Mandan News

Obituaries – January 7-13, 2012

Matthew Baron

Matthew Phillip Baron, 79, Mandan, died Jan. 7, 2012, at Medcenter One Hospital in Bismarck after collapsing at his home north of Mandan. Matt had suffered from several health problems for most of 2011.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Kenneth Phillips as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, with military honors provided by the VFW Post No. 707 and American Legion Post No. 40.

Matt was born Nov. 27, 1932, at Flasher, to Lorenz and Monica (Schmidt) Baron. He was raised on the family farm near Solen and educated in area schools. The family moved to Mandan in 1947 and Matt followed two years later. He worked at construction jobs, including building bridges, high lines and plumbing. He joined the North Dakota National Guard in December 1950, and entered active services in January 1951. He was sent to Camp Rucker, Ala., for basic training and was then deployed to Korea with the 17th Inf. Reg, 7th Division. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal, W.Z. Bronze Service Stars and United States Service Medal; was discharged September 1952 and returned to Mandan.

He married Margaret R. (Peggy) Taghon on June 9, 1953, at St. Joseph’s Church in Mandan. They built their home south of Mandan in 1958 and raised their five children there.

Matt worked as a mail carrier in Mandan for 22 years and was well known for his punctuality and good service. He did part-time construction work, worked on the Taghon and Baron family farms and helped build four homes for family members. He was a hard, conscientious worker and took pride in a job well done. During these years, he did volunteer work such as helping build the Convent on Collins Avenue for St. Joseph’s Church, and the Christ the King Church and School. He was very active in the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree Knights and the Mandan Rural Fire Department. Matt made a complete career change to pipe fitter in the late seventies, joining Minot Local Pipefitters Union No. 300. He worked at all the power plants in the area and enjoyed the work very much. In 1981, Matt and Peggy moved to Beulah to work on the power plants and gas plan there until 1985. At that time, they started their travels around the country for Matt’s work and moved from border to border and coast to coast in the next eight years, living in Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, Oregon and other states with a total of 24 different addresses. They made many friends and experiences. Again, Matt excelled at pipefitting and at times was appointed foreman, General Foreman and Piping Superintendent. His North Dakota work ethic was much appreciated. He retired in 1995.

Matt and Peggy came back to Mandan area in 1993 and built their home along the Missouri River north of Mandan, where they eventually raised a huge garden selling produce at the Farmers Market and from their home. Matt’s specialty was garlic and he was very proud of that product and shared his knowledge with many others. He also was very helpful to friends and neighbors.

Matt is survived by his wife of 58 years, Peggy; his five children, Colleen Baron, Mandan, Rick (Paula) Baron, Nicaragua; Laura J. (Robert), Tuscon, Ariz., Michael Baron, Bismarck, and Beth Eisenmann, Salt Lake City, Utah; six grandchildren, Ben and Emily Baron, Angela, Matthew, and Nick Popelka and Jessie Eisenmann; one great-grandchild; and his poodle, Max. He was so proud of his family and we will miss him very much. Also surviving are a brother, Larry Baron, Bismarck, and Monica Tubbs, Carlisle, Ky.; brother-in-law, Gerald Green, Kansas; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his twin sisters, Rose Larson (Bill), and Dorothy Green; brothers, John (Violet) and Amandus; brother-in-law, George Tubbs; and son-in-law, Galen Popelka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

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Earl Fasching

Earl R. Fasching, 89, died Dec. 31, 2011, at his residence in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Jan. 6, at Church of the Ascension, Bismarck, with Rev. James Braaten as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Earl was born on Feb. 6, 1922, to Louis and Anna (Kohler) Fashing. He was born, raised and educated in Golva, where he graduated from Golva High School. On Dec. 18, 1941, Earl married Vernette Smith in Helena, Mont. He served with the United States Navy from 1942 to 1943. Earl dedicated 42 years into the grocery business. After working in Seattle, Wash., for four years, he started working in Wiboux, Mont., in 1945, Golva in 1950, Livingston in 1955, New England in 1965, later moving to Bismarck in 1975, where he was employed at Dan’s Super Value.

He is survived by his sons, Richard (Christine) Fasching, Portland, Ore., Thomas (fiancé, Peggy) Fasching, and Timothy (Jane) Fasching, Portland; along with 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Elizabeth Hyde; sister, Loretta; and brothers, Alvin, Albert, and Louis.

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Brody Jorgensen

Brody Duane Jorgensen, died Dec. 30, 2011, at Medcenter One Bismarck.

Private family Services were held.

Brody was born on Dec. 28, 2011, to Aaron Jorgensen and Lindsay Schmidt. He is survived by his parents; his brothers, Fabian and Cash, Mandan; his grandparents, Randy and Jackie Schmidt, Mandan, and Jodie Jorgensen, Hillsboro; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is loved deeply and will be greatly missed.

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Frances Maier

Frances “Fran” Maier, 90, New Salem, died Dec. 31, 2011, at Elm Crest Manor in New Salem.

A family memorial service was held on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Elm Crest Manor Chapel, New Salem.

Frances was born Jan. 7, 1921, in Hannover, to Philip and Anna (Henke) Maier. Fran went to parochial school the first eight grades in Hannover then graduated as Salutatorian from New Salem High School. She went on to attend NDSU, graduating in 1942 with a bachelor of science degree in foods, nutrition, and institution management. Fran was a registered dietician. She taught school for six months in Belfield, and then went to work for government food services in Washington, D.C, through World War II until 1948. She attended the University of Illinois from 1948 to 1949 and went to work for Washington State University in Pullman in 1949. Fran was called “Squeak” by the thousands of students who ate at the Rotunda dining hall. She managed the dining hall which fed 1,600 students three meals each day. She considered the students her friends. In 1962 the Rotunda won a national food service award and Fran was presented a merit award in Chicago from Institutions Magazine. This award is called the “Oscar” of the food service industry.

Fran was a member of the Cougar Club, which provided a rabid fan base for the WSU Cougar football team. She and her fellow fans followed the team far and wide on their game schedule. Fran was a longtime member of the International Chapter PEO Sisterhood and Gamma Phi. Fran loved downhill skiing, playing bridge and loved to hold parties and entertain. She traveled extensively. Fran was an active and long time member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Pullman. Fran retired after 30 years of managing food services for WSU and then moved to New Salem to live in her parents home. She spent hours in her garden and made many improvements to her home.

Her greatest joy was her nephews and nieces. She was extremely generous and often took them on trips with her or provided travel for them. She made her time shares available to many.

Fran was able to stay in her home much longer due to assistance of several important people. She became good friends with Eunice Morgenstern and was so grateful for her kindness and care. Fran then went to live at Maple View in Bismarck and then to Elm Crest Manor in New Salem. The family thanks both facilities for their great care of Fran.

Blessed to have shared her life is her sister, Lucille (Wally) Fowler, Wenatchee, Wash.; brothers, Raymond (Neoma) Maier, New Salem, and Arnold (Evelyn) Maier, Minot; nieces and nephews, Alan (Marilyn) Maier, Colorado Springs, Colo., Katherine (Pat) Doll, New Salem, Duane (Karen) Maier, New Salem, JoAnne (Blane) Hoesel, Bismarck, Gary Maier, Center, Gayle Lee, West Hope, Paul (Stacey) Fowler, Wenatchee, Wash., Janet (Lee) McElvaine, Snohomish, Wash., and David (Sheree) Fowler, Calif.

Fran was preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Anna; and her sister, Beatrice Maier.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Elm Crest Manor or Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.

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