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Ruth Massad

A rite of Christian burial for Ruth Massad, 75, Bismarck, formerly of Dickinson, is at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2008, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Dickinson, with the Rev. Cherian Mathew officiating.

Burial is in the Dickinson Mausoleum.

Visitation is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. today, April 26, 2008, and continues from 3-9 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, 2008, at Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson, with a prayer service at 4 p.m.

Ruth passed away Thursday, April, 24, 2008, at Medcenter One, surrounded by her family.

Ruth was born on Oct. 9, 1932, the daughter of George and Lizzie (Hatzenbuhler) Koffler in Lefor.

On Oct. 25, 1953, Ruth and Mason Massad were united in marriage.

Together, they established and operated the Nodak Motel in Dickinson.

They had a large number of regular salesmen that became close friends over the years. They also owned the Uptown Motel in Dickinson.

After selling the Nodak Motel, they went into the business of rental properties.

Ruth worked diligently and took great pride in the up keep of their properties, and once again their tenants became some of their closest friends.

Ruth and Mason retired in 2001.

In the fall of 2007, they moved to Bismarck to be closer to their family.

Ruth loved to cook and had a way of magically putting together a delicious meal for unexpected, but always welcomed company.

She also enjoyed gardening and playing bridge.

Ruth was known for her kindness and her home was always open to friends and family.

She was active in her church, which was very important to her. Ruth's greatest joy was her family who will greatly miss her.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Mason Massad, Bismarck; three daughters;, Diane Cornell, Bismarck, Susan (Jim) Goodale, Bismarck, and Patty (Dave) Chittim, Casper, Wyo.; four grandchildren, Nicole (Art) Goodale Thompson, Bismarck, Erin (fiancé, Steven Price) Goodale, Bismarck, Blake Chittim, Casper, and Rachel Chittim, Casper; one great-grandchild, Alexis Nicole Thompson, Bismarck; brothers, Joe (Margaret) Koffler, Pete (Irene) Koffler and George Koffler; and sisters, Jennie Decker, Katie Rech and Lena Sticka.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Christ and John Koffler; and sisters, Margaret and Betty.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St John's Episcopal Church, Dickinson, or Medcenter One School of Nursing, Bismarck.

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(Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson)