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  • ID: I34
  • _UID: 86BB3736950E49E886FB27EA34EFFFABE17C
  • Name: Anton Severt (Syvert) TORKELSON
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 21 NOV 1907 in Smiley Township, Polk County (now Pennington), Minnesota
  • Death: 22 JUN 1982 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Burial: St. Pauli Cemetery, Thief River Falls, MN
  • Christening: 19 APR 1908 St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
  • Note: sponsors: Karoline Pederson, Marie Valsvik, Peter Thune, Tobias P. Stene
  • CONF: 22 OCT 1922 St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
  • Note:

    Obituary in Thief River Falls Times, 28 June 1982: ?Funeral services for Anton Torkelson, 74, of rural Thief River Falls were held Saturday at 2:00 pm at St. Pauli Lutheran church. Torkelson died Tuesday at Northwestern hospital. Rev. Gary Moore officiated at the services. Organist and soloist was Mrs. Arnold Hammer. Interment was in the church cemetery with the Green Funeral home in charge of arrangements. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Phil Lowe, Seymore Iverson, Gust Gustafson, Adam Lendobeja, Joe Belange, Harley Iverson, Eugene Rondorf and Roy Lokken. Active pallbearers were Russell Thune, Harlan Mostrom, Dennis Hoffman, Herb Torstveit, Wallace Torkelson and Ernie Thune.

    Anton Syvert Torkelson, a son of the late Ole and Mathea Stene Torkelson, was born November 21, 1907 in Pennington county. He attended school in Thief River Falls. On June 22, 1935, he was married in Thief River Falls to Ellen Johnson. Since then, he had lived and farmed in Smiley township. During his early years, he worked for a time in the Grafton, ND area, was employed for number of years by Stan Ranum construction; and in the early 60?s, he operated the Torkelson and Johnson lefse shop in St. Hilaire. He also worked for a time for L. B. Hartz wholesale and had certified grain acreage for the ASC [Agricultural Stabilization Conservation] office. He was a member of St. Pauli Lutheran church, and for several years was clerk of the rural school board in the Smiley area.

    He is survived by his wife, three daughters: ?Mrs. Oliver (Patricia) ?Skip? Swanson, Mrs. Lyle (Corine) Bjorge and Mrs. Carolyn Haugen, all of Thief River Falls; and a son, Craig Torkelson, also of Thief River Falls; eight grandchildren, Kevin and Brad Swanson, Charissa Bjorge, Jerod, Jason and Alicia Haugen, and Brett and Darren Torkelson; two sisters: Mrs. Ruth Stroberg, Thief River Falls; and Mrs. Thelma Torstveit, St. Hilaire; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two daughters who died in infancy; two brothers, Melvin and Bert; and four sisters: Pauline, Bessie, Sophie, and Theda.?
  • Change Date: 17 JAN 2008



    Father: Ole TORKELSON b: 3 APR 1866 in Kongsburg, Buskerud, Norway c: 29 APR 1866 in Buskerud, Norway
    Mother: Mathea STENE b: 8 JUL 1869 in Gudbrandsdalen, Oppland, Norway c: 22 AUG 1869 in Follebu Church, Gausdal, Oppland, Norway

    Marriage 1 Ellen Geneva JOHNSON b: 14 FEB 1914 in Goodridge, Pennington County, Minnesota
    • Married: 22 JUN 1935 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota
    Children
    1. Has Children Living TORKELSON
    2. Has Children Living TORKELSON
    3. Has Children Living TORKELSON
    4. Has Children Patricia Rae TORKELSON b: 14 OCT 1937 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
    5. Has No Children Sheila TORKELSON b: 9 NOV 1938 in Smiley Township, Minnesota
    6. Has No Children Sharon TORKELSON b: 9 NOV 1938 in Smiley Township, Minnesota
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