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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Vivian L Linseth
July 7, 1929 - January 14, 2023

Residence: Watford City, ND

On January 14, 2023, Vivian Linseth passed away of natural causes at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Watford City. Vivian was 93 years old.

Vivian was born July 7, 1929, to James and Jenny Renbarger on the family farm near the Missouri River in northern McKenzie County. Vivian grew up on the farm with her parents and two older brothers, Vernon and Arnold. In the late 1940s the family relocated the farm a few miles south in advance of the flooding of the Missouri River Valley from the Garrison Dam project. Vivian graduated high school from Watford City in 1947.

In the late 1940’s Vivian would fall in love for the first and only time in her life. Paul Linseth was a friend of Vivian’s brothers but their attraction to each other was mutual and unmistakable. The two were married in Williston, North Dakota on June 17, 1950. They were best friends and were nearly inseparable for the next 70 years.

After their marriage, Vivian and Paul moved to North Carolina and Texas where Paul was stationed in the US Army. While in Texas, they start their family with the birth of their daughter Shalisha. Upon his discharge the couple returned home to North Dakota where they eventually purchased and moved to the Linseth farm in eastern McKenzie County. The family continued to grow with the addition of four sons: Savern, Shane, Sheldon, and Steven. Life on the farm was not always easy but Vivian was never afraid to get her hands dirty doing farm work. With the big bustling family Vivian always succeeded in making their house a happy home. You could often count on coming home to the smell of freshly baked buns, or caramel rolls, and maybe even some milk mush, so long as someone had milked the cow. Vivian loved life on the farm, and they were always busy with friends, neighbors and relatives coming to visit.

Vivian and Paul moved from the farm to Watford City in 1992 where their home became even more of a focal point for family gatherings and neighbors stopping by for coffee. By this time in Vivian’s life grandchildren were becoming frequent visitors to their home. Whether it was to stop by and say hello, to borrow a bed to stay the night in town, or to try and catch something fresh out of the oven, the visits were frequent and welcomed. No matter the circumstances you knew Vivian would greet you with a smile. Vivian loved to see family and friends and if you stayed long enough you could count on having your picture taken, which would eventually make its way onto her hutch or refrigerator. If you ever wanted to know if Vivian valued family, you had to look no further than her pictures. You could find everyone there from the kids to great grandkids, second cousins, and family friends and she loved all of them.

Vivian also found other ways to stay active in her retirement years. She was a member of the Old Settlers Club, 50 Years in the Saddle, a Treasure for the American Legion Auxiliary, and volunteered to deliver for Meals on Wheels. Vivian and Paul were regulars at the local grills and cafés where they could often be found having coffee and swapping news and stories with friends. In the spring of 2015, Vivian decided to be baptized, because she not as a child. So, at the gentle age of 85 in front of family and friends Vivian was baptized at the First Lutheran Church along with her great grandson Grant Linseth.

In 2016 Paul and Vivian moved into the Good Shepherd Home together where they continued to enjoy visits from family and friends. On June 17, 2020, Paul and Vivian celebrated 70 years of faithful and happy marriage by renewing their wedding vows surrounded by family and friends. Days` later Paul would pass on into eternity with Vivian by his side. Since then, Vivian has been patiently waiting for the good Lord to call her home to once again be by her loving husbands’ side.

Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Linseth; parents, James and Jenny Renbarger; brothers, Vernon and Arnold Renbarger; daughter-in-law Sheila Linseth.

Vivian is survived by her children, Shalisha Quinnell, Savern Linseth, Shane Linseth, Sheldon Linseth, Steven Linseth; 12 Grandchildren; and 16 Great-Grandchildren.


The family would like to thank the staff at the Good Shepherd Home, and Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home.

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Larry and Val Nygaard (Mcclusky , ND)
Jan 16, 2023
We are so sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing. We had great conversations with her and Paul. They both were great help at the Sr. Citizens.
Curtis Johnson (Watford city , ND)
Jan 16, 2023
My sympathy goes out to your family
Ann Johnsrud
Jan 16, 2023
I was so sad to hear of Vivian’s passing. She was such a kind and gentle soul. Paul and Vivian were such good friends to my parents, Bill and Millie Faulkner.
My deepest sympathy to the family.
Margaret Renbarger
Jan 16, 2023
For Vivians Family, So sorry for the loss of Vivian. She was such a nice person!
Kandas Wold (Jamestown , ND)
Jan 17, 2023
My Deepest Sympathy to Vivians family. She was such a sweet lady. I always enjoyed visiting with her and Paul.
Gayle & Mick Homiston
Jan 17, 2023
Shalisha, Savern and families of Vivian,
We enjoyed many nice visits with Vivian (and Paul) over the years at Good Shepard. Our sympathy to all of you.
Gayle & Mick
Kristin Rhone (Watford City, ND)
Jan 18, 2023
Linseth Family- My sincere sympathy goes out to each and every one of you. My heart breaks for the loss of Vivian, but I know she is home in Heaven with her beloved Paul, so that brings me great comfort. We absolutely loved Vivian (and Paul) at the Good Shepherd Home and we cherish each and every day we got to spend with them. Getting to plan their vow renewal will always be one of my most favorite memories ever! The love your mom and dad had for each other was without measure and that day you felt their love through our whole building. I will miss Vivian's smile and her little laugh and the way her eyes would light up when we'd bring her in any Norwegian goodies especially rommegrot. Thank you for sharing your parents with us here at GSH. We love you all and will keep you all in our prayers today and in the days ahead.
Kelly and Donna Berg (Valdosta, Georgia)
Jan 19, 2023
Linseth family,
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Vivian.
She was one of the dearest ladies, always smiling, and such a caring individual.
Gods peace be with all of you.
Cindy(Hanna)and Peter Ostman (Spearfish, SD)
Jan 19, 2023
Vivian’s Family, Vivian will be remembered for one of the nicest people we will have known. Our visits with her and Paul will be our memories forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cindy(Hanna)and Peter Ostman (Spearfish, SD)
Jan 19, 2023
Vivian’s Family, Vivian will be remembered for one of the nicest people we will have known. Our visits with her and Paul will be our memories forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Wanda Faulkner (Spokane, WA)
Jan 19, 2023
So sorry for your loss! Prayers for comfort!
Stacy Arnegard (Arnegard , ND)
Jan 19, 2023
Vivian was always fun to visit with! When I worked at Social Services I would call her when I needed help for a client (bath bench, wheelchair etc) and I would meet her at “the shed.” Sympathies
Linda Luttrell (Ponsford, Mn)
Jan 20, 2023
Mom, (Neva Renbarger) thought Vivian (and Paul)
Were special relatives and enjoyed their company so much whether it was an event or just playing cards!
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