Miscellaneous Cass County, North Dakota Obituaries

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Harley D. Anderson
Devils Lake, N.D.
Harley D. Anderson, 53, Devils Lake, died Monday, March 10, 1997, in Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, N.D.
Mr. Anderson was born July 3, 1943, in New Rockford. He grew up and graduated from high school in McHenry, N.D. He then served with the North Dakota National Guard for 22 years. On Oct. 16, 1970, he married Janice Boschee in McHenry. They lived in McHenry until moving in 1975 to Devils Lake where he was a chef at the Trails West Cafe for 10 years. He had also worked as an over-the-road trucker. He entered Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in 1993.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Scott, Englewood, Colo.; two daughters, Vicki Anderson and Heidi (Wes) Bartlett, both Devils Lake; and a sister, Julie Harding, Tolna, N.D.
Visitation: Today from 9 to 9 and Thursday from 9 to noon in Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, and before the funeral in the church.
Funeral: Thursday at 2 in Peace Lutheran Church, Devils Lake.
Burial: Bethlehem Cemetery, McHenry.

James Albin Austreng
Thompson, N.D.
James Albin Austreng, 83, Thompson, died Tuesday, March 11, 1997, in Luther Memorial Home, Mayville, N.D.
Mr. Austreng was born Sept. 22, 1913, in Reynolds, where he grew up and attended school. He farmed in the Thompson and Reynolds area for many years, retiring in 1979. He married Alma O. Sannes Dec. 25, 1940, in Reynolds. She died in 1994.
He is survived by a son, Larry (Mary), Reynolds; two daughters, Zona (Nels) Petersen, Finley, N.D., Sandy (Fred) Stanley, St. Clair, Mich.; two sisters, Myrtle Wilson and Irene Knutson, both Grand Forks, N.D.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Thursday from 5 to 7, with a prayer service at 6:45, in Amundson Funeral Home, Grand Forks.
Funeral: Friday at 10:30 in St. Olaf Lutheran Church near Reynolds.
Burial: Americus Cemetery, Reynolds.

Elaine Garden
Gary, Minn.
Elaine Garden, 73, Gary, died Sunday, March 9, 1997, in her home.
Elaine Sylvine Bucholz was born Aug. 13, 1923, near Gary, where she grew up and attended school. She graduated from Mahnomen (Minn.) High School. During World War II she worked for the D.W. Owan Co. in Minneapolis-St. Paul. She later returned to the Gary area. On June 29, 1952, she married Ogden Garden in Gary.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Craig, Burnsville, Minn.; two daughters, Julie (William) Robinson, Fargo, Kristi Garden, Austin, Texas; two brothers, Vernon (Martha) and Nalton "Bud" (Katherine), both Gary; a sister, Janice (Lawrence) Merck, Eagan, Minn.; and one grandchild.
Visitation: Today from 3 to 7, with a prayer service at 7, in Anderson Funeral Home, Twin Valley, Minn.
Funeral: Thursday at 11 in Gary Lutheran Church.
Burial: St. Petri Lutheran Cemetery near Gary.

Gregory K. Huffman
Cogswell, N.D.
Gregory K. Huffman, 16-year-old son of Gregory and Sharan Huffman, Cogswell, died Monday, March 10, 1997, near Forman, N.D.
Gregory Kenleon Huffman was born May 28, 1980, in Lisbon, N.D. He was currently attending Sargent Central High School, Forman, where he was active in the Swing Choir, speech and Odyssey of the Mind.
He is survived by his parents; two sisters, Amy Huffman, Fargo, Tammy (Shane) Lewis, St. Peter, Minn.; and his grandparents, Howard and Doris Huffman, Cogswell.
Visitation: Today from 4 to 9, with a prayer service at 8, in Armstrong Funeral Home, Lisbon.
Funeral: Thursday at 2 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Forman.
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Lisbon.

Robert J. Murray
West Fargo
Robert J. Murray, 66, West Fargo, died Monday, March 10, 1997, in MeritCare Hospital, Fargo.
Mr. Murray was born Aug. 1, 1930, in Lisbon, N.D. He grew up and attended schools in Lisbon, Grafton, N.D., and Knox, N.D. After graduating from Knox High School, he served in the U.S. Navy. After military service, he graduated from Mayville (N.D.) State University in 1958. On Dec. 27, 1958, he married Darlyne Barclay in Grafton. From 1958 to 1979, he served as superintendent of schools in Clyde, N.D., Milton, N.D., and Gwinner, N.D. After receiving his masterís degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, he worked as a sales representative for Service Chemical, Moorhead.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Rob (Dawn), Davenport, N.D., Patrick, West Fargo; four daughters, Shannon (Jim) Kent, Chicago, Dawn (Scott) Slieter, San Diego, Heather (Paul) Helgeson, Grand Forks, Bridget Murray, Fargo; a brother, William (Mary), Kensington, Minn.; two sisters, Grace (Kermit) Wolden, Mayville, Kathleen (Jim) Dostal, Badger, Minn.; three grandchildren and one step-grandchild.
Registration: Friday from 4 to 6, with a prayer service at 6, in West Funeral Home, West Fargo.
Memorial service: Saturday at 11 in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, West Fargo.

Ralph G. Reinhart
McVille, N.D.
Ralph G. Reinhart, 88, McVille, died Monday, March 10, 1997, in Friendship Healthcare Center, McVille.
Mr. Reinhart was born June 20, 1908, near Aneta, N.D., where he grew up and attended school. He married Georgine Kragtorp April 8, 1942, near Aneta. They farmed in the Aneta area. He also worked for the North Dakota State Highway Department, the sugar beet plant in East Grand Forks, Minn., the Finley (N.D.) Airbase and the Wil-Rich plant in McVille. In 1991 they moved to McVille where he became a resident of the Friendship Healthcare Center.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, the Rev. Roger (Susan), Walcott, N.D., Gene (Linda), Portland, N.D.; three daughters, Sandra (Jerome) Thompson, Twin Valley, Minn., Charlotte Anderson, McVille, Penny (Glen) Christensen, Waupaca, Wis.; a brother, Melvin, McVille; a sister, Gladys Ramstad, Ada, Minn.; and six grandchildren.
Visitation: Today from 4 to 8 in Stanley-Iverson Funeral Home, McVille, and one hour before the funeral in the church.
Funeral: Thursday at 11 in McVille Lutheran Church
Burial: Norway Church Cemetery near McVille.

Marguerite E. Thorson
Apache Junction, Ariz.
Marguerite E. Thorson, 83, Apache Junction, formerly Hawley, Minn., died Monday, March 10, 1997, in Arizona.
Marguerite E. Eastman was born Sept. 9, 1913, near Hawley. She graduated from Moorhead High School and later received a degree in education from Moorhead State University. On May 1, 1937, she married Lloyd Thorson. She taught school for 30 years in Lake Benton, Borup and Felton, all in Minnesota. Her husband retired as superintendent of schools at Dilworth in 1975 and they moved to Hawley. He died in 1978. She spent the winters in Apache Junction.
She is survived by two sons, Gary, Apple Valley, Minn., James, Apache Junction; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation: One hour before the funeral in the church.
Funeral: Saturday at 2 in Hawley Lutheran Church.
Burial: Hawley Cemetery.
(Vigen-Wright, Hawley)

Amy M. Tideman
Fargo
Amy M. Tideman, 92, Elim Nursing Home, Fargo, died Tuesday, March 11, 1997, in the nursing home.
Amy Marie Olson was born June 15, 1903, in Newfolden, Minn. She grew up in Holt, Minn., and moved to Fargo as a young woman. On Nov. 16, 1925, she married Knudt Tideman in Fargo. They operated Tidemanís Grocery Store, Fargo. For several years, she owned and operated White Banner Uniform Shop, Fargo. She entered Elim Nursing Home in 1986. He died in 1988.
Visitation: Thursday at 11 in First Lutheran Church, Fargo.
Funeral: Thursday at noon in the church.
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.
(Hanson-Runsvold, Fargo)

