Mandan News

Obituaries – June 15-21, 2013

Bernard Braun

Bernard L. Braun, 89, Bismarck, died June 6, 2013, at his residence.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, June 11, at the Church of St. Mary Catholic Church, Bismarck, with Msgr. Gene Lindemann as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Bismarck VFW Post No. 1326.

Bernard was born to Zacheus and Katherine (Mossett) Braun on March 4, 1924, in Linton. At the age of 6, his family crossed the frozen Missouri to move to Sioux County. Bernard was raised on a farm 12 miles West of Selfridge. He served in the military during WWII. He met and married Anna Leingang on June 1, 1949, at St. Anthony, eventually settling on a farm 5 miles West of Selfridge, where they farmed and ranched. Dedicated to his work, farming and ranching was a way of life for Bernard. He loved raising row crops, but raising Charlois cattle was his pride and joy. Serving on the Selfridge School Board for 20-plus years and the Farmers Union Board for 15 years were great accomplishments for Bernard. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. His hobbies included gardening, hunting, home remodeling and dancing, especially the Polka. Traveling throughout the U.S. gave Bernard much enjoyment. After retiring in 2001, Bernard moved to Bismarck.

Bernard will be deeply missed by his daughters, Maryann (Jim) Gross, Mandan and Bernie (Troy) Kraft, Bismarck; sons, Marvin, Bismarck and Charles (LuAnn), Mohall; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Ann (Pete) Berger and Barbara (Max) Feist, both of Mandan; Elizabeth Flemmer and Theresa Jefferson, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; Katie Bauer, Billings, Mont.; sister-in-law, Esther Braun, South Dakota; and brother-in-law, Orville Klein.

Bernard was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; daughter, Wanda Jean; sisters, Regina Klein, Tillie Landeis; infant sisters, Regina and Elizabeth; and brothers, Lawrence and John.

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Alexander Gabrysh

Alexander J. Gabrysh, 22, Grand Forks, died June 6, 2013.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, June 11, at Christ the King, Mandan, with Rev. Johnson Kuriappilly as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Alexander “Alex” was born Dec. 8, 1990, to Ralph M. and Mary Gabrysh in Omaha, Neb. Alex was an extremely charismatic soul who enjoyed life to the fullest. His outlook on life was extremely positive, thoughtful, and was always considerate of others. His humorous personality was infectious to all those around him. His gentle and generous outlook extended to his two cats, Paco and Lotus, whom he loved. Alex was a car enthusiast. He also loved music, and enjoyed sharing his culinary skills with family and friends. He also really enjoyed his contracting supervisor position, serving food samples at the Grand Fork’s Sam’s Club. Alex had begun classes at UND with intentions of a psychology degree.

Alex will be deeply missed by his parents, Ralph and Mary, Mandan; grandparents, Richard and Denese Stobbe, Florida; sister, Liz (Jason) Pitzer, Mandan; brother, Timothy, Mandan; nieces, Trinity and Rhilynn Pitzer; and nephew, Isaac Pitzer, Slabinski and Gabrysh families; as well as numerous friends and co-workers.

Alex was preceded in death by sisters, Terese Marie and Bridget Louise; brothers, Luke Michael and Joshua Joseph due to spinal muscular atrophy; family, Barbara and Aloysius Gabrysh, Johanna Rudnick, Tim Rudnick, Robert Augenstein and Brian Stobbe.

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Bertha Kilber

Bertha Rose Kilber, 89, Mandan, passed away peacefully June 15, 2013, at Sanford Off Collins in Mandan.

Services were held on Thursday, June 20, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Lee Herberg officiating. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery immediately following the service.

Bertha was born on July 25, 1923, to Edward and Christina (Herrmann) Gallwas in Otter Creek. She was raised and educated in the Beulah-Hazen areas. In 1939 when she was with a friend they picked up a stranded motorist, who turned out to be the love of her life, Arnold Kilber. They married on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1942. They were married for 69 years before Arnold’s passing in 2012. They lived in Center and Hazen for a few years and moved to Mott in 1952, where they spent 51 years and raised their eight children. Bertha and Arnold enjoyed being members of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society and attended many of their social events. Bertha was very active in church circles at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mott; she was a Cub Scout leader and an American Legion Auxiliary member. Bertha enjoyed quilting and sold Avon for 20 years. She was generous with her time and gave back to her community and her church. Bertha was a great cook and her children just loved her fleischkuechle and cheese buttons.

Bertha was very proud of her family and will be deeply missed by daughters, Marjorie (Anthony) Schwartz, Bismarck, Gloria (Richard) Blek, Champlin, Minn., Linda (Duane) Waddell, Brainerd, Minn., and Lori (Roger) Tresch, Wright, Wyo.; sons, Roger, Champlin, Minn., Robert (Sandra), The Villages, Fla., Timothy  (Susan), Bismarck, and Bruce, Champlin, Minn.; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters, Esther Corneliusen, Billings, Mont., and Bernice Rehling, Bismarck; and brother, Fred Gallwas, Missoula, Mont.

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold, who died in 2012; daughter-in-law, Althea Kilber; grandson-in-law, Korey Wagner; sisters, Elsie Nickel, Hulda Hlebechuk; and four infant sisters.

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Dorothy Snyder

Dorothy H. Snyder, age 81, of Selfridge, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013, at her residence.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, June 19, at St. Philomena Catholic Church, Selfridge, with Rev. Basil Atwell as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Dorothy Helen (Bonagofsky) Snyder was born May 25, 193,2 to Steve and Philomena (Bachmeier) Bonagofsky. She was raised on a farm northwest of Selfridge. Dorothy attended a small country school located on the Cain Ranch.

Dorothy married Charles William Snyder on Dec. 16, 1954, at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Selfridge. They lived in the Mandan area for four years before relocating to Selfridge, where they began raising their four children. In 1966, the family relocated to Belle Fourche, S.D., with plans to move to California. Dorothy and Charles made Belle Fourche their home until recently moving back to Selfridge in 2010.

Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her interests included gardening, collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia, Barbie Dolls, shopping and playing cards with family and friends. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members and a dedicated wife.

Left to cherish memories of Dorothy are her husband, Charles Snyder of Selfridge; three daughters and one son, Connie Snyder, Pahrump, Nev., Brenda Snyder, Belle Fourche, Verna Snyder, Brookings, S.D., and Charles (Butch) Snyder, Selfridge; four grandchildren, Dale Snyder, Las Vegas, Nev., Tanya Pierce, Spearfish, S.D., Heidi Graff, Madison, S.D., Brian Graff, Sioux Falls, S.D.; four great-grandchildren, Mason and Madison Snyder, Las Vegas, Christopher Ivers, Spearfish, Harper Oswald, Madison, S.D.; and one brother, Ken Bonagofsky, Selfridge.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and two brothers.

A memorial service will be held in Belle Fourche at a later date.

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