Mandan News

Obituaries Jan. 24

Dorothy Helbling Wagner
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Dorothy May Helbling-Wagner, 86, died Dec. 29 at West Park Living Center in Billings, Mont. where she had recently moved from Bismarck. Dorothy was born June 5, 1927, in Mandan, to Valentine Helbling, Jr. and Constantina (Connie) Braun Helbling. Connie was an immigrant from Karlsruhe, South Russia, and Valentine’s family immigrated from Speier, South Russia. Dorothy was raised and educated in Mandan and graduated from St. Joseph’s school and Mandan High School. She married Raymond Wagner on Oct. 7, 1945. They lived in Mandan and Glendive, Mont. They were later divorced. Dorothy later lived in Helena, Mont. where she worked for the Lewis and Clark county Clerk and Recorder’s Office. She then worked for the State of Montana in the Treasury Division until her retirement after which she moved to Billings, Mont. and then to Bismarck.

Her daughters wrote, “Our Mom was known for her sense of humor and friendliness to everyone. Mom’s love for her family was her passion. We will always treasure her lesson of ‘family comes first,’ the importance of education, and spending money wisely.”

Dorothy loved her Catholic Faith. She was a past member of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society. For many years she was a volunteer at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck.

Cremation took place in Montana. A memorial service is being planned for summer 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan.

Dorothy is survived by daughters, Radene Wagner Ostwalt (Steve), Constance Wagner, and Sarah Wagner; four grandchildren, Peter Degel, Nicklos See, Rachel Mccoskery, Jacob Holshue; and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Donna Helbling Anderst, Elaine Helbling Hundley (Jim), sister-in-law, Sandra Jondahl Helbling; nieces Francine Helbling Ereth, Brenda Helbling Seck, Theresa Helbling Knodle, Mary Jo Hundley Ruether, Leslie Hundley Pawlowski, Jamie Hundley Penrod, Rachel Hundley Hendee; nephews Frederick Valentine Helbling, Timothy John Helbling, Richard Eugene Helbling, Dr.William Anderst, Jr., Dr. James Anderst, and John James Hundley; uncle, Frank P. Braun; and many life long close friends as well as dozens of cousins.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her granddaughter Becky Degel Mallow; son-in-law Ron Engel; brothers Eugene Valentine Helbling and Richard John Helbling; brother-in-law William Anderst; and sister-in-law Betty Staiger Helbling.

Duane Kitzman
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Duane Douglas “Toby” Kitzman, 65, Mandan, died Sept. 30, 2013, at the VA Hospital in Fargo.

Services were held Jan. 13, 2014, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with the Rev. Jack Carlson officiating. Inurnment was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan. The Mandan VFW Post No.707 and American Legion Post No. 40 provided military honors.

Toby was born Jan. 7, 1948, to Jake and Elsie (Emch) Kitzman in Leith. Toby enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966 and went to Vietnam in September of that year, receiving a promotion to sergeant in June 1967. He received three Vietnamese citations and four U.S. service awards, one of which was a Purple Heart. Toby received and honorable discharge in 1971.

Toby married the love of his life, Ella (Berger) Kitzman, on June 20, 1980. He worked as a social worker for the U.S. Veterans in New York then transferred to Hot Springs, S.D., before retiring in 2002. Toby and Ella moved back to Mandan shortly after to be closer to his children and grandchildren. Needing to stay busy after retiring, Toby started lifting weights and won an award for his accomplishments.

Toby loved spending time with his family and his wife. Above all else, Toby had a warm heart that he hid very well. He was an inspiration to many; an all-around great person and will always be remembered fondly.

Toby is survived by his wife, Ella Kitzman; children, John (Nikki) Kitzman, Toby (Shari) Kitzman, Angie (Ron) Morrell, Joe (Jill) Emter and Tanya (Bryan) Sleight; his beautiful grandchildren, Heather, Hailey, Tyler, Jadehya, Corryn, Ella, Joe, Bryona, Alyssa, Anna and Elsie; great-granddaughter, Madisyn; mother-in-law, Angie Berger; brothers, Kim (Mary Ann) Kitzman and Jerry (Dany) Kitzman; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Duane was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; stepdad, Don Emch; and brother, Jay Kitzman.

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Joseph Wingenbach
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Joseph “Joe” Wingenbach, 93, Bismarck, died Jan. 11, at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

The Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, Jan. 16 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Mandan with Rev. Johnson Kuriappilly presiding.

Joe was born May 22, 1920, the son of Anselm and Deonila (Braun) Wingenbach near Brisbane, North Dakota. He grew up in the Carson area and attended a country school receiving an eighth grade education. He helped with the family farm until entering military service in 1942. Due to the death of his father, Joe’s military involvement ended with an Honorable Discharge.

Joe married Eva Zins on June 14, 1949 at St. Gertrude’s Church, Raleigh. Together, they started farming south of Carson, near the Cannonball River. They practiced diversified farming and raised registered Shorthorn cattle and Yorkshire hogs. They also started a dairy operation that eventually was known as the Cannonball Dairy. Joe and Eva later retired in Mandan.

Although he only completed the eighth grade, he continued with an informal education reading books, magazines and newspapers covering every topic from religion to mechanics, science, history and politics. With academic aptitude, Joe mastered the craft of taxidermy and was a pioneer of irrigation practices on the Cannonball River.

Joe also appreciated music. He taught himself to play the harmonica and the accordion. Joe played for house parties and wedding dances in Brisbane and the surrounding area.
Some of Joe’s other interests included horseshoe pitching. His expertise paid off, winning numerous trophies at various horseshoe tournaments throughout the upper Midwest, culminating in winning the World Horseshoe Championship Elders Class F in Spearfish, SD in 1993.

