Dwayne Arthur Gratton 88 of Olga, ND passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at the Pembilier Nursing Center in Walhalla, ND.
Dwayne was born the first of seven children to Harvey & Eugenia (Brusseau) Gratton on May 14, 1933 in North Olga Township. He spent his first five years in North Olga beginning his school days with his Aunt Adeline Gratton as his first teacher. He moved with his family to the farm west of Olga and attended school in Olga. Dwayne attended the Agricultural School in Park River but did not like being off the farm. He married Annette E. Roberge on June 18th, 1953 and made their home in Olga. Their first two children Phylis and Roger were born while in Olga. They moved to Washington in 1956 where Dwayne found work at Boeing. Evelyn was born while they were there. Dwayne then moved his family to California where he worked for a tile company for two years, and returned to Olga where three more children were born, Delbert, Sylvia, and Anita. Dwayne enjoyed working as a heavy equipment operator working for Mike Austfjord, Joe Mayo, and a few other contractors throughout his lifetime. He took pride in his work and mastered it. Following his retirement, Dwayne continued his love for the great outdoors by driving around throughout the region as he knew every backroad, nook and cranny in the land. He was an avid hunter known for his “dead-eye shooting skills.” In his older age, he became known for shooting thousands of gophers to pass his time. Following an illness, and severe arthritis in his knees, Dwayne entered Pembilier Nursing Center in Walhalla, ND on April, 2021, becoming his new, temporary home. God called Dwayne home unexpectant in his sleep.
Dwayne is survived by his six children. Phylis Gratton of Mountain, ND, Roger Gratton of Drayton, ND, Evelyn (Willie) McKay of Mountain, ND, Delbert (Candy) Gratton of Grand Forks, ND, Sylvia (Tim) Moore of Mountain, ND, and Anita (Daniel) Fernandez of Dove Creek, CO, 16 grandchildren. Sarah Thomasson, Bismarck, ND, Michael Thomasson, Cavalier, ND, Jennifer Gratton, Backoo, ND, James Gratton, Williston, ND, Joshua (Jenna) Gratton, Grand Forks, ND, Chris (Julie) Byron, Edinburg, ND, Andrew (Gwennie) Byron, Grand Forks, ND, Matthew (Veronica) Byron, Park River, ND, Dawn (Lane) Christianson, Langdon, ND, Tyler (Laura) Byron, Alexandria, MN, Kayley Byron, Grand Forks, ND, Dan (Hailey) Moore, Walhalla, ND, Jon Moore, rural Mountain, ND, Angela (Justin) LeTexier, rural Cavalier, ND, Tom (Rachelle) Moore, Gardar, ND, Tim D. (Tonia) Moore, Walhalla, ND. 25 Great-grandchildren, several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Siblings, Estelle Carrier, Milton, ND, Jane (Finley) McLean, Devils Lake, ND, and Kelly Gratton, Walhalla, ND, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Dwayne is preceded in death by his wife Annette, parents Harvey and “Genie” Gratton, great-grandson, Jakob Byron infant brother, Thomas Gratton, sisters Delora (Wylie) King and Marilyn (Jim) Wakeford, and two brothers-in-law, Ernest Carrier, and Wylie King, and sister-in-law, Lou Gratton.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 11, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Olga, ND. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Burial will be in the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cemetery Your thoughts, prayers, and acts of kindness are greatly appreciated.
Mya R. Paulson, age 15 of Hoople, ND passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at the First Care Health Center of Park River.
Mya Paulson was born September 21, 2006 in Olympia, WA, the daughter of Robert and Michelle (Nickel) Paulson. The family moved to Hoople, ND in 2010 and she attended school in Hoople, Crystal and Edinburg where she was currently in her freshman year.
She was a girl scout and enjoyed playing basketball and volleyball. She loved to hang out with her friends and her brothers.
Mya is survived by her parents Robert (Michelle), Hoople, ND, brothers: Anthony, Grafton, ND and Cylus, Hoople, ND, maternal grandmother Laura Nickel, Hoople, ND, paternal grandparents Debbie Willms, CO and Keith Paulson, Bellevue, NE, uncles: Eddy Crook, CO and Thomas Robinson, Olympia, WA. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Dave Nickel and uncle Shawn Nickel.
