Funeral Mass: Saturday: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Richardton, ND
Prayer Service: Friday: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Richardton, ND
Mary Hammerschmidt loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister entered the gates of heaven during a late afternoon sunset. She was surrounded by her family as she followed the light to the place prepared for her by God. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richardton. Father Boniface Muggli, O.S.B. and Abbot Brian Wangler, O.S.B. will be con-celebrating the mass at 9:30 am. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation for Mary will be Friday, January 11, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson. Visitation will continue on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with a prayer service being held at 8:00 p.m. Mary passed away Monday, January 7, 2013 in Dickinson at St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center surrounded by her family. Mary Josephine Hoff was born March 30, 1933 in Richardton, ND, the daughter of John J. and Florence (Fleck) Hoff. She grew up on the family farm six miles south of Richardton where she worked very hard tending to the sheep and chickens. She attended the country school before completing her schooling in town. She graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1950. On October 24, 1951, Mary and Joseph Hammerschmidt were united in marriage at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richardton. Together, the couple made their home in Richardton. It was here where they raised their nine children and made their home. Mary helped Joe deliver mail on a route north of Richardton for over 60 years and enjoyed visiting with her friends along the mail route. She had a passion for sewing & quilting, gardening, and baking. Mary was famous for her choke cherry jelly, butter horns and German chocolate cake. She enjoyed bowling, reading, going for walks, playing cards, and completing puzzles. She loved having company and no one left her home hungry. Mary was the most loving mother and it lifted her heart any time she was able to spend with her grandchildren who knew her as "Mimi." She also had a witty sense of humor. She loved keeping up to date with her family's activities. In the last year Facebook became her favorite past-time to keep in touch with her family and friends. She was a member St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richardton. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 61 years, her children and all those who knew and loved her. She will be forever in our hearts. We love you Mom with all our hearts!!! Mary is survived by her husband, Joe of Richardton; children, Ginger (Chris) Bradley of Pensacola, FL, Kathy (Chuck) Schorsch of Richardton, Mike (Nancy) Hammerschmidt of Beulah, Joe (Sheila) Hammerschmidt of Beulah, Debbie (Robert) Knopik of Dickinson, Bonnie (Neal) Messer of Dickinson, Dale (Dawn) Hammerschmidt of Fargo, Mary Jo (Zane) Wicks of Richardton, and Audrey (Marvin) Knopik of Dickinson; 25 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, John (Irene) Hoff, Dickinson; two sisters, Gladys Melchior, Bismarck and Geri (Harvey) Baer, Richardton; three sisters in law Leona Hoff, Richardton, Eleanor Hoff, Dickinson, and Marie Stoltz, Dickinson; one brother in law Frank Melchior of Bismarck; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one infant son, John; two brothers, Jake and Leonard Hoff; and four sisters, Rose Steiner, Agnes Dallas, Clara Melchior, and Lorine Hoff.