Mandan News

Obituaries May 16, 2014

Christ Doll
Photo obit DollChrist J. Doll, 78, Mandan, died May 9, 2014, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 13, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Fred Harvey as celebrant and homilist and the Rev. Shane Campbell as concelebrant. Burial was at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post no. 701 and American Legion Post no. 40.

Christ was born on Oct. 7, 1935, to Nick J. and Frances (Himelspach) Doll in Glen Ullin. The family lived on the Himelspach farm. Christ attended Sacred Heart School and Glen Ullin High School until the family moved to Mandan in 1952, where he graduated from Mandan High School in 1954.

Christ was a hard worker and had various jobs after graduation, including farm hand, linoleum mechanic at Vantines Paint and Glass, and a Patrolman with the Mandan City Police Department. In April of 1953, he joined the North Dakota National Guard. In July of 1964, he became a full time administrator for his guard unit and worked as a Civil Service employee for 20 years, rising to the distinguished rank of Command Sergeant Major. He retired in 1993. Christ was very proud of his military career and honored to have served his country with great distinction.

Christ met Diane Heinert in 1956, and they were married on June 28, 1958, making their home in Mandan. Together, they worked and raised their seven children. They enjoyed camping and spending time with their families and friends along with both being active in the St. Joseph Catholic Church and the community. After his retirement, Christ and Diane enjoyed traveling to see many family and friends around the country.

Christ was an avid reader of western novels. He volunteered and was president at Mandan Golden Age Club. He enjoyed playing pinochle, bingo and dominoes. His great pride was being with his family and spending time with his grandchildren He especially enjoyed making his famous breakfasts, including fried potatoes and homemade sausage.

Some of Christ’s most cherished family memories included camping trips and teaching his children to enjoy fishing. He was a fascinating conversationalist with a delightful, contagious sense of humor. Christ could strike up a conversation with anyone and immediately make them feel at ease. He will be remembered by so many whose lives he touched with his gentle warmth and kindness.

Christ will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Diane; daughters, Denise (Kevin) Tietz, Troy, MIich., Laurie (Jody) Leingang, Mandan, Tammie (Todd) Zarfos, Kent, Wash., Carrie (Bob) Koch, Beulah, and Sandie (Ryan) Nelson, Lancaster, Minn.; sons, Barry (Debbie), Port Orchard, Wash.. and Monty (LaRae), West Des Moines, Iowa; Grandchildren, Jerad (Masha), Christopher (Jennifer), Shawna (Chris), Shane, Joshua, Nicole, Kayla (Andrew), Ryan, Kortney, Brett, Faith, Elizabeth, Christian, Joseph, Nicolas, Alyssa, Noah, Maty, Breezie, Tucker, Hannah, and Willie; great-grandchildren; Keira, Sarah, Everett, Eli, and Eliana; brother, Clarence (Gloria), Mandan and brother-in-law, Robert Brown, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Christ was preceded in death by his parents, sister Lorraine Brown, granddaughter Sarah Leingang and nephew Robert Brown Jr.

Memorials may be directed to N.D. Veterans Cemetery, Mandan Golden Age Club and St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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John Schwindt
photo Schwindt obitJohn Anthony Schwindt, 64, Mandan, went home to be with his heavenly Father Sunday, May 4, 2014.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, at Century Baptist Church, Bismarck, with the Rev. Gordon Stork officiating. Burial will be at the Riverview Cemetery, Washburn, following the service.

Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with a Celebration of Life service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

John was born on Jan. 13, 1950, the youngest of eight children, born to John V. and Barbara (Kary) Schwindt in Dickinson. He was raised and educated in the Dickinson area, graduating from Trinity High School in 1968, and then attending North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. He graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electronics. He had a 40 year career with the Xerox Corporation as a Service Engineer. He served six years in the North Dakota National Guard.

John always had a contagious smile for family and friends. They knew he had a genuine love and affection for them. John was a gifted musician. He played in high school rock bands, country rock bands, and various other groups including worship teams where he attended church. But playing music with his brother, Ted, was always a favorite and special time. John made many good friends through his music. John enjoyed carpentry and was also a jack-of-all-trades. He was able to fix just about anything that was broken. It was not uncommon for friends and family to ask him to fix something which he enjoyed doing.

John will be deeply missed by the loves of his life, his wife of 35 years, Linda Lou (Grueneich) Schwindt; his daughter, LeAnn (Keith) Bulicz, Aspen, Colo.; son, Jason (Sherry) Schwindt and grandson, Alexander Jon Michael, Crookston, Minn.

