Annella (“Nell”) Pauline Leingang, 84, of Mandan, ND, was called home by God on December 14, 2022 surrounded by her loving family.
Visitation will be held on Monday, December 19, 2022 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. CST, at Weigel Funeral Home in Mandan with a rosary starting at 7:00 p.m. CST.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mandan with Fr. Joshua Waltz as celebrant. Burial will follow in Mandan Union Cemetery.
Nell was born on July 16, 1938 near St. Anthony, ND, to George and Rose (Bullinger) Knoll. Nell was the fourth of six brothers and sisters. She was educated in St. Anthony and then later graduated from Mandan High School. She married the love of her life, Raymond (Ray) Leingang, on October 9, 1956 in St. Anthony. They started farming near St. Anthony and then later moved to his parents’ farm north of Solen, ND. They raised three children on the family farm: Michael (Mike), Benita, and Cathleen (Cathy). They farmed and ranched until 1990 and then moved to Mandan. Nell’s pride and joy was her family. She and Ray loved to drive down to the farm to visit and spend time with their grandchildren. Nell enjoyed babysitting her younger granddaughters in her home in Mandan and then later inviting them over for supper as adults. She rarely missed a grandchild’s school event or sports game, and she loved attending their birthday parties. Nell was lovingly known by her older grandchildren as “Grandma Hunny”, with the title being carried on by her great-grandchildren as well, because she said they were all her “little hunnies”. She could often be found rocking the babies or playing on the floor with the toddlers. Everyone loved going to Grandma Hunny’s house. She was a wonderful hostess and made sure everyone was comfortable and well-fed. Special memories of Christmases and holidays at her home will forever be cherished and missed by her family. Nell taught her family the value of working hard, staying humble, putting your family first, and appreciating the little things in life. Her faith in God was undeniable, and she prayed many rosaries for her husband, children, grandchildren, and extended family. She will forever be loved and deeply missed.
Nell is survived by her daughters, Benita (Todd) Meyer of Solen, and Cathy (Darin) Ferderer of Bismarck; her grandchildren, Jennifer (Tyrel) Zingg of Carson, Stacey (Kyle) Woodbury of Carson, Calvin (Ashley) Meyer of Flasher, Madison Ferderer of Bismarck, and Megan (Justin) Hernandez of Bismarck; her 12 (soon to be 13) great-grandchildren, Jocelyn, Allison, Chelsey, and Amber Zingg, Weston, Wyatt, McKenna, and Maci Woodbury, Hannah, Evan, Abby, and Raymond Meyer, and Baby Hernandez (due April 2023); sister and brother, Aldean Paul, and Robert (Marge) Knoll; brothers-in-law, Robert Leingang, Ronald (Betty) Leingang; sisters-in-law, Georgiann Leingang, Helen Kuntz, and Eldean Fitterer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Leingang; son, Michael Leingang; parents, George and Rose Knoll; father and mother-in-law, George and Rose Leingang; brother, Ray (Eleanor) Knoll; sister, Eileen (Peter) Paul; and infant brother, Henry Knoll; sisters-in-law, Janize Leingang, Janice Fitterer, Carolyn (Richard) Bullinger, Laura Wicaryus, and Mary Ann Leingang; brothers-in-law, Arnold Leingang, Leo Leingang, Frank (Eileen) Leingang, Mike Paul, Bill Kuntz, and Bill Fitterer.