple made their home in Park River.
Eric is survived by his wife Patricia, siblings: Laura (Dave) Langemo, Luther (Linda) Meberg, Peter (Bernadette) Meberg, sister-in-law Mary Meberg, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Ardell Meberg, and brother Mark Meberg.
A short prayer service will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. at Our Saviours Lutheran Church of Park River. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7:00 P.M. at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Park River Ambulance.
Margaret R. (Roe) Woods, age 86 of Forest River, ND passed away peacefully at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton, ND on Thursday, February 6, with her loving family by her side.
Margaret was born on June 16, 1933, in Medina, ND. The daughter of the late Sig and Loretta (Meade) Roe. She graduated from Forest River High School in 1951 and attended Aakers Business College in Grand Forks. She moved to Billings, Montana and returned to Forest River to marry her high school sweetheart, Jack, on July 30, 1955 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ardoch, ND. They made their home in Forest River, ND.
Margaret was an active member of St. John’s Altar Society until the church closed. She was a member of the Forest River Legion Auxiliary, serving as treasurer for several years. She worked for Morwood Grocery and was the relief clerk at the Forest River Post Office for several years.
Our mom loved people, having the “Gift of Gab”, but her deepest love was her faith, her husband, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mom was our biggest cheerleader and rarely missed an opportunity to attend her children and grandchildren’s events. She was also well known for her delicious brownies!!
Margaret is survived by her children: Colleen (Mark) Alphson, Forest River, ND; Coke (Tom) Tengwall, Spicer, MN; Cyndy (Jim) Scanlan, Bemidji, MN; Robert J. Woods, Forest River, ND; Cathy (Steve) Perkins, Spicer, MN. Ten grandchildren: Lisa (Steven) Schuster, Kristin (Ryan) Kasowski, Chris Tengwall, Erik Tengwall, Bri (Ben) Kinne, Jaclyn Scanlan, Joey Scanlan, Betsi (Jason) Arvin, John Perkins, and Nick Perkins. Great-grandchildren: Carter, Jaycee, and Henley Schuster, Kayson Kinne, Keeley Kasowski, Riley Jo Arvin and baby girl Arvin due in April. Margaret’s brothers: John (Arlene) Roe, Carl (JoAnn) Roe; sister: Joann Hop; sister-in-law: Irene (Russell) Roe, Jeanette (Robert) Roe, and Margaret M. (Bob) Woods. She was preceded in death by her husband, infant son: John Marvin, her parents, brothers: Russell and Robert and sister: OnaVee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Forest River Park Cemetery or Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton.
Faith, Family, Friends, and Forest River
Mom is “Fine As Wine”.
Mass of Christian Burial will be February 11, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church of Warsaw. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Forest River Park Cemetery in the spring.
Mary Beth Marciniak, 64 years, 11 months passed away at peacefully at her home in East Grand Forks, Minnesota on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
Mary Beth Rasmussen was born March 19, 1955 to the late John and Donna (Chester) Rasmussen in Grafton, North Dakota. She was raised in Grafton until the family moved to their farm in rural Drayton in 1969. Mary Beth graduated from Drayton High School in 1973. She later attended college at NDSSS in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Following school, Mary Beth was employed at the North Dakota State Highway Department and Lindblad Upholstery in Drayton. She was united in marriage to David L. Marciniak October 4, 1975. The couple was blessed with two children to whom she dedicated her life. The couple made their home in Drayton where she held various jobs in the area as well as farmed with her husband. Mary Beth owned and operated MB Ceramics and volunteered her spare time to many organizations such as the Girl Scouts and held office as Schumacher park board president. Mary Beth and David moved to the Twin Cities area in 2001 where Mary Beth served as a call center representative for Centerpoint Energy, winning many awards for outstanding service. Mary Beth was a dedicated family woman who valued her own with a passion that only her love of God surpassed. In spite of suffering her entire adult life with debilitating illnesses, her faith in Christ never faltered. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren who defined her later years. She took great pride in being “Granny”. Mary Beth was a great cook, homemaker and friend. She always had beautiful flower gardens and meticulously decorated homes. She took great pride in her surroundings.
She is survived by her dedicated husband, David; children, Jed (Melissa) and Jennifer; her beloved grandchildren, Wyatt, Emma, Carson, Walker and Waylon; a sister, Susan (Troy) and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Donna Rasmussen and a sister, Jill Marie.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, February 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in Drayton Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Grafton City Cemetery. Rev. Gary Johnson, presiding; Shirley VanCamp, Karen Schumacher and Lisa VanCamp will provide special music. Casket bearers will be Andy Kirkeby, Tom Silewski, Todd Peterson, Christian Lange, Chase Lange, and Troy Lange. Visitation will be held at Austin Funeral Chapel in Drayton on Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m.
Thressa Nelson, age 42 of Edinburg, ND passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Sanford Health of Fargo, ND.
Thressa Jonasson was born September 1, 1977 in Grafton, ND, the daughter of Pamela Lykken and the late Allen Jonasson. She grew up in Milton, ND and attended the Milton/Osnabrock schools, graduating in 1996. She attend Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, ND for a short time before returning home to care for her father. She later attended UND where she earned her Certified Dietary Manager Certificate. She was united in marriage to Lynn Nelson on May 18, 2002 in Edinburg. The couple made their home in Edinburg and she worked as a CDM for Wedgewood Manor in Cavalier, Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon and later the Borg Home in Mountain until her health forced her to retire in July 2019.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Edinburg. She enjoyed cooking, being in the outdoors, country cruising, collecting frog memorabilia, her dogs and spending time with her family.
Thressa is survived by her husband Lynn of Edinburg, son Brody Nelson, Edinburg, ND, mother Pamela Lykken, Osnabrock, ND, siblings Eugene Jonasson, Grafton and Loneta (Douglas Hall) Jonasson, Edinburg, ND, nephew Tristin Hall and niece Katelyn Hall of Edinburg, as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father Allen Jonasson and father and mother-in-law, Irvin and Doreen Nelson.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Edinburg. A visitation will be Sunday from 3-5 P.M. at the funeral home.
Vernon R. Fitzsimonds, 93, of Walhalla, ND passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 at his home. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Park Center-Walhalla Presbyterian Church, Walhalla, ND. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Pembilier Nursing Center or the Walhalla Ambulance Service.
Vernon was born April 13, 1926 at Walhalla, ND to Robert C. and Eva M. (McNamara) Fitzsimonds. He grew up in the Walhalla area.
On October 3, 1946, Vernon married Kathleen Howell at Walhalla, ND. After their marriage they lived and farmed in the Park Center area for many years. They later moved into Walhalla and to North Border Estates in 2007. Vernon enjoyed being at the farm, working in his garden, antiquing and spending time with his family.
He was a director of the Walhalla Farmers Elevator, Walhalla State Bank, and the Federal Land Bank. Vernon also served on the church board and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Vernon is survived by his wife, Kathleen; children: Kay Gonitzke, Billings, MT and Robert (Cynde) Fitzsimonds, Walhalla, ND; grandchildren Jonathan, Kristin, and Lindsay Gonitzke; Jaci Fitzsimonds (Jonas Udcoff) and Ryan (Chris) Fitzsimonds; great-grandchildren: Jesse, Ashley, Payson, Keiran and Adah; Jett and Jevin; Kealie, Myah, Logan, Teagyn, and Nash.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Francis Fitzsimonds; sister, Marguerite Hardy.
Ann M. Berg, age 83, resident of Edmore, ND, died Thursday, January 30, 2020 at CHI St. Alexius Health in Devils Lake, ND.
Ann Marie Davis was born August 2, 1936 in Devils Lake, the daughter of Michael and Harriet (Heddon) Davis. She was raised and educated in Edmore, ND, graduating with the class of 1954. Ann married Kenneth Berg on May 16, 1955 in Nekoma, ND. They lived in Grafton until moving to Langdon in 1957. In 1967 they moved to Edmore, where Ann raised and cared for her family. She cooked for a time at the Edmore Rest Home before cooking at the Edmore School for a number of years. Ann thoroughly enjoyed caring for her family and home, and always kept an eye on things. She loved to bake and always had treats on hand when company would stop by for a visit. She enjoyed camping, caring for her vehicles and her yard. In her younger years she enjoyed bowling with Kenny, most recently they had moved to Devils Lake. Ann loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church.
Ann will be deeply missed by Kenny, her husband of 64 years; 4 children, Bruce (Tammy) Berg of Edmore, Greg (Becky) Berg of Fergus Falls, MN, Dean (June) Berg of West Fargo, ND, and Mary (Mike) Engh of Maddock, ND; 9 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Aletta (Robert) Anderson of Bemidji, MN; and several nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Clinton Davis; and a great grandchild, Jude Berg.
The Memorial Service for Ann will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church of Edmore, ND, on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the Spring at the Edmore Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Mary Lou R. Cyr, age 85 of Grafton, ND passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Unity Medical Center of Grafton, ND.
Mary Lou R. Gagner was born August 30, 1934 in Brooks, MN the daughter of the late Robert and Rose Anna (Mercil) Gagner. She attended elementary school in Brooks and graduated from Plummer High School. Following her education she moved to Minneapolis and worked for New York Life Insurance Company. Mary Lou was united in marriage to Vern Cyr on April 14, 1956 in Brooks, MN. The couple made their home in Oklee MN where they owned and operated Cyr’s Café. In January of 1969 the couple moved to Grafton, ND. Mary Lou worked at Wally’s Grocery Store, Carnegie Regional Library and Unity Hospital. Mary Lou became the Coordinator of the Foster Grand Parent Program at the Life Skills and Transition Center and retired from there after 19 years. She then did some part-time work for NDPERS, the Census Bureau and Grafton Elementary School as a part-time para and in the ESP program. Vern passed away on June 30, 1993.
Mary Lou was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Altar Society of Oakwood, ND. She held offices in the Grafton American Legion Auxiliary and served as a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader. She enjoyed spending time at Lake of the Woods with her family.
She is survived by her children: Joni Cyr, Eugene, OR; Carol (Dan) LaHaise, Grafton, ND; Helen Lee, Grafton, ND; Lou Cyr, Eugene, OR; Robert Cyr, Oakwood, ND; David (Lori) Cyr, Oakwood, ND; seven grandchildren: Zyra (Michael) Beevers, Tara LaHaise (Chris Otto), Elizabeth (Matt) Riccio, Leilani Lee (George Flores), Jacques LaHaise, Allison (Zach) Smith, Jacob (Kate) Cyr, seven great grandchildren and one more expected soon, two great great grandchildren and siblings: Mae Wichterman, Monticello, MN; Angela Stone, Champlin, MN; Rolland (Nancy) Gagner, Erskine, MN; Barbara (Vernon) LaCoursiere, Tucson, AZ; Clarence (Dianne) Gagner and Poncho (Char) Gagner both of Brooks, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and five brothers.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Grafton, ND. Visitation will be Sunday from 3-5 PM with a prayer service at 5:00 PM at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may also call at the church on Monday for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Oakwood, ND in the spring.