Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

 

Florence Walker passed away Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls, MN.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10:30 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating and Deacon John Bruggeman. Burial will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery, Red Lake Falls, MN.
Visitation will be held on Monday 5 – 8 with a 7:00 PM prayer service at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Florence Keim was born December 20, 1924 at Plummer, MN daughter of Frank and Anna (Schiefert) Keim. She was raised in Plummer and the family moved to Red Lake Falls where she graduated from Lafayette High School in 1942. She attended Normal Training at Moorhead, MN and received her teaching certificate. She taught country school east of Red Lake Falls, MN.
Florence was united in marriage to Donald Walker on June 19, 1947 in Red Lake Falls, MN. To this union six children were born. The couple made their home on the Walker Farm east of Red Lake Falls where she continued to live until moving to Sunview in Red Lake Falls then to Valley Home in Thief River Falls and later to Greenleaf Assisted Living and the Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls, MN. Florence enjoyed flowers and gardening. She was a lifelong active member of St Joseph Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters.
Florence is survived by her children Lloyd (Charlene) Walker of Mentor, MN, Arlene (Derald) Mercil of Argyle, MN, Brian (Gayle) Walker of Woodbury, MN and Diane (David) Malcomson of Rochester, MN; daughter-in-law Pam Walker of Red Lake Falls, MN; grandchildren Amy Kinsella, Becky Walker, Katie (Brandon) Holter, Andy (Sara) Walker, Sarah (Pete) Matcha, Jennifer (Chad) Mercil, Tamara (Ryan) Bussman, Michael (Stephanie) Mercil, Jonathan (Morgan) Mercil, Amber Walker, Aaron (Lorrana) Walker, Zane (Kerrie) Malcomson, Tyler Malcomson and Rayna Malcomson; great-grandchildren Jacob Frenzel, Isaac Frenzel, Mahli Holter, Zakk Holter, Jett Holter, Norah Holter, Esme Walker, Remy Walker, Briony Walker, Emme Matcha, Elise Matcha, Claire Matcha, Abigail Bridenstine, Henry Bussman, Oscar Bussman, Kyla Mercil, Drew Mercil, Kenedy Krueger-Wasilowski and Karter Malcomson; sister Gloria (Sheldon) Payment of South Milwaukee, WI; sisters-in-law Hazel Keim of Michigan, Deloris Keim of Thief River Falls, MN and Sharon Dupont of Red Lake Falls, MN; along with many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald, sons Paul and Alan; brothers Richard Keim, Arnold Keim and Clarence Keim.

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Howard Leroy Johnson, 87, originally of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening February 14, 2018 surrounded by his family at Woodland Lodge in Fergus Falls, MN.
Howard was born September 12, 1930 in Crookston, MN to Emil and Elsie Johnson. Howard was one of five children and attended Fisher High School, graduating in May of 1948. Following graduation Howard enlisted in the United States Air Force, proudly serving our country overseas in England from 1951 to 1954. While serving in England, Howard was united in marriage to the love of his life, his wife, Verna (Jones), on August 21, 1953 in Warrington, England, UK.  After the completion of his service, Howard and Verna moved back to the United States, to Crookston, MN in 1954, where they made their home and raised their five beautiful children, Brian, Roger, Sandy, Carla and Jeannette. Howard held several jobs in the area, some of which included Sanitary Dairy, Eickhof Construction, and the City of Crookston, where he spent his time as a heavy equipment operator. He retired from there 1995.  In May of 2017, Howard moved to Woodland Lodge in Fergus Falls, MN.
Howard was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN and spent much of his time volunteering at RiverView Health, where he was awarded the Alta Hermodson Heart & Soul Volunteer Award in 2014. Howard enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Howard is survived in passing by his children, Brian (Lyn) Johnson of Fergus Falls, MN, Roger (Lori) Johnson of St. Louis Park, MN, Sandy (Mike) Zila of Hutchinson, MN, and Jeannette Hammond of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Leah (Bryan) Struss, Hannah (Nick) Brady, Derek Johnson, Alison Johnson, Christopher (Jennifer) Johnson, Sam Menard, Ian Menard, Henry Hammond, and Ava Hammond; greatgrandchildren, Noah Struss, Lydia Struss, Howard Brady, Ivy Brady, and Emma Johnson; and siblings, MaE Huber, Marlan Johnson, and Stan (Betty) Johnson. Howard was preceded in passing by his wife Verna; daughter, Carla; parents, Emil and Elsie; and sister Mildred Edmunds.
In lieu of flowers, the family would please ask that you send donations to RiverView Auxiliary or a charity of your choice on Howard’s behalf.
A funeral service to honor Howard’s life will be held Monday, February 19, 2018 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN at 10:00am. Visitation with the family will be held  Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN from 5:00-7:00pm with a prayer service to follow at 7:00p.m. Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN following services. Pastor Steve Bohler will be presiding.
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Yvonne Rose Boucher, of Mentor, MN passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Riverview Hospital in Crookston.  Yvonne Rose Boucher was born September 8, 1946 daughter of Charles and Rose (Asselin) Lessard at Crookston, MN. She was raised in the Oklee area where she attended school graduating in 1965. She moved to Milwaukee, WI where she worked at Patrick Cudahy meat processing plant and a photo lab. She returned to Oklee in 1967 where she worked at Third Base in Brooks, MN until 1976 when she moved to Mentor. Yvonne managed the Municipal Liquor store in Mentor for many years retiring in 2008. She also worked at Arctic Cat for a short time. Yvonne enjoyed cooking and baking, flower and vegetable gardening, feeding and watching birds, fishing, road trips, watching her grandchildren playing basketball, and spending time outdoors. She was a people person who loved to visit. Most of all she loved the time spent with family and friends. Yvonne is survived by loving companion Chuck Schear of Mentor, MN; children Eric (Lisa) Gustafson of Lester Prairie, MN, Kory (Tara) Gustafson of Littlefork, MN, Melanie (Darin) Glass of Mentor, MN, and Tony (Marcy) Gustafson of Littlefork, MN; grandchildren Nik (Kelsey) Gustafson, would have become a great grandma in July; Amy (Tanner) Keitzman, Ashley Glass, Blake Glass, Keegan Gustafson, KoDee and KamBree Gustafson; sisters-in-law Mary Lessard, Ione Lessard, Louise Lessard, Lou Lessard; brother-in-law Phillip Tougas and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings Delores (Frederick) Berberich, Ray (Mary Ann) Lessard, George (Dorothy) Lessard, Theresa (Elmer) Champagne, Vern Lessard, Maurice Lessard, Marie (Melvin) Mercil, Kenneth Lessard, Walter Lessard, Marcella (Ernie) Tougas, Harold Lessard, Robert “Terry” Lessard, and Sharon Tougas. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee with Father Adam Hamness Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery at Oklee, MN. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018, from 5 – 8 PM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

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Kenneth G. Eggebraaten, “Kenny”, 79, of Fisher, MN, passed away peacefully at his home early Tuesday morning, February 13, 2018. While a lung disease may have taken his breath, it could not stifle Kenny’s humor and optimistic view of the world around him.
Kenny was born on December 15, 1938 in Grand Forks, ND. He grew up on a farm near Fisher. He was the 11th of 13 children of Arthur and Helga (Andreson) Eggebraaten. Kenny began his education in the Fisher Public Schools and spent part of his high school years attending the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston before graduating with the Class of 1956 at Fisher High School.
After graduation, Kenny enlisted in the Army National Guard and served until his honorable discharge in 1965. In 1957 he attended the Northwest Telegraph School in Minneapolis and that same year began working for the railroad. On March 12, 1960 Kenny was united in marriage to Patricia Jean Halos at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston. Kenny and Pat made their home in Fisher where they raised their four children: Wendy, Kristen, Stacey, and Tim. Kenny proudly served the railroad as a Communications Agent until his retirement in 1997. For many years in retirement, Kenny loved working for area farmers doing a variety of jobs. His lighthearted approach made him very easy to work with.
Throughout his life, Kenny lived a life of service to others. He served the citizens of Fisher as a City Council member, Water Commissioner and volunteer fire fighter. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending their events. Kenny had an adventurous spirit and was giddy while traveling, taking many trips with his family through the years. Music was a lifelong passion of his and he spent hours listening to his favorite songs and became a huge fan of YouTube!
Kenny is survived by his 4 children: Wendy (Steve) Swenson of Grand Forks, ND, Kristen (Jeff) Wilde of Thompson, ND, Stacey (Kent) Ellingson of Crookston, MN, and Tim (Denise) Eggebraaten of Detroit Lakes, MN; 11 grandchildren: Dustin (Lara) Hogenson, Heidi Hogenson, Hailey (John) Clay, Cody (Alison) Wilde, Nolan Ellingson, Tanner (Kati) Wilde, Josh and Lucas Eggebraaten, Stacia Swenson (Adam Strobeen) , Max Swenson, and Isaac Eggebraaten; 5 great-grandchildren: Elijah, Beckett, Ruth, Izzy, and Magnus;  8 siblings: Anna Haake of Grand Forks, ND, Martha Burckhard of Oakhurst, CA, Ruth Elshere of Watertown, SD, Norman (Jeanette) Eggebraaten of Seymour, TN, Paul (Diane) Eggebraaten of Bemidji, MN, Lois Womack of San Diego, CA, Raymond (Diane) Eggebraaten of Fresno, CA, and Joanne (Jon) Peterson of Lockhart, MN; a sister-in-law, Betty Eggebraaten of Rochester, MN; a brother-in-law, Dale Halos of Crookston; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.
In addition to Pat, his beloved wife of 57 years who passed away July 11th, 2016, Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Helga; 4 siblings, John, Bernard, and Harold Eggebraaten, and Doris Hannah; parents-in-law, Louis and Jean Halos, and several brother and sisters-in-law. May God bless Kenny’s memory.
The funeral service for Kenneth Eggebraaten will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Fisher, MN with The Rev. Michael Nielsen, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Friday from 5:00 - 7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service and time of sharing; and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Fisher, in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Kenny’s name to Fisher’s Trinity Lutheran Church, the Greenwood Cemetery, Altru Hospice, or any other organization of choice.
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Bonita “Bonni” Buchmeier age 65 of Inver Grove Heights, passed away peacefully February 7, 2018 surrounded by her loving family after a short battle against cancer. Bonni grew up on a farm just outside Red Lake Falls, MN. She graduated from Bemidji State University where she met her husband, Valdin “Val” Buchmeier, and they were married in 1973. They started their family together in Saint Cloud, MN where they had 6 wonderful children. While in St. Cloud, Bonni taught math at Saints Peter and Paul middle school and was very involved in the church community. In 1990 the family started a new adventure and moved to Crookston, MN. She continued her teaching career for 21 years at the University Minnesota Crookston. She kept busy with her 6 kids and was actively involved at the Cathedral Church. After retiring in 2012, she and Val moved to the Twin Cities to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Nothing made Bonni happier than spending time with her family. She spent many hours watching her children and grandchildren perform in concerts, dance recitals, musicals and various sporting events. She and Val enjoyed traveling the country with the free time on their hands, which included “empty nesters” weekends. She spent a lot of her spare time doing the things she loved: shopping, reading, watching movies, attending concerts, playing games with the family and most of all, spending quality time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her loving husband Val of 44 years; children Heidi (Brian) Veith, their children Haydn and Cole, Justin (Shonna) Buchmeier, their children Colin and Emma, Kyle (Paige) Buchmeier, their child Avery, Eric (Lindsay) Buchmeier, their children Adalyn and Logan, Rachel Buchmeier and Alisyn Buchmeier. Her mother Kathleen Amiot and siblings Debra (Rick) Schue, Curtis (Mary) Amiot, Ramona (Gary) Thibert and Kevin (Deb) Amiot. Also her mother-in-law Irene Buchmeier and brother-in-law Randy Buchmeier.
She is preceded in death by her father Donald Amiot, father-in-law Harold Buchmeier and brother-in-law Harold Junior Buchmeier. Along with other extended family members.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father Bob Schreiner presiding. 
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Services in Red Lake Falls.
 Memorials may be sent to Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, 112 Edward Ave NW, Red Lake Falls, MN 56750.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.

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Betty Lou Peterson, 90, Halstad, MN, died Saturday February 3, 2018, at River Pointe Assisted Living, Moorhead, MN, after a brief illness. Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, February 9, 2018, at Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN. Visitation: Friday for one hour before the funeral at the church. Burial: Halstad North Cemetery, rural Halstad, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000)
www.fredriksonfh.com.

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Carrie J. Gorans, age 50, of Willmar, died on Sunday morning, February 4, at her home in rural Willmar. Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Friday, February 9, at Svea Lutheran Church.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, February 8, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.  www.petersonbrothers.com
Carrie Jean Gorans was born February 19, 1967, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.  Carrie was adopted by Dale and Alva (Gade) Halos.  She grew up in Crookston, Minnesota and graduated from Crookston High School in 1985.  Carrie lived in several areas of the country and Canada while raising her four children: Bailey, Taylor, Austin, and Maddie.  She moved to Willmar in 2002 and worked for several years as a paramedic with Willmar Ambulance Service and as a First Responder for Lake Lillian.  Shortly after moving to Willmar, she met Troy Gorans. They were married on June 4, 2004.  In 2015, Carrie expanded her medical training at Rasmussen College in St. Cloud as a Certified Medical Assistant. She was currently employed at the CentraCare Coburn Cancer Center in Sartell, where her passion for the medical field continued. Carrie was a self-proclaimed “trauma junky”; the scanner was always on. EMS was always a big part of her life, even long after an injury and physical limitations ended her career in EMS.  Volunteering in the EMS tent at the Sonshine Festival was a must; for years she made it a family event; and as a music lover, it was her favorite type of music. Carrie loved sports, she could watch most any kind of sport, even her husband’s sport of curling. Her favorite however was hockey, the MN Wild and the UND Fighting Sioux. Carrie loved spending time at the cabin on Lake Minnewaska and her favorite thing to do was the campfire; she required no special occasion or company to start a fire. She also loved dogs, motorcycle rides, musicals, and reading. As a young girl Carrie was very active; gymnastics, she played the baritone sax, manager of the wrestling team and was in FFA “for the boys”, just to name a few. Carrie was fun-loving with a great sense of humor; if there was fun going on she was involved, many times the instigator. But most of all Carrie was “Nana”, and she had no greater love then for the three little granddaughters down in Illinois, of which she made the distance much closer with the iPad by Face-Timing them on a regular basis. Unfortunately, Carrie was no stranger to pain and discomfort, suffering from a long list of various injuries and ailments during her life. Carrie was born with a form of Ehler-Danlos, a syndrome that involves loose joints, super elastic skin and “freakish” flexibility, among many other things. Dual knee surgery in the 8th grade ended her gymnastics, and this physical limitation would prove to limit her life of physical activity; sports and career that she loved so well.  Carrie was a free-spirited soul, passionate, compassionate, with strong convictions and beliefs and a limited ability to “filter”. She will be sorely missed by many. Carrie is survived by her husband, Troy Gorans; her four children, Bailey (and Wes) Brooke of St. Francisville, IL, Taylor Sandberg of Grand Forks, ND, Austin (and McKenna) Sandberg of Edwardsville, IL, and Maddie Sandberg of St. Cloud, MN; and three granddaughters, Alexis, Keira, and Lillian Brooke.   Also surviving are her father, Dale Halos; a brother, Brian (and Mary Jo) Halos, all of Crookston, MN; her nephews and niece, Christian, Benjamin, and Kathryn Halos; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Alva Halos and her aunt, Pat Eggebraaten.

 

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David Allyn Larson, age 53, of Crookston, MN, passed away on Monday, February 5th, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
David was born in Crookston, MN on October 12, 1964 to Spencer and Patricia (Degelder) Larson. He graduated from Crookston high school in 1983. He then attended the University of Minnesota-Crookston and   graduated in 1986.
David was united in marriage to Donna Stainbrook, on January 2, 1987. The two of them lived in Kirkland, WA and then Champlin, MN before moving back to Crookston, MN in 1997. They had three children together, Danielle, Dominique, and Douglas.
He was employed with the Minnesota Department of Transportation as the District 2 Maintenance supervisor and was a Crookston volunteer firefighter from 2000-2014.
David was a member of the congregation at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
David enjoyed watching his children play sports and spending time with his family. 
David is survived by his wife, Donna Larson; children, Danielle (Justin) Johnson of Crookston, MN, Dominique Larson of Crookston, MN, and Douglas Larson of Crookston, MN; grandchildren, Teegan Johnson and Blair Johnson; sisters, Brenda (Ed) Shepersky of Menahga, MN and Mary Pat (Paul) Peterson of San Tan, AZ; brothers, Spencer (Nancy) Larson of Euclid, MN, Joe (Denette) Larson of Crookston, MN, and his mother, Patricia Shepersky of Park Rapids, MN,
He is preceded in death by his father, Spencer Larson.
There will be a visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018. The memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Both services will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials will be given in David’s honor to the Sandra J. Schulze Hope Lodge, Rochester, MN.

 

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Diana M. Vigstol passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls with Reverend Gary Graff Officiating. Burial will be held in the spring at Emardville Cemetery, Plummer, MN.
Visitation will be held Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 5 – 8 PM with a 6:00 PM prayer service at Bethany Lutheran Church and also one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Diana Marie Vigstol was born March 1, 1942 at Thief River Falls, MN daughter of Julian Hanford and Minnie (Rode) Bjerke. Raised on a farm near Thief River Falls, MN attended Lincoln High School graduating in 1959. Following her education she moved to Minneapolis where she worked for 3 years, moved back to Thief River Falls in 1962 and worked various places in the area.
On March 10, 1963 she was united in marriage to John Eldon Vigstol at St. John Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. The couple resided in the Plummer, and Thief River Falls area. To this union 4 children were born Rodney, Suzanne, Roxanne and Jeffrey.
Diana moved to Thief River Falls where she worked as a waitress, retail sales and bookkeeper. In 1985 she moved to Wichita, KS and worked at Boeing Airplane Company. Moved back to Minneapolis in 1993 and attended White Bear Lake College receiving a degree in Business/Secretary. She worked at the George C. Brandt Company. In 1997 Diana moved back to Thief River Falls where she was employed at Digi Key until her retirement in 2007 and has since resided in Red Lake Falls, MN.
She enjoyed gardening, flower gardening, crafting, enjoyed cooking, an accomplished baker, refinished furniture, building things, her yard and her children were her most important accomplishments. She also loved to decorate her home, spending time outside was very important to her.
Diana was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, she was active in the WELCA (Women of Bethany), vacation bible school, serving on the church council, and volunteered where ever they needed help.
Diana is survived by her sons Rodney (Kelly) Vigstol of Zimmerman, MN, Jeffrey (Lori) Vigstol of Red Lake Falls, MN, grandchildren Sarah and Samantha Vigstol, Amber, Nicholas and Halle Vigstol; siblings Don Bjerke of Forrest Lake, MN, and Darla (Rick) Taddy of Reedsville, WI, sister-in-law Arlene Bjerke of Thief River Falls, MN; numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her daughters Suzanne and Roxanne; parents, and brother Duane Bjerke.
Casket bearers; All of Diana’s great nieces and nephews.

