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**Update** The service for Madeline Thorsgard will be open to immediate family only as we will be following the CDC's recommendations for public events. The service can be lived streamed at https://www.ebenezerflc.org/live-streaming/ or you can click on the link provided below in the service information.
Madeline Thorsgard, 96, of Northwood, ND passed away peacefully on Friday, March 13, 2020 at her home, rural Northwood. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at Ebenezer Free Lutheran Church in Northwood. A visitation will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the church.
Madeline Irene (Wasness) Thorsgard was born May 2, 1923 on a farm near Northwood to Ben and Minnie (Bjerke) Wasness. She grew up on that farm, attended country school and then High School in Northwood. Madeline married Enoch Thorsgard on May 31, 1941. It was the first and only love for both that lasted a lifetime. The words that Enoch wrote of Madeline describe her best. “ A man does not really have any problems when he knows that when he enters his home and his sanctuary that he has a loving and understanding wife that is like a rock; and that loves and understands his spirit and body and that there is a warm meal and loving smile – a listening and sympathizing ear. “ It was true for Enoch and for her family. As children we always knew that we could count on mom to be there and love us unconditionally.
The center and cornerstone of her life was her faith in Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Madeline was an active member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church and especially enjoyed singing in the choir, WMF and quilting. In the past few days of her life she quoted Psalm 23 several times putting an emphasis on the end of the Psalm. “Surely goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life and you shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” And then would repeat over and over again. Forever, forever and forever.
Survivors include her children: Carol (Harold) Luecke, Grady (Marilyn) Thorsgard, John (Dona) Thorsgard, Ruth (Bob) Draxton) and a son in law, Lonney Eastvold; 24 grandchildren and 12 spouses, 36 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Raymond (Florence) Wasness and Allen (Clarene) Wasness.
Madeline was preceded in death by her husband, Enoch; son, Luke; daughter, Betty Eastvold; parents, Ben and Minnie Wasness.
Prayers to the Thorsgard family and your loss. She now is with Enoch and am sure they are together again.
David T Walsvik Mar 19 2020 12:00 AM
Madeline s Family ,so sorry ,you had a wonderful mother,deepest sympathy.
Elizabeth A.McWilliams Mar 17 2020 12:00 AM
Thinking of the Thorsgard family at this sad time may she rest in peace
Kassie jacobson Mar 17 2020 12:00 AM
One of my fondest memories of Madeline and Enock is watching them leave the Eastvold home, arm and arm, after Betty's funeral, then getting into their Suburban and riding off in the sunset together, like two young lovers. Madeline was 92 and Enock was 96. That imagine is forever embedded in my mind. Madeline was one of the kindest and most patient people that I've ever met. May God bless her families and memory.
Janet Eastvold Mar 15 2020 12:00 AM
Harold and Carol...it's been years since we met at Augustana Lutheran in Grand Forks. Carol, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your mom. We lost our mom two years ago, and I still miss the sound of her voice and her words of wisdom and advice. May your memories bring you peace.
Diane Blue Mar 14 2020 12:00 AM