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Irvin Sundseth

June 14, 1914 - April 16, 2011


5-7 PM Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo, ND - and also one hour prior to the service in the church on Thursday

Prayer Service:

7 PM Wednesday at Boulger Funeral Home

Funeral Service:

11 AM Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Halstad Lutheran Church in Halstad, MN


Halstad North Cemetery at a later date


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

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Irvin Sundseth

June 14, 1914 - April 16, 2011


Cora passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2011 and Irvin passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo, ND, both at the age of 96.

Irvin J. Sundseth was born to George and Marie (Gilbertson) Sundseth on June 4, 1914 in Halstad, Minnesota. Irvin grew up and attended school in Halstad.

Cora Foss was born to Bernt and Bertha (Olson) Foss on October 23, 1914 at their farm home in Marsh River Township. She grew up in Marsh River Township and attended Foss School.

Cora Foss and Irvin J. Sundseth were married in Halstad on December 20, 1941. They moved to Fargo where they farmed in the Rose Creek area. They later farmed in the Red River Valley, living in Waubun, Ada, Halstad, and Ulen before settling in Bemidji, Minnesota where they lived for fifty years.  Irvin worked at the Bemidji Brick Co. and NuPly Corp. and Cora raised and cared for their family. They also owned and operated Crystal Springs Resort on Turtle River Lake and were volunteer Fire Wardens. They were active members of Salem Lutheran Church in Turtle River. Irvin served on the Salem Lutheran Church Council, and was elected to the Port Hope Township Board. Irvin drove many miles from their home to the church in an open tractor regardless of the temperature to be sure the church yard was clear of snow before Sunday morning services. Cora taught Sunday school for a number of years. The Salem congregation enjoyed her delicious homemade doughnuts during coffee after Church services many Sunday mornings. Irvin and Cora returned to Halstad to be closer to family as their health declined. They lived in Hillsboro, ND for a short time prior to relocating to Sheyenne Crossings, West Fargo in April 2010.

They are survived by their children, Jerry Sundseth (Frank Natalie) of Apple Valley, MN; and Pat (Ray) Boyer of Fargo; two grandchildren – Jerry (Sara) Boyer of West Fargo; and Cindy (Erick) Johnson of Moorhead; and three great grandchildren – Blake Boyer, Brooke Boyer and Josh Hamner. Also surviving are Irvin’s three sisters, Irene Brandt of Vancouver, WA; Ruth Carlson of Ada, MN; and Marlys (Mick) Hogg of Billings, MT; his two brothers, Doug (Margaret) Sundseth of Redmond, WA; and Joris (Verona) Sundseth of Yakima, WA; Cora’s sister-in-law, Thelma (Foss) Sipe of Halstad; and many nieces and nephews.

Cora was preceded in death by her parents, Bertha and Bernt Foss; her sisters, Gunda Moe, Lillian Anderson, Amanda Carlson; her brothers, Clarence Foss, Ordean Foss, Clifford Foss, Milton Foss; her step sister, Clarice; and step brothers, Alfred and Clarence; her brother-in-laws, Pete Moe, Ordean Anderson, Garfield Carlson; her sister-in-laws, Agnes Foss (Ordean), and Ethel Foss (Clifford); and nephew, Gary Foss.

Irvin was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Clark and Merlin; sister-in-law, Gerry (Merlin); brother-in-laws, Henry Brandt and Burdeen Carlson; and niece, Virginia (Brandt) Ford.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley, Halstad North Cemetery, Halstad Lutheran Church, or to Augustana Lutheran Church. The family would like to offer a very special thank you to the Sheyenne Crossings Staff and to Hospice of the Red River Valley.


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  1. Linda Orton says:

    Bemidji MN
    I have a lot of fond memories of Irvin and Cora. We used to come and stay at the resort and had a lot of fun with them. We then bought Crystal Springs Resort in 1995 from them and loved it. Lady their dog came with it. She was a very good dog. I still live on the farm half of the old resort. Orlyn and Norma Peck were also good friends with them and us. It is sad to think all of these friends are gone now.

  2. Xenia and Thunder LeChance says:

    Tigard OregonDearest Jerry and Frank,
    Although we never met your parents you told us so many wonderful stories about them we felt as if we had some insight into the loving and caring people that they were. Our hearts go out to you and your families in this time of sorrow. We love you.
    Chance and Xie

  3. George Brandt says:

    Richland WaDear Jerry, Pat and Family-
    I can still hear Uncle Irvin calling me
    Georgie- he and Cora were a very special
    Uncle and Aunt. My childhood memories fondly recall when we visited Bemidji and we got to go fishing with Uncle Irvin. They were amazing examples of husband and wife, friendship and devotion to family.
    May God’s Eternal Peace be with you all-
    Love, George

  4. Jorie Sundseth says:

    Yakima WA A sibling we do not choose.
    It is a gift from God and I give thanks for the wonderful memories of Irv & Cora. They have been amazing role models for me and the love and caring for family and friends goes unmatched.
    Yes, I am going to miss them, but I am grateful for the many years we shared together.

