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Kimberly (Klaudt) Birrenkott

August 30, 1979 - October 08, 2017

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Kim passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at her home in Horace, surrounded by her loving family, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Kimberly Kay Klaudt was born on August 30, 1979, the daughter of Duane and Sheryl (Scott) Klaudt in Bismarck, ND. She grew up in Bismarck and received her education, graduating from Bismarck High School. She also attended and graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo, and received her Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York, NY.

Kim was united in marriage to Daniel Birrenkott on April 23, 2005 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo. She worked for Strategic Fund Raising in Fargo, and most recently was employed by Wex Health in West Fargo.

Kim was a loving wife and mother who was very involved in the activities of all of her children. Kim was a skilled planner of vacations, several which were centered on her love of baseball. Upon learning that she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, Kim put together an aggressive action plan that included a trip to Universal Studios, a week-long stay in Arizona for Spring Training, planning Brady’s and Monica’s wedding, and a trip to the East Coast centered around a visit to 2 major league baseball parks. She accomplished all of these goals while receiving treatments at both the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo and at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. Kim defined her fight with cancer not so much on the battle to survive, but on her ability to enjoy life with her children and other loved ones with grace and joy despite the pain and fear caused by her disease.

Kim is survived by her husband, Daniel Birrenkott of Horace, ND; her children – Brady (Monica) Birrenkott of Minneapolis, MN; Katie Birrenkott of Fargo, ND; Aaron and Caleb Birrenkott of Horace, ND; her mother, Sheryl Klaudt of Fargo, ND; and her brother, Kenny (Wendy) Klaudt of Minot, ND. Also surviving are her in-laws, John and Sylvia Birrenkott; and brothers and sisters-in-law – Jeff and Susan Birrenkott, Tom and Cathy Birrenkott, Dave and Staci Birrenkott, Mike and Stacey Birrenkott, and Tacinca Laducer, all of West Fargo, ND; three nieces and ten nephews; her uncle and aunt Terry and Pam Thorpe, Minot, ND and her cousin, Troy Lundeen, Beaver Creek, OH.
Kim was preceded in death by her father, Duane Klaudt; her aunt Dianna Smith and her grandparents – Allen and Ruth Klaudt, and Sheldon and Mildred Scott.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Brad Salquist Memorial Fund at Western State Bank in West Fargo.

VISITATION: 5-7 PM Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo, ND (2711 7th Street East parking lot on Bluestem Drive) – and also one hour prior to the service in the church on Thursday

PRAYER SERVICE: 7 PM Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church

FUNERAL MASS: 2 PM Thursday at Holy Cross Catholic Church

BURIAL: Holy Cross South Cemetery in Fargo

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31 responses to “Kimberly (Klaudt) Birrenkott”

  1. Lance Brockel says:

    Sheryl, Dan and all the family – on behalf of all the Brockel boys and our families, we just want you all to know how much we are hurting for all of you with the recent news of Kimberly’s passing. It is our prayer that you will all be comforted in the days ahead with beautiful memories of Kimberly and knowing that she is with Jesus and fully healed now. May the Lord bless and protect you all. With all our love,

    Brad, Lance, and Derrick Brockel and our families (Colorado Springs, CO)

  2. Jodie & David Roeder says:

    Dear Dan and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Kim’s passing. May the Lord rest her soul in peace. I pray the beautiful memories you made will help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Theresa Hess & family says:

    Dan, Brady, Monica, Katie, Aaron & Caleb, so sorry for your loss! I was privileged to meet Kimm at Brady and Monica’s wedding and she has been in our prayers ever since. May our Lord comfort you in your sorrow and give you the peace that only He can give. Know that Kimm is in His loving arms and will meet you at heaven’s door one day. Our love and prayers for you all!

  4. Terry and Jane Hunt says:

    You know our hearts are crying with all of you. We know Dewey will take care of her now. May God shine His love on all of you. Love you

  5. Joel Hunt says:

    I’m very sorry your loss. My thoughts are with you all.

  6. Troy and Jodi Butz says:

    Klaudt family, prayers for you all. I wish this was not happening to you. This is not goodbye but see you later. So much pain on this earth. The Dear Lord loves you, hears you and is with you and may you find comfort in him.

  7. Adele Gabriel says:

    I am so sad to hear of this. Kim was a student of mine at Wachter Middle School. My deepest sympathies to all of you.

  8. Analee Seifert-Kopp says:

    So sorry for your loss, Kim was a great woman and will be missed. She was a joy to visit with and a true friend to many. May your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Rick Hurst says:

    Dan, My thoughts and prayer go out to you and your family at this time. Rick

  10. Heather Bernotas says:

    Kenny,
    So sorry to hear about your sister. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Brian and Heather

  11. Becky Mcgrath says:

    Dan and family,
    Patrick and I extend our most heartfelt condolences to you. Kim had such an amazing spirit, and that spirit will live on through your children.
    With prayers and love,
    Becky and Patrick McGrath

  12. Kari Wehri says:

    Dan & Boys – Kim was such a fun loving person and great friend. I am so sorry you and your family has to go through this. I am thankful she is at peace, but she will be greatly missed! Our hearts, thoughts, & prayers are with your family during this time.

    – Chris, Kari, Cobe & Grace Wehri

  13. Scott & Jodi Miller says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

  14. Kim Rock says:

    Dan and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss! Prayers for you and the kids.

  15. Jeanne Bernhardt says:

    Sherryl:
    Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. When you feel up to visiting, please give me a call.

  16. Sue Roise says:

    Dear Sheryl,
    It was shocking to learn of Kim’s death. I remember each time that I saw her she seemed like sunshine! So upbeat and lovely. I’m so very, very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter.

  17. DAVE Forthun says:

    So sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine how you feel. I will keep you in my prayers. God Bless.

  18. Wendy Voeller says:

    Dan and family. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife and mother.
    She is no longer in pain and no longer suffering. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
    Wendy (Heinz) Voeller

  19. Michelle Cusey says:

    In our thoughts and prayers!

  20. Paula Mann says:

    Sheryl, I’m so saddened to hear about the loss of your beautiful daughter. My sincere condolences to you and all of Kim’s family. Please know you are in my thoughts.

  21. D.W. says:

    To Kimberly’s family;
    I’m so sorry to read of Kim’s death. Even though I didn’t know her personally, I do know the pain of losing a love one in death. Being a bible student, two promises of our Creator come to mind. One is Isaiah chap 25 verse 8. There he promises to, “Swallow up death forever. And remove the tears from all faces.” Another is Isaiah chap 33 verse 24, where he says the time will come when “no one will be sick.” These wonderful promises and many more will become a reality when Gods Kingdom rules this earth as it does heaven. So as you reflect on your memories of Kim, remember the promises of the God who as Hebrews chap 6 verse 18 says “can’t lie.” I’ll pray for your family..

  22. georgene vredenburg says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Kim’s passing, my prayers are with all of you. Hopefully some day we can see you, has been along time since our Dayton days and know what a wonderful daughter she was because of our visits while working. God Loves u and will take good care of Kim for u.

    georgene

  23. Colleen Funk says:

    Sheryl and family, I am so sorry to read about your daughter, Kim. My thoughts, prayers and hugs are with you now and in the days and weeks ahead. Love, Colleen Funk

  24. Gerald and Laurie Schmidt says:

    Birrenkott Family,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of Kim. We are sending our Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs during this difficult time. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you.
    Love,
    The Schmidt family

  25. Vonee Videen says:

    Dan I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. You and your family our in my thoughts and prayers.

  26. Jodi (Hunt) & Izzi Christopherson says:

    To the entire Klaudt & Birrenkott families-
    I am so sorry for your loss & know there are no words I can say to express my sincere sadness at this very difficult time. I have many great memories of Kimmy during our childhood family get togethers & will cherish these always. I will continue to pray that God can bring you all comfort & strength & hope you are able to feel some peace in knowing Kimmy is finally home in His loving arms.

  27. Ross and Angie Puhr says:

    Thinking of all of you during this painful time. Prayers to everyone

  28. Julie Jarmon says:

    After I read about Kim’s recent death after just 38 way too short years of precious life, I wanted to express my feelings of sympathy for the Birrenkott, Klaudt family and friends. I know Kim has left you with many precious memories and will be greatly missed. When our loved ones fall asleep in death, the pain and grief seems unbearable. Our loving God, Jehovah (Psalm 83:18), understands how we feel and he comforts us by means of his word the Bible. Psalm 34: 18 tells us: “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Jehovah invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. Most of us have seen this enemy death claim the lives of people dear to us. But Jehovah God promises to destroy this enemy, death, once and for all. Rev. 21: 4; tells us: “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” (Isaiah 25: 8, 1 Corinthians 15: 26) God’s kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matt. 6: 9, 10 will bring about these wonderful promises including the resurrection. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection (John 5: 28, John 6: 40, John 11:23-25, Acts 24:15) I offer my sincere condolences to the family. Feel free to contact me at my email address: myranj@centurytel.net

  29. Gerald and Laurie Schmidt says:

    Birrenkott Family,
    So sorry to read about Kim’s passing. Sending thoughts, Prayers and hugs. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you during this difficult time.
    Love,
    Gerald & Laurie Schmidt family

  30. Danielle Ebaugh says:

    I celebrate you my friend, your courage, determination, dedication and impression you left on me the second we met. I will forever be changed because I knew you!

  31. Laurie Schmidt says:

    Birrenkott Family,
    So sorry to read about Kim’s passing. Sending Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you during this difficult time.
    Love,
    Gerald and Laurie Schmidt Family

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