Marlene Tollefson, 85, of Devils Lake, ND, died Friday July 13, 2018. Funeral Services for Marlene will be held on Wednesday, July 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Devils Lake with Reverend Jim Paulson officiating.
Marlene Tollefson, 85, of Devils Lake, ND, died Friday July 13, 2018. Funeral Services for Marlene will be held on Wednesday, July 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Devils Lake with Reverend Jim Paulson officiating. Burial will be at Big Coulee Lutheran Cemetery, rural Churchs Ferry. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 17 at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake from 5 until 7 p.m. with a time of prayer and remembrance at 7 p.m. with Reverend Richard Budd officiating. Visitation on Wednesday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Marlene was born on Sept. 9, 1932, in Rolette, ND, to Alice (Ness) and Bennie Haagenson. Her childhood was spent on a farm south of Rolette with her siblings, Boyd, Opal, and her twin sister, Marlys. This place along with Ox Creek Lutheran Church always brought joy to her heart. She graduated from Rolette High School in 1950 and attended Minot State College. She taught elementary school for several years. She married Donald Tollefson on Oct. 6 1956, and would join Don in the operation of the family farm near Churchs Ferry, ND, and together they raised a crop of kids. They farmed together until his death in 2003. She thoroughly loved the farm and understood her life as working and serving both God and family. Her kitchen table was her altar and the coffee pot was always in hand as she extended hospitality and invited others into fellowship. She deeply loved and watched over her children, prayed her grandchildren into vitality, and each time she showed up, it was as if God showed up quietly, humbly to bless. Her faith in Jesus was what sustained her for 85+ years! She lived a very good life and left behind a life-giving legacy of family and faith. She leaves behind; one daughter, MariDon (Jack) Sorum, Minot, ND; and three sons, Michael (Nancy) Tollefson, Minnewaukan, ND, Marco (Julie) Tollefson, Devils Lake, ND, and Marty (Stephanie) Tollefson, Fremont, Neb. She also leaves behind; seven beloved grandchildren, Aaron and Rachel Tollefson, Luke and Logan Sorum, Traycer Tollefson, and Hannah and Sarah Tollefson; twin sister, Marlys Johnson of Devils Lake; sister, Opal Campbell of Minnetonka, MN; and brother-in-law, Charles Pfister of Vancouver, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by; her husband, Don; brother, Boyd; and her parents. God bless the memory of Marlene Tollefson.