Elaine (Neigel) Bachmeier, 76, Minot, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Trinity Homes, Minot.
She was born Oct. 19, 1936, to Sebastian and Margaret (Schnellbach) Neigel. She was raised in the Blumenfeld and Orrin area, attended Rosebush School and St. John's Catholic Church in Blumenfeld. She helped her parents by taking care of her many brothers and sisters, doing farm chores and cooking for neighboring farm families.
She married her handsome yodeling cowboy, Mathias Bachmeier, in 1954 in Blumenfeld. They lived near George Lake on the Bachmeier farmstead where they farmed, ranched and started their family. In 1957 they moved to Minot, where Elaine worked and was an active member of the Moose Club. She worked at Alley Cat Lounge, the 52 Club and the Riveria Lounge, all in Minot. In 1966 they moved to a farm near Karlsruhe where they taught their children the importance of their faith, family, work, play, respect and most importantly, to love each other. Elaine raised chickens, worked in the garden and learned how to make her beautiful quilts.
In 1971 the family moved to Plaza where she worked at Joe's Bar for a year. She later purchased the bar and changed the name to Parkview Lounge.
Elaine was active in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Plaza, the Plaza Civic Club, and managing her men's softball team. In 1981 she bought the Roadside Cafe, south of Plaza. They lived on site until their move to Minot in 1985 when she became the first head cook at the Royal Fork Buffet and worked at the VFW where she was an honorary member of the Ladies Auxiliary.
Elaine was active in St. Leo's Confraternity of Christian Mothers as treasurer, leader of funeral and wedding receptions and president of St. Therese's Guild. She was given the title of "Silent Knight" by the Knights of Columbus 9906 members after she helped with many of their breakfast and dinner events. She was an usher at St. Leo's Church and served as the gift shop director.
Elaine's favorite times were spent with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. She was happiest playing outside with them, teaching them games and cooking their favorite foods anytime they came to visit. She liked cooking, baking, gardening, quilting, sewing, fishing and raising chickens and rabbits. She also enjoyed singing, winning at pinochle, Aggravation and Greedy, and listening to the police scanner. Elaine will always be remembered by her family and friends for her hotdish, kuchen, glorified rice, caramel rolls, pinwheel cookies and soups, but mostly for her beautiful smile and kind heart.
She is survived by her children and their families: Judy (Mike) Jochim, Mesa, Ariz.: Kelly (Charles) Cooper, Jeremy (Channon) Berger, Sarah (Steven) Denson; Char (Fred) Beehler, of LaMoure: Shawn (Lynn) Beehler, Christopher (Dianna) Beehler, Dennis Beehler, Colette (Lance) Cotton, Patrick (Holly) Beehler; Ron (Mary) Bachmeier, Dickinson: Erin Bachmeier (Jeff Merchant), Chelsea (James) Kiebel; Cindy (Jerry) Clark, Minot: Scott (Julie) Clark, Tim (Ginny Boyle) Clark, Amanda Clark; Larry (Ruth) Bachmeier Anoka, Minn.: Leah (Andres) Gonzalez, Daniela Bachmeier; Duane Bachmeier, Minot; Sharon (Ronald) Donamaria, Minot: Aaron (Samantha) Donamaria, Zack (Jess) Donamaria, Kacey Donamaria; Sandy (Mark) Klimpel, Berthold: Jessie Klimpel, Josh Klimpel; Tami (Randy Christianson) Anderson, Mandan: Devon Anderson, Amber Anderson; 26 great-grandchildren; siblings: Jack (Jan) Neigel, Fergus Falls, Minn., Lugardia Schwan, Mandan, Marcie (Pete) Thiel, Sun City, Ariz., Daniel Neigel, Pacific, Wash., Frank (MaryAnn) Neigel, North Stonington, Conn., Richard (Deborah) Neigel, Old Lyme, Conn., Jane Heintz, Fergus Falls, Joe (Garnet) Neigel, Bonnie Lake, Wash., Eddie Neigel, Graham, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; siblings, Peter, Paul, John, Mary Anderson, Ludwig, Lawrence, George, David, Alex, Tony, and Elva Dailey; grandson, Peter Sebastian, son-in-law, Clarence Ulledahl Jr.; and many relatives and friends.
Funeral: Friday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. in St. Leo's Catholic Church, Minot.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Rosary and prayer service: Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. in the church.
Visitation: Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. in Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, and from 6 to 7 p.m. in the church.
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