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Debbie Aasen

March 25, 1965 to May 15, 2015

Deborah Helen Aasen, 50, Mohall, died Friday, May 15, 2015, at a Minot hospital.

Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 1:00 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, Mohall.

Burial will be in Mohall Community Cemetery, Mohall
A Sharing of Memories Service will be held today, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the Church.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Brose Funeral Home, Mohall.

Debbie was born March 25, 1965, in Bismarck, to Donald W. and Karilyn (Nelson) Kuehn. She lived briefly on her grandfather’s, Carl Kuehn, ranch before moving to her mother’s parents’ homestead seven miles west of Washburn. There, with her younger sister, Kammey, she attended Washburn Public School until graduating in 1983. She was in 4-H, band and choir, FFA, and she was named FFA Sweetheart in 1982. Also, she was a homecoming candidate in her senior year. She was a member of a small rural church, Birka Lutheran, but was later confirmed at First Lutheran in Washburn. Growing up, Debbie enjoyed the many aspects of rural life: raising cattle and pigs, and yes, even chickens. She loved horses and cats and dogs, and enjoyed swimming. She told stories from time to time of the adventures of taking lunch to her father in the field during spring planting and fall harvest.

She received an Associate’s Degree in Journalism from Bismarck Junior College in 1985 and was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Junior Colleges and was named Outstanding Journalism Student at BJC. She then moved to Minot where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Minot State University. In 1987, she began working for KXMC as part of her college requirements and later landed a permanent job with the news department in June of 1988. Over the years, she filled positions as photographer, field reporter, producer, anchor, and assignment editor. She became the Education Reporter and started the Golden Apple Award to honor area teachers. She was also instrumental in creating The Prairie Pastor series which is still airing today. She enjoyed meeting new people, not only celebrities, but also people with interesting hobbies or unique stories to tell. She liked the challenge of putting those stories into a meaningful 90-seconds on television. Debbie received awards for her writing from the Northwest Broadcast News Association and for her reporting from the ND Associated Press. She was also recognized with a media award from the State Mental Health Association, and with her colleagues from the NDEA for an in-depth series on children’s issues. Out of that came the birth of the Minot Commission on Youth, of which she was a charter member. She also received the Friend of Education award from the Minot Public School District. She remained at KXMC until 2009. She later served as the Staff Development Coordinator at Good Samaritan Society in Mohall until her illness prevented her from working any longer. Debbie was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 39.

Debbie was working at KXMC when she met the love of her life, Richard Joseph Aasen, of Mohall. They were married on September 19, 1992. They made their first home in Burlington, but later moved to a small farmstead one mile south of Mohall. They had two children together, Tanner born in October of 1993, and Taylor, born in May of 1998. Debbie adored being a mom; she always had a humorous anecdote about her family. Her children were a great source of pride and joy. She enjoyed reading, watching old sitcoms, fishing, darts, cards, and camping. She especially looked forward to their annual camping trips to Minnesota with her sister and their friends. Debbie was a woman of deep faith and was active in her church, Zion Lutheran Church, Mohall, where she taught Sunday School and also enjoyed producing video presentations for the congregation. She was a member of the MLS School Board for the past five years. She was also a Cub Scout leader for a short time. She also dabbled in other writing pursuits, including a novel and several poems. Debbie touched many lives and will be deeply missed. She could turn the world on with her smile.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Aasen; son, Tanner Aasen; and daughter, Taylor Aasen, all of Mohall; sister, Kammey (Mark) Mahowald, Woodbury, MN; brother-in-law, Mike (Cheryl) Aasen, Sherwood, sisters-in-law, Judy (Tom) Gehringer, Mohall; Jerrie (Ron) Johnson, Mohall; aunts, Bev (Byron) Zingg, McClusky; Eloise Kuehn, Park Rapids, MN; and uncle, Lynn Starck, New Salem; special colleague and friend, Mike Heilman, Burlington; and many nieces and nephews.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Karilyn Kuehn; mother- and father-in-law, Roy and Virginia (Mayer) Aasen; her grandparents, Martha, Carl, and Esther Kuehn, and Ralph and Helen Nelson; uncle, Melvin Kuehn; and aunts, Elaine Ivanecky and Betty Starck.
(Brose Funeral Home, Mohall)

January Deaths
Robert Johnson, 77, Sherwood, died Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at a Minot nursing home.

Connie May, 64, of Grafton, formerly of rural Mohall, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at a Grand Forks hospital, surrounded by her caregivers.

Marilyn Carter, 88, Sherwood, died Saturday, January 10, 2015, at her home.

Allen Merle Johnson, 75, of Manhattan, KS, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 10, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

John Gilford Johnson, 102, of Bemidji, MN died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Goldpine Home in Bemidji.

Marian Alice (Olson) Becker, much loved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt, 85, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 15, 2015 in Rochester, Minnesota.

Lloyd Lampson, 93, Mohall, died Saturday, January 17, 2015, at a Mohall nursing home.

Jean Krohn-Jaman, age 79, of Minot, died Saturday, January 17, 2015 in a Minot nursing home.

William Burke Allen, 87, Grand Forks, formerly of Mohall, died Monday, January 19, 2015, at a Grand Forks hospital.

February Deaths
Nathan Daniel Duerre, 47, Bismarck, formerly of Mohall, died Friday, February 6, 2015, at a Bismarck hospital.

Arlene Mavis Watland, 90, Richardton, formerly of Antler and Mohall, died Sunday, February 15, 2015, at a Richardton care center.

Elda Mae Steen, 83, Minot, formerly of Maxbass and Glenburn, entered her heavenly home Sunday, February 15, 2015, from Trinity Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Mathilda “Tillie” Knutson, 90, Kenmare, died Sunday, February 15, 2015, at a Kenmare hospital.

Merle Jeanne Haerter, 86, passed away on February 18, 2015 at her home.

Larry Berglof, 78, Apache Junction, AZ died Thursday, February 19, 2015 in his home surrounded by family.

Donna Strand, 87, Minot, and formerly of Tolley, ND, passed away Friday, February 27, 2015, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.

Helen Josephine Klatt, 90, Rugby and formerly of Mohall, died Saturday, February 28, 2015 in a Rugby nursing home.

March Deaths
Daniel J. Dougherty, 87, of Detroit Lakes, MN died Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Essentia Health - Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes, MN.

Surrounded by his loving family, Arnold Joseph Brilz, 84, formerly of Mohall and Minot, ND, left this world from the Highmore Healthcare Facility in Highmore, South Dakota on Friday, March 6, 2015 to join his Heavenly Father.

Phyllis Richardson, 82, Minot, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 11, 2015, surrounded by her loving family in her daughter’s home in Minot.

Collin Brian Heath, 31, died March 14, 2015, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, TX 10 hours following emergency surgery for a severe kidney infection.

Father Kenneth Wald, 83, Minot, ND, formerly of Bismarck and Douglas, completed his journey to meet his Lord on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.

Ardes Emogene Spaulding, of Huron, South Dakota, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, at the age of 90.

On March 27th, 2015, MaryAnn E. Haskins passed away peacefully after suffering from a stroke in June 2014.

Joann Centanaro, 78, Mohall, died Saturday, March 28, 2015, at a Mohall nursing home.

Marvin Streich, 77, Minot, ND, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.

April Deaths
Curtis Slapnicka, 61, Minot, ND, formerly of Mohall, ND, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.

May Deaths

June Deaths
Darlene Helgeson, 74, Minot, ND, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND.

Hedvig Overton, 93, Kenmare, ND, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in a Kenmare Hospital.

Wayne Clifford Hill, 82, passed away at his home on Sunday, June 8th, 2014.

Gerald C. Vendsel, 92, formerly of Grano, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at a Mohall nursing home.

Marvin Helmers, 88, Carpio, ND, died Thursday, June 12, 2014 in a Minot hospital.

Bertha Borghild Fitzgerald, 96, Mohall, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, peacefully in her sleep at a Mohall nursing home.

July Deaths
Marilyn Elizabeth Witteman, 73, Mohall, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Viola May Halvorson, 96, Mohall, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at a Mohall nursing home.

Lauren L. McLain, 87, Lansford, ND, died Tuesday, July 9, 2014, at his home.

George Edward Solar, 90, Minot, formerly of Mohall, died Friday, July 11, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Harry “Bud” Fuller, 93, Minot, formerly of Sherwood, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Trinity Hospital, in Minot.

Carol Ann Evanger, 74, Bismarck, formerly of Mohall, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in a Bismarck hospital.

Edith Maye Clark, 80, Maxbass, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at her home.

Lois Johnson Spielvogel, 93, Mohall, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at a Mohall nursing home.

August Deaths
Irene Schmalz, formerly of Killdeer, North Dakota, passed away August 5, 2014 at the Benedictine Living Center of Garrison after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Ethel Elsberry, 80, of Williston, ND, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Williston with her family by her side.

Calman Eben “Jake” Allen, 69, Prescott, WA, formally of Tuttle, ND, lost his courageous 2½-year battle with lung cancer on August 11, 2014, with his wife and daughter by his side.

Robert “Bob” Harry Hurdelbrink, 90, Minot, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at his residence.

Vincent Feist, Jr., 72, Minot, formerly of Sherwood, went to be with our Lord on Saturday, August 16, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Betty Jo (Lemmon) Eldridge of Fort Benton, MT went home to be with Jesus on August 19, 2014.

September Deaths
Arnold Neil Sakshaug, 86, Bismarck, passed away on September 5, 2014, at St. Gabriel’s Community.

Doris Engstrom, age 88, of Westhope, North Dakota passed away Friday, September 12, 2014 at a Bottineau hospital.

Leon “Cub” Hembree passed away at a Minot hospital on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Earl Stanley Engh, Sr., 85, Sherwood, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 22, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Glenn Gates, 66, Mohall, passed away on Saturday,
September 27, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Delores Jean Triplett, longtime Lansford educator and musician, died on September 28, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Center in Mohall, ND.

October Deaths
Dennis Paul Newgard, 76, Mohall, died Thursday, October 9, 2014, at his home.

Kathleen (Kaye) Ione Carlson, 86, Bismarck, passed away October 13, 2014 at Missouri Slope Care Center.

Diane Jean Coates, 67, West Monroe, Louisiana, passed away October 17, 2014, in Hallsville, TX.

Randall Paul “Randy” Johnson, 64, Mohall, died Saturday, October 18, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Robert Joseph Savelkoul, age 72, a Lansford area farmer, lost his battle with cancer on October 19, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona.

Carole Derr Asheim, 89, Mohall, died Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

June Ruth Schmitz, 88, Minot, died Friday, October 24, 2014 in a Minot Adult Foster Care Center.

November Deaths
Ronald L. Schumacher, known as Opa by his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren and “Hoot” to a select few, passed away unexpectedly on November 3, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.

Ronald David Bruder, 65, rural Mohall, died Friday, November 7, 2014 in his home.

Ida Berntson, 93, Grand Forks, ND, formerly of Minot, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014, at Woodside Village in Grand Forks.

Vivian S. Becker, 102, Mohall, died Sunday, November 23, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

The world lost a wonderful beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother when Frances Sagsveen passed away surrounded by her children on November 29, 2014.

December Deaths

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