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Lois Arleen Flanders Hertzell, known affectionately as Grandma GG, was welcomed home to the arms of our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the age of 100. She died of natural causes at Cavalier County Memorial Hospital in Langdon, N.D.
Lois was born Thursday, July 17, 1919, in Paynesville, Minn., to Leslie Jay and Alice (Hunter) Flanders. She was the third sibling out of two sisters and one brother. They were raised in Grey Township of Cavalier County in North Dakota, where she graduated high school in three years in 1936. She married the love of her life, Owen Hertzell, with a bouquet of lilacs on June 1, 1938, in Milton, N.D. Their union created four beautiful children — Joyce, Philip, Linda and Patricia.
Lois and Owen lived on a farm south of Calvin for almost 20 years. They moved to Calvin proper in 1965 and then to Langdon, N.D. in 1978. Following the death of Owen in 1982, Lois continued to live independently into her 90s before moving to Wheatland at Maple Manor Care Center.
Lois always had a candy dish and drawer full of lemon drops, gum drops, Andes mints and more. She had a unique ability to listen, make people feel special and never let visitors leave empty-handed. She loved to crochet and made unique afghans for all of her relatives and friends. Her gifts will keep many hearts and bodies warm for the years to come. She liked to listen to Randy Travis, the Grand Ole Opry and play country western gospel or hymns by ear on the piano. She had an affinity for new dishes — especially teacups and saucers — china cabinets and crossword puzzles.
As a symbol of the eternal love for her husband, Lois began her day after Owen’s passing by illuminating a lamp next to his photo and greeting it with a morning hello. She’d end her day turning off the lamp and saying a sweet goodnight to his photo. She followed this ritual for almost 40 years.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie Jay and Alice (Hunter) Flanders; brother Donald Flanders; sisters Vivian (Flanders) Seaworth and Margie Flanders; husband Owen Hertzell and daughter Joyce (Hertzell) McDonald. She is survived by her son, Phillip (Della) Hertzell of Devils Lake, N.D.; daughters Linda (Bob) Logan of West Fargo, N.D. and Patricia (John) Sherry of Dillon, Mont.; son-in-law Donald McDonald of Driscoll, N.D.; 14 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank all those who cared for Lois at Cavalier County Memorial Hospital and Maple Manor Care Center. A special thanks to Jan Wild for her support, care and friendship.
Memorials in Lois’s name are suggested to Calvin Corinthian Cemetery Fund, 422 3rd Avenue, Calvin, N.D. 58323.
A private service will be held at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, N.D. The service can be viewed on Askew Funeral Home's Facebook page on Monday at 11:00 a.m. and will be available for viewing after. A graveside service will be held at the time of burial at Corinthian Cemetery, Calvin, ND, in the spring.
Linda and family: I was so sorry to hear of your Mon's passing. She was such a lovely lady. Sandi and I always enjoyed stopping and visiting with her whenever we were in the area. She was always so happy to see us and always remembered who we were.
Diane Ridley Striegel Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM
My condolences to the Hertzell family. Its been many years since Ive seen Lois, but I have fond memories of days/evenings with Pat and her family during high school. Also the many evenings of babysitting with the McDonald family. She was blessed with a great family!
Prayers for all of you.
Connie Erickson (Greening) Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM
When our mother, Leona Johnson, moved into Wheatland across the hall from Lois, Lois was such a welcoming soul. A visit to Mom was not complete unless we could include one with Lois as well. And,the hallway candy dish said so much about her generous spirit and desire to lift everyone's spirits.
Kaye Mikkelsen Mar 23 2020 12:00 AM
Our condolences to the family of Lois Hertzell. We didn't know her well but are blessed to know Phil and Della and some of their children and other relatives. You are all in our thoughts and prayers in this time of your loss. May God bless your memories of this dear lady who was so special to so many, and may God bless you as you remember the special times you all shared with her throughout the years.
Chuck & Alice Damschen Mar 23 2020 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time, a loss of your mother and grandmother gg. She holds a very special place in our hearts. God be with you all!
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Will and I got to know Mrs. Hertzell when my mom (Betty Bata) was at Maple Manor. Used to tell her that she probably knew Lewis and Clark. It's nice to know she is now catching up with her baking for Owen right now.
Will Bata Family....Kevin and Sue
Kevin and Sue Bata Mar 22 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Lois Hertzell
Sheila Beauchamp Mar 22 2020 12:00 AM
I always enjoyed seeing and talking to Lois. Even though I moved away many years ago she always remembered who I was and we could catch up! My sympathy to the families, she will be missed.
Sandi Ridley Nielsen Mar 20 2020 12:00 AM
Linda and family: memories of your mom and your family make up a part of the rich history of the Seaworth family in Calvin. I remember her smile and how welcome she would make us feel. Coming to Calvin was so important to my dad and coming with him was a treat. Your mom always made us feel like special guests. I miss those times and because they were so less complicated than now, we were so lucky to have the families we had. I hope you are well.
Mary Seaworth Mar 20 2020 12:00 AM
Thinking of the Hertzell family at this time. Lois will be missed, but you will have your memories.
Anna Valentine Spivey Mar 20 2020 12:00 AM