Stephanie Jill Dye

stephanie dye

April 15, 1984 ~ July 23, 2023

Born in: Devils Lake, North Dakota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

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Stephanie Jill Dye, 39, Fargo, ND passed away on July 23, 2023, at Sanford Health, Fargo.

Stephanie was born on April 15, 1984 in Devils Lake, ND, to Gordon and Cheryl (Ulness) Brustad.

Stephanie graduated from Fargo South in 2002. She attended North Dakota State University and Minnesota State Community and Technical College. She became an LPN in 2006. Stephanie then attended Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2014 and became an RN.

She started her career as a CNA at Touchmark at Harwood Groves. She worked for 18 years at Sanford Health as an LPN and RN in Critical Care/ICU, NICU, and PACU. She then worked for three years as an LPN Nursing Instructor at Rasmussen University. She had recently returned to Sanford Southpointe Internal Medicine. Stephanie was recognized with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in 2015.

Stephanie married Thomas Dye on July 20, 2018 in Fargo. Stephanie was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She was known for her quick wit and warm smile.

Stephanie is survived by her husband, Thomas; daughter, Kate Elliot; parents, Gordon and Cheryl Brustad; father- and mother-in-law Greg and Ann Dye; sister, Sara (Perry) Hartwig; brother- and sister-in-law Seth and Michaela Dye; nieces and nephews Kasey, Emily, and Lanna Hartwig; Austin Lamb; Savvy, Myan, and Maisy Dye; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; dear friends Courtney Perrion and Laura Biewer; and loyal dog Charlie “Chuck” Dye.

Stephanie is preceded in death by her grandparents Clarence and Doris Ulness, Raymond and Betty Brustad; uncles Douglas Johnson and Corey Ulness; and cousin Patrick Erickson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her daughter’s name to the attached link to support her future educational pursuits:
Ugift Code: 63U-J5P

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Memorial Service - Friday: July 28, 2023 10:30 am

Hope Lutheran Church Fargo, South Campus
3636 25th St S.
Fargo, North Dakota 58104

(701) 235-6629

Visitation - Friday: July 28, 2023 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Hope Lutheran Church Fargo, South Campus
3636 25th St S.
Fargo, North Dakota 58104

(701) 235-6629

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  1. Steph, you will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to Tom and Kate during this extremely sad and difficult time.

  2. Tom, Kate, and family,
    Our deepest sympathies to you with the loss of Steph. May God carry you and bring you peace.

  3. Dear Cheryl, Gordy, Sara, Tom, Kate and Brustad/Ulness family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Stephanie. We offer you our love, prayers and support. We have so many pictures and memories of her from Wood Lake, ND. Those special memories will remain in our hearts forever.
    All of our Love,
    Doug and Kristi Vang, Fargo, ND
    Lisa, Evan and girls, Chicago, IL
    Sara, Conner and boys, Oxbow, ND

  4. Tom and Kate, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you, let all the happy memories you had help to carry you through these very difficult times. Know that she is in God’s hands. Peace be with you.

  5. I only very briefly knew Stephanie, during that time we had discovered that we went to the same high school and didn’t even know it, I just wanted to come on to say I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of her family.

  6. I loved the humor Steph would add to some of the most stressful work days. Her laughter would turn the day around. Although I have not seen Steph in years, I have loved watching her life through Facebook and truly enjoyed my years of work with her. Rest in peace.

  7. My deepest condolences to Stephanie’s entire family. So hard to think of any words that can bring comfort to those mourning her loss. I will always see Stephanie as this wide eyed sweet and shy little girl in pigtails that looked up to her big sister and followed us around at church engagements at St. Olaf in Devils Lake. Obviously a very long time ago but a sweet memory that comes to mind. May all of your memories be as endearing and bring a source of comfort in your time of grief.

  8. Please accept our condolences during this time of your sorrow and loss. As neighbors, we have watched you move in and enjoy your new home and yard with your extended family. We are saddened by this great upheaval in your lives.

  9. Brustad & Dye Families: I didn’t know Stephanie but just read her obituary. I want to extend my sympathy & prayers to the families. So hard to lose someone so young with so much life left to live. Cherish the many memories of your loved one, no one can take those from you. Thinking of you all & keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Cheryl, Gordy and family. Our deepest sympathies for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Brustad & Dye families:
    Our deepest sympathy in your loss of such a vibrant young woman. May your precious memories give you some peace now & in the future.
    God bless her memory & God’s Peace to you all.

  12. I’m still in stock! Stephanie was my instructor at Rasmussen. For the short time, I’ve known her, I have known her to be a gentle soul. From the way in which she talks and walks she always did it gracefully. We always share some good laughs during our class section. Stephanie and I always run into each other because both our daughter goes to the same school and in the same class. I’m deeply heartbroken that Kate has to endure such a loss. However, I pray that the Good Lord heals the families as they go through this difficult time.

  13. I knew Steph through MOMS Club years ago. And I like to think our daughters would have been good friends at school if we hadn’t moved. I always loved how real Steph was. Sending love to Kate and Tom from Wisconsin.

  14. Our condolences to your family on the loss of your beautiful daughter. Cherish the memories. “The Lois Oksendahl family”

  15. We are so sad for all of you! We remember Sephanie as a little blond girl at Wood Lake! She was such a sweet girl! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The world lost a special daughter, mother, wife, friend and caregiver. May your memories of her and the knowledge she is with God comfort you.

  16. I went to high school at Fargo South with Steph and followed her life through facebook. We didn’t speak after high school but it seemed like she continued to be a very vivacious and accomplished woman. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.

  17. We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Steph.. Our deepest sympathies to you all. I wish I could be there to give you a hug.
    Your in our thoughts and prayers..

  18. I know Kate because of working as a para at Osgood, plus her and my daughter are friends. Kate is funny, caring, beautiful, and so happy, I now see where she got her characteristics from. Our condolences Kate, Tom, and family. We’re all thinking of you during this difficult time.

  19. To the Dye family and the Brustad family…..We are so very sorry for the loss of your Stephanie. We didnt know Tom Dye was married to Cheryl and Gordy Brustad’s daughter from Devils Lake. We live in the same neighborhood in Devils Lake. Our hearts go out to all of you. And may God Bless you all and help you through this sad loss.

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