Barbara Kay Seyfert, age 72 of Burnsville, Minn., died on March 18, 2020.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert; children, Chad Seyfert and Becky Smith and her special friend, Cubby Coleman, and Leo, the special Pug.
Celebration of Life (is pending at this time) will be held at the White Funeral Home, 12804 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville, MN, (952-894-5080) with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to service.
Norman “Norm” Olzweski, 81, Mandan, passed away March 19, 2020, at Miller Pointe a Prospera Community, Mandan. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Center. There will be no visitation, as cremation has taken place.
Norm was born Dec. 8, 1938, at Mandan, to Frank and Barbara (Brown) Olzweski. He was raised and educated in Sanger. Norman loved Ranching, working horses and gardening. He married Judy McCarty on Aug. 24, 1968. Together they had a daughter Mary (His pride and Joy) and son John.
He is survived by his wife Judy, and his two children, along with two sisters and six brothers.
Norm was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral arrangements are being made with DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan.
Calvin Ray Sprenger, 45, Bismarck, passed away at CHI St. Alexius Hospital on March 24, 2020. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be at a later date.
Calvin was born on Oct. 20, 1974 in Bismarck to Curtis and Cynthia Sprenger. He graduated from Century High School in 1993. During high school, he worked at Bonanza and Dan's Supermarket. Calvin graduated from Bismarck State College with an associate's degree in electronics.
After graduation, he was employed with Melroe until it closed. After the closing of Melroe, he decided to further his education in Power Plant Technology. He gained employment at the Dakota Gasification Plant (Beulah) in August 2011 as a Tech 5 MIS Operator. Calvin loved his position he held at the plant. He kept in contact with them constantly while he was hospitalized and was always looking forward to going back to work.
He has two loving daughters, Shelbie Joy Sprenger and Calista Faith Sprenger of Friendswood, Texas and two loving sons, Curtis Robert Sprenger and Calvin Ray Jr. Sprenger of Bismarck.
Calvin will be deeply missed by his parents, Curtis and Cynthia Sprenger, of Menoken; sister and partner of mischief in their younger years, Amy (Scott) Senger, Minot; nieces, Samantha and Madilyne Senger; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Calvin is preceded in death by his grandparents, Steve and Clara Zahn and Ervin and Lorraine Sprenger; uncle, Charles Sprenger; and cousin, Jase (Kelly Jo) Feigitsch.
Family would like to thank all the nurses at CHI St. Alexius on the Oncology floor for the wonderful care they provided Calvin and family.
Brother Llewellyn Kouba, monk of Assumption Abbey, died suddenly in the early morning hours of March 22, 2020. He passed away from natural causes unrelated to the COVID-19 virus. He was sixty-nine years old.
Llewellyn was born to Charles H. Kouba and Helen (Jesch) Kouba on Aug. 30, 1950, the second of seven children. He grew up on a farm near Regent. The family milked cows by hand and bought the very first freezer they owned with a cream check. They also raised polled Herefords but eventually sold the livestock and put all their efforts into grain farming. Llewellyn raised exotic pheasants and pea fowl and became a master gardener, especially with flowers, learning the Latin names of hundreds of varieties of plants. Llewellyn created an elaborate rock garden on the farm with a water fountain, water lilies and goldfish.
After graduating from Regent Public High School in 1970, he briefly attended the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He returned home and worked for Blue Star Honey Company in New England and Korte Interiors in Dickinson before entering Assumption Abbey in January of 1977. After his candidacy and novitiate he pronounced monastic vows on July 11, 1978. He soon became grounds manager, using a push mower to cut acres of lawn. He also kept immaculate flowerbeds. In winter months he was part of the maintenance crew.
In 1988 Brother Llewellyn was assigned to the Abbey Pottery Studio, and in 1994 he was sent to the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University to study pottery for a year under Sister Dennis Frandrup, OSB. He returned home to take over the Abbey Pottery Studio creating lovely pieces and keeping meticulous records in his recipe book of glazes, along with drawers of glaze specimens. His trademarks were ceramic leaves on pots, and iris flower motifs that were embossed on the pottery.
All the while, Brother Llewellyn continued painting. Many of his pictures adorn the walls of the Abbey. After taking a workshop in the Black Hills on icon painting, he began a large, altar-sized triptych that took him two years of steady work to complete. The work required egg tempera on specially prepared board and contains a good deal of gold leaf. The triptych is displayed on the east wall of the Abbey cafeteria.
In the 1990s, when rug hookers began coming to the Abbey for workshops, Llewellyn became enthusiastic and set out to create a large, elaborate rug which required the hand-dying of wool, then cutting it and weaving it into Scottish burlap in a design of his own making. He entitled the piece “Blue India” because of the fabulous blue India peacock at the center of the rug.
The Dickinson Press and The Bismarck Tribune did many articles on Brother Llewellyn's pottery, icon painting and rug weaving over the years. He had a beaming smile and was an easy subject for interview. Llewellyn made friends easily and knew people far and wide.
Health problems plagued him in later years, forcing him to keep smaller flowerbeds until he concentrated his efforts near the Abbey Pottery Studio where he laid a path of ceramic tiles that were designed and fired in the kiln, and kept a large running fountain during the summer months, also fired in the kiln.
Brother Llewellyn was preceded in death by his parents, and survived by his four brothers and two sisters: Chuck (Debbie), Bruce (Janice), Ken (Linda), Brian, Paulette (Gary) Peters, and Lunette (Reed) Dobitz, and many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
A private Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Assumption Abbey, followed by burial in the Abbey cemetery.
Elda Adams, 87, passed away on March 22, 2020, at the Sunset Drive – a Prospera Community in Mandan. A private family burial will be held. To read Elda's full obituary and to sign the online guestbook, go to www.eastgatefuneral.com.
Boyd Gilchrist, 92, Mandan, died March 20, 2020 at Edgewood, Mandan. A private funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Mandan, with Rev. Deanna Reikow officiating. Burial will be at the ND Veterans Cemetery.
Boyd was born Feb. 16, 1928 in Cloquet, Minn., to Harlan and Margaret (Cartwright) Gilchrist. At age 16, Boyd left high school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as a pipefitter in WWII and the Korean War aboard the USS Delta AR-9. He was honorably discharged in 1953 and began working in Mandan as a pipefitter with the Local 300. He later worked as the mechanical superintendent for major mechanical companies around the U.S. He met Lorraine Dockter in Minnesota and they were married on Oct. 5, 1949 in Maryland where Boyd was based. In 1957 they moved to Mandan where they made their home and raised their family. Boyd held a license to pilot a single engine airplane and loved golfing. He was an active member of the Mandan Masons, Indian Shriners, a lifetime member of the American Legion, and was a Deacon and Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Mandan. Last October, he and Lorraine celebrated 70 years of marriage. Lorraine passed away in December 2019. Blessed to have shared in his life is one son, Gary (Jan) Gilchrist, Bismarck; two daughters, Jackie Gilchrist, St. Louis Park, Minn., and Sandy Westerlind (Daryl Delzer), Bismarck; four grandchildren, Ryan (Erin) Gilchrist, Missy Gilchrist, Shanna (Josh) Jury, and Nicki (JP) Maddock; seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Brian (Karen) Gilchrist, Fla., and Bruce (Brenda) Gilchrist, Carlton, Minn.
Boyd was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lorraine; parents; son-in-law, Fred Westerlind; brothers, Jimmie and John Gilchrist; and sister, Kay Asplund.
A special thank you to Edgewood Mandan for their wonderful care of Boyd.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to First Presbyterian Church of Mandan.
Memorial service in remembrance of Marie Mische Rehm, 96, Glen Ullin, will be held at a later date.
Marie passed away March 18, 2020 at Marian Manor Healthcare Center in Glen Ullin.
Marie Mische Rehm was born on Dec. 15, 1923 in Hebron, the daughter of William and Margaret (Treiber) Mische. She grew up, attended rural country grade school and graduated from Hebron High School in 1941. On Jan. 23, 1945, Marie was united in marriage to Harry “Jim” C. Rehm Jr. in Hebron. In 1946 they started a trucking business which they operated until 1971.
