Minda M. Bertilrud, 86, of Fargo, North Dakota, died on Monday, November 30, 2015 at Eventide Care Center in Moorhead, Minnesota, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Minda was born in Teien Township on July 6, 1929, and was the daughter of Elias B. and Florence V. (Brenberg) Herseth. She was raised in Teien Township of Kittson County, Minnesota, not far from Drayton, North Dakota, was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and was a member of Skjeberg Lutheran Church. Minda attended country school as a young girl and was a 1947 graduate of nearby Kennedy High School. She went on to attend Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education and Biology. After graduation, she worked as an extension agent and later began her teaching career in Badger, Minnesota, as a high school Home Economics teacher. On December 16, 1955, she married Selvin H. Bertilrud at Skjeberg Lutheran Church. The couple resided in Badger until 1958 at which time they moved to Roseau, Minnesota. Minda then taught at the Greenbush High School until she and Selvin opened and operated the Guest House Motor Inn in Roseau for 12 years. In 1975, they moved to Fargo, North Dakota. Minda has always been a leader and active in organizations of interest, including youth groups, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs and many school activities. She was also very involved in Home Economics organizations including the North Dakota Extension Homemakers Council, Homemakers Club and Home Economists Club. She was an active member of the Fargo Fine Arts Club – Creative Living section and Study Club of Fargo. Minda was also very involved at Olivet Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Martha Circle. Throughout Minda’s life she enjoyed participating in all these organizations but she truly loved being with her family, friends and was a gracious hostess for many gatherings. Her vivacious energy and bright smile shined through to all who met her. Her curious nature led to many new experiences, travels and, most importantly, valued friendships. She loved to entertain with large buffets or dinners and she always had dessert and coffee ready for visitors at their home or cabin on Little Cormorant Lake. Loving family members include her husband of almost 60 years, Selvin; two daughters and sons-in-law and three grandchildren: Sharlene, Greg and Matthew Larson of Tucson, Arizona; Rachel, Mark, Ashley and Andrew Pederson of Elk River, Minnesota; one sister and brother-in-law: Gloria and The Reverend Paul Mathre of Houston, Texas; one sister-in-law: Jan Herseth of Bayport, Minnesota, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Minda was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Velma Carlson, and brother, Harold Herseth. May God bless the memory of Minda Marie Bertilrud. Funeral Service will be held at Olivet Lutheran Church, 1330 South University Drive, Fargo, on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Skjeberg Lutheran Church later that afternoon. Memorials are preferred to Olivet Lutheran Church or Hospice of the Red River Valley. Arrangements made by Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center.


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  1. To our dear Selvin, Sharlene, Rachel and families we send our love and sympathy.
    We were all blessed to have known Minda. She was such a ray of sunshine to so many with
    her pleasant ways and cheerful smile. Always a special lady and we will miss her but know
    she is resting in the arms and will be at peace. Our love to you all as you make this transition.
    John and Jo Lawrence family

  2. Our sympathies for Selvin, Sharlene, Rachel and family. Minda was a wonderful person. Bless her memory.

  3. Dear Selvin, Sharlene and Rachel,

    Annette and I send our sincere sympathies on the death of your wife and mother. We have many, many warm memories of Minda, and your family, through Messiah Lutheran Church and the Guest House. Minda was always so gracious and friendly, and together with Selvin made our coming to Roseau a most pleasant time.

    We pray for each of you the comfort of knowing Minda is with Christ who promised a place prepared.

    Pastor Lou and Annette Hermansen

  4. Mr. Bertilrud: I would say Selvin but that would seem disrespectful after calling you Mr. Bertilrud during my high school years. I remember your wife and you very fondly. You were both great examples to us as students. She will be missed by a lot of people! God bless you and your family,
    Curt HAUGER
    Class of 1965
    Badger High School

  5. I couldn’t have asked for a better Godmother! Minda was truly one of the most loving people I know. Love to all your family. (I’ll write more in my card.) Carolyn

  6. Selvin and Family,

    We are saddened to hear of Minda’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have many good memories of Minda. She always had smile and joyful spirit. Our deepest sympathy to you.

    Hal and June Wentzel

  7. Selvin you are in my thoughts and prayers. I regret I can’t be at the funeral because I have another funeral at the same time. You are not forgotten for all your years at DH.

  8. Minda was such a delight to know. Growing up, they bought and lived in the Guest House across the alley from my house. I spent many hours playing with Sharlene and Selvin and Minda seemed like another set of parents for me. Our family will be in Roseau the day of the funeral, having the funeral of Carol Fredrickson’s son, Craig, who recently passed away. Our sympathies to you and peace, knowing she spent her time on earth wisely and blessed many others by her presence. Susan Fredrickson Sorvaag

  9. Minda was always such a happy person and was always so welcoming. Rachel, I know you will miss your Mom. I am sure you are raising your family like your Mom did. My sympathy to all of you at this time of sadness. Karen Okerlund

  10. Dear Selvin, Sharlene, Rachel & Family:
    Our hearts are with you. Minda was always such a bright, fine, kind, smart, lovely lady; inside & out. She was a charming hostess & trusted friend. Her smile & laughter, her goodness, her creativity were gifts to many people over the years.
    We are not able to be in Fargo with you, but we are thinking of each of you. And we are smiling with many wonderful memories of times together. Rejoice in all the good memories.
    Thank you Minda for the joys & blessings you brought. With love and prayers.

    Earl & Rosalee Forkner
    Northfield, MN

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