Marianna Mitchell, 77 of Wahpeton, ND passed away on May 28, 2011 at her residence in Wahpeton, ND. The funeral is Friday June 3, 2011 at 5 pm at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge, MN. Visitation is one hour prior to the funeral. Officiating is Father Dale Lagodinski. Interment is at Big Stone City, SD.
Marianna Mitchell was born on September 18, 1933 to Zacheus "Sig" and Katherine (Loeb) Bachmeier at Raleigh, North Dakota. The oldest of ten children, her family moved to the Breckenridge area in August of 1948 and Marianna attended school in Everdell, MN. She worked in housekeeping at St. Francis Hospital and helped with field work on the family farm. Later, Marianna worked at the Stratford Hotel in Breckenridge and Kelly's Restaurant in Wahpeton. She also worked at Altstatt Drug Store in Breckenridge in the early 1950's. Marianna then moved to California where she lived for a short time and then moved to Daisy, ND onto a farm where she was again able to do the tasks of her first love- field work and caring for farm animals. For the past sixteen years she has lived in the Breckenridge/Wahpeton area. Marianna was devoted to the care of her youngest brother Timothy and spent much time with him. Family was a crucial part of her life and Marianna was the first in line to lend a hand when the need arose. She enjoyed playing cards and family events but mostly loved the farm. She will be remembered for her passionate will and zealous opinions. Marianna passed away under the care of Riveredge Hospice and a special nurse Lisa Johnson and her niece Cynthia Hoffman.
Marianna is survived by her daughters Debra (Curt) Hektner of West Fargo, ND and Christy Gammon of Utica, New York; four grandchildren Lateesha, Megan, Kelly and Quinton; her siblings Geraldine Wasfaret of Morris, MN; Luella Thiel of Fargo, ND; Til Anderson of Morris, MN; Lawrence (Jeni) Bachmeier of Bloomington, MN; William Bachmeier of Hurtle, WI; Connie Ascheman of Morris, MN; Gerald (Sharon) Bachmeier of Prior Lake, MN and Timothy Bachmeier of Wahpeton, ND.
Marianna is preceded in death by her parents Sig and Katherine Bachmeier; her son Deon Loff and her sister Avelina Helgeson.