Mandan News

Obituaries April 18

Joseph Wingerter
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Joseph Wingerter, 83, Mandan, died April 6, 2014 at Good Samaritan Care Center in Mott, surrounded by his loving family.

Requiem Mass was held on April 12, at St. Michael’s Traditional Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Michael Harber as presiding Priest. Burial will be at St. Philomena’s Catholic Cemetery in Selfridge.

Joseph was born on Sept. 23, 1930, to Quinton and Philomena (Glas) Wingerter in Selfridge. He was raised and educated in the Selfridge area and later attended Wahpeton State College of Science where he studied the electrical field. As a young man, he worked at the Wingerter Dance Hall where he met the love of his life, Agnes Schneider. They were married on Nov. 22, 1951, at St. Philomena’s Catholic Church in Selfridge. They made their home in Mandan and he worked for the Railroad from 1952-55. After 1955, he and Agnes spent the winters in Casper, Wyo. where he worked in the oil fields. During the summer they would return to Selfridge to farm, which he did until 1990. From 1955 to 1981 he also did custom harvesting. Additionally from 1960 to 1972, he owned and operated the Wishing Well Supper Club in Selfridge. Joseph was always a workaholic and didn’t have much time for hobbies. He was known to be a perfectionist. He enjoyed watching westerns on television and listening to country music. After his sons moved to Alaska, he enjoyed joining them on numerous fishing trips.

Family was always first and foremost in Joseph’s life. He looked forward to holidays, when the family would gather together. He loved his grandchildren, and they will miss his playful teasing. Joseph will be remembered by his family as a kind and generous man with a great sense of humor.

Joseph will be deeply missed by his devoted and ever caring wife of 62 years, Agnes; daughters, Dawn (Dean) Friedt, Mott and Constance (Mike) Eckert, Bismarck; sons, Tim (Rosemary), Fairbanks, Alaska, Bob (Carol), Alexandria, Minn., Carold (Cheryl), Wilton, Jay, Jamestown, Ted (Lilia), North Pole, Alaska and Dean (Lisa), Bismarck; 36 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; sister, Ann Coyle, Mandan; sister-in-law, Bernadine Wingerter-Tosseth, Bismarck and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Katie (Tony) Heid, Mary (George) Schaefbauer, Margaret (Tom) Lauinger (Lloyd) Smested and Frances (George) Berrett; brothers, Anton, Leo (Marge), Pete (Ruth) and Conrad.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

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Eunice Keller
O womanEunice V. Keller, 92, Mandan, died April 8, 2014 at Sanford Health, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on April 14, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Lee Herberg officiating. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Eunice was born Nov. 2, 1921 in Schmidt, in rural Morton County, to Mike and Margaret (Laubner) Schmidt. Raised and educated in Mandan, Eunice graduated in 1938. A love for the outdoors, Eunice enjoyed working with her father, haying the river bottoms and riding horse to check the springs. Eunice also loved to dance, going to many barn dances.

She attended Christies Hair Dressing School and worked as a hair stylist until marrying John G. Goertel on Oct. 29, 1940. They made their home west of Mandan and had four sons. John was diagnosed with bone cancer and Eunice cared for him until his death on July 11, 1949.

Eunice moved her family south of Mandan where she continued to ranch, with the help of neighbors and friends. She got to know a kind neighbor, Elmer Keller, and they were married on Aug. 17, 1950. They continued to ranch south of Mandan and had four more sons. Eunice and Elmer worked side by side.

Raising eight boys proved Eunice to be a strong and giving woman. A dedicated wife and mother, she did many things for her family and took pride teaching each of her sons to dance.

Elmer died Sept. 22, 1970. Eunice became active in the VFW Women’s Auxiliary #1326 and served as President. She was very proud to receive the State VFW President Award. She volunteered for many years as a tour guide for the former Governor’s Mansion.

Always a love for nature, Eunice enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and kept a beautiful yard. Traveling was a great passion for Eunice. She went on many camping trips with her boys. After they were grown she traveled to every state in the U.S. as well as extensive travel abroad.

In 2010 she moved to Liberty Heights, Mandan, where everyone enjoyed the flower garden she created each year. In 2014, she went to Maple View East in Bismarck. A loving and generous woman, she will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Blessed to have shared her life are her sons, Michael Goertel (Cindy Mills) Edina, Minn., Glen (Diana) Goertel, Fargo, Lowell (Maxine) Keller, Mandan, Lionel Keller, Mandan, Bryan (Cheryl) Keller, Mandan, and Lindsay Keller, Houston, Texas; 17 grandchildren, Troy and Lonnie Goertel, Tim and Wayne Goertel, Michael J. Goertel, Mathew, Virginia, Mark, and Elizabeth Goertel, Bryce and Brent Keller, Michelle and Todd Keller, Lee and Travis Keller, and Emily and Kurt Keller; 18 great grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Janice Joslin, Marion, Iowa.

Eunice was preceded in death by both of her husbands; her parents; two sons, Ronald Goertel and John (Gloria) Goertel; grandson, Todd Goertel, brother, Arnold (Rita) Schmidt; and sister, Ethel (John) Eckroth.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the ND Veterans Cemetery or First Lutheran Church of Mandan.

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