Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

Pauline Ann “Polly” Strem, 76, of Crookston, MN, passed away Monday morning, January 16, 2017, at her home, with loving family members and friends at her side. Polly was born to William and Anna (Swartz) Jensen at Fertile, MN on October 16, 1940. She grew up at Fertile, was baptized and confirmed at the Concordia Lutheran Church, and while attending Fertile High School was active in band, debate, and cheerleading before her graduation in 1958. Polly went on to attend the Bethesda School of Nursing in Crookston, earning her LPN Degree in 1959. That same year she was united in marriage to the love of life, Jean Lynn Strem, on September 26th at the Concordia Lutheran Church. In l960 Polly, Jean, and their first-born son, Jan, moved to South Milwaukee, WI where second son, Todd, was born. Polly was a nurse in the OB Department of Trinity Memorial Hospital there until the family returned to Fertile in 1964. She opened a dress shop in Fertile in 1965 and ran it until the family moved to Crookston in 1967. Polly then worked at the RiverView Hospital, and in 1975 welcomed the birth of their third son, Cory. Polly and Jean purchased the Irishman’s Shanty in 1976 and operated it until 1980. Nursing remained her passion so Polly returned to the RiverView OB Department, later leaving to do clinical nursing at the Northwestern Clinic, today known as Altru Clinic. Sadly, Jean passed away on July 2, 2002, and several years later son, Jan, passed on November 23, 2009. Polly retired in 2010 after a long and rewarding career in nursing. She found joy in spending time with her family, and keeping up with her grandkids activities and taking great pride in their achievements. Shortly before her death Polly left a note for her family that read in part, “…have a big party and I will do the same with Dad and Jan.” Polly’s memory will be forever treasured by her daughter-in-law, Leslie Strem of Rochester, IN; sons and daughters-in-law, Todd and Julie Strem of Crookston, MN and Cory and Courtney Strem of Solon Springs, WI; 8 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter: Jaron and Logan Strem of Indianapolis, IN, Cole Strem of Grand Forks, ND, Tye, Kenzie, and Macy Strem of Crookston, and Faye and Chloe Strem of Solon Springs; her precious great-granddaughter, Teaghan Strem of Crookston; aunt, Donna Jensen of Crookston; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, LaVonne and Alden Jallo of Fertile, MN; and other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her beloved husband, Jean, and son, Jan, Polly is preceded in death by her parents, William and Anna Jensen. A memorial service celebrating the life of Pauline “Polly” Strem will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the funeral.
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Verleth Hattie Oftelie, age 86, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN.
Verleth was born on March 18, 1930 in Rockville, MN, to Hubert and Adeline (Burger) Finneman. She went to Cold Spring Public Schools.
On April 12, 1947, Verleth married the love of her life, Clifford Oftelie. They had three children, Sandi, Carole, and Clifford Jr. They moved to Puyallup, WA and lived there for two years before moving to Crookston, MN.
Verleth worked for several retail businesses in Crookston, MN, including the Sweet Shop, the Grill Café, and the Ben Franklin Five and Dime. She then worked for the Crookston Police Department for twenty-one and a half years as a meter maid, among other duties. Verleth retired from the Crookston Police Department in 1988. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for many years.
Verleth loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed taking care of her husband, Clifford. She loved to cook, and spend time outdoors in her garden and going camping. She also enjoyed spending time and swimming with the ladies at the Golden Link Community Center.
Verleth is survived by her children, Sandi Oftelie of Moorhead, MN, Carole (Gaylord) Christle of Moorhead, MN, and Clifford Oftelie Jr. of Detroit Lakes, MN; grandchildren, Eric Swenson of Raleigh, NC, Shannon Wollertson of Wichita, KS, Ashley Wollertson of Wichita, KS, and Matthew Oftelie of Detroit Lakes, MN; five great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Clifford; her parents, Hubert and Adeline; and her brother, David Finneman. May God bless Verleth’s memory.
There will be a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN in the spring.

 

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Mavis Joy LaChance, 74, of Fargo, ND, and formerly of Crookston, MN, died early Monday morning, January 16, 2017, at Sanford Health in Fargo. A memorial service for Mavis will be held at a later date.
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Patricia Rose King, 52, of Crookston, MN, died of natural causes at her residence on Thursday, January 12, 2017. Patti, as she was affectionately known by her family and friends, was born at St. Paul, MN on January 9, 1965, to her birth-mother, Ramona “Noni” Paulson. On January 19th she was adopted by her loving parents, Ralph and MaryJane (Delorme) Hagen, of Crookston. While growing up in Crookston, Patti was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and graduated from Central High School in 1983. She was united in marriage to Jeffrey Lynn King on March 14, 1997 at Indianapolis, IN. Throughout her life Patti had lived and worked on both coasts of the United State and places in between, including California, North Carolina, Indiana, Arkansas, Minnesota, and elsewhere. She was employed as a photographer, worked for a carnival, and for 10 years was with Digi-Key in Thief River Falls. In recent years Patti also attended the University of Minnesota-Crookston before transferring to Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, MN, where she earned an Associate Degree with Academic Excellence in 2013. She was proudly inducted into Phi Theta Kappa there in 2012.  Patti found her birth-mother in February of 2013. They and their families were delighted to get to know each other. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and was always excited to see them. She had a cat named Teddy that she loved very dearly. Patti was very loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed.
Loving family members include her daughter: Rebecca Lynn Strand (Jeremiah Smith) of Thief River Falls, MN; granddaughter, Gracelynn Marie Strand; step-son, Jeffrey King Jr. (Megan Martin) of Newfolden, MN; step-grandchildren: Alana, Mariah-Jane, and Cameron King; father, Ralph Hagen of Crookston, MN; birth-mother, Noni Bordwell of Albuquerque, NM; siblings: Kenneth Hagen (Lori Kinney) of Coon Rapids, MN, Duane (Kerri) Hagen of Langdon, ND, and Ruth Hagen (Christian Carrico) of Strandquist, MN; half-brother and sisters, Ginger (Cameron) Lacy of Mountain View, CA, Pepper (Marz) Cooper of Albuquerque, and Danny Bordwell of Palmer, AK; dear friends, Jan Smit and Bruce Christensen of Crookston, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her mother, MaryJane, who died on July 6, 2013; 6-month old granddaughter, Aurora Rose King, who died on August 19, 2013; step-father, Ross Bordwell, who died on May 9, 2014; and an infant sister, Mary Hagen. May God bless Patti’s memory.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Patricia Rose King will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN, with The Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston in the spring.

 

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Solange (Asselin) (Beauchane) Radke
, 94 of Crookston, MN passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2016 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN.
Solange was born on April 7, 1922 in Crookston, MN to Fred and Clemence (Gousse) Asselin. She attended St. Joseph’s Academy and later Fisher Public School. She graduated from Fisher High School in 1939. At the age of 50 she went to Agassiz Valley School of Practical Nursing and graduated with an Associate Degree in nursing in 1973.
On February 19,1941 Solange married Alton Beauchane in Red Lake Falls. They had five children, Kenneth, Daniel, Dorothy, Ronald and Richard.
Solange worked for Woolworth’s in Crookston until the mid-1950’s. She then worked with Alton in construction until 1973. After nursing school she went to work for Riverview Nursing Home as a Licensed Practical Nurse from 1974-1987 and retired on May 22, 1987.
On January 5, 1980 she married Elmer Radke in Crookston.
She is survived by her children Kenneth (Patricia) Beauchane, of Fertile, MN; Daniel Beauchane of Owensville, IN; Dorothy (Ernest) Franklin of Orange Park, FL; Ronald (Monica) Beauchane of Red Lake Falls, MN and Richard Beauchane of Red Lake Falls, MN. Grandchildren Jody (Stacy) Beauchane, Chad (Jeannette) Beauchane, Eric Franklin, Ann (Randal) Gillund, Elliott (Tara) Franklin, Justin (Ruth) Beauchane, Deborah (Samuel) Higginbotham, Michelle (Anthony) Touketto, Christopher (Nichole) Beauchane; 23 great grandchildren, with three more on the way; five step children, Dean (Ginny) Radke, Connie (Robert) Nichols, Greg (Karen) Radke, Ken Radke, and David (Sandy) Radke.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; parents, Fred and Clemence; brother, Robert Asselin and his wife, Virginia; sister, Simone Audette and her husband, Walter; infant brother, William Eli Asselin; nephew, Don Audette; and niece Dolores (Audette) Ricard and her husband, Tom .
There will be a visitation from 5-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. The funeral mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Crookston, MN in the spring.
Solange was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart Circle and a former Hospice volunteer. She loved playing cards, walking and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

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Dennis Erickson, 74, died on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls, MN.
Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN, with Larry Myhrer officiating. A private burial will be held in the Spring at Rosewood Cemetery, New Solum Township, Marshall County, MN.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM, on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.
Dennis Willard Erickson was born on August 21, 1942 in Thief River Falls, MN, the son of Willard and Bernice (Johnson) Erickson.  He attended school in Thief River Falls. Dennis joined the United States Army and proudly served his country.  After his service he moved to the Twin Cities where he worked for Keys Well Drilling Company.  A few years later he moved back to Thief River Falls.  Dennis purchased his grandfather’s drilling rig and started Erickson Well Drilling where he drilled for over four decades. He later met Geraldine Joy Olson and they were married on December 10, 1972 in Goodridge, MN. They made their home in Thief River Falls along with their four children:  Wade, Kim, Marla, and Ranada. Dennis loved to hunt, socialize, and dance. As a third generation well driller, his passion was well known.  He was a member of the American Legion in Thief River Falls.  Dennis will always be remembered as a kind, generous, helpful, honest, and ethical man who will be dearly missed. 
Dennis is survived by his special friend, Darlene Clark of Lengby, MN;  his children, Kim (Mark Haugen) Foster, of Thief River Falls, MN, Marla (Jason) King of Thief River Falls, MN, Ranada Erickson of Denver, CO; 3 grandchildren, Samm Foster, Andrew Anderson, Ryan King; 2 great-grandchildren, Teagan Foster and Paxton Wilson; sisters, Diane Erickson of Thief River Falls, MN, and Debra Hagman of Fargo, ND; brother-in-law, Lloyd Olson, Fallon, NV, and several nieces and nephews.
Dennis was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Erickson; son, Wade Foster; parents, Willard and Bernice Erickson; infant brother, David Erickson; brothers-in-law, Ivan Olson, Harvey Olson, and LaVerne Olson.

 

 

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Alice J. Merkens,
95, Ada, Minnesota, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017, after a brief illness and surrounded by her family at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Funeral: 10:30AM Monday, January 16, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM, with a 6:30PM prayer service on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada. Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, rural Lockhart, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Kenneth Neil Egeland, 64, of Crookston, MN, died at his Oak Court apartment on Monday, January 9, 2017. A memorial graveside service for Kenny will be held at the Bygland Cemetery, rural East Grand Forks, MN at a later date. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Wilson Galland 94, of Mentor, MN passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine surrounded by his loving family. Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM in Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor, MN with Reverend Mike Sletto Officiating and guest speaker Pastor Leslie Galland. Burial will be held in the Faith Lutheran Cemetery, Mentor, MN. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 5 – 7 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor and also one hour prior to the service on Friday. Wilson Orlando Galland was born August 1st, 1922 on the family farm at Mentor, MN to Orin and Stena (Strand) Galland. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. He attended school in Mentor. Wilson was a farmer most of his life raising grain and cattle. On March 14th, 1943 he was united in marriage to Clara Sveningson. They have resided on the home farm where he was born for almost 73 years. When the farming wasn't too good, he and his brother, Chester, decided to find jobs elsewhere. In 1952 he started construction work to help build American Crystal Sugar beet factory in Crookston. When that was finished he worked on road construction between Fisher and Crookston. He also helped with construction of Trinity Church in Crookston and Riverview Hospital. His last 29 years of working out was at Central Bi-Products, Red Lake Falls. He retired because of his health. After retirement he loved going to garage sales. He became a real wheeler dealer. He had a sale every summer for about 10 years and enjoyed everyone. He especially liked to get old furniture. When that was getting hard to purchase, he quit but would keep busy with the yard work. He liked to have a big garden when he was able to take care of it. He never liked to sit around, he always wanted to work. In July of 2016 Wilson and Clara were awarded the Polk County Century farm award. Wilson entered the Pioneer Memorial Care Center in November of 2016. Wilson is survived by his loving wife of 73 years Clara at Mentor;  daughter Sharon (Bob) Wolf, of Crookston, MN, Sons Bruce (Lorraine) Galland of Bagley, MN and Reggie (Janis) Galland. of Mentor, MN; Ten Grandchildren, Becky (Paul) Kalvik, Karen Pruett, Jenny (Todd Cummings) Hanson, Chad, Melissa and Crispen Galland, Marcia (Jason) Sorensen, Jill (Leif) Kolstoe, Amy (Arick) Broden, Katie (Jason Bachmeier)  Galland. Ten precious Great-Grandchildren, Michael Galland, Paige, Megan & Grace Hanson, Hailey, Riley & Gunnar Broden, Natalie Bachmeier, Hunter Sorensen and Ava Kolstoe, along with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Chester, Raymond and infant brother Wilson. Four sisters, Viola Grimstad, Nell Bergh, Clara Bouffleur, Berdie Erickson.

 

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Bethel P. Visser, 93, Ada, Minnesota, died Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Funeral: 11:00AM Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Faith United Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM, with a 7:00PM prayer service on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com



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M. Beatrice Benson Foster, 92, Ada, Minnesota, died Monday, January 2, 2017, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. May Beatrice Monson was born at home on October 12, 1924, in Winchester Township, near Ada. She was the oldest daughter of Bert and Mabel (Halverson) Monson. She was baptized on November 16, 1924, by Rev. Jordal and later confirmed at First Lutheran in Ada by Rev. E.G. Larson.  She attended country grade school and graduated from Borup (MN) High School. “Bea” worked at various Ada businesses, retiring Ada Municipal Hospital where she worked as receptionist for 18 years. She was united in marriage to Bloyd Benson in April of 1946 and together they raised 3 sons. She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Ada VFW Auxiliary. Bloyd died in 1992.  Bea was united in marriage to Duane Foster in 1993, and they made their home in Ada. Bea was very talented in crochet, embroidery and fine needlework. She brought home many blue ribbons from the Norman County Fair craft show. Without hesitation she would donate or give away most of her work to anyone interested.  Bea loved her flower and vegetable gardens. You could tell by their beauty all the T.L.C. they had received. This was very evident in her and Duane’s lifestyle with their involvement with the less fortunate and hospitality showed to anyone that stopped for a visit.  Duane died in 2010. Bea had lived at home until moving the Benedictine Care Community in 2013. Bea is survived by two sons, Bruce (Dawn) Benson, and Brian (Jill) Benson, both of West Fargo, ND, her grandchildren, Kristopher (Nicole) Benson, Gretta (Chad) Johnson,  Marni (Andrew) Moch, Gretchen Wagendorf, Greta (Dave) Hatton, and Bennett Benson, two step daughters, Robin (Jay) McNamar, and Nancy Foster, two step grandchildren, Andrea Loe and Jaime (Tyrone) Canaday, four sisters, Elaine (Delmer) Hellerud, Harbor City, CA, Joyce Scott, Fargo, ND, Arleen Braaten, Felton, MN, Dorothy (Wayne) Hasz, Lester Prairie, MN, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands; Bloyd and Duane, and one son Blair. Funeral: 11:00AM Monday, January 9, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: For one hour before the funeral at the church. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
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Mary Arlene West, 82, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017, at her home on the farm near Fertile, MN.  Mary was born to Bernard and Mary Elizabeth (Kanz) Campbell on March 11, 1934, at Big Fork, MN.  She graduated from Bigfork High School in 1952.  While in High School, she worked as a nurses aid.  After graduation, she entered the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, MN. On the eve of her graduation, September 9, 1955, Mary married Clayton West at Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis.  They met in 1954, when Clayton got out of the Army.  They lived in St. Paul for two years where they had their first child, Terence, at the hospital where Mary was employed.  Mary and Clayton left St. Paul and moved to Burbank, CA where Mary had another son, Timothy, and later a daughter, Michelle.  She worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank until they decided to move to the home farm near Fertile.  Mary worked at Riverview Hospital in Crookston, MN, for a time.  Mary then worked in nursing homes in Twin Valley, Fosston and Crookston, where she was the Director of Nursing.  While Mary was working, at age 40, she attended Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Social Services.  Mary's last and most favorite job was Quality Assurance at Villa St. Vincent's Nursing Home in Crookston, MN.  Mary retired in 1996.  She loved the residents, as she loved her church family at Maple Bay.  Mary loved the Lord and devoted much of her life working for her Savior, Jesus Christ.  Clayton and Mary read devotions every morning.  Mary read her Bible at every opportunity.  She enjoyed teaching Bible Studies at home and parochial school in Fertile, where she was aided by Clayton to keep the youngsters in line.  Both Clayton and Mary loved their time together at Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church.  They especially loved the warm welcome they received when they began attending there 15 years ago.  Her main interests were reading books and writing.  They were so happy with the Pastors and wonderful piano and organ players.  Mary greatly enjoyed her fall trips with Clayton to the North Shore of Lake Superior to take in the beauty of God's creation and to visit family.  Christmas at the farm, when all the family would visit, was a very special time for her.  We were all blessed by her wealth of knowledge and her godly wisdom. Mary is survived by her husband, Clayton, Fertile, MN; three children: Terry (Roxanne), Moorhead, MN, Tim, Beltrami, MN and Michelle (Marc) Holman, Neche, ND; seven grandchildren: Anthony West, Sharell (Jeff) Wilson, Ryan Holman, Kayla (Luke) Grittner, Allison (Matt) Baker, Karlee West, and Tanner West; four great-grandchildren: Mason West, Jasiah, Jordan, and Journey Wilson; siblings: Barbara (Ken) Smith, Blaine, MN, Russell, Shevlin, MN, and Ron (Nancy), Hermantown, MN; several nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Gordon, Darell, Bill, and Jim, and two sisters, Margie Yurrick and Jean Irving. Visitation: 5-7 PM with a prayer service 6:30 PM, on Friday, January, 6, 2017, at the Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, Maple Bay, MN. Funeral: 11 AM Saturday, January 7, 2017, Maple Bay Free Church, Maple Bay, MN. Burial: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile. Pastor Bruce Dalager, Officiating. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141
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Linda Antoinette Hanson, 63, of rural Fisher, Minnesota, died December 27, 2016 at her home in Lowell Township.
Linda was born December 21, 1953 at Crookston, the daughter of Marvin and Chrisse (Wentzel) Hanson. She attended grade school in Fisher until the fall of 1962 when she moved with her parents to Blaine, Minnesota. Linda was a 1972 graduate of Coon Rapids High School.
She held several jobs in Minneapolis. In 1981 she moved with her parents to rural Fisher and attended Aaker’s Business College in Grand Forks.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Chrisse, December 1, 1992 and her father, Marvin, August 17, 2002, and her grandparents, Michael and Nettie (Eickhof) Wentzel and Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Hanson.
There will be a memorial service for Linda on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. with a visitation starting at 3:30 p.m. at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston, Minnesota. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, Minnesota in the spring.



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 Pearl Necola Laines, 97, passed away at the Halstad Living Center in Halstad, MN, on Thursday, December 29, 2016.
 There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. on April 15, 2017 with a visitation one hour prior to service at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN.



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Mary Arlene West, 82, Fertile, MN, died Sunday, January 1, 2017, at home in Fertile. Visitation will be 5-7 PM with a prayer service 6:30 PM, on Friday, January, 6, 2017, at the Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, Maple Bay, MN. Funeral is set for 11 am on Saturday, January 7, 2017, Maple Bay Free Church, Maple Bay, MN with Pastor Bruce Dalager officiating. Burial will be at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home. Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141)
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Clara Agnes Gabrielson,
93, Ada, MN, died Friday, December 23, 2016, at Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. 
Funeral: 11:00AM Thursday January 5, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: One hour before the service at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
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Raymond Albert Thielke, 81, of Crookston, MN, died Monday morning, December 26, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. In failing health he had entered the Villa the Friday before his passing.
Ray was born at Fisher, MN on March 14, 1935, the son of William and Clara (Wagner) Thielke. The family moved from Fisher to McIntosh where he graduated from high school in 1953. Ray later moved to East Grand Forks and was employed as a master mechanic at Absey Lincoln Mercury in Grand Forks. In 1968 he began working for Rydell Chevrolet in the same capacity, retiring from there in 1997. In semi-retirement Ray was a receptionist at the Villa St. Vincent from 2007 to2014.
Ray enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also an avid nature and wildlife photographer, and his specialty was photographing whitetail deer. He owned a cabin in Beltrami County and took great pride in working on it and finishing the interior spaces. It was his special place to spend time, and one of his fondest memories was of the big buck he shot one deer hunting season on the 40 acres he owned around the cabin.
Ray was a devoted member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston where he served on the Board of Trustees, and was head usher for 21 years. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Minnesota Deer Hunters’ Association, Minnesota Conservation Federation, and a life member of the North American Hunting Club.
Ray is survived by cousins: Charles Frisbie of Washougal, WA, Gerald and William Thielke of Willmar, MN, Marvin Thielke of Kandiyohi, MN, and Velma Schlick of Charles City, IA; and many 2nd cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Clara; brother, Roy Thielke; and other relatives. May God bless Ray’s memory.
The funeral service for Raymond Albert Thielke will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2016, at Our Savor’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will take place at the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, in the spring. Memorials may be given in Ray’s name to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Russell Lee Porter, 55, of rural Euclid, MN, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home early Saturday morning, December 24, 2016.
Russell was born at Crookston, MN on October 20, 1961, one of 5 children of the union of Dennis and Carol (Magsam) Porter. He grew up at Euclid and attended Crookston Central High School. Russ worked on the Henry Vasek and Brad Pulkrabek farms in the East Grand Forks-Euclid area for a few years, and then for the Garry Gravel Company at Euclid. He was later employed by the American Crystal Sugar Company in Crookston as a truck driver for over 20 years until his retirement. A daughter, Nicole, was born to Russ and her mother, Judy Boman.
Russ was an avid outdoorsmen and hunter, gardener, and fisherman. He enjoyed making sausage, taking trips to the casino, and riding his four-wheeler. However, his greatest passion was spending time with his grandkids and his 2 dogs, Baby and Shadow. Russ will be very lovingly missed.
Family members include his daughter, Nicole Porter (Brandon Meine) of Crookston, MN; son, Brent Boman of Euclid, MN; 6 grandchildren: Kaylee and Kyla Boman, Kaleb Armstrong, Bella Meine, Allyson Boman, and Allyza Meine; 2 brothers and a sister: Bruce (Shannon) Porter, Merle Porter, and Martha (Mark) Gust, all of Euclid; as well as, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Carol; daughter, Patricia “Trish” Boman; and sister, Justina “Tyke” Porter. Blessed be the memory of Russell Lee Porter.
A memorial service for Russ Porter will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. www.stenshoelhouske.com  

