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Obituary

Mar 30, 2012

Kenneth

Matehs

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Upham, for Kenneth Joel Matehs, 62, of rural Upham, who died Tuesday, March 20 at his home.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Ken was born April 13, 1949, in Minot, a son of Victor and Evelyn (Herschlip) Matehs. He attended first grade at Chatfield Township School. After moving to the current Matehs family farm, he attended grade school in Upham and graduated from Upham High School in 1967. He attended Minot State Teachers College for two years before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. After basic training he attended avionics technician school at the Naval Air Station, Millington, Tenn., and precision measurement electronics laboratories technician training at Lowery Air Force Base, Denver, Colo. He spent one year in Iwakuni, Japan. While in the Marine Corps he repaired electronics of F4 Phantom jets. He also served at Cherry Point Marine Air Station, Havelock, N.C. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sgt. in 1974.

He married Sandra Erion at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Minot on June 24, 1972. He worked on the family farm, then spent three years working for Souris River Telephone. In April 1978 he began farming full time. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, serving as financial secretary, trustee, Sunday School teacher and sexton of the cemetery. He was president of the Upham School Board and was a member of the North Dakota Stockman’s Association.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra, rural Upham; sons, Joseph Matehs, Upham; and Joshua Matehs, Rugby; four grandchildren; his mother, Evelyn Matehs, Upham; sisters, Carolyn Bean, Fargo; and Candace Nelson, West Fargo; three sisters-in-law, and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Victor Matehs; his grandparents; and other relatives.

Arrangements by Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

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Obituary

Mar 30, 2012

Edward M.

Ripplinger

A private funeral will be held be held at a future date for Edward M. Ripplinger, 69, Harlow, N. Dak., who died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Carrington Health Center in Carrington, N. Dak.

Burial will be at Our Savior’s Cemetery in Harlow.

Edward Michael Ripplinger was born April 4, 1942, at Rugby, a son of John C. and Marie Eva (Gisi) Ripplinger. When he was five years old the family moved to Butte Valley Township near Harlow. Ed attended grade school in Harlow and graduated from Leeds High School in 1960. He worked at Westgo in Fargo for a time as a welder and troubleshooter. He then farmed in Butte Valley Township from 1962 until his retirement in 2002. He also trucked livestock for area farmers. He married Diane Lane Britsch on February 14, 1968 at Leeds.

Ed served as a Benson County commissioner, deputy sheriff and was a member of the North Dakota Army National Guard for 12 years. He had been a member of the Masons and was a life member of the Elks.

He is survived by his wife, Diane, Harlow; four daughters, Robin Arnold, Esmond; Susan Hawn, Harlow; Faye Nystrom, New Rockford; and Amanda Johnson, Minnewaukan; seven grandchildren; his mother, Marie Ripplinger, Devils Lake; and a brother, Donald Ripplinger, Devils Lake.

He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home, Leeds.

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Obituary

Mar 30, 2012

Agnes

Grossman

Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, March 30, 2012, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Esmond, for Agnes Grossman, 94, Esmond, who died Saturday, March 24, at St. Aloisius Medical Center in Harvey.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Agnes was born March 2, 1918 near Fulda in McHenry County, N. Dak. a daughter of Sylvester and Emilia (Burckhard) Wolf. She was the third of eighteen children. She married Joseph Grossman on October 14, 1940 at St. Anselm Catholic Church in Fulda. The couple lived and farmed on his parents’ farm in Alexanter Township, west of Esmond. Agnes worked at Ann’s Cafe in Esmond and did housecleaning and painting for many years.

She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, the Confraternity of Christian Mothers and Ladies Aid.

She is survived by four sons, Marvin Grossman, Ron Grossman, and Dan Grossman, all of Esmond; Gary Grossman, Bismarck; Bryan Grossman, West Fargo; a daughter, Vickie Axtman, Esmond; 22 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Mike Wolf, Salt Lake City; Leo Wolf, Towner; sisters, Bertha Kraft, San Francisco; Cecelia Burgard, Towner; Marian Simonson, Plentywood, Mont.; Lena Walters, Minot; and Theresa Clark, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe; a daughter-in-law, Ellen Grossman; a grandson, Terry Axtman; three great-grandchildren, Ashton Genetzky, Aleisha Grossman, andGreyson Lessard; brothers, Phillip, Joe, infant Steven, Melchior and Eugene Wolf; sisters, Betty Kvale, Irene Jones, Beatrice Wolf, Alice Wolf and infant Theresa.

Father Brian Bachmeier was celebrant. Music was provided by organist, Helen Arnold, and vocalist, Chrissie Hager.

Casketbearers were grandsons, Tim Axtman, Tim Grossman, Kevin Axtman, Kenny Axtman, Keenan Grossman, Steve Axtman, Donnie Grossman, Karl Grossman, Brad Grossman, Kory Grossman and Lee Grossman. Honorary bearers were her granddaughters, Shirley Lewis, Cindy Selzler, Rania Stratteon, Tina Smith, Renae Genetzky and Kristin Grossman; special friends, Margaret Marthe and Katie Wolfe, and the members of the St. Boniface Confraternity of Christian Mothers.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home, Maddock.

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