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Marcus Friskop

November 25, 1955 - March 10, 2013

Gathering:

12:30-1:30 P.M. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Hankinson High School Gymnasium, Hankinson N.D.

Funeral Service:

Celebration of Life: 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Hankinson High School Gymnasium, Hankinson, N.D.

Burial:

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Eureka S.D.

Arrangements:

Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Marcus Friskop

November 25, 1955 - March 10, 2013

Obituary

Marcus J. Friskop, 57, Hankinson, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Essentia Health, Fargo.

Marcus was born on November 25, 1955, in Breckenridge, MN, to Merlin and Dorothy (Strom) Friskop. Baptized and confirmed in Wyndmere Lutheran Church, he graduated from Wyndmere High School in 1974. He attended Valley City State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences in 1978.  His first teaching job was in Adams, ND.  Marcus then moved to Maddock, ND, where he met his wife, Wendy Schulkoski.  They were married on June 10, 1985, in North Viking Lutheran Church, Maddock.  The couple made their home in Maddock, before moving to Hankinson in 1990. 

He was currently an educator at Hankinson High School, where he taught across several scientific disciplines.  He established an International Science Fair Program in Hankinson, advising hundreds of students during his tenure in scientific research.  Marcus guided a total of 68 students to present at 32 consecutive international competitions, at which his students garnered multiple grand awards.  In 2000, Marcus was chosen as the Intel International Excellence in Teaching award recipient, the highest honor bestowed upon a secondary science educator.  In 2002, he received the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s Excellence in Science Teaching Award.  In recent years, Marcus was selected to serve on the International Science and Engineering Fair’s Scientific Review Committee (SRC), where he was currently serving his second term.

Along with teaching, Marcus was a passionate member of the football coaching staff, helping to lead the 1991 and 2009 teams to State Championships.  He was an umpire for baseball and softball, an avid hunter and antique collector.  He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Hankinson.  His family was the center of his life; his career in education helped to mold his children.

Marcus was a world-class educator, friend, mentor, father figure and visionary. 

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Wendy, Hankinson ND; daughter, Dr. Magan (R.J.) Lewis, Frontier ND; son, Ph.D. Candidate Andrew Friskop, Fargo ND; granddaughter, Madyson Lewis; mother, Dorothy Friskop, Fargo ND; siblings, Kenneth Friskop, Fargo ND, Constance (Milton) Johnson, Livonia MI, and James Friskop, Fargo ND; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

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78 responses to “Marcus Friskop”

  1. N Ranger says:

    Many thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Please find comfort in God’s promises to soon wipe away all causes for pain and sorrow. (Isaiah 25:8, Revelation 21:3,4)

  2. Warren Prochnow says:

    Wendy and family,

    This is unbelievably painful for you all. Mark was always a good man who wanted to lead students to reach higher. We all have lost someone who was a terrific role model, leader and friend.

    May God bring you peace to look forward to the day of the Resurrection.

  3. Terry Wright Beierle says:

    Fargo ND
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. He was a great teacher and made science fun!

  4. Brian Zeiszler says:

    Elko NVWhat a wonderful man. I always enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Marcus at ISEF and Stockholm junior water prize about being fellow North Dakota
    ns. I was always amazed at his ability to produce top notch students from little ol’ Hankinson…and how humble he was about it. He will be GREATLY missed.

  5. Paula Smith Duren says:

    Maddock ND
    My sympathies to the Friskop family. Mr. Friskop was a wonderful teacher, and inspired so many students to go into science related fields. We have so many memories of him – from learning genus species names of plants/animals, (and still remembering a few)! To leaf projects, anatomy-physiology classes and dissecting various creatures! He had a great sense of humor and always cared about his students. Long live the memory of Mr. Friskop…

    Maddock HS class of ’86

  6. Sharon Snyder says:

    Bristow VAMarcus will be missed at Intel ISEF. His legacy will live on forever.

    My deepest sympathy to his family.

  7. Mark & Tracy(Holje)Kallenbach says:

    Maddock ND
    Many thoughts & prayers go out to Wendy,Megan & Andrew for the sudden loss of your husband/dad/our friend Mr.Friskop. He was our teacher/coach in Madock. I had had the privilege of attending 1 ISEF and 6 state science fairs with Mr. Friskop and will never forget him sneaking me into the school as a 7th grader during Christmas vacation when I had the chickenpox to work on my science project. Mark had Mr. Friskop as football coach and remembers it wasn’t real hard to get him talking about football during science class. He had a way of bringing out the best in his students and was an unforgettable mentor leaving lifetime impressions. Mr. Friskop will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Sincerely, Mark (MHS 1987) and Tracy (MHS 1988)

  8. Nem Schlecht says:

    Fargo ND
    So sad to hear of Marcus’ passing. He gave so much to his community and to the state. He will greatly missed at the science fair events.

  9. Christy Montonye says:

    Hankinson ND

    Here is a teacher poem that I read,
    it reminded me of the very sincere and proud way that Mr. Friskop’s students spoke and felt about their beloved “Mr.”

    Clarity
    © Dee Mcdonald
    The Clarity you gave to me,
    It shone like Angel rays,
    Like water rushed on golden sands,
    And crashed along the bays.

    The questions deep within my heart,
    Confused my humble mind,
    Yet when you spoke your words aloud
    It seemed, no longer I was blind.

    The answers all came flooding in,
    They touched my inner soul,
    The knowledge that you gave to me
    Within my heart I hold.

    I understood that the events
    That troubled me somehow,
    Was nothing to be frightened of,
    Instead I should be Proud.

    I Thank You Sir most graciously,
    These words I say aloud,
    For the Clarity you’ve given me,
    Has made me feel quite proud.

    With heartfelt condolences,
    Mike & Christy Montonye

  10. Rachel (Wallock) Heidbreder says:

    Argusville ND
    Wendy anf family,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Marcus was not only a wonderful teacher but a great man who clearly adored his family and job. He was respected by all who had the pleaure of knowing him. I’ll always remember how patient he was and how he instilled a desire to learn. He will be dearly missed.

  11. Janet Rasmussen says:

    West Fargo Wendy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Friskop was a wonderful teacher and had the ability to bring out the best in his students. I had the opportunity to attend 3 ISEF with him and will never forget the fun times spent in the science lab room. He was a great mentor and helped inspire many students with his enthusiasm. He made learning challenging and fun. He will be missed.

  12. Travis Woyen says:

    I was a student of Marcus in Maddock, and was sorry to hear about his passing. I enjoyed having him as a teacher and for science club. Blessings to his family, he will certainly be missed.

  13. John and Lana Hilgemann says:

    Eureka South DakotaWendy and family,

    John and I were so sorry to about your husband. Sending thoughts and prayers to you for comfort in the days ahead!!!

  14. Shawn Rehm says:

    Fargo ND
    This is Shawn Rehm from Horace Mann. I’m sorry for your loss.

  15. Lynnette Scheuring says:

    Llidgerwood ND
    He will be greatly missed. I will especially miss talking about plants and what kinds of animals I saw come into the yard. Just the other day I saw a very large bird, as big as an eagle but it did not have a white head. He would have told me what it was, even though the picture I took was grainy.

  16. Jim Venette says:

    Hawley MN
    Marcus was a respected educator, leader, and my friend.

    With integrity, he mentored students through hands on learning experiences.
    I truly value our association in the science fair programs.

    He will be missed.

    Jim

  17. Shawna Hodek says:

    Fordville ND
    Wendy and Family,
    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your husband/father. He will be missed by lots of people around Maddock. He had a really big impact on his students. I was a piano student of Wendys. May God Bless you and your family.

  18. Gwen (Braun) Winjum says:

    Fargo ND
    Wendy and Family,

    I was deeply saddened by hearing of the loss of a truly great man and teacher. He opened so many doors for students when he came to Hankinson. He gave a lot of us the same passion for science and the unknown that had never been tapped before. It is definatly hard to find teachers with the same passion and love for education as he had. I smile and think back to the great days at Hankinson High and he will always be a part of those memories. It is hard to forget a great teacher and one that helped mold and shape you as a person. I thank him for introducing me to Science Fair and the love of solving mysteries. To this day, I still know the names of birds by the sounds they make and have taught this to my children when out hiking, Thanks Mr. Friskop! My families thoughts and prays are with you all.

