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Curt Jenson, age 64, of Erskine, MN, passed away on Sunday, October 23rd, at his home on Lake Sarah. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28th, at Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine with the Rev. Timothy Lundeen officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Erskine, at a later date. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, October 27th, at the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home in Erskine. There will also be reviewal for one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinhoialmen.com. Memorials may be shared to the Pioneer Memorial Care Center Foundation.
Signe Vraa, age 56, died on October 18, 2016, at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND. Cancer took her.
Russell and Bernice Wahl had their fourth baby girl on March 30, 1960. Russell’s mother, Borghild, declared it a great blessing to have a granddaughter born on her birthday. So the child must be named Signe, which means “blessing” in Norwegian.
Signe did her growing up in Hitterdal, MN. Early on she met a neighbor girl named Maurene Busby. They were friends ever after. When Grandma Borghild died, Signe and her sisters compiled and edited her writings into her dreams of a History book. The book includes many stories, including when Grandpa Henry’s fat cousin, the butcher, bought a ride in an early barnstorming airplane, which ended in a tragic crash landing on top of a horse drawn school bus. The local paper reported, “It just goes to show that not too much care can be taken on all occasions of a special nature.” Signe graduated from Moorhead State University with a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She later went back to be Certified in Special Education. Signe worked for the Milnor, Sheldon, and Enderlin Public Schools, Crookston Public Schools. She also worked at the Carl Ben Eilson School at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, where she was able to help a young child catch up from a language delay or compensate for a learning disability. Later, Signe worked for several group homes in Crookston, MN. Bernice, in her last years, developed dementia, and Signe made Bernice a home where she felt loved and safe.
Signe would sometimes say that she did not have many friends, but this is one time, dear Signe, that you were wrong.
Signe leaves behind her dog and constant companion, a poodle named Winnie. Uncles and Aunts, Elizabeth, Cliff and Judy, Bob and Pat, and Betty; Cousins, Gwen and Barry, Virgil and Kitty, Keith and Linda, and tons more (Bernice had eleven siblings for God sakes!); In-laws, Art, Mary Lue, Cheryl, David and Rocio, Paul and Heather, Eric and Mary, Ivan, Tom and Mary Ellen and Kristen and Maddy, Lee and Bridget and Ken, Barbara, and Carolyn; Nieces and Nephews, Robin, Colon, Paul, Erin and Matt and Elizabeth and Cayleb, Zebulon and Amanda and Ean and Maddy, Bethany and Matthew; Friends, Maurene and David and Katie and Ezra and Emily, her bestie Kim and George and Joan and Ali and Zachary and Anastasia and Remington, Kris and Dave and Dillon, Brian and Jerry and Sweden and Landin, Molly and Dana and Ella and Lucy, Darrell and Marlene, Dave and Kirk and Laura, Jerry and Alvern and Prince and Bonnie, Mark and Nancy and Laura and Andrew, Ingrid, Kelsey and Annette and Jerry, Harold, Paul and Kari and Katie and Zac, Helen and Charley, Sharon and Mat, JB and Kathy, Ann, Paul and Reidar, Anna, Sissie, Bob and Deon, Keith and Julie, Rick and Judy, Kendal and Kathy, and oh so many more, including me, Husband John.
Signe and John met in Norwegian Class at MSU and were married on Syttende Mai 1984. For thirty two years, Signe played Pooh to my Piglet and proved A.A. Milne right, it was friendlier with two.
Please join us on Sunday, October 30, 2016, from 5 pm to 7 pm, at the Climax Community Center to remember Signe.
Longtime local business owner Dolores “Chic” Mae Doda, age 84, of Crookston, MN, passed away on October 21, 2016 at Riverview Health in Crookston, MN with her family by her side.
Dolores was born on October 25, 1931 to Wilbert “Ernie” and Ruby (Sheperd) Wagberg in the Republic Township of Marquette County, Michigan. She spent most of her childhood in Detroit, Michigan but then moved to Kingsford, MI where she attended high school. While in Kingsford she enjoyed roller skating, dancing, and ice skating.
Dolores met Andrew David Doda on a blind date in February of 1948. Chic married the love of her life, Andy, on April 13 1950. They were blessed with one daughter, Cynthia Jo.
During her life Dolores lived in Detroit, MI, Kingsford, MI, Iron Mountain, MI, and Crookston, MN. She worked at the Sweet Shop, ran banquets at the Crookston Motel, was a book keeper at Montgomery Wards, and finally at D&B Freight Sales the business her and Andy started together, which was in downtown Crookston from 1957-58, and was built new on the north end of Crookston in 1958-59. They were in business for 56 years. Sadly her husband Andy passed away in May of 1979, she continued to run the business by herself until her daughter Cindy became a partner. Chic’s favorite part of the store was book keeping and interacting with the customers and her friends. She didn’t quit working at the store until she was 82 years old.
Dolores and Andy started going to Maple Lake and eventually ended up at Stony Point Resort at Cass Lake for 43 years. Dolores enjoyed spending time at the lake, playing cards and traveling on bus trips with her sister Bev. The last trip they took was to Savanah, GA. Dolores and Bev were a little turned around and got lost. The bus had to leave but passed by them on the street and stopped for them.
Dolores cooked for the Doda family and whoever else came to their home most Sundays. She liked to bowl with her friends from Montgomery Wards. She enjoyed attending family events especially if it was something her grandson Andy was doing.
Dolores was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, St. Anthony’s Circle, the VFW, the Eagles, and the Minakwa Country Club.
Dolores is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Jo (Darren) Gjerswold; grandson, Andrew Keith Gjerswold; sister, Beverly Filipowicz, and sister in-law Carol Wagberg
She is preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Doda; her parents; Wilbert “Ernie” and Ruby Wagberg; and brother, Linwood Wagberg. May God bless Chic’s memory.
There will be a visitation from 5-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m with a visitation one hour prior to service on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Crookston, MN.
Kenneth Nelson, 65,
of Waubun, MN formerly of
Halstad, MN passed away in his home on Friday, October 21, 2016. He
courageously and positively lived with a degenerative disease for five years.
Ken was born to
Lloyd Burnett and Anna (Merkins) Nelson on February 26, 1951. He grew up on the
family farm in Anthony Township (God’s country) and was a lifetime member of
East Marsh River Lutheran Church of rural Halstad, MN where he was baptized and
confirmed in his faith. He graduated from Halstad High School in 1969 and was
active in football, FFA, music, and 4-H. He went on from High School to study at
Family, friends, faith, and community meant everything to Ken. He served his community and church with his involvement on many committees and boards. His interests included playing golf, singing, traveling, deer hunting, playing softball, snowmobiling, four wheeling, horseback riding, barrel racing, acting, motorcycle riding, baking, woodworking and remodeling, even getting a private pilot’s license. When not enjoying lake activities with his family and friends, he and his wife, Cindy, are avid Bison and Vikings fans. Grandchildren were the light of his life and his eyes would twinkle and his smile became bigger when they were around. His easy smile and big laugh filled a room and his character and integrity inspired many.
Ken married Lorraine St. Michel on July 19, 1969 and they lived in Fargo, ND, where he served as a security guard at K-Mart and sold insurance. He married Cindy Rasmusson in Ada, MN, on June 9, 1978. They lived on and ran the Nelson family farm for over 20 years. In 2001, he owned and operated KDN Trucking with his sons. In retirement, they moved to their home on South Twin Lake, Waubun, MN, while also spending winters in Mission Texas.
