Terri Ann Leddige, 71, of Emerado, passed away on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Terri was born June 16, 1950, in Oakes, ND, the oldest daughter of Tom & Lee (Klipful) Bjornstad. Her parents owned and operated Bjornstad cafe, laundry mat and later a woman's fashion store named after his girls, Terri Lee Fashion. After winning the title of homecoming queen, she graduated from Oakes High School in 1968. She continued her education at NDSU with a degree in textiles and after graduating in 1972 she made her way up to Grand Forks. Most remember her from her time at Stevenson's & Braun's in the Columbia Mall where she helped numerous husbands pick out the perfect outfit for his wife. All you had to say was you were so and so's husband and you were out the door package in hand. She later switched out clothes for money becoming the vault teller at US Bank. She enjoyed all of her customers and helping anyway she could. She finally retired in 2016 so she could spend more quality time with her husband, daughter and grandchildren.
Terri married the love of her life, David Leddige, on October 12, 1974. They recently celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary. Dave & Terri settled on his family's farm in rural Emerado and were blessed with one daughter, Kylie. "Mother" as Dave loved to call her, enjoyed the farm life, often helping in the field, gardening and eventually loving the pool she argued for years she didn't want. She enjoyed hosting family and friends and everyone often commented about how at home she made you feel. You were always met at the door with a smile and she would stand outside waving as you drove off. She was the BEST mom but she truly found her calling with the title, Grandma, to Rylan & Rylee. Terri's love of flamingos trickled down to her grandson. They would be found "planting" them on Good Friday, finding the perfect spots for them around the pool and flower beds or searching for the perfect new "mingo".
Terri is survived by her husband, Dave; daughter, Kylie (Todd) Tanke of Grafton; grandchildren, Rylan & Rylee; brother, Tom (Mary) Bjornstad of Oakes; sister, Toni (Brent) Ptacek of Oakes; sisters-in-law, Shelly Leddige and LaRae Leddige of Grand Forks; brother-in-law, Mike (Linda) Leddige of Beaverton, OR and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Tom & Lee; parents-in-law, Earl & Maxine (McGrath) Leddige; numerous aunts & uncles.
Funeral Services will be on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Amundson Funeral Home, 2975 S 42nd St. Grand Forks, ND, with visitation/family greeting from 9:30-11:00 a.m. prior to the service.
Interment at Bellvue East Cemetery in Larimore, ND.
The world lost a beloved mother Janet Jacqueline (Radke) Burns on November 23, from Covid. Janet was born February 1, 1939 in Grafton to Theodore August Radke and Margaret Hjortun (Samuelson) Radke of Crystal ND. She lived and went to school in Crystal until the age of fifteen, when tragedy took her father in a hunting accident. Janet and her mother then moved to Grafton until she graduated from high school in 1957. She attended Mayville College. She was united in marriage to Michael Kiley in 1957. In 1976 Janet married Teddy Burns, Teddy past away in 1983. Janet often remarked her children and grandchildren were her greatest treasures, she showered them with love and positivity at every opportunity.
Janet loved the Lord, and his people. Her joy and laughter were infectious. Janet spent countless hours at the Pregnancy Help Center and the Saint Gianna’s Home, spreading Gods love to all.
Janet is survived by her children, Margaret (Tony) Torsu, Michelle Colson, Melissa (Greg) Andreen, Michael (Dianne) Kiley. Grandchildren; Elizabeth Grover, Heather Dumas, Rebecca Burkham, Andrew Coryell, Adam Johnson, Ryan Brown, Kyle Votava, Zakk Kiley and 14 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her beautiful life will be Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. at the Grafton Assembly of God Church, Grafton, ND. Visitation will be Monday from 4-7 with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the church. Friends may also at the church on Tuesday for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Crystal Memorial Cemetery, Crystal, ND.
In lieu of flowers the family would prefer memorials to the Pregnancy Help Center in Park River or St. Gianna’s Home in Warsaw, ND.
Edward Kuchar, 89, of Fairdale, ND, passed away November 12, 2021, at his home.
Edward John Kuchar was born December 9, 1931, to Stanley and Mary (Karsky) Kuchar on the home farm north of Edmore, ND. He attended Highland School and then spent the rest of his life devoted to farming. Starting at the age of 16, Ed farmed the family land, and after he ‘retired’, he continued to work at the Fairdale Elevator and helped local farmers during harvest. On October 8, 1993, Ed married Grace (Monson) Samson in Devils Lake, ND. Ed retired from farming in 1993 and moved from the home farm to Fairdale where he and Grace still resided.
Ed enjoyed repairing machinery and was innovative at doing home repairs. He also liked to go fishing, especially his trips up to Canada. Ed was an accomplished curler, and he and his team won four state senior men’s curling championships. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, was a past member of the Farmers Union board, and was township treasurer for many years. He was very active in St. Edward’s Church, including being a reader, serving as treasurer, helping with the cemetery, or doing maintenance at the church. Ed was also the mayor of Fairdale for 25 years.
Surviving Ed are his wife, Grace, of Fairdale, ND; siblings: Stanley Kuchar, Mary Warvin, George Kuchar, Jim Kuchar, Pat (Jonathan) Connelly; sisters-in-law Vivian Kuchar and Jessie Kuchar; many cherished nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; step-children: Mark & Kelly Johnson, Darcy & Dave Jeffrey, Joette & Ken Zola, Trent & Fiona Samson; his beloved grandchildren: Jer & Betsey Johnson, Chelsey & Chris Lewis, Jake & Kristen Johnson, Ian & Isaac Jeffrey, Jess & Nate Zola, Ilsa, Laryn & Eliana Samson; and great-grandchildren: Ezra Johnson and Henry & Chuck Lewis. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister & brother-in-law Fran and Ernie Swanson, and brothers John and Laddie.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Nekoma, ND. Inurnment will be at St. Edward’s Cemetery in Nekoma, ND, followed by a life celebration at the Pain Reliever.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent in Ed’s name to St. Edward’s Cemetery, Juvenile Diabetes Association, or the Fairdale Park.
Debra L. Pfannsmith, age 64 of Fordville, North Dakota passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at her home in Fordville.
Debra L. Senf was born June 12, 1957 at St. Ansgar’s Hospital, Moorhead, MN, the daughter of Leon and Carmen (Hoff) Senf. She graduated from Fordville High School in 1975. Debra was united in marriage in 1975 to Dale Sluke. The couple lived in Wahpeton and after several years in the Fargo area, they moved to Fordville. Debra was united in marriage to Clyde Pfannsmith on July 14, 1990 in Fordville, ND. The couple made their home in Fordville. Clyde passed away on January 31, 2014.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Debra liked to be the life of the party and could strike up a conversation with anyone. She loved cooking, fishing, hunting and spending time at the lake.
Debra is survived by her parents, Leon and Carmen Senf, Fargo, ND; children: Deanne Sluke, West Fargo, ND; Dustin Sluke, Fordville, ND; granddaughter, Jolynn Trieglaff, West Fargo, ND; step-children: Kristy (Eric) Pfannsmith-Knapp, Elgin, SC; Bonnie Freije, Edmore, ND; Joanie (Will) Rossow, Flasher, ND; step-grandchildren: Ashtin, Fallyn, Morgan, Sabrina and Abagale; siblings: Jackie Senf, West Fargo, ND; Gwen (Dennis) Zelfer, Scenic, SD; Kyle Senf, Fargo, ND. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde and grandparents: William and Hattie Hoff and Otto and Gladys Senf.
Per Debra’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. Graveside services will be Monday, November 15, 2021 at 2:30 P.M. at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Fordville, ND. Everyone is invited for a time of lunch and fellowship following the graveside service at the Fordville American Legion.
Lavonne R. Morrison, 86, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at the St Brigid of Ireland Catholic Church, in Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Friday, November 12th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Faith in Action, Cavalier Ambulance, or the Pembina County Memorial Hospital all of Cavalier.
Lavonne R. Horgan was born May 13, 1935, at Neche, ND to Shanley and Zoe (D’Heilly) Horgan. She grew up at Neche where she attended school. On October 1, 1951, she married Wallace Morrison at Neche. After their marriage they lived and farmed in the Bathgate, ND area. Lavonne enjoyed knitting washcloths, playing cards, bingo and going to the casino.
