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North Dakota Obituaries
NORTH DAKOTA OBITUARIES OF ALFORDS
AND SPELLING VARIATIONS
Obituaries are listed alphabetically by FIRST name. Included are people whose last name, maiden name, or married name is Alford or a spelling variation: Alfred, Alvord, Allford, Halford, Hallford, Holford, etc.
The name of the newspaper (or other source) and place and date of publication follow the name of the deceased. If we included the obituary in AAFA ACTION, the issue is noted.
The Alford American Family Association (AAFA) often adds notes to each obituary, including Social Security Death Index (SSDI) data, relationship of the deceased to other Alfords, and lineages. We add to AAFA NOTES as time permits.
Where lineages are included (Alford unless otherwise stated), the format is: Name, year of birth, state or country of birth.
Obituaries of AAFA members and sometimes their spouses are also included on AAFA Member Memorials and may include more information.
We welcome corrections and additional information. If you have an obituary from this state that is not included here, please share it with us!
Date posted: 2 OCTOBER 2017
Frequently cited sources include these databases at Ancestry:
SSDI: Social Security Death Index, 1935–2014
SSACI: Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
Fargo, Cass Co., ND—_____ November 2015
Jan. 27, 1971 - Nov. 28, 2015
FARGO, N.D.—Brian Alford, 44, Fargo, died Saturday, Nov. 28, in Sanford Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m., with a funeral service at 9:30 a.m., today, Dec. 4, at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.
Arrangements by Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center.
AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not yet list his death.
CHARLES HERBERT ALFORD
Aberdeen, SD—Wednesday, 14 August 1963
EDGELEY [La Moure Co.], N.D.—Services for Charles Herbert Alford, 71, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Methodist church with the Rev. Wayne McKirdy officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Edgeley.
Mr. Alford died Tuesday [August 13] at his home here. Death was attributed to a heart attack.
He was born Aug. 6, 1892 at Cornersville [Marshall Co.], Tenn. He had resided in the Edgeley community for 43 years, where he was a farmer. Mr. Alford married Pearl Bedker on June 30, 1954.
Survivors include his wife and a sister, Mrs. Orin Walter, LaMoure, N.D.
The Holte Funeral Homes, Inc., Edgeley, is in charge of arrangements.
Photo from Mount Hope Cemetery, Edgeley, La Moure Co., ND—www.findagrave.com
Taken by photographer FLH / 46620252
AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.
See the obituary of his wife, Pearl P. Bedker Alford Wollschlaeger, in this compilation. We included the obituary of his brother Phillip Harrison Alford in Washington Obituaries.
For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of Bailey and Nancy Williams.
His lineage: Charles Herbert 1892 TN1, James Houston 1853 TN2, Eley Harrison 1820 TN3, Ira Bailey 1781 NC4, Isaac 1748 NC5, Julius 1717 VA6, James 1687 VA7, John 1645 VA8.
GERALD DENVAL ALFORD
Photo from Thompson-Larson Funeral Home
Minot, Ward Co., ND—Wednesday, 15 November 2006
[He died in SD, but we are including his obituary here because he lived and is buried in ND.]
Gerald Alford, 79, 1201-31st. Ave. SW, Minot, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, in a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Gerald Denval Alford was born Sept. 4, 1927, the son of Monroe and Lillian (Ghoulson) Alford in Steep Creek, Texas. He graduated from Atlanta High School, Atlanta [Cass Co.], Texas, in 1945.
He enlisted in the United States Army on Feb. 23, 1946. He was honorably discharged Aug. 9, 1947.
Following his honorable discharge, he worked various jobs in Texas and Louisiana until enlisting in the United States Air Force on Oct. 10, 1955. He proudly served his country and was stationed in Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Coldbay, Alaska, and Fortuna.
While in Fortuna, he met and married Mary Ellen Blonigen Todd on April 16, 1966. They then moved to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Okla., where their two children, Elizabeth Ann and Denval Lee, were born. Gerald eventually returned to Minot Air Force Base, where he retired as a master sergeant May 31, 1977.
Following his honorable discharge, the family moved to Texas, where Gerald attended technical school. They then settled in Wichita, Kan., where he worked as an electrician at Beech Aircraft until his second retirement in 1991. Gerald and his wife then returned to Minot to enjoy retirement with friends and family.
He was blessed with two grandchildren who gave him much joy and pleasure in the last three years of his life.
He was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church and the AMVETS, both of Minot.
His loving family includes: wife of 40 years, Mary Ellen, Minot; daughter, Elizabeth Alford, Sioux Falls: son, Denny (Sophia) Alford, Minot; grandchildren, Austin Gregory and Braydon James Alford; sisters, Mildred (Henry) King, Atlanta, Texas, Louise Ener, Houston, Texas, and Julia (William) Gillmore, Cleveland, Texas; brother, Doyle Alford, Cleveland, Texas; and numerous nieces, and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Today from noon to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot....
Photo from Rose Hill Memorial Park, Minot, Ward Co., ND—www.findagrave.com
Permission granted by the photographer, 4-ever-Nanny
AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Gerald D. Alford (SS# issued in TX), last residence Minot, Ward Co., ND.
See the obituary of his wife Mary Ellen Ann Blonigen Todd Alford in this compilation. We included the obituary of his sister Julia Gay Alford Gilmore in Texas Obituaries.
Texas Birth Index (Ancestry) lists the birth of Gerald Denval Alford in San Augustine Co., TX. His parents are listed as Monror [sic] McKinly Alford and Lillian Gholson. Also listed as children of Lillian Gholson, with father Monroe Alford, are Mildred Marrie Alford, b. 15 Nov 1930 in San Augustine Co., and Julia Gay Alford, b. 7 Dec 1938 in Cass Co.
On Monroe M. Alford’s 1918 WWI Draft Registration Card (Ancestry), he is age 20 living in Steep Creek, San Augustine Co., TX. He was born 6 Dec 1897. His nearest relatives were Emma and Geo. Alford of Steep Creek.
Census reports show Monroe Alford as the son of George W. and Emma Alford:
1900: Pollock, Grant Parish, LA, dwelling #944
George Alford head 30 Jan 1870 LA LA MS married 10 years
Emma wife 28 Nov 1871 TX TX TX 5 children, 5 living
Jesse dau 8 July 1891 TX LA TX
Eva dau 5 Jan 1895 LA LA TX
Monroe son 3 Dec 1896 LA LA TX
Pettie dau 2 Feb 1898 LA LA TX
George B. son 4/12 Jan 1900 LA LA TX
1910: Justice Precinct 6, San Augustine Co., TX, dwelling #21
Geo. W. Alford head 42 LA MS MS first marriage, 0 years [sic]
Emma wife 40 TX TX TX second marriage 0 years
7 children, 5 living
Monroe son 12 LA LA TX
Pet dau 11 LA LA TX
Ben son 8 LA LA TX
1920: Justice Precinct 4, San Augustine Co., TX, dwelling #39
George Alford head 52 LA MS MS saw mill laborer
Emma wife 50 TX TX TX
Bennie son 18 LA LA TX saw mill laborer
Columbus Massey nephew 26 TX MS TX works on farm
William Massey nephew 20 TX MS TX farmer, own place
1930: Precinct 4 (Steep Creek), San Augustine Co., TX, dwelling #303:
George W. Alford head 62 LA Ireland [?] TX divorced
SSDI records show that Monroe M. Alford (SS# issued in TX) was born 6 Dec 1896 and died Jan 1988 in Cleveland, Liberty Co., TX.
Family of George W. Alford on the 1870 and 1880 censuses:
1870: No township, San Augustine Co., TX, dwelling #150:
Lem Alford 55 NC
Margaret 22 MS
G.W. (male) 3 LA
E.T. (female) 6/12 TX born Jan
George Perry 20 MS
Nancy Perry 17 MS
1880: No township (District 87), Shelby Co., TX, dwelling #310:
Margaret Alford head 32 MS NC MS widow
G.W. son 13 LA NC MS
E.T. dau 10 TX NC MS
G.W. Perry brother 26 MS NC MS
1880: No township (District 87), Shelby Co., TX, dwelling #212:
Lem Alford head 65 NC NC NC widowed, mail carrier
Lem Alford appears to be enumerated in the household of 2 black servants, listed directly above him in dwelling #212/family #213. However, it is most probable that these servants belong with the family above in dwelling #211/family #212. Lem’s “relationship” is blank, as are all other family heads. The enumerator probably entered the dwelling/family on the wrong line.
From Texas Death Certificates, 1903–1982 (Ancestry): G.W. Alford died 8 May 1931 in Steep Creek, San Augustine Co., TX. The informant, B.F. Alford, said he was a carpenter, widowed, born in Shelby Co. TX, son of Albert [?] Alford and Margaret Perry.
Family trees on RootsWeb.com show Margaret Ann Perry and her brother George Washington Perry as children of Jesse and Cynthia Perry.
Gerald’s lineage: Gerald Denval 1927 TX1, Monroe McKinley 1896 LA2, George W. 1867 LA3, Lem?? 1815 NC4.
JOAN ANN ALVORD
GRAND FORKS HERALD
Grand Forks, Grand Forks Co., ND—Thursday, 9 March 2006
Alvord, Joan Ann, 55, of Rolla, ND. Funeral Mass will be Friday, March 10, 10 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Belcourt, ND. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 9 with a 8 p.m. Rosary also at the church. (Elick Funeral Home, Rolla)
Photo from Rolla Cemetery, Rolette Co., ND—www.findagrave.com
Permission granted by the photographer, P Wilson Foley
AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Joan A. Alvord (SS# issued in ND) was born 25 March 1950 and died 6 March 2006, last residence not listed.
MARY ELLEN ANN BLONIGEN TODD ALFORD
[She died in SD, but we are also including her obituary here because of her close ties to ND.]
Photo from Thompson-Larson Funeral Home
Minot, Ward Co., ND—Saturday, 1 April 2007
Mary Ellen Alford, 77, 1327 25th St. SE #706, Minot, ND, died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in a Sioux Falls, SD, hospital.
Mary Ellen Ann Blonigen was born on June 9, 1929, the daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth (Finken) Blonigen in Douglas, ND. She graduated from Douglas High School, in 1947.
Mary Ellen married Howard Todd April 21, 1955, in Douglas, ND, at a double wedding with Wade and Rita Gulbranson. They made their home in Douglas. From this union a daughter, Lynelle, was born. Both Lynelle and Howard passed away in 1956.
Following her husband’s death, she attended nurses training in Crosby, ND, and graduated as a Registered Nurse.
Mary Ellen married Gerald Denval Alford on April 16, 1966, in Fortuna, ND. They moved to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, OK, where their two children, Elizabeth Ann and Denval Lee were born. They eventually returned to the Minot Air Force Base in 1969, where she worked as a Registered Nurse at the Americana Nursing Home until May of 1977.
Following Gerald’s honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1977, the family moved to Cleveland, Texas for a short time. Mary Ellen worked as a RN at the Cleveland Hospital. They then settled in Wichita, Kansas, where she worked as a RN at a local nursing home until 1991. Mary Ellen and her husband then returned to Minot, ND, to enjoy retirement with friends and family.
She was blessed with two grandchildren who gave her much joy and pleasure in the last four years of her life.
She was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.
Her loving family includes: daughter, Elizabeth Alford, Sioux Falls, SD; son, Denny (Sophia) Alford, Minot; grandchildren, Austin Gregory and Braydon James Alford; sisters, Rita (Wade) Gulbranson, Portal, ND; sister-in-law, Evangeline Blonigen, Carrington, ND; and numerous nieces, and nephews.
Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald; infant daughter, Lynelle Todd; brothers, Ryland and Clarence Blonigen; and sister-in-law, Frances Karlsbroten.
Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, April 2, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.
Visitation: Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot....
In another article:
Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS—Sunday, 1 April 2007
Alford, Mary Ellen, 77, died March 28, 2007, in Sioux Falls [Minnehaha Co.], S.D. Service Monday, St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot, N.D.
Survivors: daughter, Elizabeth; son, Denny; sister, Rita (Wade) Gulbranson; sister-in-law, Evangeline Blonigen; 2 grandchildren.
Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, N.D., 701-852-3446.
AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Mary Ellen Ann Alford (SS# issued in ND), last residence Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD.
See the obituary of her second husband, Gerald Denval Alford, in this compilation. It includes a photo of their shared gravestone.
PEARL P. BEDKER ALFORD WOLLSCHLAEGER
Fargo, Cass Co., ND—Thursday, 29 July 1999
Pearl P. Wollschlaeger, 88 Grand Forks [Grand Forks Co.], died Monday, July 26, 1999, in Altru Hospital, Grand Forks.
Pearl P. Bedker, was born Aug. 12, 1910, in LaMoure County, N.D., where she grew up. She graduated from high school, in Jud, N.D., and later graduated from Ellendale (ND) College with a degree in education. She taught school for many years in several North Dakota communities.
In 1954 she married Charles Allford [sic] in Edgeley, N.D., where they made their home. He died in 1963. In 1972, she married Ernest Wollschlaeger in Edgeley. They lived in Fargo. He died in 1988. In recent years, she lived at Tufte Manor in Grand Forks.
She is survived by a brother, Melvin (Hada), Edgeley; and two sisters, Mildred, (Richard) Wert, Grand Forks, Hazel Johnson, LaMoure, N.D. Memorial service: Saturday at 2 in Edgewood United Methodist Church, Fargo. Inurnment: Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Fargo....
Photo from Holy Cross Cemetery, Fargo, Cass Co., ND—www.findagrave.com
Permission granted by the photographer, Uno
AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Pearl P. Wollschlaege [sic] (SS# issued in ND), last residence Grand Forks, Grand Forks Co., ND.
See the obituary of her first husband, Charles Herbert Alford, in this compilation.
TAMI LINN GENTZKOW ALFORD
Source unknown, but probably:
Fargo, Cass Co., ND—16 October 1999
The memorial service for Tami Linn Alford, Leonard, ND, formerly of LaMoure, ND, will be Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at 1 PM in Zoar Lutheran Church, LaMoure. Rev. John Estrem will be officiating.
Tami Linn Gentzkow, daughter of Edward and Carrie (Holub) Gentzkow was born April 20, l959, in LaMoure, where she grew up and attended school. After graduating from high school, Tami entered the US Air Force. Throughout the years, she was stationed at Lackland AFB, Texas, Tyndall AFB, Florida, Hahn AFB in Germany, Cannon AFB, New Mexico, Spangdahlen AFB in Germany, England AFB, Louisiana and McChord AFB, Washington.
She was united in marriage to Warren Alford Jan. 6, 1984, in Clovis, NM. Tami retired from the Air Force in July of 1997, after serving 20 years. In 1999 Tami and Warren moved to Leonard.
She passed away Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, in her home. She was 40 years old.
She is survived by her husband, Warren; her mother, Carrie Gentzkow, LaMoure; six sisters, Beverly (Ray) Sandness, Minot, ND, Helen (Curt) Oberlander, Linton, ND, Patty (Kenneth) Oelke, Killdeer, ND, Barb (Earl) Willhern, Leonard, Bonny (Carl) Broyan, Blaine, WA, and Lori Gentzkow, LaMoure; three brothers, Roger (Kris) Gentzkow, Bismarck, Donald (Mary Lou) Gentzkow and Rodney (Debbie) Gentzkow, all of LaMoure; and her father-in-law, George Edgar Alford, Lake City, FL and mother-in-law, JoAnn Alford, Crystal River, FL. Tami was preceded in death by her father and her grandparents.
AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Tami L. Alford (SS# issued in ND).
VERNA MADELINE LOBERG ALFORD
Photo from Find A Grave
Fargo, Cass Co., ND—Sunday, 20 July 2008
Verna Madeline Loberg Alford died July 17, 2008, at Bethany Homes in Fargo.
She was born June 16, 1913, in rural Fargo to Harry and Azora (Lillegard) Loberg and was raised on a farm. She attended a country school for seven years before attending Central High School in Fargo; Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University); Valley City Normal (graduating with a teaching degree) and Fargo Business College (receiving a business certificate).
Verna worked for Armour & Co. for several years as an accountant and office manager. She married Ernest F. Alford in November 1944, in Des Moines, Iowa, and worked as office manager for the Alford Implement Company until the company was sold in the early 1960’s.
After retirement, Verna purchased a kiln and poured, fired and painted many pieces of china. She loved working on porcelain. She also created hand-crafted items and opened Val’s Treasure Shoppe in her home. She held special sales in the spring and fall and also took her wares to craft shows.
Verna was a member of the Red Cross during WWII, and was active in many civic organizations throughout her life. She was a past president of the Fargo Nursing Home Auxiliary (now Rosewood) and had been a member since the home was built. She was a member of St. Luke’s Auxiliary and made toys for the children’s ward, and also a member and past president of Chapter Mu of Beta Sigma Phi. She was active in the YWCA and on the Board and assisted on the drive for funds when the YMCA and YWCA built the present YMCA facility.
She assisted on several drives for funds for the Community Chest of Fargo-Moorhead (now United Fund). She was a member of Fine Arts, Pioneer Daughters, Orpah Chapter of Eastern Star, Shrine Auxiliary and Windows of the Shrine Auxiliary, Eagles Auxiliary, Elks Auxiliary, Fargo Moorhead Area Music Club, Fargo Moorhead Symphony Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, WWII Auxiliary and Sons of Norway.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church. Verna served on several committees of the church; Administrative Board, Board of Trustees, Memorial Committee, Committee on Finance, Nominating Committee, Past President of United Methodist Women, Chairperson, Rooms & Furnishings, Wedding Committee, General Chairperson, Funeral Committee. She also participated in fundraising projects such as bazaars and rummage sales and worked on several pledge drives. Verna was very honored to receive the Jewel of a Woman award from the United Methodist Women.
Verna was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; her parents; stepmother; five brothers Eugene, Allen, Harvey, Arlo and Leslie; one sister, Adeline Loberg Barnes; one god-daughter, Mary Ann Barnes Parkhouse; and stepson, William Alford.
Surviving are her step-daughter-in law, Marilyn Alford; and step-granddaughters, Linda (Jack) Fritts and Susan (Neal) Boeckmann, all of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and step-granddaughter, Amy Nakai of Plymouth, MN. Also four step-great-grandchildren, Lisa (David) Kesse, Auburn, IN; Jessica Fritts, Minneapolis; David Nakai, Plymouth, MN; and Andrea Nakai, Minneapolis. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Louise Loberg of Fargo and niece, Emilie (Maynard) Schossow, Park Rapids, MN. (Hanson-Runsvold, Fargo)....
Funeral: Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at 2pm, at First United Methodist Church, Fargo, ND....
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.
Please feel free to sign the on-line guestbook at hansonrunsvold.com.
Photos from Riverside Cemetery, Fargo, Cass Co., ND—www.findagrave.com
Permission granted by the photographer, steuthesthedead
AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Verna Madeline Alford (SS# issued in ND), last residence Fargo, Cass Co., ND.
WILLIAM BENTON ALVORD
Great Falls, Cascade Co., MT—Monday, 19 October 1953
The 1953 North Dakota traffic death toll mounted to 147 with the reports of three fatalities. Last year at this time there had been 115 deaths in traffic.
The latest victims were William Alvord, 38, Rolla [Rolette Co., ND], Paul Fillmore, 54, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Samuel Banios, Williston.
Alvord was killed when struck by a car on highway 5 east of Rolla, N.D., Saturday [October 17]. Officials said Alvord apparently tried to flag down a passing car after his vehicle stalled on an approach to the highway. Russell Peterson, 19, Hansboro, said he was unable to see Alvord until too late because of heavy fog. The fender of Peterson’s machine struck Alvord.
Photo from Fraternal Cemetery, Thompson Falls, Sanders Co., MT—www.findagrave.com
Permission granted by the photographer, Stephanie Butler Molzhon
AAFA NOTES: We included the obituaries of his parents, Adelbert Alanson Alvord and Elizabeth Helen Daisley Alvord, in Montana Obituaries; and his sister Moena Helen Alvord Gallinatti in Washington Obituaries.
From WA Births: William Benton Alvord was born 27 June 1916 in Asotin Co., WA, son of Adelbert Alvord and Helen Daisley.
For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of Alexander Alvord and Mary Vore
His ALVORD lineage: William Benton 1916 ID1, Adelbert Alanson 1875 WI2, Charles Benjamin 1850 MI3, William Alanson 1829 NY4, Theoditus 1792 NY5, Joseph 1733 MA6, Joseph 1697 MA7, Ebenezer 1665 MA8, Alexander 1627 England9, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England10.