Mandan News

Obituaries – October 13-19, 2012

George Bunnell

George L. Bunnell, 76, Mandan, died Oct. 10, 2012, at Sanford Health in Bismarck, with his wife and family at his side.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Christopher Kadrmas as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

George was born on Sept. 29, 1936, to Melvin and Isla Mae (Ruggles) Bunnell in Minneapolis, Minn. He married Charlotte Ripplinger on May 15, 1954, in Mandan. George was a boiler maker by trade and was a member of the Union, Local 647 from 1953 to 1988.

George was a socially outgoing, gentle and generous man and was loved by all that met him. He enjoyed taking fishing trips to Alaska and Canada. He was an avid sports fan with a preference for the Vikings and Twins. A highlight and tradition was fishing, deer and goose hunting with his family. Dear to him were his cats, Zack and Macy, who could be found on George’s lap whenever he was sitting in his chair at home. George suffered through various illnesses, in which his determination and faith helped him through these times. In 1999 George had a kidney transplant, with his daughter Debbie donating the kidney. These cherished memories of George will always be with us to help us remember this special man.

George will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Charlotte; daughters, Debbie (John) Wangler and Linda (Loren) Dally, all of Mandan, and Laurie (Mike) Hedstrom of Bismarck; sons, Kenny (Deb), Mandan, and George Jr. (Brenda) of Maple Grove, Minn.; stepmother, Dorcas Bunnell, Cambridge, Minn.; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren, with another one on the way; half-brothers, Duane (Lucy) Bunnell and Darby (Laurie) Bunnell, all of Cambridge, David (Dorie) Bunnell, Fargo, and Darcy (Kaycee) Bunnell, Fort Peck, Mont.

George was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Patrick, Keith and Scott; his sister, Isla; and brother, Melvin.

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Leonard Crouse Jr.

Leonard Crouse Jr., 82, Mandan, died peacefully at home on Oct. 11, 2012.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 15, at First Lutheran Church Mandan, with Reverend Jack Carlson officiating and Reverend Richard Hagestuen sharing the sermon. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

Leonard Jr. was born June 9, 1930, in Steele, to Leonard Sr. and Emma (Ebele) Crouse. He was raised and educated in Jamestown. At age 15 he started working for the Northern Pacific Railroad. On Jan. 16, 1951, Leonard enlisted in the U.S. Army, spending a year in Alabama. He served for nine months with the 17th Infantry Regiment in Korea. Leonard was proud to receive the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the United Nations Service Medal. He was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant in 1952.

On Dec. 3, 1949, Leonard married Hazel Newcomb of Minnewauken. They made their home in Jamestown. Moving to Mandan in 1962, Leonard worked for Burlington Northern Railroad as a car-man, retiring in 1992 after 46 years of service. Following their retirements, Leonard and Hazel enjoyed diet coke and fellowship each day at the McDonalds restaurant in Mandan. He enjoyed singing Happy Birthday to the employees on their special day, which will be missed. After Hazel’s passing, Leonard and his dear friend Delores continued the daily routine of McDonalds visits. Leonard was active in his church teaching Sunday school, singing in the church choir, and as a funeral usher. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion and was especially proud of his military service. The last 47 years of his life was dedicated to sobriety and attending his AA meetings without fail. Leonard loved all sports and enjoyed watching his family and grandchildren participate. Leonard was a stranger to no one and a friend to many. His passing leaves lasting memories of love, laughter, and many shared stories.

Blessed to have shared his life are his three children, Bonnie (Richard) Tentis, Thomas (Debra) Crouse, and Ronald (Lynn) Crouse, all of Mandan; daughter-in-law, RaeAnn (George) Kirick, Hazen; his special friend, Dolores Rowe, and her extended family; 11 grandchildren, Leonard (Leah) Crouse IV, Casey Crouse, Michael (Shanna) Crouse, James (Kelli) Crouse, Karlee (Edwin) Dirck, Jay (Erna) Crouse, Ryan Crouse, Steven (Jori) Tentis, Daniel (Leaha) Tentis, Sarah (Robert) Baker, and Heather Tentis; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Darlene (Curtiss) Goehner, Jamestown and Virginia Reich, Mandan; and one brother, Gary (Lorraine) Crouse, Fargo.

Leonard was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel, on June 2, 2009; son, Leonard Crouse III; his parents; brother, Donald (Marion) Crouse; and brother-in-law, Roger Reich.

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Stanley Helbling

Stanley Helbling, 96, Mandan, died peacefully Oct. 5, 2012, at home. Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Father Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was held at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Stanley Helbling was born on March 4, 1916, in St. Anthony, the son of Alfred and Katherine (Hopfauf) Helbling. Raised in the area, he attended Chimney Butte School No. 2. He lived on the family farm northwest of St. Anthony until he was 18 and then joined the Community Conservation Corps. After that he moved to Mandan and went to work for the Mandan Creamery. He married “Maxie” Morrell on June 6, 1938, at St. Anthony Church. He joined the Northern Pacific Railroad (later Burlington Northern) in August of 1941; working as wrecker foreman for most of his 36 years with the railroad (he retired in 1977). He was a charter member of the Mandan Railroad Museum.

Stanley was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus (1950), Fraternal Order of the Eagles (1950), and of St. Joseph Church, Mandan.

Stanley was a dedicated family man all his life. Practical in nature and generous in heart, he believed in tending to business and doing the right thing. Stanley was completely devoted to his wife, Maxie, and was so very happy just to have her by his side. It wasn’t unusual for him to hold her hand and praise her profusely; even until the day he died. He had a lifelong love of fishing and being in the outdoors, and had a special fondness for the Western Meadowlark. In retirement, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing Pinochle, dancing, and traveling. Stanley was proud of and active in his yard and garden well into his golden years.

Stanley is survived by his wife of 74 years, Magdalen (Maxie); his three children, Jerry Helbling, Bismarck, Vern (Monica) Helbling, Los Angeles, Calif., and Mary Jane (Benjamin) Griffith, Turnersville, N.J.; his granddaughters, Verna Helbling, West Hollywood, Calif., and Jessica (Esen Onur) Howell, Arlington, Va.; his great-granddaughters, Sophia Onur and Ella Onur; three sisters and three brothers-in-law, Bertha Flink, Mandan, Monica (Nick) Zueger, Mandan, Hildegard (Mel) Palin, Lolo, Mont., and John Wetsch, Bismarck; and two brothers and one sister-in-law, Tom (Janice) Helbling, St. Cloud, Minn., and Alfred Helbling, El Cajon, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, John and Peter Helbling and Joe and Emil Knoll; three sisters, Mary Bullinger, Maggie Kautzman and Genevieve Wetsch; and an infant daughter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the St. Joseph Capital Campaign.

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Joseph Leingang

Joseph A. Leingang, 76, Bismarck, died Oct. 4, 2012, at the Baptist Home, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Oct. 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant.

Joseph was born on May 4, 1936, to Alex and Julia (Magilke) Leingang in Sioux County. He was raised and educated in Sioux County. He married Geraldine Stoltz on Oct. 25, 1958, at Sacred Heart Church in Solen.

Joe started working on various ranches in Sioux County at a young age. He then took over the family farm and ranch near Solen for many years. During his younger years he especially enjoyed horseback riding, dancing and playing cards. Following that he lived in many states, including Colorado, Minnesota and Arizona, always near family. During that time he worked various other occupations including carpentry, electrician, driving truck and the oil fields. Wherever Joe went he easily made new acquaintances and friends.

In his recent years he returned to Mandan to be closer to his daughters and other family. He resided at Liberty Heights and later the Baptist Home. He was a Denver Broncos fan and liked talking about football with his sons in Colorado and his many friends at the Baptist Home.

Joseph will be deeply missed by his daughters, Joette (D.J.) Brown and Julie Schmit both of Bismarck; sons, Joe D. (Candace) and Jason both of Windsor, Colo., and Harlan (Lori), Ft. Collins, Colo.; 13 grandchildren, Dustin, Christopher, Weston, Brandon, Lauren, Layne, Shane, Colson, Brooke, Autumn, Dylan, Nate and Zoey; three great-grandchildren, Jaxson, Devin and Weslee; brothers, Ray (Janice) and Marvin, both of Mandan; and sisters, Mathilda (Francis) Fischer, Bismarck, Alice (Bill) Geiger, Solen, Albina (John) Dworshak, Apache Junction, Ariz., Kathy (Garlan) Johnson, Bismarck, Rosie (Rick) Nelson, Tucson, Ariz., and Radene (Darrold) Berger, Glen Ullin.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Julia; and grandson, Jaxson Schmit.

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Clara Weigel

Clara Weigel, 92, Napoleon, died peacefully Oct. 6, 2012, at St. Vincent Care Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Oct. 12, at St. Philip Neri  Catholic Church, Napoleon, with Rev. Ross Laframboise as celebrant with Rev. Brian Wangler and Rev. Don Leiphon as concelebrants and Allen Baumgartner and Gary Schumacher as Deacons. Burial was at the St. Philip Cemetery.

Clara was born on April 2, 1920, in Logan County, to Wendelin and Elizabeth (Zerr) Wangler. She married Andrew A. Weigel on Oct. 27, 1941, at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Napoleon. They farmed in Logan County for many years until moving to Napoleon when they retired in 1981.

Clara and Andy loved antiques and traveled around the country adding to their collection for many years. Clara was proud to show their antiques in their home, which was built to showcase their prized collection. Raising their 14 children kept Clara very busy and organized. She was loved by all who knew her, especially her children, who are so thankful to have had her as their mother as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Clara shared her strong Christian beliefs with her family which was central in her life; she could remember all the names and birthdays of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Clara lived life to the fullest even after her beloved Andy died in 1988. She enjoyed quilting, baking, playing card and volunteering at the Napoleon Care Center. She was a past member of the Napoleon Golden Age Services, St. Philip Altar Society, Logan County Historical Society and Museum and a faithful member of St. Boniface and St. Philip Catholic Churches.

At the age of 85 Clara sustained a stroke and was admitted to St. Vincent’s Care Center, where she resided until her death. She enjoyed being at the care center and loved all her caregivers. She was always so appreciative of the care and loved to visit with all the other residents.

Clara will be deeply missed by her children, Andy (Darlene), Killian, Missy (Ron) Schmitt, and Diane Vaughn, Bismarck, John (Cindy Bedore), Barb (Tony) Braun and Chuck (Karleen), Napoleon, Terry (Cheryl) and Bob (Jodi), Kintyre,  Betty (Al) Vetter, Tulsa, Okla., Theresia (Roger) Maier, Lake Havasu, Ariz., Mariann (Jerry) Roehrich and Deb (Jim) Teske, Minneapolis, Minn., Clara (Brad) Willie, Urbandale, Iowa; 31 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Andy; sons-in-law, Roy Vetter Jr. and David L. Vaughn; great-grandson, Jared Jacob; brothers, Wendlin (Mary Eva) Wangler, Romaltus (Christine) Wangler and John (Theresia) Wangler; and sisters, Veronica (Joe) Vetter, Agatha (Stanislaus) Wald and Magdalena (Tony) Mitzel.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Vincent’s Care Center and Napoleon Care Center.

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