Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)
Jean Strickler, 92,
Euclid, MN. passed away on December 6th, at the Villa St. Vincent in
Crookston, MN. Jean Louise Tiedemann was born on May 27, 1921, near
Euclid, MN, the daughter of Emil and Marie (Schuler) Tiedemann. She
attended country school near Euclid and graduated from Crookston High School. On
September 25, 1939, she married William Strickler. They made their home in
Angus Township where they raised two children. Jean dedicated her life to
her family as a homemaker and lovingly supported William in all phases of
farming. Jean also had great pride in the Black Angus cattle that William,
her children and grandchildren raised and showed throughout Minnesota and North
Dakota. William died July 24th, 2003.
She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Euclid. She taught Sunday School and was a 4-H Leader. She was a member of the Sew and So Homemakers Club and Farm Bureau. She especially took pride in her garden and yard. In her younger years, she and William enjoyed square dancing and playing cards with friends.
Jean was a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She spent her life caring for others. She was an excellent cook and baker, specializing in apple pies, birthday cakes and homemade buns. The grandchildren especially loved 7-Up floats at grandma’s house. Jean also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and quilting, sharing her handcrafted items as gifts. For many years, she spent special time on the school bleachers, cheering on her grandchildren during their sporting events.
Grateful to have shared in Jean’s life are her daughter and son in law, Marilyn and Stan Sirek, Wahpeton, ND, and son and daughter in law, Don and Ellen Strickler, Euclid, MN; eight grandchildren, Joel and Tami Sirek, Jason Sirek all of Wahpeton, Deanna Pederson of Bloomington, IL, Brent Strickler, Kaydi and Brad Grunhovd all of Euclid, Kari and Chris Kujava, Ada, MN, Kristen and Steve Kehr, Coon Rapids, MN, Becky and Selmer Moen, Minnetrista, MN. 10 great grandchildren: Parker and Brooklyn Sirek, Payton and Taylor Kujava, Hayden and Olivia Strickler, Ava and Grace Kehr, Harrison and Josie Moen, sister in law, Dorothy Tiedemann, Euclid, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William, brothers, Donald (Doris) Tiedemann, Robert Tiedemann and sister, Vera (Paul) Schreder.
Jean’s funeral service will be at 11 AM, Friday, December 13, 2013 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Crookston, with Pastor Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 5 to 7 PM, with a prayer service at 7PM, also visitation for one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Online Registry at: www.stenshoelhouske.com
Myrtle I. Moen, age 94, Crookston, died Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the
Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Myrtle’s funeral service will be at 11
AM, Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Sandhill Lutheran Church, rural Climax,
with the Rev. Joy Grainger, officiating. Visitation will be at the
Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Friday from 5-7 PM, with a prayer
service at 7 PM and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on
Saturday. Interment will be in the Sandhill Lutheran Cemetery, rural
Climax. Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with the funeral
James Payment Mentor, MN, age 77, died on Saturday, December 7, 2013, on
arrival at Riverview Hospital in Crookston, MN. James Robert Payment was born on
January 31 1936 in Red Lake Falls, MN son of the late Ozais Jr. and Doria
(Fournier) Payment. He was baptized at St. Anthony Catholic Church in
Terrebonne. He grew up on the family farm. At the age of 18 on October 19, 1954
he was united in marriage to Bertha Mae Gustafson at St. Anthony Catholic Church
in Terrebonne. He served in the United States Airforce and was stationed in
Hawaii. He lived in Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa and the settled in South
Milwaukee, WI after he was honorably discharged from the service. He worked for
the railroad, Maytag and for 26 years at the Bucyrus Erie Company in South
Milwaukee, WI. He was a member of the United Steel Workers local 1343. He
retired and moved back to Mentor in 1988. Jim enjoyed crafts, gardening and
spending time in the garage tinkering.
He is survived by his 2 daughters Debby Skorupski of Mentor, MN and Marilyn (Luther) Halstensgard of Fertile, MN, one sister Josephine Groom of Zachary, LA and one brother Sheldon (Gloria) Payment of South Milwaukee, WI: 9 grandchildren Ann Skorupski of Cudahy, WI, Tony Skorupski of Cudahy, Wi, Trisha (Len) Fuller of Crookston, MN, Ashley Cherf of Ogema, MN, Elizabeth Halstensgard of Fertile, MN, Amanda Korpi of Duluth, MN and Christine Halstensgard of Duluth, MN, Kevin (Carrie) Cherf of Winger, MN, Mandy (Dave) Fritch of Mentor, MN: twelve great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, wife Bertha, daughter Kathy Cherf, brother Xavier Payment, sister-in-law Etta Payment; sons-in-law Mike Skorupski and Leonard Cherf, grandson James Duane Halstensgard; brother-in-law Laurel Groom; father-in-law Milford Gustafson and father-in-law Leland Saga; mother-in-law Valora Saga.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Mentor, MN with Father Joseph Richards Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery at Mentor.Visitation will be held on Thursday one hour prior to services at the church. Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
Jean Strickler, age
92, Crookston, formerly Euclid, died Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Villa St.
Vincent, Crookston. Jean’s funeral service will be at 11 AM, Friday,
December 13, 2013 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Crookston, with Pastor
Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske
Funeral Home, Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 5 to 7 PM, with a prayer service
at 7PM, also visitation for one hour before the service at the church on Friday.
Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
Arno “Arne” Krueger, age 87, Crookston, died Wednesday, December 4,
2013 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Arne was born on January 2,
Fredonia, ND, son of Edward and Christina (Widmer) Krueger. He grew up in
a farming family in Fredonia. He was the third youngest of fifteen
brothers and sisters. Arne served in the US Army Air Corps during the
latter part of WWII, returning to Kulm, ND following his discharge in 1947.
Arne was united in marriage with Lavina Franz on June 19, 1949 at Fredonia.
He worked as a mechanic with Brost Brothers Chevrolet in Kulm from 1950 to 1968.
The family moved to Crookston, where Arne worked for Brost Chevrolet from 1968
until his retirement in 1991, serving as service manager and later as parts
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.
Ronald E. Parkin, 76, of Fisher, MN, died peacefully Monday evening, December
2, 2013, in the Luther Memorial Home in Mayville, ND with members of his family
by his side. Ron was born in Crookston, MN on November 19, 1937 to Harold and
Grace (Yuergens) Parkin. He grew up in the Angus-Warren, MN area. Ron
attended Warren High School and graduated in 1955. On February 28, 1956 he
enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served stateside until his last
year of service when he was assigned duty as a General’s attaché aboard the
USS Toledo and USS Roanoke where he toured the world. He was honorably
discharged on February 27, 1958 with the rank of Corporal. Ron continued
to serve with the 9th Marine Corps Reserve until February of 1962. Ron was
baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. He was united in
marriage to Beverly Stroot at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Euclid, MN on
February 28, 1959. Their marriage was blessed by the births of 4 children:
Cindy, Timothy, Lynette, and Brian. Ron was a man of many talents and throughout
his life he worked as a plasterer and farmer, finding his true passion while
working in sales. He put forth his best efforts in everything he did and was
very proud of his achievements.
Ron was a faithful member of St. Francis’s Catholic Church in Fisher. He also held membership in Fisher’s Theodore Stalemo American Legion Post #242. He was a very loving husband, father, and grandfather; and was especially proud to have had his son, Brian, and grandson, Ben, follow in his footsteps, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. Whether family or friend, all who knew Ron were grateful to have been a part of his life, and he will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
Ron is survived by his loving wife and best-friend of 54 years, Beverly; three children: Cindy (Marlin) Ingebretson of Mayville, ND, Lynette (Wade) Borth of Fargo, ND, and Brian Parkin of Fisher, MN; 5 grandchildren: Erica (Brandon) Speidel, Ben (Cherity) Lunak, Ethan Parkin, McKenna Parkin, and Josh Borth; and 3 great-grandchildren: Ella and Lauren Speidel and Adam Lunak. He also leaves 3 sisters: Janice Nordenstrom of DeForest, WI , Annette (Warren) Strandell of East Grand Fork, MN, and Carol (Ronald) Loeslie of Warren, MN ; sisters-in-law, Gloria Parkin of Land O Lakes, FL, Joan Parkin of Palm Desert, CA, and brother-in-law Gene Johnston of Angus, MN; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Very sadly, Ron is preceded in death by his son, Timothy John, who died just a few weeks ago on November 2nd; his parents, Harold and Grace; brothers, Dale and Orville; and a sister, Jean Johnston. May God richly bless the memory of Ronald Edward Parkin.
