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Joseph Willett Oklee, MN age 88 died on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND with his loving family at his side. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, September 4, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brooks, MN with Father Bill DeCrans presiding.  Burial will follow at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Plummer, MN.Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brooks, MN.  Visitation will also be held from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Friday. Joseph Arnold Willett was born on July 12, 1927 at Crookston, MN to Benjamin and Barbara (Wagner) Willett, the youngest of eight children.  He was raised in Plummer, MN where he attended school.  He enlisted in the United States Navy on June 6, 1945 and served with the Seabees and spent time in New Guinea.  Joe was Honorably Discharged on June 28, 1946. On June 17, 1948 he was united in marriage to Teckla Williams at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.  To this union 8 children were born, James, Joyce, Elizabeth, Susan, Arnold, Thomas, Daniel and Douglas.  In the earlier years, he milked cows and farmed on the farm they bought just out of Plummer.  He then worked road construction operating heavy equipment until he became a bulk truck driver, picking up milk for Plummer Creamery from which he retired.  After his retirement, he had the opportunity to work with heavy equipment for Bob Pahlen, Plummer Excavating and Tom Radniecki.Joe’s greatest joy was his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his constant companion “Prince” his little dog.  He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan.  Joe was a member of the Plummer American Legion Post #623 for over 47 years, VFW Post 2793, and the Plummer Lions Club. Joe is survived by 7 children, daughters, Joyce (Carl) Magers of Spring Grove, MN, Elizabeth Hamilton of Bloomington, MN, Sue (Gary) LaCoursiere of Brooks, MN; sons, Arne (Jo Boldt) Willett of Clearbrook, MN, Tom (Bec) Willett of Plummer, MN, Dan Willett of Plummer, MN and Doug Willett of Red Lake Falls, MN; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Rita LeMere of Eau Claire, WI; and many nieces and nephews; and his special friend and neighbor, Beverly Linder.He was preceded in death by his wife, Teckla on March 19, 2008; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Judy Willett; father, Frank; mother, Barbara; sisters and brothers-in-law, Monica and Joe Fallon, Marcella and Frank Toulouse, Constance and Daniel Driscoll, Delores Carlson, Marietta and Clem Johanneck and brother and sister-in-law, Andrew and Gert Willett; and some nieces and nephews. A special thanks to the Doctors and staff at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

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Elizabeth ”Betty” Cassavant, 94, of Red Lake Falls, Minnesota died peacefully early Saturday morning, August 29, 2015 at RiverView Hospital in Crookston after a long battle with cancer.
Betty was born on July 4, 1921 in Plummer, Minnesota to Charles and Anna (Mares) Schmidt.  Betty married Lawrence Cassavant on November 2, 1941 in San Francisco, California prior to his serving in the US Army.  They returned home to Red Lake Falls and farmed until their retirement. Lawrence passed away in 1997.
They have three children: Bill (Jamie) Cassavant from Red Lake Falls, Linda (Jerry Ward) Cassavant from Yulee, Florida, and Brent (Jackie) Cassavant from Red Lake Falls.
Family was an important part of Betty’s life.  She has grandchildren: Shawn (Bill) Donarski, Corey (Jill) Cassavant, Matthew (Rochele) Knudsen, Courtney Knudsen, Bridget Reinke and Jennifer (Marty) Howes, Corey Shockley and Dusty Shockley.
12 great-grandchildren: Mikayla (Tony Bach) Brazier, Brandon Brazier, Austin Cassavant, Alivia Cassavant, Taylor Knudsen, Aubrey Knudsen, Dalton Reinke, Gavin Reinke, Silas Reinke, Nia Reinke, Catherine Thompson and Gage Thompson.
1 great-great grandson: Garrett Bach
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, her parents Charles Sr. and Anna Schmidt, a sister, Clarissa Pederson and brother-in-law Bill, brothers Charles Schmidt Jr. and sister-in-law Orrie, and Bylo Schmidt and sister-in-law Clarice.
Although she was tiny and frail, she gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life.  She loved gardening, canning, baking bread, reading novels and playing music.  She will be missed but she is with us still in the hearts of all her family and friends.
At her request, a memorial service only celebrating Betty’s life will be at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to service.Betty requested not to send flowers so the family requests that donations be made to RiverView Foundation in her name.  A light lunch will be served at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home prior to the internment at the Dorothy Cemetery. 

 

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Shirley Jasperson, Plummer, MN, 79, died Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Oakland Park Communities, Thief River Falls, MN with her loving family at her side. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN with Pastor Ollie Urdahl officiating.  Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.
Shirley Alice Nelson was born on June 11, 1936 in Thief River Falls, MN the daughter of Axel and Anna (Nygaard) Nelson.  She was baptized at the Emil Anderson farm and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Silverton Church.  Shirley attended country school – Rosebank County Line, Steiner, and Washington.  In her teenage years, Shirley developed Rheumatic Fever.  She spent six weeks at Mercy Hospital in Thief River Falls and then recuperated at the heart hospital in the Twin Cities for nearly a year.
On November 19, 1954, Shirley was united in marriage to Thorman P. Dahle in Thief River Falls.  To this union two children were born, Sherryl and Micheal.  They made their home in the Thief River Falls area and enjoyed spending time at their cabin at Pine Lake.  The couple also owned and operated the Rosewood Store.  Thorman passed away on November 4, 1985.
Shirley worked hard her entire life.  She was a receptionist for Dietaxi, waitressed at several restuarants, worked at Dow Key, Arctic Cat, Ben Franklin, Ace Hardware, Noreen Country Market, and Hartz Grocery.  She also enjoyed painting homes, selling Avon, Mary Kay, and her own handmade crafts.  Shirley was honored as top salesperson for both Avon and Mary Kay for the region.  If she wasn’t selling she was hosting parties so others could sell.  She also sold home interior designs, worked at Pamida, and retired from Digi-Key in 2010 after over 20 years of service.  Shirley also enjoyed volunteering at the Oklee Senior Center.
On December 20, 1996, Shirley was united in marriage to Russell T. Jasperson at Red Lake Falls, MN.  The couple made their home on the Jasperson farm near Plummer, MN where they have continued to reside for the past almost 19 wonderful years.  Shirley and Russell enjoyed listening to old-time music every Sunday, going out for supper, lutefisk suppers, traveled following the Cathy Erickson band as well as other old-time music bands, and always made time to visit with their friends.
Shirley loved people and her home was always a gathering place where everyone was welcome.  Family and friends would gather at the farm on Sundays to enjoy Shirley’s home cooking, famous caramel rolls, and other baked goods.  Shirley loved spending time with all of her family and especially enjoyed holding her great-grandkids and waltzing with Russell.  She also did embroidery, crocheting, quilting, sewing, and always took the time to visit with people, laugh and tell a joke. 
Shirley lived to make others happy and always put others before herself.  She was all heart and always gave her whole heart into whatever she was doing.  Sherryl and Mike are extremely proud to call her “Mother”.
Survivors include her loving husband of almost 19 years, Russell of Plummer, MN; children, Sherryl (Bob) Hansen of Thief River Falls and Mike (Julie) Dahle of Fosston, MN; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Kristina (Chris Russell) and Johnathan Dahle; great-grandchildren, Logan, Dylan and Cambrie; sisters, Marrie Coffman of Sun City, AZ and Janice Matson Miksatko of Thief River Falls; sisters-in-law, Margaret Nelson, Esther Nelson and Dianne Matson; brother-in-law, Duane Kuzel; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Thorman; great-grandson, Devin Dahle; parents, Axel and Anna Nelson; step-father, Thomas Matson; siblings, Alton Nelson,  Adrian Nelson, Audrey (Donald) Erickson, Eugene (Karen) Nelson, James Matson, Marilyn Kuzel, Gaylene Race; brothers-in-law, Louis Miksatko and Harold Coffman.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
Special Music, Greg Dally & Paula Adamson -  The Old Rugged Cross, Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, and In the Garden
Casketbearers, Johnathan Dahle, Jerry Erickson, Randy Dahle, Jeff Matson, Mark Anderson, Harold Overbye
Honorary Casketbearers, All of Shirley’s family and friends

 

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Peter Johnston, 27, of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away Friday, August 28, 2015 of natural causes at his home in Red Lake Falls, MN. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, 10:30 AM,  September 3, 2015 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Reverend Gary Graff Officiating. Burial will take place at Six Mile Grove in Lyle, MN at a later date. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
Peter Robert Johnston was born September 17, 1987 at Willmar, MN son of Darold D. and Linda L. (Nelsen) Johnston (Peter lovingly called his parents “Old Man” and “Hey Lady”). He was raised in Grove City, MN and baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He attended grade school in Grove City, the family moved to Red Lake Falls, MN where he graduated from Lafayette High School in 2006. Peter was confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. He attended Northland Community Technical College graduating in 2014 as an Aviation Mechanic and with a UAV Certification.
He worked for Rhombus Guys, Marco’s Pizza, Corporate Air, Jimmy John’s and Dakota Harvest Bakery all in Grand Forks, ND.
Peter was an avid reader, enjoyed being a video gamer, followed many sports, along with being a history buff.
He is survived by his parents Darold and Linda Johnston of Red Lake Falls, MN; brother David (Fiancé Erica Stam) Johnston of Grand Forks, ND; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Peter is preceded in death by his great grandmother Betty Egle, great grandfather Gustave Jorgenson, grandparents Lawrence and Audrey Nelsen, Gloria and Robert Johnston, Cousin Kelli Oswald and other great aunts and uncles.
In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Bethany Lutheran Church, the Red Lake Falls Library or the charity of your choice.
CASKETBEARS; Cameron Johnston, Brady Barbot, Connor Kaminski, David Johnston, Lawrence Nelsen Jr, Stuart Johnston.

 

 

Dorothy Gustafson Dockter, age 95, of McIntosh, MN and Crookston, MN, passed away on Friday, August 28th, at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston, MN. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5th, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in McIntosh with the Rev. Bill Reck officiating. Interment will be in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery, McIntosh. Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home, serving McIntosh and messages of condolence may be shared at www.carlinhoialmen.com.
Dorothy Mayme Lindblad was born on February 29, 1920 to Harold and Elizabeth (O’Brien) Lindblad in McIntosh, Minnesota. She was baptized in Fosston and confirmed by Rev. Megorden at Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston. She grew up and attended school in McIntosh, graduating in 1938.
She was united in marriage to Harvey E. Gustafson on September 7, 1940 by Rev. Megorden in Fosston. They lived one and a half years in Fosston and one year in Mentor before returning to McIntosh in 1943 where they made their home.
They had four children: Harold “Mokey”, Paul, Deborah and Michael. She was employed at the Gamble’s Store, and in 1963 she began working for the McIntosh Times and as a secretary for F.C.I.C. She retired in December of 1980.
On October 11, 1980 she was united in marriage to Albert Dockter at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
They lived in McIntosh in the summer and in Donna, Texas in the winter months. They both loved to travel and visited all parts of the United States plus covering a good part of Europe.
The last eight years of her life were spent in Crookston at the Summerfield Apartments and Summit Assisted Living.
Her addictions were gardening, and making scrapbooks and photo albums - of which she had plenty.
She is survived by her four children, Harold “Mokey” (Ione) of Grand Forks, ND, Paul (Julie) of Remsen, IA, Deborah (John) Perrone of Schertz, TX, and Michael of Frankfort, KY; one stepson, Alan (Veronica) of Brooklyn Park, MN; five grandchildren, Paula (Larry) Larsen, Shane (Kim) Gustafson, Dominic (Carissa) Perrone, Michael Perrone and Katie Gustafson; three step grandsons, Todd (Bev), Bradley (Sharon), and Jon (Cathy); four great grandchildren, Andrew, Jonathan, Nicholas, and Audrina; and six step great grandchildren, Jeffrey, John, Kayla, Luke, Cole, and Kate; special friend, Dave Bennett and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harvey (1976); her second husband, Albert (2001); her parents; three sisters, MaDonna “Marlys” Downing, Kathryn “Kitty” Plese and Peggy Randall; and brothers-in-law.

 

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Bonnie-Lee Johnson age 77 of Crookston died Thursday, August 27, 2015 in the Crookston Riverview Care Center. Visitation will be from 1-2 pm on August 31, preceding the funeral at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Crookston, Minnesota. Interment will be held at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, immediately following the funeral.
Bonnie-Lee Johnson was born on August 3rd, 1938 in Long Prairie Minnesota, the daughter of Marion and Cecile (DuFrene) Hipple, where she attended school until she met and married Andrew Fellman in the summer of 1954.
Bonnie-Lee was blessed with several talents and greatly enjoyed writing poetry, cooking, sewing and engaging in artwork.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Sherman and Neven, and her son Daniel.
She is survived by her brothers Marion Hipple of Lake Tahoe, MN, Ralph Cowdery of Rapid City, SD, Mike Cowdery of Osakis, MN and Brian Cowdery of Hot springs, CO; her children Theresa Fellman of Crookston, MN, Nonna Fitch of Worthington, MN, Julie Weems of Clearbrooks, MN, John (JD) Fellman of Montgomery, MN, Lisa Bodnar of Langdon, ND, Andrea Bendickson of Bejou, MN, and many grand-children and great-grand children.

 

 

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Arlene Valborg  Hamre, Beltrami, MN, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015 and is now at rest in God’s arms. Arlene was born October 8, 1928 to Soren and Anna Smith, Nielsville, MN. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Nielsville, MN.  She attended District 19 rural school, Climax High School, and Moorhead Teachers College. Upon completion of college, she taught school for three years at Strickler School, Euclid, MN; Miller School, Crookston, MN; and Belmont Consolidated School, Buxton, ND respectively.  She was the fourth child of seven siblings: Norris Smith, Mesa, AZ; Sidney (Lillian) Smith, Crookston, MN; Dagmar Larson, Crookston, MN; Shirley Anderson, Hopkins, MN; Curtis (Bonnie) Smith, Bemidji, MN; and Rose Marie (Richard) Bakken, Princeton, MN. Arlene married Rolland Hamre on July 22, 1950 at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Nielsville. They lived on the Hamre homestead, 6 miles west of Beltrami, throughout their married lives. They were members of Scandia Lutheran Church, rural Beltrami, and then became members of Trinity Lutheran Church of Beltrami. Arlene was active in Bible Study, served as Congregational president and other offices, Women of the ELCA, Quilters, and helped serve at many events. Arlene was a busy farm wife and enjoyed gardening and yard work, canning and baking. She also did the bookkeeping and paperwork for the farm. She was an avid reader, flower gardener, quilter (making quilts for her children, grandchildren, and missions). She was a long-time member of the Beltrami Garden Club and the Nielsville area birthday club.  Arlene was a loving mother to six children: Steve (Jane) Hamre, Beltrami, MN; Valerie (Lynn) Sulerud, Cambridge, MN; Nancy Hamre, Duluth, MN; Rory (Barb) Hamre, Beltrami, MN; Marcia (Dale) Schoenborn, Beltrami, MN; Marla (Paul) Swenson, Fertile, MN. She adored her 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Arlene will be remembered for her example of a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend and caregiver. She remembered birthdays, anniversaries and other special events with cards and loving letters. She kept a special calendar with these dates and looked at it every day, remembering those she loved. Their children will always remember hearing their parents early in the morning having devotions and praying together at the kitchen table before they began their day.  Their home was always a welcoming place for friends, neighbors and relatives, having coffee and baking available at a moment’s notice.  Rolland and Arlene housed many guests from near and far. They made lifelong friends wherever they traveled. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband Rolland, her parents, Soren and Anna Smith and brother Sidney Smith.  The family would like to thank Dr. Bosun Fashoro for his kindness and care of Arlene. And to the staff at Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile, MN, who loved and cared for Arlene for two years.  Memorials are preferred to: Fair Meadow Foundation, PO Box 8, Fertile, MN 56540
Memorial Service will take place at 10:30AM Saturday, September 5, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN. Visitation:  5-7 PM with a Prayer Service at 6:30 PM on Friday, September 4, 2015, in the church.
Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, rural Beltrami, MN.

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June E. Fortier, age 92 of Crookston, MN passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Riverview Health in Crookston.   Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, MN.
June Fortier was born June 29, 1923, daughter of the late Earl and Adrianna Chambers, in Roome Township. She was raised in Crookston and graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1941.  On May 17, 1941 June was united in marriage to Andrew Fortier at St. Anne’s Church in Crookston, MN. The couple lived in Bremerton, WA from 1942 to 1945.  They returned to Crookston for a short time, and then lived in Fertile from 1947 to 1949 before returning once again to Crookston.  June worked at Highway Lunch as a waitress and cook for several years, then worked and trained under Dr. C.D. Mitchell starting in 1959.  Upon Dr. Mitchell’s retirement, she returned to school and received her Dental Assistant License in 1973.  She then worked for Dr. G. E. Thomas at the Red River Valley Dental Building for 12 years until she retired in 1985. She enjoyed retirement by traveling to England, Ireland, other European countries, Hong Kong and many U.S. states including Alaska. June was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception St. Joseph’s Club, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the Cathedral church office and also worked as a City of Crookston Election Judge.
June is survived by her loving children James (Elaine) of Pittsburgh, PA, Eileen Bushie of Crookston, MN and Marilyn (Eric) Houston of Shiloh, GA and brother, Dale Chambers of Rochester, MN. She loved and enjoyed her family which included 9 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.
June is preceded in death by her husband Andrew, brothers Floyd and William and sisters Lola and Irene.

 

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Loren J. Rushton, 83, Halstad, MN, previously of Ada and Shelly, MN, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Halstad Living Center in Halstad.
Loren was born in Ada, on January 12, 1932, to the late Donald D. and Charlotte (Christenson) Rushton who owned the “Red Star Café” in Ada.  Loren was a member of the First Lutheran Church and attended the Ada Public Schools, graduating in 1950.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended radio school.  He served proudly aboard various navy ships in the capacity of radioman for more than 20 years. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he worked for a period of time for a company in San Diego.  Loren then returned to Minnesota to enjoy the quiet life.  He moved into his sister’s home known as “Helens Place” in Shelly.  Loren was active with the Shelly VFW and served as Quartermaster for seven years before the organization disbanded. He lived there until around 2008 when he moved to the assisted living community in Halstad where he remained until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Howard and sister-in-law Sigrid Christenson and sister, Helen (Christenson) Prussia.
Loren is survived by his son Derrick and granddaughter Sarah of California, his brother Norman (and wife Nancy) of Methuen, Ma., and several nieces, nephews and many cousins across the country.
The family of Loren wishes to acknowledge the loving care he received while a resident at the nursing home during the last years of his life.
Funeral: 10:30AM Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.0 Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Virginia C. Johnson, 88, of Crookston, died early Wednesday morning, August 26, 2015 at RiverView Care Center. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Stenshoel-Houske funeral home. Visitation will be on hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston. Virgie was born on January 21, 1927, the daughter of Robert and Gertrude Symonds.  She grew up in Crookston and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1945.  She married the love of her life Leonard Johnson on October 19, 1946 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  Virgie worked at Sears Catalog Co, Crookston Public Schools, Osmon Drug, Thomas Drug and lastly, Eagle Drug until her retirement. Virgie was a member of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. 
Virgie mostly treasured her roles as wife, mother and friend.  Survivors include her sister, Mary Ann Butenhoff; and Betty Johnson, sister-in-law.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard in 1970, her son, Gary in 1950 and her daughter, Barbie in 1998, two brothers Robert Symonds, and Ford Symonds, and a nephew, Scott Anthony. 

 

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Wayne Leon Berhow, 48, of Fertile, MN, died on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at the Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.  He was born on May 19, 1967, to Leon “Bud” and Corrine (Gudvangen) Berhow in Crookston, MN.  He was baptized and confirmed at the Varnes Lutheran Church, near his home.  Wayne attended the Fertile-Beltrami School District, graduating in 1986. 
Following his schooling, Wayne worked with his father building and remodeling houses.  He also worked as farm labor for the Engelstad farms.  For a few years, Wayne worked for Vinco, a company that installed the cement base for cell towers.  He returned to the area and worked for Circle C Seeds at Gary, MN.  When his daughter, Jordyn, was born, Wayne started working  for Eirc Engelstad farms to be closer to home.
Wayne’s family worked, played, laughed and mourned together as a close-knit family.  As a small boy, Wayne’s mechanical abilities began to be revealed and he developed his skills over the years.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting, coffee time with family and friends and being outdoors.  However, Jordyn was Wayne’s greatest joy and he tried to spend as much time with her as possible.
Wayne is survived by his daughter, Jordyn, and her brother, Preston Hovde, both of Fertile, MN; two brothers, Kevin (Diane) and Randy, and three sisters: Deborah “Debbie” Berhow, Carline Berhow, and Darlene (Kevin) Solie, all of Fertile, MN; 11 nephews and nieces and seven great nephews and nieces: Kyle (Fallon) and their children, Leon, Colton, and Seth, Fertile, MN; Alicia (Mike Elbinger) Berhow, and their children: Austin and Mason of Crookston, MN; Krystal (Brandon) Tranby, and their baby girl arriving in October, 2015; Chris Berhow, Travis (Mariah Lunak) Berhow, Katy (Chad Edgar) Rolland all of Fertile, MN; Lacey Berhow and her son, Tristen, Crookston, MN; Tracey Berhow, and her daughter, Courtney, Winger, MN; Kelsey Berhow, Valley City, ND; numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be on Friday, August 28, 2015, at 11 AM, in the Little Norway Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
Visitation will be on Thursday, August 27, 2015, from 5-7 PM, with a Prayer Service at 6:30 PM, in the Little Norway Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Burial will be in the Varnes Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN.
Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Marvin LeRoy Nelson, 82, Fertile, MN, died Saturday, August 22, 2015, in Pioneer Memorial Care Center, Erskine, MN, surrounded by his wife and daughters. Marvin was born on June 5, 1933, to Oscar and Eldora (Johnson) Nelson, at Ashby, MN. He attended school in Ashby and entered the United States Marine Corp on January 4, 1952, serving in Korea. Marvin was honorably discharge on January 3, 1955. Following his service in the military, Marvin was employed by Ford Motor Company in Milpitas, CA, and later worked for the Palo Alto Fire Department and Culligan Water Conditioning.
On January 26, 1957, Marvin was united in marriage to Betty Liebenow at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Barnesville, MN. Together, they began training to be Teachers at Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN. Marvin transported vehicles for Wallworks Car Dealership and read electrical meters for Northern States Power Company to support he and Betty. He graduated in May of 1961, with a BS degree and was employed by the Fertile-Beltrami School District to teach Science classes and start a wrestling program that he led as coach for the next 15 years. Marv also taught drivers training for several years. In the summer months, Marv operated “Nelson Wood Supply”—cutting and trimming trees and painting homes.
Marv Nelson and Fertile-Beltrami Wrestling were synonymous for many years. “Guts, grit and desire” characterized Marv’s coaching years. His determination, discipline and leadership built a team of 12 wrestlers to 60-70 wrestlers, who commanded respect at all levels of the sport. Marv was nicknamed “Marvelous Marv” and would refer to his team members as “Marv’s Boys”. As a coach Marv experienced many great seasons and met numerous, dedicated team members whom he was extremely proud of. His last season led the team to finish 2nd in the State of Minnesota.
Marvin retired from teaching in 1992. He continued to keep busy with Nelson Wood Supply and working at the Fertile Building Supply until 2001. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, the American Legion Post #238, the Fertile EMT and Fire Department, and a former member of Lion’s Club.
Marv was known to be a perfectionist in all that he did, and his high expectations pulled those around him to also excel. His sense of humor and infectious laugh drew people to him. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and training horses to compete at horse shows. Marv was proud of his wrestling teams and teaching career, but he especially held close to his heart his wife and daughters…and as the family grew, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Betty, Fertile; four daughters: Jeanne (Jeff) Peterson, Carol (Randy) Torgerson, and Peggy (Ron) Bingham, all of Grand Forks, ND, and Lizabeth (Troy) Lindberg, of Maple Lake, MN; 10 grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren; three brothers: Calmer (Janie) Papillion, NE, David (Mikki), Reisteron, MD, and Larry (Becky), Ashby, MN; and one brother-in-law, Carl Williams, Papillion, NE; and one sister-in-law, Pauline Nelson, Phoenix, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, one brother, Jerry, and one sister, Janet Williams.
Visitation will be from 5-7 PM with a Prayer Service at 6:30 PM on Sunday, August 30, 2015, in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile, MN. Burial will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, at a later date. In lieu of flowers Marvin's family is requesting gifts be designated to the establishment of a Fertile-Beltrami Scholarship Fund for college bound students entering into the Field of Science.

 

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Virgil E. Hennager,79, of Crookston, MN, died August 18, 2015 at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks ND.
Funeral services will be at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN August 24, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service.  Burial will be at the Oakdale Cemetary in Crookston.
Virgil was born March 3, 1936 in Crookston, MN to Earl and Nettie Hennager.  In 1963 he moved to Council Bluffs Iowa.  He married Mary Delph in March of 1965.  He worked for Blue Star Frozen Foods as laborer from 1963-1980.  He worked for SAPP Truck Stop as custodian from 1980 to 1999.  When his wife, Mary, passed away in 1999 he moved back to Crookston to be near his family.
Virgil was a very caring and loving person.  His hobbies were Bingo, “Curb Shopping” and playing cards.  He also enjoyed finding where his nephew Clayton was working so he could spend some time helping him. 
He is survived by his siblings:  Christine Worf, Crookston, MN, Edna Klema, Crookston, MN, Olive (James) Sperling, Bemidji, MN, John (Estelle) Hennager, Leeds, ND and his loving pet and companion Spider.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary in 1999 and 2 brothers, George and Ernest.
His pallbearers will be: Nephews- Duane Reese, Clayton Briggs, David Briggs, Donnie Briggs.  Nieces: Connie Barcus and Jodylee Lyons.  Honary pallbearers will be all of his nephews and nieces.

