Eleanor Fridgen

eleanor fridgen

Eleanor Rose Fridgen, 100, Fargo, ND died Sunday April 13, 2014 in Villa Maria, Fargo, ND.

She was born on November 26, 1913 to Joseph and Johanna (Grohs) Fridgen in Glen Ullin, North Dakota where she attended elementary school and graduated from high school.  In 1934, she graduated from the St. Alexius Hospital School. 

Eleanor was employed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota until joining the Army Nurse Corps in September of 1943. She served in England and France from 1944 to 1945. After leaving the Army in 1947 she moved to California where she worked for the San Bernadino County Health Department for 4 years. She was then employed by the Los Angeles Department of Schools for the next 25 years as a school nurse in rural areas. Eleanor retired in 1977 and moved to Fargo.

She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority and the Fargo Retired Teachers Association. Since 1978 she was a volunteer worker for United Blood Services. She was the Regent Emeritus for the University of Mary, Bismarck for over 20 years. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish. The last two years she was living at Riverview Place.

Eleanor was preceded in death by 3 sisters and 1 brother.

She is survived by her nephews, Joel Kavanaugh, Minneapolis, MN; Michael Fridgen, Corona, CA; Ronald Borgerson, Minneapolis, MN; nieces, Carol Ham, Minneapolis, MN; Arlene Freedman, Chicago, IL. 

Memorials preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley or Riverview Place.

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  1. Coronado CAAunt Nora was the last of her generation of the Fridgen family. My Dad, Sylvester (Cy) Fridgen, was her brother and passed away in December of 1998. I was fortunate to be able to visit her on her 99th birthday, and last November for her 100th birthday. I made those trips from California to honor her, and the memory of my Dad. On my first visit, we talked extensively about her service in WWII. Like my Dad, she was a volunteer, and both of them did not have to serve for a variety of reasons, but yet, felt compelled to contribute to the war effort. Being a retired Navy Captain, I understand and appreciate that! I didn’t know Aunt Nora well, and my guess is, I am not alone in that. Notwithstanding, I enjoyed my brief time with her and hope that she has found peace and comfort in the great beyond, with her God, and the family who passed before her. May she rest in peace!

  2. Cheyenne WyomingI worked at United Blood Services in Fargo when Eleanor volunteered there. She was a volunteer for us for a long time and I always enjoyed visiting with her. She was very dedicated.
    Thoughts and prayers to her family.

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