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Betty Krauter, 86, (born Elizabeth Catherine Kathrein) passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 26, 2016, surrounded by her children at the Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Betty was born on July 15, 1929 in New England, North Dakota, where she was raised and attended school. At the age of 18 she moved to Williston, North Dakota where she worked as a nurse’s aide at Mercy Hospital. She married Peter Robert Krauter October 26, 1948 in New England at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Betty & Pete purchased the Gamble’s Hardware Store in Ada in 1961, which later became Krauter’s Hardware Hank. She worked side by side with Pete for 36 years until they retired in 1997. She was the loving mother of 5 children: Sharon Marie (deceased, age 2 months), Cheryl Ann Wilkins (husband, Mel – Cincinnati), Audrey Marie Gerhardt (husband, Alan – Minnetonka), David John Krauter (wife, Jan – Fargo), and Sandra Kay Stene (husband, Roger – Ada). She was grandmother to 9 grandchildren (Amber & Ryan (Addison) Wilkins; Madeline Gerhardt & Ashlee (Craig) Burmaster; Jordan, Devin & Courtney Krauter; Abby (Dusty) Bushie & Andrew Stene) and 7 great grandchildren (Poppy Wilkins, Ava & Jaxon Burmaster, Mason & Alexander Bushie, Angelina & Savannah Stene). She enjoyed cooking and baking; especially many German dishes that were passed down through her family. Betty loved bowling and playing golf for many years. She served as secretary in both leagues and was a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ada where she served as a Eucharistic minister for many years. Betty had been residing at the Mission Court Assisted Living Facility since August of 2013 until recently, when she moved into Bridges Care Community. She enjoyed the staff at both places and the wonderful care they gave her, along with all of the new friendships she made. As her family, we will always be grateful for her time spent at Mission Court and Bridges. She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter, mother and father, 4 sisters and 2 brothers. She is survived by her 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Visitation will be at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, 700 East Thorpe Avenue in Ada, MN 56540, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 5-7 PM, with a Prayer Service at 6:30 PM. There will be a funeral mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ada on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 11 AM. Burial will be in the Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mission Court Assisted Living Facility or Hospice of the Red River Valley. Please mail them to: Family of Betty Krauter, c/o Sandy Stene, 13 Fourth St. East, Ada, MN 56510.
Janet Skretvedt, 90 Ada, Minnesota, died Sunday, June 26th, 2016, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada. Memorial service: 11:00AM on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
Ethel Ruebke, 97, Ada, Minnesota, died Friday, June 24th, 2016, at her home, under the care of Hospice with family by her side. Ethel Caroline Fetting was born August 20, 1918, in Ada, the daughter of Erwin and Olga (Schwanke) Fetting. She was raised on a farm near Ada and attended country school. Ethel met Charles at a dance. On August 14th, 1948, she was united in marriage to Charles Ruebke Sr. They made their home on a farm northeast of Ada, and there they raised their family of seven children. Ethel was a homemaker who enjoyed farm life. In March 1983, Charles and Ethel moved from the family farm to a house in Ada. After they retired, they enjoyed traveling. Charles passed away in 1989, and Ethel continued to reside at their home until her time of death. Ethel was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, and there she spent time quilting. She enjoyed dancing, cooking, baking cookies and canning pickles. Her other hobbies included cross word puzzles, reading, playing cards, games and watching the Timberwolves and Minnesota Twins. Ethel was a remarkable woman and her greatest joy was the time she spent with her children, their spouses, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She loved to attend her family’s concerts, plays and sporting events. She was loving, caring and always put her family first. She was a good listener and confidant. In the eyes of her family she was a champion. Ethel is survived by her children: Mark (Colleen) Ruebke of Urbana, IL, Steve (Anne Nalawaja) Ruebke of Twin Valley, MN, Bonnie (Terry) Yoney of Fargo, ND, Joni (Greg) Williams of Moorhead, MN, Jim (Kathy) Ruebke, Charles Jr. (Tammie) Ruebke, William (Annette) Ruebke, all of Ada, MN, 10 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, brother Jerome Fetting and sister Verona Onstad.
Funeral: 11:00AM, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: Monday June 27, 2016 from 5-7PM with a prayer service at 7pm at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota.
Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
Marlys LaVonne Andringa, 81, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully in her home with family by her side on Sunday, June 26, 2016.
Marlys was born September 13, 1934 to Rudy and Ellen (Eklund) Fetting in Ada, MN. Growing up she enjoyed showing Guernsey cattle in 4H and was very proud of her accomplishments at the Minnesota State Fair. Marlys graduated from Ada High School in 1952.
On January 25, 1969 Marlys was united in marriage to Jess Andringa in Crookston, MN. A son, Michael, was born to their union.
Marlys was very proud that she worked for the Farm Service Agency office for 36 years.
She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and was very proud of all of them. She was also a very kind, caring, and generous friend to many.
Marlys enjoyed crocheting, crafts, cooking, knitting, and watching hockey, but had a passion for quilting.
She was a committed member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed the company of her church family who held a very special place in her heart.
She will be sadly and lovingly missed by all who were a part of her life.
Marlys is survived by her children, Donald (JoAnn) Andringa, Cynthia Ross, and Michael (Jeanie) Andringa; grandsons, Joel (Rachel) Andringa, Dana Andringa, Adam Ross, John Andringa, and Lukas Andringa; in-laws, Vernon Rage, Louis Andringa, Emma Wermager, Jennie Andringa, and Doris Andringa; and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jess; her parents, Rudy and Ellen; sisters, Elmyra Hoven and Cheryl Rage and by several brothers and sisters-in-law.
There will be a visitation from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral & Cremation Service in Crookston, MN. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, July 1, 2016 with a visitation one hour prior to service at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston, MN.
Betty Krauter, 86, (born Elizabeth Catherine Kathrein) passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 26, 2016, surrounded by her children at the Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Visitation will be at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, 700 East Thorpe Avenue in Ada, MN 56540, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 5-7 PM, with a Prayer Service at 6:30 PM. Funeral mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ada on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 11 AM. Burial will be in the Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mission Court Assisted Living Facility or Hospice of the Red River Valley. Please mail them to: Family of Betty Krauter, c/o Sandy Stene, 13 Fourth St. East, Ada, MN 56510.
Joyce Theodosia Balzum,
84, Ada, Minnesota, died Friday, June 24th, 2016, at Altru Hospital, Grand
Forks, ND. She was born on August 3, 1931, to Elling and Helga Prestegaard at
home in Twin Valley, MN. Because Joyce was not doing well after her birth, her
uncle Ted Prestegaard baptized her at their home. At a young age, Joyce’s
parents died. Her two older sisters, Esther and Hazel, raised her until she was
old enough to
care for herself. She attended Country School in Fossum Twp, near Twin Valley
and graduated from the Twin Valley High School in 1949. Following her
schooling, Joyce worked at Valley Retirement Home, Twin Valley and Northwestern
Bell in Fargo, ND.
On July 5, 1953, Joyce married her soulmate, Harold Balzum, at Wild Rice Lutheran Church, rural Twin Valley. They made their home near Ada, MN. Joyce worked for Gunderson Potatoes, as a harvester, every fall. She also worked for Skalsky Potatoes cutting potatoes for seed. Throughout her working years, Joyce enjoyed waitressing. She worked at Irene’s Snack Bar, Bob’s Café, and ARC Lanes. Meeting and serving people a cup of coffee with a smile brought Joyce a lot of joy. Joyce’s integrity was seen in her work ethics and respect for those she worked for. In 2002, Joyce was hospitalized for 11 months due to an illness and was no longer able to be a waitress. She was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, the American Legion Auxiliary Post #7557, the Jolly Neighbors Homemakers Club, and Good Will.
Joyce cherished her family. Each one had a unique and special quality that she appreciate and enjoyed. Times of family and friends visits were filled with laughter, food and conversation. Joyce had over 100 cook books and could tell you where to find recipes in which cook book. She loved getting her hair done, playing Bingo and going to casinos. Her favorite color was red and appreciated anything bright. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought a sense of new life and pleasure as they grew up. Perhaps, the fondest memories of Joyce revolved about growing, preserving and eating the produce she made.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 63 years, Harold, Ada; four children: Cheryl (Wayne) Roquet, Julie (Rick) Lisburg, Renee (Kelly) Kappes, and Gary Balzum, all of Ada; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; several cousins, nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters: Esther Hansan and Hazel Stundahl, and one brother, Louis Prestegaard.
The funeral will be held at 11:00AM, Thursday, June 30, 2016, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation is Wednesday June 29, 2016 from 5-7PM with a prayer service at 6:30pm at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota.
Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
Verla Bernice Johnson, 90, of Fertile, MN, died
on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at her residence
in Fertile, MN. She was born on December 9, 1925, to Harry and Emma (Martinson)
Wastweet in Fisher, MN. Verla attended Cottonwood School District #213 near
Crookston, MN. Her family moved to Bear Park Township, Norman County, MN, where
Verla graduated from the Gary High School in 1943. After graduation, Verla
worked for the Gary Creamery as a bookkeeper.
On September 5, 1948, Verla was united in marriage to Kenneth Johnson at Sundal Lutheran Church, Sundal, MN. They bought a farm in Spring Creek Township, Norman County, where they lived and raised their family. In 2014, Verla and Kenny moved to Summerfield Apartments in Fertile. Verla was a lifelong and active member of Sundal Lutheran Church and a past area President of the Farmer's Union.
Verla enjoyed life and all it had to offer. Her joy when gardening, caring for birds, quilting, embroidering, and canning her produce was genuine. Giving gifts from the items she grew or made was Verla's way of saying, "you are important to me and I truly love you." Having family and friends over brought joy to Verla as she made them comfortable in her home. Often these gatherings were filled with music and dancing. She cared for others more than herself and accepted life's ups and downs with grace. Verla's faith gave her strength for today and hope for tomorrow.
Verla is survived by her beloved husband, Kenneth, Fertile; children: Dara (James) Narum, Gary, MN; Arlette (William) Peterson, West Boylston, MA; Kerry (Julie) Johnson, Pittsburg, MO; and Delane (Dean) Schaumburg, Bejou, MN; 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; siblings: Arlan (Carol) Wastweet, Rockport, TX; Gladys Smith, West Fargo, ND; and Janice (Richard) Koski, Fargo, ND; several neices, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter: Wendy Johnson; sisters: Evelyn Wastweet and Elda Ranz and brothers: Vincent and Alton Wastweet.
Memorial Service: 11 AM Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Sundal Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
Visitation: 5-7 PM with a Prayer Service at 6:30 PM in the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN and one hour before the service at the church.
Burial will be in the Sundal Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN.
96, Ada, Minnesota, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Twin Valley Living Center,
Twin Valley, MN. Lloyd Ardel Sanders was born April 20, 1920, in Grand Forks,
ND, the son
of J. John and Jennie (Haugen) Sanders. He moved with his family to Ada in 1923,
where he grew up and attended public school. In high school he worked with his
family in their implement business. He graduated from Ada High School in 1938
and later attended college at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis. Lloyd
served in the United States Army during World War II and was honorably
discharged. He was united in marriage to Eileen “Scotty” Scott on September 7,
1946, in Syracuse, NY. They moved to Little Falls, MN, for a few years before
moving to Ada. Lloyd opened his dental practice and continued for many years
before retiring in the early 1980’s. Lloyd was very active in the Ada business
community over the years and served on the boards for the Chamber of Commerce,
Heart of the Valley Golf Club, and Ada VFW Club. After he retired from his
dental practice, he worked part time for the golf course and Ada Cenex. He was
also on the move and volunteered many hours on beatification projects around the
Ada parks, school, and golf course. He received several awards from the Chamber
and other organizations for his efforts. In addition he also cared for several
lawns of private homeowners. Lloyd had lived in his home until 2013, when he
became a resident of the Twin Valley Living Center. Lloyd is survived by his
son, David, granddaughter, Jessica Carter (Ron Roy), Twin Valley, MN, two
grandsons, Hunter and Colton, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in
death by his parents, his wife Scotty in 1986, his daughter Jenny Lyn Sanders in
2003, and four brothers, Clement, Raymond, Donald, and Myron.
Memorial Gathering: 2:00PM, Friday, June 24, 2016, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral
Home, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home.
Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com
Ione Anne Suedbeck made her first appearance in rural
Adrian, Minnesota, the fifth of seven children born to Frank and Mary (Schutz)
Suedbeck. She attended rural schools in the Adrian vicinity and a public school
Slayton, Minnesota. After high school, she worked on the family farm, a
bookkeeper at a produce, billing typist at a wholesale plant and as the
bookkeeper at the Murray County Oil Coop.
After becoming acquainted with the Crookston Benedictines who taught at a catechetical school in Slayton, Ione entered Mount Saint Benedict in 1951 where she became known as Sister Constance. Sister Constance attended summer school sessions pertaining to primary education at Mount Saint Benedict, Marillac College in Saint Louis, the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, and she graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.
Praying the Liturgy of the Hours, attending daily Eucharist and singing in the Mount choir were very important to Sister Constance. Her first love was working with little children, and doing manual labor was a close second. Energetic, with her tall, gaunt frame, she spent her strength and all the time she could spare in the gardens and with fresh vegetables. During the growing seasons, this ministry claimed most of her time and attention. In addition to education and gardening, her ministries were wide and varied: as dietary supervisor at Saint Francis Hospital in Crookston, laundry supervisor at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Detroit Lakes, convent housekeeper and cook at Saint Elizabeth School in Lefor, North Dakota, a nurse aide at Villa Saint Vincent, a home health aide in Fargo, bookkeeper at Care and Share Center in Crookston and as a volunteer at the Crookston Public Library.
Sister Constance will be remembered by many who were blessed to have her as a creative teacher at Saint Joseph School, Moorhead, Cathedral Elementary School, Crookston and Assumption School, Barnesville. Sister Constance also taught religious education classes at Carrizo Springs, TX and helped in the summer program in Moorhead for children of migrant farm workers. After joining the Crookston Foster Grandparent Program in 1989, she served at Highland Middle School, Rainbow Village Day Care and Lincoln School. Sister Constance expressed her love of these years when she wrote, “I love working with little children. They are so open and appreciative.”
Sister Constance quoted her Foster Grandparent Director as saying: “Each of us is like a tea bag. We don’t realize our strength until we get into hot water.” Sister Constance was seldom out of hot water. She believed every person’s primary duty was to stay healthy by eating a healthy diet—including garlic, onions, vinegar and spinach. She preached this belief to anyone who would listen. This is what got her into hot water much of the time.
When her health began to fail, she became a resident in assisted living at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in 2003, but continued to enjoy working in the garden as her strength permitted. In 2016, she moved to Villa Saint Vincent.
Sister Constance was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Esther Johnson, Raphie Vande Velde, Florence Disch, Lollie Engebretson and Elvira Dommeyer and a brother, Archibald. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and the members of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. Reception of the body of Sister Constance will be at 4:30, p.m. Tuesday, June 21 with visitation from 5:00 until the wake service at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 Wednesday, June 22. All services will be at Sacred Heart Chapel, Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 Summit Ave., Crookston, MN.
Memorials in honor of Sister Constance may be given to Mount Saint Benedict Foundation, 620 Summit Avenue, Crookston, MN. 56716
Marvin H. Reitmeier, age 94, of Crookston, Minnesota passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Riverview Hospital in Crookston. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Crookston, Minnesota with Pastor Steve Bohler officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday evening at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, Minnesota. Marvin was born on March 17, 1922 to Edward and Ida (Wentzel) Reitmeier, Sr. in rural Lowell Township. He attended country school. He was united in marriage to Aldores Jorgenson on July 14, 1946 in Fisher, Minnesota, and made their home on a farm south of Crookston, MN. Marvin spent his life farming raising grain and sugar beets. He was especially proud to have been recognized for having the highest sugar per acre for his beet crop in 1981 over the entire region. He stayed connected with his brothers and nephews over the years by going fishing, and hunting at “deer camp”. He was elected Polk County Commissioner and served 16 years in that capacity having a seat on various boards in the county. He was also a board member of the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Hammond Township Board, and served many years on the Crookston Farmers Co-op Elevator Board. Marvin spent many winters in Texas with his wife Aldores. He loved meeting his neighbors and friends at RBJ’s for coffee and toast in the mornings where he rolled dice for the bill. He loved his family and joined in on many trips with them in his later years. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and even attended a game last summer ! Marvin’s final years were spent living at the Summit Assisted Living apartments in Crookston where he thrived with the wonderful care he received there.Marvin is survived by his children, Janice (Ed) Beil of West Fargo, ND, Leroy (Shirley) Reitmeier of Crookston, MN, LouAnne (Larry) Olson of Crookston, MN, Jolene (Greg) Bebo of Torrington, WY; grandchildren, Paula (Patrick)Hawes, Jeffrey (Gretchen) Beil, Patrick (Michelle) Beil, Shauna Reitmeier (Denny Jacobs), Shelby Reitmeier, Mark (Eri) Reitmeier, Casey Moen, Ryan (Brittany) Moen, Lisa Olson (Michael) Cole, Matt (Chessica) Olson, Paul Olson, Jeremiah Bebo, Nathanael Bebo, Daniel Bebo, Jessica Bebo, Matthew Bebo; and great-grandchildren, Dylan Hawes, Allyson Beil, Kaitlyn Beil, Cecilia Beil, Zachary Reitmeier, Isaiah Ramirez, Emari Reitmeier, Hazuki Reitmeier, Madisyn Sanders, Caden Sanders, Brittyn Sanders, Duncan Jacobs, and Douglas Jacobs; three special neighbors, Karlie, Kayla, and Kendra Brekken; brothers, Lloyd Reitmeier and Ervin “Mike” Reitmeier; sister-in-laws, Joyce Reitmeier, Ardella Jorgenson, Clorise Jorgenson; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Aldores; brothers and sister-in-laws, Arnold (Millie) Reitmeier, Willard (Grace) Reitmeier, Edward (Lucille) Reitmeier Jr., Ernest Reitmeier; one sister, Meda (Mike) Buness; sisters-in-law, Audrey Reitmeier and Barbara Reitmeier; niece, Pauline Reitmeier; and nephew, Michael Reitmeier; brothers-in-law, Robert Jorgenson, Sheldon Jorgenson, and Wallace Jorgenson, Raymond Jorgenson; and sister-in-laws, Mary Jorgenson and Mildred Stroble.
Sherry Kankel, 79, passed away on Saturday, May 28th in her home in Red Lake Falls after losing her courageous battle with cancer. Her body may have given up, but her spirit lives on in the lives of those she touched. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 18th at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN, with Father Bob LaPlante presiding. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held one hour before the funeral mass, from 8:00 am to 9:00 am on June 18th, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. Sherry Lynn Rose Hince was born in a log cabin in Equality Township near Oklee, MN, the second of eight children born to Elmer and Marie Hince. She graduated from Oklee High School at the age of 16 and went to work at the local bank. In 1959, Sherry married Dave Kankel from Red Lake Falls, and as she would often say, she moved from one end of the county to the other. After a brief time in Thief River Falls, Sherry and Dave made their home in Red Lake Falls, where they raised six children.Sherry was an avid reader and student of history. An active member of the Red Lake County Historical Society, Sherry partnered with Anne Healy to author/edit the Red Lake County History Book, published in 1976 to coincide with the Red Lake Falls Centennial celebration. A loving mother and wife, Sherry always put everyone else first. She opened her home to many and hours of games, laughter, tears and plenty of coffee were enjoyed with her at the kitchen table. Sherry is survived by her children Kris (Dennis) Thorfinnson of Gillette, WY, Tracy Erickson of Andover, MN, Nancy Kankel (Ginny Staudt) of Lakeville, MN, Carol Jo of Red Lake Falls, MN, Erika (Ron) Knips of Lakeville, MN, and Karl (Marlo) Kankel of Lakeville, MN; her seven grandchildren, Kayleigh (Kyle) Burns, Dane Erickson, Tanner Thorfinnson, Hannah Thorfinnson, Rylee Knips, Brody Knips, Reese Kankel, and Kellan Kankel; sisters Kathleen (Bill) McDonald, Mary (Rudy) Gunderson, brother Don (Erika) Hince; and many other relatives and friends. Sherry was preceded in death by her husband, David Kankel; parents, Elmer and Marie Hince; sisters Bonnie Roisland, Joan Lien, Margaret Hince; brother Robert Hince; and granddaughter Elizabeth Marie Thorfinnson.
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