Julia Senger, 91, Harvey, N.D., died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at the St. Aloisius Nursing Home, Harvey.
Julia was born May 29, 1919, near Balta, N.D. She was the daughter of Valentine Walter and Rosa (Schiele) Schaan. She grew up on the family farm and helped her mother with the care of her younger siblings. She attended school in Balta. She managed the cook car for five years during harvest season before moving to Rugby to work for the Hornstein family as a nanny. She also worked at the Balta Post Office.
Julia married Edward Senger in Balta on Jan. 24, 1944. Besides being a full-time mother to 15 children and helping to run a farm, Julia was involved in a variety of different volunteer positions and organizations. Julia belonged to the Christians Mothers, Catholic Daughters of America and St. Cecilia Altar Society, and volunteered for many different church activities in Devils Lake, Orrin, and Harvey. She taught CCD classes in Orrin and Harvey.
Shortly after moving to Harvey from the farm, Julia and her son, Rick, became involved in Cub Scouts and hosted weekly meetings. Julia volunteered at the St. Aloisius Nursing Home, fixing hair on Thursday mornings. Julia and Edward hosted two foreign exchange students from Germany and Norway. Julia and Edward worked along with other parents in the Pierce and McHenry Counties for the rights of people with developmental disabilities through ARC. After that she worked to improve the conditions and treatment of these children in public schools.
As her daughter Betty became an adult, Julia, along with Walter Filler, saw another need for adults with development disabilities to have work and shelter within their home communities. In 1980 they started HAV-IT in Harvey. As a founding board member, Julia volunteered all her time to help HAV-IT become a viable agency.
Julia was a loving, caring, and thoughtful mother and grandmother. She always remembered everyone's favorite foods and birthdays. She loved cooking, gardening, playing pinochle and was a good seamstress, but her true enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Julia is survived by: her loving husband, Edward; children, Bob (Susan) Senger, Old Saybrook, Conn., Bernadette (Ralph) Mahler, Fargo, Fr. William Senger, Maryknoll, N.Y., Beverly (Kris) Senger-Butler, Valley, Ala., Bruce (Patty) Senger, of Moorhead, Minn., Vernon (Linette) Senger, of Fargo, Betty Senger, of Harvey, Michael (Sheila) Senger, of Orrin, Bonnie (Jerry) Daily, of Moorhead, Marilyn (Brian) Bjoralt, of Fargo, Joseph Senger, of Bismarck, Julie (Bob) Keller, of Harvey and Rick (Kim) Senger, of Shakopee, Minn.; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Carl (Lois) Schaan, of Rugby, Leo Schaan, of Underwood, John Schaan, of Rugby; sisters, Martha (Daryl) Schlickenmayer, of Las Vegas, Christine (Ed) Bertsch, of Fargo, Helen Klein, of Fargo, Bernie (John) Duechsher, of Pleasant Lake, and sister-in-law, Lugard Schaan, of Las Vegas and brother-in-law Al Morrissey, of Phoenix.
Julia was preceded in death by two children, Valentine and Byron; parents; brothers, Philip and Frank; sister, Dorothy Morrissey; grandson, Nicholas Senger; brother-in-law, Leo Klein; and sisters-in-law, Teresa Schaan and Dorothy Schaan.
Funeral mass: Will be Thursday, June 17, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Harvey.
Burial: Church cemetery.
Visitation and prayer service: Visitation today, June 16, from 1 to 5 p.m., at Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey. Visitation will continue today at the church where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.