Cheryl Kraft

cheryl kraft

Cheryl M. Kraft (Thompson), 56, Fargo passed away Friday, February 11 in her home under the care of her loving family.

Cheryl was born August 18, 1954 in Moorhead, MN to Gerald and Beverly (Schiffner) Thompson. Cheryl graduated from Lisbon High School in 1972. After graduation, Cheryl attended and graduated from Wahpeton State School of Science. After she graduated, Cheryl moved to Fargo where she worked at NDSU. She then worked at Metropolitan Bank, Community First Bank, and finally Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Cheryl was a long time member of Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo.

On October 27, 1979 Cheryl married Mark Kraft at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisbon, ND. To this union two children were born, Kelly (Aaron), and Sarah.

Cheryl enjoyed camping, attending her daughters sporting events, and spending time with her family, especially her new grandchild, Shea. Cheryl had a special place in her heart for Sarah's dog Tank.

Cheryl's caring nature, strength and faith got her family and friends through many difficult times.

Cheryl is survived by her husband of 31 years, Mark; children, Kelly (Aaron) Olson, Fargo, ND, Sarah, Alexandria, MN, mother, Beverly Thompson, Lisbon ND, siblings; Steve Thompson, Maple Grove, MN, Christi Thompson, Fargo, ND, Rick (Annette) Thompson, Crookston, MN, Sandy (Jeff) Hagen, Fargo, ND, grandchild, Shea, and 20 nieces and nephews.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her father Gerald (Chris), father-in-law, Andy, sister-in-law, Kari, and nephew, Josh.

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  1. Fargo ND
    Cheryl was such a good soul . I worked as a vendor with her on several and I mean several projects . Cheryl and staff sent flowers to my Mom’s funeral in 1987 when she was at Metro . I will never forget that kind gesture . My sympathies to all of her friends and family .

  2. Sartell MN
    Thinking of those Cheryl loved. Cheryl was also my classmate at LHS. I have fond memories of her, and I know you are missing her very much. May you find comfort and joy in special memories you have of her.

  3. Bismarck North Dakota
    Mark and Family. So sorry to hear of your loss. You and the family, and of course Cheryl, have been through so much in the past few years. May the Good Lord watch over all of you and grant you His peace. He is certainly watching over Cheryl.

    Dave and Cheryl Kraft

  4. Fargo ND
    To Cheryl’s Family
    You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. Cheryl was a wonderful person. The smile on her face was instantaneous whenever she greeted friends. I feel so very fortunate to have known her growing up in Lisbon.
    Wish I could have been there for her service.


  5. Fargo, ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Mark. While we didn’t know Cheryl, we know what all of you have been through from Frank. May your wonderful memories comfort you all.
    Frank’s sister and brother-in-law

  6. moorhead Minn.Mark, I was in such a daze about our mother passing the day before Cheryl. When Frank told me all thru your journey with your wife and all the trips to Omaha I thought what a great man she married. May your life be filled with happiness with your children as a mother I think that would make Cheryl very happy. Prayers to you Mark (Franks sister Shirley)

  7. Dear Mark, Kelly and Sarah,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these times of grief. In His Love, the Bokinskie famly

  8. Milnor ND
    Thinking of Cheryl’s family….When Cheryl and her family lived in Milnor (in the mid sixies) we were best friends. Even for quite awhile after she moved to Lisbon we got together often. But we saw each other less and less and then as too often happens we lost touch. She had an unforgetable smile and laugh and we always had such a great time together. Cheryl will forever have a special place in my heart and I will cherish my memories of her always.
    Rest In Peace Sweet Cheryl.
    LaRae Carlson Odegard

  9. My thoughts and prayers go to Cheryl’s husband Mark, daughters Kelly and Sarah, and the rest of Cheryl’s family. I worked with Cheryl and she was one of the first people to “take me in” so to speak. She was like an awesome older sister and I always turned to her for her wisdom and advice. She truly loved her family and she was such a joy to see each day at work. I will miss her dearly and I know that she is in a awesome place full of good health and peace. Love ya Cheryl!

  10. Peoria AZ
    We are so sorry to hear of Cheryl’s passing. My sister is the secretary at the school Kelly teaches at, she called tonight and told us she had been to Cheryl’s prayer service.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and this very difficult time. May God keep you strong.
    Steve and Claudia

  11. Olathe KansasMark, Kelly, Sarah, Aaron, and Shea

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Cherlys life was cut much to short, but I know that she will never be forgotten and will continue to live on through all of us that that had the pleasure and honor of being a part of her life.

    Rachel, Ryan, Elijah, and Caden

  12. Casselton ND
    I am very sorry for the loss of your wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend to many. She will be missed by all that knew her. Her Blue family will always remember her.

  13. Fargo ND
    Mark and family

    Every time I think of Cheryl, I recall the return from our Bridger Ski trip, Mark. It always brings a smile!

    Even though I didn’t see her often, every encounter brought her smile, her laugh and the true warmth that she brought to a room. Hold onto each other and let her memories help you through these tough times.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Fergus Falls MN
    Mark and Family!

    Bob and I were so sorry to read of Cheryl’s death. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.

    Bob and Barb Rick

  15. Sidney MtMark and family..I am so sorry for your loss. Cheryl was a roommate of mine years ago while I was in school at ndsu. Although I haven’t seen her for years, I will never forget the good times we had during those years. She and Lana were such good friends. Words cannot express our sorrow in her passing. Take care and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Cindy and Tim

  16. Detroit Lakes MN
    Mark and Family
    I am so sorry to hear about Cheryl. You are all in my thoughts and prayers
    Annette Rabideaux

  17. Fargo ND
    Our sympathies to all of Cheryl’s family. She was courageous and strong and a role model to all. May you all find comfort in the wonderful memories you have.

  18. Olathe KSMark, Kelly, and Sarah

    I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot begin to imagine what a difficult time this is for all of you. But I know that Cheryl is in a much better place and is at peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Brandon, Meghan, and William

  19. Vienna VAMark, Kelly, Sarah and all of Cheryl’s family,

    We are thinking of you at this very sad time and praying for your comfort and peace. Cheryl was a tender, kind soul and a beautiful person. We know you will miss her but hope you find joy in all the memories you share.

  20. Valley City ND
    Mark and family: I had the pleasure of having Cheryl as a classmate and close friend for our high school years. She had a good heart and was just a great person to be around. She was an easy person to talk to and i thoroughly enjoyed her company. My deepest sympany to you.

  21. Alpharetta GAMark and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Cheryl’s passing. Although I haven’t seen her in years, I remember her very well. She was a wonderful person and a great colleague at Metroplitan Federal.

    Cheryl is at peace now. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Deborah J. Ackerman

  22. Mark and Family
    we were sorry to here about the loss of Cheryl and we will never forget her laughs and smiles.

    Mark and family:
    So sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Carol Tweeton and family
    Dan, Karen Fankhanel and family.

  24. Sabin MnKelly,
    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Please know that Mary and I are thinking of you.

    Roger and Mary

  25. Papillion NeMark and family,

    Cheryl will always hold a special place in my heart. She had a laughter and smile I will never forget. Words can not express the sympathy.

    Please stay in touch.

  26. Chicago ILLike Kelly said, heaven received the best gift Friday – a wonderful angel in the form of Cheryl.
    We have and will continue to lift your family up in prayers.

  27. Moorhead MN
    Mark and Family

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Cheryl’s memories will always be a part of you and your family….those we love are never really lost to us.

    May God grant you peace and comfort now and in the future.

  28. Timber Lake SDMark and Family,
    Know that all of us here, in South Dakota are sending warm thoughts, love, and prayers your way, in this time of sorrow!


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