Neal Kenneth Fritchie was born May 31, 1944 at St. Aloisius Hospital in Harvey, North Dakota to parents Norris Freddie Fritchie and Nellie Ida Fritchie. Neal’s middle name was selected to match that of his mother’s brother-in-law (Kenneth Vontz).
Neal was raised in a small-town rural community, and he grew up working on his father’s livestock & grain farm. He completed grade school in Hurdsfield, ND, was a confirmed member of the Hurdsfield Lutheran Church, and began high school at Hurdsfield High School. His remaining years of high school were at nearby Harvey High School in Harvey, ND where he graduated in 1962.
Neal’s college time was at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND where he studied Electrical Engineering and graduated in 1966 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. At that time, the aerospace industry was just beginning to grow and Neal worked for Martin Marietta in Denver, CO, and then subsequently in Los Angeles, CA. He worked for a number of years at the U.S. Army Depot in Huntsville, AL in various government support roles. Neal held various clearances during his work with various government organizations – including NASA.
Neal kept his family near-and-dear to him, as evidenced by his father Norris traveling annually in wintertime by bus from North Dakota to Alabama in order to be with Neal. They enjoyed sharing meals and spending time together.
Neal Fritchie retired in late 2009 and his brother Norman and wife Carol encouraged Neal to move west to the Sun City, AZ area. Neal met and married Denise Marsh on April 23, 2011. Neal is survived by his older brother Norman and Norman’s wife Carol, his loving wife Denise, his supportive brother-in-law Bert and wife Dayna. Denise’s daughter Felisa Palfery and husband Simon & his 2 granddaughters – Molly & Zoe & various cousins. Neal was baptized as an adult in the Tennessee River and loved the Lord Jesus very much. He was a member of the Maranantha Baptist Church in Peoria, AZ.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish but have everlasting life.”
In lieu of flowers the family asks to send gifts or donations to Marantha Baptist Church in memory of Neal Fritchie.
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Ruby V. Knodel, 92, of Auburn, WA, died peacefully at her home on February 23, 2021.
Ruby Viola Knodel was born on July 15, 1928 to Jacob and Lydia (Biech) Alexander. She was raised and educated in Hurdsfield and graduated from Hurdsfield High School.
On October 23, 1948 she married the love of her life, Alvin Knodel. For a number of years, they lived in Brinsmade, ND and Pettibone, ND where Al served as a railroad agent. In 1969 they moved to Auburn, WA where he continued to work on the railroad.
Besides being busy raising five children, Ruby was active in church and the homemakers club; enjoying sewing, many arts and crafts, and canning produce from the large garden she and Al loved planting every year. They traveled many places together, especially in their RV taking many trips to the Pacific Ocean and North Dakota.
Ruby saw the beauty in absolutely everything and everyone. No matter the day, she saw the beauty in the sunrise and sunset, the clouds and the blue skies, the ocean, the mountains, a walk in the pasture, rocks, petrified wood, and especially her flowers. She taught us to love with all your heart, forgive first, always be kind, act now (quit talking about it and just do it), and always be proud to be an American. Always dressed in style and the perfect pair of shoes, you would often find a camera in her hand capturing so many memories. Shopping was one of her favorite activities, never passing up a good deal, and always getting enough to share and send out care packages. Spending time with her family and friends was her greatest enjoyment and was always grateful for the time spent with everyone.
As she would always say, “Thank you Jesus!”
Ruby will be deeply missed by her children, Marcia “Marcy” Marquardt of Pettibone, ND, Ross (Terry) Knodel of Bothell, WA, Randall “Randy” (Angie) Knodel of Tacoma, WA, Mark (Kim) Knodel of Auburn, WA, and Connie (Keith) Landry of Bothell, WA; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Al; her parents; her stepfather, Herman Heller; brothers and sisters; infant daughter, Gail Knodel; son-in-law, Greg Marquardt; infant granddaughter, Brenda Marquardt; and great great grandson, Rowdy Graner.
A Memorial Service celebrating Ruby’s life and interment next to her husband, Al, at the Chaseley Cemetery in Chaseley, ND will be held at a later date
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Melvin Liebelt, 71, West Fargo, ND passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at the VA Medical Center in Fargo, ND.
Melvin Douglas Liebelt was born May 17, 1949 at Harvey, ND to Arnold and Monica (Weist) Liebelt. He grew up on the family farm near Hurdsfield, ND. He graduated from Hurdsfield High School in 1967. Mel received a welding degree from the Wahpeton State School of Science. He married Beverly Budish in August of 1968 at Hurdsfield. Mel served in the US Army and upon discharge he returned to North Dakota. He and Bev made their home in Fargo and later settled West Fargo. He worked at the VA Medical Center retiring in 2004 with 35 years of service.
Mel enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time at Devils Lake and on the family farm. He also enjoyed gardening, having fish fries, tinkering in the garage and helping family and friends with projects. He was a life member of the West Fargo VFW.
Mel is survived by his wife, Beverly; two sons, Jess of West Fargo and Aron (Jill) of Fargo; a grandson, Magnus; five siblings, Bonnie Ringstad of Casselton, Ellary (Jo) of Lidgerwood, ND, Kenny (Debby) of Harvey, Craig of Colorado Springs, CO and Lanette (Dean) Johnson of Casselton, ND; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A private family service was held.
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Donald D. Radtke, 81, Fargo formerly of Hurdsfield, ND died Monday, March 8, 2021 at the Rosewood On Broadway in Fargo. Arrangements with Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey, ND.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021 at Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey, ND. A private interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hurdsfield, ND.
Donald was born on May 21, 1939 on a farm south of Chaseley, ND. He was the son of Wallace and Mabel (Kehn) Radtke. He grew up in the Hurdsfield area and graduated from Hurdsfield High School in 1957. He joined the Navy and served until being honorably discharged in 1961. Donald married Susan Edinger on June 23, 1963 in Harvey, ND. He farmed with his father from 1963 to 1976. Don continued farming on his own until 1994 when he and Susan moved to Fargo. He worked for Gellers Auto and Truck Parts from 1994 to 2003 and then for Fargo Assembly beginning in 2004 and retiring in 2014.
Donald served on the Hurdsfield Town Board and School Board. He also drove school bus for three years and was a member of the Lions Club.
Donald is survived by his wife, Susan; son Daniel of Fargo; daughter, Julie Dockter of Lewistown, ID; granddaughter, Rena Dockter; brother, Wallace (JoAnne) Radtke of Minnesota; sister Muriel Franz of Florida; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Larry (Sue) Edinger, Mary (Dave) Zentner, Rick Edinger, Kathie (Roger) Silkey.
In lieu of flowers Memorials are preferred to the Hospice of the Red River Valley or a food bank of your choice.
Arrangements with Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey, ND. Share online at www.hertzfuneralhomes.com
Carol J. Pfaff, 93, Bismarck, ND, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2021, at the Baptist Health Care Center.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on February 15, 2021, at the Bismarck Funeral Home, Bismarck, ND, with Pastor Rich Wyatt officiating from Living Hope Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens following the funeral service. A live stream of the service will be available on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page.
Visitation will be held Sunday, February 14th, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home. Visitation will continue at Bismarck Funeral Home one hour prior to the service on February 15th, 2021.
Carol was born on January 3, 1928, to Ervin and Nettie (Hamman) Gutknecht. She grew up and attended country school and graduated from Hurdsfield High School. Carol was a schoolteacher and taught in rural schools near Hurdsfield.
She was united in marriage to Dale (Bob) Pfaff on June 8, 1950, and they celebrated 70 years of marriage. They moved to Bismarck where she worked at the bulk plant for Phillips 66 and then later for Med-Center One.Carol was a member of the Nazarene Church in Bismarck.
Carol enjoyed family and cooking, and her family loved her cooking.
Carol will be deeply missed by her husband, Dale; sons: Doug (Linda) Pfaff, Colorado, Tim (Peggy) Pfaff, Bismarck; daughter- in- law, Saundra Pfaff, Bismarck; seven grandchildren: Jeremy (Erin) Pfaff, Jason (Jenna) Pfaff, Joshua (Carrie) Pfaff, Lindsey Pfaff, Ross Pfaff, Brooke Pfaff and Scott Pfaff; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Arnold (Kris) Gutknecht, Idaho.
Carol was preceded in death by her son, Steve; parents; sisters: Erna Kline and Eileen White; and brothers: Willard Gutknecht and Richard Gutknecht. (Bismarck Funeral Home)
Richard Gutknecht, 83, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on January 8, 2021 under the care of Sanford Hospice.
Richard Clinton Gutknecht was born to Nettie and Irvin Gutknecht on November 19, 1937 in Hurdsfield, ND. He married Evelyn Pedersen on May 29, 1965 in Fargo, ND. They had three daughters, eight grandchildren and one great grandson.
Richard was always known for putting others first, his selfless mindset inspired us all. Richard’s eyes and smile always lit up the room. For Richard, spending time with his family was one of his greatest treasures. Family time to Richard meant playing cards, dice, and pontoon rides at the lake. Richard’s favorite family tradition was Christmas baking. He was a great cookie froster, but an even better cookie tester.
Richard leaves behind his daughter’s Kelly (Mike) Ridder of West Fargo, ND; Stacy (Rick) Cossette of Fargo, ND; and Kari (Dayne) Bedford of Alexandria, MN. 8 Grandchildren, Alexander, Tyler (Emily), Ashley (Alex), Tanya (Jamie), Logan, Zachary, Darrek, Harrison, and great grandson Rowan. His sister, Carol (Bob) Pfaff of Bismarck, ND, and a brother Arnold (Kris) Gutknecht of Twin Falls, ID, as well as several brother/sister-in-laws, and nieces/nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn. A great granddaughter, Chloe. His parents Nettie and Irvin. His brother Willard, sisters Eileen, and Erna. In laws Vigo and Mary, several brother and sister-in-laws
NORMAN DORIAN WECKERLY
September 09, 1935 - December 08, 2020
Norman Weckerly, 85, Hurdsfield, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck, surrounded by his loving family. His funeral will be held Saturday, December 12th, 2020 at 2:00 P. M. at the Hurdsfield Community Center with burial following at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hurdsfield. This service will be livestreamed on: BBC Parish - YouTube . Visitation will be held Friday from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Nelson Funeral Home in Fessenden. CDC recommendations including social distancing, hand sanitizing, wearing a mask and staying away if not feeling well are encouraged. Online condolences may be shared at nelsonfuneralhomesnd.com
Norman Dorian Weckerly, son of James Dorian and Esther (Martin) Weckerly, was born September 9th, 1935 on the family ranch south of Hurdsfield. He grew up there and began his education at a rural, one-room school near their home. He attended fifth grade at the public school in Hurdsfield and the following year his family moved to Missoula, MT. He attended the sixth through tenth grade in Missoula. The family then returned to Hurdsfield where Norman finished his education, graduating from Hurdsfield Public School in 1953. Norman entered the United States Army in February 1954 and served until December 1955. He was stationed at Fort Riley Kansas for basic training and later at Fort Bliss and Fort Hood in Texas. It was during this time that Norman met his future wife, Lou Curry. They were married September 8, 1956 in the First Baptist Chapel in Waco, TX. Norman and Lou moved to a farm south of Hurdsfield and became involved in the Weckerly family farming and ranching operation. They moved to the Goodrich area in 1969 and to Bismarck in 1976 before returning to Hurdsfield where they resided since.
Norman described a perfect day as one in which he could spend time with friends and coworkers who shared common interests with him. He said the best friends are old friends with whom we have gone through life together, understanding and knowing each other’s families and the road each person has taken.
He loved a good day’s work. In addition to farming, Norman owned and operated Hurdsfield Grain and the Farm and Family Center in Hurdsfield along with his involvement in the banking and crop insurance industries.
Norman served on the boards of several organizations including the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, North Dakota Wheat Commission, United States Durum Growers, United States Grain Inspection Service, the hospital advisory board in Harvey, ND and Business Challenge, among others. His involvement with some of these organizations took him on many travels including to Europe and Russia. He enjoyed the experience of observing other cultures and people, and he and Lou also enjoyed traveling together. One of his favorite trips was to Tokyo in 1994.
Norman was active in the United Methodist Church in Chaseley and the Hurdsfield Lions Club. He worked with the Wells County Historical Society and loved caring for the Hurd Round House and supporting many other community projects throughout the years.
In Norman's later life, he and Lou wintered in Port Aransas, TX. Norman loved to visit the shipping channel and watch the commerce traveling through and enjoyed visits from friends and family.
Norman is survived by his children, Terry (Wanda) Weckerly of Hurdsfield; Shari (Keith) Arnold of Austin, TX and Susan (Hans) Schell of Littleton, CO; grandchildren, Chad (Tessa) Weckerly, Hurdsfield, Cody (Christia) Weckerly, Casselton, Elizabeth (Justin) Stinus, Nashville, TN and Christian, Ian and Morgan Schell, Littleton, CO; granddaughter-in-law Theresa Weckerly, Milford, IA; great-grandchildren Reagan, Elise, Benjamin, and Oliver Weckerly, Hurdsfield, Isabel, Tristan, and Madeline Weckerly, Milford, IA; Cayden, Sierra, Prairie, Teigan, and Isla Weckerly, Casselton; and two siblings, Delores (Allen) Brynjulson, Bismarck and Lloyd (Kitty) Weckerly, Harvey.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Lou who passed away on November 21, 2020; a baby daughter; his parents; and grandsons, Keith Benton Arnold III and Cole Weckerly.
In lieu of flowers the Weckerly family prefers donations be made to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, the Hurdsfield Community Center or the Wells County Historical Society.
Online condolences may be shared at nelsonfuneralhomesnd.com
July 10, 1955 - November 30, 2020
Myra (Buchwitz) Wallenvein, 65, Bismarck, died Nov. 30, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. A family funeral service will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck, with Rev. Allen Wagner officiating.
Public visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Parkway Funeral Service, Bismarck.
Burial will be held Wednesday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hurdsfield.
Myra was born July 10, 1955 in Chaseley to Fredrich and Justina (Kleinsasser) Buchwitz. She graduated as valedictorian from Bowdon High School in 1974 and attended Bismarck Junior College. Myra married Ron Wallenvein on Sept. 4, 1976. To this union, they had three children, Jeffrey, Jason and Jessica. Though divorced, they stayed special friends and shared their love of family.
Myra was devoted to her family and enjoyed playing with and nurturing her grandchildren. She also enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, being outdoors and having numerous gatherings with her brothers and sisters. She was very skilled and tackled many carpentry and repair projects on her own. Myra worked at Cash Wise Foods in Bismarck for many years.
She is survived by her children, Jeff (Mindy), Stanton, Jason (Christy), Bismarck, and Jessica (Jerry), Bismarck; grandchildren, Ryann, Kadence, Kaylee, Kaitlyn, twins Ronnie and Rayla, Kimber, Natalie, Brittani, Connor, Justina and Tuff; sisters, Ella (Don) Marks, Hephzibah, Ga., Alice (Dennis) Faul, Harvey, June (Ken) Thorstenson, Betty Kent, Adeline Gierszewski, Thelma (Arlin) Meier and Marlys (Terry) Harrison, all of Bismarck; brothers, Larry (Diane), Ga., Gary (Marsha), Mandan, Joe (JoAnne), Bismarck, and Fred (Adrian), Bismarck; sisters-in-law, Sandy Swensrud, Absarokee, Mont., and Lorna Fetzer, Tuttle; and many nieces and nephews.
Myra was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, John, James and Lorie Ann; ex-husband, Ron; brothers-in-law, Grady Kent, Marcel Gierszewski and Warren Wallenvein.
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Mattie Lou Curry Weckerly,
January 10, 1933 - November 21, 2020
Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Mattie Lou Curry Weckerly, 87, Hurdsfield, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at her home with her three children by her side. She took her last breath here on earth with the old hymn, "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus," playing in the background. A graveside service will take place on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 2:00pm at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery south of Hurdsfield. This service will be livestreamed on the following link: https://youtu.be/qPdPvhQqlrs. Public visitation will be held Friday, November 27, from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Nelson Funeral Home in Fessenden. CDC recommendations including social distancing, hand sanitizing and staying away if not feeling well are encouraged. Wearing a mask is required. Online condolences may be shared at nelsonfuneralhomesnd.com
Mattie Lou Curry, daughter of W. P. and Dollie (Smith) Curry, was born January 10, 1933 in Rotan, TX. She grew up and attended Rotan Public Schools, graduating in 1950. After high school, Lou enrolled at the Lillie Jolly School of Nursing in Houston and received her two-year degree. She then enrolled at Baylor University in Waco, Texas to get her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing Education. It was during this time that Lou met her future husband, Norman Weckerly. They met while she was working a shift at the hospital. They were married September 8, 1956 in the First Baptist Chapel in Waco. Lou continued her education and in 1957, after receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she and Norman moved to a farm south of Hurdsfield, ND and became involved in the Weckerly family farming and ranching operation. They moved to the Goodrich area in 1969 and to Bismarck in 1976 before returning to Hurdsfield where they have resided since.
Lou was a woman of strong faith in God. While attending the Methodist church in Goodrich, she loved working with the youth group. Also during this time, she was active with the United Methodist Women locally and statewide. She also got a job teaching Licensed Practical Nurses in Harvey at St. Aloisius and taught obstetrics. She loved working with the young nurses and over the years would always get joy out of seeing them still working or just running into them on the street.
She had many highlights and travels, having visited all 50 states, and in 1978 she traveled with her daughter and the Bismarck High School choir to Romania. Then in the mid-1980s she was able to go on a mission trip to Zimbabwe to help at the Methodist-founded Africa University. Around 1995 her volunteer work increased with the United Methodist women as she joined the global board and became the position point for disaster relief for the state of North Dakota. Normally this was not a busy job but with the Red River Flood of 1997, she was on the phone constantly working to coordinate help to the area. This is when the house got a phone upgrade...call waiting... so Norman could get through when he needed something.
During her time in Bismarck, she enjoyed singing with a group called the Sweet Adelines. She also managed some apartments that she and Norman owned and worked part-time typing physicals for the National Guard.
Lou also loved flowers and made some beautiful flower gardens over the years. Friends and family always knew to check out her flowerpots and flower beds. Then the next interest for her naturally was the birds that would hang around her flowers. So Norman would hang bird feeders out behind their house on the trees to attract more birds for her to watch. She involved her grandchildren in gardening as well, teaching them to appreciate growing, harvesting and cooking from her vegetable garden. She liked to go fishing with her grandsons and even purchased a fishing boat so they could take her out on the water.
For over twenty years, Lou enjoyed spending time with family and friends at their condo in Port Aransas, TX. She made many good memories there and loved collecting seashells, some especially unique ones that her daughter has never found again.
Her family is most grateful for all the unconditional love she has shown us over the years. She loved us like God loves us. And thankfully she has had many added to the family over the years to show this love to by giving a hug, sending a card, going on a shopping trip, cooking something special like her well-loved southern fried chicken, or sewing a Halloween costume or special blanket.
Lou is survived by her husband of 64 years, Norman; son, Terry (Wanda) Weckerly of Hurdsfield; Shari (Keith) Arnold of Austin, TX and Susan (Hans) Schell of Littleton, CO; grandchildren Chad (Tessa) Weckerly, Hurdsfield, ND; Cody (Christia) Weckerly, Casselton, ND, Elizabeth (Justin) Stinus, Nashville, TN and Christian, Ian and Morgan Schell, Littleton, CO; granddaughter-in-law Theresa Weckerly, Milford, IA; great-grandchildren Reagan, Elise, Benjamin, and Oliver Weckerly, Hurdsfield, ND; Isabel, Tristan, and Madeline Weckerly, Milford, IA; Cayden, Sierra, Prairie, Teigan, and Isla Weckerly, Casselton, ND and two sisters, Lois Rushing of Houston TX and Sue (Frank) Vaughan, Rockwall, TX.
She is preceded in death by a baby daughter; her parents; grandsons, Keith Benton Arnold III and Cole Weckerly; brothers Will Curry, Jr. and Dean Curry; and sister, Kathleen Rinehart.
The family prefers memorials be given to the Alzheimer's Association.
Online condolences may be shared at nelsonfuneralhomesnd.com
March 10, 1915 - September 28, 2020
Sarah Rall, 105, Hot Springs, SD, formerly of Harvey, passed away Monday, September 28, 2020 at Hot Springs. Her funeral will be held Thursday, October 8, at 2:00 P.M. at the Cornerstone Community Church North Campus in Harvey with burial at the Hillside Cemetery in Fessenden. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 7 from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Nelson Funeral Home in Fessenden.
CDC recommendations including social distancing, hand sanitizing, and staying away if not feeling well are encouraged. Wearing masks will be required.
Sarah (Fuhrman) Rall, daughter of Jacob and Rosina (Pfaff) Fuhrman, was born March 10, 1915 on her parents’ farm south of Bowdon. She grew up on the family farm and attended the Bowdon consolidated school in Bowdon, graduating in 1934.
After high school graduation she attended Valley City Teacher’s College, receiving her certification in 1936. She then taught in area rural schools.
On December 7, 1938, she was married to Daniel Rall in Fessenden. Daniel and Sarah were blessed with two children, Rosalie and Juel. They made their home on a farm south of Hurdsfield, where they raised small grains and livestock. Sarah had a huge vegetable and flower garden along with raising chickens, milking cows and selling eggs and cream. While in Hurdsfield, Sarah received Christ as her personal Savior and attended the Gospel Chapel.
Sarah began working at the Saint Aloisius Nursing Home in 1967. Following Daniel’s death in the fall of 1971, Sarah moved to Harvey and continued working in the nursing home until her retirement in 1990.
Sarah enjoyed gardening, crocheting, walking, playing games, traveling, and having Bible studies in her home. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Harvey.
Sarah lived in Harvey until 2008 when she moved to Hot Springs, SD. She resided at the Pine Hills Assisted Living, and then moved to Castle Manor in 2012. She was presently residing at Seven Sisters Living Center in Hot Springs.
Sarah is survived by her daughter, Rosalie (Duane) Mehlhoff, Driscoll; her son, Juel (Sally) Rall, Hot Springs, SD; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, her husband and a great-great-grandson.
Online condolences may be shared at nelsonfuneralhomesnd.com
October 23, 1933 - August 17, 2020
Eleanor Wiebe, 86, of Harvey formerly of Hurdsfield, ND died Monday, August 17, 2020 at the St. Aloisius Nursing Home in Harvey. No services are being planned and burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hurdsfield, ND.
Eleanor Vernell Wiebe was born on October 23, 1933 on the family farm northeast of Hurdsfield, ND. She was the daughter of Jacob and Esther (Diede) Wiebe. Eleanor attended a country school and then graduated from the Hurdsfield High School in 1951. She received her degree in education from Valley City State College. She moved to Bloomington, MN where she taught the fourth and fifth grades. Eleanor was a teacher there for 35 years, retiring in 1990. She moved back to Hurdsfield to care for her mother, then her father and eventually her brothers. She continued to live on the farm until moving to Fessenden in 2012. She had been a resident at the St. Aloisius Nursing Home. She enjoyed reading and tending to her flower gardens.
Eleanor is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Gary, Harry and Albert; two sisters, Alice Weinmann and Esther Wiebe.
Memorials are preferred to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hurdsfield, ND.
Paul Murray 47, of Fessenden, ND died Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Trinity Medical Center in Minot, ND.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Festival Hall in Fessenden, ND. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday April 26 with a Prayer Service celebrating Paul’s life at 7 p.m. at the Festival Hall, and everyone is invited to celebrate and share stories. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Fessenden, ND, following the funeral.
Paul Edward Murray was born on September 28, 1971 in St. Paul, MN to Edward and Jennifer (Kaiser) Murray. His father was in the Air Force and the family lived in numerous communities in California and Minnesota. He graduated from Harding High School in St. Paul and attended the Dunwoody Technical College in Minnesota. Paul almost went pro in BMX trick bicycle riding. He worked on mechanical engineering projects and worked with his father in building homes. He specialized in custom intricate wood and metal work, especially trim, and helped design and construct portions of the 8400 Normandale Lake Office Towers in Bloomington. Paul and Kathleen met on E-Harmony, and they were married on January 12, 2013 in Harvey; Paul designed and crafted the engagement and wedding rings. They lived in Fessenden where Paul owned and operated Murray’s Contracting and Custom Services, LLP. He was also an EMT for the Fessenden Ambulance Service.
Paul purchased his dad’s motorcycle and enjoyed many fun runs and riding. He was an avid hunter and an excellent marksman and loved target and skeet shooting with his family, including his wife, mom and nephews. He also enjoyed fishing and rock collecting. He played bass guitar in “Eddies Current” band. He and Kathleen also enjoyed singing Karaoke, entertaining friends and had just recently updated their equipment. Paul’s love of music was inspired by his talented Grandpa William Kaiser. Paul was known for his bon fires and his quality workmanship. Paul and Kathleen also possessed equipment to make campaign and other promotional items. Paul loved God, Family and Country in that order, and he was a loyal friend. Paul and Kathleen both said that they were blessed to have found the love of their life.
Paul became ill earlier this month and was hospitalized. He passed away from complications from pneumonia.
Paul is survived by his wife, Kathleen of Fessenden; mother and step father, Jennifer and Randy Moon of Minneapolis; two sisters, Emily (Randy) Limas and Ann (Mike) Baur, all of the St. Paul area; grandfather, William Kaiser of St. Paul; and several nieces; nephews; many aunts; uncles and cousins in the Twin Cities area.
Paul was preceded in death by his father Edward.
Memorials are preferred to the Fessenden Ambulance District
Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey, ND
Joseph Braunagel, 92, Fargo, formerly of Chaseley, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Bethany Retirement Home in Fargo after a long struggle with cancer.
Joseph was born February 24, 1927 to Anton ‘Tony’ and Otilda (Filler) Braunagel on his parent’s farm north of Harvey, ND. The family moved to Chaseley in 1931 where they continued to farm and operate a trucking business. Joseph was raised in Chaseley and attended the Chaseley Public School.
Joseph enlisted in the Army in 1945 and served his country during World War II. One of his duties was guarding German POWs after the war ended. He was honorably discharged in 1947.
Joseph again answered his country’s call, enlisting in the Navy in 1950 and served in the Korean War until he was discharged in 1954. While in the Navy, he served aboard the amphibious transport ships, USS Marquette and USS Whitley.
After the war, Joseph returned to Chaseley, where he operated Braunagel and Son Truck Line with his father for many years. He later worked for Fessenden Co-op until his retirement.
Joseph married Joyce Murdoff on May 25, 1963 in West Fargo. The newlyweds moved back to Chaseley where they raised their 3 sons and lived the rest of their lives. Joyce died on November 9, 2003.
In addition to his wife, Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, brother Lawrence, sister Elizabeth Emerson and a stillborn son.
He is survived by his 3 sons; Justin (Evangi Paxton) Braunagel of Fallbrook, CA, Jesse (Heidi) Braunagel of Fargo, ND and Joshua (Gladys) Braunagel of Chula Vista, CA; brother Alvin of Bismarck, ND; sister Caroline (Markwart) of Bismarck, ND; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives.
He was a longtime member of the Chaseley United Methodist Church and the American Legion and was a founding member of the Hurdsfield American Legion Post in 1956.
Funeral: Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Chaseley United Methodist Church in Chaseley.
Visitation: Friday evening beginning at 6:00 P.M., followed by a 7:00 P.M. prayer service at the Nelson Funeral Home in Fessenden.
Burial: Chaseley Cemetery.
Online condolences may be shared at nelsonfuneralhomesnd.com
Norma Hirschkorn, 94 of Harvey, ND formerly of Hurdsfield died Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the St. Aloisius Nursing Home, Harvey, ND. Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey, ND.
Funeral services will be held at First Lutheran Church of Harvey on Friday April 26, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hurdsfield, ND.
Visitation will be held at the Hertz Funeral Home of Harvey on Thursday April 25, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Norma was born on December 21, 1924 in Hurdsfield. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Becker) Lange. Norma grew up south of Hurdsfield. She attended Eureka #1 rural school south of Hurdsfield. Norma married Alfred Hirschkorn on October 4, 1941 in Fessenden. They lived and farmed south of Hurdsfield for nearly 50 years. Alfred died on August 7, 1994. She moved into Harvey in 1994. Norma was a former member of the Hurdsfield Lutheran Church and a current member of the First Lutheran Church where she also quilted. Norma served on the Lynn Township School Board, as Township Assessor and was a member of the Wells Eagles Aerie Auxiliary. Norma enjoyed playing bingo, playing cards and dancing.
Norma is survived by her son, Allen (Darlene) Hirschkorn of Wing; (11) grandchildren; (23) great-grandchildren; (19) great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Judy Hirschkorn; son-in-law, Ken Fetch; sister, Marlene Broome, Friendswood, Texas.
Norma was preceded in death by her husband; son, Rodney; daughters, Sandra Schmitt and Ronda Fetch; son-in-law, Willy Schmitt; sisters, Persis Boegler, Karen Baier, Betty Peterman; brother, Myrle Lange.
Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey, ND
Evangeline Sue Tulp (Kittelson) 82, beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother passed away April 23rd, 2019 at Villa Maria in Fargo, ND.
Evangeline was born October 25, 1936 at Harvey, ND to Clarence and Mathilda (Hagen) Kittelson and lived on a farm north of Goodrich, ND. She went to school and graduated from Goodrich Public School in Goodrich, ND. She married Richard Tulp on August 28th, 1955. They had four children Vikki Coombs (Ellery), Kevin Tulp (Anita), Deb Koebernick (Gary) and Ann Marie Daniel (Roland); 10 grandchildren Eric, Melissa and Christopher Coombs; Ryan, Wyatt and Courtney Tulp; Corey and Myriah Koebernick; Dia and Brody Daniel; and 31 great grandchildren.
Evangeline and Dick lived and raised their family in the Hurdsfield/Goodrich ND area where they farmed, owned a café, and mom worked for the local hardware store. In 1986, they moved to Valley City, ND where she worked for the Senior Citizen Center in Valley City as the kitchen manager for 28 years.
Our loving wife and mom was an amazing woman who instilled in our lives hard work ethic, integrity, empathy, and grit. Her passion and love for cooking was shared with all of her children, grandchildren and great grands. She taught us how to make bread, doughnuts, kuchen, lefsa, strudels, fleishkechla, knoephla soup, and so much more. Family was always first for her, and having gatherings with them for every occasion over a homecooked meal, playing cards, games, or just enjoying each other was a regular occurrence. She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her.
She was always involved in serving in every church she attended. She was a giving heart who truly served her Lord and others.
Evangeline is survived by her husband Dick, of 63 years; her children, Vikki, Kevin, Debra and Ann Marie; 10 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
The visitation will be 5-7 pm Thursday at Epworth United Methodist Church, Valley City, with a prayer service at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Friday at 9:30 am followed by the funeral service at 10:30 am in the church. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hurdsfield, ND.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials will be shared with Pleasant Hill Endowment in Hurdsfield, ND ; Hospice of the Red River Valley; and Sheyenne Valley friends of Animals.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Oliver-Nathan Funeral Chapel, Valley City. An online guestbook is available at www.oliver-nathanchapel.com
Dennis “Link” Lindquist, 76, Cambridge, Minn., died April 14, 2019, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 20, at Salem Lutheran Church, Dalbo, Minn.
Dennis Roy Lindquist was born July 15, 1942, in Parkers Prairie, Minn., to Roy and Erma (Gilbertson) Lindquist. He graduated from Princeton High School and then served his country in the U.S. Army, including a year of service in Vietnam.
After returning home, Dennis ran the Cargill chicken farm in New Prague, Minn., for a number of years. He moved to North Dakota after his marriage to Marlys Martin, where he met and married Charlotte Sauter.
In North Dakota, he and Charlotte owned and operated the Hurdsfield Dairy King and gas station as well as the Goodrich Cafe, where they were best known for their German food. Some years later, he and Charlotte left North Dakota and moved to Cambridge where he worked for Rolf’s Produce selling goods at the city markets. He was also a cook at the Purple Hawk Country Club, CJ’s and the Mystic Inn for many years. Dennis was often the main attraction at these eating establishments because of his witty personality and social charm. People said they loved his food, but would come anyhow just for him. He loved cooking and the company that came with it. He found his passion for cooking as a cook in the Army.
One of Dennis’ greatest accomplishments was his family. He was a fun loving grandfather. No matter how big or small, they all loved being around their papa. He had a way of making each of them feel special and making their time together an adventure.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Charlotte “Char;” children, Lisa (John) Gabbert, Wendell (Robin) Sauter, Cindy Olson, Ken (Carol) Sauter, Tammy Lindquist, Lora (Carl) Westberg, and Lori Lindquist (Gary Klingner); brother, Les Lindquist; sister, Cheryl Sauter; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and by many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Erma; son, Daniel Lindquist; brother-in-law, Glen Sauter; and sister-in-law, Marlys Lindquist.
Online condolences can be made at StrikeLifeTributes.com.
(Stark Life Tributes Funeral and Cremations Services, Cambridge)
Leona Baumbach, 99, Hurdsfield, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the St. Aloisius Nursing Home in Harvey. Her funeral will be held Monday, January 15, at 2:00 P. M. at the Goodrich Seventh-day Adventist Church in Goodrich with burial at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hurdsfield. Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 P. M. to 5 P. M. at the Nelson Funeral Home in Fessenden.
Leona Schmitt, daughter of John and Pauline (Faul) Schmitt, and the oldest of 10 children, was born August 28, 1918 at Hurdsfield.
On October 4, 1938 she was married to Arthur Baumbach in Carrington at the Ford Garage by the Justice of the Peace who’s office was located in that garage. Together, she and Arthur had 3 sons, Dallas, Jordell and Gary.
They lived and farmed near Hurdsfield until 1946 when they moved to a farm near Chaseley. In 1948, Leona began working at the St. Aloisius Hospital in Harvey and continued for over 30 years. She made many lifelong friends and memories, and was very proud to be a part of the nursing community. In 1967 they moved into Hurdsfield where she continued to reside until 2017 when she entered the St. Aloisius Nursing Home. Arthur passed away June 2, 2011.
Leona truly loved her family and was always asking about the details of their lives. She always remembered everything. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading and piddling in her yard with her garden and flowers. Her favorite family dishes were Russian Fluff and Knoephla .
She is survived by her sons, Dallas (Loretta) Baumbach of Hurdsfield and Gary (Becky) Baumbach of Spiritwood; 7 grandchildren, Kevin (Diane) Baumbach, Lori (Dave) Novak, Brenda (Tim) Rhone, Wendy (Mitch) Erfle, Avolt (Jennifer) Baumbach, Larry Baumbach & Leigh Baumbach; 22 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Alice McCrossin and 3 brothers, Elmer, Glen and Jerry Schmitt.
Leona was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Jordell; grandson, Robert; great-great granddaughter, Laken; 2 brothers, John & Alvin; and 3 sisters, Rosella, Esther & Gertrude.
Online condolences may be shared at nelsonfuneralhomesnd.com
Harold Kallis, 82, went to be with his Lord Nov. 13, 2017, at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at United Methodist Church, 401 Main Street North, Tuttle.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at UMC in Tuttle, where a prayer service will begin at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday.
Harold Melvin Kallis was born April 13, 1935, to Jake and Katherine (Okken) Kallis in Burt, on the family farm. He went to country school one mile north of where he was born, and attended high school in New Leipzig, where he graduated in 1954. Harold worked on the family farm until 1962, and then attended Dakota Business College in Fargo. He moved to Williston and worked for Coca-Cola Bottling Company from the fall of 1963, through the fall of 1966.
He accepted the Lord as his Savior at the age of 12, and rededicated his life to the Lord at the age of 21. He loved singing for the Lord. He met his lovely wife, Annetta, when she sang with a mixed quartet that he was singing tenor for. So it pays to sing for the Lord! Harold married Annetta Rask of Chaseley, on Sept. 26, 1964, at the EUB Church in Tuttle.
In 1966, they moved to Cody, Wyo., where he worked for Husky Oil until 1984. From 1984 to 1986, he worked for Flying J Oil Company. In March of 1986, they moved to Denver and worked for Frontier Oil. In June of 1996, they moved to Hurdsfield, and retired there. From 1996 to 2007, he enjoyed doing different local odd jobs. He and Annetta joined the Nazarene Church in 1997, in Hurdsfield. They moved to Tuttle in October of 2009, for Annetta to pastor at the Nazarene church there. Harold and Annetta worked faithfully in the Tuttle Nazarene Church until its closure in February of 2016.
All who knew Harold were blessed by his beautiful tenor voice and his persistent teasing! He was a ray of sunshine with a giggle that was unmistakable and a smile to go with it! He cared deeply for everyone around him and prayed diligently for their needs and their driving safety on the roads.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Annetta (Rask) Kallis; one sister, Mable Auch (Willard), Andover, Minn.; two sisters-in-law, Darlene Kallis, Mott, Vi Kallis, Cambridge, Minn.; nephews and niece, Bruce and Irene Kallis, Bismarck, Perry and Linda Kallis, Lodi, Calif., Scott and Katherine Kallis, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Leland and Cathy Ebert, Mott, Kathi and Glen Dewey, Kansas, and many great nephews and nieces. He is also survived by their spiritual children, Bruce and Irene Kallis, Bismarck, Blaine and Joy Mehlhoff, Arena, and their families.
He is preceded in death by parents, Jake and Katherine (Okken) Kallis; Kallis brothers, Walter, Alfred, Lester, and Robert.
Go to www.eastgatefuneral.com to share memories of Harold and sign the online guest book. (Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck)
99, Napoleon, formerly of Tuttle and Bismarck, died Oct. 15, 2017, at Wishek Community Hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Hurdsfield Community Center in Hurdsfield, with The Rev. Merle Hoots officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hurdsfield.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Eastgate Funeral Service, 2302 E. Divide Ave., Bismarck, where a prayer service will begin at 7 p.m.
Melba Mae Rhone was born on Feb. 19, 1918, near Hurdsfield, to Lee and Maude (Grover) Rhone. She was the seventh of 10 children and the last to pass on. She graduated from Hurdsfield High School in 1936 and taught rural schools in the area for 3 years. She married Wendell Livingston on June 7, 1942, at the Gospel Chapel in Hurdsfield. They made their home, farmed, ranched and raised their four children in the Livingston hills between Tuttle and Hurdsfield. Melba had a gentle soul and her greatest strength was her Lord and Savior. She will be deeply missed by her family that she loved so much. She was a member of the Bismarck Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, sewing/quilting and cooking. She was a lifelong member of the North Kidder Farmerette Homemakers Club. In later years, she volunteered her services by embroidering dish towels for the Senior Center in Bismarck. She and Wendell enjoyed their years of retirement by spending their winters in Arizona. Wendell passed away on Dec. 12, 1992. Melba resided in Bismarck until moving to the Napoleon Care Center in November of 2015.
Melba is survived by her four children, Karen Fisher, Napoleon, Bruce (Diane Danielson) Livingston, Tuttle, Nona (Gerry) Inglis, Napoleon, Rod (Deb Scherbenske) Livingston, Tuttle; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Wendell of 50 years; her parents; her sisters, Vivian and LaVonne, and seven brothers, Virgil, Doyle, Beryl, Clayton, Dale, Darryl, and Robert.
Melba’s family wishes to thank the staffs of Valley View Assisted Living and Napoleon Care Center for their wonderful friendship and care.
Go to www.eastgatefuneral.com to share memories of Melba and sign the online guest book.
Cleo Rose (Rall) Schatz, 78, Bismarck, ND, passed away peacefully September 7, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.
Rite of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM, September 12, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bismarck, ND, Msgr. Lindemann Mass Celebrant.
Visitation is scheduled two hours prior to mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rite of Committal at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Hurdsfield, ND to follow.
Cleo was born October 24, 1938, in Hurdsfield, ND to Sara (Kleinsasser) Rall and Chris Rall. She was raised in Hurdsfield, ND. On June 2, 1956, she married Leo Schatz in Hurdsfield, ND. Cleo was a homemaker until she moved to Bismarck, ND in 2009. Cleo was an avid card player, loved to play Bingo, do latch hook, to read, and put puzzles together. Her favorite pastime was playing cards with her husband Leo.
Cleo is survived by her sons: Leon Schatz, Randy Schatz, Marvin Schatz; by her daughters: Renee Neumiller, Denise Erfle, Melissa Neumiller; by her brothers: Leonard Rall, Ted Rall, Albert Rall; by her sisters: Wilma Tiefenthaler, Tillie Wollaston, Sara Kuntz, Adeline Lautt, Sharline Godfrey, Mary Rall; and by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Cleo is preceded in death by her husband Leo Schatz; by her parents Sara and Chris Rall; by her brothers: Alvin Rall, Matt Rall, Adolf (Cal) Rall, Chris Rall Jr.; by her sisters: Irene Rall, Evelyn Rall.
Please sign her guestbook and share memories at www.dawiseperry.com. Funeral arrangements are being made with DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan, North Dakota.
Lena Eckman, 97, Harvey, ND died Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at her daughter’s home north of Hurdsfield, ND where she had been living for the past several months.
Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 19, 2017 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Harvey, ND. Visitation will be Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with prayer services at 7 p.m. at Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey, ND. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Lena, the oldest child of Anton and Alice (Bertsch) Goldade was born on October 15, 1919 on the family farm north east of Harvey, ND. She attended country school and helped with the chores on the farm as well as taking care of her younger siblings.
Lena married Lawrence Eckman on July 23, 1944 at Selz. They farmed northwest of Hurdsfield until retiring in 1993 and then moved to Harvey. Lawrence passed away February 21, 1997. Lena continued to live in Harvey on her own until the fall of 2016, when she went to live with her daughter in rural Hurdsfield.
Lena enjoyed making quilts, embroidering, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as visiting with her family and friends. Lena was a member of the St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Harvey and the VFW Auxiliary both of Harvey.
Lena is survived by a son, Dewain (Sandra) Eckman of Ohio, daughter, Diane Schimke of Hurdsfield, grandchildren, Kristi (Rich) Buckley of West Fargo, Kelly (Melissa) Schimke of Hurdsfield, and Kerry (Sarah) Schimke of Harvey and Michael Monaghan of Virginia; great grandchildren: Kayla Buckley, Tyler, Tristin, Trace, and Trynity Schimke; brother, Joe Goldade of Harvey; sisters; Helen Goldade of Harvey, Jean Hoffert of Fargo, Irene Marquart of Harvey, Regina McNally of Fargo, Angie Oster of Carrington.
She preceded in death by her parents, husband, six brothers, Ferdinand, Frank, Leonard, Sebastian, Leo and Conrad, sister, Mary, Son-in-law Wayne Schimke.
Darlene Mertz Huber Hankison,
80, Hurdsfield, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017 at the St. Aloisius Hospital in Harvey. Her funeral will be held Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 11:00 a. m. at the Hurdsfield Community Center in Hurdsfield with burial at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hurdsfield. Visitation will be held Monday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home of Fessenden.
Darlene June Mertz Huber Hankison, daughter of John J. and Emilie ‘Millie’ (Stadelman) Mertz was born June 14, 1936 in Harvey, ND. She grew up on the family farm north of Hurdsfield and received her first grade education in a nearby country school. She then attended Hurdsfield Public School for several years before enrolling in the Harvey High School where she graduated in 1954. During her Senior year, Darlene worked as a nurses aide at St. Aloisius Nursing Home in Harvey.
On June 13, 1954, she was married to Harold Carl Huber in Garrison. During the early years of their marriage, Darlene and Harold made their home in a number of communities including Garrison, Glenburn, and Parshall, ND, Miles City, MT , Pasco, WA, where Harold was employed with Peter-Kewitt & Sons Construction Co. In 1963 they returned to the Hurdsfield area and made their home south of town where they purchased a farm and raised cattle. They also owned and operated an excavating business. During this time Darlene worked as a secretary for their business along with raising their 6 children. Harold passed away on March 23, 1972.
After Harold's death, Darlene traveled selling cattle foggers and cattle/farm supplies. During this time she met Robert Lewis Hankison. On May 25, 1975, Darlene married Robert in Sedalia, CO where they made their home along with her 4 youngest children. Emilie Elizabeth Hankison was born to them in 1977. Throughout the years, Darlene and Robert maintained the farm south of Hurdsfield and spent their summers there. Robert passed away in 1998.
Darlene was a member of the Hurdsfield Lutheran Church where she started and taught the Adult Sunday School class for a number of years. She loved spending time in her garden and canning the fruits of her labor. With a little encouragement from Robert, Darlene developed an interest in stocks and various investments and became quite adept at it. She also enjoyed listening to music, dancing and traveling on cruises.
She is survived by her children, Sheryl (Gerald) Lund of Bottineau, ND, Trudy Cashmore of Minot, ND, Harold John Huber of Hurdsfield, ND, Steven Huber of Sedalia, CO and Emilie (Brian) Rath of Castle Rock, CO; 16 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; brother, Marvin (Alice) Mertz of Hurdsfield, ND; sisters-in-law, Joyce Mertz of Hurdsfield, DN and Betty Mertz of Bismarck, ND; and many nieces and nephews.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold and Robert; her daughter, Patricia and her sons Michael and infant James; her parents; one sister, Louise Arendt; and three brothers, Lawrence, Leeland and John Mertz.
Willis Schmitt, 83, Bismarck formerly of Hurdsfield, ND died Saturday February 11, 2017 at the Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck.
Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Harvey, ND.
Visitation: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 14 with a prayer/rosary service at 7 p.m. at Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey, ND.
Burial will be held at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery of Hurdsfield.
Willis Eugene Schmitt was born June 4, 1933 near Hurdsfield, ND to Eugene and Lillian (Hanson) Schmitt. He grew up north of Hurdsfield and graduated from the Hurdsfield High School. His parents moved to Hamilton, MT. Willis stayed behind and lived with his uncle Anton and aunt Anna Mueller. In addition to farming and ranching, Willis worked on construction to help make ends meet. Willis married the love of his life, Sandra Hirschkorn on July 23, 1960 at the St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Harvey. They had two children, Mark and Shelly. He began farming with his son, Mark in 1980 and later retired and moved to Bismarck. He worked part time at the Bismarck Civic Center. Willis and Sandy enjoyed traveling and experiencing exciting adventures together. He seemed to know people where ever he went. He played the trumpet in several bands including the Stardust Trio for many years. Willis enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Sandra passed away on January 20, 2013. More recently he enjoyed trips to the casino with his good friend Gordon.
Willis was a current member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Bismarck; a former member and trustee at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hurdsfield; was a member of the Bull Moose Township board, Hurdsfield Lions Club and the Harvey Eagles Club.
Willis is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Shelly and Shanon Buchmiller; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Gayle Schmitt all of Hurdsfield; grandchildren, Troy (Amber) Schmitt, Jessica (Mike) Nelson, Jeremy (Anna) Mertz, Jenna Mertz and Bruce Schwartz; step grandchildren, Colt and Jenna Jacobson, Brandi and Brandon Gruchow; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Jim Schmitt of Hamilton, MT; sisters, Addy Salquist of Spokane, WA and Julie Jacobson of Missoula, MT.
Willis was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sandra; brother, Dwight.
Kenneth A. Peak, Posen, Ill., passed away Feb. 6, 2017, at the age of 84.
He was the husband of the late Alice (Bailey) Peak.
Loving Father to Rose Marie (Tom Mohr) Reed. Reed, St. Charles, Ill.; Kathy (Stephen) Foster, Old Hickory, Tenn.; and the late Deborah J. Peak, who passed away on Nov. 6, 2016, at the age of 53.
Grandfather to Kate (Kevin) Sumka, South Elgin, Ill.; Brooke and the late Stephen Alex Foster, Old Hickory, Tenn.
Great Grandfather to Lucy and Luke Sumka, South Elgin, Ill.
Son of the late Alfred J. and Marie (Miller) Peak.
Brother to Gerald Peak, Bismarck and the late Richard, Gayle, Vearl Peak and Rose Meier. Uncle to many.
Kenneth was honorably discharged from U.S. Army service, and spent his lifelong career as Train Operation Supervisor for Conrail.
Interment will be a private military burial planned this summer on the family plot in North Dakota.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the Laird Funeral Home website at lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com or cards to 310 S. State St., Elgin, IL 60123 C/O the Peak family.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to American Legion Posen Post #990 C/O John Krizik, Adjutant, 14641 McKinley Avenue Posen, IL 60469.
Jan 2, 2017
Irene Lavon Whiteman, 96, passed away Dec. 31, 2016 at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Private services will be held.
Irene was born July 20, 1920, in Chaseley, to Andrew and Ruby (Dwelle) Knodel. She grew up and went to school in Hurdsfield, graduating from high school there in 1938. She was united in marriage to Donnie Whiteman on Nov. 15, 1939, in Heaton. The couple lived in Hurdsfield until 1942, when they moved to Lark. Donnie was drafted into military service in 1944. Following his enlistment, they returned to Lark. From 1951 to 1980, she worked as the postmistress in Lark, and at the general store. The family moved to Flasher in 1983, and then to Brainerd in 2003. Irene was widowed in 2005. She was a lifetime member of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary, and belonged to the United Church of Christ in Flasher. She enjoyed crocheting, baked amazing cookies, and had fun playing cards and games (Grandma's rules!).
Irene will be remembered and missed by her children, Gary (Judy) Whiteman, Brainerd, Minn., and Gerald (Judy) Whiteman, Fountain Hills, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Bill (Carla) Whiteman, Nisswa, Minn., Lori (Tom) Borr, Mesa, Ariz., Greg (Jamie) Whiteman, Brainerd, Minn., Rhonda (Ken) Schwartz, Indonesia, and Lynn (Dean) Alcock, Rochester, Minn.; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; four brothers; and three sisters. (Brenny Funeral Chapel, Baxter, Minn., www.brenny.com)
Lowell Elroy Tilbury, 87 of Hurdsfield, ND passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 at St. Aloisius Medical Center with family by his side after a short battle with cancer.
Funeral Services will be held January 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Goodrich, ND.
Lowell was born June 16, 1929 in Canby, MN to Alice (Laabs) and Clarence Tilbury. He grew up on the family farm near Canby, MN and attended school at Madison, MN. His father was killed in World War II, when Lowell was a young boy. After high school he enlisted in the US Navy. He served on the USS Midway for 4 years. Lowell worked road construction in ND where he met the love of his life Janice Bohn. They were married on Oct. 12, 1957 in Redwood Falls, MN. They made their home in ND and MN for the next 59 years. They had 7 children. Lowell retired from road construction in 1991. He loved spending his summers in ND where he enjoyed helping his son-in-law Mark farm.
Lowell was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church, Goodrich, ND, Grace Lutheran in Fairmont, MN, Fairmont Eagles Club where he enjoyed being with all his friends and making sure the club was in order and cleaned. Lowell had a big heart and he loved unconditionally. He loved meeting new people and visiting with them. Family was very important to him and he loved when his family was all together. He was a big hockey fan and loved watching his son Jason play and his great-grandson Harper play and the Minnesota Wild. He was also a big Viking fan.
To cherish his memory are his wife Janice and children; Vikki Bentz, Harvey, ND, Tami (Bruce) Whitman, Truman, MN, Rick (R’Lene) Tilbury, Zimmerman, MN, Danette (Mark) Fornshell, Hurdsfield, ND, Rodney Tilbury, Hurdsfield, ND, Tim (Steph) Tilbury, Hoffman, MN, Jason (Angela) Tilbury, Princeton, MN; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Gene Tilbury, Milford, IN; sister Shirley Peters, Redwood Falls, MN; step father Clarence Marczak of Glen Wood, MN and many nieces and nephews.
Lowell was preceeded in death by his parents; brother; sister; father-in-law; mother in law and many special cousins and friends.
Mildred Orner, 94 of Hurdsfield, ND died Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck.
Services are being held at 11:00 a.m. on November 26, 2016 (Saturday), at the Hurdsfield Community Center, Hurdsfield, ND. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hurdsfield, ND.
Mildred Marie Orner was born on November 2, 1922 at Carrington, ND. She was the daughter of Peter and Maria (Johnson) Lindborg. She grew up and attended school in the Bowdon/Chaseley area. She married Milford Nathan Orner on November 5, 1944 in Bowdon, ND. They farmed south of Chaseley, ND in Kidder County. Mildred taught in a country school in Merkel Township, Kidder County. They moved to Hurdsfield in 1965 and she worked at the Dairy King for seventeen seasons. Mildred and Milford also spent winters in California for a number of years. Milford died on January 21, 1993. She continued to live in Hurdsfield until 2012, when moved to Bismarck.
Mildred was a member of the Hurdsfield Lutheran Church and belonged to WELCA and served on the church council. She served on the Hurdsfield Park Board and belonged to the Senior Citizens Club. She was also a member of the Wells Eagles Auxiliary in Harvey.
Mildred is survived by a sister, Stella Kehn of Bismarck; several nieces and nephews.
Mildred was preceded in death by parents Peter and Maria Lindborg and stepmother, Selma (Thompson) Lindborg; husband, Milford; brother, Alf Lindborg.
Arrangements with Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey, ND.
(February 21, 1930 - September 17, 2016)
Helen Fritchie, 86, Harvey formerly of Hurdsfield, ND died on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 at the St. Aloisius Nursing Home, Harvey.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at Faith Lutheran Church, Harvey, ND.
Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Harvey, ND.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey, ND.
Helen was born on February 21, 1930 in Jamestown, ND. She was the daughter of Lawrence Franklin and Lucille (Thorne) Fritchie. Helen grew up on the family farm north of Hurdsfield. She attended school in Hurdsfield and graduated from high school there in 1948. She attended two years of college at Valley City State College and received her teaching certificate. She taught in rural schools in the Hurdsfield area. Helen returned to Concordia College in Moorhead and received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in teaching. She taught in public schools in South Dakota and Minnesota. She returned to the farm in the late 1970’s and participated in farming which included raising sheep after the death of her father. She lived on the farm with her mother and brother Darwood. After their deaths she farmed with her sister Neva and brother-in-law Arlo, until retirement. She moved to Harvey in 2008. She entered the St. Aloisius Nursing Home in 2014.
Helen was a member Faith Lutheran Church in Harvey. She was passionate about genealogy and was a member of the James River Genealogy and Minot Genealogy groups. She was a longtime member of the Hillside Homemakers Club, Red Hat Society, Sons of Norway and the local retired teachers association. She served as the Crystal Lake Township Tax Assessor for twenty years. Helen was an artist and displayed many of her paintings at local art shows and was a member of the local arts organization.
Helen is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Neva and Arlo Bodin of Casper, WY; two nieces, Stephanie (Brian) Voss and Shannon Bodin; a great niece, Elizabeth Voss and a great nephew, Luke Voss.
Helen was preceded in death by parents and her brother, Darwood Fritchie.
View online condolences at www.hertzfuneralhomes.com
Gordon Fredrick Emerson, 93, formerly of Minot and Chaseley died on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in a Carrington nursing home.
Gordon was born on May 17, 1923 on a farm near Chaseley, ND to Ernest and Bertha (Meisegeier) Emerson. He was reared on the family farm and attended a rural school prior to graduating from Hurdsfield High School as the valedictorian. He attended Jamestown College on a scholarship for 2.5 years before he returned to the family farm during World War II.
Gordon married Elizabeth “Liz” Braunagel on December 15, 1946 in Jamestown. They made their home in Chaseley where they owned and operated a General Store. They sold the store in 1960 and moved to Minot where they were partners in the operation of Nodak Candy and Tobacco Inc., an affiliate of Dakota Drug. Gordon served a term in the North Dakota State Legislature from 1968-1969. He retired in 1990. They continued to make their home in Minot, but were members of the Good Sam RV Club – Sakakawea Chapter and “Nomads.” This meant the winter months were spent traveling. Seven of those winters were spent with the “Nomads,” an organization of Methodist campers who spent time doing maintenance and construction work for churches, campgrounds and financially disadvantaged people. Liz died on March 21, 2005. Most recently, Gordon had resided at Edgewood Vista, Brentmoor and Golden Acres Manor in Carrington.
Gordon was a member of Vincent United Methodist Church – Minot, Minot Chamber of Commerce, “Know-It –Alls” and several state and national Candy and Tobacco wholesalers associations. He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and quilting. He received the Grand Champion award for the quilt he entered in the Minot Quilt Guild Show.
Gordon’s loving family includes his children: Vernon (Linda) Emerson of West St. Paul, MN, Douglas (Deb) Emerson of Bismarck, Pamela Emerson (Martin Charlebois) of Sheridan, WY, Russell (Gloria) Emerson of Fargo and Blaise (Carmie) Emerson of Rapid City, SD; grandchildren: Anthony Emerson, Christopher (Jen) Emerson, Brock (Kumiko) Emerson, Kristy (Ross) Schiermeister, Emerson (Katie) Charlebois, Robert Emerson, Amy Emerson, Elizabeth Emerson and Leah Emerson; step-grandchildren: Terri (Mike) Hanson and Tamara (Kevin) Zacchea; great grandchildren: Owen Emerson, Henleigh Shiermeister, Breann Charlebois, Avery Charlebois; step great grandchildren: Tyler, Ely and Kaleb Hanson, Owen and Kevin Zacchea and several nieces and nephews.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers: Arthur and Matelan and infant siblings: Roy, Edna and Edward.
Celebration of the Life of Gordon Emerson: Monday, August 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
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