Doreen E. Grobe

doreen grobe

April 18, 1934 ~ August 12, 2023

Born in: Kindred, North Dakota
Resided in: Moorhead, Minnesota

Doreen Grobe passed away peacefully on August 12, 2023, at Eventide Nursing Home in Moorhead, Minnesota, at the age of 89.

Doreen Elayne Grobe (Knutson) was born on April 18, 1934, the youngest of six children, to Henry and Minnie (Evanson) in Kindred, ND. Doreen attended grade school and graduated from high school in Kindred.

Doreen attended Wahpeton State School of Science and later earned a degree from Moorhead State University in elementary education. Throughout her life her passion was working with children. Although she had no children of her own, she always treated all of her nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews as her own and loved spoiling them. She spent many years working with the Kringen Lodge at the Sons of Norway in Fargo, ND, leading many children’s programs.

On July 16, 1960, Doreen married Leo Grobe. Throughout their married life they lived in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Leo passed away on October 27, 2021. After Leo’s passing, Doreen spent the last year and a half residing at Eventide in Moorhead.

Doreen is survived by many nieces and nephews, Richard Grobe, Moorhead, MN; Gayle (Wayne) Miller, Dilworth, MN; Christine (Dennis) Schonhoff, Fargo, ND; David (Kathy) Iverson, West Fargo, ND; Claudeen (Brian) Frevert, Littleton, CO; Terri Dupuis, Sedgwick, ME; Pam Laha, Milford NH; Gail (Dennis) Boggs, Alexandria, SD; James (Julie) Thue, Mitchell, SD; Henry Linder, Oklee, MN; many grand nieces and nephews; and Vu Truong and family.

Doreen was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Harold and Oswald Knutson; and three sisters, Edna Knutson, Gladys Linder and Lillian Thue.

FUNERAL SERVICE: 10 AM Thursday, August 17, 2023, at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo.
VISITATION: one hour prior to the service
BURIAL: Riverside Cemetery in Fargo, ND

Funeral service arrangements are entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home.

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  1. Doreen will always be in the hearts of my children through her work with Kringen Klub. So very generous with her time and gifts. One year she made my girls’ aprons to make lefse. She organized cultural trips and activities, too. A wonderful example of caring and sharing.

  2. As a small child over 20 years ago, I was a member of the Kringen Klub at the Sons of Norway under the leadership of Doreen. I probably never saw her again after my time in the Klub, but she always remained in my memory as one of the most kind and patient educators I encountered as a child. I know her presence will be sorely missed. May she Rest in Peace.

  3. Doreen did so very much for Kringen Lodge Sons of Norway. She touched the lives of many kids through the Kringen Youth Klubb that she led. Doreen took great pride in the lodge library and proudly led many tours of the Kringen building for visitors. She left her mark and will always be fondly and gratefully remembered.

  4. My daughter Janice took part in the Youth Kringen Klub under Doreen about 20 yrs ago. She a neat lady and has touched so many lives through the Sons of Norway. Prayers to the family during this time of sorrow. Good bless and rest in peace.

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