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Kathleen M. Delvo

Kathleen M. Delvo, 81, of Langdon, ND passed away Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Maple Manor Care Center of Langdon, ND.

Kathleen was born November 9, 1934 to Anthony and Lavina (Schneider) Hoffarth at Mt. Carmel, ND. She graduated from St. Alphonsus High School in 1953 and was united in marriage to William J. Delvo on June 23, 1953. They made their home on the farm southwest of Langdon where they raised their three adopted children: Mary, Steve and Joe. Due to William’s failing health, they moved to Langdon in 1992 where she has resided since. William passed away June 8, 1995.

Kathleen’s love of the farm started when she was young and worked side-by-side with her father. She also loved to play cards, read, cook and bake, but her real joy was to be with family and friends. Kathleen was a member of the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Altar Society and Catholic Daughters.

If you asked our mom how she would describe her occupation, she would tell you housekeeper. Her true occupation or passion was caregiver, and we all witnessed this during her entire life. If you were fighting the flu or cancer- she was there to help you through it for however long it took, and it didn’t matter if it was California, North Dakota or Illinois. If you needed help, she found the fastest way to get there. She delivered meals on wheels and gave rides to the elderly in the area, often taking them to Grand Forks for medical appointments. It was hard for her to accept help as she always put others first. She loved her community of Langdon, and they have shown their love in return these last years by taking care of her as her health declined.

Kathleen is survived by her daughter Mary (Chuck) Briggs of Carol Stream IL and her children Nicole Certosimo (Kevin) Kehoe, Jill Certosimo, Alex and Kelsey Briggs; son Steve (Teresa) Delvo of Covington, WA and their children Rochelle Delvo, Steve Delvo Jr., Christopher (Lauren) Eckelkamp, Ashley Burton, Cassandra Woodall, Sebastian Delvo, Anthony Delvo; and son Joe (Janessa) Delvo of Fargo ND and their children Christopher and Andrew Delvo. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren: Connor and Cailyn Kehoe, Taylor and Carson Eckelkamp and Kallie Barquist and her siblings: Idella (Richard) Westacott, Gerald (DeAnn) Hoffarth, Daniel (CoraLee) Hoffarth, Lucille (James) Konze, and Cy (Barb) Hoffarth. She was preceded in death by husband William Delvo, her parents, brother Floyd Hoffarth and sister Verna DeMers.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon, ND. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 3-5:00 p.m. with a 4:40 Rosary and 5:00 prayer service at St. Alphonsus Church. Visitation will also be held one hour before the time of services at the church on Monday.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon, ND.

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Your mom and dad were such a blessing to all who knew them. We often discuss what a loving example of family they were. The good Lord, Himself, must have welcomed her at Heaven's gates and embraced her with His love. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Jim and Julie Deis Mar 11 2016 12:00 AM

To: Mary-Steve & Joe: your mom was a very special person as she left many great memories, and I got to see her quite often at your grand parents place and your as a young person your other grand PA lived acrossed the street from us, also I lived in Grand Forks in my early years. your Grand PA Hoffarth got lots of Donuts when I was a kid. I am sure your Mon made them also. well I will miss her and wish I could see you again, but I do hope you will make the family reunion this summer and keep up your spot in the Phinocle game. she now has many to play with in Hevan. My Preyers go out to her and you all too. Your Cousin Bob

R.H. Bob Pung Sr Feb 20 2016 12:00 AM

I met Kathleen 18 years ago and what a warm and lovely lady she was as she welcomed me into the family. She and Verna patiently taught me how to play 31 as Lavina waited patiently to play for "real". Later after Benjamin was born, it was fun to watch her and Verna play while holding Benjamin in her lap. I am sure they are playing at cards already. She will be missed.

Michiko DeMers Feb 16 2016 12:00 AM

From the time of our days on the farm right up to Wheatland and Maple Manor, our moms have been keeping each other going and contributing to their community. Moms are often the glue that holds the family together and Kathleen was certainly that for yours. Grieve her and celebrate her as she is living on through all of you. My sympathies.

Mary Kay Delvo Feb 14 2016 12:00 AM

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Geri Greger Feb 13 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss . Such a nice lady .

Kevin Lill Feb 13 2016 12:00 AM

Condolences to all my family morning the loss of such a wonderful woman! She always made me smile and I'm so lucky to have had her as an aunt. Love & prayers from the Willettes.

Shawn & Paula Willette Feb 12 2016 12:00 AM

May you all rember the blessing of having a wonderful Mom to show you the way. I will never forget her welcoming me into her home and sharing. That was many years ago. Doug Lemieux Rolette ND

Doug Lemieux Feb 12 2016 12:00 AM


MARYANN METZGER Feb 12 2016 12:00 AM

My prayers go out to the family of Kathleen. I didn't know her very well, but Lucille was a classmate and good friend. I will keep all of you in my prayers during this sad time.

Ann (Charrier) Dingmann Feb 11 2016 12:00 AM

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