March 25, 1955 ~ November 22, 2014
Jane C. Gillund, 59, of Fargo, ND peacefully passed away in her home Saturday, November 22, 2014 after a courageous 15 year battle with cancer.
Jane was born March 25, 1955 to Gladys and Arnold Larson of Wildrose, ND. She was baptized, confirmed and married in Grace Lutheran Church of Wildrose. Jane graduated from high school in Wildrose in 1973, from NDSU in 1977 and married Neil Gillund of Wildrose in 1977. Jane and Neil moved to Fargo in 1979 after Neil's graduation from law school where she worked at St. Lukes/Meritcare/Sanford from 1980 to 2010 when she retired due to her illness.
Jane and Neil have two children. Michael born 1982 and Kyle, born 1985, both living in Fargo. Her greatest joy was watching them at innumerable soccer, football, baseball, basketball, track, hockey and broomball games either as participants or coaches at NDSU Soccer (Michael) or Shanley basketball( Kyle). Michael married Cindy Peterson of Fargo, ND in 2008 and has two children, Cole 3 and Evie 10 months and they were the light of Jane's life. Kyle is living in Fargo and Jane was extremely proud of her children and the men they have grown into.
Jane loved her time at the lake each summer, especially her annual girls' weekend with friends she knew over 50 years and was extremely active in her church (St Anne and Joachim) receiving and award from Bishop Sullivan in 2000 for her service to the church and diocese for her work with the RCIA program, pastoral council service and other activities. She also was involved in committees at Roger Maris Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society as a Patient Advocate, Mentor, Chairman of the 61 for 61 event 2010, and member of the Embrace and Stage IV Embrace Group. She received the American Cancer Society Award of Hope in 2001-2002. She shared her journey in many situations where she expressed her deep faith, good humor, courage, and optimism. She repeatedly described her battle as a blessing and an opportunity to help others. Jane was treated for her entire illness by Dr. Gross of RMCC both spiritually and physically. Dr. Gross went above and beyond his duties as a physician in caring for Jane and her family wishes to express their deep gratitude to him as well as all the other staff at Roger Maris Cancer Center and Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Jane is survived by her husband, Neil, children Michael (Cindy) and Kyle, grandchildren Cole and Evie, her mother Gladys Larson, brother Arley Larson (Sandra), Nephews David (Misty), Corey and Eric Larson.
Memorials may be directed to the Roger Maris Cancer Center and the Stage IV Embrace Program at RMCC.