Joan Hruby

joan hruby

August 4, 1967 ~ November 3, 2022

Born in: Bismarck, North Dakota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

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Joan L. Hruby, 55, Fargo passed away unexpectedly on November 3rd, 2022 of natural causes at her home.

Joan was born August 4, 1967 in Bismarck, North Dakota to Paul and Marjorie (Leben) Hruby. She graduated from Wilton High School. During high school Joan participated in multiple National Science Fairs with her research dedicated to biological enhancement of fertility in soils. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Dakota, graduating Summa Cum Laude and received the 1990 Robert Campbell Senior Nursing Award and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She also received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota.

She started her professional career with St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck. She married Ted Jirik on December 28, 1998. They made their home in Bismarck and Fargo. Into this union they joyfully welcomed their only son, Frank Paul.

Being a mother was her purpose in life.

Joan’s strong Catholic faith led her to a life of serving others. Unselfishly, she gave much of her time to helping with certain Grant work with those in need, especially the immigrant community. Using her deep knowledge with stewardship of the soils, she openly shared that knowledge and helped to start many gardens and food plots at the Standing Rock Reservation, Community Gardens in Fargo and Bismarck and at the Shanley High School. During the busy years of being a mother and gardener, she also enjoyed working at Herbergers and Red River Commodities. Most recently she found a wonderful work life and family at Home Depot.

Joan is survived by her son, Frank Jirik, Fargo, ND; mother, Marjorie Hruby, Bismarck, ND; siblings, Mary (Everett) Olson, Riverdale, ND, Barbara Bartholomay, Enderlin, ND, Kathleen (Dennis) Draper, Carlock, IL, Douglas (Kathleen) Hruby, Bismarck, ND, Laurence (Lori) Hruby, Beulah, ND; former husband, Ted Jirik, Moorhead, MN and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her father, Paul; brother, Thomas Hruby and brother-in-law, Martin Bartholomay.

Joan’s Video Tribute can be viewed below:


Prayer Service - Friday: November 11, 2022 7:00 pm

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
710 10th St S
Fargo, ND 58103

(701) 237-6063

Visitation - Friday: November 11, 2022 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
710 10th St S
Fargo, ND 58103

(701) 237-6063

Funeral Mass - Saturday: November 12, 2022 2:00 pm

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
710 10th St S
Fargo, ND 58103

(701) 237-6063

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  1. Joan my dear Home Depot friend you left us too soon.
    I feel you are where you believed you’d be.

    You lived the example of how you believed and inspired me and others, always with respect.

    You were grateful for whatever goodness came your way, I gave some CDs
    and movies you were so happy and thanked me a thousand times, then you told me how you danced to the music so inspiring to me Joan.

    Just so you know how much you inspired us JOAN.


    Judy Jamieson

  2. What a beautiful lady. Joan thanks for being a friend a roommate. And a soul mate. I appreciate you trusting me with you soul and being a friend.

  3. You were always ready to learn something new. Wether at work or just in life. I remember the last day I saw you, you had just cut blinds for the first time by yourself. You realize you had done something wrong but you responded so funny we both broke out in laughter. That’s how I will remember you. Happy and blessed. I’ll miss you. I know The Home Depot will miss your awesome work ethic. Peace be with you, Joan.

  4. Thank you for imprinting on me. You lived honorably as an amazing example, thank you for the reminders and support you’ve given. You’re missed, so so missed. Im sorry you were taken so soon, too soon.

  5. I’m so sorry for your family. Prayers for you all. Joan was a very good person & full of joy. She loved her son & was so proud of him. Carol Andvik

  6. To a very good friend, and, co-worker. You did leave us too soon! You had a smile all the time and you were so friendly to everyone at Home Depot and beyond. You will be missed!

  7. We were shocked and saddened here at The Home Depot to learn of the passing of Joan. She was such a breath of fresh air around here. Joan was always smiling, cheerful and lent a helping hand to all of her co-workers. Many of our customers specifically asked for Joan by name to assist them. We will definitely miss Joan around here. Although, she was only with us for a short time; her shoes are going to be very hard to fill. Our sincerest condolences to the family concerning Joan’s passing.

  8. Joan, you were such a sweet person. Thank you for all your kind words and actions. It was always a treat to see you. You will truly be missed.

  9. My dear friend Joan, you will sure be missed by My family and I. You were such a kind hearted lady and always care about people.

  10. Dear Joan
    You had such a servant heart. You cared a lot for others which was a wonderful part of your character. I remember you following me out of Home Depot asking me how my experience was, knowing that I had had trouble with the order that took a lot of extra time. You will be missed I will remember your smile.
    Brian J

  11. Joan was an incredible lady who was so selfless. Many many days she took time out to help me in some of my darkest days. She is now a true angel who I will always be blessed to have called my friend.

    I will miss you.
    Love Jodi

  12. My Joan, can’t believe you left us, I just had met you and it feels like I known you for a life time, loved your character, just you, no more to say you were a great person to speak too, can’t believe you are gone to soon, we will see each other my friend again, miss you tons.

  13. Joan was a good friend to all who knew her. Such a bright personality always willing to share herself with you. I’ll always remember the times she taught me about the birds. Whenever you see a bird that strikes you as odd, that’s god telling you you’re on the right path. Birds of prey are especially significant, she would say. That has stuck with me through all these years.

    Joan had a way of taking people’s fears and turning them into reassurances. A woman of insurmountable faith, Joan gave much hope to myself and those around her.

    Joan, you will be missed.

  14. Joan was special person who i appreciated as great friend. She was always there for me and we prayed together.she was a kind and caring person. I spent the last week with her laughing and enjoying life. She was sister in christ who understood who practiced her faith. She was women who loved being with people. We would go to movies together. She was always willing to learn about her faith and i have seen her grow so much through the years. My sister life will not end here.Joan had beautuful spririt that will surely be missed.

  15. Joan truly was a woman of great faith, humility, laughter, and always a smile. Anytime I would see her, she had a big hello and true friendship.
    She will be missed for sure by those who were around her at any time.
    Rest in the Peace of God, Joan.
    Smile with the Saints and others in heaven

  16. Joan you left us too soon, I was gust learning the wonderful person you were. I loved getting together for lunch. I will miss you. Prayers to your son and family may God bring peace to their hearts.

  17. Frank and family,

    Katherine and I are at a loss of words about the passing of your mom. She was an amazing woman! Please know we are here for you, Frank. I enjoyed working with her at Herberger’s. Continued thoughts and prayers.

    Pam and Katherine Appel

  18. Joan was my little sister in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She was the kindest and sweetest person. After college and having a one year old, I stayed with Joan for a weekend in Bismarck with my little one before I moved to Hawaii. We had the best time talking about life after college and what life meant to us. I cherish that weekend together and all of our talks over the years. My condolences to you, Frank, and Joan’s family members. May the memories of Joan be a blessing to all those who knew her as family and friends.

  19. Dear friend
    I first met your mother at morning Mass seven and a half years ago at St. Joes. She sat right behind me and I remember at the intercessions she prayed for her son Frank going on a trip with Shanley High School. I told her I also had grandkids at Shanley and from them on we became very good friends and she visited often. The last time I saw her was two weeks ago when she came to visit and we shared pumpkin bread. She is very proud of you Frank and so are we and I see you’re following in her footsteps majoring in Biology. I’m sending you a picture of when you spoke at the senior graduation at Shanley that your mom gave to me. Please keep in touch. Sincerely your friend. Marian and George Greenwood.

  20. We are so sorry and surprised at Joan’s passing. Now we are also sorry that that we have not seen her in so many years. We always enjoyed her, Ted, and Frank’s visits to our family’s home in Bismarck. They were always so kind, gracious, and attentive to our parents and fun to spend time with. So many beautiful comments on this guestbook! Sincere condolences to her family and remembering Joan for her sweet and beautiful spirit. God bless.

  21. Shared prayers 🙏 with Joan many times @ St. Anthony’s & St. Mary’s: eternal rest grant unto her oh Lord & may the perpetual light shine continuously on her “+” Take Care & know Joan is in Heaven w/ our Lord 😇

  22. I was a fellow student at UND and knew Joan particularly from mutual time spent at the St. Thomas Aquinas/Newman Center. I remember her zeal for her nursing studies and her great faith. May Joan rest in peace and her family be consoled!

  23. I remember Joan well from our time together at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, especially at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church/Newman Center. She had zeal for her nursing studies and great faith—a beautiful soul. May Joan rest in peace and May her family have consolation!

  24. I am so grateful that we were blessed with you, Joan. You are one of the kindest, gentlest people I have ever met, and I will miss the brightness of your smile. I am blessed to have called you a friend. Thank you for being exactly who you are.

  25. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss. Losing a beloved family member is very difficult, just know that GOD had a better plan for her and that your friends and other family members will be there to talk with anytime.

  26. My condolences to Frank and all the Hruby family. Joan was the sweetest, kindest person anyone could know. An angel got her wings this week.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Joan in high school when we were both FHA state officers. Then we both went to UND and she is a big reason I joined Kappa Alpha Theta. So, she is my sister, too, and I have lost a part of my heart with her loss. She was truly a blessing to this world.

    My prayers are with you in this time of mourning.

  27. Joan,
    Your beautiful smile and gentle way.
    We will miss your presence and gentle smile.
    Shine bright in Heaven Joan… shine your beautiful light.
    Love ,

  28. It is with sadness that I write this memory of Joan. Joan was a very kind, gentle and humble person in my estimation and observation, she gave her all to everything she did. Interestingly, she was born in 1967 the year I began teaching in Wilton. Twelve years later she was one of my first science fair students. She did such a great job at her project, That she won first place at the state in the junior division. Throughout junior high and high school she won many firsts culminating with a first place win in her division at the international science and engineering fair in Knoxville Tennessee. Her work in high school enabled her to produce a high yield from farm crops at 1/15th of the cost of fertilizer. She was very humble about receiving conference calls from the University of North Dakota, University of Florida and the University of Israel. Her attitude was ” maybe I can help feed the world“. That was a glimpse of her unselfish attitude. I could go on with many examples and incidents that occurred. I just know the world would be a better place if there were more Joan Hruby’s

  29. Dear Cousin Joan,
    Although I couldn’t attend your Rosary or Mass I was able to participate in the joy you bestowed upon others via the Internet. What a blessing you have been as a true witness to our Lord, Jesus Christ. Jesus asks that we be salt and light to the world. Indeed, Joan, you lived as Jesus wished. Your spark will be missed! Rest in Peace!
    Joanne Gilbraith-White

  30. Janet Murphy-I will miss seeing you at the library, Joan. You were always so fun and interesting to talk to. Love Jan

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