Obituaries July 25, 2014
Sadly and unexpectedly, early on the morning of July 18, 2014, the family of Margie Haider said goodbye to their mother and grandmother. Officially, she died from failing health due to respiratory distress, but her family believes it was due to something more personal; that she died of a broken heart. Just three weeks ago, to the day, she had lost her husband of 67 years. The incomprehensible loss was simply too much for her to handle.
Margarete Johanna (known to her family and friends as Margie) was born to Anton and Johanna Kautzmann in Mandan, on Aug. 7, 1928. She grew up with five brothers and two sisters, who played, laughed, worked and loved together. Shortly after graduating from high school, Margie married George Haider, and together they set out to write their own story. As with most couples in those days, their goals were to have children, create a home and live happily ever after.
After just one year of marriage, they were blessed with their first son Daryl. A few years later, a job opportunity for George would move the family to Dickinson, where they would complete their family with their son Dale. In the fall of 1954, the family moved to Billings looking for a better life.
Margie loved being a wife and mother, who took great pride in her children and her meticulous home. At Christmas time, her family benefited from her natural baking talent.
Margie worked outside the home, at the phone company, early in their marriage, and became a cosmetician after they moved to Billings. She became a valued employee first at Hummel drug and subsequently Western Drug. She and George raised a nice family, enjoyed each other’s company and seemed to float effortlessly across the dance floor.
In retirement, Margie enjoyed shopping, golfing, crosswords, hosting card parties and creating wonderful crocheted keepsakes for her family and friends. One of the highlights of her life was becoming a doting grandmother, and she cherished family time.
Preceding her in death were her husband, her parents, and six siblings; Maggie, Gene, Harry, Edmond, Emanuel and Art.
Margie is survived by her sons Daryl (Stephanie) and Dale (Janyce) her sister Clara Lubke, sisters-in-law Lou Solmonson, Delores Kautzmann, and Edna Kautzmann. Also surviving Margie are her grandchildren Christina Jensen, Katie (Michael) Falloon, Jeremy (Brooke) Haider, Daren (fiancee Debbie) Haider, great-grandchildren Alex and McKenzie Falloon, and Hadley and Olivia Haider, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends and neighbors, Donnette, Pat and Connie.
Margie’s Funeral Mass was held on July 23 at St.Pius Church.
Memorials may be made to the Billings Catholic Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 31158, Billings, MT 59107, or to the charity of your choice.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 18, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Nick Schneider as celebrant. Interment was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post no. 707 and American Legion Post no. 40.
Tony was born on Nov. 14, 1927, to Frank and Magdalena (Kessel) Engelhardt in Dickinson. He was raised and educated in Dickinson. Tony entered the U.S. Navy in 1946, and was honorably discharged in March 1953. He attended Dickinson State University, receiving a BS in Education and later a Master’s Degree from the University of Montana in Bozeman.
After returning from the service, Tony built a small home for his mother in Dickinson, where Tony’s magnetic charm finally caught the attention of Diana Huncovsky, and they were married on Aug. 1, 1950, in Dickinson.
Tony and Diana started their married life in Streeter, where Tony had his first teaching job. They moved to New Salem, where he was a teacher, coach and administrator for 17 years.
The family moved to Mandan in 1970, where he finished his teaching and administrative career in 1989, after 18 years with the Mandan School System. He was well respected as a superintendent, principal, teacher and coach. He enjoyed coaching many sports, volunteered with Special Olympics, was a member of the American Legion, Elk’s and Knights of Columbus.
Tony loved to garden, fish, golf and watch all sports. He would share his roses throughout the community of Mandan. He was always enjoyed volunteering and would never turn down anyone in need. Tony dearly loved his wife and family. His philosophy was everyone had “Potench.” We all will miss his smile and contagious giggle.
Tony will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 63 years Diana, New Salem; daughters, Merry Balzer, Kent, Wash., Shelley (Jeneil Lagasse) Engelhardt, Seattle, Wash. and Kristin (Tom) Petrik, Bismarck; sons, John (Deatte) Engelhardt, Henderson, Nev. and James (Pamela) Engelhardt, Mandan; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister, Florence (Leonard) Jahnke, St. Cloud, Minn.; brother-in-law, John Frison, Sidney, Mont. and sister-in-law, Martha Engelhardt, Fargo.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy Frison and brother, Joseph.
Memorials may be given to Christ the King, Mandan, Elm Crest of New Salem, Special Olympics, or your favorite charity.
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