Carolyn M. Ressler, 81, Mandan, passed away July 5, 2018, at St. Alexius Hospital. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 13, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, followed by a reception at the Ft. Lincoln Commissary Building.
Carolyn M. Ressler was born on March 10, 1937, in Mandan, to Ronald Huff and Evelyn (Pavlik) Huff. She was raised and educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School in 1955.
Carolyn married Ted A. Ressler on July 20, 1956. She worked many years raising her children and tending to the quarter horses that she and Ted raised. She worked five years as a secretary for the State of North Dakota and spent 32 years working as a secretary/executive assistant for Mandan Public Schools (MPS). Carolyn retired from MPS in 2008.
Carolyn had many Boston Terrier dogs throughout her life and loved collecting Boston Terrier figurines. She loved riding and raising horses. Her time spent with her co-workers at the MPS CAB building were filled with many fun and happy times.
Carolyn made the best birthday cakes. She had impeccable cursive handwriting and she was supremely organized, making lists and keeping notes of all kinds. One of Carolyn’s memorable sayings was, “Don’t wish your life away,” meaning don’t keep waiting for the next big event, instead live each day and enjoy what’s right in front of you.
Carolyn loved watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their activities and hearing about their lives, travels, and adventures. One of her last wishes was that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren know how much she loved them.
She is survived by two sons, Randy (Peggy) Ressler, Mandan, and Darren Ressler (Michelle Youngquist), Boise, Idaho; one daughter, Cameo (Kiel) Skager, Mandan; two sisters-in-law, Angie Gratz, Bismarck, and Aggie Schumaker, Rapid City, S.D.; four grandchildren, Calder (Laura) Ressler, Chandra (Corey) Cronrath, Shae Skager, and North Skager; and six great-grandchildren, Kazien, Brayton, Camrie, and Kaberly Cronrath, and Paisley and Cash Ressler.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband, Ted A. Ressler; and her parents.
Memorials are preferred to Central Dakota Humane Society. Please sign her guest book and share memories at www.dawiseperry.com. (DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan)