Marcella Aldinger, 86, of Bismarck and formerly of Coleharbor, died Aug. 31, 2012, at the Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m., at St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church in Underwood, with the Rev. Frank Schuster as celebrant. Burial will follow in the Coleharbor Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Sept. 3, at St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church, followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Marcella was born Sept. 18, 1925, in Elbowoods, in McLean County, to Maurice and Clara (Hall) Danks. She was baptized in 1936 at St. Anthony's Church in Elbowoods. Marcella was raised and attended school in Elbowoods.
She married Otto Aldinger on Dec. 3, 1947, in Washburn. Marcella and Otto made their home in Coleharbor and raised eight children. The family enjoyed many family picnics, loved to go fishing, and made tons of pickles and deer sausage.
Marcella was a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. She enjoyed sewing, reading, and listening to country music. Following the death of Otto in 1992, she traveled with her sister Fern Greff to many locations. She moved back and forth from Bismarck to Minot and returned to the Underwood area, where she enjoyed eating meals and playing cards at the Underwood Senior Center. Due to her failing health, she moved to the Terrace in Bismarck and finally to the Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck.
She is survived by: three daughters and two sons-in-law, Violet and Frank Heinz, and Marcy Seibold, all of Bismarck, Arlene Malnourie, of Underwood, and Dan Caswell, of Minot; four sons and three daughters-in-law, John and Pat Aldinger, of Rogers, Minn., Otto and Debbie Aldinger, of Underwood, Artie Aldinger, of Underwood, and David and Sue Aldinger, of Coleharbor; 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Jim Danks, of Killdeer, Maurice (Cynthia) Danks, John (Theresa) Danks, Edward "Solly" (Georgiana) Danks, all of New Town; one sister, Fern Greff, of Garrison; one brother-in-law, Lawrence (Naomi) Aldinger, of Bismarck; five sisters-in-law, Helen Landenburger, of Lakewood, Colo., Elsie Aldinger, of Westminster, Colo., Helen Mae Aldinger, of Boise, Idaho, and Elsie Danks, of Ryder; and many nieces and nephews.
Marcella was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Otto; one daughter, Laurice Caswell, in 2011; one infant great-grandson, Cody; two sisters; two brothers; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nephews, and one niece.
Memorials: Are preferred to the Coleharbor Cemetery Fund, 884 31st Ave. NW, Coleharbor, ND 58531, or St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church, 505 Grant Ave., Underwood, ND 58576.
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(Goetz Funeral Home, Underwood)