Arlene Helen (Lang) Gran, 78, of Fargo, passed away on Nov. 16, 2019, in Eventide, Moorhead, Minn.
Arlene Gran was born Jan. 19, 1941, in Bismarck to Theodore A. Lang and Helen W. Lang, who were lifetime residents of Sterling. She grew up on a family farm in Sterling as the oldest of four children, where she always had so many fond memories. She received her primary education in Sterling and graduated from Bismarck High School in 1958. She then received her Bachelor of Science degree from Jamestown College in 1962 and a Master of Science Degree in biochemistry from the University of North Dakota in 1964. The picture of her used with this obituary is from 1963 when she was at UND and is a family favorite. She was employed by the University of Minnesota from August 1964 to June 1966. She worked as a tutor and substitute teacher in Rochester, Minn from 1969-1971.
Arlene married Dr. Gary E. Gran on June 18, 1966, and their marriage produced two children. During that time they lived in St. Paul, Minn., Abilene, Texas, Rochester, Minn., Indianapolis, Ind., Fargo, Missoula, Mont., and Detroit Lakes, Minn. They were divorced on March 17, 1997. They were reunited as life partners a few years later and have both lived together in Fargo up until her death. Through all of their diﬃculties, they had been together for over 50 years and were always meant to be together. Throughout the years, she was proud of her many community, political, and bridge involvements, and family and friend commitments.
In Fargo, she was chairman of the new District 51 Republicans in 1982, she worked with the Dakota Hospital Auxiliary in the late 1970’s and early 80’s and was leader in the Fine Arts Club during the same period. In Missoula, she supported her children’s high school activities and was proud to see both Michelle and Chris march in The Rose Bowl Parade as part of her eﬀorts. She was also heavily involved in the Republican Party’s activities in Missoula, and attended the 1988 Republican National Convention as an alternative delegate, along with her daughter, Michelle. Since moving back to Fargo in March 1997, Arlene has been a bit less involved in the community, but instead enjoying her favorite pastimes of bridge, bowling, gardening, travel, her computer, collecting Rosemeade, engaging in ND history forums, researching family history, cataloging old pictures, homemaking, and more connection with friends, family, children, and grandchildren.
She has always been a huge animal lover and gave a loving home to various cats and dogs throughout the years, the latest being her beloved cat Harriet. As she aged and her health began to decline, she was able to stay in her home with the help of her home health aides who became part of the family. She taught them many things and they took great care of her and Gary so they could stay in their home in Fargo.
She is survived by her children, Michelle (Corrie) Haux, Bloomington, Minn., son Christopher (ﬁnance Crystal Kluge), Minneapolis, Minn., Michelle’s children Alayna and Gregory Kohler, Chris’s stepdaughters Adrienne and Sophie, sisters Kay (Gene) Brandner, Linton, Sandi (Joe) Frenzel, Dickinson, and David (Sharon) Lang, Sterling. Also surviving is her lifetime partner, Dr. Gary E. Gran, Fargo, and she had been blessed with many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her cherished parents, Theodore A. Lang and Helen W. Lang, nephew, Eric Hendrickson, son-in-law, Gregory J. Kohler, and grandparents.
Arlene requests that, in lieu of ﬂowers, memorials be sent to The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, any hospice organization, Anne Carlson School, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Jamestown College, University Of North Dakota, veterans groups, or the Sterling Methodist Church. Her wish was not to have a funeral, but to have her family spread her ashes on the pastureland she grew up on and lay her to rest with her parents in the Sterling Cemetery. Due to the time of the year, this will be done next spring or summer.
If you would like to send condolences to her family: Gary Gran: 200 Prairiewood Drive, Fargo, ND 58103; Michelle K. Haux: 4000 Pebblebrook Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437; Chris Gran: 25 50th Street E, Minneapolis, MN 55403.