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Mary M. Erlenbusch

May 20, 1914 — September 27, 2009

On September 27, 2009, Mary Magdeline (Heinrich) Erlenbusch, 95 of Forbes, ND went home to be with her Heavenly Father. She was born May 20, 1914, in Coldwater District southeast of Ashley, ND. She was the daughter of Gottlieb and Elizabeth (Schock) Heinrich. After her education she helped on the family farm. On December 4, 1932, Mary married Jacob Erlenbusch and to this union five daughters were born. Mary cooked for many threshing crews. Her greatest joy was her families, playing cards and Yahtzee with her grandchildren. Jacob died February 4, 1999 and Mary continued living at her home in Forbes. Mary was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Forbes where she served as organist for over 50 years and was active in the Lutheran Womens’ Missionary League attending two national conventions. She was also active in 4-H and was a charter member of Dakota Maid Homemakers Club. Survivors include: four daughters: Betty (J.T. Bud) Morris, Aberdeen, SD, Phyllis (Harvey) Anliker, Forbes, ND, Mary Ann (Bob) Gagne, Fallbrook, CA, Dianna Key, Encino, CA; one brother: Ervin (Ellen) Heinrich, Morgan Hill, CA; three sisters-in-law: Arlena, Martha and Viola Heinrich; one brother-in-law: Edwin Schauer; 12 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one infant daughter: LaVonne June, three brothers: Richard, Harold and Alvin Heinrich and one sister: Lillian Schauer. The funeral service is 11am Friday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Forbes with Pastor Alan Eppen officiating. Visitation is 3-8pm Thursday with a prayer service at 7pm all at Hoven funeral chapel, Ellendale and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial is at Ellendale City Cemetery. Arrangements by Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale.
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