Constance “Connie” Hodny, 58, of Grand Forks, ND and formerly of Grafton, ND passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
Constance Suzette Hodny was born March 19, 1961 in Grafton, ND the daughter of Jacob and Marjorie (Soukup) Hodny. She was raised in Grafton and graduated from Grafton High School. She went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Dakota and a Masters of Business Administration from North Dakota State University. Presently Connie was employed as an investigator with Child Services for the state of North Dakota. Connie met Kevin Bolek and they spent 15 years together as a couple.
Connie enjoyed reading, travelling, cooking and being with her friends. Most of all, she loved going to Grafton to spend time with her mother. She took great pride in her profession, her work and loved the Catholic Faith.
She is survived by Kevin Bolek, Minto, ND; her sisters, Marggy (Marlen) Quern, Alexandria, MN and Jacqueline (Brad) Dolan, Plymouth, MN; a niece and goddaughter, Nicole Dolan; a nephew, Jacob Dolan; her friends; colleagues and her beloved dog, Charlie.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial Liturgy: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in the Historic Norman Funeral Home Chapel.
Family Greeting: One hour prior to the liturgy in the funeral home on Wednesday.
Interment: 3:00 p.m. Wednesday in Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Bechyne, ND.
Esther Clara (Baarstad) (Olgeirson) Jonasson, 104, of Mountain, ND passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, ND. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Vikur Lutheran Church, Mountain, ND. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 13th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. Burial will be held in the Mountain Cemetery. Memorial are preferred to the Vikur Society or the Mountain Cemetery.
Esther was born on October 8, 1914 in Nome, ND. She was the daughter of Clara (Harland) and Gehard Baarstad. Esther received her education in rural schools near Nome, ND and attended high school in Minneapolis, MN. She taught piano and elementary music in Mountain, Gardar, Hoople, Crystal, and Dundee, ND schools and many private piano students from area communities.
Esther was the primary organist for forty-two plus years at the Mountain, ND parish. She continued to play many years as the substitute organist well into her late 90’s.
On March 16, 1940, she married William T. Olgeirson. He passed away on January 16, 1974. She then married Palmer Jonasson on January 5, 1979. He passed away on November 11, 2006.
Esther was a member of the Borg Memorial Auxiliary, Vikur LCW, and Pembina Hills Lutheran Church.
Esther is preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, five brothers, and one sister.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret (Tom) Lorenzen, two granddaughters, Tonia (Derryl) Richter and Trudy (Darrin) Goode; great-grandchildren, Abigail Richter, Ethan Goode, Eric Goode, and Kamryn Richter; sister-in-law, Eloise Baarstad; special nephew, (who was like a son) Roger (Phyllis) Aarseth and family and many nieces and nephews.
Judith K. “Judy” McMillian, age 73 of Grafton, ND, passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the Unity Medical Center of Grafton after a courageous battle with cancer.
Judy Tanke was born March 23, 1946 in Grafton, ND, the daughter of the late George and Jean (Schultz) Tanke. She attended country school near Grafton and later Grafton Public Schools. She was united in marriage to Larry McMillian. Judy made her home in Grafton. Her strong work ethic was shown in the dedicated service she gave in the cafeteria at Grafton Public Schools. Her love of cooking carried over to the meals she prepared for her family. During her 41 years with the school district, she was also a bus driver and enjoyed the added bonus of taking the Spoiler teams to activities. Judy retired in from the Grafton Public Schools in 2016.
Judy is survived by her children: Todd McMillian, Fargo, ND, Donovan (Heather) McMillian, Grafton, ND; grandchildren: Tara McMillian, Grand Forks, ND, Jenna McMillian, Grand Forks, ND, Shawnee McMillian, Duluth, MN, Aidan and Addison McMillian, Grafton, ND; siblings: Georgia (Randy) Aho, Crookston, MN and Gayle (Don) Beneda, Lankin, ND. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son, and sister Sandy Estad.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Grafton. Visitation will be Sunday from 5-7, with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may also call at the church for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery of Grafton. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or the Unity Medical Center Foundation.
Bonnie M. DuBois, age 70 of Lankin, ND passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at her home near Lankin surrounded by family.
Bonnie May Borgeson was born May 18, 1949 to Maurice and Vera (Phair) Borgeson in Grafton, ND. She grew up on the family farm south west of Park River in the Pleasant Valley. She attended Park River School, and while attending, she was set up on a blind date, with Daniel DuBois. The two were married on June 3rd, 1965, at Augustana Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, ND.
Dan and Bonnie were blessed with four children: Kimberly, Lisa, Michael and Christopher, that they raised on their farm west of Lankin. Bonnie and her family enjoyed the outdoors and camping, as every summer they had a camping trip ranging from Washington State to their backyard in Lankin. As Bonnie’s children grew up, she re-entered the workforce, where she worked for the Lankin School, Citizens State Bank and eventually started her own painting business with Dan in the summer and worked as a tax preparer during the winter.
Bonnie’s list of hobbies could fill volumes and the planning of those hobbies actually did fill volumes. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, and keeping flowerbeds.
One of Bonnie’s greatest joys was traveling and seeing the mountains of Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana with Dan on their many trips and always had a picture to share of the beautiful scenery. Bonnie’s greatest pleasure was getting her own motorcycle, and since Dan would not let her drive his, she bought her own Harley.
Bonnie is survived by her beloved husband Dan of 54 years. Children: Kimberly DuBois (Jeff Abel), Lisa (Gerald) Slaamod, Michael (Rique) DuBois and Christopher (Angela) DuBois. Grandchildren: Charlotte (Adam) Bruneau, Kenneth & Elizabeth Dueck, Dustin (Kelsey) Slaamod, Nathan Slaamod, Danielle & Devon DuBois and Christian & Dylan DuBois. Great Grandchildren: Drake Slaamod and coming soon Leia May-Marie Slaamod. Siblings: Terril (Elsie) Borgeson, Ronald (Debbie) Borgeson and Elizabeth (Jon) Barry. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Bonnie’s memory will live on in her family and friends as her faith in God will lead her home with those that predeceased her, including her parents, step-father Edwin Hjelvik, sister Janie Capp, nephew Bradley Capp, brothers-in-law: Olaf Johnson and Allen Smith and grandson Derrick DuBois.
Memorial services will be Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Park River. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday for one hour prior to the service. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date.
Jeffry Ingeman, 64, of Kennedy, Minnesota passed away peacefully at his home on Monday morning, August 19, 2019.
Jeffry Allan Ingeman was born January 26, 1955 in Hallock, MN to Roy and Gladys (Bengston) Ingeman. Jeff grew up on the farm north of Kennedy, was baptized and confirmed at Maria Lutheran Church and attended school in Kennedy, MN. Jeff was united in marriage on July 10, 1976 to Pamela Taie in Newfolden, MN. To this unity 3 children were born, sons Chad and Ryan and daughter Jamie. Together, along with his brother Brian, they farmed and owned and operated Ingeman Trucking up until his death. Jeff was a member of Maria Lutheran Church. Jeff enjoyed farming, trucking, attending UND and Minnesota Wild hockey games, and auction sales. He also enjoyed working on equipment in his shop, being involved in local construction projects and Ranger rides with his special friend, Duke. One of his biggest joys in life was spending time with his children and grandchildren and was very excited to be a grandfather again this winter.
Jeff is survived by his children, Chad (Lindsay) Ingeman of Park Rapids, MN, Ryan (Jacinda) Ingeman, of Grand Forks, ND, and Jamie (Justin) Osowski of Hallock, MN. Grandchildren Lucas and Madison Osowski. Brothers Lyndon of Great Falls, MT, Mark (Becky) of Hallock, MN, Steve (Peggy) Karlstad, MN, and Brian of Kennedy, MN and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, and infant granddaughters Faith and Gracie Ingeman.
Jeff was a hardworking business owner who could strike up a conversation with anyone who would listen. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11 A.M. at Maria Lutheran Church, Kennedy, MN. Interment will be at the Kennedy Cemetary. Visitation will be held in the church one hour before the service.
Ruth J. Bachman, 91, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital in Cavalier. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cavalier Assembly of God Church. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be held in the Cavalier Cemetery.
Ruth Jennie (Haraldsen) Bachman was born September 7, 1927 on a homestead near Buffalo, South Dakota to Knut and Jennie Haraldsen. She graduated from Buffalo High School and attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis. She married George Bachman on August 9, 1947 and they were married 66 years until George’s passing in February of 2014. They raised their family and farmed south of Hamilton, North Dakota.
Ruth was always involved in her church and taught Sunday School for 50 consecutive years. She also taught Bible studies for the residents of the Pioneer Rest Home in Bathgate, ND for many years. Her faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior was the most important thing in her life and sharing that faith with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and others.
Ruth is survived by her 4 children, Robert (LeAnn) Bachman, Willard, MO, and 3 children, Jason (Natalie) Bachman, Ryan (Kimberly) Bachman, Dawnetta (Travis) Cooper; Jenny (James) DeMell, Cavalier, ND, and 3 children, Ruth (Jason) Ivesdal, Dale (Jayna) DeMell, Jon (Melissa) DeMell; Linda (Gordon) Werven, Cavalier, ND and 3 children, Justin (Jennifer) Werven, Kristi (Rex) Causey, Shauna (Joel) Sandoz and Carolyn (John Leo) Schmidt, Minneapolis, MN and daughter Kayla (Adam) Prusinski; plus 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Sophie Loftsgaard, Park River, ND, Alice Schaler, Tualatin, OR, and brother Erling Haraldsen, Salem, OR.
Preceding her in death were 4 brothers, Harald Haraldsen, Leonard Haraldsen, Anton Haraldsen, Kenneth Haraldsen, sister, Esther Steiger, and one great-grandchild, Joshua Ivesdal.
JoAnn C. Horge Dietrich, 77, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, ND. Funeral service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier. Visitation will be held for one hour before the time of the service.
I, JoAnn Carol Horge, was born to Ardis (Brevik) and Elmer Horge on June 9, 1942 in Crookston, MN. I moved from Twin Valley to Halstad in 1953. I graduated from Halstad High School in 1960 and graduated from Mayville State Teachers College. I was a second grade teacher in Cavalier, ND for 36 years. I loved all the children and wanted them to love reading, my favorite subject, as much as I loved it. I was honored to receive Teacher of the Year at Cavalier.
I married Donald Dietrich, a farmer, and we lived in Crystal. We had two children, a son, Jason and a daughter, Josie.
I׳ve always loved animals. I had a kennel, J-Dee Kennel, and raised Mastiffs, Shelties, Yorkshire Terriers, Burmese Mountain dogs and Boston Terriers. I was especially fond of my Burmese Mountain dogs. We had a pet raccoon, hairless rat and scads of cats.
I was a little, blonde, precocious girl. Mom and I lived with great grandma, Laura, when my father was in the army. I would sit with her and we would sing. When we had company, the rugs would always get messed up. I would rush after them and straighten the rugs.
I loved to sing. People told me I have a beautiful voice. In high school I received an award for the highest rating for perfection of performance. I loved to write and my creativity surprised others, and sometimes myself. In college I wrote a story using the names of all the counties in North Dakota. In Cavalier I added a room on to my house for a library. I loved all my books and just being in this room made me happy.
I had many medical issues during my life that made it difficult for me. I moved to Grand Forks in 2015 to be closer to my dialysis facility.
I have been told that I am unique, eccentric and a stubborn Norse. I left this world on August 20, 2019. I leave behind my son, Jason (Jackie Nordstrom), Grafton, ND; daughter, Josie (Allan) Gibson, Valley City; grandsons, Carsten Dietrich, Germany, Taylor (Modesta Cabrera) Gibson, Mayville; Justin Gibson, Valley City; great grandchildren, Oakley Gibson and Aubrey Gibson; siblings, Betty Jean (Wally) Oien, Halstad, Karen (Lynn) Johnson, Fargo, Yvonne (Tom) Carlson, Halstad, Wayne (Karen) Horge, Halstad, and Debra (Ty) McGinty, Halstad and many nieces and nephews.
