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Mildred (Hofstad) Ingebo

Dec 19, 2020

June 27, 1923 – Nov. 23, 2020

Mildred Gladys Hofstad

Ingebo passed away from

Covid-19 November 23,

2020, at Heart of America

Care Center, Rugby. A

memorial service will

take place when the Co-

vid-19 pandemic has sub-

sided, with interment at

Vasa Cemetery, Esmond,

the resting place of her

sister and brother-in-law,

Alice and Douglas


Mildred was born to

Norwegian immigrants,

Bjarne and Aasta Hofstad,

June 27, 1923, in Crosby.

She was baptized and

confirmed at Trinity Luth-

eran Church, built by

homesteaders, on

grandparents Lornts and

Grethe Hofstad’s farm,

rural Ambrose.

Mildred attended Rose-

ville School #4, complet-

ed three years of high

school at home with the

Division of Correspon-

dence Study, North Dako-

ta Agricultural College

(NDSU), and in 1942 gra-

duated from Glenburn

High School. To help

reduce the teacher shor-

tage caused by World War

II she enrolled in emer-

gency teacher training at

Minot State College,

teaching in country

schools 1942-1946.

Growing up in a Farm-

ers Union local led Mil-

dred to a career working

for North Dakota Farmers

Union. As fieldworker

(1946-1954), she assisted

officers and members in

organizing locals and

cooperatives, and promot-

ed family-size farm pro-

grams, public education

and health care. Mildred

was state director of youth

activities (1954-1958), and

developed international

Farmers Union youth ex-

change programs, meeting

with notables such as

former First Lady Eleanor

Roosevelt at a United Na-

tions Conference in New

York City. Mildred was

education assistant to the

president (1976-1984), a

member of the North

Dakota State Health Coor-

dinating Council, and

worked with the Mental

Health Association to plan

farm stress workshops.

Mildred received a

Bachelor of Science in

speech pathology from

Mankato State College in

1964 and Master of Sci-

ence in speech-language

pathology and education

for the deaf from Minot

State College in 1971. She

served fourteen North

Dakota schools as a


In retirement, Mildred

lived in Crosby and Rug-

by, and in both communi-

ties enjoyed volunteering

with Senior Citizens, Sons

of Norway, Farmers Un-

ion, Lutheran Churches,

the Democrat-NPL, and

sharing her musical

talents with nursing home


Mildred spoke her mind

about current issues, and

at age 90 penned letters to

newspapers believing it

was crucial to defend the

Affordable Care Act, as it

protected people with

underlying illnesses from

losing their health in-

surance coverage.

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