Mary Shankar, 76, of Langdon, ND, passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND, surrounded by her loving family.
Mary Shankar, 76, of Langdon, ND, passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND, surrounded by her loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, followed by the Rosary at 6:40 p.m. and a 7 p.m. prayer service at St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Langdon. Mary Louise Otto was born Nov. 2, 1942, in Langdon, to William and Kathleen (Wild) Otto. She grew up and attended school in the Milton, ND, area, graduating from Milton High School in 1960. She continued her education at Aaker’s Business College in Grand Forks, ND. On Nov. 21, 1963, Mary and Richard Shankar were united in marriage in Milton. They farmed for many years. In 1987, Mary went to work for the Cavalier County Memorial Hospital Foundation as a secretary and then director. She loved her job and the people she worked with. Mary was a very active member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church by leading adoration, reading at Mass, as a deanery lay council representative and as a member of Catholic Daughters. She was also a member of the Eagles Auxiliary and was 2017 Chamber Employee of the Year. Mary enjoyed knitting, crocheting and visiting friends and family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as helping out anyone who needed it, especially her daughter, Joanne, and son-in-law, Larry. Mary had a giving and loving heart and was thought of as a non-biological ‘grandma’ to her grandsons’ friends. Mary is survived by; her daughter, Joanne (Larry) Gehrtz, of Devils Lake, ND; grandsons, Richard Gehrtz (Bethany Bratlie), Clayton (Jenna) Gehrtz and Dylan (Kelsey) Gehrtz; great-grandchildren, Hayden and Liam; brothers, Duane (Bev) Otto of Langdon and James (Lois) Otto of Fargo; sisters-in-law, Edi Ann Otto, Sally Otto, and Jean (Norm) Maynard; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by; her parents; husband, Richard; brothers, Richard and Robert Otto; and sisters-in-law, Helen Hamann, Mary Cummings and Rose Shankar. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Cavalier County Memorial Hospital Foundation. Brooks Funeral Home of Langdon is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.brooksfuneralhomelangdon.com.