Frances Hieb


Frances Hieb, 99, Bismarck, peacefully went home to Heaven on March 1, 2023 with her family by her side after a long and well-lived life.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, March 7 at Bismarck Community Church. Burial was held at Fairview Cemetery, Bismarck.

Frances Pauline Hintz was born Aug. 16, 1923 to Edward and Lydia (Schroeder) Hintz in Elgin, North Dakota. She graduated from New Leipzig High School in 1942 then earned her teaching certificate through Dickinson State College. She taught in one-room schoolhouses for eight years in several parts of North Dakota.

She married Walter Magstadt on Dec. 12, 1943. Together they had four sons: Larry, Gene, Bruce, and Kevin.

During their marriage, they lived in Billings, Montana; south of Hebron, North Dakota; near Menoken, North Dakota; Bismarck, North Dakota; and Meade, Kansas. In 1964, Frances and Walter began custom harvesting from Texas to Canada. They continued harvesting until Walter’s accident and death in 1972.

Following Walter’s death, Frances moved back to Bismarck with her two youngest sons and worked for several companies painting and helping refinish homes.

She married Emil Hieb in Bismarck on January 19, 1974. Emil passed away in 1998.

Frances attended Bismarck Community Church for many years and participated in the church choir, women’s groups, Bible studies, teaching Sunday School, and the church auxiliary. Despite losing her parents, husbands, two sons, both siblings, and a great granddaughter, her faith in God was strong and never wavered.

Frances is survived by her sons, Larry (Lauren) and Kevin (Kris), daughters-in-law, Lynell and Deb Magstadt, sister-in-law, Arlene Magstadt; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and many special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Lydia Hintz; husband, Walter Magstadt; husband, Emil Hieb; dear sons, Gene and Bruce Magstadt; sister, Ellen Latham; brother, James Hintz; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Hintz; brothers-in-law, Richard, Raymond, and Marvin Magstadt; and great-granddaughter, Willow.

Her family has requested memorials be given to Bismarck Community Church.

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