Mandan News

Obituaries Jan. 10, 2014

Katie Jones
W katie jonesKatie Jones, 29, Bismarck, and formerly of Mandan and Volga, S.D., passed away in her sleep Dec. 30, 2013.

A memorial and gathering will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at St. George’s Church, 601 N. Fourth St., Bismarck. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at First Lutheran Church, 623 Kasan Ave., Volga.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at Eidsness Funeral Chapel, Volga.

She is survived by her fiance, Brian Hanlon, Bismarck; her parents, Jim and Judy Jones, Volga; her siblings, Macey, Zach, Kim, Jim Jr. and Casey; and her fiance’s family, Mark, Kate, Kelly and Erin Hanlon (Justin Couch).

Her grandparents, Harry and Pearl Fjeld, Minnesota, and Charlotte and Charles Jones, Pennsylvania, precede her in death.

Katie attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, where she earned a double B.A. in Spanish and journalism. Her studies supported her love of travel, visiting Costa Rica and Japan, and her career as a journalist, a photographer and an editor.

During her time in North Dakota she worked as an online-content manager for Lee Agri-Media and as the editor for the Mandan News and the Leader-News. At all her jobs, she brought a creative eye and modern content strategy.

Katie spread joy to many with her shining personality and bright smile. She enjoyed social gatherings, such as playing first base in softball, singing karaoke, ice skating and participating in 4-H. Often she shared her culinary talents with those lucky enough to know her.

Remembered as an intelligent, kind, creative and beautiful young woman, Katie was creating a bright future for herself and loved ones. She will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Jones family, care of Eidsness Funeral Chapel, 217 Kasan Ave., Volga, S.D. 57071 (605-692-6384).

Peter J. Berger
photo obit BergerPeter J. Berger, 89, Mandan, died December 31, 2013 at Sanford Health in Bismarck surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, January 6, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, ND with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 4, 2014 from 3:00-8:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, with a Moose Ritual at 4:30 pm, Knights of Columbus and a Christian Mothers Rosary at 5:00 pm and Parish Vigil at 5:15 pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Pete was born on June 7, 1924 to John and Frances (Beehler) Berger in Fallon, North Dakota. Pete and his family moved to a farm north of Fort Yates when he was 7 years old and attended country school in Sioux County. He married Ann Braun on October 25, 1949 in Selfridge. Pete and Anna moved to their farm north of Solen in 1954 where they raised their 7 children. They lived on the farm until their retirement in 1993 and then moved to Mandan.

Pete was a farmer all his life. He was proud of his years of involvement with the Mandan Rural Fire Department. After his retirement, Pete, loved to go to Yakima, WA to visit his brothers and sisters. He particularly enjoyed driving in the mountains. Many winters found Pete and Ann enjoying the weather in Phoenix, AZ.

Pete will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 64 years Ann; daughters, Denise (Mike) Bossert, Bismarck and Jolene (Jimmie) Clark, Round Mountain, NV; sons, Duane (Pam), Mandan, Keith (Diane), Bismarck, Jerome (Brenda), Billings, MT, Darold (Wanda), Burlington and Randy (Patty), Mandan; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Josephine (Don) Ripplinger, Mandan and Angeline Ternes, Milton WA; sister-in-law, Hilda Berger, Rapid City, SD and brother-in-law, George Kuchynski, Bismarck.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Dana; sisters, Agatha (Joe) Leingang, Hilda Kuchynski, Barbara (Phillip) Leingang and Veronica (Adam) Barnhard; brothers, Marcus (Regina), Adam (Jean), Florian (Regina), Bill and Edward (Betty) Berger and brother-in-law, Emil Ternes.

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Carrie Thorson
W O Carrie ThorsonCarrie Thorson, 103, of Mandan, died Dec. 31, 2013, at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at First Lutheran Church in Mandan with Pastor Christina Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home and will continue Saturday, one hour prior to time of service at the church.

Carrie was born Aug. 15, 1910, in Philbrook, Minn., to William and Elnora (Hines) Warden. At the age of 4, she moved with her parents to Pillager, Minn., where she attended school. At age 10, she moved to Breien, N.D., to live with her foster parents. On May 24, 1930, she was united in marriage to Eddie Cornish. Their first and only child, Violet, was born in 1931. After Violet was born, they moved to a farm 10 miles north of Mandan, on the Missouri River. In 1941, they moved into Mandan. Carrie worked as a waitress at the Northern Pacific Restaurant in Mandan for 15 years. Her husband, Eddie, died on Feb. 6, 1955. In February 1956, Carrie married Melvin Thorson. They moved in 1960 to Glendive, Mont., where they lived for many years. Melvin died on April 26, 1995. She continued to make her home in Glendive until moving to Mandan in 2005. Carrie was a member of First Lutheran Church of Mandan. She enjoyed quilting, making over 110 quilts for the Veterans Home in Glendive, and crocheted many winter caps for friends and family.

She is survived by four stepdaughters, Martha Thorson Bruen of Seattle and Blanche Thorson Geier, Marietta Thorson Volk and Ruth Thorson (Bruce) Hinkel, all of Mandan; two sisters, Mary Lou Tracy of Bloomington, Minn., and Irene Britton of Eveleth, Minn.; two brothers, Eddie Warden and Clifford (Patricia) Warden, both of Everett, Wash.; 15 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Carrie was preceded in death by her parents, daughter (Violet Cornish Dorr), two husbands (Eddie and Melvin), one half-sister (Cecile Rundel LaCassco), three brothers (Glen, George and Elmer Warden), two infant granddaughters, one infant great-great grandson and three sons-in-law.

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