HORACE — Kimberly "Kim" (Klaudt) Birrenkott passed away Oct. 8, 2017, at her home in Horace, surrounded by her loving family, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Burial will be at Holy Cross South Cemetery, Fargo.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2711 Seventh St. (east parking lot on Bluestem Drive), West Fargo, with a prayer service held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Kimberly Kay Klaudt was born on Aug. 30, 1979, the daughter of Duane and Sheryl (Scott) Klaudt in Bismarck. She grew up in Bismarck and received her education here, graduating from Bismarck High School. She also attended and graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo, and received her master’s degree from Columbia University in New York.
Kim was united in marriage to Daniel Birrenkott on April 23, 2005, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo. She worked for Strategic Fund Raising in Fargo, and most recently was employed by Wex Health in West Fargo.
Kim was a loving wife and mother who was very involved in the activities of all of her children. Kim was a skilled planner of vacations, several which were centered on her love of baseball. Upon learning that she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, Kim put together an aggressive action plan that included a trip to Universal Studios, a week-long stay in Arizona for Spring Training, planning Brady’s and Monica’s wedding, and a trip to the East Coast centered around a visit to two major league baseball parks. She accomplished all of these goals while receiving treatments at both the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo and at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. Kim defined her fight with cancer not so much on the battle to survive, but on her ability to enjoy life with her children and other loved ones with grace and joy despite the pain and fear caused by her disease.
Kim is survived by her husband, Daniel Birrenkott, Horace; her children, Brady (Monica) Birrenkott, Minneapolis, Katie Birrenkott, Fargo, and Aaron and Caleb Birrenkott, both of Horace; her mother, Sheryl Klaudt, Fargo; and her brother, Kenny (Wendy) Klaudt, Minot. Also surviving are her in-laws, John and Sylvia Birrenkott; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Jeff and Susan Birrenkott, Tom and Cathy Birrenkott, Dave and Staci Birrenkott, Mike and Stacey Birrenkott, and Tacinca Laducer, all of West Fargo; three nieces and 10 nephews; her uncle and aunt, Terry and Pam Thorpe, Minot; and her cousin, Troy Lundeen, Beaver Creek, Ohio.
Kim was preceded in death by her father, Duane Klaudt; her aunt, Dianna Smith; and her grandparents, Allen and Ruth Klaudt, and Sheldon and Mildred Scott.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Brad Salquist Memorial Fund at Western State Bank in West Fargo.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.