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Kathleen “Kathy” Joan Merten, 75, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, Wednesday evening, June 20, 2018, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, while surrounded by her loving family.
Kathy was born on November 30, 1942 at Austin, MN, one of three children of the union of Alroy and Catherine (Johnson) Chaffee. She grew up in Austin where she was baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, and graduated from Austin High School with the Class of 1960. While Kathy was growing up many fond memories were made while spending summers at the family cabin on Crane Lake. She later helped build the new family lake home on Rush Lake. After graduation Kathy was employed for a few years as a medical secretary at the Mayo Clinic. She then began working in the same capacity at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin. It was there that she met a young man, and fellow employee, by the name of Charles Dan Merten. After a whirlwind courtship the two were united in marriage on October 23rd. They then alternated living between Austin and Virginia, MN before settling in Crookston in 1978. While Kathy became the clerical supervisor for Polk County Social Services, Dan was employed managing plant services at the RiverView Hospital. After long and rewarding careers they retired at about the same time in 2004. 
Kathy was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church for 40 years. She also held membership in the Crookston Eagles Auxiliary and had received the Eagle of the Year Award several years ago.  Kathy’s family all have great memories of her cooking and baking, particularly the rhubarb cake and a variety of cookies that she always seemed to have on hand. Never far from her side was her faithful puppy, Lily, who she rescued from an animal shelter, and who is more like family than a pet. Kathy enjoyed many hobbies such as flower gardening, attending her grandkid’s school events and games, spending quiet evenings knitting, cross stitching, and putting all her love into blankets she made for her family. Kathy liked being outdoors, whether it was going for a walk or birdwatching with Dan. She will be forever remembered as a loving wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma.
Kathy leaves her husband and best friend, Dan; their two children, Mike Merten and his wife, LaVonne, and Barb Hulst and her husband, Chad, 4 grandchildren: Nick Merten, Nate Merten, Madison Hulst, and Caitlin Hulst and great-granddaughter, Kensley Kaye, all of Crookston, MN; brother, Paul Chaffee and his wife, Mia, of Utah; sister, Marie Johnson of Austin, MN; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Alroy and Catherine Chaffee; her parents-in-law, Charles P. and Bernice Merten; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, John and Mary Jahoda.  May God bless the memory of Kathy Merten.
A memorial service for Kathleen Joan Merten will be held at 7:00pm, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Elise Pokel, officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 5-7:00pm. Inurnment will follow the service at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
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Ronald Norman Erickson, 66, of Crookston, MN passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his home Tuesday, June 19, 2018. 
Ron was born in Greenbush, MN on December 10, 1951, the son of Norman and Martha (Nelson) Erickson.  The family made their home in Crookston where he attended Crookston schools. Ron was united in marriage to Cindy Walsh and they became the proud parents of two boys, Christopher and Sean. Ron’s working career was spent in the construction field. He worked for various construction companies throughout the area and was well-known for his expertise doing cement work and finishing. He later married Joni Spangler and they were blessed by the births of their children, Justin and Rachel. Ron greatly enjoyed his retirement years spent with his companion and best friend, Dorothy Nelson. 
Ron was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, going for walks, bird watching, and gardening. He loved camping, which added to his special interest and knowledge in Minnesota State Parks. Ron was passionate about cooking. He loved watching the cooking shows on television and was always adding new recipes to his collection. Using them to prepare meals for his family, especially during the holidays, was one of his greatest pleasures. Spending time with his loved ones and many friends was so very important to Ron.  He had a heart of gold and will be forever missed by all who were a part of his life.
Ron is survived by his loving companion and friend of 15 years, Dorothy Nelson; his four children: Christopher Erickson of Red Lake Falls, MN; Sean Erickson of Puposky, MN; Justin Erickson and his wife, Kristen, of Nielsville, MN; and Rachel Erickson (Allen Arnold) of Wausau, WI; his prides and joys, grandson, Mason Erickson of Nielsville and granddaughter, Krissa Jacobson of Bemidji; two sisters, Kathlein Price of Bloomington, MN and Katherin (Larry) Nelson of Fargo, ND; brother-in-law, Richard Valley of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Martha; brothers, Norton and Donald; and sisters, Ione Hylland, Darlene Peterson, and Martha Valley. May God richly bless the memory of Ronald Norman Erickson.
A memorial service honoring the life of Ronald Erickson will be held Monday, June 25, 2018, at 11:00 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Elise Pokel, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at a later date.
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Gerri Olson, 77, of Halstad, MN, died Wednesday, June 20, 2018, under the care of hospice at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.  Funeral: 2:00PM, Monday, June 25, 2018, at Augustana Lutheran Church, rural Halstad, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial: Augustana Lutheran Cemetery, rural Halstad, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Halstad, Minnesota  www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Norman H. Brustad, 81, of Yuma, AZ, passed away on Saturday, June 16th, at Yuma Regional Hospital with his wife, Janice, by his side. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 25th, at Rodnes Lutheran Church, rural Erskine, MN with the Rev. Joel Smeby officiating. Interment will be in First English Cemetery, Mentor, MN. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Sunday, June 24th, at Carlin Funeral Home in Erskine. There will also be reviewal for one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.  Norman Harold Brustad was born April 5, 1937 in Columbia Township in Polk County, Minnesota to Alex and Florence (Eissner) Brustad. He started grade school in Fisher, Minnesota and then moved with his family to Mentor, Minnesota where he continued his schooling in the Mentor Public School.  He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fisher, Minnesota.  He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Yuma, Arizona. He served in the United States Air Force for 22.5 years.  Norman married Janice Babola on April 4, 1959 in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Upon retiring from the Air Force, Norman and Janice operated a sports equipment and repair business in Anchorage, Alaska.  Norman and Janice traveled the world and made friends wherever they went.  They settled in Yuma, Arizona.  They loved to come home to Mentor and spend time with family and friends. Norman is survived by his wife, Janice, of 59 years, one brother, Kenneth (Juanita) Brustad, Grand Forks, North Dakota, three sisters, Louann (Clark) McGlynn, Mentor, Minnesota, Sylvia (John) Jankila, Virginia, Minnesota, Marilyn (Will) Roy, Oak Park, Illinois, many nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and grand nephews. Norman was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Leslie (June) Brustad.

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Mildred E. Busse, 92, Halstad, Minnesota, died Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.
Funeral: 11:00AM, Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN.
Visitation: One hour before the funeral at the church.
Burial: Halstad North Cemetery, Halstad, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600), www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 

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Patricia “Patty” Dahlquist Zahrowski  Hilde, 78, Twin Valley, MN, died Tuesday, June 12, 2018, unexpectantly of natural causes at her home. A family gathering will be planned at a future date. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)                                                                                               
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Jeanne A. Sanders, 86, Ada, MN, died Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN.
Jeanne was born on July 14, 1931, to Walter and Leone Luchau in Owatonna, MN. She was raised on a farm near Gary, MN. After graduating in 1949 from Ada High School, she began working for Sanders Implement in Ada.
On December 18, 1949 she married Clement Sanders. They resided in Ada where she worked for Orlin Lee at Norman County Abstract for many years. In 1980, Jeanne and Clem moved to Camarillo, CA. Jeanne worked for Continental Land Title Company until her retirement.
The couple enjoyed a round of golf almost every evening after Jeanne was done with work. They loved to travel taking cruises and going to Ada to see relatives. Clem died on February 22, 2005. Jeanne, Rienette and Dave Lampert brought him back to Ada for his burial.
In 2013, Jeanne moved back to Ada where she resided at Summerfield Apartments. She gained a lot of friendships and regained friendships from her past. In September of 2017, she entered Benedictine Care Community with health problems. She was happy to be home in Ada.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister and brother.
Memorial Service: 2:00pm, Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Burial: Ada City Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Clarence R. Ellis, 91, of Crookston, MN passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center, Erskine, MN where he had resided in the memory care unit for two years.
Clarence was born October 2, 1926 in Clearbrook, MN to Kenny and Petra Ellis.  He was educated in the Clearbrook schools, played varsity football, and graduated from Clearbrook High School in 1945. 
In 1946 Clarence was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Myrtle Staehnke.  The couple made their home in St. Paul, and later at Greenbush, MN, before moving to Salol, MN in 1951, where Clarence managed the grain elevator for 23 years. In 1974 he and Myrtle moved to Crookston and he was employed as an area field representative for Farmers Union Grain Terminal Association (Harvest States) for 18 years until his retirement in 1992.
Clarence enjoyed playing his guitar, oil painting, volunteering, traveling, and spending time with his family.  He was a member of the Crookston Eagles Aerie 873.  He and Myrtle were longtime members of Salol First Lutheran Church, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston.  Clarence was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and neighbor, and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who were a part of his life. 
Clarence is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Myrtle; sons, David (Bonnie) Ellis of Urbana, IL       and Gene Ellis of Portland, OR; granddaughters, Hayley Ellis (Hernando Tellez) and Flannery Ellis; and a great granddaughter.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his three brothers.
A memorial service will be held to honor the life of Clarence Ellis at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1214 University Avenue, Crookston, MN 56716, with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating.  Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. The family would like to thank the staff of the Memory Care Unit-Pioneer Care Center, Erskine, for their professional, family oriented, and compassionate care of Clarence over the past two years.
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Alvin "Al" Nordheim, age 75, of Erskine, MN, passed away on Friday, June 8th, at his home. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 14th, at Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine with the Rev. Timothy Lundeen officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, rural Erskine, at a later date. Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Alvin Leroy Nordheim was born on March 9, 1943 in Bemidji, Minnesota to parents Ivel and Ardella Bangs Nordheim. The family moved to Maple Bay, Minnesota and Al graduated from Fertile High School in 1961. After high school, Al started working at Nordheim Roofing, the company his dad and uncle started. He then worked at Forsell’s Truck Stop in Erskine and, at that time, began driving truck for Gordy Morberg.
In January of 1962, Al married Sandy Peterson at Grace Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas. While living in Erskine, their sons were born, Rick and Rory. Al began barber school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating and moving to Alexandria, Minnesota, he rented a chair at Cyril’s Barber Shop. In 1967, his daughter, Ronell, was born. In 1971, the family returned home to Erskine and Al purchased Emil Gran’s barber shop. He barbered for seven additional years before beginning work as a millwright, which he did for 25 years. He retired in 2001 to continue his hobby of buying cars, tractors, tools… He loved working on old cars and tractors, especially his Cockshutt tractors.
Al enjoyed and was a member of the Highway 2 Cruisers and Crooskston Car Club for many years;    Heretired from the Erskine Volunteer Fire Department after 25 years of service.   
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Sandy, of Erskine; two sons, Rick of Erskine and Rory (Kim) of Thief River Falls; one daughter, Ronell (Doug) Raney of Hopkins, MN; grandchildren, Allison (Zach) Hilgendorf, Abigail, Alexsandra and Angela Raney, and Bailee and Morgan Nordheim; step grandchildren, Kyle and Chelsey Vettleson and Hannah (Brett) Gerardy; great grandchildren, Olivia and Graham Vettleson; one sister, Iris Krabbenhoft; sisters-in-law, Marion Nordheim, Shirley (Woots) Jensen and Sheila (Chet) Etzler; and brother-in-law/best friend, Keith Peterson. And many nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris Cunningham; brother Ivel “Sonny” Nordheim; and other relatives.
 

 

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Lloyd “Butch” Eugene Hastings, Butch, as he was affectionately known, was born on February 4, 1939, in Grand Forks, ND.  He was the son of Lloyd Alphius and Cassie Evelyn (Gillis) Hastings.  His early years were spent growing up with his three sisters in Grand Forks and beginning his education there.  The Hastings family later moved to Larimore where Butch attended the United Methodist Church and graduated from Larimore High School in 1957.  He was an outstanding high school athlete for the Polar Bears and a 4-year letter winner in football, basketball, and baseball.  Butch enlisted in the North Dakota National Guard and during his service with the Guard was activated into the U.S. Marine Corps from August 17 to October 22 of 1959.  On January 9, 1960, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Marlene Marie Middleton, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Larimore.  The couple made their first home in Grand Forks where Butch worked for the Solar Gas Company.  In 1961 they moved to Larimore for a year and then to Mayville, ND.  In 1963, Butch and Marlene moved to Eugene, OR where he was employed by the RC Parson & Son Company.  They returned to the area in 1973 and settled in Crookston, which has remained home to the present time.  Butch and Marlene both began working for the Strata Corporation at that time, and while Marlene retired in 2007, Butch had remained actively involved with Strata to the present time.
Butch and Marlene were proud parents as they welcomed the births of their two children, Sandra Marie and Michael Eugene.  Butch was grateful to have his daughter, Sandy, and her family in Crookston, which made it much easier to keep up with the activities and sports of granddaughters, Shelby and Courtney.  Butch enjoyed watching Mike play high school hockey where he excelled for the Crookston Pirates.  He continued to attend his games whenever he could as Mike went on to play at the college level, and is today the head men’s hockey coach of the Minnesota State Mavericks.  Throughout his life, he enjoyed the outdoors and going hunting and fishing.  Butch valued time spent with his family and was an inspiration to his children and grandchildren.  He and Marlene were inseparable and remained “best friends” throughout their lives.  He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, and formerly of the United Methodist Church in Larimore, ND and Emmaus Lutheran Church in Eugene, OR.  Butch had been actively involved in the Pirate Hockey Boosters, and also held memberships in Eagles Aerie #873, the Crookston Masonic Lodge, and American Legion Post #20.
Loving family members include his beloved wife, Marlene of 58 years; their daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Marie and Ryan Lindtwed of Crookston, their son and daughter-in-law, Michael Eugene and Jean Ann Hastings of North Mankato; 4 grandchildren: Shelby Lindtwed of Mankato and a student at MN State University, Courtney Lindtwed of Crookston and a student at Northland Community College in East Grand Forks, MN, Hannah Hastings of North Mankato and a student at MN State University, and Hudson Hastings of North Mankato and a student at Mankato West High School.  Butch also leaves 2 sisters, Joyce Mikkelson of Devils Lakes, ND and Myrna Nickolauson of Fargo, ND; a brother-in-law, Douglas Allan Middleton of Roseburg, OR;  brother-in-law, Kenneth Post of Frazee, MN, sister-in-law Jean Middleton of Grand Forks, ND; former sister-in-law, Shirley Middleton of Roseburg, OR, as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Cassie Hastings; a sister, Bonnie Post, His in-laws Mike and Evelyn Middleton, a brother-in-law, Donald Lyle Middleton, a brother-in-law, James “JD” Nelson, a brother-in-law, Elmer Nickolauson.   May the memories of Lloyd “Butch” Hastings be treasured forever.
The memorial service for Lloyd “Butch” Hastings will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2018, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation with the family will be held from 5-7:00 p.m., Saturday, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service and the sharing of memories. Visitation will continue at the church Sunday from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Inurnment will take place in the Bellvue Cemetery, Larimore, ND at a later date.

 

 

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Clayton A. Qualley, 89, Erskine, MN, died Sunday, June 3, 2018, with his family by his side at Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston, MN. Clayton Allen Qualley was born April 1, 1929 in Poplar, MT to Melvin and Kjrstina "Stina" (Fladhammer) Qualley. He was baptized on May 5, 1929 at Zion Lutheran Church in Poplar, MT.  He started grade school in Brockton, MT and then moved with his family to Winger, MN.  He continued his education in Bejou and Erskine through the 8th grade.  He was confirmed in the Lutheran Faith at Rodnes Lutheran Church, rural Erskine.  He was a member of Maple Lake Lutheran Church. He served his country as a Marine during the Korean War from December, 1951 through December, 1954.  He was honored by making the Honor Flight to Washington DC in May, 2017. Clayton married Ardis Locken on June 13, 1959 at Calvary Lutheran in Winger. Clayton loved farming, especially dairy farming which he did for 40+ years.  He bought his first tractor at the age of 15.  He loved horses, other animals and going to the sales barn, to auction sales and threshing bees.  He also loved music and was very talented playing many instruments by ear including the violin, guitar, piano and mouth organ.  He liked jamming with many friends.  He served on the Maple Lake Church board and the Rindal Creamery board of directors. Clayton is survived by his wife, Ardis, of 59 years, his children and grandchildren:  DeAnn (Mike) Skaug, Beltrami, MN- Amber (Tyler) Petry and their children, Hadley and Logan, Ryan (Karina) Skaug; Denae (Todd) Boushee, Grand Forks, ND- Mikki (Michael) Mendez and their children, Savannah, Briahna and Viviahna, Mitchell (Tamara) Helling, Matthew (Michelle) Helling, Michael Boushee and his daughter Khloe; Danny (Shelley) Qualley, Fertile, MN- Dylan, Dallas, Dakota and Montana Qualley; and Dennis (Heather) Qualley, Beltrami, MN- Jorgen, Kamryn, Levi and Mariah, one brother; Curtis (Bonnie) Qualley, Erskine, MN along with several nieces and nephews and several other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers; Milton, Ernest, twins Alfred and Arnold, and Leo, and three sisters; Jeanette Sullivan and twin sisters at birth. Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, June 8, 2018, at Maple Lake Lutheran Church, Rural Fertile, MN. Visitation: Thursday, June 7, 6:00pm to 8:00pm with 7:30 prayer service  at the church. Burial:  Maple Lake Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home of  Fertile, MN 218-945-6141

 

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Christine Elizabeth Carlson, age 93, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN.
Christine was born on her parent’s farmstead on January 5, 1925 to Oscar and Edith (Larson) Nelson in Roseau, MN. She attended Rural Country grade school and then attended Roseau High School.
On June 1, 1945 Christine was united in marriage with the love of her life, Earl James Carlson at the Bethel Lutheran Church in rural Roseau County. Together they had two children, Emilie and John. They farmed in Underwood, MN, and then later lived in Roseau before purchasing a farm near Holt, MN. In 1964 the couple sold their farm and moved to Crookston, MN.
Prior to marrying Earl, Christine worked as a waitress in the Nelson Café in Roseau. In later years, she was a successful Avon Lady in Crookston. Wherever the couple lived, Christine was always actively involved in the church, and while living at the Villa she was active in the sing-a-long group. During her 4-H years, she won a Grand Champion Award and a trip to the State Fair in the sewing division.
Christine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was also an excellent seamstress. Growing up in a musical family, a love for singing continued throughout Christine’s life; especially gospel music.
Christine is survived by her husband, Earl; daughter, Emilie (Dale) Peterson of Bemidji, MN; son, John (Deb) Carlson of Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren, Ty (Kelly), Tracy, Brian (Susan), Lori, and Jana (Paul); great-grandchildren, Luke, Andrew, Paul, Cecilia, and Jonas; brother, Erwin (Marion) Nelson of Roseau, MN; aunt, Ruth (Mrs. Clayton) Erickson of Roseau, MN; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother who died at birth. May God bless Christine’s memory.
There will be a funeral service held at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Friday, June 8, 2018 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN.
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Harriet Adelaide Anderson, 88, of Laurels Edge Assisted Living in Mankato, MN, and a former longtime Crookston, MN resident, passed away peacefully there early Sunday morning, June 3, 2018, comforted knowing that her family was at her side. Harriet had moved to Mankato on July 20, 2013 to be near her daughters.
Harriet was born on September 5, 1929 at East Grand Forks, MN, one of six children of the union of Hans and Agnes (Frisk) Stordahl. She grew up on the family’s farm and attended Banner #51 Country School at North East Grand Forks. On June 22, 1952 Harriet was united in marriage to Howard Percy Anderson. The couple lived and farmed near Fisher, MN before moving to their Fairfax Township farm, near Crookston, in 1954. Together, they raised their three children: Brian, Renae, and Julie. Howard continued to farm until retiring in 1992. Sadly, he passed away on August 18, 2007.
Harriet was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Evening Guild. She was also a longtime member of the East Fairfax Homemakers Club. Harriet was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was known for her baking and cooking, and always had fresh baked buns and rolls ready for her family and friends during their frequent visits. Harriet’s memory will be forever treasured.
Loving family members include her 3 children: Brian Anderson of Crookston, MN, Renae and Clay Halvorson of Elysian, MN, and Julie and Bob Dickhudt of North Mankato, MN; 9 grandchildren: Jay Halvorson of Blaine, MN, Ross Halvorson of Greensboro, NC, Cory Halvorson of Elysian, Sarah Dickhudt of Mankato, MN, Matthew Dickhudt of St. Paul, MN, Jessica Dickhudt of Estes Park, CO, Abbey Dickhudt of Morris, MN, Samantha Dickhudt and Angela Dickhudt of Mankato; and a great-grandson, Parker Johnson of Mankato. She also leaves 2 brothers and a sister: Rodney (Gayle) Stordahl, Rodger (Bobbi) Stordahl, and Carolyn Stordahl, all of East Grand Forks, MN; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to Howard, her beloved husband of fifty-five years, Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, Hans and Agnes Stordahl; daughter-in-law, Kathy Kiewel Anderson; brother, Harvey Stordahl; and sister, Sherry Stordahl.
The funeral service celebrating the life of Harriet Adelaide Anderson will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be from 1-2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorials may be given in memory of Harriet to an organization or charity of choice.
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Kenneth Wieland, Crookston, MN, age 91, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Villa St Vincent, Crookston, MN. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Red Lake Falls, MN with Reverend John Bumgardner Officiating.   Burial will be at Immanuel Cemetery at Wylie, MN near Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held Monday 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.Kenneth Alton Wieland was born September 27, 1926 in Polk County, Fisher, MN, the son of Walter and Edna (Wagner) Wieland.  He attended rural school District 124J, Wylie Township, MN. He served in the United States Army during World War II from January 29, 1945 until his honorable discharge on November 8, 1946 Kenneth was united in marriage to Ellen Schultz Weiss on June 27, 1987 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Red Lake Falls, MN. He was a farmer and farmed in partnership with his 2 brothers until he retired in 1991.  He moved into Red Lake Falls in 1995 and then into Crookston, MN, March 2013. Kenneth was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Red Lake Falls, the Church Council, choir, Men’s Club, Supervisor on Soil and Water Conservation Board, ASCS County Committees, member Red Lake Falls Flying Club, American Legion Club and VFW member, and served on the Wylie Township Board for many years. Survived by step-children: Gary (Terry) Weiss, Arlyce (Andy) Derosier, Sherry (Mick) Raymond, Arlan Weiss and Kelly (Randy Proulx); 14 step-grandchildren; 17 step great-grandchildren; brothers: Alvis Wieland, Henry (Marilyn) Wieland, Donald (Audrey) Wieland, Dean (Mae) Wieland; brother-in-law: Arley Schultz and sister-in-law Mavis Arvidson, along with many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, wife Ellen, sister Eleanor Casavan; brothers-in-law Blackie Casavan, Roger Arvidson and sisters-in-law Bernice Schuhmacher, Verna Schultz, Pat Schultz, Irene Schultz; step grandson Brendan Proulx. In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Immanuel Cemetery fund or your favorite charity. ACCOMPANIST/SOLOIST: Jennifer Wieland “My Faith Looks Up To Thee” CONGREGATIONAL HYMNS: Oh That The Lord Would Guide My Way, Children Of The Heavenly Father, Abide With Me, I Know That My Redeemer Lives.  PRAYER SERVICE MUSIC: The Lord’s My Shepherd I’ll Not Want. CASKET BEARERS: Todd Wieland, Andy Wieland, Gary Casavan, Gary Weiss, Arlan Weiss, Mick Raymond, Nathan Weiss. MILITARY HONORS: American Legion Post #22 Red Lake Falls, MN and the Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

 

 

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Kristina M. Gray, 62, of Crookston passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 31, 2018 at her home.  A funeral service will be held Monday, June 4, at 2:00 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with Rev. Bill Reck officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 pm until the time of the service at the church.  Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston. Kristina Marie Torkelson was born to Glen and Lucile (Aslakson) on August 8, 1955 in Crookston, MN.  Kristina graduated from Crookston High School in 1973. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 1977. Kristina earned her master’s degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities and started teaching in Minneapolis.  Kristina began her world travels when she joined the Peace Corps in the Philippines.  Following completion of her term with the Peace Corps, she took a job in China as an English Language Instructor.  Kristina returned to the Peace Corps as a trainer in Kazakhstan.   Upon receiving a Fulbright Commission, she invested her teaching talents in Kyrgyzstan.  There she met Ken Gray.  The couple married on Christmas Eve in 1998.  While Ken had 3 children already, Kristina became a loving step-mother to his children, and eventually a step-grandmother which she really enjoyed.  Following their wedding, the two joined forces, teaching in Ukraine for six years.  It is during this time that Kristina formed her passion for telling stories of history. Kristina also loved Polk County history, gardening and music.  She eventually put her Polk County history research into writing, publishing two books about local people and places.  Soon after, she developed a Polk County history column for the Crookston Times which was published each Friday.  Kristina was very involved in the restoration of the Carnegie Library building in Crookston.  Her love for music as a violinist gave her a desire to perform at church, UMC, and the Carnegie Library Building as well as singing with Crookston Women’s Chorus.  She grew up attending St. Paul’s Lutheran church and at present time was a member of Valley Christian Fellowship.  She was also on the board at the Polk County Historical Society and the Northern Arts Council. Kristina is survived by her parents, Glen and Lucile Torkelson, Crookston; husband, Ken Gray, Crookston; siblings, Karen (Tony) Solgard, Cape Coral, FL; Katherine (Darrell)Majkrzak, Lino Lakes; Anthony "Tony" Merle Torkelson, Lakeville; Tora (Jeff) Meyer, Eagan, and Tim (Kara Deden) Torkelson, Wausau, WI; step-children, Liam Gray, Tucson, AZ; Luke Gray, Prescott, AZ; and Laura Bolyard, Tucson, AZ, along with several nieces and nephews and countless friends from around the world. Kristina was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ameel and Ellen Torkelson, Harold and Dagny Aslakson, and uncle, Leigh Aslakson.

 

