Nedra Lee Eckroth, 84, Mandan, died April 26, 2016 at Sanford Health in Bismarck.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, ND with Msgr. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial will be at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 10:00am.
Visitation will be held Friday, April 29, 2016 from 4:00-8:00pm at Weigel Funeral Home, with Parish Vigil at 7:00pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Nedra Lee was born on December 20, 1931 to Roger and Rosalie (Fagen) Neuenschwander in Fessenden, ND. She attended school in Fessenden and graduated from Fessenden High School in 1949. Nedra then went on to attend Minot State receiving her teaching certification. She taught in rural schools for 2 years then went to Chaseley, ND where she taught and was also the basketball coach. She met the love of her life Henry “Buck” Eckroth in Fessenden where they were lifeguards together. They married on August 19, 1953 in Fessenden. After they married they lived in Mott, ND; Greybull, WY; Fort Lewis, WA (as Buck was called to active duty) and Bismarck, ND where Buck coached and taught. Nedra remained a stay at home mother to their 5 children and attended Bismarck State College studying the Juvenile Justice System. She went to work at the Heartview Foundation. While there positions included Volunteer Coordinator, Librarian, Education Coordinator, and Adolescent Outreach Coordinator.
One of Nedra’s proudest accomplishments was achieving over 40 years of sobriety through an active involvement with AA. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Nedra will be deeply missed by her children, Tom (Jan) Eckroth, Bismarck, ND, Kim (Phil) Hanson, Stillwater, MN, Karen (Randy) Huyck, Anoka, MN, Lora (Robert) Baker, Mandan, ND and Mike (Lisa) Eckroth, Edina, MN; 11 grandchildren, Jennifer, Chris, Sara, Daniel, Nathan, Jessica, Lisa, Nick, Taylor, Isaac and Annika; 4 great-grandchildren, Hunter, Cole, Lillian and Evan; brother, Roger Neuenschwander, Boise, ID and sisters-in-law, Janice Neuenschwander, Bismarck, ND, and Virginia (Bill) Boehm, Mandan, ND.
Nedra was preceded in death by her husband and best friend, Buck, in 2010; her parents and grandson, David (Brave Dave); brothers, Joe and Dan Neuenschwander.