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Charlene Stamness

Charlene Stamness, 68, of Northwood, ND passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020 at her home in Northwood. A private funeral service will be held Saturday, December 5, 2020 at the Bilden-Askew Funeral Home in Northwood.

Charlene Stamness was born August 5, 1952 in Grand Forks, ND to Phyllis and Raleigh Gutting.  The Gutting family moved to Tolna, ND, where Charlene grew up on the farm, attended high school and graduated in 1970.  After graduation, Charlene attended Aakers business college where she graduated.  After graduation Charlene Gutting met Andrew Stamness while managing the Harvester Lounge in Northwood, ND.  Charlene and Andrew were married on November 4, 1974 and started a family in Northwood, ND, and had two children, Anthony and Matthew.  Charlene was wonderful wife and mother and loved her family greatly.

Charlene was the definition of self-less because she always prioritized everyone else first because of her great compassion to serve other people. 

Charlene was a primary caregiver to her mother, Phyllis Olson, for many years.  Charlene always enjoyed cooking with her mom and frying donuts in the garage. 

Charlene Stamness was very active in the community of Northwood.  Charlene was a pillar in the Northwood and Tolna communities because of Charlene’s sincere ability to care for everyone that she knew that needed help. 

The generosity that Charlene gave to the local communities was second-to-none and always genuine in her compassion.  Charlene was well known for her deep insight and authenticity to say and do things for people to help them out when it was needed at just the right time.  Charlene always had time to meet with the girls for conversation, laughs and to help-out where she could when they needed help or an emotional boost when things got tough for the ladies.

Charlene really enjoyed driving potato truck in the fall of the year for the Korsmo Farm because she was still a farmgirl at heart. 

Charlene was passionate about cooking and baking, especially when it came to family events where she made sure no-one left the table hungry.  Charlene was also very passionate about teaching people how to cook and making sure they were successful. 

Charlene also was very enthusiastic about working at Shea’s Nursery where Charlene was well known and respected for being honest and true about helping the customer get what they needed.

Charlene was a founding member of the American Legion Riders, District 2 – Post 92 and an American Legion Auxiliary member for 47-years.

Charlene was preceded in death by her mother Phyllis Olson, father Raleigh Gutting, and sister Donna Hermanson.  Charlene is survived by her husband Andrew Stamness; her two children Anthony Stamness – Billings, MT, and Matthew (Brianna) Stamness – Fargo, ND; grandchild Gabrielle Stamness; two brothers Dennis Gutting – Tolna, ND, and Fritz (Janet) Gutting – Benton, AR; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Charlene Stamness will be greatly missed but will live on in the hearts of everyone she touched through her life well-lived.

A private family service will be held at the Askew-Bilden Funeral Home in Northwood, ND  on December 5, 2020.   Charlene will be committed at the Tolna Cemetery following the family service.  People are welcome to attend the graveside service in Tolna at 12:00 p.m. because it is an outdoor event.

There will be celebration of life for Charlene held in the Summer of 2021 after the pandemic restrictions have been relaxed. 

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My most sincere sympathy to Chuckie's family and friends. She will be missed here on earth. May the Lord wrap His arms around you and comfort you.
I am sure many folks never knew how close Chuckie and I were as they would not have seen us in public together very often. We have had a special bond over the years, calling, texting, and eating our bag lunches in our cars when we both worked in Grand Forks.
Oh, and the fun we had in our Red Hat group!
We referred to each other as sisters in spirit and in sarcasm! We understood each other's sarcastic sense of humor. Chuckie was a behind the scenes dynamo who lived her faith and never needed recognition or praise. She was my rock. She showed up at my house at my lowest times and just sat with me or laughed and cried with me. She and I hated country music and we would always listen to our golden oldies rock and roll on the way to, from, and during her chemo sessions. We had "girlie" time over her Earl Grey tea and often her yummy baking.
Chuckie was one of the most giving, caring and hardest workers I have known. She was a caregiver at heart and gave selflessly to others.
I am missing you, my sister. Your leaving this earth to join our friends and family in heaven leaves a hole in my heart. I am thankful you no longer have that dang heavy leg and are dancing in heaven. I have been blaring "our" music for two days in your memory.
I love you! Until we meet again...

Salli Lou Anderson Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charlene Stamness

Kassie Jacobson Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Charlene (Chuckie) was the definition of wonderful friend.
Chuckie was there for everyone, with a smile, love, hugs, a listening ear, and most likely homemade food. Charlene was a fabulous cook, with a servant heart.
I love her to pieces, and will miss her so much.
My sympathy, thoughts, prayers and hugs to her family.
Pamela Sue (Hjelden) Ness

Pamela (Hjelden) Mess Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

Anthony and Matt And
Sunny you lost such a good person thinking of you at this very sad time Rest In Peace

Kassie Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

Charlene worked hard. She was a great person, easy to talk to and always asking questions about everyone in our family. She cared so much about others. She would stop by with Christmas goodies and other treats. I am sad to hear of her passing. She was loved and will be missed.

Trish Mohr Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM