Lu Traiser


Lu Traiser, 90, passed away peacefully at Ave Maria Village on December 28, 2022. Born in McClusky, ND, the daughter of Freida (Reile) and Harold Ostrom, she grew up in the North Dakota towns of McClusky, Skogmo, and Drake. Lu graduated from Drake High School and earned a teaching degree at Jamestown College. She later taught school in Buchanan and Spiritwood, ND.

On January 1, 1951, Lu married James Traiser, and they made their home in Jamestown. First and foremost she was a dedicated wife and mother. Lu was also a partner in Gardenette Homes and enjoyed socializing with the residents of that community.

Lu was an active member of First Baptist Church for many years. She was a life-long learner often enrolling in classes and workshops. She also enjoyed reading, sewing, quilting and playing the piano. Lu and her husband wintered in Arizona for over 30 years where they enjoyed dancing and other activities together.

Lu is survived by her son, Joel Traiser; daughter, Luann (Rod) Torkelson; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and sister, Arlene Legare.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Services will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to the University of Jamestown, 6082 College Lane, Jamestown, ND 58405, Attn: Lu Traiser Scholarship or Alzheimer’s Association (

Arrangements are in the care of Eddy Funeral Home.

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