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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Dorothy Kannianen
April 13, 1928 - March 12, 2023

Place of Birth: Rural Belden, North Dakota
Residence: Stanley, North Dakota
Age: 94

Dorothy Kannianen, 94, of Stanley, ND passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at the Mountrail Bethel Home in Stanley, ND.

Dorothy Mae Kannianen was born on April 13, 1928 to Arthur and Anna LaBrant on the family farm in Sikes Township. One of 15 children, she was born at the beginning of the Great Depression. Dorothy attended the Platt Country School near Belden, North Dakota, and graduated from Stanley High School in 1945. She went on to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota for one year.

Dorothy married Herbert Jacob Kannianen on December 24, 1947 in Olympia, Washington. They returned to North Dakota to the family farm where they farmed until Herbert’s death in 1976. They had five children; Jim, Dan, Kristie, Carl, and Kathryn. Dorothy was a lifelong member of the Belden Apostolic Lutheran Church, was the organist and a Sunday School teacher for many years. She worked for the Mountrail County Historical Society on the county history books, and was a dispatcher for twelve years at the Mountrail County Sheriff’s office with Sheriff Ken Halvorson. She wrote the Belden News for many years.

Dorothy was our family historian, creating books of old family letters and many photo albums. She loved making meals for family and friends, and made many rugs on her mother’s loom.

Dorothy is survived by her sons; Dan Kannianen and Carl (Michelle) Kannianen; daughter, Kristie (Dave) Kandoll; grandchildren, Kristen (Eric) Legum, Anne Babiuk, Mike (Kaily) Kannianen, Jordan (Elizabeth) Kannianen, Amanda Kannianen, Jared (Heather) Kannianen, Benny (Harrison) Boyd, Jocelyn Matson, Nathan (Tricia) Kandoll, Jana (Muki) Ibrahim, Maria (Jim) Keddis, Phil (Courtney) Kannianen, Pete (Alicia) Kannianen, Adam (Amber) Bartle, and Lauren Bartle; and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert; son, Jim Kannianen; daughter, Kathryn Hilman; grandson, Aaron Kannianen. She was the last remaining sibling of the LaBrant family. Also preceding her in death were her sisters, Marie Husa, Ella (Puggy) LaBrant, Esther (Jim) Waldrip, Marilyn (Marvin)Karlsen, and Donna (Edwin) Johnson; brothers, Gene (Betty) LaBrant, Lee LaBrant, and Darold (Grace) LaBrant; half sisters, Helen (Morris) Goodner, Nadine (Bill) Fouch, and Nina (George) VanVorst; half brothers, Duane (Virginia) LaBrant, Milford (Louise) LaBrant, and Romane LaBrant.

God Bless the memory of Dorothy Kannianen.

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Candace (Niemitalo) Means (Gillette, WY)
Mar 14, 2023
May her memory be eternal!
Renae Doan (McKenzie , ND)
Mar 14, 2023
I am so sorry for your loss, she must have been a wonderful person as she raised the best kids.
Dwight Karlsen (Aberdeen, WA)
Mar 14, 2023
Widow for 18 more years than she was married; it takes strong internal fortitude to do that; Plus Aunt Dorothy outl-lived all of her siblings and half-siblings; and being the eldest sibling that is just amazing.
Bonnie (Braddock , ND)
Mar 14, 2023
Prayers for you all. She was very special to me.
brent and naomi rodenhizer (gold canyon, Arizona)
Mar 16, 2023
How blessed to have had your mama for so many years. May all the wonderful memories make you smile through the tears.
With our sympathy, Brent and Naomi
Keith & Pamela Niemitalo (Littleton , Colorado )
Mar 18, 2023
I have numerous good memories growing up around Belden, ND and often visiting with the Kannianens and knowing Aunt Dorothy for the many years. She was always strong in her faith and stood up for good morals and ethics. I enjoyed watching her tribute on the Fulkerson.com website - lots of great pictures and wonderful music!
Carole (Champlin, MN)
Mar 18, 2023
As the funeral is taking place, I so wish that we could have been with all of you. That was the plan--we are not in control of the weather and haven't had much control over our tears. When we were kids we spent time each summer visiting from MN and felt so close to the Kannianens. The memories are loving treasures to hold in our hearts. So happy we were able to bring dad there last May. The last time the two remaining siblings were together.
Carol Gehlsen (Myrtle Creek, Oregon)
Mar 18, 2023
She was soft-spoken and quiet in nature, but her love for others was magnified. You knew you were loved by her!
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