Fern Koenig, 84, passed away on November 16, 2018, at St. Alexius Hospital after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
Visitation will be held at the Bismarck Funeral Home on Sunday, November 18, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A celebration of Fern’s life will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018, at 1:30 p.m., at the Baptist Home.
Fern Mary Ann was born May 1, 1934 to Otto and Rose (Heine) Reinhardt in Beulah, ND. She was raised and educated in Montana and North Dakota. She finished the 8th grade and later attained her G.E.D. In 1950 while Fern was living on a farm south of Chaseley, ND she met the love of her life, Virgil Koenig. They were married on September 23rd, 1951 and lived on a farm north of Robinson, ND until they moved to Mandan in 1964. After 28 years of marriage, they divorced for five years, then remarried on April 13th, 1984. Together they spent the last 34 years in wedded bliss. Through the years she worked at Otto’s Jack and Jill Groceries, J.C. Penney’s, and Seven Seas. In 2009, they moved to Bismarck. Fern was caring, feisty, and outspoken. Her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren and she enjoyed showing her love for them by baking cinnamon rolls, rhubarb pie, and fudge from scratch. At moments in the nursing home when her memory would elude her, her love for baking went on and she would be concerned for the cookies in the oven. Some other favorite past-times of hers included feeding squirrels, gardening, and playing cards and Sequence with friends and family. In more recent years she very much enjoyed her visits from her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved with all her heart and made everyone around her feel that love.
Virgil and Fern raised five children. Cheryle married Donald Schaff and lived in Rawlins, WY. Corey married Jody Dunn and live in Colorado Springs, CO. Crystal married Paul Stockert and live in Mandan, ND. Clay married Kymberly Krause and live in Mandan, ND. Chenoa married Michael Wilson and live in Mankato, MN. Fern has ten grandchildren; Dominic Schaff, Darielle Steele, Danielle Jackson (married to Bo), Derek Schaff, Joshua Koenig (married to Shannon), Jacob Koenig, Richard Stockert, Jaclyn Schulz (married to Cody), Mitchell Wilson, and Savanna Wilson. Fern also has five great grandsons and one great granddaughter; Garett Steele, Egan Koenig, Camron McCann, Ryder Jackson, Gunner Schulz and Andi Wolfe. Fern is survived by three sisters; Luella Otto of Mandan, ND, Lorraine Androes of Spokane, WA, Marjorie Christie of Ferndale, WA and brother, Donald Reinhardt of Harrison, ID.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents, oldest daughter, Cheryle and son-in-law, Donald.