Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

 

 

Monica Kappes, 92, Stayton, OR, formerly Ada, MN, died Thursday, September 25, 2014, at Salem Hospital, Salem, OR. Memorial Mass for Monica Kappes will be 10:30AM Friday, October 3, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ada, MN with visitation one hour before the mass at the church. Burial will be at Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com  


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Marlys Parker, of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Celebration of her life will be held on Thursday October 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN.   Burial will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery at Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Marlys Patricia “Patsy” McEnelly was born July 5, 1941 in Goodridge, MN daughter of the late Roy and Edna (Halvorson) McEnelly. She was raised near Goodridge and attended school graduating from Goodridge High School in May 28, 1959. Following her education while working in the Grand Forks area she met and later married George Parker on March 6, 1960 at Ekelund Lutheran Church near Goodridge. The couple lived in North Carolina for a short time before moving to Red Lake Falls in 1965. She worked various jobs in the area retiring as dispatch for the Red Lake County Sheriff Office.
Marlys enjoyed reading, doing puzzles and spending time with her family. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Red Lake Falls.
She is survived by her two daughters Deb (Tom) Derouin of Red Lake Falls, MN and Karen (Jon) Huhn of Hudson, WI: grandchildren Connor and Garrett,   sisters Colleen Holen of Thief River Falls, MN and Delores Johnsrud of Goodridge, MN and Sharon (Tim) Smith of Ramsey, MN; along with many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband George; brothers-in-law Mayer Holen, Robert Johnsrud, William Parker, and James O. Parker; niece Vickie Johnsrud Austad.
In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Friends of the Library in Red Lake Falls.
   

 

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Maurice LaCoursiere 90, of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Monday, September 22, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls, MN. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bill DeCrans officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held Friday 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.
Maurice Joseph LaCoursiere was born May 3, 1924 in Red Lake Falls, MN son of the late Arthur and Albina (Yelle) LaCoursiere. He was raised in Red Lake Falls and attended St. Joseph School. June of 1943 he entered the US Navy with the SeaBee’s. He received his training at Camp Peary at Williamsburg, VA. Then the journey of 10,000 miles began. They traveled from Maine to California, to Pearl Harbor at Oahu, to Tinian of the Marianas Islands and finally to Okinawa Jima of the Ryukus Islands.
On November 27, 1947 he was united in Marriage to Theresa Gagner at Terrebonne, MN. The day was 30 below zero and had to start the car with a team of horses. The couple lived and raised their family in Red Lake Falls. He was employed at Red Lake Electric in Red Lake Falls for 40 years retiring May 30, 1986.He began working at a time of rapid growth, due to a the request from people who had not received their electricity on the farms yet. Many years were spent on the line construction working a lot of the time on a wire stringing crew.
Luckie was an avid fisherman and hunter, enjoyed spending time in his garden and cutting wood and could fix just about anything. He enjoyed attending the local sporting events and cheering on his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion in Red Lake Falls. He was an active member at St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Red Lake Falls Archery club.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years Theresa of Red Lake Falls, MN; children  Joyce (Larry) Desrosier of White Bear Lake, MN, Karen (Terry) Carr of Aurora, MO, Michael (Marjorie) LaCoursiere of Red Lake Falls, MN, Jeff “Eppy” LaCoursiere of Red Lake Falls, MN, Alan (Mary) LaCoursiere of Blaine, MN, Steven (Caroline) LaCoursiere of Coon Rapids, MN, Dennis (Nancy) LaCoursiere of Dell Rapids, SD, Darin (Laurie) LaCoursiere of Eureka, SD: 25 grandchildren Justin (Tracy), Wade (Jill), Jason, Jared (Stephanie), Jesse Bo, Valerie (Josh), Saul, Ivan, Leonard, Max (Caitlin), Emmett, Eli, John, Pearl, Veronica, April (Shawn), Jacob (Meagan), Noah, Lane, Ted, Henry, Sydney, Celeste, Chase, Carter: 14 great-grandchildren: several nieces and nephews. Brother-in-law Henry Gagner and sisters-in-law Emma LaCoursiere and Cherie Ann (Richard) Pederson. 
He is preceded in death by his parents, great-grandchild Taylor, siblings Omer LaCoursiere, Edmund LaCoursiere, Noel Yelle, Anna Brault, Cecile Cardoni, Odile Henning, Rachel Fournier.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.   

 

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Scott E. Christians, 59, of Crookston, Minn., passed away at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D., Monday, September 22, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Scott was born April 10, 1955 to Donald Dahl and Arlyce Jordahl in Montevideo, Minn. His family relocated to Hillsboro, N.D. in 1972. He was married to Barb Beck in 1975, and blessed with two beautiful daughters, Justina and Natasha. He began his 43 year-long career at American Crystal Sugar Company, in Hillsboro, and was transferred to the Crookston Plant in 1999 where he continued to be a shift supervisor.
This is when he met the love of his life, Bonnie Reitmeier, through volunteering for the Polk County Sheriff’s Mounted Search and Rescue Posse. Scott and Bonnie were married on August 10, 2002, on their farm in Gentilly, Minn. Scott was known for many things, he was a talented and adventurous man. In high school he was active in 4H, even participating in Nationals for Saddle Bronc Riding. He not only was a singer and guitar player in the band the Appollos, he also volunteered in the making of numerous fantastic musicals in Hillsboro. Scott loved horses, the country life, photography, and cherished spending time with his wife, family, and friends on their beautiful farm. Despite Scott being diagnosed with cancer, in May of 2014, his positive energy and kind heart perpetually shone onto all those he encountered. He was a man that his coworkers at American Crystal Sugar emulated and learned from. In his last months, those he had touched shared what a positive influence he has been and how much they learned from him. The day after Scotts passing, a co-worker named his newborn, Ian Scott, in remembrance of him. On “Scotty’s Connections” Facebook page, friends described him in one word as: Generous, genuine, grounded, fun, caring, calm, amazing, friend, loyal, teacher, hard-worker, compassionate and patient. Although, as one person stated, one word would never be enough to accurately describe Scotty.
Scott will be remembered and deeply missed by his loving wife, Bonnie Christians of Crookston; daughters Justina Christians of Fargo, and Natasha Czapiewski (Dale) of Hillsboro; step-children Travis Steer (Debbie Carrol) of Whitesboro, TX, Tyler Steer (Teresa Cramb) of Crookston, and Tera Steer (Corey Heiser) of West Fargo; grandchildren MyKayla Kornkven; Evan Czapiewski; Brittney Steer, Cody Steer and Katelyn Steer; Shad Steer, Tom Staff, Lindsay Staff and Casey Staff; Connor Fuglseth and Natalie Fuglseth, Connor Heiser and Courtney Heiser; siblings Shannon Schaefhauer (Mark), Greg Christians, Gary Christians, Elton Christians, Dan Christians, and Chuck Christians; father-in-law Lloyd Reitmeier; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Howard (Barb) Reitmeier, Patricia Schmidt (John), and Evertt  Reitmeier (Joan); as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.
Scott is preceded in death by his grandparents; parents Arlyce Jordahl and Donald Dahl; step-father George Christians; and brother Sheldon Christians.
A funeral service and celebration of Scott’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, Minn. with the Reverend Steve Bohler officiating. A visitation with Scott’s family will be from 5-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, as well as one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday. Interment at Oakdale Cemetery will take place immediately following the service on Saturday. Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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George Hanson Jr, age 83, of Crookston, MN, died unexpectedly at his home early Saturday morning, September 20, 2014, with his wife, Nancy, at his side.
George was born at Fisher on January 11, 1931, one of five children of the union of George and Mabel (Strande) Hanson. He grew up on the family farm in Fairfax Township, near Crookston, attended country school, and graduated from Crookston Central High School. George entered the US Army and served in Korea during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge from the service he returned home and began farming with his brothers, first with Gil and Orlie, and later with Orlie. On January 25, 1958 George was united in marriage to Nancy Kiewel at Las Vegas, NV. George and Nancy made their home on their Fairfax Township farm until moving into Crookston in the early 1960’s. They moved back to a new home they built on the farmstead in 1975. Son, Mike, joined George in the farming operation in 1981. After his retirement in 1997, George and Nancy moved back into Crookston.  He continued to be part of what was taking place throughout the seasons with the crops and had been out in a tractor as recently as five days before his passing.
George was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 20, VFW Post 1902, and Eagles Aerie 873. He was also a longtime member of the Farm Bureau, and the Red River Valley Sugar Beet Growers’ Association. In younger years favorite pastimes included fishing and hunting with family and friends. George was proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and loved the close personal relationships he and Nancy enjoyed with them. He was a special man who will be missed by all.   
George leaves his beloved wife of 56 years, Nancy; sons, Michael (Marlene) Hanson and Marc Hanson of Crookston, MN; son-in-law, Brian Anderson of Crookston; 4 grandchildren: Lorelei Jorgenson of Fisher, MN, Krystle (Dominic) Haugen of Duluth, MN, Blake Hanson of Crookston, and Austin Hanson of Fergus Falls, MN; 4 great-grandchildren: Mantana, Adalyn, Laila, and Xavier; brother, Orland Hanson of Crookston; sister-in-law, Evelyn Hanson of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. George was preceded in death by Nancy’s daughter, Kathryn “Kathy” Anderson, who passed away on June 11, 2009; his parents; sister, Dorothy Wagner and her husband, Mervin “Sock”; brother, Gilman Hanson and his wife, Maxine; brother, Howard Hanson; and sister-in-law, Vivian Hanson. Blessed be the memory of George Hanson Jr.
A public visitation for George Hanson will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service. The funeral service will be private and held later with interment in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in George’s name to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston, MN. or any Heart Association.
Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Linda M. Mjoen,
age 64, Crookston, died Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at her home in Crookston, with her family at her side. 
Linda is survived by her loving husband: Scott of Crookston; three sisters and two brothers: Karon (Mark) Cunningham of St. Augusta, Kathy (Bruce) Younkin of Paynesville, Carla (Scott) Kannenberg of Spicer, Randy Winters of Crookston, and Daryl (Lisa) Winters of St. Cloud; a brother-in-law, Bruce (Marlys) Mjoen of Crookston; a sister-in-law, Barb (Howard) Reitmeier of Lewiston, ID; her dog: Bandit; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Cyril and Jeanette Winters; a nephew, Adam Winters; and parents-in-law, Gordon and Betty Mjoen.
A graveside service for Linda Mjoen will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, September 26, 2014, at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, officiating. Linda’s funeral mass was held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston on February 17, 2014. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Marion Efteland, a native of Shelly, MN, passed away September 18, 2014 at the Halstad Living Center, at the age of 95. Funeral Services will be on Monday, September 22, 2014, at 11` am in the Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church, Shelly, MN. Visitation will be one hour before the services at the church. Burial will be in the Shelly Cemetery, Shelly, MN. Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home Halstad, MN www.fredriksonfh.com 

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Sister Margaret Thueringer, OSB, 86, died peacefully at Villa Saint Vincent in Crookston, September 18, 2014. Margaret was born in Britton, SD, on June 17, 1928. She was the second oldest of John and Annie Thueringer’s four children. Her father was a farmer and the family lived in various places: Britton, SD, Rutland, ND, and finally Beaulieu, MN, located east of Mahnomen. The desire to become a sister occurred to Margaret before she was of school-age. She attributed her vocation to the Franciscan Sisters in Hankinson, ND, having become acquainted with them when her brother was a boarder in their academy as a first-grader. Sister Margaret thought, however that her vocation to be a sister actually came from her “dear, devoted, religious parents.” After the family moved to Beaulieu, she attended Rosedale country school for seven years. Sister Margaret related the story of being very shy, but her brother (two years older) had bragged that she could tap-dance. She recalled jumping around and demonstrating what she called tap-dancing. With the intention of becoming a sister,She attended Mount Saint Benedict Academy as an eighth-grader and through high school. Sister Margaret wrote, “I think my father was the proudest man on earth to have a daughter who was going to be a sister!” Margaret entered the Mount Saint Benedict community on January 6, 1945 and was invested with the Benedictine habit as a novice on July 11, 1946. At this time she received the name Sister Marguerita (Later she reverted back to her baptismal name of Margaret). She made first monastic profession on July 16, 1946 and her final profession in 1949. Sister Margaret received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Viterbo College in LaCrosse, WI. Her first teaching assignment was to Saint Joseph’s School, Red Lake Falls as a teacher of the primary grade children. She taught in East Grand Forks, Barnesville, Moorhead, Bemidji, Mahtomedi and Benson in Minnesota, Asherton, TX and in Bogotà, Colombia. In Bogotà she taught in an all-boys school which graduated many of the country’s most important political leaders including a president of Colombia.  She expressed her convictions about teaching when she wrote “I feel I can help others, especially the little ones, in knowing and loving Jesus better through my teaching.” Outside the classroom, she felt most privileged when she was chosen to be an Extraordinary Minister of Communion. She thought it was her greatest honor to bring Christ to others in the Eucharist. Sister Margaret retired from teaching in 1990 and returned to the Mount. She assisted in a variety of ways, chiefly in the garden and cannery. She particularly enjoyed picking chokecherries and ground cherries used to make jellies, and she accompanied others on outings to pick wild blueberries.Sister Margaret made many items for the Mount gift shop: baby booties, caps, scarves and mitten sets, afghans and slipper socks. She grew Job’s tears plants and picked the seeds which became beads for more than 500 rosaries. She also made cord rosaries which were distributed to prisoners in the Northwest CorrectionsalShe faithfully assisted in the development office by making daily recordings of donations, and would remember each donor in her daily prayer. Sister Margaret suffered a stroke in April, 2013. As a result she became a resident of Villa Saint Vincent. Her ministry became one of prayer and suffering. To the very end, Sister Margaret maintained a sense of humor and a positive attitude. 
Sister Margaret is preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She is survived by the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston and many nieces and nephews.
Reception of Sister Margaret’s body will be at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 21 with visitation from 5:00 until the 7:00 p.m. prayer service. Sister Margaret’s funeral will be at 3:00 p.m. September 22, with Father Vincent Miller presiding. All services will be in Sacred Heart Chapel, Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 Summit Ave. Crookston, MN.

