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77, of Alexandria, MN passed away on August 22, 2016 at the Douglas County
Hospital in Alexandria, MN.
Lowell was born on June 4, 1939 to Omar and Ellen (Nemitz) Bernd. He attended South St. Paul High School and graduated in 1957. He then went to NDSU in Fargo and obtained his B.S. in ME in 1961. Then he went to the U of M and received his MBA in Engineering.
During Lowell’s life he lived in St. Paul, MN, Rockford, IL, Jacksonville, FL, Denham Springs, LA, and Alexandria, MN.
He worked for Lockhead Aviation for three years, where he worked with the space program, St. Paul’s 3M Corporation for thirteen years, Sunstrand Aviation in Rockford, IL, Roux Laboratories in Jacksonville, FL for a year, Allied Chemical, Paxton Polymers, and Exxon Mobile while in Baton Rouge, LA.
Lowell belonged to the Escapee’s Organization in Texas and the R.C. Club in Stillwater, MN.
He enjoyed various outdoor recreation activities; including hunting, fishing, RC airplanes, sailboating, RV camping, and traveling after his retirement. In his earlier years he owned his own airplane and was a private pilot. He also enjoyed handyman projects of all sizes.
Lowell is survived by his daughter, Kellet (Paul) Ose of Ramsey, MN; son, Chris (Nicole) Bernd of Crookston, MN; grandchildren, Nathen Ose, Nicholas Ose, Sawyer Bernd, and Kristine Bernd; and sister, Patty Reski of Rim Rock, AZ.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Geraldine Bernd; and brother-in-law, John Reski.
There will be a private graveside service and burial at General Lutheran Cemetery in South Saint Paul on September 9, 2016.
Jean Kathleen Solheim, 88, of Crookston, MN passed away on August 20, 2016 at Riverview Hospital surrounded by her family. Jean was born on November 13, 1927, the daughter of Frank and Una (Briden) DeBoer. She grew up on a farm east of Crookston with her four siblings. She attended Crookston schools throughout her education and graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1945. On December 8, 1946, Jean married Everett Solheim. They resided on a farm east of Crookston, where they raised their five children. They raised beef cattle and farmed until 1981 when Everett became ill, and at which time their son Elliott took over the farming operation. Jean then became the caregiver for Everett and cared for him with the utmost dignity and love until his passing in 1997. Jean and Everett celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1996. Everett and Jean moved off of the family farm in 1989 and moved into Crookston. Jean lived in her own home until 2011, when she moved into the Assisted Living Center at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. In 2013, she was transferred to the Memory Care Unit at the Villa, where she was well cared for until her passing. Jean was a homemaker working hard to provide meals to the men working in the fields, keeping her lawn, garden and flowers in flawless shape, raising her five children and supporting Everett. Jean was known for her strength, patience, hard-work ethic and her limitless love and kindness that was evident with everyone she encountered. Everett and Jean helped start the Crookston Agro Boosters and were active in the Crookston Hockey Boosters and in the Agassiz Riders Inc. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Afternoon Guild, Martha Bible Study and Sewing Group. She was also an active member in the Riverview Auxiliary Nursing Home Guild, East Fairfax Homemakers Club and Four Corners 4H Club. She loved being with her family and her many interests included birds, flowers, and being a caregiver. Jean is survived by her daughter Janet Solheim of Fargo, ND; JoAnn and Scott McFarlin of Mentor, MN; Julie and Paul Hagen of Dayton, KY; Elliott and Michelle Solheim of Crookston, MN and Janelle and Joseph Coop of Estes Park, CO; 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; her sister-in-law Clarice DeBoer, her sister Pearl Radi, her brother and sister-in-law Francis and Colene DeBoer and her sister Vivian Berg; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Everett and her brother Claire DeBoer. There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., with a visitation one hour prior to service on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jean’s honor to the Villa St. Vincent, Riverview Foundation or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Beatrice Ramona Merkens, 87, of Halstad, MN, died on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. She was born on May 26, 1929, to Arne and Carville (Olson) Anderson at Halstad, MN. Beatrice attended school in Halstad, graduating at the Halstad High School.
