Mary Frances Hoganson, 101, a long-time resident of West Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2013 in Hazen, ND, where she was surrounded by her loving family. Mary had happily shared a home with her daughter Anne and son-in-law John for the past 2 1/2 years.
Mary was born in Fargo, ND, on December 8, 1911 to Edwin and Letitia "Dottie" (Thompson) Robinson. Mary grew up on a farm near Mapleton, ND, where she attended the Dobrinz country school (now located at Bonanzaville Pioneer Village in West Fargo) before continuing her education at Sacred Heart Academy in Fargo and graduating at age 16. Mary received her teaching certificate at Moorhead State Teachers' College and taught grade school in West Fargo from 1928 to 1935.
Mary was united in marriage to Clarence W. Hoganson at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Fargo on October 26, 1935. They enjoyed dancing to the music of the Big Band Era, playing cards with friends, pheasant hunting and horseback riding. She worked part-time at the post office for many years before becoming a librarian for the West Fargo School District in 1965, a job that suited her well because of her true love of books and her kind way with children. During this time she also returned to college, studying Library Science. Mary retired in 1977 to care for Clarence, who passed away in November of that year.
Mary's interests were many and varied. She was an avid reader and loved all card games--especially enjoying her Bridge clubs, where she made many friends who remained near and dear to her. Mary's children and grandchildren looked forward to playing cards and games with her whenever they visited. She also loved her daily newspaper crossword puzzles and enjoyed handiwork of all kinds. After her retirement, Mary took great pleasure in traveling throughout the US and Canada. Mary gave of herself freely, volunteering at church, for the West Fargo Election and Public Library Boards, and at the public library. She devoted 10 years to serving as West Fargo's Historian, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. In 1997, she was very proud to have been honored for this service by the Exchange Club. She was also a long-time member of West Fargo's Amita Club. Above all, Mary was a devoted mother, always putting her children first.
Surviving Mary are her children: Gail (Ron) Garsteig, Cape Coral, FL; Linda (Marvin) Pfingsten, Afton, OK; John (Cathy Clayton), Bismarck, ND; and Anne (John) Jacobs, Hazen, ND. She also leaves her loving grandchildren: Michael Garsteig (special friend, Maureen Kramer) and Brian (Darlene) Garsteig all of Cottage Grove, MN; Kristian Beyer (Art Winters), Claremore, OK; Jennifer Smith, Afton, OK; Jerry (Rebecca) Pfingsten, Peyton, CO; Kelly Szymanski, Phoenix, AZ; Josh (Becky) Hoganson, Laveen, AZ; Elizabeth (Brandon) Beery, Kasota, MN; Sarah Jacobs, Bismarck, ND; and Kaitryn Jacobs, Minneapolis MN. Mary had many great-grandchildren who were so dear to her: Ron, Dale, Natalie, Adam, Alexandra, Nathan, Macaulay, Zoey, Noah, Tierney, Nikolas, Brenden, Reese and Kael.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, her beloved daughter Karen, and her sister-at-heart, Gertrude (Thompson) Sinner.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Anne Carlson School, Jamestown, ND, in appreciation for Mary's grandson Mike's early education, or Sakakawea Hospice, Hazen, ND, in recognition of their loving care of Mary.
Visitation: Sunday, June 9 from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at West Funeral Home, West Fargo and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Funeral Mass: Monday, June 10 at 10:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, West Fargo.
Interment: Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.