Marian Korterud

Marian Jane Korterud, 93, longtime Minot resident, died on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in a Garrison hospital.

Marian was born on March 26, 1920, in Kenmare to Thomas Ray and Lucinda (Cushman) Assels. She was reared on the family farm near Norma and attended Stafford Township School #1, a one-room schoolhouse. In 1933, the family moved to a farm near Donnybrook, where Marian attended high school. She graduated from Hartland High School in 1937. Following graduation, she moved to Minot where she was employed as a housekeeper and nanny. She later moved to Stanley where she was employed as a waitress at a local cafe. In 1939, she moved to Kalispell, Mont., where she was also employed as a housekeeper and nanny until returning to North Dakota in 1940.

Marian was once married to Floyd Peterson. In 1947, she moved to Minot with her two daughters. She was employed at the LaPlaza Cafe in the Leland Parker Hotel and Ellison’s Department Store as a salesperson in the ladies department.

Marian was united in marriage to Oliver “Tiny” Korterud on Dec. 28, 1950, in Minot. They made their home in Minot where she was employed for 30 years as a receptionist and secretary-bookkeeper for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union office in Minot. Oliver died on April 6, 1986. Marian had continued to reside in Minot until she moved to Garrison because she was displaced by the flood in June 2011.

Marian was an active member of First Lutheran Church, Minot, where she taught Sunday School for 27 years and 8th Grade Confirmation classes. She served on the Deaconess Board for 35 years and on the Altar Guild. She was a member of a ladies circle and a 35-year member of First Lutheran Quilters. Marian was a volunteer at Trinity Homes and brought books to the residents and visited with them. She also worked as a volunteer for the C.O.P.E. office in the Minot Labor Temple, which is the political organization for the local unions that distributes information about the candidates, cares for phones on election day, calls and urges people to vote, and provides rides for voters. Most recently, she volunteered for Trinity Hospice and Trinity Auxiliary.

In 1998, Marian enrolled in the Foster Grandparent Program. She was assigned to Roosevelt Elementary School and was there for 11 years, where she was affectionately known as “Grandma K.” She loved children and especially enjoyed spending time with them, assisting them with their studies, and giving and receiving hugs.

Marian’s loving family includes: her daughter, Linda Barnes, of Minot, and son, Daryl Korterud, of Garrison; granddaughters, Marlee (Doug) Ongaro, Kenwood, Calif.; Jill Rider, Spokane, Wash.; Ursula Mason, Gillespie, Ill.; five great-grandchildren, Nicolas and Taylor Ongaro, Marissa Florio, Aiyana DeLima-Weishaar and Andrew Mason; sisters, Adeline Gregson, Westfield, Mass., and LaDonna Dougherty, Stafford, Va.; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as a foster son, Dennis (Donna) Anderson and two foster grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; daughter, Sharon Jones; brother, Tom Assels; a niece and a nephew.

Celebration of the Life of Marian Korterud: Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.

Visitation: Monday from 2 to 7 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church, Minot, or to the American Cancer Society.

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