Mandan News

Obituaries Aug. 1, 2014

Michael Bonogofsky
D O Bonogofsky copyMichael Bonogofsky Sr, 72, Mandan, died July 26, 2014, at his home in Mandan.

Funeral Service was held on, July 29, at Weigel Funeral Home. Cremation will take place and burial will be at a later date.

Michael was born on Sept. 25, 1941, at Shields, to Casper C. and Rose (Nagel) Bonogofsky. He was raised and educated in the Shields area and as a young man, learned his life’s career as a mechanic. He married Magdelena Heintz on June 9, 1962, at Sykeston.

Michael’s mechanical abilities had him as the go-to guy for getting things fixed. Whether it was vehicles, boats or small engines, his generosity with his talents were available to friends and family.

He was socially out-going and was always with a good sense of humor. He found time to relax, which he found in hunting, camping, fishing and helping his friend Tony Belohlavek doing farm work.

He owned his own sewing machine, which he mastered sewing and doing repair work for friends and family. The highlight of his life was his family. He was the happiest and most content simply being at home; these cherished memories will be a part of us.

Michael will be deeply missed by three daughters: Brenda (Wade) Buerkle, Mandan; Laura (Alex) Miranda, San Antonio, Texas; and Kimberly Sammons, Lincoln. One son, Michael Jr., Mandan. Nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A sister, Alvina Glass, Mandan. Two brothers, Victor (Mary), Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Tony, Pampa, Texas.

Michael was preceded in death by his wife Magdelena, who died March 26, 2010, two sisters, Tillie (Don) Hamilton; Viola (Lloyd) Ubanks, a brother, Edwin; a brother-in-law, Joseph Glass; sister-in-law, Delores Bonogofsky.

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Peter Gartner
D O Peter Photo obit copyPeter J. Gartner, 92, Mandan, died July 21, 2014, at Sanford Medical Center, Bismarck, with his family by his side.

A funeral service was held on July 25, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Nick Schneider officiating. Cremation took place and inurnment was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, with full military honors.

Pete was born May 25, 1922, in New England, to Michael and Anna (Koppinger) Gartner. Raised and educated in New England, he graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1940.

Following graduation, he took over management of the New England Cleaners, along with the State Theatre, where he had been a projectionist for three years during high school.

In 1942 Pete enlisted in the Army Air Corp Glider Pilot, serving in the European Theatre of Operations for two years, and was honorably discharged in Dec. 1945. In 1946, he reopened the cleaning plant and operated the Theatre in New England.

Pete met Beryl Van Dervoort of Milbank, S.D., on a blind date. She owned and operated a beauty shop in Bowman.

They were married on April 24, 1946. In 1947 they closed the cleaning shop and sold all of the equipment, along with their home in New England, after deciding to move to Dickinson where Pete worked for First National Bank.

Their first child, Dudley, was born in 1949, during which time Pete built a home on the west end of Dickinson. Over the next several years they became parents to three more sons and a daughter.

He worked in the evenings as a projectionist at the Dickinson theaters along with volunteering as a fireman for many years. In 1951, Pete left the bank and started working for Vantine Paint and Glass Store in Dickinson. During this time, he began his own contracting business, which he owned and operated.

In 1967, he took the position of Fire Marshal for the City of Dickinson Fire Department. He held the position until July of 1971, when he resigned and accepted the position of Fire Chief for the City of Mandan. During his career as Mandan Fire Chief, he built two new fire stations and added a number of new pumper trucks to give protection to the outlying areas of the city. At that time the fire department grew to five full time employees and 27 paid “on call” firefighters.

Pete was part of a number of fire service organizations for N.D., having held many board positions. He was president of the N.D. Fire Prevention Association from 1970 through 1975, served two terms as president of the N.D. Fire Chief Association and served as Secretary and Treasurer for 14 years for the N.D. Fire Prevention Association. He also started and hosted the N.D. State Fire School in Mandan for 18 years.

Pete strongly believed that he was able to do these things and more because of the support and help of his wife and family. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Pete will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Blessed to have shared his life is his wife of 68 years, Beryl, Mandan; five children, Dudley (Sharon), Bismarck, Craig, Dickinson, Frank (Debbie), Dublin, Calif., Rodney (Judy), Fargo, and Marla (Kenneth) Praus, Dickinson; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and one brother, John (Betty) Gartner, Hatboro, Pa.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Carl, Adam, William, and Christ; and one sister, Katherin Sears.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the ND Firefighters Hall of Fame, 52 N Main, Garrison, ND, 58540.

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Marie Heck
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Marie Bailey Heck, 89, Mandan, passed away due to natural causes on July 26, 2014, at Sanford off Collins Care Center in Mandan.

