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Fern Shahane

November 24, 1915 - January 05, 2012


10-11:00 A.M. Monday, January 9, 2012 at Riverview Place Chapel, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

11:00 A.M. Monday, January 9, 2012 at Riverview Place Chapel, Fargo.


12:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at St. Bridgid of Ireland Cemetery, Cavalier N.D.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Fern Shahane

November 24, 1915 - January 05, 2012


Frances “Fern” Shahane, 96, Fargo, formerly Cavalier, ND, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2012 at Elim Care and Rehab Center, Fargo.

Frances Fern (Renwick) Shahane was born November 24, 1915 on a farm near Cavalier, ND, the daughter of Boyd and Edith (Morrison) Renwick.   She grew up there on the family farm and attended Crosby Country School.  She graduated from Cavalier High School in 1933 and graduated from Mayville Teachers College where she received her Teaching Certificate.  She taught school near Bathgate, ND for 1 year, then moved to Fargo and attended Interstate Business College.  She worked for the National Farm Loan Office in Cavalier, ND from 1935-1941.

Fern and John “Jack” Shahane were married January 24, 1942 in San Diego, CA during World War II.  While her husband served in the Army Air Corps, Fern returned home to Cavalier, ND. When her husband returned from serving his country during the war, Jack worked as a line superintendent for Nodak REA. They remained in Cavalier where they raised their family.  He died in 1985.  In 1998 Fern moved to Fargo to be close to family.

Fern was an avid Minnesota Twins fan.  She enjoyed baking bread and creating beautiful crewel embroidery.

She is survived by two sons, John (Judith), St. Charles, Missouri and William, Grand Forks, ND; one daughter, Rita (Jay) Hannesson, Fargo, ND; 4 grandchildren, John Patrick (Malenda) Shahane, Kansas City, MO, Kristin (James) Schieffer, St. Louis, MO, Katherine (Brad) Sweeney, St. Louis, MO, Michael (Hayley) Hannesson, Mildenhall AFB, UK; 4 great grandchildren, Mia, Annemarie, Henry, Hannah; 1 sister, Muriel Walters, Tampa, Florida; and one sister-in-law Grace Renwick, Fargo, ND.


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6 responses to “Fern Shahane”

  1. Holly Neubauer says:

    Rita – So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our deepest sympathies.

    RESTORE Board
    Holly Neubauer

  2. Monica Lubbers says:

    Jamestown ND
    My sincere sympathy love and prayers are with all the family of my dear friend Fern.

  3. Mary Pat & Ivan Wakeford says:

    Casa Grande AZ
    Aunt Fern was a wonderful lady and always so proud of her family. I enjoyed her Christmas letters that you probably helped her with, Rita. She always sounded happy and busy with her life in Fargo. Sorry we lost touch with you & John & Billy. I talked to my brother Mike yesterday, he lives in the Minneapolis area, was hoping he could attend the funeral and represent us as we’re in Az for the winter, Sheila lives in CO, but Mike and Michele are in Florida ,where they frequently go in the winter. Thinking about your Mom brings back fond memories of her and your Dad. He always loved to tease us when we were growing up. Your Mother had a good,long life and was truly blessed, as was my Mother Marge who died at age 95,but I still miss her and talk to her every day as I’m sure you will too with with Auntie Fern. We remember when she came to Ivan’s Mom’s funeral in Osnabrock, in a snow storm, and then you,Rita, & your Mom came to my
    brother Dan’s in Grand Forks. That meant a lot. Thank you.
    Love and Prayers,
    Mary Pat (Shahane) & Ivan Wakeford

  4. Sheila Shahane says:

    Westminster, CO.Really sad to hear of Auntie Fern’s passing. Had wondered if there was a problem when I did not receive her very informative Christmas letter. Know my thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

  5. Linda Busse says:

    Cavalier ND
    Sharing your sorrow, cherishing memories of good times spent with Fern when she lived here in Cavalier. She was a joy to visit with. Sincere sympathies to the family.

  6. Bernie and Renae Reynolds says:

    Our thoughts are with you. Fern was a great lady…..loved her bread!

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