Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

Norma Halverson, age 87, of Fertile, MN, formerly of Twin Valley, MN, died Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Fair Meadows Nursing Home in Fertile, MN. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Zion Lutheran Church, Twin Valley, MN. Arrangements entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home in Twin Valley.
 

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Kaia Mae Alexander, daughter of Jake and Michelle (Schmidt) Alexander, and granddaughter of Dean and DeeAnn Schmidt, Crookston, MN, was born and went to heaven on Saturday, September 15, 2018. 
Kaia was diagnosed with HLHS, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. after Michelle had her first ultrasound at 21 weeks.  They started to prepare for the journey that was set before them. 
At 25 weeks they made their first trip to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  With the tests that were done at that time it was discovered that fluid was building up around Kaia’s heart.  On September 10th at the Mayo Clinic they performed a procedure to insert a stent into Kaia’s heart so that the fluid could drain and relieve pressure from her lungs so they could develop properly.  This procedure was successful. 
One of the side effects of this procedure is putting the mother into preterm labor. They were aware of the risk, but the procedure was needful for Kaia’s health. 
Michelle was discharged from the Mayo Clinic on Thursday, September 13th after having no side effects from the procedure.  Unfortunately, on Friday, September 14th, preterm labor began and Kaia was born.  Since her lungs did not have a chance to develop and because of her diagnosis of HLHS Kaia had no chance of survival. 
The LORD blessed us with 7 hours to be able to hold her and give her lots of hugs and kisses before her little heart stopped while she was in her mommy’s arms.
We want to thank everyone for the many, many prayers have been said for Kaia, Michelle and Jake from family and friends. 
Please continue to pray as they grieve from the loss of their precious little girl.
Kaia is survived by parents, Jake and Michelle, Fargo, ND; her maternal grandparents, Dean and DeeAnn Schmidt, Crookston, MN; paternal grandparents, James and Darla Alexander, Fargo, ND; aunt, Melissa Schmidt, Fargo, ND; uncle, David Schmidt, Bemidji, MN; uncle and aunt Mike and Shannon Alexander and cousins, Sarah, David, Matthew, Zachery and Eli Alexander, Wisconsin.
Kaia was preceded in death by her uncle, Nathan Schmidt.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 11:00 A.M., with visitation for one hour before the service, at Fargo Baptist Church, Fargo, ND. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, MN. at 3:00 P.M. Thursday. 
 

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Melva H. Boreen, 95, of Fargo, ND, formerly of Twin Valley and Dilworth, MN, died Friday, September 14, 2018, at Bethany on University, Fargo, ND. Melva Harriet Gunderson was born the second of ten children to Melvin and Hildur (Bjerkley) Gunderson on February 12, 1923, at home on the farm near Twin Valley. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. Melva attended rural school until she started working around age 15, and also helping to raise her younger siblings. She first met Newman Boreen at a local dance and after dating a few years, they were married on November 28, 1943, near Twin Valley. They resided on farms mostly in Norman County, where Melva was active in the farming operation; driving truck, milking cows, and picking potatoes. They were blessed with 4 children, Diane, Dennis, Darrell, and Dean. The family moved to Dilworth in 1963 and Melva began working at The Bowler as a cook for the next 25 years.  Newman passed away in 1985 and Melva stayed in Dilworth until 1994, when she moved to Fargo. She enjoyed family reunions and time spent with her grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Melva was also an active sports enthusiast and loved all animals. She always looked forward to Sundays and enjoyed watching the Vikings with family. In the latter months, Melva’s health had failed and she needed more care. She had entered Bethany Homes where she passed away peacefully last Friday with her family by her side. Melva is survived by her children; Elizabeth “Diane” Brooks, Glyndon, MN, Dennis (Margie) Boreen, Macomb, MI, Darrell (Kathy) Boreen and Dean (Susan) Boreen, both of Fargo, 4 grandchildren and one step grandchild: Christopher Boreen, Jennifer (Jesse) Maxwell, Ashley Boreen, Jessica Boreen, and Michelle (Chris) Potter, 2 great grandchildren; Brady and Hunter, her brothers; Wayne (Phyllis) Gunderson, Hibbing, MN, Melvin Jr. (Lois) Gunderson, Virginia, MN, her sisters; Shirley (Allen) Thronson, Ada, MN, Beverly Williams, Denver, CO, brother-in-law, Owen Olson, Hibbing, MN, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Newman, her brother, Jewell Gunderson, her sisters, Elaine Boreen, Adell Korsgaden, Ardis Smith, Donna Olson, and infant Janice Gunderson, and one nephew, Kelly Thronson.  Funeral: 1:00PM Friday, September 21, 2018, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, in Ada. Visitation: Friday from 11:00AM to 1:00PM at the funeral home. Burial: Wild Rice Cemetery, rural Twin Valley, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Lyle Stanley  Pierce, age 84, it is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that our brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018, at his home in Grand Forks, ND, with his family by his side.
Lyle Pierce was born on January 22, 1934, in Crookston, MN, the son of the late Leon and Bertha (Veenstra) Pierce.  He was raised on the family farm in rural Euclid, MN.  He went to country school and afterwards went to work on the farm.  He was married to Elaine Adams on November 22, 1955, in Grand Forks, ND.  Shortly after the marriage Lyle enlisted in the Army National Guard before he was drafted and was made a Sargent when brought up to active duty.  He served in Germany during peace time and when he returned home the family settled back in Euclid where he farmed until moving to Grand Forks in 1980.  Lyle loved to keep himself busy for all his life, especially in all the family endeavors of farming, peat mining, manufacturing, construction, and real estate rental and development, right up to the end of his life.  He treated everyone the same no matter what and loved to socialize with all the employees just as easily as his buddies here and when he wintered in Arizona.  Lyle was a devoted family man and will be forever remembered for his love, kindness, humility, and generosity to all.  He was also very active in the American Legion, Post #157 in East Grand Forks, MN.
Lyle is survived by his children, Michael (Linda) Pierce and Kevin (Jeanette) Pierce, both of Grand Forks, ND; son and daughter in law Randy and Kathy Dufault of East Grand Forks, MN; 10 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Lona Scheutt of Grand Forks, ND, and Lily Hulst of Crookston, MN; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Pierce; son, Wayne Pierce; daughter, Karen Dufault; parents, Leon and Bertha Pierce; brothers, Lewis and Lloyd Pierce; and sister, Luetta Tregler.
Blessed be the memory of Lyle Stanley Pierce.    
In lieu of flowers memorials to Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Forks, ND, are preferred. 
Funeral Service:  10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1018 18th Ave. S., Grand Forks, ND. Visitation: One Hour Prior Funeral Service on Tuesday in Holy Family Catholic Church. Interment:  Memorial Park South Cemetery ~ Grand Forks, ND. Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota



 

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Barbara Ann Beresford, 56, passed away September 13th., 2018.   Barbara Beresford was born in Crookston October 21, 1961 to Bruce and Barbara Beresford.  Barbara is survived by siblings Mary (Courtney) Pulkrabek of Crookston, Nancy Martin, Robert (Clarice) Beresford, Susan (Ken) Wold, Larry (Rose Mark) Pulkrabek, Douglas (Sarah) Pulkrabek, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by parents Bruce and Barbara Beresford, brothers-in-law David Martin and Larry Barnett. A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, September 16 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the Billman-Hunt Funeral Chapel, 2701 Central Avenue NE in Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

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Ray Bitker, 98, of Ada, MN, died Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes, MN.  Raymond Carl Bitker was born August 27, 1920, at home in Pleasant View Township, rural Ada. His parents were Chris H. and Goldie Effie (Tice) Bitker. Ray attended Pleasant View School.  He was united in marriage to Vera Elzetta Hovland on November 2, 1940 in Ada. He was baptized on November 28, 1950, and confirmed December 10, 1950. Ray and Vera made their home in Lockhart Township where they built their family, farmed, and raised livestock for many years. Ray had a great appreciation for his hired help throughout the years, thinking of many of them as family. He enjoyed driving around and looking at crops as well as taking out shelter belts with his dozer. Many days you could find him shaking dice and playing cards while having coffee in the morning followed by a little fun at the casino later in the day. When he wasn’t sight-seeing or playing cards he liked to attend social functions and spend time with his friend Viola and multiple generations of grandchildren. In his later days he played cards on his iPad and strolled around the yard on the 4-wheeler.  In true Ray fashion, on the day he passed away, while with family, Ray asked how digging beets was going and if the soybeans were ready yet.  Ray is survived by 5 children, Myrna (Loren) Davidson, Morton, WA, William “Billy” (Elaine) Bitker, Detroit Lakes, MN, Jerry (Coleen) Bitker, Halstad, MN, Curtis (Lynn) Bitker, Halstad, MN, and Jacqueline “Jackie” (John) Spears, North Las Vegas, NV, 17 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 12 great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings: Marguerite, Fern, Leo, and Irving, his wife, three sons, four grandsons, and one great grandson. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Sunday School programs of Grace Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church, both of Ada or the charity of your preference. Funeral: 5:00PM Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, in Ada. Visitation: Friday, September 21, 2018, from 5:00-7:00PM with a prayer service at 6:30PM at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 

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Virginia L. Dussell, 88, Campbell, CA, formerly of Fertile, MN, died July 6, 2018 in California.
Graveside Service: 10:30AM Friday, September 21, 2018, at Varness Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN.
Virginia “Gin” Dussell (née Gamme), born in rural Polk County, Minnesota, at the end of summer in 1929, daughter of Orley Gamme and Jessie Gamme (née Thorson), a graduate of Moorhead State Teachers College (1949), a devoted wife of 54 years to Lloyd W. Dussell, a beloved mother to Holly A. Feeney (née Dussell) and William “Bill” O. Dussell, and a grandmother to Shannon M. Feeney, Hillary A. Feeney and Virginia M. Dussell, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Merrill Gardens in Campbell CA.  She was preceded in death by her brother Roger Gamme and husband Lloyd Dussell.
Virginia grew up in a farming family in rural Minnesota near Fertile, MN.  She was born a month before the Stock Market Crash of 1929, which signaled the beginning of the Great Depression.  The family closed ranks with Jessie and Orley moving to Melvin, MN to be closer to Jessie’s parents Ludvig and Louise Thorson.  Virginia would describe how during the Great Depression, the Gamme’s and Thorson’s provided food and shelter to many less fortunate individuals, particularly mothers and babies. Us kids forced her to retell countless times the story about how a noon time tornado blew out the house windows and left nails in the sticks of butter that had been set out for lunch.  Those experiences in her first 10 years would shape her outlook for the rest of her life.
Virginia attended the Willowby School, District 209, through middle school before graduating from high school in Fertile in 1947.  After high school, she attended Moorhead State Teachers College and graduated with an Associate in Arts in 1949.  She taught elementary school until she and Lloyd Dussell married in 1950 and relocated to Beaumont, Texas where Lloyd worked in the oil business.
Holly and Bill were both born in Beaumont, Texas in 1954 and 1957, respectively.  In 1963, the family relocated to Bloomington, Indiana, where Lloyd enrolled in the MBA program at Indiana University.  After graduation, Virginia, Holly and Bill moved to Melvin, MN to live with Jessie and attend school in Fertile.  Bill was in the third grade and Holly in the sixth.  Lloyd had accepted a position with near Dubuque, Iowa, where the family joined him before the start of new school year. 
In 1965, Lloyd accepted a position with the refinery and chemical division of Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco, so Virginia packed up Holly and Bill and moved to Redwood City, California in December 1965 where Bill finished up fourth grade and Holly seventh.  The family then relocated to Lafayette, CA where Holly and Bill both graduated from Acalanes High School.
Through all these moves and career changes, there were two constants:  Virginia’s unwavering devotion, guidance and loving care for her husband and children alike, and the family’s very strong ties back to friends and family in Minnesota.  All the way through Holly and Bill’s high school years, we spent virtually every summer in Melvin, Minnesota at Orley and Jessie’s house surrounded by throngs of cousins, aunts and uncles and distant relatives whose exact kinship remained unknown to all but a few.  While Virginia’s father, Orley, was still alive, Bill would help in the fields driving tractors with tow behind combines or riding shot gun in the trucks taking the harvest to the grain elevator in Fertile.  Once the crops were out of the fields, there was plenty of time for all the outdoor activities that upstate Minnesota offers during summertime.  What more could a kid ask for?
Lloyd’s job with Bechtel literally took him around the world.  This, of course, created many issues as Bill and Holly went through adolescence and the difficult high school years, but once Bill and Holly were off to college, Virginia started going with him.  In some cases, they relocated on a semi-permanent basis while other locations were extended stays.  Houston, West-by-God Virginia (as Lloyd would describe it), Edmonton Canada, London, Bali, and Indonesia, to name a few, were all included.  On top of all the work-related travel and extended stays, Virginia and Lloyd traveled extensively with long-time friends Hank and Betty Brandt and Rick and Irene Erwin.  From driving a newly-minted Mercedes on the Autobahn to exploring Australia, Virginia and Lloyd did it all with their best of friends.  As if all that wasn’t enough, Virginia joined a group and toured China before doing so became more common place.
After Lloyd’s retirement, Virginia and Lloyd relocated to Pine Grove near Jackson, California.  As had happen innumerable times before, they soon established long-lasting friendships with young and old alike.  So much so, that Virginia decided to stay in Jackson after Lloyd passed away in 2004 after 54 years of marriage.
While she enjoyed living alone, her independence and friends in the greater Jackson area, she decided it would be better to move to Merrill Gardens Campbell in late-2013.  Not only was Merrill Gardens closer to Bill, it offered the level of assistance appropriate for her stage in life.  She greatly enjoyed the companionship of all the new friends, residents and staff alike, she made at Merrill Gardens.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com


 

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Louis Oliver Cournia Jr, 85, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, September 11, 2018, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston with many of his family at his side. Throughout his life he was affectionately known by many in his family as Sonny, and by his friends as Louie. He was born at Crookston on November 8, 1932 to Louis Oliver and Ann Elizabeth (Mulvaney) Cournia Sr and was 1 of 11 children. He grew up on the family farm, was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and attended Cathedral High School where he played football and baseball for the Blue Wave. Louie graduated with the Class of 1950 and then began farming with his father, and brothers Delmont and LeRoy. On December 8, 1951 he was united in marriage to Nancy Lou Hovland at the Cathedral Rectory. The couple made their home in Crookston at 811 North Broadway and settled in to begin raising a family. Six babies later, and with a seventh on the way, it was time to move to the farm.
In addition to farming, Louie was very much a businessman and entrepreneur. At various times he held equity in Agri-Energy, three A&W Restaurants in Minnesota, the Peppermint Square in Red Lake Falls, Crookston Ability Construction, and Triple A Ready Mix, and at one time was an agent for Planned Return Life. Louie maintained a lifelong love for the land and was one of the early stockholders during the forming of the Red River Valley Sugar Beet Growers’ Association. Over the years he was also associated with the Red River Valley Winter Shows, the Crookston Jaycees, and was a director of Midland Valley Co-op.
As a lifelong member of the Cathedral parish, Louie was a communion server, a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, and an altar boy for masses and funerals until well into his 70’s. Many years ago, Louie and Fr. Pryor were coaches of the Cathedral Grade School “Ripple” football team, which will bring back memories to many men of today who were boys back then. Nancy and Louie loved to travel and make new friends wherever they went.  The couples spent thirty winters at Weslaco, TX and were very active in St. Pius X Catholic Church there. Louie was very much a leader and activity organizer in the mobile home park where they lived and he and Nancy enjoyed square dancing and playing shuffle board with their many ‘Texas friends’. Louie had a kind heart, and he was very giving to those who were less fortunate, whether in Crookston or down south on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. He was humble to a fault and never did a single thing for recognition. His motto was, if something needs to be done to help others, do it! He was fortunate enough to have been on several mission trips to Mexico, and pilgrimages to spiritual significance to Medjugorie, Herzegovina and Yugoslavia.
Louie’s deep and abiding love for Nancy and their family was as important to him as his faith. When the kids were growing up he loved nothing more than to host their friends at the farm for hayrides, bonfires, and various parties celebrating the seasons. He was never judgmental and loved unconditionally. His family always knew they could come to him for advice and direction and would go away with heads held high ready to face the world. This is the legacy he leaves a family that will miss him beyond measure. May God bless the memory of Louie Cournia as his new life is just beginning.   
Surviving along with Nancy, Louie’s beloved wife and best friend of over sixty-six years, are their eight living children and spouses: Deb Hanson of Crookston, MN, Louis “Skip” and JoLynn Cournia of Murfreesboro, TN, Jean and Richard Rock of Erskine, MN, Mary Jo Cournia and Sue and Lester Wilkens of Crookston, Tom and Violet Cournia of Moorhead, MN, Nancy Kay Kujawa of Rochester, MN, and Pat Cournia of Virginia Beach, VA; twenty-five grandchildren; forty-one great-grandchildren; 2 brothers-in-law, Tom (Darlene) Hovland of Cass Lake, MN, Melvin Podevels of Franklin, WI; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Preceding him in death, Louie has been reunited with his son, Dan; son-in-law, Lynn Hanson; grandchildren, Matthew and Sarah Hanson; great-grandchild, Riley Knuckles; parents, Louis and Ann; Step-mother Jenny Sullivan Cournia; parents-in-law, Arnold and Ivadelle Hovland; and ten siblings: LeRoy (Eleanor) Cournia, Esther (Bernard) Palubicki, Delmont (Lorraine) Cournia, Lauretta (Doc) Welter, MaDonna (Peg) Moran, Margaret Podevels, Betty (Art) Pretory, RoseMarie (Torgie) Torgerson, Anna Mae (Jack) Sullivan, and LaVonne (Allen) Hoeft.
Mass of Christian Burial for Louis O. Cournia Jr will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 17, 2018, with his grandson, The Rev. Bryan Kujawa, presiding. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Sunday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and will continue for one hour prior to the funeral on Monday. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Louie’s name to the Villa St. Vincent or Cathedral School.
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Earl James Carlson, 95, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully Friday evening, September 7, 2018, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Earl’s family was comforted in knowing that waiting for him in heaven was his beloved wife, Christine, who passed away this past June 3rd.
Earl was born on July 9, 1923 at Underwood, MN, one of 3 children of the union of Willie and Mathilda (Moen) Carlson. He grew up on the family farm, was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and attended country school at nearby Underwood Grade School #109. While in high school Earl sang in the chorus, played football, and was a much feared left-handed pitcher for the baseball team. He was also a member of the student council, year book staff, and art editor of the school newspaper. Earl graduated from Underwood High School in 1942, and under his class picture in the annual was the following motto, “I shall continue to act like a man until the day I officially become one.”
On June 1, 1945 Earl was united in marriage to the love of his life, Christine Elizabeth Nelson, in a ceremony that took place at Bethel Lutheran Church near Roseau, MN. After their marriage Earl farmed on the farm he grew up on. During those years he and Christine were blessed by the births of their 2 children, Emilie and John. The family later moved to Roseau where Earl managed the Hildahl Hardware Store. However, farm life called to Earl once again and in 1954 he and Christine bought a farm near Holt, MN, living there until 1964. Earl then accepted a position at the Northwest Experiment Station in Crookston. At the time of his retirement he was the supervisor of buildings and grounds and a past honoree as Employee of the Year.
Wherever the family lived Earl was active in the church of which he was a member; singing in the choir and holding various leadership roles. In Holt he was the chairman of the school board, the creamery board, and the town board. Woodworking was one of his favorite pastimes and he created many wonderful and useful items in his shop.
Earl’s loving family will proudly remember him as a humble man of integrity, gentle strength, and steadfast faith in God. His sense of humor and wit will remain a treasure forever.
Earl was preceded in death by Christine, his soul mate and best friend for over 73 years; his parents, Willie and Mathilda Carlson; parents-in-law, Oscar and Edith Nelson; sister, Hazel Pahan; brother, Clarence Carlson; and an infant brother. He is lovingly survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Emilie and Dale Peterson of Bemidji, MN; son and daughter-in-law, John and Deb Carlson of Grand Forks,  ND; 5 grandchildren: Ty (Kelly) Peterson, Tracy Hollister, Brian (Susan) Carlson, Lori Carlson, and Jana (Paul) Hedlund; 5 great-grandchildren: Luke, Andrew, Paul, Cecilia, and Jonas; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Erwin and Marian Nelson of Roseau, MN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Blessed be the memory of Earl James Carlson. 
A funeral service honoring the life of Earl Carlson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with Minister Dale Knotek, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will follow at the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
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Bonnie Evje, age 64, of Fosston, MN, passed away on Saturday, September 8th, at McIntosh Senior Living in McIntosh, MN. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14th, at Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston with the Rev. Jane Ekholm officiating. Interment will be in Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Fosston, at a later date. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be shared at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Bonnie was born on October 11, 1953 in Fosston, Minnesota to parents Arthur and Mabel (Ostgarden) Nelson. As soon as she could, she married the love of her life, Robert Evje on October 30, 1971. She graduated from Fosston High School and went on to earn a degree in Bookkeeping from Northwest Technical College, Bemidji. Bonnie worked 15 years at Rosebud Co-op in Fosston as office manager and finished her career at Altru Clinic in Fertile where she retired in 2016.
Bonnie was a devoted member of Hope Lutheran Church, she enjoyed her travels with Bob, visits with friends, concerts, Hallmark, and most of all being around her family.
She will be missed by her husband of 47 years, Bob, her children: Kristopher (Nikki) Evje of Ortonville, MN, Kelley (Ryan) Spencer of St. Louis Park, MN, Kate (Chad) Kolar of Las Vegas, NV. Four grandchildren: Dawson Evje, Gibson Evje, Reba Evje and Lauren Spencer (she wouldn’t want to forget her grandpuppies: Vinny and Ernie.) Her brothers and sisters-in-law: Sharon (Roger) Tiedeman of Cameron Park, CA, Gerald (Teri) Evje of Lawrenceville, GA, Richard (Keni) Evje of Fosston, MN, and Jayne (Dan) Good of Lakeville, MN. As well as many nieces and nephews.
She has been reunited with her parents, Art and Mabel Nelson; her sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Merle Barstad; and her mother and father-in-law, John and Lorraine Evje.

 

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Patricia Lou Abrahamson, 85, a lifelong Crookston, MN resident, passed away at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston on Sunday, September 9, 2018, embraced and comforted by the love of her family, many of whom were at her bedside. She had been ill for a short time.              
Patsy was born in Crookston on June 24, 1933, one of 8 children of the union of Arthur and Olga (Lundeen) Crane. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, attended Crookston schools, and graduated from Central High School with the Class of 1952. On May 9, 1953 Patsy was united in marriage to Earl Milo Abrahamson at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church parsonage in Crookston. Patsy and Earl lived in Crookston Township just outside of the city and she led a very busy life in her roles as wife, mom, and homemaker. Together, she and Earl raised their 5 children: Joyce, Dean, Nancy, Bruce, and Barbara in a very loving, Christian home.
Patsy was a devoted member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, the afternoon and evening guilds, and was the longtime chairperson of the funeral committee. She was adored by the children of Our Savior’s School and often brought them treats to enjoy with their milk breaks. Her favorite pastimes included sewing and making lefsa, the latter passion affectionately earning her the title, “The Lefsa Lady.” Patsy was a wonderful cook, and in her glory when preparing meals for her family and friends. She and Earl enjoyed a wonderful life together for over 65 years and had recently celebrated their milestone anniversary hosted by their family at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where there was an outpouring of love.
She was extremely proud of her kids and considered herself blessed by the love of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Patsy will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all who were a part of her life.
Family members include, Earl, her beloved husband of 65 years; their 5 children: Joyce Beattie of Maple Grove, MN, Dean Abrahamson, Nancy and Mark Bruggeman, Bruce Abrahamson, and Barbara and Rick Holweger, all of Crookston, MN; and son-in-law, Randy Beattie of Crookston; 9 grandchildren: Tricia (Scott) Sanders, Matthew Beattie, Brandi (Daniel) Halland, Sara Beattie, Aaron (Erin) Bruggeman, Dustin Bruggeman, Andrew Abrahamson, Christopher (Jessica) Abrahamson, and Elizabeth Abrahamson; and 8 great-grandchildren: Samantha and Georgia Sanders, Haddie and Judson Halland, Arthur and Sylvie Bruggeman, and Gabe and Eli Abrahamson. She also leaves 4 siblings: Carol Erickson of Redwood Falls, MN, Margaret (Donald) Gold of New Hope, MN, Linda (Gerald) Helgeson of Moorhead, MN, and Dennis (Mary Jo) Crane of Milbank, SD; brothers and sisters-in-law: Delores Crane Billings, Montana, Jane Bryan-Crane, Leicester, United Kingdom, Janice (Dale) Finkenbinder of Crookston, Judy Farden of Seattle, WA, and Roger Abrahamson of Minneapolis, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Olga Crane; granddaughter, Heather Bruggeman; brothers: Earl, Jerry, and James Crane; and her parents-in-law, Bert and Edna Abrahamson. May Patsy’s memory be forever treasured.
A memorial service for Patricia Abrahamson will be held at 11:00am, Thursday, September 13, 2018, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the church from 9 to 11:00am. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Patsy’s name to Our Savior’s Lutheran School or Altru Hospice, 1380 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201.
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Duane Opdahl, 73, Fertile, MN, died Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN.
Funeral: 10:30AM Monday, September 10, 2018, at Resurrection Free Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN. Visitation: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home in Fertile, MN. Burial: Scandia Cemetery, rural Beltrami, MN.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home

 

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Tersilla Dupont, Red Lake Falls, MN, 90, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Valley Elder Care Center, Grand Forks, ND. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Thief River Falls with Pastor David Jahn officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the Seventh Day Adventist. Tersilla Marta Vaninetti was born May 22, 1928 in Regoledo di Cosio Valtellino Provincia di Sondrio, Italy, the daughter of Silvio and Caterina (Sutti) Vaninetti.  She was baptized in the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  She attended school in Italy through the 6th grade and then started working in a material factory until the age of 21.  Her father died in 1949 and in 1951, she moved to Switzerland and in 1956 moved to Phoenix, AZ On November 30, 1957 Tersilla was united in marriage to Don Dupont at Sedona, AZ.  The couple moved to Red Lake Falls, MN where they farmed for 10 years and then in 1967, they moved into Red Lake Falls.  Tersilla worked at Detroiter for 2 years, 14 years at the US Post Office and also worked at housekeeping, retiring in 1999. Tersilla enjoyed quilting, knitting and crocheting.  Family was very important to her.  She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church. Survivors include Roger (Cindy) Dupont, Red Lake Falls, MN; Margaret (Jerry) Tretter, Grand Forks, ND and Dario Dupont, Red Lake Falls, MN; eight grandchildren: Tracy, Nathan, Jenny, Angie, Tera, Mike, James and Marshall; great grandchildren: Jack, Shawn, Henry, Scarlett, Andre, Daniel,  Nicholas, Kamilla, Mckinley, Austin, Evie,  Thea, Payton, Jason, Diamond, Catalina, Michael, Gavin, Kira, Kindra, Michael; brother Albert (Janice) Vaninetti, Phoenix, AZ; sister Elvia Lazzarini, Flagstaff, AZ; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Don on January 16, 1998, a son Bob on August 19, 2002, parents, brother Dario Vaninetti, brother-in-law Dario Lazzarini. Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

 

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Marlyn Henry Raymond, 86, of Warren, MN, and a former longtime Crookston, MN resident, passed away early Tuesday morning, September 4, 2018, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks with members of his loving family at his side.
Marlyn was born in Fosston, MN on June 27, 1932, one of 11 children of the union of Emil and Beatrice (Fathergill) Raymond. At the age of 4 he moved with his family to Mentor, MN, and two years later to Crookston, where he attended the Cathedral School. In 1948 Marlyn began working for the Sanitary Dairy in Crookston. He enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in 1949. Marlyn was united in marriage to Cecilia Lucille Desrosier on June 21, 1950 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly. He was called to active duty with the US Army on January 15, 1951 and served stateside at Camp Ricker, AL in support of the Korean War efforts. Sis was able to join him there for most of his tour and the couple returned to Crookston after his honorable discharge on September 14, 1952. Marlyn resumed employment with Sanitary Dairy until 1956 when he began working for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). After 38 years of dedicated service Marlyn retired in 1994.
In retirement he and Sis maintained a busy schedule, volunteering for the Sisters of St. Benedict and doing Home Delivered Meals. Marlyn was a lifelong member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish, and active in the Golden Link Senior Citizens Center. In March of 1999 Sis and Marlyn were honored as Crookston’s Experienced Americans during a reception held at the Link. Marlyn also held membership in Crookston Eagles Aerie 873 for nearly 60 years. Every Saturday evening Sis and her fellow Eagles Auxiliary members would put on suppers at the club, and Marlyn would be there to pour coffee while visiting with everyone. Entertainment usually followed and he and Sis loved to show off their moves while dancing the night away with friends. Marlyn loved to go deer hunting with his family, and looked forward to making visits to the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen. His most unusual passion had to be his love of shoveling snow, and literally manicuring the snow banks. Who does that….Marlyn! After almost every Sunday Mass he and Sis would make their weekly stop at McDonald’s, or as Marlyn liked to call the restaurant, “Mickey Doodles.” If riblet sandwiches were on the menu so much the better. Marlyn was devoted to his family, especially his beloved wife and best friend, Sis, and to the 7 children who blessed their lives together. He was immensely proud of their grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchild. He was always showing off his coin collection to them and they in turn were tickled every time he brought the state coins out for them to marvel at and learn about.
Marlyn’s memory will be forever treasured by Sis; their 7 children and spouses: Connie and Dan Erdman of Crookston, MN, Ken and Anita Raymond of Astoria, OR, Veronica and Larry Hasbrouck of Orlando, FL, Mike and Karen Raymond of Crookston, Renee and Craig Caillier of Thief River Falls, MN, Nate and Nicole Raymond of Fargo, ND, and Stacy and Marlin Brule of Jordan, MN; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. As the last surviving member of his family Marlyn was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters, including Ernest, Lawrence, Robert, Stanley, and Daril Raymond, Ione Kneip, Irene Berry, Lola Williamson, Grace Chappuis, and an infant brother.
Mass of Christian Burial for Marlyn Raymond will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 12, 2018, with The Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 prayer service and time of sharing, and will continue at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston with Military Honors provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and the MN National Guard Honors Unit from Moorhead, MN.
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Laura Ingeborg Johnson, 95, of Fertile, MN died on Monday, September 3, 2018, with her family at her side at  Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.  She was born on May 17, 1923, to Claus and Anna (Olson) Johnson in Anthony Township, Norman County, Minnesota. She attended country school. In 1938, Laura moved with her family to Waukon Township, where she worked on the family farm. On October 1, 1949, Laura was united in marriage to Ralph M. Johnson at the Faaberg Lutheran Church Parsonage in Rindal, MN.  Together, they operated a dairy farm and raised three children:  Ronald, Carol, and Sharon.   In the 1970’s, she worked as a housekeeper at Fair Meadow Nursing Home alongside her sister, Esther.  Later, they both did house cleaning for area families. Laura was baptized and confirmed at East Marsh River Lutheran Church, was a member of Ness Lutheran and following her marriage, joined Faaberg Lutheran where she was an active member of Circle #3.  On the farm, she always had a huge garden and did a lot of canning.  She baked thousands of loaves of homemade bread, cookies, cakes, pies, donuts, and during the holidays, lefse and rosettes.  Her favorite time of the day was afternoon coffee with something sweet.   She raised chickens and sold eggs, tended to pigs and cattle and helped in the barn with milking.  Ralph and Laura lived on the family farm until 1994, when they moved to Fertile.  Laura entered  Fair Meadow Nursing Home in August of 2011.Laura was an avid sports fan, following the Gopher and Viking football teams; but she was most passionate about the Twins.  She quilted, embroidered, sewed many clothes for her family, and crocheted beautiful doilies, tablecloths, bedspreads and afghans.  In later years, she loved feeding and watching birds, and was always eager to play a game of Scrabble. Laura is survived by her children: Ron, Moorhead, MN, Carol (Michael) Petersen, Fertile, MN, and Sharon (Douglas) Ehlers, Morris, MN;   six grandchildren:  Garrett (Megan) Petersen, Garth (Mari) Petersen, Christa Petersen (Channing Sandberg), Emily (Zachary) Nelson, Benjamin Ehlers, and Wade Ehlers; and eight great-grandchildren:  Will, Ida, Cora, Malayna, Esiah, Shallan, Cooper, and Isaac.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Louis (1955) husband Ralph (2004), and one sister Esther Olson (2005). Funeral: 10:30AM Friday,  September 7, 2018, at Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Interment:  Faaberg Lutheran Cemetery, Rindal, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN  
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Shirley R. Viken, 63, Fertile, MN, died Monday, August 27, 2018, at her home near Fertile, MN, under the care of her husband, Joel and hospice.
Memorial Service: 11:00AM, Monday, September 10, 2018, at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN    www.eriksonvikfh.com


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Elizabeth “Elsie” Cecelia Kuznia, age 89, of Crookston, MN passed away on September 1, 2018 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN. Elizabeth was born on November 19, 1928 in Florian, MN to John and Victoria (Krolak) Kuznia. She spent most of her life residing in Stephen, MN and Crookston, MN. Elizabeth worked as a clerk at the U.S. Post Office for many years.  She also loved to bowl, sew, bake, and travel. May God bless Elsie’s memory. Elizabeth is survived by her brother-in-law, Denny Stainbrook of Crookston, MN; nieces: Ann Palm of Fargo, ND and Mary (Ben) Stainbrook-Tri of Burnsville, MN; nephew, Jim (Tracy) Kuznia of Bismarck, ND; and other great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Victoria Kuznia; brother, Harry Kuznia; and sister, Veronica (Kuznia) Stainbrook. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held at 10:00 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at the Villa St. Vincent Chapel in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at St. Stephen Cemetery in Stephen, MN with a luncheon following at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church. 




