Joan Svaleson

joan svaleson
Joan passed away on July 16, 2020 at Eventide in Fargo at the age of 85. Joan Mary Alice Reinan was born on March 14, 1935, the daughter of Milton and Alice (Stockmoe) Reinan in Traill County, North Dakota. She grew up in the Blanchard, North Dakota area and attended school in Hunter, where she graduated from High School. Joan then attended Interstate Business College in Fargo. She was united in marriage to Asa Sherritt Jr. in 1955, and their daughter, Cindy was born to this union. Asa passed away in 1956 from injuries sustained in a farm accident. In 1958 Joan married Merton Svaleson. Their daughter Shawn and son Jay were born to this union. They made their home in Hillsboro where they raised their family. She worked for many years at the Traill County Conservation Office and also for the Traill County Water Board until her retirement. Joan was a longtime member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and was active throughout the community - she loved Hillsboro, the activities, the people, and all of her friends. Joan was very proud of her grandchildren and loved spending time with her children and their families. Joan has made her home at Eventide in Fargo since 2017. Joan is survived by her children – Cindy (Keith) Burck of Fargo; Shawn (John) Fugleberg of Jamestown, ND; and Jay (Darcy) Svaleson of Fargo; her grandchildren – Asa (Jen) Burck, Allison (Tom) Lybeck, Siri (Andrew Bjornson) Burck, Eric (Erin) Fugleberg, Laura (Dereck Mattson) Fugleberg, Josh (Marissa) Svaleson and Kirsten Svaleson; and her very special 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters, Carol Brungardt, and Linda (Roger) Erickson, numerous nieces and nephews and many other very dear relatives. Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Asa Sherritt Jr.; her husband, Merton Svaleson; her brother, Jerry Reinan, and her brother-in-law Bob Brungardt. Funeral Service: 10 AM Monday, July 20, 2020 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo Visitation: one hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Monday Burial: 4:30 PM Monday, July 20, 2020 at Riverside Cemetery in Hillsboro Joan's Live Streamed Funeral Service can be viewed below starting at 9:30 A.M.:
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at Joan's service will be streamed live below at 9:45 AM Monday, July 20, 2020.

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  1. So sorry to hear of your loss
    She was a great person and a awesome second mom
    God bless the memory of Joan

  2. My deepest sympathy to all. I work for the Richland County Water Resource District and had the great pleasure of getting to know your Mother when she worked at the Traill County WRD. We had so many wonderful visits and I missed her immensely after she retired! Thinking of her always brings a smile to my face. God bless Joan!

  3. Joan was a great person and did a great job for Traill County. She was well liked and proud of her children and grandchildren. God Blessings to you all.

  4. Jay, I am so sorry to hear about your mom passing away. I bet she was a fantastic person. How could she not be with a son like you! Take care.

  5. Joan was a thoroughly good person with a wonderful sense of style and humor. She loved and was loved by most. She will most certainly be dearly missed!

  6. My Heart aches for you all. Joanne is one special lady in my life while I was growing up.

  7. Jay,
    So very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family.

  8. So sorry to hear about Joan. She was a great friend to my parents. Thoughts and prayers to the family!

  9. Extending my sympathies and prayers. Treasure your memories. Your Mom will always be a part of your heart.

  10. Deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to all of Joan’s family. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing her at the lake and visiting with her.

  11. So sorry for your lose. Joan will always carry a special place in my heart. Sending love and prayers to all her family and friends.

  12. What a great video to honor Joan! I smiled through the whole video! She was a fun lady and always so entertaining! I am happy that we got a chance to know her. Prayers for you all.

  13. I am so sorry for your loss of Joan. She was such a fun person and huge part of the community.

  14. your mother was a wonderful person she always had a smile and a kind word to make my day God Bless you all

  15. Cindy, Jay, Shawn and families, I am so very sorry for your loss! So many memories of coffee at our house or yours! May all your wonderful memories of your Mom comfort you now! Prayers and hugs to you all!💞💞

  16. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Joan’s family. She has always been kind, caring and welcoming of everyone she met. I hope all the wonderful memories bring you joy and comfort as you celebrate the wonderful life she lived.

    Sending you hugs Asa, Jen & boys ❤

  17. My condolences to go all of you. Many of us will miss her smile and effervescent personalitty.

  18. I am so sorry to hear of Joan’s death. May you find peace in this difficult time from your faith, family and friends.
    Becky and Ray Foss

  19. Sorry for your loss, it was nice to view the service.
    Joan was a great lady, always so friendly. When Mom was in Eventide we would go get Joan and come to the Pub to watch Bison games. They are both missed

  20. Cindy, Shawn, Jay and families, I am so so very sorry for your loss. There are so many wonderful memories of Joan that I will cherish forever. She was a beautiful person and the best God Mother a girl could ever ask for. My thoughts, love and prayers are with you all!

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