Carol Spichke

carol spichke

January 8, 1933 ~ July 15, 2022

Born in: Northfield, MN
Resided in: Fargo, ND

Carol’s Live Streamed Memorial Service can be viewed below:

Our loving mother, Carol Jean Spichke, 89, died July 15, 2022, in Maple Grove, MN.

Carol is survived by her children, Mark (Kelly) of Dayton, MN, and Mary (Bob) of Naples, FL. She is also survived by her brother Tom Hruza, Armidale, NSW, Australia: 3 grandchildren: Heather (Zander), Rosholt, SD; Brenna (John), Buffalo, MN; and Charlie (Stefanie), Carmel, IN. She was the loving ‘Nana’ of 8 great-grandchildren.

Carol was born to Charles and Esther Hruza on January 8, 1933, in Northfield, MN. She married Ritchie Spichke in 1955. She was active as a community volunteer – a member of the Junior League and a Boy Scout and Campfire Girl troop leader.

She was indeed a remarkable woman. She was elected to the West Fargo city council and still has the buttons saying, “Vote for Carol!” She certainly would have had our vote! She was named YWCA’s Woman of the Year in government in 1986. She was a registered nurse around the Fargo area for many years. She also introduced the Lamaze Method to her community in 1958. She started a business with her husband Rich, raised two children, taught Sunday school, and was an avid tennis and bridge player. She loved to entertain friends and family! Her happy place was her lake home on Pelican Lake. She was a great friend to many people and was well-loved in her community.

Her parents, loving husband Rich, and dear sister Shirley (Chuck) Aasen preceded her death.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM Friday, August 26, 2022 at First Lutheran Church in Fargo.

Celebration of life details to be shared at a later date.


Memorial: August 26, 2022 11:00 am

First Lutheran Church, Fargo
619 Broadway N
Fargo, ND 58102

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  1. My sympathies to the family. Mary, I have such wonderful memories of your mom making sure we had fun at your slumber parties and sleep-overs. She was a kind, happy, and gracious lady, and she will be fondly remembered.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Carol will be missed at Pelican Lake.

  3. Our deepest sympathies to the family. Carol was a friend to our Bison Arts students at NDSU and will be missed.

  4. We loved Carol at the lake. Always ready for 5:00 cocktails. She was a constant source of smiles and hugs. Love to your family.
    Louann Sweeney Miller

  5. Mark and Mary,
    So saddened by the news of your Mom and my dear friend’s passing.
    Carol and I celebrated our birthdays together every January.
    She was the first woman to be a City Commissioner.
    I always admired her drive to mark a new adventure.
    Although we have not been in touch since her move to Minneapolis, I have wonderful memories of our time together. There is no one like her.
    God’s blessings to both of you and your families. Sharon Schacher

  6. So sorry for your loss of your mother. We went to kindergarten at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Moorhead. I remember your mom picking you up at our house after a play date. I remember her being a nurse.

  7. Mark and Mary:

    Carol was a life-long friend of my mother, Mary Frojen Hennessy. They had many adventures together! Take care in your happy memories.

    Debbie Frojen Johnson

  8. Carol dear, we were siblings, my big sister. Carol was more than my sister, we were good friends. I would return occasionally and try to time my return in the summer
    time to spend as much time as possible at her lake home. What fun!
    The road trips we took were particularly memorable. We would go to the twin cities to some event or the opposite direction to a restaurant by some lake a couple of hours away.
    In recent years, while travel was difficult, we spoke by phone.
    We will be reunited in the Messianic Kingdom’s resurrection!

  9. When our company made the decision to sell our
    grain augers through Rich, Mark and the rest of
    the crew at MidNorth, not only was it a good business
    decision but we also had the pleasure of meeting
    Carol. It was always a pleasure to visit with her. She
    was a lot of fun and always upbeat. She will be
    missed by all that knew her.

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