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  • LeRoy Fettig, 66, BS ’69 animal science, BS ’70, agricultural education, worked for Williston Basin Oil and Title Services, LLC. He lived in Dickinson, North Dakota. 
  • Carol (Comstock) Weiss, 61, BS ’75 child development and family relations, sociology education, was a chiropractor for 32 years in Fargo. A breast cancer patient, she shared her story through a Sanford commercial and the cancer survivor's book, "No Lumps Thank You." She lived in Fargo.
  • Lavonne (Steinolfson) Cataldi, 61, AD ’73 nursing, worked for medical facilities and agencies in Cullman, Alabama; Grand Forks, North Dakota; and Colorado Springs, Colorado. She lived in Colorado Springs.
  • Barbara (Peterson) Bracken, 75, BS ’69 home economics, taught home economics in Belcourt and Park River, North Dakota. She later worked for The Schoolyard, K Mart and the Leonard Motel. She also was the children’s librarian at the Carnegie Regional Library in Grafton, North Dakota. She and her husband owned The Gingerbread House, a bed and breakfast in Grafton. She lived in Grafton. 
  • Mark Howatt, 49, BS ’94 computer science, was a senior systems engineer for PayPal. His hobby was rebuilding junked cars. He lived in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Elizabeth (Pfeifer) Stokka, 62, BA ’74 English, speech, taught English in LaMoure, North Dakota, before farming with her husband. She later managed the preschool in Cooperstown, North Dakota, and taught speech, creative writing and theatre arts at Griggs County Central High School. She lived in Binford, North Dakota.
  • Jerome Gerberding, 61, BS ’86 construction technology, worked for various engineering firms and finished his career with Widseth Smith and Nolting in Alexandria, Minnesota. He lived in Moorhead, Minnesota.
  • Merlyn Brusven, 77, MS ’61 was professor of entomology for 33 years at the University of Idaho. He lived in Genesee, Idaho.
  • Orlin Oium, 80, BS ’57 agricultural mechanization, worked for the Farmers Home Administration and later raised polled Herefords and Columbia sheep on his ranch. He was chair or a board member of the McHenry County Farmers Union, Citizen's United to Save the Valleys and Verendrye Electric Cooperative. He lived in Towner, North Dakota.
  • Michael Berg, 72, BS ’65 pharmacy, was the former owner of B & B Drug in Minot, North Dakota. A civic leader in the Minot community, he was active in Rotary International and a member of the board of directors of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Merchants and Professional Association, Salvation Army and American Red Cross. He also was active in the Minot State University Foundation United Way, Park and Shop Committee, Minot Parking Authority, YMCA and N.D. Human Services Advisory Committee. He was a member of the N.D. Pharmaceutical Association and the N.D. Retail Association. He lived in Minot.


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