Gladys Symington was born October 15, 1924 near Pembina, ND to Otto and Mildred (Saiger) Winkler. She attended Neche Schools, graduating in1942, and Mayville State Teacher’s College. On May 28, 1943, she married Garnet Symington in Harlingen, Texas where he was first stationed during military service. After his discharge in 1945, they made their home on the family farm at Neche. Gladys was devoted to family, friends, and faith. She always supported her husband and sons and was involved in their many activities: 4-H and scouting programs, PTA, church groups, sports and music. She saw the importance of community, leadership, and commitment, and was a member of many organizations. She held officer positions numerous times through the years: Church Council, Superintendent of Sunday Schools, United Methodist Women; American Legion Auxiliary and Republican Women; Order of Eastern Star (Worthy Matron).
With an interest in local history, Gladys co-edited Proudly We Speak, Vol. I, wrote and compiled histories of the Neche Farmer’s Union Oil Co., the Neche United Methodist Church, and the Saiger family. She spent many hours at her dining room table writing letters and keeping journals, which she read in her later years and wondered how she ever found the time and energy to do all the things she did!
She took pride in her home, loved the house that she and Garnet built in Neche, enjoyed entertaining, working in the yard, and tending her gardens. She moved to Wedgewood Manor in Cavalier following shoulder replacement surgery in 2016 and was well cared for by the wonderful staff.
She is survived by her sons and their families: Garnet (Kathleen) Macon, MO, Bud, Neche, Brad (Theresa) of Neche, and Don, Ft. Pierce, FL.; grandchildren: Chad (Afton) Symington, Nathan and Madison Symington, Todd Williams, Tamy (Corey) Brown; seven great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Joyce McGuiggan, Jim (Phyllis) Winkler, Louise Menke, and sister-in-law Shirley Homme.
Preceding her in death were her parents, loving husband Garnet, daughter-in-law, Vicki, brothers George and Bob, foster sister, Betty Ann Wagner, brothers-in-law, Mandy McGuiggan and Elmer Menke, sister-in-law, Pidge (Merl) Tesmer, niece Bobbie Menke and nephew Bob McGuiggan.
Gladys Symington, 94, formerly of Neche, ND, passed away May 14, 2019 at Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, ND.
Funeral service will be held Monday, May 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Sunday, May 19th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND.
Lavonne Joyce (Untiedt) Schardin, age 70, of Grafton, ND was called to Heaven on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at St. Benedict’s Health Center in Dickinson, ND, where she was recovering from a stroke.
Lavonne Joyce Untiedt was born in Luverne, MN on March 21, 1949, the daughter of the late Paul and Bernice Untiedt. She was the third child of six. Lavonne was raised in Kanaranzi, MN and began her education in a one room school house. She got her work ethic from doing family chores on the farm. Lavonne graduated from Pipestone High School in 1967 and following graduation, she attended Pipestone Vocational School for Bookkeeping.
Lavonne was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Schardin on September 8, 1968 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pipestone, MN. The couple made their home in Lake Benton, MN. She worked as bookkeeper for the Pawnee Corporation in Pipestone, MN. In 1970, Lavonne and Bob moved to Hillsboro, ND where he began his career with Schwan’s Ice Cream. In October of 1972, the couple was blessed with their first child, Jason and then in January of 1978, they had their second child, Wayne. In February of 1978, the couple moved to Duncan, SC for Bob’s work with Schwan’s. In March of 1980, they were blessed with their youngest child, Jon. One year later, the couple decided it was time to come back to the Midwest and they settled at Holstein, IA for a few years and then later moved to Bemidji, MN and then finally made their home in Grafton, ND in 1989. It was in Grafton that Bob worked continued to work for Schwan’s and Lavonne went to work as a sales clerk for Pamida (Shopko). Lavonne enjoyed her work and especially visiting with all of the customers. She retired after 27 years.
Lavonne enjoyed many hobbies: 4H when younger, bowling, crafts, and cross stitch, but most of all her and Bob enjoyed traveling to see their family. Lavonne loved going to the Twin Cities and watching her granddaughter, Jenna play softball and volleyball and participate in many concerts with band and most recently choir. She also loved going to Wichita, KS to see her grandson, Cason celebrate his birthday. Most recently, she traveled in February to celebrate Cason’s 5th Birthday. She was looking forward to Jenna’s graduation from high school in 2020 and seeing Cason become involved in school activities.
