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Page 2 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 2.0, 2.0 S , Alice Hankey Alice Hankey, age 97 of Park River, ND passed away on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Gmfton. Alice Novak was born December 19. 1917 ill Pisek, ND, the daughter of the late Steve and Rose (Cicha) Novak. She grew up and attended rural school near Pisek. She was united in mar- riage to Carl Hankey Jr. on August 19, 1946 in Pisek, ND. The couple lived and farmed in Ru- ral Park River. In their retirement, the couple enjoyed to travel, making nips to Canada, Mex- ico, South America, China, Australia, Ireland, Europe, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Panama, and New Zealand. Carl passed away on June 6, 1994. Alice moved into the Park River Good Samaritan Center Apatnents in March of 2006 and in March of 2013 she moved into the Lutheran Sunset Home, Gmflon, ND. Alice was active in curling, bowling and many other clubs and organizations. She loved playing cards with her friends. She enjoyed spending time in her garden and sharing her bak- ing with family and friends. She will be remembered for her potato salad, kolaches and love of life. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church andAl- tar Society of Park River. She served as President of the Al- tar Society during the construction of the church. She served as President of the Park River American Legion Auxiliary Patti Famp Unit 147 for one year; served many years as Co-chair of Preparations for the Park River Memorial Day Program honoring Veterans and Legionnaires, and participated as Le- gion Auxiliary Color Guard at many patriotic events. She was an avid volunteer and was very community minded. She was eager to lead projects at the American Legion, such as col- lecting pop can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. She was a finalist for Fatal Women of the Year in 1986. Alice is survived by her chikhen: Michael (Gale) Hankey, Scottsdale, AZ, Katherine (Michael) Pickett, Bismarck, ND, Steven (Amy) Hankey, Orono, MN, grandchildren: Kyle (Mary Blanche) Hankey, Washington. DC, Scott (Scarlett) Hankey, Houston, TX, Gerri (William) Lorenz, Grand Forks, ND, Katharine (Patrick) Locken, Ve2ffier, Switzer- land, Elizabeth (Paul) Fiedler, Bismarck, ND, Steven Hankey Jr., Blacksburg, VA, Peter Hankey, Brainerd, MN, Samuel Hankey, Minneapolis, MN, great grandchildren: William Hankey, Corinne Hankey, Jaxton Lorenz, Ty Lorenz, Cael Lorenz, Luke Locken, Lauren Lockem Eve Locken, and Scarlett Fiedler. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl Hankey Jr. in 1994, son James Hankey in 1972, parents Steve & Rose Novak, brothers: George Novak and Lawrence Novak, sis- ters: Beatrice Jergenson and Steffie Daley. A Memorial Mass was held Monday, May 18, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Park River. Vis- itation was Sunday from 5:30-7:30 EM. with a prayer serv- ice at 7:30 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Park Riv- er. Inumment will be at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery of Park River. Alice's family would like to thank the wonderful staff" at the Lutheran Sunset Home. In lieu of flowers, the fami- ly prefers memorials to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery Fund in Park River. An online guestbook is available at: www.tollefsonfu- The Tollefson Funeral Home of Park Riv- er is in charge of the arrangements. Beatrice 'Bea' Houdek Beatrice "Bea" Houdek, 87, of Grand Forks, ND passed away peacefully Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks. Beatrice Mary Osowski was born April 4, 1928, the daughter of Bruno and SteUa (Ebertows- ki) Osowski at the fmnily farm home near Warsaw, ND and grew up in the Warsaw-Minto area. Beatrice married Vemer Houdek ofVeseleyville, ND on October 22, 1947 at St. Stanis- laus Catholic Church in Warsaw. They ultimately settled in Park River, ND, where Vetoer was employed with Polar Telephone (now Polar Comnmnications) and Beatrice was employed with Red Owl Grocery Store and the Grafton State School (now the Life Skills and Transition Center). They were active members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Park River and shared favorite activities with family mad friends, including curling, bowling and playing pinochle. After retirement, the couple moved to Grafton, ND, where they lived until Vemer's death in 2005. Beatrice moved to Grand Forks, where she was a foster grandparent for the Head Start Program and a parishioner of St. Michael's Catholic Church. Beatrice was also a member of the Amer- ican Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by her children, Yvonne (Donald) Hill, Loveland, CO, David (Pat Kennedy) Houdek, Grand Forks, ND, Catherine North, Boulder CO, Ellen (Arthur) Broadwater, Peyton, CO; a brother, Emie (Karen) Os- owski, Grand Forks, ND; sisters, Es- ther (Mrs. Francis) Narlock, Grand Forks, ND, Louise (Daniel) Sevi- gny, Oakwoock ND, Joanne (Allan) Babinski, Minto, ND, Maxine (Mrs. Paul) Wilkes, Park River, ND; a son-in-law, Ron Stevens, Michigan; grandclaildren, Rhonda, Kevin (Danielle), Renee (Jake), Telxi, Dustin (Melanie), and Danielle (Kyle) and 5 great-grandchildren. Beatrice was pneded in death by her parents; her husband, Vemer; a daughter, Carol Stevens and a sister, Sarah Nice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anne's Guest Home, 524 17th Street North, Grand Forks, ND 58203. Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND. Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday with a 4:30 p.m. rosary service and 7:00. p.m. vigil service in The Historic Nomlan Funeral Home-Gregory J. Nomaan Funeral Chapel, 2950 South Washington St. Visitation will continue tbr one hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Tues- day, Burial: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Calvary Cemetery, Park River, ND. The online memorial registry may be signed at Merton Gene Thrugstad Merton G. Thrugstad passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 at the age of 86 in Hes- peria, California. Mert was born October 4, 1928, Torquay, Saskatche- wan, Canada to the late Jolm Martin and Louise (Nygard) Thrugstad of Fairdale, ND. The family returned to Fairdale when Mert was starting school (about 1934). Fairdale is where he grew up and married the mother of his children, Elaine Lee. Mert was the owner/operator of a fann in Fairdale, ND before be- ginning his employment with mil- itary and private sector contractors in a wide variety of sites including Greenland, Alaska, Canada, Col- orado and Midway Island as an dec- trical/nlechanical engineer. Mert ]net his wife Roberta, (Bobbi) while working on Midway Island. They were married in 1985, and spent 5 more years on Midway before his retirement in 1990. At that time they returned to the farm in Fairdale where they lived until 2000 when they moved to Victorville, CA. Mert is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Roberta (Bobbi) Young; son, Ordean Thmgstad, Grafton, ND; daughters, Renae (Dean) Foell, Fargo, ND; Evelyn (Doug) Campbell, Colorado Springs, CO; stepsons Michael (Paula) Absher, Ap- ple Valley CA; Mark (Barbie) Ab- sher, Oxnard, CA; Matt Absher, Gar- den Grove, CA, Steve (Cindi) Ab- sher, Conneaut, OH and Mace (Eliza- beth) Absher, High- land, CA; brother in law, Larry (Janet) Young, Visalia, CA; sisters in law, Lola Collins; and Donna 0erry) Alexander; 19 grandchil- dren, and 12 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Louise Thrugstad; sisters, Joyce M. Pedersen, Love- land, CO; Louada A Markusen, Grafton ND; and brother, Everett Thrugstad of Battleground, WA. A Celebration of Life Memori- al was held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the home of Donna Alexan- der of Hesperia, CA. A second Celebration of Life Memorial will be held Saturday, June 6, 2015 (lpm) at the Kens- ington Place 915 Park Street East, Park River, North Dakota. Mert's ashes will be buried in the family plot in Hitterdal Cemetery, Walsh County, ND. We extend heartfelt thanks to Maila, Suzie, Jordan, Velysha, and Esmeralda of the Charter Hospice for all their help during this tough last year. MaryTrosen Mary Catherine Trosen, 74, of Fordville, ND passed away Saturday, May 9th at Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. After a courageous battle with cancer she was reunited in heaven with her Husband and Soul-mate, Har- ris. Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great- Grandmother, Mary Vemes was born on October 20th 1940 to John and Agnes Vetoes in Gilby, ND. She graduated from Gilby High School in 1958. Mary married Har- ris Trosen on November I 1 th 1958. After living in Gilby and Graflon, ND for a short time, they settledin Fordville, ND in 1966. She and Har- ris spent their next 55 years togelher dedicated to each other and tir four children. Mary enjoyed spend- ing time with her family and friends and was very dedicated to her Faith. She also enjoyed playing cards and doing crosswords puzzles in her free time. Mary is survived by Sons: Michael (Bobbi) of Miller, SD, Jeffery (Susan) of West Fargo, ND, Mark (Loft) of West Fargo, ND; Daughter: Chert Luchsinger of Kansas City, MO; Grandsons: Pre- ston (Carrie), Alex, and Nathan; Granddaughters: Sommer, Maris- sa, Alyssa, Madeline Mary, Molly, and Alexis; Great- granddaughters: MeKaya Catherine and Everly; Sisters: Betty (John) Kauk of Bad Medicine Lake, MN and Nan- cy (Terry) Kam- inerlnan of Batavia, Ill; Brother-in-laws: Richard Carlson of Grand Forks, ND and Harold Trosen of Lake Park, MN; and many Nieces and Nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her Husband Hart'is, her Sister Ann, and her parents Agnes and John. A prayer service was held for Mary at Balde Funeral Home in Fordville at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12th. Mass with Christian burial was We&aesday, May 