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James S. (Jim) Mongoven, 92

James S. (Jim) Mongoven, 92 of East Grand Forks MN, died Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at the 4000 Valley Square Oakcrest in Grand Forks, ND.

James Stephen Mongoven was born in St. Michaels Hospital,Grand Forks, ND  September 15, 1923 to Henry and Alda (Driscoll) Mongoven.  James graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1942.  He enlisted in the US Army Signal Corps in 1942.  He attended the Dunwoody School for communication and then had basic training at Fort Ord, CA, and then the company was shipped to the Philippine Islands.  He became a Master Sgt. and received many medals for his bravery in combat.  He was in Japan for the restoring of their communication.  He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned home.  James started his career at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1946 as a lineman and then PBX operator.  James was the local union representative until his retirement.

James married the love of his life, Colleen Canniff at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Grand Forks, ND on May 12, 1949.  Their union produced six children.  He belonged to Sacred Heart Church, DAV-VFW, and the American Legion Post #157.  He served on the East Grand Forks City Council until 1997 when the flood hit and they lost their Sherlock Park home.  They moved to Newfolden, St. Cloud and Gatzke, MN.  In 2001 they purchased a home and returned to East Grand Forks.

James is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Colleen, of East Grand Forks and sons Steve (Barb) Mongoven, Helena, MT and Tom Mongoven of Missoula, MT.  Daughters Karen (Art) Larson, Daytona Beach, FL, Mary (Gerald) Phillipe, Warroad, MN and Elaine Mongoven (Friend Jesse Obregon) Grand Forks, ND,  sister Betty Mongoven, East Grand Forks, MN, 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Nancy Friebohle, brothers Bill and John Mongoven, sister-in-laws Cora and Mary Mongoven, Dorothy Paulson, brother-in-law Bill Canniff and mother and father-in-laws Art and Laura Canniff.

All of us who loved him will miss his kindness and great sense of humor.  He loved his family, his faith, his country and all his friends.

A Soldier Came This Way!


Funeral Service:  11:00, AM, Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks, MN


Visitation: 10-11 AM Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks, MN


Interment:  Resurrection Cemetery, East Grand Forks, MN in the spring of 2016


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Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota

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