Mandan News

Obituaries – Jan. 3, 2014

Leo Dillman
W Leo DillmanLeo Dillman Sr., 73, Mandan, died Dec. 26, 2013, at his residence in Mandan.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 30 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Johnson Kuriappilly as celebrant. Burial was in Mandan Union Cemetery.

Leo was born on Aug. 6, 1940,to Frank and Elizabeth (Leingang) Dillman Sr. in Bismarck. He was raised and educated in the Selfridge area. He married Pauline Hersch on March 31, 1959, in Selfridge. The farm and ranch life of the original homestead was what Leo knew and enjoyed for 26 years. He loved to travel and visit relatives far and near. He really enjoyed feeding the squirrels and birds. There was no job too big or too small for him; he was mechanically inclined and a welder so he could repair anything. He also designed and created several artistic ironwork pieces. Leo also loved to fish and play pinochle and checkers. Leo belonged to the Mobridge Moose and Eagles clubs and the Selfridge Knights of Columbus.

Leo will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Pauline; daughters, Gloria (Jim) Kraft, Selfridge, and Linda (Casey) Heidt, Dickinson; sons, David and Donald (Marcy), both of Bismarck, Leo (Nina) Jr., Mobridge, S.D., and Dennis (Regan), Colorado Springs, Colo.; 13 grandchildren, Blaine Dillman, Heather (Brady) Mueller, and Hannah Dillman, Jessica (Brent) Kastner and Jennifer (Mike) Volk, Brandy and Derek Dillman, Casinda (Mike) Langseth and Lance Heidt, Ashley (Mike) Varilek and Kyle Dillman, Brittany Dillman and Bradley Dillman; step-grandchildren, Haven Warren and Devynne Ames; nine great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Maudie Dillman, Jamestown, Shirley Dillman, McIntosh, S.D., and Mary Dillman, Walker, S.D.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; son, Thomas Dillman; grandson, Preston David Dillman; sisters, Betty Dillman, Sister Scholastica Dillman and an infant sister; and brothers, Simon, Joe (Maggie), Pete, Jack (Donna), Edward, Anton (Darlene) and Frank (Helen).

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Fidelis Tischmak

W Fidelis TischmakFidelis Tischmak, 91, Mandan, died Dec. 26, 2013, at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 30 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Ed Wehner as celebrant. Burial was in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion Post No. 69 of Flasher.

Fidelis was born on Dec. 15, 1922, to Emanuel and Margaret (Harsche) Tischmak in Grant County. He was raised and educated in Grant County and attended Elgin High School, where he was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track. He held the record for the 200- and 400-yard dash until the 1980s. Fidelis also bowled a perfect 300 game. When he was 13, he was accidentally shot in the jaw by his brother, Mike, while they were hunting. He was taken to Bismarck for surgery and spent many months recovering. Fidelis entered the Navy after high school and spent two years stationed in Adek, Alaska. Upon his return, he married Odelia Frank on Oct. 25, 1948.

He and Odelia farmed and ranched on the family farm at Shields until 2006, and in 2007 moved to Mandan. Fidelis was active in many organizations in Flasher including Lions Club, in which he was a charter member, American Legion and Knights of Columbus and was on the board of the Grant County Social Service Board. He also taught school.
Fidelis and Odelia loved to travel and they made trips to Germany and Hawaii and they took a trip every year to the West Coast to visit relatives.

Fidelis will be deeply missed by his wife of 65 years, Odelia; daughters, Janice (Thomas) Giese, Carson, and Sondra (Brent) Theurer, Mandan; sons, Ken, Allen (Cindy) and Bryan (Kay) all of Mandan; sisters, Grace Tate, Redmond, Ore., Emily (Neal) Rosenbaum, Prineville, Ore., brother, Peter E. Tishchmak, Redmond, Ore.; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Marie; his parents; sisters, Susie (Joseph) Blotsky, Julia (Joe) Becker, Lydia (Valentine) Jochim and Frances (Emil) Miller; brother, Mike (Lagotta) Tischmak; brother-in-law, Claude Tate; and sister-in-law, Angie Tischmak.

The family requests memorial to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

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Todd Reuer

w Todd ReuerTodd J. Reuer, 53, Bismarck, died Dec. 22, 2013, at the Tioga Medical Center.

Services were held Jan. 2 at Word of Faith Church in Bismarck.

Todd James Reuer was born on Nov. 14, 1960, in Mobridge, S.D., to Rita (Lawless) Reuer and Calvin Elmer Reuer.  His love for the Dakota prairies and ranching began early on, growing up on a ranch nestled in the banks of Lake Oahe, southwest of Selby, S.D. Todd attended grade school in Akaska, S.D., and graduated from Selby High School in 1979.

Feeling a call to ministry, Todd attended a Bible school called Shiloh Training Institute in Hamilton, Mont., where he graduated in 1981. During his time at Shiloh, he met Kelley (Shaw) from Mandan. They were married on Jan. 2, 1982, at the Presbyterian Church in Mandan. The newlyweds returned to Montana as Kelley finished her school at Shiloh and Todd found a job on a ranch in Stevensville. Their early years of marriage were spent helping with several church plants, singing at many events and working on farms and ranches in North Dakota and South Dakota. In 1985, they moved to Bismarck and worked at Circle C Ranch for a summer camp season. From 1985 to 1989 they lived in the Hazen and Steele areas, helping a new church get started in each community. In January 1988, they had their first child, Tyson. In 1989, they moved to Kenmare to start and pastor a church, and later lived in the Mobridge, S.D., area for 15 years. In 1991, they had their second child, Philip, and in 1997, a daughter, Kristi.

Todd loved ranching, was interested in cattle management, rotational grazing practices and cattle genetics and was an AI technician. He had a love for teaching God’s word and often taught at the Bible school at his church in Timberlake, S.D.

 In 2002, Todd suffered a traumatic brain injury in a horse accident and struggled with recovery. In 2008, Todd and his family moved to Limon, Colo., and later to Kintyre. Todd’s traumatic brain injury recovery was complicated by a diagnosis of early dementia and by 2011 he had to quit ranching.

Todd and Kelley returned to the Bismarck-Mandan area, where Kelley took care of Todd while his condition continued to worsen. In the summer of 2013, Todd was placed into the hospital at Bismarck and later moved to a long-term care facility in Tioga.

     He is survived by his wife, Kelley; his sons, Tyson (Sarah) Reuer of Tulsa, Okla., and Philip Reuer of Valley City; his daughter, Kristi Reuer of Bismarck; his granddaughters, Kadence and Selah Reuer of Tulsa; his mother, Rita Reuer of Tea, S.D.; his siblings, Georgia McCool of Albuquerque, N.M., Dean Reuer of Spearfish, S.D., and Tamara Reuer of Rapid City, S.D.; his in-laws, Donald and Estella “Honey” Shaw of Mandan; his sisters-in-law, Dawn and Doug Diehl of Rapid City and Debbie Shaw, Kim Shaw, and LaRue and Tracie Shaw, all of Bismarck;  and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father, Calvin Elmer Reuer.
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Margaret Marquart

W Margaret MarquartMargaret “Maggie” (Bitz) Marquart, 98, Bismarck, passed away Dec. 22, 2013, at St. Gabriel’s Care Center in Bismarck surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 27 at Church of Corpus Christi, Bismarck. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck.

Maggie was born on June 14, 1915, in Napoleon to John and Magdalena (Wald) Bitz. She was raised and educated in Napoleon. She married Pete Marquart on Nov. 21, 1938, in Napoleon. Maggie and Pete farmed in the Napoleon area until they moved to Bismarck in 1967. Maggie had a strong work ethic and helped Pete with all aspects of farm life. Family was central in their life and they raised their children to have the same determination and work ethics as they did. Maggie loved family gatherings and enjoyed her family and friends. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Margaret will be deeply missed by daughters Virginia Fettig, Napoleon, Florence (Joe) Hilzendeger, Mandan, Lil Steiner, Bismarck, and Mary Jo (Jacob) Neigum, Bismarck; sons Robert, Bismarck, John (Theresa), McKenzie, Steve (Mary), West Fargo, and Vince (Kris), Scottsdale, Ariz; 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Bitz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete, in 1993; her parents; one infant son, James; one daughter, Angeline; sons-in-law Tim Steiner and Baltzer Fettig; sisters Regina Rohrich and Agatha Bitz; and brothers Joe, Adam, Roy, Valentine, Al and John.

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Martha Meuchel

W Martha MeuchelMartha M. Meuchel, 93, New Salem, died Dec. 17, 2013, at Elm Crest Manor, New Salem.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 20 at St. Pius V Catholic Church, New Salem, with the Rev. Selva Periannan as celebrant. Burial was in St. Pius Cemetery.

