Charlene "Charlie" Thompson, 67, Minot, passed away Nov. 27, 2019, at the Benedictine Living Center in Garrison.
Charlene Lucille Teske was born Oct. 23, 1952, the daughter of Theophil and Ida (Goldade) Teske, in Hazen. She was raised on the family farm north of Beulah and graduated from Beulah High School in 1970. She then attended Minot Business College where she received her business degree.
Charlie married Steve Thompson April 16, 1982, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Minot. They made their home in Minot, where she worked as a secretary for Ward County and later at Results Unlimited as a receptionist. They completed their family with three boys, Keenan, Seth and Shane.
Shane passed away July 30, 1988. Steve passed away Nov. 28, 1998.
She was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Minot and the local sorority. She loved to travel with her sisters and always held a close bond with them. Charlie was a kind person who always wanted to help others in any way that she could. She enjoyed having a cup of coffee and a visit with family and friends.
Her loving family includes sons, Keenan Thompson, Minot, and Seth Thompson, Minot; brothers and sisters, Garry (Bonnie) Teske, Bismarck, Greg (Jocy) Teske, North Oakes, Minn., Joe (Julie) Teske, Coon Rapids, Minn., Joyce (Marvin) Bauer, Beulah, Rose (Ron) Kraft, Bismarck, James (Teresa) Teske, Hartville Mo., and Mary (Webb) Garrison, Wasilla, Alaska; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Steve; infant son, Shane; and sister-in-law, Sandy Teske.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment is at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil prayer service is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are preferred to Alzheimer's Association or to donors choice.
Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at www.thompsonlarson.com.
On the morning of Nov. 26, 2019, Margaret Elizabeth (Trauger) Zinke, wonderful mother and grandmother, passed away at the age of 87 in Vancouver, Wash.
Margaret was born on Sept. 8, 1932, in Hazelton to Noah and Luetta (Goehring) Trauger. She grew up in Mandan where she spent most of her early life. Her later life was spent in many places including Alaska, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington. Margaret had three children – Connie, Mark and Jason. She was a lover of life and family. Margaret was a deeply religious woman who devoted her time to the service of God and others.
Margaret is preceded in death by her son, Jason Zinke; siblings, RoseAnn Herrmann, Kenneth Trauger, and Calvin Trauger; and parents, Noah and Luetta Trauger.
She is survived by her sister, Mildred Archambeau; brother Paul Trauger; daughter, Connie (Dick) Foster; son, Mark Zinke; daughter-in-law, Marie Zinke, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Irene Knoll, 99, of Mandan, passed away on Nov. 28, 2019.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church in Mandan. Burial will be held at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with a rosary/vigil service at 7 p.m.
Irene was born on Aug. 2, 1920, to Frank and Elizabeth (Chyles) Bruggeman. She was born at her grandparents Chyles’s home. She entered into marriage with Thomas Knoll on Feb. 5, 1941. Thomas and Irene purchased her father’s farm/ranch where she lived her entire life.
Irene is survived by her daughters, Vivian Johner, Colorado, Gloria Bernardy, Iowa, Wanda (Larry) Heinert, Nebraska, Renee Welle, Bismarck, Janel Leingang, and Nadine Knoll of Mandan; sons, Rodney (LaVerne) Knoll, Keith (Deb) Knoll of Mandan. She has 23 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Helen Knoll and Theresa Leingang; and her beloved adopted dog, Little Joe.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; son, Wayne; grandson, Thomas Johner, and her only sibling, Mabel Rychlik; 12 brothers-in-law and seven sisters-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Central Dakota Humane Society or Farm Rescue.
Dennis Pulkrabek Jr., 47, Mandan, passed away of heart failure Nov. 26, 2019, at CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck.
A funeral service will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Rev. Christina Martin officiating.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday Buehler-Larson Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church.
Blessed to have shared his life are his parents, Dennis Sr. and Margie Pulkrabek, Mandan; son, Valin Pulkrabek, Hastings, Minn.; significant other, Thersay (Happy) Nelson, Mandan; and step-son, Terrance Strand.
Dennis was preceded in death by his brother, Adam Pulkrabek; and grandparents, Donald and Arlene Pulkrabek and Fred and Ann Ripplinger.
A celebration of life for Herman Wolf, 85, Mandan, will be held 10:30 a.m. CT Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Peace Church with Pastor Joshua Eddy officiating. Burial will follow at Peace Cemetery.
Visitation for Herman will be held 4 p.m. CT Tuesday at Elm Crest Manor in New Salem. Visitation will continue from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church with a prayer service for family and friends being held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.
Herman Fred Wolf, 85, passed away peacefully at Elm Crest Manor on Nov. 27, 2019 with his loving family by his side. He was diagnosed with anaplastic thyroid cancer in January.
Herman Fred Wolf, the son of Fred Wolf and Antonia (Hoger) Wolf was born Oct. 15, 1934, at the family farm near Sweet Briar.
Herman attended Sweet Briar School and spent his entire life on the dairy, beef, and grain farm.
On Herman’s twenty-first birthday he married the love of his life, Rose Marie (Klein) Wolf.
He enjoyed a good life focused on operating the family farm. Plus sharing good times with family and friends by traveling, playing cards, and visiting. In his quiet times he enjoyed reading western novels, playing on his iPad, and after retirement helping with farm chores until October 2019 (He always said he was now the helper, not the boss!).
Herman served on the Peace Church Council Board, Elm Crest Manor Board, Sweet Briar School Board, Morton County Reorganization Board, Mandan Eagles Board, and served several other organizations. He was a member of the New Salem Sportsman’s Club, Mandan Eagles, Moose Club and the Bismarck-Mandan Elks.
He will be greatly missed by his wife and family; Rose Marie, children, Susan (Jeff) Schwan, Devils Lake; Joel (Penny), Mandan; Sheldon (Cheryl), Mandan and Laura (Bryon) Brynjulson, Hurdsfield.
Grandchildren are Jaret (Dehan) Schwan and Jacinda (Cory) Nelson, Devils Lake; Travis (Sandy) Wolf, Mandan; Tasha (Robert) Bohl, Flasher; Casey (Hannah) Wolf, New Salem and Dylan (Ashley) Wolf, Mandan; Gabrielle Wolf and Coby Wolf, both of Mandan; Kendra (Tim) Jensen, Fargo; Karli (Travis) Lennie, Bismarck and Jacob Brynjulson (Nicole Erickson), Hurdsfield.
Great-grandchildren are Javeyn and Remy Schwan; Hannah and Joseph Nelson; Jayden and Kylie Wolf; Madalyn, Rebekka, Fallyn, and Ty Bohl; Kimber Wolf and two great-grandbabies due in 2020.
He is also survived by sisters, Marian Hohbein, New Salem; Edna Hohbein, Tacoma, Wash.; Esther (Edgar) Hoesel, New Salem; brothers-in-law, Roger (Jean) Klein, Mandan and Charles (Ramona) Klein, Queen Creek, Ariz.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Herman was preceded in passing by his parents, Fred and Antonia, brother Herbert (died in infancy), sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen (Roy) Sicble, Alice (Virgil) Hohbein, Ray Hohbein, Donald Hohbein; and mother and father-in-law, John and Helen Klein.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Eugenia Welk, 93, went to the Lord on Nov. 26, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, with Fr. Paul Eberle officiating.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Parkway Funeral Service. A rosary/vigil service will begin at 7 p.m.
Burial will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the ND Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Eugenia (Schatz) Welk was born near Zeeland to parents of Michael and Elizabeth (Seiler) Schatz on June 30, 1926.
She was the last survivor of the family. We all claimed she was the gatekeeper of the family.
Eugenia graduated from Zeeland High School, following graduation she was a teacher and worked for Klein’s Grocery Store in Zeeland.
She married Eugene Welk of Hague in 1952. They moved to the family farm of John and Barbara Welk. She and Eugene helped Barbara Welk take care of Barbara’s children after John passed. She always said Barbara taught her how to cook, sew and do all things farm-life related. She and Gene lived on the farm until 1985. They then made their new home in Strasburg. There she worked as a cook for the school, worked for Green Thumb at the school, and the nursing home.
Eugenia will be remembered for being the best cook, seamstress, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to all of us. She was always ready to help us at any time. She loved to garden, crochet and make quilts. She was a member of Marienett homemakers club and Strasburg Christian Mothers.
She is survived by her son, Allen Welk; daughter, Linda Welk Smestad; daughter-in-law, Cindy Welk; grandchildren, Janell (Craig) Keller, Jessica (Nevada) Silha, Adam Welk, Mathew Welk, Kyle Bertsch and Retta Killens, Kayla (Les) Voudrie; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Issac, Ryleigh, Annaley Keller, Cash and Ryley Bertsch, McKenzie and Dylan Silha, Austin and Madyson Voudrie; and the remaining survivors of the John and Barbara Welk family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; sons, Duane and Timothy; daughter, Carleen; parents, Michael and Elizabeth; in-laws, Barbara and John; 14 brothers and sisters; and other members of the John and Barbara Welk family.
The family would like to thank the Strasburg Nursing Home, Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center and CHI Hospice for the wonderful care of our mother.
Alexis Grace Griffin, 16, passed away Nov. 28, 2019, due to injuries sustained from a car accident east of New Salem. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Evangel, 3225 N 14th St., Bismarck.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy., Bismarck. A prayer service will begin at 7 p.m.
Alexis was born on Feb. 28, 2003, in Bismarck to Jon and Christy Griffin. She was raised in Mandan and attended school at Roosevelt Elementary, Mandan Middle School, and was currently a junior at Mandan High School. Alexis was a straight A student and was a member of Spanish club. She also taught swimming lessons at the Mandan pool. Alexis played the alto saxophone. Being in the band brought Alexis and her mom to Ireland over St. Patrick’s Day 2019. A highlight of the year was when Alexis got to kiss the Blarney Stone!
Alexis’ goal after high school was to become a physical therapist.
Around the age of nine, she became a member of the Krav Maga and has since received her third degree junior black belt. She was a student leader for many years. During the summer, she worked at Mo’s Snow Shack.
Alexis loved animals – especially corgis and always begged for one. She was the proud owner of one cow on sale day. She also loved, and sometimes tormented, her mom and sister’s cats, Tigger and Rusty.
She recently celebrated Thanksgiving at her great-grandma’s house and learned to play a new game. Although she just learned how to play, she already won!
Alexis loved to read and enjoyed watching Friends and SpongeBob. Alexis and her dad liked to watch Heartland together. She also loved to bake and always had the house filled with goodies. She was also an avid snapchatter.
Alexis is survived by her father, Jon Griffin, Mandan; mother, Christy Griffin, Mandan; older sister, Jadelynn Dahl, Mandan; paternal grandparents, Roger (Vicki) Griffin, Mandan; maternal grandparents, Jerry (Darlyn) Kunz, Bismarck; aunt, Amy (Andy) Richter, and their children, Joseph and Victoria; Joel (Becky) Griffin, and their children, Lily, Max, Sara, Emmet, and Mathilda; uncle, Jody Kunz, and his children, Sierra and Colton; maternal great-grandmothers, Catherine “Katie” Kunz and Dorothy Preabt; her Krav Maga family; and special friend, Chase.
She was preceded in death by paternal great-grandparents, Willard and Grace Griffin and Walter and Orlys Holm; and maternal great-grandparents, Kenny Kunz and Harley Preabt.
Arlow Nelson, 92, Mandan, passed away Nov. 26, 2019, at Sanford Health in Bismarck.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with Rev. Gene Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Mandan Union Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. Tuesday until the time of service at the funeral home.
Arlow was born Aug. 4, 1927, in Forman to Charles and Amelia (Lebakken) Nelson. He was raised on the family farm and attended grade school at Rutland Consolidated. After his schooling, Arlow served in the United States Army from 1946-47 where he was stationed at Fort Myer in Virginia. On June 23, 1951, he married the love of his life, Mary Prim, in Flaxton.
Arlow worked in Fargo for Gust Olson Concrete Company and later delivered fuel for Standard Oil out of the Moorhead terminal. He transferred to Jamestown in 1954 and worked as a terminal operator and truck driver for 22 years. Arlow pursued an opportunity to further his career with Standard Oil (Amoco) in 1976 when he transferred to Mandan to become head pipeliner. He retired in 1987 after 36 years with Standard Oil (Amoco).
Arlow loved pitching horseshoes and won many tournaments, including the World Horseshoe Tournament in his class in Bismarck in 2000. Arlow and a couple horseshoe buddies oversaw the proper construction of the horseshoe courts at Sertoma Park in Bismarck. After the construction, Arlow proudly spent time maintaining these courts. He was also an accomplished bowler where he won the Bis-Man City Tournament in 1981. Arlow had many other hobbies which included playing various card games (pinochle, gin rummy, and especially cribbage), shooting pool, and he was also a talented singer and guitar player.
Arlow was a proud and meticulous man. He upheld the Nelson family value of “here’s the work - get it done.” Arlow was never one to sit still and was fiercely independent, living alone and taking care of himself, home, and yard. He had a “fixer” attitude and found a way to adapt and overcome any obstacles he faced. Arlow and his beloved Mary loved to spend many hours waltzing around the dance floor. Arlow loved all sports but was especially a devoted Twins fan. Arlow had a witty sense of humor that his family and friends enjoyed. The light of Arlow’s spirit will continue to guide our paths and be reflected in generations to come.
Blessed to have shared in his life are his daughter, Carol (Barry) Beechie, Mandan; sons, Keith (Carmelle), Fargo, Bruce (Mary), Goodyear, Ariz., and Rodney (Denise), Bismarck; grandchildren, Eric (Jessie) Nelson, Ryan Nelson, and Matthew Nelson, Tucker (Kendra) Beechie, Leanne Beechie, and Cole Nelson; and great-grandson Owen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Amelia; wife, Mary; sisters, Edna Sandness, Laura Brown, and Doris Nelson; brothers, Alvin, Raymond, Norman, Marvin, Lawrence, and Milford.
Randi Kaye (Paulson) Sorensen, 65, Mandan, formerly of Eveleth (Ely Lake), Minn., passed away on Nov. 22, 2019, in Sanford Hospital, Bismarck, with family present.
She was born Sept. 4, 1954, in Duluth, Minn., to Anna and Keith Paulson. Upon graduation from Eveleth High School she attended Mesabi State and graduated from St. Cloud State in 1976. After teaching two years in the Robbinsdale, Minn., she married Bill Sorensen in 1978 and proceeded to teach 11 years in South Dakota. Randi obtained a Master of Arts degree in computer science from Morehead State University. Randi was employed by Cargill, IBM, the University of Mary in Bismarck and the ND Department of Transportation.
She was an avid skier, member of the Mont Sabi Ski Club, Lookout Mountain and Giant’s Ridge Ski Patrols, enjoyed varied artistic hobbies, as well as hunting and fishing. Throughout her married life, she provided passionate care for her cats and black labs.
Although she learned to love the vast landscape of the South and North Dakota prairies, her heart belonged to the Mesabi Iron Range. She was very proud to be a “Ranger” and will rest on the range and the prairie forever.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, three siblings Karen (Jerry), John (Carole), Kristen and several nieces and nephews.
Michael Thomas (St. Mary’s class of 1972) passed away in Monrovia, Calif., on Nov. 20, 2019. A working man’s warrior, Mike worked for the past 38 years in the corrugated packaging industry. He was generous, supportive and greatly loved by those he supervised.
Mike was a Bismarck native, always loyal to his high school and his North Dakota roots. We think of him somewhere on a beautiful lake, casting his line, waiting for his next walleye.
He is survived by the love of his too short life, Julie Klein Thomas; son, Joey; Joey’s wife, Rachel; their rambunctious namesake, Mikey; sister, Barbara; and a wonderful group of extended family and friends.
The Saints have another one marching in…and he will be greatly missed.