Leota “Otie” Fagerstrom

Leota “Otie” Fagerstrom, age 84, of Valley City, ND, died Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, November 1st at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Valley City. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the church on Thursday afternoon. Inurnment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Valley City, ND.
Leota “Otie” Jean Johnson, the daughter of Robert and Selma (Lindlauf) Johnson, was born May 31, 1928 in San Bernardino, California. Shortly after she was born, Leota moved back to Sutton, ND where she grew up and graduated from High School. After her graduation, Leota attended Valley City State Teachers College where she earned her standard degree. On March 26, 1948 she married James Fagerstrom in Valley City. The couple then moved to Grand Forks, ND where they lived until 1952 when they moved back to Valley City. While her three children were attending college, Leota also returned to college and received her BA degree in Education. She then taught school in Eckelson, ND for a time. Otie was a very active member of the Valley City Country Club. She enjoyed playing golf, pinochle and Bridge. She also liked Sudoku’s, crossword puzzles and an occasional trip to the casino.
Otie is survived by her three sons, Rodney, St. Paul, MN, Robert “Bob” (Maria), Riverdale, ND and Richard (Simona), Saudi Arabia; three granddaughters, Erika, Andrea (Dave Lewellyn) and Krista; two step-granddaughters, Laurie and Carrie; two great-grandchildren, Leota and Tegan; one step-great-granddaughter, Alyse; two sisters, Virgina Ludwig, Fargo, ND and Ardelle Larson, Florida; one brother, Bob Johnson, Sutton, ND.
Otie was preceded in death by her husband James, parents, and one brother, Gerald Johnson.
Funeral arrangements by the Lerud Schuldt Funeral Home of Valley City, ND. Online guestbook available at www.lerudschuldt.com