Doris A. Mehlhoff

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Doris Mehlhoff passed away peacefully at the age of 85 surrounded by family on November 9, 2019.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13th,  at the Tuttle Cemetery.

Doris was born to Heinrich and Katherina Schilling on November 18, 1933 in Hanau, Germany. She met her dreamy serviceman, Arlin D. Mehlhoff, in 1951, who became the love of her life. In 1954 she arrived via Ellis Island along with 2 of their children and proudly became an official United States citizen in 1971.

Doris lived a full and happy life, having love for family and respect for all. Some of her passions included crocheting, sewing and quilting. She took pride with her heart of gold in making quilts for the Veterans Home is Lisbon, ND. She loved to collect chicken figures and dishes which Arlin loved poking fun at her about. Doris enjoyed gardening, from flowers to vegetables. She would make sure all of her children enjoyed the flowers but mostly her canning of the vegetables. She loved to cook and would have a sit-down family meal on a nightly basis. She had a warm heart, wishing the best for everyone. She loved her family dearly. She didn’t get upset much but when she did, she would use the German phrase “Auch Du Lieber”, which her children recently found out meant “Oh my bag of straw”.

Doris is survived by 7 of her children, Doreen Holm of Tuttle, ND, Benny Mehlhoff of Odessa, TX, Sharry (James) Kocevar of Wauwatosa, WI, Corinne Fitterer of Tuttle, ND, Mark (Sandy) Mehlhoff of Odessa, TX, Dorothy (David) Fasulo of Austin, TX, and Marlene (Wade) Jasmann of Mandan, ND; her son-in-law Alexander Fitterer of Tuttle, ND; sisters, Martha “Anna”, Karin and Geisla; 31 grandchildren, 71 great- grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Arlin; daughter Darlene Fitterer; two babies, Arlene and Bryan Mehlhoff; son-in-law Morris Holm; grandson James Steinhaus; and great-grandsons, Tayton Fitterer and Jacob Fitterer.

Doris will be missed tremendously by all who knew her.