August 4, 1967 ~ November 3, 2022
Bismarck, North Dakota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota
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: