Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

 

Karen A. Helgaas, 71, Fertile, MN, died Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. 
Funeral: 11:00 Monday, October 27, 2014, Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN.
Visitation: Sunday from  5-7PM  with a 6:30PM prayer service at Erikson-Vik Funeral Home.
Fertile, and one hour before the funeral at the church.
Burial: Faaberg Lutheran Cemetery.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com.


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Hazel Rystad, Oklee, MN age 92 died on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN.
Funeral services will 10:00 AM on Monday, October 27, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service in Oklee, MN with Pastor Tim Lundeen officiating.  Burial will be at Salem Cemetery, rural Oklee, MN.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Monday at the funeral home.
Hazel Christianson was born February 19, 1922 in Trail, MN to Henry and Julia (Tvedt) Christianson. She was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church, Oklee, MN and attended Equality Country School. On November 25, 1939 she was united in marriage to Olaf Rystad in Oklee. Together they purchased a farm in Equality Township. After Olaf died in 1948, Hazel moved into Oklee and worked at several restaurants and operated a small daycare service.
Hazel loved to spend time embroidering, gardening, playing cards and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she was active with the Ladies Aid.
Hazel is survived by children, Ordean Rystad, Oklee, MN, Myonye Edna Sanders, Arlington, TX, Elaine Audrey Bordman, Sheboygan, WI, and Orlando Dale, Brooks, MN; grandchildren, Nancy, Justin, Carmen, David, Colleen, Cole, Maria, Amber, Penny; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Loraine and Eunice; brothers, Orvin, Lawrence, and Clarence as well as several nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Wanda May; brothers, Herbert, Gilbert, Selmer, George and Joe; and sisters, Johanna, Annie, Lilly, Bernice and Lyla, and twin girls Delores and Darlene.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

 

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Herman Vincent Schultz, age 68, of Red Lake Falls, MN, passed away at his home on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Rev. Gary Graff officiating.  Burial will be held at the Immanuel Cemetery at Wylie, MN. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday at Bethany Lutheran Church.
Herman Vincent Schultz was born on September 9, 1946 in Thief River Falls, MN the son of Louis and Orissa (Prestegaard) Schultz.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Herman attended grade school in Dorothy, MN and graduated from Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls, MN in 1964.  Following graduation he went to work for Vigen Construction in East Grand Forks, MN. Herman enlisted into service with the United States Marine Corps in 1966.  He did basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA and his Military Occupation Specialty training at Camp Lejeune, NC as a Combat Engineer.  He was stationed in Puerto Rico and was honorably discharged in 1968. In June of 1969, Herman was united in marriage to RoseMary Theroux  in Red Lake Falls, MN where they made their home.  To this union five children were born, Wayde, Chad, Robbie, Angel & Danielle. Following his military service, Herman returned to work for Vigen Construction in East Grand Forks.  He started out as a laborer and after a few years, became superintendent with his own crew.  Over the next forty plus years he helped build or repair most elevators in the state of North Dakota.  He also worked in Minnesota and Oklahoma.  Herman retired in 2009 but continued to work part-time for Vigen Construction.  He loved his work. In 1998, while working on an elevator project in Fessenden, ND, Herman met Sandi Kittelson.  Since then, they have been inseparable. Herman enjoyed gardening, cooking, tinkering in his shop, hunting, fishing, being outdoors, happy-hour with his buddies, and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.  He had a quick wit and great sense of humor.  Herman enjoyed being the center of his family.
Survivors include his loving companion, Sandi Kittelson of Red Lake Falls; 5 children, Wayde Schultz of Minneapolis, MN, Chad (Michelle) Schultz of East  Grand Forks, MN, Robbie (Jacqi) Schultz of Sartell, MN, Angel Schultz of Bemidji, MN and Danielle (Darin)Morrison of Champlin, MN; step-children, Dawn (Tim) Beck of Fessenden, ND and Blake (Mandi) Kittelson of Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Brody, Brock, Blake, Rylan, Alyssa, Gaven, Hope, Brooklyn, Jack, Hayden, Emily, Bridger and Britain; brother, Louis Schultz, Jr. of Dorothy, MN; sister-in-law, Laura (Curt) Beyer of Red Lake Falls, MN; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Delbert Schultz. Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com


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Gladys Bernadine McCauley, age 93, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Monday morning, October 20, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston with her daughter, Janice, and son, Dennis, at her side. Gladys was born on January 15, 1921, on the farm of her parents, Ben and Olive (Bendelow) Eagleson, near Union, North Dakota. She grew up on the farm, attended grade school in Union, and high school at nearby Milton, ND. As a teenager Gladys did light housekeeping for several neighboring families. On October 5, 1938 she was united in marriage to Juel R. McCauley at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston. The couple moved to Portland, OR where he worked in the shipyards in support of the WWII defense effort. They returned to the area in 1944 and Juel began his career at Park River, ND as a grain buyer and elevator manager with Harvest States. He was later transferred to Angus, MN, and in 1961 he, Gladys, and the kids moved to Crookston. Juel continued to make the commute to Angus. With the kids getting older, Gladys began working at Eagle Drug, retiring from there after 21 years. Retirement meant more time to enjoy her home and growing family. Gladys loved spending time working in her yard and garden. One of her favorite pastimes was canning: jams, jellies, and watermelon pickles, and generously sharing her bounty with family and friends. In the evenings she liked to do craft work while sitting and visiting with Juel. Sadly, he passed away on December 2, 2002. Gladys was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church and Esther Ruth Circle, and also held memberships in the Red Hatters and Eagles Aerie Auxiliary. She was a tireless volunteer at the Golden Link Senior Citizens Center; generous of her time and talents, and always looking forward to visiting with friends. Gladys will be remembered by her family for her love, humor, and the way she made each of them feel very special. Grateful to have shared in her life are her two children, Janice Johnson of McGregor, MN and Dennis (Darlene) McCauley of Thief River Falls, MN; five grandchildren: Terry (Sharon) Johnson of Champlin, MN, Scott (Julie) Johnson of Maple Grove, MN, Renee (Brian) Rautio of Cambridge, MN, Amber (Jamie) Wark of Fargo, ND, and Kimberly (Jordan) Graff of Forest Lake, MN; eight great-grandchildren: Ashley, Briana, Caitlyn, and Delaney Johnson, Cassandra Rautio, twins-Max and Alex Johnson, and Amalya Graff; sister-in-law, Joyce Eagleson of Renton, WA; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to Juel, her beloved husband of sixty-four years, Gladys was preceded in death by a son, Terrance Wayne McCauley, who died in 1956; her parents, Ben and Olive Eagleson; brother, Glen Eagleson; and sisters: Joyce Fisher, Alice Hall, and Donna Flack. May God bless the memory of Gladys Bernadine McCauley.    
The funeral service and celebration of the life of Gladys McCauley will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston with The Rev. Darrel Cory, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements. Online registry:  www.stenshoelhouske.com 

 