Joe is survived by his wife, Eva and eight children; daughters, Janice (Stephen) Wood, Billings, MT; Marilyn (Mark) Stumpf, Gloria (Tim) Wanner, and JoAnn (Travis) Coyle, all from Mandan; sons, Jim (Bonnie), West Fargo; Dave (Beth), Minatare, NE; Ken (Carol), and Ron (Mary), both from Bismarck; 31 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and his brother Emil (Florence), Bismarck.

Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Regina Nagel; his son, Adam and daughter, Bette.

In lieu of flowers, send memorials to Sanford Health St. Vincent’s Continuing Care Center.

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Robert Licari
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Robert Eugene Licari, 80, passed away on Dec. 19, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He was born on June 16, 1933 in Biwabik, Minn. to John and Viola (Fondie) Licari.

Bob married Barbara Sausman on May 31, 1963 in Biwabik, Minn. He lived in Mandan for 40 years before moving to Lake Havasu City. He loved hunting and fishing. Bob was hurt in an industrial accident, losing his right arm and several fingers. The accident did not stop him from doing what he loved and enjoying life.

Following his accident, Bob obtained a specialist degree and became a special Ed director in Mandan for over 20 years. Following his retirement, he and Barbara spent every winter in Lake Havasu. He was devoted to his children and grandchildren, following all of their activities whenever he could. Bob will be missed by all who knew and love him.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Licari; children, Debbie Petrone, Patrick Licari, Craig Licari, Geno Licari and Roberta Werchau; brothers, Roger and Fr. Jonathan (Ronald) Licari; grandchildren, Paul, Brian and Curtis Licari, Stephanie Wandrash, Michael Munich, Melissa Licari, Jenni Munich, Trevor Werchau, Hannah Werchau and Morgan and Camryn Licari.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Gina and two daughters in law, Nancy and Ellen.
Memorial service was held at Lake Havasu Mortuary Chapel Jan. 11.

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Charlotte Bunnell
Charlotte J. “Toots” Bunnell, 77, Mandan, died Jan. 16, at Sanford Health in Bismarck, with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at Jan. 20, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Christopher Kadrmas as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Charlotte Ripplinger was born Jan. 22, 1936 in Mandan to Pete and Margarette (Lauinger) Ripplinger. She married George Bunnell on May 15, 1954 in Mandan. Charlotte had many talents. She worked as a waitress at Vi’s and Ray’s Cafe, in the kitchen at Heartview, and as a supervisor in Housekeeping/Laundry at the Mandan Villa.

With a spirit of hospitality, Charlotte’s door was always open for coffee, food and conversation. Whether you were immediate family or extended family, she made sure you were welcomed with sugar kuchen, cut outs, chocolate cake, her famous spaghetti, or pigs in the blanket. Charlotte’s love for the outdoors was evident in camping trips and family hunting and fishing gatherings. Later, a high point was the purchase of a cabin near Parshall, where many family gatherings brought much enjoyment. She could be found in her flower garden or canning from the vegetable garden. Toots’ sisters were a very important part of her life, especially their shopping trips together. Family gatherings were a highlight along with travelling to Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev. Toots was a woman of great strength and a strong faith and will be dearly missed.

Toots will be deeply missed by her daughters, Debbie (John) Wangler, Mandan; Linda (Loren) Dally and Laurie (Mike) Hedstrom, both of Bismarck; sons, Kenny (Deb), Mandan and George, Jr. (Brenda) of Maple Grove, Minn.; 21 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren with two on the way; sisters, Annette Schumacher and Donna Norton, both of Mandan; brothers, Garry (Kathy) and Larry (Michelle), both of Mandan; Jerry (LaVerne), Fargo; Peter (Kathy), Billings, Mont. and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George, who died in 2012; sons, Patrick, Keith and Scott; brothers, Cap, Bob, Bill, Richard, Ted and an infant sister, Shirley, and brother-in-law, Cliff Norton.

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Gary Oberlander
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Gary Oberlander, 72, Mandan, died Jan. 18, at his residence in Mandan.

Services were on Jan. 22, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Rev. Lee Herberg officiating.

Gary was born on Nov. 11, 1941 to Emil and Emma (Dockter) Oberlander in Streeter. Gary attended school in Lake Preston, S.D.; later receiving his GED and then a degree in civil engineering. Gary worked for the North Dakota Department of Transportation as a civil engineer his entire career prior to retiring in 2006.

Gary met Susan Renner in Bismarck, and they married on Jan. 27, 1991 in Mandan. They made their home in Mandan. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing especially with his outdoor companions; Rick and Russell. Gary was a good cook and made many dishes that his family enjoyed. He was also a history buff and spent time researching the history of Gen. Custer and WWII; he also enjoyed gardening and bird watching. He especially enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter, Kali.

Gary will be deeply missed by his wife, Susan; step-daughter, Lori Ihli, Rapid City; granddaughter, Kali Sue Ihli, Rapid City; sister, Bernice Schaffer, Jamestown; sister-in-law, Beverly Kinzler, Larimore, sister-in-law, Donna (David) Dombrowsky, Mandan; Brother-in-law, Robert (Sue) Renner, The Villages, Fla.; sister-in-law, Bridget Renner, Fallbrook, Calif.; special nephew, Rick (Margaret) Oberlander, Bismarck; special friends, Russell (Marsha) Dittus, Mandan; Michael Moszer Sr., and Michael Moszer Jr., both of Rapid City, and several nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Marvin and Donald; brother-in-law, Roger Renner and a nephew Scott.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

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