Julia Hazel (Tofte) Barstad, 93, passed away Nov. 30, 2012, at her home near Ross, surrounded by family. Her service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m., in Our Saviors Free Lutheran Church in Stanley. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Stanley. Visitation is today, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Springan Funeral Home in Stanley. Online condolences may be shared at (www.springanfuneralhome.com).
Julia was born June 2, 1919, to Ingvald and Anna Tofte, of Twelve Mile Township, Williams County, and attended local schools. She was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Williston.
On May 14, 1944, Julia was united in marriage to Rudy Barstad at First Lutheran Church in Williston. They made their home farming and ranching in Hofflund Township, Williams County. They attended Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, where Julia was active with Sunday school, Ladies Aid and the Cradle Roll.
In 1963 they moved to Manitou Township, two miles west of Ross, where they continued farming and ranching. Julia was active in the Ross American Legion Auxiliary as president, and owned and operated several restaurants including the Two Way Cafe and the Ross Cafe. She would serve special lutefisk and lefse dinners for her customers. Many customers and employees became good friends. Also at home, she was known for her famous pancakes anytime, day or night.
Julia's hobbies included dancing, cards, bowling, traveling, love for music, and Mrs. Fixer Upper. Nothing much stopped her. If something needed fixing she did it no matter where she was at. Grandma Julia enjoyed her grandchildren and being with family and friends. She loved to visit and reminisce. She never lost her wittiness.
Julia was a charter member of Our Saviors Free Lutheran Church in Stanley, where she was active in WMF, Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, church choir, and many other church committees.
Julia is survived by: five children, Sylvia (Darrel) Fladeland, Elaine (John) Vachal, both of Ross, Larry (Joan) Barstad, of Velva, Rodney (Patty) Barstad, of Ross, and Carol (Stewart) Vachal, of Williston; 16 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and five sisters-in-law, Mabel Bowman, Dorothy Barstad, Edith Barstad, Thelma Tavelli and Sara Barstad.
Preceding Julia in death were Rudy, her husband of 48 years; granddaughter, Darcy; grandson, James; great-grandson, Kolt; her parents; eight brothers, and one sister.
Donations are preferred to: Our Saviors Free Lutheran Church, Beaver Creek Free Lutheran Church, or the Stanley Ambulance Fund.