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Della R. Ulmer

February 26, 1932 — August 29, 2023


Della R. Ulmer 91 of Ellendale, ND died Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at Benedictine Living Community, Ellendale. She was born February 26, 1932 to Fredericka and Christ Voegele in Leola, SD. She attended and graduated from school in Leola and later attended culinary school. On September 22, 1953 Della married Gene Charles Hoffman in Leola. They lived in Leola where they resided and raised their family until Gene’s death in 1977 at the age of 47. It was then, that Della pursued the opportunity to run the Peoples Store in Forbes, ND. She operated the Peoples store until she met Marvin Ulmer. Della and Marvin married February 20, 1982 in Ellendale and together operated the Ulmers Jack and Jill Grocery Store. Eventually the grocery store was sold and Della retired. They wintered at their home in Mission, TX and while in North Dakota they loved to fish at Pollock, SD. In their spare time they enjoyed playing Pinochle at the Ellendale Senior Center. She enjoyed dancing, embroidering and especially loved gardening and canning everything cannable. She was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Ellendale and the American Legion Auxiliary, she volunteered for the Ellendale Food Pantry and God’s Work and Our Hands. Her survivors include her children: LaDean (Sharon) Hoffman, Wanda Odland, Charlotte (Gerold) Hoff, Angie Kallenberger, Rick (Mary) Ulmer, Shelly (John) Grueneich, Jim Ulmer, Jim Bucklin and many grandchildren and great grandchildren on both sides of the family. She was preceded in death by her first husband Gene and second husband Marvin, her son-in-law Jerry Kallenberger, Cheryl Bucklin. 
Visitation is 3-6pm Friday, September 1 at Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale. The funeral is 10:30am Saturday, September 2 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Ellendale with Pastor Lucinda Lien officiating. Burial is at Green Mound Cemetery, Leola, SD. The funeral will be live-streamed here on Della’s obituary page. Arrangements by Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale. 
Please mail condolences to:
Charlotte & Gerold Hoff
1627 N 33rd St.  Unit #1
Bismarck, ND  58501

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Friday, September 1, 2023

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Saturday, September 2, 2023

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

Christ the King Lutheran Church

713 3rd Ave N, Ellendale, ND 58436

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Saturday, September 2, 2023

1:30 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

Green Mound Cemetery

Leola, SD 57456

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