Elizabeth Volk

June 6, 1922 – Dec. 31, 2019

Elizabeth Volk, 97,

Minot, ND, passed away,

Tuesday, December 31,

2019 at Trinity Hospital in


Elizabeth Schiele was

born June 6, 1922 in a

farmhouse outside of

Karlsruhe, ND to Ludwig

and Catherine (Richter)

Schiele. Elizabeth was

raised on the same farm-

stead where she was born

and attended country


Elizabeth was united in

marriage to William “Wil-

ly” G. Volk on June 18,

1941. They resided on a

farm near Orrin, ND for a

short time and began their

family there. Thereafter,

they moved to a farm

south of Karlsruhe, ND

and eventually transi-

tioned to Minot, ND. Wil-

ly and Elizabeth raised

nine children: Yvonne,

Jerome, Caroline, Martina,

Gary, Daniel, Patricia

(Trish), Elizabeth (Betty),

and Linda. Willy passed

away on January 14, 1990.

Elizabeth worked out-

side of the home as a

nurse’s aide at St. Joseph’s

Hospital in Minot for 23

years. Whenever possible

or the mood was right,

Willy and Elizabeth could

be found doing a polka on

any local dance floor. El-

izabeth enjoyed sewing

and quilting, crocheting,

scrapbooking, and doll


She sold her specially

crafted goods at numerous

craft shows over the

years. She enjoyed travel-

ing, mainly via Amtrak

train, to see family and

friends. Elizabeth was al-

ways on the move even

though she never pos-

sessed a driver’s license.

Curiously, she was always

attentive to the cost of a

gallon of gas! While Willy

resided in the nursing

home, Elizabeth made

sure to visit him every

day and walked there

when the weather al-

lowed. Elizabeth held her

family as a priority

throughout her life. She

made every attempt to be

present at events and/or

send a special handmade

gift. All were blessed

with a card on their birth-

day containing $1

bill-until you said your

wedding vows. Some of

the grandchildren were

known to put wedding

dates past their birthdays,

just to receive another

special card. Elizabeth

had a heart of gold and al-

ways received you coming

or going with a “strong

hug for a little lady.” The

family affectionately titled

Elizabeth, “Queen,” years

ago. She was also an

avid black coffee drinker.

So, we encourage you to

raise a glass of strong

black coffee in her honor

and bless her memory.

Here’s to the Queen! You

will forever reign in our


Those Whom Shared in

Elizabeth’s Life: Children:

Yvonne Kleppe, Jerome

(Mary) Volk, Caroline (Ar-

nie) Heintz, Martina Wit-

ham, Gary (Becky) Volk,

Patricia (Byron) Larson,

Elizabeth (Bruce) Johnson;

Daughter-in-law, Sherry

Volk; Son-in-law, Milo

Schmeichel; 28

Grandchildren; 58 Great-

Grandchildren; and 17


n with another arriving in

March. Siblings: Mike

(Ann) Schiele, Francis

(Arlene) Schiele, Louie

(Rita) Schiele, Maggie

(Tony) Mack, and Rosie

Bischof; Brother-in-law,

Lawrence Mack,

Sister-in-law, Lucille

Schiele and Bernadine

Schiele. Numerous

nieces, nephews, and

cousins also survive.

Elizabeth was preceded

in death by: Her parents,

Ludwig and Catherine;

Her loving husband, Wil-

liam “Willy” G. Volk; her

siblings: Cecelia Kramer,

Jerome Schiele, Anna

Marie Mack, Henry

Schiele, and infant broth-

er, Nick; her children:

Daniel Volk and Linda

Schmeichel; Son-in-law,

Chuck Witham; infant

grandson, Michael Volk;

and Grandson-in-law,

Rodney Fipps.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al: Tuesday, January 7,

2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Our

Lady of Grace Catholic

Church, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot,


Visitation: Monday

from 5 to 7 p.m. at

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot.

Vigil Prayer Service:

Monday at 7 p.m. at

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot.

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