Mandan News

Obituaries – June 29-July 5, 2013

Mildred Haggen

Mildred Edna Haggen died on July 2, 2013, at the Sanford Healthcare Center Off Collins.

Services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, July 5, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Lee Herberg officiating with a graveside service in Winona, Minn., on Monday, July 8. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Mildred (Millie) Haggen was born in Winona on Feb. 4, 1921, to Frank and Clara (Braun) Kanthack. She grew up in Winona and graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1938. Her employment history included Leicht Press, McConnon & Co., Tushner’s Market and J.R. Watkins Co., all in Winona.

Millie was a “top notch” secretary when typing on a manual typewriter and taking shorthand was a requirement. During the early work years her father, Frank Kanthack, told her to “get a Haggen.” This was a neighborhood family she grew up with in Winona. She listened to her father and on June 28, 1941, she married Neal Arthur Haggen at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Winona. In 1944 their son, Michael Herbert Haggen, was born.

Neal and Millie shared a great relationship with the Kanthacks and the Haggens in Winona for many years. In 1967 Millie and Neal moved to Rochester, Minn., with Neal’s employment in the U.S. Post Office. Millie went to work for IBM as a secretary and retired in 1978. Neal died in 1986 and in 1990 Millie moved to Mandan to be with her son, Mike, and family. She enjoyed living in Mandan. She joined First Lutheran Church, the Mandan Women of the Moose and the Mandan Golden Age Club. She was also a past member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Winona.

Millie was always a lady and a friend to all she met. She was a loving and caring mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was particularly fond of children and animals and made friends with them often. She always had treats available especially for dogs and lots of hugs for the young and the older friends and family.

Millie’s health started failing and she entered the Sanford Healthcare Center Off Collins approximately two years ago and passed away there on July 2 at the age of 92.

She is survived by her son, Michael, and daughter-in-law, Kathryn Haggen of Mandan; her granddaughter, Michelle (Kelly) and husband Brad Maier, together with their three children, Megan, Riley and Tyler, living in Broomfield, Colo.; and her grandson, Brent and his wife Michele Haggen and their two sons, Dylan and Cooper, living in Valdosta, Ga. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a very special part of Millie’s life.

Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Neal, in 1986; her parents, Frank and Clara Kanthack; her brother, Herbert; and an infant sister as well as the many members of the Haggen family, whom she loved as her family, all from Winona.

We will all miss Millie, but know there will be a big reunion waiting for her in heaven with both her families and her friends.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sanford Healthcare Center Off Collins for their many kindnesses and loving care of Millie, and the hospice care given to her in the last few months of her life. “The Lord watch between me and thee while we are absent one from another.”

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Michael Holzer

Michael Ronald Holzer, 66, Mandan, died June 29, 2013, at his residence with his wife and his daughters by his side.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 5, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Christopher Kadrmas as celebrant. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. Military Honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post No. 707 and American Legion Post No. 40.

Michael Ronald Holzer was born Feb. 7, 1947, in Linton, the son of Michael and Elizabeth (Mastel) Holzer. As a child, he lived on the family farm near Linton and attended Catholic grade school. His family moved to town in 1959. He attended two years of high school at Linton High School and received his GED in 1968. He later went to Wahpeton State College for the field of automotive parts. He joined the Army in 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1969.

Mike married Connie Lu Huizenga on Sept. 10, 1969, in Westfield. They lived in Colorado Springs, Linton, Wahpeton, Minneapolis and Bismarck. In 1972 he and Connie moved to Minneapolis, where he worked at Montgomery Wards as a manager in the automotive department. They had three children, Lisa Renee, Lori Marie and Stacy Jo. In 1976 he later transferred to Montgomery Wards in Bismarck. He owned his own gas station in Mandan and then went back to driving over-the-road. He married Cynthia Ann Schriock-Rittel in 1997 and they lived south of Mandan.

During his working years, he drove OTR semi for Wylie and Poolman Trucking. He was a bus driver for Harlows and Bismarck State College. In the end he did what he had always wanted to and that was to be self-employed and own his own truck. He retired in 2009 due to illness.

Mike enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, going to auction sales and hanging out with family. He loved old cars, antiques and was a talented mechanic. He was a flagman at the Missouri River Race Track and was a member of the American Legion, Moose and AmVets for many years. He enjoyed socializing and loved his daughters, grandchildren and pets. He liked country music and polkas and made Red Eye for weddings and reunions.

Mike is survived by his wife, Cindy; three daughters, Lisa Goetz, Minneapolis, Minn., Lori (Luke) Cook, Mandan, and Stacy Stein, Bismarck; one stepson, Rob (Sandy) Rittel, Bismarck; six grandchildren, Cody, Cameron, and Julia Goetz, April and Alexis Cook, and Chasz Stein; one step-grandchild, Owen Rittel; and brothers, Tony (Rose), and Gene (Patricia).

Mike was preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers, Paul and Charles; and 11 brothers and sisters, who died in infancy.

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