Mandan News

Obituaries – March 24-30, 2012

Walter Bailey

Walter Lee Bailey, 68, died March 17, 2012, at Medcenter One, Bismarck.

Services were held on Wednesday, March 21, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Rev. Richard Hagestuen officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery Mandan.

Walter Bailey was born on March 8, 1944, to Walter, Sr. and Marie (Reynolds) Bailey, in Mandan. He served in the Army National Guard and worked for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad as a Carman for 30-plus years.

He was a social man who could often be found drinking coffee with his buddies or having jam sessions on the lead guitar. He also enjoyed fishing, gambling and watching WWE Wrestling on TV.

Walter will be greatly missed by his mother, Marie Heck, Mandan; daughters, Michelle (Jon) Arntz, Marshall, Minn., and Lisa Bailey (special friend) Leon Just; grandchildren, Joshua and Keri Arntz and Tiffany and Britney Bailey; great-granddaughter, Kianna Arntz; and many close friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his father; and sister, Patricia Carrier.

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Krista Bonogofsky

Krista Sue Bonogofsky, 37, Mandan, died March 16, 2012, St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, after an 11-year struggle with her heart. God took her hand and led her to heaven.

Services were held on Thursday, March 22, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Rev. Perry Schabel officiating. Cremation has taken place.

Krista Sue Bonogofsky was born on June 3, 1974, in Bismarck, to Ken and Sue (Kellar) Bonogofsky. She attended elementary and junior high in Wilton, and graduated from Century High School in Bismarck in 1992.

Krista met Joel Jimenez and together they had three beautiful children, Jesse Joel, 16, Mercedes Marie, 13, and Sydnie Ann, 11. She had the best career ever, being able to be a stay at home mom to her children. Krista loved animals and was especially fond of her pets. She loved to spend time with family and friends which included barbecues, fishing and being outdoors. She especially enjoyed playing video games with her kids, nieces and nephews.

Krista will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was a great mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She is survived by her children; parents, Sue (Kellar) LeMier and Ken Bonogofsky; her companion, Joel Jimenez; brother, Shawn Bonogofsky; sisters, Terri (Darrel) Kiefer and Michelle (Ryan) Fettig; grandmother, Arlene Kellar; nieces, Brittany Rosscup and Alexa Fettig; nephews, Taylor Cable, Casey Tangen, Bracstin Dailey, Ethan Fettig; and great nephew, Nathan Koster.

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Mona Christiansen

Mona Christiansen, 74, Jamestown, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Eventide at Hi-Acres in Jamestown.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 26, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Peter Strommen officiating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Mona Hohbein was born June 11, 1937 in Judson, the daughter of John and Martha (Siegfried) Hohbein. She grew up and attended schools in Judson. Mona worked at Ohm’s Café in Mandan. On June 3, 1955, Mona married Herbert Wiest in Mandan. She married Clifford Christiansen on March 1, 1979, in Aberdeen, S.D. Mona worked at the Fair Store, JC Penney, Newman Signs and Jamestown Hospital. Mona was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed sewing, bingo and cross stitching.

Mona is survived by four daughters, Colleen (Rick) Krapp and Carol Wiest, both of Jamestown, Arlene (Keith) Asfeld, Cokato, Minn., and Janice (Johnny) Lepensky, Buffalo, Minn.; one son, Mike (Deb) Wiest, Buffalo; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Marvin Hohbein, St. Louis, Mo.; and one sister, Della Haddad, Las Vegas, Nev.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters; seven brothers; and one daughter in infancy.

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Marie Graner

Marie Graner, 81, Bismarck, died March 25, 2012, at her residence in Bismarck, with her loving family by her side.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, March 29, at the Church of Corpus Christi, Bismarck, with Rev. Paul Becker as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Marie was born on Aug. 18, 1930, in the Whitney Home in Mandan, to John and Marie (Kadlec) Kalvoda. Her first year of education was obtained at a country school where she first learned how to speak English. She then went to the St. Anthony Catholic Boarding School. She continued her education and graduated from Mandan High School in 1949 and attended one year at St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, Minn. She returned home to take care of her parents and also worked for Montgomery Wards. She married Eugene Graner, Sr. on April 3, 1956, in Mandan. After her marriage she and Eugene farmed in the Huff area, which is when her entrepreneurial spirit began. Her chicken business started with a small flock and then grew to 6,000 laying hens. She provided eggs for grocery stores, restaurants and then selling her flock two times a year to the Campbell soup company. Marie was interviewed by the Bismarck Tribune regarding the high price of eggs and she replied in her practical business sense. She said, “It’s the cost per bird, the cost of feeding and maintaining which has doubled in the past few years.” Marie baked many breads, pies and cakes that were sold along with the produce from her large gardens, along with eggs to local customers. Her famous Bohemian Kalaches were a highlight of family gatherings and weddings.

