Mandan News

Obituaries – August 3-9, 2013

Martha Kautzman

Martha “Marty” Kautzman, 66, New Salem, passed away July 30, 2013, at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Aug. 5, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Pastor Harold Chin officiating. Burial was at Graceland Cemetery, New Salem.

Martha Ann was born April 5, 1947, to Jeff and Mary (Roberts Weaver) Margison in Anderson, Ind., where she lived until she graduated from high school. She then took a job as a traveling magazine salesperson.

Her work took her across the states and while in North Dakota, she met Douglas Kautzman. They were married on Dec. 28, 1967, at St. Pius V Catholic Church in New Salem. They made their home on a farm between Mandan and New Salem. Marty worked diligently alongside Doug on the farm especially baling and milking cows. A wonderful homemaker, Marty was a great cook and also liked to garden and sew. In the mid 90’s she started working a mail route, which she continued until her death. She also did inventory for RGIS and sold Mary Kay.

Marty and Doug enjoyed several fun family trips and together they went to Hawaii and the Virgin Islands. In recent years, she traveled to Georgia and Florida to visit her sisters. Marty was very active in the Mandan Seventh Day Adventist Church where she served as Deaconess, in the choir, and many other activities such as Vacation Bible School.

Marty was very passionate about sharing her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with others. She showed kindness, love, and acceptance to everyone she knew. If you knew her, your life was blessed. A beloved wife, mother, and “Gommie”, Marty will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Blessed to have shared her life is her husband of 45 years, Douglas Kautzman, New Salem; three sons, Virgil (Morgan) Kautzman, Michael Kautzman, and Matthew Kautzman; four daughters, Melissa Burghart, Nicole (Jim) Froelich, Georgiann (Nick) Hersch, and Elizabeth (Jacob) Gappert; 16 grandchildren, Casey, Devon, Nathaniel, Quinn, Breanne, Danielle, Katherine, Garrett, Christian, Nicholas, Mikaela, Stella, Emma, Noah, Isabelle, and Lexie; one great-grandchild, Olivia; four sisters, Elizabeth Evans, Connie Messer, Ann (Cary) Peeples, and M. Carol Grondine (special friend Ralph Miller); in-laws, Dee (Roy) Klaudt, and Daniel Kautzman; many nieces and nephews; and her church family.

Marty was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff and Mary Margison; two sisters, Lorraine Lawson and Addie Amos; brother, Jack Weaver; and in-laws, Nick and Elda Kautzman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mandan Seventh Day Adventist Church Children’s Ministry.

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Lawrence Mettler

Lawrence John (Larry) Mettler, passed away on July 17, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif., surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A family memorial service is planned for Aug. 24 in Sacramento.

Larry was born in Mandan on Oct. 29, 1942, to William and Elizabeth (Mook) Mettler. Larry attended St. Joseph’s Grade School and Mandan High School. In the summer of 1957, while still a high school student, Larry’s family moved to Sacramento.

Larry graduated from high school in Sacramento in 1960, and shortly thereafter, Larry married his high school sweetheart, Paulette Assunto in Sacramento. Larry and Paulette had two daughters, Tammi (Cataldo) and Gina (husband, Tom Beck). During those years, Larry worked a variety of jobs, including carman on the Southern Pacific Railroad, as a milk truck delivery man, a retail manager at Montgomery Wards, as well as working as a car salesman and in the construction industry. Larry was a hard worker, supporting his young family, and he worked his way up to be a superintendent on the construction of a power plant.

Larry later remarried and two children, Matthew Mettler and Kristine (husband, Steven Brothers) were born to that union. During the 1970s Larry owned and operated a tavern known as the Stoney Inn, along with a couple of business partners, in Sacramento. Larry’s father, William, died in 1971, and Larry later helped to care for his mother, Elizabeth, in her later years in Sacramento.  Larry was an avid sports fan, taking after his father, who was the North Dakota Commissioner of amateur baseball for the WPA (Works Projects Administration) during the 1930s. Larry was a 49ers fan, a San Francisco Giants fan, and a fan of the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. Larry liked to tell the story of how he hitchhiked to the Twin Cities as a teenager – without parental permission – to watch George Mikan of the then NBA Minneapolis Lakers.

Probably the highlight of Larry’s later life came in 2006, when Larry assisted in bringing back to North Dakota, the repatriated remains of his older brother, Allen Mettler, who died a POW/MIA in a North Korean POW camp in 1951. Larry traveled to the JPAC Central Identification Laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii, and returned to North Dakota with his brother’s remains, where Allen was laid to rest at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery during a repatriation ceremony on Oct. 6, 2006. Larry moved back to Mandan in 2008 to live in retirement, but his health concerns made it necessary to return to Sacramento in 2013, where Larry spent his final days.

Larry is survived by his daughters, Tammi, Gina, and Kristine; his son, Matthew, and their families, all of Sacramento; his brother, Dr. Lee Mettler and wife Marilyn, Modesto, Calif.; two nephews, Samuel and Benjamin Mettler; four grandchildren, Armand, Casey, Nicole, and Cameron; numerous cousins; and many friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Willam and Elizabeth.

For information about Larry’s memorial service on Aug. 24, in Sacramento, Matthew Mettler can be contacted at 916-265-3264.


Theresa Ressler

Theresa H. Ressler, 81, Mandan, died Aug. 4, 2013, at Sanford Living Center in Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Chris Kadrmas as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Theresa was born Sept. 7, 1931, to Michael and Magdalena (Friesz) Beckler in Fallon. She grew up in Fallon, graduating from Mandan Senior High School. Theresa married Leo Ressler Sept. 11, 1950, at St. Anthony. Together they raised three children.

Theresa was extremely outgoing and loved to visit with anyone. Friends and family were central in her life. She was an amazing cook and was known for her delicious brownies always enjoyed by everyone.

