Mandan News

Obituaries – December 3-9, 2011

Ann Heintz

Ann Heintz, 85, Mandan, died Dec. 2, 2011, at Medcenter One Hospital in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. William Ruelle as celebrant. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bismarck.

Ann was born Sept. 26, 1926, on the family farm near Solen, ND to Jacob and Rose (Schwartz) Kuntz, the seventh of 11 children. She grew up and attended rural country school in the Solen area.

On May 20, 1947, she married Al Heintz in Solen, and they lived on the farm for a few years before moving to Bismarck. She lived in Bismarck and Mandan and worked at Arrowhead Cleaners for seven years and St. Vincent Care Center for 14 years. After her retirement she enjoyed babysitting. Ann was a member of Spirit of Life Catholic Church and VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Bismarck. She entered Medcenter One Golden Manor in Steele on Aug. 21, 2003, and later transferred to Medcenter One Living Center in Mandan on March 9, 2009.

Ann enjoyed a good game of pinochle, bingo and dancing. She had a talent for embroidery and crocheting. She especially enjoyed taking care of her flower beds.

Ann will be greatly missed by her sisters, Caroline Bolkowitsch, Vancouver, Wash., and Irene Bruning, Bismarck; brothers, Bill (Helen) and August (Bernice), both of Mandan, and Joseph (Carol), Bismarck; and sister-in-law, Caroline Kuntz; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Al Heintz; brothers, Vince (Cecelia), Paul (Pearl), Alphonse and Jake (Emma); and sister, Bertha.

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Michael Klug

God spared Michael “Mike” Klug, 68, of further suffering after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Mike died Dec. 2, 2011, at his home in Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Kenneth Phillips as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Mike was the son of Ralph and Leah (Haas) Klug born on March 25, 1943, in Mandan. He was educated in Mandan and graduated from Mandan High School in 1961 and from Bismarck Junior College in 1963.

He married Rita Kaip on May 16, 1964 and they had two daughters, Bonnie and Michele, and one son, Michael II.

Mike was a rural route mail carrier for the USPS for 32 years and upon retirement worked part-time as delivery driver of the Bow Mobile for Hirsch Florist until his illness.

Baseball was a very important part of Mike’s life; he played many years in different softball leagues and still holds the record of pitching the first no hitter for the Chiefs in 1961 and was inducted into the Mandan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005. One of Mike’s pleasures in life was going to watch his son play baseball and spending time watching his grandchildren’s sports. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Eagles and Elks Clubs.

He will be missed by his wife, Rita; daughters, Bonnie (Gary) Salveson, Mandan, and Michele, Fargo; son, Michael II (Jenny), Mandan; grandchildren, Sam, Laura and Hannah Salveson, Sara (Eric) Rosenvold, (with a fifth grandchild due in February 2012); brother, Ken (Debbie), Bismarck; sisters, Pat (Dan) Kautzman, Bismarck, Linda Weller, Mandan, and Nadine (Nick) Ressler, Mandan; sisters-in-law, Dolores Klug, Mandan, JoAnn Weber, New Town, and Kathy Chase; and life partner, Jerry Simonson, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; brother, Ralph; and sister-in-law, Gerri Klug.

We thank God for all the loving care for Mike from the staff of Dr. Addy, Dr. Rao and the Cancer Treatment Center at Mid Dakota Clinic in Bismarck.

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Frank Koch

Frank Koch, 79, Driscoll, formerly of Mandan, died Nov. 30, 2011, at St. Gabriel’s Community in Bismarck, surrounded by his loving family.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Reverend Shane Campbell officiating.

Frank was born Aug. 20, 1932, in a sod house in Mandan, the oldest son to Vincent and Mary (Kraft) Koch. He was raised in northwest Mandan. Frank was proud to take over the family farm and he enjoyed all of the farm work. He married Barb Geisinger on Dec. 27, 1968. Frank had fond memories of their honeymoon in Hawaii. On Feb. 5, 1981, Frank married Deb Maier in Bismarck. He enjoyed animals all of his life, having many on the farm and as pets. Frank also liked to play bingo. In 2009 Frank and Deb moved to Driscoll, where he enjoyed his free time and helping out when needed.

Blessed to have shared his life is his wife of 30 years, Deb Koch, Driscoll; seven children, Tami (James) Faul, Lincoln, Jo Koch, Missoula, Mont., Stacy (Vince) Gentry, Wellington, Colo., Dwayne Koch, Durango, Colo., Lynsey Koch, Bismarck, Matthew Koch, and Rebecca Koch, Driscoll; one stepson, Al Maier, Driscoll; three grandchildren, Landon Faul and Kayla and Tia Gentry; two brothers, Vincent (Noreen) Koch, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Chuck (Kathleen) Koch, Lebanon, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents.

Special thanks to the staff at St. Gabriel’s for the care provided to Frank.

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William Tallman

William D. Tallman, 57, died Nov. 29, 2011, at Kindred Hospital in Mandan.

Services were held on Monday, Dec. 5, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Chaplain Dan Sweeney officiating. Cremation has taken place.

William was born on July 28, 1954, in Minot, to Robert and Dorothy (Callahan) Tallman. He was raised and educated in Minot, graduating from Bishop Ryan High School in 1972. He began working for the Burlington Northern Railroad on April 27, 1974. He moved to Mandan in 1975, and married Coleen Brunner on April 29, 1980. In his past time, William enjoyed fishing on the Missouri River, reading and going to Las Vegas a couple times a year.

He is survived by his wife, Coleen, of Mandan; his daughter, Rebecca; his son, Robert; both of Bismarck; sisters, Mary (Dennis) Borman, Barb (Wayne) Knight, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Elizabeth Banks, California; brothers, James (Valda) Tallman, Phoenix, Ariz., and David Tallman, Portland, Ore.

William is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Judith and Theresa; and brother-in-law, Earl Banks.

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Gunnar Unger Sr.

Gunnar passed peacefully on Nov. 25, 2011, in Portland, Ore. Memorial services are pending.

Gunnar was born in Mandan on April 11, 1913, and raised on a farm southwest of Mandan. He worked at Boeing in Seattle, Wash., near the end of World War II, and as a mechanic in the iron mines in Hibbing, Minn., until 1950. He returned to Mandan and worked as a finish carpenter for general contractors and then Foreman of the carpenter shop at the State Capital in Bismarck for 17 years, until retirement. Gunnar then moved to Williston in 1975, then to Harrison, Idaho, in 1980, and to Portland in 2005.

Woodworking was his great love. Among his many accomplishments were handmade toys for his grandchildren and 25 grandmother clocks for his family.

Gunnar is preceded in death by wife, Florence; brothers, John and Helge; and sisters, Jenny and Lydia.

He is survived by brother, Rudy, age 95, Seattle, Wash.; and children, Gunnar F. Jr. (wife, Sharon), St. Paul, Minn., Dr. Karen Unger, Portland, Ray (wife, Mary), Harrison, Idaho, Douglas (wife, Karen), Boise, Idaho, and Cindy Shannon, Harrison; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorials are preferred to the Commission for the Blind, 250 Winter Street, Salem OR 97301. Checks should be made out to Talking Books and Braille Services or you may contact or call Robin Speer at 503-378-5014.