Ella (Wahl) Solle

May 24, 1927 – Jan. 11, 2021

Ella (Wahl) Solle was

born to Lydia and William

Wahl on May 24, 1927

into a family of 11 si-

blings. She married Peter

Kovarik, and from their

union 7 children were

born. She was a person

with a powerful work eth-

ic, which consisted of

wife, mother, farmhand,

waitress, and millworker.

Her most loved job was

taking care of children

and grandchildren.

She married Philip

Solle in 1971 and contin-

ued waitressing. Retiring

from that, she continued

to watch over the

grandkids. Cooking, can-

ning, gardening, crochet-

ing, and most of all hospi-

tality, was the heart of her

lifes work. There was al-

ways good, wholesome

canned fruit, meat, and

soups readily available for

family or whoever

stopped by, but her baked

bread and fruit were loved

the best.

Her garden was impec-

cable as well as her cro-

cheting, which was a

treasure trove of baby lay-

ettes and afghans in a

rainbow of colors given to


After retiring, her hus-

band Phil succumbed to

Alzheimer’s so she tended

to him to the end of his

days. A champion nurse!

After his passing in 2011,

Ella’s family in North

Dakota was blessed to

have her move back to the

state from her longtime

home in Missoula, MT.

She lived with her

daughter Judy and hus-

band Marty for a period of

years while she continued

to do as much as she

could. Time came to make

a change of residence to

The Terrace in Bismarck.

It is here where she found

the joy of her life, being

free of lifes responsibili-

ties. She found a nitch at

her new home and started

to enjoy devotions,

movies, games, Bingo,

painting, exercise, music,

and dancing. She loved

getting play money from

attending each activity at

The Terrace so that on

auction day she could

pick any item to bid on,

and no one could outbid

her. She also made a lot of

crocheted items for the

bazaars held there. She

loved her new residence

as well as the people there

making her the happiest

she had ever been.

Congestive heart failure

became a health issue.

During Covid her activi-

ties were very restricted

causing her health to be-

gin to wane. She fought

the good fight with a

sense of humor to her last

day. Jesus saw fit that it

was time to take her home

January 11th, 2021 at 5:40


Luke 9:62: “No one after

putting his hand to the

plow and looking back is

fit for the kingdom.”

She finished strong and

will be sorely missed, but

her goodness will linger

on in our memories.

She was preceded in

death by: 10 brothers and

sisters, a daughter Linda

Lou (6), a son Peter James

“Butch” (43), and husband

Philip Solle.

Survivors include: 1

brother Leo (Shirley)

Wahl, 5 daughters, Judy

(Marty) Grothe, Donna

Baber, Pamela (Tom)

Walter, Joyce (Curt) Ros-

tad, and Deaette (Jeff)

Powell, 13 grandchildren,

23 great-grandchildren, 3

great great-grandchildren,

and 6 step grandchildren.

Viewing and reflections

from 5-7pm, Thursday,

January 14th, 2021 at Da-

Wise Perry Funeral Home,

4211 Old Red Trail, Man-

dan, ND.

Celebration of Life at

10:30am, Friday, January

15th, 2021 at Faith Center

Church of God of the Pro-

phecy, 2303 E. Divide

Ave, Bismarck, ND.