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Doris M. Rourke

March 26, 1925 ~ April 7, 2020 (age 95)


Doris M. Rourke, 95, of Osnabrock, ND, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at Osnabrock Community Living Center in Osnabrock.

Doris Mae Nelson was born March 26, 1925, to Sten and Marie (Akset) Nelson on the farm in Osford Township, Cavalier County. She attended school in Osford Twp. and Osnabrock, graduating from Osnabrock High School in 1944. She continued her education at Mayville State Teachers College where she received her teaching certificate. On June 24, 1945, she was united in marriage to Leslie W. Rourke at Highland Church near Fairdale, ND. They farmed and raised their boys four miles west of Osnabrock . Doris enjoyed being a farm wife and helping out on the farm. She loved tending to her large garden every year. She made the best homemade buns which were enjoyed by the whole family. Her pride and joy were her two boys, grandchildren, and great-grandkids. Doris was a long-time member of Dovre Lutheran Church in Osnabrock and the Dovre WELCA.

Surviving Doris are her son, Keith (Lynnell) Rourke of Roseau, MN; daughter-in-law Beryl Rourke of Maplewood, MN; grandchildren Todd (Missie) Rourke of Duluth, MN, Kristin (Jay) Hodny of Roseau, MN, Gavin (Leah) Rourke of Negaunee, MI, Tara Rourke of St. Paul, MN, Ryan (Rachel) Rourke of Ames, IA; great-grandchildren: Riley & Derek Rourke, Quinn & Lucy Stevenson, Tal Halliday, Jax, Declan, Briggs & Cole Hodny, Maija & Aaron Rourke, and Kieran Rourke. Doris is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leslie, son Gary, brother Arnold (Doris) Nelson, sisters Maxine (Mort) Aune and Sadie (Palmer) Grindeland, niece Marlys Aune, and nephew Gerald Aune. Doris was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

A memorial service for Doris will be held at a later date.

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