June 14, 1951 ~ December 19, 2011
Vickie Jo Halstenson, age 60, West Fargo, ND passed away on, Monday, December 19, 2011 at the Palliative Care Unit at Sanford Health, Fargo surrounded by family and friends. She unfortunately lost the battle to pancreatic cancer.
Vickie was born in Fargo, ND at Dakota Hospital to Dale and Josephine Nelles. Vickie attended Fargo Public Schools until her senior year of High School when her family moved to Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from Osseo High School. Vickie met and married Gary Groothuis in 1970. She had two daughters, Heidi and Holly Groothuis. Vickie worked at Dakota Hospital as a ward clerk. While working at the hospital she became good friends with Ruth Barry who introduced Vickie to her brother Juel. Juel and Vickie fell in love and married in 1981. Vickie then changed her career and started doing daycare in her home. Vickie not only got the joy of doing daycare for her own grandchildren Shelby and Derek but all of the daycare kids would come to know Vickie as grandma. Not by choice she also ended up being a doggy daycare provider and they also became her babies.
Vickie was a very caring and giving person. Vickie had an extended family as she always ended up "adopting her daycare parents" as her own and the children as grandchildren.
Vickie had the heart of an angel and now she will continue her mission by watching over all of us from above.
Vickie is survived by her husband Juel Halstenson, West Fargo, ND, daughters; Heidi (Tony) Ladwig, West Fargo, ND, Holly Groothuis, San Diego, CA, grandchildren; Shelby and Derek Ladwig, West Fargo, ND, father; Dale Nelles Sr., Fargo, ND, brothers; Dale (Rachel) Nelles Jr., Corey Nelles, all of Fargo, ND.
Vickie was preceded in death by her mother, Josephine Nelles, mother and father-in-law, Earl and Arabelle Halstenson and sister-in-law, Ruth Barry.
Vickie's family would like to say a special thank you to all of the nurses at the Palliative Care Unit of Sanford Health. They took such good care of Vickie and showed care and respect with her again and again. Thank you!