Doris KarlstadOn Monday, September 20, 2010 Doris died at the age of eighty-eight years.
Doris Velma Johnson was born on January 4, 1922 at the family farm in Steele County, ND, the daughter of William and Bertina (Halstad) Johnson. Doris grew up in Steele County where she attended country school in Sherbrook Township. As a young adult she moved to Moorhead, MN where she completed high school and graduated in 1940.
On June 21, 1943 Doris was united in marriage to Hjalmer Karlstad at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, MN. They made their home on the family farm north of Mayville where they were blessed with two children, Harlan and Joanne. In 1962 Doris and Hjalmer left the farm and bought a motel in Lisbon, ND. They operated the Island Park Motel until their retirement in 1982.
Following her retirement Doris took up golfing and became an excellent golfer. She won several local tournaments. While golfing she met and became close friends with many people. Out of these friendships Doris became a member of her Birthday Group. The members of this group are remarkable for their loyalty, dedication and the kindness they show each other.
Doris had many enjoyments in life. She was skilled at embroidery, sewing and needlepoint. She was a great cook and baker; often she would make traditional Norwegian foods. One of her specialties was Sunnfjord lefse, a fantastically delicious treat. Doris and Hjalmer loved going dancing whenever they could; often they were the life of the party. Each year they would travel to a Minnesota lake to spend time with family and friends. Doris loved to catch and eat fish. She also was excellent at telling jokes; she really enjoyed making people laugh. One of her brightest moments was when she successfully taught all of her children and grandchildren how to tell a joke in Norwegian. Another fun holiday tradition that Doris and Hjalmer participated in was julebukking; the Norwegian tradition of disguising yourself and dropping in on friends.
Doris’ Norwegian heritage was something she was very proud of. Her parents were both born in Norway. Doris grew up speaking, reading, and writing Norwegian and enjoyed sharing her knowledge with her family. She and Hjalmer traveled twice to Norway. They took the opportunity to sail for a day on the Viking ship, Hjemkomst, on Lake Superior. Their second trip to Norway was timed to meet the crew of the famous voyage as they sailed into Oslo. One of her greatest joys was listening to traditional Norwegian music.
Doris was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Perry Lutheran Church near Hope, ND. She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisbon. Doris was active for many years in her church circle. She helped out and participated at many church events. Doris was a woman of strong faith.
Doris’ family was very important to her. She was close to her brother and sisters. She always enjoyed family get-togethers and events. Her five grandchildren were very special to her and she always wanted to know about them. Doris was very proud of her two children; they are inspired by their mother’s continued strength and ability to remain in good humor through adversity. Doris was a cancer survivor, suffered from macular degeneration and, in her final years, she stood by Hjalmer as his health faded. In her final years Harlan and Joanne upheld her strength as she came to rely on them following Hjalmer’s death. Doris could not have had a better husband in Hjalmer; they loved to laugh and play together; they supported each other however they could; they were God’s gift to each other; they loved each other. Doris’ faith, love, strength and humor are her legacy.
On Monday, September 20, 2010 Doris died at the age of eighty-eight years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hjalmer; two brothers, Alf and Bertel Johnson; and three sisters, Dotty Sondreal, Clara Grupp and Solveig Grupp. Doris is survived by her two children, Harlan Karlstad and wife, Bonnie of Alexandria, MN and Joanne Mairs Kensinger and husband, Robert, of Alexandria; five grandchildren, Eric Karlstad and wife, Shelly, Jason Karlstad, Mindee Suchy and husband, Jamie, Christopher Mairs and wife, Lacey, and Nicholas Mairs; two great grandsons Bjorn and Bodin. Doris was looking forward to the November birth of Mindee's first child. Doris is also survived by two sisters, Violet Rindy and husband, Walter, of Mayville, ND and Hilma Hammer of Tacoma, WA; and many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, September 29, 2010 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM with a Prayer & Memories Service at 6:30 PM at the Armstrong Funeral Home of Lisbon. The funeral service will be held 10:30 AM Thursday, September 30, 2010 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisbon, ND. Reverend Norm Anderson and Reverend Dave Killeen will officiate. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery at Lisbon. Honorary pallbearers include Ardis Kjar, Lorraine Thompson, Lorna Cole, Jeanne Spiech, Hazel Claus, Millie Cole, Doris Millbrandt, Marlene Kaspari, and Lois Schultz.