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Beaty Engels, age 91, of New Rockford, ND, died Saturday, June 5, 2021, surrounded by her family at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford.

Beatrice “Beaty” Margaret Engels was born August 24, 1929, in rural New Rockford, ND. She was the daughter of Hugh and Anna O’Connor. She grew up on the family farm, attended country school close to home, and went to high school at St. James Academy in New Rockford.

After high school she remained on the family farm where she was in her glory and helped with all the chores, planting, harvesting, and caring for all the animals.

On January 15th, 1952 she married the love of her life, Jerry Engels. They were the very first couple to be married at the Bremen Catholic Church in Bremen, ND. Together they raised ten children, five girls and five boys on the farm where they farmed and ranched for many years.

Beaty will always be remembered for her cooking skills, especially her Special K bars (also known as Beaty Bars), overnight buns, meatballs, and her homemade soup. Beaty loved all animals, especially her horses. She shared her love for riding horse with her family and friends on their trail rides. After raising their kids, they participated in many trail riders in Medora and planned at least one trip there every summer.

She was a very active member in the St. Johns Catholic Church for many years. She also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, St. Gerards Circle and Card Club in Bremen, Homemakers, Circle Trail Rides, and the Red Hat Society.

She is survived by her children, Janice Risovi, New Rockford; Jim (Mary) Engels, Jamestown; Mary Jo (Ron) Harter, Austin, TX; John Engels, New Rockford; Joe (Merritt) Engels, Warwick; Jake (Lisa) Engels, New Rockford; Jeff (Becky) Engels, New Rockford; Karen (JR.) Peterson, Zimmerman, MN; Jodi Engels, Alberta, Canada; son-in-law, Bob Bina, Grand Forks; 25 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews.

Beaty is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; her daughter, Susan Bina; and son-in-law, Lester Risovi.

Beaty’s Visitation will be Wednesday, Noon – 5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford and will continue from 6:00-7:00PM at Church; a Rosary Service will be at 6:30PM followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00PM all at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 10:30AM at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford.

Her Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND, Monday, June, 14, 2021.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Good bye my friend and neighbor from the farm. I will miss seeing you. You we so kind and beautiful. I loved when your face lit up when I came to visit,cause you knew me always.Tell Jerry hello. Miss you, Kathy

  2. I am so grateful for the opportunity for my life to have been touched by this sweet woman. Beaty was a joy. We had many visits and many Our Father’s together. She loved to talk about her family and her dog and horses. She was just all around special. I will miss her so… My deepest sympathies to your family.

  3. Engels Family,
    We want to extend our condolences to your family on your mother’s passing. We did not know your mom, but we do know Jim & Mary, Lisa & Janice. May your dear mother Rest In Peace.

    Steve & Jane Metzger
    Carrington, ND

  4. Heaven is gaining a wonderful addition with Beauty. She was one of the kindest ladies I had ever met. May God bless your family at this time.

  5. Such an amazing women who raised amazing children. One very strong women who was a fierce advocate of her kids.

  6. Oh my gosh! Beaty’s Special K Bars! Absolutely one of my best memories of her – I was always a little jealous when Jodi would have those in her lunch in elementary school. I remember Beaty being my 1st grade CCD teacher in “the baby room” at the Bremen Church. Hugs to all of the Engels Family…I think I’ll go make some Special K Bars in her honor. 🙂


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