Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

John P. Eggebraaten, age 88 of East Grand Forks, MN, passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.John Peder Eggebraaten was born on August 12, 1926 in Grand Forks, ND, the son of Arthur and Helga (Anderson) Eggebraaten.  John grew up in Fisher, MN and then attended the AC in Crookston, MN.  On June 15, 1947 he was united in marriage to Joan Porteous in East Grand Forks, MN.  He farmed in the Fisher, MN area with his father.  In 1949 he began employment for Adolph Lund in East Grand Forks and continued working there until 1950.  He then returned to farming in the Fisher area until retiring in 1985. John was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He naturally gravitated towards children whenever they were around.  John and Joan were snowbirds every winter for over the past 25 years, going to the Bonita Springs FL area.  They traveled with their various campers and enjoyed many different cruises, playing cards and games with their friends. John loved hunting for deer and elk.  He enjoyed several different crafts, making lawn chairs, wood products, and lamps.  He loved driving around the fields throughout the summer inspecting the crops.  John loved barbershop music and was a part of the local barbershop chorus for many years. 
Family members who survive John include his wife Joan of East Grand Forks, MN; children, Dennis (Beverly) Eggebraaten of Grand Forks, ND, Donna Schmidt of Bemidji, MN, Darlene (Duane) Czapiewski of Grand Forks, ND and Shirley (Chuck) Boushey of East Grand Forks, MN; twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Siblings are Harold (Betty) Eggebraaten of Rochester, MN, Anna (Vernon) Haake of East Grand Forks, MN, Ruth (Wayne) Elshere of Watertown, SD, Martha Burckhard of Fresno, CA, Norman (Jeanette) Eggebraaten of Fisher, MN, Paul (Diane) Eggebraaten of Bemidji, MN, Lois Womack of Tucson, AZ, Kenneth (Pat) Eggebraaten of Fisher, MN, Raymond (Diane) Eggebraaten of Fresno, CA and Joanne (Jon) Peterson of Ada, MN;
John is preceded in death by his parents; one brother Bernard and one sister Doris; two granddaughters, Rebecca Eggebraaten, Daun Paskvan and one great-granddaughter, Addison Czapiewski.
Funeral Service will be at 10:30 AM on Monday, April 20, 2015 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Fisher, MN.
Visitation is 2:00 to 4:00 with a 3:30 PM Prayer Service on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN and also one hour prior Funeral Service on Monday in Trinity Lutheran Church.
Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery ~ Fisher, MN

 

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Paul “Burly” F. Burlingame, 57, Fertile, MN, died Friday, April 10, 2015, after a short illness, with his family by his side, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND
Memorial Service will be at 2PM Friday, April 17, 2015, at Resurrection Free Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the church.  

 

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Karen Sip, 71, Ada, MN, died Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Sanford Hospital, Fargo, ND. Funeral will be at 10:30AM Friday, April 17, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation is  5-7PM Thursday with a 6:30 PM prayer service at Zion Lutheran Church. Burial will be at the Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.

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Joan Marie Tierney, 68, of Fertile, MN, and formerly of Crookston, died Monday evening, April 6, 2015, at RiverView Health in Crookston. Joan was born on April 28, 1946 at Grand Forks, ND, the daughter of Elwin and Barbara (Lankas) Fontaine. She grew up in Inkster, ND where she received her education. Joan was united in marriage to Roy Pierson and from their union three sons were born: Jeffrey, Timothy, and Rodney. She later married Patrick Tierney and they lovingly welcomed a son, Gerald, to the family. Joan made her home in Crookston for many years, and became a resident of the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile a year ago. She will be very sadly missed by her family and friends.
Joan is survived by her sons: Tim (Tami) Pierson of Crookston, MN, Rodney Pierson of Manvel, ND, and Gerald Tierney of Thief River Falls, MN; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother, Elwin “Red” Fontaine Jr. of St. Paul, MN, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeff Pierson; 2 brothers, Jerry and Sonny Fontaine; and a sister, Donna Lucht. May God richly bless Joan’s memory.
A memorial service for Joan Tierney will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service.
Online registry:   www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Irene B. Anderson, 91, Halstad, Minnesota, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. Irene Strand Anderson was born on a farm near Shelly, MN on December 6, 1923. Her parents were Magnus and Bella (Aanenson) Strand. She went to Country School Dist. # 17 and later graduated from Climax High School. She married Melvin Anderson in 1942. After the war they farmed near Shelly until their retirement. In 1990, they moved to Halstad. They also spent time at their home on Lake Maud. Melvin passed in 2005. Irene lived her last three years at the Heritage House in Halstad. Survivors include one son, Melvern Anderson, St. Louis, MO, one daughter, Cheryl Hemberger, Audubon, MN, five grandchildren, David (Jane) Anderson, Jim (Ceri) Anderson, Cristy (Andy) Francis, Mark Hemberger, Jamie (Amber) Hemberger, nine great grandchildren, Annika and Abby Anderson, Jared and Jonathan Anderson, Zach and Ryan Francis, Addison Irene Hemberger and Joe and John Hemberger, and one brother, Vernon Strand. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband of sixty-three years, Melvin, three brothers, Arvid, Maurice, and Floyd, one sister, Geneva and daughter-in-law, Linda Davidson Anderson.
Funeral will be at 2:00PM, Monday, April 13, 2015, at Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church, Shelly, Minnesota.
Visitation is from 2-4PM Sunday with a 3:30PM prayer service at the Halstad Living Center Chapel.
Burial will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Shelly.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home

