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LaVonne (Avis) McMichael Selzer

January 06, 1927 - February 28, 2012


12-1:00 PM, Wednesday, March 7, Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo

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1:00 PM, Wednesday, March 7, Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo


Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

LaVonne (Avis) McMichael Selzer

January 06, 1927 - February 28, 2012


LaVonne ‘Avis’ McMichael Selzer passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday February 28th, 2012 at the age of 85.

She was born on January 6, 1927 to Karl and Jen (Erickson) Tennefos. She grew up in Milnor, ND with her 3 sisters. They had many summer adventures on their grandfather Erickson’s farm near Madison, MN. On January 27th, 1945 she married Robert Anthony McMichael. The couple farmed near Wyndmere, ND. Avis was widowed due to a farm accident that took Robert on November 12, 1963. In February of 1975 Avis was married to Forrest Selzer of Wyndmere. After a long struggle with brain cancer Forrest passed away in 1986.

Avis was a hard worker, a good provider, and caregiver for her family. Her family requests that a silent prayer be given for her many accomplishments in her life.

She is survived by her children: Larry (Kathy) McMichael of Sioux Falls, SD, Linda (John) Gibelyou of Wildomar, CA, Steven McMichael of Bloomington, MN, Robert (Angie) McMichael Jr. of Waconia, MN, Claudia McMichael of Waconia; grandchildren: Todd McMichael, Robin McMichael, Anthony Schmid, Dr. Tara McMichael, Kimberly Stienberg, Holly McMichael, Brianna McMichael; 4 great-grandchildren; sister: Carolee Haskin of Orange County, CA; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 husbands, 2 sisters: Myra and Donna.


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5 responses to “LaVonne (Avis) McMichael Selzer”

  1. Donald and Keney Foster says:

    Mesa Az, We lived next door to avis on 26th Ave. S in Fargo.
    It was always fun to spend time with her over coffee and her most delicious peanut mallow bars.
    we have met Claudia and Larry. we have been to her cabin and her lovely home in MN
    In sympathy
    Keney and Donald foster

  2. Lila E Dahl says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Family of Avis McMichael,
    Avis and I grew up across the street from each other in Milnor. Her sister Myra and I were together often in the first years after my family moved to Milnor.
    When I married LeRoy Erickson, our closest neighbor was your McMichael family—-but we were in different counties, school districts, etc. We did not see each other often.
    When the farm accident took your father LeRoy was still in bed following his back surgery.
    As I knew Avis she was always a good mother to all of you.
    My sympathy to each of you.
    I am visiting My family in Lake Havasu City, Az. will be back to Fgo Mar 8th. ….Lila Moxness Erickson Dahl

  3. Deb & Mike McDonald says:

    Fargo We were very sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep the family in our prayers.

  4. Ron & Cindy Stai says:

    West fargo North Dakota
    She was a great person and will be missed by all.

  5. James W. Jones says:

    Loveland Co.Larry….You have our sympathy…
    Jim and Faye Jones..

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