Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

Steven Michael Altepeter, 41, died on Saturday, November 10th at his home in Fertile, MN. Memorial Service: 11:30AM Monday, November 19, 2018, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial: Private family interment at a later date. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141)
www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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David A. Koelling, 71, rural Fertile, MN, died Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at his home from natural causes. David Alvin Koelling was born in Fertile, Minnesota on June 3, 1947, to Alvin and Jean (Vickery) Koelling. David grew up and attended school in Fertile. He graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1965. He then farmed dairy cattle with his dad until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served 3 years in Military. Upon his return home, he returned to farming cattle with his dad. After a couple of years he purchased his own farm about 3 miles from his parent’s farm. David continued to raise beef cattle and raised small grains for several years. When his father retired from farming, both David and his father went to work for Massey-Ferguson in Crookston Minnesota. Dave later returned to farm work, working for local farmers. David met & married Joanne in 1976 and adopted her son Timothy, with whom he became very close. He then went to work for New Flyer of America in Crookston, from which he retired after 16 years of service. After his retirement, David enjoyed watching and feeding wildlife, tinkering with projects in his basement, books, antiques, riding his 4-wheeler, and working with his tractor.  Memorial Service: 2:00PM Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial: Maple Lake Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141)
www.eriksonvikfh.com
 

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Jon D. Hovde, 70, rural Fertile, MN, died Monday, November 12, 2018, at his home  under the care of his family and hospice. Funeral Service: 11:00AM Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: Friday, November 16, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, and one hour before the service at the church. Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com
 

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Evelyn Luverne Solheim, 99, of Alameda, CA, passed away early Friday morning, November 9, 2018, in the Golden Age Senior Living Center there. She had recently been receiving care from Suncrest Hospice of Alameda.
Evelyn was a native of Crookston, born on February 26, 1919, the daughter of Nels and Mary (Sylvester) Solheim. She grew up in Crookston where she graduated from Central High School. Her entire adult life was spent in the Oakland and Almeda areas of California. For over 40 years she was employed as a secretary-bookkeeper for Pacific Fruit Express, a railroad serving the west coast. 
Evelyn is survived by nephews, Dennis Goodyke and Richard (Kathy) Goodyke of Crookston; niece, Nancie Goodyke of Brighton, CO; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nels and Mary Solheim; and sister and brother-in-law, Mayme and Henry Goodyke.
A graveside service for Evelyn Solheim will be held next Spring at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.


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James O. Lehman, 85, rural Fertile, MN, died Friday, November 9, 2018, at his home from natural causes.
James Oscar Lehmann was born on August 16, 1933 in Menomonie Wisconsin (Dunn County) to Oscar and Gertrude Lehmann. As a young boy he moved with his family to Moorhead Mn. and eventually to rural Fertile in Liberty Township.
Jim entered the Army in June 1953 and served in Korea. After he was discharged in April 1955 – he came back to the Fertile area to start farming.  He married Lorraine Hamre in Ada, Mn, on Sept. 16, 1961. They purchased the farm they currently were living on in 1964.
Jim enjoyed his years as a farmer raising grains, beef and dairy cattle. He especially enjoyed caring for the little calves.  He served on the Liberty Township Board for many years. Jim and Lorraine traveled all over and loved square dancing, camping and working at Rollag. They spent their winter months in Yuma, Az. He was a former member of Evanger Church and a current member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Ada, Mn. Jim loved to have his family over for Fish frys and Uffda Tacos. He will be remembered for being a father who was always willing to lend a helping hand.
He is survived by his wife Lorraine of 57 years, his 3 sons-Mark (Darla), John (Kristi), David (Kari) Lehmann all from Fertile, Mn. Grandchildren Darin (Kylene) Lehmann, Ashley (Jake) Kappes, Tanner (Codi) Lehmann, Kassidy (Cameron) Lee, Miranda Lehmann and ShyLee Lehmann and 12 Great Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father Oscar, mother Gertrude and stepfather Allen Drury, one brother and three sisters.
Memorial Service: 11:00AM Friday, November 16, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Ada, MN.
Visitation: Thursday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, and one hour before the service at the church.
Burial: First Evanger Cemetery, Fertile, MN.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com


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Gary W. Knutson, 67, rural Fertile, MN, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, November 9, 2018.
Funeral: 11:00 Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN. Visitation: Monday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at the church. Burial: Faaberg Lutheran Cemetery, Rindal, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com


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Brent Cassavant of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND surrounded by his loving family following a brief battle with primary central nervous system lymphoma.
Funeral service will be held on  Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN with Deacon John Bruggeman officiating. Burial will be held at St. Dorothy Catholic Cemetery, Dorothy, MN.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening 5 – 8 PM at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Brent Lawrence Cassavant was born March 3, 1955 at Thief River Falls, MN son of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Cassavant. He was raised in the Dorothy area and was baptized and confirmed at St. Dorothy Catholic Church. He attended school at Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls, MN graduating in 1973. Growing up and following his education he worked with his father on the family farm.
He started working at American Crystal in Crookston right out of High School until his health forced him to retire in 2008. He started on the pilers and worked up to a title of Chief Steam Engineer. He was a safety Captain for many years and first responder. On January 2, 1998 he was united in marriage to Jackie Shockley at Crookston, MN. Brent and his siblings began a tree farm in 1998 which they continue to this day.
He was an outdoor/nature man! He loved exploring the woods for wildlife and driving around the farm on his favorite John Deere tractor or side by side. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and spent a lot of time in his vegetable garden and would share his bounty with family and friends. He also enjoyed processing his fresh venison, cooking, and grilling but no baking! He enjoyed tinkering in his man cave “Shack”.  He was very mechanical and artistic, he enjoyed fixing on machinery and creating with his wood burning tool. He loved to talk and tell stories, sharing with his grandsons about hunting adventures and teasing his “little princesses” granddaughters.
Brent is survived by his loving wife Jackie Cassavant of Red Lake Falls, MN; children Bridget Reinke of Lisbon, ND, Jenny (Marty) Howes of Warroad, MN, Corey Shockley of Red Lake Falls, MN and Dusty (Anju) Shockley of Shakopee, MN; grandchildren Dalton Reinke, Gavin Reinke, Catherine Thompson, Silas Reinke, Gage Thompson and Nia Reinke; siblings Bill (Jamie) Cassavant of Red Lake Falls, MN and Linda (Jerry Ward) Knudsen of Jacksonville, FL along with nieces, nephews and cousins; and his four legged family Cloud, Jerry, Tootsie and Johnnyboy.
He is preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Elizabeth Cassavant.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com


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Georgia B. Houske, 94, of Crookston, MN, passed away Saturday evening, November 3, 2018, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Georgia Beatrice Carlson, daughter of Taylor and Clara (Neprud) Carlson, was born in Crookston, Minnesota on May 26, 1924. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church and grew up in Shelly, Minnesota.
In 1946, Georgia married Morris Sherman Haugo, a Shelly, Minnesota native, who had recently returned from Japan, where he had been a POW for four years. Georgia and Morris lived in several places where Morris was stationed until his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps. They then settled in Jacksonville, N.C. with their three children. Morris died in 1961. Georgia taught piano lessons at the Clyde A. Erwin Elementary School for a time following his death. She later moved with her family to Moorhead, Minnesota and worked at the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station in Fargo, N.D. for several years.
In 1966, Georgia married Glenn Houske and moved her family to Crookston, Minnesota, where she worked with Glenn at the Houske Funeral Home for many years. As a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Georgia was involved in many projects. One of her proudest accomplishments was compiling a cookbook that benefited these projects. She was a member of WELCA and served as its president. Georgia also belonged to Chapter AX of the Sisterhood of P.E.O and was a member of the Agassiz Study Club and the Riverview Health Care Auxiliary. She loved entertaining and playing the piano. Georgia and Glenn moved to Mesa, AZ following Glenn's retirement in 1996 where they were active in St. Peter's Lutheran Church and both sang with the church choir. Glenn passed away in 2008.
Loving family members who survive Georgia include:  Candyce (George) Henneberger, Mercersburg, PA; Georgia Dawn (Jose) Antelo, San Antonio, TX; Joe (Marcia) Houske, Zephyr Hills, FL; Marlys Haugo, Salt Lake City, UT; Janna Houske, St. Paul, MN; and Jennifer Brevik Houske, East Grand Forks, MN. She also leaves eleven grandchildren: Heidi (Jay) Danielski, Jay (Michelle) Hessler, Matthew (Mya) Haugo, Nathan Haugo, Dawn Marie (Jason) Powell, Daniel Antelo, David Antelo, Kjersten (Blake) Waring, Jared (Stacey) Houske, Gretchen Houske, and Kyle Houske; and 9 great-grandchildren. She was very proud of her “blended family.” Georgia was preceded in death by her husbands, Morris Sherman Haugo and Glenn Lyle Houske; her son, Mark Sherman Haugo;  parents, Taylor and Clara Carlson; and two brothers, Newton Carlson and Willard Carlson. Blessed be the memory of Georgia Beatrice Houske.
The funeral service for Georgia Houske will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, November 16, 2018, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Thursday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and will continue at Trinity for one hour prior to the funeral on Friday. Interment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.  www.stenshoelhouske.com


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Opal E. Jacobson Londo, 93, Hendrum, MN, died on Sunday, November 4, 2018, in Fox, Arkansas, at her daughter's home. The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 12 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hendrum, MN. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the church.  Burial will take place at St. Pauli Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN. 

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Leah Vigum, age 19, of Twin Valley, MN, died on Friday, November 2, 2018 as the result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. 
Funeral Mass will be held at 9:00AM on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fertile.  Visitation will be held on Monday, November 5th from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, with a Prayer Service beginning at 7:00pm, all at St. Joseph Catholic Church. 
Arrangements are entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home of Twin Valley. Online obituary and guestbook can be found at www.andersonfamilyfh.com



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M. Dwain Ness, 89, of Ada, MN, died Friday, November 2, 2018, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. Funeral:  10:30AM Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with 6:30PM prayer service at the church. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota    www.fredriksonfh.com

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Bradley J. Foley, 65, Halstad, MN, beloved brother, was called to his eternal resting place on October 28, 2018, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. Memorial Mass: 2:00PM, Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Halstad, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Halstad, Minnesota  www.fredriksonfh.com
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MaryLou Sorenson, age 86, of Crookston passed away peacefully on October 26, 2018 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.  A funeral will be held Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston.  Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, followed by one hour prior to the service at the church the day of the service. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
MaryLou Feldman was born to Raymond and Edna Elizabeth (Licht) Feldman on September 20, 1932 in Grand Forks, ND. She attended schools in Grand Forks, Brainerd and eventually attended and graduated from Crookston Central High in 1950. After high school, MaryLou met Melvin C. Olson in Crookston and the couple wed in Crookston on Dec. 8, 1951. The couple moved to East Grand Forks and then to Grand Forks, ND and lived there for a couple years after their marriage and then settled in Crookston. MaryLou worked in Crookston at Ottertail Power Co., Bridgeman’s and Country Kitchen. She also helped with the RSVP program for many years. She was a longtime member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Crookston and served as the financial officer for the church. MaryLou is a current member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
MaryLou enjoyed bowling and card parties with Melvin. She also enjoyed traveling with the Homemakers group and other small groups to a variety of places. She loved spending time with her grand-daughters playing cards and taking them for ice cream.
MaryLou is survived by her children, Craig (Mary Anne) Olson of Lexington, KY; Jolene Lundin of Bemidji, MN; grand-children, Sara (Meg) Blackthorne of Portland, OR, Faith Lundin (Amaris Hinton), Fargo, ND; great-grandchildren, Rory Reynolds and Tasha.
MaryLou is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin Olson; son, Dylan “Jeff” Onefeather; sisters, Gladys (Gene) Joarnt, Shirley (George) Steinbrink; niece, Kaye Joarnt; brother-in-law, Lewis Olson; and sister-in-law, Marie Kurtz.
Memorials preferred to Red River Hospice.
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Francis “Frank” Kindseth, age 94, of Twin Valley, MN, died Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Sanford Health Hospital in Fargo, ND.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church, Twin Valley. A time of gathering will be one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will be at the Twin Valley Memorial Gardens following the service.
Arrangements entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home in Twin Valley. Online guestbook at www.andersonfamilyfh.com.


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Lila Mae Hegrenes, 72, Ada, Minnesota, died Friday, October 26, 2018, at her residence from natural causes. A Memorial Service is being held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 at Faith United Church, Ada.Visitation is scheduled for one hour before the service at the church. Burial will take place at Ada Municipal Cemetery in Ada, MN.


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Sharon Irene Wall
, 78, of Crookston, MN was called to her eternal home October 25, 2018 following a decade long cancer diagnosis.  Born September 19, 1940 to Vernon and Irene (Rice) Sullivan, Sharon grew up outside of Lisbon, ND on the farm with two brothers and four sisters. She attended St. Aloysius Catholic School and graduated from Lisbon High School.  It was in high school that Sharon met her “forever boyfriend”, Lee E. Wall. They married on January 29, 1960 and began their life together in Fargo, where Sharon worked at First National Bank while Lee attended undergrad school at NDSU. Their daughters, Reneè and Janet, were born during those years. The family then moved to Grand Forks, ND, where Sharon provided daycare in her home while Lee finished Law School at UND.
In 1966, Sharon and Lee moved to Crookston, MN where Lee joined Padden and Dickel Law Firm. Son, Chris, was born in 1967.  With two friends, Sharon co-owned 2 different businesses, City Hostess and Stretch and Sew. In 1980 Sharon was hired as the church secretary and later became office manager of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church. She described the opportunity at the Cathedral “as a ministry that God placed in my life at just the right time.”
Civic service was important to Sharon and she served the Crookston community as a Riverview Hospital board member, President of the Riverview Auxiliary and as a hospice volunteer.  She enjoyed being an active member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church, her beloved birthday club for 50+ years, Philanthropic Educational Organization, and the St. Rose of Lima Circle.
Retiring from the Cathedral in 1996 allowed Sharon more time for traveling with Lee and enjoying extended family and friends. Favorite activities included entertaining, making and delivering  Swedish tea rings at the holidays, playing golf and bridge, fishing, reading and campfires. She and Lee enjoyed wintering in Arizona and Minnesota lake time in the summer.
Sharon’s greatest blessings in life were her roles as daughter, sister, friend, wife, mom, mother in-law and especially grandma. She was the foundation of the Wall family, which included 2 sons-in-law, and a daughter-in-law. She loved Tom, Ron and Beth like her own children. Her grandchildren called her “Grandma or Grams” and Sharon and Lee lovingly referred to them as the “Great 8.” They attended every baptism, concert, sporting event, play, confirmation, hunting weekend, graduation, prom, or recital possible if Carter, Alex, Bitsy, Lilli, Grace, Andrew, Tommy or Jonny were part of the action. Grandma was always available when they needed a listening ear, a prayer, a pep talk, a hug, or a perfectly made chocolate chip cookie, or root beer float.
Left to carry on Sharon’s legacy is her husband, who was also her best advocate and caregiver, Lee; daughter, Reneè (Tom) Rongen of Fertile, daughter, Janet (Ron) Denison of Crookston, and son, Chris (Beth) Wall of Owatonna: and “The Great 8,” Carter and Lilli Denison, Alexander, Elizabeth and Grace Rongen and Andrew, Tommy and Jonny Wall. She also leaves siblings: Don (Darlene) Sullivan, Jerry (Colleen) Sullivan, Kaye (Alden) Kempel, Jody (Jim) Hauge, and Pat (Steve) Cole; brother-in-law, Larry Dzuik; sister-in law, Margaret Wall; and many precious nieces, nephews and Godchildren.   
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Irene Sullivan; her parents-in-law, Edward and Lillian Wall; sister, Pearl Dzuik; brother-in-law, John D. Wall; and grandsons, Daniel K. and Benjamin L. Wall.
Sharon’s family thanks all the people in their lives that have lifted them in prayer and friendship. The steadfast concern and faithfulness has been invaluable and words can’t fully express the depth of their gratitude. Special thanks to Dr. Ring, the Villa St. Vincent Team, Hospice of the Red River Valley Team, and Jodi’s Angels, who lovingly helped Sharon at her time of greatest need.
In lieu of flowers, Sharon has requested that memorials be shared with The Phoenix Project, (located at the NWMHC in Crookston), a fund she co-created with her children, The Villa/St. Vincent Foundation, Riverview Foundation and Hospice of the Red River Valley
A celebration of Sharon’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with Fr. Vincent Miller, presiding.  Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Monday from 5-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service and sharing of memories at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral. Inurnment at the Oakwood Cemetery in Lisbon, North Dakota will take place at a later date. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, MN, is assisting with funeral arrangements.


