Mandan News

Obituaries – November 12-18, 2011

Luke Braxmeier

Dr. Luke J. Braxmeier, widowed husband of the late Sarah Ruppert, entered into eternal rest on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount, N.C.

The family and friends of Dr. Braxmeier are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Goose Creek, on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11am. Interment with military honors followed at Carolina Memorial Gardens.

Dr. Braxmeier was born in Mandan, on April 16, 1917, to Conrad and Margareta (Weber) Braxmeier. He was the youngest of four children. He graduated from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks with a B.S. in chemistry, and then earned a doctor of dental surgery from the University of Iowa in June 1945.

Braxmeier married Sarah Ruppert, a nursing student at University of Iowa in 1944. He joined the Navy in 1949, practicing dentistry until retiring from active duty as LCDR USN in 1955. He completed his postgraduate training at Bethesda Naval Hospital and did his residency in Oral Surgery at USNH Great Lakes, Ill. He had a private practice in Beach, N.D., and Perry, Iowa, and joined the medical staff at Woodward State Hospital. He and Sarah retired and moved to Goose Creek, S.C., in 1980.

Wife Sarah preceded Luke in death in 1999.

Dr. Braxmeier is survived by his son, James Braxmeier (Lexa) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a daughter, Carol B. Hulsey (David) of Battleboro, N.C.; grandchildren, Alecia, Tyler and Ashley; a sister, Ludmilla Cole (Malcolm) of Rolla, Mo.; and brother-in-law, Bob Ruppert (Della) of Iowa City, Iowa.

Special thanks to the staff of the Sterling House of Rocky Mount, N.C., for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of Iowa Foundation, College of Nursing, In Memory of Luke Braxmeier, 1 West Park Road, PO Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550.

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Clementina Fleck

Clementina Fleck, 100, Mandan, died Nov. 12, 2011, at the Mandan Living Center.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Clementina was born March 23, 1911, to Ralph and Anna (Gratz) Zander. Clementina married George Stein and of this marriage four children were born. George died in 1950 and in 1952 she married George Fleck to which one son was born, Kelly Fleck. In having lived life of 100 years, Clementina’s determination and strong faith were always evident. Life in rural America with family was for her a cherished memory.

Blessed to have shared her life is daughter, Geraldine (Ray) Haider, Mandan; sons, George (Alma), Livingston, Mont., Bob, Seattle, Wash., Kelly (Karen), Mandan, and Dar, Dallas, Texas; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Eugene (Yvonne) Fleck, Evelyn Schmidt, Lucille (James) Hatzenbuhler, Helen (Ron) Mischel, Mary Schmidt and Lavon Hatzenbuhler; and many step-grandchildren.

Clementina is preceded in death by her husbands, George Stein in 1950, and George Fleck in 1967; stepson, Donald Fleck; step son-in-law, Larry Schmidt; grandchildren, Becky (Haider) Fitchner and Robby Stein; sisters, Johanna (George) Hoffman and Rose (John) Stein; and brothers, George (Magdaline) Zander and Kasper (Carolyn) Zander.

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Magdalene Dillman

Magdalene Dillman, 84, Mandan, died Nov. 9, 2011, at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Kenneth Phillips as Celebrant. Burial was at the St. Philomena Cemetery, Selfridge.

Magdalene was born Nov. 15, 1926, to Anton and Walburga (Schuck) Kraft. Magdalene (Maggie) attended grade school at Goose Camp School for two years and then finished the next six years in Selfridge. Maggie attended two years of high school at Bismarck High. On May 3, 1944, Maggie was united in marriage to Joe Dillman at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Joe and Maggie farmed southeast of Selfridge until November 1988, when they moved to Mandan.

Maggie enjoyed her independent lifestyle and lived it with a positive attitude and the spirit of a 25 year old. She was very generous with her time, which was shown by her many hours of volunteer work with the Senior Citizen Center at Liberty Heights, Eagles Auxiliary, St. Alexius Medical Center and AID Incorporate in Mandan. She was active in the Senior Companion program for almost 19 years, where she had seven clients until she got sick two weeks ago. She loved spending time playing cards and visiting her clients. She enjoyed playing pinochle, bunco and kings in the corner with her children, grandchildren, great-grand children, friends and clients. Maggie spent many enjoyable weekends camping with Merc, Chuck, family and friends.

Maggie will be greatly missed by her sons, Ken (Diane) Dillman, Jamestown, and Jeff (Mary) Dillman, Mandan; daughter, Mercy (Chuck) Bohn, Mandan; grandchildren, Jay (Shannon) Dillman, Bismarck, Travis (Tami) Dillman, Jamestown, Kris (Brandon) Hass, Bismarck, Clint Bohn, Los Angeles, Calif., BJ Bohn, Mandan, Tina (Jamie) Naumann and Tammy Dillman, Bismarck, D.J. (Brittany) Wallace, Mandan, and Brandi (Tyler) Everding, Bismarck; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Louie Kraft, Mandan; three sisters-in-law, Maudie Dillman, Jamestown, Shirley Dillman, McIntosh, S.D., and Mary Dillman, Walker, S.D.; and brother-in-law, Leo (Pauline) Dillman, Mandan.

Maggie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe in 1988; brothers, Jacob, Tony, Joseph, Andy, John; and twin sisters, Eva Volk and Elizabeth Froehlich.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Mandan Eagles Auxiliary.

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Lynette Hatzenbihler

Lynette Hatzenbihler, 66, Center, died Nov. 8, 2011, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Nov. 11, at St. Martin Catholic Church, Center, with Reverend Amalraj Roche celebrating. Cremation took place after the funeral and burial will be held on Friday, Nov. 25, at the Center Community Cemetery.

Lynette was born Sept. 6, 1945, in Mandan, to Iver and Grace (Belden) Dahl. She attended school through the eighth grade at Bonanza No. 5 near Huff and graduated from Mandan High School in 1963. On Oct. 24, 1964, she married Gerald Hatzenbihler at Huff, where they were both late for their own wedding, but it wasn’t going to start without them! They lived in Center for one year after their marriage, moving to Mandan in 1965, where Lynette was one of the first female meter maids. Always a tomboy who’d rather be outside than inside, Lynette had no fear. She would take on an activity, job, or project whole heartedly. Her passion for the outdoors continued as she loved camping and fishing. She liked to play darts, Texas Hold ‘Em and she collected piggy figurines. She played harmonica and keyboard by ear and loved jam sessions with friends. While living in Mandan she bartended and worked at the Gourmet House. Moving back to Center in 1974, Lynette helped Gerald farm, worked as a mail carrier, a flag person on construction sites and cleaned at the coal plant. In 1991 she started as an over the road trucker. Her favorite route was through Phoenix, Ariz. Most recently she was the city transit driver in Center for West River Transit until her health declined. She’ll be remembered for all of the hats she wore, always matching her hat and boots to her outfit. Warm and friendly, always willing to lend a hand, Lynette’s memory will be cherished.

Blessed to have shared her life is her husband of 47 years, Gerald Hatzenbihler, Center; three children, Sandra (Patrick) Jones, Wessington Springs, S.D., Troy Hatzenbihler (Jodi Hartman), Center, and Jennifer (Paul) Evenson, Sinai, S.D.; eight grandchildren, Braden, Monica, and Piper Jones, Jericka Hatzenbihler, Landon Hartman, and Shamus, Grace, and Zoe Evenson; five sisters, Mabel (Bernie) Wiesz and Delila (Duane) Bauer, all of Bismarck, Louayne (Peter) Kassian and Karen Scherr (Bill Vogel), all of Mandan, and Judy Dahl (John Wickham), Littleton, Colo.; one brother, Keith (Vivian) Dahl, Center; sister-in-law, Caroline Dahl, Bismarck; all of Gerald’s extended family; special friends, Al and Stinky Blohm; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless friends.

Lynette was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Leroy Dahl; sister, Jean (David) Fitzgerald; and brother-in-law, Charles Engdahl.

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Joshua Joersz

Joshua J. Joersz, 32, Mandan, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home Nov. 7, 2011, in Indio, Calif.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Kenneth Phillips as celebrant. Burial was at Ft. Rice Cemetery, Ft. Rice.

Joshua was born on June 26, 1979, to Bruce Joersz and Elaine (Metzner) Finch in Bismarck. He lived in Mandan until the age of 9, and then moved to California, where he continued his education and graduated from Palm Desert High School in 1998. While in high school he began his career of wanting to be a policeman. Josh was a member of the Palm Springs Explorers, a high school program teaching security. He currently was employed for the last 12 years as a security officer in Chochella Valley, Calif.

