Mabel Enger, 90, Valley City, ND passed away at the Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City on October 10, 2021.  Her funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 16 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Valley City.  A time for visiting and fellowship will be held at the church from noon until 2:00 PM on Saturday.  She will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery, Sanborn, ND.  The funeral service will be live streamed then archived and available to view along with her obituary at

Mabel Emily Schwanke was born just north of Valley City, ND to Frederick and Louise (Reitze) Schwanke.  She often spoke of being sent to her grandmother’s house to help cook for the threshers.  She always enjoyed hearing farmers talk of their crops and harvest.  In her teen years, her family moved into Valley City, and she attended and graduated from College High.  She worked until her marriage at Ernie’s Café, Checker Lunch, and National Foods.

She married Hartvick Enger, November 6, 1955.  They farmed for 30 years in Meadow Lake Township, raising cattle, pigs, and small grain crops.  The couple was blessed with 3 daughters.  Mabel worked at Washington Elementary School in Valley City for 25 years, retiring to babysit Judy’s children.

Mabel was a strong woman of faith, always serving her church and her family.  She was raised at Trinity Lutheran Church then became a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  She loved being outside working in her flower gardens.  She was a wonderful cook and baker.  Although of German ethnicity, she made the best lefse, krumkake, and sandbakkels.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Lorna (Karmen) Miller and Gladys (Melloy) Larson; brother, Melvin Schwanke; her husband; and a daughter, Linda Muellenberg.

Mabel is survived by her daughters, Carol (Ralph) Smith of Havana, ND and Judy (Dan) Anderson of Valley City; grandchildren, Brittany (Tyler) Butler, Sarah (Kyle) Rzaszutak, Nadine Smith, Stephanie (Colton) Kellen, Breanna and Kimberly Muellenberg, Alison and Mark Anderson; and her great grandchildren, Melanie and Lucas Butler and Leighton, Jameson, Drake, and Rowan Rzaszutak.

Lerud Mathias Funeral Home in Valley City is assisting Mabel’s family with arrangements.