Carmen Jean Seifert passed away on March 15th peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family. Carmen was born just over 88 years ago in Minneapolis to Edmund and Laura Dahlheimer. She graduated from Delano High School and accepted a full scholarship to St Catherine’s University where she studied and became a nurse. She met the love of her life Richard through mutual friends and were married on November 30, 1957. Over the next 11 years they adopted five beautiful children at which point she turned her attention to managing the busy lives of her family. Carmen was always very active in her faith and church. She loved volunteering to many different causes with St Vincent’s holding a special place in her life. She enjoyed quilting, traveling the world and was wildly appreciated for her culinary delights. Her legendary dinner parties are remembered to this day by her crew of friends (you know who you are). Carmen is survived by her children Tim Seifert (Elizabeth), Joe Seifert (Arlene), Ann Gerdes, Pete Seifert (Amy) and Theresa Jensen (Joe). Grandchildren Stephanie Rupard (Brady), Alex Gerdes (Tracie), Matthew Seifert (Jamie), Jessica Laudenbach (Matt), Nicholas Seifert, Jennifer Seifert (Gina), Oscar Seifert and seven Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, sister Kathleen, brother Alan and granddaughter Claire Seifert. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Francis Thrift Store in Fargo or Hospice Red River Valley in Carmen Seifert’s memory. Carmen's Video Tribute can be viewed below:

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  1. Carmen will be dearly missed by our family. So many great memories over the years. Our deepest condolences to the Seifert families 🙏🏻

  2. Carmen was a wonderful friend . Years of friendship and kindnesses.
    Tony and I will miss her.

  3. When we were celebrating Monsignor John Anderson’s 25 anniversary of ordination, in Enderlin, Carmen brought out banners to help with the decorations.
    Much to our surprise Carmen was from Delano Minnesota as was my husband. They had a good visit with many connections from Delano.
    My sympathy and blessings, Fran Muckenhirn

  4. Thinking of you all at this time. So sorry for the loss of you mom. Carmen was a very special lady to many. I am sure you will all miss her dearly. Sending you prayers of comfort & peace. We are here for anything your family needs at this time. Please reach out to us, we give great hugs!

  5. Carmen was a beautiful person and always a joy to be with at any time. We remember the many trips when Richard and Carmen traveled to California. Always a delight with good conversation, plenty of laughter over good meals. Mike and I will miss Carmen and the laugh of a life well lived.

    Our sympathies to the family and all of her dear friends throughout the years.

    Love, Michael, Rita, and John Tischler

  6. Carmen was truly the most uplifting person I’ve ever met. Her giggle was beautiful as was her sparkling personality. She will be greatly missed and thought of often at K’s. I’ll always see her as eternally young and think of her as a person filled with joy and kindness. We shared a love of cooking as well!! Karen

  7. My heart sank when I read in the paper that one more of my mentors passed away.
    Carmen : a lady of grace with a rich sense of humor and a selfless spirit. My life was brighter and I was better after I met your parents.
    My prayers and sympathy to the precious Seifert “5” . You were the family I watched (sometimes literally) grow up. Your mom and dad left a huge footprint on my life as I went through all my challenges of living on the reservation, car accident racing a classmate to our CCD class at your home, needing a winter coat in college which they said they would buy for me and on the spot I ran down to Blacks in a blizzard during their last hour before closing up due to the storm and purchased one. I wore that coat until it was almost ragged and then packed it to go with to all the various places I lived as a companion and keepsake. Any trip home to Moorhead included a stop out to Richard and Carmen’s to see you kids and have a deep conversation with your dad. He and I thought we had all the answers to everything.

    “Some people come into our lives and quickly go,
    others stay awhile leaving footprints on our hearts,
    and … we are never … ever…. the same ” Flavia Weedn

    May God’s loving arms remain around you as long as you need.
    And you know what kids ? Heaven just got a little brighter

  8. Tim and Joe:
    My condolences on the passing of your mom. I have very fond memories of both your mom and dad from days long ago.

    your old friend

    Mike Kelly

  9. Sending you all Love and Prayers. Carmen was a amazing person and would light up any room or gathering. I have many fond memories of spending time at your family home and of course the many laughs we shared when we visited her in California. Love, Jennifer

  10. Carmen and Richard were unbelievable mentors to Avery and I when we lived in
    Fargo. Richard and Avery were partners for 5 years from 1981 to the begging of 1986.
    It was very difficult to leave them and move to the Northwest because it was like
    leaving our family. I have too many memories to enumerate them all in this space.

    Carmen came to visit us in McCall, Idaho several years back. We also saw her in Palm
    Springs and she was a Very Special Guest at our daughter’s wedding in Charleston, SC
    in 2009. We stayed with her and Annie 3years ago in Fargo when we were there for a
    family wedding. This tribute to her is lovely.

    Carmen was a treasure to me for 41 years. I will miss our conversations, however I know she is
    with God and Richard!

  11. Carmen was a special lady. She was always truthful and so kind to everyone around. I loved visiting with her and in every conversation you would have a laugh! She excelled in her cooking and baking and was a wonderful volunteer. I was privileged to have known her. May the Seifert family be at peace knowing “she was loved” for so may good qualities. She will be missed.

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