Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Kay Pam Beckman, age 63 of Grafton, ND formerly of Hettinger, ND passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at the Life Skills and Transition Center of Grafton.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Vivian Collette-Secrist, age 86 of Grafton, ND passed away on Monday, June 1, 2020 at her home in Grafton.
Vivian Grabanski was born October 1, 1933 in Grafton, ND the daughter of the late Anton and Frances (Slominski) Grabanski. She attended rural school in Acton Township. Following her education she worked for the Herberger family in Grand Forks. Vivian was united in marriage to Merlyn Collette on September 3, 1951 in Warsaw, ND. The couple lived and farmed in the Grafton area until moving to Grafton in 1991. Vivian was a devoted farm wife and worked alongside Merlyn on the farm and raising their four children. They enjoyed wintering in Arizona for 40 years. Merlyn passed away on March 13, 2007. Vivian married Ken Secrist on June 29, 2013 in Grafton, ND. The couple spent the winters in Arizona and summers in Grafton.
Vivian was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and Altar Society in Warsaw and the Grafton American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, Ken Secrist, Mesa, AZ; her children: Sheryl Lessard, Chandler, AZ; Avis (Wayne) Lessard, Grafton, ND; Corrine (Wayne) Antonson, Farmington, NM and Dale (Brenda) Collette, Grafton, ND; nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and siblings: Merlyn (Delores) Grabanski, Grafton, ND and Audrey (Duane) Paschke, Oslo, MN. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Merlyn, brother, Earl Grabanski and sisters, Evelyn Feltman and Alice Sevigny.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, June 5, 2020 at 10:30 AM at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church of Warsaw, ND. Visitation will be from 9-10 at the church Friday morning. Interment will be at the St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery. Social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks are encouraged.
On Sunday May 31,2020 at Carman Memorial Hospital, Beverley Anne Land, aged 69 years lost her battle with liver disease.
Bev was predeceased by her parents Cliff Land in 1992 and Lena Land in 2001.
She is survived by her daughter Allison (Tony, Alyssa & Jack), sister Cindy and brother Ken and Ron. Nephews Ryan (Carmilla), Shea (Jen), Darby and families and nieces Rhonda and Bonnie; Uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends.
Special thank you to all the nursing staff and health care aides at Carman Memorial Hospital for making her comfortable and peaceful. You all had a special place in moms heart.
Memorial donations to Carman Memorial Hospital Palliative Care.
A private graveside service will be held for family and close friends in Greenwood Cemetery, Carman.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Anne Penner (nee Hiebert) formerly of Winkler, at age 96. She passed away peacefully on Sunday May 31, 2020 at West Park Manor in Winnipeg.
Anne was born on April 12, 1924 to Jacob and Helena Hiebert (nee Gerbrandt) in the Plum Coulee area. She was the 10th of 14 children. There were many needs to be met in a family that large and so she was kept busy with childcare for family members and helping around the home. In her teen years she would also work as a kitchen help for others during harvest seasons.
At the age of 19, Anne came to accept Lord as her Saviour, and was baptized on confession of her faith.
In the fall of 1940, she met Peter W Penner, and they eventually married on August 15, 1943. They spent many years farming near Sperling, and later, a few years in Miami. In 1954 they moved to Winkler where Peter built their new home. Anne’s resourcefulness and independence led her to enter the work force and was employed in numerous businesses throughout the town over many years. She was never happier than when surrounded by family or friends. With her wonderful gift of hospitality, Anne always had a way of making people feel loved, cared for, and of course well fed. Three things people always commented on when talking about Anne were: her wonderful laugh, her great cooking, and her warm, affectionate personality.
After Anne suffered a stroke, and Peter’s health was failing, they moved to Crocus Village in 1996. Peter soon moved to Salem and passed away in 2002. Anne remained in Crocus until 2008, when she made the move to Linden Wood Manor to be near her daughter and family in Winnipeg. As her health declined, a move to West Park Manor personal care home in 2015 became necessary. She was loved and well taken care of, but her zest for life faded along with her health.
Anne was predeceased by her husband, Peter in 2002 and 10 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, Don, and daughter, Peggy (Dave), daughter-in-law, Eileen, 4 grandsons, Lyndon, Sheldon, Trevor, Matthew (Carla), 10 great grandchildren, Melissa, Hayley, Duncan, Jordan, Julie, Owen, Belle, Avery, Ethan, Jack, great great grandchildren, Mason and Liam. She is also survived by 2 sisters, 1 brother and 1 sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
We’d like to give special thanks to the wonderful caring staff at West Park Manor, especially during this challenging COVID-19 time.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements
Joann A. Mattson, age 82 of Drayton, ND passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton.
Joann A. Votava was born December 7, 1937 in Grafton, ND the daughter of the late Jerome and Helena (Deschene) Votava. She attended St. Aloysius Academy in Oakwood, ND and graduated the class of 1955. Joann was united in marriage to Roger Mattson on October 4, 1958 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Oakwood. They moved to Colorado Springs, CO while Roger served in the military. They moved back to Drayton, ND in 1963 and Joann began working for the telephone company. She finished her career working and retiring from Unity Medical Center in Grafton.
Joann was a member of Sacred Heart Church of Oakwood, a member of the Sacred Heart Altar Society, served on the Martin Township Board, and she and Roger were foster parents. Joann loved to play cards, bowl, and spend time with her family.
She is survived by her husband Roger: children; Todd (Kelley) Mattson, Drayton, ND: Tracy (Dan) Young, Park River, ND; grandchildren: Jonathon (Vanessa) Mattson, Grand Forks, ND; Michael Young, Grand Forks, ND; great grandchildren: Aubree and Odin Mattson; siblings: Dennis (Linda) Votava, St.Cloud, MN; Rosemary (Byron) Waterud, Bismarck, ND; and Marge (Joe) Ellefson, Mandan, ND; several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. Joann was preceded in death by her parents, her sons: Toby and Troy, and her sister Jeannie.
On the evening of May 31st, our Richard left us ...in the last moments there was peace and no pain.
Richard was born in Winkler to Jacob and Agatha; the third of four children. He grew up fostering his love of farming, auctioneering, and crashing cars. The neighboring farm girls fought for his attention and in 1967 Bernice Kunzelman kept his focus. They were married in 1970 and began building their family of four children: Michael, Marci, Matthew and Morgan. Alongside his life-long addiction to farming, Richard was always very proud of his days working at Bethel Hospital and the Morden Research Station (where he worked over 35 years). All places from which he maintained lifelong friendships. He knew everything there was to know about cattle, apples and roses (all you had to do was ask). In his retirement, Richard was most fond of his time fishing, getting together with friends, and spending as much time with his grandchildren as possible. Unfortunately, time ran out. We all would have liked more time with each other. However, he always made sure to love everybody with every cell of his body until the end. The last weeks were rough but you left us all feeling your love and we are glad you left in peace.
Richard was predeceased by his father, Jake, sister, Leona, and brother, Almer, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Philip and Olive Kunzelman. He is survived by his mother, Agatha (nee Fehr), brother, Irvin and family, in-laws, Barry Kunzelman (Nowell), Jim Penner and Bev Enns (nee Blumb) and families. Richard leaves behind wife, Bernice (nee Kunzelman), children, Michael (Maria Episcopo), Marci (Brian Miller), Matthew (Leanne Girard), and Morgan (Brent Lambert). The grandchildren he adored were Alli and Katie Miller, Dylan and Brooklyn Lambert, and Alisha and Darien Duclos.
Cremation has taken place and due to the COVID-19 pandemic a service will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Richard’s memory to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation designated to Palliative Care.
Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden
In care of arrangements
We are sad to announce the passing of our stepmother, grandmother and great grandmother, Marie Peers who passed away on Sunday May 31, 2020 at Boundary Trails Heath Centre Winkler, MB at the age of 92.
Marie was born October 27, 1927 to John E.K. and Marie Klassen (nee Bergan) in Rosenfeld, MB. She was baptized February 18, 1944 at the age of 17. Marie grew up in the Wiedenfeld district of Horndean, MB where she went to school. She worked very hard on the farm and looked after many brothers and sisters. She also helped out and did work for other friends and neighbours in the area doing many jobs from cooking to cleaning to sewing. Marie moved to BC for a short time and then back home. In 1970, she took over the Four Winds Restaurant where she met Art Peers of Morden. They were married June 29, 1974 at the Mennonite Brethren Church in Winkler. She made her home in Morden and lived there the remainder of her life. Curling, bowling, gardening and travelling were among Marie’s many interests. She travelled to Alaska, Branson, BC, Montreal and her favorite trip was to Cuba. Dad and Marie took many drives around the countryside. They never went very far without running into someone they knew. Marie worked with ACW (Anglican Church Women) where she put in many volunteer hours helping out making quilts and crafts. She also put in many volunteer hours at the Morden Thrift Shop.
Marie was predeceased by her husband, Art in 2004, her parents, five brothers and three sisters. She will be sadly missed by her surviving children, two daughters, Lorraine (Wes) Sawatzky, Judi (Ron) Adams, three sons, Arthur (Gwen) Peers, Rick (Daphne) Peers and Thomas Peers; five grandchildren, Derek (Crystal) Sawatzky, Jillian (Jeff) Driedger, Brent (Brigitte) Adams, Drew Peers and Tyler Peers (Stacey Derksen), four great grandchildren, Emery and Brody Sawatzky, Finley Driedger and Finnagin Derksen. She is also survived by two brother, two sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will take place at the Wiedenfeld Cemetery for her immediate children and grandchildren only.
Special thanks to Dr. Chatwin and the staff especially the nurses at Boundary Trails, all the home care workers and palliative care workers. Your compassion and friendship towards Marie was greatly appreciated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marie’s memory to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation, designated to Palliative Care or to the Tabor Home in Morden.
Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden
In care of arrangements
Michael “Mike” Tester, 72 of Devils Lake, ND passed away on Saturday evening, May 30, 2020 at his home in the loving care of his family.
Michael Daniel Tester, son of Donald George and Flora Ann (Myers) Tester was born on May 5, 1948 in Devils Lake ND. The family moved to California and then Minnesota before returning to Devils Lake when Mike entered the 7th grade. Mike graduated from Central High School with the class of 1966. He continued his education at Bismarck State College, earning a degree in Business.
Mike met the love of his life at a Fort Totten Boys and Girls Club dance in 1966 and he swept her off her feet. Mike married Sharon Lenoir on October 12, 1968 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. They lived a beautiful life of love and marriage for 51 plus years.
Mike and Sharon moved to Seattle WA where Mike worked for Ma Bell and later Gaylord MN in excavating and underground construction. In 1971 they returned to North Dakota, back to Devils Lake and made it their home through the years.
Mike worked hard his entire life to provide for his family, often working 2-3 jobs at a time. His work ethic was an example to so many, including his children and grandchildren. Mike worked for Ron’s Standard with Ron Geller and for Sioux Manufacturing for 18 years. He was employed as a salesman for PFL Annuities and also worked for several years at WalMart. He was the owner and operator of Little Brown Mug and most recently had worked for the Devils Lake School System as a Bus Driver until retiring in 2014 due to health issues. These were the daytime jobs but he also worked as a bartender, taxi driver, carrier for the Grand Forks Herald and as a softball umpire.
Mike had a passion for softball and was a player, manager and coach of several teams including Trini’s, VFW and Burly’s Bears. He spent nights and weekends at games and tournaments and made many life-long friends. When the softball season was over, Mike would be doing some pheasant hunting in western North Dakota with family and friends.
Mike loved his family, being “Papa” was the greatest joy in his life and he always was a positive influence, was involved in their lives and treasured every moment spent together as a “family” which included many treasured friends.
Mike was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and also enjoyed membership in the Elks Lodge.
Mike’s faith, his family and his friends were the pillars in his life.
Mike’s loving family include his wife Sharon; children Jayson Tester, Christie (Darin) Elliott all of Fargo ND, Ryan “Butch” Tester, Grand Forks ND and Kyle Tester, Devils Lake; grandchildren Jazelle, Jorgia Mae, Paige; Alexander, Branson; Ashton, Ryder and Lavin; sisters Pam (Garth) Krause, Wyndmere ND and Toni (Ron) Joslin, Wahpeton ND; special “brothers” Bradley “My Captain” (Joann) Johnson, Wayne “Blood” (Paola) Trottier Jr., Darcy “Darc” (Dorothea) Olson and many other special brothers; many beloved nieces and nephews and others so very special in his heart including the Monette family, Johnson family and Danyelle Dornheim-Johnson. He loved you all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Donnella F. “Donni” Kabanuck and a sister in infancy, godchild Monica Valenzuela (Johnson), special niece Jenell Brule (Johnson) and mother-in-law Amelia “Ma” Lenoir.
Casket Bearers will be his sons Jayson, Ryan and Kyle, Darin Elliott, Alex Elliott, Branson Elliott, Ashton Rodlin and Ryder Tester. Honorary Bearers Brad Johnson, Wayne Trottier Jr., Darcy Olson, his softball brothers and many friends and relatives.
Leopold “Leo” Volk, 86 of Devils Lake, ND passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake with Very Reverend C.F. Wilhelm celebrating the Mass. The Rosary will be at 9:30 a.m. Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and continue on Friday at the church from 8:30 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Leopold Volk was born on March 12, 1934 to Christine Volk at Towner ND and was lovingly raised by his mother and step father Bill Weisbeck. At the age of 16, the family moved to Devils Lake and Leo called it home until his death.
Leo was united in marriage to Mary E. Bachmeier on August 16, 1954. They lived, worked and raised their family in Devils Lake. Leo worked at Porter Brothers for many years, retiring in 1996. He wanted to keep busy, so Leo worked for several years at the Pizza Ranch.
Leo’s life was all about his faith and his family. He read his Bible daily and tried to live the life of a good Christian husband, Dad and grandpa. He loved to fish, and would take the whole neighborhood, a pickup load of kids out to the lake fishing every chance he could. He was a life-long Packer fan and had many canine pets at his side through the years. He always kept a well-manicured lawn and yard. Leo loved to talk and could make friends with anybody. He had the gift of gab and talked off many an ear!
Leo was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and also enjoyed membership in the IOOF.
Leo’s loving family include his wife Mary of 65 plus years; children James Volk, Devils Lake, Betty (Daniel) Eversvik, Starkweather ND, Ron (Kathy) Volk, Valley City ND, Joyce (Werner) Rummer, Larry (Rebecca) Volk and Dale Volk all of Devils Lake; son-in-law James Kienast Arizona; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; step-sister Dorothy Weigel, Devils Lake and many beloved in-laws, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother Christine and step father Bill; daughter Shirley Kienast; grandson Jason Volk and step brother Peter Weisbeck.
Lyle Waters Sr., of Langdon, ND, formerly of Montevideo, died Friday, May 29, 2020 at Tender Hearts & Helping Hands in Dilworth, MN at the age of 86.
Public visitation and viewing will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM at Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo. Following the guidelines put forth by the state, only 30 people will be allowed in the funeral home at a time. If you are not comfortable coming inside to pay respects, please drive up to the front door, where family can greet you. Masks are encouraged as well as social distancing guidelines to be followed.
Public graveside services will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Montevideo. Please meet at the funeral home at 1:45 PM to join the family in procession to the cemetery.
Lyle Delmont Waters was born April 16, 1934 in Montevideo, MN to Delmont and Lucille (Aitchison) Waters. He attended and graduated from Montevideo High School. Lyle was united in marriage to Elaine Hanson on July 10, 1956 in Watertown, SD. To this union eight children were born.
Lyle spent most of his professional career working for Olin/Ecusta as a supervisor and later worked for Langdon Building Center. Lyle enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering with cars, and anything involving the outdoors. He had a garden of his own where grew fresh produce, with an abundance of raspberries and rhubarb. Lyle inherited a love for polka music from the days of listening to his father play. The activity he loved the most was spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his children, Lyndon (Carol) Waters, Watertown, SD, Lonnie (Melodee) Waters, Watertown, SD, Lori (Darrold) Schweitzer, Watertown, SD, Lisa Feil (Dave Hoffarth), Langdon, ND, Lee Waters, Crookston, MN, and Lana Waters (Michael Hayes), Fargo, ND; 19 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren; brother, George (Carol) Waters, Montevideo, MN; sisters, Beverly Hunstad, Jasper, MN, and Virginia Dally, Delano, MN; daughter-in-law, Joanie Waters, Walhalla, ND; and numerous family and friends.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elaine in 1997; sons, Lyle Waters Jr., and Lance Waters; and great-grandson, Owen Bierman.
Blessed be his memory.
Arrangemetns with Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo, MN. www.andersontebeest.com