Miscellaneous Williams County, North Dakota Obituaries

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Susie Brynjolfson
WILLOW CITY, N.D. Susie M. Brynjolfson, 97, of Willow City, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at a Bismarck Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 10, at Notre Dame of Victory Catholic Church in Willow City with the Rev. Kevin Boucher officiating.
She is locally survived by her daughter, Carroll Lynch and her husband, Dan, of Williston.
The Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau is in charge of arrangements.

Clara Kostek
NOONAN, N.D. Clara M. Kostek, 79, of Noonan, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at St. Luke's Hospital in Crosby.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Noonan, with the Rev. Norman Dukart officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
Recitation of the rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Stakston-Martin Funeral Home in Crosby. 

Covertt Long
SPOKANE, Wash. Covertt George "Cubby" Long, 63, of Spokane, Wash., formerly of Williston, N.D., passed away Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at his Spokane home.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Spokane. Father Charles Skok will officiate and interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Covertt was a 1954 graduate of Williston High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1965 and then was a member of the Army National Guard, retiring in 1980, with 20 years of military service.
Covertt became a police officer with the Williston Police Department and graduated from the North Dakota State Highway Patrol Academy.
In 1969, he was united in marriage with Rebecca, his wife of 30 years. They moved to Washington State in 1989, where he was employed by the Washington State Highway Patrol as a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer until his death.
Covertt is survived by his wife, Rebecca; three sons, Carlton and Michael of Orem, Utah, and Corey of Spokane; his daughter, JoAnn; and two stepsons, Kenneth and Valentine Bachmeier, all of Spokane; his stepdaughter, Karen Marshall; and his brother, David Long, both of Williston; two half-brothers, Rodney Knutson of Hamilton, Mont., and Timothy Knutson of Williston; his stepfather, Myles Knutson of Hamilton; 16 grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Covertt G. Long Sr. and Ernstine Knutson; and a son, Steven.
Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Thornhill Valley Funeral Home, S. 1400 Pines Road in Spokane.
A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 503 N. Walnut Road in Spokane.

Michael Johnson Sr. March 13, 1964-Nov. 6, 1999
GREAT LAKES, Ill. Michael B. Johnson Sr., 35, passed away Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, near Chicago, Ill.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Johnson Mortuary Chapel with Father Kevin O'Neill of St. Matthew's Catholic Church officiating. Committal services will be held at C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery with full military honors. A reception will follow at the Eagles.
Michael B. Johnson was born March 13, 1964, in Edmonds, Wash., to Ralph W. Johnson and Patricia McCann Johnson Macdonald.
He attended school in Whitefish, Montana during his elementary years and finished his high school years in Kalispell, Mont., at the Flathead High School.
Michael moved to Williston, N.D., and worked in the oil field for two years and then moved to Spokane, Wash., where he enlisted in the United States Navy.
Michael was united in marriage with Sandra Viator of Post Falls, Idaho on Oct. 11, 1985.
Michael had been on seven deployments during his military career including tours during the Iran Conflict, Desert Shield, Desert Storm and the Kosovo Crisis. His last station was Pearl Harbor on the U.S.S. Paul Hamilton, of which he was a Plank owner.
Michael and his family had just moved to the Great Lakes Naval Station, where he was to be a Naval Instructor. Also between his deployments he had the opportunity to be a father of three great kids, Michael Jr., Jaquelyn and Samantha Johnson.
Michael enjoyed many things in his life. His love was for his family. When he was home he enjoyed being with his kids and being involved with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and any other activities with the kids. He also liked to scuba dive and really enjoyed his Harley with Sandy.
He was a member of the Waipahu Chapter of the Hog in Oahu, Hawaii. He participated in food drives and charitable events. He also was a current member of the V.F.W. in Whitefish, Mont. and served as a chaplain at the V.F.W. Post in Antioch, Calif.
While he was stationed at Concorde Naval Weapon Station, he really enjoyed meeting new people. His favorite pastime was evening barbecues with friends and family. Michael was so full of life and will be missed very much.
In the last month, Michael and his family traveled from Seattle to Chicago between duty stations. The good Lord blessed his family with one more visit.
Michael leaves cherished memories to his loving wife, Sandy; his children, Michael Jr., Jaquelyn, and Samantha at the family home in Great Lakes, Ill., and Mary (Elise) Hall and David Wright, Beaumont, Texas.; his parents; Patricia Macdonald, Columbia Falls, Mont., Ralph and Loriene Johnson, Kalispell, Mont.; his mother-in-law, Joyce Kelly, Lawton, Okla.; his grandparents; Margaret Johnson, Kalispell, Elise Moran, Lawton, Okla., and Violet Miller, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; his brothers and sisters; Mitch and Sherry Johnson, Spokane, Wash., Donna and Bruce Brown, Coram, Mont., and Donald Johnson and his fiancee, Nicole Anderson, Williston, Shelly and Brent Duval, Columbia Falls, Mont.; Rod and Jay Macdonald, Columbia Falls, Joanne Nelson, Williston, Mike "Henry" and Karen Nelson, Spokane, Kenny Nelson, Plains, Mont., and Billy and Jenny Johnson, Spokane; many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins and many very special friends so much like family.
He was preceded in death by Grandpa Johnson, Grandpa Miller, his stepfather, Mac Macdonald, his niece Sarah Macdonald, his father-in-law, Leroy Viator, and his nephew, Chris Johnson.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society, Box 1002, Kalispell, Mont., 59903-1002, in Michael's name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory of Kalispell, Mont.

Eldred Lambert
NEW TOWN, N.D. Eldred Lambert, 60, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at the New Town Nursing Home.
Funeral service arrangements will be announced by the Fulkerson Funeral Home of Watford City.

Ruth Lien
Feb. 4, 1901-Nov. 10, 1999
WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Ruth Lien, 98, of the Good Shepherd Home in Watford City, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at the home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alexander. The Rev. Dan Paulson will officiate and interment will be at the Alexander Cemetery.
Ruth Evangeline (Tibbits) Lien was born Feb. 4, 1901, at Breckenridge, Minn., the daughter of Clinton and Mary (Fytle) Tibbits. The oldest of seven children, she was baptized in the Catholic faith.
As a young girl, she moved with her family to a homestead 19 miles south of Williston. In September, 1910, she began her early education at the George Wood house which was open only during the spring and fall due to the cold winters. She later attended grade school and high school at the Elk Consolidated School. After her education, she helped raise her brothers and sisters.
Ruth met her future husband, Joe Lien, while he was threshing for her parents. They were united in marriage on Nov. 11, 1925, in Williston. They farmed, ranched and raised their family in Charbon Township, McKenzie County, for many years. Joe passed away July 20, 1958.
Ruth continued to live on the farm until 1964, when she moved to Alexander. In August of 1989, Ruth entered the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Watford City. She was the oldest resident of Good Shepherd at the time of her death.
She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alexander. She enjoyed babysitting for her grandchildren and tending to her garden, especially flowers. She also enjoyed poetry, books, reading, embroidery, singing and music.
When she was a young mother, she assisted at the Charbon School and taught children how to make taffy and other practical things. She enjoyed nature, picking wild flowers and knew the different species of birds. She taught her children and grandchildren to appreciate nature.
Ruth is survived by four daughters, Mildred Wangerud and her husband, Norman, and Shirley Bottke and her husband, Bill, all of Alexander, Gladys "Pat" Owan and her husband, Chuck, of Chandler, Ariz., and Marjorie Lindquist and her husband, Jerry, of Post Falls, Idaho; her brother, Park Tibbits of Sidney, Mont.; her sister, Evelyn Dale of Portland, Ore.; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant daughter, Mary Ruth; a grandson, LaVern Brown; a sister, Mary Ann Dickinson; and three brothers, Sylvester, Clinton and Jim.
Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Watford City.

J. Allen Moberg
WATFORD CITY, N.D. - J. Allen Moberg, 89, of rural Watford City, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, at McKenzie County Memorial Hospital in Watford City.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the First Lutheran Church in Watford City. The Rev. James Gustafson will officiate and interment will follow at Schafer Cemetery. 
Friends may call until 5 p.m. today, Nov. 12, and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Watford City and for an hour before services Saturday at the church.

Robert Siverson
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Robert Siverson, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Grand Forks, N.D., died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at his home in Arizona.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at the Sharon Lutheran Church in Grand Forks and interment followed at the Sunnywood Gardens Cemetery in Grand Forks.
He had a career with the Williston and Grand Forks Police Departments, retiring in 1997. He also farmed on the family farm near Wheelock. 

Danny Schmidt
PLENTYWOOD, Mont. Danny Schmidt, 54, of Plentywood, Mont., died Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D., after suffering a stroke Thursday at his farm home, east of Plentywood.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Plentywood. Father Robert Fox will officiate and interment will follow at Plentywood Memorial Cemetery.
A vigil rite will be held at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 11, at the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Plentywood.
Friends may call at the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Plentywood.

Ruth Bowers
CULBERTSON, Mont. - Ruth Ellen Bowers, 97, of Culbertson, Mont., died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at the Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home in Culbertson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Culbertson. Pastor Alvin Beyer will officiate and interment will follow at Culbertson Cemetery.
The Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood is in charge of arrangements.

Judy Frasier - Jan. 27, 1953-Nov. 13, 1999
BISMARCK, N.D. - Judy Kay Frasier, 46, of Williston and Bismarck, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at a Minot hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the First Presbyterian Church in Bismarck. The Rev. Dr. Jake Kincaid will officiate and interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Bismarck.
Judy was born Jan. 27, 1953, at Bismarck, to Carl and Vidette M. (Robidou) Freier. She was raised and educated in Bismarck and graduated from Bismarck High School in 1974.
She worked at Mid Dakota Clinic and the North Dakota Tax Department. In 1974, Judy was united in marriage with Richard Frasier in Bismarck. Some of her favorite activities were swimming and doing crafts.
Judy is survived by three daughters, Jennifer Frasier of Mandan, Jessica Frasier of Bismarck and Jolene Frasier of Williston; her son, Justin Frasier of Willow, Alaska; her mother, Vidette Freier of Bismarck; her brother, Robert Freier of Fernley, Nev.; a granddaughter, Amanda; a grandson, Logan Vinje; and a special friend, Larry Lunde of Reserve, Mont.
Judy was preceded in death by her father, Carl; a brother, James Freier; and her grandparents.
Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Perry Funeral Home in Bismarck and for an hour before services Tuesday at the church.

Carlton Sletten
WILLISTON, N.D. - Carlton O. Sletten, 81, longtime Williston proprietor of the Sletten Funeral Home in Williston, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999.
Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the First Lutheran Church in Williston.
A complete obituary will follow.
The Fulkerson Funeral Home of Williston is in charge of arrangements.

Judith Frasier
WILLISTON N.D. - Judith "Judy" Frasier, 46, of Williston and former Bismarck resident, died Saturday at UniMed Hospital in Minot. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, Bismarck. Further funeral arrangements are pending at Perry Funeral Home.

Carol K. Hallgrimson
CULBERTSON Mont. - Carol Katharine Denison Gifford Hallgrimson died Thursday in Culbertson, Mont. with her husband Hannes at her side. 
Visitation will be held today from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Clayton-Everson Memorial Chapel in Culbertson. The funeral will be held Today at 2:00 p.m. (MST) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Culbertson. Following the funeral services, cremation will precede family burial in the Spring of 2000.

Rev. Eldred Lambert
NEW TOWN, N.D. - Funeral services for Rev. Eldred Lambert, 60, of New Town will be 10 a.m. Today at the New Town Civic Center. Pastor Danny Lindsey and Pastor Tony American Horse, Sr. will officiate. A wake service will be held at 4 p.m. (MST) at the Poplar Culture Center in Poplar, Mont.
A second funeral service will be Monday at 10 a.m. (MST) at the center in Poplar.

Sylvia L. Quale - April 4, 1923 Nov. 12, 1999
WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Funeral services for Sylvia L. Quale of Watford City, N.D. are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Watford City. Pastor Thomas Stenzel and Pastor Terry Detwiler will officiate and burial will be in Schafer Cemetery.
Sylvia L. (Estvold) Quale was born April 4, 1923, at Van Hook, N.D., the daughter of Ole and Minnie (Pederson) Estvold. She was raised and educated in Van Hook and graduated from Van Hook High School. After her education, she moved to Fargo and sewed parachutes for the war effort. 
She returned to Van Hook and was united in marriage to Leo Quale at Sidney, Mont., on October 15, 1943. They farmed in the Charlson and Keene areas before moving to Watford City where Leo was employed by the R.E.C. Sylvia worked at the 4 Eyes Motel for a short while and did upholstery work. Leo died June 12, 1992. Sylvia continued to live in Watford City and entered the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in the spring of 1997. After a struggle with Alzheimers Disease, she went to be with the Lord on Friday.
She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Watford City. She was known for her wit and sense of humor. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and canning. She had served as a Cub Scout and Campfire leader. Her greatest joy was her family.
She is survived by two sons, Keith Quale and his wife, Audrey of Savage, Mont. and Steve Quale of Hilo, Hawaii; three daughters, Doreen Knutson and her husband, Gary of Williston, Lori Renbarger and her husband, Warren and Cindy Elliott and her husband, Greg all of Watford City; three brothers, Marvin Estvold and his wife, Margaret, Adrian Estvold and his wife, Lois, and Richard Estvold and his wife, Artys all of New Town; three sisters, Millie Johnson and her husband, Polly of Portland, Ore., Adeline Craft and her husband, Ray of Stanley and Mabel Johnson and her husband, Jack of Forsyth, Mont.; Nine grandchildren, Todd Knutson and his wife, Michelle, Brad Knutson and his wife, Jenny, Troy Knutson and wife, Kallie, Kaci Hutzenbiler and her husband, Randall, Bryce Quale, Lea Mae Quale, Derek Maattala, Ethan Renbarger and Rait Elliot; eight great grandchildren, Justin, Kyle, Cheryl, Austin, Cole, Kendra, Korbin and Cooper Knutson; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant son, and one brother, Julian.
Friends may call at Fulkerson Funeral Home in Watford City on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and for one hour before service time at the church on Tuesday.

Ambrose L. Rettig - July 4, 1916- Nov. 15, 1999
DICKINSON N.D. - Ambrose L. Rettig, 83, of Dickinson died Thursday at MedCenter One, Bismarck. The funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dickinson, with Fr. Austin Vetter as the celebrant. Interment will follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery, Dickinson. Visitation will be from 12 noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson. There will be a rosary and vigil at 7 p.m., Sunday at Ladbury Funeral Service, with Fr. Vetter presiding. 
Ambrose is survived by his wife, Tillie, Dickinson; one sister, Mary Miller, Dickinson; two brothers, Vincent (Agnes) Rettig, Alexander and Tom (Eva) Rettig, Taylor; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant sister and one brother.

Eugene D. Staber - April, 30, 1923 Nov. 13, 1999
CHIPPEWA FALLS WIS. - Eugene D. Staber, 76 of Chippewa Falls, died Saturday with is family by his side at St. Joseph's Hospice.
He was born April 30, 1923 in Richland County, North Dakota the son of Leonard and Julia (Kraglowe) Staber. He graduated from high school in Wyndmere, N.D. in 1941. He married Amy Baumeister on December 30, 1947 at St. John's Catholic Church in Wahpeton, N.D.
He is survived by his wife, Amy of Chippewa Falls; four sons, David (Joy) of Chippewa Falls, Michael (Vicki) of Moorhead, Minn., John (Sandy) of Eau Claire, Wis., and Robert (Julie) of Clear Lake Wis.; two daughters, Cathy (Jack) Carson of La Maddalena, Italy and Cynthia (Rex) Merrill of Madison, Wis.; three brothers; one sister; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999 at Notre Dame Church, Chippewa Falls. Reverend Albert Sonnberger will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Interment will be in Hope Cemetery, Chippewa Falls. Military rites will be conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council at the services on Tuesday.
Friends may call from four to eight p.m., Monday and until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls. The Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 4 p.m. and there will be a Christian Vigil Service at 6:15 p.m. both on Monday at the funeral home.


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