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Alois “Al” Wangler, Bismarck, passed into new life in Jesus his Lord on March 25, 2023.
Mass of Christian burial will be held 9:30 AM, Friday, March 31, at Corpus Christi Church, 1919 N 2nd St., Bismarck.
Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 PM, Thursday, March 30, at Eastgate Funeral Service, 2302 E Divide Ave, Bismarck. A Vigil Service will begin at 6:00 PM.
Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Bismarck.
Al was born on January 17, 1945, the sixth of eleven children born to Valentine Sr. and Mary (Wald) Wangler at the Linton Hospital, Linton, ND. He attended grade school in rural Logan County at Mannheim School District #3 and later obtained his GED. He was baptized, confirmed, and received his religious education at St. Boniface Catholic Church, rural Kintyre, ND. His confirmation name was George. Al farmed with his parents until 1968, then moved to Bismarck, taking up the carpentry trade, working for area contractors, mainly as a finish carpenter. His next employment was with Bismarck Public Schools, working on the carpentry crew, completing 21 years of service and retiring in 2009.
In 1967, by a chance meeting at the Wentz Cafe in Napoleon, Al met Erica Lang, and 5 years later they married on November 18, 1972 at the Church of Corpus Christi in Bismarck. They lived and worked in the Bismarck area throughout their married life and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 18, 2022. They raised two sons, Kevin and Aaron. Al was very pleased to experience being a “grandpa”, welcoming Alexander Logan and Anthony Jack, “AJ” into his life. Golf became his favorite leisure activity later in life and he also enjoyed gardening, being a golf “player’s assistant”, league bowling, playing Pinochle, hunting, ice fishing, watching Westerns, and having a few “nips” with friends. Al belonged to two local motorcycling groups and was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, attending some of the national Wing Ding rallies. His cousin Mike joined him on some of his longer rides to several US states. Al was a member of the Moose, Eagles, and Elks clubs.
After retirement Al and Erica spent several winters in Lake Havasu City, AZ until Al’s health didn’t allow any further trips south. The Arizona sun and being able to golf year-round with his golf buddies were things he thoroughly enjoyed. One of the high points of his life was going on a hot air balloon ride in Lake Havasu commenting, “It’s so quiet up there.”
Al was a member of Corpus Christi Church which he regularly attended and served as an usher and communion assistant.
In January of 2021 he became a resident of the Baptist Health Care Center. There he made many friendships with other residents and caregivers. Although faced with multiple health challenges since 2019, Al had much determination and gave his best effort to rehab and get better.
Al was sometimes referred to as ‘Uncle Al, the kiddies ’pal’ by his nieces and nephews.
One phrase he often said about doing common tasks was “That’s good enough.” Yes, “good enough” Al, and now rest well in the Lord your Savior and may peace be yours.
Alois is survived by his wife Erica, sons, Kevin (Travis) Wangler, South Bend IN and Aaron Wangler, Bismarck ND, grandsons Alexander Wangler and Anthony (AJ) Wangler, brothers, Tony, Fargo ND, Mark (Luella), Napoleon ND, Frank (Florence), Bismarck ND, Julius (Patricia), Grafton ND, Jim (Diane), Linton ND, Steven (Sherry), Bismarck ND; sister, Ann Marie (Allyn) Wald, Fargo ND. brothers and sisters-in-law, Norbert (Phyllis) Weninger, JoAnn Wangler, Roger (Bernadine) Kuhn, William (Theodora) Roth, Wallace (Susan) Lang, Arlyn Lang, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Elsie Weninger; brothers, Abbot Brian Wangler, Valentine Wangler, Jr.; parents-in-law, Theodore (Louise) Lang; brothers-in-law, Myrle Lang, Wesley Lang; sisters-in-law, Lucy Wangler, Eugenie Lang, Roberta Hovdestad.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to a charity of choice.