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MYRTLE NICKOL
Oct. 26, 1916 - Feb. 21, 2015
Myrtle Nickol, 98, from Powers Lake, ND, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 in a Minot hospital. Her funeral service was held Thursday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Powers Lake.Burial was in St. James Catholic Cemetery, Powers Lake.

Myrtle was born October 26, 1916 at Norma, ND. She was raised and attended school in that area. Myrtle spent time working in Chicago as a nanny and then returned to North Dakota to help family.

Myrtle married Irving Nickols and they had two children and lived in the Powers Lake area. Following Irving’s death, she married Ray Nickol in December of 1956. They farmed and ranched on the family farm. Ray died in 2006. Myrtle later lived at the Wellington Assisted Living and Manor Care Nursing Home, both in Minot.

Myrtle was active in her community where she belonged to the St. James Catholic Church, the Altar Society and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a ceramics instructor and operated a ceramic shop for many years.

She is survived by her sons: Robert (Mary) Nickols of Minot and Roger Nickols of Fargo; brothers, Melvin Quitt of New Orleans, LA and Alvin Quitt of Tioga; sister, Rosie Thompson of Minot; granddaughter, Krisiti Hawk of Minot; and three great grandchildren.

Online condolences may be shared at www.springanfuneralhome.com

(Springan Funeral Home, Stanley)

ORVIN KOSTAD
July 11, 1939 - Feb. 16, 2015
Orvin “Orvy” M. Kostad, 76, of Laurel, MT (formerly of Minot, ND) passed away at home on Feb. 16, 2015 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and his loving partner, Phyllis Greer.

Orvin was born July 11, 1938, on the family farm north of Lignite, ND. He was the son of late Hans and Clara (Fordahl) Kostad. Orvin served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959, spending 14 months in Korea with the 7th Division 127th Signal Corp and was honorably discharged on November 4, 1959 as a Corporal.

He married Lomie Hill on December 18, 1959. Orvin and Lomie were married for 34 years and had two children, Valerie and Scott. Lomie passed away in 1995.

Orvin worked for Northwest Refining Company and later for Westland Oil Company in Lignite, in addition to farming. He retired from Portal Pipeline in Minot in 1995, after 32 years of service. During his employment with Portal Pipeline, he was sent to Yemen for eight months to oversee the startup of a new pipeline project.

Orvin became a “self taught” accordion player after listening to his uncles play the Old Tyme Norwegian tunes of their youth. Playing old time and classic country music for listening and dancing was a favorite pastime.

Orvin was playing accordion for the Tioga Sons of Norway when he met Phyllis. Orvin and Phyllis traveled many miles with this group to perform dances, songs and music in nursing homes and senior centers in Stanley, Palermo, Powers Lake, Noonan, Crosby, Wildrose, Ray, Grenora, Williston, Tioga, Watford City, New Town, Minot and Dickinson. Orvin was also one of the first members of the Norsk Hostfest Accordion Club.

He was a regular Thursday evening accordion player with the Gilbertson Family Jam Session at the Tioga Long Term Care facility. This musical group was honored by the ND Long Term Care Association as a Volunteer Group of the Year.
Exploring western North Dakota and eastern Montana (usually on gravel roads) was another favorite pastime. Orvy loved picturesque scenes of nature, cattle on the hillsides, wildlife and all of God’s creation. His heart was most at home on the Coyote Ranch in Lignite where he spent many hours working side by side with his son, Scott, and his brother, Bruce.

Orvin and Phyllis spent several winters in Mesa, AZ enjoying sunshine and daily jam sessions. In 2007, they moved to Minot where they lived for five years. They had recently relocated to Laurel, MT in 2012.

Survivors are partner Phyllis Greer; daughter, Valerie (John) Schultz of Lakeville, MN; son, Scott (Kristi) Kostad; grandchildren, Shelly Kostad of Fargo and Michael Schultz of Lakeville, MN; brothers, Norman (Eleanor) Kostad of Watford City, Bruce Kostad of Houston, TX; sisters, Hilda (Alden) Johnson of Osakis, MN and Bertha Darras of Minot and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lomie, granddaughter Miranda Kostad, his parents and his brother Hans W. (Billy) Kostad.

At Orvin’s request, cremation has taken place and interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Minot, following a memorial service at Zion Lutheran Church in Minot on Friday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com

(Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot)







2014-15 OBITUARIES
MYRTLE NICKOL
Oct. 26, 1916 - Feb. 21, 2015

ORVIN KOSTAD
July 11, 1938 - Feb. 16, 2015

MELVIN HOHEISEL
Oct. 25, 1934 - Feb. 19, 2015

MURIEL JOHNSON
July 27, 1922 - Feb. 16, 2015

MILDRED LINDBERG
Sept. 21, 1918 -Feb. 11, 2015

EVELYN AXELSON
Dec. 23, 1926 -Jan. 5, 2015

ANDREAS NICKELSON
Feb. 21, 1995 - Feb. 3, 2015

ARTHUR JACOBSON
June 14, 1926 - Feb. 5, 2015

BURT ELSTAD
Feb. 6, 1928 - Dec. 28, 2014

BLANCHE ALBERTSON
May 2, 1927 - Jan. 12, 2015

MURIEL GRANRUD
Aug. 3, 1926 - Jan. 15, 2015

LEORA RAWN
July 29, 1916 - Jan. 23, 2015

LAVERN EHLKE
April 3, 1926 - Jan. 17, 2015

CARROLL BOLEN
July 6, 1926 - Jan. 17, 2015

ANASTHASIA WADMAN
Sept. 21, 1957 - Jan. 14, 2015

AGNES SLATER
April 16, 1917 - Jan. 15, 2015

PATRICIA ANKENBAUER
March 3, 1929 - Jan. 14, 2015

JAMES THOMPSON
January 1, 2015

BERTIE RICE
May 6, 1916 - Dec. 27, 2014

DEAN DEWING
April 17, 1942 - Dec. 27, 2014

ELLEN J. CURTIS
Sept. 7, 1918 - Dec. 24, 2014

AVIS KINCANNON
Dec. 11, 1935 - Nov. 20, 2014

CHARLINE OAS
Oct. 29, 1940 - Dec. 5, 2014

ARLINE JENSEN
April 22, 1933 - Dec. 1, 2014

DENICE MUTZENBERGER
May 15, 1954 - Nov. 30, 2014

NELSIE OAS
March 21, 1933 - Nov. 29, 2014

JAMES LEARY
Jan. 7, 1924 - Nov. 25, 2014

CLAUDIA BENJAMIN
June 8, 1958 - Nov. 25, 2014

DORIS BUZZELL
May 10, 1918 - Nov. 18, 2014

VICTOR HASS
Feb. 23, 1922 - Nov. 20, 2014

DAVID VAN BERKOM
June 10, 1941 - Nov. 21, 2014

ERNEST CHARLTON
1935 - Oct. 30, 2014

LAVERNA HUGHEY
March 16, 1942 - Oct. 30, 2014

GERALDINE DURICK
Aug. 3, 1920 - Oct. 25, 2014

PAT ECKERT
Aug. 18, 1942 - Oct. 22, 2014

GLADYS ESPESETH
March 9, 1925 - Oct. 21, 2014

LLOYD G. NYGAARD
Oct. 4, 1922 - Oct. 7, 2014

JEROME CARLSON
Sept. 18, 1942 - Oct. 9, 2014

CONNIE BENNETT
April 17, 1948 - Oct. 6, 2014

CLEO CRON
March 4, 1942 - Sept. 29, 2014

GREGORY HOFF
July 9, 1959 - Sept. 17, 2014

BERNDEAN NELSON
Dec. 4, 1944 - Sept. 17, 2014

MARGUERITE "MARGE" BENSHOOF
Nov. 23, 1916 - Sept. 15, 2014

GWENDOLYN AUFFORTH
June 25, 1932 - Sept. 7, 2014

OPAL JOHANNES
Oct. 21, 1929 - Sept. 1, 2014

WAYNE CLINGMAN
Aug. 1, 1921 - Aug. 26, 2014

KENNETH WALLEEN
Jan. 13, 1925 - Aug. 21, 2014

BARBARA BRACKEN
Aug. 23, 1939 - Aug. 25, 2014

JOHN (JACK) BYWATER
June 18, 1933 - August 6, 2014

CLARA WESTERNESS
June 10, 1923 - Aug. 13, 2014

MERLYN A. BRUSVEN
Aug. 6, 2014

JERALD ERICKSON
Oct. 6, 1941 - Aug. 2, 2014

BRAD TORKELSON
Sept. 1, 1957 - July 30, 2014

IONE SORENSEN
Feb. 6, 1932 - Jan. 24, 2014

Mary McIntyre
March 12, 1922 - July 19, 2014

Carmen Skalicky
July 15, 1972 - July 12, 2014

Brinlee Thorlakson
July 12, 2014 - July 12, 2014

Arthur Faaren
Dec. 1 1926 - July 5, 2014

Ronald Owens
June 29, 1940 - June 20, 2014

Helen Gleave
Aug. 19, 1922 - July 5, 2014

Colleen Mickelsen
March 8, 1928 - June 28, 2014

Mabel Ekstrom
Aug. 9, 1912 - June 15, 2014

Shayla Burau
Aug. 18, 1975 - June 8, 2014

Evelyn Meyer
March 8, 1917 - June 1, 2014

Roger Helwig
May 30, 1934 - May 26, 2014

Mary Ann Grelewicz
Jan. 28, 1927 - May 12, 2014

BETTY DAY
July 13, 1928- May 24, 2014

LAUREL WOLKENHAUER
May 23, 1961 - May 9, 2014

JAMES HERMAN
July 27, 21935 - May 15, 2014

DALE DARRAS
July 23, 1937- May 9, 2014

ROBERT GANSKOP
Dec. 18, 1934 - May 1, 2014

THELMA LIEN
June 5, 1916 - April 30, 2014

ARDELL POLLERT
Aug. 27, 1938 - May 3, 2014

HARLAN BOEN
June 25, 1946 - April 16, 2014

DONALD BENGE
July 10, 1929 - April 20, 2014

DENNIS RUPPERT
April 28, 1949 - April 9, 2014

AMIE TORGERSON
Jan. 15, 1929 - April 7, 2014

WAYNE NESS
Feb. 26, 1954 - April 2, 2014

MARGERUITE LEE
April 15, 1919 - Feb. 9, 2014

HELEN HAMMOND
April 30, 1917 - April 2, 2014

HELEN NIELSEN
Sept. 14, 1928 - April 1, 2014

SYLVIA EVENSON
Oct. 19, 1922 - March 26, 2014

WILEY POST
May 30, 1934 - March 26, 2014

LYNN ANDERSEN
Jan. 21, 1918 - March 19, 2014



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