Dorothy L. (Melland) Harpestad

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Trinity-Bergen Lutheran Church, Starkweather for Dorothy L. (Melland) Harpestad, 90, of Hampden, who died Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the First Care Health Center, Park River.

Posted 07/07/2017

Burial held at the Loma Cemetery, rural Loma.

Dorothy Lorraine was born January 15, 1927, to Gustave and Lena (Peterson) Melland in Cavalier County. She attended school in Billings Township, the first eight grades, then attended Loma High School for three years. She graduated from Langdon High School in 1945. She received her teaching certificate from Valley City College and taught school in Moscow and Billings Townships. She married Robert Harpestad on December 17, 1947. They established their home on the Louis Storlie farm and lived there until moving to Hampden in 1973. She worked at several jobs including School Cook, Bus Driver and Janitor at the Hampden School.  She worked at the Hampden Café, Grocery Store and Vern’s Hardware. She was famous for her potato salad and potato dumplings as well as her crocheting. Her greatest joy was spending time with friends and family, whether it was having coffee at the Hampden Café or going on a three day road trip.  Her love of life and sense of humor touched everyone around her. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church at Loma and later Faith Lutheran Church of Hampden.

Dorothy is survived by her children: Robert Harpestad Jr. (Sandy Miller), Edmore, Linda (Bruce) Simon, Starkweather, Sheila (Mark) Robertsdahl, Walcott, Rick (Naomi) Harpestad, Mayville and Tamara (Rick) Clemetson, Park River; 12 grandchildren: Wade, Lisa, Craig and Andrea; Stephanie and Steven; April and Kyle; Brandon, Timothy and Drew; Courtney; fourteen great grandchildren: Jadyn, Payton, James, Desiree, Kylie, Kinsley, Chloe, Kenna, Brogan, Karsen, Parker, Ava, Riley and Jocelyn.; many nieces and nephews and sisters-in-law: Loretta (Orris) Melland-Gjesdal, Langdon, Gladys Martinson, Devils Lake, Marvis (Marvin) Nelson, Park River; Marion (Dennis) Hoffart, Grand Forks and Esther Dahl, Seattle, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert on April 9, 2008; her parents and brothers Melvin and Irvin.

Gilbertson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.