Barbara Farrar Thene

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August 19, 1941 ~ August 8, 2022

Born in: Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

Barbara’s Live Streamed Funeral Service can be viewed below starting at 1:45 PM (if something happens to the Wi-Fi connection at the church, the funeral is being recorded and will be posted later today):

Barbara J. Farrar Thene, 80, Fargo passed away Monday, August 8, 2022 at her home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Barbara Fiedler was born August 19, 1941 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota to Arthur “Pat” and Holly (Davis) Fiedler. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1959 before attending Concordia and graduating from NDSU with a degree in Home Economics in 1964. She married Felix “Rick” Farrar on July 4, 1964 and to this union 3 daughters were born.

In her early years, she taught in Wheatland, ND before making her home in Fergus Falls, Minnesota for many years where she raised her family.

She married David Thene on February 26, 1994 and they made their home in Moorhead, Minnesota.

She always loved to go horseback riding and was involved in various horse clubs throughout her life. She was a member of the DFL party and liked working on the local and state campaigns. She also loved to spend time playing bridge and was active in several bridge clubs as well as being an avid reader. She volunteered for several years as an educator for new immigrants so they could receive their citizenship. She was also an active member of Gethsemane Episcopal Cathedral where she was a member of Daughter of the King as well as serving on the Altar Guild for many years.

She is survived by her children; Holly (Shannon) Schweigert, West Fargo, ND, Stephanie “Tess” (Gary) Lindemann, West Fargo, ND, Leah (Joe) Mau, Andover, MN, 5 grandchildren; Andrew (Shelby) Schweigert, West Fargo, ND, Alison (Adam) Dwyer, Moorhead, MN, Katy Weaver, Andover, MN, Abby Mau, Andover, MN, Haley Mau, Andover, MN; 3 great-grandchildren, Jordyn Dwyer, Cashton Schweigert, Cameron Schweigert; 3 step-grandchildren, Levi Thene, Justus Thene, Zakary Thene, 2 step-sons, David Thene Jr., West Fargo, ND, Mark Thene; brother, James Robert (Mabeth) Fiedler, Battle Lake, MN, the cousin she referred to as a sister, Patricia Davis and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David in 2009 and parents, Arthur and Holly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Gethsemane Episcopal Cathedral, Hospice of the Red River Valley and/or the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Horse Program.

Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Gethsemane Episcopal Cathedral, Fargo with visitation starting at 1:00 P.M.


Memorial Service - Saturday: August 13, 2022 2:00 pm

Gethsemane Episcopal Cathedral, Fargo
3600 25th St S
Fargo, ND 58104

Visitation - Saturday: August 13, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Gethsemane Episcopal Cathedral, Fargo
3600 25th St S
Fargo, ND 58104

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  1. To the 3 beautiful daughters, I’m so sorry for your loss. God bless you and give you peace and comfort.

  2. My sympathy to you, Holly, Tess, Leah and your Families. May the beautiful memories help ease the pain during this time. Sending prayers for comfort and understanding for the days to come.

  3. Lynn Masten Bengtson
    Your Mother was a special women. Hold on to your memories and she will always be with you.

  4. I remember her as Mrs. Farrar, my teacher at Wheatland. Sorry for your loss. May she rest in Peace.

  5. Leah, my sympathy to you and your family. Sending prayers for your comfort and healing.

  6. Tess sorry for your loss of your mother. She was one of a kind. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  7. My sympathies to the family.

    Barb was a true horsewoman! She loved her sweet mare Daz and wanted to be sure she was loved and cared for should Barb pass before her. I promised Barb I would do this for her as I know she would have done the same for me should they situation be reversed. I’m happy to report Barbs beloved Daz is a loved member of my herd and she is healthy and happy. I hope Barb gets to enjoy looking down. at her from heaven!

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