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Zeeland, ND-Mass of Christian Burial for William “Bill” Wald, 87, of Zeeland will be 10:30 am, Thursday, March 12, 2020 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Zeeland.  Rev. Fr. Neil Pfeifer will officiate.

Burial will be in St. Andrew Catholic Cemetery with military graveside rites by Jacob A. Heinrich American Legion Post #170.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00-5:00 pm at the funeral home in Ashley.  Visitation will continue at 6:00 pm at the church in Zeeland with a rosary and liturgical wake service at 7:30 pm.  There will also be visitation for one hour prior to the service on Thursday at church.

Bill died March 7, 2020 at Strasburg Care Center where he resided for the last 5 ½ years.

Bill was born January 1, 1933 to Markus and Kathrine (Moch) Wald.  He grew up on the family farm northeast of Zeeland, ND.  He attended Blumenthal rural school and one year of high school in Zeeland.  Bill worked in Minneapolis, MN for one year until being drafted into the United States Army in 1954 where he served for two years and was honorably discharged.  He worked in the copper mines in Butte, MT and did construction work in the Kintyre, ND area.

Bill was united in marriage to Millie Glatt on August 19, 1957 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Hague, ND.  They farmed in the Ashley area for eight years.  In April 1965 they purchased the homestead farm of Bill’s great-grandparents northeast of Zeeland where they resided for 46 ½ yrs, then moving into Zeeland.  He truly had a passion for farming.  Bill had a love for horses and enjoyed going on trail rides in his younger years.

Bill will be remembered for his memory of people and dates and for being a great story and joke-teller.  He had an appreciation for his German Russian Heritage and had an in-depth knowledge of his family tree.  He could explain how he was related to people over several generations.  Bill shared many dances with Millie over the years and spending time with his grandchildren was always something he looked forward too.

Bill was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.  Bill served as a McIntosh County Commissioner for 20 years, on the McIntosh County Social Services Board for 25 years, and the Tri-County Fair board for many years.  He was also a former member of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War.

Grateful for having shared Bill’s life are his wife of 62 years, Millie of Zeeland; children, Twila (Bob) Nohrenberg of Horace, ND, Betty (Kevin) Thune of Bismarck, Sheila Johnson of West Fargo, Darcy (Jim) Hoff of Bismarck, Alvin (Bonnie) Wald of Bismarck and Lee (Misti) Wald of Overland Park, KS and 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Neceda Nohrenberg of Minneapolis, Jared (Meagan) and great-granddaughter, Adelyn Thune of Bismarck, Marcus Thune of Bismarck, Jordan, Jade and Julissa Johnson of Fargo, Joclyn Vetter of West Fargo, Maria (Dalton) Weisz of Bismarck, Isaac Hoff of Watford City, Mitchel, Conner, Emma and Dominic Wald of Bismarck and Reagan, Avery and William Wald of Overland Park, KS.

Bill is also survived by sisters, MaryAnn Gross of Bismarck, Donna (Joe) Feist and Margie (Sam) Piatz, both of Napoleon and Theresa Bates of Butte, MT and sisters-in-law, Rose Wald of Bismarck and Valencia Wald of Venturia.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, son Curtis, brothers, Alvin and James, sister, Phyllis Wald, sister and brother in-law Elsie (Adam) Gross and his brothers-in-law, Joe Gross and Wayne Bates.

Millie and her family would like to thank the Strasburg Care Center for their special care and compassion over the past 5 ½ years while caring for Bill.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Strasburg Care Center or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Carlsen Funeral Home of Ashley has been entrusted with arrangements.