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Alvin and Mildred  Solberg

Husband's Full Name:  Alvin Benjamin Solberg

Husband's Place of Birth: Walcott, ND

Husband's Father's Name: Ole Solberg

Husband's Mother's Name: Elizabeth Anderson Solberg

Husband's Siblings' Names: Ella Johnson, Oliver Solberg

Wife's Full Name:  Mildred Pernille Ongstad Solberg

Wife's Place of Birth:  Manfred, ND

Wife's Father's Name:  Sofus Ongstad

Wife's Mother's Name:  Rena Asleson Ongstad

Wife's Siblings' Names:  Herbert Ongstad

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Pastor A.B. Solberg, 98, Grand Forks, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, in Valley Memorial Home Eldercare, Grand Forks.


Alvin Benjamin Solberg was born Oct. 29, 1903, the son of Ole and Elizabeth (Anderson) Solberg, in Walcott, N.D., where he graduated from high school. He graduated from Concordia College in 1926. He taught school in Chafee, N.D., and Churches Ferry, N.D. He moved to Fargo in 1937, where he was a postal worker and later a Civil Service Examiner. He graduated from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, in 1945. He served parishes in Racine, Wis., Hazen, ND, Fessenden, ND, and Nielsville, Minn. He moved to Grand Forks to serve at Sharon Lutheran Church.


He married Naomi Freeman on June 2, 1930, in Maddock, N.D. She died Dec. 10, 1985. He married Mildred Ongstad in December 1986. She died in May 1998.


He is survived by a daughter, Felicia (Joseph) Duffy, Georgetown, Texas; a son, David (Bev Olson), Fargo; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A sister, Ella Johnson; and a brother, Oliver, preceded him in death.


Mildred Ongstad Solberg, 89, Northwood, formerly of Grand Forks died Saturday, May 9, 1998 in Northwood.


She was born April 18, 1909 in Manfred to Sofus and Rena Ongstad.  She attended country school north of Manfred through the eighth grade and graduated from Makoti High School in 1927. She attended Valley City Teachers College and received her teaching certificate. She taught school at the Dovre School north of Fessenden and lived with the Skolvies family. She also taught in the rural Manfred school she had attended as a child and at Flasher.


She returned to the Manfred area and began working in the Wells County Superintendent of Schools office in Fessenden.  She later became the Women's Army Corps recruiter for Wells County. In 1942, she entered the Army and served in the Women's Army Corps detachment during World War II until 1946, when she was discharged as a corporal.  She returned to work at the Superintendent of Schools Office where she served as deputy until 1963.  She was then elected county superintendent, holding that position until retiring in 1982.


She married Pastor A. B. Solberg October 14, 1986, at Grand Forks, where they made their home.  She had been a resident of the Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood since the fall of 1994.


She was a member of Vang Lutheran Church, Manfred, and had served as Sunday School Superintendent for many years.  She also was in charge of printing the bulletins for the parish. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Fessenden. After moving to Grand Forks, she would accompany her husband on visits to the sick and homebound.

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