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Katherine Salwei

Katherine Salwei, age 95, of Crystal, ND, passed away from thyroid cancer on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at New Perspective Senior Living in West Fargo.


Katherine was born March 16, 1925 west of Oslo, MN to Isadore and Agnes (Allen) Bushaw.  She graduated from Oslo High School. She met Joseph Salwei at a Warsaw dance, and eventually they were married on October 25, 1948. They made their home in Crystal and continued to enjoy dancing throughout the years.


Katherine was a loving and devoted mother of 8 children. She gave countless hours attending her children’s activities, sports, music, and theater events. Her favorite times were entertaining and having her entire family together, especially at Christmas time. She enjoyed gardening and had a green thumb in caring for indoor and outdoor plants. She gifted many with her beautiful crocheted snowflakes, doilies, and afghans. One of her doilies earned the First Premium Blue Ribbon and trophy at the 1952 Walsh County Fair & State Potato Show.  Bingo with friends was a favored outing, because winning something, no matter how small, was fun.  Every morning she anxiously awaited the Grand Forks Herald to solve the new crossword puzzle.  After moving to assisted living, she found a renewed passion for jigsaw puzzles. She was active in St. Patrick’s Church Altar Society and taught Catechism for several years.


She is survived by her children Joseph A. Salwei (Debbie), Thief River Falls, MN, Daniel Salwei, Hensel, ND, Angela (Danny) Blomquist, Hallock, MN, Mark (JoAnn) Salwei, Poulsbo, WA, Loren (Karen) Salwei, Crystal, Pamela (Greg) Troftgruben, Buxton, ND, Heidi Salwei, Fargo, ND, and Stan (Rachel) Salwei, Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren, Melanie (Dirk), Sam, Jacklene (Josh), Brent, Paige, Madison, Ryan, and Gina; step grandchildren, Brent (Brenda), Riley, Dan, Rachel (John), Ryan (Brittany); great grandchildren, Ava and Abigail; step great grandchildren, Blake, Laura, Katelyn, Emma, Adam, Evan, Zachary, Vanessa, Graham, and Violet.


Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Joe; brother, Ralph; and grandchildren, Megan and Annie.


Due to covid restrictions, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, December 9, 2 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Crystal, ND. 

A social-distanced visitation will be held before the funeral from 12:30-1:30 at the church. Rosary will be recited at 12. Masks are recommended.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Crystal St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Building Fund or Cemetery Fund, Crystal Fire Department and First Responders, Pembina County Memorial Hospital Foundation, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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Wishing we 'The Leshuk Family' could have been there for this day .Sending our love and prayers for Dolly and all of you. Love always from all of us to all of you on this day and the days to come. She was precious to us and will never be forgotten. Let the angels rejoice~

Melodie Leshuk Dec 17 2020 12:00 AM

She was the June Clever to Beaver, Marion Cunningham to Richie and Carol Brady to Greg to me.

Stan Salwei

Stan Salwei Dec 12 2020 12:00 AM

Stan and family: We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and have our deepest condolences.

Sue and Jerry Olson Dec 8 2020 12:00 AM

Danny , Angela & Families...So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. When our Dad's were roomies in the nursing home we got a lot of visiting done. Just know you're are in my thoughts & prayers.

Judy Johnson Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

The Salwei Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Cherish the memories you's have made.

Jean (Ralston)Elke Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM