Clare M. Scholand

Clare Mary Scholand, 100, died on Jan. 5, 2023, at Sanford Hillsboro Care Center. 

She was born to Anton and Mathilda Linneman of rural Reynolds, N.D., on Oct. 5, 1922, the eighth of 11 children. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Reynolds. She grew up on the family farm west of town, and she attended Reynolds Public School, graduating in 1941. She then attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Devils Lake, N.D., where she graduated as a registered nurse in 1944. She enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, and served at Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver, CO, until December, 1945. 

She married Joseph A. Scholand, of Reynolds, on Nov. 9, 1945, at the Fitzsimmons Chapel, and they made their home in Reynolds, where they raised eight children. Clare was active in the Catholic Church there, serving as a catechist for 10 years and offering generous hospitality to family and friends.

Clare maintained her nursing skills while the children grew up by providing first aid to community residents. She was an American Red Cross nurse, and worked at the Hillsboro Hospital and Nursing Home, as well at St. Michael’s Hospital in Grand Forks. She was active in the ND Rural Mail Carriers Auxiliary, serving as a state officer. She was also president of the Traill County Senior Council on Aging for five years. 

Clare lived a full life of loving, teaching, and serving. She taught, “Live one day at a time, and make the best of what you have.” Her family celebrated her remarkable 100 years of life with a family reunion party on Oct. 8, 2022.

Clare and Joe lived in Reynolds for 47 years before moving to Hillsboro in 1991. There she was active in Kelleher Senior Living Center. She became a resident of the Sanford Hillsboro Care Center in 2017, where she received loving care and service.

Clare is survived by six of her children: Theresa (Alex) Leiphon, Devils Lake; Dorothy (Joe) Berghoff, Minneapolis, Minn.; Mary (Dwight) Gunderson, Minot, N.D.; Paul (Lucy) Scholand, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Don Scholand, Memphis, Tenn.; and Colette (Randy) Smith, Hillsboro, N.D.; 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and many dear nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, John, in 1982; by her husband, Joe, in 2008; her son, Jerome, and daughter-in-law, Mary (Don) in 2014; son-in-law, Cloyd (Mary) Kittilson in 2020, and by her parents and all of her siblings and in-laws.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro. Nightingale Nurse Memorial and Scripture Service at 7 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Hillsboro. Visitation and Rosary one hour prior to funeral. Burial, with full military honors, will be held at a later date at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery, Hillsboro, next to her husband, Joe, and son, Jerome.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro, N.D. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at