Lillian Hedquist

Lillian M. Hedquist, age 95, of New Rockford, North Dakota, died Saturday, July 21, 2013 at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd.

Lillian Mary Kluck was born October 31, 1917 in Stutsman County, North Dakota the daughter of Clara (Kluck) and step-father Claus Otto. Lillian took advanced tests and graduated from Grace City High School at the age of 15 and attended State Teachers College (Valley City State University) graduating with her Two Year Standard Teaching Degree at age 17.  Her first teaching job was a one room school “Highland” west of Mandan, North Dakota.

While teaching school at Grace City, ND, she met Marvin Hedquist, a railroad telegrapher for the Great Northern and they were married in Jamestown on July 16, 1947.  Their introduction was by her sister and future brother-in-law, Chester Schmid.   The four of them became long-time friends and traveling companions.   Lillian & Marvin lived in New Rockford until each of their deaths.

Lillian retired after nearly 37 years of teaching, most of that in the First Grade in New Rockford.  Hundreds of New Rockford students all got their start in school with Mrs. Hedquist.

Lillian and Marvin were active members of the community as members of the United Methodist Church for 60 years & Lillian a member of the  Order of Eastern Star & Homemakers.  The couple loved to dance and performed in many community events and pageants.  Lillian maintained her cheerful spirits and sense of humor with her “One Liners” through age 95.

She is survived by her loving sister Florence Schmid of New Rockford; and one son Robert (LaVonne) of Miami, Florida.


She was preceded in death by her loving husband Marvin on March 5, 2007, her parents, and her step-brother Russell Otto.

PRAYER SERVICE: Tuesday at 6PM in Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford

FUNERAL SERVICE: Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd Chapel, New Rockford

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:00PM

BURIAL: Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford, ND


Posted Condolences:


Name: Linda Anderson Soulis Colliander

Date: 7/29/13

Message: Bob, Lavonne and Florence I am so sorry to hear about the death of Lillian. Our families go back a long ways...Lillian, Florence,my mom and her sister Dorothy who were friends during their high school days in Grace City and remained friends during their adult years. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.


Name: Joelyn Scriba

Date: 7/25/13

Message: My condolences in the loss of your mother. She was such a nice, wonderful lady, and a nice friend. She always greeted me when we saw each other in NR, though I have been gone many years. When my mother passed away, Lillian was the first person to bring food to the house.
Special thoughts -
Joelyn (Bymoen) Scriba


Name: Dick and Karen Dungan

Date: July 24th

Message: Dear Bob and LaVonne, What special memories we have of both your parents, who lived just up the block from the Adams' home on Central Avenue.   Lillian taught all 3 of our sons and was a very special first grade teacher. God bless all of you.

Dick and Karen Dungan


Name: Ken and Jayne Fuhrman

Date: July 23, 2013

Message: Bob, your wife and Florence, We send our sympathy to you. We met Marvin and Lillian in 1964, at church. I also taught across the hall from her for many years. I know she will be missed by many friends, God Bess her memory.
Ken and Jayne


Name: Judy (Anderson) Zimprich

Date: 7-22-13

Message: Bob and Lavonne,
What a precious lady your Mom was Bob; we send our deepest sympathy to you and LaVonne. I have very fond memories of visiting years ago at "Umpa John's" and Gina's; wow, that was years ago! The last time I visit was of course at your Dad's services in '07. Someone shared with me years ago when we lost my dad: "Don't let the burden of having lost him overcome the joy of having had him." I've thought of that often over the years. Your Mom certainly was a joy to all whom knew knew her. What a reunion awaits us as believers. We send our love and our sincere sympathy as you grieve this deep loss. Judy and Dave