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6-27-20 Obituaries

Jun 26, 2020

Peter L. “Pete”


May 15, 1925 – June 17, 2020

Peter L. “Pete” Hoffart,

95 of Rugby, North Dakota

died on Wednesday, June

17, 2020 at the Haaland

Estates Assisted Living

Center in Rugby. He was

born on May 15, 1925 in

Pierce County, North

Dakota in the home of his

parents Louis and Mag-

dalena (Marquart) Hof-

fart. He grew up on his

family farm near the Ful-

da Church and attended

the German School #2.

On October 11th, 1949,

he married the love of his

life, Katherine “Katie” Fet-

tig of Orrin at the Sacred

Heart Catholic Church.

Together they moved to

their first farm “around

the curves” just south of

St. Anselm’s Catholic

Church. They lived

there until 1960, when

they purchased and

moved to their permanent

farm. Together they

farmed, raised cattle, and

milked cows until 2006

when they retired from

farming. They remained

on the family farm until

2012, when Katie became

ill. At that time, they

moved to Harvey for a

brief period. Katie died

January 1, 2013. Pete re-

turned to Rugby in April

2013 and made his home

at the Haaland Estates As-

sisted Living Center.

Pete was an extremely

patient man. He enjoyed

the simple things in life;

was always quick to

laugh, extremely fond of

listening to old time polka

music and loved his

Westerns. He truly wit-

nessed the evolution of

farming. He went from

plowing with horses, to

tractors that are

self-guided. He also wit-

nessed the evolution of

common household appli-

ances. In his youth, he de-

cided to surprise his

parents with fresh bread

when they got home from

shopping in Rugby. He

was doing great until he

confused shortening with

baking soda. The bread

almost exploded in the

old wood-fired oven. He

went from wood-fired

ovens, to bottle-gas and

eventually a microwave.

When he was a child,

there were no such things

as refrigerators, washers

and dryers, dishwashers,

or televisions.

He was the true epi-

tome of a man who never

met a stranger. During

his time at the Haaland

Estates, he enjoyed the

company of fellow

residents and loved play-

ing a good game of pi-

nochle. He never com-

plained and was always

eager to participate in ac-

tivities, whether it was a

day of fishing or a drive in

the country or maybe a

stop for lunch and a bev-

erage in Balta.

He was a lifelong

member of St. Anselm’s

Catholic Church until it

closed in 2005. As a

child, he walked many

miles to the church to at-

tend summer school each

June. Pete was also one

of the young men on the

cement crew that helped

to build the new church,

after the fire nearly des-

troyed the old one. He

could still recall the

humidity and the heat of

nearly 100 degrees, but

how everyone worked to-

gether until it was com-

pleted. Pete was a

current member of Little

Flower Catholic Church,

Rugby. He was also a

long-time member of the

Knights of Columbus and

in recent years he joined

the Eagles.

Pete is survived by his

children, Richard (Faye),

Rugby, Albert (Betty), Far-

go, Art (Addie), Bozeman,

MT and Kathy (Mark)

Wood, Richmond, TX; 13

grandchildren; 18

great-grandchildren, and 1

great-great grandchild; a

brother, Morris (Vera)

Hoffart, Marcette, CA; 5

sisters, Agnes Voeller,

Vancouver , Kay (John)

Daughterly and Ann

(Dennis) Niess, all of

Green Bay, WI; Eva (Phil-

lip) Martin, Garfield, MN

and Shelli Larsen, Willow

City; a brother-in-law,

Leo Keeling, Walhalla;

sisters-in-law, Ceceila

Ziegler, Harvey and Rose

Fettig, Minot; numerous

nieces, nephews, other re-

latives and many friends.

Pete was preceded in

death by his wife of 63

years, Katherine; two sis-

ters, Mary Sattler, and

Margie Keeling; two

brothers, Joe and Dennis

Hoffart; brothers-in-law,

John Fettig, Conrad

Ziegler, and George Voell-

er; and his parents.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al was held at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, June 23rd at the

Little Flower Catholic

Church in Rugby with

burial in the church


Visitation was held

from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday

with a rosary and vigil

service starting at 7 p.m.

and continued Tuesday

from 9 a.m. until 10:30

a.m., all in the Anderson

Funeral Home, Rugby.

There was no reviewal in

the church on Tuesday.

Organist: Terri Jacobson

Vocalist/Cantor: Jacinta


Casket Bearers: Richard,

Shane, Cody, Travis, Art

and Alan Hoffart.

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:


James Edward


June 1, 1949 – June 16, 2020

James Edward Jansky,

71, Towner, died Tues-

day, June 16, 2020 at the

Heart of America Medical

Center in Rugby, North

Dakota. James was born

on June 1, 1949 to Frank

V. and Ellen (Cvancara)

Jansky in Stanley, North


James was raised in

Ross, North Dakota and

graduated from Stanley

High School. He enlisted

in the U.S. Navy on the

29th of June of 1967 and

served on the USS

Nereus, was stationed in

Taiwan and Guam. After

his service in the Navy

and was honorably

discharged, he joined the

United States Army Na-

tional Guard, where he

toured Honduras and Bel-

ize. While working in

Towner, he met the love

of his life, Sharon Rice.

