Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

 

Mildred “Millie” Fisher, 97, of Fertile, MN died on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN. Funeral services will be in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN, at 2 PM on Thursday, September 4, 2014. Visitation will be one hour before the services at the church. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Beltrami, MN. Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Gerald Roy “Jerry” Johnson, 73, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Thursday evening, August 28, 2014, at his home after a lengthy illness. Gerald was born on June 27, 1941 at Greenbush, MN, the son of Harold Sidney and Carol Fay (Keuhn) Johnson. He grew up in Greenbush, was baptized and confirmed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and graduated from Greenbush High School in 1959. Jerry enlisted in the US Navy just a few weeks later on June 25th. He served aboard the USS Luiskno out of the US Naval Station at Newport, RI, and spent time at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy on June 20, 1962, Jerry returned to the area and attended Mayville (ND) State Teachers College. He later transferred to Moorhead (MN) State Teachers College, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1966. On December 26, 1965 he was united in marriage to Pearl Mavis Gunderson at the Ness Lutheran Church at Gary, MN. Over the years their marriage was blessed by the births of 3 children: twins, Janelle and Julie, and son, Paul. Jerry and Pearl made their first home at Detroit Lakes, MN and Jerry’s first teaching position was with the Olivia, MN Public Schools. In 1968 the Johnson family moved to Crookston, and Jerry began teaching in the Industrial Technology Department of Central High School. He was extremely proud of his students over the years as he mentored them through the process of building 25 high quality homes that were sold to local homebuyers. Jerry did post-graduate study through Bemidji (MN) State College, and summers were spent doing silo construction, grain bin construction, and tending the strawberry farm he and Pearl operated for many years. After a long and very rewarding career in education Jerry retired in 1999.
Jerry was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the American Industrial Arts Association, the National Education Association, the Retired Educator’s Association, and Crookston American Legion Post #20. While growing up, Jerry enjoyed hunting with his parents, and eventually sharing that same passion with his son and grandsons. Snowmobiling trips with family and friends were always a highlight of the winter season, and camping and traveling with Pearl, the kids, and grandkids was a great way to spend spring, summer, and fall. One of his favorite pastimes was making furniture for their home and the homes of his daughters and son. In recent years Jerry and Pearl had been spending winters at Apache Junction, AZ. Jerry was a very loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, and will be greatly missed by all who shared in his life. May God richly bless his memory.
Jerry leaves his beloved wife of 48 years, Pearl; their 3 children: Janelle (Steven) Thompson of Fargo, ND, Julie (Matthew) Johnson of Champlin, MN, and Paul (Tracy) Johnson of Port St. Lucie, FL; and 6 grandchildren: Daniel and Jacob Thompson, and Jarod, Anna, and Heather Johnson, and Marin Johnson. He is also survived by 4 sisters: Myrna Johnson of Greenbush, MN, Sharon (David) Hanson of Seattle, WA, Bonnie (John) Nordstrom of Frazee, MN, and Janine (David) Schneider of Detroit Lakes, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Carol Johnson.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Gerald Roy Johnson will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service and time of sharing. Visitation will also be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery at Greenbush. Military Honors will be provided by the Greenbush American Legion Post.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Jason Eugene Perala, 33, passed away unexpectedly and all too soon, on August 26, 2014 at his home in Fargo, North Dakota.
Jason was born on August 22, 1981 in Crookston, MN, to Warren and Cheryl Perala. They knew from an early age what an independent and fun spirit he was, which followed him throughout his childhood and adult life. Jason grew up in Crookston, and was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church. He graduated from Crookston High School, where he was involved in baseball, football, and excelled in wrestling. Jason did so well, he took home 2nd place in the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament. He also loved to deer hunt, go fishing on Minnesota’s beautiful lakes, and spend time with his brothers David and Isaac. After high school, Jason attended North Dakota State University, where he majored in engineering and made many dear friends.   After college, Jason spent some time living in Williston working at the oil rigs, and eventually returned to live in Crookston and spend time close to his family. On his last move back to Fargo, Jason was able to do what he loved, which was spend his time outdoors working in landscaping as well as concrete work.  Jason was well known not just in Crookston, but in Fargo as well. He was known for being willing to “give his shirt off his back to anyone, even in the middle of winter”. Jason was especially drawn to children, evidence of his fun personality and big heart. Everybody who encountered Jason experienced his kind, giving, and hard-working spirit. Because of that, Jason was loved by all.
Jason is preceded in death by his grandparents, Toivo and Arlene Perala; and great-grandparents, Milton and Dorothy Helgeson, and Clarence and Evelyn Ulseth.  Jason is survived by his parents, Warren and Cheryl Perala  of Crookston, MN; brother David and sister-in-law Samantha Perala of Crookston; brother Isaac Perala of Grand Forks, ND; grandparents Roger and Donna Ulseth of Crookston; aunts and uncles: Pam Grove of Climax, MN,  Marc and Rose Ulseth of Crookston, Kathy Ulseth-Tenold of Fargo, Martene Olson of San Jose, California, Carolyn Hultquist of Owatonna, MN, and Shelden and Cheryl Perala of Boise, Idaho; nieces and nephews Christopher, Angelica, Jasmine, Lucas, Gabrielle, and Natalie Perala; and many close cousins.
There will be a memorial service celebrating the life of Jason Perala on Thursday, September 4th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Jo Gast officiating. A time to greet Jason’s family will be one hour prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Crookston Youth Wrestling Association.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Donald “Don” Jorstad, 76, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at his home in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM in Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Pastor Tom Potter Officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
Donald “Don” Harold Jorstad was born June 14, 1938 in Thief River Falls, MN, the son of Harold and Gladys (Nelson) Jorstad. He was baptized at Telemarken Lutheran Church, Kratka, MN and confirmed at Mavie Lutheran, Mavie, MN. He attended Knox Elementary School in Thief River Falls, MN and graduated from Lincoln High School, Thief River Falls. Don then went on to Brown Institute and vocational classes at Bemidji State.
Don served 9 years with the Minnesota and North Dakota National Guard and was on active duty from 1961-1962 with the 231st Medical Company.
On March 25, 1961, Don was united in marriage to Marilyn Odegaard. To this union 4 sons were born. He married Pat Venema on July 3, 1993. He married Joyce Legg Olson on June 24, 2012.
Don worked for radio and TV in 13 different markets, also worked in sport sales, was the “voice” of the Cross County Snow-mobile, of the Pioneers and DMC Moto-Cross. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, fishing and doing sports games. He held membership and served as Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis, President of Thief River Golf Club 1991-1992, member of American Legion Ecklund-Holstrom Post #117 and member of Homeland Security RRC3.
Survived by wife Joyce, Red Lake Falls, MN; sons: Steven (Elaine), Fargo, ND, Roby Dale (Jennifer), Ft. Campbell, KY, Scott, Thief River Falls, MN and Bradley (Traci) Maryville, TN; grandchildren: Tyson, Noah, Brady, Rileigh, Jacob, Nick (Andrea), Justin, Ethan, Carrie, Delainie and Abbie; great grandchildren: KayCee and KarLee. Joyce’s children Tron (Kelly) Olson, of Wildrose, ND, Brent (Cansandra) Olson of Thief River Falls, MN, Tricia (Brent) Gaffke of Cushing, MN their children Aaron Olson, Jennifer (Rick) Bourassa their children Alyssa and Tate, Garrett Olson of Thief River Falls, MN, Kyle Olson of Thief River Falls, MN, Chalsey (Paige) Olson and Blaine Olson of Thief River Falls, MN, Desmond Janousek of San Antonio, TX, Devin Janousek of Thief River Falls, MN, Beau Janousek of Cushing, MN.
Preceded in death by parents, grandparents, Oscar and Annie Nelson and Hans and Ingaborg Jorstad, brothers, Robert and Ralph and a sister-in-law, Diane.
Family condolences may be sent at
www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

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June E. Shaver, 94, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at her Summit Apartment in the Villa St. Vincent. June was born on June 10, 1920 at St. Paul, MN, the daughter of Willis H. and Harriet (Ridley) Shaver. Her early years were spent at Gladstone, MN where she attended school through the 8th grade. She and her family then moved back to St. Paul, and June graduated from Johnson High School in 1938. After studying business and accounting at Globe Business College in St. Paul, she was employed in the offices of the American Linen Company in St. Paul. In 1949 June moved to Crookston and in 1953 became the Clinic Administrator for Northwestern Clinic. During the 1970’s she completed a course of study at the University of Minnesota-Crookston and earned an Associate Degree in Business. June continued in her position at Northwestern Clinic until her retirement in 1983.
June was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston and served as treasurer of the church for over 25 years. Professionally, she was a past-president of the State Clinic Managers Association, and was the first treasurer of the National Medical Group Management Association. As an active member of the Crookston community, she held memberships in the Lions Club, the local chapter of Business and Professional Women; served on the Crookston Planning Committee for 9 years; and was recipient of the City’s “Reaching Out to Serve Award.”  The University of Minnesota-Crookston was a big part of June’s life, and she was honored to receive the University’s prestigious Torch and Shield award. She was an avid fan and supporter of UMC athletics and was not only the first recipient of the UMC Teambacker Award, but the first to ever receive a Teambacker lifetime pass. Several years ago she established the Shaver Butterfly Garden at the University in honor of her family, and it has become a popular spot for visitors to stroll by. June had visited the Garden with her good friend, Jerry Knutson, just a few days before her passing. In her younger days (but not all that many years ago) she enjoyed skiing, golf, and traveling. As her eyesight began to fail, June relied more and more on the assistance of another very dear friend, Annette Hegg, to help her conduct her business and get to places she needed to be. June was a kind, generous, and very special person, not afraid to speak her mind if she thought it called for. She was a revered member of the community who will be remembered as one of its treasures.
June leaves 2 sisters-in-law, Elaine Shaver of KY and Marjorie Shaver of St. Paul, MN; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Harriet Shaver; sisters, Betty Mestio and Mary Lewis; and brothers, Donald and Thomas Shaver.  May God bless the memory of June E. Shaver.
A memorial service celebrating the life of June Shaver will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 6, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston, with The Rev. Darrel Cory, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Inurnment will take place in the church’s columbarium. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers June’s own wish was that memorials be given to the UMC Foundation. 
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Burial Services and Celebration of Life for Beverly Luettjohann will be held Sunday August 31 at 3:00 pm at the First English Lutheran Church Cemetery, Eldred MN, buried near her husband William (1927-2005), Father and Mother-in-law (Frieda Jurchen Luettjohann 1900-1994 and Ernest Luettjohann 1897-1932) and Grandfather In-law (August Jurchen 1869-1943, who helped build the Eldred Church). Pastor Steven Bohler will officiate at the Inurnment.
Beverly passed away December 14, 2013, at LifeStream Hospice, Sun City AZ with her two daughters near by. Beverly endured complications of COPD and donated her body to Science Care for medical research.
Beverly Lee Luettjohann was born August 13, 1929 in Bygland, Minnesota to Gunder and Bella (Sannes) Lee. Beverly was baptized and confirmed at Bygland Lutheran Church. She attended grade school in Bygland, later moving with her family to East Grand Forks and graduating from Central High School. Beverly married William Luettjohann on November 21, 1949 in Crookston MN and lived in Grand Forks, ND where she continued to work for Herbergers Department Store. They later moved to Minneapolis and in 1972 to Phoenix AZ and after retirement to Sun City AZ.
Beverly was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church where she attended regularly until her health no longer permitted it and was than visited weekly by a loving church member/friend Sue Schaunberg.
Bev will be greatly missed by her family for her sense of humor, card playing enjoyment, her smile and un-debatable love for Family and God! Surviving family members include daughters Lynda of Glendale, AZ and Sandra (Robin) Grube, Granddaughter Allison (Shinichi) Katsumoto and great-granddaughters Maya and Niina of Boise ID. Sisters Gladys (Roger) Sondrol of River Falls WI, Mildred Smith of Bemidji MN, and Thelma (Wayne) Frovarp of Rathdrum, ID, sister-in-law Shirley (Orville) Lee of Mandan ND and Brother-in-law Leo (Delores) Lunski of Fargo ND plus many nieces and nephews.
Bev was preceded in death by her husband William Luettjohann, parents Gunder and Bella Lee, sister Delores, brothers Kenneth, Orville and Norman, brother-in-law Richard Smith and sister-in-law June (Whisler) Lee.

 

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Henry Goodyke, 96, of Crookston, MN, died Friday afternoon, August 22, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Henry was born on March 27, 1918 at Blendon, MI, the son of Richard and Hattie (Gebben) Goodyke. At the age of two his family moved to rural Crookston, where he grew up and attended country school. Henry started working on the family farm as a youngster, and loved to tell the story of moving cattle from south of Crookston, thru the City to the farm in Parnell Township, by himself at 9 years of age! On May 18, 1942 he enlisted in the US Army Air Corp. He was extremely proud of the fact that a man with only an 8th grade education was selected to be an instructor throughout most of service at the Army Gunnery School at Harlequin, TX. Having served for 4 years was a very important time in Henry’s life and he kept in contact with many of his Army buddies throughout the years.   Following his honorable discharge on January 19, 1946 he returned home.   On May 23, 1946, he was united in marriage to Mayme H. Solheim.  Henry and Mayme settled on a farm in Fanny Township, near Crookston, where they raised their three children: Richard, Dennis, and Nancie.   Henry farmed in Parnell Township for many years with his brothers, Andrew,  Anton and John, and from the early 1970’s with his brother, John, and sons, Richard and Dennis.  Even though he retired at age 65, he still kept a close eye on the farming operation of his sons.  His red PT Cruiser could always be spotted traveling around the area checking their crops or headed to town for groceries.  Winters were spent in McAllen, TX with Mayme until her passing on August 15, 1995. Henry continued going to McAllen until 2012.  He loved being with his friends and showing his visitors around nearby Padre Island, where his service friends would spend time, and how much everything had changed since those days.   Henry remained on his homestead to the present time and was fiercely independent, with a ‘little assistance’ from his family.  He never let the fact that he had difficulty getting around, without the use of a walker or his scooter, get him down.  Rather, he focused on the fact that he could ‘still get around’.  He loved watching the birds, and saw to it that several birdhouses were put up outside his window. He also tended a large garden, which he would hoe by going alongside the rows of corn on his scooter, anxiously awaiting that first cob. Henry liked to tinker in his shop, and had bolts in his pocket to his last working day of August 17, 2014.  He will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
Family members include his sons, daughter, and daughter-in-law: Richard and Kathy Goodyke and Dennis Goodyke, of Crookston, MN, and Nancie Goodyke of Brighton, CO; 3 grandchildren: Darren Goodyke of Crookston, Kelly Plummer (fiancé, James Mitchell) of Hankinson, ND, and Jaime (Russell) Delzer of Climax, MN; 3 great-grandchildren: Erica and Ian Plummer, and Katelyn Delzer, and a great-grandson soon to be born to Jaime and Russell. Henry also leaves a sister, Helen Michaelson of Crookston; sister-in-law, June Goodyke of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Mayme, his beloved wife of 49 years, Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Hattie; three brothers, Anton and his wife Clair, John, and Andrew; and a brother-in-law, Luvern Michaelson. May God bless Henry’s memory.  
The funeral service for Henry Goodyke will be held at 10:30am, Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-7 pm, with a 7 pm prayer service, and for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, with Military Honors by the Crookston Veterans Council.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.  

 

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Donavon “Don” Johnson, 59, Fertile, MN, formerly Denver, CO, died Thursday, August, 21, 2014, in Fertile, MN. Memorial Service: 2:00pm, Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, Maple Bay, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial: Maple Bay Free Lutheran Cemetery,  Maple Bay, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, MN (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com 

   

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Verona Krogstad, 87, Ada, Minnesota, died Friday, August 22, 2014, at the Barrett, MN Care Center. Funeral: 11:00AM Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial:  Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 

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James R. Carlson Jr., 64, of Crookston, MN, died Monday morning, August 18, 2014, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Jim was born at Miles City, MT on June 1, 1950, the son of James and Nora (Hartse) Carlson Sr. He grew up in Miles City and graduated from Custer County High School. He attended St. Johns University in Minnesota where he received his degree in Political Science. Jim then attended the University of Montana Law School where he received his law degree, with honors. While attending law school, Jim married Diana Wells, his high school sweetheart, also of Miles City on February 2, 1974. Following completion of Law School, Jim and Diana moved to Helena, MT where Jim clerked for the Montana Supreme Court before opening a private practice in Miles City. Jim served as the County Attorney in Hysham, MT. Jim started a second career after attending Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where he received a Masters Degree in Library Science. He was a librarian at the University of Idaho Law School while Diana worked on her doctorate in Mathematics at Washington State University.  Upon Diana’s graduation, they moved to Grand Forks, ND where Diana taught at the University of North Dakota and Jim worked in the library system. Sadly, Diana passed away on December 27, 2007. Jim moved to Crookston a year later and was a librarian for the University of Minnesota Crookston until his death. An issue of the Idaho Law Review was dedicated to Jim for his accomplishments in 1992. The dedication sums up what many students and faculty saw when they interacted with him in the library: “an infinite cheerfulness and a genuine zest for intellectual challenges”. He had a genuine love of research and learning that was infectious. The educational setting was natural to Jim where he could help others with their investigations, work with students of all ages, and keep himself and the library abreast of all the newest technology. Because of his exceptional work with faculty, staff, and students at UMC, in 2009, Jim was awarded the Distinguished Professional and Administrative Award and was later featured in the student paper. His love of technology, students, information and learning showed through. Anyone who met Jim, was also introduced to his sense of humor. He had a way of cheering everyone up and making their day better. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Diana, his mother Nora (Pat) Hartse Carlson, his father James R Carlson Sr, his brother Michael Carlson, and his sister Laurie Carlson Trusty. He is survived by his nephew Paul Trusty and niece Jennifer (Tug) Trusty, his siblings Mary Rieley and sons Michael and Patrick of Helena MT, Amy (Jim) Strecker of Billings, MT, John (Judi) Carlson and their children Christopher, Kaili, and Markus of Kennewick WA, David (Nancy) Carlson and daughter Ellen, of Billings, MT, Kathleen "Kitty" (Tim) Carlson of Elk River, Minnesota, Joan (Doug) Hatch and children Nathan, Emily, Sarah and Kelli of Fort Collins, CO and Charles "Charlie" (Beth) of Billings, MT, and his aunt Sister David and uncle Walter Carlson. 
 A memorial service celebrating the life of Jim Carlson will be held at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014, with Deacon Dennis Bivens, presiding. A time for greeting his family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Saint John’s Abbey Cemetery at Collegeville, MN.  Blessed be the memory of James R. Carlson Jr. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Joseph Harren, Warroad, MN formerly of Red Lake Falls, MN, died Sunday August 17, 2014 at Warroad Senior Living Center, Warroad, MN.
Memorial mass will be held on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father Bill DeCrans Officiating.  Burial will be held in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery near Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held on Monday one hour prior to services at the church.
Hon. J. A. Harren “Joe” was born Joseph Aloysuis Harren on May 6, 1928 to Joseph C. and Walburga (Bergman) Harren of Freeport, Minnesota. Joe passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 17, 2014 at the age of 86. 
Joe attended Melrose High School, St. John’s University, South Dakota State University, and St. Paul College of Law, (William Mitchell College of Law), earning his law degree in 1951.  He worked his way through college and Law school by, among other things, catching for some of the best pitchers in Minnesota semi-pro baseball. 
While a senior in law school Joe visited Red Lake Falls on a business assignment for his employer and was impressed by the natural beauty of the city.  It was located nearly halfway between his home town in Stearns County, Minnesota and that of his fiancée who was a practicing Registered Nurse in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada. Later upon his discharge from the Army in January, 1952 he opened he opened a law practice in Red Lake Falls.
In June of 1952 Joe married Marie Blanche “Jeanne” Deschenes from Dunrea, Manitoba.     The couple made their home in Red Lake Falls and raised their ten children there.  
Joe built a successful law practice in RLF where he served as the city attorney.  In 1964 Joe was first elected Judge of Probate Court, a position which permitted him to continue his practice of law on a limited basis.  In 1968 Marshall County was added to his jurisdiction.  In June 1971 he became the first County Court Judge in the state of Minnesota under the new Court Reform law and later served as Chief Judge of the Marshall-Red Lake- Pennington Count Court District. In 1991 he retired after more than 40 years dedicated to the Law. 
In Red Lake Falls Joe enjoyed recreational baseball and softball. He coached youth hockey and enjoyed many years as a firearms safety instructor.  He was a charter member of the oak knolls golf club and took great pride in the course he and his friends built along the Clearwater River.    He was a member of the Sportsman club and helped to convert “the dump” near the confluence of the Red Lake and Clearwater Rivers (the point) into a sportsman’s park.  He enjoyed membership and service in the American Legion Club, the Commercial Club, the Pathfinder’s snowmobile club, the SJU Alumnae Association and the Blue Line Club. He served on the Red Lake County Bank Board of Trustees and was an active member of St Joseph’s Parish and The Catholic Order of Foresters. 
Following childrearing and retirement Joe and Jeanne moved their home to Swift Ditch, East of Warroad   Joe had a lifelong love of the outdoors and shared that joy with his children and grandchildren supporting and encouraging faithfully.  He was happiest when he was with Mother Nature.  He enjoyed  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, manual labor, mushroom hunting, berry picking, bird/nature watching, his many canine companions, his trademark pipe, hiking and spending time at his hunting cabin in Beltrami Island.   
Joe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeanne;  children John (Patricia) of Warroad MN, Richard (Suzanne) Wasilla AK, Jeannette Knott of Red Lake Falls, Susan (Knute) Knutson of Red Lake Falls, Jacquelyn (Brent) Edison of Bismarck ND, Mark (Dawna) of Warroad MN, Peter (Monique) of Anchorage AK, Sheila (Perry) Nagel of Grand Forks ND, and Paulette (John) Ditzler of Eagle River AK;  39 grandchildren;  26 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews in the U. S. and Canada. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his son William. 


