Grace Voss, 91, of Bowman, ND, passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the Southwest Healthcare Long Term Center in Bowman.

Grace Voss
Grace Voss

Posted Jan. 4, 2013

Funeral Services for Grace were Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at the Bowman Lutheran Church. Pastor Galen Strand and Pastor Charles Swanson officiated with burial following in the Bowman Cemetery.

Visitation was Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at the Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel.

Grace K. Voss was born September 25, 1921, at the Kelner homestead in Mineral Springs Township, Slope County, ND. She was the daughter of Charles and Gina (Jennie) Gilbertson Kelner.

She was raised at the family farm until moving to San Diego, CA, to help care for her ailing brother Lawrence. She graduated from Hoover High School, San Diego, CA, in 1940. It was there that she met the love of her life, Donald R. Voss. Grace moved to Los Angeles, CA and attended the secretarial course at Woodbury College.

Grace married Donald Voss on January 4, 1942, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in San Diego. Grace worked as a secretary/bookkeeper until the birth of their first daughter, Susan Karleen, in 1943. Judy Elaine was born in 1946. Grace and Don moved to Bowman in 1949.

Grace worked for Torkelson and Morland typing up farm income tax reports and also sold tickets at the Bowman Theater.

In 1953 she began a secretarial position for Willard Solberg at Bowman High School; she continued that work until 1960. Grace also worked as secretary to John Rouzie at the First National Bank.

Grace was a member of Bowman Lutheran Church. She was very active in volunteer work; was Sunday School superintendent for a number of years, and also helped organize the weekly Altar Guild. She was active in the quilt club, making hundreds of quilts for those in need and proudly gave quilts to each Bowman Lutheran graduating senior.

She proudly served the first meal when the Meals-on-Wheels program was initiated. Grace was one of the first officers of the Sunset Home Auxiliary. Grace and Don enjoyed traveling; visiting Australia, New Zealand, the Philippine Islands, Norway and Germany, and 49 of the 50 states.

They spent 17 years wintering in Mesa, AZ. Grace cherished the many friendships they made during their years of square dancing; some of them she still kept in contact with.

Grace and Don were proudly one of the first couples to reside in the newly built Sunrise Village and resided there until failing health necessitated a move to long term care.

Grace was a hard-working, generous lady who will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Grace is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Don in 2005; her daughters, Susan in 1996 and Judy in 2012; and one brother, Lawrence Kelner.

Survivors include her grandchildren: Shari Wise; Jamie and Troy Svihovec; John and Kristy Stoldorf; Nathan and Kristin Sederstrom; and Beth Sederstrom; 13 great-grandchildren; her brother Harold Kelner and wife Inga; his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and son-in-law Larry Sederstrom.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to be given to a charity of your choosing in memory of Grace.

Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services in charge of the arrangements


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