Mary Lou Kojancik, 93, Wibaux, Mont., passed away on Dec. 20, 2010, at Wibaux County Nursing Home, Wibaux. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 7 p.m. MST Monday, Dec. 27, at Saint Peters Catholic Church, Wibaux, with the Rev. Alex Pulickaparambil officiating. Rite of committal will be held at 1 p.m. CST Tuesday, Dec. 27, at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bismarck.
Mary Lou Josephine De Moully was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Nov. 19, 1917, daughter of Dr. Oliver M. De Moully and Rose Pearl (White) De Moully. Mary Lou moved to Flasher with her parents as a child, where she received her early education. She went on to receive a degree in LL.B. and was a juris doctor which she received from the University of North Dakota in 1940; and postgraduate degrees from University of Montana, Colorado State College of Education and Eastern Montana College.
From 1940 to 1941, she was an Associate of C.L. Young Firm in Bismarck, and from 1942 to 1943, she was a member of the North Dakota Revision Commission. She was also a member of the Washington State Revision Commission from 1943 to 1944. She married Joe John Kojancik on March 6, 1943, at Camp Adaire, Ore. Mary Lou was one of the first women attorneys in the state of North Dakota, paving the way for others to follow.
Mary Lou taught in several different schools and towns including: Ryegate High School in Ryegate, Mont., from 1947 to 1953, Fairview High School in Fairview, Mont., from 1954 to 1965; Red Lodge High School in Red Lodge, Mont., from 1968 to 1970; and Wibaux County High School in Wibaux from 1965 to 1967 and from 1970 to 1975. She was also the secretary of the Fairview PTA from 1957 to 1958; she sat on the Board of Directors of Economic Development Council of Eastern Montana from 1971 to 1973; a member of National and Montana Education Associations; and president of Eastern District Library Section from 1962 to 1963. Mary Lou was a member of the Montana Bar Association, American Federated Women’s Club, Delta Delta Delta, Sigma Epsilon Sigma and Kappa Beta Phi. She was a member of Saint Peters Catholic Church in Wibaux and a member of “Who’s Who of American Women” as well as “Who’s Who in the West.”
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, J.J. Kojancik.
She is survived by her dear friend, Marion Chrudimsky; and numerous cousins.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silvernale-silhafuneralhome.com. (Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home, Wibaux)