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Neola Richter

Neola Jean (Georgeson) Richter, age 87, passed away Monday, April 22, 2019, at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford surrounded in love by her family.

Neola was born to Arthur “Art” Georgeson and Myrtle (Thompson) Georgeson at home in Munster Township on October 12, 1931.  Neola attended a country school through the eighth grade, then she moved into New Rockford where she graduated from New Rockford High School in May of 1950.  On October 1, 1950, Neola married the love of her life, Charles A. Richter, at the United Methodist Church in New Rockford.  After their marriage, Charles and Neola lived and farmed in Pleasant Prairie Township East of New Rockford. Blessed with many children, they decided to purchase a home in town where they lived during the school year, moving back out to the farm every spring.  She later worked at East Central, Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd and the Rockford Cafe.

God gave Neola an organizational talent which she willingly used for many years not only in her church but also in the community as well.  At the United Methodist Church, Neola taught Bible School, served on the Education Committee, was on the Trustee Committee multiple times, served as President of the UMW for four 2-year terms, chaired many fundraising committees and sang in the choir for 40 years.  Neola also was involved in the PTA, Red Hats, served in many capacities in Band Mothers, belonged to Eastern Star, served as Mother Advisor to the Rainbow Girls for 12 years, belonged to the Legion Auxiliary and served on the Dollars for Scholars Committee. Neola welcomed many new families to town with either homemade baked goods or a hotdish and also served others when there was an illness or death in the family.  Many were recipients of her extended love. Neola was also a great cheerleader for her children and grandchildren, traveling to attend as many activities as possible!

Neola is survived by her husband of over 69 years, Charles Richter; her seven children, Connie Richter, West Fargo, Orlan (Peggy) Richter, Bismarck, Carter (Mary) Richter, New Rockford, Lori (Rod) Bachmeier, West Fargo, Jani (Jim) Seifert, Bismarck, Stuart (Vicky) Richter, New Rockford and Wendi (Bruce) Dean, Jamestown; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; one brother Quentin (Delores) Georgeson, New Rockford; four sisters-in-law, Edith Georgeson, New Rockford, Betty Georgeson, Sheyenne,  Lois Laber, Enderlin, and Ruth (Neil) Barkus,  Jamestown; and many nieces and nephews.

Neola was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters: infant Alta Ramona Georgeson and Maxine Michaels, four brothers: Harley Georgeson, Gary Georgeson, A. Dean Georgeson and Aldon Georgeson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Neola’s name to Prairie Home Cemetery Auxiliary, First Lutheran Church or Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd all in New Rockford, ND. 

Visitation:  will be from 9AM-5PM, Friday, April 26, 2019 at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, with a Prayer Service at 7:00PM, in First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, ND.

Funeral Service: will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 10:00AM in First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, ND.

Burial: will be held at the Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford, ND

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  1. Oh my, I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Your mom was the best mom — absolutely the the kindest heart. I can remember going to your farm when I was a kid and wondering why my mom couldn’t make nectar or homemade bread or peanut butter cookies like your mom. And…… your parents were the best friends my parents could have ever had. Charlie and Neola were ALWAYS available, good times and not so good times.
    Neola was such a special lady. Hold on to the good memories, your mom created many.

  2. Very sorry to hear of Neola’s passing. As a neighbor who knew all of the Richter ‘kids’, and with now-departed parents who were contemporaries of Neola and Charlie, this is very sad news. I’ll be thinking of she and Carol Joyce going out for coffee in heaven. My condolences to all family and friends.

  3. My heart is heavy hearing of Neola’s passing. I am thankful she is no longer in pain. As long as I can remember, Neola was always there.
    Whenever I came home, I would always stop to see her, have coffee or have a drink with Charlie. Neola’s arms, heart and hands were always open.
    Through the many years my memories are filled with Richters and at the center of that is Neola and Charlie. They lived their lives filled with kindness and friendship to my parents and to us. I am grateful and blessed to have those memories forever. Hugs to you all. ❤️🤗🙏

  4. sorry to hear of your loss charles

  5. So saddened to hear of Neola’s passing and what she meant to the community of New Rockford. Neola also had so many friends in the Brantford community where they farmed. I remember the times at the Brantford school where Farmers Union meetings were held and the food served after wards by Neola and the other women. Neola always had a smile on her face and was so close to Charlie, what a couple to imitate. The Richter kids were our friends and we send our prayers to Charlie and his clan for all the great memories. Neola was so special. Hoping the young mothers of today can be more like her. All our love, The Christ and Betty Klein family

  6. To the Richter Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May you find Peace in knowing that the Lord is guiding her and is now home. Remember the memories that you all have of your Dear Mother. God Bless you with special grace and love.

  7. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

  8. I was so sorry to hear of Neola’s passing. Mom and Dad held your family so close in their hearts before they moved to New Rockford, while they lived there, and after they moved away. Of course, they knew you before New Rockford through Norbert and Lois Laber, while we lived in Enderlin. Mom had such fun directing the choir in New Rockford during the time they resided there! Both Mom and Dad spoke so very fondly of Charlie and Neola after they had returned to Grand Forks. I remember one Easter when I went “home” for the weekend. Dad and Charlie had decided to enjoy their Good Friday on the golf course instead of in church. Their reasoning was they could commune with God better in the warm temps and beautiful sunshine. Two wives weren’t so sure of their justification. Neola and Mom made their points but it was given and taken with love and laughter. I got the feeling that the Richter household was filled with both. God bless you all and keep you close under His wing.

  9. My condolences to Charlie, Orlan, and the entire Richter family. She was indeed a very nice and very busy lady. I believe the last time I saw her she was serving coffee and treats at my grandfather’s funeral at the Methodist church.

  10. So sorry to hear the sad news. I will always remember her with my Rainbow buddies. Years and years we rendezvoused around the state. Will be missed.

  11. Charlie and family. I was saddened to hear that another of my favorite New Rockford people had passed. I remember fondly your whole family as a child surrounded by good neighbors and friends. Neola was one of those special moms. May your memories sustain you knowing that Eternal Life is the finale. 🙏🏼🙏🏼

  12. So sorry to read about your Mom’s passing. I remember your Mom coming in to me on Fridays to get her hair done when I worked in New Rockford. She was so sweet, I so enjoyed her! I wish you all find comfort as you hold all the wonderful memories close to your hearts! Thinking of you all during this difficult time! Sending much love and many hugs 💕

  13. Mary and I have you and your family in our prayers.
    May you be comforted knowing God loves his people and welcomes us into his love.

  14. I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Richter’s passing. I know its been a long, hard journey.

    Our family has so many good memories of your family. I’m sure there is a worn path on the sidewalk from our old house to the Richter’s “town house” and another worn path down the alley! I remember games of Annie-I-over in the back yard and games of Hide and seek. Sleepovers both in town and at the farm. Rock picking to flagging to gardening! Playing on the fence at the farm…. Running away from Rip the dog:). Of course, there is the memory of fresh bread baking and huge meals enjoyed by all.

    I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend the service. I had committed a long time ago to babysit grandkids in Duluth for the weekend. Blessings to your family. May memories keep a smile on your hearts!

    Lori, would you be available for lunch next Tuesday or Wednesday? Would love to catch up.

  15. So sorry for your loss have known Neola my entire life blessings to your family

  16. Am so sorry to hear of Neola’s passing. Remember so well working with her at Rockford Cafe , she was always so happy to be helping and chatting with everyone…

  17. My condolences to you Charlie and the Richter family. She was a really nice lady a true matriarch of the family. Rest in peace Neola

  18. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of neela our family has known her and her family are whole life our thoughts and our prayers are with the family

  19. So sorry for your loss, Peace be with you all. The memories are truly treasures you will have forever. Barb Murray ” WOW Monday night Bible study Friend.”

  20. Dear Wendi & Charles and family. Neola was such a sweet, happy soul. Our family’s visit to your home in North Dakota was a special childhood memory, made even more so by Neola’s loving, welcome. I so wish we had kept in touch after the last Richter Reunion we saw each other at in 2001, at Camp on the Boulder. We’ve gotten together a Richter Reunion Facebook page, to keep us all closer. Anyone can friend me or another cousin and we’ll invite you. I love you. My thoughts, understanding, and prayers are with you during this time.

  21. Charlie and Neola Richter were our neighbors in the Brantford area. Charlie and my uncle Bub Kuehn were best of friends and I remember going to their wedding. After the Harold Berglund’s, Bud Kuehn’s and myself left the Brantford, New Rockford area in the mid 60’s. That left Ferd and Lucille Kuehn in New Rockford. I always called Neola our guardian angel, she would always go by and check on them making sure they were ok. Then Neola would call us to give a report. I am so glad I stopped by the Lutheran Home July of 2018 to see her. We will always keep her in our hearts.


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