John was a loving and caring husband and father.

Also surviving is good friend, Lynn Dietz, mother of LeAnn and Jason; brother, Ted (Maria) Schwindt, Woodland, Wash.; sisters, Florentine (Russell Means) Mitz, Albany, Ore., Caroline Thompson, Spokane, Wash., Lenora Stanger, Luella (Nick) Hendricks and Lucille Lamprecht all from Dickinson; brother-in-law, Phillip M. Walker, Lake Wales, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Virginia (Mike) Kinnaman, Lawrence Schwindt, Sandra (Rod) Cottrell, Becky (David) Seid, Shirleen Metz, Lynette (Robert) Mattson, Dana (Dave) Roth, Michael Dukart, LaVonne (Kevin) Wojahn, Alvin (Chela) Galster, LaDonna (Jeff) McMahen, Allan Galster, Arlon (Lisa) Galster, Rodney (Peggy) Hindricks, Carla (Jim) Hlebechuk, Brenda (Pat) Schmitz, Russell (Lisa) Hendricks, Frances (Zane) Zuther, Steven (Lori) Walker, Linda Huffman, Pamela (Steve) Winter, Phillip J. Walker, Jeffrey Lamprecht and Jacqueline (Michael) Jezierski along with numerous grand nieces and nephews.

John was reunited with his parents; infant brother, Lawrence; sister, Patricia Walker; brothers-in-law, Steve J. Metz, Chuck Thompson, Everett Stanger and Philip Lamprecht and niece, Marlene Metz.

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Genevieve Eckroth
photo-Eckroth ObitGenevieve Eckroth, 89, Mandan, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 10, 2014, with her family by her side, at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Flasher.

Genevieve “Genny” Hopfauf Eckroth was born to Stanislaus and Amelia (Leingang) Hopfauf on Dec. 12, 1924, in Fallon. She married Peter G. Eckroth on Nov. 10, 1943. Together they raised their eight children on Pete’s family homestead north of Fallon, where they farmed and raised Hereford cattle.

Genny was always an active member of her community and was a strong member of the Catholic Church. She was a member of the Catholic Christian Mothers for more than 35 years. In her younger years she participated with her husband in the American and North Dakota Hereford Association’s, the North Dakota Cowbells (Stockman’s) Association and 4-H Club with her children. She moved to Flasher after the passing of her husband, where she began working for the Post Office and cooked for Meyers Café and Flasher Public School cafeteria. She stayed active in women’s bowling leagues and enjoyed bowling for many years of her life.

In 1998 Genny moved to Mandan. She became a familiar face at the Mandan Golden Age Senior Center where she volunteered much of her time and eventually resided. She also volunteered her time at Aid Inc. Thrift Shop in Mandan for many years. When she was not volunteering, Genny enjoyed crafting, sewing, gardening, visiting and playing Bunco or cards with her many friends.

Cooking was Genny’s passion. She was and excellent baker and cook. She enjoyed preparing large meals and baking for her friends and family as well as planning holidays and other gatherings that gave her the opportunity to be surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It was Genny’s proud honor to be the oldest living generation of a five-generation family.

Genny will be deeply missed by her daughters, Diane (Raymond) Berger, Mandan, Doris (Donald) Schmidt, Mandan and Danielle Eckroth, Glendale, Ariz.; sons, Roger, Fredericks, Colo., Robert (Paulette) Bullinger, Bismarck, Dennis (Pamela), Rapid City, S.D., Wayne (Carolyn), Flasher and Bill (Jessica), Mandan; 21 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Rose (George) Bohl, Francis (Xavier) Bohl, Clementine (Gene) Volk and Agnes (Raymond) Eckroth and brother, Florian Hopfauf.

Genny was preceded in death by her parents, Stanislaus and Amelia Hopfauf; husband, Peter Eckroth; son, Michael; sisters, Magdalina (Jacob) Hellman, Katherine (Joe) Erhardt, Mary Hopfauf, Eva (Adam) Bernhardt, Perpetua (Anton) Bullinger and Loretta Hopfauf; brothers, Anton (Frances), Ralph (Kathryn), Leo (Josephine) and Adam. Also preceding her is daughters-in-law, Cindy (Barth) Bullinger and Dianne (Overlander) Eckroth and grandchildren, Leslie Ann and Justin Eckroth.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Capital Campaign Fund.

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