Miscellaneous Cass County, North Dakota Obituaries

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Delores H. Deike
Fargo
Delores H. Deike, 70, 1221 S. University Dr., Fargo, died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, in her home.
Delores H. Carlson was born March 19, 1926, in Barnesville, Minn. She grew up and attended school in Wolverton, Minn. She attended MacPhail School of Music, Minneapolis, and Moorhead State University. On April 10, 1947, she married Ernest E. Deike in Wolverton. He died in 1985. She lived in South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota and Illinois. She worked for Carlson Equipment, Wolverton, and for General Electric, Bloomington, Ill. In 1975 she moved to Moorhead. She was co-owner of Candleberry at the Crossing, Fargo. 
She is survived by two sons, Robert (Marshella), LeRoy, Ill., 1st Lt. Christopher (Sim) Childers, Minneapolis; a daughter, Patricia Sacry, Pelican Rapids, Minn.; a brother, Frank , Wolverton; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral: Saturday at 11 in Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Chapel, Fargo.

L. Lee Ferguson
Ypsilanti, N.D.
L. Lee Ferguson, 90, Ypsilanti, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, in Jamestown Hospital.
Mr. Ferguson was born March 6, 1907, in Kensal, N.D. where he attended school. He grew up on a farm near Kensal. He moved with his family to the Medina, N.D., area in 1930. In 1932 they moved to Medora, N.D., to operate the Rough Rider Hotel. He married Adeline Rosendahl June 17, 1937, in Miles City, Mont. They moved to Ypsilanti in 1939. He operated Ferguson Grocery Store and Locker Plant, Ypsilanti. He retired in 1980.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Loren (Deronda), Lincoln, Calif.; a daughter, Jean (James) Lahren, West Fargo; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Tonight from 5 to 9 and Friday from 9 to 9, with a prayer service at 7:30 in Eddy Funeral Chapel, Jamestown, N.D.
Funeral: Saturday at 1:30 in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jamestown.
Burial: Ypsilanti Cemetery.

John Gulstad
Pelican Rapids, Minn.
John Gulstad, 85, Pelican Rapids, died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, in Dakota Heartland Hospital, Fargo.
Mr. Gulstad was born April 25, 1911, near Pelican Rapids, where he grew up and attended school. He farmed near Pelican Rapids until he retired in 1993.
He is survived by a brother, Chester (Jean), Pelican Rapids; and a sister, Esther Stockdale, Greendale, Wis.
Visitation: One hour before the funeral in the church.
Funeral: Saturday at 11 in Zion Lutheran Church near Pelican Rapids.
Burial: Zion Lutheran Cemetery near Pelican Rapids.
(Larson, Pelican Rapids)

Aster Gunderson
Mahnomen, Minn.
Aster Gunderson, 93, Mahnomen, died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, in Mahnomen Health Center Nursing Home.
Aster Geldaker was born Sept. 10, 1903, in Brinsmade, N.D. She moved with her family in 1904 to Renville County, Minn., then to Petersburg, N.D., in 1905. In 1914 they moved to Winger, Minn., where she attended school. She graduated from Fosston (Minn.) High School in 1921. She attended Valley City (N.D.) State University for a year, and then attended Bemidji (Minn.) State University for a year. She taught school for two years, then returned to Bemidji State where she graduated in 1927.
She taught school near Beltrami, Trail and Gary, all Minnesota. She was also postmaster in Winger for nine years. On June 3, 1945, she married Obert Gunderson in Winger. They farmed near Gary until moving in 1951 to a farm near Bejou, Minn. He died in 1970. She entered the Mahnomen Health Center Nursing Home in May 1996.
She is survived by a son, Elvern (Shirley), Bejou; a brother, Alfred (Gladys), Milwaukie, Ore.; two sisters, Helen Syverson and Florence Lieder, both St. Peter, Minn.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Tonight from 6 to 9, with a prayer service at 7, in Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen, and one hour before the funeral in the church.
Funeral: Friday at 11 in Norman Lutheran Church near Gary.
Burial: Norman Lutheran Cemetery near Gary.

Adam J. Hoffart
Devils Lake, N.D.
Adam J. Hoffart, 72, Devils Lake, died Monday, March 17, 1997, in Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake.
Mr. Hoffart was born March 3, 1925, in Devils Lake. He grew up and attended school near Devils Lake. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He married Anna M. Laturnus Nov. 10, 1947, in Starkweather, N.D. They farmed near Devils Lake. From 1956 to 1963 he worked at Lake Chevrolet, Devils Lake. In 1963 he became assistant manager at Rohrville Elevator. He worked there until 1975, when he became disabled. They moved to Devils Lake in 1975. 
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Eugene (Karen), Devils Lake, Timothy (Charlotte), Rancho Cordova, Calif.; a daughter, Mary Ann (Rick) Ginther, Devils Lake; a sister, Josephine (James) Shipman, Whittier, Calif.; eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Visitation: Friday from 9 to 9, with a rosary at 7:30, and Saturday from 9 to 1:30 in Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake.
Funeral: Saturday at 2 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devils Lake.
Burial: St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Devils Lake.

