Funeral Mass for Wenzel Roller, 83, of New England, will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 1, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New England, ND with Father Gary Benz celebrating.
Visitation for Wenzel will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00. p.m., Friday, January 31, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New England, ND with a Rosary taking place at 5:30 p.m.
Wenzel passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society in Mott, ND.
Wenzel Roller was born December 6, 1936 to Leo and Emma (Jirges) Roller on the farm in Stark County, ND. He was raised on the farm and attended grade school at St. Pius and then later continued his high school education at St. Mary’s high school in New England.
He married Anna Lenhardt in September of 1956 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New England. They resided in New England where they raised their two children, Eugene and Daniela. Wenzel worked for the New England Creamery until the family moved to Pacoima, CA where he worked at Lockheed Martin building Military aircraft. In 1958 he moved back to ND where he worked at the John Deere dealership in New England until he went to further his career as a lineman at Slope Electric. He retired from Slope Electric in 1999 after 37 years. During his time at Slope Electric, he also farmed with his twin brother, Peter. After retirement, he spent most of his time on his hobby farm. In his later years he was taken care of by his companion and caregiver, Ann.
He was a member of the New England Volunteer Fire Department, St. Pius Verein, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, IBEW Union, Academy of Model Aeronautics, and was a licensed pilot. He enjoyed flying model airplanes, fishing, hunting and farming.
He is survived by Ann; children, Eugene of New England, and Daniela (Don) Howie of New England; siblings, Diane (Dennis) Schwehr and Maggie Shustek; 4 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Diana; brothers, Norbert, Peter, and Ben; sister, Elsie; brother-in-law, Nick Lenhardt; and sister-in-law Doreen Arrington.