Frieda Plesuk

March 30, 1924-March 9, 2019

Frieda Plesuk passed

peacefully to her rest in

Jesus shortly after 4 p.m.

on Saturday, March 9,

2019 at a Minot hospital,

three weeks before her

95th birthday.

Frieda Jane was the

11th of 15 children born

to Friedrich “Fred” and

Rosina “Rosie” (Schock)

Rittenbach on March 30,

1924, in Medicine Hill

Township, McLean Coun-

ty 13 miles south of Butte,

ND. Her early years in-

cluded her education

though the 8th grade at a

rural school close to the

family home. Like most

people who grew up dur-

ing the 1930’s, she

learned the value of hard

work, trusting in the Lord

and never, ever to waste

anything. Frieda was a

life-long member of the

Seventh Day Adventist

Church and took to heart

its many teachings. She

also made sure to take her

children to church weekly

so they would also learn

the lessons taught there.

As a young woman, she

traveled with her sister to

Chicago where she

worked for a short time.

She also worked for a

time in Minot at a main

street cafe. On October 9,

1947 she married Ray-

mond Plesuk. For the next

55 years they made their

home on the Plesuk

Homestead one mile west

of Butte where they raised

three children: Renae,

Robbin and DelRae. Frie-

da worked side by side

with her husband, wheth-

er it was in the field, barn

or in the house. She was a

very dutiful, caring and

loving housewife, farm

wife and mother. She al-

ways prepared three

meals a day that the

whole family would gath-

er around the kitchen

table to eat. Some of the

fondest memories of her

children and grandchil-

dren are of the food that

she prepared. Crafts were

also a favorite hobby of

hers, especially quilting

and crocheting. There al-

ways seemed to be some

kind of needle, thread or

yarn in her hands when

she had some spare time.

In 2002, Ray and Frieda

moved to Minot and lived

at the Dakota Terrace

Apts. Ray passed away

November 14, 2010. In

2016, Frieda moved to the

Wellington Assisted Liv-

ing Facility where she was

currently residing.

She will be dearly

missed by all who knew


She is survived by

daughter, Renae (Jim)

Hamstra, Castle Rock, CO;

son, Robbin (Susan)

Plesuk, Max, ND;

daughter, DelRae (Jim)

Tarasenko, Laveen, AZ;

six grandsons, David,

Matthew and Steven

Hamstra, Jerad and Tim

Plesuk and Ryan Tarasen-

ko; eight great-

grandchildren; sisters,

Hilda Dickhaut, Urban-

dale, IA and Esther No-

vak, Hendersonville, NC;

brother, Otto Rittenbach,

Franklin, NJ; brother-in-

law, Russell Plesuk, Far-

go; sister-in-law, Evelyn

Nylen, Bismarck; and

many, many nieces and


Those who preceded

her in death are her hus-

band, Raymond; parents;

infant son, Mark; grand-

son, Mychal Tarasenko;

brothers, John, Edwin,

Theofield, Robert, Hilbert,

Fred, Carl and Emanuel;

and sisters, Rosie, Leona

and Marie.

Thank you to all the

people who helped and

showed consideration to

Frieda during the last

several years. There were

many and each act was

truly appreciated.

Funeral: Saturday,

March 16, 2019, at 3:00

p.m. at Seventh-day Ad-

ventist Church, Minot.

Interment: Butte

Cemetery, Butte, ND.

Visitation: Friday from

4 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-

Larson Funeral Home,


Prayer Service: Friday

at 7 p.m. at Thompson-

Larson Funeral Home,


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