Mandan News

Obituaries – February 23-March 1, 2013

Rose Beckler

Rose Beckler, 91, Mandan, died Feb. 18, 2013, at Elm Crest Manor in New Salem.

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

Rose was born on Aug. 28, 1921, in Morton County, to John and Veronica (Steckler) Fleck. She married Ted Beckler, Sr. on Nov. 16, 1939, in St. Anthony. They lived on the Beckler Homestead in Fallon after their marriage before moving to Mandan in 1946. Rose worked for Blue Ribbon Hatchery and cleaned houses.

Being of strong faith, Rose was always there to help anyone. She was a mother to many different families. She was an excellent cook and her kitchen was always open. She loved playing pinochle, fishing, gardening and dancing especially the polka.

Rose will be deeply missed by sons, Leonard (Veronica), Tony (Jean) and Ted, Jr. (Linda), all of Mandan; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Fisher, Bismarck; brother, Clemens (Annie) Fleck, Bismarck; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Ted in 1996.

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Thomas Friesz

Thomas L. “Tom” Friesz, 67, Mandan, died Feb. 18, 2013, at Sanford Health Center in Bismarck.

Services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Lee Herberg officiating. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Tom was born on April 10, 1945, to Leo and Kathryn (Murphy) Friesz in Dickinson. Tom was raised in Mandan. On Aug. 15, 1964, Tom married Linda Oster. They made their home in Mandan where they raised their sons, Rodney and Todd. Tom had many skills and used them working at Cloverdale for 11 years as well as working at Clooten Siding and Window and R&F Landscaping. Small engine repair and fishing were hobbies that Tom enjoyed. Family and kids was very important. The holidays were especially cherished where Tom would play his accordion.

Tom will be deeply missed by his sons, Rodney and Todd, both of Mandan; one special grandchild, Karlee Jean Friesz; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruthie (Darby) Fisher, St. Anthony, Mary (Elden) Theurer, Casselton; and brother, Joe (Renee), Mandan.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Linda, on Aug. 27, 2012; and sister, Frances Lundstrom.

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Florence Graner

Florence Graner, 90, our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, peacefully went to her Heavenly Father, Feb. 18, 2013, at Sanford Sunset Dr. Continuing Care Center, Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Feb. 22, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Msgr. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial was at St. Martin’s Cemetery, Huff.

Florence was born on Sept. 21, 1922, the 10th of 12 children, to George and Theresa (Brigl) Smith in Morton County. She was educated in Fort Rice. Florence would ride her horse from Fort Rice to Huff to see the love of her life, Martin A. Graner. They were married at Huff on Nov. 24, 1952. To this union they were blessed with four children, Diane, Delila, Douglas and Dennis. Martin died in 1990.

Florence always had a big smile on her face and loved other people. She was willing to help anyone and always was concerned for others before herself. Her strong faith and patience was ever present even during the last years when Alzheimer’s robbed her of the things she loved most.

She loved the farm life, cooking, gardening, raising flowers, chickens and geese. Playing Bingo and dancing the Waltz and Polka with Martin were things she enjoyed. Florence was a member of the Huff Homemakers, Huff Altar Society; she was honored by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program by being named Volunteer of the Week.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Diane Kopp, Stanton, Delila (Orlee John) Fisher, Solen, and Dennis (Annette) Graner, Huff; grandchildren, Ronald Kopp, Donny (Mandi) Fisher, Amanda (John) Kuntz, Kelly O. Fisher (fiance, Courtney Schmidt), Makayla Graner, Martina Graner, and Mitch and Kelsey Graner; great-grandchildren, Kolbe and Layton Kuntz; and many nieces and nephews; and sisters, Leona Devine, Bismarck, Lillian Bethke, Bismarck, Luella Kary, Minot, and Beatrice Berger, Mandan.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Martin; son, Douglas; son-in-law, Larry Kopp; brothers, Henry and Albert Smith; and sisters, Theresa Schwartzbauer, Alice Helbling, Minnie Ellison, Frona Schmidt and Helen Betterley.

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Leland Olsen

Leland Olsen, 82, Mandan, died Feb. 21, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverend Lee Herberg officiating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Leland was born in rural Mandan on June 12, 1930, to Carl and Adla (Johnson) Olsen. He attended Highland Country School and later a trade school in Wahpeton. Leland was fortunate to live south of Mandan, near his family, his entire life. Hardworking and a farmer at heart, Leland was proud to learn the original ways of farming with a team of horses and graduate to John Deere tractors. He also drove a mail route. On Aug. 17, 1958, he married Delores Steffenson in Mandan. Leland worked for Doc Stoe as a vet assistant at Kist Livestock for many years. Always sharing a new joke with a twinkle in his eye, Leland enjoyed making other’s lives happier in his own way, and his morning coffee route kept him in touch with friends and family. Generous and giving, his shop door was always open for neighbors who needed parts or help with something. He always asked more of himself than of others and would make time to help someone in need. Delores passed away in September 2000 and Leland found a new sense of independence and was often a friendly face in the crowd or cafe at Kist Livestock. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Elks, Eagles, Sons of Norway, and served on the Farm Bureau Board. A beloved father and grandfather, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Blessed to have shared his life are four children, Jeff (Char) Olsen, Mandan, Lynette (Allen) Burch, Sioux Falls, S.D., Craig Olsen (special friend, Tracy Engelhorn), Mandan, and Beth (Brad) Allen, Mandan; 12 grandchildren, Ethan and LeAnna Olsen, Heather, Brianna, and Katelyn Burch, Ryan, RandiJo, and Tucker Olsen, and Annie, Brent, Bryce, and Abby Allen; two great-grandchildren, Rylan and Emma; two sisters, LaVerne Nelson and Norma Nelson, both of Mandan; brother, Duane (Mavis) Olsen, Mandan; numerous nieces and nephews; and his dancing partner, Louise.

Leland was preceded in death by his wife, Delores; his parents; brothers-in-law, Archie and Cliff Nelson; and niece, Donna Toman.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.

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Bennett Staiger

Bennett James Staiger, son of Joshua and Lindsay (Geiger) Staiger, Mandan, went to heaven Feb. 17, 2013, at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., while in the loving arms of his parents.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Our precious Bennett and his twin brother Lane were born unexpectedly on Jan. 19, 2013, at St. Alexius Medical Center. Though he was very small, Bennett was a strong little boy who thrived the first few weeks of his life. The doctors would often say, “Don’t tell him how small he is, because he thinks he’s pretty big.” Whether it be by grabbing his daddy’s fingers or giving his momma a little smile while she was singing to him, Bennett brought us so much joy. The time we spent with him was entirely too short and we miss him greatly.

Blessed to have Bennett in their lives are his parents, Josh and Lindsay; his loving sister, Adalyn; and his identical twin brother, Lane, all of Mandan; grandparents, Jim and Linda Geiger of Mandan; Kevin and Antoinette Staiger of Hebron; great-grandmothers, Violet Staiger, Hebron, and Eugenia Perzinski, South Heart; his aunts and uncles, Angela (Kirk) Hauge, Oakdale Minn., Tricia (Jason) Arenz, Mandan, Jon (Brittany) Geiger, Hammond Wisc., Kris (KaSondra) Staiger, Hebron, and Bradley (Abigail) Staiger, Mandan; and cousins, Carter, Olivia, Evan, Blake, Seth, James, Jazilynn, Ava, Isla, KiAnna, and Kinsley.


Gertrude Zins

Gertrude M. Zins, 53, Bismarck, went to be with Jesus with family by her side, Feb. 18, 2013, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Msgr. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial was at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Flasher.

Gertrude was born on Sept. 20, 1959, to Eugene and Lucy (Kuntz) Zins in Bismarck. Growing up on the farm, Gertrude loved to carry around newborn kittens. She carried that love of cats throughout her life. Close in age to her brother Arnold, they attended first grade together and made their First Holy Communion together the next year. Gertrude enjoyed playing with paper dolls and cutting things out. Gertie and her roommate volunteered at the church assembling braille books for the blind. When the nieces and nephews would pick on her, she would say, “Those darn kids.” Christmas gatherings at the group home in Hazen are a memory with Gertrude that will always be cherished.

Gertrude will be deeply missed by her sisters, Veronica (David) Miller, St. Louis Park, Minn., and Martha (Lee) Williams, Ft. Worth, Texas; brothers, Bernard (Jenny), Mesa, Ariz., Jerome (Bev), McKenzie, Roger, Raleigh, Leo (Shirley), Chula, Ga., David and Arnold (Carolyn), both of Mandan, Simon (Charlene), New Salem; and many nieces and nephews.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marie; and brothers, Aloysius and Francis.

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