Josephine Stampka, 95, Jamestown, died Feb. 12, 2020 at Ave Maria Village, Jamestown.
Josephine Lira was born Jan. 17, 1925 on the family north of Fried, the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Blaskowski) Lira. She was baptized, received her first communion and was confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fried. Josephine was raised on the farm and attended the Fried Township School through eighth grade and then attended Jamestown High School. She moved with her family to a farm east of Montpelier where she helped during the spring and summer months and worked in clothing stores and bakeries during the winter months.
On Aug. 29, 1946, she married Joseph Stampka at St. Hubert's Catholic Church in Montpelier with Fr. Hannaker presiding. They settled on a farm east of Fried and later moved to Jametown. Josephine worked in various restaurants and in 1979, began working in the dietary department at the North Dakota State Hospital. In 1992, she retired from the State Hospital as a Supervisor II. Josephine returned to work at the James River Senior Center as a cook. She retired in April of 2008.
Josephine was a member of St. James Basilica and a charter member of the St. James Tabernacle Society. She was an RSVP volunteer for many years. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, game shows and trips to the casino. She liked baking and treating family and friends and spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include two children, Jerome “Joe” Stampka, Jamestown, Ken Stampka, Jamestown; five grandchildren, Christine (Curt) Kinzler, Jamestown, Joseph Fuchs, Jamestown, Tyri (Rick) Bosche, Jamestown, Jacob Fuchs, Aberdeen, S.D., Jessica (Aaron) Dunphy, Grand Forks; four great-grandchildren, Patrick Kinzler, Jamestown, Teagan Bosche, Jamestown, Jillian Dunphy and Collin Dunphy, Grand Forks; two sisters, Rita DeLair, Gladstone, Ore., Alice Cumber, West Fargo, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Roman and Joe; three sisters, Leona Froelich, Rose DeLair and Cecelia “Cedy” Malinski; daughter, Alice Fuchs; daughter-in-law, Cindy Stampka; son-in-law, Jake Fuchs; five brothers-in-law, Chester Malinski, Robert Cumber, Ray Froelich, Charles DeLair and Francis DeLair.
Mass of Christian burial: 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at St. James Basilica with Monsignor Wald officiating.
Spring Interment: Calvary Cemetery.
Arrangements with Williams Funeral Home, Jamestown.
Ray, age 78, passed away. Ray was born to Raymond and Katie Hauer Lipp. He was raised on the family farm near Hague. He served in the ND National Guard. He moved to Circle Pines in the mid 1960's, married Darlis Wood; they raised three children there: Donnie Mae, Troy and Shane.
Ray's siblings Luella Volk, Bernice Mitzel, Joe and Florence Hauer, James and Darla Hauer. Funeral services were held at Fort Snelling National Cemtery with military honors.
Bernice Vetter, 73, Wishek, passed away Feb. 11, 2020 surrounded by her mother, children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters at CHI St. Alexius Hospital, Bismarck.
Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Wishek. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Dahlstrom Funeral Home, Wishek, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Burial will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Wishek.
Bernice was born Oct. 6, 1946 at the family home in McIntosh County. Bernice is the daughter of Kasmier and Ann (Wolf) Wald. Bernice grew up in rural McIntosh County, attended and graduated from Wishek High School in 1964. Bernice married Anton “Tony” Vetter on Oct. 2nd, 1965 at St. Michael's country church. Bernice and Tony worked for Nickisch Co., five miles west of Wishek, as farmhands for two years. In 1967 they purchased the farm from Nickisch Co. where they raised six children, operated Vetter's Dairy until 1986, and continued to operate Vetter's Beef and Grain until each of their deaths.
