Ethel Hegstad

June 15, 1929-Aug. 25, 2017

Ethel Hegstad, 88,

Powers Lake, went to be

with the Lord, Friday, Au-

gust 25, 2017 in a Tioga

nursing home. She

passed away peacefully

surrounded by her family.

Mary Ethel Hegstad was

born on June 15, 1929 in

Williston, the daughter of

Jack and Mary (Hammer)

Pankowski. She attended

school in Fairview, Tren-

ton and Williston where

she graduated from

Williston High School in

1947. Shortly before gra-

duation she began work as

a secretary to the superin-tendent of Williston

Schools. Ethel met Philip

Hegstad at Baptist Youth

Camp and was united in

marriage to him on June

20, 1948 in Williston.

For a few years they

lived in Williston where

she worked as a secretary

and bookkeeper. They

then moved to the family

farm at Powers Lake

where they raised their

family. In 1968, Ethel

started her career as the

clerk of Powers Lake Pub-

lic Schools. Philip passed

away on November 21,

2000. Ethel was a very

active member of Bethel

Baptist Church in Powers

Lake where she served as

a clerk, secretary and

taught Sunday school.

She served on local and

state Christian Education

Boards, represented North

Dakota Baptist Women at

their national assembly

and served as a state off-

icer. She was a member of

the Good Neighbors

Homemakers Club, Red

Hat Society and Sons of

Norway. She enjoyed

square dancing, golfing,

crocheting and rosmaling.

She was an excellent

seamstress who sewed her

children’s clothing, made

draperies and did uphol-

stery work. Most of all,

Ethel cherished spending

time with her family. May

God Bless her memory

among us.

Ethel is survived by:

her sons, Eugene (Judy) of

Powers Lake, David (Jen-

ny) of Ishpeming, MI,

Clifton of Idaho and John

Daniel (Stephanie) of

Bismarck; daughters, Di-

ane Skjervem (Bob) of

Powers Lake and Debbie

Braaten (Garland) of

Powers Lake; 17

grandchildren; 28

great-grandchildren, 2


brothers, Tom Pankowski

of Great Falls, MT and

Ron Pankowski (Harriet)

of Port Angeles, WA; sis-

ter, Millie Mathis of Kel-

so, WA; brothers-in-law,

Glen Hegstad (Ardie) of

Orange City, IA and Gene

Nice of Williston and

several nieces, nephews

and cousins.

She was preceded in

death by: her parents;

husband; daughter, Judy

Marie; brothers, Philip,

Paul and Lawrence; and

sisters, Shirley Nice and

Gloria McLaughlin.

Funeral: Wednesday,

August 30, 2017 at 11:00

am in Bethel Baptist

Church, Powers Lake.

Visitation: Tuesday,

August 29, 2017 from

noon – 6:00 pm in

Springan Funeral Home,


Interment: Bethel Bap-

tist Cemetery, Powers