Alvina Brezden

alvina brezden

August 4, 1940 ~ September 6, 2022

Born in: Linton, ND
Resided in: Minot, ND

Alvina’s Funeral Mass can be viewed below:

Alvina’s Prayer Service will be viewable below:

Alvina Brezden
Minot, North Dakota

Alvina passed away on September 6, 2022, at Bethany Retirement Living, in Fargo, North Dakota, at the age of 82, surrounded by her loving family.

Alvina Schwahn was born on August 4, 1940, the daughter of John and Katherine (Jochim) Schwahn in Strasburg, North Dakota. She grew up in this area and received her education, graduating from the 8th grade.

Alvina was united in marriage to Lew Brezden on June 3, 1959. Together they made their home in Bismarck and Minot, North Dakota where they raised their family. They also spent winters in Arizona in the later years.

Alvina worked in Healthcare Industry, and also worked many years as a day care provider for many families. She was and long time, active member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. She loved spending time baking and cooking, enjoyed family gatherings and entertaining friends and family, cherished the time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and thoroughly enjoyed a good game of pinochle.

Alvina is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Lew of Minot, ND; her children – Jeff (Wanda) Brezden of Bismarck, ND; Sheila (Gary) Larson of Fargo, ND; Troy (LaDonna) Brezden of Minot, ND; Carrie Brezden (Scott Drummond) of Fargo, ND; her nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers – Willie Schwahn and Victor Schwahn; and her sister, Kathy Rising; and many other very dear relatives and friends.

Alvina was preceded in death by her parents, John and Katie Schwahn; her foster sister, Mary Jundt; and her brother, Art Schwahn.

Everyone is welcome to attend these services – for those unable, the Prayer Service and the Mass will be live streamed on the funeral home website.

FUNERAL MASS: 10 AM Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo, ND – with a visitation one hour prior
Lunch will be served following the Funeral Mass.
PRAYER SERVICE: 7 PM Friday, September 16, 2022, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo, ND – with a visitation one hour prior
BURIAL: Holy Cross North Cemetery in Fargo

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at


Funeral: September 17, 2022 10:00 am

Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo
2711 7th St E
West Fargo, ND 58078

(701) 282-7217

Visitation - Saturday: September 17, 2022 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo
2711 7th St E
West Fargo, ND 58078

(701) 282-7217

Prayer Service: September 16, 2022 7:00 pm

Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo
2711 7th St E
West Fargo, ND 58078

(701) 282-7217

Visitation - Friday: September 16, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo
2711 7th St E
West Fargo, ND 58078

(701) 282-7217

View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  1. We love you Grandma ❤️ Thank you for all the great memories and always calling and checking in on us. You will always be in our hearts.

  2. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a very special person to our family and was always remembered fondly as “Vina in our house. Thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time.
    Tom, Brenda & Randi Vennes

  3. We miss you already. We love you so much Grandma. You fought until the end and never gave up. Until we meet again.

  4. Well Sis you were certainly a trooper. I will miss our phone conversations and visits. I know that your best life was going to the cabin every Summer to relax and enjoy your life. Missed you when you stopped going to Mesquite, NV for a couple Winters and we came over and hit the Casino’s. You always won more money than me for some reason.!! I was not a good gambler. You rest in peace my sweet Sis and until we meet again , remember I love you much and I am glad your pain has gone away.

  5. I am saddened by her passing. She was a wonderful person. I have many fond memories of her. She was so much fun and so caring. You are all in my thoughts.

  6. Troy and Ladonna (family).
    Mom’s make the world great and meaningful. Thinking of you all. God Bless
    Terry and Sandra

  7. Dear Lew and family – we were sorry to read of the passing of your wife and mother. I am a first cousin of Lews and sorry to say we have not been in contact. We wish you good memories and comfort from our Lord and Savior during this time.

  8. so sorry for your loss lew you take care i worked with Alvina in parshall at the bakery ..what a great woman we had lots of fun going to work has never been the same,, RIP Alvina

  9. Lew and Family,
    We just found out about Alvina. I am SO sorry about her passing and that we haven’t been keeping in touch very well these last few years. We have wonderful memories of you (especially at the lake) and all you did for us when we lived in North Dakota. Hopefully, we will see you again one day.

  10. Dearest Lew and family, Kathy and Rod, Victor and Joanne.
    My deepest sympathy to all of you. God called home a great gal.
    I have many great memories of us in our younger years.
    Unfortunately distance has kept us apart in our senior years. But not our fun memories.
    I remember her fun loving ways, her sense of humor,.etc..
    One of my families fondest memories of Alvina is years back we all were camping and fishing together. One afternoon we were all sitting outdoors chatting. Alvina went into their camper, she then opened the door and said” come one, come all, to the Brezden licorice ball.” She handed out licorice to us all. Everyone of my kids remember it, and we chuckle about it many times. May you all feel Gods loving arms during this very hurtful time. . You are in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️🙏. Joanne

  11. Sending my love and prayers. Alvina was one of the best. Gods blessings on you during this hurtful time … Joanne Smith.

  12. Mom,
    I miss you everyday and life will not be the same without our daily talks, text, and FaceTime! I have so many memories!
    “Love You More”

  13. So very Sorry Kathy & Rod and your entire family. It is rough loosing a sibling and I know the distance made it hard for you 2 sisters to be together at times. Our deepest sympathy. She will be welcomed into her eternal life with so much more than we can even imagine. RIP Alvina♥️

  14. Alvina’s smile and her willingness to help others will be missed by all who knew her. May she Rest In Peace.

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Accessibility Tools