Audrey Savelkoul

Aug. 19, 1933-July 26, 2020

Audrey M. Savelkoul,

86, Minot, formerly of

Lansford, ND, passed

away on Sunday, July 26,

2020 in a Minot nursing


Audrey Mae Maxton

was born on August 19,

1933, a daughter of Robert

and Mable (Eamon) Max-

ton in Minot, ND. She at-

tended school in Lans-

ford, ND. Audrey learned

to work at a young age, as-

sisting her mother at

Mable’s cafe during the

meal hours.

On July 29, 1951, Au-

drey was united in mar-

riage to Donald Savelkoul

in Lansford, ND. They

made their home in Lans-

ford, where together they

raised eight children,

farmed and ranched. In

addition to being a farm

wife and mother, Audrey

held several business ven-

tures. In 1975, she opened

a ceramic shop in the

basement of their farm-

house. Later, she started

Souvenirs by Audrey,

making collectibles for

small town centennials,

the North Dakota Centen-

nial, and the Norsk Host-

fest. The business ex-

panded to include sales in

13 states and two Canadi-

an provinces. Audrey was

also nominated for the

YWCA Woman of Distinc-tion Honor, where she

shared her testimony and

held many public speak-

ing engagements.

In 1990 Audrey then

opened Dakota Heritage,

in the Dakota Square

Mall, Minot, ND, which

she operated for eight

years where she enjoyed

the day to day operations

of the business. In 1993

they then retired from

farming and they moved

to Minot.

They enjoyed spending

time at the lake cabin at

Fish n’ Camp Court near

Parshall, ND, traveling in

the RV Audrey purchased,

wintering in Arizona and

Texas, and was active in

the St. Philomena’s

Catholic Church and Our

Lady of Grace Catholic


Audrey is survived by:

Children: Stanley (Lin-

da) Savelkoul, Lansford,

ND, Bruce Savelkoul,

Minot, ND, Scott (Myra)

Savelkoul, Hazen, ND,

JoAnne Kirk, Beulah, ND

and Carolyn (Pete) Peder-

sen, Surprise, AZ;

daughters-in-law: Vickie

Savelkoul and Cindy

Savelkoul; 13 grandchil-

dren: 17 great-grand- chil-

dren; several nieces,

nephews and cousins also


Audrey was preceded

in death by her parents,

husband Donald, three

sons Henry, Kenny and

Brian, a grandson Benja-

min Savelkoul, a

daughter-in-law Anna

Marie Savelkoul and si-

blings: Bud Maxton, Larry

Maxton, Jim Maxton, and

Jean Jamen.

Celebrating the Life of

Audrey Savelkoul

Visitation: Thursday,

July 30, 2020, from 4-6

pm in the Gathering space

of Our Lady of Grace

Catholic Church, Minot.

We will be observing Co-

vid-19 guidelines.

Vigil Prayer Service:

Thursday, July 30, 2020,

at 6 pm at Our Lady of

Grace Catholic Church,


Mass of Christian Buri-

al: Friday, July 30, 2020,

at 10:30 am at Our Lady of

Grace Catholic Church,


The service will be

livestreamed for the pub-

lic to view and may be ac-

cessed by going to





Graveside Service will

be held on Friday, July 31,

2020, at 12:15 pm at the

St. Philomena’s Catholic

Cemetery, Glenburn, ND.

Due to the Coronavirus

Pandemic, please observe

social distance.

Those wishing to sign

the online register and

share memories may ac-

cess the online obituaries

section at (www.


Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot, ND