OBITUARY

Ethel E. (Hirengen) Ackerman

July 9, 1919December 28, 2018

Ethel E (Hirengen) Ackerman, Yakima, passed away December 27, 2018 at Cottage in the Meadow with her family all around her, just a few short months shy of her 100th birthday.

Ethel was born in 1919 on the family farm outside Balfour, North Dakota. Ethel was the youngest child of 4 children. In May 1938, she married a young man from a neighboring family, John, on the family farm and enjoyed 42 years of a happy marriage. In September of 1938, John and Ethel, upon hearing of opportunities, traveled across country with other family members in their old cars and trucks to Yakima.

John and Ethel worked many years in the orchards and in the 50’s bought a small orchard on the outskirts of Yakima which they owned for many years. During these years, John and Ethel had a dance band and played at many weddings and public dances. Ethel supplemented their income by working at various packing houses, including Keller’s and Del Monte.

Ethel was proud of her Norwegian and German heritages. She loved attending the Minot, North Dakota Norsk Hostfest and family reunions. She especially enjoyed cooking Norwegian and German meals such as dumpf noodles, lefse and other dishes, a trait that she taught her daughters and granddaughters, who carry on this tradition. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends with tales of growing up in North Dakota. Upon retirement, she started going to the senior center and playing Skip Bo with the many friends she met there.

Ethel is preceded in death by her husband John, her brother Lawrence and sisters Alma and Betsey, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She is survived by her daughters Patricia (Gary) Spencer, and Janice (Larry) Bailes, her grandchildren Lori Spencer, Tracy (Renee) Berger, Kevin (Jo) Spencer, and Keith (Mari) Spencer, and great-grandchildren Courtney (Brandon) Deppa, Taylor Spencer and Ashlyn Spencer.

The family would to say thank you to Cottage in the Meadow and Brookdale Senior Living for the excellent care given to Ethel.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 4 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home with a Vigil service beginning at 6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 4, at Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home with burial following at Calvary Cemetery.

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  • FAMILY

  • Ethel is preceded in death by her husband John, her brother Lawrence and sisters Alma and Betsey, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

    She is survived by her daughters Patricia (Gary) Spencer, and Janice (Larry) Bailes, her grandchildren Lori Spencer, Tracy (Renee) Berger, Kevin (Jo) Spencer, and Keith (Mari) Spencer, and great-grandchildren Courtney (Brandon) Deppa, Taylor Spencer and Ashlyn Spencer.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tracy Berger
  • Lori Spencer
  • Kevin Spencer
  • Keith Spencer
  • DONATIONS

  • Memorial Donations may be made to the Harmon Center in care of Langevin El Pariso Funeral Home.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Vigil Service Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, January 4, 2019
REMEMBERING

Ethel E. (Hirengen) Ackerman

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Karen Bailes

January 5, 2019

Grandma Ackerman, as known to my family, was one of the most loving, gentle people we all came to love and admire. Loved to hear her stories of the past and present at our "Bailes" family gatherings. She and my husband loved to tease each other constantly which gave us all reason to laugh and feel good inside. She was the heart of the family, that's for sure. She will be missed greatly! Love you, Grandma!

Timothy Alme

January 4, 2019

Ethel was a woman of great strength and wisdom for me and my family. My dad spoke of her often and of the many adventures that Ethel had in the Balfour and Drake North Dakota area. She was the lively storyteller at family reunions and was always willing to share her thoughts and opinions on just about any subject. She was truly a pioneer woman and will be missed. From my family to hers, our prayers and Godspeed to Aunt Ethel. Rest in Peace.

jeni doolin

January 2, 2019

Aunt Ethel was a very sweet Lady, she was my Mom's Aunt (Irene Doolin)now she can join Mom and Aunt Rosie in Heaven...Love you Sweet Lady

Tracy & Renee Berger

January 2, 2019

Grandma was an unforgettable woman who will be greatly missed! It was evident that taking care of her family was most important to her. She was one of THE BEST storytellers ever, & we loved listening to her tell of her many adventures! She always knew how to lighten a conversation, & she taught us how to make amazing foods! Her sayings like, “What the heck!”, “Sheeeesh!”, & “Uff da!” will live on through all of us, & we’re so thankful to be a part of her family! We love you, Grandma!

Leonard Heit

December 30, 2018

My Aunt, age 99, was one of my most favorites. Seven months lacking her 100th. A very hard working and loving person. She was the last surviving Aunt of mine on both the Ackerman and Heit side of our family. She will now be with Uncle Johnny in heaven. She will be definitely missed! RIP

Lori Spencer

December 30, 2018

My grandma was the toughest and strongest woman I know! She was a woman that could tell you many things and she had great stories that many have heard! I and my family will miss her very much! Lori

FROM THE FAMILY