Patricia Jean Bodensteiner, 90, Fargo, ND, peacefully passed away Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at her loving son’s family home.
Pat was born July 4th, 1929 at the family farm in Wales, North Dakota to Peter and Clara (Kartes) Sauer. She graduated from Langdon High School in 1947. She married Herb Bodensteiner on October 18, 1949 at St.Boniface Catholic Church, Walhalla, North Dakota. They made their home on the farm west of Walhalla where she helped in raising her family of six. They moved into Walhalla in 1980 where they made their home together until Herbs passing on August 15, 2009.
Pat was very active in the St. Boniface Catholic Church community where she was a member of the altar society and sang in the choir. After many years of volunteering for Right to Life, an organization and cause for which she was passionate, she served as president of the local chapter for many years. She dedicated many years in the Legion of Mary as well. Pat was an excellent seamstress who made many treasured dresses for her girls.
Pat shared many passions with her beloved husband of 59 years, Herb. Most importantly, they shared their Catholic faith and their family. They loved to spend Saturday evenings square dancing, which they may likely be doing at this heavenly moment. Together they would fill the kitchen with cookies, coffee cake and homemade bread with all the jams and jellies one could imagine as they loved to spend time baking or cooking. They took pleasure in doing this for their kids, grandkids and anyone else who stopped by to visit. They planted and cultivated many vast gardens over the years. Herb and Pat enjoyed their time together on the course playing a round of golf from time to time.
Pat was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her smile was always brightest when surrounded by her family and when she had one of her grandchildren or great-grandchildren on her lap.
She is survived by her children; Mary (Tom) Cornett, Cottonwood, AZ, Ann (Terry) Carson, Walhalla, ND, Jerry (Kathy) Bodensteiner, Fargo, ND, Jacinta Stilwell, Rapid City, SD, Jim (Mary) Bodensteiner, Fargo, ND, Arlene (Russel) Hardy, Prescott, AZ; 20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb; her parents, siblings, Clarence Sauer, Sister Carmelita Sauer, Anne Fisher, Bernice “Bunny” Bodensteiner, Lloyd Sauer, John Sauer, son-in-law, Jan Stilwell, great-grandsons, Zachary and Anthony Karel.
A private memorial mass will be held on April 13th at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to North Dakota Right to Life: 418 E Rosser Ave Suite 100, Bismarck, ND 58501.
The Memorial Mass can be viewed live on St. Anthony of Padua’s Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/stanthonyfargo/ . It will also be posted for viewing on Boulger Funeral Home’s website by 6:00 P.M. on Monday.