Geanne Pankratz

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Geanne LaVerne Katherine (Flom) Pankratz, 103, Minot, was delivered into God’s loving arms on April 10, 2024, at Mountrail Bethel Home, Stanley, ND in the presence of her daughters. 

She was born the oldest of eleven children to Selmer and Gurine (Huus) Flom on Oct. 18, 1920, in Parshall, ND. Geanne led a life grounded in her belief that through faith we are saved by grace and grace alone. 

Even though Mom could have been home caring for six younger brothers and sisters at that time, her mother allowed her to nanny in Kenmare ND for a favorite aunt and uncle. This opportunity, that was so deeply appreciated by Mom, enabled her to graduate from Kenmare High School in 1938. After high school Mom attended French’s Business College in Minot. Following college Mom worked in bookkeeping at Trinity Hospital where she made many life-long friends. This was a treasured time for her. 

Toward the end of WWII Mom met a handsome sailor while dancing at The Dutch Mill in Minot. She and Vincent Alvin Pankratz were married shortly thereafter and her life of being a helpmate and a mother began. While Vince attended chiropractic college in Minnesota, Mom was very busy raising their young family. Craig, Susan, and Linda were born in quick succession during Mom and Dad’s MN years. As Dad’s practice grew so did their family adding Brian and Cathie in the early ‘50s. Mom’s support was constant not only in Dad’s profession but also in all her children’s many activities. As we all left home and Mom had empty-nest time, she became a leader in the LWML of St Mark’s Lutheran Church as well as in the Auxiliary to the ND Chiropractic Association. She served in many local and state offices in each and counted this as another treasured time in her life. 

During her long and, as she would say, “good life” Mom has lost many loved ones. From her husband, parents, seven brothers and sisters, to many, many dear nieces, nephews, and friends, Mom fully embraced her faith that they would one day be reunited in Christ in Heaven. 

Mom is survived by all her dear children, all her nine beloved grandchildren and all her sixteen precious great-grandchildren. She always thanked God that in her long life she never suffered the loss of a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild. In this our Mom felt truly blessed. 

Mom will be deeply missed by her children, V. Craig, Minot, Susie (George) Olson, Blaisdell, Linda Osmanson, Missoula MT, Brian (Sheila), Eatonville, WA, and Cathie (Bernie) Wasser, Minot; Grandchildren, Stephanie Everett, Alyssa (Fred) Kreutzfeldt, Marshal (Angie) Olson, Jessica Osmanson, Colin (Delsi) Osmanson, Justin (Rayelle) Haase, Michael Pankratz, Ryan (Kelsey) Pankratz, and Tyler Johnson; Great-Grandchildren, Chase, Zach, Maxwell Everett, Owen and Averee Kreutzfeldt, Carter and Dylan Olson, Camden Bertoglio, Treyden, Rylan, Ashten and Creyson Osmanson, Noah Haase, Alister Pankratz, Violet and Edmond Pankratz; Brother and Sisters, Margie Dornfeld, Kalispell, MT, Frank (Judy) Flom, Minot, and Diane Ostby, West Fargo, ND; sister-in-law Lois Flom, Las Vegas, NV; many nieces, nephews and friends. 

Preceding Mom is her husband of 58 years, her parents, her brothers Duane, Odell, Gordon, Selmer, and Roger; her sisters Lois Gruenberg and Mary Ann Weiskopf; and several brothers and sisters-in-law. 

Geanne’s Funeral service is Tuesday, April 16th, 2024, at 11:00 am in St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Minot. To view a livestream of the service access https://www.mtmsales.net/thomas
Interment is at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot. 
Visitation will be Monday, April 15th, 2024, from 3:00-5:00 PM at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to St Mark’s Lutheran Church Building Fund, to ND Veteran’s Home [email protected] , or to charity of donor’s choice.

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