Frances Bergantine, 81, Fargo, ND passed away on November 6, 2019 at Villa Maria. Fran was born March 21, 1938 at Ada, Minnesota to Catherine and Frank Riepe. She graduated from Ada High School in 1956. In 1958 she moved to Fargo to enroll at Interstate Business College. In 1960 she began work at Herbst Department Store in the financial office and continued there until marrying Richard S. Bergantine in November 1964. Moving to Grafton, ND she was active in raising four children and enjoyed curling. In 1972 she moved to Mandan, ND where bowling became a passion. In 1976 Fran moved to Dickinson, ND where a fifth child was born. Fran loved to sew clothing for her kids and was adept at the sewing machine in these endeavors. Baking and cooking were another of her specialties. Fran & Dick spent many enjoyable hours watching the children’s sports and school activities. In 1991, Fran followed Dick to Pocatello, Idaho where the next 3 years were spent before returning to Dickinson for nine years and then to Paul Lake, Minnesota near Perham for eleven years before settling in Fargo. Her favorite past times then were Sudoku, large print books and crossword puzzles. Fran is survived by her husband Richard, daughters, Karen (Arne) Bolstad, Linda (Rich) Stevens, Barb Burian, Suzanne (Shawn) Goddard and son Brian (Heather) Bergantine, sisters Agnes Kolb, Pauline Toner, and brother, George Riepe, nine talented grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephew. A Memorial Mass will be held on November 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo, ND. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the National Kidney Foundation or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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  1. I didn’t know Fran well but I had the good fortune of knowing her children, particularly Brian and Barbie, well. If her children are a reflection of her, she was a very special woman.

  2. Our thoughts , prayers, & Love for you Richard & all of your family. I met Fritz when Hazel & Ray were engaged. She was a good friend. We ice skated together, went to the Ada fair, & always had fun being together.

  3. •I like to believe that when we lose someone close to us, they still live through us and give us strength.
    The time we have spent with those we’ve lost makes them part of us. I have great memories of our visit to Dickinson and Mandan years ago. Also the freezing temperature of the Missouri river even in August.

  4. Fran had such a pleasing character, loved to tell stories and jokes. Could dance up a storm at Ada Collisum. She will be missed as an old friend. Condolances to her family. Milfred Smith

  5. My prayers and sympathy to the Bergantine family. Richard and Fran bought our home on
    Paul Lake in 2003. Thinking of all of you in this time of sorrow.

  6. Dear Bergantine Family, Fran was a special lady. She was the first person I left my daughter with to babysit. Always enjoyed coming to her coffee times and having her for my coffee times or lunch gatherings. Best spot to watch fireworks in Dickinson on the 4th of July was Bergantine’s! Many your memories bring you comfort. My prayers are with you, Wendy Curry

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