Theresa Waltz

Dec. 29, 1948-Jan. 12, 2020

Theresa M. Waltz, 71,

of Bismarck, passed away

January 12, 2020 at a

Bismarck hospital.

A Mass of Christian

Burial will be held at 3:00

PM on Thursday, January

16, 2020 at Cathedral of

the Holy Spirit, Bismarck,

ND with Rev. Josh Waltz

and Rev. Justin Waltz as

celebrants. Burial will be

at St. Mary’s Cemetery,

Bismarck, ND.

Visitation will be held

Wednesday, January 15,

2020 from 5:00-8:00 PM at

Cathedral of the Holy

Spirit, Bismarck, with a

Rosary/Parish Vigil at 7:00

PM. Visitation will con-

tinue at the church one

hour prior to the service

on Thursday.

Theresa Margaret Waltz

was born December 29,

1948, across the Canadian

border in the small town

of Altona, Manitoba. The

daughter of Florian and

Mary Krause, she was

raised and educated in

Neche a small town in the

far corner of Northeast

North Dakota. Theresa

graduated from Neche

public high school in

1966 and from North

Dakota State University in

1970 obtaining a Bachelor

of Arts in English and

Spanish education.

On December 21st,

1970, Theresa was united

in the Catholic sacrament

of matrimony to Herb

Waltz in Neche, North

Dakota at Nereus and

Achilleus Roman Catholic

Church by Fr. Patrick Duf-

fy. They made their home

in Thief River Falls where

Theresa taught at Thief

River Falls Public School.

In 1971, they moved to

Fargo, North Dakota

where Theresa worked at

St. Anthony Catholic

School. On August 16th,

1976 they welcomed their

first-born son, Justin Pa-

trick Waltz into the world

and on November 11,

1979, they welcomed

their second born son,

Joshua Karol Waltz.

Theresa left work at this

time that she might stay

home to be a mother for

her sons. In 1980, Herb

and Theresa moved to

Bismarck North Dakota.

Theresa continued to stay

home with her sons until

Joshua entered the first

grade. In 1986, Theresa

went to work for Mandan

Public schools teaching

Spanish until she retired

in 2011 after 33 years of

teaching. Theresa enjoyed

a long and successful

teaching career positively

affecting the lives of

thousands of her students

and being the only teacher

to have been nominated

by her students for the

Crystal Apple award.

Theresa also managed her

own piano studio, “The

Waltzing Keys,” where

she taught hundreds of pi-

ano students for over 30


Theresa’s life was cen-

tered on three primary as-

pects. First was her faith

in Jesus and the practice

of this faith in the Roman

Catholic Church. She at-

tended daily mass almost

every day of her life from

second grade on. Her fa-

ther Florian would take

her when she was little

and she continued this

practice for the rest of her

life. She was devout to the

sacrament of confession

and believed in the

Catholic faith with all her

heart. It was first and

foremost the most impor-

tant element of her life. In

the latter years of her life,

she was devoutly commit-ted to the daily Holy hour

in front of our Lord in the

Blessed Sacrament. She

also loved the Divine Mer-

cy and the Rosary. Second

was Theresa’s love and

dedication for her two

sons which in her own

words were, “the love of

her life.” She raised her

sons with tremendous

love, loyalty, and affec-

tion. She also went to

great lengths to bring

them up to love Jesus and

the Catholic Church. Due

to her efforts and the

grace of almighty God

both of her sons became

priests. She will be forev-

er missed and deeply

cherished by her two

sons, Fr. Justin Waltz and

Fr. Josh Waltz and her

husband Herb of 49 years.

We love you

Theresa/mom and we will

see you in the Kingdom of

God. The third aspect was

that of teaching both in

schools and her piano stu-

dio. She loved to teach,

and she loved her stu-

dents and approached

both with great love, dedi-

cation, and inspiration.

Theresa is survived by:

her husband, Herb Waltz;

her two sons, Fr. Justin

Waltz and Fr. Josh Waltz;

her sister, Patty (Marvin)

Miller; her brother, Tim

(Janet) Krause; and

several nieces, nephews

and cousins also survive.

In lieu of flowers,

memorials may be made

to the Diocese of Bismarck

Office of Vocations; P.O.

Box 1137, Bismarck ND,


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