Wilmer Joseph Sevigny

August 1, 1932 ~ May 16, 2022 (age 89)


Wilmer Sevigny, age 89, of Crookston, MN passed away on May 16, 2022, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. 

Wilmer was born on August 1, 1932, to Leon and Clara (Dumas) Sevigny in Oakwood, ND.   Wilmer grew up near Oakwood and graduated from St. Aloysius Academy. He later moved to Erskine, MN to farm with his parents.

One of Wilmer’s highlights in life was to build up the farm his parents had purchased. Many hours were spent making improvements to the land and the building site. Wilmer, his father, Leon, and his father-in-law, Harvey, built multiple buildings. 

At a New Year’s Eve dance, he met LaVerne Trudeau and they wed 8 months later on Oct. 8, 1959 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Crookston, MN.  He made his living farming and working at American Crystal in Crookston, MN during the winter months.

Wilmer loved to spend time with family and friends. It seemed that he couldn’t go anywhere without spotting someone he knew and stopping to say hello. Wilmer loved music and dancing and his children remember him playing the accordion as they danced around the house. He helped instill many positive values in his children.

Wilmer was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Crookston, MN.  He served on the Brooks Credit Union Board, Red Lake County Coop Board, and St. Joseph’s Parish Board in Brooks, MN.

Wilmer and LaVerne began to spend winters in Wellton, AZ in 2001. While living there, he developed many friendships within the park. They were involved in children’s fundraising events, ladder golf leagues, and shuffleboard. He even began to play pool with the men at the park and enjoyed his daily walks through the desert. While living there, they enjoyed attending their grandchildren's school & 4-H events.

Wilmer is survived by 5 children: Jerome Sevigny of Crookston, MN, Brian (Tammy) Sevigny of Loretto, MN, Michelle (Sonny) Fitch of Nicholasville, KY, Monica (Brent) Swenson of Erskine, MN, Cynthia (Bradley) Stone of Mankato, MN; 9 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren; his sister, Edith, many loving nieces and nephews; and a caring neighbor, Elaine. 

Wilmer was preceded in death by his beloved wife, LaVerne; parents, Leon and Clara Sevigny; brothers: Raymond, Alfred Adelore, Alfred Edward, and Rene; sisters: Olivine, Eva Mae, Irene, Helena, and Amelia; and son-in-law, Michael.

The Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Wilmer Sevigny will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2022, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN with The Rev. David Baumgartner. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to Mass. The funeral will be livestreamed by going to and clicking on the prompt to view. Burial will take place in St. Peter’s Cemetery at Gentilly, MN. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Jude’s, or another organization of your choice.

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July 9, 2022

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Crookston)
702 Summit Ave N
Crookston, MN 56716
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Memorial Mass
July 9, 2022

10:30 AM
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Crookston)
702 Summit Ave N
Crookston, MN 56716
Guaranteed delivery before the Memorial Mass begins

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