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Selma Severinson

Selma (Sally) Severinson, 100, of Aneta, ND, passed away Monday, November 28, 2016 at Aneta Parkview Health Center in Aneta. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Sundahl Lutheran Church in Aneta. A visitation will be held 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Selma (Sally) Smaaland was born November 25, 1916 in Rugh Township, rural Aneta, ND, the daughter of the late Henry and Marie (Hogie) Smaaland. She attended school and grew to womanhood in the Aneta community.
Selma worked as a telephone operator and as a clerk at various department stores until her marriage to Melvin Severinson on September 29, 1946. They were life-long farmers in Oberon, ND and also foster parents to 23 children over the years. They adopted their son, Ray, in 1966.

They retired in 1970 and moved to Aneta in 1987. Melvin passed away October 1, 1992. Selma continued to live at home until her move to Aneta Parkview in 2007. She was a member of the Sundahl Lutheran Church in Aneta.

She is survived by her son, Ray (Karla) Severinson, Devils Lake, ND; sister-in-law, Birdie Smaaland; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Melvin, sisters: Alice Sandeen, Adeline Hanson, Betty Lippert; brothers: Elvin, Leroy and Maynard Smaaland.

Sally will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

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I'm sad to hear that you past away not long ago. But you surely must have had a rich life with your big heart og caring for others. I read that you got to be 100 years old, and that is a big accomplishment. I'm about to write a book about my life, and you and Ray and Melvin made a big impact on my life when i lived with your family as an exchangestudent from Norway in 198485. Hvil i fred.

Ove Stéylen Jan 14 2018 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about your mom

Doris Bingham Klebe Dec 2 2016 12:00 AM

My mom (died in 2005) was also a foster mom & that's how she & Sally became very dear friends. Myself and my 2 siblings were adopted & I remember many times going to their house & having a nice supper & playing! Sally was very kind & her house was always so welcoming ~ Sally gave her life to children just like my mom & I am so grateful to have known her , my deepest condolences & love to both Ray & Karla.

Laurie (Alveshere) Forsberg Dec 2 2016 12:00 AM

Sally was a wonderful person, friend, mother & my family knew her for years~ She gave so many wonderful memories. She will be missed forever. I am grateful to have called her my friend. Respectfully Christi

Christi Cox Dec 2 2016 12:00 AM

Sally & Melvin were friends of my parents. Growing up there was visiting back & forth between our homes. While I was working, I needed fulltime daycare for my 2 oldest children. Sally volunteered because she felt Ray needed playmates. My kids loved being with the Severinsons. Sally, you were a wonderful lady & friend.

Carla Lysne Schlabs Dec 2 2016 12:00 AM

My Aunt Sally will be greatly missed!

Randy Smaaland Nov 30 2016 12:00 AM

Our sympathys to the family. My parents spent many evenings hanging out with Melvin and Sally. Really nice people.

Odean & Karen Olson Nov 30 2016 12:00 AM

May she Rest In Peace and Jesus walk with her into paradise.

Randy Severinson Nov 30 2016 12:00 AM