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Little lady, big passion for giving

Many in the community were saddened by the news this past week of the passing of Liz Harkema.

She and her husband, Ray, were longtime West Fargo residents, extremely active in the West Fargo VFW post as lifetime members, locally and on the state and national levels, as staunch supporters of a variety of veteran's causes.

You would be hard pressed to find two nicer, more dedicated people.

Ray had retired from his position with Veteran Affairs a few years ago. The couple moved from the community at that time to Virginia where their son and grandchildren resided, most recently making their home in Sioux Falls.

Just this last fall, the Harkemas, during one of many proud moments representing the North Dakota VFW, were involved in a presentation of funds to the North Dakota Veterans Home Foundation at Lisbon. The donation represented the money raised during their year of service as State Commander and Ladies Auxiliary President of the North Dakota VFW.

Just one of the countless endeavors Ray and Liz were a part of in their quest to always make things better for others.

Ironically, Liz succumbed to cancer, the disease she had worked so hard to help find a cure for during her years of service with the VFW in their ongoing efforts to raise funds for cancer aid and research, one of their pet projects.

Liz will be remembered for her dynamic presence in the local VFW club room, spending whatever time required, always pitching in and providing a positive voice no matter what the need or cause; and for being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister who will be greatly missed by all who shared her life.

On that note, a contingency from the West Fargo VFW paid their due respects Saturday traveling to Sioux Falls for the service memorializing their friend and colleague; and as a show of continued support and friendship for her husband.

The little lady with the proud German heritage will not soon be forgotten.

Our condolences go out to Ray and the entire Harkema family.