WASHINGTON (AP) -- W. Willard Wirtz, a lawyer and labor arbitrator who was labor secretary in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations but broke publicly with Lyndon Johnson over Vietnam, has died. Wirtz, 98, died Saturday of natural causes at his home in Washington, his son Philip said Sunday. Wirtz left a Chicago law firm to join the Kennedy administration as undersecretary of labor in 1961. President John F. Kennedy promoted him to the top job in 1962. Wirtz continued in the post after Johnson succeeded Kennedy in 1963 and stayed on until Johnson completed his term in January 1969.
Otto Kanewischer, 92, of Jamestown, North Dakota died April 24, 2010 at Ave Maria Village, Jamestown. Otto was born on February 10, 1918 in Lehr, North Dakota, the son of William and Emma (Dallman). He was raised and re-ceived his education there. On June 25, 1943 he married Mabel Gutschmidt in Lehr. The two made their home in Jamestown, where they raised their four children. Otto entered the military in 1941 and served his country during World War II until 1945. While living in Jamestown, Otto worked many years for Montgomery Ward as an electronic technician.
Esther Lydia Hawkins, 92, Mandan, N.D., formerly of Woodworth, N.D., died Dec. 27, 2009, at Medcenter One Care Center, Mandan. Arrangements by Eastgate/Parkway Funeral Service, Bismarck. Burial: 2 p.m. Friday, Gem Cemetery, Woodworth.
Esther Groettum, 89, Jamestown, died Sunday, April 25, 2010, at Jamestown Hospital, Jamestown. Arrangements pending with Eddy Funeral Home.
Harriet Baasch, 90, Page, April 20. Janice Graf, 70, Bismarck, April 20. Martin Hagel, 61, Mandan, April 20. Duane "Bob" Hellekson, 76, Bismarck, April 18. Laura Hoffer, 88, Bismarck, April 20. Daniel McKay, 72, Fargo, April 21. Helen Sorlie, 90, Bismarck, April 20. Sharon Vreugdenhil, 64, Fargo, April 13. Marilyn Watson, 79, Cavalier, April 17. F. Josephine Wheeler, 90, Bismarck, April 14. Eva Williams, 92, Bismarck, April 15. Sylvester Zahn, 92, Linton, April 15. Elizabeth Zenker, 89, Underwood, April 19.
Ellen Opp, 88, Lehr, N.D., died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at Wishek Home for the Aged, Wishek, N.D. Ellen Miller was born Aug. 21, 1921, at home near Streeter, N.D., the daughter of John J. and Rosina Miller. She grew up on the family farm and received her education at a rural country school near her home. She married Herbert Opp on June 27, 1950, in the Streeter Seventh-day Adventist Church. They lived on the Opp family homestead near Hazelton, N.D., where they farmed for three years. They moved to Lehr in 1953, where they purchased the Reiswig farm, northwest of Lehr. He died on Dec.
Berkley (Buck) Halstead was born September of 1924 in Jamestown, North Dakota and passed away January 30, 2010 in Fresno, California. Growing up, baseball was the center of his life. Not only a southpaw pitcher with a dangerous fast ball, he was also a switch hitter with .357 lifetime average and centerfielder with an accurate and strong throwing arm.
Marlys Bauer, 71, Carrington, N.D., died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at Carrington Health Center, Carrington. Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington. Prayer service: 7 p.m. Monday at the church. Visitation: 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Evans Funeral Home, Carrington. Burial: Carrington Cemetery, Carrington.
Dorothy Ertelt, 78, West Fargo, formerly Fingal, April 20. Henry Geiger, 67, Bismarck, April 18. Shirley Hurley, 67, Stanton, April 16. Edward Johnson, 83, Grand Forks, April 17. Jodi Klonowski, 34, Moorhead, Minn., April 19. Marian Lefor, 81, Dickinson, April 17. Stephen McLeish, 64, Braddock, April 16. Alvin Miskavige, 88, Minto, April 18. Joseph Mosbrucker, 66, Lincoln, April 18. Christopher Myhre, 15, Hoople, April 18. Marilyn Oberlander, 73, Kulm, April 18. Elsie Olson, 93, Moorhead, Minn., April 20.
Shirley Wittmier, 56, Streeter, N.D., died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at her home. Shirley Ann Mayfield was born Jan. 20, 1954, at Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Bill E. and Ruth Mayfield. They moved to Pomona, Calif., where she graduated from Pomona High School in 1972. She attended Southwestern Medical Society Academy in Phoenix, Ariz. She worked as a medical secretary for many years in Peoria, Ariz. She then worked as a secretary for Taylor Tours for six years. She married Douglas Wittmier on Aug. 8, 2003, at Streeter. They lived in Streeter.