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In Memoriam

Elsie Julia Goldsmith, 76, Streeter, ND, died Sunday morning, February 18, 2018 at her home in Streeter, ND….Elsie was an active member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Streeter, ND, serving as the church council secretary for twelve years; at the time of her death she was secretary/treasurer for St. Luke WELCA. She was a RoYaL member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was vice president and VA & R Committee chairman in the Streeter unit; she served as District 4 president 2002-2004 and 2012 until the time of her death. She was also a member of the Dept. ALA Finance Board for five years and a life member of the VFW…. (excerpt from obituary)

Visitation: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Haut Funeral Home, Jamestown, ND ( 1101 5th Ave NE)

Prayer Service: 7:00 PM Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Haut Funeral Home

Funeral Service: 11:00 AM Friday, February 23, 2018 at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, Streeter, ND (300 1 Av NE)

Interment will be at St. Lukes Lutheran Cemetery, Streeter, ND

Full obituary available at Haut Funeral home website

Tribute written by Past Department President Judy Twete

I’m writing this with great sadness.  Elsie Goldsmith, ALA Finance Board Chairman passed away suddenly on February 18, 2018.  Everyone who knew this wonderful lady will miss her.  Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. (Marcy Schmidt, Department Secretary)

Condolences and mail may be sent to:

Bud Goldsmith
PO Box 248
Streeter, North Dakota 58483-0248


Marlyn “Marli” Wicka

September 28, 1934 – January 7, 2018

Marlyn “Marli” Wicka, age 83, of Beach, North Dakota passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Visitation will be held Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. at Silha Funeral Home in Beach.  A rosary Service will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Beach.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 12, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Beach with Father Dan Berg officiating.  Rite of Committal will take place at a later date.  Silha Funeral home of Beach has been entrusted with the arrangements.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is located at: 162 2nd Ave NE, Beach, North Dakota.

Silha Funeral Home is located at: 53 1st St SE, Beach, North Dakota

Marli Wicka served as Department President of the North Dakota American Legion Auxiliary in 1985-1986.  Her symbol was a sailboat and her theme was ‘Launch into Service – Its Smooth Sailing”.  Cards and memorials may be sent to Marli’s family in care of her daughter Elaine Begger.

Allen and Elaine Begger
(Marli Wicka Family)
P O Box 843
Beach, North Dakota 58621-0843


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Sickness & Distress

Elsie Goldsmith, Finance Board chairman, recently returned home after undergoing intestinal surgery and two weeks in the hospital.   She wants to thank everyone for all the cards, prayers and well wishes.  All are greatly appreciated.  God truly answers prayers!  The original cancer diagnosis was a false positive.  So, she is happy to report that she is cancer-free. (written by Elsie the week prior to her passing)




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