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Dorothy Jean Ness, 95

Dorothy Jean Ness, 95, of Grand Forks, N.D., passed away Feb. 7, 2024, at Valley Senior Living, Grand Forks.
Dorothy was born Dec. 21, 1928, the daughter of George and Madelyn (Kelly) Koons in Westhope, N.D. After graduating from Westhope High School, Dorothy went on to get her teaching certificate and taught in a one-room school house at Davenport, N.D., and later in Bottineau.
On June 8, 1951, she was united in marriage to Francis D. Ness in Mohall, N.D. They settled in Mohall and later moved to the Noyes and St. Vincent, Minn., area. After their children graduated from school, Dorothy began working at the St. Vincent Post Office. After retiring, the couple traveled to Texas during the winter months and made many friends. Dorothy was an avid golfer and loved the game.
Family members include: her children, Pam Anderson, East Grand Forks, Minn., Cheryl Cicha, Fargo, N.D., Laurie Ness, Grand Forks, Jon (Kim) Ness, Devils Lake, N.D., and Dan (Dawn) Ness, West Fargo, N.D.; grandchildren, Katy (Randy) Storey, Teri Jo Litzinger, Chris (Kristin) Cicha, Chelsea (Kip) Anderson, Shelby Ness (Ryan Lang) and Mackenze (Garrett) Schemionek; great-grandchildren, Kacey (Jake), Aaron (Kayla), Cooper, Aynslie, Austin, Kaleb, Jordyn, Keygen, Ridley, Calvin, Hayden and Tucker; three great-great-grandchildren, Ryker, Quinn and Jennifer; brothers, Dallas (Mike) Green River, Wyo., and Donald (Pannee) Koons, Henderson, Nev.; as well as nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Francis; a son, Mike; a granddaughter, Jennifer Sullivan; and a son-in-law, Jerry Cicha; siblings, Edith Hillesland, Ellen Hoskins, Margaret Juve, Nola Almay and Sonny Koons.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, in Assumption Catholic Church, Pembina, N.D. Interment will be in the St. Vincent Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Austin Funeral Chapel, Hallock, is in charge of arrangements.

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