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Loretta Movchan

December 20, 1945 — September 13, 2019

Loretta Movchan, 73, of Mandan, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 13th, 2019, at Sanford Medical Center, courageously fighting a lengthy illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, September 18th at 10:30 am at Spirit of Life Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan with a Parish Vigil at 7:00 PM.

Loretta was born on December 20th, 1945 to Herb and Christine (Hartze) Czeczok in Bismarck, ND, the second of five children. She was baptized at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bismarck.  Loretta attended Apple Creek School and graduated from St. Mary’s Central High School in 1963. She attended the University of North Dakota, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 1967. She married her first husband, Roger Powell, on April 1st, 1967.  Loretta worked in the social work field for over 50 years, including 29 years at the State of North Dakota’s Protection and Advocacy Project, retiring in 2018. She was a tireless advocate for those who could not defend themselves.  Loretta married the love of her life, Edward Movchan, on March 19, 1993.

Loretta enjoyed camping, country music, road trips, tending her garden, and most importantly, spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren – they were her world. Everyone loved her quick and sassy wit, and infectious laugh. You always knew where you stood with Loretta. She shared all of herself, unselfishly. She was famous for her chocolate chip cookies, vegetable soup made straight from her garden, Texas beans and monkey bread.

Loretta is survived by her husband, Edward Movchan, Mandan, ND; children, Bryan Powell (Teresa), Anchorage, AK; ReLynn Powell, Bismarck; Erik Powell (Jenna), Bismarck; Cari Frisk (Matt), Fargo, ND and Kent Movchan (Francesca), Dallas, TX; nine grandchildren; Talon, Dominik, Evan, Ella, Tia, Ki, Isabella, Ford, and Giuliana; sister, Renae Freuer, Beulah, ND; and brothers Larry Czeczok, Lincoln, ND and Alfred Czeczok, Bismarck, ND, and countless nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Loretta was preceded in death by her parents, Herb and Christine Czeczok, brother, Bob Czeczok, and first husband, Roger Powell.

Loretta touched so many hearts, as a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, mentor, advocate, and friend. She will be missed immensely.

Please go to Loretta's Tribute Wall to sign her guestbook and share memories with her family.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Vigil Service

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Starts at 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Spirit of Life Catholic Church (Mandan, ND)


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