Janice Motschenbacher

janice motschenbacher

April 21, 1938 ~ November 1, 2022

Born in: Barnesville, Minnesota
Resided in: Dent, Minnesota

Janice’s funeral Mass can be seen on the link below starting at 11:00 AM Friday November 11, 2022:


Janice passed away on Monday, November 1, 2022, at Farmstead Living in Moorhead, Minnesota, at the age of 84.

Janice Scheffler was born on April 21, 1938, at home in Wilkin County, Barnesville to Fred and Irene (Braton) Scheffler. She went to a one room school house thru the 2nd grade and then moved to Barnesville where she graduated from Barnesville High School in 1956. She attended St. Cloud State Teachers College majoring in Elementary Education until she transferred to NDAG, which is now NDSU, where she graduated with a B.S. degree in Home Economics and a minor in Physical Science.

Janice was united in marriage to Wesley Motschenbacher on December 31, 1959, at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Sabin, Minnesota. She taught school in Hope, Noonan, Crosby and Casselton – all in North Dakota. Her longest teaching position was in Casselton for 25 years. In Casselton, she taught all three of her children. Janice retired in 1996 and they moved to Dent, Minnesota which was their lake home. They spent winters in Harlingen, Texas. One of her favorite activities down there was playing in the bell choir. She was also involved in the HOST program, which stands for helping one child to succeed. She loved to travel and was in nine different countries, and in Hawaii five times. She also loved to jet ski, swim, quilt, golf, and be with friends. Her greatest joy was her nine grandchildren.

Janice is survived by her children – Jackie (Tom) Klepperich of Sheridan, WY; Bernie (Beth) Motschenbacher of Corona, SD; and Heidi (Mike) Volk of Broomfield, CO; her sisters – Ivy Olson, Sandy Heglie, Sharon Thomas and Linda Curfman; as well as her grandchildren – Brad, Kelli, Michael, Christian, Abigail, Jack, Carter, Grayson, Isabella; and her great-grandchildren – Tristan and Emmett.

Janice was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Wesley; and also her parents.

Memorials may be made to The National Loon Center (PO BOX 642 Crosslake, MN 56442), Central Cass Dollars for Scholars (PO BOX 503 Casselton, ND 58012), or the organization of your choice.

FUNERAL MASS: 11 AM Friday, November 11, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead – with a visitation one hour prior

PRAYER SERVICE: 7 PM Thursday, November 10, 2022, at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo – with a visitation from 5 – 7 PM

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com


Funeral: November 11, 2022 11:00 am

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Moorhead, MN
218 10th St S Moorhead
Moorhead, Minnesota 58051

(218) 236-5066

Visitation: November 10, 2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Prayer Service: November 10, 2022 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. My sympathy extended to the Motschenbacher Family: Jackie, Bernie, and Heidi.
    As ever, Mr. Ken Klingenstein

  2. My Heartfelt Prayers and Sympathy to the Motschenbacher Family.What a Wonderful Lady and Such an Amazing Teacher!! Many great memories of her. Thanks for making a difference in my life Mrs. Motschenbacher!
    Kelley Utt

  3. I will all ways remember her as a great teacher and friend. She inspired me to be a chef and it meant the world to me when she came to my restaurant when I had it. She will be missed. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    David Hoffman

  4. Motsenbacher Family;
    My Deepest Sympathy To You All! May You All have Peace Thoughts n Prayers 🙏 I had Janice For My Home Ec Classes in 8th Grade! She Will Always Be Remembered By Me!!

    Cheri Wehrmann

  5. Sympathies to the family. She was one of my favorite teachers throughout high school.
    Jane Skarvold Kjosen

  6. You will be greatly missed. Thanks to your class I still do not chew my nails… hugs and prayers to the family.

  7. We are so sorry for your loss of Janice. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. We feel so blessed to have been her friend. she will be missed.

  8. It was sad to get the news that cousin Janice had passed away. We’ll be thinking & praying for all of you. 💐

  9. I am thinking of you all and Aunt Janice, wishing I could be there to celebrate her life. She always had a bright smile and kinda words. I have many cherished memories of my great times at the lake home growing up.
    Glad she is home now with Uncle Wesley and other loved ones. God Bless, love you all!

  10. My sympathies to the family of Mrs. Motschenbacher. I was her student when she taught physical science in Noonan, and she was one of my favorite teachers. I remember her fondly some 50+ years later.

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