Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

Margie Lavern Olson, 94, Fertile, MN, formerly of Beltrami, MN, died on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at her residence in Fertile with her daughters by her side.  She was born on October 20, 1922 to Oliver and Clara (Durdahl) Nordlum in Crookston, MN.  Margie's family moved to Detroit, MI, during her Elementary School years and returned to rural Beltrami in her late Junior High School years.  They lived on the Nordlum farm Northeast of Beltrami, and only two miles from Alfred's family farm.  Margie and Alfred's courtship began at a friend's picnic. On May 13, 1943, Margie was united in marriage to Alfred Olson in Crookston and cherished 67 years of wonderful companionship.  They continued to live on the farm site Alfred’s great-grandfather founded until Margie moved to Summerfield Apartments, Fertile, in 2011.  Over the years, Margie and Alfred raised cattle, hogs and chickens and grew small grains.  In the late 1970’s, they began renting the farm land, but continued to garden flowers and vegetables--canning and freezing the produce to eat and share with family and friends.  Margie was active in 4-H during the years her children were involved with the club.  Margie and Alfred were longtime members of Varnes Lutheran Church at rural Fertile until it closed, and then joined Trinity Lutheran Church, Beltrami.  For the past few years, Margie was blessed to have the assistance of her daughters, Mary and Carol, as her health began to decline. For years steady, farm work consumed their time. Because of their deep love for one another Margie and Alfred would take short trips together to refresh their relationship.  During the course of the growing season, Margie and Alfred liked driving in the area looking at crops and sharing a picnic.  She was an accomplished pianist, a creative handy worker (crocheting, sewing, making dollies and Norwegian Needlepoint).  Her genuine smile, quick wit and gracious manners made Margie a joy to be with.
Margie is survived by her two daughters: Mary Anderson, Eagan, MN, and Carol (Ron) Brown, Blaine, MN; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: Shane (Brenda) Anderson, and their children, Gabriel, Grace, and Jayden, Minneapolis; Rebecca Anderson, Minneapolis; Andreas Olson, Idaho; and Scott Brown, Portland, OR, and Christopher Brown (fiance', Jaimin Brown), Minneapolis; one brother, Jerry (Arlene) Nordlum, Portland, OR; several nephews, nieces, and cousins.  Her parents, husband, Alfred 2011; son, Raymond, 2013; brothers; Kermit, Laurie, and Billy; sisters, Lois and Betty preceded her in death.
Funeral will be
1PM Saturday, December 10, 2016, Trinity Lutheran  Church, Beltrami, MN with visitation one hour before the service at Trinity Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN. Burial will be at Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, Beltrami, MN.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141). www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

 

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James William Halstenson
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5 day old son of Benjamin Greenlee and Lacie Mae (Stroot) Halstenson of Crookston, went to be an Angel in Heaven, on Monday, November 28, 2016. Sweet Baby James, as he was lovingly known to his Mom and Dad, was born on Wednesday, November 23rd, together with his twin brother, Jack Gordon, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. Jack Gordon was born first, and shortly thereafter complications with James William’s delivery required an emergency c-section. He was challenged with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) and after extensive evaluation by the Altru NICU team it was determined he would need the specialized care offered by the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. He was rushed there Thursday morning, and despite the valiant efforts of the Doctors and Nurses at Children’s, and the love and prayers of his Mom and Dad and many other family members gathered,  he passed away at 1:40 p.m. the following Monday, and is now his family’s forever Angel.
Sweet Baby James will be forever loved and cherished by Lacie and Ben, and his twin, Jack Gordon, who in time will come to know his brother through the heartfelt memories of his Mom and Dad.  He also leaves grandparents, Rich and Nancy Halstenson, and Betty Stroot, all of Crookston; great-grandmother, Wanda Stroot of Crookston; his aunt and uncle, Nicole and Shane Heldstab of Crookston, who are also his Godparents; and many great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins, and extended family. In heaven he is meeting his grandfather, Robert Dubuque; and great-grandparents: Gordon and Ethel Halstenson, Robert and Patricia Carson, and Bill Stroot. Blessed be the memory of Sweet Baby James.
The all too short life of James William Halstenson will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Tuesday 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 service. Interment will be at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
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Lyla R. Larson, 91, Ada, Minnesota, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home of Ada, Minnesota. On-line guest book at www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Stella Hess,
97, Ada, MN, died Saturday, November 19, 2016, in Seattle, WA. Funeral: 11:00AM Monday, December 12, 2016, at Bethany Lutheran Church, rural Shelly, MN.  Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial: Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, rural Shelly, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Charles Lee "Chuck" Averill, 77, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
Chuck was born at Tracy, MN on March 4, 1939 to Delmar and Ruby (Hulett) Averill, and graduated from Tracy High School in 1957. He served in the Minnesota National Guard for three years. On September 22, 1957 Chuck was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mariann Nackerud, in Walnut Grove, MN. Chuck and Mariann raised five children. Chuck’s first employments were with the Tracy Herald, Bloomington Sun and the Hanska Herald newspapers.
In 1964 he began his 35 year law enforcement career starting with the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul. After a few years, they moved to Crookston where he became the first police officer to work on the U of M-Crookston campus. He then accepted a position with the Fosston Police Department. He continued his career by joining the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy. In 1999, he accepted a one year position to serve with the United Nations Peacekeepers in Kosovo.
Chuck had a Christian faith and was a pillar in the Bible Baptist Church. He loved sharing his faith and played a part in changing many people’s lives for the Lord’s sake. He enjoyed fellowship with his friends. He also owned a gun shop business and was an accomplished gunsmith. He enjoyed gun shows, hunting and reading (especially history).
Chuck leaves his beloved wife of 59 years, Mariann; their 5 children, James Averill of Hannaford, ND, Rhonda (Ron) Peterson of Black Hawk, SD, Mari (Bret) Hansen of Owatonna, MN, Rolf Averill of Oro Valley, AZ, and Rachel (Darrell) Schindler of Grand Rapids, MN; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Keith (Sharon) Averill of Joplin, MO; sister, Phyllis Floyd of Minneapolis, MN; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Delmar and Ruby; and his aunts and uncles. Chuck was especially proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed attending family graduations and weddings. May God richly bless the memory of Charles Lee Averill.
The funeral service for Chuck Averill will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 2, 2016, at the Bible Baptist Church in Crookston, MN. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN.
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Barry Kappes, 56, rural Ada, MN, died unexpectedly from natural causes on Thursday, November 24, 2016, at Sanford  Hospital, in Fargo, ND.
Funeral: 11:00AM Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.  Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 7:00PM prayer service on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 
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Margaret Elma Prudhomme, age 92, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully with her husband by her side, on Thursday, November 24, 2016, at Riverview Hospital in Crookston.
