Our Mom, Marcia Loy Louise (Wilson) Tesmer passed away on Wednesday, February 28th at the Pembilier Nursing Center in Walhalla, ND. Mom was born March 15th, 1933 in Bagley, MN. Her parents, Lloyd and Elizabeth (Bogart) Wilson moved to Walhalla, ND. On July 15, 1950, Mom married Elmer Tesmer at Sharon Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, ND. Mom loved to read, but raising 5 children, along with making wedding cakes, lefse for family and church lutefisk suppers, and fishing kept her from her reading until later in life. Mom also bowled, golfed and at times worked in Walhalla’s Ben Franklin with her Mom. She was also a driver and EMT for the Walhalla Ambulance Service. She drove school bus for the Walhalla Public School. During harvest, she drove combine and truck for Dad, truck for potato farmers and later tried her skills in the beet truck. Mom’s CB handle was the “Happy Traveler”. Her love of driving and cookie dough blizzards enabled her to memorize every Dairy Queen between Walhalla and Mesa, AZ. Mom and Dad were Snowbirds for 32 years. In 1992, they purchased a park model home in Mesa Regal RV Park but continued to use their Jamboree camper for fishing and shorter trips. Mom is survived by her five children: Dale Tesmer, Pueblo, Colorado; Sherry (Dutch) Fleming, Hamilton, ND; Carol (Brad) Seger, Port Orchard, WA; Dean (Brenda) Tesmer, De Forest, WI; Ellen (Mitch) Syverson, Fargo, ND. She is also survived by her sister, Carolyn Rae (Gerald) Thompson, Mesa, AZ, grandchildren: Bobbi Jo, Kristi, Jennifer, Nicole, Samantha, Travis, Cassie, James, Joshua and Adam and 8 great grandchildren. Our Mom was preceded in death her husband, Elmer; her parents and sister, Betty Jean Wilson. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Walhalla Lutheran Church, Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour before the time of services. Burial will be held in the Hillside Cemetery, Walhalla, ND. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Pembilier Nursing Center or the Walhalla Ambulance Service
Maurice B. Collette, age 93 of Grafton, ND passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton.
Maurice B. Collette was born January 1, 1925 in the families log home in Oakwood Township the son of the late Arthur and Louisa (Campbell) Collette. He attended St. Aloysius Academy in Oakwood. Following his education he started farming with his father and brothers. Maurice served in the United States Army from 1946-1947, serving in the Aleutian Islands as a bread maker. Upon his discharge he returned home and continued to farm. Maurice was united in marriage to Lorna Fernholtz on October 12, 1963 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in DeGraff, MN. The couple lived and farmed near Grafton and farmed some in Benson, MN. In 1965 they built their home in Grafton and have lived there since. The couple would winter in Homestead Florida and Maurice worked for the Algers Farms, taking care of the potato planting. He also worked for Rene French Construction. Maurice retired in 1987.
He was a member of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Grafton VFW Post and the Grafton American Legion Post. He enjoyed going uptown for coffee and arguing politics with the coffee group.
Maurice is survived by his wife, Lorna of Grafton, ND; his siblings: Agnes Lessard, Grand Forks, ND; Roland (Elaine) Collette, Oakwood, ND; Joyce (Roman) Lessard, Oakwood, ND; Frances Schuster, Grafton, ND; and Carol (Terry) Gallagher, Olympia, WA. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Romeo, Kenneth, Margaret and Juliette.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Grafton, ND. Visitation will be Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Grafton, ND in the spring. Military rites will be provided by the Grafton American Legion Post and the North Dakota National Guard Honor Guard.