Violet A. Biel
Fargo
Violet A. Biel, 64, 1434 16th St. S., Fargo, died Monday, March 10, 1997, in her home.
Violet A. Simpson was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Fargo, where she grew up and graduated from high school. She lived in California until 1965 when she moved to Texas. In 1969 she returned to Fargo. On July 27, 1970, she married Lowell N. Biel in Sisseton, S.D.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Dale (Janice) Lukes and Gary Lukes, both Fargo; a stepson, Mark (Joyce) Biel, Bismarck, N.D.; a stepdaughter, Danielle (Darrell) Bosch, Bismarck; a brother, Danny (Lois), Detroit Lakes, Minn.; two sisters, Lorraine (Robert) Kidd and June (Harold) Olsen, both Fargo; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Today from 4 to 8 in Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo, and one hour before the funeral in the church.
Funeral: Friday at 2 in First Congregational-United Church of Christ, Fargo.
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.

Conrad R. Bjornstad
Fergus Falls, Minn.
Conrad R. Bjornstad, 90, Fergus Falls, died Wednesday, March 12, 1997, in Lake Region Hospital, Fergus Falls.
Mr. Bjornstad was born Aug. 6, 1906, near Underwood, Minn., where he grew up and attended school. As a young man, he moved to Little Falls, Minn., where he worked for Phoenix Utility Co. He later moved to Seattle, where he worked for Heiser Body Works. In 1931 he moved to Fergus Falls, where he worked for Bjorklunds Manufacturing Co. On June 16, 1935, he married Hilma Moen in Underwood. They lived in Fergus Falls until moving to Duluth, Minn., in 1941. He worked as a welder in the Duluth shipyards until 1945. After World War II, they returned to Fergus Falls, where he worked as a service manager for A.B. Kilde Co. He also worked as a welder for Adelsman Boiler Co., Fergus Falls, until retiring in 1971.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Glen (Gail), Fargo; two daughters, Janice (Marlowe) Peterson, Plymouth, Minn., Norma (Leslie) Shirley, Rothsay, Minn.; a brother, Orville, Fargo; a sister, Luella (Peter) Volden, Santa Barbara, Calif.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Friday from 4 to 8, in Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls, and one hour before the funeral in the church.
Funeral: Saturday at 2 in Augustana Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls.
Burial: Lakeview-Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Underwood.

Frances W. Bowers
Frances W. Bowers, 93, passed away March 9, 1997, in San Francisco. She was a native of Fergus Falls, MN, and moved to Fargo as a young woman. In 1925 she married Edward A. Bowers and continued her residence in Fargo until 1993, when she moved to Danville, CA. The Bowers family spent summers at their lake cottage on Rose Lake.
Mrs. Bowers was interested in every facet of life in Fargo. While raising their three children, she served as president of the PTA at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, again at Roosevelt Junior High and finally at Fargo Central High. Among other organizations, she was a member of the Fine Arts Club, the Cass County Historical Society, UCT, the El Zagel Auxiliary and the Christian Science Society. She served her church in almost every capacity including first reader. Her deep interest in religion led her to consistent support of interfaith activities in the community and she was honored for her contribution to religious affairs by being elected to "Whoís Who in Religion" in 1982. From 1972 to 1994, she devoted her life to the healing ministry as a Christian Science practitioner.
Frances studied millinery design in Minneapolis. Before her marriage, she worked in Fargo at the E.A. Ricker Co. During World War II, she resumed her career by joining the millinery department at Sgutt-Moody. She created a salad dressing and seasoner called Herb Fantasy, which was processed and distributed from the Fargo-Moorhead area and, through her efforts, was sold in prominent stores from Chicago to Billings, MT.
Her great love for Fargo and its citizens never waned, making her sort of an unofficial "Chamber of Commerce" for the area. Her husband, Edward A. Bowers, passed away in 1983. Two sons, Cyrus A. "Bo" Bowers and Schuyler W. Bowers have also passed away. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. James Morrow (Demarest), Danville; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
At her request, there will be a private family service. Memorials may be made to the Christian Science Society, Fargo, or the Cass County Historical Society.

Irene Christensen
Fergus Falls, Minn.
Irene Christensen, 89, Broen Memorial Home, Fergus Falls, died Tuesday, March, 11, 1997, in the memorial home.
Irene Hanson was born June 30, 1907, near Underwood, Minn., where she grew up and attended school. In 1937 she married Lawrence D. Christensen in Milbank, S.D. They farmed in the Underwood area until retiring in 1979. After his death in 1983, she moved to Fergus Falls.
Visitation: Today from 2 to 6 in Glende-Johnson-Nelson & Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls, and one hour before the funeral in the church.
Funeral: Friday at 1 in Tordenskjold Free Lutheran Church near Underwood.
Burial: Knollwood Memorial Gardens, Fergus Falls.

John P. Dittemore
Enderlin, N.D.
John P. Dittemore, 83, Enderlin, died Tuesday, March 11, 1997, in Hillcrest Manor, Enderlin.
Mr. Dittemore was born Aug. 5, 1913, in Severance, Kan. He attended school in Kansas. From 1942 to 1946 he served with the U.S. Army. On May 8, 1944, he married Helen Thompson in Moorhead. They lived in Fort Railey, Kan., for a short time, then lived in Sheldon, N.D., for a few years following his military service. They later moved to Highland, Kan., before moving to Sabetha, Kan. They returned to Sheldon for several years, then moved to Cooperstown, N.D., where they lived for 23 years. They lived in the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, N.D., for five years. She died in 1994. He entered Hillcrest Manor in December.
He is survived by a son, John (LaRea), Carrington, N.D.; three daughters, Carol Dittemore, Fargo, Cheryl (Ray) Borth and Kathy Dittemore, both Grand Forks, N.D.; a sister, Virginia (Robert) Jackson, Hiawatha, Kan.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Today from 11 to 9 in Armstrong Funeral Home, Enderlin.
Funeral: Friday at 2 in the funeral home.

William Hamberg
Vergas, Minn.
William Hamberg, 52, Vergas, died Tuesday, March 11, 1997, in the Veterans Administration Hospital, Fargo.
Mr. Hamberg was born April 15, 1944, in Warren, Minn. He lived with his family in Karlstad, Minn., and in 1950 they moved to Grand Forks, N.D. In 1960 they moved to Fargo where he attended school. He served with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1969 to 1970. He then attended Molar Barber College, Fargo. He operated Williamís Barber Shop in Vergas until the time of his death.
He is survived by a son, William David, Pelican Rapids, Minn.; a daughter, Sara Lenore, Pelican Rapids; his mother, Anna Hamberg, Moorhead; a brother, Gary (Satie), Los Alamos, N.M.; and three sisters, Roxanne (Jesse Jr.) Larson, Moorhead, Glynis (Jim) McNutt, Knoxville, Tenn., Carolee (Ralph) Thomas, Scottsdale, Ariz. 
Visitation: Tonight from 5 to 7 in Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead.
Funeral: Friday at 1:30 in the funeral home.
Burial: Moorhead Memorial Gardens.

Lawrence D. Joshua III
Fresno, Calif.
Lawrence D. Joshua III, 32, Fresno, died Sunday, March 9, 1997, in Madera (Calif.) Community Hospital.
Mr. Joshua was born May 30, 1964, in Taos, N.M. He grew up and attended schools in Fort Totten, N.D., and Devils Lake, N.D. He worked for Devils Lake Sioux Manufacturing before moving to Fresno in 1983. After attending hairstyling school in Fresno, he worked as an independent hairstylist in Fresno and Madera.
He is survived by his mother, Florence C. Joshua, Fort Totten; two brothers, Tom and Robert, both Fort Totten; and three sisters, Brenda Joshua and Delrae Joshua, both Fort Totten, Rose Joshua, Devils Lake.
Visitation: One hour before the funeral in Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Fort Totten.
Funeral: Saturday at 10 in the church.
Burial: St. Jeromeís Catholic Cemetery near Fort Totten.
(Gilbertson, Devils Lake)
 
