Mandan News

Obituaries – December 1-7, 2012

William Bartels

Born on Dec. 30, 1923, William Bartels passed away on Nov. 25, 2012, at the age of 88.

Services and a celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pierre, S.D.

The Bartels family moved to Mandan in 1967, when Bill and his partner, Jim Mellon, purchased Midway Lanes. While living in Mandan, Bill was an avid trap shooter, bowler and hunter. He retired from the Midway Lanes in 1977 and moved to Waco, Texas, to be near his two grandsons and daughter.  However, Texas was too hot and too far from the Dakotas, his family and friends, so he and his wife, Erma, returned to the Black Hills in 1980. In 1985, they returned to Pierre, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing for walleyes on the Missouri, playing pinochle, poker and gin rummy and traveling in his RV.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Erma, his parents and his two sisters, Betty and Ruth.

His passing leaves many fond memories for his friends and family, including Janice Bartels (Jim Welsh), Pierre, Mike Bartels, Harrold, S.D., and Dan Bartels (Jane), Mandan; five grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jason Wright, Margaret and Andy Bartels, and step-granddaughter Cheryl Kuban; a great-grandson, step-great-granddaughters and a step-great-great grandson.


Roan Conrad

Roan Conrad, 72, New York, N.Y., passed away Oct. 13, 2012. Memorial services were held Saturday, Oct. 20, in New York City. His remains were interred at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Roan was born June 2, 1940, the son of Gaylord and Abigail Roan Conrad, of Bismarck. His grandparents, E. J. and Helen Conrad, became his guardians upon the death of his parents in an automobile accident in 1953. Roan was also a grandson of Dr. M.W. and Abigail Roan. Dr. Roan was Medical Chief of Staff of St. Alexius Hospital. For part of his high school years, Roan lived with the Wendell Smith family in Basel, Switzerland. Smith was a geologist who helped develop the Williston Basin.

Roan was active in scouting and received his Eagle Scout in 1955. He was the first Sunday school student at the Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Church in 1952.

Roan had major interests in his life other than his work; foreign postage stamps, opera and sports. His stamp collection covered some 40 years of Scandinavian, Icelandic and European stamps. Opera was another great love. He attended more than 2,000 operatic performances and more than 1,000 different operas in 23 countries over fifty years. He kept programs, librettos, and newspaper reviews of each performance. His collection has been donated to the Library of Congress. He was also a dedicated New York Mets fan and soccer enthusiast.

Roan served as the director of the Office of Sustainable Development and Intergovernmental Affairs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Before joining NOAA, Conrad pursued a varied career in journalism and management. During 14 years with NBC News in New York City, he supervised national political and election night coverage, assignments which took him to virtually every state. Conrad was also associate producer for two major NBC News documentaries on the Reagan Administration.

Earlier, Conrad was managing editor of the Morning Pioneer, a daily newspaper. He also served as president of the North Dakota Associated Press. In the early 1970s, Conrad was the founding managing editor of Corrections Magazine, a publication concerned with prison reform, funded by the American Bar Association.

Conrad began his journalism career in Washington in 1966, as a reporter and editor for the widely respected Congressional Quarterly. In 1969, he was a founding editor of National Journal, an award-winning weekly magazine devoted to the world of Washington policy-making and politics. As an editorial and public affairs consultant, Conrad completed assignments for The Ford Foundation, the Environmental Law Institute, the Municipal Arts Society of New York, and all the major television networks. He was a participant in many public policy conferences and seminars at institutions such as Harvard University╒s John F. Kennedy School of Government, The Brookings Institution, and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.

Roan was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University. He held a master’s degree in history from Harvard, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.

Roan is survived by brothers, Dean (Pat) and Kent Conrad (Lucy); his nieces, Shannon and Jessamyn Conrad; his nephew, Ryan Conrad; his aunt, Joyce Conrad; and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Opera America.


Henry Hoffman

Henry Hoffman, 89, Mandan, waltzed into heaven on Nov. 30, 2012, with his family at his side.

Services were held Dec. 4 at Spirit of Life Catholic Church in Mandan with the Rev. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial was in Mandan Union Cemetery next to his wife of 55 years, Pauline (Berger) Hoffman.

Henry, affectionately known as Schlubba, was born July 24, 1923, in St. Anthony, the son of George and Elizabeth (Gerhardt) Hoffman. He grew up on the family farm at St. Anthony, where he also attended school. On June 8, 1943, he married Pauline (Berger) Hoffman and they started their journey of 55 years together. They had six children, 10 grandchildren and so many dear friends. Together they kept many families stocked with fresh vegetables from their lush garden and always welcomed everyone into their home.

A hard worker all his life, Henry retired from Burlington Northern Railroad in 1983. Some of his fabulous stories came from his memories of working on the wrecker and getting called out in the middle of the night. His hobbies included gardening, tinkering in his yard and shed, helping his kids and grandkids with various projects, metal detecting, fishing, visiting and, of course, dancing. He will be forever remembered for his skills on the dance floor, dancing the polka, waltz and just making everyone smile. Henry’s “hello-dee” and charming grin will live on in the faces of his family and friends.

Survivors include his children Terry and Lucy Hoffman, Pasco, Wash., Susie Freidig (Mike Hallahan), Mandan, Kenny and Judy Hoffman, Bismarck, JoAnn Helbling (Gaylord Fridley), Mandan, and Kathy and Al Wald, Mandan; his grandchildren and their families, Terri Ann Hoffman (Victoria), Perry and Fran Freidig (Anna), John and Kim Freidig (Brooklynn and Bryelle), Martina and Erik Isaacson (Todd, Blake, Kalbe, Ariel and Kire), Traci Hoffman (Sophia), Pam Helbling-Schafer (Brianna and Brookelle), Sonni Menge (Morgan and Austin), Chad Freidig (Noah and Aiden), John Hoffman and Pauline Rader; his sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Bill Schaner, Mandan; his brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Nancy Hoffman, Pasco, Wash; his sisters-in-law, Angie Berger and Alma Berger, both of Mandan; his brother-in-law, George Berger, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; his special friends, Geneva Umpleby and her entire family, Leonard Ressler and his newest friends, the wonderful caregivers at Sanford Health on Sunset.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pauline; an infant son, Gary; two sons-in-law, Gary Rader and Darrell Freidig; one grandson, Todd Helbling;  three sisters, Julie, Rose and Frances; and one brother.

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Daniel Tschida

Daniel M. Tschida, 71, Fort Rice, died Nov. 26, 2012, at Sanford off Collins Care Center, Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Nov. 29 at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial was at the St. Martins Cemetery, Huff.

Daniel was born on Aug. 17, 1941, to Lawrence and Rose (Schaff) Tschida in Mandan, and raised in the Mandan and Fort Rice area. On Feb. 26, 1963, Daniel married Karen Krug at Mandan.

Starting his career with Milton Rue Construction, Daniel would become a construction supervisor before going into the family business with his brother,  Mike. For 20 years, Dan farmed as well as being partners with his brother raising bees. Dan had a great sense of humor, always willing to do anything to get a smile. He was very social despite his sometimes quiet demeanor. Being good in the kitchen, Dan taught Karen how to cook after they were married. Hunting deer and pheasant and fishing were hobbies Dan enjoyed, he even watched hunting shows on TV. He especially enjoyed making his homemade deer sausage recipe. Dan was also a green thumb in the garden. Family gatherings at his parents’ house were important to Dan. He loved the family time and all the German foods.

Daniel will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Karen, Fort Rice; sons, Jeffrey and Andrew, Mandan, Thomas (Brittany), Fargo; grandchildren, Bennet and Caleb Tschida; sisters, Helen Miller, Agnes Schumacher, Bismarck, Rose Tschida, Mandan, Mary Tschida, Wisconsin, Elizabeth Tschida, Las Vegas, Nev.; brothers, Leo (Betty), Gabe (Carlene), Lake Wells, Fla., Frank, Bismarck; and sister-in-law, Marlene Tschida, Fort Rice.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Mike and Joe; and brothers-in-law, Frank Miller and Wilbert Schumacher.

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