Mary Frances Plante, 60, Bismarck (Mary’s wish was to write this obituary coming from her, even though she has passed).
I began my eternal journey on Aug. 7, 2012, after enduring a long battle from diabetes complications. I was afflicted with diabetes for 52 years. My funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Church of St. Mary, Bismarck, with the Rev. Gene Lindemann officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bismarck.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck, where a prayer service will begin at 7 p.m.
I was the oldest of seven children born to Francis B. and Donalda (Bohro) Waltz on Nov. 8, 1951, in Fargo. We moved to Langdon shortly after where I was reared and educated graduating from Langdon Public School in 1970. Two weeks later, I attended the Medical Division at Park’s School of Business, Denver, graduating from their medical assistant course in 1971. I then obtained a certificate as a chest x-ray technician from the State Department of Health, Sacramento, Calif.
I married my high school sweetheart and soul mate, Ronnie Plante, on July 1, 1972. My family, friends, and religion are very important to me.
I worked at Memorial Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif. We moved to Bismarck in 1976. I worked at St. Alexius Medical Center. We moved out to Dickinson where I worked at Community Action. We then moved back to Bismarck where I worked at Aetna U.S. Healthcare as a Customer Service Rep from 1992 to 1997.
I enjoyed volunteering for grade school CCD in Dickinson, Jr. High CCD in Bismarck, as a legal assist of North Dakota, and by helping VITA Income Tax in Dickinson and Bismarck.
I enjoyed collecting salt and pepper shakers, cooking, baking, scrapbooking, camping, and Elvis. I also grew and donated my hair to Locks of Love. I deeply enjoyed my friends and relationships in my 12-Step support group.
My survivors include my husband of 40 years, Ronnie; my son, LeeRon (Angie), and children, Jonathan and Marianne; my daughter, Lonna (friend Jasin) and children, Coven, KeyRa and Alaina; my mother, Donalda “Donna” Waltz; four sisters, Pat (Ken) Leonard, Jean Kolling, Kay (Wade) Witzel and Joni (Dave) Nelson; one brother, Terry (Sara) Waltz; my mother-in-law, Anna Plante; two sisters-in-law, Judy (Tony) Goetzfried and Penny (Rick) Mutcher; three brothers-in-law, Gary, Leo and Jim (Lynne) Plante; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. My favorite companion was my pet pug, Gizmo.
I was preceded in death by my maternal and paternal grandparents; my father, Frances Waltz; my brother, David Waltz; my nephew, Weston Witzel; my father-in-law, Harvey Plante; and one sister-in-law, Mercedes Plante.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway 14th Floor, New York, N.Y., 10004, or Elks Camp Grassick Playground Equipment, Attn: Dan Mimnaugh, Director, Elks Camp Grassick, P.O. Box F, Dawson, N.D., 58428-0005.
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