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undated - 2003

John Benson was born January 27, 1906 at Waynesfield, Ohio, the son of Allen M. and Jennie Helen (McLane) Benson. He grew up and attended school in Waynesfield graduating from Waynesfield High School. He later attended and graduated from Mayville State with a Bachelor of Science Degree. John then went on to graduate school at the University of ND where he earned a Master of Science degree. He taught school at Hamilton, Rutland, and Glenfield, all ND. He married Elva Helberg on June 14, 1941 at Rutland, ND. He entered the United States Army on August 17, 1942 and served during World War II. John moved to Fargo, where he became a Social Studies teacher for Fargo Public Schools. He taught at Agassiz, Fargo Central, and Fargo South until his retirement in 1971. He continued to make his home in Fargo where he was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church.

John is survived by his wife, Elva; two sons, Robert, Burnsville, MN; and William (Karen) Benson, Waunakee, WI; and four grandchildren, Daniel, Melissa, Andrew and Heidi. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Benjamin, and Samuel; sister, Gertrude, and his parents.

Funeral Service: 11:00 am, Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at Calvary Baptist Church, Fargo, ND.
Visitation: 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo, ND.
Burial: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.


Otto Lawrence Bernhoft was born in Hallson, North Dakota, on November 11, 1915, the 13th of 15 children of Icelandic immigrant farmers. He attended Hensel High School and Mayville State Teachers' College. After his first year of teaching at Harvey High School, Otto married Irene Viola Ralston on June 13, 1941. He then served as Superintendent of Schools at Thompson, North Dakota. After one year of teaching and coaching at Thompson, he was drafted into the US Army and became a non-commissioned officer (staff sergeant) instructor in artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Camp Polk, Louisiana; and other locations.

After WWII, Otto began a 40 year career in teaching and administration in the Fargo Public School System, completing his Master's Degree at North Dakota State University. He taught chemistry at Central High School in Fargo, functioned in the roles of Dean of Boys, Vice-Principal, and Principal at Central High School and South High Schools, and as Assistant Superintendent, Director of Personnel. He retired in 1980 as Principal at McKinley Elementary School.

His students will remember Otto's favorite aphorism: "There is only one way to coast, and that's downhill" as this statement reflected his belief in hard work. Forty years of students and teachers benefited from Otto's high standards, clarity in teaching and leadership, and excellence in administration, tempered by kindness.

Otto was instrumental in lobbying for and securing retirement benefits for the North Dakota retired teachers and often filled leadership roles in organizations such as The Gideons, the Circle K, the First Lutheran Intercessors, and the Icelandic Klub.

He was a Phi Delta Kappa Emeritus member and in 1984, received the Mayville State University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. In 1984, he was inducted into Who's Who in North Dakota.

In 1988, 1991, and 1992, he was awarded the AARP Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Community Service.

In 1989, Otto was the North Dakota State Retired Teachers Association President and in 1990, he received the organization's Golden Apple Award.

Otto and Irene Bernhoft had four children, Larry, a Northern Minnesota wildlife biologist who dies from cancer in 1982, leaving his wife Pat and two daughters, Kari and Krista; Dr. Franklin Bernhoft, a psychologist in Lodi, California, and his wife Dorothy, his son Brady, and two daughters Kimberly and Heather; Dr. Robin Bernhoft of Ojai, California, a surgeon and environmental physician, his wife, Alison, three sons, Iain, Andrew and Evan, and three daughters, Fiona, Deirdre, and Sheila; and Dr. Ruth Hansten of Port Ludlow, Washington, an RN and hospital consultant, with her husband Philip and two sons, Matthew and Kirk.

Otto died November 28, 2007 at Elim Care Center, Fargo, North Dakota. Otto was preceded in death by his wife, Irene in June of 2007, and his son, Larry. Otto's three remaining children, thirteen grandchildren and five great grand children celebrate Otto's life and legacy of honest and integrity.

Funeral service will be held at First Lutheran Church on December 11, 2007, in Fargo, North Dakota. Otto will be buried at the Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo, North Dakota.

Thanks to "The Bernhoft Family" by Leonard Stephan Bernhoft


As of February 2017 the obituary for Mr. Berquist, although in the Fargo Forum on 1 February 1988, has not been provided.

Mr. Berquist was born on 8 December 1904 and died on 29 January 1988. He is buried in Fargo's Beth El Cemetery. He was music teacher and orchestra teacher/leader during the three years of '58 Class high school. On 29 December 1938 he married Adele Jensen in Casselton. She was born 20 September 1914 in Casselton, was a FCHS graduate in early 1930's. They later were divorced.


Donald Ernest Bredell, age 82, a resident of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, died on Friday, February 3, 2006 at Pelican Valley Nursing Home in Pelican Rapids, under the care of Lakeland Hospice, surrounded by his family and Pastor Jen.

Don was born February 10, 1923 in Grand Forks, ND, the son of Emil and Christine (Shornack) Bredell. The family moved to Fargo when he was three. He attended Lincoln school, Horace Mann, Roosevelt and Fargo Central High School and graduated from there in 1941. He played hockey at Central.

Don enlisted in Pilot Training in the US Air Force after high school. He received his wings in 1943. He was a B-26 pilot and flew 53 bomb missions over France and Germany in World War II. Don received several medals: Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for a volunteer mission in the Battle of the Bulge during terrible weather, Air Medal nine times, and European Theater Ribbon with four Presidential Citations. He had a crash landing just over the bomb line into friendly territory. He was discharged in 1945.

Don married Doris Headland in Fargo on February 1, 1946. They were married 60 years. He then attended NDSU and received his Bachelor Degree in Education and also his Masters Degree in Education, and later, his Specialist Degree in Education. Don also started the first Hockey Team at NDSU. He played semi-professional hockey on a Crookston, MN, team while in school. He played running back, defensive back and punter with the NDSU Bison.

His first teaching position was in Barnesville, MN, where he taught math and coached football. Don and Doris moved back to Fargo in 1952 where he taught math and coached football and hockey in Fargo Central and later became Dean of boys. When North High opened he was vice principal and later, principal in Rogers High School in Puyallup, WA. They missed the lakes area in Minnesota and Don became principal at Pelican Rapids in 1969 and retired June 1, 1986.

Don enjoyed playing fast pitch Softball, playing on the Nassif Rug team for many years and winning many tournaments. He also enjoyed golfing with his friends. Don and Doris enjoyed spending time at their lake home. They spent their winters in Sun City, AZ. He was a long time member of Rotary, VFW Post #5252 and American Legion, all of Pelican Rapids. He was also a member of the First Congregational Church in Pelican Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister: Alice.


2004 - Sun City, Daily News-Sun [Arizona]
"Head sets to talk to his players during the game, jump ropes to build strength and endurance, blinders to perfect the dribble, running with ankle weights, warming up to "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Rock Around the Clock," all innovations by Coach John Buchli who takes over as head basketball coach at Fargo Central." This a quote from the Fargo Forum in 1954, the year John Buchli took over as head coach at Fargo Central.

John A. Buchli was born December 18, 1917, and passed away Sunday, December 19. 2004, at the age of 87. He was born in New Rockford, North Dakota, to Christ and Lillian Buchli. John played basketball and football for the New Rockford Rockets and served as Class President, graduating in 1936. After attending Hibbing Junior College, he joined the United States Army Air Corps, became a pilot and stayed through the war. Upon returning to civilian life, John attended and graduated from Hamline University. He then took the head coaching job in Bowman, North Dakota, where he met and married Lillian Heinle. The couple moved to Park River, to take over coaching duties as head coach for the Walsh County Aggies. Two daughters, Barbara and Mary Kay were born there, as was son, David. The Aggies had some dream teams (1951 to 1953) that drew attention to Buchli¹s coaching style, that brought an offer from the Fargo School system. The family moved to Fargo in 1954 and the coaching career at Fargo Central began. Along with basketball duties came assistant football coaching and teaching biology. In 1957, Keith was born and the family was complete.

During the 11 years at the helm of the Midgets, Buchli's teams made it to 9 Class A State tournaments, finishing 16-7 in his final year at Fargo Central. When John retired from coaching and teaching, he took up full time employment at NDSU in the Plant Pathology Department, another job he loved.

Throughout the years he continued his studies working on his masters course, taking classes at Montana State University and earning his Master¹s degree from UND. John accumulated many hours past a masters and never quit reading. John and Lillian moved to Arizona for each winter and Lake Lida in Minnesota, each summer. John and Lillian led a full and active life, always involved in golf activities and community affairs. John was recognized by the Rose Society for his volunteer efforts to keep the rose beds of Sun City beautiful. His renowned rose beds remain in Sun City. Both enjoyed collecting antiques from Depression glass to the fabulous horse bit collection donated to the state of North Dakota. Ultimately, living year round in Arizona they enjoyed a home in Sun City and a wonderful getaway on a golf course in Dewey, Arizona. Even with the onset of Alzheimer¹s Disease, John continued an active life. Golf, bowling, and even lifting weights. He fought the disease with all his might and courage. On November 28, he suffered a stroke that ultimately saved him from the ravages of severe Alzheimer¹s, but took him from this earth to be with Lillian, his wife of 58 years. Lillian passed away in Arizona on June 2, 2004.

Over the years, John heard from former players, expressing their appreciation for his guidance and strength during trying times in their lives such as Vietnam, tragic deaths, health problems. He touched the lives of many. He will be missed by many.

John Buchli is survived by his children: Barbara (Paul Ellis) of Montana; Mary Kay of Montana; David and family of Arizona; Keith of Arizona; brother, Martin (Virginia) Buchli of Sun Lakes, Arizona; nieces and nephews. Also Lillian¹s sisters: Loretta Berdahl of Santa Cruz, California; Esther Jones of San Diego, California; Ruth Kelstrup (Ron) of Reno, Nevada; Norma Petty (Charles) of Hamilton, Montana; Lillian¹s brother, Kenneth Heinle of Littleton, Colorado; sister-in-law Mildred Heinle (Walter) of North Dakota and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by His parents, wife, Lillian; brothers: Elmer, Bill, Leonard and sister Mary.

John and brother, Martin, participated in the Alzheimer¹s Research Institute program called 'Mirage'. Mirage compares siblings with Alzheimer's disease to those without. John Buchli's last noble act was to participate in the Brain Donation Program at the Alzheimer's Research Institute.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate the life of John Buchli at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday February 12, 2005. The service will be held at Lakeview United Methodist Church, 10298 Thunderbird Avenue in Sun City, Arizona. Condolences and correspondence may be sent to: Keith Buchli, 3309 North 70th Street #107, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251. Memorials may be made to the Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research, 10515 W. Santa Fe Drive, Sun City, Arizona 85351. The family thanks all for the enduring friendships and support over the years. Comfort: When you were born you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so when you die, you¹re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying. Arrangements handled by Sunland Memorial Park, 623-933-0161. Visit this person¹s Guest Book At


Fargo Forum
3 April 1984
Listed in Cynosure as Mrs. Porter Eide
A memorial service for Doris A Eide, 69, 2010 10th St. N., Fargo, will be here at 2:30 Wednesday in First Lutheran Church, with burial at Riverside Cemetery. She died Sunday.

Doris Hudson was born July 12, 1914, in Fargo, where she grew up. She graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1931. She graduated from North Dakota State University. She married Porter T Eide June 30, 1942, at Fargo. She taught school in Edgeley, N.D., Brainerd, Minn., and Fargo. She later worked in the library department for the Fargo Public School system until retiring in 1979.


Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home
3 November 2017
Obituary for Bernice Winnifred Ihlenfeld

After a long and productive life, Bernice (Bea) Winifred Ihlenfeld passed away on October 26, 2017 at her residence.

She was born November 18, 1912 to the late Reverend Clarence and Kate Hightower in Lancaster, Illinois. Bea grew up in Mt. Morris, Illinois where she developed her lifelong love of sports, especially tennis and swimming. During her years at Carthage College she won two Illinois intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's singles tennis championships and also met her husband, The Reverend Fred W. Ihlenfeld. They moved to Fargo in 1939.

After her husband's death, Mrs. Ihlenfeld began her career as a Physical Education teacher at Fargo Central High School in 1949. She earned her master's degree from North Dakota State University and became the first female guidance counselor in the city school system. At the time of her retirement in 1974 she was an assistant principal at Fargo North High School. A very devoted supporter of the YMCA, Bea was awarded the Charles Bailey Volunteer of the Year and Senior of the Year. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Carthage College Athletic Hall of Fame and in the first group to be inducted into the Fargo North High School Hall of Fame.

Bea remained active playing tennis, golf and swimming for many years. She loved to hunt, fish and watch all sports, especially Bison football.

In addition to her husband, a daughter, Katherine Kimball, also preceded her in death. She is survived by daughter, Bernice (Bea) Ellis, of Johnson City, Tennessee; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her "Y" family and the many wonderful care givers at Touchmark where she resided for over seven years.

Her family is especially appreciative of the care given Bea by the staff of Devonshire, Pembrooke and Hospice of the Red River Valley.

The family of Bea Ihlenfeld will receive friends on Friday, November 10, at Saint John Lutheran Church from 1 until 3 p.m. immediately followed by a service in celebration of her life. The Rev. Dr. Erick Thompson will be officiating. A gathering for the staff and friends at Touchmark to honor Bea's memory will take place Thursday, November 9, at 2 p.m. in the foyer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties Endowment Fund, Inc., 400 1st Avenue South, Fargo, North Dakota 58103 or the YWCA Cass Clay Endowment Agency, 3100 12th Avenue North, Fargo, North Dakota, 58102.

99-Year-Old Bea Ihlenfeld Shows the Beauty of Wellness


Thomas (Tom) Manley, 80, Fargo, died July 24, 2003, at a Fargo nursing home.

