5-7:00 P.M. Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
10-11:00 A.M. Friday, May 16, 2014 at Riverview Place Chapel, Fargo.
11:00 A.M. Friday, May 16, 2014 at Riverview Place Chapel, Fargo.
Davenport Cemetery, Davenport N.D.
Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred.
Our precious mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Esther Marie Fredrikson, went to be with her Lord this Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11th, 2014) in Fargo, North Dakota.
Esther was born on August 4th, 1916, near Robinson, Kansas, of Norwegian immigrants Chester and Maren (Swendson) Tellefson. She was baptized and confirmed at Upper Wolf Lutheran Church in Robinson. After attending rural grade school for eight years, she attended and graduated from Robinson High School in 1934, followed by Brown Business College in Salina from 1937 to 1938.
In 1940, Esther and her girlfriend from business college traveled by train to Washington, D.C. together to work for the War Department. They arrived in the city with no place to stay and took shelter at the YWCA. When Esther arrived for her job, she was told all of the positions at the War Department were filled, so she went to work at the Interstate Commerce Commission.
During her time in Washington, D.C., Esther lived in a group house where she made lifelong friends that she corresponded with for over 60 years. Esther also met and married her husband, Clark Fredrikson, who was from Davenport, N.D. and was stationed in D.C. as a Lieutenant in the US Navy. Esther and Clark were married at Luther Place Memorial Churchin 1944.
Esther and Clark lived and raised their family in Davenport, N.D., from 1946 to 1991. In addition to being a mother of two wonderful boys, she was an organist and volunteer at Davenport Lutheran Church, was president of the Women of the ELCA (WELCA) and was a founding member of the St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary (now Sanford Hospital). Esther was a volunteer at Bonzanzaville’s Pioneer Days every year as her husband co-founded and chaired it from 1958 to 1984, and was a member of the Bonanzabelles since the group began.
She and Clark moved to Riverview Place, Fargo, in 1991 and lived there until her passing. At Riverview Place, Esther enjoyed arts and crafts, musical programs, Apple Dumpling Days and spending time with the many close friends she and Clark developed over the 24 years there.
Esther is survived by her son Paul (Chris), Fargo; daughter-in-law, Vicki Fredrikson; her three grandchildren Matthew, Bethany (Shawn) and Sarah (Ken); and three special great-grandchildren, Aubri, Nia, Oliver. Esther is also survived by many special nieces, nephews and extended family across the country.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clark, her brothers Sam and Ted, her sister Lillian and her youngest son Tom.
We are grateful for the decades of love, support and friendship that Esther experienced at Riverview Place. A special thank you to her nephew and neighbor, Peter, who faithfully visited her. We respectfully request that donations be made to Riverview Place or the Tom Fredrikson Memorial Scholarship at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) in lieu of flowers.