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Selma ‘Sally’ Nordquist

Aug. 24, 1918-Dec. 20, 2012

December 22, 2012
Minot Daily News

Selma Ruth "Sally" Nordquist, 94, Minot, formerly of Parshall, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in a Garrison nursing home.

Selma was born Aug. 24, 1918, the daughter of John and Martha (Rubbert) Joern, on the family homestead near Upham. She was raised on the family farm and attended country school at Deep. Following graduation from Upham High School, she attended Trinity School of Nursing.

On Sept. 26, 1948, Sally was united in marriage to Orville Nordquist at St. John's Lutheran Church near Upham. They first made their home in Banner Township, on the original homestead, before moving into Parshall in the early 1950s. They farmed together for over 50 years.

In addition to assisting with the farm work, Sally worked at the Parshall Drug Store, the medical clinic for Dr. Blatherwick, and the dental clinic for Dr. Stewart. At one time, she and her sister owned and operated a women's clothing store.

In 1975, they moved into a new home east of town and remained there during their retirement. Following Orville's death on March 4, 2006, Sally relocated to The View in Minot, a retirement community, where she was reunited with many Parshall area friends and established new friendships as well. Sally loved Life at the View!

Sally enjoyed camping and fishing at Deepwater Bay, gardening and caring for her yard and golfing. She especially cherished spending time with family and liked preparing the meals for family gatherings. She was a member of First Lutheran Church of Parshall, where she was a member of its Ladies Aid and sang in the church choir for many years.

Blessed be her memory among us.

Sally is survived by: her children, Dennis (Cindy), of Minot, Julie Bartelson, of Fargo, and Tim (Sally), of Garrison; grandchildren, Bruce Nordquist and Sandi Piper, both of Sioux Falls, S.D., Christa Brunsell (Troy), of Surrey, Chad Nordquist, of Hutchinson, Minn., Molly Schlagel (Bryan), of Torrington, Wyo., Matt Bartelson (Angela), of Fargo, and Cory Nordquist (Tina), of Garrison; 12 great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Mildred Wittmayer and Myrtle Miller; and brothers, Elmer and Norman Joern.

Funeral: Today, Dec. 22, 2012, at 2 p.m., in First Lutheran Church, Parshall.

Internment: Parshall Cemetery, Parshall.

There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign a memorial register today, 9 a.m. to noon, in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.

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