Mandan News

Obituaries – February 25-March 2, 2012

Eva Lockner

Eva Lockner, 86, Mandan, died Feb. 24, 2012, at her residence.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Feb. 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. William Ruelle as celebrant. Burial was at the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Rice.

Eva was born on Jan. 19, 1926, to Jacob and Margaret (Berger) Wetsch. She was raised and educated in Odense. On May 7, 1945, she married Joe Lockner in Odense. Eva and Joe resided on a farm near Fort Rice until Joe’s death in 2004. After Joe’s death, Eva went to live at Liberty Heights in Mandan.

Eva was a very active member of the Moose Club; she loved spending her time there. She was named Deputy Grand, which was a great sense of pride for her. She enjoyed the numerous hours of volunteer work over the years. Eva loved to cook; she was known to make the best Apple Strudel and Cream Chicken and Dumplings. Eva also loved playing cards, especially Black Jack; she was often lucky on her trips to Prairie Knights Casino. When she sat down at the table, she was the life of the party.

Eva will be deeply missed by her two children, Linda (George) Gerhardt, Bismarck, and John (Sherry) Lockner, Mandan; her grandchildren, George J. Gerhardt, Fargo, Scott A. Gerhardt, Mandan, and Joseph (Lori) Lockner, Mandan; and her great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Jericah and Jace Lockner, all of Mandan.

Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; her parents; son, Douglas; grandchild, Mark; four sisters; and six brothers.

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Rosemarie Schacher

Rosemarie C. Bruning Schacher, 54, died Feb. 18, 2012, at her home in Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Interment was at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Solen.

Rosemarie Bruning Schacher was born Sept. 6, 1957, in Bismarck, to Gerald Bruning and Irene Kuntz. She attended Sacred Heart, Solen Public High School, and received her associate degree for social work at the Bismarck State College. Rosemarie had a passion for gardening, cooking, reading, camping, fishing, redecorating her home, movies and music. She especially loved and adored her children and her grandson. Rosemarie was also very blessed to have a best friend at her side, Heidi. Rosemarie had such a big, warm heart that no person or animal would be denied love, affection or shelter. Her spirit and love for life could not be broken. She will truly be missed by all of her family and friends.

Rosemarie is survived by her children, Gerald L. Bruning and Carmen C. Schacher; her grandson, Trea C. Bruning; her daughter-in-law, Marie A. Bruning; her mother, Irene Bruning; her brothers, David Bruning, Alan Bruning, and Robert Bruning; her sisters, Valerie Grina, and Alyce Deegan; her best friend, Heidi; uncles and aunts; many nephews and nieces; and her loving and affectionate furry pets.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald R. Bruning; her son, Cory A. Bruning; Charles Bruning, Corrine Bruning, Robert Bruning, Irene Brunning, Bertha Lutz, Ann Heintz, Vincent Kuntz, Paul Kuntz, Alphonse Kuntz, and Jake Kuntz.

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Bobbie Jo Schmidt

Bobbie Jo Schmidt, 33, Mandan, died unexpectedly at her home on Feb. 22, 2012.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Reverend Chad Gion celebrating. Burial will take place at a later date.

Bobbie Jo was born Dec. 18, 1978, in Mandan, to Bill and Pam (Dillon) Berger. A tomboy growing up, Bobbie loved kitties and fishing. She was raised and educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School in 1998. Bobbie loved to shop and was blessed with the gift of gab. She could strike up a conversation and make a friend anywhere. Bobbie had wonderful collections of dolls, seashells and sunflowers that she treasured. A trip to the coast led Bobbie to fall in love with the ocean. She would stare at it for hours and had dreams to visit again. A fun sense of humor, she was known for her practical jokes. A passion for sweets, she always had a stash of candy, especially Jelly Bellies, Lifesavers and Tootsie Pops. Bobbie enjoyed music, movies and watching reality shows. Bobbie always had a special place in her heart for children and found her purpose and true love of her life on June 5, 2000, when her life was blessed with her son, Brenden. He has his mom’s blonde hair, sparkle in his eye and friendly smile. On Dec. 16, 2005, Bobbie married Sonny Schmidt in Mandan. They shared not only a love for each other, but for life and laughter. Much loved and a true friend, Bobbie’s memory will be treasured by all who knew and loved her. Each time we see a seashell or pass a field of sunflowers, we will feel her love and presence. Although her time with us was much too short, we were blessed just to know her.

Left with fond memories is her husband, Sonny Schmidt, Mandan; son, Brenden, Mandan; parents, Bill (Mickie) Berger, Mandan and Pam Berger, Oroville, Calif.,; sister, Billie Jo Berger, and her children, Ashley, Kambree, and Chandler; grandmother, Angie “Seashell” Berger; father and mother-in-law, John and Joyce Schmidt; sister-in-law, Jenny (Jamie) Reinholt; and niece, Julia, all of Mandan.

Bobbie was greeted in heaven by her twin sister, Marguerite; and grandparents, Adam Berger and Jerry and Betty Dillon.

The family prefers memorials that will be placed in an account for Brenden.

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