Mandan News

Obituaries – April 7-13, 2012

Pauline Fleck

Pauline Fleck, 98, formerly of Breien, died April 3, 2012, at Medcenter One Living Center in Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, April 10, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. William Ruelle as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Pauline was born June 21, 1913, in Fallon, to Steve and Florentina (Dauenhauer) Berger. She married Jacob Fleck on Oct. 25, 1932, in Fallon. Jacob died in 1980.

Pauline and Jacob raised their 13 children on the farm where gardening was a necessity as well as was learning the skills of preparing foods using German recipes. Creamed chicken, chicken soup and homemade bread was on the menu for their regular Sunday dinner which the whole family enjoyed. The holidays were a highlight especially with her children and grandchildren, occasionally traveling to Oregon to see them. Closer to home Pauline was devoted to attending various school functions which included the annual Christmas program. Pauline made beautiful crocheted and knitted pieces that her family will cherish. Pauline was very involved with her church and her community; she was a former member of Sacred Heart Church in Solen, a member of the Flasher American Legion Auxillary, Breien Prairie Hustler and enjoyed attending basket socials.

Pauline will be greatly missed by her children, Emily (Joe) Schmidt, Bismarck, Lawrence (Joann), Portland, Ore., Beatrice (Bill) Berger, Gardine Haff, Jack, and Raymond (Joyce), all of Mandan, Caroline (Matt) Magilke, Bismarck, Mary (Richard) Bendish, Fort Rice, Pauline (Roger) Hatzenbuehler, St. Paul, Minn., and David (Sandy), Mandan; 50 grandchildren; 87 great-grandchildren; 33 great-great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Edna Fleck.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jacob; sons, Florian, Daniel and Wilbert; grandchildren, Durwin, Connie and Delwyn Berger, Brian Fleck, Ryan Fleck and Tim Rohr; great-grandchild, Megan Berger; son-in-law, Peter Haff;  brothers, John, Ralph and Lucas; sisters, Agatha, Rose, Monica and Beatrice; and her dear friends, Vivian Gullickson and Frances Brewster.

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Lila Gress

Lila V. Gress, 76, Mandan, died April 4, 2012, at Medcenter One, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, April 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Lila Gress was born on June 11, 1935, in Fort Rice, to George and Margaret (Gerving) Schoonover. She married Anton Gress in October of 1955 in Bismarck. They moved to Livingston, Mont., where Lila managed a gas station for many years. After living in Livingston for 30 years they then moved to Glendive, Mont. Tony died in November 2008.

Lila was a very outgoing and active woman. She kept busy making crocheted afghans, gardening, reading and doing multiple types of crafts. Her baking and canning won many ribbons at the State Fairs and her prize candy she made was divinity. Many generations will be able to enjoy her divinity as she passed the recipe on to family. Her faith was very important to her and she volunteered many hours at her church.

Lila and Tony enjoyed traveling, primarily to the West. Yuma, Ariz., and New Mexico were her favorites. Having no children of her own, Lila and Tony valued their time with nieces and nephews. Many times they would have them stay for a month at a time. She cherished the time she spent visiting with her sisters.

Lila will be deeply missed by her sisters, Arlene (Ron) Capelle and Jenny Metzner, both of Mandan; brothers, Al (Fran) Schoonover, Chandler, Ariz., and Glen Schoonover, Ft. Rice; sister-in-law, Gloria Schoonover, Gackle; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Earl; sister-in-law, Delores Schoonover; brother-in-law, Bernie Metzner; niece, Lois Schoonover; nephews, Dale Bruggeman and Bernie Metzner, Jr.; great-nephew, Josh Joersz and great-niece, Emily Joersz.

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Lawrence Miller

Lawrence “Larry” Miller, 63, Mandan, died on April 2, 2012, in a Bismarck hospital. Memorial service were held on Wednesday, April 4, at the Church of St. Anne with Fr. Ed Wehner officiating. Burial was held at a later date.

Larry was born on May 8, 1948, to Peter and Clara (Lauinger) Miller, in Mandan. He was raised and educated in Mandan. Larry was a man who wore many hats and was a jack-of-all-trades. He worked for the church of St. Anne’s and the school as a head maintenance man for 16 years and considered everyone there family.

He loved hunting, fishing, hiking and most importantly, spending time with his family and his annual trips to Montana with his brothers.

He was fondly referred to as grandpa and papa.

He is survived by his son, Bryan, St. Cloud, Minn.; granddaughters, Alyssa Miller and Sydney Miller; sister, Mary Jane Reid, Mandan; brothers, Melvin (Ann), Mandan, Tony, Laurell, Mont., Don (Judy), Bismarck, Wayne, Mandan; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his lifetime partner, Mary Schmidt, Bismarck, and her family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kurt Miller; brothers, Leo and Jerry; and sister, Deloris.

The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful staff and the student’s at St. Anne’s school and church.

