Mandan News

Obituaries – October 27-November 2, 2012

Caroline Barrios

Caroline Barrios, Mandan, died Oct. 26, 2012, at the Baptist Home in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Marvin Klemmer as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery, south of Mandan, with military honors provided by the VFW Post No. 707 and American Legion Post No. 40.

Caroline was born on Nov. 27, 1922, to Frank and Helen (Kuntz) Rambur in Mandan. She was raised and educated in Mandan. Caroline joined the United States Navy, Jan. 22, 1944, the year after she graduated from Mandan High School. On July 14, 1945, Caroline and A.J. (Barry) Barrios were married in Astoria, Ore., where they were both stationed. After being discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1945, they returned to Mandan for a brief time then moved to Marrero, La., where they lived for nine years before returning to Mandan.

Caroline and A.J. made their home in Mandan, where they raised their eight children. She was a woman of adventurous spirit with a great sense of humor and love of family. Her sense of humor and social nature suited her well as a bartender at the American Legion Club in Mandan for 20 years. Her free spirit was displayed in her deciding to take a welding course that earned her the nickname of Rosie the Riveter. Caroline also loved traveling: riding the train to visit cousins in Montana, traveling to visit family in Louisiana, taking several cruises and taking a trip to Italy. Family was very important to her and she loved planning holiday celebrations where the whole family would gather to feast on the fruits of her labor. She was a wonderful hostess and a great cook. She lived life to the fullest, displaying her sense of humor, gentleness and generosity with her community and family.

Caroline will be deeply missed by daughters, Cheryl (Al) Lucas and Yvette (Fernando) McCamant of San Diego, Calif., Linda Schiltz, Eden Prairie, Minn., Brenda Fasching, Mandan, Barbara (Matt) Appleby, Bismarck, and Michelle (Andy) Sennett, Hanover, Mass.; sons, Richard (Nancy) Barrios, Bismarck, and Larry (Carla) Barrios, Mandan; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Tom Rambur, Bismarck, and James (Clara) Wetsch, Mandan; and many nieces and nephews.

Caroline was preceded in death by her husband, AJ (Barry) who died in 1991; sister, Eleanor (Tony) Wetsch; sister-in-law Vangie Rambur; son-in-law, John Fasching; and granddaughter, Carrie Schiltz.

Memorials may be directed to North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery or to the Baptist Home in Bismarck.

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Mable Bauer

Mable L. Bauer, 78, Mandan, died Friday, Oct. 26, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck.

Services were held on Monday, Oct. 29, at Bethel Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with Rev. Tim Jenks officiating. Burial was at the Graceland Cemetery in New Salem.

Mable Bauer was born in Judson on Aug. 7, 1934, to Fred and Louise (Hanson) Sack. She was raised in the Judson area. She married Elmer T. Bauer on Feb. 28, 1954, in New Salem. They lived in Bismarck and Mable continued to work (as a secretary and model) at the AW Lucas Department Store, until she and Elmer moved to Longview, Wash., for two years. Elmer and Mable returned to New Salem to pursue their life’s career of farming.

While living in the New Salem area, Mable dedicated her life to family, community and church. She was a leader in her kid’s 4-H Club, and a teacher at Vacation Bible School and Sunday school. Mable had a knack for creatively making memories with her family such as picnics in the pasture, fishing trips and special birthday parties. Mable loved nature and her appreciation for it was displayed in the large vegetable and flower gardens she grew. Mable was an avid reader and a favorite pastime of hers was watching the finches outside her dining room windows. After retiring, she Elmer traveled throughout the western United States in their fifth wheeler, spending three winters in Arizona. They moved to Mandan in 2008.

Mable will be greatly missed by her daughters, Theresa (Michael) Brockman, Hutchinson, Kan., Deborah (Daniel) Bueligen, New Salem, and Cheryl (Steve) Peltz, Denver, Colo.; sons, Donavon (Barbara), Mandan, and Douglas (DeLana), Billings, Mont.; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Beryl (Durwood) Toepke, New Salem; and brother, Fred (Mary) Sack, Somerset, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Richard (Margie) Sack.


Lydia Berreth

Lydia Berreth, 86, Mandan, died Oct. 27, 2012, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at United Church of Christ, Bismarck, with Reverend Dr. Dale Kent officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Lydia was born on Feb. 20, 1926, one of twin daughters to Jacob and Sophia (Sauter) Huber. Raised and educated in Carson, Lydia met Milton Berreth at church in the late 1930s. After Milton left to serve in the Army, Lydia and her sisters, Frieda and Ella, went to

Portland, Ore., to work at Jantzen Knitting Mills during the war. Milton returned home in December 1945 and they were married in Carson on Jan. 27, 1946. They lived in Bismarck for one year and then made their home in Mandan. Lydia worked at Cloverdale and then in sales at JC Penney’s. She later worked in sales and draperies for Vantine Paint and Glass, a company that Milton managed. Through successful sales with the company, Lydia and Milton earned many trips, including, the Bahamas, Cancun, spent their 25th anniversary in Mexico, Austria, North Africa, Spain, and Hawaii three times. They shared many wonderful times and made countless memories on their travels.

Together they retired in 1985 and Lydia enjoyed working at Dayton’s in the linen department. Above all, Lydia was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was a dedicated housewife, very particular about how she liked things. A wonderful cook, her family will especially miss her cheese buttons, butter noodles and chocolate chip cookies.

Spending the holidays together was something Lydia always treasured. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary and loved to spoil the girls in her family. Throughout the years Lydia remained very close to her sons through phone calls and visits. Especially important throughout her life was the immeasurable bond with her twin sister, Frieda. They shared everything throughout childhood, married life, raising their families, and into retirement. Their daily phone calls just to visit were a constant source of happiness and forever strengthened the love they had for each other.

This wonderful woman will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Blessed to have shared her life is her husband of 66 years, Milton Berreth, Mandan; two sons, Dale (Julie) Berreth, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Gary (Sandy) Berreth, Nisswa, Minn.; six grandchildren, Todd (Meg)

Berreth, Trevor and Teague Berreth, Allison Shephard, Erin (Tanner) Hunter, and Ryan (Angela) Berreth; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ella Rieger, Portland, Ore., and her beloved twin sister, Frieda

Diehl, Mandan; three brothers, Helmuth Huber, Benton Harbor, Mich., Elmer (Delores) Huber, Tulsa, Okla., and Wilbert (Bernice) Huber, Bismarck; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Huber, Benton Harbor, Mich., and Leah Huber, Tucson, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lydia was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ted, Carl (Ruth), Rev. Edwin Huber; a sister, Edna (Art) Lutz; sister-in-law, Lydia Huber; and brothers-in-law, Gideon Rieger and Edwin Diehl.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark and Faith Erickstad and his staff for the years of exceptional care.

Memorials are preferred to United Church of Christ, Bismarck.

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Alex Fergel

Alex D. Fergel, 67, of Mandan, passed away quietly in his home Oct. 23, 2012, after years of battling heart issues.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.

Alex was born in Mandan on April 12, 1945, to Mary (Rushchensky) and Alex Fergel Sr. He married his high school sweetheart, Jeanette Ressler, on Aug. 7, 1965. He was a lifetime resident of Mandan and attended Mandan High School and Interstate Business College. They were blessed with four boys; Mark, Richmond, Va., Steve (Denae), Mandan, Scott (Rachel), Shakopee, Minn., and Michael, Mandan. They were also blessed with six grandchildren; Tyler, Joshua, Bradley, Andrew, Jessica and William.

Alex retired from Morton County Courthouse in May 2007. Prior to Alex’s serious heart condition, he enjoyed yard work, fishing and playing with his grandchildren. After he became ill, Alex loved spending time playing Farmville, visiting with family and friends, and looked so forward to having his grandchildren and great-nieces and nephews visit. Throughout Alex’s illness, even thought he was confined to his home, he managed his illness without complaining and tried not to bother anybody. Even though he was put on a diet with his condition, he always enjoyed finding ways to get his hands on his favorite foods; pizza and sandwich meat. He thought he was sneaky but everyone knew what he was doing; he wasn’t going to be denied his guilty pleasures. It brought a smile to everyone’s face letting him get away with it.

