Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

 

Russell “Bud” Zimpel of Plummer, MN, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 24, 2015 at his home at the age of 86   Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Plummer, MN, with Rev. John Bumgardner officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held Monday, April 27, 2015 from 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, and also one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Russell “Bud” Robert Zimpel Jr. was born on June 10, 1928 in Red Lake Falls, MN, the son of Russell Zimpel Sr. and Hulda (Westerlund) Zimpel.  Bud was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls.  He attended a country school in Red Lake County.
On June 30, 1956 Bud was united in marriage to Arlene Rice in St. Cloud, MN, making their home in rural Red Lake Falls.  In 1958 they moved to Plummer where they have since resided.
Bud owned and operated Zimpel Construction for over 50 years, retiring in 2005.
Bud’s favorite pastimes included playing Rummy, fishing – mainly darkhouse spearing in the winter, hunting, puzzles, gardening, and enjoying time with friends and family – especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
For over 25 years he was a member of the Plummer Volunteer Fire Department.  He also was a past member of the Plummer Lions, Ducks Unlimited, and a longtime member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Plummer.
Bud is survived by his wife of 58 years, Arlene; children, Lynnelle (Roger) Gallant, Susan Zimpel, Nancy (Tom) Bray, and John Zimpel all of Plummer, MN, and Diane (Kevin) Bergeron of Warroad, MN; grandchildren, Adam Gallant, Jenni (Logan) Wallace, Shawna (Stacy Olson) Thorpe, Sara Lamun, Kevin Bray, Brittney Bray, Philip (Kyrsten) Zimpel, Kelley (CJ) Montesano, Joel Bergeron, Grant (CJ Dombroski) Paquin, Randi (Arne) Rantanen, Jace Bergeron, Jared Paquin, and Ty Bergeron; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Dolores Dale of Ft. Meyers, FL; nephew, Roy Dale Jr.; niece, Sandy (Larry) Rohlf; many other family members and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Duane, Jim and infant brother Richard; brother-in-law, Roy Dale Sr.

 

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Wanda Ann Puppe, 74, of Crookston MN, died peacefully Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN. She had been a resident of Pioneer since January of 2014. Wanda was born at Minot, ND on June 15, 1940, one of four children of the union of Melvin and Agnes (Olson) Armstrong. She grew up on a farm by Douglas, ND and spent the early years of her education at a nearby country school. The family moved to Minot in 1948 where she attended Minot Elementary and High Schools. Wanda was united in marriage to Vernon Manor Puppe at the Zion Lutheran Church in Minot in September of 1959. The couple made their home in Minot until moving to Grand Forks, ND in 1963. Together, Wanda and Vernon raised two daughters, Debbie and Candace. Sadly, their son, Vernon Jr., died shortly after his birth. Wanda was employed at Sears in Grand Forks for ten years. Vernon passed away on April 26, 1989. Wanda later worked at the RoadKing Inn for a few years, and then in 1997 moved to Crookston to make her home. She was employed at the cafeteria of RiverView Hospital for three years until her retirement in 2002.
Wanda was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston. She enjoyed reading, and was an avid UND and Minnesota Wild hockey fan. She liked listening to late night radio talk shows, going to garage sales, and visiting second-hand stores. Her love of horses was a lifelong passion. Wanda’s family and many friends knew her as a very intelligent lady, and a great conversationalist. She was well-versed on a variety of subjects and enjoyed sharing her opinions and listening to those of others. Wanda was very loving and caring, and possessed a remarkable sense of humor. One of her favorite pastimes was sitting outside on the steps, weather permitting, with a cup of coffee. Best of all was the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she loved them all dearly. Wanda will be greatly missed.
Grateful to have been a part of her life are her two daughters, Debbie Puppe (Greg Koehnen) of Grand Forks, ND and Candace (Mike) Brouse of Mentor, MN; two grandchildren, Andrew Brouse (Caillie Boucher) and Tessa Brouse (Dalton Newquist), all of Crookston, MN; four great-grandchildren: Hannah Brouse, and Jaden, Cecilia, and Emma Newquist; two siblings, Glenda (Myron) Schroeder of Minot, ND and Mike (Patty) Armstrong of Tolleson, AZ; nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Vernon, her beloved husband of 29 years, and son, Vernon Jr., Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Agnes Armstrong; and a brother, sister-in-law, and nephew: Gary, Nancy, and Mark Armstrong. May God richly bless Wanda’s memory.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Wanda Ann Puppe will be held at 10:30am, Friday, May 1, 2015, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Memorial Park South Cemetery in Grand Forks, ND.
Online registry available at www.stenshoelhouske.com.        

 

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Richard F. Broers, 68, Twin Valley, MN, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Sanford Palliative Care, Fargo, ND.  The funeral is t 2:00PM Friday, April 24, 2015, at St Joseph Catholic Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: 5-7PM Thursday with a 6:30 prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN, and one hour before the service at the church on Friday.
Burial: Twin Valley Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Twin Valley, MN.

 

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Helen Elizabeth Horgeshimer, 61, of Fertile, MN, died on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at her residence.  Funeral service will be on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 2 PM in the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN.
Visitation will be one hour before the service at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN.  Burial will be in the Concordia East Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.

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Pearl Clarise (Okeson) Goosen, 92, of Crookston died on Saturday evening, April 18, 2015, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston with her four children and other family members at her side.  The funeral service for Pearl Goosen will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with the Rev. Jo Gast, officiating.  Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery, rural Euclid, MN, later in the afternoon.
Pearl was born October 22, 1922, in Battle Lake, MN to August and Tillie (Rosenquist) Okeson.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Eagle Lake Lutheran Church.  She attended country school for eight years at District 72 in Eagle Lake Township.  Pearl graduated from Battle Lake High School in 1941.  She moved to Davenport, IA from 1942 to 1944, working at Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, IL.  She joined the U.S. Navy WAVES in November of 1944 and served in naval communications in Washington, D.C. until her honorable discharge in April of 1946.  On August 5, 1950, she was united in marriage to Herman Carl Goosen at Eagle Lake Lutheran Church in rural Battle Lake.  The couple made their home in Angus, MN where they farmed.  In 1952, they moved to Crookston where Pearl worked at various restaurants.  She enjoyed reading, embroidery and was an avid Scrabble player.
Pearl is survived by her four children: Beverly (Thomas) Larson of Edina, MN, Sandra (Jan) Thimmesch of Eden Prairie, MN, Shirley (Peter Heydt) Nielsen of Crookston and Robert Goosen of Crookston; seven grandchildren: Angela Skrade, Marcia (Steven) Hagland, Joshua (Natalie) Nielsen, Brandon Nielsen, Jason Thimmesch, Jeremy Thimmesch and Sara Thimmesch; ten great-grandchildren: Damian, Ava, Mercedes, Quentyn, Haylee, Kevin, Riley, Cora, Piper and Katherine; one niece, JoAnn Lillevold, one nephew, Keith Lillevold and several cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Herman on October 4, 1968, a son, James Herman in 1951, a sister, Eunice Lillevold and two brothers, Ferris and Donald.
Memorials are preferred to the St. Paul’s Cemetery.
Online registry available at www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Gordon “Gordy” Moen, 70, of Grand Forks, ND and formerly of Reynolds, ND passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 in Bagdad, AZ.
Gordon Carter Moen was born June 13, 1944 in Grand Forks, ND the son of George and Catherine (Poppler) Moen. He was raised on the family farm near Reynolds and graduated from Central Valley High School in 1962. Following graduation, Gordy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on October 11, 1962 at Minneapolis, MN. He served as an engineer during the Viet Nam War. Gordy was honorably discharged from military service on October 25, 1966 at Santa Anna, CA. He moved to Grand Forks and was employed as a diesel mechanic with Grand Forks County. He married Sylvia Harstad on September 1, 1966 in Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. Gordy and Sylvia moved to Crookston, where he was employed as a diesel mechanic and volunteered as a deputy sheriff with the Polk County Sherriff’s Department. Later, he returned to the family farm and was employed as a diesel mechanic with the Transportation Department of the University of North Dakota, until his retirement in 2003. Gordy married Phyllis Ackerman on June 19, 1988 in Winnipeg, MB. They continued to live on the farm until moving to Grand Forks in 2014.
He was an avid reader, enjoyed woodworking, fixing antique tractors and growing “Gordy’s Famous Sweet Corn”. His family was the love of his life and he delighted in spoiling his grandchildren. He always kept in contact with his children and enjoyed meeting people and making new friends. He was a true Norwegian. He enjoying eating lefsa and lutefisk and spoke fluent Norwegian. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1874 and The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 2.
He survived by his wife, Phyllis, a son, Alan Sondrol, Fargo, ND; daughters, Cynthia “Cindy” Moen, Fargo, ND, Patricia “Patty Jean”(Stanley) Moen-Januszewski, Crookston, MN, Darla Sondrol, Bagdad, AZ, Paula (Joel) Ricke, Reynolds, ND; grandchildren, Melody, Brandilyn, Connor, Tesa, Kaysha, Jaxon, Taylor; sisters, Alyce (Mrs. Jerry) Blue, St. Paul, MN, Judy (Mrs. Michael) Jaecks, Virginia Beach, VA, Debra (Jeffrey) Jordan, Albuquerque, NM, Sherry (Troy) Marcia, Virginia Beach, VA; brothers-in-law, Douglas Ackerman, Reynolds, ND, Michael (Elizabeth) Ackerman, Grand Forks, ND, Fr. Phillip Ackerman, Langdon, ND; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
The was 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015 in St. Olaf’s Lutheran Church, Reynolds, ND.
Visitation: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday with a 5:00 p.m. prayer service in the Historic Norman Funeral Home-Gregory J. Norman Funeral Chapel. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service in the church on Monday.
Military Honors: Accorded by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1874, The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 2 and the North Dakota Army National Guard.
Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Reynolds, ND.

 

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John P. Eggebraaten, age 88 of East Grand Forks, MN, passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.John Peder Eggebraaten was born on August 12, 1926 in Grand Forks, ND, the son of Arthur and Helga (Anderson) Eggebraaten.  John grew up in Fisher, MN and then attended the AC in Crookston, MN.  On June 15, 1947 he was united in marriage to Joan Porteous in East Grand Forks, MN.  He farmed in the Fisher, MN area with his father.  In 1949 he began employment for Adolph Lund in East Grand Forks and continued working there until 1950.  He then returned to farming in the Fisher area until retiring in 1985. John was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He naturally gravitated towards children whenever they were around.  John and Joan were snowbirds every winter for over the past 25 years, going to the Bonita Springs FL area.  They traveled with their various campers and enjoyed many different cruises, playing cards and games with their friends. John loved hunting for deer and elk.  He enjoyed several different crafts, making lawn chairs, wood products, and lamps.  He loved driving around the fields throughout the summer inspecting the crops.  John loved barbershop music and was a part of the local barbershop chorus for many years. 
Family members who survive John include his wife Joan of East Grand Forks, MN; children, Dennis (Beverly) Eggebraaten of Grand Forks, ND, Donna Schmidt of Bemidji, MN, Darlene (Duane) Czapiewski of Grand Forks, ND and Shirley (Chuck) Boushey of East Grand Forks, MN; twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Siblings are Harold (Betty) Eggebraaten of Rochester, MN, Anna (Vernon) Haake of East Grand Forks, MN, Ruth (Wayne) Elshere of Watertown, SD, Martha Burckhard of Fresno, CA, Norman (Jeanette) Eggebraaten of Fisher, MN, Paul (Diane) Eggebraaten of Bemidji, MN, Lois Womack of Tucson, AZ, Kenneth (Pat) Eggebraaten of Fisher, MN, Raymond (Diane) Eggebraaten of Fresno, CA and Joanne (Jon) Peterson of Ada, MN;
John is preceded in death by his parents; one brother Bernard and one sister Doris; two granddaughters, Rebecca Eggebraaten, Daun Paskvan and one great-granddaughter, Addison Czapiewski.
Funeral Service will be at 10:30 AM on Monday, April 20, 2015 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Fisher, MN.
Visitation is 2:00 to 4:00 with a 3:30 PM Prayer Service on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN and also one hour prior Funeral Service on Monday in Trinity Lutheran Church.
Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery ~ Fisher, MN

 

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Paul “Burly” F. Burlingame, 57, Fertile, MN, died Friday, April 10, 2015, after a short illness, with his family by his side, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND
Memorial Service will be at 2PM Friday, April 17, 2015, at Resurrection Free Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the church.  

 

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Karen Sip, 71, Ada, MN, died Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Sanford Hospital, Fargo, ND. Funeral will be at 10:30AM Friday, April 17, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation is  5-7PM Thursday with a 6:30 PM prayer service at Zion Lutheran Church. Burial will be at the Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.

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Joan Marie Tierney, 68, of Fertile, MN, and formerly of Crookston, died Monday evening, April 6, 2015, at RiverView Health in Crookston. Joan was born on April 28, 1946 at Grand Forks, ND, the daughter of Elwin and Barbara (Lankas) Fontaine. She grew up in Inkster, ND where she received her education. Joan was united in marriage to Roy Pierson and from their union three sons were born: Jeffrey, Timothy, and Rodney. She later married Patrick Tierney and they lovingly welcomed a son, Gerald, to the family. Joan made her home in Crookston for many years, and became a resident of the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile a year ago. She will be very sadly missed by her family and friends.
Joan is survived by her sons: Tim (Tami) Pierson of Crookston, MN, Rodney Pierson of Manvel, ND, and Gerald Tierney of Thief River Falls, MN; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother, Elwin “Red” Fontaine Jr. of St. Paul, MN, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeff Pierson; 2 brothers, Jerry and Sonny Fontaine; and a sister, Donna Lucht. May God richly bless Joan’s memory.
A memorial service for Joan Tierney will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015, 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.
Online registry:   www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Irene B. Anderson, 91, Halstad, Minnesota, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. Irene Strand Anderson was born on a farm near Shelly, MN on December 6, 1923. Her parents were Magnus and Bella (Aanenson) Strand. She went to Country School Dist. # 17 and later graduated from Climax High School. She married Melvin Anderson in 1942. After the war they farmed near Shelly until their retirement. In 1990, they moved to Halstad. They also spent time at their home on Lake Maud. Melvin passed in 2005. Irene lived her last three years at the Heritage House in Halstad. Survivors include one son, Melvern Anderson, St. Louis, MO, one daughter, Cheryl Hemberger, Audubon, MN, five grandchildren, David (Jane) Anderson, Jim (Ceri) Anderson, Cristy (Andy) Francis, Mark Hemberger, Jamie (Amber) Hemberger, nine great grandchildren, Annika and Abby Anderson, Jared and Jonathan Anderson, Zach and Ryan Francis, Addison Irene Hemberger and Joe and John Hemberger, and one brother, Vernon Strand. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband of sixty-three years, Melvin, three brothers, Arvid, Maurice, and Floyd, one sister, Geneva and daughter-in-law, Linda Davidson Anderson.
Funeral will be at 2:00PM, Monday, April 13, 2015, at Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church, Shelly, Minnesota.
Visitation is from 2-4PM Sunday with a 3:30PM prayer service at the Halstad Living Center Chapel.
Burial will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Shelly.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home

 

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Rose Ann Kappes, 73, Ada, MN, passed away peacefully under the care of Hospice, with her family by her side on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Ada Integrity Group Home.
Rose Ann was born June 24, 1941, in rural Borup, MN, the daughter of Joseph and Emma (Sorensen) Kappes. She grew up in Fergus Falls, MN, where she attended school. Rose Ann lived in a number of communities in Minnesota, before returning home to Ada in 2002. She settled in at the Integrity Group Home, where she enjoyed interacting with the staff as well as fellow residents. She was happy when she could play cards, board games, listen to country music and go fishing. She liked doing handiwork such as embroidery on tablecloths and pillow cases. Rose Ann was always excited to participate in activities at the Norman County DAC.
Rose Ann is survived by two brothers, Paul Kappes, in Texas, Joey (Vicki) Kappes, Ada, MN, one sister, Lucille (Phillip) Ellingworth, Gary, MN, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral Mass will be at
10:00AM Monday, April 13, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ada. Visitation is 1 hour before the service at the church. Interment will be at the Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.  

 

