Jan. 16, 1928 – July 29, 2019
Mike Mitzel, 91, rural Granville, ND, passed away Monday, July 29, 2019, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Mike was born January 16, 1928, the son of Christ and Anna (Miller) Mitzel, in Sandhill Township, near Orrin, ND. He was raised on the family farm and attended a rural school in the area.
Mike married Pauline Welk on October 17, 1949, in Orrin, ND. They moved to rural Granville, ND, where they farmed and ranched, and raised their children. On October 17, 2014, they celebrated their 65th Anniversary. Pauline passed away on March 8, 2015.
He was a former member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Granville, ND, where he was a Catechism teacher and assisted with multiple ministries of the church. He was currently a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minot.
He took pride in and enjoyed his farming and ranching and to help support his family, he also did construction work. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Pinochle and Whist. For many years, he loved his gardening and took pride in sharing the fruits of his labor. As hard as he worked, he always found time to visit family and friends near and far. In his later years, he drove miles and miles to take family with to attend functions. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother and will be dearly missed by all.
Surviving family includes; children, Gary Mitzel (Colleen), Rapid City, SD, Gladys Sanchez (Terry), Minot, ND, Jocelyn Lindsay, Cooper City, FL, Marvin (Teri) Mitzel, Wellington, CO, Duane Mitzel, Pasadena, CA, Sherwin Mitzel, Minot, ND, Blaine Mitzel, Rapid City, SD, Anita (Randy) Shipley, Minot, ND, Cheryl (Chris) Steinhoff, Brooklyn Park, MN, Marla Zietz, Minot, ND, and Neal (Selina) Mitzel, Barstow, CA; 22
grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; siblings, Theresa Burgard, Rugby, ND, Fran Weinand, Minot, ND, Cecilia Bruner, Drake, ND, Opal Bachmeier, Fargo, ND, Joe Mitzel, Minot, Rita Schiele, Velva, ND, Leo Mitzel, Seattle, WA, Eddie Mitzel, Arlington, WA, Gerald Mitzel, Orrin, ND, and Bradley Mitzel, Dryden, VA; and numerous relatives.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pauline; son, Milo; daughter, Joyce Marie; daughter-in-law, Valerie; grandson, Timothy; siblings, Rosemary Koble, Richard Mitzel, Mathilda Schmaltz, and Clement Mitzel.
Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Saturday at 2:00 pm at Little Flower Catholic Cemetery, Rugby, ND.
Visitation: Friday from 5 to 7 pm at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Friday at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to Little Flower Catholic Cemetery, Rugby, ND.
Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (www.thompsonlarson.com).
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