 

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Donald A. Hausten, 75, Ada, MN, died Monday, December 26, 2016, at his home. He was born to Richard and Evelyn (Rehn) Hausten in Fargo, ND, on May 31, 1941. Donald attended school in Ada. On August 6, 1965, Donald was united in marriage to Sandra Haaland at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. He held several positions as a mechanic before joining his mother and father in the family hardware store. Donald and Sandy took over the store in 1976 and operated it until 1992. From 1992 until 2009 he worked at United Power Equipment in Fargo.Don enjoyed working with people and was active around the community. In addition to the store, he was a volunteer firefighter for 25 years, a member the Lions, Jaycees, the American Legion and other organizations. He enjoyed coffee groups, fishing and traveling with friends and family. After retirement, Don worked in his shop repairing lawn equipment, woodworking and tinkering. He enjoyed the lake, spending time with Sandy, and their children and grandchildren. He will be remembered as friendly, caring and helpful. Donald is survived by Sandra, his wife of 51 years; children Kimberly Thompson, Ada; Eric (Tammy), Detroit Lakes, MN; grandchildren: Jordan Thompson, Katie Thompson, Jonathan Hausten and Morgan Hausten; brother, Richard, Burnsville, MN; sister Cynthia (Richard) Drevlow, Rothsay, MN; sister-in-law Zola Ste. Marie, Red Lake Falls, MN; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marion Schumacher, brothers-in-law Ray Schumacher, Donald Ste. Marie, Clifford Volkerding and Noel Haaland; and sisters-in-law Rosanne Hausten and Flo Volkerding.
Memorial Service: 11:00AM Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home

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Wyman Ellsworth Holland, age 85 of Fargo, North Dakota, formerly of Ada, Minnesota passed away peacefully on December 27, 2016 following a Christmas surrounded by family.  Wyman was born on March 9, 1931 in Mayville, North Dakota, where he grew up and graduated from high school before attending Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and serving in the United States Army.  Wyman played trumpet in the 89th Army Band.  He graduated from Concordia College in 1955.  He met his wife, Helen Schiefer, while attending Concordia and they were married in Kenmare, North Dakota on July 22, 1956.  Wyman taught instrumental and vocal music in Finley, North Dakota and Lisbon, North Dakota public school systems.  Following this he taught instrumental music in Ada, Minnesota.  He retired in 1993 after teaching for 38 years.  Wyman was a member of The American Federation of Musicians, The National Education Association, Music Educators National Council, The American Legion, and Grace Lutheran Church in Ada, Minnesota.  He enjoyed many hobbies, especially fishing, hunting, golf, and tennis.  He also enjoyed trips to Arizona with Helen during winter months. Most of all Wyman loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and cherished time spent with his wife, Helen.  He was preceded in death by parents Walter and Elizabeth (Seim) Holland, sister Elnor (Holland) Hoople, and brother-in-law Allyn Hoople.  He is survived by his wife Helen; children Paul (Jane) Holland, John (Emilie) Holland, David (Tracy) Holland, Mary (Dan) Hamann; grandchildren Connor, Caylie, Tatum, Griffin, Carlyn, Kristin, and Laura (Toby) Anheluk; and great-granddaughter Holland Anheluk.
Funeral: 10:00AM Friday, December 30, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: On Friday for one hour before the funeral at the church.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
www.fredriksonfh.com

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Lillian Thompson, 86, Ada, MN, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada. A service will be held at a later date at the Ada Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com

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Leo LaCoursiere of Brooks, MN, passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2016 at Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls, MN. Memorial services will be held on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Johnson Funeral Service, Oklee, MN with Larry Myhrer officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service on Friday at the funeral home in Oklee. Leo Louis LaCoursiere was born on January 10, 1937 in Lambert Township, rural Oklee, MN, the son of Paul Joseph and Irene Cecelia (Mercy) LaCoursiere.  He attended country school in Lambert Township. Leo proudly served his country in the United States Army.  Upon his honorable discharge, he returned home to start farming. Leo was united in marriage to Darlene Ellefson.  To this union was born one son, Lyle. Leo farmed for many years.  He also worked at the Brook Cheese Factory, American Crystal Sugar, and the Red Lake County Highway Department.  Leo was mechanically minded and enjoyed fixing things wherever he worked. On July 18, 1998 Leo was married to Shirley (Beiswenger) Eckstein.  In the winter months Leo and Shirley enjoyed the winters in Texas. Leo is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Lyle (Cecilia) LaCoursiere of Clovis, NM; 6 step-children, Sherryl, Cal (Mary), Rick, Randy (Elaine), Steve (Sandy), Chad (Shirley); grandchildren, Lace and Ethan LaCoursiere; 8 step-grandchildren; 4 step great-grandchildren; sisters, Darleen (Art) Overbye, Marcy (Ron) Baitinger, Judy LaCoursiere, Diane Rautanen, Linda Genteman, and Annette (Doug) Rodich; many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Jackie Baker and Mary Chrapla. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Oklee Ambulance Service. Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Rosella Schuette, 89, Ada, MN, formerly of Hopkins, MN, died Saturday, December 24, 2016, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada. A memorial service will be held in Hopkins, MN followed by a graveside service at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Raymond Albert Thielke, 81, of Crookston, MN, died Monday morning, December 26, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. The funeral for Ray will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2016, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, in the spring. www.stenshoelhoukse.com.

 

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Russell Lee Porter, 55, of rural Euclid, MN, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home early Saturday morning, December 24, 2016.
A memorial service for Russ Porter will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service.


