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Doris Biliske Otto

Doris Biliske Otto age 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 5, 2019 at First Care Health Center in Park River, North Dakota.

Doris Margaret Carlson was born along with her twin brother, Don, on March 11, 1931 in Walhalla, North Dakota to Harry E. and Alpha (Olson) Carlson.

Doris grew up and attended grade school in Concrete, ND. She graduated from Cavalier High School and attended teacher’s college in Valley City. She taught at the Eastman country school in rural Akra for a short time.

Doris was united in marriage to Mike Bjornson in Concrete on December 24, 1950. Doris and Mike were blessed with two children, Devin and Cindy. Mike passed away from cancer in 1962. Doris soon suffered another devastating loss when young Devin drowned in 1963.

Despite her heartaches, Doris always found the joy in life and was joined in marriage to Gordon Biliske on July 1, 1963. Doris and Gordon made their home on the farm near Hensel for the next 28 years. Along with daughter Cindy, Doris and Gordon welcomed a son, Dennis, in 1967. Doris was a hard working energetic farm wife that took pride in her combine and the amount of acres that she harvested with it. In addition to her combining skills, she was a talented seamstress & cook. She made enough sandwiches, cookies, lefsa and Icelandic Vinarterta to qualify her for the Hall of Fame many times over.

With Gordon’s passing in 1992 Doris embarked on a new career working alongside her son, Dennis as an auction cashier. During this time, she was an important part of Dennis’ auction career & met hundreds of people; many that continue to ask about her decades later.

In answer to our prayers in 1996 the Lord sent an angel into our lives. On June 29, Doris & Austin (Mick) Otto of Crystal, ND were united in marriage. Austin and Doris made their home at the Hensel farm for nearly 21 years. They spent several winters in Arizona and traveled the U.S. on numerous tours. They gardened, canned and baked in commercial quantities keeping their children’s and grandchildren’s cupboards and freezers full.

In late 2015, Doris and Mick moved to Park River. They remained active attending family functions and events throughout the region. Doris made friends everywhere she went, young and old alike. Family was her greatest fulfillment and the addition of three Great Grandsons in recent years brought her great joy.

Doris is survived by her husband Mick; daughter, Cindy (Tom) Barrett of East Grand Forks, MN; son Dennis, (Sue) Biliske of Hensel, ND; grandsons: Thomas and Tyler (Nicole) Barrett, East Grand Forks and Jake Pryor, Grand Forks; great grandsons: Finn, Rhys and Tucker Barrett; sister, Betty Lesher of Cavalier, ND; sister in law, Eunice Carlson of Rockville, MD; sister in law, Eleanor Biliske of Kent, WA; sisters in law, Lorraine Schroeder and Willis Busse of Cavalier; several cousins, nieces and nephews; extended family Earl and Linda Otto; Louise Dryburgh; Margery and Garreth Kavlie; David and Tami Otto and their children and grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Alpha Carlson; husbands, Mike Bjornson and Gordon Biliske; son, Devin Bjornson; brothers, Don and Allen Carlson; sisters in law, Jeanette Carlson and Delores (Toots) Carlson; brothers in law, Harry Lesher and Willard Biliske; and granddaughter, Chelsey Pryor.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 PM Friday, May 10th at the Crystal, ND United Methodist Church with a prayer service to follow. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, May 11th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, rural St. Thomas, ND.

In Lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Borg Memorial Home in Mountain, ND or the Pembina County Historical Society.

Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m.

Visitation one hour before the time of the service.


Friday, May 10, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

United Methodist Church
550 3rd Ave
Crystal, ND 58222

Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m.

Memorial Service

Saturday, May 11, 2019
11:00 AM

St. Pauls Lutheran Church
8750 144th Ave NE
St. Thomas, ND 58276

Visitation one hour before the time of the service.

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Dearest Cindy and family, I was so sorry to hear about your Mom. I pray for your healing and your peace. Love to you and to all of her family.

Sheila Sturlaugson May 11 2019 12:00 AM

Doris did a lot for us Love you all

Eleanor Biliske May 11 2019 12:00 AM

Dennis, I learned only this morning from Pastor Fenske that your Mom had passed away. May God rest her soul as she joins the ever growing Hensel crowd in heaven. God bless you and Sue. Larry

Larry Jahnke May 11 2019 12:00 AM

I have many great memories of family vacations during my growing up years at the Gordon & Doris Biliske Farm. Of my first 18 years 12+ were with Gordon, Doris, Cindy & Dennis. Hospitality in wikipedia should have a photo of Doris. Through all of Doris"s hardships she truly did keep a positive attitude. Doris valued people (visits) more than anything. In later years this tradition continued as I had opportunity to witness Doris and Mick loving each other & serving guests. Interaction with people and understanding what is important to others was/is of great value to Mick & Doris.

Ed Biliske May 11 2019 12:00 AM

I am so sorry of aunt Dorris passing. She was such a great person. I have memories of her and the great food she would cook. The farm the dog named Shep, the wonderful look in Aunt Dorris eyes will forever be in my mind. RIP aunt Doris. Mu condolences to uncle Mick and all of this wonderful family. She will truly be missed.

David Biliske May 11 2019 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathy to Doris's family.

David Hillman May 10 2019 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Doris's family .

Antoinette Brown Briske May 10 2019 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies to you all.

Monica Bohn May 9 2019 12:00 AM

Just the nicest lady ever

Annie & Warren Strandell May 9 2019 12:00 AM

Ones strength and goodness is always shown in all those that they have touched throughout their lives

Denny and Cheri OBryan May 9 2019 12:00 AM

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