Her love of animals was always demonstrated whether it was taking in a stray dog or cat. People would say, “How can you keep that homely dog?” Marie would say, “They, too, need a home.” Marie loved gardening, (huge gardens) and again the produce would be sold at market. Her green thumb was further demonstrated by her beautiful flower garden this resulted in floral arrangements to decorate the church. Her love of music was evident in learning how to play the organ, which she played at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Huff. She also she taught CCD for many years and brought vases of flowers for the altar at church. She insisted that her children each take piano lessons to further the family tradition of music.

Marie will be remembered for her generosity, love of nature, kindness and above all hard work ethic. Her trademark was she did things in a big way and the right way.

Marie will be remembered by three daughters, Anne Marie (Archie) Wanner, Hebron, Kathy (Richard) Tokach, St. Anthony, and Patricia (Scott) Carew, Fargo; two sons, Eugene, Jr., Bismarck, and Kenny (Mary), Huff; 15 grandchildren, Rebecca (Alex) Acheson, Ben, and Renae Tokach, Michaela, Lauren, Nicole and Kristin Carew, Andrew, Sarah, and Katie Graner, Sidney, Claire, Cole, and Ethan Graner and Kacey Wanner; brother, E.C. (Lois) Kalvoda, Mandan; sister-in-law, Lila Kalvoda; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene, who died April 28, 2011; her parents; infant sister, Libushe; and brothers, Benny and John Jr.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials.

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Grace Smith

Grace Smith, 82, Almont, died March 19, 2012, at Medcenter One Hospital, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, March 24, at Almont United Lutheran Church in Almont, with Reverend Vanvechten Crane officiating. Burial was in the Almont Cemetery.

Grace was born Jan. 23, 1930, in Curlow, to Carl and Frances (Drury) Kilen. She attended school through the eighth grade. On June 20, 1947, she married Elmer Smith and they made their home in Almont.

She had been a cook for the Almont schools and retired after 40 years of dedicated service. Grace was known for her delicious meal of goulosh, jello and brownies. A wonderful cook, Grace made everything from scratch. Elmer would make all types of furniture while she did the finish work. She also enjoyed painting for other people. Grace was a member of the Almont legion auxiliary and WELCA. Elmer died in 1994 and Grace continued to live in Almont. She will be remembered as a wonderful and sweet woman and a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

Blessed to have shared her life are two daughters, Linda Just, South Heart, and Edith Madrid, Loveland, Colo.; one son, Larry (Sheila) Smith, Fargo; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Etheleen Hoovestol, New Salem, and Charlotte (Ed) Thiel, Almont; three brothers, Virgil Kilen, Thornton (Caroline) Kilen, and Tharen (Mary) Kilen, all of Mandan; and many nieces and nephews.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Terry; two sons-in-law, Gilbert Madrid and Michael Just; two brothers, Norman and Raymond; and two sisters, Mavis Voracek and Florence Nagel.

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Leone Wanner

Leone Wanner, 80, Mandan, died March 16, 2012, at Medcenter One Hospital, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Friday, March 23, at Faith Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with Reverend Rebecca Aardahl officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Leone was born May 11, 1931, in Persian Lake, to Reinhold and Anna (Fercho) Renschler. She attended school through the eighth grade. Her family lived in Sterling, south of Driscoll, and on a farm northwest of Steele. In 1950 she met Allen Wanner, and they were married on Dec. 30, 1956, in Medina, and then moved to Mandan. In 1963 they built a brick house that they were still living in. Leone worked for Cloverdale for 38 years. She was a great cook, especially German foods, and was a meticulous housekeeper. She enjoyed walking, traveling, socializing, have coffee with friends and loved to reminisce about the past. Leone had a fondness for animals, especially birds and dogs. She enjoyed going to the Elks, Eagles and American Legion. Above all, Leone will be remembered as a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Nothing pleased her more than just being near her husband, Allen. Her devotion to her only son, Mark, her pride and joy, and love for her grandchildren will not be forgotten.

Blessed to have shared her life is her husband of 55 years, Allen Wanner, Mandan; her beloved son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Valarie Wanner, Bismarck; her two grandchildren, Serena and Damon Wanner; and one sister-in-law, Suzy Renschler.

Leone was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Joany Marie; two infant brothers, Kenneth and Harold; two brothers, Raymond (Helen) and Leo; and one sister, Goldie (Emmett).

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