Mary Ellen Gumeringer, 83, of Esmond, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at the Villa Maria nursing home in Fargo, surrounded by her family as they reminded her of the wonderful things she did in her life. She was comforted by the wonderful staff of the Villa Maria and Hospice.
Mary Ellen was born to Vivian and Loretta (Arens) Donahue, in Bowbells, on Sept. 14, 1930. She was raised on the family farm in Flaxton. She attended school in Flaxton and graduated high school from St. Mary's Academy in Devils Lake. Mary Ellen then worked at the County Superintendent Office in Bowbells. This job helped her pay for her degree at Minot State College in elementary education.
On July 25, 1955, she married Edward B. Gumeringer in Bowbells, and then moved to Esmond and together they raised their six children on the family farm. She was always busy baking apple pies, fresh bread and buns and meals for anyone who happened to drive into the yard.
Mary Ellen taught fourth and fifth grade and high school physical education in Columbus, and fifth grade in Mohall. She substituted in Harvey, Rugby, Maddock and Esmond. She taught in Fillmore for three years. She was hired on at the Esmond Public School as a third-grade teacher and then worked for the Basic Skills Education Department. She was a substitute teacher in Maddock for several years. Mary Ellen stopped subbing at 80 years old after teaching for 58 years.
Mary Ellen was a member of the St. Boniface Catholic Church Christian Mothers, Esmond VFW Auxiliary, Retired Teachers Group and the National Education Association. She spent many hours in her sewing room making clothes, mittens, quilts, seed bags, purse dividers, bears and bunnies. She enjoyed making things for people. She sewed dresses for children in Africa out of pillowcases with Arlene Hoffner, blankets for veterans and one year she sewed mittens for every child in the elementary school in Esmond. Her other hobbies included crocheting, quilting, reading and bingo with her friends. She spent many hours baking with her grandchildren and making crafts with them.
Survivors include: her daughter, Janie (Brad) Lee, Park Rapids, Minn.; Gary Gumeringer, Esmond; Lorrie (Jerry) Thoemke, Fargo; Guy Gumeringer, Esmond; Connie (Todd) Koenig, Roseau, Minn.; Paul (Jessica) Gumeringer, Roseau, Minn. She is survived by eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Siblings are Dolores Grasser, Henderson, Nev.; Bernadine (Louis) Sather, Glasgow, Mont.; and Raymond (Marge) Donahue, Lignite.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vivian and Loretta Donahue; her husband, Edward B. Gumeringer; her grandson, Theodore James "TJ" Lee; and nephew, Mark Grasser.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Esmond.
Burial: St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, Esmond, in the spring.
Visitation: At St. Boniface Catholic Church, Esmond, Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a Rosary at 7 p.m., followed by a Parish Vigil at 7:30 p.m.
The Nelson Funeral Home of Maddock is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at (www.thenelsonfuneralhome.com).