Marie Albrecht


Marie P. Albrecht of Bismarck passed away on October 28, 2021, at the age of 86.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Bismarck. A livestreaming of the service will be on the church’s website at https://corpuschristibismarck.com/

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Monday, November 1, 2021, at Bismarck Funeral Home where sharing of memories will start at 6:00 PM with a rosary to follow.

Marie P. (Brigl) Albrecht was born in Mandan, North Dakota, on October 23, 1935.  She was the youngest of seven children born to Rose (Thomas) and Lorenz Brigl.  She spent her early years on the family homestead near Huff, North Dakota, moving to Mandan in 1940.   She graduated from Mandan High School in 1953.  In 1955, she married her high school sweetheart, Reinhold “Reinie” Albrecht.  Marie and Reinie shared 44 wonderful years together and were blessed with four children, seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and a large extended family of relatives and friends.

After high school, Marie began her career with Q & R Clinic as a medical secretary and medical coder.  Ultimately, she became the assistant medical librarian, a position she held for thirty plus years retiring in 1996.  In that capacity, she took pride in also serving as the Cancer Registry Director and Editor of the Q & R Report.

Marie’s greatest joy was spending time with her family.  She was the family matriarch, a position for which she took great care, pride, and carried out enthusiastically.  She viewed families as quilts observing they tended to unravel at times but could be stitched back together with love and care.  Her life was a legacy of “loving stiches” that will forever be treasured and remembered in her many quilts, aprons, and other handmade treasures.

A lifelong thirst for knowledge and an innate capacity for problem-solving inspired her tough spirit and tender heart.  She loved to read, garden, and cook spending hours tending to flowers and trying new recipes.  She made friends everywhere she went and had a bag packed should opportunities to travel and learn new things arise.   She embraced technology and mastered online shopping, Facebook, cruising the Internet, and email particularly enjoying those activities in the very wee hours of the morning.

Marie is survived by her son, Randal (Darcie Hardy) Albrecht of Coleharbor; daughters, Laurie (Dennis) Voegele of Coleharbor; Jeanne Walstad of Bismarck, and Kathy Albrecht of Rochester, Minnesota; grandchildren, Jennifer (Michael) Granlie, Erin (Corey) Krueger, Jesse (Mika) Walstad, Chad Voegele, Kristi (Peter) Moch, Daniel (Timy Kukaj) Walstad, and Matthew (Lindsey) Walstad; great grandchildren Gracyn, Avery, Evan, Liam, Benjamin, Isaac, Amelia, Lila, Lee, Elijah, and Jonah; brother Julius Brigl; sister-in-law Marlene (Nova) Albrecht; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and her life-long best friend Mary Small.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband Reinie; parents; brothers, Hank Brigl and Clemons Brigl; sisters, Sally Heck, Frona Zeno, and Amelia Hornack; son-in-law, John Walstad, and numerous sisters and brothers-in-law.

Marie’s family extends deep appreciation to the caregivers of Sanford Hospice, Primrose Assisted Living Community, and Spectrum for their professional and compassionate care and guidance.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery or donors’ choice.

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My Sincere Sympathy to Marie’s Family: This lady helped me out of a bind more times than I can count. As a Faculty member of the MCO School of Nursing and also a graduate student, she was always there to help at the last minute when I needed an article or something copied. She had a heart of gold and the patience of Job. My thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of this amazing lady!

My deepest sympathies to Marie’s family.I worked right next to Marie at Q&R Clinic for many years, she worked in the library, I worked in Telecommunications. Marie was a delight to work with, we shared many conversations and lots of laughs, she will be missed! Rest in peace dear friend!

Randy, Laurie, Jeanne, and Kathy,
We are so sorry to hear about the death of your mother. We have fond memories of your family when we lived in the same neighborhood. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. The Engelhard Family – Orvin, Kathy, Debbie, Lori, and Brian.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Marie’s family. How I enjoyed her company! She will be forever missed.

I’m with you in love on this day. Your mom meant the world to me and helped me a great deal as i have gone through my own health issues these last few years. She was so kind with me from the time i was a little kid and Randy was a baby when i enjoyed thanksgiving dinner in their house. I oved her fruit and marshmallow salad with whipped cream!
I knew Aunt Marie as a very loving and tender, as well as very strong, person. I love her expressions of a family as a quilt…strong and beautiful which could fray from time to time but always be repaired. That’s terrific
I so wish i could be there in person but my knee surgery had other ideas. I am with you in spirit and in heart and will watch the funeral live in a bit online.
May you have glimpses of peace and joy in ever increasing duration as time goes on,
Your cousin