Mandan News

Obituaries – April 27-May 3, 2013

Robert Gilbert

Robert L. Gilbert, 74, Bismarck, died on April 23, 2013, at Sanford Health, Bismarck.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 27, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan. Burial will take place at a later date.

Robert was born on Feb. 6, 1939, to Robert D. and Minnie Annabelle (Bastian) Gilbert in Middletown, Conn. Robert married Peterann Rich on Aug. 1, 1959, in Connecticut. After receiving his degree in mechanical engineering, Robert became a Certified PE (Professional Engineer) and worked construction (URS) all over the world. He was the project manager for jobs in Egypt, England, Indonesia, Ukraine, Dominican Republic and Canada. A man of common sense and logic, Robert was an engineer through and through. He was a kind and caring man simply because he instinctively knew it was the right thing to do. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Robert will be deeply missed by his daughter, Victoria (Albert) Kuntz, Bismarck; sons, Stephen (Rebecca) Gilbert, Issaquah, Wash., and Peter (Emily) Gilbert, Cleveland, Ohio; sisters, Pat (Robert) Nielson, Middletown, Nancy Smith, Portland, Conn., Betty McIlwain, Plainsville, Conn.; and brother-in-law, Willie Walton, Ala.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Peterann in 2005; sisters, Sharon Walton and Joannie Hale; brothers-in-law, Bud Hale, Gene Smith and Rob McIlwain; and grandson. Spencer.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to the Alzheimer Association.

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Matthew Koffler

Matthew G. “Matt” Koffler, 95, Mandan, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, April 25, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Reverend Marvin Klemmer celebrating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

Matt was born Nov. 22, 1917, south of Dickinson to Joseph and Anna (Dietz) Koffler. He was raised south of Dickinson, where he received his education at a country school. Matt married Ruth Nelson on June 25, 1940, in Dickinson. In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country. Matt and Ruth owned and operated the Queen City Motel in Dickinson. In 1958, they moved to Bismarck and later to rural Mandan, where they spent the last 60 years. Matt’s many interests included traveling to buy cattle and playing gin rummy. Once his grandchildren and great grandchildren came along, he spent his days working hard on the ranch and his nights relaxing surrounded by his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Matt was also a talented carpenter. His heart was always with his wife, who died in October 2005.

Matt is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Dennis and Shirley Koffler, Hollywood, Fla., and John and Vicki Koffler, Mandan; seven grandchildren, Patrick (Sharri) Koffler, Miramar, Fla., Howard (Jodi) Koffler, Boynton Beach, Fla., Sherri Locandro, Dania Beach, Fla., Sarah (Brian) Heinert, Megan (Luigi) Spasiano, Hollywood, Fla., Kaitlin “Katie” Koffler and Danielle “Bubba” Koffler, both of Mandan; five great-grandchildren, Isabella Danielle, Graciella Hadley, Braydon Matthew “Little Matt,” Elisa Ruth, and Keira Lee. Matt was also looking forward to the birth of his sixth great-grandchild, “Baby Heinert,” in October.

Matt was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; their son, Ronald; his parents; sisters and brother-in-law, Barbara (Marcus) Obrigewitsch, Otilia (Charlie) Whitehead, Mary (Cecil) Plummer, Ann (Sidney) Branham, and Rose (Joseph) Frenzel; and brothers and sister-in-law, George (Anna) Koffler, and John Koffler.

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Christine Kopp

Christine Kopp, 81, Mandan, died April 21, 2013, at Missouri Slope Care Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, April 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Christine was born April 23, 1931, to Mike & Verna (Ternes) Kopp in Raleigh, N.D. She was raised and educated in the Raleigh-Shields area. Christine married Victor Kopp on June 1, 1949, in Raleigh. After a short time on the family farm, the couple moved to Mandan. Christine was a wonderful cook and worked at the Red Fox and Dakota Farms restaurants, where she baked her famous caramel rolls. She went to work at Walmart when they opened in Bismarck and worked there until her retirement.

Friendly and outgoing, Christine lived an active life. She loved going out on Saturday nights with her husband and friends to dance at local clubs and also entertain friends at her home playing cards, visiting and laughing. She was very active in the St. Joseph parish as a member of the Catholic Daughters and the Ladies Circle. She was also very proud to become a Eucharistic Minister. She was very proud of her family and enjoyed going to all activities her kids and grandkids were involved in. She was a great cheerleader for all of them. After her retirement she volunteered at Aid Inc., and loved to help wherever she was needed.

Christine will be fondly remembered by daughters, Karen Rahrich and Louise Kopp (Greg Lorenz), both of Bismarck, Mariann (Vern) Herman, Mandan; sons, Cal (Fay) and Victor (Peggy), both of Bismarck, David (Tracy), Kansas City, Kan., Robert (Jackie), Ely, Nev.; daughter-in-law, Nancy Kopp, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Wolfe, Doris (Nick) Hersch and Marlene (David) Helbling, all of Mandan, Louise (Phillip) Roll, Las Vegas, Nev., Mary Lou (Jim) Hilzendeger, Napoleon; brothers, Sammy (Betty), Spearfish, S.D., Billy (Judy), Bismarck, Roger, Denver, Colo.; and brother-in-law, John Bachmeier, Bismarck.

Christine was preceded in death by her husband, Victor; son, Mike; sister, Florence; and brother-in-law John Wolfe.


Emma Tabert

Emma Tabert, 98, Mandan, died April 29, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Center, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, May 2, at Mandan United Methodist Church, with Reverends Bruce Adams officiating. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Emma (Schock) Tabert was born to Edward and Bertha (Schuh) Schock on Oct. 17, 1914, north of Hebron. She was the oldest of 11 children and finished school through the sixth grade. On April 25, 1933, she married Arthur R. Tabert in Stanton and they made their home in Beulah, where they operated the local hardware store. Along with the helping at the store she was a homemaker and raised six children, Deane Weidner, Larry (Donna) Tabert, Marlene Goetz, Vernon (Pat) Tabert, Rick (Sharon) Tabert and Jeanette (Dale) Wetsch.

Emma was very well known for her seamstress skills through the years. She would sew in a zipper for a quarter and not charge for sewing on buttons. Emma enjoyed flowers, raising her children and in later years she looked forward to spending her time with grandchildren and heading south to Prairie Knights Casino with her daughters.

Emma is survived by her children; sisters, Martha Gunsch, Lilly Sailer and Dorothy Ruff; brothers, Sig (Jo) Schock, Darold Miller; 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Emma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur; brother, Ewald Schock; sisters, Alma Stern, Olga Koenig-Schultz, Selma Goodman and Hilda Bosch; son-in-laws, Roland Weidner and Clifford Goetz; and six great-grandchildren.

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