Edith Rohde, 97, New Town, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in the Garrison Memorial Hospital Nursing Facility.
Edith was born Nov. 11, 1915, on the family homestead in Riverview Township of McKenzie County, the daughter of Norwegian immigrants, Christopher and Louise (Flesvig) Melby. She attended country school, was confirmed at Keene First Lutheran Church and graduated from Sanish High School in 1933. She then attended business college in Bismarck.
Edith then met the love of her life, Gilbert Rohde, while he was delivering mail to the Melby farm. Edith's parents liked Gilbert because he could speak Norwegian. On Nov. 10, 1939, Edith and Gilbert were united in marriage in the church parsonage at Keene. They made their home in Sanish, where Gilbert continued his route as a mail carrier and farmed, and Edith worked at Andersgords Department Store.
When they moved their family to New Town in 1952, Edith was a busy mother and housewife. Her hands were full raising her sons and taking meals to the field during spring planting and harvest.
She always tended a garden and often had fresh flowers cut from her flowerbeds. In the winter, she kept busy knitting and crocheting and made several afghans for all her children and grandchildren. Gilbert and Edith loved to travel and spent several winters in Texas and Arizona and took trips to Norway, Hawaii and Mexico.
Edith enjoyed playing cards with friends, golfing, bowling, fishing and baking buns. She lived her entire life in the Keene, Sanish and New Town area. Following Gilbert's death on Feb. 6, 1996, she remained in her home until moving to the New Town Good Samaritan Assisted Living Facility. She entered the Garrison Memorial Nursing Facility in 2011.
Edith was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, where she served on the ladies aid and sang in the church choir. She was also a member of the Lakeview Senior Citizens.
Edith is survived by: her sons, Gary (Patti), of Port Townsend, Wash., Dennis (Anita), of New Town, and Bradley (Karen), of Garrison; grandchildren, Jorin File (Rose), Megan Summers, Chris Rohde (Nina), Gregory Rohde (Melissa), Douglas Rohde (Britt) and Dena Rohde; great-granddaughter, Freyja Rohde; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Ann and Helga; and brother, Norman.
Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town.
Visitation: Friday, Jan. 25, from noon to 7 p.m., in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.
Interment: New Town Cemetery.
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