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Lillian Moch

January 29, 1939 - September 21, 2015

Memorial Services - Friday

September 25, 2015
- 1:30 PM

Nativity Catholic Church

Gathering of Friends and Family - Thursday

September 24, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center

Prayer Service - Thursday

September 24, 2015
- 8:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home


Boulger Funeral Home

Lillian Moch

January 29, 1939 - September 21, 2015


Lillian Moch, age 76, died Monday, September 21, 2015 at her home in Fargo.

Lillian was born January 29, 1939 in Linton, ND to Alex and Julie (Mitzel) Bernhardt. The family moved to Bismarck in 1943, where Lillian graduated from Bismarck High School in 1957. On August 13, 1958, Lillian married Patrick Moch. They resided at Fort Carson, CO. They returned to Braddock, ND in 1960 and began farming. In the fall of 1961, Patrick was recalled to the Army and they were stationed in Fort Lewis, WA for a year before returning to Braddock to resume farming.

Lillian obtained a degree in Elementary Education, Summa Cum Laude, from University of Mary in 1982. She taught grades 5-7 in Braddock from 1981-1991. She then earned her graduate degree in Learning Disabilities and taught in McClusky, ND from 1991-1999.

Patrick and Lillian continued farming until 1999 when the farm was sold, and they moved to Fargo. Lillian worked for Fargo Public Schools, teaching 6th grade for 7 years, then transitioned to work as a Consultant/Service Provider supporting students with learning disabilities at all ages and grade levels for all private schools in the city. Lillian retired in the spring of 2014 after 35 rewarding years of teaching.  The days were long, but she loved the challenge and had a special way of making a connection with many of her students.

Lillian’s outlook on life was:

One hundred years from now, it will not matter:

What kind of car I drove,

What kind of house I lived in,

How much I had in my bank account,

Or what my clothes looked like,

But the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child.

She is survived by her husband, Patrick; siblings: Estella Senftner, Yuba City, CA; Rosella Zerwer, Lincoln, CA; and Jay (Julius) Bernhardt, Redding, CA; Children Greg (Mary Ellen) Moch, Prairie Village, KS; Guy (Trish) Moch, Bismarck, ND; Jodi (Mark) Koski , Lakeville, MN; and grandchildren, Ashley Moch, Tyler Moch, Haley Moch, Calista Moch, Morgan Koski and Madison Koski.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; siblings: N.V. (Barney) Bernhardt, Elmer Bernhardt, Ervin Bernhardt, Victor Bernhardt, Patrick Bernhardt, W.A. (Bill) Bernhardt and Hazel Harmon.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:30 PM, Friday, September 25th, 2015 at Nativity Catholic Church in Fargo. Visitation of friends and family will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a Rosary and Prayer Service beginning at 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 24th at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Burial will be held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan at a later date.


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25 responses to “Lillian Moch”

  1. Stephanie Privratsky Bushee and Marc Bushee says:

    Sending you light and love as you celebrate Lil’s wonderful, beautiful life. Lil was a mentor to me when she taught in Braddock. She guided us towards success. Beautiful on the inside and out. With our deepest sympathies, Steph and Marc.

  2. Patty (Bernhardt) and Austin Plenert says:

    Aunt Lil and her family were always so very special to me. As I write this, the memories of some of our vacations to the farm are just flooding me. The fun we all had as kids and the mischief we got into at times. The family gatherings we had there with our Uncle Barney being so funny as he always was at gatherings. I know I will never forget the big bon-fire Uncle Pat built for us kids when we were last there (I think I was 15-16, something like anyway). The fun we had with the bikes. The fun we just plain out had. Aunt Lil was always a very happy person with a glowing smile. She was just a very special person period and that is why people loved her so very much. God Bless Aunt Lil, you will be missed. I am just sorry we didn’t get to see you since our move to Lincoln, Nebraska, late-November 2014. I love you Aunt Lil……………… 🙂 🙂 I am posting smiles as I know this is what you would want. RIP as you’re now home with our heavenly Father.

  3. Sandy Ehlke says:

    Heartfelt sympathy to Lillian’s family and friends. I had the honor of working with her at school and know what a champion she was for every child with whom she worked.

  4. Barb bitz says:

    I will miss Lil so much. I am thinking of all of you at this time! Lil and I had many long great talks. She was like an older sister to me. God bless you all.

  5. Andrea Schmidt-Dockter says:

    Lil will always hold a special place in my heart. I remember spending the night with Jodi and Lil was always there, smiling and enjoying her dog and her family. I can hear her laugh and remember how sweet she always was to me. I am praying for all her loved ones. God Bless.

