Dena "Dee" McKerchar

Dena “Dee” Rae McKerchar, 69 of Fargo, ND, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, September 25th, 2021 at Sanford Hospice House in Fargo after a decade’s long battle with cancer. Dena Fraase was born May 23rd, 1952 in Valley City, ND. She grew up in Windsor, ND with her parents, Cecelia (Thimmisch) and Hilbert “Shorty” Fraase and her brother William. In 1968 they moved to Fargo, ND where she graduated from Fargo South High School in 1970 and went on to earn her License in Cosmetology. She married Frederick Colby in 1975. She then earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology from MSU. She worked at the Salvation Army and was active with Avon Cosmetics. She was also the Midwest Educator for Farouk Int’l as well as a distributor for The Forum, USA Today and The Midweek. All while still maintaining her Cosmetics License. She is survived by her husband, Donald “Al” McKerchar and his children, Jason and Allison and their families. Her sons, Neil (Kevin) Colby and Adam (Alexandra) Colby. Her daughters, Deanna (Jim) Stalboerger and Lynsey (Jesse) Truhlicka. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren: Kristina, Faith, Abigail, Isabelle, Keegan, Riley, Carter, and Logan. Her brother, William (Joanne) Fraase and his family. She is preceded in death by her mother and father. The family would like to thank Sanford Hospice House for their genuine heartfelt care and support. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice.

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  1. To Adam and family having served with you in Qatar I know what a great sailor you are. I want to wish you my heart felt condolences.

  2. No words can express the support we’d hope to express and send to you all. Know we care, and wish you the strength to step onward. Rejoice in the good memories. A smile, a laugh, thankful for those times. Hugs from afar. We hold you in our hearts. Al’s sister Sandy and family, John, Dayle, Ian.

  3. I first met Dee through the Fargo Forum some 22 years ago. When I left the Forum and started work with USA Today, Dena basically went with me. I could always count on Dena to pick up the slack and do a great job. I always enjoyed working with her. We were both hairdressers so we shared that commonality as well. I always enjoyed her and felt she was a good friend. Rest in peace my friend.

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