Alberta Pankow, 80, Washburn, North Dakota, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, North Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at St. Edwin’s Catholic Church, Washburn, with the Rev. Patrick Cunningham officiating, and the Rev. Bernard Pfau, the Rev. Michael Shommer and Deacon Stuart Longtin concelebrating. Burial was held at 3 p.m. Monday at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, North Dakota.
Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary and prayer vigil Sunday, Nov. 25 at St. Edwin’s Catholic Church, Washburn.
Alberta was born on Jan. 17, 1938 the daughter of Nicholas and Eva (Mitzel) Schmaltz. She attended rural school and graduated from St. Francis Academy Hankinson, North Dakota, where she was a member for 17 years. She earned her BSE degree at Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota, her “Learning Disability Credentials” at University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and her” Mental Retardation Credential” at Northern State College, Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Alberta was a teacher for many years. She taught in the North Dakota cities of Wahpeton, Rugby, Grand Forks, Lidgerwood and for 22 years at the Anne Carlsen Center, Jamestown. She loved teaching, especially the lower elementary grades. After retiring from full-time teaching, Alberta did substitute teaching in Washburn and Underwood, North Dakota. Alberta was a Faith Formation teacher, teaching second grade First Holy Communion class at St. Edwin’s for many years, and was also an extraordinary minister of communion. She also volunteered for Hospice and other various charities.
Alberta married Craig Pankow on June 11, 1976 in St. Anthony’s Church, Mooreton, North Dakota. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, camping, fishing, reading and visiting with family and friends.
Alberta is survived by her husband; two stepdaughters: Teresa (Alexis) and Melissa; six step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Victor (Diane) Schmaltz, Towner, North Dakota; a sister, Rosemary Jundt, Minot, North Dakota; a sister-in-law: Beatrice Schmaltz, Rugby, North Dakota; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Augustin, Leo and Leonard (infant); her sister-in-law, Vonnie Schmaltz; her in-laws: Norman and Pearl Pankow; and one step-grandson.
In lieu of flowers, Alberta would ask that you make a donation to Anne Carlsen Center, 701 3rd St. NW P.O. Box 8000 Jamestown, ND 58402 in her name.
Goetz Funeral Home of Washburn was in charge of arrangements.