Aletha Jeanette Calderwood, 84, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Crary, ND, passed away on Saturday evening, Aug. 11, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Center, Devils Lake.
Aletha Jeanette Calderwood, 84, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Crary, ND, passed away on Saturday evening, Aug. 11, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Center, Devils Lake. Funeral Service for Jeanette will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Devils Lake with Reverend Trudy Dumont officiating. Burial will be in the Devils Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 5 until 7 p.m. and will continue on Thursday at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Aletha Jeanette Bertsch was born on Jan. 15, 1934, at Devils Lake, the daughter of Adam and Arleen (Hall) Bertsch. Jeanette’s Dad passed away the winter of 1935 so Jeanette and her mother resided in Devils Lake until the fall of 1935 when they moved to Russell, ND, to live with Grandpa and Grandma Hall. The summer of 1936, Arleen and Jeanette moved to Crary, ND, and Arleen married William ‘Bill’ Morgan on Nov. 25, 1936. Jeanette attended grades one through ten at Southam, ND, and transferred to Lakota High School for her Junior and Senior years, graduating in 1951. After high school, she attended Valley City State College for one year, getting her teaching certificate. She taught one year at a school South of Crary before she was united in marriage to Donald E. Calderwood on June 28, 1953 at the Crary Congregational Church. After marriage, Jeanette became a dedicated farm wife and loving mother to four children. Jeanette worked side-by-side with her husband and family. She cooked for the many hired hands that would come and go through the years. She tended her garden from planting, to harvest and all that was involved in that process. As a hard working farm wife, Jeanette was very involved in the Agri Women of North Dakota and was awarded ‘Agri Woman of the Year’. Jeanette was so proud to see the Calderwood Homestead into the hands of a 4th generation of Calderwoods. It gave her such joy to be a part of all the activities of the farm and the many hours spent traveling to watch their grandchildren participate in their other activities. Jeanette was a very active member of the Crary Congregational Church until it closed and the family joined Westminster Presbyterian Church in Devils Lake. She also enjoyed membership in the Rebekahs. Jeanette and Don also found great pleasure and comradery as members of the Prairie Partners Square Dance Club. They had been members since 1965 and danced their way throughout the Midwest and even into Canada. Jeanette was a woman of faith, a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother. We shall miss you each day, dear Mother, but will strive to be just as hard-working, as loving, kind and gentle as you were in your lifetime. Jeanette’s loving family include; her children and their spouses, David and June Calderwood, Casselton, ND, Ralph Calderwood, Lee and Dianne Calderwood all of Crary, Marie and Steve Jacobson, Devils Lake; grandchildren, Matthew Calderwood, Vancouver, BC, Nichole (Scott) Sommers, Bismarck, ND; Tyler Calderwood, Devils Lake, Brooke Calderwood, Devils Lake, Leanne (Pat) Tronson, Doyon, ND, Shasta (Mike) Held, Mandan; Grand Jacobson, Fargo, ND; six great-grandchildren, Hartley, Harper, Lindsey, April, Zander and Adley; sisters, Doris (Harold) Anderson, Bagley, MN, Mercedes (Wayne) Barnard, Canton, Ohio and Wilma Girodat, Devils Lake and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by; her parents; husband, Don on October 6, 2015, after 62 years of a beautiful life together; grandson, Ryan Calderwood; and great-granddaughter, Abigail.