Rhoda Johnson
Devils Lake, N.D.
Rhoda Johnson, 78, Devils Lake, formerly Tolna, N.D., died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, in MeritCare Hospital, Fargo.
Rhoda Simons was born Sept. 17, 1918, in Mylo, N.D. She moved with her family to the Michigan, N.D., area as a young child. She attended school in Michigan. She married Leonard A. Johnson Aug. 1, 1943, in Devils Lake. They farmed near Tolna for many years. He died in 1963. She moved to Devils Lake in 1964. She worked at Happy Hour Cafe and Topper Motel, both Devils Lake, for several years. She entered Elim Nursing Home, Fargo, in January.
She is survived by two sons, Dale, Moorhead, Terry, Grafton, N.D.; two daughters, Darlene (Keith) Forde, Tolna, Margaret (Dan) Tinnes, Fargo; a brother, LaVerne (Helen), Fordville, N.D.; a sister, Donna (Bill) Modlin, Fargo and 10 grandchildren.
Visitation: Friday from 1 to 9, with a prayer service at 7, in Aaker Funeral Home, Lakota, N.D., and for one hour before the funeral in the church.
Funeral: Saturday at 10:30 in American Lutheran Church, Tolna.
Burial: Tolna Cemetery.

Minnie Larson
Moorhead
Minnie Larson, 102, 201 37th Ave. S., Moorhead, died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, in her home.
Minnie Lofthus was born Dec. 14, 1894, near Underwood, Minn. She grew up and attended school in the Underwood and Battle Lake, Minn., area. She attended Park Region College, Fergus Falls, Minn., and in 1913 she graduated from Moorhead State University. She taught school near Lawndale, Minn.
On Sept. 11, 1915, she married Martin Larson near Underwood. They lived in Camp Douglas, Wis., and in 1917 they returned to Underwood where they farmed. In 1929 they moved to a farm near Battle Lake. After his death in 1950, she began working at Gearhart Rest Home, Battle Lake. In 1951 she moved to Moorhead where she worked at Eventide Lutheran Home as an assistant cook. She retired in about 1961.
She is survived by a son, Orval, Fergus Falls; three daughters, Myrtle Trenne, Alexandria, Minn., Lorraine (Dennis) Kane, Bend, Ore., Alice Mae (Robert) Wegner, Moorhead; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren.
Visitation: Tonight from 5 to 7 in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead.
Funeral: Friday at 10 in Pontoppidan Lutheran Church, Fargo.
Burial: First Lutheran Church Cemetery, Battle Lake.

Magdalen A. Lee
Moorhead
Magdalen A. Lee, 85, Eventide The Fairmont, Moorhead, died Monday, March 17, 1997, at Dakota Heartland Hospital, Fargo.
Magdalen Augusta Sebestl was born Jan. 15, 1912, in Georgetown, Minn. On Jan. 15, 1934 she married Melvin Lee in Georgetown. They farmed in the Georgetown and Perley, Minn., area. He died in 1987.
She is survived by three sons, Loren (Yvonne) and David (Gloria), both Georgetown, Roger (Joan), Irvine, Calif.; two daughters, Marvel (Paul) Pryor, Redwood Falls, Minn., Carol Lee, Salt Lake City; two brothers, Anton, Georgetown, George, Argusville, N.D.; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Friday from 3 to 6 in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead. A prayer service will be held Friday at 7:30 in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Georgetown.
Funeral: Saturday at 11 in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Becky Lima
Cooperstown, N.D.
Becky Lima, 88, Cooperstown, died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, in the Griggs County Hospital, Cooperstown.
Becky Torrison was born Dec. 4, 1908, near McHenry, N.D., where she grew up and attended school. She later moved to Cooperstown where she worked in a bakery. On Aug. 28, 1936, she married Lorentz Lima and they made their home in Cooperstown. He died in 1977.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol (Lester) Winning, Cooperstown; two sisters, Olivia Miller, Fargo, Mabel Miller, Binford, N.D.; and six grandchildren.
Visitation: Today from 1 to 7, with a prayer service at 7, in Quam-Plaisted-Cushman Funeral Home, Cooperstown, and one hour before the funeral in the church.
Funeral: Friday at 11 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Cooperstown.

