July 30, 2017
- 7:00 PM
July 30, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
July 31, 2017
- 2:00 PM
Jeanne Marie (Gast) Kessel was born April 19, 1947, three minutes older than her twin, Jackie, in Breckenridge, MN to Ernest and Mary Gast. She was raised in Rutland, ND until the eighth grade when the family made the big move up to Fargo, started eighth grade at St. Mary’s, then onto Shanley High School where she made some lifelong friends, like Carry Rooks of Fargo. She started working at Dutch Maid and worked with her longtime friend, Dorothy Barlow and while working at Dutch Maid with her sisters, Cec and Jackie, Jackie and Jeanne would meet the love of their lives–those crazy barber boys from the barber college across the street. Jeanne would find her (crazy) barbers lost zippo lighter. Larry asked her out in appreciation for returning his lighter. After a year to the day, Larry got up the guts to ask Jeanne’s father, Ernest, if he could ask for her hand in marriage. They were married on May 26, 1973. Then off to the big town of Bowman, ND where Jeanne was housewife. They decided to move where Larry went to work at the VA.
In March of 1976, they got the best St. Patty’s day gift – a bouncing big boy, but they didn’t know the sex but he had Dad’s dimple. When Jeanne saw the sex, she said, “there is your fishing partner – so leave me alone!”. Benjamin J., who always made her smile up to her last hours. She started working as housekeeping supervisor at TNI for ten years and serving as den mother for BJ’s scouts. After Larry retired in 1997 from the Fargo VA, the family started to travel. They drove to the east coast, covered 19 states, all 5 great lakes, 3 Canadian provinces in 34 days and 8400 miles including Mount Washington where Jeanne drove to the summit. The highlight of the trip for her was the Crayola factory and the Jell-O museum. They planned the next trip going to the west coast this fall but she didn’t make it.
Jeanne is survived by husband Larry (Smooch), son Ben (BJ), sister Pat (Don Buchanan) Mankato, MN, brother Bud (June) Gast, Colorado Springs, CO, sister Cec Gast, Fargo, Twin sister Jackie (Al Grenstiner) Black Hawk, SD, cousins, nieces and nephews, great and great great nieces and nephews., Larry’s sister Cookie, brothers LeRoy, Raymond, Tom, Allen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Mary Gast, sister Mary Leonard, Larry’s sister Phyllis, JoAnn, Shirley, Darcey, Joyce, and Patsy; Larry’s brothers Bunny, Skeeter, Chuck, and Ralph.
Thank you to the staff of Roger Maris Cancer Center, Sanford Hospital, and Rosewood Nursing Home.
Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 5:00 P.M.
Funeral Mass: 2:00 P.M. Monday, July 31, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo with visitation starting at 1:00 P.M.
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo.