Grace U. Hodik

Grace U. Hodik, age 95 of Mott, N.D., formerly of Thief River Falls and Mahnomen, Minn. and Fargo, N.D. passed from this life into her Heavenly Home Oct. 14, 2013 after a two-week illness.Grace HodikPublished October 16, 2013

The Herald

The funeral service for Grace was held Oct. 16, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mott. Pastor John Amundson officiated with burial in the Greenwood Cemetery at Thief River Falls, Minn.

Special music was provided by Kirsten Friedt.

Serving as casketbearers were Darrell and Lynn Brackel, Larry Grade, and Bruce Kallis.

Grace Ulrika (Johnson) Hodik was born Sept. 14, 1918, to Gustaf and Clara (Harrison) Johnson, near Urbana, N.D. When her father returned from France after World War I, she and her parents moved to a homestead near Grygla, Minn., where she spent her early childhood. In 1937, they moved to Thief River Falls, Minn. and Grace attended the Northwest School of Agriculture at Crookston, Minn., followed by teacher training in Thief River Falls. After teaching for a time in country schools, she was united in marriage to Edward Hodik Oct. 31, 1945, and they farmed near Newfolden, Minn.

They were blessed with two daughters, Joy and Janelle. After the girls started school she taught in Strandquist, Minn., and then went to Bemidji State College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in education. They moved to Mahnomen, Minn., in 1967, where she taught fifth grade. Her husband, Ed, passed away in 1970. She enjoyed travelling and went on several trips, including one to Sweden in 1974 with her daughter, Joy. There they met many Swedish relatives, including ten first cousins.

Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, and reading. She also participated in women’s Bible studies and other church activities. She retired from teaching in 1983, and moved to Fargo in 1985. Her daughters married and delighted her with three granddaughters. She loved to spend time with her family, often travelling to Mott, N.D. and Kansas City, Mo. to see her daughters and their families.

Because of health reasons, she moved into an independent living apartment at Eventide in Moorhead, in 2005, and to the Good Samaritan Center in Mott in 2012.

She was known by her smile and gracious attitude. She was a wonderful example of a Christian mother and grandmother, and was considered their “Prayer Warrior.” In her later years, she loved to read and sit outside. She also enjoyed going to the lake with Janelle’s family and riding on the pontoon. She attained a goal by travelling to Kansas City one last time in August of this year.

Grace is survived by her daughters Joy (Paul) Schult, of Kansas City, Mo. and Janelle (Leo) Brackel of Mott, N.D.; three granddaughters, Stefanie (Adam) Jangula and Alicia Brackel of Fargo, N.D. and Allison Schult of Kansas City, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Hodik, and her parents, Gustaf and Clara Johnson.

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