 
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Della Evon Montreuil, of Euclid, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly in her home on September 17, 2014. Della was born in Warren, Minnesota, on November 2nd, 1947 to Lauverne and Lillian Cormican. As Della was raised in Euclid, she attended Euclid Elementary School. From there, she went to Crookston for middle school, as well as high school. Sadly, when Della was 16, her mother Lillian passed away. It was at this time that Della became a natural caretaker. She stayed home from then on to take care of her father, Lauverne. Because Della took such great care of her dad, Lauverne started calling her “Babe”, which was a nickname that followed Della throughout the rest of her years.  In Della’s twenties is when she started working in what she loved, which was farming. She worked for Euclid Fertilizer, but eventually had to leave to start to take care of her Grandpa, as well as continue the care of her father. Della met the love of her life, Ralph Montreuil, at a wedding dance in 1963. After 4 years of dating, they decided to have a wedding dance of their own, and they got married on April 22, 1967.  Eight years later, Della and Ralph welcomed a beautiful baby girl into their lives, Lisa Louise. For many years, Della went on to work in Climax for Harlow Grove, continuing her love of farming by driving beet truck and grain truck.  When Della was not fishing or camping, she excelled at snow sled racing. Della actually was the first woman to finish the “Winnipeg to St. Paul” snow sled race in qualifying time. However, what Della really and truly loved the most was being a Grandma. Dustin and Colton were her whole life, and she was willing to do anything and everything for them. She also loved spending time with her niece Corrie and her husband Shawn, as they were two very special people to her. Of course, Della had a soft spot in her heart for her dogs Jackie, Amber, Mustard, and Emma, and they had true unconditional love for her.
Della is preceded in death by her parents, Lauverne and Lillian Cormican of Euclid; and grandparents John and Josie Cormican of Argyle, and Fred and Irene Teal of Euclid. Della is survived by her loving husband Ralph “Frenchman” Montreuil of Euclid; daughter Lisa Matheny (Kim) of Fargo, North Dakota; grandsons Dustin Ramstorf and Colton Matheny of Fargo; siblings Leroy Cormican (Kathy), Marilyn Cormican, and Dale Cormican (Sandy); Corrie and Shawn Goodyke of Euclid; many nieces and nephews; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. A memorial service and celebration of Della’s life will be held on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, Minnesota with Pastor Bill Reck, officiating. A visitation with Della’s family will be for one hour before the service.  Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements.
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Timothy John Ek, 46, of Crookston, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on September 16, 2014.
Timothy was born in Mahnomen, Minnesota, on February 15, 1968 to Ronald and Linda (Orre) Ek.  Growing up in Gary, Minnesota, Tim was baptized at Gary Lutheran Church. As a child, he attended Gary Elementary, and went on to graduate from Gary High School. Tim was a proud “Gary Bulldog” as he played football throughout his high school career and was named All-Conference his senior year.  Some of Tim’s very favorite times as a young man included putting together backyard football games with his brothers, cousins and his uncle Mark.  Tim also enjoyed fishing with his family and cherished the trip to Canada with his Father and Uncles Roger and Robert where they did very well.  After high school, Tim went with his Uncles Robert and Roger to Arizona to work in construction, where he really enjoyed that kind of work as well as spending time with his Uncles in the warm Arizona weather.  When he moved back to Minnesota, Tim worked as a production worker at Ada Produce, and went on to also do the same at Dee Incorporated. Tim eventually settled in Crookston, where he worked at The Café.  Tim enjoyed watching sports, especially football and hockey.  However, nothing could beat having a cookout with his family, whom he loved dearly. Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Tim knew that he was an easygoing and loved a good laugh, which shone through in his daily interaction with family, friends, coworkers, and members of his community. 
Tim is preceded in death by his grandparents, Orville and Winona Ek, and John Orre; and Uncle Roger Ek. Tim is survived by his parents, Ronald and Linda Ek of McIntosh, Minnesota; siblings Jamie Ek of Moorhead, Minnesota, Amber Olson (Dean) of Fertile, Minnesota, Justin Ek of Twin Valley, Minnesota, Kevin Ek (Tanya) of McIntosh, and Sheldon Ek of McIntosh; children Julie, Jay, and Erik; Grandma Violet Orre; nieces and nephews Alison Olson, Hunter Olson, Caitlynn Ek, Braden Anderson, Isabella Ek, and Samuel Ek; aunts and uncles James Orre, Jerry Orre (Lisa), Mark Orre, Carolyn Stundahl (Wayne), Kathy Sorenson (Gary), Vicki Gunufson (James), Randi Munson (Trafton), Robert Ek, Rosalie Ek, Renee Goodin, and Roxanne Scully (Dale); as well as many loving cousins. A funeral service and celebration of Tim’s life will take place on Friday, September 19 at 11 a.m., at the Gary Lutheran Church in Gary, Minnesota, with Pastor Scott Morey Officiating. A visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place immediately following the funeral service at Gary Lutheran Cemetery. Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home will be handling the funeral arrangements. .

 

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Leah M. Friebohle, 95, of Crookston, MN, died Monday morning, September 15, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston with her loving family at her side. Leah was born on August 12, 1919, on her parents’ farm in Woodside Township, near Fertile, MN, the daughter of Iver and Betsy (Nesheim) Bergum. She was baptized and confirmed at the Maple Lake Lutheran Church and attended the nearby Woodside Country School. During the latter part of the 1930’s she worked as a housekeeper and nanny for families in Fertile and Duluth, MN. Leah moved to Detroit, MI during the wartime years and was employed at General Motors. She was united in marriage to Francis Noud in 1943, and the couple made their home in Detroit where their sons, James and Michael were born. Next was a move across country to San Francisco where daughters, Anita and Linda were born. Leah and her growing family came back to Minnesota and settled at Maple Bay where Marcia was born. In 1959 Crookston became home to Leah and the kids, and a year later, on June 3, 1960, she was united in marriage to Eugene E. “Gene” Friebohle. Son, Danny, was born a year later. Gene was employed by Saul Motors, later known as Salem Motors, and for several years Leah devoted herself to being wife, mom, and homemaker. She began employment as a CNA for Polk County Nursing Service in 1973, and two years later accepted a similar position with the Riverview Nursing Home. She loved her job and the residents of the nursing home absolutely loved Leah. She retired in 1994 at the age of 75. Sadly, Gene passed away on March 27, 2011.
While her kids were growing up and coming of age, the Friebohle home was always the gathering place and “center of action” for all the neighborhood kids. Leah loved the commotion and excitement of having young people around. She enjoyed looking after her family, and extended that to embrace their friends as well. She was an excellent cook, enjoyed gardening, and looked forward to every minute spent with her kids, grandkids, and friends. She was also a longtime member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and WELCA. As a resident of Villa St. Vincent Leah became such a friend to her caregivers that even after they no longer worked there they still came back to visit her. Leah’s 95 years were dedicated to a life of faith, strength, wisdom, and tenderness; all lessons she passed on to her children. She will be very lovingly remembered by everyone who was fortunate enough to be a part of her life.
Leah is survived by 5 children: James (Micki) Noud of Burbank, CA, Anita (Lauren) Walter and Linda Hagen (Don) Shirbish of Crookston, Marcia (Garland) Purdy of Maple Bay, MN, and Danny Friebohle of Crookston; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and granddog, Harvey. She also leaves 2 brothers-in-law, Donald Friebohle of Albany, GA and Glendon Friebohle of San Diego, CA; a sister-in-law, Doris (Dean) Baumann of Des Moines, IA; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Gene, her beloved husband of 50 years, Leah was preceded in death by her son, Michael Joseph Noud; her parents, Iver and Betsy Bergum, and 16 brothers and sisters. May God richly bless the memory of Leah Martina Friebohle.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Leah Friebohle will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Inurnment will take place in the Maple Lake Lutheran Cemetery, rural Mentor, MN at a later date. Online registry www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Dorothy Elaine VonHoldt, 85, of Crookston, Minnesota, passed away at her residence on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Dorothy was born in Crookston on March 1, 1929 to Andrew and Bertha VonHoldt.  As a child Dorothy grew up on her parents’ farm in Beltrami, where she also attended Ashland School in District 253. She moved to Crookston during her adolescent years, and graduated from Central High School.  In 1949, at the age of 20, Dorothy enlisted in the Women’s Army Corp and was stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia. During that time she had several different assignments including working in the Signal Corps personnel office. She was later transferred to Arlington County, Virginia, where she had the great honor of working in the Pentagon. After Dorothy’s honorable discharge she moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, and was employed at several different hospitals in the Twin Cities as a medical assistant and x-ray technician. After living there for a number of years Dorothy moved back to Crookston to be closer to her family. During this time she worked at Bethesda Hospital in Crookston, along with other hospitals in northern Minnesota. In her later years Dorothy moved to Fertile, Minnesota, where she spent much of her time with her Mom. She enjoyed being employed as a library assistant there, while also using her talents for crafts as the secretary in a local craft shop. Eventually Dorothy returned to Crookston where she spent the remainder of her years. Dorothy favorite pastimes included reading, crafting with her many dear friends, and gardening. She was a true Minnesota sports fan, cheering for the Twins as well as the Vikings. Win or lose Dorothy remained a loyal fan. She displayed this same sense of loyalty in every area of her life, whether it be her family, her career, or her country.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Bertha VonHoldt; brother, George Henry VonHoldt; and her grandparents. She is survived by her brothers, Alvin (Evelyn) VonHoldt, and George (Betty) VonHoldt; and nieces and nephews: Nancy VonHoldt, Perry VonHoldt, Bruce VonHoldt, and Lori Karppinen.
The funeral service celebrating the life of Dorothy Von Holdt will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral  Home in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Hafslo Cemetery, rural Crookston, following the service. Online Registrywww.stenshoelhouske.com 


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Howard A. Hanson, 90, of Crookston, MN, died early Friday morning, September 12, 2014, at RiverView Health in Crookston with his wife, Evelyn, and their family at his bedside. Howard was born on his parents’ farm near Fisher, MN, on June 3, 1924, one of five children of the union of George and Mabel (Strande) Hanson. At the age of five, he moved with his parents and family to a farm in Fairfax Township, near Crookston, and attended a nearby country school. He later began working on the farm with his father and brothers. These years were the forerunners of what was to come when he began his own farming operation. On August 16, 1947 Howard was united in marriage to Evelyn Brekken. Over the years their marriage was blessed by the births of eight children. Howard was employed by Kelly Oil in Crookston for six years before he started to farm. He took great pride in having his son, Duane, farm with him, knowing that everything would be in good hands when he retired. That day came in 1989 when he and Evelyn moved to their new home in Crookston.
Howard was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish, and a longtime member of Crookston Eagles Aerie #873. Additionally he belonged to the Red River Valley Sugar beet Growers’ Association, and was a former board member of Crookston Valley Co-op. When the Red River Valley Winter Shows was still an annual event in Crookston, Howard handled admissions and ticket sales, and enjoyed being an “ambassador” welcoming visitors from near and far. Most important to Howard throughout his long and very contented life were his family, the farm, his faith, fishing, spending time with friends and playing cards. He will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
Howard is survived by Evelyn, his beloved wife of 67 years, three sons: Robert (Rene`) Hanson of Springfield, MO, Duane (Karen) Hanson of Crookston, MN, and James (Nancy) Hanson of Okemos, MI; four daughters: Beverly (Andrew) Tucker of Lexington, KY, Kathleen Hanson of Eden Prairie, MN, Connie (Brian) Schendel of West Fargo, ND, and Susan (Jon) Ewers of Inver Grove Heights, MN; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a son-in-law, Donald Martodam of Hawley, MN; 2 brothers, Orland Hanson, and George Hanson and his wife, Nancy, of Crookston; two sisters-in-law, Wanda Brekken of Crookston and Barbara Brekken of Baxter, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Sadly, their daughter, Sandra Martodam, passed away on June 1, 2001. In addition to Sandy, Howard was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mabel; sister, Dorothy and her husband, Mervin “Sock” Wagner; brother Gilman Hanson and his wife, Maxine; and sister-in-law, Vivian Hanson.     
A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Howard Hanson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 15, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Sunday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. led by Deacon Dennis Bivens. Visitation will also be held at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. Memorials may be given in Howard’s name to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception or the American Heart Association. Online registry:
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Ann M. Evans, 88, of Crookston, MN, died early Wednesday evening, September 10, 2014, at RiverView Health in Crookston, with her family at her side. Ann was born on her family’s farm near Gentilly, MN on May 11, 1926, the daughter of Joseph and Helena (Scharmer) Page. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly and attended a nearby country school. On September 27, 1945 she was united in marriage to Maurice Hasty and to this union three daughters were born.
On April 21, 1956 Ann was united in marriage to Wallace Evans at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston. The couple made their home in Crookston and had been happily married for forty-nine and a half years at the time of Wally’s passing on January 11, 2006. Ann was employed at St. Francis Hospital in Crookston from 1956 until 1970. When the hospital closed she worked for a short time at JC Penney’s and Riverview Hospital, and then in 1972 started working for Food Services at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. In 1981 she began employment at Mount St. Benedict, retiring in 1992 after eleven years with the Sisters of St. Benedict. Even in retirement Ann found that she wanted to remain busy, and began cleaning homes for several Crookston families. From 2006 until 2011 she was a Foster Grandparent for Tri-Valley, and was a much loved grandma to her many ‘babies.’ She had moved to the Villa St. Vincent in February of 2013. Sadly, Ann’s daughter, Shirley Bouwman, recently passed away on April 20, 2014.
Ann was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, WELCA, and the Hannah bible study group; and a former member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. She was also a longtime member of the Auxiliaries of VFW Post 1902, American Legion Post 20, and Eagles Aerie 873. Ann greatly enjoyed doing yard work and tending her vegetable and flower gardens. In her younger days she made quilts and was known for her beautiful embroidery work. Ann will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by everyone whose life she touched.
Family members include her daughter and son-in-law, Marlys and Kerry McFarlin of Crookston, MN; five grandchildren: Tracy Peterson, Lisa (Brian) Schumacher, Sherry (Steele) Senske, Christopher Peterson, and Michelle (Kevin) Johnson; seven great-grandchildren: Allison, Heather, Kyle, Sierra, Katy, Steele, and Samuel; a sister, Leona (David) Braaten of Paulden, AZ;  two sisters-in-law, Delores Page of Crookston, and Audrey (Sam) Blatter of Anaheim, CA; two brothers-in-law, Ray Fahrenkopf of Simi Valley, CA and Lindy Herberg of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to her beloved husband, Wally, and daughter, Shirley, Ann was preceded in death by a 16 year-old  daughter, Emily Jean, who died on March 16, 1968; her great-granddaughter, Brittny Lisa Schumacher, who died on August 8, 1991; her parents, Joseph and Helena Page; six sisters, Clara Desrosier, Laura Delage, Maria Desrosier, Delia Page, Rose Herberg, and Margaret Martell ; and two brothers, George Page and Raymond Page. May God richly bless the memory of Ann M. Evans.
The funeral service for Ann Evans will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
Online registry:
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Donald Alfred “Rewind” Peterson, 84, a longtime Crookston, MN businessman, died early Saturday evening, September 6, 2014, at RiverView Health in Crookston, with his wife, Betty, at his side.  He had been battling illness for several months.
Don was born on January 17, 1930 at Grand Forks, ND, the son of Peter A. and Minnie (Johnson) Peterson. He grew up in Grand Forks, was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and graduated from Grand Forks Central High School with the Class of 1949. He attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks for a short time and then worked for Acme Electric. When the Korean War started Don enlisted in the US Army on March 4, 1951, serving stateside with the Signal Corps at Camp San Luis Obispo, CA for most of his tour. His sweetheart, a young Crookston girl by the name of Betty Lorraine Paasche, joined him at San Luis Obispo where the two were united in marriage on July 12, 1952. Following his honorable discharge from active duty on March 3, 1953, Don and Betty settled in Crookston and Don founded his business known as Crookston Electric in 1954. It was from these days of selling motors, and refurbishing some by rewinding them that he gained the nickname, “Rewind.” This became how everyone for miles around affectionately knew him. During these early years of married life Don and Betty were blessed by the births of daughter, Deborah, in 1955, and son, Gregory, in 1958. In 1964 Don moved his business to a new location in Crookston and expanded it to include the sales of Honda motorcycles. He sold so many he earned two trips to Japan which he gave away. In 1979 Don changed the business over completely, going away from motors and dedicating it entirely to motorcycle and marine sales, and naming it Crookston Marine. He took great pride in creating the 3rd largest Glastron boat dealership in the world. Based on sales Don and Betty received trips to Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Brazil, and Mexico. As a dealer for Mercury boat motors as well, Crookston Marine ranked in the top 10% for sales among all Mercury dealers in the US and Canada for 5 years running. In 1986 Don sold the business, and three years later started Crookston Boat Mart. He successfully operated that business until retirement in 1993 after a long and very rewarding career. Great sadness was visited upon Don, Betty, and their family with the passing of daughter, Debbie, on May 6, 2010 after a courageous battle against cancer. Professionally Don served on several advisory boards for Coleman and Mercury Marine; was elected to the Mercury Dealer Congress for 5 years running; and was an Ambassador for the Lund Boat Company. Don was a devoted member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, and also held memberships in Eagles Aerie 873, American Legion Post 20, the Crookston Lions Club, and the Order of Elks. He became very involved with the entertainment and building committees of the Crookston Golden Link Senior Citizens Center and served on the Board for many years, including 3 terms as Board president. He provided leadership and support to the statewide chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as several other youth organizations. He had many favorite pastimes throughout his life, including fishing, hunting, playing golf, keeping his yard and flower gardens immaculate, and of course settling in at the card table for the ‘occasional’ game of Smear. Don loved Betty and his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids with all his heart and dedicated his life to them. He will be missed beyond measure.
Don is survived by Betty, his beloved wife and best friend of 62 years; their son, Gregory Peterson of Alexandria, MN; 6 grandchildren: Troy, Hollie, Kendra, Jessica, Jonathan, and Madison; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Clarice Kuhlman and Marjorie Lennox of Grand Forks, ND; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Kathy Peterson of Erskine, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends. In addition to his daughter, Deborah Wenner, Don was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Minnie; and 3 brothers: Orville, Morris, and Chester. Blessed be the memory of Donald Alfred “Rewind” Peterson.       
A memorial service celebrating the life of Don Peterson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston with military honors provided by the Crookston Veterans Council.  Online registry:       www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Ruth G. Nelson, 96, Ada, MN, died Sunday, September 14, 2014, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.
Funeral: 11:00AM Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: On Thursday for one hour before the funeral at the church.
Burial:  Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, rural Shelly, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Neil Arvid Edmunds, 70, Ada, MN, died Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Fargo, ND.  The funeral will be at 11:00AM Monday, September 8, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service all at Grace Lutheran Church.
Burial will be at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN. Arrangements are with Fredrikson Funeral Home in Ada, Minnesota www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Janet Eleanor Hawkins, 74, of Crookston, MN, died unexpectedly at her home Thursday morning, September 4, 2014, with her husband, Chuck, at her side. Jan was born on August 16, 1940 at Virden, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Leslie and Elizabeth (McNab) Shoemaker. She grew up in Virden, graduated from high school there in 1958, and went on to receive a degree from the University of Manitoba. On July 16, 1960 Jan was united in marriage to Charles Nathan Hawkins at the Knox United Church in Virden. The couple made their home in Crookston all their married lives and were members of the First Presbyterian Church. Their marriage was blessed by the births of three children: Deborah, Richard, and Robert. During her first years in Crookston Jan was employed in the office of a local attorney.  She later taught Sunday school while her kids were young. Once they were through elementary school she began employment with the American Crystal Sugar Company, serving as payroll coordinator from 1976 until her retirement on January 1, 1998. Jan was a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary. 
Her family fondly remembers Jan as the person who was always there for them. No matter what was going on in her busy life she always had time for everyone. Just as she raised her children to be caring, loving, and respectful adults, she passed on these same attributes to each of her grandchildren. Special times together were spent playing cards and games, camping, fishing, four-wheeling, and taking family vacations that created a lifetime of lasting memories. Nothing meant more to Jan than Chuck and their family, and she will always remain in their hearts and be forever missed. 
Jan takes leave of Chuck, her beloved husband of 54 years; their 3 children and spouses: Deborah and William Solheim of Erskine, MN, Richard and Hazel Hawkins of Crookston, MN, and Robert and Terri Hawkins of Coon Rapids, MN; 8 grandchildren: Amber Solheim, Kent (April) Solheim, Ryan (Sarah) Hawkins, and Tyler, Sammie Jo, Jessica, Lisa, and Katelyn Hawkins; 2 great-grandchildren, Kyanna and Keegan Permann; a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Helen Shoemaker of Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada; and many other relatives and friends. Jan was preceded in death by her parents, Les and Beth Shoemaker; grandson, Christopher Solheim; nephew, Todd Shoemaker; and parents-in-law, Vernon and Louise Hawkins.  May God richly bless the memory of Janet Eleanor Hawkins.
The funeral service celebrating the life of Janet Hawkins will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston with The Rev. Darrel Cory, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

