Doris Elizabeth Minard Roney Vculek, 98, of Oakes, N.D., died on December 23, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home where she lived for the last three months. Doris was born to Lyle and Dora (McKeague) Minard in Guelph, N.D., graduated from high school in Fullerton, N.D. in 1936, and moved to Oakes where she lived the rest of her life.
Doris married Paul Roney in 1938 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Oakes, and lived on the Roney farm east of Oakes until 1964 when Paul died. They had five children. In January 1966, Doris married Frank Vculek; they lived in Oakes until Frank’s death in 1980. Doris continued to live at their home on Lilac Avenue until moving into the nursing home in September of 2015.
Throughout her life, Doris enjoyed many activities, including basketball, bowling, crocheting, gardening, hairstyling, and President of the Altar Society and more. Doris was a farmer at heart, always working in the fields and with the animals. She loved being outdoors. She also took great pride in taking the time to look her very best, each and every day. She was a wonderful baker, making beautiful meringues, breads, pastries, divinity, and luscious caramel rolls. She also spent many hours in the kitchen preparing delicious meals for her family, hired men, and whoever stopped by on any given day. As a tribute to her baking skills, Doris entered the regional Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1959, and won with her sweet dough “Butter Crispie” recipe. She and Paul were awarded a trip to California, where they received the award and several gifts from Ronald Reagan, host of GE Theater. Doris loved music (especially Lawrence Welk), traveling, people, and made friends easily.
Doris is survived by four children: Charles (Charlotte), Dennis (Mona), Larry (Linda) all of Oakes; Karen (Dennis) Cleveland of Winona, Minn., and daughter-in-law Margie Roney of Oakes. She was blessed with 22 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, husband Frank, brother George and wife Mildred, son James, stepson Francis Vculek, daughter-in-law Roberta, granddaughter Lisa, and good friend George Hankel.
Doris was blessed with many years of good health, happiness, and an abundance of family and friends, who loved her dearly. Her religion remained a stronghold in her life, and she continued to find strength and comfort in her faith, rosary, and prayer. She shared this strength with many others, as she was always one of the first people to the bedside of a sick friend or family member, offering prayer, a hand to hold, or a reassuring voice so they were not alone. Doris will be greatly missed. Her legacy lives on through all of her loved ones left behind.
Funeral service was held December 28, 2015, at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Oakes, N.D. with internment at the Oakes Cemetery.