Martha Seibel

Aug. 20, 1930-Nov. 8, 2020

Martha Joanne Seibel,

90, Minot and formerly of

Velva, left this earth to be

with her Lord and Savior

on Sunday, November 8,

2020, in a Minot assisted

living facility.

Martha was born on

August 20, 1930, first

born daughter to Jorgen &

Mabel (Horton) Aaseth in

Voltaire, ND. She was

raised along with her 7

siblings on the family

farm. Her first 8 years of

education took place in a

one-room country school

and graduated in 1948

from Velva High School.

After graduation, Martha

began her college educa-

tion at Minot State for a

short time.

On June 5, 1949, she

was united in marriage to

Wilbert Seibel at Oak

Valley Lutheran Church

in Velva, ND. Following

their marriage, they lived

in several locations while

Wilbert worked for the

Highway Department. In

1952, they began their

farming career south of

Velva, farming until 1998.

This home is where they

raised their two children,

Mark & Wanda.

Along with being a

farmer’s wife and mother

of two, Martha was em-

ployed at Home of Econo-

my in Minot for many

years keeping the toy

department stocked with

all the latest toys. In 1983,

at the age of 53, Martha

went back to college to

complete a degree in So-

cial Work, graduating

with honors. As a Social

Worker, Martha was em-

ployed by Hospice and

later for Souris Valley

Care Center in Velva.

Martha was very proud

of her Norwegian heritage

and made 7 trips to Nor-

way to see the country

where her father had been

raised and to meet her

Norwegian relatives.

These trips sparked an in-

terest in family history.

She became very involved

in genealogy work com-

pleting family history

books for all sides of the

Aaseth and Seibel fami-

lies. Martha enjoyed

volunteering at the Scan-

dinavian Heritage Park

and participated in

numerous social events

with Sons of Norway. The

Hostfest was a highlight

for her, and she never

missed attending the

event. She became a regu-

lar Hostfest volunteer for

several years.

Martha was a member

of Oak Valley Lutheran

Church, Velva Senior Ci-

tizens, Sons of Norway

Thor Lodge, & Moose

Lodge of Minot. She was

an active Farmers Union

Member, serving on the

McHenry County Board

for several years as well as

the Mouse River Farmers

Union Camp Board for

numerous years. In the

late 50’s, she helped start

the Young Citizen’s 4-H

Club teaching many

youths how to sew, cook

and garden. She also took

great joy planning Reun-

ions for the Class of ’48

recently celebrating their

70th in 2019.

In her later years, Mar-

tha was happy to spend a

few winters with family in

warm Arizona. She was

an avid reader and en-

joyed a good game of

Scrabble. She had a conta-

gious smile, lived life

with optimism and loved

and encouraged her fami-

ly and friends. She will be

greatly missed by all who

shared in her life.

Martha’s loving family

includes: son, Mark

(Pamela) Seibel, Casa

Grande, AZ; daughter

Wanda (Robert) Fogarty,

Minot; sisters, Marian

Shattuck, Minot; Sonja

(Eldon) Harrold, Creswell,

OR; Ruth (Tim) Bredahl,

Cottage Grove, MN; Karen

(Tom) Bechtold, Casa

Grande, AZ; brother

Donald (Mary) Aaseth,

Velva; brother-in-law

Eugene Howe, Lorida, FL

and sister-in-laws Carolyn

Aaseth, Casa Grande, AZ;

Helen Seibel, Ross, ND;

Sharon Churchill, Wells-

ville, KS; Seven

grandchildren, Patrick

and Joseph Seibel;

Edward (Nicole) Fogarty,

Rob (Sarah) Fogarty,

Nathan (Ashley) Fogarty,

Bethany (Alex) Hermes,

and Wilbert Fogarty; 10

great grandchildren:

Adam Seibel, Bailey

Martin; Ian Fogarty; Reid,

Tate, and Hayes Fogarty;

Kenley Fogarty; Caylee,

Drew and Ellis Hermes.

Martha was preceded in

death by her husband,

Wilbert, her parents, her

brother Alvin Aaseth, her

sister Evelyn Howe, sister

& brother-in laws, Cal

Shattuck, Clarence & June

Seibel, Maurice & Luella

Oler, Eddie Seibel &

granddaughter Rebecca

Vickers. Numerous

nieces, nephews and

cousins also survive.

Visitation: Friday, No-

vember 13, 2020 from 3

pm until 5 pm at Oak Val-

ley Lutheran Church, Vel-

va, and Saturday from

11:30 until 12:30 at

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot. Due to

the Coronavirus Pandem-

ic, please wear masks and

observe social distancing.

Graveside Prayers:

Saturday, November 14,

2020 at 1 pm at Sunset

Memorial Gardens

Cemetery, Minot, ND.

Due to the Coronavirus

Pandemic, please observe

social distancing.

The service will be

video-taped for the public

to view and can be ac-

cessed by going to

YouTube https://www.

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Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot