Pearl Unverzagt, 97, Bismarck, passed away March 12, 2014 at St. Gabriel's Care Center. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Pearl was born December 12, 1916 to Florence (Flossie) Lawrence and William (Bill) Thompson at Gardner, North Dakota. The flu epidemic of 1918 claimed her mother's life and in 1920 her father married Helen Lawrence, Flossie's sister.
Pearl attended school in Grandin and Fargo. She married Ernest Unverzagt September 27, 1933 at Hillsboro, North Dakota. They lived in the Hillsboro area, near Missoula, Montana and then farmed at Regent, North Dakota.
In 1959 they purchased a farm between Woodworth and Pettibone. In addition to being an active farm wife and mother Pearl worked at the State Hospital in Jamestown in several capacities, most notably as switchboard operator for many years. She received her GED at the age of 57 and was very proud of that accomplishment. They retired to Jamestown and then moved to Bismarck in 1990.
Pearl was a gifted, self-taught artist and pursued many avenues of expression. She enjoyed painting landscapes and florals in several mediums as well as quilting, gardening and a wide variety of craft projects. Her greatest joy, however, was always her family. Her special gift of encouragement and nurturing was passed to each and every one and so, too, her gentle spirit will live on.
Pearl is survived by one son, William (Betty) Unverzagt of Fargo; daughters Patsy (Norlyn) Schmidt and Janna Unverzagt of Bismarck; son-in-law Gene Summers of Carrington; grandchildren Julie (Don) Kessel of Atascocita, TX, Kelli (Walter) Shepard of Brooklyn, NY and Brian Schmidt of Bismarck; great-grandchildren Chandler and Carter Kessel of Atascocita, TX.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest, daughter Janice Summers and grandson Mark Unverzagt.