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Nov 27, 2012

H. Carroll


H. Carroll Gilbertson, 81, of Maddock, ND, died Sunday evening October 28, 2012 at St. Aloisius Medical Center in Harvey. Funeral services were Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Viking Lutheran Church, rural Maddock, with Pastor Allen Campbell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Casket bearers were: Doug Arnston, Dean Broten, Tilford Broten, Alf Dybing, Matt Gilbertson, Tom Gilbertson, Brad Hovland and Gerry Ostlie. Vocalists were Nancy Abrahamson and Kenneth Gilbertson with Joann Bergrud, organist. Special readings were from Jim Gilbertson and Dorothy Stegman. The Nelson Funeral Home of Maddock was in charge of the arrangements.

Howard Carroll Gilbertson was born February 9, 1931 to Amos and Benora (Broten) Gilbertson on the family farm south of Maddock, ND. He was educated at the Quarve #3 and Bergsgaard rural schools and graduated in 1949 from the Benson County Agricultural and Training School at Maddock. Carroll farmed all of his life, operating a grain and cattle farm. Carroll married Doris Hanson in November of 1951 at Viking Lutheran Church. Doris passed away in 1974. He married Joan Lysne in October of 1976 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Devils Lake. The couple moved into Maddock in 1996.

Carroll was baptized, confirmed and a life member of Viking Lutheran Church, where he had served on several boards. He was the last elected member of the Quarve rural school and served on the Maddock Public School Board during the construction of the new school. Carroll was a 4-H leader for 17 years, a member and past officer of the Farmers Union. He enjoyed raising and training horses, trail rides, held memberships in several saddle clubs around the state and was a charter member of the Benson County Rodeo Association. Carroll also enjoyed threshing shows, fiddle music at the Peace Garden, country music, dancing and especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife: Joan of Maddock; a son: Kenneth (Debbie) Gilbertson of Spokane, WA; daughters: Nancy (David) Abrahamson of Maddock and Mary Ann (Dale) Broe of Rugby, ND; Joan’s daughters: Michelle Anderson of Chandler, AZ, Rochelle (Steve) Paulson of Grand Forks and Janelle (Colin) Richholt of Chandler, AZ; 10 grandchildren: Chad (Melanie) Gilbertson, Melissa (Jose) Garcia, LeAnn Ostlie, Shane Ostlie, Lexi Broe, Chaalse, Danielle, and Clayton Paulson, Christian and Ethan Richholt; 4 great-grandchildren: Kelsey Gilbertson, Briana and Logan Garcia and Kenadee Ostlie; a sister: Betty Jacobson of Maddock; sisters-in-law: Orpha (Duane) Howard of Sheyenne, Joyce Hanson of Devils Lake, Faye (Ron) Gibbens of Grand Forks, Gail (Wendell) Grondahl of Maddock and a brother-in-law: Mark Lysne of Maddock, numerous nieces and a nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; first wife: Doris in 1974; a son: Johnie Gilbertson in 1978; mothers-in-law and fathers-in-law: Gunder & Helga Hanson and Roald & Doris Lysne and a brother-in-law: Glenn Hanson.

Online condolences can be sent to www.thenelsonfuneralhome.com

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Nov 27, 2012

Ann Schall

Ann Marie (Axtman) Schall, the daughter of Florian and Mary Eva (Leboldus) Axtman was born in her parent’s farm home in rural Tuscarora Township, Pierce County (north of Balta), North Dakota on August 6, 1924. She died at the age of 88 years on Monday, November 12, 2012 at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby.

Ann was raised in the rural farm home of her parents north of Balta, North Dakota and attended a country school one quarter mile from her home, graduating from Balta High School in 1942. After her schooling, she helped on the farm and worked for area farmers and neighbors; also helping in the cook car at threshing time. On October 27, 1947, she was united in marriage to Nick Schall Jr. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Balta. Following their marriage, the couple made their home, raised their family and farmed on the Schall Family farm near Fulda, North Dakota. In 1978, the couple retired into Rugby. In Rugby, Ann worked in housekeeping at the Econo Lodge for a number of years. She was a former member of St. Anselm’s Catholic Church in Fulda and taught CCD classes there for several years. She was a current member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, the Confraternity of Christian Mothers; the Eagles Auxiliary, where she held various offices and received the “Mrs. Eagle Award”; a member of the Tunbridge Homemakers; a charter member of the North Dakota Historical Society and served as secretary for the Germans from Russia Heritage Society. Ann also served as the recording secretary for the Catholic Order of Foresters, served as an election judge for many years in the township, and enjoyed playing cards and keeping busy with her flower garden.

Ann is survived by her husband, Nick; children, Diane Dodd of Rugby, Duane (Carlotta) of Towner and David (Paula Steiert) of Bismarck; grandchildren, Becky (Jamie Ferensic) Heilman, Cindy (Craig) Williams, Dustin (Bobbi) Schall, Travis, Mandy (Mike) McNeff and Beth (Phil) Berg; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Andrew Axtman of Rugby; a sister, Elizabeth Angstadt of Rugby; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Louis, August and Rochus; sister, Helen Lascurain; sister in law, Mary Brown Axtman; and her parents.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2012 at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with burial in the church cemetery. Father Tom Graner, Celebrant.

Organist: Glenda Mack

Vocalist/Cantor: Galen Mack

Readers: Paula Steiert Cindy Williams Mike McNeff

Casket Bearers: Dustin Schall, Travis Schall, Craig Williams, Mike McNeff, Phil Berg and Tyler Williams

Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.

Online registry at www.funeralsbyanderson.com

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Nov 27, 2012



A funeral mass was held Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Harvey for Harland Mears, 86, Harvey, who died at St. Aloisius Hospital.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Harland was born February 16, 1926 near Wolford, a son of Simon and Marion (Arnold) Mears. He attended schools in and near Wolford and Rugby. From 1954 to 1956 he was serving in the Army, and he was stationed in Virginia. After being discharged, he returned to Rugby, where he worked as an electrician for James Romig, and for his brother on a farm. In 1958 he started working for Otter Tail Power Company, and until 1991 was a lineman and service representative for the Rugby, Michigan, Devils Lake and Harvey divisions. On June 6 1959, he married Jeanette E. Mahler in Bottineau.

He was a member of the Wells Eagles Aerie #3080, the Harvey American Legion post, the Harvey Knights of Columbus council and the St. Cecilia Catholic Church.

He is survived by daughters, Marilyn Demory, Harvey; Sandra Anderson, Moorhead, Minn.; son, Dennis Mears, Milbank, S.D.; eight grandchildren, sister, Luella Avens, Billings, Mont.; and mother-in-law, Aleda Mahler, Harvey.

Harland was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two children at birth; brothers Tom, Jim, John and Alex; and sister, Elizabeth Halvorson.

Arrangements by Hertz Funeral Home of Harvey.

Lula Rader

Funeral services were held Monday, November 12, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church in Maddock for Lula Rader, 92, Maddock, who died Thursday, November 8 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford.

Burial was in the Hartline Cemetery in Hartline, Wash.

Lula was born April 10, 1920 in Latah County, Idaho, a daughter of Harry and Catharine (Rutherford) Hathaway. She was raised in the Farmington, Wash. area, where she went to grade school, and graduated from high school in Deer Park, Wash. In 1937 she married Clarence Rader, but they later divorced. Lula attended business school and the University of Washington in Seattle. She worked as a bookkeeper, and then a sorter for the US Postal Service, beginning in Kalamazoo, Mich. in 1965. Twenty years later she retired from the Seattle Post Office. In 2006 she moved to Maddock, where she lived in the Parkview Apartments and then the Maddock Memorial Home.

She was a member of the Latah Country Bible Church in Latah, Wash., and the Zion Lutheran Brethren Church.

She is survived by daughter, Patricia Shaffer, Maddock; son Jerry Rader, Alderwood Manor, Wash.; four grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Marion Rader; sister, Ella Baker; infant sister, Nora; infant brother, Ambrose; and brothers, Ray and Clyde Hathaway.

Pastor Luther Mathison officiated at the service. Music was provided by Arlyss Bergrud, soloist, and Kathy Daeley, pianist.

Pastor Mark Mewhinney officiated the burial.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home of Maddock.



Funeral services were held Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Leeds Lutheran Church for Russell Michaels, 77, Leeds, who died Monday, November 12 at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake.

Burial was in Churchs Ferry Cemetery.

Russell was born October 3, 1935 in Mandan, a son of Oscar and Louise (Ritteman) Michaels. He was raised in and lived in Judson, until the age of 12 when his family moved to the Churchs Ferry area. He graduated from Churchs Ferry High School in 1953, and later drove semi-trucks for Sweetheart Bread. On August 1, 1959, he married Doris Else at the Hurricane Lake Lutheran Church in rural York. They lived in Devils Lake for a year, and then moved to the family farm in Irvine Township, rural Leeds.

He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Churchs Ferry, until it closed. He was also a member of the Devils Lake Elks, a member of the Leeds Lutheran Church, and he served on the Irvine Township board since 1974.

He is survived by his wife, daughter, Jessica Michaels, Grand Forks; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Ann Fox.

Pastor Mike Pretzer officiated. Music was provided by Dan Nybo, organist, and Dan Stave and Steve Rohrer.

Casketbearers were Paul Christenson, Dave DePlazes, Chris Dahlen, Doug Dulmage, Dan Stave and Steve Rohrer.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home of Leeds.

Judy Stevens

Judy Kaye (Austin) Stevens died Monday, November 12, 2012 under the care of her family and hospice in Baltimore, Maryland.

Judy was born on June 9th, 1940 to Raleigh and Jane (Greene) Austin in Rugby, North Dakota. She was a graduate of Rugby High School, class of 1959. For the most part of her life, she worked as a Nurse’s Assistant at several hospital, including the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby. Her greatest joy was raising her seven children, always being a proud and loving mother. They were her life’s accomplishment. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Dennis Morkert of Sterling, Colorado; Deborah Morkert of Clinton, Massachusetts; Diane Lowe of Pasadena, Maryland; Deanna Palmer of Sugar City, Idaho; Darrek Morkert of Nampa, Idaho, Diana Antwi-Ayim of Marlboro, Massachusetts; and Donna Taylor of Pendleton, Oregon; 11 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Shirley Austin of Vacaville, California; Susan Soby or Anchorage, Alaska; and Marjorie Austin of Rugby; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one brother, Dennis Austin; and her parents.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home of Baltimore and the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.

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