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Margaret Fjelstad

May 19, 1910 - January 03, 2013


1-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Norman Lutheran Church, Kindred.

Funeral Service:

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Norman Lutheran Church, Kindred.


Kindred Cemetery, Kindred.


Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred.

Margaret Fjelstad

May 19, 1910 - January 03, 2013


Margaret Alvilda (Trana) Fjelstad, 102, of Fargo, formerly Kindred, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Elim Care Center under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.  She was born on May 19, 1910 in Simcoe, ND to Ole J. and Sophia(Sollid) Trana.  She grew up on a farm that her father homesteaded.  She graduated from Granville High School in 1928.  Following high school, she attended Minot State Teachers College and received her Teachers Certificate.  Margaret taught for 5 years at various country schools.  On October 29, 1936 she married Joseph Fjelstad at the Stenkjaer Lutheran Church in Simcoe, ND and they remained married for 51 years, until his death in 1987.

Margaret was a very active woman, and participated in many organizations. She was very involved in Ladies Aid, Senior Citizens, and Birthday Club.  She had many hobbies including quilting, crocheting, gardening, and playing Bingo.  Margaret was the “hostess with the mostest” and loved caring for others.  She used this talent to make Christmas a very special time for her loved ones.  Margaret was always an optimist and able to remain calm and composed. She loved her grandchildren and thoroughly enjoyed attending all of their special events.

She is survived by her children, Jerome (Carol) Fjelstad, Kindred, ND, Sandra (Orten) Brodshaug, Horace, ND, Gordon (Cheryl) Fjelstad, Kindred, ND, Darrel (Claudia) Fjelstad, Moorhead, MN; her grandchildren, Kari Casas, Diane Kjelstrup, Susanne Brodshaug, Shannon Wallwork, Heidi Brodshaug, Kristin McElmury, Hilary Sjostrom, Annette Nii, Jennifer Komorowski, Zachary Fjelstad, Sarah Atchison, and Gretchen Jilek; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and her grandson, Joel Brodshaug; her parents and 4 brothers.

The family would like to thank Elim Care Center and Hospice of the Red River Valley for taking excellent care of Margaret.


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6 responses to “Margaret Fjelstad”

  1. Deb (Kaatz) Garland says:

    Oakes ND
    My deepest sympathy to Margaret’s family. She was such a sweet woman. I always loved seeing her in church at Norman, she always had a smile. What a life she has lived (102 years!) Wow. Blessings to you all.

  2. Ed Stahl says:

    Chandler AZ
    I’d like to extend my condolences to Jerome, Sandra, and Gordon with special condolences to three of my favorite KHS students: Susanne, Shannon, and Heidi. I know you all will really miss your mom and grandmother!

  3. Emil & Pat Resler says:

    Davenport ND
    Jerome, Carole, Kari & Diane, and rest of the family, We are sorry in the loss of you mother and grandmother, She was a sweet lady. I know you will miss her dearly. She will be remembered in our prayers. The Resler Family.

  4. Julie Trzpuc says:

    It saddens me to see that sweet little Margaret passed away. She was at Elim Nursing Home where my mother also was for some time. We got to know Margaret over the years. We visited and I would bring my mom’s little dogs in to see mom and would stop in so Margaret could play with one of the dogs. She seemed to enjoy it so much. My sympathys to the whole family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Hold on to your memeories. Take care. Sincerly, Julie Trzpuc

  5. Beth (Speisz) Boechler says:

    Arthur ND
    I am sorry to read about Margaret’s passing. You all have my deepest sympathy.

  6. Sharon Lane says:

    It has been a number of years since I was a member of Norman Lutheran Church. But I will always remember Margaret’s wonderful smile and gentleness. She was truly a woman of God.

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