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Elda Mae Steen

November 15, 1931 to February 15, 2015

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.

Her funeral service was held Friday, February 20, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.
Burial took place at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Elda Mae was born on November 15, 1931 to Lily (Voth) and Hector Riebhoff in Melcohm Township, McLean County on her grandparent’s farm. She was the only girl and had two older brothers, Earl and Donald. Her father, Hector, passed away from a heart attack in 1934 when she was only 3 ½ years old. Her mom, Lily, married Alvin Simonson in November of that same time and he was the only dad she ever knew. From this union came another brother, Wayne. Elda Mae was raised in Turtle Lake when she was young and moved to Minot with her family when she was about 8 years old.

She married the love of her life, Howland Steen, on September 16, 1955 in Minot, ND. They made their home and raised their family on a farm in Bottineau County. They had six children: Sharon, Becky, Cathy, Howard, Shelly, and Donald. When the children were growing up Elda Mae was a 4-H leader. She was also a member of the local Homemakers group and Trinity Lutheran Church in Glenburn, ND.

Elda Mae loved to cook, bake, and can and the family always had a large garden that included MANY LONG rows of potatoes. Every fall there were hundreds of quarts and pints of canned fruits, vegetables, pickles, tomato juice, catsup, chili sauce, sauerkraut, and anything else you could think of that could be preserved. She also had her family help freeze any other garden produce that wasn’t canned to include strawberries, rhubarb, beans, peas, corn, and squash. What wonderful meals were made and shared from all of this lovingly preserved garden bounty. Her children and older grandchildren remember fondly the meals that were taken to the field every fall during harvest time. Living on the farm she also supervised and helped butcher chickens and pigs. Elda Mae was also a good seamstress and made hooded towels for her grand and great-grandchildren and numerous quilts for her children and grandchildren. She taught her daughters how to sew most of their clothes as well as curtains and home decorating items.

Howland developed health problems later in life and Elda Mae was his devoted caregiver for 13 years. Howland passed away in June of 2004. Elda Mae continued to live on the farm and moved into Minot in 2006. Prior to moving into The View in December of 2014 she had lived in an apartment in the south part of Minot. For the past couple of winters Elda Mae got back her desire to sew and was active in helping the Bethany Quilters make quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Elda Mae had a very strong faith in God and she passed that faith along to her children. Prayers for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were a part of her every morning and evening routine. She was a wonderful loving mother, most favorite mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Elda Mae is survived by daughters, Sharon (Richard) Torgerson, Cathy (James) DeGree, both of Minot, ND, Shelly (Terry) Hansen, Lansford, ND; son, Howard (Shelly Zacher) Steen, Minot, ND; and son-in-law, Russell Hansen, Deering, ND; brother-in-law, Harvey (Linda) Steen; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 3 maternal aunts; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howland; parents, Hector Riebhoff, Lily and Alvin Simonson; daughter, Becky Hansen; son, Donald; granddaughter, Renae Hansen; and great-grandson, Anthony Hansen; brothers, Earl Riebhoff, Donald Riebhoff, and Wayne Simonson.

Mathilda Knutson

November 13, 1924 to February 15, 2015

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

Her funeral service was held Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Evanger Lutheran Church, rural Kenmare.

Burial will take place at Evanger Cemetery in the spring of 2015.

Tillie was born November 13, 1924 to Joseph and Mary (Fuchs) Ethen. Tillie was raised on a farm near Tolley, ND. She attended a one room country school and graduated from Tolley High School in 1943.

She worked at the Naval Powder Factory in Indianhead, Maryland during the war. She married George L. Knutson on April 19, 1948 in Tolley and they lived and farmed in Norma, ND, Rockford Township, Renville County. In 1965 they made their home in Kenmare.

Tillie is survived by her 10 daughters, Sharon (Arlyn) Emmel, Kenmare, Sonja Nidaros, Minot, Sandra (Mark) Carey, Minot, Gloria Barbot, Bismarck, Diane (Kevin), Barbot, Rolette, Lynn Gronvold, Box Elder, SD, Patti Knutson, Kuna, ID, Deloris (Myron) Stolt, Anamoose, Joan (Mike) Lacher, Hazelton, and Mary Knutson, Jamestown; five sons, Daniel (Billie Sue) Knutson, Plentywood, MT, Johan (Mary) Knutson, Casselton, Bernard Knutson, Kenmare, George L. (Norma) Knutson Jr., Cut Bank, MT, and Jerome Knutson, Minot; sisters, Verna Moore, Austin, TX, Deloris Gilroy, Bryans Road, MD, and Louise Anderson, Minot; 34 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; sisters, Marie Gore, Bena Kee, Ileen Everhart, and Elenora Ethen; and brothers, Bernard, Edward, Lawrence, and Francis Ethen.

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.

March Deaths
Geraldine “Jeri” Himle, 81, passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County, in Douglas, Wyoming.

Joyce Moran, 82, Minot, died Monday, March 10, 2014 in a Minot nursing home.

Duane L. Roen, 89, Hudson, Wisconsin, formerly of Lansford and Minot, passed away on March 19, 2014 at the Christian Community Home in Hudson, Wisconsin.

April Deaths
Myrtle Miller, 76, rural Lansford, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Merrill "Bud" Olson, 85, Ada, MN, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada.

Kenneth Jerome Strand, 63, Mohall, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at a Kenmare hospital.

Kevin Martin Thom, 59, Dickinson, formerly of Mohall, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at a Bismarck hospital.

Frank William Carlson, 83, Bismarck, passed away April 16, 2014 at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center.

William “Brad” Carnduff, 29, Sidney, MT, died Monday evening, April 21, 2014, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Burton (Burt) Clyde Witham, 94, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2014 at Mariposa Gardens in Osoyoos, BC.

Leo Joseph Mayer, 77, passed away April 28, 2014 at his home in Gridley, CA.

May Deaths
Rev. Richard R. Bahe, 85, Alexandria, MN, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Marjorie Thelma Eldred, 86, Mohall, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Marvin Stanley Satterlund, 91, rural Carpio, died Monday, May 12, 2014, at a Minot hospital.

Linda Jill Legault, age 70, passed away Friday, May 23, 2014 after a long, courageous battle against multiple cancers.

Dennis Helming passed away at 5:25 a.m. on May 24, 2014.

Myron R. Heath, 71, formerly of Lansford, died May 28, 2014 in the Flagstone Senior Living Facility in The Dalles, Oregon.

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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