A visitation will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 3-5 PM at the First Lutheran Church of Hoople. A prayer service will follow at 5:00 PM at the church. Memorials have been requested to the American Diabetes Association.
Rose M. Kalis, 74, of Walhalla, ND passed away Sunday, October 3, 2021 at her home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Boniface Catholic Church, Walhalla, ND. Visitation at the church for one hour before the time of services.
Rose Compeau was born March 12, 1947 at Walhalla, ND to George and Mary (Bartlette) Compeau. She grew up in Walhalla where she attended school. Rose then lived in Grand Forks before moving back to Walhalla.
On November 2, 1968, she married George Kalis at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Walhalla. After their marriage they lived in Walhalla where she was the bookkeeper for Kalis Masonry Construction.
Things she enjoyed were painting, sculpturing, crocheting, and being outdoors gardening. Most of all she loved spending time with her family, fur baby and grand fur babies.
She is survived by her husband, George, daughter, Tammy (Jed) Sullivan, Walhalla, ND, Autumn Forschen, who she treated and related to as a daughter, and grandson, Kieran Sullivan. Also survived by her sisters: Lila Baker and Lou Ann Dauphanis, and by her nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins.
Preceding her in death were her parents, sisters: Elizabeth Anderson and Mary Compeau, and her beloved fur babies.
Darlene G. Henschel, 84, of Bathgate, ND passed away Sunday, October 3, 2021 at Valley Senior Living Center, Grand Forks, ND with her children by her side. Funeral service will be held Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. Family requests that masks be worn.
Darlene G. Wolfgram was born on October 18th, 1936 in Shields, ND to Harry and Lora “Myrtle” Wolfgram. She grew up in Hamilton, ND and graduated from Hamilton High School. On June 20th, 1954 she married William (Bill) A. Henschel in Neche, ND. After their marriage they lived in Neche and then Bathgate until shortly before her death.
Family was extremely important to Darlene and she loved spending time with them. She also enjoyed bingo, 5 cent slot machines at the casino and watching her favorite TV shows. She recently developed a love for NBA and WWE. Darlene was known for being a very hard working and dependable employee. She worked for many years at the Pioneer Rest Home in Bathgate, Chuckwagon Cafe in Cavalier and up until her 80th birthday at Reiny's Bar in Bathgate.
Darlene is survived by her children Shirley Kemp, Fargo, ND and William (Bill) and Ramona Henschel Jr. of Neche, ND; her grandchildren Christopher Kemp (Marijo Peterson), Las Vegas, NV, Sarah (Nathan) Kemp Tabbut, Fargo, ND, Nicolas (Katie) Henschel, Swansea, IL, and Jacob (Christina) Henschel, Pelham, NH; her great-grandchildren Nora, Samuel, and Felix Tabbut, Lucas, Lexi. Lauren and Lana Henschel, Caroline, Savannah and Benjamin Henschel. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her husband, great-grandson John Christopher Tabbut, siblings Eva (Lester) Nelson, Fern (Fred) Marcum, Virgil (Myrna) Wolfgram, Donna (Reinhold) Henschel, Gerald (Cheryl) Wolfgram and Shirley (Eric) Lawonn.
Family would like to extend special thanks to Ramona Henschel who provided countless meals and numerous trips for groceries, Karla Henschel, Leah Austfjord, Teddy Zaharia and the Bathgate community for making it possible for Darlene to stay in her home as long as she did.
Sherry W. Busse, 69, of Cavalier, ND passed away Monday, September 27, 2021 at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier, ND. Funeral service will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, September 30th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND.
Sherry W. Lewis was born October 4, 1951 at Fargo, ND to Charles W. and Vergil V. (Rickbeil) Lewis. She grew up in Cavalier, ND and graduated from Cavalier High School. Sherry then attended Valley City State College and the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND.
On June 14, 1975, she married Francis Busse at Cavalier, ND. After their marriage they made their home in Cavalier. Sherry worked at the Developmental Center in Grafton, ND, Chuck Wagon Café and Leevers Grocery in Cavalier. Things she enjoyed were a love of animals, traveling, and most of all spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Francis, children: James (Sally) Busse, Charlie (Danita) Busse, Danny (Kayla) Busse, Joey Busse all of Cavalier, ND; grandchildren: James and Jorja, Austin and Kaiden, Sydney, Lucas, Landon, Levi, and Logan and a great-grandson, Jesse, and sister, Janelle Kessler, Grand Forks, ND. Also surviving are her brothers and sisters-in-law: Ron (Connie) Busse, Laurel (Paul) Brusseau, Carolyn (Bill) Dubuque and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, brother, Ward Lewis, and brothers-in-law, Tim Kessler and Terry Busse.
Einar O. Abrahamson, 87, of Cavalier, ND passed away Saturday, September 25, 2021 at his home. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 9. 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Memorials are preferred to the Icelandic State Park.
Einar Olafur Abrahamson was born November 27, 1933 in Akra Township to Einar and Helga (Gudmundson) Abrahamson. He grew up in the Akra area where he attended grade school and later graduated from Cavalier High School. Einar then served in the U.S. Army and was very proud of playing football for them. After his discharge from the service, he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis for architectural drafting. He returned to the area and started Abrahamson Brothers Construction with his brothers Edmund and Finn.
He enjoyed woodworking, driving around, telling stories, and was know as a practical joker.
On June 10, 1961, he married Lori Lerbs at Hallock, MN, they were blessed with four children.
He is survived by his children: Allison (Kerry) Fretheim, Harwood, ND, Einar Abrahamson, Burlington, ND, Matt (Allison) Abrahamson, Grand Forks, ND, Amy (Todd) Skjoldal, Moorhead, MN; grandchildren: Katie (Johan) Basson and son, Sam, Forrest (Alyssa) Fretheim and children, Stella and Odin, Wyatt Fretheim, and Seth Fretheim; Tiffany Abrahamson and Matthew Abrahamson; Haakon Skjoldal and Finn Skjoldal. Also surviving are his sisters: Agnes Hagstrom, Arlene (Danny) Holen, Aldis (Wayne) Pearson; sisters-in-law Karen Abrahamson and Sally Abrahamson.
Preceding him in death were his parents, siblings: Jon Albert, Edmund, and Finn Abrahamson and Alice Westra.
Tim Gudmundson, 65, of Mountain, ND passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the First Care Health Center, Park River, ND. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND..
Tim was born on March 16, 1956 to Gudmundur and Emily (Kristjanson) Gudmundson. He grew up on the family farm near Mountain, ND and spent most of his life there. He attended grade school in Mountain and graduated from Edinburg High School in 1974.
He worked at the Cavalier Air Force Station as a mail driver and for various farmers in the area. He worked at Marvin Windows in Grafton, ND for over 20 years until failing health forced him to retire. He made many good friends there.
Tim loved to hunt, to ride motorcycles, his many dogs and was an avid gun collector. He was a master storyteller and could keep friends and family laughing for hours.
He is survived by his best friend, Deborah Reilly, Brothers, Gene (Helen) of Mountain, ND; Lowell (Cecilia) of South Hadley, MA; and Eric (Kari) of Crookston, MN, 8 nieces and nephews, and 7 great nieces and nephews.
Tim was preceded in death by both of his parents.
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.
Beatrice T. Grove, age 101 of Adams, ND, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021 at the First Care Health Center of Park River.
Beatrice was born August 31, 1920 in Silvesta Township, the daughter of the late Bennie and Tilda (Bakken) Aune. She attended a one room country school and 1 year of high school. She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary and WELCA. She loved and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were her pride and joy.
She married Palmer T. Grove on May 6, 1945 at Adams, ND. They farmed from 1945 to 1976. Following their retirement they moved into Adams. They wintered in Arizona starting in 1965 and Beatrice continued until 2017.
She is survived by her son Richard and daughter Patricia, 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Mortimer and Donald Aune, sister Mae Sondreson, son-in-law Neil Hove and daughter-in-law Linda Troftgruben Grove.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Adams Mountain Lutheran Church. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at the West Adams Cemetery.