Molfrid Ritzke

Molfrid Kristine Sand was born May 12, 1917, on the family farm near Van Hook, to Carl and Martha (Vestrheim) Sand. She was raised and educated in the Van Hook area and graduated from Van Hook High School in 1935. As a young lady, she worked at the local grocery store and as a housekeeper for a local minister.

On June 29, 1939, Molfrid was united in marriage to the love of her life, Frank Ritzke, at Van Hook. They purchased a farm south of Van Hook and made it their home; she helped Frank with the daily farming activities. In the 1950s, they had to leave their farmstead because of the Garrison Diversion, and moved to Parshall. Molfrid became a homemaker and full-time mother to their daughter.

Molfrid was an amazing and compassionate woman; Frank was a gentleman and she a lady. She was selfless and put the needs of others before her own; always gracious, she never complained. In 2009, Molfrid moved to Oak Grove, Mo., to live with her daughter.

Molfrid loved to bake and was known for her cookies and lefse. She had a passion for gardening and tending her flowers. She enjoyed playing cards, which she continued to the very end.

God bless the memory of Molfrid Kristine Ritzke, age 96, who died June 21, 2013, in a Blue Springs, Mo., hospital.

Molfrid is survived by: her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Jerry Hoy, of Oak Grove, Mo.; grandson, Robert Hoy, of Albuquerque, N.M.; great-granddaughter, Amber Hoy, of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister, Helen Schroeder, of Denver, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Helen Sand, of Everett, Wash., and Delores Sand, of New Town; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Lawrence Sand and Melvin Sand; and sisters, Alice Ogren, Signe Lesmeister, Margaret Sand and Gudrun Skalicky.

Funeral: Friday, June 28, 2013, at 11 a.m., in St. Bridget Catholic Church, Parshall.

Visitation: Today, June 27, from noon to 5 p.m., in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.

Rosary: Today, at 5 p.m., in the funeral home

Interment: Van Hook Catholic Cemetery, New Town.

Memorials: Are preferred to St. Bridget Catholic Church, the Parshall Ambulance, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be shared at (