Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

Wallace Martin , age 92, of Crookston, MN, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in the Church of Christ, Crookston, Minnesota.  Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the church.  The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.


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Wilma Florence Nephew, 72, of Fertile, Mn , died on Wednesday , April 27, 2016, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home , Fertile, Mn. Funeral services will be on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 11AM in the Concordia Lutheran Church , Fertile Mn. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 5-7PM with a Prayer Service at 6:30PM in Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile , Mn. Burial will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile , Mn.
Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, Mn.

                                                                                                                                   
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Charles L. Neisen, 63, Ada, Minnesota, died Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.Charlie was born on September 1, 1952, at Mahnomen, MN, the son of Elmer and Virgelia (Machulda) Neisen. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Mahnomen and graduated from Mahnomen High School. He started his farm machinery career working for Atkins Equipment in Detroit Lakes, MN. Charlie was united in marriage to Barbara Voit on June 18, 1977, in Mahnomen. They moved to Ada in 1978 and have resided for the past 38 years. Charlie worked for several equipment dealerships in the area including Norman County Implement for many years before retiring.  He later worked for the Lynn Johnson family farms of Ada. Charlie was a talented agricultural mechanic and many area farmers in Norman and Mahnomen Counties requested him for their repairs. He was a humble person, who loved the time with his family and especially his grandchildren. He and Barb stayed busy with yard projects and he enjoyed landscaping and his gardens. He had worked in the Ada Greenhouse and for his brother in the Mahnomen Greenhouse. He was active for many years with the Knights of Columbus and he enjoyed helping people, especially the area farmers. He was known to be a “Father figure” to many kids in the area, and he will be missed by many. Charlie is survived by his wife, Barb, his son Frank (Cindy) Neisen, Glyndon, MN, his daughter Angela (Kevin) Baity, Audubon, MN, 5 grandchildren: Dominic, Chase, Madelynn, Madysen, and Mia, his mother Virgie Neisen, of Mahnomen, his sisters, Marilyn (Ken) Blomsberg, Cambridge, MN, Christy (Tim) Neu, of Germany, Kathleen (Dan) Lech, Felton, MN, his brothers, Allan (Dottie) Neisen, Mahnomen, MN, and Phillip (Jeanne) Neisen, of Minnetonka, MN, his mother-in-law, Luella Voit, Mahnomen, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Elmer, a brother William, and father-in-law, Leonard Voit. Funeral Mass will be  10:30AM Monday, May 2, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ada.Visitation will be Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 5-7PM with a 7:00PM Rosary at the Church. Interment will take place at  Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
www.fredriksonfh.com

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Sister Cornelia Gust, 91, died at Villa Saint Vincent, Crookston, MN, Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
Sister Cornelia (Margaret) Gust was born June 27, 1924 on her grandfather’s farm near Tabor, MN. She was the oldest of the eight children of George and Julia Gust: Joseph, Sister Mary Jean, Betty Ann, Gerard, Robert, Timothy and Philip. She and her siblings enjoyed their childhood on their parents’ farm. They all graduated from Sacred Heart High School in East Grand Forks and went on to higher education. After graduating from high school Margaret enrolled in the Normal Training Class in Central High School, East Grand Forks. After that, she taught in schools in rural Polk County.
Margaret and Mary Jean both entered Mount Saint Benedict in June, 1946. Since Margaret had taught before she entered she was given the task of substituting in schools for sisters who became ill.
When Margaret became a novice and was invested in the Benedictine habit she received the name Sister Cornelia.  Mary Jean became known as Sister Ameliana. Sister Cornelia and Sister Mary Jean made final monastic profession on July 11, 1951.
Sister Cornelia was asked to teach at the Cathedral School where she taught third and sixth grades. She was appointed the prefect of freshmen and sophomore girls at Mount Saint Benedict Academy and was like a “housemother” to them. Her next assignment was to Lefor, ND. Because the sisters were teaching in a public school, they had to wear secular clothing. Their living arrangements were also interesting. They lived in the belfry of the church with each sister having one level in the belfry as her bedroom. After teaching in Barnesville, MN she finished a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clarke College in Dubuque, IA. Her next assignment was as assistant principal at Mount Saint Benedict Academy. This was followed by seven years of working with young sisters in temporary profession. While Sister Cornelia was teaching at Sacred Heart High School she had a ministry to the elderly at a local nursing home.
On December 31, 1976, the Sisters of Saint Benedict elected Sister Cornelia as their sixth prioress, and in 1981, they re-elected her to a second term. During Sister Cornelia’s time as prioress, the Benedictine world celebrated 1500 years since the birth of Saint Benedict of Norcia, founder of the Benedictine Order. The Sisters of Saint Benedict celebrated this anniversary with a “Life Chapter” during which they reaffirmed their commitment to Benedictine values.
Sister Cornelia served on the Juridic Committee of the Federation of Saint Gertrude, an organization of Benedictine communities who offer support to each other. This committee was responsible for developing the revised constitutions of the Federation which had to be approved by the Apostolic See in Rome. During Sister Cornelia’s term, some very difficult decisions were made by the sisters. Since the beginning of the community, the Benedictine Sisters were involved in teaching and healing ministries, so it was difficult to close some hospitals and especially Mount Saint Benedict Academy.
After completing her term as prioress, Sister Cornelia took a sabbatical at Holy Names College in Oakland, CA. Following her sabbatical, she accepted a position at the retreat center at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, IN, which included coordination of the lay ministry program, spiritual direction and retreat work. After four years, she returned to Mount Saint Benedict where she worked in the Mount Center, giving retreats and spiritual direction. Meanwhile Sister Cornelia was elected to the Council of the Federation of Saint Gertrude. This position often took her to other Benedictine communities throughout the country.
Due to health issues, Sister Cornelia entered the assisted living section of the monastery, Good Shepherd Hall. Eventually, she was admitted to Villa Saint Vincent, a skilled nursing facility.
Sister Cornelia was preceded in death by her parents Julia and George Gust and brothers Joseph, Robert and Gerard. She is survived by sisters Sister Mary Jean of Mount Saint Benedict and Betty Ann (Burnell)Skelton of LaMesa, CA and brothers Timothy (Alice) of Los Angeles and Philip (Zeny) of San Diego, her Benedictine Sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Reception of the body of Sister Cornelia will be on Monday, May 2 at 4:30, p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3. All services will be at Mount Saint Benedict, 620 Summit Ave., Crookston, MN, phone 218-281-3441.

 

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Gladys  Snyder, ( Mrs. Donald) passed away on April 24 , 2016 in Crookston, Minnesota.  Gladys was born  to Sam and Annie (Peterson) Gunderson in  Oklee, MN. She was a graduate of Oklee High School.  While going to school she worked at the Green Lantern Restaurant in Red Lake Falls, MN.  She was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, Minnesota. When her children were younger, Gladys was a stay at home mom who made homemade buns, cookies, caramel rolls, pickles, baked goods, and was an excellent cook.  She loved to sew beautiful clothes for herself and her daughter. When her children were older, she worked as a waitress at Roberts Restaurant, and as a clerk at Mercil’s Jewelry Store, and Widman’s Candy Store in Crookston. Gladys loved to volunteer, serving a multitude of funeral lunches and was always helping others whenever she could. She was humble and private, and always put other’s needs first; a prayerful, loving servant of God with a beautiful smile, and a friend to many.  She and Don attended every benefit and event in town.   She loved to play with her children and visit with the neighborhood friends and children who never wanted to go home. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Alvin; two brother-in-laws; one sister-in-law; her nephew; other relatives and many, many, friends. She is survived by her husband Donald; a daughter, Bev of Grand Forks, ND; a son, Duane (Rose) Snyder of Grand Forks, ND; sisters, Millie Howard of Staples, MN and Lydia Skastad of St. Paul, MN.  Special cousins, Darlene (Bud) Blackstad, Eddie (Ione) Olson, and Mylan Olson all of Thief River Falls, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and special friends. A memorial Mass will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2016 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston, MN.  The family will greet friends the hour prior to the Mass.  The Stensheol-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.
 

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Harold Stanley Larson, SR, 100, of Fertile, MN, died on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.
Harold was born on August 5, 1915, the first born, to Herbert Hagebarth and Matilda (Tilly) (Hoglund) Larson on the family farm 3 1/2 miles east of Fertile.  He attended country school near his home.  Following his schooling, Harold worked with his family on the farm.  He was able to attend Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, MN, to learn welding.  This trade was useful as farming switched from horses to tractors.
On April 5, 1942, Easter Sunday, Harold was united in marriage to Ruth Ofstedal at the Faaberg Lutheran Church parsonage at Rindal, MN.  They were married for 74 years.  Harold enjoyed the rhythm of farm life—milking cows and planting and harvesting crops.  Work came first and then recreation.  After retiring, Harold continued to assist his son-in-law, David Black, with farming, until the late 1980.
Harold and Ruth enjoyed travelling in the States via car or RV trips.  His first and only plane ride was a trip he and Ruth made to the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Hawaii to visit their daughter and son-in-law, Ginny and Deane.  For several years, Harold and Ruth spent winters in Texas and San Diego, CA.  They were faithful and active members of Little Norway Lutheran Church, Fertile, International Organization of Good Templars and the Famers Union.  Lake Sarah Campground gave them the opportunity to volunteer at Campground.  They were also members of the Sand Hill Twirlers, a local square dancing club.
Growing up with horses and wagons gave Harold a deep appreciation for the conveniences of automobiles.  Fishing with family and friends, especially Kenneth Bolstad and Edsel Johnson, was a lifelong love.  He enjoyed reading, especially WWII and Native American stories, his whole life.  When he was younger, Harold was quite athletic, playing IOGT softball and running to where he had to go.  Old Time music, played by the Johnson Brothers, was an inspiration and joy to Harold.  The family will always remember spending family time together, especially on the North Shore.
Harold is survived by Ruth, his wife of 74 years, Fertile; daughters: Virginia Radke (Deane), Fertile, Linda Black (David) Fertile, and Jeanette Larson, St. Paul, MN; daughter-in-law, Sherry (Mosher) Larson, Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren Andrew Black (Kim), Lisa Lorz (Chad), Mark Radke, Craig Radke (Deanna), Jennifer Larson, Mitchell Larson; six great grandchildren; one brother, Milton K. Larson, Wadena, MN, and sister, Clarice Larson Pitch, Los Altos, CA, and several nephews and nieces.  Harold was preceded in death by a daughter, Regina A. Larson, son, Harold S. Larson, Jr., son-in-law, Terry Haltiner, sisters: Edythe Larson and Diane Burlingame, and a brother, Earl Larson. 
Funeral service will be on Friday, April 29, 2016, at 3 PM in the Little Norway Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
Visitation will be on Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM, in the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN.
Burial will be in the Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.
Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home

 

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Chester Arvid Morvig, 98, Fertile, MN, passed away peacefully at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN, on Friday afternoon, April 22, 2016, with his family by his side.
Chester was born on March 21, 1918, to Alfred and Mabel (Johnson) Morvig in Crookston, MN.  He grew up on the family's rural Fertile, MN, farm and was baptized at Little Norway and confirmed at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.  He attended country school and passed the eighth grade State Geography Exam while he was still in the sixth grade.   When he reached the eighth grade, he had to quit school to help support his family on the farm.  According to him, this sparked disagreement among the football team since he “was a nasty guy to hold back.”
For the next ten years he worked for others as a hired man for thirty dollars a month.  At the age of 24 he enlisted in the US Navy and was a Baker Third Class in the Navy aboard the USS Lyon (AP 71) during World War II, 1942 to 1945.  His assigned battle station aboard ship was to tend the lines for the small boats that took the troops into the beach.  He loved to tell about all the countries he traveled to: North Africa, (Sicily) Italy, France, Scotland, British Isles, Okinawa, Philippines and Australia.  Some stories would make people laugh, some cry, but never let you forget the endearing personality of Chester Morvig.
On October 5, 1946, Chester was united in marriage to Betty Lou Avelsgaard by Pastor G.W. Tolo in Fertile, MN.  They were blessed with five children.   He retired from farming in 1981, raising small grains, hay, corn, dairy cattle, hogs, and chickens.   He was a hard worker dedicated to supporting his family.  In addition to farming, he often drove truck, operated construction equipment, and worked other odd jobs.
Chester was devoted to God and his family.   He was a great handyman; always willing and ready to lend a helping hand if any family member asked.  Among his favorite hymns were “Saved by Grace,” “Living for Jesus,” and “Old Rugged Cross.”  In his later years, as Alzheimer's took its toll, he often entertained everyone with his own rendition of “Good Ship Lollipop,” and “Show Me the Way to Go Home.”
Chester is survived by his wife, Betty, Fertile, MN; children, Sandra (Donald) Andersen, Fargo, ND; David (Sherry) Morvig, Mentor, MN;   LaVonne (Michael) Dale, Buxton, ND; Donald (Kari) Morvig, Fertile, MN; and Sylvia (Raymond) Nelson, Fertile, MN; and 11 grandchildren – Jeffrey Andersen, Lisa (Chris Tadych) Morvig, Sarah Ranz, Michelle Dale, Melissa (Jesse) Bohara, Jennifer Dale, Stacey (Trent) Oftedahl, Travis Morvig, Kiah Morvig, Jessica (Ryan) Eberhardt and Ryan Nelson, and  9 great-grandchildren – Brandon Tadych, Samantha Tadych, Isaac Ranz, Abigail Ranz, Jevan Dale, AJ Johnson, Levi Oftedahl, Logan Eberhardt and Zachary Eberhardt;  plus many cousins, nieces and nephews.   Chester is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Mabel Morvig; brother, Obert Morvig; and niece, LouAnn Skrei.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 27, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. A memorial service celebrating the life of Chester Arvid Morvig will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN, with visitation one hour prior to the memorial service on Thursday. Burial will be at a later date in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.  Military Honors will also be provided. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN 218-945-6141  www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Lorraine D. Regan, age 89, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully at the Villa St. Vincent on April 22, 2016, after an extended illness. Lorraine was born on September 20, 1926 to Henry and Lucille Snyder in Crookston, MN. She went to school at Dougdale, and later at Mount St. Benedict. Lorraine married Gale Regan on August 23, 1945. They lived in Kansas City, KS before moving back to Crookston to take care of her siblings. Lorraine worked at J.C. Penny Co., Polk County Nursing Service, and volunteered in the office at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. She belonged to many memberships and organizations; including the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Crookston, Catholic Daughters, St. Francis Auxiliary, St. Anthony Circle, Cathedral Funeral Guild #9, Cathedral Garden Club, Villa St. Vincent Auxiliary, and she was a charter member of the Eagles Auxiliary and the Lady Foresters. Lorraine loved her family and extended family. She loved gardening, crocheting, embroidery, crossword and Sudoku puzzles. She was a wonderful baker and cook. She also loved spending time at the lake with her family. Lorraine is preceded in death by her husband, Gale Regan; her parents; Gale’s parents; brothers, Donald (Blanche) Snyder and Joseph Snyder; sister, Annabelle Ayotte; sister-in-law, Mary Adele and brother-in-law, Thomas Amiot. She is survived by her children, Patricia (Pete) Ramstad of Crookston, Larry Regan of Crookston, Jerry (JoAnne Arezzo) Regan of Duluth, Janie Regan of Crookston, John (Shawn) Regan of Crookston, and Dennis (Debbie) Regan of Crookston; grandchildren, Christopher Regan, Becky Damon, Joseph Mazzitelli-Regan, Christina (Brandon Frantz) Ramstad, Michelle (Adam) Beeghly, Patrick (Kari Jensen) Regan, Nathan (Whitney) Regan, Elizabeth (Tony) Dyrdal, Matthew Regan, Curtis (Kelsey Kaml) Regan, Paul Damon; great-grandchildren, Owen Damon, Chloe Dyrdal, Emmagail Frantz, Alison Beeghly; and a new great-granddaughter due in August; sisters, Ruth Thompson of Pennsylvania and Emily Stainbrook of Crookston; numerous nieces and nephews; special friend; Eric Tongen, and his kitty. Visitation will be held at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 5-7pm, with a prayer service and a rosary (led by the Catholic Daughters and the Knights of Columbus) following at 7pm. Funeral Mass will also be held at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 2pm, with a visitation one hour prior to service. Stenshoel-Houske Funeral & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Clayton Elwood Engelstad, 84, Mentor, MN, died Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.
Clayton was born September 17, 1931, at Crookston, MN, the son of Clarence and Olga (Stephenson) Engelstad. He was baptized and confirmed at Varnes Lutheran Church near the family farm, rural Fertile. Clayton attended country school before enrolling in the North West School of Agriculture, in Crookston. After he graduated from the “AC” he worked for Peterson Implement in Fertile. Clayton enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War stationed on Johnston Island in the Pacific and Cambria, CA. After his discharge, he returned to Minnesota to start farming. He was named Polk County Outstanding Farmer of the Year in 1965. 
On June 18, 1956 Clayton was united in marriage to Carole Berg at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead, MN. They lived and farmed northwest of Fertile. Over the years, Clayton was busy with many community and church activities; Fertile-Beltrami School Board, Lion’s Club member and officer, Gideon’s, Red River Valley Development Board and many others.  He was a member of Little Norway Church and served in many offices and positions over the years. In the early 1980’s, Clayton and Carole assisted with the Teens Encounter Christ movement in our region as well as in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. Clayton also served on the Global Health Ministries Board of Directors and was very active in helping to provide medical supplies all over the world.  He believed in helping others and was always trying to make someone’s life better. 
Clayton was known to have incredible mechanical skills and would repurpose many pieces of equipment and build special tools. He was a life-long reader and always enjoyed learning.  His hands were always busy.  Clayton was either carving, restoring cars, rebuilding tractors or serving the community and his church. 
Clayton is survived by his children: Craig (Cindy), Fertile, MN; Marie (David) Johnstad, Erskine, MN; Jean (Scott) Tollefson, Fertile, MN; Paul (Machelle), Fertile, MN; and Eric (Tracee), Fertile, MN; 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; his brothers, Maurice (Lillian),  Bloomington, MN, Myles (Ruth), Coon Rapids, MN, sisters-in-law, Marlys Engelstad, Florence, AL, Hazel Berg, West Fargo, ND, Hazel Berg, Walnut Creek, CA, Bette Berg, Starkweather, ND, Lois (David) Anderson, Mayville, ND, and Ann (Ed) Ellenson, Henning, MN; and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Carole, his brother Orvis, his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and David Huebener, brothers-in-law: Monrad Berg, Haldor Berg, Bjarne Berg, Clarence “Chris” Berg,  Norma & Les Vanderpan. May God bless the memory of Clayton Engelstad.
Funeral: 11:00AM Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: Monday from 4:00PM to 7:00PM with a prayer service at 7:00PM at Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN. Burial: Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN 218-945-6141 www.eriksonvikfh.com

      

 

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Brigitte Renae (Landry) Haevers,  age 54, passed away in her home on April 14, 2016 with family by her side.  She was born at Rollette, North Dakota. She attended school in Rolla, and after moved to Salem, Oregon. There she met and married Mark Haevers. She worked at the local McDonalds, and later as the manager. She moved to Crookston and held several positions as a server. Country Kitchen, McDonald’s, to name a few. She was united in marriage to Mike Seaward in the early 2000s. They made their home east of Crookston.
Brigitte was very much a people person. She had a quick wit and a quick smile. She loved to talk, laugh, and joke. Brigitte also loved to travel and sight-see, especially on the motorcycle with her husband, Mike. Brigitte loved animals, and especially her dog, Lilly.
She is preceded in death by her father, Francis. She is survived by her mother, Janice Hulst, and a half-sister, Pam. And several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Service will be held at the Bible Baptist Church in Crookston, MN on 4/21/2016 at 11am.


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Diane Ode Olson, age 61, of south of Laurel died peacefully Monday, April 11, 2016, at her home with her husband Roger by her side. She was born May 1, 1954 at Crookston, MN the daughter of Vernon and Delphine (Rice) Ode. She was raised in Crookston and graduated from Crookston Central High in 1972.
Diane moved to Billings, MT and worked for TrueNorth Steel formerly Roscoe Steel for 28 years as Human Resource Manager.
Diane married Roger Olson, the love of her life of 22 years, in Laurel, MT.
Diane was the woman of many talents. She loved to bake, made desserts for all occasions, and was famous for her lefse. She had a passion for camping, fishing, boating and spending time with her family and friends. She was very active in Walleyes Unlimited, especially the Kids and Cowboys for children with cancer. She enjoyed being with family.
Diane is survived by her husband Roger; daughter Christy (Olson) Weiland and her husband Mark of Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren Ashley, Madison and Trevor; mother Delphine Ode, Crookston, MN; brothers Wayne and Roger Ode of Crookston, MN and Roger’s son Eli Ode. Also, surviving are loving family, Grandma Birdie Jensen, Sandy, Sherry, Kathy, Rose, Mary, Carol and Larry. She was preceded in death by her father Vernon and brother Howard.
The family would like to give a special thanks to June Anderson for being by her side always.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 707 West 3rd Street in Laurel, MT. A reception will follow the service at the church. An additional memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. A reception will follow the service at the church. Interment will be in Crookston, MN at a time to be announced.

 

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Ross Miller,
age 61, of Halstad, MN, died Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Essentia Health, Fargo, ND. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Arrangements are with Anderson Family Funeral Home of Twin Valley, MN Online Guestbook at www.andersonfamilyfh.com.


                                                                                                                                 
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Benjamin “Lee” Gustafson, age 76, of Crookston, MN passed away on April 14, 2016 at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on April 20, 2016 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston, MN.

 

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 Marvin Geiselhart, 91, of Halstad, MN, died on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at the Sanford Hospital, Hillsboro, ND. Marvin was born on November 30, 1924, at the family farm south of Blue Earth, MN, to Cecil and   Mabel (Bittle) Geiselhart.  His family moved to Ada, MN area in 1928, where they farmed.  Marvin attended Country School near his home.  The Geiselhart family frequently hosted gatherings with music and dancing. On February 20, 1948, Marvin was united in marriage to Marjorie (Bibsy) Waite in Hendrum, MN.  They built their home and raised their four children in Halstad, MN.  Marvin worked as a journeyman/foremen for the Red River Valley Cooperative Power Association for 37 years. Marvin was a member of Halstad Lutheran Church and served as trustee on the church council for several years.  Marvin was an active member of the volunteer fire department, including a term as Chief.  He enjoyed bowling, golfing, shooting pool and playing cards with his siblings and friends.  In their early retirement years, Marvin and Marj enjoyed many bus tours. Marvin is survived by his wife, Marjorie, Halstad; a son, Larry (LeeAnn) Geiselhart, Fargo, ND, three daughters, Beverly (Jeff) Voigt, East Grand Forks, MN, Susan (Bill) Finkle, Rawlins, WY, and Kathy (Stewart) Robley, Moorhead, MN; 12 grandchildren: Heidi, Amy, Tim, Jared, Eric, Isaac, Sam, Ally, Travis, Dan, Lindsay, and Sara; 14 great-grandchildren: Jackson, Isabell, Benett, Grace, William, Jonathan, Natalie, Bowen, Atlas, Kenzie, Arielle, Marley, Harlow and AJ; several nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Mae Sand, Jack, Maurice, Marie Vilmo, and Don; and a nephew, Vernon Sand. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 11 am in the Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN. Visitation will be on Monday, April 18, 2016, from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM, in the Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN. Burial will be in the South Halstad Cemetery, Halstad, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000)
www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 

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John C. Anderson, 80, Halstad, MN, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in Halstad.
John was born July 13, 1935, son of Arthur and Elizabeth (Shipper) Anderson of Caledonia, ND.  He attended the Caledonia School, then graduated from the Halstad High School in 1953.  Following his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, John made farming his life’s work.
On June 8, 1957, John was united in marriage to Beverly Nelson at Ada, MN.  Together they raised three boys—Doug, Mike, and Greg.  John, with his dad, was passionate about farming and enjoyed it throughout his life.  He retired in 1988, then stayed active on the Stenerson farm operated by Todd Stenerson for the next several years. In 1997, Bev and John moved into Shelly, MN, and in 1999, to Halstad.  John worked for the Fredrikson Funeral Home as a funeral assistant for the next 10 years.  Bev died in 2008.  On July 9, 2013, John was united in marriage to Betty Larson at Grace Lutheran Church in Ada, MN.  They lived in Halstad until John died.
Farming was John’s way of life.  He enjoyed all aspects of tilling the fields, growing crops and harvesting the fruit of his labor.  John was a Lion’s Club member, very active with the Eye Bank program in Minneapolis and the Diabetes program.  Through Lions volunteerism, he and Bev were able to travel, meeting people and making friends locally and from around the world while in service to others.  As a member of Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church, John was active in ministry of the church.  Their cabin on Maple Lake near Mentor, MN, was “a summer get away” the whole family enjoyed.  John was a caring and sensitive man who preferred action over desire in community service.
John is survived by his wife, Betty, Halstad;  three sons, Doug (Jill) Anderson, Antigo, WI, Mike (Jan) Anderson, Detroit Lakes, MN, and Greg (Jodi) Anderson, Hillsboro, OR, five grandchildren, Rachel Brunsell (Nate) and children: Payton, Jaxon and Ryder, Adam, Leah (Brandon), Kendra, and Roman Anderson, three step grandchildren, Christopher, Brittany, and Jami Grinde.  John also has five step children: Steve (Shannon) Ust, San Antonio, TX, Laurie (Todd) VanEnk, West Fargo, ND, Robert (Stacy) Ust, Portland, ND, John (Lori) Ust, Portland, ND, and David (Kathy) Ust, Clifford, ND; and 15 step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Beverly, two brothers, Ernest and Fritz Doerr, and one sister, Elsie Schlottman.
Funeral: 11:00AM, Monday, April 18, 2016 at Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church, Shelly, Minnesota.
Visitation: Sunday, April 17th from 5:00-7:00PM with a Prayer Service at 6:30PM, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN
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Hildora Olson, 93, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Benedictine Living Community, Ada, MN.
Hildora Margaret Othelia (Haugan) Olson was born the youngest of four daughters on April 10, 1923, to Anton and Mattie (Oien) Haugan. Hildora was born and lived most of her life on her family's farm in Anthony Township, MN. She graduated from the 8th grade in 1938, and enjoyed reading, baking, woodworking crafts, and needlework.
Hildora married Donald Olson on Thursday October 29, 1953 at East Marsh River Lutheran Church. They were blessed with three children, Margaret, David and John. Hildora worked at the Bakery in the Ada grocery store, and the Ada Creamery for several years. Together Donald and Hildora also established and ran two successful businesses – Olson Well Drilling of Halstad and Olson Furniture of Ada.
Hildora’s faith was at the center of her life. She was a lifelong member of the East Marsh River Lutheran Congregation, where she was baptized, confirmed and married. Her involvement in the congregation continued as she became involved with the Ladies Aid and weekly Gideon’s bible study.
In addition to their faith, Donald and Hildora were devoted to square dancing, and were long-time members of Ada Valley Squares. Through square dancing, Donald and Hildora found many life-long friends who continue to support them and their family today.
Hildora was the pillar of her family, who all gained strength from her presence and wisdom. Her kindness, hugs, and love will be deeply missed.
Hildora has joined in heaven her loving husband Donald, her parents Anton and Mattie, and her sisters Alma Trandem, Nora Anderson, and Helen Hegerberg. Hildora is survived by sister-in-law Marvel Olson, children Margaret (Paul) Erickson, David Olson, John (Lisa) Olson, grandchildren Jennifer Steger, Amanda (Devon) Lindberg-Aganga, Eric Lindberg, Allison (Brian) Schild, Jennifer (Cory Knoblauch) Jensen, Evan Lindberg, Joshua Olson and six loving great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 16, 2016, 10:30 am at the East Marsh River Free Lutheran Church, rural Halstad, MN.
Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.         
Burial will be at 4 PM in the St Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Lowry, MN.

