Jan. 19, 1965-May 7, 2014
Mary S. Niemitalo, 49, of Lake Park, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Sanford Health in Fargo.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12 in St. Peter's Church, Audubon, with Pastor John Lee officiating.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 11, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Dobmeier Funeral Home in Barnesville, and for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.
Mary S. Hovde was born to Charles and Eldora (Thornton) Hovde on January 19, 1965 in Moorhead. She was baptized and confirmed at St. James United Church of Christ in Barnesville. She attended school in Barnesville and graduated with the class of 1983.
She moved to Wahpeton, N.D., and served as the manager at McDonald's. She later moved to Detroit Lakes, where she worked at Norby's Department Store. Her love of children led her to work at a couple of daycare centers before starting her own Little Tykes Day Care in rural Audubon. For the past 15 years, she had worked at TLC Companies, Detroit Lakes, as a payroll coordinator.
Mary had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening, as well as dancing and fishing and country music. She has sung along at WE Fests for several years. Mary and Levi spent many trips together coming to Barnesville for family time.
Mary loved her dog Sammy and their walks together, and tolerated Mike's cat. She was handy at fixing things and was proud of her inherited tools. Mary was a great help at the Green Valley Golf Course with everything from events to repairs.
Mary is survived by her significant other, Mike Levin of Lake Park; one son, Levi Niemitalo and his girlfriend Kasey Wass, Lake Park; siblings, Sharry (Doug) Hermes of Barney, N.D., Terry (Teresa) Hovde of Moorhea and Kari Krull and her friend Mike Breuer of Walcott, N.D.; her nieces and nephews, Kolynda Korinek and fiance Gene Erickson, Krystal Ihli and friend Duane Charles, Trevis (Jennifer) Ekberg, Torie Krull, Tanasha Krull and fianc Greg Wanner; and great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by several friends.
Her parents preceded her in death.
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