Dear Classes of 1982, 1986, 1987 and 1991:
This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of Collene Barnick on Monday, Aug. 15th.
Collene was the mother of Jeff Barnick, John Barnick, Janet Barnick* ('82), Joe Barnick ('86), Joy Barnick ('87) and Jennifer (Barnick) Dignan ('91).
Collene C. Barnick, 79, Fargo passed away Monday, August 15, 2016 at Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo.
Collene was born July 19, 1937 in Aberdeen, SD, to Clinton Gallagher and LaRayne (Sheleny) Gallagher. She moved to Moorhead at age 5. She attended St. Joseph’s school through the 8th grade. She attended and graduated from the Moorhead State Teachers School, “Campus School” in 1955. She married William (Bill) Barnick Jr., on June 29, 1957 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead.
She worked for the Telephone Company in the Accounting office for 5 years before having their first child and becoming a stay-at-home mom for all six of their children. Over the years, she worked side by side with her husband Bill in many business ventures including a cafe, a gas station, a snow removal business, Bill’s Parking Lots of Fargo and Grand Forks, and Pocahontas Resort in Ottertail County, MN.
She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, old movies (The Sound of Music was her favorite), and spending time with family, friends, especially her grandchildren. The folks who stayed at Pocahontas Resort, which she operated for nearly 50 years with her family, were often her friends more than customers. She was a strong person with a heart of gold, a warm smile, and twinkle in her eye. She was the glue that held things together during tough times.
The family expresses their thanks and gratitude to Collene’s sister Claudia Keeves for her kidney donation that gave us the last 27 years with our wonderful mother. Her quality of life was greatly improved by this kind and selfless donation from her sister.
Collene is survived by her 6 children; Jeff (Sally), John (Liz), Janet, Joe (Cindy), Joy, Jennifer (Tom), brother, Howard (Janet) Gallagher, Moorhead, MN, sister, Claudia (Bob) Keeves, Tonawanda, NY, and grandchildren, Bill, Angela, and Kathryn.
She was loved by all who knew her. We will miss her beyond measure. We now lay her down to rest in Gods loving arms.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday August 19, 2016, at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center Fargo with visitation starting at 1:00 PM.
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