Calverna Schloesser

calverna schloesser

Calverna "Cally" Beverly Schloesser passed away peacefully on February 20, 2012, surrounded by her family.

Cally was born on July 10, 1928 in Rugby, ND, to DeeForast and Amelia (Gefroh) Grim. She grew up and lived there until her father moved the family to Fargo ND, where he was employed as a United States Federal Deputy Marshal.  Cally attended school at Sacred Heart Academy in Fargo, graduation in May 1946.  She continued her education at St. John's School of Nursing and the Agricultural College (now NDSU), also in Fargo and graduated in November 1949, with a degree in nursing.  Cally worked at St. John's Hospital as a RN, in the delivery room, she assisted in delivering over three thousand babies.  She then transferred to St. Luke's Hospital and worked as supervisor in neurosurgery.  At the end or her career she worked for Hospice of the Red River Valley.  Cally worked there for twelve years before retiring from nursing completely in 1998.

Cally married Eugene "Geno" Schloesser on August 12, 1950 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.  They lived in their north Fargo home together for 41 years, where they raised their six children.  After Geno's death in July 1990, Cally continued to live in their home until May 2004 when she moved into the Heritage House Apartments.  Due to her health, Cally moved to Rosewood on Broadway in March 2010.  She enjoyed the Rosewood Staff and came to love them like family.

Cally was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church for most of her married life.  She later became a member of St. Mary's Cathedral.  She was able to travel twice to Rome, Italy and Medjugorje, in the former Yugoslavia, on pilgrimages with her St. Mary's family.  Cally was very devoted to her church.  She made many wonderful friends there, including Roger and Joan Schraufek, whom she considered family.

Cally is survived by her children: two sons, Michael (Monica) Schloesser, Fargo, ND and Richard (Jackie ) Schloesser, Fargo, ND and four daughters, Cynthia (John) Seiler, Dallas TX, Nance Anne (Raymond) Blotske, Fargo, ND, Patricia (Robert) Batschelet, Waldorf, MD, and Kathleen (Jody) Littlefield, Comstock, MN, along with sixteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.  She is also survived by one sister, Mary (Wayne) Anderson, Green Valley, AZ and four brothers, Joseph (Connie) Grim, Orem, UT, Raphael (Lela) Grim, Valley City, ND, Terrance (Pat) Grim, Pioneer, CA, and John (Mary Evelyn) Grim, New Haven, CT.

Cally was preceded in death by her parents, DeeForast and Amelia; her husband, Eugene and her four brothers, Theodore, Frank, August and James.

Cally's family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Rosewood on Broadway, the doctors and nurses at Sanford Health, and the nurses at Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Cally was always a true prayer warrior throughout her life.  She always said the rosary and followed the light of Christ.  The Angels gently carried her soul to the heavenly home.  To the end, Cally maintained a style of graciousness and dignity uniquely her own.  She followed God's light through life with a calm that few will achieve.  As she softly slipped away, the Lord's presence was felt gently guiding her home.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of the Red River Valley and Rosewood on Broadway.

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  1. Fargo Mike our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will be out of town this weekend and unable to attend the service.

    Steve Winter

  2. Amenia ND
    Hi Nance and family!

    You know nurses – always reading the obituatries! I was looking at the paper on my birthday and saw this BEAUTIFUL nurse! She looked kind of familiar! I started reading wondering if I had ever worked with her, but really didn’t think I had – THEN I get down to the daughers and realized WHY she looked so familiar!! NANCE – you got your beauty from you Mom!!! Are you sure that wasn’t YOUR nursing picture in the paper?!! She looks like she was the sweetest thing on earth! I just realized now too that Jackie married your brother!

    I have saved the paper intending to send you a card, but I know I won’t ever get that done, so writing here to tell you guys I have been thinking of you and so sorry for your loss. Even if I haven’t seen you for years, you are still very special to me and thanks for the WONDERFUL ER memories!!

    HUGS to you all!


  3. Fargo N.D
    .Dick, Nancy and family: I am so sorry for you loss. It has been many years since I saw your mom, but I have always harbored excellent memories of working and visiting with her. A more pleasant person I have not met. Today, she is in paradise. You have been blessed to have her. God Speed, Callie.

  4. I am a friend and co-worker of Cally’s granddaughter, Courtney Rodgers. I enjoyed reading about her wonderful career as a nurse and her many interests detailed in her obituary. I only hope I lead a life as fulfilling as hers must have been – sincere condolences to the entire family. Amy J

  5. Williston ND
    I have so many fond memories of Callie, and time with the Grim family especially at Tamarac Lake. Callie’s greeting was ALWAYS a gentle cradle of your face in her hands, her looking into your eyes, and giving a kiss hello it always filled my heart! I know there’s one more beautiful soul in heaven looking out for us.

  6. Yorktown VATo know Callie was to know someone special. Each time we visited Fargo I always looked forward to seeing her and talking to her about the happenings in my life. She was a very good listener (I think it was an art for her) and I always walked away with the stuff bothering me in a much smaller bag. Much of my Catholic faith was developed by watching the wonderful examples in our Dad and Mom, Grandma and Grandpa Grim, Grandma and Grandpa O’Neill and Callie’s great faith in Christ. I will honor her with my prayers especially my rosaries. Frank Jr.


  8. Waldorf MarylandShe was just plain Mom to Me. I loved her with all my heart. She was a good soul and she loved all her children and grandbabies. We all grewup knowing she would always be there – come rain or shine, ah lets not forget the dreadful North Dakota
    winters she put up with, just kidding you North Dakota
    ns. One true memory of my Mom is her watching us kids swim at the lakes, it was many years later as an adult I learned that she did not know how to swim – she never let on she was afraid when us kids went swimming. She did insist on swimming lessons every summer for all of us kids. Mom I know that you are watching us as you did many years ago and thank you everyday for setting such a great example for us all. RIP Mom

  9. Woodbridge CTCally was my absolute oldest sister, and she and Gene are among my earliest memories. Cally was taking up her first employment at Brownie Bakery around the time I could just smell sweets. She finished her nursing degree and married when I was a tot, and she became a mother to children who, though nephews and nieces, are mostly my age and like sisters and brothers. Though Cally was old enough to be like a parent, she never pulled rank. She was patient with me, and we always got on well – she loved my wife, Mary Evelyn, and vice versa – because she had curiosity and was eager to hear stories about travels, ideas and our studies in the histories of the world’s religions. We talked long about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and his thoughtful ideas about Christ in the cosmos. She knew her family like a book, but never threw it down on the sofa to rush off to a prom, answer the phone, or focus on herself. Frank and Auggie were her agemate siblings and they had a special tug-of-war-and-love with them. She was always close to her sister, Mary (aka Dirty Lil). Our brother, Jimmy, made her laugh the most, I think. But we all laughed so often and so much that she complained of dampness down there. She was all North Dakota
    , and I can’t think of her without a prairie rose coming to mind. She loved red and those low bushes hugging close to the drift prairies with their simple pink blossoms remind me of Cally’s tenacity and beauty of person.

  10. Sandy Lake Manitoba, CanadaCindy, Michael, and families

    I was saddened to read of your mother’s passing. Your families are in my thoughts and prayers.


  11. DAVENPORT North Dakota
    My thoughts and prayers are going out to each one of you, I did not know this wonderful woman, but I call her grand daughter friend and with a grand daughter as wonderful as she has, she had to bring up some amazing children. I am sad for your family and more then happy for her to get to meet THE LORD and to be able to live in the beauty of heaven.

  12. Detroit Lakes mnCallie was my role model and one of the Holiest prayer warriors that I have ever met. Her day started with daily Mass and she prayed 5 Mysteries of the Rosary every day. Her prayer intentions were always for the souls in purgatory, especially those who had no one to pray for them. She also was a Pro-life advocate and spent many hours at the abortion mill praying for the little ones who had no one to pray for them. She remained very humble living her fath to the fullest. We will always be grateful to have known her as our good friend and mentor. Monday, Feb 20th after her family finished her last rosary at her bedside, Callie entered the Kingdom of Heaven to meet her Creator and those grateful souls

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