Mandan News

Obituaries – Dec. 20, 2013

Cody Breuer
Cody Breuer from WebCody Dean Breuer, 21, of Mandan, passed away at his home on Dec. 6, 2013.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 14, 2013, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Chris Kadrmas celebrating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Cody was born Dec. 12, 1991, to Dean and Rhonda (Andrews) Breuer in Devils Lake. Cody was the protective older brother to Whitney and Carson Breuer. After the family moved to Mandan, Cody attended Fort Lincoln Elementary School, Mandan Junior High, and graduated from Mandan High School in 2010. Cody recently graduated from Bismarck State College with a degree in power plant technology and was employed at the Heskett Station near Mandan.

From an early age, Cody had a love of John Deere tractors, the Dallas Cowboys, farming, hunting, snowmobiling, rodeo, and the western way of life. Bull riding was his passion from junior high on and he was able to compete in several associations through and beyond his high school years. He was a friend to all in and out of the arena and will always be known for his kind and gentle personality, mischievous grin and heartwarming smile.

Cody was his dad’s right-hand man as the family built their place southwest of Mandan. He spent countless hours at his dad’s side building fence, caring for the young trees and hand-feeding the cows as much cake as they liked. He could be found reading The Finder, Tractor House or scanning BisMan Online looking for land, cattle and machinery on any given day.

He enjoyed spending several harvests farming and ranching with his Grandpa Bob and Uncle Wes, as well as delivering mineral to his Grandpa Ed and Uncle Eddy, where his presence was always a joy. The oldest of 16 grandkids on Rhonda’s side of the family and second-oldest of eight grandkids on Dean’s side of the family, Cody was admired by his young cousins and spent many hours giving four-wheeler rides, playing the part of the bucking bull, setting up farm sets, playing Barbies, footbal, and even teaching the older ones to play poker.

Cody will be greatly missed by many. Blessed to have shared his life are his parents, Dean and Rhonda Breuer; siblings, Whitney Breuer (special friend, Shawn Fulwider) and Carson Breuer; grandparents, Ed and Dalas Breuer and Rita Andrews; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends.

Cody was greeted in heaven by his Grandpa Bob Andrews, who passed away in February 2013, and their special dog, Lucy.

Memorial donations can be sent to the family for future memorial events; a fund is not yet established.

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Carlene Just
Carlene JustCarlene M. Just, 64, New Salem, died Dec. 15, 2013, at Sanford Off Collins Care Center, Mandan.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, at Peace Church, New Salem, with the Rev. Joshua Eddy officiating. Burial will be at Peace Cemetery, New Salem.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, Dec. 19, at Peace Church and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Carlene was born April 8, 1949, in Bismarck to Arthur and Genevieve (Rask) Weiss. She attended country school through eighth grade, then graduated from New Salem High School in 1967. On Sept.16, 1967, Carlene married Jerry L. Just in New Salem. They bought a farmstead northeast of New Salem, where Carlene worked alongside Jerry farming and milking cows for 24 years. Upon retiring from farming in 1992, Carlene entered the workforce and most recently held the position of administrative assistant for Mariner Construction in Bismarck, where she was employed for the past 15 years.

She enjoyed decorating cakes, sewing, crocheting, reading and tending to her flowers, yard and home. Family was the most important thing to her and she also enjoyed camping, boating, and trail rides with her children and grandchildren. Jerry and Carlene enjoyed the trips they took to visit their family throughout the country.

Carlene was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April. Courageous throughout her battle, she fought until the end.

Blessed to have shared her life are her husband of 46 years, Jerry L. Just, New Salem; four children, Charlotte (Mitchell) Erhardt, Poulsbo, Wash., Candi (Stuart) Glass, Potter, Neb., James (Rebecca) Just, Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Joel (Kristen) Just, Bismarck; 10 grandchildren, Patricia (Nicholas) Thompson, Travis Erhardt, Brooke and Seth Glass, Taylor and Kennedy Just, and Bradyn, Brycen, Emily, and Braxton Just; her mother, Genevieve Weiss, New Salem; brother, Arlon (Arlene) Weiss, New Salem; and her nieces, nephews and countless friends.

Carlene was preceded in death by her father.

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Celestine Koch
Celestine Koch photoCelestine Koch, 94, Mandan, died Dec. 13, 2013, at Sanford off Collins in Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held Dec. 17 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Celestine was born on March 12, 1919, in Raleigh to Rudolph and Verena (Kopp) Miller. She was raised and educated in Raleigh, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse. She married Isadore Koch on Oct. 14, 1940, at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Raleigh. Together they farmed and raised their family in the Shields area until 1972, when they moved to Mandan.
Celestine’s family was central in her life and enjoyed family gatherings especially during the holidays where her talent for cooking German dishes was enjoyed by all. She had large flower and vegetable gardens and tended to them with great love and care and canned the fruits of her labor. She made beautiful embroidered dishtowels, loved playing cards and enjoyed coloring with her grandchildren.

Celestine will be deeply missed by daughters Roberta (Robert) Ressler, Mandan, Dorothy (Vernon) Leingang, St. Anthony, Clara (Harold) Lacher, Richland, Wash., Gloria (Larry) Reichman, Warner Robins, Ga., and daughter-in-law, Loretta Koch, Denver; son, Joseph (Mary), Mandan; 21 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; sister, Ida (William) Ternes, New Salem; and brother, Raymond Miller, Bismarck.

Celestine was preceded in death by her husband, Isadore, on Oct. 23, 1999; her parents; son, Raymond; grandson, Chad Steven Leingang; son-in-law, Gerald J. Leingang; sister, Gretchen Miller; and brothers, John Miller, Lambert Miller and Peter R. Miller.

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