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Harriet Foss

Harriet Foss, 86, of Northwood, North Dakota died, Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the Deaconess Health Center in Northwood.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Monday, March 2, 2009 at the Northwood Evangelical Lutheran Church with burial in the Northwood City Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Sunday in the Swarstad Chapel at the Northwood Deaconess Health Center from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm with a 7:00 pm Prayer Service and one hour prior to services in the church.

Harriet Thingelstad,was born October 9, 1922 the daughter of Hassel and Bertina (Ashiem) Thingelstad. She was raised on the family farm, attended country school and graduated from Northwood High School. On February 7, 1942 she was united in
marriage to Percy Foss of Buxton, ND. They made their home in California for a short time before returning to Buxton to farm. While Percy served in WWII, she made her home in Northwood. After his discharge they moved to the Thingelstad Family farm where they farmed for many years. In
1966 they moved to Northwood.

Harriet was a member of the Northwood Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Hospital and Home Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary, and took pride in working at the Northwood Museum. Harriet's Norwegian heritage was very important to her. She was a member of the Sons of Norway, Norwegian Federal, Hadeland Lag, Halling Lag, and was known in Norway as "North Dakota's Ambassador for Hadeland". She was able to visit Norway twice in her lifetime. Harriet's hobbies included translating Norwegian, rosemaling, painting, making cakes, and writing poetry.

She is survived by her sister, Audrey (Norval) Nelson of Grand Forks, North Dakota, brother-in-law, Lyle Pratt (Doris) of Northwood and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Percy and sister, Corrine Pratt.

Memorial may be directed to Red River Valley Hospice.

The Bilden Funeral Home of Northwood is assisting the family with arrangements.

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In memory of Harriet Foss I wil express my deepest sympathy with her friends and family. Harriet received me in her home and took me around in the vicinity, giving me a royal treatment in 1994. For me she was a warm, considerate friend and an enthusiastic person regarding our common aim to preseve the Hadeland heritage across the Atlantic. She conveyed so much history and recalled the spirit of the emigrants. I knew she appreciated the piece of wood she had from the Thingelstad building next to the Medieval Thingelstad Church in Hadeland. Her unique interest in everything Hadeland-related helped us conserve and record the valuable book collection now in the care of Hadeland Museum (and on the Internet ) Forever grateful. Jeg lyser fred over Harriets minne- Peace be with Harrietsmemory. Anne Lise Jorstad, Gran, Hadeland, Norway

Anne Lise Jorstad Mar 5 2009 12:00 AM

Our sympathies to all of Harriets famiily. We are still in AZ and just heard of her passing. Myrna and Bill Johnson

Myrna Johnson Mar 3 2009 12:00 AM

Karla Mar 1 2009 12:00 AM

What a kind cheerful fun lady to be around. One of my favorite aunts.

wayne and Marilyn sondreal Feb 28 2009 12:00 AM