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Patricia "Patty" Grandalen

March 29, 1939 — July 1, 2024

Portland, ND

 Patty (Patricia) Grandalen passed away on July 1, 2024 at Hatton Prairie Village with her family by her side under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Patty was born on March 29, 1939 on a farm near Buxton, ND to Olive (Foss) and Peter J. Sand. She was raised on a farm near Galesburg, ND, attended country school, Stordahl Church and later graduated from Clifford High School. She attended college in Mayville, ND and taught at rural schools near Portland, ND.

 Patty married Bennie Grandalen, Jr. on December 11, 1960 at Aurdal Lutheran Church. They lived and farmed in Golden Lake Township, where Bennie still resides. Together they raised five children and instilled many family traditions. She loved hosting all of her family and friends at both their family farm and cabin at Golden Lake. Watermelon, sweet corn and popcorn were her top food choices often served. Meals were served after her favorite prayer followed by the sayings God Bless America and Takk for Maten. The family always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Day, where no presents were opened until the Christmas Story was read and the full nativity scene recreated…. followed by singing Happy Birthday to Jesus. The 4th of July was another favorite where she would serve a huge garbage can meal for all family and friends.

 Patty was an amazing mother, homemaker, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and co-worker. When her children were older, she worked at Hatton Prairie Village and Traill County Social Services where she assisted and loved all of her clients.

 Patty was a member of Bang Lutheran Church, participated in WELCA, held several offices, taught Sunday school and enjoyed quilting.

 Patty is survived by her husband of 64 years: Bennie of Portland, ND; children: Brian (Laurie) Grandalen of Portland, ND, Brenda (Matt) Roller of Hope, ND, Blair (Kathleen) Grandalen of Portland, ND, Beth (Brad) Ness of Thompson, ND; son-in-law: Marcus Benoit of Thompson, ND; grandchildren: Matthew (April) Grandalen, Nicole (Ben) Braaten, Kayla (Kris) Satrom, Brandon (Alli) Roller, Megan (Ben) Vetter, Christopher (Jessica) Grandalen, Paige (Paxton Folkerts) Grandalen, Kody (Sara) Grandalen, Peter (Jaime) Ness, Hunter Ness, Allison Ness, Laura Benoit, Ryan Benoit and Michael Benoit; great grandchildren: Mylie, Carson and Paityn Grandalen, Hudson and Sutton Braaten, Stella, Scarlett and Sophia Satrom, Haven and Brynn Roller, Christine, Samuel, Philip and David Vetter, Hadley and Chloe Grandalen, Kru and Brea Grandalen; siblings: Delno Sand, Jerry (Carol) Sand, Ervin (Bertha) Sand and Leon (Shirley) Sand; sister-in-law: Darlene Sand and many nieces and nephews.

 She was proceeded in death by an infant daughter: Debra Lynne; daughter: Amy Benoit; her parents; grandparents; sister: Joanne Olstad; brother: Marvin Sand and many special aunts, uncles and friends.

 Per Patty’s wishes, memorials may be sent to the Parkinson’s Foundation, Bang Lutheran Cemetery Fund, American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.

 The family would like to extend sincere thank you to the staff of both the Hatton Prairie Village and Hospice of the Red River Valley for the loving care and support, Pastor Bruce Vold for the many visits, prayers and words of comfort, and to our many friends that called, prayed, messaged, and visited. Lastly, to our Dad…. you taught us unconditional unending love, dedication and devotion in your wonderful care towards mom and honoring her life wishes.

Visitation: Will be 5–7 PM on Friday, July 5, 2024 with a 6:30 PM Public Prayer Service at the Baker Funeral Home Chapel in Mayville, ND and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral Service: Will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, July 6, 2024 at Bang Lutheran Church in Portland, ND.

Burial: Will be in the Bang Cemetery in Portland, ND. 

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