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JoAnn Hollatz

JoAnn O. Hollatz, age 87, most recently living in Bloomington, Minn., formerly of Carrington, ND, died January 13, 2022.

JoAnn O. Brecto was born in New Rockford, North Dakota on May 27, 1934 to Darwin and Anna (Milsten) Brecto, the fourth child of eleven children. She grew up on the family’s dairy farm which was located just east of New Rockford and she graduated from New Rockford High School.  She later moved to Grand Forks and was employed as a cashier at Norby’s Department Store.

On June 3, 1956, JoAnn married Marvin F. Hollatz at First Lutheran Church in New Rockford. They moved to Carrington and raised 7 children there.  JoAnn was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrington and was employed as the church office secretary from 1976-1986.  From 1987-1996, she was a typist/computer operator for Dick Doeling, CPA.

JoAnn was active in her church where she served on the church council, taught Sunday school, and sang in the church choir. She enjoyed quilting, her garden and flowers, and playing games with her many grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Kevin (Angie) Hollatz of Bismarck, ND, and five daughters: Crystal (Mark) Larson, Bloomington, Minn.; Dawn (Tom) Spanton, New Richmond, Wisc.; Joy (Dean) Porter, Waconia, Minn.; Vickie (Tim) Nelson, Collinsville, Okla.; and Stacey (Robert) Voglewede, Fargo, N.Dak.  She also has 3 surviving brothers: Edwin Brecto, Richard Brecto, and Darwin Brecto Jr., and one surviving sister, Lavonne (Jerry) Wilson.  She has 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, her son Michael (married to Lori Erickson), her parents, four sisters (Betty Brecto, Gail Holt, Marlys Moren, and Jean Martin), and two brothers (David Brecto and Harlan Brecto).

Memorials may be donated to Carrington Hospices, Trinity Lutheran Church of Carrington, and The Alzheimers Association.


JoAnn’s Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday, January 21, 2022, at 11:00AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington.

Her Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Dear Hollatz Family,

    I am sorry about your mom. What a wonderful lady! She was always so kind to me. Back in the day I was one of the organists and spent a lot of time at church and JoAnn was the glue that kept everything together. Blessings to you.

  2. So sorry to hear of JoAnn’s passing. What a beautiful woman – inside and out. She was always one of my biggest supporters during my years working at Trinity. She “informed”me it was at least a 10 year commitment as that’s what she had done and also the one previous to her. My condolences to all of you.

  3. So sorry for another family loss so close to your family. Praying for Gods grace and mercy in these times of grief.

  4. I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s death. I will always remember her out on the dance floor at Matthew’s wedding dancing with her little great grandson. She was absolutely glowing.

  5. So sorry to hear about JoAnn. She was a wonderful person, a second mom to me growing up, a friend. She will be missed. My condolences, with love.

  6. To JoAnn’s family from her brother Richard: Sorry I won’t be able to attend the funeral due to my back injuries. Just wanted to say that I had called her the day before she passed away, and we had such a wonderful talk about old times growing up on our dairy farm, milking cows, working in our large garden, and running the milk delivery route to customers in New Rockford. In our free time we would practice our gymnastics. JoAnn remembered how she was the unofficial kneeling fight champion of New Rockford High School. Even the football players couldn’t beat her. I didn’t know it would be our final talk before she went to her heavenly home. God bless her memory.

  7. Hollatz family from sister LaVonne Wilson
    JoAnn was always a very special sister to me with many happy memories. My love to her wonderful family and her legacy to love God. Well done, good and faithful servant. We will meet again soon in our heavenly home. Love you all sister LaVonne

  8. Thoughts and prayers to all of JoAnn’s family. I remember her fondly through the years — always friendly and upbeat.

  9. I am so sorry to learn of JoAnn’s passing. My condolences to the entire family. All these years later, I have such vivid memories of JoAnn as central both to the Carrington community and to the Trinity community, and to CHS as well. What a terrific person who was kind to all and committed to her family and communities. May your memories bring you comfort.

  10. I am so very sorry for your loss, Dawn. She was always so kind and sweet to me as your friend. You and your family have been in my prayers. She is leaving an amazing legacy through a life well-lived and the family that God gave her. May you sense His supernatural peace through each day. Much love to you, friend…


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