Mandan News

Obituaries – November 24-30, 2012

Elsie Neibauer

Elsie C. Neibauer, 85, Mandan, went to be with her Father in Heaven on Nov. 19, 2012, at home, surrounded by her family. Though she will be dearly missed, she is now at peace.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Nov. 24, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Chad Gion as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Elsie was born on June 25, 1927, shortly after her twin brother Edward, to John and Ludmilla (Belohlavek) Charvat, on a farm south of Mandan. She was raised and educated in Morton County and graduated from Mandan High School. Elsie met her husband, John, through family and they were married Nov. 12, 1946. John and Elsie farmed in Huff until 1962 and then in Almont until 1973. Not only did they raise their 12 children while farming but they also took care of several close friends and relatives that lived with them. They gave up farming and moved to Mandan in 1973. She continued to work as a cook, which she did for the Seven Seas and the Mandan Villa. She also did cleaning of homes and laundry for others. Later, she and John moved south of Washburn, living along the river. This was convenient for them to enjoy fishing, hoping to catch the “big one.” They also raised chickens, turkeys (30-50 pounds), geese and a large vegetable garden. After Washburn they moved to Center and because of Elsie’s health issues they moved back to Mandan.

Elsie was a woman of generosity and hospitality, giving many hours of her time to her family and extended family preparing large meals using her own canned goods. These meals always presented with the special touch and the love of her family. She did find some time to relax and enjoy doing crossword puzzles, word searches, reading, fishing and listening to music, her favorite being Dean Martin and Charlie Pride. After walking many miles in her life, Elsie decided it was time to get her driver’s license. It was a high point then to drive to George’s Bakery, the Library, Ben Franklin and the basketball games.

Elsie will be deeply missed by her husband of 66 years, John; daughters, Marilyn (Gary) Bahr, Popkerville, Ky., JoAnn (Ron) Hinson, Washburn, Donna (Ernie) Groth, Mandan, Sandy (fiance, Curt Prellwitz) Allen, Sherry (Dale) Helbling, Lisa (Shannon) Kost, all of Bismarck; sons, Ron, Mandan, Richard (Elaine), Stanton, John (Cris), Lincoln, Doug (Viv), Gary (Janice), Terry, all of Bismarck; 31 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen (Mike) Knoll, Marie (Leo) Bauer, Mandan; and sister-in-law, Elda Charvat, Mandan.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Rose (Frank) Jerabek; brothers, John, Walter, Ed (Beatrice); and an infant son, Walter.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to St. Alexius Hospice and North Dakota Talking Books Library.

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LaVonne Tweedy

LaVonne M. Tweedy, 71, St. Anthony, died Nov. 20, 2012, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Anthony, with Rev. Christopher Kadrmas as celebrant. Burial was at the St. Anthony Cemetery.

LaVonne was born Feb. 12, 1941, to Anton and LaVern (Macklem) Klein in Mandan. She was raised and received her elementary education in St. Anthony, graduating from Pacifica High School in California. On Nov. 14, 1958, LaVonne married James Tweedy in Reno, Nev. After moving back to North Dakota, she received her bachelor’s degree in education from Mary College and continued her education receiving a master’s degree in special education from the University of Mary. She started teaching at Christ the King School. Most of her career was teaching special education at the Youth Correctional Center in Mandan, which she did for 30 years.

After retiring, LaVonne and James moved out to the family homestead in St. Anthony. LaVonne was a cowgirl at heart, tending to the horses and making sure her grandchildren and great-grandchildren knew how to ride. Living on a farm also was convenient to have several dogs and cats, a large garden, and simply enjoying the wonders of nature. The many family events at the farm were a highlight, especially the Fourth of July. In later years, LaVonne took care of her mother and a convenience was to have her at the farm.

LaVonne will be dearly missed by her sons, Vince (Val), Bismarck, and Rod, Mandan; four grandchildren, Sarah (Myron), Rocky, John and Kaylee; three great-grandchildren, Haylee, Shelby, Jordyn; sister, Donna (Roman) Weiler, Mandan; brother, George, Star City, Ind.; and brother-in-law Jim Powell, Antioch, Calif.

LaVonne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim, who passed away in 2011; sister, Laura Marie Powell; and sister-in-law, Pat.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to the Youth Fund at the Youth Correctional Center and Prairie Learning Center.

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