Leona (Lee) Solberg passed away peacefully on Monday, February 7,2022 at Essentia Health, Fargo, ND, surrounded in love from her husband, two daughters and their spouses. Lee was born on May 9,1945 to Steve and Ann (Kordonowy) Hlebichuk in Bismarck, ND. She graduated from Bismarck High School in 1963 and later the School of Hair Design in Bismarck. When she moved to Fargo, she met Jerry Solberg who would become her best friend and husband. Theirs was a true love story that began when Jerry jumped in the backseat of the car her best friend Carol Iyer and her were cruising in. Like an old car, it didn’t start on that first time. They met a few years later and kept loving each other for 55 years. Family meant everything to Lee. Lee and Jerry had three beautiful daughters and three wonderful grandchildren together. An outstanding cook and baker, she kept her Ukrainian heritage alive by making traditional Christmas and Easter meals that were cherished by both family and friends. Lee’s wickedly smart sense of humor, excellent cooking, playful and caring nature, and her generosity will be missed most by family and friends. Lee is survived by her husband Jerry, daughter Stephanie (Terry) Hagen, and daughter Jackie (Scott) Terfehr, her grandchildren Jordyn (13 years), Izzy (8 years), and Nolan (8 months), her brother Larry (Arizona), sister Lynn (Linton), sister Lila (Fargo) and many nephews and nieces. Their deep faith in God provided comfort when Lee and Jerry lost their daughter, Stacey, eight years ago. She is preceded in death by her daughter Stacey, her parents, her brother Leo, and brother-in-law, Bruce. Lee’s Mass of Christian Burial will begin with a rosary at 1pm and service at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo, with Fr. Phil Ackerman as celebrant. Interment will take place at Wild Rice Cemetery in the spring. Please sign our online guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.

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  1. Oh how I miss you Lee. There are so many things yet to talk and often laugh about. My heart is broken. Love, your sister Lila.

  2. Our deepest sympathy to Lee’s family and siblings.. The last time I visited with Lee and Jerry was at Aunt Stella’s funeral in Belfield They were such a happy couple.

    It is not easy when a loved one passes but we know Lee is smiling at everyone in Heaven.

    God bless you all and please know that we are praying for you .

  3. Going to miss you auntie Lee. Enjoyed your stops on the way to Rochester. Whos going to fill the fish bucket now?

  4. Hey grandma I love you SO MUCH ❤️ you were always there for me when I needed it oh and your humor it was so cringy But it was perfect never forget how much we love you

  5. Dear Family of Lee, I am Lee’s first cousin, but when you are separated by years and miles, you don’t get to know each other. That is sad- yet we will have eternity to do so, and how joyous it will be! Our deepest sympathy to you all at this time…it is so hard to say goodbye! Our prayers and love, Tena (Kordonowy) Weinand (daughter of Pete & Viola), Hazen, ND.

  6. Jerry, Steph, Jackie and family: Sending you our deepest condolences and biggest hugs.

    This news really shocked us. We have missed our Monday night dinners for so long and the conversations with Jerry and Lee ever since COVID/pandemic began. Often they would bring Jordyn along to dinner too. She and Jada (my daughter) would have their own things to talk/giggle about too. I enjoyed the time together – talking and laughing. I loved hearing the stories of “the good ‘ol days when driving was fun” from the guys.

    I just can’t even put words together to say how sad I am to not be able to hear Lee’s voice, her laugh or see her wave her arm over and say, “Oh, Jerry.” It has been so nice getting to know Benny’s friends – Jerry and Lee (that have become Jada and my friends too).

    We were able to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary with Jerry and Lee – a privilege. Thank you.

    Please know we are thinking of you and sending prayers that each of you find comfort in knowing that Lee loved her family immensely. She would protect each and every one to the best of her ability – her feistiness with all 5 feet of herself. 🙂 She is loved by many.

    Rest in Paradise, Lee

  7. Such a wonderful lady, her smile and humor were contagious. So glad we got to know you!

  8. I still remember “Leona” showing me how to make Ukrainian eggs and will never forget her amazing pizza “pie!” Thank you for the beautiful memories and your entire family is in my prayers.

  9. Prayers and thoughts are with the Solberg and Hlebichuk families.
    Leona was a wonderful person. The last time that I saw her was at Aunt Stella Kordonowy’s funeral
    in Belfield. We has a nice visit. May God Bless your family.

