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Dorothy M. Venn, 98, Halstad, MN, died Sunday at the
Halstad Living Center.
Dorothy's funeral service will be 2:00PM Thursday, October 23, 2014, at Kirkebo
Lutheran Church, Perley, MN, with visitation
for one hour before the funeral at the church. Burial
will be at Kirkebo Lutheran Cemetery, rural Perley, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com
Gladys Bernadine McCauley, age 93, of Crookston, MN, died Monday morning, October 20, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements.
Rosemary E. Menard, age 90, of Crookston, MN died Monday morning, October 20, 2014, at RiverView Health in Crookston. Mass of Christian Burial for Rosemary will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Thursday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7pm prayer service, and for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Laura Perreault Gervais,
age 94 Red Lake Falls, Minnesota died Friday October 17, 2014 at Valley Elder
Care in Grand Forks, ND, with her loving family at her side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN with Father Vincent Miller presiding and Deacon Denny Bivens. Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery.
Henry E. Gredvig, age 95, of Edina, MN, and a former
longtime Crookston, MN resident, died Thursday morning, October 16, 2014, at The
Willows of Vernon Terrace in Edina. Henry was born to G.H. and Clara (Morvig)
Gredvig on November 12, 1918
in Garfield Township, rural Fertile Minnesota. He grew up on the family farm and
was a graduate of Fertile High School. Henry was a WWII veteran, having served
with the US Army in the South Pacific. On December 31, 1945 he was united in
marriage to Mernie Kaste at the Little Norway Lutheran Church near Fertile.
Henry and Mernie lived in Chicago for a few months while Henry went to school
and then came to Crookston in the fall of 1946 to make their home. He served as
Polk County Assessor for twenty-seven years before retiring in 1984.
Professionally, he was a two term president of the State Assessor’s Association,
and secretary of a seven state area Council of Assessors. Henry and Mernie
enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family. Mernie passed away on May
As a proud contributor to the community of Crookston, Henry was active in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston Lions Club, Polk County Historical Society, and the Boy Scouts. He served on the City Council for several years and devoted countless hours of service dedicated to the nurturing and promotion of the Crookston community. He was very proud of his Norwegian roots in the farming community of Fertile where he grew up, working and playing with his six sisters and five brothers. Henry celebrated his heritage as a longtime member of the Sons of Norway Morgensol Lodge in Crookston.
Several years ago Henry moved to Edina, MN to be near his daughter, Karen, and her family. He delighted in the accomplishments of his granddaughters, Clara and Emma, and was generous in his support of their endeavors. At age 93 he began painting with an art therapist, and the scenes he painted were almost all those of his beloved Fertile, the Sand Hills, and Crookston. Special thanks are extended to the staff of The Willows of Vernon Terrace and Fairview Hospice for their kindness and care.
Henry is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Douglas Boyum of Edina, MN; granddaughters, Clara and Emma Boyum of Minneapolis, MN; 2 brothers, Paul (Lorraine) and Arthur (Gelaine) Gredvig of Fertile, MN; 4 sisters-in-law, Marge Gredvig of San Diego, CA, Esther Wolf of Cottage Grove, MN, Marilyn Lecy of Red Wing, MN, and Gayle Kaste of Northport, WA; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to Mernie, his beloved wife of 54 years, Henry is preceded in death by his parents, G.H. and Clara Gredvig; 6 sisters: Alida (Cyrus) Sannes, Olava (Olaf) Christian, Hilma (Art) Rongen), Mildred (Philip) Kilpatrick, Mabel (Ralph) Sather, and Ida (Arnold) Erickson; and 3 brothers: Arnold, George (Clara), and Walter Gredvig. Henry was a kind, generous and wise man with a delightful sense of humor. Our memories of him are precious and blessed.
The funeral service and celebration of the life of Henry E. Gredvig will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place in the Concordia Cemetery at Fertile, MN.
Memorials may be given in Henry’s name to The Trinity Lutheran Church, Polk County Historical Society Museum, Sons of Norway Morgensol Lodge, or the Concordia Cemetery Association.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
Burton Hamre, 89, of Fertile, Minnesota passed away on October 14, 2014.
Jerome was born on October 31, 1924, to Benjamin and Josephine Hamre on a
farm near Beltrami, Minnesota. He
was the fourth of nine children and was baptized and confirmed in Scandia
Lutheran Church. He attended grades
1st through 8th at a country schoolhouse near Beltrami,
and also grades 9th – 12th at the Beltrami High School,
graduating in 1942. Jerome then
attended the NW School of Agriculture in Crookston, MN, and in 1945, enlisted in
the U.S. Army in Alaska where he served until discharged in 1947.
After the Army, he came back home to Beltrami to start his farming
career. On June 10, 1950, Jerome was
united in marriage to Shirley Wegge from Buxton, ND, at Salem Lutheran Church.
Together they raised five talented sons:
Larry, Essex CT; Brent (Jenny) Erskine, MN; Randy (Julie), Fergus Falls,
MN; Kevin (Gail) Cloquet, MN; and Blake, Southbridge, MA.
In the 1960’s, Jerome enjoyed listening to his sons (The Hamre
Brothers) perform at numerous churches, fairs, talent shows, and concert halls
throughout the years, and in 1966 while performing at the Minnesota State Fair,
along with numerous other contestants, the Hamre Brothers won the trip of going
to New York City to audition for the Ted Mack Amateur Hour.
Jerome also sang in various choirs throughout the community, but his
all-time favorite hobby was listening to Shirley play the piano, and keeping his
yard and fields in “perfect shape.”
Jerome was a charter member of the Beltrami Legion 626 and had been a
member for 63 years; served on the School Board for several years; served on the
church board council; was on the Board of Directors at the Shelly Farmers Coop
for several years; was Scandia Township assessor for 12 years; and was a census
taker in the year 1970. In 1986,
Jerome semi-retired, and Shirley and he moved to Fertile, MN, where they
continued to be active members in the community.
They also spent the winters in their Arizona home from 1980 – 2013
where, again, they both were involved in numerous choirs, either singing or
directing at the Fountain of the Sun and/or at various churches.
Jerome was proud of his grandchildren: Brandon, Heidi, Jerrel, Dominic
and Sara, and also his great grandchildren: Connor, Bryn, Jace, Kinsley, Nora,
Harper, Charlotte, and Avery. He
is preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Josephine Hamre; and his
siblings, Marian Haugen, Rolland Hamre, Adelle Haas and Margaret Webster. Survivors
include his wife Shirley; five sons and spouses; grandchildren; great
grandchildren; his siblings, Delores Grant, Phillip Hamre, Barbara Oistad, and
Dean Hamre; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service for Jerome Hamre will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 17, 2014 in Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN, with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. There will be a luncheon following the service in the church. Erikson Vik Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com
Hager Williams Jr.,
of Fertile, MN, died on October 14, 2014, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.
Dwight Jr. was born on April 2, 1937, in Spearfish, SD to Dwight Williams Sr and
Rhoda (Vaughn) Williams. They moved to Washington DC, where Hager lived
until his mother died. Hager returned to Spearfish to live with his aunt
and uncle. He entered South Dakota State University at Brookings, SD.
He graduated with a teaching degree and then enlisted into the United States
Army in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1962.
After his discharge, Hager remained in Guam where he taught in a military school. He return to the states and was employed with the Fertile-Beltrami Public School District in 1968. Over the years, Hager taught classes, and later, became the Student Counselor. He retired in 1998. In the early 2000’s, Hager entered the Riverview Care Center in Crookston, MN. He was transferred to the Thief River Falls Care Center, Thief River Falls, MN in 2012.
Throughout Hager’s life, he collected and traded guns, gold, silver and coins. He was proud of his years of teaching, especially his counseling years. He enjoyed visits with friends in the Fertile community.
Hager is survived by one nieces, Joan Chevez, and 2 grand nieces; and several friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Curtis.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 7 PM at the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will be at a later date.
Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com
81, of Gentilly, MN, died Monday afternoon, October 13, 2014, at the Altru
Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, with his loving family at his side. Frenchie
peacefully left this world for another after courageously battling failing
health for many months.
He was the fifth of seven children of the union of Albert and Mary (Derosier) Vaudrin; born on the family’s farm in Kertsonville Township, near Gentilly, MN, on April 6, 1933. Frenchie was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly and attended nearby country school. He then worked on the farm with his family for several years. On March 31, 1959 he was united in marriage to Marlys St. Marie at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. Frenchie and Marlys settled on the farmstead he grew up on and together they raised five children: Darrell, Vicki, Gary, Kevin, and Cherie. For several years Frenchie worked for the Rene Amiot, Vern Jensen, and Eickhof and Sons Construction Companies. In 1978, he established his own business known as ‘Frenchie’s Woodworks.’ His reputation as an artist in woodworking grew by leaps and bounds, and, to this day, evidence of his creativity and fine craftsmanship can be found in countless numbers of area homes and businesses. In fact, it became commonplace for his many customers to brag to others, “Frenchie made this for me.” He physically retired a few years ago, but in spirit went to his shop every day.
