Mandan News

Obituaries – May 25-31, 2013

LaVern Affeldt

LaVern O. Affeldt, 84, Mandan, formerly of Steele, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at his home in Mandan.

Services were held on Thursday, May 30, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Rev. Jack Carlson officiating.

LaVern was born on Nov. 3, 1928, to William “Bill” and Olga (Schlenker) Affeldt in Max. He was raised in the Max and Garrison areas. LaVern married Betty Meisch on Jan. 16, 1948, to their union three children were born, Brock, Susan and Nancee. LaVern and Betty celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year.

Before living his dream of becoming a farmer, LaVern worked for the McLean County Highway Department for 16 years, drove semi for the Garrison Cheese Plant and Garrison Cement Plant. He and Betty farmed in Garrison and Max before they bought their farm in Steele. They farmed and raised their family on the farm in Steele for 33 years before retiring and building a house in Mandan in 2007.

LaVern loved to hunt, fish, plant gardens, flowers and trees. He especially liked his apple trees and thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren. Family was central in his life and his knowledge and wisdom was a mainstay to his children and grandchildren.

LaVern will be deeply missed by his wife Betty; his son, Brock LaVern (Lona), Mandan; daughters, Susan (James) Crawford, Fargo and Nancee Seibel, Circle Pines, Minn.; brother, Harold (Beatrice), Sartell, Minn.; six grandchildren, DeAnna Rothhaupt, Robyn Downer, Ryan, Scott LaVern and Sarah Seibel and Sarah Crawford; along with eight great-grandchildren.

LaVern was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Elmer; and grandson, Julian LaVern Crawford.

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James Belohlavek

James Belohlavek, 69, Mandan, died May 17, 2013, surrounded by his family at St. Alexius Medical Center, in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, May 21, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Johnson Kuriappilly as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

James A. Belohlavek Jr. was born to James A. Belohlavek and Clementine (Neibauer) Belohlavek on May 29, 1943, in Mandan. He was raised and educated in Mandan. James attended Dickinson State University, receiving his bachelor degree in education. He married Caroline Markel on Aug. 29, 1965. Upon graduation he was a substitute teacher in the Bismarck and Mandan School Districts, until he started helping his father-in-law with tree trimming which grew into Belohlavek Landscaping and Tree Trimming, specializing in rock retaining walls.

They raised five children, Patty, Stephanie, Jim, Ken and Mike, in Mandan. Jim was an active in various activities. He started the first N.D. snowmobile club called “Snow Goers.” Jim and Carol were avid bowlers, winning several state championships. Jim was also a judge for the JC Demolition Derby. He loved fishing on the Missouri River, where you could often see him from Interstate 94 or at Car Bodies. You could also see Jim sitting down to his favorite dinner, steak, and having late night discussions usually evolving into religion or politics. He was always up for a game of Pinochle. Jim could often be found at his favorite coffee spot he referred to as “Mickey Dee’s” (McDonalds), which is where he met Bev. Jim also loved to garden in his spare time.

Jim was a wrestler at Dickinson State University and continued with his love of wrestling by actively participating in his son’s high school wrestling program and again continued with the Mandan High School wrestling program by designing his own weight lifting machine and developing a physical fitness program for any high school athlete to motivate and improve their performance. In February of 2014, he will be inducted into the North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Jim will be deeply missed by his special friend, Bev Rudnick, Mandan; daughters, Patty (Kelvin) Landeis, Maple Grove, Minn., Stephanie (Joe) Geiger, Mandan; sons, Jim (Jolanta), Mandan, Ken (Naomi), Bismarck, Mike (Heidi), Mandan; 12 grandchildren, Victoria and Samantha Landeis, Christina, James Belohlavek, Lucas, (The Twinkees) Olivia and Elizabeth Geiger, Tom and Alexandra Belohlavek, Gabi, Ellie, Natalie Haroldson; sisters, Kathy Mosbrucker, Bismarck, Susie (Kent) Rehbein, Sidney, Mont., Debbie (Lyle) Gabel, Bismarck; brother, George (Janice), Mandan; mother-in-law, Clara Markel; and Bev’s nieces, Brooke Abby, and Daizee Loen.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Caroline, on Dec. 19, 1998; sister, Marian; brother-in-law, Jim Lord; his parents; and grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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Jason Hartman

Jason P. Hartman, 38, Mandan, passed away May 21, 2013, his grandma Hartman’s birthday, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, May 28, at the Church of St. Mary Catholic Church, Bismarck, with Msgr. Gene Lindemann as celebrant. Burial was at Carson Community Cemetery, Carson.

Jason P. Hartman was born Jan. 31, 1975, to Paul and Doris (Bachmeier) Hartman in Bismarck. After graduating from Dickinson High School, Jason began his career with Dan’s Supermarket in Mandan, working his way up to manager. At the age of 5 months Jason was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, but he never complained or let it stop him from living a normal life. Jason’s friendly, outgoing personality was well suited for his career in the grocery business. He was a dedicated hard worker and always got the job done. Jason played softball until his health made it too difficult. He also threw darts, taking second place at the State Dart Tournament and played a round of golf every now and again.

The most important thing in Jason’s life was his family, especially going home to Carson. A great cook, Jason would make hamburger and dumpling. His favorite was his Grandma Verna’s rhubarb kuchen. Jason also enjoyed listening to all types of music. He loved his dog Trixy, and was an amazing godfather to Mylee and McKenzie.

Jason will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by his parents, Paul and Doris Hartman, Carson; brother, Darrell (Jacalyn) Hartman, Carson; grandmother, Verna Bachmeier, Bismarck; nieces, Hayli, McKenzie Cassy; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jason was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, paternal grandparents; and an uncle, Jake Hartman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

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John Hulteen

John Oscar Hulteen, 96, former State Supervisor of Property Tax Assessments for North Dakota, died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Oakland Park Skilled Care Community in Thief River Falls, Minn., where he lived with his wife Dorothy since leaving North Dakota 10 years ago.

A funeral was held on Thursday, May 23, at Zion Lutheran Church, in Thief River Falls. The Rev. John Golv, Rev. Ale Tulu, and daughter-in-law Rev. Susan Masters co-officiated. Burial was held at Greenwood Cemetery at Thief River Falls.

In lieu of flowers, John, who had been a longtime volunteer at AID Inc. in Mandan, and other food shelf work at First Lutheran Church in Mandan, would prefer donations be made to the Thief River Falls Food Shelf, or a local food pantry.

Born to Oscar and Christansa Hulteen on Oct. 27, 1916, at Bagley, Minn., John graduated from Clearbrook (Minnesota) High School. Before moving to North Dakota, he had been a 4-H leader in Minnesota, and was part of the four-member grand champion sheep judging team at the 1932 International Livestock Judging Contest in Chicago. John raised purebred sheep, was an avid gardener, and was a published poet.

John was assistant county agent and the county tax assessor in Clearwater County and very active in several community organizations.

John worked in the North Dakota Tax Department from 1963 until his retirement in 1988 under five commissioners: Lloyd Omdahl, Ed Sjaasstad, Byron Dorgan, Kent Conrad, and Heidi Heitkamp.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Carl (Hattie); and his sisters, Elenor, Violet Arnquist (Martin), and Olga Peterson (Donald); as well as one grandchild, Suzanne Elizabeth Hulteen.

John is survived by his wife of more than 71 years, Dorothy (Busse) Hulteen. The couple was married July 3, 1941, at Spooner, Wis. To this union three children were born: Suzanne Hulteen Kochevar (Rich Heck) of Minneapolis, Minn., James (Darlene) of Thief River Falls, and Bob (Susan Masters) of Minneapolis. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Ronald (Sonia Zarate) Kochevar, Jason (Jenn) Kochevar, Josh (Deanna) Heck, Jarrod (Emelia) Heck, Marit (Bob) Hulteen Rivers, Jeremy Hulteen, Korla Masters, and Ella Masters; and 13 great-grandchildren, Justice Kochevar, Alex Villenas, Savannah Zarate, Jack Kochevar, Sam Kochevar, Riley Heck, Tegan Heck, Jaden Rivers, Gretchen Rivers, Rachel Rivers, Lucas John Rivers and Evie Hulteen.


Marianne Olney

Marianne (Siegel-Key) Olney, 89, died peacefully May 16, 2013, from complications of COPD and pneumonia.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, May 23, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Marianne was born in Harmon on March 14, 1924. She was raised on the family homestead and was educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School in 1942. She loved her family and was known for her wonderful sense of humor and for always being there to help others, especially her family. Up until the last days of her life she was cheerful and joking with family and staff at the care center. Marianne’s family would like to thank Sanford Care Center off Collins, in Mandan, for the loving and compassionate care they have provided to her.

Marianne is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Key-Sumner, Thompson Falls, Mont.; granddaughter, Michelle Key, Phoenix, Ariz.; grandsons, Greg Key, Moorhead, Minn., Chris (Nicole) Key, Bismarck, Dustyn Moore, Thompson Falls; two great-granddaughters and six great-grandsons; brothers, Jack Siegel, Ken (Jean) Siegel, George Siegel, Bob (Georgia) Siegel; sisters, Jan Rudas, Donna (Nick) Vogel, Rita Lucas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marianne was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Roland (Ron) Olney; son, Dick Key; daughters, Sunny (Sunshine-Terry Lou) Key-Moore, Kathleen Key, Colleen Key; parents, Jacob and Monica Siegel; brothers, Dick Siegel, Wally Siegel Sr., Bill Siegel; and sisters, Jacqueline Dorband and Genevieve Robinson.

Rest in peace Marianne-Mom-Grandma… Your sweet smile and loving personality will be dearly missed.

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Perpatua Wirtz

Perpatua “Mac” Regina (Makelky) Wirtz quietly and peacefully joined her beloved “Doc” in heaven while attending church services Sunday, May 19, 2013, at the Sanford Continuing Care Center off Collins, Mandan. She was 95 years old.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, May 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Mac was born March 2, 1918, near Marienthal, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was the second oldest child born to Anton and Veronica (Schnell) Makelky. She and two other siblings came into the United States as young children with their parents in a horse drawn wagon. The family moved to her father’s cousin’s farm (John Frank) near Fallon, in December of 1920. The following month they moved to Mandan when her father got a job working first for a local dray company and later the Northern Pacific Railroad. She was baptized as Perpetua (after the saint) but changed the spelling to Perpatua in 1935 when she became a U.S. citizen. She explained that it had been mispronounced or misspelled all her life. Most just knew her as Mac or Pet.

Mac attended Mandan schools and graduated from Mandan High School in 1936. She played basketball there all four years and was on the Courier yearbook staff. After high school she went to work at the Wirtz Dental Clinic in Mandan, where she faithfully served for 52 years. Her duties there were office manager and dental assistant, but everyone just called her “the Boss” or “Sarge.”

On Oct. 14, 1989, she married the love of her life, George F. “Doc” Wirtz. She was 71 and he was 85. They enjoyed traveling together and made numerous trips around the world, often to Mexico, where Doc was able to practice his Spanish. She liked to talk about how good he was at it.

Mac had a keen interest in family and family matters, starting at an early age when she took care of her severely burned brother Al and sister Emma. She had a very close relationship with her brother Leo all through life, especially during World War II when she was intensely interested in Leo’s Army Air Corps service and they corresponded regularly. She talked often of how she stuck up for older brother Red when he got in trouble with their parents. She had a strong allegiance to her sister Katie, who she said protected and looked out for her when they were kids. Later in life she became quite involved in the Makelky family reunions, rightfully claiming her spot as “Matriarch” of the family. She provided planning assistance to sister, Josephine, for the 2009 reunion in South Dakota.

She had an avid interest in history, especially World War II history, and read extensively on that topic. She also liked to read books on U.S. Presidents and had an impressive collection of those. She retained much of the information she read and shared it with anyone willing to listen. In her younger years, she was also good at sewing, something she learned from her mother. She would entertain everyone with stories of her travels, family, work, and friends. She also loved to go shopping with family and friends. She was strong in her faith and a loyal supporter of St. Joe’s Church.

During World War II, she formed a friendship with six other women whose husbands were away at war. They got together regularly to go to movies and even made trips to Minneapolis for shopping. For fun they called themselves the “Seven Sinners.” They were friendships that lasted a lifetime.

After Doc’s passing in 1999, Mac lived in their home until August of 2009 when it was no longer safe for her to be alone. She moved into the Waterford in Bismarck until November of 2011 when she moved to the nursing home – back home in Mandan again. She was a strong-willed, intelligent and elegant little lady who made sure you understood her point of view.

Mac is survived by her brother, Leo “Pugs” Makelky, Minot; her brother, Alexander “Goldie” Makelky (Mary Ellen), Miles City, Mont.; stepson, Dr. Richard “Dick” (Vivian Berg) Wirtz, Cape Coral, Fla.; and many special nieces and nephews.

Mac was preceded in death by her husband, George F. “Doc”; her parents; brother, Henry “Red” Makelky; sisters, Kathryn “Katie” Kessel, Amelia “Emma” Haider, Josephine “Jo” Walery, and Anna, who died in infancy.

Cards for the family may be sent to Mark Makelky at 6835 Kingswood Road, Bismarck, ND 58503. Suggested memorials would be to the Church of Saint Joseph at 108 Third St. N.E., Mandan, ND 58554 or the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery Foundation at 1825 46th St., Mandan, ND 58554.

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