Kathryn Duchscherer

Kathryn Duchscherer, 91, Carrington, formerly of Minnewaukan, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Golden Acres Manor in Carrington.

Kathryn Buckmeier was born Sept. 8, 1922, on the family farm south of Orrin, the seventh child of Carl and Paulina (Schmaltz) Buckmeier. She was baptized and made her first Communion at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orrin. Kathryn attended the View District #5 two-room country school through the eighth grade. She then helped her parents with the housework, herding cattle and sheep, shocking grain, haying and milking many cows. On Oct. 28, 1940, Kathryn and Paul Duchscherer were married in a double wedding ceremony along with her brother, Carl and Agatha (Dosch) Buckmeier, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orrin. The couple farmed, raised cattle and milked many cows in the Orrin, Silva and Knox areas before moving to a farm north of Minnewaukan. They moved into Minnewaukan in the fall of 1955. Kathryn worked at the Benson County ASCS office for a time then at the Benson County Treasurers Office as deputy treasurer. Kathryn and Paul also operated the Tastee Freeze in Minnewaukan from 1965 to 1970. Paul passed away March 7, 1994. Kathryn remained in Minnewaukan until moving to Carrington in the fall of 2011 and just recently became a resident of Golden Acres Manor.

Kathryn was a member of St. James Catholic Church and Altar Society in Minnewaukan until its closure. She then became a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devils Lake and regularly attended Mass at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church at Fort Totten until moving to Carrington and becoming a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was also a longtime member of the Minnewaukan Senior Citizens.

Kathryn’s greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. She embroidered a set of dish towels for each of her children and grandchildren and enjoyed tending her plants and flowers, and bird watching.

Grateful for having shared in her life are: her children, Elsie Wentz, of Lynnwood, Wash., Carl (Rose) Duchscherer, of Lawton, Monica (Jerome) Neis, of Carrington, Mary Duchscherer, of Fargo, Pauline (Daniel) Huffman, of Andover, Minn., Karen (Stacy) Haugen, of Devils Lake and Dale (Deb) Duchscherer, of Aneta; 22 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, George Buckmeier, of Tawas, Mich.; sisters, Mary (Joe) Baresh, of Seattle, and Pauline O’Brien, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; sisters-in-law, Katie Olson, of Harvey, and Hilda Buckmeier, of Bismarck; numerous nieces and nephews.

Kathryn was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Paul; a son, Bill; grandsons, Brett Paul Duchscherer and Brian Duchscherer; great-grandson, Kyle Wentz; a son-in-law, Jerome Wentz; brothers, Carl, Stonas, Mike, Ned and John Buckmeier; sisters, Josephine Lemar and Anna Pfeifer.

Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Carrington.

Burial: Thursday, 2 p.m., at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Minnewaukan.

Visitation: Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m., with rosary recitation at 7 p.m. and a prayer service with a time of sharing at 7:30 p.m., all in the church.

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The Nelson Funeral Home of Minnewaukan is in charge of the arrangements.