To this union, four children were born, Jonathan, Joel, Jeanne, and daughter Joyce, who was stillborn. Brett and Bart joined the family in adoption and were loved as their own. They resided in Hebron. Through the years, Marie was a bookkeeper for Urbans Inc., in Hebron, a clerk in the Hebron Post Office, a bookkeeper for Rehm Trucking Service, bookkeeper for Peavy Lumber in Glen Ullin, and the activity director for Marian Manor Nursing Home in Glen Ullin. She served her community for a time by being on the Hebron School board.
After retiring they traveled and helped out their children when needed with many, many projects. She and Harry also gave generously of their time with their grandchildren which they appreciated so much. Their investment in their children and grandchildren with time, love, play and work will always be cherished. They enjoyed their winters in the south and doing some mission work at a children's home in Mission, Texas. In September of 1979, Marie and Harry moved to Dickinson. In 2000, they moved to Glen Ullin to be closer to family and in 2008, she entered Marian Manor Health Care Center.
She loved music and prior to marriage she played clarinet in a band with her brother, sister, uncle and cousin called the “Victory V” (five) from 1942-45. Most all of their music was played by ear with no written music. She taught her daughter and several other children in the community to play the piano always stressing “COUNT, COUNT!” Marie loved to laugh and her infectious laugh always brought others to laugh with her. She used her humor and love for the Lord in leading the youth of the United Church of Christ for 25 years. Many youth from the community came to learn, love the Lord and play, in addition to the children from the church at these youth meetings. She taught Sunday school and Bible school for 20 years and held many home Bible studies.
Other interests were board and card games, embroidery, flower and vegetable gardening, jigsaw and crossword puzzles, reading and baking with many AWESOME caramel rolls and cookies given to many friends and family.
She also began painting in her middle years and became quite accomplished as a painter. She memorized some of the Psalms when in her 80s to “keep the mind going.” After her eyesight began to go, she learned how to play some games on her Ipad (large print) to help her pass the time. She always said she never got bored. Her faith and love for her Savior, Jesus, was always her foundation for her life and she prayed for each family member and many others to come to know Jesus as their personal friend and Lord of their life.
Marie is survived by her children, Jonathan (Linda) Rehm, Brodhead, Wis., Joel (Jackie) Rehm, Park Rapids, Minn., Jeanne (Lee) Miller, Glen Ullin, Brett Rehm, Mt. Washington, Ky., and Bart (Elaine) Rehm, Atmore, Ala.; brother, Henry Mische, Hebron; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Margaret Mische; husband, Harry C. Rehm, Jr., sisters, Caroline Lutkat and Clara Rehm ; and infant daughter, Joyce.
In lieu of flowers, Marie's family suggests memorials to Marian Manor HealthCare Center in Glen Ullin or Badlands Ministries Bible Camp in Medora.
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LaVerna Donna (Helm) Knapp, 88, Mandan, passed away March 20, 2020. Private family funeral services will be held.
LaVerna was born May 13, 1931 to Adolph and Lydia (Schaeffer) Helm, the eighth of ten children. She attended country grade school near McClusky and graduated from South Center High School in Bismarck. She then graduated from Bismarck State College with a clerical and associate's degree in applied science.
She was employed as a dental assistant at Drs. Krause, Lauer, Lauer, Lee and Anstrom, where she assisted Dr. Warren Lee. On Dec. 7, 1962 she married Richard A. “Dick” Knapp, formerly from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He passed away Feb. 17, 1996.
She is survived by one daughter, Janeen K. Knapp, Bismarck; one grandson, Travis Lee Knapp, Moorhead, Minn.; one son, Brian Dean Knapp (Carol); two step-granddaughters and one step-grandson; a sister, Elaine Neff, McClusky; one sister-in-law, Janice Helm, numerous nieces and nephews, and special friend, Cash Dietz, Bismarck.
She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters, Alvina Krueger, Adeline Hornbacher, Olivia Nigrin, Wilma Matties, and Patricia Schmitke, three brothers, Baldwin, Ervin and Ardell Helm, and sister-in-law, Gertie Helm.