Jeaninne McAllister

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Jeaninne M. McAllister died peacefully on Thursday August 6th, 2020 at the age of 73, at Sanford Hospice, with her children. Jeaninne was born on March 23, 1947 in La Crosse, WI to Herbert and Rosalie Spalla. She was the 10th Child of 13. She attended and graduated from Desoto Public schools in 1965 and attended graduate school at Manpower Business Institute. She worked for Gateway Transportation from 1965 to 1973. In 1973, she was united in marriage to Donald McAllister in DeSoto, WI. Don and Jeaninne moved to Fargo, ND, in December of 1974 with their two young sons, Damian and Mark, to purchase Hurley’s Religious Goods. In 1975, they settled into a new home, business, and welcomed their daughter, Bridget. They were able to serve the Lord with supplying the clergy and their churches with all their needs. Their son, Mark, and daughter, Bridget, joined Don and Jeaninne at Hurley’s Religious Goods. Jeaninne’s favorite things were going to the grandchildren’s events at school and helping with the parish bazaar. She was an avid supporter of the Catholic School system. She served on the school Board for St Mary’s school as well as the Fargo Public school Board. She sponsored several foreign families and remained in contact with them. She loved to travel and visited Italy, Cambodia, Medjugorje, Thailand and many others. She is survived by three children: Damian (Tami) McAllister of Fargo, ND; Mark McAllister of West Fargo, ND; Bridget (Ross) Bowden of Fargo, ND; eleven grandchildren: Harrison (Chantel), Josephine, Alyssa, Ethan, Simon, Braiden, Emilia, Matthias, Nathanial, Margaret and Adam. Jeaninne was preceded in death by her Husband Don, parents Herbert and Rosalie Spalla, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Service at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 710 S 10th St. Fargo, August 15th, 2020 at 11:00 am with visitation 1 hour before. Visitation at St. Anthony of Padua Church August 14th, 2020 at 5:00-7:00pm with Vigil at 7:00pm Place of burial: Holy Cross Cemetery North In lieu of flowers, memorials to JPII Catholic Schools Endowment Fund are preferred. She was under the care of Sanford Hospice.

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  1. I always enjoyed getting to visit with her at school functions… what a great woman and lasting legacy of love. God Bless you all

  2. Mi sentidas condolencias,siempre visite Hurleys cuando viaje de Guatemala a Fargo.
    Dios la cuida ya.🌹

  3. I am so saddened by the death of Jeannine….she was a dear, sweet woman, loved by so many! She and Don were so kind to my mother(Stell Rooney) who was working at Hurley’s when they took over. They kept her on for many more years, and we all became great friends. Always a friendly greeting and smile, she will be sorely missed! May she Rest In Peace.
    Kathy Sornsin Boucher

  4. Heartfelt condolences to you all on the loss of your dear mother. I have precious memories of her from St Anthony’s and Hurley’s. God’s peace💐✝️

  5. We will always be thankful to Jeaninne for hiring our daughter to work at their store. They provided a wonderful service to the church and a great workplace for our daughter to thrive in. May she rest in eternal peace.

  6. Damien,Mark & Bridget ( & families), All my love and prayers are with you at this time. Your Mom was a kind, compassionate and loving woman. She will be greatly missed by many. Michele

  7. Damian, Mark, Bridget and Family,

    My heart is breaking for all of you. Mama was, well, just that! Mama. She always had a hug and a smile. She always asked about my family. She always cared. Always the advice giver, which I was so grateful for. Jeaninne is already missed. Solace comes from knowing that she is again with your dad. I am sending you all so much love and hugs. I pray for peace and healing as you all move forward.

    Love you!
    Nicole Bernath Rustad

  8. Our deepest sympathies. Steve and I had the privilege of coming to know Jeannine through St. Anthony’s and working closely with her at the church bazaar. She was kind, gentle and always looked for the best in everyone. She will be missed by so many in our community. What a difference she has made in so many lives. Gina and Steve Kraushaar

  9. So sorry for you all. What a light in this world. Love to you all you are all in our prayers. Mom and Dad had so many good times with her and Don. Eternal rest grant unto her , O Lord. Let Your perpetual light shine upon her.

