JoDell Veil, 74, Jamestown, ND died surrounded by her family December 27, 2019 at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND.
JoDell Becker was born November 24, 1945 at Jamestown, ND the daughter of Roland and Gertrude (Hoffman) Becker and raised on the family farm near Streeter, ND. She received her elementary education in rural Streeter, graduated from Streeter High School in 1963, and attended NDSU from 1963-1966, she returned to NDSU and graduated in 1977. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.
She and Jerome (Chip) Veil were married August 16, 1966 at the Hope EUB Church rural Streeter, ND. They made their home in Japan where Jerome was stationed in the US Airforce. In 1970 they moved to Fargo, ND and in 1977 they moved to Jamestown. JoDell managed Wicker Way, served as the bookkeeper for Kmart’s automotive department, and worked at the Jamestown H & R Block Franchise for a few years before owning it from 1987-2016. Under her leadership, the business was recognized as one of the top 50 franchises nationwide. She enjoyed helping people with their taxes and felt that was her calling.
JoDell was active in her 2 daughters’ activities, serving as a Camp Fire Girls leader and Sunday School Superintendent while they lived in Fargo. In Jamestown, she served as a Girl Scout leader, trainer, neighborhood chair, and represented the council at a national conference. She was honored to mentor four young women, including her 2 daughters, as they achieved the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award.
Family was important to JoDell as she was raised a mile from her grandparents and she kept in close contact with her relatives and in-laws. JoDell enjoyed spending time with her husband, whether putting together puzzles, bowling in a league when they were younger, or trying their luck at a casino. JoDell loved taking grandparent trips with her 2 grandchildren. Whether they traveled near or far, she loved every moment of her time with Chip, Elisabeth, and Colin as they explored new places.
She was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Jamestown.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jerome, Jamestown, ND her children, Jodi (Michael) Wright, West Fargo, ND; Jillain (Michael Ehnert) Veil-Ehnert, Horace, ND; Grandchildren, Elisabeth and Colin Ehnert; mother-in-law, Frieda Veil, Jamestown, ND; 3 sisters, Kathleen (Duane) Enzminger; Jeannette (Frank) Redlin, all of Jamestown, ND; Roni (Greg) Sletto, Willow City, ND, 4 brother-in-laws; Lloyd Veil, Streeter, ND, Randy (Karren) Veil, Excelsior, MN, Don Buckmiller, Rugby, ND, Jeffrey (Lavon) Veil, Jamestown, ND, and 19 nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Roland and Gertrude Becker, her father-in-law, Adolph Veil, and her sisters-in-law, Irene Buckmiller and Arlene Veil.
The family requests memorials be sent to: American Cancer Society or the Jamestown Regional Medical Center (links below).
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