Margaret was born on April 25, 1924 to Emil and Ada Johnson in rural Crookston. She attended the District 68 grade school and graduated from Central High School in 1941. Margaret was very active in 4-H during these years. After graduation she and her twin sister, Barbara, were employed at the defense plant in St. Cloud. Margaret then worked for a time at Douglas Lodge in Itasca State Park. She earned a teaching certification from Park Rapids, and then taught at the Strickler School, District 256, and the Brick School on Hwy 2. On June 23, 1948 Margaret was united in marriage to Herman Prudhomme. Seven children were born to their union: Eileen, James, Aleta, Bonita, Jerry, Bob, and Jeff.
Margaret was a member of the Church of Christ, the East Polk County Homemakers, and actively helped her children in 4-H. She enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, gardening, spending winters in Florida, and being with her family.
Margaret is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years, Herman; their children: James (Gail) Prudhomme of Fargo, ND, Aleta (Ken) Brule of Cloquet, MN, Bonita (James) Dahl of Bemidji, MN, Bob (Geri Lynn) Prudhomme of Crookston, MN, and Jeff (Diane) Prudhomme of Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren: Joel, Jodi, Laura, Rachel, Gina, Londa, Peggy Anne, Randy, Kurt, and Teddi; great-grandchildren: Brandon, Rian and Ariana (twins), Anthony, Savannah, Bryce, Drew, Max, Grace, Jimmy, Pamela and Megan (twins), Kelsea, Lennon, Odin, and Marie; Jeff’s grandchildren, Zackary and Emily; sisters, Jean Hoppe and Lois (Jerry) Kicker; and other relatives and friends.
Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Ada; daughter, Eileen Prudhomme; son, Jerry Prudhomme; twin sister, Barbara McGrane; brother, Marvin Johnson; niece, Marvella Snow; brothers-in-law: Ray Hoppe, George McGrane, Donald Prudhomme, and Teddy Prudhomme; and sisters-in-law: Patricia Johnson,  Helen Prudhomme, and Doreen Prudhomme. May God bless Margaret’s memory.
The funeral service for Margaret Elma Prudhomme  will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 1, 2016, at the Church of Christ, 321 5th Avenue South, in Crookston, MN. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., and visitation also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN.
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Eldon L. Haugen, 64, Fargo, ND, died Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Sanford Palliative Hospital, in Fargo. Funeral: 10:00AM Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Bernard Semeling, age 80, of Nielsville, MN, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2016, at the Sanford Palliative Care Center in Fargo, ND. Bernard was born on October 3, 1936, in Halstad, MN, the son of the late Bernt and Stella (Salveson) Semeling.  He grew up on the family farm in Shelly, MN, and attended country school and Climax High School.  When he was 16 he worked and stayed at the Calmer Johnson farm near Beltrami, MN.  He joined the US Army from 1955 to 1958 where he served 13 months in the Korean War.  On January 3, 1959, he and Judith Englestad were married at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Nielsville, MN.  After they were married they then moved to Seattle, WA, for 14 months where Bernard worked for a landscaping company.  It was here that their daughter, Lynnette, was born and afterwards the three of them moved back to Nielsville and then to Shelly where they bought a home and lived for 6 years.  In this time another daughter, Pamela, was born.  Bernard worked as a milk truck driver and at the Englestad farm in his spare time.  The family again then moved to Seattle for about 4 years where they purchased a home and Bernard worked for Boeing.  Afterward, they returned to live on a farm east of Shelly and he worked back at the Englestad farm.  Their third daughter, Beth, was born here.  In 1973 the 5 of them moved to a farm east of Nielsville, MN, where Bernard lived for the rest of his life. They had enjoyed 16 plus years going to Arizona in the winters making new friends.  Bernard enjoyed four wheeling, hunting, fishing, Nascar racing, and snowmobiles.  He was always building or tinkering on something.  His latest project was a “Man Cave” that he was able to camp out in this summer with 3 of his great-grandsons.Bernard is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Judith Semeling of Nielsville, MN; daughters, Lynnette Seaburg of Dilworth, MN; Pamela (Tim) Nelson of Bellevue, NE; and Beth (Todd) Abrahamson of Duluth, MN; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchild; brothers, Oris (Mary) Semeling of Seattle, WA and Ron Semeling of Lynnwood, WA; and sister, Estelle Morley of Lynnwood, WA; brother-in-law, DuWayne Engelstad of Nielsville, MN as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernt and Stella Semeling; son-in-law, Jeff Seaburg; 2 sisters-in-law, Yvonne Engelstad and Ona Semeling Funeral Service:   11:00 AM on Friday, December 2, 2016 in St. Petri Lutheran Church, Nielsville, MN Visitation:  5:00 to 7:00 with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service on Thursday, December 1, 2016 in St. Petri Lutheran Church in Nielsville, MN and also one hour prior Funeral Service on Friday in the church. Interment:  St. Petri Cemetery ~ Nielsville, MN Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota



 

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Glenn Larson, 90, Ada, MN, died Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at his home following a lengthy illness.
Funeral: 3:00PM Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Visitation: On Saturday from 1:00PM to 3:00PM at the funeral home. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com

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Erin Leigh Koplitz, 34, of Crookston, MN, died Friday, November 18, 2016, in RiverView Health at Crookston. Erin was born at Edina, MN on April 28, 1982, the daughter of David Koplitz and Rebecca Thamert. She grew up in Richfield, MN where she attended public schools, later earning her GED. Erin traveled and lived in various cities in Minnesota for the past several years. Mental illness was a force in Erin’s life that she dealt with every day and she will be very sadly missed by her family.
Erin leaves her fiance’, Lee Tibbets of Crookston, MN; father, David Koplitz of Eden Prairie, MN; mother, Rebecca Thamert of MN; grandfather, Richard Koplitz of Bloomington, MN; and other relatives. May God bless Erin’s memory.
A memorial service for Erin Leigh Koplitz will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2016, in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, with Matt McWaters, presiding.
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Verda Ethel Carlson, 97, Fertile, MN, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN. Born on September 6, 1919, near Parker, SD, to Emerson and Susie (Stoner) Wettlaufer, she grew up in Pipestone, MN, and in Flandreau and Winfred, SD. Verda finished high school at Madison, SD, before attending Eastern State Teachers College in Madison, receiving an elementary teaching certificate in 1941. Prior to her marriage, she taught in a rural school near Madison.
On November 27, 1942, Verda was united in marriage to Conrad Warner Carlson. Soon after Conrad left to serve during World War II in the Army Air Force. After Conrad was deployed overseas Verda returned to Madison to live with her parents until his return. During that time their daughter, Barbara, the first of four children, was born.
After the war, Conrad and Verda established a home in Glenwood, MN, where Bruce, Mary Ann, and Paul where born. Verda enjoyed her time in Glenwood, where she first began raising her family and became interested in volunteer work in her church and community. For the last two years in Glenwood, she was employed as a secretary/bookkeeper for the Glenwood School district.
In 1964, the family moved to Fertile where they built their home on Ash Street and lived until May of 2009. Verda worked as a bookkeeper for the local Culligan Company, and as a sales person at a local dress shop in Fertile, retiring in 1983.
Verda’s life was notable for her service to her faith and community. She was an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church, WELCA and Circles, where she held many offices. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the local Women’s Study Club, and Fair Meadow Nursing Home Guild. Verda was one of the founders of the Fertile-Beltrami Education Foundation and served as one of the directors for three years. Verda also volunteered for the Agassiz Environmental Learning Center and the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP). She helped organize an exercise class for women in the early 1990's and continued to lead these age appropriate exercise classes until shortly before her death. In 1994, she was named "Outstanding Senior Citizen of Polk County" and was honored as "Senior Citizen of the Year" for the Fertile Community in 1996.
Verda enjoyed traveling by land or by sea, touring, with Conrad, all 50 states as well as countries in Europe and the Near East. Verda's hobbies included gardening, working with her computer, entertaining, reading and water color painting.
Verda’s life was an example for her children who marveled at her graciousness in all she did and who were inspired to follow their mother’s lead.
Verda is survived by three children: Dr. Barbara (Ted) Schmeckpeper, Columbia, MD; Bruce (Susan) Carlson, Duluth, MN; and Paul Carlson, Fargo, ND; five grandchildren: Michael (Anna) Schmeckpeper, Columbia, MD; Carlton (Carrie) Hanna, McKinney, TX; Chris Carlson, Fargo, ND; Peter Carlson, Duluth, MN; and Erica (Wayland) Schmeckpeper Lee, Vienna, VA; and seven great-grandchildren: Elijah Carlson, Emily Schmeckpeper, Michael Schmeckpeper, Jr., Taylor Hanna, Katelyn Lee, Desmond Lee and Colton Hanna. Verda was adored by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved them all. Verda is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Verda was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Eldon (1967) and Wayne (1998); Conrad, husband of 62 years (2005); and daughter, Mary Ann Hanna (2016).
Funeral: 2 PM Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: One hour before the services at the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Burial: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.erikvik@gvtel.com

 

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Marlene Joyce Fuglseth,
71, Fertile, MN, died Sunday, November 20, 2016, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.  She was born on April 16, 1945, to Julius and Mabel (Lindberg)
Halstensgard in Fertile.  Marlene was baptized and confirmed at Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN.  In 1963, she graduated from the Fertile-Beltrami High School and moved to Fargo, ND, to continue her education as a Cosmetologist.  Marlene worked in Lisbon, ND, before returning to Fertile where she worked at Fox Beauty Salon for Mabel Hagen.On November 25, 1967, Marlene was united in marriage to David Fuglseth.  In 1983, Marlene opened her own Beauty Salon at her home.  Her clients were more than paying customers; they were her friends and motivation for life.  When she was younger, Marlene also picked potatoes to raise extra money for the family. Marlene's steady personality, loving countenance, and gracious heart drew people to her.  Over the years she enjoyed sewing, knitting and puzzle books, as well as playing the online game, Farkle--Marlene enjoyed playing against her son-in-law, Dan.  She was an avid shopper and truly enjoyed Encore and its staff.  Her determination to get things done or have people understand her opinion also moved her to positively deal with her illness.  Marlene had a great sense of humor, a passionate love for family, and deep faith in her Creator. Marlene is survived by her husband, David, Fertile; children: Barry (Maya), Mesa, AZ; Shawn (Laurene), Moorhead, MN; Jamy (Tammy), Fertile, MN; and Rochelle (Daniel) Bauer, Fertile; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers: Duane (Estelle), Fertile; and Richard (Sue), Greenbush, MN; several cousins, nephews and nieces.  She is preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Alex Bauer, and sister, Joan Simmons. Funeral: 11AM  Monday, November 28, 2016, Hope Evangelical Free Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: 3-5PM with a prayer service at 4:30 PM on Sunday, November 27, 2016, Hope Evangelical Free Church, Fertile, MN. Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141)
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Jesus Ibarra 78, of Crookston, MN, died at his home peacefully early Friday morning, November 18, 2016, while surrounded by his loving wife, Rosa, and family. Jesus was born at San Carlos, Coahuila, Mexico on April 18, 1938 to Perdo Ibarra and Maria Antonia Davila Ibarra. On December 10, 1961 he was united in marriage to Rosa Elia De La Cerda at Eagle Pass, TX. Over the years their marriage was blessed by the births of 11 children. In 1986 the family moved from Eagle Pass to Crookston, where they made their home to the present time. Jesus began working at Hugo’s Garden at Halstad, MN in 1986, and had been a loyal and valued employee there until his retirement due to ill-health this past summer. His kids all said “Dad would have worked until he was 100 if it weren’t for the darn cancer.” Jesus will be remembered as a hard worker, who liked to go fishing, work in his own garden at home, and cut the grass. He always wanted things to be neat and clean and he kept everything just that way. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be very sadly missed. Treasured memories of him remain in their hearts forever. Jesus is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Rosa; their 11 children: Robert (Kathy) Ibarra of Crookston, MN, Martha E. (Martin) Esquivel of Port Arthur, TX, Rodolfo (Rose M.) Ibarra of Crookston, Marivel (Juan Jose) Martinez of Eagle Pass, TX, Esmeralda (Alfredo) Magdaleno of Crookston, Jesus (Teresa) Ibarra Jr. of Worthington, MN, Rosa A. (Antonio) Garza III of Crookston, Griselda (Daniel) Gonzales of Crookston, Lorena (Daniel) Silva of Beach Park, IL, Sonia Herrera of Crookston, and Natalie Ibarra of Crookston; 48 grandchildren; and over 30 great-grandchildren. He also leaves 4 siblings: Teodor, Hector, Jose, and Hermen Ibarra, all of Eagle Pass; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maria Antonia and Perdo;  granddaughter, Luisana Ibarra; grandson, Jose Juan Martinez; sister, Julia Iberra; and brother, Perdo Ibarra Jr. May God bless the memory of Jesus Ibarra. Mass of Christian Burial for Jesus Ibarra will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, with The Rev. Augie Gothman, presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also on Tuesday for one hour prior to the Mass. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.  www.stenshoelhouske.com 

 

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Willard Van Horn, 86, of Moorhead, MN, formerly of Crookston, MN, died at the Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead on Thursday, November 17, 2016, with his family at his side.
Willard was born at Crookston on January 23, 1930, the son of Frank and Anna (DeBoer) Van Horn. He grew up on the family farm and attended Crookston Central High School. Willard farmed with his father until entering the US Army on April 15, 1952, during the time of the Korean War. He proudly served as a medical technician at a POW camp in Korea until his honorable discharge on March 18, 1954. In recognition of his patriotic service to his country, Willard was awarded the UN Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He returned home and resumed his farming career. In December of 1958 Willard was united in marriage to Shirley Holland at Roseau, MN. The couple lived in Crookston and together raised their two children, Sandra and Scott. In 1966 Willard began working construction with Bob Tuseth. During the early 1980’s the family moved to Grand Forks, ND, where he was employed at Red River Cement. Willard later worked for Jim Bradshaw at Strata until his retirement in 1995. Sadly, Shirley passed away on October 15, 1998. In 2011 Willard moved to Fargo to live with his daughter, Sandy, and her family. In 2014 he moved to an assisted living facility, and in December of that year to the Eventide Lutheran Home. He was an avid collector of scale model classic cars and tractors. In past years Willard enjoyed spending winters in New Mexico and Arizona, and had great fun watching his granddaughters at the lake each summer. He was a former member of East Grand Forks American Legion Post #157 and VFW post #3817.       
Loving family members include his daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Ed Stalemo of Fargo, ND; son, Scott Van Horn of CA; granddaughters, Kathy and Kimberly Stalemo of Fargo; brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Norma Van Horn of Crookston; fiancé, Betty A. Johnson of Crookston; and extended family. In addition to his wife, Shirley, he was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anna. Blessed be Willard’s memory.   
The funeral service for Willard Van Horn will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2016, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Fisher Lutheran Cemetery, Fisher, MN with military honors provided by East Grand Forks American Legion Post #157 and the Minnesota National Guard Honors Unit from Moorhead, MN.  
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Harley Knutson, 84, of Thief River Falls, MN died suddenly on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at his residence. Funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. Ale Tulu & Rev. John Golv officiating.  Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN.  Military honors will be provided by the Ecklund-Holmstrom American Legion Post 117, Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 2793 and the Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Johnson Funeral service in Thief River Falls, MN.   Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church.
Harley Duane Knutson was born on November 29, 1931 in Thief River Falls, MN the son of Harry and Ella (Olson) Knutson.  He was baptized and confirmed at Silver Creek Lutheran Church.  Harley attended country school and graduated from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls with the class of 1949. On January 2, 1952 Harley entered into service with the United States Air Force.  He spent two years in Germany during his enlistment and was an aircraft mechanic.  Harley was Honorably Discharged on December 22, 1955.  He held the rank of Private and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Army Occupation Medal (Germany).  Following his discharge, Harley moved to Chino, CA where he worked as an airplane mechanic from 1956-1957 and then moved to Thief River Falls, MN and worked at American Crystal Sugar in Crookston, MN from 1957-1958. Harley also worked with Glen on the family farm and in the fall of 1959 he took his mother to Yuma, AZ where he worked with his cousin in the mortuary business. On February 5, 1960, Harley was united in marriage to Vivian Kees in Yuma, AZ.  They made their home in Thief River Falls from February until August and then moved to Glenwood, MN and Harley went to work for Wilson Brothers as a machinist until 1969.  He transferred to Wilson Brothers in Red Lake Falls where he continued to work as a machinist from 1970-1990.  The family made their home in Thief River Falls where they have continued to reside. Harley learned how to repair and restore tractors from his father and uncle.  He enjoyed improving/inventing things to make work easier.  Harley loved spending time at home after his retirement and when he went out, enjoyed visiting with family and friends. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and American Legion Post 117 in Thief River Falls.
Survivors include his loving wife, Vivian of Thief River Falls; daughters, Virginia (Mark) Swanson of Thief River Falls and Valerie Mattison of Warren, MN; grandchildren, Jennifer (Casey) Olson, Jared (Monica) Swanson, Jonelle (Matt) DeFrang, Sarah (Darren Rempfer) Frumoth, Sam Mattison, Jacob Mattison; great-grandchildren, Kendra, Blake & Audrey Olson, Abigail & Chloe Swanson, Ella & Wyatt DeFrang, Elizabeth & Kathryn Rempfer; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Glen (Gaylene) Knutson; sister, Arlene (Otto) Rehm; grandparents, Gunstein & Gunhild Knutson and Karl & Anna Olson; and nephew, Gary Knutson. Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Clifford Strande, age 96, of Fosston, MN, passed away on Monday, November 14th, at Essentia First Care Living Center in Fosston. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 26th, at Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston with the Rev. Paul Magelssen officiating. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinhoialmen.com. Memorials are preferred to Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston or the Gloryland Gospel Team.
Clifford Marvin Strande was born on April 30, 1920 in Fosston, Minnesota to parents Albert and Anna (Bilden) Strande. He was raised in Fosston where he attended school and studied his catechism.  He entered the United States Army in October of 1941, faithfully serving his country during World War II. He received his honorable discharge in December of 1945 and returned to Fosston. Upon his return home, Cliff worked as a truck driver around Fosston and neighboring communities.
Cliff was married to Currien Aspen at Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston. After he married, he moved his family to Minneapolis where he gained employment as a black top paver operator. The Alexander Company not only worked on the streets and parking lots around Minneapolis and St. Paul, but also accepted a contract to build an air strip on the island of Bermuda. There were many paving stories. Whenever there was a paving project near his home this sharp eyed side-walk superintendent would keep an eye on the procedure and progress of the project. They returned to Fosston in 1980 and has lived here since that time. He enjoyed traveling with Currien and spending winters in Florida and Texas. Currien passed away on March 15, 2001.
A very gentle caring man with a wonderful sense of humor, he was always busy with a current project or “inventing” something to take the place of something he did not have on hand. In his younger years, he loved to attend dances. During later years, he would hold onto the kitchen cabinet doors while he practiced his “footwork”. How he loved to dance. Our memories of Cliff will be cherished throughout each of our lifetimes.
He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Operating Engineers Union Local 49, and the Tangen-Walstrom American Legion of Fosston.
He is survived by a step-daughter Murel “Mickie” Johnson and husband LeRoy “Sonny” Johnson of Crowley, TX, four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews, all who miss him very much.
Cliff was preceded in death by his wife, Currien; his parents; four brothers and eight sisters.

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Geoffrey M. Sorenson, 62, formerly of Dilworth, MN, died Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Funeral Mass: 10:00AM Friday, November 18, 2016, at Mission Court Chapel, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Visitation/Rosary: Beginning at 8:30 Friday morning before the mass at Mission Court Chapel.  Burial: Calvary Memorial Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com

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Sherman Leon Stortroen, age 70, of East Grand Forks, MN, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016, at his home.
Sherman was born in Crookston, MN, in Bethesda Hospital on January 1, 1946, the son of the late Loran and Gladys (Kleven) Stortroen.  He was raised in rural Climax on the family farm and graduated from Climax High School.  Afterwards he enlisted in the United States Army for 2 years where he was stationed on the East Coast.  Upon his return he worked at Farmer’s Union Oil, sold insurance, went into business with his uncle Arvid Stortroen in A&S Construction, worked for the Polk County Highway Department, RJ Zavoral and Sons, and then ICS until his retirement in 2008.  He was united in marriage to Doreen Kovar on August 27, 1998.  In his free time he was an avid follower of World of Outlaws, even travelling the circuit when he could, enjoyed hunting and fishing, but was mostly known for his work ethic not uncommonly putting in over 60 hours a week.
Sherman is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Doreen Stortroen of East Grand Forks, MN; daughters, Heidi (Brian Mills) Stortroen of Grand Forks, ND, and Robyn (Josh) Wendt of Moorhead, MN; step-daughters, Melissa Christie of Grand Forks, ND, and Jessica (Evan Hiller) Kram of Grand Forks, ND; 9 grandchildren; sisters, Eileen (George) Gunderson of Buxton, ND, and Janice (Robert) Tjon of Twin Valley, MN; brother, Larry Stortroen of Climax, MN; and uncle and aunt, Arvid and Marlene Stortroen of Climax, MN; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 
Sherman is preceded in death by his parents, Loran and Gladys Stortroen and aunts and uncles, Helen and Don Prudhomme, Sidney and Lois Stortroen, Shirley and Arnie Froyom, Ethel and Dewain Thompson, and Emmet and Benora Kleven.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial be made to Sand Hill Lutheran Cemetery and Hospice Red River Valley.
Funeral Service: 10:00 am ~ Friday, November 18, 2016 at Sand Hill Lutheran Church, 34145 State Highway 220 SW, Climax, MN 56523 Visitation:  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm ~ Thursday, November 17, 2016, at Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave NW, East Grand Forks, MN 56721, with a Prayer Service at 6:30 pm and also one hour prior Funeral Service on Friday in Sand Hill Lutheran Church. Interment:  Sand Hill Lutheran Church Cemetery ~ Climax, MN Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota



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Craig “CJ” Grivno Jr., 27, Ada, MN, died Friday, November 4, 2016, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. Craig “CJ” Lee Grivno, Jr. was born on October 30, 1989, in Mahnomen, MN, to Craig and Barbara (Dyrdahl) Grivno.  CJ walked into the loving arms of his Lord, on Friday November 4, 2016, at the age of 27. CJ was baptized and raised in faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Green Meadow, rural Ada, where he was later confirmed as a child of God forever.  He attended Ada-Borup Schools and graduated in 2008. CJ was a very talented writer throughout his life.  Back in fourth grade, he wrote a poem called “Seasons” that was published in a book called “Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans”, which was in contention for national recognition.  Along with being a great author, CJ was active in school activities such as FFA, football and golf.  He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling with his family and friends. CJ had a deep appreciation and love of music and especially for classic rock.  That appreciation was instilled in him from his parents. Through his adult life, CJ was employed by several local businesses which included Lee Brothers, Kelly’s Chrysler, Aldrich Farms and Four Corners Siding. CJ had a great personality, contagious sense of humor and a genuine kind heart.  He could put a smile on anyone’s face just by sharing his “smirk”.  All those that were fortunate to know CJ, shared in his humorous side.  CJ could always brighten your spirits just simply by being himself.  He had a heart that cared deeply for those he loved including family, friends and animals. CJ was taken from us before he had a chance to grow and share his true potential.  When you think of CJ, always remember him for his love of life and for those around him.  Celebrate him in your memories and live as he did… to the fullest. Bless the memory of Craig “CJ” Lee Grivno, Jr. Craig “CJ” Lee Grivno, Jr. is survived by his parents Craig and Barbara (Dyrdahl) Grivno, grandmothers Verna (Horn) Grivno, and Lillian (Dyrdahl) Thompson, uncles and aunts: Gerry and Debra (Hess) Grivno, all of Ada, MN.  Julie (Grivno) and Dan Bjorklund, Hillsboro, ND, Lori (Grivno) VanderLinden, Ada, MN, Scott and Laurie (Nielson) Grivno, Harwood, ND, Patricia (Grivno) and John Sargent, Fargo, ND, Kristi (Grivno) and Wayne Wilkens, Ada, MN,  Debra Johnson, Zumbrota, MN, Brenda (Dyrdahl) and Will Marshall, East Grand Forks, Saundra (Dyrdahl) and Gerald Albertson, Flom MN, David Dyrdahl, Ada, MN, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by grandparents LeRoy G. Grivno and Donald Dyrdahl, and uncles Timmy, John, and Mark Dyrdahl. 
Funeral: 3:00PM Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.
Visitation: From 1:00PM to 3:00PM Saturday at the funeral home.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
www.fredriksonfh.com



