Janet Marie Stockert, 60

Janet Marie Stockert died on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home (now called Augusta Place) and gained her Independence from her debilitating MS. Funeral Services were held Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. CT at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1004 E Highland Acres Road, Bismarck with Pastor Lisa Ahlness officiating.

Viewing was one hour prior to the service. Friends and family are invited to gather after the service for food and refreshments at the church.

Another visitation service was held in Bowman at Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 5:30 -7:00 p.m. MT, burial immediately followed at Bowman Cemetery with Susie Stearns officiating.

Janet Marie was born on Sept. 8, 1956 in Bowman to Eldon “Bus” and Zona (Brown) Patterson. Janet is the fourth of five children. She attended school in Bowman and graduated from Bowman High in 1975. After high school, Janet moved to Dickinson where she met Gene Evans. She waited tables at Ivanhoe Inn and later worked for Rogers & Gumpers Clinic.

Gene and Janet were married on Dec. 18, 1976. Together they were blessed with two children, Paul Jason on Jan. 21, 1978 and Anika Marie on Dec. 2, 1979.

In 1980, Janet divorced and moved her kids to Bismarck where she started working for Q&R Clinic (Medcenter One/Sanford). A few years later she met Randy Stockert and they were married on April 27, 1985. Janet became a loving step-mother to Randy’s two daughters (Jennifer and Shana).

Wanting to spend more time with her family, she left her full time job at Q&R Clinic and started working part time for Western Benefit. After about a year, she decided to go back to working full time at Q&R Clinic, where she worked for the remainder of her career.

Randy and Janet enjoyed boating, camping, hiking and taking mini vacations to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks with all the kids. Randy and Janet divorced in September 1997.

Janet had lots of friends and many hobbies throughout her life. During her working career, she made numerous friends along the way. Everyone enjoyed her outgoing personality, her contagious laughter and her joyful spirit. Janet started bowling while still in high school and continued her love of bowling until she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis on Jan. 27, 1998. She didn’t let her diagnosis stop her from enjoying life to the fullest. She loved any sport there was, even playing softball for a number of years until her children were born.

Janet was so proud of being able to teach her children how to throw a perfect spiral with a football; teaching them to ice skate and teaching them to water ski at a very young age. Janet loved playing cards, especially pinocle with family and later, bridge with her mother. She had the honor of watching her first grandson, Cole Michael Schaff, being born into the world on Jan. 21, 1999. She absolutely adored her grandchildren. She would spend every free minute with them; they would play cars and trucks, card games and “Where’s My Penny?” Janet’s love of animals can be seen through her granddaughter, Cayley, especially her love for cats. As her MS progressed rapidly, she was forced to leave the workforce and go on full disability in 1999. The disease took everything she loved to do physically and mentally, as she loved working at Q&R Clinic and working with people.

Janet moved to Bowman in 2000; by 2004, she moved into Southwest Healthcare Long Term Care Center until 2016. On March 2, 2016, her daughter and sister moved her to Bismarck at Good Samaritan Society until her death. Janet had an outlook on life that we all take granted. She made the most of everyday on earth, spending time with family and friends. She would play piano and sing; dance like no one was watching; play in the rain without a care in the world; drive around town just to visit and spend time with people; loved telling jokes and making people laugh. She had a heart of gold and always wanted everyone to be happy. She will be missed by many.

Janet is survived by her children; Paul Evans, Seattle and Anika (Curt) Schaff, Bismarck; grandchildren; Alysia and Cannon Evans and Cole (Sydney Stork) and Cayley Schaff; her soon-to-be great grandson (due October 2017); her mother; Zona Patterson, Bismarck; her sisters; Candy (Lonnie) Kulseth, Sheridan, Wyo. and Karla (Monty) Stack, Bismarck; her brother-in-law; Tim Riegel, Bismarck; her sister-in-law; Debbie Patterson, Bowman; nieces and nephews; Ryan Riegel, Sioux Falls, SD; Allison (Derek) Zylewicz, Ridgefield, Conn.; Kyle Kulseth, Missoula, Mont.; and Rhonda (James) Holm, White Plains, N.Y.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Janet is preceded in death by her grandson, Caleb Schaff; her father, Eldon “Bus” Patterson; her sister; Dinah Riegel; her brother; Bert Patterson; her paternal grandparents; Bert H. And Myrtle Patterson; her maternal grandparents; Alonzo and Clara Brown; and other relatives.

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