Mandan News

Obituaries – March 2-8, 2013

Rasmus Dirk

Rasmus Dirk, 93, Bismarck, died Feb. 23, 2013, at St Vincent’s Care Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at St. Joseph Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Rasmus was born in Raleigh on Feb. 1, 1920, the fifth child of Daniel and Scholastica (Volk) Dirk. Rasmus was raised and educated in the Raleigh Area and at the age of 18 he joined the Civil Conservation Corps. On Oct. 30, 1944, he married Emma Fergel. Together they farmed around McIntosh, S.D., and began their family. In the fall of 1952 they moved to the Mandan area, where he worked for the Peavey Grain Company. In 1964, Rasmus became a Union Carpenter and was employed at the ANG Plant in Beulah. After he retired from ANG in 1984, he took a job as the Morton County Weed Control Officer, retiring again in 1994.

Family was very important to Rasmus. He spent many hours researching his family tree. Other hobbies included making special wooden items for family members including barns, cribs, and tables for the grandchildren. He also raised a huge garden every year, and loved to hunt and fish. Playing cards with friends at the clubs was one of his favorite times.

Rasmus will be deeply missed by Emma, his wife for 68 years; his daughters, Bonnie (Kenneth) Miller, Ft. Rice, Andreen O’Neill, Mandan, Annette (Pat) Yauney, Mandan, Debbie (Paul) Martin, Lincoln; sons, James (Lucretia) Dirk, Zap, Leslie (Diane) Dirk, Mandan; daughters-in-law, Phyllis Dirk, Mandan, Gloria Dirk, Bismarck, Sandy Dirk, Mandan; sisters, Lydia Brown, Denver, Colo., Edith Lehner, Spring City, Pa., Helen Kahl, Bismarck; brother, Mike (Leona) Fargo; 27 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

Rasmus was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Roger, Nick and Mainard; sisters, Refina Dirk and Kathryn Schwalick; and brothers, Anton, Emanuel, Arsenous and Joseph.

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Diane Gensburger

Diane Mae (Leingang) Gensburger, 53, Mandan, left this earth on Feb. 24, 2013, after a five-year battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, March 1, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Johnson Kuriappilly as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Diane was born to Joe J. and Agatha (Berger) Leingang on Feb. 3, 1960, in Mandan, the youngest of 11 kids. She started working in 1978 at St. Alexius in the Dietary Department. After graduation from Mandan High in 1980, she did the bar scene with her girlfriends from work until 1983 when she found her soulmate, Bruce, at an outdoor celebration. Diane married Bruce Gensburger on Dec. 27, 1985. Diane and Bruce have two kids; Holly Kay, 24, and Kyle Ryan, 21. Diane spent her working years cooking and serving food at many places, the last being Fried’s Restaurant, and providing daycare for her niece, Michelle. She loved cats and babies. Diane fulfilled her lifelong dream of going on a cruise to Alaska in 2011, which she loved and will always remember. She received her first precious gift from Holly on Dec. 20, 2005, Alexis Jade. Grandma and Alexis spent many days and nights together, loving it most of the time. Diane’s last waking moments on Saturday were seeing her second precious gift, this one from her son Kyle and his fiancé Alison, Ethan Anthony, born just two days earlier.

Diane will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her husband, Bruce, Mandan; daughter, Holly, Bismarck; son, Kyle, Bismarck; grandchildren, Alexis Beckler and Ethan Anthony, both of Bismarck; siblings, Angie Bader, Pierre, S.D., Andrew (Terry) Leingang, Bismarck, Janice (George) Belohlavek, Tim (Bonnie) Leingang, Linda (Alvin) Skager, all of Mandan, Thomas (Leann) Leingang, Snohomish, Wash., Phyllis Dirk, Mandan, Edward Leingang, Reeder, and Walter (LaDonna) Leingang, Bismarck.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Agatha Leingang; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herbert and Genevieve (Wirtz) Gensburger; sister, Marlene (Dave) Wetch; and brothers-in-law, John Bader and Roger Dirk.

