Jeanette Overmoen

jeanette overmoen

Jeanette passed away on November 28, 2010 at the Hillsboro Medical Center Hospital at the age of 99.

Jeanette Priscilla Berg was born on June 23, 1911, the daughter of Peder and Julia (Kaldor) Berg in Hillsboro, ND. She was a first generation descendent of North Dakota Pioneers.  She grew up in this area and attended country school in Norway Township. She graduated from Oak Grove High School in Fargo, ND as salutatorian in 1928. Jeanette was united in marriage to Bennie J. Overmoen on September 30, 1934. They made their home in Norway Township, near Hillsboro, where they farmed. Two children were born to this union, Juliet and Sonia.  Bennie passed away on November 6, 1945 at age 39. Following his death, Jeanette and daughters moved into Hillsboro where she worked at the Hillsboro Hospital, helped numerous area families with housekeeping, childcare, and cooking, and also provided in home care for the elderly.  In 1959, Jeanette and daughters moved to Minneapolis, MN where they all continued their education. She graduated from Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis in 1962. During this time she worked at a Lutheran Girls' Home and as a Resident Head at the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing. In 1964, Jeanette moved to Moorhead, MN where she worked at Concordia College in Moorhead serving as Resident Head at Fjelstad Hall until her retirement 1970. Jeanette moved back to Hillsboro where she kept active in her community and church. She served her church as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher, sang in the choir, lead many bible study classes, and was very active in her circle and all church women activities.  She was a charter member of the Pioneer Daughters and served as curator of the local museum. During these years, Jeanette also operated the Scandia Gift Shop out of her home in Hillsboro. Jeanette lived in her own home until the age of 95 when she moved to the Kiwanis housing in 2006. She was a resident at the Luther Memorial Nursing Home in Mayville for two years, and most recently at the Hillsboro Medical Center.

Jeanette is survived by her daughters, Juliet (Myron) Thoreson of Fargo;  Sonia (Milton) Gullicks of Sharon, ND; seven grandchildren - Blair (Jennifer) Thoreson, Heather (Wade) Benson, Trevor Thoreson, Stuart (Angie) Gullicks, Brent (Cindy) Gullicks, Ben (Brett) Gullicks, and Tanya (Arne) Gilbakken; 15 great grandchildren; and her sisters in law, Lillian Berg and Dorothy Overmoen, both of Hillsboro. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bennie; and her siblings, Doris Townsend and Alf Berg.

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  1. Livermore CADear Juliet and Sonia,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s death. I saw the obituary in the Banner, memories came flooding back. Remember when we played upstairs in the old farm house while the parents visited? It was always a pleasure to visit your mother when I was in Hillsboro. She was a lovely lady and a good friend to my Mother. God Bless you,

  2. Fargo ND
    Please accept our deepest sympathy for the death of your beautiful mother and grandmother. It was a pleasure to know her. I cherish the memories of visiting at her home in Hillsboro with my mother, Ethel Ranger, and shopping at her Scandia Gift Shop. Some of those purchases are still in use in our homes. She was such a gentle lady, one who let the love of Christ Jesus shine through her. May God be with all of you as you mourn her loss.

    Your friend,
    and Norman, too If he would be able we would attend her service in Hillsboro but that isn’t possible now. We cherish the friendship of all of you.

  3. Fargo, ND
    Dear Friends…..We have one thing in common….both our Moms were 99 plus….both widowed young and made a wonderful life for themselves…we did share some of their great moments when we got together….your Mom was a great lady and will be missed by myself and many…Blessed Be Her Memory….God Bless….Love, Dorothy

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