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    Thief River Falls - Marie Iverson, 83, passed away  Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at St. Pauli Lutheran Church, rural Thief River Falls, with Rev. Carl Hansen officiating.  Casket bearers were Ron Rondorf, Jim Rondorf, Mike Sorteberg, Merle Sorteberg, Rob Robson and Dan Barth. Honorary casket bearers were Crystal Barth, Kristine Robson, Lori Sorteberg, Roxane Rondorf and Jodie Rondorf. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
    Marie Grace Benston (born as Mary) was born on Sept. 28, 1928 at home on the family farm in Rocksbury Township, Pennington County, the daughter of Clarence and Hilma (Olson) Benston. She attended Hiawatha Country School in Rocksbury Township through the fourth grade, Knox Elementary and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1947.  
    Marie stayed at home and helped on the family farm following her high school graduation.
    Marie was baptized and confirmed as an adult following her marriage to Harley Iverson on Oct. 14, 1950. They were married in a double ceremony with her sister Mildred and her husband Alvin Rondorf. The ceremony took place at First Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. Six children were born into the loving home of Marie and Harley: Gary, Eileen, Milan, Vinse, Virgil and Dale. She and Harley lived their lives in a strong, committed Christian way.     
    Marie and Harley made their home on their dairy and small grain farm in Smiley Township, Pennington County.  In 1987, they retired to the Iverson family homestead in Rocksbury Township.
    She was very ladylike but yet hardworking woman.  Marie was very concerned about tending to her husband, children, family and friends.  She always kept busy; if there was something to be done, she would work until it was done.  Marie even enjoyed playing ball with Harley and the kids when they were younger.  Marie along with the Sorteberg and Rondorf families saw to it that birthdays and holidays were always celebrated together.   
    Marie was a great cook; she baked a cake almost every other day because she knew Harley and the kids enjoyed it.  Over the years, Marie enjoyed reading, watching “Hee-Haw” on the TV, needlework, quilting, embroidery, crocheting, flower and vegetable gardening, and loved to keep her wood stove going. She and Harley liked to go to the dances and also enjoyed listening to old time music.
    She was a member of St. Pauli Lutheran Church where she was active with the ladies circle.
    Survivors include children, Gary Iverson, Eileen (John) Kotaska, Milan (Carol) Iverson, Vinse Iverson, all of Thief River Falls, and Dale (Kathleen) Iverson of Richford, Vt.; six grandchildren, Daniel, Dean, and Tammy Kotaska, Kari, Kelly, and Kasey Iverson; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Rondorf and Clarice Sorteberg both of Thief River Falls; and many other relatives and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her husband Harley in 2002; infant son, Virgil; infant granddaughter, Rose Marie Kotaska; and infant grandson, Bobby Michael Iverson.
    Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.    A00003B2012FB22
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