Obituary: Ruth Engelstad


November 7, 2022

Ruth Engelstad

Ruth Engelstad

Ruth Marie Engelstad, 96, died Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at Golden Acres Manor, Carrington, N.D.

Her visitation was Tuesday, November 1 from 1:00-7:00 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

Her funeral service was held Wednesday, November 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, with Rev. Ray Hagan officiating. Her Burial was at the Carrington Cemetery.

Clara Edwardson was organist and Scott Beumer was soloist. Songs were "Because He Lived" and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." Congregational hymns were "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" and "Abide With Me."

Pallbearers were Scott Miller, Mark Miller, Brent Miller, Craig Penas and Duncan Monroe.

Honorary bearers were all of Ruth's family and close friends.

Ruth Marie Engelstad was born to Tharald and Serena (Hanson) Wasley on November 2, 1925, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.

She married Kenneth Engelstad on November 11, 1946, in Thief River Falls. They moved to Carrington in 1954.

Ruth was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Trinity Lutheran Church Women. She taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. Ruth also served as a communion assistant with the TLC pastors at Golden Acres until her health prevented it. She also was a part of the Carrington Band Mothers. In her later years, she became a member of the Carrington Health Center Auxiliary and worked as a part-time volunteer at the local food shelf.

Ruth worked for the J.C. Penney Company in both Grand Forks and Carrington, N.D. Ruth enjoyed traveling to Australia to see her son and his family, both before and after Ken's passing. Another of her joys before Ken's death was the time spent at Lake Juanita with friends. She spent many hours in the boat, fishing or being the watcher as guests learned to water-ski.

After retirement, she also spent as much time as she could with her sisters and her daughter and her family. Another post-retirement interest was her daily walk with a group of friends until her health would not permit it.

Ruth is survived by two children, Gerald (Rhonda) Engelstad, Drouin, Victoria, Australia, and Maureen (Ward Monroe) Engelstad, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Anthony (Angel Duan) Engelstad, Lee (Sean Selleck) Engelstad and Duncan Monroe; one great-grandchild, Finnegan Selleck and her nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; one son, Milo; her parents; four brothers, Elmer, Sigurd, Harold, and Leon; and four sisters, Esther Qualey, Agnes Hayden, Doris Finstad and Margaret Copp.

Dearly beloved by her family, her smiles and her hugs will be sorely missed, but the memory of her love will remain.

Memorials are preferred to the American Lung Association.

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