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Peggy Taylor

Jan 26, 1961 - Nov 18, 2023

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Wahpeton, ND

Peggy Jo Taylor, 62, of Wahpeton, North Dakota, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at her residence under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton, ND.Services are to be at a later date. Full obituary to follow.

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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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Marlene Maanum

Dec 15, 1938 - Dec 30, 2023

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Wahpeton, ND

Marlene Maanum, age 85, of Farwell, Minnesota, died peacefully surrounded by her family, on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at the St. Catherine Living Center in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Memorial services are pending with the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris.

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Maureen Mathre

Jul 29, 1951 - Dec 26, 2023

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Wahpeton, ND

Maureen "Beany" Mathre, 72, of Wahpeton, North Dakota, passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2023, at her residence. Her Celebration of Life is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2024, at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton, ND. There will be a visitation one hour prior. Rene’ Hasbargen will officiate the service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton. Full obituary to follow.

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Jerry Brackin

Aug 09, 1954 - Dec 22, 2023

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Wahpeton, ND

Jerry Brackin, age 69, of Wahpeton, ND, died at his home on Friday, December 22, 2023, under the care of CHI Hospice. A memorial mass will be held on 1:00 pm, Friday, January 5, 2024, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Wahpeton with Father Paul Kuhn presiding. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the mass on Friday. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton. Jerome "Jerry" Paul Brackin was born on August 9, 1954, to George and Clarice (Rollofson) Brackin in Hankinson, ND. He grew up Lidgerwood where he attended school and graduated from High School in 1971. Following high school, he entered the US Army serving his country for two years from 1974-1976. He returned home to North Dakota following his service and took up electrical training at NDSSS. He became a union member and worked electrical work traveling all over the country including Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and the Midwest. He attended SCUBA training and developed a lifelong passion of diving, underwater treasure hunting, and exploring the lake and ocean bottoms. He also taught diving and was a Master SCUBA diving instructor. Jerry’s pastimes included watching History, time outside, and being on the boat. He and Dina loved to cruise around on his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Later in life he taught at NDSCS for 14 years, then was a ND State Electrical Inspector for five years, he then went to work for Worlly Parsons and worked as safety instructor, and before retirement he taught Electrical Technology for two years. He is survived by his wife, Dina Brackin, Wahpeton; son, Jay (Hailey) Brackin, Jamestown, ND; two brothers, George (Bonnie) Brackin, Scranton, ND, and Bill (Susan) Brackin, Wichita, KS; one sister, Kathy (Bruce) Coequyt, Eau Claire, WI; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, brother John Brackin, and sister Patricia Goolsbey.

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