Catherine M. Scott, 86, Fargo died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Bethany on University. Cathy was born August 26, 1932 to Max and Mary(Sirek) Shirek in Michigan, ND. Her family moved to Gardner, ND when Cathy was 5 years old. She graduated from Gardner High School in 1950 and went to MSUM where she received her A.E. Degree and later her B.S. Degree. She was a diagnostician and teacher in the Fargo Public Schools for 42 years. Her first teaching job was 2nd grade at Roosevelt Elementery at age 20 and she spent the last many years as a Special Education teacher at Agassiz Jr. High. On November 26, 1958 Cathy married Douglas C. Scott at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, ND. She enjoyed her students and was a very creative person. Her faith, sense of humor and dedication kept her going through life. In retirement she looked forward to visiting with her teaching friends at the monthly Cass County Retired Teacher luncheons. She was honored to be inducted into the Cass Valley North Hall of Fame in 2017 with all the dominant Gardner Girls Basketball teams of the 1950’s which included her sisters. Cathy is survived by her sons Paul and John of Fargo, several nieces and nephews and a special niece who was raised as a sister, Mary Ellen (Bryan) Jalbert, Watertown, SD. Cathy was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Roman and Dennis, sisters Maxine Mich, Laverne and Gloria Bjerke. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Burial will be at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Hillsboro, ND. The family prefers memorials to be sent to Gladys Ray Shelter, Fargo, ND.

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  1. We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. With deep sympathy, we share your sorrow, after the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have to hold onto are the happy memories that we’ve shared with our loved ones who have passed, this is what keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us. May God give you the strength to endure the pain you are going through and may he embrace you and comfort your family during this difficult time.”Jesus said to her: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.'”-John 11:25

  2. Paul and John I am so sorry to see in the In-Forum of your mother passing. I moved to Iowa in 1984. Your parents were so nice and it was fun to babysit you boys when you were little. Can you both send me your addresses appreciate it much. Miss the old neighborhood….. My prayers, hugs and love to you both!

  3. John and Paul,

    I want to extend my sympathies to you on the passing of your mother. I have fond memories of your mom and her teaching partner, Chuckie, from my days at Agassiz.

    Dave Engstrom

  4. I grew up in the neighborhood and I still drive by my old house on 14th Street. Any loss of neighborhood friends is huge. My condolences to the family and friends of Cathy Scott.

  5. John and Paul Sorry to here about your mother if there is anything that Linda and I can do for you please let us know . Doug Gustafson

  6. Very sorry that the loss of Cathy as both of them were very good to have as neighbors. as just one thin wall was between us. Your father Doug was in school just one year behind me. I lost my wife Yvonne to lymphoma back in November election day. Your family was very quit as we never heard you going up and down the stairs. It was a great place too grow up for me as I moved out 26 years after birth and went on to Illinois to work for Osco Drug. We remember all of you very much. You will miss her until you end as I did my mother and dad. Take care, Chuck Haeffner

  7. Paul and John,
    Your Mom and Chuckie were two of the first teachers I met when I arrived at Agassiz in August 1976. I quickly realized that they were two very dedicated and caring people who went to great lengths to help their students. They also were very fun loving individuals. My nick name for them was “Starski and Hutch” from the TV show. I admired Cathy for her professional approach to helping her students. She always made a difference. I enjoyed visiting with her at monthly luncheons of retired educators. She was one of my favorite people. May she rest in peace.


  8. So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your family from the neighborhood. Always such nice people. All my best to you Paul and John.

  9. Dear Paul & John

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, my condolences to you both. We are thinking of you and the family and send our deepest sympathy.

    Best Regards
    Randa McKenzie (Scott)

  10. May your family find comfort as “the hearer of prayer” embraces their heart (Psalms 94:19). Lean on one another for strength and encouragement to stay strong. We hope that the many cards, hugs, kind words, cherished memories, and loving prayers sustains your family during this most difficult time.

  11. My sympathy, Paul and John. I remember you two, as such cute, energetic little boys. We would see you at Uncle Max’s in Gardner. Your grandpa getting on you for something!! The slide show was beautiful and brought back so many memories. I remember your mom visiting my parents, in Mpls. and she and I stayed up late into the night talking about Special Ed. and teaching. We had that in common. As my sister Joanne said, “The Gardner Dynasty is no longer.” I hope you find peace and comfort in her memories. Sincerely, Teri Shirek Kroll.

  12. My name is Debbie (DuBord) Bjorem….I was one of her students at Agassiz in Special Services…your mom planted MANY seeds in my heart that help me blossom and mold me the person I am today!!! My prayers will continue ONWARD and UPWARD to you all!

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