Ellen M. Gerhardt, 72, Flasher, passed away July 3, 2017 at CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, ND with Rev. Dennis Schafer and Rev. Nick Schneider as concelebrants. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, with a Rosary/Parish Vigil at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Ellen was born on May 24, 1945 to Hans and Frances (Glasser) Jorgensen in Bismarck, ND. She was raised and educated in the Flasher area. She graduated from Flasher High School and continued her education at Bismarck Junior College and Valley City State College earning a degree in Secondary Education. She taught business classes at Selfridge and Flasher High Schools before staying home full time to raise her family. She later returned to the work force as a substitute teacher for 33 years, mainly in the Selfridge school district. Ellen married William R. Gerhardt on June 21, 1969 in Flasher. She and Bill were truly a team and they worked together in the family businesses. Ellen was an outgoing and friendly person; she enjoyed visiting with her wide circle of friends. She loved her children and grandchildren and made sure she kept up with technology so she could stay connected to her friends and family through social media.
Ellen enjoyed quilting, playing sequence, traveling and reading. Her faith was very important to her and she loved singing in church and volunteering whenever she was needed. She served as the Youth Director for the Morton County Farmers Union and enjoyed attending Farmers Union Events and meetings. Ellen’s family was central in her life and she was a wonderful mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren. Ellen will be truly missed by them all.
Ellen will be deeply missed by her husband of 48 years, Bill, Flasher, ND; daughters, Laurie (David) Weber, Minot, ND, Becky (Jacob) Klier, White Bear Lake, MN and Sherry Sonnenberg, Rochester, MN; sons, Kirk (Tammie), Champlin, MN and Bryan (Karla), Woodbury, MN; 12 grandchildren, Dylan, Preston, Logan, Hailey, Wyatt, Megan, Madison, Nicholas, Andrew, Trevor, Arianna, Brynn; sisters, Alice (Ken) Gerhardt, Mandan, ND, Cyndy Wilson, Longmont, CO, Kathy (Clair) Volk, Longmont, CO and Georgine (David) Thomas, Green Valley, AZ; in-laws, Jim Gerhardt, Jim Mumey, Gene and Rosie Erhardt, Leonard and Tootie Gerhardt, Harvey and Dee Miller, Larry and Gloria Gerhardt and Bob and Loretta Gerhardt along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Hans and Frances; sister, Marilyn Davisson and brother, Dolain Jorgensen; father-in-law, Valentine Gerhardt and mother-in-law, Beatrice Gerhardt; step-father, George Wenger, sisters-in-law, Gladys Mumey and Vicky Gerhardt.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the Med City Foundation.
Go to www.weigelfuneral.com to sign the online guestbook and view tribute photos.
Ellen's Memorial Folder