  6. Lynne Mock-Mari says:

    So saddened to hear of Lil’s passing. Wish I could be with all you cousins this weekend to pray and remember good times together. Loved seeing Lil in church or @ the grocery store. Always asked about our family and gave me the update on yours. Keeping you close in prayer. Lynne

  7. Jennifer Moch Mikkelson says:

    Thoughts and prayers to all of you during this difficult time. I have such fond memories of spending time with all of you while growing up. Lil was an awesome person. She will be missed.

  8. Jennifer (Bernhardt) and Josh Gordon says:

    Prayers of comfort for Aunt Lillian’s family as they grieve. But I know she is with my grandpa (Patrick Bernhardt) up in heaven. May she rest in peace.

  9. Ellen (Naaden) Wissink says:

    Lil was so sweet to all of us growing up in Braddock. She had a way of motivating us to do better. She was such a wonderful role model for educators.
    I wish I could join her family and friends to honor her by celebrating her life. Please know that I am praying for all of you. May her soul rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon her.

  10. JoyLynne Jahner says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Lil was always so friendly and easy to talk with. Prayers to the family.

  11. JoyLynne Jahner says:

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.

  12. Carlein Boags says:

    Hello, my name is Carlein. I am a Bible teacher. I am sorry for your loss. A scripture that has given me much comfort is Revelation 21.4 which promises that one day death shall be no more. I hope this truth brings you comfort also.

  13. Fonda Wolbaum says:

    My sympathy to Pat, Greg, Guy, Jodi and families. I enjoyed teaching with Lil at the Braddock Public School. She was a kind and caring teacher and friend. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

  14. Janice Kuipers Danroth says:

    i remember Lillian when here and Pat lived on the farm in the Sixties and they stopped at our farm every now and then but I lost track of them over the years but I had heard they had moved to Fargo. Pat, sorry for your lose. I’m sure you will miss her very much. I lost my husband ten years ago. So I know how it is. Janice Danroth in Mesa, AZ (Carl & Betty (Mock) Kuipers)

  15. Colleen Zottnick Wahl says:

    So saddened to hear of Lil’s passing. Lil was always so sweet and friendly, her smile brightened up a room. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. My our lord hold you close in this sad time.

  16. Annette Moch says:

    Thinking of all of you and praying for you! May today be a great celebration of her life!! Grateful to have had the pleasure of meeting her and to find out that we share the same birthday!! Prayers, hugs and love to you all!! – Annette & Angela 🙂

  17. Mary and Kevin Vetter says:

    Pat, Greg, Guy, Jodi and families,

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Lil. Our hearts ache for your loss. When I last visited with Lil it was like no time had passed in-between our visits. Lil visited about life with ZEST! She was kind and always had a great smile on her face. We offer prayers for your family to feel the warmth of God’s Love to carry you through this difficult time.
    Gods blessings!

    Kevin and Mary (Leier) Vetter

  18. Marvin and Adeline Wolf. says:

    Had great visits with Liilian when she came to Kintyre with Pat. Lillian was a wonderful person Our thoughts and prayers are with you (Pat ) and family.

  19. Lori (Schuette) Brown says:

    Thoughts and prayers with your family at this time. I just can’t believe where the time has gone when reading about Lil. How many years ago that Lil taught in Braddock. How many years have passed since you left Braddock! Time has just slipped by. Blessings to you all!

  20. Audrey Rambough says:

    So sorry to hear about Lil’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  21. Cletis Johnson Kauk says:

    Our families sympathy to you all! Lil was a beautiful person! She had a special way of making you feel wanted and special ! Rest in Peace! May other angels greet you!

  22. Josie Glatt says:

    Very sorry for your loss. Lil always seemed like a happy person. Joy filled. Our paths would cross sometimes at teacher trainings and I could always count on a nice visit. Peace to your whole family!

  23. Melodee Nowatzki says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Lillilan’s passing. I had the priviledge of working with Lillian in the private schools in Fargo for a few years. She was a very hard working teacher who truly cared about her students and wanted each one to succeed. She worked under some difficult conditions and always had a smile on her face. Her students loved her, as did her co-workers. She will truly be missed. It was an honor to know her and to call her my friend.

  24. Vern and Annetta Jutila says:

    Sorry for your loss, prayers to you and your family

  25. Cindy Sahli says:

    Pat,Greg, Guy and Jodi, my heart just aches for you all. Losing your Mom was a great loss. She was a lively, kind, and caring lady, who only saw the good in people. What a blessing to have her in your life. You are in my thoughts and prayers, and know you are not alone. The Frank Mock family know and understand your pain, and we are here for you. Hang on to the memories of your mom and it will help you thru your sorrow.
    God Bless your family.
    Cindy Sahli
    Frank J Mock family

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