David Silbergleit

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David's service will be livestreamed below starting at 6:00 pm Thursday, January 6th.
David Silbergleit, 91, of Fargo, ND passed away on Tuesday, January 4, after complications following a fall in December. David was born September 15, 1930 to Jewish immigrant parents in Springfield, MA. He loved working with cars, and for a time as a very young adult ran a humble operation called Dave’s Auto Sales, before being recruited by a larger dealer in the area. It was in his hometown that he met his wife Inger-Lise (Nissen), a Norwegian doctor (they later separated). He early on developed an interest in investments. Shortly after they moved to Milwaukee, WI in 1967, David became a stockbroker and was known to his customers and colleagues for his exceptional honesty in the business. After moving to Fargo in 1975, he worked for years as a trust officer, enjoying the chance to help people with their portfolios in the most responsible and caring way. He was a very kind and gentle man who loved to chat with people of all ages in all walks of life. David was not a big adventure seeker or risk taker, but he knew the value of simply being alive, talking with friends old and new, and enjoying the day. He was a loving and beloved father, brother, and uncle, and cherished friend to many. David was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Fanny (Bennett) Silbergleit; and his brother, Allen. He is survived by his son, Paul; sister-in-law, Ina; nephews, Richard and Robie; and niece, Nina.

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  1. David spent time with our children when they were very young and they remember him now as a dear grandfatherly friend. We all remember him with fondness and love. His gentleness and quiet humor were his hallmarks. May his memory be a blessing.
    Cynthia Ekren (daughter of Patricia Martin)

  2. We remember David with a smile and treasure his years of support, friendship, and curiosity-filled conversations.
    The Reference Staff, Fargo Public Library

  3. Dave was a very helpful and wonderful friend to us. He was very well versed on many topics. We enjoyed lively conversations with him for many years during our Sunday dinner at Fryin Pan and other restaurants. He was always a welcome guest at our Christmas Eve dinner..

    Dave will certainly be missed by us!

    Fond Farwell to our friend..

    Phyllis Teich
    Stan Lewandowski
    Carol Sipsock

  4. I met David when he was visiting his son Paul in Milwaukee, in the early 2000s. He was a charming and beautiful person. I loved him right away.

  5. David was such a nice, smart man. He was a good friend of my brothers. I met him when my brother, Dave Sleeper, died in October of 2007. He was very caring and helped me during this difficult time. May David Rest In Peace.

  6. We met David in Mesa, and enjoyed his friendship over the years. My mom always looked forward to his phone calls and dining out with him, whether in Mesa or Fargo. He was always interested in what was happening in our lives, professionally and personally, right down to the kids and grandkids. He had a wonderful gift for letter writing and remembering details and facts even we’d forgotten. Whatever your relation to him, may your very best memories help sustain you through this time. Blessed be his memory to you.

  7. David was an incredibly caring and gentle man. He always had a good story or two or three to share during our visits, which usually included a little life lesson in some form. In some aspects I feel he taught me more than I did him. I came to really care about him in our short time together and will truly miss him.

  8. I met David while working at Viking Bank in Moorhead. He was so kind, interesting and humble. Recently, I ran across a sweet letter that he mailed to me. I don’t recall the message but obviously it was worth saving for over 20 years. My heart is sad to hear of his passing.

  9. Dear Paul and Family, Please accept my condolences. George and I were long time friends over 75 years. David was always a gentleman and we shared many memories. He will be sorely missed.

  10. David was a great friend of my late father, Robert Olson Sr. Though I did not know David well, his kindness, spirit and wit was obvious, and ever-present. I will always be grateful for his friendship, and sorry for his passing. Warmest regards and condolences to Son, Paul.

  11. I knew David mostly from Cashwise grocery store and through his friendships with Phyllis and Stan. He was always very friendly with anyone. I also was acquainted with his, at the time wife, Dr Silvergleit, who was a doctor at the VA Hospital where I worked as a ward clerk. She was a very nice lady. I know David was very proud of his son, an accomplished musician. I met him one time and had hoped to hear him play at Fargo’s Dempsey’s but I never did, so I will have to listen to him online. RIP David. I enjoyed knowing you My sympathy to David’s family and friends. Bev Woitzel

  12. David (and I dare not call him Mr. Silbergleit) was a wonderful friend whom I never met face-to-face, but he and I shared countless hours of conversation with one another. I worked 3rd shift on the client support desk for a financial institution which David did business with, and he’d often call during the wee hours of the morning to check on his investments. We would spend maybe 5-10 minutes talking about his money, then we’d spend half an hour or more discussing life, exchanging stories and so forth. I had this relationship with David for several years, and consider him to have been a good friend of mine.

    David taught me what it sounds like to be a caring friend. He was an utterly selfless conversationalist. This man was a holdover from harder times past, when friendship was a much more serious thing to people than it often is to folks of later generations. David always wanted to know what types of things I had been getting into with my wife and son, and how my career was going. David was genuinely interested in the people he cared about.

    What a genuine friend. I will never forget him.

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