Ken is survived by his wife, Cindy and five children; one daughter, Michelle Schultz, Seattle, WA; and four sons, Paul (Jen) Nelson, Grandin, ND; David (Kati) Nelson, Halstad, MN; Rob (Leah) Nelson, Fargo, ND; and Daniel “Dano” (Sarah) Nelson, Hillsboro, ND. Twelve grandchildren: Mac Schultz, Makayla Schultz, Abi Nelson, Gaven Nelson, Micah Hallingstad, Joe Nelson, Isaac Nelson, Aiden Nelson, Sam Nelson, Lane Nelson, Anna Nelson, Olive Nelson and one more granddaughter on the way. Ken’s sister Kathy (Curt) Jacobson survives him along with his mother-in-law, Barb Stadler, and in-laws Brad (Robyn) Rasmusson, Dana (Mike) Skansgaard, Brian (Colleen) Rasmusson, Reed Rasmusson, along with many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd B. Nelson and Anna (Merkins) Nelson, His Father’s in-law Eugene Rasmusson, and Willis “Bill” Stadler, As well as his nephew William “Bill” Jacobson.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Minnesota chapter of the ALS association. Memorial Service: 11AM Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000)
Judy Peterson, 60,
Minnesota, died Thursday, October 20, 2016, after a brief illness at her
residence. She was born on February 19, 1956, to James and Faye (Lohmeier)
Peterson at Ada, MN. Judy attended the
Ada Public School, graduating in 1974. She continued her education at Moorhead
State University, Moorhead, MN, as a student athlete playing volleyball,
basketball and softball, graduating Cum Laude in 1978 with a BS degree in
Education. Judy did her student teaching at Ada and was hired to teach Phy Ed.
Over the years at Ada Public School, Judy taught Phy Ed, Special Education and
Drivers Training. She served as coach for all female sports—volleyball,
basketball, track and initiated the beginning of Ada Softball Team. Judy
coached the volleyball teams to 2 Minnesota State Tournaments...finishing 6th in
1994 and 2nd in 1995.
Judy lived with her parents and, after her father died, cared for her mother until her passing. Having a quiet and thoughtful spirit, Judy nurtured many students, athletes, and family members to be all they could be. Her ability to encourage students to do what was right and best for their lives allowed many to succeed in college and excel throughout their lives. She had a unique sense of humor that brought a smile to many.
Judy’s passion for sports began as youth. Family and friends remember playing basketball in the family’s hay loft. Her competitive spirit and athletic abilities were tempered by her humble and grateful attitude. Being sensible and level headed attracted many to consult her for advice. She was loved by students, colleagues, friends and family, especially her niece and grand-nephews: Danielle, Brennan, Drew, and Ayden.
Judy is survived by her sister, Cindy Peterson of Ada and a brother, Daniel (Mary) Peterson, Perham, MN, 4 nephews and nieces: Jeremy (Chris) Peterson, Angel (Dave) Dockendorf, Jacob (Bethany) Peterson, and Danielle Peterson; 6 great-nephews and nieces, Brennan, Drew, and Ayden Peterson, Grace, Cooper, and Liam Dockendorf; aunts and uncles, cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral: 2:00PM Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada.
Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN, on Monday, October 24, 2016.
Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
Ada, Minnesota, went to be with the Lord, where he met
him with open arms, Sunday, October 16th, 2016, as a result of injuries
sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Borup, MN.
Carter Alexander Peterson was born June 10, 2000, in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of Randy and Chasity (Cymbaluk) Peterson. Carter was baptized and later confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Ada. Carter is a Junior at Ada-Borup High School where he attended since 3rd grade.
Carter was an outstanding, dedicated, hardworking young man who was never too big for a hug and an “I love you.” His smile was contagious and could light up a dark room, and his heart was full of gold. In school, Carter was active in many activities, Basketball, Football, Track & Field, FCCLA, FFA, Close Up, choir and band. He was the defensive MVP of his 2014 & 2015 football career even with unique stride. Though he loved all these things, Carter was happiest when he was at home with friends, his girlfriend Sarah, and his family. In his free time, you would find Carter skyping his girlfriend, sharing his love for sports with his dad, (he knew every player) playing video games, and enjoying time with his friends and family.
Carter is survived by his parents, Randy & Chasity, one brother Matthew (Jon) of Bloomington, MN, one sister Emma of Ada, girlfriend Sarah Hanna of Hawley, MN, great grandparents, Burton Slininger of Ada, Arlone Cymbaluk of Crookston MN, Irene Green of Fosston MN, Grandparents, Diane Peterson of Ada, John and Vicki Cymbaluk of Fosston MN, many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by great grandparents, Laurena Slininger, Harold Green, Marvin Cymbaluk, and one uncle Carl Cymbaluk.
Funeral: 1:00PM Friday, October 21, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service on Thursday at the church. Interment: Duane Cemetery, Mahnomen County, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com
Avery Jo Saari, 8, of Apple Valley, passed away peacefully on Tuesday,
October 18, 2016. Avery was adored by her large extended family and many
friends. She was a third grader at Glacier Hills Elementary where she loved
going to school each day to see her friends and teachers. Avery loved being
outside, going camping, playing with her sister, listening to music and being
read stories. She was a typical little sister who laughed when others got in
trouble, but lit up whenever her sissy was near. She never said a word, but
spoke to everyone’s heart. She will be horribly missed.
Avery was welcomed into heaven by her grandfather Charlie Saari and Great-Grandparents Saari, Wallace and Coauette. Avery is survived by her parents, Matthew and Jodi Saari and her sister Brenna; Grandparents James and Mary Jo Wallace of Euclid and Kathy Saari of Sartell, Godparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and a large, loving extended family. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Mary Mother of the Church in Burnsville, MN with visitation an hour before the mass.
Wesley J. Magnuson, 94, Ada, MN, died on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the Benedictine Care Community, Ada. Funeral: 11 AM Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: one hour before the services at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com
Ronald Wayne Thompson, Longtime teacher and coach, age 86, of Crookston, MN passed away with his family by his side, on October 17, 2016 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN. Ronald was born on July 19, 1930, in Sioux City, IA, to Ricka (Lehne) and Carl Thompson. The family moved to Staples, MN, where Ron spent his school years. He graduated from Staples High School in 1948, where he played football, basketball, hockey, track, and golf. After high school, Ron entered the Army for four years, after which he attended Moorhead State University, now called Minnesota State University-Moorhead. In college he was quarterback for the Dragons football team, and on the basketball, track and golf teams. Ron was also honored as an outstanding student in Minnesota colleges and universities while there. He met his wife, Liz Hanson, as a freshman at MSU in 1952. They married on September 12, 1953 in Fargo, ND. When Ron graduated, the family moved to Crookston, MN, where he taught social studies, health, physical education, and driver’s training. He also coached football, golf, and assisted with basketball for the Crookston Pirates for 31 years, retiring in 1987. Their marriage was blessed with five children, Barbara Lynn, Beth Ann, David William, Jennifer Leigh, and Karen Jean. Ron is survived by his wife, Liz, of 63 years; children, Beth (Rob) Haseltine, of Fargo, ND, David (Peggy) Thompson, of Prior Lake, MN, Jennifer Malmanger, of Mankato, MN, and Karen Swatlowski, of Crookston, MN; grandchildren, Bailey (Matt) Krusen, Jordan Malmanger, and Jennifer, Megan, and Stephan Swatlowski; great-grandchildren, Layla, Aiden, Carter, Josiah, and Jaxon; and brothers, Vern (Marj) Thompson of Loveland, CO. and Dennis Thompson of Sonora, CA., and family friend, Jason Malmanger. He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Barbara Lynn; granddaughter, Jessica Swatlowski; brother, Bobby Thompson; sister, Jean Martin; in-laws, Bess and John Hanson; sisters-in-law, Florence (Bill) Adair and Effie King; and son-in-law, Darin Swatlowski. There will be a visitation from 5-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston, MN. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., with a visitation one hour prior to service on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. Inurnment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN. Memorials can be made to the Pirate Boosters, Pirate Fine Arts Boosters (PFAB), Trinity Lutheran Church, or the Villa St. Vincent
