Mary Elizabeth Neustel, 89, Minot, and formerly of the Robinson area, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in a Minot nursing home.
Mary was born Oct. 25, 1922, in Kidder County, near Robinson, the daughter of Lonnie and Myrtle (Martz) Wichael. She was raised and educated at country schools near Robinson and graduated from Pettibone High School in 1940.
Mary was united in marriage to Howard Neustel on May 16, 1947, at Steele. They made their home on a farm near Robinson from 1947 to 1959 before moving to Steele in 1959, where they lived for several years while Howard worked with BEK Telephone Co. They moved to Tuttle in 1965, where Mary was also employed as the City Assessor and Auditor for the Wing-Tuttle community for more than 22 years. She retired in 1996. They moved to Minot in 1998 to live nearer their daughter and her family. Howard died March 22, 2003. She moved into Trinity Homes in Minot in April of this year.
Mary was a member of United Methodist churches of Robinson and Tuttle and had served as a volunteer in a number of capacities within both churches. She enjoyed traveling and gardening.
Many commented on her beautiful gardens while she lived at Tuttle and Minot. She was well known for canning her vegetables, jams and jellies.
Her loving family includes: daughter, Connie (Marvin) Wolf, Velva; sons, William (Marilynn) Neustel and Robert (Deloris) Neustel, both of Branson, Mo.; grandchildren, William Neustel Jr., Jay Neustel, Gregory (Kathy) Reynar, Brian (DeAnna) Hickey, Barbara Collins, Howard Neustel, Jeremiah Wolf, Joshua (Denise) Wolf, Jody Donald, Joanna (Kaylon) Faul, Josiah (Michelle) Wolf, Jedidiah Wolf, Kelly (Liz) Neustel, Fredrick Neustel, Dennis Neustel Jr. (Kathy), and Shawn (Darla) Neustel; great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Wylie W. Neustel, Jamie Reynar, Brianna and Brandon Hickey, Joseph Guerra, Victoria, Haley and Bobbie Neustel, Isaiah and Taylor Peterson, Megan, Natalee and Kelsea Opperudd, Jordan and Jarred Donald, Kaylon Jr., Karter, Kasey, Karson Faul, Molly, Dennis III and Adam Neustel, Madison Hagen, Trystin Neustel and Abigail Hagen; great-great-grandchild, Leslee Kay Gustafsson; sister-in-law, Doris Wichael, Breckenridge, Minn.; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard; son, Dennis; sisters, Georgia and Reba; brothers, Wylie and Albert and two infant brothers.
Graveside service: Friday, Oct. 12, at 1:30 p.m., in the Fairview Cemetery, rural Robinson.
Visitation: Thursday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot, and Friday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in United Methodist Church, Tuttle.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).