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Rosemary E. Menard, age 90, of Crookston, MN, died Monday morning, October 20, 2014, at RiverView Health in Crookston, with members of her family at her side. Rosemary was born on June 10, 1924 at Dickinson, ND, the daughter of John L. and Anna (Kampa) Gauer. She grew up in Dickinson where she was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick's Catholic Church; attended St. Patrick's Elementary School, and was a 1941 graduate of Dickinson Central High School. Rosemary next attended the College of St. Benedict at St. Joseph, MN, and then enrolled in the St. Cloud (MN) School of Nursing. She received her degree as a Registered Nurse in 1945. From 1942 until 1945 she also served with the Cadet Nurse Corps in St. Cloud in support of our nation during WWII.
Rosemary's first position as an RN was at St. Vincent's Hospital in Crookston. On April 26, 1948 she was united in marriage to a young man Crookston man, Joseph Burke Menard. The ceremony took place at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dickinson. Rosemary and Burke made their home in Crookston and together raised six sons and a daughter. After working as a surgical nurse at Crookston's Bethesda Hospital for several years, Rosemary became the head nurse on the surgical floor of St. Francis Hospital in Crookston. From 1971 until her retirement in 1994 Rosemary was a home health care nurse for Polk County Nursing Service. Professionally, she was appointed by the State Board of Nursing to the Task Force for the Ladder Concept of Nursing Education, and also served on the Task Force for the Implementation of the Ombudson Program for the Elderly. Rosemary and Burke enjoyed many golden years spending time with family and friends. Sadly, Burke passed away on July 29, 2003, and their oldest son, Michael, died unexpectedly on July 13, 2011, after a brief illness. With the strength gained through her faith, Rosemary continued to persevere. Her favorite pastimes included reading, flower gardening, and writing poetry. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit, and time spent in conversation with her was sure to be a highlight of the day. Rosemary was a devoted member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish, where she sang in the Cathedral and Resurrection Choirs, and also held memberships with the Catholic Daughters, American Legion Auxiliary, the Ministry of Befrienders, and the Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Crookston, and was an Oblate of the Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery in St. Joseph, MN. Rosemary's family and many friends will remember her with great love and affection. Blessed be her memory.
Rosemary is survived by her five sons and daughter: Tim Menard of Crookston, MN, John Menard and wife, Patricia Kent, of St. Paul, MN, Mark Menard and wife, Sheila, of Crookston, James Menard of Buffalo, MN, Patrick Menard and wife, Doris, of St. Cloud, MN, and Margot Reps and husband, Michael, of Oak Grove, MN; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She also leaves a sister-in-law, Pearl Gauer of Havre, MT; a brother-in-law, Curt Hendrickson of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to Burke, her beloved husband of 55 years, and son, Michael, Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Gauer; brothers, Gervase and John Gauer; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Fred "Fritz" and Donna Menard, Harriet Hendrickson, and Lilah and Ervin "Hap" Tiedeman.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Rosemary Elaine Menard will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Thursday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour before the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given in Rosemary's name to the Cathedral School, Care and Share, North Country Food Bank, or Polk County Humane Society.

Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Dorothy M. Venn, 98, Halstad, MN, died Sunday at the Halstad Living Center. Dorothy's funeral service will be 2:00PM Thursday, October 23, 2014, at Kirkebo Lutheran Church, Perley, MN, with visitation for one hour before the funeral at the church. Burial will be at Kirkebo Lutheran Cemetery, rural Perley, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com 

 

