Mandan News

Obituaries – September 24-30, 2011

Doris Bail

Doris Betty Bail, 78, died Sept. 22, 2011, at Medcenter One Hospital in Bismarck.

Services were held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with Chaplain Walter Schott officiating. Burial was at the McIntosh Cemetery in McIntosh, S.D.

Doris was born in McIntosh, S.D., on Sept. 15, 1933, to James and Katherine (Frank) Flying Horse. She married Calvin Bail, Sr. on March 5, 1955. She received her education in nursing, becoming an LPN. Doris was employed as a secretary for United Tribes for eight years.

She is survived by her son, Calvin Bail, Jr, Rapid City.


Monica Goetzfridt

Monica M. Goetzfridt, 86, New Salem, entered eternal life on Sept. 20, 2011, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Sept. 23, at St. Pius V Catholic Church, New Salem, with Rev. Amalraj Roche, MSFX as celebrant and Rev. Chad Gion as con-celebrant. Burial was at the St. Pius V Catholic Cemetery.

Monica was born on Sept. 9, 1925, to Emil and Margaret (Schaner) Doll at Fort Rice. She married Pius A. Goetzfridt on Oct. 15, 1946, in New Salem.

Monica was a woman who was of strong faith and central in her life was her family. In raising her family she made sure that food was ever present which was lovingly prepared by her, and this included her canned fruit and vegetables. A culinary specialty and always with hospitality were German recipes, especially pies, cheese buttons and chicken noodle soup that everyone enjoyed. She did take time for quilting and embroidery, and enjoyed many hours of fishing and traveling that she and Pius did through the years. In all of this she had a great sense of humor and was a hard worker, which will be remembered and cherished by her family.

She is survived by her children, Gloria (Dennis) Kunkel, New Salem, Terry (Andrew) Leingang, Bismarck, Nancy Goetzfridt, New Salem, Diane (Bruce) Huber, Hazen, Sheila (Dwight) Huber, New Salem, Marie (Curtis) Wetzel, Glen Ullin, Bernice (Kent) Kremer, Wahpeton, Angela (Karen) Goetzfridt-Gidney, Ellsworth, Maine, (ex-son-in-law Allen Unruh), and Larry (Rhonda) Goetzfridt, Bismarck; grandchildren, Jamison Huber and Justin Huber, Jeremy Wetzel, Douglas, Christopher and Amanda Kremer, Linda Schlenker, Kevin, Darrell and Dusty Kunkel, Melanie Hagerott, Melissa Mitzel, Cassie Waggoner, Nathan and Zachary Unruh,  Sydney and Madison Goetzfridt and Chad Goetzfridt; step grandchildren, Ashley and Alex Gidney-Stark, and Dustin Gidney; great-grandchildren, Rachel, Emily and Travis Kunkel, Paige, Megan and Abby Schlenker, Morgan and Brylyn Kunkel, Savanna and Brandon Hagerott, Perrin and Trevor Goetzfridt, Cora Anne Waggoner, Autumn and Nora Huber, Sierra Wetzel and Cayden Kremer; step great-grandchildren, Suzanne, Tyler and Jayden Selzler and Danielle Owens; sisters, Margaret Sturn, New Salem, and Patty (Harold) Morgenstern, Hazen; and brother, Steve (Harriet) Doll, New Salem.

Monica is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pius, in 2001, four infant grandchildren; one infant great-grandchild; brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Elizabeth Doll; and brother-in-law, George Sturn.

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Blasé Grosz

Blasé Grosz, 83, Bismarck, formally of Raleigh, passed away on Sept. 19, 2011, at St. Alexius Medical Center after a four month stay at the Missouri Slope Lutheran Nursing Home after he suffered a major stroke.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Sept. 26, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church Flasher, with Rev. Dan Berg as celebrant. Burial was at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery, south of Mandan, with military honors provided by the Flasher American Legion Post.

Blasé was born April 12, 1928, to Mathew and Amelia (Kratz) Grosz in Grant County, south of Brisbane, at the Hientz home. Mrs. Heintz was a county midwife. He attended school locally and was drafted to serve in the United States Marines during the Korean War. He was trained as a radio operator and lineman stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Several months after training, he was ordered to Japan as reinforcement until the war ended. After he returned homes, he was employed for several years at the local businesses in his hometown, Raleigh Lumber Co., but mostly at Raleigh Bar and Pool Hall as their favorite bartender. In the early ’70s, he assumed responsibility for the family farm, which he managed for the past 40 years. Blasé gave up farming in 2003 following his doctor’s orders after he had experienced a major heart attack. He moved to Flasher 55 Club Senior Center in 2006 reluctantly, after his family convinced him and expressed their concerns about his safety during the long, cold and harsh North Dakota winters.

Blasé is survived by one brother, Stephen (Nellie) Grosz, Billings, Mont., Otto Grosz, Tucson, Arizona; and one sister, Emma Dennis, Portland, Ore.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Joseph, Bill, Matt and Baldwin.


Magdalen Morrell

Magdalen H. Morrell, 80, formerly of Mandan, passed away Sept. 13, 2011, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with Father Shane Campbell as Celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Maggie was born July 29, 1931 in Mandan, to Rudolph and Eva (Steckler) Boehm. She was raised in Mandan and attended St. Joseph’s Catholic grade school, of which she was very proud, and graduated from Mandan High School. She married Sebastian Morrell on May 31, 1948, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Maggie worked for 28 years as a dietician at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.

Maggie was a woman of gentleness, soft spoken, but loved the social aspect of visiting with people. Central in her life were family and her devoted faith. She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and was an avid reader. Having lived her life in St. Joseph’s church area in Mandan, she always had a special place in her heart for her church, which was also a great source of strength and support. On her calendar she would record special dates, Sept. 3 in particular, she had marked with a note which said, “Gone to Heaven.” The completion of her calendar was where Sept. 13 was marked, which now says “Gone to Heaven.”

Maggie is survived by her daughters, Patricia (LeRoy) Balstad, Mandan, Deb Bill, Minnesota, Carol (Tim) Cristilli, Lincoln, Sue (Tim) Helbling, Mandan, Becky (Dan) Verhaeghe, Mandan; sons, Jack (Linda) Morrell and Greg (Sharon) Morrell, all of Mandan; along with 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Florence Schaaf of Bismarck.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sebastian, who passed away on Sept. 3, 2011; son-in-law, Clayton Bill; granddaughter, Kary Morrell; one sister, Minnie; and brothers, Mike, Tony, Greg, Rudy, George, and John.

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