Mandan News

Obituaries July 18, 2014

Frances Thomas
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Frances Thomas, 96, Mandan, died July 7, 2014, at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 10, at St. Joseph Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Frances was born Oct. 26, 1917, to Raphael and Rose Schaff, of Flasher, whom she took care of before she married. After marrying Phil Thomas in 1939, they lived on the Little Sullivan Ranch for six years. After they moved to Mandan, she did housekeeping and babysitting throughout the years.

Frances liked to garden, as well as can vegetables and fruit. She also enjoyed word search puzzles, Pinochle and playing bingo at the Senior Center. Frances loved to watch Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud. She was an honorary member of Mandan Golden Age, a member of the Mandan Eagles, St. Maria Verein and Rosary Societies. She was very dear to all of those who knew her, she prayed the Rosary for all of her loved ones and always remembered the anniversary of their deaths. She faithfully watched the Mass services on EWTN.

Frances will be deeply missed by daughter Rose Ann Thomas, son Eugene Thomas and her sister-in-law, Maggie Schaff.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband Phil Thomas in 2001 and her son Ted in 2008. Also by her sisters Carolyn (Adolph) Rash-Lang, Emma (Bernard) Vetter, Florentine Schaff and Elizabeth Schaff; brothers, Steve (Julia), Adam, Tony and Lenus.

Robert Kinsella
D O Kinsella copyRobert D. Kinsella, 76, Mandan, died July 8, 2014, at the Veterans Hospital in Fargo.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 17, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with military honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post no. 707 and American Legion Post no. 40.

Robert was born on Christmas Day, 1937, to Henry and Regina (Ressler) Kinsella in Bismarck. He was raised and educated in the Mandan area. Robert entered the United States Navy and served his country in Lebanon and Vietnam before retiring after 20 years of service. After retiring, Robert took a Civil Service job as a packer/woodworker for the United States Government.

Robert was active in his community and was a member of the Elks, Moose, Eagles, Am Vets and Federal Wildlife Preserve. He also was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed coin collecting.

Robert will be deeply missed by his son, Robert, Mount Gilend, Ohio; granddaughter, Lacie Eden Kinsella, Mount Gilend, Ohio; sisters, June (Fred) Broder, Long Beach, Calif., Karen Snider, Mandan, Dixie (Rodney) Bruce, Horace and Jacquelin (Allen) Fandrick, West Fargo; brothers, James (Linda) Kinsella, Mandan, Harold (Phyllis) Kinsella, Mandan, Gary Kinsella, West Palm Beach, Fla. and Timothy Kinsella, Huff.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Regina; daughter, Lynn Kinsella and brother-in-law, Kenny Snider.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery or Spirit of Life Catholic Church in Mandan.

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Gwen Mushik
D O Mushik copyGwen A Mushik 95, a lifelong resident of Mandan, passed away July 6, 2014.

Services were held at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck July 10, with the Rev. Jared Johnson officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, where she was interred with her husband John.

Gwen was born in Calgary, Alberta, July 15, 1918, to Henry and Alice Dahners. She moved to Mandan with her parents and sister, Lucile, when she was two-years old. She graduated from Mandan High School, and attended one year at St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, Minn.

Gwen Married John A. Mushik after he returned home from WWII, as a Staff Sergeant in the National Guard 188th Field Artillery. After their marriage, he began to manage Mushik Shoe Store, where Gwen was his moral support throughout their thirty years of ownership. The Red Wing shoe store in Bismarck was purchased in 1971 by John and Gwen, and is now owned by the Mushik family.

After John’s retirement, the two became avid walkers, whether it was on the streets of Mandan, or at Kirkwood Mall. Everywhere they would go, people would recognize them and wave or stop to visit. Even into her 90’s, people would come up to her and say that they remembered the two of them together walking. Each winter, for seven years, they stayed at Disney World for two weeks, where they continued those walks around the theme parks and flowered walk-ways.

Until a week before her passing, Gwen lived by herself in the house she and John built in 1956, overlooking Mandan – needing only the help of St. Alexius’ Homecare who cleaned, got groceries and chatted with her. The Sunday drives and lunches with her daughter Becky, and Thursday dinners prepared by Becky’s husband, Bob, were very much anticipated, as was her daily Frappuccino from Starbucks.

The days with her grandchildren, as they grew up, were much treasured. As her husband John would be teaching them how to build things in his workshop, she would be cooking their favorite meals and desserts. Then, as the great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren came along, the cookies that she made were frequently mailed to them, along with Bosca Bread at Easter.

She asked little more than to be at her husband’s side, and to love each of their offspring, always showing them much compassion, patience and kindness. Those treasured memories will be cherished by all of her family: daughter and son-in-law Becky and Bob Roesler, Bismarck; three grandchildren, Kim (Corey) Dahl, Fargo; Gail (Tim) Meland, Brookings, S.D., Craig (Lea) Huelskamp, Rapid City, S.D.; five great grandchildren-Andrew (Gina) Dahl, Britta (Chris) Kopp, Steven (Allison) Meland, Marie Meland and Dylan Huelskamp; and four great-great grandchildren. Also surviving, two sisters in law, Betty Dahners and Marilyn Mushik-Skantz; nephews, Ross Mushik, Wayne, Jeff and Chris Dahners; nieces, Kathleen Luck and Shelly Mushik; and very special neighbors, Tille Kopp and her son Peter, and Jason and Abbie Kresbach.

Preceded in death by her husband John, who died in 2001; her parents, her sister Lucile (Bob) Luck and her brother Greg Dahners.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St Joseph’s trust fund in Mandan.

Lenora Kuntz
D O Kuntz  copyLenora “Lee” Kuntz, age 86, went to meet her Lord and beloved husband Tony, on July 8, 2014, at Sanford Health in Bismarck, surrounded by her loving family.

Lee and Tony were long time Mandan residents, with a zest for life and a love of family and friends.
The service celebration of Lenora’s life was held at the Mandan United Methodist Church, Mandan, on July 17, with the the Rev. Craig Schweitzer officiating. Her final resting place is next to her beloved Tony, at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Lenora was born on Jan. 4, 1928, in Golden Valley, the daughter of Rudolph and Lydia (Faser) Schekorsky. Lee was raised and educated in Halliday, before moving to Mandan. She married her best friend Anton (Tony) Kuntz on July 3, 1950. Lee worked at Quain and Ramstad Clinic in the Radiology Department for 38 years before retiring on Sept.1, 1989. Lee was well known by the physicians of Q and R Clinic, and the many medical student and residents, for her spirit and organization of the Radiology film library.

Lee and Tony were together always and shared every life experience for over 62 years. They traveled extensively, visiting each of the 50 States including, Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Australia and New Zealand. At home, Lee and Tony enjoyed camping and fishing at Graner Bottoms with their friends for many years. They were longtime members of the Mandan Moose Club. Lee (after Tony’s death in 2010) continued to travel, and greatly enjoyed trips to Laughlin, Nev., where she was a VIP guest.

Although Lee and Tony did not have children, they were very special friends and confidants to their niece Judie Keller, her children Lori Balzer and Jeff Keller, as well as their families. They were the first people to get a phone call when one of them had a bad day at school or skinned their knee playing sports. Christmas presents were never opened until Tony and Lee were there.

Lee was the matriarch of the family, and she will be greatly missed by her niece Judie Keller, Lori and Gene Balzer (Ryne and Mike) Jeff and Shana Keller, (Amanda and Sara).

She also leaves a sister-in-law Viola Curry (Hermes), Bloomfield, Colo. and Susan Kuntz, Arvada, Colo. and respective nieces and nephew.

Lee was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Tony, her sister Edna Bartole, her brother Albert Schekorsky and Judie’s husband Bill Keller.

The deep love and loss is only reconciled by knowing Lee and Tony are once again enjoying each other’s company in Heaven. Thank you for letting us enjoy your kindness and spirit for so many years.

Memorials are requested to Mandan United Methodist Church.