Barbara Wenger

Feb. 9, 1934-June 22, 2020

Barbara E. Wenger, 86,

Minot, formerly of Max,

ND, passed away on Mon-

day, June 22, 2020 in her

home with her family at

her side.

Barbara Elaine Mickel-

son was born on February

9, 1934, a daughter of

Joseph P. and Therisa B.

(Franklin) Mickelson near

Garrison, ND. She attend

ed elementary school in

Garrison, Minot, and six

years at Rural Willis

Township country school.

She graduated from Minot

High School in 1952.

Barbara furthered her

education by attending

Minot State Teachers Col-

lege, where she majored

in Elementary Education

and Special Education,

with a minor in Home


On June 14, 1959, Bar-

bara was united in mar-

riage to Vernon L. Wenger

of Max, ND. They made

their home on the Wenger

family farm, where togeth

er they farmed, raised

their family and Barbara

was also a teacher. She

taught at Max Public

School, South Prairie

School, Minot Public

Schools and again at Max,

retiring following 34 years

of dedicated service.

Barbara was an avid

reader. There wasn’t a to-

pic or book that she didn’t

like to read about. She

also loved to keep up on

local, state, and national

news. She watched every

news program she could

and enjoyed talking about

current events. Barbara

was a lifelong learner and

enjoyed challenging and

educating herself.

Barbara was a member

of the Faith United

Methodist Church, form-

erly Evangelical United

Brethren, from the 1950’s

until 2012, when she be-

came a member of Vin-

cent United Methodist

Church. Her faith and her

family were very impor-

tant to her, and some of

her fondest memories

were celebrating the holi-

days and watching the

grandchildren’s gradua-

tion ceremonies.

Barbara is survived

by: Husband of 61 years,

Vernon, Minot; three

sons: Keith (Tracy) V.

Wenger, Max, ND; Dr.

Barry J. Wenger (Steven

Hoover), Beach Park, IL,

and Kevin (Karyn) L.

Wenger, Granville,

ND; Ten Grandchildren:

Kristyn (Jared) McIntosh,

Kristyl (Jason) Blowers,

Kalsey (Trevor) Kronberg,

Dana (Kyle) Lizzotte, Dar-

cie (Ryan Studaker) New-

gard, Shalynn Wenger,

Kaitlan Wenger, Kylei

Wenger; Rose Wenger and

Josie Wenger; 16


Tyler, Austin and Devon

Blowers, Anthony and

Camden McIntosh, Kottyn

and Hardy Kronberg,

MaHalle, Elijah and

McKenna Lizzotte,

Paislee, Ryland, Amelia

Newgard, and Sawyer

Studaker, Avery Jo,

Aryiah L and Payton

Wenger, Ayden

McCloud; Siblings: Betty

Erickson, Minot, Shirley

(Peter) Dassenko, Minot,

Gloria Endsley,

Brother-in-law Norman

Bjelland, Kalispell, MT,

and Sister-in-law Dolly

Mickelson, Minot; several

nieces, nephews and

cousins also survive.

Barbara was preceded

in death by: her parents,

sisters Marlene Mickel-

son, Jolene Bjelland, and

brother Jerome Mickelson.

Memorial gifts may be

made to Vincent UMC or

CaringEdge Hospice.

Celebrating the Life of

Barbara Wenger: (Due to

the Coronavirus Pandem-


Visitation: Friday, June

6, 2020 from 2 until 4 pm

at Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot. We

will be observing Co-

vid-19 guidelines.

(Due to the Coronavirus

Pandemic) A Family fun-

eral service: will take

place on Saturday, June

26, 2020 at 10:30 am at

Vincent United Methodist

Church, Minot. The wear-

ing of mask is strongly en-


The service will be

livestreamed for the pub-

lic to view and may be ac-

cessed by going to


clicking on worship tab

A Public Graveside Ser-

vice will be held on Satur-

day, June 27, 2020 at

11:15 am at Rosehill

Memorial Park in Minot.

Due to the Coronavirus

Pandemic, please observe

social distancing.

Those wishing to sign

the online register and

share memories may ac-

cess the online obituaries

section at