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Dolores Kindel

Posted 2/04/14 (Tue)

Dolores Kindel passed away peacefully Jan. 30, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Watford City, N.D. Dolores was born to William and Serena Hanson March 6, 1929. She was raised on her parents’ farm south of Wheelock, N.D.
Dolores graduated from high school at Wheelock, N.D.  She had wonderful memories of spending time in the summer with her grandparents Selma & Knut Hovet near Watford City. After high school she attended Augustana Academy at Canton, S.D.
Dolores loved singing and while attending the Academy was a soloist in the Choir. Due to a shortage of help she came back to North Dakota to help her parents on the farm until after WW II.
She was united in marriage to Floyd Kindel on July 22, 1946, and they were married 67 years. Dolores was confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of the Lutheran church. She was involved in the ladies aid, and also taught Sunday school. Dolores was a great singer and sang for funerals, programs, church and other activities. Dolores and Floyd farmed and ranched for 30 years. She worked inside cooking and cleaning and outside in the fields and with the cattle at the ranch. After selling the farm and ranch, Dolores fulfilled a long time dream of hers when she went to school and got her Nursing License.  She practiced nursing in Williston, Sidney and Glendive, Mont., hospitals. Dolores was a hard worker and willing to try almost anything; she and Floyd both went to auctioneering school and she became the first woman auctioneer in N.D. She managed and operated a restaurant, gas station and store in Joliet, Mont. She managed the cabins at Yellowstone lake lodge in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.
After being gone for several years she and Floyd moved back to Williston N.D. Dolores did not use her auctioneer training to auction more than a couple times. However, she and Floyd had their own auction business where she clerked and did the book work at Kindel’s Auction barn for nine years. Then she went to work at the Williston Community Library until her retirement. She was an avid reader and liked working at the library where she was surrounded by books. She said she could never throw a book away.  You could tell this at her home as she had many many books. Dolores loved her work as a nurse, and enjoyed the farm and ranch life. She loved being mother and grandmother. The grandkids still talk about the days when everyone got together and made lefse for the holidays. Some of the grandkids are trying to keep the tradition going and doing it in their own homes hoping it will continue to be a big deal like it always was with Grandma.  
Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, William and Serena Hanson and two grandsons, Keegan Ginther and Kory Anderson.
Dolores is survived by her husband, Floyd Kindel; children: Ryan Kindel and wife Evelyn, Wagner, S.D.; Roxy Denning and fiancé Rick Udland, Billings, Mont.; Randy Kindel and wife Mary, Arnegard, N.D.; and Renee Ginther and husband Steve, Williston, N.D.; 13 Grandchildren and 24 Great Grandchildren; Brothers Kenneth (Lois) Hanson, Wash.; Earl (Hurlene) Hanson, Mont.; and sisters Adeline (Joe) Yockim, N.D.; and Sharon (Bob) Heiser, Minn.
Dolores was a special lady indeed, and she will be missed by so many!
Everson Funeral home in Williston is handling the arrangements.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at 1 p.m., at the Light of Christ Lutheran church in Williston.