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Regina Pulkrabek

March 28, 1939 — October 26, 2015

Regina Pulkrabek, 76, Mandan, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on October 26, 2015 at her daughter’s home, under the care of hospice, following a three year battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, October 30, 2015 at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Monsignor Chad Gion celebrating. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 pm on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with a Parish Rosary / Vigil at 7 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Regina was born March 28, 1939 in Mandan, the fourth of ten children to Ralph and Katherine (Boehm) Geiger. Raised in a German speaking family, she learned English while attending country grade school. Coming from a musical family, Regina learned to play piano by ear and accompanied her brothers when they played. At age 16 she moved to town and worked as a nanny where she met Ronald Pulkrabek through a family friend. He waited until she was old enough to date and they began to spend a lot of time together. Ron and Regina were married on November 12, 1960. They made their home on the Pulkrabek family farmstead, south of Mandan, where they raised their seven children. A strong and hardworking woman, Regina worked side by side with Ron farming and ranching. She also enjoyed being self employed as a house cleaner for many years.

A compassionate and loving mother, Regina taught her children many life lessons. Most importantly she taught each of them to be independent, to get a good education, keep a clean house, and to have a strong work ethic. She had a special relationship with each of her seven children and was very proud of their successes. Sundays were a special day in her home. After church her family would share a large homemade breakfast, while listening to polka hour and dancing together. Her family has fond memories of trips to the lakes in Minnesota, Wyoming, and the Peace Gardens. Regina also enjoyed traveling to see her three children who live near Seattle. Regina’s extended family was very close and her children loved spending time with their aunts, uncles, and cousins. A talented cook and baker Regina is known for her sugar kuchen, Easter bunny cakes, homemade breads, caramel rolls, and dill pickles. Regina had many beautiful flower gardens around her home. She liked listening to polkas and waltzes and had a fun teasing sense of humor.

Regina had a strong faith in God which helped carry her through four battles with cancer. Her driving force was to always be around for her children. She treasured her grandchildren and spent individual time with each of them. She also enjoyed time spent babysitting her great grandson. A kind, generous, and strong woman, Regina will be missed by those who knew and loved her. Her passing leaves an emptiness that only love and happy memories can fill.
Blessed to have shared her life are her seven children, RaNette (Jeff) Schaff, Bonney Lake, WA, RaNelle (Myles) O’Keeffe, Lansford, ND, Randy (Lisa) Pulkrabek, Bonney Lake, WA, Rachelle Pulkrabek, Bismarck, Riessa (Wade) Blumhagen, Lincoln, ND, Ronda (Scott) Gangl, St. Anthony, and Raela (Aarron) Schumacher, Puyallup, WA; six grandchildren, Ross (Faith) Anderson, KaeLyn (Brad) Plankers, Jarin Blumhagen, Hannah and Haley Schaff, and Shayli Pulkrabek; two great grandchildren, Ryland and Brooklyn Anderson; one sister, Kathleen (John) Boehm, Mandan; three brothers, Emanuel (Bernice) Geiger, Bismarck, Donald (Marlene) Geiger and James (Linda) Geiger, both of Mandan; and one sister-in-law, Nerina Geiger, New Salem.

Regina was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Raina; her husband, Ronald, in 2010; two brothers, Ed and Eugene Geiger; and three infant sisters.

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