Vivian “Viv” Margaret Stolz, 77, Bismarck, passed away on January 8, 2018 at Vibra Acute Care Hospital in Mandan, ND. Vivian was born at home on February 24, 1940 in Jud, ND, the daughter of Adolph and Rebecca (Madcke) Nitschke. She grew up in Jud and attended school there. In 1954 the family moved to Henry, SD where she attended school and was a cheerleader. They moved to Lehr, ND in 1957, where she graduated high school before the family moved back to Jud. On March 5, 1958 she married Vernon Stolz in Lehr, ND. Together they have four daughters and one son.
While raising the children, she took classes in ceramics and then went to work for a ceramics shop in Mandan, ND. She was very creative and artistically skilled in ceramics. She soon invested in her own kiln and supplies and began creating beautifully detailed ceramics as gifts, quickly being commissioned for many items. She also sold her ceramics at the annual fall festival in her hometown of Jud, creating special souvenirs just for the festival that would sell out each year. Her exceptional sewing skills taught to her by her mother, eventually landed her a job at So-Fro Fabrics in Kirkwood Mall where she became the Assistant Manager. After many years at So-Fro Fabrics, she then went to work for the Bismarck Public School System at Dorothy Moses Elementary as a Nutritional Services Employee before retiring. She also spent the last thirty-five years with her daughter, Wanda, selling their handmade crafts. Early on they started with local shows, then went statewide and eventually they opened various retail locations in Bismarck, expanding beyond crafts but always selling Vivian's hand sewn and handmade items. She was always busy creating new items even up until the time of her sudden illness.
Vivian had a very creative mind and used it when sewing, crafting, antiquing, and bargain hunting. She was an all around fantastic cook and was especially known for her German cooking which she learned from her mother. In recent years she enjoyed water aerobics classes with friends at the YMCA. One of her many joys in life was her dogs. She always had at least two by her side, the most recent being Brandi and Bridgette. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed laughing with family and friends. She welcomed everyone into her home and was considered a mother to many. She will be remembered for her kind soul, loving heart, and willingness to do anything for anyone. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Vernon of Bismarck; her daughters, Wanda (Larry) Holte of Bismarck, Vicki (Jeffrey Millar) Stolz of Fisher, MN, Desri (Michael) Murray of Ft. Lupton, CO, Ginger Stolz of Bismarck, and son, Shane (Sharon) of Bismarck; eight grandchildren, Jesse (Amanda Kirschmann), Jamie (Jason Haider), Jordon, Sean (Brooke Kraft), Grace, and Noah, all of Bismarck, Jade (Zachery Wilson) of Mandan, and Heather (Robert) Lopez of Houston, TX; two great-grandchildren, Mason Wilson and Amelia Kraft; a brother, Terry (Donna) Nitschke of Bismarck; six nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepmother, Otellia (Wangrud), brother, Allen, sister and brother-in-law, Shirley (William) Sweet, and an infant grandson, Justin Stolz.
There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. The family will have a Celebration of Life Memorial at the Bismarck Am Vets on February 24th starting at 11:00 am, weather permitting. The family wishes In Memoriam donations be made to Service Dogs for America, PO Box 513, Jud, ND 58454 – www.servicedogsforamerica.org