Mandan News

Obituaries – March 3-9, 2012

Lorraine Chyles

Lorraine Majorie Chyles, 90 years old, passed away Feb. 27, 2012. She was born April 30, 1921, in Miles City, Mont., to Harriet (Suverly) and Wesley Lee. She first lived south of Mandan on farms and attended country schools in Solen and Fort Yates. Lorraine married Richard Chyles on May 16, 1959, in Mandan.

Services were held on Friday, March 2, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Ryan Wolfe.

Lorraine was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister angel. She had great faith in God. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and always was a most gracious hostess to company. She was first married to Orville Corey with whom she had two sons, Daniel and Robert. Lorraine and Orville owned and operated Corey’s Photography Studio in Mandan and Tempe, Ariz. Orville died in 1949 and later, Robert. In 1958 Lorraine’s artistic ability furthered into working at two additional photography studios; Nagele Studio in Bismarck and Mohr’s Studio in Mandan, as well as hand coloring portraits at home before the days of colored film.

She was an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Mandan. Richard and Lorraine made their home in Mandan until moving into Edgewood Vista Senior Living Center in Bismarck in May 2011. They celebrated their 50-year wedding anniversary in 2009.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Chyles; son, Daniel Corey of Rapid City, S.D.; grandchildren Terry Corey of Huron, S.D., Alan Corey of Des Moines, Iowa, and Faith (Jim) Godfrey of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sister, Judy (Paul) Stein of Minot; nine great-grandchildren; niece, Connie (Larry) Rime of Emmet; nephew, Bruce (Lyn) Pederson of Kihei, Hawaii; and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lorraine can now joyfully reunite with her loved ones that have passed before her – her parents; son, Robert; sister, Lenora Pederson; brothers, Harold Schulz and Donald Schulz; and grandson, Bradley Corey.

Although appreciated, flowers wilt away. Instead, condolences and-or monetary contributions in Lorraine’s memory will be most cherished to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 904 Eighth Avenue SE, Mandan, ND 58554.

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Leonard Helfrich

Leonard D. Helfrich, 82, Mandan, died March 2, 2012, at Medcenter One Hospital, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, March 5, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Reverend Charles Heidt celebrating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Leonard was born Sept. 21, 1929, in Mandan, to Joseph and Margaret (Haider) Helfrich. He grew up on the family farm south of St. Anthony, where he also attended school. Leonard began his music career at the age of 14, playing the accordion and piano. He was a self-taught musician who loved to entertain with over 165 songs, playing at local barn dances, weddings and night clubs.

On Oct. 21, 1953, Leonard married Vivian Schultz at St. Martin’s Church in Huff. They raised their family in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Leonard left the farm and began a career as a General Contractor and worked for various construction companies. He was also a talented craftsman and finish carpenter. Later, due to health reasons, he left the construction industry and volunteered, and was later employed, at Heartview Foundation. He also operated a sharpening business in Mandan. Leonard lost his wife of 57 years to Parkinson’s disease on Feb. 22, 2010.

Leonard is survived by seven children, David (Reyne) Helfrich, Daniel (Carmella) Helfrich, Paulette Mertz, Kenneth Helfrich, Patrick Helfrich, Lynette Spiedel, and Noelle (Richard) Eback; 10 grandchildren, Tyler, Travis, Matthew, Kylee, Vanessa, Tara, Skylar, Grayson, Delano, and Shyla; and one sister, Margaret “Patsy” (Wilfred) Rebenitsch.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife.

The family prefers memorials to St. Vincent’s Care Center, Bismarck.

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Margaret Leingang

Margaret Leingang, 86, Mandan, was called home to heaven on Feb. 24, 2012, at the Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Charlie Heidt as celebrant. Burial will be at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Margaret was born Aug. 13, 1925, to Christ Wetzstein and Elizabeth (Barth) Wetzstein in Solen. She was the sixth of 16 children. She was raised in Solen and attended Mandan High School and married Lucas Leingang on June 19, 1945, in St. Anthony. They made their home in Mandan and raised 11 children. Margaret also did babysitting for other children and worked at the Mandan Junior High for 13 years. Luke died in 1995.

Margaret was an excellent cook and homemaker. You could always count on her to make your favorite food when you came to visit. She made the best cream chicken and cheese buttons. Her Easter bread was always a treat. Spending time with her children and grandchildren was what brought her the most joy in her life. Margaret had a very strong faith, which carried her throughout her life.

Margaret is survived by 10 children, Dennis (Wanda), Loveland, Colo., Bill (Barb), Kalispell, Mont., Bob (Gail), Palm Harbor, Fla., Pat (Samantha), Arvada, Colo., Harry (Sally), Becky (Dan) Markel, Ted (Christie), all of Mandan, Mike (Sue), Kevin, Kim (Bruce) Walth, Bismarck; son-in-law, Norman Fisher, Pettibone;  18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Maggie Hermanson, Firecrest, Calif., Rose Braun, Shoreline, Wash., Ann Polensky, Dickinson, Kathleen Nicholson, Mission Viejo, Calif.; one brother, Ralph (Rita) Wetzstein, Bismarck; sisters-in-law, Jean Wetzstein, Seattle, Wash., Karen Wetzstein, Denver, Colo., Francis Doll, Billings, Mont.; and brother-in-law, Wilbur Mildenberger, Bismarck.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lucas; daughter, Mary; sisters, Jean (Hawley) Leder, Amy (Clem) Ferderer, Scholastica Mildenberger, Minnie (Louie) Schmidt; and brothers, Michael, George (Ida), Vincent(Delores), John, Peter, and Paul.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the St. Joseph Church are preferred.

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Louise Sackman

Louise Sackman, 88, went to meet her Savior Feb. 29, 2012, at St. Alexius Medical Center Bismarck, surrounded by her family.

Services were held on Monday, March 5, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Lee Herberg officiating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Louise Sackman was born on Jan. 13, 1924, in New Leipzig, to Gottlieb Nicklaus and Mathilda (Schultz). She was raised and educated in New Leipzig. On April 24, 1943, she married Jacob Sackman in Grant County. Together they farmed near New Leipzig and moved to Mandan in the 1950s, where they enjoyed their life together until Jake’s death in 1983.

Louise’s love for gardening was evident in her beautiful flowers and vegetables. She was a very social person who loved playing pinochle and rummy. She had a loving heart for her grandchildren and being with family meant everything to her.

Louise will be greatly missed by her daughters and son, Shirley (Larry) Geiger, James (Charolette), Sackman both of Mandan, Debbie (Bob) Nelson, Hastings, Minn., and Jackie (Wayne) Haugen, Mandan; grandchildren, Shelley and Sherry Geiger, Sheldon (Tanya) Geiger, Wendy (Gene) Zander, Jason (DeAn) Sackman, Chad (Melissa) Nelson, Brandon Nelson, Jared and Jacob Kopp and Amanda and Tanya Haugen; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Irene Eggers, Arlene Arndt, both of Bismarck, Violet (Neil) Monson and Delores (Leo) Schneider, both of Fargo, and Marlene (Willard) Frovarp, Park River; brothers, Raymond (Jeanette) Nicklaus, Mont., and Wilmer Nicklaus, Fargo; and special friends, Gloria Ebel and Leora Huddelson, Mandan.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jake; sister, Ann Maul; and brothers, Ervin, Albert, and Nicky Nicklaus.

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Camillus Schafer

Camillus “Cal” Schafer, 75, Mandan, died March 1, 2012, at Medcenter One Hospital in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, March 6, at Christ the King Church, Mandan, with Rev. Edwin Wehner as celebrant. Burial followed at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery, with military honors provided by the VFW Post No. 707 and American Legion Post No. 40.

Cal was born on Nov. 27, 1936, to Mike and Irene (Wingenbach) Schafer in Bison, S.D. He was raised and educated in Flasher. Cal enlisted in the Navy in 1956. He married JoAnn Dirk on Oct. 3, 1960, at St. Gertrude’s Church in Raleigh, during a two-year break from military service. He enlisted again to serve until 1973, serving during the Vietnam War, totaling 16 years of military service. Cal’s government career then continued with General Services Administration for a total of 37 years of service.

Cal enjoyed a simple life spending time with family and friends on holidays and small family gatherings. His hobbies were woodworking, fishing and hunting deer, camping, sitting around the campfire, and anything that had to do with being out in nature. Cal really enjoyed watching John Wayne movies while eating his favorite snacks popcorn, ice cream or any dessert topped with cool whip. He made the best sausage and everyone enjoying making an event of it to help. He loved canning a wide variety of things from salsa, to pickles to sauerkraut.

Cal will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 51 wonderful years, JoAnn; daughter, Gail (Arlo) Orso, Mandan; sons, Glen (Cheryl), Grand Forks, Craig, Largo, Fla., and Jeff (Susan) Bismarck; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Eleanor (Christ) Schaff, Mandan, Leona (Richard) Beckerdite, Mandan, Phyllis (Robert) Schuh, Sun City, Ariz., Edna Keller, Linton, and Cecilia Schafer, Indianapolis, Ind.; sister-in-law, Peggy Schafer, Mandan; brothers, Samuel (Ruby) Hazen, and Norbert “Mike” (Robyn) Bismarck.

Cal was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Delores Ternes; brother, Alfred Schafer; and brother-in-law, Elmer Keller.

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Newell Tergeson

Newell Tergeson, 90, Mandan, died March 3, 2012, at the Baptist Home, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 6, at the Baptist Home, Bismarck, with Reverend Clyde Zimbelman officiating. Burial was at Napoleon.

Newell was born April 17, 1921, in Burnstad, to Edwin and Johanna (Olson) Tergeson. Raised and educated in Logan County, Newell had an early appreciation for farm life, hard work and animals. On Feb. 8, 1945, he married Caroline Zimmerman in Napoleon. In 1964 they moved to Mandan, farming west of town. He was a diversified farmer and enjoyed raising and caring for animals, especially pigs. Newell married Kathryn Watson in 1978. He retired from farming in 1988. Newell loved spending time with his family, playing whist and teaching his grandchildren card games. A kind and patient man, Newell will forever be remembered and loved.

Blessed to have shared his life are his children, LaVonne (Larry) Graf, Mandan, Susan (Pat) Goddard, Highland, Ind., Tim (Donna) Tergeson, Mandan, Nancy (Fred) Petrasek, Rapid City, S.D., and Kathy (Mike) Gwinn, Sevierville, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Norman (Ada) Tergeson, Walla Walla, Wash.; and sister in law, Arlene Tergeson, Bismarck.

Newell was preceded in death by his parents; both of his wives; a daughter; a granddaughter; a son-in-law; five brothers; and three sisters.

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