Doris J. Engebretson

doris j. engebretson
Doris J. Engebretson, 88, Fargo passed away Friday, December 21, 2018 at her home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Doris was born March 21, 1930 in Heimdal, North Dakota to Melvin and Mabel (Fossen) Johnson. She grew up and attended school in the Heimdal area before moving to Fargo in her teens. She worked various jobs before working with Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator for 40 years, retiring in 1985. She married Kermit Engebretson on October 28, 1950 in Moorhead, MN. Kermit passed away June 1, 2005. She loved spending time with her 12 grandchildren and enjoyed baking, cooking and making sure everyone had a full stomach. “You’re a good cook Doris.” She loved playing BINGO, card games and going to the casino. Family was the most important thing to Doris and she will be missed by many. She is survived by her 5 children; Jeffrey Engebretson, Denver, CO, Cynthia Muhle, Fargo, ND, Tracy (Shelly) Engebretson, Rapid City, SD, David (Tina Raab) Engebretson, Fargo, ND, Sandra (Stuart) White, Fargo, ND; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sister, Elaine (Richard) Appelt, Lake Villa, IL and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Mabel, sons, Bradley and Gregory, grandchild, Joshua Muhle and sister, Martha Westermann. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch or The New Life Center. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Friday, December 28, 2018 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 9:00 A.M. Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.


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  1. Jeff,Cindy,Tracy,David,Sandy am so sorry for all of you and all the grandchildren it is the hardest thing in life to go through. Heaven just got another Angel. God Bless you all and help you go forward. Christy, Eric, Olaf, Toni, and all the others know you will see her again. Jim Johnson

  2. My sincere condolences to all of Doris’s family. Prayers and thoughts are with you all thru these tough times 🌹

  3. Doris was part of our old neighborhood in south Fargo since the late 50s so there are many memories from watching her children grow up to every day stories about my friend.

    One of the other members of the old neighborhood, who lived across the street from Kermit and Doris, had a dog. Neither Doris or Lucille wanted their dogs to mate, but as happens, Doris’s dog got loose one day and headed straight for Lucille’s home. Both women used hoses in an attempt to stop them. My comment was, good luck with that.

    One weekend, my husband, me. Kermit and Doris went on an ill planned adventure to Winnipeg in hope of watching a horse race. It rained so heavily we stayed in a cabin and played cards for most of the night, which was not too much of a hardship on four card players. The next day our (bad) luck continued as we took a boat ride and something went wrong with the steering wheel. All we could think of was what could happen if we hit something.

    I have many memories of Doris and her family, but having her as a precious friend is the best. My children will remember the many kindnesses Doris gave our family when my husband died, and she came immediately to help with the funeral. She was a dear friend, a kind woman. She loved to play bingo and play cards. For a long time after my husband died, Kermit and Doris would invite me to come with them to Mom’s Kitchen for Saturday brunch.

  4. Jeff, Cindy, Tracy, David, & Sandy – our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We were deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Doris. We have such fond memories of your mom. I saw Doris at our Mom’s 90th birthday and it was so fun to spend a few minutes visiting with her. She was a special friend to Mom and our family. I hope the memories you keep close to your heart will provide some comfort to you.

    Janet (Wright) Jacobson

  5. Jeff, Cindy, David and Sandy, your Mom was a good Lady and a friend to many. She always had time for a visit and to ask how the family was doing. She will be missed!! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your families!!

  6. What a beautiful memorial service and video tribute to one of the most loving women I’ve ever had the honor of knowing. My love and prayers are with you all..
    With much love always

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