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Jeanne Vrem

October 18, 2015

Memorial Service - Saturday

October 24, 2015
- 2:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


October 24, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home


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Jeanne Vrem

October 18, 2015


Jeanne Marie Vrem (Anderson) was born September 2, 1961, in Aurora, MN. She was the youngest child of Grace and Edor Anderson. She lived in Hoyt Lakes, MN, where she attended Aurora-Hoyt Lakes schools and was elected to the student council. She moved with her family in 1974 to the family farm homesteaded by her great-grandfather near Newfolden, Minnesota, and attended Newfolden schools where she graduated in 1979. Jeanne attended Mayville State       University in Mayville, ND, and Northland Community College in Thief River Falls, MN. After her time there, she lived in Grafton, ND, and worked at the Grafton State School. There she met her future husband, Mark Vrem while he was playing with the band at a local venue. They were married on July 7th, 1984. They lived in Stephen, MN, where she worked at Gramma’s Café, owned by her mother. They later moved to West Fargo, ND, where Jeanne returned to a career focused on others working at Friendship, Inc. Jeanne and Mark were longtime caregivers for Jeanne’s mother, Grace, who passed away in 2014 after several years on kidney dialysis. During that time, Jeanne also worked as an assistant manager for Dollar Tree in Fargo.

After her mother passed away, Jeanne spent her time volunteering at the local Democratic   headquarters for the 2014 elections. In December 2014, Mark and Jeanne enjoyed a long-awaited road trip to California to visit a close family friend. Shortly after, she started working at K-Mart in Fargo. She and Mark had hopes to travel and potentially relocate to the family farm to pursue her dream of running a greenhouse with her lifelong friend Karyl Grochowski. As Jeanne became increasingly ill, she became unable to work and was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer on June 5th, 2015. Her body would give out very peacefully on October 18th, 2015.

Jeanne was dedicated to her husband, children and grandchildren, always encouraging and   inspiring their pursuits. She was a passionate advocate for her family while they experienced   ongoing medical issues. Both Mark and Jeanne devoted their lives to providing for their children, allowing them to experience several parts of the country with their many activities throughout their childhood. Jeanne became an in-home caregiver for her mother when Grace began experiencing increasing medical problems. Jeanne made sure that Grace’s life was full to the end, bringing her to activities she enjoyed, such as bingo, and traveling to see family and friends whenever possible. Jeanne loved spending time with her grandchildren attending events and taking them swimming or to the park as well as helping them learn. She shared many of the passions she tried to instill in her children into her grandchildren.

Jeanne impressed everyone with her adventurous (and oftentimes rebellious) free spirit. She had a great appreciation for nature and enjoyed a summer spent with the Youth Conservation Corps in Northeastern Minnesota, where she spent her time learning about the wilderness. She also loved the gardens at NDSU. Jeanne adored animals. She shared her love for animals with her children, allowing them to catch and raise tadpoles, rescue fallen baby birds from nests and she even took in a few stray cats along the way. Jeanne also took pleasure in music and attended many concerts in her lifetime, including John Prine, Arlo Guthrie and Grateful Dead. She enjoyed baking and     preparing family traditions like oatmeal fudge and krumkake.

Jeanne was a giving, loving, and selfless woman. She helped anyone in need that crossed her path, including strangers, neighbors, and acquaintances. She opened her heart and her home     unconditionally and was always happy to put others first.

Jeanne leaves behind her husband Mark; her children Jesse (Tasha) Vrem (Moorhead, MN), Alissa Vrem (Fargo, ND), and Emily Vrem (Moorhead, MN); siblings Randy (Shelly) Anderson (Newfolden, MN), Garry Anderson (Minneapolis, MN), Sheri McMahon (Fargo, ND); grandchildren Jaykob and Katie, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Grace and Edor Anderson and by her brother Gregory Anderson.

We encourage family and friends of Jeanne to join in sharing their favorite stories, memories   and encounters of Jeanne at the end of today’s service. Please also email stories to                                   storiesaboutjeanne@gmail.com




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13 responses to “Jeanne Vrem”

  1. jill Downhour Gideon says:

    so sorry for your loss… Jeanne was a good person and friend… May she now rest in peace

  2. Val Casavant says:

    I’m so sorry for your families loss. Jeanne was one of those people you don’t forget. She was spunky and always laughing. I met her at the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and found her to be a wonderful advocate for her children and all children. We’ve lost a good one.

  3. Joel Aker Linda Linnerooth says:

    did not get to meet Jeanne but seeing what every one thought about her she was a great lady loved by all. prayer’s to family.

  4. Lisa Froemke says:

    Growing up I have fond memories of Jeanne and my mom having coffee at hardeez in West Fargo. She has the best laugh and a blast to visit with.

  5. Anna says:

    Jeanne had a beautiful soul. She spent so much time with me in the hospital when I was sick and unaware of my surroundings. The world is more dim without her, but heaven is definitely brighter. My heart is with all those effected by the loss of such an amazing woman.

  6. Bev Rux says:

    My sympathy to Jeanne’s family. She has a special place in heaven with all of her kind acts on earth! Amazing caregiver to all! God Bless!

  7. Bethany Knudson Heinrichs says:

    Jeanne was a unique lady that danced to the beat of her own drum….I admired her!

  8. Barbara Skadsem says:

    Mark and family,
    Oh, I’m so sorry! Jeanne was such a character. Her attitude and laugh is unforgettable. My deepest sympathy. Please email your address so I can send a real card. Love, Barb

  9. Patti Murphy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss of Jeanne. My memories of her are back in the days of shooting pool. Rosie and her were especially good friends. Rosie has left this earth as well so maybe the two of them will hook up for a gab session.. Always loved her laugh.

  10. Cheryl Pitts says:

    Life here will not be the same without Jeanne in it. When I first moved to Fargo in 2005 she was one of the first people I met and immediately made me feel welcomed. We seemed to have a lot in common and both loved our children above all else. She brought happiness and light to everyone she touched or dealt with. She will be greatly missed but I know she is at peace now and knows how much she is loved.

  11. Harriet Rokke Roberts says:

    Jeanne’s family,
    My sympathy and prayers are with you. I had so hoped to be with you at this time, but I’m not able to.
    Sincerely, Harriet

  12. Tracey Covert says:

    Love and prayers for your family. What an amazing woman Jeanne was. Will miss her so much. God bless.

  13. Maureen (Sammartano) Cooper says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our mothers were best friends in Hoyt Lakes, and were in each others houses all of the time. I left while Jeanne was still little.
    I only remember Jeanne as a very little girl with long curls, big eyes and a very stubborn chin. She was so serious and determined. I should have known then that she would grow up to be the amazing woman she became. I am sorry that I never got to know her.
    Blessings on her family

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