Mandan News

Obituaries – October 20-26, 2012

Elaine Geiger

Elaine M. Geiger, 98, Mandan, died Oct. 18, 2012, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck.

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

Elaine was born on July 25, 1914, to Frank and Rose (Wetzstein) Glaser, in Odense. She married Christ Geiger on July 26, 1932, in Bismarck. After their marriage, Christ and Elaine farmed south of Solen, where Elaine helped Christ with the farm work and took special joy in raising chickens and gardening. They raised eight children that kept her busy with sewing, crocheting, baking and canning, her specialties being bread, holiday fruitcake and pickles. Every jar in her pantry sparkled. She also loved preparing German dishes and made her own wine and beer. In 1951 they moved to Mandan, where Elaine worked as a housekeeper at a local motel, did private babysitting and was a side cook at Jerry’s Supper Club. Elaine was modest, proud and meticulous in everything she did, paying special attention to her appearance, a comb and mirror always at her bedside. She liked casual reading, puzzles, board games, cards and watching programs like Lawrence Welk. Elaine loved Country music and loved to sing and dance. She was a spunky little lady who well into her 70s, and thought nothing of riding in the pickup box with her grandchildren on the way to a favorite fishing hole. So many special memories will be cherished by all who knew her.

Elaine will be deeply missed by daughters, Eileen Peterson, Bremerton, Wash., Wilma (Leo) Baumgartner, Bismarck, Josephine (Jerry) Dansereau, Hayden, Idaho, Adeline (John) Malaspina, Ravensdale, Wash., Elaine Isaak, Barnesville, Minn., and Dinah Kroh, Bismarck; son, Wayne (LeAnn), Enumclaw, Wash.; 24 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, 16 step grandchildren; 14 step great-grandchildren; and six step great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Maggie Froelich, Bismarck, Monica Stoller, San Francisco, Calif., and Bertha (Ed) Barth, Reno, Nev.; and sisters-in-law, Margaret Glaser, Veronica Glaser and Irene Glaser all of Bismarck.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Christ, in 1985; daughter, Delores (Dennis) Holmes; sisters, Lizzy (John) Stoltz, Rose (Bill) Stoller, and an infant sister; brothers, (twin) Tony (Rose), Mike, Adam, John, Frank (Loretta) and Lawrence; and brothers-in-law, Peter Froehlich and Rueben Stoller; great-grandson, Allen Olheiser.

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Robert Lighthizer

Robert C. “Bob” Lighthizer, 81, Mandan, died Oct. 19, 2012, surrounded by his loving family, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Johnson Kuriappilly as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan, with military honors provided by the VFW Post No. 707 and American Legion Post No. 40.

Bob was born on June 2, 1931, to Oscar and Pearl (Jennings) Lighthizer in Bismarck. He married Diane Leingang and moved to Ft. Campbell, Ky., where he was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 40 for over 50 years. Bob was employed with the Amoco Oil Refinery as an operator and welder for 37 years. He enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing and following his children and grandchildren in all their activities.

Bob will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Diane; daughters, Deborah (Orven) Swenson, Fargo, Patricia (Dr. Ronald) Wright, Williston; son, Rob (Lori) Lighthizer, Mandan; grandchildren, Captain Erik Swenson, Rev. Kristin Swenson, Dr. Justin (Heather) Wright, Jeremy (Nicki) Wright, Jerilyn (David) Clark, Dr. Nathan (Dr. Jenna) Lighthizer, Lindsay (Dr. Jeremy) Messer; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Darlene (Hubert) Haider, Bismarck.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; and three brothers.

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Marietta Mundy

Marietta G. (Uhlman) Mundy, 90, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, Oct. 22, at Atonement Lutheran Church, in Overland Park. A private family burial occured in Oceanside, Calif., at Eternal Hills Cemetery.

Marietta was born June 20, 1922, in Mandan, where she attended Syndicate School and First Lutheran Church. Her first job was working in an ice cream parlor. She joined the U.S. Marine Corps in April 1944 and attained highest rank of Sergeant in Camp Lejeune, N.C. After World War II, Marietta moved to Chicago, Ill., and worked for a building supply company. It was here where she met her husband Edward, over the phone. They were happily married in 1948.

In 1952, they moved to Santa Monica, Calif. They had their first son Keith in 1953 and second son Lee in 1955. She started working for the Aerospace Industry in 1960. Marietta and her family were charter members of Mount of Olives Lutheran Church in Mission Viejo, Calif., where she was the newsletter editor. In 1970, she became the corporate secretary for Dana Electronics, Santa Ana, Calif. Starting in 1977 she attended Saddleback Community College.

Marietta’s interests included crafts, painting, gardening and travel. She retired in 1986 and made a cross country trip with her husband and grandson, Greg. From 1987 to 1994 she was the primary caregiver for her husband, Ed. Her husband of 46 years passed away in January 1994. After his passing, Marietta returned to college at Johnson County Community College, was a volunteer with the Brown and Gold Club and a teacher’s aide with Blue Valley School District.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Mundy; and her brother, Norman Uhlman. She is survived by her brothers, Gordon (Rose) Uhlman of Las Vegas, Nev., and Walter (Patricia) Uhlman of Mandan; sons, Keith (Joyce) Mundy of Elgin, Ill., and Lee (Angie) Mundy of Bethesda, Md.; her grandson, Greg (Kristin) Mundy of Roeland Park, Kan.; granddaughters, Kimberly (Sergio) Caminos of Overland Park, Kylara and Kaitlyn Mundy of Bethesda; and great-granddaughter, Emma Grace Caminos, Overland Park.

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Ryan Zottnick

Ryan D. Zottnick, 35, died Oct. 11, 2012, at his residence in Bismarck due to a myocardial infarction.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Chaplain Dan Sweeney as officiant.

Ryan was born on March 12, 1977, to Doug and Barb (Schweitzer) Zottnick at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck. He was raised and educated in Bismarck; Ryan attended Northridge Elementary School, Hughes Junior High and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1995. Ryan attended the University of Mary from 1996 to 2001, where he pursued a degree in exercise science.

Ryan enjoyed many things in life including hunting pheasants and deer, training his dogs, weight training and cooking. Ryan also loved spending time with his family, friends and his nieces and nephews.

Ryan’s career consisted of being in the hospitality industry, sales and construction. Ryan was totally disabled at the time of his death.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Doug and Barb; daughter, Sydney Henry, Albuquerque, N.M., adopted daughter of Scott Henry and Teresa Heard; daughter, Gracie Zottnick, Bismarck; sister, Megan (Jessie) Rundquist, Bismarck; brothers, Joshua (Reagan), Dallas, Georgia and Michael (Kari), Bismarck; grandfather, John Schweitzer, Harvey; grandmother, Irene (Mock) Zottnick, Bismarck; two nephews, Kayden Rundquist and Dresden Zottnick; two nieces, Madysen Rundquist and Seeley Zottnick; and aunts, uncles and cousins. We love you, and we miss you.

Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ernie Zottnick and Clara Schweitzer.

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