Frenchie had a lifelong passion for archery and took great pride in bow hunting with his sons and Vicki, target shooting with them, and scouting the woods together. He was instrumental in establishing the Crookston Archery Club many years ago, teaching and welcoming new young archers to the sport. Frenchie enjoyed sharing stories of the hunt with friends, and throwing the occasional horseshoe. He liked to play all sports while growing up, but hockey was special. Not only did he play the game very well, but was a coach who helped mentor his kids and some of the grandkids as well. He shared 55 wonderful years with his beloved wife and best friend, Marlys, and gave thanks everyday for waking up to the sun rising on the homestead on which he lived his entire life. Frenchie’s passion, humor, faith, and contentment, will be treasured by his family. His son-in-law, Mark, summed up his legacy best of all, “The world was a better place because Frenchie was in it!”
Frenchie takes leave of his wife, Marlys, and their five children: Darrell Vaudrin of Crookston, Vicki (George) Walters of Erskine, MN, Gary (Barb) Vaudrin of Park Rapids, MN, Kevin Vaudrin of Crookston, and Cherie (Mark) Steinmetz of Paradise Valley, AZ; nine grandchildren: Richard, Jessica, Elizabeth, Mady, and Ally Vaudrin, McKayla and Kyle Walters, and Amanda and Sydney Steinmetz; sister, Irene Skelly of Tacoma, WA; sister-in-law, Verna Vaudrin of Weslaco, TX; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Mary; an infant brother, Theodore; three sisters: Florence (Louis) Maygra, Lucille (Bill) Demarais, and Jeanette (Russell) Glass; brother, Delbert Vaudrin; and brother-in-law, Lewis Skelly. Blessed be Frenchie’s memory.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Clarence “Frenchie” Vaudrin will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN, with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding, and Deacon Dennis Bivens, homilist. Visitation with the family will be held at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Friday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also for one hour before the memorial service Saturday. Inurnment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
52, of Thief River Falls, MN, died unexpectedly Monday morning, October 13,
2014, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND. Kim was born in Crookston, MN on August
18, 1962, one of ten children of the union of Lloyd and Helen (Gust) Bruley. She
was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN, and
grew up on the family’s farm in nearby Kertsonville Township. After high
school Kim worked for her father on their dairy farm. She and her dad eventually
formed a partnership known as Stone Grow Acres. Kim was later employed by White
Gold Farms at Red Lake Falls, and then for Excel Dairy at Thief River Falls.
During the early 2000’s Kim worked for Digi-Key in Thief River Falls, and had
presently been employed at the Northern Lights Bookstore, also in Thief River
Falls. Very sadly, her fiancé, Richard Champagne passed away in January of
2004. Kim enjoyed caring for her cats, doing puzzles, and reading, and her
favorite pastime was watching movies. She will be remembered by her family and
friends for her kindness and generosity, and her joy at being able to spend time
with those she loved. Kim will be very sadly missed and her life celebrated by
all who shared in it.
Loving family members include six sisters, Jeanne Fitchorn of Savage, MN, Sue (Mike) Terpstra of Owatonna, MN, Cindy (Dave) Veitch of Emerado, ND, Maureen (Mike) Novak of Crookston, MN, Laurie (Steve) Engelking of Crookston, and Stefanie Morberg of Fargo, ND; three brothers, Greg (Faye) Bruley and Dan (Claudette) Bruley of Crookston, and Jeff Bruley of Brooklyn Park, MN; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives. In addition to her fiancé, Richard, Kim was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Helen Bruley; and a sister-in-law, Kathy Bruley. May God richly bless Kim’s memory.
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Kimberly Kay Bruley will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 17, 2014, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN, with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding, and Deacon Dan Hannig, homilist. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Thursday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
Dwight Hager Williams Jr., 77, of Fertile, MN, died
on October 14, 2014, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.
Dwight Jr. was born on April 2, 1937, in Spearfish, SD to Dwight Williams
Sr and Rhoda (Vaughn) Williams. They
moved to Washington DC, where Hager lived until his mother died.
Hager returned to Spearfish to live with his aunt and uncle.
He entered South Dakota State University at Brookings, SD.
He graduated with a teaching degree and then enlisted into the United
States Army in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1962.
After his discharge, Hager remained in Guam where he taught in a military
school. He return to the states and
was employed with the Fertile-Beltrami Public School District in 1968.
Over the years, Hager taught classes, and later, became the Student
Counselor. He retired in 1998.
In the early 2000’s, Hager entered the Riverview Care Center in
Crookston, MN. He was transferred to
the Thief River Falls Care Center, Thief River Falls, MN in 2012.
Throughout Hager’s life, he collected and traded guns, gold, silver and
coins. He was proud of his years of
teaching, especially his counseling years. He
enjoyed visits with friends in the Fertile community.
