Katherine Rita “Kaye” (Gerein) Fettig, the daughter of Anton and Katherine (Leier) Gerein, was born June 19, 1926, in the home of her parents near Orrin. She died at the age of 87 on Monday, Dec. 27, 2013, at her home in Rugby.
Katherine was raised in the home of her parents until her father’s death, then was raised by her grandparents Peter and Magdalena Leier. She attended Orrin Grade School and graduated from high school at St. James Academy in Grand Forks. After completing her education, she worked for Northwestern Bell in Grand Forks. She was united in marriage to Michael Fettig on June 28, 1948, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orrin. Following their marriage, the couple made their home and raised their family in Orrin. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, Kaye also worked outside the home, serving as assistant postmistress in Orrin for 19 years and following her husband’s death on Feb. 15, 1970, she assumed the Orrin postmistress position. In 2001, Kaye retired and moved to Rugby. In addition to their postal positions, the couple managed the Orrin grocery store for many years. She was active in her church and community affairs in Orrin and proud of her involvement with the National Association of Postmasters. Following her move to Rugby, she worked at Leever’s Super Valu for three years until the age of 85. She was a loving and energetic lady who touched the lives of many. She enjoyed being surrounded by family, as they were the love of her life.
Katherine is survived by: her daughters, Sherry (Tom) Thingvold, of Willow City, and Connie (Dan) Bergan, of Jamestown; grandchildren, Michelle (Rob) Bollinger of Rugby, Kyle (Melanie) Thingvold, of Roseau, Minn., Wade (Roanne) Thingvold, of Willow City, Shawn Bergan, of Bismarck, Chad (Angie) Bergan, of West Fargo, and Kimberly (Darin) Williams, of Rugby; great-grandchildren, Monica, Mara, Maddy, Molly, Jari and Jake Bollinger, Hayden, Skylar, Bradyn and Evy Thingvold, Tory, Trey and Skylar Bergan, and Kaylen and Emma Williams; brothers, Conrad (Barb) Koble, of Minot, Pete (Marlys) Koble, of Valley City, and Robert (Shirley) Koble, of Minot; sisters, Alice Axtman, of Rugby, and Faye (Joe) Roerick, of Seattle; brothers-in-law, Pius (Fran) Fettig, of Spokane, Wash., Leo (Beverly) Fettig, of Everett, Wash., and Victor (Mildred) Fettig, of Seattle; sisters-in-law, Gunda Koble, of Balta, and Maggie Fettig, of Mount Lake, Wash.; many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by: her four angel great-grandchildren; brothers, John and Gerald Koble; a sister, Christine Wold; brothers-in-law, Edward Fettig and Matt Mosger; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Mosger and Anna Marie Fettig; her parents; and grandparents.
Our family would like to thank you all for your many acts of kindness. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated during this difficult time. May God bless the memory of Kaye.
Mass of Christian Burial: will be held Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m., at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Balta with spring burial in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Orrin. Msgr. Joseph Senger, celebrant, and Father Brian Bachmeier, concelebrant.
Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a rosary and vigil prayer service beginning at 7 p.m., in Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby. There will be no reviewal in the church on Tuesday.
Arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.
Online registry: (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).