Josephine (Josie) Roehrich


Josephine (Josie) Roehrich, 92, of Bismarck, ND went to be with our Heavenly Father on October 19, 2020 at Augusta Place – a Prospera community, Bismarck.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Church of Corpus Christi, Bismarck with Father Mark Aune as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.  A Livestream of the Service will be available on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 21 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Bismarck Funeral Home with a Rosary and Parish Vigil at 7:00 PM.

Josie was born on November 7, 1927 to Reinhold and Barbara (Dirk) Heidrich in Emmons County near Strasburg. She was raised in Emmons County and was educated in a rural school there.

Josie married Sebastian Roehrich June 9, 1947 at the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Emmons County. They lived on the family homestead farm until they moved to Bismarck in 1951. Sebastian passed away in June of 1967. Josie was a stay at home mom until her youngest child started kindergarten, where she volunteered every Wednesday. Josie worked at the YMCA for 35 ½ years at the drop-in daycare. She enjoyed working with little children.  Josie helped her twin sister (Mary) start her home daycare. She retired from the YMCA at age of 80.  Josie was also a charter member of Corpus Christi.

Josie enjoyed going to the Medora Musical, Peace Garden, making cookies, playing board games with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, family and holiday gatherings and visiting her cousins in Nisland SD and her niece and cousin in Denver CO.

Josie is survived by her children: Arletta (Bob) Wittenberg, Ron Roehrich, Bismarck, Jeff (Tammy) Roehrich, Fessenden, Sandy (Walter) Larson, Mandan, Doug (Holly) Roehrich Bismarck; 7 grandchildren: John (Nikki) Wittenberg, Scott (Wendy) Wittenberg, Bismarck, Kimberly (Mychal) Neumiller, Bowdon, Kayla Roehrich, Justin Roehrich, Jordan Roehrich and Jonathan Roehrich, Bismarck; 7 great-grandchildren Shelby, Jared and Gage Wittenberg, Malee and Cameron Wittenberg, Bismarck, Bentley and Payzlee Neumiller Bowdon; one brother, William Heidrich; and three sisters-in-law, Cathy Heidrich, Fargo, Diane Heidrich, and Marlys Heidrich, Bismarck.

Josie was preceded in death by her husband, Sebastian; her parents, Reinhold and Barbara Heidrich; Grandparents, Ferdaned and Gertrude (Nagel) Heidrich, Jacob and Marion (Gross) Dirk; brothers, Max, Anton, Jack, Pius, John Heidrich; sisters, Gertrude Bogess, Rose Heidrich and twin sister, Mary Roehrich; daughter-in-law, Penny Roehrich.

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To the Roehrich Family, my deepest sympathies on the loss of Josie.  Growing up across the street from her she was always a kind and caring lady.  I remember many times if I was sick and couldn’t go to school and my mom had to work that Josie would let me come over and stay at her house for the day. I also remember hanging out with Doug well growing up. Josie was a very kind and caring and loving lady and neighbor.  I remember when we sold our house Josie came by, she was always Mrs. Roehrich to me, And said how much she would miss Having the Miller’s as neighbors.  May you find peace and comfort annoying that she is now reunited with her husband and family members that have gone before her and that she is at peace. Kathy Miller



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