Verna Helen Eckholm

March 13, 1928January 7, 2021

Verna Helen Eckholm, 92, passed away on January 7, 2021. She was born March 13, 1928, in Goodrich, N.D., to Caroline and Thomas Mertz, German homesteaders who farmed with horses and wagons.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Tillie, Clara, and Olga; her devoted husband, Henry; and her son Howard; and is survived by daughter Barbara DiOrio; grandchildren Daniel DiOrio (Jaime) and Jennifer Williams; and great granddaughters Paige Williams and Alana DiOrio; all of Orlando.

Verna lived in chilly Wing, N.D. after her 1947 marriage until retiring to sunny Florida in 1979.

She was a gardening-canning-cooking super homemaker who also worked as a nurse assistant hero in N.D. nursing homes and as a home healthcare aide for a variety of interesting people in Orlando.

Verna was ahead of her time in the DIY and arts and crafts movements and enjoyed creating for her home and friends.

Her strong, feisty N.D. spirit enabled her to live independently all her life, and her family is inspired by her example.


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021


Verna Helen Eckholm

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Ruth & Janet Kennedy

January 13, 2021

To my Dear friend Verna,
You were always available to talk and share feelings . We shared a lot of personal experiences which made our friendship close.
I will deeply miss you and our daily talks and good laughs
each day!
We will meet again some day in a more perfect home where sickness or age will never separate us!
I’m thankful for the friendship we shared over the pass years, I love you my friend Verna!
Much Love, Peace, and blessings to your
To your Dear family always
Love Ruth & Janet Kennedy

Peggy Knudson

January 8, 2021

My most fondest memories were of getting together for her delicious Carmel rolls always ... at that time doing coffee mid afternoon was a ritual.. my Mom (Olga) and her always talked in German so we had no idea what they were discussing. How it was confusing since both of the sisters married a Henry. My dad became Hank. If so lucky once in a blue moon we got to come to Bismarck for appointments Dentist, etc and shopping. Remember going out to eat and Auntie Verna cut into her pancake and it ran all over the plate. Oops not quite done won’t name the place. Memories is what we have to help us thru these times. Also knowing all four sister are altogether again!!!! God bless them til we meet again