Ella Sky Sweeney

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April 29, 2002 ~ August 7, 2022

Born in: Fargo, North Dakota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

Ella’s Live Streamed Funeral Mass can be viewed below:

Ella Sky Sweeney, Age 20, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 7th at her home in Fargo, ND.

Ella was born to parents Patrick Sweeney and Amy (Younggren) Sweeney on April 29, 2002 in Fargo, ND. She grew up in Fargo and at the family lake home on Bad Medicine Lake in MN. Ella was attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, where she would have been a Junior this Fall.

Travel with her family was an integral part of Ella’s life as they spent time in Hawaii, California, Colorado and New York with extended family and friends.

Ella accepted every person for who they are and could see the good in anyone. She brought her friends together often and made everyone feel included.

Ella loved fashion and was a keen collector of designer pieces, known for her unique and unapologetic style and the fun-loving attitude she shared with everyone who knew her. She was curious and adventurous, attending concerts, sporting events and other activities as often as possible.

Her example taught us all that our time here on earth is short and to live out each day with purpose. She leaves behind a legacy of authenticity, the value of acceptance, and the importance of living life to the fullest.

She is survived by her father, Patrick H. Sweeney, mother Amy Lynn Sweeney, brother William Sweeney, Grandmother, Beverly Newberry and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins on both sides of her family and lifelong friends, who will miss her dearly.

Ella was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bill and Jeane Sweeney,
and John Younggren.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers, to the University of North Dakota Foundation Angel Fund

https://undalumni.org/ANGEL or
701 777 2611

To honor Ella, suggested attire may include UND Green or your favorite fashion item.

Funeral Mass: 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 12, 2022 at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo with visitation staring at 10:00 A.M.

Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery South, Fargo.

Ella’s Video Tribute can be viewed below:


Funeral Mass - Friday: August 12, 2022 11:00 am

Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo
5202 25th St. S.
Fargo ND 58104,

Visitation - Friday: August 12, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church Magnificat Chapel
Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church 5202 25th St S Fargo ND 58104

Burial: August 12, 2022 2:00 pm

Holy Cross Cemetery South, Fargo
7000 38th St SW
Fargo, North Dakota 58104

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Memories Timeline


  1. Pat Amy and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. So sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful daughter. Hugs and prayers to you all as you make it through these difficult days.

  2. Amy, Pat, & Will,

    Thinking about you guys and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Jennifer Younggren

  3. Amy, Pat and Will may you feel the love of our Heavenly Father and May sweet Ella be welcomed in his loving arms with her soul finally at rest in heaven! My condolences and prayers of support are being sent and said daily for you all! I am unfortunately unable to attend her funeral celebration of life, but please know you will all be in my loving thoughts on Friday! God bless🙏

  4. I am so very sorry. Ella was a beautiful person inside and out. I got to know her through my son Jackson and daughter Taiya. Seeing her from time to time at my father in law Mark Noonan’s was always great. Spending time with her and Jackson last fall in LA was a blast! I am literally devastated for you all. Heather and I are sending prayers and hugs to you all. May she rest in peace. She will NEVER be forgotten. God Bless

    Shane Tibiatowski

  5. We are so saddened to hear of your loss. So many cherished memories made. Your lake friends are hurting for you all.

  6. Pat and family, we hold you in our prayers during this difficult time. We are so saddened by your loss. Your lake neighbors, Karen and Curt Halbakken

  7. Pat, Amy and Will our hearts are heavy as we grieve along side of you, during the loss of dear Ella. Ella’s light shone brightly here on earth and it will shine even brighter in heaven. We are unceasingly praying that God will surround you with peace, love and understanding. You are not alone and Ella will not be forgotten. We love you!

  8. I was lucky enough to have known Ella while we were growing up. She was such a beautiful soul and I send my prayers to everyone who knew her.

  9. Pat and Will,
    I can think of no words right now. Thinking of you both and sending love and hugs your way!

  10. Ella and I shared a conversation just a few months ago about life and school. She expressed to me that her dream was to be in the fashion industry, to work as a stylist or create her own clothing line. I told her she would be absolutely amazing and very successful. She was extremely passionate and creative anyone who knew her could say that. She will be incredibly missed.

  11. We are so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful Ella. You are in our thoughts and prayers 🤍 Mike and Becky McCormick

  12. Amy Pat and family
    I am so very sorry for your loss. May God be with you and comfort you during this time.

    Julie Halverson

  13. Patrick and family so sorry to hear the loss of Ella. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

  14. Pat, Amy, Will and family. I am so sorry for your loss. May your immense family love support and
    comfort you all as you endure the painful loss of your daughter. And may our Lord
    hold Ella in the palm of His hand.

  15. Pat,
    Our deepest sympathies to you and Will. We remember Ella at Bad Medicine and in Phoenix at Karen and Steve’s. She truly was a beautiful girl and we can not imagine your sorrow. We hope you can find comfort in knowing she is with God and at perfect peace. Regards, Jane and Nick Fox , Winnipeg MB

  16. Pat, Amy, & Will,
    My heart is broken for the loss of Ella. She loved each of you dearly.
    Michael Finch, Fargo

  17. Ella was an absolute amazing human being with one of the kindest souls I’ve ever met and will ever meet. During our relationship she had open my eyes alot more to the world and to myself, even through all the up and downs. She was just a bundle of joy, that could make a room full of Karen’s laugh. Wish I was with you that night maybe we could’ve done things a bit different thst night and maybe you’d still be with us right now, just sucks becuase theirs is a world of people that loves you, a world full of people who won’t ever get the chance to meet one the most amazing person we all know. We will never forget about you and will forever live u on.please watch over us with the beautiful people above, thank you😪🕊💯
    Alijah Armstrong. Fargo

  18. Sweeney family and close friends of Ella Sky,
    My heart goes out to you at this time of loss. My days of going to school at Shanley with her and occasionally seeing her on the und campus or around grand forks were times I will cherish. She was always willing to talk with anyone and be a helping hand when needed. I know that the conversations I had with her in the library and in math were ones to have genuine laughter and smiles! She will be missed dearly and I know that blue sky above will alway be a sign she is looking down at us to remind us that she is okay and we can get through it.
    Pray and virtual hugs💙💙💙,
    Michaela Doescher
    Grand Forks

  19. Pat and Amy,
    So sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter Ella. Your family are in our thoughts.
    Paul and Sue Shepperdson

  20. Pat and family,

    Patty and I pray that you may find peace and comfort, Strength to face the days ahead and always remember to take time to hold close to your heart the many loving memories that you shared. May the Peace and Grace of our Lord and Savior be with you and your family.

    Jim & Patty Lynch


  21. Pat, Amy and William and Family of Ella – we are so very sorry for your loss. May God bless you and comfort you during this difficult time. Nola, Shawn, Kieran and Brynn McNeally

  22. Pat Amy & Will
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. We are thinking of you all. Your daughter was such a beautiful girl may we all live more like her and find beauty in everyone.

  23. Pat, Amy and Will,
    Our hearts are heavy for you all. We are so sorry to hear the loss of your loss. Ella had a beautiful spirit and her smile was contagious. We are praying for God’s love to embrace you during this difficult time. May you feel his presence, comfort and peace. Prayers and love to you all.
    Love, Steve, Christy, Hadley, Brooks, Collins & Laney Huber

  24. I pray that your family will find peace in knowing she is in heaven and making it shine up there brighter then ever. This was very sad to hear about, she was to sweetest most kind hearted young lady I have ever met. My thoughts and prayers go out to this family. She is in a good place up in heaven.🕊🤍

  25. Amy, Pat, Will,
    We are so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. We will always keep the wonderful memories of watching Ella grow up next door in our hearts.
    Steve and Angela Wagner – Fargo

  26. Dear Pat, and all the Sweeney family,

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss of this beautiful young daughter, sister, niece and family member, your Ella. Our thoughts are with you all as you grieve and come together to remember her. May you all be surrounded with love, especially tomorrow.

