Oliver Gregory, 94, of Cavalier, ND passed away Sunday, February 11. 2018 at the Pembilier Nursing Center, Walhalla, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Brigid of Ireland Catholic Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Minnesota Special Olympics. Oliver J Gregory was born in Fosston, MN on August 7, 1923 to Oliver and Sadie Flesch Gregory. He died February 11 in Walhalla, ND at the age of 94. He attended school in Fosston and graduated high school in Fisher, MN. Although financially things were difficult during that time he was blessed with wonderful and loving parents and brother. He asked his mother not to buy him that suit for graduation she had been saving for because later in the week, after graduation he and his brother Bob were to report to boot camp at Fort Snelling to start their service in the U.S. Army during WWII. During his time in the army he served in Europe in the anti-aircraft division achieving the rank of sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1946. After the war he traveled to California to be with his girlfriend and soon to be wife, Susan Fournier from Red Lake Falls, MN, who worked at the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California. They spent several years enjoying California where he worked as a private security police officer. They moved back to Minnesota to get married and start a family. They ran a dance hall and tavern at Key West, MN. He took a job as a salesman at Saul Motor Company in Crookston. Later the family moved to Grafton, ND where he became general manager at Kievel Ford. He later bought the Ford dealership in Cavalier opening Gregory Ford in 1959 where he would be active in the dealership for over 50 years. He was, as many would say, the ultimate super salesman. He was genuinely interested in people, their lives and the stories they had to tell. He made many loyal customers and friends during his time in Cavalier and enjoyed being part of the community. He was an active member of the Cavalier American Legion and St Brigid’s Catholic Church. Oliver’s wife, Susan died in 1971. His son, John died at the age of 7 in 1966. He is survived by 3 sons, Mike and Mark (Barb) of Cavalier, and James of Fosston, MN. He has two grandchildren, Sarah (Alex) Jorgensen of Lino Lakes, MN and Jack (Bonnie) Gregory of Grand Forks, and good friend Delores Greenwood.
Nora G. Romfo, 93, of Walhalla, ND passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018, at the Pembilier Nursing Center, Walhalla, ND. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Walhalla Lutheran Church, Walhalla, ND. Visitation at the church for one hour before the time of services. Burial will be held in the Vang Cemetery. Nora Grace Jore was born February 9, 1924 at Union, ND to Gilbert and Netta (Anderson) Jore. She grew up in the Union area where she attended school. Nora worked for various farm families in the Union and Vang areas. On August 9, 1944, she married Orvin Romfo. After their marriage they farmed in the Vang area. In 1976, they moved into Walhalla. Things she enjoyed were quilting, gardening, and canning. She was active in the Walhalla Senior Citizens and the Walhalla Lutheran Church. She is survived by her children: Carol (Gary) Jourgensen and Clayton (Karen) Romfo, all of Casper, WY; grandchildren: Brian, Nicole, and Scott Cooper; Melissa Nowicki and Christopher Romfo; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brother, Thelmer (Belle) Jore. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Orvin; grandson, Daniel; great-grandson, Michael; great-great grandson, Ryan; seven brothers and three sisters.
It is with great sorrow we announce the sudden passing of our son, Scott Douglas Cameron on February 8, 2018.
Scott was born March 13, 1980 at the St. Boniface Hospital to Jim and Donna Cameron.
Left to mourn are his beautiful daughter Alliyah, parents Jim and Donna, sisters Christine and Kathleen, special nephew Ryan and his constant companion Echo.
Scott grew up on an acreage in Charleswood where many hours were spent outdoors back and forth with the Foui kids. Camping, fishing and snowmobiling were among his favorite things to do. Spring of course was always baseball where Scott excelled at back catching much to the delight of Grandparents Doug and Doris Reid.
Schooling was completed in Charleswood, graduating from Shaftesbury High. On completion of his formal education he moved to Edmonton to work for his uncle Wayne while taking carpentry. He loved to build things and showed great aptitude with his attention to detail.
When health issues began to interfere with his life he moved back to Winnipeg where he could have the love and support of his family and friends. A highlight in his life was the birth of his daughter Alliyah.
Scott struggled with many health issues finding great comfort with his rescue dog Echo. Many times he thanked God he had him.
The family wishes to thank the WFD and WPS and animal control for their compassion and care during a very difficult situation. Thank you to our families and friends for your unwavering support.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Roland United Church with Karen Tjaden officiating. Interment will take place in the Myrtle Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Manitoba All Shepherd Rescue, 82 Norham Rd. West St. Paul, Manitoba, R4A 2A8.
Gordan Wilbert Kehler of Homestead South in Morden, MB passed away in the early hours of February 7th, 2018 at Boundary Trails Health Centre at the age of 90 years 8 months and 13 days.
Gordan was born on May 25th, 1927 to John J. And Susan Kehler (nee Krahn), the second of 11 children. After meeting the love of his life, Tina, at the Winkler Fair in 1948. Gordan was baptized upon the confession of his faith prior to their marriage. Gordan and Tina were married on July 16th, 1950. They lived with Tina's parents until Gordan's father moved a house onto the corner of Main Street and Stanley. Gordan and his family subsequently moved twice more and ended up on 11th Street in Winkler. Dad, after getting married, worked for Wiens & Son delivering fuel in 45 gallon drums for a few years. During this time, I (Ken) was born, being their only child. Tina taught sewing classes and started teaching again to make ends meet. Taking a 5 year course in engine repair prepared Dad for his future careers. In 1958, while working at the Co-op Garage, he was given the opportunity to purchase a garage of his own. There were 2 gas pumps with no fuel, no tools or anything in the garage. Such was the origin of Central Service Station, and for the next 18 years he provided steady employment and on the job training for his Central Service Station family. He also joined the Winkler Fire Department and because the service station was right next door to the Town Hall and Fire Station, he was generally the first one to respond when the fire alarm was sounded. Mom and Dad both received their pilots license in 1971 and they thoroughly enjoyed flying. When celebrating Dad's 90th birthday, he commented that he wished he could fly a plane one more time. They both loved to travel and for many years they travelled throughout the US and Canada with their 5th wheel trailer. Their journeys also took them to such places as Paraguay, Hawaii, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic among others. In 1975 Dad sold the garage, moved to Winnipeg and returned to school. A year later Mom and Dad moved to Portage la Prairie where Dad taught Industrial Arts at Arthur Meighen High School for the next 13 years. One summer Mom and Dad decided to try something different and went out as exchange teachers. Mom went to St. Kitts in the West Indies, while Dad went to Georgetown, British Guyana. They both really enjoyed that experience. In 1989, Dad, suffered his first heart attack. Dad retired from teaching and delved into woodworking. Dad and mom moved to Sherwood Park, Alberta in 1993 to be close to our family. During this time, they shared in the joy of creating wooden masterpieces. Dad would cut and sand, Mom would do the finishing. In these years many visits were also made back to Manitoba to visit family and friends. 2007 saw them move to an independent/ assisted living facility in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta and in 2011 back to Winnipeg. Dad and Mom finally moved to Homestead South in Morden in 2012 where he lived until he entered Boundary Trails Health Centre the third week of November 2017. Mom passed away in 2013.
Dad leaves to mourn his son, Ken and his wife, Cathy, two granddaughters, Andrea and Tom Link of Huntsville, Alabama, and Kim and Chris Feifel and their sons, Ethan and Benjamin of Houston, Texas, siblings, Ruth, Norman, Mary and Pete in Manitoba, and Elsie and Howard in Ontario and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John J and Susan Kehler, three brothers, John, Eugene and Isaac, one sister, Olga and his wife of 63 years, Tina.
Memorial service at 2:00 pm. on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at the Winkler EMM Church with burial prior at the Rosenbach Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Gordan's memory to The Gideons or to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation designated to the Palliative Care Unit.
Olivine L. Houdek, age 89 of Grafton, ND passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at her home in Grafton.
Olivine L. Sevigny was born October 10, 1928 in Oakwood, North Dakota the daughter of the late Leon and Clara (Dumas) Sevigny. She attended school in Oakwood, graduating from St. Aloysius Academy in 1946. Olivine worked at the Walsh County Courthouse and the S&L store in Grafton prior to her marriage to Alphonse Houdek on November 20, 1951 in Oakwood. The couple made their home in Grafton, ND. After their six children were born Olivine went back to work at the S&L Store and later worked as the office manager at Unity Hosptial, retiring in 1990 after 22 years of service. Alphonse passed away June 9, 2007.
She was a member of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Grafton. She was active in the Parish Society and the church quilters group. She volunteered in the church office, the Walsh County Food Pantry, and the Second Time Around Store. She was a member of the Grafton VFW Auxiliary and the International War Veterans Alliance Auxiliary. She loved to spend time with her family and friends.
Olivine is survived by her children: Linda (David) Schumacher, Grafton, ND; Bernie (Sherry) Houdek, Grand Forks, ND; Peter (Mary) Houdek, Grafton, ND; Jeff (Cindy) Houdek, Mayville, ND; Joan Houdek, West Fargo, ND; Paul (Sandi) Houdek, Grafton, ND; eight grandchildren: Richie Schumacher, Christine Bjorneby, Tony Houdek, Matthew Houdek, Justin Houdek, Katie Houdek, Thomas Houdek, Jeric Houdek, two step-grandchildren: Sam Tweten and Chloe Tweten; 10 great grandchildren; her siblings: Raymond Sevigny, Grand Forks, ND; Edith Gierszewski, Dilworth, MN and Wilmer Sevigny, Crookston, MN. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Brothers: Alfred, Adelore, Alfred Edward and Rene and Sisters: Helina, Eva, Amelia and Irene.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 with a rosary service at 6:45 PM and Scripture Service at 7:00 PM at St. John’s Catholic Church. Friends may also call at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the St. John’s Catholic Church, Walsh County Senior Meals, Lutheran Sunset Home or the Unity Hospital.
As per Bill’s request, the following is a detailed summary of his life and illness:
Bill was born September 7, 1950 into a family of three brothers and one sister. He was predeceased by his parents, his stepfather, one brother, one niece and two brothers-in-law. He was born and raised in the village of Friedensruh, MB where he also received his elementary education grades 1-8. He did part of grade 9 high school in Winkler. He went to work right out of school working various different jobs. He started off working for Winkler Potato company and Kroekers grading potatoes as well as some field work. When Tupperware opened their plant in Morden he was among the first hired to work there and was on staff right up until they closed. He worked in the maintenance department doing mold changes as well as construction work building and renovating offices, something he really enjoyed and took a lot of pride in. After Tupperware closed he went to work in Winnipeg at NSW Plastics for three years. He felt the daily commute getting to be too much so he came back to Winkler. Once back in Winkler he had several short term jobs such as: Keystone Grain, Sunpac, Trainex, Reimer Seeds, Dick Plett and some security jobs for Dennis Whitman. He also worked for Ronnie’s Seeds in Plum Coulee for a couple of years roasting seeds and peanuts as well as confectionary. During the time of Julianna’s Restaurant, he helped with the cooking and had washed dishes for a countless number of hours. He enjoyed carpentry work very much and was also known as “Mr. Fixit”. Helen once told one of her grandchildren that “If Papa can’t fix it, it can’t be fixed.” He built several wood projects for the church as well as the boardroom table. He also built several sheds, finished several basements and did a lot of the construction work himself building the house at Reinfeld. His most recent job was when he worked for the Winkler Golf Course from 2006 to 2013.
Bill met his wife, Helen while working at Winkler Potato Company in the summer of 1972 and they were married December 1, 1974. They were blessed with two sons, Robert and Myron, daughters-in-law, Anne and Melissa and six grandchildren, Chloe, Winston, Samuel, Marshall, Libby and Ainsley. The marriage relationship ended when they separated after 37 years in March of 2012. They reconciled in the summer of 2017.
June 1999 was a rude awakening when we woke up to Bill seizuring and later that day was confirmed that he had a non-cancerous brain tumor. A month later he had surgery to remove a tumor the size of a large orange. Approximately 5 ½ years later in November of 2004 he had another seizure and another tumor. This time the specialist told him that his situation was such that it was like he had a loaded shotgun aimed at his head that could go off at any moment. Six weeks later he had another tumor removed and this also left him with a seizure disorder that he battled until now. In 2005 he had a baseball size piece of skull removed as it was saturated with tumor cells. In total he had three open surgeries to remove tumors and six Gamma Knife radiation surgeries. In the summer of 2014 he also had six weeks of radiation at HSC Cancer Care. The radiation was in hopes of shrinking the tumors but ended up almost taking his life early in November that year. Later in November he stabilized and recovered living for another three years and two months. On June 11, 2014 he collapsed at his apartment and was admitted to the hospital that day and has never been able to walk since. He also lost function to the left side of his body as a result of the tumors. He was at BTHC until April 8, 2015 when he went to St. Claude awaiting placement to Salem Home. He was hesitant to go to St. Claude but really enjoyed his stay there. On May 25, 2015 he transferred to Salem Home. He adjusted very quickly and very well to his new home and the staff soon became family to him. As a result of increased seizure activity and pressure in the head another MRI scan was done in mid January 2017 (since the onset of tumors he had had approximately 60 MRI scans). At the specialist appointment on March 2017 it was confirmed that the tumors had grown and spread a lot. He was told at that time that nothing more could be done to stop or remove the tumors. June 2017 began a very difficult journey with a roller coaster of emotions and events. As the tumors continued to grow and put more pressure on different parts of the brain confusion and anxiety became difficult to manage. At various stages swallowing and speech became difficult. During these last seven or so months even though there were very difficult times it was also a very precious time. During this time is when he stabilized and Bill and Helen shared some very precious moments. It was also a time of reconnecting and reconciliation of love and forgiveness.
We would like to thank pastors Glen Klassen and Jeremy Isaak for their support and for performing the service. Thank you to the church serving group as well. Thank you to Shirley Leatherdale for performing the music and Betty Enns for performing the prelude. Thank you to Tina Dyck and family for your support and for organizing and preparing the lunch. Thank you to each and everyone that has visited and spent time with Bill during his time at BTHC and Salem Home. A special thank you to Bill’s Salem Home family. He loved each and every one of you. Thank you to the doctors from Boundary Trails and HSC for your guidance and support over the last 18 years dealing with the tumors. Thank you to Wiebe Funeral Home.
Bill had a great love for music and his family. “Mr. Fixit” will be missed but not forgotten.
Lena Hoeppner, nee Hildebrand, beloved wife of Melvin Hoeppner, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018 at her residence in Winkler, Manitoba.
Mom was born December 10, 1930 to Bernhard A. and Margaret Hildebrand at the home place in Kronsgart, Manitoba. She was the fifth child of a family of ten. Mom attended the Kronsgart School until Grade 8 and then went to the Winkler High School and graduated in 1949. She was a perma-teacher for one year. Mom was baptized on May 13, 1951 in the Winkler Bergthaler Church. Mom married our dad, Melvin Hoeppner, on July 26, 1953. To this union were born five daughters and three sons. Mom and Dad lived in Winkler for the first few years of their married life. Mom worked at Stanley Consumers and Kroeker Motors. In 1956, our parents bought a farm in the Mason School District. This was their home where they raised the family and operated a dairy and grain farm until they retired and moved to Winkler in 2005. Mom worked hard on the farm helping Dad with everything she could. She milked cows, stacked bales, fed the livestock, shovelled grain off the truck, tended huge gardens and an orchard. She did this while keeping a neat household and raising eight children. Mom was a great cook and baker and served up many meals to family and friends. She would always ensure that buns and desserts were made should anyone come for Sunday faspa. Mom enjoyed her grandchildren and was always proud of their accomplishments, be they little or great.
Mom leaves to mourn her husband of nearly 65 years, their eight children, Doug and Elaine, Gwen and Cliff, Renata and Bob, Carl and Janet, Lynda and Earl, Monica and Carl, Angela and Art, Chris and Kathy and their families. Mom was predeceased by her parents, stepmother, four brothers, and one granddaughter, Nicole.
Memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Friday February 9, 2018 at the Christian Faith Church with interment prior at the Waldheim Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank all of those who have provided Mom and Dad with meals, flowers, visits and prayers during Mom’s illness. Thanks also to Dr. C. Woelk and nurses, Karen and Shannon for helping the family grant Mom’s wish to die at home.
Rest in peace Mom. We will miss you and forever love you. God took our angel from us but Heaven is so much richer for it. Love, The family
Steven J. Stone, 51 of Fort Totten, ND passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND with his loving family at his side.
Steven James, one of twin boys born on October 11, 1967 to Francis Brown and Cynthia Stone in St. Paul, Minnesota where he lived with his family. When Steven’s mother passed away, he moved to Crow Hill and attended Four Winds School. He also received further education and training at the Job Corp in Utah.
Steven returned to the Spirit Lake Nation and worked at various jobs in the area. He also owned and operated Stone Janitorial, Cleaning and Maintenance for several years. Most recently he worked as a consultant for the Tribal Court and at the Spirit Lake Casino and Resort until health problems forced him to retire.
Steven was a “Packer Backer” and watched football throughout the year from pre-season games to Super Bowl. He especially loved to visit with family and friends and was always able to make new friends with his kindness, sense of humor and good conversation. He was never idle-he always was “busy” doing something. Steven had a kind heart and was always willing to help anyone that asked him.
Steven’s life on this earth was short, but the memories are many and in our hearts forever.
Steven is survived by his loving family. His Dad, Francis Brown, Fort Totten; brothers and sisters Mike (Darlene) Stone, Grand Forks, Kelly (Clarice) Stone, Fort Totten, twin brother Charles (Violet) Stone, Sioux Falls, SD, Lynette Stone, St. Paul. MN, Collette (Jason Thompson) Brown, Warwick and Jason Brown, Fort Totten; nieces and nephews Summer, Holly, Michelle, Michael Jr. and Jonathan-Aylssa and Cynthia-Charles Jr. and Steven-Donovan, Jordon and Nino-Wyatt, Tayia and Neela-Jeremiah and Aiden; many aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Cynthia; brother Eric Stone, a niece, along with many other relatives and friends.
Casket Bearers for Steven will be Charles Stone Jr., Steven Stone, Wyatt Jetty, Michael Stone Jr., Jonathan Stone, Eric Martin and Loren “Tubby” Greybear Jr.
Honorary Bearers are Myra Pearson and family, Susie Fox and family, Fawn Littlewind and family, Tricia Adams and family, Loren Greybear Sr. and family, Tina Martin and John Waanatan, Joyce SpottedBird and family, Reno and Reco Littleghost, Melvin Greybear Jr., Myron Greybear, Greg Mindt, Alton Nestell and family, Benny, Jerry and Mark Mudgett, Darren Yankton, Cindy Azure and brothers, Dolly and Jeannie Cavanaugh, Lorraine Greybear, Bentley Greybear family, Tracy Charboneau and family, Shelly Luger, Mary and Ron Lohnes, Winfield Chaske Sr. family, Spirit Lake Tribal Court Co-Workers. All the Tribal Programs that helped Steve and our family during this difficult time. Please forgive us if we forgot anyone.
The Wake for Steven will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Fort Totten Recreation Center beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a Rosary and Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. The procession to Fort Totten will leave at 4:00 p.m. on Friday from the City Plaza.
Funeral Services will be on Saturday, February 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the Fort Totten Recreation Center with Father Charles Leute, OP officiating. Burial will be in St. Jerome’s Cemetery, rural Fort Totten in the spring.
On Sunday February 4, 2018 at Salem Home in Winkler, MB, Anne Klassen aged 92 years of Winkler, MB formerly of Blumenfeld went to her eternal rest.
She leaves to mourn her passing four daughters, Anne and Willie Rempel, Mary and Pete Stoesz, Martha and Cornie Krahn, Eva and Bob Letkeman, two sons, John and Erna Klassen, Peter and Kathy Klassen as well as 19 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren.
Memorial service at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday February 11, 2018 at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment prior at Blumenfeld Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made in Anne’s memory to Ministerios Ancla de Amor c/o Children of Hope Box 2643 Station A Abbotsford, BC V2T 6R4.
Jennifer Peterson, 61, of Langdon, ND, died on February 4, 2018, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND after a courageous, ten month battle with stomach cancer.
Jennifer Lea was born February 26, 1956, to Verlyn & Marvell (Felber) Peterson in Stanley, ND. She was raised in Tioga, ND, graduated from high school in 1974, and went to college at UND in Grand Forks, ND. It was there that she met the love of her life, Lynn Peterson, in 1975; they were married June 15, 1977, in Tioga, ND. They have lived in Langdon, ND, since then where they raised their three children.
Jennifer & Lynn’s love story began 42 ½ years ago in their second semester of their first year of college. She was a gorgeous, brown-eyed girl who stole Lynn’s heart the moment he met her. After their wedding, they made their home in Langdon but also had a 40 year adventure traveling all over North Dakota with the family construction company for several months each year working.
Jennifer’s top priority was her family. She spent those years being the best wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and, finally, the greatest name she had- Nana. She never missed one of her children’s events and also tried her best to be at her grandchildren’s, too. She was an avid reader, loved traveling, boating, bowling, playing board games and spending quiet nights alone with Lynn watching their favorite TV shows. She also was an EMT for Cavalier County Memorial Hospital, a football cheer coach at Langdon High School and worked at Sports & Shirts in Langdon for several years. She loved with her whole heart and will be missed, beyond words, by her family and friends.
Jennifer is survived by her husband, Lynn; children: Lynsey (Scott) Kjos of Fargo, ND, Brant Peterson of Minot, ND, and Benten (Hannah) Peterson of Minot, ND; grandchildren: Landen, Aspyn, Boston & Atlas; parents Verlyn & Marvell Peterson of Tioga, ND; brother Ture (Andrea) Peterson of Williston, ND; father & mother-in-law Ronald & Marie Peterson of Langdon; and Lynn’s brothers and sisters: Arlen (Pam) Peterson of Devils Lake, ND, Jay (Susan) Peterson of Devils Lake, ND, Karla (Fred) Brauer of Livermore, CA, and Kim (Roger) Otto of Langdon along with several nieces, nephews, and their children.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at United Lutheran Church in Langdon, ND. Burial in the spring will be at Lebanon Cemetery, Langdon, ND.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Cavalier County Cancer Crusaders, Choice Financial Bank, 210 8th Ave., Langdon, ND 58249.