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Theodore T. "Ted" LaFleur, 90, of  Crookston , MN, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at RiverView Health in Crookston, with members of his family at his side. Ted was born on the family farm, east of Crookston, on December 3, 1924, and was the son of William and Rica (Gelder) LaFleur. He attended country school and Crookston public schools, and after working on the farm for several years entered the US Army on January 1, 1945. During WWII Ted served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations, spending most of his time at Okinawa . While home on leave, he was united in marriage to Fern Violet Carlson on July 25, 1946 at the First Christian Reformed Church in Crookston. Ted returned to Okinawa a month later, serving until his honorable discharge on May 8,1947. For his service to his country he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, the WWII Victory Medal, and the Japan Occupation Medal. Upon his return to Crookston, and reunion with Fern, Ted began working at the Crookston Milling Company. On November 29, 1949 he earned a diploma in radio repair from the Sprayberry Academy of Radio, and in March of 1951 began operating Ted's Radio Service out of his home. In late 1957 he entered into a partnership with Leo Boucher and Ardelle Hagen, establishing a new Crookston business known as Northwest Appliance. March, 1968 marked the start of his ownership of Ted LaFleur TV and Electronics, which he ran until retirement in 2012. Ted proudly worked alongside his son, Dennis, for the last 25 years of operation. Ted was a very devoted, lifelong member of the First Christian Reformed Church, where he served as an Elder for many years. He kept young by doing as many as 4 crossword puzzles a day. Ted was an avid Twins fan, and enjoyed outings to the local casinos, going out to eat, and coffee time at RBJ's. Traveling to visit family in Michigan , Las Vegas , Arizona , and the Iron Range were always fun times to look forward to, as were the annual trips to the Minnesota State Fair. Ted's greatest joy was sharing his life with Fern, and he loved their family with all his heart. He was especially proud of his grandchildren and all their accomplishments.
Ted is survived by Fern, his beloved wife of 68 years; their three children and families: Bill and Kim LaFleur of Apache Junction, AZ, Dennis LaFleur of Crookston, MN, and Susan and Bill Doran of Gilbert, MN; three grandchildren: Barb LaFleur Durden of Minneapolis, Matthew Doran of Gilbert, and Jodi (Will) Enlow of Crookston; and eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves three siblings: Eleanor Morrisey of Rogers, MN, Roger LaFleur of Wyoming, MI, and Dorothy Ogden of Battle Creek, MI; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Hegg of Las Vegas, NV; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Ted was preceded in death by an infant son, his parents; daughter-in-law, Cindy LaFleur; grandson, Jason Clemenson; grandson-in-law, John Durden; parents-in-law, William and Julia Carlson; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Tillie LaFleur; sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Frank Hosmer; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles Morrisey, Angie LaFleur, Bob Ogden, and Paul Hegg. Blessed be Ted's memory.
The funeral service honoring the life of Ted LaFleur will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Pastor David Johnson, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment with military honors will be in the Oakdale Cemetery , Crookston.
Online registry:  www.stenshoelhouske.com.  

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Sister Florentine (Cecelia) Goulet died peacefully at Villa Saint Vincent on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015.  She was born in Gentilly, Minnesota on October 10, 1916, the youngest of five children born to John J. and Alphonsine (St. Martin) Goulet , second generation French-Canadians.  At the age of two, Cecelia’s mother died in the flu epidemic following World War I.  Her schooling began in District #140, a one-room school in Polk County.   After two years, Cecelia’s father looked for a more challenging educational environment and settled on Mount Saint Benedict Academy. 
 Cecelia came naturally to a love of music, as her father played the violin and the family sang songs of the day in three and four part harmony while milking the cows.  At Mount Saint Benedict Academy, Cecilia’s love of music and the arts flourished.  At the age of ten, she felt drawn to religious life at Mount Saint Benedict, where her older sister, Sister Anne, was already a member.  Cecelia became a postulant in September of 1932, received the name Sister Florentine as a novice in 1933, and shortly after while in temporary commitment, was assigned to assist Sr. Gertrude Knopke, the music instructor at Assumption Convent in Barnesville, Minnesota.  Sister Florentine made Final Vows in 1937.  She continued as an educator and music teacher in other parishes of Red Lake Falls, Mahnomen, Lefor in North Dakota, Crookston, and Mahtomedi.  While at Mahtomedi, she received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Catherine with a major in music.  Other professional preparation was at Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD, Wisconsin State University in Madison, and Columbia University in New York City. It was also while in Mahtomedi that Sister Florentine recognized the amount of talented artists and musicians in the White Bear Lake Area.  Because of this she organized a meeting of    several people that became the beginnings of the White Bear Lake Arts Council.  Today, now named the White Bear Lake Center for the Arts, it continues to provide a gateway to diverse arts experiences.
 As early as 1953, Sister Florentine realized that she was having difficulty hearing.  By 1963, she realized that her impairment would necessitate a change in ministries.  In 1975, she pursued and was accepted at the Graduate School of Counseling at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., where she successfully completed a course in CUED speech.  When Sister Florentine returned to Minnesota, she joined the staff of Shekeda Hearing, Inc. in White Bear Lake, providing audiological services especially to long-term care facilities, group homes, and industrial hearing conservation programs.   She also participated in the Peer counseling Program developed by the University of Minnesota.  While aiding seniors with hearing disabilities, Sister Florentine also served as their friend, confidant, and advocate for needs that were otherwise unmet, especially those needs involving legislation and compliance with existing laws.  She appeared on TV Channel 5 Eyewitness News in Minneapolis as the Health Expert of the Day.  In 1992, the Minnesota Foundation for Better Hearing and Speech  recognized  Sister Florentine for her dedication to improving the lives of older Minnesotans by presenting its Professional Service Award to her. In addition to her work with the hearing impaired, Sister Florentine was very active in the parish of St. Louis the King in St. Paul.  In a farewell tribute in 1994, the pastor cited her keen appreciation for the liturgy as the obvious font of her faith-filled life of commitment to God, to her Benedictine community, and to the Church at large. In August of 1994, Sister resided in Olso to aid the pastoral administrator.  She returned to the monastery in 1995, where she helped her community members and others in the Crookston community with hearing loss.
 Sister Florentine was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Sr. Anne and Caroline (Goulet) Brunelle, and her brother, Leonard.  She is survived by nieces and nephews, friends, and the members of her monastic community.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2015, at the Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Crookston, with Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, presiding. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also for one hour prior to the funeral.  Online registry available at www.stenshoelhouske.com 

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Arnold Benson, 91, of Duluth, MN, and formerly of Crookston, MN, died Monday, April 6, 2015, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, surrounded by family and friends. Arnold was always there for anyone who needed a helping hand. His patience, kindness, and words of wisdom acted as a reservoir of strength for those around him.
Arnold was born in Sinnot Township, Stephan, Minnesota on September 18, 1923 to Frank and Olga (Anderson) Benson. He grew up on the family farm and was baptised and confirmed in Salem Luther­an Church. First he attended country school and then elementary school in Stephen, graduating from Stephen High School in 1941 before joining the United States Army to fight in World War II.
After completing his army duty in Europe, Arnold was united in marriage to Marlys Hageman on No­vember 1, 1958 in First Lutheran Church of Stephen. Arnold and Marlys first lived in Stephen, later moving to East Grand Forks. They settled in Crookston for 35 years, making their home and raising their family. In the fall of 1997 they moved to Hermantown, MN and began another chapter of their lives, embracing the roles of grandparents and extending their community of friends. As “Grandpa,” Arnold was his granddaughters’ #1 spectator and fan at every academic, theatrical, and athletic event he could attend. He always signed their cards with his patented smiley face inside the ‘G’ of ‘Grandpa’ and drew a log cabin, resembling the ones they built together out of Lincoln Logs.
Arnold worked with his dad farming and doing carpenter work before beginning his employment at the University of Minnesota: Crookston in the Northwest School and Experiment Station. He retired in 1990 following the celebration of his 25 years of contribution. He was an active and devoted member of the Lutheran Church, and he was also extremely proud of being a member of the American Legion for 68 years. He enjoyed every moment he spent with his family and friends and had several favorite hobbies, ranging from restoring furniture, to repairing everything his granddaughters and their friends could bring him, and solving puzzles. Arnold will be missed by many, including his furry companions Mokha and Dr. Max who were always seen by his side.
Celebrating Arnold’s life are his sister, Lucille Oligney of Fairbanks, AK; brothers, William and Harold Benson of Corvallis, OR; daughters, Tammi (Don) Gustafson and Stacy Benson; granddaughters, Kali and Keeli Gustafson; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Arnold was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Marlys; his parents, Frank and Olga Benson; and sisters, Gladys Halfmann and Emmy Kruse.
The funeral service for Arnold will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Stephen Cemetery in Stephen, MN.
Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Agnes Juliet Dale, 95, of Fertile, MN, died on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.  She was born on December 6, 1919, to Oscar and Anna (Seim) Moen at Fertile, MN.  She grew up in Fertile, graduating from the Fertile High School in 1937.  Following her schooling, Agnes worked in Crookston, MN, for Ottertail Power as a receptionist and posting clerk prior to working the in the Accounting Department.

Agnes was united in marriage to Harry Dale on October 11, 1947, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile.  They lived on the Dale home farm East of Fertile.  Playing the piano and organ for church services at Little Norway Lutheran Church for over 25 years was an act of love for Agnes.  Over the years, she accompanied many soloist and choirs, including the Odin Male Chorus.  Agnes was busy at home as a farmer’s wife and in the church Women’s groups.  Harry and Agnes joined Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, at Maple Bay, MN, in the early 1990’s.  In 1999, Harry’s kidneys failed and he went on dialysis, with Agnes providing his care until he entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in 2001.  Harry died on July 2, 2003.  Agnes entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home on February 21, 2014.

Agnes was a proper lady who enjoyed visiting with friends and family.  She enjoyed reading and Bible studies, as well as playing the piano to relax.  Working on embroidery projects gave her a sense of accomplishment.  Agnes loved animals, especially cats and dogs.

Agnes is survived by many nephews, nieces, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, Lloyd and one sister, Mildred Zerbin.

Funeral services will be held at Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, Maple Bay, MN, on Friday, April 10, 2015, at 11 AM.
Visitation will be one hour before the service in the church.
Burial will be in the Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN

 

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Jean Beyer Weinberg, age 86, of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, April 10, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN, with Rev. John Bumgardner officiating.  Interment will take place at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Wylie Cemetery, rural Red Lake Falls, MN.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Friday, April 10, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Red Lake Falls.
Jean Katharine Beyer was born June 9, 1928 at Hollywood Hospital in Los Angeles, CA, the daughter of Chester Winfred and Beatrice Grace (Lampe) Beyer.  She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wylie, MN.  Jean attended Elementary School in Dorothy, MN and Grade 6th through 12th Grade in Red Lake Falls, MN, graduating from Layfayette High School in Red Lake Falls as Valedictorian   She attended and graduated with a BA Degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Jean was the first college graduate in the Beyer family. 
Jean was united in marriage to Reverend George C. Weinberg in 1951.  Jean and George were married until 1982 when the couple divorced.  She worked at Macalester College Personnel Office from 1950-1951, Boston Store and various secretarial jobs in the Milwaukee area from 1970 to 1982.  Her husband was the founding pastor of the Brookfield United Presbyterian Church in Brookfield, WI.  He was instrumental in building their church, educational unit, and home - where they lived from 1960-1973.  
Jean organized Brookfield United Presbyterian Women’s Association in the 1960’s. 
In 1983 Jean moved to Red Lake Falls, MN.  She lived with her mother from 1983-1984 and at Fairview Manor from 1984 to the present.   Jean was a St. Joseph School Foster Grandparent from 2000 to2008, President of Sunview Resident Council from 2006 to 2008, served as a senior companion and was a member of the HRA Board.
Jean is survived by four children, Ruth Ann Wolf, Racine, WI, Donald (Joanne) Weinberg, Wauwatosa, WI, Kathryn Jo (David) Weinberg-Kinsey, Wauwatosa, WI and Karl George (Diane Magnusson) Weinberg, Jackson, WI; nine grandchildren, Timothy Wolf, Michael Wolf, Lindsay (Ben Chandler) Weinberg, Jesse Weinberg, Julia Weinberg, Russell (Amanda Flott) Kinsey, Hannah Weinberg-Kinsey and Mitchell Weinberg-Kinsey, and Eric Dolister; sister-in-law Jean Teresa Beyer; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Beatrice and Chester Beyer; grandparents, Otto Beyer and Katie Jane MacArthur and Edward Lampe and Kristen Jensen; three brothers, Chester Thane Beyer, Irving Ward Beyer; sister-in-law, Adeline Beyer; infant brother, Neil Beyer; niece, Vicki Beyer and special friend, Esther St. Michel.
Family condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com


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Georgiana Patneaude, 83, Halstad, MN, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2015, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.   The funeral will be at 7:00 p.m., Sunday April 12, 2015, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN.  Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, at St. Phillips Cemetery, Rice Lake, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home.
 

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Joan Marie Tierney, 68, of Fertile, MN, and formerly of Crookston, died Monday evening, April 6, 2015, at RiverView Health in Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. .

 

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Arnold Benson, 91, of Duluth, MN, and formerly of Crookston, MN, died Monday, April 6, 2015, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, with his family at his side. The funeral service for Arnold will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Stephen Cemetery in Stephen, MN.
Online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Marjorie “Margie” LouElla Howes, 84, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.  She was born on March 3, 1931, to Leonard and Florence (Plante) Solie, north of Fertile, MN.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith.  Margie attended country school near her home, and following her schooling, she worked on the family farm.  As she grew older, Margie worked as a waitress in Fertile.
On May 1, 1954, Marjorie was united in marriage to Vernon Howes, from Fosston, MN, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile.  After their marriage they moved to Hibbing, MN, and from there to Wadena, MN.  In 1961, they returned to Fertile and purchased “Margie’s Café”.  Eventually they moved to Montana—first to Great Falls and then Helena.  While in Great Falls, Margie and Vernon adopted Terry Scott and Tracy Lynn into their family.  In 1971, they returned to Fertile to raise their children.  In 1979, Margie and Vernon opened their home to Shelby Saleh, a foreign exchange student from Jakarta, Indonesia.  They moved to Fertile in 2000.  Vernon passed away in 2001 and Terry passed away 2005.
Margie enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends.  Visiting with others and sharing her ideas came naturally to her.  She took great pride in her gardens, canning and sewing for others. She was devoted to her family, both her immediate family and extended.
Margie is survived by one daughter, Tracy Howes, Fertile; one daughter-in-law, Wendy Howes, Fargo, ND; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Walter and Willard (Donna), both of Fertile; two sisters, Vanna (Roger) Raaen and LaVonne (Merlin) Raaen, both of Fertile; many nephews, nieces and great-nephews and nieces; one foreign exchange student/son, Shelby Saleh and family, Indonesia.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon; son, Terry; one brother, Vernon Solie; and three sisters: Donna Jensrud, Doris Jensrud, and Madeline Jagol.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 11 AM the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
Visitation will be on Friday, April 10, 2015, from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM, in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
Burial will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.

 

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Roger Leslie Hinkley, 76, of Halstad, MN, died early Thursday evening, April 2, 2015, at Sanford Health in Fargo, with his loving family at his side. Roger was born in Crookston, MN on August 18, 1938, the son of Irie and Rena (Wilkens) Hinkley. He graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1956. Roger enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in August 1956 and served overseas in Korea from 1957-58.  He was honorably discharged in 1961. On October 4, 1959 Roger was united in marriage to Janice Sandberg at the Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley, MN. Over the years their marriage would be blessed by the births of their five children.
Their family lived in Grand Forks, ND 1961 to 1997 and sadly, like many others in Grand Forks, lost their home to the flood.  He was employed at the Massey Ferguson Implement Company until 1989. From 1991 - 1993 he worked at Crookston Implement, and from 1994 - 1999 at The Garden Hut. They moved to Halstad in 1999 and Roger began working at Valley Hardware.
Roger and Janice were devoted members of United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks and Roger served on the church council for several years. Roger was a leader and coordinator for the Boy Scouts of America through United Lutheran Church. He was a member of the BSA Order of Arrow, and received the BSA Coordinator of the Year award in 1989.
During Roger’s life in Halstad he served on the church council of Halstad Lutheran Church.  He was involved in many projects and activities though out the community.  Roger and Janice enjoyed traveling, especially the many 'road trips' taken to visit family.  Roger cherished his time at his cabin on Maple Lake. 
Roger is survived by Janice, his beloved wife of 55 years; their five children and families: Deborah (David) Lucas of Norfolk, VA, John (Pauleen) Hinkley of Halstad, MN, Sandra Hinkley of Eagan, MN, Carol (Derrick) Leas of Rock Lake, ND, and Thomas (Rachelle) Hinkley of Fargo, ND; eight grandchildren: Michael (Cheryl) Lucas, Shane Lucas, Katie (Shawn) Zabel, Nathan(Holly) Hinkley, Heather (Jason) Konschak, Alyson Leas, Travis Hinkley, and Andrea Hinkley; five great-grandchildren: Noah, Joshua, and Addison Lucas, Reese and Tegan Zabel ; his sister Betty (Stanley) Johnson of Crookston; and many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Irie and Rena. May god richly bless the memory of Roger Leslie Hinkley.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Roger Hinkley will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 11:00 am at Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN.  Visitation will be one hour before the service.                    
In memory of Roger, the family requests to please make donations to Halstad Lutheran Church. Online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com.



 

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