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Wednesday, February 15, 2023
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Thursday, February 16, 2023
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Michael H. “Mike” Ebertz, 63 of Devils Lake, ND passed away on Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 at CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital.
Visitation and gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, February 15th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake. A Celebration of Life will be on Thursday, February 16th, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. also at the Gilbertson Funeral Home with Reverend Mr. Ken Severinson, Deacon officiating. Burial will be at a later date at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Devils Lake.
Michael Harold Ebertz, son of Nicholas “Nick” and Violet (Shorey) Ebertz was born on August 5th, 1959, one of five children. His mother died when he was an infant, so he went to live with his aunt and uncle, Opal and Orville Kolstad, who lovingly raised him.
Mike attended Central High School in Devils Lake, North Dakota. In 1979, Mike moved to California to live with his sister Darlyne.
In July of 1981, Mike returned to North Dakota and would later marry Silvia Kunkel in August of 1984. They were the proud parents of Christopher, Justin, and Shane. Mike’s talents as a chef were known throughout the Lake Region as he was the chef at the Hanson House 313 for over 30 years. He treasured his friendship and the opportunities shown to him while working with Earl and Trish Hanson and the crew all those years. After the Hanson House closed, Mike went to work at the Senior Citizen Center in Devils Lake. There were many changes in his work at the Center, from cooking for several people, to cooking 3 meals a day for the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center, and the many Meals-on-Wheels he prepared for delivery each day. During his time at the Senior Center, Mike continued to create many friendships in the easy-going way he always did with his humor and infectious personality. Unfortunately all those hours on his feet took a toll on his health and he was forced to retire from the job he loved. Along with his evening job at the Hanson House, Mike also had a lawn care business for many years.
He had several pastimes including hunting, fishing, and spending time at the family lake lot. Many years of good times while hunting, fishing, and making deer sausage in the meat room were treasured by Mike, his family and friends. Mike’s other passion was cooking. He loved to feed people. He took such pleasure in making everyone’s favorites, sharing his creations with family and friends. Yes, Mike enjoyed sharing a meal, but the twinkle in his eye and the joy in his heart was his precious granddaughter Baylee.
Along with all of his passions, his joys and his trials, he still had the fortitude to be a Minnesota Vikings fan. He just recently purchased a new Vikings jacket and you would have thought he won the lottery. He was so excited about that jacket.
Mike touched the lives of so many people, in so many different ways, but all with love in his heart for everyone.
Mike’s loving family his sons Christopher Ebertz, Justin (Alisha) Ebertz and Shane Ebertz (Kate) all of Devils Lake; his granddaughter (Justin’s) Baylee; sisters Darlyne (Richard) Siegel, Sunnyvale, CA and Karen (Lyle) Beauchamp, Devils Lake; his brother John Ebertz also of Devils Lake; mother of his children Silvia Beckedahl, Devils Lake; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and their families also survive.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents John and Gunda Ebertz and Jack and Violet Shorey, his parents, Nick and Violet, step-parents Opal and Orville, sister Katherine Rasmussen, and nephew Everett Rasmussen Jr.