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Scott Klingenstein

Scott M. Klingenstein, 57, Bismarck, died unexpectedly on Feb. 25, 2013, at Sanford Health, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Friday, March 1, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with Reverend Timothy G. Johnson officiating. Burial was at Hannover Cemetery, Hannover.

Scott was born Nov. 12, 1955, in Salinas, Calif., to Jim and Shirley (Cash) Klingenstein. They lived in San Diego, Calif., through Scott’s eighth grade year. Scott’s family then moved to Monterey, Calif. By age 16, Scott was cutting school to work for his neighbor, a talented carpenter. That same year he got his GED. By age 18, Scott had his general contracting license and landed his first big job in Ft. Bragg, Calif. In 1976, he moved to North Dakota to work as a carpenter at the Minnkota Power Plant in Center. He also worked at Antelope Valley and the Dakota Gasification Plant in Beulah.

Scott married Carol Windhorst on June 1, 1978, in Hannover. Their first child, Zachary, was born in 1980 and passed away much too quickly at 13 months old from SIDS. They had two more children, Matthew and Madalyn. During this time, Scott went to BSC (then BJC) and later to UND, graduating with his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

He completed his master’s in mechanical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. Scott accepted his first engineering job at Bismarck State College as an associate professor of engineering. This was his 22nd year teaching at BSC.

Scott enjoyed teaching, challenging his students, and assigned lots of homework. When his students transferred to NDSU to finish their engineering degree, he took great pride in their success. Scott was a true outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was at peace in a boat.

Scott was very giving of his time and often helped friends and family on various building projects. Scott taught his son almost everything he knew, but time has cut the lessons short. Scott helped build Matt’s house and the foundation to Madalyn’s house. It is clear he helped lay the groundwork in their lives in more ways than one.

Scott is will be missed by his children, Matthew (Laura) Klingenstein, Mandan, Madalyn (Brendan) Muldoon, Fargo, and Zane (Marie) Dorsey, Eugene, Ore.; grandchildren Stella, Orin, Kyah, Taylor, Madison, and Gavin; former spouse, Carol Klingenstein, New Salem; his mother, Shirley Campbell, Ocala, Fla.; brother, Jeff (Maureen) Klingenstein, Florida; and his niece and nephew, Holly and Brook.

Scott was preceded in death by his father, Jim Klingenstein; his beloved infant son, Zachary; his grandparents; and his favorite aunt, Kathleen Windhorst.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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Helen Ness

Helen Ness, 71, Mandan, passed away Feb. 22, 2013, at St. Alexius Medical Center after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Services were held on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Charity Lutheran Church in Bismarck, with Pastor Scott Bauman officiating. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Helen was born June 24, 1941, in Ashley, to Reinhold and Edna (Klein) Sandau. She was raised and educated in Jamestown. In 1962, she married Eugene Ness in Lead, S.D., and started raising a family.

Helen attended NDSU School of Nursing, graduating in 1996. She worked as a traveling nurse and later nursed at Triumph Hospital in Fargo.

Her greatest delight was being with her family and grandchildren. She was very active in her children’s endeavors, including Girl Scouts, church, and school activities. She enjoyed having people over for the holidays, especially her favorite, Christmas. Helen was an active mother and grandmother whose loving personality, faith, and laughter will be missed by all who knew her.

Helen will be lovingly remembered by her sons and daughter, Jeffery Ness, Bismarck, Troy (Diane) Ness, Mandan, and Suzanne (Howard) Fisher, Nicholson, Pa.; five grandchildren, Tyler, Ashley, Jennifer, Austin, and Freyja; sister, Della (Warren) Richards, Salem, Ore.; brothers, Gordon Sandau, Libby, Mont., and Charles (Lucia) Sandau, Beverly, Mass.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Curtis Sandau; and sister, Lucille Wiley.

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