Clarice LaVerne Astrup, 91, of Fargo, ND, was called home to heaven on June 26, 2017, at Bethany Retirement Living. Clarice Rutherford was born on the family farm near Nash, ND on May 20, 1926 to John and Johanna (Dahl) Rutherford. She was the youngest of 11 siblings. She attended school in a one-room schoolhouse for eight years and completed her education in Grafton, ND. She then graduated from the New York Hairdressing Academy in 1946.
She loved to travel and lived in Colorado, Arizona and California before meeting a charming farmer, Donovan Astrup, at the Crystal Ballroom in Fargo. They were married three months later on March 31, 1957, at First Lutheran Church in Fargo and moved to his home in Grenora, ND where they farmed for five years. In 1962, they bought a farm north of Buffalo, ND and raised their two daughters, Karen and Joni there.
Clarice loved spending time with her family, and being a farmer’s wife. She always enjoyed a drive to see the crops and talk with her neighbors. In 1974, after Donovan tragically died, she and Karen and Joni moved to Drayton, ND to be near family. She made her final home in Fargo in 1978 and made many lasting friendships there.
Clarice worked for 10 years in food service at NDSU and was proud of her 30 years of volunteer work at Sanford Hospital, delivering flowers. She loved her Lord and was a devoted mother, grandmother and faithful friend. She had a soft spot for children and dogs.
She is survived by her daughters, Karen Urlacher (Glenn), Moorhead, and Joni Astrup, Elk River, three grandchildren, Kristen (Paul) Reinowski, Moorhead, Sarah Urlacher, Denver, CO and Kevin Urlacher, Moorhead, one great granddaughter, Lydia Reinowski and another baby due in October. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Corrine Astrup, Austin, MN and Arline Astrup, Fargo, and many special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donovan, parents and all of her siblings, Delbert Rutherford, Leona Rutherford, Joe Rutherford, Nick Rutherford, Alfreda Voorhees, Harriet Rutherford, Mabel Holler, Kenny Rutherford, Gladys Brosseau, and Jim Rutherford.
The family would like to thank the staff at Edgewood Vista, Bethany Retirement Living and Hospice for their loving care.
Funeral: 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at St Paul’s Free Lutheran Church, Fargo with visitation one hour prior. Serving as pallbearers are Mike Astrup, Steve Johnson, Todd Pierce, Gary Rutherford, Flip Rysted, and Glenn Urlacher. Clarice loved the color blue. Guests are invited to wear blue in her honor, if they wish.