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Gail M. Magnuson, 82, Ada, Minnesota, died Saturday, April 9, 2016, at her home with her family by her side.
Gail Mary Moshier was born December 22, 1933, at Sisseton, SD, the daughter of Lawrence and Anna (Sutton) Moshier. She was baptized and confirmed in the Church of St. Peter, in Sisseton. She graduated from Sisseton High School in May of 1952, and was united in marriage to Kenneth Olson on July 13, 1952, in Anchorage, AK. They returned to live in the Aberdeen, SD, area for a few years before moving to Ada and calling Ada her home thereafter. Gail and Kenneth lived on a farm south west of Ada where they raised their family and cared for an assortment of farm animals. Kenneth died suddenly in 1974.
Gail operated Gail’s Lunch and Grocery in Ada for a number of years and also worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for the Ada Hospital. She also worked as a home health aide before she retired.  Gail was united in marriage to Arnold Magnuson in July of 1978. He died in 1980. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Ada VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed Country & Western music, sewing, reading, cross stitching, making quilts, and more than anything else, spending time with her grandchildren. 
Gail is survived by her children, Gayln (fiancé- Jeannie Madsen) Olson, Ada, MN, Terry (Cheryl Palm) Olson, Thief River Falls, MN, Ann (Michael) Hanson, Fertile, MN, Stanley (Alanna) Olson, Thief River Falls, MN, Joey (Melissa) Olson, Ada, MN, 15 grandchildren, Amy, Rose, Kyle, Abigail, Kayen, Corey, Leann, Melissa, Meranda, Marie, Justin, Brianna, Jeanne, Amber, and Dustin; 19 great grandchildren,  2 sisters, Gwen Schenecker, of Florida, Lois (Lonis) Wendt, Vivian, SD, and several nieces, nephew, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and sisters, Darleen and Shirley.
Funeral: 11:00AM, Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: Wednesday from 5-7PM with a 7PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Kenneth “Kenny” Lehman, age 87, of Crookston, MN passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at his home in Crookston.
Kenneth Edward Lehman was born September 5th 1928 in Crookston Minnesota to Edward and Elsie (Von Holdt) Lehman.  He was Baptized in the Lutheran faith.  He lived on the family farm where he drove pickups, tractors and combines; he talked a lot about picking rocks.  In 1971 the family moved to a house in Fertile MN.  In 1980 Kenny and his sister Bernice moved in with Raymond and Alice Dale of Crookston MN (Harold Station) where he lived for 30 years.  In 2010 he moved into REM housing in Crookston where he lived until his death.
 In 1972 Kenny enrolled in the DAC in Crookston, he went there 5 days a week and would do crafts work out in the community like cleaning rooms at the hotel.  The DAC brought him to camp in the summer where he loved to fish.
Kenny love doing puzzles, building with his Legos, doing latch hook and painting pictures with oil paints. Kenny was a very loving person who always had a smile on his face and he loved to give bear hugs!  He loved to be outside in the summer mowing the yard and making snowman in the winter. He loved going to the museum in Crookston with Alice and Ray.
He is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Elsie , Alice and Raymond Dale and Mark Dale.
He is survived by his sister Bernice, Alice's children Sue (Dennis) Larson, Ray (Sharon) Dale, Mary (Clayton) Briggs, Greg (Edna) Dale, Pam Dale, Richard (Brenda) Dale, Ronald Dale, David (Brenda) Dale and their families, REM families and many other relatives.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Crookston. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Church. Arrangements are with the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service, Crookston, MN.



 

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Shannon Alysabeth “Shiny” Sanchez, was born on November 15, 2002, and passed away in her home on April 4, 2016. Shannon was very known and sassy. She had many friends but her best friends were her siblings. Her favorite color was PURPLE, and if it was up to her, everyone would be wearing purple. Her place was Texas, even though she complained that it was too hot. Even though her heart was not well, and on most days the heart disease called Hypo-Plastic Left Heart Syndrome, that she was born with, stopped her from playing sports, she would enjoy playing volleyball and basketball, and said she wanted to be #15 and walking long distance. Shannon still had that big smile on her perfect face and her laugh that we are all going to miss dearly, her heart did not stop her from fixing her or her sisters different hair styles, painting everyone’s fingernails, most of all enjoying her life, and she loved her time outside when the weather was nice. Shannon talked about going to Art or Beauty school because that is what she liked to do. She was taken from us too soon and she will be greatly missed.
                                                                                                    UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN…
Those special memories of you will always bring a smile. If only I could have you back for just a little while, then we could sit and talk again, just like we used to do. You always meant so very much and you always will. The fact that you are no longer here will always cause me pain, but you are forever in my heart, until we meet again.
Shannon is survived by her parents, Tim and Belinda; brothers, Jacob, Josh, T.J., and Dominic; sisters, Aliana and Pauline; grandparents, Santos and Stella Sanchez of Kyle, TX, Antonia Espinoza of San Marcus, TX, and Terri Zepeda of Crookston, MN; uncles, Rick (Heather) Martinez, Omar (Jessica) Sanchez, Frank (Abbey) Martinez, Freddie Martinez, Jesse (Liana) Brooks, Leonard Sanchez, Mark (Pauline) Gunderson, Albert (Maria) Martinez, and other relatives.
Shannon is also survived by a second family; the Aguilar family, the Ness family, and the Johnsons.
Visitation will be held at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston, MN on Sunday (4/10/16) from 5-7pm with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN, at 2 pm, on Monday (4/11/16) with a visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Crookston, MN.

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Ardis Elaine Carlstrom, 79, Crookston, MN, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016, with her loving family at her side, at Villa St. Vincent, Crookston, MN.  Ardis was born on October 3, 1936, to Oscar and Marion (Hill) Juvrud at Fosston, MN.  She attended Moen Country School and the Fosston High School, graduating in 1954.  Ardis’ desire to be a nurse brought her to Deaconess Hospital Nursing Program in Grand Forks, ND.  She graduated in 1957 and began a long career as a nurse.
On May 10, 1958, Ardis was united in marriage to Robert Carlstrom at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston.  Ardis began working at Bethesda Hospital, at Crookston, in 1957 (currently Riverview Hospital).  The majority of her career was in the OB department and later she served as a Nursing Manager for the hospital.  Ardis retired in 2001.  Ardis and Robert resided in Crookston their whole married life and she moved to Summit Apartments in 2015.
As a fan of the Minnesota Twins, Ardis watched and listened to many games.  Camping with family and friends in the summers developed great memories for all.  She enjoyed playing card games, reading and caring for her roses.  Ardis’ sensitive spirit, nurturing heart and genuine love for others, especially her family, was seen in throughout her life.
Ardis is survived by her husband, Robert, Crookston, MN; children: Laurie (Gary) Coauette, Crookston, MN, Leslie Strem, Rochester, IN, Duane (Jodie), Moorhead, MN, Darin (Christy), East Grand Forks, MN, and Brad (Jenny), Crookston, MN; 11 grandchildren: Jordan Coauette (Justin Edstrom), Grant (Amber) Coauette, Jaron Strem, Logan Strem, Katie Carlstrom, Kaelin Carlstrom, Aubrie Carlstrom, Haylie Carlstrom, Natalie Carlstrom,  Peyton Carlstrom, and Teagen Carlstrom; one great grandson, Anders Coauette; one brother, John “Jack” (Carol) Juvrud, Crookston, MN; sister-in-law, Marilyn Juvrud, Crookston, MN; brother-in-law, Neil Wogsland, Menahga, MN; and several cousins, nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, son-in-law, Jan Strem, brother, Donald Juvrud, and sister-in-law, Kathy Wogsland.
Funeral: 11:00AM Saturday, April 9, 2016, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Crookston. Visitation: Friday from 5-7PM with a 7PM prayer service all at the church. Burial: Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN  218-945-6141 www.eriksonvikfh.com


 

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Lowell Huseby, 88, Hendrum, MN, died on Monday, April 4, 2016, at Essentia Health, Ada, MN. Lowell was born on January 22, 1928 in Hendrum to Emma and Conrad Huseby.   After graduation from Hendrum High School in 1946, Lowell enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea until his honorable discharge on January 30, 1947. In 1951, he joined the U. S. Air Force and headed to England where he met his wife, Jill Wood, from Birkenhead, England. They were married on June 5, 1954. They were transferred to Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) in California where they made their home in Lancaster, CA and started a family. After spending two years in Ankara, Turkey, Lowell was transferred to McChord AFB in Washington where he enjoyed traveling and camping throughout the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two sons. Before retiring from the Air Force, Lowell served in the Vietnam War, was stationed in Scott AFB in Illinois, and Japan. After 22 years of service, Lowell retired from the Air Force and returned to live in Hendrum with his family.   After a short break from the Air Force, Lowell went to work at the Veterans Hospital in Fargo, ND and worked in the Security Department for 19 years before retiring at age 65. Lowell liked to keep himself busy. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he served as church trustee for 9 years, served as Commander Adjutant and Finance Officer of Hendrum Legion Post 434 for 30 years, and was a member of the Hendrum Community Club. He leaves behind his wife, Jill, and two sons – Donald of Rochester, MN and Gregory of Lynnwood, WA.  He was preceded in death by his sisters Stella, Evelyn, Agnes, Esther, Verona, and his brothers Herman, Clarence, Vernon, and Clayton. The family prefers memorials be sent to Immanuel Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 130 Hendrum, MN 56550. Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, April 8, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hendrum, MN.Visitation:  5:00PM to 7:00PM Thursday at Benedictine Living Community Mission Court Chapel, Ada, MN. Burial: Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com

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Vergil Poole, 87, of Thief River Falls and formerly of Lake Bronson, Minnesota passed away at Oakland Park in Thief River Falls on Tuesday,  March 29, 2016 after and short and courageous battle with cancer.  Carl  John Vergil Poole was born March 13, 1929 in Springbrook Township of  Kittson County, Minnesota to John and Hilma (Anderson) Poole. He was  baptized and confirmed at East Emmaus Lutheran Church  and attended  country school.  On October 31, 1953 he was united in marriage to Joyce Adell Anderson at the East Emmaus Church. Vergil was a lifelong Lake  Bronson area farmer and served on the Jupiter Township Board.  He and Joyce moved to Thief River Falls in 2006.  Joyce passed away on August  22, 2011.  Vergil loved telling jokes, bowling, deer hunting, fishing, tending his berry patch and visiting with family and friends.  He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lake Bronson and served on the church  council. Family members include his two sons, Corwin (Sally) Poole, Green River, WY and Michael Poole, Crookston, MN; five grandchildren, John, Joel,  Sarah, Nicholas and Alex;  brothers, George (Iris), Greenbush and Kenneth (Ione), Thief River Falls; a sister, Viola, Wyoming, MN; and  special friend, Adeline Grahn, Karlstad, MN. Vergil was preceded in  death by his parents; wife, Joyce; and sisters, Edythe, Martha and Ruth.Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church at Lake Bronson. Interment will be in East Emmaus Cemetery, rural Lake Bronson.  Visitation will be held at Austin Funeral Chapel in Hallock on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Austin Funeral Chapel, Hallock, MN  218-843-3451


