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.