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  • Frances (Probst) Lontz, 98, BS '37, arts and science, was a founding member and longtime sustaining member of the Junior League of Fargo-Moorhead, and active in the Fargo arts community. She was involved with the Lake Agassiz Arts Council, Upper Midwest Presentation of the Metropolitan Opera, Plains Art Museum, and Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, she received the YWCA Owens Award as a Woman of the Year for community service. She lived in Fargo. April 2015
  • Norene (Nerby) Rauh, 73, Diploma '62, Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 11 in Douglas, Arizona. She lived in Sierra Vista, Arizona. April 2015
  • Earl Marifjeren, 84, BS '54, agricultural mechanization, purchased the Park River Potato Co., where he served as president and manager. He was a director and past-president of the Red River Potato Growers Association. An NDSU Alumni Association board member emeritus, he had homes in Park River, North Dakota and Gold Canyon, Arizona. April 2015
  • Yvonne (Ike) Benn, 83, BS '75, social science, was a resource specialist for learning disabled students in the Minneapolis area and southern California. She lived in Fargo. April 2015
  • Jeanette (Klein) Toepke, 75, Diploma '50, Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing, was a registered nurse a later a full-time homemaker. She was an active volunteer with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Pioneer Club and Homemakers. She lived in New Salem, North Dakota. April 2015
  • Russell Dressler, 64, BS '75, agricultural education, owned a ranch in the Knife River region. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam. He lived in Richardton, North Dakota. April 2015
  • Harley Steffen, 85, BS '60, agricultural mechanization, owned a custom combining business and worked in the oilfield during winters. He was a lifetime member and former commander of the Parshall, North Dakota, American Legion. He lived in Bismarck, North Dakota. April 2015
  • Joan (Lauf) Deal, 56, BS '81, physical education, worked at Westfield and Flint Communications/Media Productions in Fargo. She was the first female president of the NDSU Team Makers, and her many honors included the YWCA Woman of the Year Award in 1990 and NDSU's Heritage Award for alumni service in 2007. She lived in Pierre, South Dakota. April 2015
  • Helen (Becknall) Brooks, 79, Diploma '55, Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing, was employed by the Clark County Health Department and University Medical Center, Las Vegas. She lived in Las Vegas. April 2015
  • Gerald Gredesky, 66, BS '74, horticulture, worked for Shotwell's Greenhouse in Fargo and was a rural mail carrier in Fairmount, North Dakota. He lived in Fairmount. April 2015



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