I was preceded in death by my grandparents, parents and my best friend, Boston Terrier, Muggsy.
“I am a teacher. A teacher is someone who leads. I do not walk on water. I do not part the sea. I just love children.״
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.״ Jo, you were a great teacher and dearly loved!
YOURS ARE THE HANDS
A teacher Takes a hand Opens a mind Touches a heart Shapes the future.
Yours are the hands that brushed my hair from my eyes. You reassured me, comforted me and made me feel that being away from Mom wasn׳t so bad after all.
Yours are the hands that clapped to get my attention in school. You let me know there was work to be done, as well as time to play in this all-day school. You taught me discipline, fairness and patience, still allowing me to be creative and inventive.
Joseph J. Zikmund, 79, passed into eternal life Tuesday, August 20th at the Lutheran Sunset Home in Grafton, ND, surrounded by his family.
Joseph was born November 22, 1939 at home in Prairie Centre Township, Walsh County to Joseph A. and Lucy (Kouba) Zikmund. Joe attended area schools, graduating from Pisek High School in 1957. He then joined the Army in 1958, and after serving for one year, went home to farm. He was united in marriage to Lorraine Ann Denault on June 28th, 1962. During their 57 years of marriage, they welcomed 9 children, 44 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Joe actively served his community on many boards including: St. Mark’s Catholic Church, FHA, Walsh Water, Walsh County Mutual, Assessor of Eden Township, Deanery IV of the Fargo Diocese, and St. Mark’s Cemetery.
Joe was a member of the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church of Pisek and the Pisek American Legion Post #208. Joe enjoyed time with his family and friends, attending sporting events, engaging in meaningful conversation, refurbishing gray Ford tractors and his 1949 pickup.
He is survived by his wife Lorraine, children Keith (Helen), Minto, Lisa (Kevin) Durkin, Inkster, Kevin (Julie), Park River, Timothy (Jacqi), Pisek, Joseph (Niki) Aberdeen, SD, Kimberly (Bob) Noel, Moorhead, MN, Roxanne (Brian) Madson, Fargo, Jennifer (Michael) Splonskowski, Glyndon, MN, Becky (Brian) Streitz, Fargo, his siblings, Marie Greicar, Maurice (Deb) Zikmund, Lucy (Kevin) Fruhwirth, Vicky (Russell) Denault, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his granddaughter Maria Madson, brothers-in-law Ben Greicar, Dennis Konze, and nephews Clair Greicar, Gary Pecka, Stuart Swartz.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 2:30 P.M. at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church of Pisek. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00-7:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the church. Friends may also call at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the service. Military rites will be provided by the Pisek American Legion Post #208 and the North Dakota National Guard Honor Guard. Interment will be at the St. Mark’s Catholic Cemetery of Conway.
Linda Marie Kiefat, 61, of Drayton, North Dakota passed away at her home on August 10, 2019. Memorial services are scheduled for Friday, August 16, at 6 pm in Austin Funeral Chapel, Drayton.
Linda was born March 19, 1958 in Stephen, Minnesota and was the second of four children. She grew up in Stephen and attended high school there. Linda resided in Drayton where she spent summers with her special friend Jim Aubuchon, caring for her many flower gardens and traveling between Drayton and Alexandria visiting friends and family.
Linda is survived by her three children Chad (Amy) Nowacki, Alexandria, MN, Roger Allen (Laura) Stallock, Grand Forks ND and Heather (John) North, Moorhead, MN; as well as her sisters, Deb (David) Kuznia, Drayton, ND, Mary (Bruce) Osowski, Stephen, MN and Chris (Paul) Dahlman, Stephen, MN; five grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is proceeded in death by her parents David and Rita Westerson.