Carmen Yanish, 79, West Fargo, ND (formerly of Valley City, ND) passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family while on hospice care.  Visitation will be Friday, August 12, 2022, from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at St. Catherine Catholic Church, Valley City.  A prayer vigil will begin at the church at 7:00.  The funeral Mass will be Saturday, August 13 at 10:00 AM with an hour of visitation prior to the service.  The vigil service and Mass will be live streamed then archived and can be viewed along with her obituary on Carmen’s tribute page at, where you can also view and sign her guestbook.

Carmen Yanish was born Carmen Alvina Seim to Clarence Arthur and Alma Elvina (Larsen) Seim in Milbank, SD on June 15, 1943.  She grew up in LaBolt, SD and graduated from Strandberg (SD) High School.

On February 23, 1963, she married Leo Peter “Pete” Keaveny in Minneapolis, MN.  The couple made their home in the Minneapolis area until moving to Valley City, ND in 1969.  Carmen began her 38-year career as a bookkeeper at Christianson Motors, which eventually became Perkins, Inc.  She also worked at Valley Fashions, the Nearly Nu, and Bloom-N-Crafts Floral.

August 16, 1986, Carmen married Gary Yanish at the Yanish Family Farm near Cuba, ND.  They lived in Valley City until she and Gary were retired, and they moved to Fargo, ND.  She enjoyed their winters in Texas until her health kept them settled in Fargo.

She enjoyed her time in Bible study and with the ladies’ group in church.  Carmen’s greatest love was spending time with her family.  She loved and adored each and every one of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She also enjoyed a good visit with friends and family and was a member of the Red Hats.

Carmen is survived by her husband, Gary of West Fargo; daughters, Theresa “Teri” (Randy) McClaflin of rural Barnes County, ND and Michelle (Dean) Minnerath of St. Cloud, MN; sons, Chad (Jamie) Yanish of Fargo, ND and Brian (Brooke) Yanish of Valley City, ND; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.  She also leaves brothers-in-law, David (Marlene) Yanish and Raymond (Julie) Yanish; sisters-in-law, Susie Yanish, Phyllis Kramer, and Janice (Terry) McKenzie; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Jeremy Van Bruggen; sister and brother-in-law, Marlene and George Olsen; brother and sister-in-law, Marlowe and Marge Seim; in law parents, Herman and Lila Yanish; and brothers-in-law, Bob Yanish and Darrel Kramer.

The Lerud Mathias Funeral Home is assisting the Yanish family with arrangements.