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Barbara A. Effhauser, 77

Barbara A. Effhauser, 77, of East Grand Forks, MN passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 in the Transitional Care Unit of Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks, ND, with her family at her side.


Barbara Ann Sweningson was born September 17, 1938 in Grand Forks, ND the daughter of Henry and Eldri (Aamot) Sweningson.  She was raised in Grand Forks graduating from Grand Forks Central High School in 1956.  Barbara married Joseph Effhauser on July 29, 1958 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks.  Following their marriage, they resided in East Grand Forks raising their five children and spending time at Minnesota lakes.   Joseph preceded her in death on January 24, 1999. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Community.  She enjoyed her time in the sun, reading and spending time with family, friends and grandchildren.


She is survived by her daughters, Lori (Jim) Bushaw and Kerri (Chad) Erickson, both of East Grand Forks, MN; a son, Don (Kristine) Effhauser, Duluth, MN; son-in-law, Randy Owens, Euclid, MN; grandchildren, Julie, Jamie and Eddie Bushaw; Parker, Lauren, Joseph and Morgan Erickson.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph; daughters, Julie Effhauser, Debra Owens and a brother, Glenn Sweningson.


Mass of Christian Burial:   2:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks, MN.

Visitation:  12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Friday.

Burial:  Resurrection Cemetery, East Grand Forks, MN.

The online memorial registry may be signed at

(The Historic Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, ND

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