Eileen Y. Laney, 77, Fargo was welcomed peacefully into Jesus' open and loving arms on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. She was surrounded by her loving family. Eileen was born on September 29, 1939 in Horace, ND to Olivia and Lucinda (Sauvageau) Rheault. She was raised on a family farm south of Horace alongside her siblings where French was the spoken language. Because of this, Eileen did not learn to speak fluent English until the second grade. Eileen was always very proud of her French heritage and she shared this with her children later in her life. She attended St. Joseph's high school in Wild Rice, ND in 1958 and continued on soon after to earn a degree in business from Interstate Business College where she graduated the same year. Soon after college, Eileen began her career in the Plumbing and Heating business with a job at Shirley-Onstad Wholesale in 1959. After 11 years of employment at Shirley Onstad, she decided to go into business with her then husband, Chester Laney, as well as her father-in-law, Chester Laney Senior, until 1983. She continued her career in the Plumbing and Heating business until 1998 when she retired as the owner of Metro Plumbing & Heating. Eileen's children and grand children were the absolute joy of her life. She was always excited whenever she could get her family together for holidays and visits.  Eileen loved to play cards and board games with her family and those who visited her. She was a strong-willed woman who overcame the gender stereotypes through her work and everyday life, which has left an everlasting impact on her family. Eileen is survived by her son, Paul (Patty) Laney, her daughters, Julie (Charles) Breid and Tonya (Mike) Cornell. Her grandchildren, Danielle and Katie Laney; Josh, Meghan, Kaylie, and Nathan Breid; Jordan (Casey) Laney, Allie, and Cody Sprecher.  Her sisters, Hazel Cossette, Leone Richard, Ella Richard, Pam Blotsky, and brother, Fluorent Rheault. Eileen is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Cleo, Andrew, and Roger Rheault; sister, Theresa Thorsen and grandson, Brandon Laney.

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  1. My dear family, ❤ prayers and so much love coming to you. Our Lord has decided that Eileen had suffered enough here on earth and has taken her home. So many wonderful memories of our years with family. ❤

  2. My sympathies go out to all of you. May you find some comfort in the memories you hold in your heart of your mother / grandmother.

  3. Paul, Julie and Tonya and families….so sorry for your loss! Hugs to you all and know I am keeping you all in my thoughts during this difficult time.

  4. Paul, Patty and All – I am so sorry to hear this news. I heard many wonderful stories about Eileen over the years from Paul. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers!!

  5. Dear Paul and Family,
    Know of our warmest condolences and prayers for you at this time. Love you, dear brother-in-law. God bless.
    Teresa (Patty’s sister), Kelly, Clare and Mariah Madsen
    Pierre, SD

  6. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family, Paul. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand during this difficult time. Your mother raised an amazing family to carry on her legacy and I have great admiration for her. May she rest in peace in God’s arms.

  7. Paul, Patty, Danielle and Katie.
    I am so so for your loss.
    If there is anything you need. Anything at all…Simply call.
    Brent Hansen
    Brandi Hansen
    Kodi Hansen

  8. So sorry for your loss Paul. Lots of prayers for you during this hard time.

    Chad Tracey Lauren and Ellen Hagen

  9. My prayers and sympathy are with the Laney family. May your sorrow be touched with peace as Mrs. Laney enters eternal glory.

  10. Paul and Tonya, my thoughts are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Life is a fragile thing that we can not take for granted. Your mother was proud of her children and family. I am sure she cherished each and every moment she had with all of you. Memories of her life will last forever. Take care and God bless.

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Paul and Patty. May your mom rest in peace and dance with the angels from heaven. God bless you all.

  12. Laney family,
    Faye and I would like to offer our heartfelt prayers for your loss. Your loved one will be remembered for ever as you go forward. God Bless.

  13. Paul, Patty, Danielle and Katie,

    Joy and I are very sorry to hear about your mom and grandmother. If you need anything, just let me know.

  14. Please accept my condolences to Eileen’s family. I am so sorry for your loss.

    In remembering back to all the times I shared with her and going to family gatherings, such as wedding dances and getting to know more of her family or just going to visit with her. She is quite the lady with a strong faithl. I really enjoyed knowing her. She’ll be missed by many.

    May God Bless your family.

  15. Paul and family, I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your mom and grandma. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Paul, Patty and family- Sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. I hope your many happy memories provide comfort during this difficult time. Dave and I will be unable to attend the funeral mass as we are out of state. Peace.

  17. Paul, Patty and family, My heart goes out to you. Prayers that God’s love and compassion will give you strength during these difficult days and wonderful memories to fill your hearts for years to come.
    With sympathy and love, Carol Carlisle

  18. Paul, Julie and Tonya,
    Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  19. Eileen was truly an inspiration – Laney’s Plumbing and Heating was a very reliable sub-contractor with Eileen in the office – then as the years passed I had the opportunity to visit Eileen at Sheyenne Crossings. Eileen was always very up-beat regardless of her personal set backs. Eileen made everybody a better person – God Bless!


    R. Tracy Myers, Retired President
    Olaf Anderson & Son Const. Co.

  20. My mother, Donna Larson, and your mother Eileen enjoyed many games of Rumicube while they both
    lived at Royal Court apartments. My mother was quite fond of her and always looked forward to their
    evenings they shared playing. I am not sure but I think it was Tuesdays.

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