Mary Lambert

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Mary Lambert, age 64, passed away on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo surrounded by her loving family.

Mary Burtzlaff was born on January 5, 1947, the daughter of Albert and Cecilia (Berschens) Burtzlaff in Stillwater, MN. She grew up in Stillwater, attended St. Mary's Grade School and graduated from Stillwater High School. She later attended IBM Business College in Minneapolis. Mary was united in marriage to Charles Lambert on September 26, 1970 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Stillwater. Following their marriage they moved to Forest Lake, MN, Eau Claire, WI, and to Fargo, ND in 1976. They made their home in Fargo where they raised their family. Most of all, Mary was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family and also having tea with friends. She worked part time at various businesses in Fargo after her children grew older, and was active at her church where she served on the parish council and the ladies guild. She will be remembered by many for her laughter, courage, and strength she showed throughout her life, especially in the past few years as her health declined.

Mary's survived by her husband, Charles "Chuck" Lambert of Fargo; her three daughters, Anne (Benjamin) Norris of Moorhead, MN; Amy (Walter) White of North Bend, OR; and Jennifer (Steve Rudolph) Lambert of Fargo; and her five beloved grandchildren - Caleb, Corbin, Aliyah, Makenzie, and Ava Grace. She is also survived by her mother, Cecilia Burtzlaff of Stillwater; her twin sister, Margaret (Gary) Swanson of Shafer, MN; her brother, William (Sandy) Burtzlaff of Stillwater; and many nieces, nephews, and other dear relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Albert.

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  1. Stillwater MN
    So sorry for your loss. I chumed with Mary and Margaret in high school. Went to school ball games and after school dances. Remember going to their home afterwards. Deepest sympathies to the family.

  2. West Fargo ND
    Chuck & girls I’m sorry for your loss. Mary’s smile and laugh cheered up a lot of us. Her giving spirit still lives with you. May God give you peace in her wonderful memories.

  3. Fargo ND
    I’m so sorry I couldn’t be at Mary’s funeral, but I have been out of town since last week.
    Please accept my condolences at your loss. My memories of her are of such a fun-loving and upbeat person – I’m sure she will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Dear Lambert Family, I am sending you my love and prayers. I have so many fond memories of Mary from growing up with all of you. I hope to see you all soon. Lots of love, Michelle

  5. Although I only met your mom a handful of times, I can remember her laugh as plain as day…loud and hearty and full of joy (or sarcasm if we were in trouble). My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I send you much strength and love. God bless Lambert family.

  6. Arlington TXDear Jenny, Anne, Amy and the Lambert Family,
    I was so deeply sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was such an incredible, kind, and warm woman, and she always made me smile whenever I saw her. She gave the gest hugs! I will always remember her, and you are all in our prayers.
    With love,
    Bobbie Lahren Grob and Family

  7. Vergas MN
    Chuck and family of Mary-I was very saddened to read that Mary had died. She had the most warm and wonderful smile! I remember Jim and I playing cards at the Lambert house and Mary’s girls babysitting my girls. She had a marvelous love of family and I know every memory she ever created will live on in your hearts and that will keep her close to you forever. Keeping you all in my prayers and wishing you comfort in days ahead.

  8. Osage MN
    To Mary’s family: None of you know me and I spent just a brief period with Mary, but she has always stayed with me in spirit. Our family moved to North Fargo and had to switch parishes. When we joined Holy Spirit, Mary approached me and asked me to join the guild, which I did and I have NEVER been made to feel so welcome. It is like we practically became “family” in that short period of time. I thank God for the memory and times I spent with Mary and I ask God to comfort you at this most difficult time, and may her wonderful memories give you peace.

    Dee Olson

  9. Moorhead MN
    My heart goes out to you for the loss of you Mom. I, like many others will remember her with a big simle and a great, genuine laugh. I’ll always think of your Family and smile about all those years in Holy Spirit we spent together during 9am Mass.
    I pray your hearts mend. God Bless.

    Deb (Suda) Steen

  10. New Leipzig ND
    Chuck, Anne, Amy, and Jenny… I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a fun lady… she will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  11. Henning MN
    Our symathies, prayers and love go to the Lambert & Burtslaff families.
    Mary’s big smile & deep laugh will always be remembered by us. She was a trusted friend.

  12. Favorite Aunt Mary,

    We know you are in a much better place and we are comforted in knowing you are not in pain and are at peace. You led a great life on earth and left so many of us with some terrific memories, especially of your generous nature and your beautiful smile. Thank you for truly being our favorite and never letting us forget it either 🙂

    Lots of love- Carl and Renee

  13. Hawley MN
    Dear Chuck, Anne, Amy, and Jenn,
    My heart goes out to each of you as you go through this difficult time. Please try to remember that she is now with the angels, and will have to suffer no more. I know that she is has a constant smile as she watches over each of you girls,and she is reminded of the wonderful job she and your dad did raising all three of you…and now she gets to watch you from up above a mother, wife, and grandmother.

    Sheri Perala (Gross)

  14. Harwood NdI’m so sorry to the entire(immediate and extended) Lambert family for their very unfortunate loss. Mary was one of the most wonderful woman I ever had the pleasure of knowing. Along with Chuck raised 3 beautiful daughters whom we all admire for having such a great mother. Our sympathy goes out to all those who grieve her passing. GOD BLESS

  15. moorhead minnesotamy heart goes out the family , i loved her so much she was my 2nd mom . we used to b inseperatable. i know u r in a better place no more suffering ! rest in peace i love u

  16. Can not believe it has been almost 6 years since you left this world. Thank you for your visits. They fill my heart everytime. My comfort is knowing you are perfectly healthy and full of love and peace. Until I see you again…..all of my love…Jenny Jenny Woo Woo

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