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Brooks Funeral Home
Wednesday January 29th, 2020
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Wednesday January 29th, 2020

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Thursday January 30th, 2020

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Donald Girodat

Donald “Don” Girodat, 88, of Langdon, ND, passed away January 21, 2020, at his home.

On April 20, 1931, identical twin sons, Donald and Arnold, were born to Peter and Hedwig Girodat near Mt. Carmel, ND. Don attended school in Mt. Carmel and later worked on farms, his dad’s store, and the post office. After serving two years in the Army, he married Delores Balsdon on May 31, 1954, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. They lived and worked in Langdon and Wales at Standard Oil Company until 1955. They then moved to Lansing, MI, where Don worked construction until 1956 when they returned to Mt. Carmel. Don went to work for Consolidated Construction, and in 1960, they moved to Grand Forks where he continued working for Consolidated until 1968 when he started working for Pritchard Bros. Construction of Thief River Falls, MN. In 1972, they moved to Langdon where Don started a business with his brother, Arnold, known as Don & Arn’s Standard. Don retired from business in 1993 and was able to spend time on his hobbies and working for area farmers.

Don is survived by his children: Dale of Langdon and Dawn Cramer of Spokane, WA; grandchildren: Chanse and Chloe Cramer; sister Dorothy Kroetsch; and sister-in-law Ethel Girodat. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Delores, brothers: Arnold and Glenn, sister Evelyn Schill, and son-in-law Bill Cramer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon, ND. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. Rosary and 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Wednesday, January 29 at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND.

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A candle was lit in memory of Donald Girodat

Tracy Jan 27 2020 12:00 AM

Dale and Dawn, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I know the pain that comes with losing such a big part of your own life. May it give you peace to know that he joins his brothers in Heaven. I have such wonderful memories of going to Langdon to see Don and Arn at the station. I hope your own memories can offer some comfort at this time. Sending you love and prayers.

Suzanne Godboldt (Girodat) Jan 27 2020 12:00 AM

Another chapter in Peter & Hedwig Girodat Family. A long chapter is closing with the loss of Donald Peter Girodat, (DP) joining his loving wife Delores,Son in law Bill Cramer, Brothers, Sister, Parents, Others. The final look for this chapter was November when I saw him last, one more look, one more reminder of what I lost, my Dad's identical twin. They were a lot a like but each there own. They shared so many things, marrying sisters,having there own families, working together in business always Best Friends, joining again in Peace Ever After. Never take a wooden Nickel! I wish you enough always! Tracy

Tracy Jan 26 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Girodat

Ann / Auntie Ann Jan 26 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about Don. You both were so good to us when we were cleaning out Nina Berggren's house. Don always had the coffee on and had baked some cookies. I remember one time I had worked all day on the house and it was late leaving for Carson. I was nervous about driving in the dark and he said we would pray for me. Then the last time we were in Langdon we came over to your house and had coffee so we could look out the window at my mom's house. You guys were good neighbors to my folks. And Dale you had to help my mom put the flowers on the mailbox every year. Did you get our Christmas card this year? I battled cancer all of 2019, but now I am cancer free. God is with you and will be with you and Dawn in your sorrow.
Much love, Charlie & Enid Steinkuehler

Enid Berggren Steinkuehler Jan 24 2020 12:00 AM

our sympathy to the girodats family, it was a pleasure to have know don

bill perius Jan 24 2020 12:00 AM

Dale and Dawn, I'm so sorry to hear about Uncle Don's passing. May it be a source of inner strength to know that there's a loving God watching over you, and that, throughout this time of need, Hell stay close by your side. Thoughts of heartfelt sympathy are with you both. Sending love and prayers.

Susie Balsdon Jan 24 2020 12:00 AM

My sympathy. Back when I was high school I was & still am friends with the Girodats. I stopped by the station one day & noticed a hood of a sweatshirt that looked like it had been ripped off, I asked Don what that was all about, he said earlier that morning a car pulled up to the gas pump & told him to fill it. While doing that Don noticed the guy was nervous and had the car in drive the whole time, a sign that he may drive off without paying. Thats what happened so Don quickly reached in to grab the guys sweatshirt to stop him. Don laughed & said he got away without paying but I got the hood & he got a stretched out neck !!!

Charlie Klein Jan 23 2020 12:00 AM