Mandan News

Obituaries – January 14-20, 2012

Leota Jensen

Leota Jensen, 75, Mandan, died Jan. 10, 2012, at Medcenter One Hospital, Bismarck, with her loving family by her side.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Mandan United Methodist Church, with Reverend Steve C. Johnson officiating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Leota was born Feb. 27, 1936, in Central City, Iowa, to Grant and Darlene (Peterson) Bremer. After her father died when she was very young, her family moved to Glendive, Mont., where she attended school and graduated from Dawson High School in Glendive. One fine day, Leota met a young soldier who’d returned from the service; she married Raymond Jensen on Aug. 10, 1955, in Glendive. They made their home there for a short time, later moving to Mandan, where Ray worked at the Heskett Plant north of Mandan. Leota worked as a cashier at Taylor Drug in Mandan and as a sales clerk at Herberger’s Department Store. Very social with a gift for gab, Leota made many friends over the years. She and Ray enjoyed their travels with friends and her parents. They shared fond memories of trips to Mexico, Hawaii and New York. Leota enjoyed knitting, home decorating and working in her flower gardens. A collector of many things, she also liked antiques. Leota was especially proud of her grandchildren and their achievements and her grandson-in-law, Jed, who serves in the U.S. Marine Corp. A feisty woman who was so loving and caring, Leota will forever be remembered.

Blessed to have shared her life is her husband of 56 years, Raymond Jensen, Mandan; one son, Michael (Cherie) Jensen, Mandan; two grandchildren, Richard Lee Jensen, Mandan, and Nicole Marie (Charles “Jed”) Luther, Oceanside, Calif.; stepsister, Barbara (Robert) Eggebrecht, Glendive; and countless friends.

Leota was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Norman Nelson; brother, Richard Lillie; in-laws, Kenneth and Ann Jensen; stepbrother, Allan Nelson; and stepsister, Dee Nelson.

The family prefers memorials to Mandan United Methodist Church.

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Grace Markel

Grace Markel, 79, Mandan, passed away Jan. 12, 2012, at Medcenter One in Bismarck, with her loving family by her side.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Kenneth Phillips as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Grace was born on Oct. 27, 1932, to Charles and Elizabeth (Johner) Wenger. She married John Markel in May 1952 and was a lifelong resident of Mandan. As a homemaker, wife and mother, her life was centered around her family of seven children, and eventually 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Needless to say, her time was devoted and lovingly given to her family. Grace and John would find time on weekends to relax and enjoy camping and fishing along the Missouri River. One of the highlights Grace looked forward to was the annual family trip to the Black Hills, S.D, during Labor Day weekend. She enjoyed taking long walks; one of her favorite destinations was Dykshoorn Park, where she listened to music at the band shell. Tuesday night bingo, trips to the casino and fixing puzzles with her family were hobbies she most enjoyed. Grace also enjoyed listening to old time music on the radio on Sunday afternoons. Her recipes for borscht soup, sugar kuga and Easter bread were especially treasured by her family, “It was the best.”

This special mother, grandmother and sister will be greatly missed by her daughters, Laurie Bender and Nancy (Marlin) Miller, both of Mandan; sons, John Jr. (Wanda), Bismarck, Chuck, Jim (Rachelle), Pete, and Tim (Theresa), all of Mandan; 17 grandchildren, Jodi (Monte) Glasser, Josh (Mandi), Andy (Lacey), Matt, Sarah (Cory) Bosch, Brent (Kristi) Obenauer, Corey Obenauer, Shannon (Brad) Balerud, Austin, Brody, Kelsey, Jonathon, Cindy Bender, Lexi Bender, Isaiah Bender, Haley Miller and MacKenzie Miller; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Josephine (Dan) Woodward, Mandan, Marion Sinkula, Tacoma, Wash.; brother, Martin Wenger; sisters-in-law, Esther Wenger, Mandan, and Hazel Wenger, Olympia, Wash.; and brother-in-law, Henry Zinnel, Mandan.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband, John, who passed away Jan. 26, 2009; a granddaughter, Jerilyn Grace; sister, Eleanore; brothers, Edward, Charles, and Lawrence; as well as her parents.

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Grace Steidler

Grace Jeub Steidler passed away on Jan. 7, 2012, at St. Therese Home in New Hope, Minn., where she has lived for the past five years. She was 92 years old.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Jan. 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Grace Jeannette Jeub was born on March 1, 1919, in Alpine, Wash., to Elizabeth (Boyer) and Reinhard Jeub. She graduated from North High School in Minneapolis, Minn. On Feb. 11, 1939, Grace married Earl Steidler in Minneapolis. Their life together was full of love and adventure and family. Earl was employed by Gamble Robinson Company in St. Paul, and transferred to St. Cloud within a few months of their marriage. In 1944, he was transferred to Aberdeen, S.D., and to Mandan in 1947. Earl joined Bismarck Grocery Company in 1957. In 1967, when their youngest child started school, Earl and Grace created Jet Sales Inc., a company which supplied equipment and food to restaurants and commercial businesses. It was a successful enterprise, operated jointly by Grace and Earl until 1986.

Grace was the anchor of her family as they welcomed 11 children – Nancy, Diane, Richard, Susan, Bobby, Earl Jr., Tom, Ed, Bill, Ann and Jim. In 1953, Bobby died of a brain tumor at age 6. In 1976, Richard drowned in Lake Oahe in South Dakota, at age 32.

Throughout the years of raising her children, Grace was a gentle and loving mother, a strict disciplinarian and an accomplice to adventure. She loved science and nature, a love she passed on to her children, as they enjoyed the excitement of a summer rainstorm, constructed endless snow forts and sledding courses in the winter, and explored the life cycle of creatures great and small. Bugs were forever being collected and examined, baby ducks and gopher were rescues, pigeons of all kinds were raised in their own enclosure in the back yard, among the beautiful flower gardens Grace designed and nurtured. In 1959, Grace and Earl purchased property on Lake Sakakawea, and immediately began to plant pine trees reminiscent of the forests in Minnesota. Sunset Lodge became the family gathering place for amazing dinners cooked on the outdoor grill, boat rides and hundreds of hours spent pulling skiers. Fishing for walleye, northern, perch, and salmon was favorite activity in the summer, and hunting geese, ducks, grouse and deer in the fall and winter. Family reunions became legendary, and continue today.

Grace is survived by her nine children, Nancy (Don) Kapps, North Oaks, Minn., Diane Choe, Laguana Niguel, Calif., Susan (Duane) Ehlis, Williston, Ed (Cindy) Steidler, Maricopa, Ariz., Ann (Shane) Nygard, Grand Forks, Jim (Karen) Steidler, Davis, Calif., Earl (Julie) Steidler, Tom (Mary Jo) Steidler, Bill (Darla) Steidler, all of Bismarck; daughter-in-law, Kitty Igoe Martin, Pueblo, Colo.; 36 grandchildren; and 51 great-grandchildren.

Grace is preceded in death by her husband, Earl, who died in 1991; her sons, Bobby and Richard; granddaughter, Rebecca Steidler; great-granddaughter, Tyra Ehlis; and also her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Therese Home, 8000 Bass Lake Road, New Hope, MN 55428.

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Elaine Volk

Elaine Rose Volk, 72, died Jan. 12, 2012, surrounded by her family at her residence in Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Jan. 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant and Rev. Patrick Schumacher as concelebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Elaine was born on Nov. 13, 1939, in Mandan, to Frank and Emma (Dworshak) Stroh. She graduated from Mandan High School in 1958, then married Melchior Volk on April 7, 1959, in Mandan. Elaine stayed at home to raise her children, and later went to work to buy a colored TV, and ended up 34 years of employment with the Mandan School System. She was known for her cooking dumplings, baking pumpkin blachinda and a great pickle maker. Elaine enjoyed camping and taking trips up to the lake near Garrison when the children were young. She was an avid card player, always up for a game of pinochle or Blitz with her grandchildren. She often attended auction sale, always looking for cookie jars as she was a cookie jar collector. She also had an extensive angel collection. She enjoyed “going south” to play the penny slots. Above all, Elaine cherished the times spent with her family and friends.

She will be dearly missed by her husband of 52 years, Melchior, Mandan; her daughter, Candace (Alan) Fleck, Mandan; sons, Dean, Bismarck, Calvin (Stephanie), Fargo, Darwin (Sherry), Dickinson, Troy (Aimee), Bismarck, Jason, Bismarck, and Terry, Mandan; 11 grandchildren, Zachary, Isaiah, Desiree, Joshua, Jacob, Layne, Jonathan, Shae, Jayden, Paighton, Mallana; two great-grandchildren, Rowyn and Rylen; sisters, Janice (Ted) Jenner, Tuttle, and Verdel (Ron) Hopfauf, Bismarck; brother, Richard (Eleanor) Stroh, Bismarck; and sister-in-law, Arlyce Stroh, Missoula, Mont.

Elaine is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Ronald; and grandchildren, Cranston Fleck and Wade Volk.

The family would like to give a special thanks for the excellent care provided while Elaine was in hospice.

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