Clare Mary Scholand

clare scholand

October 5, 1922 ~ January 5, 2023

Born in: Reynolds, North Dakota
Resided in: Hillsboro, North Dakota

Clare Mary Scholand, 100, died on January 5, 2023, at Sanford Hillsboro Care Center. She was born to Anton and Mathilda Linneman of rural Reynolds, ND, on October 5, 1922, the eighth of 11 children. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Reynolds. She grew up on the family farm west of town, and she attended Reynolds Public School, graduating in 1941. She then attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Devils Lake, ND, where she graduated as a registered nurse in 1944. She enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, and served at Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver, CO, until December, 1945. She married Joseph A. Scholand, of Reynolds, on November 9, 1945, at the Fitzsimmons Chapel, and they made their home in Reynolds, where they raised eight children. Clare was active in the Catholic Church there, serving as a catechist for 10 years and offering generous hospitality to family and friends.

Clare maintained her nursing skills while the children grew up by providing first aid to community residents. She was an American Red Cross nurse, and worked at the Hillsboro Hospital and Nursing Home, as well at St. Michael’s Hospital in Grand Forks. She was active in the ND Rural Mail Carriers Auxiliary, serving as a state officer. She was also president of the Trail County Senior Council on Aging for five years. Clare lived a full life of loving, teaching, and serving. She taught, “Live one day at a time, and make the best of what you have.” Her family celebrated her remarkable 100 years of life with a family reunion party on October 8, 2022.

Clare and Joe lived in Reynolds for 47 years before moving to Hillsboro in 1991. There she was active in Kelleher Senior Living Center. She became a resident of the Sandford Hillsboro Care Center in 2017, where she received loving care and service.

Clare is survived by six of her children: Theresa (Alex) Leiphon, Devils Lake, ND; Dorothy (Joe) Berghoff, Minneapolis, MN; Mary (Dwight) Gunderson, Minot, ND; Paul (Lucy) Scholand, Ypsilanti, MI; Don Scholand, Memphis, TN; and Colette (Randy) Smith, Hillsboro, ND; 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and many dear nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, John, in 1982; by her husband, Joe, in 2008; her son, Jerome, and daughter-in-law, Mary (Don) in 2014; son-in-law, Cloyd (Mary) Kittilson in 2020, and by her parents and all of her siblings and in-laws.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2023, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro. Nightingale Nurse Memorial, and Scripture Service at 7 p.m..

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 2023, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Hillsboro. Visitation and Rosary one hour prior to funeral. Burial, with full military honors, will be held at a later date at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery, Hillsboro, next to her husband, Joe, and son, Jerome.

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  1. Aunt Clare was a dear, caring person to everyone. She was always happy to see us when my sister and I came to visit and play with our cousins as we were growing up. I had an opportunity to visit with her a couple of years ago when I was in North Dakota. We spent a couple of hours together talking about the families. It is a couple of hours in my life I will always treasure. May God grant you eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon you.

  2. I remember Aunt Clara’s home always had a place to rest, food and a warm greeting. Uncle Joe would say “how you doing Kid”. I think it was that there was a lot of cousins coming through their home it worked. They were supportive and loving and they made my life better. I shall always be thankful for them.

  3. My mother Lindy Lange, or “Gerty” when in Reynolds, was a younger sister of Clara’s. We didn’t get to see the Linneman side of our family often but Lindy spoke frequently and proudly of her family. Whenever Joe and Clare planned to stop by to visit, mom had an extra skip in her step. Between her and Clare there were 18 children to talk about, so talk they did! I was impressed that Aunt Clare remembered all our names and was genuinely interested in how we were doing. How she raised such a large family, worked at nursing and stayed so active in the community is no small feat! Must be that German work ethic! I’m sure there’s a big celebration going on in heaven now that the whole family is together again. God Bless you Aunt Clare!

  4. Clare was a favorite aunt of mine. We shared many a laugh when my 2 year grandson Keagan figured how to use my cell phone. Clare was very patient listening to him babble knowing some adult would eventually question how he accomplished this. When I found him, he had the phone resting on his shoulder and his arm on his hip intently sharing a story with Aunt Clare. When in Reynolds, we loved visiting and staying with the Scholands (they had indoor plumbing) and playing games at the nook window. One favorite memory is about 6 of us watching TV and passing around the anti-itch medicine for mosquitoes. And playing on the swing. I visited Aunt Clare in 2018 and had a memorable time. She was indeed a Loving Aunt.

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