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Catherine Cleem, 83

It is with great sadness that the family of Catherine Jane Cleem announces her passing on Feb. 3, 2024, in Fargo, N.D., at the age of 83. She was under the care of Eventide and Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Catherine Jane (Cathy Jane) Chale was born on Oct. 9, 1940, to Antoine and Catherine (Hollinger) Chale in Bathgate, N.D. She spent her younger years in rural Bathgate on the farm and in Pembina where she graduated from high school. Cathy went on to study at Mayville Teacher’s College.
Cathy Jane met the love of her life, Iver, while cruising around in her dad’s two-tone gold Chevy at the Border Café in Noyes. They were married at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Bathgate on July 14, 1960. In the early years of their marriage, they lived in the “Old House” as we called it, on the Cleem family farm. Running water was not a luxury in this home, but they made it work. They expanded their family with the birth of a son, Tony, and a daughter, Carnalee. Years later, they moved to their 13-acre homestead to the east and lived there happily, until health issues required Cathy to move to a care facility. Truly there is no place like home, and she missed it dearly!
We must mention Cathy’s love of animals. Many cats, dogs, fox and even raccoons received her tender loving care.
Cathy found her calling when she began working at the Humboldt-St. Vincent School in August of 1968. She was the secretary to the superintendent for over 22 years until the school closed and merged with Hallock-Kennedy. Rarely anything went on in the school without Cathy’s knowledge! If you had a question about anything, her office was the first stop. She often spoke about the kids she watched grow up before her eyes from kindergarten through 12th grade. She LOVED those kids! Cathy transferred to Hallock Elementary School where she worked until retirement. She also spent time substitute teaching at the Plymouth Brethren School in St. Vincent.
Cathy was her kids’ No. 1 fan, cheering Tony and Carnalee on in their sporting events. Years later, she became known as the “Loud Grandma” in Cavalier while supporting her grandkids at their events. We know the refs felt a sense of dread when she walked into the gym as they expected to hear from her throughout the games…not necessarily supporting their calls! Basketball and football were two of her favorite sports, but she followed the grandkids in soccer, volleyball, wrestling and tae kwon do as well.
Catherine was very active in her church. She taught Catechism at Assumption in Pembina and enjoyed reading the Liturgy of the Word during mass at St. Patrick’s. She was also involved with the women’s guild.
Many happy summers were spent at Buffalo Bay on Lake of the Woods. There they honed their fishing skills and enjoyed socializing with the dear friends they made in the community. It was special when the grandkids would come to stay. Many wonderful memories were made there!
Catherine is survived by: her husband of 63 years, Iver; her son, Tony (Tammi) Cleem; daughter, Carnalee (Mark) Lykken; 10 grandchildren: Ryanna, Brysen, Brannin, Caleb, Ryley, Brayden, Brittany and Traci; along with 10 great-grandchildren.
Catherine was preceded in death by: her parents, Antoine and Catherine Chale; her brother, Rodney; and her two beloved grandsons, Ryan and Adam.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Catherine on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at 11 a.m., with visitation an hour prior, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 170 5th St. S, Hallock, Minn. Interment will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock. The Mass will be livestreamed on the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Holy Rosary Mission Facebook page.
Condolences may be sent to Iver in c/o Tony Cleem, P.O. Box 367, Cavalier ND 58220 or Carnalee Lykken, 430 Prescott PI, West Fargo ND 58078.
Iver, Tony, Carnalee and families wish to thank our family and friends for their heartfelt prayers and support during this difficult time. We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to the staff at Eventide Skilled Care Center in Fargo as well as Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Austin Funeral Chapel, Hallock, was in charge of the arrangements. www.

1 Comment

  1. Bob Wilkie on February 27, 2024 at 8:37 pm

    Lovely person!

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