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Arne and Donna Hjelmstad

Jan 1, 2016

Arne (left) and Donna Hjelmstad

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church in Towner for Arne Leroy Hjelmstad, 89, who died Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Souris Valley Care Center in Velva, and for Madonna “Donna” Marie Hjelmstad, 85, who died Sunday, Dec. 27, at Souris Valley Care Center.

Burial was in Union Cemetery, Towner.

Arne was born January 26, 1926 in Holmes, a son of Iver & Sophie Hjelmstad. He was raised in his parents’ home and attended Union Township school. He farmed and was also a bulk truck driver in Grand Forks, the manager of the Farmers Union in Forman and Erie, and was a marketing representative for Cenex for 33 years.

He was a member of the Towner Community Volunteer Fire Department, chairman of the Zion Lutheran Church and the Towner Men’s golf club.

Donna was born March 7, 1930 in Grand Forks, a daughter of George & Agnes (Dorscher) Driscoll. She was raised in her parents’ home. She worked at the Headbolt Heater factory, as a waitress in a diner and at the Towner Variety Store.

She was a member of the Whist Club and Ladies Gold Club.

They married on Aug. 25, 1948 in Grand Forks, and lived in Holmes, Erie, Forman, Northwood, Towner, Somerset Court in Minot and, recently, the Souris Valley Care Center in Velva.

They are survived by their children, Arlen Hjelmstad, Hampden; Ranee Zens, Redfield, S.D.; Rynette Burckhard, Minot; daughter-in-law, Karen Hjelmstad, Towner; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; special family friend, Twila Larson, Towner; sister in law, Delores Hjelmstad; nices, nephews, other relatives and friends.

They were preceded in death by a son, Darwin; grandson, Jordan Severson; their parents; Arne’s siblings, Harry, Sarah Hjelmstad and Harriett Clemetson; Donna’s siblings, Joe Driscoll and Bernice Walsh.

Wally Fretland officiated.

Casketbearers were Eric Hjelmstad, Jason Severson, Chad Hjelmstad, Tayton Hjelmstad, Matt Gross, Jason Bollinger, Brent Knutson, Zac Christianson, Mac Hansen and Darrell Rice.

Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home of Towner. Online registry: funeralsbyanderson.com

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