Mandan News

Obituaries – January 21-27, 2012

Anthony Berger

Anthony “Tony” Berger, 86, Mandan, died Jan. 14, 2012, at Medcenter One Hospital, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with Al Knoll officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post 707 and American Legion Post 40.

Anthony was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Mandan, to Ralph and Theresa (Lauinger) Berger. He spent his childhood in Sykeston. He received his diploma from Mandan High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in Guadal Canal. On May 31, 1955, Tony married Celeste L. Trueblood in Garrison. He was self-employed as a construction worker for some time. Tony enjoyed truck driving and worked for Farmers Union Transport, Northern Tank Line and Transport Inc., and Dan Dugan Trucking. He enjoyed collecting trains, traveling and feeding the birds and squirrels. A history buff, Tony loved geographical and historical reading, and National Geographic. His family was the most important thing to him and the time spent with his children and grandchildren were the highlights to his life. Tony was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and Teamsters Union No. 123. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, his memory will forever be treasured.

Blessed to have shared his life is his wife of 56 years, Celeste Berger, Mandan; two daughters, Sandra (David) Becker, Bismarck, and Cindy (Jim) Monahan, Mandan; one son, Gregory (Rosemary) Berger, Bismarck; six grandchildren, Evie Ehrlich, Portland, Ore., Allison (Lee) Olson, Bismarck, Katelyn Monahan, Bismarck, Ethan Monahan, Mandan, and Alisha and Daryl Berger, Bismarck; one great-grandson, Hunter Gertz, Bismarck; and three sisters, Loretta Toman, Rosemary Berger, and Frances May Berger, all of Mandan.

Anthony was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Theresa Berger; grandparents; grandson, Tony Monahan; sister, Viola Mossbarger; son-in-law, Martin Anderson; and brother-in-law, Al Toman.


Loretta Doll

Loretta Doll, 81, died Jan. 17, 2012, at her residence in Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial was at the St. Vincents Cemetery in Mott.

Loretta was born on Jan. 25, 1930, north of Mott, near St. Placidus to Christ and Anna Marie (Weber) Barth. She married Arthur M. Helfrich on Oct. 10, 1950, at St. Placidus; they had two daughters and a son. Art died suddenly in September of 1964. She later married Andrew Doll on Nov. 21, 1976, in Napoleon.

Having been born, raised and educated in the Mott area, living on a farm she was familiar with the many duties and hard work, and this became a lifestyle for Loretta. She was a great cook, especially with the German recipes; these talents she honed as a young girl cooking for the threshing crews. A highlight for Loretta was family gatherings where she enjoyed great fellowship and food. She had an excellent singing voice she was often called upon to sing solo for wedding music in her family’s band, The Joe Barth Band. A favorite song and popular request was “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold.” These memories will be lovingly cherished by her many friends and family.

She will be greatly missed by her family; Dale and Dar Helfrich, Mandan, Larry and Holly Doll, Fargo, Judy and Jerome Jundt St. Roberts, Mo., Juliius and Charlotte Doll, Japan, Brenda and Duane Weigel, Napoleon, Tom and Kathy Doll, Rochester, Minn., Richard Doll, Mandan, Barbara and Art Weekes, Langdon; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Martha and Margaret; six brothers, Joe, Val, Bill, Linus, Tony and George; two daughters, Georgia Ann and Sandra Ray; her husbands, Arthur M. Helfrich and Andrew Doll; as well as one grandson, Jason Jundt.

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Beatrice Henke

Beatrice Henke, 85, passed away Jan. 15, 2012, at Elm Crest Manor in New Salem.

Services were held on Thursday, Jan. 19, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Hannover, the same church where she was baptized and confirmed. The Reverend Russell Fitch officiated with burial at the Hannover Cemetery.

Beatrice was born May 30, 1926, in New Salem, at the home of her maternal grandparents. She attended Lutheran Parochial school in Hannover and sang in the choir and participated in Bible studies at St. Peter’s most of her adult life. She worked at the Oliver County Court House in Center as well as at the grocery store and post office for William Borneman and for Art Albers in Hannover. After moving to New Salem, she worked at Thieles grocery store and at the Sunset Inn.

She lived with her parents in New Salem and took care of them until they passed away. Beatrice was a volunteer at Elm Crest Manor and at the New Salem Senior Citizen Center. In October 2000 she received a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Volunteer from Elm Crest Manor. She later entered that facility and resided there until her passing.

Survivors include her sister, Viola Weist, Jamestown; a niece, Marilyn (Derwin) Kunkel, Watertown, S.D.; a nephew, Jerry (Phyllis) Weist, Bismarck; great-nephews, Curt (Deanna) Kunkel, Watertown, First Lieutenant Ryan (Errin) Kunkel, U.S. Army, Anchorage, Alaska, and Brandon Weist, Denton, Texas; great-nieces, Laura (Scott) Gauerke, Castle Rock, Colo., Melisse (Missy) Kunkel, Watertown, and Kristen (Robbie) Mees, Watertown; and 13 great-great-nieces and nephews.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents, William “Slim Bill” and Martha Henke; and her brother-in-law Lyle Weist.


Larraine Johnson

Larraine Johnson, 83, Mandan, died Jan. 9, 2012, at a Phoenix, Ariz., hospital.

A funeral service was held on Friday, Jan. 20, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverend Lee Herberg officiating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Larraine was born June 6, 1928, in New Salem, to Albert and Elsie (Werchau) Schwinkendorf. She graduated from high school and on April 4, 1948, married Roy S. Johnson in Mandan. They farmed and ranched southwest of Mandan for 35 years. Larraine was a meticulous housekeeper and a wonderful cook. After their retirement, Larraine and Roy enjoyed golf, fishing and wintering in Arizona. They both loved to travel and made many fishing trips to Canada, Minnesota and in North Dakota. Larraine also loved to play cards and do word puzzles.

Left with many fond memories is her husband of 63 years, Roy Johnson, Mandan; daughter, Jerilyn (ElRoy) Tomanek, Goodyear, Ariz.; son, Dennis Johnson, Greenleaf, Wisc.; four grandchildren, Kristin (Kristen Titus) and Michael Tomanek and Erik (Lori) and Anissa Johnson; two great-grandchildren, Jonas and Hannah Tomanek-Titus; two sisters, Doris Ritz, Mandan and Laverne (DuWayne) Lottes, New Salem; one brother, Glenn (Connie) Schwinkendorf, Mandan; and five sisters-in-law, Lois Schwinkendorf, Mandan, Lorraine Schwinkendorf, New Salem, Gladys Sorbo, Shoreline, Wash., Shirley Albrecht, Mandan, and Bunny Johnson, Vancouver, Wash., and many nieces and nephews.

Larraine was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Alta Bethke; two brothers, Howard and Donald Schwinkendorf; and four brothers-in-law, Henry Ritz, Billy Bethke, Arthur Johnson, and Boyd Sorbo.

Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church of Mandan.

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Wallace Toepke

Wallace Toepke, 83, Mandan, died unexpectedly on Jan. 20, 2012.

Cremation has taken place and services will be held at a later date.  -Arrangements with Buehler-Larson Funeral and Cremation Services, Mandan.


Leo Winkler III

Leo J. (Butch) Winkler III, 69, Mandan, died Jan. 16, 2012, at the Sheyenne Care Center, Valley City, with his loving family by his side.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. William Ruelle as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Butch was born on Aug. 23, 1942, in Bismarck, to Leo J. II and Ruth (Elgner) Winkler. He attended grade school in Garrison and graduated from Oconomowoc High School in Oconomowoc, Wisc. On Sept. 7, 1963, he married Jane Tvedt in Bismarck.

Butch’s love of the western way of life was evident in everything he did and to all that knew him. He was a NDRA Champion Bull Rider and belonged to the Rodeo Cowboy’s Association in the 1960s. His life was centered around the sport of rodeo, especially bull riding. He spent countless hours watching and following the cowboys of the PBR. After he finished competing you could find Butch in the arena judging or leaning against the fence cheering on his children and grandchildren. He had a keen eye for a good horse and he understood the importance of proven bloodlines. He had a strong belief in foundation bred horses, one of which his granddaughter still competes on today.

Butch’s love and dedication to his family was evident in everything he did. He was especially fond of taping family gatherings and watching them in his spare time. The time he spent with his grandchildren was most treasured. He enjoyed watching them compete in basketball, volleyball and anything that involved a horse or a rope.

Butch will be greatly missed by his wife of 48 years, Jane, Mandan; son, Scott (Julie), Mandan; daughter, Jodi (Keith) Kautzman, Mandan; three grandchildren, Brittni, Kennedi and Quincy; sisters, Leslie (Ron) Moore, Casa Grande, Ariz., Linda Spyrison, and Carroll (Dan) Rainy, both of Mount Vernon, Ill., and brother, Billy (Linda), Bloomingdale Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at the Sheyenne Care Center for their kindness, loving care and devotion towards Butch. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Mandan Horse and Saddle Club.

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