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Martha Naomi Valley, 69, passed away February 4, 2016, peacefully in her home, with her loving husband by her side.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016 in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with Pastor Greg Isaacson officiating.  Visitation will be from 5-7p.m. Friday evening in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service, Crookston, MN. with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m.  Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston. Martha was born September 17, 1946 to Norman and Martha (Nelson) Erickson in Roseau, Minnesota.  She was baptized on October 20, 1946 at the Klondike Church in Strathcona, Minnesota; and confirmed June 17, 1962, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, Minnesota. Martha grew up in the Greenbush, Minnesota area with her family until moving to Crookston, Minnesota in 1952. There she attended Crookston Central High School and where she met her future husband.   She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Richard and Martha were married on June 17, 1965.  The Army brought them to Anchorage, Alaska, where they were blessed to have their children, Paul and Lisa.  In 1969 they returned to Crookston where they remodeled a home, and later moved to rural Crookston where together they built a house, of which she was very proud to have had a hand in. She worked for five years in the lab at American Crystal Sugar Company and then at St. Vincent as a Med Aide. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren when she wasn’t working.  She loved reading to her grandchildren, but most of all she had the honor of seeing her second grandchild being born. She enjoyed dancing with her husband, and sold crafts that they made.  She did hand paintings on wood crafts that were sold all over the world.  She loved sewing quilts, pillows, and just about anything, and was thrilled to sew up any of the grandchildren’s blankets that had a little rip in them.  She loved refinishing furniture, being out of doors, and having family and friends over for the holidays. She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her parents; siblings, Donald Erickson, Darlene Peterson, Ione Hylland, and Norton Erickson; a daughter-in-law Elizabeth (Gordon) Valley; and her father and mother-in-law, Paul and Emily Valley. Martha leaves behind her husband, Richard; a son, Paul Valley of Soldotna, Alaska; a daughter, Lisa (Jon) Ross of Fisher, Minnesota; and three grandchildren, Jessica, Benjamin, and Aimee Ross; brother, Ronald Erickson of Crookston, Minnesota; and two sisters, Kathlein Price, of Bloomington, Minnesota, and, Katherin (Larry) Nelson of Drayton, North Dakota.

 

Jean L. Parrow, 79, Ada, Minnesota, died Sunday, January 31, 2016, at Benedictine Care Community, of Ada. Memorial Service: 2:00PM Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
www.fredriksonfh.com






Anna (Shaide) Sontag, 96, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN, surrounded by four generations of family members.  She was born November 17, 1919, at home near Twin Valley, MN, the eighth child of John and Inga (Haugness) Jensen.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.When she was six years old the family moved to rural Borup and she attended country school.  After her eighth grade graduation she attended and graduated from the Agricultural College, Crookston, MN.  On June 12, 1943 she married Delmer Shaide.  Delmer and Anna had two daughters, Robin and Candace. They farmed near Borup MN, and raised a variety of animals.  Delmer passed away June 15, 1974.  Anna remained on the farm several years and eventually moved to Ada MN. On January 12, 1991 she married Arthur Sontag in Las Vegas.  They lived in Ada during the summer and in Mesa AZ during the winter.  Arthur passed away October 3, 2000. Anna moved to the Halstad Living Center, in December 2013 and resided there until her death. Anna was a busy talented social woman and was involved in various activities including being a 4-H leader for many years, Ada VFW Auxiliary, Winchester Lutheran Church, ladies aid and church organist, crafts (sewing, quilting, oil painting, Hardanger, knitting, crocheting, needlework and others), helped with the farming operation, was an excellent seamstress, sewing for others, making bridal gowns and doing tailoring, and was instrumental in starting the Red River Valley Saddle Club.  She worked part time in several retail positions including Ben Franklin, Olson's Men's Wear, Ada Fashion Shop and The Button Box to name a few, and she sold Artex embroidery paints. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Delmer and Arthur; sisters Selma, Hilda, and Bertha; brothers Arthur, Johnny, Carl, Clarence, Joseph, Henry, Orlean and Ordean.She is survived by daughters Robin (Eldon) Hetland, Shelly, MN and Candace (Donald) Pierce,  Surprise, AZ;  Grandchildren Zachary (Nicole) Pierce, Tucson, AZ, Holly (Jeff) Daly, Portland, OR, Genn (Ron) Bervig, Halstad, MN and NaLoni (Patrick) Spence Maple Grove, MN; Great Grandchildren Chelsie Nygaard (fiance Nick Froning), Elissa Nygaard, Andrew Bervig (Jasmine Hayes), Mitchell Spence and Megan Spence (Anthony Satran): Great-great grandchildren Phoenix and Elianna Tovar and Aiden and Zaniyah Bervig.  She is also survived by a sister Lillian (Knut) Wefald, brothers Marvin and Anton (Tony) Jensen, sisters-in-law Charmaine and Helen Jensen and Lorraine Malloy and brother-in-law Bill Cento, plus several nieces and nephews. Anna loved life, her community, her family and friends and her Lord.  Blessed be her memory. Memorial Service will take place at 11:00AM Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Winchester Lutheran Church, Borup, MN. Visitation will be from 5:00PM to 7:00PM Friday February 12, 2016, with a 7:00PM prayer service all at the church. Burial will take place in the Ada City Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  www.fredriksonfh.com



 

Mary Ann Leota Hetland, 88, of Halstad, Minnesota died Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Halstad Living Center. Mary Ann was born May 27, 1927, at home, on a farm near Nielsville, Minnesota.  She was one of eight children born to Tenny and Grettie Tendeland.  She attended Climax High School.  Mary Ann was united in marriage to Warner Vincent Hetland of Halstad, Minnesota, on December 11, 1944.  They moved to the home farm near Halstad where they lived until moving into Halstad in 1980.  In addition to helping Warner farm, she was active in the Augustana Lutheran Church and for the Halstad Living Center for over twenty years.  She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking, playing cards, keeping her house immaculately clean, and was an avid Minnesota Twins fan. Mary Ann and Warner were happily married for 62 years, until Warner's death in 2007.   Mary Ann is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sheryl and David Chambers, of La Palma, California, one granddaughter, Heidi Chambers, of Hollywood, California, and sisters, Ruth Moen of Hawley, Minnesota, and Claire May Olsen of Dorchester, Wisconsin, and brother Selmer (Pat) Tendeland of Fargo, North Dakota.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one infant daughter, Sheila, one sister, Joyce, and three brothers, Ollin, Terris, and Robert.
Funeral: 11:00AM Saturday February 6, 2016, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN.
Visitation: 5:00PM -7:00PM Friday with a 6:30PM prayer service at the funeral home.
Burial: Augustana Lutheran Cemetery, rural Halstad, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000)
www.fredriksonfh.com


 

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Gladyce “Glady” LaCrosse passed away on Monday, January 25, 2016 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN, at the age of 77.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bill DeCrans Officiating. Burial will be held later in the spring at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday, February 1, 2016 from 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls.
Gladyce Mae Meyer was born November 4, 1938, in Thief River Falls, MN, the daughter of Clarence and Bertha (Weise) Meyer.  She was baptized as an adult in Minneapolis, MN.  She attended Lafayette High School in 1956 and in 1958, she earned a LPN degree from Northland College, Thief River Falls and then in 1982, Glady became a RN while attending Northland.
On May 16, 1959, Gladyce was united in marriage to John “Jack” LaCrosse at St. Joseph’s Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. The couple made their home near Red Lake Falls where they farmed and raised their family. Glady was very active being involved in all aspects of the Catholic Church. Following her retirement she was also very active in the foster grandparent program in the local elementary schools.
Glady worked as a CNA in high school at St. John’s Hospital, Red Lake Falls, worked as a nurse in the Clinic at Red Lake Falls and as a nurse at Riverview, Crookston, MN.  She went on to become the OB supervisor at Riverview.
She is survived by husband John “Jack” LaCrosse, Red Lake Falls, MN; children: John (Dianne ), Cindy (Perry) Barnes, Keith (Jenipher) LaCrosse, Mark (Melanie) LaCrosse and  Anthony (Sue) LaCrosse; grandchildren: Matthew and Brandon Thomas, David (Andrea) Forsberg, Bethany (Chad) Griffith, Adam, Megan and Ashley LaCrosse, Zachary, Abigail and Andrew LaCrosse, Heather Uriell Cory Uriell; great grandchildren: Henry Forsberg, Bella Griffith, Mallory Uriell; brothers: Harold (LaVoane) Meyer and Kenneth Meyer.
Preceded in death by her parents, infant twins born in 1964, brother John and sister Dorothy Ford.
Family condolences may be sent to: www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.

 

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Anna A. Sontag, 96, Ada, Minnesota, died Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.
Memorial Service: 11:00AM Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Winchester Lutheran Church, Borup, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM Friday February 12, 2016, with a 7:00PM prayer service all at the church. Burial: Ada City Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
www.fredriksonfh.com   

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Albert Gilbert Strande, 63, a resident of Gooding, Idaho, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016, peacefully in his home with his loving wife by his side. Al was born February 4, 1952 in Fosston, Minnesota to Gilbert and Dolores Strande.  He attended Fosston High School and then joined the Marine Corps. He married Kathleen Barens and they had 3 children. He later married Arlene Yarussi, of Gooding, Idaho on August 9, 2003, where he spent the last 13 years.His heart was always with his children and grandchildren, but his love was on the road as a professional truck driver of 30 years.
He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, riding horses and was a member of the Lutheran Church.
He is preceded in death by 1 son, Keith Strande; his parents and 2 nephews, JR Simmons, and Michael Johnson.
Al is survived by his loving wife, Arlene, of Gooding, Idaho; 2 children, James (Kira) Strande, of Anaconda, Montana, and Michelle (Craig) Allers, of Farmington, Minnesota; 4 grandchildren, Kloey Strande, Brock Strande, Alexis Strande, and Abigail Allers; and siblings, Patty (Tom) Brenk, of Forest Lake, Minnesota, Peggy (Darrell) Johnson, of Crookston, Minnesota, Jewel Strande, of Crookston, Minnesota, Pam (Buck) Simmons, of Mahnomen, Minnesota, and Vi (Wally) Abel, of Andover, Minnesota.  Al is also survived by his mother-in-law, Shirley Yarussi; and his sister-in-law Diane (Jack) Houser, and their children and grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, Minnesota, with visitation at the church beginning at 10:00 am.  Committal will follow at Elm Cemetery in Winger, Minnesota.  Following the committal service, there will be a celebration of life with reception and light lunch at 102 State St. in Crookston.

 

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Larry Duane Hennager, age 64, of Crookston, MN died peacefully in his home with his family by his side in the early morning hours Tuesday, January 26, 2016 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 29, 2016 in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service, Crookston.  Family will be greeting friends beginning at 10 a.m.
.Larry was born on August 16, 1951 to Roy and Edna (Hennager) Briggs. The oldest of 5 children, he was raised and went to school in Crookston. On June 22, 1968, he married Carol Hudson in Sisseton, SD. The couple settled in Crookston after a couple of brief moves to the Twin Cities and Hillsboro, ND, where they raised their three children.
Larry had several jobs over the years including Collagen Water, Simplot, and American Crystal Sugar. But his true passion was his carpentry business. He enjoyed roofing and painting in the summer and drywall and interior work in the winter.
His hobbies included riding motorcycles, snowmobiling, bow hunting, fishing, wood work, traveling and spending time with family.
Larry is survived by his mother, Edna Klema; his three children, Linda (Phil) Walters of Cass Lake , MN, Duane (Tammy) Hennager of Crookston and Lisa Hennager of Crookston; six grandchildren, Kenny, Monica, Alexander, Samuel, Brittny and Amanda; four great-grandchildren, Coal, Wyatt, Jayden, and Kayden; sisters, Susan (Jack) Clark of Seabrook, TX and Linda Jensen of Crookston; a brother Donald (Debbie) Briggs of Crookston and many more family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father,  wife, Carol and a brother, Dale Briggs.

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Diane Mary (Sirek) Hoiseth, age 66, of Crookston died January 18, 2016 at Riverview Health in Crookston Minnesota after a short battle with cancer.  She was surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Crookston on February 1, 1949, the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Drumheller) Sirek.  She grew up in rural Red Lake Falls, MN, attended country school in rural Dorothy, MN , and graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1967. After graduation, Diane worked at St. Frances Hospital, and the kitchen of Robert’s Restaurant.  Then on April 20, 1968 she was united in marriage to Jerry Hoiseth, her high school sweetheart, at Dorothy’s Catholic Church in Dorothy, MN. She and Jerry went to Fort Knox, KY, for six months so that Jerry could finish his military service.  Upon returning to Crookston, Diane was employed as a Switchboard Telephone Operator for “Ma Bell”.   After the closing of the phone company, she was employed as the morning cook at the Villa St. Vincent, all the while she was raising their three children.  In 1983 she started her own day care business and for 11 years cared for many children as her own.  In 1996 she continued to care for others while working with the elderly and disabled through the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council. Diane was a wonderful cook; everyone loved her fried chicken and potato salad.  She enjoyed traveling with Jerry, especially out to California to visit her son Travis and his family.  A great joy of hers was teaching Sunday School for over 30 years. Her faith was very important to her. She loved nothing better than to study the Word of God and to fellowship with her family and close friends over a cup of coffee. Diane was the rock and strength of her family.  She was a source of wisdom and guidance for not only her family but friends as well. She will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Dorothy,  an infant sister, Jeanette; her husband, Jerry; a granddaughter Allison Diane Burns; her parents–in-law, Lloyd and Hazel Hoiseth.She is survived by her three children, Traci (Todd) Burns of Auburn, North Dakota, Travis (Beth) Hoiseth of Gold River, California, and Jenifer (Mark) Huffman of Crookston, Minnesota; seven grandchildren,  Zach, Shane and Savannah Burns, Christopher, Caitlyn, and Coltan Huffman, and Logan Hoiseth; and one great-grandson, Caleb Burns; also four siblings, Carol (Glen) Devold, Susan (Richard) Diaz, Cindy (Darrell)Payment, and Robert (fiancée, Tammy Petruska) Sirek, Jr and her good friend, Boyd Goosen. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016 in the Bible Baptist Church, Crookston.  Visitation will begin 2 hours prior to the service in the church. 

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Dale George Martinson, 63 died peacefully Sunday, January 17 at Sanford Vibra Hospital in Fargo, N.D. after a courageous four and a half month battle with brain cancer. 
He was born Aug. 18, 1952 in Detroit Lakes, MN to parents William and Ovidia Martinson. After high school in Detroit Lakes, Dale served in the US Air Force from 1972 to 1976, with several years in Turkey. He worked for the Sisters of Mt. St. Benedict from 1976 to 2006. While working there, Dale met and married the love of his life, Laura Martinson. The Sisters of Mt. St. Benedict were like family to Dale and Laura, helping raise their children. Dale worked full time at UMC Security Services from 2006 to September, 2015. He was deeply grateful for and loved his UMC family.
Dale served in the Crookston Police Reserve for many years. He loved serving his community, and helping others. He will be dearly remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather; his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He leaves a legacy of kind generosity, rooted in his strong faith and love of God.
Dale is survived by his wife, Laura; son, Paul of Moorhead, MN; daughters, Yvonne (Jeffrey) Martinson Almhjeld of Thief River Falls, MN and Jannae (Jonathan) Junglas of Fargo, ND; four grandchildren, Aryelle Beam, Kolton and Aibrey Almhjeld, and Jericho Junglas; brothers David and Dean Martinson of Detroit Lakes, MN; sisters, Arlene Meyers of Park Rapids, MN, Helen Seidell of Pelican Rapids, MN, Carol Mott of St. Hilaire, MN, Judy Nelson of Osage, MN, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Esther Jorgenson and Marilyn Honer; brothers, Douglas and Bobby, all of Detroit Lakes, MN.
A memorial service will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 23rd at 2 pm in Crookston to celebrate Dale’s spiritual journey on this earth.


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Ann Bernice Hagen passed away on Tuesday, January 12 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota. Ann resided at Fair Meadow Nursing Home and Assisted Living in Fertile, Minnesota. She was 94.
Anna Bernice Colebank was the 4th child of 7 and eldest daughter born to Clara and John Colebank in Woodside township, Polk County, Minnesota. She attended District 8 School through 8th grade and graduated from Mentor High School in 1934. Earning an elementary teaching certificate at Thief River Falls Ann taught rural school for 6 years in Polk and Norman counties. Ann furthered her education at Bemidji State Teachers College and served as county 4-H Club agent in Cass and Norman Counties for 3 years. In June of 1946 Ann married Melbourne Charles Hagen at Maple Lake Lutheran Church and moved to Adak, Alaska where they both worked for the Army Engineers. Ann and Mel celebrated 69 years of marriage in 2015. They resided In Alaska for over 50 years however maintained family ties by returning to Minnesota every other summer.
Ann’s career with civil service totaled 29 years in Alaska; on the island of Adak with the office of civilian personnel; in Anchorage with the Bureau of Land Management; and briefly in Crookston, Minnesota for Selective Service/Social Security. Ann’s retirement years were filled with volunteer work for the Anchorage Senior Center Library, travel and active participation in the annual Alaska Run for Women and Heart Run. Ann traveled with family as far as St Petersburg, Russia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Estonia, Finland and Denmark. Together she and Mel made numerous trips to Hawaii for sunshine and Oregon, Virginia and Louisiana to visit family. Ann renewed her passport at the age of 90 with plans to visit her granddaughter in Norway. 
Prior to moving into Fair Meadow Assisted Living (2013), Ann resided in Anchorage and attended First Free Methodist Church. She was steadfast in her faith and love of the Lord. Ann enjoyed reading, Skyping, emailing and contributing to the “family letter.” At Fair Meadow Ann reconnected with friends from her growing up years. Ann will be dearly missed by her immediate family, many friends, and extended family of brother and sister-in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Ann is survived by her sister, Martha Ruth Smith, DeRidder, Louisiana; daughter Janice (Greg) Gullickson, Anchorage, AK; two sons Reid (Grace), Fertile and Brent (Maureen), Portland, OR; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Mel; brothers, Maynard, Lawrence, Norman and John Colebank; and sister, Grace Anderson.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 11 AM in the Hope Evangelical Free Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation will be on Friday, January 22, 2016, from 5-7 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm in the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will be in the Fertile City Cemetery, Fertile, MN. Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home   Fertile, MN  www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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William “Duke” Youngquist, age 87, of Crookston, MN passed away Friday, January 15, 2016 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND surrounded by his loving family.  Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston, MN.
Bill Youngquist was born June 20, 1928 in Crookston, MN the son of Lawrence and Alice (Sylvester) Youngquist.  He graduated from the Crookston Central High School in 1948. Bill married Shirley Thompson in 1950.   Duke enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in December of 1950 serving in the Korean War.  He carried out the Armistice Papers from the war and was honorably discharged in December of 1953.
Duke attended UND beginning in 1954 where he graduated with a Masters’ Degree in Industrial Technologies then taught in California, Northern Minnesota then began teaching for the public school system in Grand Forks, ND in 1961.  Bill retired from teaching in 1990 then worked as a crop adjustor in his semi-retirement.
Shirley passed away in 2002.  Bill later married JoAnn (Rice) Bakken-Elleson November of 2008 and the couple made their home in Crookston, MN.
Bill loved working with wood, tinkering and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the local VFW and American Legion. 
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Youngquist of Crookston, MN; sons, Tim (special friend, Stacey) Youngquist of Grand Forks, ND and Tom (Bev) Youngquist of St. Petersburg, FL; step-children, Dennis (Elaine) Bakken of Seligma, Missouri, Mark (Judy) Bakken of Appleton, WI, Ronald (Eileen) Bakken of Moorhead, MN and John (Bridget) Bakken of Appleton, WI; 34 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and his brother Don Youngquist of Crookston, MN.
Bill always considered JoAnn’s step-children a part of his family and there is a number of the Elleson family who also survive as well as Dave, Letty and Sara Hernandez who have always been special to him.
Duke was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Shirley and a son, Todd.

 

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Rose Alma Bregier, 94 of Red Lake Falls, MN died peacefully on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Monday, January 18, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Adam Hamness presiding.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be from 5-8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN and also one hour prior to the service on Monday. Rose Alma Marie Reopelle was born April 26, 1921 in Red Lake Falls, MN, at her parent’s home, the daughter of Euclide and Delia (LaPlante) Reopelle.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church and attended Badger Creek Country School. On April 9, 1940, Rose Alma was united in marriage to George Bregier.  The couple built a little house in Red Lake Falls.  Her husband, George, was drafted into the United States Army and served in World War II.  Following his Honorable Discharge they bought a farm in 1943, in Gervais Township, near Plummer, MN.  Rose Alma loved being a farm wife and homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, raising chickens and making and painting farm ornaments.  Rose Alma was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.She is survived by seven children: Gerald Bregier, Erskine, MN, Dolores Harrison, Minneapolis, MN, Jane (David) Johnson, Princeton, MN, Vern (Shirley) Bregier, Red Lake Falls, MN, Rose (fiancé Jim) Senn, Metamora, FL, George Bregier, Sioux Falls, SD and Linda (Paul) Richter, Le Sueur, MN; 21 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Rose Alma was preceded in death by husband, George, in 1990; parents; sons-in-law Ronald Harrison and Michael Senn; grandson Shawn Senn; three sisters: Laura Riel, Florida Phillips and Dora Derosier; and one brother, Eugene Reopelle. Family condolences may be sent by visiting www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

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Memorial services for Gerald Bruun of Parkers Prairie, formerly of Eagle Bend and Climax, will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, January 14th, at the Faith Lutheran Church in Eagle Bend with Pastor Melissa Ehrhardt presiding. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 12:30 PM until the time of services. Gerry died at his home in Parkers Prairie on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the age of 83 years with family at his side, after a short illness and under the gentle care of Hospice of Douglas County.   
Gerald Hillburn Bruun was born December 22,1932, in Tynsid Township, Polk County, rural Climax, MN, to Frederick O. and Clarice (Grove) Bruun. He was baptized and confirmed at Sand Hill Lutheran Church. His formal education started with attendance at a country school in Roome Township, located next to the Ostgaard farm near Climax. It was then on to the school in Climax, where he graduated with the class of 1950. On September 5, 1953, he was united in marriage with Lorraine Evodia Charron at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, sharing over 62 years together.
Gerald’s love of the land led him to a career in farming which he did until 1987 when they sold the dairy herd. Along with crop farming he raised registered Durocs and milked cows. The first registered Guernsey, Morkassle Royal MiMi, arrived on the farm when purchased in 1957. Horses made a return to the farm in 1970. This led to his involvement working with his family in 4-H, FFA, showing cattle, and as a livestock judge in many capacities. He volunteered with the Red River Valley Winter Shows in Crookston, as the superintendent of the FFA Crops Show. He was a member of the Lakes Region Guernsey Breeders and the American Guernsey Association, and involved with the West Polk County 4-H. He was able to fix most anything that needed repair. His skill and patience allowed him to keep his computer running. He became an “expert”!
Active in his church, participating in Forum each Sunday made Gerald’s faith stronger. With David Rolstad, they organized the first Eagle Bend American Red Cross Blood Drive in 1997, continuing each year in the end of March.  Part-time employment brought him to Pro-Ag, and Wal-Mart in Alexandria in the Lawn & Garden Department, working there on and off until 2012.
Gerald and Lorraine began working at Bible camps in 1997. First at Sky Ranch, Fort Collins, Co; Outlaw Ranch and Atlantic Mountain, Custer, SD, Upper Missouri Ministries, Epping, ND and Sugar Creek, Ferryville, WI. Gerald was able to share his love of horses while working at Outlaw Ranch and Sugar Creek. Having to wear a helmet, which he thought was humorous.
Gerald lived his entire live in Minnesota;  Climax for 50 years, Saum, MN for 3 years, Eagle Bend for 18 years, and Parkers Prairie for the last 12 years.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Clarice; brother and sister-in-law Frederick Kermit and Lorraine Koppang Bruun; and sister-in-law Mary Lou Bergerson Bruun.
He is survived by his wife Lorraine of Parkers Prairie; children Laurie  of Ocala, FL, Pat of Parkers Prairie, Gerald F. “Bud” (Mary) of West Fargo, ND, Melanie (Paul) Fritsche of New Ulm, Natalie (Duane) Nelson of Wolverton, and Monica of Ocala, FL; grandchildren Andrew Fritsche, Daniel (Julie) Fritsche, Leanne (Kevin) Muhl, Tyler Bruun, Sarah Bruun and Brandon Anderson; four great-grandchildren; brother Harley O. Bruun of Braddock, ND; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald's children and all of his grandchildren.
Inurnment will be in Sand Hill Cemetery, Climax, MN.
In lieu of flowers family suggests memorials to the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, or to the donor's choice.
Arrangements are with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes’ Domian-Anderson Chapel, Bertha, MN. (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)

 

 
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Loren D. Olson, 94, Ada, MN, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at 2:00pm in his home surrounded by his family’s love.Loren was born on Oct. 9, 1921, to Roy and Marie (Ramstorf) Olson in Ada, MN.  Loren was baptized and confirmed at 1st Lutheran Church, Ada. He graduated from Ada High School in 1939.  Loren enlisted in the United States Army in 1940 and served with the 3rd and 30th Infantry divisions in WWII from 1940 through 1945. He took part in the “D” Day invasion of France and in all five of the Battles of Normandy, Northern France, Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with 5 Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart Medal. Loren married Dora Sannes on Nov. 11, 1950. They enjoyed over 65 years of wedded bliss (he lovingly called her (“my nurse”). They were blessed with 3 children: Kevin (Rose) Olson, Priest River, ID, Rhonda (Rodger) Geddes, Waubun, MN, and Gwen (Ahmad) Abuhedjleh, River Falls, WI; 4 grandchildren: Tory (Dustin) Thompson, Phoebe Olson, Khalid Abuhedjleh and Pharah Abuhedjleh; 3 great grandchildren: Keira, Annika and Sophia Thompson, all of who, along with Dora and sister Betty Kirchmeier survive him.  He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters: Elaine Menge and Eleanor Rafftery. Loren was a life member of the Ada V.F.W. of which he is a past Commander and Quartermaster. He was also a member of the American Legion. Loren was employed by Simpson Motor Company (Ford Dealership) as an accountant and parts manager until his retirement in 1987. Loren was a member of the “the great generation” whose  strength of character, self-sacrifice, and love of freedom molded them into the mighty force that defeated evil in World War II and forged us into a mighty nation. Loren was a family man above all else.  His love was a total commitment that knew no bounds. He performed his work with dedication and pride; accountant by day and sign painter during the evenings and on weekends to support his family.  Loren loved fishing and life at the lake. The entire family shared in his passion, eagerly awaiting weekends and annual vacations at our lake retreat. Loren’s oil and acrylic painting was a hobby pursed over a lifetime of honing his skills and for which he won numerous awards and much admiration. It is a testament to his indomitable spirit that someone who saw so many horrors early in life could find so much beauty in the world. Loren was a stickler for detail, whether accounting, his paintings, or numerous journals he kept. He could tell you how many fish he caught on a given date, their weight, the bait used, the weather, and even who the fish were gifted to,  Loren believed every kid should have the opportunity to fish. He had extra poles ready so any child who happened along could fish whether he knew them or not. Loren’s annual garden was a source of pride and good food. His family called him the “onion man of northern MN.” for the thousands of onions her grew every year for family and friends. Loren had a good singing voice and would entertain his family by singing songs to them. One of his favorites was “Red River Valley.” In later life he wrote a book “Fox Holes Across Europe”, a cathartic project which documents for posterity his experiences during the war. A man of surprising talents, great passion and sensitivity, lover of all things beautiful, and a great treasure to his family, a love that transcends time and death. Funeral will be at 11:00AM, Monday, January 18, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00PM, Sunday with a 5:30 prayer service all at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN and one hour before the service at the church. Interment will take place at the Ada City Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 
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Bernard F. Charboneau
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Bernard Francis Charboneau was born July 15, 1949 in Mahnomen, MN to Raymond and Adeline (Liebl) Sharbono.  He was raised and educated in Mahnomen.  During his working life, Bernard was a self-employed trucker.  He moved to McGregor, MN in 2010.
Bernard enjoyed driving truck, fishing, riding his motorcycle, storytelling and telling jokes.
Survivors include a son, Jeremy Charboneau of Cottage Grove, MN, a grandson: Nathan Charboneau of Cottage Grove, MN, 2 brothers and 2 sisters: JoAnn (Clayton) Johnson of Nielsville, MN, Harold (Sandy) Charboneau of Surprise, AZ, Jerome (Shirley) Charboneau of Climax, MN and Karen Maher of Aitkin, MN.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Brian.


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Deborah (Debbie) Ann Pokrzywinski Leas, formerly of Crookston, went to heaven cozied up in bed with her husband Jon by her side on January 7, 2016. Her daughters were also nearby. Debbie was born on April 30, 1962 in Crookston MN, the daughter of Marlan and Bonnie Pokrzywinski.  She attended school in Crookston and was a proud member of the CHS class of 1980. After high school Deb attended college in Bemidji and TRF, MN finishing her degree in Early Childhood Education in Des Moines, WA.  In 1983, she married her best friend, Jon Leas in Crookston at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Debbie worked nearly 25 years doing what she loved – early childhood and parent education. She touched thousands of lives, helping children, especially the naughty ones, and their parents develop healthy family relationships. Her most important calling was telling people about Jesus. She was also a successful matchmaker.  Jon and Debbie have three daughters Josephine, Emma, and Arden and she cherished being a wife and mom. For most of their married life Jon and Debbie lived in Washington State with brief periods in Minnesota and Canada. Debbie loved being with her entire family, and as the middle child of seven, she spent much of her time mediating family issues and praying for peace. She was bold, honest, and not a “fake” Christian. She lived her faith authentically. There will be a worship service and celebration of Debbie’s life at the Living Word Family Church (5200 Gateway Dr. Grand Forks) on Tuesday January 12th at 6:30p.m. Debbie specified that she wanted this celebration to be joyful and comfortable, please come as you are. For many years, Jon and Debbie have sponsored the Osanidda Orphanage in Uganda and request that memorials be made to: The Osanidda Orphanage, c/o WVFC, 5802 Summitview Ave, #150, Yakima, WA 98908. Debbie is survived by her husband Jon Leas, their Children: Josephine (Brandon) Holland, Rockford, WA, Emma (Tyler) Grosely, Yakima, WA and Arden Leas, Rockford, WA; grandchildren: Franchesque, Elliot and Judah Holland, and Romeo and Demi Grosely; parents, Marlan and Bonnie Pokrzywinski of Crookston, MN and siblings: Carolyn (Danny) Weber, Thief River Falls, MN, Mike (Bonnie) Pokrzywinski East Grand Forks, MN, Pat Pokrzywinski, Durango, CO, Julie (Jay) Kidwell of East Grand Forks, John Pokrzywinski (MarySue Taallerud) Duluth and Katy (Kurt) Koestler, St. Paul.  Her parents in law Mylan and Bobbie Leas of Fall City, WA, brothers and sisters in law Jason (Kristi) Leas of Crookston, MN, Jennifer (Troy) Ward of Duval, WA, Jarrett (Cindy) Leas of Brainerd, MN and Joe (Michelle) Leas of Crookston, MN. She will also be deeply loved and missed by many nieces and nephews.


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Darren Wade Goodyke, age 40, of Crookston, MN passed away Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Services will be Monday, January 11, 2016 at 10:30, with visitation and viewing 1 hour prior to service at Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston, MN for Darren Wade Goodyke.  Darren, age 40, of Crookston, Minnesota passed away Thursday, January 7th, 2016 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND after a battle with pneumonia.   Darren was born to Kathy (Bassen) and Richard Goodyke at Riverview Hospital, Crookston, MN.  He graduated from Crookston High School in 1993 and attended several agricultural related courses at the University of Minnesota Crookston in 1993 and 1994.  Darren grew up in his father’s footsteps enjoying the farm from the time he was five by working alongside him.   He started out by lawn mowing and taking his sisters for rides on the mower. Then he graduated into driving the John Deere 4010 from the field to the yard. He was only nine years old when he started driving the semi-tractor.  He was an excellent welder and proud of his farm accomplishments.  He enjoyed his friends and just hanging out.   Darren had enjoyed snowmobiling, water sports and had a couple antique cars he had wanted to restore.   In July 1993, he obtained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident.  He was treated for brain tumors in 1995 and 2006, after which, Darren continued to come to the farm to help as he was able, enjoying driving the semi-tractors and combines.  Darren is survived by his parents Richard and Kathy Goodyke, sisters Kelly (James) Mitchell of Hankinson, ND and Jaime (Russell) Delzer of Climax, MN .   Nieces and nephews, Erica and Ian Plummer, Shae, Nonie, Karina and Damien Mitchell, and Katelyn and Aiden Delzer.  Grandmother Shirley Bassen of Lamoure, ND.  Great Aunt June Goodyke of Crookston, MN.  Uncle and aunts, Dennis Goodyke of Crookston and Aunt Nancie Goodyke of Brighton, CO, Darrell and Linda Bassen of LaMoure, ND, Connie and Keith Bertram, Fargo, ND, and Sharon and Larry Jordan, Rugby, ND.  Many cousins and extended family.Darren was preceded in death by Grandparents Mayme and Henry Goodyke, Grandfather Kenneth Bassen, and Great Uncle John Goodyke. Stenhhoel-Housk Funeral is in charge of arrangements. www.StenshoelHouske.com     

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Mike Larson, 60, Fargo, ND, formerly of Ada, MN, died Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. Michael Philbin Larson was born April 22, 1955, in Ada, the son of Serenus and Gloria (Griewe) Larson. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church and graduated from Ada High School with the class of 1973. He attended college at Moorhead State (MN) University in the pre-veterinary curriculum. He started working for Burlington Northern Railroad in the Crookston, MN office and later transferred to Dilworth, MN. He enjoyed the outdoors, biking, fishing, as well as woodworking (lathing). As a youngster, along with his brothers collected many reptiles and other animals as pets. Mike suffered a stroke a number of years ago and was a resident of Golden Living Center in Moorhead, MN, and ManorCare, Fargo, ND.Mike is survived by his children, Bob Larson of St. Cloud, MN, Magen (Scott) Nelson, Marysville, WA, Anjie Broden of St. Cloud, MN, Crystal Larson, of Rapid City, SD, Nate Larson of Moorhead, MN, and Cody Larson, Fargo, ND, 11 grandchildren, his significant other; Rocky Dahl and her daughter, Kristi,  two brothers, Tim (Carol) Larson, Scottsdale, AZ, David (Karen) Larson, Glendale, AZ, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Larry, and his son, Benjamin Larson. Memorial Service will take place at 10:30AM, Saturday, January 9, 2016, at Fredrikson- Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Visitation will be for one hour before the memorial service. Burial will take place at the Ada City Cemetery, Ada, MN.

 

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Patricia Irene Koza, age 73, of Crookston passed away Tuesday, January 05, 2016 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.  Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, Crookston, MN with visitation beginning at 1 p.m on Saturday January the 9th.  The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements. www.stenshoelhouske.com
Patricia O’Boyle was born May 15, 1942 in Pasadena, CA. She was the daughter of Kenneth “Bud” and Gladys Muriel (Benson) O’Boyle. She graduated from the Crookston High School and Crookston School of Practical Nursing. Pat started her career at Bethesda and worked at various locations throughout her life including hospitals, clinics and home health.  She married Henry “Hank” Koza on December 26, 2000 in the First Presbyterian Church, Crookston, MN. Pat finished her career in nursing at Glenmore in River View Hospital. 
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston where she was an Elder and member of the Session. “Grandma Casey” enjoyed camping, playing cribbage, baking and gardening.  She loved the forty shades of green she experienced in Ireland, was humble and a best friend to all. 
Pat was survived by her husband, Hank of Crookston; her sister, Mary (Al) Amiot of Bloomington, MN; a son, Kevin (Carrie) Larson of Crookston, MN; daughters, Colleen (Gary) Hall of Hibbing, MN and Heather (Shane) Snesrud of Elysian, MN; a step daughter, Karla (Bob) Dahms of Mora, MN; niece, Nicole (Jon) Erickson of Burnsville, MN; nephew, Tony Amiot of Bloomington, MN; 14 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Michael Larson and an aunt, Irene (Burt) Butler
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial donations in the name of Pat be sent to American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. 


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Pauline “Polly” Shafer, age 74, of Crookston died Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.  Funeral Mass will be said at 2 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston.  Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the Mass in the Church.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, MN.
Polly was born to James and Helen (Witzman) Walsh on February 8, 1941 in Roseau County, Minnesota.  She grew up on the family farm in Badger, Minnesota and was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  She attended country school until 8th grade and then St. Joseph’s Academy in Crookston, graduating in 1959.
She met and married Allan Douglas Shafer from Greenbush on July 9, 1960 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Badger.  After marriage they moved to Crookston where they raised their family.
Polly loved kids which led her to doing daycare out of her home for 14 years.  Polly had various jobs in Crookston where recently she enjoyed very much being a foster grandparent at Washington School. Polly was active in the church and strong in her faith which she learned from her mother.
Polly is survived by her children, Vern (Lori) Shafer of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Monica (Greg) Riley of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, Lorri (Steve) Wochnick of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Kent (Nancy) Shafer, and Ray Shafer all of Crookston, Minnesota, and Joel Shafer (Kristin Hoyt) of Tower City, North Dakota; 17 grandchildren, Adam Wochnick, Dustin Wochnick, Alex Sandoe, Matthew Wochnick, Elaina Rivard, Abbe Dale, Jared Shafer, Derek Wochnick, Samantha Shafer, Philip Shafer, Christina Shafer, Sam Shafer, Randy Shafer, Andy Shafer, Lydia Shafer, Aaron Riley, and Mara Riley; five great grandchildren, Eli Paulhe, Ivan Rivard, Tanner, Mason and Annora Wochnick;  three sisters, Sister Luella Walsh of Rio Grande, Texas, Jeanette (Richard) Ecklund of Alexandria, Minnesota, and Helen Hlucny of Greenbush, Minnesota;  brothers, Allan Walsh of Badger, Minnesota, Leonard Walsh of Oregon; sister-in-law Phyllis Walsh from Badger, Minnesota;  brother-in-law Howard Monsrud, in theTwin Cities; brother and sister-in-law Dean and Diane Shafer; sisters-in-law Cheryl Kvien, Mary (Karl) Kjersten and Nancy (Duke) Reed; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Polly was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Allan in 1991; three brothers, Jim, George, and Charles Walsh; two sisters, Mary Monsrud and Sarah Johnson; and two brothers-in-law, Ray Johnson and Roy Hlucny.

 

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Sister Romana Durkin, 83, passed away at RiverView Care Center, Crookston, MN, on January 3, 2016
Bridget Durkin was born on February 5, 1932, in Ardoch, ND, to John and Martha (Lapinski) Durkin as one of their nine children. Bridget received her elementary education in a one-room country school in Walsh County, ND, and later she graduated from Mount Saint Benedict Academy. Bridget was baptized, received her first Eucharist and was confirmed in Saint John the Baptist Church in Ardoch. She remembered that she was confirmed by Bishop Aloisius Muench, later Cardinal Muench.
Bridget was first inspired to becoming a sister by the Presentation Sisters who taught her for two weeks of summer religious education. She later considered the Maryknoll Sisters because she admired their work as missionaries, and she felt that she wanted serve God as they did. Eventually she became acquainted with the Benedictine Sisters from Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. She was attracted to both Mount Saint Benedict Academy and the monastic community by the friendliness of the students and the sisters. She wrote that she felt that all were treated as if each one was important. She was attracted by their “friendliness with each other, no cliques or class distinctions between rich and poor.” She was drawn not only by the friendliness of the place but also because she felt that everywhere there “seemed to be music – everyone seemed to be singing – Mass, the conservatory, the girls’ chorus, the chant of the sisters singing the Divine Office.”
Bridget entered Mount Saint Benedict Monastery on January 3, 1954, and was invested in the Benedictine habit on July 2, 1954, when she was received into the novitiate and was given the name Sister Romana. Later, she returned to her baptismal name of Bridget. She pronounced her temporary commitment as a Benedictine sister a year later. She made her final monastic profession on July 11, 1960.
Sister Bridget received an Associate of Arts degree from Corbett College in Crookston.
She generously shared her gifts in caring for the chapel at the Mount and in working in the garden. Her work in the garden was long and arduous, and marked by pride in the success of the garden in providing vegetables for Saint Vincent’s Nursing Home, Saint Francis Hospital, Mount Saint Benedict Academy and the monastery plus many disadvantaged people. Her flower gardens yielded beautiful blooms for the chapel as well as other parts of the monastery.
Her work as the sacristan was meticulous. The linens used on the altar were perfectly pressed; the utensils used for flower arrangements were cleaned and stored immaculately; candlesticks and candelabra never had a speck of dried wax on them. Sister Bridget had an artistic nature that was exhibited a multitude of ways but especially in gorgeous arrangements of flowers that adorned the altar. On the occasion of her twenty-fifth jubilee of monastic profession she was extremely proud to receive a message from Father Roger Schoenbechler, OSB, who wrote, “I am sending you a copy of my translation of The Book of Psalms. Kindly accept it with my compliments as a token of gratitude to you for the years of faithfulness you did in the sacristy at the Mount, providing daily for the Holy Sacrifice.” Sister Bridget treasured this communication for the rest of her life. Sister Bridget celebrated her 60th jubilee of monastic profession on July 26, 2015.
Sister Bridget’s artistic gifts also manifested themselves in the creation of woodcarvings as a member of Valley Woodcarvers.
When Sister Bridget was asked what the one thing she was most grateful for was, she said, “That I am a Benedictine Sister, especially in this community, Mount Saint Benedict.”
Sister Bridget was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Theodore, Joseph and John, sisters Betty Staskivige, Vernie Drege and Helen Bearson. Sister Bridget is survived by her sisters, Evelyn (Walter) Paschke and Madonna (Lowell) Barsness, many nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.
Reception of Sister Bridget’s body will be at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 with visitation until the 7:00 p.m. prayer service. Sister Bridget’s funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016 with Msgr. Roger Grundhaus presiding. All services will be in Sacred Heart Chapel, Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 Summit Ave. Crookston, MN.
 
 

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James R. Oswalt, Jr., age 65 of Crookston, Minnesota passed away Wednesday December 30, 2015 in Riverview Hospital. Jim was born to the late James (Dick) and Laura (Jean) Oswalt on March 12, 1950, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated from Portage Central High School and later enlisted in the Air Force. Jim worked as a helicopter mechanic and did a tour of duty overseas in Vietnam and Okinawa, Japan, besides stateside assignments before retiring with 22 ½ years of service.  Jim married Rosanne (Thibert) and had a son Tracy and 2 daughters Jodi and Krista. 
Jim worked as an equipment maintenance tech at various companies in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico before retiring from the work force in 2012. In 2014 Jim and family relocated to Crookston to be closer to Rosanne’s family. Jim enjoyed the outdoors and in his earlier years enjoyed softball hunting, fishing, golfing and bowling. He enjoyed camping and sitting outside and viewing nature. 
Jim is survived by his wife of 43 yrs., his children, 4 grandsons, Kacee, Aiden, AJ, and James, 3 sisters, Pat, Deb, and Candy all residing in Michigan, and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday January 7, 2016 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston
 

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 Orville “Bill” Hedrich, 82, Hill City, MN, died Saturday, January 2, 2016, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. Orville Charles Hedrich was born on March 26, 1933, at home near Gary, MN, in Spring Creek
Township. His parents were Charley and Emma (Zahn) Hedrich. He attended rural school near the farm and later attended public school in Gary. He was drafted by the United States Army in 1954, and attended basic training in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Bill served from 1954 to 1956, and was stationed in Germany for part of the time. Following his discharge, he returned home and was employed by the Swenson Farms, near Gary for a time. Bill was united in marriage to Orpha Ueland on October 18, 1958, in Halstad at the church parsonage. They resided in Hendrum for a number of years where Bill was involved in truck driving for Sherman Kolnes and other companies. He later moved to Hill City where he continued to drive truck and farm. He was self- employed and also worked for Dale Zorman Trucking. Bill is survived by his daughters: Debra (Brian) Borgen, Hendrum, MN; and Pam (Rod Ambuehl) Hedrich, Perley, MN; three grandchildren: Angie (Jamie) Trautner, Felton, MN, Brandon (Maria) Borgen, Perley, MN, and Aaron (Kelsey) Borgen, Perley, MN; six great-grandchildren: Aubrie and Kaylee Trautner, Krista, Cynthia, and Brody Borgen, and Oliver Borgen; four sisters: Dorothy Hanson, Ada, MN, Evelyn Von Holt, Hoyt Lakes, MN, Marcella Olson, Crosby, MN, and Helen Nelson, Hillsboro, ND. He was preceded by his parents, his former wife, Orpha, seven brothers: Clarence, infant Lloyd, infant Edwin, Conrad, Richard, Walter, and Armond, six sisters: infant Alice, infant Lillie, Irene Gade, Edna Sannes, Florence Lindstrom, and Edith Trandem. and several cousins, nephews and nieces. The Funeral will be  2:00PM, Friday, January 8, 2016, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation will be for one hour before the funeral service. Burial will take place at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.

 


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Sandra M. Kraft, age 77, of Crookston, MN passed away Friday, January 1, 2016 at Riverview Hospital in Crookston.  Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with Fr. Vincent Miller the celebrant.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston.  Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church.  The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

 

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Anna Mae Kathryn Palm, age 85, passed away on December 30, 2015, with her family by her side.  She was born to Louis and Annie (Thorson) Rodal on November 16, 1930 in Nielsville Minnesota. She attended Nielsville Elementary and High Schools, graduating in 1948.  Anna Mae was united in marriage to DeForest Myles Palm on June 1, 1950 at St. Petri Church in Nielsville. The couple made their home in rural Cummings, North Dakota and in 1951 returned to Nielsville.
She was a member of St. Petri Lutheran Church, where she was superintendent and teacher of Sunday school, a member of Hubbard Unit 336 American Legion Auxiliary, where she served as president and secretary, and a member of ELCW.
She loved spending time at Lake Sarah, and raising children.
Anna Mae was preceded in death by her husband; grandparents, Jacob and Melina Thorson, and Andrew and Sarah Rodal; parents, Annie and Louis Rodal; brother, Lowell; and sisters and brothers-in-law, June (Sherman) Luppen, Ardyce (Don) Sennett, and Mavis (Mahlon) Swedberg.  
She leaves behind six sons, Arvin(Jackie) from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Douglas, from Nielsville, Minnesota, Milo, from Portland, North Dakota, Leslie, from Nielsville, Minnesota, Daniel (Nancy), from Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Todd, from Becker, Minnesota; grandchildren, Cory, Brandon, Eric and Alyssa; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at St. Petri Lutheran Church, Nielsville, MN with Pastor Valarian J. Ahles officiating.  Visitation 5-7 p.m. Monday evening in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral & Cremation Service, Crookston with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be in the St. Petri Cemetery.

 

 

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Lorraine Moran of Thief River Falls, formerly of Red Lake Falls, MN, passed away Tuesday with her loving family at her side, December 29, 2015 at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls, MN, at the age of 87. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father Bill DeCrans Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held Friday, January 1, 2016, 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to service at the church on Saturday. Lorraine Olive Goulet was born on August 16, 1928 in Red Lake Falls, MN, the daughter of Theophile and Laura (Patnode) Goulet.  She was raised in Red Lake Falls and attended country school. On May 7, 1951 she was united in marriage to Clayton Moran at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. Following his discharge from the Air Force they returned to Huot area where they purchased farm land, later moving to Red Lake Falls.  Lorraine and Clayton were married for 63 years until the time of his death in 2014.Throughout her life she worked as a homemaker, bookkeeper for the family business, Tischart’s, Hanson’s, and Digi-Key where she retired from. Together, Lorraine and Clayton enjoyed square dancing.  She also enjoyed baking, sewing, making arts and crafts, bingo, playing cards, doing puzzles, but most of all she loved the time spent with her family. She was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the local homemaker’s club, and the Les-Pirouette’s square dancing group. Lorraine is survived by her loving children, Mike (Judy) Moran of Red Lake Falls, MN, Nancy (Lynn) Seeger of Red Lake Falls, MN, Joyce (Perry) Morinville of Brooks, MN and Joan Boprie of Fargo, ND; grandchildren Jeremy (Peggy) Moran and Robert (Amanda) Moran, Kelleigh (Bill) Kronsberg and Megan (Kevin Lundstrom) Jones, Chris (Robyn) Morinville and Jenni (Bryce) Huotari, Joe Krueger; great-grandchildren Abbigail, Annika, Abram, Amelia, Haley, Isla, Audrey, Krimson, Khloe, Kooper, Alissah, Keira, Jackson, Easton, Harper, Brooklyn, Carter, Grady, Finley; brother-in-law,  James Moran Australia, sister-in-law Bernice Goulet, brother-in-law William Persson; and many nieces and nephews.She is preceded in death by her husband Clayton; her parents; brothers Lawrence Goulet and Leo Goulet. Arrangements with Johnson Funeral Service, Red Lake Falls, MN
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

                                                                                                                                                                
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Dennis Mack, age 74, of East Grand Forks, MN, passed away on Wednesday December 23, 2015 at Altru Hospital surrounded by family and God’s grace. Dennis was born in Grand Forks, ND on December 19, 1941, to Frank and Marie (Stengl) Mack. He graduated from Sacred Heart in 1959. Dennis was married to Caryl Elaine Thompson on August 19, 1965 and they enjoyed a full, happy marriage over the last 50 years. 
Dennis grew up in a family of six on a farm east of East Grand Forks.  Early on he learned the lessons that come from hard work and responsibility to family.  In high school he was part of a football team that was eventually inducted into the Sacred Heart High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  After graduation, Dennis began a career farming potatoes, grain and beets.    Later in life he went into the insurance business, and began Evergreen Insurance in 1994 along with his son Jason, and was eventually joined by daughter Nicole.   At various times in his life Dennis raced sprint cars, fished Marlin, golfed and went on fishing, hunting and snowmobiling trips. 
Dennis absolutely loved watching his children and grandchildren play sports, but he was an especially devoted hockey fan.  He and Caryl would often be in several rinks in a day to catch all the games they could.  Dennis and Caryl celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 19th of this year.  They were devoted to each other and were always together, living life fully.  Throughout their marriage the couple enjoyed golfing, lake living, dancing, traveling south in the winter, watching their children and grandchildren’s events, practicing their faith, and being with friends and family. 
Dennis believed in hard work, family, friendship, his community and his faith.  He worked hard and played hard.  He was proud of his Bohemian heritage.  He was authentic, steadfast and he loved to laugh. Dennis was caring and honest – he had such a big heart, and was always willing to help.  He had a gentle smile and a firm handshake.  Because of how he was, Dennis was quick to become a true friend, and he has enjoyed so many good friendships over the years.  He had a knack for dispersing life’s wisdom with different sayings that were often times as humorous as they were instructive.  Dennis was a member of the Eagles Club #350 and the Elks Club.  Dennis was one of a kind.
During the last decade Caryl has been Dennis’ rock, and the two had weathered a long battle against the cancer that eventually took his life.  Dennis will be dearly missed, but for him we lift up our hearts and accept God's gift of grace and assurance that we all will be reunited.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Caryl of East Grand Forks, MN;  daughter, Brenda Mack (Trent Brekken), and children, Dane, Sydney and their father Mike Anderson of Crookston, Minn.;  son Jason (Kristie) Mack and their children Alexa, Haley, Tanner and CJ; daughter Nicole (Cory) Chupka and their children Tyra, Kole and Jake; sisters, Karen (Richard) Kovar, Jane (Rob) Wagner all of East Grand Forks, MN; brothers, Don (Janis) Mack of East Grand Forks, MN, David Mack of Minneapolis, MN and Linus (Kathy) Mack of Bemidji, MN.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials are requested.
The funeral Service:  3:00 PM on Monday, December 28, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 200 3rd St. NW, East Grand Forks, MN Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service on Sunday, December 27, 2015 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church and also one hour prior Funeral Service on Monday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Interment:  Resurrection Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MNOnline Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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Carole I. Hanson, 73, Fertile, MN, died Thursday, December 24, 2015, at Essentia Health, Fosston, MN. Funeral: 10:30AM Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at Little Norway Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
Visitation: Tuesday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at the church. Burial: Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN. Arrangements are with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home

 

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Sybil (Billie) Knudson, age 84, of Crookston Minnesota passed away on  December 22, 2015, with her family at her side.  She was born to Milton Kelly and Sybil (Baker) Kelly on January 15, 1931 in Devils Lake, North Dakota.  She attended Devils Lake High School where she graduated in 1948.  Sybil was united in marriage to Donald Knudson on May 13, 1950 in Devils Lake, and in 1957 the couple made Crookston their home.
She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, a member of the Legion Auxiliary, and was employed for many years at Polk County Social Services.  Sybil was very active in the Crookston Community Theater.
Sybil was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Donald; son, Mark; brother, Fred Kelly; sisters, Caryl Reslock and Betty McErlane; in-laws, Nels and Elsie Knudson; brother-in-laws, Paul Reslock and Maurice McErlane; nephews, Doug Kelly and Kelly McErlane; sister-in-law, Mari Jane Kelly; and great-granddaughter, Livia Waxler.
She leaves behind five children, Greg (Jeanine) Knudson from Louisville Colorado, Kathryn (Dan) Tuseth, Elizabeth (Arlin) Volker, Brad Knudson, Caryl (Craig) Forseth, all from Crookston; a daughter-in-law Karyn Woellmer; brother, Milt Kelly; sister-in-law, Corky Kelly;  grandchildren, Jason (Juliana) Cichy, Joshua (Kristen) Cichy, Matt (Cyndi) Rohlinger, Eric (Claire) Rohlinger, Grant Tuseth, Issac Tuseth, Heath Waxler, and Ben Waxler; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and special friend Douglas Weaver.
Funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with Pastor Steve Bohler officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the church.  Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston at a later date.

 

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Leona Konickson died Wednesday December 16, 2015 at Sanford Hospital, Fargo, ND.
Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding.  Burial will follow at St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.
Leona Steffie Konickson was born November 19, 1941, in Marshall County, MN, to Stephen and Steffie (Tulibaski) Kasprowicz.  She was baptized and confirmed at Assumption Catholic Church in Florian, MN.  She grew up on the family farm and attended Stephen High School graduating in 1959.  Following graduation, Leona moved to Thief River Falls and began work in the dietary department of Northwestern Hospital. Leona married Darwin Knutson on October 29, 1966, at Assumption Catholic Church in Florian, MN, and they made their home on the family farm near Viking, MN, and she began work at the Land O’ Lakes Turkey Plant.  Darwin passed away on February 10, 1972. Leona married John Konickson on December 15, 1973, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN.  They made their home on the family farm near Plummer where they farmed small grain and raised beef cattle.  Following John’s death on March 24, 2007, Leona remained on the farm and continued to work at Northern Pride until her retirement in 2011 after 41 years of service. Leona was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Thief River Falls, MN, and a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion and also a member of the Eagles Auxiliary. Leona was a very kind, caring, and generous person with a heart of gold who always put others ahead of herself.  Everything she did was with a touch of love and perfection.  Leona was an excellent hostess who loved to entertain and share her love of cooking and baking.  She hosted several holiday and birthday parties over the years with her home beautifully decorated and nobody ever went home hungry.  Requests were made by many for her banana bread, eggs, potato salad, and seven layer bars.  Not only did Leona enjoy making good food, she loved eating it.  The ribs at Famous Dave’s were a known choice for her on any trips to Fargo, known by her as “the rib place.” Leona enjoyed dancing and was a natural on the dance floor and cherished the socialization and memories made on these occasions with good friends and family.  She liked to listen to good old time music and also her country favorites Charley Pride and Alan Jackson.  Leona had a green thumb for growing vegetable and flower gardens that brought much life and vibrancy to the yard.  Leona loved to collect cookbooks, take pictures, keep up with the latest fashion trends, and read newspapers and magazines.  Above all, her greatest pride and joy were the memories made over the years with family and friends and watching her children and grandchildren grow and her involvement in their lives. 
Survivors include her loving children, LaNette (Danny) Osbjornson of Glyndon, MN, Terry (special friend Kim Kroll) of White Bear Lake, MN, and Tracy (Brian) Meckler of Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Zachary, Ashley, and Jacob Osbjornson, Kourtney and Kalie Konickson; siblings, Lorraine Adamski, Evelyn Erickson, Theresa (Laures) Kleinwachter; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Darwin Knutson in 1972 and John Konickson in 2007; parents; siblings, Frank (Veronica) Kasprowicz, John Kasprowicz, Walter (Jeanette) Kasprowicz, Lawrence Kasprowicz, Margaret Kasprowicz, Joseph Kasprowicz; and brothers-in-law, Harry Adamski and Bruce Erickson.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfuneralservicve.com 


 

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