Mandan News

Obituaries – September 10-16, 2011

Arlene Fisher

Arlene Fay Fisher, 71, Solen, passed away Sept. 2, 2011, at MedCenter One in Bismarck, with her family at her side.

Mass and burial was held on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Anthony, with Father Chad Gion Celebrant. Burial was at the St. Anthony Cemetery.

Arlene was born in Bismarck at her family’s home on Nov. 8, 1939, to Theodore (Ted) and Martha (Guerin) Fode. She was raised and educated in Bismarck.

Arlene married Norbert Fisher on Sept. 8, 1956, in Bismarck, and they made their life together on a farm near Solen, where they raised dairy cows, cattle and grain. She also enjoyed crocheting and made many blankets and afghans. Arlene raised a large garden and canned many wonderful items from her bounty, she was also well known for her delicious apple bars. She enjoyed dancing, especially polkas. Arlene was a wonderful seamstress and made many beautiful clothes especially for children. She loved to travel and went on many trips to casinos with her special cousins, Val and Doris Fleck. She also enjoyed family trips to visit relatives.

Family was very important to Arlene; she was very proud of her children and grandchildren and spoke daily to them on the phone. She will be deeply missed by her husband of nearly 55 years, Norbert; son, Norbert Jr. (Cally), Solen; daughters; Tanya (Chris) Dietz and Trina (Ben) Gress, both of Mandan; her grandchildren, Scott, Travis and Lisa Fisher, Brandi (Eric) Bender, Ethan, Adam and Owen Gress; brother, Roger (Claudia) Fode, Wilton; her twin, Sister Ilene (Gene) Roth, Sidney, Mont.; brother and sister-in-laws, Bobby (Bonnie) Fisher, Gloria (Tom) Fisher, Gloria (Tom) Schmidt and Regina (Duane) Schlichenmayer.

Arlene is preceded in death her parents, Theodore and Martha; brother, Ted; and his wife Beverly Fode; and grandson, Samuel Gress.

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Raymond Kuhn

Raymond Richard Kuhn, 77, formerly of Flasher, died Sept. 10, 2011, at his residence in Mandan.

Mass of Christian burial was held Sept. 14, 2011, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan. Inurnment was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with military honors provided by the Flasher American Legion Post #69.

Raymond was born in Flasher on May 14, 1934, to Joseph and Minnie (Friesz) Kuhn.  Shortly after schooling, he served as a seaman in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was honorable discharged in 1955. On Sept 30, 1956, he married the love of his life, Coletta Monson, in Bismarck. He was a delivery driver for Cenex in Flasher for 40 years. Coletta and Raymond moved to Mandan in 2006.

Raymond was an active member of the American Legion and the VFW. His community involvement was evident by his volunteering as a firefighter and ambulance driver. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing.  Playing cards was an enjoyable activity, where he spent quality time with family and friends. Family was an important part of his life, especially the holidays when all his family gathered.

Raymond will be deeply missed by his wife of 54 years, Coletta; children, Joletta Kuhn, Omaha, Neb., Ray Jr. (Cathy) and Valerie (Joe) Sundsbak, both of Bismarck, Char (Jeff) Olsen, Mandan, and Mike (Shanna), Williston; grandchildren, Andy, Ashley, Teri, Jennifer, Chris, Ethan, LeAnna, Gregory and Travis; three great-grandchildren; sister, Darlene (Glen) Cassidy, Sun City, Ariz.; brothers, Henry (Betty), Beulah, and Pete (Donna), Bismarck; sister-in-law, Rosella Kuhn, Mandan; and special friends of the family, Janet and Rick Schapp.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ralph.

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John Landeis

John Landeis, 80, Mandan passed away Sept. 7, 2011, at the Medcenter One hospital in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held Sept. 10, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

John was born on March 24, 1931, to Louie and Elizabeth (Thomas) Landeis in Mandan. He was raised and educated in Center. He married Lorraine Geiger on July 13, 1954, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mandan. John’s career as a truck driver began with Belohlavek Trucking, then he was with Houck Transport before he became self-employed as Landeis Livestock Hauling.

John also enjoyed being a school bus driver for many years. He enjoyed attending his grandsons’ basketball games, watching rodeo on TV and tending to his cattle. Spending time with his family on holidays and birthdays was very important to him. John will be remembered as an honest and hardworking man.

John will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Lorraine, with whom he shared 57 wonderful. He is also survived by his children, Darryl (Vi) Landeis, Renee (Gary) Schaff, Dale (Kelly) Landeis, Vickie (Mick) Tischmak and Michelle (Greg) Roller, all of Mandan; his grandchildren, Jake (Kylie) Landeis, and Emmylou Landeis, Jaimee Schaff and Corey Schaff, Kayln Landeis, Devin Rogers and Westin Tischmak, Jaden Roller and Alyssa Roller; his brother, Tom (Loretta) Landeis; his sister-in-law, Regina Landeis, and his brother-in-law Ralph Hatzenbihler, all of Mandan.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Margaret Hatzenbihler and Agnes Landeis; and a brother, Jack Landeis.

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Adla Olsen

Adla Olsen, 104, Mandan, died Sept. 5, 2011, at Medcenter One Mandan Living Center.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, Sept. 8, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverend Lee Herberg officiating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Adla was born on Sept. 29, 1906, at her family’s farm in rural Morton County. She was the sixth of seven children to Alfred and Augusta (Lindor) Johnson. From a young age Adla loved to play softball, this continued into her 70s. On Sept. 18, 1929, she married Carl Olsen. They made their home in southwest Mandan along the Heart River bottoms. In 1932 they moved to her family’s farmstead in southwest Mandan, a home she remained in until moving to the Care Center in 2002.

A talented cook and baker, Adla would say, “You can use my recipe, but it’ll never taste the same.” This was true and she was loved for all of the wonderful dishes she made and shared. Adla also enjoyed sewing. A 4-H leader for many years, she was also a founding member of the Highland Homemakers Club and the Heart River Church Circle. Having her siblings spread out across the country gave Adla the pleasure of traveling to see them, which she enjoyed as often as she could. A beloved, dedicated and honorable woman, Adla leaves her family and friends with many memories that will always be treasured. She touched so many lives in her nearly 105 years and her stories, recipes, and the love she had for her family will live on.

Blessed to have shared her life are four children, Leland Olsen, LaVerne Nelson, Norma Nelson, and Duane (Mavis) Olsen, all of Mandan; 16 grandchildren, Jeff (Char) Olsen, Mandan, Lynette (Allen) Burch, Sioux Falls, S.D., Craig Olsen, and Beth (Brad) Allen, both of Mandan, Jean (Robert) Schutt, Beulah, Herbert (Doris) Nelson, St. Louis, Mo., Tom Nelson, Delton, Mich., and Vivian Graham, La Crosse, Wisc., Susan Epps, Bismarck, Terry Nelson, Dennis (Carla) Nelson, and Kevin Nelson, all of Mandan, and JoAnn (Steve) Schmidt, St. Anthony, LaVon (Randy) Jerome, Belcourt, DeLane Olsen, and LaDean Serrao, both of Moorhead, Minn.; 44 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Adla was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather; husband, Carl, in 1974; granddaughter, Donna Toman; two son-in-laws, Archie and Clifford Nelson; a daughter-in-law, Delores Olsen; and her six siblings.

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Robert Schafer

Robert Roy Schafer was born on Sept. 29, 1917, in Inverness, Mont., to Jacob and Mary Schafer. Later, the family moved to Cavalier, where they settled. Bob, or “The Professor,” as he was known, graduated from Cavalier High School and worked for Salaba Drug Store until he left for employment in the defense plants in Burbank, Calif. In the spring of 1941, Bob went to serve proudly and bravely in World War II with the 29th Infantry. He was wounded in St. Lo, France, was in the second wave that hit Omaha Beach and was wounded again at the Battle of the Bulge in Germany. Bob returned home a highly decorated veteran and hero, having earned two Purple Hearts with an Oak Leaf Cluster, a Bronze Star for bravery, a Silver Medal for heroic action, an Occupational Medal, a Combat Infantry Badge, a Good Conduct American Badge and a Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.