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Verna Marie Eide, 86, Fertile, MN, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.
Verna was born on February 21, 1930, to Roy and Anna (Hillesland) Sanden at home in rural Mahnomen, MN. Verna attended country school near her home and graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1948. She continued her education at Bethesda Nursing School in Crookston, MN, graduating with an LPN degree in 1949. She worked at Bethesda Hospital in Crookston, MN until 1952.
On August 24, 1952, Verna married Alf Eide at 1st Lutheran Church in Mahnomen, MN. They were blessed with four children: Helen Jean, James, John and Lisa. Verna and Alf settled in Fertile and operated Eide Mercantile with Alf’s brother Anders. Verna cared for her children until they were in school, then joined Alf and Anders at the store. Eide Mercantile served the community for over 115 years, closing in December of 1996 when Verna and Alf retired.Verna enjoyed volunteer work, especially at Concordia Church in Fertile. She was active in the Concordia Quilters, Service Groups, Circle, Concordia Ladies Aid Food Stand and Luther League. She also enjoyed Study Club, Homemakers and Fair Meadow Guild. Verna and Alf volunteered at the Agassiz Environmental Learning Center during the winter and summer months, at the Polk County Fair and assisted folks with trips to the store or doctor. She was a tremendous cook and enjoyed sharing with others. Especially popular were her lemon pies and bars. She was an avid bird watcher and loved feeding and identifying birds. She enjoyed wildlife of all kinds, squirrels not so much! Verna volunteered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at a grass roots level performing water quality surveys for nearly 40 years on Union Lake.  She enjoyed spending time at the family cabin on Union Lake, listening to the loons and watching the eagles. She loved to visit with people and spend time with her family and friends.
Verna is survived by her children: James (SallyJo), West Fargo, ND, John (Lina), Fargo, ND; and Lisa (John) Bartholomew, Richland, WA; four grandchildren: David and Thomas Eide, Maxwell and Isabel Bartholomew; Sisters: Clarice DeBoer, Crookston, MN; and Ruth Ann (Jack) Kennedy, Edinburg, TX; brothers: Boyd (Dianne) Sanden, Moorhead, MN; and Dale (Sandee) Sanden, Thief River Falls, MN; and many nieces, nephews and longtime friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alf (2012), two daughters, Helen Jean and a baby daughter, brother LeRoy, and sister, Randi Wendt.
Funeral is 11 AM Wednesday, December 28, 2016, Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN with visitation 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, in the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will be at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com

 


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Beverly Joyce Hams (Floberg), 84 of Shelly, MN, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Lincoln, NE.
Funeral: 11:00 AM, Friday, January 6, 2017, at Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church, Shelly, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN. Burial: Shelly Cemetery, rural Shelly, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 


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Muret Carrol Berhow, 99,  was born to Oliver (August) and Alma (Overland) Berhow on May 20, 1917 in Liberty township northwest of Fertile, Minnesota.  He was the oldest of seven children.
Muret was baptized and confirmed at Varnes Lutheran Church, Liberty Township.  He attended Lakeview School and Liberty School near Fertile, MN.  As a child he was an avid hunter and trapper. While a young man Muret farmed with his parents NW of Fertile. During the depression, at 17 years of age, he left home for 3 years to join the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) and in 1942 at the age of 24 he joined the United States Navy. Muret sailed on the USS Joseph Hewes, USS LST 173, and USS Waukesha. He survived the sinking of the Joseph Hewes during an attack at Casablanca and hid along the shore of Africa until being rescued.  Muret did tours taking him to Africa, Italy, France, England, Hawaii, Okinawa and the Philippines. While on the USS Waukesha he was present for the Japanese surrender and participated in the occupation of Nagasaki, Japan after the atomic bomb was dropped there.  He was honorably discharged on February 28, 1946 with the rank of Chief Ship Fitter. While on leave in Washington DC he met Dorothy Pilger.  They married in 1946 and made their home on the family farm NW of Fertile.  Here they raised two daughters, Patrice and Terese.  Muret was active in Varnes Church his entire life.   Muret also served on the Fertile Beltrami Schoolboard, and was an active member of the National Farmers Organization. Muret had a knack for problem solving, designing, and building things.  One of his favorite projects was a functioning four wheel drive tractor made from scratch. His retirement found him enjoying his projects in the shop. Muret especially loved his wife Dottie and his kids and grandkids, often telling them he loved them more than they’d ever know.  He was thrilled to get to know his great granddaughters Louisa and Eva in his very old age.  He also loved his nieces and nephews, friends, his Norwegian descent, and farm life.  Building things in his shop, visiting with friends or family, telling a good story, and making new acquaintances were his favorite pastimes.
Muret is survived by his daughters Pat Wilson (Jim), Terry Hest (Jim); grandchildren: Michael Wilson, Katherine Wilson, Ben Hest (Kelsey); two great granddaughters, Louisa and Eva Hest; nieces, nephews and many grandnieces and grandnephews. Muret was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, father August, and mother Alma; Siblings: Burnice  (Elden) Engelstad, Marvin (Stella) Berhow, Carna (Ward) Trager, (Bill Russell), DeLoris (Don) Doak, Arlene (Bill) Blewett, Leon (Corrine) Berhow.  Nephews and nieces: Gary Doak, Alex and Bob Toebbe, Kelly and Dianne Engelstad, Wayne Berhow, and one Grandnephew: Chris Doak.
Funeral will be at 11 AM on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN with visitation from  5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM on Monday, December 26, 2016, at the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will be at  Varnes Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141)
www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

 


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Joyce Elaine Pierson,
84, Fertile, MN, died Sunday, December 18, 2016, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.  She was born on March 1, 1932, to Emil and Josephine (Lecy) Sonstelie in rural Winger, MN.  Joyce was confirmed at Sand Hill Lutheran Church, rural Winger.  In 1950, she graduated from the McIntosh High School, McIntosh, MN.  Following her schooling, Joyce moved to Fertile and worked at Ole’s Café, and later as a grocery clerk.
On June 7, 1951, Joyce was united in marriage to Arvin Pierson at Webster, SD.  After having three boys, Joyce stayed home to care for them until 1966.  Arvin and Joyce bought Stenberg’s Hartz Grocery Store.  Together they operated the store until October of 1989, when they sold the business to their son, Allen and his wife, Laura. During their retirement years, Joyce and Arvin travelled to Arizona during the winter months and enjoyed camping and fishing in the summer months on Upper Red Lake, Lake of the Woods, and Canada.  She was a longtime member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile American Legion Auxiliary and the Crookston VFW Auxiliary. Joyce and Arvin enjoyed life together.  Raising a family of boys stretched Joyce’s personality in a great way.  Fishing with her family and camping developed tremendous memories for her and the family.  Planting seeds and watching them grow into nutritious vegetables and colorful flowers gave Joyce a sense of accomplishment.  Cooking for her family, especially around the holidays, was a joy for Joyce, as she loved to gather, play games and laugh with her children and grandchildren.  Joyce will be greatly missed by all.
Joyce is survived by her sons: David (Debra), Wadena, MN, Allen (Laura), Fertile, MN, and Keith (Deborah), Grand Forks, ND; three granddaughters: Amanda (Mike) Syverson, Fertile, MN, Caty (Terry) Larson, Fertile, MN, and Mariah (Matthew) Simonson, Grand Forks, ND; great-grandchildren: Willow, Koa, and Wren Larson, all of Fertile; and several nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Arvin, sister, Cordelia Slusser, and brother, Orvin Sonstelie.
Funeral will be 11 AM Friday, December 23, 2016 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN with visitation one hour before the service.  Burial will be at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141)
www.eriksonvikfh.com

 


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Michael Majeres
of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at his home in Red Lake Falls surrounded by his loving family.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Dorothy Catholic Cemetery at Dorothy, MN.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 21, from 4 – 7 PM with a prayer service at 6 PM at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.
Michael Joseph Majeres Jr, was born on August 22nd, 1936 the son of Michael Sr. and Cecilia (Schmitz) Majeres. He grew up in Red Lake Falls MN and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1956. Michael Joined the Army National Guard in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1964. He worked for Deboer Farms in Crookston and then took a job with Detroiter Mobile Homes (Homark) in Red Lake Falls and worked there for 30+ years. After his retirement from Homark he kept busy with maintenance at the Altru Clinic and mowing for the Catholic Church of Red Lake Falls.
Michael met the love of his life Marlene Wald, and they married on August 5th, 1961. To this union they had 8 children. Together they loved to bowl and play cards with friends.   You could always find Mike out in his garage tinkering with something or in the yard on his mower. He loved to watch football, Hockey and baseball. He loved his MN Gophers. Mike was a volunteer with the Red Lake Falls Ambulance Service and the Blue Line Club. He was very active in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, as a lector, communion minister and with home bound ministry.  He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. The Majeres family was the Knights of Columbus Family of the Year in 2011.
He loved the Lord, his wife and family. There was always a happy smile when his children and grandchildren came for a visit.
He is survived by his wife Marlene of 55 yrs., children Margaret (Joe) Fox, Blaine MN,  Michelle (Steve) Hulst, Crookston MN, David (Shawn) Majeres, Thief River Falls MN, Mary Jo (Jim) Peltier East Grand Forks MN, Steven Majeres, Elk River MN, Greg (Sylvia) Majeres, Plummer MN, Son In-law Randy Sauve, Red Lake Falls MN; Grandchildren Jonathan (Sheila) and Ashley (Conrad) Sauve, Emily Fox, Megan (Derek) Brault, Hunter Hulst, Mariah Carr, Nathanial (Brittany) and Colton Peltier, Ihle Majeres, Shawna, Ethan, Vanessa, and Nickolas Majeres.  Step Great Grandchildren Elaina and Jameson Dombeck; Brothers and Sisters Don(Mary Jean) Majeres, Barbara Dufault, Ted (Joan) Majeres,  Yvonne (John) Garman. Sister In-Laws Joyce Grabanski and Marilyn Wald, Brother In-Law Victor (Kathy) Wald.
He is preceded in death by Infant son Joseph Majeres, daughter Diane Sauve, infant grandson Christopher Majeres, Parents Michael and Cecilia Majeres  and in-laws Mike and Christine Wald. Brother Gerald Majeres. Brother and Sister In-Laws Richard Dufault, Jerilyn Majeres, Pete Wald, Robert Grabanski, Allan Wald, Richard and Ione Wald, Betty Ann Nettum.


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Muret Berhow, 99, Fertile, MN, died Monday, December 19, 2016 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center, Erskine, MN. Funeral: 11 AM on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM on Monday, December 26, 2016, at the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial: Varnes Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile.  Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com


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Jack C. Pratt, age 75, died peacefully at home in Hopkins, MN surrounded by his family on December 5, 2016 after living with cancer for two years. He was born February 3, 1941 in Grand Rapids, MN to parents Ann and Gerald Pratt. He grew up in Crookston, MN and moved to the Twin Cities in 1965. He served his country in the Navy, and served his hometown community of Hopkins as a police officer for 30 years. Even in retirement, he could be found ‘patrolling’ the neighborhood by making rounds to check in on friends and family, offering hugs or a helping hand. He was a fan of cappuccino, travel, foreign language, garage sales, spending time with family, and thrived on performing random acts of kindness. He could often be found in his workshop, doing projects around the house and yard, or picking up the grandkids for a Saturday morning adventure. He was a tall guy with a huge heart, optimistic spirit, hearty laugh, and a glimmer in his eye. He was a devoted husband and well-loved brother, father, grandfather, and uncle. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ann and Gerald, and brother, Jerry. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Susan; sons, Michael (Julie) and Sean (Julie Kesti); grandchildren, Dan, Kaija and Millie; sister, Barbara (Phil) Wright; nieces, Mikki Morin, Jody Wait, and Ali DeCamillis; nephew, Paul Morin and their families along with numerous cousins. Jack was a friend to many and a stranger to none. Memorial service Tuesday, December 27 at 11 AM at Gethsemane Lutheran, 715 Minnetonka Mills Rd. Hopkins, MN and visitation one hour before. Followed by a luncheon. Memorials preferred to: Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Open Arms MN, or Methodist Hospital Hospice.

 

 

