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Thelma M. Hartje

Thelma M. Hartje, 93, formerly of St. Thomas, ND passed away Monday, March 25, 2019 at the Unity Medical Center, Grafton, ND. Funeral service will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, rural St. Thomas, ND. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 31st from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a 5:00 p.m. prayer service at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND.

Thelma M. Bernhoft was born August 3, 1925 at Cavalier, ND to Louis and Margaret (Jonasson) Bernhoft. She grew up in the Cavalier area and graduated from Cavalier High School. Thelma then worked at the Pembina County Courthouse and Salaba Drug in Cavalier. On June 21, 1944, she married W. Keith “Bud” Hartje at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. After their marriage they lived and farmed in the St. Thomas area.

She was a proud member of the Blue Ribbon Homemakers Club and also taught Sunday School and was Christian Growth Chairperson at St. Paul’s Lutheran.

She is survived by her children: Julee Egerer, Phoniex, AZ, Michael (Cindy) Hartje, Cavalier ND, Kevin (Deena) Hartje, Fort Collins, CO, Debra (James) Sloey, Santa Maria, CA; grandchildren: Justin (Ashley) Egerer, Anne Marie (Phil) Bakke; Jeremy (Angela) Hartje and Chad (Eunhye) Hartje; Kaleb (Christina) Hartje, Margaret Hartje (Nathan Peila), and Luke (Rhea Kay) Hartje; Colby Hartje, Christopher (Bethlyn) Sloey, Jonathan (Stacy) Sloey, Nicholas (Cecilia) Sloey, Adam (Courtney) Sloey. Also survived by her great-grandchildren: Addison and Emerson Egerer, Chelsea Bakke, Cameron (Emily) Bakke; Morgan, Tristan, James, and Isabella Rose Hartje; Knox Hartje; Landon, Logan, Eli Hartje, Christian and Vincent Sloey, Nathan and Andrew Sloey, Addie and Charles Sloey, Ellis Sloey; her sister, Joyce Johnson; great-great grandchildren: Laila and Lola Thomas and Tristan Bakke.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Keith “Bud”; siblings: Sophia Magnusson, Olive Nelson, Lou “Buddy” Bernhoft.

Funeral Service

Monday, April 01, 2019

Askew Funeral Home
209 Elizabeth Street
Cavalier, North Dakota 58220

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We are so sorry to hear of Thelma's passing. I had lunch with her last summer at the Grafton Home and we has a great visit, discussing old times at the Hartje farm. Hi to her kids and family, we will miss Thelma; she was such a loving person. Love, Ritchie and Shelley Park

Ritchie Park Apr 24 2019 12:00 AM

My Thoughts and prayers are with all family members and friends. Thelma was one of the most lovely ladies I ever met. She always had a big smile and kind words for everyone. She will be missed.

Jan Harrison Apr 2 2019 12:00 AM

Mike, Debby and Family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She and your dad were good friends of my parents (Eddie & Monie). I have fond memories of the good times they shared. I hope the loving memories you have of your mom will help you through this difficult time. My moms and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Karen

Karen Engelhart Picotte Apr 1 2019 12:00 AM

I remember Thelma as this wonderful aunt of my wife who immediately accepted me as part of the family, and who showed this "city boy" how nice life on the farm could be. Any time I was around Thelma she was cheerful, gracious, and fun to be with. She will surely be missed not only by family, but all who knew her.

Jim Achter Mar 31 2019 12:00 AM

You are in our thoughts, our hearts and prayers

Harris and Betty Hartje Mar 30 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss. We can be comforted in knowing she is with her Lord and Savior where there is no suffering or pain.

Mr. & Mrs. Jo Tinsley Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM

Eddie and I were so sad to hear about Thelma's passing. We know she's with our Lord. She was such a special lady and I have wonderful memories of the time I got to spend with her. Especially our time at Bridlewood, we had the best visits ever. I will have the memories forever. May God give you all strength to get through these tough times.

Wanda Ellison Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM

Thelma's Family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you. No matter the age, no matter the reason losing a parent hurts deeply. May those that surround you provide comfort, strength, and memories that help you through this. Don & Michelle Murray

Don & Michelle Murray Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Thelma's passing...she is at peace now. You're in my thoughts & prayers.

Judy Johnson Mar 28 2019 12:00 AM

hi deb condolences to you and all your family.

shelly finnson Mar 27 2019 12:00 AM

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