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Anna Christine Whelan-Sjursen

Anna Christine Whelan-SjursenAnna Christine Whelan-Sjursen, 31, of Dickinson, ND, formerly of Crystal, ND, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 22, 2018 after experiencing flu-like symptoms. Anna Christine was born October 6, 1987 in Cavalier, ND, to Jeff and Greta (Anderson) Whelan. She grew up in rural Crystal and graduated from Valley High School in 2006. Anna went on to the University of Minnesota Crookston where she received her Associates Degree in Hospitality, Tourism Management and was an active member in ZETA of Clovia sorority. She then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Tourism from the University of North Dakota. While attending UND she met the love of her life, Erik Sjursen. On June 30, 2012 Anna and Erik were united in marriage at the St. Thomas United Methodist Church, and they made their first home in Bismarck. After the birth of their daughter, Nadia Christine, they moved to Dickinson, ND where she worked as a child care provider at Nadia’s daycare/preschool. Anna was a loving, kind, mother and wife. Nadia was the light of Anna’s life and truly her little “mini-me”.Anna loved books of every kind; she was an avid reader from the time she was able to read. She also enjoyed scrapbooking, spending time with family at the lake and farm, 4-H, and Pembina County 4-H Junior Leaders. She was very involved in her home town church, attending youth group, teaching Sunday school and helping with VBS.She is survived by her husband, Erik; daughter, Nadia; parents, Jeff and Greta Whelan, Crystal, ND; sister, Kate (Derrick) Suda, Grafton, ND; and paternal grandparents, George and Mae Whelan, Crystal, ND. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, LuEtta and John Anderson. A private family service will be held at the St. Thomas United Methodist Church. Memorials and condolences can be sent to Erik Sjursen at 251 7th Street E, Dickinson, ND 58601 or Jeff and Greta Whelan at 14211 84th St. NE, Crystal, ND 58222.

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We are so very sorry for your loss of this beautiful woman, daugther, mother. I know your pain. Nothing really takes it away, but God does give you the strength to endure as you let him. Take comfort in knowing you will be with her again where there will never be another seperation. Some things just do not seem fair. God has you in His loving arms to heal your broken heart. So very sad for all of you.

Vicki and Bruce Lenz Dec 23 2018 12:00 AM

Erik and Nadia, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm so sorry for your loss. May you both find strength in the loving memories of your wife and mother.

Kathy Stone Nov 6 2018 12:00 AM

We're holding you all close in our hearts and keeping you in our prayers. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Tom and Karen Ehrhard Nov 1 2018 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this moment that seems so unreal. I hope your lives and faith can become stronger as you remember all the good times you have shared as a family. Be thankful for the gift she has left for you to help grow, nurture, and love.

Mohamed Khan and Family Oct 30 2018 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We are thinking of you in these difficult times.

Donald and Sheri Johnston Oct 28 2018 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Anna. She worked at my children's daycare and had such a kind and gentle presence. Our family is praying for comfort for Erik, Nadia, and family and friends during this difficult time.

Coley Hueske Oct 26 2018 12:00 AM

Dale and I cannot express how sorry we are at the loss of your beautiful Anna! Heaven has gained a beautiful soul!!

Sally Droske Oct 26 2018 12:00 AM

I am so, so very sorry for your loss. I can't begin to comprehend what you are going through. Seeing her picture was just like seeing that little girl at Story Hour. God bless and keep you . Saralee

Saralee Hoselton (aka Story Lady) Oct 25 2018 12:00 AM

We read about Anna Christine's passing in the Grand Forks Herald. We extend our greatest sympathy to all of the family. The Loss of one so young and with so much life ahead is over-whelming, even to us on the periphery of your family (Bonnie is Anna's third cousin; Sarah Whelan/Joe Desautel are Bonnie great grandparents). Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Robert and Bonnie McCartney Oct 25 2018 12:00 AM

The Alpha of Clovia Alumni Association at Kansas State University sends our condolences to your family at this time. We are sending up prayers to all that knew her.

Brenda Miesner Oct 25 2018 12:00 AM

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