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Mable Hoedl

November 18, 1938 - October 03, 2015

Funeral Mass - Saturday

October 10, 2015
- 11:00 AM

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo

Prayer Service - Friday

October 09, 2015
- 7:00 PM

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo

Visitation - Friday

October 09, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home

Mable Hoedl

November 18, 1938 - October 03, 2015


Mable W. Hoedl, 76, of Fargo, ND gracefully passed from this world on Saturday, October 3, 2015 surrounded by her loving family at home.

Mable was born in Kansas City, MO on November 18, 1938 as the sixth child of seven children to Joseph and Frances Madick.   Following her graduation from Glennon High School, Mable’s life followed a series of vocations as a clerical worker, a committed teacher’s aide, a dedicated volunteer and most importantly, as a very loving and wise mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Joseph, Norman, James, John and sister Ruth Ellen, as well as her husband Leo.

Mable is survived by her brother Frank Madick and sister-in-laws Maryanne Madick, Darel Gannaway, Cheryl Madick and Anita Hoedl, daughters Cheryl Jones (Tim) and Patricia Gerdes and sons Lee Hoedl (Diann) and Daniel Hoedl.  As well, she is survived by her grandchildren Justin Jones, Tanner Jones, Taylor Thoreson (Josh), Abbie Gerdes, Leo Hoedl, Brady Gerdes, Emily Hoedl, Hannah Hoedl and Nicholas Hoedl.

It is this life, conveniently summarized between a beginning and ending date above, which has been witnessed with the physical eyes of the general public.  But this life, this glorious, beautiful and graceful life known as Mable Hoedl was and is part of a much greater journey; one that must to be witnessed with the eyes of the heart.

It is a journey of which great love stories and stirring movies are made. It begins with a young man and young woman growing up in Kansas City; their two families living near each other but this young man’s and woman’s paths rarely crossing. Their two families’ brothers played together and went to the same high school together but again, these two hearts never had the opportunity to collide… until after high school, when he, a young officer of the Marine Corps, saw her at the wedding of her brother and his sister.

Fast forward through a quickly growing romance and engagement, leading to their marriage and life-long journey beginning on January 19, 1960. Fast forward through the birth of their four loving children and several assignments along the east coast as she and the children faithfully followed this young Marine’s career. And during the 1960s while he witnessed two tours of duty in Vietnam, his young bride served as mother and father to his children… and patiently waited for his return.  Retiring from the military in the early 1970s, this couple left the life they knew so well behind and settled in northern Minnesota on a lake across from the husband’s retired parents… and the romance deepened. It was a romance that all could clearly witness and one that the children never questioned or took for granted.  It was a love fashioned in and destined for Heaven.

In 1986, this young man, now aged to 54, slipped from this mortal world suddenly and unexpectedly and the pain of separation would stay with this young woman, now matured to 48, for the rest of her life. She never remarried and never glanced away from the love she continued to have for this man.

Fast forward one more time to June of 2015 and this young woman, now advanced in her years, was told by the doctor that her life would soon come to completion. Surrounded by her children, a request she had years ago would come to fruition in late September: “Move my Sonny’s (her pet name for her love)/your father’s grave to Fargo so that I can rest next to him.”

As she lied in a bed while the cancer advanced quickly through her, her husband’s body was reinterred to Holy Cross Cemetery in Fargo on Tuesday, September 29. Too weak to attend this reinterment of her love, she would enter into her last week of life… and this time he would have to wait patiently for his love to return to him.

This loving couple never secured advanced degrees, but their wisdom and compassion have filled volumes.  Neither of them rose to the top of any corporate ladder, but their positive example and virtue have motivated and changed countless lives.  They never amassed a financial fortune together, but the love they shared with each other and with so many lives along their journey is immeasurable.

On Saturday, October 3, 2015, this young bride, Mable Hoedl, was gloriously reunited with her loving spouse Leo Hoedl at 8:36 am… and the love story begins all over again.

Rest in peace, Mom and Dad.


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22 responses to “Mable Hoedl”

  1. Carol Sexton says:

    Lee and family,
    My sympathies for your loss.

  2. Anita and John Dobbs says:

    Dear Lee and Diann
    Our sincere sympathy. Your mother must have been a great lady! I remember both of you from St. Paul’s Newman Center.
    Anita and John

  3. Karla and Galen Schell says:

    What a beautifully written obituary to compliment a beautiful women and the life she led? Our thoughts and prayers are with you always,
    Karla and Galen Schell

  4. Mary Hertel Mayer says:

    I remember your dear mother and father when they lived in Dent and we attended Sacred Heart Church. You dad taught me religion. Your parents were very special people and I am sure it is a comfort to know they are together again and now with our Father as well.

  5. The Parker Family says:

    Dan, Lee and family,

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. I know you brought her many years of light and laughter. May she rest in peace with your dad. And my God give you comfort in the days to come.

    Joan and Tim Parker

  6. Carrie Balster says:

    She was a beautiful woman and is now a beautiful angel. I feel blessed to have gotten to know her as we cheered for the Bison. Keep cheering Mable. Prayers to all those who loved and still love her.

  7. Kim Armbrust says:

    Tim, Cheryl and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m sorry for the loss of your Mother and friend. I love you guys.

  8. Genevieve Tougas says:

    Rarely in this world are we blessed with the presence of a caring, warm, generous and holy person such as Mable. From our first meeting, she has been a part of my journey toward the same holiness she had, and memories of her will sustain and encourage me until we meet again. May God continue to watch over her family in the lonely days ahead.

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  10. Rhonda Harris says:

    My sympathies to you and your family Lee. God bless you all!

  11. Winnie J. Walmsley says:

    Dan & Family,

    The pain of your loss cannot be expressed. When our Lord called your Mom home – you shared a sacred moment together. You will be wrapped in prayers as God guides you through your grief and pain. God be with you.

  12. Pete Miller says:

    Leo and Family,
    What a time! Time to celebrate the life of your dear Mother, Mother In Law, and Grandmother. Share some tears and most importantly some smiles and laughs! Keep those smiles with you whenever you think of her…

  13. Jerry Feltis says:

    Leo and Dan:

    So sorry to read of the loss of your beloved mother.
    Take Care,
    Jerry Feltis

  14. Mark and Elizabeth Payne and family says:

    Such a Beautifully written obituary describing the life of your Wonderful Mother and Grandmother and her beautiful witness to Marriage and Family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you❤️

  15. Suzanne Dean says:

    I am sorry to hear that Mable passed. I worked with Mable for a lot of years at Sears. She was a very special person. My condolences to the family. Suzanne Dean

  16. The Grabowski Family says:


    This beautifully written tribute to your mothers’ life was an inspiration. No doubt, she was a loving mother and devoted wife who was always there for the people who mattered most to her. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with you and the Hoedl Family during this difficult time. God Bless

  17. Maren Ortmeier says:

    A very beautiful celebration of their lives and their love….peace to them–and to you all.

  18. Madilyn Bannach says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. We are praying for your family in this time of sadness.

  19. Julie says:

    You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers Patty. May the wonderful memories you have of your mom bring you comfort. Luv ya Julie

  20. Stasha and Dave Ellingson says:

    Lee, Di and family,
    We are saddened to hear of the loss of your lovely mother. We read your mother’s obituary today, the day of her service and wish we were closer and could be there for you physically. Please know that we are thinking of you and send our love to you and your family.

  21. Mike & LaDonna Bannach and Family says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Hoedl Family in this time of sorrow. Mable and Leo were and are a beautiful testament to the great sacrament of marriage. Their love and memory will live on forever in the many people’s lives they touched along their life love story. They are two devoted Christians that we should all long to emulate in our life’s. God’s Blessing on your reunion together. Sincerely, The Bannachs.

  22. Pat and Ron Jensen says:

    Cheryl, Tim and families

    Yesterday we got the sad news of Mabel’s passing. What a beautiful tribute you did to her in thought, word and deed. Take care of yourselves, all of you. Let the healing begin. We care. Love, Ron and Pat

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