Miscellaneous Burleigh County, North Dakota Obituaries

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Emily J. Beach
JAMESTOWN -- Emily J. Beach, 43, Jamestown, was found dead in her home, Jan. 29, 2000. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, New Rockford. Further arrangements are pending at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

Dorothy Havnvik
BELFIELD -- Dorothy Havnvik, 97, formerly of Belfield, died Jan. 28, 2000, in Lander, Wyo. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. MST Friday at Belfield Lutheran Church. Further arrangements are pending at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson.

Clyde Holman
WATFORD CITY -- Clyde Holman, 72, Watford City, died Jan. 20, 2000, in Glendale, Ariz. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, Watford City, with burial in Schafer Cemetery, Watford City. He is survived by one sister, Helen Hensley, Lakewood, Wash. (Fulkerson Funeral Home, Watford City)

Helen Klein
Helen Klein, 88, a resident of Bismarck since 1933, died Jan. 29, 2000, in a Bismarck nursing home. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with the Rev. Jeff Tengesdal officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at Bismarck Funeral Home. Visitation will continue one hour before services at the church. Helen was born in Tereck region of the North Caucas Russia, on March 29, 1911, to Phillip and Emilia Seibel. She immigrated with her parents to Berlin, Germany, in 1918, then to the United States when she was eight years old. The family moved to Winner, S.D., in 1921, and to Regan in 1927, where she met her husband, William Klein. William passed away on July 28, 1978. Helen's hobbies were gardening, crocheting and baking. Helen is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Bertha and Jack Case, Sun City, Ariz., and Alvina and Arthur Laib, and Beverly and Paul Boehm, all of Bismarck; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Constance Klein, Duluth, Minn.; one brother, Adolph Seibel, Boise, Idaho; two sisters, Viola Adkins, Sweet Home, Ore., and Anna Williams, Boise; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Helen is preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Mary Hayes. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Emilia Voegele
HEBRON --ÊEmilia Voegele, 92, Hebron, died Jan. 30, 2000, in the Beulah nursing home. Arrangements are pending at Spangelo Funeral Home, Hebron.

Alvina Mittelsteadt
HAZEN -- Alvina Mittelsteadt, 81, Hazen, died Jan. 2, 2000, in the Beulah care center. Services will be held at 10 a.m. MST Thursday, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Hazen. Further arrangements are pending with Seibel Funeral Home, Hazen. 

Anna Dockter
HARVEY -- Anna Dockter, 82, Harvey, died Jan. 1, 2000 in the Harvey hospital. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Kassel Reformed Church, rural Anamoose. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
She is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Kessler, Anamoose, Alice Fuchs, Minot, and Linda Zuther, Minneapolis; three sons, Allen, Sawyer, Gary, Anamoose; and Lester, Stanton; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Palma Dockter, McClusky; and three brothers, Herbert Feil, Beulah, Arthur Feil, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Alfred Feil, Rock Valley, Iowa. (Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey)

Donald Bauer
Donald Bauer, 63, Bismarck, died Jan. 2, 2000 in a local hospital. Arrangements are pending with Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck. 

Evelyn Lynne
CARRINGTON -- Evelyn Lynne, 83, Carrington, died Jan. 2, 2000 in a Carrington care center. Arrangements are pending with Evans Funeral Home, Carrington. 

Genevieve Davison
Genevieve Davison, 71, Bismarck, died Jan. 2, 2000 in a local hospital. Arrangements are pending with Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck. 

Helen Miller
DEVILS LAKE -- Helen Miller, 90, Devils Lake, died Dec. 31, 1999 in a Devils Lake hospital. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at First United Methodist Church, Devils Lake. Burial will be in Devils Lake Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Joyce Ann Samdahl, Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, S.N. Olson, Mesa, Ariz. (Nelson Funeral Home, Minnewaukan)

Herbert Spitzer
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- Herbert Spitzer, 83, Aberdeen, S.D., died Dec. 31, 1999 in an Aberdeen care center. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Zion Lutheran Church, Eureka, S.D. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Viola; one son, Larry, Aberdeen; one daughter, Brenda Spitzer, Grapevine, Texas; two brothers, Ruben, Eureka, and Marvin, Rapid City, S.D.; two sisters, Freida Butala, Glenwood, Minn., and Emma Nelson, Britton, S.D.; and one grandson. (Carlsen Funeral Home, Eureka)

Jay Chapman Sr.
Jay W. Chapman, Sr., 70, 107 12th St. N.W., Mandan, died Dec. 31, 1999 at his home. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Calvary Free Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with the Rev. Arthur K. Wetzel officiating. Burial will be in North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, rural Mandan.
Visitation begins today from 1-9 p.m. and 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, at Perry Funeral Home, Mandan, and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Jay Wilbur Chapman Sr. was born Nov. 28, 1929 at Valley City to Jay W. and Freada (Kapaun) Chapman. He was raised and educated in Bismarck, Foley, Minn., Lake City, Minn., and Buffalo, ND. Jay graduated from Buffalo High School, received his BA from Jamestown College and his Masters Degree from the University of North Dakota. Jay served in the US Marines during the Korean Conflict reaching the rank of Corporal from Sept. 5, 1951 to Sept. 4, 1953. He married Elinor V. Berntson on Aug. 25, 1957 at Hastings, ND. Jay had taught school at LaMoure, Cavalier, Mandan Jr. High, the University of Mary, and Shiloh Christian School.

He is survived by his wife, Elinor Chapman; two daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Stan Kenny, Sterling, Kan., Renee and David Schelkoph, Mason City, Iowa; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Jay and Lynelle Chapman Jr., Mandan, and Dave Chapman, Minot; two sisters, Etla Bayley, Buhl, Minn., Louise Decker, Mustang, Okla.; 10 grandchildren, Kristen, Jay IV, Sarah and Jennifer Chapman, Erin, Jared and Ryan Kenny, Daniel, Kate and Mark Schelkoph.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and one sister.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to St. Alexius Hospice, Gideon Society or similar charity. (Perry Funeral Home, Mandan)

John Kuntz
DICKINSON -- John N. Kuntz, 93, Dickinson, died Dec. 31, 1999 in the Killdeer care center. Services will be held at 10 a.m. MST Tuesday, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, DIckinson. Burial will be in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Pauline Appledoorn, Gladstone, and Irene Hamilton, Dickinson; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; four half-brothers, Mike and Val Kuntz, both of St. Paul, Minn., Leo Kuntz, Las Vegas, and Tony Kuntz, Buhl, Idaho; and one stepsister, Josephine Kuntz, Milwaukee, Ore. (Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson)

Joyce Meidinger
ASHLEY -- Joyce Meidinger, 35, Ashley, died Dec. 31, 1999 in the Ashley hospital. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ashley, with burial in the church cemetery.
She is survived by her mother, Alfrieda Meidinger, Ashley; two brothers, Larry and Lorin, both of Ashley; and one sister, Janet Atkinson, Aberdeen, S.D. (Carlsen Funeral Home, Ashley)

Leo Sjoleseth
Leo Sjoleseth, 77, Bismarck, died Jan. 1, 2000 in a local hospital. Arrangements are pending with Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck. 

Lester Stillwell
WILLISTON -- Lester Stillwell, 82, Williston, died Jan. 1, 2000 in a Bismarck hospital. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at First Lutheran Church, Williston. Further arrangements are pending with Everson Funeral Home, Williston. 

Mary Shortt
Mary Alice Shortt, 95, Mandan, died Dec. 30, 1999 in a Mandan care center. Services and interment will be held at Perryville, Mo., on Friday, January 7, 2000.
Mary Alice Horton was born in New Haven, Conn., on Dec. 19, 1904. In 1915, she was adopted by her maternal aunt and uncle, Mary Welles and Herbert Cushing Tolman, and spent her young life in Nashville, Tenn. She was educated at Peabody College and subsequently taught in schools in the Nashville, Tenn., area and at New Haven, Conn.

She married Stuart Shortt at New Haven on June 7, 1930. Over they years they resided in Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois and Missouri; retiring at Perryville, Mo., in the 1960's. She had made her home in Mandan for the past few years.

Mary Alice was a highly accomplished artist and an avid gardener and horticulturist. She often gave informational talks at garden clubs. Gorwing orchids was one of her favorite hobbies. She was a descendant of John Alden and also Thomas Welles, first governor of Connecticut. She was a member of the DAR and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Perryville.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Stuart and Elizabeth Shortt, Mandan; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Welles Harris, in 1981, and her husband, Stuart in 1995. (Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, and Young Funeral Chapel, Perryville, Mo.)

Oliver Lowe
MADDOCK -- Oliver Lowe, 87, Maddock, died Jan. 1, 2000 in a Rugby hospital. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, at North Viking Lutheran Church, Maddock. Further arrangements are pending with Nelson Funeral Home, Maddock. 

Phyliss Baudien
Phyliss Baudien, 69, Mandan, died Jan. 3, 2000 in a Bismarck hospital. Arrangements are pending with Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan. 

Richard Skraba
PICK CITY -- Richard Skraba, 67, Pick City, and formerly of Greaney, Minn., died Jan. 2, 2000 in a Cook, Minn., hospital. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Cook. Burial will be in St. Bridget's Cemetery, Greaney.
He is survived by his wife, Marie; three sons, Richard "Rick," Pick City, Mike, Cook, Minn., and Brad, Pick City; one daughter, Karla Arvila, Cook, Minn.; two brothers, Dennis Skraba, Irmo, S.C., and Donald Skraba, Greaney; and three grandchildren. (Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook)

Rose Barnhardt
Rose Barnhardt, 95, Mandan, died Jan. 3, 2000 in a Mandan nursing home. Arrangements are pending with Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan. 

Rose Schafer
WATFORD CITY -- Rose Schafer, 89, Watford City, died Dec. 31, 1999 at her home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at First Lutheran Church, Watford City, with the Rev. Thomas Stenzel officiating. Burial will be in Schafer Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today, at Fulkerson Funeral Home, Watford City, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Rose Goetz was born April 6, 1910 in Akaska, S.D., the daughter of Johan and Christiana (Unruh) Goetz, the 9th of 11 children. Her family moved to Java, S.D. where she attended school.

She was united in marriage to Gerhart "Butch" Schafer on May 22, 1928. Rose and Butch farmed and worked in the grocery business for many years, living in Selby, S.D., Fort Yates, Hazelton and moved to Mott in March of 1942. They manage the Co-Op Store in Mott from 1944 until 1955. From there they lived in Colorado for two years and moved to Watford City in June of 1957, where they started Schafer Super Valu. Rose retired from the grocery business in 1983. Gerhart "Butch" Schafer preceded Rose in death at Watford City on Aug. 30, 1982. She continued living in Watford City until the time of her death.

Rose was a member of First Lutheran Church in Watford City and the North Dakota Retail Grocers Association. She enjoyed education and loved doing crossword puzzles, reading poetry, Shakespeare, Poe, Tennyson, and other famous poets and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a very loving and caring grandmother.

Rose is survived by her son, Delbert and his wife, Delores, Watford City; three granddaughters, Denae Hoffmann and her husband, David, Watford City, Dawn Yancey, Bismarck, and Tracy Yoder and her husband, Steve, Massillon, Ohio; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Butch in 1982; six brothers and four sisters. (Fulkerson Funeral Home, Watford City)

Alma Carr
Alma Carr, 93, Washburn, died Jan. 4, 2000, in a Bismarck nursing home. Arrangements are pending at Goetz Funeral Home, Washburn. 

Pauline Solum
Pauline J. Solum, 74, Bismarck, died Jan. 3, 2000, at her home. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Church of Corpus Christi, Bismarck, with the Rev. Steve Zastoupil officiating. Burial will be in North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, rural Mandan.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Bismarck Funeral Home, where a rosary and prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church one hour before services.

Pauline was born Feb. 9, 1925, in Mandan, to Jacob and Clara (Wetsch) Berger. She married Vernon Solum, Dec. 17, 1945, in Mandan. Pauline loved bowling, crocheting and especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Vern, to various destinations throughout the United States.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Vern; one son and daughter-in-law, Vernon E. Jr. and Sharon, Fargo; four daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Dennis Daniel, Mandan, Jacqulyn and Michael, Hennessy, Williston, Jocelyn and William Schneider, Mandan, and Rosalyn and Steven Norstedt, Bismarck; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Gratz, Valley City, and Rose Cermak, Mandan; and one brother, Phil Berger, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sisters.

The family prefers memorials to St. Alexius Hospice program.

Leo Sjolseth
Leo Sjolseth, 77, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Jan. 1, 2000. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Eastgate Funeral Service, with the Rev. Steve Sathre officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Twin Valley, Minn.
Visitation will be held one hour before services.

Leo was born April 4, 1922, to Mabel Evenson) and Louis Sjolseth. He was raised and educated in Twin Valley. He was married to Vivian Thompson from 1947-1967. They lived in Minot, raising six children. He moved to Billings and lived there for several years before returning to Minot where he met and married Virginia Hileman.

Leo sold insurance for many years in the Minot area. His passions in life were politics and automobiles. He lived his life to the fullest as much as possible.

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving companion, Virginia; six children, Diane Weros, Minot, Donald Sjolseth, Las Vegas, Deborah Dahl, Palmer, Ark., Dean Sjolseth, Billings, Mont., Denise Hellman, Palmer, Ark., and DelRay Perkins, Ironton, Minn.; two brothers, John, Portland, Ore., and Archie, New Brighton, Minn.; one sister, Marlis Kappas, Ada, Minn.; five stepchildren, Steven Hileman, Mandan, Penny Grieme, Mandan, Christopher Hileman, Amarillo, Texas, Russell Hileman, Bismarck, and Robert Hileman, Fargo; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mable Sjolseth; and his sister, Helen Dahlen.

Allen Thompson
GARRISON --ÊAllen N. Thompson, 80, Garrison, died Jan. 4, 2000, in Garrison. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Garrison, with burial in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred; two sons, Gary, Stillwater, Minn., and Wayne, Max; three daughters, Sharon Neiss, Minot, Cynthia Baker, Temple, Texas, and Patti Gardner, Wichita Falls, Texas; two brothers, Herbert, Sacramento, Calif., and Elmo, Sugarland, Texas; three sisters, Lorraine Kerzman, Kalispell, Mont., Alice Nelson, Colestrip, Mont., and Blanche Zenz, Columbia Falls, Mont.; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. (Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison)

Alvin Olson
Alvin S. Olson, 80, Bismarck, died Jan. 4, 2000, in a Mandan nursing home. Arrangements are pending at Bismarck Funeral Home. 

Carl Menge
BEULAH --ÊCarl Menge, 91, Beulah, died Jan. 3, 2000, in the Hazen hospital. Services will be held at 2 p.m. MST Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church, Beulah, with burial in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his son, Delvin, Richfield, Minn.; two grandchildren; three brothers, Fred, Beulah, and Oscar and Hubert, both of Coeur d' Alene; and four sisters, Martha Donelson, Boise, Idaho, Ella Binder, Beulah, Lucille Kay, Tacoma, Wash., and Lillian Hamby, Beulah. (Seibel Funeral Home, Beulah)

Carl Person
Carl A. Person, 87, 410 E. Ave. F, died Dec. 24, 1999, in a Bismarck nursing home. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. (Perry Funeral Home, Mandan) 

Clara Lien
STEELE --ÊClara Lien, 95, Steele, died Jan. 4, 2000, in the Steele care center. Services iwll be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Steele. Further arrangements are pending at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan. 

Clementine Hoff
DICKINSON -- Clementine Hoff, 91, Dickinson, died Jan. 3, 2000, in her home. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. MST Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Richardton. Further arrangements are pending at Price-Murphy Funeral Home, Dickinson. 

Valentine Hoerner Jr.
DICKINSON -- Valentine "Val" Hoerner Jr., 85, Dickinson, died Jan. 1, 2000, at his home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. MST Thursday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Dickinson. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Richardton.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian; four daughters, Rita McNaught-Davis, Spokane, Wash., Carol Holley, Thornton, Colo., Ruth Wessner, Bismarck, and Renee Benesh, Dickinson; three sons, Patrick and Eugene Hoerner, both of Dickinson, and James Hoerner, Denver; three stepchildren, Charlotte Barnes, Sacramento, Calif., Richard Pavlish, Lincoln, Neb., and Judy Duerre, Killeen, Texas; four sisters, Lena Klein and Ann Kelsey, both of Spokane, Ida Jeffries, Garland, Texas, and Claudia Helmer, Edmonds, Wash.; one brother, John, Spokane; 17 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

(Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson)

Sherry Mikkelsen
DICKINSON --ÊSherry L. Mikkelsen, 44, Dickinson, died of cancer, Jan. 3, 2000, at her home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. MST Thursday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Dickinson. Further arrangements are pending at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson. 

Samuel Henke
KULM -- Samuel D. Henke, 87, Kulm, died Jan. 3, 2000, in the Ashley hospital. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church, Kulm, with burial in the church cemetery.
He is survived by three daughters, Marcella Ogren, Kulm, Arlene Van Galder, Sedalia, Mo., and Mercedes Parker, Ann Arbor, Mich.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Alma Hust, Laurel, Mont. (Dahlstrom Funeral Home, Kulm)

Mildred Michel
Mildred Michel, 89, Bismarck, died Jan. 4, 2000, in the Mandan care center. Arrangements are pending at Eastgate Funeral Service. 

Melvin Brandt
Melvin Brandt, 73, 2507 N. Sixth St., died of cancer, Jan. 3, 2000, in a Bismarck hospital. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with the Rev. Jeff Tengesdal officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Bismarck.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Bismarck Funeral Home, and will continue at the church one hour before services.

Melvin Jacob Brandt was born Feb. 8, 1926, in Albion, Neb., to Carl and Anna Brandt. He was raised on the farm near Albion and graduated as valedictorian from Albion High School in 1943. He began working for the Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service in Albion on Jan. 1, 1948. Mel married Marian Rasmussen, Aug. 6, 1950, at Emmaus Lutheran church in Kennard, Neb. In 1958 he transferred to the state office in Lincoln, Neb. Then, in 1963 he moved to the state office here in Bismarck. At the time of his retirement in 1982, he held the position of assistant state administrative officer. He was the treasurer of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for 29 years. Since his retirement, he has been involved in various volunteer work, including Summer of Safety, senior health insurance counseling, and was also a senior tax aid volunteer. He was active in N.A.R.F.E.

Mel is survived by his wife, Marian; his daughter, Teri; his son-in-law, Allen Koppy and their children, B.J., Katy and Emily, all of Bismarck; a daughter-in-law and son-in-law, Mary and Kevin Kubitz, and their children, Tom, Corey and Jimm, Vergas, Minn.; one brother and sister-in-law, Irvin and Shirley Brandt, Wayne, Neb.; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Bob Hadan, San Juan, Texas; a brother-in-law and his wife, Maynard and Delores Rasmussen, Aurora, Colo.; and a sister-in-law and her husband, Myra and Doug Herbster, Payson, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Tim.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Good Shepherd Lutheran church or Shiloh Christian School.

Mary Bosch
HALLIDAY --ÊMary T. Bosch, 84, Halliday, died Jan. 3, 2000, in a Bismarck hospital. Services will be held at 11 a.m. MST Friday at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Halliday. Further arrangements are pending at Mischel-Olson Chapel, Dickinson. 

Manfred Bymoen
NEW ROCKFORD --ÊManfred Bymoen, 91, New Rockford, died Jan. 3, 2000 in the New Rockford care center. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, with burial in Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford.
He is survived by his wife, Anna; one son, David, New Rockford; one daughter, Joelyn Scriba, Bemidji, Minn.; and two grandchildren. (Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford)

Mae Blank
NEW SALEM --ÊMae Blank, 96, New Salem, died Dec. 15, 1999. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. MST Friday at Church of St. Pius V, New Salem, with the Rev. David Zimmer officiating. Burial will be in Peace Cemetery, New Salem.
There will be a parish prayer service and rosary at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Mae was born May 21, 1903, at Oriska, the daughter of John and Catherine (Waldorf) Kretchmer. She received her early education at Oriska and the Sacred Heart Academy in Fargo, and graduated from Valley City High School and Valley City State College with refresher courses taken at Bismarck State College and the University of Minnesota. She taught school for 27 years in Barnes, Richland, Oliver and Morton counties. She retired from teaching in 1973, at which time the Plainsmen, New Salem High School's yearbook was dedicated to her with the inscription "Compassion, devotion, tenderness, love and a sense of humor are united in her Person!"

Mae married George F. Blank on Oct. 11, 1939, in Valley City. George died on Oct. 1, 1976. She was active in church, civic and community affairs, serving as Morton County chairman of the Sister Kenny Foundation, the Morton County Red Cross, the Legion Auxiliary (serving as Department Americanism Chairman), St. Pius Christian Mothers, CCD instructor and coordinator, and organist and choir director at St. Pius Church for over 30 years. Much of the music was in Latin Gregorian style, which she preferred and enjoyed. In 1978 she was chosen as "Woman of the Year" by the Jayceettes and also served on the First Board of Directors at Elm Crest Manor.

