Janice Haack’s great cooking made her ‘Chef of Owl Ranch’
Janice Marie Haack, 89, of Bismarck, N.D., passed away Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Center in Bismarck. A graveside service will be held in the spring on a date to be announced.
Janice was born on Aug. 8, 1924, at Gopher, S.D., to Harold and Florence Locken where she was raised with sisters Opal and Geraldine. The family eventually moved to Isabel where she attended school and worked.
On June 17, 1943, Janice married the love of her life, Eugene Haack, in Timber Lake. They made their home on the Owl Ranch (which was named for her collection and fascination with them), working for Helen Rahberg. They saved their money and eventually purchased the property from her.
They raised their two children, Raetta and Bradley. on the farm. Jan and Gene shared their life together and worked there until they retired and moved to Bismarck in 1996.
Jan was a member of the Congregational Church in Isabel. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star as a Worthy Matron. After she married Gene, she became the head of the household and, was the “Chef of the Owl Ranch” for her family as well as the numerous hired hands that worked and visited there over the years. She made the best chocolate cake and fried chicken in the world, which was a request of friends and neighbors far and wide. She will forever be remembered as a great counselor, wonderful wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother.
She is survived by her two children, Raetta (Leonard) Martian, of Bismarck and Bradley (Elaine) Haack of Bismarck; four grandchildren, LaVonne (Rick) Parsons of Larimore, N.D., Jason (LeiLani) Haack of Hazen, N.D., Justin (Michelle) Voller of Bismarck, and Brandon (Stefanie) Haack of Sioux Falls; 11 great-grandchildren, Rick Jr., Darby, Chelsea, Alicia and Derrick,(Rick and LaVonne), Brayden and Aubrey (Jason and LeiLani), Jaxon and Isabella (Justin and Michelle) and Mason and Makenzie, (Brandon and Stefanie); and two great-great grandchildren, Kyana and Rilynn (Chelsea).
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, her parents, and both sisters.