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Apr 23, 2012




Dorothy Elaine (Thingvold) Blessum, the daughter of Edwin and Olga (Sveum) Thing-vold was born in the home of her parents in rural Barton, North Dakota on July 28, 1927. She died at the age of 84 years on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby, North Dakota.

Dorothy, the third of fourteen children, was raised in her parents home and attended elementary school at South Valley Country School near Barton and graduated from Rolette High School where she was an outstanding basketball player. She completed her education in nurses training in the Cadet Corp. Program at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Rugby, North Dakota, graduating with her registered nursing degree in the summer of 1948. During her nursing education, she did rotations in many departments at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois of which she told stories of that time being exciting for a little North Dakota girl. She began her nursing career in the Rolette Hospital. In December of 1950, she was united in marriage to Stanley (Bud) Carlile in Rolette, North Dakota; the couple made their home and had three children together. Bud was killed while working for Otter Tail Power Company in September of 1958. She continued to work and raise their children following his death. She later met Herman Blessum and the two were united in marriage in March of 1968 in Rugby, where they made their home. Herman died in March of 1971. After Herman’s death, she returned to nursing at the Good Samaritan Hospital and Johnson Clinic in Rugby until her retirement at age 62. Not being one to sit idle, Dorothy moved to Minot, North Dakota and went work as a Home Health and Hospice Nurse until the age of 75. In 2004, she moved to Washburn, North Dakota and most recently has made her home at the Haaland Estates and Heart of America Care Center in Rugby until her passing.

Dorothy had many interests and hobbies; she prized doing jigsaw and word puzzles, crocheting, growing plants, cards and playing board games of all kinds. She treasured a nice long walk, played some golf in her later years; she also had a good sense of humor and always enjoyed a good joke. Dorothy was a kind and compassionate lady, a terrific mother and trusted friend; God will surely enjoy her company, as we have.

She is survived by her three children, Gregory Carlile and his wife, Marie of Clifton Park, New York, Gwen (Carlile) and her husband, Todd DeMontigny of Washburn, and Genelle (Carlile) Christopherson of Iowa City, Iowa; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; sisters, Delores Johnson, Mary (Leo) Juergens, Carol (Larry) Torgerson, and Norma (Ron) Klebe; brothers, Alton (Janet) Thingvold, Gordon Thingvold, James (Martha) Thingvold, and Dennis (Diane) Thingvold; a sisters-in-law, Sandy Thingvold, LaVonna Gebhardt, Nellie Knutson, and Marguerite Haagenson; dear friends, Rose Rohrer, Jan Bjerke, Donna Kroll and Shirley & Jim Ecker; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her both husbands; brothers, Edward, Donald and Rudy; sisters, Gladys Thingvold and Ann Dissette; one stepson, Ron Blessum; and her parents.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rugby with burial in the Rolette Community Cemetery, Rolette. Officiating, Rev. Mike Pretzer, Pastor of First Lutheran Church, Rugby.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby and will continue for one hour prior to the time of services at the Church on Wednesday.

Soloist: Granddaughter, Bree DeNaeyer

“Just A Closer Walk with Thee” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

“Precious Memories” “Lord’s Prayer”

Organist: Barb Lee

Casket Bearers: Todd DeMontigny, Kal DeMontigny, Ward DeMontigny, Dwight Torgerson, Mark Johnson and Nathan Sapp

Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.

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Apr 23, 2012



Vince Bachmeier, of Casselton, passed away peacefully Friday, April 13 at Rosewood on Broadway in Fargo surrounded by family. He went to be with the Lord after an inoperable cancerous brain tumor was discovered in February.

He was born December 7, 1941 to Louie and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Bachmeier in Rugby, ND. He grew up on the family farm and attended high school at the Willow City Academy where he graduated in 1959. He attended college at the Dakota Business College in Fargo.

Vince married Bea Fritel on May 25, 1963 and they first lived in Valley City. They moved to Casselton in 1966 and have resided there since. Vince worked 29 years in the banking industry, most of them at the First State Bank in Casselton. After that he worked as a realtor and in maintenance at St. Leo’s Church in Casselton.

Vince was instrumental in helping St. Leo’s start the Casselton recycling program and Dollars for Scholars. He served on the City Council, the Board of the Casselton Airport Authority, Casselton Historical Church, and Casselton Medical Board. He received the Casselton Community Service award in 2007 for his many years of service to his community.

He was an amazing person who helped everyone in need. He was a servant, always trying to treat others as if they were Christ. Words cannot express the great joy he received spending time with his sons and their families. He loved working in his shop, crafting things out of wood, fishing, yardwork, reading a good book and supporting the community sports teams.

Vince was preceded in death by his parents, sister Katie Brown (Al), and sister-in-law Fran.

Surviving Vince is his loving and devoted wife of 49 years Bea, children Brad (Mona), Roger (Melanie), Dale (Yojani), and Gary (Trisha); grandchildren Shalom, Ben, Adam, Rachel, Emily, David, Anna, Daniel, Matthew, Sarah, Sara, Madelyn, Katie, and Joshua; siblings Nick (Mary Ann), John, Joe (Lillian), Clara (LeRoy) Fixen, Pete (Carol Engelbrit), and Bea (Marlin) Welk; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his in-laws, the Fritel family, to whom he was very close.

Special thanks to the excellent staff and nurses at Sanford Hospital, Sanford South Rehabilitation Center, and Rosewood on Broadway.

Memorials will be used to support the many local organizations with which Vince was involved.

Visitation: Tuesday from 5 to 7 in St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Casselton, ND, with a prayer service at 7.

Funeral: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at noon in St. Leo’s Catholic Church with visitation from 11 to noon..

Burial: St. Leo’s Cemetery

Condolences may be sent online at westfu


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Apr 23, 2012




Loraine Joyce (Jorgenson) Rose, the daughter of George and Dora (Lucke) Jorgenson was born May 1, 1928 in the family farm home of her parents near Pleasant Lake, North Dakota. She died at the age of 83 years on Wednesday, April 11, 1012 in the home of her son, Jay in rural Willow City, North Dakota.

Loraine, the second of two children, the older being her brother, Robert, was raised in the rural farm and ranch home of her parents and helped herd sheep on horseback as a young girl. She attended grade school in a country school near her home and the family later rented her a room in Rugby so she could attended and graduate from Rugby High School.

She completed her education at Minot Teachers College, earning her teaching certificate and taught at Broken Bone Township for two years, only being persuaded to return the second year with a raise and a new furnace.

On June 22, 1947, Loraine was united in marriage to Wallace Rose in the home of her parents in Pleasant Lake. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Rolette County for the first years of marriage, after which they moved to Willow City in 1950 and in 1952 they moved to Lordsburg Township in Bottineau County. Here they farmed and raised their three young sons on the Rose farm north of Overly. Loraine thoroughly enjoyed the farm lifestyle and livestock. She milked the cows all by hand and raised and dressed chickens for sale.

The couple tried the City life, moving to Bottineau in 1960, but soon returned to the farm by 1970. In 1974, she and Wally moved into Willow City. Wally died October 7, 2009. Loraine remained in her Willow City home until the winter of 2011 when she moved back to the family farm with Jay and Beth for her last time, where she bravely fought the effects of cancer, always keeping her sense of humor and wit about her.

Loraine was the state TOPS coordinator for 10 plus years and ironically was known for being an excellent cook and baker, sharing her homemade buns and caramel rolls with friends and neighbors. She was the peacekeeper of the family at heart, and greatly enjoyed her family. Loraine enjoyed music and sang heartedly and was fond of telling the stories of her early life to the children and grandchildren, especially the years she spent in Rugby attending high school.

She is survived by three sons, James (Wilma) of Wichita, KS, Jerry (Gloria) of Eden Prairie, MN and Jay (Beth) of Willow City; grandchildren, Justin Rose of Chicago, IL, Georgia Rose of Waconia, MN and Margaret (Joshua) Schmitke of Winona Lake, IN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one brother, Robert; and her parents.

Memorials in her memory may be made to the Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation Hospice Program of Rugby.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Rugby with burial in the Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby. Rev. Mike Pretzer, Pastor of First Lutheran Church, Rugby is officiating

There will be no visitation or reviewal.

Organist: Barb Lee

Soloist: Eldon Borgen “In the Garden” “The Old Rugged Cross”;

Congregational Hymns: “Just As I Am” “Amazing Grace”

Casket Bearers: David Welk, Myron Roen, Marlowe Roen, Justin Rose, Darryl Schniebel & George Smith.

Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.

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Apr 23, 2012



Funeral services were held Monday, April 16, 2012, at Valle Lutheran Church in Rolette for Leland Boyd Church, 67, who died Monday, April 9, 2012 at Trinity Medical Center in Minot.

Burial was in the Bisbee Lutheran Cemetery.

Leland Boyd Church was born May 17, 1944 in Cando, a son of Gordon and Tilda (Kroken) Church. Leland was raised in his parent’s home and received his education in the Bisbee School. Following his schooling, he went to work for Fred Simpson learning the well drilling business. In November of 1963, he was united in marriage to Carol Bonn. . In the early 1970’s, he started his own well drilling business and moved to Rolette where he operated the business for many years. Leland also owned and operated the Rolette Bar, hauled gravel, and did tree removal and dozer service work.

Leland is survived by his daughter Karen, Rolette; a son Keith, Rolette; eight grandchildren, four brothers, Clinton, Bisbee; James, Rolla; Dennis, Bennett, Colorado and Terry, Bisbee; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Audrey, and his parents.

Pastor John Hesford officiated. Music was provided by organist, LaVonne Ivey, with hymns by the congregation.

Casketbearers were Danny Foss, Maynard Jackson, Charles Bursinger, Randy Rost, John Cahill and King Azure. Honorary, all family and friends.

Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby.

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Apr 23, 2012




Marvin Laverne Aamodt, the son of John and Mabel (Opst-edal) Aamodt was born June 22, 1939 at Rugby, North Dakota. He died unexpectedly at the age of 72 years on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at his home in Rugby.

Marvin was raised in the home of his parents and attended grade school in a Russell Township school in Rolette County. He completed his education at Dunseith High School, graduating in 1957. Following high school, he enlisted into the U.S. Army on October 22, 1957 and served as radio operator until his honorable discharge on October 20, 1960. Following his military service, Marvin returned home to Thorne, North Dakota where he started his lifelong career in the management of grain elevators.. On June 16, 1962, he was united in marriage to Lorette Casavant at St. Michael’s Church in Thorne. Following their marriage, the couple would make their home and raise their family in several communities, including Hamberg, Towner, Churchs Ferry and Devils Lake where Marvin continued in the grain elevator operations in those communities. In June of 2001, Marvin accepted a position with the Heart of America Ag Center in Rugby and retired from there, ten years later. Marvin had a love for cars, both in collecting and repairing and enjoyed morning coffee with the guys.

He is survived by his wife, Lorette of Rugby; one son, Stacy of Leonard; three daughters, Vicki (Derek) Woidyla of Holdingford, Minnesota, Karen (Chad) Hunt of Devils Lake and Debbie (Dan) Billings of Bismarck; ten grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Robert of Rolette and Larry (Pat) of Goodyear, Arizona; one sister, Jeanette McBain of Osburn, Idaho; an aunt, Ella Lemieux of Rolla; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond; step-father, Casper Aamodt; and his parents, John and Mabel.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, April 17, at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Rugby, North Dakota. Burial will be at a later date in the Thorne Community Cemetery. Reverend Shawn Bowman, officiated.

There will be no visitation or reviewal.

Honorary Casket Bearers: The Grandchildren

Arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby

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