Charyl (Gress) Palmer

charyl (gress) palmer

March 19, 1940 ~ December 25, 2022

Born in: Fargo, North Dakota
Resided in: Lake Park, Minnesota

Charyl’s Live Streamed Prayer Service can be viewed below:

Charyl Ann (Gress) Palmer 82, of Lake Park, MN and formerly Fargo, ND passed away peacefully with her family by her side December 25, 2022 at Essentia hospital.

Charyl was born March 19, 1940 in Fargo ND to Anton (Tony) & Charlotte (Evenstad) Gress. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church. She grew up on the largest sheep ranch in ND. She graduated from Shanley High School in 1958 where she was also on the Homecoming Court. She attended UND for nursing school & was an Alpha Phi. She later transferred & graduated from NDSU in 1962 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Education and was captain of the NDSU Rifle Team. She was also a science teacher for many years.

Charyl met her future husband Rick Palmer at age 14. They married September 9th 1961 in West Fargo, ND. They raised their four children in Fargo, ND. They were married for 54 years – Inseparable! Charyl loved spending time with her family at their lake cabin on Big Cormorant Lake, which has been in their family since the 1960’s. She loved taking photos, gardening, relaxing on her tube in the lake, shopping, going to Bison Football games, playing games with family, hunting and fishing and was always searching for the perfect gift to give her loved ones. Her smile would light up the room, she never complained and was always full of compliments. She loved her hugs and kisses. She was a mom to all!

Chary was involved with her Catholic church and The Belles Club at St. Mary of the Lakes. Charyl & Rick formerly owned and operated Exclusively Diamonds in Fargo, ND and were part owners of Mick’s Office in Moorhead, MN. Charyl enjoyed her monthly gatherings with her Mick’s Office girlfriends. She also belonged to two different bridge clubs for over 40 years in which she cherished her time with them. She and Rick were also involved with FM Sno Kats snowmobile club, NDSU Team Makers and Bison Club Hockey. Charyl worked for several years at the VA Hospital in Fargo, ND.

Charyl is survived by her children, Tiffany (Paul) Sullivan, Ulen, MN; Richard (Sonja) Palmer, Austin, TX; Susan (fiancé Vern Suchor) Palmer, Fargo, ND; Stacy (Lee) Scott, Audubon, MN; 7 grandchildren, Kristin (TJ) Johnson, Brittany & Travis Sullivan; Madison (fiancé Bryce Echols) Palmer, Chase Palmer; Samantha (Tony) Gross; and Sydney Scott; 2 great grandchildren Zoey & Jaxon Gross; her sister-in-laws Shirley Palmer and Pat Palmer; and the Palmer, Gress and Evenstad Families.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard “Rick” Palmer, her parents Tony & Charlotte Gress, and in-laws Edwin & Gladys Palmer, Ann Palmer.

We would like to say a special thank you to the staff at Essentia Health’s ICU and Palliative care teams.

Video Tribute:


Prayer Service - Wednesday: December 28, 2022 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Prayer Service - Wednesday: December 28, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Funeral Mass - Thursday: December 29, 2022 11:00 am

St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church
20996 Co Rd 20
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

(218) 439-3937

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  1. Sending my love to all of you. Words fail when I think of what Charyl meant to me. A forever friend from our youth to now. She leaves a hole in my heart that can’t be filled. So I will walk with her in my memory Garden along with the flowers and Lake she loved. Surely the Angels bore her soul straight to God the most high. I will be there in spirit and thinking of all of you in the days to come. May the good Lord bless you make his face to shine upon you and Grant you peace. Carol and Richard and the family

  2. Tiffany and family,
    We send our condolences to you and your whole family at this time. May you all have wonderful memories to share.

  3. Charyl was always so kind and friendly. She was such a good friend to our family and Jean. She had such a wonderful “go with the flow” attitude. No matter the stress, she just handled it with calm. We have many memories that we will always cherish of great times with her. God Bless the Palmer family as you move through this loss. Patty, Butter and Rob

  4. Hi Palmer family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Sue at Target many years ago and got to visit with her mom many times. She was a wonderful lady! Hugs and prayers are with you all❤️

  5. Stacy: so sorry to hear of your mom’s death. A tough Christmas for all of you, but now she is with the angels and at peace. May God’s blessings shine on her and give you all comfort.
    Kathy Sornsin Boucher

  6. My sincere condolences to your family for the loss of Charyl <3 she will be greatly missed. I always thought she was a remarkable woman but after reading her obituary now I know it! I worked with her at the VA, she always had a smile, always bright, always positive. We would chat about things, and she was very engaging. Her wings must be glowing proudly, it's so bright outside <3 May love's comfort find your heart and soul peace. Take care and know she was adored by many.

  7. Sending love to the Palmer family. Mrs Palmer was always so nice to me and was like a second mom. She taught me how to make Goulash and Potato Salad down at cormorant lake. Condolences to Tiffany, Rich, Susan and Stacy and the entire family. She was such a special lady. love, Kristen

  8. Our thoughts and prayers to the Palmer Family.
    From Cousin Jean and Marvin Jacobsen on the Evenstad side. Marvin and Jean (Regstad) Jacobsen

  9. Tiffany and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Know that you are all in my prayers at this difficult time. What a happy reunion it must of been when she was reunited with your dad. May all your memories bring you comfort in the days and months ahead. May she rest in peace.

  10. Dear Tiffany and family, I am saddened to hear you had to say goodbye to your mom. I trust you are surrounded in love by family and friends through this tough time. Sending warmth and peace to you.
    Ann Leclerc

  11. Charyl was a special friend. We had so many fun times with both her and Rick. The stories I could tell. She always had that camera in her hands. Sending hugs and prayers. She will be msised.

  12. I’m so sorry for your loss Stacy. The light of your mom will stay with you for the rest of your life. Hugs to you and yours.

  13. Jan.23, 2023
    Sooo very sorry 😔 for your loss…..🌹
    Charyl was my mother’s cousin…..Elvira….their Dads were brothers🫶. Many cousins….there were but Charyl was one of my Mom’s favorites & also Charyl’s parents….truly remarkable and memorable….simply the Best! Family was everything!! We come from a long line of L♥️VE!
    The Shackelford Family made several trips out West to visit with Family! Memorable vacation!
    Hoping to meet you again someday….maybe many of your cousins will be making a trip out there in N.D. this summer …maybe early August… especially to visit with our Uncle Ray(Mom- Elvira ‘s only living brother…..Would be great to see other relatives of our huge Gress Family! Anyone interested in details (later on)….please contact me and I will pass on the interest to our oldest cousin Barbara Gress Torgerson Hadel…..Anyone interested in the Evenstad Family would be welcome also 🫶🙏💕☺️

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