Neva LaVon (Sellin) Forseth

August 10, 1926 ~ January 26, 2020 (age 93)


Neva LaVon Sellin was born on the family farm in Bertha Township, Minnesota to Louis Sellin and Martha Dehnel Sellin.  She was the first daughter and third child out of the five children born to the Sellin family.

Neva vividly remembered and shared the story of her parents losing their farm during the great depression in 1934 and loading up the entire family and all their worldly belongings into a model A.   This left a lasting impression on Neva and the entire family. The Sellin family moved from Bertha township to a farm in Long Prairie where they stayed until 1942. In 1941, Neva was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Oak Hill in Todd County.  In 1942, after Neva’s two brothers left for the war effort, the family moved to Solway where they purchased the Sime Farm. While on the Sime Farm, Neva worked with her father operating a custom combining business in the Solway area.  It was during one of those custom combining jobs that the red headed girl caught the eye of Howard Forseth, who knew immediately that Neva would be his future wife

During haying season in 1947, Howard told his parents he would not be able to help with haying that afternoon, because he and Neva were going to be getting married. Neva at that time worked at Fredrickson’s Grocery. They were married at the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji, where Neva’s sister Phyllis Sellin and Paul Grovum were witnesses.  For the next 65 years Howard and Neva lived a good and happy life in many different places until Howards death in 2012.  They were, two halves of a whole.  Born to Howard and Neva were a daughter Cheryl Forseth Berglund (Dennis) and son Randy Forseth (Mary).  For a number of years the Forseth family lived in Ohio and other eastern states and moved back home to Bemidji in 1969.  After moving back to Bemidji, Neva enjoyed working part time at JC Penney, The Style Center, and retired from Lampert Building Center.

Neva lived a long and good life, filled with lotsa love, many projects and interests. She treasured her husband, family and times with the Solway Lutheran Quilting Ladies.  She truly was the best mom ever!

At 93, Neva was the last of the Sellin family. She was preceeded in death by her parents, brothers DeVere, Verlin, and Donald and sister Phyllis. She leaves behind children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.   

Thank you to the kind and loving people at GoldPine and Hospice for being there when we needed them the most. We will never forget your kindness.

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