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Doretta Gorder

Jun 02, 1937 - Jul 27, 2023

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Wahpeton, ND

Doretta A. Gorder, age 86, of Wahpeton, ND, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at St. Catherine’s Living Center in Wahpeton.She is survived by her children, BJ Gorder and Hal Gorder. Arrangements have been entrusted to Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge, MN.The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.

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Alfred Leroy Carlson

Jun 08, 1933 - Feb 05, 2024

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Wahpeton, ND

Alfred Leroy Carlson was born June 8, 1933 in Doland, South Dakota to Charles L. and Mildred R. (Shiek) Carlson, the youngest of ten children. Alfred quit school in the eighth grade to help his father on the farm, as he was the only remaining child at home. Alfred entered the United States army on May 5, 1953 where he served honorably until May 3, 1955. He received a hardship discharge because his mother became very ill during his time in the service. For his service Alfred received the Nation Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Alfred met Marquita "Markie" Blaedorn, the love of his life, at a roller-skating rink. Alfred had been drafted during Markie’s senior year of high school and they wanted to get married before he left. Alfred insisted that Markie, at age seventeen, finish high school. Alfred and Markie eloped on December 23, 1954 in Webster, South Dakota. Alfred’s army buddy and his wife served as attendants. Markie continued to live with her parents until Alfred was discharged from the Army, when they began their life together. Their first home was a small trailer parked in the back yard of Markie’s parents. The city of Redfield kindly asked that they move the trailer to a more "suitable" location. During their remaining time in Redfield, their first son and daughter were born.After leaving Redfield, they pulled their trailer to Wheaton, MN for a short period of time where Alfred drove truck for Markie’s uncle until he sold the business. The trailer and family moved to Chokio, MN where Alfred drove truck for Monson Trucking, and their second daughter was born. A short time later, the trailer and family moved back to Wheaton. When they discovered another child was on the way, they purchased their house in Wheaton in 1962. This child, Russ, was born on Alfred’s birthday; Alfred always said it was the most expensive birthday present he ever received. One more child completed their family of five children. Alfred drove truck for over fifty-two years with Jacobson’s Transport before retiring. Alfred continued driving truck for the Wheaton-Dumont Elevator and local farmers.Alfred and Markie loved to Square Dance. Alfred’s shirt always matched Markie’s dress while out dancing. Many times, the kids would get to tag along to watch and even participate. Later in life, Alfred and Markie spent many hours playing bingo. Markie always said to her kids, when going to play bingo, "We are going to spend your inheritance."Alfred and Markie also enjoyed traveling on their own and with tour groups. The couple saved every bi-centennial quarter they came across to help pay off their 50th Anniversary trip to Hawaii. They were members of the First Presbyterian Church in Wheaton. Alfred passed away Monday, February 5, 2024 at St. Catherines Living Center in Wahpeton.Alfred is survived by his children: Patrick (Jenny) Carlson; Debra and the late Roger Jacobs and their children, Shane (Nefize), Justin (Becky), Cory (Annie), and Brett (Kristin); Tammy (Larry) Henman and children Meghan (Scott), Laine (Kayla), and Halley (Jason); Russ Carlson (Rick Henderson) and children Alex and Andrew (Susan); Stephanie (Jim) Cornelius and children Alicia, Jordan (Haley), Gena, and Corbin; and twenty great-grandchildren.Alfred was preceded in death by the love of his life Markie, his parents, nine siblings, one granddaughter; and one son-in-law Roger Jacobs.Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bainbridge Funeral Home in Wheaton with Rev. Pat Schubert officiating. Military Rites will be provided by the Merton Dale American Legion Post #80 following the service. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Wheaton.

