Mandan News

Obituaries – November 17-23, 2012

Gordon Albers

Gordon Albers, 84, Center, died unexpectedly on Nov. 10, 2012.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, Nov. 15, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Center, with Reverend Dennis Ristvedt officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

Gordon was born March 31, 1928, in Center to Christ and Mabel (Vogel) Albers. He attended schools in Oliver County. In 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War, serving for two years. He later worked in California before returning to North Dakota, where he worked as an adjustor for Nodak Mutual Insurance Agency. In the spring of 1967 Gordon was appointed Chief of Police of Center and Deputy Sheriff of Oliver County. In March 1968 he was appointed Sheriff following the death of Sheriff Helvig and was elected Sheriff in 1972, a job he was devoted to until his retirement in January 1999.

Gordon helped to organize the security at Minnkota Power when Unit One was built. In 1974 he was elected President of the N.D. Sheriff’s Association and appointed to the N.D. Law Enforcement Council by Governor Link. He was a member of the Elks, Peace Officers Association, American Legion, and Board of Trustees for the N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame. An honest man and giving man, dedicated to his community and friends, Gordon will be missed by all who knew him.

Those who shared his life are two brothers, Dewey (Gloria) and Donald (Cecelia); sister-in-law, Josephine; nephews, Chris, Donnie, Glen, Kurt, Scott, Jeff, and Wesley; nieces, Carla, Karen, Melody, Jean, Frances, and Susan; many great nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Clair Rolfe; and special friend, Joyce Kitt.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joyce; brother, Ramon; nephew, Robert; and great nephew, Alex.

The family prefers memorials to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in memory of Gordon.

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Darren Berger

Darren J. Berger, 46, Mandan, died Nov. 15, 2012, at his home.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Chad Gion as celebrant Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Darren was born on Aug. 24, 1966, to William A. and Beatrice (Fleck) Berger in Mandan. He was raised and educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School. He went on to complete his education with a degree in power plant technology at Bismarck State College. Darren was employed with Burlington Northern Railroad and most recently was an apprentice Millwright for Carpenter-Millwright Local 1091.

Darren loved to go on road trips with family members and visit old churches and cemeteries. He also went on some recent trips to Minnesota and Wisconsin to visit his brothers. He loved to play cards with his Grandma Fleck in Breien. He was an avid collector of art, coins and baseball cards. Darren enjoyed going fishing with his nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He loved spending time with family and enjoyed the family get togethers. The Fourth of July was one of his favorite family get togethers. Darren was always a practical joker and took wonderful photos. He enjoyed listening to Johnny Cash every Sunday and was teaching Taylor how to ballroom dance. These memories and many more will always be remembered by his family and friends.

Darren leaves behind a loving family including his daughter, Taylor Rose Berger, Bismarck; his parents, William A. and Beatrice Berger, Mandan; sisters, Jolene (Vern) Miller, Mapleton, Karen Rohr, Michelle (friend, Roby) Berger, Melanie (Nathan) Schlosser, Nadine (friend, Lance) Berger, and DeeAnn (Jason) Jahner, all of Mandan; brothers, Doug (Diana), Duluth, Minn., Darrold (friend, Radene), Glen Ullin, DeWayne (friend, Katie), Superior, Wisc., Donovan (Jacki), Foxboro, Wisc., Dale (Marcia), Mandan and Dean, Hazen; 37 nieces and nephews; and 24 great nieces and nephews.

Darren is preceded in death by his brothers, Delwyn and Durwin (Connie) Berger; niece, Megan Berger; brother-in-law, Tim Rohr; grandparents, Harry and Rose Berger and Jacob and Pauline Fleck; and godfather, Joseph Vetter.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to help with the funeral expenses.


Laura Schmidt

Laura Marjorie Schmidt joined her Lord and Savior in her heavenly home on Nov. 13, 2012 – her “Alleluia Day.” Surrounded by her family, she ended a courageous battle with cancer and joyously entered the waiting arms of Jesus. Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Nov. 19, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Father Shane Campbell officiating. Interment followed at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Laura was born on Jan. 31, 1928, in Solen, the daughter of Anton and Anna (Froelich) Ereth. She attended country school and went onto college at Dickinson State, where she earned a diploma in education. Laura ventured to Portland, Ore., and then to Sacramento, Calif., where she met and married a young airman, David Schmidt, with whom she returned to their treasured North Dakota roots and shared 58 years in Mandan. Three daughters and four grandchildren came to this union, and the pride and joy of Laura’s life was her family, whom she cherished.

Laura was deeply loved by her family, whose lives were blessed beyond measure by Laura. Laura worked as a school teacher in the rural Trotters and Livona schools and was a bookkeeper for various businesses in Portland, Sacramento, and Mandan.

Laura loved holidays, especially Christmas and the Fourth of July, which were important family celebrations highlighted by Laura’s wonderful culinary skills. She began special traditions for family gatherings that created many treasured memories, including “Cookie Day” and “Spaghetti Day.” She enjoyed camping, fishing (yes, she routinely caught more and larger fish than Dave!), reading, board games, playing cards – taking particular pleasure in winning “moldy old quarters” from family and friends, jigsaw puzzles, and her Friday morning hair “do” with special friend Kathy. Her children and grandchildren are wrapped in her love by the many afghans Laura crocheted for them. Dave and Laura were excellent dance partners, jiving to polkas and two-stepping on dance floors, often in their own dining room. She took wonderful care of her home and husband, taking daily walks together. Laura was an exceptional friend, selfless with her time, and a great listener. She was the matriarch of the family, always giving wise and sound advice.

Laura is survived by her husband, David; daughters, Cheryl (Larry) Stockert, Nancy (David) Jensen, Bismarck, Laurie (Todd) Leingang, Mandan; grandchildren, Crystal, Stephanie, Erik, and Laura; sisters-in-law, Alice, Eileen, and Lorena Ereth, all of Mandan; sisters, Bernice Shaw, Phoenix, Ariz.; Hilda “Marie” Landsberger, Post Falls, Idaho; and brother-in-law, Chris Christianson.

Laura was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Diane and Juanita; and brothers, Richard (Ardis), William, Lloyd, Henry, Leonard, and Kenneth (Eleanor).

The family would like to extend its appreciation to the many family members and friends who loved Laura during her journey home to Jesus, with a special thank you to St. Alexius Hospice, Dr. Roy Thomas, nurse Kathy, Father Shane and Tammy Bullinger, and the wonderful staff at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center.  Memorials may be given to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Trust Fund.

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From the church in the valley by the wildwood

when day fades away into night,

I would fain from this spot of my childhood,

wing my way to the mansions of light!

We love you, Mom.


Frances Schulz

Frances Schulz, 84, New Salem, died Nov. 8, 2012, at Elm Crest Manor, New Salem.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Peace Church, New Salem, with Reverend Joshua Eddy officiating. Cremation has taken place and a private family burial was held.

Frances was born at the Gaebe farm on Dec. 27, 1927, to John and Frances (Zarndt) Gaebe. She was born 10 years after her siblings, Walter, Teddy, and Hilda. Raised and educated in New Salem, Frances was baptized and confirmed at Peace Church and graduated from New Salem High School. She attended Dickinson State College and taught at Sweetbriar School for one year. On Nov. 15, 1948, Frances married Kenneth Schulz. Frances worked at Gaebe Pharmacy for two years and quit to care for her ailing father. She later was employed at Elm Crest Manor for some time, the New Salem Co-op Store, and at the Lunch Box Café at Golden West.

Generous and giving of her time, Frances was an active 4-H leader, member of the Women’s Guild, a Sunday school teacher, choir member, Morton County Fair board member, Rodeo Association, West River Teamsters, and a founding member of the Saddle Club. Frances’ favorite retirement pastime was going on wagon trains, cooking, and enjoying her time with Kenny and their family. She also enjoyed bird watching and reading. Above all she was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her love and kindness will be forever remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Blessed to have shared her life is her husband of nearly 64 years, Kenny Schulz; their six children, Sandy Schulz, Bonnie Woods, Jackie (Frank) Bickford, Wade (Linda) Schulz, Roberta (Arnold) Voigt, and Barry (Michelle) Schulz; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Marvin (LaVerne) Schulz; and sister-in-law, Shirley Schulz.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Hilda (Herman) Maier; brothers, Walter (Mildred) and Ted (Edith) Gaebe; son-in-law, Bill Woods; and brothers-in-law, Willard Schultz and Glen Schulz.

In lieu of flowers, Frances wanted donations made to the Peace Church Sanctuary and Bell Choirs.


Scott Tomanek

Scott M. Tomanek, 35, Mandan, died Nov. 12, 2012, at his home.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Nov. 16, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Charlie Heidt as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Scott was born on March 12, 1977, to Larry and Sharon (Bohl) Tomanek in Bismarck. He was raised and educated in Mandan, graduating from Mandan High School in 1995 and continuing his education at University of Mary on a baseball scholarship. In 2004, Scott and his special friend Amanda Berger were blessed with a daughter, Emry Tomanek. Scott spent his career working on the loading docks at Cass Clay Creamery.

In high school, Scott was involved in many sports. He played baseball for the Mandan Braves and the Mandan Chiefs, earning the title of Rookie of the year for the Chiefs. He also played football for the Braves, receiving the All State Football Award for kicker and line backer. Besides fishing as a hobby, Scott was an avid softball player, playing on several teams each summer.

Everyone knew Scott as a loving and generous person. He especially loved spending time with his daughter, Emry. Going to the cabin on Lake Sakakawea and teaching her to fish was a particularly special memory of Scott and one that Emry will cherish dearly.

Scott will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his daughter, Emry, Bismarck; mother and stepfather, Sharon and Kim (Howard) Parson, Bismarck; a brother, Shawn, Mandan; and numerous family and friends.

Scott was preceded in death by his father, Larry, in 1997; and his grandparents.

Memorials in Scott’s name can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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