Geraldine “Jeri” Ekstrom, 86, passed away April 17, 2022, at Essentia Health in Fargo. Jeri was born September 3, 1935, to John and Minnie Swenson in Kindred, North Dakota. She was baptized on September 22nd, 1935, at Norman Lutheran. She grew up in Kindred and graduated from Kindred High School. Upon graduation, she attended Concordia College. On July 7, 1956, Jeri was united in marriage to Arnold Ekstrom at Norman Lutheran Church in Kindred. Their family grew with the adoption of their children Timothy and Tracy. In addition to being a mother, she was a dedicated, hard worker devoting many years of service to both St. Luke’s Hospital and JC Penny. After retiring from Penny’s, she worked at Interstate Dragway for many years. She was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church. Geraldine enjoyed cross stitching and taking trips. She is survived by her children Tim (Renee) Ekstrom and Tracy (Don) Miller; her grandchildren Kyle (Krystle) Ekstrom and Ashley (Kelvin) Efterfield. Great Grand children Adrian, Brayden, Kaylie, Emma, Abby and Piper. She is preceded in death by her husband Arnold Ekstrom. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John Health Ministry Program are preferred. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. with visitation starting at 9:00 on Monday, April 25, 2022, at St. John Lutheran Church, Fargo. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center. To sign the online guestbook, go to

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  1. Jeri was one of my favorite customers at Big Top. She was always pleasant. When my son came home from his deployment, she made sure I had plenty of newspaper articles of his homecoming. She was always bringing treats in during the holidays. Prayers for the family.

  2. Sorry to hear about Jeri’s passing. Sympathy to all her family. She had a beautiful smile and laugh!

  3. Sorry to hear of Jeri passing, she was a great women and a pleasure to work with! Rest In Peace dear friend

    Barb Kjono

  4. My sincerest condolences to Tim, Tracy and her entire family. I always enjoyed visiting with Jeri. May she rest in peace.

  5. My sincere sympathy to you. Jeri was one of my Mom’s favorite cousins. May your warmest memories bring you comfort & peace.
    Sincerely, Jackie Iverson Joedheim

  6. My deepest sympathy to Geri’s family, especially Tracy who knew my daughter (Andrea Mott) when they were teenagers. Geri and my mother (Phyllis Heaton) were good friends at St John Lutheran Church for many years and my family thought the world of Geri and Arnie. Geri was a beautiful woman, inside and out.

    Phyllis (Heaton) Hohle

  7. Eksy:
    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. My condolences to you and your family.
    Mike Kelly

  8. My sympathies to Tim, Tracy, and the entire family. Jeri was a dear friend to my dad, Wes, and our entire family. We loved and appreciated her very much. She will be missed. Thinking about you all at this time.

  9. Our Deepest Sympathy to family and friends!
    Our hearts are filled with sadness… we lost a very beautiful and loving friend and co/ Worker
    We called her ” Jeri ” a lady with a great smile and wonderful personality…..with a heart of gold !
    You will be missed but…never forgotten!
    We love you ” Jeri ” RIP “!🌹 Love and prayers!
    Patricia and Paul Peter’s

  10. I am sorry to hear of Jeri’s passing. My Deepest Sympathy to her family. Jeri was a wonderful lady and friend! I worked with Jeri for many years at J C Penney. Our close friendship continued after her retirement. Rest In Peace My Dear Friend!

  11. So sad to hear of Jeri’s passing. We will miss seeing her at the racetrack. Prayers for you and your family. Kim, Tanner and Mckayla Schiffner

  12. Jeri was a great family friend and will be missed. Tim, Tracy and Family, condolences from the Myhres.

  13. I’m so sorry to hear of Jeri’s passing. I worked with Jeri at JC Penney for many years. She always had a smile on her face and was so fun to talk to. I would run into her at a store now and then and it was so fun to catch up. And she still had that beautiful smile. My deepest sympathy to your family. God bless the memory of Jeri!

  14. I worked at the JCPenny Styling Salon in Fargo for many years. She was always a delight to visit with and had classy taste in clothing. Very thoughtful sweet woman. I have fond memories of her. Wonderful lady. Deepest sympathy to the family. Sincerely, Jane Butler-Hoaglund

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