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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Alvin Thorvald Barenthsen
July 26, 1930 - March 15, 2019

Place of Birth: Stanley, North Dakota
Residence: Powers Lake, ND and Mesa,AZ
Age: 88

Alvin Thorvald Barenthsen, 88, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 15, 2019.

Alvin was born July 26, 1930, in Stanley, ND to Thorvald Axel Barenthsen and Louise (Thomsen) Barenthsen. He grew up on the family homestead northeast of Powers Lake. Alvin attended country school in Garness Township through the 8th grade, attended Powers Lake High School and Wahpeton State School of Science. Alvin’s mother, Louise, died when he was just 12 years old. His father later remarried Carla Holst.

Alvin was united in marriage to Bernice Skarphol on June 22, 1952 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, McGregor, ND. Alvin and Bernice had five children. Alvin worked for Oil Field Service and later Amerada Hess while continuing his farming and ranch operation. He had many good stories and made lifelong friends during his years of employment at Amerada. He always made summer vacation time a priority and our family has many fond memories of those years.
Upon retirement he enjoyed working in his yard, raising a garden, and improving his shoreline property. He loved fishing and spending time teaching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to fish off his dock. This was often followed by a fillet lesson and a fish fry. Alvin and Bernice enjoyed winters in their home in AZ and made many new friendships during these years. Alvin was a lifelong member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Powers Lake, ND.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Bernice, of 67 years; daughters Cynthia Peterson (Gary), Kathy Busch (Jeff); sons Mark Barenthsen (Kathy), Roger Barenthsen (Melissa). Eleven grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Harriette Jorgenson; brother-in-law, Harlan Skarphol (Fern); sister-in-law, Arlis Watterud (Marlyn); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Alvin was preceded in death by his mother, Louise (Thomsen) Barenthsen; his infant brother, Axel Barenthsen; his daughter, Kathleen Louise Barenthsen; his father, Thorvald Axel Barenthsen; his step-mother, Carla (Holst) Barenthsen; sister, Lola (Barenthsen) Odden Haugen; his brothers-in-law, Ernest Odden, Cliff Jorgenson, Morris Foss, and Lloyd Haugen; his sister-in- law, Mavis (Skarphol) Foss and niece, Louise (Odden) Leintz.

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Virgil and Mary Jo Miller (Oro Valley, AZ)
Mar 17, 2019
We lost a great friend the other day. He always had a zest for life. He was kind, thoughtful and enjoyed life to the fullest. I know everyone who knew Alvin is sad that he left this world, but also are glad his suffering is over. We know he will be looking down and guiding us. Our sincere condolences to Bernice, Cindy, Kathy, Mark and Roger and families. We know the memories will keep you strong and put that little smile that he left with everyone in your hearts. We will miss you terribly. RIP Alvin.
BRUCE (RODENHIZER, ND)
Mar 18, 2019
MY SINCERE SYMPATHIES TO ALVIN'S FAMILY & MAY HIS PRECIOUS MEMORIES BLESS & SUSTAIN US ALL IN THE DAYS & YEARS TO COME & MAY THIS BE OUR PRAYER,O LORD HELP US ALL WHEN WE ARE FACED WITH A GREAT LOSS TO BE GRATFUL & THANKFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE,AMEN!! AND DO YOU KNOW BERNICE WHAT I HAVE FOUND OUT THE LAST EIGHT YEARS THAT THE ONES YOU LOVE DON'T GO AWAY,THEY WALK BESIDE YOU EVERY DAY,UNSEEN,UNHEARD & VERY NEAR,STILL MISSED,STILL LOVED & VERY DEAR,GOD BLESS FROM A LONG TIME FRIEND WHICH GOES BACK TO ALVIN'S SCHOOL DAYS & I LOVED HIM LIKE A BROTHER WITH MUCH LOVE & PRAYERS BRUCE RODENHIZER
Rodney Brudvik (Sioux Falls, SD)
Mar 18, 2019
Alvin will be missed, always enjoyed visiting with him on our many visits to Powers Lake. He was a longtime family friend of my parents Arnold and Betty Brudvik.
Donna Haustveit (Tioga, ND)
Mar 18, 2019
So sorry for your loss, such a kind and loving man
Twyla Thorlaksen-Horvath (Loveland, CO)
Mar 18, 2019
Our heartfelt sympathies to Bernice and family. Alvin was such a good friend to my Dad, who loved him dearly. Alvin was such a warm and wonderful person to all of us Our warmest thoughts and prayers are with you.

Twyla Thorlaksen-Horvath
Roxanne Moen Turpin (Sonoma, CA)
Mar 20, 2019
So sorry to hear of Alvin's passing. He was such a special man and raised a bunch of kids into amazing adults. I wish I could be there with you to tell you in person how sad I am for your loss. Sending you lots of love.
Roxanne Moen Turpin (Sonoma, CA)
Mar 20, 2019
So sorry to hear of Alvin's passing. He was such a special man and raised a bunch of kids into amazing adults. I wish I could be there with you to tell you in person how sad I am for your loss. Sending you lots of love.
Pat Lucy (Williston, ND)
Apr 4, 2019
I was extremely sad to hear of Alvin's passing. What a great man. Always so kind and happy. I fondly remember my time spent with Mark at the Barenthsen home by the lake and trips to the farm with Alvin. My sincere condolences to Bernice and the entire Barenthsen clan.
Mike & Ruthe Odden (Holdingford, Mn)
Apr 10, 2019
We are so sorry about uncle Alvin's passing. He had a good life. He was a very good man, loving and caring for his family. It was a privilege to know him.
Daryle and Sharon Odden (Great Falls, Montana)
Apr 12, 2019
Alvin was a good neighbor to me as I was growing up, and taught me some work ethics when I helped him on the farm. We stayed in touch with Alvin and Bernice when visiting Powers Lake and once in their home in Mesa. He was a great man and great friend and will be missed by many. Our sympathy to Bernice, Cindy, Mark, Kathy, and Roger and their families.
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