Yvonne Avis Faaland, age 83, Calabasas, California, died Sunday, April 19th, 2020 at Belmont Village Senior Living in Calabasas, California. Yvonne was born October 15th, 1936 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, the daughter of Julian and Alice (Ness) Rodahl, and baptized in the Christian faith. Yvonne went to elementary school at the Busy Bee Hive School District 159 Marshall County and also Holt School in Holt, Minnesota, then attended high school in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. She was highly active in the 4-H Club. Following graduation from high school she attended and graduated from Concordia College in Moorehead, Minnesota, in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science Degree Major in Elementary Education and Minor in Music. She married Thomas Faaland on July 8th, 1956, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
Together Yvonne and Tom raised two children and owned a Barbario Cheese House in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Yvonne also taught elementary school children in Dubuque, Iowa; Fertile, Minnesota; Walhalla and Starkweather, North Dakota. She retired from teaching in 2014. Porter Ranch, California and Calabasas, California were her final residencies from 2015 to 2020.
Yvonne is survived by her son Paul Thomas Faaland of Woodland Hills, California; her daughter and her husband, Sarah and Marvin E. Richards Jr., of Moreland Hills, Ohio; three grandchildren, Olivia Y. Richards and Marvin E. Richards III of Moreland Hills, Ohio, and Vanessa N. Richards of Los Angeles, California; one sister, Elaine Rodahl of Grand Forks, North Dakota; two brothers and their wives, David and Barbara Rodahl, and Darrold and Kitty Rodahl, both of Thief River Falls, Minnesota; one niece, two great-nieces, and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Julian Rodahl in 1994, husband Reverend Thomas Faaland in 1999, and mother Alice (Ness) Rodahl in 2004.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cando Area Food Pantry Backpack Programs, Address: 304 5th Avenue, Cando, ND 58324, Phone: (701) 968-3105
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