Inga McDonald (update)
Ingeborg (Inga) Hallgerdur McDonald age 105 passed away on Saturday March 4, 2023 at the Pembilier Nursing Center in Walhalla, ND. Celebration of Life will be held Friday, May 26, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at the Vidalin Lutheran Church, rural Hensel, ND. Visitation will be held one hour before services at the church.
Inga was born December 15, 1917, to George and Thorstina (Gunlogson) Austfjord in Akra North Dakota. She was the 7th of ten children with included her siblings Allie, Sigrid, Bertha, Sophie, Christine, Ed, Bill, Sig, and Mike.
Inga attended school in Akra and continued her education in Cavalier North Dakota where she graduated from high school in 1936. She worked in the Cavalier and Walhalla area up until 1943, when she purchased the cafe and bar in Walhalla North Dakota.
Inga also raised sheep and potatoes with her father George. Inga was a forward-thinking woman which led to many successes in her life. With her success she was a very generous and giving person.
Inga traveled to Seattle Washington where she met John McDonald at a dance. This Scotsman swept the Icela
nder off her feet.
Inga and John were married August 13th 1946. They were married for 67 years. Inga and John had two children. Heather and John Rock McDonald. They also had Paul Sproule a special nephew.
Throughout her years Inga has owned and operated the Variety Store in Cavalier ND, The Owl bar in Grand Forks ND, The Highlander on and off sale in Grand Forks ND, and McDonalds Bar in Walhalla ND.
Inga and John also farmed in Pembina County and Cavalier County along with their son.
Inga was a business owner for 70 years along with the help of her children and grandchildren. Inga enjoyed going to auction sales, keeping up on current events, Queen Elizabeth and the Royal family, and an animal lover. Inga enjoyed her family especially the little ones.
Inga is survived by her children Heather McDonald, John Rock (Lynn) McDonald both of Walhalla ND. Grandchildren: Kristina (Mark) Halverson, Sophia (Darrick) Herman, Sarah (Justin) Price, Megan (Michael) Faller, Samantha (Kyle) Novak, and Madyson McDonald,10 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, and siblings.
Ritchie Arens, 69, of Langdon, ND, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon.
Ritchie was born March 6, 1954, in Langdon, ND, to Jake and Florence (Sheltrau) Arens. He grew up on a farm west of Langdon and graduated from Langdon High School in 1972. He worked as a farmhand before beginning his career as a heavy equipment operator for Mikkelsen Brothers, which he did for more than 30 years until his retirement in 2018 due to health complications.. He was very proud of the projects he worked on and often received compliments regarding the quality of his cork from community members. Ritchie and Debra Mondor were united in marriage in 1978. They had three children together. Ritchie enjoyed bowling in his younger days and woodworking, baking, canning, and tending to his vegetable garden once the kids were grown. He loved living on the farm and enjoyed when family and friends would stop out to visit with him. He was a member of the Eagles Aerie #3454.
Surviving Ritchie are his children: Timothy (Nicole Thom-Arens) of Fargo, ND, and Tiffany (Jeremy) Pritchard of Langdon; son-in-law Trent Peterson of Langdon; grandchildren: Drew, Abby, Liam, and Mason; and siblings: Ray (Chelta), Kenneth (Deb), Janet (Dan) Harrington, Betty Anderson, Dale (Renee), Doris (Tom) Lill; brother-in-law Kenny Del Real; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Tonya Peterson, brother Donald, and sister Judy Del Real.
A graveside memorial service for Ritchie will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Bethel Cemetery, rural Langdon. Please feel free to bring a lawn chair to the service.
Albert Schill, 85, of Langdon, ND, passed away May 17, 2023, at Langdon Prairie Health in Langdon, ND.
Albert was born December 19, 1937, near Mt. Carmel, ND, to Leo and Eva (Wilhelmi) Schill. He grew up and attended school in the Mt. Carmel area. Albert married Gayle Amble on May 29, 1965, in St. John, ND. Albert farmed and did custom harvesting for many years, retiring in 2002. He and Gayle continued living on the farm until 2013 when they moved in to Langdon. Albert enjoyed going for drives and ‘window’ farming, taking trips to the casino, and visiting friends and family.
Surviving Albert are his wife, Gayle, of Langdon; brother Darrell (Barb) Schill of Langdon; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service for Albert will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for any memorials to be sent in Albert’s name to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Rose Lynne Miller
Rose Lynne “Rosie” Miller, age 79 of Fordville, ND passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at First Care Health Center of Park River, with her daughter by her side.
Rose Lynne Beetz was born on July 17, 1943 to the late Edward and Merrie Constance (Williams) Beetz in Grafton, ND. Rose Lynne’s childhood started in Fargo where she attended 1st grade at Roosevelt School. She and her family moved to Fordville, ND, where she graduated from Fordville High School in 1961. Rosie was active in music and chorus. She participated in state music contests and Presbyterian church choir.
Rose Lynne and Robert D. Miller were united in marriage in 1961 in East Grand Forks, MN. They made their home on the family farm, where they raised four children and farmed with her father-in-law, Dean and brother-in-law, Jim. Rosie helped with everything from tending the cattle to driving the grain truck. She was an incredible wife, mother and caregiver. Following the “women’s movement”, Rosie began her career in 1981 with the Good Samaritan Society of Park River as a nurse’s assistant and later as a Restorative Aid. She loved her work and retired in 2013, after passionately serving 32 years. She was honored in 1986 with the National Shorthorn Lassie of the Year award and the Farm Woman of the Year.
Rosie was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Fordville, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a member of the Fordville Curling Club, Homemaker’s Club, Order of the Eastern Star, Garden Club, and Book Club. Rosie loved spending time at the cabin on White Earth Lake with family and friends. She enjoyed gardening, birdwatching, sewing, reading, and exchanging books with friends. She was incredibly musical, singing for numerous funerals, musicals, and area choirs. Rosie loved music. This was very evident when the three sisters would get together. Sooner or later, they were going to break out into song.
Rosie is survived by her children: Roberta (Gene) Francis, Adams, ND and Philip (Marilyn) Miller, Devils Lake, ND; daughter-in-law: Joan Miller Leas (Jarrett Leas); grandchildren: Crosley Zahradka, Riley Francis, Phoebe Francis, Maris and Emmitt Miller; great grandchildren: Kellen Zahradka and Florence Silewski; sisters: Daphne (Bob) Sobolik, Fordville, ND and Ann (Dennis) Molenaar, White Earth Lake, MN; sisters and brother-in-law: Jim (Joan) Miller, Linda Larson (Gary), many nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, beloved children: Ian and Lisa; son-in-law, Marvin Montgomery; grandson-in-law Nathan Zahradka, and in-laws, Dean and Eleanor Miller.
Memorial Services will be Monday, May 22, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. at the Federated Church of Park River. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Fordville, North Dakota.
Evelyn Dietrich (Updated)
Evelyn Dietrich, 98, of Crystal, ND, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at Wedgewood Manor in Cavalier. Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 13, 2023 with lunch being served at the Crystal Fire Hall Community Center from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Evelyn Ruth Johnson was born October 1, 1924, to Lewelyn and Myrna (Whitney) Johnson. On January 24, 1944, Evelyn married Clifford Onstad. Together they had three children: Linda, Judy, and Jerry.
Evelyn loved to cook and bake. She enjoyed entertaining friends and relatives. She especially liked seeing her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Ev also enjoyed gardening, crochet, and embroidery.
In 1961 and 1962, Ev decided to go to beauty school in Fargo. She lived with her niece, Marlene (Greenwood) Bakken, Marlene’s husband Randy and their two sons Scott and Todd. After Ev graduated , she worked in Cavalier until she received her license. Cliff and Ev had a beauty shop built onto their home.
Ev married Louis Dietrich in 1975. They had a building brought in to set on Louis’s property. She worked in that beauty shop until she was 92. She went to live with her daughter, Linda on November 1, 2018 and on January 27, 2023, went to live at Wedgewood Manor.
Evelyn is survived by her daughters: Linda Ranisate, Crystal, ND, Judy (Fred) Hofmann, Silverton, Idaho, and stepson, Gary (Peggy) Dietrich, grandchildren: Rick (Allison) Ranisate, Chris (Jane) Ranisate, Shelly (Monday) Osagie, Jon (Brenda) Haug, JoAnn (Harice) Nailon, Judell (Joe) Marroquin, Penny Dietrich, eight great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, siblings: Vivian (Paul) Thomas, Luella (Peck) Peckanpaugh, Louis (Ragna) Johnson, husband, Cliff Onstad, son, Jerry Onstad, son-in-law, James Ranisate, husband, Louis Dietrich, step children: Dennis, Carol, James, and Tracy.
Judy Cook July 23, 1951 — May 6, 2023 Walhalla Judy Cook, 71, of Walhalla, ND passed away May 6, 2023 at Pembina County Memorial Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, May 12, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023, from 6:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at the church.
Al Johnson, 62, of Walhalla, ND, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2023 in Phoenix, AZ. Funeral service will be held Friday, May 12, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Walhalla Lutheran Church, Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the church.
Al Russel Johnson was born March 5, 1961 to Bert and Betty (Patterson) Johnson and grew up in Walhalla, ND. He was the only son sandwiched between an older sister, Lynnell, and twin sisters, Sandy and Susie, 17 months his junior. Al’s childhood was spent with cousins, night yard games, bike rides to the swimming pool, exploring the river bottom, and racing around on his mini bikes. He was a very active child and often gave Betty a scare or two. Al was a risk taker, an adventure seeker, and loved pushing to the edge. He could always be found right in the middle of the adventure, some good and some bad. There was a time in 8th grade when Al had broken his leg, but this didn’t slow him down, a week later while out trick or treating he broke the other one. This meant both legs in casts at the same time. Betty always said, and you can confirm it with her prayer partners, she spent a lot of time on her knees for Al. Betty was a woman of faith and taught Al at a young age about the Lord, something that never departed from Al’s heart even during the many trials of his life.
Al graduated from Walhalla HS where he participated in basketball, football and track. On weekends he would ski out at Frost Fire Mountain. He was very active and enjoyed team sports. He was chosen to play in the Shrine All Star football game the summer after graduation and continued playing football at Dickinson State that fall. After spending two years in Dickinson, Al returned home to Walhalla to farm with his father, Bert Johnson.
Al put down deep roots in Walhalla. He married Kim Susag in 1989 and they started a family. The Lord blessed them with three healthy children: Max Bert, Sam Al, and Tess Michelle. The children were a beautiful addition to Al’s life and they brought him great joy over the years. Al always dreamed of one day working side by side with his boys, a dream that did come true. Al was equally pleased when after Tess grew up, she moved back to the area working in the family bank under the charter that Grandpa Bert had acquired. Life had come full circle.
Over the next 30 years, Al worked hard and immersed himself in the family business of Johnson Farms, with his dad and Uncle Lyle. The farm was his life. His beginning role was out in the fields working the land, interacting with the other workers, checking potato bins, loading rail cars, cultivating, planting, fertilizing, harvesting, trucking, and enjoying being outside and busy. As time progressed, Al did more shipping and selling of the crop. He was on the board at the Walhalla Grain Elevator. After his father, Bert, passed away, Al began an additional farming operation with his cousin Kenny Johnson.
Al raised horses and loved to ride. He loved fishing but a busy life allowed for very little time off. Al was on the church Council of the Walhalla Presbyterian Church, where his great-grandfather Pastor Davidson was on the pulpit for many years.
Al is survived by: Sam Johnson, Walhalla, ND, Tess (David) Smiley, Grand Forks, ND; Grandchildren Toby and Ty Johnson (father Max), Kane Smiley (mother Tess); three sisters: Lynnell (Rod) Stegman, Sandy (Tim) Crary, Susie (Paul) Sproule; Significant other: Angie George; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his son Max Johnson, his parents Bert and Betty Johnson, and his children’s mother Kim Susag Johnson.
Please direct memorials to Walhalla Presbyterian Church.
Eugene E. Marcotte
Eugene Marcotte, 90, of Langdon, ND, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
Eugene Emil was born December 27, 1932, to Telesphore and Marie Laure Marcotte. He was the second youngest of 10 children. As a French speaking youngster, he attended three different country schools and was challenged to learn English along with his 3 R’s. Gene later completed high school at St. Alphonsus in Langdon. Eugene and Theresa (Schuler) were married on October 25, 1956. Theirs was a very loving marriage of 66 years, which the devotion to each other was obvious every day. The couple was blessed with four children. The youngest must have been quite a surprise being nine years later than the last!
This man was truly a handy man, capable of doing everything around the house and outside of it. His earliest work was being a gas station attendant for Elmer Knutson and Hart Hansen for six years. With those humble beginnings, he later went on to becoming a lineman for Cavalier Rural Electric Cooperative. Gene was truly a local hero, working all hours of the day and through everything North Dakota weather can throw out, to keep the power on for everyone. He dedicated over 32 years to the Coop and still could not officially hang up his hat until after he worked helping-out the summers of 1997-2000.
Affectionately known as “Pa Carrot” by his son’s college roommates, he grew a bountiful garden each year. An additional fridge was devoted to only carrots, and prize produce was shared throughout the area. Carrot bars made by his lovely wife were especially coveted.
Eugene loved fixing things, especially automotive vehicles. One such vehicle was an abandoned 1941 Allis-Chalmers tractor that was dragged out of a tree row with a relative’s blessing. The others were a 1941 Ford Business Coupe and a 1965 Chevy Pickup, which he restored. All brought much pride and joy, especially when he drove them in parades - much to the grandkids’ delight. Gene also enjoyed camping and fishing with family members and passing on the love of such to them.
Eugene is survived by his wife, Theresa, of Langdon, ND; son Gerald (Robin) Marcotte; daughter Connie (Keith) Balsdon; daughter Bernice (Roger) Kram; son Kevin (Diane) Marcotte; brother Ovide (Verna) Marcotte; grandchildren: Wade (Cami) Marcotte, Melissa (Ivan) Anheluk, Kaila (Kyle) Rollness, Justin Balsdon, Wyatt (Katie) Kram, Lindsey (Andrew) Balsdon, Nathan Marcotte, Aleasha Marcotte, and Kyle Marcotte; and nine great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Telesphore and Marie Laure Marcotte, and siblings: Edna (Clarence) Dalzell, Cecile (Odell) Robillard, Anna (George) Chaput, Theresa (Morris) Robillard, Laurette (James) Zettel, Juliette (Harold) Dietz, and infant brothers Leo and Marcel.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon, ND. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Wednesday, May 10 at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND.
Thomas M. Johnson
Thomas M. Johnson, age 68 of Park River, ND passed away on Monday, May 1, 2023 at the Sanford Hospital of Fargo, ND.
Thomas Johnson was born July 25, 1954 in Detroit Lakes, MN, the son of the late Carl T. and Marjorie (Nelson) Johnson. He grew up and attended school in Lake Park, graduating from Lake Park High School. He then attended the University of Minnesota Waseca graduating with a degree in Soils. He was captain of his college football team. He started working as an agronomist in Drayton, ND where he met his wife. He was united in marriage to Anita Dunford on April 8, 1978 in Lake Park, MN. They moved to Ladysmith, WI and then returned to Lake Park, MN. Tom spent time recovering from an anhydrous accident before settling in Park River, ND in 1982. There he worked as the Manager for the Agronomy Dept. for the local Coop followed by being the Manager for Terra and later Cenex Harvest States agronomy locations until his health forced him to retire in 2007.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing sports, riding his motorcycle and four-wheeler and spending time with family and friends. He was honored to have had the opportunity to travel to Amsterdam, Holland; Kiev, Ukraine; Moscow, Russia and Shortandy, Kazakhstan with Keith Johnson of Dupont on an` International Agricultural Symposium. He was also very honored to have signed as the witness for his son’s marriage to Christina on April 14, 2023.
