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Published July 08, 2013, 12:00 AM

Fern Branson

Fern Branson, 81, Breckenridge, MN, formerly of Fairmount, ND passed away on Friday, July 5, 2013 at St. Francis Healthcare Campus, Breckenridge. Funeral services will be on Tuesday at 10:30 AM at First English Lutheran Church, Fairmount with Rev. Anthony Ahrendt officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 5 PM to 7PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton, ND. There will also be visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Fairmount. Arrangements are entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton, ND.

Fern was born on July 17, 1931 to William and Caroline (Neitzel) Bellin in Summit Township, near Great Bend, ND. She grew up learning to speak English from the radio in a German home and attended school in Hankinson, ND and graduated from Hankinson High School in 1949. She received her teacher's certificate from Valley City Teacher's College and taught for one year at a country school south of Hankinson. She then worked in the telephone office in Wahpeton, ND.

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