18 Jul Denise O’Grady
Posted at 13:37h
Denise Renae Buchholtz O’Grady passed away peacefully, with family by her side, at Sanford Health on July 10,2023 after a prolonged illness.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 on Saturday, July 22, 2023 at Bismarck Funeral Home.
Denise was born on February 25, 1958 in Bismarck to Roy and Josephine Buchholtz. She was the youngest of five children.
She was raised and educated in Bismarck, ND.
In the early 80’s she moved to South Africa with her husband, Wayne O’Grady. In 1985 her beloved daughter, Tawni, was born and shortly aftershe returned home to North Dakota. Upon her return she worked at Kirkwood Motor Inn where she met many lifelong friends. She then pursed a nursing degree and graduated as an R.N. in 1998.
She worked in several nursing homes, SCCI, and did some traveling nurse duties. She then decided to become a full-time caregiver for her beloved Tawni.
One of her favorite past times was playing on a pool league. She played on several teams but made life long friends shooting for the Broken Oar River Bratz.
Her love and compassion for animals lead her to rescue many animals over the years, not limited to cats and dogs.
Denise loved to shop and travel, she spent years in South Africa, traveled to Paris, spent time in Boston, Massachusetts, Mexico, Arizona, and Las Vegas. She also loved her girls trips to yearly pool tournaments.
If you met Denise you probably became a friend for life. She will be missed by many people whose lives she touched throughout the years.
She is survived by her sister, Deb Bogert (Dave Bjornson), brother, Marlon Buchholtz (Vivian); sister-in-law, Ginnie Buchholtz, nephews, Guy, Dwight, Daniel, and Brandon; niece, Lauren, and her present beloved animals, Cheeto, Hazel, and Reggie.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Buchholtz, Josephine Himmelspach, stepfather, Bill Himmelspach, brothers, Ken and Terry, and her beloved Tawni.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to animal shelters of choice.