Posted 10/02/19 (Wed)
Phyllis Audrey Stenehjem Rovelstad died July 26, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family in Mesa, Ariz., at the age of 96 years.
She was born March 17, 1923, in Arnegard, N.D., to Odin N. and Lillie A. Stenehjem.
She grew up in Watford City, N.D., a city that held her heart throughout her life. After graduating from Watford City High School she attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. She sang in the Concordia Concert Choir under Paul J. Christiansen. She transferred and graduated from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn., with a BS in Interior Design. She worked as an Interior Designer in Los Angeles prior to her marriage.
While at the University of Minnesota, she met the love of her life, Homer David Rovelstad. They married June 20, 1946. They moved to Maui, Hawaii, while Homer served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. They moved to Grand Forks, N.D., after his discharge in 1947 to begin his dental practice.
They had two children, Susan Jean Rovelstad James and David Phillip Rovelstad. Their grandchildren Darren Douglas James and Phillip David (Phoebe Chitila) James live in Seattle, Wash.
Phyllis had a strong commitment to her Faith in God. She actively supported and participated at her church through her attendance, reading the Bible, Women’s Circle, Bible Studies, and singing in choir.
Phyllis and Homer maintained summer homes at Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota, and Bemidji, Minn., where the family thrived on the water. Near retirement they split time between Grand Forks, N.D., and Apache Wells in Mesa, Ariz., 6 months of the year.
Phyllis’ love of family was ever present in all that she did. Her home was always open to family. She was known for her excellence in entertaining family and friends.
She was gifted in creating many handcrafted pieces, including many handcrafted Hardanger stitching, knitting, needlepoint, monogramming, oil painting and re-upholstered furniture pieces.
Phyllis enjoyed golfing, swimming, and \playing Bridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer; her parents; brothers, O. Vincent (Violet) and Leland M. (Judith) Stenehjem; her brother-in-law, Robert W. (Lenore) Rovelstad; and son, David.
Memorials can be designated to the Phyllis Stenehjem Rovelstad and Dr. Homer Rovelstad Endowed Scholarship that is awarded to students in Music and the Sciences at Concordia College; the Phyllis and Dr. Homer Rovelstad Athletics Endowment to the UND Foundation; the United Lutheran Church; or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Memorial Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, at United Lutheran Church, 324 Chestnut St., Grand Forks, N.D. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service in the church. Inurnment will be at Memorial Park North Cemetery, Grand Forks, N.D. Amundson Funeral Home, 2975 S. 42nd St., Grand Forks is in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook is available at www.amundsonfuneralhome.com