Mandan News

Obituaries – February 3-10, 2012

Dennis Berger

Dennis D. Berger, 63, Mandan, died unexpectedly on Jan. 30, 2012.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Feb. 3, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Reverend Chad Gion celebrating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Dennis was born May 22, 1948, in Mandan, to Jack and Alma (Wetzel) Berger. Raised and educated in Mandan, he graduated from Mandan High School in 1966. On March 16, 1972, he married Elaine Hopfauf at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mandan. Very social and outgoing, Dennis was the owner and operator of the Buckhorn Bar on Mandan’s Main Street for 30 years. He was well liked for his cheerful attitude and always being a shoulder to lean on. Getting out of the bar business in 1995, he worked at Unisys for 12 years and had recently retired. He enjoyed fishing and sports, especially baseball, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family. His kids and grandchildren meant the world to him. With his great sense of humor and charismatic smile, Dennis was a wonderful storyteller. He was a member of Spirit of Life Catholic Church and the Mandan Elks and Moose Lodges. Known to many as a friend, Dennis leaves a legacy of love and laughter. To his family who knew him best, Dennis was so much more than a husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. His smile and the twinkle in his eye will never be forgotten.

Blessed to have shared his life is his wife of nearly 40 years, Elaine Berger, Mandan; two sons and their families, Chad Berger (Megan Thompson) and son, Joshua; and Jayme (Kirsten) Berger and their children, Davis and Morgan, all of Denver, Colo.; mother, Alma Berger, Mandan; brother, James (Jeannie) Berger, Mandan; stepsister, Rosemary Donahue, Vancouver, Wash.; numerous nieces and nephews; and brothers and sisters-in law, Loretta Muth, Floyd (Marcy) Hopfauf, Bernie (Trisha) Hopfauf, and Francis “Hoopy” (Donna) Hopfauf.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Jack Berger; brother, Rodney Berger; father and mother-in-law, Frank and Ann Hopfauf; and brother-in-law, Richard Muth.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Mandan Legion Baseball.

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Joyce Clark

Joyce Tennesen Clark, of Palm Desert, Calif., died peacefully in the presence of her husband of 63 years and love of her life, Bill Clark.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Joyce was born in Mandan and lived in Minnesota for many years. She faced a six-year battle with ovarian cancer valiantly, with humor and grace. Her life was one of activism: developing a Welcome Wagon organization for newcomers to her new home in Mound, Minn., participating actively in Meals on Wheels and driving cancer patients to and from chemotherapy treatments. She was a volunteer and leader in church organizations, enjoyed marathon bridge, and any opportunity to help others. Friends and family had a strong advocate, loving mentor, and someone available to them day or night. Her love was boundless. Her three children, five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren were the luckiest people in the world. To say she will be missed is a profound understatement.

Joyce will be met in heaven by her parents; brother; granddaughter, Kelsey; and many other loving family and friends.

Please feel free to send memorials to any charity of your choice, or to the fight against ovarian cancer. We have lost someone irreplaceable, but she will live on in all of us who knew and loved her.

-Services by Wiefeles Funeral Home, Palm Desert, Calif.