Joan Mary Pope, 84, died peacefully on Monday, June 3, 2019, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND while holding her only daughter’s hand.
Funeral Services for Joan will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019, at 2:00pm at St. Charles Catholic Church, Bowman, ND, with Father Zins officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Krebsbach & Kulseth Funeral Services. The Rosary will be said on Thursday, June 6th, at 7:00pm immediately followed by a Friends & Family Celebration of Life at St. Charles Catholic Church.
Joan was born February 17, 1935, at Bowman, ND, to Albert J. and Josephine (Mosbrucker) Andrews. Joan attended Star School and then Bowman High School. During that time she worked for Annetta Stuber at Stuber Ranch and at the Farmers Union Co-Op Store in Bowman.
Joan met a good-lookin’, lanky cowboy from the other side of the butte and fell in love. They were married September 8, 1953. Stanley & Joan started their married life at TP Ranch in Slope County, then moved to Deer Lodge and Ennis, Montana in 1956 for a short time, before returning to God’s Country.
Joan & Stan together built the TP into a successful ranching operation. Together they raised three “little hellions” (Doug, Dennis, Duane) and a stubborn little tomboy (Darcy).
Joan had a huge garden in her younger years. She made jams and jellies, canned pork (Ha!!), and the family all-time favorite, Chokecherry Syrup. She became as “Master Food Preserver” through NDSU and Slope County Extension Service.
Mom was a wonderful cook and amassed a cookbook collection of about 2500 cookbooks! She was quite disappointed that Darcy doesn’t like to cook and always threatened to have a bonfire with her cookbooks! She loved it when her “boys” would ask her to find a recipe for them. We think Mom would like all of her friends to have one of her cookbooks to remember her with (no bonfire!).
Joan & Stan loved to travel, visiting Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii and the lower 48. Stan gave Joan the gift of a genealogy trip to Russia with her cousin Cordavee, he joked that he might even give her the trip back home.
Joan was active in her church and community. She was a member of St. John’s Circle at St. Charles Church, the 21st Homemaker’s Club, Bowman County Fair Board, and Leader of the Slope County Wild Rose 4-H Club for many years.
After Stanley died, Joan moved to Sunrise Village in Bowman and in 2016 she moved to Edgewood Vista in Fargo. Mom always talked about going home to Bowman, and although it was hard for her to be east-river, Mom loved to pick on her wonderful nurses and staff at Edgewood.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Al & Josie Andrews; her brother, Robert; brothers-in-law, Bob Folske, Myron Pope and Denver Pope; sister-in-law, Lorelyn Pope; and her husband Stanley who set off a fire false alarm on Monday afternoon at Sanford Hospital to tell Joan to “hurry up, I’m tired of waiting”.
She is survived by sisters, Dora Folske and Rita Bug Andrews; sister-in-law, Rita Andrews Steiner; sons, Doug (Cheryl Tollefson), Dennis (Edie) and Duane; daughter, Darcy Fuchs (Todd – who was the 4th son she always wanted); granddaughter, Rani Lloyd (Kyle); and great-grandchildren Elli Jo & Ty.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to the Pioneer Trails Museum, Bowman County Fair Association or a local charity of your choice.