Mercedes G. Klefstad
McVille, N.D.
Mercedes G. Klefstad, 74, McVille, died Tuesday, March 11, 1997, in Nelson County Community Hospital, McVille.
Mercedes Messner was born Nov. 20, 1922, near Pekin, N.D. She attended school in Pekin and Medford, Minn. She graduated from Binford (N.D.) High School. On Feb. 19, 1942, she married Arnot Klefstad in Crookston, Minn. They farmed near Pekin until moving in 1993 to McVille. She also worked at Red Willow Resort, Community Lanes and Friendship Healthcare Center, McVille.
She is survived by her husband; four sons, Alan (Gayle), Tolna, N.D., Bruce (Sherry) and Lanny (Tammy), both Pekin, Stuart (Cecilia), Minot, N.D.; five daughters, Betty Ann (Duane) Bina, McVille, Judy (John) Bata, Englewood, Colo., Linda (Craig) Halvorson, Langdon, N.D., Sheila (Tim) Halvorson, Pekin, Marsha (David) Hendrickson, Colfax, N.D.; four brothers, Norris (Marvis), McVille, Leonard (Sally), Ellendale, N.D., John (Margie) and Roger (Rhoda), both Pekin; four sisters, Ethel Haugen, Grand Forks, N.D., Helen Aakenson, Pekin, Shirley (Bernie) Wavra, Lisle, Ill., Deanna Devereaux, Tacoma, Wash.; 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Friday from 2 to 6 in Stanley-Iverson Funeral Home, McVille, with a prayer service at 7:30 Friday in Sheyenne Lutheran Church near Pekin.
Funeral: Saturday at 2 in Sheyenne Lutheran Church.
Burial: Sheyenne Church Cemetery near Pekin.
 
Clara Leack
Lidgerwood, N.D.
Clara Leack, 99, Lidgerwood, died Tuesday, March 11, 1997, in Wahpeton (N.D.) Health Care Center.
Clara Moe was born May 21, 1897, near Lidgerwood. As a young child, she moved with her family to Northwood, Iowa. In 1904 they returned to Lidgerwood, where she attended school. After graduating from Lidgerwood High School, she attended North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton. She later taught in schools near Lidgerwood and Driscoll, N.D. On Sept. 11, 1919, she married Fred Leack near Lidgerwood. They farmed in the Lidgerwood area until 1945. He died in 1954.
She is survived by two daughters, Lorraine Stevens, Lidgerwood, Marion (Burton) Barr, Rehoboth Beach, Del.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Today from 3 to 8, with a prayer service at 6, in Frank Family Funeral Home, Lidgerwood, and one hour before the funeral in the church.
Funeral: Friday at 11 in Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Lidgerwood.
Burial: Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery, Lidgerwood.

John J. Schepp
Hendrum, Minn.
John J. Schepp, 85, Hendrum, died Tuesday, March 11, 1997, in Bridges Hospital, Ada, Minn.
Mr. Schepp was born Dec. 8, 1911, in Newburg, N.D., where he grew up and attended school. He moved to the Fargo area in the late 1930s and married Lillian J. Ystebo in 1942. They farmed in the Perley, Minn., area. He also worked as a plumber and carpenter. She died in 1972 and he moved to Hendrum a short time later.
He is survived by two daughters, Clarice Haaland, Moorhead, Lenore (Duane) Lee, Bloomington, Minn.; five sisters, Tillie Schultz, Cannon Falls, Minn., Alvina (Hans) Melgaard, Newburg, Lillian (Reuben) Metler and Geneva (Lawrence) Andersen, both Upham, N.D., Esther (Darwin) Pfiefle, of South Carolina; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Tonight from 5 to 7 in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead.
Funeral: Friday at 2 in Landstad Lutheran Church near Perley.
Burial: Landstad Lutheran Cemetery near Perley.


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