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 Thief River Falls - Melbrey Koland, 86, died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at the Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
 Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 (today) at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls with a 6 p.m. prayer service on Wednesday evening and one hour prior to services at the Funeral Home on Thursday. Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.
 Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Virgil Rasmussen officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls. Casket bearers included Nathan Koland, Craig Spilde, John Cervantes, Joe Sabol, Jack Owen, Jerry Owen and Skip Borneman. Honorary casket bearers will be all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 Melbrey Viola Arvesen was born on January 29, 1919 in Donaldson,  the daughter of Arve and Esther (Syrtvedt) Arvesen. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Donaldson.  Melbrey attended school in Stephen, graduating from Stephen High School. Following graduation, she attended Business College in Grand Forks, N.D., for two years, graduating with a degree in business.
 Melbrey was a great cook. She loved to bake, read and spend time with her family and friends.
 Melbrey was united in marriage on May 29, 1945 to Clarence Koland. The couple lived in Berkeley, Calif., for a short time before moving to Bottineau, N.D.  She returned to Strandquist to care for her mother. Later, the couple moved to Karlstad, and she worked at Engen Drug. Melbrey and Clarence moved to Thief River Falls in 1984. Clarence died September 25, 2004. Melbrey has lived the last two years at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Red Lake Falls.
 Melbrey is survived by two sons: Wayne (Susie) of Thief River Falls and Curtis (Sandy) of Wasilla, Alaska; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; one brother, Ruben Arvesen of Thief River Falls; one sister-in-law, Helen Arvesen of Crookston; and nieces and nephews.
 She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; her parents; six brothers: Einar, Loring, Hans, Carl, Arnold and Godfred; and one sister, Edna.