Mandan News

Obituaries Feb. 14, 2014

Henry Serr
D O SerrHenry Serr, 78, Mandan, died Feb. 3, 2014 at his residence.

Services were held on Monday, Feb. 10, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Jack Carlson officiating. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Henry was born on Sept. 11, 1935, in Java, S.D. to Peter and Emelia (Nathan) Serr.
He graduated from Carson High School in 1954, where he lettered in football.

Henry started his 42 year career as an Ironworker with Local 793, soon after high school, where he worked at the Garrison Dam.

He married Josie Usselman on March 2, 1957, in Hazen. To their marriage, five children were born.

Hank and Josie loved hosting gatherings in their home, bowling, dancing, playing pinochle and traveling to casinos. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. They took their children camping and had wonderful vacations to visit relatives in California and Arizona.

After his wife passed away, Henry spent time doing word search puzzles, playing pinochle and worldwide travel with his sister Elizabeth. He was an active member of the Eagles, Elks, Moose and the Good Neighbor Club of Dakota Community Bank.

Henry will be lovingly missed and forever remembered by his children, Cindy Dockter, Bismarck, Randy Serr, Mandan, Deborah (Larry) Taghon, Faribault, Minn., Mike Serr (special friend Pam), Mandan and Angela (Ross) Reinbold, Bismarck; his grandchildren, Ross Hagel, Bismarck, Lance Hagel (special friends, Karey, Tylan and Arika), Mandan, April (James) Stastny, Moorhead, Minn., Austin Taghon, Faribault, Minn., Tyson (Jessica) Taghon, Faribault, Minn. and Sierra Serr, Mandan; his great grandchildren, Hunter and Shelby Hagel, Mandan, Hallie and Tanner Taghon, Faribault, Minn. and Ethan Stastny, Moorhead, Minn.; his sister, Elizabeth Farace, N.J.; sister-in-laws, Pat Serr, Ariz., Ann Reinhardt, Mandan, Sally (Doug) Sailer, Mandan and Judy (Jeff) Hayden, Hazen; his brother-in-laws, Cleve Rice, Idaho, George Usselmann, Calif. and Marvin (Doris) Usselmann, Hazen and many nieces and nephews and special family friend, Terry Balliet, Mandan.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Josie; brothers, Tofield and Curtis Serr; half brothers, Albert and Arthur Serr, Edwin, Albert and Emil Bauer; half-sisters, Emma Schweigert, Alta Bossert, Lorraine Depry and Hilda Nelson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation.
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The Rev. Albert Leary
D O Rev learyThe Rev. Albert R. Leary, 87, passed away on Feb. 9, 2014, at St. Gabriel Community in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Feb. 13, at Church of Christ the King, Mandan with the Rev. David D. Kagan, Bishop of Bismarck, officiating. Bishop Emeritus Paul A. Zipfel and the priests of the Diocese of Bismarck concelebrated. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

The Rev. Albert R. Leary was born in Watertown, Mass. On Dec. 12, 1926, the sixth child of James Edmund Leary and Margaret Agnes Mahoney. He decided, at an early age, to respond to God’s call to become a priest. He attended St. John’s Archdiocesan Seminary as he began his training for the priesthood. Bishop Vincent J. Ryan, the second Bishop of Bismarck, made frequent visits to Boston and sought volunteers to work in his diocese. Father Leary agreed to become a candidate for the priesthood of the Bismarck Diocese, and Bishop Ryan transferred him to Christ the King Seminary, the theology division of St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y.

He was ordained for the Diocese of Bismarck on May 1, 1954, by Bishop Eric McKenzie, Auxiliary Bishop of Boston. He received a Master’s Degree in Theology from St. Bonaventure University. In preparation for his future work in education, he received a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston College in 1957 and a Doctoral Degree from the University of North Dakota in 1975.

In 1986, the Rev. Leary was then appointed pastor at Christ the King, Mandan, St. Anthony, St. Martin and Huff until 2006, when he retired.

Upon his retirement in 2006, he became a resident of Strasburg. He enjoyed celebrating Mass regularly, when he was not on a cruise. On May 1, 2013, he gave up his residency there and moved permanently into an apartment at Emmaus Place, a retirement center for priests in Bismarck.

The Rev. Leary is survived by his sisters Marie B. McCarthy and Jean E. (Philip) O’Connell; one sister-in-law, Lis Leary; many nephews and nieces, along with his extended family, Albert and Linda Kuntz family, Sister Jovann Irrgang, Rita Landsberger, and Marlys Martwick.

He was preceded in death by his parents James and Margaret Leary, his brothers Jim, Paul, Joe, Leo, Bob and his sister Peggy, as well as several nephews and nieces.

Memorials may be given to the Diocese of Bismarck Seminarian Fund or Emmaus Place.

Karen Tschida
D O TschidaKaren Tschida, 68, Mandan, died Feb. 7, 2014, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, after a nearly yearlong battle with leukemia, with loving family by her side.

A memorial service was held on Feb. 13, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan. Burial will be at St. Martin’s Cemetery in Huff, at a later date.

Karen was born Aug. 7, 1945, at the Withnal home in Mandan, to Urban and Agnes (Johnson) Krug. In her early years, she lived in Carson for two years with her family, and rode horse with her sisters to a one room school house. Her family returned to Mandan where she attended school. On Feb. 26, 1963, Karen married Daniel Tschida at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan. Karen worked at St. Alexius Hospital as an aide and ward clerk before becoming a stay at home mom. Raising a family was her true purpose in life. In the early 90’s Karen and Dan bought a cattle ranch near Solen, and she later worked at Prairie Knights Casino as her children got older.

Karen loved spending time in her kitchen, cooking and baking for those she loved. Playing cards around the table with her family was one of her favorite things to do. She would wake up early and stay up late to play games, talk, and tell stories, as she had a great sense of humor. Karen, or “Little Grandma,” as her grandchildren called her, was thrilled to have grandsons to watch Disney movies with, and for the special memory of the time they shared morning coffee.

Karen will be deeply missed by her loving sons, Jeffery and Andrew, Mandan and Thomas (Brittany), Horace; grandsons, Bennet and Caleb; mother, Agnes Bristol, Bismarck; sisters, Marcene Jones, Bismarck, Alice (Steve) Genz, Porter, Texas, Virginia Miller, Mandan, Kathy (John) Trowbridge, Winnipeg; and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel in November 2012; her father; and her maternal grandparents, George and Eva Johnson.

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Carla Mitchell

Carla Mitchell, 50, Mandan, died Feb. 5, 2014, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Feb. 10, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Mandan. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Carla was born June 11, 1963, in Mandan to Jack and Eileen (Westmeyer) Solberg. She graduated from Mandan High School in 1982, and then worked several jobs in the area. On Sept. 28, 1985, she married Allan Mitchell and they made their home in Mandan. Carla worked as a cashier for 20 years, until her health declined, at Cash Wise Foods in Bismarck. A talented green thumb, she loved gardening and working with flowers, doing crafts, spending time outdoors enjoying nature, and she loved her pets.

Carla is survived by her husband of 28 years, Allan Mitchell, Mandan; her mother, Eileen Solberg, Mandan; two brothers, Alan (Darla) Solberg, Bismarck and Terry (Tina) Solberg, Watertown, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews; and three aunts and two uncles.

Carla was preceded in death by her father, Jack and her brother, Jeff.

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