A funeral mass for Eunice Schirado, 85, of Glen Ullin, will be Friday, May 2, 2014, at 10 a.m. CDT, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glen Ullin, with Father Jeff Zwack celebrating. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Visitation for Eunice will be Thursday, May 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. CDT, with a rosary and wake service at 7 p.m CDT, at the church.
Eunice (Sebastian) Schirado went peacefully to be with the Lord on April 26, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at Marian Manor. She was a model of faith, courage, and inspiration to everyone who knew her right up until the last moments of her life.
Eunice was born July 12, 1928, at the home of her grandmother, Ma Gietzen. Eunice was the oldest child of John and Caroline (Gietzen) Sebastian, of Hebron. She was raised on the family farm northeast of Hebron in the Haymarsh Valley and attended Morton County rural schools and Haymarsh Catholic School.
Eunice married her soulmate and best friend, Ernest Schirado, of Glen Ullin, on Oct. 10, 1951, at St. Clement's Catholic Church. They moved to the Schirado homestead northeast of Glen Ullin, where they farmed, ranched, and raised nine children.
Both Eunice and Ernie loved to sing and were members of the Sacred Heart Choir. Eunice faithfully served her parish and community by active participation in the Sacred Heart Christian Mothers, Glen Ullin Saddle Club, Glen Ullin School Election Board, as well as being a 50-year member of the Haymarsh Homemakers.
Eunice was known for raising a huge garden. Her pickled beets are legendary among her family and friends. She made excellent baked goods bread, caramel rolls, pies, chocolate chip cookies. In her spare time, Eunice enjoyed reading, word finds, needlework, sewing, music and dancing, seeing her children come home, and spoiling her grandchildren.
Eunice was dedicated to her husband and children and they were blessed for sharing her life. She had seven sons: Rick (Wanda), of Aurora, Colo.; Allen (Marjie), of Bismarck; Tim (Lori), of Menoken; Bruce (Heidi), of Bismarck; Russell (Holly), of Menoken; Bryan (Michelle), of Harrisburg, S.D.; Kyle (Mitzi), of Granby, Colo., and two daughters, Lynnette Schirado, of Glen Ullin, and Corrine (David) Vatnsdal-Geck, of Bismarck.
Eunice instilled in all her children the strong sense of family and Catholic faith. When it was absolutely necessary to miss a Sunday mass or Holy Day of Obligation, the living room hushed with 11 voices reciting a rosary.
Precious to her were every one of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Michael (Rhonda) Schirado their children Peyton and Shea; Sarah (Jay) Rarog their children Blake and Breslyn; Jennifer (Kris) Goodman their children Rachel, Katherine, and Caroline; Joseph (Michaela) Schirado; John (Megan) Schirado; Christopher (Lynsey) Schirado and their son Kylan; Cory Schirado; Cody Schirado; Kalli Schirado; Jordyn Schirado; Casey Schirado; Lindy (Steven) West; Dustin Schirado and his fiancee Dusti Flath; Kaylee Schirado; Mathew Schirado; Nicholas Schirado; John Schirado; Jacob Schirado; Travis Vatnsdal; Cassidy Vatnsdal; Samantha (Geck) and Adam Nies and their son Milo; and Macy Geck.
Eunice is also survived by: one sister, JoAnne (Ervin) Messer, of New Salem; two brothers, Joel (Linda) Sebastian, of Billings, Mont., and Gerald (Debbie) Sebastian, of Hebron; one brother-in-law, Bob (Joyce) and Donna Praus, of Killdeer; three sisters-in-law, Eunice (Myron) Sebastian, of Towner, Marian (Reuben) Sebastian, of Mesa, Ariz., and Anna (Duane) Sebastian, of Bismarck; and dozens upon dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Eunice was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; her parents, John and Caroline; one son-in-law, Les Vatnsdal; three grandchildren, Cameron, Jaden, and Katherine Vatnsdal; one sister, Joyce; and three brothers, Myron, Reuben, and Duane.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at (www.stevensonfuneralhome.com).
(Spangelo-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Glen Ullin)