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Ella Margaret Buness, 90, of Fertile, MN, and a former longtime Crookston, MN resident, passed away peacefully with her daughter, Marilyn, by her side early Friday morning, February 2, 2018, in the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile, where she had been a resident since April of 2014.
Margaret was born on April 15, 1927 in Nielsville, MN, the youngest of six children of the union of Millard and Ella (Winden) Hestad. Sadly, her mother died while giving birth to her so she was raised by her mother’s sister and brother-in-law, Ida and Carl Hanson, of Climax, MN. Margaret was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and graduated from Climax High School in 1945. She went on to attend the Deaconess Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, earning her degree as an R.N. in 1948. Margaret moved to Crookston shortly after and began her nursing career with Bethesda Hospital, later known as Riverview Hospital. She retired after a long and very fulfilling career that spanned over forty years. In semi-retirement she provided home health care to area residents for a few more years. On November 4, 1949 Margaret was united in marriage to Kenneth Buness at Climax. Together they raised their three daughters: Kimberley, Kay, and Marilyn. Kenny passed away on January 27, 1982. Margaret was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. 
Margaret was always ready to go anywhere, at any time, as she loved go for rides visiting friends and family. Night rides and the Dairy Queen were her favorites. Wherever she was in life she bloomed where she was planted, and always brought sunshine with her and made everyone feel special. She loved, and was loved, by so many.
Loving family members include Margaret’s three daughters and a son-in-law: Kimberley and Randy Oliver, Kay Buness, and Marilyn Buness Fontaine of Fertile, MN; three grandchildren: Rachel Dobson and her husband, Jeff, of Plymouth, MI, Reid Oliver, and Ryan Oliver; and three great-grandchildren: Jude, Liam, and Daphne Margaret Dobson. She also leaves a brother, Ervan Hestad of Seattle, WA; two sisters, Esther (Richard) Hausmann of Port Townsend, WA and Jean Hanson of Crookston, MN; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Margaret was also accepted into the Keith Swenson family of Fertile as one of their own.  In addition to her husband, Kenneth; Margaret was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Mark Fontaine; her parents, Millard and Ella Hestad; her aunt and uncle who raised her, Ida and Carl Hanson, and their son and daughter, Howard and Ivadell; and three sisters: Clare O’Dell, Doris Olson, and Inga Reed. May Margaret’s memory be forever treasured.   
A memorial service for Ella Margaret Buness will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Phil Larsen of Fertile, officiating. Visitation with Margaret’s family will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Inurnment will take place in the Sand Hill Lutheran Cemetery, rural Climax, MN, in the spring. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given in Margaret’s honor to the Fair Meadow Nursing Home of Fertile.
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Raymond Kenneth “Ray” Dahl, 96, a lifelong Crookston, MN resident, passed away at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston Friday morning, February 2, 2018. Ray was born on October 12, 1921 in Crookston to Bernt and Marie (Hanson) Dahl. He graduated from Central High School and then entered the US Army. He served for three years during WWII and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska until his honorable discharge. In 1945 Ray was united in marriage to Dorothy Vaudrin at Fertile. The couple lived in Crookston where they raised their two sons, Don and Robert. Ray was employed by Crookston Jobbing, and later for Thief River Falls Jobbing until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing and visiting with family and friends. Dorothy passed away on February 22, 1995. Ray was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and Crookston VFW Post 1902. Family members include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Don and Kumiko Dahl and Robert Scott Dahl of Crookston; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his beloved wife, Dorothy, Ray was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Ruth Erickson, Rogge Dahlen, and Katherine Kelch; and three brothers: Martin, Carl, and Paul, who died at birth. Blessed be the memory of Ray Dahl. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
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Orlie Clifton Thoreson, 88, passed away on January 28, 2018, at the Halstad Living Center in Halstad, MN. 
Orlie was born at the Bethesda Hospital in Crookston, MN on Oct. 13, 1929, just 7 minutes after his twin brother, Orland, was born.  Their parents were Eddie and Clara Thoreson of Climax, Mn. The twins were baptized Oct. 24, 1929 at Sandhill Lutheran Church, Climax, Minnesota.  Orlie and his twin grew to be loving, creative young boys.  When they were two, a sister was born and at the age of nine, they had a baby brother. Orlie
attended rural school, District 41, near Climax, along with his siblings, cousins and friends. 
Orlie was confirmed at Sandhill Lutheran church, attended Crookston Agricultural College (AC) at Crookston, MN and entered the Army in February 1952.  While in the Army, he was a radio operator in Tank Co., 22nd Infantry Division in Germany.  He was honorably discharged in February 1954.  He married Shirley Ogaard in April 1955.  They lived in Grand Forks where Orlie worked for the John Deere Implement Co. in the Parts Dept.  While in Grand Forks, he was blessed with three sons, Brian, Larry and, Troy.  The family moved to Cottage Grove, MN, there Orlie worked for the MN State Highway Dept. until his retirement.  His wife, Shirley, passed away in 1973 and he married Clytie (Pat) Zable in 1974 in Stillwater, MN.
After his retirement, Orlie and Pat spent time in AZ and their home in Pine City, MN.  Pat died in 1998 while living in AZ.  He had a business of sharpening knives and scissors, and created many interesting things, wind chimes, special rakes to care for AZ lawns, canes, fun toys, etc.  He was very creative and kept an organized workshop.  In Sept. 2000, he married Margie Olmsted in Breckenridge, MN.  They enjoyed their life in AZ and their home in Breckenridge, MN.  In later life, they moved to Fargo, until he went to the Halstad Living Center to be near family.  Orlie was a good natured and fun person to be around.
Orlie is survived by his wife, Margie Thoreson of Fargo, ND;  son, Troy Thoreson of St. Paul; daughter-in-law Vicky Thoreson of  Maplewood, MN; granddaughter Shirley Thoreson and gr. grandson Vincent of St. Paul, MN; his step daughter Susan (Wayne) Langness of Stillwater, MN; step sons, David (Sally) Zable of Stillwater, MN; Craig Olmsted of Minneapolis, MN; Clint (Mary Jo) Olmsted of Horace, ND; and Wade ( Eileen) Olmsted of Garretson, SD; and step sons-in-law Byron Anderson and Allen Burger, both of Stillwater, MN.  In addition, he leaves his twin brother, Orland (Maxine) Thoreson of Rochester, MN; brother, Leon (Donna) Thoreson of Climax, MN; and his sister, Lavonne Johnson of Rodgers, MN.  There are many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren, nieces and nephews who will miss Orlie very much.
Orlie is preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Clara Thoreson; wives, Shirley Ogaard Thoreson and Pat Zable Thoreson; sons Brian Thoreson and Larry Thoreson; and his stepdaughters, Helen Anderson and Sandra Burger.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Sandhill Lutheran Church or donor’s choice. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April, 7 at Sand Hill Lutheran Church in Climax. Visitation will take place one hour before the service and internment will take place at Fort Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date.

 

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Amber Lynn  (Hoyhtya) Schiller, 37, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully at home Saturday morning, January 27, 2018. 
Amber was born July 17, 1980, in Crookston, MN, to Emil “Moe” and Nancy (Vigness) Hoyhtya.  Amber would call Crookston home for all of her early years.  Amber was a happy, outgoing, always on the go child, who made friends with everyone she met.  Amber worked at Happy Joe’s during High School where she made many lifelong friends.  Amber graduated from Crookston High School in 1998. Following high school Amber would begin college at UND where she made many memories with friends at the Conference Center and through her membership in the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Amber would then continue her education at UMC where she would earn her degree in early childhood education. While attending UMC Amber would meet the love of her life, her husband Adam, during her last year of college in 2004. The couple would be united in marriage two years later at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, on September 16, 2006. Amber had an enormous heart for children and loved being able to guide and teach them through the years,
where this would shine through on her journey with the numerous positions she would accept, starting first as a teacher at United Day Nursery in Grand Forks, ND, following graduation at UMC. Amber and Adam would then move as a couple to Foley, MN where they purchased their first home and Amber continued her passion for children as a teacher and later co-director at TLC Childcare. In 2011, Amber and Adam moved back to Crookston where Amber was a teacher at Tri-Valley Head Start, before returning to United Day Nursery where she would be the lead director, later, once again, returning to Tri-Valley Head Start as a teacher and then accepting the position as director. After several years in Crookston, Amber and Adam would move to their dream house, just outside of Crookston, to continue the farm they had started a few years earlier in 2015. There they would spend many heart-felt hours as a couple remodeling, and shaping their house, into a home for their selves and their three beautiful children, Addisyn, Ariana, and Aiden. Amber had spent the last 8 months at home taking care of their three children as well as helping Adam in any way he needed on the farm.  Most recently Amber was excited to get back to working with children and was preparing for an interview she had scheduled for this week. 
Amber was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, as well as the Crookston Early Childhood Initiative. To go along with her love for children, Amber enjoyed spending time in her garden and working both inside and out on their home. Amber was an incredibly crafty person and she had a real eye for decorating. She enjoyed the lake and all the fun it brought along with it, whether it be boating, camping, or fishing, especially enjoying time at their camper at Summer Haven Resort on Gull Lake. Amber also expressed a great love for animals, not only her own dogs (Bear, Tucker, & Ace), but any animal she may have encountered that would need some nursing back to health. However, with all joys and loves Amber had in the world, there was none stronger than those as a wife to Adam, a mother to Addisyn, Ariana, and Aiden, and a big sister to Brian. Amber touched so many lives and will be missed so dearly by those she had the opportunity to meet.
Amber is survived in passing by her loving husband, Adam; three beautiful children, Addisyn Lyn, Ariana Janae, and Aiden Emiric.  Also surviving Amber is her brother and sister-in-law, Brian & Tiffany Hoyhtya of Crookston, MN; her parents-in-law, Richard and Jackie Schiller of Norwood Young Am, MN;  sister-in-law, Molly, and nephew and nieces, Riley, Karley & Hailey, all of Eyota, MN; grandfather, Les Vigness; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, students, and co-workers.  Preceding Amber in passing are her parents, Emil “Moe” and Nancy Hoyhtya; grandparents Ernest and Hulda Hoyhtya; grandmother Lois Vigness; great-grandmother Thelma Bendickson; and several aunts and uncles.
A funeral service will be held to honor Amber’s life, Monday, February 5, 2018, at 10:30am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. A visitation and prayer service will be held the night before, Sunday, February 4, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. Visitation with the family will be from 4:00pm-7:30pm, with the prayer service to follow at 7:30pm. Burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN following the service.  Pastor Gregory Isaacson will be presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you please send donations to be set aside for Amber and Adam’s children.
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Amelia Davila Rocha, 86 of Fisher, MN, passed away peacefully Monday night, January 22, 2018, at the McIntosh Senior Living Nursing Home in McIntosh, MN with family by her side.
Amelia was born July 10, 1930 to Raymond and Maria Davila in San Antonio, TX. She would spend all of her early life in San Antonio where she would also meet the love of her life, her husband, Arturo. Later, as a couple, they would move to Fisher, MN, in 1954. Amelia had many different jobs throughout her life, her first being at Ryan Potato Co. in East Grand Forks, MN. She would also work alongside her husband and family for Harold and Bob Ross farms  in the Fisher, MN area. Amelia also would spend many years working at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN as well as the Mount St. Benedict in Crookston, MN where she worked as a CNA, and formed very special relationships with all she worked with. Amelia was an amazing cook, where her favorite meals to cook were those she would prepare for her family when they would all come home and visit. She had a love for music, dancing, and spending her summers out in her yard planting flowers. Amelia was a member of both the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN and St. Francis Catholic Church in Fisher, MN. Amelia was a very kindhearted loving mother and will be missed dearly by all her family and friends.
Amelia is survived by her 8 children; Art (Emma) Rocha of Maxwell, TX, Linda (Lars) Hamland of Kalispell, MT, Robert (Lynnette) Rocha of Crookston, MN, Molly Marshall (Chris Perales) of Waco, TX, Irene (Shannon) Gladue of Crookston, MN, Frank (Brenda) Rocha of Crookston, MN, Nora (Steve) Geatz of Crookston, MN, and Jay Rocha (Kim Connolly) of Kalispell, MT.  Ameila is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, as well as by two brothers, Raymond and Jesse Davila of San Antonio, TX.  Amelia is preceded in death by her loving husband, Arturo Rocha; her parents; sisters, Julia, Estella, Sandra, Margaritta, and Lupe. Also preceding Amelia in passing are 3 brothers, Ortilia, Gilbert, and Juan.
The family would like to specially thank the McIntosh Senior Living staff for all the love and care they showed Amelia.
A Memorial Mass will be held to honor Amelia’s life Saturday February 10, 2018, at 12:00p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fisher, MN.  Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to services with burial taking place in the spring at Calvary Cemetery in Crookston, MN. Fr. Xavier Ilango will be presiding.
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Harriet “Doodie” Ione Merkins was born on February 16, 1931 at the family farm near Hendrum, MN to Hans and Isabel (Brooks) Rockstad.  Harriet was baptized, confirmed and married at Concordia Lutheran Church, rural Hendrum, MN.  She first attended District 74 Country School near the family farm and ultimately graduated from Ada High School in 1949. Harriet married John Lawrence Merkins on July 8, 1949, and together they farmed on the Merkins’ family farm near Ada, MN.  She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Ada, MN, where she taught Sunday School and served with the Ladies Aid.  She was also a member of the Ada VFW Auxiliary.  After almost 25 years of marriage, Harriet and Lawrence welcomed their only child, Tammy.  After Lawrence’s retirement from farming in 1975, Harriet and Lawrence spent their winters in sunny Mesa, AZ. Harriet’s love of family and friends was always paramount.  Everyone was welcomed into her kitchen with coffee, fresh baked goodies, and maybe a hotdish, to chat.  Even though she was one of 13 siblings, with a large extended family, she never forgot a birthday or anniversary, and always made sure everyone stayed connected.  She was always the “caretaker” in the family, watching over her siblings and their families and helping care for them as they got older.  In most recent years, she spent as much time as possible with her grandchildren, Jonathan and Morgan, who really were the light of her life.  Even after becoming ill, her grandchildren’s presence still brought the biggest smile to her face.  Harriet is survived by her daughter Tammy Merkins (Eric Hausten) and grandchildren Jonathan and Morgan Hausten, all of Detroit Lakes, MN.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, four brothers, Clifford, Richard, James and Walter E., two infant brothers, Walter Leroy and Donald, and six sisters, Esther Hellerud, Helen Million, Isabel Hellerud, Grace Bergh, Irene Rockstad and Dorothy Bartz. Funeral: 11:00AM Monday, February 5, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: 2:00PM to 4:00PM with a 4:00PM prayer service on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home in Ada. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
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Robert Erlenmeyer, of Thief River Falls, MN, age 90, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Viking Covenant Church in Viking, MN, with Pastor Jim Robberstad and Pastor Ollie Urdahl officiating.  Burial will follow at the Viking Cemetery in rural Viking.
A Visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the church.
Robert Richard Erlenmeyer was born in Bismarck, ND, on June 6, 1927, the son of William and Mary (Welch) Erlenmeyer.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. 
At the age of 14, Bob took over one of the family businesses of vegetable gardening with produce sold to area stores and businesses.  When he turned 18 his family moved to Tappen, ND, where they operated a     cattle/dairy  farm.  Bob was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tappen, ND, until he moved to Thief River Falls, MN in 1968.
Upon moving to Minnesota he began grain farming.  He also worked at Arctic Cat and Crystal Sugar. On June 15, 1975 he was united in marriage to Marget Hegg in Puposky, MN.  Together they made their home near Thief River Falls where they farmed and raised cattle.
Bob enjoyed going to auction sales, working on his farm, and spending time with his family.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Marget of Thief River Falls, MN; his children, Della (Donald) Srnsky, Bonnie (Tom) Srnsky, Pam (Curtis) Halvorson, and David Erlenmeyer all of Thief River Falls, MN; grandchildren,     Kathy Srnsky (special friend Duane Anderson), Kristy (Casey) Anderson, Tracy Srnsky, Jessica (George) Cruz, and Joey (Ashley) Halvorson; 7 great-grandchildren; 4 great great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces,   nephews, relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Connie; infant grandson; grandson, James Halvorson; and infant great-grandson; his parents; brothers, Bill, Harvey, and Tommy; sisters, Ruth Moore, Helen Pratt, and Blanche     McCallen; nephew, Warren McCallen.
 

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Evelyn Mae (Kirschman) Schmitz, 85, died on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Essentia Health Hospital in Fosston, MN. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bob Schreiner presiding. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 29, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer service with Deacon John Bruggeman Officiating. Evelyn Mae Kirschman was born on June 24, 1932 in Red Lake Falls, MN, the daughter of Earl and Hattie (Harper) Kirschman. Evelyn was united in marriage to Francis Leo Schmitz on November 25, 1950 in Red Lake Falls. Following their marriage the couple moved to a farm west of Red Lake Falls, where they farmed and lived their entire married lives. Evelyn enjoyed her family and friends; she was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, she had many hobbies and especially loved knitting.  She was a member of her Homemakers Club in Red Lake Falls and Knitting Clubs in Crookston, MN and Grand Forks, ND.  She enjoyed nature watching and feeding the birds and squirrels and playing with her little dog Izzy.  Evelyn farmed with her husband and also worked for many years as a Certified Nurses Assistant at the Hospital in Thief River Falls, MN. Evelyn is survived by her children: Roger (LaVonne) Schmitz of Newfolden, Linda (David) Bergh of Hallock, MN, Carolyn Schmitz of Fosston, MN, Vern Schmitz of Red Lake Falls, MN, Douglas (Rebekah) Schmitz of Fargo, ND, Julia (Steve) Crump of Richardson, TX, Gene Schmitz of Red Lake Falls, MN; and grandchildren: Ryan, Rebecca, Robin and Roberta Schmitz, Emily and Christopher Moehring, Marsha, Aaron, Stacy, Denise, Owen and Ian Bergh, Lindsey, Renae, Chelsey and Dalen Schmitz, Lauren, Michelle and Stephen Crump; 26 great-grandchildren; sister Karen (George) Marx of Crookston, MN,; sisters in law Loretta Knott and Joan Schmitz both of Red Lake Falls, MN, brother in law Lyle Tollefson of Concord, CA and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Francis, parents Earl and Hattie (Harper) Kirschman, brothers Duran of Burnsville, MN and Clinton (infant) of Red Lake Falls, MN, sisters Darlene Dobrovolny and Vivian Tollefson both of California, brothers in law: Donald Schmitz of South Milwaukee, WI, LaVerne Knott and Arthur Schmitz both of Red Lake Falls, MN, Harry Dobrovolny of California and Leonard Blow of Crookston, MN.

 

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Keith Merrlin Swenson age 58 of Shelly, MN passed away with loving family and friends by his side on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
Keith was born in Bagley, MN to Peter and Sally (Campbell) Swenson on June 27, 1959.  Growing up, the family moved around the country and lived off the land, attending many different schools and gaining many friends. Keith met Terri Grothe in 1986 and they were joined in marriage in Shelly, MN on June 4, 1988. Out of their union, four children were born, Taryn, George, Leif, and Elijah. Keith was extremely proud of his children! He was an extremely proud, caring, honest, and loving man.
Keith enjoyed making memories with his family and friends all the time and would be sure to share how important he believed it was to be a better person and how there was always room to love more.   Family meant everything to him…Terri was his life.  George was his heart.  Leif was his brains.  Elijah was his good luck charm.   Keith enjoyed taking Sunday drives with the radio tuned to “old county” music and taking the “extra long” route.  He would never pass up sitting by the campfire or trying out a new recipe. 
Keith belonged to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1426 for 26 years and worked as a journeyman electrician.  During this time, Keith also taught at the Local 1426 Hall in Grand Forks for over 20 years.
Keith was always full of spirit, hope, and laughter.  He was a truly selfless, loving, thoughtful, dedicated, joyous, dependable, wise, heroic, prideful man with the most amazingly beautiful spirit.  He was an absolute treasure and will be truly missed. 
Keith is survived by his sons, George, Leif (Sara) and Elijah Swenson all of Shelly, MN; Mother, Sally Swenson of Shelly, MN; Brothers, Roger (Leslie) Swenson of Moorhead, MN; Craig (Wendy) Swenson of Shelly, MN; Sister, Kathy (Alan) Morkassel of Warren, MN; Sister in-law, Tracy (Craig) Johnson of West Fargo, ND and many family and friends!
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 30 years, Terri Swenson; Daughter, Taryn; Brother, Douglas Swenson; Father, Peter Swenson; Father and Mother-in-law, Dale and Marge (Hailey) Grothe.
Visitation will be hosted from 5:00 to 7:00 with a 6:30 PM prayer service on Sunday, January 28, 2018 in Shelly Marsh Lutheran Church in Shelly, MN. The funeral service will takes place at 10:30 AM on Monday, January 29, 2018 at the Shelly Marsh Lutheran Church as well.

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Sister Dolores Norman died Monday, January 22, 2018 at Villa Saint Vincent in Crookston, MN.
Dolores Norman, the daughter of Neil and Mary Agnes (Langdon) Norman, was born March 1, 1926, in East Grand Forks. She graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1944. She attended the College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph for her freshman year. “This first year in residence at Saint Benedict’s,” she said, “was an unforgettable experience. The liberal arts framework in that freshman year fostered a love for learning that still impacts my life on a daily basis.”
She then entered Mount Saint Benedict Monastery and was given the name Sister Paul when she became a novice.  (She later went back to her baptismal name.) Sister Dolores made her first monastic profession on March 16, 1947, and her final profession in 1950.  
Teacher preparation began in 1948 when she attended the Saint Paul Archdiocesan Teachers’ College. This was followed by teaching assignments in Rosen, Osseo, and Crookston.
Her formal education continued at the College of Saint Teresa in Winona, Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and Saint Louis University, MO. She majored in history and political science, and received BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees.
While teaching history and French at Mount Saint Benedict Academy, Sister Dolores was selected as a team member of Project Bridge, a program funded by the Ford Foundation and designed to improve race relations in Cleveland, OH. Sister Dolores was part of a team teaching an Urban History course at Saint John’s College.
Sister Dolores was involved in the Neighborhood Project, a Saint Louis University Literacy Program. Later she taught reading to adults in the Indian Studies Program, and Ojibway history to American Indian inmates at the Saint Cloud State Reformatory. This included advocacy letter writing in support of women and children and led to a position as Professor of History at Bemidji State University.
During her professional life Sister Dolores was involved in various organizations and received many awards and grants. Among them was the opportunity to study at the University of Paris in France under a Fulbright Scholarship award. She was listed in the Directory of American Scholars and was honored with a faculty award as Teacher of the Year. She received annual recognition by the Indian Studies Department at Bemidji State University. An award dear to her heart was the 1997 Bucky Award designating her as fan of the year in support of the Bemidji State University’s Men’s Hockey team. In October, 2009, the Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund honored her as an Outstanding Community Builder.
Sister Dolores taught twenty-five years of Bemidji State University and retired in 1993 as Professor of History with emerita status. Sister Dolores had a life-long love of learning and found her many travels to Europe and Canada life-expanding. She especially enjoyed her visits to national libraries in the United States, Canada, France and England.
After her retirement, for ten years she was a teacher helper at Sunrise Center for Families and Children in Crookston.
In her words, “I spent all of my life teaching and it has been a memorable experience for me to have taught at all levels:  elementary, high school, university and adult education.” In respect to the past sixty years, Sister Dolores said, “Moves in one’s life are a road map. In my experience happenings were good ones. . . . There have been few unexpected turns and a constancy of beliefs, few defeats, no intense sufferings, and no big changes except societal or ecclesiastical ones. The progression from convent to convent or from university dorm to university dorm has caused me to take stock. Many times, I’ve had to decide what to leave and what to take during the search for the sacred.” She continued, “The strength and support of the community have meant the most to me.”
Sister Dolores is preceded in death by her parents Cornelius and Mary Agnes Norman, brothers: Paul, Gene, Louis and James and sisters: Catherine, Virginia, Madonna, Joan and Helen.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Saint Benedict.
Reception of the body of Sister Dolores will be on Sunday, January 28, at 5:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 29. All services will be at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 Summit Ave., Crookston, MN, phone 218-281-3441.
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Darrel Charles Casmey, 86, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully early Tuesday morning, January 23, 2018, at his home. Darrel was born on October 3, 1931 at Grand Forks, ND, the only child of Charles Archie and Irma Rosella (Laidley) Casmey. He was baptized at the Presbyterian Church in Key West, Polk County, and attended elementary school at Fisher, MN. In 1942 the Casmey family moved to Park Rapids, where Darrel completed grade school at two different country schools, and was confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in nearby Akeley, MN. He went on to graduate from Park Rapids High School in 1951. Following graduation, Darrel remained in Park Rapids and was employed at Nordquist’s Marshall Wells Hardware, and then for Cary and Hemphill Coast to Coast Hardware. On May 20, 1952 he was drafted into the US Army at the time of the Korean War. For his service to his country he was awarded the United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. Darrel received his honorable discharge with the rank of Technical Sergeant on April 29, 1954. Upon his return to Park Rapids he began working at Smith Chevrolet, and later started dairy farming in Todd Township. On August 10, 1957 Darrel was united in marriage to Glorrayne Elloise Olson at Akeley, MN, by The Rev. Rolf Aaseng. Their marriage was blessed by the births of three children: Greg Darrel, Beverly Joy, and Cheryl Renee. Darrel began raising a herd of beef cattle while also working for Larsen’s Ace Hardware for a number of years. He later served as assistant manager for the Robertson Lumber Company, before working for the Lampert Building Center. Darrrel and Glorrayne were devoted members of Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, where he served as a deacon, secretary of the Sunday school program, and member of the church’s call committee. After working on Main Street in Park Rapids for seventeen years Darrel was elected to the office Hubbard County Treasurer. He served in that capacity until 1975 when he was appointed Clerk of Court, the position that is known today as Court Administrator. Darrel served the court system until his retirement on May 31, 1994. A few weeks later he and Glorrayne celebrated his retirement during a trip to Carrington, ND. Even though Darrel enjoyed working, he enjoyed his golden years by attending summertime festivals, going to school and church programs, visiting antique stores, attending auctions, and watching the Lawrence Welk program on television. After Darrel and Glorrrayne’s parents passed away, the couple decided to move back to the place of their roots. They sold their country home near Park Rapids and settled in a country home midway between Nielsville and Climax, MN. For nearly four years they worshipped at the Climax Lutheran Church before becoming members of Sand Hill Lutheran Church, rural Climax, for another five years. Because of health issues the couple moved to Crookston where they became members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Throughout the years they rejoiced in living a life of faith, treasuring the love of family, and enjoying the friendships of many. Darrel is survived by Glorrayne, his beloved wife of sixty years; their three children: Greg (Jill) Casmey of Arden Hills, MN, Beverly Parsatoon of Eden Prairie, MN, and Cheryl (Vance) Thoreson of Climax, MN; nine grandchildren: Alisa (Kevin) Wolf of Mosinee, WI, Andrea Casmey of Shoreview, MN, Mark Parsatoon and Mary Parsatoon of Eden Prairie, Heidi Shol of Crookston, MN, Heather Shol of Fargo, ND, and Marie, Megan and Sarah Thoreson of Climax; and three great-grandsons: Finn and Pierce Wolf of Mosinee, and Gabrial Casmey of Shoreview. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson, Philip Parsatoon. The funeral service and celebration of Darrel’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 28, 2018, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Interment will be at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston in the spring. The family requests that memorials be given in Darrel’s honor to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Youth Fund. May God richly bless the memory of Darrel Charles Casmey.                
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Sister Yvonne Schafer, 84, died Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Villa Saint Vincent in Crookston, MN. Sister Yvonne was born January 27, 1933 in Red Lake Falls, MN, to George and Rose (Kuld) Schafer, the youngest of four children. She was baptized by Father Henry Pelger and was given the name Doris Mae. For her elementary education, she attended District 63 country school, located on a corner of their farm. When she was in the fourth grade, her family moved to a different farm and she and her siblings could attend Saint Joseph’s School in Red Lake Falls. She attended Mount Saint Benedict Academy for high school. She was involved in Catholic education since fourth grade, first as a student and then as a teacher. Sister Yvonne first thought about being a sister while in grade school because she admired the sisters who taught her. She said that she was inspired also by her aunt, Sister Ivan from Saint Benedict’s Monastery in Saint Joseph, MN. After graduation from high school, she entered Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. Before she entered the monastery, she recalled Sister Pancratius Thomas affirming her vocation when she said “You have chosen wisely.”  She was invested in the Benedictine habit on July 2, 1950 when she received the name, Sister Yvonne. Sister Yvonne made her final monastic profession on July 11, 1954. Sister Yvonne received her bachelor’s degree from Saint Catherine’s University and her master’s degree from the University of North Dakota in Elementary Counseling and Guidance. She also attended Saint John’s University and received a Certificate in Monastic Studies. Sister Yvonne was a teacher for more than 50 years, and she served in Lefor, ND, and Osseo, Detroit Lakes, Mahnomen and Moorhead, MN. She was the principal in Moorhead and Mahnomen where she was also Director of Religious Education. Sister Yvonne wrote that that she was convinced that “the ministry of education is rooted in the Gospel – learning and sharing (that) the Good News is Jesus.” Sister Yvonne possessed qualities that promoted a happy and healthy school environment: a generous and wholehearted spirit, an innate respect for each student and faculty member and a listening heart. Sister Yvonne was a nature lover, and she enjoyed outdoor activities, picking blueberries, gathering colored or enjoying the Christmas lighting around town. On one of the trips to pick wild blueberries , Sister Yvonne became separated from the rest of the group, and when it came time to go home she was nowhere to be found. The county sheriff was contacted to help with the search, and eventually a helicopter was called in. After a couple hours, Sister Yvonne was found to the great relief of not only Sister Yvonne but also the rest of the group. Sister Yvonne loved to see the Christmas lights around town. When it came time to choose the Christmas tree, the sisters with whom she lived wondered how it was that she always chose the coldest day of the year! And then there was the annual school marathon. Most of the participants were bikers, but not Sister Yvonne! She was one of the hardy walkers who made the eight-mile trek – no shortcuts, no rides for her! Sister Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents and brothers John and Ray and his wife Marie. She is survived by her sister, Sister Lucille, OSB, sister-in-law Mary Ann, many nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Saint Benedict. Reception of the body of Sister Yvonne will be on Thursday, January 25, at 5:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 26. All services will be at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 Summit Ave., Crookston, MN, phone 218-281-3441. Gifts in memory of Sister Yvonne may be given to Mount Saint Benedict Foundation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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Erma Pouliot of Red Lake Falls, MN, of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Sunday January 21, 2018 at Hillcrest Senior Living. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Sunview Center (209 International Dr SW) in Red Lake Falls, MN with Jeff Lytle officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Erma Yvonne Perry was born July 21, 1920 at Dickenson, ND, the daughter of Eugene Herbert and Edith Mae (Markle) Perry.  She attended Crosby-Ironton School graduating in 1937. In 1938 the family moved to Red Lake Falls where they ran the Lincoln Hotel. Erma worked in the theatre and for Kundert’s Telephone Company which later became Garden Valley Telephone. On October 16, 1941, Erma was united in marriage to Gregg N. Pouliot at Red Lake Falls, MN. While Gregg was in the service Erma worked at McCord Field in Washington as the telephone operator. When Gregg went overseas she moved to Minneapolis where she worked for Walgreen’s and Cargill. Following Gregg’s discharge they moved back to Red Lake Falls where they raised their two daughters, Beth Jo and Nan Lee. Erma worked at Tischart’s Federated Store and Wilcox Furniture Store for 13 years. Erma enjoyed volunteer work with Committee on Aging, Dial-A-Ride, Blood Drives, Poppy Day, Hillcrest and Friends of the Library. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed going for a walk, crossword puzzles, reading and sewing for family and friends. She is survived by Beth (Jerald) Solheim, of Bemidji, MN and Nan Boutain, of Red Lake Falls, MN; grandchildren Sally Meyer, Jed Solheim, Amy (Arly) Ohm, Meg (Jerod) Kolden, Erica (Bryan) Perkins; great-grandchildren Ty Sanvik, Eric Meyer, Adam Ohm, Alex Ohm, Bailee Kolden, Matthew Kolden, Alexia Meyer and Sofia Perkins.
Erma was preceded in death by her husband Gregg, parents Eugene and Edith Perry, a brother John Perry, sister-in-law Arlene Perry and son-in-law James Boutain.
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Marian Varnson
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age 97, of Erskine, MN, passed away on Friday, January 19th, at Riverview Hospital in Crookston, MN. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27th, at Rodnes Lutheran Church, rural Erskine with the Rev. Joel Smeby officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Friday, January 26th, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Erskine. There will also be reviewal for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Memorials may be designated to Rodnes Church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Marian Charlotte Paulson was born on March 4, 1920 in Erskine, Minnesota, the daughter of Albert and Selma Olberg Paulson. Marian was baptized and confirmed in Rodnes Lutheran Church and she was raised to be a devoted church member. She grew up in Woodside Township, rural Erskine where she attended the Sylvan Nook rural school. She graduated from Mentor High School in 1937 and loved playing basketball for the school.
Marian was married to Clifford Bakken on June 9, 1938 in Rodnes Church. They resided on the Bakken farmstead until Clifford died in 1965. The following winter Marian and her daughter, Cheryl, started spending summers on the farm and winters in Erskine until she sold the farm in 1969 and moved into Erskine.
Marian married Edward Varnson on September 20, 1969 at Rodnes Church. They resided in Erskine. Ed died in 1985.
Marian worked at Pioneer Memorial home in the activities department and as the housekeeping supervisor for over 20 years. She retired when she was 72 years old.
Keeping busy was Marian’s lifestyle. She enjoyed playing Rummikub and Shanghai with friends and watching the Twins play ball was a favorite pastime. She was involved in ceramics, made woodworking projects each Christmas for family, did beautiful embroidery work and was an avid baker. For several summers she would get up very early in the morning, have cookies, bread, and bars made and sell them out of the trunk of her car around Maple Lake. She was known for her Aunt Sally cookies and butter knot rolls.
Marian was an active member of Rodnes Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, held offices in the ladies aid, was active in circle and served on the church board for many years. She loved Rodnes and would do anything for the welfare of the church including handywork and baking as much as she could for the Fall sales.
She loved spending time with her family; gatherings of any kind involving loved ones. There were 30+ years of Paulson family reunions at Farmer’s Union Camp that she looked forward to every August.
Marian passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018. She had been residing at Country Place assisted living in Erskine for four years where she enjoyed the friendship of staff and tenants living there. She enjoyed the afternoon games of Bingo.
Survivors include one son, Myles Bakken and wife Shirley of Erskine; one daughter, Cheryl Harms of Bemidji; son-in-law, Lowell Bennes and wife Sheryl of Moorhead; step daughter, Arliss Abrahamson of New York Mills; seven grandchildren, Eric, Christopher, Mark, Stefanie, Mitchell, Tamara and Kristi; four step grandchildren, Brian, Laurine, Daidre and Ann; eight great grandchildren, Bjorn, Jakob, Liv, Sofia, James, Linus, Sonia Marian and Hobey; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Clifford and Edward; her daughter, Marlene; two sons-in-law, Abe and Bill; five brothers, Alfred, Leonard, Harold, Walter and Stanley; and three sisters, Connie, Myrtle and Bernice.

 

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Arnold Strand, age 81, of Wahpeton, ND and formerly of Mentor, MN, passed away on Wednesday, January 17th, at his home. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 24th, at Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor with the Rev. Michael Sletto officiating. Interment will be in Faith Lutheran Cemetery, Mentor, in the spring. Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.

 

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Nancy Helen Letnes, 75, of Crookston, MN, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018, in the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, with her loving family at her side. Nancy was born on December 8, 1942 at Bethesda Hospital in Crookston, MN, the daughter of Percy and Evelyn (Scott) Boyer. She grew up in Beltrami, was baptized and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church there, and attended Beltrami Elementary School. After graduating from Fertile-Beltrami High School in nearby Fertile, MN, Nancy went on to attend the Saint Francis Hospital School of Practical Nursing in Crookston. She earned her degree as an LPN and then began working in the Labor and Delivery Department of the St. Francis Hospital. On June 4, 1966 Nancy was united in marriage to Gary Letnes at her home church, Trinity Lutheran in Beltrami. The couple settled on Gary’s farm in Andover Township, near Crookston, where they raised their three children: Lisa, David, and Nicole in a very loving, Christian home. Nancy loved working with Gary on the farm and serving as leader of her children’s 4-H Club. She was a devoted member of the Climax Lutheran Church, and in addition to having served on the church council, she also participated in WELCA (Ladies Aid), and taught Sunday school. For many years Nancy enjoyed playing bridge with friends and often hosted them on ‘card night.’ She had also been playing canasta in Crookston at the Library and Golden Link Seniors Citizens Center. Nancy was an avid gardener. Her true passion was working in her flower gardens. Nancy not only planted her favorite flowers, but she was fearless when it came to trying new varieties. When Gary was working as a deputy for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Nancy often accompanied him as a “matron” when he was transporting female prisoners to and from Crookston.
Nancy and Gary loved to travel throughout the United States, including several trips taken to Hawaii. Another favorite place to visit was Branson, MO, where they were this past November to take in the first of the new season’s Christmas shows. They also liked to go camping with the family, and for the last thirty years had been spending time at their timeshare at Breezy Point, near Brainerd, MN.
Nancy will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, and will be greatly missed.
Nancy is survived by the love of her life for the past fifty-one years, Gary; their three children: Lisa (Tim) Bender of Bemidji, MN, David (Yolanda) Letnes, of Eagan, MN, and Nicole Letnes of Seattle, WA; three grandchildren: Nick (Kayla) Bender and Josh Bender of Bemidji, and Aaron Letnes of Eagan; a great-granddaughter, Harper Grace Bender; and her brother Scott (Linda) Boyer of Crookston. She was preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Evelyn Boyer; Gary’s father, John, and Gary’s mother and step-father, Vivian and Ralph Barton.
The funeral service and celebration of Nancy’s life will be at 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, in the Climax Lutheran Church, Climax, MN, with The Rev. Joy Grainger, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Monday, January 22, 2018, from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will take place in the Bergit Cemetery, rural Climax. 
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John Vernon Bernhard Sampson, age 83 of Thief River Falls went home to be with The Lord on January 17, 2018. He was preceded in death by his son Greg, parents Harold and Alma (Johnson) Sampson of Crookston, MN, brother Marvin Sampson, and his grandfather, the honorable Bernhard Sampson, a founder of Crookston, MN.  John attended Crookston public schools, graduated from Central High School in 1952, proudly served in the U.S. Army and later graduated from The University of North Dakota with a business degree in 1963.  He worked for many years for Swift & Co., Gordon-Fleming Food Brokers, and began his own brokerage Sampson & Associates in 1977 until later retiring.  John serverd as the Post Commander from 2003-2005. He was a member of the Color Guard, 40 et 8 and other committee’s with the Thief River Falls American Legion Post 117. John served as the 9th District Commander from 2009-2010. and enjoyed communicating with members, and serving in their various functions throughout each year.  He also enjoyed many years of long walks, skating and coaching youth hockey, and watching his favorite sports teams, such as The Vikings and Sioux hockey. He is survived by his loving wife Beverly, daughters Susan (Gary) Sorum of Fargo, ND, Tricia (Phil) Bates of Carver, MN, sons David Sampson of Thief River Falls and William (Bill) Sampson of Fargo, ND, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM at River of Life Church in Thief River Falls. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial to follow at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN.
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Dwane Alvin Palmer, age 90, passed away peacefully at home, with family by his side, on January 16th, 2018.
Dwane was born September 30th, 1927 to Alvin and Martha Palmer in Crookston MN.  He graduated from Cathedral High School in Crookston.  Starting in the eight grade up until he entered the Army, he worked at the Grand Theater and as a night express agent for the railroad.   He joined the Army in February of 1946, at the age of 17. He was stationed at Camp Crowder, MO where he became a medic and then went to school to become a surgical technician.  He served in the US Army 156th General Hospital and primary worked on the chest surgery and back surgery units.  The majority of the patients he served were wounded soldiers from the war, who were in long term recovery requiring multiple surgeries.  When not in surgery, Dwane would work in the wards. At Fitzsimmons (Army Hospital) there were 11 surgical wards—each with 110 beds. There he would administer mostly pain medication to patients coming out of surgery.
In 1948 he separated from the service while at Lorrey Field outside of Denver, Colorado.  He went back to Crookston where he worked for the Park Department.  While working at the sports arena he met Juneth Palmer, whom he married on June 6th 1950.  Dwane then began an apprenticeship as a plasterer.  Three years later he became a journeyman plasterer, a field in which he worked for 40 years.  When his son Kim was old enough, (Kim apprenticed under his Dad) they worked together in Bula, ND for 3 years at a gasification plant.  Following that, he went to work for a general contractor in Arizona with his son Marc.
Dwane was a member of the American Legion for 70 years, where he served on the executive board.  He was a member of the 40 and 8 where he was the Chef De Gare or station master.  The “40 and 8” serves as a charitable organization with a long history of supporting the training of nurses, causes related to child welfare, and several other notable activities.  He is a devoted member of the Cathedral Church.  He was a member of the local 899 Plasterer and Cement Mason where he served as president and secretary. 
Dwane had a great love for life.  He enjoyed spending his summers with his wife and children at Maple Lake where he raised pigs and geese.  Every year he grew a beautiful garden with fresh vegetables and flowers he shared with many friends and family.  He loved his pets Tommy and Taco.  He also had a love for travel, with a goal of seeing all continental US states with his family.
Dwane is survived by his children Les Palmer Crookston, Julie Glass (Tom) Maryland,  Marc Palmer (Sue) Crookston, Kristi Widseth (Jeff) Fosston, MN, Kari Hitchen (Chad) Winger MN. Grandchildren, Nikki (John)Lee, Heather (Kevin) Waller, Angie (Jeff )Brekken, Katie (Zach) Zwack, Sally (Jeremy Yunis) Palmer, Emily (Kris)Perreault, Joey Palmer, Lester Swenson, Megan Stewart, Carissa and Benjamin Widseth, Hunter, Kimberly and Katrina Hitchen; 17 great grandchildren; sister Jean Bakken (Crookston), daughter-in-lawns Bonnie Palmer and Laurie Straw; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Alvin and Martha Palmer, mother and father-in-law Oscar and Marvel Sather, sons, Kim and Daniel Palmer, granddaughter Tiffany Glass, and brother-in-law Roy Bakken.
A Memorial Mass will be held to honor Dwane's life on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN.  Visitation and prayer service will be held the night before, January 23, 2018, at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with the prayer service to follow at 7:00 p.m.  The Very Reverend Vincent Miller will be presiding. Burial will take place at a later date.
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Gwendolyn A. Huck, 72, of Ada, MN, formerly of Fergus Falls, MN, died Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Benedictine Care Community in Ada.  Funeral: 11:00AM Monday, January 22, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Sunday, 5:00PM to7:00PM at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Burial: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Elaine Foldoe, age 83, of rural Mentor, MN, passed away on Saturday, January 13th at her home. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 19th, at Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor with the Rev. Michael Sletto officiating. Interment will be in Faith Lutheran Cemetery in the spring. Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Elaine Lucille Berg was born on April 14, 1934 in Twin Valley, Minnesota to parents Walter and Gladys Benson Berg. She graduated from Twin Valley High School and Moorhead State Teacher’s College.
She was united in marriage to Leslie Foldoe on June 2, 1954 in Twin Valley. Elaine was a teacher at Stephen, Fertile, Erskine and Mentor, Minnesota. She retired in 1973 and farmed side by side with her husband, Leslie, for many years.
She loved her family, baking, and the Minnesota Twins.
Elaine is survived by three children, Steve (Naomi) of Mentor, Valorie (Paul) Johnson of Faribault, MN, and Douglas (Paula) of Mentor; 11 grandchildren, Chris, Joseph, Jon, Brandon, Lori, Sarah, Emily, Jabez, Zachery, Chassy and Shawn; 8 grandchildren, Hunter, Rylin, Tracer, Coy, Triston, Peyton, Presley, and Tahlen; brother, Curtis (Allie) Berg; and sister-in-law, Wilma (Anton) Oleson. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie, on March 5, 2015; daughter, Lori; her parents; and sister, Marian.
 

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Floyd Joel Kliner, 64, of Euclid, MN, passed away early Friday morning, January 12, 2018, in the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Floyd had come to the Villa several weeks ago due to failing health and was comforted by the company of his loving family and the care of the wonderful staff.
Floyd was born in Crookston on March 30, 1953, the second of three children of the union of Harvey and Dorothy (Kalsnes) Kliner. He grew up on the family’s farm, near Euclid; was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Euclid; and attended school in Warren, MN. After his graduation from Warren High School, Floyd trained as a diesel mechanic at the Moorhead Technical College. He then began working for MinDak Mack. On May 3, 1972 he entered the US Army and was honorably transferred to the US Army National Guard on November 22, 1972, where he served for another 6 years. Floyd was united in marriage to Jeanette Marie Weiland on April 28, 1973 at St. Mary’s. The couple made their home in nearby Angus, MN, and Floyd drove a truck for E.W. Wylie, which later became known as TranSystems. In 1977 they moved to the Henry and Albina Kliner farmstead near Euclid, becoming the third generation to farm the land. Together, he and Jeanette raised their 3 children: Benjamin, Anna, and Patrick. In 1996 Floyd had a heart attack and decided to retire from farming. Over the next several years he was employed by Wilkens Construction and Keith Brown Trucking until suffering his 3rd heart attack. As Floyd and Jeanette battled his ever-worsening heart failure they found themselves making more and more trips to Mayo Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. After more heart attacks and a series of small strokes, and despite living with a pacemaker and defibrillator and other experimental procedures, it became apparent that a heart transplant was becoming his final option of treatment. In 2007 he received a new heart at Mayo. He was blessed with many more years of life than he and his loving family ever thought would be possible.
Floyd was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was also a 35 year member of Euclid American Post #539 and the Legion Honor Guard, and had been a member of Crookston Eagles Aerie #873 since 1974. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Knowing that his days would soon be ending, Floyd took part in his last hunt just a few short months ago.
Floyd is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Jeanette; their 3 children: Benjamin Kliner and his wife, Miriah, of Grand Forks, ND, Anna Kliner, now Sister Mary Vianney of Monastery of the Holy Name of Jesus in Denmark, WI, and Patrick Kliner and his wife, Ashley, of Grand Forks; 4 grandchildren: Jacob, Joshua, Jessaca, and Tanner; sister, Diane Bush of Fargo, ND; brother, Henry Kliner and his wife, Hazel, of Wilmot, SD; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Dorothy; a brother-in-law, Gary Bush; his parents-in-law, Gregory and Helen Weiland; and brothers-in-law, John Weiland, and Gregory Weiland and his wife, Doris. May Floyd’s memory forever be treasured.
Mass of Christian Burial for Floyd Joel Kliner will be held at 11:00am, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Euclid, MN with The Rev. Bob Schreiner, presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Tuesday from 5-7:00pm, with a prayer service and time of sharing at 7:00pm, and visitation also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by Euclid American Legion Post #539. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, in the spring.
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Gordon Gram Vind, 87, of Bemidji, MN and formerly of Crookston, MN, passed away Friday morning, January 12, 2018 in Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND, with his family at his side.
Gordon was born on November 15, 1930 to Hans and Katie (Baughman) Vind in Jackson, MN. He later moved with his family to Crookston, where he graduated from high school at the Northwest School of Agriculture. He then worked for Mason Chevrolet. On January 8, 1951 Gordon enlisted in the US Air Force and served stateside at Chanute AFB, Illinois and with the Duluth, MN Air Defense Group. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal prior to his honorable discharge on January 7, 1955. After his return to Crookston he began working at Elk River Concrete and later spent 10 years as the boiler operator for Bethesda Hospital, which eventually became known as RiverView Hospital. In the late 1970’s he began his employment with American Crystal Sugar. Gordon was united in marriage to Patricia Yanish on March 7, 1959 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Fisher, MN. They made their home in Crookston and their marriage was blessed with 2 children: Timothy and Tamara. Gordon, Pat, and the kids enjoyed camping and fishing and doing as many “family” things as possible. At the time of his retirement in 1992 he was a chief boiler operator and mechanic at American Crystal. Retirement meant more time for Gordy to golf with his friends, and have daily coffee sessions with several of his buddies at Hardee’s, which later became Arby’s. By the time coffee was over they pretty much had the world’s problems solved for another day. For several years Gordon and Pat spent their winters at Alamo Palms in Alamo, TX.
Gordon and Pat moved to Bemidji, MN in 2015, so they could be closer to their son, Tim, and his family. Sadly, after a valiant 10 year struggle against cancer, Tim passed away on May 20, 2017. Gordon was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Bemidji, and a former longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. He also held memberships in Crookston’s Eagles Aerie #873, American Legion Post #20, VFW Post #1902, and the union at American Crystal. Throughout their lives he was his children’s rock; offering his love, support, and encouragement that they be the best people they could be. He will be remembered with great love by his family, who give thanks for being able to share in his life.
Gordon is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Pat; their daughter, Tammy Baker, and her husband, Jim, of Sacred Heart, MN; daughter-in-law, Lisa (Tolbert) Vind of Bemidji, MN; 3 grandchildren: Kelly Vind (fiancé, Cole Kindem) and Holly Vind of Bemidji, and Ben Baker of Sacred Heart. He also leaves a sister, Mary Lessard of Crookston, MN; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Merna Vind of Crookston, Joyce and Richard Morgan of Grand Forks, ND, Ilene Yanish of Fisher, MN, Carol and Arly Aune and Donna and Gary Mosher of East Grand Forks, MN, Duane Stinar of Crookston, and Curtis Johnson of Grand Forks; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his son, Timothy; Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, Hans and Katie Vind; 3 brothers: Charles, Roger, and Tom Vind; and 3 sisters: Charlotte Stinar, Henrietta Hill, and Verna Johnson. Blessed be Gordon’s memory.  
The memorial service and celebration of the life of Gordon Gram Vind will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, January 18, 2018, in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Greg Isaacson and The Rev. Mark Kindem, officiants. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Wednesday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Inurnment will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery at Fisher, MN in the spring. Memorials may directed to the family.
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Mary “Dottie” (Moe) Christianson, 87, Halstad, MN, died on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.  Funeral: 2:00PM, Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN.  Visitation:  Friday 4:00PM to 6:00PM with a 6:00PM prayer service at Halstad Living Center and Saturday for one hour before the funeral at the church. Burial: Halstad South Cemetery, Halstad, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000) 
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Bernice H. Balzum, 92, Ada, MN, died Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Funeral: 11:00AM, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the funeral on Tuesday at the church. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements by Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN 
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Junice Bernice Mulvaney, 94, of Crookston, MN, passed away early Wednesday morning, January 10, 2018, in Brooklyn Park, MN, at her daughter's home with family members at her side. Junice was born on February 9, 1923 in Climax, MN. Her parents, Hans and Mary (Rarick) Thompson, farmed just northeast of Climax. Junice was baptized and confirmed at Climax Lutheran Church.  At the age of 10, her family moved to Woodside Township, Maple Bay, where she attended country school. She later lived and worked on her grandparents’ farm near Climax, while attending Climax high school and graduating with the Class of 1940. During World War II Junice was employed by Pittsburgh Ordinance in Pittsburgh, PA from 1942-1945. She then attended the College of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, graduating in 1947. She moved to Crookston and in 1949 began employment with Northwestern Clinic as a Lab Technician. Junice was united in marriage to “the voice of the valley,” Donald John Mulvaney, a local radio announcer with KROX, on April 14, 1951 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Junice was a devoted member of the Cathedral Parish, St. Francis Circle, the Cathedral Choir, and the Hosanna Choir. After raising an active family of 6 children, and following Don's retirement, she retired from Northwestern Clinic in 1991. In retirement, Junice and Don enjoyed singing in their church choirs, and traveling to visit their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, with the annual highlight being a family reunion at Camp Corbett for 20 plus years. Sadly, Don passed away on September 6, 2011. Junice loved working in her yard and flower gardens and sharing her annual harvest of apples with friends and family. She will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all who shared in her life. Junice is survived by her daughters: Kim (Ron) Kroll of St. Paul MN, Joan (Tom) Langdon of Cloquet MN, and Beth Ann Mulvaney of Brooklyn Park, MN; sons: Tom (Lou Ann) Mulvaney of Crookston, MN; Cory (Debra) Mulvaney of Fargo, ND;  and Jim (Deb) Mulvaney of Brooklyn Park, MN; 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, with another on the way! She also leaves her brothers, Herman (Camilla) Thompson and Maze (Arlys) Thompson of Fertile, MN; sister: Jeanette LaBarre of Eden Prairie, MN; sister-in-law: Josephine Mulvaney of Bloomfield, NJ; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, Don; parents, Hans and Mary Thompson; sister, Vera Mae Brunner; and brothers-in-law: Jerry Mulvaney, Bill Brunner, and Jerry Labarre. Mass of Christian Burial for Junice Mulvaney will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and also at the Cathedral for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
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Gorden G. Vind, 87, of Bemidji, MN and formerly of Crookston, MN, passed away Friday morning, January 12, 2018 in Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND. Gorden’s funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, January 18, 2018, in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. Visitation will be in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Wednesday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral.
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Jeanne A. Sanders, 86, Ada, MN, died Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Graveside service: To be held at a later date at the Ada Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements by Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN
 
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Floyd Joel Kliner, 64, of Euclid, MN, passed away Friday morning, January 12, 2018, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston comforted by his loving family. The Mass of Christian Burial for Floyd will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Euclid, MN on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 with The Rev. Bob Schreiner, presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Tuesday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston in the spring.
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Eileen Corbett, 88, Fertile, MN, formerly of Crookston, MN, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, in Fertile. No services are planned at this time.
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Junice Bernice Mulvaney, 94, a longtime Crookston, MN resident, passed away in Brooklyn, Park, MN early Wednesday morning, January 10, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial for Junice will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and also at the Cathedral for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Shirley Veronica Goering, 81, of Crookston, MN, passed away on January 5, 2018 at Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston, under the care of Altru’s Hospice.
Shirley was born to Joseph G. and Veronica (Laubach) Felling on January 29, 1936 in Belgrade, MN. She married David A. Goering on April 18, 1955, and they were married for 58 years, making their home in Crookston for over 50 years.
She is survived by her children, Brenda (Al) Hagemeier, Fargo, ND, Bobbie (Roger) Valley, Red Lake Falls, MN, David (Kelly) Goering Jr., Plymouth, MN, Chuck (Kim) Goering, Mentor, MN, Don (Theresa) Goering, Grand Forks, ND, Craig (Kristy) Goering, Grand Forks, ND, Duane (Alice) Goering, Peyton, CO, Edward (Doris) Goering, Colorado Springs, CO, Tracy (Jeff) Musolf, Shawnee, KS, and 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Her sisters Delores (Howard) Handeland, Cottage Grove, MN, Dorothy Unger, Sauk Centre, MN, Georgia Rooney, Belgrade, MN and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, David, and siblings, Madeline Roel, Cyril Felling, Will Felling, Bernie Felling, Ernie Felling, Rudy Felling, Lovie Felling, Joseph (Buddy) Felling and Gary Felling, and several beloved in-laws.
We would like to thank Altru’s Hospice and the Villa St. Vincent staff for their excellent care.
In keeping with mom’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.
The Funeral Mass will be held Friday, January 12, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. A rosary will be held at 12:45pm before the service, with visitation with the family beginning at 1:00pm. Msgr. Joseph Goering will be presiding.
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Kenneth R. Miller, age 89, died on Christmas Eve, 2017 at The Colony in Eden Prairie, MN, from congestive heart failure. He was born on May 24, 1928 to Arthur Ross Miller and Emma Waterstrat at the family farm in Hammond Township. Ken grew up on the farm, attended the "Round" country school with his cousins, and two years at Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston. Ken married Merle Lee Stone, December 26, 1950. Merle, the daughter of Walter Powell and Alice Lee Stone, preceded him in death January of 2011. Shortly after their wedding, Ken left to serve in the U.S. Army at Fort Smith, Arkansas where his son, Kenneth R. Miller,Jr. was born December 25, 1951. Merle and infant son, Ken, followed Ken, Sr. to Germany and at the end of his service they returned to the farm in Hammond township. Daughters, Janna and Julie were born in 1955 and 1958. In 1979, Ken was awarded the Conservation Farm of Polk County Award. After retiring from the farm he and Merle used their skills helping build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Ken was known for his Christian values, hard work, sense of humor, patience, gentleness and fair-mindedness. He taught his children how to care for the animals, work on the farm, and encouraged their involvement in 4-H Club. He often took the family on long road trips to visit Merle’s family in Idaho and Washington stopping at National Parks and ski resorts along the way. Sundays were observed together at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston where the family shared their gifts of music.
Left to honor him and remember his patience and love are Ken (Linda) Miller Jr., Janna (Dave) Braun, Julie (Craig) Money; seven grandchildren; Loren (Lizzy) Miller, Alex (Jessica) Miller, Elizabeth (Jon Paul) Hunten, Nicholas (Jessica) Rennich, Austin (Maria) Rennich, Lee Ross (Megan) Hammarback, John Hammarback; nine great-grandchildren: Gabe, Elliot, Natalie, Max, Drew, Vivian, Rosie, Bauer & Adler. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed.
Celebration of Ken’s life will be Monday, July 2, 2018 at 2:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 510 N Broadway, Crookston, MN 56716. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Merle S. Miller Music Scholarship at Crookston Central High School, 402 Fisher Avenue, Crookston, MN 56716.

 

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Ralph Harlen Hagen, 92, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully with family by his side, Friday, January 5, 2018, at Valley Eldercare, in Grand Forks, ND. Ralph was born on December 5, 1925 in Brainerd, MN, to Ruth Mulholland, and was later adopted by his parents Ephriam and Annette (Strom) Hagen, a few years later. Ralph grew up in the McIntosh and Erskine, MN area, where he attended country school just outside of Erskine. In 1943, Ralph moved to Crookston, MN, and a year later would join the US Navy, where he would serve on the USS President Jackson APA-18, from 1944-1946.  Ralph would later meet the love of his life, MaryJane Delorme, while roller-skating in the Crookston area. The two would be united in marriage on August 1, 1951 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Crookston, MN. While in Crookston Ralph was a Chief Class A Stationary Steam Plant Engineer at several locations for over 40 years, including, the Mount St. Benedict, where he worked from 1946-1958, and then later at St. Joseph’s Provincial House from 1958-1988.  Ralph was also a part time deputy sheriff for Polk County and would help patrol the lakes area. In 1998, Ralph and MaryJane would decide to make their home in Apache Junction, AZ, where the couple had been spending their winters since 1988, until moving back to Crookston in 2012.  Ralph was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN, as well as St. George’s Catholic Church during his time in Apache Junction, AZ. Ralph and MaryJane were also foster parents, fostering fifteen children over the years. Recently Ralph had been awarded the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Crookston Certificate of Honor Award for serving and defending the United States of America and the Crookston Community. In his passing, Ralph leaves behind many loving family members, which include his son, Kenneth Hagen (Lori Kinney) of Coon Rapids, MN; son Duane (Kerri) Hagen of Grand Forks; and his daughter, Ruth Hagen (Christian Carrico) of Strandquist, MN. Ralph also leaves behind many grand and great-grandchildren, which include ten grandchildren; Brea Hagen, Lincoln Hagen, Isaiah Hagen, Austen Hagen, Cameron Hagen, Colt Schroder, Alina Nelson (Peterson), Lucas Nelson, Rebecca Strand, and Jeff King Jr.; sixteen great-grandchildren, Brendan, Evan, Chance, Daxton, Jason, Sophia, Zoe, Zac, Talia, Bailey, Kylie, Joseph, Gracelynn, Cameron, Alana and MariahJane. Siblings surviving Ralph include, brother; Vernon (Pat) Hammett; and sisters; Margie (Donald) Vest, Donna (Doug) Henke, and Ruby Johnson. Ralph is preceded in passing by his wife, MaryJane; parents, Ephriam and Annette; mother, Ruth; daughter, Patricia; infant daughter, Mary; great-granddaughter, Aurora; and siblings, Stanley, Thomas, Bruce, Lyle, Ray, Clarence, and Marian. A Memorial Mass will be held to celebrate Ralph’s life on Saturday January 13, 2018 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN, at 10:00am. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service.  The Very Reverend Vincent Miller will be presiding.  In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you would send offerings, so they can donate the money to areas of research, to honor Ralph’s wishes.  
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Henriette “Pete” Stich,  Red Lake Falls, MN formerly South Milwaukee WI (89), passed away on Saturday, January 06, 2018 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10;30 AM at St Joseph Catholic Church, Red Lake Falls, MN Wednesday January 10, 2018 with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating and Deacon John Bruggeman.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held in the spring at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Brooks, MN. Henriette M. Paradis was born November 22, 1928 in Terrebonne, MN, the daughter of Ernest and Dora (Laundry) Paradis. She graduated from Red Lake Falls High School in 1948.  She went to Portland Oregon for a short while, but returned to Terrebonne and married Onezime Champagne on October 2, 1950.  They moved to South Milwaukee where they lived for 34 years and raised their four children.  Henriette worked many years at Kroger’s Grocery Store and Kohl’s.   They retired and returned to Brooks in 1985.  Onezime passed away suddenly on August 24. 1985, but Henriette remained in Brooks.   She married Jim Stich on September 18, 1993 and moved to Red Lake Falls. Henriette was known to many as Grandma Pete.   A lot of people didn’t know her real name, and you’d better never call her Henrietta!  She loved playing cards, going to the casino, crocheting, and traveling.  She spent many winters in Florida with Ron and Dellas Paradis and after marrying Jim, they would spend the winters in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  She loved being with people and spending time with family and friends. She taught many of the grandkids how to play cards, and was known to make their beds if they’d play a couple of hands before catching the bus! Due to her declining health, Henriette moved to the Oklee Assisted Living, and then to Pioneer Memorial Care Center where Jim visited her daily. Survivors include her husband, Jim, Red Lake Falls, MN; Children:  David and Alice Champagne, Leesburg, FL, Robert and Melanie Champagne, Hagerstown MD, Susan and Mark Berberich, Brooks, MN, Lori and Dennis Pendzich, South Milwaukee, WI, step-daughter:  Toni and Terry Peterson, Roseau, MN.  4 sisters:  Ruth Carriere, South Milwaukee, WI, Irene Miller, Terrebonne, MN, Grace Stucy, Pound , WI, and Patricia Brower, Las Vegas, NV.  Ten grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Henriette gained another family when marrying Jim.  Along with a new daughter, Toni, and family were many brother and sister in laws:  Leo (deceased), Edward, John, Barbara, Mary, Paulette, Catherine, Phyllis, and Peter.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Onezime, parents, sister, Betty Paquin and all of her brothers: Ronald, Robert, Mark , Donald, and Thomas.  Henriette was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.  She will be missed.  We know she is watching over us and will forever be in our hearts.
In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN and also St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Brooks, MN.

 

 

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Roald E. Josephson, 94, Ada, MN, died Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Twin Valley Living Center, Twin Valley, MN. Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, January 12, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Friday from 9:00AM to 11:00AM at the church. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home  Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Gregory Duane Lee, 59, of Fertile, MN, passed away at his residence early Wednesday morning, January 3, 2018. He and his family had together been battling his cancer for the past 3 ½ years.
 “The Governor” as Greg was known to his family and friends was born on January 28, 1958 in Minneapolis, MN to Duane and Barbara (Fisher) Lee. He grew up and was educated in the Twin Cities area. At different times in his life he worked for his father, who owned a landscaping business. Greg attended the East Grand Forks Technical College where he learned the house-building trade. He was later employed by Phoenix Industries in Crookston. On January 20, 1984 he was united in marriage to Beth Renee Anderson in Crookston. Greg and Beth and their children, Crystal, Timmy, and Kevin made their home in the area, and the couple had been residents of Fertile since 2013. The Governor enjoyed anything and everything to do with cars. He was also passionate about 1970’s music, and had many other interests and hobbies. He loved his family dearly and was very proud of them all.
Greg is survived by his partner, Beth; their children and grandchildren, Crystal (Michael) Church of Bovey, MN and her children, Michael D. Buchanan and Bobby T. Church, Kevin Lee (Angie Stolley) of Cohasset, MN and his daughter, Leah Lee, and 4 step-children; grandson, Dominick Brouse; daughter-in-law, Kaleigh Lee of Shelly, MN and her children, Tyler and Mariah Lee; his parents, Duane and Barbara Lee of Minneapolis; pet cat “Garfield” who was one of the family; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a good friend, Jeff Briggs. He was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Alan Lee, who died on May 24, 2017; brother, Scott Lee; parents-in-law, Verne and Harriet Anderson; and brother-in-law, Robert Lanctot. Blessed be The Governor’s memory.
The funeral service for Gregory Lee will be held at 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 8, 2018, in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Matt McWaters, presiding. Visitation will be from 4-6:00 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to Greg’s family.
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Eunice M. Turnbom, 101, Fertile, MN, died Tuesday, January 2, 2017, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, in Fertile. Funeral: 10:30AM Monday, January 8, 2018, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: One hour before the funeral at the church. Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.  Arrangements with  Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN   
218-945-6141 
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Phillip Martin Olson, 91, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston Tuesday evening, January 2, 2018, with his loving family at his side. Phil had been courageously battling pancreatic cancer for several months. He was born at Shelly, Minnesota on May 4, 1926, one of three children of the union of Archie and Emelia (Efteland) Olson. Throughout his life Phil was extremely proud of his Norwegian heritage. His earliest years were spent in Shelly where he attended school through the 8th grade. In 1941 the Olson family moved to Crookston and Phil attended Central High School. He spent his summers during high school working on the Tony Kramer farm, and also for the Erickson Meat Market. Phil enlisted in the US Army on June 22, 1944, and after completing basic training at Camp Roberts, CA joined the 564th Field Artillery Company, attached to the 71st Infantry Division in Ft. Benning, GA. He then shipped out from Camp Kilmer, NJ and served in France, Germany, and Austria during WWII. In recognition of his service to his country our grateful nation awarded him the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with German Clasp, Honorable Service Lapel Button, and the Marksman Badge with Carbine Bar. Following his honorable discharge on June 6, 1946, he returned to Crookston where he was employed by the Great Northern Railroad for a year, and then with the Sanitary Dairy. On October 28, 1948 Phil was united in marriage to the love of his life, Veda Myrtle Taylor, with the ceremony being performed by Pastor Molander in the Mission Covenant Church. In the coming years Phil and Veda would be blessed with the births of two sons, Larry and Chuck, who were raised in a very loving home. In 1950 Phil traveled to Minneapolis where he was enrolled in the Mohler Barber College. After completion of their course work he began his 60-year career as a licensed barber in Crookston. Most of those years were spent as the owner of the Olson Barber Shop. His many loyal customers looked forward to their time in his chair, and while his scissors flew, not once did he run out of things to talk about; whether it be the latest news about his family, wanting to hear about your family, relating his most recent hunting and fishing stories, or telling the latest jokes. Phil retired from barbering at the age of 85 in order to care for Veda in their home. Phil and Veda loved being together, and some of their earliest dates included roller-skating at the old sports arena, or going to dances at the Elks Lodge. As the years passed many an hour was spent making memories as they fished for trout at Bad Medicine Lake. Spending time with Larry and his family, and Chuck, was always something to look forward to, and the boys remained their best friends throughout life. Phil enjoyed landscaping his lawn and gardens, and sharing his bountiful crop of tomatoes with grandchildren and friends. He was also passionate about hunting for deer, moose, and bear every fall with his sons. He would get a kick out of telling everyone how he got his first deer while serving in Germany during the war. Phil was a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and served two terms on the church council while also ushering for over thirty-nine years. He was secretary of the local Barbers Union #904, and held memberships in Crookston’s VFW Post #1902, American Legion Post #20, and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter. On August 17, 2016 Phil was honored during Ox Cart Days, along with two of his good friends, with a special Veterans Ceremony that took place on the University of Minnesota-Crookston campus, recognizing their stellar service to country and community. He was honored to participate with many fellow veterans in an Honor Flight taken to Washington, DC to view the World War II Memorial. Phil is survived by Veda, his beloved wife of sixty-nine years; their two sons, Larry Olson and his wife, LouAnne, of Crookston, MN and Chuck Olson of Bemidji, MN; 3 grandchildren: Matt (Chessica) Olson of Isanti, MN, Paul Olson of Isanti, and Lisa (Michael) Cole of Crookston; 6 great-grandchildren: Joslynn and Jace Olson, Madisyn, Caden, and Brittyn Sanders, and Owen Cole; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Emelia; 8-year old brother, Ernest; and sister, Katherine Laurent. May God richly bless the memory of Phillip Martin Olson. The funeral service and celebration of the life of Phil Olson will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 5, 2018, in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and the Minnesota National Guard Honors Unit, Moorhead, MN. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in the spring. Memorials may be given in Phil’s memory to the Trinity Lutheran Church TV Media Ministry Fund. In Phil’s own words before he passed, “I want to thank Drs. Frugone and Schultz, the wonderful nurses and staff of Altru Clinic, RiverView Health, and Villa St. Vincent; and especially my two best caretakers, Larry and Chuck. 
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Lillian Jempsa Eid, 84, passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside on January 1st at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, following a short illness. Lillian was born in New York Mills, MN, on May 31, 1933 to Vernon and Ida Jempsa.  The Jempsa family moved to Minneapolis when Lillian was three years old.  She graduated from Minneapolis North High School, then attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and graduated in 1955 with BA degrees in Mathematics and Psychology.  She married Clark Eid in Minneapolis in 1955 and studied for her Dental Hygiene degree at the University of Minnesota, which she completed in 1957.  That same year, the couple’s first son Norman was born.  Lillian’s husband finished his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1958 and family moved to Camp Pendleton, California, where he served in the Navy Dental Corps.  While in California, the family’s second son, Clark Jr., was born in 1960. Dr. Clark Eid left the Navy in 1961 and the family moved to Fertile, MN to practice dentistry.  Lillian practiced as a dental hygienist in the Eid Dental Office, and later attended two years of Law School at the University of North Dakota.  At work, Lillian was fond of giving younger patients plaster-casts of animals to decorate upon leaving their appointments.  Also known as Libby, she was past president of the Fertile PTA and served on the Fertile City Council for 12 years.  Lillian was also very active with the Polk County DFL, served on their Board and received an award for Distinguished Services in 1992.  She was known for her passion for the DFL and civil rights.  After her husband’s death, Lillian followed her thirst for knowledge and attended Moorhead State University where she earned a BA degree in Political Science in 1991.  Lillian next went on an exciting college tour to the Soviet Union around the time of its collapse.  After this trip, she continued her education by finishing a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of North Dakota in 1994.  Later she taught Political Science as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston for a few years. Lillian held an Extra-Class amateur radio license and was a volunteer examiner for the American Radio Relay League.  She was an active member of the Western Steam Threshers Reunion, Fertile Community Club, Women’s Study Club, the AARP’s 55 Alive Program, Agassiz Environmental Learning Center and served on the Fair Meadow Nursing Home Board.  Lillian will also be remembered for her award winning crafts at the Polk County Fair, and for giving vegetables from her garden to neighbors. Lillian is preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister.  She is survived by her brother, two sons and three grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the American Civil Liberties Union. A memorial service will be held to honor Lillian’s life Friday, January 5, 2018, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile, MN. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place on a later date. Pastor Phil Larsen is presiding.
 

 

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Helen M. Rabey, 100, Halstad, MN, died Friday, December 29, 2017, at the Halstad Living Center. Graveside service: To be held at a later date in Minneapolis. Arrangements by  Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN  
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Ernest “Ernie” E. Miller, 65, rural Hendrum, MN, died Monday January 1, 2018, at his home. Funeral: 2:00PM Monday, January 8, 2018, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Eileen O. Bevolden, 90, Fertile, MN, died Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Twin Valley Living Center, Twin Valley, MN.
Funeral: Private family services will be held at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Peggy Ann Holte, 67, Glyndon, MN, died Friday, December 29, 2017, at her home.
Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, January 5, 2018, at Glyndon Lutheran Church, Glyndon, MN. Visitation: Thursday, January 4, 2018, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30 PM prayer service at the church. Interment: West Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, Ulen, MN.
Arrangements by Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN  www.fredriksonfh.com                   

 

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Noah James Storslee passed away in Ada, Minnesota, on December 27, 2017.  He was 43 years old. 
Memorial Service: 1:00PM Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.

 

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Theodore “Ted” E. Haibeck, 91, Ada, MN, formerly of Tuttle, ND, died Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada. Funeral Service: 1:00 p.m, Thursday, January 4, 2018, at English Lutheran Church, Tuttle, ND. Visitation: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Mission Court Chapel, Ada, MN, and 5:00p.m. to 7:00 p. m. , Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Eastgate Funeral Chapel, Steele, ND. Interment: Tuttle Cemetery, Tuttle, ND. Arrangements by Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN  www.fredriksonfh.com   and Eastgate Funeral Chapel, Steele, ND

 

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Anola Finseth, age 90, of McIntosh, MN, passed away on Friday, December 22nd, at Essentia Health Hospital in Fosston. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27th, at Vernes Lutheran Church, rural McIntosh, with the Rev. Jill Torgerson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Anola Joy Syverson was born on October 6, 1927 at home in Hill River Township, Minnesota to parents Rudolph and Clara Martinson Syverson. She grew up in Hill River Township and attended the Lindsay School through the eighth grade. She graduated from McIntosh High School in 1945.
Anola was united in marriage to Lourie Joseph Finseth on November 14, 1945. After their marriage, they farmed and raised their family in Chester Township and Hill River Township. Anola and Lourie were truly partners in the farming operation. She helped with the cattle, driving trucks and tractors and took care of the home. She was a wonderful cook, providing meals for her family and for the guys in the field. Anola also worked at the Fosston Hospital, Oklee Manufacturing, and 25 years for Polk County Nursing.
 She was a life long active member of Vernes Lutheran Church. She was a wonderful quilter and enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. At the Finseth house, the door was always open and the coffee pot was always on for visitors. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Survivors include seven children, Carolyn (Jerry) Nelson of Crookston, MN, Leslie (Mavis) Finseth of McIntosh, Sidney (Lynae) Finseth of Trail, MN, Marlys (Barry) Brovold of St. Paul, MN, Rudy (Kathy) Finseth of McIntosh, Gladys (Keith) Bakken of Crookston, MN, and Tim (Ruth) Finseth of Warren, MN; 17 grandchildren, Steven Nelson, Karen (Shawn) Hyde, Pamela (Brett) Rossell, Annette (Mark) Sannes, Larry (Melissa) Finseth, Jennifer (Ron) Olson-Burkman, Travis (Janelle) Finseth, Shawn (Don) Hagen, Jeremey (Danielle) Finseth, Jarrod (Shelley) Finseth, Samuel (Amber) Finseth, Cindy (Jon) Lecy, Matthew (Rachell) Finseth, Katie (Matt) Norby, Amanda Bakken (fiancé, Jasiu), Cameron Finseth, and Sarah Finseth; 23 great grandchildren, Jennifer (Bob) Manias, Andrew Nelson, Brock Rossell, Cassey Hyde, Kelsey (Peter) Lofgren, Austin Sannes, Caitlin Sannes, Brady Finseth, Gretchen Finseth, Jordan Finseth, Brianna Finseth, Brittney Finseth, Katherine Finseth, Joshua Finseth, Zackary Olson-Burkman, Trinity Olson-Burkman, Isabella Soler, Ethan Finseth, Ella Finseth, Preston Lecy, Courtney Lecy, Trevor Lecy, and Cecil Finseth; four great great grandchildren, Mckenzie Lofgren, Megan Lofgren, Mason Lofgren, and Kamron Agnes.
Also surviving are two brothers, Gordon Syverson of Fosston, MN, and Norris Syverson of McIntosh; two sisters, Mary Loing of Reynolds, ND, and Faith Hanson of McIntosh; brother-in-law, Darrel Finseth of McIntosh; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Syverson of Barnum, MN and Mavis Syverson of McIntosh. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lourie on June 7, 1999; her parents; siblings, Alvira, Clara, Ardith, Francis, Alan, Edwin, Rupert; and infants, Elaine, Walter, and Doris; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Archie, Richard, Bruce, Roy, Clarence & Lillian, Hilda & Lloyd, and Elvie & Gerald.

 

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LaVerne Sevigny, age 80, of Crookston, MN passed away  on December 22, 2017 at Villa St. VIncent.  LaVerne was born on October 30, 1937 to Harvey and Lorena (Delorme) Trudeau in Hibbing, MN.   LaVerne grew up on the Iron Range until moving with her parents to Crookston, MN in 1947.  She attended St. Joseph Academy and graduated in 1956.  After graduating, LaVerne worked in the surgical department at St. Francis Hospital in Crookston, MN.
At a New Year’s Eve dance, she met Wilmer Sevigny and they wed 8 months later on Oct. 8, 1959 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Crookston, MN.  For the next 25 years, she devoted her time to be a wife, mother, and caregiver.  In 1984, she became a CNA at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN and worked until retirement in 2002.
LaVerne loved gardening, sewing, and visiting with family and friends.  LaVerne also loved to bake.  One of her children’s fondest memories was getting off the school bus and smelling the fresh baked bread and rolls.  Wilmer and LaVerne began to spend winters in Wellton, AZ in 2001.  She loved the warmth of the sunshine and the friendships that grew in the park community.  LaVerne had a kind and caring disposition.  Others always came first.
LaVerne was an active member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston and previously St. Joseph’s parish in Brooks, MN.  She belonged to the St. Anne’s Society.  LaVerne developed many friendships while belonging to the Holly Hock Homemakers, as well as the Red Hat Society.
LaVerne is survived by her husband, Wilmer Sevigny of Crookston, 5 children, Jerome Sevigny of Crookston, Brian (Tammy) Sevigny of Loretto, Michelle (Sonny) Fitch of Nicholasville, Monica (Brent) Swenson of Erskine, Cynthia (Bradley) Stone of Mankato, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
LaVerne was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, Bernard and Richard, and son-in-law Michael Hoffart.
Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 5, 2017 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, in Crookston, MN from 5:00-7:00 pm, with a prayer service to follow at 7:00 pm.  Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 6, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in Crookston, MN at 11:00 am. The Very Reverend Vincent Miller will be presiding.
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

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Deborah “Deb” (LaDoux) Minard, 61, of Ada, MN, died Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at Sanford Hospital, Fargo, ND.
Arrangements are pending with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Merle W. Gullekson, 79, Perley, MN, died Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Essentia Health, Fargo, ND.
Funeral: 1:00PM Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Kirkebo Lutheran Church, Perley, MN. Visitation: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Harriet A. Hovland, 88, of Ada, MN, died Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.
Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, December 29, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. www.fredriksonfh.com

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Adeline “Addy” Gunderson Nordheim, 88, Fertile, MN, died Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile. Funeral: 11:00AM Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: 5:00-7:00PM Wednesday, December 27, 2017 with a 6:30PM prayer service at the church. Burial: Concordia Cemetery, Fertile. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com

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Muriel Skalet, Thief River Falls, MN age 87, passed away on Tuesday December 19, 2017 at Karlstad Nursing Center, Karlstad, MN. Funeral Service will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.  Burial will follow at Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery rural Oklee, MN.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Muriel Skalet was born April 8, 1930 in Mayfield Township, Pennington County, MN the daughter of Arthur and Oline “Lena” (Warstad) Skalet and identical twin to Myrtle.  She grew up on the family farm in Mayfield Township and has lived in Plummer, MN, Red Lake Falls, MN, Argyle, MN, Faribault, MN, Fergus Falls, MN, Thief River Falls, MN and most recently Karlstad, MN. She had a spunky personality, loved lefse, donuts, chocolate, stuffed animals, listening to music and celebrating her birthday! Survivors include her twin sister, Myrtle Skalet; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her siblings, Thilda (2016) (Olaf) Haugen and Alton (1979) (Evelyn) Skallet, Selma (1989) (Carl) Peterson, Gladys (2001) (Harold) Walseth, Stella (2015) (Edwin) Halvorson and Helen (2016) (John Cardella & Ed Sampley) Sampley.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

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Ronald P. Olson, 81, of rural East Grand Forks, MN died peacefully Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at the North Star Manor in Warren, MN, after a hard-fought battle with COPD. Ron was born on January 7, 1936, in Grand Forks, ND.  He was the first of two children born to Paul and Martha (Ovsak) Olson. He grew up farming with his dad near Tabor, MN, and graduated from the AC (Agricultural College) in Crookston, MN in 1954.  While attending the AC, Ronnie took part in football, wrestling, and baseball, with his greatest passion being baseball. He met his future wife, Bonnie Haugen of Alvarado, MN, at a dance in Oslo, MN.  Ronnie and Bonnie were united in marriage on November 27, 1956, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Tabor, MN, and were life-long members there.  Their union was blessed with six children: Dee, Robert, Shari, Paula, Kyle and Ronda. In his early adult years, Ron pursued his love for the game of baseball, playing in an amateur league in northern Minnesota. According to his teammates, he was the best catcher in the league. As his family grew, dairy farming became his focus.  Over the years, his kids participated in many area dairy shows, including the county fairs, TRF Dairy Day, the RRV Winter Shows, and the Minnesota State Fair. Ronnie and Bonnie were dairy farmers for the majority of their married lives, retiring in the mid 1990’s. Ron was a hard-working man who rarely took time off, but when he did, he enjoyed fishing, bowling, singing in the church choir, puzzle-making, and being with family.  He was a dedicated fan of the Minnesota Twins.  After Bonnie's sudden passing in 2010, Ron continued to live independently on the farm for many years.  He became an avid vegetable gardener and a pretty good cook. This has been a challenging year for Ron, with many hospitalizations and medical treatments. In his short stay at North Star Manor, he had become a favorite and will be dearly missed by all. Ron is survived by 6 children, Dee Olson of East Grand Forks, MN; Robert (Shirley) Olson of Alvarado, MN; Shari (Rick Nikunen) Olson-Nikunen of Phoenix, AZ and Thief River Falls, MN; Paula (Ron) Salentine of Euclid, MN; Kyle (Kristin) Olson of Sartell, MN; and Ronda (Mike) Biermaier of Thief River Falls, MN; 14 grandchildren, Rachel (Josh) Johnston; Tyler (Annie) Olson; Matthew (Laura Skinner) Olson; Willie Nikunen; Aubrey (Jacob) Barney; Luke Schulz; Nick, Jake, and Madison Salentine; Grant, Carter, and Brooklyn Olson; Meleah and Blake Biermaier; 11 great-grandchildren; and brother, Philip Olson of East Grand Forks, MN.  He was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie and his parents, Paul and Martha. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Funeral Service:    11:00 AM on Saturday, December 23, 2017 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Tabor, MN. Visitation:  One Hour Prior To Funeral Mass on Saturday, December 23rd in Holy Trinity Catholic Church Interment:  Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery ~ Tabor, MN Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota


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Gordon K. Bahner, 74, rural Hendrum, MN, died unexpectedly Monday, December 18, 2017, at Essentia Health, Ada, MN. Funeral Service: 1:00PM Friday, December 22, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, Minnesota. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial: Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000)
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Aurel Parenteau, 89, of Brooks, MN died peacefully with family members by his side on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Essentia Health Care Living Center in Fosston, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 22, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brooks, MN with Father Chuck Huck presiding and Father Bob Schreiner concelebrating.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Brooks, MN. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brooks, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral mass. Aurel Joseph Parenteau was born on July 3, 1928 in the back of the cheese factory in Brooks, MN, the son of Aurelius and Della (Perusse) Parenteau.  Aurel spent most of his 89 years in Brooks, until, due to health reasons, he moved to Poplar Meadows Assisted Living in McIntosh, MN, and finally Essentia Living Care in Fosston, MN. Aurel attended grade school in Brooks, and then prep school at St. John’s University.  He returned to Brooks to work at the Brooks Cheese Factory with his dad. On September 24, 1948, Aurel was united in marriage to Gloria Hanson.  He managed the cheese factory from 1960-1980.  He and Gloria went to Cochabamba, Bolivia, South America to teach cheese making 1983-1984.  Aurel worked various jobs after that, including mowing for the city of Brooks until he had to retire due to health reasons.  He took pride in making the city look great. Aurel enjoyed golfing, ice fishing, dancing, politics, computers, NFL football and spreadsheets.  He was Mayor of Brooks 1961-1968 and was active in politics, being a delegate to the National Republican Convention in 1960. Those left to miss his quick wit and warm heart are his wife: Gloria, McIntosh, MN; children: Mike (Donna) Parenteau, Walla, Walla, WA, Patti (Clair) Thompson, Mentor, MN & Lake Havasu City, AZ, Tom (Diane) Parenteau, Maple Grove, MN, Steve (Vickey) Parenteau, Grand Forks, ND, Joe (Carol) Parenteau, Thornton, CO; grandchildren: Jason (Darbie), Eric (Lauren), Aaron (Nicole), Beau, Addison, Jay, and Alicia (Rob); great-grandchildren: Wyatt, Anders, Audrina, Talia, Harper and Brooks; brother:  Marc (Yvonne) Parenteau; sisters:  Ione (Jack) Brooks, MaryLou (Lamont) Deaver and Nancy (Chuck) Stridde; and many other relatives and friends. Aurel is preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Jeanne & Betty; brothers-in-law: Earl Gramer & Pat Howe; and sister-in-law: Connie Parenteau. Aurel touched the lives of many people with his love for golf scrambles and football pools.  He will be greatly missed.  Special thanks to caring staff at Poplar Meadows and Essentia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Esentia Home Health & Hospice, Fosston, MN or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Brooks, MN or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

 

 

 

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Gerald E. Hoeft, age 71, of Erskine, MN, passed away on Friday, December 15th, at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 23rd, at Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine with the Rev. Timothy Lundeen officiating. Interment will  be in Fairview Cemetery, rural Erskine. Visitation will be  held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Friday, December 22nd, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Erskine. Family will also greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Saturday morning at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Gerald Everett Hoeft (Jerry) was born on September 20, 1946 to parents Charlie and Muriel (Hallas) Hoeft in Crookston, MN.  He grew up in Erskine, MN where he graduated from Erskine High School in 1964.  Following graduation, Jerry worked in the Twin Cities at the White Bear Yacht Club.
Jerry was united in marriage to Judi Lesetmoe on September 24, 1966, at St. Lawrence Catholic in Mentor, MN.  They moved to Minneapolis where Jerry worked construction.  They moved back to Erskine  in 1967 and Jerry purchased the Ness Café with his brother Mike from Bob and Aimee Ness.  After a few months at the café, Jerry realized Mike was a better cook and the restaurant business wasn’t for him so they moved to Shakopee where Jerry started working for Rauenhorst Construction, now Opus. 
In May of 1971, to be closer to family and friends, they moved back to Erskine where Jerry purchased the caulking and weather stripping business from Chester Hjelmhaug, hence, the start of Jerry’s Construction Specialties.  Jerry successfully operated the business for 37 years working on numerous jobs throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, including the Chester Fritz Auditorium, the Aero Space Center, the Grand Forks and Minot Air Force Bases, and several buildings on the University of North Dakota campus, as well as a Post Office in San Francisco.   Throughout those years, Jerry played an active roll on the Erskine school board where he served as Chairman for 15 years and was instrumental in the formation of Win-E-Mac.  He was so proud of the fact that he was able to hand each of his kids their high school diploma.  He was also President of the Erskine golf club where he facilitated the transition and formation of the greens, doing away with having to try and sink a putt on sand.  After retiring from the construction business, Jerry took a job with Gittleman Management Corporation in Minneapolis where he managed a condominium complex off of Dean Parkway and Lake Calhoun until 2011, when he contracted the infection that nearly took his life.  After that he moved to an apartment in Annandale, MN where he resided until moving to Country Place Apartments in Erskine in January of 2015.
Besides his family, Jerry’s greatest joy in life was to socialize with family and friends, tell stories and make people laugh.  He was a big part of his grandkids lives and enjoyed attending their sporting events and teaching them life lessons.  Jerry enjoyed the outdoors hunting, fishing, golfing and life at the lake, but golf was Jerry’s passion.  One of the highlights of his love for golf was a trip with his son Chad to Pebble Beach in December of 2012.
Jerry passed away on December 15, 2017 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine at the age of 71.
He is survived by Judi Hoeft of Erskine, MN; three children, Sheila (Darryn) Hanson of St. Michael, MN; Chad Hoeft (Karrie) of Westfield, NJ; and Krissy Strom of McIntosh, MN. Seven Grandkids: Spencer, Rylee, Lauren, Jadyn, Bryer, Avery and Addison. Three brothers and four sisters; Pat Anenson and her husband Vern of Thief River Falls, MN, Kathy Midbo and her husband Dallas of Thief River Falls, MN, Marilyn Novak and her husband Leonard of Warren, MN, Dorothy Seidel and her husband Mike from Roseau, MN, Twin Brothers Paul and John Hoeft of Minneapolis, MN and Thomas (Tucker)Hoeft and his wife Jan of Big Sandy, TX as well as many other nieces, nephews and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles (Charlie) and Muriel Hoeft, brothers  Russ, Doug, Mike and Charles (Chuck) Hoeft as well as many dear friends.
Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.


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Denise Patterson, age 59, of Erskine, MN, passed away on Wednesday, December 13th, at her home. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20th, at the United Methodist Church in Erskine with the Rev. Michelle Miller officiating. Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com. Denise Ann Brekken Patterson was born on March 31, 1958 in Pekin, North Dakota to parents Truman and Mary Louise Belgarde Brekken. She grew up in the Pekin area and graduated from Pekin High School in 1976. She attended Bemidji State University and graduated with a degree in social work.  Denise lived and raised her family in Thief River Falls and Red Lake Falls. While in Thief River Falls, she worked at Arctic Cat, Northern Lights and The Lantern. After moving to Red Lake Falls, she worked for Homark Homes where she met her future husband, Gary Patterson. Denise and Gary were married on July 7, 2001 at Bergeson’s Nursery near Fertile. After their marriage, they settled in Erskine. Denise was employed at McIntosh Manor and for Home at Heart Care. Within the past year, medical issues forced her to quit working.  Denise loved flowers and gardening; she also liked hunting, fishing and enjoying nature and family at their farm north of Erskine. Denise passed away peacefully while in the loving care of her husband at the age of 59 years. Survivors include her husband, Gary, of Erskine; one sister, Jackie Olson of Erskine; six children, Tim (Carissa) Sigdahl of Grand Forks, ND, Raychel Graham of Park Rapids, MN, Ulysses Patterson (Stephanie) of Montana, Kyle Edgar of Thief River Falls, MN, Alisha Anderson of Erskine, MN, and Chad Edgar (Katy) of Erskine; ten grandchildren, Chesney, Jaxson, Ivory, Talon, Link, Meadow, Anthony, Autumn, Ty, and Bayleigh; sister-in-law, Linda (Kenny) Nelson of Erskine. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents; one infant grandson; and four siblings, Allan Fassett, Cheryll Fox, George Fassett, and Gilbert Fassett.

 

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John "Jackie" Kunkel passed away peacefully, Monday December 11, 2017 at the Halstad Living Center and Heritage House after a short battle with liver cancer.  He was born September 19, 1931 and raised in the Nielsville area.  He was preceded in death by his parents Carl Kunkel and Gena (Gilbertson) Kunkel as well as his sister Donna Scanlon.  He joined the US Airforce in l951 and was honorably discharged in l954.  He served with the 814th Air Police Squadron and while in Korea  also functioned as a right side machine gun operator in B-29 bombers. Jackie was a life time member of VFW Post 1902.  Jackie lived his entire life in the Nielsville area.  He was employed as a farmhand, later operated a small gas/service station and eventually spent more that a decade employed as a coach bus driver.  He made multiple trips to both coasts driving for tour groups on trips that lasted up to eighteen days.  In his seventies and even into his eighties Jackie continued to work for local farmers hauling grain and sugar beets. Jackie was a very sociable person and loved to play cards and interact with all he came into contact with on a daily basis.  Many a waitress will remember his teasing and playful manner.  A gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life will be held at 10:00 am, December 29 2017 at the Halstad Living Center. Private burial will take place at a later date at St Petri Luther Cemetery in Nielsville.  At the family's request memorials should be to the Halstad Living Center and Heritage House.
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Scott Earl Wallace, 37, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully at RiverView Health early Wednesday morning, December 13, 2017, with his loving family by his side. Scott and his family had been courageously battling spindle cell sarcoma for the past two years.
Scott was born on June 12, 1980 in Crookston, MN to Corliss “Corky” (Rohrer) and Kenneth “Tooters” Wallace. Scott grew up in Euclid, MN and was a country boy true and through. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Euclid, attended Crookston schools, and graduated from Crookston High School in 1998. Shortly after graduation, Scott moved to Laramie, WY to begin college at the Wyoming Technical Institute with a focus in diesel mechanics; he graduated in 1999. In 2000, Scott began his career at Cummins N Power in Grand Forks, ND. He was employed there until 2016 when he left his position due to ill health. Even though he had a wonderful career as a diesel mechanic, farming was his real passion. Scott had farmed off and on throughout his life, but it became a constant nine years ago when he started working with the “brother he never had,” Craig Stroot.” Together, Scott and Craig started their own business, CS & SW Farms LLC. Scott was able to finish this year’s grain harvest, and it was beautiful. On September 14, 2002, Scott married his one true love and best friend, Tammy Ann. They have three beautiful daughters; Kaitlyn, Dillynn and Joslyn “Jo Jo”. Scott was a proud family man. He loved being with his girls; they were his world and meant more to him than anything else. Scott enjoyed watching the girls play hockey and softball and taking them camping, hunting and fishing. He always knew that his girls had him wrapped around their little fingers, and he loved every minute of it. Scott was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Euclid, MN his entire life. He was a man of faith and was happy to share it with his wife and children. He was a member of Crookston Eagles Aerie #873, and served as a Volunteer Fire Fighter for the Crookston Fire Department from 2006-2013. In addition to being a wonderful husband and father, Scott had many hobbies. His favorites were visiting with family and friends, bonfires, fixing snowmobiles, tinkering in the shop, riding motorcycle, hunting, and fishing. He was the best boat captain Lake of the Woods has ever seen. He knew that lake like the back of his hand. Scott had many talents, but was mostly known for his ability to fix anything; especially if it had an engine. Because of this, he was often called a genius, and a respected one at that. Scott was a genuine, humble, and honest man. He was kind, compassionate, and was truly devoted to those he loved. If you needed help with anything, Scott would make time to do whatever was asked of him. Scott was quick witted and had a great sense of humor. He could make light of any situation and make you laugh. He was always full of patience, encouragement and love. He was strong, worked hard and enjoyed life and all that it had to offer. He lived life to the fullest and was a true inspiration to others. Scott was adored by his family and friends and will be forever remembered as a great man. He will be missed tremendously, and by many.
Scott is survived by his loving wife Tammy (Rau); daughters, Kaitlyn (special friend, Chase Dufault), Dillynn and Joslyn of Crookston; his parents, Corky and Tooters Wallace of Euclid, MN; his sisters, Kathy (Cole) Wittman of Warren, Wendy Wallace (Maxx Sundquist) of Seattle, WA; his parents-in-law, Cindy and Bruce Meyer of Crookston; his grandmother-in-law, Monna Rau; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Melissa Meyer of Fargo, ND, David and Maria Meyer of Aberdeen, SD, Jayme and Jennifer Aure of Alexandria, MN, Tandra and Fred Landman of Red Lake Falls, MN, Jason and Tasha Meyer of Gentilly, MN, Crystal and Cory Cabana of Alexandria, MN, Justin and Jamie Meyer of Crookston, MN; the brother he never had, Craig and Leah Stroot of Crookston; his many nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles; cousins; and friends.
Scott was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles, along with extended family and his grandparents, Mertle and Paul Rohrer, Harriet and Earl Wallace; and his grandparents-in-law, Della and Cecil Meyer and Don Rau.
The Funeral Service and Celebration of Scott’s Life will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Crookston, with the Rev. Michael Nielsen, officiating. Visitation will be at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Monday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Euclid, MN. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Scott’s family for a fund to be established for his girls’ educations.
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Duane Dennis Coauette, age 76, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully, with his family by his side, at Riverview Hospital on December 9, 2017.Duane was born September 10, 1941 in Crookston to Bill and Lucille Coauette. He was raised on the farm with his 7 brothers and 2 sisters, and had very fond memories of that time.
Duane met and fell in love with Judith Pengra. They were married on February 14, 1961. They made their home with their 4 children south of town on the farm they built together. Farming was his lifelong passion and called it his hobby after retirement. Duane was also proud to be a member of the National Guard.
Duane was known, loved, and respected by many, and will be sorely missed at his many coffee table discussions. May God bless Duane’s memory.
Duane is survived by his wife Judy of 56 years; his children, Lori (Gary) Hoerner of Crookston, Tammy Coauette (Frank Kaiser) of Crookston, Jim (Jen) Coauette of Crookston, and Dennis Coauette of Duluth. He is loved and will be missed by his 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Also, his brothers, Dick (Faye) Coauette, Bob (Gayle) Coauette, Ken (Sherry) Coauette, Mylon (Pat) Coauette; sister, Vicki (Ken) Borg; brothers Ronnie (Carol) Coauette, Randy (Susie) Coauette; sister, Bonnie (Bill) LaPlante; and brother, Tim (Robyn) Coauette.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Lucille Coauette.
The family would like to thank all of the staff at Riverview Hospital for their excellent care and compassion through this difficult time.
There will be a memorial service and a time of sharing, with a visitation one hour prior to service, at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN.

 

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Idella Samuelson, Thief River Falls, age 89, passed away Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Greenleaf Assisted Living, Thief River Falls, MN.
Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM, Friday, December 15, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN with Reverend John Voelker officiating.  Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN, with a prayer service at 7 PM.  Visitation will also be one hour prior to service at the church Friday.
Idella Marie Samuelson was born September 17, 1928 at Plummer, MN daughter of Victor and Clara (Froiland) Medchill. She attended school at Pershing High School in Plummer graduating in 1946. She attended Moorhead State Teachers College and received her teaching degree.
On April 6, 1956 she was united in marriage to Charles Samuelson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN. They made their home in Thief River Falls where Idella taught a Knox Elementary School for 9 years. She took time off to raise her family and was a substitute teacher in Thief River Falls for 16 years.
Idella was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls where she served on many committees including WELCA. They enjoyed traveling, when the family was young they traveled throughout the country with their camper. In retirement they made 8 trips to Europe and one to Australia. Idella enjoyed finding souvenirs from each of those trips. Idella was an avid reader and has been a member of book clubs in her retirement. Her family meant everything to her.
Idella was a devoted wife, a nurturing mother, a loyal friend, a loving sister, and a true hand maiden of our Lord, Jesus Christ. She dedicated her life in service to her church furthering the Kingdom of God, and caring for her husband and family.  She touched the lives of thousands of people through her teaching and public service, and she left the world a better place through her loving kindness, limitless love and generosity.
She is survived by her children David Samuelson of San Antonio, TX, Sarah (John) Kondratuk of Flagstaff, AZ, and Matthew (Andrea) Samuelson of Thief River Falls, MN; grandchildren Nicole (Eli) Corbin of Superior, WI, Joshua Madden of Big Lake, MN, Kevin Kondratuk of  Madison, WI, Carrie Kondratuk of Billings, MT, Lindsey (Brandon) Smith of Milton, PA, Peter Samuelson of Thief River Falls, MN, Abigale Samuelson of Thief River Falls, MN and Jacob Samuelson of Thief River Falls, MN, Haley Samuelson of Austin, TX, Hope Samuelson of Lynchburg, VA, Hannah Samuelson of Schertz, TX; great-grandchildren Ella, Molly and Noelle Corbin, and Isla Madden; sister, Clarice Miller of Thief River Falls, MN.
Idella is preceded in death by her husband Charles and parents Victor and Clara.  Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

 

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Sister Michelle McGurran, 87, died Thursday, December 7, at Villa Saint Vincent, Crookston. Sister Michelle was born August 6, 1930 in Grand Forks, ND, and was given the name Grace Colleen. Grace, called Colleen, was the second of the fourteen children of William and Grace (Brown)  McGurran. Colleen attended Saint Michael’s Grade School and Saint James High School in Grand Forks, ND, where she was taught by Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet She graduated from high school in Cavalier, ND. Saint Michael’s Church played a large role in her Irish family: school, first communion, confirmation and other church activities. One of her favorite memories of school was her first grade teacher, whom she described as “very, very old and very kind.  She recalled that in school dramatizations, she always had the role of “Sister” – if there was one. She remembered being charmed by her first communion prayer book and trying to follow the prayers. In the eighth grade Colleen was confirmed at Saint Michael’s Church by Cardinal Muench. Colleen attributed the inspiration to follow a religious vocation to her mother’s expressed desire that one of her children would become either a priest or a sister.The first Benedictine sister Colleen met was Sister Clare Duffy who arranged for her to visit the Mount. Colleen entered the Crookston Benedictine community in 1949. She was invested in the Benedictine habit in 1950 and she received the name, Sister Michelle. She made temporary monastic profession in 1951 and final profession in 1954. Sister Michelle earned a bachelors degree from the College of Saint Teresa in Winona, and masters degrees from the University of North Dakota and Fordham University in New York City. Sister Michelle taught in parish grade schools in Thief River Falls, Moorhead, Bemidji and Rosen before teaching history, German and social studies while also caring for boarding students at Mount Saint Benedict – which meant being available 24/7. She also taught German and social studies at Sacred Heart High School in East Grand Forks. Sister Michelle took the opportunities to study or teach in Germany. In 1966, she was one of 50 secondary school teachers who participated in and NDEA Overseas Institute for Advanced Study in Germany. In 1969 – 1970, she studied for two semesters at the University of Würzburg. Then during the 1974 – 1975 school year, she taught English as a second language in Wuppertal, Germany. In 1993, she was elected prioress of Mount Saint Benedict when she was confronted immediately with the necessity of demolishing the original monastery building because it was sliding toward the river. In 1996, the sisters moved into new construction which contained a library, archives, chapel, offices and living spaces. During her term of office, the sisters conducted a capital campaign with the goal of raising $975,000, which they exceeded by $50,000 through the great generosity of the sisters’ many friends. Another accomplishment during her term was the opening of Sunrise Center for Children and Families under the direction of Sister Judy Moen. Upon the completion of her term, she lived with the sisters in Mahnomen. Sister Michelle then spent six years as pastoral minister in Lucan. She found these years satisfying because she could use what she had learned at Fordham. If one were asked to describe Sister Michelle’s personality, one might use such adjectives as committed, energetic or extroverted. Sister Michelle was passionate about many things, especially Benedictine monastic life, the ministry of women in the Church and Catholic social teachings – notably peace and the dignity of the human person. Bishop Kenneth Povish appointed her with others from the diocese to participate in the first Call to Action gathering, which explored the direction the Church would take in the future. Sister Michelle’s passion regarding peace and justice for the poor created a determination to promote public policies which lightened their burden. As a result she was asked by State Senator Roger Moe, majority leader of the Minnesota Senate, to serve as the first woman chaplain of the Senate. Sister Michelle is preceded in death by her parents William and Grace McGurran and brothers Joseph, Walter, Tim and Patrick. She is survived by sisters Charis Brossart, Marjorie Bergum, Mary Vonasek, Maureen Sylling and Rita Devine, brothers Michael, Dennis, Gerald and David, many nieces and nephews and the members of her monastic community. Reception of the body of Sister Michelle will be on Tuesday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m.. All services will be at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 Summit Ave., Crookston, MN, phone 218-281-3441. Gifts in memory of Sister Michelle may be given to Mount Saint Benedict Foundation.

 

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Diane Lyn Hesse was born in Thief River Falls, MN on October 13, 1947 to Floyd and Fern Hesse. Diane grew up in Plummer and graduated from Pershing High School in 1965, where she was active in Drama Theatre. After graduation, Diane married Milton Grinde and they moved to Minneapolis. Their son, Wade, was born in 1970 and in 1975 they moved to "Green Acres" in Plummer. Daughters, Amanda and Ericka were born in 1979 and 1981.  Diane was employed by Godfather’s Pizza in Thief River Falls where she worked with her good friend Mary T. Diane, Amanda and Ericka participated in many horse shows with sister Bonnie’s horses. She loved dressing up her two daughters and attending all of Wade’s sporting events at Plummer High School. She was definitely Wade’s biggest fan as were his two little sisters; known as the "Go Big Red Girls".  In 1989, the family moved to Elk River. Diane's home and garage were always filled with Amanda and Ericka’s friends. "Mama G" took many kiddos under her wing while they worked, played and stayed at 156th Street. Diane also worked at Grosslein Beverages, Circuit Check and Holiday Inn until she retired into volunteering. Her volunteer work was with Faith In Action, Angels on Main Adult Daycare, RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Programs), and DC4K (Divorce Care for Kids @ River Of Life Church).  In 2006, Diane fell in love with Mexico while visiting for Amanda and Brian’s wedding. Returning to Mexico became an annual tradition for Diane and her sister, Nancy Jo ("The Hermanas"). In 2011, Diane was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and given 6-9 months to live. Her family made sure that she didn't count the days left, instead, she made the days count. They created a bucket list and made many special memories at cabins in Balsam Lake, Biwabik, Okoboji, Arrowwood, and the magical Hollywoods! After 5 years of treatment at Mayo Clinic, Diane was discharged into the loving and capable hands of her Guardian Angels hospice nurses. Nana thoroughly enjoyed her seven grandkids - Chase, Caden, Tysen, Tessa, Gavin, Blake and Gia. They are her:  "Heroes,"" Lights of Her Life" and "Shining Stars!" Cancun stole her heart, Kenny Chesney her love, River of Life her soul. She will always be “THE ONLY ONE WE GOT!"  Diane was surrounded by her family and peacefully was received into the arms of Jesus on December 6, 2017. Diane's family reunion in heaven includes her parents Floyd and Fern, sister Vickie, brother Scottie, and her Miltie. She is survived by Wade (Sarah) Grinde, Amanda (Brian) Bakken, Ericka (Matt) Johnson, her sisters Nancy Jo (Karl) and Bonnie (Pat), her Grand-Babies, and her Posse.  Funeral service 11 AM Monday (12/11/2017) at River of Life Church, 21695 Elk Lake Road NW, Elk River.  Visitation Sunday, 5-8 PM at Thurston-DeShaw Funeral Home, 13817 Jay St. NW, Andover, and 1 hour prior to service at church.  Interment Oak Grove Cemetery, Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM with the funeral to celebrate Diane’s life at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.  A time of lunch and fellowship will follow the service in the funeral home dining area.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN.
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Lloyd Julius Reitmeier, (BossMan), 94, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2017 at home, with family by his side.
Lloyd was born on April 11, 1923, in Crookston, MN to Edward  and Ida (Wentzel) Reitmeier, Sr. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. He attended school at the Cottonwood Shelter Country School, finishing eight years of schooling in seven.
Lloyd farmed with his father until entering the Military.  He was in the US Army assigned to the 6th Division, 51st Field Artillery BN.  He served as a Staff Sergeant in the Philippines and Korea, and was Honorably Discharged in 1946.  When Lloyd returned, he continued to farm his entire life, south of Crookston. 
On July 10, 1949, Lloyd married the love of his life, Audrey Bergerson, at the First English Church in Eldred, MN. A love so grand as shown by his caring for Audrey for 25 years before her passing on December 2, 2008, exactly nine years prior.
The couple made their home in Fairfax Township, rural Crookston, where they raised their four children, Howard, Patricia, Bonnie, and Evertt.   Lloyd served on the Church Council Board, the Fairfax Telephone Company Board, was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1902 in Crookston, MN, and also of the American Legion Post 0242 in Fisher, MN.
Lloyd was a member of the RRV Sugar Beet Growers Association and in 1986 received the Half Century Award as a member of the “Edward Reitmeier Family” and was recognized by the RRV Sugar Beet Museum in 2005.  He was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed hunting in the Beltrami Island Forest.  He loved to share the story of his “two immaculate long shots”, once in Montana and once in the Beltrami Island Forest of 315 yards. Lloyd loved summer and winter fishing at Arneson’s Rocky Point, and truly enjoyed his time with Audrey there. 
He loved to tell jokes, hunting stories, and recount entire movies that he had watched.  Lloyd was a patient man who was always willing to listen and when asked his advice was always gentle, and wise.  Lloyd was highly respected by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his wife Audrey, with whom he shared 60 years together; his parents; one sister and brother-in-law, Meda and Mike Buness; brothers and sisters-in-law, Arnold Reitmeier and Mildred Regimbal, Willard and Grace Reitmeier, Edward and Lucille Reitmeier, Jr., Marvin and Adores Reitmeier, Ernest Reitmeier, and Barbara (Erwin) Reitmeier; a grandson, Eric John Reitmeier; son-in-law, Scott Christians; and a granddaughter-in-law, Wendy (Shereck) Reitmeier.
Loving family members include his children and their spouses, Howard and Barb (Mjoen) Reitmeier of Lewiston, ID, Patricia and John Schmidt of Minneapolis, MN, Bonnie Reitmeier Christians, and Evertt and Joan (Volker) Reitmeier of Crookston. Ten grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren, Chad (Dawnjeana) Reitmeier and children, Mekellti, Kaysie, and Layney;  Corey Reitmeier (Kathy Sylvester) and his son, Dylan; Ryan (Stacey) Reitmeier and their children, Reily, Kirstyn and Logan Scholin; Matthew Schmidt and son, Rome; Adam (Kris) Schmidt and their children, Addison Audrey and Holly; Travis ( Debbie Carroll) Steer and his children, Brittney, Katelyn, and Cody; Tera (Corey) Heiser and their children, Connor, Natalie, Connor and Courtney; Tyler Steer and his children, Shad, Lindsey, Casey, and Tom; Aaron (Tanya) Reitmeier and their children Gavin and Hayley; and Justin (Alyssa) Reitmeier and their children Masen, Jaxsen, and Reven; and one brother, Erwin Reitmeier.
There will be a visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN.
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Michael “Mike” Anthony Dale, 66, of rural Buxton, ND, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away peacefully on December 1, 2017 following his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Mike was born on January 5, 1951 at St. Francis Hospital in Crookston, MN, the first of six children born to Glenn and Kathleen (Peterson) Dale. He became the first child of the fifth generation to live and work on the Gunder G. Dale homestead located Southeast of Climax, MN. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at the Climax Lutheran Church. 
Growing up, Mike and his siblings kept busy on the farm and got into their fair share of mischief.  Fond memories of Mike’s were clearing trees and branches to make forts, tinkering with a turned-over car, making sailboats with his sisters, and climbing sticky pine trees. Mike’s farm chores included chasing home the cattle each evening and watching his father and grandfather in the fields as they tended to the cows, pigs, and chickens.  Eventually, Mike began feeding the animals and working in the fields along with his father and grandfather.  Mike also enjoyed several years farming alongside his brothers and repairing farm equipment.
Mike entered first grade at the Climax Public School in the fall of 1957.  He enjoyed farming much more than any school work, although he did enjoy playing football in junior high and high school. After Mike’s high school graduation in 1969, he enlisted in the National Guard and completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.  Mike often talked about the eight miles he had to run each morning during training, and how those months of exercise were enough to keep him in shape for life.  Luckily the hard labor of working early and long hours on the farm prepared Mike for all those early morning runs. Mike was a member of the North Dakota National Guard in Hillsboro, ND from 1970 until 1978.
Mike farmed for several years with his father and brothers, and decided to further his education of farm equipment by studying diesel mechanics at the Hanson Mechanical Trade School in Fargo, ND.  In 1992, Mike was offered a position as a service technician at Red River Distributing in Crookston, MN. He later accepted a position at Red Power, which was purchased by Titan Machinery, where he enjoyed working as a service technician and semi driver until his retirement in 2015. He most enjoyed traveling for machinery pick up or delivery.  Mike was well-known wherever he traveled, and he enjoyed visiting with every person he met. Following his retirement, Mike enjoyed helping local farmers with their field work, and found it difficult to cut back on farming after his diagnosis.  He was fortunate enough to resume farming this fall for the Bjorge Brothers Farm and get one last harvest under his belt.
Mike met and fell in love with LaVonne Morvig from Fertile, MN while attending a dance with friends at the Maple Lake Pavilion in Mentor, MN.  After 1 ½ years of dating, the two married on November 1, 1975 at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile, MN.  Mike and LaVonne moved to their homestead in rural Buxton, ND in August of 1979.  They were blessed with three daughters:  Michelle, a registered nurse; Melissa, a graphic designer / photographer; and Jennifer, a microbiologist.  Mike and LaVonne were so happy to become grandparents to Jevan and Anthony Jerry (AJ), and also gain a son-in-law, Jesse Bohara. Mike and Jesse quickly became the best of friends. Mike was thrilled to finally have a son to go fishing, hunting and camping with. Mike loved spending time camping, fishing and traveling with his family.  His hobby of camping and fishing took the family on road trips to camp in the Rocky Mountains and to the Pacific Northwest.  All adventures with Mike resulted in a lot of laughs due to crazy and unexpected mishaps in addition to all the random stories Mike would tell. 
The love between Mike and LaVonne was obvious by the way Mike would gaze at LaVonne with his puppy-dog eyes, which often resulted in LaVonne’s embarrassment and her constantly telling him to “behave himself”.  Mike’s daughters couldn’t have asked for a better father and role model, even if half their time was spent trying to find the next way to embarrass LaVonne with Mike’s encouragement.  Mike’s kind-hearted and humorous ways weren’t lost on his grandchildren or son-in-law who loved his goofy antics and couldn’t stop from laughing.
Mike always had the ability to make a person laugh, and he was able to maintain his unique sense of humor until the end.  He flirted with nurses and told doctors that he was an MD too, Mike Dale. In the same breath, Mike would say “I’m ready to go” and was looking forward to having lunch with his parents in heaven.  As his grandson, Jevan, said, “I guess we can’t be too sad. He is going to a good place.”
Mike will be remembered lovingly by LaVonne, his wife of 42 years, and his daughters, Michelle Dale and her sons, Jevan Dale and Anthony Johnson, Loveland, CO; Melissa (Jesse) Bohara, West Fargo, ND; and Jennifer Dale, St. Paul, MN; siblings, Candace (Larry) Schafer, Red Lake Falls, MN; Debra Dale, Climax, MN; Keith (Julie) Dale, Climax, MN; Brent (Genelle) Dale, Portland, ND; and Julie (Ron) Cakebread, Shelly, MN; aunts, Donna Koval, Moorhead, MN; and Betty Dale, Crookston, MN; his mother-in-law, Betty Morvig, Fertile, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Kathleen (Peterson) Dale; grandparents, Marcus and Olga (Ness) Dale and Alfred and Annie (Boe) Peterson; father-in-law, Chester Morvig; several aunts, uncles and two cousins.
Mike’s family wishes to thank all the doctors and nurses at Mayo Clinic, Roger Maris Cancer Center, and Hospice of the Red River Valley for their wonderful support during the last months.
A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at the Climax Lutheran Church on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at 10:30am. Visitation will be in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, MN, on Friday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Skatvold Cemetery, rural Climax, with military honors provided by Hubbard American Legion Post #336 and the National Guard Honors Unit from Moorhead, MN.
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Gerald Glende funeral service for today has been postponed to Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be one hour before the funeral.

 

Gerald Leonard Glende, 78, of Crookston, MN, passed away in Altru Hospital, in Grand Forks, ND, Thursday morning, November 30, 2017.
Gerald was born on May 12, 1939 in Battle Lake, MN to Leonard and Selma Glende (Bakken).  Gerald spent his childhood growing up with his mother in Glyndon, MN, until Selma would pass away in 1983.  Then Gerald would move to Crookston, MN and live with his sister Deb, for about fifteen years before moving into several different homes through REM. Since moving to Crookston, Gerald worked for the DAC for over 30 years, where he would help clean several different locations throughout the community, such as Trinity Lutheran Church, and the UMC campus. However, when at UMC, Gerald could be seen spending more time talking with the students in and out of their classes, than time actually spent cleaning. Gerald loved music, and all the dancing, and singing that went along with it. He also loved the outdoors, where he would spend lots of time camping, such at Camp Confidence in Brainerd, MN, or fishing trips in Bemidji, MN at Fishing with No Boundaries. When camping, Gerald loved to be the one collecting the firewood, and would spend much of his time around the campfire, where he enjoyed his favorite camping food, “weenies”. Gerald also not only performed in the Special Olympics, but he won almost every race he was in, even while stopping to waive at friends and family in the stands, there to watch him run.  However, most of all Gerald loved the time he could spend with his family. Whether it was traveling the country or letting his great sense of humor shine when teasing his nieces, even if he claimed he had done nothing wrong. Gerald brought a smile to everyone’s face that he met and will be missed dearly by all whom had the chance to share a laugh with him.
Gerald is survived by his sisters, Janice (Donald) Volker, and Debbie (Stuart) Magsam; brother, DuWayneGlende; and seven nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and great nephews. He is preceded in passing by his parents, Leonard and Selma; sister, Barbra; step-dad, Ludvig Johnson; brother-in-law, Lloyal Burnside; sister-in-law, Carol Glende; and his Grandparents.
A memorial service will be held to honor Gerald’s life Monday, December 4, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, at 1:00PM.  Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to services. The family of Gerald will be holding a private burial at a date to be determined. Pastor Bill Reck will be officiating.
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Donna Mae Karver, age 77, of Crookston, MN passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND on November 27, 2017.  Donna was born in Woodside Township, near Erskine, MN, on January 27, 1940 to Anton and Margaret (Olson) Haugen. She married Lawrence Karver on April 17, 1970 in Warren, MN.  Lawrence and Donna made their home in the Crookston, MN area where they raised three children.  Donna was an avid garage sale bargain hunter and amassed a large collection of Betty Boop memorabilia and knick knacks as a result.  She was kind-hearted and generous and loved doting on her children and grandchildren.
Donna is survived by her husband of 47 years, Lawrence Karver; children, Tammy (Del) Bellanger of Mahnomen, MN, Tim (Rosie) Erickson of Wichita Falls, TX, Todd Erickson of Grand Forks, ND, Steve (Laurie) Erickson of Crookston, MN, Larry (Alison) Karver of Fuquay Varina, NC, and 7 grandchildren, Tasha Bellanger, Beau Bellanger, Kory Bellanger, Cole Bellanger, Riley Erickson, Nathan Erickson, and Joshua Erickson; 2 great-grandchildren, Monte Yost and Carson Gieseke; sisters, Marlys (Don) Byerly of Malibu, CA and Ina Bukavich of Hibbing, MN; and brother, Morris (Sharon) Haugen of Crookston, MN.
She is preceded in death by her father, Anton Haugen; mother, Margaret (Olson) Haugen; husband, Lowell Erickson; son, Barry Barrow; grandmother, Mabel Olson; and granddaughter, April Erickson. May God bless Donna’s memory.
A private family memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Altru Health Foundation (www.altru.org) in Donna’s name.

 

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Loretta A. Hemberger, 99, Halstad, MN, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Halstad Living Center. Loretta was born on January 2, 1918 in Ada, MN, to John and Mary Arends of Town of Mary, MN.  She was the youngest of 10 children.  She attended high school at Mount St. Benedict in Crookston, MN.  Loretta was united in marriage to Paul Hemberger on February 11, 1941 in Ada.  They were married for over 65 years.  Paul and Loretta lived on the family farm near Hillsboro, ND, where they raised their family.  They moved into Halstad, MN in 1975 and then to the Heritage House in Halstad in 2001.  Loretta was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the Homemakers’ Group, and the Granny Club.  She enjoyed baking, gardening, sewing, quilting, fishing, playing cards, traveling, and visiting with family.  Above all, she was a caretaker for everyone. Loretta is survived by her four sons, Tom (Kim), Hillsboro, ND, David (Barb), Bettendorf, IA, Dale, Underwood, MN, and Ron (Sue), Halstad, MN; two daughters, Jean Clark, Detroit Lakes, MN and Paulette Bruins, El Mirage, AZ; son-in-law, Arlen Thompson, Othello, WA; 27 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; two daughters, Judie Thompson and Carol Ann Hemberger; three brothers, George, John, and Nick Arends; and six sisters, Alice Miller, Eva Delaney, Sr. Digna Arends, Sr. Enrica Arends, Sr. Maryanne Arends, and Rose Arends. Memorials are preferred to the Halstad Living Center. Funeral Mass: 2:00PM Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Halstad, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM Friday, December 1, 2017, with a 6:30PM prayer service at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. Burial: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery, Hillsboro, ND. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000)  www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Clara M. Wilkens, 99, Orlando, FL, formerly of Ada, MN, died Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Village on The Green Nursing Home, Orlando. Funeral: 11:00AM Monday, December 4, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the funeral on Monday at the church. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
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Leonard E. Boucher passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine.
Mass of Christian burial will held Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM  at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brooks, MN with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Brooks, MN. Visitation will be held will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service and Rosary by the Knights of Columbus following the prayer service, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brooks, MN and also one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Leonard Ernest Boucher was born April 8, 1923 at Chester Township, Polk County,MN son of Joseph E. and Diana (Reopelle) Boucher. He was baptized April 15, 1923 and confirmed at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee, MN. He attended country school in Chester Township through the 8th grade. Leonard worked on the family farm until he entered the US Navy.
He entered the US Navy from 1945 until his honorable discharge in 1947 serving in the Marshall Islands as a Fireman First Class. Following his discharge he attended Miller Vocational School in Minneapolis for welding.
On June 28, 1948 he was united in Marriage to Veronica Pigeon at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brooks, MN. To this union 5 children were born . The couple moved to South Milwaukee, WI and was employed at Ladish Manufacturing for 1 ½ years. They returned to Brooks where they settled on the Pigeon Homestead and Dairy farmed for 40 years. He retired and moved to Brooks in 1990 and continued to work part-time on the farm and also for Kevin Yaggie for nine years.
Leonard was a member of the NFO, served as director for the Soil and Water Conservation for 16 years, he served on the Brooks School Board and Poplar River Township Board. They were recipients of Red Lake County Honored Dairymen and a Century Farm. Leonard was a lifelong member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brooks and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and installed as a 4th Degree Knight November of 2007. He was a member of the American Legion in Plummer, MN.
Leonard enjoyed farming and always had a very large garden. He also enjoyed playing cards visiting with family and friends, traveling and reading.
Leonard is survived by his 5 children Dennis (Diane) of McIntosh, MN, Dianne (Bob) Wichterman of Chanhassen, MN, Duane (Carol) of Brook, MN, Ron of  Mt. Prospect, IL, and Fran (Stan)Tvedt of Plummer, MN: 14 grandchildren Chris (Cory) Springer of Andover, MN, Cameo (David) Herem of Eagen, MN, Caillie Boucher of Crookston, MN, Chuck (April) Wichterman of Chaska, MN, Tony Wichterman of Chanhassen, MN, Rebecca (Bryan) Pederson of Chanhassen, MN, Paul (Bobbi) Wichterman of Eden Prairie, MN, Nick Boucher of Brooks, MN, Ben Boucher of Plummer, MN, Kelley (Eric) Fleming of West Fargo, ND, Ami (Alex) Paim of Orlando, FL, Shelly (Shawn) McGoffin of Las Vegas, NV, Nikki (Adam) Jacobson of Island Park, ID and Beth Tvedt of Plummer, MN:25 great-grandchildren Camille Springer, Courtney (Cord) Semotink, Jacob and Alyssa Hunter, Lydia and Leo Herem, Kiersten and Ashton Anderson, Hannah Brouse, Madeline and Robbie Wichterman, Frida and CamilaWichterman, William and Emmett Wichterman, Lily and Ella Fleming, Abraham and AlynnePaim, Corey, Chris and Casey McGoffin, Roman, Jewel and Porter Jacobson: one brother Paul (LouAnn) Boucher of WI and sister-in-law Delores Boucher of WI, brother and sister-in-law Sheldon and Rose Pigeon of Champlin, MN along with several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife Veronica, 2 granddaughters Caren Hunter and Cassandra Anderson; parents Joseph and Diana Boucher; brothers Delpha, Joe, Maurice, Clarence and sister Eunice Bourque; sisters-in-law Isabelle Boucher and Betty Boucher, Harriet Perreault.
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Margaret Alvera (Slininger) Lee, 94, Ada, Minnesota, died Thursday, November 23, 2017, at the Heritage House, Halstad, MN.
Margaret was born to Charlie and Fanny (Hornby) Slininger Nov. 15, 1923, in Lake Ida Township, rural Ada.  She grew up on the farm and attended Bloomfield country school District 24.  She was a farm girl at heart all her life. She helped with farm work as well as housework.  As a young lady she worked for Mrs. Larson and Agnes Farhgar in their homes, at the Pantry Cafe for Mabel Rockstad and at the Red Owl store.
She married William (Bill) Lee of rural Perley June 2nd 1944. She lived in Ada until he was discharged from the army.  They moved to the farm and farmed with his father and then on their own for over 40 years. They raised 6 children.  Margaret met the Lord of her life in 1951 under the preaching of Maynard Halverson at Concordia Church.  She taught Sunday School, served where she could in the church and encouraged many children to go to Bible camp (Camp Joy) on Star Lake.   In later years she was a home health aide. 
Margaret enjoyed sewing, crocheting, many other crafts and reading.   She enjoyed her many flower and vegetable gardens and loved hearing and being involved in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Margaret and Bill moved into Ada in July of 1989.  They traveled to Norway twice and went to Hawaii and Alaska. For 20 years they went to Arizona for the winter.
Margaret is survived by three sons, Steven (Judy) Lee at Anoka, Mn, Wayne (Lynn) Lee Perley, Mn, Barry Lee Perley, Mn, three daughters, Jeanie (Monty) Todt, San Antonio, Fl,  Karen (Stan) Synstelien, Fergus Falls, Mn, and Marilyn (Jerry) Stordahl, Halstad Mn, one sister, Florence Erickson, one brother, Burton Slininger, both of Twin Valley, one sister-in-law, Garnet Holm, Moorhead, Mn, and many nieces and nephews, 16 grandchildren, Chris Todt, Erik Todt, Jason Synstelien, Jennifer Synstelien, Corey Synstelien, Amy Eichler, Tiffany Lee, Mike Boone, Eddy Boone, Anthony Lee, Mercedes Lee, Raina  Stordahl, Wyatt Stordahl, Dustin Lee, Nicole Lee, Kristin Lee, 14 great grandchildren, Ethan Synstelien, Brian Synstelien, Emily Synstelien, Mark Synstelien,  Alex Eichler,  Dylan Synstelien, Taylor Synstelien,  Kyndra Synstelien, Sawyer Lee, Lincoln Lee, Emma Lee, Jazmine Boone, Kolby Boone, and Piper Lee.    
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four brothers, Melvin as an infant, Roy, Clyde, Russell, five sisters, Mabel, Gladys, Lila, Iva, and Orvilla, four sisters-in-law and six brothers-in-law on her side and Bills.
Funeral: 11:00 Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hendrum, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Interment: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN.
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Carmen Rita LaPlante, age 94, passed away peacefully with family by her side on November 22, 2017 at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home, Crookston, Mn. Carmen was born Aug. 12, 1923 in Terrebonne, Mn. to Joseph and Alice Fournier. In 1939 she was united in marriage to Leonard LaPlante at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Terrebonne, Mn. Together they made their home in Crookston, Mn. where they raised seven children.
In 1962 Carmen proudly opened a hat and dress shop called Carmen's Chapeaux. You could always pick her out of a crowd by looking for the cute, petite, distinguished little lady wearing a hat. (Chapeaux)
Carmen was a member of St. Anne's Guild Society, St. Joseph Club, Catholic Daughters of America, and in the funeral choirs at St. Anne's and Cathedral churches. She also was involved in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Carmen enjoyed many little things in life such as crossword puzzles, playing cards, Bingo and Wii bowling at the Villa. :) and the Casino trips. She was a very crafty lady and was so happy to make Christmas ornaments each year for all of her grandchildren. Along with her husband Leonard and some close friends in the 1960's started a catering business with down home cooking. They were always in great demand for weddings, graduations, etc. The times she enjoyed most, were times spent at their lake cabin on Clearwater Lake entertaining family and friends, and of course doing a some fishing.
Carmen will always be fondly remembered for her love of family, friends and faith. She was very proud to have all of her children attend Catholic school. Her Catholic religion was most important to her and a comfort to her throughout her life.
She is survived by her children Pat Hollands(Merle), FIsher, Mn., Judy Brekken(Larry), Crookston, Mn., Karen Murphy(Royal), Crookston, Mn., Vickie Cichy(Nick), Grand Forks, ND, Marc LaPlante(Kelly), Crookston,Mn., Bill LaPlante(Bonnie), Battle Lake, Mn., Gerry Laplante (daughter in law) Portsmouth, Va. Also surviving are 24 grand children, 25 great grand children and 7 great great grand children.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard, son Russell, great grand daughter Courtney LaPlante, parents, half sister's Marguerite Cartier, Eve Rose Laundry, Alma Reopelle and Mae Zerr, and a half brother Wallace Fournier.
Memorial mass of Christian burial will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston, Mn., Monday, November 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, Mn.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Villa St. Vincent, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception or Hospice of the Red River Valley.
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Ronald Edward Reitmeier, 72, of Fisher, MN, passed away Tuesday morning, November 21, 2017, in Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, with his loving family by his side.
Ronald Edward Reitmeier was born in Crookston, MN on July 24, 1945 to Edward and Lucille (Wagner) Reitmeier.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN.  He grew up on the family farm northeast of Fisher, MN.Being an only child, he had many memorable years with his cousins nearby.  Ron attended school in Fisher, where he was active in various sports, music, and drama activities, graduating in 1963. He then went on to study at the University of MN for a year, where he played football for the Gophers.  He transferred his education to the University of MN Technical Institute (UMC), graduating with distinction in 1968 with a degree in Agriculture.
After his formal education was complete, Ron joined his parents in a lifelong career of farming.  He married Julianne (Phalen) on June 28, 1969. Before moving to the farmstead as a married couple, they made their first home in Crookston, witha short stint in St. Paul, MN, while Julie completed her degree.    They joined his parents on the farm in 1970, where they started their family.
Ron was active in multiple organizations throughout the years.  He was known for his fair and honest leadership style in many arenas.  He spent years serving as board memberon the following:  American Crystal Sugar Board of Directors, Fanny Township Board, Fisher Public School Board, MN Farmer’s Union Executive Committee, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Board, and the PKM Electric Cooperative Board.
He loved to hunt, whether it be deer, elk, grouse, or wild pigs, he always enjoyed sharing stories about his hunting adventures.  He also loved to fish, up at Lake of the Woods, over at Waskish, or down at the river near Fisher. He loved gardening, preparing each spring with his seed catalogs and reaping a bountiful harvest each fall for Julie to process.  He spent hours upon hours picking every berry on the farm!  He loved animals, anything with feathers or fur would find themselves cared for by this gentle soul.  He was proud to pour his hard work and sweat into his farming career. Planning, preparing, planting, tending, and harvesting; ready to do it all over again the next year…it was in his blood. He loved to let people know that they mattered; never too busy to listen, to give a bear hug, or a firm handshake.
Above all, Ron loved his family.  Even after all the accomplishments he achieved throughout his life, he was most proud to be called Dad, and later, Grandpa.Ron and Julie raised their family in the Christian faith, sharing this with their grandchildren as well.  He was a strong foundation,a patient teacher, a gentle guide…always there to lean on with wisdom and understanding.
Ron is survived by his wife of 48 years, Julie; son, Jasen (Lea) Reitmeier, of Fisher, MN; daughter, Denise (Darrin) Anderson, of Bismarck, ND; son, Lance (Jennifer) Reitmeier, of Fisher, MN; daughter, Laura (Kevin) Pearson, of Fergus Falls, MN; and grandchildren, Alex and Emily Reitmeier, Greta, Isaac, and Maggie Anderson, Hayden, Ella, and Malene Reitmeier, and Lily, Paige, Luke, and Sarah Pearson.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, and by his in-laws, James and Mildred (Bakken) Phalen. 
A funeral service will be held to honor Ron’s life, Monday, November 27, 2017, at 10:30am, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, with burial to follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Fisher, MN.  A visitation will be held the night before, Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN, from 5:00-7:00pm, with a prayer service to follow. Pastor Steve Bohler will be officiating.
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Emilie Genevieve Skjerven, 78 of Plummer, MN went home to her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, while enjoying life with one of her close friends, Carol. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, November 20, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, MN with a 7:00 P.M. prayer service and at the church for one hour prior to services on Tuesday.  Funeral service to celebrate Emilie’s life will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer.  Burial will follow at Emardville Cemetery, rural Plummer, MN. Emilie Genevieve Flatgard was born on January 19, 1939 in Mountain Lake, MN, the daughter of Ingman Anton and Annie Theoline (Larson) Flatgard.  She was baptized at Bethany Lutheran Church near Bergen, MN and was confirmed in 1954 at Salem Lutheran Church of rural Oklee, MN.  She attended a country elementary school near Windom, MN and in 1948 moved with her family to Oklee, MN.  Emilie graduated from Oklee High School with the class of 1957 and then took her Teachers Training in Thief River Falls. On July 11, 1959, Emilie was united in marriage to Jerry Skjerven at Salem Lutheran Church near Oklee, MN.  To this union 5 children were born, Michael, Melanie, Kathy, Karen and Jerry.  They eventually settled on a farm in Emardville Township where Emilie lived the rest of her life. Emilie taught music and worked as a Teacher’s Aide at Plummer Elementary School prior to owning and operating the Homeplate Café and Laundromat from 1974-1984 in Plummer, MN.  She also cooked for 19 years at Oakland Park Nursing Home in Thief River Falls, MN. Emilie loved her family and friends, and spending time with her grandchildren!  She was always there for their sporting events and enjoyed cheering them on - WHOO, WHOO, WHOO, WHOO!  Emilie enjoyed quilting, baking, polka dancing, playing whist & bingo, and admiring her gazing balls in her flower gardens.  She was always smiling, laughing and led a very social life.  Emilie had an infectious laugh!  With her there was never a dull moment, her personality was fun and energetic.  She had a loving heart and a giving soul. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer where she was active teaching Sunday School, quilting, church choir and Ladies Aid.  She was very active in several other Plummer social groups, too numerous to mention. Survivors include her loving children: Michael Skjerven of Jacksonville, FL, Melanie (Bob) Parise of Shoreview, MN, Kathy (Randy) Helmbrecht of Grand Rapids, MN, Karen (Tim) Bakken of Thief River Falls, MN and Jerry Skjerven of Plummer, MN; grandchildren: Sydney (Matt) Linder; Joey, Ryan & Alyssa Parise; Jenny, Josh (Laura) & Laura Helmbrecht; Kailey (James) Martin; Emily, Riley & Kaden Bakken; and Tristen Skjerven;  great-grandchildren: Hudson & Beckett Helmbrecht and Emilie Martin; Sister: Elaine (Loren) Mathson of Dickinson, ND; sister-in-law: Loretta (Oren) Syrtveit of Oklee, MN; four brothers-in-law: LeRoy Skjerven of Plummer, MN, Roger Skjerven of Plummer, MN, Don (Nancy) Skjerven of California, and John (Margaret) Skjerven of Arizona; one sister-in-law, Gayle Skjerven Peterson of Plymouth, MN; several loving nieces and nephews, special friend Glenn Wagner, along with many dear friends.She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; her parents; brother, Irvin Flatgard; brother-in-law, James Peterson; sisters-in-law, Jean McCrary & Pollie Skjerven.
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Patricia Ann Renslen, 68, a lifelong Crookston, MN resident, passed away at her home Monday evening, November 13, 2017, comforted by loving family members who were by her side. She had been bravely battling cancer for the last few months. Pat was born in Crookston on July 3, 1949, one of 8 children of the union of Oscar “Ike” and Margaret (Stainbrook) Berglund. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith, attended Cathedral Elementary School, and graduated from Mount St. Benedict High School. During her working years Pat was employed at several Crookston businesses including Country Kitchen, Handy Farms, Northland Industries, Marlo’s Furniture, and the Isaacson Insurance Agency. She later spent 12 years with the housekeeping department of RiverView Hospital, and then 8 years as a cashier at I. C. Muggs. Pat retired from her position as a cashier at Hugo’s most recently because of failing health. Pat was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and her favorite pastimes included walking, reading, crocheting, baking, and going to rummage sales and thrift stores. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and siblings, and will be dearly missed. Pat is survived by her son and daughter, Troy Renslen and special friend, Kim Ellis, of Denver, CO and Kari Trudeau and husband, Dwight, of Red Lake Falls, MN; 3 grandchildren: Dylan Renslen and Carter and Colin Trudeau. She also leaves 7 sisters and brothers: Bonnie (David) Isaacson and Mary Lynn Johnson of Crookston, Mike (Mary Elizabeth) Berglund of Woodbury, MN, John (Claudia) Berglund of Crystal, MN, Sandy and Mike Sullivan of Andover, MN, Cindy and Steve Marple of Columbia Heights, MN, and Pammy Messinger of Coon Rapids, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ike and Margaret Berglund; and a nephew, John Johnson. Blessed be the memory of Patricia Renslen. A memorial service for Pat Renslen will be held at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, November 21, 2017, in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Deacon Dennis Bivens, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service.
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Carol Gerardy, 79 of Plummer, MN passed and joined the love of her life on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM with a 5:00 PM prayer service on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral mass on Monday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 PM on Monday, November 20, 2017 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding.  Burial will be at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Plummer, MN. Carol Cecilia Davis was born on August 20, 1938 on the family farm near Brooks, MN the daughter Charles and Dorilda (Cariveau) Davis.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee, MN.  She attended school in Oklee, MN and graduated with the class of 1957. On April 12, 1958 Carol was united in marriage to Jerome Gerardy at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee, MN. The couple made their home on the Gerardy family farm North of Plummer where they raised their 8 children.Carol had many hobbies and interests which included gardening, baking, cooking, canning and spending time with her family.  Sunday dinners and holiday gatherings with family was a priority for Carol.  Family was always first. Carol and Jerry raised 8 children and still found time to take in numerous foster children, who still were a part of their lives as they grew older. They also welcomed anyone else that needed food or a place to stay. She always had a pot of coffee and homemade donuts for the adults and candy in the cupboard for the kids. Carol and Jerry taught their children many traditions, such as making sausage and horseradish.  They enjoyed making lefse, donuts and cookies together to share with friends and family during the holidays and coleslaw for many community events.  Carol was a kind, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to so many.  She was a strong woman of her faith.  She will be missed by so many. She looked forward to her Saturday outings with her life-long friend, Emilie Skjerven. Carol was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls. Carol is survived by her loving children:  Tammy, Charles (Cheryl), Kevin, Nancy Wallberg, Peter (Mary), Tony (Sheila), Barbie Konickson (Mike), David; grandchildren:  Kyle (Whitney) and Jeremy, Joshua Gerardy, Matthew (Melissa), Chris (Sarah), Nicholas Wallberg, Rachel and Hannah Gerardy, Mallory (Charlie) Bernstrom, Brett (Hannah) and Abigail (special friend Logan) Gerardy, Gabrielle and Briana Gerardy, Dylan and Rylee Gerardy; great grandkids: Bella Gerardy, Emmersyn & Karolyne Gerardy, Dakota Wallberg, Aubrey & Lyla, Briar Bernstrom; sisters: Ella Peterson, Mary Lou (LeRoy) Mersenski, Jenny (Joel) Vattendahl and brother, Charles (Janette) Davis; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry on February 21, 2017; parents; and brother-in-law, Warren Hanson. Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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John Risch, age 74, resident of Union Lake, and formerly of Crookston, MN, passed away on Tuesday, November 14th at his home. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18th, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Erskine with the Rev. Timothy Lundeen officiating.  Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
He was born in Crookston, Minnesota to parents Howard and Mayme (Johnson) Risch on march 17, 1943. He served in the National Guard Reserve from 1963-1969. He retired from Bemis in 2005 after a 40 year career. John loved to fish, hunt, hike, canoe and most of all spending time at the lake with his family and friends. John was a patient, humble and genuinely kind man who always put others first and was happy with a day enjoying the view of the beautiful water.
He is survived by his son, Troy (Renee) Risch of Frisco, TX; sibling, Mary Carlson of Hastings, MN; 5 grandchildren, McKenna Risch, Haley Risch, Skylar Risch, Elle Risch and Jake Risch; nephews, John (Pam) Carlson of Fargo, ND, Mike (Carolyn) Carlson of Louisville, KY, and Bob (Shelley) Carlson of Big Fork, MT; nephews, Kay (Joe) Caturia of Hastings, MN, Jody Bouchard of Gordon, WI, and Kari (Tim) McCord of Hastings, MN

