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Nov 2, 2012



A mass of Christian burial was held Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at Little Flower Catholic Church for Casper Christ Bachmeier, 74, Rugby, who died Friday, Oct. 19 at the Heart of America Medical Center.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Casper was born March 10, 1938 in rural Orrin, a son of Mike and Katherine (Schiele) Bachmeier. He was raised in the home of his parents and received his education at a nearby school. He assisted the county surveyor until he was old enough to join the rail gang with the Burlington Northern Railroad. In January 1962 he was inducted into the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged on December 6, 1963 and stayed in the Army Reserve until 1968. On May 6, 1968 he married Theresa Selensky at Little Flower Catholic Church. Afterward, they made their home in Rugby. He rejoined the Burlington Northern Railroad and remained with them for 43 years, until he retired in February 1999.

He was a member of the Little Flower Catholic Church and a former member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, daughter Patty Denn, Tioga; one grandson, sisters, Christine Hagen, Conrad, Mont.; Rose Monroe, Conrad, Mont.; Marge DeVoogdt, Devils Lake; brothers Pete and Leo of Cut Bank, Mont.; Louie, Brady, Mont.; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a son in infancy, John; sisters Anna Adam and Katherine Gilderhus; brother, John, and his parents.

Father Tom Graner was the celebrant. Music was provided by Glenda Mack, organist, and Sara Selensky, vocal leader/cantor. Military honors provided by the Clarence Larson American Legion Post #23 Honor and Color Guard and the Military Funeral Honors Detail of North Dakota.

Casketbearers were John, Steve and Mike Denn, Gary Grad, Jim DeVoogdt and Kenneth Heilman.

Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.



Funeral services were held Friday, October 26, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church in Towner for Martha Swanhild Nelson, 96, New Salem, who died Sunday, Oct. 21 at Elm Crest Manor Care Center in New Salem.

Burial was in Rosehill Cemetery in Minot.

Martha was born on January 22, 1916 in New Rockford, a daughter of Ole H. and Julia (Ramberget) Olson. She was raised in her parents’ home and in 1933 graduated from New Rockford High School. She completed her education at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. On November 24, 1940 she married Farrel Nelson at a country church near Sheyenne. In 1951 they moved to a ranch near Towner and raised a family there while ranching. In 2002 she moved to Edgewood Vista in Minot, and then moved to Elm Crest Manor Care.

She was a member of the North Dakota Farmers Union, Homemakers Extension Club, and the Lutheran Church.

She is survived by sons, Orrin, Towner; Rodney, Almont; daughters, Genevieve Skogberg, Belle Fourche, S.D.; Julie Cannon, Minot; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sisters, Dora Birkeland of Sherwood, Ore.; Venoie Amey of Lancaster, Ohio; Metta McDowell of New Rockford; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, sisters Inga Martin and Lula Olson; brothers, Orin, Raymond, Clifford and Rolf; and her parents.

Pastor Wally Fretland officiated. Music was provided by Martha Larson, organist.

Casketbearers were Cody Skogberg, Todd Nelson, Christopher Nelson, Lafe Nelson, Paul Cannon and Neal Cannon.

Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home of Towner.

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