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Lorraine Frances Welk

Jan 16, 2021

Jan.14, 1927 – Jan. 6, 2021

Lorraine Frances Welk,

the daughter of Martin

and Mable (Westgard)

Fosness was born on

January 14, 1927 in Pierce

County, North Dakota.

She died at the age of 93

years on Wednesday,

January 6, 2021 at the

Heart of America Care

Center in Rugby, North


Lorraine was the fourth

of six children and was

raised on her family farm

near Barton, North Dako-

ta. She graduated from

Barton High School in

1945. On November 2,

1945, she was united in

marriage to Carl C. Welk

in her family farm home.

In the spring of 1946, the

couple purchased a farm

west of Barton where they

made their home, raised

their family, farmed and

ranched for 39 years. The

couple retired and lived

in Barton for 20 years be-

fore moving to Rugby in

2005. Carl died on June

3, 2006. Lorraine was a

member of St. Paul’s

Lutheran Church in Wil-

low City. She enjoyed

cooking, baking and

spending time with her

grandchildren and great


Lorraine is survived by

her children, Marlin (Bea)

of Rugby and their chil-

dren, Lindee Welk (Brad

Douglas) and Kelly

(Megan) Welk; Linda

(Ron) Wolf of Fargo and

their children, Chad

(Jaime) Wolf, Brandi

(Stewart) Pierce and Teri

(Danny) Kava; Wayne

(Barb) of Willow City and

their children, Leslie

(Mike) Dartt, Myron (Tabi-

tha) Welk and Derick

Welk; and Jay (Tracie) of

Willow City and their

children, Kirsten (Kyle)

Hass and Jayden

(Breanne) Welk; 20 great

grandchildren and one

great-great grandchild; si-

blings, Merle Ness and El-

vera Fedje; nieces,

nephews; other relatives

and friends. She was pre-

ceded in death by her

parents Martin and Mabel

Fosness, two brothers,

Leonard Fosness and Earl

Fossness and one sister,

Mavis Young.

Funeral services will be

held at 11:00 a.m. Satur-

day, January 16 at St. Paul

Lutheran Church in Rug-

by with burial at 12:00

noon in the Marker

Cemetery, rural Rugby.

Pastor Joshua Reimche,


Visitation was from

4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Fri-

day, January 15 with a

prayer service and sharing

of memories that began at

6:00 p.m. at the Anderson

Funeral Home in Rugby.

Visitation will continue

on Saturday for one hour

prior to the time of ser-

vices at the church.

Organist: Dianne Mon-


Vocalist: Tabitha Welk

Casket Bearers:

Grandchildren, Lindee &

Kelly Welk, Chad Wolf,

Brandi Pierce, Teri Kava,

Leslie Dartt, Myron & Der-

ick Welk, Kirsten Hass

and Jayden Welk

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:



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