Mandan News

Obituaries – March 9-15, 2013

Kenneth Kaelberer

Kenneth Frederick Kaelberer, 85, New Salem, died peacefully with family members by his side on March 10, 2013, at Elm Crest Manor, New Salem.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 13, at Salem United Church of Christ, New Salem, with Pastor Ron Hildahl officiating. Burial was at Bethel Cemetery, south of New Salem.

Kenneth was born Sept. 25, 1927, the son of Fritz and Wilma (Meier) Kaelberer. He attended New Salem Country and Public Schools. On Oct. 24, 1952, he married Glenda Norton in New Salem and was the fourth generation farmer on the Otto Meier farm 3 miles south of New Salem. Farming and a love of the land were Kenneth’s passions. He and his brother, Delbert, took over the operations of the Kaelberer Coal Mine, south of New Salem. Kenneth’s love of mining and earth moving was passed on to him from his father who worked closely with them in the coal mine. In 1971, Kenneth owned and operated Ken-Del Construction with Delbert. Together they would strive to maintain soil conservation efforts and landscaping projects in the area.

Kenny was a community-minded man with a great deal of integrity. He would never miss an opportunity for a handshake. He was a lifelong member of Bethel United Church of Christ and when it closed, he became a member of the Salem United Church of Christ. While at Bethel, he served on the Consistory Board as president and treasurer, as well as singing in the church choir. Kenny had many community service accomplishments, including serving on the Credit Union Board of Directors and the Credit Committee for a total of 21 years, Board of Directors for Farmers Union Oil for 21 years including the Morton Oliver Transport Board of Directors. He was also a member of the New Salem Weigh Station, Land Improvement Contractors Association, and the North Dakota Centennial Tree Farmer Program for many years.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 60 years, Glenda Kaelberer, New Salem; son, Claye (Michelle) Kaelberer, New Salem; daughter, Merry Hoff, Hopkinsville, Ky.; seven grandchildren, DeEll (Russ) Jordre, Dustin (Jenna) Hoff, Delton Hoff, Danelle Hoff, Lindsey (Austin) John, Brittany (David) Rau, and Conner Kaelberer; one great-grandchild, Riley John; sisters-in-law, Marlene Bethke and Irene Kaelberer; brother-in-law, Myron (Mabel) Norton; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Delbert; brother-in-law, Roger Bethke; and niece, Kim (Bethke) Bittermann.

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Frances Miller

Frances Miller, 95, Mandan, died March 2, 2013, at Sanford Sunset Drive Care Center in Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, March 7, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Carson Community Cemetery Carson.

Frances (Tischmak) Miller was born March 23, 1917, at Shields, the daughter of Emanual and Margaret (Harsche) Tischmak. Frances married Emil Miller on Nov. 20, 1934, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Shields. To this union nine children were born. They raised their family on a farm south of Carson, where they resided until June of 1959, when they moved into Carson. Frances was employed by Krause’s Super Valu Store for some time, and then was employed as an assistant cook at Carson School. She remained in this position for 15 years, baking and cooking for teachers and students, which she enjoyed. In the summer of 2003 Frances moved to Mandan and resided at Liberty Heights. During her time in Mandan, Frances made many special friends and enjoyed spending time with them. She loved her time at the Golden Age Center and Liberty Heights. While living in Carson, Frances was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church; after moving to Mandan, she was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. In her younger years Frances really loved to go fishing. Frances enjoyed cooking, playing cards with family, relatives and friends or just visiting with anyone that had a few minutes to spare.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, James (Donna) Miller, Mandan, Norman (Mayvonne) Miller, Carson, Marge (Lyle) Hartman, Mandan, Marie (Ron) Bieber, Pierre, S.D., Ted (Sharon) Miller, Mandan, Elaine Miller, Mandan, and Ronald Miller, Ft. Peck, Mont.; 34 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Pete Tischmak, Redmond, Ore., Fedilis (Tillie) Tischmak, Mandan; sisters, Grace Tate, Redmond, Emily (Neal) Rosenbaum, Prineville, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Emil in 1997; sons, Richard in 2008, and Roger in 1961; brother, Mike; and sisters, Susie Blotsky, Julia Becker and Lydia Jochim.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Carson.

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Gary Weiler

Gary J. Weiler, 58, Mandan, died March 10, 2013, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 14, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Ryan Wolfe officiating. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Gary J. Weiler was born in Dickinson on Jan. 11, 1955, to Louie Weiler and Barbara (Olheiser). He was raised and educated in Dickinson graduating in 1973 from Dickinson High School. He worked as a welder for Melroe & Welk Steel and later for Falkirk Mining as the maintenance planner for the past 30 years. Gary married Kathie (Bentz) Aug. 7, 1976, in Elgin. Together they raised three sons.

Gary was a member of the Elks club and Redeemer Lutheran Church of Mandan.

Gary had many hobbies including fishing, camping, hunting, traveling and spending time with family and friends. His great pride was being with his family and granddaughters. He loved spending time with his loving wife, and best friend, Kathie. Gary enjoyed family get-togethers, especially the holiday seasons, being his favorite. He loved to travel with special memories going to California, Mexico with the family and fishing and boating at Lake Tschida. He loved campouts and enjoyed cooking for the family. His legacy of love, laughter, and charity is carried in the hearts and lives of all who worked and loved Gary.

Left with wonderful memories of him and an example of a life well lived, are his wife, Kathie (Bentz) Weiler, Mandan; sons, Randy, Bismarck, Jesse (Jessica), Dickinson, Brian, Mandan; granddaughters, Emily and Addison; mother, Barbara, Dickinson; brothers, David (Angel), Dickinson, Duane (Nelda), Mandan, Marvin (Meri), Enderlin; sisters, Joann (Jerry) Faulhaber, Dickinson, Sharon (Robert) Privratsky, New Hradec, Marlene (Leon) Kuntz, Sheffield; brother-in-law, Floyd (Tricia) Bentz, Bismarck, Duane (Wanda B.) Bentz, Bismarck; sister-in-law, Jane (Steven) Bay, Carson; mother-in-law, Evelyn Bentz, Carson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Louie Weiler; brother, Terry Weiler; infant son, Ryan Weiler; and father-in-law, Erhardt Bentz.

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