She is survived by her children: Alice (Lloyd) Amundson, Harwood, ND, Mary Roy, Langdon, ND, Wayne (Cathy) Morrison, Bathgate, ND, Judy (John) Sharwarko, Warrensburg, MO, Barb Humphreys, Overland Park, KS; grandchildren: Mike (Brenda) Nordstrom, Jason Nordstrom, Chris (Trista) Bitz, Jennifer (Mark) Busse, Amy Morrison (Kade Coles), Marcus (Rachel) Morrison, Danny McFadden, Brian McFadden (Christa Johnson), Brent (Jessica) Humphreys, 17 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and sister, Mary Alice Brimmer.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, Wallace, grandchildren: Cody and Sara Humphreys, sons-in-law: Randy Humphreys and Danny Roy, and siblings: Anna Mae, Charlene, and John.
Sandra J. “Sandy” Humphries, age 77 of Grafton, ND passed away on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at her home in Grafton.
Sandra J. Severtson was born March 22, 1944 in Drayton, ND the daughter of the late Theodore and Arlein (Burger) Severtson. She grew up in St. Thomas. She was united in marriage to Rusty Humphries on October 3, 1968 in Grafton. The couple made their home in Grafton. Sandy worked as a cook at the Grafton Developmental Center for over 16 years.
She is survived by her sons: Blaine (Aniela) Humphries, Chugiak, AK; Corey (Christine) Humphries, Anchorage, AK; grandchildren: Adam (Tahneta) Stroh, Bryce Humphries (Dianne Collins), David Humphries (Hanna Dickinson), Tielyr Ritnour, Hailey, Parker and Hudson Wills, Lauren and Samantha Humphries; great grandchildren: Landon and Lillie Stroh and Isaac Humphries; her siblings: Cynthia (James) Luedtke, Lincoln, NE; David (Ann) Severtson, St. Thomas, ND; and Vernon Severtson, Pembina, ND and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jerry and an infant son.
Memorial Services will be Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Grafton Lutheran Church, Grafton, ND. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Inurnment will be at St. Thomas City Cemetery, St. Thomas, ND.
Marilyn J. Hovde, age 93 of Grafton, ND passed away on Friday, October 29, 2021 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton.
Marilyn Elshaug was born June 23, 1928 in Grafton, North Dakota, the daughter of the late John and Johanna (Anderson) Elshaug. Marilyn attended school in Grafton. She was united in marriage to Hans Clayton Hovde on December 16, 1947 in Grafton. They made their home in Grafton where they raised their six children. Hans passed away on April 7, 1984. While raising her family, Marilyn worked at Williamson Creamery, Grafton American Legion, and later at JC Penney where she was employed for several years. Marilyn enjoyed cooking for her family and making lefse. She was also noted for her quick wit and one-liners.
She is survived by her children: Michael (Bea) Hovde, Forest River, ND; Gail (Willy) Stoltman, Dazey, ND; Cheryl (Bernie) Davidson, Ridgefield, WA; Marlene Hagarty, Chandler, AZ; Guy Hovde, Grafton, ND; 14 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and several great-great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews, also survive.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Steven Eugene Hovde, and great-grandson, Zachary Wayne Osowski, sisters: Emily (Clarence) Viger, Mabel (Martin) Kennelly, Helen (Millard) Torkelson, Ruth (Roland) Riopelle, Ruby (Ernest) Skjerven, June (Harvey) Skjerven and brothers: Roy (Irene), Edward, Leonard (Martha), and Willard.
Private family service will take place at a later date.
Leo P. Kalis, 81, of Walhalla, ND passed away Thursday, October 28, 2021 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Boniface Catholic Church, Walhalla, ND. Visitation at the church for one hour before the time of services. Online guestbook and obituary at www.askewfuneralhome.com
Neil David Kiemele, aged 18, passed away Friday, October 22, 2021. Though he will no longer be here to hug tightly, his light will forever shine down on those he loved.