Bernice was one of the kindest and hardest working women on this earth. Throughout her life Bernice worked several jobs, was active in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Wishek Eagles, a leader in Meadowlarks 4-H Club, square dancing and Wishek Purple Pals. During Bernice's retirement years she loved to travel, play cards and dance at local polka parties. Bernice took numerous bus tours including “Mystery Tours” and Branson, Mo., trips through Farmer's Union Ins. meeting many new friends that she would continue to travel with regularly. Recently, Bernice took a three-week trip to Florida including a Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas experiencing many new first-time experiences for her. Bernice loved to socialize with friends and family, and was known for embroidering, sewing, and baking cakes for special occasions.
Bernice is survived by her three sons, Kevin (Cindy Huber) Vetter, Wishek, Tony Jr. (Sarah Voigt) Vetter, Mandan, and Kendall (Alison) Vetter, Mandan; three daughters, Charlene (Michael) Hulm, Wishek, Shelly Mehlhaff, Eureka, S.D., and Bernice (Ron) Coward, Alliance, Neb.; twelve grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; mother, Ann Wald, Wishek; two brothers, Larry Wald, Wishek and Donnie (Brenda) Wald, Bismarck; one sister, Addie (Bill) Lea, Bismarck; one brother-in-law, Tom Hilzendeger, Bismarck; and many nieces and nephews.
Bernice is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Anton “Tony” Vetter; father Kasmier Wald; sister Lorraine Hilzendeger; and sister-in-law Linda Wald.
Barbara Bear, 68, “Mana Se' Wehinu Mihe” (Spring Willow Woman), passed away with her family at her side on Feb. 8, 2020, at a Rochester, Minn., hospital.
Barbara Rae Bear was born on Sept. 22, 1951 in Riverdale to Elizabeth Parshall and Lloyd Howard. She received her formal education at Chamberlain and Stephan, S.D., Catholic schools. She graduated from high school in 1969, at the age of 17, and went on to pursue a business certificate at El Cerrito, Calif. She also attended Bismarck State College, majoring in criminal justice.
Barbara held several prestigious secretarial positions, such as in the U.S. Federal Office in Bismarck; Owens Valley Planning in Bishop, Calif.; Horace Mann Elementary School in Rapid City, S.D., and was most proud to have worked under Carl Whitman. Barbara's career span with the MHA Nation was over 25 years and ended with her retirement on April 29, 2016.
On Oct. 18, 1990, Barbara was united in marriage to James Bear and they shared the love of traveling, movies, and music. She was a loving mother to her only child, Shawn, and adored and doted on her two granddaughters, Keelia and Taya. Barbara took pride in all their activities and would often say “my babies are my life.” Her charm and smile would enlighten any given moment, just like her love for extended family and friends. She was a true “Momma Bear” to those who loved her.
Barbara leaves behind many to cherish her memory including her daughter, Shawn Charging (Brent); nephew-son, Travis Parshall; sister, Jackie Parshall (Bill Halsey); brother, Russell Parshall; special granddaughters, Keelia Elizabeth and Taya Leotie Charging; maternal aunts, Truby Stiff Arm and Renita Mandan; maternal uncle, Albert Little Owl; paternal aunts, LaVonne Bruce and Ada Crows Breast; paternal uncle, Waldron Crows Breast; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren whom she loved dearly.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, James Bear; mother, Elizabeth Parshall; father, Lloyd Howard; sisters, Merle Feather Henke and Paula Parshall; brothers, Wayne “Boots” Howard, George “Troy” Parshall and Melvin Henke.
Funeral: Saturday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. in Parshall-Lucky Mound Veterans Memorial Hall, Parshall.
Wake: Friday beginning at 5 p.m. in the memorial hall.
Family and friends gathering: Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.
Interment: Memorial Congregational Cemetery, rural Parshall.
Douglas Dean Dunn, 68, Bismarck, passed away Feb. 11, 2020 at Sanford Hospital, Bismarck.
Douglas was born in Jamestown to Eugene and Deloris (Buskeness) Dunn.
He attended school in Jamestown. He married Kathrine Kaufman on Aug. 13, 1971 in Jamestown, where they lived until they moved to Bismarck in 1974. They would have been married 49 years this year.