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Russell Sundet,
passed away peacefully on December 16, 2016 at Riverview Memory Care in Crookston.  He was 99 years old.  Russ was born on July 28, 1917 in Crookston to Ole and Beata “Bertha” (Morgan) Sundet, the 3rd of 4 children, and baptized and confirmed at the former English Lutheran Church.  He attended Central High School where he played both offensive and defensive guard in football, and graduated in 1935.  While in high school he worked at the Lyric and Grand Theaters.  Russ volunteered into the U.S. Army in 1942 and attended basic training at Hammer Field in Fresno and placed into the Engineer Corps.  After training Russell was transferred overseas to Burma as part of the 1891st Engineer Aviation Battalion in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  In 1944 he travelled over the Burma Road to China and the home of the Flying Tigers.  He served as 1st Sergeant, building forward airstrips and bridges.  In 1945 Russell returned to the U.S. and was Honorably Discharged in 1946. After meeting in a blind date, Russell and Helen Mae Schmidt were married on June 21, 1949.  They had two children, Richard and Judy.  Sadly Helen passed away on November 22, 1998. After returning to Crookston from the Army, Russell went back to work as manager of the Lyric, Gopher and Grand Theaters.  In 1958 he opened “Sundet’s Toy and Hobby Shop” and continued for that first year to work at the hobby shop during the day and theaters in the evening.  He was “the hobby shop man” to many generations of Crookston children, keeping them well supplied with school supplies, toys, models, and lots and lots of candy.  He loved to pull tricks and gags on the children and adults alike that entered his shop, and magically pulled coins out from behind many ears.  He sold the shop and retired in 1980.  He also worked as a professional photographer from the late 1940’s to early 1960’s, including photographing and designing family Christmas cards and developing them in the basement of his home. Russell was considered a local historian of events in the Crookston and Red River Valley area.  Between 1987 and 1995 he wrote numerous articles for the Golden Link monthly newsletter, several of which were also published in the “Red River Valley Memories.”  In 1998 Russ purchased his first computer, which led to the compilation of his stories into a small book entitled “Reminiscing with Russ,” with about 300 copies distributed to friends and relatives. Around this time he also taught himself the Norwegian art of rosemaling, spending many hours in the basement creating pieces from wood which were later transformed into works of art.  He took great joy in presenting these pieces to everyone he knew. Both Russ and Helen loved to travel and attended several reunions of the 1891st Engineering Battalion. They also made numerous trips to Alaska, the West coast, the East coast, and Disney World.  After retirement they spent most of their summers at Lake Sarah where Russ found plenty of projects to work on. Russ was very proud of his hometown of Crookston and served on numerous boards and committees, including the City Council as Alderman of the First Ward from 1969-74, Chairman of the Polk County Library Board, Building Chairman of the new library, Chairman of the Board for Polk, Norman and Marshall Counties Boy Scouts, Advisory Committee for the Northern Lights Boy Scout Regional Council, Valley Crossing Arts Council, “Art in the Park”, President of the Model Airplane Club, and President of the Crookston Collector Club.  He was considered an expert in rare coins and stamps, and often called upon by estates to estimate the value of stamp and coin collections.  In addition he arranged the start-up of the Girl Scouts in Crookston in the early 1970’s, assisted the City of Crookston during numerous flood fights, and taught classes on Bible archeology. Russ was honored as “Outstanding Volunteer” in 1984 and “Experienced American in 1989. He was long-time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was never afraid to learn something new no matter how challenging. But Russ will perhaps best be remembered for his sense of humor and jokes, some good and some not so good and some that leave the recipient wondering why he even remembered such a joke.  He will be greatly missed by all whom he touched. Russell leaves behind his son Richard (Kathrin) and their two sons, Tomas and Jamie of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter Judy (Sundet) Keasler and her son Lyon of Crookston; sister Maxine Sundet of Crookston, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Alice Smith, brother Wallace Sundet, his loving wife Helen, and son-in-law Gene Keasler. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the care givers at Riverview Memory Care for their years of caring for Russell. There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m with a visitation starting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. 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Darlene E. Reinarz, age 73, of Clearbrook, MN passed away in her home, with her family by her side, on December 15, 2016.
Darlene was born in Clearbrook, MN on February 10, 1943 to Elmer and Anna (Jacobson) Erickson. She attended Clearbrook Public School and obtained her G.E.D. in 1985. Darlene married Donald J. Peterson on December 26, 1959, and they had five children together; Delilah, Delmar, Doug, Daryl, and Darin. Donald passed away in 2004. On July 5, 2008 Darlene married Hubert Reinarz and was blessed to have his son, Hubert the fourth, join the family.
Darlene lived in Bygland from 1964-1989 before moving to Fisher, MN. She then moved back to Clearbrook in 2006. Darlene cooked all of her life. She worked in numerous food services until 1985. From 1985 until her retirement in 2005, she was the head cook at the Fisher Public School.  Darlene was famous for her caramel rolls and breadsticks, which she would make once a week for the school children. She also fed her grandchildren well and protected them at school. Darlene was a member of the Fisher Bygland Lutheran Church and later attended the Sam Hill Church.
Darlene loved to remodel. She was known for tearing down walls and working on various construction projects. Darlene would give all of her grandchildren cookbooks which would include recipes for all of their favorite foods that she would make for them. Later in life, she enjoyed going to casinos. She would always win and never lost. Darlene was known by everyone to be a tough, but very loving and self-sacrificing person who would do anything for her loved ones.
Darlene is survived by her husband, Hubert; her children, Delilah (David) Strand of Fisher, MN, Delmar (Cathryn) Peterson of Fisher, MN, Doug (Stacey) Peterson of Fisher, MN, Daryl (Jacob) Rocca of Pakistan, Darin Peterson of Fisher, MN,  and Hubert (Nichole) Reinarz of St. Cloud, MN; grandchildren, Travis, Amy, Alyssa, Bryon, Nichole, Ashley, Cocoa, Blake, Mallory, Jordan, Tanner, Lucas, Shelby, Kaylie, Devin, Anikka, Miranda, Chloe, and Avery; twelve great-grandchildren, with three on the way; siblings, David (Cheryl) Erickson of Clearbrook, MN, Terry (Penny) Erickson of Leonard, MN, Nancy (Kenny) Eck of Proctor, MN, Mickey (Randy) Sunquist of Gonvick, MN, Mark Erickson of Gonvick, MN, and Elmer Erickson Jr. of Gonvick, MN.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Anna; and her brother, Gary Erickson. May God bless Darlene’s memory.
There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the Fisher Lutheran Church in Fisher, MN. Interment will be at the Fisher Lutheran Cemetery.
 

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John Fournier, Oklee, MN, age 62 died On Wednesday December 14, 2016 at First Care Living Center, Fosston, Mn. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Monday December 19, 2016 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Oklee, MN with Father Adam Hamness Officiating. Burial at St Francis Xavier Cemetery, Oklee, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
John Isaac Fournier was born March 24, 1954 in Red Lake Falls, Mn. He was the son of Paul Fournier and Ida (Desrosier) Fournier. He was raised in and attended school in Mentor, Mn.
He had a happy life in his small home in Oklee, Mn. He owned his own boat and enjoyed his favorite pastime of fishing. John worked 30 years for American Crystal Sugar Company in Crookston, Mn.
John was survived by his brother Ronald Gene Fournier (wife Donna) of White Bear Lake, Mn and Paulette Januszewski of Erskine, Mn. His nine nieces and nephews and 10 grand nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Paul and Ida, his infant sister Juliette, his brother in law, Stanley Januszewski Sr, and his niece Connie (Januszewski) Brekke.
John Fournier or Fred to many of his friends, was a real character. He will be missed by us all.
The Family of John Fournier would like to thank you for your kindness and sympathy. Please join us for the lunch and fellowship in the church basement following the burial at St. Francis Xavier Church Cemetery, Oklee, Mn.

 

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Elizabeth J. Volker, 60, Crookston, died Monday, December 12, at her home.  Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Monday, December 19 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Crookston with Reverend Steve Bohler, officiating. There will be a spring burial at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN.
Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Elizabeth Jean Knudson was born September 19, 1956 in Devils Lake, ND to Donald and Sybil (Kelly) Knudson.  She moved to Crookston, MN with her family as a young girl and is a 1975 graduate of Crookston Central High School.  She worked for many years in the admitting department at Riverview Hospital and spent her recent years as a stay at home mom.  Elizabeth was united in marriage to Arlin Volker May 30, 2003 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Crookston
Elizabeth enjoyed jewelry making, photography, decorating her home, and traveling.
Survivors include her husband, Arlin Volker of Crookston, 2 sons: Heath Waxler of Grand Forks, ND, Ben Waxler of Moorhead, MN, 2 granddaughters: Lexia and Lilliana Waxler, 2 brothers: Greg (Jeanine) Knudson of Louisville, CO, Brad Knudson of Crookston, 2 sisters: Kathy (Dan) Tuseth of Crookston and Caryl (Craig) Forseth of Sun City, AZ; and sister-in-law, Karen Knudson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, Livia and a brother, Mark.  Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is serving the family.

 

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Teri Jeanne Engel, 69, of Fisher, MN passed away at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 with her loving family by her side. She was diagnosed with cancer shortly before Thanksgiving.
Teri was born in Crookston, MN on August 19, 1947, the daughter of Ray and Jeanne (Quigley) Hollands. She grew up in Fisher, was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Church, and graduated from Fisher High School in 1965. She then attended cosmetology school in Grand Forks and earned her license as a cosmetologist. On April 22, 1967 Teri was united in marriage to Roderick Engel at St. Francis Catholic Church. The couple made their home in Fisher all their married lives and together raised 4 children: Roderick, Nicole, Scott, and Heidi. Teri’s life centered on her kids and grandkids. She never missed any of their sporting events and school activities and loved being involved in their lives.  All of Teri’s kids, grandkids, and many referees were very familiar with Teri’s voice during sporting events.  She was always passionate about rooting for her loved ones.
Teri loved the outdoors.  She spent countless hours fishing with her husband, her kids, grandkids, and friends on Lake of the Woods and took as much joy in watching others catch fish as she did herself.  She also enjoyed hunting deer, ducks, geese, and grouse with her father and husband when she was younger. Not only did Teri love and appreciate the outdoors, she and Rod instilled a great love for the outdoors in their children too.
Teri leaves behind her husband of 49 years, Rod; their 4 children and spouses: Roderick (Karen) Engel of Pelican Rapids, MN, Nicole (Jason) Wardner of Crookston, MN, Scott (Janna) Engel of Ada, MN, and Heidi (Nick) Hawkins of Fargo, ND; 10 grandchildren: Shari Olson and Katie (fiancé, Ryan Smith) Hanson, Erik and Austin Engel, Cody, Logan and Brianna Wardner, Ryan and Morgan Engel, and Nicholas Hawkins, Jr.; 3 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Grace, and Fynn; a brother and sister-in-law, Merle and Pat Hollands of Fisher, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Jeanne Hollands; brother, William Hollands; and nephew, Lance Hollands.
A visitation with Teri’s family will be held at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 5-7:00 P.M., with a 7:00 P.M. prayer service and time of memory sharing. At Teri’s request there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given in her name to the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, ND or Hospice of the Red River Valley in Grand Forks, ND. 
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Jane Grega, 56, of Grand Forks, ND, formerly of Warren, MN, passed away on December 12, 2016, surrounded by family at Altru Cancer Hospital, Grand Forks, ND. Jane Marilyn Grega was born on July 28, 1960, in Warren, to John and Mae (Engelstad) Grega. She grew up in rural Warren, being baptized in Our Savior's Lutheran Church on September 18, 1960. She was confirmed there on May 18, 1975, and graduated from Warren High School in 1978. After graduation, Jane attended the AVTI in East Grand Forks, graduating in 1980 with a secretarial degree. In 1986, Jane moved into Grand Forks. She worked for most of her career at University of North Dakota, starting in the Econ. Dept. and later working in UND Medical Records, the Chester Fritz Library, and the Thormodsgard Law Library. She retired in 2008, and after that worked as a “stay-at-home auntie.” In January of 2013, Jane received a cancer diagnosis and made the most of her final years. Jane was a lifelong lover of music. Whether it was singing in the All-State Lutheran Choir, the OSL Youth Choir, singing in church, or just listening to her record collection, she always had a song in her heart. This contrasted a bit with her passion for sports; primarily yelling at the TV over football, hockey or NASCAR. She loved her family, and enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews and attending their events. She will be remembered in a special way this Christmas, for how she reveled in the season of giving and decorating. She is survived by her siblings, Merlin "John" (MaryEllen) Grega of Black Hawk, SD, Marlyce (Ron) Thompson of Ortonville, MN, Marcia (David) Meine of Crookston, MN, Joan (Gary) Peterson of Warren, and Janice (Skip) Berndt of Warren; nieces and nephews, Michael (Michelle) Persson, Matthew (Jess) Thompson, Elizabeth (Danny) Fischer, James (Nicole) Thompson, Crystal Meine, Brandon (fiancee, Nicole) Meine, John, Grant, and Jarrod Peterson, Keith (Lisa) Janicke, Kent Janicke, and Bonnie Janicke; great-nieces and great-nephews, Kamryn, Kaleb, Kennedy, Zachary, Brooke, Kianna, Bella Rose, Kaylee, Kylah, Parker, Masynn, Mikayla, Molly, Maddi, Michael, Joey, Craig, Jasmine, and Mya; and close friend, Ann Mondry. Jane was preceded in death by her parents; many aunts and uncles; and brother-in-law, Allan Janicke.
Visitation: Friday, December 16, 2016, from 5-7:00 PM, with a prayer service at 6:30 PM, in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Warren, MN; and one hour before the funeral service.
Funeral Service: Saturday, December 17, at 10:30 AM, in Our Savior's, Warren.
Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Warren, MN.
Arrangements By: DuBore Funeral Home of Warren.

 

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Vance D. Schipper, 86, a lifelong resident of rural Crookston, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly at Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, Minnesota, on December 13, 2016. 
Vance was born in Crookston on May 8, 1930 to Edward and Sylvia (Frisbie) Schipper. He grew up on the family’s farm, and even as a young boy began working with his father and brothers helping with everything from spring planning to fall harvest. Vance received his education in a Polk County country school and the Crookston public schools, and graduated from Central High School in 1948. At the age of seventeen, he enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard and was stationed at Camp Rucker, Alabama in 1950. He received his honorable discharge from the US Army in 1952. Vance was united in marriage to June Marion Segler of Dothan, Alabama on June 12, 1954, in a ceremony that took place in Dothan. The young couple purchased a farm in Parnell Township, rural Crookston, and Vance began his own farming operation. Together, Vance and June raised four children: Ila, Quinn, Vana and Leah. During these years Vance also worked on the construction of the American Crystal Sugar Company factory in Crookston. After Crystal opened, he was employed as a chemist in the lab during the winter campaign season for the next twenty-five years. Vance was very interested in alternative energy sources and became a ‘solar energy pioneer.’ He and June built an energy efficient house on their farm in 1981, with the technology receiving a lot of regional attention. After his retirement from farming, Vance entered into a partnership with his cousin, Bryan Schipper, operating a used car and utility trailer business. He eventually went on his own with the trailer part of the business and became well known throughout the area as “The Trailer Man”. In 2004 Vance and June moved from the farm to a home in Crookston Township, near Crookston.
Vance had been very active in the Church of Christ since his childhood. He served as an Elder and Chairman of the Church Board for many years. He also served on the Boards of the Oakdale Cemetery Association and the Polk County Historical Society. He was a longtime member of Crookston Masonic Lodge 141 AF & AM and the Order of Eastern Star, and served terms as Lodge Master and Worthy Patron. He was also a member of Crookston’s American Legion Post #20. As one of the founders of the local Habitat for Humanity, he helped build several houses in Crookston. The City of Crookston honored Vance and June as “Experienced Americans” in February 1999. To Vance’s many friends he was known as a hard worker and good neighbor; always cheerful despite adversity, and ready to greet you with his signature “Happy Day!” To his family he became a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather. Vance’s beloved great-granddaughters became God’s sweetest gift in his declining years.
Vance leaves his loving wife of 62 years, June; their four children: Ila (Luis) Martinez of Wylie, TX, Quinn (Becky) Schipper of Stillwater, OK, Vana (Peter) Buckland of Webb City, MO, and Leah (Steve) Hanson of Council Grove, KS; six grandchildren: Brenna Kelley of Wylie, TX, Casey (Sarah) Pahlen of Ft. Worth, TX, Skylar Schipper of Carlsbad, CA, Audrey Buckland of Baltimore, MD, Austin (Leah) Buckland, and Alex Buckland of Webb City, MO; six great-granddaughters: Naomi Kelley (Tyler Stiles), Savannah and Karma Kelley, and Madison, Katelyn June and Taylor Pahlen; and a great-great-grandson Nathan Stiles. He is also survived by his sister, LaVada Hanson of Detroit Lakes, MN; two sisters-in-law, Walda Schipper of St. Louis Park, MN, and Audrey Schipper Murphy of Scottsdale, AZ; a brother-in-law, Sid B. Segler of Palm Bay, FL; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Sylvia; June’s parents, Jack and Eula Segler; two brothers, Burl and Dale Schipper; two half-sisters Josephine Raymond and Vernadine McIver; and two nephews, Scott and Todd Schipper. May God bless the memory of Vance Duane Schipper.
The memorial service celebrating the life of Vance Duane Schipper will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, December 19, 2016, at the Church of Christ, 321 5th Avenue South, in Crookston, with Pastor Dave Johnson, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Military honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given in Vance’s memory to the Church of Christ or a charity of your choice. www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 


 

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