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)
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.
Nelson, Katherine Joy “Katie”, age 44, of Columbia Heights, Minn. passed away on Feb. 8, 2020. Proceeded in death by grandparents. Survived by husband, Nathan Lalum; parents, Robert and Karen Nelson; sister, Jill (Jody) Heustess; nieces, Charley and Piper and many other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Ehlers Danlos Society. Memorial service 11 a.m., visitation 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at the Cremation Society of MN, 4343 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis 612-825-2435.
Katie was born in St. Louis Park, Minn. on April 19, 1975 to Robert and Karen (Hill) Nelson. She grew up in Bismarck, attending Highland Acres, Hughes Jr. High and graduated from Century High School. She went on to college and graduated from The University of Mary with a degree in music education. Katie loved her music and enjoyed playing her drums, marimba and the steel drums. She also enjoyed her time as a percussionist with the Bismarck Symphony. After College, she married Nathan Lalum, a fellow music major. She taught music in Lamar, Colo. and Columbia Falls, Mont.
She returned to school to study at Luther Seminary where she received her Mater of Divinity Degree, specializing in care and ministry to the aging. She served as Chaplain at Lyngblomsten Care center in St. Paul until her health prevented her from continuing.
Later, she enjoyed costuming and going to conventions with her husband Nathan. They made costumes together and enjoyed role-playing games with their friends. Katie was a good cook and a good seamstress. She was a good wife, a good friend and a good aunt to Charley and Piper. She will be missed. She passed away suddenly due to complications from influenza A.
Kelly Jo Breidenbach, 49, Napoleon, passed away Feb. 11, 2020 at her home. Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Napoleon. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Napoleon, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Burial will held in the spring at St. Philip Neri Catholic Cemetery, Napoleon.
Kelly Jo (McDonald) Breidenbach was born on June 22, 1970 in Fargo. Kelly completed elementary and high school in West Fargo and was an exemplary student and athlete. She attended North Dakota State University with scholarships for track and cross country and graduated with a degree in business administration and accounting in the spring of 1992.
Kelly married Nick Breidenbach on July 10, 1992. Over the years, Kelly and Nick moved often before finally coming home to Napoleon in 2008.
Kelly held various accounting and office management positions prior to rising to her vocation as a mother. She left the work force in 2000 to raise her seven children and live the life of a mother that she loved so much.
Kelly dedicated her life and energies to her family, her church and her community.
She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She was an avid fan of the Napoleon Imperials and seldom missed an opportunity to watch her kids participate in sporting events and school activities. Kelly made sure her kids were ready for school and spent countless “summer” hours arguing with her children to complete their “summer workbooks” before having any fun. Kelly loved spending family time at the lake and had hours and hours of fun on the water with her family and friends skiing, wake boarding, eating ice cream and laying in the sun. Kelly prayed for her children daily and asked Jesus to keep her kids close to Him and protect their purity and grant them good, faith-filled spouses. With a large family, Kelly's favorite saying was: “Shut the dang cupboards.”
Kelly participated in Mass almost every day. Even when she was homebound she would participate by watching the Holy Mass on TV. She was a sacristan at St. Phillips, a reader and an extraordinary minister of communion. Kelly grew in her faith day by day and committed many hours to adoration of Jesus, praying the rosary and sharing her faith with her family and her friends.
Kelly had a few ministries that were very important to her. She prayed every day for women in her community that were pregnant or wanted to be pregnant and she was always eager to share a meal with “new mommas.” Kelly was also dedicated to people who lost loved ones. She seldom missed an opportunity to attend a funeral and was always ready to share a hug or “love on” someone that was hurting.
Kelly is survived by her husband, Nick (who really married “up”); children, Cole, Katie, Kassie, Kelsie, Kylie, Yikealo and Bakhita; parents, Marly Dittmer and Jerry (Judi) McDonald; siblings, Stacy (Dave) Schwab, Shannon (Dave) Williams, Jay McDonald, Paul McDonald, Tammie (Ted) Gates and many extended family and friends that she loved dearly.
Kelly was preceded in death by her grandparents Mildred and Ernie Mertens, Fern and Freeman McDonald and stepfather, Ron Dittmer.
John Jung, 64, Mandan, passed away Feb. 10, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving wife. A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Spirit of Life, Catholic Church, Mandan with Rev. Brandon Wolf officiating. Visitation is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan, with a vigil/rosary service at 7 p.m. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Mandan Union Cemetery, Mandan.
John was born Nov. 18, 1955 in Dickinson to Mike and Eva (Betchner) Jung. He was raised and educated in Dickinson, graduating from Dickinson High School in 1974. On Feb. 7, 1975, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Dickinson, he married Janice Praus. He worked construction all his life. He worked in residential, commercial and industrial fields. He loved building and working on bridges. Cars, cars and more cars was his passion. He loved his 60s music and westerns. His nickname was “Johnny the Joker” and everyone knows why!
He is survived by his wife, Janice; daughter, Crystal Jung-Wandler, Rockford, Minn.; son, Brandon, Mandan; brother, Jeff (Candy), Bowman; sister, Joleen (Joel) Obrigewitch, Surprise, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Judy Jung, Bowman; three grandchildren, Franky, Aaron, and Carter; numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Joel.
Funeral arrangements are being made with DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan.
Catherine Schmidt, 89, Bismarck, passed away Feb. 9, 2020 at a local hospital with family by her side. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 806 E Broadway, Bismarck.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck. A rosary/vigil service will begin at 7 p.m.
Burial will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Catherine was born on March 11, 1930 in Emmons County, the daughter of Alex and Katherine (Feist) Neigum. She was raised and educated in the Braddock and Hazelton area.
On Oct. 11, 1949, Catherine married Steve Schmidt in Braddock. After their marriage they lived in the Braddock area until 1950 when they moved to Bismarck.
Catherine worked at Schultz Creamery and retired from the Bismarck Public School system after many years of service.
She liked to play bingo and pinochle. She also enjoyed quilting and putting together puzzles.
She is survived by her children, Robert (Debi) Schmidt, Sharon (Jake Sauter) Schmidt, Sandy (Alan) Doffee, Sheila (Jeff) Diede, Ronald Schmidt, and Steph (Shawn) Mittlestadt; grandchildren, April (Jason) Schmitt, Nathan (Tara) Ellwein, Amy (Matt) Collins, Kolby (Tyson) Webb, Amanda (John) Fettig, Logan Vedquam, and Max Vedquam; great-grandchildren, Brandee (Jace) Timpe, Brooke (Kaden Seidel) Schmitt, Adriana Ellwein, Brody Collins, Brevyn Collins, and Jeston Webb; sisters, Anna Schmidt, Liz Keller, and Francis (Juel) Gustafson, all of Seattle, Wash.; in-laws, Theresia Neigum, Bismarck; Leota Neigum, Bismarck; Carol Neigum, Seattle; Andy (Joan) Schmidt, Braddock; Pete (Marie) Schmidt, Seattle; Rita Schmidt, Bismarck; and Phyllis Schmidt, Bismarck; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve; sons, Sebastian and Randy; son-in-law, Aaron Vedquam; granddaughter, Danyle Ellwein; brothers, Joseph, Frank, Pete, John, and Alex; sisters, Phyllis, Maggie, Rose, Caroline, and Agnes.
Patricia Ann Olson, 86, Bismarck, passed away on Feb. 6, 2020. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Evangel, 3225 N 14th St, Bismarck.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Burial will take place at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Patricia Olson was born Nov. 13, 1933, at her grandparents' home. She was the second of three children to Elmer and Ruth (Olafson) Gustafson. Ruth died in 1935. Patty was raised and educated in the Halliday area and graduated from Dickinson High School.
Patty married Milton “Bud” Olson on Oct. 7, 1954, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Dickinson. To this union, four children: Richard, Ruth, Michael and Kathleen were born. Patty's children were always her biggest blessing in life. Patty was a caregiver for all ages. She started a day care center in Dickinson called Kiddie Care Center. She later was a home health care provider for the elderly.
Patty is survived by her husband Milton “Bud” Olson; four children, Richard (Sandy), Ruth (Ralph) Rienhart, Michael (Kari) Olson, and Kathy (David) Solga; sisters, Jackie Walker, Sharon Anner, Judy Handegard, Nancy Dvorak, and Candy Olson; brother, Roger Gustafson; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Patty was preceded in death by her parents Ruth and Elmer; stepmother Laura; brothers, Donald Gustafson, Bruce Gustafson; sisters, Bonnie Zemple and Ginger Peterson.
Lonnie Kinnischtzke, 61, Bismarck, formerly of Glen Ullin, went to meet his Maker on Feb. 8, 2020, while being hospitalized at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Glen Ullin, with Pastor David Ling officiating from First Baptist Church, Hebron.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck. A prayer service will begin at 6 p.m.
Lonnie was born on May 22, 1958 to Earl Kinnischtzke and Freda (Miller) Anderson. He was raised on a dairy farm north of Glen Ullin. He attended first grade at Haymarsh Country School and then commuted by bus to Glen Ullin Public School on an hour and a half trip that sometimes left him asleep in the back seat after the bus was parked.
After graduation, he continued farming and living in the country. While living in the country, he had the opportunity to roam the hills hunting coyotes. He hosted many Pheasant Feast's and went on many hunting trips. Lonnie also enjoyed salmon fishing in Canada.
Business opportunities that Lonnie was a part of included Glen Ullin Public School Bus Service, Scooter's Bar Ownership and he did excavation also.
He later moved to Bismarck to work as a crop adjuster and turned that job into a career while owning Kinnischtzke Crop Insurance. Keeping farmers happy was his 24 goal and midnight calls were never a bother! He cherished the many friendships that he developed over the years. On a calm summer day, Lonnie could be found on the area lakes with his wife Rose or a buddy bringing home a good catch of walleye. Family gatherings were very important to him and he always enjoyed a good Bison football game.
In 2015 with God's hand in it, he found Rose, the love of his life, on a Philippine Christian website. They were married in Bismarck on March 18, 2016. He often said his years with Rose were the best years of his life.
Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife, Rose; parents, Freda Anderson and Earl Kinnischtzke; two sisters, Leisha (Curtis) Walth; Twyla (Eddy) Barth; two nieces, Klarisa (Kent) Glasser and Shalayna (Matt) Phelps; grandnieces, Alia Glasser and Eliza Phelps; grandnephew, Arie Glasser; Filipino stepchildren, Elaine (Valentino) Ang and their children, Kyou and Shobe, Reyah (Raymond) and their children, Gabby and Mihkaela; Emanuel (Racine), Christian and his fiancée Morielle; mother-in-law, Teofilia Pine; Kent and Gary Glasser, who as little boys called him Uncle Lonnie; and godchild, Kurran Opp. Oh, how we'll miss that BIG SMILE!
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Paul (Freda) Kinnischtzke; and maternal grandparents, Jacob (Elizabeth) Miller.
Eugene C. Kottsick, 76, Mandan, passed away peacefully at Sanford Hospital on Feb. 9, 2020.
Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Christina Martin officiating. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with a prayer service and time of sharing at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Gene was born in Bismarck to Charles and Eleanor (Friedrich) Kottsick. He grew up and helped his parents on their farm south of Mandan. Gene attended Mandan High School. In 1964 he met and married the love of his life and best friend, Edna Schmidt. Gene served in the Army Guard and was an over the road truckdriver, finishing the last nine years of his career in Houston, Texas. Together, Gene and Edna shared the joy of raising their three children, Sherri, Bud and Mark. Gene enjoyed Louis L'Amour books, truck driving, bingo at the Eagles, and telling old stories. He will be remembered most for his kindness, his own humor and his acceptance of others.
Gene is survived by his wife of 55 years, Edna; three children, Sherri (Brett) Peiler, Bud (Cindy) Kottsick, and Mark (Roberta) Kottsick; grandchildren, Chelsie, Evan, Carly, Dakota, and Darrick; siblings, Marlene (Jack) Pulkrabek, Josephine (Henry) Kalvoda, Chuck (MJ) Kottsick, Kathy (Steve) Brown, Jim Kottsick, and Dave (Kathy) Kottsick; Edna's siblings, Richard (Cindy) Schmidt, Gary Schmidt, Delores Ternes, and Cheryllyn Schmidt; and many nieces and nephews.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Eleanor Kottsick; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Floyd and Ella Schmidt; brother-in-law, Donald Schmidt; sister-in-law, Marilyn Kottsick; granddaughter, Emma Lynn St. Peter; daughter-in-law, Julie Kottsick; and nephew, Dean Schmidt.
“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.” – Louis L'Amour
John “Ernie” Prudente Jr., 36, Mandan, passed away on Feb. 8, 2020 at Sanford Health in Bismarck.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Mandan Eagles Club with Rev. Gene Anderson officiating. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the Eagles Club.
John was born May 8, 1983 to John Sr. and Sandy (Anhorn) Prudente in Bismarck. He grew up in Mandan attending Mandan High School. When Ernie was younger, he was always out riding a BMX bike around Mandan, which some will remember him for as well as his famous greeting of a middle finger.
He also took part in four-wheeler races during the monster truck rally at the Civic Center and played hockey. Ernie enjoyed playing in the water and watering everything outside. His dad would always have to buy two sets of tools because Ernie would take his first set as his own. His attention to detail was so great that when detailing cars, he would go through things with a fine-toothed comb and even used toothbrushes to clean! His prized possession was his Ford Bronco and it meant a lot to him. Ernie would not let anyone else drive that vehicle, especially his sister, whom he is still sending signs to stay away from his Bronco.
He enjoyed collecting numerous different trinkets, many of which he got from his sister's house and somehow tying them all together. The smallest gifts he received from his mom, Sandy, would bring him so much joy. Ernie was always on the lookout for more trinkets to add to his collection. He also had a collection of over 4,000 hot wheels cars. Ernie always had a special bond and love for his dogs.
Ernie is survived by his father, John Prudente Sr.; mother, Sandy Prudente; sister, Cody Prudente; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his dog, Scooter.
Ernie was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mike and Edna Prudente and Ray and Mildred Anhorn; godparents, Bob and Ruth Senn; and his dogs, Party and JR.
Viola Knuth, 90, Minot, formerly of Drake and Balfour, passed away Feb. 8, 2020 at Trinity Homes, Minot. Her funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the United Methodist Church, Drake, with burial in the Balfour Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Nelson Funeral Home, Drake.
Viola Torno, daughter of John and Nathalia (Arlt) Torno, was born Jan. 19, 1930 in Max at her grandmother's house who delivered her. She lived in the Max area until 1942 when they moved to the Garrison area and attended school at Max and Garrison. She then moved to Minot where she worked as a waitress at the Victory Cafe for a number of years and worked at the Red Owl Store.
On June 7, 1959, she was united in marriage to Myron Knuth in Minot. They made their home on the Knuth farm near Balfour where they lived and farmed until moving to Drake in 2000. Following Myron's death in June of 2000, Viola continued to reside in Drake until entering Trinity Homes in Minot in February of 2016
In addition to helping Myron with the farming operation, Viola raised a large garden and canned most of what she grew. She enjoyed cooking, baking lots of goodies and spending time with family. Viola also enjoyed crocheting and embroidery. She spent many years working on the genealogy for all branches of the family. One of her favorite hobbies was reading through newspapers, etc. and clipping articles, photos, etc. of people she knew or anything she found interesting or humorous. She then kept the clippings in books so she could look at them later for her enjoyment, or to provide information about something from the past (pre-internet days).
She is survived by her children, Ervin Knuth, Mobridge, S.D., Gary (April) Knuth, Rochester, Minn., and Corliss Knuth, McLaughlin, S.D.; grandson Shayne Knuth (Corliss' son), Mobridge, S.D.; 11 step grandchildren; sister, Alice Torno, Littleton, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Elaine Vollmer,. Drake and Wanda Torno, Dickinson; and many nieces and nephews
Viola was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother, Marvin.
Sol M. Wezelman, a quiet, respected and beloved pillar of the Bismarck community for many years, passed away on Jan. 23, 2020 at the age of 101. A private burial has taken place. A memorial service is being planned for March 21.
Sol was born on Sept. 21, 1918 to Israel and Jenny (Convisar) Wezelman in Omaha, Neb., the eighth of nine children.
After graduating from Omaha Central High School and attending Creighton University, Sol graduated in 1941 with honors and distinction in mathematics from the University of Michigan.
Sol married his first wife, Nathalie Gandal, in 1946 and they had one daughter, Joy. Nathalie passed away in 1965. In 1966 Sol married Sybil Sloven and together they had one son, Ira Wezelman.
Sol entered the U.S. Army in 1941 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served on active duty with the 25th Infantry Regiment in the South Pacific including Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Green Island, New Guinea, Morotai, and Philippine Islands. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star Metal. After WWII, he continued in the reserves and retired in 1978 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
After his military service, Sol worked as an actuary for the North Dakota Insurance Department and Provident Life Insurance Company. He was a board member of the Bismarck Hospital, which became MedCenter One and now the Sanford Health System. He was a member of the Bismarck Masonic Lodge #5, Bismarck Rotary Club, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the AmVets. He served as the treasurer and a founding director on the board of the Bismarck YMCA. He also served as treasurer and member of the board of trustees of the Fairview Cemetery Association.
Sol was the officiant and lay leader of the Bismarck Jewish Congregation – also known as the Bismarck Hebrew Congregation. While he chose not to attend rabbinical school to become an ordained rabbi (meaning teacher), Sol dedicated his life to teaching others about Judaism and many other topics, encouraging others to find answers, and cultivating in them a love of lifetime learning. He was a scholarly man with infinite patience who willingly shared his knowledge with ease, using his droll wit, sense of humor and abundant stories. Sol and the Wezelman family provided decades of support for the Bismarck Public Library. Their contribution to the library's mission was recognized when they were the recipients of the Pearce Award, the library foundation's highest honor.
In his spare time, Sol was a voracious reader. He enjoyed gardening, carpentry, and walking. Many longtime Bismarck residents recall seeing him working in his garden or walking to and from work every day or walking with Ira in Target.
Sol is survived by his wife, Sybil; son, Ira; and daughter, Joy. In addition he is survived by three sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.
Sol was proceeded in death by his first wife, Nathalie, parents, all of his siblings, and many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
As a former neighbor wrote after learning of Sol's passing, it is the end of an era, as if an incomparable library has burned to the ground, and the world is a poorer place for his loss. That sentiment was echoed by a former member of the Bismarck Hebrew Congregation who moved away many years ago. In his words, “I feel blessed and privileged to have known Sol. I'll miss you, Sol, and the world will too.” Sol was truly a mentor and role model for leading a humble and gracious life. He will be missed by many.
True to his love for the library and for community, Sol requested that memorials may be given to the Bismarck Library Foundation, 515 N 5th St, Bismarck, ND 58501, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Further arrangements are pending with Eastgate/Parkway Funeral Service. To share memories of Sol and to sign the online guestbook, go to www.eastgatefuneral.com.