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Nancy Marsden

August 16, 1950 - September 03, 2012


5-7 PM Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home - and also from 9-10 AM Friday, September 7, 2012 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fargo

Prayer Service:

7 PM Thursday at Boulger Funeral Home

Funeral Service:

10 AM Friday, September 7, 2012 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fargo


St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Bismarck, ND


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Nancy Marsden

August 16, 1950 - September 03, 2012


Nancy passed away on Monday, September 3, 2012 at Sanford Health in Fargo at the age of 62. 

Nancy McCarty was born on August 16, 1950, the daughter of Thomas and Leona (Walker) McCarty in Bismarck, ND. She grew up in Bismarck, graduating from St. Mary’s High School and University of Mary. She began her career working for Catholic Family Services in Bismarck.  Nancy was united in marriage to Thomas Marsden on September 8, 1978 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Bismarck. After their marriage they made their home in Fargo where Nancy worked for Catholic Family Services. After the birth of their children, Nancy worked at home raising her family. For the past 17 years, Nancy served as Director for the Life Coalition in Fargo.  She also worked as needed as a substitute teacher for the Fargo Public School System.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Thomas Marsden; her son, Patrick Marsden; and her daughter, Katie Jo Marsden – all of Fargo; her sister, Mary Jo (John) Shaffer of Bismarck; her brother, Danny (Jill) McCarty of Edina, MN; several nieces and nephews; many other very dear relatives; and longtime best friend, Mary Fransen.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Leona.


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26 responses to “Nancy Marsden”

  1. Janet Salzwedel says:

    Fargo So sorry to hear about Nancy. We were PTA moms at Clara Barton and I always enjoyed visiting with Nancy at events and after school waiting for the kids. Then, later in the grocery store, getting updated on the families and current events. I wanted to let you know how Nancy touched many lives including mine. I will miss our chats. Take Care, Janet Salzwedel

  2. Patrice Dietz says:

    Fargo ND
    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Nancy. She was a lovely lady and she had a big impact on our lives. When she was working at Catholic Family Services in Bismarck, she placed two of our adopted children with us. She was also a high school classmate of mine and I have fond memories of us piling into the car to get to Scotty’s drive in and back before our lunch hour was over. She will be greatly missed. Patty Novak Dietz

  3. lezlie nichols says:

    fargo ndKatie
    I am so sorry honey. May peace be
    with you and your family. Lezlie

  4. Dale & Melva Engel says:

    Las Vegas NVDear Tom.
    We extend our sympathy and our prayers for Nancy. God’s Blessing to you all – Dale and Melva

  5. Gerry and Sherry Haga says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Nancy! We remember good times we had with her and Tom. Our sympathies to Tom and the family

  6. Robert Fransen says:

    Eden Prairie MnTo the family of Nancy Marsden,

    I haven’t seen Nancy in some time, but I think back on her many visits with Mary over the years, to the Fransen farm at Coleharbor as well as to our parents condo in Bismarck.

    She always brought life, love, and laughter with her and she brightened our lives as well as our parents lives on those visits.

    With sincere sympathy on your loss,

    Robert and Melanie Fransen

  7. carol zetocha mexican village says:

    fargo n.dak they say god only takes the best, an he took a beautiful angel when he called on NANCY. We all will miss her she was just the Best!!!! Our sympathy to all her family.

  8. John & Sharon Doeden says:

    Tom & family. So sorry to hear of your loss. You all are in our prayers.

  9. Dale Bunn says:

    Lisbon N. D.Sorry to hear Tom !

  10. Mari Bush Rapp says:

    West Fargo ND
    Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many old friends and classmates at this difficult time. Sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  11. Dick Reis says:

    Hello Tom. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you.

  12. Lori Schrank says:

    Horace ND
    Tom, Patrick & Katie,

    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate through the tough days and weeks ahead.

    I have been truly blessed to have had Nancy as one of my best friends in my life. She was a wonderful gift. I will think of her often and each time I do it will bring a smile to my face. We shared many good times over the years. She will never be forgotten!

    Thank you for allowing me to spend so much time with her these last months. I will cherish all of our conversations, especially the one I shared with you at the hospital where we both actually smiled and laughed!

  13. Stacie Nelson says:

    Fargo ND
    Words seem inadequate to express the sadness of such a loss. My heart goes out to the Marsden family, you are in my thoughts.

  14. Susan (Kirchmeier) Henry says:

    Bismarck ND
    My childhood friend is gone! I’ll remember all of the little girl giggles we shared, the things we were told not to do by our parents and we snuck and did them anyway, screaming as the girls did those days when we saw the Beatles (her parents graciously took me along to Denver, I think for her dad’s Toastmasters convention, and Mr. McCarty got us tickets for the concert), and how she and I waited on her front porch for my dad to come home to take me to get my new puppy – all happy childhood memories. My heart aches at the loss for everyone who knew and loved her. However, we know she is filling up heaven with talk and laughter!

    With love,

  15. Ed & Sue Ankrum says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Tom, Patrick and Katie Jo,

    We were so sorry to learn of Nancy’s passing. She was a brilliant star, a bundle of fun and energy who will never be forgotten. She loved each of you so much, as we would share our families’ updates in the grocery store aisles.

    God bless you and bless her memory.

    Ed & Sue Ankrum
    & family

  16. Sister Susan Lardy says:

    Bismarck ND
    To Nancy’s family,
    I knew Nancy when she was a student at Cathedral Grade School. I was her brother Danny’s first grade teacher. (At that time I was Sister Yvonne!)
    When Nancy’s mother died I enjoyed a wonderful visit with Nancy. I remember Nancy as a wonderful, beautiful woman who was faithful and loving to her family, friends and clients. I know God welcomes her, this faithful servant, to eternal joy and peace. May the love you have for her deepen even with her absence and may you console one another in that same love.
    Sincerely, Sister Susan Lardy

  17. Keith Falconer says:

    Richville Minnesota
    Tom and Family,

    Marlene and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Nancy. Our hearts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. May God be with you.

    Keith & Marlene Falconer

  18. Crystal Overbeck says:

    I knew Nancy for only a short time and I will never forget her. She was a beautiful lady with a wonderful heart. My prayers go out to her family during this difficult time.

  19. Bob Heinley says:

    I found out about Nancy’s passing on one of her former student’s facebook postings. I taught with her at Holy Spirit in the early 80’s. I remember her as someone who always had plenty of energy android enthusiasm, as someone who laughed easily and often. I am sorry for your loss. Bob Heinley

  20. Mike & Sharon Spiekermeier says:

    Enderlin ND
    Tom & family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss of your wife & mother. We know that Nancy had been ill for some time. She now has the peace that our Lord brings when he calls us home. Hold the good memories close to your hearts and she will never be far away. We will be at the service on Friday.

    Love from your Cousin Mike and Sharon

  21. Sherry Johnson says:

    Fargo ND
    I got to know Nancy the past few years when she subbed for me at Kennedy Elementary in the Resource Room. Nancy always came in with a smile and a hug!
    Your family will be kept in my prayers.

  22. Hoesley Family says:

    FARGO NORTH DAKOTA (ND)Our prayers are with you all. We will see you soon.

  23. Don and Connie Wavra says:

    Hello Tom and family,
    So sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. We will be at the funeral on Friday. We hope to bring a small amount of encouragement and comfort to you there.
    Some time after a little of the sadness has passed, look up a song for us. It’s “Go rest high upon that mountain” by Vince Gill. It just might help.
    Don and Connie

  24. Mark Swartzell says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Tom and family, God’s peace to you, I am so sorry for your loss.

    – Mark

  25. Gwen Odney says:

    Tom, Katie and Pat, I was devastated to hear of Nancy’s passing. My heart is so full of sadness and disbelief. When I spoke with her in June, it seemed hopeful, and with her diagnosis at Mayo, even more so. I will never forget all the kindnesses she shared with my mom and our long and spirited conversations.

    Our family sends love along with our fond memories of her.


  26. Peter and Ellen Gugisberg says:

    Dear Tom and family,
    Our love and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. It must be hard to lose Nancy, a dear wife and mother. She was a wonderful caregiver who gave a lot, both in her work and family life.
    May precious memories sustain you in the days to come.

    Ellen and Peter Gugisberg

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