Aileen Burke Buck, age 93 of Fargo, North Dakota, died on July 21, 2015 at her residence at Edgewood Vista, in Fargo
Aileen Burke was born in Langdon, ND on Sept 14, 1921 to Richard T. Burke and Maud (O’Brien) Burke. She was the youngest of eight children. She graduated from St. Alphonsus high school, Langdon, in 1939, then from The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1943. Aileen moved to Fargo where she worked at NDAC (later NDSU) in the Department of Independent Study. She met William Buck of Fargo, whom she married in Langdon in 1946. They had seven children, and were married 58 years, until his death in 2004
Aileen and Bill lived on North Third Street in Fargo for over fifty years. They were active members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church from its founding in the early 1953. Aileen was a devout Catholic; she was aware that her birthday was the “Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross” and she was especially devoted to the significance of Christ’s sacrifice
Aileen’s degree from St. Catherine’s was in Library Science and beginning in 1970, she returned to work at NDSU as a reference librarian for sixteen years, retiring in 1986. She then continued to work part time after her retirement
She was preceded in death by her seven siblings (the Langdon Burke family), and her husband Bill
Her survivors include seven children and seven grandchildren: Michael (Susan Swensen) of Tok, Alaska; Brenda (Gary) Haas, of St. John, ND, Gerald of Bismarck, ND and Donald (Amy) of Bottineau, ND; James (Deborah Nuccio) and Alexander of Golden, Co; Ann Buck and John and Colleen of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Brian of Poulsbo, WA; Fran (David) Neisius, and Matthew and Christopher of Issaquah, WA; and Marie Buck (Jim Bravado) of Chaska, MN.