Barbara Welder, 102, dies

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Barbara Welder

Barbara Welder

Mass of Christian Burial for Barbara Welder, 102, of Mobridge, was held Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Barbara passed away Aug. 1, 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Barbara Welder was born May 5, 1911, in Hague, N.D., on the family farm to Jacob and Mary Eva (Silbernagel) Mitzel. She attended Rural District Seltz School.
Barbara married Tony Welder at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hague on Nov. 17, 1931. They moved to Glencross in the all of 1932 and built a house and barn and started farming and ranching for 25 years. In 1953, Tony bought into the livestock auction sale barn in Mobridge. In March of 1957, they sold the ranch and moved to Mobridge and built a new home. They missed their friends from the Glencross and Timber Lake area.
Tony and Barbara had no children, but were close to Mike and Barbara Welder’s children, who lived one and a half miles from their place. They then hired Tony’s nephew Clarence Welk and his wife Martina, who had two children at their house. Later they moved back to North Dakota. They then hired Pete Fischer and his wife Lucille. They had four children next to their house. It was like they always had children around and enjoyed each one.
Barbara was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Altar Society and a member of the Moose, was active at the Senior Citizens Center and played in the Kitchen Band. She did altering for Mabel Kesling’s store, the Golden Carriage, for seven years, also sewing and altering for other people. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and playing cards.
Tony passed away Dec. 10, 1991. Barbara missed him in so many ways, but life had to go on. Tony was a people-person and they did many things together, square dancing for 15 years, traveling on a lot of bus tours, which they enjoyed very much.
On May 15, 2004, Barbara sold her house and moved into an apartment at Prairie Sunset Village. He life changed again and the move was hard. Barbara said, “I’m sure I will like it here, I feel like I’m on vacation.”
Barbara is survived by her sister, Ellen Gabriel of Sun City, Ariz., brother Joe Mitzel of Sun City, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tony; five sisters, Frances Volk, Rose Werlinger, Mary Klein, Evelyn Jung and Aggie Martin; three infant sisters, Margaret, Annie and Irene; and four brothers, Frank Mitzel, Eddie Mitzel, Adam Mitzel and Leo Mitzel.
Casket bearers were Ken Gabriel, Tom Welder, Mark Volk, David Welder, Kevin Gabriel and Daniel Welder.
Memorials may be directed in Barbara’s name to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church building fund.

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