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Mildred Connolly

July 18, 1915 - February 12, 2012


5-7 PM Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at Riverview Place Chapel in Fargo - and also one hour prior to the service in the church on Wednesday.

Prayer Service:

7 PM Tuesday at Riverview Place Chapel in Fargo

Funeral Service:

2 PM Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo.


Holy Cross North Cemetery in Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Mildred Connolly

July 18, 1915 - February 12, 2012


Mildred Connolly, 96, of Fargo, passed away Sunday, February 12 at St. Francis Health Care Campus in Breckenridge, MN.

Mildred Kathryn Higgins, the eldest of four children, was born July 18, 1915 to Thomas and Kathryn (Geiser) Higgins in Medina, ND. She graduated from Medina High School in the midst of the depression and began work as the assistant postmistress in the Medina Post Office. Seven years later, she resigned to study at Bismarck Capital Commercial College and was subsequently employed as a secretary in the Works Progress Administration.  After the United States entered World War II, she went to work for the Office of Price  Administration (OPA). In 1943 she moved with the OPA to Fargo, where she was in charge of rationing control, and traveled around the state to train others in ration control procedures. She met James Connolly in 1945, when he joined the OPA as the Information Officer on his return from the war. Following the phase-out of the OPA after the war, she transferred to the Veterans Administration. 

Mildred and Jim were married June 18, 1947 in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo. That autumn the couple moved to Dickinson, where Jim was manager of the Chamber of Commerce. They were involved in many projects promoting North Dakota tourism and history, including the 1949 dedication of Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park. In 1950 they returned to Fargo, where they raised their four children. While the children were in school, Mildred returned to work at the Veterans Administration and remained there until she retired in 1987. She was an active volunteer in the community, especially with Merit Care and Hospice of the Red River Valley. She and Jim enjoyed theater, lectures, and travel. Following Jim’s death in 1981, Mildred continued to pursue her interests with a wide circle of friends. She is survived by her children Brigid (Paul) Langseth , Barney, ND;  Peggy, Wheaton, IL; Tom (Patty) Eugene, OR; Tim (Diane), Coppell, TX; and seven grandchildren.


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8 responses to “Mildred Connolly”

  1. Sue Jackson says:

    Dickinson ND
    Dear Brigid and family, my condolences on the passing of your mother Mildred. She sounded like such an interesting person. I will treasure her contribution to the Theodore Roosevelt Park in western North Dakota
    . Our local university in Dickinson is cataloging all of TR’s correspondence and I am part of that team…I bet she would have enjoyed where her legacy has gone.

    May she rest in peace. Sincerely, Sue (Anderson) Jackson

  2. Kathy Lynch Ashe says:

    Grand Forks, ND
    Connolly Family,

    Was so sad to hear that your mom passed away. I guess we are getting to that age when our parents have to leave us. It is hard to say goodbye but they can still watch over us from on high.

    My prayers and thoughts have been with you and for you during this time and in the months to come.

    Take care of each other.

    Kathy Lynch Ashe

  3. David Birk says:

    Dear Connolly Family, I spent many of the best hours of my childhood in your home, yard and the “Gulley” behind your house, all made more special by the kindness of Mrs. Connolly (I won’t call her Mildred because she shall always be Mrs. Connolly to me). Of course, I especially borrowed son Tim for innumerable adventures, including many trips and his services as the best man at my wedding. My wife Mary and I share your sadness but also celebrate the wonderful life and family which are her legacy. David & Mary Birk.

  4. Dee Olaon says:

    Osage MN
    Brigid: so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. It seems no matter the age or reason, it is so hard to lose a parent. You will be in my thoughts and prayers though this difficult time. Love you Brig.

    Your old classmate

    Dee Olson (Dee Dee Doyle)

  5. Deb Williams Hinderliter says:

    Franklin TN Dear Peggy,

    I am sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Please know that you and your
    family remain close within my heart during this time.
    May God’s love surround you and give you comfort.


  6. Sue (Frost) Schindler says:

    Barnesville MN
    Brigid, Peggy, Tom and Tim,

    I am thinking of you as you celebrate your Mother’s long and full life! I am sure there is quite a happy reunion with all the orginal Holy Spirit parishioners!

    Sue and Wayne (Frost) Schindler

  7. Dennis Schatz says:

    Peggy, Brigid, Tom and Tim, WOW 96 years! All those life experiences. May all the great memories of both your mom and dad help you through this time. Sincerely, Dennis and Sue Schatz

  8. vivian dunford says:

    fargo ndWe wish to express our sympathy
    to you all.

    I worked with Jim back in 1952 for
    about four years. Jim was a baptismal sponsor to our oldest son. So we
    knew Mildred and the family.

    Great couple.

    We are in Arizona for the winter.

    Wes and Vivian Dunford

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