Crookston – Jeannette Ste. Marie passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018 after a long, hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home, with loving family and coworkers at her side.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday March 24, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father Bob Schreiner officiating. Burial will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery at Terrebonne.
Visitation will be held on Friday March 23, 2018, 5 – 8 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
Jeannette Marie Carriere was born April 24, 1958 in Red Lake Falls, the daughter of Mark and Alice (Normandin) Carriere. She grew up in Red Lake Falls, and was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School through 8th grade and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1976.
Throughout high school, Jeannette worked at Hillcrest Nursing Home as a nursing assistant. There she found her passion of caring for others and attended Thief River Falls Technical College graduating with a Practical Nursing Degree in 1978.
Jeannette was united in marriage to Alan Ste. Marie on July 8th 1978 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls. To their union, two children were born, Dominic and Jill. They made their first home together in Ada, during which time she worked at the Ada Municipal Hospital, Wimmer Nursing Home and Halstad Living Center.
In 1984, Alan and Jeannette moved back to the Ste. Marie family farm near Terrebonne, continuing to raise beef cattle and grow small grain crops.
Upon moving back to the Red Lake Falls area, Jeannette continued her education earning an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Northland Community College and later a Bachelor’s Degree from Bemidji State University. Through her nursing career, Jeannette worked in a variety of facilities and positions including the Red Lake Falls Clinic, Hillcrest Nursing Home, Pine to Prairie Home Health, and the Red Lake Falls Veterinary Clinic. A large part of her career was spent at Pioneer Memorial Care Center Erskine, and later the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home Crookston.
Jeannette took great pride in her work and always placed the care and dignity of her patients above everything else. She valued all of her coworkers, making it a point to treat everyone with respect and was not afraid to roll up her sleeves to get the job done, even as a supervisor. She had a passion for education and worked many years teaching CPR classes and nursing assistant classes.
Jeannette devoted her life to her family. She traveled with her children and friends to many activities and was very involved with St. Joseph’s School while Dominic and Jill attended. She loved being a grandma and cherished time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed listening to music and spending time outside whether taking long walks or riding bike.
Fishing was one of Jeannette’s favorite activities and much of her free time during the summer was spent at the family cabin at Springsteel Resort on Lake of the Woods. She especially enjoyed outfishing Moe and the kids and usually refused to leave the lake until she had caught her limit.
Jeannette was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church serving on several councils, the ladies guild, and teaching religious education classes.
Jeannette is survived by her loving husband Alan of Red Lake Falls; Children Dominic (Jenae) Ste. Marie of Moorhead, Jill (Alex) Dowdle of Felton; grandchildren, Rylan and Autumn Ste. Marie of Moorhead; Siblings Charlotte Cruz of Sierra Vista AZ, Leroy Carriere of Roseau, Leo Carriere of Roseau, Tim (Carol) Carriere of Red Lake Falls, Albert Carriere of Red Lake Falls, and Benita (Larry) Quast of Hutchison; in-laws Mike (Susan) Ste. Marie of St. Paul, Steven (Janet) Ste. Marie of Bloomington, David (Vicki) Ste. Marie of Red Lake Falls, Kathryn (Mike) Cota of Moorhead, and Kenneth (Patty) Ste. Marie of West Fargo ND. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Jeannette is preceded in death by her parents, Mark and Alice (Normandin) Carriere, one nephew Manuel Cruz, and her in-laws Donald and Zola Ste. Marie.
In leau of flowers, memorials are suggested to any of the following: Altru Cancer Center, Grand Forks ND, Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home, Crookston, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and the St. Anthony’s Cemetery Fund.
Arrangements with Johnson Funeral Service, Red Lake Falls.