Mandan News

Obituaries – May 26-June 1, 2012

Emma Berger

Emma Berger, 97, Mandan, died peacefully in her sleep on May 22, 2012, at the Medcenter One Mandan Care Center.

A funeral service was held on Friday, May 25, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with Reverend Jon E. Wall officiating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Emma was born Jan. 26, 1915, in Price, to Henry and Petra (Husfloen) Edelbrock. She attended country school in the Price area. On Aug. 4, 1937, she married Martin Miller, and they had two children. Martin passed away Aug. 16, 1956. In 1958 Emma married Jake Berger Jr. Jake passed away on Sept. 27, 1969.

Emma was a lover of life and lived for the moment. Materialistic things didn’t matter to her. She loved nature and enjoyed spending time outdoors. Prior to going into the nursing home at the age of 87, she enjoyed going for walks, coffee at Hardee’s, frequent trips to Prairie Knights Casino and spending time with children.

Emma had a natural way with kids and always loved their laughter and antics. Besides raising her own two children, there were countless kids that she watched, and later in life she helped raise her granddaughters, Shari and Nicole. A natural giver, Emma always put others first and worried about herself last.

She will be deeply missed by her daughter, Carol Bullinger (fiancee, Darvin Zimbelman), Center; her son, Harold (Connie) Miller, Fayettville, Penn.; four grandchildren, Shari Gaddis, Mandan, Nicole (Craig) Faul, Bismarck, LaDonna Miller, Portland, Ore., and Todd (Lisa) Miller, Italy; and two great grandchildren, Nicholas and Derek Faul.

Emma was preceded in death by her two husbands; her parents; two sisters, Gladys Schnoebrich and Clara Keller; two brothers, Ernest and Bud Edelbrock; and a granddaughter, Carla Bullinger.

May the heavens be filled with lots of chocolate and a big old barn to dance the night away. We were blessed to know and love you.

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Emily Helbling

Emily Helbling, 99, Bismarck, formerly of Mandan, died May 17, 2012, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck.

Services were held on Monday, May 21, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mandan, with burial at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Emily was born on Jan. 2, 1913, to John and Ida (Messer) Friesz, she was raised on a family farm near Fallon. She married Martin Olheiser in November 1932. They moved to Glen Ullin in 1933. In their union a son, John, and a daughter, Florence, were born. Martin died in November 1940. Emily worked at the Farmers Union Co-Op Store and Midway Hotel and Cafe. She later moved to Mandan in 1950 and was employed at the JC Penny Store for 12 years. She married Peter Helbling on Oct. 24, 1959. They then moved to Billings, Mont., in 1963, when Peter was transferred while he was working on the railroad. After Peter retired in 1979 they then moved back to Mandan. Peter died Oct. 28, 1996.

She was a very good hostess to whoever stopped by for a visit and always had baked goodies on hand to serve her guest. Emily enjoyed visiting with her children and grandchildren; she enjoyed fishing with her husband, Pete, along the Yellowstone River near Billings and also the Missouri River in Bismarck-Mandan. Gardening was also important to Emily as she raised a big vegetable garden by the river, donating her excess produce to Liberty Heights.

Emily will be deeply missed by her son, John Olheiser, and daughter, Florence Adams, both of Mandan; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Emily was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Martin Olheiser and Peter Helbling; her brothers, Liborous Friesz and Valentine Friesz; her sisters, Sister Irmina, OSB, Magdaline Beckler, and Frances Schaner; her son-in-law, Bernie Adams; a great-great-granddaughter Meckenzy; and a great-great-grandson, Allen.

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Chester Kramer

Chester J. Kramer, 80, died May 19, 2012, in New Salem due to complications of lung disease.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 22, at Peace Church, New Salem, with Reverend Joshua Eddy officiating. Burial was on Wednesday, May 23, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, with full military honors.

Chester was born May 6, 1932, to John and Morna (Hohbein) Kramer on the family farm where he was raised, northwest of New Salem, near the Blue Grass area. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace Church in New Salem and remained a lifelong member. Chester helped his dad farm until he started work at age 20 in small coal mines around the New Salem area.

In 1954 Chester was drafted into the U.S. Army. He completed boot camp at Fort Leonardwood, Mo., and was stationed in Germany. He attained the rank of Spc. 4th Class and received the Army Occupation of Germany Award, the Good Conduct Medal, and was honorably discharged on Aug. 18, 1956. Chester was a member of the American Legion Post 91. Returning home to New Salem, he worked in the mines again until 1969. At that time he began working for Rolin Manufacturing, where he retired as foreman in 1999 after 30 years. During those years, Chester continued to farm his family farm as well.

In 1972 Chester met his future wife, Marion LeMay, and they were married on March 5, 1973. He became an instant father to her six children. During his 80 years, Chester and Marion made several trips to Southern Illinois and Washington state. He will be remembered for his complete dedication to Marion and his willingness to always help others.

Blessed to have shared his life is his wife of 39 years, Marion Kramer, New Salem; six stepchildren, Sandra (Donald) Snoddy, Marion, Ill., Sherry (Keith) Keator, Bismarck, Judi (John) Carlson, Kennewick, Wash., Ted (Mary) LeMay, Glen Ullin, Donald (Sherry) LeMay, Almont, and Riley (Cindy) LeMay, Bismarck; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter; one nephew, Kenny (Mariann) Brandt, Center; two nieces, Rhonda Heid, Mandan and Roberta (Keith) Hoesel, New Salem; and numerous grand nieces and nephews.

Chester was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Dorothy Hoeverman and Marlene Brandt; and three nephews.

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Wilma Looyenga

Wilma Looyenga, 86, Mandan, died May 22, 2012, at the Strasburg Nursing Home.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, May 26, at United Methodist Church, Mandan, with Reverend Steve C. Johnson officiating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Wilma was born Feb. 14, 1926, to Dick and Cora (Hollaar) IntVeldt at her family home in Westfield, where she was raised and educated.

On Nov. 1, 1944, she married Bernie Looyenga in Westfield, and they moved to Mandan. A wonderful wife and mother, Wilma’s passion was caring for her family. She liked embroidery, gardening, playing the organ and shopping. A warm and kind person, she easily made friends and liked to visit. Wilma enjoyed a simple and quiet life.

Bernie passed away in 1990 and Wilma remained in her home in Mandan until 2011, when she moved to the Strasburg Care Center.

Blessed to have shared her life are two daughters, Elaine (Bob) McNeill, Bismarck, and Charlene Nash, Moorhead, Minn.; two sons, Roger (Ann) Looyenga, Vonore, Tenn., and Robert Looyenga, Bismarck; two grandsons, Justin (Amy) Looyenga and Nathan Looyenga; one great-grandson, Ryan Looyenga; a brother, Arlin (Carol) IntVeldt, Strasburg; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Rodney; and two grandchildren, Bobbie and Brian.

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Viola Reif

Viola Reif, 104, formerly of New Salem, died April, 29, 2012, at the Baptist Home in Bismarck.

Cremation has taken place and a funeral service was held on Saturday, May 19, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with Chaplain Clyde Zimbelman officiating. Private family burial was at Fairview Cemetery.

Viola was born April 26, 1908, at her family’s home near Lamberton, Minn., to Louis and Anna (Marti) Kissner. She attended grade school in Cottonwood County and graduated from Lamberton High School in 1926. In 1929 she graduated from Bismarck School of Nursing and worked for one year as a private duty nurse in Bismarck and Mandan. On June 6, 1931, Viola married Reuel Reif at her family home in Minnesota and they lived in Cheyenne, Wyo., for one year. Viola taught Red Cross Home Nursing classes in Morton County in 1956. She was a member of a women’s singing group in the 1950’s. Viola helped organize the New Salem Nurses Club in 1963. From 1962 to 1965 she was the camp duty nurse at Pilgrim Park at Lake Metigoshe during the summer. Viola also taught nurse’s aide classes in the Bismarck Hospital for 12 years, retiring in 1965. Viola was a lifetime member of the New Salem Historical Society, a charter member of Elm Crest Auxiliary and Pioneer Club, a volunteer for senior citizen blood pressure checks and blood bank, winner in the “yard of the week” contest in 1979, and a member of First Presbyterian Church Women’s guild. Viola liked to sew, read, crochet, knit and garden. She made over 100 afghans, plus countless mittens, socks, caps and sweaters for her family and friends. Viola enjoyed relating life experiences in rhyme and wrote many poems.

Blessed to have shared her life are two daughters, Frances (Don) Laschkewitsch, Bismarck, and Nancy (Jim) Klusman, Lafayette, Ind.; five grandchildren, David (Lori) Laschkewitsch, Bismarck, Julie (Mark) Beczkalo and Michael (Renae) Laschkewitsch, all of Grand Forks, Paul Klusman, Wichita, Kan., and Heidi (Brad) Harner, Lafayette, Ind.; and seven great-grandchildren.

Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Reuel in 1973; her parents; three sisters; and two brothers.

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