Kris Sheridan

kris sheridan
Since my time on earth has ended, I wanted to make sure to have the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who helped make my life worthwhile. I was a very lucky girl! I was blessed to be born to Robert and Virginia Petersen on March 27, 1947 in Bismarck, ND. My siblings (Pete, Lee and Kay) and I enjoyed a peaceful, happy childhood, growing up with laughter, love and not too much drama. Before graduating from the University of North Dakota, I married Jim Hovland and gave birth to my oldest daughter, Angela Kay. We moved to Boulder, CO so Jim could get his law degree and I taught school nearby, in Longmont. We then moved to Fargo. Jim started his law career and we had our second daughter, Erika Anne. I thank Jim for these two wonderful daughters. I then began my new adventure in the real estate business at Park Co. Realtors. For the next 40+ years, I had the pleasure and privilege of working with a wonderful team of professionals who made my working life meaningful. How fortunate I was to have lifelong Realtor friends as well as friends from my community involvements. After my first marriage ended, I married Michael Sheridan and along with his two daughters, Maria Margaret and Michelle Rae, we became a family of six with a couple of dogs, cats, a bird and an ant farm! I always said we had our very own food chain. It was pretty crazy but a fun way of life. Those four girls were such a blessing and I thank them for all their gifts to me. I am proud of the strong, independent women they have become. Besides, they have given us 14 perfect grandchildren. Hopefully, my family will always remember how much I loved them. At the risk of embarrassing him, I was the luckiest woman to be married to Michael Sheridan for 42 years. He treated me the way every woman wants to be treated and we spent a lot of our time laughing and enjoying our lives together. Marriage isn’t easy but becomes easier when you temper your expectations and try to complement each other without competition. Michael was always my biggest fan, even when I didn’t deserve his praise…it doesn’t get much better than that! I am sorry to leave Michael and my family behind but we all have to say goodbye eventually. Please remember I will always be near when you need me. It’s ok to feel bad about my death, but don’t let this event get in the way of your future. I will always be grateful to all the people who loved and supported me in my life. Thanks again and much love back to you! P.S. Although I wouldn’t mind a few daisies, memorials would be much appreciated to the Roger Maris Cancer Center, Homeward Animal Shelter, the YWCA shelter or the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center. P.P.S. Kris left this earth peacefully on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. She is survived by her husband Michael, her four daughters, Angie Freeman (Russ Freeman), Maria Wallender (Jon Wallander), Erika Batcheller (Paul Batcheller), and Michelle Sheridan; 14 grandchildren – Olivia, Russell, Nick, Madeline, Bradford, Lila, Sarah, Lucie, Owen, Emma, Logan, Wells, Josie and Vivienne. She is also survived by three siblings – Kay Schlosser (Bill Schlosser), Lee Petersen (Kate Petersen) and Robert “Pete” Petersen (Peggy Petersen). She was preceded in death by her parents. Kris would never brag about her accomplishments, so we’ll attempt to do it here. Kris built a successful business for more than forty years with Park Co. Realtors and was honored with many professional awards, including Realtor of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award from the Fargo-Moorhead Association of Realtors and the North Dakota Realtors Association, among others. She served on the North Dakota Real Estate Commission for more than 20 years. Kris also devoted herself to improving her community, serving on boards for the following organizations, among many others: Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo Chamber of Commerce, Fargo National Bank, The Village, NDSU Advisory, F-M Builders Association, Fargo Civic Auditorium, YMCA, Homeward Animal Shelter, Salvation Army, Fargo Renaissance Zone Authority, Midland Mortgage, Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development, Greater ND Chamber of Commerce Board, Meritcare Foundation and the Fargo Dome Authority. Most of all, she was an amazing daughter, sister, friend, aunt, mother, grandmother and wife. She was generous with her hugs, smiles and laughter. She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed. Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Friday, May 10, 2019 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 5:00 P.M. Celebration of Kris’s Life: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Hope Lutheran Church North Campus with visitation starting at 9:00 A.M. A celebration reception will be held at the Avalon Event’s Center 2525 9th Ave S. Fargo following from 1:00- 4:00 PM. Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Fargo Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Online guestbook at

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  1. You were such a great friend and mentor. I consider it a privilege to have worked with you for 15 years. I would have never made it in the real estate business if it wasnt for you. Love you, scott

  2. I knew her from coming in to where I worked.she was a very nice lady and very classy.she never acted like she thought she was superior and I never knew all she was doing for everyone at the time.sorry to the family for ur loss.

  3. Kris…you were a mentor and a friend. I admired your ability to be both a mother and a business owner, and you did it all with amazing grace and authenticity. I will miss many things about you…but most especially your laugh and fantastic sense of humor. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel!

  4. You were unique, Kris, in all of the best ways possible. All of us who knew you professionally and as friends were blessed to have had you in our life. God willing, we will see you on the other side in due time. Good-bye for now, wonderful woman.

  5. I have known many of people in this industry, and I can say with out a doubt you are one of the finest.
    You always handled yourself with such grace and professionalism.
    Thank you for all you have done for this incredible industry, you will be missed.
    God bless you always.

  6. Rest in Peace Dear Friend! Queen Kris, what a lady, what a mom, what a GREAT person. I am heartbroken now but memories of all the fun times we had together ‘in the business’ will remain with me forever!

  7. Kris was a beautiful classmate and had an awesome personality. Condolences to her family. Class of ’65.

  8. I’ve been a real estate agent since 1973 & first met Kris while I worked for Watne Realtors in Minot & the
    firm became affiliated with the Better Homes & Gardens real estate franchise. We got to know each other
    through our attendance at numerous Better Homes & Gardens regional meetings & it was a pleasure & a
    privilege to know her! She exemplified on how we should all live our lives to the fullest in every way. She
    was one of the best people I’ve ever known & she worked with one of the best real estate brokers (Barb Buchanon-sp) & one of the best real estate companies (Park Company) some of the best real estate agents!!
    My thoughts & prayers & my sincere condolences to all of her family. I know God is taking care of her now &
    I will never forget her.

  9. Love you my friend! I value the many, many years of us talking about life and how we could positively impact the lives of others. Your life challenges, my life challenges – it all worked itself out through our conversations. In my promise to you, I will keep the Park family strong and filled with the values you always held tight. May you rest in the palm of his hands! You my dear, are the angel I will look to for doing the right thing. God bless.

  10. I always think of Kris as the real estate broker who set the standard for professionalism for the Fargo-Moorhead Association. Respected by all, and a mentor to many!

  11. What a gorgeous and wonderful woman! I didnt know her well but she came to a business I had worked with. She was always friendly, cordial and smiling! Rest in peace Kris! God is with your family and friends!💔🙏

  12. I was blessed to meet Kris when she came to pulmonary rehab. She was fondly referred to as our energizer bunny! She worked so hard to get better and beat that cancer. She went from a walker and oxygen to walking a 5 k in less than a year!! She was an inspiration to all!! She was the cheerleader for all the new patients, telling them they could do it too. We will all miss seeing her so much. My deepest sympathy to you all.

  13. Kris…as a new licensed real estate agent in the early 80’s you were so very kind and generous with your time and my questions. I think of you fondly how you set the standard for me and many with your high level of professionalism. You inspired so many realtors and their careers. Owning a real estate business in the early 80’s or earlier was inspirational as a strong women. Kris you were so strong and yet so very kind.
    Thanks for inspiring me.
    Monica Reynolds

  14. Kris, you will be missed…. I found when I met you at the Delta Gamma house in Grand Forks, you were a wonderful person, everyone around you loved you, you were so motivational and while in control, it was always in such a loving way. As we both ended up in real estate for so many years, you never changed from the wonderful person I met in the 60’s. Never to be forgotten.

  15. This woman was amazing… Someone I looked up to when I started working for her at the age of 17… she was my cheerleader when I graduated high school, when I decided to go to college, when I graduated college, got married, had a baby a year later, got a divorce a year after that and told me I’d be way more than ok as a single mom! I worked for her for 10 years and she was incredibly supportive when I started my new career in the 911 world. And that laugh, everyone needs someone in their life whose memory of their laugh will always make you smile no matter where you are. I loved Kris’ laugh. I loved Kris.

  16. Mike and family…. Kris was a very special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  17. Dear Mike and the entire Sheridan family, I am shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of the matriarch of a great family. Although I only met Chris a few times, I’ve known Mike for a few decades and known that his love of his family, especially his bride, was a constant force of love and devotion. May God bless you all and help you through this difficult time. Memories are more precious than words can justify, relish them and continue to love an amazing lady. God bless you always.

  18. I’m thankful to have known Kris and for the guidance she provided so many of us. She will always be a role model in the truest sense.

  19. Kris was amazing. In all the years, I never knew her to ever use the word “no”. Infectious laugh that often ended in a snort! She will live on within us forever.

  20. I never knew Kris, but being from Fargo, now living in Colorado, I keep abreast of Fargo obit and the passing of people I once knew. Kris’s obituary was a remarkable goodbye directly from her. I loved it, if only more could be so thoughtful. R.I.P. Kris…They say, that, “When we die, we leave behind all that we have, and take with us, all that we are” Kris was amazing, no doubt!

  21. Thanks to Kris’s family for the video. Watching it was like seeing a rainbow when the rain had not yet stopped. I’m sure I’m not the only one who couldn’t stop the tears while smiling with joy at Kris’s ability to rekindle the spirits of those around her.

    I wasn’t in real estate, but Kris’s influence extended to many in the FM community, including me. Ethics. “This is what you have to do” “Yah, I know” “You can do this…it’s the right thing to do.”

    I’m sure I’m one of many who heard those words.

    Thank you Kris, for a life lived well.

  22. What a wonderful lady so full of life, and made a difference in so many lives. Celebrate her life because she lived it to the fullest. Thoughts and prayers to the family thanks for sharing her with us. God bless! Erv & Linda Inniger

  23. What a lovely obituary – just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you, Angie, and your family.

  24. To Mike, your girls, Park Company, and extended real estate family:
    After 44 years in this crazy Real Estate industry, two people stand out that have been the foundation in selling real estate. Those two are Jack Hilleboe and Kris Sheriden. (Or, Kris Shoveland as Dave Cusey called her). When we lost Jack it seemed like Kris just took over being the “go to” person for our industry.
    We all will miss her, but not to worry, Kris will be quoted for many years to come. All we need is to find one of us that could mock that contagious laugh.

  25. Although I only saw Kris at the real estate conventions, she was someone I admired and was a person that was a great role model for all of us. My sympathy to her family.

  26. While I never worked for Kris, I got to know her when Park Co. opened their kiosk at West Acres. What a wonderful woman she was! We are all blessed to have known her. Sending my thoughts and prayers to her family and extended Park Co./real estate family.
    Tracy Clow

  27. Kris was one of the first and and finest people that I met many years ago when I started in Real Estate. She was an exceptional educator, mentor and motivator. Her guidance has never been forgotten all these years and I must say much of my success started with Kris. She always had a smile, good advice and kind word to say as well as she seemed to remember everyone’s name. She treated each of us as important and special. Plus one of the first things she embedded in our minds was the proper pronunciation of REALTOR! A true legend that will be missed but never forgotten.

  28. Kris was a great classmate (Class of ’65) that I will never forget. Condolences to her family.

  29. I was lucky enough to have been a realtor under Kris’s leadership for 5 years. Although it has been a few years, I can still hear her infectious laugh. She was an inspiration.

  30. Kris has left a beautiful footprint for all to learn from and attempt to reach in business and in life. Many Prayers for all family and friends during a difficult time of loss.

  31. She will always be the standard by which I measure ethics & integrity in the business she loved so much. She built a business without ever sacrificing that part of her. She was a leader, influencer, and the woman who embraced each and every other woman fighting for that same thing. She supported, lead, and rallied those around her like no one I have ever worked for. I am so grateful to have had you as a mentor and supporter in building my own real estate business with Park Co. So many of us looked up to you and will always measure ourselves with the bar you set. Thank you Kris, for inspiring so many women and for never apologizing for being the outspoken amazing leader you always were.

  32. I just love you so much Kris and thank you for introducing me to your awesome crew at Park Company where I made so many life long friends thanks to you! Love to all of you and wish I was there to celebrate such an amazing lady.

  33. Dear Mike & Family:
    Our sincere condolences from the staff and family at Galli Furniture in Bagley, MN. May beautiful memories get you through this difficult loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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