Daphne M. Duttenhefer, 66, passed away on April 10, 2018 at her home in Bismarck, she was surrounded by love in the arms of her family after a lengthy and heroic battle with cancer. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of her family and friends carried her through the final, difficult moments of her journey. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 13, at the Church of St. Anne’s in Bismarck. Fr. Wayne Sattler will celebrate the Mass with burial to follow in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the Bismarck Funeral Home with a Rosary service at 7:00 p.m.
Daphne was born on May 7, 1951 in Dickinson to Victor and Dorothy (Semerad) Kudrna. Daphne and her twin brother David were the youngest of five children. They grew up on a farmstead southeast of South Heart, ND.
Daphne graduated from South Heart High School in 1969. After High School she attended Joseph’s College of Cosmetology in Bismarck, ND where she earned her cosmetology license.
Daphne met the love of her life, Floyd Duttenhefer, in September of 1969. Floyd popped the question to Daphne on June 12, 1970. Daphne and Floyd had two daughters, Nicole and Angela, and they made their home in several locations before eventually settling in Underwood until 2011 when they moved to Bismarck to be closer to family.
Daphne had many revered virtues. She conducted herself with poise and graciousness in all aspects of her being. She especially loved socializing and entertaining; if you were ever lucky enough to be a guest in her home you would always be greeted with a warm smile and hot cup of coffee. Daphne loved to cook for her family; but almost every meal was served with the proclamation, “It probably needs more salt!” She also loved to bake; this trait she passed to her granddaughters, LeiLani and Makenna, who loved to do some “major baking” in Grandma’s kitchen. Daphne’s all-time favorite activity was playing BINGO. Most of her family and friends have enjoyed participating with her at her favorite game- oftentimes she won!
Daphne was most proud of her children and especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching them at their respective activities, such as Jaksen in his wrestling career; and as a high school cheerleader herself, Daphne enjoyed watching Lani & Makenna follow in her footsteps and cheerlead for their individual schools. She rarely missed an opportunity partake in their ventures, she was in integral part of their lives and will be deeply missed by them.
Although a less than average life span, Daphne did not live an average life. She traveled where she wanted to travel, learned what she wanted to learn, she shared what she wanted to share. Her family was blessed with the opportunity to exchange endless hugs, kisses, and “I love you’s”. She loved intensely and her spirit will carry on in those who loved her.
Those left to mourn her passing include her husband, Floyd; daughters, Nicole (Gary) Hesch and their daughter Makenna, Minot, Angie (Butch) Perrin and their children, Jaksen & LeiLani, Bismarck, brothers, Ronald (Shirley) Kudrna, Mandan, Eugene (Monika) Kudrna, Dickinson, David (Joan) Kudrna, Bismarck, Sisters-in-law, Isabelle Kudrna, Billings, MT, Leona Duttenhefer, Bismarck, Tess (Richard) Frohlich, Bismarck, Carol (Sidney) Fox, Fort Collins, CO, and Lianna (Lonny) Hoffer, Bismarck, and numerous nieces, nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws, Bernard and Tillie Duttenhefer, her brother Leroy Kudrna, and her brother in-law, Kenneth Duttenhefer.