Mandan News

Obituaries March 21, 2014

Barbara Miller
D O Barbara Jo Miller Obit PhotoBarbara Jo Miller, 59, Bismarck, died March 15, 2014, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on March 18, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with the Rev. Michael Roehl officiating.

Cremation has taken place.

Barbara Jo was born on Sept. 9, 1954, in Clinton, Mo., to the Rev. Wilber and Johannah (Hanson) Niermeier. She was baptized into the Christian faith on Oct. 10, 1954. As she grew up, her father served and founded congregations in the Kansas-Missouri area, especially in Harrisonville, Mo., from where as a young woman, Barbara Jo sometimes accompanied him in his travels. In 1989 she graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., with a degree in elementary education. It was there she met her husband, Gary R. Miller. They were married in 1987. Her daughter Johannah was born in 1990.

She and her family spent 1992 residing in Plze, Czechoslovakia doing missionary work and teaching English. In 1993 her family relocated to Mandan. Her daughter Suzannah was born the same year. She home schooled her daughters through high school graduation.
Her family formed a heritage music group named Family Folk that performed in several cities and historical sites in North Dakota. The last nine years of Barbara Jo’s life were beset with cancer and five cancer surgeries.

Barbara Jo will be remembered for her frequent involvement in volunteer work at St. Paul Lutheran Church, in the Bismarck-Mandan Area Home Schoolers’ Association and its Science Olympiad team, and the historical Fort Lincoln 17th Infantry Regiment, and for her beautiful music on the mountain dulcimer and fiddle.

She is survived by her husband, two daughters, parents, (now residing in Morristown, S.D.), and her two brothers, Rodney (and wife Jean), and Michael.

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Bridgetta Flemmer
D O Bridgetta Flemmer photoBridgetta Flemmer, 76, Mandan, died March 15, 2014, at her home.

Funeral Services were held on March 20, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home in Mandan with the Rev. Jack Carlson officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Bridgetta “Bridgett” was born Nov. 23, 1937 in Fort Rice, to Michael & Emma (Burns) Sullivan. She attended school in both Hazen and Stanton. She married Ted Flemmer on March 16, 1957, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mandan. They made their home in Mandan for many years, where she was active in her children and grandchildren’s school activities. She had a special way with children and was well received by them. Bridgett was very much loved and will be missed by her friends and family.

She is survived by her husband, Ted Flemmer of Mandan; two daughters, Mona (Nick) Adams of Orlando, Fla., and Myra Flemmer of Fargo; two sons, Mark (Dawn) Flemmer, Minn., and Marv Flemmer of Mandan; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Judy Heck of Mandan, and Emma Fedie, Wis.; two brothers, Mike (Annette) Sullivan and Jerry (June) Sullivan, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers (Pat Sullivan and Larry Burns), and one sister (Winifred Kopp).

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Byran VandenBurg
SONY DSCBryan Lynn VandenBurg, 68, Flasher, died March 13, 2014, after a two and a half year battle with cancer, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Services were held on March 17, at Flasher High School Gymnasium with the Rev. Karen Wilhelm officiating. Burial was at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Lark.

Bryan was born on May 2, 1945, to Henry and Peggy VandenBurg in Bismarck. He was raised in Lark, and graduated from Flasher High School. On Dec. 27, 1962, Bryan married his high school sweetheart, Lois Mae Dressler. Settling south west of Flasher, they farmed, ranched, and in 1979, they purchased Raleigh Grain Inc.

Bryan enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting and fishing with his friends and family. He was active in the Flasher Rifle and Pistol Club and the Pool League for many years. Bryan volunteered many hours timing for the Raleigh Saddle Club. He loved playing a good game of Pinochle with his friends. He also liked watching TV, especially NASCAR and the History Channel. Bryan enjoyed playing all sorts of games with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, from Battleship to Peek-A-Boo. They brought a smile to his face and held a special place in his heart.

Bryan is survived by his wife, Lois, their five children; Kim (Gene) Kuppenbender, Eagan, Minn., Kevin (Carol Schmidt) Flasher, Jeffery (Dawn Meyer) Flasher, Patty Jo (Brady) Burress Isabel, S.D. and Michael (Carissa Truedson) Oak Creek, Colo. and twelve grandchildren; Allie and Hanna Kuppenbender, Courtney (Nolan) Weinhandl, Kelli (Jake) Koenig, Cody (Lindsey Rusheinsky), Bailie, Josie and Paige VandenBurg, Sage and Hayes Burress, Lexi and Bryan VandenBurg and two great grandchildren; Jaycee Koenig, Hope Weinhandl and two more on the way; two brothers, Peter (Caren) of Fargo and Kent (Arnetta) of Mandan, and one sister Vicki (Mike) Schwab of Linton.

Bryan was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Peggy VandenBurg, father-in-law, Lambert Dressler, and nephew Shane Dressler.

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Alfreda Haider
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Alfreda L. Haider, 100, Mandan, died March 11, 2014 at Sanford off Collins in Mandan.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at on March 14, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Johnson Kuriappilly as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Alfreda was born July 10, 1913, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Brigil) Ziniel. She was raised and educated in the Huff and St. Anthony area. On Oct. 23, 1934, she married Frank Haider in St. Anthony, where they farmed until 1966 when they moved to Mandan. Alfreda worked for the Gourmet House, Ressler’s Café, Husky’s, St. Vincent’s Care Center and The Heartview Foundation. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters and American Legion Auxiliary. As a young girl she was familiar with all types of duties on the farm. After her marriage, along with raising a family, she continued to work by her husband’s side on the farm. She also maintained a large garden, and after moving to Mandan, she continued gardening but on a smaller scale. A highlight for her was to go shopping and was proud of the fact that she was able to drive her own car until the age of 91.

Alfreda will be deeply missed by daughters, Isabelle Schmidt, Flasher and Carol (Larry) Erbe, Caledonia, Wis.; sons, Bob (Carol) Racine, Wis., Don (LaVonne), Jerry, Rick (Denise Andahl) all from Bismarck and Ray (Kathy), Mandan; son-in-law, Willie Kautzman, Fargo; daughter-in-law, Alvina Haider, Bismarck; 24 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren; sisters, Laurayne Miska, Mandan and Irene (John) Baer, Mandan; sisters-in-law, Adeline Ziniel, Mandan and Iris Ziniel, Mandan; and brother-in-law, Fred Geiss, Tacoma, Wash..

Alfreda was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank, in 2001; son Ken; daughter, Dolores; son-in-law, Raymond Schmidt; granddaughter, Linda Williams; sisters, Frona (Leo) Eghazie, Clara (Lawrence) Geiss, Betty Geiss and Katherine (Hank) Olson; brothers, Joseph (Corrine), Edward (Elfreda), William (Jean), Raymond and Clarence; brothers-in-law, George (Rose) Leingang and Charles Miska,

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