October 11, 1936 ~ January 4, 2012
Kathryn "Kay" Leclerc, 75, died on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Sanford Palliative Care unit in Fargo
.Kay was born in Fargo, ND, on October 11, 1936, the youngest of three children of C.M. "Max" Dahl and Eleanor Reed Dahl. She graduated from high school in Chaffee, ND, and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, before graduating from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor's degree in social work. She was employed as a social worker by Catholic Family Services before becoming director of the Social Services department at Dakota Hospital. She retired in 1984.
On December 27, 1958, Kay married Lawrence A. "Larry" Leclerc, Jr. They made their home in Fargo, where Larry worked as an attorney at Serkland Law Firm before being appointed a district court judge in 1979.
Kay believed strongly in the importance of community service. She was a director of Cass County Public Health, past chairwoman of the North Dakota State Health Council, a member of the Internal Review Board at MeritCare Hospital, a director of Bethany Retirement Living, and an active member of the League of Women Voters. She was an avid gardener, an accomplished cook and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She also loved to travel, and in recent years she enjoyed trips to the Isle of Skye, Acapulco and Paris.
Kay is survived by Larry, her husband of 53 years; her brother, John "Jack" Dahl, Gackle, ND; her daughters, Martha Leclerc (Leo Wilking), Fargo, ND, Joan Vartanian (Harout), Los Angeles, CA, and Rebecca Leclerc, Edina, MN; her son, Jeffrey Leclerc (Cindy Garcia-Leclerc) Apple Valley, MN; two granddaughters (Eleanor and Virginia Wilking); four grandsons (Steven Leclerc, Aram Vartanian, Eliot Wilking and Jake Seiler) and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Martha Dahl Carlisle, and her cousin, Lisa Locken.