Mandan News

Obituaries – May 19-25, 2012

James Cody

James Bernard Cody, 82, died May 13, 2012, at his home in Mandan with his family near.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, May 17, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery, south of Mandan, with military honors provided by the VFW Post No. 707 and American Legion Post No. 40.

Jim was born on Nov. 19, 1929, to Charles T. and Eva (Wetzstein) Cody. In his final days Jim said he had been lucky his whole life. Perhaps the first indication of that luck was being born with beautiful red hair and good looks.

He was proud to hail from the Dogtown (Hundstadt) neighborhood in southeast Mandan. Jim attended St. Joseph’s Parochial school through the eighth grade, and graduated from Mandan High School in 1948. He held several jobs during his school years including working at the Wetzstein ranch and ushering at the Mandan Theater, where he enjoyed irking cozy couples by shining a flashlight on them and telling them to “break it up.”

In the fall of 1948 Jim started college at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn., where he majored in English. When the Korean Conflict started, two years later Jim decided to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. He entered as an enlisted man, but became a first lieutenant before leaving the Marines in 1955. Jim’s service years took him many places including Japan, Europe and Libya. The Marine Corps played a part in forming his broad world view.

In 1955 Jim returned to his hometown and got a job at the new Mandan Standard Oil refinery. Luck came into play again when Jim met Miss Geraldine Muggli, a nursing student, at a friend’s party. With some persistence Jim finally managed to get a date with her. Jim and Geri were married on Aug. 4, 1956, in Beach. They made their home in Mandan, where they raised six children and Jim continued to work at the refinery as a power house operator and later as a shift supervisor. Jim was an active member of the community and maintained memberships in the Elks, Legion and KC clubs. He retired from Amoco Refinery in 1987.

After retirement Jim got involved in the refinery retiree service organization. Through them he became a volunteer for DRIS (Dakota Radio Information Services), where he read the newspaper over the radio for people who are unable to read the paper.

Jim was best known for his natty fashion sense, wit and good storytelling ability, which he instilled in his children by using, “Get any goods laughs at school today?” as a supper-time conversation starter. Although his humor was probably the first thing one noticed about Jim, his great integrity and faith soon became evident as they were at the heart of everything that he said and did.

Jim loved and enjoyed relationships with his family and friends. Jim and Geri were lucky to have many years of travel together. They loved to visit their kids and spent many winters on California’s Central Coast. An especially fond memory was a trip to England and Ireland, where Jim got to see a bit of his ancestry. He fully utilized his subscription to Consumers Reports, and liked to follow current events and keep track of the stock market. He and Geri quit whatever they were doing when it was time to watch “Jeopardy.” Jim loved new cars and one of his final missions was to research and purchase a new car for Geri before he died.

Jim will be greatly missed by his wife, Geri Cody, Mandan; children, Joan (Doug) Stovall, Eagan, Minn., Mike, Grover Beach, Calif., Tom (Kim) Appleton, Wis., Chuck (Sandy), Columbus, Ohio, Cara (John) Braun, Wyndmere, and Patty (Mike Skogen) Cody, Moorhead, Minn. He also leaves seven grandchildren, Liz (Matt) Kinsler, Isabella Cody, Carly Cody, Christopher Stovall, Jack Cody, Ingrid Skogen and Anne Braun; as well as three step-granddaughters, Rachelle, Caitlin and Jenna Braun.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Vangy Smeland and Pat (Ken) Zeller.

The family respectfully requests that memorials be sent to the God’s Child Project or another charity of your choice.

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Dorothy Dahl

Dorothy Y. Dahl, 90, Mandan, died May 14, 2012, in a Hazen hospital. Services were held at Bismarck Funeral Home on Monday, May 21, with Rev. Kathleen Dettman officiating. Burial was in the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Dorothy was born in Judson, to Hugo C. and Agnes (Ims) Dettmann, on Dec. 3, 1921. She was raised in Judson and graduated from Judson High School in 1939. Dorothy graduated from Moorhead State University and then taught in Southern Minnesota. She came to Mandan in 1945 to teach in at the State Industrial School.

She married Merlin P. Dahl on Nov. 28, 1947. They lived at the Industrial School until June 1948, when they moved to Grand Rapids, Minn. In 1950, when Merlin was recalled by the Air Force, they lived in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., until the fall of 1951, when they returned to Mandan.

Dorothy was a homemaker and a stay at home mom. She was active in her church as a Sunday and Bible School Teacher and on the Board of Education. She was also a Cub Scout Den mother for three years.

Dorothy graduated from Mary College and returned to teaching after their son started school. She taught first at Christ the King and then in the Mandan Public Schools. She retired in 1985 after teaching for 17 years at Lewis and Clark Elementary School. After her retirement, she served on the Mandan Public School Board for six years. This also included service on the Community Center Board.

Dorothy liked to fish, travel, do crossword puzzles, playing pinochle and was an avid reader. She most enjoyed all the time she spent with the special joys of her life, her grandchildren. She had and extensive collection of India brassware, angels and antique pickle forks.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, life member of M.E.A., N.D.E.A., N.E.A., and a member of the Mandan Legion Auxiliary, Bismarck Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and the State and local Retired Teachers’ Associations.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Merlin “Butch” (Carolyn), Beulah; grandchildren, Ben Dahl, Minot, Cassie (Brandon) Kisse, Kindred; sister, Lois Wetsch, Killdeer; sister-in-law, Tillie Dettmann, Beulah; and five nieces and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin, in 1998; her parents; sister, Althea Seifert; brother, Doug; and brother-in-laws, Joe Wetsch and Quentin Seifert.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Mandan Union Cemetery, Sakakawea Medical Center Hospice, or First Lutheran Church, Mandan.

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Kylee Elovitz

Kylee Ann (Heid) Elovitz, 36, Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of New Salem, passed away on May 10, 2012, in Phoenix. She was out on her daily run while pushing her son in his stroller when she suddenly collapsed, and efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.

A Mass celebrating Kylee’s life was held on Wednesday, May 16, at St. Pius V Catholic Church, New Salem, with Reverend Amalraj Roche celebrating. Burial was at St. Pius Catholic Cemetery following the service.

Kylee was born Aug. 25, 1975, in Bismarck, to Ron and Sandy (Sturn) Heid. She graduated as an honor student from New Salem High School in 1994. Kylee was active in cheerleading, track and basketball. She attended North Dakota State University and Mary College, graduating with a degree in occupational therapy in 1999. In 2000 Kylee moved to Arizona, where she worked for several school districts before starting her own occupational therapy company. One of Kylee’s passions was running, and she competed in several marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2008. Her greatest pride was being a mother, and she was an active member of the Ahwatukee Mom’s Club.

Jonathan Elovitz proposed to Kylee in the flower fields of Carlsbad, Calif., and they were married in Carlsbad on Sept. 6, 2009. They lived in Phoenix, where their son, Dylan, was born on Dec. 2, 2010. Kylee was a devoted wife and mother, a loving daughter, an admired auntie and a cherished sister. She was adored by family and friends and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Blessed to have shared her life is her husband, Jonathan, and son, Dylan, Phoenix, Ariz.; her parents, Ron and Sandy Heid, New Salem; sister, Heather (Tim) Nelsen, Bemidji, Minn.; brother, Dan (Lane) Heid, Dickinson; nieces, Lindsey and Taylor Nelsen; grandmother, Margaret Sturn, New Salem; her father and mother-in-law, Michael and Judi Elovitz; brothers-in-law, David (Jenn) and their children, Jessie and Ben; Adam (Dawn) and their children, Zac and Sydney; sister-in-law, Anna (Josh) and their children, Jayden, Chloe, and Jordan, all of California; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and countless friends.

Kylee was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Elsie Heid and George Sturn; and uncles, Oliver Fuchs, Wilbert Heid, and Ben Kottsick.

The Kylee (Heid) Elovitz Memorial Fund, benefiting the Sacaton School District, has been set up in honor of Kylee and her passion for the students of the Sacaton School District.

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Eva Schwartz

Eva Schwartz, 91, Bismarck, died May 16, 2012, at the Baptist Home in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, May 19, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Eva was born on Jan. 15, 1921, to Lorenz and Elizabeth (Voller) Lipp in Linton. As a young girl she came to Solen with her parents and her 11 siblings. She was raised and educated in Solen. She married Jacob Schwartz on Nov. 26, 1940, in Solen. She and Jacob lived in Reno, Nev., where he was stationed while he was in the U.S. Army. After completing his military time, they then returned to live in Bismarck. She worked at various jobs; her first was with Montgomery Wards in the catalog department, then as a nurse’s aide at the Bismarck hospital, a waitress for the Bismarck Municipal Country Club, and for many years s a seamstress, doing alterations for Deluxe Cleaners, from which she retired. She gave 45 years of her time as a member of the Eagles Auxiliary, of which she was later a lifetime member. When her husband Jacob died in 1988, she lived with her daughter, and then in 1999 moved to Liberty Heights in Mandan.

Eva was socially active, loved playing cards, whether it was a game of whist, pinochle or cribbage. Her talent as a seamstress continued in crocheting afghans. She loved traveling, going to Big Sky, Mont., the west coast visiting family, Branson, Mo., and Hawaii. For Eva all of these activities were important, but most of all her family was central in her life. She celebrated family events, which she lovingly did with pride.

Eva will be deeply missed by daughters, Karen (Les) Baumgartner, and Kay (Bruce Vetter) Schwartz, Bismarck, and Kathy (Doug) Simpfenderfer, Big Sky; sons, Ken (Ginny), Bismarck, and Kirk, Beulah; along with 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jacob, who died on March 28, 1988; brothers, Jake, Adam, Joe, William, Pius and Lawrence; and sisters, Mary Glass and Magdalena Friesz, Agnes Leingang, Elizabeth Friesz and Regina Braxmeyer.

Memorials may be directed to St. Josephs Capital Campaign Fund.

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