Marion Thomssen, 84, Bismarck, formerly of Anamoose and Harvey, passed away March 10, 2018, at the Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck.
Marion Darlene Appelt, daughter of Edward and Anna (Buechle) Appelt, was born July 13, 1933, at Anamoose. She was raised on a farm northeast of Martin and received her early education in the Clifton country school near Martin. She then attended Martin High School for two years before transferring to the Anamoose High School where she graduated in 1952. Following her graduation, she worked at the Chapek SuperValu Store in Anamoose for two years.
On Jan. 27, 1956, she married the love of her life, Wayne Thomssen, at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Anamoose. They made their home on a farm seven miles north of Martin, where they raised their three daughters. They lived there for 42 years and, upon retiring, moved into Anamoose in 1997. After Wayne passed away July 21, 2006, Marion moved to Harvey where she lived until moving to Valley View Heights in Bismarck in January of 2018.
She was a member of St. Martin Lutheran Church and St. Martin L.W.M.L.; the V.F.W. Auxiliary and Senior Citizens, all of Anamoose. In her earlier years she was active in the Anamoose PTA.
Marion was a great mother, gardener, baker of buns, and loved to read and embroider. She will probably be best remembered for her recycling of cards and her letter writing.
She is survived by her daughters, Lynne (Bob) Drees, Grand Forks, Robin Thomssen, Bismarck, and Colleen Gruer, Bismarck; grandchildren, Allyson, Kirsten, and Nichole Drees, and Amanda (Eric) Welte and Eric Gruer; brother, Gerald Appelt, Minot; sister, Phyllis (Gene) Lemer, Valley City; sisters-in-law, Fran Appelt, Vancouver, Wash., Nadine Appelt, Vancouver, Dorothy Thomssen, Anamoose, and Mary Thomssen, Audubon, Minn.; and brother-in-law, Bill Leier, Bismarck.
Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her parents; stepmother, Marion; brother, Lawrence Appelt; brothers-in-law, William and Robert Thomssen; sisters-in-law, Jackie Leier and Donna Appelt; and son-in-law, Bob Gruer.
Funeral: Friday, March 16, 2 p.m., at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Anamoose.
Visitation: Two hours before the service at the church on Friday.
Burial: St. Martin Lutheran Cemetery.
Online condolences may be shared at nelsonfuneralhomesnd.com. (Bethke-Nelson Funeral Home, Drake)