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Carolyn Van Raden

December 25, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial - Monday

December 28, 2015 1:00pm

Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Visitation - Sunday

December 27, 2015
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Holy Spirit Catholic Church


Boulger Funeral Home

Carolyn Van Raden

December 25, 2015


Carolyn (Duchscher) Lacher Van Raden, age 90, died Friday, December 25, 2015 at her home in Fargo, ND, surrounded by her loving family.

Carolyn was born June 21, 1925 to Charles and Francis (Volk) Duchscher in Rugby, ND. She attended Reno Valley School; a one room schoolhouse that was 2 miles from her home, and later, Hankinson Convent High School. She was married to Bartholmeau Lacher on June 25, 1945. He passed away in 1972. She was also preceded in death by her baby son, Gerhart Lacher, and daughter, Caren Marie. On December 17, 1976 she married Roy Van Raden. He died in 1995. Also preceding her in death were her brothers: Carl, Joe, Walter, Nick, Jim, Chris, Herman, and Gus Duchscher; her sisters: Elizabeth Jundt, Catherine Deeter, Vernice Knutson, and Johanna Hoffert; and a son-in-law, Arthur Martel.

She is survived by her children: Verla Martel, Gerald (Robin) Lacher, Vernice (Leroy) Wegner, Arthur Lacher; Edane (Lester) Johnson; Pamela Carr; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren; her brother, John (Bernie) Duchscher; her sister, Anna Mae (Russ) Bezanson; and her loving friend and companion, Ed Volesky

Carolyn was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She loved her family with strength and passion. She will be especially missed by all she left behind.

Visitation will be from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, December 28, 2015 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Interment at Little Flower Cemetery, Rugby, ND at a later date.


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5 responses to “Carolyn Van Raden”

  1. Dillys and Bill Bach says:

    To my dear Aunt Carolyn’s family,

    We have lost our sweet aunt who always shared her wonderful positive smiles and caring actions with any ‘company’ that came to the door. I recall the Christmas dinner in Fargo when she invited us; as we were struggling college students and were missing our families. The dinner was delicious, and Aunt Carolyn was supportive of us at anytime during those years.

    Still remember the Sunday ‘chicken dinners’ at the farm, and the aunt who managed to keep us all in line. Her organizational skills were at the executive level, no matter the challenge. She had a spirit and a sparkle in her eyes that would not be quelled, no matter what life brought. Her faith and energy are an example to all who were fortunate to know her. She will live in our hearts; forever smiling with those green eyes,

    Dillys and Bill Bach

  2. Joyce and Chuck Teigen says:

    We are thinking of you and send our sympathy Joyce and Chuck

  3. Debbie and Randy Meduna says:

    i can not even think of what to say. There are so many good memories, her big garden, the family get togethers. The singing into the night !!Going back and forth between the farm,and dinner there on Sunday’s after church,Your moms smile and her way of saying things seemed to be so positive all the time. She is in Gods arms now. Blessings to all of you Love Debbie

  4. Phil & Deb Duchscher says:

    Our thoughts & Prayers are with all of you in this time of sorrow. I too remember all the great times we shared with your family. The times spent at the farm, the great meals, playing cards and just hanging out. Carolyn was a special lady and you are a special family. Sorry, we could not be with you at this time.

  5. Valerie Knutson says:

    I can hear Catherine, Vernice, Elizabeth and Johanna right now…….Hyoah, what took you so long? I can’t think of another person who had a more wonderful, fulfilling and interesting life. My Godmother, she walked in the shoes of many ways of life. My favorite memories of her was in the “farmers wife” role. Taking in our family when Dad was in Vietnam, I learned so much from her, she was my second mother. From going to bed with clean feet and waking up to ALHA, ALHA, ALHA! I am a better person because of her. I’ll pray for her and my brothers and sisters in the Lacher family.

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