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Janice E. Sommerfeld

Janice E. Sommerfeld, 71, Moorhead, Minn., died Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Sanford Health, Palliative Care, Fargo.

Janice Evelyn Burgess was born to Ralph and Gertrude (Bahl) Burgess, Oct. 24, 1939 in Fargo. She was raised and attended school in Fargo. She married Douglas Sommerfeld in 1971 in Moorhead. They lived in Fargo until moving to Moorhead in 1972. Janice worked for several years at the Dakotah Hotel in Fargo, which was managed by her parents. She was a stay-at-home mom for several years before starting a child care business in Moorhead, which she operated until 1993.

She is survived by her husband, Douglas; daughters, Carol Sommerfeld, Fargo, Vicki (Michael) Daugherty, Moorhead, four grandchildren; one brother, Ronald (Elaine) Burgess, Coon Rapids, Minn.; three sisters, Marlene Swanson, Fargo, Carol Lien, Moorhead and Susan Burgess, Coon Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.

Visitation was held Sunday, June 19, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in West Funeral Chapel, West Fargo, with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.

The Funeral Service was held Monday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church, Moorhead.

Burial was in the Alice (N.D.) Community Cemetery.

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(West Funeral Home, West Fargo)