A funeral service was held on July 29, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Marie was born Aug. 2, 1924, in Mandan, to Archie and Rose (Wetch) Reynolds. In March 1943, Marie married Walter Bailey.

Marie enjoyed raising their two children and caring for her family. She was a member of the Women of the Moose Club and the Red Hat Society.

Walter died in Sept. 1982, after having had 39 years together.

In 1985 Marie married Pete Heck. Pete died in 2003. Marie’s two children, Patricia and Walter Jr., also preceded her in death.

A feisty and independent woman, Marie will be greatly missed.

Blessed to have shared her life is her son-in-law, Duane “Bud” Carrier, Bismarck; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; eight great great grandchildren; her sister, Evelyn of Mandan; and brother, Tom, of Abilene, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Genevieve Haller
Genevieve Matilda Haller, 94, Minneapolis, passed away July 16, 2014.

She was born Sept. 16, 1919, in Fort Rice, to John and Angeline (nee Leingang) Eckroth. Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, July 19, at the Church of St. Albert the Great, 2836 33rd Ave. S., Minneapolis. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Survivors include her daughters, Judith (Peter) Sheppard, Deborah (Patrick) Byrne, and Susan (Michael) Koch; her son, Robert (Cindy) Haller; her grandchildren, Nicole Henderson, Donald (Denise) Patterson, Ryan Henderson, Jeremy Johnson, Jenny (Donnie) Altenburg, Danielle Haller, and Julianna (Scott) Campbell; her great-grandchildren, Aidan and Brody Patterson, and Nash and Avealean Altenburg; her sisters, Viola (Robert) Klesalek, Rosella Kuhn, and Lorraine (Gene) Hatzenbeler; her brothers, Albert (Alice), Raymond (Priscilla), and Donald (Delanis) Eckroth; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Eckroth.

Genevieve was preceded in death by several family members, including her husband, Robert, in 2005.
She will be forever loved and treasured.

Memorials are preferred.

Dawn Glatt
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Dawn L. Glatt, 82, Bismarck, died July 24, 2014, at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

Funeral services were held July 29, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Deacon Doyle Schulz officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery following the funeral service.

Dawn was born on Oct. 12, 1931, to Alvin and Pauline (Cameron) Meldahl in Valley City. She was raised and educated in Valley City, attending elementary school at the Green School and graduating from Valley City High School.

Dawn was an accomplished vocalist; she made her first public appearance at the age of four. She sang for many weddings and funerals, and wanted to major in vocal education before meeting Leo Glatt, while he was attending Valley City State College. They were married on July 11, 1950, before Leo entered the military.

When Leo was discharged they returned to Valley City and then moved to Sutton, where Leo was superintendent. They then moved to Tracy, Calif., and later settled in Milpitas, Calif., where they lived for 30 years.

Dawn helped raise their children, worked as a bank teller and later for JC Penney’s, for 23 years. Leo and Dawn moved back to Bismarck in 1998.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed biographies and stories about real people. Dawn enjoyed camping and summer trips with her family.

Dawn will be deeply missed by her daughters, Paulette (Ron) Crawford, Concord, Calif. and Kathy (Tom) Kost, San Jose, Calif.; son, Dave (Debra) Glatt, Bismarck; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister, Cherry (Jerry) Braunberger, Springfield, Ore. and sister-in-law, Nellie Mae Meldahl, Calif.

Dawn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo in 2011; sister, Joy (Bob) Brock and brother, Richard Meldahl.

Memorials may be sent to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

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Donald Kocourek
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Donald J. Kocourek, 90, Mandan, died Jan. 12, 2014, at Sanford, off Sunset Mandan. A celebration of his life will take place at Cross Ranch Park Robert Home Shelter on Thursday, Aug. 7.

Donald was born on Sept. 13, 1923, in Bismarck to Joseph and Edna (Nystrom) Kocourek. He was raised and educated in Rural Oliver County.

On Feb. 12, 1945, he married Ann Denius in Center. Together they had three children.

In 1946, they moved to Mandan, where Donald joined the Northern Pacific Railroad as a conductor/switchman. After 38 years service, he retired from the railroad in 1984.

Donald is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ann, Mandan; three sons, Mark (Kathy) of Raleigh N.C., Douglas (Susan) and Christopher, both of Mandan; six grandchildren, Bryan, Ariel, Kallie, Jennifer, Matt and Whitney; and two great grand children. Two sisters, Betty of La Mesa Calif., Helen of Spicer Minn., and one brother, John of Bismarck.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Marion.

If you wish to join the family in celebration of Donald’s life, join them at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, for food and refreshment at Cross Ranch State Park.