Katharine Ereth

katharine ereth

Mass of Christian Burial services for Katharine Ereth, 76, of Fargo, (formerly Williston) will be held at 9:00 am Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at the Riverview Place chapel in Fargo, ND. Burial will follow at the Schaffer cemetery in Watford, ND. There will be a memorial service at Everson Funeral Home in Williston, ND on Wednesday, January 2, at 4:00 p.m. Kathi went to heaven Sunday, December 16, 2012, at Sanford Palliative Care Center, Fargo, ND.

Katharine Naomi (Avery) Ereth was born July 4, 1936, in Banks, ND, to Harry and Mary Avery on what was said to be the hottest day of the century. Her mother was so concerned about the other kids being around baby Katharine that she sent them to the pasture with their father to shoot firecrackers. Harry predicted Kathi would become an independent woman, since she was born on Independence Day.

Kathi attended first grade in Banks and moved to Watford City at the age of 7 with her family. There she finished high school with honors at the age of 17. She immediately found employment at the Farmers' Union Office where she worked for 3 years until her marriage. Kathi and Harold Duaine Ereth were married June 11, 1956. They moved to Williston on Good Friday, 1961. To this union were born 8 children: Twins Michael and Frank who died shortly after birth, Mark (Karen Hastings) of Rochester, MN, Carmaine (Steve Ternes) of Emporia, KS, Julie of Fargo, Pam (Larry Sayler) of Minneapolis, MN, Dianne of Phoenix, AZ, and Jennifer (Tim McNamara) of Grenora, ND, along with 10 living grandchildren. One grandchild preceded Kathi in death. Her many accomplishments include involvement with Right to Life. When abortion turned into a national political issue, Kathi became passionately involved and served as local chairperson, state officer, and national delegate in the span of 25 years. Kathi raised 6 children and worked various jobs in the accounting field. After taking accounting classes, she worked at H&R Block and Stillwell Accounting until forming her own accounting and tax firm. Ever the entrepreneur, she continued working through 2012, before retiring to Riverview Place in Fargo. Music was most important, and Kathi learned to play piano, organ, keyboard, and accordion at an early age. She also enjoyed reading, book clubs, watching Jeopardy, gardening, cross word puzzles, and creating cross word puzzles. Serving on numerous church organizations including parish president, Parent Teacher Association, and the school board were some interests.

Kathi was preceded in death by her parents, many siblings, twin children and one grandson.

In Lieu of flowers, please send memorials/contributions to: North Dakota Right to Life P.O. Box 551 Bismarck, ND 58501 The family would like to express great thanks to everyone at Riverview Place, Sanford Health and Sanford's Palliative Care Center in Fargo. We appreciate all you did to see mother was comfortable in her death and able to pass from this world to the next with dignity. 

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  1. Bismarck, ND
    So very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


    Virginia (Ginger Engberg) Beggs

  2. Bismarck ND
    Wish we could be with all of you but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. It has been a pleasure knowing your family and hearing about your lives through your mom. She was very proud of all her children and told us many stories of you all. Watching and seeing her struggle with her health issues helps to know that now she is at peace. Please keep in touch.

  3. WisconsinI am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this time. May you find comfort, joy and peace in your memories.

  4. Shields ND
    Steve, Carmaine, Brock, Stephanie and Ereth Family.

    Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this sad time.

    Ervin & Penny

  5. Stanley ND
    To the Ereth family,
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this very difficult time. I have many fond memories of spending time at your house and how inviting and hospitable your mom was.
    Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
    God Bless you all.

  6. Williston ND
    Kathie was a very special person. Such a big loss for each of her children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. She will certainly be missed. A friend, Madge

  7. So sorry to see that your mom has passed away. All of my interactions with Kathi involved Right to Life and I always appreciated her passion and dedication to the pro-life cause. May God bless her memory.

  8. Buckeye AZ
    Jennifer, thinking of you at this time, We have lost contact, but think of you often. May your dear mother, Katharine, RIP.

  9. Emporia KansasI’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a parent is always difficult. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Safe travels when you return home.

  10. det. mi.So sorry to hear about your loss. Matther 5:4 says: “Happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted”, showing God knows what you are going through and will comfort you and your family in your time of need. Please go to him and pour your hear out to him and taste and see that he is willing and able to help.

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