October 15, 1930 ~ October 24, 2010
Evangeline (Vangie) Lauinger, Age 80, from Fargo, ND died peacefully in her home at 9:30 AM on October 24, 2010 in the loving care of her sister, Elizabeth, and with the assistance of Hospice. Evangeline was born on October 15, 1930 on the homestead, 2 1/2 miles northeast of Strasburg, ND to her parents Barbara (Wald) and Bernhardt J. Lauinger (Black Sage). Evangeline attended school in Strasburg until the 8th grade. At a very tender, young age, she stayed home to care for her father, and help her mother with her 8 siblings. For this we are forever grateful. In their eyes she earned her degree, "THE DEGREE OF LIFE." Evangeline moved to Fargo in her early 20's. She started her career at "The Times Cafe". She always joked about how she lived on crackers and sardines for the first year. She continued her career in the Food and Beverage Industry and worked at various places. Many of her customers will remember her from The Black Angus, and later as she retired from The Bismarck Tavern at age 54. After retirement she spent many hours crocheting, knitting, painting, and sewing. Her greatest pride and joy was her doll collection. She refurbished, cleaned, and clothed each one, often times designing and sewing each of their special outfits from head to toe. They were like her children, and there were at least al thousand of them. Vangie was never married, but she found love and happiness when she met Jerry Bergstrom, the tall, handsome man of her dreams with the thick, curly, white hair. Vangie had many nephews and nieces and they always enjoyed visiting her at her downtown apartments where she spent the majority of her life. She was always quick to offer them coffee, lunch, and good conversation. If you were lucky she might even send you home with a special piece of clothing she purchased at Blacks several years ago, price tag and all. Her mind was like a steel trap and she was always up to date on the current affairs. Vangie had a serious nature, and that is why we always enjoyed her infectious laugh. Vangie loved living downtown and she used to say how the train whistle calmed her. She especially liked living right across from St. Mary's Cathedral where she attended mass every noon. If any of her family members needed prayers, she was the one they would go to. They felt her prayers were very powerful and her rosary was always in her hands. As she got older she required less stairs to climb, and eventually she purchased her very first home with her sister, Betty. Although it was only a few blocks from downtown she used to say how she felt like she was back on the prairie. Vangie was and will always be an "uptown gal." Vangie would want her friends to know how much she appreciated them and all the things they did for her. She was especially grateful for the special relationship she had with Ruthie Teske, Arlene Dow, Bobbie Jo Solien, Shirley Fugleberg, and Donna Lauinger as they were very precious to her. Evangeline leaves behind 3 sisters: Elizabeth Bachmann, Fargo; Tillie Rothlisberger, Fargo; Virginia Baur (Armando) New Jersey, and 4 brothers: Joseph (Betsy) Lauinger, Linton, ND; Conrad (Rose) Lauinger, Fargo, ND; Anton (Trudie) Lauinger, Minneapolis, and Baldwin (Grace) Lauinger, Bismarck, ND. Evangeline was blessed with 9 nieces, 12 nephews, 29 great nephews and nieces, and 5 great-great nephews and nieces. Evangline was preceded in death by her mother and father, Bernhardt and Barbara Lauinger, two brothers, baby Konrad and Erven Lauinger, Moorhead, MN, and her special friend, Jerry Bergstrom.