Shirley Bohmbach

Oct. 28, 1928 – May 20, 2020

Shirley Bohmbach, 91,

formerly of New Town,

died Wednesday, May 20,

2020, surrounded by her

family at her home in


Shirley Roberta Biggers

was born October 28,

1928 to LeRoy and Ruth

Ida (Dailey) Biggers, in

rural Buffalo, ND. She at-

tended rural schools and

then Tower City High

School where she graduat-ed in 1946.

On August 9, 1953,

Shirley was united in

marriage to Marvin

Bohmbach in Tower City

at First Presbyterian

Church. They made their

home at the Bohmbach

family homestead in

Charlson and were

blessed with five children.

Faith was an important

part of Shirley’s daily life.

She attended of Keene

First Lutheran where she

taught Sunday school

classes and was president

and secretary of the Ra-

chel Circle. She also at-

tended church at Bethel

Lutheran, the Baptist

Church and United

Church of Christ, all in

New Town. With her love

of music, she often sang

for, and played piano or

organ for, many special

events and church ser-


Shirley began her

33-year career in teaching

after completing a

two-year standard degree

at Valley City Teachers

College in 1952. For six

years, she taught in rural,

one-room schools and

then in Mandan and

Amenia, ND. In 1972, she

completed her BS in Ele-

mentary Education from

Dickinson State College

with minors in Psycholo-

gy and Art. She retired

after 25 years at Edwin

Loe Elementary in New


Never one to remain

idle, Shirley worked in

the activity departments

at the nursing homes in

New Town and Parshall

for 11 years. She was

awarded Employee of the

Year at the New Town

home where she also act-

ed as secretary/treasurer

for the board. She was ac-

tive in the Lakeside

Senior Citizens and

served as president for 10

years. During that time,

she was instrumental in

the building of the senior

citizens center.

Shirley enjoyed travel-

ing. She and Marvin took

many trips and tours.

From Europe to Alaska,

she liked to experience

different cultures. In

2016, Shirley moved to

assisted living at The Wel-

lington in Minot. She

treasured time spent with

her family, especially time

with all her grandchil-

dren. Shirley lived her

life, led by God, in a sen-

sible, modest, and humble

way. Her kind smile and

generous heart will be

greatly missed.

Shirley is survived by

her children, Sally

Bohmbach, Patricia Maas

(Kelly), Kari Norby

(Mark), and Curtis

Bohmbach (Susan);

grandchildren, Deana Sor-

genfrei, Miranda Merrill,

Faye Norby, Matthew

Norby, Adrienne Norby,

Ryan Bohmbach, Eric

Maas, and Brian Maas; 12

great-grandchildren; 3

great-great grandchildren;

Godchildren, Shelley

Dennis, Steffen “Bud”

Bohmbach, and Tammy

Wegner; sister-in-law,

Frances Ventsch; cousins,

and many nieces and


She was preceded in

death by her parents; hus-

band, Marvin; infant

daughter, Susan Rae; five

brothers and three sisters.

Funeral: Saturday,

May 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

at Keene First Lutheran

Church, Keene.

Visitation: Saturday

from noon to 2 p.m. at the

church for those wishing

to pay respects without at-

tending the service.

Burial: Good Hope

Cemetery, Keene.

**In lieu of flowers,

Shirley preferred memori-als to Veterans of Foreign

Wars, Cancer, or Diabetes


For funeral attendance

please wear a mask while

at the church and practice

social distancing guide-

lines. (Langhans Funeral

Home, Parshall