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Bear retires from West Fargo VFW

JoAnn Bear serves Joan and Lloyd Anderson at the West Fargo VFW on Friday night. Carrie Snyder

A familiar smiling face to the West Fargo VFW retired last week after 19 years.

JoAnn Bear served her last customers as a waitress working Friday and Saturday evenings. Although she won’t be waiting on tables every week, Bear hopes to spend one evening a month back at the establishment mingling with customers.

“I plan to keep working the senior days,” Bear said. “That’s the first Tuesday of every month.”

Many patrons of the VFW know Bear as a hard worker, but a person who also likes to have fun.

Joan and Lloyd Anderson have been long-time members and have walked to the VFW for about 50 years. They have come to know Bear quite well.

“We love JoAnn,” Joan said. “She’s got personality plus. She knows the names of everyone and is probably one of the hardest workers you’d ever come across.”

The Anderson’s along with other patrons of the establishment will be sad to lose Bear as their weekly waitress, but Bear is looking forward to spending more time at home and not so many hours on her feet.

“After 19 years it’s time to settle down,” Bear said.

Although she’s ready to step away, the memories will stick with her.

“It’s like a family here, my customers are my family and they mean a lot,” she said. “Everything here is a memory and there are a lot of good people I’m going to miss.”

Carrie Snyder
Carrie Snyder has been a staff photographer for The Forum since 2007. She grew up in Fargo and attended Minnesota State University Moorhead.  Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to .