Kathleen Monica Urban, 50, Bismarck, formerly of Denver, passed away May 21, 2019, at CHI St. Alexius, Bismarck.
Kathleen is survived by her husband, Andras Urban; mother, Yvonne Farmer; father, William Farmer; grandfather, William Everts; three children, Cody Gene Lessar, Maci Lessar and Chance Schichmiller; uncles, Marlyn Pegors and Leroy Pegors; and brothers, Donald Farmer and Billy Farmer.
Sharon Haegele, 69, Bismarck, died June 5, 2019, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.
Private family services are pending.
Sharon was the third of nine children of Ignatius “John” and Rose (Volk) Haegele, born on May 23, 1950, in Bismarck. She attended Bismarck schools, and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. Sharon worked at Stifel Nicolous before retiring in 2017.
Surviving Sharon are her four brothers, John, Steve (Rhonda), David and Darrell; three sisters, Janice (Raleigh) Moore, Mary Haegele and Terri Grubb; nieces and nephews, Adam (Arianne) Ehlis, Joe Haegele, Mathew (Kiarra) Grubb, Levi Grubb, Chad Grubb, Nick Grubb, Katie Grubb, Mark (Kari) Haegele and Paula Haegele.
Sharon was preceded in death by her father, John; her mother, Rose; and sister, Janet.
Pauline M. Weimer, 93, Bismarck, passed away May 9, 2019, at Sunset Drive Prospera Community.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck. There will be no visitation.
Pauline was born Nov. 15, 1925, in Weld County, Colo., to Phillip and Mary (Wormsbacher) Brethauer. She was raised and educated in Northeastern Colorado and graduated from Snyder High School. On Aug. 31, 1947, she married Edward Weimer in Brighton, Colo. Pauline loved to cook. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Her and Edward were members of Bismarck Mandan Elks Lodge No. 1199.
She is survived by one daughter, Cynthia Urbaniak, Ellendale; one son, Gregory Weimer, Bismarck; one brother, Ralph (Roberta) Brethauer, Rapid City, S.D.; two grandchildren, Brian Sears, Fargo, and Leigh Urbaniak, Tacoma, Wash.; and three great-grandchildren, Chase, Brody and Olive.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward; and son, Douglas Weimer.
Ronald Herbert Leech, 85, passed away peacefully May 31, 2019, at The Retreat at SunRiver Memory Care where he resided the past year and a half.
Ron was born in Empress, Alberta, Canada, on Oct. 20, 1933, to Clinton and Grace Leech on a wheat farm. The family moved to Sisseton, S.D., when Ron was in high school. Ron loved Canada but enjoyed his home in Sisseton as well. He quickly became involved in the high school where he starred in track and football and met his future wife, Carolyn.
After graduating high school, Ron enlisted in the Army Airborne as a Paratrooper and served three years before going on to South Dakota State University where he graduated in Civil Engineering in 1959.
Ron and Carolyn were married on April 3, 1955, and lived in South Dakota for six years while Ron went to school and later worked for the South Dakota Highway Department. In 1962, they moved to Bismarck, where Ron worked for Armco Steel until he started his own business, Basin Steel, Inc., in 1966. Ron soon branched into construction and real estate development and retired early so he and Carolyn could travel and winter in Scottsdale, Ariz., and later St. George, Utah.
Ron was active in the Bismarck community, serving on the zoo board and helping to get a hockey arena built. He loved people and was an active member of the Rotary Club, Elks, American Legion and Church of the Cross. Ron also loved outdoor activities, skiing, hiking, tennis, golf, bicycling and going on walks with Carolyn. He always had a ready laugh and delighted in telling stories, joking with people and meeting new people.
In St. George, he was active in his retirement community and with his wife, Carolyn, started a North Dakota breakfast for people who had moved to St. George from North Dakota. He was always making new friends and enjoyed visiting with them over coffee, meals and encounters while walking around the neighborhood.
Ron is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Carolyn; his children, Brenda (Mark Talkington) Leech, Barb (Scott) Raveling, Alan (Debbie) Leech and Steve (Julie) Leech; his grandchildren, Alexa and Alicia Talkington, Tim, Michael, Jenny and Abby Raveling, Christopher and Michael Leech, Taylor and Ben Leech, Ryan (Erica) Persch and Whitney (Matt) Goodwin; two great-grandchildren, Bryce and Tanner Goodwin; and sister, Sharon (Dean) Hofland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clint and Grace Leech; and brother, Terry Leech.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at the New Promise Lutheran Church, 244 South Valley View Drive, St. George. Burial will be in Bismarck at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221.
Delton Duane Hofer, 84, Mandan, passed away May 28, 2019, at Sanford Health, Bismarck.
Please join us for a celebration of his life at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, 4614 Memorial Highway, Mandan. Bring any pictures and stories you would like to share.
Delton, the son of Reinhold and Olga (Birst) Hofer, was born March 14, 1935, in Turtle Lake, where he attended a nearby country school, then Turtle Lake High School, graduating in 1953.
