In Memoriam

Hazel Moritz Scott

Hazel Eileen Moritz was born on April 13, 1922, in Royal Oak, Michigan. She was the daughter of Henry C. and Charlotte L. (Lorenz) Moritz.

She grew up in Royal Oak, and graduated from Royal Oak High School. She received her bachelor's degree from Albion College and advanced degrees from Michigan State University and Indiana University. Hazel began her teaching career at Grinnell College, where she met her husband, Davis A. Scott. They were married in 1951 and had lived and worked in Iowa, Kentucky, and Indiana, before moving with their three children to Moorhead, Minnesota, in 1966.

Hazel was employed at Minnesota State University Moorhead as a professor of speech and director of forensics. She touched the lives of countless students throughout her long career. She retired in 1989 and devoted herself to a variety of volunteer activities in the community.

Hazel died on April 9, 2009, at Innovis Hospital in Fargo ND. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Timothy D. Scott, her brother, Henry C. Moritz, Jr., and her sister, Charlotte L. Moritz. Hazel is survived by her husband Davis, son Kirk Scott, daughter Laura Scott, and son-in-law Jim Pritchett. She is also survived by her sisters Arlene Graves and Caroline Sloat and many nieces and nephews. Her family and many friends mourn the loss of this truly loving, caring, and compassionate person whose life exemplified the belief that there is that of God in everyone.

The family request no flowers. Those who wish may make a contribution in Hazel's memory to The Salvation Army for its flood relief services. A private, family service will be held prior to interment at Prairie Home Cemetery in Moorhead, MN.


Harry Weisenberger

Harry Weisenberger, 66, died January 17, 2008 in Fargo.

Harry was born October 3, 1941 in Halliday, North Dakota. He attended Minot State College and he began his teaching career in Fessenden, North Dakota in 1961.

Harry received a Master’s Degree from the University of North Dakota in 1970 and graduated with a doctorate in 1979. He served the Bismarck Public Schools as an elementary principal and held that position until he retired in 1995.

From 1997 to 1999 Harry worked at St. Cloud State University. Harry began teaching at Minnesota State University Moorhead the fall of 1999 and worked here until his retirement in the summer of 2007.

Throughout his career, Harry's priority was children.


Delmar & Rhoda Hansen

Delmar was hired by Soc Glasrud in 1958 to build the drama program at what was then Moorhead State College.  Delmar had just completed his PhD at the University of Iowa, where he met Rhoda.  They married in December 1958 and they began a decades-long partnership producing plays for the university stage.

Rhoda’s nights were on campus coaching actors with their lines, but during the day she was a highly-regarded teacher for the Fargo Public Schools, where she inspired generations of English and speech students.

The university’s main stage is named for Delmar Hansen and its adjacent Green Room for Rhoda.  Over 33 years, they helped put 350 productions together.

Delmar was born December 1, 1926; he passed away on January 19, 2008, at Villa Maria in Fargo.  Rhoda was born December 23, 1928; she passed away May 8, 2008, at Villa Maria.


Clarence “Soc” Glasrud

Soc was born October 15, 1911, in rural Cass County, North Dakota.  After finishing high school in Detroit Lakes, he attended Moorhead Normal School, graduating in 1934.

He taught in several Minnesota schools until he enlisted in the US Army at the outset of World War II.

He returned to teach at his alma mater and married Barbara Adams Crawford.  A couple of years later, Soc was awarded his PhD from Harvard and he became the chair of the English Department, a position he held for almost 25 years.

He wrote the early history of our school and traveled extensively with Barbara.  He was active in University and community life.

Soc passed away on March 14, 2008.


Virginia Barsch

Virginia Barsch of Saratoga, California, died June 26, 2008, at age 87.


Edith Ione Holoien (huh-LOIN)

Edith Ione Holoien passed away in Santa Barbara, California, on August 24, 2008.  Ten days earlier, Edie and her husband Marty celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

With their young family in the 1950s, Edie and Marty helped to grow their church, Triumph Lutheran, in Moorhead.  Edie contributed especially to the musical aspects of worship, serving as organist and pianist for many years. Besides being a loving and capable wife, mother, and homemaker, Edie worked several years as an administrative assistant at Moorhead State University.


Donna M. Stedje

Donna M. Stedje, age 79, of Dilworth, died September 22, 2008, in MeritCare Hospital.

Donna Mae (Johnson) Stedje was born June 15, 1929 in Kensington, Minnesota. She graduated from Starbuck High School.

She managed Star Drive-In from 1970-1974 when she began her employment in the Records Office at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she worked with Registrars Don Engberg and John Tandberg. She retired in 1994 after twenty years of service. Donna loved spending time at the lakes and with family and friends.


John F. Trainor

John F. Trainor was 86 when he died on October 10, 2008, in Fargo.

John was born on December 1, 1921, in Minneapolis.  He grew up there, graduating from De La Salle High school. He earned his BA at the College of St. Thomas in 1943; his MA from the University of Minnesota in 1950; and his PhD from Washington State University in 1970.

John served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1943 until 1946. After the war he taught high school and college.  John and his family moved to Moorhead in 1967.  He served as Chair of the Department of Economics from 1981 until his retirement in 1989.

John was a member of the Minnesota Economics Association, and served a term as president.


Carl Gerald “Jerry” Nygard

Jerry Nygard, 70, passed away December 17, 2008.

Carl Gerald “Jerry” Nygard was born in Detroit Lakes on June 14, 1938. Jerry graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1956.  He joined the United States Air Force and retired with the rank of Master Sgt.

Jerry settled in Dilworth and started working at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1980 as an electronic technician with the AV/TV Center. In 1985, he transferred to the Computer Center (later renamed Information Technology).

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held in the CMU Ballroom on Sunday, March 1, 2009.


Sidney James Drouilhet II

Dr. Sidney James Drouilhet II, age 59, died in Fargo on January 23, 2009.  A campus memorial service was held the following week.

He grew up near Houston, Texas, and he earned his Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees from Rice University between 1966 and 1974.  Known to his friends and colleagues as Jim, he was a tenured Professor of Mathematics at MSU Moorhead.

He performed consulting and research for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  He wrote several reports on space debris and developed computer software to help detect and avoid debris in space.

Jim also devoted much of his time and finances doing research on the history and culture of St. Lucia (sent LU-shuh)


Edith Stevens

Prof. Edith Stevens was a long time Spanish Professor at MSUM. She was particularly interested in teaching methods and wrote her own text book for her students. She was married to MSUM Humanities Prof. Jim Stevens.

Edith came from a family of British immigrants to Argentina and still had something of the British reserve about her. She was a very principled person and went to bat for people or projects she believed in.

The family lived in Hawley and raised sheep. She would sell lambs to faculty colleagues in the spring, cut up and frozen. She was also very interested in wool and used the wool from her own sheep for spinning, dyeing and knitting. She gave well-known classes about this.


Marjorie Sheppard

Marjorie Sheppard The Minnesota Twins lost one of their most devoted fans when Marjorie Sheppard, 88, Arlington, Texas, formerly of Moorhead, MN, died Friday, May 29, 2009, in Arlington. Marjorie Elizabeth Malakowski was born February 22, 1921, in Crookston, Minnesota, the fourth of five children born to Frank and Elizabeth (Wilkens) Malakowski. She attended school in Lockhart, MN, and later Ada (MN) High School. On March 1, 1942, she married William Howard Sheppard at Lockhart. They farmed and raised their two daughters in the Ada-Lockhart area until September 1966, when they moved to Moorhead. Marjorie was employed at Minnesota State University, Moorhead for 21 years until her retirement. Her husband, Bud, passed away Oct. 13, 1981. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church. She loved cooking, baking, decorating cakes, entertaining, rose gardening, spoiling her dog, and watching her much-loved Minnesota Twins. In 2004, the Twins honored her by putting her name on the Jumbotron with the inscription, “Marjorie Sheppard - One life-long Twins fan. In addition, Marjorie was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, the VFW Auxiliary, and the Happy Hour Club in Moorhead. In 2002, Marjorie moved to Arlington, Texas. Due to adverse health, Marjorie became a resident of Town Hall Estates nursing home in Arlington in September 2003. Marjorie is survived by her daughter Audrey (Ken) Iverson of Arlington; son-in-law, Martin Oanes, Moorhead; grandchildren Connie (Charles) Rieck, Shakopee, MN; Tara (Rich) Shafer, Arlington; Kent Jensen, Shakopee; and Tommy Iverson, Fort Worth, Texas; three great grandchildren, Carleigh Nicole, Savannah Elizabeth, and Sean Thomas Shafer; and four nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her daughter, Sylvia Ann Oanes; her entire immediate family, (her parents and siblings, Arnold, Earl, and Luverne Malakowski and Laura Hegrenes).



