Arzella (Ode) Engleman, 95, passed away October 8, 2018 in the Cardiac Center of North Memorial Hospital, Robbinsdale, Minn. A celebration of a long and well-lived life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 16 at Frist Presbyterian Church, 214 E Thayer Ave., Bismarck, ND with Pastor Leanne Simmons officiating. Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the family plot in the Mandan Union Cemetery.
Arzella was born May 10, 1923 to Herman and Emily (Caudel) Ode and grew up with her 11 siblings on the family dairy farm. She was educated in Bismarck Public Schools. She had a love for education and excelled academically as evidenced by being the class of 1941 valedictorian of Bismarck High School. She amazed her family and business associates with her ability to recall both numbers and facts. She would always remind us of the cash award she won as the outstanding eighth grade math student. She managed the business affairs and contributed to the success of the Engleman ranch where she worked side by side with her husband, Lawrence.
Arzella and Lawrence were married October 31, 1948 and were anxiously awaiting their 70th anniversary celebration. Arzella’s first priority was her family, including Lawrence’s parents and uncles, Lawrence, her children, Cheryl and Jim, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family traditions and the expectation of hard work and “just getting things done and done well” were role modeled every day. If there were spare minutes, they were spent knitting for family and friends, reading and baking. Arzella was very active in the Order of Eastern Star and served as the Worthy Grand Matron of the North Dakota Chapter for two years. Through this organization she and Lawrence formed lifelong friendships and traveled many miles.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence, her daughter Cheryl Kalberer and son-in-law, Neal, her grandchildren Greg (Amy) and Jim (Michelle) Kalberer, Erin (Jon) Wessling, and Benjamin (Jena) and Peter (Amanda) Engleman, six great-grandchildren, Emma, Katelyn, Grace and Cooper Kalberer and Jake and Sophia Wessling, her sister, Irene Strand and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Jim, three brothers and seven sisters.
The family would like to thank the staff members at Cherrywood Pointe, Plymouth and Kindred Home Health Care for the kindness, concern and help they offered Arzella over the past six months.
Memorials are preferred to Scottish Rite Speech Therapy or the charity of your choice.