Mandan News

Obituaries – January 19-25, 2013

Vivian Fisher

Vivian Marie Fisher, 62, Mandan, was carried by the angels to Heaven on Jan. 18, 2013. She bravely fought a yearlong battle with cancer, remaining positive and never once complained. She passed away at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family and their love.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, Jan. 24, at First Presbyterian Church, Mandan, with Reverend Deanna Reikow officiating. Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery, south of Mandan.

Vivian was born Dec. 10, 1950, to George and Vlasta (Folk) Wright. She moved from the farm near Center to Mandan. On June 6, 1968, she married Gary Fisher in a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Linda, and husband Calvin Niess. A simple and independent lady, Vivian always got to the point and had a heart of gold. Her friends and family always said that she was such a hard worker, whether it was farming alongside her husband or simply keeping up her yard, garden, and flowers. Her love for painting helped her to start her own business of wallpapering, staining, and painting. A terrific homemaker, Vivian took pride in her home being spotless. She enjoyed painting, crocheting, embroidery, fishing, and tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, as they were growing up and referred to them as “honey or baby” and was never able to say no to any of their requests. After moving from the farm into Mandan, she was able to spend more time with her great-grandchildren and was looking forward to her granddaughter, Kaylee’s, wedding in June. Vivian was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Mandan. A loving wife and a wonderful mother, Vivian’s love and memories will forever be treasured by all who knew and loved her.

Blessed to have shared her life is her husband of 44 years, Gary Fisher; son, Wesley; and daughter, Sandy Schmidt, all of Mandan; granddaughters, Crystal Schmidt and Kaylee Schmidt (fiancee, Joe Schlosser), Mandan; grandson, Coleton Schmidt, Mandan; stepgrandson, Jeremy Schmidt, Phoenix, Ariz.,; two great-grandchildren, Jace and Kambree, Mandan; sisters, Linda (Calvin) Niess, Mandan and Nadine (Larry) Fisher, Driscoll; mother-in-law, Loretta Fisher, St. Anthony; sisters and brothers-in-law, Darlene (Gerald) Rebenitsch, Fort Rice, Ronnie (JoAnn) Fisher and Darby (Ruthie) Fisher, all of St. Anthony; numerous nieces and nephews; and Lana Sleeper, who considered Vivian to be like a second mom.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Wesley Gary Fisher; and father-in-law, Clifford Fisher.

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Maranda Held

Maranda “Randy” Held, 83, Mandan, died Jan. 16, 2013, at Sanford off Collins, Mandan.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Jan. 21, at United Church of Christ, Bismarck, with Reverends Ron Hildahl and

Camille Grothier officiating. Burial was at Bethel Cemetery, New Salem.

Delivered by her grandmother who was a midwife, Maranda was born on May 17, 1929, the youngest of 12 children to Karl and Fredricka (Schilling) Vollmer on the family farm in Lowry, S.D. At the age of  3, the family moved to a farm north of Akaska, S.D., where she attended grade school and graduated from high school in Glenham, S.D.

After graduation, she attended nurses training at Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1952. While there, she met her future husband through some of her classmates. Chester and Randy married in the fall of 1952 on Oct. 11, and moved to the George Held farm south of New Salem. There, they farmed and milked cows until 1960 when they moved into New Salem. At that time, Randy began working at the Mandan Hospital as a labor and delivery nurse and was honored to receive the “Nurse of the Year Award.” In 1976 Chester and Randy moved to Mandan and she continued working at the Mandan Hospital. After helping deliver hundreds of babies, each being very special to her, Randy retired in 1994 allowing her to stay home and care for Chester until his death in 2002. In August of 2003 she moved into Library Square in Mandan. Due to failing health, Randy’s final days were spent in the Sanford Care Center off Collins.

Randy loved the springtime when she could plant her flowers, being so proud of the bright colors and the many compliments she would receive regarding her flower gardens. In the winter she loved decorating for Christmas. “The more the better” she always said.

Her greatest pride was her family, including her daughters, Debra Held, Bismarck, and Becky (Dale) Pletan, New Salem; grandsons; Casey (Monica Reiner) Pletan and Cody Pletan, all of New Salem; great-grandsons, Seth and Nathan Pletan; sister-in-law, Doris (Thiel) Held, New Salem; and many special nieces and nephews.

Randy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chester; 11 siblings and their spouses; and Chester’s brothers and sisters and their spouses.

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Judith Ng

Judith (Judy Husfloen) Ng, 63, Mandan, died Jan. 15, 2013, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.

Services were held on Friday, Jan. 18, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Rev. Gary Heaton officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Judith was born on Jan. 15, 1950, to Herbert and Esther (Prochaska) Husfloen in Bismarck. She was raised and educated in Mandan graduating from Mandan High School in 1968. Judy was soft spoken and easy to visit with. Crosswords and puzzles were activities that she enjoyed. Family gatherings were a particular highlight for Judy. She loved to travel and take road trips. Family was very important in Judy’s life. She enjoyed the time she spend taking care of her grandkids.

Throughout her courageous battle with cancer she maintained a positive attitude and never complained.

Judith will be deeply missed by her daughters, Tasha (Nathan) Scott and Jenny (Doug) Renton of Bismarck, Jessie Knoll and Kim Nolan (friend Dayne Anderson), all of Mandan; sons, Keith (LeeAnn) Knoll and Chance Nolan, of Bismarck; grandchildren, Lucas, Jaden, Carter, Braden, Kenna, Gavin, Conner, Zayne, Riley, Ty, Addisen, Presley, and Lilly; sisters, Lorrie (Joe) Puhalla, Bismarck; Darby (Larry) Kershaw, Menoken; brother, Larry (Sharon) Husfloen, Roundup, Mont.; sister-in-law, Phyllis Husfloen, Highland, Calif.; nieces and nephews, Jay, Amanda Husfloen, Tami (Matt) Waite, Kelli, Teri, and Kody Husfloen.

Judith was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jerry.

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Jack Stewart

John T. “Jack” Stewart, 87, Mandan, died Jan. 17, 2013, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at First Presbyterian Church, Mandan, with Reverend Deanna Reikow  officiating. Burial took place in the spring at Prairie Home Cemetery, Gilby.

John T. “Jack” was born Nov. 11, 1925, in Fargo, to John “Colin” and Elanor (Trowbridge) Stewart. Raised and educated in Gilby, he entered the Army Air Corp in 1943, serving 29 months as an air mechanic.

Returning to Fargo, he attended North Dakota Agriculture, now NDSU, graduating in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree. On June 24, 1947, which was also his parents’ wedding anniversary, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Molenaar, in Gilby. They made their home in Park River, Gilby, Hillsboro, Mohall and lastly, in Mandan, where they lived for the past 40-plus years.

Jack enjoyed farming, taught agriculture education, and in 1961 started his career as a County Extension Agent, retiring from Morton County in 1990.  Jack and Dorothy always loved to travel and had many wonderful trips together across the globe. He also liked stamp collecting, golf, and enjoyed following sports, especially NDSU, the Celtics, Packers, and the Mandan Braves and Chiefs. Jack was a member of Mandan First

Presbyterian Church, the Lions Club, 4-H Hall of Fame, Elks, Chamber of Commerce, Masons, and American Legion. A generous and hardworking family man, Jack will forever be remembered as an honest man who touched many lives.

Blessed to have shared his life are three sons, Jeff Stewart, Ashland, Ore., Reid Stewart, Hesperia, Calif., and Gregg (Ruth) Stewart, Bismarck; eight grandchildren, Dylan, Alissa, Tyler, Thalia, and Carter (Krystal) Stewart, whose homes are spread across Idaho and Washington states, and Denise, Janine, and Rachel Stewart of Bismarck; four great-grandchildren, Trinity, Jordin, Riley, and Alexander; three brothers,

Bill (Frances) Stewart, Gilby, Bob Stewart, Grand Forks, and Jim (JoAnn) Stewart, West Fargo; and countless former colleagues and friends.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, in August 2010; his parents; and an infant son, Kirk.

The family prefers memorials to the Mandan First Presbyterian Church, 310 3rd Avenue NW, Mandan, ND 58554.

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Edna Vogel

Edna Ruth Vogel, 90, Mandan, died Jan. 17, 2013, at Sanford Care Center off Collins, Mandan.

Services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Rev. Ron Hildahl officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Edna was born in Huff Aug. 18, 1922, to Paul and Esther Smith. She was raised by her grandparents John and Olive Cessna on a farm in Huff. She met her future husband, Eugene, in Mandan in 1948. In 1950 she moved to Deadwood, S.D., where she worked at the Franklin Hotel and Restaurant. Eugene and Edna were married March 5, 1951, in Deadwood. In 1951 they moved to McKenzie, where they worked on a ranch. In 1952 they moved to Harmon, and worked on a ranch. They moved to Mandan in 1955, and around 1967 they built their home north of Mandan.

Edna was full of life, warmth, love and she never had a bad word to say about anybody. She had a happy and carefree nature, and she was always a joy to be around. Her greatest joy was spending time with her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. She was always there for anybody who needed someone to talk to and she offered wonderful advice. She loved to cook, bake, can and garden. Summer evenings you would find her in the backyard picking chokecherries to make chokecherry jelly. Her apple and pumpkin pies were the best around. Her home was always open and welcoming and she would always cook a meal for anyone who stopped in. She loved animals, and was always taking in strays and giving them a loving home. In the evenings she would sit in her chair with a cat curled up on her lap watching one of her favorite shows. She loved the classics; The Burns and Allen Show, Laurel and Hardy, Groucho Marx, and many others. She liked music and she was a wonderful guitar player and singer.

Edna will be deeply missed by her husband Eugene, Mandan; daughter, Diane Strom, Bismarck; son, Marvin (Noreen) Vogel, Bismarck; son-in-law, Leonard (Karen) Fleck, Mandan; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Rennie Minnix; La Verne (David) Brisco, and Janette Christman, all of Oklahoma; Mildred (George) Schanerman, Nebraska; Carol (Darwin) Eckhart, Nevada Gulch, S.D.; Laura Speirs, Spearfish, S.D.; brothers, Keith (Marna) Bergstrom and Norman (Bev) Bergstrom, Spearfish, S.D.; Don (Bev) Bergstrom, Fargo; Holly (June) Bergstrom, Minnesota; Mickey (Fern) Bergstrom, St. Onge, S.D.; in-laws Phillip Vogel, Loretta (Willis) Keith, and Joe (Betty) Vogel.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Magdalena Fleck; brothers, Lyle Smith, Dale Bergstrom, and Marvin Bergstrom; sisters, Violet Bergstrom and June Jones; brothers-in-law, Doug and Bill Vogel; and two grandchildren.

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