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Dec 1, 2012

Alice Dockter



With great sadness at the loss of their beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother on Monday, November 26, 2012, the Hoffman family bids farewell to Alice Hoffman. With her gentle nature, kindness of spirit and unwavering cheerfulness this wonderful lady leaves behind an exemplary legacy of a life well-lived and countless dear memories for her family.

Alice was born to Jacob and Emilia (Waltz) Dockter in their farm home north of McClusky, North Dakota. Her father died when she was four years old, later her mother married August Schick who raised Alice from childhood to an adult. In 1931, the family moved to a farm west of Denhoff, North Dakota and then into Denhoff itself two year later. Alice attended the Denhoff School through 12th grade when she graduated as Valedictorian in 1944. Following high school, she was employed in the office of the Agriculture and Labor Department at the state capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota for two years.

On June 14, 1945, Alice married Harvey Hoffman in Renton, Washington. After Harvey’s discharge from the service, the happy couple lived in Bismarck, McClusky and Lodi, California until 1952 when the family, including their children, Dale and Brenda, returned to North Dakota where Alice and Brenda were tuberculosis patients at the San Haven Sanatorium in Dunseith, North Dakota for one and a half years. After their discharge, the family remained at San Haven, where Alice took the position as Executive Housekeeper and Director of Central Supply, a position she held for the next 28 years. She retired in May 1986 and the couple moved to Rugby, North Dakota, all the while enjoying traveling and camping in all 50 states, as well as wintering in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico until 2003 (17 years).

Alice is survived by son Dale (Loretta) Hoffman of Fountain Hills, Arizona; daughter Brenda (David) Pazandak of Greenville, South Carolina; and daughter Cynthia (Michael) Allstead of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Alice and Harvey also loved and cherished their three grandchildren, Lisa Hoffman of Madison, Wisconsin; David (Angela) Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio; and Michele Allstead of Sand Point, Idaho. They were also blessed with one precious great granddaughter Isabella Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio. Alice also leaves three sisters, Violet Kurschman of McClusky, North Dakota; Lorraine (Boyd) Gilchrist of Mandan, North Dakota; and Marjorie (Armond) Sonnek of Annandale, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband (January 22, 2012); and her parents.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 30, 2012 at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Rugby. Pastor Mike Pretzer, officiating. Burial will be in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan on Friday at 3:00 p.m.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to the time of services in the funeral home.

Organist: Pam Anderson; Vocalist: Alecia Pretzer “How Great Thou Art”

Casket Bearers: Lisa Hoffman, David Hoffman, Angela Hoffman, Michele Allstead and Isabella Hoffman

Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com

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Dec 1, 2012



Lucille Burckhard, 87, Minot, died Friday, November 23, 2012, in her son’s home in Minot.

Lucille Axtman was born on July 11, 1925, a daughter of Ned and Helen (Peters) Axtman on a farm ten miles south of Rugby, ND. She attended school through the eighth grade in Tuscarora Township, and graduated from Balta High School in 1943. Lucille furthered her education by attending Minot State Teachers College, where she received an emergency teacher’s certificate in the fall of 1943.

Lucille was united in marriage to Fabian Burckhard on September 18, 1945. Together they lived on a farm near Orrin, ND, for seven years before they moved to Minot. Lucille and Fabian raised five children. All five baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. Their only daughter Bonnie was first, then four boys: Verland, Terry, Randy and Kevin.

Lucille was a self-employed housekeeper for many years. She cleaned house and babysat for many of Minot’s most distinguished business families from the 1960s through the 1990s. One of her most famous clients was Dr. Dormont. She worked for him until she was 84 years old. Lucille was referred to as a “Domestic Engineer” by Father McKenna of St. Leo’s Church.

Lucille was slightly ahead of the times in many respects. She worked outside the home in an era where most housewives stayed at home. She put four kids through private education at St. Leo’s and Bishop Ryan. Four of her children achieved college degrees from Minot State University.

The hobby she was most famous for was crocheting. She created many hats and coats, mostly for her grandchildren. Lucille was also famous for her homemade English toffee and kuchen made for wedding receptions.

Lucille is survived by: sons: Verland (Rebecca) Burckhard, Columbia, SC; Terry (Andrea) Burckhard, Byrdstown, TN; Randy (Pat) Burckhard, Minot; Kevin (Paula) Burckhard, Minot: daughter Bonnie Smith (Ed Ereth) Renton, WA: brother; Victor Axtman Minot: sister; Virginia Koble, Rugby: 20 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Fabian Burckhard, and her parents Ned and Helen Axtman.

Visitation: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 2-7 at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot

Vigil Prayer Service: Tuesday at 7 at Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot

Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot

Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot

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Dec 1, 2012

Delores Fred

Delores Helen Fred, 76, Minot and formerly of Barton died on Monday, November 26, 2012 in a Minot hospital.

Delores was born on November 22, 1936 in Tunbridge to Daniel and Hannah (Shjerve) Dahl. She was reared on a farm near Barton and attended rural school in that area. Delores married Leonard Bryntesen in May of 1956. They made their home in Rugby until the family moved to Minot in 1959. Delores was a fulltime wife, mother and homemaker and served as a foster parent to many children until Leonard’s death in 1982. Following his death she was employed as a certified nursing assistant at Trinity Nursing Home from 1982 until 1998. Delores married Clarence Fred in August of 1993. They had continued to make their home in Minot.

Delores was a former member of Grace Baptist Church and most recently had attended First Assembly of God and Our Redeemer’s Church all in Minot. She especially enjoyed gardening, reading and ceramics.

Delores’ loving family includes her husband of 19 years Clarence Fred of Minot; children: Lynn (Carol) Bryntesen of Bismarck, Lee (Mary) Bryntesen of Arden Hills MN and Nancy Striefel of Sacramento CA; stepchildren: Craig (Rita) Fred of Eckman, ND, Casey (Suzanne) Fred of Garrison, ND, Brenda (Frank) Dunai of Allen, Texas and Becky (Mark) Becker Jarziak of Columbus, GA; grandchildren: Parker Bryntesen, Andrew (Kelli) Striefel, Zac (Amanda) Striefel and Nicole (Colin) Williams; sister: Ruth (Dennis) Romfo of Rugby and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, grandson: Eric Bryntesen, stepson: Duane Fred and stepgrandson, Keegan Fred.

Celebration of the Life of Delores Fred: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Our Redeemer’s Church – Minot.

Graveside Service: Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the East Barton Cemetery near Barton ND.

Visitation: Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home – Minot.

Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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Dec 1, 2012

Pius Hoffert

Pius Joseph Hoffert, the son of Joseph and Catherine (Keller) Hoffart was born in the home of his parents on their family farm in Elverum Township, Pierce County, North Dakota on August 5, 1924. He died at the age of 88 years on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby.

Pius was raised on the family farm and received his education from the Silva school. He married Rose Wentz and the couple raised their three children on the family farm. After 55 years of active farming, he moved to Rugby in the fall of 2000. Because of his continued love for farming, he began to be an avid gardener. In August of 2011, he moved to Solmonson’s Senior Living until September 2012 when he made his final move to the Heart of America Care Center. Pius was a member of the Little Flower Catholic Church, loved playing cards and enjoyed fishing and traveling with his family. He was a very proud father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Pius is survived by his daughter, Karen (Mike) Christenson of Rugby; a son, Tim (Hana) Hoffert of Fargo; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rose Hager of Rugby and Barbara Piatz of Devils Lake; a brother, Philip (Lilia) Hoffert of Los Angeles, California; a sister-in-law, Helen Hoffert of Minot; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a son Kermit; brothers, Tony, Ludwig, and Pete Hoffert; sisters, Mary Duchscher and Margaret Heilman; and his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial: was held Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with burial in the church cemetery. Fr. Tom Graner, Celebrant and Fr. Thanaiah Marneni, Concelebrant.

