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Yvonne Hanley

Remembering Yvonne Hanley

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Yvonne Hanley

Yvonne Mary Hanley, retired faculty member in the College of Education & Human Development, passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Tempe, Az. She was 76. Yvonne was born on July 13, 1945, in Melrose, Minn., to the late Ethel and Cyril Spies. She was the second oldest of six children […]

Al Palmer

Remembering Al Palmer

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Al Palmer

It is with regret that we announce the death of Al Palmer, who passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at age 69. Al Palmer worked at UND Aerospace from 1981 to 2016 in a number of roles that included chief of flight simulator training and director of flight operations, retiring as Director of UAS. A […]

Remembering John Hauser

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The University of North Dakota community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of John Hauser, a student majoring in Commercial Aviation from Chicago, Illinois. We extend our heartfelt condolences to John’s family, friends, classmates, and fraternity brothers. They are all in our thoughts and prayers. The loss of a member of our UND […]

Kim Werner

Remembering Kim Werner

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Kim Werner

Kimberly Werner, staff member at the International Center, East Grand Forks, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at home. She was 62. Kimberly Jo Sand was born Dec. 3, 1958, in Grand Forksto John Robert and Donna (Fontaine) Sand. Their family moved many places because of her father’s Naval service. They lived in Great […]

Ruth Holweger

Remembering Ruth Holweger

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Ruth Holweger

Ruth E. Holweger, retired secretary for the economics department, Grand Forks, passed away Oct. 3, 2021, at Valley Senior Living, Woodside Village. She was 86. Ruth Eileen Adams was born on April 22, 1935, to Joseph and Caroline (Leddige) Adams. She was raised on the family farm west of Reynolds and attended rural school. At […]

Susan Stoa

Remembering Susan Stoa

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Susan Stoa

Susan Carol (Green) Stoa, retired UND Bookstore staff member, passed away on Sept. 28, 2021, at the home of her two sons in Maricopa, Arizona, following a four year battle with ovarian cancer. Susan Carol (Green) Stoa, age 67, was born on December 17, 1953 to J. Carleton and Pauline (Trezona) Green in Cooperstown, NY. […]

K-9 Ben

Remembering K-9 Ben

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K-9 Ben

K-9 Ben, age 9, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 7, 2021, after a short battle with cancer. Ben was born in North Dakota on Feb. 23, 2012. He joined the University of North Dakota Police Department in 2014 as the department’s first K-9 unit after receiving extensive training and certification at […]

Dee Melby

Remembering Deanna Melby

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Dee Melby

Deanna Marlaine Melby, retired administrative and budget specialist at the School of Graduate studies, Grand Forks, North Dakota, died Aug. 31, 2021, at home following a two year battle with leukemia. She was 74. Deanna “Dee” was born on Nov. 7, 1946, in Fergus Falls, where she was raised, baptized, confirmed and married at the […]

Gail Colwell

Remembering Gail Colwell

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Gail Colwell

Gail I. Colwell, retired staff member at the Conflict Resolution Center, East Grand Forks, passed away at her home on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. She was 73. Gail Irene Colwell was born on March 5, 1948 in Grand Forks to Julius and Irene (Brown) Forseide. Gail grew up in East Grand Forks and graduated from […]

Ron Schaefer

Remembering Ron Schaefer

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Ron Schaefer

Ron Schaefer, professor emeritus of fine arts, died July 20, 2021. He was 82. He was born on June 2, 1939, to Harvey and Lorraine Schaefer in Milwaukee, Wis. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree. His two master’s degrees in fine arts were earned at the University of Wisconsin in […]

Dale Hagen

Remembering Dale Hagen

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Dale Hagen

Dale G. Hagen, former Plant Services staff member, Grand Forks, died Sunday, July 25, 2021 at his home. He was 81. Dale Grant Hagen was born June 4, 194,0 in East Grand Forks to Olaf and Caroline (Avron) Hagen. He attended school in East Grand Forks. Dale worked at Concrete Sectional Culvert Co., in Grand […]

Gary Dubuque

Remembering Gary Dubuque

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Gary Dubuque

Gary Dubuque, formerly with EERC and the College of Engineering & Mines, rural Grand Forks, passed away at home Friday July 23, 2021, surrounded by loved ones. He was 74. The son of Raymond and Alvina (Keyes) Dubuque, Gary graduated from St. James High School, Grand Forks and North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton. […]

Merry Ketterling

Remembering Merry Ketterling

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Merry Ketterling

Merry Louise (Claymore) Ketterling, retired secretary for the Indian Studies department, of Larimore, N.D., passed away on Sunday, July 11, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. She was 84. She was born at her family home in Wakpala, S.D., on Dec. 24, 1936.  Merry was raised in Ft. Yates, N.D., where she attended Mission School […]

Rowann Larson

Remembering Rowann Larson

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Rowann Larson

Rowann E. Larson, retired Human Resources staff member, East Grand Forks, passed away June 28, 2021 at Sanford Hospice House in Fargo, with her family by her side. She had fought a nearly three-year battle with cancer, and was 73. Rowann Elaine Smart was born on June 27, 1948, in Grand Forks, the daughter of […]

Neil Woolsey

Remembering Neil Woolsey

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Neil Woolsey

Neil Franklin Woolsey, Professor Emeritus of Organic Chemistry, died June 20, 2021, at Valley Senior Living in Grand Forks. He was 86. Neil was born in Tieton, Wash., on April 30, 1935, to Robert William Woolsey and Catherine L (Earl, Woolsey) Hume. Neil earned many accolades in his chemistry career, including membership in the American […]