Mandan News

Obituaries April 4, 2014

John Weisser
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John Weisser, 98, Mandan, died March 29, 2014 at Sanford off Collins in Mandan.

Services were held on April 3, at Messiah Lutheran Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Mark Drew officiating. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Six days after turning 98 years of age, John passed away. He was born on March 17, 1916, to John and Christine (Burkhart) Weisser in Burnstadt. John was raised and worked on a farm until 1951 when he moved to Mandan and started his successful music career, which he loved.

At the age of 5, he started playing on a button accordion which his dad had brought over from Russia. In 1930, he purchased his first professional accordion. Payments for the accordion were $8 per month, a lot of money in 1930, making payments difficult. He was self-taught on the accordion and learned to read musical notes on his own. He practiced very hard to become accomplished musician.

After John moved to Mandan, he joined a traveling band and played one-night gigs for seven years. He traveled as far as the Mexican border and back. He then played with Johnny Heider and JMJ Trio which played nightly at Jerry’s Supper Club for 12 years.

Most everyone in the Mandan area has at one time has heard his music as he played for many local dances and functions of all kinds. In his 90’s, John was still playing for senior centers, nursing homes and the like.

Having a mechanical mind, he repaired many accordions for people all over the state of North Dakota. He was an avid rummage saler, where he bought many musical instruments and clocks which he restored. Many local kids brought their bicycles to John for repair. He made himself a three-wheel bicycle (two wheels in front) in which he could often be seen riding around town.

John lived life to the fullest and will be deeply missed by his sister, Emma Eiseman; five nephews, Jim (Sharon) Eiseman, Art and William Trautmann, Allan (Shari) Weisser and Willard Weisser; six nieces, JoAnn (Jerry) Walth, Betty (Ron) Werth, Loretta (Glen) White, Marveline (Tony) Becker, Diana (Larry) Wangler and Arlis (Wilbur) Buck.

John was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jacob and August; sisters, Ottila Mitzel, Martha Trautmann and Pauline Kammerer.

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Adeline Hillard
D O Photo obitAdeline Hillard, 84, Mandan, died March 24, 2014 at Sanford off Collins Care Center, Mandan.

A funeral service was held on March 28 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan.

Adeline was born Oct. 25, 1929 in Elgin, to Jacob and Olga (Nicklaus) Schatz. She graduated from Mott High School in 1946 and married James Hillard on March 12, 1948 in Billings, Mont. In 1953 they moved to Minot and then to Mandan in 1963. Jim died in 1971. Adeline took great pride in her home and was an independent woman. She later worked for Mandan Public Schools as a kitchen aide.

Adeline is survived by her son, Robert (Carla) Hillard; grandson, Sean Hillard; sisters, Dolores Green, Leona Fried, Darlene Sterna, and Betty (Jim) Meyer; and brother, Raymond Schatz.

Adeline was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim; daughters, Gwendolyn and Holly; grandson, Jesse Hillard; brother-in-laws, Wilbert Fried, Fred Sterna, and John Norman; and sister-in-law, Marge Schatz.

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Myrle Warren
D O Myrle WarrenMyrle (Townsend) Warren, 86, long-time resident of Mandan, passed away at the Baptist Heath Care Center, Bismarck, on Feb. 17, 2014.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at Mandan United Methodist Church, 610 12th Street N.W., with the Rev. Bruce Adams officiating. Cremation has taken place, and burial will be at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery. 
Myrle was born Nov. 5, 1927 in Fargo, and raised by parents Wyman and Emma (Fischer) Townsend. She attended Moorhead High School and graduated from Moorhead State Teachers College where she met Duncan. They were married in December 1947.
Duncan and Myrle lived and worked in Gackle, Hazen, and Center before settling in Mandan in the late 1950s.  Myrle taught at the State Industrial School for many years, and although officially retired, she filled-in as a substitute teacher in the Mandan School District for several more years.
When not teaching, Myrle enjoyed traveling, gardening, entertaining, working crossword puzzles, and the company of her golden retrievers and fuzzy cats.  Not one to sit still for very long, Myrle belonged to several community, social, and philanthropic organizations including Fortnightly Club, P.E.O, Thursday Music Club, Dakota Woodturners, and was a charter member of the Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Association. Known for her quick, bright smile and equally bright red lipstick, Myrle could always be counted on as a cheerful volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Mandan Art Association shows, music festivals, and church events and conferences.  
A devout Christian, Myrle’s service to God was expressed in her love of music.  She was the choir director at the Mandan United Methodist Church and sang for Sunday services as a member of the Women’s Trio.  At home, she supported her children in their many and varied music lessons, and never missed a music performance in which they were participating.  Myrle passed along her love of music to her children who continue to carry on her legacy in their chosen professions and volunteer services.
Myrle is survived by her children, John (Rebecca) Warren, Mandan, Jo Warren, Santa Fe N.M., Jeff Warren, Larkspur Colo., granddaughter, Sara Harrie, Healdsburg, Calif., and dear treasured friends, Myrna Petermann, MaryAnn Hanson, and Joyce Fox, to name just a few, who would often visit with her after Duncan’s passing.   
She was preceded in death by her husband Duncan, infant son James, brother-in-law George Warren, her parents, sister Elvira Townsend, brothers and sisters-in-law, Clyde (Dorothy) Townsend,  Lynn (Bernice) Townsend, and Byron (Vicki) Townsend. 
In honor of Myrle’s life, memorials may be made to the Central Dakota Humane Society 2104 37th Street Mandan,, Dakota Woodturners PO Box 243 Bismarck,, or Mandan United Methodist Church 610 12th Street N.W.

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