Patricia “Pat”

Patricia K. (Pat) Riemer, 92, joined her heavenly family on Monday, June 10, 2024, at Garrison Memorial Hospital Nursing facility.

Pat was born January 1, 1932, at Seaview, Washington to Lawrence and Margaret (Ayers) Dickinson. She grew up along the Columbia River in Washington state, with the river usually in their back yard, near Longview, Ridgefield and Vancouver.  She moved to North Dakota where her stepdad, Herb Riemer was from following World War II in 1944.

Following her graduation from Douglas High School in 1949, she received a teaching certificate from Minot State Teacher’s College and taught at various country schools.

She and her mom were baptized and confirmed together at St. Paul Lutheran Church at rural Douglas on January 16, 1948. Church and family were very important to her. When the rural church closed in 1972, the family became members of St. Matthew Lutheran in Max. She served as Sunday School superintendent for many years at the country church and was involved in the LWML (ladies’ group) at both congregations. After she couldn’t attend service at her church, she was sure to be attending chapel or listening to a service on the television.

She married Eldin (Mutt) Riemer on October 8, 1953, at St. Paul Lutheran Church at rural Douglas.  They farmed, together with his brother Herb and her mom, on the outskirts of Douglas for many years, retiring and moving into Douglas in 1991. Eldin passed away in 1992. She continued to live in Douglas until moving to The Meadows in Garrison in the fall of 2012.  She moved to the Garrison Hospital Nursing facility in 2019.

Pat enjoyed gardening and was very proud of her flowers each year.  She could be found doing crossword puzzles or reading a variety of books after the bookmobile arrived in town.  She enjoyed mowing grass and could be found mowing not only her yard, but many other yards in town. She and her family were instrumental in the formation of the Douglas Community Museum.  She and her mom enjoyed taking yearly trips on various routes with the girls back to the west coast to “check back in” as they called it.

She is survived by her children, Kathy (Warren) Huettl of Max and David (Anita) Riemer of Douglas; a son-in-law, Glen Hatlestad, seven grandchildren, Sarena Bellovich of Rainier, Washington, Wendy Hatlestad of Kansas City, Kansas, Joe (JoAnn) Huettl of Wishek, N.D., Julie (Adam) Wilson of Oak Grove, Minnesota, Carl (Heather) Riemer of Douglas, Brittny (John) Behm of Des Lacs, N.D., and Evan Riemer of Douglas. 17 great-grandchildren: Ashlynne (fiancé Justin Chapman) Solseth, Kaylianna, Capri and Kerrigan Bellovich, all of Rainier, Washington, Cayden Huettl of Des Moines, Iowa, Matthew & Michael Huettl of Wishek,, N.D.,  Charlotte, Caroline, Clarissa and Cassandra Wilson of Oak Grove, Minn., Eldin, George and Faith Riemer of Douglas, Arthur, Ethel and Arden Behm of Des Lacs; and one great-great-grandson, Emilio Sanchez-Mendoza of Rainier, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, daughter, Joyce Hatlestad, great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Bellovich, a half-brother, Lawrence Dickinson and a half-sister Susan Sinabar.

The funeral will be held Monday, June 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Max, with burial in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery at rural Douglas.

Visitation will be held from 12:00-3:00 PM on Sunday, June 16, 2024, at Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison, ND. Visitation following at St. Matthew Church in Max from 6:00-8:00 PM, with a prayer service starting at 7:00 PM.

Memorials are preferred to St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Max or to the donor’s choice.

To view a livestream of the service, go to www.facebook.com/garrisonthompsonfh/ or to the Thompson Funeral Home-Garrison, ND Facebook page.

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