Hanna Rolfsrud Weltzin


Hanna Rolfsrud Weltzin was born in Watford City, to Nils and Rebecca Rolfsrud on Feb. 28, 1915. She attended Keene Consolidated Grade School and graduated from Watford City High School. She continued her education at Minot State Teachers College, Lutheran Bible Institute, and Bemidji State College where she received her bachelor's degree in music. She taught in several one-room schools in North Dakota.

On June 21, 1944, Hanna was united in marriage to the Reverend Theodore J. Weltzin in Watford City. The couple served several parishes in Deering, Petersburg, and Bottineau, N.D., and Viking, Puposky, and Climax, Minn.

Hanna taught music on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota before she and Ted retired back to Watford City in 1979. Hanna loved music and continued to play and share her gift throughout her life. She also wrote her own music. She was an excellent seamstress.