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Gloria Lemke

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Oct. 21, 1948-Aug. 4, 2008

Gloria Lemke, 59, of Fargo, died Monday, August 4, 2008, at Triumph Hospital in Fargo.

Gloria Jean Arneson was born to Robert Oscar and Clara Alvina (Hammerstad) Arneson on Oct. 21, 1948, in Fargo, where she grew up and graduated from Fargo North High in 1966.

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Gloria married Eugene (Skip) Arnberg in 1967. In 1974, she was remarried, to Lawrence Lemke. She worked with photo finishing, Fargo public schools, and Cass County social services. These were just a few of her many talents. Also, she was a foster parent for many years.

Throughout the years, her health began to decline, so she had no choice but to go on social security/disability, as she could no longer work. She did not let this get her down -- as all who knew her could attest, she lived life to the fullest. She loved to collect collectibles and antiques, be on her computer, and of course her favorite police shows were at the top of the list as well. Gloria's most precious moments were those spent with her family and friends.

In May 2008, she had undergone her third open heart surgery to replace her mitral valve, which had been replaced twice before, as it had worn out. She went into surgery on May 7, and suffered many complications. She was so courageous and brave, as she made it almost three months in the hospital fighting to live to return home to her loved ones. It was a long battle, and she fought until the very end, never giving up hope.

Surviving Gloria are her son, Trevor Arnberg of Fargo; two daughters, Lisa Burgard and Jill Lemke, both of Moorhead; one brother, Delano (Jan) Arneson of Cotton Lake, Minn.; three sisters, Dorothy (Ray) Mckean of Warren, Ore., Virginia (Al) Wittkopp of Fargo and Belva (Ralph) Grindberg of Cotton Lake; six grandchildren; her life partner, Allan Eidem of Brookings, S.D., and her precious Pomeranian, "Alvis."

Preceding Gloria in death were her father, Robert Arneson; her mother, Clara Arneson-Wilson; and her stepfather, Howard (Bill) Wilson.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home in Fargo; there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church in Fargo., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home.

Arrangements were entrusted to Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home. Please fee free to sign the on-line guestbook at www.hansonrunsvold.com.

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