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7-4-20 Obituaries

July 2, 2020
Pierce County Tribune

LaLoni "Loni" Kessler

Aug. 18, 1959 - June 25, 2020

LaLoni "Loni" Kessler,

the daughter of Walter

"Bob" Wentz and Rita

(Marthe) Wentz was born

August 18, 1959 in Rugby,

North Dakota. She died

suddenly on Thursday,

June 25, 2020 at the age of

60 years in the ER of the

Heart of America Medical

Center in Rugby.

Loni was raised in the

rural family farm home of

her parents south of Rug-

by in Elverum Township,

Pierce County. While

growing up, she helped

with all the household

chores and took care of

her younger brothers

while her parents were

doing the farm work. She

was just like a little

homemaker. Loni attend-

ed school in Filmore,

North Dakota till the 4th

grade, then Little Flower

Catholic School in Rugby

and completed her educa-

tion at Rugby High

School. Following her

schooling, she moved to

Maryland for a short time

and then returned to Rug-

by. On December 16,

1978 she was united in

marriage to Bradley

"Brad" Tandeski. The

couple made their home

in Cando following their

marriage. In 1983, couple

separated and went on

their own. In May of

1986, Loni married Ken-

neth "Kenny" Kessler and

they moved to Arizona,

where she was a stay at

home Mom and provided

daycare services. The

couple later, with their 3

children moved to San

Antonio, Texas. Kenny's

work would 8 months

later send them back to

Arizona, then to Ramona,

California for 10 days,

then back to Texas and

then again to Arizona.

Out of all of Loni's moves,

it was in her home that all

her children's friends

loved to gather. Playing

cards and board games

was their family's and

friend's favorite things to

do. Loni's hospitality

knew no bounds. In Janu-

ary of 2000, the family fi-

nally returned to Rugby.

In 2004, Loni and Kenny

dissolved their marriage.

Back in Rugby, Loni

went to work in the hos-

pitality field. She was al-

ways able to make her

guests smile. She may

not have always

remember your name, but

she always knew what

you had ordered. Loni

had gift of being a good

listener, easy to talk with

and always first to lend a

helping hand. Loni's last

year of life was battling

cancer and getting it in

remission this past May.

She was a loving Mother,

Nana, and friend to all.

She may have left us but

will always be in our

hearts and memories.

She is survived by her

children, Bobbi (Carl)

Schaan, Cody Kessler and

Amber Sattler, all of Rug-

by; grandchildren, Alek,

Kage, Kenna, Isaac and

Isabella; her parents, Rita

Wentz and Bob Wentz;

brothers, Wayne and

Todd (Tammy) Wentz, all

of Rugby and Kelly (Jam-

ie) Wentz of Maddock;

nieces, nephews, other re-

latives and multitudes of

friends. She was preced-

ed in death by her broth-

er, Robert and

grandparents, Jon and

Lena Marthe and Walter

and Elizabeth Wentz.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al was held at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 30th at the

Little Flower Catholic

Church in Rugby with

burial in the church

cemetery. Father Antho-

ny Cruz, Celebrant.

Organist: Glenda Mack

Vocalist: Samantha


Honorary Bearers: Alek

Collier, Isaac Sattler, Isa-

bella Sattler, and Kenna


Casket Bearers: Kage

Collier, Steven Wentz,

Cole Wentz, Dylan Wentz,

Riley Tuenge, Justin

Harper, and Craig Arnold

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:

Teresa Mary (Brossart) Fritel

Nov. 14, 1928 - June 25, 2020

In the late evening

hours of June 25, 2020,

Teresa Mary (Brossart)

Fritel, surrounded by fam-

ily and under the care of

the Heart of America Hos-

pice, quietly passed from

this life to her eternal

home at the age of 91.

Teresa was born in Rugby

on November 14, 1928,

the daughter of Joseph

and Katherine (Volk)

Brossart. She was reared

on the family farm in East

Barton Township Pi-

erce County and went to

school in rural Barton. As

a young girl she cooked

for the threshing crews on

the farm. Teresa married

Nick Fritel in Rugby on

November 8, 1948. They

farmed in the Barton area

before buying a farm near

Knox. In 1970 they pur-

chased a house in Rugby

and lived there in the

winter and returned to the

farm for the spring and

summer. They farmed

until they retired in 1987.

In 1993 they began to en-

joy spending winters in

Arizona. Teresa worked

for many years at the Haa-

land Home and the

Cornerstone Cafe. She

had been a member of the

Confraternity of Christian

Mothers and the Catholic

Daughters of the Ameri-

cas. Besides raising her

children, which were the

center of her world, she

enjoyed gardening, crafts,

china painting, baking,

making jelly, quilting, and


She loved her family so

very much and would al-

ways put their needs be-

fore hers. While she was

raising her own children,

she was helping out with

grand children. There

was never a moment

where there weren't chil-

dren surrounding her and

that was the way she

wanted it.

Teresa is survived by

her children: Charlotte

Pollestad Devils Lake,

Dianne (Bruce) Frueh

Walcott; Melvin Minot;

Ken Turtle Lake; Leon

and Kevin (Carol) Rug-

by; Lynelle (Brian) Socha

Boise, Idaho; and Linda

(Kory) Jorgenson Rug-

by. There will be 20

grandchildren that will

miss their grandmother,

Kelly (Jeremy) Olson, Sta-

cy Pollestad, Eric (Caitlin)

Pollestad, Samantha

(Kyle) Siebels, Scott (Ju-

liette) Frueh, Chase

(Nicole) Frueh, Christo-

pher Fritel, Amber Oyen,

Shawn (Nicole) Fritel, Ali-

cia (Gregg) Saure, Brenna

(Shawn) Tayon, Cody (Ka-

rin) Fritel, Travis (Jenessa)

Fritel, Brittany (Jarett)

Lovcik, Courtney (Keith)

Bowman, Nicole (Willy)

Paul, Kassi Jorgenson,

and Joshua, Jeremiah, and

Matthew Socha. She also

leaves 33


She was preceded in

death by her husband,

Nick on May 13, 2017, her

parents, her beloved

daughter Sharon Lewis,

son-in-law Dale Lewis,

grandson Christopher

Socha, grandson-in-law

Andy Oyen, brothers

John, Joseph, Frank, and

Jack and sisters Angeline

Wentz, Mary Fritel,

Frances Welk, Catherine

Fritel, and Magdalena


Funeral services will be

held at Little Flower

Catholic Church in Rugby

on Thursday, July 2, 2020

at 1:00 P.M. Visitation

will be held on Wednes-

day from 5-7 PM with a

prayer service at 7 PM

and on Thursday from 8

AM until 12 noon. Rev.

Franklin Miller and Rev.

T.T. Paulraj will officiate

while Alissa Volk and

Terri Jacobson will pro-

vide music. Teresa's

grandsons will carry her

casket for burial at Little

Flower Catholic Cemetery

in Rugby. Lunch will fol-

low the burial.

Even though Covid-19

restrictions have been

somewhat relaxed, guests

are urged to observe social

distancing and to wear fa-

cial coverings if possible.

Memorials are wel-

comed to the Heart of

America Hospice pro-


Online tributes at

Niewoehner Funeral

Home - Rugby 701-


Bruce Charles Bjorke

Nov. 26, 1936 - June 25, 2020

Bruce Charles Bjorke

passed away in his home

on June 25, 2020, while

under hospice care sur-

rounded by his wife of

59 years and family.

Bruce had a strong but

quiet belief in Jesus as his

Savior and lived out that

faith in all areas of his

life. Because he valued all

people Bruce looked out-

side himself for ways to

contribute to his com-

munity and could always

find a connection to

someone wherever he


Bruce was born in

Minot, ND, on November

26, 1936. His parents were

Arnvid Garfield & Pearl

Nord. He was youngest of

four. His siblings (all sur-

viving) are Agnes Leer,

Nord, & Lydia Lagerquist


Bruce grew up in Rug-

by, ND. He attended Con-

cordia College and met

his wife Arlys Ramona

Folland while living in

Minneapolis. They settled

in Rugby for 17 years,

where Bruce worked in

the property/casualty

business. He also served

as a member of the First

Lutheran church board

and Chamber of Com-

merce, and as president of

the school board.

In 1984, Bruce & Arlys

moved to Spencer, Iowa,

where they owned a han-

dicraft business for 18

years. They discovered a

passion for biking. Bruce

biked across Iowa multi-

ple times with RAGBRAI.

Bruce & Arlys also partici-

pated in a tandem bike


Bruce's rheumatoid

arthritis brought them to

Tucson, Arizona, 18 years

ago. They continued bik-

ing, and Bruce served the

community as part of

Resurrection Lutheran


Bruce & Arlys have four

daughters: Nita Lin Brai-

nard (Lee), Gina Beth

Fields (Daniel), Lora

Renee Powell (Jim), and

Sara Johanna Mason


They have 13 grandchil-


Josiah (Jenny), Noah

(Mary), Ezra (Joanna),

Lydia Caudill (Doug)

Zoe, Anthony, Ari-

lynn, Armani

Andrea Chang (Mike),

Evan, Nicole

Avery, Charlie

And 15 great grandchil-


Because of COVID-19, it

is not possible to have a

public service. The family

will gather together this

week to honor Bruce. Ar-

rangements for a public

memorial will be made at

a later date.

Bruce believed all kids

should have a bike. In lieu

of flowers, consider dona-

tions to the Junior El


This program provides

at-risk youth training and

equipment for biking the

50-mile ride of the El

Tour de Tucson. Dona-

tions can be made

through PayPal using

their email or by

mail to Jr El Tour 522 W.

Faith Dawn Court Tucson

AZ 85704.

Curtis Wayne "Geibs" Geibel

Dec. 11, 1955 - Mar. 30, 2020

Curtis 'Geibs' Wayne

Geibel, 64, of Hygiene,

Colorado, passed away on

Monday March 30th,

2020, at Medical Center of

the Rockies in Loveland,

Colorado. Curt was born

on December 11th, 1955,

in Rugby North Dakota to

Eugene and Doreen (Paul-

son) Geibel. Curtis was

the second of four si-

blings. The Geibel family

moved from Wolford,

North Dakota to Boulder,

Colorado in 1961 before

settling in Longmont in

1962. Curt graduated from

Longmont High School in

1974 before attending

North Dakota State School

of Science, where he re-

ceived his associates de-

gree in automotive tech-

nology. Soon after he

completed his associates

of business degree at

Aims Community College.

He enjoyed playing foot-

ball throughout high

school and college, and

his entrepreneurial spirit

was made evident by his

early distribution of Coors

to fellow beer drinkers in

North Dakota. He started

his automotive career at

Howard Johnson's before

working at Bear Align-

ment in Longmont Colora-

do. He met his soon to be

wife Wanda Young on a

blind date in 1979 at the

Chili Pepper restaurant in

Denver. They married on

November 22, 1980, in

Holyoke, Colorado. Their

daughter Tamara was

born in 1982. Curtis and

his family moved to Hy-

giene in 1984, where he

became known for

answering calls with his

patented 'Geib's Align-

ment Service, Curt Speak-

ing'. In 1987 the family

grew again with the birth

of his son Kasey. He and

Wanda raised their family

in Hygiene before he re-

tired in 2006 due to

health issues. Throughout

retirement Curtis spent

time in North Dakota get-

ting to know every cove of

Devils Lake, helping with

wheat harvest in Holyoke,

and working on personal

projects in the backyard


Curtis divided his free

time between fishing, ice

fishing, fly fishing, deep

sea fishing, bringing extra

people along to catch

more fish, gardening,

snowmobiling, hunting,

working on his ever ex-

panding (and personally

named) fleet of cars,

crisscrossing the country

to watch his children's

multitude of sporting

events; no matter the ac-

tivity he always took the

back roads. If there was a

favorite getaway destina-

tion, it would have been

the Hobo Hot Springs of

Saratoga Wyoming; if

there was one place that

Curt was always drawn

towards, it was the soli-

tude of Pleasant Lake,

North Dakota. While there

were only a few times

Curt was convinced to

step foot on a plane, he

would gladly recount his

trips to Alaska, Europe,

Cancun, and Florida (the

least happy place on

Earth). Curt was a lifelong

sports fan, devoutly fol-

lowing the CU Buffs,

Denver Broncos and Duke

Blue Devils. No matter

where Curt was, he could

keep anything running (or

at least dragging until it

got home).

Curtis is survived by

his wife Wanda and chil-

dren Tamara and Kasey,

brother Dale (& Vickie)

Geibel and sister Charlotte

(& Wyatt) Beachler,

sister-in-law Karen (&

John) Brennan,

brother-in-law Larry (&

Sally) Young and

numerous nieces,

nephews and cousins. He

was preceded in death by

his parents Eugene and

Doreen Geibel and brother

Dwight 'Noots' Geibel.

A memorial of Curtis's

life is planned for July

25th at 10:00am at the

Knox Community Church.

In lieu of flowers, dona-

tions can be made to the

North Dakota Division of


Margaret Rogelstad

Aug. 13, 1934 - Dec. 20, 2019

Margaret Rogelstad, 85,

Fargo, died on Friday, De-

cember 20, 2019 at Rose-

wood on Broadway in Far-

go. She was born on Au-

gust 13, 1934 to Arthur M.

and Minetta (Nelson) Dahl

at the Good Samaritan

Hospital in Rugby. Mar-

garet married Charles D.

Rogelstad on 26 Sep-

tember 1953. She is sur-

vived by her brother,

Richard (Bernice) Dahl of

Minot; daughters, Connie

Hager of Fargo and Cindy

Atkinson (Wally) of

Surprise, AZ; and

Michelle Bertsch (Corey)

of Phoenix, her son, Jef-

frey of Thomasville, ND

and several grandchil-

dren. Memorial services

will be held on Friday,

July 10 at 11:00 a.m. at

the First Lutheran Church

in Rugby with burial in

the Persilla Watts

Cemetery, Rugby.

(Anderson Funeral Home,






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