He worked for Melroe, then for Tri-State Welding as a truck driver for many years. He then owned and ran his own business servicing fire extinguishers and equipment for many years and then he worked for Millennium Express until he retired. His most recent employment was with Bis-Man Security, which he enjoyed very much.
Douglas is survived by his wife, Katherine; and his three daughters, Shannon (Darry) Steichen, Darcy Dunn, and Nicole Dunn; five grandchildren, Kyle (Alicia) Dunn, Holly Gjesdal, Thomas Friesz, Michael (Kelsey) Smiley and Meloney /(Shailesh) Thapa; and five great-grandchildren, Kaden, Kai, Bennett, Grayson and Kruze; three sisters, Eugenia Wahl, Sherry Braun and Colleen Mertz; and two brothers, Archie Dunn and Scott Dunn.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one nephew. Douglas left a huge footprint on many people's lives. He was loved much and will be remembered fondly by all. He had an amazing sense of humor and could make anyone laugh or smile. He was always there when people needed him the most. Doug enjoyed doing various woodworking and lots of other crafts and canning. He also loved singing and karaoke. He loved spending time with family, but especially loved spoiling his three little fur babies, Fanncy, Willow and Bella. His family would like to give a huge thank you to all of the doctors and staff at Sanford Hospital and to The Cancer Center for taking such great care of Doug through his journey. He appreciated you all.
Douglas will be cremated and there will be a celebration of life on March 14 (his birthday).
Perpetua “Pat” Mildenberger, 90, Mandan, passed away Feb. 10, 2020 at Prospera on Sunset, Mandan.
Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Patrick Ojedeji as celebrant. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with a rosary/parish vigil at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Pat was born on March 5, 1929 to Joseph and Franceska (Hoffman) Paul on a farm near St. Anthony. She married the love of her life, Steven Mildenberger, on Oct. 5, 1948 in St. Anthony.
Pat was one of a kind. She was strong, fearless, and brought fun everywhere she went. She gave and received smiles with everyone she met. She kept herself busy working as a self-employed painter/wood finisher and a well-loved cafe employee at Kist Livestock. Her passions in life included German baking and cooking, her faith, and being there for her family.
Pat will be deeply missed by her children, Terry (Debbie), Janet (Rich), Cheryl (Tory), Randy (Laura), and Jim (Mary); eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Clara Markel.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Steve; parents; nine brothers; and two sisters.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be designated to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 108 3rd St NE, Mandan, ND 58554.
Thomas Richard Schmidt (“Bubbudy”), 80, St. Anthony, died Feb. 10, 2020 at Sanford Health in Bismarck. Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Very Rev. Todd Kreitinger as celebrant. Burial will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Weigel Funeral Home with a 6:30 p.m. rosary followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Tom was born Sept. 24, 1939, to Thomas and Ruby (Kent) Schmidt at their home near Solen. Tom obtained the nickname “Bubbudy” from his sister Betty, who at the time due to her young age, could not say brother. To his parents, siblings, and other local people he became “Bub” or “Bubbudy” for the rest of his life. Many of his nieces and nephews simply knew him as “Uncle Bub.” He attended a country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Solen High School in 1958. Tom joined the United States Air Force on June 17, 1959. He served his country until June 16, 1965 when he was honorably discharged. He occasionally spoke about leaving for the Air Force from a train depot in Breien.
Tom was united in marriage to Gloria Fisher on April 20, 1964. To this union two children were born, Thomas Robert and Shelly Ann. Tom and Gloria lived in Mandan for 15 years before moving to the St. Anthony area where they farmed and raised cattle. Tom spent many years working in the construction industry, eventually owning his own excavating business, Schmidt Excavating. There was no piece of construction equipment that he could not operate. From scraper to backhoe, front end loader to crane, he was capable of operating them all at a very proficient level.
Tom enjoyed all types of fishing, hunting, working on tractors, and taking trips with Gloria. They were able to take many memorable trips together after he retired and sold his business. Tom loved spending time with his family and his entire extended family. He loved his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids more than anything in the world. His final moments were spent letting everyone know just how much he loved and cared for them.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Gloria, St. Anthony; son, Thomas Robert (Janet) Schmidt Jr., Solen; and daughter, Shelly Ann (Blane) Hoffman, Mandan; five grandchildren, Karie (Dwight) Leingang, Kristy (Nathan) Gosser, Nichole (Dusty) Moore TJ (Kodi) Schmidt and Kourtny (Casey) Sible; thirteen great-grandchildren, Trenton, Dillon Clayton, Terance, Zoe, Ava, Addison, Thomas, Gunner, Sage, Kassandra, Colt and Cheyenne; ten siblings, brothers, Jack and Rick (Linda), sisters, Lavon Meier, Geraldine Carmical, Betty (Mark) Grove, Rosalia Beck, Patricia (Joe) Fylak, Susan (Larry) Radenz, Mary (Paul) Rothenheber and Alicia (Lee) Rhodes.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Ruby Schmidt; in-laws Robert and Regina Fisher; brothers Dickey and Johnny; four brothers-in-law, Al Maier, Carl Carmical, Alan Beck and Robert Fisher; and sister-in-law Arlene Fisher.
Shirley Rebenitsch Tibke, 83, Bismarck, passed away Feb. 9, 2020 in her home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Bismarck Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bismarck Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Mandan Union Cemetery.
Shirley Lavonne Chadwick was born on April 4, 1936 to Earl and Christine (Glavkee) Chadwick in Morton County on the family farm. Shirley graduated from Bismarck High School in 1954. She married Ralph Rebenitsch on June 7, 1954. They resided on the family farm where their three children were born and raised. Shirley and Ralph farmed until Ralph passed away in 1987. Shirley continued farming and ranching. On April 15, 1989 she married Norman Tibke. They moved to Bismarck in 1992. Following their move Shirley held positions in the retail industry. Shirley and Norm spent 12 winters in Yuma, Ariz. as snowbirds until her health started to decline.
Shirley's greatest enjoyment was her family. She will be greatly missed by her husband Norman Tibke; children, Sandy (David) Fleck, Kim (Tom) Fettig and Alan Rebenitsch; stepchildren, Craig Tibke, Karen (Terril) Perrine, Grant Tibke, Tracy (Dean) Beck and David (Rose) Tibke; nine grandchildren, eight step grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Florence Hatzenbuehler, Gladeen (Duwayne) Schafer brother, Leonard (Arlyce); and sister-in-law, Louise Chadwick.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, grandson, Ryan Fleck, great-granddaughter, Isabella Rebenitsch, parents, sisters, Hazel Koppy, Eleanor Ereth, Elsie Chadwick and brother, Melvin Chadwick.
Richard “Dick” James Weber, 82, Scranton, passed away Feb. 9, 2020, at MSLCC in Bismarck. Mass of Christian burial will be held 1 p.m. MST Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Sacred Heart Church, Scranton, with Rev. Charles Zins officiating. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.
Dick was born Nov. 19, 1937, in New England, the son of Jacob and Ida (Fitterer) Weber. He was raised in Scranton and attended school first at St. Mary's in New England and then Scranton Public where he graduated from high school. He enlisted in the army from 1957 to 1959. In August 1970, Dick and Pat (Hanson) were married in Scranton. They raised two children, Lynda and Susan. Dick was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Scranton. He worked at the Knife River Coal Company for 27 years in Gascoyne and also farmed the Weber homestead for 22 years. During his spare time and throughout retirement, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Dick is survived by his wife, Pat, and two daughters, Lynda and Susan; son-in-law, David; and granddaughter, Aurelia. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law Joan (Ken) and Diane (Bill); and additional nephews and nieces.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Ida; and three brothers, Dennis, Ken, and Bill.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery. (Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Service, Bowman)