Betty Sackman


Betty Sackman, 90, went to her heavenly home August 4, 2019.  A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 7th, at Bismarck Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be held following the service at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck. 

She was born Betty Jane Harrington in Merkel Township, Kidder County, North Dakota on February 28, 1929. She spent her childhood years on the farm with her parents, brother Earl and sister Arlene. She shared her many memories and fascinating stories of her farm life with her children and grandchildren.  

The family moved into Robinson, ND, where Betty attended high school. She was an excellent student and athlete, playing for the girls high school basketball team.  After high school, Betty attended Valley City State College and earned her teacher’s certificate. 

She taught at a country school near home until her marriage to John Sackman in 1948. They then resided in Bismarck, ND, where their four children were born and raised. In 1984, they relocated back to Robinson to run the town cafe. Betty was an excellent cook. Her knoephle soup was well known throughout the county.  On retirement, John and Betty moved to Lincoln, ND. They spent their retirement years enjoying time with their grandchildren, gathering ancestry information, gardening, canning, and making quilts together. John passed away in 2009. 

Betty leaves behind her four children, John (Janice) Sackman, Sibley Lake, Dawson, ND; Patricia (Roger) Hertz, Papillion, NE; Monica Glanville, Bismarck, ND; and Margo (Lonny) Michel, Jamestown, ND; 10 grandchildren, John Sackman III, Bismarck, ND; Justin (Nikki) Sackman, Bismarck, ND; Josh (Dan) Smithman, Henderson, NV; Jason (Colleen) Hertz, Council Bluffs, IA; Jennifer (Jeremy) Buhl, Papillion, NE; Marc (Jodi) Glanville, West Fargo, ND; Matthew Glanville, Bismarck, ND; Luke Michel, Jamestown, ND; and two step-grandsons, Casey Michel, Jamestown, ND and Dustin (Brook) Michel, Beach, ND; 21 great- grand-children, Abbe, John IV, and Seth Sackman, Skyler (Loren) Hertz, Darby Hertz, Christian Buhl, Alex, Patrick and William Jones, Michael, Gracie, Austin, Ethan and Ella Glanville, Miley, Kailynn, Maverick, Mason and Grace Michel; 1 great-great-grandson, Hudson Hertz; many nieces and nephews, and brother-in-law Clarence Wolf. 

Preceding Betty in death are her husband, John, parents, Stanley and Margaret (Dehne) Harrington, stepfather, Joseph Scheer, brother, Earl (Beulah) Harrington, sister, Arlene Wolf, and son-in-law Mike Glanville. 

Betty’s family would like to thank the staff of Augusta Place and Sanford Hospice for her care and love over the past 8 years. She provided them with many funny stories over the years.  Betty was loved by many people and her friendly smile was so engaging. 

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Sanford Hospice.

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