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James Phillip “Jim” Kujawa, 85, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday evening, November 12, 2017 from Cancer, with his wife, Mary, and many of their children and grandchildren at his side.  Jim was born in St. Cloud, MN on April 24, 1932, one of 11 children of the union of Vincent and Mary (Gapinski) Kujawa. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith, attended St. Cloud’s St. John Cantius Catholic School, and graduated from St. Cloud Tech with the Class of 1950. Jim entered the U.S. Army on June 12, 1953 and served with the 8th Division during the Korean War. For his service to his country he was awarded the National Defense, United Nations, and Korean Service Medals, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation. Following his honorable discharge on May 12, 1955 he returned home, and on June 11, 1955 was united in marriage to Mary Glieden at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud.  The couple lived in St. Cloud for a year before coming to Crookston to make their home. Their marriage was blessed by the births of 9 children who they raised in a very loving home. Jim was first employed at Northern Plumbing until 1967 when he started his own business, known as Kujawa Plumbing. In 1973 he began working for the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in the Plant Services Department, retiring from there in 1996. Jim will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Mary, his beloved wife of 62 years; their 9 children and spouses: James “Beau” and Laura Kujawa of Park Rapids, MN; Mike and Bonnie Kujawa of East Grand Forks, MN; Mona and Tim Korsmoe of Grand Forks, ND; Jaci and Glen Wilder of Crookston, MN; Paul and Sarah Kujawa of Detroit Lakes, MN; Tim and Kara Kujawa of East Grand Forks; Julie and Jeff Bigger of Alexandria, MN; Lee “Harv” Kujawa of Crookston; and Michelle Kujawa and Shane Johnson of Alexandria; 26 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Retta Venables of Orlando, FL ; sister-in-Marian Glieden Sakry and her husband, Jack of Minneapolis, MN; brother-in-law, Doug Larson of Roseville, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 grandchildren; and 9 siblings. May God richly bless the memory of Jim Kujawa. The Mass of Christian Burial for James Phillip Kujawa will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2017, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Bryan Kujawa, presiding. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Thursday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and for one hour prior to the Funeral Mass on Friday. Inurnment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and the Moorhead, MN National Guard Honors Unit.
Memorials may be given in Jim’s name to the Grand Forks Altru Cancer Center or Altru’s Hospice or the Altru’s Home Care.
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Marilee Dawn Purrington, age 62, longtime resident of Hibbing, died peacefully in her home on Monday, November 13, 2017, following a 3 ½ year battle with cancer.  She was born March 30, 1955, in Ada, MN, the daughter of Leslie and Jean (Hubbell) Ness.  She graduated from Ada High School and went on to obtain a degree as a Registered Nurse from St. Luke’s School of Nursing.  Marilee was united in marriage to Steve Purrington on July 31, 1976 in Ada, MN. Marilee worked as an RN with the Adams Clinic (now Essentia Health) until her retirement in 2010.  She attended the Abundant Life Church in Hibbing.  Marilee enjoyed family camping trips to Voyageurs National Park, fishing, spending time with her church friends, her clinic friends, and above all, her grandsons.  She was raised in a close, loving family environment and held fast to family and loved them dearly until her death. Marilee is survived  by her husband: Steve; sons: Patrick (Kristen) Purrington of Bemidji, MN, and Matthew (Teresa) Purrington of Cottage Grove, MN; grandsons: Dylan, Logan, Michael, and Andrew; mother: Jean (Roald) Josephson of Ada, MN; brother: Dan (Kim) Ness of Ada, MN, sisters: Pam (Bill) Thompson of Dent, MN, Julie (Brian) Borge of Ada, MN, and Wendy (Jim) Cox of Sarasota, FL; and numerous friends and extended family. She was preceded in death by her sister:  Karen; and her father: Leslie.
Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Anderson-Daniels Funeral Home in Hibbing.  A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 2 pm at the Grace Lutheran Church in Ada.  Pastor Bill Thompson will officiate.  A visitation will be held for 1 hour prior to the service at the church. 
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Marlys M. Lee, 85, of Ada, MN, died Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Benedictine Care Community in Ada. Marlys Mae Echternach was born January 6, 1932, in Traverse County, MN, near Wheaton, the daughter of Carl and Lillian (Templin) Echternach. She attended school in Wheaton for younger years before attending high school at the University of Minnesota-Morris Ag School.  Marlys graduated from nursing school at North Dakota State School of Science, at Wahpeton, ND.  Marlys accepted a nursing position with the Ada Municipal Hospital in 1952 and soon afterwards met Marvin Lee of Perley, MN. Marlys and Marvin dated for about 8 months prior to Marvin leaving for Korea in the Army.  They were married one month after he got home on September 5, 1954, in Wheaton, MN. They would make the Ada area their home where they raised a family of five children. Marlys worked full time and stayed busy with the children’s activities including school, church, and 4-H. She also enjoyed times with church circle, church quilting, sewing, and Hardunger. Marlys retired in 1995 from a long career in nursing with the Ada Municipal Hospital and John Wimmer Nursing Home. She enjoyed her retirement years, spending time with friends and family. After some health setbacks, she became a resident of Benedictine Care Community where she resided the last 4 years. Marlys is survived by her husband, Marvin, her children, Richard (Beverley) Lee, Cando, ND; Cindy Gill, Moorhead, MN; David (JoAnn) Lee, Farmington, MN; Kari (Russel) Muscha, Casselton, ND; and Kristie (Nathan) Riepe, of Ada. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; Laura Gill (Ross Haymaker), Eric Gill, Julie Gill (Chad Selcer), Kira Lee, Douglas Lee, Jacob Lee, and Ryan Muscha; three great grandchildren, Emmie and Chloe Gill, and Harrison Haymaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, and a sister Maxine Jorschumb. 
Funeral: 11:00AM Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM Wednesday, November 15, 2017, with a 6:00PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home in Ada.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)

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Thomas “Tom” Allen Nelson, 62, of Mentor, MN, passed away at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, on Saturday, November 11, 2017, with his family by his side. Tom was born on February 8, 1955, to Leonard and Judith (Jacobson) Nelson in Crookston, MN. The youngest of six children, he grew up in Fertile and graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1973. After high school, he attended college at the University of Minnesota Crookston for a short time.  He then started working for the Beltrami Farmers Elevator (later West Central Ag).  On June 26, 1982, Tom was united in marriage to Debra Jo Werpy at Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile.  They were blessed with two children, April and Adam.  They enjoyed many family activities including camping trips and snowmobiling excursions with family friends.  They resided in Beltrami until moving to Fertile in 1998. Tom was an active volunteer of the church and community throughout the years.  He served as a member and chief of the Beltrami Fire Department and later as a member of the Fertile Fire Department.  He also served on the Sandhill River Golf Course Board of Directors.  In his spare time, he enjoyed deer hunting, ice fishing, golfing, spending time with his yellow lab, Nelly, and living life to the fullest with his friends and family. Tom loved the lake, spending many summers at Roy Lake growing up.  He bought a home on Maple Lake in Mentor in 2012.  In addition to a home, he also acquired wonderful neighbors who became very dear friends.  He enjoyed many pontoon rides and campfires with friends and family.  He officially retired from managing at the elevator in Beltrami in 2016 after 42 years of dedication and service to the farming community. Tom was very proud of his children and their activities and accomplishments.  His grandchildren were a deep source of happiness for him.  He was kind-hearted in nature; always taking a genuine interest in others and their well-being.  His gentle ways, twinkling eyes, warm smile and occasional subtle sarcasm will be remembered by all those who knew him.  Blessed be his memory.Tom is survived by his children, April (Brian) Grunhovd, of Fertile and Adam Nelson, of Beltrami; four grandchildren, Lexie, Bennett, Hailey and Kendall; his brothers, David (Cecilia), Red Lake Falls, MN, Raymond (Sylvia), Fertile, MN; his sisters, Connie (Vernon) Rasmussen, East Grand Forks, MN, Nancy Vaughn, Fargo, ND, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Sandra.    Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, November 17, 2017, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM Thursday, November 16, 2017, with a 7:00PM prayer service at the church.
Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN
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David Balboa Rodriguez, 61, of Crookston, MN, died at his home Sunday morning, November 12, 2017 surrounded by his family. David was born in Idaho Falls, ID on September 20, 1956, the son of Juan and Carmen (Balboa) Rodriguez. He lived in several states while growing up and working with his family, as a migrant worker. In May of 1975 David married Rosa Maria Avrigo in Brackettville, TX. He was educated as a welder at the Northland Colleges in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, and at the Detroit Lakes Technical College. David was employed for many years at Dee Incorporated, and later for New Flyer Inc, both in Crookston, until retiring in 2009 due to ill health. David and Rose Mary made their home in Crookston and also spent time over the years at their residences in Brackettville and Crystal City, TX. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish in Crookston.
David is survived by his loving wife, Rose Mary; mother, Carmen Rocha of Crystal City, TX; 3 children: Victoria and Joseph Ramirez of Crookston, MN, David Rodriguez Jr. of Denver, CO, and Veda Deliah and Jeremy Lane of Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren: Desiree, Joseph, Isaac, and Dukessa Ramirez; 4 siblings: Juan (Sylvia) Rodriquez, and Lupe Cardenas (Manuel Cardenas) of Crystal City, Carmen Rocha of San Antonio, TX, and Anna (Jack) Diaz of Carrizo Springs, TX; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Juan Rodriguez Sr.; step-father, Max Rocha; sister, Gloria Terrazas; brother, Raymond Rodriguez; in-laws, Victoriano and Guadalupe Abrego, and his grandparents.
David loved life, loved to ride, loved to party, and lived life to the fullest in his healthier days. He loved his motorcycles and traveling across the states with the wind in his hair. He loved spending time with his family in Crystal City, Texas. He was a hard worker; it was important to him to work hard every day, his momma instilled this value in him. Every year he got ready to drive beet truck. He loved the State of Florida and if he could, he would have made that his place to retire, “fun in the sun”.  He would love to spend time with his grandchildren, feeding them any and all the junk food he could find. David’s body was no match for his strong spirit, now his spirit can once again be free and wild with no bounds in heaven.  David will be truly missed by his family and friends.
A funeral service for David Rodriguez will be held at 7:00pm, Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Fr. Mario Prada, presiding. Visitation will be from 5-7:00pm.
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James Phillip “Jim” Kujawa, 85, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday evening, November 12, 2017. The Mass of Christian Burial for James Phillip Kujawa will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2017, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Bryan Kujawa, presiding. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Thursday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and for one hour prior to the Funeral Mass on Friday. Inurnment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and the Moorhead, MN National Guard Honors Unit. The Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with funeral arrangements. www.stenshoelhouske.com
 

 

 


 

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