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Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
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Beatrice Gussiaas

The peace and calmness that she so deserved was blessed upon Beatrice Gussiaas as she was called to her eternal rest on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Golden Acres Manor in Carrington, ND, at the age of 83.

Beatrice Catherine Heintz was born in rural Orrin, ND, on November 15, 1935, to Anton and Frances (Mack) Heintz.  In 1942, her family moved to Sykeston, ND.  Beatrice had worked for the Orville and Ann Lundby family near Sykeston dedicating her time to providing childcare and household tasks. She simply adored her time working for them as was evident in the many conversations she shared with us.

Beatrice was smitten by a young man she met at Rainbow Gardens and on November 24, 1959, she and Luverne Gussiaas were married; from then on, her life was complete and filled with love, adventure and true devotion. Together they built their family farm northeast of Carrington, where they raised small grains, milked dairy cows and provided a beautiful and giving life to their five children: Janel, Julie, Michael, Becki and Joel. Beatrice was an integral part of their family farm, driving grain truck, running the dairy operation, tending to her big garden, managing the financial records, all while raising their children and running a busy household.

Beatrice, known as Beatty to those who truly appreciated and knew her spunky spirit, welcomed all of her children’s friends into their home with the hospitality that only a “real” mom can offer to others. One of her favorite past times was the Foster County Fair where she would spend each and every day at this annual event chatting with old friends, making new acquaintances and taking in the cattle judging.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a member of the Carrington Health Center Auxiliary, cherishing her volunteer time at the Happy Heart Hutch until such time that her Parkinson’s disease no longer allowed her the opportunity to do so.

The one thing that was surprising of Beatrice is that even though she was an extremely thrifty individual, she loved to frequent the casinos and enjoyed any opportunity to pull those one-armed bandits!

Due to her debilitating health, Beatrice’s life came to a complete halt in the way she loved to live it – carefree, full of laughter and chatter, and driving to visit friends and family on a regular basis. She entered Golden Acres Manor in 2014, where she was cared for by the staff members who considered her a part of their extended family.

Beatrice leaves behind many who loved and cherished her. Her children: Janel (Rick) Harrington, Carrington, ND; Julie (the late Keith) Peterson, Robinson, ND; Michael (Stacey) Gussiaas, New Rockford, ND; Becki (Jeff) Wolf, Robinson, ND; and Joel (Marvae) Gussiaas, New Rockford, ND. Her grandchildren: Shane Harrington, Dustin (Krissy) Peterson, Darin (Cally) Peterson, Danielle (Mike) Wachter, Christopher (Alicia) Gussiaas, Brandon Gussiaas (fiancée, Hannah Lipetzky), Jackson Wolf, Dalton and Jessica Gussiaas, Taustin (Julie) Harrington, Tayler Harrington and Taysha Harrington (fiancé, Tim Johnson). Along with her great grandchildren: Dylan and Everett Peterson, Owen and Kylie Wachter, Bodey and Ande Gussiaas, and Jazmyn and Tiegen Harrington. Her brothers, Zeno, Eugene, Jimmy and Tony; one sister, Betty. She also leaves behind sisters-in-law, Phyllis Gussiaas, Mabel Bittner and Judy Swanson along with a host of nieces, nephews and dear friends, especially Angie Oster.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, grandson Jarett Wolf, a son-in-law Keith Peterson, two brothers, Daniel and Dennis; three sisters, Magdalene, Adeline and Rosemary.

Visitation will be Tuesday, 9:00AM-6:45PM with a Rosary Service at 6:45PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 10:30AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington.

Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.

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15 Comments

  1. Condolences from the children of Joe & Elna Mack (Kerry Altringer, Greg Mack, Jane Brossart, Galen J. Mack, and Nancy Vogt). May she rest in peace with God’s blessings.

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  2. Condolences to all family, remember old times with all the Heinz family.

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  3. Our most sincere sympathy is extended to all of Beatrice’s family from the family of Orvell and Ann Marie Lundby. Beatrice definitely has a special place in all of our hearts. As a live in caregiver to us siblings, she sure knew how to keep us in line! 😉👍We loved her joyous spirit!

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  4. Love and prayers to all the family.

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  5. Our sincere condolences to you all. She was a giggles too, when we saw each other it was fun. Always hard to lose your parents, thinking of you all. She was part of my older sisters lives in the good old days !

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  6. I love you sister, God be with you.

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  7. Julie and family, We were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. We are unfortunately on the road but know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  8. A new angel in Heaven

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  9. I am remembering Beatrice from country school in the 1940s . We attended the one south of Lawrence Zwingers . We were both from large farm families , so we had a lot in common. I moved away and didn’t see her very often but when I did we would have a good time catching up. My condolences to all of her family.

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  10. Prayers to the family and may Beatrice RIP. She was always so sweet and ask how Mom (Rita Riedesel) was every time she went by her room. Now they can chat in heaven! Penny Mindt

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  11. Condolences to the family of Beatrice from the Edmund A. Martin family. My mother Katherine and Beatrice’s Mother were sisters and as kids remember our family visits with the Heintz family. God bless you all!

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  12. Love and Prayers Joel and all her family.

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  13. Joel and all of The Gussiaas family..I’m so sorry to hear of your moms passing..my sincere prayers and sympathy…Karmen Homes Sandberg…daughter of Steve and Kate Homes

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  14. So sorry to hear about Beatrice’s passing – Sending prayers to the Gussiaas family and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  15. We are sorry that we were not able to attend the funeral. Our heartfelt sympathy in your loss. She will be missed.

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