Category Archives: DN – North Dakota

Duane Berger

Duane Hubert Berger,  age 88,  of Bismarck, North Dakota,  passed away October 25, 2018.

Duane started working for Northwestern Bell in Glen Ullin, ND immediately after high school as a technician.  He joined the US Navy, January 2, 1951, after his discharge on October 15, 1954 he resumed employment with NWB in Grand Forks.  He was later transferred to Bismarck and retired as a Regional Sales Manager in 1982.  After retiring, Duane consulted for Northwestern Bell.

Obituary and further information at Bismarck Funeral Home:


David Folske

David J. Folske,  age 75,  of Bismarck, North Dakota,  passed away September 17, 2018.

David J. Folske

Dave attended North Dakota College State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND where he obtained Electronics Technology degree.  After obtaining his degree he began his career with the telephone companies, most notably Northwestern Bell back in the day.  He rose through the ranks only to retire from Northwestern Bell/ATT/US West/ Qwest.  He then started his career again with with local rural telephone cooperatives.  He worked most of his career in Grafton, ND where he raised his family, then onto Rugby, Devils Lake, Fargo and Bottineau.

Obituary and further information at Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services:

Don (DB) Fentress

Don (DB) Fentress,  age 86,  of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas,  passed away August 31, 2018.

Donald  DB Frentress

Don was a District Traffic Manager at Northwestern Bell and AT&T, beginning his career in 1957 in Minneapolis, MN before moving then to St. Cloud, MN and finally ending up in Fargo, ND from 1963-1986.

Obituary and further information at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home:

Lucille VanSlyke

Lucille VanSlyke, age 86, of Salina, Kansas, and previously of Grand Forks and Fargo, North Dakota, passed away August 17, 2018.


Lucille worked as a telephone operator in El Dorado, Kansas until she moved to Grand Forks, ND.  In 1975 she moved to Fargo, ND where she continued working as a telephone operator until moving to the the engineering department.  Lucille retired in 1995.

Obituary and further information at Boulger Funeral Home:

Mary Ann Ohman

Mary Ann Ohman,  age 80,  of East Grand Forks, Minnesota,  passed away August 28, 2018.

Mary Ann worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company as an operator and then in the planning and engineering department.  In 1980 she moved to Fargo when the company transferred her and then opted for early retirement in 1984.

Obituary and further information at Dahl Funeral Home: