Mary Mittag, 86, of Wahpeton, ND, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at CHI St. Francis Healthcare, Breckenridge, MN. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, with Rev. Matthew Tooman officiating. There will be a prayer service at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm, with visitation to follow until 4:00 pm, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Fairview Memorial Gardens, Wahpeton. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton.
Mary Jane O'Brien was born November 2, 1930 near Hoffman, MN, the daughter of John H. and Anna (Hanson) O'Brien. She attended school in Rosholt, SD, and then moved to Wahpeton, where she worked several years for Linn Harris Restaurant working herself up to Lead Waitress. Friendships continued over the years; and many of the employees continued to get together long after their employment at the cafe. She was united in marriage to Earl Mittag on September 2, 1949 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton. Mary worked for twenty years at Sweetheart Bakery in Wahpeton and volunteered at the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry as well as serving on the Pantry Board.
The couple enjoyed camping, traveling throughout the United States, trips to Africa and Europe. They loved spending winters in Mission, TX. After her husband passed away, Mary continued to live in Wahpeton, moving to the Leach Home in 2014, where she developed many friendships and enjoyed the activities at the home.
Mary was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She loved to crochet and enjoyed playing cards at the Senior Center where she belonged to the "Kitchen Band".
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl, October 2010, daughter Janel Nordick, December 2012, 2 brothers, Phillip (Pete) and Ralph O'Brien, and sister, Suzie Knoblich.
Mary is survived by her son and daughter: Dwaine (Helen Carlson) Renton, WA; Karen (Tim) Stroklund, Alexandria, MN; a son-in-law, David Nordick, Wahpeton; her sister Verma (Murrel) Logan, Ardmore, OK; sister-in-law, Mary O'Brien, New Effington, SD; eight grandchildren: Neil (Rebecca) Stroklund, Rosemara (Nathan) Brooks, Sharla (Thaddeus) Laugisch, Sara (Joshua) Turski, Cristine (Adam) Leslie, Eric (Jennifer) Mittag, Wade (Lindsey) Nordick, and Ashley (Kacey) Watterud; and twelve great-grandchildren.
Vertin-Munson Funeral Home
224 6th St. N
Wahpeton, ND 58075
Sunday, November 20, 2016
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
430 3rd Ave North
Monday, November 21, 2016
Fairview Memorial Gardens
Monday, November 21, 2016