In Memory

May Mauritsen


May Crystal Mauritsen passed away on February 17th, 2014.

Family:  May Mauritsen was born May Crystal Bellerud on May 9th, 1919 to Norwegian immigrant father Ole Martin Bellerud and second generation Danish immigrant mother “Nellie” Carrie Agnes Nelson.  May was born and attended school where her folks owned a mercantile store, in Nekoma, North Dakota.  She was the second child of three, with two brothers, Melvin and Alister.  She attended Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and Miss Wood’s College of Primary Education (later Macalester College) in St. Paul, MN., where she graduated in 1941.   She married Vernon Mauritsen Dec. 21st, 1941 and began her life of adventure, innovation, hard work and service.  May died peacefully in her sleep on February 17th, 2014, Presidents’ Day, an apt holiday for May to pass on, because she loved both teaching and learning about American history.

Accomplishments: Our mother was a teacher to new readers and those who struggled with reading.  She aught kindergarten with knowledge that the whole child, his experience and language should be educated.  She worked tirelessly to build a lumberyard business that would prosper and add life to a small farming community.  She helped to design and decorate several new homes.  Mom was right-hand woman to a successful director (her husband, Vern) of the Concordia Language villages, Moorhead, Minnesota.  She was superintendent of the Lutheran Sunday School for as long as we can remember.  Mom brought history and science to life for hundreds of second and third graders at Swan River School near Bigfork, Montana.  Not insignificantly, she raised four children to be responsible, loving and honest, and she was a supportive, faithful wife to Vern for 72 years! 

Not only was May devoted to service, as demonstrated by her accomplishments, but she is well-remembered for her joy of hospitality.  If there was a reason for celebration, she brought out the party decorations, ordered a cake, and invited friends and family.  If someone dropped by, the coffee pot was on in seconds and a plate of cookies or cinnamon rolls was offered.  We and our children, living far from her, received thoughtful gifts and treats for every holiday and birthday of the year.  Visitors and family alike always knew that they were loved and special because of Mom.
Survivors:   May is survived by four children: daughter Carol McDonald, San Jose California, sons Peter Mauritsen (wife Harriet) and Mark Mauritsen (wife Mecca) from Prescott, AZ, and Artesia, N.M. respectively, and daughter, Jean Frantz (husband Paul) of Eugene, OR.   May has eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
In Memoriam: You are invited to share memories and stories at our celebration of life service for both of our parents, May and Vernon Mauritsen, planned for Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Bigfork, MT.  Memorials can be given to Concordia Language Villages, 901 8th St. S., Moorhead, Minnesota 56562 (Attn. Melissa Rademacher) with Mauritsen Endowed Scholarship on the memo line. 

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03/23/14 06:47 PM #1    

JoAnn Alstad (Karhu) (1969)

So very sorry for the loss of your Mom.  JoAnn Alstad Karhu


03/24/14 02:19 PM #2    

Joan Sederholm (Muzzin) (1957)

To Carol, Peter, Jean, and Mark,

My morning was saddened by the news of your Mother's passing.  Then it was filled with such wonderful memories of both your parents. Obviously learning to play the clarinet had a huge impact on my life.  Not only did I play in the famous "Sunburst High School," band, but also Concordia College as well the Casper Wyoming Symphony.  It took me many places.  I will always be greatful.

My memories of our families together in Polebridge are warm, wonderful, and such fun.  Still my favorite place on earth.  Our mothers always seemed to be cooking something great.  The summers seemed longer and so perfect.

After attending a class reunion in Sunburst quite a few years ago, your parents invited my husband and me for lunch in Bigfork.  It was fantastic.  Such a beautiful home filled with warmth.  We felt so welcome.  It certainly was fun to visit as an adult instead of a student.  They were so good to us.

I think of them being united once again.  And I send all of you my love and prayers.










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