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Lois Bakkum

December 06, 1915 - November 15, 2012


4-5:30 PM on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Luther Memorial Home, 750 Main Street East, Mayville, ND.

9:30-10:30 AM on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Gran Lutheran Church, Mayville, ND.

Funeral Service:

10:30 AM on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Gran Lutheran Church, Mayville, ND.


Gran Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Mayville, ND.


Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

Lois Bakkum

December 06, 1915 - November 15, 2012


Lois Annabelle Bakkum, 96, of Mayville, ND died on November 15, 2012 at Luther Memorial Home, Mayville, ND.

Lois was born December 6, 1915, to Seaver and Mabel (Larson) Ellingrud in Bloomfield Township.  She was baptized and confirmed at Gran Lutheran Church, where she was a lifetime member.  She attended Mayville #4 and graduated from Mayville High School.  She studied elementary education at Mayville Normal.  She taught at Gackle, ND and Norway #3.

Lois married Clarence Bakkum on June 1, 1938.  Their first child Jacquelyn was born in Louisiana in 1941 while she traveled with her husband, who was serving in the army, before he was sent overseas during WWII.  Their second child Pamela was born in 1946.  After the war, they farmed and lived on her parent’s family farm.  After the children were grown, she worked at the Johnson Store as a sales clerk.  She retired to care for her husband after he was diagnosed with MS.  She continued in that role for 36 years.

Shortly after they moved to Sun Center Apartments, Mayville, ND, in 1999, Clarence passed away.  She continued living there until entering Luther Memorial Home in 2012.

She was an avid reader and letter writer and loved quilting and collecting hats from different eras.  Lois was a charter member of the Hillsboro Ladies VFW Auxiliary.

Lois is survived by her daughters, Jacquelyn (Dennis) Melland, Park River, ND, Pamela (David) Offerdahl, Casselton, ND; grandchildren, Kimberly (David) White, Crystal, MN, Jason (Patty) Studsrud, Golden Valley, MN, Corey (Judie) Offerdahl, Circle Pines, MN, Brent (Dena) Offerdahl, Buffalo, MO; great grandchildren, Evan Mahone, Keaton and Madisyn Studsrud, Ethan and Jade White and Ella and Annelise Offerdahl.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, granddaughter, Tamra Mahone and brother, Duane.

Lois’ family would like to offer a very special thank you to the staff and residents of Luther Memorial Home for the love and care she received and also to her many friends at Sun Center Apartments.


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  1. Vicky Nelson says:

    Fargo ND
    Jackie and Pam:
    My sister and I have so many fond memories visiting with your mom, Lois. Our grandmother, Olga Kaldor, would always let us visit Lois while staying at the farm. I remember looking at the two of you and hoping I could grow up to be as kind and beautiful. I’m sure Lois and Olga are sharing a cup of coffee and smiling at all of us.
    Vicky and Linda Nelson

  2. DUANE LURA says:

    FARGO n dSorry about your MOM, I just read about it May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow. Duane

  3. Kathy (Hovet) Erickson says:

    Alexandria MN
    Pam, I’m so sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. I remeber her as being such a gracious and kind lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. dianna long says:

    clarinda iowaAunt Lois was an incredible inspiration. She is thought of often and will always be in our hearts.
    Love, Dianna and Colleen, Jerry and Mr.B, Jeff and Chad, Chase and Chloe

  5. Cheryl Baumgarten says:

    West Fargo ND
    Just a short note to let you know that I am thinking about you and all you are going through!!
    I hope it gives you alittle peace to know that your friends really care!!
    With love and concern, Cheryl

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