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Shirley Zander

July 16, 1936 - September 21, 2013


5-7:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

1-2:00 P.M. on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

2:00 P.M. on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo.


North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Shirley Zander

July 16, 1936 - September 21, 2013


Shirley Zander, 77, Fargo, went to be with her heavenly Father on September 21, 2013.  Shirley Ann Leingang was born to Peter and Rose Leingang in St. Anthony, ND on July 16, 1936.  She was born and raised in that area and graduated from Mandan High School in Mandan, ND.  She worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company after graduation.  Shirley was united in marriage to Jerome Zander on June 9, 1959 in St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Anthony, ND.  They made their home in Mandan, ND and in 1967 moved to Fargo.  Those closest to Shirley remember her as a devoted and dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was a kind and gentle woman with a deep devotion to her Catholic faith-praying the rosary often.

Shirley touched countless lives with her compassion, caring and generosity.  She lived every day of her life with grace, dignity, and beauty.  Mom deeply loved her family.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren; they were her pride and joy.  She loved to take them on picnics, shopping and watching them play sports.  She enjoyed riding bike, reading, and travelling with her husband.  She loved being a homemaker and cooking and baking.  She was employed at Merit Care (Sanford) for 25 years enjoying her job as she was a people person.  She volunteered for Sanford Auxiliary and United Blood Fund.

Left with wonderful memories are her husband, Jerome; her daughters, Tammy Tollefson (Curt), Fargo; Jodi Zander, Fargo; her sons, Curtis(Marti), Cottage Grove, MN; Jeff (Janelle), Harwood, ND; and Jerry (Jenny), Athem, AZ; her grandchildren, Mike and Jim Hoiland, Margaret and Kelsey Tollefson, Sean and Mandy Carpenter, Michael, Morgan, Matthew, Megan, Jaden, Jordan, Austen, Jonathan and Nicholas Zander; her sister, Hildegard (Leo) Landeis, a brother, Leo (Gladys) Leingang and brother-in-law Ray Miller; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Lillian Miller, Anna Braun (Bernard) and Leona Schmidt (Ed); her infant brother Donald; and her brother William Leingang (Viola).

In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials are preferred to Roger Maris Cancer Center, Hospice or Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Shirley’s family would like to acknowledge the caregivers, nurses and staff at Roger Maris Cancer Center, in particular, Dr. Steen, for their kindness and care shown to mom through the years.


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  1. Cathy Schwinden says:

    Fargo ND
    Please accept my condolences on your loss. I am sure that the many wonderful memories you have will help comfort you through this most difficult time. You are in my prayers.

  2. Gregory Schwartzwalter says:

    Moorhead Minnesota
    Thank you Shirley my friend for your shining example of character, integrity, family, wife and mother, worker, person of Faith, Friend. Thank you for your laughter, I always referred to you as Jolly Shirley. I knew you for 24 years from working with you at the hospital in Fargo. We had fun, we are both good North Dakota
    Germans and could talk about good Food and hard work and good parenting ! God Bless your Soul….Love from Greg S Security Services.

  3. Vida Edmond says:

    Minnetonka MN
    Harry and family,

    We were very sad to hear of Shirley’s passing. My father, sister, and I have many good memories of all those years we lived next door to you. Shirley was a wonderful, warm, and funny person and you have our deepest sympathy.

    Jovan Brkic
    Gary and Alexandra (Brkic) Griffin
    Tom and Vida (Brkic) Edmond

  4. Mollie, Dave, Ruby & Lily Kidder says:

    We are so honored to have met and become so close to Shirley. We loved her with all of our hearts. She was an amazing wife,mom,grandma, friend and so many other things. We will miss her dearly. Keeping Jerry and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Jeff Helgeson says:

    Roberts WiThe Helgeson family wishes to convey condolences to you in your time of grief. I have many happy memories of your mom from when I used to walk to your house to hang out. She will be remembered in our prayers.

  6. Cory and Marvin Haverkamp says:

    Jerry and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. We know it will cause a big void in all of your lives. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Cory and Marv

  7. Cindy Cortese says:

    Curt and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of you mother/wife – Though it has been many years since I’ve seen Shirley, she has always remained dear to my heart. A very genuine person, full of love and laughter – My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, and God Bless.

  8. Louanne Leingang says:

    Mandan ND
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am sorry for your loss.

  9. Larry Rittgarn says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    Jerry, I am so sorry to see the news about Shirley’s passing.
    She was a wonderful lady, as well as a special neighbor. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. Shannon says:

    “And He willwipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more…” -Revelation 21:4. May this promise from God bring you comfort during this difficult time.

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