    We’re thinking of you.
    Tom, Kearn, Derek and Cameron Bartholomay

  27. Dear Patrick,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. . . . May it bring you all closer. . . .May all your fond
    memories give you strength to endure your loss. . .
    Lots of love,
    Aunt Alice Bartholomay

  28. Patrick and family,

    So very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear daughter Ella…our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Paul and Glenda Lindseth
    UND Professors

  29. Dear Patrick and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you . . May your fond memories bring you all closer. . .

    Much love to you all. . .

    Aunt Alice Bartholomay

  30. Pat, Amy, Will & family,
    Although no words can ease your pain know you are in our thoughts & prayers.
    With deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful daughter & Will on the loss of your sister.
    Beth Anderson & Jett Wolf

  31. Sending so much love to the entire family and friends of Ella. I’m so thankful for all the memories I made with Ella in middle school and high school and she is dearly missed by me and everyone who knows her. 💙

  32. Pat and Family,
    I am heartbroken to hear about your beautiful, Ella Sky. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Amy, Will and entire family.
    Tom and Maddie Peterson

  33. My deepest sympathy to your family and friends of Ella. My heart is heavy, thinking of you and your family.

  34. Hey Pat, Will and Family,
    We will be there for you guys anytime!! All of us here are sorry to hear about Ella we will give her our thoughts and prayers to your entire family !! Sincerely Sean Moltzan Stacie Zimmerman Jeff Bye and the rest of us wish you peace!!

  35. Thinking of you all during this challenging time. Wishing you peace and comfort with the memories left behind.

  36. My sympathies to your family. Ella memory will live on in eternity. She was a very special person. May she Rest In Peace.
    The Noonan’s.
    And all of the Noonan clan

  37. Pat and family –
    Our deepest heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved daughter and sister. We are heartbroken learning of Ella’s passing. Praying for your family in this time of loss.

  38. I only met Ella a little over a week ago at a concert but I will always cherish the memories we had and the pure joy she eminated to those around her that night. My sympathies go out to her family and friends during this hard time, she will be missed by many. ❤️❤️❤️

  39. Pat, please accept my heartfelt condolences… Prayers for you and your family as you grieve the loss of your Ella….
    Deb Mickelson

  40. Pat and family
    So very sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful daughter Ella. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Amy, Will and the entire Sweeney family.
    Dave & Mary Morinville

  41. Pat, Amy and family,
    What a beautiful tribute. My heart is broken. May love and support help your sorrow.
    God bless,

    Jennifer Pfeifer

  42. Ella had such a big impact on my life, she showed me unconditional love when I needed it and she was all around just a happy and amazing person. I am grateful for the many memories I was able to make with her. She will be dearly missed by so many people.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family.

  43. Dear Pat, Amy, & Will,

    I had the pleasure of sharing Ella’s company during her 4th grade year at Nativity. When I heard the news of her passing, I immediately pictured the little girl with dark, curly hair and big, beautiful eyes that were always so wide open to the world. I distinctly remember, too, how close your family was and the priority you put on Ella’s well-being. How lucky Ella was to have such deeply devoted parents who lavished her with attention and love! I extend my heartfelt sympathies to all of you and pray that you’ll experience quiet moments of peace in the days ahead. May your memories of Ella soften your sorrow.

    Tammy Mattson

  44. Pat, Amy and Will,
    May God wrap his loving arms around you to give you strength during this heartbreaking time. We are thinking of you and praying for you all.
    Love, Elizabeth,Steve, Jack, Ben and Will

  45. Amy, Pat, and Will,

    We are so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you all. May you find comfort in wonderful memories. Holding you all in love and light, and sending prayers.

    Jacqy, Ryan, Reese, Brooke and Lainey George

  46. Pat and Will, words are insufficient, of course. And in one sense unnecessary, for you must know and feel the unconditional love and support of the many that hold you in their hearts and prayers. May the bottom of your grief and sorrow pass in time, leaving only joyous memories of Ella to sparkle, like her smile that could light a room. Love you both. –jd

  47. Pat, Amy, and Will,
    I am so sorry for your loss, I cannot imagine how all of your are feeling and my heart goes out to you during this difficult time. God gave me the gift of being friends with Ella all throughout elementary school and middle school. Ella and I shared many experiences such as volleyball tournaments and many sleepovers and halloween celebrations. I also had algebra with Ella my freshmen year of highschool, and Ella was always the one making jokes and making me laugh. She had the most contagious laugh and the most beautiful smile. She always knew how to light up the room and was always willing to make anyone smile. I am so grateful to have known her and to have been able to make memories with her. I hope your family is able to find comfort in knowing that her soul is at peace with the Lord, and that one day everyone will see her again in harmony with each other. I hope you all keep your faith and rely on God when things seem to feel impossible in the future. You guys are a great family, and I am so lucky to have grown up alongside all of you through the Shanley family, and I am giving my upmost love and support during this hard time.

  48. Amy, Pat and Will – I feel wholely inadequate and truly devastated to learn the news of Ella. Time goes by so fast and I will always remember Ella as the bouncy little sprite next door. Please know that you are surrounded by many many people who love you and Ella. I pray for peace and comfort to you all.

  49. Deepest sympathies go out to the whole Sweeney family during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all for the loss of such a beautiful soul.
    Warmest regards,
    Anna Lavelle Johnson + family

  50. Dear Pat and family,
    My sincere sympathy for your loss. Please know that prayers and good thoughts are coming your way as you travel through such a difficult loss.

  51. To
    May Ella rest in Peace.
    Our thoughts and love to your family.

    Julia and Dan Jones, Maura and the Jones family

  52. Dear Pat, Amy, Will and Sweeney family,
    Our hearts have been broken hearing about your beautiful and precious Ella. We hold fond memories of her forever and she will be dearly missed but not forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Linda, Jenna and Quinn

  53. I didn’t know Ella, but I saw her picture on Boulger’s website – a beautiful girl, and it broke my heart for her and for her family. I shall pray for her, and for those who loved her that you may somehow find peace. So very sorry.

  54. Pat, Amy and Will,
    I am so very sad to hear of beautiful Ella’s passing. I cannot imagine the loss you are experiencing. I have so many memories of her in her younger years that I hold dear in my heart. Her passing is just so hard to understand. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.

  55. Pat & Family

    I am so sorry to hear the news of your beautiful daughter, Hopefully all the sweet memories you have will help heal the heart over time. You are a dear friend and I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts. Take Care.

    Don Dubuque

  56. Pat & Family- Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your entire family at this difficult time

  57. Amy, Pat, and Will,
    I am so very sorry for loss. May the happy memories you shared with Ella sustain you during this difficult time.

  58. I watched Ella Sky’s beautiful video tribute last night and allowed my heart to swell and tears to flow with the touching music and images of her full and generous life unfolded. In every image of Ella I could see that she was surrounded by love and joy of her family and friends. This video tribute truly speaks to how deeply she is loved and missed by everyone she knew and touched. Sending love & prayers especially to Pat, Amy and Will. With deep sadness, Nickijo

  59. Pat,I just learned of this happening.My sincere condolences go out to your entire family.That is a loss that is just so hard to comprehend.Sincerely,Bill and the entire Deutsch Family

  60. Sweeney Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I vividly remember all the great summer days with both Ella and Will and being asked nearly everyday at the park how old my kids were because Ella and I looked so much alike. I really do have love for her like she was my own and the pain I feel, knowing it’s only a fraction of how you all feel. Mine and my families thoughts are with you all during your greiving. Love, Erin

  61. Pat, thinking of you and your son on this holiday. I’m picturing Ella zooming around in your boat at the lake.

    Blessings and prayers to you and yours.

    Diane Froehlich

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