Mandan News

Obituaries – December 22-28, 2012

Markus Klein

Markus (Mark) Klein, 92, Raleigh, died Dec. 17, 2012, at St. Vincent’s Care Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Dec. 21, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Carson, with Rev. Dennis Schaefer as celebrant. Burial was at the St. Theresa Cemetery, Carson, ND.

Mark was born July 20, 1920, in Strasburg, to Andrew and Rachael (Wolinger) Klein. At an early age his parents moved to the Shields area where he was raised and educated. At the age of 15 he entered the Civilian Conservation Corp, traveling to California and Minnesota. He returned to the Raleigh area and married Belbina (Billie) Kopp on June 5, 1945 at Raleigh. After their marriage, he and Billie farmed the Kopp homestead, which he continued to be involved until his death. He was a founding member of the Raleigh Saddle Club, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed bowling and most of all dancing. Socially, Mark was reserved, but preferred to visit one on one, and always a highlight was to have relatives visit at his place. Hard work was always a part of his life and his favorite part of life on the farm was working with the cattle. This soft spoken and gentle, hardworking man will be remembered for his optimistic and positive outlook, a trait required for his career and life on the farm.

Mark will be fondly remembered by his daughters, Virginia (Albert) Kraft, Mandan, Mary Ann (Kim) Kitzman, Lawrenceville, Ill.; sons, Bob (Diane), Mark (LaRue), Mandan; grandchildren, Nathan (LeeAnn) Kitzman, Lance (Chellie) Kraft, Krysten (Brent) Eider, Heather (Dan) Upgren, Andrew Klein, Ryne Kitzman; great-grandchildren, Nathan Kitzman, Jr., Ty Kraft, Baylee Eider, Brennen Eider, Laylah Kitzman, Emma Upgren; brothers, Joe, Albany, Ore., Ed (Colleen), Portland, Ore., Adolph (Reny), Miltonfreewater, Wash.; and sister-in-law, Lillie Klein, Bel Fourche, S.D.

Mark was preceded in death by his wife, Billie, in 2010; son, Gary; grandson, Gary Klein; his parents; sisters, Veronica Klein, Pat (Raymond) Spahn, Tillie (Vincent) Spencer, Betsy (Norbert) May; brothers, Mike (Linda), Andy, Eugene (Evelyn); and sister-in-law, Margariette Klein.

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Florence Schaaf

Florence A. Schaaf, 94, Mandan-Bismarck area, died Dec. 20, 2012, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Dec. 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Florence was born Sept. 21, 1918, to Rudolph and Eva (Steckler) Boehm at Crown Butte. She was raised and educated in the Crown Butte area. In June of 1940 Florence married John Schaaf in Mandan. She and John owned and operated a taxi cab business in Mandan. At the same time, Florence took care of her parents. John passed away on July 3, 1965. Florence married Jerome Hellman on July 3, 1970, in Mandan, and then moved with Jerome to his farm near Mott. After Jerome passed away on Nov. 18, 1994, Florence moved back to the Mandan-Bismarck area.

Crocheting altar cloths was Florence’s proudest accomplishment. Cooking fantastic meals was also something she was known for. Florence was a woman of great strength and independence. She was confident in herself and not afraid to write letters to the governor or state representatives to give her input and would clearly state her opinions.

Central to Florence’s life were having family gatherings with card games, especially during the holidays which were her happiest times. This loving and caregiver will be remembered and cherished.

Florence will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by her children, Martha (John) Helgerson, Victoria, Minn., Greg (Virginia), Britton, S.D., James (special friend Lila), Bismarck, and Vangie (Don) Wentz, Bismarck; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law, Faye Ehlis, Charlene Iverson and Mary Ann Schaaf.

Florence was preceded in death by her husbands, John and Jerome; her son, Timothy; parents; sisters, Maggie (Sebastian) Morrell, Minnie Niemela; brothers, Mike (Helen), Tony (Monica), Greg; and special nephew “Uncle Rudy” Boehm.

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