Eva R. Kokkeler, 96, of Bismarck (formerly of Garrison) died Monday, March 22, 2021 at Edgewood Assisted Living on Dominion Facility in Bismarck where she had resided since January of 2019.
Eva was born on July 9, 1924, the oldest daughter of Philip and Clementine (Weber) Ferderer. She was raised on the family farm and graduated from New Salem High School in 1944.
Eva was united in marriage to Raymond T. Kokkeler on October 1, 1946 in the St. Pius Catholic Church in New Salem, ND. They lived in New Salem until 1950 when they moved to Garrison so Ray could work on the construction of the Garrison Dam. Ray and Eva loved to dance and could be found many a Saturday night dancing the night away with their large group of friends. During her lifetime Eva worked at the Benedictine Living Center in the laundry until she retired.
Eva was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and St. Ann’s Altar Society until her death.
She is survived by children: Linda Huettl, Vancouver WA, Carol (Lyle) Morast, Bismarck, Tim (Shirley) Kokkeler, Bismarck, Colleen Reinhardt, Garrison and Sue (Bruce) Schreiner, Garrison. sister: Alice Henke, Des Moines WA, in-laws: Iona Ferderer, Roseau, MN, Bev Kokkeler, Bismarck, Joe & Betty Pfeiler, Bismarck, Irene & Urban Gratz, Mott, Matt & Josephine Erhardt, Center, Shirley Erhardt, Bismarck, Vivian Erhardt, Bismarck, Chris & Lucretia Silbernagel, Bismarck, and Casper & Linda Erhardt, Grand Forks. Eva had 27 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Eva was preceded in death by her husband Ray Kokkeler, grandson Jeremy Rustad, her parents Philip and Clementine (Weber) Ferderer, mother-in-law Mary (Kokkeler, Pfeiler) Erhardt, brothers: Pete (Ann), Joe (Clara), Leo (Geraldine), Bill, Ray (Mitsy) and Vern, sister Irene (Julius) Reimer and in-laws Keith Henke, William Kokkeler, Ted (Clemie) Kokkeler, John (Jean) Kokkeler, Clemens Kokkeler and Rose (Hank) Schlosser.
A rosary service will be held at St. Nicholas Catholic Church on Friday, March 26th at 7:00 pm. Celebration of life service will be held at St. Nicholas Catholic Church on Saturday, March 27th at 10:30 am. Interment will be at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church Cemetery in Garrison following the funeral services.
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