Obituary: Kathleen Silkey

 

December 11, 2023

Kathleen Silkey

Kathleen Silkey

Kathleen Ann Silkey, age 73, passed away on November 14, 2023, after her battle with liver cancer.

Kathie was born to Ted and Dorothy Edinger May 20, 1950, in Carrington, N.D. Kathie attended Carrington High School being active in cheerleading, choir and other activities. She graduated from Dickinson State Nursing School as a LPN.

Kathie met Roger during high school and they formed a loving relationship that lasted until her passing. They were married September 13, 1969, in Carrington, N.D., and cherished over 54 years of marriage.

In September of 1969, Kathie and Roger moved to Peoria, Illinois, where they lived and worked before returning to the Fargo area in 1974.

Her wonderful children Jessica, Adam and Nick were all born in Fargo. She was a loving mother and nurtured them into the adults they are today. Kathie also treasured seeing all of her grandchildren born, grow and become their own personalities. She was so proud of them.

Kathie worked at NDSU for 40 years in several administrative capacities, became a Bison fan and made many friends there until retiring in 2014.

She was a dedicated wife, mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Her hobbies included home decorating anywhere she lived, hosting wonderful family holiday meals, and raising beautiful flowers. Kathie loved to decorate for Christmas.

After retiring, Kathie and Roger traveled to Mesa, Arizona, and truly enjoyed their winter months with good friends and family visits.

Kathie was blessed with the friendship of Hope Lutheran members, lake neighbors, Fargo neighbors, NDSU Bison followers, Arizona pickle ball and water aerobics groups, Laguna Azul (Mesa) neighbors and many other acquaintances over the years.

The family would like to express appreciation to the Roger Maris Cancer Center, Fargo, N.D. and MD Anderson Cancer Center, Mesa, Arizona; the doctors, nurses and staff. -Special thanks to the Sanford staff Oncology Department as well as the Sanford Hospice House.

Please send any memorials to Roger Maris Cancer Center Fargo, N.D.

Kathie is survived by her husband of 54 years, Roger; daughter, Jessica (Chris) Kallenbach, Fargo, N.D.; sons, Adam Silkey, San Diego, Calif., and Nick (Laura) Silkey, Fargo, N.D.; brother, Larry (Sue) Edinger, Cold Spring, Minn.; sister, Susan (Donald-deceased) Radtke, Fargo, N.D.; Mary (David) Zentner, Bismarck, N.D.; Ted Edinger, Pineville, La.; brother and sister-in-law Richard (Barbara) Silkey, Dickinson, N.D.; five grandchildren: McKenna Silkey, Benjamin Kallenbach, Elizabeth Kallenbach, Olivia Silkey and Ryan Silkey; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Kathie has been reunited in heaven with her father Ted, mother Dorothy, sister Phyllis Benson, sister Donna Menke-Ouren, and sister Kay Kuske.

Funeral service was held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at Hope Lutheran Church North Campus in Fargo. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m., on Monday, November 20, 2023, at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Fargo

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo.

 
 

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