Card for Theresa Kuntz Bachmeier, Rugby, North Dakota


When I Must Leave You

When I must leave you
for a little while,
Please do not grieve
and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow
to you through the years,
But start out bravely
with a gallant smile;
And for my sake
and in my name
Live on and do
all things the same,
Feed not your loneliness
on empty days,
But fill each waking hour
in useful ways,
Reach out your hand
in comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you
and hold you near,
And never, never
be afraid to die,
For I am waiting
for you in the sky!

Helen Steiner Rice


May the Soul of the Faithful Departed
Theresa Bachmeier
Through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace. Amen.

Born Into Time
April 10, 1909
Feast of Saint Bademus
McHenry County, North Dakota

Born Into Eternity
November 28, 2001
Feast of Saint Catherine Laboure
Rugby, North Dakota

Mass Of The Resurrection
Saint Therese of the Little Flower
Rugby, North Dakota
Monday, December 3, 2001 11:00 A.M.

The Reverend Andrew J. Dudzinski, Pastor

Galen J. Mack, Soloist
Glenda Mack, Organist

Eric Bachmeier Daniel Held
Jim Bichler Ron Selzler
Frank Heilman Doug Wolfe

Honor Guard
Members of the
Confraternity of Christian Mothers
Rugby, North Dakota

Saint Anthony Catholic Cemetery
Selz, North Dakota
Beside her husband, George Bachmeier
R.I.P. July 11, 1968

Theresa Bachmeier was born April 10, 1909 in McHenry County, North Dakota, a daughter of Engelbert and Elizabeth (Duchscher) Kuntz, She grew up in the Blumenfeld area of McHenry County and went to country school here. She married George August Bachmeier on February 20, 1928 at Orrin, N.D. They farmed in Jefferson Township for about 40 years. She enjoyed having a garden and raising poultry when she was living on the farm. Mr. Bachmeier died on July 11, 1968. She moved into rugby in 1971. In her retirement she enjoyed cooking and crocheting. In early 1999 she moved to the Harold S. Haaland Home in Rugby and in late 2001 she entered the Long Term Care Unit of the Heart of America Medical Center. In 1999 she appeared in a documentary produced by Prairie Public Television called Schmeckfest: Food Traditions of the Germans from Russia. She enjoyed cooking cheese buttons as her part of the two-hour documentary. The program was broadcast nationwide on public television stations. It was most recently broadcast on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, 2001. A humble lady like Mrs. Bachmeier couldn't have been prouder.

She was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby and The Fraternity of Christian Mothers.

She is survived by sons, August and his wife, Caroline Bachmeier, Sumner, Washington, and Nick and his wife, Arlene Bachmeier, Rugby; daughters, Betty and her husband, Ambrose Schneider, Harvey, Ann and her husband, Steve Selzler, Martin, Mary and her husband, Edward Held, Harvey, Cecilia Heilman, Rugby, Phyllis and her husband, Leonard Bichler, Monroe, Washington, Helen and her husband, Pat Wieneche, Clackamas, Oregon, and Carol and her husband, Pete Dresser, Cordova,Tennessee; 39 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Frank Kuntz and Rose Brossart, Rugby, and Dorothy Boehm and Frances Steffen, Devils Lake.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a son, Adam; three grandchildren; brothers, Julius, John, Sebastian, Mike and George Kuntz; and a sister Mary Steffen.


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