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Diane Faye Carlson

Dec 05, 1946 - Feb 01, 2024

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Wahpeton, ND

Diane Carlson, 77, of Wahpeton, North Dakota, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2024, surrounded by her family under the care of CHI Hospice. Her service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton. There will be a visitation one hour prior. Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery, Wahpeton. Colette Barton will be officiating the service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton, ND.Diane Faye Carlson was born December 5, 1946, in Hankinson, ND, to Bernard and Bette (Meyer) Hinrichs. She grew up on the family farm north of Lidgerwood, ND. She was baptized and confirmed at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Lidgerwood and achieved her High School diploma at Lidgerwood High. After graduation, she moved to Minneapolis and worked in the Sears Warehouse. She met her future husband, Herbert Carlson, through a mutual friend in Atwater, MN. On February 27, 1965, they were united in marriage at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Lidgerwood. They made their family home in Wahpeton, ND, where they raised their two children. Diane was a homemaker and full-time mom while her children were young. She then worked at Wahpeton Canvas and Primewood for many years where her employer raved about her work ethic. Diane had a kind, gentle manner. Her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids were the joy of her life and she loved, supported, and cared for each of them unconditionally. She had a particularly strong bond with her mother and the two had near daily contact throughout her mother’s life. Diane was an avid reader. She enjoyed movies, soap operas, and quiet time at home with her dog(s) and Herb. Diane and Herb were truly two halves of a whole, with her doing the coordinating, paperwork, and detail management, and Herb taking on the role of caretaker, errand runner, and comic relief in later years. Diane will be sorely missed by surviving family members: husband, Herb Carlson; son, Allen Carlson; and daughter Angie (Scott) Rortvedt; grandchildren: David (Katarina) Carlson, Brianna (Kyle) Swanson, and Carley Rortvedt (fiancée Bennett Rindy); great-grandchildren: Tristen Carlson, Ava Carlson, Charles Carlson, and Eliza Swanson; brother, Rick (Barb) Hinrichs; several aunts and cousins as well as nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Corrine G. Romereim

Aug 23, 1940 - Feb 20, 2024

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Wahpeton, ND

Corrine Romereim, 83, of Wahpeton, North Dakota, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024, surrounded by her family at the Leach Home in Wahpeton under the care of CHI Hospice. Her visitation is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, with her prayer service starting at 7 p.m. Corrine's memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the church with a visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Wahpeton. René Hasbargen will be officiating the service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton.Corrine G. Narum was born August 23, 1940, in Britton, South Dakota, to Edgar and Hilda (Hermanson) Narum. She was raised and attended school in Rutland, North Dakota, graduating from Rutland High School in 1958. Corrine was baptized into the Lutheran faith on September 29, 1940, at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland, ND. She was later confirmed on June 20, 1954. Corrine was always very proud of her hometown, and was happy to go back for a visit and help out with the Uffda Day event held in October. She attended the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND. After college, she was employed by Fargo Clinic/Meritcare for five years. Corrine started her career at the Wahpeton Clinic/Dakota Clinic on March 9, 1964, and retired on December 19, 2003. Corrine was united in marriage to Albert Romereim on June 20, 1964, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Wahpeton. One of her greatest joys in life was her family- one son, Rod; daughter-in-law, Brenda; and her granddaughters, Brandi and Jaylyn. Not only was she very active in the community, but also an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church. Corrine valued the friends she made along the way. She was an avid sports fan, cheering on the Wahpeton Huskies, NDSU Bison, Vikings, Twins, and especially any team her granddaughters were on. Her hobbies included family, camping, hunting, fishing, traveling, gardening, and enjoying time with her friends. Corrine was also known for her canning, cooking, and baking; especially her lemon pies.Being the active lady she was, Corrine served the community of Wahpeton throughout her career. She served on many church boards, and was a past board member of the Wahpeton Area Chamber of Commerce, Clerk/Treasurer of Center Township, United Way, Richland County Volunteer Caregivers Exchange Program, Senior Citizens Board, Vo-Tech Board, Zonta Club, and Twin Town Artist Series. She was a past member of the Wahpeton-Breckenridge Twin Town Ambassadors Group, Wahpeton Visitors Committee, DREAMS Auction Committee, NDSCS Business and Industry Advisory Committee, Chamber Picnic Committee, and Treasurer of Democratic Party District 25.Corrine is survived by her son, Rod; daughter-in-law, Brenda; granddaughters, Brandi Romereim (Kaitlynn Crandall) and Jaylyn Romereim (Ethan LaPlante); one brother, Gary Narum; niece, Amy Narum; sister-in-law, Kay (Roger) Larson; nephew, Jed (DeAnna) Larson; 2 great nieces; and 2 great-nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Hilda; her husband, Albert; and a niece, Kristin (Narum) Farrell.