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William Rueben “Bill” Hulst, 82, of Crookston, MN, passed away early Tuesday evening, May 29, 2018, at RiverView Health in Crookston, following a sudden illness. He was greatly comforted knowing that his family was at his bedside. Bill was a Leap Year baby, born on February 29, 1936, at the home of his parents, Otto and Clara (Janicke) Hulst in Crookston.  Bill was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston and educated in Crookston schools. “Hooker” as he was known to all his family and friends, was a talented high school athlete and varsity letter winner in football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated from Central High School as a member of the Class of 1954. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy on May 31, 1956, and served stateside aboard the USS AJAX, based out of San Diego, CA. He returned to Crookston following his honorable discharge on May 26, 1958. He then furthered his education while attending Mayville (ND) State Teachers College. For three years he studied accounting and played baseball, while earning an Associate Degree. Bill was united in marriage to Katherine Mary Steffen on December 31, 1960 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Their marriage was blessed by the births of three daughters: Paula, Pamela, and Jennifer who were brought up in a very loving home. During the early years of Bill’s working life he was employed by the Crookston Daily Times in advertising sales and later by the Crookston Coca-Cola Bottling Company working in sales and delivery. In 1973 he began a thirty-year career in the Shipping Department of Crookston’s American Crystal Sugar Company. While on his way to work, it was not unusual for Bill to make an early morning stop at Doc’s Place to get in a few hands of cards. Following his well-earned retirement in 2003, he drove bus for Tri-Valley for several years.
Bill was a member of the Cathedral parish, Crookston Eagles Aerie 873, and a former member of American Legion Post 20. He enjoyed bowling with friends in the men’s league every Wednesday night, and played for the Eagles fast pitch softball team, a dominant force in Crookston league play for many years. He never got tired of seeing the trophies on display in the Eagles Aerie from those years and reliving some pretty great memories. Bill played tennis until well into his later years, teaming up at different times with his daughter, Jennifer, and good friends, Gary “Thumper” Thom and Dale “Bones” Johnson.
Bill spent many hours watching his grandchildren participate in tennis, figure skating and hockey.  He also loved watching high school, college and professional sports. Bill loved his newspapers! He would be at Widman’s every morning to pick them up.
Bill will be very lovingly remembered by Kathy, his beloved wife and best-friend of  57 years; their three daughters: Paula and Charles Lariviere, Pamela and Dale Stainbrook of Crookston, Jennifer Thompson and Dave Vigen of Savage, MN; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: Ryan and Katie Lariviere and their daughter, Kora, Andrea Lariviere and fiancé, Jordan Brekken, and Rachel Lariviere and Jade Lufkin, all of Crookston, Lorne Simonson of Grand Forks, ND and his children, Destiny and Eian of Thief River Falls, and Landon Stainbrook of Crookston. He also leaves a sister, Sharon Krueger and her husband, Paul, of Detroit Lakes, MN; brother, Hank Hulst and his wife, Donna, of Huron, SD; as well as, several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends who shared in his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Clara Hulst; and parents-in-law, Charles and Lorraine Steffen. May God bless the memory of Bill Hulst.
Mass of Christian Burial for William Hulst will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be from 9-11:00am on Saturday at the church. Military Honors will be provided by the U.S. Navy Honors Team and Crookston Veterans Council. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. Memorials may be given in Bill’s name to Crookston Park and Rec or the Crookston Pirate Boosters.
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Vernon L. Halstad, 85, Halstad, MN, died Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. Funeral: 11:00AM Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Augustana Lutheran Church, rural Halstad, MN. Visitation: Monday, June 4, 2018, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN.  Burial: Augustana Lutheran Cemetery, rural Halstad, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Halstad, Minnesota
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Michael Lin Razmyslowski
, 51, passed away on May 25, 2018. Michael Lin Razmyslowski was born to Raymond Sr. and Jociey (Begley) Razmyslowski on July 22, 1966 in Fairfax, VA. Michael had a step-father, Ralph Menke, who he shared many great times with.  The family eventually moved to Minnesota where Michael graduated from Blackduck High School. After graduation, he joined the circus which he enjoyed for a couple years. Eventually Crookston and Fertile became Michael’s home in the early 1990’s. He joined and served in the Army Reserves during the 1980’s and 1990’s. At the same time, while in the area, he worked at American Crystal Sugar through 2007. Michael then moved to Fosston, MN where he was employed by Minnesota Dehydrated Vegetables until the Spring of 2018 when his illness kept him from his job.
Michael enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, spending endless days/evenings at the lake watching westerns and listening to rock music. A family get together meant a lot to him too, which Included many weekends and holidays spent with Ralph and Jociey and all the relatives. Michael was an excellent handyman. His pockets where always full of gadgets to fix just about anything. Most of all Michael looked fondly upon grandchildren. Those kids were his world.
Michael is survived by his father, Raymond Sr., Spinnerstown, PA; daughter, Christina Klooz (John Katz), Port Carbon, PA; step-father Ralph Menke, Beltrami; step-children, Duane Klooz, St. Paul; and Dustin Klooz, Crookston; grandchildren, Landon, Joshua, and Clara Klooz; brothers, Raymond (Sheila) Razmyslowski Climax; Robin Razmyslowski, of Moose Lake; David (Jenni Munson) Razmyslowski, Fertile; Frank (Jordan Blokzyl) Kurz, Moorehead; nieces, Shanel, Brianna, Kylie, Erika, Lindsey, Mariah; nephews, Scott, Dallas, and Logan. Other special friends of Michael include, Bruce Burstad and Janice Szczech of Fisher, and Brian Mendes of Mesa, AZ.
Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents; mother, Jociey Kurz; brother, David Wallace Kurz; great niece, Scarlette Razmysiowski.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 31 at 5 PM at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with a memorial service to follow at 6 PM.

 

 

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Ellen Theresa (Fortier
) Patenaude, 84, passed away on May 23, 2018. Ellen Theresa Fortier was born to Octave and Cecelia (Duffy) Fortier on April 17, 1934 in Crookston.  She attended St Joseph’s Academy graduating in 1952.  Upon her graduation, Ellen went to work at Riverview Hospital as a Nurse’s Aid for the next 30 years. Ellen was united in marriage to Robert D. Patenaude on October 24, 1953 in St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Crookston. The couple was blessed with 6 children.
Ellen was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Catholic Daughters of America, Quilters Guild, and the Red Hat Ladies.
She was the best mother and grandmother in the world. Ellen was an excellent quilter, avid Soap Opera watcher, chocolate lover, Dairy Queen’s best customer, a firm believer in dessert first, window waver, and she was always there to help her children.
Ellen is survived by her children; Daniel and (Chris), Perley, MN; Kathleen (John) Bressler, Grand Forks, ND; Karen Sherf (Mike Beard) Bemidji, MN; David (Jill), Maple Grove, MN; Karla (Craig) Flisk, Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Holly (Craig) Nowak, Ashley, Andrew, Aryn Sherf; Nick, Lucas, Malia, Marissa, and Michael Patenaude; sisters, Alice Cummings, Warroad, Jean Hanson, Crookston; Emily Meyers, Fargo, ND; and brother, Patrick Fortier, Dilworth, MN.
Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert of 53 years (2006); son, Douglas (2013); and siblings; AnnaMae, Bernard, Rosemary, and Robert.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 29 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home followed by a prayer service. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, May 30 at 10:30 AM at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston.

 

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Sharon T. Remark
, 89, Fertile, MN, died Monday, May 28, 2018, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile.
The funeral is at 10:30AM Monday, June 4, 2018, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
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Diann Marie Mellon
, 51, of Ooltewah, TN, passed away Monday, May 28, 2018. Born in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada and formerly of Crookston, Minnesota. She has been a resident of the Ooltewah area for the past 19 years.
She was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. She enjoyed selling Avon and visiting with her customers, growing her roses, and spoiling her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Leon Desplenter and her grandparents. She is survived by her: husband, Ronald R. Mellon; three children, Jeremy (Kat) A. Mellon, Christina Marie Mellon and Matthew (Amy) Ray Mellon; two grandchildren, Payton Lynn Hearon and Sebastian Ryan Mellon; mother and step-father, Donald and Carol Amundson; brother, Michael Desplenter; sisters, Denise (Billy) DeViney and Char Putnam; step-brother, Doug (Christy) Amundson; step-sister, Roberta Turney.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Stephen Catholic Church with Father Manuel Perez officiating. A reception will be held at the church from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m.. Interment will be in the Chattanooga National Cemetery at 2 p.m.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Valley View Chapel with the Rosary at 7 p.m.. The family will also receive friends again at the church on Thursday one hour before the service, from 10 a.m.– 11 a.m.
Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway.

 

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Jerome “Jerry” Fuglseth
, 81, of Fertile, MN, died unexpectedly on Friday, May 25, 2017, at his home.
Funeral: 2:00PM Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN. Visitation: On Sunday for two hours before the service at the church. Burial:  Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota, www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Cecelia Olivia Vanyo, age 88, of East Grand Forks, MN, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, ND with her loving family by her side. Cecelia Duquette was born on June 15, 1929, in Drayton, ND, the daughter of the late Ernest and Delina (Chounard) Duquette.  She was raised in Drayton, ND, and attended country school.  Afterwards, she moved to Grand Forks, ND, and worked at National Tea and Senger’s Piggly Wiggly.  While working in the fields at the Kovar farm she met Norbert Vanyo.  They were engaged after their first date and were married on April 10, 1956, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks, MN.  They made their home in rural Tabor and then Euclid before buying their first farm near  Dorothy, MN, where they lived for the next 15 years.  The family moved to California for 4 years and then to Crookston.  Cecelia worked for the Red Owl and as an election judge before she and Norbert opened Dixie Cream Donuts and operated the business for 3 years.  They then moved around for a time before finally settling in East Grand Forks, MN. Cecelia is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Norbert Vanyo of East Grand Forks, MN; son, Chuck (Sharon) Vanyo of East Grand Forks, MN; daughters, Nancy (Larry) Martin of Grand Forks, ND, and Beverly (Jeff) Jamieson of Climax, MN;  10 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Delina Duquette; brothers, Ed, Paul, and George Duquette; sisters, Elizabeth Duquette, Helen Bessette, Louise Duquette, Marian Mantos, and Delphine Theis; as well as several nieces and nephews and other extended family members. Blessed be the memory of Cecelia Olivia Vanyo. Funeral Service:  10:00 am on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks, MN. Visitation:  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a 7:00 pm Prayer Service on Friday, May 25, 3018, at Dahl Funeral Home in East Grand Forks, MN. Interment:  Holy Trinity Catholic Church Cemetery ~ Tabor, MN
Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com
Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota

 

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Norbert J. Vanyo, age 89 of East Grand Forks, MN, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, ND. Norbert John Vanyo was born on July 20, 1928 in Northland Township, Polk County, MN, the son of John W. and Anna B. (Sabol) Vanyo.  Norbert grew up in Sandsville and Northland Township in Polk County where he attended rural school.  In 1951 he joined the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953.  Following his discharge from the army, he farmed with his father and also worked for Bossart Brothers Farms.  On April 10, 1956 he was united in marriage to Cecelia Duquette at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks, MN.  He then farmed near Dorothy, MN for 15 years.  In 1973 they moved to California and resided there for 4 years.  They moved back to Crookston, MN where he worked for Krogstad Construction and Riverview Hospital.  They owned and operated Dixie Cream Donuts in Crookston for 3 years before moving to Grand Forks, ND where he worked construction for area Apartment Complexes and also worked for Lyle Rose of East Grand Forks, MN. Norbert is survived by his son, Chuck (Sharon) Vanyo of East Grand Forks, MN; daughters, Nancy (Larry) Martin of Grand Forks, ND, and Beverly (Jeff) Jamieson of Climax, MN;  10 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth (Harley) Lindgren of CA; brother-in-law, Donald Swartz of Grand Forks, ND as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna; wife Cecelia on May 22, 2018; sisters, Helen Kliner, Cecelia Kovar, Gertrude Kotrba and Ann Swartz as well as several nieces, nephews and other extended family members.Blessed be the memory of Norbert John Vanyo. Funeral Service:  10:00 AM on Saturday, May 26, 2018 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 200 3rd St. NW, East Grand Forks, MN. Visitation:  5:00 to 7:00 on Friday, May 25, 2018 in Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN and also one hour prior Funeral Service on Saturday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rosary Service:  6:30 PM on Friday, May 25, 2018 in Dahl Funeral Home. Interment:  Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery ~ Tabor, MN Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com
Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota

 

 

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Muriel R. Rasmusson, 89, Ada, MN, died Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Funeral: 11:00AM Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.Visitation: Tuesday for one hour before the service at the church. Burial: Ada City Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota
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Jerry Donald Regan, 69, of Duluth, MN, passed away of sudden cardiac arrest on May 21, 2018.
Jerry was born in Crookston, MN on July 26, 1948 to Gayle and Lorraine Regan. Jerry attended Crookston Cathedral High School and the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  After college, he served in the Army during the Vietnam War.
Jerry owned and operated McCormick’s Bar in Grand Rapids for several years then moved on as a meat salesman for several companies in Minneapolis. At the time of his death he owned and operated Great Lakes Distributing. Jerry’s paradise was his summer retreat on the St. Louis River. His presence there will be missed by many. Jerry married the love of his life, Joanne, on August 27th, 2016. The two of them enjoyed wintering in Arizona for the past five years.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Gayle and Lorraine and step son Scott Lustig.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife Joanne; sons Chris Regan and Joseph Mazitelli; daughter Becky Damon; and his grandson Owen Damon; brothers Larry (Jerry’s twin), John (Shawn), Dennis (Debbie); sisters Trish (Pete) Ramstad and Jane Regan; step children Tim (Dani) Lustig, Gary Lustig, Donald Lustig, and Pat (Jen) Lustig; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; many cousins and friends.
Jerry’s memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 622 99th Ave. W., Duluth, MN, with visitation from 10 to 11 AM.

 

 

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Jan David Nelson
, 66, of Crookston, MN, passed away at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, Monday morning, May 21, 2018, with his family at his side. Jan was born in Crookston on June 12, 1951, the middle child of three born to the union of Stanley M. and Rowena (Free) Nelson. He was little brother to his sister, Marsha, and big brother to his sister, Nancy. Jan was baptized and confirmed at the Wesley United Methodist Church and received his early education at the Franklin Elementary School. He went on to attend Crookston Central High School, where he played varsity football for the Pirates, and graduated with the Class of 1969. Favorite memories of those years included many family camping trips.
After high school Jan moved to Omaha, NB and was employed by Gibson Store there. He returned to Crookston in 1972, and after earning his journeyman plumber’s license began employment with Crane Plumbing and Heating. He later moved to Red Lake Falls, MN, where he worked for Johanneck Plumbing.  In the early 1980’s Jan decided to further his education and began taking classes at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. The final years of his working career were spent with the City of Crookston Water Department. In retirement Jan drove a bus for the Polk County Development Achievement Center (DAC) and had most recently been employed at Auto Value to the present time.
Jan had attended the Wesley United Methodist Church for many years and was a member of Crookston Eagles Aerie 873. As a young man in the 1970’s he raced stock cars at many of the area’s tracks. Jan was immensely proud of his yard and gardens, and always happiest when digging in the dirt. He will be very sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends.
Grateful to have had Jan in their lives are his beloved mother, Rowena, of Crookston; two sisters, Marsha Myrold and Nancy Vakoch (Larry Brule) of Crookston; four nephews and a niece: Erik (Marjorie) Myrold of Grand Forks, ND, Matthew (Rebeka) Myrold of Minneapolis, MN, Nathan (Jaime) Myrold of Maple Grove, MN, and Andy (Britany) Vakoch and Sarah Vakoch of Lewiston, ID; seven great-nieces and great-nephews: Brianna and Maddie Myrold, Elijah Ndosi, Reagan and Breccan Myrold, and Atlee and Clancy Vakoch; his daughter, Nicole Garcia of Cameron Park, CA and granddaughter, Lauren; and his cat, “Uggie”, who was more like family than pet. May God richly bless the memory of Jan David Nelson.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Jan Nelson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Jerry Bass, officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 1-2:00 p.m. Burial will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. In lieu of flowers please consider memorials in Jan’s name to the Polk County Humane Society, or any charity of the donor’s choice.


 

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Ellen T. Patenaude
, age 84, of Crookston passed away in the early hours of May 23 surrounded by her family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held  Wednesday, May 30th at 10:30am at the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, with Parish Prayers at 7:00 at Tuesday at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home. Burial will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Crookston.
 

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Ethel E. Petry, 80, Ada, MN, died Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, May 25, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.  Visitation: Thursday, May 24, 2018, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM with a 7:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada. Burial: Ada City Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota
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Jan David Nelson, 66, of Crookston, MN, passed away at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, Monday morning, May 21, 2018, with his family at his side. The funeral service celebrating Jan’s  life  will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Jerry Bass, officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 1-2:00 p.m. Burial will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.

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Catherine Mary Lubinski (Weiland)
peacefully passed away on May 14, 2018 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota at the age of 97. Catherine was born on October 16, 1920 in Belgium Township outside of Euclid, Minnesota to Nicholas and Marie Weiland. She was raised with eight siblings and enjoyed a close relationship with her brothers and sisters until she became the remaining survivor. Catherine married Alfred Lubinski on November 17, 1942. The two of them had a rich, happy marriage and made their lives farming in the Township of Euclid, Minnesota. After several years of hard work on the farm, Catherine and Alfred retired to Crookston, Minnesota in 1978. During their retirement, Catherine and Alfred enjoyed traveling to many great destinations that included Israel and Rome. Their marriage was the foundation of many families as their children--Martha, Donald, Lyle and Irene--were raised with a sense of responsibility and love in their hearts. Catherine had many passions that include fishing, crocheting and, loving her family. Catherine caught countless walleye at Lake of the Woods, crocheted beautiful afghans for loved ones and had a warm and welcoming home to visitors. She always had a batch of her famous cinnamon rolls to greet any visitor. One of the great joys of her life was being a grandmother. She knew and loved 12 grandchildren,19 great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild. Grandma’s heart was full of love, as she always reminded her grandchildren of her adoration. Catherine is preceded in death by her husband Alfred, her daughter Irene (Bobby) Raaen, her son-in-law Keith (Martha) Robertson and two grandsons Christopher Lubinski and Scott Robertson. She will be fondly remembered by those who had the privilege of sharing her life. There will be a visitation for Catherine from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Monday, May 21, 2018 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. Interment will be a Calvary Cemetery in Crookston, MN.

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Sister Jeanne Marie Campeau
, 91, died on May 14, 2018 at RiverView Health in Crookston, MN.  Marie Verna Campeau was born in Star Prairie Township, St. Croix, WI, on June 5, 1926, the daughter of Arthur and Josephine (Martell) Campeau. She attended elementary school and high school in Somerset, WI, graduating in 1945. 
On September 8, 1949, Marie Verna entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in Crookston, MN and following the formation program received the religious name of Jeanne Maria.  Sister Jeanne Maria made her First Profession of Vows on March 19, 1950 and Final Vows on August 13, 1954.
Sister Jeanne Maria was involved in a variety of ministries, including secretarial responsibilities at the Congregation’s two hospitals, St. Joseph in Park Rapids, MN and Trinity Hospital in Baudette, MN.  In 1973 she completed an AA degree in applied science from the University of Minnesota, Crookston. 
Of her many ministries, it would be safe to say that Sister Jeanne Maria’s most precious years were those spent with the children and families in several Crookston homes, where she offered child care with love.    Parishioners of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN will miss seeing Sister Jeanne Maria singing with the adult choir on Sundays, always standing between the tallest choir members.
Surviving Sister Jeanne Maria are her community members of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Josephine Campeau; brothers: Arthur Jr., Gasper, and Lloyd; and sisters: Bernice (infant), Odelia Halverson, and Bernice Sommers.
The Mass of Resurrection for Sister Jeanne Maria Campeau will be celebrated by Father Vincent Miller at 4:00pm, Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Chapel of Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.  Visitation will be at the Villa from 2 to 4:00pm, with a Prayer Service at 2:30pm, which will include Sharing of Memories. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery following Mass.
Memorials may be offered to the Congregation of St. Joseph.
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Sister Mary Daniel Neumann
(87), died Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Villa Saint Vincent in Crookston, MN.
Mary Catherine Neumann was born on September 12, 1930 in Bemidji. She was the ninth of Ernest and Bernadette (Belaire) Neumann’s eleven children. Mary Catherine was baptized by Father Keogh Patnode. When she was of school age, she attended Saint Philip’s Eloementary School. Sister Mary Daniel had fond memories of her childhood, especially of her sister Helen, who was twelve years older than she and of her younger sister Agnes (Peachy). Sister Mary Daniel wrote that she took full advantage of Helen’s love for her. One of her fondest memories of Helen was of her way of making a tea party just for the two of them. Her mother would use the tiny toy muffin pan from Mary Catherine’s toy dishes to make small puffs of bread. Helen used these and the toy dishes to make a tea party just for the two of them.
When Mary Catherine was five years old, her sister Agnes was born. Mary Catherine had the privilege of holding Peachy in her arms while sitting in a rocking chair. Soon Peachy tagged along with her everywhere.
Between her junior and senior years, Helen obtained a job for her at the Golden Rule Department Store. After graduating from Bemidji High School in1948, Mary Catherine went to live with Helen in Saint Paul. She obtained a job at the Department of Education which she held from January to September, 1949. They lived on Summit Avenue, just two blocks down from the Cathedral where they went to Mass. The Benedictine Sisters from Crookston also had a house of studies on Summit and Mary Catherine was able to visit some of them whom she had as teachers in Bemidji. Some of the sisters encouraged her to consider a vocation as a Benedictine sister, and Mary Catherine knew she also wanted it. Her mother knew of her yearning and encouraged her to follow her heart’s desire.
The date set for entering the Benedictine sisters was September 15, 1949. Saying good-bye to her mother and Peachy was difficult, and Mary Catherine was teary-eyed all the way to Crookston. Her father and her brother Eddie, drove her to the Mount and they were brought to the guest dining room and were served lunch. After they left, she was dressed in the black dress of postulants, and that evening at supper was accepted as a postulant. She was invested in the Benedictine habit and received the name Sister Mary Daniel when she entered the novitiate in April, 1950.
The novitiate is a year of studying Benedictine life and of discernment so that the novice is able to make a free choice before making monastic profession. Sister Mary Daniel related that she made a happy, free choice to request first and then final monastic profession three years later.
After leaving the novitiate, Sister Mary Daniel served in the office area of Saint Francis Hospital in Crookston where she remained through the first half of 1954.
In August, 1954, after making final profession, she was assigned to teach at Cathedral School in Crookston for one year, and then to teach sixth grade at Assumption School in Barnesville. From 1957 to 1963, she was the principal at the school as well as the superior in the convent. In the summer of 1963, she returned to the College of Saint Catherine to complete a degree in business education. Her preference would have been to teach business education, but she was assigned to the Mount business office where she worked under the mentorship of Sister Carol Jean Schroeder.
Sister Mary Daniel attended Saint Louis University where she earned a master’s degree in hospital administration, after which she returned to the Mount business office, but this time as the treasurer of the monastic community while serving on the boards of all four hospitals staffed by the sisters.
On July 1, 1983, she became director of Health Services a Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. For the next twenty years she saw to the good care of the sick, the aging and the frail members of the community. During this time she found great joy in living at Marymount Farm on the Mount property.
In 2003, Good Shepherd Hall as the infirmary was converted into an assisted living facility under the management of Villa Saint Vincent. From the time of her “retirement” on July 1, 2003, to August 1, 2005, she served the community by keeping the health care inventory records, attending all the care plan meetings at the Villa for the sisters in residence there, maintaining health care records for all the sisters, serving as a sister-companion for one of the sisters who was in a nursing facility in Fertile, assisting in the Mount archives and organizing and overseeing the printing of 9,000 copies of the Crookston Benedictine publication three times a year.
In May, 2005, she was asked by newly-elected prioress, Sister Lenore Paschke, to become her secretary in addition to representing the prioress in the care-plan meetings for the sisters living at the Villa. She also worked in coordinating the care of the sisters at the Villa and those who lived in Good Shepherd Hall at the Mount. In April, 2013, she retired from her position as secretary to the prioress.
Sister Mary Daniel spent the ensuing years caring for her health and strengthening her attention to living monastic life.
Sister Mary Daniel wrote, “I am at my best when I can serve community members rather than in outreach positions. Living directly under this roof and hearing Saint Benedict say to me from time to time LISTEN! has given a monastic rhythm of work and prayer to my life. . . . I am grateful that Benedict’s invitation has brought my spiritual life to a point of listening through lectio divina, Benedict’s way of praying scripture.”
Sister Mary Daniel was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Bernadette Neumann and her siblings Joseph, Alfred, James, Thomas, Francis, Ernest, Helen, Angela, Phyllis and Gabriel. She is survived her sister Peachy, many nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.
Reception of the body of Mary Daniel will be on Wednesday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday May 17, 2018. All services will be at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 Summit Ave., Crookston, MN, 56716, phone 218-281-3441.
Gifts in memory of Sister Mary Daniel may be given to Mount Saint Benedict Foundation.

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Elizabeth Helen Herding
, 83 of Red Lake Falls, MN died on Friday May 11, 2018 at Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN.
Funeral will be held at 5:00 PM Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating presiding.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday one hour prior to the service at St. Joseph Catholic Church. 
Elizabeth Helen Herding was born near New Effington, SD on June 14, 1934 to George Louis and Elizabeth Gertrude (Kinn) Kassa.  She was baptized in New Effington, SDand confirmed in Sisseton, SD.  Elizabeth attended school in Alma #4, a rural school near Hankinson, ND.  She spent 2 years of High School at Hankinson, ND.She worked as a babysitter for neighbors and also helped on the farm.  Later she moved to Minneapolis, MN where she worked in a Restaurant.  She moved back to Wahpeton, ND working at State school of Science and also working in a restaurant.
On April 25, 1959 Elizabeth was united in marriage to Donald Herding in Hankinson, ND.
Elizabeth worked in Breckenridge at St. Francis Hospital for 6 years.  In 1965 Donald and Elizabeth moved to Red Lake Falls, MN where Liz worked at St. Johns Hospital for 25 years.  Donald and Elizabeth purchased Don’s Drive Inn in 1988 and operated the restaurant until 1998 when she retired.
Elizabeth enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, flower gardening, baking, spending time doing genealogyand made over 400 Family Tree books, after she got her computershe loved to play solitaire.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church & Guild, Catholic Daughters, Legion Auxiliary, supported the wounded warriors, was a Den mother for Cub Scouts, and was an active blue lines member.
She is survived by her husband Donald Herding; children Veronica (Tracy) Anderson of St. HelenaIsland, SC, David (Shirley) Herding of Stillwater, MN, Beckie (Gary JR.) Pahlen of Red Lake Falls, MN; her Grandchildren Ben (Emily) Herding, Amber (Mike) Seeger, Matthew (Kathleen) Herding, Lukas Wavra, Jacob Wavra, Holly Wavra, Courtney Pahlen, Caleb Pahlen; Great Grandchildren Logan and Landon, Morgan and Grace, Emerie; brothers Don (Martha) Kassa of Bloomington, MN, Peter (Casey) Kassa of Hankinson, ND, Paul (Janelle) Kassa of Minneapolis, MN; sisters Cathy (Al) Janus of Bigfork, MN and Mary Keil of Manitowoc, WI; along with several nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth is preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; sisters Theresa Martin, SisterAntoinetteKassa, and GeorgiannaSchiltz; brothers Anthony Kassa, Joe Kassa, and George Kassa.
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Maryrose “Mary” Gemma Sirek, age 57, of Crookston, passed away May 10, 2018 at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston. A Mass of Christian burial will be held  Thursday, May 17 at 10:30 am in St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN. Visitation will be on Thursday from 9:30 am until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery immediately following the service. Mary was born to Clarence and Elaine (Page) Brault on November 11, 1960 in Crookston, MN. She attended Central High School in Crookston, graduating in 1979.  Upon her graduation, Mary worked at Wash and Shine Laundry and Happy Joes. On June 15, 1984, Mary was united in marriage to Robert Scott Sirek in St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN. The couple was blessed with 3 children.  In 1987, she opened a daycare in their home where she continued to care for children until her retirement in 2009. Mary loved being around children, her dog Chipper, going out for supper and she also loved to shop.  Some of her interests over the years include bowling, making ceramics, reading, fishing, and camping.  She will be remembered for the love she had for all the wonderful children she had the opportunity to care for. Mary is survived by her loving family – daughters, Stacy and Alesha Sirek of Crookston; son, Ryan (fiancé, Chelsey Peters), of rural Crookston; grandchildren, Mya, Kolton, Mercedes, and Lacy; brother, Raymond, AZ; sisters, Teri (Jerome) Brault, Crookston, Maurice (Shawn) Brault, Gentilly; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by both her parents; brothers, Robert, Walter and Mike; infant grandson, Jason Issacson; and sister-in-law, Nancy Brault.
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Arlo W. Menke, 64, Beltrami, MN, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Riverview Clinic, Fertile, MN. Visitation: 1:00PM -2:00PM Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN. Graveside Service 3:00PM Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Fairview Cemetery, Beltrami, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN         
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Beverly Ann Perreault, age 77, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones in her home at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston, MN on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
Beverly was born in Crookston, MN on June 11, 1940, the daughter of Eldrick and Evelyn (Brule) Audette. She was baptized at St. Anthony’s Church in Terrebonne, MN. Beverly attended the Terrebonne Village School, St. Joseph’s Elementary School and Lafayette High School, where she graduated in 1958.
During her school years, Beverly was an active member of St. Anthony’s Church in Terrebonne where she played the organ and was a member of their church choir. Following graduation, she worked at Norby’s Department Store in Grand Forks before moving to Crookston to work in the office of St. Francis Hospital.
On February 20, 1960, Beverly was united in marriage to Ronald Perreault. The couple made their home south of Red Lake Falls on the Perreault Family Homestead and together they raised six children:  Jeff, Brian, Kevin, Lisa, Angie, and Naomi.   
Beverly dedicated her life to raising her six children and spending time with her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing, canning, baking, family camping trips, playing cards, quiet time with God, attending bible study, crocheting, long walks, spending time with friends, shopping with her daughters and working in her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. She enjoyed the holidays and always looked forward to having her children/grandchildren home for a special meal. Beverly also enjoyed any occasion to celebrate the gift of time together with her Mother and brothers and sisters and their families. 
Beverly was a devoted member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, a Member of the Catholic Daughters and also participated in Card Club and Homemakers where she formed many lifelong friendships.
In 1977, Beverly was presented with an opportunity from Gentilly Farmers Mutual Insurance Company  to work as their Administrative Assistant.   As the company grew and was renamed Bray Gentilly Insurance Company, Beverly was promoted to Manager. For many years, she enjoyed serving families in the community and surrounding areas until December 1997 when she retired due to ill health.     
In 2003, as Beverly’s health continued to decline, she made the Summit Apartments and the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston her permanent home. Despite her many physical limitations and chronic pain, her steadfast faith was truly inspiring. Beverly always had a smile, and was quick to find joy in each day and chose to focus on the blessings in her life.   She was truly a ray of light to anyone she came in contact with.   She accepted her health obstacles as part of her cross to bear and expressed that she knew that no matter where God placed her, “He” would want her to “Bloom where she was planted” in this life, until she entered heaven. Throughout the years, Beverly could often be heard expressing her love and heartfelt gratitude toward her special companion, Harry, her friends and her Villa caregivers whom she considered her extended family.  Their genuine love and commitment to her overall care and well-being when she was no longer able to meet these care needs on her own will be forever cherished.
Beverly is preceded in death by her Father Eldrick Audette and her Mother Evelyn Audette.
She is survived by her loving family – Jeff (Barb) Perreault, Brian (Kari) Perreault,  Kevin ( Chris) Perreault, Lisa (Jeri) D’Orazio, Angie (Brad) Schirmers, Naomi (Tim) St. John;  her 16 grandchildren and four great grand-children; Ronald Perreault; brothers, Dean (Bonnie) Audette and Richard (Heidi) Audette; sister, Janna (Roger) Cayler, many, many treasured friends and her faithful, devoted companion Harry Manole.
May God richly bless the memory of Beverly and all those who shared in her life.  
There will be a visitation for Beverly from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service. Both services to be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. Interment will be held at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Gentilly, MN.
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Nancy Louise Brandt, 70, Ada, Minnesota, died on May 2, 2018, at Sanford Dialysis in Fargo, ND. Funeral: 11:00AM Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Ada, MN.  Visitation: Monday, May 7, 2018 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Burial: St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Ada, MN. Arrangements by Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota
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Russel  W.  Nelson, 93, Fertile, MN, died Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN. Funeral: 3:00PM Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Sundal Lutheran Church, rural Gary, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial: Sundal Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN
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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.
Services for Paul Merriall Midderigh have been set. A memorial service for Paul will be held at 2:00PM, Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation with the family will from 1-2pm. Inurnment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery at a later date.
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James Edward Waxler, 93, of Crookston, MN, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 3, 2018, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN, where he had been a resident since last December. Jim was born in Fargo, ND on February 27, 1925 to Frank and Kathryn (St. Jacque) Waxler. The family lived in Mapleton, ND, until moving to a farm near Gardner, ND when Jim was nine years old. He worked alongside his father in their fields and attended Gardner High School.   In 1947, Jim moved to Hunter, ND where he was employed by State Oil and Auto.
On May 21, 1947 Jim was united in marriage to Jordyce Yvonne Skue at First Lutheran Church in 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 Jim and Jordyce made their home in Harwood, ND before moving to Fargo. Jim worked for Bill Burkholder Welding and Auto Repair and was later employed by the Cass County Implement Company. In 1959 they came to Crookston to continue raising their family, while Jim began his career with American Crystal Sugar during the Christmas holiday season. After twenty-six successful years with Crystal he took his well-earned retirement in 1985. In semi-retirement he worked for Rodney Beiswenger on his rural Fisher, MN farm, and then for Wayne Erickson on his farm near Climax, MN.
Jim and Jordyce were longtime members of Trinity Lutheran Church. Jim was also Past-President of Crookston Eagles Aerie 873, Past-Master of the Crookston Masonic Lodge Pierson Chapter 41 and a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Kem Temple Shrine, was Past-District Deputy and Exalted Ruler of the Elks, was Past-President of the local AARP, and participated in activities at Crookston’s Golden Link. Jim was always there to lend a hand to those who were less fortunate. In 1997 he and Jordyce were honored as Crookston’s Experienced Americans. Together, they enjoyed many warm and wonderful friendships and were saddened as the years went by and those friends began to pass. Time spent with family was a treasure; and sharing their many accomplishments an absolute joy. On August 8, 2016 Jordyce was called to her heavenly home. The family rejoices in the knowledge that Jordyce and Brent were there waiting for Jim and are together again. May God bless Jim’s memory.
Cherished family members include their children and spouses: Bruce and Mary Jo Waxler of Bartlett, IL, Kathy and Mike Spence of Bayfield, WI, Brian 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 step-sister, Alice (Chuck) Bowman; step-brother, Kenny Waxler; and many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his beloved wife and son, Jordyce and Brent, Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Kathryn; step-mother; Alice Waxler; and great-granddaughter Livia Waxler.
The memorial service for James Edward Waxler will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, May 5, 2018, 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, May 4, 2018 from 5-6:30 pm, with a 6:30 pm Masonic Service, that is open to the public, followed by a 7:00 pm 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 Jim’s memory to an organization of the giver’s choice.
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Sherman Charles Dillabough, 73, of Crookston, MN, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 29, 2018, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston with his family at his side. Sherm was born in Crookston on September 9, 1944, the 3rd of 4 children of the union of Charles and Gladys (Brault) Dillabough. He graduated from Crookston Central High School and for a time worked as a grain inspector. For several years during the 1960’s he served in the US Army National Guard from Crookston with Company C, 2nd Battallion, 136th Infantry. Sherm spent most of his life as a self-employed local carpenter, known for his excellent workmanship, and attention to the finest of details. Sherm had a great sense of humor, and his one-liners were classics. He was a good friend to all and a loving brother and uncle.
Sherm is survived by his sisters, Mary Jo Jobe and Shirley Howdahl, of Crookston, MN; brother, Dwain Dillabough and his wife, Patti, of Crookston; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Gladys; and brothers-in-law, Arlyn Jobe and Carl Howdahl. May God richly bless Sherm’s memory.
A graveside service for Sherman Charles Dillabough will be held at 9:30AM, Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston with The Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council.

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LeRoy Edwin Clemenson, 70, of Crookston, MN, passed away at his home early Saturday morning, April 28, 2018, of natural causes. LeRoy was born in Moorhead, MN on October 24, 1947 to Edwin Alfred and Lillian Clarice (Thompson) Clemenson. He was later raised by Andy and Darlaine (Tollefson) Clemenson, who he considered to be his second Dad and Mom. LeRoy attended elementary school in Horace before  moving to Crookston. He graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1966, and briefly attended the University of Minnesota Technical College. He began his career working for the Crookston factory of American Crystal Sugar Company on September 14, 1968. On February 2, 1970, he married Cindy Jo Smith in Crookston and they were blessed by the births of two children, Jason Lee and Jodi Lynn. On December 28, 1973 Darlaine passed away. On May 9, 1975 Andy married Joan (Grove) Erickson in Crookston. Andy passed away on May 19, 2003. LeRoy continued working at American Crystal, and on June 6, 2008 was united in marriage to Joni Lynn (Spangler) Erickson in Crookston. Lillian passed away on April 28, 2010. Very sadly, LeRoy’s son, Jason, died on January 24, 2011. Edwin passed away on July 8, 2011 and Joan passed on January 3, 2012. After over forty-four years of dedicated service, LeRoy retired as yard coordinator of American Crystal on  November 1, 2012. After retirement, he worked for the Crookston Daily Times, was a park ranger for the City of Crookston, and an attendant at Fisher’s Landing.
LeRoy was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Eagles Aerie #873, and Crookston American Legion Post #20. He enjoyed fishing, doing puzzles, and playing cards. He was also a fan of western movies, going to concerts, collecting antiques, and playing the lottery. You would never see LeRoy without a 20 oz. Pepsi in his hand, or chewing Trident Tropical Fruit gum. LeRoy was a devoted husband, dad, grandfather, and brother, who will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
LeRoy is survived by his beloved wife, Joni; a daughter, Jodi Enlow and her husband, Will, of Crookston, MN; 6 grandchildren: Brooke Clemenson (Dustin Schwebach) of St. Cloud, MN, Megan Pierson (Brady Johnson) of Fargo, ND, Anna Enlow and Casey Enlow of Crookston, Nick Pederson of Chaska, MN, and    Ben Pederson of Crookston; step-children, Justin and Kristen Erickson and their son, Mason, of Climax, MN, and Rachel Erickson (Allen Arnold) of Wausau, WI. He also leaves 13 siblings: Sandra (Ron) Selzer of Wyndmere, ND, Judith (Jerry) Staab of Moorhead, MN, Debra (Allen) Berg of Fargo, Susan (Gene) Zachgo of Fargo, Dawn Roline of Bemidji, MN, Kathy Bailey of Bismarck, ND, Linda (Craig) Davidson of Moorhead, Verla (Paul) Hennings of Fargo, Terry (Leanne) Clemenson of Lakewood, CO, Bryan (Kim) Clemenson of Manchester, England, Ellert Clemenson of Porterville, CA, Twyla (Richard) Fomasi of Drummond, ID, and Tammy (Bruce) Kivley of Fargo, ND; and Joan’s 5 children: Bonita (Mike) Rakoczy of Northwood,, ND, Todd (Carol) Erickson of Sydney, MT, Michael Erickson of Germany, Stephen (Barb) Erickson of Crookston, and Kristi (Craig) Parker of Belgrade, MT; as well as, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his son, Jason, and his parents; he was preceded in death by his sister, LaVonne Clemenson; brother, Larry Clemenson; infant brother, Gary; and former wife, Cindy Jo LaFleur. May God bless LeRoy’s memory.
The funeral service for LeRoy Edwin Clemenson will be held at 2:00pm, Monday, May 7, 2018, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 1-2PM that day. Interment will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.

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Anitra Ofstedal, 74, rural Fertile, MN, died Saturday, April 28, 2018, at her home under the care of her family and hospice. Memorial Service: 1:00PM Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Interment:  Faaberg Lutheran Cemetery, Rindal, MN. Arrangements with  Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN 
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Benjamin “Ben” Daniel Widseth, 19, of rural Fosston, MN, and a student at NDSU in Fargo, died unexpectedly near his home on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Ben was born on March 31, 1999, in Waconia, MN, the son of Jeffrey and Kristi (Palmer) Widseth. He became part of a loving home that included his big sister, Carissa. While growing up in Waconia, Ben was baptized at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church.  He received his education in the Waconia schools, where Ben loved math and physics.  While still in high school, Ben also completed several college courses at Ridgewater Community College in Hutchinson, MN.  His true passion was playing trumpet, and in high school he became a proud member of the Waconia Marching Band, recognized to be one of the best marching bands in the state.  In Ben’s younger grades, he played baseball and football, and in high school he ran cross-country for the Waconia Wildcats. Friendships, especially with the “Corner Crew,” were a very important part of his life. Not only did the Crew do everything together, but those bonds remained strong to the present time. Ben graduated from Waconia High School as a member of the Class of 2017.
Ben enjoyed playing cards and board games throughout his life, but really loved playing video games online with his friends. He loved the mountains and forests, and great family memories were created while hiking in Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, and Banff National Parks. When Ben would forge ahead, leaving his Mom, Dad, and Sis behind, they lovingly referred to him as ‘Mountain Goat’ or, in some cases, ‘Bear Bait’ when he trailed too far behind.   Ben became an accomplished downhill skier and made his family immeasurably proud by becoming an adaptive ski instructor with the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, teaching children with disabilities to ski. Ben loved animals, and his life was enriched by two cats, Twinkle Toes and Romeow, and his dog, Lena, who were considered family, not pets.
Last fall Ben enrolled at North Dakota State University, majoring in engineering. He enjoyed college life and was honored to become a member of the NDSU Marching Band.  He had just recently begun working at the Crooked Pint in Fargo as a greeter and host and really grew into the position. He was a young man who greatly valued freedom, not just for himself, but for everyone. Ben had the kindest of hearts, coupled with a unique sense of humor, and his calming soul made those around him feel better. 
Ben will be lovingly remembered by his dad and mom, Jeff and Kristi Widseth of Fosston, MN; sister and life-long friend, Carissa of Fosston; grandfather, Richard “Dick” Widseth of Crookston, MN; aunts and uncles: Cindy and Steve Saboe of Washington, DC, Tami Decker of Edina, MN, Jennifer Widseth Coppel and Jay Coppel of Savage, MN, Greg and Nan Widseth of Crookston, Les Palmer of Crookston, Julie and Tom Glass of Glendale, Maryland, Marc and Sue Palmer of Crookston, Ben’s Godparents, Kari and Chad Hitchen of Winger, MN, Bonnie Palmer of Crookston, and Laurie and Lee Straw of Bemidji, MN; cousins including: Nikki, Heather, Angie, Katie, Sally, Emily, Joey, Ashley, Leigha, Jessica, Jayme, Brittany, Luke, Jake, Sam, Hunter, Kim, and Katrina; other relatives; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clarice (Thureen) Widseth, and Dwane and Juneth (Sather) Palmer; uncles, Kim and Daniel Palmer; and cousin, Tiffany Glass. Ben’s life was a blessing, and he will be missed beyond measure.
A Memorial Service celebrating Ben’s life will be held at 4:00 pm, Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, with The Rev. Elise Pokel officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Saturday, May 5, from 4:00-7:00 pm, with a prayer service and sharing of memories at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue at the church on Sunday from 3:00-4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Ben’s memory to the Waconia High School Marching Band or a charity of choice.
www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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R. Gene Busch, 81, Fertile, MN, died Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Fair Meadow Assisted Living, in Fertile.
Funeral: 11:00AM Monday, May 14, 2018, at Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN. Visitation: One hour before the funeral at the church.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Donald E. Youngquist, age 91, of Boulder City, NV, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City, NV. There will be a burial for Donald held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN.

 

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David Klinger
, age 88, of Mentor, MN, passed away on Sunday, April 22nd, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile, MN. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 28th, at Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor with the Rev. Michael Sletto officiating. Interment will be in Maple Bay Cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
David Keith Klinger was born on January 10, 1930 in Crookston, Minnesota to parents Frank and Hilda Klinger. Following the death of his father, David and his mother moved to Fertile, Minnesota where he attended Fertile High School.
David entered the United States Army in January of 1951 and served in the Army infantry in Korea until he received his honorable discharge in August of 1952. He returned to Minnesota and worked for the railroad in the Twin Cities and in the Fertile area for a number of years, worked at Spring Gravel, and drove truck. He also held a private pilot’s license.
David was united in marriage to Florence Dulmage on July 12, 1958 in Fosston, Minnesota. They moved to Seattle, Washington in 1959 where their two daughters, Robin and Shirley, were born. While in Seattle, he worked as a baker for Langendorf Bakery. The family returned to Fertile in December of 1971. They lived in Fertile and McIntosh over the years and then in Mentor with their daughter, Robin. Together, David and Florence moved to Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile in September of 2017. Florence passed away there on January 16, 2018.
David received a Purple Heart for his valor and injuries he received in the Korean War. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years and he liked to visit with family and friends. Most of all, he enjoyed the time that he spent with his family.
Survivors include two daughters, Robin (Jeff) Benson of Mentor, and Shirley (Roy) Lawson of Warren, MN; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Josh (Katie) Benson and their children, Caden and Brenna; Justin (Kristi) Benson and their children, Grant, Kora, and Brynlee; Jeremy (Ashley) Benson and their children, Riley and Skylar; Megan Evenson and her daughter, Florrie; and Isabelle Lawson. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence; his parents; and sister Delores (Ben) Johnson.


 

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Irene Roquet, 84, Ada, MN, died suddenly on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND. Funeral: 10:30AM Friday, April 27, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.   Visitation: Thursday April 26, 2018, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada. Burial: Sunnywood Gardens Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
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Mary Ann Quick
, 82, of rural Borup, MN, died Sunday, April 22, 2018, at her home under the care of her family and Hospice.
Funeral: 10:30AM Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Felton (MN) Community Center. Visitation: 5:00PM to7:00PM on Friday, April 27, 2018, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home in Ada. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
www.fredriksonfh.com

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Dorothy Mae Gregg, 85, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN, on Saturday afternoon, April 21, 2018.  A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN on a date yet to be determined. The Very Rev. Vincent Miller will be presiding. Inurnment will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Fargo, ND.

 

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Joyce E. Schlagel, 87, Ada, Minnesota, died Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Benedictine Care Community, in Ada, under the care of Hospice and her family.
Funeral service: 11:00AM Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Faith United Church, Ada. Visitation: Wednesday, April 25, from 5:00-7:00PM, with a prayer service at 6:30PM, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, and one hour before the service on Thursday at the church. Interment: Bowesmont (ND) Community Cemetery at a later date. 
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota, www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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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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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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