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Mary Jo Ann Hoffarth

Mary Jo Ann Hoffarth

Mary Jo Ann Hoffarth, 67, of Bemidji, formerly of Grand Forks died Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Trillium Memory Care Unit in Bemidji.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the St. Philips Catholic Church in Bemidji, MN with Msgr. David Baumgartner officiating. Visitation will be from 5 -7pm on Wednesday with a 6 pm prayer service at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji. Interment will be at the Holy Family Cemetery in Grand Forks in the spring.

Mary Jo Rylance was born to Donald and Laura Mae Rylance on January 23, 1947, in Fargo, ND. She graduated from Shanley High School and the University of North Dakota, earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1969. She married Al Hoffarth of Langdon, ND, on August 16, 1969, at St. Anthonys Catholic Church, and the two made their home in Grand Forks for 30 years. Mary Jo worked as a surgical nurse at Deconess Hospital in the early seventies; she raised three children, and she returned to work as an Orthopedic Nurse at Altru from 1989-1997. She was involved with Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Parish Nurse Program. Mary Jo and Al spent many years supporting and attending University of North Dakota functions through Als career. An avid quilter and gardener, she loved to see the eagles soar through her front yard at the lake home near Cass Lake, MN. The joy of her later years were her grandchildren. When her 2007 diagnosis of progressive aphasia became overwhelming, she moved to Trillium Memory Care Unit. The family appreciated the care and love she received during her stay.

Mary Jo is survived by: her husband Al, Son, Jerry(Jennifer) Hoffarth of Grand Forks, ND, Daughters- Amy (Marty) Laumeyer of St. Cloud, MN, Katie (Kris) Hagen of St. Cloud, MN;Seven Grandchildren Tyler, Ellie and Grant Hoffarth, Jonah and Zoe Laumeyer, and Madison and Morgan Hagen; a brother Dan (Billie Jo) Rylance of Oshkosh, WI; numerous brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents

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