 

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Rose Ann Kappes, 73, Ada, MN, passed away peacefully under the care of Hospice, with her family by her side on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Ada Integrity Group Home.
Rose Ann was born June 24, 1941, in rural Borup, MN, the daughter of Joseph and Emma (Sorensen) Kappes. She grew up in Fergus Falls, MN, where she attended school. Rose Ann lived in a number of communities in Minnesota, before returning home to Ada in 2002. She settled in at the Integrity Group Home, where she enjoyed interacting with the staff as well as fellow residents. She was happy when she could play cards, board games, listen to country music and go fishing. She liked doing handiwork such as embroidery on tablecloths and pillow cases. Rose Ann was always excited to participate in activities at the Norman County DAC.
Rose Ann is survived by two brothers, Paul Kappes, in Texas, Joey (Vicki) Kappes, Ada, MN, one sister, Lucille (Phillip) Ellingworth, Gary, MN, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral Mass will be at
10:00AM Monday, April 13, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ada. Visitation is 1 hour before the service at the church. Interment will be at the Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.  

 

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Theodore T. "Ted" LaFleur, 90, of  Crookston , MN, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at RiverView Health in Crookston, with members of his family at his side. Ted was born on the family farm, east of Crookston, on December 3, 1924, and was the son of William and Rica (Gelder) LaFleur. He attended country school and Crookston public schools, and after working on the farm for several years entered the US Army on January 1, 1945. During WWII Ted served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations, spending most of his time at Okinawa . While home on leave, he was united in marriage to Fern Violet Carlson on July 25, 1946 at the First Christian Reformed Church in Crookston. Ted returned to Okinawa a month later, serving until his honorable discharge on May 8,1947. For his service to his country he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, the WWII Victory Medal, and the Japan Occupation Medal. Upon his return to Crookston, and reunion with Fern, Ted began working at the Crookston Milling Company. On November 29, 1949 he earned a diploma in radio repair from the Sprayberry Academy of Radio, and in March of 1951 began operating Ted's Radio Service out of his home. In late 1957 he entered into a partnership with Leo Boucher and Ardelle Hagen, establishing a new Crookston business known as Northwest Appliance. March, 1968 marked the start of his ownership of Ted LaFleur TV and Electronics, which he ran until retirement in 2012. Ted proudly worked alongside his son, Dennis, for the last 25 years of operation. Ted was a very devoted, lifelong member of the First Christian Reformed Church, where he served as an Elder for many years. He kept young by doing as many as 4 crossword puzzles a day. Ted was an avid Twins fan, and enjoyed outings to the local casinos, going out to eat, and coffee time at RBJ's. Traveling to visit family in Michigan , Las Vegas , Arizona , and the Iron Range were always fun times to look forward to, as were the annual trips to the Minnesota State Fair. Ted's greatest joy was sharing his life with Fern, and he loved their family with all his heart. He was especially proud of his grandchildren and all their accomplishments.
Ted is survived by Fern, his beloved wife of 68 years; their three children and families: Bill and Kim LaFleur of Apache Junction, AZ, Dennis LaFleur of Crookston, MN, and Susan and Bill Doran of Gilbert, MN; three grandchildren: Barb LaFleur Durden of Minneapolis, Matthew Doran of Gilbert, and Jodi (Will) Enlow of Crookston; and eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves three siblings: Eleanor Morrisey of Rogers, MN, Roger LaFleur of Wyoming, MI, and Dorothy Ogden of Battle Creek, MI; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Hegg of Las Vegas, NV; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Ted was preceded in death by an infant son, his parents; daughter-in-law, Cindy LaFleur; grandson, Jason Clemenson; grandson-in-law, John Durden; parents-in-law, William and Julia Carlson; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Tillie LaFleur; sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Frank Hosmer; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles Morrisey, Angie LaFleur, Bob Ogden, and Paul Hegg. Blessed be Ted's memory.
The funeral service honoring the life of Ted LaFleur will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Pastor David Johnson, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment with military honors will be in the Oakdale Cemetery , Crookston.
Online registry:  www.stenshoelhouske.com.  

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Sister Florentine (Cecelia) Goulet died peacefully at Villa Saint Vincent on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015.  She was born in Gentilly, Minnesota on October 10, 1916, the youngest of five children born to John J. and Alphonsine (St. Martin) Goulet , second generation French-Canadians.  At the age of two, Cecelia’s mother died in the flu epidemic following World War I.  Her schooling began in District #140, a one-room school in Polk County.   After two years, Cecelia’s father looked for a more challenging educational environment and settled on Mount Saint Benedict Academy. 
 Cecelia came naturally to a love of music, as her father played the violin and the family sang songs of the day in three and four part harmony while milking the cows.  At Mount Saint Benedict Academy, Cecilia’s love of music and the arts flourished.  At the age of ten, she felt drawn to religious life at Mount Saint Benedict, where her older sister, Sister Anne, was already a member.  Cecelia became a postulant in September of 1932, received the name Sister Florentine as a novice in 1933, and shortly after while in temporary commitment, was assigned to assist Sr. Gertrude Knopke, the music instructor at Assumption Convent in Barnesville, Minnesota.  Sister Florentine made Final Vows in 1937.  She continued as an educator and music teacher in other parishes of Red Lake Falls, Mahnomen, Lefor in North Dakota, Crookston, and Mahtomedi.  While at Mahtomedi, she received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Catherine with a major in music.  Other professional preparation was at Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD, Wisconsin State University in Madison, and Columbia University in New York City. It was also while in Mahtomedi that Sister Florentine recognized the amount of talented artists and musicians in the White Bear Lake Area.  Because of this she organized a meeting of    several people that became the beginnings of the White Bear Lake Arts Council.  Today, now named the White Bear Lake Center for the Arts, it continues to provide a gateway to diverse arts experiences.
 As early as 1953, Sister Florentine realized that she was having difficulty hearing.  By 1963, she realized that her impairment would necessitate a change in ministries.  In 1975, she pursued and was accepted at the Graduate School of Counseling at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., where she successfully completed a course in CUED speech.  When Sister Florentine returned to Minnesota, she joined the staff of Shekeda Hearing, Inc. in White Bear Lake, providing audiological services especially to long-term care facilities, group homes, and industrial hearing conservation programs.   She also participated in the Peer counseling Program developed by the University of Minnesota.  While aiding seniors with hearing disabilities, Sister Florentine also served as their friend, confidant, and advocate for needs that were otherwise unmet, especially those needs involving legislation and compliance with existing laws.  She appeared on TV Channel 5 Eyewitness News in Minneapolis as the Health Expert of the Day.  In 1992, the Minnesota Foundation for Better Hearing and Speech  recognized  Sister Florentine for her dedication to improving the lives of older Minnesotans by presenting its Professional Service Award to her. In addition to her work with the hearing impaired, Sister Florentine was very active in the parish of St. Louis the King in St. Paul.  In a farewell tribute in 1994, the pastor cited her keen appreciation for the liturgy as the obvious font of her faith-filled life of commitment to God, to her Benedictine community, and to the Church at large. In August of 1994, Sister resided in Olso to aid the pastoral administrator.  She returned to the monastery in 1995, where she helped her community members and others in the Crookston community with hearing loss.
 Sister Florentine was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Sr. Anne and Caroline (Goulet) Brunelle, and her brother, Leonard.  She is survived by nieces and nephews, friends, and the members of her monastic community.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2015, at the Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Crookston, with Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, presiding. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also for one hour prior to the funeral.  Online registry available at www.stenshoelhouske.com 

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Arnold Benson, 91, of Duluth, MN, and formerly of Crookston, MN, died Monday, April 6, 2015, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, surrounded by family and friends. Arnold was always there for anyone who needed a helping hand. His patience, kindness, and words of wisdom acted as a reservoir of strength for those around him.
Arnold was born in Sinnot Township, Stephan, Minnesota on September 18, 1923 to Frank and Olga (Anderson) Benson. He grew up on the family farm and was baptised and confirmed in Salem Luther­an Church. First he attended country school and then elementary school in Stephen, graduating from Stephen High School in 1941 before joining the United States Army to fight in World War II.
After completing his army duty in Europe, Arnold was united in marriage to Marlys Hageman on No­vember 1, 1958 in First Lutheran Church of Stephen. Arnold and Marlys first lived in Stephen, later moving to East Grand Forks. They settled in Crookston for 35 years, making their home and raising their family. In the fall of 1997 they moved to Hermantown, MN and began another chapter of their lives, embracing the roles of grandparents and extending their community of friends. As “Grandpa,” Arnold was his granddaughters’ #1 spectator and fan at every academic, theatrical, and athletic event he could attend. He always signed their cards with his patented smiley face inside the ‘G’ of ‘Grandpa’ and drew a log cabin, resembling the ones they built together out of Lincoln Logs.
Arnold worked with his dad farming and doing carpenter work before beginning his employment at the University of Minnesota: Crookston in the Northwest School and Experiment Station. He retired in 1990 following the celebration of his 25 years of contribution. He was an active and devoted member of the Lutheran Church, and he was also extremely proud of being a member of the American Legion for 68 years. He enjoyed every moment he spent with his family and friends and had several favorite hobbies, ranging from restoring furniture, to repairing everything his granddaughters and their friends could bring him, and solving puzzles. Arnold will be missed by many, including his furry companions Mokha and Dr. Max who were always seen by his side.
Celebrating Arnold’s life are his sister, Lucille Oligney of Fairbanks, AK; brothers, William and Harold Benson of Corvallis, OR; daughters, Tammi (Don) Gustafson and Stacy Benson; granddaughters, Kali and Keeli Gustafson; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Arnold was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Marlys; his parents, Frank and Olga Benson; and sisters, Gladys Halfmann and Emmy Kruse.
The funeral service for Arnold will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Stephen Cemetery in Stephen, MN.
Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Agnes Juliet Dale, 95, of Fertile, MN, died on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.  She was born on December 6, 1919, to Oscar and Anna (Seim) Moen at Fertile, MN.  She grew up in Fertile, graduating from the Fertile High School in 1937.  Following her schooling, Agnes worked in Crookston, MN, for Ottertail Power as a receptionist and posting clerk prior to working the in the Accounting Department.

Agnes was united in marriage to Harry Dale on October 11, 1947, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile.  They lived on the Dale home farm East of Fertile.  Playing the piano and organ for church services at Little Norway Lutheran Church for over 25 years was an act of love for Agnes.  Over the years, she accompanied many soloist and choirs, including the Odin Male Chorus.  Agnes was busy at home as a farmer’s wife and in the church Women’s groups.  Harry and Agnes joined Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, at Maple Bay, MN, in the early 1990’s.  In 1999, Harry’s kidneys failed and he went on dialysis, with Agnes providing his care until he entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in 2001.  Harry died on July 2, 2003.  Agnes entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home on February 21, 2014.

Agnes was a proper lady who enjoyed visiting with friends and family.  She enjoyed reading and Bible studies, as well as playing the piano to relax.  Working on embroidery projects gave her a sense of accomplishment.  Agnes loved animals, especially cats and dogs.

Agnes is survived by many nephews, nieces, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, Lloyd and one sister, Mildred Zerbin.

Funeral services will be held at Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, Maple Bay, MN, on Friday, April 10, 2015, at 11 AM.
Visitation will be one hour before the service in the church.
Burial will be in the Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN

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Jean Beyer Weinberg, age 86, of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, April 10, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN, with Rev. John Bumgardner officiating.  Interment will take place at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Wylie Cemetery, rural Red Lake Falls, MN.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Friday, April 10, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Red Lake Falls.
Jean Katharine Beyer was born June 9, 1928 at Hollywood Hospital in Los Angeles, CA, the daughter of Chester Winfred and Beatrice Grace (Lampe) Beyer.  She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wylie, MN.  Jean attended Elementary School in Dorothy, MN and Grade 6th through 12th Grade in Red Lake Falls, MN, graduating from Layfayette High School in Red Lake Falls as Valedictorian   She attended and graduated with a BA Degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Jean was the first college graduate in the Beyer family. 
Jean was united in marriage to Reverend George C. Weinberg in 1951.  Jean and George were married until 1982 when the couple divorced.  She worked at Macalester College Personnel Office from 1950-1951, Boston Store and various secretarial jobs in the Milwaukee area from 1970 to 1982.  Her husband was the founding pastor of the Brookfield United Presbyterian Church in Brookfield, WI.  He was instrumental in building their church, educational unit, and home - where they lived from 1960-1973.  
Jean organized Brookfield United Presbyterian Women’s Association in the 1960’s. 
In 1983 Jean moved to Red Lake Falls, MN.  She lived with her mother from 1983-1984 and at Fairview Manor from 1984 to the present.   Jean was a St. Joseph School Foster Grandparent from 2000 to2008, President of Sunview Resident Council from 2006 to 2008, served as a senior companion and was a member of the HRA Board.
Jean is survived by four children, Ruth Ann Wolf, Racine, WI, Donald (Joanne) Weinberg, Wauwatosa, WI, Kathryn Jo (David) Weinberg-Kinsey, Wauwatosa, WI and Karl George (Diane Magnusson) Weinberg, Jackson, WI; nine grandchildren, Timothy Wolf, Michael Wolf, Lindsay (Ben Chandler) Weinberg, Jesse Weinberg, Julia Weinberg, Russell (Amanda Flott) Kinsey, Hannah Weinberg-Kinsey and Mitchell Weinberg-Kinsey, and Eric Dolister; sister-in-law Jean Teresa Beyer; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Beatrice and Chester Beyer; grandparents, Otto Beyer and Katie Jane MacArthur and Edward Lampe and Kristen Jensen; three brothers, Chester Thane Beyer, Irving Ward Beyer; sister-in-law, Adeline Beyer; infant brother, Neil Beyer; niece, Vicki Beyer and special friend, Esther St. Michel.
Family condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com


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Georgiana Patneaude, 83, Halstad, MN, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2015, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.   The funeral will be at 7:00 p.m., Sunday April 12, 2015, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN.  Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, at St. Phillips Cemetery, Rice Lake, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home.
 

