Madelyn “Madge” Alme

Aug. 13, 1922-Feb. 24, 2018

Madelyn “Madge” Al-

me, affectionately known

to many as “Gram,” 95,

Minot, died Saturday,

February 24, 2018, in her


Madelyn Lucille Foll-

man was born August 13,

1922, the daughter of

Curtis and Elizabeth

(Hock) Follman, on the

family farm near York,

ND. She was raised and

educated in York, then

went on to earn her Stan-

dard Degree in Education

from Minot State Teach-

ers College in 1942.

On July 16, 1944,

Madge married Arnold

“Arne” Alme in Norman,

OK. They made their

home on the Gilbert Nel-

son Farm in Balfour, ND.

Madge taught full-time for

36.5 years, while raising

four beautiful girls and

driving to Minot at night

for classes to earn her B.S.

degree. Throughout her

career she taught in

Drake, Balfour, Kief,

Cathay, Butte, Sawyer and

a country school outside

of Pick City.

While her daughters

and grandchildren were

the center of her universe,

she also made time for

self education of all kinds.

She once bought an ac-

cordion at a garage sale

and practiced for months

on end, prompting Arne

to remark, “She played

music that even I didn’t

recognize!” Determined to

learn how to cross coun-

try ski, she suffered a bro-

ken arm and other inju-

ries, causing Arne to talk

about “the hazards of be-

ing married to an athlete!”

She developed a reputa-

tion as a fairly good golfer

when she hit not one, but

two holes-in-one! She also

enjoyed fishing, garden-

ing, and never lost a game

of solitaire. (There may

have been a little cheating


One of her favorite

outings was lunching

with her high school

classmates in Rugby on

the second Wednesday of

every month.

An avid reader of the

Wall Street Journal, she

kept the family informed

on world and financial af-

fairs. Unwavering in her

determination to pass

along financial wisdom,

she gave stock quotes

from her Apple watch and

continuously reminded

her children and grand-

children, “save your

money!” She was close to

her family, recently serv-

ing as her granddaughter

Kelly’s matron of honor, a

position she coveted.

Gram’s family is so grate-

ful to be able to carry on

her legacy through her

values and lessons. She

will be terribly missed by

us all. There will never

be another Gram.

She was preceded in

death by her daughter,

Paulie Alme Paul; parents,

Curtis and Elizabeth “Lib-

by” Follman; husband,

Arnold Alme; brothers,

Henry and Bill; sisters,

Eileen and Ruth, son-

in-law, Joel Davy, and her

beloved pug and loyal

companion, Rocky.

She is survived by

three of her four

daughters: Pamela Davy

(Joel) and Penny Hamilton

(Mark) of Minot, ND; and

Patricia Rostvedt (Craig)

of Denver, CO.

She was a fiercely

proud and loyal grand-

mother to seven grand-

children: Caroline De-

Vinck, Minneapolis, MN;

Jason Rostvedt (Deborah),

Denver, CO; Maria King

(Colton), Golden, CO;

Casey Paul, New York,

NY; Kendra Rostvedt,

Denver, CO; Chappy

Windsor (Jake) and Kelly

Hackett (Derek) of Minot,


She took great delight

in each of her nine

great-grandchildren: Cade

and Ava Rostvedt and

Bryton and Genesee

Dehaven all of Denver,

CO; Brynn, Talon and

Easton King of Golden,

CO, and Ainsley Windsor

and Polly Hackett, both of

Minot. She is also sur-

vived by her two sisters:

Helen Ryyth (Rudi), Rolla,

ND, and Inez “Toodie”

Iverson (Buster), Greeley,


Visitation: Thursday,

March 1, 2018, from 4 un-

til 6 pm at Thompson

Larson Funeral Home,


Vigil Prayer Service:

Thursday at 6 pm in

the chapel of Thompson

Larson Funeral Home,


Mass of Christian Buri-

al: Friday, March 2,

2018, at 11 am at Little

Flower Catholic Church,


Burial: A private

family committal service

will take place in the

spring of 2018.

*In lieu of flowers,

Madge preferred that

memorials be given to:

The Paulie Paul

Memorial Scholarship,

North Dakota Community

Foundation Headquarters,

PO Box 387, 711 River-

wood Dr, Suite 2,

Bismarck, ND 58502-

0387, (701) 222-8349.

Scandinavian Heritage

Foundation, 1020 South

Broadway, Minot, ND

58701, (701) 852-2368.