John Walter "Jack" Harty, 76, Rapid City, departed this life on Tuesday August 11, 2009 at his home. He was born on June 25, 1933 in Jamestown, North Dakota to John Joseph and Peggy (Case) Harty. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Jamestown College and later a master's degree in education administration from the University of North Dakota. He worked for many years as a school teacher, school administrator, and small business owner. On June 25, 1970 he married Maxine Stoyke.
Harriet Spence, 88, Duluth, Minn., formerly of Buchanan, N.D., and Pingree, N.D., died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at Viewcrest Health Center, Duluth. Harriet Blaskowski was born Oct. 8, 1920, in Buchanan, the daughter of Sylvester and Helen Blaskowski. She graduated from Pingree High School, Pingree, and the Trinity Hospital Nursing School, Jamestown, as a Registered Nurse. She worked at St. Mary's Hospital, Duluth, and St. Lukes Hospital, Duluth, where she was the director of anesthesia for 29 years. She married Raymond Spence on Aug. 6, 1947, in Duluth.
Lois Kapfer, 84, Jamestown, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Jamestown Hospital, Jamestown. Lois Mae Loose was born July 14, 1925, in Morgan, Minn., the daughter of Gustiv and Helena (Muenchow) Loose. She moved to Woodworth, N.D., in 1928, with her family, and graduated from Woodworth High School in 1943. She married Elroy Kapfer in 1948. They later divorced. She was employed by Jamestown College in the financial department from 1964 until her retirement in 1990.
Donald Lies, 89, New Rockford, N.D., died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at his home under the care of Presentation Hospice. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, in St. John's Catholic Church, New Rockford. Prayer service: 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Visitation: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford. Burial: 12:45 p.m. Saturday, at St. Joseph's Cemetery, rural Bremen, N.D.
Agnes J. Heil, 82, Holly Springs, N.C., died Aug. 13, 2009, at Cary, N.C. Agnes Schroeder was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Jamestown, the daughter of Jacob and Mary Schroeder. She is survived by her husband, Christopher A.; a daughter, Bonnie (John) Mullinax, Cary; two sons, Dr. Christopher E., Norcross, Ga., and James, Charlotte, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Janet Schroeder, Fort Collins, Colo.; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Moon, and a brother, Ronald. Memorial service: 1 p.m. Thursday, Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 S.E.
Lois Kapfer, 84, Jamestown, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Jamestown Hospital, Jamestown. Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Concordia Lutheran Church, James-town. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Eddy Funeral Home, Jamestown.
Kenneth Dobson, 67, Jamestown, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Medcenter One, Bismarck, N.D. Memorial service: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Trinity Lutheran Church, Jamestown. Arrangements by Eddy Funeral Home, Jamestown.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rashied Ali, a free-jazz drummer who backed John Coltrane and accompanied him in a duet album in the final months of the jazz master's life, died Wednesday. He was 76. The Philadelphia native died at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital of a blood clot in his lung, said his wife, Patricia Ali. rrr NEW YORK (AP) -- Andy Kessler, a trailblazer during New York City's nascent 1970s skateboarding scene and a designer of skate parks who was admired by boarders on both coasts, died Monday. He was 48.
Marena Steele, 39, of Bismarck, passed away August 13, 2009, at her home. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Bismarck with Rev. Jeff Franko and Rev. Lisa Allness-Crane officiating. Burial will be at Visitation will be Sunday from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at Lord of Life Lutheran Church where a prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Monday one hour prior to the service at the church. Marena was born on October 3, 1969, to parents Darell & Kathy Hager at Bremerton Naval Hospital in Washington.
On August 12, 2009, Ordis Ann Haas, age 70, of Carrington ND, took the hand held out to her and received God's promise of Eternal Life. Ordis Ann Engel was born on September 1, 1938, at McVille, ND, to Orville and Aase (Tollefsrud) Engel. Her childhood was filled with joyful memories of farm living by Tolna, ND. Her family faced a difficult time with the loss of their mother in 1955. As the oldest, Ordis helped her father raise her younger siblings. On June 22, 1958, she married the love of her life, Lawrence Haas, in Tolna, ND.