Meryl T. Beauclair

Meryl T. Beauclair, 86, died Dec. 25, 2013, at Sanford Care Center in Mandan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held today, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m., in Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Richter officiating. Burial will be at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, in the spring.

A vigil service will was held on Friday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m., at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck.

Meryl Therise was born May 13, 1927, at New Rockford, the daughter of Albert O. and Edith (Kolle) Haavig. She grew up on the family farm near Fessenden and graduated from Fessenden High School.

She married William J. Beauclair, a Navy veteran of World War II, on June 10, 1947, in New Rockford. The family made their home in Minot, where William worked for the Great Northern Railway until his passing on June 5, 1965. Meryl worked at St. Leo’s Rectory for Msgr. Hogan. She was the first secretary at Bishop Ryan High School in Minot. She worked for 25 years at Trinity Medical Center in Minot, retiring in 1992.

Meryl was a member of the Homemakers Club, Square Dancers, Birthday Club, Parents Without Partners, Catholic Daughters, American Legion Auxiliary, Corpus Christi Guild, and Hospital Retirement Group.

She enjoyed cooking and baking, needlework, shopping, and traveling, especially her trips to Europe.

She is survived by: her children, Blenda Burckhard, of Bowling Green, Ky., Greg, of Bismarck, William, of Bismarck, David (Candy), of Lincoln, and Donald, of North Carolina; eight grandchildren, Chad Burckhard, of Bowling Green, Ky., Chris (Tracy) Burckhard, of Bowling Green, Ky., Courtney (Stephanie) Burckhard, of Nashville, Tenn., William Beauclair III (USMC), stationed in Hawaii, Justin, Ashley, and Brooke Beauclair, of Lincoln, and Gentry Lynn Beauclair, of Phoenix, Ariz.; her sister, Hazel (Dennis) Maas, of California; five great-grandchildren, Tanner, Paige, Zachary, Noah, and Elijah, all of Bowling Green, Ky.; and four sisters-in-law, Mary Alice (Leo) Beauclair, of Bismarck, Jeanne (Robert) Engberg, of San Antonio, Texas, Merita (Henry) McCann, of San Antonio, Texas, and Jane (Robert) Beauclair, of Bismarck.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; and several half brothers and half sisters.

Memorials may be made to Bishop Ryan High School in Minot.

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