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Lois Florhaug

Lois Florhaug, age 99, of Kensal, ND, died December 6, 2019, in Golden Acres Manor, Carrington, ND.

Lois Bernice Nelson was born August 10, 1920, in Bottineau, ND, to Anton and Mabel (Hanse) Nelson. Lois grew up in Kensal, ND, graduating high school in 1938. She attended Valley City State Teachers College earning a standard diploma in elementary education. Lois taught in a rural school in Stutsman County for two years, in California for one year before returning to Kensal, where she taught at the Kensal Public School for many years.

Lois was married to Peder J. (Pete) Florhaug on September 13, 1945, at her parents’ home in Kensal, ND. Pete and Lois purchased a farm northeast of Kensal, living there until 1985 when they built a house in Kensal. Pete passed away in 2008. Lois moved to Bismarck for a time, and has been a resident of Golden Acres Manor since December 2, 2013.

Lois enjoyed music and was active in choirs and small groups for many years. One of her many highlights was being selected to sing in the Vallejo, CA, United Choral Society’s performance of the ‘Messiah’ in 1944, while she was teaching at a government school there. She loved to garden, raise flowers and plant trees. She was also active in the Kensal Methodist Church, Homemakers and many other community activities. A favorite pastime was watching her grandchildren’s sporting events and school and church programs. Over the years, Pete and Lois enjoyed traveling, including spending several winters in Port Aransas, TX, and driving the Alaska Highway twice.

Lois is survived by her daughter Kathy Odegaard, Bismarck, ND; sons Steven (Karla) Florhaug, Austin, TX, and Roger (Nadine) Florhaug, Kensal, ND; brother Elwood Nelson, Lafayette, CO. Grandchildren: Mike (Renae) Odegaard, Suzie (Judge) Barth, Christie (Kurt) Gruber, Peder Florhaug, Jessica (Ryan) Eastman, Matthew Florhaug, Daniel (Ashley) Florhaug and Ross (Katie) Florhaug; 14 great grandchildren: Thomas and Casey Odegaard, Owen Barth, Kaylah Florhaug, Lauren and Hannah Yantis, Emma Gruber, Luke and Pierce Eastman, Nolan, Lydia and Boden Florhaug, Avery and Amara Florhaug and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Pete, sisters Mabel Mead and Margaret Ableidinger and son-in-law Walter Odegaard.


Visitation will be Thursday, 5:00-7:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

Funeral Service will be held Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:30AM at United Methodist Church, Kensal.

Inurnment will be at a later date in the Kensal Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. I am so sorry to read of her passing. She was my first grade teacher, and I always thought highly of her!
    My deepest sympathies, hugs and prayers to you and your family!

  2. Lois was such a dear lady, and we had many good conversations over the years, at family gatherings. I know she will be missed by her whole family. Her love for all of you was so obvious. You will have many good memories to share. May God comfort you during this time of loss.

  3. We are sorry for the loss of your dear mother. Lois was such a kind person. She was the perfect elementary teacher. I remember well my days in the first grade and her gentle guidance of us children.

  4. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Lois Florhaug, Kathy and family, Steve and family and Roger and family. We had the pleasure of meeting Lois and Pete on many occasions after I got to know Kathy and Walt. She was always a smiling, very pleasant lady and lived a good long live, and was a truly beautiful woman, who will be missed by everyone who knew her.

  5. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. The lose of a parent is always difficult; however, during the holidays always makes it a much more difficult.

  6. Kathy, Steve, Roger and Families. Aunt Lois was one of the kindest and most positive persons in my life experience. Whether it was 2 Schlecht’s, 6 Schlecht’s or eventually all 12 Schlecht’s that showed up at your house, your Mom always had the greatest smile and most pleasant, warmest welcome anyone could ask for her. Her long life allowed for all persons around her to have memories that stay with them a life-time. I will always cherish the memories of Sunday dinner at your farm, riding in the back of the grain truck with Steve, time spent with Kathy & Walt in Togo and dancing to Credence as sung by Roger!! Those are things that warm the heart and in a small measure take some of the pain of loss. Pat & Cathy


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