Mandan News

Obituaries – May 18-24, 2013

Evelyn Gruchalla

Evelyn (Alme) Gruchalla, daughter of Hans and Alice (Lettenmaier) Alme, died peacefully on May 15, 2013, at the age of 89 under exceptional care from Sanford Hospice and the nursing staff at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck.

Services were held May 20 at the Bismarck Funeral Home with burial following at the Veterans’ Cemetery in Mandan.

Evelyn (Evie) was born July 5, 1923, in Valley City. She was valedictorian of her high school class and attended one year of business school in Jamestown. After school, she followed her ambitions and ventured to the East Coast, working for a year in Washington, D.C.

Evie returned to North Dakota and married Leonard Gruchalla on Feb. 24, 1943, in Fried. Leonard and Evelyn began their life together, which would grow to include seven children, on a farm near Fried. Later, while raising their children, Evelyn managed a cafe in Cleveland, and at the same time maintained rooms for the men working on the construction of Interstate 94. Later, she became a waitress and worked at different restaurants including the Gourmet House, Holiday Inn, Kelly Inn and the Seven Seas Restaurant. Before retiring, she worked for Castle Insurance.

Evie loved to crochet, knit, bake and garden. She was often barefoot in the dirt giving special care and attention to her vegetables and flowers. Her pies, caramel rolls, pumpkin bars, Dusty’s donuts and other special treats were lovingly shared and enjoyed to the last crumb. Her blankets have warmed many cold feet and her passion for crocheting and knitting lives on in those she patiently taught.

Evie was quick-witted, endearingly honest and tough as nails. She loved her family and friends and devoted much of her time to them.

She is survived by her sons, Terry (Ramona) Gruchalla, Jamestown, and Robert (Doreen) Gruchala, Minto; four daughters, Pamela (Justin) Gartner and Debbie (Robert) Holmberg, both of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Diana (Dan) Nagel and Kathy (Dan) Wagner, both of Bismarck. She was blessed with 18 grandchildren and their spouses, Tami (Kevin), Dawn (Rod), April (Shawn), Alexander, Alyssa, Troy, Jason, Jameson (Sari), Christie (Kyle), Andrea (Blake), Aaron (Jenny), Michael (Melissa), Mark, Jeffrey (Veronica), Casey (Erin), Nathan (Sarah), Kelly (Jon), and Dustin (Chelsy); 27 great-grandchildren: Tyler, Levi, Brooke, Brynne (Brock), Jadee, Cody, Alexandra, Samantha, Tyce, Ethan, Camdyn, Mason, McKenzie, Britton, Peyton, Elias, Henley, Charlotte, Ryan, Owen, Carson, Max, Emerson, Samuel, Skylar, Teagan, Brody and another due in August; and one great-great-grandchild, Braxton. She is also survived by many beloved nephews and nieces.

Evie is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; her son, Leonard Gruchalla, Jr.; her brother, Arlo Alme; sisters, Margaret Clark, Marvel Downey and Esther Rutkowski; and her parents, Hans and Alice.

Gifts in memory of Evie can be sent to the North Dakota Veterans’ Cemetery in Mandan.

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Lorraine Leingang-Carman

Lorraine Leingang-Carman, 88, Bismarck, died May 17, 2013, at her residence.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, May 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at St. Anthony Cemetery, St. Anthony.

Lorraine Schmidt was born to George P. and Angeline (Hecker) Schmidt on Dec. 8, 1924, in Mandan, at her grandparents’, Frank and Veronica Brucker Hecker’s home. She was raised on a farm 11 miles east of Flasher. She attended Oak Coulee Elementary School and also parochial school in Fallon. She married Joseph Leingang, Jr. on Nov. 16, 1943. They raised four sons, Gerald J., Vern J., Robert R. and Melvin on a farm 11 miles northwest of St. Anthony. Joseph Leingang, Jr. died on Feb. 2, 1968. Lorraine stayed on the farm with her sons until moving to Mandan. She worked at the North Dakota State Capital until her retirement.

On Dec. 27, 1985, Lorraine married Lester W. Carman and they lived in Bismarck. Family was central to Lorraine’s life. She was outgoing and involved in all types of family activities; reunions, birthdays, baptisms, etc. in which her close attention to detail was appreciated. Lorraine enjoyed letter writing, gardening, canning, baking and dancing. Her German potato salad, cinnamon rolls and rhubarb pie were famous. Going on bus tours with Lester were also highlights in Lorraine’s life. Her strong, traditional Catholic faith was evident to everyone who knew and regularly attended mass with her.