  10. I have known these two for many years and they were one close couple. I was shocked when Jerry called me and told me of Lee’s passing. Lee will be missed by many. TOOT Gregor

  11. Jerry and family, we are so saddened by the loss of you wife, mother and grandmother. She was one of a kind and we enjoyed our visits! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Kevin and Deanna Hager

  12. I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for all of you. It’s the hardest thing to say goodbye for now until you’ll be with her again. 💔 Pat

  13. My heart broke after hearing the sad news of Leonas passing. I have no words only much love, prayers and hugs for you all.

  14. I Love you mom….
    I had the best mom ever.you are always in my heart and in my soul. Not to mention my ears …I ll love you forever….it’s never good bye …love Never dies I will see you in paradise someday…
    Love you ❤️
    Fluff

  15. My deepest sympathy to the Solberg family. I have many fond childhood memories of my cousin, Leona, and I will cherish them. My sympathy to her husband, Gerald, and to her daughters and grandchildren, and her brother and sisters. I will keep your family in my prayers, as I know It is so difficult to lose someone so close to you, and it is hard to find the words of comfort to help fill the emptiness that you are all feeling. May God Bless all of you and take you under his “care” at this time. Love and prayers, Your Cousin, Joanne (Hlebichuk) Gray and Gerald Gray

  16. To the family of Leona. I am sorry for your loss. My father, Joe Hlebichuk of Belfield, and Leona’s father were brothers.

  17. My deepest sympathy to Leonas family. She sure loved being a mom, wife, and grandmother! I will miss our spa day and was thinking recently of arranging for another one until we heard the news. I remember after our wedding, Leona came up to see the gifts that I had unwrapped. She accidentally dropped one and she was so concerned she may have broken something. She was very thoughtful and kind to me. I loved when her and Jerry would come out to drop their boat off for storage, or when they came to pick it up in the spring. They always laughed with stories of general things in life. Such great visits. I will really miss her. Our thoughts and prayers to Jerry and his family. God bless the memory of Leona.

  18. I remember seeing you at 4:30 Mass on Saturdays. I remember how nice you both were. She will be greatly missed. I will keep your family in my prayers during this sad time. Deb Elless

  19. Lee was such a special lady. She was such a caring wife,mother,and grandmother. She will greatly be missed by her family and friends. Prayers are bring sent to her family.

  20. To Jerry, Stephanie, Jackie, Lila, and Lynn. I know we shall feel the loss of Lee in a very big way. I will always remember her humor she always had a surprise funny comment to most situations. We attended high school together and later moved to Fargo as roommates. We were so poor we ate a mustard sandwich I will never forget. Her mother also would feed us quite often! We always had friends and lots of parties. Jerry was one of them. It was a great time in my life because Lee always provided lots of entertainment for us. We went on trips to Minneapolis and around North Dakota. Whatever we did It was always fun and exciting because of Lee. One day she and Jerry got serious. I attended the marriage and got kick out of the apartment! I remember Stephine as a small child. I used to visit them at times. I moved to Oregon 1979 but we stayed in touch. They were going to come visit me but somehow never happened because it is hard to get things to happen as planned. I saw her and Jerry on their anniversary and enjoyed being with them so much. She let me stay at her house I saw Stephanine and her daughter there. Also Jackie and family. That was the last time I saw her. It will always be a nice memory of her and Jerry. It is very sad and hard to image this loss of a friend. I will always think of her as a very special friend. I want to wish Jerry well this is a sad time for all. Lee was indeed a unique and special person.

  21. So sorry for your loss…I worked with Lee, way back when…in the garden center transplanting for Shotwells…yeah that long ago…I was like 16 .. we had so much fun.. she was such a wonderful person. I think that was the funniest job I ever had. She had alot to do with that. She will be in my ❤ forever… God bless u all.

  22. Dear Jerry, Stephie & Jackie and family; We just found out about Leona’s passing. Our deepest sympathies. We had so many fun times when you lived next door on 9th Street. We will always remember the fun birthday parties for the kids and the wonderful humor Leona had! Her laugh will be with us forever and her beautiful smile. When we saw Leona after Stacey passed it was so very sad. Jerry we are still on 9th Street please stop by, we would love to see you. Years go by but we really enjoyed you as our next door neighbors. My God Bless ALL of You,. Leona was a beautiful lady and will always be remembered and in our hearts. Our Thoughts, Our Prayers & All our Love; Jim & Dodie Olson

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