Josephine “Jo” Trostad, age 90, a longtime resident of Tolna, ND, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2019, at the Nelson County Health System Care Center in McVille, ND.
Jo was born August 23, 1929 at home in a sod house in rural Herreid, SD. She was one of 9 children born to Edward and Mary (Hahne) Litschewski. She graduated from Selby, SD high school in 1947.
Jo married Les Trostad of McVille, ND on April 10, 1950 in Selby, SD. They lived in South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana and Minnesota before making Tolna their permanent home in 1955 because of Les’ job as a lineman. Les & Jo spent many summers camping, playing music & spending time with family and grandchildren. Les passed away January 5, 1994.
Jo paved her way in the Tolna, ND area with her infamous cooking and baking. She cooked at the Tolna School, McVille Legion, Tolna Senior Center and most recently the Friends & Neighbors Cafe in Tolna until her retirement in 2015 at the age of 86.
Survivors include 2 daughters Cheryl Moore of Waseca, MN, Mary Lou (Marlen) Ehlers of Tolna, ND, and a son Douglas of McVille, ND. 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother Arthur (Carmen) Litschewski of Parachute, CO, brother-in-law Gunder (Grace) Trostad of Tacoma, WA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, her siblings John, Ray, Lillian, Agnes, Bernice; sons-in-law Jerry Qualley and Paul Moore.
Visitation will be Friday, December 27, 2019 from 5 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Tolna, ND. Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. followed by funeral mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 28, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Tolna, ND. Spring interment will be in the Tolna Cemetery.
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