Donald P. Krueger, age 89 of East Grand Forks, MN, passed away on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Valley Memorial Homes, Woodside Village in Grand Forks, ND. Donald Paul Krueger was born on April 22, 1927 in East Grand Forks, MN the son of Richard and Ophelia (Marks) Krueger. Don grew up in East Grand Forks and attended school at the Crookston AC, graduating in 1945. Following his high school graduation, he joined the United States Army. After his discharge, he returned to East Grand Forks where he farmed his entire life before retiring in 1975. He moved to Tufte Manor in Grand Forks in November of 2013 and moved to Woodside Village in 2016. Don was known to everyone as “Uncle Don”. He truly enjoyed hosting parties for family & friends in his home as well as taking lunch to the family and farm crews in the fields. Don was a lifetime member of First Lutheran Church and also belonging to the Heritage Center in East Grand Forks. Family members of Don include his brother, Leon (Arlene) Krueger of East Grand Forks; sisters, Dorothy Fore of East Grand Forks, MN and Delores Clarksean of Cavalier, ND along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.Don is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond Krueger; sister Margaret Redmer and brothers-in-law Orville Fore, Ray Redmer and Paul Clarksean. A special thank you to the staff and caregivers at Tufte Manor and also the staff of Woodside Village for the wonderful care that was given to Don. The family has requested that memorial’s be designated to First Lutheran Church or to the Heritage Center in East Grand Forks, MN. Blessed be the memory of Donald P. Krueger Funeral Service: 11:30 AM on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in First Lutheran Church, 203 5th St. NW, East Grand Forks, MN. Visitation: 9:30 – 11:30 on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in First Lutheran Church Interment: Resurrection Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MN Online Guestbook: www.dandahlfuneralhome.com Arrangements By: Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota
Sister Mary Fay, 93, died October 11, 2016 at Villa Saint Vincent in Crookston, MN. Sister Mary was born February 27, 1923, in Moorhead where her family was among the early settlers in the area. Mary was the second of four children of James and Emma (Thedens) Fay. She attended Saint Joseph’s School in Moorhead where she was taught by the Benedictine Sisters from Crookston. In the second grade she set her heart on being a sister like her teachers. Sister Mary said that as she “grew in age and foolishness” she decided she did not want to be a sister. Her eighth grade teacher said to her, “Well, I think you have a religious vocation.” Sister Mary was not entirely convinced, and she said that she was dismayed and she told Jesus, “If you want me to become a sister, I will – someday. But for now, I’m going to have all the fun I can.” Before long she began to feel excited about the prospect of becoming a sister. When she mentioned to her parents that she was leaning toward entering the monastery they allowed her to attend Mount Saint Benedict Academy. While in high school she became excited and looked forward to giving herself completely to God as a sister of Saint Benedict. When she was invested as a novice she received the name, Sister Pius (she later resumed her baptismal name – Mary). She made her first profession of obedience, stability in the community and fidelity to the monastic way of life in 1941 and her final profession in 1944. Her first assignment was to the teaching ministry which ended in critical illness. By the time she recuperated, plans for building Saint Francis Hospital in Crookston were in progress and nurses were needed. She received nurses’ training and then served for 45 years in health care institutions sponsored and staffed by the community.—in emergency rooms, laboratories, obstetrical floors, x-ray and medical records departments. She claims she did what she would never have done on her own initiative. Sister Mary served at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes, Saint John’s Hospital in Browerville, Saint Vincent’s Rest Home and Villa Saint Vincent in Crookston. Then Sister Mary was asked to serve in the archives of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. During this time she wrote the community history: A Time for Remembering, published in 1994. She described her experience of community as living and working with Benedictine sisters – “very ordinary women, seeking to love and serve God together through prayer and service.” In 1998, she wrote that her years as archivist at the Mount gave her the opportunity to enrich her monastic life through prayer, interpersonal relationships, and meaningful work, thereby fulfilling the dreams of her youth. Sister Mary is preceded in death by her parents James and Emma Fay, her brothers William and James and her sister-in-law, Elizabeth. She is survived by her sister Margaret Olich from Aptos, CA, her sister-in-law Beverly Fay of Moorhead, many nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston. Reception of the body of Sister Mary will be on Monday, October 17 at 4:30, p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18. All services will be at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 Summit Ave., Crookston, MN.
