Kristie Swanson

kristie swanson

Kristie Jo Swanson was born on September 27, 1975 at St Luke's Hospital in Fargo, the daughter of Dave and Tina (Hager) Swanson. Kristie passed away at her home on Wednesday, May 15, 2014, at the age of 38 years young. 

Kristie graduated from Fargo South High in 1994, and  then attended DL Tech and attained a degree as an LPN.   Kristie worked in the hospitality industry for many years in Fargo, where she met countless people and many lifelong friends. 

She had a dynamic personality and an infectious smile.  Most of all she had a heart of gold and was the kindest, most giving person anyone could ever meet. 

She loved her family very much and enjoyed spending time at the family farm, in Michigan, ND. 

Kristie is survived by her mother, Tina Swanson; her sister, Tammy (Wes) VanderBush; her beloved niece, Ashley VanderBush; and nephew Nick VanderBush; the love of her life, Mike Rehder, and his son, Coleman. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, cousins, and her grandma, Anna Hager. 

Kristie was preceded in death by her father, Dave Swanson. 

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  1. Tina and Tammy, I so sorry to hear about your loss. Take care of each other at this difficult time. You are in my prayers. Millie

  2. Thank you for all of the great memories. I will never forget how you stood up for me in school even though I was an underclassman. Then again that’s the type of person you are. Truly a special person with gifts feel thus understand… Just an Angel. Rest peacefully Kristie.

  3. Fargo ND
    My thoughts and prayers are with Kristie’s family and friends @ this difficult time. I am going to cherish our fun times and friendly talks. I am thankful for seeing Kristie recently and we shared a nice hug and brief girl to girl chat. I know you are smiling down from Heaven! Rest in peace Kristie!

  4. Fargo ND
    Wishing Kristie’s family and Mike peace during this time of loss….cherish her memories and hold on tight.

  5. Fargo ND


  6. West Fargo Thank you Kristie for the love & warmth you made all who you ever touched feel.. My thoughts to all who loved this wonderful lady.

  7. Hawley MN
    Rest in peace, beautiful girl. You are missed by so many. Everytime we would run into each other when we were out and about, seeing you again was like having a little party. You made everyone that you met feel important, and no one that ever had the luck and pleasure of knowing you will ever be able to forget you. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and friends. Heaven gained one of the most beautiful of all angels, but your loss leaves a huge void that will never be filled.

  8. Fargo ND
    Kristie you will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, especially Tammy and Wes VanderBush.

  9. Fargo My thoughts and prayers go out to Kristie’s family. I had the pleasure of having Kristi work for me at SunMart, she was always happy and had a positive attitude no matter what. Her smile was contagious to everyone around her. I knew I could always count on her when needed, and the customers loved her, she was very personable.

    Wes and Tammy I am so sorry I will pray for you to find peace and comfort as I know how close you three of you were and how much she loved Ashley and Nick.

  10. Fargo,ND Thoughts and Prayers to Kristi’s family. I’m so sorry for your loss, she was an amazing woman. She was one who could put a smile on your face.

  11. Lakota ND
    We are so very sorry for your loss. I got to know Kristie when she lived in Michigan with the Hagar family. And we used to catch up with her at every WeFest! She had a wonderful personality and was always smiling! She was so kind to everyone. You are all in our thougths and paryers!

    Brian, Mary, Breanne and Jase Schmidt

  12. To Kristie’s family,
    I knew Kristie when we were kids. I have many memories of her from K-grade 5 playing at Play-Town and always having so much fun. she was one of those friends I never forgot. We lost touch when me and my family moved to WF but the memories I have will last a lifetime. My deepest sympathies for your loss!

  13. Fargo ND
    Heart felt sympathy to all of Kristie’s family and friends. Peace and healing to all of you. Sherri Anderson

  14. Fargo My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Kristie and I got to know each other many years ago when we wereked at sunmart together. She was always the first person to see you when you came in for your shift with that smile that would brighten any room. Through out the years we would lose touch and then see each other somewhere and pick right back up talking. She was always someone to make you smile no matter what and she will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Kristie we will miss you.

  15. Moorhead MN
    My thoughts and prayers are with Kristie’s family and friends.

    Please know that Matt was waiting to take Kristie’s hand. He will help her find peace and clarity, things she couldn’t seem to find here on earth. I bet her big beautiful eyes are just sparkling!

    Even though she is no longer with us here in the physical sense, it warms my heart to know how happy she must be!

  16. Fargo ND
    Praying that our Lord, who loves you so dearly, will speak blessings and comfort to your heart in the coming days.
    Kris will be greatly misses, she was a sweet heart.
    With Deepest Sympathy,

    Janet Koppinger

  17. West Fargo ND
    I was so sadden with this news, and I’m praying for her family during this very difficult time. I remember her as so warm, friendly, loving and had that great twinkle in her smile and eyes! She will be missed by everyone that ever knew her.

    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, LOVE leaves a memory-
    no one can steal”

    Captain Wally

  18. Winnipeg Manitoba. CanadaOur heartfelt condolences family and friends. Peace be with you.

  19. Fargo ND
    Thoughts and prayers go out to Kristie’s family and friends. Kristie was always one of my favorite people to work with way back when. Rest in peace beautiful Angel! Til we meet again

  20. Met you in Sturgis in 1998. Such beautiful girl, thought about you often over the years. Only recently learned of your passing. Sleep well… Jim from Boston

  21. Kristie was truly one of a kind! I chose Sunmart as my first job on her recommendation and as much as I enjoyed working with everyone there, seeing her smile from the service counter as you walked into the store was the true highlight. I’m sure she’s been dearly missed since she was prematurely taken years ago, but so many of us look forward to seeing her again in an even better World!

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