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Goldie (Axt) Kreiter, 99, fell asleep in the Lord on January 10, 2022.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 14, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1109 26th St. Bismarck. The family will begin greeting visitors at 10:00 a.m. for viewing and fellowship.
Goldie Axt, the youngest of six siblings, was born on July 25, 1922, at the David and Rosa (Unterseher) Axt family farm near Goodrich, ND. Although shy and reserved as a child, Goldie developed a strong work ethic and ability to “make do” with available resources in her teenage years during the Great Depression era. She often told stories of how she picked thistles in the pasture to feed the cows and shoveled dirt from the enclosed front porch after the dust storms. She became the family cook and baker and developed her skills at German cooking.
In 1940, Goldie married Edwin Kreiter and joined his fun-loving and boisterous family of eight brothers and two sisters. Goldie and Edwin rented several farms in the Chasely and Manfred areas until 1954, when they bought the Kreiter family home near Goodrich. Goldie helped Edwin with fieldwork and harvest, as well as milking cows, baking, tending the garden, canning, raising three children, cooking, cleaning, and every other typical farmwife task. Their Kreiter home remained the gathering place for holiday events and there was always a lot of laughter, teasing, and good food when the Kreiter families got together. Goldie and Edwin loved to travel, and there was always a brother or sister in California or Texas that could be visited in the fall.
In 1977, Goldie and Edwin built a home in Bismarck, planning to retire there to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Unfortunately, Edwin passed away suddenly in 1978. Goldie found that she now needed to learn to live independently, manage her own finances, and learn to drive on city streets (vastly different from driving farm trucks on rural country roads). Goldie became active in church activities, embroidering, serving coffee at the Bismarck Senior Center as well as and cooking & baking special German dishes for her children and grandchildren.
Goldie developed a special friendship with Phil Warner and they attended church events, community activities, and gospel music concerts together for many years. She very much appreciated Phil’s companionship until he passed away in 2013.
She never thought of herself as “old” until the last few years when she often marveled that she was older than she’d ever anticipated. She continued driving to church and to her hair stylist until age 95. Getting her to give up her high heel shoes at age 97 was even more difficult than giving up driving.
The pandemic took a great toll on her health until the Lord granted her request to fall asleep and await his return.
We look forward to seeing her again in her young, rejuvenated body.
Goldie is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Cleon) Hoggarth; son, Terry (Elaine) Kreiter) and daughter, Elaine (Joe) Felchle; her grandchildren, Rocco (Kelly) Hieb, Michael (Dannielle) Hieb, Michelle (Clint Sanford) Hieb, Angela (Andrew) Evans, Shawn (Nola) McNeally), Sara (Ken) Kincaid and Craig (Sarah) Felchle. To her great-grandchildren Cole Hieb, Josie and Lauryn Hieb, Colton and Cassidy Brendel, Kieran and Brynn McNeally, Mia, Zoe and Max Evans, Allie and Reed Kincaid, and Brynn and Emma Felchle, she was affectionately known as GG.
“Aunt Goldie” will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Ricky Hieb; husband, Edwin; brothers, Emil and Art, and sisters, Esther, Elsie and Ruth.