Meryl T. Beauclair, 86, died Dec. 25, 2013, at a Sanford care center, Mandan. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck. with Monsignor Thomas Richter officiating. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery, Minot, in the spring.
A vigil service will be held today at 7 p.m. at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck.
Meryl Therise was born on May 13, 1927, in New Rockford, the daughter of Albert O. and Edith (Kolle) Haavig. She grew up on the family farm near Fessenden, and graduated from Fessenden High School.
She married William J. Beauclair, a Navy Veteran of World War II, on June 10, 1947, in New Rockford. The family made their home in Minot, where William worked for the Great Northern Railroad until his passing on June 5, 1965. Meryl worked at St. Leo’s Rectory for Monsignor Hogan. She was the first secretary at Bishop Ryan High School. She worked for 25 years at Trinity Medical Center, retiring in 1992.
Meryl was a member of the Homemakers Club, Square Dancers, Birthday Club, Parents Without Partners, Catholic Daughters, American Legion Auxiliary, Corpus Christi Guild, and Hospital Retirement Group.
She enjoyed cooking and baking, needlework, shopping, and traveling; especially her trips to Europe.
She is survived by her children, Blenda Burckhard, Bowling Green, Ky., Greg, Bismarck, William, Bismarck, David (Candy), Lincoln, and Donald, North Carolina; eight grandchildren, Chad, Bowling Green, Ky., Chris and Courtney Burckhard, Nashville, Tenn., William Beauclair III (USMC) stationed in Hawaii, Justin, Ashley, and Brooke Beauclair, Lincoln, and Gentry Lynn Beauclair, Phoenix; her sister, Hazel Maas, California; five great-grandchildren, Tanner, Paige, Zachary, Noah and Elijah, all of Bowling Green, Ky.; and three sisters-in-law, Mary Alice Beauclair, Bismarck, Jeanne Engberg, San Antonio, Texas, and Merita McCann, San Antonio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William; and several half-brothers and half-sisters.
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