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............................................................................................................................................... ....... ............. '' !" ........~ ............................... i Page, 2 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2 I, 2015 ..................... :a Joseph Westby Joseph Westby, 77, Bismarck, passed away January 7, 2015, at Sanford Health, Bismarck. Services were held at 11:00 am Monday, January 12, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with Rev. Steve Sathre officiating. Buriaf will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Bismarck. Visitation was held from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday, January 11, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck. Joseph Arlo Westby was born February 9, 1937, in Bellingham, WA, while his parents, Oscar and Anna, were visiting relatives there. He was raised on a farm near Fairdale, ND, and educated there, graduating from Fairdale High School. While a student, he participated in sports, band, choir, and drama productions at the high school. The Westby family had its own band for a time during which he played tram- pet, poorly, he often said. He also taught himself saxophone, clarinet and violin, and tinkered with each of them for a time. Upon graduation, he received a scholarship to, attended, and graduated from Concordia Col- lege, Moorhead, MN, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He attained a ma- jor in biology and a minor in chemistry. In 1955, he married Dorothy Nye in Lawton, ND. They had six chil- dren: Timothy Scott, Pamela Kay, Lisa Maureen, Thomas Oscar, Theodore Edward, and Erik Charles. Joe's children and grandchildren were always important to him and central to his life, even though they were scat- tered all over the country. Joe loved his children dearly, and they loved the state organization. It was in August 1982, at the Governor's Conference on Education at Bismarck State College, that he met Rita Kel- ly, then an English teacher at Bismarck High School. They were married on March 18, 1983, in Bismarck. Rim's daugh- ter, Shea, became Joe's stepdaughter, and the two of them have enjoyed a close relationship ever since. When Shea married Tarek in 2004, she was escorted down the aisle by Joe and Rita in both her weddings in Boston and Beirut, Lebanon. In 1990, Joe was seiected by the NDEA Board of Di- rectors to be its Executive Director. In that role, he super- vised the state staff, field staffand support staff, and man- aged the programs of professional development, member advocacy, public relations, government relations, and the budget, while lobbying state agencies and the Legislature. He took his role in manag- ing the association seriously and often worked long days and weekends to assure he could make the organization as successful as it could be and a credible representative of its members to government agencies, the pub- lic, students, and members across the state and nation..Because of his long work schedule, he was not able to participate in choirs, singing groups, and service organizations which he would have liked to do as he did as a teacher. In his 16 years as the NDEA Executive Director, he served a term on the National Council of State Education Associations of the Na- tional Education Association representing the nine states of the NEA Mid- him in return. He was respected for his sage advice and was a generous west Region. As such, he participated in setting policy for the NEA on man in so many ways. He'attended the University of North Dakota, graduating with a Bach- elor of Science in Education degree, and began his teaching career in Val- ley City Public Schools in the fall of 1961. He taught science in the jun- ior high school for three years, during which time he was invited to par- ticipate in a statewide writing project to develop a new science curricu- lum for junior high sciences sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Much of that curriculum is still in use in schools today. Joe then returned to UND under a National Science Foundation Fel- lowship, obtaining his Masters in Science Teaching degree in 1965, After obtaining his masters degree, he returned to Valley City High School where he taught chemistry and advanced biology--a course he de- signed and implemented for seniors pursuing careers in the medical fields. He also created a chemistry course with enhanced opportunity for labo- ratory work for students occupying seven hours per week rather than the traditional five hours. He was proud of the success of his students, many of them pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, engineering, optometry, nursing, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine, among other distinguished ~ careers. He is especially proud of Congressman Earl Pomeroy's ac- complishmentS. Earl often jokes, "It was Mr. Westby's chemistry class that caused me to enter politics." And, Joe concurred. "Earl made a wise career choice." While teaching in Valley City, Joe was active in his church, teaching Sunday School, the Bethel Bible Series course for adults, singing in the church choir, participating in the church men's organization, and coach- ing the high school science club and the high school science fair organ- ization in which Valley City students were often among the winners cho- sen to attend the National Science Fair. He also was a Cub Scout Pack Leader, sang in the Valley City Troubadours Men's Chorus and a quit- tet, was active in the District #24 Democratic Party-- serving as district chairman for four years with successful elections to the state Legislature- -and was a member of the Valley City Elks Club. He also taught organ- ic chemistry to pre-medicine students at Valley City State College dur- ing the summer. He often credits his sales experience with World Book Encyclopedia as contributing to his ability to communicate with people the national scene. He also represented NDEA along with the NDEA Pres- ident of The Northern Tier (TNT), On organization of five small rural states with similar demographic issues in the northern part of the country. He served as treasurer of that organization for a number of years. Along with the NDEA President, he represented North Dakota educators in the nine- state Midwest Region of the NEA. He Served on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Horace Mann Insurance Company for ten years and par- ticipated in setting policy for the improvement of the services from the insurance company to education association members across the coun- try. In his tenure as Executive Director, he attended nearly all of the na- tional conventions of the National Education Association held in various cities across the country. The NEA Representative Assembly is the largest deliberative body in the world and sets education policy for the organi- zation on an annual basis. As Executive Director of NDEA, he enjoyed the organizational challenges and the opportunities it gave him to utilize his expertise in designing new programs and solving problems for the or- ganization. He was responsible for leading the organization into a strate- gic planning process over the course of three years that resulted in the pro- duction of a document to guide the association for a number of years into the future. In his 16-year tenure as Executive Director, he worked with four elected presidents and numerous members of the 17-member Board of Directors, as well as a great, dedicated and committed staffofprofes- sionals. He was proud of the accomplishments of the association and cred- its those accomplishments to the dedicated staff and elected leaders who work in the association. 2006 was not a good year health-wise for Joe as he underwent quin- tuple coronary bypass surgery in February, suffered kidney failure in May, necessitating dialysis three times a week, and then a second heart attack "in July resulting in his being air-ambulanced to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, to implant three coronary stents. On Christmas Eve, 2006, he had emergency colon surgery. The health problems resulted in his retirement from the NDEA on December 31, 2006, after 46 years in education, 26 of them with NDEA. He loved working for the association and missed the oppommities he had serving education and its members. He was honored when NDEA established the Joseph A. Westby Lead- and helping him dvercoming his basic shyness. Always a believer in his ership Award within the NDEA Foundation to be presented to a deserv- professional association, he served as chiefneg0tiat0r for the Valley City ing member or staffperson. He was alsonamed to Who~s WhoAmong ' Education Association for several- years and president of VCEA for one Outs .tanding Business Executives'tbr his work in association management. term. He served on:file North Dakota Education Association Board of Di- In 2010 Joe was awarded the Adrian R. Dunn Friend of Education Award ',rectors for six and one half years and became a member of its part-time in recognition of serVice to teaching and schools: ..... ": field staffprior to joining the full-time staffin 1980. Joe was honored by being named Outstanding Young Educator in Barnes County in 1965 and was runner-up in the Outstanding Young Educator contest statewide that same year. He was named to Outstanding Young Men of America in 1967, and was named to the Personalities of the West and Midwest in the 1969-1970 edition. In 1980, after nineteen years in the classroom, he left teaching to work full-time as a UniServ director for the North Dakota Education Associ- ation in its Valley City field office. He loved every minute of his time teach- ing students and always missed his time spent with them. In his new role, he providedprofessional development opportunities, negotiations train- ing, member rights representation, political action training, and organi- zational development opportunities for teachers in the southeastern area of the state. In 1983, he transferred to the Bismarck headquarters office to assume a UniServ position and the research and bargaining position for Joe is survived by his wife Rim Kelly, Bismarck; his brother Norman (Joy) Westby, Pelican Rapids, MN; 2 daughters: Pamela, Colorado Springs, CO, and Lisa (Dan) Peltier, Valley City; 4 sons: Timothy (Ann), Hous- ton, TX; Thomas (Gabriella), Colorado Springs, CO; Theodore, Atlanta, GA; and Erik (Shawn Miller), San Ramon, CA; one step-daughter, Shea Kelly (Tarek Assali), Wellesley, MA; and 12 grandchildren: Katherine, Elena and John Westby; Jody Westby; Dylan, Desmond and Demi Pelti- el'; Claudia Westby; Graham and Edward Westby; and Thomas and Chiara Assali; and Holli Westby and Jackie Westby. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Julius and Anna West- by, and his sister and brother=in-law, Marie Ann and Charles Briscoe. Memorials may be given to the Joseph A. Westby Leadership Award program with the NDEA Foundation. Go to to share memories of Joe and sign the online guestbook. Her An F kekke Henry Arvil Brekke, 89, Park River (formerly Grand Forks, Inkster, and Griffon), died on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 in the First Care Health Center, Park River. Arvil was born Nov. ll, 1925, to John and Tilda (Strand) Brekke, in Grafton, ND., where he grew up. He attended the Sinkler School in rural Griffon. He married Gloria Gendreau on Oct. 20, 1950 in Olga, ND. Arvil served as a Corporal in the U.S. Infantry during the Kore- an War where he received a Purple Heart for Wounds Received in Ac- tion. Arvil and Gloria moved from Griffon to their farm in Inkster, ND where they happily resided for many years raising livestock and small grains. He is survived by his brother, El- ton (Eileen) Brekke, Yuma, AZ; nephew Elton (Karen) Brekke, Grand Forks, ND; nieces Leslie Brekke, Tucson, AZ, Carol Brekke, Grafton, ND, Jenny (Greg) Baumgag- ner, Tucson, AZ, .... Shelly (Jerry) Betl, Dodge Center, MN; a great niece, and four great nephews. ,. He W~as prec~eded in deg~byhismife; p~/rentg:," - fiifant dau~-hter, "" lgffi~y Beth; ~ md sister, Lillian Larson., Set vices: 10:30 a.m. Saturday., Jan. l'i' at Bakke Funeral ttrmae,'l:a- firnor~ :, ND Visitation onehour pri- or to l ~he service. "" Bu fial will be in St?,M~/rk's Ceme ~ery of Conway, ND. BP ~KKE FUNERAL HOME, LARI MORE, ND Orll~e guestbook: www.bakke- funera Off iciating"wjl! be Pastor Tom Colenl ~on. Honorary Pallbearers will bq~,' Waitress~es fronttheNorth- side C'. afr. Military Honors will be by thl :;ND National Guard Honor Team i Ronald D. lastre. Ronald D. Mas- tre, age 74 of Park River, ND passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Altru Hospital of Grand Forks. Ronald D. Mastre was born February 26, 1940 in Walsh County, ND the son of the late Vernon and Norma (Gille- spie) Mastre. He at- , tended rural school between Grafton and ParkRiver. Following his education he worked constmc- Ricky . M~;stre, i Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren: Melissa Jelinek, Stephanie Aune, .Stac:ySAun~ Austin A~me, Patrick Aune, . and ffrav[ :Flade- land, seven-great grafl~tchild~ri, his sister, Ruth Elznic, Park River, ND and brotber,Not (L da) Mastre,3Nest argo, ND; niece, Sami Swartz( Grand Fork i;, ND. Several nieceg:-and nephe;ws also survive. He was pre- tion for a time. He later started cedecl in death by his parents, sis- working forE~'l'Mafi~0~efi Farms ter, J~ mi~ Skjordaff.twin brother, and worked there until retiring in Donald and"rrrtl~er; ~-dn~eth. the early 2000's. Ronaldwas unit- Fui nemtI s~i'vices.:were ~eld Fri- ed in marriage to Joan Gillies on day, Ji muary 16, 2015atJ t':00 A.M. February 25, 1995 in Park River. atlhe Paf~ River Federated Church. The couple has made their home in Visita tiol was Friday for one.hour Park River since, prior :to tie service at ~hurch. Ron was a member of the Park Inl~ ement will be~/if ~emorial River Volunteer Fire Department Park (~enetery, p~k:Rj'v'er,:ND and the Park River Jaycee's, He en- An onine guest book:is available joyed fishing very much. at: wu m,.bl[efso Ronald is survived by his wife, TN e Tollefson-Funetal Home of Joan of Park River, ND children: Park River is in charge of the Patti Mastre, Park River, ND and arran~i ~ements. ' : (;;, on me mm.jOht away uimj her nacKgrouna nommg out a o=ur. Pembina Hills L.utheran, Mountain Thursday: 2 p.m. Worship Borg. Sunday.: 9:15 Worship 10:30 Worship Vikur. 9:15 Sunday School at Trinity Trinity Lutheran, Edinburg Sunday.: 9:15 Sunday School. 10:30 Worship Tue: 9:00 Women's Bible Study St John,s Nepomucene Catholic Church, Pisek Saturday 5:00 a.m. St Joseph's Catholic Church, Lankin (www.plbtdpadsh.0q]/) Sunday 8:30 a.m. St Bdgid of Ireland Catholic Church, Cavalier Saturday Mass: 5 p.m.. Sunday Mass: 10:30 a.m.. Monday 7 a.m. Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. & Friday: Our Saviours Lutheran Church, Park River Sunday: 9:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship, 10 a.m. Worship Lutheran Church, Hoople Sunday School stating at 9 AM. Church services at 10AM St. Mary's Church Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Good Sam. Center 5 p.m. St. Mary's, Park River Sunday: 8 a.m. St. Luke's, Veseleyville. 10 a.m. St. Mary's, Park River etory Free Lutheran Churd' , Park River Wednesday: 6 pm Confirmation class 7pro, Wi riGS,: 7 pm Youth Bible Study, 4 m ;n h Ifr I . 7 pm Adult Bible Study. Sunday: 9: 5a. , i u day Sc go o al a!es, 10:30a.m. Coffee and fe IIIowship:, / " 11:00a.m. Worship s( wice : Grace Free Lutheran Churclh, Edinburff Sunday: 9 a.m. Church Services/10:15 a.m. Sunday School ....... Every Thursday: 9 a.m. Bilole Study ......... Bethel Baplist Church, River : Sunday: 9:30 a.m. worship, 10:45 a.m. Fello! tship Wednesday: Awana Children's Ministry 6.'00 p.m... Tuesday: lar8!er & Bible study at 7:00 p.m Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Bechyne Sunday 10:30 a.m. St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Crystal Sunday Mass: 8:30 a:m.. Tuesday: 5:30 p.m.. Thursday: 7 a.m. Federated Church Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship (Fordville) 9:30 a.m. Sunday School (Park River). 10:45 a.m. Worship (Park River) Apostolic Faith Church, Park River Services at the Park River City Building Meeting Room on Sundays at 6pm. I-loft Lutheran Church, Rural Adams Sunday: 9 a.m, Worship Our Redeemer's, Failrdale e Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship IRBST UNITED ank&lnsurance Park River - 284-7244 Adams ~ 944-2231 Grafton ~ 352-3668 Michigan ~ 259-2112 Hoople ~ 894-6123 Crystal ~ 657-2168 "True to a Sacred Trust" Hwy. 17 West * Park River 284-6086 tollefsonfuneralhome, corn Farmers Union Insurance Co. Jay Thompson~Dwight Byron OFFICE: 284-6955 17 a, . Park River BECOME A CHURCH SCHEDULE SPONSOR $20.00 A MONTHt. 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