Funeral Mass for Harriet Wehri Ficek, 81, of Dickinson, will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Bill Ruelle celebrating. Burial will be at St. Clement Cemetery in Haymarsh.
Visitation for Harriet will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021 at Stevenson Funeral Home Dickinson, with Rosary and Vigil Service taking place at 6:00 p.m.
For those attending Harriet’s Services, her family asks that you please adhere to social distancing guidelines provided by the department of health. Masks will be required for all attending. For those unable to attend in-person, Harriet’s services will be livestreamed at www.stevensonfuneralhome.com. To watch the livestream, go to the "Photos & Videos" tab under Harriet's name, and click "Watch Webcast."
Harriet passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021 at her home in Dickinson, surrounded by her daughters.
Harriet was born November 22, 1939, the daughter of William “Harry” and Louise (Duppong) Wehri. She grew up on the family farm near Haymarsh, ND, attended elementary school at St. Clements before graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Richardton in 1957. She studied accounting at Dickinson State University and later studied early child development and was certified as a Family Development Specialist. Harriet married Wilfred J. Ficek on April 20, 1965. The couple was blessed with five daughters during their twenty-two-year marriage.
Throughout her early work life, Harriet held bookkeeping, secretarial and sales positions in Hebron and Dickinson. She worked hard in everything she did, and was self-employed, starting her Hillcrest Suppliers business, which she operated for over thirty-five years. She gave countless hours of service at the Dickinson Domestic Violence Shelter. She was also active in St. Wenceslaus and volunteered to work on many fund-raising activities for the church and for Trinity High School. She was a dedicated champion for children and families. She followed her true passion while working for Community Action Partnership Head Start as a Home-Base Visitor, beginning in 1991, where, for nearly twenty years she helped young children with the foundational support they needed to thrive and reach their full potential. She mentored parents in how to teach their own children in this vital work.
Harriet was extraordinarily strong and determined to remain self-reliant through her challenge with Alzheimer’s disease for well over a decade. She ultimately lost her second battle with cancer.
She was always busy and enjoyed many hobbies. Gardening, sewing, embroidering, baking, canning, crafts, reading and listening to music were some of her favorite things to do. She took meticulous care of her “little green house on the corner.” She loved playing outdoor games, cards and table games with family. Time spent with her children and grandchildren were her most precious times.
Harriet is survived by her daughters, Jackie (Allan) Hardy, Loveland, CO, Stephanie Froslie, Moorhead, MN, Mary Jo (Jeff) Jacobson, Fargo, ND, Naomi (Scott) Obrigewitch, Dickinson, ND and Ann (Mike) Parisian, Brooklyn Park, MN; grandchildren, Aly and Justin Froslie, Tyler and Spencer Jacobson, Zach, Griffin and Matigan Obrigewitch, and Mason, Beckett and Owen Parisian; siblings, Virginia (Larry) Simmons, Apple Valley, MN, Jim (Rita) Wehri, Red Wing, MN, Bill (Louise) Wehri, Dillon, MT; Aunt Bernice Wehri, Glen Ullin, ND; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Harriet is preceded in death by parents, Harry and Louise Wehri; and many Aunts and Uncles.
Harriet’s family suggests memorials be made to Dickinson DVRCC (Domestic Violence Shelter).