Obit: Carolyn Horgan

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

Carolyn Horgan, 70, a longtime Williston, N.D. resident, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013, at her home in Williston.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday afternoon, August 15, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Williston. Father Russell Kovash will officiate. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Williston. Friends may call at the Everson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., and at the church for the hour preceding the funeral Mass. An evening vigil will be held Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Everson Memorial Chapel.

Carolyn Rae Horgan was born on November 24, 1942 in Williston to Walter and Elma (Johnson) Hannegrefs. She was raised on the family farm south of Epping along with her two brothers and four sisters.

Carolyn graduated from Epping High School in 1960. She then moved to Williston and began working at Craven Hagan Clinic. During this time she developed many lasting friendships. Carolyn had a very outgoing personality and loved to dance and have fun. These were the days of the "jitterbug" and rock and roll and Carolyn was a part of it!

Then she met Leo J. Horgan from Grenora who had recently returned from Vietnam and was being discharged from the Army. They were united in marriage on April 8, 1967, at St. Joseph's Church in Williston. They moved to Breckenridge Minn. where Leo attended the Wahpeton State School of Science. Here their son, Leslie, was born. Following Leo's graduation, they moved to Cedar Rapids Iowa.

In November of 1970, Leo and Carolyn returned with their son to Williston where Leo would begin his lifelong career in drafting and land surveying. They then welcomed the birth of their daughter, Lisa. Soon they purchased some land northwest of Williston and built a home there. Leo and Carolyn planted huge gardens and generously shared their produce with family and friends. Amidst the rows of vegetables grew the most beautiful four o'clocks in the country. Carolyn and Leo took pride in their land, their garden, and most of all, their children.

Carolyn was a "stay-at-home mom." She was there when her children left for school in the mornings and she was there when they came through the door in the afternoon. Her children were very blessed with that presence. She was also there for her nieces and other children she took into her home and cared for while their parents worked. Those children always knew they had a place at Carolyn's table if Mom or Dad was late coming to get them.

Soon their children were grown, married and having children of their own but life for Carolyn didn't slow down. In April of 2003 Leo formed his own company, Horgan Surveying, with the help and support of his wife. Leo did the surveying – Carolyn managed the business. In Leo's words, "She was his 1st Sergeant."

Carolyn later took on an additional role in Leo's life. As his health began to fail, "Nurse Horgan" dispensed his medicines, accompanied him to doctor appointments, and lovingly cared for him until his death on March 7, 2011. Carolyn truly lost her life-long companion and friend that day.

Of all the roles played by Carolyn during her lifetime, that of Grandma she treasured the most. Her nine grandchildren were precious to her. She loved to spoil them. They knew if Grandma was nearby, they were assured there would be a trip to Wal-Mart or Target to get a new toy or an outfit. They knew they could order anything off the menu when Grandma was along. They knew she'd have a silly story to tell them and a dollar or two in her purse that would just happen to fall into their hands. They knew she loved them unconditionally.

Carolyn always maintained a very child-like quality which truly helped define her character. She loved dolls and stuffed animals that were scattered throughout her home. She loved to tell stories and reminisce with her siblings about their childhood days on the farm. She loved to gather with her grandchildren and great nieces and nephews and tease them. She loved to giggle and laugh. She loved to give generously.

Carolyn was devoted to her Catholic faith. She didn't talk a lot about it, but it was very evident in her daily life. At her death, her Rosary beads were very close at hand.

Though distance separated them, Carolyn always remained very close to her two children. She was always just a phone call away. They have lost their dearest friend.

Carolyn is survived by her children Leslie (Gina) Horgan of Jamestown, N.D. and their children, Rebekah, Rachel, John, Katherine, James and Jacob; and her daughter, Lisa (Joel) Anhorn of Bismarck, N.D. and their sons, Stephen, Nicholas and James; her brothers and sisters, Angela Reisnouer of Devils Lake, N.D. Dave (Carol Ann) Hannegrefs of Bismarck, Shirley (Bob) Schumacher of Bismarck, Stephen (Pat) Hannegrefs of Max, N.D. and Laurie (Bob) Evans of Williston; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo; her parents, Walter and Elma Hannegrefs; sister, Rosemary Larsen; mother and father-in-law, Anna Marie and John Horgan; brother-in-law Jerome Horgan.

Anyone that knew Carolyn well also knew it took her a long time to say good-bye, whether leaving your house following a holiday gathering or just finishing a telephone conversation. She would say good-bye and then start talking again. Then it was good-bye and some more conversation. Last Saturday, she didn't say good-bye. She just quietly slipped away.

Everyone is welcome to visit to share remembrances of Carolyn.

The Everson Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.