Janet Marie Eggl, 88, of Cando, ND, peacefully passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Cando.
Janet Marie Eggl, 88, of Cando, ND, peacefully passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Cando. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, June 25 at 1 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cando with Fr. Daniel Musgrave celebrating mass. Visitation will be held Monday, June 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary and 7:30 p.m. Prayer Service at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cando. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday at the church. Burial will be held at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Cando immediately following the service. Music will be provided by the Sacred Heart Choir. Casket bearers will be: Paul Belzer, Sigurd Bjornstad, Alec Miller, Kale Miller, RJ Miller, and Greg Westlind. Janet was born Aug. 18, 1930, to Leonard and Agnes (Herda) Scharf in Devils Lake, ND. She was raised one of five children. Janet graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and attended Lake Region Junior College, both in Devils Lake. She and her siblings assisted their parents who owned the Devils Lake Greenhouse, as they were growing up, so all types of flowers, both given and received, brought Janet much joy throughout her lifetime. Janet had a love of beautiful clothes all her life. She modeled for the Kelly Department Store in Devils Lake while in school and after she was married, was named as Mrs. Macaroni and participated in the Mrs. North Dakota Contest. She loved to dress her children in matching outfits for holidays, which most of the time included suits, ties and leather shoes for her three boys, and dresses, hats, gloves, and patent leather shoes for her three girls. On Oct. 21, 1950, Janet was united in marriage to Frederick W. Eggl at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Devils Lake]. They were the parents of six children. During their life together, Janet and Fred worked side-by-side as farmers/ranchers, they built and operated The Sportsman’s Motel, and were partners in and managed the Durum House, a supper club/lounge in Cando. Following Fred’s death in 1992, Janet continued to farm and operate the motel, and closed The Sportsman’s Motel in 2017, having served the public and Cando area for 57 years. Music was a very important part of her life. Janet was an accomplished pianist, organist and vocalist. She sang in a trio with her two sisters, Claryce and Anita, as the Scharf Sisters, and she also served as an organist at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Devils Lake, during her school years. Her love of music continued throughout her lifetime as she provided entertainment with her husband, Fred, at the Durum House, and she lovingly enrolled her children in piano lessons, voice lessons, and band so they could develop a love of instrumental and vocal music. Janet was an accompanist for many students preparing for local and state music contests, she taught piano lessons, preparing students for piano festival over the years, and she served periodically as organist at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Janet was a long-time director of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Choir, the Cando Community Chorus, she participated in local musical productions, and she taught music for a two-year period at Cando Public Schools. Janet was a member of the Cando Music Club, Cando Arts Council, and Devils Lake Concert Series. Following a courageous four-year battle with brain cancer and the death of her oldest son, Frederick Bradley Eggl at age 21, Janet and Fred Eggl established the Frederick B. Eggl Memorial Scholarship Award for the outstanding graduating senior band/choir member, continuing the scholarship annually since 1972. During her lifetime, Janet served on the Olson Township Board, and was also a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Christian Mothers and Altar Society, Cando Public School PTA, the Cando Futorian Club, and the Towner County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She served as a moderator for many public events over her lifetime, taking pride in knowing that the critical questions needing to be answered were asked, and following through on the many tasks she was assigned in her lifetime. In the 1960’s, Janet and Fred were instrumental in developing three blocks of the City of Cando, which were once a slough behind their motel. Also in the 1960’s, Janet purchased the Cando Band Stand for $34, which was moved from the Cando City Park by her husband, Fred, to a spot behind the motel. This historical structure remained in use and was preserved until 2017, when Janet donated the Cando Band Stand back to the Cando Park Board, to be renovated by several groups in Cando, and to be placed back in the Cando City Park. Janet is survived by; her sons, Scott W. (Kathy) Eggl of Cando, and Mark S. (Carla Ann) Eggl of Greenville/Fripp Island, SC, and her daughters, Victoria A. (Thomas) Steele, Cynthia J. Eggl, and Jill E. Eggl, all of Fargo, ND; granddaughters, Melissa St. Michaels of Jordan, MN, Betsy Steele of Forest Lake, MN, Ashley (Michael) Talbot of Greenville; grandson, Stephen Eggl of Greenville; great-grandson, Logan St. Michaels; great-granddaughter, Allison St. Michaels, both of Jordan, MN, and a future great-grandchild, Baby Talbot due the day before Janet’s Aug. 18 birthday; her brother, Lt. Col. (Retired) Richard L. (Julia) Scharf of Fargo; her sister, Dr. Judith Witthoeft of Clemson, SC; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Janet was preceded in death by; her husband, Frederick W. Eggl; son, Frederick B. Eggl; parents, Leonard and Agnes Scharf; sisters, Claryce Markel and Anita Mack; many brothers and sisters-in-law; two nephews and one niece.