Mandan News

Obituaries May 23, 2014

Todd Bornemann
Todd Bornemann_editedTodd Bornemann, 51, Center, died May 15, 2014, at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

Services were held on May 19, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hannover, with the Rev. Russ Fitch officiating. Burial was at the Hannover Cemetery.

Todd was born on Aug. 9, 1962, to Dale and Lois (Hintz) Bornemann in Bismarck. He was raised and educated in the Center and Hannover areas, graduating from Center High School in 1980. Todd went on to Wahpeton State School of Science. He was owner/operator and partner with Rick Henke of Center Machine. He married Stacey Pfleger in 1988, in New Salem.

Todd was an avid motorcyclist and liked to ride with his friends. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed holidays and family events, but Todd’s greatest love was spending time with his son, Tylyn. Todd was always willing to take time to help other people if needed. Todd was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hannover and was also a member of the Advisory Board at Sitting Bull College.

Todd will be deeply missed by his son, Tylyn, Center; parents, Dale and Lois; sisters, Lisa (Glenn) Gerving, Glen Ullin, Lora (Bryant) Voegele, Glen Ullin, Cindy (Dale) Berg, Hannover, and Cindy (Rick) Aaser, Hannover, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Todd was preceded in death by his brother, Clay, and his grandparents Christian and Hattie Bornemann and Otto and Mabel Hintz.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to Square Butte Pheasants Forever, 4425 Hannover Road, Hannover, ND, 58563 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Daniel Eckroth
photo eckroth obitDaniel Eckroth, 82, Mandan, died May 15, 2014, at his residence in Mandan.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 20, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Dan was born on Aug. 12, 1931, to Andrew and Anna (Hoffman) Eckroth in Morton County. He was born and raised on the family farm. He married Irene Leingang on Oct. 24, 1950, in St. Anthony. Irene passed away on Dec. 8, 2010.

Dan was a hard worker and was a “jack-of-all-trades.” He was a farmer/rancher, taxi driver and worked 20 years for North Dakota Concrete. But the job he enjoyed the most was being the custodian for St. Joseph Catholic Church, which he did for 19 years.

His family was the most important thing in his life and he loved to spend time with them. He enjoyed his “Hardees” coffee group and would go every day. Dan was a fourth Degree Knight and was very active in the Knights of Columbus, serving on the Board of Directors. Dan was very proud of going back to school and getting his GED from Mandan High School. He also was a lover of chocolate, any kind of chocolate. One of Dan’s favorite things was when he and Irene would travel to see family.

Daniel will be deeply missed by daughters, Virginia (David) Austin, Mandan, and Lydia (Larry) Friesz, St. Cloud, Minn.; sons, Rick (Kathy) Eckroth, Ronald (Annette) Eckroth, both of Mandan, and Daniel, Jr. (Jean) Eckroth, Farmington, Minn.; grandchildren, Jared (Brandy) Eckroth, Carrie (Ken) Michlitsch, Tonya Eckroth (Nathaniel Bishop), Jesse (Trisha) Eckroth, Jeremy (Kimberly) Eckroth, Jamison (Kristin) Eckroth, Scott (Amy) Austin, Steven (Katherine) Austin, Adrian (Tiffany) Austin, Jason (Dione) Friesz, Joshua (Stephanie) Friesz, and Dana Eckroth; great grandchildren, Samantha Irene, Landyn, Hanna, Zachary, Alexis, Ashton, Gus, Abbygayle, McKenzie, Colton, Caden, Alyssa, Emily, Ashley Irene, Aubrey, Keira, Victoria, Brenna, Dylan, Haley, Kaden, Jazmyn, Nevin, Mitchell, Benjamin and Sabrina; sisters, Frances Bender, Bismarck, Clementine (Mark) Stein, Bismarck and Lucille Bosch, Bismarck; brothers, Paul Eckroth, Las Vegas, Nev. and Jack (Louise) Eckroth, Mandan.

Daniel was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Irene; his parents, great-grandson, Nathaniel Daniel; sisters, Betty Bender, Barbara Bender, Bertha Dieter, Katherine Helfrich and; brothers, Joe, Phillip and Tim Eckroth.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to St. Joseph’s Capital Campaign Fund.

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Mark Koch
photo Koch obit
Mark Koch, 39, Mandan, passed away May 13, 2014, at Sanford Health in Bismarck.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Christopher Kadrmas as celebrant. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 16, from 2-8 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home, with a Rosary/Parish Vigil at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Mark was born on Nov. 12, 1974, to Robert and Betty (Bentz) Koch in Bismarck. He was raised and educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School. He worked for Tesoro Oil Company, Seven Seas, Oasis Truck Stop and did beautiful woodworking around the area.

Mark was a big man with a big heart, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his nephew Tyler. He had a strong passion for comic books and Star Wars. Mark enjoyed old black and white horror films and rock and roll music. He also loved animals. He enjoyed good food especially a good steak. Holidays, especially Christmas and the Fourth of July, were special times for him.

Mark will be deeply missed by his mother, Betty; sisters, Christine Koch, Minneapolis, Minn., and Theresa (Brian) Whisenhunt-Nerison, Mandan, and nephew, Tyler Whisenhunt, Mandan.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, Robert Koch.

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Debra Suchy
photo-suchy-colorDebra Jean Suchy, 57, Mandan, passed away May 14, 2014, at her home following a 10 month battle with brain cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial was held May 19, at Church of Corpus Christi, Bismarck, with the Rev. Paul Becker as celebrant. Interment took place at the family cemetery.

Deb was born in Mandan on Dec. 14, 1956, to DeLoyd John and Irene Baer. She married her high school sweetheart Keith Suchy on June 6, 1975, shortly after graduating from Mandan High School. Deb joined Keith in operating the family farm. Together they had four children. After 26 years working alongside Keith milking cows, working the land, raising their children and homemaking, Deb pursed her college education, graduating from Medcenter One College of Nursing with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2001. She worked at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, first in Telemetry and then in the cardiac cath lab.

Deb was known for her smile and special care as a wife, mother, nurse and friend. She loved to garden, quilt, sew, cook and bake. She was known for selflessly helping others, typically through beautifully decorated cakes for important events, a pan of apple bars just to say she cared, or by providing a listening ear or needed advice. She was always ready and willing to tackle any challenge, from learning her role as a farm wife to attending college at age 40. Family was extremely important to Deb – she lit up talking about her 12 grandchildren and enjoyed spoiling them.

Debra will be deeply missed by her husband Keith, parents, siblings, children and grandchildren – Sara and Jason Asbridge along with Skyler, Ivy, Sadie and Isabelle; Brad and Megan Suchy along with Ethan, Tyler and Jacob; Leslie Pearcy along with Adelyn and Samuel; and Mark and Laura Suchy along with Hunter, Mia and Jocelyn, John Baer, Bill (Jonda) Baer and Sandy (Dan) Johnson.

Deb was preceded in death by her grandparents John and Amelia Baer and Elizabeth Ziniel; her uncle Floyd James Baer; father and mother-in-law Albert and Christine Suchy; numerous other aunts and uncles; and Godparents William and Jean Ziniel.

Given Deb’s love of flower gardening we encourage those planning to send flowers to consider a perennial flower, shrub or tree that can be planted in Deb’s flower garden or the family cemetery.

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