Maxine L. Sveen


Maxine L. Sveen, age 89 of Edinburg, ND passed away on September 16, 2022 at the Good Samaritan Society of Park River.

Maxine Lorraine Westberg was born on March 18, 1933 on a small farm near Fairdale, North Dakota to the late Lewis and Gina (Tollefson) Westberg. She was the fifth of six children. She grew up in the Fairdale and Adams areas, attending country schools and graduating from Adams High School. After graduation she began working for her sister, Irene, in the Lankin Café where she met her future husband, Nick.

Maxine and John “Nick” Nicolai Sveen were united in marriage on March 15, 1951, shortly before Nick went to Korea with the U.S. Army. While Nick was overseas, Maxine attended Mayville Teachers’ College and obtained her teaching certificate. She taught country school until Nick returned from serving in Korea. They lived in Wisconsin for a short time before returning to the farm in Edinburg, where they settled and started their happy family. They lived on the farm together until July 2022, when health issues and hospitalization led to their move to the Good Samaritan Society. They celebrated 71 years of marriage in March of 2022.

Maxine was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and WELCA, American Legion Auxilary, and the Red Hat Society. She loved being a mother, a farm wife, and friend; but her most treasured role was grandma and great grandma.

Maxine will be dearly missed by her husband, Nick; children: Dan (Ann) Sveen, Edinburg, ND, Debbie (Greg) Stone, Fargo, ND, Pam (Fred) Halliday, Grafton, ND, Janelle Davis, Grafton, ND, Lori (Ken) Jerstad, East Grand Forks, MN and Jeff (Rita) Sveen, Edinburg, ND; 19 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren with another on the way, all of whom were her pride and joy. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son Terrance and daughter Nancy, son in law: Doug Davis and siblings: Vernon, Maynard, Raymond, Evonne and Irene.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 10:30 A.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Edinburg. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, or the Trinity Foundation. The service will be livestreamed via the Tollefson Funeral Home, Inc. Facebook page.

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The Tollefson Funeral Home of Edinburg is in charge of the arrangements.

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