Mandan News

Obituaries – August 11-17, 2012

Anton Hopfauf

Anton (Tony) Hopfauf, 94, Bismarck, died Aug. 9, 2012, at St. Vincent Care Center in Bismarck, surrounded by his family.

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

Tony was born on Dec. 2, 1917, to Stanislaus and Emelia (Leinging) Hopfauf on a family farm north of Flasher. He was raised and educated in Flasher. He married Frances Friesz on Nov. 7, 1939, at St. Peter Paul Church in Fallon. After their marriage, Tony and Frances farmed for five years around the Fallon area.

In November 1945, Tony started working for the Northern Pacific Railroad, currently known as Burlington Northern Santa Fe, for 30-plus years. While working at the Northern Pacific Railroad, he started off as a section foreman to later become a track inspector. Tony and family moved to Mandan in 1953. With such a big family, Tony enjoyed family gatherings, especially holidays. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very special to him. Tony and Frances were also selected as Catholic Family of the Year in 1965 by the Knights of Columbus.

Tony’s faith was a very big part of his life. He enjoyed visiting the shut-ins and distributing communion as well as volunteering at the church whenever needed. Another love of Tony’s was the Knights of Columbus. He is a Fourth Degree Knight and was part of the initiation team. Because of his dedication was selected as Knight of the Year. Tony was a volunteer for the Special Olympics, helping teach bowling to these young people. He was elected volunteer of the year for his role with the Special Olympics and considered them his extended family. He belonged to many organizations and freely gave his time to The Knights of Columbus, Union of Railroad Brotherhood of Railroad Way, St. Anthony Verein, St. Peter and Paul Verein and the Railroad Museum, where he was also inducted into the Railroad Hall of Fame. Tony and Frances also enjoyed dancing to polka and waltz music every Saturday night with friends.

Tony will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Frances, Bismarck; daughters, Bernadette “Beno” (Bud) Miller, Mandan, Janette “Jan” (Tony) Eckel, Maplewood, Minn.; sons, Ronald (Verdel), Bismarck, Nicholas (Sharon), Allen, Texas, Timothy “Tim” (Deb), Mandan, and Kevin (Roxann), Mandan; 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; his sisters, Rose Bohl, Bismarck, Genevieve Eckroth, Mandan, Frances Bohl, Bismarck, Clementine (Eugene) Volk, Bismarck and Agnes Eckroth, Bismarck; his brother, Florion (Georgia), Culbertson, Mont.; and sister-in-law, Katherine Hopfauf, Bellevue, Wash.; and many friends too numerous to mention.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Gerald “Chad;” daughter, Maxine McClinn; his son-in-law, Robert McClinn; his granddaughter, Roberta McClinn Ankley; and seven brothers and sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials and donations be given in his name to the North Dakota State Railroad Museum, 3102 37th Street, NW, Mandan, ND 58554.

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Richard Leingang

Richard F. Leingang, 82, Mandan, died Aug. 11, 2012, surrounded by family at Mandan Medcenter One Care Center off Collins.

Rite of Christian burial was held on Thursday, Aug. 16, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Johnson Kuriappilly as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan, with military honors provided by the VFW Post No. 707 and American Legion Post No. 40.

Richard was born on Dec. 7, 1929, to Frank G. and Mary (Beckler) Leingang in Solen. He was raised and educated in St. Anthony. He married Ann Miller on June 15, 1954, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mandan. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Navy, and he served his country well until 1952 and remained proud of his military service all his life. While in the Navy he was stationed aboard the USS Goodrich, a destroyer. When he returned home, he worked in the grocery business until retirement.

Richard was a compassionate, thoughtful and honorable man who profoundly loved his family and friends. He enjoyed every opportunity to spend time with them. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter were very special times for him, everyone was together. His family will always remember the helping hand he would give them on their home projects, or the love he put into his hand crafted wood projects; like his yard ornaments. Richard’s compassion and enjoyment of life did not stop with his family, it extended to the customers and friends he had the pleasure of meeting over the years. He was a proud member of the American Legion.

Left with wonderful memories of him and an example of a life well lived are his wife, Ann; daughters, Mary Ann (Curt) Simons, Baldwin, Alice (Lenus) Berger and Arlene (Tim) Oster, both of Mandan; sons, James (Donna), Paul (Kelly), Gerard (Tammy) all of Mandan; 16 grandchildren; 12, and soon to be 13, great-grandchildren; sisters, Christine (Dick) Moon, Spokane, Wash., Irene Leingang, Waseca, Minn., and Viola (Matt) Baltus, Minneapolis, Minn.; and brother-in-law Bob Feiler, St Cloud, Minn.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Lillian (Bob) Feiler, Bernice Fitterer; an infant sister; and an infant brother.

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MaryAn Sandland

MaryAn Sandland, 88, died on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.

Survivors include her daughter, Lorna Rogers, Rapid City, S.D.; sons, Gerald Sandland, Agar S.D., and Kirk Sandland, Santa Barbara, Calif.; brother, Ted Ressler, Mandan; sisters, Angie Gratz, Bismarck, and Aggie Schumaker, Rapid City; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Following cremation, no services will be held.

Kirk Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. An online guestbook is available at


Ottilia Schmidt

Ottilia “Tillie” Schmidt, 77, New Salem, died Aug. 9, 2012, at Elm Crest Manor, New Salem. Services were held on Monday, Aug. 13, at Church of St. Mary, Bismarck, with Rev. Charles Heidt officiating. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Tillie was born on Aug. 16, 1934, at St Joseph’s, south of Glen Ullin, daughter to Harry and Rose (Emter) Berger. She married Nicodemous Schmidt on June 24, 1954, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mandan. Nick and Tillie were married for 48 years prior to their divorce in 2002.

Tillie worked at the St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, in central supply for many years. She lived life in a simple manner, which reflected her personality of mild manner, gentle and generous. She had a good sense of humor, often sharing jokes with others. She spent many hours with her nieces and nephews, teaching and playing games and cards. A high point in her life was a trip to Germany, her ancestors’ homeland, visiting a niece. She always looked forward to family gatherings and friends. For the past 12 years she has dealt with her illness of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy with courage and a positive attitude. The past six years she had resided at Elm Crest Manor and was very fond of her caregivers there, as well as they were of her. Per her wishes and in keeping with her generous ways, Tillie’s body will be donated to the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.

Left with wonderful memories are her siblings, William (Beatrice) Berger, Mandan, Anna (Clemens) Fleck, Bismarck, Cecilia (Jerome) Geiger, Mandan, Regina Monaco, Missoula, Mont., Helen (Richard) Stein, Mandan, Agnes Vetter, Linton, Leonard (Alberta) Berger, St. Anthony, and Raymond (Diane) Berger, Mandan; sister-in-law, Katherine Berger, Pierre, S.D.; special niece and goddaughter, Phyllis Fleck Rittenbach; along with nearly 50 other nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Mathias Berger; brothers-in-law, Lucas Fleck, Joseph Monaco and Joseph F. Vetter; and former husband, Nick Schmidt.

Memorials may be given to the CurePSP Foundation by mail at 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093, online at, or to the donor’s choice.

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