Dr. Harold Balas

2001-09-13T19:00:00Z Dr. Harold Balas Bismarck Tribune
September 13, 2001 7:00 pm

HAZEN -ÊDr. Harold "Doc" Balas, 71, Hazen, loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, was called to his eternal life Sept. 11, 2001, in a Merriam, Kan. hospital. Services will be held at 10 a.m. MDT Monday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Hazen, with the Rev. David Suelzle officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Seibel Funeral Home, Hazen.

Harry was born April 11, 1930, at Danvers, Minn., to Andrew and Marie (Stebrick) Balas. He was baptized and confirmed in his Christian faith at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Danvers. Harry attended school in the Swenoda township and graduated from Benson High School. His post-secondary studies included school at Gustavus Adolphus. In 1957, he received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Minnesota.

He began his veterinary practice in August 1957 in Hazen and surrounding communities. In 1968, Doc established the Knife River Veterinary Clinic in Beulah. Doc Balas also practiced his medicine at Minot Livestock. After 41 years of practice, Doc formed countless friendships and memories which made his profession extremely rewarding. Harry went into semi-retirement in 1999. He found satisfaction working with the St. Matthew Lutheran Braille Center and Seibel Funeral Homes.

On Aug. 15, 1957, Harry married Jo Anne Hlavinka of Lark, and they were blessed with three children, Thomas, Beth and Michael.

Doc's foremost dedication was to the Lord and his involvement in church activities. Doc had an avid interest in vintage cars, collecting antiques, gardening and traveling. He had a talent for writing poetry, researching historical facts and trivia, and relished outings to the great outdoors on family picnics. One of his favorite retreats was the family cabin in Minnesota. Doc was gifted with musical abilities and took pride sharing this with his family, especially with his daughter.

Harry is survived by his wife of 44 year, Jo Anne; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Thomas and Lisa Balas, Overland Park, Kan., and Michael Balas, Rochester, Minn.; one daughter and son-in-law, Beth Balas-Mehlhoff and Leland "Chip," Hazen; one special brother, Alvin, Benson, Minn.; oand one brother-in-law, Orin Ellingson, Benson. Harry also leaves many dear nieces and nephews.

Grandpa's precious angel was his granddaughter, Brittany Jo Balas. He always looked forward to dancing with her and gave her his undivided attention.

Doc will be remembered for his spirit of compassion, generosity and sense of humor.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Marie; one brother, Donald; and two sisters, Violet and Lorraine.

Memorials may be sent to St. Matthew Braille Center, American Heart Association or Central Dakota Humane Society.

Mary Mees-Bosch

Mary Mees-Bosch, 63, born Jan. 5, 1938, in Bismarck, the daughter of Lawrence H. and Barbara (Schleicher) Gabel, left this world Sept. 10, 2001, surrounded by her family, and drifted into the loving embrace of the Creator. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with the Rev. Steve Sathre officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.

Raised and educated in Bismarck, Mary married Hillard G. Mees on Feb. 3, 1960. Hillard died Aug. 31, 1968. She married Peter C. Bosch on June 19, 1993.

As always, Mary carried herself with grace and dignity as she bravely fought a short but courageous battle with cancer. Even during this final life challenge she managed to comfort her family and friends with her incredible love, strength and compassion.

Mary had a passion for life, for family and for helping others. She expressed this passion by devoting 26 years of her life to working with senior citizens at the Burleigh County Senior Center as well as providing unconditional love and support to her family and friends. Mary will live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Peter C. Bosch; her five children, Larry (Shar) Mees and Brian Mees, both of Bismarck, Corey Mees, San Francisco, Vicky L. (Allen) Miller, Big Fork, Mont., and Darvin Mees, Billings, Mont.; four grandchildren, Stephanie, Tyler, Christopher and Nicholas; three stepchildren, Kevin Bosch, Stella Sprynczynatyk and Brenda Stoppler, all of Bismarck; five step-grandchildren; four sisters, Pauline (Jerry) Pierce, Coon Rapids, Minn., Florence and Charles Klemmer, Grand Forks, Joann Braun, Elk River, Minn., and Shirley (Theodore) Mees, Menoken; three brothers, Alfred Gabel, Elk River, Minn., George (Ruth) Gabel, Minnesota City, Minn., and Ronald (Bonnie) Gabel, Dickinson; one sister-in-law, Lollie Gabel, Dickinson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hillard; and her brothers, Ken Gabel and Lawrence Gabel Jr.

Jason Morel

DICKINSON - Jason T. "Torch" Morel, 40, Mandan, died Sept. 12, 2001, in a Bismarck hospital as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Services will be held at 11 a.m. MDT Saturday at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson, with burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Dickinson.

Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. today and 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. A prayer service will begin at 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Jason Todd Morel was born June 9, 1961, in Dickinson, the son of Peter W. and Mary E. (Gerber) Morel. He was raised and educated in Dickinson and New England, and graduated from New England High School in 1979. During his life he worked in the oil fields, on construction, and most recently as a line foreman running cable, this was throughout the country as far south as Texas. Jason was a proud member of Dakota Riders M.C. He enjoyed hunting, shooting, and fixing Harley's and cars. He especially enjoyed riding with his friends and socializing. Jason was loved and will be missed by all.

He is survived by two children, Dustin and Fate; his parents, Peter and Mary, Dickinson; four siblings and their spouses, Deborah and Bernie Binstock, South Heart, Doug and Ann, Dickinson, Rick and Jessica, Bismarck, and Jodee and Clint Heim, Dickinson; and 11 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Eugena Richau

HALLIDAY -ÊEugena Richau, 85, Halliday, died Sept. 13, 2001, in a Dickinson care center. Services will be held at 2 p.m. MDT Sunday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Halliday, with burial in Halliday cemetery.

She is survived by one son, Dale, Fargo; four daughters, Ardell Lazorenko, New Town, Jeanette Weisz, Halliday, Hope Brensinger, Mountain Home, Idaho, and Faith Keller, Dodge; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Minnie Goetz, Halliday. (Stevenson-Mischel-Olson Chapel, Dickinson)

Dr. Bertram Berg

HETTINGER -ÊDr. Bertram Berg, Hettinger, died Sept. 13, 2001, in the Hettinger hospital. Arrangements are pending at Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home, Hettinger.

Anna Walz

NEW ROCKFORD -ÊAnna Walz, 88, New Rockford, died Sept. 11, 2001, in Carrington. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, New Rockford, with burial in Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford.

She is survived by her husband, Ed; three sons, Bernell, Bellingham, Wash., Darwin, Palms, Mich., and Glenn, New Rockford; two daughters, Shirlene Fisher, Richland, Wash., and Ardella Cirks, Albuquerque, N.M.; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her step-mother, Martha Weisenburger, Rio Linda, Calif.; four brothers, Bert Weisenburger, Alexandria, Minn., Albert Weisenburger, St. Paul, Minn., and Richard and Ray Weisenburger, both of New Rockford; and four sisters, Lydia Weber, Bemidji, Minn., Alvina Sanders, San Jose, Calif., Lorraine Cole, Ryegate, Mont., and Agnes Stillwell, Coarsegold, Calif. (Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford)

Adolf Martens Jr.

PARSHALL -ÊAdolf P. Martens Jr., 81, Parshall, died Sept. 12, 2001, in a Parshall care center. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at First Lutheran Church, Parshall, with burial in Parshall Cemetery.

He is survived by five brothers, Donald, Grand Forks, Henry, Grafton, Willie, Parshall, Robert, St. Thomas, and Fred, Great Falls, Mont. (Johnson Funeral Home, Parshall)

Anna Ehni

FESSENDEN -ÊAnna Ehni, 93, Fessenden, died Sept. 11, 2001, in the Harvey nursing home. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church, Fessenden, with burial in Hillside Cemetery, Fessenden.

She is survived by three sons, Ellery, Fessenden, Delton, Union Grove, Wis., and Gerald, Rio Rico, Ariz.; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; four step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren. (Nelson Funeral Home, Fessenden)

Edwin Code

WILLISTON -ÊEdwin A. Code, 88, Williston, died Sept. 12, 2001, in Williston. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Williston. Further arrangements are pending at Everson Funeral Home, Williston.

Iva Kanis

MORRISTOWN, S.D. -ÊIva B. Kanis, 95, Morristown, died Sept. 11, 2001, in the Lemmon nursing home. Arrangements are pending at Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home, Lemmon.

Walter Rogers

BOWBELLS - Walter R. Rogers, 89, Bowbells, died Sept. 11, 2001, in a Crosby hospital. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bowbells, with burial in the church cemetery.

He is survived by one son, Wesley, Grand Forks; four daughters, Joan Kalmbach, Bowbells, Karen Allen, Bismarck, Janet Larson, Lignite, and Eunice Landers, Leaburg, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Edith Minton, Idaho, Dorothy Farland, Mandan, and Betty Draggoo, Detroit. (Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Bowbells)

August Kramlich

WISHEK -ÊAugust Kramlich, 86, Wishek, died Sept. 13, 2001, in the Wishek nursing home. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Wishek. Further arrangements are pending at Dahlstrom Funeral Home, Wishek.

Grayce Magness

LINTON - Grayce Magness, 84, Linton, died Sept. 12, 2001, in the Linton hospital. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Myers Funeral Home, Linton.

She is survived by one daughter, Lori Houston, Pleasant Grove, Utah; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Martha, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Michael Buchanan

Michael G. Buchanan, 44, of Mandan, died at his home, Wednesday, September 12, 2001. Further arrangements are pending with Weigel Funeral Home in Mandan.

Della Gellett

NEW ENGLAND -ÊDella Gellett, 88, Dickinson, died Sept. 12, 2001, in the Dickinson hospital. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. MDT Saturday at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, New England, with burial in New England Cemetery.

She is survived by four sons, Charles, Kalamazoo, Mich., Lester, Newton, Iowa, Lewis, Oshkosh, Neb., and John, Suffolk, Va.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Jack Rafferty, Regent. (Price-Murphy Funeral Home, Dickinson)

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