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Beth Ann Tjon Wosick

September 03, 2018

Celebration of Life - Saturday

September 29, 2018
- 2:00 PM with a visitation one hour prior.

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

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Beth Ann Tjon Wosick

September 03, 2018

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Beth Ann Tjon Wosick, 68, Fargo, ND died on Monday, September 3, 2018 at Sanford Medical Center with her beloved husband at her side. She was born on August 17, 1950 to Alphild (Megorden) and Lowell O. Tjon in Lisbon, ND.

Beth graduated from Lisbon High School in 1968 (Go Broncos!). She attended the University of North Dakota (Go Sioux!) and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Education and Communications. She remained on campus as the Administrative Secretary for the UND Honors Program, a position that earned her both personal satisfaction and accolades. While at UND, Beth fell in love with Frederick D. Wosick, who proposed marriage in the front seat of a Volkswagen Beetle. They were married soon after on August 19, 1972. Beth and Fred spent their early years living in UND’s married student housing (Tin Huts). Upon the birth of their daughter, Kassia, in 1977, the family moved to Bismarck, ND where they lived for twenty-five years. In 2002, Beth and Fred trekked east and settled permanently in Fargo.

Beginning in 1977, Beth served as the Assistant Executive Director for the ND Mental Health Association (NDMHA) in Bismarck. She coordinated a range of mental health programs to support Vietnam Veterans, prevent suicide, domestic violence, farm stress, child abuse and neglect. She implemented the “I’m Thumbody Program,” a self-esteem program for elementary students, and dedicated her creative energies to expanding the NDMHA. In 1987, she became the Administrative Coordinator for the ND Children’s Trust Fund and also the Administrator for the ND Institutional Child Protection Services. Beth was an effective grant writer, developed a Public Service Announcement regarding child abuse using the three wise monkeys (Hear No/See No/Speak No Evil), and organized several national professional conferences. After moving to Fargo in 2002, she came out of retirement to serve as the Executive Director of the Red River Children’s Advocacy Center. Beth was a Licensed Social Worker and remained affiliated with the Red River Valley Hospice Program, the North Dakota Alliance for Children’s Justice, and was a member of the State Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota through 2008.

While Beth cultivated a successful career, she also pursued a variety of personal interests. She was an avid antique collector, focusing her quests on hammered aluminum, vintage postcards, Department 56’s Dickens Christmas Village, and the three wise monkeys. She was an active member of the Minn-Dak Vintage Postcard Collectors Club and the Three Wise Monkeys Collectors Club. Beth was proud of her 100% Norwegian heritage and celebrated it with the Sons of Norway, multiple trips to the motherland, and making Kransekaka (Norwegian wedding cake) for those fortunate enough to know her. She was a talented musician and a robust music lover. She enjoyed theatre productions, live concerts, local arts, national/international travel, cooking, shopping, and playing pinochle and Mahjong with her friends. She hosted effortlessly and made all feel especially welcome in her home.

Beth was an amazing mother, an exceptional wife, and an incredible friend. She was an advocate for all creatures great and small, especially children. Beth is survived by her loyal husband of 46 years, wonderful Freddie (Fargo), her loving daughter, Dr. Kassia Wosick (Huntington Beach, CA), her younger sister Margaret “Maggie” (Tjon) Pfeiffer (Robert) (Nebraska), three nieces (Kristie Lawrence, Sara Hasenauer, Amy Vermeline), one nephew (David Pfeiffer), and several grandnieces and grandnephews. She is also survived by her happy Lhasa Apso, Pookie, who misses licking her toes. She will be dearly missed by many supportive, fabulous friends. Beth was preceded in death by her parents, Alphild and Lowell O. Tjon.

Throughout her life, Beth was consistently amazing. She made lasting connections with friends, neighbors, and all those with whom she crossed paths. Her joie de vivre was impressive and contagious. She never failed to light up a room with her smile and her jovial personality. Beth’s family wish to thank those at the Roger Maris Cancer Center and Sanford Medical Center for giving her such compassionate care and for sharing so personally in her final moments of laughter.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. The service will begin at 2:00pm, with visitation one hour prior and lively festivities following the ceremony on site. Beth’s final Earthly resting place (inurnment at a later date) will be Oakwood Cemetery, Lisbon, ND.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Metigoshe Ministries, 165 Lake Loop Road, Bottineau, ND 58318-8055 (701-263-4250) or Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, 3012 University Ave, Grand Forks, ND 58203 (701-775-5581).

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21 responses to “Beth Ann Tjon Wosick”

  1. Duane and Joellen Decker says:

    We knew Beth and her husband from the see hear speak no evil group. I am sad to hear of her passing and will be praying for her family.

  2. Fr. Tim Bushy says:

    May Beth have eternal peace and joy with our loving God. I am sorry to hear of her death. We were friends at UND and also worked together with the ND Mental Health Association and the ND Children’s Trust Fund several years ago. Her legacy of love and contributing to the common good of North Dakotans lives on in many ways. May God comfort her family and friends at this time.

  3. Chad Jacobson says:

    My condolences on the passing of Beth. Please call if there is anything I can do to help or if you need to talk.

  4. Susan Bushaw Campbell says:

    Beth was an amazing gift to her friends & the world. She will be missed. My thoughts & prayers are with you through this difficult time.

  5. Sylvia Nilsson-Barkman says:

    So sorry to hear of Beth’s passing. She was a wonderful person always to be remembered. My sincerest condolences to Fred and family.

  6. Dana Marcotte Kilanowski says:

    Dear Fred,

    We were so sorry to learn of Beth’s passing. We cherish our fond memories of her while we were all attending UND. She leaves a wonderful legacy of kindness and helpfulness to others. May God Bless her. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    With Deepest Sympathy
    Dana (Marcotte) and Sam Kilanowski

  7. Pam Gjertson says:

    The world has lost a precious, amazing woman. I feel so lucky to have known Beth. She was like the older sister I never had. As her younger cousin, I spent many wonderful summer vacations with her during our childhood. Throughout my life, she had a major impact on me. She served as a role model, mentor and confidant to me, through good times and bad. Fred, Kassia and Cousin Margie – I love you and you are in my thoughts.

  8. Jay & Debi Melland says:

    Fred,

    Debi and I are so sorry for your loss. We had gotten to spend some time with Beth over the last few years in Norway, Florida, and even last fall at your home in Fargo. We will cherish those times forever. Keeping you in our prayers and again our deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss.

  9. Desiree Sigler says:

    May your family find comfort as “the hearer of prayer” embraces their heart (Psalms 94:19). Lean on one another for strength and encouragement to stay strong. We hope that the many cards, hugs, kind words, cherished memories, and loving prayers sustains your family during this most difficult time.

  10. Anneke and Emil Schuttenhelm in Switzerland says:

    We are shocked by this sad news about Beth.
    We had the chance of meeting with her the first time in Chicago at the Three Monkeys Collectors Meeting and the second time in Boston where she was accompanied by Fred. It is very sad to hear of her passing. She was a very lovely lady and will certainly be missed very much!!
    We send you Fred and your family all our very best wishes and hope that over time the nice memories of Beth will take the place of all the sorrow and pain of today.
    Kindest regards from Switzerland from Anneke and Emil Schuttenhelm

  11. Elizabeth Evert Karnes says:

    This is such sad news. I am so very sorry for your loss Fred.

  12. Becky Mahlum says:

    Beth was a truly a warm, good and kind person. Having the chance to see her was a treat. I’m so sad to hear she passed away. She was a giver.

  13. Judy and Darrell Maasjo says:

    So sorry to hear of Beth’s passing away. Sympathy to her husband, daughter and other family members. Years ago, Beth encouraged me to start the Ransom County Mental Health Assoc. in Lisbon. She kept in contact and answered any questions we had. Then she talked me into being on the North Dakota Mental Health Board. Hadn’t kept in touch after she left Bismarck, and just recently found her on Facebook and visited her by Messenger. Wondered why she hadn’t been answering my messages lately.

  14. Kris Long says:

    I knew Beth as a friend and a very kind and caring person in our Mental Health profession. I always enjoyed getting a chance to visit with her when she would come to Lisbon to visit her mom and dad. She lived her profession as a vocation. Her creativity and skills made a positive impact for many. She had the best sense of humor and her laugh got everybody laughing. Thank you for making this world a better place for all of us. You will be missed Beth.

  15. Karen Brown says:

    Beth and I grew up together in Lisbon. Our paths crossed again a few years ago. As it was when we were young, she made those around her feel good about themselves and about life! I will always cherish our visits together. She was an amazing person and her love for others will live on in many hearts!

  16. Joyce Jennings says:

    My heart has been heavy for the past few months, and since her death, so it has been difficult to write. I was especially saddened when she left us before I got to see her that week. I knew her time was coming to a close and was enroute to make a visit when I got the news. My heart broke.
    As many have said in their comments, the world lost too soon a special lady—friend, wife, mother, sister, family member. We enjoyed so many wonderful times for years as Children’s Trust Fund colleagues. She was such a great support and mentor. I was also blessed to become her friend. We had great adventures in various cities where we met at conferences and she always shared her shopping finds; and subsequently in Colorado and Fargo. Her sense of humor and joy of life were infectious. While she is gone, she will live on in the memory of all of us who knew and loved her. Although I will miss a surprise package in the mail from one of her garage sale or other vendor stops.;), her giggle and laugh will resonate forever in me.
    I am so sorry she had such a challenging time the past couple years but, not surprisingly, she was a trooper as always! Peace to you my dear friend. Fred and Kassia, my deepest sympathy and condolences.

  17. Anna Frissell says:

    Beth gave of herself to the Red river Children’s Advocacy Center. There are still many of the small and generous touches of Beth around the Center today. She brightened the world for the children we serve. We loved her stories about Cassie, who she was so proud of and Fred, who she loved and partnered with through life. We are sorry that she is gone.

  18. Steve, Rachel, Grant & Abigail says:

    We will always remember our friend and neighbor Beth. She was like a grandmother to our children and Abigail will especially miss those special times just hanging out together. We shared in the pride of our Norwegian heritage and Beth taught us how to make her delicious krumkake. She was such a wonderful and thoughtful person who will always be missed.

  19. Gayle Ferber (Flewell) says:

    I was one of Beth’s roommates at UND. I was shocked when I saw her obituary in the paper, and yet I was in awe of her life accomplishments. What a gal! My sincere sympathy to her family.

  20. Peggy Siron says:

    Rest In Peace cousin, I will miss Your advice and strength.

  21. David b. Westjohn says:

    Fred-

    So vey sad to read about your loos, and I have been thinking of the fine friend, gentleman, and compassionate man that looked out for us and our young son, and hoping your strength in managing adversities eases your heartaches. I hope you will email me your contact information so we can update our journeys. Please be certain we will never forget the love you had for us and our son, and God give you peace, and I will read Psalm 46 daily for the next two weeks and pray for your well being.

    Dave Westjohn westjohndoc@yahoo.com

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