February 20, 2019
Mass of Christian Burial for Pius Waldman, 91, Aberdeen, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Aberdeen, with Father Michael Griffin, Celebrant. Private burial on a later date at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Onaka SD. Pius died Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center.
Pius Ignatius Waldman was born June 29, 1927 to Joe and Mary (Goetz) Waldman, along with sisters Rita and Marcelline. He attended grade school at Clark Township, and graduated from Onaka High School in 1946.
Pius remained in the Onaka area farming with his father. He married Clara Stappler, September 14, 1949. Three children were added to this union; Deborah, Jack and Mardell. He was a member of Onaka St. John's Catholic Church, and a member of the Clark Township board for twenty plus years.
He donated 15 gallons of blood but was disqualified after a massive heart attack on March 1, 1996. After a five-bypass open heart surgery he recuperated fully, and enjoyed dancing again. Pius and Clara attended Polka Fests in many towns in several states. Pius spent all his life on the family farm until they moved to Aberdeen in 2010. They celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary in 2014.
Grateful for having shared Pius' life are wife, Clara Waldman; children, Deborah (Lee) Rusher, Jack (Judy) Waldman, Mardell (Clancy) Cummings; grandchildren, Audra (Pat) Ritthaler, Wade Nickels, Jon (Brittany) Waldman, Brianne (Ken) Lesner, Kelly (Matt) Case, Chris (Liz) Cummings; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and special niece, Sandy Wanner (Del Stewart).
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Rita Fix and Marcelline Wanner.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the American Heart Association, regional office: 1005 12th Avenue SE, Jamestown, ND 58401.
Arrangements by Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, Aberdeen.