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Alpha Flaten

Alpha Jeanette Flaten, 97, of Hatton, ND passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 in a vehicle accident enroute to an appointment. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Hatton. A visitation will be held Friday, January 26, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the Hatton Prairie Village Chapel in Hatton.

Alpha was born to Peter and Hannah Thoreson on November 20, 1920. She graduated from Mayville High School and attended Mayville State College where she obtained a B.S. Degree in Education in 1963. On June 10, 1940, Alpha married Kenneth A. Flaten of Hatton, ND. They celebrated their 77 years of marriage on June 10, 2017.
Alpha taught school for 35 years. She was a very devoted tracher and was loved by all her students. She loved her family and friends, working at the church and the Senior Citizens Club. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, canning and entertaining.

Alpha is survived by two sons: Ken Richard (Javon), Hatton, ND; Donald Westly (Mary Alice), Waukesha, Wisconsin; and daughter, Joyce Ann (Greg Plush), Georgetown, Texas. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Nona Delores Erickson, Portland, ND; and brother, Peter Thoreson Jr., Mayville, ND;

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Kenneth; parents, Peter and Hannah Thoreson; two brothers, Mayo Thoreson and Howard Thoreson; and sister, Eleanore Erickson.


Friday, January 26, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hatton Prairie Village Chapel
950 Dakota Ave
Hatton, North Dakota 58240

Prayer Service

Friday, January 26, 2018
7:00 PM

Hatton Prairie Village Chapel
950 Dakota Ave
Hatton, North Dakota 58240

Funeral Service

Saturday, January 27, 2018
10:30 AM

St. John Lutheran Church
420 7th Street
Hatton, ND 58240

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A candle was lit in memory of Alpha Flaten

Dee engler Feb 19 2022 6:02 PM

Our Sympathy to the family, she was a Special Lady! Sorry we are not in ND for the services. Thoughts and Prayers are with you.

Jerome & Karen Leslie Jan 27 2018 12:00 AM

Very glad I got to know Alpha. She will be missed.

Donna Anglebrandt Jan 25 2018 12:00 AM

Dear family of Alpha, My sympathy to all of you.

Jeanette Krogstad Jan 25 2018 12:00 AM

I regret the loss of Mrs. Flaten and send my best wishes to her Family. She was my 5th grade teacher when I attended Finley Public School in 1960. She gave students opportunities to learn and to grow in ways that would help them throughout their lives. I appreciate her as a teacher and as a life long friend. Thank you Mrs Flaten.

Merlan e. Paaverud Jan 25 2018 12:00 AM

Alpha was so very special and her smile contagious. She is very missed. Peace to you all.

Stacy Christianson Jan 23 2018 12:00 AM

My favorite teacher! Wonderful lady! Sorry for your loss.

Paula Welder Moe Jan 23 2018 12:00 AM

On behalf of Perry Lutheran Church and all of us at the Portland Lutheran Parish, we offer our condolences and prayers for the family and especially Alpha's sister, Deloris Erickson. May God bless you with love and grace.

Portland Lutheran Parish Jan 23 2018 12:00 AM

My sympathies to the Flaten family. Everyone loved your mother around the Finley area. She was one of the best teachers a 5th grader could have. She will be missed by many.

Vickie Currens Jan 23 2018 12:00 AM

I am the youngest daughter of lloyd and Marianne Moffett of Sharon ND ...both my parents have passed but I want to write a little note on their behalf...my mom worked with Alpha at the Sharon school and was best of friends...alpha and Kenny were wonderful people...I remember Kenny sitting on his lawn mower making sure his lawn looked suburb!!! Alpha came to my mom's German coffee clutches with several other ladies in our community ... We loved her and thankful for her friendship...my mom adored her to pieces...luck u Alpha!!!

Renee moffett Jan 23 2018 12:00 AM

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