Marie Welsch, 71, Surrey, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family in her home, on Sunday afternoon, July 20, 2014.
Marie Garnett Welsch was born March 26, 1943, in Kenmare. Marie was the youngest of five girls and sixth in a family of 10 children born to Arthur and Garnet (Johnson) Brekhus. She was raised on the family farm located near Kenmare and attended schools in Kenmare.
Marie married Marvin Welsch in May 1961 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fargo. They lived in Parshall for a few years before moving to Minot, where they made their home. From this union, three children were born: Mark, Ann and John.
Marie adored her six grandsons and loved the time she spent with all of them. She especially enjoyed spending time with them and others at their Lake Metigoshe home. Hunting turtles, fishing, chasing fireflies and bonfires were a few of the things they liked to do. Fireworks on the Fourth of July was a great time at the lake.
Marie's career was taking care of kids. She started at Surrey School by helping in the classroom and ended at Surrey Schools as the food services director. She took great pride in her work and spoiled everyone with wonderful meals. Marie was even awarded special recognition for her breakfast program. In 1984, she was awarded the School Food Service Member of the Year. She tracked kids' grades and progress to prove the importance of a balanced breakfast. She also loved her 5-mile walks at the lake and was known to turn up the volume when Elvis was singing.
She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Minot.
Her loving family includes: husband of 53 years, Marvin, Surrey; sons, Mark (Becky) Welsch, Surrey, and John Welsch, Bismarck; daughter, Ann (Richard) Breslin, Bismarck; grandchildren, John (Liz Durham) Breslin, Shaun Welsch, Matthew Breslin, Jacob (Carly) Welsch, Don Welsch and Doug Welsch; brothers, Steve (Janice) Brekhus, Kenmare, and Milton (Jeannie) Brekhus, Kenmare; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Marie was preceded in death by: her parents; sisters, Janet Henderson, Dorothy Mello, Doris Kraft and Geraldine Schuck; brothers, Art, Lyle and Larry Brekhus.
Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, July 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Leo's Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Thursday, at 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
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