    God’s Blessings to the family,
    Love, Jorie & family

  5. mark and june moberg says:

    bemidji mn 56601 2 of the best ever nuff said



  7. Gary and Melony Sundseth says:

    Dear Jerry, Pat and Entire Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you for strength and comfort.
    I will always have the most cherished memories of Uncle Irvin and Aunt Cora.
    They are near to my heart and thoughts and I’m most thankful and blessed for them my God Parent.
    Our Lords Love to you All.

    Gary, Melony and Family

  8. Janel says:

    Family of Mr. & Mrs. Irvan Sundseth:
    Sending my thoughts and prayers to you during this time of adjustment/change. Cherish the memories with Cora and Irvin. My heart goes out to you. In Christian Love, Janel Hruza & Family

  9. Pam Jacobs says:

    Eagan MN
    Dear Jerry and Frank,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Let your wonderful memories warm your hearts and keep smiles on your faces. Your Mom and Dad are together now and forever.
    Love and Blessings to you,
    Pam and Timn

  10. Chris (Johnson) Olson says:

    Wadena MN
    Dear Patty,

    My sympathy to you at the loss of your parents. Although I had not seen your mom and dad for many years, my memory of them was that they were this sweet, loving little couple.

    Our youth group/Confirmation days seem so long ago, but still powerful in my memory. And, I trust that you feel the same.

    Take care as you journey through this thing called grief.

    Love, Chris

  11. Mary, Tommy and Austin Richardson says:

    StAmant LouisianaCelebrate Mr. Irv’s life by sharing his stories and all your memeories with him. We will plant something special down South for him and think of him each time the hummingbirds come in to feed. Our love and prayers are with all of you.

  12. Janel Butts says:

    Breckenridge MN
    Pat – I heard of your parents passing from Shorty and wanted to let you know how truly sorry I am for your loss. Although I did not know either of your parents, I am sure they were very loving and caring people – as evidenced by how you are! My thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this time. With sympathy – Janel Butts

  13. Bruce & Martha Sundseth & Family says:

    Redmond OR Our loving thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will always keep the wonderful memories we have of Uncle Irvin and Aunt Cora close to our hearts.

    Much love to each of you.
    Bruce, Martha and Family

  14. Donna Jardine DeMars says:

    Lake Park MN
    this message is for Jorie and Marlys: although I did not know Irvin or Cora when I read the Sundseth name many memories floated my way. as Marlys worked for our family for many years and we have such fond memories of Marlys. and I remeber the crush I had on Jorie before he went into the navy, I still have a letter from him in my scrapbook. my sympathies to the whole family and if Marlys is attending would love to see her, my cell phone number is 701-361-7050

    Donna Jardine DeMars

  15. Mary Easter says:

    Waynesville NCTo my dearest aunt and uncle anyone could have, you two were like my second parents and I will miss you very much. My thoughts and prayers go to Jerry and Pat and their families. Love you all.

  16. Janice Pich says:

    West Fargo ND
    I will truly miss Irvin calling me “Janna”.It was always fun to see Cora and Irvin sitting at the table when I came to work. They are both together now and for ever. My thoughts and prayers to your whole family as this time of loss of 2 wonderful parents. They have truly touched my heart. God Bless
    Janice Pich

  17. Bonita Wayne says:

    Dilworth MN
    I will miss Irv and his stories. What a beautiful family Irv and Cora created!

  18. Sandra Carlson says:

    Puyallup WAMy dear Uncle Irvin. You are now with your soulmate Cora. I loved you both so very much. I will miss both of you but I know you are happy. You blessed so many of us and it won’t be the same without you.

  19. Phyllis Hohle says:

    Fargo ND
    Dearest Pat & family,

    What a blessing that your Mother and Father left this earth together for their heavenly home. A love story like theirs is so touching and after their long lives together it’s only fitting they remain together in death.

    While it’s hard for those of you who loved them and are left behind, you must be very grateful they are together still.


  20. Dorothy Zinich says:

    Elkhart INOur thoughts and prayers are with you, Pat and Jerry and your families.
    I’m pleased Irv finally felt he could let go and be with Cora.
    God bless you and thanks for the calls.
    Your cousin,

  21. Dean Carlson says:

    Kent WashingtonIrvin was like a second father to me. Rest in peace, Irvin, you will always be appreciated.

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