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Published January 24, 2013, 12:00 AM

Othmar "OJ" Schonhardt

Othmar "OJ" Schonhardt, 92, Wahpeton, ND, formerly Mooreton, ND, passed away, Monday, January 21, 2013, at St. Catherine's Living Center, Wahpeton. The Funeral Mass will be Saturday, 10:30 a.m., at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Mooreton, ND. Visitation will be Friday, from 5 PM to 7 PM at Willow Creek Chapel, Wahpeton and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery, Mooreton. Vertin-Munson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Othmar John Schonhardt was born on September 5, 1920 in Ogema, Minnesota to Rose (Humbert) and John Schonhardt; the eldest of 5 sons. "OJ" grew up and was educated in the Ogema area. In the early 1940's he began working at the Thomas Manikowski Farm in the Mooreton, ND area. On November 21, 1941 he married Alyce Solberg at St. Mary's Church, Breckenridge, MN. "OJ" began his employment at the Mooreton Farmer's Elevator in 1946 and became its manager in 1955. He was extremely dedicated to the farmers in the Mooreton area and spent 37 years serving them with their feed, seed and grain-marketing needs. "OJ" retired in 1983 from the elevator, but continued to pursue his love for agriculture by working for the Link Farms during spring and fall work times. He also worked at the Mooreton Locker Plant (Menne's Store) for several years and mowed lawns for anyone who asked. "OJ" will be remembered in the Mooreton area for his "Hospice" services. He truly personified the service before it came to be known what it is today. He cared for many friends by spending countless hours caring for and comforting them into their final days. "OJ" was later repaid with similar kindnesses by neighborhood friends Doug and Louise Olson, who cared for him in his home until he entered St. Catherine's Living Center in Wahpeton.

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