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Timothy Sipe, 61, Fargo, ND, died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Timothy Clifford Sipe was born November 27, 1952, in Ada, MN, the son of A. C. (Tony) and Clarabelle (Ellingworth) Sipe. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Ada. Tim attended school in Ada where he excelled in sports and graduated with the class of 1971. Following high school he enrolled at the University Of North Dakota and played baseball on a scholarship. Tim (Timmy) was united in marriage to Rita Jakobson on April 11, 1989, in Las Vegas, NV. He was a devoted husband, and took great care of his beloved wife. Together they enjoyed caring for their cats. They made their home in Fargo, where he worked for ShareHouse for 29 years. He was proud to be recently awarded the “Employee of the Year.”  He enjoyed people and had a good rapport with people of all walks of life. He really enjoyed his co-workers and his customers.  Timmy continued to participate in sports, especially golf, bowling, and softball. He and his Dad alternated winning the Ada City Golf Tournament in the 1970’s. Timmy was hardworking, dedicated, and a humble person. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching the Twins and Vikings. “His smile and welcoming easy presence will be missed by all who knew him.” 
Timmy is survived by his wife of 25 years, Rita, his mother Clarabelle Sipe of Ada, four sisters, Teri (Pat)  Deutsch, Rochester, MN, Tamara, (Kevin) Anderson, Ada
, Trudy (Steve) Collins, Billings, MT, and Trisa (Alan) Olson,  Valley City, ND, and several aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Tony, and in-laws, Eduards & Janinia Jakobson, formerly of Carrington, ND. Funeral services will be 11:00AM Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN, with visitation for one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be at Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home  Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 

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Marion I. Larson, age 96, of Grand Forks, ND, and formerly of rural Climax, MN, died late Wednesday afternoon, August 6, 2014, at Woodside Village in Grand Forks, ND. Marion was born on her parent's farm in Vineland Township, near Climax, MN, on August 8, 1917, the daughter of R.T. Cecil and Olive (Jevning) Neil. She grew up on the farm and was baptized and confirmed at the Sand Hill Lutheran Church. Marion attended District 6 country school and graduated from Climax High School in 1935. She remained on the farm until her marriage to Elmer J. Larson on October 26, 1941 at Sand Hill. Marion and Elmer first lived in Grand Forks, ND and later moved to Moorhead, MN. In 1946 they returned to the Climax area and settled in Tynsid Township to farm and raise their family. Marion and Elmer were very devoted lifelong members of the Sand Hill Lutheran Church and Marion was also a member of WELCA. In addition to their participation in organizations of the Climax Public Schools, they never missed any of the activities of their children while growing up, or those of several of their grandchildren. Marion was very interested in the history of the area and was a longtime member of the Polk County Historical Society. She was also referred to as the family's historian. Marion and Elmer retired from farming in 1983 and began traveling extensively throughout the United States, while also visiting every continent of the world with the exception of Antarctica. When they weren't off to some exotic locale they enjoyed quiet evenings at home listening to music or going out dancing. Marion was passionate about cake decorating and loved making special cakes for family birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and sometimes because she 'just felt like it'. Other favorite pastimes included quilting, sewing, and cooking. In 1999 she and Elmer moved from the farm into East Grand Forks, and then in 2011 to Valley Memorial Homes in Grand Forks. Sadly, Elmer passed away on December 25, 2013. Marion touched the hearts and lives of her family in so many ways and she will be dearly missed by all.
Marion leaves her five children: Judy (Bob) Hoffman of Waseca, MN, Linda (Darren) Pahl of Zumbrota, MN, Arlan (Dana) Larson of Climax, MN, Wanda (Bill) Scoville of Fargo, ND and Owen (Connie) Larson of Climax; fifteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, LouAnn Neil of East Grand Forks, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Elmer, her beloved husband of 72 years, Marion was preceded in death by her parents, R.T. Cecil and Olive Neil; and a brother, Robert Neil. May God bless Marion's memory.
A funeral service in celebration of the life of Marion Larson will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the Sand Hill Lutheran Church, rural Climax, MN, with the Rev. Joy Grainger, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Friday from 5 to 7 PM, with a 7 PM prayer service and time of sharing, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will take place in the Sand Hill Lutheran Cemetery. Online Registry at: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Esther Lorraine Vandervort, 90, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Saturday afternoon, August 9, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Esther was born at Leonard, North Dakota on October 9, 1923, and was the seventh of eight children of the union of Lewis and Henrietta (Swenumson) Qualley. Her early childhood years were spent on the family farm until moving with her parents to Mentor, MN in the early 1930's. She attended Mentor Public Schools. On January 31, 1942 Esther was united in marriage to Marvin Vandervort at Crookston, and the couple lived and farmed near Mentor. During those early years of marriage, winters were spent at Blackduck, MN, where Marvin did logging, and then at Calumet, MN, where he was employed in the iron ore mines. Marvin and Esther moved into Crookston in 1948, while maintaining their farming operation. It was definitely a partnership with Esther bringing meals to the field and doing all of the bookkeeping, while running a busy household that included looking after their three children. Marvin also helped out on several area farms as well, until their retirement from farming in 1980. Esther later became a day care provider at the University of Minnesota-Crookston Children's Center. She absolutely loved her day care kids, and they adored her as another "grandma" in their young lives. Sadly, Marvin passed away on December 29, 1992. Esther and Marvin had celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary earlier that same year. Esther was a devoted member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and the Ladies Afternoon Guild. She was a very kind, gentle and humble lady; always there when someone was in need, and welcoming into her home those who needed a "family life". She was a good listener, with a calm, even disposition, and offered her counsel without judgement. Esther was a loving wife, mother, and friend who will be deeply missed. May God richly bless her memory. 
Grateful to have shared in Esther's life are her son and 2 daughters: Wayne Vandervort and Sandra Vandervort, both of Crookston, and Joan Lindquist, 4065 Pioneer Drive, Grand Forks, ND 58201; her son-in-law, Bruce Lindquist of Minneapolis, MN; a brother, Harold Qualley of Jackson, MN; a sister, Lillian Schuett of Bloomington, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to her beloved husband, Marvin, Esther was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Henrietta Qualley; a grandson, Eric Michael Lindquist, who passed away this past January; 3 brothers, Andrew and John, and infant, Alfred; and 2 sisters, Betsy Kjelvik and Josephine Dordal.
The funeral service honoring the life of Esther Lorraine Vandervort will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will take place in the Hafslo Cemetery, rural Crookston, MN. Online registry www.stenshoelhouske.com 


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Linda Diane Olson, 74, of Mentor, MN, died early Saturday morning, August 9, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Linda was born on June 25, 1940 in Crookston to Richard and Lucylle (Blasus) Berg. While growing up in Crookston she attended the McKinley School and Central High School. On November 21, 1958 she was united in marriage to Roger Dale Olson at Erskine, MN.  Linda and Roger lived and farmed in the Mentor, MN area all their married lives. In past years she had been employed at Jiffy Fry in Crookston, and the Marcoux Corner Bar and Restaurant. Since 1990 Linda and Roger had been spending winters  in Yuma, AZ. Linda was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Fertile, MN.
Loving family members include Linda’s beloved husband of 55 years, Roger; 4 children: Rickie Lee of Fosston, MN, and Rod (Rachael) Olson, Michael Olson, and Rebecca Wilkinson, all of Mentor; 6 grandchildren: Breanna  Sandeen, Ryan and Emily Olson,  Heath Wilkinson, Holly (Josh) Bouvette, and Kara Wilkinson; a great-granddaughter, Emma Lynn Bouvette;   brother, Gary (Anita) Berg of Anoka, MN; sister, Kristi Larson of Moorhead, MN; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Berg and Lucylle Berg Mulcahy; an infant son, Scott; and a brother-in-law, David Larson. Blessed be the memory of Linda Diane Olson. 
A memorial service for Linda Olson will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston.  Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Faith Cemetery at Mentor. Online registry www.stenshoelhouske.com 

 

 

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Gerald Eugene Brekken, 59, of Fernley , NV , and a Crookston, MN native, died unexpectedly at his home of natural causes on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Gerald was born in Crookston on April 26, 1955, the son of Albert and Wanda (Pester) Brekken. He was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, attended Cathedral School, and graduated from Mount St. Benedict High School in 1973. While in high school, Gerald, or "Jonce" as he was known to his classmates and friends, participated in hockey, football, drama club, choir, and sang with the 'Belles and Beaus'. He also worked on the family farm with his dad and brothers. Gerald furthered his education at St. John's University at Collegeville, MN, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in 1977. He was united in marriage to Bridgett Bergan on June 3, 1978 at St. Cloud, MN. Four children were born to their union: Jonathan, Leah, Joshua, and Catherine. The growing family made their home in Richfield, MN until moving to Carson City, NV on March 13, 1987. Gerald taught Junior High English in Carson City for a year and then at Swope Middle School in Reno from 1988 until his retirement in 2009. Gerald was a member of the Nevada Education Association and the Arbor Day Foundation. In 2010 he moved to Fernley.  A favorite pastime was playing on-line scrabble with family members. He also enjoyed reading, gardening, and landscaping, and kept up with the news from Crookston via the Times and KROX websites. Gerald remained a loyal Twins and Vikings fan despite his many years spent in Nevada. He will be remembered as a very caring father and grandfather who gave his all for his kids.
Gerald leaves his 4 children and 3 grandchildren: Jonathan Brekken and wife, Lauren, and children, Avery and Eloise, of Houston, TX, Leah Brekken and daughter, Emma, of Carson City, NV, Joshua Brekken and fiance', Erin Hoffman, of Woodbury, MN, and Catherine Fernandez and Arturo of Carson City. He is also survived by his mother, Wanda Brekken of Crookston, MN; 7 brothers and 3 sisters: Roger (Edie) of Emily, MN, Dennis (Bev) and Vincent (Marie) of Crookston, David (Shirley) of Birchwood, WI, Greg (Maggie) of Goldsborg, NC, Mark (Jody) of Apple Valley, MN, Phil of Cottage Grove, MN, Marcie (Pat) McConville of Pinckney, MI, Chris (Bob) Olson of Paramount, CA, and Michelle (Elliott) Solheim of Crookston; a sister-in-law, Kristie Brekken Ricard of Crookston; an aunt and uncle, Howard and Evelyn Hanson of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Gerald was preceded in death by his father, Albert; brother, Curtis, and nephew, Jeremy. May God bless the memory of Gerald Eugene Brekken.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Gerald Eugene Brekken will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Monday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service and time of sharing. Visitation will also be for one hour prior to the funeral service. Inurnment will take place at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Donald Robert Staehnke, 75, of Erskine, MN, died early Thursday morning, August 7, 2014, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, with his loving wife, Gloria, and their children at his side. Don had been battling ill health for the past several years while never letting it defeat his spirit.
Don was born at Clearbrook, MN on August 24, 1938, one of five children born to the union of Harold and Florence (Hanson) Staehnke. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and first attended elementary school in Clearbrook. At the age of 9 he moved with his family to Badger, MN, and completed his education as a 1956 graduate of Badger High School. Don spent a year doing construction work before entering the U.S. Army on December 2, 1957. He was stationed stateside at Fort Riley, KS until his honorable discharge on February 9, 1959. He returned home and then began working at the Farmers Coop Elevator in Stephen, MN. On October 22, 1960 he was united in marriage to Gloria Jean Nelson at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Karlstad, MN. Don and Gloria made their home in Stephen until relocating to Crookston in 1962, where he was employed by the Crookston Farmers Coop Elevator. In 1967 he left to become manager of the Roseau, MN Coop Elevator, and held that position until returning to Crookston in 1969, becoming manager of the local Coop Elevator a year later. Don retired in 1995 and soon after he and Gloria moved to their lake home on Union Lake, near Erskine. For the next several years Don did interim work in a management capacity at elevators throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Complete retirement meant more time to pursue lifelong pastimes including fishing, ice fishing, and deer hunting with his kids and grandkids. His friendly, outgoing nature led to his family calling him a 'social butterfly.' Don always exhibited a keen interest in whatever those around him were doing, so much so, that he would take on the challenge of learning and doing those things himself. He was currently a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine, and a former member of Rodnes Lutheran Church, near Erskine, and Crookston's Trinity Lutheran Church. He also held memberships in the American Legion, Eagles Aerie, Lions Club, and JayCees. In past years he had been a member of the Volunteer Fire Departments of both Roseau and Crookston. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be very sadly and lovingly missed by his family and many friends.
Don is survived by his wife and best friend of 53 years, Gloria; their 4 children: Robert (Denise) Staehnke of Fosston, MN, Nadine Waxler of Champlin, MN, Laurie (Curt) Caillier of Crookston, MN, and Brenda Liebman Staehnke of Moorhead, MN; 15 grandchildren: Matt (Emily) Staehnke, Ben Staehnke, Tommy (Beth) Staehnke, Trevor, Landon, and Max Staehnke, Annie (Tim) Strader, Suzanne (Drew) Hasian, Erich Waxler, Andy (fiance', Shanon) Caillier, Jake, Lilly, and Erron Caillier, and Brandon and Alex Liebman; and 8 great-grandchildren: Mya, Layla, Danika, Levon, Aubrey, Adley, Clara, and Braxton. He also leaves a brother, Glenn (Edith) Staehnke of Rogers, MN; 2 sisters, Myrtle (Clarence) Ellis of Crookston, and Elaine and Donald Lange of Brooklyn Park, MN; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Karen (Ragnar) Bjornson of Middleboro, MA, Clyde (Kathy) Nelson of Karlstad, MN, and John (Margie) Nelson of Hoyt Lakes, MN; along with many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Florence; son-in-law, Brent Waxler; 2 grandchildren; and a sister, Gloria) Manley) Gustafson. May God bless Don's memory.
The funeral service for Donald Robert Staehnke will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 11, 2014, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine, MN, with The Rev. Timothy Lundeen, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Sunday from 3-5:00 p.m., with a 5:00 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, near Erskine, with Military Honors provided by Erskine American Legion Post #596. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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