Lyla Marguerite Forthun Sortland Rollofson, age 88, of Crosby, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Center in Crosby.
Lyla Marguerite Forthun was born on June 27, 1924, on the family farm in Forthun Township, Burke County, the daughter of Melvin and Lisa (Kihle) Forthun. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1943. She moved with her family to Napa, Calif., to work at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, where she worked as a ship fitter and welder making parts for naval ships. The women were nicknamed "Rosey the Riveter."
In 1946, the family moved back to North Dakota where Lyla went to work for Buster Martin. She later went to work at Korbel Drug, where she met Ole J. Sortland. They were married on Aug. 31, 1947. To this union three children were born: Lana, JoAnn and Bruce.
Ole ran the local John Deere dealership along with his brother Rudolph. In 1963, they bought the John Deere dealership in Columbus, where Lyla was bookkeeper until the business closed in 1980. Ole passed away on Sept. 14, 1980. Lyla then moved back to Crosby, where she worked for the Good Samaritan Center.
Lyla married Leonard Rollofson on June 25, 1991. She continued to work at the Good Samaritan until retirement in 2000. Leonard passed away in June 25, 2002. She continued to live in her home in Crosby until she moved into St. Luke's Hospital swing bed and then to the Good Samaritan Center until her passing.
Lyla was preceded in death by her husbands, Ole and Leonard; her parents; daughter, JoAnn at infancy; and her sister, Helen Dewing.
She is survived by: her daughter, Lana, in Casa Grande, Ariz.; her son, Bruce of Crosby; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her sister, Elaine of Bismarck; her brothers, Marlin of Napa, Calif., Lydell of Bismarck and Vernell of St. Johnsburg, Vt.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church in Crosby with Pastor Rob Garton officiating.
Burial will follow at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Crosby.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Stakston-Martin Funeral Home in Crosby and also one hour before the service at the church.
Stakston-Martin Funeral Home of Crosby is in charge of arrangements.