The family would like to give a very special “THANK YOU” to Dr. Johnson, Tammy Clemetson and all the nurses and employees of both the hospital and clinic for all they have done for Tom over the years! He always received excellent care and was a very spoiled patient.
Tom is survived by his wife Anita, Park River, ND; children Erica Johnson and Brett (Christina) Johnson, both of Thief River Falls, MN; granddaughter Leonna Johnson; brother Ted (Pam) Johnson, Red Wing, MN; and a brother from another mother, Paul (Shirley) Rustad, Fargo, ND. He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws Tom and Betty Dunford and 2 brother-in-laws, Doug Dunford and Rod Puppe.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 from 5-7 PM at the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Park River. A prayer service will follow at 7:00 PM at the church. Another visitation will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at Lake Park Lutheran Church of Lake Park, MN.
Ross T. Anderson
Ross Anderson, age 79, of Grafton, ND passed away on April 28th, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family and listening to John Denver. Ross was born on September 17th, 1943 in Grafton, the son of the late Earl and Ione (Midgarden) Anderson. He was baptized, confirmed, and a lifelong member of South Trinity Lutheran Church.
He attended grade school at Sinkler country school and graduated from the Walsh County Ag School in Park River in 1961. Following high school, he graduated from the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND in the printing program (he always said he chose printing because the line for farming was too long).
After graduating, he started his own printing business, Anderson Printing Company, in Janesville, WI. While in Wisconsin, he met Colleen Brady and they were married at the Church By the Side of the Road in Rockton, IL on April 21st, 1979. Ross made many lifelong friends during his time in Wisconsin including the Sunny Slope School House gang.
He returned to Walsh County in 1981 to join his father and brother on the family farm to raise seed potatoes, sugarbeets, and grain. In addition to farming, he and Colleen owned Valley Farm Toys and traveled the region selling farm toys and making many friends along the way.
Ross was always up for a good time whether it was an ice fishing trip, catching up with friends at the Legion, attending Saturday “board meetings” at JR’s in Oakwood, or camping at Larimore Dam.
Football was an event that brought his family together whether it was cheering on the Green Bay Packers, at home, as an official shareholder, trips to Lambeau Field, or a road trip to Frisco, TX to cheer on the North Dakota State Bison.
He was happiest around a campfire surrounded by family and friends with a cooler by his side.
In recent years, he loved keeping busy in the yard, going for coffee with the guys at Nash Grain, spending time with his six grandchildren, and going for a ride with Colleen.
A special memory of his was taking his 89 year-old mother to Norway in 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen, Grafton, ND; children: Shelly Anderson (David Wickert), Stone Mountain, GA, Melissa (Matthew) Oppegard, Park River, ND, Lindsey Anderson, St. Thomas, ND, Megan (Davis) Thompson, Park River, ND; grandchildren: Shelby and Carter Wickert, Ellie, Myla, and Jude Thompson, and Adelyn Oppegard; sister: Genell (Wayne) Jallo, Fordville, ND; many in-laws, nieces and nephews, and cousins. Ross was preceded in death by his parents, brother Vance, mother and father-in-law, and aunts and uncles.
The family would like to thank First Care Health Center of Park River and Hospice of the Red River Valley and would appreciate memorials given to those organizations in lieu of flowers.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 10:30 A.M. at the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Park River. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at South Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, rural Grafton, at a later date. The service will be live streamed on the Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Facebook page.
An online guestbook is available at www.tollefsonfuneralhome.com
The Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton is in charge of the arrangements.
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