Dorothy Carlstad

Dorothy Carlstad, 99, Minot, formerly of Columbus, died Friday, March 21, 2014, in a Minot nursing home .

Dorothy G. Benson was born Nov. 25, 1914, a daughter of John G. and Alma (Trulin) Benson, on the family farm near Columbus. She was raised and educated in Columbus, graduating in 1932 from Columbus High School. She furthered her education by attending Minot State Teachers College, where she obtained her teaching certificate. She would teach in country schools in the Columbus and Landa area.

Dorothy had an adventurous spirit. She traveled by train with a friend to Washington state to work after high school graduation. She also held a clerical position at a hospital in the Minneapolis area for a time.

On June 25, 1941, Dorothy was united in marriage to Harry C. Carlstad in Bethany Lutheran Church, Columbus. They lived and farmed in Leif Mountain Township in Burke County, where they raised their five daughters. In 1994, Dorothy and Harry moved to Minot. In 2000, Harry passed away. Dorothy continued to live in Minot with her daughter.

She was an excellent seamstress, sewing many dresses and formals for her daughters. She enjoyed quilting for her family and for charity organizations through her church. She embroidered, crocheted, plus she was an avid reader and when her eyes got bad she would listen to books on tapes and CDs. Our holidays were always blessed with her lefse and flatbread.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbus, and Christ Lutheran Church in Minot. She was involved with the women’s circles and Bible study groups at both churches. She taught Sunday school, Bible school and adult Bible study classes for many years as a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She loved music, so was very involved in choir at Trinity, and was pianist for the country church services. (Not many people know that she wrote a song that was published). She also enjoyed helping with the Christ Lutheran lefse bakes for Norsk Hostfest.

Dorothy is survived by: her children, Sarann Blackwell, Minot, Chrisan Sund, Cave Creek, Ariz., Muriel (Bart) Hill, Sedona, Ariz., Rose Greaves, Minot; nine grandchildren, Jim Lunstad, Hayley Houston, Deanne Lunstad, Deneen Gathman, Mark Steen, John Steen, Robyn Reynoso, Rochelle Nick, Dustin Greaves; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Myrna; her parents; two sisters and one brother.

Memorial service: Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Christ Lutheran Church, Minot.

Burial: Will take place at a later date.

Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, people may sign a guestbook one hour prior to service time at the church.

Memorials: Are preferred to the Christ Lutheran Church Building Fund of Minot and Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbus.

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(Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot)