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Carol Ann Hoiseth, 73, of Crookston, MN, passed away at her home Sunday morning, June 25, 2017, with loving family at her side. Carol was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 16 months ago, and during every day of her brave journey since then took strength from her deep and abiding faith and the support of very caring family and friends.
Carol was born in Crookston on February 22, 1944, one of 4 children of the union of Orren and Dora (Doyea) Cassavant. She attended grade school at Dorothy, MN and Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls, MN. On February 14, 1961 Carol was united in marriage to Robert Lloyd Hoiseth in Dorothy. Carol and Bob lived in the Crookston area their entire married lives and together raised 3 children: Brian, Craig, and Connie. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; and loved her family dearly. Throughout her life she enjoyed giving her time and talents to various causes in the Crookston community.
Carol was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Crookston, and received the Lord Jesus Christ as her own personal Saviour in 1976. She was passionate about serving as a Sunday School teacher, and sharing bible study at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center. She loved being able to pass on her Christian faith and values to others, and continued to serve the Lord faithfully until he called her to her eternal home in glory. Carol’s beautiful life could best be summed up as, “Christ-first, Family and others-next, Me-last.” She will be forever missed.
Carol leaves her beloved husband of 56 years, Bob; their 3 children: Brian Hoiseth of Crookston, Craig Hoiseth and his wife, Tami, of Crookston, and Connie Sherlock and her husband, Dan, of Crestwood, KY; 7 grandchildren: Heidi (Casey) Rossetti of Dallas, TX, Christopher Valley of Minneapolis, MN, Preston (Karen) Hoiseth of Bemidji, MN, Angela Valley of Crestwood, KY, Todd (Kim) Hoiseth of El Dorado, KS, Kari Hoiseth of Fort Collins, CO, and Kalin Hoiseth of Denver, CO; and 6 great-grandchildren: Cameron, Raelynn, and Madilyn Hoiseth, Makayla Gadson, Charlotte Hoiseth, and Cora Rossetti. She is also survived by 2 siblings, Susan Sylvester and James Cassavant, both of Crookston; 2 sisters-in-law, Sharon Naplin of Thief River Falls, MN, and Marian Bakken of Crookston; brother-in-law, Boyd Goosen of Thompson, ND; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many friends.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Orren and Dora Cassavant; brother, Louis Cassavant; great-granddaughter, Lily Hoiseth; parents-in-law, Lloyd and Hazel Hoiseth; brother-in-law, George Bakken, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry and Diane Hoiseth; and sisters-in-law, Kay Goosen, and Linda Hoiseth, who passed away at the age of 5.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Carol Ann Hoiseth will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Bible Baptist Church, rural Crookston, MN, with Pastor Clayton Doss, presiding. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Blessed be Carol’s memory.
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Donald Daniel Jagol, 95, of Crookston, MN, passed away Tuesday morning, June 20, 2017, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile, MN. 
Don was born Sept. 21, 1921 near Grassy Butte in western North Dakota, to Carl and Thelma (Kostenko) Jagol, immigrants from Kiev, Ukraine.  His siblings were Alec, Mary Lakedon Haugen, Nellie Biesiot, Rose Gaber, George, John, Steve, Amy Andersen, Anton, Peter and Matt.
 He attended the Little Knife Butte School near the family farm.  In 1934, because of the depression and severe drought, the family moved to Minnesota. They lived in Wylie and Dorothy.  Don was confirmed at the Black River Church near Red Lake Falls where he also worked for farmers in that area including Steigers, Hallstroms and Molines.  He enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps, Cutfoot Sioux Camp F-14/Company 707 and worked in the power plant there, forestry, and building roads.  Don also served in the Army from 1942-1945 and was stationed in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.  While he was in the service, his brothers John and Steve, were killed in World War II and his family relocated to Fertile.  On June 4, 1945, Don Jagol and Frances “Betty” Erickson of Hawley were married on the family farm east of Fertile.  They were married for 61 years.  They made their home in Crookston were they so enjoyed their Sampson Street neighbors and life-long community friends.  Betty was a bookkeeper for Bridgeman Creamery for 30 years and Don worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation for 36 years as a heavy equipment operator. 
They were long-time members of Trinity Lutheran Church, where they volunteered in various service activities.  They enjoyed fishing and after retirement spent many summers at their trailer home at Spring Steel Island, Warroad. Don also enjoyed fishing trips to Canada and Alaska.  He liked to hunt and hunted deer through the 2015 season (with a bit of help from his nephews the last couple years).  In addition to Betty, Don’s other true love was working in the woods. He loved to cut, split, stack and burn wood.  Don and Betty did not have children of their own, but were godparents to many nieces and nephews and had special relationships with almost all of their 30-plus nieces and nephews, continuing down to the next generation of great-nieces and nephews, and also children in their neighborhood and church family.
Don is survived by his sister-in-law, Inez Jagol; along with many nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces, and great nephews.   He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; parents, Carl and Thelma; brothers, Alec, George, Peter, Steve, John, Anton, and Matthew; and his sisters, Nellie, Mary, Rose, and Amy.
A funeral service for Donald Daniel Jagol will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, with Pastor Isaacscon presiding. Visitation with the family will be for two hours prior to the service.  Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, in Minneapolis, MN, at 12:30PM. www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Frank Arthur Schmidt, Jr. passed away at home on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the age of 78.
The Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN at 1:30 PM with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating. Burial will be held St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Frank was born on April 7, 1939, to Frank and Angela (Scheifert) Schmidt. He grew up in rural Red Lake County, northeast of Red Lake Falls, where he helped out on the family farm. At 18, Frank enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard for 3 years. During that time, Frank traveled to Japan, India, Hong Kong, Hawaii, and Papua New Guinea. Upon returning home, Frank helped construct missile silos in North Dakota and buildings in the Twin Cities. Eventually returning to Red Lake Falls, Frank worked for Red Lake County, then Northwest Medical Center. He was formerly married to Phyllis (Cusey) Schmidt for 25 years and raised two children. He also owned Frankie’s Refrigeration for many years before retiring. Most recently, he resided with Marlis Burian at the family homestead. Frank was an energetic and skilled worker who enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Lynette Schmidt; son, Matthew Schmidt; granddaughters Sara Tibbetts and Sydney Olds; and siblings Margaret, Andrew, and Evelyn; in addition to in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings Raymond, Harold, and Harriet.
HONORARY URNBEARERS; Tim Schmidt, Dean Schmidt, Dale Violette, James Violette.



 

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Ellsworth Todd,
63, Ada, Minnesota, died Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Funeral: 1:00PM Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial: Pontoppidan Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
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Jeffery A. Voeltz
, 63, Ada, MN, died after a short illness, at his residence on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Funeral: 3:00 PM Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Schuller Family Funeral Home, Verndale, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial: Greenlawn Cemetery, Verndale, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
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Doreen E. Nord, age 94 of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN. Memorial Services will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM with Reverend Gary Graff Officiating. Burial will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held on Friday 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Doreen Eliza Nord was born October 27, 1922 in Baker, ND, the daughter of Dewitt and Hazel (Watson) Huffman.  She lived in Minnewaukan, ND until she graduated in 1941.  After high school she attended Minot State Teachers’ College.  She taught school before and after being united in marriage on July 6, 1943 at Presidio Army Chapel in San Francisco, CA to Victor J. Nord.  They had 8 children and lived in Battle Creek, MI until WWII ended.  They farmed near Devils Lake, ND until 1955 when they moved to Plummer, MN to continue farming after their farm was cover by the rising lake.  They moved to Red Lake Falls, MN in 1969.Doreen was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, MN.  She served as President of the Ladies Group, taught Sunday school and was Superintendent of Sunday school for 5 years there as well as Release time classes on Wednesdays.  She also was a member of the Legion Auxiliary and served as President.  She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church since 1969 and served 2 terms as President of WELCA and also 7th grade confirmation teacher. Survivors include her children, her son David (Myrna) Nord of Warroad, MN; her daughters, Sandra Boice of Crookston, MN, Pauline Nord of Spring Park, MN, Cindy (Herb) Gosse of Staples, MN, Kay Nord of Fosston, MN; her 27 grandchildren; her 33 great Grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; her brothers Lyle Huffman and Earl Huffman; her sisters Joyce Nord of  Devils Lake, Ruth Larson of Wahpeton, ND. Preceded in Death by her Husband Victor in February 2011; parents Dewitt and Hazel (Watson) Huffman; Sons Lyle Nord in 1982 and Kenneth Nord in 1997; Daughter Sherry Barlow in 2004; grandson Jonathan Nord in 1985; Brother Duane (Fay) Huffman; Sisters Evelyn Sheets in 1992 and Pearl Plummer in 2005; Son-in-law Bill Barlow in 1999; sisters-in-law Claris (Earl)Huffman,  Mavis (Lyle) Huffman; brothers-in-law Bud Dickinson, Sidney Nord, Darwin Plummer, Zina Sheets, Chester Larson; Nephew Rodney Huffman in 1998. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials are suggested
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Margaret Rosendahl, 97, Ada, Minnesota, died Thursday, June 15, 2017, at First Care Living Center, Fosston, MN.
Memorial Service: 10:30AM, Saturday July 8, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Friday July 7, 2017, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 7:00PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 

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LilyAnn Evelyn (Flermoen) Roed, 92, of Brooklyn Center, MN, formerly of Winger, MN, died on Monday, April 17, 2017, in Brooklyn Center, MN.  She was born on  April 7, 1925, in St. Paul, MN, the first of children born to Olaus Llewellyn "O.L." and Ellen Ester (Erickson) Flermoen.  As a small child, LilyAnn moved with her family to the Winger, MN area.  LilyAnn graduated from McIntosh High School, McIntosh, MN, in 1942.  LilyAnn went on to Teacher Training in Brainerd, MN.  In the summer of 1940, LilyAnn met Orvis Jerome Roed, while they both worked for a farmer during the summer.
On June 19, 1945, LilyAnn was united in marriage to Jerome Roed (it was his 22nd birthday) in Gosen Lutheran Church, rural Winger.  Their son, Jerome Kenneth Roed, was born May, 2, 1946.  Shortly after, 1947, they moved to Detroit, MI, where Orvis worked for Ford Manufacturing.  In 1949, they moved back to Minnesota to the farm.  Their second son, Leon Orvis, was born February 3, 1950, but unfortunately he died of a heart defect at three days of age.  Their third child, Carol Ellen, was born March 22,1951, in Crookston, MN.  In 1955, the family moved to Halstad, MN, where Orvis worked at the Farmers Elevator, later becoming the manager.  LilyAnn taught at Herberg School, a one room school house, teaching 1-5 grade.  February of 1960, Orvis and family moved to Gully, MN, where Orvis managed the elevator and LilyAnn taught in a one room school, Trail Grade School, grades 1-3.  In 1965, the family moved to Moorhead, MN.  LilyAnn took college classes in Bemidji, MN and Moorhead State University, graduating the same year as her son, Jerry, in 1968 with a degree in Early Education, Special Education and Library Science.  She commuted to Hunter, ND, in 1968 and changed her career path to working in Moorhead, Fargo, and the NDSU libraries until Orvis' death in 1978.  His death shook LilyAnn and she took a job at MSU Food Service (to have a mindless, physical job).  After getting on her feet, she took a teaching/Library job in Argyle, MN, until she retired in 1990.
