Mandan News

Obituaries Jan. 31, 2014

Joan Higa
Joan HigaJoan Ann (Gill) Higa, 68, passed away Jan. 15, in Seattle. She was born Aug. 15, 1945, in Alberta, Canada. Joan was raised in Mandan and graduated from Mandan High School.

She leaves behind her loving husband, Calvin M. Higa; her loving son, Hiroshi; and four special sisters, Patty, Jeanie, Winetta and Francine, all of whom she loved very much.

We will miss her dearly.

Wayne B. Warnke
Photo-obit WarnkeWayne B. Warnke, 62, Bismarck, died Jan. 26, 2014, at Sanford Health due to complications of Influenza A.

A memorial service was held Jan. 29 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mandan with the Rev. Mark Drew as officiant. Burial was in the Highland Cemetery south of Alexander.

Wayne was born on July 2, 1951, in Williston, the son of Earl and Gladys Warnke. Raised on a farm 10 miles south of Alexander, he graduated in 1970 from Alexander High School. On Oct. 21, 1972,he married Marlene Rhodes and lived in Sidney, Mont., where he worked for Pacific Hide and Fur. From 1973 to 1979, the couple lived in Lambert, Mont., and Wayne worked for the Theissen Angus Ranch. After moving to Watford City, Wayne held oil field-related jobs until 1986. He then farmed, cut scrap iron for John Roach in Watford City and from 1989 to 1992, worked for the city of Watford City. After a time living and working in Livingston, Mont., Wayne and his wife moved in 1995 to Mandan, where he worked at Capital City Roof and Floor Truss Co., which changed to Advanced Truss Co., until his death

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marlene; four children, James, Hermanston, Ore., Laura (Gary) Weakes, Princeton, Texas, Ann (Doug) Vogel, Fargo, and Sgt. Andrew (Tauni) of Box Springs, Ga.; 13 grandchildren; three sisters, Susan (Roland) Olson and Annette (Dirk) Oved, both of Williston, and Cheryl (Bill) Unger, Mandan; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to the Chronic Leukemia Research Foundation.
Arrangements were with Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan.

Bernadette Tennison, 63, Jamestown, formerly of Bismarck, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Jamestown Regional Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev, Hugo L. Blotsky, O.S.B., officiating.

Bernie was born March 11, 1950, at Bismarck, to Cornelius and Salamea (Volk) Blotsky. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1968. She was employed by St. Alexius Hospital from 1965 until 1968, while a student at St. Mary’s. After graduation, she moved to Minot. She married Steven Tennison.

In 1969, she moved back to Bismarck to attend Joseph’s Beauty School for two years. When her health continued to fail, she moved to Jamestown and lived in a private nursing home facility, Bethel Four Acres, until her death. She had volunteered to work for various organizations in Jamestown for many years.

Bernie is survived by her daughter, Vicky, one grandson, Marshall, both of Jamestown; and siblings, Bernice Rafferty, Hettinger; Bill (Clara) Blotsky, Bismarck; Ted Blotsky, Bismarck; Katherine Hoff, Wing; Phyllis Lentz, Bismarck; Rev. Hugo Blotsky, Thermopolis, Wyo.; Jerry (Mira) Blotsky, Blaine, Wash.; Eva Giese, Bismarck; and LaVerne (Gene) Emineth, Center; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Pauline Emineth, and brother, Raymond Blotsky.

Please sign Bernie’s guestbook and share memories at Funeral arrangements are being made with DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan.