Emilie Ferderer, 87, Mandan, passed away at her home on October 12, 2023.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, October 20, 2023, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Keith Streifel celebrating. Burial will follow at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with a Rosary at 4 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Emilie was born May 2, 1936, to Peter and Wilhelmina (Anton) Flink in Alexandrovka, Ukraine. Emilie’s father passed away when she was just one year old and Emilie, her mother, and brother, Frank, spent the early years of her life moving throughout Europe during WWII before eventually fleeing to the US and arriving in New York on February 3, 1952, when Emilie was 15 years old. Days after their arrival, they made their way to Judson, ND, and were sponsored by Alex and Anna Ferderer. Emilie soon began working with her mother at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck. Emilie met Alex Ferderer, the son of her families sponsors in America, who became the love of her life and they began their married life together on October 21, 1954, making their home on a farm north of New Salem. Emilie became a US citizen on April 8, 1958, and she was always grateful for the freedoms and privileges this gave her.
Emilie was known for her cooking, bringing friends, family, and community together over a delicious meal. There was nothing better than eating one of Grandma’s warm homemade buns fresh out of the oven. In retirement, Alex and Emilie moved to Mandan and enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren, gardening, bird watching, and taking drives to the casino.
Grandma and Grandpa would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on Oct 21, 2023. They never missed being together for their anniversary, and it was something they were very proud of. With Grandpa passing on July 4th of this year, they will be celebrating this year dancing together in heaven.
Emilie will be deeply missed by her loving family including her children, James of Mandan, David (Rachelle Roemmich) of Mandan, Greg (Sherry) of Bismarck, Geralyn Farstad of Mesa, AZ, Janet Lahren of Mandan, and Carol (Roger) Svihl of Mandan; four grandchildren, Lyndse Wagner, Eric (Michelle) Lahren, Laci (Chad) Czeczok, and Alex Lahren; eleven great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; brother, Frank Flink of Bismarck; sisters-in-law, Lillian Janzer of Mandan and Marie Ferderer of Washington.
Emilie was preceded in death by her husband, Alex; her parents; and recently by two son-in-law’s, Terry Lahren and Vern Farstad; great granddaughter, Baylee Ferderer; sister-in-law, JoAnne Flink; and numerous in-laws from Alex’s family.