Mandan News

Obituaries May 30, 2014

Leah O’Connor
Leah OConnor
Leah E. O’Connor, 66, died on May 18, 2014.

Leah was born on Nov. 4, 1947, to Almont and Mary (Towne) Femrite in Bismarck.

She married Dan O’Connor on Oct. 8, 1982. Together they owned and operated Nysvens Maytag Home Appliance Center in Eau Claire, Wis., until their retirement on Dec. 31, 2013.

Leah is survived by her husband, Dan O’Connor of Eau Claire; sons, William (Becky) O’Connor and Aaron O’Connor; her grandchildren, Joseph, Alyson and Adam, all of Eau Claire; her sister, Mary (Tom) Jentges of Spokane, Wash.; brother, William (Jean) Femrite of Ames, Iowa; her special sister-in-law, Maureen (Douglas) Kraft of Eau Claire; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Tom. A private Memorial Service was held on May 21, 2014.

Leah will be sadly missed by her family and friends. She will be remembered for her quick wit, her ability to express her views and her knack for making close friendships. She especially enjoyed her group of friends at Curves.

Minnie Schlinger
photo schlinger obitMinnie Schlinger, 89, Mandan, died May 19, 2014, at Sanford off Collins in Mandan.

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

Minnie was born on June 1, 1924, to Peter and Kathrine (Pfaff) Eckroth in Fallon. She married Joseph A. Schlinger on Jan. 25, 1944, in Fallon.

Minnie and Joe made their home four miles southeast of St. Anthony. When Joe died in 1963, Minnie was left with ten children. Minnie was a hard worker and a kind and gentlewoman. Her faith was important to her and carried her through the hard times.

In 1971, she moved to Mandan and began working at the Seven Seas Hotel in the housekeeping department, where she worked until her retirement in 1989. Even after her retirement, she stayed very active, spending time with her friends and family, quilting and socializing. Minnie had two pets. She loved dearly her dog, Pebbles and her bird Buster, who she taught to speak a few words. Minnie’s family was central in her life and her grandchildren lovingly called her Willie. Her faithfulness and love for her husband was always there, and she looked forward to the day when she and Joe would be reunited.

Minnie will be deeply missed by daughters, Kathleen (Rick) Eckroth, Mandan, Charmaine (Kevin) Schroeder, Bismarck, and Linda Hilbers, Bismarck; sons, Gerald (Charmain), Mandan, Ronald (Jackie), Mandan, David (Elaine), Mandan, Roger (Charlene), Mandan, Donald (Sherri Jensen), Omaha, Neb., and Joe (Char Binstock), Mandan; 25 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren with two on the way; daughter-in-law, Bernie Warhurst; sisters, Rosie Eckroth, Minneapolis, Minn. and Isabelle Frank, Bismarck; brothers, Joseph (Katherine) Eckroth, Mandan, and Thomas (Sharon) Eckroth, McPherson, Kan.
Minnie was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph who died in 1963; son, Harold; sisters, Ida (Joe) Leingang and Barbara (George) Bohl; brother, George (Monica) Eckroth; brother-in-law, Leo Frank and two infant brothers and two grandchildren, Harlen and Todd Schlinger.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to Sanford off Collins and the Central Dakota Humane Society.

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Mary Werner
photo werner obitMary Werner, 72, Mandan, died May 20, 2014, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, with her husband by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 27, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Ed Wehner as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Mary was born on April 22, 1942, to Joseph and Gertrude (Gustin) Pfau in Flasher. She was raised and educated in the Flasher area and graduated from Flasher High School. Mary married Harlan Werner on June 22, 1963, in Flasher. They lived on the Werner Farm and Ranch, south of Carson, until they moved to Mandan.

Mary’s family was central in her life. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an active vital person who enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, crafts and was an excellent cook and baker.

Mary will be deeply missed by her loving husband, Harlan; daughter, Mary Jane (Lynn) Davis, Wheatherford, Texas; son, John (Violet) Werner, Mandan; grandchildren, Christa and Stefanie Davis and step-granddaughter, Veronica Hoffert; great-grandchildren, Devon and Lucas; son-in-law, Tom Ediger, Selfridge; sisters, Bernice Geiger, Bismarck, and Judy Howard, Portland, Ore.; brothers, Jim (Christine) Pfau, Portland, Ore. and Richard (JoAnn) Pfau, Scapoose, Ore.; sister-in-law, Carol Pfau, Portland, Ore.; brothers-in-law, Marvin (Pat) Werner, Manhattan, Kan. and Don Hoffman, Bismarck, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by daughter, Rose Edinger; her parents, sisters, Mildred and Josephine; brother, Leonard and brothers-in-law, Leo and Eugene.

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Clemintina Doll
photo-obit-DollClemintina Doll, 80, Mandan, died May 17, 2014, at Sanford Care Center on Sunset in Mandan.

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

Clemintina was born on Oct. 29, 1933, to Matt and Katie (Kautzman) Schaff in Flasher. She was raised and educated in the Sheilds and Flasher area on the family farm. She married Harold Doll on Oct. 23, 1956, in Shields. They made their home in Mandan, where they raised their children and Clem worked at taking care of their home and children. When needed, she would also work outside of the home, at those places that were in need.

She was first and foremost a wife and mother. Taking care of her family and their home was important to her. Clem was a wonderful cook. Homemade noodles were one of her specialties. She tended large gardens with Harold and also enjoyed crocheting and quilting.

Clem was always a calm and mild-mannered person. She made friends easily and enjoyed visiting with her family and friends. She was good storyteller and will be greatly missed by her family, friends and staff at the Care Center. She was a member of the United Commercial Travelers Club and volunteered at Christ the King.

Clementine will be deeply missed by daughter, Dolores (Jay) Stolz, Harvey; sons, Harold (Kim) Doll, Jr., Mandan, Jerry (Dawn) Doll, Bismarck and Matt (Deb) Doll, Bismarck; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Clementine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold in 2006; grandson, Thomas James Doll and brother, William Schaff.

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Tony Binstock
Tony Binstock, 67, of Sun City West, Ariz., passed away May 18, 2014 in Sun City West.

Tony was born May 4, 1947, in Dickinson. He was a Building Contractor, a Project Manager and at the time of his death, he was a teacher for the building trades. He was a member of the N.D. Builders Association, Teachers Association and Past Grand Knight with Knights of Columbus.

Tony is survived by his wife Dorrie, his daughters Michele (Tim) Johnson, Rebecca (Dion) Neumiller, Heather (Joe) Tyrrell, two sisters, five brothers and grandchildren Keeler, Spencer and Savannah Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tony’s name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at or the American Red Cross Blood Bank, either by giving blood or by visiting