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Odelle C. Evenstad

Odelle Evenstad, 94, of Grand Forks, ND and formerly of Sharon, ND passed away peacefully Thursday, August 31, 2017 at her home. Funeral service will be held Friday, September 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sharon, ND. Visitation will be held Thursday, September 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the Bilden-Askew Funeral Home, Northwood, ND. Burial will be held in the Silent Hill Cemetery, rural Sharon, ND. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Trinity Lutheran Church or Silent Hill Cemetery in Westfield Township.

Odelle Clarice Dronen Evenstad was born to Abraham and Martha Dronen on September 21, 1922, in Sharon, North Dakota.
Odelle attended school and graduated from high school in Sharon. After working briefly in the Ellingson store in Sharon, she married Donald Evenstad in 1945. Odelle then became the quintessential farm wife. She gardened and then canned everything she grew or could gather. Odelle baked bread weekly, sewed everyone's clothes and took meals and lunches to men in the field. She was a 4-H leader, sang in the church choir and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church LCW, often serving as an officer. Odelle delighted in cheering on her boys in their athletics.
Both Odelle and Donald enjoyed travelling. They made many trips to California, New York and Florida to visit family. They went to Crete to visit their son while he was in the Air Force. With their daughter and son-in-law, they saw both Alaska and Norway.

Odelle and Donald (you always thought of them as a team) were passionate about family and their Norwegian heritage. Together they were instrumental in the building and maintenance of the Little Chapel at Silent Hill Cemetery in Westfield Township. Another joint venture they really enjoyed and that was highly successful was their lefsa business. Everyone wanted a piece of Evenstad lefsa.

Odelle is survived by her children Faye (Gary) Gallagher, Douglas (Trudy) and Donovan (Regina). She loved being a Grandma to her eight grandchildren and her sixteen great-grandchildren. Her sister, Borghild, still lives in Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her husband and soul mate, Donald, daughter, Patty, her parents, her brothers and three sisters.

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Dave met Odelle first when his father lived at Packwood in Grand Forks and later I got introduced to her.. She was a very good friend to dad and he always enjoyed seeing her. Dave and I adopted Odelle as our grandma and there wasn't a Saturday the when we saw her we each got out hug and kiss. We would go to her apartment and visit as it had gotten tiring for her to go all the way to the lunchroom. But she always had a smile on her face when she knew it was us. Dad passed in July but that didn't mean we had to stop our visits. We went as often as we could and was truly heartbroken when we got back from this past wknd and heard of her passing. We just want to say Thanks for sharing this beautiful woman with us. She was one of a kind and we are truly going to miss she soft kissable cheeks and her big smile when we met in the hallway.. Fly with the Angels sweet lady. We Love You and Thanks for letting us call you grandma.. Love Dave Minks and Donna Schwan..

Donna Schwan and Dave Minks Sep 8 2017 12:00 AM

Don, So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. God's peace to you, Regina and your family. Brett and Christine

Brett Eldred Sep 5 2017 12:00 AM

Don, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Please know that we at Recon will be praying for your family. God Bless

Tami Tolbert Sep 5 2017 12:00 AM

I have so many fond memories of this wonderful woman. My condolences to the family.

Shelly Wright Sep 3 2017 12:00 AM

Odelle will be missed by so many. We loved her deeply and send hugs and love to all her great grandchildren, grandchildren, and children plus the many nephews and nieces. God Bless

Heidii Poplick Sep 3 2017 12:00 AM

Sympathies from Dorothy Thompson and family. I remember Odell as 4-H leader with my mom.

Cheryl Thompsons Sep 1 2017 12:00 AM