Obituaries June 20, 2014
Mass of Christian Burial was held on June 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Interment was at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Margaret was born on May 21, 1926, to Kasper Erhardt and Lucretia (Messer) in Center. She married George A. Wetsch on Oct. 4, 1945, in St. Anthony. Shortly after they married, they moved to Ft. Meade, Md. until George was discharged, then moved to Mandan.
Margaret took care of her family after her mother passed away, making a great example for their family. She sold Avon and women’s clothing. She loved pitching kickball and had many children gathered at her home for many games.
Margaret was a 50 year member of the Catholic Daughters as well as a troop leader for Junior Catholic Daughter of America. She loved dancing and traveled 25 years with George on many tours. The extended family enjoyed many fishing and camping trips to Lake Sakakawea. Margaret’s greatest pride was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, having created many memories of laughter and spoiling them. She was a vibrant wife, mother and grandmother with a wonderful personality. Margaret was full of laughter and the joy of life, with a compassionate and gentle soul and a warm and loving smile, which will be missed by all that loved and knew her.
Margaret will be deeply missed by her husband, George A. Wetsch; daughters, Joyce (Gary) Yantzer, Bismarck, Sandy Sunga, Mandan; grandchildren, Michelle (Jeff) Kirkwold, Crystal, Minn., Tisha (Trent) Lezer, Rogers, Minn., Westie (Matt) Nelson, Fargo, Shelley Rohrich, Mandan, Beth (Tanner) IntVeld, Mandan; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Lucretia (Chris) Silbernagel, Bismarck; sister-in-law’s, Vivian Erhardt, Bismarck, Shirley Erhardt, Mandan; brothers, Matt (Jo) Erhardt, Center, Jack (Esther) Erhardt, Goodyear, Ariz., and Kasper (Linda) Erhardt, Grand Forks.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, son-in-law, Dr. Conrado Sunga; sisters, Rose Barth, Frances Schulte, Veronica Schulte, Odelia Erhardt; brothers, Mike, Connie, Ray and Kasper Erhardt.
Memorials are preferred to go to St. Joseph’s Capital Campaign fund. Go to www.weigelfuneral.com to sign the online guestbook.
Services were held on June 10, at First Presbyterian Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Deanna Reikow officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, with full Military honors.
George was born to Lawrence E. and Alice L. (Holdiman) Reichman on Sept. 24, 1925, at Belgrade, Mont.. He was raised and educated in Montana, graduating from Belgrade High School in 1943, and then entered the U.S. Navy, where he was a ham radio operator in WWII. After four years, he was honorably discharged and retuned to Montana to further his education. He received his BS degree in Agricultural Science, with a Major in Soils, and in 1954, his Master Degree in Soil Science from Montana State University. He was united in marriage to Virginia M. Baum on Oct. 26, 1952, at Worden, Mont. George had an inquisitive and analytical mind, which paired naturally for him as a Soil Research Scientist. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Montana and taught classes at Montana State University. He and Virginia moved to Mandan in 1955 and he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the Northern Great Plains Research Center until his retirement in 1999.
George’s dedication to his community was evident in his membership in various clubs and organizations. He belonged to the Mandan Rotary, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and was a charter member of the N.D. State Railroad Museum, where he was inducted into the North Dakota State Railroad Museum Hall of Fame on Aug. 23, 2009. In all of these organizations, his involvement always saw George as an officer, giving of his time and talents to further the cause and purpose. His dedication to his church was foremost, having served on many boards at all levels, locally as well as the National Presbyterian Association. He and Virginia did take time to relax and enjoy a favorite pastime with friends in the Family Campers RV’s and the Good Sam Club, as well as spending time with each other throughout their many world travels.
He was a collector of information, with various interests in coins, stamps and an archiver of scientific information, much of it related to his work. He was known as the Bingo king and played a good game of cards, pinnocle. His dry sense of humor was usually present and he was willing to try anything. His thirst for learning was constant as well was his creativity; resulting in the many gadgets he created to make projects easier to complete, such as creating a better mouse trap. In all this, he was a man of kindness and creativity. His love for his family will be cherished by all who knew him. Most of all though, his pride of his family will continue to be remembered
George will be deeply missed by his daughter, Alice M. (Lee) Johnson, Mandan; son, Lawrence (Gloria) Reichman, Warner Robins, Ga.; grandchildren, Maggie (Wally) Seibel, Heather (David) Barb, William (Kaitlyn Thinnes) Schafer, Heidi (Jason) Griffin, Mathew Johnson; great-grandchildren, Rory Schafer, Parker Barb, Luke Griffen, Blake Griffen, and Bentley Johnson; his brother Glen Reichman, West Allis, Wis.; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry (Connie) Baum; and numerous nieces and nephews.
George was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Virginia; and sister-in-law, Beatrice Reichman.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made the North Dakota State Railroad Museum, PO Box 1001, Mandan, ND 58554. Please go to www.weigelfuneral.com to sign the online guestbook.