Joseph Wingerters’ family was first and foremost
Joseph Wingerter, 83, of Mandan, N.D., died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Good Samaritan Center in Mott, N.D., surrounded by his loving family.
Requiem Mass was held Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. Michael’s Traditional Catholic Church in Mandan.
Burial was in St. Philomena’s Catholic Cemetery in Selfridge, N.D.
Joseph was born on Sept. 23, 1930, to Quinton and Philomena (Glas) Wingerter in Selfridge. He was raised and educated in the Selfridge area and later attended Wahpeton State College of Science where he studied the electrical field.
As a young man he worked at the Wingerter Dance Hall where he met the love of his life, Agnes Schneider. They were married on Nov. 22, 1951, at St. Philomena’s Catholic Church in Selfridge. They made their home in Mandan and he worked for the railroad from 1952 to 1955. After 1955 he and Agnes spent the winters in Casper, Wyo., where he worked in the oil fields. During the summer they would return to Selfridge to farm, which he did until 1990. From 1955 to 1981 he also did custom harvesting. Additionally from 1960 to 1972 he owned and operated the Wishing Well Supper Club in Selfridge. Joseph was always a workaholic and didn’t have much time for hobbies. He was known to be a perfectionist. He enjoyed watching westerns on television and listening to country music. After his sons moved to Alaska, he enjoyed joining them on numerous fishing trips.
Family was always first and foremost in Joseph’s life. He looked forward to holidays when the family would gather together. He loved his grandchildren and they will miss his playful teasing. Joseph will be remembered by his family as a kind and generous man with a great sense of humor.
Joseph will be deeply missed by his devoted and ever-caring wife of 62 years, Agnes; daughters, Dawn (Dean) Friedt of Mott and Constance (Mike) Eckert of Bismarck, N.D.; sons, Tim (Rosemary) of Fairbanks, Alaska, Bob (Carol) of Alexandrai, Minn., Carold (Cheryl) of Wilton, N.D., Ted (Lilia) of North Pole, Alaska, and Dean (Lisa) of Bismarck; 36 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; sister, Ann Coyle of Mandan; sister-in-law, Bernadine Wingerter-Tosseth of Bismarck; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Katie (Tony) Heid, Mary (George) Schaefbauer, Margaret (Tom) Lauinger (Lloyd) Smested and Frances (George) Berrett; and brothers, Anton, Leo (Marge), Pete (Ruth) and Conrad.