Ronald Parkin’s life will be celebrated at a Mass of Christian Burial which will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 9, 2013, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Fisher, MN, with The Rev. Craig Vasek, presiding. Visitation will be in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN on Sunday from 2-4:00 p.m., with a 3:30 p.m. prayer service, and visitation also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by Theodore Stalemo American Legion Post #242 of Fisher, and interment will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery, Fisher, in the spring.Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
Eleanor G. Solberg, age 90, of Warren, MN died Friday, November 29, 2013
at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND with her sister-in-law by her side. Eleanor
Solberg was born on February 23, 1923 in Argyle, MN daughter of Frank and
Balbina (Kasprowicz) Borowicz. She was raised in rural Argyle, MN where she
attended country school. On November 27, 1946, Eleanor married Gordon J.
Przybylski in Argyle. They lived in Argyle, Park Rapids and made their home in
Crookston, MN where they raised their 8 children. Gordon passed away January 4,
1963. Eleanor married Gilbert Solberg on December 27, 1972. They moved to
Warren, MN. Gil passed away in 1987. Eleanor enjoyed many things in life. Her
days were spent gardening and canning, sewing, taking long walks, and caring for
others through her many volunteer activities. As a devout Catholic she attended
daily mass, served her church as a member of the ladies guild, Foresters
society, and donated baked goods as often as needed. She truly loved being with
her family, many holidays were spent eating her famous lefse, mashed potatoes
and crispy chicken. Eleanor was fortunate enough to travel to the Holy Land
highlighted by an extensive tour of Jerusalem. Her later years were spent
reading the Northern Diocese, watching Wheel of Fortune and doing the daily
jumble. Eleanor was a giving person, saving what she could and generous with
what she gathered. Her common sense approach, compassion and love of life will
She is survived by her daughter Mary Przybylski of Brooklyn Park, MN; sons Leonard (Lori Carlson) Przybylski of Eagan, MN; Gordon (Yvonne) Przybylski of Indianapolis, IN; Tom (Elizabeth) Przybylski of Cedar Falls, IA; Dave Przybylski of Overland Park, KS; Dan Przybylski of Fargo, ND; John Przybylski of Brooklyn Park, MN; son-in-law Butch Gray of Climax, MN; sister-in-law and care giver Bernadette Borowicz of Argyle; step son Terry Solberg of Helena, MT; step daughter Cindy Solberg of East Grand Forks, MN; Grandchildren Lynnette (Terry Shanks) Gray of Foristell, MO; Kristen Vesledahl of Regent, ND; Stephanie (Jim) Kappel of Waconia, MN; Ryan Przybylski of Brooklyn Park, MN; Anna (Jake) Cook of Plymouth, MN; Jackie (Jon) Levendoski of Genoa, WI; Jim (Adri) Carlson of Eagan, MN; Aimee Carlson of Minneapolis, MN; Katie (Nick) Murdock of Perham, MN; Eric (Natasha) Przybylski of Woodbridge, VA; Matthew Przybylski of Minneapolis, MN; Lee and Sonja Przybylski of Cedar Falls, IA; Anthony (Allison) Przybylski of Myrtle Beach, SC; Great Grandchildren Hannah Vesledahl, Jenna Solheim, Tanner Vesledahl, Madeline Vesledahl, Jack Kappel, Max Kappel, Aiden Cook, Henry Levendowski, Nora Murdock, Charlie Murdock, Levi Murdock, and Dylan McGovern; Siblings Butch (Jan) Borowicz of Litchfield, MN; Dorothy Orcutt of Bloomington, MN; Adele Beach of El Toro, CA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Gordon and Gil, daughter Marlene Gray, brothers John, Ray, Gabe, Conrad, Hank, Frank, Tom, and Ralph.
The mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Warren, MN. Visitation after 5:00 PM with a 6:30 PM prayer service on Wednesday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Warren, MN and one hour before services at the church on Thursday. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, MN. DeBore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Avis Marion Olson, 87, of Ada, MN, passed away unexpectedly Friday, November 29th, 2013, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada.Avis was born in May 11, 1926, to Thomas and Amelia (Orsland) Nygaard, in Good Hope Township, near Shelly, MN. Avis received her education through eighth grade at Good Hope Country School and high school was completed at Climax (MN) High School. She graduated in 1944. She married Orville Lee in August of 1944, and raised six wonderful children on a farm near Perley, MN. Avis was a hard worker, and helped around the farm while her family was young. Avis’s sister Doris passed away in April of 1971, and with a generous heart Avis took the children, Cindy, Randy and Debbie Dahm, in as her own. On July 22, 1972, Avis married Loren Olson. Loren had three children, Greg, Brad and Dorothy. Together they finished raised eight children in rural Shelly, MN, where they made their home. Avis and Loren owned Olson Tavern in Shelly for three years where they enjoyed the company of the local community. After they sold the tavern they worked on their own building pole sheds, and then went to work for Abentroth Construction. Avis was a very hardworking woman and loved teaching young workers how to get the job done. Once the kids were grown, Avis took spoiling their dogs very seriously. A cowgirl at heart, Avis loved horses and through her retirement had a bird’s eye view of the pasture from her kitchen window. Every day was a great day to read a good book and play a game of whist. When family and neighbors would stop by they always had to play a game of cards. The family would often meet at the farm for Avis’s famous kumpa feed (potato dumplings) and everyone left happy with a full stomach. Avis and Loren said goodbye to their home and farm in the fall of 2011 and moved to the assisted living facility Valley View Manor in Ada. They then moved to Benedictine Care Community nursing home in February of 2013, where they have enjoyed the company of many lifelong friends and familiar faces.
Gilbert Moen, of Oklee, MN age 73, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013, at
Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D. surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 7th at 10:00 at Salem Lutheran Church, rural Oklee, with visitation one hour prior to the service. The officiating clergy will be Rev. Margaret Jacobus. Burial will be held in the Salem Church Cemetery. A visitation will also be held on Friday December 6th from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at Johnson Funeral Service in Oklee, MN with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M.
Bruce was born in Fargo, N.D. May 23, 1940, to Henry and Alice (Christianson) Moen.
At an early age, he moved with his family to the farm near Oklee, where he grew up.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean conflict.
Bruce worked in the construction business, which took him to the surrounding states as well as Washington, Texas and Georgia. After retiring from construction work, he worked at 7 Clans Casino from 2003 until the summer of 2013.
Bruce was very sociable. He loved to laugh and make others happy. He never focused on himself, but was sincerely interested in others’ lives, especially those who were having a hard time. He was a favorite uncle to his many nieces and nephews.
He loved the outdoors and through the years he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and cross-country skiing.
Left to mourn his passing are daughter Jennifer (David) Dahl, granddaughter Savanna, twin sister Beverly Bakken, brothers Clyde (Laura) Moen and Clayton (Jacqueline) Moen, numerous nephews and nieces, and special friend Josie Adamski.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Henry and Alice Moen and brother-in-law, Stanley Bakken.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Rachel Salberg and the staff for the wonderful support and care extended to Bruce during his stay in the ICU unit at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
Mabel Inger Wollin, age 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October
26, 2013, at her home in Eldred, Minnesota, of natural causes. Mabel was born on
January 6, 1921, in Bagley, Minnesota, to Anton and Emelia (Nelson) Thoreson.
She was raised and attended school in Rindal, Minnesota. As a young woman, she
moved to the Eldred/Climax area to be near her sister, working as hired help on
a number of local farms. She met and married Loren Wollin in 1941 while he was
serving in the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Snelling. After Loren’s
overseas service and discharge in 1946, they returned to Eldred. Mabel and Loren
worked and farmed in the area for the next forty years. In addition, they ran
the Eldred Post Office from 1970 until its closing in 1981.
Mabel took great pride in setting up and running
her own business where she worked for local residents painting, wood staining,
refinishing, and wallpapering their homes. She derived much satisfaction from a
job well done. She was active in the community, and a lifetime member of the
First English Lutheran Church of Eldred. Mabel belonged to the Ladies Aid,
Homemakers, and was a fifty-year member of the Crookston VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Mabel and Loren travelled the western states, spending many winters in Yuma,
Arizona. Besides sightseeing, they enjoyed cards, board games, and Yahtzee.
Mabel especially relished the challenge of golfing with her friends. She is
survived by her daughters, Patricia (Gerald) Gunstinson of Santa Barbara, CA and
Lynn (Gordon) Browne of Altamonte Springs, FL; grandsons Kerry (Sharon) Wollin
and Stephen Gunstinson; great-grandchildren Justin, Jordan, and Danielle Wollin,
as well as many nieces and nephews who all showed her kindness and love. Mabel
was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Loren; son Larry and grandson
Mabel’s memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, the Rev. Steve Bohler officiating. Visitation with Mabel’s family will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Inurnment will take place at a future date in the Eldred Cemetery. Donations may be made to the First English Lutheran Cemetery Fund for the upkeep and care of the cemetery. Online registry at: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Thomas Brault, 56, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully at the Villa St.
Vincent Saturday morning, November 30, 2013, with his family at his side. Mike
was born in Crookston on October 22, 1957, and was the son of Clarence and
Elaine (Page) Brault. He grew up on the family farm near Gentilly, MN, and was
baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Gentilly. He attended
Crookston schools and graduated from Central High School in 1975. Mike was
employed by Skinner Roofing in Grand Forks, ND throughout his working career,
and made his home in Grand Forks during those years. He retired due to ill
health several years ago and had been a resident of the Villa since March of
2009. Mike was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. He enjoyed spending time
with his son, Jeremy and family, and looked forward to visits from his nieces
and nephews. His favorite pastime, in fact the passion of his life, was riding
his Harley. May God bless the memory of Michael Thomas Brault.
Mike leaves his son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy and Jackie Aker of East Grand Forks, MN; two grandchildren, Julia and Jolie, with another on the way and expected in January; four siblings: Ray Brault of Devils Lake, ND, Teri Brault (fiance', Jerome Januszewski) of Crookston, Maurice (Shawn) Brault of Gentilly, MN, and Mary (Robert) Sirek of Crookston; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Elaine; two brothers, Walter and Robert Brault; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Brault.
A memorial service for Michael Thomas Brault will be held at 10:00am, Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Deacon Dennis Bivens, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Gentilly. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Mike's name to the Villa St. Vincent. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Madonna Elizabeth Estenson (Shimek) of Climax, Minnesota passed
November 29th, 2013 at the age of 97 years, while in the care of Altru Health
Center in Grand
Forks, North Dakota. Donna was born in the greater East Grand Forks, Minnesota
area on August 21st, 1916, to Albert and Clara Shimek. She grew up as an only
child on a rural farm, attending a one-room school house a few miles away. As a
child, Donna passed the time by making up games to play, as well as, playing
with the family dog "Pal" who would sometimes pull her on a sleigh in
the winter. The family later moved from the farm into East Grand Forks, where
her father Albert became a member of the police department. She attended Sacred
Heart School for two years and enjoyed singing in the choir. On October 23rd,
1937 Donna married Haakon Morris Estenson of Climax, Minnesota at the Sacred
Heart Rectory. During over 57 years of marriage they lived in a number of places
including Crookston, Minnesota, where they had a small filling station and
construction company; Los Angeles, California, off Figueroa Avenue, where Haakon
worked for the Wilmington Shipyards; and Minneapolis, where Haakon worked in
other war related interests, while Donna was employed at a local drug store on
Lyndale Avenue. During their time in Minneapolis they experienced the
"blackouts" familiar to large cities during World War II. Ultimately,
Donna and Haakon settled near family on their rural Climax, Minnesota farm in
1949. They spent the remainder of their lives together raising their three sons:
Roger, Richard and Lionel. Lionel passed away at 3 years of age on the farm.
Donna and Haakon both enjoyed polka music, watching Lawrence Welk, and dancing
at the Eagles Aeries in both East Grand Forks and Crookston, Minnesota, where
they were longtime members. Donna was a member of the Catholic Church, attending
masses in Crookston at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, where she was
very charitable to the congregation, and at Sacred Heart in East Grand Forks and
St. Michaels in Grand Forks. Throughout their time together, she and Haakon
enjoyed traveling to Long Beach, California in the winter months where they had
an apartment. They attended the Minnesota state picnics there often during the
early years. They later spent their winters in South Texas and the Houston area,
visiting both of their sons, Roger G. Estenson Sr. and Richard A. Estenson, and
their families. During her later years Donna enjoyed taking car rides to see
familiar places around the Grand Forks and Crookston areas. She would pass the
time at home listening to Lawrence Welk, watching wildlife in her yard, playing
with the family cat, Whiskers, and attending Notre Dame Sunday Mass on her
Donna is survived by sons, Roger Gaylord Estenson Sr. and Richard A. Estenson; grandsons, Roger and Richard and granddaughters, Courtney and Hailey; as well as, a great-grandson, Aiden. She was preceded in death by her husband Haakon, and infant son, Lionel.
Mass of Christian Burial for Madonna Estenson will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Mario Prada, presiding. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery at Crookston. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Murray L. Warren,
age 89, of
Cambridge, Minnesota and formerly of Crookston, died November 26, 2013 at
GracePointe Crossing Gables West in Cambridge. A memorial service will be held
at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, December 1st at
Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel. A visiting time will be held one hour
prior to the service.
Murray was born on May 22, 1924 in Park Rapids, MN, the oldest son of Clifford James Warren and Ellena Belle Rhodes Warren. He graduated as valedictorian of the Nevis High School Class of 1942. While a student at Bemidji State Teacher’s College, he enlisted in the army on December 3, 1942. He entered active service on April 2, 1943. He received basic medical and engineering training before being assigned to the signal corps where he was instructed in telegraph and telephone installation, operation, and repair. He departed for the CBI (China-Burma-India) theater of operations on Jan. 11, 1945 by transport ship through the south Pacific, by way of Australia. He arrived in India on February 20, 1945. He remained in India and Burma, mainly, working to maintain communication along the Ledo Road, which was under construction as an overland supply route to China. On at least one occasion, he flew in a supply plane on a dangerous “over the hump” (meaning over the Himalayan mountains from Burma to China) mission. By the time he left Burma on Feb. 22, 1946, the Ledo Road was open, the war was officially over, and the world was returning to “normal”. However, as Murray recalls, tensions in China were noticeably increasing. Once the hostilities with Japan ended, China’s internal struggles resumed and the Chinese civil war broke out which was destined to bring communism to China. Murray returned home to the USA on March 19, 1946 and was honorably discharged on March 25, 1946, with a rank of “Tec-5” (Technician Fifth Grade).
Murray was united in marriage to his beautiful sweetheart, Darlene Luella Fradenburgh, on August 15, 1947. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1948, and began a career as a high school science teacher in Boy River, MN. He taught for three years in Boy River, for four years in Backus, MN, and for 33 years in Crookston, MN, where he also coached track and cross country. During those years, he also completed a Master’s Degree from Greeley State College in Greeley, CO, and did post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota and University of North Dakota, and raised a family of six children. During his tenure in Crookston, Murray served as head of the Science Department, Civil Defense Director for the City of Crookston, member of the Crookston Civic Music League, Christian Business Men’s Committee, the American Legion Nels T. Wold Post 20, The United Way Committee, member of the Municipal Band, organizer of the Pioneer Days Road Race, and many positions at Calvary Baptist Church, where he and Darlene were charter members. In addition to his teaching career, for many years Murray owned his own small Christmas tree business, Nevis Pines. At Christmas time many Crookston homes and churches were filled with the beauty and fragrance of fresh pine, thanks to Murray. He also worked numerous summers as an inspector of migrant labor housing for the Minnesota Department of Health. Murray retired from teaching in 1988, but continued as a substitute teacher for another 10 years. He fellowshipped at the Evangelical Covenant Church in the last years of his residence in Crookston.
From 1998 – 2008, Murray and Darlene lived in Mesa, AZ for the winter months. There Murray sang with the Men of Melody choir, the Mesa Spirit Chapel choir, and enjoyed playing in the bocce league.
In 2010, Murray and Darlene moved from Crookston to Cambridge, where they enjoyed their new home at Grace Pointe – River Hills. He suffered a stroke in June of 2013, and spent his final months at Gables West, lovingly cared for by the staff, his wife, and his five daughters.
Murray was ushered into the arms of his Savior on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at the age of 89 years, 6 months and 4 days. He was preceded in death by his parents, a great-grandson, and several brothers and sisters-in-law.
Murray is survived by his one true love, his wife Darlene, and their six children: Lu (Ron) Sundheim of New London, MN; Rhoda (Jim Held) of Indianapolis, IN; Mary Lynn (Jerry) Hoard of Waterloo, IA; Mark (Susan) of Normal, IL; Leah (Art) Volker of Cambridge, MN; and Maggie (Tom) Nitti of White Bear Lake, MN. He also leaves 15 grandchildren and spouses, and 7 great-grandchildren, with 1 more due in December. He is also survived by his one brother, Ross W. Warren of Corvallis, OR, and many nieces and nephews.
Murray’s life was a sterling example of faithfulness – to his family, to his career, to his country, and most importantly, to the God he served. “Well done, good and faithful servant. . . Enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Matthew 25:21)
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, December 1st at Strike Funeral Home - Cambridge Chapel, 720 1st Avenue E. Cambridge, Minnesota. A visiting time will be held one hour prior to the service at the chapel.
Mabel Inger Wollin, age 92, Eldred, MN, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 26, 2013 in her home in Eldred, Minnesota, of natural causes. Mabel’s memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, the Rev. Steve Bohler officiating. Visitation with Mabel’s family will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Inurnment will take place at a future date in the Eldred Cemetery.
A. Ek, 66, Fertile, MN, died Saturday, November 23, 2013, at his residence.
Roger Allan Ek was born January 7, 1947, at Ada,
MN, the son of Orville and Winona (Olson) Ek. He was baptized and confirmed at
Gary (MN) Lutheran Church. He graduated with the class of 1966 of Gary High
School. Following high school, he worked near St. Cloud, MN, at a turkey plant
for a few years. He entered the United States Army and served until in Germany
until his discharge in 1973. Roger started working for Abbot, Arne &
Schwindt Construction Company for a few years and then for Barbarossa Sewer and
Water Construction Company of Osseo, MN. He later worked for American Crystal
Sugar during the harvest seasons. In 1991 he started working at Dee Inc. of
Crookston, MN, where he worked for 18 years until he retired in 2009. He had
lived most of his years around Fertile as he worked for the various companies.
Roger enjoyed times getting together with his family and friends, playing
whist, and dice games. He also enjoyed his hunting and fishing trips and all of
his pairs of cowboy boots.
Roger is survived by his brothers, Ronald (Linda) Ek, McIntosh, MN, and Robert (Ann) Ek, Fairfax, VT, his sisters, Randi (Trafton) Munson, Fertile, Rosalie (Mark Orre) Ek, Monticello, MN, Renee Goodin, Fertile, and Roxanne (Dale) Scully, Salisbury, NC, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins, and special friends, Dennis and Sharon Johnson, Twin Valley, MN. He was preceded by his parents, a nephew Anthony Ek, and a niece Staci Lyn Munson. Blessed be the memory of Roger.
The funeral service for Roger Ek will be at 11:00AM, Friday, November 29, 2013, at Gary Lutheran Church, Gary, MN. Visitation will be one hour before the service on Friday at the church. Burial will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Twin Valley, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Twin Valley. Arrangements are with Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, MN, www.eriksonvikfh.com.
Vernon A. Bratvold,
age 83, Crookston, died Sunday morning, November 24, 2013 at Altru Hospital,
Grand Forks, ND. Vern was born on August 31, 1930 in East Grand Forks, MN, son
of Gilbert and Hilma (Johnson) Bratvold. He grew up and was educated at East
Grand Forks, graduating from the Northwest School of Agriculture in 1948. He was
united in marriage with Helen Hodgson on November 4, 1950 at the First
Presbyterian Church in Crookston. He farmed in Crookston all of his life and
following retirement from farming, Vern continued to help his son, Dan, with his
farming operation. He worked part-time with the Railway Express meeting Soo Line
Trains and loading and unloading freight. Following retirement, he worked as a
limo driver with the Emerald Limousine Service, drove for the Polk County DAC
and also drove for Tri-Valley. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran
Church, having served the church in a number of capacities over the years. He
also served on the Crookston Township Board and with the Crookston Grain
Elevator Board. Vern enjoyed fishing, bowling, horseshoes, and playing cards
(Smear, Pinochle, & Whist, to name a few). He loved spending time with
family, his siblings, his wife, children and grandchildren.
Vern is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen; three sons: Douglas (Judy) Bratvold of Cambridge, MN, Daniel (Terry) Bratvold of Crookston, MN, and David (Michelle) Bratvold of Elk River, MN; sixteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren; a sister: Violet Bren of East Grand Forks, MN and a sister-in-law: Delores Bratvold of Twin Valley, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents: Gilbert & Hilma; brothers: Arthur, Ernel, Melford, Orien, Roy & Lester; sisters: Hazel Martin & Evelyn Vonasek.
Vern’s funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Tuesday from 5-7 PM, with a 7 PM prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Online Registry at: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Joan Yvonne Ness, 76, of Fisher, MN, died early Wednesday morning,
November 20, 2013, at RiverView Health in Crookston with her family at her side.
Joan was born at
Duluth, MN on January 22, 1937, and was the daughter of Sigurd and Olga
(Jacobsen) Siversen. She was baptized at the Lakeside Bethany Lutheran Church,
and was confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in Duluth. She graduated from
Duluth Central High School in 1955 and was active in the band (flute), marching
band and choir. Joan attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth where she
received an Associate Degree and Certification as an x-ray technologist. She
then came to Crookston, MN to join the Crookston Clinic x-ray department and to
train future technologists. On August 29, 1959 Joan was united in marriage to
Jerome Ness, a Fisher area farmer. The ceremony took place at the First Lutheran
Church in Duluth and was performed by her future brother-in-law, Pastor Orlin
Ness. Joan and Jerome made their home on their farm in Roome Township, near
Fisher. With the birth of her first child, Joan left the employ of the Clinic to
look after her family. Being a "city girl" she learned the farm life
quickly and without hesitation would pitch right in whenever help was needed.
Joan could load beet trucks and drive farm equipment with the best of them. She
was a devoted member of the Fisher Lutheran Church and WELCA, and participated
in the quilting club of the church for several years. She also enjoyed working
in her flower and vegetable gardens, crafting, and cross-stitching.
Additionally, she held memberships in the Fisher Homemakers Club and the Farm
Bureau. Joan was a very accomplished baker and won several Farm Bureau baking
competitions at the county level, going on to participate at state competitions
where she did quite well. Over the years Joan and Jerome took several wonderful
trips with Farm Bureau friends, visiting Hawaii, Florida, California, Texas, and
Missouri. They also experienced three memorable cruises to the Eastern
Caribbean, Western Caribbean, and Panama Canal. Joan was a very loving wife,
mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who touched the lives and hearts of
many. Joan is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, Jerome; 3 sons and a
daughter, 7 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild: Joel and Becky Ness of
Fisher, MN and their children, Stephanie, Eric, and Sara; Janeen and Mike Swann
of Prosper, ND, and their daughter, Megan, and Megan's son, Treyton; Rick and
Pam Ness of Thompson, ND, and their children, Jessica (Tyler) Kjemhus, and
Hannah and Ryan; and Kyle Ness of Fisher. She also leaves a sister and
brother-in-law, Nancy and Bill McGann of Duluth, MN; a niece and 3 nephews:
Cindy, Nick, Brad, and Cooper; and many cousins and other relatives. Joan was
preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Barbara Jean; and
brother-in-law, Pastor Orlin Ness. May God richly bless Joan's memory.
A memorial service for Joan Yvonne Ness will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Fisher Lutheran Church in Fisher, MN, with The Rev. Karen Young Trenne, officiating. Visitation with Joan's family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Fisher Lutheran Cemetery. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
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