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Albin J Sorum

Jan 19, 1935 - Jan 23, 2024

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Wahpeton, ND

Albin J Sorum, 89, of Breckenridge, Minnesota, passed away January 23, 2024, at St. Catherine’s Living Center in Wahpeton, North Dakota. His memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2024, at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton, ND. There will be a visitation one hour prior. Pastor Dave Kuhfal will officiate the service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton.Full obituary to follow.

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Sylvia Likness

Oct 16, 1923 - Jan 12, 2024

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Wahpeton, ND

Sylvia Likness, 100, of Wahpeton, North Dakota, passed away Friday, January 12, 2024, at Sienna Court in Wahpeton, ND. Her memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, ND. There will be a visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton, ND. Full obituary to follow.

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Albert Ray Buchholz

Jan 05, 1939 - Jan 09, 2024

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Wahpeton, ND

Albert Ray Buchholz, 85, of Breckenridge, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at St. Catherine's Living Center in Wahpeton, North Dakota. His services will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home in Breckenridge, MN.

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Fay Ilene Woy

Jan 31, 1944 - Jan 06, 2024

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Wahpeton, ND

Fay Ilene Woy, 79, of Wahpeton, North Dakota, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2024, at St. Catherine’s Living Center in Wahpeton. Her memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, 2023, at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton, ND. There will be a visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at a later date. Pastor Kori Lehrkamp will officiate. Full obituary to come.

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Ben Krog Jensen

Mar 08, 1947 - Jan 02, 2024

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Wahpeton, ND

Ben Krog Jensen, 76, of Wahpeton, North Dakota, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at his residence from natural causes. His memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2023, at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton, North Dakota. There will be a visitation one hour prior. Rene’ Hasbargen will be officiating the service. Burial will take place at the Fargo National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home. Ben was born March 8, 1947, in Denmark to Edgon and Alice (Krog) Jensen. The family lived on a farm on the small island of Fejoe. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church on Fejoe. When he and his twin brother Paul were 12, the family immigrated to Canada, where the first words Ben learned were "shut up." The family moved to the United States when Ben was 18. Ben then joined the US Air Force and was granted his citizenship while serving one of his 2 tours in Vietnam. While stationed in Grand Forks, North Dakota, he met and married Barb Mahler. They had 2 children, Beth and Kristian. The family lived on air bases in California, Michigan, Germany, and Idaho. His time in the military was a great source of pride for Ben. He even had a large collection of squadron patches he collected from servicemembers he met during his career. After 22 years of service, Ben retired honorably from the Air Force and the family moved to Wahpeton. Ben then went to college and earned his Bachelor’s degree in US History from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He remained a lifelong student of US History. During this time, sadly, his marriage ended. After graduating, he worked as a delivery supervisor for furniture companies in Houston, Chicago, and Cleveland. He left that job to do long-haul trucking. He really enjoyed his years crisscrossing the country. In 2012, Ben moved back to Wahpeton and went to work as a driver for Minn-Dak Farmer’s Co-op. When he stopped driving, he continued to work at Minn-Dak as a dispatcher until he retired after the 2022-2023 campaign. Ben was preceded in death by both parents and his brother Bjarne. Ben is survived by his children Elisabeth (Eric) Schlenk and Kristian (Marcia) Jensen; grandchildren Mike and Derek Schlenk, Seth Murray, Sasha (Christian) Barrera, Kayli (David) Buckingham, Krista Rensvold, Kalee Jodock and Grady Jodock; great-grandchild Athena Pauley; brother Paul Jensen and sister Annette Jensen and her children; and his former brothers and sisters-in-law, who never stopped seeing him as part of the family. Ben will be greatly missed for his humor, his big heart, and his warm presence. His children will especially miss the countless games of cribbage when he would accuse them of cheating if he lost. Family asks in lieu of flowers, please make donations in Ben's honor to the American Diabetes Association.

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Gary Pigeon

Jan 26, 1963 - Jan 03, 2024

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Rural Wahpeton, ND

Gary Pigeon, 60 of Rural Wahpeton, ND, passed away at his home on Wednesday, January 3, 2024. His family is planning services at a later date. Check our website for updates. Full obituary to follow.