 

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William “Billy” David Tommerdahl, 77, of Hendrum, MN, died on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at home surrounded by his family.  Billy was born on February 22, 1938, to Clarence and Clara (Jacobson) Tommerdahl at Fargo, ND.  He attended and graduated from the Hendrum Public School in 1956.  Billy entered the Air National Guard, serving from 1958 to 1964.On February 25, 1967, Billy was united in marriage to Marlene Nelson at Faith Lutheran Church, Mentor, MN.  Billy farmed his whole life—for several years with his brothers and for the last 20 years with his son, Jay. Billy was a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, a member of the Sheriff’s Snowmobile Rescue Squad, and the Hendrum’s Volunteer Fire Department.  He served on the Hendrum Public School Board and Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Council. Farming, flying and sailing were Billy’s joys in life.  He loved to travel and would take off in the car arriving in various parts of the country visiting family and friends.  Billy lived every day to the fullest.  His smile was infectious and he always had time to talk to anyone.  Mornings were generally reserved for “coffee time” with friends at Nepstad Oil. Billy is survived by his wife, Marlene, Hendrum, MN; children: Stacey (Efrain) Garza, Edinburg, TX, Belinda (Peter) Rios, Hendrum, MN, Jay (Ann), Hendrum, MN, and Marla (Aaron) Voos, Laramie, WY; seven grandchildren: Maria, Amanda, and Tanner Tommerdahl, Jack and Will Voos, and Nikkita, Alexis and Aubree Rios; two brothers and two sisters: Dorothy Tommerdahl, New York, New York, Raymond (Gayle),West Fargo, ND, Carolyn (Frank) Quinn, Battle Creek, MI, and Tommy (Debbie), West Fargo, ND; one sister-in-law, Janice Tommerdahl, West Fargo, ND; and several cousins, nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ronnie. Funeral services will be on Thursday, August 20, 2015, at 11 AM, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hendrum, MN. Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hendrum, MN. Burial will be in the Pontoppidan Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN.  
 

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Orpha Geneva Hedrich, 84, of Hendrum, MN, died Saturday, August 15, 2015, at the Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN.  She was born to Oscar and Gina (Aarestad) Ueland on the home farm in Shelly Township, near Shelly, MN, on June 12, 1931.  Orpha was baptized and confirmed at Augustana Lutheran Church, rural Halstad, MN.  She attended Garfield Country School near her home and graduated from the Halstad High School in 1949. 
On October 18, 1958, Orpha was united in marriage to Orville (Bill) Hedrich in the Halstad Lutheran Church parsonage.  They made their home in Hendrum and were blessed with two daughters—Debra and Pam.  Orpha began cleaning homes for elderly women in the Hendrum area and enjoyed it so much that she started working for Tri-Valley Housekeeping.  Orpha served with joy as a housekeeper for 35 years.
In her pastime, Orpha enjoyed picking strawberries, pulling weeds, and just tinkering in her garden and yard.  She had a love for old time country music and was always the first one to get up to dance to a good polka or a waltz, whether it was at a dance hall or just in the living room.  She was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hendrum, and enjoyed attending circle, coffee time, and quilting.
Orpha cared deeply for her family and enjoyed spending time with them.  In the past few years, she enjoyed her new role of becoming a great-grandmother.  She especially enjoyed sitting in the chair with a little one on her lap.
Orpha is survived by her daughters: Debra (Brian) Borgen, Hendrum, MN; and Pam (Rod Ambuehl) Hedrich, Perley, MN; three grandchildren: Angie (Jamie) Trautner, Felton, MN, Brandon (Maria) Borgen, Perley, MN, and Aaron (Kelsey) Borgen, Perley, MN; six great-grandchildren: Aubrie and Kaylee Trautner, Krista, Cynthia, and Brody Borgen, and Oliver Borgen; two sisters: Irene (Virgil) Rodenborg, Hawley, MN and Junice (Andrew) Berg, Mayville, ND; and several nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Vernon Ueland.
Funeral services will be on Friday, August 21, 2015, at 11 AM in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hendrum, MN.
Visitation will be on Thursday, August 20, 2015, from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM in the Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN.
Burial will be in the Augustana Lutheran Cemetery, rural Halstad, MN.

 