13th at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Park River, N D with In- terment to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Fordville. Online guestbook: www.bakke- Celebrant was be Rev. Father Gary Luiten. Music selections were provided by Jane Thompson as the Pianist and Betty Koenig as the CantoL Honorary Pallbearers were All Nieces and Nephews. Casket bearers were Preston Cox, Sommer Trosen, Marissa Trosen, Alex Trosen, Alexis Trosen, Nathan Harris Trosen, Alyssa Trosen, Made- line Mary Luchsinger and Molly Luchsinger. Service Notice Graveside memorial services for Steven G. Pecka will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11:00 am at St. Mark's Cemetery in Conway, ND. II l.,am'ence A. Omdahl Lawrence A. Om- dahl, age 82, of the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home, Floresville, Texas, and formerly of Fordville, North Dakota, died on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Lawrence was born November 1, 1932, to Lars and Hannah Omdahl, in Conway, ND. He at- tended Conway Public School grades 1-8, and did his High School studies through correspondence. Following his education he served in the U. S, Army from 1953-55, serving as a Map Compiler in the 48th Engineer Topographical Bat- talion at Ft. Sheridan, IL during the Korean Conflict. After his honorable discharge, he attended UND and Aaker's Business College in Grand Forks ND, where he met his future wife, Judy Sobolik. They were mar- ried in Grand Forks in 1960 where both were employed; later moving to Fordville, ND where they lived for many years until moving to Texas to live with their daughter in 2012. Lawrence was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Park Riw er, ND, where he taught the adult Sunday School class for many years. He enjoyed deer hunting and fish- ing in his younger days. After his re- tirement, his special project was building a scale model replica of the village of Conway where he grew up. He was fond of reminiscing about being on the 1949 Inkster, ND Class B Baseball Championship team the year they won the state championship in Bismarck ND. He enjoyed putting to- .g. e t h e r jigsaw puzzles, gradually going from 1000 pieces to 24 pieces as Alzheimers took its toll. Lawrence is sur- vived by his wife, Judy, ofAdkins, TX; son Robin (Tami) Omdahl of Fordville, ND; daughter Laura of Adkins, TX; grandchildren, Calli (Matthew) Kunkel of San Jose, CA, and Christopher (Jennifer) Om- dahl of Albany, MN; sisters Grace - Eisner of Conway, ND, and Frances Omdahl of Seattle, WA; brothers, Glen Omdahl of Raymond, WA, Lloyd Omdahl of Grand Forks, ND, Dean Omdahl of Valley City, ND; sister-in,law Marlys Omdahl of Philomath, OR; brother-in-law Ivan Sobolik ofrtwal Pisek, ND; and nu- merous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Jayme; brothers Harris, Douglas, Donald, and David; sister Doris Gilbertson; sisters-in-law Margaret Omdahl, Audrey Om- dahl, Jean Omdah!, and Mary He- len Omdahl; brother-in-law Rudy Sobolik; nephew Harlan Om- dahl. A prayer service and "Final Salute" ceremony with Taps played was held upon his death at the Frank M. Tejeda Home where he re,;ided since November, 2014. A private burial (as he requested many years ago) will be held at a lat- er date. Pembina Hills Lt,@eran, Mountain Thursday: 2 p.m. Worship Borg. Sunday.: 9:15 Worship at Trinity 10:30 Worship Vikur Trinity Lutheran, Enburg Sunday.: 9:15 worship 11:45 American Legion Memorial Day Program at Trinity with potluck meal after St John's Nepomucene Catholic Church, Pisek Sunday 10:30 a.m. St Joseph's Catholic Church, Lankin ( Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Bechyne Sunday 8:30 a.m. St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Crystal Sunday Mass: 8:30 a.m., Tuesday: 5:30 p.m., Thursday: 7 a.m. St. Brigid of Ireland Catholic Church, Cavalier Saturday Mass: 5 p.m.. Sunday Mass: 10:30 a.m.. Monday & Friday: 7 a.m.. Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. Our Savi0ufs Lutheran Church, Park River Sunday: Worship 10 a.m. Senior Reception 11 a.m. Zion Lt.,theran Church, Hoople Sunday School stating at 9 a.m.. Church services at 10 a.m. 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 Federated Church Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship (Fordville) 9:30 a.m. Sunday School (Park River). 10:45 a.m. Worship (Ptrk River) Victory Free Lutheran Church, Park River Sunday: Worship Service 11:00 AM Grace Free Lutheran Church, Edinhurg Sunday: 9 a.m. Church Services / 10:15 a.m. Sunday School Every Thursday: 9 a.m. Bible Study I-loft Lutheran Church, Rural Adams Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship Bethel Baplist Church, Park River Sunday: 9:30 a.m. worship, 10:45 a.m. Fellowship. Wednesday: Awana Children's Ministry 6.'00 p.m.. Tuesday: Prayer & Bible study at 7:00 p.m, Park Center Lutheran Church, Rural Hoople Sunday, May 24- 10:00 AM Rev. 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