Sally Slater

Sally (Celestine)(Weiler) Slater (91) of Hettinger passed away on December 20, 2018 surrounded by family at the Western Horizons Care Center in Hettinger, North Dakota.   Sally was born in Schefield, North Dakota on August 25, 1927 and was the last surviving child of the ten children born to George and Geniveve Weiler.  Passing before her were brothers and sisters; Frank, Catherine, Nickadmus, Joseph, Louie, Casper, George, Magdalene and Val.  Also preceding her in death was her beloved husband Paul G. Slater and daughter Connie Enerson.

Paul and Sally were married in 1948 and began farming and raising a family.  To this union was born six children: Kenny (Williston, ND), Larry (Hettinger, ND), Connie (Rod) Enerson, (Hettinger, ND), Alan (Fargo, ND), Lori (Jeff) Trautwein (McMinnville, TN), and Mark (Laura) also of Hettinger.  Martin Slater farmed next to us when he was widowed; his daughter Gayle (Rapid City, SD) became another daughter to Sally.  In addition there were many nieces and nephews who were also special to Aunt Sally.

Sally loved her grandchildren and she is survived by Rhonda and Brian Wick and children (Fargo), Scott Enerson (Sweden), Nicky and Justin Roberts and children (Belfield), Tania Slater and Dave (Bismarck), Joey Slater (Belfield), Paige Slater (Fargo), Marshall Slater (Fargo), Garett and Stephanie Slater (Minneapolis) Brooke and Matt Schneider (Hettinger) and Kaylee and Alex Kalmbach of Rapid City, Amy Finck of Watertown, SD and Danny Schwindt of Belfield.

In addition Sally worked at Laura’s daycare and became the honorary Grandma to many more children.

While Paul and Sally farmed, Sally was also active in supporting the auxiliaries of the American Legion, Eagles, 40 – 8, Catholic daughters, VFW, and was also active with the Farmers Union and made time for monthly club meetings and an occasional “bunko” game.  You could count on Sally being at the Charm Salon every Friday to get her hair done.  She worked hard for her fun money – butchering chickens, selling eggs, cream and even baking and decorating wedding cakes.  Sally also assisted on the election board and worked at social services helping the elderly by visiting and making their life easier. 

Paul and Sally were married for 39 years when Paul was killed in the farm accident in 1989.  ”.   Sally stayed at the farm until 2015 when she needed assistance and moved into the Western Horizons Care Center. 

Visitation will be on Thursday, Dec. 27 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, followed by a Rosary at 7:00 PM

A mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, December 28th at 10:00 AM also at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  Burial will be in the Hettinger Cemetery next to Paul.

Cards can be sent to PO 251, Hettinger, ND 58639.  Condolences to the Slater family can be sent through our website at