Martha Mary was born on Sept. 24, 1920, the fourth child of William Valentine and Emelia Katherine (Kling) Schmitt. She was born at home with Anna Westmeyer as midwife and with Dr. Gaebe attending. Martha attended school at New Salem Elementary and the Columbia Country School, which was built on an acre of land donated by her father. It was about one mile south of the farmstead. She attended New Salem High School, graduating in 1939. She then worked and helped her dad with the farm.

Martha married Albert Kuether in 1944; they had three children, Arlys, Jack and Larry. Albert died Jan. 9, 1955. Martha’s brother, John, helped her build a house in New Salem. She went on a blind date arranged by a friend and met Anton Meuchel in January of 1958. Tony was fun to “visit with” and by that summer they were engaged. They were married on Oct. 22, 1958. Martha was now the mother of six children, welcoming Tony’s children, Maryann, Richard and Dennis. Donavon was born on Jan. 19, 1960, and William joined the family on July 10, 1962. Tony died on Nov. 23, 1993, Martha stayed on the ranch until moving to New Salem in 1994 and then to Elm Crest Manor in 2008.

A kind and gentle woman, Martha was outgoing and liked to socialize. She enjoyed getting dressed up and took pride in always looking her best. Generous with her time, Martha volunteered for Meals on Wheels, being named Volunteer of the Year. Music was an important part of her life. She could be found dancing to big band, polka or waltz music or singing in the St. Pius Church Choir. Martha was a wonderful cook and German recipes were some of the family’s favorites. Staying active, Martha could be seen going for a walk with her three-wheel walker. She most enjoyed being outdoors.

Martha will be deeply missed by her daughters, Mary Ann Loveless, Maryland, and Arlys (Joe) Collins, Tucson, Ariz; sons, Richard (Toni) Meuchel, Dennis Meuchel, New Salem, Larry (Carol) Kuether, Dickinson, Donovan (Cindy) Meuchel, Judson, and Bill (Bonnie) Meuchel, New Salem; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Albert Kuether and Anton “Tony” Meuchel; son, Jack Kuether; grandson, Mark Meuchel; son-in-law, Bill Loveless; sisters, Rose (David) Keely Kuebler, Gertrude (Herman) Westmeier and Kathrine (Bob) Hughes; and brother, John (Lois) Schmitt.

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Rosemary Jacobchick

W rosemary JacobchickGod has chosen another voice for his heavenly choir. Rosemary Jacobchick, 78, Mandan, passed away Dec. 27, 2013, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 31 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Johnson Kuriappilly as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Rosemary Krueger was born in Richardton to William and Mary (Kovarik) Krueger on Sept. 14, 1935. She was raised and educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School in 1953. On July 15, 1955, Rosemary married the love of her life, Richard “Rick” Jacobchick at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mandan. Together they raised their family in Mandan. Their love for each other continued to grow through the years.

Music was a big part of Rosemary’s life. She sang in the high school choir, the St. Joseph Choir with her mom, and the Christ the King Choir. One of the high points was the 35 years she sang with the Bismarck-Mandan Sweet Adelines. The most important thing in Rosemary’s life was her family. Rosemary had a group of friends who called themselves “The Grannies,” which included her lifelong friend, Irene. She also enjoyed bowling, doing crossstitch and camping with her family. Rosemary worked as a bookkeeper for her husband in a service station business as well as Speedy’s Tire Service.

Left with wonderful memories of her and a life well lived are her husband, Rick, Mandan; daughter, Pam (Dave) Helbling, Fargo; sons, Steve (Erna), Mandan, and Jeff (Shirley), Bismarck; grandchildren, Amy Beard, Jesse Siegel, Jason Siegel, Amanda Jacobchick, Josh Jacobchick, Lacey Jacobchick and Kristin Jacobchick; four step-grandchildren, Casey Helbling, Nathan Helbling, Kelly Benzinger and Dustin Helbling; great-grandchildren, Jaiden, Koral, Ethan, Joey and Miah, Tanner; step-great-grandchildren, Carson, Max, Emerson, Samuel, Skylar, Teagan and Brody; sister, Karen (Greg) Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah; brothers, Ron (Geri) Krueger, Spokane, Wash., and Norm (Gen) Krueger, Mandan.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents.

The family requests memorial to the Bismarck-Mandan Elks Camp Grassick, the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery or to Christ the King School.

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