Cecile Fetzer

Cecile D. Fetzer (Bauer) was called home by her heavenly family on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, surrounded by her family at her home. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, at First Congregational Church, 35-2nd Ave. NE, Garrison, at 2 p.m.

Cecile D. Fetzer (Bauer) was born March 18, 1937, to Fred and Mable (Lee) Bauer, in Minot. She attended school in Minot, graduating in 1955.

She worked as an operating room assistant until meeting and marrying the love of her life, Alvin A. Fetzer, on June 5, 1955. They made their home in Minot and Garrison until Alvin was transferred to Fargo by Midwest Motor Express. For 42 years, they made a home in Moorhead, Minn., and then returned to Garrison in 2007. They raised three children, Michael, Kathryn, and Lisa.

Cecile was a very active person. She worked for years for the American Red Cross, teaching CPR and First Aid classes. She also worked at the Fargo/Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, and for the North Dakota 100th Year Centennial Celebration, including the Centennial Wagon Trail and the Parade. She helped organize Christmas on the Prairie at Bonanzaville and also volunteered with numerous other organizations. She was an active member of the Teamster Local 116 Ladies Auxiliary.

Cecile’s greatest love was her family. She was extremely passionate about spending quality time with all of them. She taught them to have fun the old-fashioned way, playing board games, card games, dress up and other games that would stretch their imaginations. Many trips were documented with journals and pictures. As her children, Michael, Kathryn, and Lisa grew up, she enjoyed watching them participate in school programs, sporting events, 4-H and youth horse shows. One of her proudest moments was winning grand champion for her chokecherry wine at the local fairs.

Cecile had many hobbies, including sewing, baking, crocheting, painting, and of course gardening. She loved to spend time in the garden and make use of her “green thumb.” She was an avid bird watcher and animal lover. Her love for spending time outdoors also provided her with the opportunity to make lots of “furry friends.” She took in many stray animals of all sorts, including a few humans! Her kind and caring heart helped raise money for numerous projects.

Cecile is survived by: her daughters, Kathryn D. Erickson, Washburn, Lisa (John) Otteson, Garrison; six grandchildren, Benjamin Kippen, Port Orange, Fla., Kristi (Dan) Bartlett, Fargo, Jaden Erickson, Washburn, Linda (John) Wilson and John Otteson, both of Garrison, Kevin Otteson, Lansford; three great-grandchildren, Ashton, Mclean and Brielle Bartlett, Fargo; brother, Fred Bauer, Minot.; sister, Peggy (Darrell) Hight, Washburn; sisters- in-law, Janice Fetzer, Garrison, Gloraine “Whitey” (Dick) Thomas, Meza, Ariz., Lorraine Seidler, Coleharbor, Elsa Fetzer, DeSmet, S.D.; brother-in-law, Erwin (Judy) Fetzer, Surrey; and many special nieces and nephews. She also had a special bond with Austyn Otteson, Dee Wilcox, Abby, Alex and William Lester, and David Malaterre. She called them her “adopted grandchildren.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mable Bauer; her husband, Alvin; his parents, Benjamin and Emelia Fetzer; her son, Michael; sisters-in-law, Ruby Weidemen, Violet Fetzer, Ruth Fetzer, Betty Sayler, Leona Haupt and Lenora Landsidel; and brothers-in-law, LeRoy, Ruben, Edwin, Harold Fetzer, Ruben Seidler and Virgil Landsidel.

Cecile was a “one of a kind” and loved by all who know her. She will be forever deeply missed.

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(Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison)