April 30, 1925 ~ June 30, 2022

Born in: Fargo, North Dakota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

Jeane (Bartholomay) Sweeney, passed away peacefully on June 30th in Fargo, ND, after living her 97 years as a loving mother/grandmother, compassionate friend and fearless follower of God.

Jeane Bartholomay was born April 30th, 1925, at Camps Hospital in South Fargo, to Henry and Ida (Anderson) Bartholomay. She and her two brothers were raised in Leonard, ND,on the family farm. Jeane was a member of the Helendale Lutheran Church, where she was baptized and confirmed. She attended school in the Helendale District #1, where she rode in a sleigh to school in the winter. After high school, Jeane attended business college in Fargo and worked at the Powers Hotel and Service Drug Store.

In March 1946, Jeane met William (Bill) C. Sweeney on a blind date and they fell in love. After Jeane converted to Catholicism, they were married in St. Mary’s Catholic Church on June 8th, 1948.

Together, Jeane and Bill raised their six children in Fargo. The Sweeney’s loved to travel, rarely missing an American Legion State or National convention. They also enjoyed spending time in Arizona during the winter months and summers on Pelican Lake in Minnesota.

Jeane enjoyed traveling with family and friends throughout her life. Playing Bridge, quilting, gardening, cooking and baking were just a few of her hobbies. Jeane also proudly belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, Elks, and the Quilters Guild.

Jeane’s greatest joy was spending time with her extended family. She was a wiz at games- beating many at Rummikub and cards, and enjoying exciting games when her grandchildren played “Horse Races.”

In late April 2022, Jeane celebrated her 97th birthday with a party surrounded by her children and their families. It was a beautiful event and a true celebration of her life and loved ones.

We are grateful for the many years of memories we have to treasure. Jeane’s Special-K Bar, Lemon Bar and Caramel Roll recipes will continue to carry on her legacy in the family for generations to come.

Jeane is survived by her six children, eleven grand-children; Linda (Charlie) Skarphol and their children, Christopher (Tricia) Skarphol, Andrew (Jenny) Skarphol, Courtney (Jon) Qual; Colleen (Douglas) Edgington and daughter Bailey (Chance) Zacher; Patrick Sweeney and his children Ella and Will; Michael (Jane) Sweeney and their children, John (Stacey) Sweeney,Thomas (Melissa) Sweeney, Alyssa (Andrew) Holte; Louann (Al) Miller and daughters Bridget and Lindsey; James Sweeney, and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Our loving Mother was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, her sister Mace, her brothers, Gail and Tom Bartholomay, her sisters-in-law, Selma Bartholomay and Grace Sweeney, her brothers-in-law, Hubert and Clement Sweeney, nephew Richard Sweeney, and granddaughter Deidre Miller Valdez, along with many other loving family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements are being made through Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo, ND. A visitation will be held at 10:00am and the 11:00am funeral service will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (710 10 th St. S.) on Tuesday, July 5th, 2022.

The Sweeney family extends their appreciation to Edgewood Vista staff and Hospice of the Red River Valley. Memorials are gratefully referred to Catholic Charities of North Dakota, (catholiccharitiesnd.org), Hospice of the Red River Valley (hrrv.org) or the charity of your choice.


Mass of Christian Burial: July 5, 2022 @ 11:00 am

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
710 10th St S
Fargo, ND 58103

Visitation: July 5, 2022 @ 10:00 - 11:00 am

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
710 10th St S
Fargo, ND 58103

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Jeane Sweeney 's name.

Catholic Charities of North Dakota

5201 Bishops Blvd Ste B
Fargo, North Dakota
(701) 235-4457

Hospice Red River Valley

Headquarters 1701 38th St. S. Suite 101
Fargo, ND

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  1. Dear Linda, Colleen, Pat, Mike, Louann and Jim & family. May Jeane have eternal joy and peace with our God and her legacy of love and faith live on in all of you. She lived life and loved life and now lives for eternity with the God she served and loved. May God give you all His comfort and peace. My best thoughts and deepest prayers are with all of you.

  2. Dear Sweeney Family,
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers in the death of your dear mother. Her legacy of love and faith lives on in all of you. May she have eternal peace and joy with our loving God. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her.
    Fr. Tim Bushy

  3. Sympathies to all the families. What a legacy Jeane has left for all her family, relatives & friends !!! God Bless 🙏 & know she’s now home in Heaven w/ our Lord. Be @ peace 🕊️…+

  4. To the Sweeney kids. Gosh it’s been a while since we snuck over to your neighborhood and played until dark. Then knowing your mom and your dad as the years went on. So pleasant. So memorable. God bless Jeane and each of you now. We pray the memories, lessons and moments of a lifetime turn into gentle tears and heartfelt joy. With sympathy and love – Randy Wimmer and family-past and present.

  5. Your mom was a wonderful lady. We are so sorry for your loss. Know we are thinking of your family this week as you celebrate her life.

    Our sincere sympathy
    Bill and Bon

  6. Jeane was a friend through the American Legion Family. I didn’t know her well, but she was such a kind and soft-spoken lady and I so appreciated seeing her at Legion events. She was certainly a lady of of grace.
    God rest her sole.
    Don’t ;et the sorrow of her passing, outweigh the joy of her memories.
    Blessings to your family.

  7. Aunt Jeane was a special lady, a life well lived. I cherish many memories. What a legacy for her family.
    Sadness for her passing, but she leaves a life time of stories and love.
    God bless,

    Jennifer Sweeney Pfeifer

  8. Dear Louann, and all the Sweeney’s. It was my privilege to have known your mother. She always had a smile for me and welcomed me into her homes. Thank you for sharing your mom with me. She is a light in so many lives. I pray that as you grieve, you find peace and only the good memories remain. God Bless You.

  9. Jeane was beautiful lady and meant a lot to the Loveland family. Her dear friend Vetta shares many a wonderful stories of their adventures , including American Legion auxiliary.. Her favorite story is when Jeanne welcomed Vetta and all her 6children to her house for dinner when they first moved to Fargo… Jeane was a fantastic cook and a very gracious host. She was a family namesake…she will be missed.
    Our prayers go to all her children.
    May you find peace during this difficult time!
    With all our love

  10. Linda & Sweeney Family,
    What a fine lady & what a wonderful life.
    May those memories comfort you in the days ahead. “What the heart has loved is your forever.”
    Harry & Kathy Hawken

  11. Jeane has now reunited the strong circle of friends whose parties, gatherings and love for one another always amazed me: Bob & Alvina Murphy, Don & Mary Gibb, Jim & Harriet Morinville, Don & Rosemary Wright, Andy & Flossie Wimmer, Bill & Irma Thompson, and Bill & Jeane Sweeney. Now reunited for eternity! You can imagine the parties!!

  12. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Sweeney family during this difficult time. Jeane has returned to the arms of her loving Savior and we are all blessed to have one more angel looking out for us. One of the sweetest people I knew.
    Sincerely, the Gravel Family

  13. Dear Colleen, Pat, Jim and all of your family,
    Our condolences to all of you in the loss of your mother. She was a lovely lady! I always enjoyed when we would cross paths when you were out and about with her! No matter how old we get, its still tough to lose a parent.
    With Sympathy,
    Helen & Blaise O’Connor

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