Neil came into the world March 26, 2003, on a blustery North Dakota spring morning. From the moment Neil was born, his inner joy gleamed so brightly, and as he grew older that very spark inspired each person he encountered. From his contagious smile and his signature “Big Dawg” moves to those high fives that challenged all he greeted to reach for the sky, he will forever leave an impression on our hearts.
School was Neil’s happy place. It was here he thrived alongside his classmates and peers, nurtured by his earthly angels Vik, Cori, Robyn, and Nancy. It was here he took flight and soared as an eagle. It was here that not a moment was ever taken for granted or wasted.
Neil loved to be on the move. He looked forward to his daily trips to Bjornsons with his dad to get chocolate milk and M&Ms. With his mom, he spent numerous miles simply driving around the block, jamming out to his favorite rap music. If Neil was not out and about cruising with those he loved, he was likely to be found walking with his dog or riding his horse alongside his sister Shelby. It was his love for animals that led him to become an active member in the Northern Explorers 4H club. If there is one life rule Neil imparts, it is to go forward as a perpetual beacon of light, living life to the fullest and making each moment count...even if it might be in one’s own sweet time.
He always loved dressing up at Halloween and liked to scare his mom. Neil had an everyday routine to uncover the birds, get ready for school, feed the horses and watch TV before Vik would come to pick him up for school. He loved everything and everybody no matter what their age or gender.
He is survived by his parents, Harlan and Etty Kiemele, Cavalier, ND, sister, Shelby (Jesse) Bjornstad, Walhalla, ND, uncles and aunts: Rodney Kiemele, Arthur and Mary Rosenberg, Rick and DeeDee Helgoe, Dara and Nick Jezierny, Heather Knutson, great-grandmother, Inga McDonald, cousins: Rachel Berger, Travis George, Michael Kiemele, Alexis Rosenberg, Kristina (Mark) Halvorson, Sophie (Derrick) Herman, Sarah (Justin) Price, and the three Helgoe girls he adored: Tiffany (Chase) Furstenau, Vanessa (Chris) Lawonn and Ronica Helgoe. Also his cat, Squeaky and horse, Romey.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents: Herman and Helen Kiemele, Max and Sarah Rosenberg, and Jackie Eider, aunt, Patty Kiemele, and uncle, Loren Kiemele.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Walhalla School Gymnasium, in Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 26th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the United Lutheran Church in Cavalier, ND.
Butch (Harold Edward) Cox, 77, lifelong resident of Grafton, ND died on Monday, October 18, 2021 in the comfort of his home under the care of his loving staff at the Friendship Group Home of Grafton and the Red River Valley Hospice due to complications from Dementia.
Butch was born July 25, 1944 in Drayton, ND, to Edward and Dorothy (Long) Cox. He was baptized at the Methodist Church of Grafton. He attended the Assembly of God Church with his mom and later attended church with family friends.
Butch spent the majority of his life with the loving care of his parents in Grafton. In 1987 he started attending Friendship of Grafton, later moving into a Friendship Group Home.
In his younger years he enjoyed playing baseball at the Grafton Park, the score was always 2 to 2. He also enjoyed the local swimming pool and making friends wherever he went. He was well known in the Grafton area and never forgot a person he met. Later in life he enjoyed county/polka music, western movies and watching baseball.
He is survived by his sister Marjorie Harlow; niece Renae (Elton) Heuchert; nephews: Rodney (Judy) Harlow and William (Tammy) Harlow; great nieces and nephews: Tyler (Jamie) Harlow, Troy Harlow, Mikayla (Tyler) Tingwald, Stephanie (Jason) Peterson, Carissa (Justin) Aberle, Heidi (Craig) Schaefbauer and Susie (Austin) Simons; as well as several great-great nieces/nephews and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Gerald Harlow.
The family would like to thank his Friendship Family for the amazing care and all the fun he enjoyed with you. He enjoyed Park River Bible Camp, the trip to Nashville, fishing, camping, Twins games, visiting horse ranches, train rides and eating chicken. His family appreciates the wonderful acts of kindness shown to Butch through the years from the people of Grafton and neighboring communities.
A memorial service will be Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10:30 AM at the Grafton Assembly of God Church. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will follow the service at the Drayton City Cemetery at 1:30 PM.
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