Pius Vincent Wentz, the son of Andrew D. and Angeline (Brossart) Wentz was born on October 13, 1934 in Rugby, North Dakota. He died at the age of 79 years on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Devils Lake, North Dakota.
Pius grew up on a farm near Barton, ND, attending Banner School #3 through 8th grade. As a 9th grader he transferred to St. Mary’s Academy in Devils Lake, later transferring to Rugby where he graduated in 1951. In 1954 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, trained at Ft. Ord, CA, then served in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1956, returning to farm the family farm. After driving his grandparents to Arizona for the winter months, he began working for Camelback Inn, a Marriott property in Scottsdale, AZ. He continued working for Marriott for the next 50 years, returning to Barton to farm in the summer months. He moved to Angel Heights of Good Samaritan Home in Devils Lake in June 2011. Pius was always appreciative of the caring people at Good Samaritan Home. His greatest enjoyment was driving in the countryside and seeing the sights.
Pius is survived by his sisters, Rose Schell of Minot, Mary Frelich of Devils Lake, Caroline (Clayton) Schreiber of Minot, and Ethel (Milo) Sayler of Mesa, AZ; a brother, Dan (Loretta) Wentz of Fargo; aunts and uncles, Lena Wentz, Frank (Theresa) Brossart, Theresa (Nick) Fritel, and Margaret Brossart; many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers-in-law, Peter Schell and Alex Frelich.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 19 at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with burial in the church cemetery. Father Tom Graner, Celebrant.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday with a Rosary and vigil prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday from 9:00 until 10:30 a.m., all in the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. There will be no reviewal in the church.
Organist: Glenda Mack Vocal leader/Cantor: Galen Mack
Casket Bearers: Steven Frelich, Michael Frelich, Gary Wentz, Rob Wentz, Church Schreiber, Brent Brooks, Jeff Berg, Curtis Schreiber
Honorary Bearers: All Nieces and Nephews
Military Honors will be accorded by: Clarence Larson American Legion Post #23 Honor and Color Guard & the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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