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Joan Marie Tierney, 68, of Fertile, MN, and formerly of Crookston, died Monday evening, April 6, 2015, at RiverView Health in Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. .

 

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Arnold Benson, 91, of Duluth, MN, and formerly of Crookston, MN, died Monday, April 6, 2015, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, with his family at his side. The funeral service for Arnold will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Stephen Cemetery in Stephen, MN.
Online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Marjorie “Margie” LouElla Howes, 84, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.  She was born on March 3, 1931, to Leonard and Florence (Plante) Solie, north of Fertile, MN.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith.  Margie attended country school near her home, and following her schooling, she worked on the family farm.  As she grew older, Margie worked as a waitress in Fertile.
On May 1, 1954, Marjorie was united in marriage to Vernon Howes, from Fosston, MN, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile.  After their marriage they moved to Hibbing, MN, and from there to Wadena, MN.  In 1961, they returned to Fertile and purchased “Margie’s Café”.  Eventually they moved to Montana—first to Great Falls and then Helena.  While in Great Falls, Margie and Vernon adopted Terry Scott and Tracy Lynn into their family.  In 1971, they returned to Fertile to raise their children.  In 1979, Margie and Vernon opened their home to Shelby Saleh, a foreign exchange student from Jakarta, Indonesia.  They moved to Fertile in 2000.  Vernon passed away in 2001 and Terry passed away 2005.
Margie enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends.  Visiting with others and sharing her ideas came naturally to her.  She took great pride in her gardens, canning and sewing for others. She was devoted to her family, both her immediate family and extended.
Margie is survived by one daughter, Tracy Howes, Fertile; one daughter-in-law, Wendy Howes, Fargo, ND; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Walter and Willard (Donna), both of Fertile; two sisters, Vanna (Roger) Raaen and LaVonne (Merlin) Raaen, both of Fertile; many nephews, nieces and great-nephews and nieces; one foreign exchange student/son, Shelby Saleh and family, Indonesia.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon; son, Terry; one brother, Vernon Solie; and three sisters: Donna Jensrud, Doris Jensrud, and Madeline Jagol.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 11 AM the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
Visitation will be on Friday, April 10, 2015, from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM, in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
Burial will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.

 

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Roger Leslie Hinkley, 76, of Halstad, MN, died early Thursday evening, April 2, 2015, at Sanford Health in Fargo, with his loving family at his side. Roger was born in Crookston, MN on August 18, 1938, the son of Irie and Rena (Wilkens) Hinkley. He graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1956. Roger enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in August 1956 and served overseas in Korea from 1957-58.  He was honorably discharged in 1961. On October 4, 1959 Roger was united in marriage to Janice Sandberg at the Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley, MN. Over the years their marriage would be blessed by the births of their five children.
Their family lived in Grand Forks, ND 1961 to 1997 and sadly, like many others in Grand Forks, lost their home to the flood.  He was employed at the Massey Ferguson Implement Company until 1989. From 1991 - 1993 he worked at Crookston Implement, and from 1994 - 1999 at The Garden Hut. They moved to Halstad in 1999 and Roger began working at Valley Hardware.
Roger and Janice were devoted members of United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks and Roger served on the church council for several years. Roger was a leader and coordinator for the Boy Scouts of America through United Lutheran Church. He was a member of the BSA Order of Arrow, and received the BSA Coordinator of the Year award in 1989.
During Roger’s life in Halstad he served on the church council of Halstad Lutheran Church.  He was involved in many projects and activities though out the community.  Roger and Janice enjoyed traveling, especially the many 'road trips' taken to visit family.  Roger cherished his time at his cabin on Maple Lake. 
Roger is survived by Janice, his beloved wife of 55 years; their five children and families: Deborah (David) Lucas of Norfolk, VA, John (Pauleen) Hinkley of Halstad, MN, Sandra Hinkley of Eagan, MN, Carol (Derrick) Leas of Rock Lake, ND, and Thomas (Rachelle) Hinkley of Fargo, ND; eight grandchildren: Michael (Cheryl) Lucas, Shane Lucas, Katie (Shawn) Zabel, Nathan(Holly) Hinkley, Heather (Jason) Konschak, Alyson Leas, Travis Hinkley, and Andrea Hinkley; five great-grandchildren: Noah, Joshua, and Addison Lucas, Reese and Tegan Zabel ; his sister Betty (Stanley) Johnson of Crookston; and many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Irie and Rena. May god richly bless the memory of Roger Leslie Hinkley.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Roger Hinkley will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 11:00 am at Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN.  Visitation will be one hour before the service.                    
In memory of Roger, the family requests to please make donations to Halstad Lutheran Church. Online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 
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Laura E. Mercer, 51, Halstad, MN, formerly of Grand Forks, ND, died Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.  Private memorial services will be held.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home of Halstad.

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Paul E. Caillier, 89, of Crookston, MN, died unexpectedly Monday, March 30, 2015, at his home. Paul was born on October 11, 1925 at Gentilly, MN, one of thirteen children of the union of Edward and Maria (LaFramboise) Caillier. He grew up on the family farm, was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, and attended District 105 school in Gentilly Township. For several years Paul worked for farmers in the local area. He was united in marriage to Jeanette M. Perreault on May 13, 1947 at St. Joseph’s Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. Soon after their marriage the couple moved to Boron, CA, with Paul’s brothers, and he worked as a mechanic at a truck stop owned by his brother, Robert. Paul and Jeanette returned to Gentilly later and where he owned and operated a garage and blacksmith shop. He soon began farming with his brother, Steve, and later bought a farm of his own north of Gentilly, where he and Jeanette raised their twelve children. Paul worked winters at American Crystal Sugar as a boiler operator. During these years he was also a sales representative for the Pioneer Seed Company and Sigco Sunflowers, and as a result of his “top sales” he earned several awards, including trips to Hawaii, Jamaica, and Las Vegas. From 1968 until 1975 Paul was the local dealer for Chaparral Snowmobiles. Following his retirement from farming in 1985 he did custom combining and drove for Transystems Trucking Company. In 1995 Paul and Jeanette moved to Crookston. They enjoyed winters in Arizona. Over the years they were members of St. Peter’s Church in Gentilly, St. Joseph’s Church in Red Lake Falls, and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. He was a longtime member of the Cathedral Choir, singing for Masses and funerals. Sadly, Jeanette passed away on June 21, 2014.
Born to a life of farming, Paul never tired of watching the process of sowing the crops in the spring and harvesting them in the fall. Gardening was another of his passions, and he loved growing raspberries and vegetables and sharing his bounty with family. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and one of his greatest joys was helping many of his 12 kids work on their homes. He was a friend to everyone he met and a loving father always focused on providing for his family. He possessed a spirit of great strength, and strove for excellence in all that he did. May God bless Paul’s memory.
Grateful to have been part of Paul’s life are his twelve children, their spouses, and families: Linda (Merle) Knott of Trego, WI, Marlan (Pam) Caillier of Monticello, MN, Nancy (Bob) Katzenberger of White Bear Lake, MN, Mac (Joyce) Caillier of Vadnais Heights, MN, Renae (Dennis) Donarski of Crookston, MN, Mike (Claire) Caillier of Crookston, MN, Dean (Cathy) Caillier of Davenport, ND, Joan Caillier (Charlie Egeberg) of Hastings, MN, Paula Caillier (Mike Tschida) of Minneapolis, MN, Curt (Laurie) Caillier of Crookston, Chad (Becky) Caillier of West Fargo, ND, and Terri (Kevin) Hearnen of New Hope, MN; thirty-eight grandchildren; and thirty-seven great-grandchildren. He also leaves four siblings: Josephine Boucher, and Steve (Betty) Caillier, of Crookston, Elayne Hannah of Mentor, MN, and Bonnie (Frank) Marra of Scottsdale, AZ; a brother-in-law, Leonard Perreault of Grand Rapids, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family. In addition to Jeanette, his beloved wife of sixty-seven years, Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Maria; four brothers: Bob, Jerry, Norman, and infant, Joseph; and four sisters: infants, Lorraine and Lucy, Annette Fournier, and Marion Plante.
Mass of Christian Burial for Paul E. Caillier will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, with the Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Monday from 5-7 pm, with a 7 pm prayer service, and also at the Church for one hour prior to the Funeral Mass. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Gentilly.

Online registry:  www.stenshoelhouske.com


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John Todd Fassino, (Nickname “Feez) 57, Hendrum, MN, passed away on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Sanford Health Care in Fargo, ND. His stay in the Hospital was lengthy and he courageously improved with many setbacks. Until he was laid to rest and the pain was gone. All that loved him were there during his times of need.
He was born to the late Jack Fassino and Shirley (Nyman) in Dodgeville, WI. December 16, 1957. After attending Elementary and High Schools throughout Wisconsin he received his Diploma from JE Murphy High School in 1976. He then attended the University of Wisconsin Superior for 3 years while working at a local grocery store in Superior, WI. 
At the City Market he met Elyse Dinda and they were united in marriage on the chilly day of October 24, 1981, at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Superior, WI. John worked for the company DMS Health Technologies for over 28 years where he was well known and dedicated his time by perfecting customer relations.  He was an avid story teller for his children and grandson Ames.  He also was a handyman (electrician, plumber, and mechanic), butcher, avid hunter, enjoyed river and lake fishing, becoming a pro at flipping for Bass and was the best at catching bull frogs.  John’s passion was cooking and became known by his family as “Chef John”.  He has always been a Green Bay Packer Fan, GO PACK GO! He always took time to play catch with a football inside (bad daddy) or outside (good daddy)! He enjoyed Bon Fires (was a pyro), playing darts, pool, and cards. Favorite food was Angel Hair Pasta and Shrimp. Favorite pizza joint was The Liberty Bell Chalet in Hurley, WI where he ordered a large sausage, mushroom, and black olive pizza.  Favorite drinks were Coke, Root beer, Lemon Aide, and Sun Tea!  He will always be remembered as a CHEVY MAN!
John leaves behind his wife, Elyse and three children Blake (son Ames and his mother Alexis Holte), Shaylyn (fiancé- Bill Lange) Brainerd, MN, and Taylor (boyfriend- Tanner Voorhies); his mother, Shirley Fassino, of Hendrum; sister Rene’ (Tobin) Avery, Three Lakes, WI; nephew Bret Schneider (fiancé- Darci Roller, children Beau and Dakota); uncle Dee Dee (Janet “Pretty One”) Fassino; favorite mother-in-law, Doris Dinda, Superior, WI; brothers-in-law, Mark (Pat) Dinda, Steven (Cheryl) Dinda; nephew Garrett (Krystle) Dinda, children- Brody and Gabrielle; and many cousins, friends, and pets Dipstick and Baxter. He is preceded in death by his father Jack Fassino and father-in-law Bernard Dinda.
Funeral Service: 11:00AM, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hendrum, MN.
Visitation: 4-8PM, Monday with a 7PM Prayer Service at the Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home - Halstad, Minnesota


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Thorine Johnson, 93, of Fertile, MN, died on Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.  Pearl Thorine Johnson was born Sept 22, 1921 to Gilbert and Tomina (Pederson) Lee. Thorine was baptized on October 2, 1921, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and confirmed on November 17, 1935 at Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile.  Thorine grew up with six siblings and one cousin on the Lee family farm north of Fertile in Godfrey Township.
Thorine attended Woodland Nook Country School, near her home, through the 8th grade.  She then worked for neighbors doing housework, until she moved to Minneapolis.  For six years, Thorine worked at a retired teachers home, a laundry/cleaner business and a factory.  For one year, she attended evening classes at the Lutheran Bible Institute of Minneapolis, while working her day job.  Prior to going to the cities, Thorine had met a tall, handsome young man by the name of Alton.  Were they meant to be together?Not yet, life took them in different directions. Thorine worked in Minneapolis and Alton went into the service.  It was 9 years before Alton and Thorine reunited.
On June 2, 1951, Thorine was joined in marriage to Alton Johnson at Maple Lake Lutheran Church.  They made their home on 404 E. Main Ave, Fertile, for their entire married life.  Alton worked in maintenance at the Fertile-Beltrami School and Thorine committed her free time to teaching Sunday School and Release Time at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile.  In 1990, Alton became sick and Thorine cared for Alton during his illness until he died of a brain tumor in 1992.  Thorine continued to live in their home keeping busy with church activities, riding her bike, going to Red Hat Ladies events and staying active in the community exercise class.  In 2012, at the age of 91, she sold her house and moved into Summerfield Place.  On February 10, 2015, Thorine became a resident of Fair Meadow Nursing Home.
Thorine had a good life and was forever grateful to God for her many blessings.  She taught release time classes for over 30 years and helped many young people learn about God and the Christian Faith.  Alton and Thorine did a lot of traveling in their years together– trips to California, Florida, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Canada.  Shortly after Alton’s death, Thorine was given the opportunity to visit the Holy Land with a group led by her niece, Sharon and husband, Pastor Todd Olson.  This was a highlight in her life; one that she never thought possible at the age of 72!  She kept those memories alive in her scrapbook, one of many that she made as a hobby over the years.  Thorine was grateful for her family, friends and neighbors!  She found a new home at Fair Meadow and said she was treated so well by everyone.  She was happy to be in Fertile, and as she put it, “there is no better place to be, outside of heaven!”.  Several years ago when Thorine was asked what she would like to have included in her obituary she said it would be pretty short, but she wanted everyone to know how much she loved her Lord Jesus Christ.
Thorine is survived by her family members: brother, Orville (Ede) Lee, of Mentor, MN; sister, Gladys Swengel, Vadnais Heights, MN; sisters-in-law: Nancy Lee, Frances Lee and Karen Johnson; brothers-in-law: Arlie (Beverly) Johnson, Helmer “Bud” (Sharon) Johnson, and David Proctor; many nieces and nephews and grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Alton, sisters: Bernice Bakken and Carrie Lee; brothers, Arnold and Gilbert “Gib”; double cousins, Bennie Lee and Peter Lee; brothers-in-law: Vernon Swengel, Arnold Bakken, Norris Johnson,  Harvey Johnson and sister-in-law, Beverly Proctor.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 11 AM, in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
Visitation will be one hour before the services in the church.
Burial will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.
Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home

 

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Marvin John Purrier Sr., 62, of Crookston, MN, died Saturday morning, March 28, 2015, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. Marvin was born at Faribault, MN on July 5, 1952, and was the son of Leroy and Bernice (Luebke) Purrier. He attended Morristown, MN public schools and later worked in maintenance and as a painter in a several state area, including time spent in Crookston. On May 18, 2001 Marvin was united in marriage to Sherry Schulz at Charles City, IA. The couple lived for a time in Iowa and Wisconsin before moving to New Mexico for five years. They came to Crookston six years ago because Marvin had always held fond memories of his earlier time spent here. In semi-retirement he had been helping out doing maintenance work for the Grandview Apartments, where they lived. He had recently become a minister with the Universal Life Church. Marvin’s favorite pastime was glass etching, something he had become very accomplished at.  Marvin is survived by his wife, Sherry, and friends. A private service will be held for him. May God bless his memory. Online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com.   

 

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Alan Walker of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday April 1, 2015 2:00 PM at Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father David Super Officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery later in the spring. Following the service a light lunch will be served at Sunview.
Alan Randall Walker was born March 31, 1950 in Crookston, MN son of Donald and Florence (Keim) Walker. He was raised near Red Lake Falls, MN attended school at Lafayette High School graduating in 1968. He attended Staples Vocational and received an associate degree in 1970. He attended Moorhead State graduating in 1994.
On August 29, 1970 he was united in marriage to Pam Musil at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. The couple made their home in Red Lake Falls and Al worked at various places in the area. To this union 3 girls were born Amy, Becky and Katie. He and Pam were owner operators of Uncle Bills Drive In in Red Lake Falls and was currently working at Digi Key in Thief River Falls.
Al was in a dance band called the Rogues with his father; he always had a passion for tractors and old machinery, and enjoyed tinkering with computers and electronics. But the greatest joy in his life was his five grandchildren; they meant the world to him. Alan was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Thief River Falls, and Kem Shriners of Grand Forks, ND.
Alan is survived by his wife of 45 years Pam Walker of Red Lake Falls, MN; daughters Amy Kinsella of Seattle, WA, Becky (Troy) Badalato of Bemidji, MN and Katie (Brandon) Holter of Red Lake Falls, MN; grandchildren Jacob and Isaac Frenzel, Mahli, Jett and Zakk Holter; mother Florence Walker of Thief River Falls, MN; siblings Brian (Gayle) Walker of Eagen, MN, Arlene (Derald) Mercil of Argyle, MN, Lloyd (Charlene) Walker of Grafton, MN and Diane (Dave) Malcomson of Rochester, MN along with many nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles.
He is preceded in death by his father Donald and brother Paul, father and mother–in-law Leo and Veo Musil.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com. Arrangements with Johnson Funeral Service, Red Lake Falls, MN

 

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Lorna Kay (Strom) Jorgens, 55, of Euclid, MN, died late Saturday evening, March 28, 2015, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks with her husband, Jeff, and family at her side. Lorna was born at Crookston on November 29, 1959, the daughter of Wallace and Audrey (Pederson) Strom. She attended Crookston public schools and graduated from Central High School in 1978. Lorna then enrolled in Art School at Thief River Falls, MN. She later met and married Arlin Volker in the fall of 1981. A son, Seth, was born to their union in 1982. Lorna was employed by RiverView Hospital in Crookston for twenty-three years, and cared for each and every patient as if they were her own family. In 1999 she moved to a farm near Euclid, MN, where she had her beloved animals, and it became her “hobby farm.” On July 1, 2005 she was united in marriage to Jeffrey Jorgens and they continued to make their home on the farm to the present time. Lorna was one of a kind. Anyone who met her would never forget her, and she had a way of making everyone feel special. She loved animals, second-hand stores, antiques, entertaining, cooking, and reading cookbooks. Lorna also liked visiting with people, whether in person or on the telephone. She loved her family dearly, but her three grandchildren, especially, had her heart. Lorna will be very sadly missed by all who were part of her life.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Jeff, of Euclid, MN; her son and daughter-in-law, Seth and Amanda Volker of Crookston; her three precious grandchildren: Wyatt, Elsie, and Audrie Volker; two nieces, Stephanie Strom of Commerce City, CO and Alanna Strom of Crookston; a nephew, Kell Strom of Kelso, WA; and other extended family. Lorna was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Audrey; three brothers: Allen, Daniel, and Ronald Strom; her sister, Linda Yanish; and two nephews, Christopher and Nevin Strom. May God bless Lorna’s memory.  
A memorial service celebrating the life of Lorna Kay (Strom) Jorgens will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be that day from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Inurnment will at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston at a later date.
Online registry available at www.stenshoelhouske.com.



 

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