Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Munich for Norman C. Wirth, 91, of Devils Lake, formerly of Munich, who passed away in the presence of family on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Eventide Heartland Care Center in Devils Lake.
Burial will be in the spring in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, rural Calio, with Military Honors accorded by the Neathery-Simensen Post #756, Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team.
Norman Charles, son of Michael and Martha (Janowski) Wirth, was born on September 8, 1927, in Trier Township west of Munich. He grew up on the family farm at rural Munich and attended Munich Public School. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country during World War II in the Philippines, Hawaii and other areas of the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. After his honorable discharge he returned to the family farm operation, working with his dad and brothers. He later farmed with his sons and grandsons. He also spent time in Churchill, Canada, test driving Army vehicles. In 1950, he met his beloved Nora Spratt, and they were united in marriage on July 28, 1951. They spent two winters living in Everett, WA, and one in Julesburg, CO, working during the winter months. They lived, worked and raised their five children in the Munich area for many years. He was an active farmer his entire life, still driving tractor in the fall of 2018. He was proud to have his grandson, Jonathan Wirth, living on the farm he loved. In 1981, they moved off the family farm to Devils Lake, and in 1999, they purchased a home in Arizona where they had been spending the winter months for many years prior. They had a cabin on Wood Lake and spent many wonderful summers there since 1990. They made it their permanent summer home in 2000 along with Mesa as their winter home. From 2006 until 2013 they lived in West View Apartments in Munich then moved to Heartland Courts in Devils Lake. Nora passed away on December 30, 2013, and he continued to make his home in Devils Lake until his death. He was an active member of his community. He enjoyed his time in league bowling and as a member of the Commercial Club and Sarles American Legion. He also participated in the many activities of the Eagles, Elks Lodge and the VFW Club. He was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. His passion was farming, honorably serving his country, and loving his family. He was a member on a traveling amateur basketball league after returning from the Navy. He and Nora traveled many miles to follow the sporting events and activities of their children and grandchildren. He never missed a chance to go fishing with his brother, Lester, while living in Devils Lake. He loved driving up to the farm to check the crops, and see what the boys were doing. He always liked to visit the lake on the weekends and spend time fishing and riding on the pontoon! His love for his family, his Catholic faith, his farm and his country never wavered. May he rest in God’s everlasting peace.
He is survived by his children: Gary (Lori) Wirth, Bruce (Rita) Wirth, Brian Wirth (Kerna) and Lynette (Gary) Beck- all of Munich; daughter-in-law Linda (Geryl) Harder, Hampden; fifteen grandchildren: Christopher (Tiffany) Wirth, Larissa (Rob) Skjonsberg: Jonathan Wirth, Alicia (Jon) Wolfgram, Renae (Carl) Ahlberg, Adam Wirth, Tanya (Shane) Johnson, Benjamin Wirth, Brittany Wirth, Mitchell Wirth, Monica Beck, Rachel (Aaron) Olson, Danielle (Peter) Vail, Riley (Ashli) Beck, Travis Beck (Lexy); twenty-seven great-grandchildren; sisters: Geraldine Tholkes and Martha Rose Henderson- both of Langdon, Madelyn Hoffmann of Larimore and Lois Dawley of Munich; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nora; son Larry; brothers Victor and Lester Wirth; and sisters: Loretta Hiltner, Beatrice Houghton, Francis Wirth and Valery Hudson.
Gilbertson Funeral Home of Devils Lake was in charge of arrangements.