In 1995, LilyAnn had a once-in-a-lifetime trip with her daughter, Carol.  The Lutheran Heritage Tour with the Wold family members toured Germany West and East, Denmark, and a cruise boat to Norway visiting Oslo and Bergen.  After retirement, she lived in Erskine,MN, Moorhead, MN and Detroit Lakes, MN, then lastly, in Brooklyn Center, MN, in a memory care unit.  She died after a brief time on Hospice.
In LilyAnn's early retirement years, she was always active in church and community life.  She organized the church library, served on the board of Christian Women, organized her 70th Class Reunion, was a Befriender, and always a Bible Study Leader.  She loved her Poodle Mitzi.  LilyAnn loved her family, instilling Christian Values, she forgave easily, loved freely, always organized, a faithful friend and will be missed by all.
LilyAnn is survived by her daughter, Carol Ellen Dyrdahl, Roger, MN; five grandchildren: Anthony "Tony" (Yichen) Rogers, MN; Jorgan Kory (Rochelle), Las Vegas, NV; Jeffrey (Shisha) Lee, Lewiston, ID; Indika (John) Elliot, Las Vegas, NV; Brandon Lee, West Fargo, ND; 15 great-grandchildren: LilyAnn, Xidan Fix; Michael, Zachery, Tyler, Deaton Roed; Trent, Jaden, Lawson, Jordan Lee; Ashton, Preston Elliott; and Ceres, Teigan, and Kasen Lee; three sisters-in-law: Joyce, Shirley, and Arloene; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Orvis; sons, Leon and Jerome, her parents, and five siblings.
Memorial Service: 2 PM Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial: Maple Lake Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN  www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

 

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Beverly Elin Radi,
age 76, of Fisher, MN, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, ND.
Beverly was born on June 15, 1940, in Crookston, MN, to Steve and Frances (Meier) Johnson. She attended Crookston Public School and graduated from Crookston High School in 1958.  On November 14, 1969, Beverly eloped in marriage to Orville Radi of Fisher, MN, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. They made their family home in Fisher, MN.
Bev worked as a nurse’s aide at Bethesda Hospital after graduating from high school until her and Orville started their family in 1970. Later when her children were teenagers, she worked in the kitchen for Fisher Public School.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, in Fisher, and many groups including Homemakers, Fisher Chamber of Commerce, Trinity Lutheran Church quilting, Bethesda Hospital Reunion, and all activities her children were involved with such as 4-H and Music Boosters.  Bev was a very devoted mother and wife.  Her and Orv would travel all over the area supporting their children in their sporting and music activities. She loved harvest time in the fall and bringing supper out to the harvest crew.  Her passion was sewing, including quilts, appliqued sweatshirts, baby blankets, booties, & soft books, mending and altering items for others, and her famous casserole carriers.  Many of her projects including her homemade apple jelly were proudly entered at the Polk County Fair.  Later in life, Bev cherished her time with her coffee friends and loved staying close to home to watch her grandchildren grow.
Bev is survived by her husband of 47 years, Orville; son, David Radi of Fisher, MN; daughter, Melanie (Jeff) Holbeck of Crookston, MN; daughter-in-law Nichelle Radi of Grand Forks, ND; seven grandchildren, Reese and Brenna Radi; Jayson and Mikey Holbeck; and Madison, McKenzi, and Maci Radi; and brother, Stephan “BZ” Johnson of Grand Forks, ND.
She was preceded in death by her parents Steve and Frances Johnson, and her son Todd Radi.
There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Friday, June 16, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fisher, MN. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Fisher, MN.
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Orland “Orlie” Hanson, age 95, died Friday, June 10, 2017 peacefully at his home in Crookston, MN. 
Orlie was born July 1, 1921 in Fisher, Minnesota to George and Mabel (Strande) Hanson.  Orlie grew up on the family farm in Fisher.  He attended rural school and also Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, MN.  During WWII Orlie served in the U.S. Army in the 4025th Signal Corp overseas station in Manila in the Philippine Islands.  After the war he returned to Crookston.  Orlie farmed with his Dad for a couple years.  In 1950 Orlie and his brother George took over the family farm in rural Crookston.  On April 15, 1953 he was united in marriage to Vivian Gleason in Crookston, MN.  The couple lived and farmed in Fairfax Township, south of Crookston until retiring in 1988 at which time they moved to town.  Orlie was on the Town Board in Fairfax Township for twenty years, was a member of the Sugarbeet Growers Association, American Legion member, life member of the VFW and the Eagles 873.
Family, Farming and Friends were all very near and dear to Orlie. He did what he could to help them grow over the years, taking on new roles as he aged the way only Orlie could; with a twinkle, a wink and warm hugs all around. After “retiring” from actively farming, his trips to the field were a welcome sight, delivering Dilly Bars and pops even up to his last days.  He always liked a good game of cards, and shaking dice while visiting with his coffee buddies at RBJ’s.Orlie really enjoyed “living the good life” fishing and spending time at their cottage on Leech Lake. Wherever he went he would make new friendships and many of those being lifelong.  Both Orlie and Vivian loved their family and nothing made them happier than having them all together.  You could never have too many “one more times”. 
Loving family members include six children:  Bruce (Jody) Hanson of Crookston, Corky (Marilee) Hanson of Crookston, Dean Hanson of Rogers, MN, Diane (Steve) Rice of Ham Lake, MN, Gerilynn Hanson of West Fargo, ND, Joyce Hanson of Fargo, ND; 13 grandchildren:  Karna (Scott) Rhodes of Billings, Montana, Brock Hanson, Seth (Molly) Hanson, Marley (Sam) Melbye, Wade (Jessie) Hanson, Wes (Crystal) Hanson, Wyatt Hanson, all of Crookston, Natalie Hanson of Colorado Springs, CO, Nicholas Hanson of Rogers, MN, Nate (Tricia) Hanson of Ramsey, MN, Jordan Rice and Alexis Rice of Ham Lake, MN, Lucy Hanson-Richter of Fargo, ND; 5 great-grandchildren: Jace and Drake Rhodes, Elianah, Greg and Jocelin Hanson.  Also left to mourn Orlie’s passing is two sister-in-laws, Evelyn Hanson of Crookston, Hazel (Donald) Weber of Moorhead, MN; two brother-in-laws, Francis Gleason of Mahnomen, MN, James (Francy) Gleason of Naytahwaush, MN; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.  He was proceeded in death by his wife of 61 years Vivian, a son, Rodney and a daughter, Mary Beth; his parents, George and Mabel; and brothers and sister-in-laws Gilman and Maxine Hanson, Howard Hanson, George and Nancy Hanson, sister and brother-in-law Mervin and Dorothy Wagner; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lowell and Patricia Storlie.
Funeral service will be 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 15th at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Visitation from 5-7 pm with a prayer service to follow on Wednesday, June 14th at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home.  Burial at Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Dale Bauer, 84, of Fertile, MN, and Kountze, TX, died Thursday, June 8, 2017, after a short illness with his family by his side at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. Memorial Service: 10:30 AM Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: 5-7 PM Monday, June 12, 2017, at the church. Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home of Fertile, MN
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Cary Berberich, age 42, of Fosston, MN, passed away on Wednesday, June 7th, as a result of an motorcycle accident. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 12th, at Bethel Assembly Church in Fosston with Pastor Seth Johnson officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Brooks, MN. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Sunday, June 11th, and for one hour prior to the service on Monday. All visitation will be held at Bethel Assembly Church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com. Cary Robert Berberich was born on August 24, 1974 in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota to parents Robert and Eleanor Kostrzewski Berberich. He grew up in Brooks, Minnesota and graduated from Oklee High School in 1993. Cary furthered his education at the Technical College in Wadena, Minnesota, graduating with a degree in telephone repair and telecommunications. He then worked for a short time in Lake Mills, Iowa before moving back to the area, eventually settling in Fosston. Cary has been a dedicated employee for Garden Valley Telephone Company since February 3, 1997. In his spare time, Cary liked fishing, riding motorcycle, dirt-biking with his son, the outdoors, working on home improvement projects, and Menards dates with his fiancé . Most of all, he loved his children and his fiancé dearly. They were excited about planning their wedding day for December 20th of this year. Cary was currently Assistant Fire Chief with Fosston Fire and Rescue.Survivors include his fiancé, Jennifer Fletcher- Nelson of Thief River Falls, MN and her children, Haley, Mariah and Katie; Cary’s daughters, Tashia, Isabelle and son, Isaiha; his parents, Robert and Eleanor Berberich of West Fargo, ND; siblings, Kristi (Mark) Brockberg of Onalaska, WI, Jason (Casey) Berberich of Grand Forks, ND, and Tera (Bob) Christianson of West Fargo. Nieces and nephews, Matt, Josh, Asa, Kael, Jonas, Kellen, Kiley, Brynlee, Hadley and Joely. Aunts, uncles and cousins. Also surviving are Jennifer’s parents, Ken and Joanne Fletcher of Thief River Falls; and her siblings, Michele (Randy) Audette of Viking, MN and Tony Fletcher of Thief River Falls; her nieces and nephews, Shelby, Abigail, Austin, Trey and Khloe. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frederic and Delores Berberich, and Roman and Helen Kostrzewski; godfather, Roger Berberich; and other aunts, uncles and cousins

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Brenda Thomas, age 50, of Fosston, MN and formerly of Crookston, MN, passed away on Saturday, June 3rd, at her home surrounded by her family. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10th, at Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston with the Rev. Paul Magelssen officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Friday, June 9th, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Fosston. Family will also greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are pending with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Brenda Kay Boucher was born on December 22, 1966 in Crookston, Minnesota to parents Valerian and Lucille Amiot Boucher. She grew up in Crookston and graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1986. After high school, she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston for 14 years. During this time, she also attended Thief River Falls Technical College, receiving her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1999.
Brenda was united in marriage to Andrew Thomas on July 21, 2000. They lived in Crookston where Brenda worked as an LPN at Riverview Nursing Home. They moved to Fosston in 2012. Since that time, Brenda has been caring for the residents of Essentia First Care Living Center in Fosston. In February of 2015, she was diagnosed with cancer but continued her work at Essentia until March of this year.
To Brenda her job was more than just a job, it was her calling. As Jeanne Rains put it, “she was a walking servant of God.” She was fiercely dedicated to her work and the people she cared for. She was the kind of person that always put others above herself.
In her spare time, Brenda enjoyed gardening, quilting, knitting and made many baby blankets. She also loved nature and enjoyed anything that had to do with the outdoors. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include her husband, Andrew, of Fosston; three children, Megan (Jasper) Blokzyl of Bemidji, MN, Joshua Thomas of Bemidji, MN, and Ashley Thomas of Grand Forks, ND; two grandchildren, Makenzie and Jameson; three brothers, Dan (Libby) Boucher of Crookston, MN, Doug Boucher of Fargo, ND, and Larry (Teena) Boucher of Fort Myers, FL. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her maternal and paternal grandparents; and one sister, Tammy.

 

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Crystal Rose Scott, 34, suddenly passed away on June 3rd, 2017.
Crystal Rose Scott was born to Wayne and Lisa (Fellman) Scott on October 11th, 1982, in Fosston, MN. Crystal was raised and received most of her schooling in Crookston, MN however she graduated from Langdon High School in 2001. During her senior year in Langdon Crystal met the father of her three children, Richard Keim. Crystal and Rich spent many years together in Langdon and Crookston creating a family.
Crystal’s greatest love was for her children. She also had a great love for nature, especially animals; dogs being her very favorite. She frequently experimented in the kitchen, often using produce from her father’s garden. Crystal was fun loving and full of life. She loved being with people, making friends wherever she went.
Crystal is survived by her three children, Enreque, Izabella and Aubriella Keim of Crookston, MN; father, Wayne Scott of Crookston, MN; mother, Lisa Bodnar of Langdon, ND; siblings, Amy (Joe Isum) Scott, Brent (Vanessa) Scott and Steven Scott of Crookston, MN; Dannielle (Christopher) Lill of West Fargo, ND; nieces and nephews, Adriana, Deondre, Isaiah, and Kylie Isum; Landon, Brielle, and Emmett Scott; Wesley, Avery and Winston Lill.
She is preceded in death by grandparents: Alvin and Jackie Scott, Andrew Fellman and Bonnie-Lee Johnson; Aunt, Kathy Hedlund; Uncles, Dennis Scott and Daniel Fellman and boyfriend Noel Schmieg.
We will always carry your memory in our hearts.
Funeral Service will be held at Stenshoel-Houske funeral home in Crookston, MN on Thursday June 8th at 6:00 p.m. with a family visitation at 4:00 p.m. and public visitation at 5:00 p.m.

 

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Valorie Delores Bennes, 92, of Fertile, MN, died on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.  She was born on April 5, 1925, in rural Fertile, to Jasper and Grace (Oswald) Anderson.  She was baptized and confirmed at the Union Lake Free Lutheran Church near her home.  Val attended country school near her home in Garden Township and graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1944.
On September 27, 1944, Valorie was united in marriage to Harvey Holmvik, at Union Lake Free Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN.  They moved to Moorhead, MN, and began their family.  Val and Harvey were blessed with three children: Kelsey, Marty, and Greg.  On July 14, 1949, Harvey died in a car accident.  Val moved her family back to Fertile and lived with Joyce and Juel Tollerud.
On October 27, 1951, Val was united in marriage to Milton Bennes at Fertile.  They lived in Fertile and were blessed with two sons: Michael and Donavin.  Val worked as an aid at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home for many years and, later, at the Rexall Drug Store.  For many years, Val and Milt assisted the staff with daily work at the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile.  Milton died on December 13, 2006.  Val continued to live in her home until August of 2016, when she moved to Fair Meadow Nursing Home. 
Val was a longtime active member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, in Circles and as a Sunday School Teacher.  She had a servant’s heart and was willing to help in any way she could.  Val enjoyed her home, which had to be immaculate, and flower gardens.  As a youth, Val enjoyed singing and sang in many area churches.  She was especially proud of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  She enjoyed hearing of their adventures and worried about them when things weren't going well; she loved, prayed and cared for each one.  Family times were meaningful to Val, especially the large family Christmas celebrations.  She enjoyed the Oswald family reunions, which included a reunion in Norway.  And, she delighted in her cousins who came every summer.
Val is survived by her children: Kelsey (Dick) Braun, Fertile, MN; Marty Nolte, Fertile, MN; Greg (Sue) Holmvik, Ada, MN; Michael (Liz), Chaska, MN; and Donavin (Sara Memmott), Ypsilanti, MI; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Adorine Bennes, Fertile, MN, Eunice Turnbon, Fertile, MN, Gladys Boril, Virginia, MN, and Louise Anderson, Blaine, MN; and several nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son-in-law, Doug Nolte, brothers, Donavin, Dallas and Lynn Anderson, and sister, LaZona Ellegard.
Funeral service: Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN 10:30 AM Friday, June 9, 2017. Visitation: Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN, Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 5-7 PM with a Prayer Service at 6:30PM. Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN. Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN, www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Helen Fisher died on June 4th, 2017 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN at the age of 91 years, 2 months and 23 days.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father Joe Richards Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Cemetery at Plummer, MN. Visitation will be held Thursday June 8, 2017 at 5–8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN and also one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Helen Fisher was born on March 12th, 1926 to John L. Dukart and Elizabeth (Urlacher) in Dickinson ND.  She was baptized in Sheffield, ND.  She grew up 16 miles South East of New England, ND where they were farmers and ranchers. Helen was the second oldest of 5 Siblings.  Her siblings, oldest to youngest, are Katie, Philip, Juliann and Jerome.  They also had a brother named Dominic who went to heaven at two weeks of age.
Helen worked hard on the farm.  She attended a country school until fourth grade and then attended St. Pius Catholic School in Sheffield, ND from fifth grade to eighth grade. Helen lived at Sister School during the week and went home for weekends.  When Helen turned 19 she left the family home and worked at a Hotel in New England as a maid where she cleaned rooms and ironed beddings for $10.00 a week plus room and board.  Helen sent most of her money home to her family. 
Helen was united in marriage to Joseph Fisher on November 5th, 1947 at St Pius Church in Sheffield, ND.  They started out in a sod house in Stark County.  After a year, they moved to Billings County, ND, south of Belfield, ND where they farmed for 20 years.  They raised 13 children in their ND home.  In 1967 they moved to a farm NE of Plummer, MN.  They had a grain, beef and dairy farm.  They had 2 more children which completed their family of 15 children, 11 boys and 4 girls.  Helen dedicated her life raising their 15 children, taking care of her home and reading the bible and praying for her children.  Helen also used her special God given gift of playing the organ to serve others.  Besides playing endless hours in her home, many times with her children around her singing, she also played at her church in Plummer MN.  She played by ear and worked hard preparing for each service where she humbly played each Hymn.  Helen never stopped sharing this gift.  She played for residents at Sunview Apartments, where she and Joseph resided after moving off the farm in August 2007.  After Joseph passed away she moved to The Country Place in Erskine, and finally to Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine. She continued to share her talent by playing organ for the residents to the very end. 
Helen is survived by 14 children:  Clara (Bruce) Olson, Plummer, MN and her children Sean Everson, Todd Everson, Kelly (Jace) Nelson;  Charles Fisher, Red Lake Falls, MN; James Fisher Santa Barbara, CA; Raymond (Marilyn) Fisher, Plummer, MN and their children:  Emily (Matt) Knutson, Erica (Shannon) Miller, Ryan (Emily Johnson) Fisher; David (Shari) Fisher, Chisholm, MN,  and their children Jessica (Paul) Valento, Corissa (Eric) Raatsi; Thomas (Brenda) Fisher, Thief River Falls, MN and their children Korbi (Chris) Thompson, Hayley Fisher; Linda (Brent) Hemly, Plummer, MN, and their children Lindsey (John) Remakel, Riley (David) Johnson; Gerald (Melanie) Fisher, LaQuinta, CA and their children, Clayton and Cody Fisher; Harvey (Marcie) Fisher, Holt, MN and their grandson Holden Engman; Diane (Jon) Anderson, Twin Valley, MN and their children Michael (Allie) Anderson, Matthew Anderson; Kenneth (Ruth) Fisher, Minnetonka, MN and their children Katrina, Tom, Abby Fisher and Lauren Larsen; Bonnie (Bob) Vidlund, and their children Zachary, Hanna and Cameron Vidlund; Eugene (Renee) Fisher, Chaska, MN and their children Braxten Fisher and Meadow and Meghan Leisen; John (Angela) Fisher, and his children Isabel and Emilia Fisher; 29 Grandchildren, and 19 Great Grand Children with 1 baby due in July and 1 baby due in November, 3 Siblings, Katie, Philip, and  Jerome. Helen was preceded in death by her husband Joseph, one son, Paul Fisher, Helen’s parents, sister, Julieann and brother Dominic, son-in-law Bruce Olson. 

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