Tom was born July 31, 1922, in Fargo, the son of Ralph and Lillian (Stearns) Manley. He was raised and educated in Fargo, graduating from Fargo Central High School in 1941 and then attended Moorhead State. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received his honorable discharge in 1946.

He was united in marriage with Lorraine Coleman on Aug. 17, 1952, in Fargo, where they lived and raised two children. Tom worked for the Fargo Public Schools as a physical education teacher and coach at Hawthorne and Roosevelt elementary schools from 1950 to 1954, Fargo Central High School from 1954 to 1967 and Fargo South High School from 1967 until retiring in 1984.

He was inducted into the N.D. Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Fargo South Hall of Fame in 2002. He earned the honorary title of the "Father of High School Swimming" by his athletes, peers and fellow coaches.

Tom was a longtime member of many service organizations: American Legion, VFW, Eagles, Elks, the Eastgate Masonic Lodge and the El Zagal Shrine, and held many positions and duties. He was also a lifelong member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, serving many terms on the church council.

Tom truly loved spending time with family and friends, but the time he spent with his grandchildren playing games, talking, telling stories and jokes, while watching them grow, was the most special.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, Fargo; his daughter, Kathy (John) Kulink, Mapleton; his son, Ralph (Colleen) Manley, Bismarck; and his grandchildren, John (Jake) Kulink, Cole Davis, Brian Kulink, Aaron Kulink, Myla Kulink, Rachel Manley, Curt Manley and Breanna Manley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lillian Manley; and his sister, Bettyann Murray.


John C. McDonald Sr., 86, Moorhead, MN, died Thursday, October 8, 2009, in MeritCare, Fargo, ND under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

John Curtis McDonald Sr. was born on March 19, 1923, to John T. and Catherine (Horan) McDonald on the family farm near Hawley, MN. He graduated from Hawley High School in 1941.

After graduation, John entered MSTC (Moorhead State Teachers College) where he played football, basketball and baseball. In 1942, he enlisted in the ERC (Enlisted Reserve Corps) and was called to active duty in the Army in 1943, during WWII, serving as a Combat Engineer. Upon his discharge in 1946 he returned to MSTC.

On April 22, 1946, John married Gretchen Austin in Moorhead. John graduated from MSTC and they made their home in Moorhead before moving to Ortonville, MN, where John was a coach and taught math. In 1956, they returned to the Fargo-Moorhead area where John taught at Fargo Central and then became assistant principal at Fargo South until his retirement in 1985. It was also during that time that John obtained his Master's Degree in Secondary Ed. and Administration from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, and his Master's Degree in Mathematics from North Dakota State University, Fargo.

John was Director of the Fargo Public Schools Summer School program until 1993, was active in the establishment of Trollwood Performing Arts School, and served as President of ND Classroom Teachers and the President of the NDEA from 1970 to 1971. John was a long time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where he also sang in the choir.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gretchen, on August 6, 2009. He was also preceded in death by four siblings.

John is survived by five sons, John C. McDonald Jr., Park Rapids, MN, James (Janet) McDonald, Eden Valley, MN, Michael (Debra) McDonald, Fargo, ND, George (Lynette) McDonald, Bismarck, ND and Paul McDonald, Morris, MN; four daughters, Barbara Garramone, Moorhead, Kay (Howard) Lohman, Bloomington, MN, Maureen McDonald-Hins, Fargo and Mary Jo Lien, Bloomington; twenty-three grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles (Betty) McDonald; and five sisters, Margaret (Mel) Ristvedt, Sara (Glenn) Cook, Barbara Engler, Mary Kuehl, and Patricia Fridgen.

Visitation: Sunday from 5 to 6 PM with a Prayer Service at 6 PM, Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead.

Funeral Mass: Monday, October 12, 2009, at 3 PM, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Moorhead.

Burial: St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Moorhead.


Charles J. Metzroth, age 84 of Moorhead, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2003 at Eventide Lutheran Home.

Charles was born on October 26, 1918 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He grew up and attended school in St. Cloud, MN. He attended St. John's University and graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1940. He began working for the St. Cloud Fire Department in 1939.

Charles J. Metzroth and Margaret Ruehle were married on June 17, 1940 in St. Cloud, MN. In 1942 he moved to Scott Field, Illinois where he was an instructor with the Air Force until 1946. Charles came to Fargo where he taught at Fargo Central High School and Fargo South High School until retiring in 1980.

He is survived by his wife; children, Carole M. Sagen, Mary Kay (Roger) Bernstrom, Susan (John) Klassen, and Tom (Cindy) Metzroth, Rochester, MN; 2 sisters, Mary Corinne (Howard) Tomasko, and Emma Renee (Gerald) Hansen; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother.
(Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo)