Marion Thomssen

July 13, 1993-March 10, 2018

Marion Thomssen, 84,

Bismarck, formerly of

Anamoose and Harvey,

passed away Saturday,

March 10, 2018 at the

Missouri Slope Lutheran

Care Center in Bismarck.

Marion Darlene Appelt,

daughter of Edward and

Anna (Buechle) Appelt,

was born July 13, 1933 at

Anamoose. She was

raised on a farm northeast

of Martin and received

her early education in the

Clifton country school

near Martin. She then at-

tended the Martin High

School for two years be-

fore transferring to the

Anamoose High School

where she graduated in

1952. Following her gra-

duation, she worked at

the Chapek Super Valu

Store in Anamoose for

two years.

On January 27, 1956

she married the love of

her life, Wayne

Thomssen, at St. Martin

Lutheran Church in

Anamoose. They made

their home on a farm

seven miles north of Mar-

tin where they raised their

3 daughters. They lived

there for 42 years and,

upon retiring, moved into

Anamoose in 1997. After

Wayne passed away July

21, 2006, Marion moved

to Harvey where she lived

until moving to Valley

View Heights in Bismarck

in January of 2018.

She was a member of

St. Martin Lutheran

Church and St. Martin

L.W.M.L.; the V.F.W.

Auxiliary and Senior Ci-

tizens all of Anamoose.

In her earlier years she

was active in the

Anamoose PTA.

Marion was a great

mother, gardener, baker of

buns and loved to read

and embroider. She will

probably be best remem-

bered for her recycling of

cards and her letter writ-


She is survived by her

daughters, Lynne (Bob)

Drees of Grand Forks, Ro-

bin Thomssen of

Bismarck, and Colleen

Gruer of Bismarck;

grandchildren, Allyson,

Kirsten, & Nichole Drees

and Amanda (Eric) Welte

& Eric Gruer; brother,

Gerald Appelt of Minot;

sister, Phyllis (Gene) Le-

mer of Valley City;

sisters-in-law, Fran Ap-

pelt of Vancouver, WA,

Nadine Appelt of Van-

couver, WA, Dorothy

Thomssen of Anamoose

and Mary Thomssen of

Audubon, MN; and

brother-in-law, Bill Leier

of Bismarck.

Marion was preceded

in death by her husband,

Wayne; her parents; step-

mother, Marion; brother,

Lawrence Appelt; broth-

ers-in-law, William and

Robert Thomssen; sisters-

in-law, Jackie Leier and

Donna Appelt; and

son-in-law, Bob Gruer.

Funeral: Friday, March

16, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at

St. Martin Lutheran

Church in Anamoose.

Visitation: 2 hours be-

fore the service at the

church on Friday.

Burial: St. Martin Luth-

eran Cemetery

Arrangements with

Bethke-Nelson Funeral

Home of Drake

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