    Gwen (Braun) Winjum
    HHS, Class of ’93

  19. Chad Woyen says:

    Kearney NEI am so blessed to have had Marcus Friskop as my teacher. He always encouraged me to be my best….I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to thank him years later for being such a positive influence on my life….My God bless his entire family…..

  20. Geraldine Bingham says:

    Minnewaukan ND
    Wendy I am sorry for your and your childrens loss. I hope and pray that he is enjoying Heaven’s wonderfullness. He was not to me as a teacher what you were. I loved having you as my music teacher. All the mistreatment he did to me was forgiven long ago. I know he was a great teacher for many just not for me. May God Bless and Keep you Mr. Friskop.

  21. Rachel (Hugelen) Rutten says:

    Minot ND
    My sympathy to all of you at this very sad time. I have many fond memories of Mr Friskop while he taught in Maddock. He was a funny guy and loved what he did. Wishing all of you much peace and comfort at this very difficult time. Fondly, Rachel Rutten (MHS class of 1987)

  22. Sheila and Davy Zinke says:

    Valley City ND
    Dear Wendy and Family,
    We are so sad to read of Marcus passing. What a wonderful husband, father, teacher and human being he was. He touched so many peoples lives! He coached our oldest son in ND
    Shrine Football and umpired our youngest while he was pitching State Babe Ruth….but my favorite memory was him taking the New Music Clinic with you at JW Pepper in Fargo this last August….telling you what not to buy!
    May God be with all of you. Our utmost sympathy.
    Sheila and Davy Zinke family

  23. Chuck and Andrea Black and family says:

    Williston ND
    We have been blessed to know Marcus through our state participation in Science Fair. What an unselfish man! And what a teacher to all of us! Truly, he has left a legacy that many will sing the praises of for years to come.

  24. Colonel Steven Foss says:

    Pickerington OhioI am very sad to hear that mentor, teacher, and Coach Friskop passed away this past week. He was a tremendous science teacher that brought out the very best in his students time and time again. He also brought out the very best in young men on the court and field of play and his practices were legendary. I can still see us running wind sprints like it was yesterday free throw line and back, half court and back, opposite free throw line and back, opposite court and back. He must have been a graduate of the Herb Brooks School of Coaching. He was a teacher and coach centered on discipline, knowledge, and understanding and most of all, a coach in life. I can say that he had the greatest impact on me during my formative years at Maddock Public School…one word…Coach.

  25. Lisa (Nelson) Hawley says:

    Devils Lake ND
    Wendy and family,
    I don’t know if you remember me, I went to Maddock High School and Graduated in 1988. I went to a couple of the National Science fairs with Marcus. He was a great teacher! He will be greatly missed. I bet he is so proud of his children…doctorates! Marcus made learning interesting and fun.

    My prayers are with you all.

  26. Jason Mauch says:

    Cedar Falls IAGreat Teacher, Excellant Coach @ even a Better Person. Glad I’ve got to be part of his life and that he was part of mine. I’m a better person because of that.

  27. Pamela Ceglinski says:

    Los Altos CALIFORNIAWe can hardly believe that we will not be seeing Marcus’s great smile at Intel ISEF this year. He was a supremely talented man and had a way with the finalists in the competition. Marcus, you will certainly be missed!

    Pam and Rob-Bob Ceglinski

  28. Maury & Jeanne Foss says:

    Richville MN
    We convey to you Wendy and family our words of grief and condolences. Our children were priviliged to sit under his leadership as a science teacher, coach and friend. As a member of the school board, I considered Marcus a person of impeccable integrity that inspired his strudents to reach beyond their comfort zone in academics, sports and life. God’s speed to your entire family during this trying time. We have many enjoyable memories from your tenure in Maddock.

  29. Mike Wieland says:

    Mandan ND
    I honestly never new Mr. Friskop, but from what my parents say he was cherished and will be missed by many. My parents, Vern and Loretta, are sure to be there for you Wendy. Our blessings are with your family!

  30. Kyle Lingen says:

    Aurora COMarcus was a leader and visionary that brought a level of education to Hankinson that no one could have ever imagined. His passion shaped so many to follow in his footsteps. He was a great friend to me and my family and will be someone who can truly never be replaced.

  31. Nancy Aiello says:

    Round Hill VirginiaWendy, Magan and Andrew,
    We are all saddened to lose a beloved member of our ISEF SRC family. We celebrate with you the life and wonderful gifts that Marcus shared with all of us. I will always remember Marcus as a gentle, caring man devoted to his family, students and science fairs. We will miss him tremendously.

  32. Mike Callahan says:

    Minnewaukan ND
    Wendy and family

    My sympathies go out to you on the loss of Marcus. I got to know Marcus when he taught and coached at Maddock and always held him in high regard. He was not only a great teacher and great coach but was a truly great person. I value the times I got to visit with him and always have considered him a friend even though we have not talked in several years. He will definitely be missed.

  33. Roger Wagner says:

    Grafton ND
    My sympathy to Wendy and the family. Prayers are with you at these difficult times.

    I will never forget Mark and working with him on science fair ideas and rounding up products for him to use in class. Great guy, and a great teacher, he will be missed.

  34. Chris & Jim Miller says:

    Virginia City NevadaMarcus touched so many lives as an educator, ISEF SRC member, and friend. He was so proud of his wife and kids, especially that new grandbaby.

    We will miss you always, Marcus.

  35. Dale & Connie Krause says:

    Lidgerwood, ND
    Our deepest sympathy to the Friskop family. I attended school, in Wyndmere, with Marcus. He was an exciting, outgoing, and admiral individual. It was always enjoyable visiting with him. His smile is truly going to be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  36. Evelyn Montalvo says:

    Mayaguez Puerto RicoDear Friskop Family
    I am so sorry for your loss because it has been our loss also.We considered Marcus as part of our SRC family and I will never forget my dear friend and reading companion.He will always live in our hearts.

  37. Chad and Jennifer Mauch says:

    Hankinson ND
    Wendy, Magan, and Andrew,
    We are so so sorry for your loss. Words will never express our sincere condolences. May God guide you in the upcoming days and months and give you peace.

    Mr. Friskop had a love for not just science but humanity. Anyone that has known him knew he genuinely cared. He put his love into his family and into his work and it has been apparent in our community for over 20 years. Not many people can say that they have kept that fire for their work alive for that many years. To say he will be missed will be surely an understatement. He has touched so many young lives, and those of us that were priveledged with knowing him and working under his guidance certainly are forever changed in the best way possible. Thank you for your nurturing and dedication Mr. Friskop.

    “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” Leo Buscaglia

  38. Michele Glidden says:

    Silver Spring MDMarcus served on the Intel ISEF Scientific Review Committee for the past several years and was an important contributor as a fair director and a high school teacher who advocated for the needs and concerns for rural projects.

    He was also the first to ask about my fantasy football team and to lament the injuries to key running backs. 🙂

    His good humor, conscientious work ethic and support will be greatly missed.

  39. Jon Bertsch says:

    Fessenden ND
    Wendy and family,
    I would like to extend my deepest sympathies.

    I was fortunate enough to know Marcus as a student at VCSU and later as fellow educators and members of the football coaching fraternity.

    I always found “Frisky” to be a man of high standards, a person who expected no more of others than he did of himself.

    With Sympathy,

    Jon Bertsch

  40. Jason Monilaws says:

    Wendy and family,
    Lost a dear friend in Marcus. It has been a pleasure to work with him both as an educator and coach. I will hold my memories of him close to my heart for the rest of my life. Wendy, Thursday nights will not be the same… May God bless all of the Friskop family in this difficult time.

  41. Henry and Mickey Disston says:

    Wyndmoor PAIt was a great pleasure to know Marcus and we will miss him a lot.

  42. Randy Vigen says:

    Buxton ND
    Wendy and family,
    I was so sorry to learn of Marcus’ sudden death – what a shock for all of you as well as the entire Hankinson school and community. I enjoyed coaching against Marcus and his well-prepared teams. Then it was great to get to know him better when we coached together in the 2001 Shrine game. Marcus always loved talking football and exchanging ideas – enjoyed meeting both of you at Buffalo Wild Wings. My sincere sympathy to all of you – my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Randy Vigen, Central Valley

    We are leaving on vacation on Wed. afternoon-so sorry I won’t be at the funeral

  43. Norm & Sherry Braaten says:

    Minot North Dakota
    Wendy and family, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Marcus today. Many fond memories of Marcus when I taught with him at Maddock. Please accept our warmest sympathies at this difficult time.

    Sincerely, Norm & Sherry Braaten.
    Minot, North Dakota
    .

  44. Dean Anderson says:

    Barney North Dakota
    Am sorry to here about the death of Marcus, was a classmate of Marcus at Wyndmere High School. Talked to Marcus last spring in Hankinson at a auction. We had a nice conversation. Seems like time just flys away. I will always remember him. Dean Anderson

  45. Robert Lugert says:

    Wahpeton ND
    He was a great man, he did alot of things many people would never be able to do. I had and will continue to have a great deal of respect for him.

  46. Jim and Chris Jeske says:

    Killdeer, ND
    I was a college roommate with Marcus and have nothing but great memories from those years. I am so proud of all of Mr. Friskop’s accomplishments and I am very glad I got to know him. To all of his students you gave him more then you will ever know. Great memories are the most important gifts you can give a teacher and coach and I know that Mr. Friskop has many. My heart hurts for the Friskop family and I will continue to pray for all of you.
    Jim and Chris Jeske

  47. Liane Fossen says:

    Mesa AZ
    I was deeply sadden by the news of Mr. Friskops passing. I was one of his students in Maddock. He was a great teacher and instilled in me, a passion for science, I still have today. I just want to say Thank you!

  48. Richard and Yolie Slater says:

    Maddock ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  49. keith kinneberg says:

    Wendy and kids-I was totally shocked to hear about Marcus. I had the privilege and honor to work along side Marcus umping many baseball games. He was a great mentor in his love for the game. As a coach at Galchutt I also enjoyed having him ump our games and all the times we would visit during the game. He carried a positive attitude into the game and encouraged the players and coaches to show respect and sportsmanship. We losta great man and he will be impossible to replace. I was so looking forward to another year of his presence on the baseball field this summer. The players and coaches at Galchutt mourn with you and send our sympathies. He will be missed. Keith Kinneberg Galchutt Legion

  50. Celeste (Brorby) Hay says:

    West Fargo ND
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mr Friskop was a great teacher and will be missed by all who knew him.

  51. Deb Moe says:

    Tioga ND
    I’ve had the priviledge of serving on the State Science Fair Board with Marcus for quite some time now. He was very passionate about science! I was at ISEF in 2000 & got to witness when he was chosen for the Intel International Excellence in Teaching award — this was basically “Teacher of the World”. Wow what an honor! The whole ND
    group was so excited for him.

    Marcus was especially proud of Magan & Andrew. When they were presenting at ISEF, I do believe that he was much more nervous than they were the night before judging. Upon entering college I also heard of how wonderfully you two were doing in your chosen fields. He beamed when he spoke of you two kids & he had a right to be proud.

    My thoughts & prayers go out to Marcus’ family. He is a man that will be greatly missed.

  52. Wade Harris says:

    Waunakee WisconsinDear Cousin Jake and Family,
    My deepest sympathy on your tragic loss. I admire and can only imagine how full one’s life must be to inspire and influence so many people, while also sharing credit to raise two wonderful children. A wonderful man will be missed by many. Our heart and prayers go out to you all.
    Wade Harris and Family

  53. Jillayne & Brian Kraska says:

    Hallock MN
    Andrew and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your father. Although we never got the chance to meet him we know that he was a good person, because he raised a kind and loving son. We will always be there to support you whenever you need it.

    Brian & Jillayne and family

  54. Cndy Fossen says:

    Not many people find their true calling in life Marcus was one of them. His passion for his career was evident while he was with us in Maddock and I enjoyed working with him. I know this passion went with him to Hankinson and reached many people, making their lives better. Your loss is felt here in Maddock as I know it is in Hankinson and throughout the many organizations in which he was involved. Above all, my heart goes out to his family. There will always be that empty spot. Hold tight to the memories. May you all find peace.

    Cindy Knowlen Fossen

  55. Christine (Hugelen) Johnson says:

    Amarillo TXWendy & family: I was so sorry to hear about the sudden death of your husband, father, grandfather, & son. I have many great science fair & science class memories when he taught us in Maddock. I went to the ISEF with him twice. Your family is in our thoughts & prayers at this very sad time.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Chrissie, Gregg, & Courtney Johnson
    (MHS Class of 1983)

  56. J Nunnally-Boyd says:

    Baltimore MdI am sorry to learn there was a death in your family. The loss of a loved one is very painful. I’d like to share scripture that may bring comfort to your family. Mark 5:35-43 reads in part…While speaking, Jesus overheard men telling an officer his daughter died. Upon hearing this, Jesus, Peter, James and John, the brother of James, went alone to the officer’s home. When they arrived, Jesus went to the child and told her to get up. Immediately, she got up. You see, Jehovah promises a resurrection of our love ones. We must have faith in this promise. To strengthen our faith, please read Isaiah 55:11 and Isaiah 25:8.

  57. Tom, Amy, and Annabelle Milbrandt says:

    Tower City ND
    You were more than my science teacher, more than my football coach, and more than my science fair adviser, you were my friend and a wonderful mentor. HHS lost one of its finest teachers and the science community and students are weeping.

    “Gone But Not Forgotten”
    © Cecilia M. Kocher
    The years we’ve shared have been full of joy.
    The memories we’ve made will go on and on.
    I haven’t stopped crying since you went away,
    and I’ve asked God time and time why couldn’t you stay.
    You lit up my life, my hopes, and my dreams.
    You’ve opened my eyes to see what it all means.
    So now that you’re gone how can I forget
    Because you were the greatest out of all I have met.

    I wouldn’t be the man I am today without you in my life and definitely wouldn’t be on the career path that I have chosen. With a heavy heart and lots of love, thoughts and prayers to the Friskop family, RIP Marcus. You will be missed dearly!

  58. Rebecca (Wisness) Hestdalen says:

    Maddock ND
    My sympathy to the Friskop family. Mr.Friskop was a wonderful person and teacher. The Maddock community greatly appreciated all his hard work and dedication to all of his students. There are funny stories to share but this is probably not the right place !! Please accept my sincere sympathy and know that he will always be with each of us in some way!!

  59. Doug Schmid says:

    oberon ndI met Mr Friskop when he came to Maddock in the fall of 1979. He was passoionate about science and sports at that time. I still run plays that he taught us in basketball for my sons team. He had a great memory and always remembered who I was, even though I had’t seen him for years, and asked how my parents were. Teachers like Marcus have left a great impreession on me and I will miss not seeing at Bison foootball games next fall. RIP Mr Fiskop!

  60. MARY KREIN says:

    hettinger ndWendy, Magan, Andrew, RJ and
    Madyson
    My thoughts and prayers are with you
    all during this difficult time. Cherish
    the memories, my favorite memories of
    Mark are fireworks, RO antiques and
    of course all the umpiring he did.
    He was so proud of his family and loved each and everyone of you with his whole
    HEART AND SOUL.
    He was a great friend and will be greatlly
    missed.

    Mary

  61. Sue Bahe says:

    Lakota ND
    To Marcus’ family –
    My deepest sympathy to all of you. I am a fellow ND
    science teacher and had the privilege of traveling with Marcus on three occasions to take part in ISEFs. I believe that both Meghan and Andrew were along on at least one of those trips. Marcus will be missed greatly by many, many individuals. He has touched many lives in a very positive way. I pray that your memories of special times shared with him will continue to bring smiles to your faces as you recall them and laughter to your heart. He was a valued mentor to many science teachers – not only in ND
    . His unexpected and very sudden death brings with it a great sadness, and I hope that during this time the messages you receive about his very positive and very extensive impact on many lives will provide you with a sense of comfort, strength, and peace knowing that he loved and lived each day to its fullest. Praying you find the support, comfort, and strength to meet the days ahead following the example that Marcus showed in the way he lived each day of his life.

  62. Paul and Beth Tiegs, Megan and Sam says:

    What a wonderful obituary! You did a great job of writing a tribute to a great educator and man. “World class” is right! We have been blessed to have you in our community. You have definitely influenced many, many lives. God bless you as you remember Mr. and work through this grief.

  63. Julie Hein says:

    Wing ND
    My condolences to your family from all us at Wing Public School. Marcus will be missed by so many. Our prayers are with you all.

  64. Rachel (Breker) Olson says:

    Rutland ND
    Dear Wendy and Friskop Family,

    I was fortunate to have worked with Marcus for one year at Hankinson School. He was an endearing man and interesting to listen to when I got a chance to visit with him. His science endeavors with the students were amazing. My condolences to your family.

  65. Scott Fitterer says:

    Andrew, Sorry to here of your dad’s passing. Will be praying for you family.

  66. John Monilaws says:

    Wendy and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the memories of Marcus help ease your sorrow during this difficult time.

  67. Michelle Bladow says:

    Hankinson ND
    Wendy and family please know you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. Marcus was a gift that was taken way too soon. May God guide you and wrap His arms around you all.

  68. Julie Fleck says:

    Mandan ND
    Marcus was such a great person , teacher and coach- he mentored so many childeren and will be greatly missed by the community and the Science and Engineering Fair

  69. Dave Rice says:

    Bismarck ND
    Sending my sincere sympathies to the Friskop family. Mr. Friskop was my favorite teacher and coach in Maddock. He had a way of getting you to do things you didn’t know you were capable of and made it fun. His coaching style was simple but effective. Through the years I had the good fortune of visiting with him in my work travels and his playoff games in Napoleon.

    Thank you for everything Mr. Friskop.

    PS: I will have to wait to finally beat you at HORSE.

  70. kathy oakland says:

    Bisbee ND
    Rest in Peace Mr. Friskop…you will be remembered and never forgotten. Thank you for being such a great teacher and person when I was a student in Maddock during the late 80s. Prayers to your family as they mourn your passing. God bless your spirit and may it live on in the hearts of your family, students, and friends.

    Kathy Dahl Oakland

  71. Danny Hugelen says:

    Bismarck ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family!

  72. Elizabeth Reinert says:

    Overland Park KSMy thoughts and prayers are with his family. May you find the stregnth during this difficult time.

  73. sherry Schiltz says:

    Hankinson ndto the friskop family: I and my family are very sorry for your loss. Mr. will truely be miss by our community. he was a very special teacher and man. as a parent had many oppertunities to speak with him and could tell had a passion for science especially science fair. my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in your time of sorrow. I to have just experienced a recent loss in own family,both were taken from our families way to soon.

  74. Andrew & Trisha Elliot and family says:

    Hankinson ND
    I am at a loss for words Wendy and family. I cannot express how deeply sorry I am. Marcus was a great man and he is going to be missed. I know that my morning will never be the same without our daily exchange of complaints as I walked passed the elevator. Stay strong and you are in our prayers.

  75. Lorelei Sturgess says:

    Hankinson NdWendy, Megan, and Andrew. So sorry to hear about Marcus!! It’s such a shock. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Love, the Sturgess’

  76. Steve Gurule says:

    Wendy, Megan and Andrew,

    Our prayers are with you. we were all blessed to have Marcus as a part of our lives. he will live on in so many stories and lives.

    We’ll miss our friend.

    Steve and Carol

  77. Ann Frazier says:

    Bixby OKWendy,
    So saddened by the loss of Marcus. Mary, Sarah and I have been calling each other alot these past couple of days. Family is so important when you are grieving and yours is amazing. Prayers for comfort.
    Ann

  78. Mary and Marne says:

    Hankinson ND
    Our sincere sympathy goes to Mrs. Andrew, Magan, RJ and Mady. What a loss you have to endure! May you have consolation knowing what wonderful things Mr. accomplished during in life time. You are a very close knit family that is always there for each other. Mr. has touched the lives of many in this world. Those of us that were able to see him in action know the dedication he had for his family and his job. He was not afraid to work hard and set goals or himself as well as those he worked with. He had such a persuasive way to get you to do things you had no idea you were going to do. He leaves behind a very big foot print and shoes that will be hard to fill. May God be with you as you struggle though these difficult times and know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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