Dear Classes of 1975, 1977 and 1987:
This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of Barbara Useldinger on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd.
Barb was the mother of your classmates, Brenda (Useldinger) Kerbaugh* ('75), Karen (Useldinger) Bakken* ('77) and Thomas Useldinger ('87).
Barbara Ann Useldinger, 86, Fargo, ND, died Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at Essentia Hospital.
Barb was born February 3, 1930, the daughter of Ludwig and Lena Lorz, at Harvey, ND. She moved with her family to Fargo in 1938, and graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1948.
Barb was employed as a secretary for M & H Gasoline Company and General Motors Parts Division in Fargo. Later she worked part-time for 30 years at Tri-State Auto Auction which became Adesa Auto Auction.
Barb married Vernon Useldinger on June 26, 1954, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary. One of her favorite projects was leading the Christmas Gift Shop program for hospitalized veterans. Barb enjoyed bowling, playing bridge, and gardening. She was an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church since 1959.
A wonderful mother and homemaker, Barb cherished family time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Her strong faith was evident in the positive way she lived her life. She treasured her life-long friendships and helped organize class reunions over the years. She had a kind, loving, gracious way about her and an infectious smile which made friends and family treasure her presence.
Barb is survived by her husband of 62 years, Vern; daughters Brenda (Keith) Kerbaugh, Fargo, Karen (Craig) Bakken, Pelican Rapids, MN; son, Thomas Useldinger, Omaha NE; grandchildren Joshua Kerbaugh, Carrington, ND, Jessica Campbell, Sartell, MN, Melissa and Emily Bakken, both of Fargo; great-granddaughters Taylor and Kylah Corcoran, Sartell, MN; brother, Gerald Lorz, Fargo, and numerous nieces and nephews. Barb was preceded in death by her parents, sister Lila Cockhill, and infant daughter Lori Jane.
There will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center with visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 2:00 p.m. Thursday with visitation from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
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