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MaryAnn Jeanette Barstad, 71, of Crookston, MN, died at her home Sunday morning, November 6, 2016, with family and friends at her side.
Mary was born at Bagley, MN on April 11, 1945, the daughter of Ralph and Sophia (Boorman) Anderson. She was raised at Leonard, MN where her early education began in a 2-room school. From 3rd grade on she attended Clearbrook, MN public school and eventually received her GED from Crookston Central High School. In 1987 Mary enrolled at UMC in Crookston, where she earned an Associate Degree in Dietetics. While a student, Mary was employed in the Dietary Department of Crookston’s Villa St. Vincent. After graduation she worked as a dietician for the Greenwood Nursing Home in Bagley. In 1991 she returned to the Dietary Department of the Villa, and thirteen years later began working at the Northwestern Apartments and Kairos House, until retiring due to ill-health this past March. Mary was a member of the Church of Christ in Crookston. She will be very lovingly remembered by her family and friends.
Mary is survived by two sons and five grandchildren: Mitchell Barstad and his children, Amber, Jared, and Jaspur, of Crookston, and Warren Barstad, his wife, Catherine, and their children, Jessica (Judah) Hall and Sarah, of Crookston; three sisters: Connie (Glen) Nelson of Clearbrook, MN, Winnie Jean (K.C.) Skaarland of Dover, AR, and Ruth Alice Anderson of Portland, OR; a brother, Maynard (Ellen) Anderson of Shevlin, MN; a sister-in-law, Joyce Anderson of Crookston; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Mary was preceded in death by her son, Timothy, who died on February 4, 2005; her parents, Ralph and Sophia Anderson; a brother, James Anderson; and a brother-in-law, Rodney Storbakken. May God bless Mary’s memory.
A memorial service for MaryAnn Jeanette Barstad will be held at 2:00pm, Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the Church of Christ, 321 5th Avenue South in Crookston with Pastor David Johnson, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Mary donated her body to the University of North Dakota Medical School. In lieu of flowers it is requested that memorials be given in her memory to the Church of Christ or an organization or charity of the donor’s choice.
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“Red” Chester, age 92, of Mentor, MN, passed away on Saturday, November 5th, at the Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN. Family will greet friends from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 10th, at the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home in Erskine. Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Erskine and message of condolence may be sent at www.carlinhoialmen.com
Survivors include his wife, Ginger, of Mentor; son, Charles Evans; and daughter, Corette (BJ) Cogburg, both of Arkansas; on grandson, one granddaughter, and one great grandchild; and one sister, Gerry Anderson of Seattle, WA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers and sisters.

 

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Douglas Ray Nolte, 68, rural Fertile, MN, died Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.  He was born on May 11, 1948, to Orvis and Verna (Gullickson) Nolte in Crookston, MN.  Doug attended the Fertile-Beltrami School District, graduating in 1966.  Following high school, Doug attended UND for three years.  While in college, he joined the North Dakota National Guard, serving from 1969 to 1975.
On September 13, 1968, Doug was united in marriage to Marty Holmvik at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile.  They returned to the home farm in 1971, where Doug spent many years growing crops with his father, uncle Walter and brother Greg.  In 1995, Doug began working at New Fly'er Bus Manufacturing as an electrician in Crookston.  He retired in 2013.

Over the years, Doug served as an active member of the Liberty Township Board, Beltrami Elevator Board of Directors, on the Concordia Lutheran Church Council and as President, and presently serving on the Leadership Board at Hope Evangelical Free Church.  Doug was a member of the Fertile Flying Club.
Doug enjoyed farming—planting crops, repairing machinery, and harvesting.  He took pride keeping up his yard and gardening vegetables.  Airplanes, big and small, intrigued Doug. He built small model airplanes, flew Remote Control Planes and earned a pilot’s licenses to fly real airplanes!  Doug also enjoyed flying his UltraLite Plane.  His sense of humor always created a joyful spirit.  Doug’s steadiness allowed him to lead those around him, endure the trials of life, and created a secure home for his family.  He was a man of quiet, steady faith that was reflected in all he did.  Family life was Doug’s treasure, especially his granddaughters.
Doug is survived by his wife, Marty, Fertile; four children: Teresa (Peter Kelley) Nolte, St. Paul, MN; Chris, Fertile; Carter (“Doda” Camille), Beltrami, MN; and Jessica Nolte, St. Paul, MN; four granddaughters: Jenna Kelley, Hailey Nolte, Olivia Kelley, and Stella Nolte; two sisters: Cathy (Robert) Franck, Ashby, MN; and Marsha Stellrecht, Moorhead, MN; several cousins, nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Greg and an infant, Craig.
Funeral: 3:00PM Friday, November 11, 2016, at Hope Evangelical Free Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: 5:00-7:00PM Thursday, November 10, 2016, with a 6:30PM prayer service at Hope Evangelical Free Church, Fertile. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141), www.erikvik@gvtel.com


 

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