Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

 

Corrine Rudshagen, 88, Columbus, MT, formerly of Felton, MN, died March 15, 2015, in Montana. Graveside Services:  Were held Friday March 27, 2015, at the Felton Cemetery, Felton, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home

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Birdie Louise (Bartz) Wheeler, 98, Lincoln, NE, formerly of Lockhart, MN, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, March 25, 2015, at Sumner Place in Lincoln. Graveside services will be held in May at Pleasant View Cemetery near Lockhart. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota

 

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Marie (Stennes) Hoyt, 94, Erskine, MN, formerly of Hendrum, MN, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Pioneer Memorial Care Center, Erskine, MN.
A graveside service will be held at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN, at a later date.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Sister Helen Margaret Obermiller died peacefully at Villa St. Vincent on Saturday, March 21, 2015.  Helen Margaret was born in Faith, Minnesota on November 21, 1918 to Francis and Josephine (Rubash) Obermiller, the youngest of 27 children.  Her father had eleven previous children and her mother brought thirteen siblings to the union which concluded with another brother, Stan, and lastly Helen Margaret.  Stan remembers that “it was standing room only in the playpen”.
Helen Margaret had a happy childhood with much praying, singing, dancing, skating, reading, and teasing!  Since either her mom or an older brother was always on the country school board, sister remembers that they had “the magic key [that] could always open our way to good library books”.   In school (and later in the convent), she was known as the giggler. 
She began thinking of religious life as an 8th grader because of the love of liturgy she acquired from Father Charles Cannon, her pastor, the Benedictine sisters who taught at St. Michael’s in Mahnomen, and her mother who took  Helen Margaret with her to daily Mass.  She entered community in January of 1936 and made final profession on July 10, 1940. 
Sister’s early years of ministry included teaching elementary education in many schools around the diocese including Thief River Falls, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, and in Mahtomedi and Lefor, North Dakota.  She received a three-year normal diploma for this ministry at Viterbo College, where she  later also received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education before  going on to graduate  studies in the teaching of English at North Dakota State University.  Sister’s ministry then included teaching high school English at Sacred Heart High School, Lefor Public School, and Mount Saint Benedict High School.  Sister Helen Margaret seemed to have a passion for classic literature including Shakespeare, because on a postcard from England to the monastery in 1979, she wrote, “Greetings from Shakespeare!  Like Simeon of old, ‘I am ready to die’, I have seen Stratford”.
In addition to teaching, another of Sister Helen Margaret’s talents was as a gifted writer; she was a member of the Crookston Benedictine staff and also wrote much poetry.  She wrote poems in honor of her mom, her brother Stan, members of her monastic community and others, as well as about nature and things such as her “Ode to an Onion” written below:
                                       Ode to An Onion
                                       O pungent white-faced bulb,
                                       Filmy, smooth and moist,
                                       Your outer coat peels easily
                                       And layers slip away,
                                       Revealing yet more richness
                                       Of inner onion life.
                                       Mid trickling tears I ponder
                                       My many-layered self
                                       Of pompous pride and “smugful whims”
                                       Too clingy to let go.
                                       Unless each layer strips away,
                                       Can the depth be ever reached? 
When asked in autobiographical information about her greatest recognition or honor, however, she replied, “I have always received recognition for my greatest talent, namely that of cleaning”.  She remembered her contributions to community as “teaching and scrubbing”.
  Sister Helen Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers and sisters: Paul Obermiller, Albert Obermiller, Edward Obermiller, Benedict Obermiller, Mary Obermiller, Agnes Obermiller, Alvina Obermiller, Theresa Obermiller, Cecilia Obermiller, Leona Obermiller, Vera Obermiller, John Rubash, Fred Rubash, William Rubash, Bill Rubash, Harry Rubash,  George Rubash, Lambert Rubash, Lawrence Rubash, Raymond Rubash, Mary Rubash, Margaret Rubash, Anne Rubash, Evelina Rubash, Ida Rubash, and Stan Obermiller.  She is survived by family members, friends, and the members of her monastic community.
Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Helen Margaret Obermiller will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Crookston, MN. Visitation will be there from
5-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also be for one hour prior to the funeral mass. Interment will be in the Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery later this spring. Memorials in honor of Sister Helen Margaret can be given to Mount Saint Benedict Foundation, 620 Summit Avenue, Crookston, MN 56716.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Edward Richard Kurpius, age 90, died peacefully at his home in Crookston, MN, on March 21, 2015.
Ed was born at the family farm outside of Staples, MN, on October 13, 1924.  He was the youngest of seven children born to Steve and Clara (Knosalla) Kurpius, first descendants of  Polish immigrants to America in the late 1800’s. Edward was baptized into the Catholic faith at the Sacred Heart Church in Staples and spent his pre-school years in Todd County. His family moved to a farm near Caledonia, ND, in 1929.  He attended grades 1-7 there and was confirmed at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro, ND. In the spring of 1937 a move was made to the Lockhart area.  There Edward graduated from the eighth grade.  In 1938 the family moved onto a nearby farmstead.  Due to this relocation Ed transferred to Beltrami to attend high school while assisting his father on the farm.
On October 2, 1946, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Bremer at the St. Joseph’s parsonage in Ada.  The couple moved onto the family farm in Pleasant View township that had been homesteaded by his new wife’s grandparents.  There they began a partnership of raising small grains and Holstein dairy cattle.  It was here where they welcomed their two daughters, Connie and Mary Jane. After the birth of his second baby girl, Ed often said that he was going to order a rural mailbox sign that read “Edward Kurpius and Daughters!”
During the years on the farm the couple served as leaders for the Pleasant View 4-H Club and were active in activities at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ada.  They were also non-stop supporters of their daughters’ various school, church, and community activities.
In 1969 Ed retired from farming and turned his attention to business. He took over the ownership of the Texaco station in Ada where he served the community for fifteen years.  In 1984 the doors of Kurpius Oil closed for the final time, and some well-deserved years of retirement and travel ensued.  The couple joined a motor home group and traveled to all 48 of the continental United States, Mexico, and several provinces in Canada.
After fifty-six years of marriage Edward  lost his wife, Marjorie, to cancer in December of 2002.  It was during those twelve years of fighting the loathsome disease that his family was witness to his steadfast faith and devotion.  They learned just how strong one can be when life hands you trials.
In the fall of 2003 Edward left Ada and moved to the Summerfield Apartments in Crookston to be closer to his family. It was here that we were reminded that God doesn’t close doors without opening windows!  At the apartments Ed met Delores Smith, and as they say, “The rest is history!”  The couple were married at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston on June 14, 2004, and later honeymooned on the island of Maui.  Edward always said that prior to his second marriage he had asked God for five more years - the Almighty granted him ten!
Although Ed officially retired from active farming in 1969,  he was a true” blackland  farmer” to the end.  Prior to his death he was dreaming about ordering fertilizer for spring planting! He loved the feel of a handful of fresh black dirt between his fingers, insisted on planting perfectly straight rows - no angling off to the left or right, and rejoiced silently when his crops began to germinate and spring up through the rich Red River Valley soil.  He thought there was nothing more beautiful than a field of blooming blue flax or the waves of purple and lavender alfalfa blossoms blowing in the summer breeze.
He enjoyed standing in the farmyard and calling for his herd of black and white Holstein cows to come slowly promenading in single file formation to the barn for milking time.  The strong hands that did all the mechanical work on various pieces of farm equipment would also gently hold a tiny kitten or help a wobbly newborn calf adjust to its legs for the first time.
In 1978 when Paul Harvey wrote, ”So God Made a Farmer,” he must have known Edward.  The opening passage states, ”And on the eighth  day God looked down on his planned paradise and said,’ I need a caretaker.’  So God made a farmer.”
Edward possessed the quiet strength of a family patriarch and epitomized the image of a true partner in marriage.  He was a strong and supportive father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, a truly selfless family man.  We never stopped learning from him.
Edward is survived by his wife, Delores, and his two daughters, Connie (Lee) Kurpius-Hannesson and Mary Jane Kurpius-Brock, all of Crookston.  He also leaves his wife’s children, Connie Smith, Tracy Smith, Janie Ricord, and Sherri (John) Helgaas, all of Crookston, Monty (Sharon) Smith of Miles City, Montana, Kelly (Eileen) Smith of Langford, SD, and Scott Smith (Patrick Prochaska) of Minneapolis, his six grandchildren, Wendy (Scott) Berge of Grand Forks, ND, Darby (Beka) Miller of Waubun, MN, Jeanna Miller of Minneapolis, MN, Andrew (Tami) Miller of Moorhead, Larissa Kurpius-Brock of Crookston and Marinda Kurpius-Brock of Moorhead.  Edward was blessed with the births of his eight great-grandchildren, Riley, Jacob, and Cole Miller, Alexia, Thomas, and Brenna Berge, Kendra Strommen, and Brianna Miller.  Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews also survive.
With his passing he joins his first wife, Marjorie, a son-in-law, Bill Kurpius-Brock,  his parents, Steve and Clara, his three brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe (Genevieve), Ted (Liz), Stanley (Verna), his three sisters and brothers-in-law, Mamie (Walter) Johnson, Lorraine (Amiel) Randel, Evangeline (Patrick) Hoemberg, and a step-daughter, Cindy LaFleur.
Edward will be remembered for his gentleness and compassion, his strong work ethic and integrity, and a lifetime firmly rooted in faith.  We will miss him dearly.  “Well-done, good and faithful servant.”  Matthew 25:21.  May he rejoice forever in the Spirit of the Lord!
Visitation will be held at the Stenshoel Funeral Home on Friday, March 27 from 5-7PM. The prayer service and rosary will follow at 7:00.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday at 10:30AM at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with internment to follow at the Ada Cemetery.
Online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com.  

 

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Bernice E. Samuelson, 83, passed away March 20, 2015, at Essentia Hospital in Fosston, MN. Bernice was born on September 4, 1931, in Crookston, MN, to Roy and Nora Tinkham of Fisher, MN, where she was raised and educated. She married Lester E. Samuelson on August 20, 1949, at the Fisher Lutheran Church. Throughout their life together they resided in Crookston, East Grand Forks, and Crookston a second time, before moving to Albert Lea, MN, in 1977. While in Albert Lea, they owned Westrum’s clothing store until their return to Maple Lake in 1993.  Early in Bernice’s professional career she worked for the county ASCS office and later at UMC in the Athletic Director’s office. After their years in Albert Lea, the couple retired to enjoy their time at the lake. Bernice and Lester spent many years traveling in their motor home visiting children in Alabama and Florida, and they too spent winters in south Florida for several years.
Bernice is survived by her husband Lester, three children: Julie Taylor of Destin, FL, Janna Samuelson of Nashville, TN, and Jon and April Samuelson of Destin, FL. Grandchildren include: Jason Taylor of Destin, FL, Kari (Taylor) and Willie Camp, Kim (Taylor) and Bill Hamlin, Kristine (Taylor) and Shane Goggans, all of Fort Payne, AL, Briana Samuelson of Seoul, Korea, Ben Samuelson of Birmingham, AL, Amber Tubbs of Jasper, AL, and Ashley Barrentine of Charleston, SC. Also included are ten great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Nora Tinkham, brothers: Arthur, Earl and Alton Tinkham, all of Fisher; sisters-in-law, Wilma Tinkham and Muriel Tinkham; and son-in-law, Larry Taylor of Fort Payne, AL. God Bless the memory of Bernice E. Samuelson.
The funeral service for Bernice Samuelson will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN, with The Rev. Michael Sletto, officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow at the Fisher Lutheran Cemetery, Fisher, MN.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given in Bernice’s name to any of the following: Fisher Lutheran Cemetery Fund, c/o Fisher Lutheran Church, South 2nd Street, Fisher, MN 56723; Mentor First Responders, 52 Lincoln Avenue, Mentor, MN 56736; Faith Lutheran Church, PO Box 186, Mentor, MN 56736; or the Humane Society of Polk County, PO Box 125, Crookston, MN 56716.
Online registry available at www.stenshoelhoukse.com.

 

 

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Eleanor Johnson, 99, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Wednesday morning, March 18, 2015, at the Villa St. Vincent, with her family at her side.
Florence Eleanor Ueland was born on November 26, 1915 in Nielsville, MN, the daughter of Kalmer and Selma (Hanson) Ueland. While growing up on the farm near Shelly, MN she attended a nearby country school, and then spent her high school years at the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston. For several years she worked as a nurse’s aide at the Bethesda Hospital in Crookston. On October 31, 1941 she was united in marriage to Theodore Kenneth Gordon Johnson in Crookston. Their marriage would be blessed by the births of two daughters, Debra and Kristie. She continued to work at Bethesda until the girls were born and then devoted herself to being wife, mom, and homemaker in a busy household. Cooking and baking for her family was something Eleanor loved to do. It also meant that the Johnson home became a gathering place for all the kids in the neighborhood, and a chance for them to enjoy some of Eleanor’s baked treats. Sadly, Theodore passed away on October 13, 1984. Volunteering was very important to Eleanor and she devoted many hours to the RiverView Hospital Auxiliary and helping out at Wesley United Methodist Church where she was a very devoted member. She was a kind and gentle lady, with an ever-present smile that would light up the room. She would never ask for help, but was always there to help others. May God bless Eleanor’s memory.
Eleanor is survived by her daughter, Kristie Wagoner of Crookston, MN; six grandchildren: Fred (Linda) Swanson of Braham, MN, Tammy Thayer of Rush City, MN, Peggy (Todd) Sager of Princeton, MN, Andy (Mandy) Swanson of Braham, Amy Piatz of Stanchfield, MN, and Tony Wagoner (his significant other, Amy Johnson, and her children, Alexa Dittes, Taylor Johnson, and Jacob Else); fifteen great-grandchildren: Danny Swanson, Brittany Saumer, Ashley and Megan Swanson, Allissa, Madison, and Abbey Thayer, Brandon and Jenna Sager, Chelsey, Brooke, and Bethany Swanson, and Emily, Sara, and Amanda Piatz; two great-great grandchildren, Tanner and Kaylee Saumer; and other relatives. In addition to Theodore, her beloved husband of 42 years, Eleanor was preceded in death by her daughter, Debra Swanson; parents, Kalmer and Selma Ueland; and a brother and sister-in-law, Kermit and Ursela Ueland.
 A memorial service celebrating the life of Eleanor Johnson will be held at 2:30PM, Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston with The Rev. Michelle Miller, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in the spring.
Online registry:  www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Arturo “Art” Rocha, 89, of Fisher, MN, died Wednesday morning, March 18, 2015, at the Senior Living Center in McIntosh, MN, with several of his family members at his bedside.
Art was born at Maxwell, TX on May 27, 1925, one of six children of the union of Merced and Lorenza (Cordova) Rocha. He grew up in San Marcus, TX and later came to Fisher with his family. On July 22, 1957 Art was united in marriage to Amelia Davila at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Art and Amelia made their home in Fisher where they raised their eight children. Art was employed at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston for many years until his retirement. He also worked seasonally on the Harold and Robert Ross farm helping put the crops in and harvesting them in the fall. In retirement he was employed at the Crookston Daily Times and also provided janitorial service at the Crookston Eagles Hall, where he was affectionately known as “Lucky.” Two years ago Art moved to Crookston when Amelia became a resident of the nursing home in McIntosh.  Last August, when his health began to fail, he moved to the Senior Living Center at McIntosh. Art was a former longtime parishioner of St. Francis Catholic Church at Fisher, and currently a member of the Cathedral parish in Crookston. He had also held membership in Crookston Eagles Aerie #873 for over 40 years.
Art loved his wife, Amelia, and their family with all his heart, and there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them. He enjoyed entertaining everyone at cookouts, and looked forward to playing bingo at the Eagles on Saturdays. He will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
Art is survived by Amelia, his wife of 57 years; their 8 children: Arthur (Emma) Rocha of Maxwell, TX, Arlene (Lars) Hamland of Kalispell, MT, Robert (Lynnette) Rocha of Crookston, MN, Molly Marshall of Waco, TX, Irene (Shannon) Gladue, Frank Rocha, and Nora (Steve) Geatz, all of Crookston, and Jay Rocha of Kalispell; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. The last of his family, Art was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings: Pedro “Pete” Rocha, Frank Rocha, Consuelo Martinez, Juan Rocha, and Elia Rodriguez.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Arturo Rocha will be held at 2PM, Monday, March 23, 2015, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Sunday from 5-7PM, with a 7PM prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Crookston in the spring.
Online registry:  www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Cyril Joseph “Cy” Benoit, 88, of Gentilly, MN, died Wednesday morning, March 18, 2015, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston with his wife, Darlene, and other family members at his side.
Cy was born on the family farm near Gentilly, MN on March 21, 1926, the son of Louis E. and Rose (Chouinard) Benoit. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly and attended the Gentilly School. In 1944, Cy graduated from Crookston’s Cathedral High School, where he lettered in football. For the next several years he operated the farm before entering the US Army on April 10, 1951. He served with the Fifth Army, 744th Ordinance Company, and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington. Following his honorable discharge on April 9, 1953, Cy returned home and resumed farming. He became engaged to Darlene Marie Hagelie in May of 1963, and on December 28th of that year they were united in marriage at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Crookston. Cy and Darlene made their home in Gentilly Township, where Cy farmed until his retirement in 1985. In semi-retirement he remained busy and active by helping out on the Duane Lien farm during the beet harvest, and volunteering his time at the Corral Lanes Bowling alley in Crookston.
Cy was an excellent bowler and accumulated quite a few trophies, pins, and patches during his many years of league and tournament bowling in Crookston and the surrounding area. Many a summer’s evening found Cy out throwing horseshoes, again with great success. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and also held memberships in Crookston American Legion Post #20, Fisher American Legion Post #242, and 40 & 8 Voiture 772. Cy was a past commander of the Theodore Stalemo Post at Fisher and enjoyed cooking for the Legion suppers held there.
Cy had a heart of gold and was of great help to Darlene’s parents as they grew older. He enjoyed volunteering his time and would do anything to help out someone in need. One of Cy’s nephews summed things up best when sharing some ‘Cy memories,’…”he wouldn’t sell you something, but he might just give it to you.”
Grateful to have shared in Cy’s life is, Darlene, his beloved wife of fifty-one years; his brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Florence Benoit of Gentilly, MN; Darlene’s brother and his wife, Christopher and Mary Hagelie of Remer, MN; several nieces and nephews: Diane (Paul) Gratton of Fargo, ND, Kathy (Gary) Shulstad of Halstad, MN, Nancy (Greg) Searle of Eagan, MN, Jane (Ervin) Vigness of Nielsville, MN, Brian (Laurie) Benoit, Gregory (Joyce) Benoit, and Neal (Beth) Benoit, all of Crookston, MN, Brenda (Mario) Ruberto of St. Michael, MN, Jason (Jennifer) Hagelie of Big Lake, MN, Sara (Jon) Lemke of Victoria, MN, Jonathan (Tonya) Hagelie of Brainerd, MN, Melissa (Joseph) Flemmer of Cross Lake, MN; and many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael Joseph, who died in June of 1964; and his parents, Louis and Rose. Blessed be Cy’s memory. 
The funeral service for Cyril “Cy” Benoit will be held on his 89th birthday, Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 10:30AM, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday from 5-7PM, with a 7PM prayer service, and also for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Gentilly, MN. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council, Fisher American Legion Post #242, and the Minnesota National Guard.
Online registry:  www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Susan Nelson of Goodridge, MN, died Thursday March 12, 2015 at Cancer Treatment Center of America, Tulsa, OK, at the age of 63.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, March 20, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN, with Rev. Bob Dahlen officiating.  Burial will follow at Silver Creek Cemetery, Thief River Falls, MN
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will also take place one hour prior to Susan’s funeral service, at the church on Friday.
Susan Elizabeth Pederson was born on October 8, 1951 in Crookston, MN, the daughter of Warren and Doris (Ueland) Pederson.  She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston.  Susan attended and graduated from Crookston High School.  She also attended Northland Community College.  On September 19, 1970 she was united in marriage to Doyle Jon Nelson at Silver Creek Church, rural Thief River Falls, MN.
Susan worked alongside Doyle on the family farm in Goodridge.  Throughout her life she worked for Midland Co-op, Thune-Upham Insurance, and lastly Land O’Lakes Turkey Plant/Northern Pride Inc for over 25 years.  Susan served as the Agder Township Board clerk for several years and was a member of Goodridge Area Snowmobile Club.  She was also a member of the North Country Horsemen’s Saddle Club.
Susan enjoyed time outside gardening and traveling to warm destinations.  Horses were always a passion of Susan’s, having them since childhood.  She loved teaching her grandchildren how to ride and show.  Susan was a lover of every kind of animal including her pet skunk, raccoon, and all farm animals.  Her other pastimes included shopping, going to craft fairs, knitting, weaving, curling, fishing, and going to the Casino.
One of Susan’s greatest pleasures was spending time with her family and grandchildren.  She was an avid attendee and supporter of all their activities.  She will deeply missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include sons: Jeremy (Tara) Nelson, Thief River Falls, MN and Jesse (Katie) Nelson, Goodridge, MN; five grandchildren:  EmmaRae, Ethan, Kayla, Lydia, and Wade Nelson; mother Doris Pederson, Crookston, MN; brother Roger (Corrine) Pederson, Whitehall, MT and sister, Diane (Bill) Noah, Crookston, MN; mother-in-law Irene Nelson of Thief River Falls, MN; sisters-in-law Pamela (Gary) Battleson of Thief River Falls, MN, Melrene (Larry) Kaiser of Thief River Falls, MN, JoDee (Ron) Reierson of Thief River Falls, MN, and Danae (Joseph) Khalaf of Dallas, TX, and several nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband Doyle Nelson on October 10, 2008; father Warren Pederson; father-in-law Jerrold Nelson; grandparents; several aunts and uncles.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

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William Michael Stromsodt was welcomed into Heaven early Saturday morning, March 7, 2015 and is now watching over his very loving and heart-broken mom and dad, Laura Ann (Reiter) Stromsodt and Nicholas Scott Stromsodt of Fisher, MN.  He is also watching over his grandparents: Craig  and Cathy Reiter of Elgin, MN and Scott and Teresa Stromsodt of Bismarck, ND; great-grandparents: Louis Reiter of Elgin, MN, Paul and Eleanor Stellpflug of Rochester, MN, Sherman and Alice Stromsodt of Cooperstown, ND, and Arlene Kramer of West Fargo, ND; his aunts, uncles, and cousins: Tom and Maggie Reiter and their children, Lyden and Myka, of Elgin, MN, Scott and Holly Long of Austin, MN, Brenda Reiter of Kalamazoo, MI, Steve Reiter of Elgin, MN, and Eric Stromsodt of Three Forks, MT; and many other extended family members. He was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Rosemary Reiter and Bernard Kramer.
A private memorial service will be held. Nick and Laura make their home at 411 4th Street South, Fisher, MN  56723.
Online registry:              www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Donovan C.  “Don” Anderson, 83, Ada, MN, died Monday, March 9, 2015, at Essentia Health, Ada. Don was born on February 14, 1932, at Clearbrook, MN, the son of Merle and Birdie (Olberg) Anderson.  He graduated from Oklee (MN) High School and attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Don served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Georgia and France for 2 years. He was honorably discharged and moved to Ada. Don was married to Janis Bergman and they were blessed with three children: Kenny, Gayle, and Dwight.  In 1958, he started working at the Ada Standard Station, and purchased the Standard Bulk Service. He eventually owned and operated the Amoco Bulk and Amoco Station and Transport. He retired from the BP business in 2003. In 1983, Don was united in marriage to Roxanne (Roesch) Swanson, and acquired 2 step children, Wendy and Jeff. Don was very active in his community, as a longtime member of the Jaycees, Ada Lions, and Ada Chamber of Commerce. He was also active in local government, serving on Ada City Council and as Ada’s mayor for 8 years. He went on to serve as a Norman County Commissioner for 16 years. As time allowed, Don & Roxy traveled and enjoyed their lake home on beautiful White Earth Lake. Don enjoyed fishing and bird watching, and the times when they entertained family and friends at the lake. He found great relaxation in working in the yard, and was proud of his beautiful flowers and vegetable garden. Don entered the Benedictine Care Community in Ada in 2011. Don is survived by his wife, Roxy, children: Kenny (Kristen) Anderson, Fargo, ND, Gayle (Todd) Finn, Brandon, SD, Dwight (Jennifer) Anderson, Ada, MN; step children: Wendy (Darrell) Hournbuckle, Jamestown, ND, Jeffrey (Kimberly) Swanson, Fargo, ND; 19 grandchildren; one brother: Romayne (Gwyn) Anderson, Austin, TX; two sisters: Ramona Anderson, of Utah, Janet (Timothy) Holdsworth, Carson City, NV; and several nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his parents, twin brother and sister, Donovan and Donna, and a grandson, Tylor John Hournbuckle.
Funeral Service: 2:00PM, Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Faith United Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: 5-7PM Wednesday with a 6PM prayer service at the church. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) 

 

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James V. Johnson, 88, Fertile, MN, died Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.
Memorial Services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Bruce Brainard, 80, Ada, MN, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at his Green Valley, AZ winter home, under the care of his family and hospice.
Memorial Service: 11:00AM, Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Michael Dean Marschall, 57, of Fisher, MN , died peacefully late Wednesday evening, March 4, 2015, at the Essentia Hospital in Fargo, ND, with family at his side.
Michael was born at Minot, ND on July 7, 1957, one of four sons of the union of Elloide and JoAnn (Schmidt) Marschall. He grew up on the family's farm near Max, ND, was baptized and confirmed at Hope Lutheran Church, rural Sawyer, ND, and graduated from Max High School in 1975. Michael enrolled at the Wahpeton (ND) State School Science, where he earned an associated degree in architectural drafting. He then began working as a draftsman for Ask, Inc in Minot. After a few years he became employed with another Minot firm, SSR Engineers. Michael was united in marriage to Andrea Jo Jung on May 29, 1982 at Hope Lutheran Church. Their marriage would be blessed by the births of daughters, Sarah and Emily. The family made their home in Minot until 1991 when they moved to Fisher, MN. Michael accepted a transfer to the Grand Forks office of SSR, which was known as Poykko Engineers. His specialty was electrical design and he worked on several large projects including the Ralph Engelstad Arena and Alerus Center. His company underwent another name change later and today is known as ONE. Michael had been with the company through all its growth and changes for the past twenty-two years to the present time. He suffered a serious stroke on December 17th and had been courageously fighting its effects for the past 77 days. Throughout this time he never lost his sense of humor, and continued to entertain family and friends alike with his famous home-grown one-liners.
Michael and Andrea were devoted members of Fisher Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council. He was also quite active in the Fisher community and was a city councilman for several years. His greatest passion after his children was University of North Dakota hockey, and he still referred to them as the 'Sioux.' Michael was extremely proud to have worked on the Ralph and he and daughter, Emily, were season ticket holders who never missed a game until his illness. For Emily’s college graduation from UND Michael had a Sioux themed cake made and was so excited about it he forgot to add “Congratulations.” Michael and oldest daughter, Sarah loved to go shopping, stop in at garage sales, and never missed an art fest. They would disappear all day and come home with absolutely nothing...but they had a great time doing it. He would take his daughters to concerts, whether he wanted to or not, and had a great time with Sarah at a Timberwolf/Utah Jazz game in the cities awhile back. In short, there wasn't anything Michael wouldn't do for his girls. Michael and Andrea became grandparents recently, with Sarah giving birth to Evangeline Michelle last November 14th, and Emily giving birth to Harley Lynn on February 17th. He got to hold both of his granddaughters and he was indeed very proud. Michael will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his family and many friends.
Grateful to have shared in his life is Andrea, his beloved wife of 32 years; and their two daughters and families: Sarah Marschall Friesner, her husband, Eric, and their daughter, Evangeline Michelle, of Thief River Falls, MN, and Emily Marschall Moulds, her husband, Casey, and their daughter Harley Lynn, of Fisher, MN. He also leaves his parents, Elloide and JoAnn Marschall of Max, ND; three brothers, Craig and wife, Brenda, of Windom, MN, Darell and wife, Beth, of Sandy, UT, and Todd and wife, Laura (Andrea's sister) of Lincoln, ND; his parents-in-law, Jim and Norma Jung of Browns Valley, MN; Andrea's siblings: Lynn (Joe) Hodny of Aberdeen, SD, Teresa (Jack) Appel of Browns Valley, Sue (Lee) Varpness of Montevideo, MN, Gina (Jeff) Thorne of Mina Lake, SD, and Laura (Todd) Marschall; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by a nephew, Shawn Thorne; and his grandparents, August and Rosella Marschall and Rudoph and Emma Schmidt. May God bless Michael's memory.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Michael Dean Marschall will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 9th at the Fisher Lutheran Church in Fisher, MN with The Rev. Karen Young Trenne, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at the Fisher Lutheran Cemetery in the spring.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Rodney Spokely, 71, of Climax, MN, died Wednesday morning, March 4, 2015, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND with his family by his side. He had been battling ill health for several months.
Rodney was born in Crookston, MN on August 20, 1943, one of four children of the union of Francis and Thelma (Bratteli) Spokely. He grew up on the family’s farm near Nielsville, and was baptized and confirmed at the St. Petri Lutheran Church. Rodney attended grade school in Nielsville and graduated from Climax High School in 1961. He then attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis majoring in Agriculture. During his junior year he applied to the Peace Corps, and after acceptance was assigned to an agricultural area near Bogata, Columbia, in South America. Rodney spent two years working with the people there to improve farming practices through farm planning, erosion and pest control, soil surveys, animal husbandry and marketing cooperatives.  The trip home became a major life event, as he and a good friend bought motorcycles in Panama and rode their way back to Climax. Rodney then began farming with his father and brothers. On August 1, 1970 he was united in marriage to Rebecca Jo Larson at the Shelly-Marsh River Lutheran Church in Shelly. The couple settled on their farm in Hubbard township and were blessed by the births of three daughters: Michon, Jennifer, and Mandi. Rodney had been farming potatoes and grains to the present time with his brothers, Francis Jr. and Lonnie.
Horses were a big part of his life, and in 1977 he and a friend introduced a breed known as Paso Fino to the state of Minnesota. Rodney owned and bred these horses for many years, and always looked forward to getting his grandkids out to the farm to go riding. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends as well as car races.
Rodney was a lifelong member of St. Petri Lutheran Church, and a member of the Red River Valley Potato Growers’ Association, and Paso Fino Breeders’ Association.   Rodney will be deeply missed by all that were blessed to know him.
Rodney leaves his beloved wife of forty-four years, Becky, and their three daughters and families: Michon and Paul Metzger, and Jennifer and Lance Reitmeier, of Fisher, MN, and Mandi and Ben Hoff of Sioux Falls, SD; together with five grandchildren: Hayden, Ella, and Malene Reitmeier and Paisley and Evie Hoff. Rodney is also survived by his two brothers, Francis and Linda Spokely Jr. of East Grand Forks, MN and Lonnie and June Spokely of Hillsboro, ND; a brother-in-law, Joseph Cudd of San Antonio, TX; Becky’s siblings, Betty and Ray Malmlov and Brian and Marlys Larson, of Moorhead, MN; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Thelma; sister, Sandra Cudd, who died on September 30, 2013; and parents-in-law, Lester and Idella Larson. Blessed be Rodney’s memory.
The funeral service for Rodney A. Spokely will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at the  Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church in Shelly, MN, with The Rev. Valerian Ahles, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Monday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Sundet Cemetery, rural Nielsville. Memorials may be given in Rodney’s name to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or St. Petri Lutheran Church.
Online registry:  www.stenshoelhouske.com  

 

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Emma Mary LaCoursiere, 94, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully at her home Tuesday afternoon, March 3, 2015, under the care of Altru Hospice and with her family at her side. Emma was born in Gervais Township, near Red Lake Falls, MN, on January 20, 1921, the daughter of Bert and Mamie (Desotell) Dondoneau. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Terrebonne, MN and attended Wildwood country school through the 8th grade. Emma was united in marriage to Omer LaCoursiere on June 23, 1941 at St. Anthony Church. The couple farmed in Gervais Township until retiring in 1964 and moving into Red Lake Falls. Omer passed away on November 19, 1991. They had been married for 50 years. Emma remained in Red Lake Falls until 2001 when she moved to Crookston to be with her daughters. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, crocheting Barbie Doll clothes, baking, and being a homemaker. Her pets held a special place in her heart throughout her life. Emma was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish, the Cathedral Guild, St. Anne’s Society, and Eagles Aerie Auxiliary 873.
Emma is survived by her daughters, Ruby and Gladys LaCoursiere of Crookston, MN; a sister-in-law, Theresa LaCoursiere of Red Lake Falls, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Omer, and her parents, Bert and Mamie, and as the last surviving member of her family by her 4 siblings: Alice (Edwin) LaFave, Cora (George) Reopelle, Leah (Louis) Perra, and Steve (Elizabeth) Dondoneau. May God bless Emma’s memory.
Mass of Christian Burial for Emma LaCoursiere will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, March 9, 2015, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the church on Monday from Noon until the time of the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. Memorials may be directed in Emma’s name to Altru Hospice, c/o Altru Health System, PO Box 6011, Grand Forks, ND 58206-9932. 
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Gordon R. “Bud” Salem, 86, a longtime Crookston, MN businessman, died Sunday morning, March 1, 2015, at RiverView Health in Crookston, with members of his loving family at his side.
Bud was born in Crookston on July 15, 1928, the son of Lebanese immigrants, Barber and Emma (Joseph) Salem. He was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and attended Cathedral Schools. Bud played football and hockey for Cathedral High School and graduated in 1946. He was employed by the Minnesota Highway Department in Crookston before entering the US Army on November 10, 1950. Bud served with the 5th Army, 17th Engineering Battalion, and was stationed in Germany as part of the Army of Occupation. He received his honorable discharge with the rank of TSGT on October 29, 1952. He then returned to Crookston and was employed by his brothers, Sam and Muss, in their bar known as “The Mint.” He later sold Fords for his cousin, George Salem, at his car dealership in Red Lake Falls, MN, and then spent several years working at Salem’s Corner in Crookston, owned by his brother, Sam. After George Salem purchased Saul Motors in Crookston, and renamed it Salem Motors, he began selling Fords for him once again. On February 23, 1963 Bud was united in marriage to Theresa Victoria Klein at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Karlsruhe, ND. They settled into their home in Crookston and later welcomed daughters, Brenda and LeaAnn, into their lives. Following George Salem’s death, Bud and partner, Harold Martin purchased the business in 1965, continuing to operate it as Salem Motors. In 1981, Harold’s son, Dennis, became the new partner. After 48 years operating the dealership, Salem Motors was sold to Christian Brothers in February of 2013
Bud and Terry were devoted members of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, where he served on several committees and helped organize many fundraisers. They enjoyed spending time at their Maple Lake home, near Mentor, MN, and looked forward to entertaining family and friends. Throughout his life Bud was an avid sports fan, but his passion always remained with hockey. In younger days he coached the Senior Pirates, and together with several of his buddies, traveled to the State Hockey Tournament in the Twin Cities year after year. He was a longtime member of the Crookston Park Board and Hockey Boosters, and was honored as a recipient of the Hockey Boosters Award. Bud was also a lifetime member of the Eagles, American Legion Post 20, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1902, and the Knights of Columbus.  He liked to cut grass, whether at home or at the lake, and loved to spend time in the three gardens that he maintained all summer long. He was a great cook, and preparing Lebanese food was one of his specialties. Bud will long be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and his wink and warm smile. He loved Terry, the girls, and his grandson with all his heart, and during the final days of his illness would light up whenever they came into the room. Though his days were numbered, each and every one of his family has memories that will last forever.
Bud is survived by his beloved wife, Terry, and the couple had just celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on February 23rd. Also surviving are their two daughters, Brenda Salem of Minneapolis, MN and LeaAnn Salem of Crookston, MN; grandson, Gavin Richard Salem-Boman of Crookston; sister-in-law, Shirley Salem of Crookston; Terry’s six siblings: John (Regina) Klein of Minot, ND, Jean (Adam) Wald of East Grand Forks, MN, Emmanuel (Angela) Klein of Minot, Ted Klein of Lisbon, ND, Allan (Elaine) Klein of  Surrey, ND, and Cornelius (Celia) Klein of Spearfish, SD; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Barber and Emma; three brothers: Marcel “Muss” (Myrtle) Salem, and Louis and Sam Salem; and five sisters: Mary (Art) Anderson, Sally (Olaf) Homdrom, Agnes (Estol “Pat”) Taylor, Betty (Roy) Bachellor, and Barbara (Richard) Butler. May God bless Bud’s memory.     
The Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Gordon “Bud” Salem will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with Bishop Victor Balke, presiding, and The Rev. Vincent Miller, Concelebrating, together with other priests from the Diocese. Visitation with the family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the Mass. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Inurnment will take place at the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, in the spring. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given in Bud’s name to the National Kidney Foundation, Cathedral Elementary School, Sisters of St. Benedict, Villa St. Vincent, or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Fertile, MN.
Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Verna Schroeder, Thief River Falls, MN age 96, died peacefully on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls, MN.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 St. John Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Bumgardner, Preacher and Rev. Leo Deitemeyer, Liturgist.  Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.  Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Wednesday at St. John Lutheran Church.
Verna Elizabeth Marie Schroeder was born on February 20, 1919 in Fairfax, MN to parents Otto and Johanna (Gerardy) Schroeder.  At the age of 2 she moved with her parents and sister, Dorothy to a farm north of Plummer, MN.  Verna was baptized in Fairfax, MN and confirmed in 1932 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Plummer, MN by Pastor Paul Burgdorf.
Verna attended Green Meadow Country School and then went on to Pershing High School, Plummer, MN graduating with the class of 1937.  After high school Verna worked at many places caring for family members.  She spent time at Eldred, MN at the Andrew and Victoria Dragseth’s home, helping care for the children. 
Verna moved to Thief River Falls, MN in 1959 and worked as a nurse’s aide caring for others at Oakland Park Nursing Home until her retirement.  Verna was a kind and caring person who never left a job undone.
She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church at Plummer, but since living in Thief River Falls for the past 50+ years has attended St. John Lutheran Church.  Verna was quite active in the Quilting Group.  She was a woman of great faith.
A highlight of Verna’s life was a trip she took with her great niece, Teresa.  They went to Germany, France and the Netherlands to visit her nephew, Ken Laufman.  She enjoyed being in the outdoors on the farm, gardening and loved animals. 
Verna thought the world of all her nephews and nieces and great-nieces and great-nephews.  She took pride in all their achievements.
She is survived by niece, Judy (Joel) Schmitz of Red Lake Falls, MN and their son, Seth; nephew, Ron (Char) Laufman of West Fargo, ND and their family, Shane (Kristina) and their children, and Michael; niece-in-law, Yang Laufman and her daughter, Jenni Laufman of Crystal River, FL; great-niece, Teresa (Mike) Rumppe and their son, Joseph of Woodbury, MN; cousin, Phyllis (Bill) Malwitz of Fosston, MN; several other cousins; and many good and dear friends who were so kind to her. 
Verna was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Raymond Laufman; and nephew, Kenneth Laufman.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Joyce Olson, age 96, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Tuesday evening, February 24, 2015, at the RiverView Memory Care Center in Crookston, MN, with her family at her side.
Joyce was born at Duluth, MN on August 15, 1918, the daughter of Victor E. and Agnes Cecelia (Johnson) Olson. She was baptized and confirmed at Asbury United Methodist Church and attended Duluth public schools, graduating from Denfeld High School in 1937.  After attending Duluth Business College, Joyce began working at a bank in the city. There she met, was courted by, and later married a young man by the name of Odell H. Olson on June 22, 1941. Over the following years the loving couple would be blessed by the births of their four children: Richard, Gary, Gail, and Joydell. In 1943 the growing family moved to Bismarck, ND where Odell was a sales representative for Fargo Paint and Glass. In 1949 they moved to Crookston after purchasing Crookston Paint and Glass. Joyce and Odell worked side by side, with Joyce serving as business and office manager. In 1972 they sold the business to Roger, Jim, and Jerry Stainbrook, and Joyce became the secretary for the Wesley United Methodist Church. She and Odell were devoted members of the church, where Joyce was a past president of the Women’s Society, later known as the United Methodist Women. She was also a longtime member of the Order of Eastern Star, and served as Guardian for Job’s Daughters. Sadly, Odell passed away on November 27, 1984.  Odell would later be joined in heaven by their sons, Richard Odell Olson and Gary Grant Olson. Joyce continued working in the church office until retiring in 1994.
She enjoyed going for walks, and though she could drive, Joyce much preferred walking to wherever she needed to go. She enjoyed peaceful moments spent doing embroidery, and playing cards with Odell and their many friends. Joyce was a wonderful cook, and was even better when it came to baking. Her ginger cream cookies, were hands-down, the best that anyone had ever tasted. She enjoyed ‘visiting’ and took great joy in meeting and making new friends of all ages. On October 14, 2002 Joyce moved from her home to the RiverView Nursing Home, and in 2004 entered the memory care part of the RiverView Care Center. She absolutely loved each and every one of her caregivers, and they became extensions of her own family. Their love for her was just as evident. Joyce’s family was very grateful for the many kindnesses shown to her, and for making her feel so loved and safe.  She will be very sadly missed.
Joyce takes leave of her two daughters, Gail Joyce Schultz of Crookston, and Joydell Alexander and her husband, Jim, of Lake Vermilion, near Cook, MN; chosen son, Ted Woolever and his wife, September, and their daughter, Jennem, of Grand Forks, ND; two daughters-in-law, Lynne Olson of Sanford, MI and Debra Olson of Minneapolis, MN; two granddaughters and their families: Abbie and Gene Totten of San Francisco, CA and their children, Amelia Dempsey Totten and Henry Grant Totten, and Amanda and Scott  Aspenson of Edina, MN and their daughter, Elin Kay Aspenson; and several nieces, nephews, extended family, and her RiverView family. In addition to Odell, her beloved husband of 43 years, and sons, Richard and Gary, Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Agnes; son-in-law, Don Schultz; brother, Aubrey Victor Olson and his wife, Virginia; and niece, Ginnylee Appel. May God richly bless Joyce’s memory.
The funeral service for Joyce Olson will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston with The Rev. Michelle Miller, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service and interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston in the spring. Memorials may be given in Joyce’s name to the RiverView Memory Care Center, 323 South Minnesota Street, Crookston, MN 56716 or the Wesley United Methodist Church, 701 Eickhof Blvd, Crookston.
Online
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Olive Burton, age 103, of Fertile, MN, formerly Twin Valley, MN, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015, in Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Anderson Family Funeral Home in Twin Valley with visitation one hour prior. There will be an Informal Memorial Gathering at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28th at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile. Arrangements are with Anderson Family Funeral Home, Twin Valley, MN Online Guestbook at www.andersonfamilyfh.com

 

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A. Irene Christianson, 93, Halstad, MN, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 23, 2015, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.
Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, February 27, 2015, at Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN. Visitation: Thursday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM, with a 7:00PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad. and Friday for one hour before the funeral at the church. Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Madonna Benoit, 82 of Red Lake Falls, died Tuesday February 17, 2015 at Oakland Park Communities, Thief River Falls, MN.  Madonna “Donna” Marie Benoit was born November 19, 1932 in Red Lake County, MN, the daughter of Armond and Lydia (Laurent) Benoit. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Church, Red Lake Falls. She attended St. Joseph’s School in Red Lake Falls, grades 1-8 and then attended Mt. St. Benedict, Crookston, MN grades 9-12. For many years Donna was a nanny for many different families in Red Lake Falls. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church and Ladies Guild, the St. Anne’s Society and the Red Hat Group of Red Lake Falls. She liked visiting with friends and relatives and enjoyed taking care of ladies at Sunview Center.
Donna is survived by 2 brothers: Robert Benoit, Mesa, AZ and Duane Benoit, Pine City, MN; 2 sisters, Beverly O’Neil, Fargo, ND and Cecile Kelley, Minneapolis, MN along with several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents; 1 sister, Sandra at birth; and brothers-in-law Edward Beyer, Bill Kelley and Harry O’Neil Nephews; Michael Beyer and Craig Beyer.
Memorial Mass will be Friday, June 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM in St. Joseph’s Church, Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bill DeCrans presiding. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Red Lake Falls, MN.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Everett H. Anderson, 80, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Thursday evening, February 19, 2015, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, comforted by the presence of his four children and their families. Everett was born in Crookston on November 22, 1934, the son of Edward and Clara (Waterstrat) Anderson. He grew up on the family farm in Fairfax township, attended Crookston schools, and graduated from the Northwest School of Agriculture. He farmed with his father for several years before entering the US Army on November 19, 1957. Everett served with the 97th Artillery Batallion in Germany until his honorable discharge on October 30, 1959. He returned to Crookston to resume farming, and on January 14, 1961 was united in marriage to ReJeanne B. “Scotty” Prudhomme. Their union would be blessed by the births of four children: Kathy, Curt, Karen, and Calvin. Everett took over the farming operation following his father’s death in 1972 and he and Scotty continued to farm until retirement in 1989.
Whether it was work or everyday life, Everett and Scotty were inseparable. Sunday mornings after Mass were reserved for going out to a local restaurant with ‘church friends.’ Sunday afternoon meant visiting with friends and family, and usually involved lots of great food, conversation, and playing cards. Loading the kids in the car and going for a drive to check out the crops was another of the Anderson family traditions. Saturday evenings found Everett and Scotty at the Eagles for supper and dancing, and many summer days were devoted to the large family garden shared with relatives. Very sadly, Scotty passed away on December 22, 2010, just a few weeks before they would have celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Everett and his family felt her loss very deeply. Despite his failing health, Everett was able to remain in his home, largely because of the tender loving care given by his son, Curt, who lived with him. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish, and also held memberships in Eagles Aerie 873, and American Legion Post 20. Everett was a past-president of the Board of Directors of Cenex, and was very proud of his membership in the Presidents Club of the University of Minnesota-Crookston. He was a down to earth kind of man, who knew the worth of a dollar, and passed on many of life’s values to his kids, along with his wonderful sense of humor. He will be very lovingly remembered as a great husband, dad, grandpa, and friend.
Everett is survived by his four children and their families: Kathy and Jim Borkowski and Curt Anderson, of Crookston, MN, Karen and Guy Reierson of Eldred, MN, and Calvin and Dawn Anderson of Crookston; seven grandchildren: Adam Borkowski, Brent, Brandon, and Kaylee Reierson, Sawyer Anderson, and Parker and Alex Boone; three sisters-in-law, Rosemary Tate of Crookston, Sue Prudhomme, and Thelma Prudhomme; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to his beloved wife, Scotty, Everett was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Clara; and daughter-in-law, Sandy Anderson. May God richly bless the memory of Everett Harlan Anderson.
Mass of Christian Burial for Everett will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 25, 2015, with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service and time of sharing, and visitation also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
Online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Milo Ordean Urness, 84, of Crookston, MN, died late Monday afternoon, February 16, 2015, at the RiverView Care Center in Crookston. Milo was born at Crookston on August 7, 1930, the son of Melvin O. and Myrtle (Kroken) Urness. He grew up on the family farm in Polk County, first in Russia Township and later in Onstad Township, and was baptized and confirmed at the Hafslo Lutheran Church. He attended Wayside District #285 country school, and graduated from Fertile High School in 1947. Milo enlisted in the US Navy on April 10, 1951. He served stateside aboard the USS Orion and received his honorable discharge on July 24, 1952. Milo returned to Fertile and was united in marriage to Blanche Gullickson on August 21, 1954 at Rindal, MN. Their marriage was blessed by the births of five children: Diane, Danny, David, Denise, and Darrin. Milo was employed by Culligan Soft Water in Fertile until 1967. The family then moved to Beltrami and he worked for Cenex/Farmers Union. Milo later established Smiley’s Plumbing and Heating, a business he owned and operated until retirement in 1993.
Milo’s passion was gardening, and people were always driving by the house to see his flowers in full bloom. For several years he took great pleasure in bringing altar flowers to Trinity Lutheran Church in Beltrami for Sunday worship. Visits with his children and their families meant the world to Milo and they will miss him dearly.
Milo  is survived by four children: Danny Urness, David Urness, and Denise Urness, all of Crookston, and Darrin Urness of Hartford, SD; three grandchildren: Michelle Urness of New Richmond, WI, and Katelynn and Lucas Urness of Sioux Falls, SD; and a great- granddaughter, Danielle Adelman of New Richmond. He also leaves two sisters, Maxine Witt and Marsha (Vernon) Olson, both of Fertile, MN; sister-in-law, Janice Urness of Beltrami, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche, who died on January 9, 1991; daughter, Diane, who died on November 2, 2012; his parents, Melvin and Myrtle Urness and parents-in-law, Gullick and Minnie Gullickson; brother, Mylan Lee Urness; and sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Kenneth Bernstein.  May God bless Milo's memory.
A memorial service celebrating the life of  Milo Urness will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Inurnment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, rural Beltrami, MN in the spring.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Maurice Timothy Normandin of Detroit Lakes passed away at St. Mary’s Oak Crossing Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes on Wednesday, February 18, at the age of 87.  A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN.  A visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 20 at the David Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.  The visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. The interment will follow at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN.

 

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Ilene Hasty, 84, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday evening, February 17, 2015, with family at her side. Ilene was born at Rindal, MN, near Fertile, on May 9, 1930, the daughter of John and Ida (Hovland) Hogenson. She grew up on the family farm and attended Pleasant View School #101; later graduating from Fertile High School in 1948. Ilene was united in marriage to Elmer Paul Hasty at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Crookston on September 21, 1948. Five children were born to their union: Eloise “Ellie”, John, Anita, Jeffrey, and Norman. The couple made their home in Crookston where Ilene worked as a bookkeeper for several local businesses including: the New York Store, Gambles, the George Peter Store, and the Farmers Union Oil Company. In 1956 the growing family moved to Silver Bay, MN, where Elmer was employed by the Reserve Mining Company. In 1960 they moved to nearby Two Harbors, and Ilene was employed as a CNA at Lakeview Memorial Hospital from the early 1970’s until her retirement in 1992. Elmer had earlier retired from Reserve Mining in 1986. Soon after Ilene’s retirement she and Elmer moved to Fertile, MN, and in 1999 returned to Crookston. Elmer passed away on July 26, 2001.
Ilene was a devoted member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish, and worked as a volunteer in the Cathedral office for a number of years. She held membership in the Retail Clerks Union, and was actively involved in the Crookston Eagles Auxiliary, the Villa St. Vincent Auxiliary, and the Golden Link Senior Citizens Center. In 2014 Ilene was honored by the Eagles Auxiliary as Eagle of the Year. She enjoyed visits to the Shooting Star Casino, quiet time reading, and spending time gardening and canning the “best sweet dill pickles” ever. She took great pleasure in sharing her bounty with family and friends. Ilene had a warm smile for everyone, and her kindness and love for her family will be a treasured memory for years to come.   
Grateful to have been part of Ilene’s life are her four living children and spouses: John and Helen Hasty of Gilbert, MN, Anita and Mark Dalbec of Superior, WI, Jeff and Lori Hasty of Farmington, MN, and Norman and Deb Hasty of Lakeville, MN; son-in-law, Cliff Knutsen of Hibbing, MN; eleven grandchildren: Deb (Chad) Reitmeier, Mike (Ali) Knutsen, John Hasty Jr., Elmer Hasty, Bryan Dalbec, Patrick Dalbec, David Dalbec, Tyler Stienkeoway, Amanda Stienkeoway, Mallory (Ben) Running, and Taylor Hasty; and seven great-grandchildren: Ethan and Alex Reitmeier, Ava, Gabriella, and Lucy Knutsen, Alexus Hasty, and Andrew Rask. She also leaves three sisters-in-law, Grace Hogenson of Crookston, MN, Georgia Hogenson of Wilsall, MT, and Sylvia Ditter of Minneapolis, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Elmer, her beloved husband of 52 years, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Eloise “Ellie” Knutsen; her parents, John and Ida Hogenson; three sisters, Hazel Brouillet, Ardis Patterson, and Opal Hogenson; and three brothers: James, Roy, and Dennis “Ben” Hogenson. Blessed be the memory of Ilene Mae Hasty.  
Mass of Christian Burial for Ilene Hasty will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Phyllis Gunkel, of Warroad, formerly of Crookston, age 77 went to be with the Lord at the Warroad Senior Living Center at Warroad on Saturday, February 14, surrounded by her loving family. 
Memorial service to celebrate the life of Phyllis Gunkel will be held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, February 18 2015 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Twin Valley, MN.
Phyllis Elaine (Tunks) Gunkel was born January 18, 1938 in Vernon, WI daughter of Harold and Mildred (Hall) Tunks. She was the oldest of 4 daughters. She attended school to the 8th grade.
She married Kenneth Manning in 1954 and they had 7 children. Her second marriage was to Dallas Gunkel in 1967. She worked several years at the Long Branch in Borup, MN and she worked 24 years as a housekeeper at Riverview Hospital in Crookston, MN before retiring at the age of 73. Phyllis enjoyed playing cards, drinking coffee, visiting her sister on the farm, watching Vikings football, and the Twins. She liked to go to the casino from time to time. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and a WIBC bowling league.
She is survived by her 3 sisters Clarice Lisburg of Fertile, MN, Violet (Dean) Lee of Gary, MN, and Shirley (Ron) Sell of Casselton, ND; children Jeanne (Mylan) Hackett of East Grand Forks, MN, Debbie (Casey) Lieverse of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, Timothy Manning of Red Lake Falls, MN, Susan (Ricky) Wiseman of Warroad, MN, Bridget (Marlow) Pallum of Nielsville, MN and Thomas Manning of Sauk Rapids, MN. She has 26 grandchildren; Steven, Kenny, Michelle, Jennifer, Laura, Angela, Allen, Pamela, Peggy Sue, Kenny, Melissa, Sarah, Christine, Leah, Kari, Jeramy, John, Tanya, Elaine, Ricky, Elizabeth, Michael, Amanda, Justin, Tylor and Isabelle. She has 58 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, daughter Peggy Sue, great-granddaughter Tamara and great-grandson Rylie.
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.

 

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Doris Isabel Albright, age 105, a longtime Crookston, MN resident, died Monday evening, February 2, 2015, at the Clayco Care Center in Barnesville, MN. Doris was born at Souris, ND on December 8, 1909, one of four children of the union of Henry and Jennie (Norgren) Peterson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, grew up at Vergas, MN, and was a 1927 graduate of nearby Frazee High School. Doris then attended Moorhead (MN) State Teachers College, earning a teaching certificate in 1928. For the next 4 years she taught at a rural school in Ottertail County. On June 8, 1932 she was united in marriage to William C. “Bill” Albright at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, rural Vergas. Doris and Bill made their home near Pelican Rapids, MN, where Bill owned and operated the Crystal Lida Resort and also had a State Farm Insurance agency. Their marriage would be blessed by the births of four children: Daniel, Susan, Karen, and Robert. In 1941 State Farm offered Bill the opportunity to oversee operations in a thirteen county area in northern Minnesota, so in January of that year the family moved to Crookston. Doris and Bill were longtime members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She was also actively involved with the Afternoon Guild, held office in the Women’s Missionary League, and participated in Ruth Bible Study. For many years Doris held memberships in the Matrons Club and Minakwa Country Club, and was a Cub Scout Den Leader in younger days. She and Bill enjoyed time spent with their growing family; keeping up with their activities and proudly sharing in their many accomplishments. Bill passed away on October 7, 1997. Doris was a resident of The Summit in Crookston for 17 years until moving to the Clayco Care Center in Barnesville on September 16, 2013 to be near her family there.
Doris was a lovely, gracious woman who always had a kind word for everyone; she was non-judgmental, and looked for, and found, the best in one and all. She lived her faith, and served as a loving example of a faith filled life to all who knew her. Doris was a constant joy to her family, as they were to her.
Loving family members include her 3 living children, sons-in-law, and daughter-in-law: Daniel Albright of Barnesville, MN, Phil Larson of Fargo, ND (husband of Susan), Karen and David Bang of Erskine, MN, and Robert and Joyce Albright of Dent, MN; 10 grandchildren: David (Jodi Capistrant) Albright, Elizabeth Albright, Rick (Izzie) Larson, Ann (Steven) Sanders, Michael Bang (special friend, Julie Johnson), Kristi (Todd) Innes, Amy (Michael) Mantooth, Matthew (Lisa) Albright, Jeremy (Amy Drayton) Albright, and Emily (Chris) Kennelly; 15 great-grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter; a sister, Henrietta Nelson of Puyallup, WA; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Bill, her beloved husband of 65 years, Doris was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Larson, who passed away on March 26, 2014; daughter-in-law, Nancy Albright, who passed away on April 22, 2007; two infant grandsons, Eric Bang and Carl Albright; her parents, Henry and Jennie Peterson; brother, Clifford Peterson and his wife, Myrtle; sister, Fern Buscher and her husband, Alfred; and brother-in-law, Bud Nelson. May God richly bless the memory of Doris Isabel Albright.     
The funeral service for Doris Albright will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 14, 2015, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston. Memorials may be given in Doris’ name to The Summit of Villa St. Vincent, 516 Walsh Street, Crookston, MN 56716 or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Radio Fund, 217 South Broadway, Crookston, MN 56716.
Online registry:  www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Kenneth Sather, 85, of Fertile, MN, died on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at the Riverview Hospital, Crookston, MN. 
Memorial services will be at a later date. Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com

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Gary R. Emerson, age 72 of East Grand Forks, MN, passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Gary Ray Emerson was born on August 29, 1942 in Fargo, ND the son of Gordon and Donna (Edington) Emerson.  Gary grew up in Minneapolis, and Crookston, MN where he graduated from Crookston Central High School with the Class of 1960.  He married Thea Ronglie.  Following his high school graduation he then attended the University of North Dakota where he studied business.  He married Maureen O’Connell.  He lived in Crookston, MN where he owned and operated Emerson Insurance Co.  In 1987 he opened Emerson Music in East Grand Forks.  Gary played in numerous bands including The Checkers, The Charms, The New Salvation Army Band and many more.  In 1997 he started the Emerson Recording Studio and installation of Sound Systems.  Gary was inducted into the Minnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame while he was with The Charms in 2007.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the donor’s choice.
Family members of Gary include his children, Dayton (Meg) Emerson of West Lake Village, CA, Brian (Stephanie) Emerson of Granite Falls, MN and Tracy (Dan) Carlson of Minneapolis, MN; three grandchildren; his significant other, Gail Sondreal of Climax, MN. He is preceded in death by his parents and one daughter Tiffany Dawn Emerson in 1979.
Funeral Service:  10:30 AM on Friday, February 13, 2015 in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1515 5th Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN. Visitation:  5:00 to 7:00 with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1515 5th Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN and also one hour prior Funeral Service on Friday. Interment:  Oakdale Cemetery ~ Crookston, MN Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota

 

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Daniel Lee Stewart, 32, of Fertile, MN, died on Friday, February 6, 2015, at his residence. Dan was born on January 4, 1983, to Tom and Barbara (Voss) Stewart in Denver, CO. They moved to Crookston, MN, in 1994, where Dan continued his schooling. He received his GED in 1999, while living in Crookston. As a teenager, Dan was employed at Taco John’s in Crookston. In 1997, he and his family moved to Houston, TX, returning to Fertile in 2000. Dan tended Bar while in Houston, and continued bar tending in Fertile at Oliver’s Bar and Grill. For many years, Dan drove Beet Truck for Tim Boucher. He met Bridget Adkins in 2006 while working at the Sandhill Restaurant, Fertile.
 On June 13, 2008, Dan married Bridget Linette Adkins in Duluth, MN. They lived in Oslo, MN and Fargo, ND; while in Fargo he worked for Anytime Transportation, where he was well liked. Dan was very talented as a Motion Capture Artist, specializing in 3 D Animation.
 Dan had many interests and hobbies: cooking, comedy, Hayao Miyazaki movies, Science, philosophy, writing, humanism, transhumanism, quantum mechanics and physics. Animal and nature preservation, human rights, and yin and yang were concepts that governed his life. Dan had a gentle heart, caring spirit and genuinely loved people. His family and friends were very important to him.
Dan is survived by his wife, Bridget, Fertile; parents: Tom and Barbara Stewart, Fertile; a brother, Jeffrey, Fertile; nephews and nieces; grandparents: Gertrude Voss, Lake Jackson, TX, and Clyde and Beverly Stewart, Estero, FL; uncles and aunts: Bill Stewart, Jim Stewart, Richard (Renee) Voss, Jimmy (Christine) Voss, Johnny (Dona) Voss, Jan Storbeck, and Paula Voss; and several cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandfather: Ira Lee Voss.
Family will hold Memorial services at a later date. Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Sister Flora (Alvina) Klier died peacefully at Villa Saint Vincent on Friday, February 6, 2015.  She was born in Park Rapids, Minnesota on May 2, 1924 the third of four children born to Mary (Thiesen) and Anthony Klier.  Sister Flora began thinking about a religious profession when she was about fourteen because of the Benedictines who taught summer catechism in her parish of Two Inlets.  She entered   community on September 4, 1942 and made her final profession in August of 1947.
Sister Flora remarked, in autobiographical information a few years ago, that living at the Mount has always been very special to her.  She stated that all the beauty surrounding the monastery is just a little bit of heaven for her.
Because of a very special skill at cooking, Sister Flora’s first ministry was charge of the     dietary departments of hospitals in Detroit Lakes and Browerville, Minnesota for a number of years.  She was then assigned to the dietary department of Mount Saint Benedict in Crookston (we at the monastery fondly remember her homemade angel food cake and other delights!).  While working in the dietary department, she became interested in the large twelve-acre garden here at the Monastery under the direction of Sister Benigna.  She was given charge of this garden in 1974, where she helped raise food for more than one hundred sisters at the Mount, for mission schools where more than fifty sisters worked, and also for Care and Share.  Her volunteer helpers in the garden also were able to get the vegetables they needed for their own use.
In the 1990’s, she and her volunteers yearly raised 3,735 pounds of potatoes, 21,522 pounds of carrots, 11,142 pounds of squash, 2,544 pounds of peas, 1,775 pounds of beans, 141 bushels of tomatoes, 850 pints of raspberries, 249 pints of strawberries, 2,437 pounds of spinach, 777 pounds of lettuce, 12 bushels of large apples, 18 bushels of crab apples, and much more! Sister Flora was a master at good care of the soil, using only minimal fertilizer and pesticides.  In order to enrich the soil, she planted buckwheat and later plowed the full-grown crop under.  She used lady bugs purchased from a firm in California to combat aphids and also enlisted the help of cats to keep the mice and birds from stealing produce as well as a dog to scare away the deer.  Not only was Sister Flora extremely talented with the garden, she also had artistic talent in cake making and decorating for weddings as well as wood carving.  She belonged to the Wood Carvers’ Club of this area and created intricate work.  She also restructured broken statues and painted them for a number of a number of churches in the area. 
Sister Flora was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Mathilda and Delores, and her brother, Marcellus.  She is survived by a sister-in-law, Ida Klier a niece, Rose Pitcher, friends, and the members of her monastic community.
Gifts in memory of Sister Flora are preferred to Mount Saint Benedict Foundation.
Sister Flora Klier, OSB, age 90, of Mount St. Benedict in Crookston, MN, died late Friday evening at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Sister’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Chapel of Mount St. Benedict, 620 Summit Avenue, Crookston, MN, with Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, presiding. Visitation will be at the Sacred Heart Chapel on Tuesday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also for one hour prior to the Mass. Interment will be in the Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in the spring. You can visit the online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Lulu Jean Nelson, age 90, of Crookston, MN, died February 7, 2015 at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Her children were at her side.
Lou, as she was affectionately known throughout her life, was born at Elmore, MN on September 8, 1924 to Leonard and Lillian Clara (Smith) Loge. She graduated from high school in 1942 in Montevideo. She graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing. She married Dean Francis Nelson at the bride's home in Montevideo in June 1947. Their marriage would be blessed over the years by the births of four children: Jeff, Mark, Neal, and Debra. The couple moved to Minneapolis where Lou was employed as an LPN as Dean finished work on his Bachelors Degree from the University of Minnesota. They moved to Buffalo, MN, and to Crookston in 1953 where Dean managed the Federal Land Bank office. In 1963, Lou earned an RN degree and was 'capped' in a ceremony honoring her achievement. Lulu Jean worked as the campus nurse for the University of Minnesota Technical College in Crookston from 1963 on and was active as a County Health Nurse. Lulu Jean earned her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1969. The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks chose her to develop a Geriatric Rehabilitation Nursing program which she then taught at the UND of School of Nursing. Simultaneously she created curriculum for nursing continuing education for the Minnesota Nurses Association. She was a featured instructor at these seminars.
 Lou and Dean enjoyed travel and participating in elder hostel programs after retirement. They spent several months at a Saddlery School in Minatare, Nebraska where each made a saddle ‘from scratch’. Lou and Dean were trained to serve as mediators between farmers and lenders in the 1980s
 Lou was a devoted member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, WELCA, the Joanna-Naomi Circle, the Choir, and the QuiltMakers. She was an avid reader, and did embroidery painting and rosemaling. Lou was active in the League of Women Voters during the 1960’s. She proudly attended the 60th reunion of her class at Hamline University in St. Paul recently, and enjoyed reminiscing with old friends.
Lou will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her family and many friends.
Lou is survived by her 4 children and their families: Jeff and Katie Nelson of Ormond Beach, FL, Mark and Deb Nelson of Palouse, WA, Neal and Brenda Nelson of Ft. Worth, TX, and Debra Nelson and her husband, David Knutson, of Suquamish, WA; 5 grandchildren: Chris, Keni, Becky, Rachel, and Krystian; and 2 great-grandchildren, Victor and Natalia. She also leaves a sister-in-law, Mary Loge of Onalaska, WI; 2 nephews, Ron Loge of Red Wing, MN and Scott Loge of Onalaska; and other relatives. In addition to Dean, her beloved husband of 55 years, Lou was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Roland Loge. May God richly bless the memory of Lulu Jean Nelson.
A memorial service for Lulu Jean “Lou” Nelson will be held at 10AM on February 9th with an hour visitation prior at 9AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston. The Rev. Bill Reck will officiating. Inurnment will take place at Skyway Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Palmetto, FL.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com


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Carlton Joseph Roed, 88, and Hazel Lorraine Ellen Roed, 88 of Mentor, MN, died in an automobile accident on Monday, February 2, 2015, rural Borup, MN.
Carlton was born on March 5, 1926, to Nels Jorgen and Olga (Ruud) Roed in rural Fertile, MN.  Carlton attended country school and the Fertile High School, Fertile, MN.  As a Junior in High School, Carlton was drafted into the United States Army and trained as an Airborne Paratrooper.  He attained the rank of Sergeant serving in the Philippines and Japan.  Carlton had the privilege of being at the signing of the Armistice ending WWII.  He was honorably discharged on  September 9, 1946.  He returned to the Fertile area and purchased a farm near Mentor.
Hazel was born on January 12, 1927, to Olaus Llewellyn and Ellen (Erickson) Flermoen in St. Paul, MN.  Hazel attended country school near Winger, before graduating from the McIntosh High School, McIntosh, MN, in 1944.  Hazel continued her education at Thief River Falls Teacher School, Thief River Falls, MN.  Hazel lived in Winger, MN, and worked in various country schools.
On June 25, 1949, Carlton and Hazel were united in marriage at Gosen Lutheran Church, rural Winger, MN.  They made their home on the farm with Carlton’s brother Orvis, and his wife, Hazel’s sister, LilyAnn.  Orvis and LilyAnn moved to other areas, and Carlton and Hazel were able to reside in this home for more than 65 years.  Hazel taught school for one year after they were married and Carlton operated a dairy farm and raised grain.  Over the years they raised sheep, horses and chickens, as well as a large garden to supply all their canning needs.  Carlton was also employed at Detroiter Mobile Homes, Red Lake Falls, MN, working in the cabinet department.  After several years of raising her four children, Hazel began teaching school.  She also began taking classes at Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN, to earn her teaching degree in Special Ed. and Elementary Education.  She taught in the Mentor School District until retiring in 1991.  Carlton retired in the late 1980’s, farming for a few years before renting the land.  They were both longtime members at Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile.
During their retirement years, Carlton and Hazel were busy.  Together with Carlton’s sister Lorraine, they made a lifelong dream trip to Norway, discovering their shared rich heritage.  Traveling around the country to family events and celebrations allowed them to keep up with their family’s growth.  Hazel took up quilting, making every child and grandchild a treasured quilt.  Carlton continued with his passion of wood working.  He refinished furniture for family and friends, built all sorts of useable and crafty items, and created much needed shelving and supplies at Maple Lake Lutheran Church.  At church, Carlton and Hazel were very active members.  Their presence ensured that the physical and spiritual life of the church was constant and stable.  Their generous nature allowed them to support their church and many organizations that were in need.  Hazel was a member of WELCA, Church Circles, and Christian Women’s Group, and Quilters Of Valor club.  Carlton was active at church cleaning and maintaining the church property, as well as serving as Church Financial Secretary for approximately 40 years.  Together, they were a team that brought love, joy, and peace to many.  As a couple, Carlton and Hazel were true examples of unselfish, giving love and devotion toward each other.  May God richly bless our memories of them.
Carlton and Hazel are survived by their children: Bruce (Deb) Roed, Mentor, MN; Linda Cornelison, Henderson, NV; Candace (Kyle) Nordine, Northfield, MN; and Sandra (Phil) Norgaard, Clear Lake, MN; nine grandchildren: Eric, Cherie, Carl, Matt, David, Marie, Andy, Emily and Nick. Nine great-grandchildren: Haley, Gunnar, Kelsey, Jessica, Kendra, Mia, Hana, Eli, and Lela.  Carlton’s sister: Arloene Stevens, Minneapolis, MN; Hazel’s sisters: LilyAnn Roed, Detroit Lakes, MN, and MaryLou Dinkins, Wapapello, MO; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.  They are preceded in death by their parents; one grandson, Lemuel Nordine; one son-in-law, Gale Cornelison; Carlton’s siblings: Helen Roed, Margaret Scales, Orvis Roed, Lorraine Berhow; and Hazel’s siblings: Kenneth Flermoen, Louie Flermoen, and DeLois Truehl.
Memorials can be given to Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN.
Their funeral services will be on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at 11 AM in the Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN. Visitation will be on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 5-8 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM in the Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN. Burial will be on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Maple Lake Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN. Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
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Cindy Jo LaFleur, 62, of Crookston, MN, died Sunday evening, February 1, 2015, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND after a brief illness. Cindy was born at Crookston, MN on August 25, 1952, the daughter of Walter and Delores (Gullekson) Smith. She grew up in Crookston and was a graduate of Central High School. In 1970, Cindy married LeRoy Clemenson, and they were blessed with the births of two children, Jason Lee and Jodi Lynn. During these years she was employed at the J. R. Simplot Company, and later at Thom’s Linen, before going to work for the American Crystal Sugar Company. On December 5, 1979 Cindy was united in marriage to Dennis LaFleur at their home in Crookston. Both were employed at American Crystal which is where they first met. Cindy and Dennis worked together throughout their marriage, and during those early years they also managed the Barrette Arms Apartments. Later they were employed at Yates Texaco. Cindy then became a realtor with Century 21 in Crookston, while also working at Thomforde’s Garden Center. She was employed seasonally with the US Department of Agriculture taking samples of the potato crops in the area, and cleaned houses for several Crookston families. Cindy enjoyed going to auctions and yard sales, using her expert’s eye in searching for antiques and other pieces of value. She spent several years gathering up things she acquired, and in 2003 realized the longtime dream of opening a business known as ‘Timeless Treasures Antiques.’ She and Dennis, together with best friend and business associate, Jody Thomforde Menge, owned and operated the business to the present time.
Cindy was a lifelong gardener and landscaper, and took great pride in maintaining her beautiful park-like yard. She was an avid reader, a huge NASCAR fan, and enjoyed watching crime dramas on tv. Dogs were a big part of Cindy’s life and she and Dennis shared their home with Rufus, her constant companion, three turtle aquariums, and a sole surviving bird that has been with them for 29 years. Cindy welcomed birds, squirrels, and rabbits to her yard, and after a long Minnesota winter eagerly anticipated spring and the wonders of nature reborn. Cindy and Dennis took road trips all around the country, visiting five Canadian provinces and all but 15 of the United States. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy and Cindy proudly kept up with all of their activities, and spent as much time with them as she could. Great sadness came into her family’s life with the death of son, Jay, on January 24, 2011. Not a day passed that he wasn’t in her thoughts and prayers.
Grateful to have been a part of Cindy’s life is her beloved husband of 35 years, Dennis; daughter and son-in-law, Jodi Lynn and Will Enlow of Crookston; 4 grandchildren: Brooke Clemenson (Dustin Schwebach) of St. Cloud, MN, Megan Pierson (Brady Johnson) of Fargo, ND, and Anna and Casey Enlow of Crookston; her mother and step-father, Delores and Ed Kurpius of Crookston; and parents-in-law, Ted and Fern LaFleur of Crookston. She also leaves 7 siblings: Kelly (Eileen) Smith of Langford, SD, Monty (Sharon) Smith of Yuma, AZ, Scott (Patrick Prochaska) Smith of Mpls, MN, and Connie Smith, Janie Ricord, Sherri (John) Helgaas, and Tracy Smith, all of Crookston; siblings-in-law, Bill (Kim) LaFleur of Apache Junction, AZ and Susan (Bill) Doran of Gilbert, MN; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family. In addition to her dearly loved son, Jay, she was preceded in death by her father, Walter, brother-in-law, Curt Greenwood, and nephew, Lance Smith. May God richly bless the memory of Cindy Jo LaFleur.
Cindy’s life will be celebrated at a funeral service to be held at 6:00 p.m., Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be from 4-6:00 p.m. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com


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John Elroy Stave, age 84, of Crookston, MN, died Monday afternoon, February 2, 2015, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. John was born at Lengby, MN on May 13, 1930, the son of John C. and Hazel I. (Larson) Stave. He grew up in there and attended the Lengby School. As a young man, John moved to St. Paul, MN, where he was employed as a custodian at a local nursing home. He later met a young lady, Sharon Lee Kerr, and the two were united in marriage at St. Paul on May 20, 1974. In 1986 John and Sharon moved to Crookston where John was employed as caretaker of the Smith Building, located in downtown Crookston. They relocated to Minneapolis a few years later and then returned to Crookston in 1992. Sharon was courageously battling ill health and John devoted himself to her care. Sadly, she passed away on November 10, 2002.
John was an avid bingo player, and was often joined by his good friend, Sharon Rausch. He also enjoyed playing poker with friends at Oak Court, where he had been living for several years. John will be sadly missed by his brothers, sister, nieces, and nephews.
Loving family members include 4 brothers: Marvin and Verna Stave of Davenport, IA, Floyd and Jean Stave, and Milton Stave of Crookston, MN, and Curtis Stave of West St. Paul, MN; a sister, Janice Stave of Inver Grove Heights, MN; his friend, Sharon Rausch of Blaine, MN; an aunt, Vera Evenmoe of Whitetail, MT; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Sharon, his beloved wife of 28 years, John was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Shawna Lynn; his parents; and brothers: Lowell, Larry, and Sidney. May God bless the memory of John E. Stave.
A memorial service for John Stave will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 9, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com


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Doris Isabel Albright, age 105, longtime Crookston, MN resident, died Monday evening, February 2, 2015, at the Clayco Care Center in Barnesville, MN. The funeral service celebrating Doris’ life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 14, 2015, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com


