Colleen (Hermanson) Wirtz, age 85, quietly passed away on May 2, 2012 at her home in Mandan surrounded by her family.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverend Lee Herberg officiating.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, May 4, 2012 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the ND Veteran's Cemetery at a later date.
Colleen was born on February 4, 1927 in Mandan to Alfred and Mabel (Hendrickson) Hermanson. She married John Wirtz, the love of her life, on August 12, 1947 in Billings, MT. Together they raised two sons, Dr. Wayne Wirtz and Tom Wirtz.
Colleen had a wonderful sense of humor. Family and friends loved to gather round to hear her jokes and stories about her parents and ten brothers and sisters growing up in their home in Sunny, ND where "if it hadn't been for all the cats and dogs, we wouldn't have had carpeted floors" and "in the cold of winter, we played tic tac toe in the frost on the bedroom wall."
On October 20, 1983, Colleen and John's plan to move to the Washington state to enjoy retirement were put on permanent hold upon the birth of their favorite grandson, Stephen Wirtz, who along with his wife, Katie Dinneen-Wirtz, made Colleen and John proud great grandparents of Nora Anne, born September 2, 2010. Although Colleen will miss the upcoming birth of her great grandson, we know that she will be watching proudly from heaven.
Colleen was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Mabel; her brothers, Alton, Melvin, Harold, Hank, Vernon, and Walter; and her sisters, Stella (Knudson), Vivian (Helbling), and Lenore (Wahl) Hermanson. Rumor has it, her family planned a dinner with Lutefisk, Lefse, and meatballs, lots of singing, jokes, and storytelling to celebrate Colleen's arrival in Heaven and Colleen will save a spot for the rest of us.
She is survived by her husband of 64 wonderful years, John Wirtz, Mandan; her two sons, Wayne Wirtz and his partner, Richard (Topps), Chicago, IL and Tom Wirtz and his wife, Lupe (Godoy), Bismarck; her grandson, Stephen Wirtz, his wife, Katie and their daughter, Nora Anne, Bismarck; her youngest brother, John Hermanson and his wife, Donna, Mandan; many favorite nephews and nieces from across the country; neighbors and special friends from her George’s Bakery coffee clutch, TOPS club, and MHS Class of 1944, all of whom will miss her dearly and treasure her memory forever.