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Norik Yegishevich Astvatsaturov

Dec 22, 1947 - Dec 30, 2023

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Wahpeton, ND

Norik Yegishevich Astvatsaturov passed away peacefully at the age of 76 in Wahpeton, North Dakota on December 30, 2023, at 5:45 am from a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. His last words on this earth were "I’m not afraid." A celebration of Norik’s life will be held at Evergreen United Methodist Church on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at 10:30 am, at 1120 Evergreen Court Wahpeton, North Dakota with visitation starting at 9:30 am. A funeral service for Norik will be held in Yerevan, Armenia later in the spring. Everyone who met Norik knew him as he was – soul of the party, jokester, teaser, family toast master, Armenian barbecue aficionado, US and Armenia’s national treasure, jaw-droppingly talented award- winning artist, grandchildren giggle-instigator, and the best advice and hug-giver in the world. He loved sitting outside at the lake, carving wood and creating beauty all around him. Norik was never without candy in his pocket and a newsboy hat on his head. He loved keeping in touch with family spread around the world and maintained a network for decades ensuring that his children had a connection to the family in Armenia. Norik loved a good, loud laugh, good quality tools, and a big dinner party. Above all else he spent his life dedicated to his children and his grandchildren who he was so proud of. He was a string, simple, yet such a complicated man, and the world is so much dimmer without him. Norik was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, former USSR, on December 22, 1947, to his parents Yegishe and Tamara. He was the oldest of three. From an early age Norik loved visual art and expressed himself carving wood or drawing. After returning from compulsory Soviet military service in 1968, he became an apprentice to a metal repoussé artist in Baku, soon becoming a master himself. The metal art he produced, although based in the traditional and often religious Armenian art history, was mostly based in commercial and Soviet themes, and yet even under the fear or prosecution, Norik produced customary and traditional decorative metal items as crosses, family Bible covers, and wedding jewelry boxes with precious and semi-precious metals and stones. During his time as a master in Baku, Norik met Irina Adamyan, and they married in 1977. Norik and Irina had two children, Anna, born in 1978, and Mikhail born in 1984. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Soviet Union began its collapse and simmering ethnic hatred toward minority Armenians in Azerbaijan resurfaced. Ethnic violence ensued against Christian Armenians by the predominant Muslim Azerbaijanis that echoed the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and massacres of Armenians of 1918 which his family survived over and over again. Norik and his family fled Baku in 1989, settling in blockaded, cold and hungry Armenia for three years, trying to survive. Norik worked as a machinist in a crystal factory, in extreme conditions and stress. There were no food or electricity during the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan and not many prospects for the future. The family took a chance at a better life and applied for a refugee status and after 2.5 years were settled in Wahpeton, North Dakota in 1992. While they were forced to leave most of their possessions behind, Norik brought with him his art tools: his hammer and nail punches. He said, "A good artist is one who can carry all the tools he needs in his pocket." To support his family, Norik worked as a machinist in Wahpeton at the Primewood factory for two decades, while also continuing his art, making items cherished by the Armenian Diaspora in the United States. His work is known not only for extraordinary technique with simple tools but for the meaning and feeling he infuses into his art. He once said, "Technique without meaning is lifeless." During his life, Norik demonstrated love and deep respect for his adoptive United States and instilled the same in his children toward their ancestral homeland of Armenia. He worked tirelessly to teach and share his Armenian art and its message with Americans and the Armenian diaspora nationally and internationally. He has taught, given workshops, presented at festivals, universities, exhibited, and was a recipient of fellowships from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the Fund for Folk Culture, the Bush Foundation and the prestigious US National Endowment for the Arts "National Heritage Fellowship." In 2017, Norik was awarded an "Arshile Gorky" medal from the President of Armenia that recognizes achievements in the arts within Armenian Diaspora. Norik is preceded in death by his parents, Yegishe and Tamara Astvatsaturov. He is survived by his wife, Irina Astvatsaturova; his daughter, Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte, her husband John Turcotte and their children Armen and Evangeline of Westbrook, Maine; his son, Mikhail Astvatsaturov, his wife, Cassandra Astvatsaturova and their children Nicholai, Alexander, Artem, and Ruben of Williston, North Dakota; his sister, Nora, and brother, Novik and his family, both of Boston, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Norik’s favorite charitable organization Anna Astvatsaturian Foundation at www.astvatsaturian.org to support Armenian children - please indicate "for Norik" in your donations.

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