Theresia Priest, 98, of Cando, N.D., passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Towner County Medical Center in Cando.
Services will be held Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Cando, with Rev. Rick Craig officiating. Visitation will be held at the Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home on Friday, May 3 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. with an 8 p.m. prayer service. Burial will be in the spring at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Cando.
Casket bearers will be Scott Abrahamson, Carl Abrahamson, Jay Abrahamson, Jesse Syverson, Anthony Sand Jr., Lyn Syverson, Doug Gibbens, Jim Metzger and Bill Hartl. Music will be from Gene Rosinski, Roberta Mundahl and Theresia’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Theresia was born February 6, 1915 in Towner County, N.D., the daughter of Max and Balbina (Hartle) Damberger. She grew up and attended rural school in the Cando area and worked on the farm and as a cook for Stoney Atkins in a cook car. She went to work for the Priest Family taking care of Maggie Priest.
She was united in marriage to Peter Priest on July 11, 1936 in Cando. The couple farmed in Coolin Township and also operated Priest Aerial Service. They moved to Cando in 1960 and purchased the Northern Oil Company and were partners in Northern Motors. Peter passed away December 2, 1974. She continued to make her home in Cando until September of 2012 when she moved into the Towner County Living Center. Theresia was a member of the Eastern Star, Towner County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Happy Hustlers Homemakers and the Cando Women’s Bowling League. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking cookies and fishing.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret “Tiny” Abrahamson of Cando; grandchildren, Peggy (Lyn) Syverson of Fargo, ND, Violet (the late Tony) Sand of Valley City, N.D., Peter Scott Abrahamson of Tacoma, Wash., Carl (Nicole) Abrahamson of Fargo, ND, Jay (Jennifer) Abrahamson of Victoria, Minn.; great-grandchildren; Jesse, Whitney, Christopher, Brittaney, Julie, Kristi, Katina, Anthony Jr., Noah, Grant and Josie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter; parents, four sisters and six brothers. Online guestbook is available at www.dunnigandix.com.
Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home of Cando, is in charge of arrangements.