Wanda Mikkelson

Wanda Mikkelson

Jan. 12, 1925-Nov. 11, 2009

POSTED: November 13, 2009

Minot Daily News

Wanda B. Mikkelson, 84, Minot, formerly of the Ruso and Kongsberg area, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in a Minot nursing care center.

Wanda was born Jan. 12, 1925, at Greene, the daughter of Eddie and Elsie (Hochsprung) Iverson. She was raised on the family farm near Ruso, where she attended country schools. She graduated from Turtle Lake High School in 1942. Upon completion of high school, she was drafted into teaching school and taught at Ruso. She then married Edward Stadler on April 29, 1944, at Kongsberg. They made their home near Ruso for 19 years, until Edward died in 1963.

She returned to Minot State College and received a teaching degree in elementary education and later received her master’s degree at the University of North Dakota. She subsequently taught in Minnesota, Denver and Rugby, before moving to Minot, where she was employed with the Minot Public Schools for more than 20 years, retiring in 1986. She was married to Arthur Mikkelson on Nov. 16, 1974, at Minot. They made their home in Minot throughout the years. Arthur died April 4, 2002. Wanda was recently a resident of Brentmoor Assisted Living in Minot.

Wanda was a former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kongsberg, and was active with the LWML there until moving to Minot. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot, and the Women of the Moose, Minot. She was a longtime member of the N.D. Education Association, Minot Education Association, Retired Teachers Association and was instrumental in establishing the RUN program for remedial reading students.

Wanda enjoyed spending time with her family, crocheting, knitting and painting Ukrainian eggs. Wanda also enjoyed the many breakfasts with her retired teachers. She remained strong in her battle with arthritis for the past 25 years. She always fought through the pain with a smile and positive attitude during these difficult years.

She is survived by her children: Jill (Kent) Hanson, Des Lacs, Donna Williams, Cheyenne, Wyo., Randi Halvorson, Minot; stepchildren, Arlene (Merrill) Schalow, Fargo, Richard (Kay) Mikkelson, Ruso, and Keith Mikkelson, Federal Way, Wash.; aunt, Adeline Smith, Cedar Creek, Texas; grandchildren, Jeremy Brockey, Lori Olson, Kimi Jo Adcock, Jade, Laci and Kami Hanson, Jennifer Esile, Kari Narvell, Cristine and James Ringsaker, Kacey Quinata, Ron and Bill Schalow, Susan Gorr, Penny Schmidt, Shirley Campbell, Randy and Michael Berland, Lynn Dee Bowers, Candace Schneider, DeAnn Truong, Glenn and Todd DeHart, Lewis Mikkelson, Clayton Landen, and Danielle Baker; 46 great-grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; stepdaughter-in-law, Carol Croft, Oregon City, Ore.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Edward and Arthur; daughter, LaVon Brockey; sister, Audrey Kelley; stepson, Donald Mikkelson; stepdaughter, Dorothy DeHart; granddaughter, Peggy Kesler; and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Funeral service: Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Today, Friday, from 2 to 7 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials are preferred to Bethany Lutheran Church or the organization of the donor’s choice.


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