At first glance his reserved and easygoing personality combined with a dry sense of humor was a first impression of Josh. He had a great memory for trivia, such as remembering jokes, varieties of music and movies. He was an avid Pittsburg Steelers fan and enjoyed watching a Sunday afternoon game dressed in the Steelers team colors. His pride and joy in his life was his son, Matthew.

Joshua will be greatly missed by his son, Matthew Joersz, Indio; parents, Bruce (Arlene) Joersz, Mandan, and Elaine (Robert) Finch, Palm Desert, Calif.; fiancee, Angie Sanchez, Indio; stepdaughters, Martha Vargas, Indio, and Jacqueline Lara, Indio; stepson, Michael Lara, Indio; grandparents, Jenny Metzner, Mandan, and Marv and Lucille Joersz, Mandan; stepsisters, Tarah and Alli Thompson, and Jo (fiance, Marlon Schwartz) Johnson; and stepbrother, Cody Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Emily Joersz; grandfather, Bernie Metzner; and uncle, Bernard Metzner, Jr.

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Sharon Springer

Sharon Springer, 64, Mandan, died Nov. 11, 2011, at Medcenter One Hospital, Bismarck. Services were held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Sunne Lutheran Church, Wilton, with Rev. Paul Schauer officiating. Burial was in Ghylin Union Cemetery, Regan.

Sharon was born on Dec. 17, 1946, in Bismarck, the daughter of Arthur and Ethel (Keator) Tosseth. She was raised and educated in the Regan area. Sharon graduated from Regan High School in 1964, and went on to Bismarck Junior College.

Sharon and Bob got together in 1997, and she helped him in his key shop. She enjoyed going to flea markets, antique shows, car shows and Buggies and Blues. She was a proud member of the Bismarck-Mandan PAC-Roughrider Chevrolet Club and the Capital City Coin Club. She was especially proud of being in charge of the scale model car show during Buggies and Blues.

Sharon volunteered at the Heritage Center for over 10 years and received three awards as a result of her time volunteering there.

Sharon also enjoyed needle point, cross-stitching, drawing and sketching.  She loved horses, cats and dogs.

Sharon is survived by her son, Fred Springer; mother, Ethel Tosseth; brother and sister-in-law, Russell (Judi) Tosseth; fiance, Bob Fairaizl; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur; and her grandparents.

Further arrangements by Parkway Funeral Service, Bismarck


Emily Upham

Emily Upham, 94, Mandan, died Nov. 12, 2011, at Medcenter One Hospital, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverend Lee Herberg officiating. Burial was at Fairhill Cemetery in Flasher.

Emily was born Nov. 25, 1916, in Sheboygan, Wisc., to Jacob and Marie (Bauer) Wolfe. She attended schools in Minnesota and Shields. On Feb. 25, 1937, Emily married Eugene Upham in McIntosh, S.D. They lived in Shields until 1951, when they moved to Flasher, where she worked as a Postal Clerk for 23 years.  Eugene died Aug. 28, 1980. In 1987, Emily moved to Mandan, where she was active with several organizations. She was a member of the Eagles, Moose, Miriam Circle, Golden Age Advisory Board and RSVP. Emily enjoyed traveling and took many bus tour trips. She loved bowling, dancing, doing volunteer work and playing cards, especially Bunco and Pinochle. She was a loving and caring woman whose children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren were most dear to her.

Survivors include one son, Lee (Evelyn) Upham, Lakewood, Colo.; two daughters, Judy (Gerald) Whiteman, St. Cloud, Minn., and Sharon (Arnold) Meyer, Mandan; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Emma Haider, Mandan; brothers, Guff Wolfe, Sheboygan, Wisc., and Henry Wolfe, Racine, Wisc,; and sisters-in-law, Gladys Morgen and Betty Wolfe, both of Mandan.

Emily was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eugene; daughter, Deloris Wright; son, Wayne Upham; sister, Marie Herzog; brothers, Alex and John Wolfe; and a brother-in-law, Tony Haider.

The family wants to give special thanks to Medcenter One Dialysis staff and Primrose Retirement Home staff for their excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the donor’s choice in memory of Emily.

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