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Dorothy Overvold

July 18, 1922-June 10, 2012

July 22, 2012
Minot Daily News

Dorothy Overvold, 89, of Fergus Falls, Minn., died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at the Pioneer Senior Cottages.

She was born July 18, 1922, in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar, to American missionaries David and Emma Lovaas. The family returned to the United States in 1930. She attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis where she met her husband Alex Overvold of Velva. Dorothy served in the U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPARs) in Cleveland during the war and married Alex in 1946 upon his discharge from the Army. In 1950 they began agricultural work in Zululand, South Africa, with the Lutheran Church. Returning to the U.S. in 1961 they lived in Velva, New Town (where Dorothy worked for the U.S. Postal Service) and Fort Totten. During their retirement years they lived on their Velva farm, in Arkansas, Bismarck and Fergus Falls, Minn.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Alex; her son John; and her sister Evelyn.

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Survivors include: her children, Judith (Hal) Habermann of Fergus Falls, David (Patricia) Overvold of Minot, Carol Overvold and her husband Andrew Jacobson of Ambler, Pa., and Charles Overvold of Elberta, Ala.; 11 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren; sisters: Catherine Stulken of Waunakee, Wis., and Constance Beck and her husband Duane Olson of Bloomington, Minn.; and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation: Thursday, July 26, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls, Minn.

Funeral Services: Thursday, July 26, at 1 p.m. at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls.

A second service will be held on Saturday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Valley Lutheran Church in Velva.

Burial: North Prairie Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Velva. (A reception for family and friends will be held at 917-16th Ave. SE in Minot following the burial at the cemetery.

Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls, is handling arrangements.

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