Barney B. Joe Bischoff, 94, died Monday, August 27, 2012 at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby, ND.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 31 at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with burial in the church cemetery. Fr. Tom Graner was celebrant.
Casket bearers were James Bischoff, Jerome Bischoff, Peter Bischoff, Joseph Bischoff, John Ganje, Joe Casavant, Mike Lehmann and Kelly Jemtrud. Honorary bearers were all grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Barney B. Joe Bischoff, the son of Peter and Ottilia (Axtman) Bischoff, was born at the rural home of his parents in Jefferson Township Pierce County, ND on September 10, 1917.
Barney was raised in the home of his parents in Jefferson Township and received his education in a country school near his home. Following school, he worked on the family farm and for neighboring farmers. At the age of 17, Barney was overseer of a threshing crew of 15 to 20 men at any given time. On July 12, 1943, he was united in marriage to Margaret L. Lindeman at St. Anselm’s Catholic Church in Fulda, ND. Following their marriage, the couple made their home and raised their family of 13 children on the Bischoff family farm in Jefferson Township. Barney and Margaret not only did grain farming, but also raised cattle and had a small dairy operation, which led to, never a dull moment on the farm. In 1975, he and Margaret retired from active farming and for a few years after, he worked in town for the City of Rugby in the Parks and Recreation Department. In 1982, the couple purchased a home in Rugby where he remained until he entered the Heart of America Care Center in June of 2010.
Barney was a longtime member of, past council president and CCD teacher at St. Anselms’s Catholic Church, a current member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Order of Foresters, Rugby Eagles, and the Rugby Senior Citizens Club, served as Jefferson Township Supervisor for 40 years and enjoyed gardening and playing cards. He was a very spiritual man, loved his Catholic faith and the Rosary, but on the same hand, he enjoyed a good joke and telling them, was a practical joker at times, loved to tease and laugh, had keen sense of humor and a sharp wit and could spill out the one liners with the best of them. But, come the end of the day, he was a very humble and thankful man for all that was bestowed upon him during his lifetime.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Margaret; his children, James of Devils Lake, Jerome (Sue) of Avoca, WI, Peter (Pat) of Robins, IA, Carol (Francis) Dubuque of Richland, WA, Loretta (John) Ganje of Ruso, Lucille “Lucy” (Joe) Casavant of Lester Prairie, MN, Joseph E. “Joe” of Rugby, Darlene (Tom) Miller of Glenburn, Bernadine “Bernie” (Mike) Lehmann of Underwood, Pamela “Pam” (Kelly) Jemtrud of Velva, Margaret “Marcy” (Ron) Olson of Hazen and Kathleen “Kathy” (Dan) Brantl of Lisbon; 25 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Margaret T. Bischoff of Rugby; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Page 2 of 2 - He was preceded in death by one son, Robert; one brother, Tony; two sisters and their husbands, Mary and Pius Schmidt and Betty and John Hager; his step-father, Jack Steffan; and his parents.
Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby was in charge of arrangements.