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Published September 30, 2013, 12:00 AM

Jessica Kjelden

Forman, ND: Jessica Dawn Kjelden was born February 23, 1979 in Lisbon, ND to Alfred Arnold and Deborah Louise (Cossette) Kjelden. She grew up and attended school in Forman, graduating from Sargent Central High School in 1997. During her high school career, Jess was very active in sports and music. She continued her education at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she graduated in 2001 with a degree in Social Work. All the while Jessica was in college, she worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant at the Eventide Home in Fargo.

After receiving her education, Jess worked for Minnesota Relay as an operator, assisting deaf people with communication by telephone. She later attended school in Wahpeton and became a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

Jessica Kjelden

Forman, ND: Jessica Dawn Kjelden was born February 23, 1979 in Lisbon, ND to Alfred Arnold and Deborah Louise (Cossette) Kjelden. She grew up and attended school in Forman, graduating from Sargent Central High School in 1997. During her high school career, Jess was very active in sports and music. She continued her education at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she graduated in 2001 with a degree in Social Work. All the while Jessica was in college, she worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant at the Eventide Home in Fargo.

After receiving her education, Jess worked for Minnesota Relay as an operator, assisting deaf people with communication by telephone. She later attended school in Wahpeton and became a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

Jess was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Forman, and had been active in the Luther League. She was currently a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo and served as a Stephen Minister. Her lifelong battle with diabetes could have been marked by self-pity, but that wasn’t Jess’ style. She was more concerned about being an advocate for others. She had served as a delegate to the National Federation of the Blind from North Dakota in Washington, D.C. where she lobbied for better care and services for people with impaired vision. Her courageous determination in handling her disease was an inspiration to all who knew her. Jess was truly a “people-person” and her friends meant the world to her. Perhaps the only thing more precious than her friends, were her nieces and nephews. Further, she always felt the extraordinary love and support of her amazing community.

Jessica passed away Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Oakes Community Hospital in Oakes, ND at the age of 34.

Blessed and honored to have shared her life are her parents, Al and Deb Kjelden of Forman; two sisters: Kris (Abraham) Toma of Chicago, IL; Julie (Robert) Breidenbach of Sycamore, IL; five nieces and nephews: Vida Toma, Kjelden Breidenbach, Cossette Breidenbach, Maxim Breidenbach and Jules Breidenbach; and a large, loving extended family.

Preceding her in death were her maternal grandparents, Jerome and Fern Cossette and her paternal grandparents, Ervin and Vida Kjelden.

Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2013- Trinity Lutheran Church, Forman.

Visitation: 5-7:00 Monday at the church - 7:00 p.m. prayer service.

Arrangements: Price Funeral Chapel - Forman, ND

Website: www.pricefuneralchapel.net.

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