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Joanne Dahlin, age 81, of Ada, MN, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Joanne Shirley (Stromberg) Dahlin was born January 27, 1937, the daughter of Olivia Stromberg Church and Emil B.R. Stromberg (Ellen) in Fargo, ND. She graduated from school in Amenia, ND. On May 23, 1953, Joanne married Richard “Dick” Dahlin in Amenia, ND.  The couple made their home for a short time in Fargo, ND before moving to Prosper, ND.  In 1959, they moved to Ada, MN.  The couple were long time members of Immanuel-Pleasant View Lutheran Church until joining Grace Lutheran Church in Ada. Dick preceded Joanne in death on June 11, 2006. Joanne was a stay at home mom and rightly earned the title of “Queen of Fun.”  She was a wonderful mother and homemaker.  After Dick’s retirement, the couple worked at the Cenex C-Store in Ada for 12 years.  Joanne was an election judge for many years, with a strong, patriotic spirit. She loved her Minnesota Timberwolves, Twins, and Vikings.  Joanne enjoyed camping with Dick and time spent with family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was active in Ada’s Senior Center, Bone Builders, TOPS, Bible Study, Friends of the Library, and was a member of the Norman County Historical Society, as well as a member of the “2-3” Prayer Group for over 46 years. She enjoyed Birthday Club and Senior Breakfasts, and taught Sunday School, Bible School, and Release Time. “I love to tell the stories of Jesus to children.” Joanne was an Ada girl and loved her friends and community. Joanne is survived by her three sons, Paul (Joan) of Rollag, MN, and David (Diane) Fargo, ND, Bruce (Lynette) of Bemidji, MN, daughter Jill (Greg) Dvergsten of Thief River Falls, MN, honorary daughter Linda Beth (Shannon), Thief River Falls, MN, two sisters, Elaine Desautel, Harrison, ID, Pauline (Tim) Snyder, Liberty Lake, WA; three brothers, Rodney Stromberg, Phoenix, AZ, Dale (Janet) Stromberg, Saint Maries, ID, and Brad (Rita) Stromberg; Springfield, OR, 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two sisters Gloria Sauers and Carol Schoon. The family wishes to thank Joanne’s friends for their support, friendship, prayers, calls, and car rides, and Hospice of the Red River Valley for their care and guidance. Funeral: 11:00AM Saturday, September 1, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, in Ada. Visitation: Friday, August 31st from 5:00-7:00pm with a Prayer Service at 6:30pm at the Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota   
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Arlene Avis Wavra, 86, of Red Lake Falls, MN died on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at her home.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service followed by the rosary on Friday, August 31, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 1, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, with Father Bob Schreiner presiding with visitation one hour prior to Mass. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Red Lake Falls.
Arlene Avis Johnson was born to Edward & Anna (Grindeland) Johnson on February 22, 1932 at her grandparent’s home in Norden Township, Pennington County, MN. She attended North Star Country School in Norden Township and graduated from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls with the class of 1950. 
Arlene was united in marriage to Vernon J. Wavra of Euclid MN, on November 24, 1951. Following their marriage, they lived in Euclid until they moved to Red Lake Falls in 1956 where they remained working & raising their family of seven children together. Arlene was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith in 1954.
Throughout her life, she was a devoted wife and mother to her children and grandchildren. She developed many hobbies throughout her lifetime but her passion was quilting, which she generously shared with others. She was a loving caregiver to her husband and her children, as she was the thread that held them together as a family. The values she instilled in her children will continue to live on for generations. Vern and Arlene loved to travel and spent countless hours holding hands during their adventures together. Following Vern’s death, she embraced the new chapter in her life, where she extended her gifts of caring and love to her family and friends. She worked as the Director of the Senior Meal Site, enjoying making their meal site fun and inviting, by bringing in many special guests and events.
Arlene was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and its Guild. She was proud to be the “Queen Mum” for 17 years with the Red Hat Association in Red Lake Falls. She enjoyed the many outings and life-long friendships she acquired through the years. Arlene had an outstanding gift of hospitality, expressed through her ability to whip up a meal for a few or a multitude within short notice – served with a smile. She had a unique quality to make each person feel as though they were “her favorite.”
Arlene loved her family unconditionally and truly enjoyed the moments when her home was filled with her loved ones. She had a favorite phrase, stenciled in her home that said, “Feet May Leave, But Hearts Remain.” We will miss Arlene with us here on earth, but we know that her heart remains always with her family.
Survivors include:  Four sons: Dale (Patrice) of Audubon, MN; Michael (Cindi) of Thief River Falls, MN; Daniel (Lori) of Red Lake Falls, MN; Joel (Chris) of Red Lake Falls, MN. Two daughters: Rae Ann (Richard) Lynne of Maddock, ND; Jane (Steven) Thibert of Red Lake Falls, MN; 20 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.  Siblings:  Wayne (Dian) Johnson, Jeanette Olson, Betty Noto, Sharon (Bob) Benson, Larry (Sandy) Johnson.  Brothers & Sister-in-law: LeRoy Lokken, Bill Schriver and Lila Johnson. She is also survived by many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by: husband Vernon; son Brian; one granddaughter; seven great grandchildren; parents Edward & Anna Johnson; siblings Earl Johnson, Don (Marge) Johnson, Delores Lokken, Lyle (Judy) Johnson, Jim (Rita) Johnson, Judy Schriver; brother-in-law Don Olson.
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Kim Ulrich
, 55, of Red Lake Falls, MN, passed away on Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND with his loving family by his side.
Funeral service will be 10:30 AM on Friday, August 31, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Rev. Thomas Puffe officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Red Lake Falls. 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Kim Ray Ulrich was born on April 29, 1963 in Crookston, MN the son of Louis and Dionne (Larson) Ulrich.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls.  He attended school in Red Lake Falls graduating from Lafayette High School with the class of 1981.
Following high school Kim worked various jobs including trucking and farming.  He had a strong work ethic and put everything he could into his various jobs.  He hauled mobile homes, grain, gravel and anything that went in a truck.  He also did snow removal.
Kim met Bobbi Norman and this union was blessed with a son Cody born in 1994.  They made their home near Red Lake Falls. 
Kim met Kristi Hackett and this union was blessed with a son Rickey born in 2001.  They made their home near Red Lake Falls.
In his earlier years, Kim enjoyed hunting, fishing, and time with family.  He also enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings.  Kim was strong, stubborn, and independent.
Survivors include his sons Cody of Watertown, SD and Rickey of Red Lake Falls, MN; parents Louis & Dionne Ulrich; siblings Rodney (Kelli) Ulrich and Deb (Ira) Cota all of Red Lake Falls; and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his brother Rickey; grandparents Roy & Alma Larson and Fred “Fritz” & Mabel Ulrich.  
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Tracy Amiot
, 48, Thief River Falls, MN formerly of Crookston, MN passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at her residence in Thief River Falls, MN.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 PM Friday August, 31, 2018 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. with Father Vincent Miller presiding.   Burial will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the Mass on Friday August 31, 2018.
Tracy Lynn Abeld was born on December 19, 1969 in Crookston, MN the daughter of John and Carol (Carlson) Abeld.  She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston and confirmed at St. Dorothy Catholic Church in Dorothy, MN.  She attended school in Crookston graduating from Central High School with the class of 1988. 
On December 20, 1991, Tracy was united in marriage to William Amiot at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston.  With Bill’s service in the United States Marine Corps they made their home in California.  This union was blessed with two wonderful children Christopher and Ashley.  They returned to live in Crookston in 1995.  Tracy worked at different locations including Hugo’s, The Sub Shop, home day-care, and Villa St. Vincent.  In April 2011 they moved to Thief River Falls and Tracy began work at Digi-Key.
Tracy’s passions included SpongeBob SquarePants, shopping, scrapbooking, stamping, crafting and spending time with her family.  She had a heart of gold and always tried to make sure everybody else was happy. 
While living in Crookston Tracy enjoyed attending Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. 
Survivors include her loving husband Bill; children Chris Amiot and Ashley (Michael Berry) Amiot; and furbaby Morgan all of Thief River Falls; parents, John & Carol Abeld of Crookston; siblings Lisa Thorson of Grand Forks, ND, Rick Abeld of Crookston, John Abeld of Crookston, Tammy (Billy) Abeld-Dickerson of Virginia Beach, VA, and Jeff Abeld of Crookston; mother and father-in-law Rod & Marilyn Amiot of Crookston; brothers & sister-in-law Chuck (JD) Amiot of Colorado, Jim (Melanie) Amiot of Rockford, MI and Lisa (Matt) Taylor of Mankato, MN; grandma Alice Normandin; and many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by grandparents Stella & Woody Carlson and Richard & Evelyn Abeld; grandparents-in-law Maurice Normandin, Eva & Omer Amiot; aunt Shirley Carlson; furbabies Pebbles, BamBam, Cody; and many other relatives and friends.
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Juanita G. Storslee
, 67, of Pequot Lakes, MN, formerly Ada, MN, died Friday, August 24, 2018, at Shiloh Assisted Living-Heritage House, in Pequot Lakes. Graveside Service: 2:00pm, Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Mary Kaye Ellen Erickson, 60, of Crookston, MN, passed away unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, August 25, 2018, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND with her loving family at her side.
Mary Kaye was born at Rapid City, SD on June 2, 1958, the daughter of Delbert Davis and Verna Elaine (Brule) Vaudrin. The family moved to rural Crookston when she was a year old, settling in Kertsonville Township. While growing up on the family farm, Mary Kaye was raised in the Catholic faith, attended Crookston schools, and graduated from Central High School in 1976. She married Mark Volker at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly on September 25, 1976. They became the proud parents of Melanie and Myles. During those early years Mary Kaye provided child-care from her home and was later employed at Larson’s Super Valu in Crookston. On July 16, 1988 she was united in marriage to Larry Allen “Red” Erickson during a beautiful wedding ceremony that took place in Crookston’s Wildwood Park. Their marriage was blessed by the birth of son, Ryan. Mary Kaye had been employed at the Polk County Courthouse for the past 24 years, most of which was spent in the Department of Motor Vehicles.
During her younger years Mary Kaye played in the local women’s softball league, forming many lifelong friendships. She was an avid flower and vegetable gardener, and together with Red and her mother, Verna, the three canned countless jars of tomatoes over the years, sharing them with family and friends. Another passion dear to Mary Kaye’s heart was her love of older model cars, including the 2 collector models she owned. Together, she and Red had been members of Crookston’s Classic Cruisers for the past 24 years and Mary Kaye was a recipient of the Club’s prestigious Rick Hansell Award. She loved her family dearly and was very proud of her 3 children and their accomplishments. Her greatest joy in life came later as the family grew to include 5 very precious grandchildren. It became her mission in life to see to it that they were ‘properly spoiled.’ Mary Kaye’s door was always open to friends and they knew they were welcome anytime.
Mary Kaye’s memory will be forever cherished by Red, her beloved husband and best friend of 30 years; 3 children: Melanie (Mike) Pemrick of Plymouth, MN, Myles (Nicole) Volker of Fisher, MN, and Ryan Erickson of Big Sky, MT; 5 grandchildren: Tyler and Zoe Pemrick, and Braxton, Cameron, and Kayelynn Volker; her mother, Verna Vaudrin of Crookston, MN; 4 siblings: Julie Vaudrin of Fridley, MN, Marcel Vaudrin and Todd Vaudrin of Crookston, and Lisa Nelson of Glen Ellyn, IL; 6 nieces and nephews: Travis, Sarah, River, and Chassity Vaudrin, and Leah and Melissa Nelson; together with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Delbert Vaudrin, and parents-in-law, Peter Erickson and Maureen Pederson.  
A Memorial Mass for Mary Kaye Erickson will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 10:30 am. Visitation with the family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service. Visitation will continue at church for one hour prior to the funeral. Inurnment will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
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Gladys E. Lindberg, 98, of Fertile, MN, died Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, after a brief illness and with her family by her side.
Gladys Eunice Lindberg was born January 28, 1920, near McIntosh, MN, to parents Charles and Hilma Enevold Svalen. Gladys grew up in rural McIntosh and attended Foot Lake Country School across the road from the family home. She worked on the family farm, with the dairy cows and potato fields.
Gladys was united in marriage to Arthur Lindberg in Winger, MN, on November 25, 1943. Art was in the service so they moved to Brownwood, TX and Shreveport, LA. When Art was called overseas, Gladys returned to McIntosh to help out on the family farm. After the war they settled on a farm, four miles southeast of Fertile, where they made their home, bought the farm and raised their three children, Lyle, Connie, and Gary.
Gladys was baptized and confirmed in Salem Lutheran Church, McIntosh. As a married couple Gladys and Art were members of St. John's Lutheran Church, Fertile. Gladys was always active in her church. She was a Sunday School teacher, a lifetime member of the Ladies' Aid, served on the Altar Guild and worked on many of the mission projects. She worked side by side with her husband on their farm and loved the country life. She was especially talented in quilting.  She made hundreds of quilts for family and various missions, including Lutheran World Relief, the women's shelter in Thief River Falls, Ronald McDonald House, Tanzania and Uganda schools and clinics, and Alzheimer's patients. She loved her flower gardening and had quite a reputation for making delicious lefse and flatbread. Gladys moved into town in 2000 and continued to be active, volunteering for Meals on Wheels and visiting nursing home residents regularly.
In 2014 she moved into the assisted living complex in Fertile where she continued to visit nursing home residents and work on quilts. Gladys was the eternal optimist and could always see the sun peeking out from the gray skies.
Survivors include her two sons, Lyle (Barbara) Lindberg, of Fargo, ND, and Gary (Teresa) Lindberg of Aurora, CO; her daughter, Constance (Arnold) Reinhard, of Aitkin, MN; six grandchildren, Danny Osmondson, Brad Wiemann, Joel Reinhard, Charlie Lindberg, Jessica Lindberg, and Brandon Lindberg; 10 great grandchildren, Jake, Jesse, Trevon, Trace, Chloe,Victor, Parker, Kaden, Jordan, and Hannah; two brothers, Charles Svalen, McIntosh, MN, and Delano (Arleen) Svalen, Braddock, ND, a sister-in-law, Janice Svalen, McIntosh, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arthur; two brothers, Stanley and Frank; and four sisters, Clarice, Irene, Florence, and Muriel.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 27, 2018, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
Visitation will be hosted from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will take place at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in rural Fertile, MN.



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Gladys E. Lindberg,
98, of Fertile, MN, died Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, after a brief illness and with her family by her side. Funeral: 11:00AM Monday, August 27, 2018, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN
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Wayne Allan Brule, 65, passed away August 20, 2018 at Villa St Vincent in Crookston MN.
Wayne was born on February 12, 1953 in Crookston to Harvey & Doris Brule. He was in the Air Force from 1971-1977 and spent more than a year stationed on Okinawa, Japan. When he returned, he was married to Dorothy Dahl and they had 3 children. Wayne worked for many years at the family business, Brule Brothers Canvas Shop, and then he moved on to Dahlgren’s for more than 20 years. Wayne was an active volunteer with Military Veterans and the VFW. In 2004, Wayne graduated with an Associates Degree in Computer Networking and started a new career. Sadly, that career was cut short by a major car accident in 2005. Wayne was a fighter and made a miraculous recovery, but was unable to work again. He spent the remainder of his time surrounded by his amazing family in Crookston. Wayne was always quick with a joke and was known for his huge smile and big heart.
Loving family members include Children Christy Brule of Plymouth, Wendy (Jay) Sellers of Phoenix, Ricky (Therese) Brule of Ham Lake; Grandchildren: Ryken, Paxson, Tia, & Ty; Siblings Bonnie Brule of Mentor, Marlin (Stacy) Brule of Jordan, Randy (Tammy) Brule of Mentor, Lynette (Jeff) Haugen of Coon Rapids, Laurie (Tim) Wavra of Crookston, and brother-in-law Chuck (Diana) Marshall of FL; also numerous nieces, nephews and other cherished relatives.
Wayne was preceded in death by his Mother, Doris Polley; Step-Father, John Polley; Sisters Terrie (Brule) Stueber and Linda (Brule) Marshall; Father, Harvey Brule; and Grandparents Isaac and Margaret Trudeau and Eldage and Leontine Brule.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, with a visitation one hour prior to service. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Reception to follow at the VFW in Crookston. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Homes For Our Troops at www.hfotusa.org or other Veteran’s charity of your choice.


 

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Laura B. Murphy
, age 92, of Crookston, and formerly of Alexandria, Virginia, died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, August 20, 2018, at RiverView Care Center in Crookston.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 25 at 10:30 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Grand Forks, ND.   Interment will take place in Mount Comfort Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia at a later date. Laura B. Giebel was born to Albert and Pearl (Lambkin) Giebel on November 4, 1925 in Monroe, Michigan.  She grew up there with her four sisters and three brothers. Following high school, Laura was a homemaker and retired from her many years of working with computers for Civil Defense at the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia.  She was a loving mother and homemaker, and will be remembered for her remarkable cooking, and her sewing and knitting. Laura is survived by her three children, son, Ken Myers, Crookston, Minnesota; daughters, Cindy Owens, Hampstead, North Carolina; and Kathy Murphy-Marshall, Alexandria, Virginia; grandchildren, Ciara Mills, Chanel Myers, Tiffany Myers, Matthew Owens, David Murphy, April Amos, Justina Franchi, and Dillon Marshall. She is preceded in death by her parents and her siblings.

 

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Nicole Jean Names of Glenwood, MN, joined the angels in heaven on August 18, 2018, bringing with her the list of loved ones she wanted to say hello to when she got there.  Nicole lived a life full of love, laughter and joy that she spread to anyone she touched.  She was born in Crookston, MN on October 5, 1972, the daughter of Jean Berg and Raymond Berg. She grew up in Crookston, MN, attending Crookston Central High School in the class of 1991 before attending Concordia College graduating with a degree in Social Work.  
Nicole married Mitch Names on September 28, 1996.  They have two beautifully intelligent daughters, Grace (17) and Gretta (14).  The four of them took nothing for granted and created many treasured memories, from travels to Florida, Hawaii, California; enjoying concerts and spending time on their pontoon.  Nicole’s loving, caring, and pay-it-forward spirit lives on in her girls.  Family and friends were so important to Nicole and there were few weekends where they were not hosting or traveling for some event. She held true to that and was with friends at the lake, on a paddle board the very morning she became so ill.
Her passion for helping people and specifically children led her to working for County Human Services beginning with Clay County in child protection and adoption.  Because of her tremendous abilities for having compassion and getting things done, her leadership paved the way for her to move on to become the Human Service Director for Nobles and Pipestone Counties, while living in Luverne, MN.  In order to move closer to family she became the Human Services Director for Pope County (Glenwood, MN) where she worked before taking her last ‘Happy Dance’ out the door before leaving for vacation.  She used that leadership in her involvement with the Minnesota Association of County Social Services, chairing various committees and lending her voice for advocacy.  
In her final days when visitors told her they were so lucky to have known her she said, “I’m the lucky one”!  Even towards the end, she was helping all of those who visited, and she wanted to know what she could do for them.  Her Faith in God was so strong, and it gave her peace as she took her journey to heaven.  
Nicole leaves behind her loving husband and cherished daughters; her parents and her sister, Melanie Berg (Gary Knutson); brothers: Mark Berg (Reneé Beltrand), Steve Berg (Mary Berg); nieces and nephews: Derek, Erika, Jenifer, Steele, Skye and Jett; along with Nichole Stallman Urton and great nephews: Gavin and Xander Berg;  mother-in-law, Bernice Names; sisters-in-law: Susan (Brent) Allen; Linda (Raymond Jr.) Ellingworth; Sandy Names; Mary (Mark) Starkweather; many nieces, nephews and numerous friends.  
Preceded in death by her father-in-law, Harlow Names.
Funeral arrangements are through Karvonen Funeral Homes, friends of the family.  Visitation is Thursday, August 23rd from 4-7p.m. and funeral service Friday, August 24th at 11a.m., both at Glenwood Lutheran Church of Glenwood, MN.  Memorial donations may be made to Pope County Relay for Life or to the Team Names Go Fund Me Account.  
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Nicky’s family a message of comfort and support.

 

 

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Rita D. (Brule) Radi, age 90, of Crookston, died Friday August 17, 2018 at the Villa St. Vincent nursing care facility. A memorial Mass will be held Monday, August 27th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Inurnment will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Gentilly.
Rita Dora Brule was born on March 14, 1928 to Henry and Alda (Amiot) Brule at home in Gentilly.  Rita grew up attending school in Gentilly and she also went to St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy for one year. After school Rita met and eventually married Lloyd E. Radi on August 11, 1949 in Crookston. The couple made their home in Crookston. Rita was mainly a homemaker, and she also found time to be involved in such activities as baby sitting, being a dietician, waitressing, being a Cub Scout Den Mother and a house keeper. She was a proud member of the Cathedral in Crookston.
Rita enjoyed square-dancing, reading, and spending time in Texas. Most of all she enjoyed the time she got to spend seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Rita is survived by her four sons, Douglas, Crookston; Dennis (Liz), Eaton, CO; David and Daniel both of Crookston; grandchildren, Tera Ann Radi, Ryan (Julie) Radi; greatgrandchildren, Brady, Liliana, Kaitlin, and Liam; along with several nieces and nephews, and two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Radi, Crookston; and Marilyn Radi Arneson, Watertown, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd (2018); sisters, Maria and Mary Jane and brother, Clement, (all three infants); siblings, Beatrice Baril-Samulis, Stella Olson, Leonard Brule, Elmer Brule, Nora Audette-Berard, Adolph Brule, and Doris Fortier.

 

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Mervin Ronald Knutson, 87, of Gold Canyon, AZ, and formerly of Fisher and Moorhead in MN, died Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, AZ. Mervin was born on October 1, 1930 in Fisher Township to Clifford and Anna (Johnson) Knutson. Mervin grew up on the family farm, was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and graduated from Fisher High School. On July 29, 1950 he was united in marriage to Doris Elaine Anderson in Fisher. Mervin farmed for several years and later worked in the maintenance department at Riverview Hospital in Crookston. In 1975 Doris and Mervin moved to Moorhead where Mervin was employed at Concordia College, retiring as chief engineer of heating and cooling in 1995. Mervin and Doris enjoyed spending summers at their lake home on Long Lake, near Detroit Lakes, MN, and winters in Arizona. Many wonderful memories were made at the lake and Mervin loved taking everyone out for pontoon rides. In 2001 the couple became permanent residents of Gold Canyon, where they enjoyed visiting with neighbors and making new friends. The couple were former members of Fisher Lutheran Church in Fisher and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Moorhead, and had been attending Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Gold Canyon. Doris passed away on May 22, 2011. Mervin was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be sadly missed. 
Mervin is survived by 3 children: Peggy (Harlow) Grove of Climax, MN, Mark Knutson of Houston, TX, and Michelle (Scott) Moltzan of Vero Beach, FL; 5 grandchildren: Jeremy Grove of Climax, Justin Grove of Lake Park, GA, Jenny (Andrew) Pederson of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, Mariah Moltzan of Fargo, ND, and Austin Moltzan of West Fargo, ND; and 2 great-grandchildren, Nora and Isla Pederson. Mervin also leaves a niece and 3 nephews: Nancy (Dan) Erickson of Chisholm, MN, Curt (Kim) Knutson of Fisher, Rob Knutson of Steamboat Springs, CO, and Scott (Bonnie) Knutson of Fisher; and many other relatives and friends. In addition to Doris, his beloved wife of 60 years, Mervin was preceded in death by his son, Dennis, who died on December 15, 2002; parents, Clifford and Anna Knutson; brother and sister-in-law, Clayton and Donna Knutson; and parents-in-law, Harry and Viola “Babe” Anderson. May God bless Mervin’s memory.
A memorial service for Mervin Knutson will be held at 7:00 pm, Friday, August 24, 2018, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Karen Young Trenne, officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 5-7:00 pm. Inurnment will be in the Fisher Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Mervin’s name to the Fisher Lutheran Church.
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Donald Arthur Swenson, 87, of Crookston, MN, passed away early Thursday morning, August 16, 2018, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston with family at his side.
Don was born on November 30, 1930 in Gary, IN, the son of Gust and Anna (Bakken) Swenson. As a toddler he came with his family to Crookston. Don was educated in Crookston public schools and graduated from Central High School in 1948. He was united in marriage to Theresa Rose Perreault on September 20, 1949 at the St. St. Anthony Catholic Church parsonage in Terrebonne, MN. Don and Theresa made their home in Crookston all their married lives and were blessed by the births of their 3 children: Jeanne, Daniel, and Duane. Don, together with his father, Gust, and brother, Kenneth, co-founded Gust Swenson and Sons in 1948. The company specialized in the design and manufacture of sugar-beet and other agricultural equipment vital to the success of area growers. They took great pride in creating the first sugarbeet cart, which aided greatly in getting the beets from the field to the trucks for transport to the factory.
Gust, Don, and Kenny, and their families, were each honored by the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association for their significant contributions to the sugarbeet industry. Don and his brother, Kenny, were also jointly honored as part of the Ox Cart Days Parade a few years ago, recognizing their many contributions that helped make Crookston a great place to call home. Don was a former trustee and 62 year member of Eagles Aerie 573, and a member of the Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years.  
After Don retired from Gust Swenson and Sons he spent the next 20 years working for the Strata Corporation, helping maintain their equipment and working as a designer and welder. He officially retired at the age of 86 in 2017. Sadly, Theresa passed away on February 19, 2018. The family is comforted by the knowledge that Theresa and Don are together again, and reunited with their grandson, Michael, and other loved ones. 
Don and Theresa looked forward to spending time with family at their cabin on the Upper Red Lake, near Waskish, MN. Don would go hunting every chance he got, and together he and Theresa would fish for walleyes. Evenings around the campfire were all about the stories Don would tell his grandkids; some true, some not so much, but all very entertaining. When everyone went to their campers to settle in for the night he would go around and scratch on the windows and make  growling sounds, at the same time both scaring and delighting the kids, and creating wonderful memories for each of their grandpa. Don’s family and many friends are grateful to have shared in his life. Blessed be the memory of Don Swenson.  
Don is survived by his 3 children: Jeanne (Rodney) Meyer of Hillsboro, ND, Daniel (Bonnie) Swenson of Crookston, MN, and Duane (Vickie) Swenson of Independence, MN; 9 Grandchildren: Matthew Meyer, Nathan Meyer, Amanda Meyer, Christopher Meyer, Joshua (Jill) Swenson, Andrew Swenson, Jeffrey Swenson, James Swenson and Thomas Swenson; and 3 great grandchildren: Garrett Meyer, Claire Meyer and Sam Meyer. He is also survived by his 4 siblings: Kenneth (Susan) Swenson of Crookston, Joan Buchhop of Detroit Lakes, MN, Lorrayne Rogers of Minneapolis, MN and Russell (Florence) Swenson of Grand Rapids, MN; 4 sisters-in-law: Louise Oxley of Hurricane, WV, Martha Harty of Milwaukee, WI, Merlyn Perreault of Red Lake Falls, MN, and Virginia Perreault of Morris, MN; his dog, Lucky, who was more like family than pet; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
In addition to Theresa, his beloved wife of 68 years, Don was preceded in death by their grandson, Michael Allen Swenson, who died on January 27, 2001; his parents, Gust and Anna Swenson; parents-in-law, Nap and Amanda Perreault; brothers-in-law: Maurice Buchhop, Ronald Rogers, David, Harvey, Vern, and Leo Perreault, Mike Harty, Ben Oxley, and Severin Gauthier; and sisters-in-law: Sr. Germaine Perreault, Lucy Gauthier, Harriet Perreault, and Erma Perreault Skala.
A memorial service for Donald Swenson will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with Very Rev. Vincent Miller, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the Cathedral on Monday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service and time of sharing, led by Deacon Dennis Bivens, and visitation also from 10-11:00 am Tuesday. Inurnment will take place in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
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Kilmer Christopherson, age 65, of McIntosh, MN, passed away on Monday, August 13th, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 20th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fosston with Father JohnMelkies Suvakeen and Father Dave Super Concelebrating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery Hansville, rural Fosston. Visitation will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 6:00 p.m. prayer service on Sunday, August 19th, and for one hour prior to the service on Monday. All visitation will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fosston. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home, serving McIntosh. Messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.  Kilmer Morris Christopherson was born on October 4, 1952 in Fosston, Minnesota to parents Kilmer and Ruby Thompson Christopherson. He grew up and attended school in McIntosh. Kilmer worked in the family restaurant business in McIntosh, did mechanic work in town and also helped area farmers with their field work.  Kilmer was united in marriage to Dianne Cullen on October 26, 1990 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in McIntosh. After their marriage, they lived and raised their family in McIntosh. He worked at custodian at Win-E-Mac School for several years until his retirement.  Kilmer enjoyed going to auction sales, woodworking, deer hunting, working on lawn mowers and tinkering in his garage. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Dianne, of McIntosh; two daughters, Jill (Brett) Schulz of Crookston, MN, and Samantha (Corey) Rasmussen of Grand Forks, ND; two grandchildren, Katelynn and Taylor Schulz; father and mother-in-law, John and Louise Cullen of Fosston; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lynn (Bromley) Carr, Bonita (Jeff Cole) Cullen, Donna (Alden) Skadsem, John Cullen, Dan Cullen, and Edward (Lynne) Cullen; and one sister, Marcy (Al Bauer) Wessman. Other relatives also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents; and mother-in-law, Jan Cullen.

 

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Morris “Morrie” Howard Hovelsrud,
92, of Fairfax Township, rural Crookston, MN, passed away at his home Sunday morning, June 24, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
Morrie was born on his parents’ farm in Fairfax Township on April 7, 1926, the son of Lawrence and Anne (Carlson) Hovelsrud. He was baptized and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston and received the earliest years of his education at nearby Country School 123. He then attended Franklin Elementary School in Crookston through the 6th grade, ultimately graduating from Central High School as a member of the Class of 1944. After high school he began delivering Standard Oil products throughout the area. On June 2, 1948 Morrie was united in marriage to Twyla Aurora Julianna Hanson in Crookston. After living in Crookston for 2 years they moved to Fairfax Township. While moving a few more times over the years, they always remained within the Township limits. Together, Morrie and Twyla raised their three children: Cheryl, Pam, and David in a very loving home. He operated Morrie’s Standard Service Station in Crookston until 1967, when he became the Transportation Manager for the Crookston Public Schools. Morrie held this position for over 22 years before retiring in 1989. He was called back to work later and continued to drive part-time until his second retirement in 2011, at the tender age of 85. It would be safe to say that during his career he more than likely drove well over 400,000 miles.
In addition to being a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Morrie had been an active member of the Jaycees as a young man. He enjoyed playing solitaire and loved to tell all who would listen how he once dealt himself a perfect hand which was quite a feat. He and Twyla enjoyed playing whist with their Fairfax neighbors and friends for many years. Morrie’s other interests were many and varied, including hunting, listening to the radio, working around the yard, lending a hand where help was needed, and being inventive in his shop, which is where he came up with his “great ideas” for do-it-yourself projects. He will be fondly remembered for his sharp wit, fairness, warmth, kindness, humility, easy-going fun-loving nature, respectfulness, understanding, and compassion. Morrie was at his best and happiest when spending time with Twyla and family, and was especially proud of the character and accomplishments of their kids and extended families.
Morrie is survived by Twyla, his beloved wife of 70 years; their three children and spouses: Cheryl and Sam Hartman of Waynesville, NC, Pam and Doug Sorensen of Maple Lake near Mentor, MN, and David and Emelia Hovelsrud of Park Rapids, MN; 9 grandchildren: Todd (Deanne) Strausbaugh, Troy Strausbaugh, Marc (Jeni) Sorensen, Paul (Yumiko) Sorensen, Daniel Hovelsrud, Maija Hovelsrud, Thelma Jepsen, Astvaldur Gujonsson, and Vignir Hovelsrud; 8 great-grandchildren: Nick (Angela), Tom (Rachel), Ben, Kalyn, Gage, Cole, Ella, and Tyeki; and 3 great-great grandchildren: Lily, Hunter, and Rowan. Also surviving are 3 sisters, Lorraine Tattle of St. Cloud, MN, Lois Bagley of Crookston, and Joan Westlake of Detroit Lakes, MN; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Anne; 2 sisters and their spouses, Betty and David Armacost and Norma and Gerhard Ross; and 3 brothers-in-law, Jim Tattle, Emil Bagley, and Bob Westlake. May God bless the memory of Morris Howard Hovelsrud.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Morrie Hovelsrud will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston at 2:00pm, Monday, August 20, 2018, with The Rev. Elise Pokel, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorials may be given in Morrie’s name to Trinity Point, c/o Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 S. Broadway, Crookston, MN 56716.
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Ronald “Ronnie” Hanson,
81, of Ada, MN, died Tuesday August 14, 2018, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, August 17, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, in Ada. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
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Doris Routier, 76, of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND with her loving family at her side.
Memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Doris May Kellison was born on October 12, 1941 in Billings, MT the daughter of Theodore and Ethel (Card) Kellison.  She attended school in Billings.   She worked at the Stockman Café in Billings with her mother.
On January 26, 1962, Doris was united in marriage with Ralph Routier at her parent’s house in Billings.  They lived in Billings for a short time before making their home in Euclid, MN in 1962.  To this union four children were born, Joyce, Roy, William and Robin.  Twelve years later, the family moved to Mentor, MN and Doris enjoyed staying home raising her family.  She also worked out driving potato truck for Hagen Farms and cooked at Marcoux Corner.  Most recently she was a cook at Seven Clans Casino near Thief River Falls, MN.
Doris enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens.  She canned and froze much of the produce, and also went through the woods picking berries and made jellies and jams.  Doris and Ralph enjoyed traveling back to Montana on occasion and driving through the countryside visiting different casinos.
She was friends with everybody and had a fighting spirit.  Doris was willing to help everybody.  She also loved the animals.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Ralph of Red Lake Falls; Joyce Hoppe of Thief River Falls, Roy Routier of Fountain, CO, and William Routier of Thief River Falls; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Sharon (Richard) Walters of Billings, MT; and many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her daughter, Robin; parents; brother, Jim Kellison and sister, Marion Storey.
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Rhonda L. (Delong) Brewster, age 56, of Crookston passed away August 7th at Altru Hospital surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Monday August 13 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 am the day of the service at the funeral home. A private family burial will take place at a later date in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Crookston. 
Rhonda was born to James and Deloris (Goulet) Chambers on May 5, 1962 in Cavalier, ND. She was raised there until 1970 when the family moved to Newman, GA. While in Georgia, Rhonda worked at Woodcraft and also was a fine baker of cakes and cookies. She stayed there through 1999. Rhonda then moved to Crookston, MN where she worked as a homemaker and raised her children.  While living in Crookston, Rhonda met and eventually married Charles Brewster on March 21, 2007. 
Rhonda enjoyed cooking, bingo, playing with her grandchildren, being a mother, working on crossword puzzles, and watching cooking and game shows, along with football. Rhonda will be remembered for being a loving mother and grandmother.  She had amazing inner strength and was accepting of all people.  She was a dedicated Atlanta Falcons fan.  Rhonda was always smiling and having fun with her family. She was known to many friends and family as Mama B.
Rhonda is survived by her children, Bruce Delong, Crookston; Geoffrey (Kelsey) Delong, Crookston; Charles Brewster, Crookston; Ciara (Joshua) Ballard, Grand Forks, ND; Jordan Brewster, Fargo, ND ; Jasmine (Marcos) Rodriguez, Crookston; Jaleesa Delong, Wahpeton, ND; Alexandia Delong, Crookston; and Asliyah Brewster, Crookston; grandchildren, Madeline, Mason, Cobi Delong, Annabella Delong, Elaina, Martin, and Marcos Rodriguez, and Marckevin Rodriguez Jr; mother, Deloris Chambers, Crookston; sisters, Karen Chambers, Crookston; Sheila Delong, Crookston; Lynne Neville, England; and brother John, Crookston, MN.
She was preceeded in death by her husband Charles Brewster, father, James Chambers, grandparents, Joseph and Lena Goulet; aunt, Louise Foster; uncles, Louis, Josesh Audrey, Joseph Andrey Goulet.


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Mervin Ronald Knutson, 87, of Az, passed away Saturday in Gold Canyon, AZ. Visitation with his family will be held at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home , Crookston, MN, on Friday, August 24, 2018 from 5 to 7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service. A complete obituary will be available at a later time.
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Charles Frank Armstrong, 80, of Crookston, MN, passed away Monday afternoon, August 6, 2018, at the RiverView Care Center in Crookston with his loving family at his side.
Charles was born on September 24, 1937 to Lee and Frances (Novak) Armstrong at their home in Roseau, MN, and grew up on his parent’s farm near Euclid, MN. In 1955 Charles graduated from the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, also known as ‘The AC.’ He was the captain of the “Aggie” cross country team and a two-year letter winner in the sport. After graduation Charles was employed by the Pioneer Steamship Company for 2½ years, traveling on the Great Lakes delivering iron ore, coal, and grain to various ports. He worked hard and saved his money, and upon his return purchased a ¼ section of land from his father and began farming. While continuing to farm, in 1960 he also began working for the American Crystal Sugar Company in Crookston. His career with Crystal would span over 40 years until his well-deserved retirement.
Charles was united in marriage to Janet Eleanor Hill on April 20, 1962 at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston. Charles and Janet were blessed by the births of their 3 sons: Rodney, Rick, and Kevin. They made their first home in Crookston before moving to the farm at Euclid. During a 5-year period in the mid-1960’s Charles served with the MN National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. In the fall of 1981 they moved from the farm back to Crookston.
The family spent many wonderful summers with their camper at Rogers Resort on the Upper Red Lake. Charles enjoyed deer hunting on the home place near Euclid, and fishing with family and friends every chance he got. He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston, Euclid American Legion Post #539, and Crookston Eagles Aerie #873. In April of 2012 Charles and Janet were honored at a Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration held at Fisher, MN. The day was wonderfully planned by their daughters-in-law, Deb and Wanda and many beautiful memories were made. Charles was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be very sadly missed.
Charles is survived by Janet, his beloved wife and best friend of 56 years; their 3 sons: Rodney Armstrong and wife, Deb, of West Fargo, ND, Rick Armstrong and Kevin Armstrong and wife, Wanda, all of Fisher, MN; and 7 grandchildren: Shannon, Faith, Lindsey, Karen, Josh, Madison, and Logan. He is also survived by 4 siblings: Dave (Rosie) Armstrong of Euclid, Agnes Sellin of Red Lake Falls, MN, Ellen (Walley) Johnson of Detroit Lakes, MN, and Nancy (Galen) Peterson of Fort Collins, CO; 3 sisters-in-law, Janet “Dolly” Armstrong of Lander, WY, Ginney Armstrong of Thief River Falls, MN, and Lorraine Armstrong of Breckenridge, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Frances Armstrong; 3 brothers: Joe, Harry, and Art Armstrong; a sister and brother-in-law, Esther (Medi) Cota; and 2 brothers-in-law, Henry Cota and Jim Sellin. May God bless the memory of Charles Frank Armstrong.
A memorial service for Charles Armstrong will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, August 10, 2018, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Elise Pokel, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 5-7 pm, with a 7 pm prayer service and time of memory sharing, and visitation also for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by Euclid American Legion Post #539 and the MN National Guard Honors Unit of Moorhead, MN. Inurnment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.

 

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Llewellyn Matthew “Lew” Hanson,
of Moorhead, MN, and formerly of Crookston, MN, died unexpectedly at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo ND on August 5, 2018 at the age of 80.  His family surrounded him with love and prayers while his spirit left his body.
Lew is survived by Marlene, his beloved wife of 55 years; their 5 children: Wendy (Chris) Leines of Loretto, MN and their children: Kelcie, Kale and Katie, Kim (Chris) Smith of Savage, MN and their children: Jessica & Alison Stanislowski, and Skylar and Blake Smith, Lori (James) Conway of Moorhead, MN and their children: Ashley Ehlers, Kirby Conway, Cassidey (Wayne) Fields, & Andrew and Tyler Conway, Teri (Michael) Bauck of New York Mills, MN and their children: Zachary, Brady & Isabella, and Lew Jr (Anna) Hanson of Fargo, ND and their children: Beau, Rylee, & Savannah Hanson & Logan Murnion; his brothers, Richard (Marilyn) Hanson of Stephen, MN and Walter (Pat) Hanson of Emily, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  Lew is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew & Madeline Hanson; his grandson, Jordan Stanislowki; and parents-in-law, Walter and Alice Prozinski.
Lew was born on May 7th, 1938 in Warren, MN to Andrew & Madeline (Wosick) Hanson. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church and graduated from Stephen High School in 1956. Lew spent his junior year of high school as a student at the Northwest School of Agriculture, known as the AC, in Crookston. He enlisted in the US Navy on July 16, 1956 and served on the USSC Franklin D. Roosevelt. His duties included working the flight deck, getting jets into the air and assisting them in landing safely. Following his honorable discharge on September 12, 1960 he worked for a few years in Minneapolis. Lew was united in marriage to Marlene Faye Prozinski of Anoka, MN on July 6, 1963. After moving to Crookston in 1967 Lew was employed at Elk River Concrete. He later farmed for several years near Middle River, MN. In 1990 he began working for Transit Tech of St. Cloud, MN, delivering new buses from New Flyer in Crookston and Pembina, ND to cities throughout the United States. He loved to travel the US and Canada. Over 8 years, the couple welcomed 5 children into their home and taught them independence and to always follow their dreams.  He was a man of a few words but each child and grandchild knew with the look of his gentle grin how much they were loved.
 Lew was accomplished at woodworking and loved to hunt and fish in his younger days.  Over the past 13 years he and Marlene loved to travel to Weslaco, Texas, where they spent their winters enjoying the company of friends and Lew playing cards.  When winter was over he couldn’t wait to get back to Moorhead, MN, where he and Marlene made their home for the past 3 years, and to see his children, grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, Cayson Pinsonneault of Wahpeton, ND, and Ava Conway and Gigi Hidilago, of California.  Lew was an active parishioner of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston from 1965 until moving to Moorhead, where he attended St Joseph’s Catholic Church.  Lew was an active member of Crookston American Legion Post 20, a member and past president of the 40 & 8, and the Sportsman Gun Club, and enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. Vegetable gardening was a lifelong passion that he was able to keep doing until the present time. May God bless the memory of Lew Hanson. 
Mass of Christian Burial for Llewellyn Hanson will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Thursday, August 9, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with Father Nate Brunn, presiding. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will take place at 2:30 pm Thursday afternoon at St. Stephen’s Catholic Cemetery, Stephen, MN, with Father Luis Buitron, officiating. Military Honors will be provided by Stephen American Legion Post 390 and the US Navy Honors Team from Minneapolis, MN. 
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