Clayton O. Tillisch
Clayton O. Tillisch, O.D., 84, 411 13th Street South, Moorhead, died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, in Dakota Heartland Hospital after a brief illness.
The funeral will be 11 AM Friday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM Thursday at Boulger Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 PM. Visitation will also be one hour prior to services in the Church on Friday. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Moorhead.
Dr. Tillisch was born November 18, 1912, in Walnut Grove, MN. He moved with his family to Hankinson, ND, where he grew up and attended school. After graduating from high school, he moved to Chicago, where he graduated from the Northern Illinois College of Optometry. In 1940, he married Jesse Dorothy Fay in Chicago. They moved to Minneapolis where he worked for the Minnesota Optical Company. In 1941, they moved to Moorhead where he practiced optometry until his retirement in 1984.
He was a member of the American Optometric Association and the Minnesota Optometric Association. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead and St. Mary’s of the Lakes.
His family will remember "Doc Tillisch" for his love of Pelican Lake, rain or shine; his enthusiasm for outdoor cooking; his weather predictions; his love for his dogs; his love for gardening, with a particular pride in his tomatoes and geraniums; and his avid support for the Minnesota Vikings. He will be remembered for his fine character and gentle spirit. But, most of all, he will be remembered for his devotion to his wife, Dorothy, and his love for his family. To his kids, he was the "Best Dad In The World!"
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; four sons: Donald (Dr. Janet) and Bruce (Kathy), both Fargo; Craig (Susan), Casselton, ND; Jack G. (Renae), Pelican Lake, MN; two daughters: Kay Lynn (Carmen) Christianson, Kokomo, Indiana; Jill M. (Kevin) O’Leary, St. Joseph, MN; 14 grandchildren: Jessica, Jennifer and Patrick Tillisch; Gayle, Kelly Jo (Brown), Carl and Eric Christianson; Stephanie and John Tillisch; Katie and Joseph Tillisch; Kerry and Molly O’Leary; Emily Tillisch; 3 great grandchildren: Allison, Elizabeth and Jennifer Brown.
Memorials preferred to Churches United for the Homeless.
Arrangements by Boulger Funeral Home.

Thomas Earl Patterson
Bismarck, N.D.
Thomas Earl Patterson, 65, Bismarck, formerly Tolna, N.D. and Minneapolis, died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, in St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.
Mr. Patterson was born Feb. 14, 1932, in Maxbass, N.D. He graduated From Sheyenne High School, Sheyenne, N.D. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He attended Dunwoody Institute, Minneapolis, after the war. On June 28, 1958, he married Donna Carter in Sauk Center, Minn. He worked as a sales representative for RM Cotton Co., Eden Prairie, Minn. In 1996 he moved to Bismarck. She preceded him in death.
He is survived by a son, Dave, Eden Prairie; two daughters, Lori Patterson, Orland Park, Ill., Jill Patterson, Grand Forks, N.D.; his mother, Helen Patterson, McVille, N.D.; three sisters, Carol (Bill) Harris, Soda Springs, Idaho, Judy (Curt) Twete, McVille, Kathy (Larry) Tweet, Fargo and one grandson.
Visitation: Today from 4 to 7 in Stanley-Iverson Funeral Home, McVille, and one hour before the funeral in the church.
Funeral: Friday at 2 in McVille Lutheran Church.
 
Otilia Weigelt
Fessenden, N.D.
Otilia Weigelt, 100, Fessenden, died Monday, March 17, 1997, in St. Aloisius Nursing Home, Harvey, N.D.
Otilia Komerowski, known as Tillie, was born Nov. 5, 1896, in Des Moines, Iowa, where she grew up and attended school. She worked as an operator for a long distance telephone company in Des Moines for several years. In 1925 she moved to Fessenden where she worked at the Wells County auditor’s office. On June 26, 1927, she married Herman Weigelt in Linton, N.D. They farmed near Fessenden until 1956 when they retired and moved into Fessenden. He died in 1983. In January she became a resident of St. Aloisius Nursing Home.
She is survived by two sons, Donald, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Robert, Fessenden; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Today from 3 to 8 in Nelson Funeral Home, Fessenden.
Funeral: Friday at 2 in Concordia Lutheran Church near Fessenden.
Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Fessenden.

Bruce E. Tellmann
Grand Forks, N.D.
Bruce E. Tellmann, 53, Grand Forks, N.D., died Monday, March 17, 1997, in the Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix. The funeral will be Friday at 10:30 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Grand Forks. He is survived by two sons and a daughter, Jefferson, Andrew and Amy, all Grand Forks; his mother, Madeleine, Grand Forks; and a sister, Barbara Tellman, Grand Forks. Mr. Tellman worked for the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune and the Grand Forks Herald. He then became a radio broadcaster for KLITE/KCNN radio in Grand Forks where he was later host of "Bruce’s World." (Norman, Grand Forks)


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