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Jerome Paul Bahls, age 67, of Fisher died Wednesday October 24, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Visitation will be held Sunday, October 28, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Chapel. A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, October 29, at 2:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston; visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Jerome Paul Bahls was born to Harry and Helen (Skibiski) Bahls on June 11, 1951 in Perham, MN.  As a young boy Jerome worked with his father doing carpentry from the age of twelve. Jerome attended St. Henry’s Parochial school then the Perham public schools through high school, graduating in 1969. Following high school, Jerome attended the University of Minnesota in Crookston for Accounting graduating in 1971 with an Associate degree.
He stayed in Crookston until 1976 at which time he bought a farmstead 3 miles west of Fisher. He lived in the house with his spouse at the time and built a new home utilizing his background in carpentry. He then buried the old house.
They proceeded to have two children, Jeffery Jerome and Jami June.
Over the years he burnt down the old buildings and replaced them with a large new workshop and pole shed. He also built close to a dozen trailers which were used for his annual woodcutting parties every fall for heating the house during winter.
Jerry had a number of foster children over the years. He enjoyed taking his kids out and pulling them behind his car on the toboggan, taking them gopher trapping, deer hunting and anything to do with the outdoors.
His mind was always thinking up new projects even when he wasn’t able to physically do them all due to his Multiple Sclerosis.
In 1981 Jerry began working for Stuhaug & Smebyas an accountant which he continued for ten years. He also worked other various jobs such as construction and farming in the area as well as an accountant at Glenmore in Crookston. 
On January 17, 1997 Jerome and Linda Salentine (Sip) joined in marriage after a long engagement.
Jerry was a long-time member of St. Francis of Agassi’s Catholic Church in Fisher prior to now being a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston due to handicap accessibility.
He was also a proud member of AA and was sober for over 30 years.  He will be remembered for his quick wit, love of hunting and never giving up in life attitude. He was always a hard worker with great talents as a carpenter and a true fighter when it came to his MS. He often amazed family, friends and even the health care professionals when it came to his recoveries from illness.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Linda Bahls, Fisher; son, Jeff (Amanda) Bahls, Rice Lake, WI; daughter, Jami Egeland (Justin Olson), Fisher; step-children, Joshua Sip, East Grand Forks; Keri Pinna (Oscar Xavier Del Sebastian), Minneapolis, Angela Sip, Fisher; and Joseph Sip, Minneapolis.; grand-children, Cooper, Max and Logan Bahls, and Aaron, Michael, Ean, and Isaac Egeland; step-grandson, Phoenix Pinna; sisters, Barb (Jay) Petrin, Tigard, OR; Marilyn Gilbertson, Pelican Rapids, MN; Ann (Joe) Bratvold, Ashby, MN.
Jerome was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, David Gilbertson, step-grandson, Cole Mackowick and son-in-law, David Egeland.
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Marcella C. Foderick, 91, Ada, MN, died after a short illness on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at Sanford Hospital, Fargo, ND.
Memorial Service: 11:00AM Friday, October 26, 2018, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.  Visitation: One hour before the service. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota
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Robert Oscar Carlson, 96, of Grand Forks, ND, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Robert was born on June 5, 1922 on his family farm, rural Honeyford, ND, the son of Oscar and Anna (Benson) Carlson. He was baptized a few days later at his mother’s funeral. In 1924 Oscar married Mildred Lundgren. Robert attended rural Wheatfield School and graduated from Gilby High School.
Robert proudly enlisted in the Navy with the Seabees on March 30, 1944 and was honorably discharged on January 16, 1946.  Upon return, he started farming in Mekinock Township, ND with $1,400 and a GI loan. On April 16, 1950, he married Anna Eleanor Knutson at East Walle Lutheran Church near Thompson, ND.  They raised their family near Eldred, MN where they farmed and in later years did custom combining until 1990 at which time they moved to Grand Forks. Eleanor passed away on July 31, 2011. A few years later, Robert moved to Parkwood Senior Living Center in Grand Forks.
Robert was a member of Sand Hill Lutheran Church, actively serving in various positions on the church and parish council. Dearest to Robert’s heart was his role as Sunday School teacher. His passion to share God’s love and the importance of faith, with young and old alike, was a thread that was interwoven throughout his entire life. 
Robert served on various organizations including the Pathways Bible Camp Board, delegate to Oak Grove Lutheran School, President of the Neby Farmers’ Union Local, Eldred School Board, and was actively involved with the Valley 4000 Foundation. He was a proud WWII Veteran and treasured his trip on the Honor Flight at age of 90. He enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends. Especially memorable were the trips to the Holy Land and Sweden where he walked the soil of his family farm at the age of 76.  
Robert was a man who lived his faith. He found great joy in giving to others and visiting with family and friends. His greatest joy came from his role as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
Robert is survived by his five children: Anne (Keith) Burke, Climax, MN, Nancy (Garry) Johnson, Columbia Heights, MN, Randy Carlson, Prairie Village, KS, Julie (Al) Paulson, Shevlin, MN, Jon (Jill) Carlson, Climax, MN. Ten grandchildren: Alyssa Burke (Patrick Crawford) and Christopher Burke, Lindsey (Lee) Sexton and Andrea (Clint) Agar, Andrew (Stacie) Carlson and Ben Carlson, Levi (Kelsey Wegner) and Erik Paulson, Evan (Elizabeth Edwards) and Claire Carlson. Five great grandchildren: Graci and Eastyn Burke, Roland Sexton, Parker and Sophie Agar.  Sisters Blanche Lukas and Shirley Belcher, sister-in-law Mildred Carlson, Doris Knutson, Loretta Knutson, many nieces and nephews and numerous friends and relatives.
Preceding his death were his wife, parents, step-mother, brothers Clifton, Arthur and his wife, Evelyn, sister Frances Stover, brother-in-law Len Lukas, Earl Stover, Vernon Belcher, Howard Knutson, Wilmar Knutson and special friend Dorothy (Dot) Burckhard and family.
Special thanks to the staff at Parkwood and Altru Hospice for their care and friendship.
A memorial service celebrating Robert’s life will be held at Sand Hill Lutheran Church on November 3, 2018 at 11:00 with visitation one hour prior to the service with Pastor Joy Grainger officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:00 on November 2, 2018 at Amundson Funeral Home in Grand Forks, ND.


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Princella Hilda Hiller, age 96, of Crookston passed away peacefully, Friday, October 19, 2018.  A private family funeral service will be conducted at a later date.  Inurnment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
Princella Hilda West was born to Albert and Hilda Maria (Hokana) West on May 14, 1922 in Ludden, ND.  After high school, Princella attended business college which helped her attain a job at the Zeigler Co. It was there that Princella met Roy E. Hiller at a company picnic. They began dating and eventually got married on December 30, 1944. To this union one daughter was born, Pamela Kay Hiller. Soon after, the couple began moving with Roys job. First to Grafton, ND, then to Crookston and then on to Fergus Falls, MN. While in Fergus Falls, Princella and Roy began raising their grand-daughter Lori Ann Thomas at only 2 days old.  During this time, Princella worked as an assistant to the dean of the college in Fergus Falls. She added another job for a while, working at the Mental Health Center in Fergus Falls. In 1974 Roy’s job took the three to Crookston and they settled there. While there, Princella began working at the Housing Authority and soon became the Executive Director of the Housing Authority in Crookston.  She continued to hold that position until her retirement in 1982.
She will be remembered for her great cooking, and having a wonderful garden.  In Princella’s spare time she loved to sew clothing, reading
just about anything, being on her computer and she was always looking for an opportunity to be involved in human need organizations. Traveling was also something Princella loved, especially as a family.
Princella is survived by her grand-daughter Lori Ann Thomas, Crookston.
Princella is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy; daughter, Pamela Kay Thomas; three sisters, Hazel McFarland, Nettie West, and Marian West; three brothers, Albert, Ernest, and Ralph West.
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Kenneth Conrad Kenny” Swenson, 89, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, October 21,2018, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, with his family at his side. He had been a resident of the Villa since January 2nd of this year.
Kenny was born on February 3,1929 at Glyndon, MN, the oldest of 5 children of the union of Gust and Anna (Bakken) Swenson. As an infant he and his parents moved to Gary, IN. They came to Crookston a few years later, where Kenny attended Crookston public schools and graduated from Central High School in 1947. On January 27, 1950 he was united in marriage to Susan Prady at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. They would be blessed with 5 children: Dennis, Steven, Marlene, Byron, and Robert. Sadly, Steven passed away on August 14, 1953 when he just 3 days old. In 1948, Kenny, his father, Gust, and brother, Don, co-founded Gust Swenson and Sons, a well-known manufacturing business enjoying an excellent reputation throughout the area for their knowledge and expertise. The company specialized in the design and manufacture of sugar-beet and other agricultural equipment, vital to the success of area growers. They took great pride in creating the first sugar-beet cart, which aided greatly in getting beets from the field to the trucks for transport to the factory. Gust, Kenny, Don, and their families were honored by the Red River Valley Sugar-Beet Growers Association for their significant contributions to the industry. A few years ago Kenny and Don were chauffeured in the City's annual Ox Cart Days Parade, in recognition of their contributions toward making Crookston a great place to live, work, and most importantly, raise a family.
While Kenny's work could honestly be considered his favorite hobby, he still found time to hunt and fish near their cabin at Waskish, MN on the eastern shore of the Upper Red Lake. Once a year he would also spend a few weeks hunting in Montana at the Browning Ranch. A highlight of those trips was getting on a horse and heading out on the 60,000-acre ranch to round up the cattle for branding. This annual adventure definitely brought out the inner cowboy in Kenny. In 1992, as the last of the original partners, Kenny sold the business to his 3 sons. Retirement would not really come until 2000, and it was not unusual for Susan to call the shop and ask the boys' to tell their dad to come home. Kenny was one of the founding members of the Crookston Gun Club and he and Susan spent nearly every Monday at the range trap shooting. It was said that Susan could outshoot Kenny regularly, and she scored a perfect 25 before he could. Loving and adoring husband that he was, Kenny was very proud of her. Kenny and Susan have been longtime members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, and the Polk County Humane Society, where they rescued several dogs over the years. Kenny volunteered much of his time to the restoration of historical sugar-beet equipment and enjoyed the friendships formed through his association with the Sugar Beet Museum. Several years ago he discovered the enjoyment gained from spending the day working on his yard and gardening. growing both vegetables and flowers. Squirrels, rabbits, and stray cats found a haven in Kenny's yard, and more than one of the cats found its way into his home. He stubbornly refused to let anyone chase his little visitors away.
Kenny was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and will forever be remembered for his faith, wisdom, and selfless devotion to them all.
Kenny is survived by Susan, his beloved wife of 68 years; their 4 children and spouses: Dennis and Lucia Swenson of Crookston, Marlene and Peter Linn of River Falls, WI, Byron and Peggy Swenson and Robert Swenson of Crookston; 11 grandchildren: Sarah (David) Stone, Phil (Christy) Swenson, Eric (Sally) Swenson, Erin Linn, Frank Linn, Rachel (Alex) Bunten, Abby Swenson, Luci Swenson, Kyle (Amber) Swenson, Megan (Ryan) Violette, and Aubrey Swenson; and 15 great-grandchildren. He also leave 3 siblings: Joan Buchhop of Detroit Lakes, MN, Lorrayne Rogers of Minneapolis, and Russell and Florence Swenson of Grand Rapids, MN; several of Susan's siblings: Ruth and Howard Walior of River Falls, WI, Mary Walior of Grand Forks, ND, Irene Usselman of Apple Valley, MN, Grace and Robert Bergevin of Coon Rapids, MN, Marsha Prady of Frazee, MN, and Rosie and Dale Rhode of Eagan, MN; together with many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Kenny is now reunited with his little boy, Steven; his parents, Gust and Anna Swenson; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Theresa Swenson; brothers-in-law, Maurice Buchhop and Ronald Rogers; and from Susan's side of the family: parents-in-law, Alex and Rose Prady; and her siblings: Doris and Kenneth Hanson, Donald Walior, Robert Usselman, and Russell Prady. Blessed be the memory of Kenneth Conrad Swenson.
A memorial service for Kenneth Swenson will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, October 27,2018 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service and time of sharing. Visitation will continue at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Inurnment will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Kenny's name to Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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Raymond A. Mjolsness, 92, Seattle, WA, formerly of Shelly, MN, died Friday, October 5, 2018 in Seattle. A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10 at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home in Halstad, MN.


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Miles Alan Chapman, 72 of Crookston, MN passed away unexpectedly on Thursday afternoon, October 18th, 2018, on the family farm.  He was born on March 27th, 1946 to Myron and Frances (Urness) Chapman.  Raised on the family farm, he was the youngest boy in a family of six. 
He attended a one-room schoolhouse in Kertsonville Township before attending Crookston Central High.  While serving in the United States Air Force, he met and married Betty Anne Davis Chapman, on February 21st, 1970, in Dover, Delaware.  They were blessed with two sons, Miles and Brian.  Miles attended Wahpeton State College of Science, and worked at Collins Radio, before he enlisted in the United States Air Force.  He served four years and one tour in Vietnam.  In 1971, Miles and Betty returned to Crookston to operate the family farm.
For a brief time, he rented the farm to a local farmer and then into CRP, during this time, he attended the Alabama Christian School of Religion (ACSR).  After graduating ACSR, he served as family minister at the Dalraida Church of Christ in Montgomery, Alabama.  Until retirement, he continued to work on his farm and helped several farmers during harvest and planting.  He was active in the community, performed many roles in a local flying club, often joined friends for a cup of coffee, and served in several roles of the Church.
He often said, “I spoil everything I touch,” and he did.  He was loving and attentive towards his horses, cats, birds, rabbits, and family.  All the while, actively gardening and spending time on multiple projects around the farm.  He will be deeply missed by all of his family, friends, and his pets; Bess, Betty, Hilly, Scout, Dot, and Dash.  Miles is survived by his wife Betty, son and daughter-in-law, Miles and Amanda of Washington, D.C., and son Brian of Crookston; five grandchildren, Ashley, Emma, Elijah, Addison, and Piper; a brother Keith of California, and sisters Kay and Audrey of Wisconsin.  Miles was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Myra, and his brother Kenny. 
A memorial service will be held at 1:00, with a visitation one hour prior to service, on Wednesday, October 24th, at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home Chapel in Crookston.
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Ira Mjelde, Alhambra, CA, formerly of Erskine, MN, died Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Atherton Baptist Home in Alhambra.
Ira Theodore Mjelde was born on February 21st, 1930, to Norman and Mary (Sandem) Mjelde in rural Beltrami, MN. Ira attended grade school in rural Beltrami and was baptized and confirmed at Scandia Lutheran Church. He attended high school at the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWA) in Crookston, MN, graduating in 1947. While a student at NWA, Ira met his future wife, Marjorie Anne Ophus of Erskine, MN.
Ira and Marjorie were married on December 31st, 1948, in rural Erskine, MN. They initially farmed in rural Beltrami, MN, then spent a short time living near San Francisco, CA, where Ira worked at the Kellogg’s factory making Corn Flakes. They returned to Moorhead, MN, where Ira began a career in the construction business, working for Twin City Construction. Ira later obtained his General Contractors License and subsequently owned and operated Quality Builders and Realty of Moorhead, building many homes and apartment buildings in the Fargo/Moorhead area. It was one of Ira’s custom built homes that was moved, remodeled, and gifted to a refugee family when “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” came to the area in 2010. Ira and Marjorie also owned and operated a department store in Dilworth, MN. Longing to farm again, in 1973 Ira moved his family to Erskine where they lived and farmed for ten years. In 1983, Ira and Marjorie moved to Sierra Madre, CA, where Ira obtained his California General Contractors License and continued to work in the construction field. During this time, Marjorie obtained her real estate license, and together they collaborated to serve their clients’ needs. Upon their retirement in 1998, Ira and Marjorie travelled for two years, before returning to rural Erskine. There they enjoyed remodeling their home on Marjorie’s family farm. Ira lovingly cared for Marjorie many years as her health declined, and they returned to California to be near family in 2013. Ira became a resident of Atherton Baptist Homes in January 2018.
Early in their marriage while living in Moorhead, MN, Ira and Marjorie became born again Christians, leading to a lifetime commitment to do God’s work. They were charter members of Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church in Moorhead, and spent many summers attending Inspiration Point Bible Camp in Clitherall, MN. Ira and Marjorie sacrificed much to send all five of their children to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls, MN, in order to provide them with a Christian education. Ira was always active in his church, particularly at Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church in Moorhead, Rodnes Lutheran Church in Erskine, Victoria Community Church in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and Immanuel Lutheran Brethren Church in Pasadena, CA. Ira was known as a man of prayer and desired to be used as a witness to Christ’s saving grace.
In addition to his faith, Ira had a firm belief in giving back to his community as a volunteer. He was a member of several boards during his lifetime, including the Home Builders Association of the Fargo/Moorhead area, the Church of the Lutheran Brethren in Fergus Falls, MN, the Erskine School District in Erskine, MN, and Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN. He ran for Polk County Commissioner and was a 4-H leader while living in Erskine. Ira demonstrated a fierce work ethic and believed in an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, but he also loved to have fun. An avid baseball fan, Ira completed his dream of attending a baseball game in every major league stadium. Both Ira and Marjorie had an adventurous spirit and always made a point to be present for family events, no matter how near or far. Ira truly loved his family and countless friends.
Ira passed away surrounded by his family on October 13th, 2018, at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife of nearly seventy years, Marjorie Anne (Ophus) Mjelde currently residing at Atherton Baptist Homes in Alhambra, CA; daughter Jan Wader of Pasadena, CA; son Mark of Minnetrista, MN; daughter Elizabeth (Daniel) Ferris of Miles City, MT; daughter Dawn (Eric) Jones of Glendora, CA; grandson Joshua (Andrea) Wader and great granddaughter Karli Wader of Long Beach, CA; granddaughter Anna Wader and great grandson Christian Wader-Lopez of Makawao, HI; daughter-in-law Debra Mjelde of Erskine; step grandchildren Katy (Mike), Stella, and Josiah Mavis of Des Moines, IA; Traci (Brandon) and Noah Hills of Des Moines, IA; Brett Pederson of St. Paul, MN; brother Archie Mjelde of Buffalo, MN; sister-in-law Deloris Stauning of Beltrami, MN; sister-in-law Norma Mjelde of Moorhead, MN; brother-in-law Fred (Donna) Ophus of Granada Hills, CA; sister-in-law Sandra (John) Delmore of Coon Rapids, MN; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Ira was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law Harry and Anne (Knudson) Ophus; brothers, Maurice, Vernon, and Curtis Mjelde; sisters, Nelda Thompson and Inez Marsh, and son Kent. Blessed be the memory of Ira Theodore Mjelde.
Funeral: 11:00AM Monday, October 22, 2018, at Rodnes Lutheran Church, rural Erskine, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM Sunday, October 21, 2018, at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home in Fertile, MN, and one hour before the service at the church. Burial: Rodnes Lutheran Cemetery, rural Erskine, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN, www.eriksonvikfh.com


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A. Dagmar Larson, 91, Fertile, MN, died Monday, October 15, 2018, at Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home, Crookston, MN.
Audrey "Dagmar" Smith was born March 20, 1927 at Nielsville, MN the 3rd of 7 children born to Soren and Anna (Amundson) Smith. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Petri Lutheran Church, Nielsville, MN. She attended country school followed by graduation from Climax High School. (1944) That fall she moved in with Gilbert & Helen (Amundson) Fosse, her aunt and uncle, near Fertile to help care for her grandmother, Syverine (Bilden) Amundson, while her aunt taught school. While there she met Arnold Larson at a Luther League meeting at Little Norway Church. He was “the boy next door” who happened to live across the lake. After her grandmother died in April of 1945, she moved to Fargo and attended Aaker’s Business College working in Fargo the following year.
Arnold and Dagmar were married December 15, 1946 at the Little Norway Church Parsonage in Fertile, MN. They settled on the family farm northeast of Fertile with Arnold's parents. A new house was built in 1980. In 1957, due to Arnold's health issues, they moved to Oildale, CA for the winter, returning home to the farm the following spring.
Life for Dagmar on the farm was busy with children, sewing, mending, and a large garden with flowers, fruits and vegetables for preserving. She encouraged her children in education, 4-H, school and church activities. Her virtue was patience when her daughters shared a sewing machine for fair exhibit deadlines, chased piglets, cattle, dogs and 4-H geese from her garden, created impromptu meals and lodging for visiting relatives, was called to for farm duties while meals cooked or babies cried, kept the coffee and cookies at hand for visitors, children and grandchildren. Cooking was a daily responsibility and she enjoyed it as she tried new recipes, made dishes for gatherings, adapted for venison from the hunters and learned the required new kitchen technology as it arrived via “presents” whether desired or not.
She was the bookkeeper for the family farm. An active member of Little Norway Lutheran Church, she participated in women’s groups and taught Sunday School. 
She made time in her busy day to snuggle with the children and read to them sharing her appreciation of books. Books and newspapers were always plentiful in their home and one learned to keep quiet during the news and market reports. Dagmar and Arne were also active in their local DFL Party. Discussing politics and religion over the dinner table was a lively daily activity. Dagmar loved to dance despite having foot issues. Many a time Arnold would come in from the field on a Saturday only to go dancing. In later years Arnold would be the chauffeur and dancing partner for many of their widowed friends as he loaded up the Oldsmobile and drove to wherever there was a dance floor and “good” music played. 
Dagmar and Arnold enjoyed traveling, visiting relatives, friends and sites across the country including Alaska, Canada and Mexico. They toured Norway (2005) where roots ran deep. She declared it so wonderful it had “felt like a dream”.
Dagmar and Arnold moved to Fertile in 2002 and later to Summerfield Place in 2010. July 2011 Dagmar entered Memory Care at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston where she resided until her passing. Arnold passed away in June of 2014.
Dagmar is survived by six children, Anita Larson Andres, Omaha, NE, Vickie (Mark) DeSchane, Park Rapids, Jeffrey (Lynn) Larson, Fertile, Rosalyn (Dave McCord) Larson-McCord, Lino Lakes, MN, James (Jennifer) Larson, Fertile and Donald Larson, Fertile; eleven grandchildren: Dan (Cami) DeSchane, Rachel Andres, Joe DeSchane, Matthew (Nora) Larson, Michael (Kris) Larson, Scott McCord (Tara Ketchum), Elizabeth (James Shewmake) Andres, Tim (Heather) McCord, Samuel Larson, Soren Larson and Kate Larson as well as eight great grandchildren; Kylie, Tahlen, Jacob, Orion, Zander, Robert, Edward and Solvie. Dagmar is also survived by siblings, Shirley Anderson, R. Curtis (Bonnie) Smith and Rosemari (Dick) Backen and sister-in‐law Lillian Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings, Sidney Smith; Norris (Marian) Smith; Arlene (Roland) Hamre and brother‐in‐law, H.A. Anderson and grandchild, Mary Larson.
The family would like to thank the staff at Villa St. Vincent Memory Care Unit for providing a caring, comfortable and safe environment for Dagmar these past seven years. Their continual care and compassion for Mom was well noted and much appreciated by her family.
Memorial Service: 11:00 Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN. Visitation: Friday, October 26, 2018, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN, and one hour before the service at the church. Burial:  Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN, www.eriksonvikfh.com


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Charlene Terpstra, 99, lifelong resident of the Crookston area died at the Villa St. Vincent, where she had been a resident, first at the Summit, and later in the Villa, since 2013.  The daughter of Dutch immigrant parents, George and Clara (DeYoung) Brolsma, Charlene was born on the Perry farm in Polk County, September 7, 1919. She grew up on farms near Eldred and Beltrami and attended school through the 8thgrade in the Eldred Consolidated Schools and in rural Beltrami.   Later she earned her GED from Crookston Central High School
As a young girl, she worked as a housekeeper for families in the Crookston area and later at the Sunny Rest Sanatorium.  On September 26, 1942, she married Ernest Terpstra. She and Ernest worked at Pederson Biddick from 1942-1946 and in 1947 they purchased a farm near Crookston where they and, Ernest’s brother Clarence, farmed together for over 30 years.
She raised her two children there and played an active role in the family dairy farm.  She was a member of the Parnell Township Homemakers group and an active parent leader in the North Star 4-H Club when her children were members.   She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church where she was involved in various women’s Bible study groups, sang in the choir and taught Sunday School.  Charlene is, however, most remembered for her 19 years as a sales associate for JC Penney where she worked until the store closed in 1988.  In 1980, because of Ernest’s declining health, Charlene and Ernest moved from the farm to Hoven Lane in Crookston.
Charlene enjoyed traveling.  She traveled to Japan, to much of Europe, Hawaii, and to many other US locations.  She was also an avid seamstress and gardener and she loved caring for and watching her grandchildren grow up.    She loved to bowl, had a stellar average and was a part of many bowling leagues over the years. Charlene also enjoyed family gatherings when her Brolsma siblings and their families would come together for birthday parties and reunions.
Charlene leaves two surviving children and their spouses, daughter Janis Barrett (Michael) of Williamsburg, VA and son Gordy (Monica) of Crookston, four grandchildren, Ethan Barrett (Madison), Whitney Jarnot (Tyler), Taylor Terpstra (Erin) and Morgan Terpstra as well as great grandson Tucker Jarnot.  She is also survived by one brother John (Margaret) of Boomington, MN as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the Villa staff and nurses for their steadfast care over the last years.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, her husband, Ernest, in 1986, brothers George, Allen and Herman and sisters Agnes and Sady and their spouses.
Funeral services are at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Monday, October 22, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston, Minnesota. Interment will follow at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
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Jason Thomas Huseby, age 76, of East Grand Forks, MN, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at his home. The Funeral Service is scheduled for Monday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Dahl Funeral Home in East Grand Forks. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery in East Grand Forks.
Jason was born on October 12, 1942, in Crookston, MN, the son of the late John and Gladwyn (Eeg) Huseby.  He grew up in Red Lake Falls, MN, and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1960.  Afterwards, he went to work on the railroad with his dad for a year before enlisting in the US Army where he served 2 years in the medical corps and played basketball for various posts in Germany and the US.  He returned stateside and enrolled in the University of North Dakota where he played basketball and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Political Science and History.  On September 6, 1964, he was married to Mary Ryan at University Lutheran in Grand Forks, ND.  The family made their home first in Alexandria, MN, where Jason taught school.  In 1969, they moved to Crookston, MN, where he worked for 30 years as a probation officer.  In the early 90’s Jason married Karen Sande.  In his free time he loved to golf, watch Gopher sports, collect guns, and spend time with his friends at the VFW in East Grand Forks, MN.  Most of all he loved being with his family and especially watching his grandchildren compete in various sporting events.
Jason is survived by his children, Dr. Kari (Brad) Wessman of Fargo, ND; Dr. Jay (Tina) Huseby of Bemidji, MN; Hon. Jon (Annie) Huseby of Bemidji, MN; and Kelly (Mike Andringe) Doda of Crookston, MN; 16 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and sister, Greta (Don) Snyder of Chaska, MN; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Gladwyn Huseby.

 

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Arnold “Jr.” Olson, age 82, of rural Mentor, MN, passed away on Saturday, October 13th, at Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN with his family by his side. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18th, at Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor with the Rev. Michael Sletto officiating. Interment will be in Faith Lutheran Cemetery, rural Mentor. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Military honors will be conducted by the National Guard Honors Team. Arrangements are with the Carlin Family Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Arnold Duaine Olson, Jr. was born on September 2, 1936 in Crookston, Minnesota to parents Arnold Sr. and Mervyn Ostgaard Olson. He grew up in Tilden Township, attended Tilden country school and graduated from Mentor High School in 1954. He farmed in the area until entering the United States Army in October of 1959. Jr. drove truck in the military in Fort Carson, Colorado and received his honorable discharge in February of 1962. He returned to Mentor and farmed with his father in Grove Park Township.
He was united in marriage to Audrey Ekeberg on May 7, 1977 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in McIntosh. After their marriage, they farmed and raised beef cattle in the Mentor area.
He enjoyed hunting and spear fishing, going to the sales barn and looking at Ford pickups. He also liked watching football and was an avid Vikings and Broncos fan. In his earlier years, Jr. liked to attend auction sales.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Audrey, of Mentor; one daughter, Sarah (Terry) Whalen of Oklee, MN; step-son, Mike Lee of Mentor, MN; grandchildren, Brooke Lee, Trevor Lee (Hanna Braaksma), and Chase, Carlee, and Claire Whalen. Also surviving are two brothers, Roger Olson of Mentor and David (Janice) Olson of Red Lake Falls, MN. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step mother, Marie Plante Olson; brother, Steve Olson; sisters-in-law, Linda Olson and Judy Olson; and an infant nephew.
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Joan Claire Radi, 83, longtime Crookston, MN resident, passed away peacefully with her family at her side, Thursday, September 27, 2018, in the John Muir Hospital in Concord, CA, after a brief illness. She had been living with her daughter, Wanette “Winnie” Oxley, in Concord for the past few months.
Joan was born in Crookston on July 17, 1935, the daughter of John and Inez (Steffen) Wigand. She attended Crookston schools and was a 1953 graduate of Central High School. Joan was united in marriage to Wayne Arnold Radi on November 19, 1953 in Crookston. Through the years their marriage was blessed by the births of 6 children: Wanette, Glen, Clairene, Anita, Curtis, and Bruce. The couple first lived in Saginaw, MI before returning to Crookston in 1955. Wayne was employed by the Otter Tail Power Company and Joan dedicated her life to running a very busy household, while finding time to also provide bookkeeping services to several Crookston businesses. Following retirement Joan and Wayne spent several winters as “snowbirds” in Arizona and Texas where they made many new friends. Sadly, Wayne passed away on May 18, 2013.
Joan was a devoted member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for her entire life, participated in WELCA activities, served on several committees, and helped with the Work and Serve group whenever needed. She was a member of the Firemen’s Auxiliary and enjoyed the company of the Red Hat Ladies. Her favorite pastimes included knitting, sewing, quiet time spent reading, and league bowling with friends in her younger years. Joan had been continuing to travel south up to this past winter and was hoping to do so again. She will be forever missed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who celebrate and remember her life with tears of joy.
Joan is survived by her 6 loving children: Wanette (Fred) Oxley of Concord, CA, Glen Radi of Denver, CO, Clairene (Barney) Irwin of Duluth, MN, Anita (Allen) Brekken of Crookston, MN, Curtis (Karen) Radi of Huntington Beach, CA, and Bruce Radi of Irvine, CA; 9 grandchildren: Jeffrey, Tyler, Cody, and Jordan Brekken, Benjamin Oxley, Wyatt Irwin, Brandon Milburn, and Chase and Caroline Radi; 11 great-grandchildren: Levi, Layne, Freya, and Finn Brekken, Carter, Nolan, Grant, and Davis Oxley, and Deglan, Ella, and Georgia Milburn; brother-in-law, Joe Grenier of East Grand Forks, MN; sisters-in-law, Marlyne Dalzell of Albertville, MN and Sherry (Ken) Coauette of East Grand Forks, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She is preceded in death by Wayne, her beloved husband of 59 years; parents, John and Inez Wigand; sister, Carol Grenier; and parents-in-law, Arnold and Dora Radi.
May God richly bless Joan’s memory.
A memorial service for Joan Claire Radi will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with Dwain Fagerlund, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will follow in Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
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Georgine Elaine Arness passed away at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, Minnesota on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Georgine was born on May 26, 1923 in Climax, Minnesota to Lewis and Nina (Dale) Wehus.  She graduated from Climax High School in 1941, and in 1942 married Alton Arness of Roome Township, south of Fisher, Minnesota. Georgine and Alton shared the farmstead there until 1998, when Alton passed away. Georgine was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Gayle; brothers Ainsworth, Lawrence, and Wallace, and brother-in-law Duane Arness.
A homemaker, Georgine was active in church and civic life and served as a Sunday school teacher at Fisher Lutheran Church and as a leader in the Fisher Music Boosters and the Eldred 4-H Club. Later she served on the board of the Golden Link Senior Center in Crookston and started and managed a project recycling 20,000 greeting cards during her tenure. She also led the Golden Link Band. Georgine enjoyed the activities of the Sons of Norway and the Red Hat Society. For her civic contributions she received the 1995 Outstanding Senior Citizen Award for Polk County. Georgine applied meticulous energy to hobbies that included firing and painting ceramics that are still on display at the Golden Link in Crookston, air-brushing, rosemaling, playing piano and drums, gardening and arranging flowers, and going dancing every Saturday night with Alton as long as they were able. She took great pride in maintaining and seasonally decorating the family farmstead, and in 1989 she and Alton received the Home Beautification Award for the West Polk County Water and Conservation District.
Georgine especially enjoyed hosting her beloved granddaughters on the farm during summers. She also enjoyed travel, including visits to India and Nepal to visit her son and his family. Remembering the days of cooking all day long for threshing crews, Georgine never relished hovering over a stove, but she delighted in baking Norwegian holiday pastries and other sweets for her family. She was adaptable, though, and was happy to join the family consensus that cooking lutefisk at Christmas was not a tradition that merited preservation.
Georgine is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Rekha Arness of Virginia; two granddaughters and their husbands, Vanessa Arness (Marco Davi) of Virginia and Tara Vu (Kelvin) of California; two great-grandsons, Iver and Niall Vu of California; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Arness, of Mentor, Minnesota; as well as, several nephews and nieces, including Kristi Hadrava McLean of Minnesota, and Teresa Hadrava-Pierce of Louisiana—both of whom Georgine helped rear for two and a half years after the death of their mother, Gayle.
The family thanks the caregivers at the Summit and Villa St. Vincent in Crookston for their attentive support during Georgine's years there.
The funeral service for Georgine Elaine Artness will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the Fisher Lutheran Church in Fisher, MN, with The Rev. Karen Young Trenne, officiating. Interment will be at Bardo Cemetery, rural Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, MN is assisting with funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations in Georgine's name to the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org) or to the American Cancer Association (cancer.org).
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Roger Bruce Wayne Dyrdahl, 70, Perley, MN, died Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. Funeral: 1:00PM, Monday, October 15, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Sunday October 14, 2018, from 5:00PM-7:00PM at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota
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Reginald “Reggie” Galland, 64, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center, Erskine, MN following a battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM  at Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor, MN with Reverend Mike Sletto and Father David Super Officiating. Burial will be held at Faith Lutheran Cemetery near Mentor, MN. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00PM prayer service at Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor  and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Reginald “Reggie” Dean Galland was born May 1, 1954 son of Wilson and Clara (Sveningson) Galland at Crookston, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor. He attended Mentor Public School graduating in 1972. Following graduation from High School he worked various jobs including the Coop in Mentor and Prichard Brothers Steel Buildings. On September 24, 1977 he was united in marriage to Janis Marie Olson at Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor. In 1978 he started working campaigns at American Crystal Sugar Company in Crookston and in 1981became year round status. After 39 years, he retired in January of 2018 due to health issues. Reggie enjoyed fishing, spearing, deer and pheasant hunting, and target shooting. During deer hunting time he loved spending time at North and South Camp. He also enjoyed four wheeling, and playing Texas Hold’em poker. He loved spending time with his grandkids and watching sporting events and collecting baseball cards. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and Ducks Unlimited. Reggie is survived by his wife of 41 years Janis at Mentor, MN; children Jill (Leif) Kolstoe of Oklee, MN,  Amy (Arick) Broden of Red Lake Falls, MN and Katie (Jason Bachmeier)  Galland of New Prague, MN;  grandchildren Hailey, Riley, Gunnar Broden, Natalie Bachmeier, Ava Kolstoe;  mother Clara at Mentor; siblings Sharon (Bob) Wolf, of Crookston, MN, Bruce (Lorraine) Galland of Bagley, MN; father-in-law Art Olson of Mentor; sister-in-law Sharon (Larry) Hanson of McIntosh, MN, along with several nieces,  nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father Wilson (Jan. 7, 2017) and mother –in-law Evelyn Olson (May 5, 2004).
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Wade D. Gnadt 57, Ada, MN, died unexpectantly Sunday, October 7, 2018, in his home. Memorial Service: 2:00PM Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.  Visitation: One hour before the service. Burial: Lockhart Pleasant View Cemetery, rural Ada, MN.Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
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Alvin “Gig” Gigler, 89, Fertile, MN, passed away on Monday October 1, 2018, at the Benedictine Care Community in Ada, MN. Gig was born May 15, 1929, at the family’s home in Green Meadow Township near Ada MN, the son of Frank and Martha (Duenow) Gigler. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Ada, and he attended country school near Ada. Soon after the Korean Conflict broke out in 1950, Gig joined the U.S. Army and his unit was deployed to Korea. Following his discharge from the Army, Gig returned to the Ada area where he met his future wife, Frances (Fran) Hanson, and the two were married on April 21, 1956.  Gig and Fran farmed while raising their family. During those years, they received help from Gig’s nephews, Byron and Dwight Gigler. After a tornado did significant damage to the farm, Gig left farming and learned the auto body repair business. He moved his family to White Bear Lake for two years but came back and settled in Fertile, Minnesota, where he worked first for Harold Gilbertson and then Mark Broden. Gig later went to work for Lynn Lucken in Winger, Minnesota, where he remained until his “first” retirement. When it came to painting cars, Gig was a perfectionist and took great pride in his work. After his “first” retirement, he went to work for Lee Nursery, and loved that he could be outside and working with nature.  As a veteran of the Korean Conflict, Gig was very proud of his service. Anyone who thanked him for his service would be guaranteed a smile. Gig was also proud of his many years as a volunteer firefighter in Fertile. While Gig’s passion was gardening, he also loved bird watching and napping with his pets. He loved eating anything sweet and could not be trusted around his kids’ Halloween and Easter candy.  He had an extra sparkle in his eyes when he was able to share his candy and his laughs with his granddaughters, even to his last days. Gig was known for his sense of humor, quick wit and easy going way. He always had a twinkle in his blue eyes and was quick with a smile and a laugh. If you knew him, you liked him. As one person once said “Who wouldn’t love him?” Gig is survived by his wife Fran, Benedictine Care Community, Ada, 3 children, Debi (Larry) Hagen, Moorhead, Doug (Lisa) Gigler, Fargo and Pixi Macicek, Hitchcock, TX. He was a proud Grandpa to 3 grandchildren, Molly (Trevor) Wilson, Hannah Hagen, both Moorhead, and Cade Macicek, Hitchcock, TX. Gig is survived by one sister, Arline Gigler, Benedictine Care Community, brothers Leslie (Lois) Gigler and Denny (Jan) Gigler, both Ada, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Rosebell Gigler and brothers Robert Gigler and Lawrence Gigler.  Funeral: 11:00AM Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Ada, MN. Visitation: Monday, October 8, 2018 from 5:00PM-7:00PM with a Prayer Service at 6:30PM at the Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota  
 
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Tracy M. Clow, age 38, of Crookston died unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 7th at her home.  A funeral will be held Friday October 12th at 11:00 a.m. at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Chapel with Pastor Elise Pokel officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, October 11th from 5 - 7:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Riverview Memorial Garden in Lancaster, MN. Arrangements are with Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston.


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Mary Ann Solie 53 of Crookston passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at her parents’ home near Red Lake Falls, MN surrounded by her loving family.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN with Father Vincent Miller Officiating and Deacon Denny Bivens. Burial will be held at Hafslo Cemetery near Crookston, MN.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 prayer service at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.
Mary Ann Solie was born August 23, 1965 in Red Lake Falls, MN daughter of Richard and Ernestine (Currie) Klipping. She was raised in the Catholic Faith. She attended Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls graduating in 1983. She then attended UMC from 1984 and 1985 and received an Associate Degree in Accounting. She returned to UMC in 2000 and received her bachelor degree in Information Networking Management and in 2008 received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary.
On July 23, 1994 she was united in marriage to Allen Solie at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. To this union two sons were born Joshua and Jacob. Mary Ann worked at Red Lake County State Bank for a few years, Ecolab in Grand Forks for 25 years. She was also an online instructor at the University of Mary at Bismarck ND.
She loved to bake and was always trying a new recipe. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her sons and family. She was 6 Sigma Blackbelt and had Project Management Professional Certification. Mary Ann was strong in her Catholic Faith and rarely missed a Sunday Mass.
She is survived by her sons Joshua Allen Solie of Crookston, MN and Jacob Elton Solie of Crookston, MN; Parents Richard and Ernestine Klipping of Red Lake Falls, MN; siblings Sharon (Ron) Weiss of Red Lake Falls, MN, Betty (Kory) Solie of Fertile, MN, Marvin (Christine) Klipping of Red Lake Falls, MN and Susan (Jeremiah) Snedker of East Grand Forks, MN; along with several nieces and nephews.
Mary Ann is preceded in death by her husband Allen Solie in 2009; brother Mark Klipping, grandparents Josephine and Lawrence Currie and Mildred and Eldon Klipping.
CASKET BEARERS: Tanner Solie, Brandon Klipping, Logan Klipping, Ryan Brumwell, Nolan Knott, Matt Weiss.
HONORARY CASKET BEARERS: Nick Solie, Sara Weiss, Kayla Klipping, Britta Solie, Amanda Maygra, Zachary Snedker.

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Fern Violet LaFleur, 91, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, early Thursday evening, October 4, 2018, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
Fern was born on August 31, 1927 at Oak Park, IL, the oldest of two daughters of the union of William and Julia (Peters) Carlson. The family moved to Walla Walla, WA and after a few years came to Crookston, where she received her education and graduated from Central High School. Fern was united in marriage to Theodore T. “Ted” LaFleur on July 25, 1946 at the First Christian Reformed Church in Crookston. Together, Fern and Ted raised their three children: Bill, Dennis, and Susan with great love and devotion. While Fern created a very warm, welcoming home for family and friends, she was also employed for a few years at the Crookston Hotel and the Crookston Steam Laundry. Ted owned and operated Ted LaFleur TV and Electronics, with Fern doing the bookkeeping for the business until their retirement in 2012.
Fern and Ted were very faithful members of the First Christian Reformed Church. Traveling to visit family in Michigan, Las Vegas, Arizona, and the Iron Range was always a fun time to look forward to; as were their annual trips to the Minnesota State Fair, which also served as Fern’s birthday present. Fern had a rather large collection of bears, and thimbles and souvenir plates she brought home from their travels. Day trips were always a favorite as she and Ted went for drives, people-watched at the nearby mall, and stopped somewhere to eat. Fern enjoyed working in her garden and sewing for her family. Entertaining everyone during the holidays made for wonderful memories, enhanced by a house filled with the aroma of her famous apple pies. Sadly, Ted passed away on April 7, 2015.
Fern will be remembered fondly for her love of ice cream; keeping her mind sharp solving sudoku puzzles; knowing how to get any stain out; and having her hair done like clockwork every Wednesday at 1:30 for years and years. Throughout the decades Fern had a great appreciation and deep love for her wonderful neighbors in Sampson’s addition. Fern’s greatest joy was her children; and she was especially proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and all their accomplishments. They all rejoice in the knowledge that she and Ted are together again.
Fern leaves her three children and families: Bill and Kim LaFleur of Apache Junction, AZ, Dennis LaFleur (Jody Menge) of Crookston, MN, and Susan and Bill Doran of Gilbert, MN; three grandchildren: Barb LaFleur Durden of Bloomington, MN, Matthew Doran (fiancé, Felicia Powers) of Lake Orion, MI, and Jodi (Will) Enlow of Crookston; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Dorothy Hegg of Las Vegas, NV; and in-laws: Eleanor Morrisey of Rogers, MN, Roger LaFleur of Wyoming, MI, and Dorothy Ogden of Battle Creek, MI; together with several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
In addition to Ted, her beloved husband of sixty-eight years, Fern is preceded in death by an infant son; her parents, William and Julia Carlson; daughter-in-law, Cindy LaFleur; grandson, Jason Clemenson; grandson-in-law, John Durden; parents-in-law, William and Rica LaFleur; brother-in-law, Paul Hegg; and in-laws: Charles Morrisey, Angie LaFleur, Bob Ogden, Richard and Tillie LaFleur, and Edna and Frank Hosmer. Blessed be Fern’s memory.
The funeral service honoring the life of Fern Violet LaFleur will be held at 3:00pm, Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Pastor Bill Humiston, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
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Paul Thomas Dwyer, 68, of Crookston, Minn., passed away at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D., on Monday, October 1, 2018, with family at his side. Paul was born on August 20, 1950, in Valley City, N.D., to Frank and Grace (Pederson) Dwyer, the youngest of their seven children. He was baptized and confirmed at the Dazey Methodist Church and attended Dazey Elementary School. Paul graduated in 1968 from North Central High School Barnes County. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Navy and was discharged in 1969. He then attended watchmaking school in St. Paul, Minn., and following his graduation returned to his home area to help on the farm and work at a Valley City jewelry store. Paul was offered a position at Munn’s Jewelers in Crookston and began his career there in 1971.
Paul would later meet Susan Jan Noss and they were united in marriage on August 13, 1977 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Together they raised daughters, Amy and Jessica, in a home filled with love and laughter. Paul’s career with Munn’s spanned a little over 40 years before his retirement in 2012. During those years he was actively involved in the Crookston Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Retail Merchants’ Association, and the Crookston Airport Commission. As a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Paul held positions of leadership on the Property and Management Board and the Trinity Endowment Committee. He also shared his love of music singing with the contemporary worship group and as a member of the Trinity Men’s Chorus. He assisted with the community stable service and community food baskets for many years. Hobbies and interests included singing barbershop music, target shooting, pitching horseshoes, fishing/hunting, classic cars, draft horses, golf, and motorcycling.
Retirement for Paul really only meant that he switched gears from the world of retail to raking hay for his son-in-law, Peter; working the annual sugar beet harvests for the Thoreson family; and helping bring in the grain, bean, and corn crops for close friends in the area. He had a clock repair shop in his home and always seemed to have a project he was working on for family and friends. Paul’s legacy was a life exemplified by hard work and selfless service to others. His love for Sue and their family was his greatest treasure, his greatest achievement, and the focus of his life. Forever missed will be his goofy smile, sense of humor, fun-loving nature, and the daily sacrifices he made for each of them. May God bless Paul’s memory.
Loving family members include Sue, Paul’s wife and best friend of 41 years; their two daughters and son-in-law, Amy Dwyer of Fargo, N.D., and Jessica and Peter Moland of Fertile, Minn.; precious grandchildren, granddaughter, Riley (13) and grandson, Leo (10); mother-in-law, Adelle Noss of Crookston; four siblings, Eunice (Clifford) Sorenson of Kathryn, N.D., Neil (Maureen) Dwyer of Granville, N.Y., Brian Dwyer of Dexter, Ore., and Iris Fogderud of Fargo, N.D.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Debbie and Dave McLaughlin of Baker, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Waiting to embrace Paul in heaven are his granddaughter, Samantha Joy Moland; his parents, Frank and Grace Dwyer; father-in-law, Sammy Noss; sister-in-law, Katie Dwyer; brother-in-law, Gerald Fogderud; and twin infant siblings, who were the first to be born into the Dwyer family.    
Paul’s life will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Greg Isaacson officiating. Visitation with the family will take place at Trinity on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 o’clock prayer service and time of sharing led by The Rev. Elise Pokel. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service Saturday. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements. Memorials may be given in Paul’s name to Trinity Lutheran Church, City of Joy, or a charity of your choice.
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 DuWayne “Dewey” E. Lee, 67, of Ada, MN, died Sunday, September 30, 2018, at the Veterans Affair Health Care System, Fargo, ND.
 The memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
 Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2018, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.

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Joan Claire Radi, 83, longtime Crookston, MN resident, passed away peacefully with her family at her side, Thursday, September 27, 2018, in the John Muir Hospital in Concord, CA, after a brief illness. She had been living with her daughter, Wanette “Winnie” Oxley, in Concord for the past few months.
A memorial service for Joan will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will follow in Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.

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Muriel D. (Michaels) Briggs, 79, Thief River Falls, MN, formerly of Fertile, MN, died Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Oakland Park Communities, Thief River Falls.
Visitation: 9:00AM to 11:00AM Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN., Graveside Service:  11:30AM Thursday October 4, 2018, at Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, rural, Fertile, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN   218-945-6141, www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Loretta Knott of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away peacefully on Monday, September 24th , 2018 at her farm home north of Red Lake Falls. Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of Loretta’s life will be held on Wednesday, October 3rd (her 93rd Birthday!) at 11 AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father Bob Shreiner officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls. Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 2nd from 5-8 PM with a 7 PM prayer service at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and one hour prior to Mass on Wednesday. Loretta Elizabeth (Schmitz) Knott was born on October 3, 1925 in Black River Township in Pennington County daughter of Crispen Edward and Freida Elizabeth (Schindler) Schmitz. She attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Wylie Township, leaving at a young age to help care for her brothers after the loss of her mother following a lengthy illness. On June 14,1949 Loretta was united in marriage to LaVern Harvey Knott at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls. They made their home and raised 15 children, including two sets of twins, on their farm, where Loretta continued to reside until her passing. Loretta loved all things nature and enjoyed gardening, cruising the farm on her golf-cart, her apple trees, hummingbirds, and country air. She looked forward to coffee parties with her lady friends. She called herself a “dump-dump” cook (cooked without recipes!), but she was renowned for her State Fair ribbon-winning bread and her delicious pies. No one left her home hungry! Loretta was a devout Catholic and believed all hardships should be offered up to the Good Lord. When she was no longer physically able to attend Mass, she continued to worship watching Sunday Mass on television. She was a current member of Catholic Daughters Court St. Cecelia, and past member of St. Anne’s Society and The Ladies Guild. She was honored with the 1994 Valley Farmer and Homemaker Award for Red Lake County. Her greatest passion, aside from her family, was being a strong supporter of MCCL (Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life) helping give voice to protect unborn babies. Loretta is survived by her children James (Carol) of Red Lake Falls; Lorraine (Bruce) Galland, Bagley; Jeffrey, Kenner, LA; Daniel, East Grand Forks; Patricia (George) Pawlik, Eden Prairie; Cecelia (Paul) Eickhof, Crookston; Alice Brunelle, Rogers; Jacqueline (Thomas) Smith, Owatonna; Anthony (Tammy), Covington, LA; Agnes (Ray) Grenier, Crookston; Paul (Shelly) Knott, Red Lake Falls; Joyce (David) Nixon, Greenfield; and Andrew Knott, Red Lake Falls; daughter-in-law Sherry Knott, Red Lake Falls; sister-in-law Joan Schmitz, Red Lake Falls; and brother-in-law Orville (Gen) Knott, Red Lake Falls and sister-in-law Eva (Knott) Lundquist, East Grand Forks. Loretta was proud Grandma to Nicholas (Kristin) Knott, Briana (Dayne) Efta; Chad, Melissa, Crispen Galland, Marcia (Jason) Sorensen; Steven, Jeremy, Laura Knott; Kevin (Melissa) Knott, Katie (Matt) Heroman; Michelle (Chad) Schultz, Charlie Knott, Kayla (Sam) Pahlen, Renee (Kolby) Gruhot; George Jr, Samuel Pawlik; Charles Eickhof; Shawna (Kyle) Althouse, Jerrod (Jessica) Brunelle, Eric (Kayla) Brunelle; Adam, Isaac Smith; Whitney, Garrett, Lauren Grenier; Nolan (Shelby) Knott, Emily (Martin) Kokett, Olivia (Devin) Arnold; Elizabeth, Alexandra Nixon. Loretta’s family continues to grow with many great-grandchildren. Loretta is preceded in death by her husband LaVern (April 1981), sons Eugene (September 1983) and Lawrence (April 2018), parents Crispen and Freida, step-mother Mary (Demarais) Schmitz, brothers Francis, Donald and Arthur Schmitz, father- and mother-in-law Harvey and Lillie Knott, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred in Loretta’s name to MCCL, 4249 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409. May her memory be blessed!
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Donna Olson, age 80, of Twin Valley, MN, died Monday, September 24, 2018 at her residence under the care of her family and Hospice of the Red River Valley. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Anderson Family Funeral Home, Twin Valley. Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, with a Prayer Service beginning at 6:30pm at the Anderson Family Funeral Home, Twin Valley. Burial will take place following the funeral on Monday at the Twin Valley City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home in Twin Valley. Online guestbook at www.andersonfamilyfh.com

 

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Richard Charles Fritz Jr, age 53, of Young America, MN and formerly of Crookston died Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from complications due to pancreatic cancer. Services will be held at a later date in the Twin Cities Metro area. Arrangements are with Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston.

 

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Marvin Peter Mattson
, 74, of Fertile, MN, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the VA Medical Center in Fargo, ND, surrounded by family and friends.  He was diagnosed with leukemia last November and with the love and support of his family had been trying his hardest to defeat the illness.  He may have lost the battle, but refused to let it take his spirit.
Marv was born in 1943, the second of seven children of Mervin and Ella (Bakke) Mattson, at their farm home near Hitterdal, MN.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and grew up on the family farm.  He graduated in 1961 from Lake Park High School.  Marv next earned his Bachelors Degree in Education at Moorhead State Collage, while working full time at American Crystal Sugar.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1966 and served overseas during the Viet Nam Conflict aboard the USS Forrestal.  After his honorable discharge in 1968, he taught high school in Atwater, MN for one year.  Next he enrolled at NDSU in the graduate program, and while working toward his PHD he had the opportunity to travel to Afghanistan for the State Department and USDA as a Diplomat.  After finishing his PHD Marv was married to Patricia Hoffman in Fargo, ND in 1974.  He started work for the Crop Quality Council, which included crop research in Mexico.  He then returned to the Midwest to work on research and development for the Ciba-Geigy company.  During this time he was blessed with two sons Peter and Christopher.  The family moved to Crookston in 1978 when he started at UMC.  Marv taught for over 30 years and was actively involved in several student programs and clubs. During these years he also started several consulting and research companies doing what he loved for the advancement of agriculture through promotion of plant health.
In retirement Marv devoted himself to Crookston Chapter 14 of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and served as commander until health issues forced him to step down.  At the time of his passing he had been nominated for Minnesota DAV Commander of the year for his diligent efforts during the past year.  He was a life member of VFW Post 1902 and American Legion Post 20.
Marv is survived by his 2 sons, Peter of Fertile, and Chris of Crookston; 4 grandchildren: Kayla (Abe) Thompson of Crookston, Kristie Brule (fiancé, Celedonio Garza III) of East Grand Forks, MN, and Alex and Jaret Mattson of Fertile, MN; 4 great-grandchildren: Stella and Bob Thompson, Aubrie DeBore, Milaia Brule; and soon to be born, Selena Garza.  He also leaves 6 siblings: Irene (Tom) Weis of Park Rapids, MN; Lenore (Darrel) Grande, of Moorhead, MN; Lyle (Corrine) Mattson of Greenbush, MN; Steve (Sandy) Mattson, Ron (Missy) Mattson, and Don Mattson all of Lake Park, MN; along with many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mervin and Ella.
Visitation will be at Stenshoel-Houske funeral home from 5-7pm Friday September 28, with prayer service at 7pm.  A memorial service honoring the life of Marvin Peter Mattson will be held at Resurrection Free Lutheran Church in Beltrami, MN at 10:30am Saturday, September 29, 2018, with Pastor Bruce Dalager officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service.  Military Honors will be provided by the US Navy, the Crookston Veterans Council, and the Ada Veterans Honor Guard.  Memorials may be given in Marv’s name to Crookston DAV Chapter 14 to be used for continuing the Honor Flight program taking veterans to Washington, DC.
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Darlene Mae (Brule) Normandin, age, 89, of Crookston died Monday, September 24, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.
Darlene was born on May 1, 1929 in Crookston, MN to her parents, Alphonse and Clara Brule.  She lived in Crookston for 10 years before moving to Gentilly.  Darlene graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Crookston. 
Darlene married Raymond (Fritz) Normandin in 1947.  Together, they raised a family, farmed near Gentilly, and ran the Snow Sled Inn.  Darlene also worked part time at JC Penney for many years.  She was a wonderful housewife, mother and friend.  She was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, where she served as sacristan, Eucharistic minister, and member of St. Anne’s Sodality.
Darlene is survived by six children; Carolyn Berg, Gary Normandin, Susan (Ted) Schraeder, Vicky (Rand) Swenson, Delphine (Jarin) Cull and Laurie (Lee) Straw; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; her son, Duane; grandson Jesse Swenson; parents Alphonse and Clara Brule; her sister, Yvonne; and two sons-in-law, Daniel Palmer and Lyle Berg.
The funeral mass will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly on Saturday, September 29 at 11:00.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church restoration project or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

 

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Sister Olivia Hermann died at Villa Saint Vincent, Crookston, on September 24, 2018. Mary Catherine Hermann, the third of the four girls and one boy of Andrew and Delia (Denery) Hermann, was born on February 8, 1927 in Georgetown. Sister Olivia ascribed the awakening of her call to monastic life to the encouragement, prayer-life and truly happy and Christian attitudes of her parents as they nurtured the growth of their children in their rural Georgetown home. Her earliest contact with sisters was with her aunts, a Sister of Saint Benedict and a Sister of Saint Joseph who frequently visited at their farm home.
Sister Olivia wrote about the visits of these sisters, “I don't know how excited they were about tramping through our barn or chicken coop, but they made it look as though it was one of the highlights of their visit. These two sisters also joined in games and were just fun to have around.”
During her early school years two sisters from the Mount came each June and taught catechism. She loved this time with the sisters and always wished they could have stayed longer.
She attended elementary school in Georgetown and high school at Mount Saint Benedict, Crookston, MN. From her earliest days her only thoughts about vocation were to become a sister. Only in later years did she realize the influence that the faith of her parents and their love for each other and their children had on this decision.
Sister Olivia related memories about her family. “Since we lived in the country we had no close neighbors to play with. During summer Sundays Mom and Dad often took a nap after our noon meal. During our early years we five children, each a year apart in age, were expected to be relatively quiet. If we met this request Mom and Dad would then join us in a game of softball, anti-over, or horse shoes.”
In this devout Catholic family, the ritual for many Sunday evenings was listening to the Catholic Hour at 5:00 p.m., chores at 5:30, supper, and then 7:00 Benediction at church. Then the family often drove around to look at the crops and later enjoyed a treat of ice cream.
Mary Catherine joined the Benedictine community in 1944 and received the name Sister Olivia. She made her permanent monastic profession in 1948. Her sister Agnes had entered the community in 1941 and received the name Sister Petronilla. A younger sister, Angela, entered the community in 1946 and received the name Sister Agatha.
Sister Olivia studied at Diocesan Teachers’ College in Saint Paul, MN and later received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Alverno College in Milwaukee.
After teaching elementary grades for a few years, she taught private piano lessons. Sister Olivia taught piano lessons for over fifty years at parishes in Red Lake Falls, Moorhead, Osseo, Crookston and Barnesville. She also served as liturgist in Saint Francis parish, Moorhead, for several years. She directed adult and youth choirs in a few parishes and also served as organist. Sister Olivia was the district chairperson for the MN Music Teachers’ Association for ten years.
In Moorhead she participated in the Befriender ministry, visited homes of parishioners on a volunteer basis, and assisted with liturgies at Eventide Home.
After returning home to Mount Saint Benedict, Sister Olivia assisted in tasks around the monastery as she was able. Her health began to deteriorate, and she moved to Villa Saint Vincent.
Sister Olivia was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Delia, her brother Andrew and her sister Helen (Jack) Lutgens. She is survived by her sisters, Sister Petronilla and Sister Agatha, many nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Saint Benedict.
Reception of the body of Sister Olivia will be Thursday, September 27 at 5:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018. All services will be at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 Summit Ave., Crookston, MN, 56716, phone 218-281-3441.
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Inez Borge, 96, Ada, MN, died Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN, under the care of hospice. Inez was born February 23, 1922, an only child to Frank and Jessie (MacDonald) Olver in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was baptized and confirmed by the Bishop of Anglican Church of Canada. Inez graduated from Kelvin High School and went on to Comptometer school. After graduation she was employed by the Canadian Wheat Board for 14 years. During this time she enjoyed golfing, skiing, bowling and traveling Montana, Banff, Canada, California, Hawaii, England, and Scotland.Inez met her future husband, Glenn Borge from Hoople, ND, on a blind date. Dancing was a favorite pastime of theirs. After finding a farm to purchase they got married in Winnipeg on April 2, 1954, and moved to Lockhart, MN. Inez quickly went from a city girl to farm wife. She kept busy caring for her family, making meals, canning and gardening. She taught Sunday School for over 20 years at First English Lutheran Church in Lockhart. Inez continued to bowl on various teams at ARC lanes, retiring from bowling at age 90. She volunteered at the Ada food shelf, Ada Senior Center, as well as the Twin Valley and Halstad Care Centers. She was active in Royal Neighbors, homemakers, ladies aid and church circle. They lived on the farm together for 43 years. She moved to Ada after Glenn passed away in 1999. She kept busy attending all the grandchildren’s activities and driving friends to appointments or coffee time. Baseball, hockey, golf, you name it, she loved sports and politics on TV. Inez is survived by one son: Brian (Julie) Borge; one daughter: Karen (Dave) Vilmo, both of Ada, MN; grandchildren: Tommy (Kari Strand) Vilmo, Jessica (Jarrett) Heiting, Jon Borge, Mike (Katie) Vilmo, great grandchildren: Christian Vilmo, Taylor Vilmo, Aylah Larson, and Kennedy Vilmo, brother-in-law: Walter Olson, sister-in-law: Betty Lou Weber, 2nd cousin, Kim Wolter and son Jason Wolter, nephews and nieces: Greg Borge, Brenda Brown, Loni Bruseau, Lynn McGrath, Geri Ann Otterson, Tom Larson, Kevin Larson, Nancy Leith, James McIntyre, Mark Olson, Greg Olson, Annette Kinsella, Steve Weber, Doug Weber, and her dear friend, Janey Harrison (Winnipeg, MB) who is like a sister to her. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Helmer (Betty) Borge, Parnel (Adaline) Borge, Orfey (Gladys) Borge, Esther Borge, Delores (Borge) Edwin McIntyre, Lillian (Borge) Norman Larson, Helen (Borge) Olson, Charles Weber and a nephew, Terry Larson. Funeral: 11:00AM Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. 
Visitation: Friday, September 28, 2018, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.
Burial: Ada City Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota

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Joyce Elaine Nelson, 82, of Crookston, MN, passed away Saturday morning, September 22, 2018, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, succumbing to the cancer she had been so bravely battling for many months.
Joyce was born in Crookston on September 4, 1936, the only child of Noel and Marie (Paske) Brouillard. She was baptized and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church, attended Crookston elementary and middle schools, and graduated from Central High School in 1954. She then worked as a nurse’s aide until her marriage to Ray Earl Nelson at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston on January 14, 1960. Ray entered the U.S. Army in September of 1961 and was stationed in Hawaii, where Joyce was able to join him. They were later blessed by the birth of their son, Terry, who was born in Hawaii. Following Ray’s honorable discharge in September of 1963, the family returned to Crookston. Joyce was a devoted homemaker and lovingly cared for Ray and Terry throughout the years. Ray and Joyce did everything together and they loved going to the mall to people watch, visit with friends they would cross paths with, and make new friends as well. Sadly, Ray passed away on July 26, 2011. Joyce had attended the Lydia-Rachel Bible Study at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for the past several years. She loved sharing meals with family and friends and the engaging conversations that took place were as important as the food. Joyce remained in her home until becoming a resident of the Villa this past July 9th.
Joyce is lovingly survived by her son, Terry, of Crookston, MN; and other family members and friends. In addition to Ray, her beloved husband and best friend of 51 years, Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Noel and Marie Brouillard; parents-in-law, Joe and Mabel Nelson; her puppy and faithful companion, Sasha; and other relatives. May God bless the memory of Joyce Elaine Nelson.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Joyce Nelson will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN, with Dwain Fagerlund, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorials may be given to the family.
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Norma Halverson, age 87, of Fertile, MN, formerly of Twin Valley, MN, died Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile, MN.
Norma Gladys Groslie was born to Ole and Nellie (Eidum Johnson) Groslie on June 21st, 1931, on a farm in Lake Alma, Saskatchewan, Canada. Although Norma had ten older siblings, she was the only child born from the union of Ole & Nellie. Both of her parents’ spouses had passed away leaving Nellie with seven children: Chester, Arthur, Ellef, Elnor, Leonard, Mae, & Ervin; and Ole with three children: Leroy, Garfield, & Mabel.
Her family moved to Twin Valley, MN, where Norma attended school and graduated from high school in 1949. She worked at the soda fountain in Meyer’s Drug Store while in high school and continued to do so after graduation, this is where she met her husband Allan.
Norma married Allan William Halverson on October 8th, 1950, at Zion Lutheran Church. Allan owned and operated the Twin Valley Locker Plant. They lived in the apartment above the Locker Plant until 1959 when they moved into their new home just north of town. They raised five children: Bridget, Belinda, Bradley, Blaid, & Babette, also known as the “5 B’s”. 
Norma was active in the American Legion Auxiliary having served as the president of the Auxiliary in 1960, and taught Sunday School at Zion Lutheran Church. In the early 1960’s, Norma started working with Allan in the Locker plant, wrapping meat and doing the bookwork. Allan once stated that Norma could wrap 300 pounds of meat an hour. Norma was a renowned Norwegian cook, some of the things she made included; blood sausage, head cheese, pickled pigs’ feet, potato klubb with salt pork, turtle soup, Rømmegrøt, sweet soup, sandbakkelse, rossettes, krumkake and homemade beet wine.
Allan, Norma, and the “5 B’s” traveled several times to Kalispell, Montana, for family reunions on Flathead Lake. They enjoyed going to the lake, camping, and traveling to visit her family members in Minnesota, California, Canada, and Montana.  One highlight for both Norma and Allan was meeting Willie Nelson while visiting their daughter Babette and grandson Tommy in Texas.
They took great pride in their home and yard and received first place in Christmas decorating contests. They both bowled on leagues, and enjoyed dancing, snowmobiling, gardening, feeding the birds, playing cards, and telling or hearing a good joke! 
Norma worked alongside Allan at the Locker Plant for over 35 years when the shop closed due to Allan's macular degeneration. Norma cared for Allan in their home until his passing in April 2000. They were married just short of 50 years when Allan passed away.
In the past eighteen years, Norma has traveled with family members to visit her siblings and family in Montana, California, South Dakota, Texas, and Hawaii. She moved into the Valley Pines Apartments in Twin Valley in the fall of 2013, and into the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in July of 2015. She continued to enjoy playing bingo, caring for her hanging flower pots, feeding and watching the birds, and hearing a good joke! 
Norma is survived by her children: Bridget (James) Swenson of Moorhead, MN, Belinda (Roger) Fjeld of Fertile, MN, Bradley (Lisa) Halverson of Garretson, SD, Blaid (Cindy) Halverson of Twin Valley, MN,  and Babette Camacho of San Antonio, TX;  eleven grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and husband.
A memorial service will be held Friday, October 5, 2018, at 2:00 PM, with a time of gathering one hour prior to the service in the Zion Lutheran Church, Twin Valley, MN. Inurnment will take place at the Twin Valley Memorial Gardens, Twin Valley.
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Kaia Mae Alexander, daughter of Jake and Michelle (Schmidt) Alexander, and granddaughter of Dean and DeeAnn Schmidt, Crookston, MN, was born and went to heaven on Saturday, September 15, 2018. 
Kaia was diagnosed with HLHS, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. after Michelle had her first ultrasound at 21 weeks.  They started to prepare for the journey that was set before them. 
At 25 weeks they made their first trip to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  With the tests that were done at that time it was discovered that fluid was building up around Kaia’s heart.  On September 10th at the Mayo Clinic they performed a procedure to insert a stent into Kaia’s heart so that the fluid could drain and relieve pressure from her lungs so they could develop properly.  This procedure was successful. 
One of the side effects of this procedure is putting the mother into preterm labor. They were aware of the risk, but the procedure was needful for Kaia’s health. 
Michelle was discharged from the Mayo Clinic on Thursday, September 13th after having no side effects from the procedure.  Unfortunately, on Friday, September 14th, preterm labor began and Kaia was born.  Since her lungs did not have a chance to develop and because of her diagnosis of HLHS Kaia had no chance of survival. 
The LORD blessed us with 7 hours to be able to hold her and give her lots of hugs and kisses before her little heart stopped while she was in her mommy’s arms.
We want to thank everyone for the many, many prayers have been said for Kaia, Michelle and Jake from family and friends. 
Please continue to pray as they grieve from the loss of their precious little girl.
Kaia is survived by parents, Jake and Michelle, Fargo, ND; her maternal grandparents, Dean and DeeAnn Schmidt, Crookston, MN; paternal grandparents, James and Darla Alexander, Fargo, ND; aunt, Melissa Schmidt, Fargo, ND; uncle, David Schmidt, Bemidji, MN; uncle and aunt Mike and Shannon Alexander and cousins, Sarah, David, Matthew, Zachery and Eli Alexander, Wisconsin.
Kaia was preceded in death by her uncle, Nathan Schmidt.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 11:00 A.M., with visitation for one hour before the service, at Fargo Baptist Church, Fargo, ND. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, MN. at 3:00 P.M. Thursday. 
 

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



 

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

 

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Ray Bitker, 98, of Ada, MN, died Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes, MN.  Raymond Carl Bitker was born August 27, 1920, at home in Pleasant View Township, rural Ada. His parents were Chris H. and Goldie Effie (Tice) Bitker. Ray attended Pleasant View School.  He was united in marriage to Vera Elzetta Hovland on November 2, 1940 in Ada. He was baptized on November 28, 1950, and confirmed December 10, 1950. Ray and Vera made their home in Lockhart Township where they built their family, farmed, and raised livestock for many years. Ray had a great appreciation for his hired help throughout the years, thinking of many of them as family. He enjoyed driving around and looking at crops as well as taking out shelter belts with his dozer. Many days you could find him shaking dice and playing cards while having coffee in the morning followed by a little fun at the casino later in the day. When he wasn’t sight-seeing or playing cards he liked to attend social functions and spend time with his friend Viola and multiple generations of grandchildren. In his later days he played cards on his iPad and strolled around the yard on the 4-wheeler.  In true Ray fashion, on the day he passed away, while with family, Ray asked how digging beets was going and if the soybeans were ready yet.  Ray is survived by 5 children, Myrna (Loren) Davidson, Morton, WA, William “Billy” (Elaine) Bitker, Detroit Lakes, MN, Jerry (Coleen) Bitker, Halstad, MN, Curtis (Lynn) Bitker, Halstad, MN, and Jacqueline “Jackie” (John) Spears, North Las Vegas, NV, 17 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 12 great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings: Marguerite, Fern, Leo, and Irving, his wife, three sons, four grandsons, and one great grandson. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Sunday School programs of Grace Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church, both of Ada or the charity of your preference. Funeral: 5:00PM Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, in Ada. Visitation: Friday, September 21, 2018, from 5:00-7:00PM with a prayer service at 6:30PM at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Virginia L. Dussell, 88, Campbell, CA, formerly of Fertile, MN, died July 6, 2018 in California.
Graveside Service: 10:30AM Friday, September 21, 2018, at Varness Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN.
Virginia “Gin” Dussell (née Gamme), born in rural Polk County, Minnesota, at the end of summer in 1929, daughter of Orley Gamme and Jessie Gamme (née Thorson), a graduate of Moorhead State Teachers College (1949), a devoted wife of 54 years to Lloyd W. Dussell, a beloved mother to Holly A. Feeney (née Dussell) and William “Bill” O. Dussell, and a grandmother to Shannon M. Feeney, Hillary A. Feeney and Virginia M. Dussell, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Merrill Gardens in Campbell CA.  She was preceded in death by her brother Roger Gamme and husband Lloyd Dussell.
Virginia grew up in a farming family in rural Minnesota near Fertile, MN.  She was born a month before the Stock Market Crash of 1929, which signaled the beginning of the Great Depression.  The family closed ranks with Jessie and Orley moving to Melvin, MN to be closer to Jessie’s parents Ludvig and Louise Thorson.  Virginia would describe how during the Great Depression, the Gamme’s and Thorson’s provided food and shelter to many less fortunate individuals, particularly mothers and babies. Us kids forced her to retell countless times the story about how a noon time tornado blew out the house windows and left nails in the sticks of butter that had been set out for lunch.  Those experiences in her first 10 years would shape her outlook for the rest of her life.
Virginia attended the Willowby School, District 209, through middle school before graduating from high school in Fertile in 1947.  After high school, she attended Moorhead State Teachers College and graduated with an Associate in Arts in 1949.  She taught elementary school until she and Lloyd Dussell married in 1950 and relocated to Beaumont, Texas where Lloyd worked in the oil business.
Holly and Bill were both born in Beaumont, Texas in 1954 and 1957, respectively.  In 1963, the family relocated to Bloomington, Indiana, where Lloyd enrolled in the MBA program at Indiana University.  After graduation, Virginia, Holly and Bill moved to Melvin, MN to live with Jessie and attend school in Fertile.  Bill was in the third grade and Holly in the sixth.  Lloyd had accepted a position with near Dubuque, Iowa, where the family joined him before the start of new school year. 
In 1965, Lloyd accepted a position with the refinery and chemical division of Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco, so Virginia packed up Holly and Bill and moved to Redwood City, California in December 1965 where Bill finished up fourth grade and Holly seventh.  The family then relocated to Lafayette, CA where Holly and Bill both graduated from Acalanes High School.
Through all these moves and career changes, there were two constants:  Virginia’s unwavering devotion, guidance and loving care for her husband and children alike, and the family’s very strong ties back to friends and family in Minnesota.  All the way through Holly and Bill’s high school years, we spent virtually every summer in Melvin, Minnesota at Orley and Jessie’s house surrounded by throngs of cousins, aunts and uncles and distant relatives whose exact kinship remained unknown to all but a few.  While Virginia’s father, Orley, was still alive, Bill would help in the fields driving tractors with tow behind combines or riding shot gun in the trucks taking the harvest to the grain elevator in Fertile.  Once the crops were out of the fields, there was plenty of time for all the outdoor activities that upstate Minnesota offers during summertime.  What more could a kid ask for?
Lloyd’s job with Bechtel literally took him around the world.  This, of course, created many issues as Bill and Holly went through adolescence and the difficult high school years, but once Bill and Holly were off to college, Virginia started going with him.  In some cases, they relocated on a semi-permanent basis while other locations were extended stays.  Houston, West-by-God Virginia (as Lloyd would describe it), Edmonton Canada, London, Bali, and Indonesia, to name a few, were all included.  On top of all the work-related travel and extended stays, Virginia and Lloyd traveled extensively with long-time friends Hank and Betty Brandt and Rick and Irene Erwin.  From driving a newly-minted Mercedes on the Autobahn to exploring Australia, Virginia and Lloyd did it all with their best of friends.  As if all that wasn’t enough, Virginia joined a group and toured China before doing so became more common place.
After Lloyd’s retirement, Virginia and Lloyd relocated to Pine Grove near Jackson, California.  As had happen innumerable times before, they soon established long-lasting friendships with young and old alike.  So much so, that Virginia decided to stay in Jackson after Lloyd passed away in 2004 after 54 years of marriage.
While she enjoyed living alone, her independence and friends in the greater Jackson area, she decided it would be better to move to Merrill Gardens Campbell in late-2013.  Not only was Merrill Gardens closer to Bill, it offered the level of assistance appropriate for her stage in life.  She greatly enjoyed the companionship of all the new friends, residents and staff alike, she made at Merrill Gardens.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com


 

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

 

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Patricia Lou Abrahamson, 85, a lifelong Crookston, MN resident, passed away at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston on Sunday, September 9, 2018, embraced and comforted by the love of her family, many of whom were at her bedside. She had been ill for a short time.              
Patsy was born in Crookston on June 24, 1933, one of 8 children of the union of Arthur and Olga (Lundeen) Crane. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, attended Crookston schools, and graduated from Central High School with the Class of 1952. On May 9, 1953 Patsy was united in marriage to Earl Milo Abrahamson at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church parsonage in Crookston. Patsy and Earl lived in Crookston Township just outside of the city and she led a very busy life in her roles as wife, mom, and homemaker. Together, she and Earl raised their 5 children: Joyce, Dean, Nancy, Bruce, and Barbara in a very loving, Christian home.
Patsy was a devoted member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, the afternoon and evening guilds, and was the longtime chairperson of the funeral committee. She was adored by the children of Our Savior’s School and often brought them treats to enjoy with their milk breaks. Her favorite pastimes included sewing and making lefsa, the latter passion affectionately earning her the title, “The Lefsa Lady.” Patsy was a wonderful cook, and in her glory when preparing meals for her family and friends. She and Earl enjoyed a wonderful life together for over 65 years and had recently celebrated their milestone anniversary hosted by their family at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where there was an outpouring of love.
She was extremely proud of her kids and considered herself blessed by the love of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Patsy will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all who were a part of her life.
Family members include, Earl, her beloved husband of 65 years; their 5 children: Joyce Beattie of Maple Grove, MN, Dean Abrahamson, Nancy and Mark Bruggeman, Bruce Abrahamson, and Barbara and Rick Holweger, all of Crookston, MN; and son-in-law, Randy Beattie of Crookston; 9 grandchildren: Tricia (Scott) Sanders, Matthew Beattie, Brandi (Daniel) Halland, Sara Beattie, Aaron (Erin) Bruggeman, Dustin Bruggeman, Andrew Abrahamson, Christopher (Jessica) Abrahamson, and Elizabeth Abrahamson; and 8 great-grandchildren: Samantha and Georgia Sanders, Haddie and Judson Halland, Arthur and Sylvie Bruggeman, and Gabe and Eli Abrahamson. She also leaves 4 siblings: Carol Erickson of Redwood Falls, MN, Margaret (Donald) Gold of New Hope, MN, Linda (Gerald) Helgeson of Moorhead, MN, and Dennis (Mary Jo) Crane of Milbank, SD; brothers and sisters-in-law: Delores Crane Billings, Montana, Jane Bryan-Crane, Leicester, United Kingdom, Janice (Dale) Finkenbinder of Crookston, Judy Farden of Seattle, WA, and Roger Abrahamson of Minneapolis, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Olga Crane; granddaughter, Heather Bruggeman; brothers: Earl, Jerry, and James Crane; and her parents-in-law, Bert and Edna Abrahamson. May Patsy’s memory be forever treasured.
A memorial service for Patricia Abrahamson will be held at 11:00am, Thursday, September 13, 2018, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the church from 9 to 11:00am. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Patsy’s name to Our Savior’s Lutheran School or Altru Hospice, 1380 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201.
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Duane Opdahl, 73, Fertile, MN, died Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN.
Funeral: 10:30AM Monday, September 10, 2018, at Resurrection Free Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN. Visitation: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home in Fertile, MN. Burial: Scandia Cemetery, rural Beltrami, MN.
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Tersilla Dupont, Red Lake Falls, MN, 90, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Valley Elder Care Center, Grand Forks, ND. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Thief River Falls with Pastor David Jahn officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the Seventh Day Adventist. Tersilla Marta Vaninetti was born May 22, 1928 in Regoledo di Cosio Valtellino Provincia di Sondrio, Italy, the daughter of Silvio and Caterina (Sutti) Vaninetti.  She was baptized in the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  She attended school in Italy through the 6th grade and then started working in a material factory until the age of 21.  Her father died in 1949 and in 1951, she moved to Switzerland and in 1956 moved to Phoenix, AZ On November 30, 1957 Tersilla was united in marriage to Don Dupont at Sedona, AZ.  The couple moved to Red Lake Falls, MN where they farmed for 10 years and then in 1967, they moved into Red Lake Falls.  Tersilla worked at Detroiter for 2 years, 14 years at the US Post Office and also worked at housekeeping, retiring in 1999. Tersilla enjoyed quilting, knitting and crocheting.  Family was very important to her.  She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church. Survivors include Roger (Cindy) Dupont, Red Lake Falls, MN; Margaret (Jerry) Tretter, Grand Forks, ND and Dario Dupont, Red Lake Falls, MN; eight grandchildren: Tracy, Nathan, Jenny, Angie, Tera, Mike, James and Marshall; great grandchildren: Jack, Shawn, Henry, Scarlett, Andre, Daniel,  Nicholas, Kamilla, Mckinley, Austin, Evie,  Thea, Payton, Jason, Diamond, Catalina, Michael, Gavin, Kira, Kindra, Michael; brother Albert (Janice) Vaninetti, Phoenix, AZ; sister Elvia Lazzarini, Flagstaff, AZ; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Don on January 16, 1998, a son Bob on August 19, 2002, parents, brother Dario Vaninetti, brother-in-law Dario Lazzarini. Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

 

