Barbara Mitzel passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020, at Edgewood Vista under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Barbara (Roller) Mitzel, 85, was born near Belfield, ND in 1934. Her family moved to Steele County ND (near Hope) during her youth. She graduated from Mayville High School and Valley City State College. She taught grade school in Sherbrooke, Colgate, and Ayr, ND. She married Daniel Mitzel at St Agatha’s Catholic Church in Hope, ND, in 1958, and they farmed near Hope. Barbara worked at the Valley City Public Library before becoming a librarian for Valley City Public Schools at Lincoln Elementary. She later became librarian at Washington Elementary and then was the librarian at both Washington Elementary and Jefferson Elementary. In all she worked 34 years for Valley City Public Schools. She was a member of the Valley City Education Association and Delta Kappa Gamma at Valley City State. The final phase of her life was spent in specialty care at Edgewood Vista. She became a beloved member of that community and will be missed. Although she struggled with memory issues her true nature as a teacher still shone through. Barbara was known to cheerfully correct staff spelling and grammar issues. She was known as the lady who always had a crossword puzzle book and pen in hand, was always sneaking treats to her room, winning at trivia and Crazy-8s, and teasing staff to “get lost”. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Minnie Roller; her husband, Daniel Mitzel; her brothers, Donald and Ernest Roller; her brothers-in-law, Balzer Mitzel, Valentine Huschka, and Victor Miller; and a sister-in-law, Agnes Mitzel. She is survived by her three children, Cheryl (Michael) Fenno, Colville, WA; Glenn (Lynn) Mitzel, West Fargo, ND; and Amy (Chad) DuBois, Fargo, ND; four grandchildren (Gregory Fenno, Seattle; Jill Fenno, Seattle; Paige DuBois, Fargo, Mya DuBois, Fargo) two brothers, Ray (Yvonne) Roller, Norman (Nancy) Roller; a sister, Viola Miller; and in-laws, Mary Lou Mitzel Roller, Kathy Roller, Marsha Mitzel, Loretta Huschka, Alfred (Elaine) Mitzel, and Cindy (Stuart) Longtin. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a school, a library, or Hospice of the Red River Valley. With regard to our world today, a private funeral will be at Hope Cemetery, Hope, ND. A memorial mass will be scheduled at a later date.

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  1. My sympathy to Cheryl, Amy, Glenn, and your family. I remember your mom as a librarian at the VC Public Library when I was really young and later at Lincoln School. My prayers are with you all.

  2. Thinking of you, Amy, during this time of loss. I remember your mom’s passion for her library, at Washington Elementary, years back when I was student teaching while attending VCSU. Treasure the memories you have of her. May you find peace in the days ahead.

  3. Thinking of you Amy and all your family. I remember meeting your mom when we were roommates at VCSU. She was a little nervous when you moved out of the dorms 🙂 Sending long distance hugs from Pete and I.

  4. You have our heartfelt sympathies. In this time of disease and uncertainty, you all are under stress too. May she rest in eternal peace.

  5. Our sympathy to you Cheryl, Glenn, and Amy on losing your mom. I will always remember her smile, her laugh, her love of books and puzzles, and her dedication to the library. She was my “schoolroom neighbor” and we spent many times visiting. That is where I enjoyed her fun sense of humor. During one of our times out with Dan and Barb we laughed so hard and Jim will always remember one of her tongue twisters when she talked about Syron Mommerfield instead of Myron Sommerfield! Let the memories of her live on in your hearts.

  6. To the Roller & Mitzel Families,
    Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your loved one, Barbara. Praying that the happy memories you shared with her help sustain you during this difficult time and may God bless you all with much comfort.

  7. My sympathies to your family on Barb’s passing. I enjoyed getting to know her in Glenn’s Place when I would visit my parents, Vernon and Dorothy Russum. Glenn’s Place will not be the same without her.☹️

  8. Our sympathy to Amy, Glenn, Cheryl and families. Cherish the memories that your mom has left you and know she is at peace with your Dad.
    Love- The Schmidt’s

  9. Our sympathy to all your family at this difficult time. I remember your Mom very well from our time together at Washington School. She loved her students and had such a dedication to books and learning. Peace to All.

  10. My prayers and deepest sympathy. Your mom was an amazing woman and quite the character. I will donate to the Alfred Dickey Library here in Jameson her memory. When the world changes, I’ll think of her when I’m there. For now? When I utilize their online services, my heart will be with all of you. Prayers. Gayle Klinkhammer Nelson

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