Patricia Mary Hieb, 94, West Fargo, ND passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Sheyenne Crossings, West Fargo.
Pat was born in Deadwood, SD on July 19, 1920 to Joseph and Anna (Roesch) Bolger. The oldest of 5, Pat’s family spent years in Rapid City, SD and Norfolk, NE, before moving to Fargo where she finished grade school at St. Mary’s Elementary. The family moved to Moorhead and she graduated from Moorhead High School in 1937 and from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth in 1941 with a BS in Medical Technology.
She began her career at St. John’s Hospital in Fargo and remained there until the hospital closed in 1943. She transferred to the Fargo Clinic and remained there for 3 years before spending 2 years at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee. She returned to the Fargo Clinic as director of the laboratory and also supervised the lab at St. Luke’s Hospital. Pat was sent to Boston to study the screening of PAP smears taught by researcher Dr. George Papanicolaou, who had newly developed the procedure and Pat subsequently did all the PAP screenings in the clinic.
Pat met her husband Ed while he was doing a residency in internal medicine at St. Luke’s. They married on December 26, 1949 and moved to Jamestown where Ed began his medical practice. In 1951, during the Korean War, they were stationed in southern France where Ed was a captain in the Army Medical Corps. They traveled extensively in Europe during their 2 years there with their son Mike and it was one of the highlights of their married life.
Pat and Ed spent 2 years in Minneapolis while Ed did his internal medicine residency and they returned to Jamestown once again, raising their 3 children and residing there from 1957-1987.
Pat was active in St. James Catholic Church’s women’s organizations and its finance board. She also served in leadership positions with the district, state and regional medical auxiliary, serving one term as state president. She was active in Catholic Charities, PTA, Girl Scouts, and Candystripers.
Pat’s lifelong interests and gifts were gardening, refinishing antiques, entertaining, knitting, cooking, crafts, sewing, quilting and bridge. Anyone who knew Pat knew she lived a life of self-giving. She was “always there” for her family and friends and made sure each one knew they were loved “past the moon.” She made friends easily and nurtured new and long-term relationships.
Pat and Ed retired to their lake home on Bad Medicine Lake near Ponsford, MN in 1987. For 20 years, until 2005, they wintered on South Padre Island in southern Texas where they developed many close friendships. In retirement they enjoyed Elderhostels and satisfied their competitive spirits with daily games of Upwords and Cribbage. Their lake home became the hub of all Hieb family activity and Pat made sure every holiday, birthday, and family gathering was special. Her greatest commitment was to her family.
Residing in Fargo since 2004, Pat was active in PEO, bridge clubs, Fine Arts Club, was a devoted hospice volunteer at Heirlooms, and a Presentation Sisters Associate.
Blessed by and grateful for her long and full life are her sons, Mike (Shirleen) Hieb of Duluth, MN, and Chris (Margie) Hieb of Fargo; her daughter, Mary (Dick) Ekstrom of Vermillion, SD; her grandsons, Charlie (Megan) Hieb, and Sam (Gretchen) Ekstrom; her granddaughters, Anna (Tim) Paffel, Kate (Dylan) Mills, Gretchen (Billy) Schuett, Betsy (Mike) Levar, and Maddie Hieb; her great-grandchildren, Hendrik and Oskar Mills, Will and Eddison Paffel, and Jack and Hazel Schuett; her brother, Lowell (Priscilla) Bolger of Moorhead; and many close friends and extended family.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Ed; her parents, Joe and Anna; and her brothers, Eugene, Thomas, and Jerry Bolger.
Our mother had loving, dedicated care from Sheyenne Crossings and Hospice of the Red River Valley. Thank you for your concern for mom and our family.
Memorials preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley.