Alice M. Rustan

A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Milton Lutheran Church for Alice M. Rustan, 95, of Milton.


Posted on 7/24/14

She died Friday, July 18, 2014.

Interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Union.

Alice M. Nelson was born March 19, 1919 in Osnabrock Township of Cavalier County the daughter of the late Peter and Hazel (Knight) Nelson. Her mother died in child birth and she was raised by her father and step-mother, Thea Myrvik Nelson. She attended school in Osnabrock Township and graduated from Nekoma High School. She began nursing studies at the University of North Dakota and then moved to Montevideo, Minn. and worked for the Register of Deeds. She was united in marriage to Orville Rustan on July 5, 1943 in Montevideo. The couple moved to Montrose Township of Cavalier County where they lived and farmed. Orville died February 17, 1994 and she continued to make her home in Milton. She was a member of the Milton Lutheran Church and WELCA, the Milton Hilltoppers Senior Center and the Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed her life on the farm, but love of family was paramount in her life, and she was a loving, devoted and fun wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law.

She is survived by her daughters: Faye (Kenneth) Olafson, Milton; Terry Rustan, Grand Forks; Gloria (Curtis) Steinolfson, Milton; five grandchildren: Scott (Shari) Olafson, Kate (Nelson) Wright, Dori Kate (Jeremy) Heck, Natalie (Tyler) Cameron and Maxwell Bourasaw; five great grandchildren: Madison, Alexander, and Macy Wright and Sean and Savanna Fitches. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-mother, and four brothers and one sister.

An online guest book is available at:

The Tollefson Funeral Home of Edinburg is in charge of the arrangements.