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Robert Bruce McKibben
Robert B. "Rob" McKibben, 64 of Minneapolis, MN formerly of Fargo and Valley City, ND passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 as a result of complications due to Diabetes.

Rob was born in Valley City, ND on March 7, 1950 to Robert E. and Eunice (Mikelson) McKibben. Rob graduated from Valley City High school in 1968. After graduation, he went to Concordia College of Moorhead for his bachelor's degree. He then went on to dental school at the University of Minnesota and received his D.D.S degree in 1976 and shortly after opened his dental practice in Valley City, ND. He enjoyed working and living in the community in which he grew up, and was a member of the International College of Dentists, the Regional Board of Dental Examiners, and President of the Central District Dental Society. He retired from dentistry in 2010, after 30 plus years working chairside with Nancy Rierson.
Sunday, March, 23, 2014 - INFORUM - Obits

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Hilma Beatrice Virnala
Hilma Beatrice Virnala passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, at Perham Health, Perham, MN surrounded by her family.

Hilma Anderson was born November 28, 1928, to Hugo and Hilda (Hyrnkansas) Anderson in Otto Township. She attended District 160 and was confirmed in the Apostolic Lutheran Church in 1944. In 1945, she moved to Minneapolis to work until 1947. On September 13, 1947, Hilma married Rudolph V. Virnala. They lived in Chicago, Ill., until 1948 when they moved back to the Virnala farmstead and farmed until retiring in 1983. Through the years, she worked various jobs including the Mills Hospital and as a chef at The Chalet in Ottertail. Hilma enjoyed gardening, reading, crossword puzzles and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, daughter Janeen, sister Helen, brothers Alvin, Floyd, and Wesley. Hilma is survived by her children: Janice Andvik, Moorhead; James, New York Mills; Julie (Bill) Tessar, Moorhead; and Jackie, New York Mills; son-in-law: Cliff McLain, Moorhead; 6 grandchildren: Aimee Rastedt, Fargo; Ryan Rastedt, Fargo; Stacy (Ryan) Fecho, Savage; Josie Virnala, New York Mills; Jon-Erik Virnala, Moorhead; Daniel McLain, Moorhead; 4 step-grandchildren: TJ Tessar, Moorhead; Thayer Tessar, Fargo; Elizabeth McLain, Moorhead; Heidi (Scott) Nordin, Grand Forks; Jill (Mike) Brethorst, Melrose; and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, Marshall, Marvin, and Stanley (Julia) Anderson; sister Agnes (Jim) Winchester as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Thursday, March, 20, 2014 - INFORUM - Obits

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Beverly Joanne Carlson
Beverly Joanne Carlson, 82, of Wolverton, MN, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, March 13, 2014, surrounded by family and friends, and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Beverly was born on November 10, 1931 in her Grandma Brink’s home in Horace, ND, to Oscar and Clara (Brink) Brakke. She graduated from Comstock High School in 1949. She furthered her education at Concordia College, graduating in 1953 with a degree in Home Economics and Physical Education. Beverly was also a member of the Concordia choir. On June 25, 1955, she married Carl P. Carlson in Hoff Lutheran Church, Rustad, MN where she was also baptized and confirmed.
Saturday, March, 15, 2014 - INFORUM - Obits

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Elinor Gilbertson
Elinor Irene Gilbertson, 100, Fargo, ND, passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo.

She was born on January 8, 1914 to Henry and Mina (Jacobson) Gilbertson at Audubon, MN where she attended school and she was employed at the State Bank and Post Office. In 1947 she moved to Fargo working at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, later U.S. West Telephone Company, as an operator and Assistant Chief Operator for 12 years. In 1961 she transferred to Bismarck as District Traffic Instructor for the West District. She moved back to Fargo in 1976 and retired from Northwestern Bell after 28 years, 10 months, and 10 days of service.
Wednesday, March, 12, 2014 - INFORUM - Obits

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Sybil Truman Witt
Sybil Truman Witt, 95, passed away at Cozy Country Living in Hawley, MN under the special care of Jeff and Ginger Dauner, on February 27, 2014. She was born August 17, 1918 on a farm near West Concord, MN to Earl and Nellie (Dawson) Hughes. She attended country grade school then high school in West Concord, graduating in 1936. Years later, Sybil attended a year at Interstate Business College in Fargo, ND.

In June of 1945, she married Ralph Truman in Seattle, WA. While living in Seattle, Sybil had her first job, she was "Rosie the Riveter" working on the B17 airplanes during WWII at Boeing Aircraft. They later moved to Bismarck, ND before moving to Fargo.
Saturday, March, 01, 2014 - INFORUM - Obits

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Thelma Houglum
Thelma Houglum, 92, Ulen, MN, formerly Waubun, MN, died Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND.

Thelma Gudrun Otterson was born December 22, 1921, near Syre, MN, to Nicolai and Hilda Otterson. She attended school at Meadowland Country School near Syre, graduated from Twin Valley High School in 1939 and Moorhead State Teachers College in 1941. Following graduation, Thelma taught school at Cheerful Nook Country School near Flom, MN, where she met her husband and life partner, Monroe Houglum. Following their marriage in 1943 they lived a short time in Newport News, VA, where Monroe was stationed with the U.S. Army and Thelma worked at the Point of Embarkation supporting the war effort. In 1946, Thelma and Monroe moved to Waubun where they would live for the next 59 years. During this time Thelma stayed busy raising three sons and a daughter, working with the Cub Scouts as a Den Mother, the American Legion Auxiliary and being very active at Trinity Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school and worked at many activities and projects both for the church and the Ladies Aid.
Tuesday, February, 25, 2014 - INFORUM - Obits

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Nancy P. Davis
Nancy P. Davis, 82, Sartell, MN died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Legends of Heritage Place, Sartell, MN.

Funeral services are pending. Funeral arrangements by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN.
Tuesday, February, 25, 2014 - INFORUM - Obits

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Ella Carlson
After leading a wonderful life for 90 years, Ella Carlson of Jamestown, ND passed away early Saturday morning on February 15, 2014 to join her husband Wally, who passed in January of 2007.

Ella was born on July 16, 1923 on the Kruger family farm north of Eldridge. She had to grow up fast, after losing her mother at an early age and helping care for her younger sister. She attended college in Valley City and taught school in Cuba, ND and at country schools near Windsor for several years.
Sunday, February, 16, 2014 - INFORUM - Obits

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Louise Sara (Friedman) Nicoli
Louise Sara (Friedman) Nicoli, 88, passed away, January 25, 2014, at the Sheyenne Care Center, Valley City, ND.

Louise Sara Friedman was born on July 23rd, 1925, in Long Island, NY. She was the daughter of Abraham and Rose Friedman. She was educated in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from High School in Baltimore, MD. She worked for the Baltimore and Ohio (B & O) Railroad in Baltimore, MD.
Monday, January, 27, 2014 - INFORUM - Obits

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Lorna J. (Jordahl) Horpedahl
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Lorna Jean (Jordahl) Horpedahl died peacefully at home in Fargo on Monday, January 6, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was born August 8, 1954, in Aurora, CO, to Jerome and Nona Jordahl during a trip across the country. She grew up and attended school in Velva, ND, before moving to Lake Park, MN, where she graduated from high school. Lorna then continued her education at Hutchinson Vocational Tech, where she received her Associate Degree. On March 10, 1990, she married Ron Horpedahl in Lake Park, and together they made their home in Fargo. Lorna had a special love for care giving which encompassed both her personal and professional life. She cared for many children throughout her 20 years of running a daycare and even took a year to take care of the elderly at a local assisted living facility. She had been an active member of Pontoppidan Lutheran Church in Fargo and enjoyed spending time with her family, her “lake family,” knitting, doing crossword puzzles and scrapbooking.
Wednesday, January, 08, 2014 - INFORUM - Obits

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Sharon E. Gale
Sharon E. Gale of Loveland, Colorado passed away on December 9, 2013 in her home. She was born on January 30, 1948 in Grafton, North Dakota, to Marcus and Doris O'Leary. She later graduated from Grafton High School.

Sharon married Rodney Gale on August 24, 1974 in Fargo, North Dakota. She resided in Fargo until 2010, at which time she moved to Loveland, CO. She was an LPN for 42 years, working in the ICU for many years and in Pediatrics. She enjoyed reading, cooking, baking and walking. She loved spending time with family and quizzing her brain with crosswords. Sharon had a wonderful sense of humor and had a way of making people happy.
Sunday, December, 15, 2013 - INFORUM - Obits

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Emma Fuglesten
Emma Fuglesten, 97, of Buxton, ND passed away Friday, November 22, 2013 at Woodside Village in Grand Forks ND, with all of her children at her side.

Emma Olson was born September 2, 1916 in McVille ND, the third of eight children of Paul and Marie (Brun) Olson. She spent her childhood in Hamer ND. She moved to Grand Forks as a young adult where she met and married John Palmer Fuglesten in 1937. John and Emma lived in rural Buxton where they raised their family of 3 daughters and 5 sons.
Sunday, November, 24, 2013 - INFORUM - Obits

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Her Voice: Multiple tragedies lead 74-year-old to live life to fullest
MOORHEAD – At age 74, Karyn Hanson has traveled to 48 countries. Along the way she’s gone canoeing, horseback riding in the mountains, snorkeling, hot air ballooning over the Nile River, and zip-lining in Costa Rica.
Tuesday, November, 12, 2013 - INFORUM - Life

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New Moorhead council member's inspiration was his mom, who died a day before election
MOORHEAD – Chuck Hendrickson’s mom was the one who pushed him to run for public office, convinced that her son had everything it takes to win. The 80-year-old political junkie was right – Hendrickson won, but she didn’t get to see it happen.
Friday, November, 08, 2013 - INFORUM - News

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Clarine (Clair) Hendrickson
Clarine (Claire) Hendrickson, 80, Moorhead, MN, died on Monday, November 4, 2013, in Sanford Health Palliative Care, Fargo, ND.

Clarine Olinda Grefe was born on September 6, 1933, near Truman, MN, to Theodore and Clara (Wessel) Grefe. She grew up and attended school there, graduating as Valedictorian of Truman High School. She then attended the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, MN, where she was once again Valedictorian when she received her R.N.; from there, she went on to the University of Minnesota where she earned her B.S.N. She taught nursing at the University of Minnesota for three years.
Thursday, November, 07, 2013 - INFORUM - Obits

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Opal Ableidinger
Opal Ableidinger, age 96, of Kensal, ND, died Monday, October 28, 2013, at Golden Acres Manor in Carrington, ND.

Born September 1, 1917, in McKinnon Township, Opal was the first child of Joe and Merle (Evans) Lipetzky. She graduated from Kensal High School in 1934. After receiving a teacher’s certificate from Valley City Teachers College, Opal taught school at Newport, WA, and at McHenry, Bordulac, and Kensal, ND, until her retirement in 1973.
Thursday, October, 31, 2013 - INFORUM - Obits

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Willard G. Pechtel
Willard G. Pechtel, 88, of Fargo, ND, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in Bethany on 42nd in Fargo.

Willard Gregory Pechtel was born August 17, 1925, the son of Henry and Frieda (Hillesheim) Pechtel, in New Ulm, MN. He attended school in New Ulm and graduated from Mahnomen (MN) High School in 1943. Willard then proudly served in the U.S Army, in the European Theater, during World War II.
Thursday, October, 17, 2013 - INFORUM - Obits

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Thomas J. Sinner
Thomas J. Sinner, 84, of Casselton, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013 surrounded by his loving family at the Palliative Care Unit of Sanford Health in Fargo.

Thomas was born on December 31, 1928 in the Sinner family farmhouse in Harmony Township near Casselton, ND. He attended school in Casselton, Sacred Heart Elementary in Fargo, St. John’s Prep School and St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. He married Lois AuBuchon on June 13, 1953 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elmhurst, IL and served with the Air National Guard Unit during the Korean Conflict.
Wednesday, October, 02, 2013 - INFORUM - Obits

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Roberta Heflin
Roberta Heflin, 92, West Fargo, ND died on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at Sanford Health Palliative Care, Fargo, ND.

Roberta Marie Greenheck was born March 5, 1921 at McHenry, ND to Hubert and Elizabeth (Zanzinger) Greenheck. She grew up at Wahpeton, ND and graduated from high school in 1939. She married Houston Heflin in Wahpeton. They made their home in West Fargo in 1940 where they raised their family. Roberta was active in the Blessed Sacrament Parish for many years. She was the family matriarch and loved gardening, playing cards and crossword puzzles. She entered ManorCare in 2005.
Tuesday, October, 01, 2013 - INFORUM - Obits

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Beverly Ann (Grant) Okke
Beverly Ann (Grant) Okke, 70, of Fargo, ND passed away on September 16, 2013 peacefully at her residence. Beverly resided in Fargo, ND for the past sixteen years. She married Walter P. Okke on February 4, 1961 in Moorhead, MN. Together they made their home in Glyndon, MN, on a farm and raised six children. Bev had multiple jobs throughout her life but the most memorable was working for the VA hospital.

She enjoyed gardening, bowling, bingo, recipes, crossword puzzles and reading books. Bev especially loved the holidays when the entire family would get together.
Wednesday, September, 18, 2013 - INFORUM - Obits

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