Mandan News

Obituaries – April 28-May 4, 2012

Jeanette Barnhard

Jeanette A. Barnhard, 56, Bismarck, died April 21, 2012, at St. Alexius, Bismarck.

Services were held on Thursday, April 26, at Spirit of Life, Mandan, with Rev. Chad Gion officiating. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Jeanette A. Barnhard was born on Sept. 10, 1955, in Bismarck, to Adam, Sr. and Veronica (Berger) Barnhard. She was raised in Solen. She moved to Mandan in 1984. She worked as a file clerk for the North Dakota Workman’s Compensation Bureau for five years. She lived with Enable for the past 15 years and was active in the Enable Aid Program and the Community Option Day Program.

Jeanette will be deeply missed by her sisters, Bernette Barnhard, Bismarck, Rosemary Barnhard, Solen, Lori (Marvin) Hatzenbuhler, Mandan; brother, John (Venessa), Mandan; sister-in-law, Darlene Barnhard, St. Anthony; nine nephews; one niece; and 13 great nieces and nephews.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents; and brother, Adam, Jr.

A special thank you to Enable Group Home, St. Alexius ICU and the Fourth Floor Staff for taking such wonderful care of Jeanette.

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Judith Gannon

Judith (Judy) A. Gannon, 79, Mandan, died April 23, 2012, at Medcenter One, Bismarck, surrounded by her family.

Services were held on Thursday, April 26, at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Bismarck, with Rev. Michael Horn officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery, south of Mandan.

Judith (Judy) A. Gannon was born on May 20, 1932, in Duluth, Minn., to Lynden C. and Hazel G. (Miller) Hedberg. She was raised and educated in Duluth. On Nov. 7, 1953, she married John (Bud) Gannon in Minneapolis, Minn. She and Bud moved to Mandan in 1959. She worked at the Mandan Western Shop for several years and the Morton County Register of Deeds for 23 years. After retiring she was a bailiff for Morton County.

Judy was socially outgoing, actively involved in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a women’s service group. Her social activities included bowling for many years; she belonged to the Mandan Horse and Saddle Club and the Mandan Eagles Ladies Auxiliary. She was generous in supporting many causes and volunteered countless hours in the community. She especially loved volunteering at the Mandan Care Center. She had a great love of the outdoors and the pasture behind her longtime home was a very special place to be with her family, horses, dogs and cats. She spent many happy hours working in her yard and garden. Her family was central in her life; the highlight was being present and a vocal supporter of any activities where her children and grandchildren were involved. These special memories describe Judy, who lived life to the fullest, for which we will be grateful.

Judy will be deeply missed by her daughters, Kathleen (Bob) Olson, Bismarck, and their children, Delaney, Colleen (Terry) Brossart, Olympia, Wash., and their children, Austin, Briar and Charlie and Julie Neubauer, Mandan, and her children, Anna, Kathryn and Christopher; sons, Timothy (Tina), Mandan, and their children, Kayse, Jessica, Jonny, Ryne and Natasha and Daniel (Nancy), Bismarck and their children, Grace, Angeline and Gabrielle; and sister, Jacqueline Frenn, Menomonie, Wis.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bud who died in 1997; and brother-in-law, Charles Frenn.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimers Association.

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Josephine Helbling

Josephine M. Helbling, 88, Bismarck, formerly of Mandan, died with her family by her side on April 24, 2012, at St. Vincent’s Care Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, April 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery.

Josephine was born on Dec. 24, 1923, to Nicholas and Perpetua (Schmidt) Friesz in Fallon. She was raised on the family farm and educated in Fallon. She married William H. Helbling on June 11, 1946, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mandan. Josephine and Bill were lifelong residents of Mandan until 2004, when they moved to Edgewood Vista in Bismarck. Josephine recently moved to St. Vincent’s Care Center, Bismarck.

Josephine will be remembered as a woman of gentleness, kindness and in general a caregiver. She worked as a nurse’s aide at the Mandan hospital for many years; these traits were always evident in her work. She and her husband Bill enjoyed square dancing and were original members of the pinochle club, which continued for over 50 years. A strong sense of hospitality was shown whenever there was a gathering at her house on the holidays. This included large meals, and in some cases, special order meals prepared by her. While at St. Vincent’s she heard of visitors that were to arrive and she said, “But I have nothing prepared.” She enjoyed gardening and canning all produce. She was thrifty in all aspects of her life, nothing would go to waste. All family activities were central in her life. These cherished memories briefly describe this special lady, loved by all who knew her.

Her family was grateful for the care that she received and the many friends they made while living at Edgewood Vista and more recently at St. Vincent’s Care Center.

Josephine will be deeply missed by her daughters, JoAnn (Larry) Brown, Minneapolis, Minn., Lois (John) Kihne, Mandan; sons, David (Pam), Fargo, Dale, Mandan, Daryl (Debbie), Fargo; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances (Tony) Hopfauf, Bismarck, Loretta (Harlan) Loeb, Gresham, Ore., Luella Collins, Molalla, Ore., Emerita Loeb, Bismarck; brother-in-law, Art Mildenberger, Bismarck; brothers, Jim (Judy), Roy (Jeannette) both of Mandan; and sisters-in-law, Ellen Friesz and Irene Friesz both of Mandan.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William H., who died on Sept. 8, 2007; daughter, Mariann; sons, Duane, and twins Kevin and Keith; sister, Odell Mildenberg and Margaret Friesz; brothers, Martin, Ray, Henry and Nick; and brothers-in-law, Ralph Loeb and Lee Collins.

