Mandan News

Obituaries – April 21-27, 2012

Victor Borchelt

Victor Kenneth Borchelt, 82, New Salem, died April 14, 2012, at Medcenter One Mandan Living Center with his family by his side.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, April 19, at Zion Lutheran Church, New Salem, with Reverend Timothy Jenks officiating.

Victor was born July 2, 1929, on the family farm in New Salem, to Charles and Norma (Burgdorf) Borchelt. He was raised and educated in New Salem, where he worked on the farm 2 miles west of New Salem. On Oct. 3, 1953, he married Audrey Anderson of Almont, and they had four children together. He was married to Marilyn Rudasill of Missouri from 1969 to 1973. Victor married Gloria Jean Smith of Metropolis, Ill., on Oct. 15, 1975.

Victor enjoyed many years farming with his son, Ron, until his health declined. He entered the Medcenter One Living Center in September 2007 after his second stroke, which no longer allowed him to live in the farm.

Victor is survived by his wife, Gloria Borchelt, New Salem; four children, Laurie (Doug) Blakley, Helena, Mont., Zandra Sutton, Bouse, Ariz., Sheila Sorlie, Bozeman, Mont., and Ron (Janelle) Borchelt, Bismarck; one brother, Martin (Margaret) Borchelt, Waterloo, Iowa; one sister, Florence (Juel) Skytland, Bismarck; six grandchildren, Colin (Katie) Blakley, Wyoming, Minn., Dustin (Jess), Dallas, David, and Jessica Borchelt, all of Bismarck, and Lander Sorlie, Bozeman; and four great-grandchildren, Noah Borchelt and Bennett, Charlie, and Max Blakley.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents; and his second wife, Marilyn.

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Nelvin Henke

Nelvin Henke, 92, Hannover, died April 18, 2012, at Elm Crest Manor, New Salem.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 21, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Hannover, with Reverend Russell Fitch officiating. Burial was at Hannover Cemetery.

Nelvin was born Jan. 3, 1920, to Eli and Mary (Plenge) Henke. Raised and educated in Hannover, he attended school until the eighth grade. In 1943, Nelvin met Charlotte Kuch and they were married on Nov. 21, 1945, in Churchtown. They purchased the family farm, where they lived for seven years and had their three children. In 1952 they moved to Hannover, where Nelvin worked at the John Deere Implement for three years. In 1956 they moved to their current farmstead to raise their family.

A man with many talents, Nelvin was a farmer at heart. Along with raising a family, he was a dairy and small grain farmer. He purchased his first Simmental cow in 1970. He continued to milk until 1988, when he sold the milk cows and began building the Simmental herd to what is presently known as Henke Simmentals. His patience, love and passion for cattle was something he shared with both his children and grandchildren. He allowed them to work beside him and share in his interests and taught them life’s valuable lessons along the way.

Nelvin was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Hannover, where he served as an elder and on various committees. He was also a director and agent of Morton-Oliver Insurance, present day Southwest Mutual Insurance Company. He served as director of Oliver County rural fire district.

Nelvin’s favorite past time was playing pinochle with friends and family. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed spending time with all of them. His patience, sweet smile and lovable personality will be truly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Charlotte Henke, Elm Crest Manor in New Salem; three children, Paulette Hodgson, Jacksonville, Fla., Dwight (Nancy) Henke, and David (Roslyn Jean) Henke, both of Hannover; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Anthony) Dennis, Jacksonville, Fla., Travis (Tricia) Henke, Mountain Home, Idaho, Melissa (DJ) Hatlestad, Mandan, Thomas (Angie) Henke, Dickinson, and Kathryn Henke, Hannover; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Marion Reinke, Nevada; one brother, Clarence Henke, New Salem; and one sister-in-law, Harriet Meyhoff, Bismarck.

Nelvin was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; four sisters; a brother-in-law, Frederick Kuch; and a great-grandchild, Morgan Henke.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the Center Ambulance Service.

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Agnes Rose Kopp

Agnes Rose Kopp, age 80, of Billings, Mont., passed away on April 15, 2012.

She was born to George and Otillia Geiger on Feb. 7, 1932. She grew up on the family farm with two sisters, Johanna Trolley and Martha Fitchner, in Mandan.

On June 9, 1953, she married Clement Eugene Kopp. They raised three daughters: LaDeen Pickett (Mike), Kim Mueller and Mary Arredondo (Dan). She enjoyed her four grandchildren: Adriane, Jessica, Patrick and Eva.

Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, April 20, at Holy Rosary. Burial followed in Yellowstone County Veteran’s Cemetery.

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Marie Lipp

Marie Eva Lipp, 84, Fargo, died on Saturday, April 21, 2012, in Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 25, in West Funeral Home Chapel, West Fargo. Burial took place at Holy Cross Cemetery North in Fargo.

Marie Eva Weber was born on April 10, 1928, in Mandan. She grew up and graduated from school in Mandan. Marie married Adam Lipp on Oct. 21, 1946, in Mandan. They lived in Mandan and Washington state, before moving to West Fargo in 1954. Marie moved to ManorCare of Fargo in 2003 and later to Bethany in 2007. Mr. Lipp died on Nov. 5, 2005.

She is survived by three sons, Steven (Cheryl) of West Fargo, Dale of Tampa, Fla., Gary of Grand Forks; two daughters, Jane Sanders of West Fargo, Darlene Orona of Grand Forks; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Theresa Ternes

Theresa Ternes, 88, Bismarck formerly of Flasher, died April 18, 2012, at St. Vincent’s Care Center, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday April 21, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Flasher, with Rev. Daniel Berg as celebrant. Burial was at the St. Lawrence Cemetery, Flasher.

Theresa was born on Oct. 8, 1923, to Carl and Valeria (Hintz) Schaff in Brisbane. She was raised and educated in Brisbane area. Theresa married Ambrose Ternes on June 30, 1941, at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church in Raleigh. After their marriage, they farmed in the Raleigh and Flasher areas until their retirement in 1979, when they moved into Flasher. Ambrose died on Oct. 12, 1995.

Theresa was a wonderful cook and gracious hostess. No one would go hungry at her house, you could always expect a good meal and she would tell you to “Sit down and eat.” She mastered many German dishes with her secret of putting in “a little of this and a little of that” and once won a cooking contest through the Bismarck Tribune for her Stuffed Pork Roast. She raised many chickens for the eggs and milked cows for the cream, which she would sell to pay for groceries to feed her family. Theresa was an active member of the St. Lawrence Christian Mothers, Flasher Quilters Club and the St. Alexius Auxiliary, doing many hours of volunteer work. She enjoyed fishing on the Missouri River with Ambrose, visiting her sister in California, quilting, embroidering and crocheting, as well as singing in Jack Schaff’s band in her younger days.

Theresa will be deeply missed by daughters, LuElla Wald and Brenda (Doug) Saferite, Bismarck, Arnetta (Kent) Vandenburg,  Mandan, Karen (Ron) Bonogofsky, Shields, and Sherry (Chuck) Andrus, South Heart; sons, David (Darlene), Flasher, and DuWayne (Sharon), Bismarck; sisters, Mary Riehl, Coon Rapids, Minn., and Eleanor Hoff, Albany, Minn.; brother, John (Carol) Schaff, Billings, Mont.; 25 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ambrose; infant daughter, Loretta; son, Arthur Dean; daughter-in-law, Linda Ternes; son-in-law, Harvey Wald; sisters, Rose (and Alex) Fleck, Anna (and Joe) Gross, Margaret (and Adolph) Miller; brother, Jack (and Clara) Schaff; and brothers-in-law, John Hoff and Xavier Riehl.

The family prefers memorials to the Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.

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Margaret Weigel

Margaret A. Weigel, 88, Mandan, died April 20, 2012, at Mandan Living Center in Mandan, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, April 24, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial was at the St. Philomena Cemetery in Selfridge.

Margaret was born on Dec. 18, 1923, to Arsenius and Magdalena (Richter) Wuitschick in Selfridge, where she was raised and educated. She married William J. Weigel on Nov. 16, 1943, in Selfridge. After their marriage they farmed in the Selfridge area for many years. While in the Selfridge area she was active in the Christian Mothers and her church. They moved to Mandan in 1990. William died Oct. 10, 2000.

Margaret was socially outgoing. Visiting, playing cards and many hours of bingo were activities she enjoyed. She was a gifted seamstress and she sewed many bridesmaid gowns. Her additional talents included crocheting and embroidery, where she produced doilies, tablecloths and pillowcases and proudly gave them to her family. She took her first train ride to Tacoma and Portland, visiting relatives and while traveling there she struck up a friendship with a lady and they have been pen pals ever since. She also had a large garden, which included canning the produce. Her cooking abilities included everyone’s favorite cookies that she called hermits and an additional treat of her wedding, kuchen, was also favored. Margaret played the guitar and sang with her sister, which she enjoyed. Margaret thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and especially the grandchildren. We shall miss you very much. Our memories of you shall live forever.

Margaret will be deeply missed by daughters, Geneva (Harlan) Pleinis, Mandan, Lucille  Weigel Roy, Bismarck, Brenda (Louis) Loeb, Gresham, Ore., and Yvonn Weigel, Dickinson; sons, David (Bernadette), Mandan, Sidney (Corla), Lincoln, Glenn (Bonnie) and Mark (Deborah) both of Bismarck, and Brian (Alison), Grand Junction, Colo.; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth Kraft, Tacoma, Wash., Walburg Horseman, Mesa, Ariz., Joan Riehl, Carson, and Magdalene Feist, California; brother, Arsenius, Tacoma; and sister-in-law, Stephena Wuitschick, Mandan.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter, Joyce Loeb; son, Bruce; grandson, Craig Weigel; sisters, Rose (Florian) Kraft, Katherine (Anton) Bonogofsky; brothers, Oscar, Joe (Blendina), Carl (Joann), and Andrew (Donna); brothers-in-law, Jim Kraft, Val Horseman, John Riehl and Bob Feist; and sister-in-law, Carmen Wuitschick.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.

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