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Laura Perreault Gervais, age 94 Red Lake Falls, Minnesota died Friday October 17, 2014 at Valley Elder Care in Grand Forks, ND, with her loving family at her side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN with Father Vincent Miller presiding and Deacon Denny Bivens.  Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Thursday at St. Peter Catholic Church.
Laura Marie Perreault was born on February 5, 1920 at Terrebonne, Minnesota, the daughter of Joseph and Aurora (Cardinal) Perreault.  She grew up and attended country school in Terrebonne.  Laura worked for many neighbors doing child care and housework. During WWII, Laura worked for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle.  She was united in marriage to Norman W. Gervais on April 9, 1945 in Gentilly, Minnesota. They made their home on a farm in rural Red Lake Falls, where they raised their seven children.  In this union, she was a homemaker and devoted mother.  She enjoyed working on the farm where she gardened, milked cows and raised chickens. She also always made lunches to bring to the men working in the fields. In the later years she worked as a cook at Marcoux Corner and Roberts Restraunt in Crookston.  Laura sold Fuller Brush for many years, going around the neighborhood making sales and building many friendships.
Norman passed away in December 12, 1981, which is when Laura started to snowbird to Arizona. She would spend winters in Apache Junction with many of her brothers and sisters they would enjoy making a trip or two to Laughlin or Las Vegas for a little gambling fun.
Laura eventually sold the farm and moved in to Red Lake Falls.  Living in her house there for several years and later moving into Sun view Manor where she would spend many afternoons and evenings playing cards.
Over the years she was a member of St.Peters Church in Gentilly and St. Joseph Church in Red Lake Falls. She was a member in the St. Ann Sodality and Catholic Daughters.
Laura moved to Valley Elder Care Center in September 2013. She made many more new friends there and enjoyed all the activities and played lots of cards.
Laura is survived by 6 children, Joyce Goats (Alan) of Boaz, AL; Russell (Carolina) Gervais, Red Lake Falls;  Kenny Gervais (Deb) Thief River Falls; Myrna (Jerry) Flint East Grand Forks; Lester (Karen) Gervais Red Lake Falls; and Gayla (Dan) Miller Mentor. Ten grandchildren; Scott, Brian, Erica, Nicolette, Kenneth, Benjamin, Jenny, Mistie, Kristen and Lynsey. Eleven great-grandchildren; Zachery, Addyson, Tori, Avery, Brody, Mia, Zoey, Taylr, Elijah, Claire and Blake. Brother Leonard (Lenore) Perreault Grand Rapids, and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband Norman, daughter Mary Lou, grandsons Michael and Jason. Parents Joseph and Aurora Perreault, siblings Paul Perreault, Maurice Perreault, Lorraine Langlois, Alma Mornville, Eva Perreault, Fred Perreault, Louis Perreault and Jeanette Caillier.
The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses, CNA’s and activities staff who took great care of our mother for the past year she lived at Valley Elder Care.
Honorary Pallbearers are Laura’s brother, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Henry E. Gredvig, age 95, of Edina, MN, and a former longtime Crookston, MN resident, died Thursday morning, October 16, 2014, at The Willows of Vernon Terrace in Edina. Henry was born to G.H. and Clara (Morvig) Gredvig on November 12, 1918 in Garfield Township, rural Fertile Minnesota. He grew up on the family farm and was a graduate of Fertile High School. Henry was a WWII veteran, having served with the US Army in the South Pacific. On December 31, 1945 he was united in marriage to Mernie Kaste at the Little Norway Lutheran Church near Fertile. Henry and Mernie lived in Chicago for a few months while Henry went to school and then came to Crookston in the fall of 1946 to make their home. He served as Polk County Assessor for twenty-seven years before retiring in 1984. Professionally, he was a two term president of the State Assessor’s Association, and secretary of a seven state area Council of Assessors. Henry and Mernie enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family. Mernie passed away on May 27, 1999.
As a proud contributor to the community of Crookston, Henry was active in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston Lions Club, Polk County Historical Society, and the Boy Scouts. He served on the City Council for several years and devoted countless hours of service dedicated to the nurturing and promotion of the Crookston community. He was very proud of his Norwegian roots in the farming community of Fertile where he grew up, working and playing with his six sisters and five brothers. Henry celebrated his heritage as a longtime member of the Sons of Norway Morgensol Lodge in Crookston.
Several years ago Henry moved to Edina, MN to be near his daughter, Karen, and her family. He delighted in the accomplishments of his granddaughters, Clara and Emma, and was generous in his support of their endeavors. At age 93 he began painting with an art therapist, and the scenes he painted were almost all those of his beloved Fertile, the Sand Hills, and Crookston. Special thanks are extended to the staff of The Willows of Vernon Terrace and Fairview Hospice for their kindness and care.
Henry is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Douglas Boyum of Edina, MN; granddaughters, Clara and Emma Boyum of Minneapolis, MN; 2 brothers, Paul (Lorraine) and Arthur (Gelaine) Gredvig of Fertile, MN; 4 sisters-in-law, Marge Gredvig of San Diego, CA, Esther Wolf of Cottage Grove, MN, Marilyn Lecy of Red Wing, MN, and Gayle Kaste of Northport, WA; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to Mernie, his beloved wife of 54 years, Henry is preceded in death by his parents, G.H. and Clara Gredvig; 6 sisters: Alida (Cyrus) Sannes, Olava (Olaf) Christian, Hilma (Art) Rongen), Mildred (Philip) Kilpatrick, Mabel (Ralph) Sather, and Ida (Arnold) Erickson; and 3 brothers: Arnold, George (Clara), and Walter Gredvig. Henry was a kind, generous and wise man with a delightful sense of humor. Our memories of him are precious and blessed.
The funeral service and celebration of the life of Henry E. Gredvig will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place in the Concordia Cemetery at Fertile, MN.
Memorials may be given in Henry’s name to The Trinity Lutheran Church, Polk County Historical Society Museum, Sons of Norway Morgensol Lodge, or the Concordia Cemetery Association.

Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com 

 

 

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Jerome Burton Hamre, 89, of Fertile, Minnesota passed away on October 14, 2014.  Jerome was born on October 31, 1924, to Benjamin and Josephine Hamre on a farm near Beltrami, Minnesota.  He was the fourth of nine children and was baptized and confirmed in Scandia Lutheran Church.  He attended grades 1st through 8th at a country schoolhouse near Beltrami, and also grades 9th – 12th at the Beltrami High School, graduating in 1942.  Jerome then attended the NW School of Agriculture in Crookston, MN, and in 1945, enlisted in the U.S. Army in Alaska where he served until discharged in 1947.  After the Army, he came back home to Beltrami to start his farming career. On June 10, 1950, Jerome was united in marriage to Shirley Wegge from Buxton, ND, at Salem Lutheran Church.  Together they raised five talented sons:  Larry, Essex CT; Brent (Jenny) Erskine, MN; Randy (Julie), Fergus Falls, MN; Kevin (Gail) Cloquet, MN; and Blake, Southbridge, MA.  In the 1960’s, Jerome enjoyed listening to his sons (The Hamre Brothers) perform at numerous churches, fairs, talent shows, and concert halls throughout the years, and in 1966 while performing at the Minnesota State Fair, along with numerous other contestants, the Hamre Brothers won the trip of going to New York City to audition for the Ted Mack Amateur Hour.   Jerome also sang in various choirs throughout the community, but his all-time favorite hobby was listening to Shirley play the piano, and keeping his yard and fields in “perfect shape.”   Jerome was a charter member of the Beltrami Legion 626 and had been a member for 63 years; served on the School Board for several years; served on the church board council; was on the Board of Directors at the Shelly Farmers Coop for several years; was Scandia Township assessor for 12 years; and was a census taker in the year 1970.  In 1986, Jerome semi-retired, and Shirley and he moved to Fertile, MN, where they continued to be active members in the community.  They also spent the winters in their Arizona home from 1980 – 2013 where, again, they both were involved in numerous choirs, either singing or directing at the Fountain of the Sun and/or at various churches.  Jerome was proud of his grandchildren: Brandon, Heidi, Jerrel, Dominic and Sara, and also his great grandchildren: Connor, Bryn, Jace, Kinsley, Nora, Harper, Charlotte, and Avery.   He is preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Josephine Hamre; and his siblings, Marian Haugen, Rolland Hamre, Adelle Haas and Margaret Webster. Survivors include his wife Shirley; five sons and spouses; grandchildren; great grandchildren; his siblings, Delores Grant, Phillip Hamre, Barbara Oistad, and Dean Hamre; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service for Jerome Hamre will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 17, 2014 in Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN, with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.  There will be a luncheon following the service in the church.
Erikson Vik Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com 

 

 

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Dwight Hager Williams Jr., 77, of Fertile, MN, died on October 14, 2014, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.  Dwight Jr. was born on April 2, 1937, in Spearfish, SD to Dwight Williams Sr and Rhoda (Vaughn) Williams.  They moved to Washington DC, where Hager lived until his mother died.  Hager returned to Spearfish to live with his aunt and uncle.  He entered South Dakota State University at Brookings, SD.  He graduated with a teaching degree and then enlisted into the United States Army in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1962.
After his discharge, Hager remained in Guam where he taught in a military school.  He return to the states and was employed with the Fertile-Beltrami Public School District in 1968.  Over the years, Hager taught classes, and later, became the Student Counselor.  He retired in 1998.  In the early 2000’s, Hager entered the Riverview Care Center in Crookston, MN.  He was transferred to the Thief River Falls Care Center, Thief River Falls, MN in 2012.
Throughout Hager’s life, he collected and traded guns, gold, silver and coins.  He was proud of his years of teaching, especially his counseling years.  He enjoyed visits with friends in the Fertile community.
Hager is survived by one nieces, Joan Chevez, and 2 grand nieces; and several friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Curtis.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 7 PM at the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will be at a later date.
Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com

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Clarence “Frenchie” Vaudrin, age 81, of Gentilly, MN, died Monday afternoon, October 13, 2014, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, with his loving family at his side. Frenchie peacefully left this world for another after courageously battling failing health for many months.
 He was the fifth of seven children of the union of Albert and Mary (Derosier) Vaudrin; born on the family’s farm in Kertsonville Township, near Gentilly, MN, on April 6, 1933. Frenchie was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly and attended nearby country school. He then worked on the farm with his family for several years. On March 31, 1959 he was united in marriage to Marlys St. Marie at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. Frenchie and Marlys settled on the farmstead he grew up on and together they raised five children: Darrell, Vicki, Gary, Kevin, and Cherie. For several years Frenchie worked for the Rene Amiot, Vern Jensen, and Eickhof and Sons Construction Companies. In 1978, he established his own business known as ‘Frenchie’s Woodworks.’ His reputation as an artist in woodworking grew by leaps and bounds, and, to this day, evidence of his creativity and fine craftsmanship can be found in countless numbers of area homes and businesses. In fact, it became commonplace for his many customers to brag to others, “Frenchie made this for me.” He physically retired a few years ago, but in spirit went to his shop every day.
 Frenchie had a lifelong passion for archery and took great pride in bow hunting with his sons and Vicki, target shooting with them, and scouting the woods together. He was instrumental in establishing the Crookston Archery Club many years ago, teaching and welcoming new young archers to the sport. Frenchie enjoyed sharing stories of the hunt with friends, and throwing the occasional horseshoe. He liked to play all sports while growing up, but hockey was special. Not only did he play the game very well, but was a coach who helped mentor his kids and some of the grandkids as well. He shared 55 wonderful years with his beloved wife and best friend, Marlys, and gave thanks everyday for waking up to the sun rising on the homestead on which he lived his entire life. Frenchie’s passion, humor, faith, and contentment, will be treasured by his family. His son-in-law, Mark, summed up his legacy best of all, “The world was a better place because Frenchie was in it!”
Frenchie takes leave of his wife, Marlys, and their five children: Darrell Vaudrin of Crookston, Vicki (George) Walters of Erskine, MN, Gary (Barb) Vaudrin of Park Rapids, MN, Kevin Vaudrin of Crookston, and Cherie (Mark) Steinmetz of Paradise Valley, AZ; nine grandchildren: Richard, Jessica, Elizabeth, Mady, and Ally Vaudrin, McKayla and Kyle Walters, and Amanda and Sydney Steinmetz; sister, Irene Skelly of Tacoma, WA; sister-in-law, Verna Vaudrin of Weslaco, TX; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Mary; an infant brother, Theodore; three sisters: Florence (Louis) Maygra, Lucille (Bill) Demarais, and Jeanette (Russell) Glass; brother, Delbert Vaudrin; and brother-in-law, Lewis Skelly. Blessed be Frenchie’s memory.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Clarence “Frenchie” Vaudrin will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN, with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding, and Deacon Dennis Bivens, homilist. Visitation with the family will be held at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Friday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also for one hour before the memorial service Saturday. Inurnment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com  

 

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Kimberly Kay Bruley, age 52, of Thief River Falls, MN, died unexpectedly Monday morning, October 13, 2014, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND. Kim was born in Crookston, MN on August 18, 1962, one of ten children of the union of Lloyd and Helen (Gust) Bruley. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN, and grew up on the family’s farm in nearby Kertsonville Township. After high school Kim worked for her father on their dairy farm. She and her dad eventually formed a partnership known as Stone Grow Acres. Kim was later employed by White Gold Farms at Red Lake Falls, and then for Excel Dairy at Thief River Falls. During the early 2000’s Kim worked for Digi-Key in Thief River Falls, and had presently been employed at the Northern Lights Bookstore, also in Thief River Falls. Very sadly, her fiancé, Richard Champagne passed away in January of 2004. Kim enjoyed caring for her cats, doing puzzles, and reading, and her favorite pastime was watching movies. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her kindness and generosity, and her joy at being able to spend time with those she loved. Kim will be very sadly missed and her life celebrated by all who shared in it.
Loving family members include six sisters, Jeanne Fitchorn of Savage, MN, Sue (Mike) Terpstra of Owatonna, MN, Cindy (Dave) Veitch of Emerado, ND, Maureen (Mike) Novak of Crookston, MN, Laurie (Steve) Engelking of Crookston, and Stefanie Morberg of Fargo, ND; three brothers, Greg (Faye) Bruley and Dan (Claudette) Bruley of Crookston, and Jeff Bruley of Brooklyn Park, MN; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives. In addition to her fiancé, Richard, Kim was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Helen Bruley; and a sister-in-law, Kathy Bruley. May God richly bless Kim’s memory.
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Kimberly Kay Bruley will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 17, 2014, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN, with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding, and Deacon Dan Hannig, homilist. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Thursday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com 

 

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Dwight Hager Williams Jr., 77, of Fertile, MN, died on October 14, 2014, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.  Dwight Jr. was born on April 2, 1937, in Spearfish, SD to Dwight Williams Sr and Rhoda (Vaughn) Williams.  They moved to Washington DC, where Hager lived until his mother died.  Hager returned to Spearfish to live with his aunt and uncle.  He entered South Dakota State University at Brookings, SD.  He graduated with a teaching degree and then enlisted into the United States Army in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1962.  After his discharge, Hager remained in Guam where he taught in a military school.  He return to the states and was employed with the Fertile-Beltrami Public School District in 1968.  Over the years, Hager taught classes, and later, became the Student Counselor.  He retired in 1998.  In the early 2000’s, Hager entered the Riverview Care Center in Crookston, MN.  He was transferred to the Thief River Falls Care Center, Thief River Falls, MN in 2012.  Throughout Hager’s life, he collected and traded guns, gold, silver and coins.  He was proud of his years of teaching, especially his counseling years.  He enjoyed visits with friends in the Fertile community.   Hager is survived by one nieces, Joan Chevez, and 2 grand nieces; and several friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Curtis.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 7 PM at the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, MN.
Burial will be at a later date. Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com 

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Sylvia Steinert 94, of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at her home in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bill DeCrans, MSGR Roger Grundhaus and MSGR Gerry Noeson Officiating. Burial will be held at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service, Red Lake Falls, MN from 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service and also one hour prior to service at the church on Wednesday.
Sylvia Mae Paquin was born December 19, 1919 daughter of the late Henry and Emma (Hance) Paquin at Red Lake Falls, MN. She attended St. Joseph School, Lafayette High School and Teacher training in Red Lake Falls. She taught in rural Red Lake County Schools for four years.
In 1941 she was united in marriage to Gordon Steinert at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls. He was in the Army in the South Pacific. During his service Sylvia worked in Los Angelis. Following his discharge they returned to Red Lake Falls where they raised their three children Stephen, Sandra and Susan. Sylvia worked for the ASCS office in Crookston for twenty years and retired in Red Lake Falls.
Sylvia was a charter member of the Catholic Daughters, a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary and member for65 years, life member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and an Oblate of Mount St. Benedict in Crookston. Sylvia loved music and was a church organist and choir member of St. Joseph Church. She played the piano regularly at Hillcrest Nursing Home and for special events there. She was an avid supporter of the local theater and had roles in several productions.
Sylvia is survived by her children Stephen (Julie) Steinert of Red Lake Falls, MN, Sandra (Stan) Jasnoch of Rosemont, MN and Susan (Jerry) Wallace of Cushing, WI: grandchildren Michelle, Jennifer, Christopher, Synthia, Krista, Matthew, Jessica, Thomas, Patrick, Kelly: 23 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren:  sisters Marie Nelson of Minneapolis, MN, Cecelia Dubuque of Fountain Valley, CA, Monica Morrison of Bloomington, MN, along with several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother James Paquin and granddaughter Dana Thury.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Alma Jensrud, 83, passed away peacefully at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on October 8, 2014 with her loving family by her side.
Alma was born in Crookston, Minnesota on January 3, 1931, to Albert and Stella Desrosier. Alma was the second of eight children, and she stayed close with her siblings through the remainder of her childhood and adult life.  As a young child, Alma was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, Minnesota.  She also attended Rural County  School before moving on to her high school education at St. Joseph Academy. On June 11, 1951, Alma married Donald Jensrud in Gentilly, Minnesota. During their marriage, Donald and Alma were blessed with seven beautiful children. As the family moved around to various towns in Minnesota, Alma loved being able to focus her attention on raising her children with love and care, and they turned out to be family-oriented adults who adored their mother.  Alma and her family ultimately ended up settling down in her hometown of Crookston, where she was able to spend much of her time enjoying her hobbies of crocheting and gardening. Alma was a member of the Cathedral Catholic Church in Crookston for many years, and she lived her much cherished faith out in her everyday life. She attended adult day care for 11 years, before moving into the Riverview Nursing Home. While there, she was of such great influence, she was appointed to the Riverview Nursing Home resident’s council. She even named herself the “Meeter and Greeter” of the nursing home! While there, Alma got an award for her gardening, and loved to spend as much of her time outside in the sun as possible. Even in her bedroom, she would bird and deer watch as much as possible, enjoying nature whenever she could. Two years ago, Alma had to move to Thief River Care Center, but continued to enjoy her favorite hobbies as well as receive visits from her loving family. Alma’s loving and nurturing spirit will be missed greatly by her family, but they will hold their many memories of her dear to their hearts.
Alma is preceded in death by her parents Stella and Albert Desrosier; sister Joanne Desrosier; son-in-law Gene Brown; step-mother Dorothy Carefoot; and grandparents. Alma is survived by  her children Merle Jensrud (Kim) of New Rockford, North Dakota, Bonnie Bjorsness (John) of Newfolden, Minnesota, LaVonne Brown of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Curtis Jensrud (Betty) of Farmington, Minnesota,  Monica Nicklay (Ralph) of Dilworth, Minnesota, Sharon DeNiear (David) of Golden, Colorado, and Randy Jensrud of Crookston; father of her children, Donald Jensrud; siblings Lawrence Desrosier (Delphine) of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Cecelia Raymond (Marlyn) of Crookston, Robert Desrosier (Delrose) of Richfield, Minnesota, Edward Desrosier (Deloris) of Roseau, Minnesota, Rita Plante (Vern) of Crookston, and Eloise (Jack) Ganser of Stillwater, Minnesota; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other loving family members. 
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Alma Jensrud at 10:30 am on Monday, October 13, 2014 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, Minnesota with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding, and Deacon Dennis Bivens, assisting. Visitation with the family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Sunday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service and time of sharing led by Deacon Dennis Bivens. Visitation will also be at the church for one hour before the funeral, and Interment will be held immediately following the funeral mass in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Online Registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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