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Kathleen Thorstenson

Kathleen "Kate" Thorstenson, 98, of Northwood, North Dakota died Monday, April 12, 2010 at the Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, April 17, 2010 at the Northwood Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northwood with burial in Northwood City Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Friday at the Bilden Funeral Home from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm with a 7:00 pm Prayer Service and one hour prior to services in the church.

Kathleen Staflin was born October 16, 1911 at Maxbass, North Dakota the daughter of Louis and Gena (Amundson) Staflin. At the age of three she moved with her family to Loretta Township near Northwood. She attended country school in Loretta Township and was confirmed at West Union Lutheran Church. In December of 1936 she was united in marriage to Theodore Thorstenson and they made their home in Northwood. Theodore died on December 25, 1991 and she continued to make her home in Northwood until February of 2007 when she moved to the Northwood Deaconess Health Center.
She was an active member of the Northwood Evangelical Lutheran Church and their WELCA and the Northwood Senior Citizens. Over the years Kate and Theodore did extensive traveling in their motor home alone and also with the Good Sam Club.

Kate is survived by her daughter, Margaret (Richard) Wall of Placentia, California; grandchildren, Jason Wall of Fullerton, California and Carmen (Timothy) Schabel of Sublimity, Oregon; great grandchildren, Audrey, Kaley, Luke and Margaret "Maggie"; several nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Ole Abrahamson; sisters, Gladys Carlquist, Inez Mandt and Alice Smith and brother, Lester Staflin.

Memorials may be directed to the Northwood Evangelical Lutheran Church or Northwood Deaconess Health Center.

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

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My condolences to the family. I was very sorry when I saw this. I only met Kate once. As a distant relative of Ted, I had the chance to visit them back in 1989. I will always remember her welcoming kindness and Ted's good humour. (My grandparents are Anne Therese (1915-2006) and Sverre Sandaaker (1907-1997) from Telemark.)

Mira Therese Sandaaker Sep 15 2012 12:00 AM

My sympathy to your family. Kate was my mom's cousin. I remember that my mom and dad went to visit her (and Ted)at least once. My mom was Ella Helseth Blumhagen. Her mother was Anna Elizabeth Staflin.

Donna Linnertz Apr 18 2010 12:00 AM

My prayers and thoughts are with you. Kate was an amazing woman and loved by so many!

Day Braun Apr 13 2010 12:00 AM