On Saturday, May 15, 2021 Betty Bonaime, loving wife and mother of six children passed away at the age of 89.
Betty was born on March 22, 1932 in Walhalla, ND to Vernon and Louise Styles. On October 7, 1948, she married Raymond Bonaime. They had a good marriage and a happy family life. They raised four sons, Michael, Larry, David and James, and two daughters, Tina and LuAnne. She was an independent and caring woman. Her husband worked away from home. She took care of the family and the household on her own while he was away. She was the local Avon lady for many years. In their later years they lived in Montana. When her husband retired, they moved back to ND. She lived with James for 10 years after her husband died. She moved to Indiana and lived with Tina for over 2 years.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond and her son, Larry, also her Mom and Dad, her brother, Artie Styles and her sister, Pat LaPorte.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.at St. Nereus and Achilles Catholic Church in Neche, ND. Visitation will be at the church from 12:00 noon until the time of services.
Benjamin O. “Bennie” Langerud Jr., age 83 of Hoople, ND passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021 at the Park River Good Samaritan Center.
Bennie was born May 27, 1937 in Hoople, ND the son of the late Benjamin O. "Oliver" and Helen (Johnson) Langerud. He attended rural school near Hoople. Following his education he was united in marriage to Ileen Windingland on June 14, 1955 in Hoople. The couple made their home between Hoople and Edinburg where he worked for Hall’s Potato Company until 1959. Bennie attended a meat cutting school in Toledo, OH in 1960. He returned to Edinburg where he operated the Edinburg Locker Plant with Bud Langerud. He moved back to Hoople in 1969 and owned and operated Langerud’s Fairway Grocery. In 1972 he built and operated the Langerud Drive-Inn with his mother Helen until 1976. He later sold insurance and organic fertilizer. He later went to work for Korner Grocery as the meat manager until his health forced him to retire in 2019.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Hoople where he had served on the church council. He served on the Edinburg School Board, Hoople Swimming Pool Board, & Park River Bible Camp Board. He was instrumental in starting the Annual Lutefisk benefit and served on that committee for 43 years and the Pancake benefit for 40 years. He was also a member of the Hoople Ambulance. He served as a rural mail carrier for a time as well.
Bennie is survived by his children: Debbie Langerud Metzgar, Des Moines, IA; Bruce (Karen), Gardar, ND; Vincent (Wanda), East Grand Forks, MN; Scott (Heidi), Worthington, MN; Tim (Shelli), Bismarck, ND; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Susan Weaver Kennelly and brother, Ronald Langerud.
Memorial services will be Friday, May 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church of Hoople, ND. Visitation will be Friday for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Edinburg, ND.
David Blomquist went home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 7th, 2021 surrounded by his loving wife and children after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
David was born to Albin and Una Blomquist in Edmore, ND on September 1st, 1942. He grew up on the family farm near Edmore and enjoyed many adventures with his siblings and cousins. David graduated from Edmore High School and continued his education at Devil's Lake Junior College, he then transferred to Mayville State University and completed his teaching degrees for Math and Science. He later completed his master's degree at the University of North Dakota.
David married Terrill Levang in Adams, North Dakota on June 27th 1965. Together they made their home in Pembina North Dakota and raised their three children there. David taught at the high school for nine years. He worked during the Summers for the United States Customs Service during his teaching years and later joined full time with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service stationed at the Pembina and Noyes Ports of entry. He later transferred to the Neche Port of Entry where he served many years and finished his career as Port Director of the Neche Port of Entry in total he served 33 years in government service. David received many awards and commendations for his service and in his usual humble manner he would place them in a drawer and never speak of them. David served his community throughout his life spending many years as the Pembina Public School Board Treasurer and later as the treasurer of the Pembina Cemetery Board. David served his church as a teacher, elder, treasurer and church chairman.
David enjoyed spending time with his family, children and grandchildren along with fishing, reading and gardening but what he really enjoyed was being able to teach from God's word. David had that ability to teach to any age group, he taught children as young as first grade and he was able to teach senior saints and all age groups in between. He was a man of the word and he enjoyed helping others to be able to understand what the word had to say. He was a true lifelong teacher.
David is survived by his wife Terrill, three children, Patti (David) Kerlin, Jeffrey (Pam) Blomquist and Steven (Alyssa) Blomquist, nine grandchildren (Patti) Lenaya, Chris, Jesse, Ashton (Jeffrey) Sarah, Hannah, Rachel (Steven) Alexander and Vivian and one great grandchild (Chris) Elle, his brother Philip (Virginia) Blomquist and sisters Eunice Nelson and Linda (John) Murphy. He was preceded in death by his grandparents John and Thea Blomquist and Palmer and Emma Overbye, his parents Albin and Una (Overbye) Blomquist his brother Alan (Phyllis) Blomquist and Sister Eleanor Paulson/Baker.
Funeral service will be held Friday, May 14, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Pembina Evangelical Free Church, Pembina, ND. A visitation of family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the church. The service on Friday will be webcast at www.facebook.com/pembinaefreechurch
Barbara K. Dahlen, 68, peacefully passed away on May 7th, 2021 at First Care hospital in Park River, ND surrounded by her family.
According to stories told in our family Barbara Kay Charbonneau entered this world on June 6th, 1952 on a star filled night to her parents Ovila and Marion Charbonneau in Olga, ND. When Ovila went to announce Barbara’s birth he told the older children “we have a little Brown Bear” and the name has stuck with her throughout life. Barbara was one of 23 children and growing up the kids had chores, but she soon learned if she read a book she did not have to help with chores so reading became her passion. Though she was born and spent her early childhood in Olga, North Dakota she received her elementary and secondary education far, far from home, at a mission boarding school in South Dakota. When it was time to go to college Barbara was not going to be left out, so she caught a ride to Devils Lake and went in to register for college classes. She was told she needed a high school transcript which she did not have so she went to the high school and took her GED test on the spot, passed, and went back and signed up for courses. When she graduated in 1974 with her LPN she met the love of her life David G. Dahlen and fell in love with his sparkling blue eyes.
They were united in marriage on November 28, 1975. This was the day after Thanksgiving and was forever known as their anniversary date. From this union, they had three children Jencie Kay, Sarah Jo, and John (Casey). Earlier in their marriage they lived various places throughout the Midwest until they settled in Park River, ND in the 1980s. She worked many places in the Park River area including the Park River Good Samarian home, The State School (Grafton), St. Ansgar’s in Park River. At this time, she supported her husband starting his Plumbing/Heating business and pursued her RN degree. This was a big feat during this time to be a working mother, raising children, and pursing education but between her strong will and David’s support it was a goal. This was the beginning of her love for education and a passion for encouraging others to pursue their dreams whether it was family, friends, or a random stranger she started to talk to, as we all know Barb has the gift of gab.
As a young adult, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and was recruited by the University of North Dakota (UND) to develop the innovative Recruitment and Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN) Program. During this time, her heart became heavily burdened over the self-destructive behaviors of some of the American Indian nursing students, particularly those whose parents had been traumatized by boarding school experiences. In 1994, she became one of the first three American Indians to graduate with an MSN at UND. While working on her master’s degree thesis which focused on the role of hope in the retention of American Indians into nursing, she developed the Dream Catcher-Medicine Wheel, a culturally relevant research methodology for use among American Plains Indians. This innovative methodology evolved into one of the distinguishing features of her research into historical trauma among boarding school survivors as she went on to earn a doctorate from Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Boca Raton—an accomplishment that distinguished her as the 15th American Indian in the US to earn a PhD in nursing.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Charbonneau-Dahlen has committed her life to active involvement in increasing public awareness of the suffering endured by mission boarding school survivors during their formative childhood years and the ongoing effects of that trauma reaching across generations. She has conducted professional and lay presentations regarding this issue to bring awareness to the public and has been featured in the legislature and news media of South Dakota for her efforts to revise laws barring boarding school victims of abuse from seeking social justice. She was a part of the organization 9littlegirls which advocates for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, primarily abuse endured in American Indian boarding school. Barbara was currently a tenured associate professor of nursing at Minnesota State University Mankato as she loved teaching. Barbara was very proud of her research and has written many articles and has been published several times in many nursing journals. Barbara often downplayed her amazing talents, but she touched many in their journeys in life. Barbara was recently gifted her Native name “Woksape Yunayewichayapi Win” which translates from Lakota to “Woman who shared knowledge to all”. Barbara had no barriers and loved all, and this name suited her even if it came from another tribe than her roots as she spent much of her youth in SD and her many years of recruiting American Indian students to the RAIN program at UND. Barbara had many names in life from Brown Bear, KayKay, Barbie, Barb, Mom, Mommy, Ma, Sunshine, Gramma, Dr. Dahlen, and now Woksape Yunayewichayapi Win. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandma, friend, nurse, and educator, she will be missed by many.
She is survived by her children: Jencie Dahlen of Sisseton SD, Sarah (Stephen Sharpe) Dahlen of East Grand Forks and Casey (Grace Peterson) Dahlen of Park River. Grandchildren Max Dahlen (Jencie), Remington, Weston, Finn, and MaKya (Casey & Grace) along with Drusilla and Jo Etta (Sarah & Stephen). She is survived by Sisters: Roberta (David) Bearinger, JoAnn (Richard) Braget, Mary Lou Byron, Gerri Dubourt, Francine (Orin) Soli, Laurette Johnson, Pat Charbonneau, Geneva Gustafson, and Theresa Malone. Brother: Larry (Jean) Charbonneau. Brothers in law Duane Aamot, Bill (Mary) Dahlen, and Dan (Nola) Dahlen, Sister-in-law Estelle Carrier, and special best friend/sister Myrna Olson, and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years David Dahlen, parents Ovila and Marion Charbonneau, Father/Mother-in-law Leonard and Drusilla Dahlen, Sisters: Louise Aamot, Myrtle Carrier, Elaine Carrier, Juanita (Thord) Finnson, Gloria (Bob) Bednar, Lorraine (Teddy) Beauchamp, Brothers: Wayne Charbonneau, Raymond Charbonneau, Ernest Carrier, Eli (Irene) Carrier, Donald (Evelyn) Charbonneau, Damus (Jean) Charbonneau, Brothers in law: Leon Dubourt, Jerry Byron, Norman Gustafson, Melvin Johnson, and Bob Malone. Special best friend/sister Mary Lou Freyholtz.
Barbara always had a passion for Nursing and education, in lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Park River Ambulance or given to family as we plan to set up a Barbara Dahlen scholarship. You can make the donation to whichever child you feel comfortable with (Jencie, Sarah, or John (Casey) Dahlen) and send it to 210 Park Ave N Park River, ND 58270. Us children are so proud of her legacy and each one of us obtained our degrees which mother was so proud of and loved to brag about her children and grandchildren.
There will be an open house at Tollefson funeral home May 14th at 1pm to 2pm, with a family memorial service from 2pm -3pm, and 3pm there will be a graveside memorial at Memorial Park Cemetery in Park River. If you would like to bring a lawn chair to the outdoor memorial service, it would acceptable. Masks are encouraged and follow social distancing when together.
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