On June 22, 1947, Beatrice was united in marriage to Merlyn Merkens at Augustana Lutheran Church, rural Halstad. They lived St. Paul, MN, for a short time before returning to Lockhart, MN. In the late 1940’s, they moved to rural Halstad, where they farmed and raised their three children. Beatrice sold Fuller Brush and worked for Aalgaard Studios, Ada, MN, colorizing photos. Beatrice assisted with farming in the early years and cared for the home and family as the years went by. She was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church and served as an officer with the ladies aid. She also volunteered at the Halstad Living Center, working in the beauty shop. They moved to Halstad in 2006, after the farmstead had been flooded several years in a row. Merlyn died in 2010 and Beatrice moved to the Heritage House in 2012.
Beatrice and Merlyn traveled throughout the country and had many adventures while traveling. Together, Beatrice and Merlyn enjoyed dancing, visiting with family and friends, and spending time at their lake home on Lake Maud, near Audubon, MN. Beatrice loved and adored her family, especially her grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
Beatrice is survived by two sons and a daughter: Bradley (Tammy), Halstad, MN, Chaun Merkens, Kindred, ND, and Blayne (Gayle), Halstad, MN; five grandchildren: Jacob, McKeag (Fiancé, Rachel Arneson), Stuart (Katie), Quinn, and Bryer; and three great-grandchildren: Alex, Olivia, and Charlie Borne; one sister: Carol Hansen, Moorhead, MN; and several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Merlyn, and brother, Wayne Anderson.
Funeral will be Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 2 PM in the Augustana Lutheran Church, rural Halstad, MN. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN, from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM. Burial will be held at Augustana Lutheran Cemetery, rural Halstad, MN.
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Irene Jane Berry,
84, Halstad, MN, formerly of Shelly, MN, died August 17, 2016, at the Halstad
Living Center surrounded by loved ones.
She was born to John and Carrie (Lee) Tronnes on September 9, 1931, in rural Shelly, MN, and was raised on the family farm. Upon her mother’s death when she was 12, she began cooking and managing household tasks for her father, five brothers and farm work-crews. She attended school until the 10th grade.
Irene met Kenneth Berry when he came to Shelly as part of a traveling baseball team. They were married on March 2, 1950. They moved to rural Shelly in 1953 from Kenosha, WI, where they made their home in a refurbished one-room school house, which is where they raised their 5 children. Their home was destroyed in a flood in 1997. They moved to Shelly where they resided until declining health required moves to Halstad. Upon Kenneth’s death in 2013 they had been married for 61 years. Irene moved to the Halstad Heritage Center in 2014 and the Halstad Living Center in January of 2016 where she was under the care of Hospice of Red River Valley.
Irene was a life-time member of St. Petri Lutheran Church, Nielsville, MN. When she could no longer attend she faithfully watched Billy Graham Crusade re-runs on Saturday night and televised church services Sunday morning. In recent months she spoke often of how much she treasured her visits with Pastor Ahles.
Irene was dedicated to her family and friends. She excelled in gardening and canning and baking breads, rolls, and sweet treats. When her children came home from school the smell of bread or baked goods always greeted them. She was known for her housekeeping and cooking skills. Her home was always tidy; she diligently washed windows and dusted. Anyone who ate in Irene’s kitchen raved about the meals she prepared. She faithfully fixed large Sunday dinners and invited extended family members and friends. Her family loved her beet jelly, dumplings and homemade soups.
Irene loved watching the birds in her numerous feeders as well as the Minnesota Twins, daily soap operas, the nightly news and The Lawrence Welk show. She enjoyed visiting with friends, corresponding with family members and faithfully sent a birthday card and gift to everyone in her large family. She loved receiving letters and pictures in the mail. She had a strong work ethic, a generous spirit and a servant’s heart. Her greatest joy came from the gift of grandchildren. Those who weren’t raised in the area received greetings and gifts in the mail; she even mustered up the courage to fly alone to Utah and Washington State for visits. She catered to the grandchildren when they visited by providing their favorite treats and meals. She watched with pride and gratitude as her family grew to include great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 4 brothers, Irvet, Terry, Francis and Lyle.
She is survived by a son, Ronny (Renay) Berry of Walker, MN, and 4 daughters: Connie (Ted) Westlund of Strathcona, MN, Karen (Mike) Smart of Hendrum, MN, Deb (Bill) Zaks of Grand Forks, ND, and Kathryn (Stan) Koppang of Jamestown, ND; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a great-great- granddaughter and a brother, Gene (Rosemary) Tronnes of Bloomington, MN.
Visitation will be held Monday from 5-6:30 at the Halstad Living Center with a prayer service from 6:30 – 7:00.
Irene’s funeral will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Petri Lutheran Church, Nielsville. The Rev. Valerian J. Ahles will officiate.
She will be laid to rest following the funeral at St. Petri’s Lutheran Cemetery. The family requests your presence at a luncheon afterwards at the Shelly Senior Center.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Homes of Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000) www.fredriksonfh.com
Gerald “Jerry” Melvin Qualley, 60, of Hawley, Minnesota passed
on August 16, 2016 at his home with his family at his side. Jerry’s life-long
dream was to live in the country with Judy. The dream was in sight when they
purchased land in Pinewood, MN; a perfect place for them to be. Another dream
was to build a garage at what they fondly call, Pinewood. That dream came true
when Jerry’s family banded together and built a beautiful garage. Jerry watched
the construction with pride and heartfelt thanks.
Jerry was born on February 21, 1956 in Crookston, MN, the son of Arnold Qualley and Ann (Salverson) Lorenz. He attended school in Crookston and soon after met the love of his life, Judy Bateman. On March 6, 1976, Jerry and Judy were united in marriage at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. They resided in Crookston and soon moved to Grand Forks, ND where Jerry worked for Jay Leach Painting. In 1979 they moved to Denver, Colorado where their beautiful daughter Alicia was born. Homesick, Jerry and Judy returned to Minnesota in 1988 and purchased a home in Hawley, MN. Jerry painted for several private painters over the years and ultimately, accepted a painting position in 2008 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Jerry’s favorite things were to be around his grandchildren Jaxsen and Penellipi. He wanted to teach Jaxsen everything about fishing and hunting and was proud to be able to purchase Jaxsen the supplies to hunt and fish. Jerry loved being at Pinewood with Judy and his family and loved his time fishing with friends and family.
Loving family members include his wife, Judy; daughter Alicia and fiancé Nicholas (Nikk) Caputo; grandchildren Jaxsen (6) and Penellipi (3 months old); his mother Anne, brothers David & Kristi of Oslo, Randy & Tamaara of Wheatridge, Co; Steve & Sally of East Grand Forks, MN; Wade of Denham Springs, La; and sisters, Cindy (Randy) Driscoll of East Grand Forks, Terrie Anne Burslie of Lakeville, MN; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Jerry will always be in our thoughts and sadly missed by family, friends and those who knew him. Jerry is now fishing in heaven.
Visitation for Jerry will be held at the home of Scott and Maureen Aubol at 530 Lincoln Avenue, Crookston, MN on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
James “Jim” Merrill
84, of Crookston, MN, passed away in his home on
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 after a short battle with cancer.
Jim was born January 19, 1932 to Frank and Stella (Perreault) Kaiser. He attended Crookston schools and obtained his GED in 1973. He joined the Army in January of 1953 and Served in the Korean War until he was honorable discharged in November of 1954.
Jim married RaeDell Dargan in Fertile, Minnesota on May 3, 1958. They had two sons, Mickey and Gary and they raised their children in Crookston, MN. Jim worked at the Bridgeman Creamery, Jiffy Fry, Crookston Marine. In 1963 Jim joined the facilities management staff in the custodial area at was then the Northwest School of Agriculture. Jim was at UMC for 41 years until his retirement in 2004. He was a certified auto and diesel mechanic and operated Kaiser Repair Shop out of his garage. Jim could fix any small engine and spent many hours in his shop working on snowmobiles, snowblowers and lawn mowers.
He was a member of the Crookston VFW, Eagles and Legion, and he was given the Distinguished Veterans’ Recognition Award at UMC on August 6, 2013.
Jim was an avid fisherman. He and RaeDell spent many summers at the lakes in the Bemidji area in their camper, fishing and spending time with their lake friends. Jim also loved spending time with his grandchildren and teaching them to fish. Jim had great pride in his grandkids and loved following them in the sports they were involved in such as hockey and soccer.
Jim is survived by his sons, Mickey (Brenda) Kaiser of Crookston, MN, and Gary Kaiser of Crookston, MN; grandchildren, Derek Kaiser of Minneapolis, MN, Shannon Kaiser of Jamestown, ND, and Christopher (Angie) Kaiser of East Grand Forks, MN; brothers, Duaine Kaiser, Sr. of Crookston, MN, Allan “Pete” (Marcy) Kaiser of Centennial, CO; Myron “Caesar” (Suzie) Kaiser of Crookston, MN; sister, Rozzie (Paul) Arness of King City, CA; and Dennis Kaiser of Thief River Falls, MN and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, RaeDell, who sadly passed away on September 25, 2015; parents, Frank and Stella; brother, Gene Kaiser; and sister-in-law, Nonie Kaiser.
A visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery.
Brian John Johnson,
of Crookston, MN, died at his residence Wednesday, August 10, 2016. He had been
in failing health for the last few years.
Brian was born at Crookston on May 1, 1968, the son of Lowell and Diane (Wilkens) Johnson. He was baptized and confirmed at the First Presbyterian Church, attended Crookston schools, and graduated from Central High School in 1986. While in school Brian played baseball and wrestled, and also boxed with the Grand Forks Boxing Club for a few years as well. To his many friends he was affectionately known as “Jumpy.” Brian attended the U of M-Crookston for a year and then began working in sales for various businesses in Duluth, Bismarck, Thief River Falls, and Crookston. For nine years he was employed by American Crystal Sugar in Crookston before taking early retirement for healtyh reasons. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends, and was an avid sports fan of the Vikings, Twins, and UND Fighting Sioux Hockey. Brian will be forever missed by his loving family and many friends.
Family members include his mother, Diane Rosenberg of Mentor, MN; sister, Cori (Jeff) Brown of Perham, MN; brother, Shane (Belinda) Johnson of Crookston; nieces and nephews: Laura (Brady) Jorud, Lindsey (Blaine) Goering, Jared Johnson, and Tanner Johnson; grandnephew and grandniece, Joseph and Ashlyn Goering; uncles, Dennis Wilkens of St. Hilaire, MN and Daryl (Cathy) Wilkens of Grand Forks, ND; and several cousins and other relatives. Brian was preceded in death by his father, Lowell, who died in 1986; his stepfather, Lowell Rosenberg, who died in 1996; and his grandparents, Johnny and Dorothy Johnson, and Paul and Ruth Wilkens.
Visitation with Brian’s family will be held from 6-8:00pm Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston. There will be no service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given in Brian’s name to the charity of the giver’s choice.
Edith Marian Coauette, 100, of Crookston, MN, died
early Sunday morning, August 14, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
Edith was born on her parent’s farm, near Wannaska, MN, on November 27, 1915. She was one of ten children born of the union of Luis and Minnie (Palm) Larson. She grew up on the farm and attended a nearby country school. On October 1, 1942 Edith was united in marriage to Lloyd C. Coauette at Las Vegas, NV. Together, the couple raised two sons, Rodger and Jimmie, on their Andover Township farm, near Crookston. They retired from farming in 1976 but continued to stay in their rural home. Lloyd passed away in August of 1993. In 2011 Edith moved to the Summerfield Apartments in Crookston, and in February of 2012 to the Summit Assisted Living Apartments. Two years later she became a resident of the Villa. Her caregivers adored her and knew they could expect a big, warm smile from her every morning, just as sure as the sun was going to rise in the east. Edith was a devoted member of the Cathedral parish, and St. Anne’s before that. She also held membership in the Eagles Auxiliary and was a life member of the VFW Auxiliary. She loved her family dearly and found great joy in her lifelong roles as wife, mom, grandma and great-grandma.
Edith leaves her two sons: Rodger Coauette of Fisher, MN and Jimmie and Shirley Coauette of Crookston, MN; five granddaughters: Kristin (Darrin) Percey of Thief River Falls, MN, Kelsie (Chris) Knecht of Hillsboro, ND, Kimberly (Justin) Cook of Carrington, ND, Stacey (Michael) Smith of Jamestown, ND and Brittany (Ryan) Moen of Bloomington, MN; ten great-grandchildren: Ethan and Katie Johnson, Lloyd and Leah Knecht, Mya, Mason, and Lydia Cook, and Haden, Peyton, and Owen Smith; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Lloyd, her beloved husband of fifty years, Edith was preceded in death by her parents, Luis and Minnie Larson. As the last surviving member of her generation in both the Larson and Coauette families, she was also preceded in death by her siblings: Andrew, Anna Strandberg, Ingval, Ole, Elmer, Elvin, Lawrence, Eleanor Holweger, and Ruby Wicklander. May God richly bless Edith’s memory.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Edith Coauette will be celebrated at 1:30pm, Thursday, August 18, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 11:30am until the time of the service. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given in Edith’s name to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Juarez (Rocha) Rosen, 46, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Saturday
morning, August 13, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
Sabrina was born on February 9, 1970 at Crookston, the daughter of Juan and Felipa (Juarez) Rocha. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith, and attended several schools in Minnesota and Texas. On July 9, 2009 Sabrina was united in marriage to Margaret “Maggie” Solomon at Sioux City, IA. The couple lived in Houston, TX for a time before moving back to Crookston. Sabrina was very proud of the two special pets who were a big part of their family; a dog, Monkey DooDoo, and a cat, Billy. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends; road trips, especially to the Boundary Waters area of Minnesota; doing volunteer work; andlending an ear to anyone who needed someone to talk to. As she became ill a favorite pastime was making colored bows that represented all the different types of cancer.
Sabrina is survived by her spouse, Margaret Solomon Rosen of Houston, TX; her mother, Felipa Rocha of Houston; siblings: Thomas (Esther) Inocencio of San Antonio, TX, Gloria Villanueva of Houston, Juan Rocha (Debbie Schehr) and Joe Rocha of Crookston, MN, Ricky Rocha of Waco, TX, Rosie Bouley of Princeton, MN, Sgt Major Peter Rocha of Wiesbaden, Germany, Thomas Rocha of Crookston, step-mother, Zelda Rocha of Crookston, and brother, Andrew Rocha, of Crookston; adoptive parents, Lyle and Deb Joseph of Carlin, NV, and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family. Sabrina was preceded in death by her father, Juan Rocha, and a nephew, Ricky Rocha. May God bless Sabrina’s memory.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staffs of Villa St. Vincent and Hospice for the care given to Sabrina, and special thanks to Shannon Belange, Kari Harter, Darcy Paverud, and Britany Schehr for their care and compassion throughout these last months.
Mass of Christian Burial for Sabrina Rosen will be held at 10:30am, Friday, August 19, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Thursday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and also for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
Kenley Urness Chapman, 79, of Crookston, MN, died Thursday morning, August 11, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, with many loving family members at his side. Kenley was born on January 10, 1937 at his family’s farm home, near Crookston, the son of Myron and Frances (Urness) Chapman. He grew up on the farm, was baptized and confirmed at nearby Hafslo Lutheran Church, and attended school in Crookston. On April 21, 1956 Kenley was united in marriage to Donna Mae Peterson of Fargo, ND. The couple made their home in Crookston, where their marriage was blessed by the births of six children: David, Debbie, Todd, Lonnie, Rick, and LeAnn. Kenley enlisted in the National Guard in 1956 and served for several years. During his working career he was employed by Spring Gravel, Valley Construction, Swingen Construction, E.W. Wylie, and TranSystems. For many years he assisted on the family farm, and was always helping farming friends through their planting and harvest seasons, even into his retirement years. He served on the Hafslo Cemetery board and as it’s sexton for many years. Kenley’s daily routine began by meeting friends for morning coffee at several local restaurants, including McDonalds and RBJ’s. He also enjoyed making an occasional stop at some of the area casinos. But the best times were reserved for his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, and his home was always open and welcoming to everyone. Kenley was a lifelong member of Hafslo Lutheran Church until it’s closing in 1978, while also serving on the Hafslo Cemetery board and as cemetery sexton. Since the closing he had been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. Sadly, Donna passed away on March 9, 2004. Kenley will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. Kenley leaves 6 children: David and Mary (Brainerd) Chapman of Fargo, ND, Debbie and Randy O’Conner of Greentown, IN, Todd and Nancy (DeMaio) Chapman of Colorado Springs, CO, Lonnie and Michelle Quigley-Chapman of Crookston, MN, Rick Chapman and Wendy Lufkin of Grand Forks, ND, and LeAnn and Jeremy Brown of Crookston; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren (with 2 more on the way), and other extended family. In addition to Donna, his beloved wife of 47 years, Kenley was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Myra Chapman. The memorial service for Kenley Chapman will be held at 1:00pm, Monday, August 15, 2016, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Hafslo Cemetery. www.stenshoelhouske.com
Jordyce Yvonne Waxler, 90, of Crookston, MN, died
Monday evening, August 8, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Jordyce
was born at Hunter, ND on January 8, 1926, the daughter of Carl and Annie
Skue. She grew up at Hunter and during her high school years was employed at the
local Gamble’s Store where she continued working after her graduation from
Hunter High School in 1944. On May 21, 1947 Jordyce was united in marriage to
James Edward Waxler at Hunter. Over the years their marriage was blessed by the
births of four children: Bruce, Kathy, Brian, and Brent. Very sadly, Brent
passed away on October 13, 2007. From 1951 to 1953 Jordyce and Jim made their
home in Harwood, ND before moving to Fargo. In 1959 they came to Crookston where
they continued to raise their family. Jordyce began working for St. Francis
Hospital as a ward clerk in 1968, and from 1970 until her retirement in 1987 was
a ward clerk and scheduling secretary at Riverview Hospital, today known as
Jordyce and Jim were longtime members of Trinity Lutheran Church. In 1997 they were honored as Crookston’s Experienced Americans. The couple enjoyed many warm and wonderful friendships, and were saddened as the years went by and those friends began to pass. Time spent with their family was a treasure; sharing in their many accomplishments an absolute joy; and rewarding them with her famous scotcharoos was “really special.” May God bless Jordyce’s memory.
Cherished family members include Jordyce’s beloved husband of 69 years, Jim; their children and spouses: Bruce and Mary Jo Waxler of Bartlett, IL, Kathy and Mike Spence of Golden Valley, MN, Brian and Denise Waxler of Crookston, MN, and daughter-in-law, Nadine Waxler of Champlin, MN; 10 grandchildren: Brad (Amy) Waxler, Matt (Rebecca) Waxler, Jamie (Alan) Dean, Jeff Dorman, Angie (Nate) Griffin, Heath Waxler, Ben Waxler, Annie Mae (Tim) Strader, Suzanne (Drew) Hasian, and Erich Waxler; 11 great-grandchildren: Mya, Layla, Danika and Levon Strader, Madigan Waxler, Lexie and Lily Waxler, Aubrey Hasian, Adelyn Griffin, and Maddox and Tully Dean; a sister-in-law, Alice (Chuck) Bowman; brother-in-law, Kenny Waxler; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to her son, Brent, Jordyce was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Livia Waxler; her parents, Carl and Annie Skue; and her siblings and their spouses: Glenn and Gladys Juno, Dick and Cornelia Fatland, Craig and Louise Worsley, Frances Skue, Chris and Dorothy Jensen, and Gordon and Helen Skue.
The memorial service for Jordyce Yvonne Waxler will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, August 13, 2016, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and also at the church for an hour before the funeral. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given in Jordyce’s memory to the organization of the giver’s choice.
Donald (Don) Edwin Jensrud, age 86, of Crookston, MN, passed away August 7, 2016 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Don was born on June 13, 1930 in Crookston, MN to Gilbert and Eva Chapman Jensrud. He attended country school and obtained his GED from Crookston Central in 1984. He married Alma Desrosier in 1951 and together they had 7 children. In 1981, he married Geri Dalrymple, gaining 2 more children and together they raised their joint family. Throughout his life Don lived in various Minnesota communities, but Crookston was where he always considered his home. Don had various jobs, but he was a farmer by heart. He also owned Jensrud and Son Trucking Company, and worked at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception until his retirement. After retirement, he drove school bus for many years. Don joined the Crookston National Guard in 1947 along with his brothers and other local friends and relatives. He was a sergeant during the Korean War serving as a training sergeant in Alabama and was honorable discharged from the military in 1952. He belonged to the American Legion, Trinity Lutheran Church, and was an active member of the Hafslo Lutheran Cemetery Association, spending time helping with upkeep and mowing for many years. Don loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. Many people remember Don as being their bus driver. He loved children and had a helpful heart. He would help any child that needed a hand, whether it was a neighbor or a stranger.Don had a strong love of music. He would be seen many times playing the harmonica or guitar at family gatherings. He taught many others to play as well. Don also loved to dance, especially at the American Legion on Friday nights. In retirement, “Donnie” could be seen at RBJs or McDonald’s enjoying his morning coffee with many of his lifelong friends.Donald is survived by his children, Merle (Kim) Jensrud of New Rockford, ND, Bonnie (John) Bjorsness of New Folden, MN, LaVonne Brown of Grand Forks, ND, Curt (Betty) Jensrud of Farmington, MN, Monica (Ralph) Nicklay of Moorhead, MN, Bill (Wendi) Dalrymple of Crookston, MN, Sharon (Dave) DeNiear of Golden, CO, Leslie (Kevin) Altepeter of Crookston, MN, and Randy Jensrud of Crookston, MN; 2 brothers: Ervin (Margaret) Jensrud of Litchfield, MN and Jack (Sue) Jensrud of Ada, MN; 4 sisters: Agnes Demarais of Monticello, MN, Shirley Johnsen of White Bear Lake, MN, Vi (Ralph) Kaus of Bemidji, MN, and Charlotte Smith of Isanti, MN; sixteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.Donald is preceded in death by his wife; his parents; mother and father-in-law, J. Sherman and Ethel Olsen; son-in-law, Gene Brown; brothers: Orville, Marvin, Harvey, and Duane; and other relatives who have passed beforehand in the family. The will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston, MN. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at 1 p.m. at Hafslo Lutheran Cemetery in Rural Crookston, MN.
Kelly Thronson, 61, Ada, MN, died Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, MN, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Funeral: 11:00AM, Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Tuesday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at the church. Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
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