Lorraine will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by her sons and daughters-in-law, Vernon (Dorothy) Leingang, St. Anthony, Bob R. (Lu Fleck) Leingang, Roberta Leingang Ressler (Bob), Billie Leingang (Don Zentner), all of Mandan; grandchildren, Kevin, Keith, and Kary Leingang, Rhonda Rockey, Robin Carriere, Casey Joseph, Erik and Megan Leingang, Stacey Geiger, Curt Leingang, Dustin Leingang and Lindsay Schaf; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Joyner, North Dakota, Delores (Wayne) Jorgenson, Arizona, Katheryn Kuntz, California, Bernadette (Larry) Wanner, North Carolina; brothers and sisters-in-law, Monica Schmidt, George (Clare) Schmidt, and Benedict (Joell), all of North Dakota, Sharon Schmidt, Washington, Frank (Bonnie) Schmidt, Arizona, and Patrick (Brenda) Schmidt, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Joseph Leingang, Jr. and Lester W. Carman, Oct. 31, 2009; sons, Gerald and Melvin; grandchildren, Chad, Mathew and Joseph Leingang; brothers, Edward, Richard, Bernard Schmidt; brothers-in-law, George Joyner, Henry Bender and Herman Kuntz; and sister-in-law, Gloria Schmidt.

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Terry Robinson

Terry L. Robinson, 64, Bismarck, died May 17, 2013, due to an accidental death.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, May 23, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Msgr. Brian Donahue as celebrant. Inurnment was at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post No. 707 and American Legion Post No. 40.

Terry was born to Harold Warren Robinson and Evelyn Ella (Brown) Robinson on Aug. 8, 1948, in Eau Claire, Wis. He graduated from Mandan High School in 1966. In 1970, he graduated from NDSU with a degree in psychology.

Terry served in the United States military and the North Dakota Army National Guard for over 33 years. He enlisted in the Navy in 1970 and later transferred to the Army Reserve. He was commissioned as an officer in 1973. In 1979 he transferred to the North Dakota Army National Guard where he served until Aug. 31, 2003, retiring at the rank of Colonel. He attended the United States Army War College in 1995-1996. His senior commands were commander, Engineer Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, Bismarck, and commander 164th Regimental Training Institute, Devils Lake. His highest federal award is the U.S. Army Legion of Merit. He also received from the U.S. Army Engineer Regiment the Silver Order of the de Fleury Medal. In 2009 and 2011 he was appointed the rank of Brigadier General by the governor of North Dakota to act as a “State Flood Recovery Coordinator.” His military career was one of the highlights of his life.

In the fall of 1970, Terry went to work for the N.D. REC Magazine as advertising manager. In 1981, he acquired part ownership of the Farm and Ranch Guide. Terry was instrumental in creating a much loved rural paper that had a huge focus on the livestock industry. He had a special relationship with purebred cattle breeders from North Dakota and the surrounding states. He was extremely proud of his accomplishments in the cattle industry and felt very close to each and every one of his accounts. He always said he was a very lucky man to be involved with such a wonderful rural family. His expertise in his field will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

He married Joyce (Miller), his high school sweetheart on Aug. 23, 1969, and together they began a life long journey filled with love and joy. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Cade and Kree. Over the years, Terry and Joyce became the grandparents to eight delightful grandchildren. He deeply loved his children and grandchildren.

His many hobbies included hunting, fishing and maintaining the rural yard he created. The annual Fall Grouse Fest with friends generated wonderful memories. His love of sailing and flying was a huge part of his enjoyment of life. His expertise in so many areas made him the person for family and friends to go to if they needed help. Many hearts were touched by his spirit, generosity and his love of God, family and country. He truly was one of a kind.

Terry will be deeply missed by his wife, Joyce; daughter, Kree R. (Troy) Nelson, Bismarck; son, Cade M. (April), Bismarck; sister, Patty Robinson, Bismarck; and grandchildren, Grace, Lily, Hazel and Nathan Robinson, Madalynn, Emma, Olivia and Salvador Nelson.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn Ella Brown and Harold Warren Robinson.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to N.D. Veterans Cemetery, Farm Rescue or Prairie Public TV.

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Gregory Schaefbauer

Gregory C. Schaefbauer, 39, Bismarck, died May 14, 2013, at his residence.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, May 18, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Greg was born May 11, 1974, to Clarence and Corlis (Delzer) Schaefbauer, in Mandan. He was raised and educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School in 1992. An avid outdoorsman, Greg enjoyed hiking, walking his dogs Misty Rose and Maddy, and playing Frisbee golf. Greg enjoyed watching basketball and football; his favorite teams were the Indianapolis Colts and the Miami Heat. Spending time with family, especially his nieces and nephews, was something Greg cherished. He loved the wonderful German recipes his mother prepared and often told her she was the best cook in the world. Greg loved going to rock concerts with his brother Nolan.

Greg was known for his gentle, generous way and expressed his emotions freely and openly. His spirit is at peace and he will be fondly remembered and loved.

Greg will be deeply missed by his parents, Clarence and Corlis Schaefbauer, Bismarck; brothers, Tom (Gina) and Nolan (Kim), both of Bismarck; grandparents, Lorraine Delzer, Mandan, and Lorentina Zeiszler, Beulah; and nieces and nephews, Josh, Jacob, Hannah, Madison and Evan.

Greg was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Margaret Schaefbauer, and grandfather, Emanuel Delzer.

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