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We mark our lives with milestones. Throughout our lifetime, these noteworthy events are marked with a ceremony. Mankind has done this since the beginning. When a death occurs, family and friends gather to celebrate a life that has been lived and to share memories.

The staff of the Thomas Family Funeral Home of Minot, North Dakota, is ready and willing to assist you in planning and orchestrating a personalized service of remembrance. We have established a reputation for service built on excellence, warmth, and personalized caring attention. When a family requests our service, time after time over several generations, they are acknowledging a profound trust in our family, and our service. We sincerely appreciate the trust that thousands of families have placed in the Thomas Family during the past 90 years, and we continue to strive to measure up to all your expectations.

As we celebrate our 90th year of caring for and assisting families, we invite you to view the recent news features showcasing our service and family.

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Death Notices

Audrey Hirsch Barney Mulder
Audrey Hirsch Barney Mulder, 79, Minot, formerly of Rochester, NY, died Saturday, April 15, 2017, in a Minot healthcare facility.
Public Visitation: Thursday, April 27 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Private Service: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorials are preferred to the Salvation Army or Minot State University Severson Entrepreneurship Academy.
A complete obituary will be available in a later edition of the paper or online.
Joyce Gabel
Joyce Gabel, 67, Minot, died Sunday, April 23, 2017 in a Minot hospital.
Freda Gall
Freda Gall, 98, Minot, died on Friday, April 21, 2017 in a Minot hospital. Celebration of the Life of Freda Gall: Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Immanuel Baptist Church - Minot. Visitation: Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home - Minot.
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Edwin Klebe
Edwin “Ed” Klebe, 92, Minot, formerly of Willow City, died Friday, April 21, 2017 in a Minot nursing home. Funeral Service: Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Our Savior Lutheran Church - Minot. Interment: Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, rural Mandan, ND. Visitation: Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.in Thomas Family Funeral Home - Minot. Sympathy cards may be sent C/O Peggy Prellwitz - 102 Main Street Apt 3 - Willow City, ND 58384.
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Clarence C. Cogdill
Clarence Cogdill, 91, Burlington, died Friday, April 21, 2017, in a Minot nursing home.
Celebration of the Life of Clarence Cogdill: Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot. Visitation: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
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Beverly Storbeck
Beverly Storbeck, 77, Minot, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in a Minot hospital.
Funeral Service: 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Minot. Visitation: Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot. Memorials are preferred to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church or to an organization devoted to the treatment or cure of Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Patricia Jost
Patricia Jost, 83, Burlington, formerly of Belfield, ND, died Sunday, April 16, 2017 in a Lake Havasu City, AZ hospital. Funeral Service: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Peace Lutheran Church, Burlington. Visitation: Monday, April 24, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot. Memorials are preferred to the Burlington Recreation Commission or the Burlington Senior Center.
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Robert & Karen Testa
Robert Testa, 69 and his wife, Karen Testa, 71, Norwich, ND, died on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Phoenix, AZ. Joint Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Norwich Lutheran Church, Norwich. Visitation: Friday, April 28, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
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Edna 'Keiser' Cairns
Edna 'Keiser' Cairns, 98, Minot formerly of Berthold, died Monday, April 10, 2017 in a Minot hospital.
Celebration of Life Service: 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, Berthold.
Interment: Wildrose Cemetery, Berthold.
Visitation: Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are preferred to Zion Lutheran Church, Berthold, Minot Area Community Foundation, or to an organization of the donor's choice.
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Jay Thompson
Jay Thompson, 54, Cave Creek, AZ, formerly of Minot, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in a Phoenix hospital. Celebrations of Jay's life will be held April 1 in Cave Creek, AZ, and in Minot, N.D., June 24. The gathering on April 1, will be held from 1-5 p.m. at Patty and Jay's home, 31018 N. 42nd Place, Cave Creek, AZ, 85331.
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Delores Dahl
Delores Dahl, 88, Minot, died Saturday, January 28, 2017 in a Minot hospital. Celebration of Life Service: Later in the Spring of 2017 in Minot. In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials are preferred to St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Minot or the ND Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
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Almon Strong
Retired Lt. Colonel Almon Burton Strong, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and Patriot passed away December 22, 2016 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A memorial celebration of the life of Almon B. Strong is tentatively scheduled for Cornerstone Presbyterian Church on July 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Al will be interred next to his wife, Marge, in the veteran’s section of Rosehill Cemetery in Minot, North Dakota. Should friends’ desire, memorial contributions should be made to Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758541, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8541.
David & Marion Anderson
David L. Anderson, 98, New Hope, MN, formerly of Kenmare and Minot, died Sunday, December 11, 2016 in a New Hope care center and his wife, Ila Marion Anderson, 94, Eden Prairie, MN, formerly of Minot and Kenmare, died October 18, 2016 in an Eden Prairie Assisted Living Facility. A graveside service will be held in the summer of 2017 at Lakeside Cemetery, Kenmare. Memorials are preferred to Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
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Pearl Van Berkom Helgeson Simlik
Pearl Van Berkom Helgeson Simlik, 98, Fullerton, CA, formerly of Powers Lake and Minot, ND passed away Friday, November 18, 2016, in the Park Vista Assisted Living facility. Memorial service: June 23, 2017 at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Powers Lake, ND. Interment: Bethel Cemetery, Powers Lake, ND later in the spring of 2017. Memorials: preferred to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Powers Lake.