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Mary Jo Reimer

October 09, 1940 - September 17, 2011


5-7 PM Monday, September 19, 2011 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, MN - and also one hour prior to the service in the church on Tuesday

Prayer Service:

7:00 PM Monday at Holy Rosary Church

Funeral Service:

1:30 PM Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church


Holy Rosary Cemetery


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo

Mary Jo Reimer

October 09, 1940 - September 17, 2011


Mary Jo passed away on September 17, 2011 at her home on Fox Lake, surrounded by her loving family, under the care of hospice, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mary Jo Meath was born on October 9, 1940, the daughter of Frank and Laura (Vore) Meath in Fargo, ND. She grew up in Fargo and graduated from Shanley High School. Mary Jo was united in marriage to Herbert Reimer on October 18, 1958 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo. After their marriage they made their home in the Fargo-Moorhead area where they raised their family. Mary Jo owned the Tall Fashions for Women store at the Moorhead Center Mall from 1980 until 1994. She later worked as a realtor for Edina Realty in Fargo for a number of years. Mary Jo and Herb spent many days at their lake home for years – making it their permanent residence following retirement.

Mary Jo most of all was a wife and mother. She greatly cherished every moment with her wonderful grandchildren.  She loved cooking, fine food and fine wine, the fashion world, and pontoon rides around Fox Lake. Mary Jo was a devout catholic with a strong faith.  

Mary Jo is survived by her loving husband, Herb; her children, David (Arlene) Reimer of International Falls, MN; Cindy (Steve) Magnuson of Fargo; and Stephen (Carrie) Reimer of Powell, WY; her grandchildren – Matthew Schmidt, Aaron Bolter, Becky Reimer, Jeremy Bolter, Marissa Magnuson, Katie Magnuson, Kyle Reimer, and Cassidy Reimer; and five great grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister, Pat Arth of Detroit Lakes; several nieces and nephews; and many other very dear relatives.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her infant son, Francis Joseph; her parents; her brothers – Donald and James; and several very dear brothers and sisters in law.

The family would like to offer a very special thank you to Mary Jo’s wonderful caregivers – Drs. Tate and Gross and the entire Roger Maris staff, the special nurses at the Sanford Clinic in Detroit Lakes, and to the Hospice Team.

Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley or to the St. Mary’s Mission in Red Lake, MN.


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  1. Kimberly (Brosowske) Johnson says:

    West Fargo ND
    Herb, David, Cindy, & Stephen,
    I was so sad to see that your wife/mom had passed away. Mary Jo was always such a classy lady! I wish that I would have seen her obituary earlier as I would have attended her service. I’m sure it was a tough day for you, but nice to see all the family and friends that loved your wife/mom. Remember that nobody can take away the wonderful memories you have of your wife/mom.
    Your “old” neighbor & friend,
    Kim (Brosowske) Johnson

  2. Dr. Charlie Page says:

    Stevensville MTMy sincere sympathy at the passing of Mary Jo, and all that she meant to each of you.

    She and I were classmates for a few years at Shanley, and unfortunately I had not had contact with her since those days long ago.

    She was, however, a wonderful person who leaves behind so many who will carry her memory and good work forward in their lives.

    My prayers and best wishes to you all at her loss.

  3. Barry and Cindy Rosenberg says:

    Scottsdale ArizonaCindy and Steve,

    We were saddened to hear of the passing of Cindy’s mom. Reading about her it certainly seems she had a full life and enjoyed everything it had to offer.

    We offer our condolences and best wishes for you and your family.

    All the best,

    Barry and Cindy Rosenberg

  4. James Hetland says:

    Pelican Rapids MN
    Herb and family,
    Marilyn and I send our sincere condolances to you on your loss of Mary. It has been a long struggle for all of you. You had always been a good friend in the class of “55”.

  5. Jill Schroeder says:

    Hawley MN
    Herb, Steve, Kyle and family: Praying that the fond memories you have of Mary Jo help you thru this time of sorrow. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. My prayers and hugs are there for you.


  6. Lisa (Dunham) Lipari says:

    Fargo ND
    Cindy and family,

    I am so sad to hear of Mary Jo’s passing. She was a sophisticated woman with loads of warmth and charm. My prayers are with you during this time of loss.

    God’s peace,

    Lisa Dunham

  7. Jerry & Louise Lingen says:

    Chandler ArizonaHerb & Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We enjoyed you both as our neihbors when we lived on ‘Fox Lake.

    All our best to you.

    Jerry & Louise

  8. Kathy Jamieson Enghauser says:

    Plymouth Minnesota
    You put up a gallant fight to live and now you will live in eternal peace. May the perpetual life shine upon you.

  9. John & Carol Wickenheiser & family says:

    Horace ND
    Herb and family, We are so sorry to hear about Mary Jo. May your memories of happier times sustain you. Thoughts & prayers are with you.

  10. Gary Dauenhauer says:

    Fargo ND
    Cindy, Steve, Marissa and Katie –
    Our thoughts and prayers are will you all.

    Love you guys,

    Gary, Steph, Sydney, Shayne and Dylan Dauenhauer

  11. Kevin & Lauren Haas says:

    Salem ORAunt Mary Jo was such a blessing to the entire extended Reimer family. I have fond memories of summer family trips from Oregon back to Fargo and Detroit Lakes to visit Aunt Mary Jo and those lively Reimer family reunions. Our sympathies go out to the entire family from Kevin, Lauren, and our 5 daughters. I wish our 5 girls had the opportunity to meet their Great Aunt Mary Jo.

  12. Mort and Sharon Mazaheri says:

    Casa Grande AZ
    Dear Herb:

    It is with great sadness we learn anout the passing of Mary Jo.

    We visited with her a number of times in her store in the good old times. She was always caring and fun to talk to.

    We wish you and the family mush strength to endure this big loss.

    Sharon and Morrt Mazaheri
    Casa Grande, AZ

  13. Candy Peterson says:

    Savage MN
    Cindy & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in the passing of your Mom. I have many fond memories of her out at the lakes!
    Thinking of you in this time of sorrow!

  14. Mary Scott (Scottie) Miller says:

    Champaign IllinoisI think this saying is appropriate in thinking about the life of Mary Jo: “Don’t cry because it’s over .. Smile because it happened.” She put a lot of smiles in everyone’s life and she leaves us with happy memories. God Bless Mary Jo!

  15. Yvette Schultenover says:

    Mary Jo was a tremendous example for all of the years she was going through treatment, and making her transition with grace and faith. Herb, you can be honored for your caring for Jo in the most wonderful way. I thank you and Jo for sharing, from time to time, your time. Yvette

  16. Barbara (Babs Ringuette) Miller says:

    Pflugerville Tx I’m so very sorry for you, her family, knowing how hard and long she fought her battle (I saw her at our Shanley 50th reunion). As mentioned I was her classmate at Shanley High School as well as St. Anthony’s grammar school. I’ll pray for you all in your grief.

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