Since my time on earth has ended, I wanted to make sure to have the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who helped make my life worthwhile. I was a very lucky girl!
I was blessed to be born to Robert and Virginia Petersen March 27, 1947 in Bismarck. My siblings (Pete, Lee and Kay) and I enjoyed a peaceful, happy childhood, growing up with laughter, love and not too much drama. Before graduating from the University of North Dakota, I married Jim Hovland and gave birth to my oldest daughter, Angela Kay. We moved to Boulder, Colo. so Jim could get his law degree and I taught school nearby, in Longmont.
We then moved to Fargo. Jim started his law career and we had our second daughter, Erika Anne. I thank Jim for these two wonderful daughters.
I then began my new adventure in the real estate business at Park Co. Realtors. For the next forty-plus years, I had the pleasure and privilege of working with a wonderful team of professionals who made my working life meaningful. How fortunate I was to have lifelong Realtor friends as well as friends from my community involvements.
After my first marriage ended, I married Michael Sheridan and along with his two daughters, Maria Margaret and Michelle Rae, we became a family of six with a couple of dogs, cats, a bird and an ant farm! I always said we had our very own food chain. It was pretty crazy but a fun way of life. Those four girls were such a blessing and I thank them for all their gifts to me. I am proud of the strong, independent women they have become. Besides, they have given us 14 perfect grandchildren. Hopefully, my family will always remember how much I loved them.
At the risk of embarrassing him, I was the luckiest woman to be married to Michael Sheridan for 42 years. He treated me the way every woman wants to be treated and we spent a lot of our time laughing and enjoying our lives together. Marriage isn’t easy but becomes easier when you temper your expectations and try to complement each other without competition. Michael was always my biggest fan, even when I didn’t deserve his praise. It doesn’t get much better than that!
I am sorry to leave Michael and my family behind but we all have to say goodbye eventually. Please remember I will always be near when you need me. It’s OK to feel bad about my death, but don’t let this event get in the way of your future.
I will always be grateful to all the people who loved and supported me in my life. Thanks again and much love back to you!
P.S. Although I wouldn’t mind a few daisies, memorials would be much appreciated to the Roger Maris Cancer Center, Homeward Animal Shelter, the YWCA shelter or the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center.
P.P.S. Kris left this earth peacefully May 7, 2019. She is survived by her husband Michael; her four daughters, Angie Freeman (Russ Freeman), Maria Wallander (Jon Wallander), Erika Batcheller (Paul Batcheller), and Michelle Sheridan; 14 grandchildren, Olivia, Russell, Nick, Madeline, Bradford, Lila, Sarah, Lucie, Owen, Emma, Logan, Wells, Josie and Vivienne. She is also survived by three siblings, Kay Schlosser (Bill Schlosser), Lee Petersen (Kate Petersen) and Robert “Pete” Petersen (Peggy Petersen). She was preceded in death by her parents.
Kris would never brag about her accomplishments, so we’ll attempt to do it here. Kris built a successful business for more than forty years with Park Co. Realtors and was honored with many professional awards, including Realtor of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award from the Fargo-Moorhead Association of Realtors and the North Dakota Realtors Association, among others. She served on the North Dakota Real Estate Commission for more than 20 years.
Kris also devoted herself to improving her community, serving on boards for the following organizations, among many others: Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo Chamber of Commerce, Fargo National Bank, The Village, NDSU Advisory, F-M Builders Association, Fargo Civic Auditorium, YMCA, Homeward Animal Shelter, Salvation Army, Fargo Renaissance Zone Authority, Midland Mortgage, Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development, Greater ND Chamber of Commerce Board, Meritcare Foundation and the Fargo Dome Authority.
Most of all, she was an amazing daughter, sister, friend, aunt, mother, grandmother and wife. She was generous with her hugs, smiles and laughter. She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.
A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 5 p.m.
A celebration of Kris's life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 11 at Hope Lutheran Church North Campus with visitation starting at 9 a.m. A celebration reception will be held at the Avalon Events Center, 2525 Ninth Ave S., Fargo, following from 1 to 4 p.m.
Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Online guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.