Barbara Peterson Larson, 90, died July 16, 2019, at a Bismarck hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the First Presbyterian Church, 214 E. Thayer Ave., Bismarck.
There will be no visitation, cremation has taken place. Interment will be at Rosehill Memorial Cemetery in Minot.
Barbara was born in Kenmare on July 19, 1928, to Harry and Althea Preston. She attended school in Kenmare, then graduated from Williston High School in 1946 after moving there with her parents. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. While a student there, she met her future husband, Kermit S. Peterson. They married in 1949 and made their home in Minot. Kermit died in 1966. In 1976, Barbara married Harvey C. Larson and moved to Bismarck, where she lived until her death.
In both Minot and Bismarck, Barbara was engaged in many social and community activities. She was a member of PEO, Fortnightly Club, an investment club, and gourmet club in Bismarck. She served as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Minot and later the First Presbyterian Church of Bismarck. For many years she worked as an aide during the North Dakota legislative sessions. She was active in the Minot Republican Women’s Club and served as a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention. She was a past-president of both the Minot Symphony League and the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony League. With her close friend, Helga Gonzalez, she complied and edited “The Prairie Collection Cookbook” as a benefit for the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony.
For more than 50 years, she spent the summer at her cottage on Lake Metigoshe in the Turtle Mountains. Her Fourth of July parties, with a patriotic program followed by food and fireworks, were a highlight of each summer. She loved playing bridge, especially with her Down One Bridge Club at the lake. Throughout the summer she enjoyed visits from her children and, for many years, her sister-in-law, Anna Delson. At the end of each season Barbara made chokecherry jelly from hand-picked berries. In 2018 she entered her jelly in the Bottineau County Fair and was awarded a blue ribbon.
Barbara enjoyed discovering new cultures and cuisines and traveled extensively around the world. Here first trip abroad was to Europe and Iceland in 1961 with Kermit. This was followed by many trips with her friend Mary Brosnahan, including one trip to China not long after it opened to tourism, and trips with Anna and with her children. She also loved cooking and entertaining, was an early fan of Julia Child, and enjoyed reading cookbooks and trying new recipes. In recent weeks, she worked on perfecting her lemon meringue pies.
Barbara was an avid reader and had an unbounded zest for life to her last day. She will be deeply missed by those who shared in her life.
She is survived by her children, Stefan (Shanti), Eden Prairie, Minn., Sarajane (Nicholas) Woolf, Santa Barbara, Cali., Seth (Jane), Bismarck, and Sabin, Crystal, Minn.; her grandchildren, Katie (Patrick) Meier and Emma Peterson, both of Bismarck; step-grandchildren, Vishant (Emily) Shah; great-grandchild Sahil, of Memphis, Tenn., Kathryn (Brian) Shah; great-grandchild, Sidney of Santa Barbara, Calif.; sister-in-law, Anna Delson, New York City; and her four nieces.
Barbara was preceded into death by her parents; her husbands, Kermit S. Peterson, Harvey C. Larson; her step-grandchild, Benjamin Woolf; and her beloved pets—her schnauzer, Conrad, and her cats, Grover and Jelli.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the First Presbyterian Church Child Care in Bismarck of the charity of your choice.
Linda Engel left this world just as she lived her life: quietly, gently, and with the love and support of her family.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Grace Lutheran Church, McClusky. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bismarck Funeral Home.
Linda Grant Brothers was born Oct. 14, 1939, in North Providence, R.I., to Alfred and Margaret Brothers, joining her older sister, Audrey. She fell in love with Norman Engel in his dashing Air Force uniform, and soon after that they married at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga., in 1958. Their first child, Jeffrey, was born there in 1959. After Norman was discharged from the service, he got the itch to return to the farm where he grew up, and Linda found herself going from a military wife to a farm wife. More children soon followed: Greg in 1960, Denise in 1964 and Scott in 1970. Linda raised her children on the farm near Kief, wanting nothing more than to be a mother. Her husband passed away in 1989.
In 1990, Linda began the next chapter of her life in Bismarck. She was so proud to earn her two-year degree at Bismarck State College. She began working at Sears in Gateway Mall in paint and hardware, retiring just a few years ago due to ill health. She moved to Library Square in Mandan to be nearer her daughter. She fell two years ago and couldn’t get back on her feet, causing a move to Prospera on Sunset Drive in Mandan.
She enjoyed reading mystery novels and had read all of Agatha Christie’s books, liked to study ancient history and was a big James Bond fan. She had a National Geographic subscription for many, many years. She was also very proud to be from Rhode Island and spent many hours working on her family history.
Linda passed away Aug. 10, 2019, in a Bismarck hospital. Her family would like to thank the ICU staff at Sanford Hospital for the excellent and considerate care she received in the last week of her life. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Jeffrey, Kief, Gregory (Julie), Minot, Denise Sather (Brian), Mandan, and Scott (Susan), Centennial, Colo.; five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and two step-great-grandsons; as well as her brother-in-law, the Rev. Alden Burhoe; and her nieces, Pam Lavoie, Jane Anderson and their families.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman; her parents, Alfred and Margaret Brothers; her sister, Audrey Burhoe; and her father and mother-in-law, Jacob and Kathryn Engel.
Rose Marie Hunter, 79, Lincoln, passed away Aug. 11, 2019, at St. Alexius hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Grace Lutheran Brethren Church, 2400 E. Ave. A, Bismarck.
There will be no visitation, cremation has taken place.
Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Bismarck.
She was born April 18, 1940, in Driscoll, one of five children to Takvor and Mabel Jamgochian. Rose worked for Ameripride for many years until she retired in 2010. She was a member of the Amvets Club of Bismarck. Rose enjoyed playing bingo, whether it be at the bingo hall or online with her friends. Her grandchildren, Chrisie and Brad, and her great-grandsons, Silas and Sawyer, were the light of her life. She enjoyed the company of friends and family. She also leaves behind her beloved dog, Rueger.
Rose is survived by one daughter, Cindy (Duane) Ensz, Lincoln; her grandchildren, Christine (Jason) Smith, Lincoln, and Bradley (Marissa) Ensz; her great-grandsons, Silas and Sawyer Ensz, both of Bismarck; and her special friend, Howard Stewart, Wilton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie Hunter; her son, Dean "Butch" Hunter; her special friend, Lenoir Stewart; and her parents.
James Smith, of New Town, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home in Albuquerque, N.M., on Aug. 5, 2019, surrounded by family.
He was born on May 30, 1932, and raised in Makoti. He attended Minot State College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business. James spent most of his life farming in western North Dakota and had a love of the land. One of his most important accomplishments in this life was the relationship he developed with each of his eight grandchildren.
James is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Merilyn Smith; daughters, Delores Pederson (Tommy Carrion), of Albuquerque, and Melinda Thorton (Esley), Bismarck; son, Leighton Smith (Dianne), Valley City; grandchildren, Nicholas Pederson (Melise), Nathan Pederson, both of Albuquerque, Kylie Anderson (Orlando), Green Bay, Wis., Madison Smith, Trierre Smith, and Esley Thorton (Ellie), all of Fargo, Matthew Thorton (Pam) and Rhannon Thorton (Laiken), both of Bismarck; great-grandchildren, Kinley and Eve Thorton, Bismarck, and Cale Ludwig, Fargo.
There will be a private family burial with a celebration of life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please give to Hospice of New Mexico.
Robert Schmalenberger, 77, Hebron, died Aug. 8, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Robert’s Mass of Christian burial will be 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Richardton, with Fr. Thomas Wordekemper, OSB, as celebrant. Inurnment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Richardton. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson, with a rosary and vigil at 7 p.m., with Deacon Bob Zent presiding. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday.
Robert Albert Schmalenberger was born on Oct. 17, 1941, in Richardton, the son of Albert and Rose (Hoerauf) Schmalenberger. He grew up on the family farm northwest of Hebron. He attended Hebron Public School and graduated in 1961.
Robert married Gloria Schmidt on Oct. 19, 1963. They resided in Richardton after their marriage and in 1967 moved to their farm and ranch northwest of Hebron.
He served as a West Plains Electric Board Member for 30 years. He also served on the ND State Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service Board (ASCS) for seven years under the Reagan Administration.
Robert’s passion was his farm and ranch. He had a great affinity for the cattle business and spent countless hours working to improve his herd. At one point he raised club calves and many of his calves went on to be champion show steers. He enjoyed the work of caring for his cattle and overseeing the farm and ranch. Robert had a gift that enabled him to talk to anyone and spent countless hours visiting. He was quick witted and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was an avid gun collector and fond of the old west.
Robert enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. We are all grateful for the time dedicated and wisdom imparted.
Robert is survived by his wife, Gloria, Hebron; children, Wendi (Kent) Glass, Hebron, Robyn (Jim Becker) Schmalenberger, Bismarck, Jason (Stacy) Schmalenberger, Hebron, and Danielle (Robert Tuttle) Schmalenberger, Dickinson; eight grandchildren, Kash Glass, Landree Glass, Zack Schmalenberger, Zayden Schmalenberger, Carson Tuttle, Emily Tuttle, Megan Tuttle, Aaron Tuttle; two great-grandchildren, Nova Tuttle and Ariya Tuttle; siblings, Verda Heupel, Mandan, Gladys (Florian) Woroniecki, Hebron, Joyce (Harold) Schatz, Hawaii, Jacob (Alice) Schmalenberger, Hebron, and Allan (Georgianne) Schmalenberger, Dickinson; brother-in-law, Philip Messer, Richardton; sisters-in-law, Frieda Boespflug, Dickinson, and Bonnie Schmidt, Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Janel Schmalenberger; parents; sisters, Betty Messer and Mildred (Norbert) Underdahl; brothers-in-law, August Heupel, Charles Schmidt and Ralph Boespflug; and sister-in-law, LaVonne Schmidt.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. Mary’s Cemetery Renovation Fund.
Harold J. Neff, 88, peacefully passed away Aug. 9, 2019, at home in Bismarck.
A memorial service is planned for family and friends in early fall at McCabe United Methodist Church in Bismarck. A private interment will take place at the McClusky Cemetery.
Harold, also known as Hal, was born on the family farm near McClusky, to Charles G. and Martha (Schindler) Neff in October 1930, where he grew up and completed elementary and high school, participating in sports and working at Froehlich’s Garage. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from December 1951 to December 1955, qualifying as an aircraft radio technician on the USS Yorktown. Hal returned to McClusky, where he courted Lois Case, of Goodrich. They married in 1956 and began a life together that led to his 30-year career with IBM, moving throughout the country and raising four children. Jeffry Rand was born in Fresno, Calif., in 1957; Colleen Kaye and Kathleen Renae were born in Grand Forks, in 1958 and 1960, respectively; and Patricia Lynne completed the family in Houston in 1964.
Hal retired from IBM in 1987 in Des Moines, Iowa. His retirement years included building a lake home in Crosslake, Minn., and later living close to family in Kingston, N.Y. He and Lois returned to North Dakota in 2001, making their home in Bismarck and spending time with family and friends. Hal volunteered at the Bismarck Public Library repairing books and served in many roles as a member of McCabe United Methodist Church.
Throughout his life, Hal enjoyed swimming, camping, sailing, photography and making the family’s homes more beautiful with repairs, renovations and landscaping. He passed on his artistic eye, skill with tools and love of nature to his children and grandchildren. Hal lived a life of service to his family, communities and country, always with the intent to leave the world a better place than he found it.
Hal is survived by his wife, Lois; daughter, Colleen (Helmut Kapczynski) Neff; and grandsons, Maximilian Kapczynski and Stefan Kapczynski in California; daughter, Kathleen (Bryan) Aucoin, in Virginia; grandson, Paul, in West Virginia; and granddaughter, Lily, in Virginia; grandson, Stephen (Ashley) Neff; and great-grandsons Kevin, Charles, Norman and Walter in Iowa; grandson, Jonathan Neff; and great-grandson, Jude, in Missouri; son-in-law, Charles Muller, in New York; granddaughter, Grace Hodges, in New York; and grandson, Harold “Sam” Hodges in Florida; brother, LaVern (Nita) Neff, Bismarck (formerly of Williston); in-laws, Audrey Neff, Bonnie Neff, Thomas (Diane) Wentz, Irene Walsh, Linda Lee, Lloyd (Ellen) Case, Robert Case and many dearly loved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffry (father of Stephen and Jonathan); and daughter, Patricia Muller (mother of Grace and Sam); parents, Charles and Martha Neff; and siblings, Dorothy Neff Ostrom, Donald Neff, Robert Neff, Richard Neff and Janet Neff Wentz.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Bismarck Public Library Bookmobile Campaign (bismarcklibrary.org).
Mary Whitmer, 89, Hettinger, peacefully completed her earthly journey on Aug. 10, 2019.
A prayer service is scheduled for 7 p.m. MDT Monday evening, Aug. 12, and a celebration of life and memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. MDT Tuesday, Aug. 13. Both services will be held at the Hettinger United Methodist Church, Rev. Duane Coates officiating. Burial will be in the Hettinger Cemetery.
Those sharing in her life are her children, Tracy Johnk, David (Lolly) Johnk, and Jennifer Seamands (Wayne); 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; Alvin’s children, Gayle Myers (David), Lou Whitmer, Ross Whitmer, and Neil Whitmer (Cynthia).
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Whitmer; son, Dan Johnk; sister, Carol King.
David Spitzer, 57, Wilton, passed peacefully Aug. 9, 2019.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at First Presbyterian Church, Wilton, with the Revs. Kevin Kaufmann and Les Horntvedt officiating.
Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Bismarck.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, followed by a celebration of life prayer service starting at 7 p.m. at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck. There will be no viewing.
David Jake Spitzer was born June 3, 1962, in Bismarck, to Ervin and Audrey (Farnam) Spitzer. He was baptized at First Presbyterian Church in Wilton and was a lifelong member there. Dave grew up in Wilton and graduated from Wilton High School in 1981. He then attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, where he studied auto mechanics. After graduation, he returned to the family farm in Wilton and worked for a time at Bismarck Contracting and later traveled to power plants throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming working as a crane operator.
On July 2, 2003, his son, Carter, was born. Wanting to be closer to Carter, Dave then took a position with the City of Bismarck Public Works Department and worked there until 2012 when he retired due to failing health. Dave continued to farm as well throughout these years, always living at the family farm near Wilton.
In 2013, Dave underwent a live-donor liver transplant due to complications from ulcerative colitis. A college friend, Karmen Becker, was a donor match and became Dave’s saving grace. Through her unselfish gift of life, Karmen became more than just a friend. She became part of the family.
Dave was an avid golfer who had a passion for the game, often spending time with family and friends on the golf course. He was a natural, winning numerous tournaments and awards. He also loved playing cards. Dave will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor and love of funny birthday cards, motorcycles, and, of course, the Vikings.
Dave is survived by his son, Carter, Bismarck; parents, Ervin and Audrey, Bismarck; brothers, Terry (Sandy) Spitzer, Denver, and Jay (Sandy) Spitzer, Wilton; sister, Robin (Mike) Addington, Bismarck; and his donor, Karmen (Layton) Becker; nieces and nephews, Tommie, Dustin, Sarah, God daughter Sally, Thomas, Maureen and Marcus; and numerous great-nieces and -nephews.
He was preceded in death by an older baby brother.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, Minn. (gift-of-life.org).
Edna Mae (Bitner) Narum, 82, passed away Aug. 9, 2019, with her family by her side at CHI St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 106 Osage Ave., Bismarck, with Pastor Julie Anderson officiating.
Burial will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck. A prayer service will begin at 7 p.m.
Edna was born Oct. 1, 1936. She was raised and attended school in Wilton. As a young child she was very shy and stayed very close to her mother’s side most of the time. She attended high school in Riverdale, where she was the homecoming queen and graduated in 1954. After graduation, she became employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Edna met Gailen Narum in the summer of 1956, her husband of 61 years, while working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Edna was in the purchasing department and Gailen was an engineering student working three summers on the Garrison Damn Project. They married June 15, 1958, and had four children, Sherrie Gail, Scott William, Richard Dean and Julie Ann.
Edna was a military wife. She and Gailen lived in Anchorage, Alaska, Laramie, Wyo., and Plattsburg, N.Y. They also lived in many other places during their marriage. Edna enjoyed playing bridge and working with Ladies Aid groups. Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, baking and canning. While living in Anchorage, she experienced, “The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964.”
Edna is survived by her husband, Gailen; son, Richard (Annie); daughter, Julie Narum; daughter-in-law, Kathy Narum; sister, Janice (Richard) Berger; and sister-in-law, Irma Bitner. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Nicole (Tom) Helfrich, Breanna and Tela Narum, Bryton and Brock Harman; her great-granddaughter, Lily Helfrich; and many nieces and nephews.
Edna was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Sherrie Gail, and her son, Scott William; her parents, William and Hildur (Stenquist) Bitner; and her brother, Bob Bitner.
The family would like to thank everyone for all the love and support they’ve received during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, 1825 46th St., Mandan, ND, 58554.