Katherine Rita “Kaye” (Gerein) Fettig, the daughter of Anton and Katherine (Leier) Gerein was born on June 19, 1926 in the home of her parents near Orrin, North Dakota. She died at the age of 87 years on December 27, 2013 at her home in Rugby, North Dakota.
Katherine was raised in the home of her parents until her father’s death, then she was raised by her grandparents, Peter and Magdalena Leier. She attended Orrin grade school and graduated from high school at St. James Academy in Grand Forks, North Dakota. After completing her education, she worked for Northwestern Bell in Grand Forks. On June 28, 1948, she was united in marriage to Michael Fettig at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orrin. Following their marriage, the couple made their home and raised their family in Orrin. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, Kaye also worked outside the home, serving as assistant Postmistress in Orrin for 19 years and, following her husbands death on February 15, 1970, she assumed the Orrin Postmistress position. In 2001, Kaye retired and moved to Rugby. In addition to their postal positions, the couple managed the Orrin grocery store for many years. She was active in her church and community affairs in Orrin and proud of her involvement with the National Association of Postmasters. Following her move to Rugby, she worked at Leever’s Super Valu for three years until the age of 85. She was a loving and energetic lady that touched the lives of many. She enjoyed being surrounded by family, as they were the love of her life.
Katherine is survived by her daughters, Sherry (Tom) Thingvold of Willow City, ND and Connie (Dan) Bergan of Jamestown, ND; grandchildren, Michelle (Rob) Bollinger of Rugby, Kyle (Melanie) Thingvold of Roseau, MN, Wade (Roanne) Thingvold of Willow City, Shawn Bergan of Bismarck, Chad (Angie) Bergan of West Fargo, and Kimberly (Darin) Williams of Rugby; great-grandchildren, Monica, Mara, Maddy, Molly, Jari and Jake Bollinger, Hayden, Skylar, Bradyn and Evy Thingvold, Tory, Trey and Skylar Bergan, and Kaylen and Emma Williams; brothers, Conrad (Barb) Koble of Minot, Pete (Marlys) Koble of Valley City, and Robert (Shirley) Koble of Minot; sisters, Alice Axtman of Rugby and Faye (Joe) Roerick of Seattle, WA; brothers-in-law, Pius (Fran) Fettig of Spokane, WA, Leo (Beverly) Fettig of Everett, WA, and Victor (Mildred) Fettig of Seattle, WA; sister-in-law, Gunda Koble of Balta, ND; many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her brothers, John & Gerald Koble; a sister, Christine Wold; and her parents.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 7th at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Balta with spring burial in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Orrin. Msgr. Father Joseph Senger, Celebrant.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 6th with a rosary and vigil prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby. There will be no Reviewal in the church on Tuesday.
Music: Church Choir
Organist: Corrine Mack
Honorary Bearers: Kaye’s Family & Friends
Casket Bearers: Shawn Bergan, Kyle Thingvold, Wade Thingvold, Chad Bergan, Rob Bollinger, Darin Williams
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: funeralsbyanderson.com
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