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    Goodridge - Alvina Hermanson, 80, died Tuesday July 10, 2012 at Triumph Hospital, Fargo, N.D., after a lengthy hospital stay and recent diagnoses of ALS.
    Funeral services were held Monday, July 16 at Ekelund Lutheran Church in Goodridge, with Rev. Bob Dahlen officiating. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
    Alvina Paulina (Kolstrand) Hermanson was born on July 26, 1931 in Star Township, Pennington County, the only daughter of Pearl Kolstrand.  She was raised by her mother in her grandparent’s home, basking in their love and the love of her many aunts and uncles.  She was baptized at home on Oct. 1, 1931 and confirmed into the Christian faith at Oak Park Lutheran Church in Deer Park Township, Pennington County on July 14, 1946.
    Living on the family farm, she had a close relationship with her uncles Lester and Clifford. Alvina lived a happy life as a young girl being involved in the many activities of a self-sufficient farm, such as berry picking, gardening, and tending to many farm animals.  She enjoyed the lambing and calving seasons, the pigs and horses, and feeding the small animals such as chickens, kittens, and the family dog. There was always lunch to be made and taken to the hay field.  Alvina had a close relationship with her cousins that lived nearby sharing many happy and exciting times together, including many hours in the playhouse.
    Alvina attended school at Fairview District 56 of Star Township, being a good student of many teachers, her favorite being Edna Race Omlid. She enjoyed school very much, both the work and the play. Having fun riding bike with the neighborhood kids to and from school, she once rode into a barb wire fence that had been raised when she was gone, cutting herself badly.  She carried the scares for life. As she grew older, she found an interest in drawing.  As a young woman she loved to listen to music on the radio and to write the words of the songs into a notebook.
    During a dance in Silver Star at Roland, Alvina met her future husband Henry (Hank) Hermanson. The couple was married June 7, 1952 at the Zion Lutheran Parsonage in Thief River Falls. To this union there were four children born, Sylvia, Barbara, Deonne and Denise.
    Together, Alvina and Hank made their home on a farm in Reiner Township. They carved fields out of brush land to clear the land for future grain fields.  Alvina spent many hours picking rocks and grubs alongside her husband. She wasn’t always fond of all the jobs she was responsible for, especially driving a grain truck. A favorite family joke was “Ma, come hold the light”, which usually involved many hours.  When she wasn’t actively working in the field, she was busy making meals and lunches for those who were working there.  
    Hank and Alvina took great pride in their farmyard; Hank mowed and Alvina did lots of clipping and trimming. When recalling life on the farm, Alvina’s children and grandchildren have many fond memories of taking lunch out to the field for Hank. They laugh as they remember catching grasshoppers along the way. Her older children remember all the fruit canning, (sometimes she was surprised when she brought out the crate of fruit and many had vanished), and pickling. They also remember Alvina’s homemade bread, lefse and cookies which she made regularly. Her younger children recall riding in the pickup box as she drove to Sjulestad’s store for groceries.  
    Grandma Ali’s was a place that fostered her grandchildren’s creativity and imagination. She treasured each of her grandchildren and the time she spent with them. Whatever activity or game they wanted to play, she indulged them – whether it be building with blocks or making blanket tents.  As they grew older, she attended their school and sporting events.  Alvina was a very quiet woman, caring and tender hearted.  Her whole world revolved around the love of her family.
     Alvina’s pastimes included reading, feeding the birds, watching animals, tending to her flowers, going for walks, embroidery and sewing.  In later years she enjoyed doing puzzles, feeding the kitties, and keeping a watchful eye on the comings and goings and activities on the farm. Throughout her life one of her favorite things was listening to the music that Hank filled their home with.
    For the last year of her life, Alvina treasured the time spent with her great-granddaughter, Ellie, who was the apple of “Grammy’s” eye. They spent many happy hours playing together and enjoying each other’s company. Ellie loved her Grammy enormously and often preferred being in her loving arms. Ellie sensed Grammy’s absence when she became ill and was hospitalized.
    Alvina is survived by her children, Sylvia (Rodney) Hoffman, Barbara (Paul) Odette, Deonne (Jeff) Bakken and Denise (Davie Naeseth) Naeseth, all of Goodridge; grandchildren, Alissa (Tim) Hruby, Lacey (Joe) Hruby, Brett, Brady, and Brandon Bakken, Brea and Cameron Naeseth; great-granddaughter, Ellie Hruby; sister-in-law, Laurie Waddy of La Jolla, Calif., and Carol Hermanson of Bonita, Calif.; brother-in-law, Sammy Hermanson of Goodridge; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
    Preceding her in death are her husband, Henry; mother, Pearl Kolstrand; uncle, Lester Kolstrand; and several aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
    Arrangements were with Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls.