Mandan News

Obituaries – December 10-16, 2011

Esther Froelich

Esther Froelich, 93, died Dec. 11, 2011, at Waterford on West Century, Bismarck.

Services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Jack Carlson officiating. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery, Mandan.

Esther was born on Feb. 5, 1918, in New Leipzig, to John Sr. and Caroline (Beierle) Seidler. She graduated from New Leipzig High School in 1937 and from Capital Commercial College in Bismarck. After college she was employed by the Farmers Home Administration from 1939 until 1947. She married Matt Froelich on May 25, 1946.

Esther had always been interested in painting and crafts but did not receive any formal training until 1983. She has been a member of the Mandan Art Association since 1984, serving as second vice president. Esther was active in coordinating “sales” at the association art show. She has been honored by having her paintings on display at the Governor’s mansion, the Peace Garden and numerous business locations in the area. She was the artist of the month at Gallery 522 and in 1999 was Honoree at the Mandan Art Show.

A lot of Esther’s time was spent volunteering with many organizations such as the Mandan Hospital Gift Shop, Girl Scouts and the Raves Program at Mandan Public Library. She has been honored as the “Volunteer of the Week” by the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program. She was also a member of the Lady Elks and Chapter AK P.E.O.

Esther was a woman who exemplified kindness with her elegance and class. Her elegant way was a class act. She was dedicated to her family with her loving husband, Matt by her side. Her presence had a calming effect along with her subtle sense of humor.

This woman of quiet strength and strong faith will be missed by her daughters, Jacqueline Kay (Michael) Meagher, Fargo, Carol Jean (Dale) Moquist, Houston, Texas, and JoAnn Lynne (Ray) Ramsey, Colleyville, Texas; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Ida (Joe) Litt, Bismarck; and sister-in-law, Catherine Seidler, Bismarck.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Matt, who died in 2008; sister, Elsie (Lee) Young, Emma (Paul) Delabarre, Tena (Jack) Lester, Lea (Harold) Olson, and brothers, John Jr. (Hilda) and Robert Seidler.

Memorials may be directed to the Mandan Art Association, Chapter AK Scholarship Fund, and Medcenter One Hospice.

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Deacon Peter Hoffman

Peter R. Hoffman, age 90 of Mandan, died Dec. 10, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Care Center, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, Dec. 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Bishop David Kagan as main celebrant, Rev. Shane Campbell as concelebrant, and Rev. Patrick Schumacher as homilist. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Peter was born Aug. 17, 1921, in New Salem, to Gabriel and Leona (Ferderer) Hoffman. He attended a one-room country school through his elementary education and graduated from New Salem High School. He entered the US Navy in September 1942 and proudly served 37 months in the Pacific Theater as a Yeoman First Class. He married Mary Kautzman on June 12, 1945, and after their marriage they farmed near New Salem until October 1955 when they moved to Mandan. Peter worked for ASCS until 1959, then joined Production Credit Association of Mandan, where he worked until his retirement in 1984.

Peter was a man of dedication to his community, church and family. Giving generously of his time to the Mandan community, where he served on the City Commission from 1972 to 1976. His devoted faith was evident in giving many hours serving St. Joseph’s Church and was further extended in his active involvement in Knights of Columbus where he was a Grand Knight, State Grand Master of the 4th Degree. His family was selected K of C family of the year. His journey of faith was highlighted by Peter entering the first Diaconate class for the Bismarck Diocese. He proudly and with devotion served his church as a deacon for 30 years. He was also the first Director of Deacons for the Diocese, this required extensive travel.

In all of his busy life and after his retirement, Peter and Mary enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe including Italy and France where he met the Pope at the Vatican. Peter found time to relax by playing golf, many card games, gardening and dancing. When he and Mary danced the polka and waltz, they moved gracefully as one.