Lavonne is survived by her three sons: Jason (DeAnn) Schardin, Brooklyn Center, MN; Wayne (Katie) Schardin, Wichita, KS; Jon Schardin, Dickinson, ND; grandchildren: Jenna Nicole and Cason Robert; siblings: Donald (Jim McKee) Untiedt, Plymouth, MN; Barbara (Alan) Spalinger, Kodiak, AK, and Patsy Kaski, Roanoke, TX; nieces and nephews: Kally (Chris) Hicks, Geoff (Rachel) Spalinger, Colin (Jen) Kaski, Amanda (Scott) Wells, Elizabeth (Rob) Venegas and Tim Unruh; several great nieces and nephews with the newest one due in June. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Jane Schardin, Slayton, MN and special aunt, Betty Mann, Luverne, MN; along with many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob on November 17, 2017; brother, Tom Untiedt on January 15, 2019; brother, Howard Untiedt; parents, Bernice and Paul Untiedt; grandparents, Freda and John Mann and Emma and Paul Untiedt; mother and father-in-law, Elizabeth and Bernard Schardin; sister-in-law, Ann Untiedt; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Lavonne will be greatly missed, but definitely loved forever. Memorial donations are welcomed, but certainly not expected.
Funeral services will be Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Grafton Lutheran Church, Grafton, ND. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may also call at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Memorial Hill Cemetery, Lake Benton, MN.
David S. Dinkel, 89, of Crystal, ND passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, ND. Memorial service will be held Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Friday at the funeral home for one hour before the time of services.
David Stanford Dinkel was born November 3, 1929 at Hoople, ND to Frank L. and Helga (Sveen) Dinkel. He moved to the Crystal area with his family where he attended school.
On December 6, 1968, David married Carol Ganyo at Grafton, ND. He farmed in the Crystal area until his retirement. David then went to work at Friendship in Grafton, where he worked for several years. Things he enjoyed were reading, gardening, and visiting with friends. He was active in the St. John Lutheran Church at Crystal.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; son, Nathan Dinkel, Crystal, ND; brother, Donald (Mary) Dinkel, Grand Forks, ND; special family friend, Steven Turner; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers: Gordon, Ralph, Stanley, and Frank; sisters: Dolly Hunter and Joy Hartje; and two siblings in infancy.
Bruce Bondy, 66, of Thief River Falls, Minnesota and formerly of Stephen, Minnesota passed away at Sanford Hospital in Fargo on Saturday, May 11, 2019, following a massive heart attack. Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed from this earth into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bruce was an amazing man whose love of God and family made him a unique and inspiring presence of joy and it is only fitting that Bruce was welcomed into heaven by his mother for Mother’s Day.
Bruce was born December 24, Christmas Eve, 1952 to loving parents Florence Myster Bondy and Gordon Kingdon Bondy, and lived in Drayton, North Dakota with his big brother Dennis and cherished sister Carol. In the summer of 1969, while attending Drayton High School, Bruce met the love of his life Cynthia (Cindy) Clark. They were married on June 25, 1976, and made their home in Stephen, Minnesota. A family soon followed, and Bruce and Cindy raised their children Geneva (Ginny) and Joshua with love and devotion.
After graduating high school, Bruce earned his A&P and commercial pilot’s license at Dakota Aero Tech and was both mechanic and pilot at Dakota Aviation in Grafton, ND. After marriage, Cindy taught school while Bruce commuted to Drayton, ND, to work at his family’s CARQUEST Auto Parts Store. He was an active member at First Lutheran Church, serving in many roles throughout the years. He also held a variety of positions in both the Masonic Lodge and Shrine Club. For 33 years in Stephen, Bruce and Cindy made life-long friends and always considered it their home. In 2002 Bruce started employment at Arctic Cat (Textron) in Thief River Falls, MN, where he made more friends and served a brand that he loved.
Bruce had a unique and genuine interest in other people, living life to the fullest, and a thirst for learning that was reflected in everything he did. A penchant for making the old new again, Bruce loved restoring countless tractors, motorcycles, and cars. He had an affinity for John Deere tractors and shared that love with many people. He enjoyed volunteering at the Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag, MN, riding Harley Davidson motorcycles & Arctic Cat snowmobiles, fishing, hunting, cooking and gardening. Special memories were created at their farm, stories were shared in front of bonfires, explorations were had across the river and more good times were had in his restored green MG, on his ATV or in his Bumpa-mobile. More than anything, however, Bruce enjoyed spending every opportunity he could with his family and sharing in their lives and interests. He showed us that a man could use his gifts to fix anything; from rebuilding a car engine to making a five-star dinner with dessert or calming a troubled mind with just a little creativity and ingenuity. He led his life with a quiet, calming presence, a patient nature, kindness towards all people and a twinkle in his eye. He mentored and inspired others by always doing the job the right way. He was a life-long learner who loved music, possessed a great sense of humor, and capped off his day’s accomplishments with a cool Miller High Life. Who he was and how he lived touched us all deeply and he will be extremely missed forever.
Bruce is survived by the greatest loves of his life, his wife Cynthia, his daughter, Geneva (Paul) Noah, Fargo, ND; and his son, Josh (Lindsay), Plymouth, MN; his precious grandchildren, Bergen, Gianna and Jude (Geneva & Paul), and Kingdon and Payton (Josh & Lindsay); Bruce is also survived by his sister, Carol Morrison, Northwood, ND; in-laws, Lilas Bondy, Thief River Falls, MN and Jami (Jeff) Nelson, Stephen, MN; as well as his treasured nieces and nephews, Brett, Blair, Brad, and Brian (Carol); Eric, Melissa and Mark (Lilas and Dennis); Megan and Chris Clark (Greg); Chelsey, Katie, Jessi and Laine Clark (Deb and Brad); Gannon and Moriah Nelson (Jami and Jeff); and many other cherished family members, friends and coworkers. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon, and Florence Bondy; parents-in-law, James and Lois Clark; brother, Dennis Bondy; and brothers-in-law, Greg and Brad Clark.
There will be a celebration of a life well-lived Friday, May 17th 2019, 2:00 pm at First Lutheran Church in Stephen, MN, during which will be an opportunity to speak if you have a desire to share how Bruce touched your life. There will also be a visitation two hours before the service to talk with the family.
Luella Ann McLaren, 91, of Grand Forks, ND, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
Luella was born May 20, 1927, in Park River, ND, the daughter of Anthony “Joe” & Ella (Scheving) Charon. She grew up and attended school in Park River.
She married Walter “Scottie” McLaren June 24, 1945 in Park River. Together they raised 4 children, living in Park River, Cooperstown, Larimore and Grand Forks.
Luella worked for the Stevenson’s and Diana Hughes Clothing stores for many years as a clerk.
She enjoyed gardening, baking, listening to country music, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She loved traveling around the US, Acapulco and Puerto Rico. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and the GF Elks and Eagles Clubs.
Luella is survived by her children, Lois Williams of Tampa, FL, Lana (Dale) Bjerstedt of River Falls, Larry McLaren of Grand Forks, WI; grandchildren, Richard Williams Jr., Lisa House, Lisa (Ron) Boles & Lucas Bjerstedt; great-grandchildren, Rory, Kalli, Angel & Holly; feline friend, Missy and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Lynda; sisters, Ida & Violet and son-in-law, Richard John Williams.
Funeral Services will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Calvary Lutheran Church with visitation one hour prior to the service in the church.
Interment will be immediately after the service at Memorial Park North Cemetery in Grand Forks, followed by a luncheon at the church.
Vernice E. DeMars, 88, of Bathgate, ND passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at her home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Brigid of Ireland Catholic Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 20th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. rosary and wake service at the church. Burial will be held in the St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery, Bathgate, ND.
Vernice E. Kukuk was born March 5, 1931 at Cavalier, ND to George and Pearl (Routley) Kukuk. She grew up in Cavalier and graduated from Cavalier High School. Vernice worked at the Cavalier Dry Cleaners after high school.
On March 29, 1951, she married Everett R. DeMars in Cavalier. After their marriage they lived and farmed in the Bathgate area. Vernice was active in the Northeastern North Dakota Heritage Association and the Pioneer Daughters. She was also a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. Auxiliaries.
She is survived by her children: Bonnie (Danny) DeMars Danielson, Bathgate, ND, Marie (Bill) Carlin, Drayton, ND, Sherry (Jim) McDonald, Cavalier, ND; grandchildren: Rachael (Paul) Snyder; Ricky (Karin) Carlin, Maria (James) Soeby, Amanda Carlin; Tiffany (Vance) Bennett, Jayme (John) Metzger; foster granddaughter, Cierra Hangsleben; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Ione Whalen; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Everett; daughter, Cindy; brothers, Ken and Orville Kukuk.
Eric Jacob Preston Corbet, age 17 of Brocket, ND, passed away on the evening of April 30, 2019.
Jake was born to Eric Corbet and Tammy Skalicky in Shelton, WA on March 4, 2002. He gained Curtis Skalicky as a second dad in 2006.
Jake was always making people smile, whether it was his friends, family, or classmates; he loved giving people a reason to laugh. He brought joy and kindness into the lives of those around him.
Jake is survived by his parents: Curtis and Tammy Skalicky, Brocket, ND; his siblings: Emma and Margee Corbet of Fargo, ND and Joseph Skalicky of Brocket, ND; his grandparents: Larry and Margaret Powell of Sequim, WA, Gerald Skalicky of Moorhead, MN, and Edna Corbet of Moorhead, MN; aunt Terra Powell, Briarwood, WA, aunt and uncle LaDonna and Dave DeLaune, Chandler, AZ and aunt and uncle Jon and Cori Powell, Tacoma, WA. He is also survived by cousins: Melaina Powell, Yakima, WA, Brett Powell, Missoula, MT, Brock Powell, Butte, MT and Alaura DeLaune, Seattle, WA. He was preceded in death by his dad Eric Corbet, his grandma Dorothy Skalicky, his grandpa Wendall Corbet and cousin Mitchell DeLaune.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lakota Lutheran Church of Lakota, ND. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. 1-800-273-8255.
Doris Biliske Otto age 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 5, 2019 at First Care Health Center in Park River, North Dakota.
Doris Margaret Carlson was born along with her twin brother, Don, on March 11, 1931 in Walhalla, North Dakota to Harry E. and Alpha (Olson) Carlson.
Doris grew up and attended grade school in Concrete, ND. She graduated from Cavalier High School and attended teacher’s college in Valley City. She taught at the Eastman country school in rural Akra for a short time.
Doris was united in marriage to Mike Bjornson in Concrete on December 24, 1950. Doris and Mike were blessed with two children, Devin and Cindy. Mike passed away from cancer in 1962. Doris soon suffered another devastating loss when young Devin drowned in 1963.
Despite her heartaches, Doris always found the joy in life and was joined in marriage to Gordon Biliske on July 1, 1963. Doris and Gordon made their home on the farm near Hensel for the next 28 years. Along with daughter Cindy, Doris and Gordon welcomed a son, Dennis, in 1967. Doris was a hard working energetic farm wife that took pride in her combine and the amount of acres that she harvested with it. In addition to her combining skills, she was a talented seamstress & cook. She made enough sandwiches, cookies, lefsa and Icelandic Vinarterta to qualify her for the Hall of Fame many times over.
With Gordon’s passing in 1992 Doris embarked on a new career working alongside her son, Dennis as an auction cashier. During this time, she was an important part of Dennis’ auction career & met hundreds of people; many that continue to ask about her decades later.
In answer to our prayers in 1996 the Lord sent an angel into our lives. On June 29, Doris & Austin (Mick) Otto of Crystal, ND were united in marriage. Austin and Doris made their home at the Hensel farm for nearly 21 years. They spent several winters in Arizona and traveled the U.S. on numerous tours. They gardened, canned and baked in commercial quantities keeping their children’s and grandchildren’s cupboards and freezers full.
In late 2015, Doris and Mick moved to Park River. They remained active attending family functions and events throughout the region. Doris made friends everywhere she went, young and old alike. Family was her greatest fulfillment and the addition of three Great Grandsons in recent years brought her great joy.
Doris is survived by her husband Mick; daughter, Cindy (Tom) Barrett of East Grand Forks, MN; son Dennis, (Sue) Biliske of Hensel, ND; grandsons: Thomas and Tyler (Nicole) Barrett, East Grand Forks and Jake Pryor, Grand Forks; great grandsons: Finn, Rhys and Tucker Barrett; sister, Betty Lesher of Cavalier, ND; sister in law, Eunice Carlson of Rockville, MD; sister in law, Eleanor Biliske of Kent, WA; sisters in law, Lorraine Schroeder and Willis Busse of Cavalier; several cousins, nieces and nephews; extended family Earl and Linda Otto; Louise Dryburgh; Margery and Garreth Kavlie; David and Tami Otto and their children and grandchildren.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Alpha Carlson; husbands, Mike Bjornson and Gordon Biliske; son, Devin Bjornson; brothers, Don and Allen Carlson; sisters in law, Jeanette Carlson and Delores (Toots) Carlson; brothers in law, Harry Lesher and Willard Biliske; and granddaughter, Chelsey Pryor.
A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 PM Friday, May 10th at the Crystal, ND United Methodist Church with a prayer service to follow. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, May 11th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, rural St. Thomas, ND.
In Lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Borg Memorial Home in Mountain, ND or the Pembina County Historical Society.
On Saturday, May 4th, 2019, John K. Dietrich, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 80. Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 8th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Cavalier. Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley, Altru Hospice, Cavalier, or Trinity United Methodist Church, Cavalier.
John was born March 8, 1939 in Drayton, ND, to John and Kathleen Dietrich. He grew up on the farm and attended school in Glasston and St. Thomas, ND. On August 6, 1961, he married Fredricka (Fritzie) Letzring. They raised their son, Michael, on the same farm that John grew up.
John proudly farmed for over 40 years and would occasionally drive buses and over-the-road trucks for friends. After retirement from farming, he enjoyed helping other farmers and friends in the area. John served in the Army as a helicopter mechanic and was a member of the local American Legion. John loved his family, loved his friends, and loved the Lord. He was a member of Glasston and Trinity United Methodist churches.
John was preceded in death by parents and two sisters: Janet and Jeanette. He is survived by his wife Fritzie, son Michael, daughter-in-law Julie, two grandsons, Evan and Daniel, his sister Donna, and nieces and nephew.
Finnbogi “Finn” Abrahamson, 90, of Akra, ND passed away to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at his home with his loved ones by his side. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Pembina County Meals and Transportation Center formerly Cavalier Senior Citizens Center in Cavalier. There will be a short service with military honors at 2:00 p.m. with an open house to follow.
Finnbogi was born on April 28, 1928 in Akra, ND, the son of Einar Olafur and Helga (Gudmundson) Abrahamson. He was a lifelong resident of Akra and proud of his Icelandic heritage and community.
Finn attended elementary school at the Akra country school. He graduated from Cavalier High School. In his early years, he looked after his mother and siblings after the death of his father. He was drafted into the Army during WWII as a Private First Class. After two years of being stationed at Churchill, Manitoba, he returned home to Akra. Finn worked as a carpenter his whole life, owning Abrahamson Brothers Construction with his two brothers, Edmond and Einar. He was well known for his knowledge of construction, fine woodworking, building many businesses and homes throughout the region.
Finn enjoyed hunting, especially “coon hunting.” Having raised and trained many fine quality black and tan coon dogs. He was a life long member of the Tongue River Masonic Lodge #22, Cavalier , and the Lavern J. Thompson American Legion Post #11, Cavalier. He donated his time and effort into the making of Icelandic State Park to which he donated the Akra Hall so everyone can have a place to go to while at the park.
He leaves his wife of 58 years, Sally (Dickison) Abrahamson; daughter, Tana Marie Abrahamson (Farron Johnson); son, Finn Edward Abrahamson (companion, Linda Jones); daughter, Kristine Helga (Kenneth) Moberg; brother, Einar Abrahamson; sisters: Agnes Hagstom, Alrlene (Danny) Holen, and Aldis (Wayne) Pearson; sister-in-law, Karen Abrahamson; grandchildren: Travis Baker (companion Lora Voigt), Randy (Tawny) Baker, Nicholas Baker, Erik (Teletha) McDonald, Lovisa (Jacob) Hammock, Finn Bogi Abrahamson, Jon Abrahamson, Tressa (Geoff) Rempel, Micheala (Ben) Burling, Joseph Beaudoin (companion Kenzi Griffith), Emma (Kurtis) Silvernail;
Preceding him in death were parents, younger brothers, Jon Albert and Edmond; and sister, Alice Westra.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Icelandic State Park to honor his vision for the love of the park.
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