Mandan News

Obituaries – June 7-13, 2013

Beatrice Berger

Beatrice L.  Berger, 87, Mandan, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 7, 2013, at Sanford off Collins in Mandan.

Services were held on Monday, June 10, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Pastor Gordon Brown officiating. Burial was at the St. Martin’s Cemetery, in Huff.

Beatrice was born on April 19, 1926, to George and Theresa (Brigl) Smith in Huff, the youngest of 12 children. She married Frank Berger on Nov. 13, 1945, at St. Martin’s Church in Huff. After their marriage, they moved to the Berger family farm at St. Anthony. Upon retirement in 1967 they moved to Mandan, where she worked many years as an aide at the Mandan Hospital and also did adult foster care for several years. In her later years she spent many hours volunteering at AID Inc., in Mandan. She was very social and loved being around people. Before illness overtook her, her greatest joy was spending time every day reading God’s Holy Word, The Bible, and praying for her loved ones. Her family will remember her for her excellent German and Hungarian dishes that she cooked for her family and extended family. Her grandchildren will always remember her for the many times she challenged them to a game of 500 Rummy.

Beatrice will be deeply missed by her daughters, Phyllis (Jerry) Hager, Bismarck, Janice (Loren) Wetch, Mandan and Wanda (Darold) Berger, Burlington; 10 grandchildren, Jeff Graner, Bonnie Eckroth and Ray Eckroth, Rhonda (Steve) Bondeson, Kim Graner, Kerry (Aaron) Bumgarner, Shelly (Jason) Blotsky, Travis (Bridget) Wetch, Lisa (Dana) Hartlieb, Nicole (Josh) Brown, Stacy Berger and step grandson, Blake Hager; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and sisters, Leone Devine, Lillian Bethke, both of Bismarck, and Luella Kary of Minot.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; two grandchildren, Dana Berger and Eric Bumgarner; sisters, Tressa Schwartzbauer, Alice Helbling, Helen Betterly, Frona Schmidt, Minnie Ellison and Florence Graner; and brothers, Henry and Albert.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be given to the Cowboy Community Church, Box 832, Mandan, ND 58554.

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Marvin Erhardt

Marvin “Marv” G. Erhardt, 55, Mandan, passed away on June 4, 2013, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, June 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Flasher.

Marv was born to George F. and Pauline (Roll) Erhardt on Sept. 17, 1957, in Mandan. He was raised in Flasher, and graduated from Flasher High School in 1975. Marv continued his education at North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, where he earned two degrees, one in diesel mechanics and one in business management, graduating in 1978. Marv was employed at Fairfield Industries in Texas, where he worked as a diesel mechanic in the Gulf of Mexico. This job gave him the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and work in Egypt.

On Oct. 17, 1987, Marv married Ranette Schmidt in Flasher. He then began employment at Coteau Properties in Beulah, where he enjoyed working as a diesel mechanic on heavy equipment. Marv took pride in his job and was able to pursue his passion for farming.

Marv lived his life to the fullest and his devotion to his family meant everything to him. He shared a hard work ethic, compassion, and generosity with all. Marv was quick-witted and had a positive attitude. He had a great sense of humor and made an everlasting impression on everyone he met.

Marv will be sadly missed by his friends and family including his wife, Ranette; daughters, RaeLynn and Kelli; mother, Pauline Erhardt; sister, Lorraine (Ron) Dressler; brothers, Norm (Bonnie) Erhardt and Kevin (Norma) Erhardt; his mother-in-law, Isabelle Schmidt; in-laws, Cindy (Kurt) Kephart, Sherwood Schmidt, Wayne Schmidt, Mary (Darrell) Erhardt, Jackie (Joe) Becker, Karen (Kelly) Mosbrucker, Ray, Jr. (Tammy) Schmidt; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Marv was preceded in death by his father, George; brothers, Bob and Clarence; and father-in-law, Ray Schmidt.

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