Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

Lloyd Emil Radi, 92, of Crookston, MN, passed away early Friday morning, April 20, 2018, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, where he had been a resident since June of 2017. Lloyd was born on the family farm, near Fisher, MN, the son of Emil and Selma (Reitmeier) Radi. The family soon moved to the state of Washington, returning to Fisher when he was five. Lloyd began his schooling in the TIN country school near Shirley, MN and later attended Climax (MN) High School. On May 30, 1944 he enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed at Farragut, ID before being sent to Fire Control School at Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Lloyd then served in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII as a seaman aboard the USS Wichita. His ship sailed into Japan after the bombing that ended the war. Following his honorable discharge on June 16, 1946, Lloyd returned home and was employed by the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston. On August 11, 1949 he was united in marriage to Rita D. Brule in Crookston, where the couple made their home throughout their married life. Together, Lloyd and Rita raised their four sons: Douglas, Dennis, David, and Daniel. Lloyd worked for area farmers, delivered ice for Heldstab Ice and Fuel, and was later employed by Culligan’s Soft Water. He retired after several years of working with Elk River Concrete in Crookston. In 1947 Lloyd began doing mounts for many hunters and fishing clients in the area. It was at this same time that he also became a very accomplished wood carver, doing countless numbers of duck and fish carvings. Lloyd was a longtime member of the National Fish and Decoy Carvers Association. He was a firearm and hunter safety instructor for many years, and a former Boy Scout leader. In semi-retirement Lloyd like to help out at his son Daniel’s local business, Radi’s Sport Shop. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Crookston American Legion Post #20, Crookston VFW Post #1902, and the DAV. Lloyd was a charter member of the Crookston Conservation Club, and a member and former president of the Crookston Collectors Club. He was a loving husband to Rita for over 68 years, and a wonderful father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Fishing and hunting with his boys remained one of his greatest pleasures in life. Some of his most treasured memories were of those times, including fishing from a kayak for a few years while with his sons. Lloyd will remembered with love by his wife, Rita, a resident of the Villa; their 4 sons: Douglas Radi of Crookston, Dennis Radi and his wife, Elizabeth, of Eaton, CO, David Radi and Daniel Radi of Crookston; 2 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren: Tera Radi of Greely, Co and her son, Brady Trebus of Denver, CO, Ryan Radi and his wife, Julie, of Eaton, CO and their children, Liliana, Kaitlin, and Liam Radi, also of Eaton; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Radi of Crookston and Marilyn Radi Arneson and her husband, Charles, of Watertown, SD; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Selma Radi; 2 brothers, Earl and Dallas Radi; and a brother who died before he could be born. May God bless the memory of Lloyd Emil Radi. The memorial service for Lloyd Radi will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council.  www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Lawrence Knott of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at his Red Lake Falls home surrounded by his loving family. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 10:30 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating, Father Matt Schmitz Con-celebrant and Deacon John Bruggeman. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held Monday April 23, 2018 from 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Lawrence Michael Knott was born September 21, 1951 at St. Francis Hospital in Crookston, MN son of LaVern Henry and Loretta Elizabeth Knott. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. He attended Washington Elementary School and Lafayette High School graduating in 1970. On July 8, 1994 he was united in marriage to Sherry Noyes at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. The couple made their home in Red Lake Falls and to this union three children were born Steven, Jeremy and Laura. He farmed and also worked for Schmitz Construction. Lawrence enjoyed restoring antique tractors, hunting, carpentry work, spending time outside, and anything to do with farming. He also enjoyed going out for dinner, a good movie with family and he always saw the humor in every situation. Lawrence loved to drive around town, stopping for a cup of coffee at many places and visiting with everyone he could. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Sons of the American Legion and the Tri River Pioneers in Plummer. Lawrence is survived by his wife Sherry Lynn Knott of Red Lake Falls, MN; children Steven Lawrence Knott of Eden Prairie, MN, Jeremy Michael Knott of Crookston, MN and Laura Grace Victoria Knott of Red Lake Falls, MN; Mother Loretta Elizabeth Knott of Red Lake Falls, MN; siblings James (Carol) Knott of Red Lake Falls, MN, twin sister Lorraine (Bruce) Galland of Bagley, MN, Jeffrey Knott of Kenner, LA, Daniel Knott of East Grand Forks, MN, Patty (George) Pawlik of Eden Prairie, MN, Cecelia (Paul) Eickhof of Crookston, MN, Alice Brunelle of Rogers, MN, Jacqueline (Tom) Smith of Owattona, MN, Anthony (Tammy) Knott of Covington, LA,  Agnes (Ray) Grenier of Crookston, MN, Paul (Shelly) Knott of Red Lake Falls, MN, Joyce (Dave) Nixon of Greenfield, MN and Andrew Knott of Red Lake Falls, MN; along with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father LaVern, brother Eugene, grandparents Harvey and Lillian Knott, Crispen and Freda Knott, and grandma Mary Knott. Lawrence’s family would like to thank everyone who has prayed, brought food, and offered their support as he battled cancer this past year.

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Megan Lynn Wilkens, 36, of Crookston, MN, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Fertile, MN, April 9, 2018. 
Megan was born on January 6, 1982, to Lyle and Cheryl (Ellinger) Wilkens, in Crookston, MN. She would spend all her early years in the Crookston area where she would attend, and graduate from Crookston High School in 2000.  When Megan was younger she played volleyball in grade school, and had a love for all kinds of animals, especially her dogs, cats, and rabbits. Her love for animals extended beyond her pets, as Megan loved to go horseback riding. While in high school, Megan participated in choir, was a cheerleader for the wrestling team, and loved going to concerts in the area with her friends. Following graduation Megan would move to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and would continue her education at St. Paul Technical College, the University of Minnesota, and Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, earning her degree in Cosmetology.  While in college Megan worked as a receptionist at a JCPenney’s Salon, and later, as a licensed cosmetologist/hair stylist. Megan continued to work at JCPenney’s for several years before accepting a position with the Aveda Institute, where she was able to continue her passion of cosmetology, by becoming an instructor, and teaching students, as she once was.  In 2009 Megan moved back to the Crookston, MN area where she worked as a phlebotomist for Altru Health Systems, as well as operating her own salon out of her home.
Megan had many passions in life. Some of those included her love for animals, fashion & design, refurnishing old furniture, woodworking, and anything that involved the outdoors including working on the farm with her dad and brother.  Megan loved spending time with her family, especially the times she was able to enjoy with her dad.  Megan also enjoyed spending time with friends at the lake and always enjoyed a good campfire. But most importantly Megan was the mother to a beautiful daughter, Rilynn, who meant the world to her.  On September 4, 2011, Megan was confirmed on the same day that Rilynn was baptized.  Nothing brought Megan more joy than being able to spend every moment with Rilynn she could. Whether it was watching her participate in school programs, hockey, or dance.  Megan described herself, as all others could too, as a Loving Mom, cancer survivor, hardworking, kind hearted, and loving person. She will be missed dearly by all.
In passing Megan is survived by her beautiful daughter, Rilynn; her father, Lyle Wilkens; brother, Troy (Connie) Wilkens; nephews, Wyatt & Garrett Wilkens; and Rilynn’s father, Shawn Aubol.  Megan is preceded in death by her mother, Cheryl; and her grandparents, Harlen & Mary Ellinger, and Bernie & Leona Wilkens.
A Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held to celebrate Megan’s life, Friday April 20, 2018, at 2:00PM at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN.  Visitation with the family will be held the night before, April 19, 2018 from 5:00-7:00PM at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, with a prayer service to follow at 7:00PM. Burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery on a later date.  The Very Reverend Vincent Miller will be presiding.
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Paul Merriall Midderigh, 55, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully in Altru Hospital, early Thursday morning, April 12, 2018. Paul had a heart attack several days previously and had been courageously fighting for life since.
Paul was born in Millington, TN on October 30, 1962, the son of Paul and Barbara (Lentsch) Midderigh. He moved with his family to San Diego, CA as an infant, and in 1967 to Crookston, where he attended elementary and middle school, and Central High School. For the next several years Paul lived in San Luis Obispo, CA, Oahu, Hawaii, and Reno, NV, working for various businesses. After a move to Tacoma, WA he managed a crew doing commercial cleaning for several Tacoma offices and businesses. He was later employed by a company providing parts used in the manufacture of airliners made by Boeing. After a number of setbacks due to ill-health, Paul retired and did a few things to help out at the apartment complex where he was living.He returned to Crookston in December of 2016 and had been living in Oak Court. Paul was an avid sports fan, particularly of football and baseball, and loved to go fishing whenever he got the chance.
Paul is survived by his mother and step-father, Barbara and Russell LaChance of Crookston, MN; brother, Brian Midderigh (Kathy Elbinger) of Crookston and their children, Derek and Kyra; sister, Angela Stewart of Moorhead, MN and her son, Aaron; and a niece and nephew, Garrett and Breanna of Moorhead, children of Paul’s sister, Peggy Shafer, who passed away on January 18, 2009. He also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Midderigh; sister, Peggy Shafer; and grandparents, John and Rose Lentsch, and William and Violet Midderigh. Blessed be Paul’s memory.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Loren O. Solem, 89, Halstad, MN, died Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Fargo VA Health Care System, Fargo, ND.
Funeral: 2:00PM Monday, April 16, 2018, at Augustana Lutheran Church, rural Halstad, MN. Visitation: Sunday, April 15, 2018, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, Minnesota. Burial: Augustana Lutheran Cemetery, rural Halstad, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000), www.fredriksonfh.com.

