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Audrey Helen Evon Hochgraber

October 30, 2017

Memorial Service - Saturday, November 11, 2017

November 11, 2017
- 11:00 AM

Hope Lutheran Church, North Campus

Prayer Service - Friday, November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Friday, November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Audrey Helen Evon Hochgraber

October 30, 2017


Surrounded by loving family, Audrey Helen Evon Hochgraber passed away October 30th at Essentia Health at the age of 91.

Audrey was born July 25, 1926 in Wild Rose, ND to Orren and Ella (Kroke) Anderson. The family farmed during the difficult 1930’s, eventually relocating to Kloten in 1935. Education was a lifelong passion for Audrey and she pursued a teaching degree at Mayville State University to help others achieve their dreams. For two years she taught at a rural school near Michigan, ND.

Audrey married Orville Hochgraber in 1946, residing on a farm in Galesburg, ND where Audrey helped with farm work, became involved in the community, especially at Elm River Lutheran Church, and taught school at Clifford-Galesburg for approximately 20 years. They traveled frequently with Orville’s Polar Communications board position. The farm raised crops, animals, much love, many adventures and two sons, Kent and Keith. Orville passed away in 1981 and Audrey continued residing there until 1983, when she moved to Fargo.

Fargo opened up new opportunities, including serving as house mother at NDSU’s Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, working at Hancock Fabrics to feed her sewing/crafting/quilting habit, volunteering at such places as Dakota Hospital/MeritCare, Sons of Norway and Hope Lutheran and catching up with past friends and meeting new on the golf course.

Audrey diligently attended every possible grandchild’s event, always serving as the voice of encouragement and support, regardless of the outcome. She was known to embrace her 100% Norwegian heritage, rolling untold amounts of lefse, flatbread and other treats and recently passing that tradition on to her great grandchildren.

The ultimate matriarch, Audrey’s grandchildren fondly remember her ability to mend and sew clothing, the detail and thought behind her Christmas gift giving and her warm insistence on feeding her guests. She enjoyed laughing, hosting friends and sharing conversation, constantly bringing people together with her kindness.

Audrey followed her parents, Orren and Ella, her husband, Orville, a sister, Ardis (Halvorson), and three brothers, Orville, Donald and Eldo on their journey to Heaven. Those responsible for carrying on her memory include sons, Kent (Marge) Hochgraber, Fargo, ND, Keith (Pat) Hochgraber, Detroit Lakes, MN, 6 grandchildren, Jill, Jessica, Erika Hochgraber, Joshua (Amy) Hochgraber, Benjamin (Cara) Hochgraber and Katie (Jeremy) Lamm, as well as 4 very adored great grandchildren, Audrey, Creighton and Nora Hochgraber and JJ Lamm.

A prayer service will be held at Boulger Funeral Home 7:00 PM on Friday, November 10 in Fargo with visitation starting at 5:00 P.M. Audrey’s funeral service will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, November 11, at Hope Lutheran North Campus in Fargo, with a family burial at Elm River Cemetery in Galesburg to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice.


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8 responses to “Audrey Helen Evon Hochgraber”

  1. Jessica Hochgraber says:

    My Grandma Audrey will ALWAYS be LOVED AND REMEMBERED!!!!

  2. Gloria Burkholder Tate says:

    My sincere condolences to the Hochgraber family. You are all in my thought’s & prayer’s.

  3. Pennie Humphrey says:

    I have fond memories about Audrey. She was my 5th grade teacher and a great colleague of my mother Edith. Both were “warriors of education”!
    Orville and Audrey were terrific & fun chaperones of the Class of 1968’s senior class trip to Winnipeg.

    After Audrey moved to Fargo, it was always great to see her at the Sons of Norway—she was a great volunteer! She will be missed.

  4. Curtis and Susan Bring says:

    Dear Kent, Keith and families,
    Our thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of your mother and simultaneously celebrate the life of this wonderful, giving person. Like you, we both lost our dads early in our years but were blessed with loving, caring moms who helped guide us through life and brought great joy and cultural appreciation to our growing families. Audrey will be missed, but always loved and remembered.
    Curtis and Susan Bring

  5. Mort and Sharon Mazaheri says:

    To Kent and Hochgraber Family: Please accept our deepest sympathies for the passing of your mother. She was such a great volunteer and outstanding citizen.

    Mort and Sharon Mazaheri
    Casa Grande, Arizona

  6. Mollie Moen says:

    My prayers for family and friends of Audrey who was a great lady.

  7. Marie Satrom says:

    Dear Kent and Keith,

    Our condolences to you for your Mom. She was my fifth grade teacher in Galesburg the first year I went from country school. Then they got a teacher at Bower School so I was back to the country for 6th grade and town forever after. She was a special lady. Blessed be her memory.

    Love and prayers from Marie (Warner) Satrom and Carl too.

  8. Cory & Kristi Anderson says:

    Kent and Keith –

    I am sorry to hear about Aunt Audrey. I have such favorable thoughts of her during my times with her whether it be on the farm or her spending time with Mom. I appreciated her teasing and twinkle in her eye similar to Gpa Orren’s.

    Her obituary certainly highlighted her warmth and rightfully celebrated my memories of her.

    God bless.

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