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Gladys Nephew
, 93, of Fertile, MN, died on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Riverview Hospital, Crookston, MN. She was born on February 22, 1922, to Oscar and Mina (Larson) Aune in Sundal Township, Norman County. Gladys was baptized and confirmed at Sundal Lutheran Church, rural Gary, MN. She attended country school near her home. Following her schooling, Gladys worked as domestic help for various farm families.
On October 6, 1940, Gladys was united in marriage to Frank Nephew, in a double wedding with her sister, Marian and Jeffrey Everson, at Sundal Lutheran Church, rural Gary. Gladys and Frank were married 58 years. They lived about four miles north of Fertile and in the fall of 1971 they moved into Fertile. Over the years, Gladys worked at Bruce Larson’s Town and Country Café for four years and, in 1982, was hired in Dietary at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile. She retired on December 31, 1992. Frank died on February 16, 1998, and Gladys continued to live at home. She entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home on April 20, 2007.
Gladys was a wife and homemaker before anything else. While raising her children, Gladys was steady, firm and a wonderful example of character and faith to her children. Gladys always had coffee, fresh cookies, donuts, and, when in season, lefse available to all who came by the house. Life at the Nephew home was grounded in Church Life and being responsible students and family members. Her joys were music, gardening, both vegetables and flowers, quilting, snowmobiling, card playing with family and friends, church choir, dancing, being a part of the Ladies aid, and visiting with family and friends. Yet, her most satisfying times were when all her children were together sharing a meal, talking and working together.
Gladys is survived by five sons: Roger (Judy), Fertile; Douglas (Norma), Fertile; Dennis (Darlene), Moorhead, MN; Brian, Fertile, and Bruce, Fertile/Shafer, MN; four daughters: Janice (Victor) Lorleberg, Coon Rapids, MN; Susan (Richard) Halstensgard, Greenbush, MN; Nancy (David) Kolb, Andover, MN; and Brenda (Timothy) Miller, Grand Marais, MN; 17 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren; three sisters: Marian Everson, Greenbush, MN; Harriet Olson, Fertile, MN; Alvina Smokov, Anaheim, CA, and one sister-in-law: Lois Aune, Chisago City, MN; many nephews, nieces and cousins. Gladys is preceded in death by her husband, Frank, an infant son, one grandchild, four brothers: Melvin, Selmer, Clarence, and Odin; three sisters: Helen Ellegard, Bernice Ellegard, and Irene Halstensgard, three sisters-in-law and six brothers-in-law.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at 10:30 AM in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
Visitation will be on Friday, August 14, 2015, from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Burial will be in the South Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN. Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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John Polley, age 92 of Erskine, MN and formerly from Crookston and the McIntosh, MN area passed away on Saturday, August 8th at Riverview Hospital in Crookston.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 13th at 1:00 PM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with Rev. Steve Bohler officiating.  Visitation will be held for one hour before the funeral at the church on Thursday.  Interment will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in McIntosh. The Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston, MN is in charge of the arrangements.  Messages of condolence may be sent to www.carlinhoialmen.com. John Frederick Polley was born September 2, 1922 to Fred and Esther (Schweikert) Polley in rural McIntosh, Sletten Township. During his second year of life a cattle disease called Bangs cleaned out his parent’s dairy herd and the family was destined to many years of living on rented land, along with a depression. In the fall of 1940, Fred and Esther bought a farm south of Fosston, MN. John went to three different country schools, McIntosh High School for three years, and Fosston High School his senior year in 1941 to finish his education. After high school, John worked as a lumberjack on 80 acres of stumpage south of Ebro, MN. John also found work at that time cutting oak tie bolts for the railroad and helping an uncle, Herbert Polley of Rose Bud, MT, to finish harvesting small grain and sugar beets. In April of 1942, John went to Crookston, MN to register for the draft, and in November he was called into service. John served in the U.S. Army from November 6, 1942 to October 30, 1945. He joined the 4th Ranger Infantry Battalion, reaching the rank of Sergeant. He fought in six campaigns until his discharge in 1945. In June of 1948 he married Mildred West of Winger, MN. They had two sons; John, born in 1949 and Mark, born in 1954. They moved to Minneapolis in 1949, where John worked as a street car motorman and attended the University of Minnesota. He also taught Veterans Ag in Wilmar, MN before graduating from the U of M in 1954. John substitute taught Vo-Ag until July of 1956 when he went to work with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. In 1968 he began teaching Soil and Water Conservation, Engineering, Hydrology, Irrigation, and Soil Science at the University of MN Crookston. John retired in June of 1986. Mildred died of cancer in September of 1987. In December of 1989, John married Doris Brule and moved to Crookston, MN. Doris passed away in May 2015, and in June John moved to the Country Place Apartments in Erskine, MN where he lived until his passing at Riverview Hospital in Crookston on August 8, 2015. John enjoyed teaching and he loved to travel. Surviving family members include sons, John (Caryn) Polley of Grand Rapids, MN, and Mark (Patricia) Polley of Winger, MN; sisters-in-law Mary Lou Polley and Bonnie Polley; stepsons and stepdaughters, Bonnie Brule of Mentor, MN, Wayne Brule of Crookston, MN, Marlin (Stacy) Brule of Jordan, MN, Randy (Tammy) Brule of Mentor, MN, Lynette (Jeff) Haugen of Coon Rapids, MN, Laurie (Tim) Wavra of Crookston, MN, Chuck (Diana) Marshall of Florida, John Stueber of Crookston, MN; 29 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.   John was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Esther Polley; wife Mildred (West) Polley; brothers, Roger Polley and Wesley Polley; sister Marjorie (Polley) Holmstrom; wife Doris (Brule) Polley; stepdaughters Linda (Brule) Marshall and Terri (Brule) Stueber.

 

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Donald Petry, 86, Ada, MN, died Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.  He was born October 31, 1928 in Lockhart Township to Albert and Alma (Leiser) Petry.  Don grew up in Lockhart, MN, and attended Country School near his home.  He joined the US Army National Guard in June of 1948.  Don was activated in January of 1950, and served as a Staff Sergeant in the motor pool in Japan.On June 4, 1960, Don married Ethel Germolus at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, and together they raised five children.  Don loved to farm!  He was active in farming his entire life and enjoyed livestock trucking--Don began livestock trucking at age 16 and retired at age 82. Don was an active supporter of 4-H all his life and was honored with the Friend of 4-H Award in 1996.  Don and Ethel were honored with the Norman County Valley Farmer and Homemaker award in 1997.  He was active on the Ada School Board from 1968-1977, and served as chairman in 1977.  Don was a proud a member of the VFW and Ada Veteran’s Honor Guard from 1951-1963.  He served on the Lockhart Township board for 40 years (1970-2010). And, he was a life-long member of First English Lutheran Church, Lockhart, MN, and served in numerous officer positions.  He enjoyed traveling, card games, croquet and spending time with his family. Don is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ethel, rural Ada; sons, David (Tracy), Aitkin, MN, Michael (Lynn) of Ada, Steven, Ada, daughter, Kristi (Rodney) Tudor, Garrison, NY and Jeffrey (Melissa) Petry, Ada; three grandchildren, Tate (Katherine) Petry, Katie Petry, and Jessica Tudor; one brother, Luverne (Carol), Ada, and sister, Elaine Thorsteinson, Greenfield, IN, sisters-in-law, Laurel Petry, Fargo, ND, and Delaine Petry, Fargo, ND.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Alvin, Vernon, and Leroy, one brother-in-law, Orville Thorsteinson, and one sister-in-law, Mernice Petry.
Funeral will be at 11:00AM, Friday, August 14, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church,
Ada, MN.  Visitation is from 5-7PM Thursday with a Prayer Service at 6:30PM at the Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Burial will take place at Ada City Cemetery, Ada, MN.