Peter will be deeply missed by his six children, daughters, Darlene Schmidt of Anoka, Minn., Dianne (Larry) Goodwin of Champlin, Minn., Dannette (Mark) Barth of Billings, Mont.; sons, Dale (Jane) of Billings, Dorlyn (Nadine) of Steele, Dennis (Connie) of Billings; 13 grandchildren, Eric (Tracy), Joseph (Stephanie), Jeffrey (Danielle) Schmidt, Mary (Brad) Dinndorf, Rusty (Melissa) Hoffman, Annie (Andy) Godtel, Melissa (JR) Peña, Sarah Hoffman, Lindsay Goodwin, Bryan and Kevin Barth, Megan and Andrew Hoffman; two great-grandchildren, Courtney Schmidt, Alexandra Hoffman; sister, Joann (Ed)Weber; brother, Ray (Gertha) Hoffman; sister-in-law, Marion Hoffman, all of Bismarck.

Preceding Peter in death were his wife, Mary, who died in September 2000; parents; brother, Jack; and sisters, Eugenia (George) Doll and Josephine (John) Mosbrucker.

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Eugene Keller

Eugene Keller, 86, died Dec. 4, 2011, at Medcenter One Hospital in Bismarck, with his loving family by his side.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 9, at Mandan United Methodist Church, with Rev. Steve C. Johnson and Rev. Ralph Sayler officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with military honors provided by VFW Post 707 and American Legion Post 40.

Eugene was born June 2, 1925, to David and Olga Keller. Eugene was married to Helen Boeshans June 3, 1946. They started farming with Eugene’s father north of Beulah, where they raised their five children. In 1978 they moved south of Mandan, to the Huff Hills area. There he and his family continued farming and ranching and expanded the operation to what is now the Keller Broken Heart Ranch.

Eugene was in the United States Navy during World War II, on the USS Harmon serving in the Pacific Theatre. There he met his lifelong friend, Edward Kniola from Chicago, who along with his family, is considered part of the extended family.

Eugene was well loved and will be missed deeply by his family. Throughout his life, Eugene’s family was his pride and joy. He loved spending quality time with children, grandchildren and extended family. All who knew him thought of him as a beloved family man. One of Eugene’s other passions in life was working on his farm and ranch. He loved spending time outdoors, whether it was proudly riding his favorite buckskin horse, Tucker, baling hay, chopping corn silage or feeding and milking cattle. He appreciated nature and was a true steward of the land and livestock that were under his care. This also included a large vegetable garden from which he generously gave produce to neighbors and friends. Eugene was a principled man of strong moral character. He loved telling true stories from the past and had a way of capturing the attention and respect of his audience.

Eugene was also a man of deep faith. Though he and his family faced many hardships throughout his life, he always knew his Lord and Savior would see them through.

His generous efforts extended beyond his family to various community groups. He served as a 4-H Leader, Commander of the VFW post and a member of the Beulah School Board for 25 years. He was a founder of the Mercer County Landowners Association, the Mercer County Fair Board and the Beulah Rodeo Association (when they started the first high school rodeo in the state). While always a hard worker, he still made time for deer hunting and the annual sausage making event. Eugene appreciated good food, especially his wife’s (Helen) unwritten German recipes. Eugene lived life to the fullest and leaves many fond memories we will always cherish.

He is survived by Helen, his loving wife of 65 years; sons, Eugene Jr. (Linda) Keller and Dwight (Susan) Keller, both of Mandan, Gerald (Cindy) Keller of Mason City, Iowa; daughters, Karen (Irvin) Wehri, Driscoll, Joann (Peter) Almen, Devils Lake; sister, Hedwig Conard, Hemmit, Calif.; grandchildren, Eugene Charles Keller, Michael Keller, Jeremiah Franklin, Luke Keller, Jacob Keller, Tessa Keller, Christopher Keller, Justin Almen, Nicolas Almen, and Kristen Almen; great-grandchildren, Magnus Keller, Titan Keller, Courtney Franklin; and step great-grandchildren, Kendall, Curtis and Kyle Newcomb.

Eugene is preceded in death by his parents, David and Olga; brothers, Arthur, Albin, Ernest, William (Bill); sisters, Viola Chase and Irene Bodene; and grandson, Nathan Almen.

