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Norma Jean Skjoiten

Norma Jean Skjoiten, 91, of Hatton, ND passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Sanford Hospital in Mayville, ND. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 10, 2015 at 10:30a.m at St. John Lutheran Church in Hatton. A visitation will be held Sunday, August 9, 2015 from 3:00 to 6:00p.m with a 6:00p.m prayer service at the Hatton Prairie Village Chapel in Hatton.

Norma Anderson was born December 6, 1923 near Gardner, ND to John and Myrtle (Classon) Anderson. Norma's grandfather, Swan Classon, was a founding father of the Herby Lutheran Church where Norma was baptized and confirmed. She grew up in the Gardner/Prosper area and attended country school there. Norma graduated from Hunter High School in 1941. After high school, she attended Mayville State Teachers College in Mayville, ND. Norma taught in a rural country school near Buxton, ND and then in Washington Township near Hatton. On July 13, 1947, Norma married Paul Skjoiten in Hunter, ND. She was a devoted farm wife and also worked as a nurse's aide at the Tri-County Nursing Home. Norma was active in the St. John Chorus, Ladies Aide, and Homemakers Club. She was also a 4-H leader, Sunday School teacher, seamstress and piano player.

Survivors include her son, David (Faith) Skjoiten, Grand Forks, ND; daughter, Lori Lain, Saint Charles, IL; grandchildren: Trey Skjoiten and Cole Skjoiten, both of Hatton, ND; Conner Lain, Naperville, IL, Morgan Lain, Saint Charles, IL; step-grandchildren: Tyler (Catrina) Foss, Mesa, AZ; Savanah (Dustin) Strand, Grand Forks, ND; Lacey Petersen, Mesa, AZ; great-granddaughter, Paisley Strand; siblings: Merlyn Anderson, Hunter, ND; Dolores Corley, Fargo, ND; Kenneth Anderson, Kailua Kona, Hawaii; JoAnne Martin, Colorado Springs, CO; Norma is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Paul; her parents; sisters: Junelle Moen and Donna Herron; brothers: Gordon Anderson and infant brother Curtis Anderson.

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It was with great sadness that I learned of Norma's death. She was my First Grade teacher in old Washington Twnshp #70. I've never forgotten her all these years and she certainly is wearing a beautiful crown in heaven today! Again, my sincere sympathies to the entire family!

George M Melby, Pastor Aug 31 2015 12:00 AM

Dave, So sorry to see this. Thinking of you and the boys.

Tara Knain Rudser Aug 15 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Skjoiten family, I got to know Norma during my tenure as pastor of St. John LC in Hatton. I always enjoyed visiting her and she was always such a gracious lady. I thought of her just the other day when I saw the book HOW FARGO OF YOU -- which she enjoyed and recommended to me. She was always warm and loving and had a very positive and faith filled outlook on life. I am grateful she is now reunited with Paul and other loved ones. Blessed be the memory of Norma Skjoiten and may you, her family and friends, know the comforting grace of God as you grief her passing.

Pastor Mark Brickzin Aug 7 2015 12:00 AM

Rest in peace beloved mother.

Lori (Skjoiten) Lain Aug 6 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Lori & David, You have my deepest sympathy, my prayers go out to you and your families.

Rich Bagatti Aug 6 2015 12:00 AM