Genevieve Ristvedt

genevieve ristvedt

Genevieve passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at The Cottages Assisted Living in Detroit Lakes, MN, at the age of 86.

Genevieve Smith was born on April 12, 1927, the daughter of I.C.B. and Florence Smith, in Osnabrock, ND. She grew up in this area and graduated from Osnabrock High School. Genevieve graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Home Economics. She taught Home Economics at the Grafton High School, and later in Dickinson, ND. Genevieve was united in marriage to Gordon W. Ristvedt of Fargo in 1950. They made their home in Fargo for many years where they raised their family. Genevieve was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority, the Junior League of Fargo, the Elizabeth Seaton Study Club, PEO, and a long time member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. She loved spending time with her family and friends, pontooning at the lake, dancing, playing golf and bridge with friends. Gordon passed away in 1997.

Genevieve is survived by her daughter, Beth (George) Albright of Arlington, VA; her son, Bill (Patty) Ristvedt of Excelsior, MN; her six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister, Betty Traut of Chicago, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  1. Arlington VAGenevieve is as beautiful as Beth said she was! She must have been a very outstanding woman to have reared such a lovely, intelligent and energetic daughter. Our prayers are with you, Beth, and all of your wonderful family. Love, Nan and Bob

  2. Champaign IlAunt Gen…you were beautiful and gracefull and full of fun and life. Now you h ave crossed over and the party continues and is renewed with Gordo, Cap, Doc and Phil. Oh my….how fun is that to remember!

  3. Detroit Lakes Minnesota
    I remember stopping at the cabin and visiting with Gordon & Genevieve when I was writing the Ristvedt Family History Book. How they loved their time there. Beth, I so enjoyed hearing from you when you were in Fargo. My heart went out to you because you had some really hard decisions to make that year. Losing the last parent brings a sort of reality that you and William are now the head of the family and carry on the memory of a passed generation. All those beautiful memories will help in the days ahead.

  4. Fargo ND
    What a great lady,
    Raised great kids, except maybe that son.
    But more than that she was part of the lake Melissa experience that I will always treasure. She is now sailing the summer winds.

  5. Excelsior Minnesota
    Mom….. You did good down the entire path right through the end. You went through life with elegance, grace, competence and pride. Great mom…Bill

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Accessibility Tools