Elizabeth M. “Betty” (Senger) Burgard
July 20, 1927 – May 4, 2020
Elizabeth M. “Betty” (Senger) Burgard, the daughter of Joseph W. and Elizabeth (Thomas) Senger was born in the rural Orrin, North Dakota home of her parents on July 20, 1927. She died at the age of 92 years on Monday, May 4, 2020 at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby, North Dakota.
Betty was raised in the home of her parents and attended the Orrin School through the sixth grade, taking over the household chores due to the decline of her mother’s health. On June 23, 1953, Betty was united in marriage to Thomas P. Burgard at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orrin. To this union, they were blessed with five children. The couple made their home, raised their family, farmed and attended to a small dairy herd on the Burgard family farm in Orrin. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, she worked together with Tom on the farm from the beginning until retiring into Rugby in 1991.
Betty was a great cook and gardener. Her fridge was always full and was ready to host family and friends who would stop by to visit on a moment’s notice. She was famous for her pickles, German potato salad and homemade buns. She had a deep love for her home church, Sacred Heart and was an active member of its Confraternity of Christian Mothers and sang in the choir for many years. She enjoyed playing
cards, being a gracious hostess and visiting with family and friends. Betty has made her home at the care center since 2014. Tom died April 6, 2018 at the age of 91 years.
Those who have been privileged to share in her life and mourn her loss are her children, Joe (Nancy) of Jamestown, Ken (Peggy) of Rugby, Doug (Sue) of Dickinson, Deb (Randy) Schneibel of Oxbow and Pete (Kim) of Orrin; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Msgr. Father Joseph Senger of Minot, Christine Axtmann, Jenny Lemer and Nick (Bernie) Senger, all of Rugby ; sister-in-law, Lucy Senger
of Edmunds, Washington; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a great-grandson, Henry Burgard; her brothers, Tony, Edward, Pete and Adam Senger; brothers-in-law, Fred Axtmann and Pete Lemer; sisters-in-law, Regarda
Senger and Julia Senger; and her parents.
Memorials in her memory can be directed to the Sacred Heart Cemetery Care Fund or that of Donor’s choice.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9th at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with private family burial to follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Orrin. No lunch will be served. Father Franklin Miller, Celebrant and Concelebrant, Msgr. Father Joseph Senger. The funeral mass will be livestreamed by going to our website, www.funeralsbyanderson.com and click on the
YouTube link found on Betty’s obituary page.
***In accord with current Federal, State and the Diocese of Fargo COVID-19 guidelines, those in attendance should always maintain a 6-foot distance from each other, wear cloth face coverings when entering the church and practice good hand hygiene.***
Organist: Glenda Mack
Vocalist/Cantor: Galen Mack
Casket Bearers: Grandchildren, Angie Jelinek, Michelle Malchow, Mindy Stier, Ryan Schneibel, Jeremy, Caleb, Tyler, Travis, Nathan and Andy Burgard.
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Towner, North Dakota.
Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com .
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