Joseph "Joe" Tollefson

Joseph "Joe" Tollefson, 37, Blanchard, ND, was called to be with his Savior on Thursday, January 16, 2020, in his home. Joe was born on October 23, 1982 at St. Ansgar Catholic Hospital and baptized at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Park River, ND. He is the son of Bonnie Ackerman and Vernon Tollefson. Joe attended school in Park River where he was a member of the Aggies basketball and football team, as well as the bowling league. He started his career as a teen working for his parents' local pizza shop in Park River, ND. As an adult his career began at Marvin Windows in Grafton, ND. He then went on to work at Tarnell Industries in Walhalla, ND and finished with Mechanical Contractors in Hillsboro, ND. Joe had a larger than life personality met with a heart of gold and the will to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He had a passion for the outdoors, motorsports, animals and electronics. He especially enjoyed spending his time with his family and close friends. Joe is survived by his children: Jeena Marie, Kanyon Joseph, Valor Dean and Torryn AnnMarie, parents: Bonnie Ackerman and Vernon Tollefson, brother: Jeff Tollefson, sister: Lisa Raymond, the love of his life and best friend: Shelby Sargent, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by grandparents: Olaf and Grace Tollefson, Joseph and Clementine Lunski, niece: Arianna Tollefson, as well as stepfather: Earl Ackerman. There will be a funeral Mass at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Hillsboro, ND with a visitation one hour prior.

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  1. Vernon and Kristy,
    We are so very sorry for the loss of your son Joey. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    Bob and Patricia Scott

  2. Bonnie and family,
    We are so sorry Bonnie for the loss of your son Joey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Bob and Patricia Scott

  3. Bonnie,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Joe. He was such a sweet guy. Going to really miss him. Thought, prayers and hugs to you all!
    Glenn & Mellissa Hjelmstad Ludeke & family

  4. Bonnie, Lisa, and family

    We are so sad to hear about Joe. I know how much he loved his mom and his little sister. Not to mention the love for his kids. He was a great guy!
    Lots of love and prayers do you guys,
    Darren & Jodie Stave

  5. Joe was a very good person I worked with him at mechanical contractors he would do anything for you. you will be missed

  6. Joe we will miss you very much and thank you for being there for me when I really needed you. during Alex’s surgery and everything. I will continue praying for friends and family as I know how deeply this truly hurts . my condolences Angela Marie

  7. OH Bonnie and Lisa I most certainly have my sympathy,I remember all of you living right across from us. I wish I could give all of you a big hug,

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