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Michael Steidl

October 12, 2015


October 15, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Prayer Service

October 15, 2015
- 7:00 PM

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Funeral Mass

October 16, 2015
- 10:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior.

Holy Cross Catholic Church


Boulger Funeral Home

Michael Steidl

October 12, 2015


Michael William Steidl, 67, West Fargo, ND passed away on Monday, October 12, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. He was born on November 27, 1947 in Valley City, ND to George and Genevieve (Faust) Steidl.

Mike graduated from Fingal High School in 1965 and started working for the Soo Line Railroad, later transferring to the Great Northern Railroad, which merged into the Burlington Northern and later the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. During this time he was active in the Transportation Communications International Union (TCU) serving as President until his retirement in December 2007 after 42+ years of service.

Mike married Linda Renea Fraase on April 27, 1974 in Fingal, ND. The couple made their home in Fingal where they raised their three wonderful children, settling in West Fargo in 1989.

Mike was very active in the Knights of Columbus Council 4692 serving as Grand Knight 3rd Degree and Faithful Navigator 4th Degree for Assembly 788.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Cathy (Cecil) Fossen and Nancy Steidl.

He is survived by one sister, Sharon (David) Holweg of Marion, ND; one brother, Stephen Steidl of Belle Fourche, SD; three children, Anna Jo (Timothy) Wodrich of Reiles Acres, ND; Rebecca Steidl of Denver, CO; and Andrew (Lisa) Steidl of Mandan, ND. He is also survived by his two granddaughters, Genevieve and Elizabeth Wodrich; and his good friend, Dianne Schock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Gianna’s Maternity Home, 15605 Co Rd 15 Minto, ND 58261.


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30 responses to “Michael Steidl”

  1. JoAnne Kautzman (Jo) says:

    Mike and my Dad (Kenny Kautzman) were best friends. I am grateful & honored to have had the many opportunities to spend time with Mike…. on my Dad’s deck, at the Ground Round, the fun gatherings with their Railroad buds, hearing stories about life, hearing about their memories as they traveled through the depths of their own cancer. My Dad was always more worried about his dear friend Mike than himself., making sure he was ok. I know that my Dad was there to meet Mike with open arms. May they continue to enjoy doing the things they loved to do: hunting, listening to Johnny Cash, watching Westerns together, enjoying a burger, talking smart, telling stories and living life at ease. No more pain & suffering for these two genuine, loving heart & souls! Much love to you Mike.. Rest in Peace. Give my Dad a huge hug from us. You have left an imprint on my heart! Jo Kautzman

  2. Doreen Gordon says:

    So sorry for your loss. Mike will be missed. When I think of him I see his smile and hear his laugh. Hugs to you all.

  3. Patty (Morth) Paula says:

    Sending prayers for Mike and his family. He was a kind and good man.

  4. Marlene Brunelle says:

    May you be comforted by knowing he fought the good fight. The pain is done for Mike.
    Love you Andy and Lisa


  5. Cheryl Pfeifer Hager says:

    I am so sorry to hear of yor husbands death. I knew him a little when we teenager. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Yvonne (Morth) Mayer says:

    So very sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. I remember him as a little tyke, just learning to talk, and he used some of Grandpa Nick’s vocabulary quite well! Condolences to the family.

    Yvonne Mayer

  7. Ellen Anderson says:

    Prayers to his family. Growing up in Fingal he was our neighbor til they moved. May God bless you and keep you always.

  8. Jim Leith, Chaplain says:

    Mike was very faithful to family, friends and his church at Holy Cross. He was active in many aspects of parish life, always willing to help and be of service. I am sure his family will greatly miss him. We give thanks to God for giving us the opportunity to know him.
    Jim Leith

  9. Shannon Tweed-Cortez says:

    My heart is SO heavy!! I will miss your big hugs so much!!! Love to all the family and Dianne. Mike was one of my most favorite people!

  10. Al Huber says:

    Mike – rest without pain. I remember a lot of good times.

  11. Jessica Pinkney says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. It was always a treat to see him and Dianne at karaoke. No matter the time or place, he always had a smile on. Peace to all of his family in this difficult time.

  12. Connie Rokke says:

    I only had the opportunity to meet Michael one time in person but I heard a lot of great stories about him through Tim and AJ Wodrich. I wish his entire family the very best during this time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Dr. Grace Morth Fraser says:

    Mike and I grew up together in Fingal where we played on endless summer days and were in the same school grade. He was a favorite of my Dad Spitz and he and Linda looked out for our Mother when they lived in Fingal.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of a truly decent person who was special to many of us.

  14. Linda Hinrichs says:

    I met Mike a few years ago at Karoake. He was always one of our biggest supporters and so pleasant to be around. My last visit with him was such a blessing and I will miss his wonderful smile. RIP Mike, you were a great fighter!

  15. Linda Johnson says:

    Mike, I am better for having known you and privileged to have had you show your enjoyment in model railroads.
    Be in peace.

  16. Jonathan Aal says:

    Mike, a true gentlemen, was a fellow Knights of Columbus. He was very giving and caring to others. He would put his own interests aside and be very willing to help others even as he went through ongoing chemo treatments. Mike was soft spoken but people always listened when he spoke. He had a genuine interest in the well being of others. I enjoyed getting to know Mike and will truly miss him but know that he will be with our Savior eternally…. and will be at peace after his long battle with chemo.
    Jonathan Aal

  17. Mike & Darlene Wolf says:

    Was blessed to know Mike through rhe Knights of Columbus. Mike was very dedicated serving his church, community, and and brother knights..Glad to visit with brother Mike while being a patient in the hospital myself as he was visiting one of his friends. Mike was very thoughtful of his fellow friends. May his soul rest in peace.

    Mike & Darlene Wolf
    Mesa AZ

  18. G HUckeba says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have found the Bible provides comfort during times of tragedy. At 1 Corinthians 15:26 we are promised that very soon ‘death will be brought to nothing. Then, we have the prospect of being reunited with our loved ones right here on this earth (John 5:28,29), but a perfect earth. I truly hope this has brought you comfort and hope. With deepest sympathies, Gracin and family.

  19. Katrina Falk says:

    AJ and Tim,
    So very sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers for the family during this difficult time.

  20. Carol Collins says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. He will never be gone as long as you hold on to the memories in your heart and share them often with those around you.

  21. David Trapp says:

    Mike was a good guy, sorry for your loss

  22. Holly (Johnson) Kautz says:

    So sorry for your loss Linda. Didn’t know Mike personally, but sounds like he was one wonderful man. He left way to early, but God always needs good angels. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  23. Mike & LaDonna Bannach and Family says:

    Sir Knight Mike Steidl was a great Knight, always giving of his time, talent and treasurer to his Church, Knights of Columbus Council and Cardinal Muench Assembly #788. Mike had a great love for the outdoors, serving others and leading the way in support of many organizations and functions. I have had the honor of knowing Mike the last 5 years and what a great role model to follow. Although Mike at times was very ill he tried to support his fellow Knights and the Fargo Diocese by representing the Knights of Columbus in service to both. Mike just a couple weeks ago in pain supported his fellow Knight that passed away by participating at that Knights funeral services. Sir Knight Michael Stiedl I salute you. Until we meet again my friend. Vivat Jesus.

  24. Susan. Fischer says:

    Mike was a man that never gave up.he was a fighter and will truelly be missed by all his friends .May he rest in peace he is in a better place now my thoughts n prayers are with you at this sad time

  25. Monique says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. Although I did not know your loved one personally, I hope knowing that they are in our loving heavenly Father’s memory will bring your family comfort during this difficult time. Very soon now we can look forward to God’s promise at a Revelation 21:4: “… Death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore, the former thing have passed away.”

  26. Mary Feist says:

    Linda, so sorry for your loss. I’ll be in touch.

  27. Bradley Paulson says:

    Sad to hear of Mikes passing. He never gave up his fight against cancer and fortunately lived many more years than the doctors told him. Mike and I used to always go to Kenny Kautzman’s and have a few drinks. Mike usually had a few cigars with him and shared them with me and Kenny. I enjoyed many a good meal at the Ground Round with Mike and Kenny. Mike always had a smile and even when stricken with cancer he wouldn’t let it get him down. He lived life to the fullest and he will be missed by all who knew him. God bless the memory of Mike .

  28. Joe & Jan Zachmeier says:

    Rest in Peace Mike
    It was our great pleasure to have you as part of our family as we became part of yours. .Our thoughts and prayers are with Anna Jo ,Tim and girls ,Lisa and Andy and Rebecca
    God Bless You

  29. Nadine (Beilke) Roach says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you Linda. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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