Grace Sweeney

grace sweeney

Grace Sweeney (96) of Fargo, North Dakota died peacefully at Bethany on University, Fargo on February 15, 2013.

Grace Rasmussen was born on August 20, 1916 on a farm in Wyndmere, North Dakota to William and Signe(Jaer) Rasmussen.  She attended school at Wyndmere and at Milnor Public Schools and graduated from Lisbon High School in 1935.  After graduation she did various jobs in North Dakota and Oregon.  After she returned to North Dakota,  she attended  New York Hairdressing Academy in Fargo.

In 1939 she married Clem Sweeney.  Clem and Grace went into the dry cleaning business in 1946 and sold the business in 1969.  Grace later worked for Black’s Ready to Wear and Anderson Furs.

Grace was active at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and volunteered at the school,  Meritcare Hospital and Senior Options.   She was a member of Royal Neighbors,,  People Living Singly, and Catholic Daughters.  Clem passed away in 1987.

Grace leaves her son Tom (Kathy), Tempe, AZ and daughter Jennifer (Greg) Pfeifer, Phoenix, AZ; 4 grandchildren, Lisa and Steve Sweeney, and Kristal (Randy) Bailey and Joe Pfeifer and 1 great granddaughter and 3 great grandsons; sister-in-law Jeane Sweeney and 7 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son (Richard) and sister.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s  Cathedral.

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  1. St. Cloud MN
    Tom and family,
    So very sorry to get the Deacon Alert today to tell of your mother’s passing. I send my deepest sympathy to you as you say the earthly farewell to your dear mother. It is always difficult and I want you to know that others are thinking of you at this sad time.

    Mary Ann Albert

  2. You have my deepest sympathy on the death of your mother. Illness prevents my being with you today and tomorrow. There will be 3 masses offered at St. Mary’s in her honor.

  3. West Fargo N.D
    .Sorry to her about your mom..I enjoyed visiting with her many times on the phone or in person.She was my Mom’s {Erma Springer Lekang} cousin..When they took a trip out West ..They were like a couple of kids when they got back ,they sure had a great time..The last time I saw your mom ,she came to my sister’s 50 th Wedding Anniv. in West Fargo 4 or 5 yrs ago..One of you boys brought her and we all thought that was so great..Sorry we can’t be there..

  4. Aransas Pass TXThis message is for Steve Sweeney. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family as this difficult time. I know you will miss your grandmother very much. Just remember that she has gone to a better place. A place of peace, full of joy and comfort. She is safely home in Heaven at last. She will always live in your heart and memories. God Bless you and all your family. With Deepest Sympathy. Adelita & Eddie Rojas.

  5. Fargo ND
    Grace will surely be missed at Twin Towers and especially by us on the 5th floor. She was such a good friend and neighbor and we enjoyed her so much.

  6. May your hearts find peace and comfort in knowing that all sickness and death will soon be eradicated – Isaiah 33:24 Revelation 21:3, 4 John 3:16 Psalms 83:18.

  7. Lisbon North Dakota
    To the Family of Grace Sweeney,

    My sympathies to you in the loss of Grace. She was a class mate of mine.I am sorry to lose another dear classmate! It will be 78 years this May that Grace and I graduated together in 1935 from Lisbon High School. I have many fond memories of her along with our wonderful high school experiences.

    Grace’s Mother, Signe(Jaer) Rasmussen,
    rented one of our apartments in Lisbon that my husband Maynard Hitchcock and I owned.

    I wish I could attend Grace’s funeral, but I do not drive to Fargo anymore. The senior bus does not go that day. My children will not be available to give me a ride.

    Be assured that you will be in my thoughts and prayers for your loss of Grace. May your wonderful memories help you through this sad time.

    Hope you will place an obituary in the Lisbon paper. The Ransom County Gazette does allow for a shortened obituary with out a charge.

    If you would like to call and ask me about my memories of Grace and our High School years. Or about my memories of her mother Signe when she rented from us, please, call. My number is 701-683-5879.


    Evelyn G. Hitchcock
    “LHS class of 35”

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