Selma Stevens

Mass of Christian Burial took place on Friday, May 26, 2017 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon, for Selma Stevens, 91, of Langdon, who passed away May 19, 2017 at Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon.

Posted 05/26/2016


Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, Langdon, ND.

Selma was born on May 16, 1926 to John and Clara (Gerth) Hemminger at R.M. of Stanley, Manitoba, Canada. She came to the U.S. with her family when she was eleven years old. They lived on a farm near Dresden. She rented a room in Langdon and worked as a tray girl at Mercy Hospital while attending high school. She graduated from Langdon High School in 1945. She was united in marriage to Allen Stevens at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on October 30, 1945. They resided in a cook car while Allen worked at the John Bata farm during their first year of marriage then moved to the William Stevens farm where she worked as a farm wife and mother of seven children. In 1980, she and Allen moved in to their home in Langdon. She moved to Maple Manor Care Center in September of 2010. She was a member of the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Cavalier County Senior Citizens Center, and a pinochle club. Although she grew up Lutheran, she became a devout Catholic at the time of her marriage and enjoyed attending daily mass and prayer group. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, ceramics, fishing, playing cards, and working jigsaw puzzles. She was a great cook and made use of the bounty of their large gardens by canning and freezing fruits and vegetables.

Selma is survived by two daughters: Sharon (John) Bear of Chanhassen, Minn., Linda (Rick) Zeis of West Fargo; five sons: David (Ann) Stevens of Grand Forks, Dennis Stevens of Bottineau, Rodney (Ruth) Stevens of Lakota, Jeffrey Stevens of Langdon, Douglas (Connie) Stevens of Allen, Tex.; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Allen; and siblings: Eleanor Zarn, Edna Timian, and Albert Hemminger.

Brooks Funeral Home of Langdon was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are available at