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Elinor Gilbertson

Elinor Gilbertson

Jan. 8, 1914-March 10, 2014

Elinor Irene Gilbertson, 100, of Fargo, passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo.

She was born on January 8, 1914 to Henry and Mina (Jacobson) Gilbertson at Audubon, where she attended school, and she was employed at the State Bank and Post Office.

In 1947 she moved to Fargo, working at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, later U.S. West Telephone Company, as an operator and assistant chief operator for 12 years. In 1961 she transferred to Bismarck, N.D., as district traffic instructor for the west district. She moved back to Fargo in 1976 and retired from Northwestern Bell after 28 years, 10 months, and 10 days of service.

Elinor was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and an active member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, watching Wheel of Fortune, and logged many hours playing solitaire. Drinking coffee and tea with her friends was another one of her favorite pastimes.

Elinor believed in taking a 20 minute nap every day and eating something sweet after every meal. She also walked every day for several miles, insisting this was key to good health.

Family was the most important part of her life, and she took great joy in watching her great-great nieces and nephews grow and keeping up with their many activities.

Elinor never turned down the chance to spend time in the Bethany coffee shop, whether it was for Wednesday Pie Day or just an afternoon snack.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Carol (Dennis) Jevne, Gayle (Garold) Bradley, Dennis (Mary) Frahm, Vicky (Roger) Tuorila, Claudia Frahm, Lee Frahm, Brenda (Gaylan) Witt, Peter (Karen) Frahm, Luanna (Mike) Lake, LaDon (Jeff) Olson, Craig Haukedahl, Lori (Steve) Jayhan, LuAnna Shaughnessy, Donald Haukedahl, Steven Haukedahl, Raymond Haukedahl, Glenny Haukedahl; numerous beloved great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; siblings, Isabelle Hille, Norman Haukedahl, Ernest Haukedahl, Irving Hauke-dahl, Lloyd Haukedahl, Glenn Haukedahl and Gladys Frahm; great niece, Tiffany Frahm; and great-great nephew, Hudson Bruggeman.

There will be a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 15 in Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.

"The first 100 years are the hardest."

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.

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