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Michael Sweeney

January 21, 2008


Boulger Funeral Home

Michael Sweeney

January 21, 2008


Michael D. Sweeney, age 78, of Fargo, ND, Professor Emeritus, NDSU Soil Science Department passed away on Monday, January 21, 2008 at Innovis Health in Fargo.

He was born on October 11, 1929 in Grafton, ND and lived in Cashel, ND before moving to Chicago, IL in 1934 where he attended grade school and high school. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana in 1954. He returned to ND and began his career in the Soils Department at ND Agricultural College. He married Carol K. Shea on August 30, 1958.

He earned a Master of Science Degree in Soil Science from North Dakota State University in 1961. He was employed at NDSU for 39 years, retiring in 1994. After retirement he was a Consultant on a variety of soil related projects for the Agricultural Experiment Station and others.

He is survived by his wife, Carol K. Sweeney; children, Michael I. Sweeney of Fargo, ND and Mary Sweeney of Vadnais Heights, MN.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Hospice of the Red River Valley, or charity of your choice.

Visitation: Wednesday, January 23 from 5-7 pm at Boulger Funeral Home and one hour prior to Mass in the church on Thursday.

Prayer Service: Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial Mass: Thursday, January 24 at 1:30 pm at Church of the Holy
Spirit, Fargo.

Interment: Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.

Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.


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  1. Jim, Inez & William Smith says:

    Denver ColoradoAlthough not seen for many years, Michael was a good man, had strong values and a great love for his family. Our family’s prayers go out to his family.

  2. Mary Norum Hoberg says:

    Bismarck ND
    To Carol and other family members, I saw the article about Mike in the Bismarck Tribune. Please accept my sincere sympathy on his passing away…another of the Soils Dept gone. My parents were so pleased that the two of you came to visit them in Mesa. Hard to believe that this last January 18 it was ten years since Dad died and 5 years for Mom on Jan. 2. I will lift you up in prayer and thought. I live in Bismarck with Allen, my husband of 31 years. Our older two children have finished school (for the time being) and live in Coon Rapids and St. Louis Park, and our younger daughter is a sophomore at Bemidji State. Best regards, Mary Norum Hoberg

  3. Lynn J, Brun says:

    Lawrence KSDear Carol,

    My condolences to you. I always enjoyed
    being around and working with Mike. He
    was certainly dedicated to his profession. One of the things I recall was his concern about locating appropriate research sites so that results would be meaningful. I know he always did things to the best of his ability and was a great coworker for anyone needing his expertise.

    Our best wishes to you,

    Lynn and Sherry Brun

  4. jenifer Gould says:

    Fort Worth 76118I’m praying for you all. You are a special family to me. Thank you for all the love and support you have given me and my whole family through the years. Mike will be missed enormously. He always had a big smile when he saw me. Mom and Dad would have loved to be there. I’m sorry they couldn’t make it. May God’s love touch some part of your heart today! Jennifer (Zubriski) Gould

  5. Jon Zubriski says:

    West Fargo ND
    On behalf of my family, our greatest condolences are given to Carol, Mike and Mary. As members of the ND
    SU Soils Dept. family, we all grew up together as one family. Our families were extremely close and your loss is felt as ours. My parents, who are in Arizona, are deeply saddened by Mike’s passing and wish that they could be here in your time of need. Jennifer passes on her sorrow, along with her family from Fort Worth, Texas. Although we can not all be there in body, please know that you are in our hearts and prayers.

    With our deepest sympathy,

    Jon Zubriski

  6. Pudge (Votava) Ellefson says:

    Mandan ND
    I am so sorry to hear about Mike. I will always remember when I ended up in a hospital in Fargo 17 years ago and he came to see me. That was so nice of him to take the time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  7. Lance Loken says:

    Bismarck ND
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I have a MS from ND
    SU soils, and enjoyed knowing Mike in the years that I was a student there. I never worked with Mike, but always enjoyed visiting with him, including in the years after his retirement. And I know Mary, though it has been a couple decades, she helped me with my statistics on my MS – thanks much again.

    Again, I am sorry for your loss, he will be missed.

  8. James Knuteson says:

    Carmel INDear Carol and Family:

    Please accept my sincere condolences. Michael was one of my mentors and I have never forgotten the support he always provided. Some of my fondest memories include the summer in McKenry county mapping Irrigation District soils with Randy Hemb and Dale Shea. I learned some valuable lessons. It was hard work but we had a good time too.

    Mike went out of his way to help me on my thesis project, as he did for many other grad students. That was the time he broke his arm if you remember.

    We had some really good times, he provided some great insights, and was one of the great men of the ND
    SU soils department faculty. We will miss him.

    Our prayers go out to you.

    Jim and Jean Knuteson

  9. Jay and Mary Jo Larsen says:

    Eden Prairie MN
    Sorry to hear the news. I’m sure Mike will be missed by his family and many, many friends in Fargo and all across North Dakota

    Take care!

  10. Melissa Bodelson says:

    Carol, Again, I want to express my sympathy on the loss of Michael. There is never a good time to lose someone we love. I want to thank you for your support since mom passed away and since my stroke. It means so much to me. I hope to see you soon at breakfast and you and I could do dinner in the future. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids. Take care and God bless all of you.

  11. Bruce K. Leiseth says:

    Bismarck North Dakota
    Mary, Carol and Mike,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember all the great times we had on 10th street growing up. Your dad will be missed and you will have many tough days moving forward. Please know that you are all in our prayers and your dad is in a wonderful place. He and my dad are probably talking over all the good times we all had back in the days of 10th street.

    Take care and god bless you all.

    Bruce and Ann Leiseth

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