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Apr 6, 2012

Edith Irene

(Haugen) Tuff

Edith Irene (Haugen) Tuff was born August 2, 1927 to Helmer and Louise (Bjorneby) Haugen at Michigan, ND. She was baptized at Union Church, rural Hannaford, ND, where many of her father’s family had settled after coming from Norway.

Edith lived in many small North Dakota towns while growing up the daughter of a section foreman for the Great Northern Railway, Norwich, Langdon, Hope, Edinburg, Aneta and Knox. She graduated from the 8th grade in Knox, was confirmed there and on June 1, 1945, graduated as Valedictorian from Knox High School. While at Knox High School, she was a member of the state championship girls’ basketball team.

Edith met her husband, John Tuff while she was teaching at a rural school near Barton. They were married February 2, 1946 at First Lutheran Church in Rugby, ND and were married for 52 years before John passed away December 9, 1998. John and Edith farmed near Barton from 1946 until 1984 when they moved to Fargo to be nearer to family.

Edith was an active mom while her kids were growing up, teaching Sunday school, for many years at First Lutheran Church in Rugby, being a 4-H leader and doing the normal driving of kids for swimming lessons, piano lessons, etc. She also was an active member of the Good Neighbors Homemakers Club with her friends in and around Barton. She was a wonderful cook and baked the best homemade bread for miles around, warm homemade buns with peanut butter when the kids got off the bus after school on bread baking day. Edith also worked outside of her home as a checker at Super Fair and the Johnson Clinic for many years. Edith was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in West Fargo, ND. Edith was also a member of Faith Lutheran Church of West Fargo.

She was the loving mother of four children, John (Anne), Lanesboro, MN, Linda (Dennis Breitenstein), Vancouver, WA, Kathy (Bob Sanders), Olympia, WA and Bill (Patti), West Fargo, ND.?

Edith is survived by many friends and family members, her four children, eight grandchildren, Nicole (Paul) Footh, Ryan (Venus) Nielsen, James Scott, Stacey Scott, Michael (Carrie) Tuff, John (Jody) Tuff, Steven (Lisa) Tuff and Corey Breitenstein. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Christy Phipps, Haley and Hannah Footh, Carson Scott, Caleb Carlisle and Ella Tuff. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her.

Edith passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo, ND where she had resided for the past 1 years.

Memorial Service: Friday, April 6, 2012 at 2 in West Funeral Home, West Fargo.

She will be cremated and buried with John at the Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND, at a later date.

Condolences may be sent online – westfuneralhome.com

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Apr 6, 2012

Marie Mitzel

Marie Cecelia (Des Forges) Mitzel, the daughter of Louis and Mary (Grady) Des Forges was born on February 7, 1927 in Stanley, North Dakota. She died at the age of 85 years on Monday, April 2, 2012 at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby, North Dakota.

Marie was raised in the home of her parents in Leeds, North Dakota and graduated with high honors from Leeds High School. She furthered her education at Minot State College where she received her teaching degree and taught in Pierce County. In 1949 she was united in marriage to Andrew Mitzel of Knox and the couple made their home in Leeds. Following their marriage Marie took an evening business course at Lake Region College. Having grown up in Leeds, she had many fond memories of working at many of the local businesses; she recalled her first paying job working Saturday nights at Earl Larson’s Creamery testing cream and candling eggs to see if they were good or not. She spent many years working at the Farmers State Bank and also took a qualifying examination and worked for several years as a substitute clerk at the Leeds Post Office. The family later moved to Rolla, North Dakota where she served as the secretary for the Catholic Church there. In 1974, she and the family moved to Casselton, North Dakota where she worked as the Catholic Church secretary for 16 years until retiring in 1990. Following Andrew’s death in 1982, she continued to make her home in Casselton with her daughter Teri Nicklay and family until moving to Rugby in 2005.

Marie was a Gold Star Sister and a member of the Leeds American Legion Auxiliary; while in Leeds she was an active member of Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic Church and very involved in the public school as well as local community events. She and Andrew were avid pinochle players and a sight to behold on the waltz floor. Marie cherished her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; she referred to them as her great loves.

She is survived by her daughters, Caye and her husband David Bednarz of Rugby, North Dakota, and Teri and her husband, Robert Nicklay of Casselton, North Dakota; a son Mark and his wife Vickie of Waco, Texas; five grandchildren, Aaron Ferg, Aaron Lee Mitzel, Alyssa Bednarz, Andrew and Adam Nicklay; two step-grandchildren, Brent Bednarz and Stacy Jaeger; four great grandchildren, Rialey, Maria, McKenna and Brayden; six step-great grandchildren, Mallory, Lexi, Seth, Chace, Kaden and Katherine; one sister, Louise and her husband, Tony Burkhardsmeier of Minnewauken, North Dakota. She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother Louis; her grandparents; and her parents.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, North Dakota. Burial will be in the St. Vincent De Paul Cemetery in Leeds, North Dakota at 2:15 p.m.

Visitation will be on Sunday, April 8, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby, North Dakota. There will be no reviewal in the Church.

Rosary & vigil prayers will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

Organist: Angie Deplazes, Vocal Leader/Cantor: Robert Graber.

The Casket Bearers: Grandma’s A-Team: Aaron Ferg, Aaron Mitzel, Alyssa Bednarz, Andrew Nicklay, Adam Nicklay, Brent Bednarz and Stacy Jaeger.

Honorary Bearers: The Great Grandchildren.

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Apr 6, 2012



Graveside services will be held at a future date in Bowdon Wayside Cemetery, Bowdon, for Sandra Jones, 74, Rugby, who died Thursday, March 29, 2012 in a Harvey nursing home.

Sandra was born August 26, 1937 in Bowdon, a daughter of Harris and Adella Jones. She married Donald Danner in 1955. They were the parents of one son, Ritchie. She married David Pieterick in Rugby in 1959. They had one daughter, Taryn.

She is survived by her son, Ritchie Danner, Las Vegas; her daughter, Taryn Pieterick Lamberson, Rugby; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Phyllis Jones, Rapid City, S.D.

Arrangements by Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey.



Ruth Sorenson, 93, Maddock, ND, formerly of Heimdal and Harvey, ND, died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, ND.

She was born on February 4, 1919.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 5, 2012, at North Viking Lutheran Church in Maddock, with Pastor Allen Campbell officiating. Burial will be in the Klara Lutheran Cemetery, rural Heimdal, ND.

Nelson Funeral Home in Maddock was in charge of arrangements.

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