 

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Mildred Hanson passed away peacefully on August 31, 2014, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota, with her family by her side. Mildred was born on January 10, 1916 to Christian and Marie Rude in Grygla, Minnesota. Mildred grew up here, and she attended Grygla Elementary School. In her teenage years, Mildred was one of the 35 students at Climax High School to graduate in 1935, where she excelled in academics, sports, and music. In fact, her nickname was “The Babe”, because of her ability to hit the ball farther and run faster than anyone. Because her mother, Marie, used her egg money to pay for Mildred’s piano lessons, she was able to be involved in The Lutheran Church of Grygla’s services sharing her talents. She also had a beautiful singing voice, and the church choir consisted of her, her mother, and her brother Melvin. Mildred had big aspirations for her life, which she began by going to Hairdresser and Cosmetology School in Fargo, North Dakota. She graduated in 1936, where she went on to work for DeLendrecies Department Store. Mildred was not only licensed in North Dakota, but she received her beauticians’ license in Minnesota as well.
During this time, she met the love of her life, Henry Clifford Hanson, through a mutual friend. They were married thereafter on November 20, 1937, in Crookston, Minnesota. Mildred and Henry moved to rural Polk County, where they worked on their farm, and attended Hafslo Lutheran Church. During that time, Mildred became a mother to Myrna, Joyce, and her first set of twins: Dennis and Delores. She felt the importance of staying home from work to raise her kids, and that is what she did. In the 1950’s, Mildred, Henry, and their children moved to Crookston, Minnesota, where Mildred became a mother to her second set of twins, Denise and Debra. She went on to work at many different places, which included the Grill Café, Sunny Rest Sanatorium, and Bethesda Hospital. Finally, Mildred spent the majority of her working life at JR Simplot, where she was a production worker.   
Mildred was talented in many things, as evidenced in her occupational history. She was a master at creating afghans, and knitted one for each child that came into her family.  She also liked to show her Norwegian heritage by making Lefse and Sweet Soup, as well as an incredible apple pie that is quite popular in her family! Mildred was a major baseball fan since she was a child, and she was an avid fan of Minnesota’s Major League Baseball team, the Twins. She even attended a game at the Metrodome with her children, but from then on decided she preferred to watch the games from the comfort of her living room.
Mildred is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Hanson; parents, Christian and Marie Rude; her five sisters, and her three brothers. Mildred is survived by her children, Myrna (Ed) Henrickson of Moorhead, MN, Joyce (Bill) Moehn of Springerville, Arizona, Dennis (Debbie) Hanson of Crookston, MN, Delores (Charles) Szekacs of Springfield, Ohio, Debra (Thomas) Hirsh of Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Denise (Merwin) Carlson of Moorhead, MN; 22 Grandchildren; 43 Great-Grandchildren; and one Great-Great-Granddaughter. A funeral service to celebrate the life of Mildred will be held on Friday, September 5th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, Minnesota at 1:30 p.m., with Rev. Greg Isaacson presiding.  There will be a visitation with the family one hour prior to the service.  Interment will take place at Oakdale Cemetery immediately following the funeral service. Stenshoel Houske Funeral Home will be handling the funeral arrangements. www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Mildred “Millie” Fisher, 97, of Fertile, MN died on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN. Mildred Caroline Carlson was born on October 28, 1916, to Ernest and Clara (Peterson) Carlson.  As a child she moved with her family to a farm near Beltrami where she grew up and attended Tupper Country School in rural Beltrami.
On November 21, 1953, Millie was united in marriage to Earl Fisher at the Concordia Lutheran Church parsonage in Fertile.  They resided at a farm near Lockhart, MN, until Earl’s passing on April 15, 1997, at which time she moved to Fertile to care for her sister, Gladys Nelson.  Millie was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Beltrami, and active in circle and homemakers. 
Millie is survived by her nephew, Danny Nelson (Belle), Warroad, MN; and several nieces and nephews; as well as great, great-great and great-great-great nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Earl, and two sisters: Gladys and Jean.
Funeral services will be in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN, at 2 PM on Thursday, September 4, 2014. Visitation will be one hour before the services at the church. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Beltrami, MN.
Erikson-Vik Funeral Home. www.eriksonvikfh.com.

 

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Gerald Roy “Jerry” Johnson, 73, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Thursday evening, August 28, 2014, at his home after a lengthy illness. Gerald was born on June 27, 1941 at Greenbush, MN, the son of Harold Sidney and Carol Fay (Keuhn) Johnson. He grew up in Greenbush, was baptized and confirmed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and graduated from Greenbush High School in 1959. Jerry enlisted in the US Navy just a few weeks later on June 25th. He served aboard the USS Luiskno out of the US Naval Station at Newport, RI, and spent time at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy on June 20, 1962, Jerry returned to the area and attended Mayville (ND) State Teachers College. He later transferred to Moorhead (MN) State Teachers College, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1966. On December 26, 1965 he was united in marriage to Pearl Mavis Gunderson at the Ness Lutheran Church at Gary, MN. Over the years their marriage was blessed by the births of 3 children: twins, Janelle and Julie, and son, Paul. Jerry and Pearl made their first home at Detroit Lakes, MN and Jerry’s first teaching position was with the Olivia, MN Public Schools. In 1968 the Johnson family moved to Crookston, and Jerry began teaching in the Industrial Technology Department of Central High School. He was extremely proud of his students over the years as he mentored them through the process of building 25 high quality homes that were sold to local homebuyers. Jerry did post-graduate study through Bemidji (MN) State College, and summers were spent doing silo construction, grain bin construction, and tending the strawberry farm he and Pearl operated for many years. After a long and very rewarding career in education Jerry retired in 1999.
Jerry was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the American Industrial Arts Association, the National Education Association, the Retired Educator’s Association, and Crookston American Legion Post #20. While growing up, Jerry enjoyed hunting with his parents, and eventually sharing that same passion with his son and grandsons. Snowmobiling trips with family and friends were always a highlight of the winter season, and camping and traveling with Pearl, the kids, and grandkids was a great way to spend spring, summer, and fall. One of his favorite pastimes was making furniture for their home and the homes of his daughters and son. In recent years Jerry and Pearl had been spending winters at Apache Junction, AZ. Jerry was a very loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, and will be greatly missed by all who shared in his life. May God richly bless his memory.
Jerry leaves his beloved wife of 48 years, Pearl; their 3 children: Janelle (Steven) Thompson of Fargo, ND, Julie (Matthew) Johnson of Champlin, MN, and Paul (Tracy) Johnson of Port St. Lucie, FL; and 6 grandchildren: Daniel and Jacob Thompson, and Jarod, Anna, and Heather Johnson, and Marin Johnson. He is also survived by 4 sisters: Myrna Johnson of Greenbush, MN, Sharon (David) Hanson of Seattle, WA, Bonnie (John) Nordstrom of Frazee, MN, and Janine (David) Schneider of Detroit Lakes, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Carol Johnson.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Gerald Roy Johnson will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service and time of sharing. Visitation will also be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery at Greenbush. Military Honors will be provided by the Greenbush American Legion Post.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Jason Eugene Perala, 33, passed away unexpectedly and all too soon, on August 26, 2014 at his home in Fargo, North Dakota.
Jason was born on August 22, 1981 in Crookston, MN, to Warren and Cheryl Perala. They knew from an early age what an independent and fun spirit he was, which followed him throughout his childhood and adult life. Jason grew up in Crookston, and was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church. He graduated from Crookston High School, where he was involved in baseball, football, and excelled in wrestling. Jason did so well, he took home 2nd place in the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament. He also loved to deer hunt, go fishing on Minnesota’s beautiful lakes, and spend time with his brothers David and Isaac. After high school, Jason attended North Dakota State University, where he majored in engineering and made many dear friends.   After college, Jason spent some time living in Williston working at the oil rigs, and eventually returned to live in Crookston and spend time close to his family. On his last move back to Fargo, Jason was able to do what he loved, which was spend his time outdoors working in landscaping as well as concrete work.  Jason was well known not just in Crookston, but in Fargo as well. He was known for being willing to “give his shirt off his back to anyone, even in the middle of winter”. Jason was especially drawn to children, evidence of his fun personality and big heart. Everybody who encountered Jason experienced his kind, giving, and hard-working spirit. Because of that, Jason was loved by all.
Jason is preceded in death by his grandparents, Toivo and Arlene Perala; and great-grandparents, Milton and Dorothy Helgeson, and Clarence and Evelyn Ulseth.  Jason is survived by his parents, Warren and Cheryl Perala  of Crookston, MN; brother David and sister-in-law Samantha Perala of Crookston; brother Isaac Perala of Grand Forks, ND; grandparents Roger and Donna Ulseth of Crookston; aunts and uncles: Pam Grove of Climax, MN,  Marc and Rose Ulseth of Crookston, Kathy Ulseth-Tenold of Fargo, Martene Olson of San Jose, California, Carolyn Hultquist of Owatonna, MN, and Shelden and Cheryl Perala of Boise, Idaho; nieces and nephews Christopher, Angelica, Jasmine, Lucas, Gabrielle, and Natalie Perala; and many close cousins.
There will be a memorial service celebrating the life of Jason Perala on Thursday, September 4th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Jo Gast officiating. A time to greet Jason’s family will be one hour prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Crookston Youth Wrestling Association.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Donald “Don” Jorstad, 76, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at his home in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM in Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Pastor Tom Potter Officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
Donald “Don” Harold Jorstad was born June 14, 1938 in Thief River Falls, MN, the son of Harold and Gladys (Nelson) Jorstad. He was baptized at Telemarken Lutheran Church, Kratka, MN and confirmed at Mavie Lutheran, Mavie, MN. He attended Knox Elementary School in Thief River Falls, MN and graduated from Lincoln High School, Thief River Falls. Don then went on to Brown Institute and vocational classes at Bemidji State.
Don served 9 years with the Minnesota and North Dakota National Guard and was on active duty from 1961-1962 with the 231st Medical Company.
On March 25, 1961, Don was united in marriage to Marilyn Odegaard. To this union 4 sons were born. He married Pat Venema on July 3, 1993. He married Joyce Legg Olson on June 24, 2012.
Don worked for radio and TV in 13 different markets, also worked in sport sales, was the “voice” of the Cross County Snow-mobile, of the Pioneers and DMC Moto-Cross. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, fishing and doing sports games. He held membership and served as Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis, President of Thief River Golf Club 1991-1992, member of American Legion Ecklund-Holstrom Post #117 and member of Homeland Security RRC3.
Survived by wife Joyce, Red Lake Falls, MN; sons: Steven (Elaine), Fargo, ND, Roby Dale (Jennifer), Ft. Campbell, KY, Scott, Thief River Falls, MN and Bradley (Traci) Maryville, TN; grandchildren: Tyson, Noah, Brady, Rileigh, Jacob, Nick (Andrea), Justin, Ethan, Carrie, Delainie and Abbie; great grandchildren: KayCee and KarLee. Joyce’s children Tron (Kelly) Olson, of Wildrose, ND, Brent (Cansandra) Olson of Thief River Falls, MN, Tricia (Brent) Gaffke of Cushing, MN their children Aaron Olson, Jennifer (Rick) Bourassa their children Alyssa and Tate, Garrett Olson of Thief River Falls, MN, Kyle Olson of Thief River Falls, MN, Chalsey (Paige) Olson and Blaine Olson of Thief River Falls, MN, Desmond Janousek of San Antonio, TX, Devin Janousek of Thief River Falls, MN, Beau Janousek of Cushing, MN.
Preceded in death by parents, grandparents, Oscar and Annie Nelson and Hans and Ingaborg Jorstad, brothers, Robert and Ralph and a sister-in-law, Diane.
Family condolences may be sent at
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June E. Shaver, 94, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at her Summit Apartment in the Villa St. Vincent. June was born on June 10, 1920 at St. Paul, MN, the daughter of Willis H. and Harriet (Ridley) Shaver. Her early years were spent at Gladstone, MN where she attended school through the 8th grade. She and her family then moved back to St. Paul, and June graduated from Johnson High School in 1938. After studying business and accounting at Globe Business College in St. Paul, she was employed in the offices of the American Linen Company in St. Paul. In 1949 June moved to Crookston and in 1953 became the Clinic Administrator for Northwestern Clinic. During the 1970’s she completed a course of study at the University of Minnesota-Crookston and earned an Associate Degree in Business. June continued in her position at Northwestern Clinic until her retirement in 1983.
June was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston and served as treasurer of the church for over 25 years. Professionally, she was a past-president of the State Clinic Managers Association, and was the first treasurer of the National Medical Group Management Association. As an active member of the Crookston community, she held memberships in the Lions Club, the local chapter of Business and Professional Women; served on the Crookston Planning Committee for 9 years; and was recipient of the City’s “Reaching Out to Serve Award.”  The University of Minnesota-Crookston was a big part of June’s life, and she was honored to receive the University’s prestigious Torch and Shield award. She was an avid fan and supporter of UMC athletics and was not only the first recipient of the UMC Teambacker Award, but the first to ever receive a Teambacker lifetime pass. Several years ago she established the Shaver Butterfly Garden at the University in honor of her family, and it has become a popular spot for visitors to stroll by. June had visited the Garden with her good friend, Jerry Knutson, just a few days before her passing. In her younger days (but not all that many years ago) she enjoyed skiing, golf, and traveling. As her eyesight began to fail, June relied more and more on the assistance of another very dear friend, Annette Hegg, to help her conduct her business and get to places she needed to be. June was a kind, generous, and very special person, not afraid to speak her mind if she thought it called for. She was a revered member of the community who will be remembered as one of its treasures.
June leaves 2 sisters-in-law, Elaine Shaver of KY and Marjorie Shaver of St. Paul, MN; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Harriet Shaver; sisters, Betty Mestio and Mary Lewis; and brothers, Donald and Thomas Shaver.  May God bless the memory of June E. Shaver.
A memorial service celebrating the life of June Shaver will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 6, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston, with The Rev. Darrel Cory, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Inurnment will take place in the church’s columbarium. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers June’s own wish was that memorials be given to the UMC Foundation. 
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Burial Services and Celebration of Life for Beverly Luettjohann will be held Sunday August 31 at 3:00 pm at the First English Lutheran Church Cemetery, Eldred MN, buried near her husband William (1927-2005), Father and Mother-in-law (Frieda Jurchen Luettjohann 1900-1994 and Ernest Luettjohann 1897-1932) and Grandfather In-law (August Jurchen 1869-1943, who helped build the Eldred Church). Pastor Steven Bohler will officiate at the Inurnment.
Beverly passed away December 14, 2013, at LifeStream Hospice, Sun City AZ with her two daughters near by. Beverly endured complications of COPD and donated her body to Science Care for medical research.
Beverly Lee Luettjohann was born August 13, 1929 in Bygland, Minnesota to Gunder and Bella (Sannes) Lee. Beverly was baptized and confirmed at Bygland Lutheran Church. She attended grade school in Bygland, later moving with her family to East Grand Forks and graduating from Central High School. Beverly married William Luettjohann on November 21, 1949 in Crookston MN and lived in Grand Forks, ND where she continued to work for Herbergers Department Store. They later moved to Minneapolis and in 1972 to Phoenix AZ and after retirement to Sun City AZ.
Beverly was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church where she attended regularly until her health no longer permitted it and was than visited weekly by a loving church member/friend Sue Schaunberg.
Bev will be greatly missed by her family for her sense of humor, card playing enjoyment, her smile and un-debatable love for Family and God! Surviving family members include daughters Lynda of Glendale, AZ and Sandra (Robin) Grube, Granddaughter Allison (Shinichi) Katsumoto and great-granddaughters Maya and Niina of Boise ID. Sisters Gladys (Roger) Sondrol of River Falls WI, Mildred Smith of Bemidji MN, and Thelma (Wayne) Frovarp of Rathdrum, ID, sister-in-law Shirley (Orville) Lee of Mandan ND and Brother-in-law Leo (Delores) Lunski of Fargo ND plus many nieces and nephews.
Bev was preceded in death by her husband William Luettjohann, parents Gunder and Bella Lee, sister Delores, brothers Kenneth, Orville and Norman, brother-in-law Richard Smith and sister-in-law June (Whisler) Lee.


 

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