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LaVern Malinski

LaVern Malinski, age 94, formerly of Carrington, ND, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, due to COVID-19 at Ava Maria Village in Jamestown, ND.

LaVern O. Malinski (Hart) was born April 28, 1926, the daughter of Edward and Bertha Hart, in Chaseley, ND. There were 13 siblings she grew up with. LaVern attended two years of high school in Chaseley, ND and her last two in Bowdon, ND. At that time, she worked for the Bowdon Telephone Company as a Telephone Operator until she graduated; working evenings and weekends. After graduation, she went to San Francisco, CA, and worked for the Naval Ship Yards Office as a Payroll Clerk. She then returned home and on June 10, 1944, she married Adam Malinski. They raised four daughters on their farm, which was located 13 miles south of Sykeston. They had milking cows, beef cattle, and horses on the farm.

She was a 4-H leader for many years and her daughters kept her busy with their sewing projects. In recognition of her great work, the family was honored with a foreign exchange student from Taiwan for a summer and later they were a host family for a young girl from the inner city of Chicago. She was a member of the New Home Lutheran Church and a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, and member of the LWML serving as President and Secretary. She served as a President of the Sykeston PTA and also President of the State PTA. In the fall of 1970, they sold the farm and moved to Carrington, ND, and started a Sears Authorized Catalogue Sales Store, which was located on Main Street of Carrington, also opening the Carrington Floral Store next door.

LaVern was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary serving as President and Chairman of the Membership Drive. She served as a State Board member and District President. She also served as a Delegate to the National Auxiliary in New Orleans. She became a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Carrington, serving as LWML President and Secretary and enjoyed serving lunches.

After selling the Sears and Floral store, she started a new career in 1983, working for Foster County Housing Authority and retired after 29 years of service in 2012. She enjoyed bowling with her daughter, Dianne Bollen in five National Tournaments. Her seamstress work was always called upon in the community. She was a member of the Carrington Toast Master Club, and also the Edmunds Toast Master Club, while on the farm. She enjoyed having all her daughters at home at one time.

LaVern is survived by her four daughters, Sheila Foos, Covina, CA, Dianne Bollen, Covina, CA, Gail Marsolek, Jamestown, ND, and Pamela Twardy (Jimmy Ray), Apple Valley, MN; two grandsons, Jonathan (Shauna) Marsolek, Jamestown, ND, and Jordan Malinski, Billings, MT; sisters, Arliss Koehler, Fargo, ND, Jean King, West Palm Beach, FL, and Kay Brackin, Sacramento, CA and sister-in-law, Betty Hart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Adam of 74 years; her parents, Edward and Bertha (Barchus) Hart; sisters, Fern (Hank) Flanders, Gladys (George) Daniels, Lois (Gay) Houghton, Joanne (Norman) Heintz; and brothers, Orval (Alyce) Hart, Myron (Jean) Hart, Carol (Iris) Hart, Clayton (Audrey) Hart, Warren (Betty) Hart, Garry (Betty) Hart; sons-in-law, Charles “Bo” Bollen, Ron Marsolek, and Mark Foos; and one grandson, Joshua Adam Marsolek.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carrington American Legion Auxiliary or the Carrington Cemetery.

A Reminisce with Family with be on Friday, June 18, 2021, at 6:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington, ND.

LaVern’s Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 1:00PM at Grace Lutheran Church in Carrington, ND.

LaVern’s Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.

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  1. We send our deepest sympathies to Sheila, Dianne, Gail, Pam and the rest of the family. Aunt LaVern is now again with Uncle Adam who I’m sure met her at Heaven’s Gate with his arms open wide.
    May all your wonderful memories get you through this difficult time. With love & prayers!

  2. I am so sorry about LaVern’s passing. LaVern and Adam were important to the Carrington area. When they opened the Sears store next to Zink Music it was a big deal! My sister in law Trish Miller worked for Malinski’s and spoke of highly of both. In sympathy, Jerilyn

  3. So sorry to hear of your great loss. Your mom lived a life of service to others. She’s at peace now with no more suffering. We miss our parents but can be so thankful for their love and input in our lives.
    Our sincere sympathy and love.
    Valerie and Ed Radtke

  4. Dear Family of LaVern,

    I am saddened to read of LaVern’s death. She and my mom (Marion B) were roommates at Ave for a year before my mom’s death. It was always a delight to greet LaVern. Mom thoroughly enjoyed her company. Her obituary is just beautiful. What an amazing woman! When I shared with my oldest daughter today that LaVern had passed, her words were “ that lady was so loved!” … meaning it was ALWAYS evident how much you girls cared for and respected your dear mother. God bless you and give you comfort. Sincerely, Barb B and Daughters

  5. Sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. She was a strong woman of faith and was blessed with much more energy than a lot of us.

  6. Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, Sheila. We enjoyed having you with us when you cared for your parents. Your parents both left an empty place with them gone. They were both truly a serving couple.

  7. Dear Sheila, Diane, Gail and Pam,
    I was sad when I got the word of Aunt LaVern’s passing. At least she is back in the arms of Uncle Adam where she belongs. It was really nice to see her at dad’s birthday. She even gave dad the evil eye when he jokingly asked her if she was going to eat that cracker. It was so adorable! I will always carry fond memories of being at the farm with all of you guys. Life is coming full circle and even though the pain is real, we know they are in a better place and we will see them again. Sending prayers. Love, your cousin, Rae Ann


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