In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his mother-in-law, Mary Ressler, Mandan; sister, Janice Doll, Washington; and many loving brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Alex was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Matt Ressler; and younger sister, Luella.

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Sandra Just

Sandra Just, 69, Mandan, died Oct. 26, 2012, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverend Jack Carlson officiating. Cremation has taken place. Burial was at the Baldwin Cemetery.

Sandra was born March 20, 1943, in Bismarck, to Lawrence and Ernestine “Agnes” (Rupp) Dombrowsky. She graduated from Mandan High School in 1961. On March 30, 1963, Sandra married Marshall Just in Bismarck.

She worked in the clerical department at Farm Credit Services for many years. Sandra enjoyed gardening, needle crafts and loved to read. Camping and fishing with her family was something she always liked to do. A longtime member of First Lutheran Church, she was a Sunday school teacher for 10 years and active in church work groups. Sandra was involved in the Foster Care Program for nine years.

A kind and loving woman, Sandra will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Blessed to have shared her life is her son, Todd (Lisa) Just, Fargo; three step-grandchildren, Latasha, Tommy, and Anthony Volk; two sisters, Lorraine (Ken) Mowder, Bismarck, and Bonnie Kressin, Mandan; brother, David (Donna) Dombrowsky, Mandan; sisters-in-law, Nadine (Dorlyn) Hoffman, Steele and Carolyn Dressler, Sacramento, Calif.; brother-in-law, Tom (Ann) Just, Las Vegas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sandra was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall, in 2005; her parents; and sister, Twila Holley.

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Laureen Tausend-Morrissey

Laureen Tausend-Morrissey, 63, died peacefully in her sleep Oct. 25, 2012, at Sanford Health, Bismarck.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Mandan United Methodist Church, 1610 12th St. W., Mandan, with Rev. Bruce Adams officiating.  Visitation will take place one hour prior to service at the church.  Cremation has taken place.

Laureen was born Dec. 17, 1948, to Wilmont and Althea (Suchy) Tausend of Mandan. On Nov. 10, 1984, she married her true love Robert Morrissey of Omaha, Neb., in Mandan. After working in the childcare profession for many years, her cerebral palsy became too much for her, Laureen had to regrettably retire and move into the Mandan Care Center. Later, together with her husband, they moved to the Marion Manor in Glen Ullin, where she lived until hospitalized at Sandford Health in Bismarck.

Laureen is survived by her mother, Althea Kessel; and brothers, Wes (Linda) Tausend of Bismarck, Monte (Linnie) Tausend of Lincoln, and Terrel (Connie) Tausend of Mandan.

Laureen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her father, Wilmont Tausend; and grandparents, Joe and Nettie Suchy, and Moritz and Alva Tausend.

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Rosalie Zander

A private service was held for Rosalie E. Zander, 99, of Gridley, Calif. Rosalie passed away on Oct. 22, 2012, at her residence in Gridley.

She was born Aug. 31, 1931, in Mandan, to Joseph and Marianna Ferderer, and was raised by Markus and Matilda Gress.

Rosalie was a longtime resident of Gridley. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting and her family. She always accompanied her husband on yearly hunting and fishing trips. She was a devoted Catholic and a member of St. Vincent and St. Basil in Vallejo.

Rosalie was preceded in death by her parents, Markus and Matilda Gress, Joseph and Marianna Ferderer; her husband, Leo H. Zander; and one brother, Joseph Federer.

She is survived by her daughters, Evelyn Ingraham of Gridley, and Virginia Kopp of Jonestown, Penn.; grandchildren, Orlan Ingraham of Gridley, and Pamela Bretz of Jonestown; and two great-grandchildren.

Family suggests donations to Rideout Fremont Hospice.

Arrangements were entrusted to Gridley Block Funeral Chapel.