Mandan News

Obituaries – September 29-October 5, 2012

Peter Tishmack

Peter R. Tishmack, 92, Mandan, died Oct. 1, 2012, at Mandan Living Center in Mandan with Ethel at his side.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, Oct. 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at the Mandan Union Cemetery.

Peter was born on the family homestead west of Shields, April 5, 1920, to Reinholt and Marian (Bonogofsky) Tishmack. He attended school east of the homestead and farmed with his dad. In May 26, 1947, he married Ethel Sardeson at St. Gertrude Catholic Church near Raleigh. They had four children.

During his farming years, Peter took an active role in local community and county positions, to name a few: Wade and Leahy District school board and Soil Conservation Board of Grant County. They retired from farming in 1991 and moved to Mandan. In his retirement Peter enjoyed going to auction sales. He also found a new hobby, wood carving. Peter and Ethel enjoyed restoring their purchases and have maintained a consignment corner in a local antique store. They took many roadside trips throughout the country, enjoying finding new treasures and visiting their daughters for the winter. Peter enjoyed being behind the camera and took many photographs. Peter and Ethel also took a trip to Germany to visit relatives.

Peter was very social, enjoying the friendships made throughout the years. He always enjoyed hearing and telling a good story. To keep himself occupied, Peter put his green thumb to work by maintaining a garden in addition to his favorite flowers. Not only was he an honorary club member for many years but also on the board for two years at the Mandan Old Golden Age Club, Mandan.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ethel and their children, Diane Estelle, Mandan, Blaine (Cecelia), Mandan, Marion Struckness (Dale), Minot, and Gladys, Mandan; three grandchildren, Lynn and Mitchell Tishmack and Norah Struckness; and two great-granddaughters, Zoe and Kiera.

Peter is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Amalia, Margaret, Tillie, Eva, Ann and Joseph.

Memorials may be directed to the St. Joseph’s Champaign Fund.

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James Tokach

James Tokach died at his beloved home in the woods on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Weigel Funeral Home Chapel, Mandan, with Deacon Rex McDowall officiating. 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.

Jim was born Sept. 20, 1945, and had just celebrated his 67th birthday. He attended St. Anthony Grade School and graduated from Mandan High School and Bismarck Jr. College. He Served in Vietnam in 1967 to 1968 with the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division. Home from the war, he returned to college and graduated from the University of Mary with a degree in accounting.

Jim had many interest throughout his lifetime. He worked in accounting for Clairmont Construction, began Tokach Drywall and Painting, and later his interest in the outdoors drew him to start Tokach Gardens. He sold produce for many years at the summer Farmers Markets making many friends. Later he partnered with his brother Louie and expanded the operations to even more acres of vegetables.

Jim played slow pitch softball for many years. He fished, hunted, told stories and partied with people from all walks of life. He sat for hours in the evening just enjoying the outdoor sounds of nature, watching the deer and other wildlife outside his door. Other interest included canning, winemaking, taming skunks, building greenhouses, TV, reading and collecting junk he thought he could use.

From the time Jim built his home in 1974 he had a wide and unusual assortment of animals. He loved the river and spent lots of summer evenings and Sunday afternoons floating down the Missouri with family and friends.

The flood of 2011 took a great toll on Jim in spirit and body, as well as the woods he loved. He was only able to move back into his home this August, so we are grateful he had some last time there. He always said the only way he was leaving the woods was when he died. He was scheduled to leave for the VA hospital in Fargo for possible surgery when he died at home.

His presence and smile will be deeply missed at holidays and family picnics by his siblings, Louis L. Kenneth (Pam), Clifford (Marge), Joyce (Rex), and Ron (Diane); his many nieces and nephews, and his many diverse friends, including his regular group at the Stage Stop.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, June; and brothers, Gerald and Duane.

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Jaydee Wetch

Jaydee Wetch, 52, Mandan, died of natural causes on Sept. 29, 2012, at his home.

A celebration of Jaydee’s life was held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.

Jaydee was born Aug. 30, 1960, to Joe and Lila (Jochim) Wetch, of Solen. He grew up in Bismarck, graduating from Bismarck High School in 1978. At the time of his death, Jaydee was employed at the City of Bismarck in the Forestry Department. He also helped his friend Ted Weiss move houses for many years for Weiss House Moving of New Salem. A proud member of ABATE, Jaydee had a great love for motorcycles.

Jaydee leaves one brother, Loren (Janice) Wetch, Mandan; nieces and nephews, Jody Sailer and Jadeen Nemec, Vermillion, S.D., Mindy (Brian) Kranig, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jill Sailer, Harrisburg, Penn., Kerry (Aaron) Bumgarner, Springfield, Mo., Shelly (Jason) Blotsky, Mandan, and Travis (Bridget) Wetch, New Salem; and many great nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind a very dear friend, Ted Weiss, New Salem. Though they were not brothers, they were closer than any brothers could be. Jaydee’s family is so thankful for the many years of good friendship they shared over the years.

Jaydee was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Joseph; and his sister and her husband, Joann (Martin “Red”) Sailer.

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