Dorothy Helen (Weiss) Nord died Tuesday evening January 6th, 2009, at her home in Minnewaukan, ND at the age of 86, surrounded her five children and other family members. Funeral services will be Friday, January 9, 2009, 10:30 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Churchs Ferry with Pastors Kevin Kaufmann and Mindy Meier officiating. Burial will be later in the spring in the Churchs Ferry Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7pm, with a 7pm Prayer service at the Nelson Funeral Home in Minnewaukan. Casket bearers will be: Chad Arendt, Eric Nord, Chris Nord, Ryan Schmuhl, Travis Sten, Joe Cote`, Shane Buff, Mark Udvig, Garret Karels, Jason Slaughter and Marshall Keeling. Honorary will be the members of the Irvine Friendship Club and their spouses. Music will be from Rebecca Cote`, soloist with Doris Michaels, organist.
Dorothy Helen Nord was born April 1, 1922, in Grand Forks, ND, the first child of Fred and Hazel (Martin) Weiss, of Doyon, ND. She raised in the Doyon and Webster areas and later moved to Devils Lake, where she graduated from Devils Lake Central High School in 1939.
She married Oscar Nord, of Churchs Ferry, ND, on February 14, 1942. They lived in Devils Lake, ND, and Pomona, CA, then farmed together near Churchs Ferry from 1948 until his death in 1977. Dorothy was active in the Churchs Ferry community, in both the Churchs Ferry Methodist Church and the Zion Lutheran Church, the Irvine Homemakers Club, and Benson County 4-H leadership. She was active, along with her husband, in Farm Bureau and the Republican Party.
In 1981, she updated her secretarial skills at Little Hoop Community College and moved to Minnewaukan, where she worked in the Benson County social services office until her retirement in 2003. She attended the First Presbyterian Church of Minnewaukan.
She is survived by five children, Gary (Maria) Nord, of Toelle, Utah, Mark (Judith) Nord, of Hyattsville, Maryland, Patricia (Dan) Vickerman, of Stillwater, Minnesota, Nancy (Larry) Arendt, of New Rockford, North Dakota, and Allan (Cathy Lobrick) Nord, of Minnewaukan, 12 grandchildren, and 30 great grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Helen Weiss, husband, Oscar Nord, sister by adoption, Flora, and brother, Floyd Weiss.
To the family of Dorothy Nord,
I have the deepest sympathy for you in the loss of your wonderful Mom. I was so blessed to know her and to read how you surrounded her in prayer as she peacefully went to be with Jesus. I will keep you all in my prayers. I know you will miss her terribly.
Hi Dear Nord family, I may not be at the funeral right now but my heart and thoughts are. I wish I could be there. I have so many wonderful memories of your Mom from childhood and adulthood. Our Moms shared a wonderful friendship that most people can never even imagine. Please know I am thinking of you and praying for all of you.
Barb and Ken Kluzak
We are so sorry for your loss yet we want you to remember the comforting words of the Holy Spirit as written by Paul in I Thessalonians 4:13-18. Dorothy will be raised again when Jesus returns to get us and she will once again be the vital, energetic Dorothy we all know and love.
Dan and Deb Knutson
So sorry to hear about Dorothy. She stayed active for so long. I remember her being such a good neighbor to us. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Cheryl (Noltimier) Sailer
You are in my thoughts. The care that you provided to your Mother was outstanding. What a tribute to your Mom. Hold on to your many memories.
Dear family of Dorothy,
Our family loved 'Grandma Nord' dearly and will miss hearing annually from her. I always waited to receive her Christmas note to catch up on each of you. I know she is now at peace and with her Savior, waiting to see each of you again. Hold dear those memories of times spent with her, golfing, laughing and loving. Sincerely, Phil and Marcia Heppner
it is with great saorrow that i bereave the loss of one of our very fine citizens. she was a great lady and always had a smile for everyone. i send my most sincere condolences to her family members.
Mark J. Motis
We were so sorry to read about your mom. I know she will be greatly missed.
Tom and Marty Sinness