Mandan News

Obituaries – September 15-21, 2012

Shirley Boehm

Shirley A. Boehm, 82, Mandan, died Sept. 13, 2012, at Sanford Health, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Sept. 17, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Shirley lived her life in a simple and quiet manner. Her strong faith was displayed in her love of her church. She and James traveled throughout the United States, spending winters in Las Vegas. A highlight for Shirley was to make trips to the casino with her bus buddies. The friendships continued with members of the bowling leagues. Her artistic talents were shown in her creative charcoal art and paintings with finishing and an appreciation of antiques. Her extended family was a highlight spending time together during the holidays where many good meals were enjoyed. Her legacy of love and kindness will be a cherished memory.

Shirley will be greatly missed by her sisters, Ella Himebaugh, Roswell, N.M., Irene Hamann, Maple Grove, Minn., and LaVile Nelson, Richfield, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Alice Boehm and Virginia (Bill) Boehm, both of Mandan; brother-in-law, Eugene Boehm, Mandan; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Leona Kveum; sisters-in-law, Marlys Boehm and Betty (Leland) Upham; brothers-in-law, Boyd Himebaugh, Clifford Hamann and Duane Nelson; brother-in-law, Lloyd Boehm; special nephew, Michael Long; and father and mother in law, Chris (Felicia) Boehm.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

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Frieda Hummel

“Fly swiftly heavenward and enjoy a peaceful blissful rest very well deserved for tasks done well down here.”

Frieda Hummel, 89, Bismarck, died Sept. 14, 2012, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.

Services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Ashley Baptist Church, Ashley, with Rev. William Damberg officiating. Burial was at Ashley City Cemetery, Ashley.

Frieda (Blumhardt) Hummel, daughter of Jacob and Christine (Hoff), was born Feb. 22, 1923, in McIntosh County, on the homestead 4 miles west of Venturia. Sharing her life were two brothers and seven sisters. She attended county and town school up to the eighth grade. In 1939 through Depression years with lack of money she had to stay home to help with one of her brothers and parents with the farming; plus she did some babysitting for the family and neighbors. In 1943, her parents gave up farming and moved to the town of Venturia. On Feb. 20, 1947, she married Clifford Hummel, and they were blessed with two daughters. In the meantime, her parents needed her to take care of her mother, which she did until she passed away. Frieda also took care of her father until he moved into a nursing home. He passed away at the age of 98.

She raised a huge garden and chickens and always told us she did all this without running water. She also helped her husband with farming and running the local cream station and later on with his well drilling business. The family moved to Ashley Aug. 25, 1969, which made life a lot easier, for she finally had running water. She kept busy doing different jobs like babysitting and helping friends and family whenever they needed her. In 1977 she started to work for McIntosh County Hospital, doing housekeeping and laundry for 11 years. She retired in 1988 after suffering a heart attack. In 1990 she stayed with her daughter and son-in-law to help with their daughter, Amanda Rose, for eight months until her death. On June 11, 1994, Frieda moved to Bismarck. While in Bismarck, she kept very busy volunteering at numerous places. She was a member of the RSVP for many years; her favorite place to volunteer was the Bismarck Tribune, which she did to her last days. She loved playing pool. Her passion was crocheting for friends and family and strangers and making many crafts and putting puzzles together with her daughter and son-in-law. She shared the love of soap operas with her granddaughter, Colleen; it was something she watched every day. Her hospitality was known by all for feeding visitors; there was always food on her stove. Her favorite music was old time waltzes and polkas; her radio was always on KBMR. She loved going out to coffee with her Delzer sisters and taking us to the Little Cottage Cafe. She enjoyed her Sunday meals with her loving family. Her favorite thing to do was dyeing Easter eggs; sometimes boiled and sometimes raw.

Her pride and joy was her cat, Fluffy Marie, who she had for 25 years. Cats held a special place in her heart.

Frieda is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Jon) Snider; granddaughter, Colleen (Dwight) Pfliger; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and brother-in-law, Fred Strobel.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; grandson; granddaughter; two brothers; seven sisters; two sisters-in-law; six brothers-in-law; aunts; uncles; one nephew; and three nieces.

We miss you already our dear sweet one, save a dance for us!

Memorials are preferred.

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George Wentz

George Whaley Wentz died on Sept. 12, 2012, at Sanford Medical Center, surrounded by his family after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 17, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with Rev. Craig A Schweitzer officiating. Burial was at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery, Mandan, with military honors provided by the VFW Post No. 707 and American Legion Post No. 40. Cremation has taken place.

George was born in Bremerton, Wash., on Dec. 26, 1941, to Harold and Virginia (Kidd) Wentz. Harold and Virginia moved from Mandan to Washington and various cities along the west coast, as Harold assisted in building interstate highways. They eventually settled in Hayward, Calif., where George graduated from high school.

He married Linda Smith in 1966. They had two children, Douglas and Jessica.

After high school, George enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served over 21 years, retiring in 1981 as a master sergeant. He was stationed at various U.S. and foreign locations. He proudly served in combat areas in Korea and Vietnam.

After retiring from the military, he settled in Marysville, Calif., where he raised two children while working for a propane company and a shopping cart restoration business.

In 1988 he moved to Mandan to attend Bismarck State College to study automotive technology. He earned his associate degree in 1989. After graduation, he was employed at the Veteran Center and Bismarck State College in the automotive technology program. He retired from Bismarck State College in 2004.

For several years after retiring, he delivered Meals on Wheels and made many friends at Golden Age Senior center in Mandan. He enjoyed his daily coffee and games of pool with the folks at Golden Age. When walking in the door, he was usually met with a chorus of, “Hi George,” and good natured ribbing.

While working as a VA work study at Job Service, he met Elaine Muecke. They married on Aug. 11, 1990, in Bismarck and settled in Mandan.

George was an avid outdoors person who enjoyed camping, fishing, target shooting and hunting. His favorite camping places were Yellowstone National Park, Lake Sakakawea and Medora. He also enjoyed playing cards and getting together with friends and relatives. He took a great deal of pride in keeping his vehicles in top running order and clean. In his recent years he also enjoyed reading and watching old western movies and the History Channel.

He was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where he ushered regularly. He was also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and the Amvets.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Elaine, Mandan; his son, Douglas and special friend, Amanda Dyk and her daughter, Destin Dyk, Bismarck; his daughter, Jessica and her husband, John Michael Mills, Jr., Sacramento, Calif.; granddaughter, Lillian, Sacramento; brother, Charles, Mandan; Four nieces;  three aunts; and numerous cousins.

George is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Harold James.

The family thanks the many staff members of Sanford Medical Center who provided care and support.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck or to the N.D. Veterans Cemetery.

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