Mandan News

Obituaries – March 23-29, 2013

Margaret Fisher

Margaret Fisher, 93, of the Solen and St. Anthony area, died March 20, 2013, at St. Gabriel’s Community in Bismarck, with her family at her side.

Mass of Christian burial was held Monday, March 25, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Chris Kadrmas as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Margaret was born May 3, 1919 in Breien, to John G. Fleck and Veronica (Steckler). She was raised and educated in the Solen and St. Anthony area. She married Orlee Fisher, Sept. 3, 1940, at St. Anthony. After her marriage she and Orlee farmed in that area. Margaret lived life to the fullest, her family was central in her life especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. With all the tasks and responsibilities of a family, she had time and the ability to do whatever was needed on the farm, whether it was working with the cattle, driving a tractor, and the physical labor that was required. These tasks often times would require her skills as a carpenter. At the annual day for butchering, she supervised her famous recipe for sausage. Margaret was a gifted seamstress and could take anything apart and re-sew without using a pattern. She was an excellent cook with her specialties being German recipes, homemade root beer, lemon pies, chicken and an often requested German potato salad. She enjoyed a competitive card game, whist. She would grace the dance floor with a polka and as a young girl she played the organ at church in Fallen. Her social nature included trips to Prairie Knights Casino. She was known to always say “Drink apple juice” to any question about staying healthy.

Her generosity and dedication were limitless, taking care of her husband for 20 years, he suffering from a severe stroke. Always with pride, John and Delila farm on the family farm continuing the proud tradition. Above all, the love she had for her family was always present which extended with her family by her side. These special memories will be cherished and describes a woman of great strength, compassion, and love for all those who surrounded her.

Margaret will be deeply missed by her children, Wilbert (Bill) (Donna), Solen, Alberta (Leonard) Berger, St. Anthony, Pearl (Richard) Rhone, Mandan, Orlee John, (Delila), Solen; brother, Clemence (Ann) Fleck, Bismarck; 13 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren; special friends, Ron and Sally Kraft, Bismarck. Also remaining are sisters-in-law, Loretta Fisher, St. Anthony, Esther Fisher, Mandan, Regina Fisher, Mandan, Mary Fisher, Bismarck, Alice Lundstrom, Mandan and Barbara Saumell, Hemet, Calif.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Orlee, who died Feb. 25, 2001; granddaughter, Rebecca Lynn Fisher; sisters, Katie, Tillie, Mary, Veronica, Cecelia, Rose; brothers, Anton, Jacob, Joseph, George, Johnny; and four infant siblings.

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Robert Haas

Robert C. Haas, 85, Mandan, died March 18, 2013, at Sanford Mandan Living Center in Mandan.

Services were held on Saturday, March 23, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Rev. Daniel Sweeny officiating. Inurnment was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

Bob was born on Oct. 30, 1927, to Clifford and Neva (Mannie) Haas in McVille. He was raised and educated in the Tolna area, graduating from Tolna High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945 and after his service he returned to Tolna and farmed with his father for a brief time. He then attended college and received his bookkeeping certificate, then went to work for Rural Electric Cooperative, where he worked until his retirement in 1991.

Bob married DeLores Jensen on June 10, 1951, in Powers Lake; they were blessed with the birth of five daughters. His family was central in his life, and they enjoyed many camping trips throughout the United States. Bob was a talented woodworker and was known for his beautiful scroll work and fine finished furniture and bookshelves. After retirement he and DeLores spent their winters in Arizona and would return to North Dakota during the summer months, when Bob would help with farm work in Turtle Lake. Bob was saved by the Blood of the Lamb in 1951. His favorite Bible verse was Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”

Bob will be deeply missed by his daughters, Wanda Friez, Bismarck, Roxane (Grant) Moen, Greeley, Colo., Deborah (Carl) Cartwright, Quincy, Mich., Connie (Greg) Tippe, Franklin, Ind., and Barbara (Mark) Webb, Ash Grove, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Kay Russell, Edina, Minn.; and brother, James (Judy) Haas, Payson, Ariz.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; wife, DeLores in 2006; son-in-law, Daryl Friez; brothers, Russell (Shirley) Haas, Roger (Carole) Haas and Lawrence (Ordis) Haas; brother-in-law, Tony Russell; and sister-in-law Joyce Haas.

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Lynn Lewis

Lynn Diane Lewis, 64, of Mandan, formerly of Sheyenne, died on March 18, 2013, at Sanford Health off Collins in Mandan.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 21, at Weigel Funeral Home in Mandan, with burial at a later date at Riverside Cemetery in Sheyenne.

Lynn Diane Lewis was born on Sept. 9, 1948, to Clayton and Marian (Kruger) Lewis, the first of five children. She was raised and attended school in Sheyenne until she was 16, at which time she started attending a Special Education Classroom in Medina, one of few such classrooms in the state.

Following school, Lynn worked at vocational training centers in Grand Forks, and then in Minot. Initially, she lived in group home settings, but eventually moved into her own apartment. In 1975, she met her life companion, Martin Lipp. From that time on they were inseparable. Despite their challenges, they lived very independently, making many friends along the way.

Lynn and Martin eventually moved to Mandan. They spent all of their time together, very content in their simple life. They enjoyed taking walks, often seen holding hands. They also enjoyed playing bingo and watching television, especially game shows. Lynn was known to have a strong affection for Elvis Presley, collecting much of his memorabilia. She liked to visit, and was quick to smile or laugh.

Due to her declining health, Lynn moved into Sanford Extended Care last fall. She and Martin continued to spend every day together, providing love and comfort to each other.

Lynn is survived by Martin; her mother, Marian Lewis, Sheyenne; Martin’s mother, Margaret Lipp, and family, Mandan; brothers, John, Karlsruhe, North Dakota, and David (June), Sheyenne; sisters, Heidi (Corey) Schieffer, Wibaux, Mont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clayton; and sister, Pam Hanson.

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Shawn Pfleger

Shawn Conrad Pfleger, 19, died March 17, 2013, at his residence in Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday March 22, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church in Mandan, with Msgr. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Shawn was born in Bismarck on March 7, 1994, to Conrad and Vicky (Gress)  Pfleger. He was raised and educated in Mandan.

Shawn attended St. Joseph and Roosevelt Elementary Schools, Mandan Middle School and Mandan Senior High. He participated in softball and football, but his favorite sport was hockey. Shawn was recognized with the “Hardest Slap Shot” award after his team’s championship win.

He enjoyed many outdoor activities including snowboarding, skateboarding, paintball, hunting, fishing, boating, four-wheeling and off-road motorcycle racing. Shawn also loved spending time with his friends and family watching movies, listening to music, kicking hacky sack and playing games with his nieces and nephews.

Shawn was a very special person, a great friend and cousin, a kind and loving uncle and a beloved son and brother. He will always be remembered for the many jokes, laughs and fun times we shared and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Shawn will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his parents, Conrad and Vicky; sisters, Beverly (Monte) Unrath, Jamie (Cody) Fleck, Chryseis Pfleger and Fiancée Christopher Tokach, all of Mandan; and very special friend, Alicia Ronsberg, Bismarck.

Shawn was preceded in death by his grandparents, Pious and Irene Pfleger and George and Mary Gress.

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