Avis Gjervold

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Avis Pauline Iverson Gjervold passed away peacefully on December 24, 2017. Avis was born to Ingvald and Christine (Wickum) Iverson on December 10, 1920 in Doyon, North Dakota. She moved to Kensal where she lived prior to moving to Fargo with her family. Avis attended Clara Barton, Woodrow Wilson and Agassiz schools and graduated from Fargo Central in 1938. Avis went on to graduate from NDSU with a degree in Home Economics in 1942. She briefly taught in Buffalo, ND before accepting a teaching position in Grafton, where she worked for two years. Avis met her future husband, Arden Gjervold, while traveling with a friend. Arden and Avis were married in Shawnee, Ok on December 24, 1944. Avis finished teaching in Grafton, and then moved to South Weymouth, MA where Arden was stationed and flew blimps for the Naval Air Force during World War II. Arden was transferred to Alameda, CA where he flew missions in both blimps and transport planes. In 1945, when Arden was discharged from the Navy, they returned to Fargo and bought the Hasty Tasty Restaurant near St Luke’s Hospital (now Sanford) which they operated for approximately a year. After selling the restaurant they owned and operated Gjervold Motor Company until Arden’s death in 1991. Avis is survived by two children, Rick (Karen) Gjervold, Fargo and Ann (Ron) Mikalis of Vacaville, CA. and 5 grandchildren, Colin and Aric Gjervold and Kelsey, Brian and Steven Mikalis. Plus, all her wonderful nieces, nephews and friends. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for March 9, 2018 at 11:00 am, First Lutheran Church in Fargo.

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  1. I have great memories of Avis at the lake and snowmobile parties! What a witty and fun person! Wishing you peace as you remember a very special mom and person.

  2. My sincere sympathies to the family…I din’t know Avis well but Arden was a great friend to my father Bob Tallman.

    Mary Tallman and all the Tallman family

  3. Our deepest sympathy to your family. Remember her infectious smile. She was always a gracious host. You are in our prayers.

  4. We loved Avis. She was a wonderful cook and a great baker…and had a terrific sense of humor. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Rick, Ann, Karen and the rest of the family.
    Lots of love, Janet (Foss), Bernel & Ruby Bayliss

  5. We send our condolences to all of the Gjervold Family. We only met Avis a few times but found her to be a gracious host, having a great sense of humor, and a wonderful help in our Genealogy of the Anderson/Iverson Families. She shared pictures and memories with us. Precious Lady.

    Adele & Gordon Spidahl

  6. To the Gjervold family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you, in the passing of wonderful-Avis. Our best thoughts and deepest prayers with you and your family, with love from all of the Foss Family ( Mark, Meg, Maureen, Melanie, Sheila, Lisa & Tom).

    Sincerely, Sheila Foss

  7. My sympathy to your family. Many happy memories from Pelican Lake and hanging out with the Gjervold family.

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