Organist: Glenda Mack; Vocalist/Cantor: Galen Mack

Casket Bearers: Grandchildren Chuck Christenson, Kate Nelson, Karla Deplazes, Jessie Janik, Shelly Wilmot, Jackie Boroski

Honorary Bearers: Salmonson Senior Living Caregivers & Heart of America Care Center Caregivers

Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com

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Dec 1, 2012



Patricia Emolyn Silberg Bracken, 78, Jamestown, ND went to be with the Lord Jesus, Sunday, November 25, 2012.

Patricia was born on March 17, 1934 in Minnewaukan, ND, to Gordon & Bertha (Sheets) Silberg. She graduated from Oberon High School in 1952. Right before graduation she lost her mother who had suffered with a long illness. Patricia was her family’s main caregiver during and after her mother’s passing, while working as a telephone operator in Oberon. After graduation, she worked as the A.S.C. office in Minnewaukan. During that time she met and married the love of her life, Orlando Bracken and celebrated 54 years together. They farmed north of York, ND, raising 5 children.

In the early 70’s she met her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Words can’t describe the peace, joy and transformation He brought into her life. This was the pivotal point for her family also.

She was a gracious hostess and loved opening her home to friends, family, and strangers.

Patricia enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, gardening, baking, canning, and was an avid reader, and studied the word of God faithfully. She served the Lord with all her heart. We all enjoyed her wit and wonderful zest for life.

After her husband’s retirement, the family moved to Jamestown, ND where she lived the remainder of her days surrounded by her children. In her last years she struggled with pain immobility due to R.A. During this time, she continued to be an amazing inspiration to all, never wavering in her faith and love. She left us all a great legacy and heritage to follow.

Those waiting to join her are her son, Lanny; daughters, Sherry, Lori (Bob) Romsdal, Jodi (Doug Fogderud), and Barbi Caldwell, all of Jamestown; seven grandchildren, Kindra (Andrew) Tir, Cameron Caldwell, Bree Caldwell, Arianne Bracken, Tyler Bracken, Timothy Caldwell, Shiri Caldwell; three great-granddaughters, Victoria and Ava Tir, and Anna Marie Bracken; one sister, Marlys (Jerry) Britsch, Jamestown; two brothers, Ronny (Bev) Silberg, Bakersfield, CA and Dennis (Becky) Silberg, Jamestown; brother-in-law, Ronnie Nelson, Minnewauken, ND.

Those gone before her are her parents; husband, Orlando; sister, Lila Nelson.

Funeral Service: 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 29, 2012 at Williams-Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown.

Interment: Highland Home Cemetery, Jamestown, N.D.

We love you, mom! You held our hands for a while but our hearts forever. See you soon!

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Dec 1, 2012



Our beloved husband, step-father, Grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin and friend died peacefully November 21 after a courageous battle with an aggressive cancer.

Sheldon leaves behind his wife of 10 years, Wendy; step-children Josh (Jenny) West, Jackie (Josh) Magnuson, Jeremy (Megumi) West; five grandchildren, his parents-in-law Dave and Sue Walt, and eight nieces and nephews. Sheldon is also survived by his twin brother Sherwin, nephew Andy Thingvold, nieces Erin Thingvold, Christina and Stacy Miller, as well as many cousins and a multitude of friends.

Sheldon was born in Rolla, North Dakota to Kermit and LuVerne (Hauer) Thingvold. The family lived in Rugby, ND before moving to Milwaukee, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Jhan Curtis Thingvold.

Sheldon loved sports, especially baseball, fishing and working in his yard. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and loved him.

Memorial/Life Celebration services will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012, 2 pm, at Eastgate Bible Chapel, 11410 Stark, Portland, OR.

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