Lillian Barbara Hjelmstad, 88, of Fargo, ND , passed away peacefully under the care of the Palliative Care Angels at Sanford Hospital on  Saturday, November 21, 2015 Lillian was born June 10, 1927 in Fayette, ND to John and Caroline (Johner) Schepper. She married Arnold Hjelmstad and they made their home in Fargo, ND where they raised their 3 children. In her early years she babysat children and cleaned homes.  She worked in the plant pathology department at NDSU for over 30 years. Her greatest joys were dancing and spending time with her children, grandchildren, step grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her last 3 years were spent at Bethany where she met many new and wonderful friends and care-givers She is survived by her children: Sharon (Dennis) Seymour, Andover, MN; Lynn (Debra) Hjelmstad, Fargo; Jane (Todd) Obbink, West Fargo; 5 grandchildren; 3 Step Grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; Brothers: Edward Schepper, Las Cruces, NM; Mike (Ruby) Schepper, Bismarck, ND; sister: Rose Olson, Fargo; sister in law Adeline Hjelmstad and many nieces and nephews. Grand Children: Rocky (Shalaine) Seymour, Stacey (Jeff) Schmidt, John (Allison) Hjelmstad , Tim (Sheena) Hjelmstad, Jessie Blixt (Mike Torgerson) and Step Grandchildren Tarin Obbink, Matt (Courtney) Obbink and Ashley (Jordan) Norgaard Great Grandchildren: Solomon, Samuel and Rocco Seymour, Connor Loehrer and Molly Schmidt, Lily Torgerson, Baby Torgerson and Brayden Hjelmstad Her kindness, generosity and joy for life was a treasure to see and she is now our Angel and will be with us always.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. I always enjoyed watching Lillian dance as she was as light as a feather. She always had a smile whenever I saw her and her laugh was contagious. She will be greatly missed.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family, Lillian was a kind and gracious woman with a gentle heart. I am so glad I got to visit her on my last trip to Fargo. You are right that you have an Angel watching over you. Rest in peace Lillian! Mary and Phil

  3. Although we didn’t get to see Aunt Lillian as often as we’d have liked, we will miss her. She was always so upbeat and had a smile on her face and was so full of fun every time we saw her. Our deepest sympathy to Sharon, Lynn and Jane and your families.

  4. What a special lady. Always ready with her beautiful smile. Favorite memory would be at John and Allison’s wedding in Boston. Just got her hair done, sitting in the connected shopping mall smile from ear to ear. She was so excited for what was to come, and so proud to be out there for the wedding. She looked like she was on top of the world and said she felt like a queen! Her memory and her legacy will live on in her families she loved so dearly!

  5. So sorry for your loss. I haven’t seen Lil for a few years but will always remember the kindness she showed to my father in law Leo (Buck) Wittenberg. November 21st was his birthday.

  6. Rest in Peace, Lil. I will always remember her smile and lovely spirit. She was a great friend and companion to my grandpa Leo. Kindest regards to all her family.

  7. Lynn and Deb. Loree and I are sorry for your loss. . Our prayers are with you during this time. God bless you.

  8. Was so sorry to hear about your loss. Your mom was always so full of life and such a wonderful support to Margaret, all of those phone calls meant so much to her. My prayers go out to you all today as you say your goodbyes but I know you will carry her in your hearts forever.

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