Marie Leier

Marie Leier, 87, Minot, formerly of Karlsruhe, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013, in a Minot hospital.

Marie Ganje was born April 25, 1925, on the family farm, rural Balfour, to Bernard and Elizabeth (Schiele) Ganje. She was raised and attended country school in that area.

Marie married Joseph C. Leier Jan. 7, 1943, in Karlsruhe. They made their home in Karlsruhe and in January of 1946, she and Joe began operating the Red Owl Store in Karlsruhe which they operated until 1970.

Following retirement Marie and Joe became winter residents of Yuma, Ariz., for 18 years. Marie and Joe moved to Somerset Court in Minot in October of 2006. Joe passed away May 16, 2012.

Marie was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, and the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, both in Karlsruhe. She was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

Marie’s greatest joy was her family. Cooking, baking and sewing brought her family home and around her table. Her cream noodles were a favorite of all. The hum of her sewing machine produced many quilts and rugs up to her last days. She danced with her friends and enjoyed her life at Somerset.

Her loving family includes: Sons, Ronald J. (Betty) Leier, Karlsruhe, Charles B. (Berdie) Leier, Velva, Darrell E. (Susan) Leier, Karlsruhe, and Nick D. (Fern) Leier, Williston; daughters, Suzann M. (Curt) Sinness, West Fargo, Barbara J. (Bruno) Rimatzki, Minot, and Michelle J. (Darby) Bauer, Urbandale, Iowa,; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward (Katherine) Ganje and Dan Ganje, all of Minot; sisters, Cecilia Merck, Minot, and Lenora Ganje, of Oregon; sisters-in-law, Regina Binfet, Rugby, and Catherine (Raymond) Walter, Velva; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; her parents; six brothers and six sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Karlsruhe.

Visitation: Tuesday, March 26, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Vigil prayer service: Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Interment: Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Karlsruhe, in the spring.

Memorials: Are preferred to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Karlsruhe, or to an organization of the donor’s choice.

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