|Birth: ||Oct. 10, 1924|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 26, 2009|
North Dakota, USA
HETTINGER, N.D. - Phyllis Fuglie, 84, Hettinger, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger. Phyllis Maxine (Boehmer) Fuglie was born Oct. 10, 1924, at the farm home of her parents, Peter and Sophia (Aaberg) Boehmer, near Edmore.
Her family moved to Saskatchewan, Canada for a short time during the Great Depression, but returned to North Dakota. She graduated from Edmore High School in 1942 and received her RN degree from Mercy Hospital College of Nursing in Devils Lake in 1945. She did additional nurses training at Shriners Hospital in Minneapolis.
She married O.J. "Whitey" Fuglie on Sept. 14, 1946 in Devils Lake. They moved to Chicago where she worked as a nurse in Chicago hospitals while he attended optometry school at Northern Illinois College of Optometry.
They moved to Hettinger in 1950, where Dr. Fuglie ("Doc" to his friends) opened an optometric practice and she resumed her nursing career, which spanned more than 40 years. She took occasional leaves from her nursing career to raise her seven children, but because of the demand for nurses in her small town, she was often called to work nights and emergency shifts. Late in her career, she served as Director of Nursing at Hettinger's nursing home and as a Public Health Nurse for Adams County.
Whitey died on March 16, 1984 and Phyllis remained in Hettinger until 1992, when she moved to Bismarck to be near her children after they were all out of school. She returned to Hettinger in 2005 and resided at Western Horizons Nursing Home, the same facility at which she had been Nursing Director (and at times thought she still was) until her death.
Phyllis was a member of Hettinger's Parent Teacher Association, Eagles Auxiliary, St. Ann's Group of the Altar Society, and the Hettinger American Legion Auxiliary from 1950 until her death. She was active in Scouts, serving as Den Mother to all her sons' Cub Scout Packs and Campfire Group Leader to her daughters.
Survivors include one brother, Leonard Boehmer, and his wife Delores of Edmore; and her family: Jim and his wife Lillian Crook, Mandan; Laurelle and her husband, Lyle Hilden, their son Michael Hilden and his wife Sara and their grandsons, Jaden and Taj, of Bismarck; Jay, Williston; Blair and his wife Phyllis and their children, McKenna, Drake and Justin of Ephrata, WA; Jill and her husband John Power of Bismarck and their children Matt, Erin and Megan; Sue and her husband Mike Konstant of Spearfish, SD, and their children, Jeran and Keri; and Blake and his wife Robin, Sioux Falls, SD; and Phyllis's step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Kristin Larson, Rachel and Chelsea Sorenson, Michael, Krista and Ben Moore, Matthew and Danielle Evers, Kaycee Larsh, Seriah Getzel, Thomas Murdoch and Sam Larson. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sisters, Mae, June, Pauline and Laureen; and her brothers, Glen, Herbert and Jack. A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hettinger, with the Rev. Joseph Chipson officiating. Burial will follow at the Hettinger Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before services. In lieu of flowers, a Phyllis Fuglie Memorial Nursing Scholarship has been established. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.
Oliver J. Fuglie (1921 - 1984)*
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Ellen Bishop
Record added: Sep 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42548099