John Morgan Jenkins

John Morgan Jenkins John Morgan Jenkins, formerly of Moorhead, passed away June 10 in Sun City, AZ after a brief illness. He was 94 years old and resided with his wife, Thelma (Sally) Nielsen Wold. John, son of Anne Sofia Headland and Ralph Morgan Jenkins, was born August 19, 1914 in Fargo, ND and raised by Ralph and Nina Jenkins. He graduated from Fargo High in 1932 and NDSU in 1936 where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He joined ROTC in 1932 and was commissioned as 1st Lieutenant in 1936. He taught in Oberon, ND and Fargo before entering active duty in 1941. His marriage to a fellow teacher in Oberon, Florence Marie Thompson of McHenry, ND was in June 1938. After advanced training in the US, Captain Jenkins served as Commander of "Dog" Battery, 778 Battalion (SP) in Europe until late 1945. Continuing his service in the Army Reserves, he retired as a Colonel in 1974. Following his service the Jenkins family settled in Moorhead where he was named Dean of Men at MSUM, a new position to accommodate the influx of veterans using the GI bill for higher education. He continued graduate studies earning a Master's Degree from the University of Iowa and a Doctorate in Education from the UND. During his tenure at MSUM, John held numerous positions in student services and administration and taught on the undergraduate and graduate level. He was involved in the expansion of the physical facilities at MSU during the University's growth years in the 60's and 70's. In 1976, John retired from his full time position but continued as a part-time consultant. John was active in the Fargo-Moorhead community having served as Alderman on the Moorhead City Council, as a member of the Planning Commission, on the FM Symphony Board as well as involvement with numerous civic and fraternal organizations. As an Eagle Scout, he remained active in scouting. He was a dedicated member of the First Congregational/United Church in Moorhead. After retirement, John and Florence traveled extensively, enjoyed summers on Pelican Lake and winters in Lake San Marcos, CA. Having taken up golfing as a teen, John continued his long-held interest well into his 80's John lost Florence in 1999. In 2000, he married a dear family friend, Thelma (Sally) Nielsen Wold, widow of Dr. Lester Wold of Fargo. John and Sally wintered in Sun City, AZ and summered on Pelican and Fargo until 2003 when they moved full time to Royal Oaks Lifecare Community. John honed his skills as a puzzle creator, gaining widespread respect of his friends, family and residents. His creative and prolific inventions appeared in the resident newsletter. John is survived by his wife, Sally; his son, David Jenkins of Hamburg, NJ; his daughter, Janet Lessem of New York City; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the John & Florence Jenkins Memorial Scholarship Fund of the MSUM Foundation, PO Box 68, Moorhead, MN 56563 or the Royal Oaks Scholarship Fund in care of Royal Oaks Lifecare Community, 10015 West Royal Oak Rd., Sun City, AZ 85351.


Dorothy Ann Skjaret

Dorothy Ann Skjaret (nee Reynolds), age 87, daughter of Edward and Margaret (Koenig) Reynolds was born January 27, 1922, in Barnesville, MN. She passed away September 14, 2009. Dorothy graduated from Sacred Heart Academy (now Shanley High School) in 1939. She attended Fargo Business College and received a two-year degree. Dorothy worked as a secretary/bookkeeper at Cass County Implement, Fargo HUD, Moorhead HUD, and finally at MSU Moorhead (then Moorhead State University) until she retired. She worked at MSUM from 1975 until 1987, most of the time as a clerk/stenographer for the Sociology and Anthropology Departments. Dorothy was united in marriage to Grant Leroy Skjaret on January 22, 1944. They were married for 40 years. She is survived by her children, Margie (Brian) Williams, Spokane, WA, Tom (Sally) Skjaret, Long Lake, MN, Ed Skjaret, Minneapolis, MN, and Diane (Floyd, III) Wilvers, Plymouth, MN; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Grant in 1984; granddaughter, Sara Michelle Jones in 2006; her parents; and all eight brothers and sisters. Dorothy enjoyed quilting and was a member of the North Dakota Quilters Guild. All of her children and grandchildren have a special quilt from her. She also crocheted many afghans, baby blankets, and her famous towels. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters, and was a devoted member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church for over 40 years. Dorothy moved to Minneapolis, MN, from Moorhead in 2001 to be closer to her family. She recently moved into Catholic Eldercare where she spent her final days. Visitation: Friday from 5:30 PM to 7 PM with a Prayer Service at 7 PM, in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead.

Dorothy Skjaret served as a clerk/stenographer at the University from 1975 until she retired in 1987. She spent some time with the Departments of Political Science and Economics, but during most of her time at MSUM, she worked for the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology. Her obituary was published in The Forum on September 17, 2009.