James W. Elston age 59 of Eckelson, North Dakota died unexpectedly Wednesday July 1, 2009 at The MeritCare Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Monday July 6, 2009 at Epworth United Methodist Church in Valley City, North Dakota with Reverend Dan Bader officiating. A prayer service will be held at 4:00 PM Sunday in the church.
Born December 28, 1919, in Beach, N.D., to Joseph and Sarah Ramstad, Marv Ramstad was a 1936 graduate of Beach High School and attended Pacific Lutheran University, where he lettered in football. Marv received his Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering from the University of Washington in 1943. Marv earned his way through both universities by mining gold in Alaska with his brothers. A great American patriot, Marv served as an Ensign, in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, when he married the love of his life, Della Mae Fode Ramstad.
Robert Bachtold, 92, Williston, formerly Trenton, June 29. Raymond Durkee, 70, Bismarck, June 28. Donna Hamel, 72, Upham, June 28. Karen Henes, 53, Mohall, June 25. Ronald Hilden, 64, Lead, S.D., formerly Dickinson, June 29. Marli Hockett, infant, Bismarck, June 27. Roland Hoselton, 85, Dickinson, June 30. Dale Johnson, 72, Northwood, June 30. Lorraine Laub, 89, Elgin, June 29. Berit Leverenz, 91, Williston, June 28. Ernest Lovin, 79, Bismarck, June 29. Beverly Martell, 74, Bismarck, June 29. Pauline Newell, 69, Valley City, June 12. Marilyn Pedersen, 81, Devils Lake, formerly Bro
Sylvan Kent Berg, 59, North Vernon, Ind., died Thursday, July 2, 2009, at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital, North Vernon. Mr. Berg was born Nov. 29, 1949, in Dickinson, N.D., the son of Wilbur Berg and Marion Feist Johnson. He graduated from James-town High School in 1966. He joined the U.S. Navy on May 21, 1968, where he worked as a dental tech and corpsman. He retired from the Navy on June 28, 1988. He married Susan Dearborn on Aug. 1, 1995, in Chipley, Fla. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Lorretta Batsch, 82, Strasburg, N.D., formerly of Jamestown, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at Strasburg Care Center, Strasburg. Lorretta Delores Nitschke was born May 15, 1927, on the family farm at Jud, N.D., the daughter of Christian and Victoria (Stehr) Nitschke. She attended the local elementary school and graduated from Jud High School. She earned her teaching degree from Ellendale College, Ellendale, N.D. She taught at a country school near Gackle, N.D. She married Jacob H. Batsch on Nov. 30, 1947, in Jud.
ESTHER S. YOUNG, of Jamestown, ND, died Tuesday, June 30, at Ave Maria Village. A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, July 7, 2009, noon, at United Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are with Eddy Funeral Home in Jamestown.
Emma Mathilda Staeck, 101, Ellendale, N.D., formerly of Kulm, N.D., died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at Prince of Peach Care Center, Ellendale. Services: 2 p.m. Monday, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kulm, with the Rev. Alan Eppen officiating. Prayer service: 5 p.m. Sunday, Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale. Visitation: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel. Burial: St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Kulm.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Marvin Ramstad, the father of former U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad, has died. A statement from the former congressman's office says he was 89. Marvin Ramstad was president and chief executive officer of Midwest Motors in Jamestown. He moved to Plymouth a quarter century ago when he retired, and worked on the political campaigns of his son, who served 18 years in Congress, and daughter, Judge Sheryl Ramstad. A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday at Wayzata Community Church, with visitation on Monday in Wayzata.
BERLIN (AP) -- Pina Bausch, a German choreographer known for her pioneering work, has died. She was 68. The Wuppertal Dance Theater in western Germany, where she had served as director for more than 35 years, said she died Tuesday, five days after being diagnosed with cancer. It gave no details. rrr MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Claro Cortes III, a former United Press International and Associated Press reporter who helped cover the 1986 revolt that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos, has died. He was 49.
Rupert Kleingartner, 85, Gackle, N.D., died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Jamestown Hospital, Jamestown. Mr. Kleingartner was born on Sept. 22, 1923, at Gackle, the son of Balzar and Olga (Schlenker) Kleingartner. He attended the local school and grew up in the area and helped on the family farm. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Jan 24, 1945, at Ft. Snelling, Minn. He served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and Japan. He was discharged Dec. 5, 1946, at Fort Lewis, Wash, with the rank of corporal. He married Lorraine Mueller on May 1, 1947, at Congregational Church, Kulm, N.D.