Aug. 26, 1903 Saint Anthony Morton County North Dakota, USA
Feb. 13, 2002 Santa Monica Los Angeles County California, USA
She grew up on a farm near St. Anthony, North Dakota. Her ancestors came from the Catholic Beresan villages of South Russia, today near Odessa, Ukraine. She was married to Lawrence Welk for 61 years. ~~~~~~~ The Bismarck Tribune, ND, 6 March 2002 Fern Welk, 98, died Feb. 13, 2002, in a Santa Monica, Calif., hospital. Services were held at St. Monica's Catholic Church, Santa Monica. She is survived by three children, Shirley, Larry and Donna; and 11 grandchildren.