Patricia "Pat" Schwinden

Patricia Wayne Schwinden, 81, passed away Friday March 6, 2020 at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo after a short illness. Pat was born November 17, 1938 in Hankinson, ND to Stanley Adam and Veronica Magdalen (Scheller) MacQueen. She attended and graduated from Bismarck High School in 1956. Pat married Robert Duane Sundby on February 17, 1958. Robert later passed away in 1981. Pat and Robert had 5 children together: Duane (Deceased), Diane (Gary) Carlsrud, Judi (Terry) Schmidt, Linda (Keith) Pederson, and Stanley Sundby. Pat later married the love of her life, Donald Anthony Schwinden on May 2, 1986. They resided in North Fargo. She spent most of her working life as a clerk at Cass County Social Services and retired in 2001 after 24 years of service. During her prime, Pat was recognized on the local bowling scene due to frequent placement in city, regional and national tournaments. After marriage to Donald, she was active in the American Legion Auxiliary. More recently, Pat was a strong supporter of local charities and casinos through her fondness of scratchies, pull tab playing, slot machines, and Bingo. She especially loved the casino weekends with her children and the Hoffman clan. Pat also enjoyed reading, crosswords, and jigsaw puzzles. Pat will be greatly missed by her spouse, Donald Anthony Schwinden; 4 surviving children; grandchildren, Tyler (Heather) Schmidt, Tara (Jay Holmquist) Schmidt, Andrew Carlsrud, Austin Carlsrud, Alex Carlsrud, Oliver (Madeline Francis) Pederson; 4 great-grandchildren; 4 step children, Kari Schwinden, Bill (Mary) Schwinden, Mark (Karen) Schwinden, and Jeri Hack; 6 step-grandchildren; 4 step-great-grandchildren; sister, Diane (Willy) Hoffman-Fuellner; brother-in-laws, Arky Eckholm and Morrie (Cathy) Schwinden; sister-in-laws, Elaine Cihak and Norma Schwinden; and many nieces and nephews.

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  1. Dear Uncle Don,
    I am so sorry to hear this news. Pat was always so much fun. I really enjoyed the times we spent playing Bingo at the Legion after Tuesday spaghetti night.
    I loved seeing her at family events and will miss her.

  2. Stan,

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Your family holds a special place in our hearts and we grieve alongside you.

  3. Don, my condolences to you and your children. Pat was a good person and we all are fortunate to have had time with her. To Pat’s children: I am so sorry for your loss. Keep those fun memories in your hearts.

  4. My Dear MacQueen Family –
    We are so sorry to hear this news, I’ve been thinking of you every day! These precious Moms!! Lots of good memories, lots of laughter and tears. Please know that all of your Meade cousins are thinking of you and sending you lots of love.

  5. So surprised, sorry, and saddened to learn of Pat’s passing. I worked with her at Cass County Social Services. When Social Services was in the courthouse she was the first person just about everyone saw when coming into work. Always greeted you with a smile and maybe sometimes a smart quirky comment. The last time I saw Pat and her husband was at the north side CVS. Was always trying to convince her to join “Letter Lunch” but she always declined. Will miss her and her witty comments. Deepest Condolences to the family. I’m sure there will be many memories shared at her memorial.
    Elaine Ebsen, a former co-worker

  6. Rest in peace, Pat. You were truly my dad’s soulmate. I will always remember the joy you brought to my dad, and the fun we had whenever I visited Fargo.

  7. So sorry to hear the news. She was so fun to visit with. I feel blessed to have met her and will pray for you. 🙏


    I am so sorry to hear of this sudden sad news about your mom. Its never easy to lose a mother. She was
    her own fun loving sparky self and may she send you signs of hers a lot to remember her by.

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