Pearl Eudora Wolding, 102, New Town, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Lakeside Community Living Center in New Town.
Pearl was born Sept. 5, 1911, in Tagus, to Albert and Crystal (Johnson) Tommerdahl. The family homesteaded in the Sanish area in 1916. She attended country school, and to further her education, lived with her grandparents to attend high school, where she played on the girls' basketball team. She graduated from Parshall High School in 1929. Pearl attended Minot State Teachers College and received her teaching certificate and returned home and taught school in the Sanish area for five years.
She took a year off from teaching and was united in marriage on May 27, 1936, with Orvin Wolding at Van Hook. They made their home in the Sanish area, where they farmed and Pearl returned to teaching for five more years. She then stayed at home to raise their family. She was a homemaker and helped with the farming operation where she drove trucks and combines. In all her years, she missed only one year of combining. She was a true country woman! Orvin died Nov. 11, 2000.
Pearl loved to dance, bowl and play cards. She belonged to the local bridge, homemakers and birthday clubs. She played piano and used to sing with her sister-in-law at funerals. She played bridge with friends to her very last week. She also liked crossword and number puzzles. She had an excellent memory and knew birthdays for all her family, friends and neighbors.
She was an excellent baker and indulged her family and friends with homemade caramel rolls, cookies, chocolate cake, fresh bread and buns. She once said it took her 80 years to make a decent loaf of bread! She canned produce from her garden, as well as beef and chicken. She also enjoyed crocheting and every member of her family has a treasured afghan created by Pearl. She cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pearl served as the Big Bend Township clerk for more than 20 years a position she passed on to her daughter-in-law. She was very active and healthy, lived at home and drove until she was 97. She moved to the Lakeside Community Living Center in 2009. Pearl was a member of Grand Valley Lutheran Church until it closed and later Bethel Lutheran Church, both of New Town. She taught Sunday school and was active in the ladies circle groups.
May God bless the memory of Pearl Wolding.
Pearl is survived by: her son, Mylo Wolding (Kristie), and daughter, Orlea Roggenbuck (Tom), both of New Town; grandchildren, Jodie Hall (Ben Rennich), of Bismarck, Patti Moe, of New Town, Ryan Moe (Julie), of Williston; Suzette Schermer, (Chris) of Edina, Minn., Lyon Wolding, of New Town, David Wolding (Roxie), of New Salem, and Cameron Wolding (Bridget Vannerson), of New Town; great-grandchildren, Shanell LaCroix and Durwin Dixon; Nevada, Dustin and Skyler Moe; Tennyson and Elliot Schermer; Tayt and Ty Wolding; Kailey Wolding and Jaxson Vannerson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two infant brothers; her sister, Gertrud Brownlee; and twin great-granddaughters, Ruby and Daisy Wolding.
Funeral: Today, Oct. 19, 2013, at 2 p.m.. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town.
Visitation: Today, two hours prior to the service, in the church.
Interment: Grand Valley Lutheran Cemetery, rural New Town.
Online condolences may be shared at (www.langhansfuneralhome.com).
(Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall)