Mandan News

Obituaries – March 10-16, 2012

Agnes Ellsworth

Agnes Ellsworth, 92, Bismarck, formerly of Flasher, died Feb. 29, 2012, at Medcenter One Hospital, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 6, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with Major Joseph Wheeler and Major Lee Morrison officiating. Burial was at Fairhill Cemetery, Flasher.

Agnes was born April 23, 1919, in Valley City, to William and Caroline (Skonseng) Lewzader. She graduated from Valley City High School in 1938. Agnes became a commissioned officer in The Salvation Army in 1940 and served for several years as an officer followed by many years as a lay person. On April 28, 1944, she married Eugene Ellsworth in Valley City. Very generous and giving of her time, Agnes was a Farmers Union Youth Leader for 22 years and worked on the Morton County Bookmobile in Flasher for 10 years. She was also a member of the Flasher Homemakers Club for 50 years.

Together Gene and Agnes were devoted to their work with The Salvation Army and in the years since their move to Mandan their mission was ministering to the residents of the Medcenter One Care Center. All of their children and grandchildren have followed in their footsteps and are spreading God’s word through their service in The Salvation Army.

Left with fond memories are two daughters, Major Marie Ellsworth, Bismarck, and Major Lois (Joseph) Wheeler, Des Plaines, Ill.; three grandchildren, Sarah (Christian) DiMaso, Blue Springs, Mo., Stephen (Glory) Wheeler, Independence, Mo., and Andrew (Corey) Wheeler, Independence; and eight great-grandchildren.

Agnes was preceded in death by her husband in 2008; her parents; three sisters; and three brothers.

Memorials are preferred to The Salvation Army or Gideon International.

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Harry Kubista

Harry Kubista, 88, Mandan, died March 3, 2012, at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., with his family by his side.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, March 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. Military were provided by the VFW No. 1326 in Bismarck.

Harry was born on Jan. 22, 1924, to Julius and Theresa (Lupinski) Kubista in Dickinson. He was raised and educated in Dickinson. He married Myrna Loy Rene on Oct. 29, 1957, in Libby, Mont. Harry worked as a crane operator at Milton Rue Company and Annco Inc. for 40 years. In 1961 he worked in Medora and helped build the first cloverleaf leading into Medora off of Interstate I94. Harry was a life member of the Mandan Elks, 50-year member of the Eagles Club and a member of the American Legion Post No. 1 in Bismarck.

Harry and Myrna enjoyed traveling together. They went on many road trips, which included Arizona and Washington. His enjoyment of old time music was highlighted by listening to the polka hour and dancing the polka. He had a variety of interests and hobbies which included woodworking, making wood baskets and magazine racks. He liked to go metal detecting looking for old coins, metal and any other treasures he could find. When the children were at home they spent time camping and boating at Heart Butte on the weekends. Harry’s love for his family was evident in the way he looked forward to the holidays so they could all be together.

Harry will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Myrna; daughters, Deborah (Steven) Barnard, Mandan, and Twila (Rick) Robertson, Lincoln, Neb.; sons, Alan Bernier, Seattle, Wash., and Wayne Kubista, Mandan; grandchildren, Stacey (Troy) Kautzman, Mandan, Heather (Michael) Kubista-Congiu Chicago, Ill., Nathan (Greta) Bernier, Seattle, and Evan Bernier, Madison, Wisc.; great-grandchildren, Rylen, Reese Kautzman, and one on the way; and many nieces and nephews.

Harry was preceded in death by his grandson, Jeremy Barnard; and sisters, Ann Cox, Rose Kubista, Caroline Krogh, Cecelia Reisenauer, Theresa Goldade, Isabelle Ridl and brothers, Val, and John.

The family would like you to remember the family of Wendell Rene.

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Robert Mann

Robert (Bob) J. Mann, 75, Bismarck, died March 2, 2012, in a Bismarck care center surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, March 7, at Church of Saint Anne, with Father Ed Wehner officiating. Interment was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Bob was born on Dec. 31, 1936, in St. Anthony, the seventh of 10 children, to John and Elizabeth (Klein) Mann. He was raised and educated in St. Anthony and St. Joseph’s in Mandan and graduated class of 1955 from Mandan High School. He served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. Bob married Frances Doll on April 8, 1961. Bob began a long career of plumbing and carpentry work, beginning with Bob Rosen Water Conditioning, H.A. Thompson & Sons, and retired as the plant service director at the state Capitol.

He was especially proud of the log cabin he built at Lake Audubon, with the help of family and friends. In addition to his own cabin, he assisted in many building and plumbing projects with surrounding neighbors at the Snake Creek cabin site.

Bob enjoyed deer hunting with his sons and brother, Chuck, and Huff Hill friends. He also enjoyed goose hunting, fishing, gardening and working with his hands. In addition to all his skills, he was an avid reader of western history, especially World War II.

Bob is survived by his wife, Frances, Bismarck; sons, Dean (Marcy), Bismarck, Darrin (Cindy), Bismarck; grandson, Jonathan Mann; brother, James (Diane) Mann; sisters, Mary Mann, Mandan, Isabell Besserud, Carola (Ed) Sirueck, Clara (Bud) Sorensen, Ann Grannan; sister-in-law, Shirley (Andy) Gustin; brother-in-law,  Fred Fowler; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved dog, Oreo.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Chuck and Raymond; and his sister, Agnes Fowler.

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Jose Ramirez

Jose Manuel “Manny” Villarreal Ramirez, 31, Mandan, died March 1, 2012, in an automobile accident.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, March 7, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Chad Gion as celebrant. Inurnment was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Manny was born on Feb. 21, 1981, to Manuel Villarreal and Adela Ruiz Ramirez in Durango, Mexico. He was raised and educated in Mexico. He later moved to Los Angeles to live with his mom and then eventually settled in Mandan.

Manny was a compassionate, thoughtful and loving man who profoundly loved his family and friends. He looked forward to family gatherings. Manny would make friends easily with people of all ages. He had many interests which included fixing his own RC cars, dancing, listening to American and Spanish music and spending time with his family and friends. Manny was a great father, fiance, son, brother and friend. He was a very happy person and most of all he had a huge heart with a laughter that filled the air. Manny was loved by all.

Manny will be deeply missed by his fiance, Billy Rae Lang; sons, Cristian River Villarreal and Chance Peltier, Mandan; his parents, Manuel Villarreal, Michigan, and Adela Ruiz Ramirez, Los Angeles, Calif.; brothers, Bernie, Bryant and Andy Ruiz, all of Los Angeles; brother, Javier Villarreal; and sisters, Juana, Yesenia, Marlen and Evelyn Villarreal, all of Michigan. “We love you Manny.”

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials.

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