With his first wife he had four daughters, Valerie, Vickie, DeeAnn and Dorie. Valerie passed away in 1967. Then, in 1970 he married Jeanette (Schmidt) Moon. She brought three little boys to the family, Gary, Wally and Don, making us a bit like the Brady Bunch!
For 34 years, Del worked as a state tax collector in Bismarck, retiring in 1999. In addition, he was a talented musician who played lead guitar and sang with many area bands for over 55 years. He spent 16 years with Rocky and the Happy Valley Gang traveling all over the western states and Canada playing polka fests. He and Jeanette made great friends and great memories during that time.
He was an avid sports fan and attended every softball game the boys played. He enjoyed watching baseball and basketball on TV and we’re pretty sure he memorized all the lines in every episode of Gunsmoke!
Del is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jeanette; daughters, Vickie Hill, Turtle Lake, DeeAnn (Kent) Slade, Provo, Utah, Dorie Fiser, Orcutt, Calif.; sons, Gary Moon, Mandan, Wally Moon, Cole Harbor, Don (Lisa) Moon, Mosinee, Wis.; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren (with one more on the way); sisters-in-law, Verdean Hofer, Turtle Lake, Sharon (Tom) Haag, Center, and Donna Zander, Mandan; brother-in-law, Harry (Judy) Schmidt, Bismarck; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Valerie; his parents; his brother, Rodney; and his parents-in-law.
Leo Dockter, 80, Bismarck, formerly of Linton, died June 7, 2019, at his home in Bismarck.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1402 E. Ave. C, Bismarck.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, where a prayer service will begin at 7 p.m.
Leo J. Dockter was born in Linton and raised on the family farm. He was the son of John J. and Alma (Bollinger) Dockter.
He owned and operated 18K Food Market, B&L Meat Market, Merwin Meats and Doc’s Meat Market. During his time in business he developed his own sausage seasonings. Later he started his own business, known as Leo’s Distributing, LLC., which continues in his legacy today through his wife, son and family. Seasonings are available at www.leosseasonings.com.
Leo was a proud and hard-working man. He was a great storyteller, avid hunter and enjoyed listening to old time waltz and polka music. He had a stubborn nature and feisty attitude and often voiced his “opinions” to others, but he carried his heart on his sleeve. He had a soft heart and enjoyed his many grand and great-grandchildren. Leo was an early riser, sometimes waking as early as 3 a.m. to make coffee, go to work, hunt or get ready to meet friends for breakfast. “Early bird gets the goose.” Leo will be remembered for his ability to easily form lasting friendships with all.
Leo is survived by his wife, Delores; his children, Leanne (Scott) Buchholz, Darcey Engelke, Kenneth (Kora) Dockter, Karla (Dan) Lacher and Donia (Troy) Klein; 13 grandchildren, Danyell, Steven, Amber, Daniel Cole, Aaron, Matthew, Tyler, Shanna, Kayla, Sara, Summer Cole and Cash; 16 great-grandchildren; one sister, Evie (Jerome) Kelsch; three sisters-in-law, Lorraine, Shirley and Deb; three brothers-in-law, Harry, Arthur and Vernon; several nieces and nephews, and special friends Quentin and Joyce Spitzer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Steven Dockter and Daniel Cole Lacher; his infant brother; his sister, Irene; and brother, Melvin.
Frank Schmaltz, 80, entered into eternal life June 7, 2019, surrounded by his wife and family.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, followed by a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m., at Church of St. Mary, 535 S. Lewis St., Shakopee, Minn. Interment will be in Catholic Cemetery, Shakopee.
Frank was born March 7, 1939, in Hague, the son of Aloysious and Magdalena Schmaltz. After graduating high school, he entered the U.S. Army, where he served as a company clerk. He married Patty Leary in 1960. They had four wonderful daughters a beautiful 59-year marriage. Frank was so proud and nurturing to his daughters and they adored him and each former their own beautiful relationship.
Frank was full of charisma and possessed an independent entrepreneurial spirit. He owned several businesses in Bismarck and retired after a career in the food brokerage business before he and Patty moved to Shakopee in 2000 to be close to their new granddaughter. Two more grandchildren followed and Frank doted on them like they were the only three people on Earth. Frank loved to fish, hunt and play Pinochle, but best of all, he loved visiting over a good meal and some beverages with friends and family. Frank had a tremendous wit and kindness that let you know he genuinely cared about you and everyone he met.
Frank is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patty; daughters, Mickey, Colleen Reid (Bill), Kathleen and Jody O'Brien (Scott); grandchildren, John Zacher, Madeline, Allison and Luke O'Brien; brothers, Al, Jerry, Tom, Dan and Patrick; sisters, Lil, Janice, Marge, Carole, Bernice and Marlene.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Richard, Chuck, George, Virgil and Jim.
In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorial to Shakopee Area Catholic School in Shakopee.
Arrangements with McNearney-Schmidt Funeral and Cremation, Shakopee, 952-445-2755.
Alberta Martin Swartz, 60, Jamestown, died June 5, 2019, after years of fighting cancer.
In her own words: I was born Oct. 31, 1958, which was a Friday Halloween night. When the doctor tried to telephone my dad to let him know he had another daughter, he was not home because he had taken the other six children out Trick-or-Treating. I was the seventh of nine children born to Ed (Pepper) and Mary (Doll) Martin.
Growing up in a large family had both good and not so good points. There was always someone to play/argue with, but with 11 people living in a three bedroom, one bathroom house, 11 did get a little hectic, especially when we were older.
I attended Cathedral of the Holy Spirit grade school through eighth grade. I then attended Saint Mary’s Central High School, graduating in 1977. I attended Bismarck Junior College now (BSC) obtaining an Associates of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.
While in high school, I began my employment at Montgomery Ward and worked there for over 10 years. During this time, my son, Drew, was born. I attended a business school and received a certificate as a Legal Secretary. I worked in this profession for many years until I decided I just hadn’t had enough education. Drew and I moved to Minot where I received degrees in Special and Elementary Education. I taught Special Education in Selfridge for one year and in McClusky for one year. In 2000, I was hired by Jamestown Public School District where I have been employed since as a Special Education Strategist. I received my master’s degree in Education from UND in 2009.
I met Mike Swartz from Glenwood, Minn., on an online dating service and on Nov. 2, 2002, we met in person at the Roger Maris Museum in Fargo. It was love at first sight and we were married at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Church in Bismarck on Friday the 13th of August 2004. We spent time at homes in Glenwood and Jamestown with our dogs, Jaxin (deceased) and Franki Jo.
My favorite pastime was to go out to eat to new restaurants and try anything with seafood. I also loved to read and read many books on my Kindle. I hated shopping but did enjoy watching QVC and purchased a few items from them. I enjoyed traveling and loved to fly. I especially loved going to MS to visit Drew. I liked to play slot machines on occasion and spent many afternoons at the casinos in MS.
In the spring of 2002, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Thanks to the wonderful doctors at Mid Dakota Clinic and Fairview University in Minneapolis, I survived and cancer did not reoccur until the fall of 2015. I also survived that. The third reoccurrence came in late 2018.
I am survived by my husband, Mike; son, Drew Martin; sisters, Patty Thorp, Michele Martin, Deb (TJ) Hopfauf and Carol (Don) Redmann; my brothers, Tom Martin, Ken (Bev) Martin and Bill (Paula) Martin. I am also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, some being my favorites (they know who)!
I was preceded in death by my parents, Pepper and Mary Martin; my brother, Dick Martin; and my brother-in-law, Vern Thorp.
One of my most memorable experiences was given the opportunity to speak with first year medical students at the UND Medical School. I was able to talk to them for two years. I spoke to them about my decision on bequeathing my body to UND Medical Center. I think the biggest reason was I loved teaching and by donating my body, I was given one last opportunity to teach.
Since my body has been bequeathed to UND, there will be no viewing nor services of any kind. In lieu of flowers, please go out to eat and try something new, preferably seafood! If you wish to make a memorial contribution in my name, my favorite charities were St. Jude’s Children Hospital or the Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown.
Ruth Briski, 88, Grand Forks, formerly of New England, passed away June 5, 2019, in Grand Forks.
Funeral services for Ruth will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, New England, with Pastor Joe Natwick officiating. Burial will take place at Our Redeemer’s Cemetery in New England.
Visitation for Ruth will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson, with a prayer service taking place at 7 p.m.
Florence Mitchel, 98, Bismarck, went to her Heavenly home on June 1, 2019.
The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 10, at McCabe United Methodist Church, 1030 N. 6th Street, Bismarck, with Rev. Mark Ehrmantraut officiating.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck. Burial is at 2 p.m. Monday at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
She was born in Mott on May 16, 1921, to Leonard and Alice (Iverson) Halbett, where she spent her childhood on the family farm. She graduated from Mott High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from NDSU. Later she earned a Reading Specialist Certification. Florence married the love of her life, Charles Mitchel, June 4, 1944, in the Mott Methodist Church. Their life was filled with joyous times spent with family, friends and neighbors, as well as a many exciting travels.
Florence was well-known in her community by fellow teachers, parents and students, as a beloved and dedicated teacher. Her passion and joy was inspiring young minds, having taught 32 years in the Bismarck Public Schools. She was a gracious hostess, superb cook and baker, excellent seamstress, and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Always the life of the party, her zest for life, contagious laugh, snappy wit, fun pranks, fabulous storytelling, and spirited independence were the trademarks of her dynamic personality. Her positivity about life and finding the joy in everyday living were the remarkable gifts that made unforgettable memories for her family.
Her beloved husband, Chuck, proceeded her in death exactly two years earlier, on June 1, 2017, and they had celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary prior to his passing. She missed him so dearly that she was never the same after he passed. They’ll now have a joyous reunion to finish out their eternal love story.
Florence's legacy of love, devotion, and service will live on in the lives of her daughters, Sandra (Jack) and Rynell; five grandchildren, Deborah (David), Tamara (Nathan), Gregg (Holly), Eric and Scott (deceased); and nine great-grandchildren, Spencer, Brayden, Kaitlin, Bryson, Tyler, Kelsie, Brigg, Jack and Nick.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be given to McCabe United Methodist Church for improvements being made to their children’s education wing.