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Patsy L. Kemnitz


     Patsy L. Kemnitz, 88, of Cavalier, ND passed away peacefully holding Gerald’s hand on Saturday, August 8, 2020. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the United Lutheran Church. Social distancing and the use of masks are recommended.

     Patsy was born February 18, 1932, on the family farm near Svold, ND, to Bob and Alpha Sturlaugson. She graduated from Cavalier High School in 1950 and attended Mayville State Teachers College. She  taught two years at country schools.

     On August 3, 1952, she married her high school sweetheart, Gerald, at the Svold Church. Their special love lasted for 68 years. For 54 of those years, she worked alongside Gerald in farming, auctioneering, and baler sales. In 2016, they moved into Cavalier. They spent many winters in Mesa, AZ, where they made lasting friendships.

     Patsy served as a 4-H leader for 20 years and on the Pembina County Fair Board. She was a member of the Blue Ribbon Homemakers and a faithful Christian servant in the church and community. Patsy’s talents as a seamstress were well known. Pies, homemade buns, and cookies were a delight for her family and all who visited their home.

     Her greatest joy was her family. When the family was together, Patsy was her happiest.  Patsy’s life was an example of giving, positivity, kindness and gratitude. Patsy looked for the best in everyone and everything. She always considered herself blessed.

      She is survived by her children: Darrell (Karen) Kemnitz, Kathy (Chuck) Fisher, Linda (Lynn) Paulson, Nancy (John) Jenson, and Duane (Shawnda) Kemnitz, 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and sister, Karen (Charlie) Clark.

     Preceding her in death were her parents, mother and father-in-law Ida and Alfred, and brother, Robert.

     Patsy’s family would like to extend their deepest gratitude and love to the caregivers at the Borg Home. They were her extended family.









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To Gerald and all of Patsy's family, We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Patsy. A smile always on her face and a softness about her that put you at ease. A true lady to the core. It was always a pleasure to visit with her and Gerald and gave us joy to watch the love that surrounded them. Find comfort with your wonderful memories of Patsy and the support of family and friends. May God wrap His loving arms around all of you and give you peace. In Love and Friendship, Jerry & Carol Greenwood

Jerry & Carol Greenwood Aug 13 2020 12:00 AM

My condolences for your Mom's peaceful passing. Mourn your loss then celebrate your many wonderful memories! Jean Kieley

Jean Kieley Aug 12 2020 12:00 AM

wanted to say,Patsy was a lovely person& fun to be around& she will be missed.
The Thomassons

judy Aug 12 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Patsy Kemnitz

judy Aug 12 2020 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy to Gerald and family. I have such fond memories of Patsy at family gatherings. My Mom and her were very close. Joanie (Walerius) & Paul Schable

Joanie Schable Aug 11 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Gerald and family. Our sincere sympathy to all of you. Patsy and I went to the Svold school many years ago. She always paid attention to us younger ones. We got to spend more time together at Trail Riders. I am thankful for the years we were privileged to spend together. She rests in peace and leaves a legacy of love with all of you. Hugs, Emily and Sibbie

Emily Kristjanson Aug 11 2020 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to Patsys family and friends. She had a kind heart and was always welcoming. I am so sorry for your loss. Love to all. Sheila Sturlaugson

Sheila Sturlaugson Aug 11 2020 12:00 AM

Sweet Kathy, I wish I had known your mom You look like her. Reading about her helps me to understand why you are such a kind, giving, thoughtful person. I dont know if you got that laugh from your mom, but I bet she was just as much fun as you are. Take care. Ill be thinking of you. Love, Seim

Carol Seim Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

Sympathy going out to the family of Patsy Kemnitz, my first grade teacher with wonderful memories.

Kenny and Geraldine Geiger Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

To All of Patsy's family,

I am so sorry to hear about your beautiful wife, mom, grandma and great grandma.I came to work this morning to find out that my sweet Patsy passed. For some of her family that didn't know me, I worked the night shift @ Borg until almost a year ago. I loved your mom like your my own. Her smile was infectious and she would wrap your arms around you and give you the greatest hugs. Every morning when I worked I was the lucky one to get her ready for the day. She truly was a beautiful soul. Rest in Peace Patsy and some day we will be reunited in heaven, ~ Revel Sapa

Revel Sapa Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

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