She leaves to mourn her daughter-in-law, Linda (Ellis) Blank, West Yellowstone, Mont.; three grandchildren, Kris Marie and her husband, Mike Opprecbt, Woodinville, Wash., Russell Scott Blank and his wife, Shelly, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, and Jeffrey Philip Blank and his special friend, Leann, Portland, Ore.; and five great-grandchildren, Austin Charles, Kady MaCall and Philip Richard Blank, and Eric Philip and Jonathan Neil Opprecbt.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George F. and her son, Philip George, who died Jan. 7, 1998. (Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan)

Joseph Ferderer
NEW SALEM -- Joseph Ferderer, 73, New Salem, died Jan. 4, 2000, in a Bismarck hospital. Arrangements are pending at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan. 

Helen Olson
NEW SALEM --ÊHelen Olson, 75, New Salem, died Jan. 3, 2000, in the New Salem nursing home. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Boelter Funeral Home, with the Rev. Paul Schauer officiating. Burial will be in Sunne Lutheran Church Cemetery, Wilton-Regan.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

She was born Jan. 29, 1924, in Goodrich, Minn., the daughter of Henry and Ann (Savage) Kriel. She was raised and educated in Goodrich. Following her high school graduation she worked as a dental hygenist in Thief River Falls, Minn. Helen married Raymond O. Olson in 1944 in Thief River Falls. In the 1980s, Helen moved to St. Cloud, Minn. and worked at the senior center where she enjoyed playing cards and dancing.

She came to North Dakota in 1998.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Chris, Wilton; one daughter, LuWana, California; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her special friend, Earl Brezinski, Sartell, Minn.; one sister, Mary Lou Smith, Florida; and one brother, Ralph Kriel, Minneapolis.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Norman.

Gerald Silk
FORT YATES -- Gerald T. "Red" Silk, 41, Fort Yates, died Jan. 3, 2000, in Fort Yates. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturdayat St. Peter's Catholic Church, Fort Yates, with the Rev. William Cosgrove officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday at the church.

Red was born Sept. 4, 1958, at Fort Yates, to Gerald McLaughlin and Shirley A. Morton. He was raised and educated in Fort Yates. He worked on the construction of Prairie Knights Casino, and delivered meals for the Nutrition for the Elderly in Fort Yates.

He loved fishing, gardening and bingo, and liked to repair things from appliances to lawn mowers.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley Morton; his special companion, Joette Agard; two daughters, Deanna Star, Seattle, and Jera Silk, Fort Yates; two stepdaughters, Melanie and Jamie Agard, Fort Yates; four step-grandchildren, Saunders and baby girl Young Bird, and Reanna and Ryleigh Bald Eagle; one sister, Rochelle Deschwanden, Rocklin, Calif.; three brothers, Robert M. Schonberger, Fort Yates, Keith Schonberger, Mandan, and John Schonberger, Virginia Beach, Va.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Red was preceded in death by his father. (Perry Funeral Home, Mandan)

David Keller
David A. Keller, 45, Mandan, died Jan. 2, 2000, in a Bismarck hospital. Services will be held at noon Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Robert Feeney officiating. Burial will be in Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon-9 p.m. today at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, where a prayer service and rosary will be held at 7 tonight. Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 9-11 a.m. Thursday. There will be no visitation at the church.

Dave was born Nov. 9, 1954, in Linton, the son of Leo and Luella (Jochim) Keller. He was raised in Strasburg, graduating from Emmons Central High School in 1972, and earned a football scholarship to the Wahpeton State School of Science, where he studied mechanics and auto body repair. He moved to the Bismarck-Mandan area where he owned A-1 Body Shop and later A-1 Auto Sales and Repair. Dave often said the happiest day of his life was when he married Rhonda Wetzel on May 3, 1975, in Glen Ullin.

He loved hunting, shooting sporting clays, four-wheeling, camping and playing pinochle with his friends. He enjoyed being around people and was a loving husband and a devoted father. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Dave is survived by his wife, Rhonda; his daughters, Melissa and her fiance, Tim Ulberg, and Andrea, all of Mandan; his parents, Leo and Luella, Bismarck; his sister and brother-in-law, Pat and Bob Gefre, Bismarck; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Leo and Bert, Menoken, Dan and Connie, Dickinson, Wayne and Nellie, Bismarck, and Darnell, Bismarck; and numerous nieces and nephews.


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