They were united in mar-

riage on November 8,

1974 at Hope Lutheran

Church in Upham. He

made a 38 year career in

the National Guard, retir-

ing as a Master Sergeant

in 2010. Other jobs he

held throughout the years

were for the North Dakota

Game and Fish Depart-

ment in administration,

Gault Trucking as a labor-

er, North Dakota Forest

Service in Towner as an

assistant manager and a

CNA at the Heart of

America Medical Center,

Rugby. He was a member

of the Clarence Larson

American Legion Post

#23, Rugby and the Faith

Lutheran Church in


James was an avid

hunter and fisherman, en-

joying the outdoors and

was an animal lover, tak-

ing in dogs or other an-

imals, giving them a

better, more loving life.

He was a kind compas-

sionate man, good hearted

and selfless, always

donated his time and also

an all around jokester.

James was a loving hus-

band, father and friend,

that will be dearly missed.

James is survived by

his wife, Sharon; sons,

Scott (Lindsay Gessner) of

Towner and David of

Southern Pines, North

Carolina; adopted

daughter, Daphne Villa-

toro; brother, Ron Jansky

of Ross; sister, Denise Jan-

sky of Ross; an aunt, Dar-

lene Cvancara of Stanley;

brothers-in-law, David

Rice and Gary Rice, both

of Towner; nieces,

nephews, other relatives

and a host of friends. He

was preceded in death by

a sister, Anita Hix;

in-laws, Delores Jones,

Donald and Eugene Rice;

and his parents.

Funeral services were

held at 11:00 a.m. Mon-

day, June 22 at the Zion

Lutheran Church in

Towner with burial in the

Union Cemetery, Towner.

Rev. Daryl Rothchild, of-


Casket Bearers: Robert

Senger National Guard,

Orville Wang National

Guard, Jerome Heth Na-

tional Guard/U.S. Marine,

Alicia Swanke National

Guard, Ed Bennett Na-

tional Guard, Darrell Rice

Nephew, Gerard


Friend/Neighbor and

Todd Fairbrother Navy

Music by: Melanie and

Cheznie Best

Military Honors ac-

corded by: Clarence Lar-

son American Legion Post

#23 Honor and Color

Guard and North Dakota

Military Funeral Honors &


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Towner.

Online registry:



Theresa B.


Mar. 24, 1925 – June 21, 2020

BISMARCK – Theresa B.

Halvorson (95), Bismarck,

formerly of Rugby, died at

St. Alexius Hospital,

Bismarck, on Sunday,

June 21, 2020. Theresa

Bischoff was born March

24, 1925 at the Good

Samaritan Hospital, Rug-

by, North Dakota, the

youngest child of Nicho-

las Bischoff and Elizabeth

Schwan. She was raised

on the family farm south

of Berwick, rural Fulda,

North Dakota area. She

attended and graduated

from Berwick consolidat-

ed school. She moved

with her folks to Rugby in

1940. During the war she

was a clerk at Senger’s

Variety Store.

Theresa married Alvin

Melford Halvorson, of rur-

al Rugby, on January 21,

1946. Theresa and Mel-

ford lived in Fargo briefly

before returning to Rugby

in 1947. The couple be-

gan farming in Pleasant

Lake Township, Benson

County, rural Knox, in

1950. They lived there

until moving to Rugby in


In addition to raising

her family, Theresa was

active in the American Le-

gion Auxiliary, Catholic

Order of Foresters, 4-H,

and a local home-makers

group. Theresa worked

for Good Samaritan Hos-

pital Association at the

Haaland Home and hos-

pital from 1975 until


She is survived by

daughters: Janice K. (John

K.) Hoiland, Minot; Judith

A. (R. George) Railsback,

Bismarck and Karla M.

(Douglas L. Johanson),


daughter-in-law: Debra F.

Kunkel, Minot; and son:

Mark J. Halvorson,

Bismarck. Grandsons: Ni-

cholas Railsback, Bur-

lington, VT; Jacob Rails-

back, Bismarck; and

Christopher Johanson,

Fargo. Grand-daughters:

Brenda Halvorson, Han-

ford, CA; Joanne (Jon)

Carillo, Templeton, CA;

Sarah (Logan J.) Reindel,

Bismarck; Katherine

Johanson (Kevin Moore),

Colorado Springs, CO;

Mary Johanson, Bismarck;

Rachel Johanson,


Great-grandsons: Ian J.

Aurora, Hanford, CA;

Brettley J. Reindel and

Henry G. Reindel,



Emma E. Reindel,

Bismarck; Jaylynn Carillo,

Templeton, CA; and Jana

Carillo, Templeton, CA.

Theresa was preceded

in death by her husband;

two sons, Byron A. and

Duane F.; brothers, Peter,

Jacob, and Vincent Bisch-

off; sisters, Magdalena

(Martin) Kuntz, Helena

(Peter) Volk, Paulina

(Jacob Klause) and Kather-

ina (Ignatz) Voeller; and

her parents.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al will be at 11:00 a.m. Sa-

turday, June 27th at the

Little Flower Catholic

Church in Rugby with

burial in the church

cemetery. Father Antho-

ny Cruz, Celebrant

Visitation will be from

5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday

and from 9 a.m. until

10:30 a.m. Saturday, all in

the Anderson Funeral

Home, Rugby. There will

be no reviewal in the

church on Saturday.

The Honorary Bearers,

Godsons: Richard Voeller

and Nicholas Volk

The Casket Bearers:

Jacob Railsback, Christo-

pher Johanson, Logan

Reindel and Mark J. Hal-


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:


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