Mandan News

Obituaries – December 29, 2012-January 4, 2013

Charlotte Henke

Charlotte Henke, 88, died Dec. 29, 2012, at Elm Crest Manor, New Salem.

A funeral service was held on Friday, Jan. 4, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Hannover, with Reverend Russell Fitch officiating. Burial was at Hannover Cemetery.

Charlotte was born May 7, 1924, to Fritz and Alma (Schmeling) Kuch. She was raised on the family farm near Churchtown for most of her young life and attended school in Church District, graduating in 1942 from Center Public School. In 1943 Charlotte met Nelvin Henke and two years later, on Nov. 21, 1945, they were married in Churchtown.

They purchased a farm south of Hannover where they lived for seven years and had their three children, Paulette, Dwight, and David. From there they moved to their present day location, the family farm northwest of Hannover.

Charlotte enjoyed her work with the public, working at the Center Law Office full time for 36 years and part-time until she was 85. She also served two terms on the Center School Board and still continued to attend meetings. A volunteer for several local organizations, Charlotte spent many hours volunteering as treasurer for the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and the Oliver County Historical Society.

Charlotte was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Hannover, where she was a member of LWML for many years and also a Sunday School Treasurer. She recently became an honorary member of the LWML to which she was very proud to be recognized.

One of her favorite past times was gardening. She also enjoyed conversing with people about politics and when issues became concerning to her, she would be sure that her congressmen and senators received letters on her behalf. Listening to talk radio and keeping up on the latest news was something she always did. As she grew older, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren also became a priority as she’d spend hours sitting in the farm yard watching the children play or work in the yard or attending events that the grandkids were participating in.

Charlotte is survived by her three children, Paulette Hodgson, Jacksonville, Fla., Dwight (Nancy) Henke, and David (Roslyn Jean) Henke, both of Hannover; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Anthony) Dennis, Jacksonville, Fla., Travis (Tricia) Henke, Mountain Home, Idaho, Melissa (DJ) Hatlestad, Mandan, Thomas (Angela) Henke, Dickinson, and Kathryn Henke, Hannover; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Harriet Meyhoff, Bismarck; one sister-in-law, Marion Reinke, Nevada; and one brother-in-law, Clarence Henke, New Salem.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband, Nelvin, in April 2012; her parents; one brother, Frederick Kuch; six brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; and a great grandchild, Morgan Henke.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Center Ambulance Service.

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Ernest Seeman

Ernest H. “Punky” Seeman, 52, Dodge, died Dec. 23, 2012, at his home.

Services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Rev. Jack Carlson officiating. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

Ernest “Punky” Seeman was born Dec. 16, 1960, to Ernest E. and Anita (Sehn) Seeman in Mandan. Punky was raised and educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School, where he played trombone in the marching band and was active in the swing choir. On June 2, 1979, Punky married Sheryl Muth and from that union two children were born, Ashley and Jayar. Being raised on a farm, Punky was a hard worker and would continue with that work ethic throughout his life, working on a farm in the Dodge area until his death. Being mechanically inclined led him to pursue other areas of work also. He worked for R&F Landscaping as a laborer and driving truck.

With a passion for the outdoors, Punky loved hunting and fishing, especially on the Missouri River, where he had a trailer. Dancing and Pinochle also brought much enjoyment to his life. Punky loved holidays and Thanksgiving was his favorite. He always had a smile on his face, and will be fondly remembered by those who love him just that way.

Ernest is survived by his daughter, Ashley (Scott) Anderst, Cardova, Tenn.; son, Jayar (Kisa) Kindsvogel, Center; parents, Ernest and Anita Seeman, Mandan; grandchildren, Eden, Ember, Elsi, Cyrus; one brother, Richard (Teresa), Mandan; grandmother, Sally Christl, Bismarck; and former spouse, Sheryl Kindsvogel, Mandan.

Ernest was preceded in death by his grandfathers, John Sehn and George Christl; grandparents, Henry and Mary Seeman; and great-grandparents, Raymond and Mary Sehn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to First Lutheran Church, Mandan.

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