Angie Werner


Our Lord called Angie Werner, 101, home on April 28, 2023.

Valentine and Rosa (Schmidt) Bender welcomed their daughter, Angie, on December 24, 1921, born on the family farm at St. Anthony, ND.

Angie was the 8th child out of 17. In November 1928, the family moved near Selfridge. They stayed with Joseph and Angelika Steckler’s family in a converted granary until their new home was built. It was here that Angie attended her first school. It was also when Angie noticed a 13-year-old boy named John Steckler. In her words: “There was something about him I loved very much!” At the age of 14, the Benders left for Yakima, Washington. Angie worked at various jobs such as babysitting for 15 cents a night, picking cherries, and harvesting hops to help her parents financially. She was hired at Del Monte Cannery in 1936, working the night shift for 7 seasons. In the fall of 1938, Angie gave up her dream of furthering her education, to help with her 9 siblings still remaining at home. In 1942, Angie worked in Tacoma, WA, making bunk beds and barrels for the military.

On December 28, 1943, John Steckler and Angie were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Yakima, WA. They farmed for 24 years near Dazey. They were blessed with 8 children. The Stecklers moved into Wimbledon in 1967. On December 13, 1967, her husband John, passed away after a prolonged illness.

With 5 children still at home, Angie worked at cafes in Wimbledon, Spiritwood Lake, and Rogers. She also found employment at Jamestown State Hospital as a cook and at Wimbledon School as a cook, janitor, and school bus driver.

On September 8, 1972, Angie married William Werner at St. Boniface Catholic Church. They farmed near Leal until 1992. They retired on Lake Marion and in Valley City, ND. William passed away on November 19, 2017.

Those left behind: 4 sons: John (Julie), Missoula, MT; Thomas (Karon), Jamestown, ND; Jerome (Deb), Spiritwood, ND; Edward (Jenny), Minot, ND; 4 daughters: Janice (Gerry) Rubink, Columbia, SC; Diana (Stewart) Miller, Colorado Springs, CO; Angela (Clinton) Hoggarth, LaMoure, ND; Vicki (Michael) Buckley, Edenton, NC; one sister: Lily Smith, Tacoma, WA; 25 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.

Angie was preceded in death by her husbands: John and William, parents, 12 brothers, and 3 sisters, and one daughter-in-law, Jeanine (Lampert) Steckler.

The funeral mass for Angie will be 10:30 am Wednesday, May 3, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Wimbledon.

Visitation will be 5 - 7 pm Tuesday, May 02, with the rosary at 6:30 pm followed by the prayer service at 7 pm at the church. Visitation will continue one hour before the funeral. Interment will be later in the spring at St. Boniface Cemetery, Wimbledon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Boniface Catholic Church; the LaBrash-Altringer American Legion Post 236, Wimbledon, ND; or the charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Oliver Nathan Funeral Chapel, Valley City. An online guestbook is available at

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