On Nov. 29, 1946, Bob married the love of his life, Betty Elaine Briggs, at Apple Blossom Time in Crookston, Minn. In 1950, the couple relocated to Mandan, where they built their lifelong home and Bob was employed with the Bureau of Reclamation and the Department of Energy. The couple also cared for countless relatives and friends.

Bob was a gentle giant with a dry and wry sense of humor. He loved fishing, woodworking, reading, writing, sneaking dark chocolates, football and baseball, music and dancing, and winning at cards. He enjoyed camping trips with his family, sipping coffee and visiting with his kids, whisker-rubbing his grandkids’ cheeks and hiding favors for his wife on the Christmas tree. There was nothing that Bob couldn’t fix or craft or build and no one told a sweeter tale or sang a livelier song.

After many years of slowly declining health, Bob passed away quietly, in the arms of his devoted Betty, on Sept. 9, 2011 at St. Alexius Medical Center. He was 93.

A memorial service was held Sept. 13 at Buehler Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with interment at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post 707 and American Legion Post 40.

Donations may be made in Bob’s name to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery Foundation at 1825 46th St. S.W., Mandan, ND 58554.

Robert Roy was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Irene, Ivis, Leona, Cyril and Leon.

He is survived by his beloved Betty, Mandan; his daughters Linda and Tim Massey, Mandan, and Lana Bernhardt, Lincoln, and a son, Jake and Jane Schafer, Mandan; his grandchildren, Beau and Tammy Massey, Toni and Greg Wheeler, Amber Rae Bernhardt, Cole Bernhardt, Jacob, Dylan, Cale and Wyatt Schafer; his great-grandchildren, Kayla Massey, Scout and Pip Wheeler; and dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives in-law and friends.

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William Schreiner

William “Bill” Schreiner, 76, Mandan, died Sept. 8, 2011 at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held Sept. 12, 2011 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Kenneth Phillips celebrating. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Bill was born Aug. 10, 1935. in Graceville, Minn., to Richard and Frances P. (Boyle) Schreiner. The family later moved to Dilworth, Minn., where Bill graduated from Dilworth High School in 1954. On Nov. 17, 1962, he married June Magelki at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mandan.

Bill had a strong work ethic, which he demonstrated as he worked as a fireman for the Northern Pacific Railroad, as a guard at the State Industrial School in Mandan, as manager at the Bismarck Auto Dine and as a funeral assistant at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home for many years. Bill was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Mandan and served as an acolyte and on the funeral lunch committee. He was a member of the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus and Mandan Lions. Giving of his time, he enjoyed helping others. For 15 years, Bill was the caregiver for his father and mother-in-law, Joe and Elizabeth Magelki.  He liked to do yardwork, take walks and listen to music. A highlight was always spending time with his family, and he especially enjoyed Schreiner family reunions.

Blessed to have shared his life is his wife of 48 years, June, Mandan; three children, Joe (Shelly) Schreiner, Chisholm, Minn., Jean Schreiner (Al Beamon II), Fargo, and Jeff (Lisa) Schreiner, Madison, Wis.; six grandchildren, Ben, Arin, and Gabby Schreiner, Alfred Beamon III and Mckenzy and Will Schreiner; two sisters, Lorita (Howard) Nelson, Dilworth, and Lorraine (Jerald) Gilbertson, Audubon, Minn.; two brothers, Donald (Dot) Schreiner and James (Geraine) Schreiner, all of Moorhead, Minn.; numerous nieces and nephews; and a personal friend, Richard Wirtz.  Bill was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Richard, Victor, John, and Thomas.

Memorials are preferred to Christ the King Catholic Church, Mandan.

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