Hager is survived by one nieces, Joan Chevez, and 2 grand nieces; and
several friends. He is preceded in
death by his parents, and one brother, Curtis.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 7 PM at the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will be at a later date. Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com
Steinert 94, of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Saturday, October 11, 2014
at her home in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bill DeCrans, MSGR Roger Grundhaus and MSGR Gerry Noeson Officiating. Burial will be held at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service, Red Lake Falls, MN from 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service and also one hour prior to service at the church on Wednesday.
Sylvia Mae Paquin was born December 19, 1919 daughter of the late Henry and Emma (Hance) Paquin at Red Lake Falls, MN. She attended St. Joseph School, Lafayette High School and Teacher training in Red Lake Falls. She taught in rural Red Lake County Schools for four years.
In 1941 she was united in marriage to Gordon Steinert at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls. He was in the Army in the South Pacific. During his service Sylvia worked in Los Angelis. Following his discharge they returned to Red Lake Falls where they raised their three children Stephen, Sandra and Susan. Sylvia worked for the ASCS office in Crookston for twenty years and retired in Red Lake Falls.
Sylvia was a charter member of the Catholic Daughters, a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary and member for65 years, life member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and an Oblate of Mount St. Benedict in Crookston. Sylvia loved music and was a church organist and choir member of St. Joseph Church. She played the piano regularly at Hillcrest Nursing Home and for special events there. She was an avid supporter of the local theater and had roles in several productions.
Sylvia is survived by her children Stephen (Julie) Steinert of Red Lake Falls, MN, Sandra (Stan) Jasnoch of Rosemont, MN and Susan (Jerry) Wallace of Cushing, WI: grandchildren Michelle, Jennifer, Christopher, Synthia, Krista, Matthew, Jessica, Thomas, Patrick, Kelly: 23 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren: sisters Marie Nelson of Minneapolis, MN, Cecelia Dubuque of Fountain Valley, CA, Monica Morrison of Bloomington, MN, along with several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
Alma Jensrud, 83, passed away peacefully at Altru Hospital in Grand
Forks, North Dakota, on October 8, 2014 with her loving family by her side.
Alma was born in Crookston, Minnesota on January 3, 1931, to Albert and Stella Desrosier. Alma was the second of eight children, and she stayed close with her siblings through the remainder of her childhood and adult life. As a young child, Alma was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, Minnesota. She also attended Rural County School before moving on to her high school education at St. Joseph Academy. On June 11, 1951, Alma married Donald Jensrud in Gentilly, Minnesota. During their marriage, Donald and Alma were blessed with seven beautiful children. As the family moved around to various towns in Minnesota, Alma loved being able to focus her attention on raising her children with love and care, and they turned out to be family-oriented adults who adored their mother. Alma and her family ultimately ended up settling down in her hometown of Crookston, where she was able to spend much of her time enjoying her hobbies of crocheting and gardening. Alma was a member of the Cathedral Catholic Church in Crookston for many years, and she lived her much cherished faith out in her everyday life. She attended adult day care for 11 years, before moving into the Riverview Nursing Home. While there, she was of such great influence, she was appointed to the Riverview Nursing Home resident’s council. She even named herself the “Meeter and Greeter” of the nursing home! While there, Alma got an award for her gardening, and loved to spend as much of her time outside in the sun as possible. Even in her bedroom, she would bird and deer watch as much as possible, enjoying nature whenever she could. Two years ago, Alma had to move to Thief River Care Center, but continued to enjoy her favorite hobbies as well as receive visits from her loving family. Alma’s loving and nurturing spirit will be missed greatly by her family, but they will hold their many memories of her dear to their hearts.
Alma is preceded in death by her parents Stella and Albert Desrosier; sister Joanne Desrosier; son-in-law Gene Brown; step-mother Dorothy Carefoot; and grandparents. Alma is survived by her children Merle Jensrud (Kim) of New Rockford, North Dakota, Bonnie Bjorsness (John) of Newfolden, Minnesota, LaVonne Brown of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Curtis Jensrud (Betty) of Farmington, Minnesota, Monica Nicklay (Ralph) of Dilworth, Minnesota, Sharon DeNiear (David) of Golden, Colorado, and Randy Jensrud of Crookston; father of her children, Donald Jensrud; siblings Lawrence Desrosier (Delphine) of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Cecelia Raymond (Marlyn) of Crookston, Robert Desrosier (Delrose) of Richfield, Minnesota, Edward Desrosier (Deloris) of Roseau, Minnesota, Rita Plante (Vern) of Crookston, and Eloise (Jack) Ganser of Stillwater, Minnesota; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other loving family members.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Alma Jensrud at 10:30 am on Monday, October 13, 2014 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, Minnesota with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding, and Deacon Dennis Bivens, assisting. Visitation with the family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Sunday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service and time of sharing led by Deacon Dennis Bivens. Visitation will also be at the church for one hour before the funeral, and Interment will be held immediately following the funeral mass in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Online Registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
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