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Gunda Koble

Gunda “Connie” (Massine) Koble, age 76 of Balta, was accepted into the Lord’s arms after a long courageous battle with cancer, in the care of her 6 children and hospice on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at her home in Balta, North Dakota. Gunda (Mom), was taken from us too soon, but she fought a long, hard battle and never gave up.

Gunda wasnamed at birthKunigunda on September 21, 1940 to Michael andElizabeth (Gerger) Massine in their rural Pierce County home. She graduated from Balta High School the class of 1958 and completed her education at Minot State College, earning her teaching certificate. Following college,she taught in a one room school house, grades 1-8and hadthe duties of maintaining the school. On July 24, 1961, she was united in HolyMatrimonyto the love of her life,John Koble at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Balta. The couple purchased the Koble familyfarm, whereshe currently lived,in 1962 from John’s mother, Katherine Koble.Gunda’s open arms andwarm-heartedspirit accounted for the many friends she accumulated throughout her life, many of them coming from the 19 years she and John owned and operated John's Bar. Gunda also worked as a secretary at the Cenex Station in Balta and a post master relief for the Balta postal service.

Gunda was a woman of many talents and was known for the famous head cheese and sausage she and John enjoyed making. She enjoyed drawing, painting, crocheting playing cards with her family, suduko and taking adventures with Sylvia. Visiting with, going to lunch with, or just having fun with Lavonna and Mary was also a favorite pastime. She enjoyed being a member of the Balta School Board, Orrin and Balta Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters, and loved teaching Sunday School. Gunda had a strong faith in the Lord and enjoyed praying the rosary daily and going to daily mass. She always was willing to lend a hand to othersandalways put others before herself. Her favorite saying was, “I’m fine.” Gunda was a lovingwife,mother of 6, grandmother of 20, great-grandmother of 13. Strong-willed, “sassy”, outspoken, patient, always there to listen, a shoulder to lean on, creative, talented, had an amazing memory, no sense of direction when she was with Sylvia,and a friend to more than youcancount are just a few words which describe Gunda! She had a true heart of gold, and will forever be an angel and missed by all whowere privileged to share in her life.

Gunda is survived by her children Susan (Kelly) King of Rugby; Sandra (Rick) Thompson of Roseau, Minnesota; Gerald (Lisa) Koble of Roseau, Minnesota; Sara (Todd) Plemel of Devils Lake; Gary (Carrie) Koble of Vermillion, South Dakota; and John (Ade) Koble of Chesapeake, Virginia; 20 grandchildren: Tanya, Kelsey, Cody, Heather, Ashley, Monique, John, Diarra, Dryden, Dillion, Megan, Alisha, Matthew, Keely Dilyn, Codey, MaKenna, Parker, Elizabeth, and John-Robert; 13 great grandchildren; Teagan, Korbin, Connor, Shanessa, Brigham, Briggs, Presley, Parker, Collins, Bentley, Gracie, Beckett and Boston; brothers Mike (Diane) Massine of Minot;Lee (Kris) Massine,Lebonan, Oregon; sisters Katherine (Bob) Gaudet of Amesbury, MA; Anna Schneibel of Harvey; and MaryAnne Gertrude of Fargo; sisters-in-lawBarb Koble, Faye Roerick, Alice Axtman, and Marlys Koble; brothers-in-law, Robert (Shirley) Koble, and Ed Axtman; friends Sylvia Hager, LaVonna Gebhardt, Gary and Mary Grove, and Mike and Molly Jundt; and many other nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, John,a son-in-law Vernon Haman; a brother TomMassine; sisters Rose Thompson and Florence Vetsch; brothers-in-law Leonard Schneibel; Emil Vetsch; Maurice Thompson; Conrad Koble; Joe Roerick and Gerald Koble; sisters-in-law Kaye Fettig and Christine Wold; and her parents.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 20th at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Balta with burial in the church cemetery.  Fr. Brian Bachmeier, Celebrant.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church with a rosary and vigil prayer service at 7 p.m.  Visitation will continue Tuesday at the church one hour prior to the service. 


Posted Condolences:

Sue and family we are very sorry to hear about your Mom. Turbo said to be sure and sign his name too and he wanted you to know that he misses having you as our mail lady. He always looked forward to seeing you bringing the mail because you took time to talk to him and pet him.
Brad Teske  Kathryn Rennison & Turbo

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.  We didn't meet Gunda but loved hearing of the beloved person & has touched so many through stories told by our daughter, Madison Schoephoerster.
Rick & Sheila Schoephoerster

Our condolences to Gunda's Family. She will be deeply missed. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Don and Donna Estenson

We are so sorry for your loss.  Gunda was a special lady!  Her spirit, strength and faith was amazing. Her love of life was evident in the way she cared for others especially for those she loved. We hope and pray that the memories you have of her will bring peace to you all. 
With love,
Todd and Denise Gaard

Oh Gunda, I'm going to miss you terribly!! You were such a spitfire! You taught me to not take life so seriously; that we are who we are, and if people don't like it - too bad (maybe not quite your words ;) :D ). To the family, I am so sorry you have lost both parents, and in such a short time!! I can't even begin to imagine how that feels. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Cheryl Hager
Donald & Marie Hager

I met this special lady while working at the Altru lab desk.  Gunda was special. I have thought of her often and was quite heartbroken to find the obituary. May the Lord hold her in his arms.  God bless the family and prayers.
Maureen Scott



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