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


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




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Joanne Dahlin, age 81, of Ada, MN, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Joanne Shirley (Stromberg) Dahlin was born January 27, 1937, the daughter of Olivia Stromberg Church and Emil B.R. Stromberg (Ellen) in Fargo, ND. She graduated from school in Amenia, ND. On May 23, 1953, Joanne married Richard “Dick” Dahlin in Amenia, ND.  The couple made their home for a short time in Fargo, ND before moving to Prosper, ND.  In 1959, they moved to Ada, MN.  The couple were long time members of Immanuel-Pleasant View Lutheran Church until joining Grace Lutheran Church in Ada. Dick preceded Joanne in death on June 11, 2006. Joanne was a stay at home mom and rightly earned the title of “Queen of Fun.”  She was a wonderful mother and homemaker.  After Dick’s retirement, the couple worked at the Cenex C-Store in Ada for 12 years.  Joanne was an election judge for many years, with a strong, patriotic spirit. She loved her Minnesota Timberwolves, Twins, and Vikings.  Joanne enjoyed camping with Dick and time spent with family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was active in Ada’s Senior Center, Bone Builders, TOPS, Bible Study, Friends of the Library, and was a member of the Norman County Historical Society, as well as a member of the “2-3” Prayer Group for over 46 years. She enjoyed Birthday Club and Senior Breakfasts, and taught Sunday School, Bible School, and Release Time. “I love to tell the stories of Jesus to children.” Joanne was an Ada girl and loved her friends and community. Joanne is survived by her three sons, Paul (Joan) of Rollag, MN, and David (Diane) Fargo, ND, Bruce (Lynette) of Bemidji, MN, daughter Jill (Greg) Dvergsten of Thief River Falls, MN, honorary daughter Linda Beth (Shannon), Thief River Falls, MN, two sisters, Elaine Desautel, Harrison, ID, Pauline (Tim) Snyder, Liberty Lake, WA; three brothers, Rodney Stromberg, Phoenix, AZ, Dale (Janet) Stromberg, Saint Maries, ID, and Brad (Rita) Stromberg; Springfield, OR, 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two sisters Gloria Sauers and Carol Schoon. The family wishes to thank Joanne’s friends for their support, friendship, prayers, calls, and car rides, and Hospice of the Red River Valley for their care and guidance. Funeral: 11:00AM Saturday, September 1, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, in Ada. Visitation: Friday, August 31st from 5:00-7:00pm with a Prayer Service at 6:30pm at the Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota   
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Arlene Avis Wavra, 86, of Red Lake Falls, MN died on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at her home.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service followed by the rosary on Friday, August 31, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 1, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, with Father Bob Schreiner presiding with visitation one hour prior to Mass. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Red Lake Falls.
Arlene Avis Johnson was born to Edward & Anna (Grindeland) Johnson on February 22, 1932 at her grandparent’s home in Norden Township, Pennington County, MN. She attended North Star Country School in Norden Township and graduated from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls with the class of 1950. 
Arlene was united in marriage to Vernon J. Wavra of Euclid MN, on November 24, 1951. Following their marriage, they lived in Euclid until they moved to Red Lake Falls in 1956 where they remained working & raising their family of seven children together. Arlene was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith in 1954.
Throughout her life, she was a devoted wife and mother to her children and grandchildren. She developed many hobbies throughout her lifetime but her passion was quilting, which she generously shared with others. She was a loving caregiver to her husband and her children, as she was the thread that held them together as a family. The values she instilled in her children will continue to live on for generations. Vern and Arlene loved to travel and spent countless hours holding hands during their adventures together. Following Vern’s death, she embraced the new chapter in her life, where she extended her gifts of caring and love to her family and friends. She worked as the Director of the Senior Meal Site, enjoying making their meal site fun and inviting, by bringing in many special guests and events.
Arlene was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and its Guild. She was proud to be the “Queen Mum” for 17 years with the Red Hat Association in Red Lake Falls. She enjoyed the many outings and life-long friendships she acquired through the years. Arlene had an outstanding gift of hospitality, expressed through her ability to whip up a meal for a few or a multitude within short notice – served with a smile. She had a unique quality to make each person feel as though they were “her favorite.”
Arlene loved her family unconditionally and truly enjoyed the moments when her home was filled with her loved ones. She had a favorite phrase, stenciled in her home that said, “Feet May Leave, But Hearts Remain.” We will miss Arlene with us here on earth, but we know that her heart remains always with her family.
Survivors include:  Four sons: Dale (Patrice) of Audubon, MN; Michael (Cindi) of Thief River Falls, MN; Daniel (Lori) of Red Lake Falls, MN; Joel (Chris) of Red Lake Falls, MN. Two daughters: Rae Ann (Richard) Lynne of Maddock, ND; Jane (Steven) Thibert of Red Lake Falls, MN; 20 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.  Siblings:  Wayne (Dian) Johnson, Jeanette Olson, Betty Noto, Sharon (Bob) Benson, Larry (Sandy) Johnson.  Brothers & Sister-in-law: LeRoy Lokken, Bill Schriver and Lila Johnson. She is also survived by many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by: husband Vernon; son Brian; one granddaughter; seven great grandchildren; parents Edward & Anna Johnson; siblings Earl Johnson, Don (Marge) Johnson, Delores Lokken, Lyle (Judy) Johnson, Jim (Rita) Johnson, Judy Schriver; brother-in-law Don Olson.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Kim Ulrich
, 55, of Red Lake Falls, MN, passed away on Monday, August 27, 2018 at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND with his loving family by his side.
Funeral service will be 10:30 AM on Friday, August 31, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Rev. Thomas Puffe officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Red Lake Falls. 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Kim Ray Ulrich was born on April 29, 1963 in Crookston, MN the son of Louis and Dionne (Larson) Ulrich.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls.  He attended school in Red Lake Falls graduating from Lafayette High School with the class of 1981.
Following high school Kim worked various jobs including trucking and farming.  He had a strong work ethic and put everything he could into his various jobs.  He hauled mobile homes, grain, gravel and anything that went in a truck.  He also did snow removal.
Kim met Bobbi Norman and this union was blessed with a son Cody born in 1994.  They made their home near Red Lake Falls. 
Kim met Kristi Hackett and this union was blessed with a son Rickey born in 2001.  They made their home near Red Lake Falls.
In his earlier years, Kim enjoyed hunting, fishing, and time with family.  He also enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings.  Kim was strong, stubborn, and independent.
Survivors include his sons Cody of Watertown, SD and Rickey of Red Lake Falls, MN; parents Louis & Dionne Ulrich; siblings Rodney (Kelli) Ulrich and Deb (Ira) Cota all of Red Lake Falls; and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his brother Rickey; grandparents Roy & Alma Larson and Fred “Fritz” & Mabel Ulrich.  
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Tracy Amiot
, 48, Thief River Falls, MN formerly of Crookston, MN passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at her residence in Thief River Falls, MN.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 PM Friday August, 31, 2018 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. with Father Vincent Miller presiding.   Burial will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the Mass on Friday August 31, 2018.
Tracy Lynn Abeld was born on December 19, 1969 in Crookston, MN the daughter of John and Carol (Carlson) Abeld.  She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston and confirmed at St. Dorothy Catholic Church in Dorothy, MN.  She attended school in Crookston graduating from Central High School with the class of 1988. 
On December 20, 1991, Tracy was united in marriage to William Amiot at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston.  With Bill’s service in the United States Marine Corps they made their home in California.  This union was blessed with two wonderful children Christopher and Ashley.  They returned to live in Crookston in 1995.  Tracy worked at different locations including Hugo’s, The Sub Shop, home day-care, and Villa St. Vincent.  In April 2011 they moved to Thief River Falls and Tracy began work at Digi-Key.
Tracy’s passions included SpongeBob SquarePants, shopping, scrapbooking, stamping, crafting and spending time with her family.  She had a heart of gold and always tried to make sure everybody else was happy. 
While living in Crookston Tracy enjoyed attending Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. 
Survivors include her loving husband Bill; children Chris Amiot and Ashley (Michael Berry) Amiot; and furbaby Morgan all of Thief River Falls; parents, John & Carol Abeld of Crookston; siblings Lisa Thorson of Grand Forks, ND, Rick Abeld of Crookston, John Abeld of Crookston, Tammy (Billy) Abeld-Dickerson of Virginia Beach, VA, and Jeff Abeld of Crookston; mother and father-in-law Rod & Marilyn Amiot of Crookston; brothers & sister-in-law Chuck (JD) Amiot of Colorado, Jim (Melanie) Amiot of Rockford, MI and Lisa (Matt) Taylor of Mankato, MN; grandma Alice Normandin; and many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by grandparents Stella & Woody Carlson and Richard & Evelyn Abeld; grandparents-in-law Maurice Normandin, Eva & Omer Amiot; aunt Shirley Carlson; furbabies Pebbles, BamBam, Cody; and many other relatives and friends.
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Juanita G. Storslee
, 67, of Pequot Lakes, MN, formerly Ada, MN, died Friday, August 24, 2018, at Shiloh Assisted Living-Heritage House, in Pequot Lakes. Graveside Service: 2:00pm, Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Mary Kaye Ellen Erickson, 60, of Crookston, MN, passed away unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, August 25, 2018, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND with her loving family at her side.
Mary Kaye was born at Rapid City, SD on June 2, 1958, the daughter of Delbert Davis and Verna Elaine (Brule) Vaudrin. The family moved to rural Crookston when she was a year old, settling in Kertsonville Township. While growing up on the family farm, Mary Kaye was raised in the Catholic faith, attended Crookston schools, and graduated from Central High School in 1976. She married Mark Volker at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly on September 25, 1976. They became the proud parents of Melanie and Myles. During those early years Mary Kaye provided child-care from her home and was later employed at Larson’s Super Valu in Crookston. On July 16, 1988 she was united in marriage to Larry Allen “Red” Erickson during a beautiful wedding ceremony that took place in Crookston’s Wildwood Park. Their marriage was blessed by the birth of son, Ryan. Mary Kaye had been employed at the Polk County Courthouse for the past 24 years, most of which was spent in the Department of Motor Vehicles.
During her younger years Mary Kaye played in the local women’s softball league, forming many lifelong friendships. She was an avid flower and vegetable gardener, and together with Red and her mother, Verna, the three canned countless jars of tomatoes over the years, sharing them with family and friends. Another passion dear to Mary Kaye’s heart was her love of older model cars, including the 2 collector models she owned. Together, she and Red had been members of Crookston’s Classic Cruisers for the past 24 years and Mary Kaye was a recipient of the Club’s prestigious Rick Hansell Award. She loved her family dearly and was very proud of her 3 children and their accomplishments. Her greatest joy in life came later as the family grew to include 5 very precious grandchildren. It became her mission in life to see to it that they were ‘properly spoiled.’ Mary Kaye’s door was always open to friends and they knew they were welcome anytime.
Mary Kaye’s memory will be forever cherished by Red, her beloved husband and best friend of 30 years; 3 children: Melanie (Mike) Pemrick of Plymouth, MN, Myles (Nicole) Volker of Fisher, MN, and Ryan Erickson of Big Sky, MT; 5 grandchildren: Tyler and Zoe Pemrick, and Braxton, Cameron, and Kayelynn Volker; her mother, Verna Vaudrin of Crookston, MN; 4 siblings: Julie Vaudrin of Fridley, MN, Marcel Vaudrin and Todd Vaudrin of Crookston, and Lisa Nelson of Glen Ellyn, IL; 6 nieces and nephews: Travis, Sarah, River, and Chassity Vaudrin, and Leah and Melissa Nelson; together with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Delbert Vaudrin, and parents-in-law, Peter Erickson and Maureen Pederson.  
A Memorial Mass for Mary Kaye Erickson will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 10:30 am. Visitation with the family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service. Visitation will continue at church for one hour prior to the funeral. Inurnment will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
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Gladys E. Lindberg, 98, of Fertile, MN, died Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, after a brief illness and with her family by her side.
Gladys Eunice Lindberg was born January 28, 1920, near McIntosh, MN, to parents Charles and Hilma Enevold Svalen. Gladys grew up in rural McIntosh and attended Foot Lake Country School across the road from the family home. She worked on the family farm, with the dairy cows and potato fields.
Gladys was united in marriage to Arthur Lindberg in Winger, MN, on November 25, 1943. Art was in the service so they moved to Brownwood, TX and Shreveport, LA. When Art was called overseas, Gladys returned to McIntosh to help out on the family farm. After the war they settled on a farm, four miles southeast of Fertile, where they made their home, bought the farm and raised their three children, Lyle, Connie, and Gary.
Gladys was baptized and confirmed in Salem Lutheran Church, McIntosh. As a married couple Gladys and Art were members of St. John's Lutheran Church, Fertile. Gladys was always active in her church. She was a Sunday School teacher, a lifetime member of the Ladies' Aid, served on the Altar Guild and worked on many of the mission projects. She worked side by side with her husband on their farm and loved the country life. She was especially talented in quilting.  She made hundreds of quilts for family and various missions, including Lutheran World Relief, the women's shelter in Thief River Falls, Ronald McDonald House, Tanzania and Uganda schools and clinics, and Alzheimer's patients. She loved her flower gardening and had quite a reputation for making delicious lefse and flatbread. Gladys moved into town in 2000 and continued to be active, volunteering for Meals on Wheels and visiting nursing home residents regularly.
In 2014 she moved into the assisted living complex in Fertile where she continued to visit nursing home residents and work on quilts. Gladys was the eternal optimist and could always see the sun peeking out from the gray skies.
Survivors include her two sons, Lyle (Barbara) Lindberg, of Fargo, ND, and Gary (Teresa) Lindberg of Aurora, CO; her daughter, Constance (Arnold) Reinhard, of Aitkin, MN; six grandchildren, Danny Osmondson, Brad Wiemann, Joel Reinhard, Charlie Lindberg, Jessica Lindberg, and Brandon Lindberg; 10 great grandchildren, Jake, Jesse, Trevon, Trace, Chloe,Victor, Parker, Kaden, Jordan, and Hannah; two brothers, Charles Svalen, McIntosh, MN, and Delano (Arleen) Svalen, Braddock, ND, a sister-in-law, Janice Svalen, McIntosh, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arthur; two brothers, Stanley and Frank; and four sisters, Clarice, Irene, Florence, and Muriel.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 27, 2018, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
Visitation will be hosted from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will take place at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in rural Fertile, MN.



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


 

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

 

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Nicole Jean Names of Glenwood, MN, joined the angels in heaven on August 18, 2018, bringing with her the list of loved ones she wanted to say hello to when she got there.  Nicole lived a life full of love, laughter and joy that she spread to anyone she touched.  She was born in Crookston, MN on October 5, 1972, the daughter of Jean Berg and Raymond Berg. She grew up in Crookston, MN, attending Crookston Central High School in the class of 1991 before attending Concordia College graduating with a degree in Social Work.  
Nicole married Mitch Names on September 28, 1996.  They have two beautifully intelligent daughters, Grace (17) and Gretta (14).  The four of them took nothing for granted and created many treasured memories, from travels to Florida, Hawaii, California; enjoying concerts and spending time on their pontoon.  Nicole’s loving, caring, and pay-it-forward spirit lives on in her girls.  Family and friends were so important to Nicole and there were few weekends where they were not hosting or traveling for some event. She held true to that and was with friends at the lake, on a paddle board the very morning she became so ill.
Her passion for helping people and specifically children led her to working for County Human Services beginning with Clay County in child protection and adoption.  Because of her tremendous abilities for having compassion and getting things done, her leadership paved the way for her to move on to become the Human Service Director for Nobles and Pipestone Counties, while living in Luverne, MN.  In order to move closer to family she became the Human Services Director for Pope County (Glenwood, MN) where she worked before taking her last ‘Happy Dance’ out the door before leaving for vacation.  She used that leadership in her involvement with the Minnesota Association of County Social Services, chairing various committees and lending her voice for advocacy.  
In her final days when visitors told her they were so lucky to have known her she said, “I’m the lucky one”!  Even towards the end, she was helping all of those who visited, and she wanted to know what she could do for them.  Her Faith in God was so strong, and it gave her peace as she took her journey to heaven.  
Nicole leaves behind her loving husband and cherished daughters; her parents and her sister, Melanie Berg (Gary Knutson); brothers: Mark Berg (Reneé Beltrand), Steve Berg (Mary Berg); nieces and nephews: Derek, Erika, Jenifer, Steele, Skye and Jett; along with Nichole Stallman Urton and great nephews: Gavin and Xander Berg;  mother-in-law, Bernice Names; sisters-in-law: Susan (Brent) Allen; Linda (Raymond Jr.) Ellingworth; Sandy Names; Mary (Mark) Starkweather; many nieces, nephews and numerous friends.  
Preceded in death by her father-in-law, Harlow Names.
Funeral arrangements are through Karvonen Funeral Homes, friends of the family.  Visitation is Thursday, August 23rd from 4-7p.m. and funeral service Friday, August 24th at 11a.m., both at Glenwood Lutheran Church of Glenwood, MN.  Memorial donations may be made to Pope County Relay for Life or to the Team Names Go Fund Me Account.  
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Rita D. (Brule) Radi, age 90, of Crookston, died Friday August 17, 2018 at the Villa St. Vincent nursing care facility. A memorial Mass will be held Monday, August 27th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Inurnment will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Gentilly.
Rita Dora Brule was born on March 14, 1928 to Henry and Alda (Amiot) Brule at home in Gentilly.  Rita grew up attending school in Gentilly and she also went to St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy for one year. After school Rita met and eventually married Lloyd E. Radi on August 11, 1949 in Crookston. The couple made their home in Crookston. Rita was mainly a homemaker, and she also found time to be involved in such activities as baby sitting, being a dietician, waitressing, being a Cub Scout Den Mother and a house keeper. She was a proud member of the Cathedral in Crookston.
Rita enjoyed square-dancing, reading, and spending time in Texas. Most of all she enjoyed the time she got to spend seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Rita is survived by her four sons, Douglas, Crookston; Dennis (Liz), Eaton, CO; David and Daniel both of Crookston; grandchildren, Tera Ann Radi, Ryan (Julie) Radi; greatgrandchildren, Brady, Liliana, Kaitlin, and Liam; along with several nieces and nephews, and two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Radi, Crookston; and Marilyn Radi Arneson, Watertown, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd (2018); sisters, Maria and Mary Jane and brother, Clement, (all three infants); siblings, Beatrice Baril-Samulis, Stella Olson, Leonard Brule, Elmer Brule, Nora Audette-Berard, Adolph Brule, and Doris Fortier.

 

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

 

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


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

 

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