Mandan News

Obituaries – April 6-12, 2013

Ellen Leinius

Ellen Ardell Leinius, 70, Center, died April 5, 2013, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck, from complications of diabetes.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, April 11, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with Dwight Duke officiating. Burial was at the Center Community Cemetery.

Ellen was born Feb. 24, 1943, in Bismarck, to Ralph and Ruby (Tye) Bigelow. Raised on the family farm, she attended country school until the third grade, when her family moved to Center. She enjoyed being a 4-H member. Ellen graduated as valedictorian in 1961 and went on to attend NDSU, where she played the clarinet in the marching band, won the Little International Bread Baking contest, was a life member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, and graduated in 1965 with a major in clothing and textiles.

Ellen taught in Steele for two years and then moved back to Center, where she started the Home Economics program at Center High School. Very talented and creative, she was an excellent seamstress, quilter, cake decorator, yard landscape artist, and gardener. In 1980 Ellen became an XI Charter Member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a Woman’s Education Honorary Society. In 1981 she embarked on a new career with her dad at the Oliver County Abstract Office and became the owner when her dad retired. She ran the abstract office until her retirement in 2009.

A caring and giving woman, Ellen became guardian of her nephew, Ted Bigelow, in 1991, and was a Girl Scout Camp Assistant Director in New York for four summers. Family was important to her and she enjoyed many family reunions in the Black Hills.

Blessed to have shared her life is one brother, Kurt (Nancy) Bigelow, Sturgis, S.D.; her “almost sister,” Barb Fleming, Center; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Dottie.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marcia; brother, Buell; and nephew, Ted Bigelow.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Oliver County

Ambulance Service.

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Donna Miller

Donna Elaine Miller, 84, of Bismarck, passed away on April 2, 2013, after a long battle with Wegener’s disease.

The Mass of the Christian burial was held on Friday April 5, at St. Martins Catholic Church, Huff. Burial was at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery.

Donna was born in Fullerton on Feb. 26, 1929, to Ebba (Nelson) and Sam Kinken. She graduated from Lisbon High School and continued on to receive a teaching certificate at Ellendale State College.

Donna was married to Paul Miller on June 24, 1950, in Fargo. They were married 49 years.

Donna worked as the postmaster of Huff for 35 years. She and Paul also operated the Miller Grocery Store in Huff for many years. She was the local daycare lady in Huff. Donna enjoyed crocheting, especially dolls clothes. She and Paul enjoyed square dancing. She loved animals and gardening. Her pie baking was known well around family and friends. The last few years of her life were spent at Edgewood Vista in Bismarck, where she loved to play bingo, cards and join in craft making. She was an avid reader. Donna was a devout Christian and everyone felt the love of Christ when she was near.

Donna was also actively involved in the St. Anne’s Altar Society and Senior Volunteers, and she belonged to the VFW Auxiliary. For many years, she was active in the Huff Homemakers Club.

Donna is survived by her children, Paulette (Bob) Bullinger, Bismarck, Joseph (Marie) Miller, Lead, S.D., Mary Brown, Lompoc, Calif., and Jeff Miller, Mandan. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Clara Mae Fuss, Fargo; and brother, Sherman (Herbie) Kinken, Minneapolis, Minn.; her brother-in-law, Harry Oster, Bismarck; sisters-in-law, Betty Kinken, Davenport, Iowa, and Marty Jocewicz, Peoria, Ariz.; plus many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Donna is preceded in death by her husband, Paul, in 1999; her parents, Ebba and Sam; her sisters, Dorothy, Beatrice, JoAnn; and her brother, Earl.

In lieu of cut flower donations, the family prefers donations of toys to local charities. If preferred, toys can be brought to the funeral home or funeral, and the family will distribute to Bismarck-Mandan charities.


Lisa Paul

Lisa A. Paul, 45, Mandan, died April 5, 2013, at St. Alexius Medical Center Bismarck.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 8, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Rev. Curtis Dikoff as officiant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Lisa was born to Jerry and JoAnn (Bauer) Paul in Moorhead, Minn., on June 9, 1967. She was raised and educated in Mandan. Lisa was a person of generous spirit, always trying to help others. She had a love for music, dancing and carnival rides with her dad. The time spent in the summer riding on jet skis and dune buggies was also one of her favorite ways to relax. With great pride, she received various medals for her participation in the Special Olympics. She lived in her own apartment for many years and later lived in group homes operated by Pride and Enable.

Lisa will be deeply missed by her mother, JoAnn, Mandan; sister, Rhonda (Roger) Binstock, Mandan; brother, Jeff (Angel), Mandan; four nieces, one nephew and two great-nephews.

Lisa was preceded in death by her father, Jerry, in 2006; and her grandparents.

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Pauline Ressler

Pauline (Pollie) Ressler, 91, Mandan, died April 5, 2013, at Sanford Care Center in Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, April 9, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Johnson Kuriappilly as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Pollie was born to Paul and Elizabeth (Zerr) Ferderer in Mandan on Nov. 3, 1921. She was raised and educated in Mandan. She married Theodore C. Ressler on Nov. 13, 1945, in Mandan. She and her husband, Ted, owned the Ten Spot Bowling Lanes in Mandan. Pollie was a loving mother and grandmother to her four children and seven grandchildren. She was a generous, caring and kind person. She opened her house to all those who visited and made them feel warm and welcome. She was a source of happiness to her family, making birthdays and holidays so very special. Pollie devoted her love so unselfishly as she cared for her mother. Pollie and Ted were inseparable and thoroughly enjoyed spending their time with each other, as well as with family and friends. Many special memories will be cherished by all forever.

Pollie will be deeply missed by her daughters, Mary (Gerald) Bernhardt, Bismarck, Paula (Bill) Thovson, Watertown, S.D.; sons, Wayne Ressler, Bismarck, Mike (Kathy) Ressler, Bismarck; grandchildren, Shaylyn and Kyle Bernhardt, Alicia Paz, Ariana Thovson, Brandon Ressler, Ryan Ressler, Troy Ressler; and great-grandchildren, Dominic and Alyssa Paz.

Pollie was preceded in death by her husband, Ted, who died in 2005; sisters, Lenore Ferderer, Perpetua Ferderer, Rose Scherr, Eva Ferderer, Betty Lintz, Margaret Mason; and brothers, Jake, Christ, John and Mike.

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Lorene (Entzel) Rothfusz

Lorene M. (Entzel) Rothfusz, 79, Missoula, Mont., formerly of Mandan, entered this world June 15, 1933, and departed, joining her dear Heavenly Father, on March 30, 2013.

Services were held April 5 at Messiah Lutheran Church, Missoula.

Lorene was the first-born child of Henry and Mathilda Entzel, followed by seven treasured siblings. She began her life in Dunn Center.

The family moved to Mandan in 1946, where she spent her childhood growing up on the cherished family farm 5 miles north of Mandan. As years passed, she loved visiting the Entzel farm that her youngest brother, Donald, took over after the death of their father in 1971.

While attending Capitol Commercial College in Bismarck, she met and soon married Leonard Rothfusz. The young couple started a family in Bismarck and later moved to Hebron to raise their growing brood.

Leonard and Lorene owned Auto Implement in Hebron and spent their years in North Dakota, until the family moved to Havre, Mont., in August of 1981. In October of 1999, Lorene moved to Missoula, to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Although her life called on her to fulfill many roles and perform many jobs, the roles of mother and grandmother, and the job of homemaker, were the ones she treasured most dearly. She loved each child and grandchild in her own very special and giving way. She never asked of others more than she was willing to give of herself.

Lorene was a trusted friend to many, including her children. We will miss the clasp of her hand in ours, the understanding and reassurance of her motherly ear, and the wisdom and guidance of her words.  She created a place for us to feel comfortable and call home wherever she lived. We will miss her more than words can say.

Blessed to have shared her life are her five children, Lori Rothfusz, Bozeman, Mont., Debra Sommer (Craig Rayle), Missoula, Brian (Sherri) Rothfusz, Lewiston, Idaho, Kathy (Perry) Schneider, Missoula, and Sandra (Rusty) Richardson, Missoula; 17 beautiful grandchildren; three brothers and two sisters, Arnie (Jan) Entzel, Coon Rapids, Minn., Marjean (Ed) Hill, Columbus, Ohio, Larry (Kathy) Entzel, Minot, Donald (Valeri) Entzel, Mandan, and Fern (Oscar) Rothfusz, Georgetown, Texas; and two first cousins, Ruby Benz and Alice Goetz, both of Dunn Center.

Lorene was preceded in death by Leonard Rothfusz; her parents, Henry and Mathilda Entzel; infant sister, Evelyn; brother, Alfred; and nephew, Clint Entzel.