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Ila Selzler

Sep 24, 2010

Ila Selzler

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at the Presbyterian Church, Towner, for Ila M. Selzler, 98, of Towner, who died Friday, Sept. 17 at the Heart of America Nursing Facility in Rugby.

Burial was in St. Cecilia Cemetery, Towner.

Ila was born Feb. 17, 1912, in Foxhome, Minn., a daughter of Frank and Anna (Michelson) Korthal. She was raised in Foxhome and in Flaxton and Crosby, before the family settled in Velva in 1921. She attended grade school and high school in Velva, graduating as salutatorian of her class in 1930. She completed her education at Minot State Teachers College, earning her teaching certificate in 1932. Following college, she taught in Westby, Mont. In 1935, she moved to Towner to help her parents in the operation of their cafes in Towner and Velva. She married Joseph J. Selzler on May 21, 1936, at the Methodist parsonage in Velva. The couple made their home in Towner. She worked as the organist at the Presbyterian Church in Towner, the librarian at the Towner Library, a receptionist at Johnson Clinic, and was a local news reporter for the Mouse River Journal. Joe died June 13, 1987.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Towner, and the Presbyterian Women. She was a charter member of the Coterie Bridge Club and a member of the Towner Golf Club, Towner Republican Women, and the National Federation of Republican Women.

She is survived by a daughter, Jesslyn Hosmer, Dunseith; a son, Gregory, Keller, Texas; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Radabaugh, San Diego, Calif.; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a brother, Rev. Jesse C. Korthal.

Pastor Don Andrews officiated. Music was provided by Elaine Hendrickson, organist.

Casketbearers were Ernie Kouba, Loyde Krout, Arlen Merbach, William Domres, Jerry Bailey, and Corey Pederson.

Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, Towner.

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