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LaVerne Rondestvedt

LaVerne G. Rondestvedt passed away on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks surrounded by her loving family.

LaVerne was born April 19, l936 at Cooperstown, ND where she attended school and grew to womanhood. She was the daughter of the late Clyde and Olga (Erickson) Thomson. She was united in marriage to Arlen (Skip) Rondestvedt on June 19, l955 in Cooperstown. The couple made Northwood their home where they raised 3 daughters. LaVerne worked as receptionist at the Northwood Clinic and the Deaconess Health Center for over 30 years until retirement. She also was bookkeeper for her husband at Skip's Auto Sales and Service. Due to ill health the couple moved to Grand Forks in November of 2006. LaVerne lived life to the fullest and was a wonderful example of unconditional love and selflessness. Her family, (children and grandchildren) were always a priority. She loved to entertain friends and family and was a wonderful hostess. Family trips and weekends "at the lake" hold many fond memories. She was an inspiration to those who knew her. Her handy craftwork decorated many homes and her flowers many weddings. Her talents were endless as was her giving and strong spirit. Her positive influence was bestowed upon many.

Left to mourn are her loving husband of 53 years Arlen (Skip) of Grand Forks, daughters Mary (Larry) Anderson, Buffalo, MN Karen Naastad & Denise (Barry) Zimmerman, both of Grand Forks, grandchildren Dana Greenwood, Truckee, CA Torey Greenwood, Killington, Vermont, Nichole (Jared) Gummer, Woodinville, WA, Andy Naastad, Grand Forks, Andrea & Cory Zimmerman, Grand Forks and great grandchildren Bree & Isaac Gummer.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 10:30 A.M. in the Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Northwood, ND.

Visitation will be from 5 - 7 on Monday at the Bilden Funeral Home at Northwood with a 7:00 prayer services.

Interment will be in the Northwood City Cemetery.

The Bilden Funeral Home, Northwood is in charge of arrangements.

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Dear Skip May God bless you as you live your dear companion in the arms of Jesus. You were such a blessing to us when we lived in Northwood in the sixties. May God continue you to give you hope in the assurance of being reunited with our loved ones who pass on believing in Jesus Christ. Sincerely George & Barbara Dronen

George C Dronen Oct 14 2008 12:00 AM

Please accept my deepest sympathies. Thoughts of Gramma Verne will always bring a smile to my face. Her smile and endless conversations brought happiness to everyone who was fortunate enough to know her. I have many wonderful memories of Gramma Verne and hope that your memories will bring you comfort.

Traci Hanson Oct 13 2008 12:00 AM

LaVerne's smile, kindness, and warmth will be very missed. She was an incredible woman who never stopped living and loving life. All who were privileged to know her were truly blessed!

Jim & Randy Swingen Oct 12 2008 12:00 AM

To Skip, girls and families, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I always treasured the time I spent with LaVerne at the Northwood Clinic and being in Mrs. Jaycees with her. She was a great lady. I lost touch with her after we left Northwood, but I remembered what a happy person she was and how important her family and friends were to her. May your memories help ease your pain in your loss. Love and prayers, Donna

Donna Splettstaszer Oct 12 2008 12:00 AM