Mandan News

Obituaries – August 25-31, 2012

Monica Folk

Monica L. Folk, 89, Center, died Aug. 21, 2012, at St. Vincent Care Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Aug. 25, at St. Martins Catholic Church, Center, with Rev. Selva Periannan as celebrant. Burial was on Aug. 27, at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery.

Monica was born April 8, 1923, to Martin and Mary Schwarzbauer in Oliver County. She married Charles Folk on June 6, 1946, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Center. She was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church and St. Martin’s Altar Society. Her family, faith and farm were most important to her.

Monica will be deeply missed by her daughters, Marie (Howard) Bieber, Center, Judith (Jim) Schwab, Hannover, Carol (Bill) Retterath, Fort Clark, Anne Folk, Las Vegas, Nev., and Lennis (Lee) Axdahl, Pierre, S.D.; sons, James (Sandra), Fort Clark, Robert (Penny), Hazen, Paul (Deb), Ft. Clark, Joseph (Patty), Minot; 40 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and sister, Eva Clooten, Bismarck.

Monica was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; son, John; parents; nine sisters; and two brothers.

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Ralph Hamer

Ralph W. Hamer, 87, Lisbon, formerly of Mandan, died Aug. 26, 2012, at the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon.

Services were held on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Ralph is survived by two brothers, George, Melbourne, Fla., and Roy, Fargo.

-Funeral arrangements made by Armstrong Funeral Home, Lisbon


Margaret Landers

Margaret “Marge” Landers, 86, Mandan, died Aug. 22, 2012, at Mandan Care Center. Services were held Monday, Aug. 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan. The Rev. Shane Campbell officiated. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Marge was born April 15, 1926, south of Center, to Martin and Monica (Meyer) Mosbrucker Sr. She was raised and educated in the Center area. Marge married Laurence Engelman on June 15, 1944, in Center. The couple had five children, Jerald, Kenneth, Neal, Iris, and Harley.

She loved to garden and bake. Her gardens were the envy of the neighborhood, particularly her roses, which she took great pride in. Her “green thumb” was well known as she could bring any flower to a full bloom and make any vegetable garden a miniature farm.

Holidays found her baking treats, often enough to feed a small army. Always delicious, she loved to share them with friends and family.

She treasured the time spent with her two sisters, Florentine Hatzenbuehler and Bernice Himmelspach, and the many others who stopped to visit with her. A special treat were the quick trips she took with Florentine and Bernice to the casino.

She is survived by one daughter, Iris (Brian) Torvik of Benbrook, Texas; four sons, Jerald (Linda) Engelman, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Kenneth Engelman, Bismarck, Neal (Sue) Engelman, Rochester, Minn.; Harley (Rebecca) Engelman, Bismarck; 10 grandchildren, Nikki Engelman, Buxton, Nick (Kari) Engelman, Morrison, Colo. Andrew Engelman, Bismarck, Ryan (Holly) Engelman, Fort Collins, Colo. Kara (Jeremiah) Torvik-Smith, Benbrook, Texas, Peter (Kalista) Engelman, Grand Rapids, Mich., Joshua (Shawna) Torvik, Fate, Texas, Kate Engelman, Lakeville, Minn., John Engelman, Richfield, Minn., and Amanda Engelman, San Francisco, Calif.; and four great-grandchildren, Kingston Torvik, Jack Engelman, Evan and Addison Engelman.

Marge was also survived by two sisters, Florentine Hatzenbuehler and Bernice Himmelspach, both of Mandan; and four sisters-in-law, Clara, Catherine, Beatrice, and Kathleen Mosbrucker, all of Mandan.

Marge was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Monica (Meyer) Mosbrucker Sr.; one sister and brother-in-law, Maggie and John Kautzman; six brothers and two sisters-in-law, Floyd and Cecelia, John and Josephine, and Nick, Ben, Peter and Ray Mosbrucker.

Memorials are preferred to the Tom and Frances Leach Kidney Dialysis Center.


Kenneth Porsborg

Kenneth Roy Porsborg, 87, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 24, 2012, at his home in Mandan.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverend Lee Herberg officiating. Burial followed at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery with full military honors.

Kenneth was born on Jan. 8, 1925, near Center to Nels and Dora (Hagerott) Porsborg. He went to high school in Center, graduating at 17, when he was drafted into the Army. Kenneth served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. On Oct. 25, 1944, he was seriously wounded at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines, and spent over seven months in military hospitals recuperating from his wounds. Kenneth was a very proud recipient of the Purple Heart. Upon his discharge, Kenneth returned to Center, where he taught for a time at a country school. In 1947, he started a taxi business in Mandan with his friend-for-life, Ray Price, who preceded him in death by less than three weeks.

On Sept. 10, 1950, Ken married Darlene Schwinkendorf at the First United Methodist Church in Mandan. She was with him when he died, and in his last hours, he showed his eternal love by reaching for her hand.

Ken worked as a car salesman at Western Auto (later Remund Ford) until 1957, when he and a partner started OK Equipment, a truck body and school bus dealership in Mandan. In 1965, he purchased the Love Dairy Farm north of Mandan and eventually developed that property into what is now the Mandan Industrial Park and several residential subdivisions. In the early 1970s Kenneth sold OK Equipment to his brother Myron, and went back to his first love, farming. He operated a cattle ranch in Oliver County until the mid-1980s when he finally retired.

Ken’s family will always remember his gentle and generous spirit. He was also a vibrant, dynamic personality and wonderful conversationalist who developed many close friendships over the years.

He took great joy in the traveling he and Darlene did in retirement, often with Johnny and Carolyn Schneider, of Mandan, whom they both adored. He also enjoyed his hunting and fishing excursions with his buddies, son and grandsons.

Kenneth was a member of the DAV, American Legion, Elks and Eagles. He served his community in many ways, including on the boards of directors of First National Bank of Mandan (later Norwest), Heartview and the Chamber Ambassador’s Club.

Kenneth is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Darlene; his daughters, Patti Maher, Mandan, Debbie (Rod) Potts, Richardton, and Diana (Jess) Nelson, Mandan; his son, Scott (Julie), Mandan; his grandchildren, Angela Maher, Fargo, Leah Wohlsdorf, Guatemala, Kent Schlosser, Helena, Mont., Gina Wohlsdorf, Charlottesville, Va., Kara Schlosser, Minneapolis, Minn., and Nicholas Porsborg, Mandan; his great-grandson, Owen Kenneth Wald, Fargo; his sisters, Helen Tracy, Bismarck and Marilyn (Gary) Litt, Moorhead, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Rose Marie (Helbling) Porsborg, Mandan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Lawrence and Myron; and countless close friends, the passing of each he mourned deeply.

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Myron Schwinkendorf

Myron Earl Schwinkendorf, 83, Richardson, Texas, formerly of Mandan, passed away of natural causes at his home on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.

Myron was born on June 7, 1929, in New Salem, to Edwin and Hilda (Guenther) Schwinkendorf. He graduated from Mandan High School in 1947, and received his pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in 1951. Myron served in the Army, married and relocated to Texas.

Myron retired from his career as a pharmacist in 1986 and lived quietly, comfortably and happily. He was an avid reader and all who knew him found him to be gentle and exceptionally intellectual. He visited New York City and London on numerous occasions, enjoying the museums and theatrical productions the cities offered.

He is survived by sister, Darlene (Kenneth) Porsborg of Mandan; former wife, Joan Potter of Fort Worth, Texas; sons, Jon Schwinkendorf of Winter Haven, Fla., Robert Schwinkendorf of San Antonio, Texas, and James (Kristin) Schwinkendorf of Arlington, Texas; and granddaughters, Laura Schwinkendorf of Denver, Colo., Jennifer Schwinkendorf of Austin, Texas, and Kristina Schwinkendorf of Winter Haven, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Ron (Carol) Schwinkendorf of Scottsdale, Ariz.


Brenda Weilenman

Brenda Weilenman, 47, Mandan, passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at her home.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Fr. Chris Kadrmas officiating. Cremation has taken place.

Brenda was born June 5, 1965, at Sturgis, S.D., to Bob and Mary (Kraft) Weilenman. She was raised and educated in Mandan, where she graduated from high school in 1983. She married Terry Harm in 1986 and were later divorced. Brenda worked as a catering manager and beverage manager for various restaurants and hotels in the Bismarck-Mandan area, including the Doublewood Inn and Prairie Knights Casino. She enjoyed serving others, traveling, putting puzzles together and framing them for hanging, but especially spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her mother, Mary Berger, Mandan; father, Bob Weilenman, Tacoma, Wash.; one daughter, Abby (Doug) Murschel, Mandan; sister, Debi (Ken) Schaner, Mandan; two brothers, Cody (Alicia) Berger, Lincoln, and Brian (Dawn) Berger, Bozeman, Mont.; three grandchildren, Cole Glaser, Bailee Weilenman, and Joey Murschel; nephews, David Schaner, Kobe Berger, Ryler Berger, and Kade Berger; and nieces, Jenny Berger and Madisen Berger.

Brenda was preceded in death by grandparents. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Bismarck Cancer Center or St. Alexius Hospice.

-Funeral arrangements made with DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan