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JoAnn Irene Volk

Jan 23, 2021

May 9, 1937 – Jan. 16, 2021

JoAnn (Johanna) Irene

Volk, the daughter of Ber-

nard and Rose (Rip-

plinger) Wentz, was born

on May 9, 1937 in Pierce

County (Esmond area),

North Dakota. She died at

the age of 83 years on Sa-

turday, January 16, 2021

at the Lutheran Home of

the Good Shepherd in

New Rockford, North


JoAnn was raised in the

home of her parents and

received her education in

a country school in Rose-

dale Township. On June

18, 1956, she was united

in marriage to Peter M.

Volk at St. Boniface

Catholic Church in Es-

mond, North Dakota.

They made their home in

Tunbridge, where they

raised their two children.

She was a loving wife,

mother, grandmother, and

homemaker. She worked

at the Towner Forestry for

a brief time and then

worked 30+ years as a

CNA at the Good Samari-

tan Hospital, Haaland

Home and a nursing home

in Caldwell, Kansas. She

especially loved caring for

the elderly. Even after re-

tiring, she continued car-

ing for family, friends,

and neighbors. She and

Pete always had a huge

garden, and they would

share the produce,

homemade canned pick-

les, beets, tomatoes, salsa,

jelly, etc., plus homemade

sausage, head cheese and

much more. Pete died on

April 25, 2012.

JoAnn was a member of

the Little Flower Catholic

Church in Rugby and the

Confraternity of Christian

Mothers. She loved to

sing, it was not uncom-

mon to hear her singing

around the house, in the

car, at work with the

resident, just all over.

There always seemed to

be a song inside that

wanted to come out. She

liked all the old country

music, especially Patsy

Cline and Hank Williams

Sr. She loved being with

her family and telling

stories about her child-

hood on the farm.

JoAnn is survived by

her children, Deb (Mike)

Black and Dean Volk, all

of Rugby; grandchildren,

Alan (Nicole) Black of De-

vils Lake, Neil Black of

Surrey, Renee Black of

Las Vegas, NV, Michelle

Black of Fargo, Stacy (Ri-

ley) Allard of Willow City,

Sarah (Kyle) Shively of

Pleasant Lake and Shayne

Volk of Towner; 11 great

grandchildren; brothers,

Joe (Sandy) Wentz of

Bismarck and Gordon (La-

Donna) Wentz of Sartell,

MN; sisters, Beatrice

Hager of New Rockford,

Pauline Wentz of

Bismarck, Bernice Martel

of Bismarck and Gloriann

Gaarder of Valley City;

nieces, nephews; other re-

latives and friends. She

was preceded in death by

her husband, Peter; three

siblings in childhood,

Carl, Anthony and Anna

Wentz; three infant

grandchildren, Joseph,

John and Mary Black; a

brother-in-law, Romaldus

Hager and her parents.

Mass of Christian buri-

al will be held at 2:00

p.m. Saturday, January 23

at Little Flower Catholic

Church in Rugby with

burial in the church

cemetery. Father Antho-

ny Cruz, Celebrant.

Visitation will be held

from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30

p.m. Saturday at the


Organist: Glenda Mack

­­­­­Vocal leader/Cantor:

Robert Graber

Casket Bearers: Alan,

Neil, Renee & Michelle

Black and Dillon and Dus-

tin Volk

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:



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