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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Irene Hillstead
August 27, 1928 - January 7, 2021

Place of Birth: Williston, North Dakota
Residence: Williston, North Dakota
Age: 92



Irene Elna Olson was born to Mabel (Johnson) and Ed C Olson on August 27, 1928 in Williston, ND. She passed away on January 7, 2021 while visiting her daughters home in Goodyear, AZ. She was the third of 10 siblings. As a child Irene attended Johnson School near the family farm in Williams County and graduated from Williston High School in 1947. She was a member of First Lutheran Church.

On May 27, 1948 Irene was united in marriage to ElRoy Sundby. They were married for 44 years and were blessed with three daughters, Linda, Brenda and Beth. Irene and ElRoy co-owned and operated Booke Motor Service in Williston for 30 plus years. During that time they enjoyed camping, fishing, flying, dune-buggying and traveling together. ElRoy passed away in 1992.

In 1994 Irene was married to Lyle Hillstead. They made their primary home in Williston and enjoyed spending the winter months in Arizona. Lyle and Irene were married for 23 years, until Lyles passing in 2017.

Irene is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Linda and Craig Modahl of Sisters, Or and Goodyear, AZ, daughters Brenda Modahl and Beth Busch of Beaverton, OR; four grandchildren: Jason (Katie O) Modahl of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Katie (Ricardo) Pina of Gilbert, AZ; Holly (Nick) VanNood of Vancouver, WA; and Kurt Modahl of Portland, OR; great grandchildren London Grace and Willa Sundby Modahl of Amsterdam and Hendrik VanNood of Vancouver, WA; Stepchildren Jim (Patti) Hillstead, Linda (Mel) Cottle and Kathy Magnone and their children and grandchildren; siblings Maxine Nelson and Kenneth Olson, in-laws Pati Olson, Arvine Olson and Duane Diedrich as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers James, Morris, Elvin, Floyd and Clarence Olson, sisters Helene Diedrich and Marion Olson, husbands ElRoy Sundby and Lyle Hillstead, son-in-law Kurt Modahl and great granddaughter Sofia Irene Pina.

Per Irene’s wishes her ashes will be buried alongside Elroy in Riverview Cemetery.


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Jean Marie Lindvig (Williston, ND)
Jan 13, 2021
Linda and Brenda, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Irene last Spring through in home communion. I had such a nice time with her. I am thankful for that, and that she was in a warm sunny place in her last days. My sincere Condolences to you all. Jean Lindvig
David Arnson (Williston, ND)
Jan 16, 2021
To Irene’s family, Sorry for your loss
Alice Kunick (Beach, North Dakota )
Jan 16, 2021
So sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to her girls and family.
Judy (Christensen) Anderson (Spokane Valley, WA)
Sep 14, 2021
She was a lovely lady. She was my mother, Irene Jeanette Kulseth Christensen’s, cousin & we always loved sharing the story about the Irene’s. Irene will be missed.
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