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Leroy French

Feb 17, 1941 - Dec 02, 2023

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Grand Forks, ND

LeRoy Gerald French, age 82 of Grand Forks, ND, passed away on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 at the Good Samaritan Society in Larimore, ND. LeRoy was born on February 17th, 1941 in Grafton, ND. He was the son of Edward and Natalie (Nettie) French. He attended and graduated from high school in Grafton. After high school, he had various occupations but his longest career was in the construction industry. This makes a lot of sense due to his love for the outdoors. He would spend most of his days in ...Read More

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William Lee Stewart

Jun 03, 1932 - Mar 01, 2024

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Grand Forks, ND

William Lee Stewart, 91, Grand Forks, ND, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2024 at Valley Senior Living on Columbia in Grand Forks. Memorial Services will be 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2024 in Valley Senior Living on Columbia in Grand Forks. More complete obituary information will be added once it becomes available. In lieu of flowers/gifts, the family requests that any donations in memory of our father go to:Gilby Presbyterian Church, 125 3rd St., Gilby, ND, 58235 -or-Circle of Friends Animal Shelter, 4375 N. Washington St., Grand Forks, ND 58203

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Everett C. Knudsvig

Apr 18, 1935 - Mar 02, 2024

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Grand Forks, ND

Everett C. Knudsvig, 88, Grand Forks, ND, died Saturday, March 2, 2024 in Valley Senior Living Transitional Care Unit. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2024 in Calvary Lutheran Church, 1405 S. 9th St., Grand Forks. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service in the church. Interment will be at Buxton, North Dakota at a later date.Memorials are preferred to the Grand Forks Foundation for Education. More complete obituary will be added as soon as it is available.

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John Jorstad

Mar 14, 1951 - Feb 28, 2024

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Grand Forks, ND

John “Jack” Jorstad, age 72 of Grand Forks, North Dakota, died on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at Altru Hospital surrounded by his family. Jack was born on March 14, 1951 in Grand Forks to parents, John E. & Florence (Kosobud) Jorstad. He was a lifelong resident of Grand Forks and a graduate of Central High School. Following high school, Jack enlisted in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1969. On January 20, 1973 Jack was united in marriage to Diane “Chickie” McWilliams, and they raised two children. Jack worked as a truck driver on & off before working at Valley Car Wash where he was an assistant manager for 20 years. Around 2005 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.Jack liked fishing, playing pool, cribbage and chess, and going to the casino. He was a Minnesota Twins fan, and he enjoyed Marvel & DC Comic movies and watching wrestling.Jack is survived by his children, Matt (Andrea) Jorstad of Grand Forks, and Nicole (Timothy) Tessin of Grand Forks; grandkids, Jalynn, Keenan, Alexis, Emily, Jake and Pete great-grandchildren, Ashton, Layla, Kinlee, Bryce, Libbie and Wyatt; sister, Lois (Leonard) Wavra of Fayetteville, Arkansas; several brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law; and several nieces & nephews.He was preceded in death by the love of his life his wife, Diane “Chickie” Jorstad; father, John E. Jorstad; mother, Florence Kosobud Jorstad; mother-in-law, Lucille McWilliams; father-in-law, Harold “Tex” McWilliams; sister-in-law, Tracy Christley; brother-in-law, Don Lauckner; nephews, James Cagle and Timothy Cagle.Celebration of Life, with Military Honors, will be held at a later date – Details are Pending. Please check back later.There are no gallery images.#recaptcha-container label {display: none}Upload a PhotoLabel: *Image: *Gallery:Obituary PhotosUpload Gallery Image

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David C. Lizakowski

Oct 29, 1942 - Feb 28, 2024

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Grand Forks, ND

David C. Lizakowski, age 81 of Grand Forks, ND, formerly of Minto, ND, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at his home.Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 11:00 AM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Minto. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may also call at the church for one hour prior to the service. Military rites will be provided by the North Dakota National Guard Honor Guard and the Minto and Grafton American Legion Posts. Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Minto in the spring.

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Jerry Pairez

Sep 02, 1960 - Feb 26, 2024

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Grand Forks, ND

Jerry Pairez, age 63, resident of Grand Forks, died unexpectedly at his home on February 26, 2024.A Memorial Service will be held at Amundson Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 12 at 1:00PM with Chaplain Bud Johnson officiating. Per family request no visitation will be held. A full obituary is pending.

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Anna Schurman

Nov 23, 1938 - Feb 18, 2024

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Grand Forks, ND

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Anna Schurman, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and member of the Walhalla community. Anna was 85, she passed Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Altru Health System in Grand Forks, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, February 23, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Boniface Catholic Church, Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church.Anna Klaus was born November 23, 1938, in Dulaves, Croatia to Anton & Helen (Peterfaj) Klaus. Anna was born during the onset of WWII and spent the next years fleeing the Nazi’s with her mother and siblings until the family immigrated to America through the grace of the Catholic Organization in 1952, settling in Los Angeles, CA.Anna finished High School and moved to Cherry Valley in 1956 where she met the love of her life, Hod Schurman and the two were married in 1958. They started a family soon after marriage in Banning, CA having three children, Erika (Mark) Bjornstad, Hod Jr. (Kristie) Schurman and Bridgette (Steven) Schwartz. She then studied cosmetology and she worked in that field until they moved to Leyden, ND in 1971 and began the family farm. In addition to their three children, Anna and Hod farmed and raised livestock, Anna lived the life of a farm wife, ensuring everyone had full bellies and Hod was always welcomed home from the field. In addition to those two full time jobs, she worked at Thompson’s Bakery and later at Jerry’s Super Value until retirement.Anna loved being a Mother and Omi. She knitted slippers for her grandchildren and made pillows for anyone that asked. She was dedicated to her faith, praying the rosary daily and attending Mass at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Walhalla regularly. She was well known for her beautiful garden and her magic in the kitchen crafting traditional European dishes. She was incredibly kind with an innocent sense of humor.Anna will be deeply missed by all who knew her, but her love and legacy will live on in the hearts of her family and friends.She was an incredible Omi to 9 grandchildren and to 14 great-grandchildren: Jeff (Joshlyn) Bjornstad and their children Brexten and Karter; Brittany (David) Vaughn and their children Wyatt, Remington, and Hope; Scott (Leslie) Schwartz and their children Sawyer and Cooper; Travis (Shannon) Bjornstad and their children Berit, Gus, and Olin; Rebecca Neumann and her son Rudy; Joshua (Shannon) Schwartz and their son Ardie; Brett (Lexi) Schurman; Brooke (Ashten) McKay and their children Gunner and Harper; and Jesse Schurman.She is survived by her children & grandchildren, twin sister, Mira (John) Johnston, Wenatchee WA, sister Erika (Jim) Franklin of Ellensburg WA, sister-in-law Terry Klaus of Crystal River, FL; and numerous nieces & nephews.She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Hod; her parents, Anton & Helen; and brother, Tony.

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Alice M. Puppe

Oct 15, 1929 - Feb 21, 2024

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Grand Forks, ND

Alice M. Puppe, age 94, Grand Forks, North Dakota, formerly of Neche and Cavalier, North Dakota, passed away on February 21, 2024 at Valley Senior Living on Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND. A funeral will be held at a later date. Alice Marie Sando, the daughter of Adolph and Esther (Anderson) Sando was born October 15, 1929 on the family farm near Grafton, North Dakota. Alice grew up living on the farm and graduated from Grafton High School in 1948. After graduation she worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone in Grafton. Alice married Clifford O. Puppe on June 15, 1949. They celebrated 65 years of marriage before he passed away in 2014.Alice’s faith, family and friends were of utmost importance to her. She was an active member in the church life at Christ Lutheran Church, Neche, North Dakota and in later years at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Cavalier, North Dakota. Alice loved to sing and she participated in singing at countless church events. She was considered a "best friend" by her adult children who often sought her wisdom and enjoyed her sense of humor throughout their lives. Alice enjoyed people and had many lifetime friends while living in Neche, Mapleton, West Fargo and Cavalier, North Dakota, Bonita Springs, Florida and Mesa, Arizona. While living in Neche, across the street from the school, it seemed her coffee pot was usually on with friends sitting around the kitchen table enjoying homemade cookies, bars, or caramel rolls with their coffee. Often times her friends would come in the morning and stay and visit throughout the day. People found her very open and accepting to any age and felt comfortable in her presence. She was a good friend to many. Her sense of humor was enjoyed by many of those same friends. They would reminisce about silly events and pranks shared between them and it would continue to bring giggles, laughter and smiles to this day.Alice was also a "mother mentor" to many of the young women teachers in Neche, who had new infants, as she had already had five chances of trial and error with her own fussy babies.She was active in the Neche School PTA, Ladies Aide, was a Cub Scout Leader, taught Sunday school and Bible school, and was involved in several Bible Study groups throughout the years in the many communities in which she lived. In her day, Alice participated in and loved the sport of curling.After Clifford’s retirement they spent several winters in Bonita Springs, Florida, followed by 20 plus winters in Mesa, Arizona, at Venture Out Resort. It was at Venture Out that they were able to spend quality time with many of their lifelong friends who also wintered there. Lawn bowling became one of Alice’s favorite activities.Alice moved to Grand Forks in 2016 to live at Park Wood Place. In December 2018 she moved to Valley Senior Living on Columbia Road and resided in the Riverside neighborhood until she passed away. The family would like to thank the entire Riverside staff for the loving care provided to her the last years of her life. Our words can never convey our gratitude for the compassionate, loving and good care she received.Alice is survived by her children, Gail (Dan) Nelson Apache Junction, Arizona, Bonnie (William) Kokal, Miramor Lakes, FL, Clarinda (Richard) Brown, Bathgate, North Dakota, Patricia Puppe, Mesa, Arizona, and Clinton (Liz) Puppe, Broomfield, Colorado, grandchildren, Shanna Olds, Kalie (Chris) Shawstad, Melissa (Troy) Feeken, Michael (Kelly) Brown, Clifford Puppe and Clayton Puppe, great-grandchildren, Briana (Ben) Wirkus, Kyle, Caitlyn and Ava Shawstad, Olivia and Emmalee Olds, Chase Feeken, Kasyn and Myleigh Brown, and Autumn Puppe, great great grandson Braxon Wirkus, sister, Avis (Loyd) Swaim, Mead, Oklahoma and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford, her parents Adolph and Esther Sando, and siblings Audin, Ethel, Bert, Lillian, Lorraine, Delores, and Dorothy.

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Steven Frank

Feb 21, 1965 - Feb 23, 2024

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Grand Forks, ND

Steven Frank, 59, of Walhalla, ND, passed away Friday, February 23, 2024 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. at the Walhalla Lutheran Church in Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour before the time of services.Melvin Steven Frank was born to Ida Hell and Melvin Frank in Cavalier, ND. Steven grew up in Walhalla, ND where he would mow grass, run errands for the locals, and work in the potatoes. He graduated in 1982 from Walhalla High School and went to an AVTI with a degree in welding. Later, Steven went to work with his Uncle Gordan in the twin cities learning drywall, taping, and painting. After leaving the cities, he moved to Warroad, MN and started his own drywall business. During his 27 years there, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding wheelers and snowmobiles. Steven also loved working on cars, racing in the northern circuit, and watching Nascar. Eventually, he moved back home to Walhalla in 2015. He enjoyed being in the vegetable garden, campfires, spending time with his significant other Colleen Kittelson and of course playing keno and pulling tabs. Steven was well known for his joking around and wonderful sense of humor. He cared deeply for his family and his many friends. Steven is survived by his daughters Jessica Lordson, Surrey, ND, Dawn Meyer, Roseau, MN, and Lynsey Maloney, Ironton, MN; His significant other, Colleen Kittelson, Walhalla, ND; sister, Melanie Mostad, Fargo, ND; grandchildren Jayleigh, Jaycey, Jaygyn, Landen, Addisyn, Brody, Savannah, Gage, Jace, and Adelynn; and many nieces and nephews. Steven is preceded in death by his parents, Ida Berg and Melvin Frank; sisters Gloria Jerome and her husband Robert, and Holly Grengs; his brother Danny St. Vincent; and nephews Chad Jerome and Shawn Jerome.

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Isaac Cornell Perala

Jun 27, 1986 - Jan 26, 2024

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Grand Forks, ND

Isaac Cornell Perala, 37, of Grand Forks, ND, and a Crookston, MN native, died unexpectedly in Grand Forks on Friday, January 26, 2024. Isaac was born in Crookston on June 27, 1986, the youngest of 3 sons of the union of Warren Matthew and Cheryl Lynn (Ulseth) Perala. He was baptized and confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church and attended Crookston schools where he was a 3-sport athlete, participating in football, wrestling, and his favorite sport, baseball. He graduated in 2004 and attended the University of Minnesota Crookston for a year before transferring to the University of North Dakota and coached 8th grade football in Crookston. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, he began working for TC’s Custom Painting and continued helping Joey and the company as needed. Isaac began working for Development Homes, Inc. (DHI) gaming in 2009, quickly moving into gaming management. He provided support to DHI gaming employees across the state of North Dakota while working with the hospitality industry and distributors. He played a pivotal role in the ongoing growth and success of the DHI Gaming Division. As a younger man Isaac played baseball for the Crookston Reds and in later years with teams in Grand Forks softball leagues. There was nothing Isaac loved more than being on area golf courses with friends. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Isaac provided countless moments of joy and laughter, thriving on lighthearted, humorous banter. He would be the first to engage in random acts of kindness, offering help to those who needed it most. Isaac is survived by his parents, Warren and Cheryl Perala of Crookston; brother and sister-in-law, David and Samantha Perala of Crookston; grandmother, Donna Ulseth of Crookston; aunts and uncles: Pam Grove of Climax, MN, Marc and Rose Ulseth of Crookston, Kathy Ulseth-Tenold of Fargo, ND, Carolyn Hultquist of Pinedale, WY, and Shelden and Cheryl Perala of Boise, ID; nieces and nephews: Christopher Martin (fiancé, Bailey Bealer), Angelica, Jasmine, Lucas, Gabriel, and Natalie Perala; great-nieces and great-nephew: Paisley, Eli, and Rilen; as well as many close cousins, extended family, and friends. Isaac was preceded in death by a brother, Jason Perala; grandparents, Roger Ulseth and Toivo and Arlene Perala; aunt, Martene Olson; and uncle, Larry Hultquist. Blessed be the memory of Isaac Cornell Perala. The Memorial Service for Isaac will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 3, 2024, in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston, with The Rev. Greg Isaacson officiating. Visitation with Isaac’s family will be for one hour prior to the service. The funeral will be livestreamed by going to his obituary page at www.stenshoelhouske.com and clicking on the prompt to view. Messages of condolence to the family may be offered on the funeral website as well. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be designated to the Crookston Baseball Association or Development Homes, Inc. To anyone out there who is hurting, please talk to someone. If you have a plan to or are considering harming yourself, call or text the suicide prevention hotline at 988.

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Jean K. Ploeger

Jun 07, 1933 - Feb 15, 2024

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Grand Forks, ND

Jean K. Ploeger, age 90, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, formerly of Alexandria, Minnesota left for her heavenly home on Thursday, February 15, 2024.A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Lind Family Funeral Home with Rev. Trinity Opp officiating. Interment took place at Oak Hill Cemetery, Garfield.Visitation is one hour prior to the service.Jean Kathryn Larson Ploeger was born on June 7, 1933, to John and Irene (Grundstrom) Larson in Drayton, North Dakota. She graduated from Drayton High School and attended North Park University in Chicago, Illinois and Mayville University in Mayville, North Dakota. Jean began her elementary teaching in a one room school and taught in various locations, including four years at Christian Schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul. After 28 years of teaching, Jean worked as an office secretary for 7 ½ years before retiring.Jean was united in marriage to Merritt Ploeger on July 6, 1966, and in 1970, Rebecca joined the family. They lived in Burnsville until December of 1992, at which time they relocated to Alexandria. Jean was always involved in church music, working with the Cherub Choir, singing in the senior choir and serving as a church organist for 11 years. She had the joy and privilege of playing organ and piano with her mother for many years. Jean also taught Sunday School and served on boards and committees in the churches she attended during her lifetime. She had a strong faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jean was a member of Alexandria Covenant Church. She enjoyed sewing and creating for her family, her home and for others, spending ten years in crafts. Jean loved cooking and baking and having guests in her home. She also enjoyed traveling, especially to Branson, Missouri, and Colorado.She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Merritt.Jean is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Utech of Colorado; granddaughter, Ella Jean Utech of Loveland, Colorado; brother, Myron (Lois) Larson of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; brother-in-law, Lowell Zwiers of Brandon; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.Pallbearers are Michael Larson, Joel Zwiers, John Zwiers, Jered Zwiers, Thomas Zwiers, and Cody Wiese.

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