Kathryn Eckroth, 84, Mandan passed away April 10, 2019, in a Bismarck Care Center surrounded by her family.
Mass of Christian burial was held April 16 at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, with the Rev. Todd Kreitinger officiating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Kathryn was born Sept. 10, 1934, to Christian and Marianne (Vogel) Doll, in Mandan. She was raised on the family farm in Breien. She attended school in Fallon and Copenhagen School District. When Kathryn was 15 her mother passed away. She then took on the role of “Mom” along with being the big sister to her four younger sisters.
On Feb. 1, 1954, she married Joseph Eckroth in Fallon. They lived and farmed on the farm that Joe was raised on and during this time they were blessed with eight children. In 1972, the family moved to Mandan.
Kathryn worked as a cook at the Seven Seas, River Ridge Coffee Shop and AMVETS. While at the Seven Seas she was affectionately given the nickname “Mama Kay” by the many teenage kids she worked with and she was known as “Mama Kay” until she retired from the AMVETS in 2011.
Kathryn’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She loved to cook and bake for her family and Sundays were always a day of gathering for a dinner of her famous meatballs and gravy and apple pie. She was very proud of her homemade pickles and jelly. When she wasn’t cooking, baking or canning, she enjoyed embroidering.
Kathryn will be deeply missed by her eight children, Lola (Robin) Lee, Bismarck, Kay (Maury) Kamins, Bismarck, Donna (Greg) Pfleger, Bismarck, Randy (Cindi) Eckroth, Bismarck, Allan (Bridget) Eckroth, Grand Forks, Karen Eckroth and special friend, Merrill, Bernie (RaeAnn) Eckroth, Mandan, Patty (Doug) Geiger, Mandan; 18 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Hilda (Ray) Fitterer, Mandan, Leona Stegmiller, Mandan, MaryAnn (Blaise) Koch, Mandan, Veronica (Larry) Olson, Lakewood, Wash., and sister-in-law, Angie Doll, New Salem. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, her parents, one brother, two sisters and great-grandchild, Katelyn Lee.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the nurses, CNAs and staff at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center for the love and wonderful care they gave Kathryn while she was there. The family is forever grateful.
A donation to your favorite charity in memory of Kathryn is suggested.
Go to www.weigelfuneral.com to sign the online guest book or to share memories with the family.