  10. She was my Cousin I knew a Long time ago! When I was young living in Eastman! I would go to visit at her Mom and Dads house with my parents many times! It was always so much playing with her and all sisters and brothers! I know she will be missed by all Family members and Friends! Prayers going out to all of you!🙏🙏🙏

  11. McAllister and Bowden families,
    Words can not describe how very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother/grandmother. Jeanine had a beautiful heart and loved to help others! She will be missed greatly!
    Pam Appel

  12. She was such a blessing in the community. I got to know her as she donated so many items to St Vincent De Paul Thrift Store. She will be missed by many and I will miss the “talks” we had when she dropped off donations. My condolences to her family.

  13. Your loss is felt by the whole community. She truly did God’s work on earth. We loved her and will miss her visits during our stops at the store. Bridget you’re so much like your mom, it will be like having her here. Our condolences and prayers.
    Ray and Pat Meier

  14. Jeaninne, your positive attitude was always an inspiration to all of us. Intercede our prayers and hand them over to JMJ. May God Bless you and our Mother Mary carry you into Heaven. So sorry to the family for your loss.

  15. McAllister family. We are so deeply sorry to hear of the loss of your mom .we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Remember all the good memories.. God’s blessings to you all. Faye and Tom Erbes

  16. Jeaninne was a blessing to all who knew her and to all who were touched by her presence at Hurley’s. My condolences to the whole family.

  17. Hello everyone. I was hoping to come at least on Friday evening, but there’s a funeral of our own at my parish. Please be assured of my heartfelt condolences. I was honored to offer the funeral mass for Don four years ago. I will miss Jeannine. May she Rest In Peace. Amen.

  18. Damian, Mark, Bridget and your families you have my deepest sympathy. Jeaninne was an amazing women! She never complained and always there to help others and had the best attitude of anyone I had ever known. She will truly be missed by so many and has definitely left a mark in our community. I will miss her deeply.

  19. Damian, Mark, and Bridged – you guys are my brothers and sister.

    Don and Jeaninne sponsored me (Phong) and my father from Vietnam to the USA in 1986. In the beginning in Fargo, Jeaninne helped us so much to settle down and get acquainted to the living in America. After a few months in America I preferred to call Jeaninne as Mom and for the last 30 plus years I still call her “Mom” until her very last day. In 1987 my father and I moved out to Seattle, WA but in the summer Mom would have me return to Fargo to spend the summer and we keep in touch a lot. In 2006, Mom and Don came to our wedding. Two years ago in 2018, Mom and her sister Mary came out to Seattle, WA for a trip to Alaska. It was nice to spend a couple days with Mom and Mary. Mom we missed you – the sweet voice and the warm heart!

  20. I just want to express my sincere condolences to the entire family. I knew Jeaninne and Don from my many years of working at Mr Steak Restaurant (Hank Hurley introduced me to them). And then I also got to know her from bowling at the Bowler. What an amazing person – she taught us all how to live. The expression “a life well lived” should have her picture. I’m sure she will be missed by many. RIP

  21. My condolences are with you all. Its been a long time but I still remember some of the get together’s and projects during the St May’s days (i.e. separating palm fronds in your garage) And she was always cheerful and bubbly keeping up morale amongst us kids.Truly a special one.

  22. I am so sorry for the loss of Jeaninne. She was a great roommate and friend. I so enjoyed the Spalla family.
    She will always remain my friend.
    Thoughts are with you on this day.

  23. Such nice photos. I will always remember Jeaninne as the one who decided, while stripping palm branches, when it was time for some hot chocolate and/or lunch.
    Blessings and peace on your families.

  24. Our sympathy to all of Jeannine’s family. We were saddened to hear of her death. She was a dear friend. We lived down the block from your family in West Fargo 42 years ago. You kids played together with our kids. May the Lord give you comfort and peace at this hard time. God Bless.
    Don and Joyce Biewer

  25. We have such fond memories of Jeannine and will miss her warm smile. We always enjoyed there visits to Kansas City and will miss her Christmas cookies. She was always so warm and loving. She will be truly missed!

  26. Hurleys Family,
    I just found out about this today, and I miss all of you. Jeanine was always so nice to me and happy to talk about what was going on with life. She was a great person and I’m thankful for knowing her. God bless all the Mccallister gang!

  27. To Mark and family members I was shocked and sadden to here of your moms passing I will always remember how she would always greet me everytime I would come into the store and she always had a smile may she rest in peace and may God bless you all

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