Mandan News

Obituaries – October 22-28, 2011

John Lippert

John R. Lippert, 64, Mandan, passed away on Oct. 19, 2011, at Medcenter One Hospital, Bismarck. His family surrounded him with their love and strength in the hours before his death.

A memorial service was held in celebration John’s life on Monday, Oct. 24, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan. He was laid to rest at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post 707 and American Legion Post 40.

John was born Sept. 6, 1947, in Bismarck, the son of Leonard and Wilma (Blaskowsky) Lippert. Raised and educated in Steele, he graduated from Steele High school. During high school John loved to pitch in the game of baseball. In 1966, John and his teammates won the state baseball title for the Steele Legion, where he pitched an incredible game. Following high school, John was drafted in the service and became a proud Marine, and was awarded the Purple Heart for combat during Vietnam. John married Carol Leiss on Feb. 28, 1997. Together they owned and operated The Ridge Motel in Mandan. John was an avid goose and duck hunter and always enjoyed socializing with his family and friends.

John is survived by his loving wife, Carol, Mandan; children, Kristi (Troy) White, Barnsville, Minn., Kari (Craig) Thomas of Bismarck, Donald “DJ” Lippert (special friend, Cari), Bismarck, Patsy (Craig) Hlibichuk, Bismarck, and Kim (Jason) Balliet, Dickinson; grandchildren, Victoria and Avery White, Isaiah Younger, Mya Thomas, Kaylee Gentz, Colin and Ava Lippert, Jay Herauf, Devon, Kaylee, and Sabrina Hlibichuk, and Paige and Jake Balliet; one great-grandchild, Christian Hlibichuk; sister, Diana (Keith) Wick, Nebraska; many nephews and nieces; numerous sister and brother-in-laws; and many special friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Diane Pletan; and his special companion, Chubby.


Eleanor Moos

Eleanor W. Moos, 92, Mandan, passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at Medcenter One, Bismarck. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Lee Herberg officiating.

Eleanor was born Oct. 13, 1919, to Jacob and Mary (Schroeder) Will at New Leipzig, where she attended country school. She married E.P. Snyder in 1947, who passed away in 1976. On July 9, 1977, she married Edward Moos in Verona. He passed away in 1998. She worked as a painter and stainer at Viking Home and as an operator at Bell Telephone. Eleanor enjoyed playing pinochle, doing word searches, making sausage from venison, gardening and canning. She loved the outdoors, taking care of the family dog and friend “Chase,” watching Wheel of Fortune, and was an avid Chicago Cubs baseball fan.

She is survived by two daughters, Janice (Mervin) Schonert, Beulah, and Marie (Joe) Schaner, Mandan; three sons, Donald (Roxie) Moos, New Salem, Larry (Cindy) Moos, and Allan (Sherry) Moos, all of Mandan; two brothers, Jacob (Violet) Will, Alaska and Ervin Will, South Carolina; eight grandchildren, Melissa (Lee) Wilson, Dan Moos, Darwin (Sam) Moos, Darren Moos, Kristen (Jon) Holte, Desiree (Bill) Foster, and Torie (Mick) Lenhardt, McKayla Moos; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; four sisters, Ester Sharf, Martha Hintz, Ruth Funston, and Lydia Huber; two brothers, Oscar and Arthur Will; grandson, Wayne Schonert; and great-grandson, Levi Wilson.

Memorials may be made to the Ruth Meier’s Hospitality House, or a food pantry of your choice.

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-Funeral arrangements made by DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan


Marlene Zaharis

Marlene Mae (Friesz) Zaharis, 69, passed away Oct. 22, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Billings, Mont.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Oct. 26, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Marlene was born Dec. 7, 1941, to Jacob and Mathilda (Schmidt) Friesz of Flasher. She graduated from Mandan High School in 1960, and then worked as a telephone operator in Bismarck. She later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in California, where she attended cosmetology school, and worked as a cosmetologist until she married Edward Zaharis in 1977. Ed and Marlene lived on the family property in San Ramon, Calif., and later in Tracy, Calif. She worked as a medical assistant, as a convalescence caregiver and served as president of the Tracy Women’s Club, volunteering in the community until Ed’s death in 2002. Marlene then moved to Red Lodge, Mont., where she enjoyed cooking, sightseeing, photography, painting and spending time with her friends and family. She will be remembered for her warm and generous heart, her sense of humor and her kindness towards others.

Marlene is survived by her daughter, Marlys (Chuck) Chellew, Rocklin, Calif.; sisters, Leona Dillon, Red Lodge, Mont., Kathleen Kopp and Bernadine Tosterud, Bismarck, and Sharon (John) Michlitsch, West Fargo; brothers, Richard (Diane) Friesz, Bismarck, Loren (Marlys) Friesz, Waseca, Minn., Dennis Friesz, West Fargo, and Duane Friesz, Salt Lake City, Utah; stepdaughter, Teri Kovac; and three step-grandchildren in San Ramon, Calif. She is also survived by her special companion of six years, Richard Moulden, Billings, Mont., as well as 11 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Edward Zaharis.

Marlene’s family would like to thank the physicians and staff at Frontier Cancer Center, St. Vincent’s Hospital and Rocky Mountain Hospice, all in Billings, Mont.; and at St. Vincent Healthcare Mountain View Clinic and Beartooth Billings Clinic in Red Lodge, Mont., for their care and support over the past few years. They would also like to thank the Ladies of the Christian Service Outreach Program in Red Lodge, and her many friends for their prayers and support. They would especially like to thank her companion, Richard Moulden, for his loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

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