Sylvia J. Calkins, 89, Fargo passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Villa Maria Nursing Home, Fargo surrounded by her family. Sylvia was born on September 27, 1926 to Theodore and Anna (Zimmerman) Allers. She grew up in Anamoose, North Dakota graduating from Whitefish, Montana High School in 1944. She went to work for the Great Northern Railroad before marrying George Calkins on December 28, 1949 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Whitefish, Montana. They farmed south of Wimbledon, North Dakota where they made their home before moving to Fargo in 1996. Sylvia resided in Fargo until her passing. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and Altar Society, Wimbledon, North Dakota and Saints Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo, North Dakota. She was also a member of the Friendly Femmes Homemaker Club. She enjoyed the Coffee Klatch at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church and making quilts and “grandma buns” for all of her children and grandchildren. Sylvia is survived by her husband of 66 years, George, Fargo; children, Ken (Sheree) Calkins, Fargo, North Dakota, Lucinda (Doug) Halvorson, Fargo, North Dakota, Pam (Lonnie) Laffen, Grand Forks, North Dakota; 8 grandchildren, Marcus Calkins, Kara (William) Ortmeier, Mitch Calkins, all of Fargo, Sarah Halvorson, Jason Halvorson, all of Fargo, Jesse (Erin) Laffen, Indianpolis, Indiana, Ryan Laffen, Austin, Texas, Christopher Laffen, Orlando, Florida and 1 great-grandchild, James Ortmeier. She was preceded in death by her parents; 6 sisters and 5 brothers. Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 18, 2016 at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo with visitation starting at 9:00 A.M. A rosary service will being at 8:30 A.M. at the church. Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery South, Fargo. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley and/or Villa Maria Nursing Home.

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  1. Lucinda & family,
    Sorry to hear of the death of your Mother. Such sweet people both of your parents are/were. .
    Thoughts/Prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Cherish the fond memories you all have of her. .

  2. George and Family, My deepest sympathy at this time over the lose of your loved one..Sylvia was a great neighbor while I lived on the was always fun to visit as she had something yummy to go with our coffee..memories live on for her acts of kindness..God Bless you all.

  3. To my old Wimbledon friends!! I just heard of Sylvias passing and most certainly want to extend my condolences to the entire family. How blessed she was to have such a wonderful long life including 66 years of “wedded bliss”. How rare that is!!!! So George, Ken, LuCinda and my Pam (along with all the spouses) please accept my most sincere sympathies and know that you will be in my prayers for peace in your hearts as you grieve. I have so many fond memories of being on the farm when staying overnight with Pam. I know she loved you all so very much!! May you all have many wonderful memories and over time the tears will turn to laughter as you reminisce!!!
    Most sincerely,
    Nila (Koll) Halverson

  4. So sorry for your loss. I remember your mom from church. I always thought she was a very nice lady. I hope your many fond memories bring you peace.

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