Mandan News

Obituaries Jan. 17, 2014

Terry Piper
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Terry Piper, 72, Mandan, died Jan. 5, 2014, at Sanford Health, Bismarck, after a five-year battle with cancer.

Services were held Jan. 9 at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Jack Carlson officiating. Burial was in Mandan Union Cemetery.

Terry was born Nov. 16, 1941, in Aberdeen, S.D., to A.W. “Mike” and R. Violet (Knox) Stellner. Raised and educated in Aberdeen, she attended rural schools through eighth grade and then lived in town, paying room and board while she attended Aberdeen Central High School, graduating in 1959. She attended business school, receiving her certification, and then worked at Dakota Farmer Magazine. Terry met Bob Piper and they were married on Jan. 13, 1962. They made their home in Mandan, where they raised their five children.

Terry worked as a receptionist for Doc Wheeler for a number of years. She had a passion for reading and loved her work at the Mandan City Library for 26 years. Gentle-hearted and very kind, Terry had a gift for the work she did with Meals on Wheels at the Golden Age Services. She loved the people she got to know, and touched so many lives through her activities there. For 40 years, Terry met with four lady friends for their hobby club, something she always looked forward to. A talented green thumb, Terry could grow anything. She also loved to dance, teaching her children, and later enjoyed going to the local clubs with friends. A fan of game shows, she enjoyed “Family Feud” and “Wheel of Fortune.” Terry always made holiday meals for her family and treasured the time they spent together. Known for her chocolate chip cookies, Terry would often make special treats for her kids and grandkids. For many years she collected buffalo knickknacks and art. Growing up she was a confirmed member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in rural Aberdeen and after moving to Mandan was an active member of Messiah Lutheran and First Lutheran churches. Diagnosed with cancer in January 2009, Terry showed strength and courage throughout her battle.

Blessed to have shared her life are her children, Lisa (Kevin) Weisz, Hazen, Scott (Glenda) Piper, Ryan Piper and Mitchell Piper, all of Mandan; six grandchildren, Nolan and Lacie Weisz, Hannah Brown, and Elizabeth, Scotty and Jack Piper; her sister, Mickie Gust, Park Forrest, Ill.; special friend, Dennis Ogroske, Mandan; former husband, Bob Piper, Mandan; and countless friends.

Terry was preceded in death by her son, Robbie, in 1988; her parents; and brother-in-law, Bob Gust.

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Thomas Joblinski
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Thomas Joblinski, 68, Mandan, died Jan. 6.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at First Lutheran Church of Mandan with Rev. Christina Martin officiating.

Tom was born April 16, 1945 in Seattle, WA. He moved to ND as a boy and spent his childhood in Mandan attending St. Joseph Catholic School. Later he attended St. Gertrude High School in Raliegh. Tom married Coreen Parks in 1967. To this union three children were born; Tana, Greg and Mike. In 2001, Tom married Susan Anderson. Tom started his career in law enforcement and was awarded the “Outstanding Young Police Officer of North Dakota”, but the majority of his career was spent in construction. A jack of all trades and a hard worker he never said the words “I can’t”. Using his many talents, Tom supervised many construction projects. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a true outdoorsman. He loved to travel and was a wonderful cook, famous for his turkey stuffing. When Tom wasn’t outdoors, he enjoyed John Wayne movies. Family was central in his life and he was proud of his children and grandchildren. His vibrant personality endeared him to many people and he will be deeply missed.

Tom will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by his wife, Susan, Mandan; sons, Greg (Tanya) (Keely, Kade), Mandan; Mike (Cole, Jewlianna), Bismarck; daughters, Tana (Madison, Michael), Bismarck; Amber (Trent) (Trae, McKenzie), Mandan; sisters, JoAnne (Joe) Kelsch, Linton; Judy (Jon) Martin, Bismarck; brother, Frank (Gladys) Ereth, Mandan; former wife, Coreen Joblinski-Freier, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and his special furry friend, Pebbles.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his wife’s son, Christopher.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

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Kelly P. Wing, 55, Mandan, died Jan. 7 at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

A Memorial service was held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11 in the Chapel at Sanford Health Hospital in Bismarck.

Kelly is survived by his wife, Viola, Mandan; daughter, Jessica, Mandan; son, D.C., Mandan; sisters, Debbie (Larry) Larkin, Kansas; Sandy (Curt) Rekkedale, Virginia; Donna (Neil) Hamilton, Florida; and Carol Spicer, North Carolina.

Eileen Balkowitsch
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Eileen J. Balkowitsch, 86, Bismarck, died Jan. 9 at Sanford Health in Bismarck.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Jan. 13, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan with the Rev. Johnson Kuriappilly as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Eileen was born on Feb. 16, 1927, in Flasher to Jacob Bohl and Wilhelmina Paul. She was raised and educated in Flasher. Eileen moved to Mandan in 1942. She married Edward Balkowitsch on Aug. 27, 1946, in Mandan. Eileen had a strong work ethic. Family was central in their life and they raised their children to have the same determination and work ethics as they did. Eileen loved family gatherings and enjoyed her family and friends. Many family activities included camping, fishing, and travel. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Eileen was an excellent cook specializing in homemade German recipes. They were all verbal recipes and she would always say “Enough flour until it is right.” Her hobbies included crochet knitting, pinochle, crafts, reading, and bingo. Eileen was strong in her Catholic faith participating in Eagles Auxiliary, Women of the Moose, Golden Age Catholic Daughters, and Christian Mothers.

Eileen will be deeply missed by her daughter, Carlotta (John) Birkbeck, Mandan; sons, Ronald (Marlys), Mandan, Delano (Lorene), Bismarck; sister, Rose Miller, Yakima, WA; grandchildren, Troy (Heather) Balkowitsch, Brandon (Nicole) Balkowitsch, Scott (Sarah) Birkbeck, Rebecca (Brandon) Bates, Angela Birkbeck (Nate Froseth), Rhonda (Abraham) Starck, Ashley Balkowitsch; great-grandchildren, Tate, Kadyn, Teegan, Jayda, and baby Balkowitsch in April.

Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, June 8, 1989; sisters, Anna (Frank) Hopfauf, Mary (John) Movich, Monica (Chuck) Taylor, Magdaline (Pat Huotte) Snodgrass, Barbara (Nick) Doll; brother-in-law, Tony Miller; brothers, Peter (Julia Bohl, Mike (Barbara) Bohl, Xavier (Rose) Bohl, George (Frances), Jacob (Ida) and Joseph (Hildegard).

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Michael Fitterer
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Michael Fitterer, 93, Bismarck, formerly of Glen Ullin, passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck. A Mass of Christian Burial was held onThursday, Jan. 16, in the Church of the Ascension, Bismarck with Rev. James Braaten officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bismarck.

Michael was born Sept. 2, 1920, in the St. Joe area of rural Glen Ullin, to Adam A. and Marianne (Gartner) Fitterer. He was raised and educated in the St. Joe area. He farmed with his mother for a number of years. On July 13, 1943, he married Magdalena Fitterer in St. Joseph Church. In 1946, they purchased the family farm and farmed there until they retired in 1981.

Michael belonged to the St. Joe Men’s Society, was a member of the Eagles, and a lifelong member of the Elks Club and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his five sons, Kenneth (Carol) Fitterer, Lewistown, Montana, Dennis (Sandra) Fitterer, Mandan, Kelvin (Susan) Fitterer, Bismarck, Howard Fitterer, Henderson, Nevada, and Jesse (Debbie) Fitterer, Tempe, Arizona; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, six brothers, and three sisters.

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Donald J. Kocourek, 90, Mandan, died Jan.12, 2014, at Sanford Off Sunset, Mandan.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will take place at a later date.

Arrangements are by Buehler-Larson Funeral and Cremation Services, Mandan.

Cleo Albers
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Cleo Albers, 86, Hannover, died Jan. 13, 2014. at Elm Crest Manor, New Salem.

A funeral service was be held Friday, Jan. 17, at St. Peters Lutheran Church, Hannover with the Rev. Russell Fitch officiating. Burial will be at Hannover Cemetery.

Cleo and her twin sister were born Dec. 8, 1927, at New Salem to Frank and Minnie (Kalweit) Scherer. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Center. Cleo graduated from Center High School in 1945 and soon afterward accepted the position of deputy auditor of Oliver County. She married Kenneth Albers at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Nov. 30, 1947. They farmed near Center. After Cleo’s children were grown, she worked at Oliver County Social Services as an eligibility worker for 27 years. She spent her retirement years living on the family farm until the last year, when she was a resident of Elm Crest Manor. She was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Hannover and was active in the LWML and Lamp Lighters Bible Study.

Cleo is survived by one son, Kent (Debbie) Albers, Center; one daughter, Tina (Steve) Krakow, Oconomowoc, Wis.; four grandchildren, Chris (Nicole) Albers, Center, Carrie Albers (Mike Molde), New Brighton, Minn., Benjamin Krakow, Bloomington, Minn., and Joshua (Kelly) Albers, Center; 13 great-grandchildren, Quentin Bergstad, Caden, Cameron, Kole, Kyle and Kollins Albers, Eric Molde,Seth and Shawna Krakow and Katelynn, Kennedy, Kallen and Korra Albers; niece, Eunice Matson, Monument Colo.; grandnieces, Stephanie Gresh, Castle Rock, Colo.; and Stacy Lochowicz, Lakewood, Colo.; and two brothers-in-law, John D. Albers, Walla Walla, Wash., and Howard Albers, Billings, Mont.

Cleo was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth; two sisters, baby twin sister and Erma (Merle) Light; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Claude and Joyce Albers, Norman and Gertrude Thompson, Phyllis Albers, Bobette Cass, Jeanne Albers, Merle Light; and nephew-in-law, Terry Luke.

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