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Mary Arendes

Mary Arendes, 96, of Langdon, ND passed away Monday, July 24, 2017, at Cavalier County Memorial Hospital in Langdon, ND.

Mary Theresa Arendes was born December 11, 1920 in Elgin Township to Herman and Theresa (Rohde) Arendes. She attended rural school through grade 8 and graduated from St. Alphonsus High School in 1937. After attending Valley City State Teachers’ College, she taught rural school for one year. Mary then went into active service in the US Army Air Force as an airplane engine mechanic on B24 and B29 planes. After her honorable discharge in 1945, she returned to college at Valley City and earned her standard diploma and then her BS degree in Education and Geography. She taught at Grafton and Fargo before attending graduate school in Massachusetts. Mary then held teaching positions abroad at military bases in the Philippines, Japan, England, and Germany. She returned to North Dakota in the early 1960s and held various positions in the Fargo, ND school system until her retirement in 1983. Mary returned to Langdon where she was active in the Cavalier County Historical Society and was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters.

Mary is survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives in Germany, and many special friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings: George, Herman, Elsie, William, Werner, Anna Delvo and Margaret Witten.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a 6:40 p.m. Rosary and a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Maple Manor Care Center Chapel in Langdon. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Langdon.

Visitation will be from 6-7:00 p.m. with a 6:40 p.m. Rosary and 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Maple Manor Care Center Chapel in Langdon.

Memorial Service

Friday, July 28, 2017
1:00 PM

St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
209 10th Ave.
Langdon, ND 58249

Visitation will be from 6-7:00 p.m. with a 6:40 p.m. Rosary and 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Maple Manor Care Center Chapel in Langdon.

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Mary was such a kind, smart lady. I always enjoyed seeing her, and having a quick visit. Bless you Mary, will miss you. Many prayers and sympathy to those you've left behind.

Cheryl Muhs Jul 27 2017 12:00 AM

I always enjoyed visiting with Mary. She always had such interesting things to say.

Camie Kertz Jul 26 2017 12:00 AM

My sympathy to the family and the many friends I know are saddened to hear she is no longer with us. It is possible that Mary knew me before I knew her as I do not remember a time when we did not know each other. We visited at the Museum and often at her house about family history, our various teaching experiences, travels and many other things. Then there were the years of working on the Centennial books and her tactful suggestions on a column where I spelled words wrong or missed an important part of the story plus times of riding the bus to Grand Forks when she had appointments there. The last time I saw her was at the grocery store waiting for her ride to pick her up. At those times we always had a good catch up kind of visit. Mary will be missed but she was the kind of person it was a pleasure to know. Rita

Rita Maisel Jul 26 2017 12:00 AM

I knew you Mary mostly thru our both belonging to the Catholic Daughter organization, and all you did to help us. The last time I saw you Mary was when they were taking you to lunch on July 14th. You had had your surgery and were recovering in Maple Manor. You appeared to be happy, which also made me happy for you. You did many wonderful things in your 96 years.

Beverly and Duane Otto Jul 25 2017 12:00 AM

I do not believe that I ever met Mary, but she was a member of the Lake Agassiz Rock Club here in Fargo, I think maybe one of the founding members, and she continued to follow the club and even send contributions to the newsletter long after she retired and moved back to Langdon. I used to edit that newsletter--and it was always great fun to get a note from Mary. She truly exemplified the love of life-long learning.

Eunice Johnston Jul 25 2017 12:00 AM

Aunt Mary was a remarkable person. As a child, I had the privilege, along with my sister Cindy, of staying with Aunts Mary and Elsie for a week one summer on their family farm. We enjoyed their routine and their meals. A special treat each evening was the slide show Mary gave, with narration that made each place come alive. I also enjoyed her letters and visiting her whenever I got to Langdon. She will always live in my heart!

Kathy Slama Jul 25 2017 12:00 AM