Mass of Christian burial for Liv Laufer, age 85, of Hettinger, North Dakota, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14, 2012 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hettinger, ND. Fr. Stephen Folorunso will officiate with burial in the Hettinger Cemetery.
Serving as casketbearers are her grandsons: Dylan St. Germain, Joe Oxner, Frank Laufer, Dusty Laufer, Michael Laufer and Ben Laufer. All of Liv’s friends and family are considered honorary casketbearers.
Liv Sather was born on July 2, 1927 along with her twin brother, Birger, in Kirkenaer, Norway, the daughter of Ruth (Braaten) and Oscar Sather. The family arrived via ship to the America’s at Ellis Island in 1927 and made their home north of Hettinger, ND. They were joined by siblings Helen and Joan. She grew up and attended country school, graduating from Hettinger High School in 1945.
She was united in marriage to Earl Laufer on November 26, 1946, in Regent, North Dakota and together they farmed north of Hettinger. Four children were born to Earl and Liv: Kate (Howard) Sickler, Stan (Bev) Laufer, Karen (Joe) Matter and Diane (Roger) St. Germain. Earl and Liv spent 67 years together and share many special memories of their family.
Liv loved growing a garden and cooking for family and friends. She was especially known for her coffee, doughnuts, buns and lefse`. Liv always made neighbors and friends feel welcome at her house and no one left hungry. She loved the farm life and many special moments with her grandkids. Liv and Earl were “mom and dad” to many kids and treated all their children’s friends as their own. Liv touched many lives with her unending generosity, kindness and love.
She was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church; St. Theresa’s Altar Society and was active in Catholic Daughters and Homemakers Club. She volunteered for several years at the Clothes Closet, and being a 4-H mother when her children were growing up was important to her.
Liv passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at the Mott Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mott, North Dakota.
Grateful for having shared in her life are her husband, Earl Laufer, Hettinger, ND; one son and daughter-in-law, Stan and Bev Laufer, Hettinger, ND; three daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Roger St. Germain, Bismarck, Nrth Dakota, Karen and Joe Matter, Casper, Wyoming and Katie and Howard Sickler, Whitewood, South Dakota; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister and two brothers-in-law, Helen and Bob Lewis, Hettinger, ND and Darrell Bowman, Bozeman, Montana; one sister-in-law, Barbara Sather, Hansville, Washington; and many relatives on Earl’s side of the family.
Liv was preceded in death by her parents; her twin brother, Birger Sather; and one sister, Joan Bowman.
Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday morning.
A Rosary and Vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, September 13, 2012 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hettinger.
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