Jennie T. Weiss, 101, of Fargo, ND, passed away at Eventide Nursing Home, Fargo, ND, on March 22, 2022, surrounded by loving family.
Jennie Tina Fuller was born to Forest and Jensina (Jensen) Fuller, on August 21, 1920, in Fargo, ND.
Jennie grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of West Fargo. She often walked miles in hot and cold weather to attend classes.
Jennie met her husband Elroy at a dance and later in the relationship eloped to Sisseton, SD. They were children of the depression but managed to share “good times” during the “bad times”.
In 1942, during W.W., Elroy and Jennie moved to the West Coast to help with the war effort. Jennie was a welder in the shipyards at Swan Island, Oregon. She received a special written thanks from Henry Kaiser, owner of Kaiser Company for helping build ships.
Elroy and Jennie returned to Moorhead, MN, where Jennie was a homemaker and raised their family. They moved to Wahpeton, ND, in 1960. Jennie took a job as a school cook and was promoted to manager, a position she held until retirement. She was noted for cooking “real food”. Jennie and Elroy retired in 1985 and moved to Fargo where they spent many years enjoying retirement and traveling. Their home was a place to gather where family and friends were always welcome.
Jennie and Elroy took many trips to visit family on both coasts. They enjoyed a romantic trip to Hawaii and a Caribbean cruise, after site seeing along the Eastern seaboard. Jennie took a trip to Norway/Germany in 1972, where she visited family. Jennie was able to see the place her mother was born and learn about her Norwegian heritage. Jennie took several trips to Las Vegas, NV, and said her favorite show was “Donnie and Marie”.
Elroy passed away in 1997 and Jennie remained in her home until she moved into Eventide Senior Apartments. Jennie was a very busy woman, attending church, senior centers, playing cards, bingo and visiting friends. She moved to Eventide nursing home in 2019, after a fall in her apartment. She had Covid in 2021 but after a difficult struggle was able to leave the hospital and return to Eventide.
Jennie was not able to have a Big 100th Celebration, because of Covid but had a “Special 101st” celebration at Bethlehem Church with many guests. She was interviewed and seen on our local tv station, WDAY. Jennie was noted for her terrific cooking and baking skills. Jennie canned dill pickles and they were exceptionally good! She won ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair and the Red River Valley Fair. Gedney Food Company tested her recipe and gave her high marks. The Grand Forks Herald food editor wrote two outstanding articles about “Jennie’s Pickles”.
Jennie leaves her four children, Joanne Peterson, Cindy Healey, Dr. Ronald (Marie) Weiss, Keith (Linda) Weiss; brother, Richard Fuller; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Jennie was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Yvonne; sons-in-law, Duane Peterson, Patrick Healey; grandson-in-law, Kevin Kawlewski; sisters, Louise Weiss, Inez Brunsvold; brothers, George, Alfred, Floyd and Edwin Fuller.
A visitation will be held on Monday, March 28, 2022, from 5-7 PM at Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead, MN.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at 11:00 AM with a visitation one hour before the service at Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead, MN. A livestream of the service will be available here on Jennie’s page.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Moorhead, MN.