Nellie Jean’s service will be livestreamed at 2PM, Saturday, August 13th

Nellie Jean Audrey Vangsness passed away on July 30, 2022 at Sanford Medical at the age of 88.

Nellie Jean was born June 22, 1934 to Leonard and Olga (Petersen) Anderson in Rugby, ND.

Nellie Jean was united in marriage to Elmer Vangsness on January 22, 1954 in Rugby, ND. They moved to Fargo, ND in 1958. Nellie Jean worked at the NDSU library for 25 years until retiring in 1996. Nellie Jean volunteered at the Sons of Norway for 24 years, even though Nellie Jean was a Swede, she thought she could teach them a thing or two.

Nellie Jean was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and the Sons of Norway.

Nellie Jean is survived by her sons, Gary (Cindy) of Gilbert, MN; David of Fargo; and her daughter, Janice (Brian) Templin of Waite Park, MN; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers, Larry Anderson of Moorhead, MN; and Alan Mark (Bonnie) Anderson of Fargo.

Nellie Jean was proceeded in death by her husband, Elmer (2013); her parents; step father, Albin Anderson; and brother Fredrick Leon Anderson.


Visitation: August 13, 2022 @ 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Celebration of Life: August 13, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Burial: October 10, 2022 @ 11:00 am

North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery Mandan ND
1825 46th St Mandan ND 58554

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  1. Gary, Jan, David and families – My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of Nellie. She was such a bright spirit and giving person. Hugs to you all – Darla Tufto

  2. Dear Nellie,.We will always remember your special soul. There has to be a wonderful reunion as family welcomes you home. May angels guide you to Heaven’s Gate. Rest in God’s arms in Eternal Peace and Love.

  3. Our sincere condolences. We will miss Nellie beyond measure! Our Earh Angel who left a huge hole in our world. Blessings, Love and Peace

  4. Nellie’s family,
    We were sorry to hear about Nellie. I also worked at the NDSU library for 27 years. She was always just a cheery person. Also would visit her in AZ. She will be missed.

  5. Nellie’s family.
    Nellie Jean will be missed greatly for her quick wit and cheerful attitude. We’re so sorry to hear of her passing. She will be missed.

  6. My thoughts and prayers to the family of Nellie. She was a dear friend and colleague. — Michael Miller, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries, Fargo.

  7. My sincere sympathies to Nellie’s family. I worked at NDSU library and remember a funny, always “up” lady who was fun to be in the break room with.

  8. Wishing you well on your new journey … Nellie I didn’t know you for long at SONS OF NORWAY volunteering I truly enjoyed working with you made me laugh a lot with. Your sense of humor. Thank you for the wonderful lap blanket you knitted very very nice of you. I will treasure it fondly. REST IN PEACE. And GOD NEEDS YOU IN HEAVEN NOW MANNY HUGGS TO YOUR FAMILY.

  9. I have many good memories of Nellie and especially when I lived in Fargo. I used to pick Nellie up for our bridge group in my little VW. She thought it was a real cool ride, so she brought a blanket along to keep warm. We had lots of laughs and good times together. I will miss her and her great sense of humor.
    My sympathy to Jan, David and Gary. You had a great Mom.

  10. While a student at NDSU, I worked for Nellie for four years in the library. She was so wonderful to me. She was kind, funny, and caring. I really enjoyed my time working there because of her. She was on my mind today, having had no idea she has just passed away. She was a positive influence in my life, I’m very glad to have known her.

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