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Mary Louise Shankar

Mary Shankar, 76, of Langdon, ND, passed away Monday, November 12, 2018, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary Louise Otto was born November 2, 1942, in Langdon, ND, to William and Kathleen (Wild) Otto. She grew up and attended school in the Milton area, graduating from Milton High School in 1960. She continued her education at Aaker’s Business College in Grand Forks, ND. On November 21, 1963, Mary and Richard Shankar were united in marriage in Milton. They farmed for many years. In 1987, Mary went to work for the Cavalier County Memorial Hospital Foundation as a secretary and then director. She loved her job and the people she worked with. Mary was a very active member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church by leading adoration, reading at Mass, as a deanery lay council representative and as a member of Catholic Daughters. She was also a member of the Eagles Auxiliary and was 2017 Chamber Employee of the Year. Mary enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and visiting friends and family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as helping out anyone who needed it, especially her daughter, Joanne, and son-in-law, Larry. Mary had a giving and loving heart and was thought of as a non-biological �grandma’ to her grandsons’ friends.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Joanne (Larry) Gehrtz, of Devils Lake, ND; grandsons: Richard Gehrtz (Bethany Bratlie), Clayton (Jenna) Gehrtz, and Dylan (Kelsey) Gehrtz; great-grandchildren Hayden and Liam; brothers Duane (Bev) Otto of Langdon, ND, and James (Lois) Otto of Fargo, ND; sisters-in-law: Edi Ann Otto, Sally Otto, and Jean (Norm) Maynard as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Richard; brothers Richard and Robert Otto; and sisters-in-law: Helen Hamann, Mary Cummings, and Rose Shankar.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon, ND. Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2018, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND, followed by the Rosary at 6:40 p.m. and a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Langdon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the
Cavalier County Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2018, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND, followed by the Rosary at 6:40 p.m. and a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Langdon.


SERVICES
Funeral Service

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
1:00 PM

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

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2018, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND, followed by the Rosary at 6:40 p.m. and a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Langdon.


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Many sympathies to the family of Mary. She was a very kind and caring lady, she will be missed. Prayers.

Patty johnson Nov 21 2018 12:00 AM

Lillian and I wish to extend our sympathy upon the untimely death of your Mother. We were shocked when we heard the news. She was such an active woman and so full of life. Mary Louise was my Godmother and Robert Otto was my Godfather. When Mary Louise married, I was the ringbearer while Cindy served as the flower girl. I can still remember that day in the Church at St. Clotilde's. I offered Holy Mass for Mary Louise and will continue to pray for her. Lillian also remembers her in prayer. We will also remember you, JoAnn, and your family in prayer during this time of sorrow and grief. May she rest in peace. I am sorry to say we cannot attend the Funeral Mass. It pains me to miss it but I will be with you in spirit as Holy Mass is offered. Lillian Wild and Fr. Alexander Wild

Lillian Wild and Fr. Alexander Wild Nov 21 2018 12:00 AM

Mary was such a wonderful lady. So sad to hear of her passing. She will be greatly missed. Joanne and family you will be in our prayers.

Dawn Roppel Nov 20 2018 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to you Joanne, and your family. Mary was always so full of energy and had lots going on. Will miss her!! Mom is always hard to loose, but I know the memories will be bright.

Tony and Betty Blaze Nov 19 2018 12:00 AM

Joann, my deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. She was a kind and generous person, and I have many fond memories of our encounters over the years. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda (Kleinschmidt) Faulhaber Nov 17 2018 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Mary Louise's passing. She was such a great lady who always wore a smile and a kind word for whomever she met. It will be a great loss for her family and the entire community. God Bless you all.

Jerry and Marie Wild Nov 17 2018 12:00 AM

Shocked to hear on your Mom's passing. She was such a beautiful lady. Brought my Mom with her to Devils Lake for weekends to visit us when she came to visit you. And always had a smile on her face. Our thoughts are with you all.

Chuck and Jonielle Soderstrom Nov 16 2018 12:00 AM

Our condolences to all of Mary's family, she will be missed by so many and I am so glad I had the privilege of knowing her. Sending prayers to you all Sue & Jerry Reiser

Sue & Jerry Reiser Nov 15 2018 12:00 AM

sorry to hear of Marys passing enjoyed visiting with her My Sympathy

janice Buchweitz Nov 15 2018 12:00 AM

To the family of Mary Shankar, I had the privilege of working with Mary while I was the CEO of CCMH. She was the sweetest, most authentic person that I had ever met. She was so proud of the gun she had won and gave to her grandson a few years back and would brag upon them all the time. She was as a Godly woman that lived by the Golden Rule and I am heart-broken to hear of her passing. You will be in my prayers.

CHRISTOPHER Wyatt Nov 15 2018 12:00 AM

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