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Oscar Peterson

Oscar L. Peterson, 89, Bismarck, passed away April 3, 2012. Funeral service were on Friday, April 13, at First Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with Pastor Allen Wagner officiating. Burial was at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Oscar L. Peterson, youngest son of Mary Heinemeyer and Lauritz Christian (L.C.) Peterson, was born at Mandan on Jan. 17, 1923, and was reared southwest of Stanton on the Coulee Bank Stock Farm. Upon graduation from Stanton High School he enrolled at the State School of Forestry at Bottineau where he majored in horticulture. Following graduation he was employed as an assistant in the horticulture department until the fall of 1943, at which time he enlisted in the U.S. Army with the 758th Field Artillery Battalion. He was engaged with the 155 Howitzer crew in active combat in the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns in WWII.

In the spring of 1946, Peterson began work as a nurseryman for Oscar H. Will & Co., a pioneer seed and nursery company in Bismarck. In the fall of 1946 he accepted a position as an elementary teacher in the Stanton Public Schools. The following year he enrolled at Dickinson State University where he received his bachelor of science degree in school administration and social science. He accepted a position as superintendent of schools at Dodge in 1949, and received his masters degree in school administration at the University of Minnesota in 1953. He later served as duperintendent of dchools at Killdeer, Carson, and 23 years at Mott, where he retired in 1986.

Oscar was united in marriage to June C. Diede at Hebron on May 27, 1949. To this union were born three sons, Jeffrey Jon, Gregory Scott, and Bradley Oscar. June died March 27, 1973 in a one-car accident north of Mott. On Aug. 3, 1974, Oscar and Mary German Bruvold were married in Boise, Idaho. Mary passed away at Bismarck on March 7, 1987. Oscar married Arlette Payne in Bismarck May 25, 1990.

Throughout his 40 years in public school education, Peterson served on a number of professional, civic, and community boards. He was a past commander of the American Legion at Stanton, Americanism Chairman of the Legion at Mott and a long-time treasurer of the Mott Lions Club. He was active in the Lutheran church having served as a Sunday school teacher and on the church council and committees.

Peterson was president of the North Dakota Association of School Administrators in 1974. He was one of the organizers of the North Dakota Council of School Administrators and served as the first president of that organization in 1976. In January 1989 he was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in the North Dakota Association of School Administrators.

After retirement in 1986, the Petersons moved to Bismarck, where Peterson remained active as a volunteer working with Lutheran Social Services, West Central Human Services, RSVP, and Assistant State Coordinator and instructor with AARP 55 Alive/Mature Driving. He was president of Bismarck-Mandan Retired Teachers in 1992 to 1997.

Peterson is remembered for his dedication and commitment to service with family, profession, community, and church. When not engaged in service to others his favorite pastime included cooking and baking (pies, lefsa, sourdough pancakes), hunting, hiking, camping, and quality time with family.

He is survived by his wife, Arlette; his son, Jeff (Julie), Sulphur, La.; stepsons, Dan (Janice) Goehring, Stan (Karen) Goehring, Wayne (Cindy) Goehring; three grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Albert and Oswald Peterson; sons, Gregory and Bradley; and wives, June and Mary.

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Leona Ressler

Leona Ressler, 84, Mandan, died April 3, 2012, at Medcenter One, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, April 9, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Leona was born on Sept. 30, 1927, to Adam and Minnie (Erhardt) Kuntz in Solen. She learned early what rural life in North Dakota was about. She was one of 15 children raised on a farm which included hard work and learning to prepare many meals. After her marriage to Mathias Ressler on Oct. 26, 1953, in Mandan, they moved to California, where they lived for many years. On June 27, 1979, Mathias died at an early age. She returned to North Dakota shortly thereafter to be closer to family. Socially, Leona was very outgoing, she loved family gatherings, dancing the polka, and having mastered the German recipes her favorite of everybody was her German chocolate cake. She continued to enjoy traveling to California and made regular trips to the casino to try her luck. Family was central in her life and the precious memories they have of Leona will be cherished.

Leona will be deeply missed by her daughters, Arlene (Lee) Frohlich, Mandan, and Annette Hempstead, Bismarck; sons, Allen, Vallejo, Calif., Dennis and Dale, both of Mandan; grandchildren, Laura Wright, Adam, Matthew, and Allen Ressler, Bryan and Ashly Hempstead and Katherine Frohlich; great-grandchildren, Allen, Alyssa, Lyseaunna, Caleb, and Abeegale; step grandchildren, Jeanette and Kelly Whipple; step great-grandchildren, Joseph, Blake, T.J. and Katelin; sisters, Ann Schwartz, San Pablo, Calif., Dalores Schwartz, Elsobrante, Calif., Agnes Sneed, Delenor Schwartz, Evonne (Eugene) Fleck and Fred Jahraus, all of Mandan; and sisters-in-law, Ann Kuntz, Mandan, Betty Kuntz, Nopa, Calif., Lillian Kuntz and Katie Kuntz, both of Stockton, Calif.

Leona was preceded in death by her parents; great grandchild, Adam Lee Ressler; step great-grandchild, KellyRae Whipple, Jr.; sisters, Diana Jahraus and Shirley Gangl; brothers, Liberatus, Joe, Ralph, George, Herman, Phillip and Bill; brothers-in-law, Harvey Gangl, John, Fred and Ed Schwartz; and sisters-in-law, Alice and Florentine Kuntz.

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