The Official Newspaper for Foster County

Obituary: Ella Mae Neumiller

Ella Mae Neumiller

Ella Mae Neumiller, 95, went to her Heavenly home at 8 a.m. Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2022, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, N.D., where she had been a resident for five years.

Ella Mae's funeral service will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Carrington, N,D., with Pastor Richard Biberdorf officiating. Her burial will take place at the Heaton Cemetery, Heaton, N.D.

Honorary pallbearers will be all of Ella Mae's grandchildren.

She was born January 13, 1927, to Karl and Christina Bruer at Woodworth, N.D. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Horning Township in Kidder County. She grew up in rural Kidder County and attended the local country school.

She married John Neumiller on January 4, 1945 in Sykeston, N.D. They had three children, Dallas, Verna and Donna. They lived in the Heaton, N.D., area until 1974 when they moved to Carrington, N.D.

Ella Mae and John loved square dancing, camping and fishing, and socializing with family and friends. They also did volunteer work, such as delivering Meals on Wheels in the Carrington area. Family, his, hers and theirs, was very important to both of them.

Ella Mae was a very active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sykeston, where she taught Sunday School for many years. After moving to Carrington, she became a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She was a member of Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) at both churches.

She was also a member of VFW Auxiliary, Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary, Carrington Senior Citizens, and local cancer and heart support groups.

She worked at various jobs after raising their children, including helping with the cooking at Golden Acres Nursing Home in Carrington.

She loved both flower and vegetable gardening and canning the produce. She was an expert baker of bars and homemade buns, willingly doing so at the request of the many organizations to which she belonged. Ella also did crocheting and sewing most of her own and her daughters' clothing, teaching them to sew their own clothes by the time they entered high school.

Ella Mae is survived by two brothers, Richard (Norma) Bruer, Santa Ana, Calif., and Charles (LuVerne) Bruer, Bowdon, N.D.; her son, Dallas (Linda) of Grand Forks, N.D.; and daughter, Verna (Ed) Linderman, Olathe, Kan.; grandchildren, Jennifer Roxanne (Brad) Reimer, Overland Park, Kan.; Carmen (Ken Van Booven) Linderman-Van Booven, Overland Park, Kan.; Renelle (John) Wobbema, Jamestown, N.D.; Scott Hafner, Napoleon, N.D.; Matthew (Nicole) Neumiller, Larimore, N.D.; Mitchell Neumiller, Grand Forks, N.D.; Nicholas (Carrie), Fargo, N.D.; step-grandchildren, Stacy Fontaine, Fargo, N.D., and Tim Fontaine, Grand Forks, N.D.; 21 great-grandchildren and six great- great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mathilda Morlock and Louise Neumiller; her husband; daughter, Donna Hafner; step-grandson, Jeff Fontaine; and grand-daughter-in-law, Cheryl Hafner.

Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Carrington and New Rockford, N.D.