Mandan News

Obituaries – March 17-23, 2012

Rose Kary

Rose Kary, 91, Bismarck, formerly of Mandan, died March 15, 2012, at St. Vincent Care Center in Bismarck. Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, March 20, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Albert Leary as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Rose was born on Nov. 15, 1920, in Judson, the daughter of Peter and Mathilda (Kautzman) Hopfauf. She married Ralph Kary on May 16, 1939. She and Ralph farmed and ranched west of Mandan for many years. Together they raised six children. After their family was grown, Rose worked as a housekeeper. She worked for Dr. John and Tani Keaveny for 21 years. She developed a very close relationship with them and was like a grandmother to their children.

Rose was a hard worker and also a fun loving person. Even after a long day at work she never wanted to miss a dance or a card game. She belonged to the same card club for 34 years. She also belonged to Catholic Daughters, Christian Mothers, Santa Maria Verein, and Eagles Auxiliary, Women of the Moose, Elks Auxiliary and KC Ladies. Rose was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and she was very proud of her family. She loved to entertain. She was a great cook and could prepare a meal for company with little notice. She was a very friendly person. She loved to visit with people. She could easily strike up a conversation with a stranger and once she met you she wouldn’t forget you. She had the best memory. She remembered names and dates like no other. She knew the birth dates of almost all her nieces and nephews and she could tell you the phone numbers of all her family and friends.

Rose loved her church. She attended mass and Rosary daily. She always remembered her loved ones in her prayers. She liked to keep up with the news and she read the newspaper every day.

Rose will be deeply missed by her sons and daughters-in-law, Larry (Jeri), Arizona, LeRoy (Shirley), Bismarck, Marv (Edie), Mandan and Ken, Mississippi; her daughters and sons-in-law, Marie (Robert) Gargiulo, New York, and Margie (Joe) Markel, Mandan; her grandchildren, Jason Kary (Jennifer), Mandan, Debbie (Bill) Crawford, Arizona, Kim (Mark) Moleworth, Pam Berg (Scott), Amanda (Matt) Perry, Shawn Markel all of Bismarck, Keith Kary (Deanna), Minnesota, and Becky (Chris) Serio, West Fargo; her great-grandchildren, Brittany (Jack) Schlosser, Mandan, Michael Berg, Bismarck, Gianna and Kaelyn Serio, West Fargo; her brother, John Hopfauf; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Katie Sturn, and Eleanor (Leo) Wetsch, both of Mandan, Monica Luciano, California, and Marlene (David) Sautner, Bismarck; her sisters-in-law, Verna Kary and Frances Geiger and Rose Hopfauf, Mandan, Lillian Kary and Frances Kary, Bismarck and Luella Kary, Minot; and many nieces and nephews.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph; her brothers, Emil, Nick, Ralph and Pete Hopfauf; her sister and brothers-in-law, Maggie (Peter) Markel, John Sturn, and Frank Luciano; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tony (Pauline) Kary, Al (Ann) Kary, Rose (Leo) Dinius, John Kary, George Kary, Harry (Rose) Kary, Jack Kary, Matt Kary, and Monica (Tony) Boehm.

Rose was a special lady; she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

The family would like to thank St. Vincent Care Center for the care given to her the last five years.

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Grace Lobeck

Grace Lobeck, 81, formerly of Mandan, passed away March 12, 2012, at her home in Sun Lakes, Ariz.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, March 20, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mandan, with Reverend Shane Campbell as celebrant and Reverend Fred Harvey as concelebrant and homilist. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan.

Grace was known to family and friends lovingly as “G,” a nickname that her oldest grandson, A.J., coined as he couldn’t quite get “Grandma Grace” out as he was starting to talk. Since it was a nickname created by one of her most cherished things in life – her grandchildren – she insisted it had to stay!

Oakes was Grace’s birthplace on Nov. 12, 1930, to parents Tom and Nell (Farrell) Sabby. She grew up in Verona with her parents and three sisters, graduating from Verona High School in 1948. Grace started the family heritage of playing basketball, being named to the All-State basketball team and leading her team to the State Tournament. All three of her children enjoyed many years of basketball, as well as her grandsons, and she could always be talked into a friendly game of “Horse” at the lake or in the driveway.

Grace married Al Lobeck, also of Verona, in 1951. They lived in Fargo for the first few years of their marriage and moved to Mandan in 1954, where they resided until they moved to Arizona in 2006. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with all of their children and grandchildren in Sun Lakes, Ariz., last September. While in Mandan, Grace worked for many years and retired from the Agricultural Research Center. Before moving away from Mandan, she loved working for the Mandan News.

There’s not a person that ever met Grace that didn’t remember her. She was vibrant, full of energy and life and loved to be the life of the party. She enjoyed all games… cards of all kinds, sports, spending time at the lake, fishing and she didn’t miss many Bingo games. If there was a gathering of four people and there was a deck of cards, you can be sure that no one would be allowed to leave until they played! She had a fun-loving competitiveness that everyone enjoyed. Another love was following NBA basketball, specifically Phil Jackson. She watched Phil play basketball in high school, was an avid Chicago Bulls fan while he coached there, and probably one of the biggest Lakers fans there was!

Next to Al, Grace’s biggest love was her five grandsons and stepgrandson. She loved spending time with them, baking cookies, playing games, laughing, watching their sports and just hanging out.

She is survived by her husband, Al Lobeck of Sun Lakes; three children, Jeff (Stephanie) Lobeck of Chandler, Ariz., Jim “Jimmer” (Tana) Lobeck of Mandan, and Becky (Greg) Haider of Peoria, Ill.; grandchildren, Alex (A.J.) and Zachary Lobeck of Chandler, Kaden and Brogan Lobeck of Mandan, and Jordan Thomas Haider of Peoria, and stepgrandson, Britain Bentz of Mandan; three sisters, Carolyn Berry of Lamoure, Bonnie Christensen of Verona, and Donna Ritter of Brookings, S.D.; as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins, and special friends that are too numerous to name. She will be greatly missed by everyone and gatherings without her won’t be the same.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Nell Sabby; brothers-in-law, George Berry, Louis Christensen, Richard Ritter, and James C. Lobeck; nieces, Lori Ann Christensen and Laurie Berry; as well as many cherished aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial donations will be put toward a memorial bench at St. Joseph’s Church.

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Edgar Schwagler

Edgar Schwagler, age 91, of New Salem, died March 14, 2012, at the Medcenter One Hospital in Bismarck. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 17, at the Zion Lutheran Church in New Salem, with the Reverend Russell Fitch officiating.  Burial was in Graceland Cemetery, New Salem.

Edgar Andrew was born on May 7, 1920, at Otter Creek, the son of Leopold and Christina (Huber) Schwagler. He graduated from New Salem High School in 1941 and was employed at the Gambles Store in New Salem. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Esther Sorge on June 20, 1948.

Edgar later purchased the Gambles store with his partner, Lloyd Just, and when he sold the store in 1990, he had been with Gambles just short of 43 years. He then began his employment with Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, serving the firm in the New Salem Chapel and in surrounding communities.

A lifelong Lutheran, he served his church in many capacities and was very active in his community.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Evelyn; his daughter, Angela Bland of Atlanta, Ga.; his son, Tim (Shereen) Schwagler of Mandan; his grandchildren, Kori and Derek Kaelberer of Atlanta, and Colter and Ryder Schwagler of Mandan; his brothers, Robert (Ardella) and Lester (Linda), all of New Salem; and several nieces and nephews.

Edgar was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister and brother-in-law, Della and Arnold Flegel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Dakota Boys Ranch, the Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of donor’s choice.

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Anne Shaw

Anne Shaw, 93, Mandan, died March 12, 2012, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, March 16, at Christ the King Church, Mandan, with Rev. Charles Heidt as celebrant. Burial was at the Carson City Cemetery, Carson.

Anne was born on April 3, 1918, to Vincent and Elizabeth (Soring) Muggli in Glen Ullin. She was raised and educated in Carson. She continued her education at the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn,, graduating with a degree in sociology. Her teaching career began in a rural one-room school north of Heil, and continued in Thunder Hawk and Lemmon, S.D. During World War II, Anne worked at the Rapid City, S.D., Air Force Base. Following that, she moved to Minneapolis, Minn., to work for Northwest Airlines. In 1945, Anne returned to North Dakota and resumed her career in education, as a teacher and high school principal at Beulah. While there, she met Archie Shaw, who was also a teacher, and they married on Dec. 27, 1947, in Carson. Shortly thereafter they moved to Mandan, and they have resided there until the present.

Her dedication to community and family was displayed by 35 years of volunteer work with the Custer District Health Unit. Additionally, Anne was one of the first Eucharistic Ministers at Christ the King Church. She was also a member of Catholic Daughters and Fortnightly Book Club. Anne had a gracious manner that was evident in all of her activities.

Anne will be deeply missed by her husband of 64 years, Archie. She is also survived by her children, Mary Anne (David) Dyda, Roseville, Calif., Colleen (John) Rodman, Colorado Springs, Colo., Elizabeth (Jerry) Novotny, Bloomington, Minn., and Helen (David) Kellogg, Overland Park, Kans.; and her grandchildren, Michael and Helen Dyda, James and Kathleen Rodman, Andrew (Diane) and Sarah Novotny, Elizabeth and Mary Kellogg. She is also survived by her sisters, Therese Deichert, Lark, Mary Muggli, Santa Fe, N.M., Barbara (Charles) Dascalos, Sylmar, Calif.; and her sister-in-law, Mary Muggli, Carson.

In addition to her parents, Anne was preceded in death by her sisters, Rose (Anton) Weinhandl and Helen (Nicholas) Zaczkowski; and her brothers Leo, Vincent, Jr., and Anthony Muggli.

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