Ruth Pochant, 85, Bismarck, originally of Coleharbor, died Dec. 2, 2017, at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Augustana Lutheran Church in Underwood. Burial will be at the Coleharbor Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison.

Ruth was born April 27, 1932, on her family’s farm in the rural Zap area, the daughter of Emil and Katie (Voegele) Welk. She married Henry Pochant on Oct. 30, 1954, in Riverdale. They made their home in the Coleharbor area. Henry died in 2003. Ruth stayed at their home until 2007 when she moved to Bismarck, where she made her home until her death.

Ruth lived a farmer’s life for many years raising three boys. She also became the head cook at the Riverdale Public school for many years, where she brought her ‘home cooking’ to the enjoyment of the kids and school staff. Ruth was a great cook and canner, and family and friends appreciated and loved her cooking. She could put a meal together in no time if company would be around. Ruth and Henry did some traveling during their retirement years, along with golfing, gardening, and visiting with friends and relatives. Her biggest joy though was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law, Dwight and Mary Pochant, Rapid City, S.D., Clark and Jayne Pochant, Center, and Jeff and Sallie Pochant, Coleharbor; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Norman Winkler, Menoken.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Tobea Welk; and her folks.

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