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Jessie Stenberg
May 4, 1929 - April 11, 2017

Place of Birth: Rural Watford City, ND
Residence: Watford City, ND
Age: 87

Jessie Jean Stenberg, Watford City, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Bethel Lutheran Home, Williston, with family at her side.

Jessie Jean Campbell was born on May 4, 1929, on the family farm south of Watford City to Wilbur and Esther (Madison) Campbell. A few years later the family grew by one with the birth of her sister, Wilma. Jessie attended school at Twin Buttes School, and graduated from Watford City High School in 1947. She worked as a clerk at Lundin Drug in Watford, and also served as a fill-in teacher at Hoffman School, which she enjoyed, however it was an experience that taught her that “she didn’t want to be a teacher.”
At school, she met Raymond Stenberg. They were married Dec. 26, 1948, at Wilmington Lutheran Church, Arnegard. Their life revolved around running the service station, Ray’s Standard Service, raising their four sons and attending their sporting events. She was the bookkeeper for the business, and the boys all did their time working at the station, making it truly a family business.
Jessie was a member of First Lutheran Church in Watford City, where she was active as a Sunday School superintendent, the quilting ladies, and ladies circles. She was also a member of a homemaker’s club. After a time at the hospital in Bismarck, she moved to Bethel Lutheran Home in October of 2015. She was loved by all who cared for her there and those who came in contact with her at the home.
Jessie loved feeding the birds and gardening. She enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins, even having to pay extra at Bethel Lutheran Home for cable TV so she could watch the Twins games on TV. Her grandsons enjoyed watching the games with her when they were visiting in the summer, and teasing her about whether the Twins would take the pennant this year!
Jessie was a loving mother to her four sons and her three daughters in law, and a loving and generous grandmother to her seven grandchildren, all of whom are left with a hole in their hearts that no one else will be able to fill. Her grandsons enjoyed visiting with her when they visited Watford and hearing her stories about her childhood. Her older granddaughters enjoyed traveling to Watford City to visit Grandma Jessie and getting to bake with her. Her granddaughters from Williston always enjoyed the weekends they got to spend with Grandma, playing card games, coloring, and watching “Polka Party” on TV.
Jessie is survived by her four sons, Donald of Watford City; Robert (Mona) of Bozeman, MT; Richard (Mary), Williston; and David (Kim) of Kalispell, MT; by her seven grandchildren, Zach of Bozeman; Michael (Cara) of Seattle, WA; Jessica and Jackie, Kalispell; and Kathryn, Rose and Eleanor of Williston; two cousins; as well as nieces and nephews, Cheryl Rogness, Debra Rogness, Lonnie Rogness, Carlyle Stenberg, Glenda Stenberg, Sharon Zubke, Steve Stenberg, Judy Stenberg and Betty Ellingson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Esther Campbell; her beloved husband, Ray; her sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Alvin Rogness; and her grandson, Maxwell Stenberg.
The family would like to thank those at Bethel Lutheran Home who took care of her the past year and a half.

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Verna Iverson (Williston, ND)
Apr 12, 2017
What a wonderful friend Jessie was to me. When I was in the Watford Hospital she came every day to see me. Now that is a real friend. I will miss not going to Bethel to visit her. Our visits were wonderful. Now she is with her Savour what a comfort. God's blessing to the family.
Elaine Fedorenko (Watford city, ND)
Apr 13, 2017
To Jessie's family. She was a very special lady and friend to me. When I (a county kid) started high school in Watford City, Jessie, a senior, took me under her wing and helped me get over my fear of a "big" school. Later in years we often had coffee together and talked about our boys. She loved her family and was special to all her friends. She made an impact on my life and I am sorry we can't attend her memorial service as we are still in AZ. Blessings to you all
Michelle Haugen (Larson) (Williston, ND)
Apr 13, 2017
It saddens me to hear of Jessie's death. She was such a kind and caring woman. Both her and Ray were a big part of my life when my grandpa worked for them over at Ray's. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Karen Richardson (Williston )
Apr 14, 2017
To Jessie's family got to know Jessie when she first came into Bethel Home. She was at my mom's (Hazel Jacobson) table for meals was fun to listen to everyone go down memory lane durning their meals. Jessie was fun to visit with and always stopped to visit me when I was up yo visit mom. RIP sweet lady.
Mark & Shannah Kueffler (West Fargo, ND)
Apr 15, 2017
My deepest & most sincere sympathy to Richard, Dave, Donny, Bob, & family. Jesse was always so very kind. Some of my fondest memories are of time spent at Ray's Standard & Ray & Jesse's home with Richard & Dave. A wonderful family. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Mario & Mary Jo Stanislao (Bozeman, MT)
Apr 15, 2017
So sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you during this sad time. Your mom and grandmother lives forever in your hearts??
Mario & Mary Jo Stanislao (Bozeman, MT)
Apr 15, 2017
So sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you during this sad time. Your mom and grandmother lives forever in your hearts??
Betty Ness (Erskine, MN)
Apr 16, 2017
Jesse was my mom's cousin. It was wonderful to have seen her and Richard when they traveled to Hallock to see my mom a few years ago. They had written to each other for many years but listening to them visit about the past and sharing stories was precious. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
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