Mandan News

Obituaries Aug. 22, 2014

Elizabeth Anton
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Elizabeth (Baron) Anton passed from this life to the next at her home in Mandan on Aug. 10, 2014. She was at peace and happy to go on.

Cremation has taken place and a Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Mandan, with the Rev. Nick Schneider as celebrant. Burial services were held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bismarck.

Elizabeth Baron was born on Oct. 12, 1924, to Rosa and Alexander Baron in the Ukraine, Russia. Her mother, Rosa, raised Elizabeth and her five siblings by herself after Alexander died when Elizabeth was very young.

Elizabeth had much admiration for her mother and her care for her family, while under very difficult conditions. Elizabeth hired herself out to work in homes starting at age seven.

As Germans who immigrated to Russia many generations earlier, they were persecuted there, and the family was separated when they were forced to leave their home. She was forced to march out of Russia and eventually reached Poland in 1943. She escaped and fled to Austria and then to Berlin.

She received refuge from the American sector. While she would eventually end up in safety, she never would see either her mother, or one of her younger brothers after she left Russia.

Her uncle, Lorenz Baron, who had immigrated to Mandan, sponsored her to come to U.S. in 1951. She learned English, graduated High School and started work at St. Alexius Hospital in 1952. She became a naturalized citizen in April, 1957.

Elizabeth worked at the Hospital for 40 years, in the OB Department. She assisted thousands of mothers and their babies through childbirth. She loved her work, as did many of those that she served. The family has continued to hear much praise for Elizabeth’s caring ways.

She loved small children and cared for several families in her time off. She also had the chance to travel to many places around the world.

Elizabeth was married to Alfred Haas from 1974 to 1986, and loved being a stepmother to his three children.

She later met and married Edmund Anton, who was also from the Ukraine area, in 1991. They shared a happy life together at their home in St. Louis, Mo., and lake home south of St. Louis, until Edmund’s death in 1999.

In 2004, Elizabeth’s family brought her back to Mandan, where she would resid in Adult Foster Care. She was very content to be included in the family atmosphere at the home of Dave and Joyce Baker.

Elizabeth lived a very unusual life. She was very intelligent, hard-working, caring and generous to all of us.

She truly believed in sharing what she considered her very good fortune and will be long remembered by all who knew her.

She is survived by one sister, Antonio Reimchen, Germany, and numerous nieces and nephews in Germany; Baron cousins in the U.S. who loved her as a sister.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Franz Stroh and Ludwig Baron; sisters, Margaret Usselman and Veronica Baron; Uncles Lorenz and Christian Baron and many U.S. cousins.

Because Elizabeth loved little children so much, the family is requesting donations to the Littlest Angels Development Center for needed supplies and play equipment in lieu of flowers.

Go to www.weigelfuneral.com to sign the online guestbook and view tribute photos.

Adam Storick
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On a warm late summer afternoon, one of God’s angels was called home. Adam “Storky” Storick, 95, Mandan, died Aug. 11, 2014, at his residence in Mandan.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Aug. 20, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Nick Schneider as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery, with Military Honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post no. 707 and American Legion Post no. 40.

Adam was the oldest of seven children born to Ralph and Margaret (Mildenburger) Storick on May 4, 1919, in the small community of Timmer. Adam attended school in Timmer, where he completed school through the sxith grade. Adam continued to help on the family farm until he enlisted in the United States Army in 1942.

One day prior to shipping out to begin his service to the United States, Adam married the love of his life, Bernice Roerich (the daughter of Pius and Anna (Mosset) Roerich). They were married on Nov. 1, 1942, in Muskogee, Okla.

The day after they were married, Bernice returned to Bismarck, and Adam shipped out with the 188th Field Artillery for Normandy Beach. Adam proudly served his country in World War II as a tank driver, a job which resulted in him driving the lead tank on to Normandy Beach. Adam served in the U.S. Field Artillery in Normandy until the end of WWII, earning the rank of TF Corporal. Adam was honorably discharged from the Army in 1945.

Upon discharge, Adam returned to the love of his life, Bernice, and they made their home in the Bismarck-Mandan area, first living in the basement of his grandmother’s home and then moving into their own home, where they lived and raised their children. After the death of Bernice, Adam remained continued living there with his youngest son and his family.

Adam worked at numerous auto mechanic garages in the Bismarck-Mandan area. His last employment was with Ward’s Motors, where he worked for 38 years. While working for Ward’s Motors, Adam also worked at the Howard Thompson Ranch as a ranch hand. Adam seldom took a vacation, but on the rare times he did take time off, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his two boys.

Adam was a lifetime member of the American Legion and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served on the VFW’s honor guard and assisted in many veteran funerals with the 21 gun salute.

He was baptized and confirmed in the catholic faith in a church in the Timmer area. He was a parishioner at Christ the King Catholic Church in Mandan.

Adam was a loving brother, father, grandfather, or papa, as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren affectionately called him. His family remembers spending many special family celebrations and holidays with him. Adam was a friend to all he met and was a very caring and compassionate man.

Adam will be deeply missed by his children, Robert “Bob” (Irene), Arizona City, Ariz., Charlotte “Char” (Ron Szudera), Bismarck, Virginia “Chip” Bahm, Ft Yates, and Wayne (Nancy) Storick, Mandan; son-in-law, Lee Bahm, Menoken; adopted daughter-in-law, Fay, Bismarck; grandchildren, Rodney, Coreen, Glen, Gina, Amanda, Austin, Coltin, Jeff and Jenny; great-grandchildren, Blain, Brandon, Kamryn, Michael Jr., Justin, Ryan, Matthew, Casey, Emma, Danika, Megan, Cody, Derek, Hunter, Tanner, Tatum, DeShae, Kayde and his “special-girls,” nieces Jackie and Norleen, along with many other nieces and nephews.

Adam was preceded in death by the love of his life, Bernice, who died Aug. 24, 1993, in a Minneapolis, Minn. hospital; his daughter, Mary Lou and daughter-in-law, Nancy; his parents, Ralph and Margaret; his brothers, Dick and Bill; his sisters, Eva, Katie, Barbara and Francis and his grandson, Michael Sr.

After many long days, or when he grew tired of playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Adam often came into the house and would sink into a chair with a heavy sigh and say to them, “Hells bell, coconut shells, I’m tired.” So we say now to you Papa, Dad, Uncle Adam and our dear friend, after 95 wonderful and long years, “Hells bells, coconut shells, Rest in Peace.”

Go to www.weigelfuneral.com to sign the online guestbook and view tribute photos.

Bernice Achtenberg
Bernice Dorthea Guenther Achtenberg 81, Mandan, went to her heavenly home on Aug. 14, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Care Center, Bismarck.

Visitation with family will be held on Friday, August 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, followed by a Memorial Service at 7:30 p.m. with the Rev. Lee Herberg officiating. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Bernice was born April 7, 1933, to Christian and Wilma (Haas) Guenther, north of New Leipzig. She was united in marriage to William “Tiny” Achtenberg on Nov. 7, 1954. They resided on a farmstead north of New Leipzig until the summer of 1961, when they moved to Mandan, where they lived for 41 years. In August of 2002, Bernice and Tiny moved to St. Vincent’s Care Center.

Bernice will be deeply missed by her daughter, Jocelyn (Bill) Tescher, Mandan; two sons, Greg (Mary) Achtenberg, Mandan and Tiff (Lori) Achtenberg, Olathe, Kan.; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three sisters, Della Krein, Sacramento, Calif., Marlys Berg, Mandan, and Alice Fuerstenberg, Maple Grove, Minn.; and one brother, Curtis Guenther, Wilton.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William, in February 2003; sisters, Edna Klein and Delores Hintz; and brothers, Arvin and Rueben Guenther.

Please go to www.BuehlerLarson.com to share memories of Bernice.