Theresa’s generous heart extended to giving back to the community. She was active in Mandan Golden Age, Ft. Mckeen Homemakers for 58 years, CDA, N.D. Hereford Association Women’s Auxiliary, and was a Highland 4-H Club Advisor. A highlight of Theresa’s life was travelling throughout the United States with her sister and cousin.

In Theresa’s own words, “My Life:”

I grew up on a farm at Fallon, and went to boarding school there for eight years. I then attended and graduated from Mandan High School.

I got married and lived on another farm for 38 years.

Raised three children and have three grandchildren who I love dearly. I moved to Mandan in 1989 and worked at Heartview for 4 years. After that, I did house cleaning for 12 years. I am now retired.

Theresa will be deeply missed by her daughters, Koreen Ressler (special friend, Ron Reinhardt), Bismarck, Karen (Russell) Stokes, Orlando, Fla.; son, Kenneth (Vickie), St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, Alexis and Austin Ressler, Matthew Stokes; sisters, Louise Markel, Mandan, Dorothy Berger, Mandan, Jeanie (Al) Braun, Mandan; brothers, Henry (Jackie) Beckler, Mandan, Mike (Pat) Beckler, Las Cruces, N.M., Dean (Pam) Beckler, Mandan; and sister-in-law, Delores Beckler, Mandan.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo, who died in 1992; brother, Andrew; brothers-in-law, Clem Markel and Bernie Berger; and a special friend, Marvin Kary.

Memorials may be directed to Sitting Bull College Scholarship Fund.

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Roy Tomanek

Surrounded by his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren, Roy R. Tomanek died due to complications of Parkinson’s disease, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverends Lee Herberg and Jack Carlson officiating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery with full military honors.

Roy was born Nov. 17, 1925, to Joseph Sr. and Bessie (Novotny) Tomanek. He graduated from Mandan High School in 1943. At age 18, Roy was drafted in January of 1944 to become a riflemen. WW II took him to England, across France, and all the way to the Elbe River in Germany with the 69th Infantry Division.

In May 1946, Roy returned to Mandan and drove truck, worked at the Gambles Store, and the Workmen’s Compensation Bureau. The military was in his blood and in December of 1948 he became the unit administrator for Headquarters Battery, 188th Field Artillery and Battery Headquarters at Fraine Barracks, Bismarck.

In that month, Dec. 7, 1948, he married Ella (Hoger) and they began raising five boys. Roy’s military career was moving right along and he became a warrant officer in December 1949. In June of 1950, the Koreans invaded South Korea and life changed. Roy was mobilized Jan. 16, 1951, with the 188th, and he and Ella and their two boys, went to Fort Rucker, Ala. Roy’s unit became a training unit as the Army chose individual soldiers to send to Korea as replacements.  Roy was in Tokyo on Christmas Eve of that year. He joined up with Headquarters Battery, 2nd Division Artillery as the motor officer near Kum Wah and Chun Chon in the central part of Korea north of the 38th parallel. After the Korean War, Roy stayed in the National Guard, rising to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. His last assignment was working as a personnel technician for Headquarters State Area Command. After 40 years of dedicated service, Roy retired Nov. 17, 1985.

Participating in organizations in a leadership capacity, Roy was involved in the American Legion, VFW, the Bohemian Lodge, and Moose Club. He was committed to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan and served in the honor guard for many years.

Surviving Roy is his beloved wife, Ella (Hoger) of Bismarck; his five sons and daughters-in law, ElRoy and Jerilyn of Goodyear, Ariz.;  Gary and Claudia of Bismarck;  Vernon and Debra of Tucson, Ariz.; Leslie (Barney) and Janel of Dickinson; and Dan and Penny of Thompson. He leaves cousins, Vlasta Hoesel of Billings, Mont., Eileen Gerl of Mandan, and Kenneth Slavik of Dickinson. Roy also leaves his cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren,  Kristin Tomanek, Michael Tomanek, Jason and Kimberley Tomanek, Jennifer and Dallas Scheet, Charles and Kristen Tomanek, Matthew and Bobbie Jo Tomanek, Andrew and Jodi Tomanek, Joe Tomanek, Steven Tomanek, and Danica Tomanek. His great grandchildren are Jonas, Hannah, Olivia, Jaxon, Scarlett, Evelynn, Ciara, Colton, Taber, Landen, and a baby boy due any day.

Preceding Roy in death are his parents, Joseph Sr. and Bessie Tomanek; sisters, Bessie and (Joe) Slavik, Mary and (Victor) Huncovsky; brothers, Bennie and (Mary) Tomanek, Joe and (Stella) Tomanek, Otto and (Mary) Tomanek, and an infant brother, Henry. Also preceding Roy in death is a nephew, Larry Tomanek; and Larry’s son, Scott Tomanek.

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Douglas Walery

Douglas Walery, 83, of Brookings, S.D., formerly Lennox, S.D., died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at the Brookhaven Nursing Home,in  Brookings, S.D.

Private family services will be held at a later date with burial in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

He was born at Bismarck in 1929. He grew up in Mandan and graduated from Bismarck Junior College in 1949 and UND in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard during the Korean War. He was a licensed public accountant.

In 1953 he married Josephine Makelky. The couple lived in Mandan, California and Lennox. Josephine died in 2009. He was a member of the Mandan Legion and the Elks.

Survivors include his children, Debra (Phillip) Walery Sheffield, Pierre, S.D., and Dr. Jim (Nancy) Walery,  Brookings; an “adopted” son, Brian (Linda) Austin, Mandan; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Wallace Walery, Portland, Ore.

Memorials may be directed to the N.D. Veterans Cemetery Association or the Brookhaven Nursing Home.

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