Audrey Heinzer, 91, Mandan, died March 4, 2015 at Sanford Off Collins Care Center, Mandan.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverend Christina Martin officiating. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery. Cremation has taken place and the family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday.
Audrey was born April 7, 1923 to Leon and Mabel (Nelson) Nelson. Raised and educated in Coleharbor, she graduated from Coleharbor High School in 1941. Her family moved to Fargo where she was employed at Northwest Airlines as a payroll clerk. In 1943 she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as a finance clerk at the US Finance Office. Audrey was later transferred to the Fargo Veterans Hospital. On July 10, 1948 she married Louis Heinzer in Fargo. In 1955 they moved to Mandan where Audrey worked as an assistant librarian at Mandan High School, retiring in 1973. Audrey and Louis loved fishing together. Louis died in 1986. Generous and giving of her time, she was a dedicated volunteer for RSVP since 1995, helping at Mandan Golden Age Services, Meals on Wheels, Medcenter One Auxiliary, Habitat for Humanity, the ND Heritage Center, ND Easter Seals, and the Mental Health Association. Audrey was a very neat and tidy woman. She usually left a place cleaner than it was when she got there. Audrey liked bowling and belonged to several Bridge card clubs into her 90’s. Her family was very important to her and they shared a special bond.
Blessed to have shared her life is her daughter, Debra Heinzer, Mandan; son, Brad (Nancy) Heinzer, Hazen; 3 grandchildren, Ben (Ann) Heinzer, Robbinsdale, MN, Letty (Dusty) Tieman, Fargo, and Heidi Heinzer, Plymouth, MN; and three sisters, Marge Guenther, Minneapolis, MN, Kay Johnson, Fargo, and Carol (Bill) Ricker, Pelican Rapids, MN.
Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Byron and Arthur (Betty); sister, Lois (Lloyd) Johnson; and two brothers-in-law, Floyd Guenther and Gordon Johnson.