 

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Noel Fred Rusling, age 83, of Crookston, Minnesota passed away on Thursday evening of August 6, 2015 at Riverview Hospital with his family by his side. 
Noel was born on March 26, 1932 to the late DeWitt Rusling and Gladys Isley Rusling Beebee in Stephen, Minnesota. During Noel's life he worked as a laborer on the railroad, as a newspaper printer and pressman and as a sign painter. ln 1973 he opened his own business, Rusling Signs, which he ran until his last illness in 2015. His sign business began with paint brushes and oils and ended with computers, printers and cutters. Noel's artistic skills were excellent, but he was most proud of the fact that at his age, he had learned to make graphic images on a computer screen. Noel was an avid hunter and fisherman and on many autumn days you could find him out in the field with his dog and shotgun looking for pheasant or partridge. If not there, look on a lake, for if he wasn't hunting, he would be fishing both summer and winter. 
Noel is survived by his wife, Mary; sons Jeffrey Rusling of East Grand Forks, MN, Kelly Rusling of Grand Forks, ND and Jason (Marta) Rusling of Alliance, NE; daughters Nancy (Rick) Erickson and Susan (David) Chaffee of Crookston, MN; nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, sisters Marlene Buckley of Orangevale, CA and Karen Belser of Columbia, SC, several nieces and nephews and one devoted dog named Belle. Noel was preceded in death by his father, DeWitt Rusling, his Beebee, his brothers William Rusling and John Rusling. mother, Gladys Isley Rusling.
Burial will take at a later date at the convenience of the family. In keeping with Noel's wishes, no services will be held; he was cremated. The family asks that any memorial gifts be given to the Polk County Humane Society or to the Riverview Health Foundation. 

 

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Raymond Kolb, 99, of St. Cloud, MN formerly of Red Lake Falls, MN and Mentor, MN passed away on Monday, August 3, 2015 at St. Benedict Senior Center in St. Cloud, MN. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM in St. Lawrence Catholic Church at Mentor, MN with MSGR. Roger Grundhaus Officiating. Burial will be held at the St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery at Mentor, MN. A luncheon will be served Monday at 11:30 AM for all, followed by visitation from 1:30 PM until the time of service at 2:30 PM at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Mentor. Raymond Francis Kolb was born on November 8, 1915 in Fairfax, MN the son of Julius and Barbara (Palta) Kolb. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith. He attended Mentor Public School, graduating in 1935 and was a part of the first graduating class to have its picture hung on the school’s walls. On June 4, 1945 Raymond married Marie (Violette) Kolb. To this union, nine children were born. Throughout Raymond’s life he worked as a farmer, was a Mentor Public School Bus Driver, and worked on the assembly production line for Detroiter Mobile Homes in Red Lake Falls, MN. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Pit, Canasta, and Kings in the Corner as well as cribbage.  He also loved to read. Raymond spent summers traveling, gardening and picking berries. He also enjoyed making rosaries. Raymond is survived by his loving children, Monica (Jim) Mogen of Aurora, CO, Jerome “Jerry” (Nancy) Kolb of Minneapolis, MN, Steve (Deb) Kolb of Coon Rapids, MN, David (Nancy) Kolb of Andover, MN, Ken Kolb of Denver, CO, Pat (Lynn) Kolb of St. Paul, MN, Dennis (Karyl) Kolb of Joseph, OR, Elaine (Rick) Taufen of St. Cloud, MN, and Gary (Roberta) Kolb of Manassas, VA; 20 grandchildren, Jim Jr., Justin, Nichole, Jeremy, Nathan, Kate, Jennifer, Alana, Kari, Jason, Sarah, Daniel, Caley, Tricia, Melissa, Michael, Kelci, Nicholas, Ryan, and Shaun; 24 great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Lily, Jamison, Brayden, Jackson, Talia, Sylvia, Jayln, Kiara, Avary, Addison, Hannah, Paige, Ivy, Cruz, Ace, Caleb, Nathan, Jake, Soren, Madailein, Meredith, Manuel, and Jose. He is preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Barbara; wife, Marie; siblings, Joe, Louis, Julia, Hattie, Agnes, William, Gerhardt “Gig”, and Richard. The family would like to sincerely thank all the staff at the St Benedict’s Senior Community and CentraCare Health Hospice for their wonderful and loving care of our Dad during his stay first at Benet Place and later at the nursing home facility. Memorials preferred to St Benedict’s Senior Community Center, Alzheimers Association or the St Lawrence Cemetery Fund.
Condolences may be shared by visiting www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.


 

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