Carol L. Heringer, 91, Butte, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013, at Manorcare in Minot.
Carol Lillian Simbalenko, daughter of the Rev. Edward and Pauline (Lushenko) Simbalenko, was born Dec. 22, 1921, in Kief. She grew up in Kief and attended Kief Public School, graduating in 1938. She then enrolled at Minot State Teachers College, where she received her teaching certificate. Carol taught at Omemee and Max.
On Sept. 6, 1942, she was married to Neil Heringer in Kief. Their wedding ceremony was officiated by Carol's father, Rev. Edward Simbalenko. They made their home in California until 1945, when they returned to North Dakota. They had resided in Butte since. She taught music and was a substitute teacher at the Butte School. She was a piano teacher for more than 25 years. Many of her students continue to provide music to others.
Carol was a member of the Kief Mennonite Church until its closure and had since attended the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Butte. She served as church organist and pianist for many years and played for numerous weddings, funerals and other events.
Beginning in the early 1970s, Carol and Neil enjoyed spending time in Hawaii during the winter months.
Carol is survived by: her loving husband of 70 years, Neil, of Butte; and three children, Sharon (Keith) Lorentzen, of Butte, Neil (Rebecca) Heringer Jr., of rural Wilton, and Nancy (Michael) Carson, of Bismarck; 11 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and six sisters.
Funeral services: Will be held Monday, July 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Butte.
Burial: Will be at the Butte Cemetery following the service.
Visitation: Will be open to the public from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, at Bethke-Nelson Funeral Home in Drake.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting (www.nelsonfuneralhomesnd.com).