Charlotte L. Pladsen

Charlotte L. Pladsen of Bowman, ND passed away on Monday, August 26th, 2019. She was 85 years old.
Funeral services for Charlotte will be on Tuesday, September 3rd, at 11:00 am at Bowman Lutheran Church. Pastor Renee Johnson will officiate the service with burial to follow in the Bowman Cemetery. Public visitation for Charlotte will be on Monday, September 2nd, from 12 noon to 9 pm at the Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel. Family will be available at the Chapel from 6 to 8 pm on Monday.
Charlotte Lavonne Holzman was born in Scranton, ND on November 5th, 1933 to Mae (Hansen) and Louis Holzman, the third of four children born to Mae and Louis. Charlotte and her two surviving siblings, Doris and Louis, grew up on the farm just east of Scranton that was homesteaded by her father, Louis. She attended Woodberry School, northeast of Scranton, her 1 st -8 th grade elementary years and then enrolled at Scranton High School. She graduated from Scranton High School on May 25th, 1951. She thought at first she wanted to be a nurse, so tried nursing school until she had to give shots. She decided that was too much for her so then enrolled at the State Teacher’s College in Dickinson, ND.
After graduating from the Teacher’s College in 1953, she took her first job as teacher of the one-room school house for the Medicine Hill School District in Bowman County.
Charlotte began her 61 year marriage to Reuben Pladsen on June 18, 1956. Reuben had returned from serving in the Korean War and was invited to a Scranton High School play by his first cousin, Jimmy Mrnak and Jimmy’s wife, Marlene (Brown.) It so happened that Charlotte was also at the play because her brother, Louis, was in the play along with Marlene’s sister, Sharon. Jimmy and Marlene introduced Charlotte to Reuben at this event. This first meeting was followed by other social events including dances at Gascoyne and the “rest is history!”
Reuben and Charlotte both were born and raised in Bowman County and really never considered living anywhere else, but tried to travel somewhere new every year. Charlotte planned a yearly 2-week summer vacation and it always revolved around visiting at least one national park in the US or Canada and visiting relatives along the way; visiting Canada was included because, of course, there were relatives in Canada! At the end of every summer vacation, Reuben would always clearly state, “I will never go on another vacation with these kids again!” Three of Charlotte’s character traits are sympathy, empathy, and perseverance; needless to say the vacations continued.
Charlotte loved keeping track of family genealogy. When she went as far as she could mapping out her own family’s lineage, she did the same for Reuben’s family history. Charlotte’s efforts in reaching out to Reuben’s relatives led to a trip to Norway to visit many extended family Pladsen relations, of course! This was a travel highlight in their lives. They also were fortunate to have been able to travel to Mexico with family members and this last year Charlotte celebrated her 85 th birthday on a cruise to Alaska. Volunteering was something that was important to Charlotte. She made lifetime friends through the many organizations she participated in and lead. These included: 3 in 1 Homemakers, Bowman Lutheran Church Women (Circle), Badlands Ministries, Bowman Lutheran Church Council, Quilters, Sons of Norway, American Legion Auxiliary, Ladies Aid, Cedar Chest, Sodbuster’s, Farmer’s Union youth, Hospital Auxiliary, Hospital Guild, and two shorter stints in both Girl Scouts and 4-H while raising her own children.
Besides all of her volunteer positions and responsibilities, Charlotte also had various jobs throughout her life. While raising her three children, Dwight, Dwan, and Thelma, she was a full-time day-care provider for local families; especially local teachers and nurses. These relationships lasted throughout Charlotte’s life. The “day-care kids” often visited Charlotte and introduced their own families to her as the years passed. Charlotte also worked at Super Value grocery store as the “produce lady” and then decided to begin working for the Bowman Public Schools as a cook and then later became the head cook.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; her older sister Doris; her younger brother Louis; her husband Reuben; her sister-in-law Emily Davis; her brothers-in-law Russell Wischow, Ronald Pladsen, Daryl Gatzke, and Carol Davis; and her niece Diana Roller (Ronald)
Charlotte will be deeply missed by her surviving family members: son Dwight of Rapid City, SD; daughter Dwan (Bruce) Kinney of Arlington, WA ; daughter Thelma Dimattio of Bowman, ND; granddaughters Dakota DiMattio, Philadelphia, PA and Megan Dimattio, Lehigh University, PA; grandsons Dane (Marji) Kinney of Camano Island, WA and Louis Kinney of Marysville, WA; sisters-in-law Arlene Gatzke of Baker, MT and Ella Pladsen of Bismarck, ND; brother-in-law Elwin (Mary) Pladsen of Bowman, ND; niece Evelyn Wootten of Granite Falls, WA; nephews Duane (Beth) Gatzke of Kent, WA, Alan (Farren) Gatzke of Bainbridge Island, WA, and Glen (Jennifer) Pladsen of Bismarck, ND.
In lieu of flowers, Charlotte requested donations be made to Badlands Ministries, Pioneer Trails Regional Museum, Bowman ND, and Bowman Regional Public Library.

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