Rita Satermo

Rita Ann Satermo, 90, New Town, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, in St. Gabriel’s Community of Bismarck.

Rita was born on the family farm near Van Hook on April 23, 1922, the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Averbeck) Wollschlager. Rita attended Van Hook Schools, where she graduated from high school in 1940. She graduated from Minot State with a teaching degree and taught country school before taking a position as the assistant superintendent of Mountrail County Schools. During World War II, she delivered mail at a ship factory in Seattle, Wash., before returning to Van Hook to teach school.

She married Lemar Milton “Whitey” Satermo on Jan. 2, 1946, at Van Hook. They moved to New Town in 1953 to operate Satermo Hardware until Whitey’s death on March 19, 1992. Their son, John, purchased Satermo Hardware, which is still in operation today. At the age of 88, she moved to the assisted living facilities of Edgewood Vista and Maple View in Bismarck.

Rita enjoyed family time on the pontoon, riding horses, traveling and seeking out adventures with her children and grandchildren. Her hobbies included bird watching, photography, painting and gardening. She played the organ in Van Hook, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, and for the New Town Nursing Home. She directed the church choir and cherished listening to the music of her children and grandchildren. She was generous and shared her baking, her bird identifications, and her opinions. She was active in the St. Anthony Catholic Church Altar Society, Beck Sherven American Legion Auxiliary and several bird watching groups.

Rita is survived by: her seven children, Kathy Wolff (Harvey), of Bismarck, Julie Schroeder (Don), of Denver, Colo., Steve Satermo (Connie), of Broomfield, Colo., Melissa Hovey (Stephen), of Center, Kevin Satermo (Diane), of Williston, John Satermo, of New Town and Clyde Satermo, of New Town; her grandchildren, Damon Wolff, Edward Schroeder (Emily), Derek Schroeder (Maren), Max Schroeder (Caitlin), Brent Satermo (Staci), Stacy Satermo (Dave), Catherine Hovey, Rebecca Hovey, Jessica Satermo, Nicholas Satermo, Darcy VerDouw (Brian), Dawn Springer (Bill), Keli Satermo and Raelene Keplin; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and siblings, Margaret Beko, Corona Harrington, Wilfred Wollschlager and Gertrude “Dudy” Reep.

Funeral: Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town.

Visitation: Saturday, two hours prior to the funeral service, with rosary recitation at 10 a.m., both in the church.

Interment: Van Hook Catholic Cemetery, rural New Town.

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(Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall)