Emma Haider, 96, of Mandan, slipped peacefully from this world into the arms of her Lord on May 9, 2016. Services will be held on Friday, May 13, at 11:00 AM at First Lutheran Church in Mandan with Rev. Lee Herberg officiating. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Thursday, May 12, from 5-8 PM at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home in Mandan. Women of the Moose Mandan Chapter Ritual will be held at 6:30 PM, followed by a Prayer Service, led by Rev. Ron Hildahl at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Emma was born March 21, 1920, in Shields, ND to Jacob and Marie (Bauer) Wolfe. She was the third of seven children. Growing up Emma assisted many farm families with babysitting and chores. She went to grade school in the Shields area as well as in Valley City and Wadena, MN. Emma returned to high school at Freda ND High where she graduated in May of 1938 as class Valedictorian. Emma enjoyed playing basketball and softball in high school.
On June 14, 1939, Emma and Anton (Tony) Haider were married in McIntosh, SD and had three children, Linda, Gary, and Dennis.
Emma and Tony lived in the Shields area until moving to Mandan in 1950. She worked doing home and personal caretaking in Mandan while raising her family. In 1955 she managed an apartment building until 1974 when she went to work for Corral Sales and then for El Rancho Homes until retiring in 1981. She was also an accomplished seamstress and crocheted wonderful items for her children and grandchildren. Her baking was loved by all her family and friends. Who could forget her famous peanut brittle!
Emma made friends easily. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and many other games that involved getting together with friends. With her sister Emily, new adventures were always in the works. She also filled out her days volunteering for Mandan Golden Age, First Lutheran Church, the Moose Club, and the Eagles Club where she received the Mrs. Eagle award in 2008. Emma especially enjoyed traveling around the country on bus trips with her friends, visiting many different states.
We will forever miss her kindness and her gentle heart. Emma was a strong woman of faith. She loved the Lord and spent time with Him in daily prayer and meditation. She was an example to those of us she left behind, and we will be forever thankful for the years we had with her.
Emma is survived by her daughter, Linda Haider, Copper Center, AK; her two sons, Gary (Linda) Haider, Bismarck, and Dennis (Cindy) Haider, Mandan; eight grandchildren, Rawley Rohan, Wendy Caldwell, Melissa Gillquist, Brad Haider, Kristin Braun, Kelly Holm, Hayley Karel, and Scott Haider; seven great grandchildren, William and Campbell Gillquist, Allison and Anna Braun, Owen and Sophia Holm, and Ada Mae Karel.
Emma was preceded in death by her beloved husband Tony in 1997; her siblings, Alex, Gottfried, Henry, John, Emily Upham, Marie Herzog; and a grandson, Cavin Haider.
The children of Emma would like to thank the wonderful staff at Sanford Care off Collins in Mandan for the loving care given to Emma while she lived there. Memorials in Emma’s name may be sent to the organization of donor’s choosing.
Please go to www.BuehlerLarson.com to share memories of Emma.