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Maxine Shirley Sundet passed away peacefully on April 13, 2018 at Riverview Care Center.   Maxine was born December 27, 1922 in Crookston, MN to Ole and Beata (Morgan) Sundet. She was baptized on 2/25/1923 at the First English Lutheran Church in Crookston, and confirmed on 6/13/1937 at the Federated Lutheran Congregation in Crookston, eventually becoming a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Maxine attended Crookston High School where she graduated in 1942.
Maxine worked at the Bethesda Hospital in Crookston as a nurse’s aide from 1942-1944. She was then employed at Maves Optical Company from 1944 until she retired in 1985.  Her work at Maves began as a lens grinder, and she later became the secretary there.
For many years Maxine was actively involved in the local Crookston Sons of Norway chapter, the Golden Link Senior Center, and was a member of the International National Charter Member of the Secretary Club.  Maxine also started a “Reach to Recovery” program in Crookston around 1970 as a breast cancer survivor to help other women facing the same challenge.
Maxine enjoyed playing her accordion, investigating her Norwegian genealogy, and baking. Her Swedish Tea Rings at Christmas were a very special treat. She also loved horses and was able to ride at a family farm in Badger but never able to own one of her own. But first and foremost she was devoted to caring for her mother and that always came first. There were opportunities for travel however, including trips to Seattle to the World’s Fair, Canada, and Worthington, MN to visit her older sister, Alice.   She also traveled to Alaska with her brother Russell and his wife Helen three times to visit her nephew Richard Sundet in Anchorage, including his wedding in 1991.  In 1987, Richard chartered a small plane and along with the pilot he/Russell/Helen/Maxine flew out of Talkeetna, Alaska landing on Ruth Amphitheater at 8,000 feet on Mount McKinley.  It was the first and only time Maxine had been in a small plane and while it could not be said that she thoroughly enjoyed it at the time, afterwards she said it was her greatest thrill and she told the story many times.   Maxine will always be remembered for her kind and selfless generosity, and will be sadly missed.
Preceding Maxine in death are her parents, Ole and Beata, her siblings and their spouses, Alice (Earl) Smith, Wallace (Frances) Sundet, and Russell (Helen) Sundet.  Maxine is survived by her nieces and nephews, William (Pat) Smith of Worthington; Raymond (Krista) Smith of Kansas; Mary (Thomas) Anderson of Colorado; James (Carol) Sundet of Wisconsin; Richard (Kathrin) of Anchorage, Alaska; and Judy Keasler of Crookston, along with several grandnephews and nieces.  In later years, she thoroughly enjoyed the company of her grandnephews Lyon Keasler, and Tomas and Jamie Sundet of Anchorage when they visited each year.
A service celebrating Maxine’s life will be held on Friday April 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston.  Visitation will precede the service at the funeral home at noon on the 20th.
The family sincerely thanks the staff at Riverview Memory Care for their wonderful care of Maxine for the last seven years.

 

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Irene Hince, Oklee, MN, age 96, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Valley Elder Care Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota with her loving family by her side.
Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Monday, April 16, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Red Lake Falls, MN with Reverend Thomas Puffe officiating.  Burial will be at Oak Grove cemetery, Red Lake Falls.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Irene Verna Ulrich was born November 4, 1921 in Red Lake County, MN, the daughter of Carl and Emma  (Gieseke) Ulrich.
On November 28, 1945, Irene was united in marriage to Wallace Hince.
Foremost she was a farmer’s wife taking care of the cows, pigs and chickens. She wall-papered, painted, canned foods from the garden, baked doughnuts, pies and cookies.  She loved to shop and travel.  Most of all she loved visiting and spending time with friends and family for whom she was always willing to lend a helping hand.  Irene liked quilting and coffee parties.  She took great pride in her clean house and at the age of 89 was still taking care of her yard, which landed her the “Yard of the Month”.
She is survived by a sister Mildred Olson of Milwaukee, WI along with many nieces, nephews and their families.
Preceded in death by husband Wallace on November 30, 1993; parents, Carl and Emma Ulrich, siblings, Elmer Ulrich, Bennnie Ulrich, Bernetta Ulrich, Rosetta Berg, Ella Marwitz and Marie Fortier.

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Joey Johnson
, 42, of Oklee, MN passed away peacefully on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Essentia Health, Fargo, ND with her loving family at her side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Church, Oklee, MN with Father Adam Hamness presiding.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Brooks, MN. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Oklee, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral on Thursday.
Joey Lee Johnson was born on November 20, 1975 in Thief River Falls, MN the daughter of Charlie and Lora (Laniel) Johnson. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee, MN.  Joey attended school in Oklee, MN graduating with the class of 1994. 
She attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND where she took classes in Meteorology.  Joey then went to college in Minneapolis where she earned a degree in Massage Therapy.
Joey worked as a Massage Therapist in the Twin Cities and Grand Forks.  She also worked for her mother at the Corner Pub in Oklee while taking classes in Business Administration.
On December 2, 2002, Joey was blessed with a son, Wakely Woodson Bryl and they made their home in Oklee.  She worked at the Fosston Hospital as an Administrative Assistant and in 2006 made her home in Fosston.  In 2011 Joey and Wakely moved to McIntosh, MN and in 2015, due to health issues, she left her job and moved into Oklee to be closer to family.  Joey also worked at numerous other businesses in the area.
Joey had a passion for watching thunderstorms; the more powerful the storm the more excited she got. 
Joey loved following Wakely with his activities, was an intense Minnesota Vikings fan, and especially loved being with her family and friends.
Joey was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee, MN.
Survivors include her son, Wakely; parents, Charlie & Lora Johnson; brothers, Jeremiah “JJ”, Charlie “JR”,  and Jarrod (Amanda) Johnson all of Oklee, MN and a brother from another mother & father, Jason Clark of Warren, MN; nieces & nephews, Jennifer, Ethan, Jordan & Jamie Johnson; aunts & uncles, Ruth Carriere, Alice (Arnie) Cekalla, Mike (Diane) Laniel, Ann Peterson, Dolores Grimm, Joan (Gary) Carpenter, Janel (Roger) Walter, Jim (Barb) Laniel, Betty (Milton) Leiran, Marlene (Jack) Brown, Mary Townsend, Brenda (Brent) Gillund; and many cousins, relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by an infant sister, Jody; grandparents, George “Ralph” & Pearl Laniel, Otto & Ethel Johnson; aunts & uncles, Judy Ophus, Paul Laniel, infant Joseph Laniel, John Laniel, Linus Carriere, Bob Hince, Ron Peterson and Darryl Grimm.  

 

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James Raymond Sannes
, 70, of Crookston, MN, passed away in his residence, of natural causes, Friday, March 2, 2018. Jimmy, as he was always known to his family and friends, was born in Crookston on April 1, 1947; one of four children of the union of Charles and Bernice (King) Sannes. He was raised in Crookston and Bemidji, MN, baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and educated in Crookston and Bemidji schools through his sophomore year. In 1963 he moved with his family to Santa Ana, CA where he graduated from Santa Ana High School in 1965. Jimmy began working for the U.S. Postal Service in Santa Ana before moving back to Crookston several years later to work in the local Post Office. He soon met Therese Kay Burley and the two were united in marriage on June 7, 1975 in Argusville, ND. They would become the proud parents of a daughter and son, Ashlee and Shane. After living in Grand Forks, ND for 4 years the couple moved to San Diego County, CA and then to Santee, CA, while Jimmy was once again employed by USPS there. In 1992 he retired and he, Terry, and the kids moved back to the area, settling in Bemidji. He came to Crookston in 1999.
Jimmy was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt, and at the time of his passing had been planning a fishing outing with family for the coming summer. Jimmy was extremely passionate about his favorite sport, GOLF! Considered by his fellow golfers at Minakwa Country Club in Crookston to be the best putter around, he also excelled from the tee box and fairways. He greatly enjoyed league and tournament competition and was especially proud to be a former Minakwa Club Champion. He looked forward to seeing or talking on the phone with his kids and their families, and kept in close touch with his brother and sisters.  
Jimmy will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his daughter, Ashlee Sannes Johnson of Clayton, NY; son and daughter-in-law, Shane and Kiera Sannes of Lake Park, MN; 5 grandchildren: Kaylee, Wyatt, and Lucy Johnson, and Amaya and Ashlyn Sannes; 3 siblings: Patricia Sannes of Crookston, MN, Gary Sannes of Fertile, MN, and Liza Timm of Struthers, OH; 3 nieces and a nephew: Brittany, Brooke, Ali, and Garrick Timm;  3 great-nieces and 2 great-nephews, Christian, Zoey, and Teagan Timm and Madyson and Noah Duran; and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chuck and Bernice Sannes; and grandparents: Martin and Belle Sannes, and George and Lillie King. Blessed be the memory of James Raymond Sannes.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Jimmy Sannes will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 16, 2018, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 10-11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Fertile, MN, following the funeral.

 

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James Waxler
, age 93, of Crookston, MN passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN. There will be a visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m with a visitation one hour prior to service on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. A full obituary will be coming soon.

 

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