Elaine L. Hetland, age 87, resident of Dahlen, ND, formerly of Deering, ND, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
Elaine LaVonne Brue was born October 13, 1931 near Fertile, IA, the daughter of Millerd and Manda (Holstad) Brue. She was raised on a farm near Buffalo Center and was confirmed at Linden Lutheran Church on October 13, 1946. She graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1949, and from Iowa Lutheran School of Nursing in 1952. She corresponded with a lonely U.S. soldier serving in Korea for 2 years and married Herbert Osterholtz on January 10, 1954 in Des Moines, IA. They were blessed with 2 children, Mark and Dee Ann. Herbert passed away March 29, 1960. Elaine married Arthur Hetland of Deering, ND, on June 10, 1962 at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, IA. They farmed near Deering until Arthur’s passing on January 1, 2001. She then moved to Dahlen in March of 2001 to live with Dee Ann & Terry to care for her grandchildren, John and Marit, and also to help with the Ellingson farm and household until her passing. She enjoyed birdwatching, gardening, and living a life of strong faith. She loved her family and was a lifelong caregiver.
Elaine will be deeply missed by her 2 children, Mark (Karol) Hetland of Prior Lake, MN and Dee Ann (Terry) Ellingson of Dahlen; 4 grandchildren, Matt (Robyn) Hetland, Kari (Mike) Tooke, John Ellingson, and Marit Ellingson; 3 great grandchildren, Nate Hetland, Kaitlyn Hetland, and Bradley Tooke; 2 sisters, Mavis Johnson of Forest City, IA and Joan Sunde of Buffalo Center, IA; 2 sisters-in-law, Judi Brue of Forest City, IA and Lola Gay Hetland of Deering, ND; brother-in-law, James Clute of Minot, ND; and many nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by 2 husbands, Herbert and Arthur; brother, LaVerne Brue; grandson, Bradley Hetland; great granddaughter, Alexa Tooke; 2 brothers-in-law, Delbert Johnson and Dean Sunde; and sister-in-law, Gloriann Brue.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Dahlen Lutheran Church on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at St. Olaf Cemetery, rural Deering, on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.