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Obituary: Myrna Aasand


August 15, 2022

Myrna Aasand

Myrna Aasand

Myrna Ann Aasand, age 90, of Carrington, N.D., formerly of McHenry, N.D., died Saturday, August 6, 2022, at Carrington Health Center surrounded by her family.

Her visitation was Thursday, Aug. 11 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m., all at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, McHenry, with Deacon Tara Ulrich officiating. Theresa Fiebiger was pianist and special music was provided by Bernie Madsoe. Congregational Hymns were "Amazing Grace" and "In The Garden." Myrna's burial was at the Bethlehem Cemetery, McHenry, N.D.

Pallbearers were Kory Flaagan, Kyle Irmen, Nicholas Aasand and William Kotzé.

Myrna was born March 29, 1932, in McHenry, N.D., to Clarence E. and Emma H. (Gunderson) Leir, the middle of three children. Myrna lived her entire life in McHenry.

Myrna was educated at McHenry Public School and participated in school activities, including basketball where she got her high school nickname "Lefty." She played in the state tournament in Carrington and placed fifth. The team was forced to travel to the tournament via an airplane equipped with skis due to a recent snowstorm.

Following high school, she married Charles "Chuck" Aasand when he returned from the Korean War. They started raising their six children at their home on Wilsey Street. Myrna had always hoped to become a nurse but instead she nursed her children's bumps and bruises.

She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran church. Myrna was an active WELCA member along with serving as the custodian for the church for over 40 years. Myrna was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of McHenry.

Myrna enjoyed cooking, baking, cleaning and canning food from her garden. Her favorite time of the year was harvest time. She checked the fields to see how her men were progressing and brought them lunch in the field. Deer season was nearly a national holiday at the Aasand house and she loved cooking for the hunters and could tell hunting stories with the best of them.

Myrna loved pets and the Aasand house was home to numerous dogs, many cats, goldfish and a rabbit named Bradley. Her latest cat was a rescue cat named Gypsy, who now lives with her grandson.

Due to health issues she entered Golden Acres Manor in September of 2021.

Myrna is survived by her six children, Lynell (Bernie) Madsoe, Ronald (Shelia) Aasand, Kimberly (Richard) Irmen, Gerald (Judy) Aasand, Todd (Melanie McKelvey) Aasand, and Dawn (Keythe) Flaagan; nine grandchildren, Jennifer (Trevor) Bjerke, Kyle Irmen, Kory Flaagan, Ashley Cull, Emily (William) Kotzé, Wesley Aasand, Sherri Aasand, Braden Aasand and Nicholas Aasand; seven great- grandchildren, Ashley and Felicia Aasand, Faith and Jackson Bjerke. Kacien and Rylee Cull, and Kylie Kotzé; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Saint and a brother-in-law, Richard Aasand.

She is preceded in death by her husband Charles, her parents, a sister, Dalphine Hoffman and a brother, Rodney Leir.

Condolences may be mailed to 807 7th Ave. S.E., Jamestown, ND 58401

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