Clarice Overbo

clarice overbo
Clarice “Clarie” Leona Overbo, 81, was born on May 7th, 1936 on a farm by Valley City, ND to Hattie (Heldman) and Henry Greb. She went to heaven on May, 14th, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Clarie attended country school in District 35, then Cuba school, and eventually graduated from Valley City High School in 1953. Clarie had always felt honored and blessed to have grown up on a farm with her 5 siblings. It was here that she discovered the importance of surrounding yourself with family. She has been described as having been a high-spirited child, and was especially adored by her father. Clarie worked for Fargo Public Schools for over 20 years where she loved interacting with kids daily (including many of her grandchildren). Clarie met Lloyd Overbo in 1953 at a Valley City Policemen’s Ball. In 1953 she married Lloyd and ultimately moved to Fargo ND to start a family. Together they had six sons. Timothy (Doreen), Gordon, Russell (Terry), Wesley (Ellen), Jeffrey (Kathy), and Kenneth (Susan). Clarie took great pride in raising her sons; describing this time as being the fondest of her memories. She instilled her values in all her boys; reinforcing them as her family grew. She hosted large family get-togethers, dinners, and holidays. Her house was always festive, decorated for holidays, welcoming and she and Lloyd were always happy to play a game of cards and visit. Her family camping trip traditions were some of her favorite times of the year as it brought everyone close together for at least a few days. Clarie had a profound love for Elvis Presley music and even in her last hours of life enjoyed listening to his gospel music with great admiration. She loved to color with her grandchildren, needlepoint, and spend time documenting and organizing photo and video memories for her family. Clarie is survived by 5 sons, 17 grandchildren; 2 honorary grandchildren Nathan Rhinhart and Dr. Gautam Phadke, 25 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, 2 sisters, many nieces and nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, two sisters, and one son. There will be a Prayer Service at Hope Lutheran Church South Campus at 7:00 pm Thursday with visitation at the church from 5:00 to 7:00. The Funeral will be at 11:00 am Friday at Hope Lutheran Church South Campus. Interment is at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Valley City, ND.

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  1. I’m going to miss your smile, your laugh, your caring personality, your humor, your always upbeat attitude….I will miss everything about you…Altho, I will always feel your unconditional love that you had for me and everyone else…All I can say now it Thank You, God, for picking me to be one of your nieces…Love you and miss you forever…..Deb

  2. I am sadden to read about Clarie’s passing. Soon the time will come where we will be able to to see hug and never have to let go of our loved once again. God’s promise to soon “swallow up death forever” and “wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 25;8) Till then continue to cherish those beautiful memories of love and laughter you had with Carie, I will include you in my prayers.

  3. You will be so missed. We had many great talks, laughs and camping trips. You always made me feel like the daughter you never had. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.

  4. I am so sorry to hear of Clarie’s passing. I had a great fondness for her when I was a young girl. She made me feel like a daughter and like one of the family. My deepest condolences to her wonderful family.

  5. We are going to miss Clarice very much, we have been friends for 49 years. We had a lot of fun together camping, fishing and playing cards. Clarice was a wonderful mother to sons. she always had great hot meals, and homemade pastry, and plenty for all the extra friends the boys brought home.All the canning and lefse we made together. Clarice was always full of cheer & laughter, always had good thoughts about everyone. So many memories you and our family had together that will be cherish forever. See you in heaven.

  6. I am SO shocked of hearing of your passing away! saw it on the computer! I am so grief stricken! we were such great friends all thru high school & beyond. you, Arlene & me, we were a 3-some! had such great times together. times I will NEVER forget!!! I LOVED staying weekends out at your folks’ farm, so often. your folks welcomed me always, & such wonderful food! your mom was the best cook, you must have gotten cooking from her! you were a great fun friend. I’ll always remember you as one of my best friends.~ thinking of you, & your family & Arlene, & Joyce~

  7. You have shown us what ‘grit’ means, how one should value life and never ever give up. If I can find a miniscule enough of strength of what you had, and use it to fight adversity, I would consider myself worthy of your love and respect.

  8. We are so very sorry for this loss. Prayer and thoughts are with all of you.

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