JoNell Murack

jonell murack

September 17, 1941 ~ June 27, 2022

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

JoNell Murack, 80 of Fargo passed away in her home on June 27, 2022.

JoNell was born September 17, 1941, to Clayton and Sylvia Larson in Hankinson, ND.

JoNell married Clarence Murack, January 21, 1961, in Geneseo, ND. Their daughter Jill was born November 26, 1963, in Fargo ND. Their son John was born 8 years later October 10, 1971, in Fargo. The family lived in Moorhead, until they moved to Fargo in 1993.

JoNell worked for Northwestern Bell which eventually became Quest Services, for 39 years before her retirement in December of 2001. After retirement, JoNell spent an additional 10 years at Fleet Farm as a cashier. The day cashier on till 18, always Jo’s till, was well known for her willingness to have a conversation and her outgoing disposition. JoNell retired from Fleet Farm to assist in the care of her daughter Jill, whom she lovingly called, “Putz”, until Jill’s untimely passing in 2019.

JoNell enjoyed going to weekly burger and taco nights at the VFW with good friends. She would never say no to a good cup of coffee and some good conversation. You always knew the coffee pot was on at Jo’s. Her biggest passion was playing a good game of BINGO! She always seemed to have that lucky dauber in the corner when she played as well.

JoNell was also known every Christmas for those famous caramels! It was practically a holiday itself to make caramels at the Murack house. She loved sending those to family and friends and put on many miles hand delivering an incredible number of batches over the years.

The biggest love of her life, however, was her grandson Tristen. Grandma Jo and Tristen made cutout sugar cookies for every holiday, from the time Tristen could kneel in the chair and assist. They also loved getting on the floor and playing with Grampa Clarences’ horses, and the school bus and dump truck, playing 6,5,4 and playing 31.

JoNell is survived by her son John (Laurie) of Fargo. The light of her life her grandson Tristen. Her brothers Norvel (Barb) Larson, Arizona, and Van (Debbie) Larson, Bismarck, ND. As well, as several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by several members of the Murack family clan.

JoNell was preceded in death by her husband Clarence in December of 2010. As well as her daughter Jill (Jillybean), May 27, 2019. As well as several grand puppies: Max, Myles, Tyke, and Charlie.
A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, July 9, 2022, from 3:30 to 6:30 at Boulger, Funeral Home.

Private interment ceremony will be held at a later date.

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  1. This is so hard!! 😢 I’m going to miss your stubbornness, our margarita birthdays, and your long stories!!
    We had our issues Jo, but I’m going to miss you and loved you dearly!❤️
    Say hi to Jillybean and Clarence!!

  2. I will surely miss you. Through all the ups and downs in our lives our friendship continued on.
    Needless to say the Birthday lunches will be missed since we were only 2 weeks apart in age I will always think you of and raise my glass to you – remembering when…….
    Your journey is complete my friend!

  3. Through all the twists and turns in our lives – we always remained ‘friends’.We were only two weeks apart in age and thus we tried to get together for Birthday Lunches to celebrate.
    You journey is now complete and I will miss you my “Friend’.

  4. I’m going to miss JoNell, we worked together at Fleet Farm for years and would go out for a drink here and there back then, and she would organize our Christmas Party at the VFW in Moorhead and hand out her world famous caramels with our number for the gift exchange. After most of us left Fleet Farm we would get together a couple times a year at the Cajun Cafe till Covid and that ended. I wish now we would have had one more get together, she was a good Friend that will be missed dearly!

  5. John: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family during this difficult time on the loss of your mother.

    Board of Director’s and staff

  6. Jo we were classmates our freshman year at WHS. (Wimbledon, ND) We would catch up on life at Fleet Farm a few times a year after 68 years. My sympathy to all of her family.

  7. We moved to Wimbledon in 1951 and lived with the Larson’s – we had three upstairs rooms and their family also slept in two other upstairs rooms. JoNell became our baby sitter until we moved in 1958. I was a young wife and mother and she and her family helped with hmesickness, cooking and so much more. Yes, I learned to make the caramels and opera fudge. Rest in peace dear JoNell

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Jo from the telephone company. She will be greatly missed.

  9. Jonell cane to hankinson for our 2 yr high school doubled dated with her, paul , clarence lot of fun sock hops, dances she also worked at bowling alley. Miss her.

  10. JoNell and I talked a lot about making Opera Fudge. It was a Christmas favorite that we both fondly recall my Grandma Mulder made in Wimbledon . Both she and I continued the tradition..I fondly called it the Candy from Hell! Our families love the treat, but man it was a lot of work to make!
    I’d see JoNell often at M &J playing bingo and we would visit about Jill and my father. She will be missed…and I’m sure she’s giving Heaven and its Angels a bit of hell, as she loved to tell it like it is! LOL. RIP JoNell❤️

  11. John and family…so sorry for your loss. I looked forward to seeing Jo on Monday’s at the VFW. She always had a smile and I was lucky to be a recipient of those wonderful caramels she made. Prayers during this difficult time🙏🙏

  12. John and family,
    We are going to miss JoNell. My family always enjoyed seeing and talking with her. She was an awesome lady.

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with you John and family, we had many years of laughs together at fleet farm . She always had a good morning and smile for me. She will be missed.

  14. God bless you and keep you and keep in his arms. You were one of the BEST employees at old MA Bell

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