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.