Margaret Arntson

Margaret Mary “Marge? Arntson, 100, New Rockford, ND, passed from this world to join God and her beloved husband Arne on February 15, 2018, on the anniversary of Arne’s birthday.

Marge was born on September 11, 1917, in New Rockford, ND, as the third child and oldest daughter of Warren and Elizabeth Day. She graduated from St. James Academy in New Rockford and briefly worked in the Eddy County courthouse where she met the love of her life, Edgar Marshall “Arne? Arntson, whom she married on October 10, 1938, at St. John’s Catholic Church in New Rockford.

Early on, Marge and Arne lived in LaMoure, ND, and Bismarck, ND, and they had two children, a daughter Karen and son Jon. When Arne was called to serve in World War II for four years as an Army Corps engineer in the European and African theaters, Marge moved back to New Rockford with their two young children to be near her family. After the war, Arne rejoined his family and in 1948, they purchased their lifelong home in New Rockford.

In addition to raising her family, Marge ran the medical records department of the former New Rockford Hospital, was a founding member and past officer of the New Rockford Women’s Auxiliary Cemetery Association, and an active member of the Altar Society of St. John’s Catholic Church. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the New Rockford Red Hat Society. Marge was an avid golfer, loved to host family parties and gatherings, and constantly read newspapers and fiction, often with three or four books in progress at once. Her life spanned from riding in an open-cockpit biplane as a teenager to gaming and video chatting on her iPad well into her late 90s.

Marge was a woman of deep and abiding Catholic faith who dearly loved and believed in the God-given qualities of every member of her family, and consistently noted their birthdays and anniversaries. She was delighted that more than 100 family members and friends from across the United States could join her in Fargo in 2017 for a grand 100th birthday party for her!

Especially in her later years, Marge inspired all around her with her strength and belief in God’s provision in every part of her life, no matter the circumstances. She will be remembered fondly for her generous smile, tender heart, warm hospitality, soul-satisfying meals and lifelong zest for learning.

Marge is survived by her daughter Karen (Bill) McDonnell, Altoona, Wis., and son Jon (Mary) Arntson, Maple Grove, Minn.; her sister Lucille Nathan, Minot, ND; seven grandchildren: Sean (Britt) McDonnell, Jean (David) Coatney, Colleen (Tad) Brown, Jeff (Kari) Arntson, Liz (Randy) Nichols, David (Sarah) Arntson and Stephen Arntson; and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins from the Day and Arntson families.

Marge was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Edgar Marshall “Arne? Arntson, her parents Warren and Elizabeth Day, brothers Emmett Day, Edwin “Ed? Day, Jack Day, William “Bill? Day and Gerald “Gerry? Day, and sister Elizabeth “Betty? Akin. Regarding her family and life experiences, Marge often quoted her brother Bill: “Weren’t we so lucky?!?


Marge’s family would like to particularly thank the staff and clergy of Villa Maria and Riverview Place in Fargo, where Marge resided for the past three years, Marge’s neighbors and friends in New Rockford who regularly checked in on her in her later years, and Father Bernard Pfau, former pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church in New Rockford.

In lieu of flowers, Marge’s family requests that memorials in her honor be directed to
The Women’s Auxiliary Cemetery Association of New Rockford.



Saturday, February 17, 2018, 3PM-4PM Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo

Saturday, February 17, 2018,
Rosary at 4PM followed by Vigil all in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, ND



Friday,February 23, 2018, at 11:00AM in  St. John's Catholic Church, New Rockford, ND


St. John's Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford

Posted Condolences:
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Name: Sookov,Sr. Marcelline

Date: 2-23-2018

Message: Dear Karen, Jon & Family,

     Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you especially today as you have the final mass & prayers for your mother. We planned to be at New Rockford for the funeral Mass but the road reports of ice & snow change our minds.  We are with you in our thoughts & prayers. 

Srs. Agatha, Josephine, Mary, Pauline & Marcelline.


Name: Judy Bass Belquist

Date: 2-20-18

Message: Dear Jon, Karen, and family,

I was sad to hear of the passing of your dear mother.  She was a grand lady, so kind and caring. I have fond memories of growing up in our neighborhood. How lucky we were to have such loving families! 

I reconnected with your mother when we moved back to NR and we had some good visits sharing memories of the “Good Old Days�!

May your memories of happy times together bring you comfort at this sad time in your lives.

Judy Bass Belquist



Name: Rocky Bertsch

Date: 1/18/2018

Message: Jon:  My condolences to you on your mothers passing.

Just saw her last Tuesday at the evening dinner table, she was a classy lady and good dining companion to my mother.


Name: Marie and Roy Scheel

Date: Feb 18,  2018

Message: Dear Family of Marilyn Swart

We send our sincere sympathy to you.

We made a lot of happy memories with Marilyn and Lowell, some connected with the telephone company and other times just having good times together. They include times we went to Winona to visit them and times they came to Texas to visit us and also sailing in their sailboat. We have missed Lowell and we will certainly miss Marilyn.

                    Love and Prayers

                                Marie and Roy Scheel



Name: Jayne Fuhrman

Date: Feb. 17

Message: Jon and Karen, I had the honor of knowing your mother the 32 years I resided in New Rockford.  We belonged to the same bridge club and our husbands both worked at Tri County Carrington.  They rode together until Arne retired. Your mother was so gracious and caring of others. I truly thought of her as a 'great lady' I remember her delicious desserts at bridge. Right out of Better Homes and Gardens.

She will be missed by all who loved her.

Jayne Fuhrman (husband Ken)




Name: Glenna Gruman

Date: 2/16/18

Message: Dearest Jon and families,

Not having met your mom, I can not leave you a memory.

I can however send my thoughts and prayers to you and understand what a wonderful women your mom must have been because of my knowing what a wonderful and compassionate son she raised!

May she forever rest in piece and God be with all of you as you help with her final journey!