Mandan News

Obituaries – June 16-22, 2012

Frances Eggleston

Our mother, Frances “Frankie” Eggleston, passed away June 14, 2012, in Springfield, Mo.

A memorial service was held June 18 at Greenlawn East Funeral Home in Springfield, and graveside service and burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery in Mandan.

She was born Jan. 6, 1919, to John Raymond and Gladys Ring Madsen in Morristown, S.D. She was the oldest of four children. She lived in Haynes, Bowman and Marmarth before moving to Mandan, where she graduated from Mandan High School. She attended St. Benedict Catholic College in St. Joseph, Minn.

She married and settled in Bismarck. She was a devoted mother to her two daughters, Polly Blanton Boucard and Amy Blanton Allen. She lived in many places in the United States before moving to the Springfield, Mo., area.

Her husband, Robert Eggleston, passed away on April 6, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Gladys Madsen; her brother, Richard Madsen; her sister, Marie Skjod; and brothers-in-law, Delbert Skjod and Chris Dahl.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Polly and Gueric Boucard, Leakey, Texas, and Amy and Marcus Allen, Springfield, Mo.; four grandchildren, Garrick Boucard, Natalie Boucard, Maggie Allen and Grant Allen; her sister and brother-in-law, Nonnie and Albert “Hap” Craychee; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

Memorial contributions may be made to CFA, Cystic Fibrosis Association of North Dakota at, or Cystic Fibrosis Association of North Dakota 921 S. 9th St., Suite 115, Bismarck, ND  58504.


Jerome Graner

Jerome Graner, 68, Mandan, died June 9, 2012, at Medcenter One Hospital in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, June 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Jerome was born Feb. 28, 1944, to Raymond and Evelyn (Schmidt) Graner in Mandan; he was raised and educated in the Huff area. On Sept. 21, 1968, he married Elizabeth Vogel at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bismarck. They settled in Mandan, where they raised their family.

Jerome worked as a roofer and also farmed on his parents’ homestead for many years. He was very active; he played smear and whist in a card club for many years, enjoyed planting and harvesting his vegetable garden and tending his flower garden. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and would play games with them or go on drives in the car, which they all enjoyed. Holidays, especially Christmas, was a favorite of Jerome’s because he liked his family all gathered together. He enjoyed chatting with his neighbor, Alex, where they discussed the events of the day. Jerome and Betty enjoyed taking short trips to Medora, South Dakota, Montana and especially Lake Metigoshe, where he would spend time fishing with his grandson.

Jerome will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Betty; daughters, Brenda (Keith) Osborn, Bismarck, and Becky Graner, Mandan; grandchildren, Kylie, Brittany and Tanner Osborn and Dessa Rae Schultz; brothers, Wayne, Fort Rice, and Randy (Patti), Mandan; sisters, Sharon (Dan) Barnhardt, Mandan, Shirley (Carlyle) Reeff, Kingman, Ariz., and Sandy (Dennis) Bullinger, Mandan.

Jerome is preceded in death by his parents.

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William Leingang

William P. (Bill) Leingang, 83, Mandan, died June 13, 2012 at the Medcenter One Mandan Living Center.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, June 16, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Reverend Kenneth Phillips celebrating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Bill was born July 29, 1928, in St. Anthony, to Peter H. and Rose (Leingang) Leingang. He attended school in St. Anthony. On Nov. 20, 1950, he married Viola Doll in Fallon, and they farmed near St. Anthony until 1954, when they moved to Mandan.

For most of his working life, Bill was the Club Manager at the Knights of Columbus in Mandan and also worked at Blue Ribbon Hatchery, was a rural mail carrier, and worked for Buehler-Larson Funeral Home. A talented musician, he played drums in the Golden Group Band as well as other bands in the area, and he loved to dance, especially the polka. He was a founding member of the St. Anthony Verein (over 60 years) and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, Eagles Club, Musicians Association and (former) St. Peter and Paul Verein. While living at the Mandan Living Center, in addition to playing the drums in a weekly jam session, he also enjoyed delivering mail to the residents.

Fishing, playing cards, and celebrating special occasions with his family brought him great pleasure.

Bill will be remembered as a fun loving and kind-hearted man with a strong work ethic. Above all, Bill loved his family and leaves many fond memories they will always treasure.

Blessed to have shared his life are six children, Lydia MacKenzie, Richmond, Minn., Linda (Dennis) Urlacher, Mandan, Alvin (Robben) Leingang, Mandan, Louanne Leingang, Bismarck, Laureen Leingang, Houston, Texas, and Alan Leingang, San Diego, Calif.; six grandchildren, Christopher (Jill) Bohl, Nathan (Alysha) Boie Bohl, Alecia (Chris) Pulver, Amber (Joe) Boykin, Brandon (Taylor) Leingang, and Heidi Leingang; 11 great-grandchildren, Matthew, Caroline, and Olivia Bohl, Bridger and Autumn Pulver, Joemar and Mason Boykin, Hudson and Preston Boie Bohl, and Bennet and Afton Leingang; sisters, Hilda (Leo) Landeis, Bismarck and Shirley (Harry) Zander, Fargo; brother, Leo (Gladys) Leingang, Mandan; and special friends, Herman Nagel, Janel Leingang, and the staff at the Living Center.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Viola, on Aug. 27, 2007; and sisters, Anna Braun, Leona Schmidt, and Lillian Miller.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Musicians Association’s youth scholarship fund.

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Clementine Steckler

Clementine Steckler, 94, Bismarck, formerly of St. Anthony and Mandan, died June 17, 2012, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, June 21, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Kenneth Phillips as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Clementine was born on Dec. 14, 1917, to Anton and Catherina (Miller) Leingang in St. Anthony. She graduated from Mandan High School and Capital Commercial College and worked at the North Dakota State Capitol for the Tax Department until her marriage to Jack Steckler on June 19, 1940, in St. Anthony.

Clementine and Jack moved to Wichita, Kan., for a short time after their marriage, later returning to St. Anthony, where they owned and operated Jack’s Service and where Clementine was the bookkeeper. She was always a gracious hostess and mastered many German dishes that she would serve to her family and friends.

Family was always the central focus for Clementine, and she would have large family gatherings where her generosity and hospitality would shine. She enjoyed planting and caring for her vegetable and flower gardens, and preserved much of what she harvested. Clementine crocheted beautiful dollies that have become family heirlooms. She and Jack could be found often fishing along the Missouri River, which was an enjoyable pastime for them both. These memories will be cherished by family and friends.

Clementine will be deeply missed by daughters, Jacqueline (Henry) Beckler, Mandan, Deanie (Butch) Cermak, Mandan, and Lindy (Gordon) Rauser, Bismarck; son, Wally (Madonna), Mandan; 12 grandchildren, Mark, Tim, Corey, Jody, Jason, Jill, Ryan, Brandon, Buffy, Kim, Shanna and Allison; 30 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Leingang, Katie Fleck, Katherine Steckler and Clara Gerhardt, all of Bismarck; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leonard and Hildegard Steckler, Mandan. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

Clementine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack in 1993; sisters, Rose (Pete) Leingang, Catherine (Val) Ressler, Betty (Frank) Gartner and Mary (Christ) Ressler; and brothers, Ralph (Anna) and Anton Jr.

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Margaret Thill

Margaret E. Thill, 89, Mandan, died June 13, 2012, at Medcenter One Hospital in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, June 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery (St. Mary’s Cemetery) at Fort Rice.

Margaret was born on April 19, 1923, to John and Agnes (Mann) Balkowitsch in Fort Rice. She was raised and educated in Fort Rice. She married Francis Thill May 2, 1941, in Van Nuys, Calif. They returned to North Dakota in 1951.

Margaret was a woman of strong faith with a simple lifestyle, living that style with private peaceful manner. She was an avid reader, reading especially current events, national news, and she also read from Time Magazine. She loved her birds and deer, which would come to her backyard and she would feed them daily. She enjoyed gardening, which she did for 50 years. In the early years she would sell her garden produce at farmer markets. Hospitality was always a part of her life. At her house good food, family and good company was the norm. She made the best strawberry rhubarb pie and wonderful dumplings. Her gentle smile and daily telephone calls will be missed as well as the many fond memories that friends and family will cherish.

Margaret will be deeply missed by her daughter, Marie R. Thill, Bismarck; sons, Francis (Cathie) and David (Rhonda), both of Mandan, Patrick (Sherry), Bismarck, Maurice and Michael (Arianna Loscialpo), Middlebury, Conn.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Marie Beckler, Mandan.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; daughters, Yvonne (Dana) Flagg and Jeanie Thill; son, James Thill; sister, Agnes (John) Emil; brothers John (Marie), Leo, Robert and Albert; and brother-in-law, Bill Beckler.

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