87, of Crookston, MN, and formerly of East Grand Forks, MN, died early Saturday
morning, October 8, 2016, at the RiverView Care Center in Crookston. Leone,
daughter of Aanond and Sigri Rystad, was born on her parent’s farm in Lessor
Township, north of McIntosh, MN, on September 25, 1929. She grew up on the farm
and attended school in McIntosh. She was later united in marriage to Russell W.
Viehauser and the couple made their home in Grand Forks, ND. They moved to
Minneapolis, where Leone was employed by the Minnetonka Moccasin Company for
several years. Leone and Russell returned to Grand Forks and he passed away in
1991. Leone then made her home in East Grand Forks until becoming a resident of
the RiverView Care Center in 2015. Friends were a very important part of her
life, along with the company provided by her pet cats.
Leone is survived by 3 nieces: Joan (Charles) Anderson of Edina, MN, Susan McDonald of Ossian, IA, and Mary (Robert) Bushey of Emerado, ND; 3 nephews: John (Valerie) McDonald and Darryl (Cindy) McDonald, all of Larimore, ND, and Mark McDonald of Valley City, ND; and other extended family members and friends. In addition to her husband, Russell, she was preceded in death by her parents, Aanond and Sigri; 4 brothers: Selmer “Sam”, Howard, Obert “Tex”, and Alvin ; 5 sisters: Selma “Sally”, Josephine, Tillie, Thelma, and Olga.; 3 infant siblings; a niece, Shirley Voxland; and 2 nephews, Allen Voxland and Conrad Hougom. May God bless Leone’s memory.
A memorial service for Leone Viehauser will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2016, at RiverView Health, Meeting Room 4, in Crookston (please use the Rehab entrance). The Rev. Greg Isaacson will officiate. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND.
Clifford Carl Niemela, 90, Deer River, MN died September 28, 2016 in Deer River
MN after a courageous battle with Cancer.
Clifford was born on September 10, 1926 in Bowstring, MN, to parents Charles and Anna Niemela. He was united in marriage to Karen Jensen on September 30, 1961. Clifford drove school bus for 55 years for district 317 and also logged for part of this time. He was a member of Bowstring Presbyterian Church.
Preceded by parents Charles & Anna, siblings Hilma, Anna, Archie & Mayme.
Survived by wife of 54 years Karen Niemela; sons Richard (Denise) Niemela of Crookston, MN; Robert (Edy) Niemela of Deer River, MN; daughter Roxanne (Rob) Niemela of Cohasset, MN; grandchildren Sadie, Kyle, Kollin, Cameron, Brandon, Lynsie & Mitchell; brother Louie (Anna) Niemela; special companion Charlie; and many nieces & nephews along with many friends.
Visitation: One hour prior to the service at the church. Service: Saturday, October 8, 2016, 11:00 a.m., Bowstring Presbyterian Church, Bowstring, MN.
Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, Minnesota.
of Crookston, MN, died Sunday, October 2, 2016, at the Altru Hospital in Grand
Forks, ND. Arturo was born in Milwaukee, WI on July 30, 1955, the son of Santos
and Maria (Aguilar) Alcozer. He grew up in Crystal City, TX, where he received
his education. He later moved to the northern United States and was employed
driving trucks over the road. He later settled in Crookston and for several
years drove truck for area farmers during the sugar beet harvest.
Arturo loved his kids and grandkids dearly. He especially enjoyed sleep-over nights with the grandkids, telling them stories about his life, watching spooky movies together, and then scaring them as they screamed and laughed with delight. He will be remembered as a man who loved the ladies, and will be sadly missed.
Arturo is survived by 11 children: Johnny Ramirez (Dawn Goulet) of Crookston, MN, Bobby Ramirez of East Grand Forks, MN, Jessica Alcozer of Crookston, Arturo (Melissa) Alcozer of Red Lake Falls, MN, Maria Alcozer of St. Hilaire, MN, Cathy Alcozer of Thief River Falls, MN, Santos Bower of Crookston, Alesha Sirek of Crookston, Crystal (Gary) Anderson of Fargo, ND, Florencio Hampton of Warren, MN, and Loretta Bower of Thief River Falls; 25 grandchildren; a brother, Santos “Stormy” (Mary) Alcozer of East Grand Forks, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Santos and Maria; the mother of his children, Kathy Brady Alcozer; a sister, Carmen; and a brother, Florencio.
Visitation for Arturo Alcozer will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 5-7:00 p.m., at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, Deacon Dennis Bivens, presiding. There will not be a separate funeral service. www.stenshoelhouske.com
Burton D. Rockstad,
Ada, Minnesota, passed away at home on
October 3, 2016. Burton was born in Ada on June 21, 1932, to Gust and Petra
(Ramstad) Rockstad. They raised Burton, along with his sisters and brother, on
the farm in Hegne Township. That farm was Burton’s home for his entire life.
Burton was confirmed at Concordia Lutheran Church (rural Hendrum, MN) on
November 18, 1945. He attended Franklin
Rural School No. 73, and he graduated from Ada High School. After graduation,
he started farming full time. In 1955, Burton was drafted into the United
States Army. He served in the Signal Corps at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. After
discharge, Burton returned home to the farm and continued farming.
Burton married Lorna Kragnes on August 14, 1960, at Concordia Lutheran Church (rural Kragnes, MN). Together they made a home and raised their three children on the farm. Burton and Lorna were members of Concordia Lutheran Church (rural Hendrum), where he served as Financial Secretary for 30 years, and Treasurer of the Parsonage Corporation for 20 years. After Concordia closed, he and Lorna joined Grace Lutheran Church in Ada, where he also served on the Church Council. Burton served his community. His public service includes nearly 60 years as a Hegne Township Supervisor, and 45 years as a member of the Red River Valley Development Association, representing Norman County. He was a Jaycee, a member of the Board of Directors for the Ada-Beltrami Coop, and a Norman County ASCS Committeeman. Burton strongly supported 4-H youth programs and, in 1990, the Minnesota Cooperative Extension Service honored him with a State 4-H Alumni Recognition Award.
Burton was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Marion. He is survived by his wife, Lorna, of Ada; his sons Kent (Kate), Moorhead; Erik (Gretchen), Ada; and Neil (Elizabeth), Ada; his grandchildren Nolan, Greta, Olivia, Ella, Isabelle, Andrina, Gannon, Nora, and Hazel; his sister Shirley Rockstad, Ada; and his brother Howard Rockstad, Thousand Oaks, CA. The family expresses sincere gratitude to the many caregivers who made it possible for Burton to stay at home during his illness, including a devoted family friend and nurse together with the professionals from Hospice.
Funeral will be at 11:00 AM Monday, October 10 at Grace Lutheran Church in Ada, MN with visitation Sunday from 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM at the church. Internment will at Ada City Cemetary in Ada, MN. Arrangements with Frederickson-Ganje Funeral Home in Ada. 218-784-4600. www.fredricksonfh.com
Amiot, of Thief River Falls, MN, passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at
his home at the age of 88.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN, with Rev. John Golv and Rev. Ale Tulu officiating. Interment will follow at Bethania Cemetery, Newfolden, MN.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Clarence Amiot, age 88, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully, in his sleep at his home in Thief River Falls, with his wife, Betty, by his side.
Clarence Amiot was born July 5, 1928 in Gentilly, MN to Armand and Liza (Corbin) Amiot. He was baptized at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly and was confirmed at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls. He attended elementary school at a rural Gentilly schoolhouse. His family moved to Thief River Falls, where he attended St. Bernard’s Catholic School and Lincoln High School.
In 1946, Clarence enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, where he achieved rank of sergeant and was voted president of the NCO Club. While stationed in Guam, he served as a flight surgeon’s medical assistant, performing land and sea rescue missions. Clarence was honorably discharged from the military in 1949.
On August 7, 1954, Clarence was united in marriage to Betty Bakke at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. They made their home in Thief River Falls, where they raised their daughter, Shari, and sons, Douglas and Bryan. Betty was his loving wife for 62 years, a length of commitment made possible by his strong will to live and Betty’s devotion to his health care. He was very grateful to have enjoyed so many more special memories by being able to live a long, full life.
Following Clarence’s discharge from the military, he worked for the Soo Line Railroad from 1949-1969. He then opened an antique store in Thief River Falls, and continued to be self-employed through various businesses: a tree service, excavating service, exterior painting, and snow removal.
Clarence held memberships at Zion Lutheran Church, American Legion Ecklund-Holmstrom Post #117, and the Thief River Falls VFW Post #2793. He was the manager of the Thief River Falls Thieves hockey team during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.
Clarence loved spending time with his family and going for car rides with Betty to visit friends and relatives. One of his favorite pastimes was gathering at the hunting cabin with family and
dear friends - Clarence and Diane Dahl. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, dancing, reading, watching sports and news on TV, gardening, bird watching, and collecting antiques.
Clarence had a wonderful sense of humor. He was always optimistic, generous, and was a friend to all. He showed great pride in both his and his family’s military service and he enjoyed recounting his many life’s adventures.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Betty, Thief River Falls, MN; daughter: Shari (Mark) Larson of Thief River Falls; sons: Douglas (Dana) Amiot of Thief River Falls, and Bryan (Melinda) Amiot of Staples, MN; eleven grandchildren: Carissa (Charles) Larson Conduah, Benjamin (Holly) Larson, Rebecca (Dustin) Larson Isaak, Andrew Larson, Stephanie Amiot, Kourtney Amiot, Karee Amiot, Syrie Amiot, Rachel (Matt Kaiser) Amiot, Katie (Trevor) Enberg, and Tiffany (Ryan) Johnson; great-granddaughter: Ella Enberg and a great-grandson due in November. He is also survived by his sister: Ursula Dahl; brother-in-law: Dennis (Joanie) Bakke; sisters-in-law: Vi Amiot, Tessie Amiot, Ann Katarzy, Vernice Nelson, and Janette Weber, as well as many dear nieces, nephews, and friends. He was also survived by his sister, Theresa Dougherty, who passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2016.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Lloyd, Gilbert, Dewey, Harry, Marvin, Leodore, Armand, Roland, and Eli in infancy; sisters: Rosalie Hanson, Elaine Kjonaas, and Vicki Hermes; brothers-in-law: Orville Dahl, Ray Dougherty, Duane Hanson, Ray Kjonaas, Jerry Hermes, Douglas Weber, and Leo Nelson.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
Alvin A. Holm,
Ada, Minnesota, died Sunday, October 2, 2016, at Essentia Health Hospital in
Alvin was born on May 15, 1948, in Ada. He was baptized and confirmed at Concordia Lutheran Church, near Hendrum, MN. He graduated from Hendrum High School in 1967. Growing up, Alvin stayed busy working on the family farm near Hendrum. After his school years, he continued farming on his own and with his uncles, and later for neighboring farmers including Maurice Aronson, Tommerdahls, Nepstads, and for the past several years until his death for Terry Guttormson.
Alvin was a kind, likable, and caring man, who would help out anyone as needed. Even though he suffered from hearing loss for many years, Alvin would find a way to communicate in his own way and really appreciated texting with people on his modern cell phone. For many years, he was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed following Dale Earnhardt Sr. He also had a special passion for the Minnesota Vikings, anything Chevrolet, and watching professional wrestling in person or on TV. Alvin’s pride and joy were his grandchildren and he enjoyed all the time he could spend with them.
Alvin is survived by his sons, Ryan (Sarah) and Cory (Brittany) both of Ada, 5 grandchildren; Anthony, Adrien, Jesse, Adyn, and Abigail. He was preceded in death by his mother, Selma, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral: 10:30AM, Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:00PM prayer service on Wednesday at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home in Ada. Interment: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com
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