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Kathy Swedberg

December 09, 1953 - April 28, 2021


May 06, 2021
9:00am - 10:00am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center

Memorial Service

May 06, 2021
- 10:00am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center


Boulger Funeral Home

Kathy Swedberg

December 09, 1953 - April 28, 2021


Kathy (Borah) Swedberg departed our world to fly home April 28, 2021 at the age of 67.

Kathy was born December 9, 1953 to Glen and Lorraine Borah in Mahnomen, MN. She attended school in Waubun, MN where she graduated in 1971. September 4th, 1971, she married Rodney Swedberg. Together they had 2 daughters, Sheila (1973) and Shawn (1979). They later divorced and she moved with the girls to Walcott, ND. She then bought a home in Kindred, ND where her daughters graduated. With the kids out of the house, Kathy moved back to Fargo with Dennis Zimdars. Over the years, Kathy worked in the medical profession for nursing homes and the hospitals in Fargo. In September 1981 she made the decision to change her path and enlisted in the US Army. She was an integral part of 3 different units and was deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm/Shield. She earned many honors, awards, and ribbons during her career with the Army. She loved this country and her career and finally chose to retire in November 2013 in the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Kathy was an amazing time manager. She always worked full time and often 2 jobs while raising her daughters and was involved with many organizations for the kid’s school as well as veteran’s programs. She always found time to be involved in activities and often traveled to Minnesota and South Dakota to visit family and attend reunions so her girls could know their roots. Her time spent with Dennis, her girls, family, and friends kept her happy and balanced. Her greatest joy was time spent with her grandchildren; Destiny, MacKenzie, Kaine, and Drake. She later discovered that great grandchildren were even more fun. She retired the year Autumn was born and Gray was born on her 67th birthday. She was ecstatic to have a birthday buddy. It was very important for her to keep busy and stay connected. She did both very well and made it look easy.

Kathy is survived by her life partner, Dennis; daughter, Sheila; Dennis’s daughters, Elizabeth and Emilee, grandchildren, and great granddaughters; mother, Lorraine; brothers, Steve, Wayne, Lee, and Tim; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was an honorary mom to Jenny Iverson, Becky Coste, and Rachel Jensen and many of her daughter’s other close friends.

Those greeting Kathy in her heavenly home are her father; daughter, Shawn; Grandpa Rod; siblings Mary and David; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

The family has entrusted Boulger Funeral Home with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Kathy’s name to a veteran’s organization of choice. There will be websites listed in the obituary on Boulger’s website containing organization names, if needed.



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10 responses to “Kathy Swedberg”

  1. Janna Berger Bachmann says:

    I, like everyone else, am so stunned. However, I am so grateful that I was invited to spend time at Dennis and Kathy’s with them and Sheila last summer. What a beautiful visit we had!
    All my love…and hugs ❤️

  2. Kittie Soward says:

    Miss Kathy you are truly a beautiful soul. I will truly miss you. I’m very sadden I didn’t get to see you the past couple of years. Life happens as we have talked… I bet Shawn smiled when she saw your beautiful self…

    My deepest sympathy, love an hugs to all the family… 💙

    I’ll be watchin the sunsets🧡💙

  3. Kathy Carbno says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Kathy. Remember all the times we spent with the church kids. Sheila know you have a 2 special angels watching over you and your family. Thoughts and prayers with you.

  4. David A. Becker says:

    Kathy was a great individual and cared about everyone she came in contact with throughout her life. We are grateful for her service to the 311th Evacuation Hospital and will miss her tremendously.

  5. Rebecca Nordquist says:

    It’s sad to lose one so dear to so many. Kathy was witness at my wedding in ’78, and my 1st friend in Fargo. She will always hold a special place in my heart, and my fondest memories. My sincerest condolences to Dennis, Sheila, her beloved Grandchildren, extended family, and many friends.

  6. Gene and Sharon Rudolph says:

    Oh dearest Kathy. So sad to hear of your passing! You leave behind many friends and big D. Gene and I will always remember our great trips and all the fun we had. You left us way too early. Love you and you will be greatly missed. Our prayers to Dennis and the rest of the family!

  7. Jay Anderson says:

    Kathy welcomed me into her home and fed me like a long lost brother the first time we met and kept it up for the last 10 years! She will be sorely missed- hang in there D.Z.

  8. Elizabeth (Breitzman) Brady says:

    This breaks my heart family. Wish we could be there in person. My husband Shawn and I send love and prayers.

  9. Renee says:

    Wayne Lebeda and Renee McPherson would like to send our condolences! So sorry for your loss! We hope that her memories will live on in all of you who were greatful and blessed to have known her!
    Fly high Kathy…. you are home free!
    God bless the family and friends and Dennis! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!

  10. Curt Cavalier says:

    So sorry to hear about your passing. We spent many years together in 311th Evac Hospital unit in Fargo. You were not only a great soldier, but an awesome friend. Rest In Peace my dear. You will be dearly missed.

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