Clarice F. Dravland, age 84, of Bottineau, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in a Bottineau hospital. Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau. Visitation will be held today, Dec. 10, from 4 until 9 p.m., with a prayer service and open sharing today at 7 p.m., all in Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.
Clarice Faith Dravland, a daughter of Oscar and Julia (Branes) Bergh, was born on May 16, 1928, at Sinai, S.D. She was reared there and later graduated from Augustana Academy in Canton, S.D. She then studied at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis. She was a parish worker in Decorah, Iowa. In 1954 she moved to Bottineau and began working at the First Lutheran Church.
On Nov. 25, 1955, she married Alvin Theodore Dravland at Sinai, S.D. They made their home on the Dravland family farm, where she worked alongside Alvin on the farm. She also was a substitute school bus driver. She later worked for a crop reporting service for the North Dakota Agriculture Department.
She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau, where she served on the church council and was active with the WELCA and the choir. She was also active with the Bottineau Ladies Choir and the Bottineau Community Theater.
She is survived by: her husband, Alvin Theodore Dravland, of Bottineau; sons, Paul Alvin Dravland, of Souris, and David Keith Dravland, of Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter, Sara Lynn Gunsch (Bryon), of Minneapolis; granddaughter, Lily Clarice Gunsch, of Minneapolis; sisters, Thea Bergh and Marge Davies, both of Hutchinson, Minn., and Dorothy Steinberg, of Kent, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Faith Marie Dravland; an infant son; a granddaughter, Ariana Faith Loustaunau Dravland; brother, Oliver Bergh; and sisters, Audrey Iverson, Ruth Billman and Cecelia Holter.
Arrangements are with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at (www.nerofuneralhome.net).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Camp Metigoshe and St. Andrew's Health Center in Bottineau.