Mandan News

Obituaries – August 10-16, 2013

Bette Gates

Bette Jean Gates, 79, of Spokane, Wash., peacefully passed away in her home at Touchmark on South Hill, on Aug. 8, 2013.

Bette was a loving mother and wife of 57 years. She was born on April 16, 1934, in Bismarck, the daughter of Ernest and Kathryn George, and was raised at the USDA Great Plains Experiment Station in Mandan. She graduated from Mandan High School in 1952, and as an elementary education teacher from Macalister College, St. Paul, Minn., in 1956.

On June 12, 1956, she married Lt. Thomas R. Gates of the United States Air Force. During her career as a military wife she taught school and made homes for her family twice in Texas, twice in California, Idaho, Colorado, Republic of Taiwan, Washington, and finally Alaska. In later years she became a respected member of the National Association of Legal Secretaries. Following her retirement and her husband’s, they returned to the Palouse Country of North Idaho and built a majestic log home near Moscow, Idaho, and some 10 years later moved to the banks of the Snake River in Lewiston, Idaho. In mid-2011 they made their move to Touchmark on South Hill in Spokane, where Bette became actively engaged in many of the community activities offered to its residents.

Bette is survived by her husband, Tom; her daughter, Sharon Hust of Arlington Va.; her sister, Mary Hood of W. Lafayette, Ind. She also leaves behind two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Debra; and two grandchildren. She was a member of the Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church.

We would love to thank Medical Oncology of Spokane, Sacred Heart Infusion Center, and Hospice of Spokane for their loving and attentive care.


Wendy Germann

Wendy Jean Germann, 44, Mandan, died Aug. 4, 2013, at her residence.

Services were held on Friday, Aug. 9, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Jack Carlson officiating.

Wendy Jean Germann was born on Nov. 2, 1968, in Bowman, to David L. Germann, Sr. and Candy M. Thomas. Wendy was raised and educated in Bowman, graduating from Bowman High School as an Honor Student. After high school, she attended Dickinson State University and Fayetteville Tech in Fayetteville, N.C., where she received her associate’s degree in nursing. Upon returning to North Dakota, Wendy went to the University of Mary, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing. Wendy had a passion for education and was an avid reader. She enjoyed the outdoors, whether it was camping, fishing, or playing softball. Wendy was generous with her time, volunteering in several organizations including Dakota Stage, Sleepy Hollow and First Lutheran Church where she taught confirmation.

Always putting others first, Wendy was generous with her time and resources. She lived a simple life and was truly a free spirit. She was a dedicated nurse and exceptional caregiver. Family was foremost in Wendy’s life. In her actions, she showed us the meaning of love, honesty and integrity and supported her children whenever they needed it. Her kindness, gentleness and generosity endeared Wendy to everyone who knew her.

Left with fond memories are her daughters, Taylor Jung and Erica Jung, both of Mandan; son, Jeffrey Jung, Mandan; parents, Candy and Jeff Jung, Bowman; grandparents, Yvonne Lowery, St. George, Utah, Eva Jung, Bismarck; former spouse, Mike (Patti) Jung, Mandan; stepdaughter, Halli Rambough, Bismarck; stepson, Tristan Rambough, Bismarck; sister, Paula (Damon) Reitz, Scranton; brothers, David (Carrie) Germann, Bismarck, Dallas Germann, Dickinson; stepsister, Shawnel (David) Burk, Bowman; and several nieces and nephews.

Wendy was preceded in death by her Grandma Gene Thomas; and Grandpa Mike Jung.

Memorials in Wendy’s name can be directed to Sleepy Hollow or St. Alexius Hospice.

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Valentine Heck

Valentine Heck, 82, Mandan, went to be with his heavenly Father on Aug. 9, 2013, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Valentine was born May 14, 1931, to Anton Heck Sr. and Margaret Steiner. He attended school in Crown Butte and as an adult received his GED. On June 28, 1950, he married Bertha Schaff. They farmed on the home place until March of 1955 when they moved to Mandan. Valentine began working at Cloverdale Foods in Mandan April 6, 1955. He retired 40 years later in 1995.

Valentine was a very active member in the community. He joined the Scouting program in September of 1955. He had been Scout Master for Troop 54 in Mandan for 13 years, an assistant scout master, and worked on the district lever for many years. He earned and was honored with many awards through his years of scouting. He has received the Baden Powell Award, District Merit Award, Silver Beaver, was involved in Wood Badge training at Camp Wilderness, made the Order of the Arrow, Vigil and Brother Hood. He was involved with Heart Butte Scout Camp. Valentine was very proud that his four sons were Eagle Scouts.

Valentine was also involved in the Mandan Eagles, joining in 1955. He was the Aerie President 1994 to 1995, and the Dakota State President 1995 to 1996. He served on many committees on the local and state levels. He was a Trustee for 13 years. He spent many hours at the club cooking for spaghetti suppers, picnics, weddings, stags, and doing whatever needed to be done. Val had always been a great supporter of Home on the Range and had served on this committee on the local and state level.

Val was also a member of the Mandan Kiwanas Club. He had perfect attendance for 15 years and received the Kiwanan of the Year award 1999 to 2000. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and is a 3rd and 4th degree.

Val will be remembered as having a passion for pinochle. He loved fishing, hunting, camping, outdoor cooking with his dutch oven, gardening, woodwork, and tinkering in his workshop.

Valentine will be greatly missed by his family; two daughters, Linda Greenwood, Dickinson, and Darlene Schrenk, Mandan; four sons, Donald (Marcia) and Kenneth (Brenda), both of Everett, Wash., Arnold (Renu) Centerville, Va., and David, Sykeville, Md.; 12 grandchildren, Dawn Greenwood Dewey (Seth), Jonn (Sabrina) and Geoff Greenwood, Matthew Jacobson-Heck, Ashley and Christopher Schrenk, Bradyn, Arianna, Serena, Chad (Katie), Zachery and Megan Heck; one sister, Isabel (Joe) Davis, Richland, Wash.; and one brother, Ralph (Dorothy) Richland, Wash.; one sister-in-law, Josephine (Marvin) Kautzman, Racine Wis.; and one brother-in-law, Jerome “Harry” (Vyola) Schaff, Bismarck.

Valentine was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Bertha; his parents; one sister, Sr. Margerite Heck; three brothers, Tony, Pete, Ludwig; and son-in-law, Mark Greenwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Home on the Range, Boy Scout Troop 54 or the St. Joseph Trust Fund.

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Josephine Ressler

Josephine (Josie) Ressler, 83, Mandan, died Aug. 11, 2013, at the Sanford Living Center on Sunset, Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service at Weigel Funeral Home.

Josephine Martin was born April 29, 1930, to John and Martina (Schafer) Martin in Bismarck. On Feb. 5, 1951, Josie married Jacob (Jack) Ressler in Mandan. She was a woman with a generous and giving heart. Josie took great pride in her home, having a schedule of tasks that were to be done daily. She was very particular and precise on these duties. Josie had a servant’s heart, regularly cleaning, cooking and serving others. Everyone loved to enjoy her food and baked goods made from her favorite recipes.

Family and faith were first and foremost in Josie’s life. She always remembered everyone who needed prayers and prayed for them daily. Josie was very active and enjoyed the Polka channel.

Josie will be deeply missed by her children, Jim (Leona), Bismarck, Dennis (Linda), Yvonne (Jerry) Peterson, and Allen (Becky), all of Mandan; grandchildren, Michelle (Scott) Haas, Brian (Jackie) Ressler, Tom Ressler, Scott (Amie) Ressler, Brittany (Mick) Peterson, Jennifer (Jason) Ritz, Justin Ressler, Amanda Ressler, Michael (Heather) Peterson, Amy (Marc) Torgerson and Kayla Ressler (friend, Curry Quenette); and 20 great-grandchildren.

Josie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack; grandson, Ryan Wayne Peterson; and sisters, Betty Seelye, Bernice Anderson and Maggie Haider.

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