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Ida Ternes

Ida Ternes

Ida Ternes, Bismarck, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, left her earthly life after 90 years for her Heavenly home with her Lord and Savior on April 11, 2014. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck, with Monsignor Thomas Richter officiating. Burial will follow the service at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday April 14, at Bismarck Funeral Home, with a rosary and vigil service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Ida was born October 29, 1923, to Rudolph and Verena (Kopp) Miller, in Raleigh, ND. She attended school in Raleigh through 10th grade and always regretted that she didnt get the chance to play on a girls basketball team.

Ida caught the eye of a young William (Bill) Ternes in Sunday School as a young girl. She faithfully wrote him letters during their courtship, which spanned the three years of his service in WWII. They were joined in Holy Matrimony on May 21, 1946 at St. Gertrudes Catholic Church in Raleigh. They made their home five miles north of Shields, ND, where they raised dairy cattle, beef cattle, hogs, chickens, small grain crops, and an antelope that Ida befriended and named Bucky.

Together Bill and Ida raised their six children on the family farm. Ida would much rather have been outside working alongside Bill than inside. She drove the tractor for bindering during harvest and was known to have a lead foot when running to town for parts or delivering cream. And yet she had the time to make the familys favorite German meals and baked goods every evening. Even though her preference was the outdoors, she would never give up a chance to pull up a rocking chair and rock a baby into the deepest slumber. Many new mothers knew her as "The Baby Whisperer."

In 1975 Bill and Ida moved off the farm to Bismarck. Ida filled her days helping at a neighborhood daycare, crocheting, reading, quilting, and gardening and canning her harvest. She loved working as Bills assistant in his workshop, creating wooden keepsakes together for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A determined lady who was never afraid of a challenge, Ida decided to take piano lessons at age 70. She was faithful to visiting those in the nursing home; bringing them baked goods and helping the women style their hair. Ida was a card shark who was not afraid to be challenged. There wasnt an opponent she couldnt beat and had no shame in taking their money. She will forever be remembered for her ability to dance a mean polka, sing beautiful harmony to her favorite church hymns, and barter with even the best salesperson at a garage sale. Her borscht soup, pickles and pfeffernusse cookies were always family favorites and a meal was never served without a pitcher of Tang. "If its good enough for the astronauts, its good enough for us," she would say.

Most recently Ida was under the care of the wonderful staff at the Elm Crest Manor in New Salem.

Ida was a strong woman of faith, an example for her family to follow. She loved the Lord and not a day went by that she didnt spend time with Him. She has now been welcomed into His arms for eternity.

Ida will be deeply missed by her husband Bill of almost 68 years, their six children, Hilda (Ernie) Hinderer, Flasher, Arlene (Roy) Riehl, Raleigh, Ervin (Penny) Ternes, Shields, Kathy (Jim) LaDuke, Nisland, SD, Roger (Audrey) Ternes, River Falls, WI, and Steve (Carmaine) Ternes, Emporia, KS; 17 grandchildren, Juanita Lee and Dallas Hinderer, Russ Riehl, Stacey Pfliiger, Ryan Riehl, and Dayna Zins, Waylon, Brandon, Brent, and Kayla Ternes, Will LaDuke, Faye Pelster, and Curt LaDuke, Dwight and Marc Ternes, Brock Ternes and Stephanie King; 29 great-grandchildren; one brother Ray Miller; 16 brothers and sisters-in-law, Mary Ternes, Al and Alice Ternes, Linda Gustin, Ramona Ternes, Larry and Stella Ternes, Baldwin and Irene Ternes, Alvina and John Buck, Balzer and Joan Ternes, Ron and Minnie Keller, and Anisia Beggar.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Gretchen Miller and Celestine Koch; three brothers John, Peter R., and Lambert Miller; seven brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be made to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND, and Elm Crest Manor, New Salem, ND, in Idas name.

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