                                                                                                                                 
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Al Buse, 101 of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bill DeCrans Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Red Lake Falls.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 7, 2016, from 5 - 8 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service at St. Joseph Catholic Church and also one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Al Buse was born December 5, 1914 in Red Lake Falls, MN son of Ernest and Molly (Allard) Buse. He attended Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls graduating in 1931. Al entered the US Marine Corps in 1941 and served his country receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1945.
Al was united in marriage to Mae Hansel April 30, 1943 in San Diego, CA. The couple made their home in Red Lake Falls where Al was employed by the Red Lake Falls Police Department from 1932 - 1936, Tow Mill 1936 - 1941, Red Lake Falls Heating and Ventilation 1947 - 1952 and as Red Lake Falls Post Master from 1952 until his retirement in 1976.
He was involved in all shooting sports, enjoyed golfing and hunting. He was a member of the Red Lake Falls Fire Department, the Sportsmen's Club, Oak Knolls Golf Club and the American Legion. Al was a big supporter of the Red Lake Falls High School Athletics and sponsored his own softball team "Al's Gals".
Al is survived by his sons Vance (Debbie) Buse of Freeland, WA, Todd (Deb Gagner) Buse of Red Lake Falls, MN; grandchildren Nicole (Justin) Maloney, Paulette Buse, Carl (Callie) Buse, Kelsey (Jason) Rogers, Dustin (Loretta) Buse, Carly (Karl) Kleven and Abby (Clayton) Leith: great-grandchildren Morgan and Gabriel Maloney, Logan and Tucker Rogers, Oscar and Gwendolyn Buse, Irving and Beckett Buse and Kole and Lane Kleven.
He is preceded in death by his wife Mae, parents and his sister Jane Pouliot.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Red Lake Falls, Meals on Wheels.
Condolences may be shared by visiting www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.

 

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Orries Rudshagen, 99, Columbus, MT, formerly of Felton, MN, died Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Montana. Graveside Service: 11:00AM Thursday April 7, 2016, at the Felton Cemetery, Felton, MN.

 

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Romona Dorys Bartz, 84, Moorhead, MN, formerly of Ada, MN, died Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Benedictine Care Community, Ada.
Funeral: 11:00AM Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada.
Visitation: 5-7PM Tuesday at
Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada.
Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Lockhart, MN.

 

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God called Bernadette “Bernie” Blokzyl,
age 91, of Crookston, MN. to her Heavenly home, March 29th, 2016 at Villa St Vincent, Crookston, surrounded by her loving family.
Bernadette was born in Gentilly, MN. the daughter of Stanislaus & Albina Fortier, youngest of six children. She was baptized and confirmed at St Peter’s Church in Gentilly. She attended a two room school house in Gentilly, MN. After grade school she attended St Joseph’s Academy in Crookston, MN and graduated 1942. She and her sister Loretta were the only ones in the Fortier family to attend high school .At the age of 18 she worked at The Barrel, she later moved to Minneapolis where she worked as a secretary for 3M.
She married Bernard (Bud) Blokzyl January 28th, 1946 at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly. She and Bud then moved into an apartment in Crookston and started their family. Over the years their marriage was blessed by the births of 10 children.
She said the best time of her life was when her children were small, she loved playing and watching them grow. She and Bud enjoyed camping, bowling, fishing, playing cards with close friends especially Howard and Evelyn Hanson. They enjoyed traveling with Prudential and spending time at the lake with their children. Later they enjoyed traveling to visit their children. Most important to her and Bud was their deep faith in God. They knew all they had come from Him.
She was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Catholic Daughters, and St Francis of Assisi Circle. She was active with the Campfire girls, when her daughters were young. She was a talented seamstress, and took joy in making clothing for her family, including her daughters’ wedding gowns and the leisure suits Bud loved to wear.
Bernadette is survived by her children: Glenn (Carol) St Paul MN, Joyce (George) Montrose, Co, Bill (Martha) Athens Ga., Loanne (Michael) Marthaler, Englewood, Co, Karen (Duane) Hanson Crookston, MN, Mary (Kevin) Grenier Elizabeth, Co. Connie Harris, Denver, Co, Suzanne (Larry) Franz, Colorado Springs, Co. Laure (Gary) Williamson, Crookston, MN, Denise (Steve, “Skippy”) Hutchinson, Thief River Falls, MN, 24 grandchildren, 25 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Great- Great Grandson, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Sadly, Bud passed away April 10th, 1997. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanislaus and Albina; sisters, Cecilia and Loretta; brothers Adrian, Paul and Maurice.
The Visitation for Bernadette will be held on Sunday April 3rd at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception from 5-7pm with a prayer service at 7pm. The Rosary will be prayed after the service. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the funeral Mass at 2pm Monday, April 4th at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN.
Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. Arrangements made by Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Cathedral, or St Peters Catholic Church, Gentilly.
 

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Joseph Henry Chouinard was born on September 25th 1941 in Crookston, Minnesota to Lorena (Delage) and Henry Chouinard. He had 7 brothers and sisters Maurice, Leona, Doris, Lenore, Paul, Bonnie and Ernie. He married Donna (Helm) on March 28th 1963. They had five children Brad, Dan, Lynn, Lori and Maggie.
   After the birth of Brad and Dan, they moved to Thief River Falls, where their twin girls Lynn and Lori were born. Shortly after that, they moved to Hugo, Minnesota where Joe found work. It was there that they welcomed their daughter Maggie, and met friends that turned into family. 
They made their home in Forest Lake, Minnesota, and later Stacy. 
Joe went on to have two additional marriages; one where he welcomed his two sons Joseph and Shane, and the other that left him a widower. 
In 1997, Joe and his first wife Donna reunited their family and remarried at their original family home in Stacy. Joe and Donna were happily married for 11 more years, until her death in 2008.
Joe lived out the rest of his life at their winter home in Mesa, Arizona where he met many wonderful friends. He was tragically killed in a house fire on March 23rd, 2016.
Joe was a talented carpenter, and put an extreme amount of pride into any job he did. Whether the job was small or large, he did it right, and he did it with perfection. He will be remembered for his work ethic and sense of humor. 
Joe is preceded in death by his beloved mother Lorena, father Henry, wives  Jeannie and Donna, brothers Maurice and Ernie, and daughter Lori. 
Joe is survived by his children Brad Chouinard, Dan (Lee) Chouinard, Lynn (Kevin) Vadnais, Maggie (Mike) Vadnais, Joseph "J.C." Chouinard, Shane Chouinard, and son-in-law Steve Chelberg. 
By his siblings Leona Snyder, Doris Severson and special brother in law Russ Severson, Bonnie Holter, Paul Chouinard, and Lenore Chouinard.  Also by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins, and other dear relatives and friends.  
All are welcome to attend a funeral and luncheon at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stacy, Minnesota on Saturday, April 9th. Visitation at 2:00, service at 3:00, with a luncheon at 4:00.

 

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Lois Ann Lithun, 80, passed away Monday, March 28, 2016 at St. Therese of New Hope, MN.
Lois was born to James and Lyda Lyall of Harvey, ND on April 30, 1935. She graduated from Harvey High School in 1953. She attended Concordia College, Minot State University, and later the University of North Dakota where she received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education.  Lois taught school in New Town, ND, San Juan, Puerto Rico, East Grand Forks, MN, and many years in Crookston, MN.
Lois married Douglas Lithun on June 10th, 1956 in Harvey, ND. They lived in Crookston, MN from 1961 to 2002.
Lois was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN.  She was in the senior choir, an Alter Guild member, and Sunday School teacher.  She was president of the Crookston Education Association and served on several committees within the association.  She served as president of the Women’s Board of Minakwa Country Club, and was a long time member of Woman’s Club. 
Lois retired from her elementary teaching position in 1993.  Her retirement years were spent in Mesa, AZ, Crookston and Clear Lake, MN.
Lois' favorite pastime was playing bridge.  Countless hours were spent at the table playing and visiting with great friends.  She also enjoyed cooking, golfing, taking cruises, fishing trips, casino trips, playing the piano, and spending time with her family.  
Lois is survived by her two sons, Mark Lithun of St. Hilaire, MN, and Kirk Lithun of Plymouth, MN, daughter-in-law, Lara Lithun, granddaughter Mallory Lithun, and grandson Benjamin Lithun of Plymouth, MN;  sister-in-law Esther Pritchard, and brother-in-law, J.P. Pritchard of Houston, TX, and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Doug Lithun, sister Jeanette Krueger of Minot ND, brother-in-law Leland Krueger of Minot, ND, sister-in-law June Beireis and brother-in-law Dave Beireis of Grand Forks, ND.
A memorial service and fellowship will take place Sunday June 12, 2016, 2:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN.

 

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Shirley Lavanger, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Passed away on March 28th. Born March 4, 1927 in Fertile, MN. She is survived by her husband of 64 years Allen, three sons, Eric (Jaimie), Peter (Leilani) and Tim (Peggy), eight grandchildren, Hadley (Lucas) Wilcox, David, Anna, Julia, Matthew, Ryan, Eric and Kiley, one great-grandson, Sullivan Wilcox along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Julia Viker as well as her brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles. After graduating from Concordia College (Moorhead) in 1949, she taught school in Montana before marrying Dad and embarking on the journey of raising three sons, two of whom were often a bit of a challenge. She prevailed, however, with a great sense of humor and a sense of adventure. While being paid as a teacher for only a short time, Mom created opportunities for us to learn about the world around us. Exploring museums, historic sites and nature- particularly at the family cabin on Deer Lake, she practiced lifelong learning without us realizing it as we were having so much fun. Having survived raising three boys, she enjoyed her role as grandmother; grandma Shirley and her grandchildren had wonderful times together making memories for a lifetime. The first robin seen in the spring, lilacs blooming, the ever changing colors of the lake, the laughter of loons and daisies growing along the side of a road were all cherished by Mom; and will continue to be cherished by all who knew and loved her. Funeral service Friday, April 1 at 11 AM at the Glory of Christ Lutheran Church, 4040 Highway 101 in Plymouth. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Private interment at Groveland Cemetery. Memorials preferred to MN Landscape Arboretum, the Guide Dog Foundation or The Lutheran Hour Ministries.

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Ross Miller, age 61, of Halstad, MN, died Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Essentia Health, Fargo, ND. Funeral Services are pending with the Anderson Funeral Home of Twin Valley.

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Joseph Henry Chouinard was born on September 25th 1941 in Crookston, Minnesota to Lorena (Delage) and Henry Chouinard. He had 7 brothers and sisters Maurice, Leona, Doris, Lenore, Paul, Ernie and Bonnie. He married Donna (Helm) of Fertile on March 28th 1963. They had five children Brad, Dan, Lynn, Lori and Maggie. After the birth of Brad and Dan, they moved to Thief River Falls, where their twin girls Lynn and Lori were born. Shortly after that, they moved to Hugo, Minnesota where Joe found work. It was there that they welcomed their daughter Maggie, and met friends that turned into family. They made their home in Forest Lake, Minnesota, and later Stacy, Minnesota. Joe went on to have two additional marriages; one where he welcomed his two sons Joseph and Shane, and the other that left him a widower. In 1997, Joe and his first wife Donna reunited their family and remarried at their original family home in Stacy. Joe and Donna were happily married for 11 more years, until her death in 2008. Joe lived out the rest of his life at their winter home in Mesa, Arizona where he met many wonderful friends. He was tragically killed in a house fire on March 23rd, 2016. Joe was a talented carpenter, and put an extreme amount of pride into any job he did. Whether the job was small or large, he did it right, and he did it with perfection. He will be remembered for his work ethic and sense of humor. Joe is preceded in death by his beloved mother Lorena, father Henry, wives Jeannie and Donna, brothers Maurice and Ernie, and daughter Lori.  Joe is survived by his children Brad Chouinard, Dan (Lee) Chouinard, Lynn (Kevin) Vadnais, Maggie (Mike) Vadnais, Joseph "J.C." Chouinard, Shane Chouinard, and son-in-law Steve Chelberg. By his siblings Leona Snyder of Mesa, Doris Severson and special brother in law Russ Severson of Crookston,  Bonnie Holter of Arvilla ND, Paul Chouinard of Stacy MN, and Lenore Chouinard.  Also by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins, and other dear relatives and friends.  All are welcome to attend a funeral and luncheon at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stacy, Minnesota on Saturday, April 9th. Visitation at 2:00, service at 3:00, with a luncheon at 4:00.

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Annie Olson, age 98, died  March 28, 2016  at Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile, MN.
Annie Cerkowniak was born April 21, 1917 at Caribou, MN. to parents William and Lena (Domenko) Cerkowniak.  Her parents had emigrated from Ukraine in the early 1900’s.  She attended school at Caribou and then worked as a domestic on the Axel Norland farm.  On October 17, 1936 she was united in marriage to Nels Olson of Wampum Mb, Canada.  While living there, they did logging and farming.  In 1944 they moved to a farm by Wannaska, MN. and in 1948 they purchased a farm by Newfolden, Minn. 
In 1954, Annie was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was active in Congregations in Gatzke, Karlstad and Thief River Falls.  In 1972 they retired and moved to Thief River Falls.  While there Annie did house cleaning for several parties.  Nels died in 1984.  In 2005 Annie suffered a stroke and became a resident of Fair Meadow Nursing Home at Fertile.
Annie is survived by two sons,  Glen and wife Jackie of Deltona, FL,  Vernon and wife, Marsha of  Fertile, MN; four grandchildren,  Rose and Michael Olson, Larissa Borchert, and Mark Olson and three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Victoria and Makenna.  Also surviving are sisters, Mary Warniuk, Sadie Kushinski, Helen Keunzi, and Jennie Kowaliuk, and sisters-in-law, Marilyn Cerkowniak, Marion Cerkowniak, Rose Cerkowniak and Mary Olson. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, four brothers, three sisters, and a infant grandson.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service, Crookston, MN.  The family will be greeting friends one hour prior to the memorial service.


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Rachel M. Blair,  90, Fargo, ND, formerly of Ada, MN, died Friday, March 25, 2016, at Rosewood on Broadway, Fargo.Rachel Marie Magnan was born July 25, 1925 in Brainerd, MN, the daughter of Paul and Philomene (Legace) Magnan. She grew up in the Brainerd area where she attended elementary and high school. Rachel was united in marriage to Rolland Blair on November 4, 1944 in Los Angeles, CA. In 1966, she moved to Ada where she resided for many years and raised her children.  She was a very determined and hard- working lady. Over the years, she worked at Western Union, Herman’s Super Value, operated her own licensed day care and adult foster care center, the Ada Public Library, and as a foster grandparent for the Ada-Borup Elementary School. She was active in the community and a devoted member of her church, Faith United and Ruth Circle, the VFW Auxiliary, and the Royal Neighbors Association. Rachel was a very social person and enjoyed the time spent with family and friends. Her hobbies included cooking, gardening, reading, and anything with elephants. Rachel’s greatest love was spending time with children, including her children and grandchildren, day care, foster care and children she spent time with at Ada Elementary as a foster grandparent. Rachel is survived by her children:  Bill (Jennifer) Blair, Keith Blair, Bear Keeney, Judy (Doug) Burkett, Robert (Lee Ann Hall) Blair, Karen (Kenny) Anderson, Shiloe Blair, 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Rachel was preceded in death by her parents, two sons: Ernie and Joe, her brothers:  Lloyd, Cyril, Leon, Joe, and Raymond, and sisters: Agnes Hupp and Elaine Werner.  Memorial Service will be at 11:00AM, Friday, April 1, 2016, Faith United Church, Ada, MN. Visitation will take place on Thursday, March 31st, 5:00-7:00PM with a Prayer Service at 7:00PM at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Burial will be at the Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com

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Nona Rose Kaiser, 81, of Crookston, MN, died at the Villa St. Vincent nursing home with her loving family by her side on Sunday, March 20, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Visitation will be Monday, March 28 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston from 5-7 pm with a prayer service at 7 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, March 29 at 2 pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery.
Nona (Nonie) was born on September 3, 1934, the daughter of Fred and Emily (Fiedler) Montreuil. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Crookston, MN. She graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1952. Nona was united in marriage to Duaine Kaiser on May 31, 1952. To their union were born five sons: Duane Jr., Mark, Timothy, Ronald, and Randy.  Nonie wanted her “boys” to be happy, so much so that she worried herself sick at the holidays trying to make the celebrations special. She had an impeccable work ethic. For 42 years she served the residents of the Villa St. Vincent nursing home as a Certified Nursing Assistant and later as a Med Aide. In 1992, she was the recipient of the Minnesota Nursing Aide of the Year Award. Nonie had many simple pleasures that she enjoyed, including spending time with her sisters, gardening, and knitting-baby sweaters and slippers were her favorite. She loved canning the fruits of her labor, especially tomatoes, which were the main ingredient in her special chili. Nothing gave her more happiness than her family. Special times included traveling to faraway places with her husband in their retirement, watching her boys spending time together, and attending her grandchildren’s many activities. Nonie’s family will always think of her when they see a beautiful rose, feel the warm sun on their faces, or eat a delicious slice of apple pie.
Nona was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Carol Johnson; and brother, Ernest Montreuil.  She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Duaine; sons,  Duane Jr. (Vivian) of Bemidji, MN; Mark (Denise) of Climax, MN; Tim of Crookston, MN; Ron (special friend, Marva Bakken) of Crookston, MN; and Randy (special friend, Jeanne Mazzarella) of Rosemount, MN; nine grandchildren, Taunya (Brian) Thoeny, Dustin (Sarah) Kaiser, Blake (Lois) Kaiser;  Sara Rose Kaiser, Bethany (Josh) Moe, Sam (Kamil) Kaiser; Alex (special friend, Larissa) Kaiser, Ramona Kaiser; and Chelsea Kaiser; six great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Chuck (Marilyn), Alan, and Ralph Montreuil, Mary Grove and Jean Lunos; loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, and dear friends and special neighbors.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home for their kind and compassionate care. Additionally, the family is so grateful to a very special granddaughter, Ramona, who provided Grandma weekly cares during the last year of her life, and daily in the last month of her life, when no one else could or had the courage to do so. 


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Joan Klipping 74
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Joan Carol Gilbert was born February 22, 1942, the daughter of Chester and Selma (Rodlin) Gilbert in Norman County, MN. On June 6, 1959 she married her soulmate, Harvey Klipping in Red Lake Falls, MN.  They bought a farm east of Red Lake Falls where they spent many happy years together raising their six children. Joan was the bookkeeper for Klipping Brothers Construction for many years after going to night school for accounting while still taking care of her family. She enjoyed baking, gardening, painting pictures, reading, puzzles and embroidery.  She took pleasure in making all her grandchildren blankets with their favorite colors or designs. More than anything else, Joan loved her family.  She enjoyed the holidays when everyone was together and there was a houseful of joyful noise.  Duke their dog, also had a special place in her heart.
Joan is survived by her husband Harvey Klipping, children Karen (William) Bierman of Brooks, MN., Cindy (Allen) Ducharme of Crookston, MN., Steve (Faye) Klipping of Red Lake Falls, MN., Teresa (Don) Conard of Thief River Falls, MN., Roy Klipping (fiancée Loreen Schultz) of Red Lake Falls, MN., Bob (Casey) Klipping of Red Lake Falls, MN. , one sister Maggie Bundt of Minneapolis, MN., seventeen grandchildren Tony, Ashley, Billy, Tina, Brenda, Kevin, Rachael, Jacob, Donny, Krystle, Brandie, Dylan, Justus, Blaze, Jaden, Paige, Kylie; and five great grandchildren Kiera, Kaleb, Jade, Stormy, Sophie, with one on the way; along with many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents Chester and Selma Gilbert, brother-in-law David Bundt, mother and father-in-law Mildred and Eldon Klipping, brother-in-law Henry Klipping, nephews Darin Klipping and Mark Klipping.
CASKETBEARERS: Art Klipping, Don Delorme, LeRoy Christenson, Billy Bierman, Tony Shnyder, Dylan Klipping.

 


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Marsha L. Nerby
, age 68 of East Grand Forks, MN passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND surrounded by her family. Marsha Lynn Nerby was born on September 29, 1947 in Crookston, MN the daughter of Melfred and Martha (Hill) Forseth.  The family moved to East Grand Forks in 1961.  She attended School at East Grand Forks Central High School, graduating with the class of 1965.  On July 17, 1970 she was united in marriage to Clifton Nerby in SD.  Marsha worked for the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in East Grand Forks and also worked at the Rehab Center in Grand Forks.  Marsha then began employment at the Hatton Nursing Home in Hatton, ND before retiring in the mid 1990’s. Loving family members of Marsha include her husband Clifton of East Grand Forks, MN; children, Kenneth Nerby of East Grand Forks, Timothy (Shari) Nerby of Portland, ND and Tammy (Bradley) Nickelson of Grand Forks, ND and five grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by a sister, Karolyn and her parents. Memorial Service will take place at 1:00 PM, Thursday, March 24th, 2016 in Mendenhall Presbyterian Church, 528 10th St. NW, East Grand Forks, MN Visitation will be one hour prior Memorial Service on Thursday in Mendenhall Presbyterian Church Interment will be at the Sand Hill Lutheran Cemetery ~ Climax, MN  Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com Arrangements with Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota


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Donald W. Olson, 85, Ada, MN, died Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Essentia Health, Fargo, ND. Donald Wesley Olson was born the younger of two sons on April 9, 1930, to George and Alice (nee Thompson) Olson in rural Lowry, Minnesota. As a kid, he enjoyed swimming in the many nearby lakes and finding rocks and arrowheads in the fields and woods. Donald grew up farming, first with horses and eventually with more modern equipment. His lifelong ethic of hard work developed when he was a teenager and his uncle John Thompson became ill. Donald took on the responsibilities of the Thompson farm during his uncle’s recovery.  As a young man he moved to Norman County and met the beautiful Hildora Haugan, who he courted and later married after returning from serving his country. During the Korean War, Donald served in the United States Army as a communications specialist making sure new bases were equipped with the newest technology. Donald and Hildora were married Thursday October 29, 1953 at East Marsh River Lutheran Church. They were blessed with three children, Margaret, David and John. Together, they established and ran two successful businesses – Olson Well Drilling of Halstad and Olson Furniture of Ada.  Donald served as President of the Minnesota Water Well Association 1988-1989, and received honorary lifetime membership. Faith was the foundation of Donald’s life. His guiding principle was the example set by Christ. Donald was a long-time leader at East Marsh Lutheran Church. He served as Congregational President, served many terms on the church council, and fought to keep the church doors open during trying times for the congregation. In addition to his foundational work at East Marsh, Donald was a member of the Gideons for decades. The men of this close-knit group met regularly and provided both social and spiritual support. In addition to their faith, Donald and Hildora were devoted to square dancing, and were long-time members of Ada Valley Squares. Through Gideons and square dancing, Donald and Hildora found many life-long friends who continue to support them and their family today.  Donald was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gerald Olson , and his sister Dorothy Olson who died as an infant. Donald is survived by the love of his life, Hildora Haugan Olson, sister-in-law Marvel Olson, children Margaret (Paul) Erickson, David Olson, John (Lisa) Olson, grandchildren Jennifer Steger, Amanda (Devon) Lindberg-Aganga, Eric Lindberg, Jennifer Jensen, Allison (Brian) Schild, Evan Lindberg, Joshua Olson and six loving great-grandchildren. Visitation will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 11:00-1:00PM at Benedictine Mission Court Chapel, Ada, MN. Funeral Service will be at 3:00PM, Saturday, March, 19, 2016, at East Marsh River Lutheran Church, rural Halstad, MN. Burial will be Monday, 1:00PM, St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Lowry, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com

 


                                                                                                                               
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Laura B. Johnson, 54, of Moorhead, MN, died Friday, March 11, 2016, in her CCRI group home. Laura Beth Johnson was born June 22, 1961, the daughter of Victor and LaVerne (Buckle) Johnson, in Fargo, ND.  She was raised in Moorhead and began her education at the Opportunity School in Fargo at the age of six.  The following year, she entered the Moorhead Public School Trainable Class until she graduated in 1981.              In the fall of 1981, she moved to the Kessel Group Home (formerly Piper Group Home) in Fergus Falls, MN.  While living in Fergus Falls she attended the Productive Alternative Workshop and worked various jobs in the Fergus Falls community.  Due to failing health because of Alzheimer’s, Laura moved to Moorhead in 2011, where she was cared for by housemates and staff of CCRI. Laura was a former member of Hope Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, where she was active for many years.  For the last five years she was a member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead.  She loved bowling, Special Olympics, Garth Brooks, The Sound of Music, Annie, Diet Coke, the TV Guide, soap operas, and word finds.  Laura especially enjoyed spending time with family, time at the lake, and trips to Laufenberg Farm.  She is survived by her parents, Victor and LaVerne Johnson, Moorhead; sister, Vicki (Marshall) Olson, Monticello, MN; brother, Jerry (Therese) Johnson, Fall City, WA; nieces, Michelle (Nate) Yeager, Jessica (Graham) Ashe, and Megan Johnson; great-nephews and nieces, Noah, Aidan, Makenna and Kalyn Yeager; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her nephew, Brock Olson, her grandparents and other relatives. Memorials may be directed to CCRI, Hospice of the Red River Valley, or a charity of your choice. A Visitation for Laura will be one hour prior to the funeral service.  Her Funeral Service will be Friday, March 18, 2016, at 11 AM, in Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Moorhead.   Burial will take place at a later date in Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Columbarium, Moorhead.

 

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Ellen Mary Beggs, 58, of Crookston, MN died Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in the comfort of her home after a short, but courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was born at Herts and Essex General Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford, England, on October 30, 1957 to Richard and Pamela (Lee) White. Ellen lived in several countries and states as her father was in the Air Force. She graduated High School in Rantoul Illinois in 1975, and attended UMC in Crookston, MN. Ellen was blessed with three daughters, Rachel, Dana and Krystal with her first husband David Wilkens. On September 6, 1986 she was united in marriage to Randy Beggs.
Ellen was a beloved daycare provider for 19 years in Crookston, her daycare kids knew her as ‘the good cooker’. She worked briefly at Dahlgrens then for 18 years at New Flyer of America.  Ellen was a dedicated member of the Crookston Eagles #873, serving as madam president from 2008-2009. She was also a member of the Presbyterian Church of Crookston. Ellen had many hobbies throughout the years including softball, darts and bowling. She enjoyed spending time with her many grandchildren, at the lake with her family and friends, and long motorcycle rides with her husband.
Ellen is preceded in death by her infant son, her mother-in-law Mary Beggs and her best friend Betty Boyd. She is survived by Randy, her husband of 29 years, daughters Rachel (Chuck) Davis of Savannah GA, Dana (Zebadiah) of Fargo ND, and Krystal (Jonathan) Noyes of Erskine MN. She is also survived by ten grandchildren - Dante, Jabree, Isabella, Caleb, Owen, Felix, Jacob, Axel, Elvis and Abel. Other survivors include her parents Richard and Pamela White, four sisters – Ruth, Amy, Bertha and Colleen, brother Nelson and many, many, friends and relatives.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, Crookston.  Visitation will begin one hour prior to the memorial service in the church. 


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Troy Michael Pribyl of Plummer, MN, passed away Monday, March 7, 2016 at the age of 44. A memorial service honoring Troy’s life will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. Troy Michael Pribyl was born on November 4, 1971 in Buffalo, MN, the son of Michael and Marie (Ottenstroer) Pribyl.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake.  Troy attended school at Maple Lake High School.  Troy loved being a big brother and best friend to Tom.  From the time Tom could walk, he followed Troy everywhere.  They have been playing and working together ever since. At the age of 17 Troy started “Pribyl Repair,” an auto body and mechanic shop.  During the summer months he custom combined from Texas to Minnesota for five years.  In 1994 Troy and his family moved to Northwest Minnesota, settling in Plummer, MN.  It was here where he started the partnership Pribyl Hay & Straw with his wife, Carmen, father, Mike, and his brother, Tom.  Troy’s passion for farming started with time spent at his Uncle Russ’ dairy farm helping with chores. On October 8, 1994 Troy was united in marriage to Carmen Dahl.  With this union two daughters were born – Michaela and Marissa.  Troy continued his dream of farming and was able to share it with his family.  Troy enjoyed working with his family and employees where they currently farm 6,000 acres that he started from scratch. Troy met the love of his life, Nancy Hofstad on June 4, 2009.  In this relationship, he became the best friend of her son, Nathan. Troy was a very generous man that touched many lives in so many different ways.  His hobbies included traveling, camping, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and four-wheeling.  He loved being outdoors and staying busy. Some of Troy’s happiest memories were his daughters riding along in the combine and spending time with his niece, JaeCee and his nephew, Carter.  One of his favorite activities was taking them all bowling.  Troy was a very devoted father, son, brother, uncle, and friend.  He was loved by many and will be missed by all. Troy is survived by his daughters, Cayla and Marissa; the love of his life, Nancy Hofstad and her son, Nathan; mother, Marie Penaz and her husband, Dale; father, Mike and his friend, Barb Smith; brother, Tom and his children, JaeCee and Carter; the mother of Troy’s children, Carmen Anderson; devoted employees, James Lallier and Ben Boucher; many aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Romeo and Blanche Pribyl and Francis and Margaret Ottenstroer; cousin, Chad Ottenstroer

 

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Shirley A. “Penny” Krause, 84, Ada, MN, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer, at Essentia Health Hospital, Fargo, ND. Memorial Service: 2PM Thursday, March 17, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
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Betty Jean (Bohlig) Janecky, 97 years old, was born December 5th, 1918 to Mabel (Wrabek) and George Bohlig in St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated from St. Paul Central in 1937. She attended the University of Minnesota where she pledged Kappa Alpha Theta. In 1940 she married Dr. Frank (Stoney) Janecky, an optometrist, on Aug. 3rd at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Betty and her husband resided in Crookston for 42 years. Betty was a former member and president of Agassiz Study Club and Matrons. Betty loved dancing, thus the membership in Latin America and Town and Country Dance clubs, playing tennis, rooting for the Vikings, sewing (most of her daughter’s childhood clothes), knitting, entertaining, giving financial and stock market advice, traveling and cruising to exotic places, and feeding the birds in the winter. She would sit in her favorite bedroom chair until late at night and read wildlife magazines, financial reports, the Bible at least twice, and cookbooks. She was a strong, wise woman. She loved a glass of wine, telling hilarious jokes, cooking new delicious dishes for family and friends (e.g. Good to the Last Lick and Rum Cake), but most of all she enjoyed Duplicate Bridge with her bridge club.In 1942, a daughter, Jill Louise, was born. In 1944, a son, John Franklin, was born. In 1958, a daughter, Julie Ann, was born. Sadly a drunk driver in Mesa, AZ killed Julie at the age of 26. In 1950, the Janecky’s  built a summer home on Union Lake. In 1981, after Dr. Janecky retired, they spent winters in Sun City West, AZ, where they maintained a home. Summers were still spent at Union Lake, MN. In 1999, they sold their Arizona home and lived permanently at the lake. Betty is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Mario Schisano of Crookston; son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Barbara Janecky of Mobile, AL; grandsons (sons of Julie), Justin Pries, Jamie (Chelsea) Pries in AZ; grandchildren, Marco (Nina) Schisano of Minnesota, Caryn Janecky; Susan (Justin) Taylor, and John Janecky (Sara Katherine) of Alabama, Maria (Matt) Studen of Colorado. She has 9 and a half great-grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Betty was the longest living member of her Janecky and Bohlig families. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Julie Janecky Pries; her mother and father, Mabel and George Bohlig; 2 brothers, George and Jack Bohlig; and one sister, Clara Lee. A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church Friday, March 18th at 4:00 p.m. Betty’s ashes will be placed in the columbarium at the Presbyterian Church in Crookston, of which Betty was a member and former Deacon. Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church. Please send them to Jill Schisano at 1006 Groveland Ave. Crookston, MN, 56716. Thank you so very much!

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Harriet Mary Bennen, 91, passed away from natural causes at Riverview Hospital in Crookston, MN on March 08, 2016 with her son and daughter by her side. Harriet was born on December 02, 1924 in Minneapolis, MN to William Herr and Mary (Kluckas) Herr.  She grew up and attended school in Bemidji, MN.  Harriet married Casper Urdahl on July 03, 1945.  They made their home in Crookston, MN.  Casper passed away in May 1975.  She worked at various business’s in Crookston including  Planetarium Cleaners, Dahlgren Sunflower Co., and Devon’s clothing store.  She married Edward Bennen on June19, 1976 and they made their home in Crookston. Edward died September 04, 1992.  Harriet was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston.Harriet enjoyed being around her grandchildren.  She loved being around children and became a Foster Grand Parent for many years.  She looked forward to going to the schools and helping the teachers and the young students.  They looked for her to enter the classroom each day and were happy when she walk through the door.  She enjoyed going to the lake cabin at Lake of the Woods and spending the week-ends there.  She also enjoyed traveling to visit relatives and seeing new sites.  Harriet is survived by her son, James Urdahl and daughter, Valerie Hulst, both of Beltrami, MN; four grandchildren, Chad (Barbara) Hulst of Crookston, MN,  Dustin Hulst of Beltrami, MN, Stacy Urdahl, and Christina (John) Barrera; nine great-grandchildren, Madison Hulst, Caitlin Hulst, Justin Hulst, Cameron Hulst, Ashley Bergeron, Cory Chapman, Devin Lanctot, John Barrera Jr., Scott Urdahl, and Miss Ronnie Urdahl; her brother Elmer (Jane) Herr of Anoka, MN; brother in law, John Beumer of St. Cloud, MN; sister in law, Marion Herr of Bemidji, MN and by many nieces and nephews, and her special little buddy ‘Tippy”  Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Herr; husbands, Casper Urdahl, Edward Bennen; four brothers, Herman Herr, Henry Herr, James Herr, and Arthur Herr; two sisters, Dorothy (John) Beumer and Helen Siemers; one infant sister, Ceclia Herr; three sisters in law, Doris (Henry) Herr, Helen (Herman) Herr, and Beverley (Arthur) Herr; her grandson, Michael Hulst and three step sons, Reed Bennen, Laine Bennen, and Kurt Bennen. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday evening, March 14, 2016, in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service, Crookston with visitation beginning at 5 p.m.  Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston in the spring.Pastor Steve Bohler will officiate and honorary pallbearers are David Carlson, Justin Hulst, Raymond Thode, Duane Hulst, Dustin Hulst, and Chad Hulst. 


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Maurice T. Stadum, 96, Ada, Minnesota, died Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Mission Nursing Home, Plymouth, MN. Funeral will take place at 10:30AM, Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation will be from 5-7PM Monday with a 6:30PM prayer service at
Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota. Burial will be taking place at the Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   

 

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Ronald Clair Peterson, 78, of Grand Forks, ND died Friday, March 4, 2016 at Valley Memorial Home Valley Transitions in Grand Forks.  Visitation will be on Thursday, March 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm with a 7:00 pm prayer service at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston MN.  Visitation will continue on Friday, March 11 at 9:00 am followed by funeral services at 10:00 am at Fisher Lutheran Church, Fisher, MN with Pastor Karen Young-Trenne officiating.  Burial will follow at Fisher Lutheran Cemetery. Born in Grand Forks, ND on May 7, 1937 to Vincent and Gladys (Strande) Peterson, Ron was baptized at Bygland Lutheran Church and raised on the family’s farm in Fisher Township.  He graduated from Fisher High School in 1955 and attended North Dakota State University.  On August 27,1960 he was united in marriage to Jean Amiot of Crookston, MN.  They raised four daughters, living their first nine years in Rome Township and returning to the Peterson family farm in 1969.  Ron retired in 2005 from his life-long vocation as a farmer.  He and Jean moved to Grand Forks in 2009. Ron was a life-long member of Fisher Lutheran Church and was confirmed there in 1952.  He served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, church council president, and building finance committee member.  He served on the board of directors for Pathways Bible Camps and as a voting delegate for Concordia College - Moorhead and Valley Memorial Home. With dedication to his vocation in agriculture, Ron served on the board of directors of Crookston Grain Company (1976-1985) and as secretary for the West Polk County Farm Bureau (1964-1968).  He was honored in 1976 as West Polk County’s King Agassiz (Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program).  In 1985, he was recognized by the North Dakota State University Alumni Association for his contributions to agriculture in West Polk County.  He and Jean were honored together by West Polk County as Farm Family of the Year (1991) sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension Services.  In 1998, they were honored as West Polk County Valley Farmer and Homemaker.  Ron participated in the Lake Agassiz Vocational Center Adult Farm Management Program throughout his entire farming career. With gratitude for community and country, he served in the Air National Guard (1958 -1964) and on the Fisher School Board (1970 – 1978).  Ron was especially grateful for a close relationship with his grandchildren, attending and photographing their many musical and sporting events.  He also enjoyed computers, photography, singing with the Crookston Area Mens Chorus, and wintering in Gold Canyon, AZ, where he was an associate member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Gladys Peterson, and an infant sister.  He is survived by Jean, his wife of 55 years, daughters Brenda (Scott) Moore of Carver MN, Carol (Lauris) Svendson of East Grand Forks MN, Annette (Rick) Thompson of Crookston MN and Mary Jacobson of Perham MN.  He is also survived by ten grandchildren and step grandchildren - Christina and Lillian Moore, Rachel and Katie Svendson, Abby and Emma Wilder, Alex and Jake Thompson, and Austin and Andrew Jacobson.  Other survivors include his brother Verle (Sandra) Peterson of Crookston MN, his brother-in-law Don (Jo) Amiot of Stillwater MN, nephews, a niece and many beloved cousins. Ron and his family encourage that memorial gifts be directed to the ministry or charity of the donor’s choice.


 

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