Joseph Mathern

Joseph Mathern 88, of Edgeley, ND, died Monday, July 1, 2013 at Manor St. Joseph, Edgeley.
Joseph Mathern was born July 26, 1924, in Strasburg, ND, the son of Ignatius and Julianna (Schmaltz) Mathern. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school. Joseph entered the US Army on May 22, 1946 and served with the 5th Airdrome SQ during WWII. He was discharged on October 4, 1947 as a Corporal. Joseph returned to North Dakota and married Amalia “Molly” Krumm on November 25, 1947 in Hauge, ND. They made their home on a farm 7 miles north of Edgeley where they raised a family. Joseph worked for the Farmers’ Union Coop for many years and drove milk truck. He was on the Mount Calvary Cemetery Board for many years and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Joseph had a passion for gardening and woodworking. He was a gentle, kind, and loving man with a great sense of humor and enjoyed music, especially polka. Joseph enjoyed visiting with people, playing cards, and was very strong on his faith.
Joseph is survived by his children, Herman Mathern, Valley City, ND, Ron (Linda) Mathern, Bismarck, ND, Allen (Suzanne) Mathern, Fallon, NV, Mary Vetter, Fargo, ND, Terry (Patricia) Mathern, Fargo, Judy (Jon) Nitschke, Jud, ND, Janice (Tom) Wolf, Bismarck, Karen Duncan, West Fargo, ND, Bonnie (Calvin) Triepke, Edgeley, ND, Greg Mathern, Fargo, and Sue (Jeff) Nuelle, Mandan, ND; 30 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and one sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Feist, LaMoure, ND.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter-in-law, Pam Mathern; brothers, John, Mike, and Blasé; and one sister, Helen Brennan.
Eucharist of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Transfiguration Catholic Church, Edgeley.
Visitation: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2013 at Transfiguration Catholic Church, Edgeley.
Prayer Service: 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2013 at Transfiguration Catholic Church, Edgeley.
Interment: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Edgeley, ND.
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