Memorials may be directed to North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery and the St. Joseph’s Trust Fund.

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Mathias Kuntz

Mathias (Matt) J. Kuntz, 89, Mandan, died April 22, 2012, at Medcenter One Hospital in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, April 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Mathias was born on Feb. 2, 1923, to John and Marianna (Geiger) Kuntz in Odense. He married Rose Barnhard on June 28, 1948, in St. Anthony. His career as a farmer-rancher in Solen, started as a young boy working on the farm, which he continued throughout his life. In 1969 he moved to Mandan, though he continued to spend time on the farm and was a backhoe operator for Helvig Construction.

Matt was socially outgoing, striking up a conversation with anyone he would meet was of great interest and enjoyment. Matt was a man of the land; he loved farming and ranching and all that nature had to offer. In particular, he loved horses. This started as a young man working on the farm with a team of horses. He raised horses throughout his life and found a great source of enjoyment and relaxation riding. Additional outdoor activity included hunting deer. These cherish memories briefly describe Matt as we knew him.

Mathias will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Rose, Mandan; daughters, Eleanor (Donald) Miller, Huff, Rosella (Eugene) Faul, Bismarck; sons, Matt (Lenore), Ft. Rice, and John M., Mandan; grandchildren, Clifford Miller, Rachel Kuntz, Rhonda (Chad) Hanson, Rebecca (Garett) Massey, Sarah, Samantha and Sandra Kuntz; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Emily, Wyatt, Jameson, Caitlyn and Taylor; sister, Ludwina, Bismarck; sister-in-law, Margaret Kuntz, Mandan; and brother-in-law, Art Walker, Wash.

Mathias was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Joseph; sister, Marion and brothers, Frank (Ida), Dominic (Ethel), George (Tillie) and John.

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Robert Mitchell

Robert L. “Shakey” Mitchell, 65, Mandan, died April 22, 2012, in Mandan.

A funeral service was held at on Friday, April 27, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverend Jack Carlson officiating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Bob was born Dec. 23, 1946, in Casper, Wyo., to Harold and Jennie (Shove) Mitchell. On Sept. 11, 1966, he married Mary Rooker in Mandan. Bob owned and operated Mitchell Roofing in Mandan until his retirement. He will be remembered as a very social and friendly person who enjoyed bowling, fishing and hunting with his family and friends. Bob loved having coffee with his friends at Dakota Farms.

Blessed to have shared his life are three daughters, Cherrie (Lyle) Mayer, Dickinson, Kathy (Doran) Huus, Mandan, and Bobbi (Jeremy) LaFramboise, Bismarck; two sons, Jerry (Patty) Mitchell and Dennis (Amanda) Mitchell, all of Mandan; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, John Mitchell, Mandan; two sisters, Goldie Bargmann, Mandan, and Carol Voigt, Graham, Wash.; and a brother-in-law and special friend, Phil Dahl, Mandan.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary, in 1991; a brother, Harold Mitchell; and a sister, Rose Dahl.

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Marion Noonan

Marion Noonan, 89, passed away April 28, 2012, at the MedCenter One Living Center, where she has resided for the past few months.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, May 3, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Cambell as celebrant and Rev. Albert Leary as concelebrant and Homilist. Inurnment was on Friday, May 4, at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery.

Marion was born the only child of Arthur and Molly (Sunde) Amundson on Jan. 14, 1923, in Fargo, where she was raised. She attended school at Central High School and NDAC, where she was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.

She met Jim Noonan in Fargo, and upon his graduation and impending service in the U.S. Navy, they were married on Aug. 20, 1943, in Chicago, Ill. She followed him to San Francisco, Calif., where he was assigned to duty in the South Pacific on an LST.

Upon his return from the Navy, they moved to Bowman in 1945, where he was the County Extension Agent. They moved to Mandan in 1956, where Jim served as the County Extension Agent until joining First National Bank in the early 1960s.

Marion worked at Kist Livestock part-time in their early years in Mandan. She was an avid bridge player for many years. She enjoyed shopping, music and dancing. She and Jim loved to travel, visiting Hawaii, Ireland, Australia, New Zeeland and Alaska. She and Jim were members of the Mandan Reveler’s Club, a social group that held many dance parties and gatherings.

She is survived by her two sons, Tom (Louise), rural Solen, and Patrick (Gerri), Lisbon; her daughter, Nancy and Dick Bechtel, Mandan; nine grandchildren, Mike, Mark and Matt Noonan, Holly Stewart, Dave Bechtel, Robin Grenz, Bryce and Brent Noonan and Belinda Olson; nine great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Marge Yowell, California, and Lydia Noonan, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Jim.

Memorials should be directed to a charity of your choice.

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