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Evangeline "Eva" Dittus

July 6, 1921 ~ November 22, 2022 (age 101) 101 Years Old
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Evangeline (Eva) Dittus died November 22, 2022, at Bethany Retirement Home in Fargo. 

She was born to Chris and Lydia Rudel on July 6, 1921, at Fessenden, ND on the family farm.  She attended Fessenden Public Schools and received a teacher’s certificate from Minot State Teacher’s College.  After graduation, she taught school in rural Fessenden, in Goodrich, ND and in Lamoure, ND.  In 1946, she moved to Seattle, Washington where she worked for several years.  After returning to ND, she worked at Fargo Glass and Paint. 

She was married to Irvin Dittus on November 19, 1950, at the Nazarene Church in Fessenden.  They moved to Harvey in 1951 where their children Bonnie and Ronald “Ron” were born.  She returned to work at JC Penney Co in Harvey where she worked in the office for almost 22 years.  She retired in 1986.

Irvin and Eva moved to Fargo in October of 2004 where they lived in Stonebridge apartments and made many new friends as well as restoring many old friendships. In October of 2014, they moved to Bethany Retirement Living where she lived until her passing. Irvin Dittus preceded her in death May 29, 2017.

Eva was active in the Harvey United Methodist Church.  She also enjoyed participating in the Harvey Modern Women’s Club, VFW Auxiliary, and the Harvey Golf Course.  When her children were younger, she assisted with the church youth groups, 4-H and Cub Scouts.  She enjoyed singing in the church choir and when she moved to Fargo, she was a member of the Prime Time choir from First Assembly of God.  One of her biggest pleasures was spending time with her grandchildren.  She was currently a member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo.

Eva is survived by her daughter Bonnie Dittus, Moorhead, MN,  her son Ronald (Beth), Peyton, CO and four grandchildren, Cari Chinn (Corey) Calhan, CO,  Kenneth Dittus (Jill) Sherman, TX, Christianna Shelhamer (Kyle) Peyton, CO and Jennifer Chinn (Christopher)  Yoder, CO, and 14 great grandchildren: Wiley, Eve, Zeke, and Esther Chinn; Logan, Nolan, Leila, and Emma Dittus; Tillie, Charles and Theodore Shelhamer; Bridger, Ella, and Nora Chinn. Also, her sister-in-law Delores Ault, and many nieces and nephews.  

She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers: Roger, Lyle, Kermit, Glenn and a sister, Erdella Volkhart.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bethany for their loving care of Eva.  A special thanks to Brianne, Chelsea and Tom!

Funeral Service:  Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at 11 AM in West Funeral Home, West Fargo, with Visitation held one hour prior to her service.

Interment will be at 2 PM in Fargo National Cemetery, rural Harwood, ND.


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November 29, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center
321 Sheyenne Street
West Fargo, ND 58078

Funeral Service
November 29, 2022

11:00 AM
West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center
321 Sheyenne Street
West Fargo, ND 58078

Interment following funeral service

Fargo National Cemetery
8709 40th Ave. North, County Road 20
Harwood, ND 58042


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