Beulah Koering

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Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018 5:49 am

Beulah Genevieve Adeline (Gunderson) Koering, 102, Hillsboro, ND, died September 16, 2018, at Sanford Hillsboro.  Beulah was born November 28, 1915, to Asle and Ida (Erickson) Gunderson in Esmond, ND.  She graduated from Esmond High School and then attended Mayville State Teachers College where she graduated with a two-year degree allowing her to teach in grades 1-8.  That part of her career took her to a one-room school in rural Mayville, and two years later to Caledonia, ND where she taught grades 7-8.   She married Herman Koering in 1940, and they raised six children.  After some time away from education, and, beginning in 1958, she taught special needs children in a one-room setting in Hillsboro, serving students from Hillsboro, Mayville, Portland, Hunter, Buxton, and Hatton. During those years she received a scholarship from Mayville State and the University of North Dakota where she studied advanced strategies to use while serving special needs children.  She was a pioneer in the field of special education in the Traill County area.  She was a lifelong member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Hillsboro where she served as Sunday School Superintendent, taught Sunday School, and was active in Ladies Aid.  She was inducted into the Hillsboro Public School Hall of Fame in 2008.

Beulah was mother to six children: Gary, Sondra, Barrie, Lonny, William, and Kathy.  She was Grandmother to Christopher (Jasmine) Koering, Tacoma, Washington; Carter (Rachel) Erickson, Park Rapids, MN; Daniel (Adrienne) Hutchison, Colorado Springs, CO; Nathan (Beth) Olsen, Arvada, CO; Amy (Jeremy) Frazer, Geneva, IL; and Josh Olsen, Denver, CO.  She was also Great-Grandmother to Ariel Koering, Cash Erickson, Bailey and Nash Hutchison, Chip and Noah Olsen, and Abby and Josh Frazer.  

Beulah is survived by a son William Koering, Upland, CA; and daughters Sondra Erickson, Princeton, MN; Lonny (John) Hutchison, Northwood, ND; and Kathy (Jerry) Olsen, Park Rapids, MN; brother Winton (Adeline) Gunderson, Grafton, Sisters-in-law Eloise Koering, Fargo, and Marian Koering, Valley City, along with many nieces and nephews.

 Beulah was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Herman, sons Gary and Barrie, son-in-law Terry Erickson; brothers Rendell and Gordon Gunderson; and sisters Orva Morris, Pearl McBee, and Lois Thompson.  

Service will be held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Hillsboro on September 30, 2018, at 2:30.

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