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Beryl Gartner

November 9, 1921 — February 18, 2015

Beryl Gartner, 93, Mandan, died February 18, 2015 at Sanford on Sunset Care Center, Mandan, with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Fr. Charlie Heidt celebrating. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Monday, February 23, 2015 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with a Parish Vigil at 7 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Beryl was born November 9, 1921 in Northgate, ND to Frank and Mabel (Trowbridge) Van Dervoort. Raised and educated in Northgate, she graduated from high school there. Beryl then took classes at Christy’s Beauty School in Fargo and in 1942 she moved to Bowman where she owned and operated a beauty shop. She was set up on a blind date where she met her future husband, Pete Gartner. They were married on April 24, 1946 in Bowman. Pete and Beryl moved to New England and ran a dry cleaning business before moving to Dickinson in 1947. Their first child, Dudley, was born in 1949 during which time Pete built a home on the west end of Dickinson. Over the next several years they became parents to three more sons and a daughter. In 1971 they moved to Mandan when Pete accepted the position of Fire Chief for the City of Mandan. Pete believed he was able to do many things for the Mandan Fire Department and numerous fire service organizations because of the support and help of his wife. Pete and Beryl owned and co-edited the Fire Prevention and Fire News for 33 years. They shared many wonderful years together and celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in April 2014. Pete passed away in July 2014.

Beryl was a dedicated Christian and attended Christ the King Church. She was a member of Canasta Club and enjoyed playing many other card games and liked to crochet. Generous and giving of her time, she volunteered many hours at the nursing homes in Dickinson and Mandan. Beryl was an excellent baker, especially homemade bread. Beryl treasured family gatherings and picnics. A beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother she will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Blessed to share her life are five children, Dudley (Sharon) Gartner, Bismarck, Craig Gartner, Dickinson, Frank (Debbie) Gartner, Dublin, CA, Rodney (Judy) Gartner, Fargo, and Marla (Ken) Praus, Dickinson; 11 grandchildren, Jason Gartner, Minot, Jennifer (James) Mohundro, Lincoln, ND, Angie (Jim) Mackey, Dickinson, Nichol (Tony) Kordonowy, Dickinson, Amy Jo (Ryan) Schiff, Dickinson, Alesha and Matthew Gartner, Dublin, CA, Joshua Gartner, US Air Force, Hawaii, Rhianna (Ryan) Spiekermeier, Shakopee, MN, Zack (Sarah) Olson, Fargo, ND, and Andy Olson, Hawaii; 13 great grandchildren, Josie and Collin Spiekermeier, Rasia, Sofia, and Frost Mackey, Stryker Kordonowy, Damon Fichter, Bryce Gartner, Jasmine Stacy, Scott and Andrew Mohundro, Gavin Gartner, and Brayden Baraibar; one brother-in-law, John (Betty) Gartner, Hatboro, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

Beryl rejoins her beloved Pete in heaven. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Frances Covlin and Marie Holtz; and two brothers, Marvin and Winifred Van Dervoort.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the ND Firefighters Hall of Fame, 52 N Main, Garrison, ND, 58540 or Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan.

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