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Florence Wasness, 89, of Northwood, ND passed away peacefully on July 25, 2020 at the Northwood Deaconess Health Center with her husband, Raymond, by her side. A private family service will be held at the Bilden-Askew Funeral Home at a later date. The family desires memorials be given to Ebenezer Free Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 413, Northwood, ND 58267, or the Northwood Deaconess Health Center, 4 N Park St, Northwood, ND 58267.
Florence was born March 7, 1931 in Hope, ND to Earle and Ethel (Claseman) Ricker. She graduated from Valley City High School in 1949. She attended Valley City State Teachers College and received her teaching degree and taught in rural schools for 8 years.
Florence married Raymond Wasness on June 23, 1954. They farmed and raised five children in the Northwood area. As their children grew, Florence became a certified dental assistant and worked in Northwood for 15 years while supporting Raymond on the farm, She participated in youth activities, church and the many activities of her children and grandchildren. Florence was a member of Ebenezer Free Lutheran Church and the women’s group (WMF).
Throughout their marriage, Florence and Raymond enjoyed traveling and in retirement they enjoyed 25 winters in Arizona. Florence cared deeply for her family and ensured she was a key member of each of their lives. Quilts made by Florence transported each grandchild home from the hospital and remain kept as memories of their grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond, Northwood; five children: John Wasness, Northwood; Mary (Robert) Gallos, Winnipeg; Ronald (Dee) Wasness, Northwood; Janelle (Tron) Bandy, Iowa; and Timothy (Becky) Wasness, Larimore; 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; and sister Eleanor (Wayne) Richards.
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