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Jul 13, 2012

Al Axtman

Al Axtman, 82, a longtime Williston resident, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family.

His Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday morning, July 7, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church by Father Russell Kovash. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery.

An Evening Vigil with a Rosary was held Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Everson Memorial Chapel.

Al Axtman was born May 4, 1930 in Rugby, North Dakota to John J. Axtman and Magdalena (Wolf) Axtman. He was raised on the family farm and attended the nearby elementary school in Balta, North Dakota.

On September 22, 1953, Al was married to Bertha (Sattler) at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orrin, North Dakota. They soon made Williston their home and have lived there ever since.

He achieved his G.E.D. at UND-W after his children went off to college.

Al worked at MDU for 38 years, retiring in 1992 as foreman of the gas department.

After retiring, Al and Bertha were always “a team” whether traveling or volunteering. Together they enjoyed many bus trips which gave them the opportunity to meet new friends and to visit 47 states. One of Al’s favorite trips was to Branson, MO.

Actively volunteering in the community was another passion of Al’s. He helped to coordinate the blood drive, participated in the Right to Life month for the Knights of Columbus and was dedicated to helping St. Joseph’s Parish as a Eucharistic minister, a member of the Mardi Gras Committee and helped in any way that he could. Al was always willing to serve the community and in 2003, Bertha and Al were the first couple to be honored with the Ehrenburger Award.

Al was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a member of the Williston Moose Lodge, and a life member of the Knights of Columbus.

Al is survived by his wife, Bertha Axtman of Williston, ND; son, Myron (Amy) Axtman of Dickinson, ND and their children, Nick and Jason (RaeAnne); daughter, Marlys Axtman of San Tan Valley, AZ and her special friend, Hilmer, and her children, Josh (Vicki), Dan and Tom Jangula; daughter, Marilyn (Ames) Sailer of Bismarck, ND and their children, Ryan, Cory and Kyle; brothers, Leonard (Sylvia) Axtman of Monroe, WA, Ray (Adeline) Axtman of Great Falls, MT, John Jr. (Lorraine) Axtman of Rugby, ND; and his sisters, Leona Schmidt, Rugby, ND and Helen (Richard) Hamers, Great Fall, MT.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, John and Magdalena Axtman; brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Hilda Axtman; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bertha and Fred Hirst, Regina and Pete Schneider; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Martin and Elizabeth Sattler and brother-in-law Norman Sattler.

Everyone is welcome to visit to share memories of Al or leave condolences for the family.

Friends called at Everson Funeral Home Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at the church for the hour preceding the funeral.

The Everson Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.

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Jul 13, 2012



Funeral services were held Friday, July 13, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church, Towner, for Myrtle Livedalen, 97, who died Monday, July 9, at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby.

Burial was in Union Cemetery, Towner.

Myrtle was born April 13, 1915 in Williston, a daughter of Oliver and Matilda (Erikson) Holm. She grew up on the family farm north of Appam, and attended Appam and Alamo schools before graduating from Williston High School in 1934. She graduated with her teacher’s certificate from Minot State Teachers College in 1936, and taught in Appam, Ray, Bantry and Towner. She continued her schooling in the summer months to obtain her degree so she could teach high school classes. On June 10, 1946, she married William (Bill) Livedalen in Sidney, Mont. They made their home on the family ranch northwest of Towner, and she was a substitute teacher in Towner. The couple moved into Towner in 1996. She continued to live in Towner until 2009, when she moved to the Haaland Estates in Rugby, and in 2011 to the Heart of America Care Center.

She was a member of the Towner VFW Auxiliary for many years. She also was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, serving as treasurer, serving on the church council, and quilting with the church ladies group.

She is survived by a son, Gregory Livedalen, Bottineau; sisters, Lillian (Laverne) Miller, Williston; Ruth Sorenson and Doris Tuski, Westport, Wash.; Nina Taylor, Seattle, Wash.; sister-in-law, Vera Holm of Appam; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; brothers William, Oliver, Wesley, and Ole Holm; sisters, Selma (Sally) Hill, Helen Kent, Mabel Anderson and Linda Pepper.

Pastor Linda Wimmer and Mr. Wally Fretland officiated. Music was provided by Sharon St. Aubin.

Casketbearers were Tim Holm, Douglas Holm, Alan Holm, Trent Livedalen, Shane Livedalen, Trevor Livedalen.

Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Towner.

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Jul 13, 2012

Liston Grider

Funeral services will be held today at 10:00 a.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby for Liston Mac “Sonny” Grider, 81, Bottineau, who died Sunday, July 8 at St. Andrew’s Health Center, Bottineau.

Burial will be in Persilla Watts Cemetery in Rugby.

Liston was born August 28, 1930 in York, a son of Liston and Rosa (Hamilton) Grider. He grew up in York and attended school in Rugby. While attending high school, and for two years after that, he worked at Citizen’s State Bank before moving to Lake Worth, Fla. On March 2, 1951, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Signal Corps before being honorably discharged on March 1, 1953. He then moved to New York City and became a bank examiner with the Federal Reserve. In 1983 he retired and moved to Towner. Later on he moved to Rugby, Willow City, and Bottineau.

He is survived by many nieces, nephews; a siste Lylis Christenson, Rugby; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Lareene “Beanie” Bednarz and Lucille Hermanson.

Pastor Mike Pretzer will officiate. Burial will be done with military honors accorded by the Clarence Larson American Legion Post #23-Honor & Color Guard, Rugby, and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Detail.

Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.

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