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Patricia Knoll

Patricia E. Knoll, age 86 of Mandan, died Dec.10, 2011, at her residence surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Dec. 16, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Kenneth Phillips as Celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with military committal rites conducted by the Mandan American Legion Post 40 and the VFW post 707.

Patricia was born on July 10, 1925, in Mandan, to William and Mary E. (Ronco) McCormick. She was raised and educated in Mandan graduating from Mandan High School after which she entered the U.S. Navy. She entered the Waves Boot Camp at Hunter College in New York and later continued in the Naval Air Station at Jacksonville and Green Cove Springs, Fla. Following her service to her country she returned to Mandan and started working for the North Dakota State Unemployment Compensation Office as a data technician working there for 30 years until her retirement in 1980. Patricia married Mathew J. Knoll on May 13, 1949, in Mandan.

Many enjoyable times together as family were had, which included fishing and camping. Pat and Matt planted a large garden and generously share the produce with friends and family.  Her favorite times were being with family and as Matt often said, “She was the best.”

Patricia will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 63 years Mathew J.; son, Frank “Bud” (Wanda) all of Mandan; daughter, Mary (Ron) Hosack of Moorhead, Minn.; grandsons, Josh (Lisa) and Tom (fiance, Anna Boutcher) Knoll; and great-granddaughters, Addison and Emery.

Preceding Patricia in death are her parents; sisters, Eleanor “Nonie” Roach and Marie Gronvold; and brothers, William H. Jr., Eugene, Gerald, John “Jack” and Robert.

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Tillie Landeis

Tillie Landeis, 82, Mandan, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at St. Vincent Care Center Medcenter One, Bismarck. A mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Fr. Chad Gion officiating. Cremation has taken place, and burial will be at a later date.

Tillie was born Jan. 4, 1929, at Strasberg, to Zacheus and Katherine (Mosset) Braun. She was raised at Selfridge, where she attended country schools. On June 25, 1947, she married Pete Landeis Jr. in St. Philomenia Catholic Church in Selfridge. They farmed 6 miles north of Selfridge until their retirement, when they moved to Mobridge and finally Mandan. Tillie enjoyed crocheting, and making blankets and doilies for everyone she knew. She was an avid bingo player, enjoyed playing cards and especially spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Kaydee (Jim) Wetzel, Mandan, and Darlene (Larry) Aman, Mobridge, S.D.; one son, Frank (Debbie) Landeis, Selfridge; son-in-law, Jeff Tuntland; one brother, Bernard Braun; five sisters, Ann (Pete) Berger, Barbara (Max) Feist, all of Mandan, Elizabeth Flemmer, and Theresa Jefferson, both from Phoenix, Ariz., and Katie Bauer, Billings, Mont.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tillie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Julie Tuntland; son, Dale Landeis; two brothers, Lawrence and John; one sister, Regina Kline; and three grandchildren, Lee Harsche, and Tristen and Cory Tuntland.

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


Urban Vetter

Urban Vetter, 56, died Dec. 4, 2011, at his residence in Mandan.

Services were held on Friday, Dec. 9, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with his brother, Stanley Vetter, as well as Father Gene Lindemann officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan.

Urban was born in Bismarck on July 7, 1955, son to John and Magdalene (Volk) Vetter. He was raised and educated in St. Gertrude, graduating from St. Gertrude High School near Raleigh in 1973. After high school, Urban enlisted into the United State Army, serving two years in Germany. In his free time, Urban enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming, as well as playing cards, pinochle in particular. He often attended church with his mother and loved family gatherings, especially being the best uncle to his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his mother, Magdalene Vetter, Hettinger; sisters, Dorinda (Leonard) Bjerlie, Diane Vetter, Debra Vetter; brothers, Raymond Vetter, Eugene (Nancy) Vetter, Roger (Sandy) Vetter, Joseph (Kathy) Vetter, Edwin Vetter, Sherman (Julie) Vetter, and Stanley (Christine) Vetter; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, John; his sister, LaVonne (George) Perdew; sister-in-law, Shirley Vetter; and nephews, David Perdew and Daniel Vetter.

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