Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)
 

Blake Larson, 25, Nielsville, MN, died Saturday November 15, 2014, near Shelly, MN, from injuries in a hunting accident.
Funeral: 1:00PM, Friday, November 21, 2014, Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church, Shelly, MN. Visitation: Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 5PM to 7PM, with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home, Halstad, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home, Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000) www.fredriksonfh.com  


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Evelina Casavan of Red Lake Falls, MN age 93 died peacefully on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at McIntosh Senior Living in McIntosh, MN.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bill DeCrans presiding. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Evelina Zhorela was born on February 9, 1921 in Farley Township, Polk County near Tabor, MN to parents Joseph and Nettie (Kovar) Zhorela. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. She grew up on farms near Tabor and Euclid, MN and attended country school.
She was united in marriage to Jesse Casavan Sr. on May 11, 1939 in Crookston, Minnesota. They lived in Crookston a few years and later moved to farm in Louisville and Wylie Townships in Red Lake County. She spent most of her time home working on the farm and raising their family of 8 children. In 1956 they moved off the farm to Red Lake Falls, MN. She was employed there at St. John’s Hospital as a dietary aide, in which she specialized in her cooking and baking. She took pride in her work. She loved working with the Sisters of St. Benedict and staff. She spent 28 years working at the hospital until it closed in 1984, she then retired.
She was a member of the St. Joseph Ladies Guild and St. Anne’s group. In later years she took the opportunity to travel and go on outings when she had the chance with family whether it was near or far. She and her family referred to her as a “roadrunner.” She worked hard as a homemaker gardening, cooking, and canning. When Evelina was cooking or doing dishes she would hum “Blue Skirt Waltz” or “Nicolina”. She enjoyed spending time socializing with her children and families. She took pride in putting together great meals for family gatherings and you could always expect to see one of her specialty jello salads served. She loved her sweets and ice cream and would be sure to share it with her company. She had a genuine way about her leaving us with her memorable life sayings; such as “a woman’s work is never done” and “not everyone can be the winner”. In her 93 years of life she always made a conscious effort to maintain good health and a strong heart.
Evelina lived in her home in Red Lake Falls until she moved to McIntosh Senior Living in June of 2013.
She is survived by seven children, Helen Wavra of Crookston, Gloria (Ray) Delorme of Red Lake Falls, Jesse Jr. (Dianne) Casavan of Red Lake Falls, Carol (Larry) Fontaine of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Larry Casavan of Red Lake Falls, Ed Casavan of Red Lake Falls, John (Janet) Casavan of Salol, MN; 24 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Jesse Sr.; daughter Marlene; 4 brothers, Albert, Joseph, Willie, Frank Zhorela; 7 sisters, Lily Barvzak, Albina Vasek, Annie Jacobs, Francis Jeuch, Elise Fillian and two infant sisters Emily and Milly; son-in-law Kenneth Wavra; and granddaughter Brenda Wavra.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
Pallbearers, Evelina’s Grandsons; Honorary Pallbearers, Evelina’s Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren & Great-great grandchildren.


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Ruby G. Thune, age 99 of Moorhead, MN, formerly of Climax, MN passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Eventide Nursing Home in Moorhead, MN. Ruby Geneva Larson was born on December 31, 1914 in Bygland Township, Polk County, MN the daughter of Andrew and Emma (Brokke) Larson.  Ruby grew up and attended school in Climax, MN graduating with the Class of 1932 from Climax High School.  On November 18, 1938 she was united in marriage to Norman Thune in Climax, MN.  Following their marriage they farmed until 1947 when they started Thune Store in Climax.  They owned and operated the grocery store until their retirement in 1981.  On October 27, 1988 Norman Thune passed away.  Ruby was an active member of Climax Lutheran Church and involved in the community garden club and the Town & Country Quilters.  Ruby moved to assisted living in Moorhead in 2010.
Family members of Ruby include her children, Nina (John) Rausch of Fargo, ND, Rita (James) Mauritson of Moorhead, MN, Ray Thune of Ontario, OR and Corinne Cline of Granada Hills, CA; eleven grandchildren; twenty one great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one sister Joan (Robert) Beckman of Salem, OR. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman Thune; infant brother, Abner Larson; sister, Lois Hendrickson and step-brother, Grant Estenson. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Climax Lutheran Church. 
Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM on Monday, November 17, 2014 in Climax Lutheran Church, Climax, MN with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be at Bergit Cemetery of Rural Climax. Arrangements are with Dahl Funeral Home, East Grand Forks, MN. Online guestbook: www.dandahlfuneralhome.com 


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Mildred Kolness, 92, Hendrum, Minnesota, died Monday, November 10, 2014, after a brief illness with her family by her side, at Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. Funeral services will be 11:00AM, Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hendrum, MN, with visitation Friday, November 14th from 5PM to 7PM, with a 6:30PM Prayer Service at Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home, Halstad, MN. Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hendrum, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000) www.fredriksonfh.com


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Faye Peterson, 81, Ada, Minnesota, died Monday, November 10, 2014, after a brief illness with her family by her side, at Essentia Health, Fargo. Funeral services will be 11:00AM, Friday November 14, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN, with visitation Thursday from 5PM to 7PM at Fredrikson Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Burial will be at Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com

 
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Gloria Bauer, age 70, of Erskine, MN, passed away on Sunday (November 9th) at McIntosh Senior Living in McIntosh, MN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday (November 13th) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fosston with Father Manny Sundaram presiding. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery Hansville, rural Fosston. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Wednesday (November 12th) and for one hour prior to the service on Thursday, all at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at carlinhoialmen.com.
Gloria Jean Hanson Bauer was born on January 13, 1944 in Crookston, Minnesota to parents Sydney and Alta Simonson Hanson. She spent much of her childhood traveling throughout Minnesota attending various schools. She was baptized and confirmed at Rodnes Lutheran Church, rural Erskine, and graduated from Erskine High School in 1962. She was Secretary-Treasurer of her graduating class and was active in the choir, library club and Senior class play. After graduation, she attended business college in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. After completing her education, she was employed as secretary to the C.E.O. of Detroiter Mobile Homes in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota.
On July 6, 1963 she married David Bauer at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Mentor, Minnesota. Four children, Michael, Kathryn, Merry and Christopher were added to this union as they made their home in Erskine. Gloria worked as a cook along side her mother at the Erskine School from 1977-1987. For many years she worked as caregiver and was known as “grandma” to many area children. Her arms as well as her heart were always open. Gloria loved to bake, especially during the Holiday season. She was an avid reader, an accomplished seamstress and wonderful cook. She liked to travel, and was very fond of the annual trips she and David would take to Yuma, Arizona.
Gloria entered McIntosh Senior Living on August 18, 2014, battling illness until the time of her passing on November 9, 2014 at the age of 70 years.
She is survived by her husband, David of Erskine; two children, Michael (Debbie) of Tomah, WI, and Merry (Justin) Spivey of Crookston, MN; eight grandchildren, Jordan, Lauren, Zachary, Hayden, Kaitlin, Hailey, Christian, and Caralie; four step grandchildren, Jennifer, Randi, Levi, and Ronnie; four great grandchildren; her sister, Marvelyn (Darrel) Johnson of McIntosh, MN; and her brother, Rick (Tami) Hanson of Thief River Falls, MN; sister-in-law, Diane Pederson of Thief River Falls, MN; and brother-in-law, Joseph Bauer of Red Lake Falls, MN; and honorary grandson, Calvin Hill; Aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Kathryn; son, Christopher; and her brother, Ron.
Honorary Pallbearers: Gloria’s grandchildren and great grandchildren
Active Pallbearers: Bob Hiltner, Steve Bradley, Pete LaCoursiere, Willis Ihrke, Curtis Swenson, and Rick Busch.


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Sister Agnes Kraft, 90, died unexpectedly at Mount Saint Benedict on November 5, 2014. She was born in Karlsruhe, ND, on September 19, 1924, the oldest of twelve children born to Johanna (Jennie Merck) and Fred Kraft.  Influenced by the example of Sister Bonaventure Merck, her aunt, Agnes began thinking about being a sister when she was in the fourth grade, but she never spoke about her dream until she was about 17 years of age.  Agnes entered Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in 1942 and made her final profession on July 11, 1947. 
After entering the monastic community her practical and orderly ways quickly became apparent, and her first assignment was as cook for the sisters in Rosen, MN.  She recalled that she learned to bake something new for the sisters to enjoy each day after school.  Succeeding assignments were to Mahnomen, Barnesville, and Red Lake Falls, where she also was a teacher’s aide and had been dietary supervisor in the Red Lake Falls Hospital.
A later appointment was as manager of the kitchen at the Bishop’s house for twelve years.  Sister Agnes had many opportunities to exercise her ever growing artistic and culinary talents.  She used to say “we eat with our eyes” and would always have food attractively arranged and served.
Sister later graduated from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Manitowac, WI with a degree in home economics.  After some twenty years in food service Sister Agnes accepted some part-time positions at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lake, MN and in two assisted living centers. Sister wrote, “I helped with the food preparation and waited on table.  It was the joy of my life.”  The whole burden was not on her. 
When Sister Agnes returned to the Monastery she assumed charge of the monastery gift shop.  There she used her talents in quilting and making jellies and marmalade for the sisters and for sale.
Sister Agnes took every opportunity for growth in her professional and spiritual life.  She also enjoyed quiet days at the cottage where she appreciated nature and the opportunity to rest, read and pray.  Sister also enjoyed taking piano lessons from Sister Victorine.  Sister Agnes was also an avid basketball fan.
Sister Agnes is survived by Jean Gefroh of Bismarck, ND, Alice Gustafson of Billings, MT, Colette (Gerald) Hamele of Papillion, NB, Clair (Gerry) Kraft of Grand Forks, ND, Arnold (Betty) Kraft, Karlsruhe, ND, Jim (Eileen) Kraft, Minot, ND,  Fred (Della) Kraft of Bismarck, ND and many nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Saint Benedict.
 Sister Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, David and Bonaventure and two sisters, Hedwig and Vickie.
Reception of Sister Agnes’s body will be at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, followed by visitation until the 7:00 p.m. prayer service. Her funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2014, with Msgr. Roger Grundhaus presiding. All services will be in Sacred Heart Chapel, Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 Summit Ave. Crookston, MN.
Gifts in memory of Sister Agnes are preferred to Mount Saint Benedict Foundation.
Online registry:      www.stenshoelhouske.com 


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