Mandan News

Obituaries – July 21-27

Paul Baumgartner

Paul Baumgartner, 54, Bismarck, died July 16, 2012, of natural causes at his place of residence in Bismarck.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 20, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan.

Paul was born on June 29, 1958, to Albert and Christine Baumgartner in Linton. He was raised and educated in Bismarck prior to moving to Denver. He was married to Terry Cornett, who blessed him with three wonderful children. Paul worked hard and did his best throughout his career, working with various moving companies until the death of his father in 2002. At that time Paul took over the care of his mother and brought so much joy and comfort to her throughout her battle with Alzheimer’s. Despite the odds, Paul survived two brain aneurisms. He battled courageously and lived to enjoy each and every day to the very fullest with a smile and a big hello for everyone he met at his most recent job at Menards.

Paul loved his family unconditionally. His children and grandchildren were the most important thing in the world and always came first. Paul loved to play cards and his pinnacle family was such an important part of his life.

Left with wonderful memories of him are his sons, Cory (Miranda), Detroit Lakes, Minn., Michael (Tina) and daughter PennyLane (Nick) Sadler, Perkins, Okla.; grandchildren, Devon, Maya, Kiara, Hanna, Makayla and Nathanal Baumgartner, Rocky and Lily Sadler; brothers, Leo (Wilma), Bismarck, Tom, Hague, Jane Borr, Bismarck, Jerry (Pat), Alexandria, Minn., Ron (Janice), Aurora, Colo., Shirley (Joe) Glass, Bismarck; and along with many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-law, Wally Borr.

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Dennis M. Emil

Dennis M. Emil, 60, Bismarck, died July 12, 2012m as a result of natural causes at Medcenter One Hospital in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, July 17, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Dennis was born on July 30, 1951, to John and Agnes (Balkowitsch) Emil in Mandan. He was raised and educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School in 1969. He attended Bismarck State College. He married Patricia Wright on Sept. 24, 1976, in Bismarck and spent 34 years happily married.

In high school Dennis found a passion for track and field, and excelled in the sprints and high jumping; this passion followed him to college. Dennis enjoyed playing softball, volleyball, shore fishing on the Missouri River and riding his new Harley. Another favorite of Dennis’ was landscaping his yard; he was always moving a tree or rearranging his flowers. He loved visiting one on one with people; he often explained in detail, sometimes using a detailed drawing. His love did not stop with his family or the people around him; it was also shared with pets. His life’s work was with various maintenance positions including St. Alexius Medical Center, Waterford Care Center, Burleigh County and more recently Morton County. He was currently semi-retired. Above all, Dennis lived his lifestyle in a simple way. He was generous with his time and talents helping people wherever needed. Above all, he most treasured his family; to him it was always the highlight spending time with Corvette, Hayley and Zoey. These memories we now have and will forever be cherished.

Left with wonderful memories of him and an example of a life well lived are his daughter, Corvette (Josh) Bohl of Bismarck; former spouse, Patricia Emil, Mandan; grandchildren, Hayley and Zoey Bohl; brother, John (Debbie) Emil, Mandan; nieces, Kim Emil, Indianapolis, Ind., Carly (Michael) Gatzlaff, Shoreview, Minn.; aunt, Marie Beckler, Mandan; and his special friend, Dori.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; and numerous aunts and uncles.

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Laura McShane

Laura McShane, 33, passed away July 20, 2012, after a valiant four and a half year battle against a rare form of cancer. She spent her final time with family and friends before going to her heavenly home. Services were held on Wednesday, July 25, at First United Methodist Church, Fargo. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.

Laura Elaine Nelson was born April 5, 1979, to Richard and Margaret (Bowers) Nelson in Bismarck. She was raised in Mandan, where she graduated from high school in 1997. In 2001, Laura graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor of science degree in marketing. It was soon after graduation that she started working at OneMain Financial. She was branch manager in Fargo at the time of her death.

On June 21, 2003, Laura married her soulmate and best friend, Ross McShane. They made their home in Fargo. This union was blessed by twins, Macy Taylor and Dylan Jackson on Jan. 2, 2007. Laura found a genuine passion in being a mother. She loved playing with her children and nurturing them. She dreamed of a day when she was healthy and could coach their soccer team. Laura loved to watch Macy dance and Dylan play hockey. She loved listening to them tell of their day and she loved to see their art projects.

Laura cherished life. She valued each moment and the beauty in each day. Laura took pleasure in the simple moments of daily life and in milestones accomplished by her children. She enjoyed being at the lake with her family and taking family vacations. In January she was able to go to Disneyland with Ross, Dylan, Macy, her parents, brothers and their families. Through her lifetime and especially her battle against cancer, Laura inspired and touched many lives. She was featured as the Forum’s Beautiful Woman in June and as her story was brought to the masses, her inspiration touched many she’d never even met. Laura has inspired many of us to appreciate how precious life is and to live it as best we can.

Laura is survived by her husband, Ross McShane; children Macy and Dylan, Fargo; her parents, Rick and Margaret Nelson, Vergas, Minn.; her brothers, Matt (Westie) Nelson, Fargo, and Lee (Nancy) Nelson, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; her niece and nephew, Alyssa and Austin Nelson, Fargo; her grandmother, Delores Nelson, Fargo; her father and mother-in-law, Phil and Jennifer McShane, Fargo; her brothers-in-law, Ryan (Becky) McShane, Fargo, and Luke McShane, Fargo; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Laura was preceded in death by her grandparents, Aldean Nelson, and James “Jack” and Margaret Bowers.

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Viran Rusch

Viran Rusch, 79, New Salem, died July 14, 2012, at Missouri Slope

Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Friday, July 20, at Zion Lutheran Church, New Salem, with Reverend Les Wolfgram officiating. Burial was at Graceland Cemetery, New Salem.

Viran was born May 22, 1933, in New Salem, to Robert and Ella (Rabe) Rusch. He attended school through the eighth grade. Learning about hard work and a strong work ethic from a young age, Viran farmed with his parents until going to work at the Farmers Elevator in New Salem.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1953 and served in Korea. He was honorably discharged in November 1955.

On Oct. 3, 1957, Viran married Delores Wittmayer in Hazen. They made their home in New Salem and Viran continued working at the Farmers Elevator until his retirement in 1995. Viran enjoyed playing cards and watching TV. He was a member of the New Salem American Legion.

Blessed to have shared his life is one daughter, Rynell Rusch, Bismarck; three sons, Randy (Connie) Rusch, Alpine, Colo., Ryan Rusch, and Rocklyn Rusch, both of New Salem; and three brothers, Roger (Marlene) Rusch, Seattle, Wash., Robert (Carolyn) Rusch, Seattle, and Clinton (Jeanette) Rusch, Mandan.

Viran was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Delores, in 2004; brother, Dennis Rusch; and sister-in-law, Verona Mittelstedt.

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