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Louis Gelen, age 91, of Crookston, MN, died late Wednesday evening, January 28, 2015, at the University of Minnesota-Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.
Louie was born at Aure , MN , near Bemidji , on February 13, 1923, the son of Olaf and Leora Gelen. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, grew up on the family farm, and attended country school through the 9th grade. He worked with his father for several years before enlisting in the US Army on April 20, 1943. Louie served, during WWII, with the 517th Parachute Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, and saw action in Rome-Arno, southern France , Ardennes, the Rhineland, and central Europe . As a paratrooper his most important jump was made behind enemy lines in the battle of Normandy . In recognition of his service to his country, a grateful nation awarded him the American Theater Service Medal, Bronze Arrowhead, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. Following his honorable discharge with the rank of Sergeant, Louie returned home and attended Bemidji State College. From 1947-1951 he served as Bemidji City Assessor, and on October 31, 1948 was united in marriage to Vera A. Lundmark at the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji . Vera's wedding dress was made from the material used in Louie's parachute. At her urging Louie made application to the Minnesota State Patrol School . After successful completion of the program he was hired as a State Highway Patrolman in 1952. During these years the couple was blessed with the adoption of their children, Lori and David. The Gelens settled in Crookston and Louie served with distinction during his 30-year career with the State Patrol, retiring with the rank of Sergeant in 1982. He enjoyed the respect and esteem of colleagues throughout law enforcement, and was known not only for his professionalism and fairness, but as someone who would always "have your back." 
Louie's faith was very important to him, and he and Vera were devoted members of the Trinity Lutheran Church for over 60 years. He was a twenty-five year member of the Crookston Volunteer Fire Department, and generously gave of his time to the Tri-Valley Medical Assistance Program for the elderly, as well as, volunteering with the IRS doing tax preparation for the elderly and those who qualified as low-income. Louie was a 66-year member of Crookston's American Legion Post #20, and held lifetime membership in VFW Post #1902. In April, 2009, Louie, along with several WWII veterans from the area, participated in the Northern Valley Honor Flight. This was a two-day trip to Washington, DC, where visits were made to the World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and other sites; and the opportunity to visit with dignitaries who shared with them the common bond of military service. The trip was an emotional and memorable experience for Louie and his companions, honoring their sacrifice and patriotism for a country loved so much by them all. For many years Louie was a welcoming figure in the pro-shop at the Minakwa Country Club, and when not working could often be seen on the golf course getting in a round with his regular foursome. He was fortunate enough in his lifetime to record 2 holes-in-one. In younger years, he also enjoyed bowling in one of the local leagues. Playing cards was second nature to Louie and he regularly enjoyed meeting his buddies for coffee at the Legion and getting in a 'few hands.'
Louie was devoted to Vera, and seeing them together defined the term soul-mates. For many years the couple spent winters in Arizona , enjoying time with their son and daughter-in-law, David and Lucy, and grandson, Jonathan. Very sadly, Vera passed away last October 22nd. Louie deeply mourned her loss and looked forward to the time when they would be reunited. His loving family will forever remember him for his kind and gentle nature, and the smile that was always present.
Family members include his daughter, Lori Gelen of Bemidji, MN; son and daughter-in-law, David and Lucy Gelen, and their son, Jonathan, of Chandler, AZ; sister-in-law, Florence Lundmark, of Bemidji; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to Vera, his beloved wife of 66 years, Louie was preceded in death by his parents, Olaf and Leora; and 3 sisters, Florence Evje, Hazel Jallen, and Olga Gelen, who died as a teen-ager. May God bless the memory of Louie Gelen.
The funeral service for Louis O. Gelen will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston , MN , with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and interment will be at Crookston's Oakdale Cemetery in the spring. Memorials may be given in Louie’s name to the Trinity Lutheran Church.  Visit the online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com       


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Kevin Edward Larson, 49, of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away January 29, 2015 at his rural Red Lake Falls, MN home surrounded by his loving family.
Kevin was born March 7, 1965 at Crookston, MN son of Gerald and Evelyn (Delorme) Larson. He was baptized at St. Dorothy and Confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He attended School in Red Lake Falls and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1983. Kevin joined the US Navy in 1983 and following his honorable discharge he returned to Red Lake Falls.
In 1988 Kevin was united in marriage to Colleen Sauve at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls. Kevin worked at Dee Inc. in Crookston and was self-employed owner/operator, transporting mobile homes all over the Midwest. Kevin recently sold the business due to ill health.
Kevin enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, pinochle and most any sports. He was also a member of the Eagles.
He is survived by his children Brett James Larson of Red Lake Falls, MN and Joshua Bergerson of Thief River Falls, MN: granddaughter Charley Mae Schindler of Moorhead, MN: mother Evelyn Larson of Spokane, WA; his faithful four legged friend Rocky; grandmother Cecelia Roth of Spokane, WA; brother Bruce Larson of Red Lake Falls, MN along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Kevin is preceded in death by his Father Gerald, sister Roxane Larson, Paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather. 
Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bill DeCrans Officiating.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN and also one hour prior to the service at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Friday.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Cancer Society.
Condolences may be shared by visiting www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Hayes “Wink” Tucker, 83, of Maple Bay, MN, died on Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.
Memorial services will be on Friday, January 30, 2015, at 11 AM , in the Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, Maple Bay, MN. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM in the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will be at the Maple Bay Free Lutheran Cemetery, Maple Bay, MN.
Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com


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John Reid Wahlin, 61, Rindal, MN died on Sunday, January 25, 2015.  Reid was born on May 13, 1953, to John Ole Menton and Franciska “Franny” Marie (Ramstad) Wahlin in Crookston.  He graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1971.  Reid attended Fergus Falls Community College, Moorhead State University and graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1977.  Reid was hired as a vocational agriculture teacher in the fall of 1977 at Fosston High School, Fosston, MN, and was an educator there for 33 years until his retirement in the spring of 2010. 
On August 16, 1980, Reid was united in marriage to Shelly Christenson at Big Bend, MN.  They were blessed with two sons:  Joshua Reid and Jesse Scott, and was a lifelong, faithful member of Faaberg Lutheran Church in Rindal.  Reid strongly believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and over the years served as a Sunday school teacher, congregational president, and held several other positions. You would often see him at the church helping with various projects and he even spent some time quilting with the ladies.  There was never a dull moment when Reid was around.  Over the years, Reid and his family enjoyed many ski trips to Big Powderhorn Mountain in Michigan.  There are countless fishing, hunting, and camping stories created by the many friends and family members who dared go with Reid.  He was a savant when it came to entertaining and his creativity knew no bounds.  He especially enjoyed his 4th of July celebrations on Lake Elissa.  He was raised a farmer and that passion never faded.  He spent numerous hours working the dirt and growing flowers, vegetables and of course that famous sweet corn.
Reid was a dedicated, devoted educator to the students of Fosston High School.  He always believed in “Kids First, Subject Matter Second.”  Students gravitated towards “Wahlin” and they knew he would do anything to help them out.  He was involved in the FFA, coached, supervised dances, and each spring had his greenhouse ready for all to enjoy.  Reid had a zest for life.  He was never afraid to enlighten any conversation.  He had a great love for his family and friends.  Blessed be his memory.
Reid is survived by his children, Joshua and his wife, Jennifer and son Taydem (McGregor, MN); Jesse and his fiancé, Alecia Bodway (McGregor, MN); his mother, Franciska “Franny” (Rindal, MN); his siblings: Shelly Wahlin-Quinlan and her husband, Robert (McIntosh, MN); Christopher and his wife, Karla (Crookston, MN); Gail Sauve and her husband, Randy (Barnesville, MN); and his numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his father, John Ole Menton Wahlin and uncle, Robert Wahlin.
Memorial service: Tuesday, February 3, at 11:00 a.m. in Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN.  Visitation will be Monday, February 2, from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30pm in the Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal.  Burial will be in the spring at the Faaberg Lutheran Cemetery, Rindal, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile.


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Grant Earl Ellegaard, 62, of Fertile, MN, died on Friday, January 23, 2015, at the Riverview Hospital, Crookston, MN. 
Funeral services will be on Monday, February 2, 2015, at 11 AM in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation will be on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 2-4 PM with a prayer service at 3:30 PM in the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will be in the Fertile City Cemetery, Fertile, MN.

 

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Lee Edward Schafer, age 88, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully at his home early Thursday morning, January 22, 2015. Lee was born in Crookston on November 4, 1926 to Leo G. and Reona (Werkman) Schafer, and named after his father, Leo, and grandfather, Reinder Edward Werkman.
Lee graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1944. Soon after graduation, he entered the US Army and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII. After receiving his honorable discharge on August 28, 1946, he returned home and enrolled at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1949. Lee later attended, and taught, at the University of Denver, graduating from there with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1960.
Over a period of many years, Lee enjoyed an exciting career in the hospitality industry. He was engaged in the capacity of either senior executive or consultant for luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants, domestic and foreign airlines, and passenger steamships, as well as hospitals, universities, colleges, schools, and the Alaska pipeline construction camps. His life’s work provided the necessity, and opportunity, to enjoy extensive domestic and foreign travel. In 1999, Lee returned to Crookston, where he enjoyed maintaining the 120 year-old home of his boyhood, and pursuing his love of gardening.
Lee is survived by his friend and companion of 40 years, past business partner and brother in Christ, Howard Williams; his beloved sister, Carol Jean Fay, and her two daughters, Cindy Lee Arnich and Susan Carol Fay Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents. May God richly bless Lee’s memory.  
The life of Lee Edward Schafer will be celebrated at a memorial service to be held at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 5718 36th Street SW, Fargo, ND, with Pastor Greg Hoadley, officiating. A memorial service will also be held in Crookston at a later date. Memorials may be given in Lee’s name to: Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, PO Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174-001
Online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com. .

 

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Herbert G. Johnsen, 98, Virginia, MN, formerly of Ada, MN, died Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at St. Michaels Health and Rehab Center in Virginia. Herb was born January 17, 1917 in Le Mars, Iowa, to Louis and Mary (Osterbuhr) Johnsen. He moved to Lockhart with his family as a young boy. On December 10, 1938, Herb married Elsie Merkens in Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.  Herb had been involved in farming, automotive work as a mechanic, and some carpentry. Over the years, he worked for Anderson Lumber and Simpson Motors of Ada. Herb was a quiet, faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he used his gifts and talents to serve the Lord. His carpentry skills can still be observed around the church. Elsie passed away in 1993. Herb married Bernice in 1994, and in 1997, they moved to Embarrass in the Iron Range of Minnesota. They lived in the country on a section of land for a time before he entered the nursing home in 2005. Bernice passed away in 2013. Herb is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Marcella Kappes, Marilyn Gunderson, Milton Luchau, Jean Brewster, LeRoy Luchau, and Steve Luchau. He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Elsie and Bernice; and siblings Lou Wayne Johnsen and Evelyn Luchau Johnson.  
Graveside services were held on Friday, January 23, at the Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.  Arrangements are with the Fredrickson-Ganje Funeral Home.

 

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Doris Adeline Tuseth, age 85, a longtime Beltrami-Fertile, Minnesota resident, died at the Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks, ND on Thursday evening, January 22, 2015, with her loving family at her bedside.  Doris was born on her parents farm, near Nielsville, MN, on November 17, 1929, one of eight children born to the union of Tom and Sena (Skretvedt) Waale. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Nielsville and graduated from Climax (MN) High School in 1947. During her high school years Doris worked at several cafes, and did housekeeping and child-care for local families. She was later employed by the telephone office in Climax, working with her sister, Gladys. During the potato harvest she helped out on a few of the neighboring farms. In March of 1950 Doris was united in marriage to Charles Tuseth at Beltrami. The couple made their home on a nearby farm and were blessed with three children: Dianne, Calvin, and Dennis. Sadly, Charles died in a hunting accident in November of 1953. Doris and the kids moved into Beltrami, where she later married Kenneth Sannes in 1955. To their union four boys were born: David, Les, Ken Jr., and Ron. While raising the kids, and managing a busy household, Doris also found time to sell Avon products and greeting cards. She was a devoted member of Beltrami’s Trinity Lutheran Church, taught Sunday school, sang with the choir, served as president of the Ladies Aid, and participated in the ladies circles. Doris was a great softball player, absolutely loved the game, and for many years played successfully on several Beltrami teams. In 1975 Doris was united in marriage to Horace Tuseth at Beltrami. She lovingly welcomed into her life Horace’s four sons: Pat, Tim, Tony, and Perry. In 1980 Doris began working in the Beltrami Mall Café, where she served with a smile for over 20 years. Horace passed away in September of 1999. In 2011 Doris moved to an apartment in Fertile, and then on November 5, 2014 became a resident of Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks.
Doris was a familiar figure at sporting events, concerts, and other school activities over the years. She provided support, encouragement, and cheers to her kids and grandkids, and loved keeping stats for all the games. She was an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan, and could be counted on to share the progress of each game she was watching with whoever was around. Doris enjoyed making quilts for her family and the church, and a favorite pastime was singing and playing the piano. Family reunions were a highpoint in her social life and through them she was able to meet and host several of the ‘cousins’ from Norway. Several years ago she and her sister, Lorraine, made a trip to Norway visit them and tour the beautiful country.
Doris was at the center of a large and very loving family. Nothing gave her greater pleasure than the time she spent with them all, and she will be remembered with great affection for being such a wonderful, nurturing mom, grandma, and great-grandma.
Doris is survived by four children: Dianne (Wes) Brandt of Audubon, MN, Les (Janet) Sannes of Mentor, MN, Ken (Leanne) Sannes Jr. of Beltrami, MN, and Ron (Lori) Sannes of Fertile, MN; twelve grandchildren: Chad (Megan) Brandt, Shawn (Tanya) Brandt, Mandi (Mike) LaChapelle, Kelly (Virginia) Brandt, Carla Roy, Jennifer (Trent) Berg, Sarah Wall, Annika Sannes, Dillon Sannes, Nate (Abby) Sannes, Kent (Sarah), Sannes, and Taylor (Amber) Sannes; and many great-grandchildren. She also leaves four step-sons: Pat Tuseth of Rochester, MN, Tim Tuseth (Judy Davis) of Arkansas, Tony (Mickie) Tuseth of Stewartville, MN, and Perry (Kris) Tuseth of White Bear Lake, MN; together with several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Stella Gast of Ada, MN and Lorraine (Earl) Knutson of Glenwood, MN; a brother, Ole Waale of Thief River Falls, MN; two sisters-in-law, Alice Tuseth of Minneapolis, and Mary Tuseth of Crookston, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family. In addition to her husbands, Charles and Horace, Doris was preceded in death by sons: Calvin, David, and Dennis; great-granddaughter, Josie LaChapelle; parents, Tom and Sena Waale; sisters: Alice Sistad, Ina Braaten, and Gladys Sistad; and brother, Hans Waale. May God bless the memory of Doris Adeline Tuseth.            
The funeral service for Doris Tuseth will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, January 30, 2015, at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile, MN, with The Rev. Philip Larsen, officiating. Visitation will be at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Beltrami, MN on Thursday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service and time of sharing. Visitation will also be at Concordia Lutheran Church on Friday for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, rural Beltrami. Online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Carole Engelstad, 82, Mentor, MN, died on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Riverview Health Care Center, Crookston, MN.  She was born on March 20, 1932, in Starkweather, ND, to Christ and Marie (Svidalsnes) Berg.  Her parents raised a tight-knit Norwegian family, which transcended down into Carole’s children and grandchildren.  She attended school in Starkweather until 10th grade, at which time she and her family then moved to Moorhead, MN. She graduated from Moorhead High School in 1949 and from Concordia College in 1953 with majors in Business Education and Physical Education, with a minor in Psychology.  Her first teaching assignments were at the McIntosh and Fargo High Schools where she taught Business, Physical Education, and Drivers Training.  
 On June 18, 1956, Carole was united in marriage to Clayton Engelstad at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead, MN.  They lived and farmed northwest of Fertile. She, also, taught Physical Education and coached a trampoline team at Fertile-Beltrami High School for a few years. Carole’s following years were spent raising her children until 1971, when she returned to teaching at the Fertile-Beltrami High School, teaching Business Education and Psychology classes. Carole developed and supervised the FB Ski Club, introducing many local teens to the sport.  In 1973, Carole was nominated as the “Teacher Of The Year” and was one of ten Teachers who were recognized by the Governor of Minnesota. During her teaching years, Carole touched many students’ lives with her belief that every young person can excel in life.  In 1981, Carole left teaching and pursued employment at various jobs, including office manager at the Area Special Education Cooperative,  secretary at Polk County DAC, and parish secretary of the Little Norway/Faith Parish.
In the early 1980’s, she and Clayton assisted with the Teens Encounter Christ movement in our region as well as in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana.  Throughout the years, she was active in the League of Women’s Voters, Fertile Saddle Club, Christian Women’s Club, Fertile-Beltrami School Board, and Quilt Club.  In 1981, she and Clayton hosted a foreign exchange student, David Duncan, from Australia.  She was very active in Little Norway Lutheran Church as a Sunday School teacher, Bible Study and Luther League leader, a circle and council member, and a WELCA officer.  Carole’s Little Norway Church family was very special to her. Carole continued to spread her strong faith in Christ wherever she went.
  In her spare time, Carole was a busy quilt maker—she created hundreds of beautiful and intricate quilts that she gave to her family and friends.  Working with her family on the farm, in both her childhood and adult life, held many fond memories for Carole and her family.  Family and friends gathered with Carole and Clayton whether it was for work on the farm or enjoyment at the lake. Carole’s grandchildren have many fond memories at the lake from fishing, swimming, catching frogs, and eating a smorgasbord of food. Carole  taught her children and grandchildren to constantly strive to do better and become the best at whatever life may bring them.   May God bless the memory of Carole Engelstad.
 Carole is survived by her husband, Clayton, Mentor, MN; children: Craig (Cindy), Fertile, MN; Marie (David) Johnstad, Beltrami, MN; Jean (Scott) Tollefson, Fertile, MN; Paul (Machelle), Fertile, MN; and Eric (Tracee), Fertile, MN; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson; brothers and sisters: Bjarne (Hazel) Berg, West Fargo, ND; Norma Vanderpan, Brookings, SD; Lois (David) Anderson, Mayville, ND; and Ann (Ed) Ellenson, Henning, MN; and several nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers: Monrad Berg, Haldor Berg, and Clarence “Chris” Berg.
Funeral services will be on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 11:00 AM in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation will be on Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN, from 6-8:00 PM with a prayer service at 8:00 PM. Burial will be in the Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN. Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Connie Lee (Tschosik) Dale, 56, of rural Winger, MN, died on Monday, January 19, 2015, at her residence.  She was born on May 24, 1958, to Leo and Pauline (Horner) Kuntz in Linton, ND—10th of 12 children.  Connie attended the Linton School until her senior year, when she moved to Wahpeton, ND.
On October 18, 1975, Connie was united in marriage to Alan Tschosik in Wahpeton.  Their son, Doug, was born on March 12, 1976, in Breckenridge, MN, and their daughter, Rosalynn, was born on January 27, 1979, in Mandan, ND.  Connie decided to obtain her GED and work toward a college degree at NDSCS in Wahpeton.  She graduated as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.  They moved to Fertile, MN, in September of 1988, where Connie began working at the Fertile-Beltrami School District as a COTA.
On August 15, 1992, Connie was united in marriage to Jeff Dale of rural Winger, MN, in Medora, ND.  Together they settled at their home, west of Winger, until her passing.
Connie’s degree in OTA was a perfect match with her passion in life—assisting others to improve their lives.  Helping the young or old become more independent brought Connie a lot of joy.  As a friend to many, Connie will be remembered for her generous heart, kind smile, and infectious laugh.  Since Connie was a child, she and her family enjoyed riding, training and competing with their horses.  Being outdoors was refreshing, especially sitting on her porch looking over the lake.  Travelling to the mountains and camping was a great memory.  Connie’s grandchildren meant the world to her.
Connie is survived by her husband, Jeff, rural Winger, MN; one son, Doug (Stephanie) Tschosik, Fertile, MN; and one daughter, Rosalynn (Carl) Berg, Park Rapids, MN; 5 grandchildren: Jacob, Braeden, Amelia, Aliyah, and baby girl Berg; 10 brothers and sisters: Patty McCarthy, Anoka, MN; Leo Kuntz, Linton, ND; Edward Kuntz, Linton, ND; Frank (Shelly) Kuntz, Linton, ND; David (Kay) Kuntz, Hankinson, ND; Wendelin “Wendy” (DeeDee), Kuntz, Bismarck, ND; Karleen (Charles) Weigel, Napoleon, ND; Felicia (Tom) Rocholl, Fergus Falls, MN; Joseph Kuntz, Wilton, ND and Jerry Kuntz, Linton, ND; several nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Robert Kuntz, 2012, and one brother-in-law, Bomac McCarthy, 1987.
Services are planned for a later date.
Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home

 

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Geraldine Flage, of Red Lake Falls, MN age 92 died peacefully on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls, MN with her loving family at her side.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 19, 2015 at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Rev. John Bumgardner officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Monday at church.
Geraldine Elsie Busse was born the youngest child of eleven on April 11, 1922 on the family farm in Browns Creek Township, Red Lake County, MN to Henry and Louise (Weiss) Busse who were of German heritage.  She was baptized into the Lutheran faith and confirmed on July 11, 1937 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wylie, MN.  Geraldine attended country school and high school in Red Lake Falls. 
On June 25, 1946, Geraldine was united in marriage to Lester Vernon Flage at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wylie, MN. They made their home on a farm in Browns Creek Township and to this union six children were born Pamela, Penny, Anthony, Debra, Lon and John.  In 1963 they moved to a farm in Gervais Township in Red Lake County where they continued to reside until 1974 when they moved into Red Lake Falls. 
Geraldine enjoyed being a homemaker while her children were young and then went to work in 1974 at Washington Elementary School as a cook for the next ten years.  At this time Geraldine wanted to be home to spend time and care for her grandchildren. 
Geraldine enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, walking, dancing, singing, crochet, canning, preparing food for her family, and especially enjoyed time with her family.  She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she sang alto in the choir, taught Sunday School, and served with the Ladies Aide for over 60 years.  She was very strong in her faith and enjoyed a trip to the Holy Land.  She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. 
Survivors include her loving children, Pamela (Gerald) Nelson of Red Lake Falls, MN, Penny (Roger) Dardis of Glenwood, IA, Anthony “Chuck” Flage of Red Lake Falls, MN, Debra (Larry) Grebin of East Bethel, MN, Lon (Lynette) Flage of Cavalier, ND and John Flage of Red Lake Falls, MN; grandchildren, Brian (Lisa), Micheale (Paul), Branden (Shelly), Kelsey (Jordan), Paul (Anna), Ben, Heather, Jordon, Alex (Lily), Isaac, Adam, Sarah (Elliot), Jeremy, and Kari; great-grandchildren, Allison, Matthew, Jenna, Nolan, Emily (Martin), Olivia, Chase, Boe, Zoey, Gavin, Gabby, Cash, Charlie, one great-grandchild and one great-great grandchild on the way; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband in 1987; granddaughter, Jennifer Flage; and siblings, Sophie (Ed) Tischard, Adolph Busse, John (Tillie) Busse, Freida (Louis) Zutz, Albert (Lilly) Busse, Alma (Bill) Zwingleberg, George (Elsie) Busse, Marie (Arnold) Lehrer, Lucille (Reuben) Lehrer, Harold (Louette) Busse.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.

 

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Teresa Roseland Hendrickson, age 58, of Bagley, MN, died at her home Sunday morning, January 11, 2015, with her husband, Miles, and family at her bedside. She had been very courageously battling cancer since last April.
Teresa was born on November 12, 1956 at Anchorage, AK, the daughter of Paul and Bernice (Sterbakken-Field) Roseland. Her earliest years of schooling were in Anchorage until the family moved to Crookston, where she continued her education, graduating from Central High School. After working at Mount St. Benedict for a few years Teresa attended college locally and became an LPN. On November 12, 1981 she was united in marriage to Miles Hendrickson at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. A few years later they moved with firstborn daughter, Tess, to Anchorage where Dana was born in 1984. Teresa worked as a nurse at Charter North Hospital. Miles, Teresa, and the girls eventually moved back to Crookston and Teresa returned to school to earn her RN degree. In 1988 the family settled in Bagley and Teresa was employed as an RN at hospitals and nursing homes throughout the area. In April of 2014 she was diagnosed with cancer and forced to give up the career she so loved.
Throughout her life Teresa was an avid reader, and enjoyed sewing, quilting, listening to music, and dancing. She also liked to go shopping, antiquing, and adding to her collection of purses. Teresa loved her family dearly, and her caring and thoughtfulness knew no bounds. She found great joy in doing for others, and that is the legacy she leaves with Miles and their family.
Teresa is survived by her loving husband, Miles; their two daughters, Tess (Christopher) Joy of Bemidji, MN and Dana (Brian) Morgan of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; grandson, Rhys Morgan; father, Paul Roseland (Diann Sewald) of Anchorage, AK; mother, Bernice Roseland of Crookston, MN; brother, Ron (Jennifer) Roseland of Beaverton, OR; sister, Lori (Danny) Newquist of Crookston; sister-in-law, Jackie Roseland of Crookston; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. Teresa was preceded in death by her brother, Arne Roseland; and parents-in-law, Arne and Edith Hendrickson. May God richly bless the memory of Teresa Hendrickson.
The funeral service for Teresa Roseland Hendrickson will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, January 17, 2015, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at the Nora Township Cemetery, rural Bagley, MN, in the spring. Memorials may be given in Teresa's name to the American Cancer Society. Online registry
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