Mandan News

Obituaries – June 22-28, 2013

Arlene Cunningham

Arlene Dell Cummins Cunningham, 83, of Spokane, Wash., passed peacefully at home on March 7, 2013.

Dell’s burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the Dawson County Cemetery. Fr. Ponessa, pastor of the Sacred Heart Church of Glendive, Mont., will perform the service.

Dell’s funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, May 11, at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. Her rosary service was on Friday, May 10, at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home.

Dell was born in Glendive, Mont., on May 16, 1929, to Mrs. Nina Krug Cummins and Robert B. Cummins, of Mandan. She was the granddaughter of Annie and Charles Krug. Dell attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School and Mandan High School for three years before moving to Missoula, Mont., to graduate in 1947. In high school and college Dell developed her love of classic clothing while working in her father’s store, the Cummins Clothing Store for Women in Missoula. Her mother always said with Dell’s knowledge of style she could sell the most beautiful outfits to anyone. She attended the University of Montana, where she pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma. Dell graduated from St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, Minn., earning her degree in education in 1952. Dell went on to receive her St. Nicholas Montessori Teaching Certificates in London, England.

Dell taught kindergarten at Assumption Parrish in Minneapolis, Minn., until she married Louis J. Cunningham on Oct. 16, 1953. Dell lived in Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Missoula, and settled in Spokane, Wash., where she raised her three children. She continued teaching the Montessori method of education at  St. Aloysius School, Fairchild Air Force Base, the Guild School and Holy Names Fort Wright College, where she retired after teaching for 27 years.

Dell’s true love of children and teaching came at an early age when all the neighborhood children would follow her around like Mother Goose (or their favorite teacher). Her grandchildren always enjoyed coming to her beautiful classroom to play, as she always said, “The child’s work is their play.” Their play included learning how to read with the alphabet boxes and objects, opening chestnuts, painting with cattails and exploring nature for flowers and other treasures. She loved to listen to KPPS and classical music from the Gonzaga Campus Radio Station.

Dell was a longtime member of The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes and the weekly rosary group. She attended Novenas at St Al’s and Our Lady of Lourdes.

Dell was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Cummins; and her, sister Nina (Topsy) Barnhill.

Dell is survived by her sister, Ann McIntyre of Seattle, Wash.; brothers, Robert Cummins (Ally Ann) Helena, Mont., and William Cummins (Emmy) of Fullerton, Calif.; her three children, Kevin Cunningham (Kathy) of Seattle, daughter, Kathleen C. Bourcy (David) of Spokane, Wash., and Sean Louis Cunningham (Kim) of Beaverton, Ore. Dell was blessed with six grandchildren, Colleen, Michelle, Brendan, Cailin, Michael and Conner; and four great-grandchildren, Emily, Liam, Tess and Kensie; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Anton Gerhardt

Anton R. Gerhardt, 77, of Lakewood, Calif., formerly of Mandan, passed away on July 2, 2012, peacefully surrounded by his wife and family at the Los Alamitos Medical Center in Los Alamitos, Calif.

A memorial and burial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in South Heart.

Anton was born in Solen, the son of George and Helen (Schaff) Gerhardt. He was one of seven children raised on a farm in Flasher.

Gerhardt is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Dorothy (Jearmchuck) Gerhardt, Lakewood; two sons, Raymond and Liz Gerhardt, Rialto, Calif., and Rollan Gerhardt, San Diego, Calif.; three daughters, Donna and Matt Swisher, Keizer, Ore., DeAnn and Richard Redmond, Placerville, Calif., and Doreen Gerhardt, Lakewood; 10 grandchildren; three great-children; his brother, George and Linda Gerhardt, Bismarck; and two sisters-in-law, Nancy Gerhardt, Mandan, and Whaneta Gerhardt, Bismarck.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Pete, John, Christ, Clement; and one infant sister, Anne.