Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)
Kent Ostgaard, 49, and his wife, Natalie, 51, died during the
early morning hours of Monday, March 3, 2014, at their rural Crookston, MN
residence of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.
Kent was born in Crookston on November 24, 1964 to the union of Vernon and Deloris (Volker) Ostgaard. He grew up on the family farm near Eldred, MN and graduated from Climax High School in 1983. Kent went on to attend the AVTI in East Grand Forks where he received an Associate degree in Diesel Mechanics. For several years he was employed on area farms.
Natalie was born in Crookston on December 19, 1962, and was the daughter of Delmer and Eunice (Larson) Paulson. She grew up in Crookston and was a member of the Class of 1981 at Central High School. She attended Bemidji State College and the U of M-Crookston, from which she received an Associate degree in creative writing. Natalie was employed by the US Census Bureau and later for various Crookston businesses.
Kent and Natalie were united in marriage on October 23, 1993 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston. Their union was blessed with three daughters, Aryanna, Cyrina, and Gabriela. For many years Kent was employed by New Flyer in Crookston. Natalie was familiar to many throughout the Crookston area as the news-features editor for the Crookston Daily Times from 2002 until 2013. Kent enjoyed being outdoors, along with favorite hobbies that included building, tinkering, and "projects." He was also very interested in the sciences and history. Natalie loved writing, as a hobby as well as her vocation, and was also a very talented photographer. She liked to keep in touch with family and friends via facebook and other social media, sharing what was going on in the lives of her family. Both Natalie and Kent loved animals, and Natalie had a real soft spot for anything unicorn related. Together, Kent and Natalie were extremely proud of their three girls and their accomplishments in life thus far, knowing that the best was yet to come. The support they gave the girls was unfailing, and their love unconditional. For all who were a part of their lives, Kent and Natalie will be remembered with love and smiles, and very sadly missed. They leave behind their three daughters: Aryanna of Crookston, Cyrina, a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Gabriela, a junior at Crookston High School. Also surviving is Kent's brother, Kraig (Torrey) Ostgaard of Fisher, MN and his children: Dylan, Nicholas, Amber, and Alexis; Natalie's siblings: Larry (Debbie) Paulson of Crookston, Bradley Paulson of Fargo, ND, and Jeffrey Paulson (Val Nygaard) of Seattle, WA , and their daughter, Melanie (David) Newcombe. They are also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives; and preceded in death by their parents, Vernon and Deloris Ostgaard and Delmer and Eunice Paulson. Blessed be the memories of Kent and Natalie.
A memorial service celebrating the lives of Kent and Natalie Ostgaard will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with the family will begin at the church at 12 Noon. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Jolanda Anderson who has been with Aryanna throughout her stay at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Memorials may be directed to The Ostgaard Family c/o Bremer Bank, 201 North Broadway, Crookston, MN 56716. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Aurora C. Deziel, 83, Mentor, MN, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at her home in Maple Bay. Aurora Catherine Gervais was born October 3, 1930, in Red Lake County, Minnesota. Her parents were Albert and Bertha (Truedeau) Gervais. She attended country school in Red Lake County. Aurora was united in marriage to Harry Deziel on October 5, 1949, in Gentilly, MN. They raised their family in Grand Forks until they moved to Maple Lake. She had worked at Valley Memorial in Grand Forks and retired from the UND Rehab Center. In 1984, she became a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Fertile, MN.
Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Gentilly, MN. The Erikson-Vik Funeral Home of Fertile, MN is assisting with funeral arrangements. www.eriksonvikfh.com
Manning, 78, of rural Erskine, MN died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at his
home near Erskine surrounded by his loving family.
Memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Faith Community Church, 1106 17th St. S. Grand Forks, ND with Pastor Joe Atilano Officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church on Sunday.
Ken Manning was born March 3, 1935 son of Evert (Ed) and Bridgetta (Habeck) Manning in Gary, MN. He was raised at Green Meadow Township near Gary, MN and was baptized and confirmed at Green Meadow Lutheran Church. He attended school at Gary, MN graduating in 1953. Through his life and marriages, there were 12 children. Ken was a musician who lived and traveled throughout the US and Canada settling in rural Erskine in his golden years.
Ken enjoyed music, playing cards, hunting, traveling and spending time with his family but especially his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his great-great-grandchild. Ken was known as dad and grandpa to a multitude of others outside the family.
He is survived by his best friend and companion of many years Gloria Benedick of rural Erskine, MN; children Jeanne (Buddy) Hackett of East Grand Forks, MN, Deborah (Casey) Lieverse of Grand Prairie, Al CA, Tim Manning of Red Lake Falls, MN, Susan (Rick) Wiseman of Warroad, MN, Bridget (Marlow) Pallum of Nielsville, MN, Tom Manning of St. Cloud, MN, Bobbi Lee (Moses) Mintzer of Clayton, NC, Evert (Sara) Manning of Crookston, MN, Jason (Dava) Manning of Clearlake, WI, Adam (Brittany) Manning of West Fargo, ND and Lynelle Manning of Balsam Lake, WI: 33 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Brothers Eugene (Helen) Manning of Fergus Falls, MN and Duane (Melissa) Manning of Harpers Ferry, WV: many nieces and nephews.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Peggy Sue, great-granddaughter Tamara, sisters Eveline Bennefield, Helen Grieve and Dorothy Meyers, brothers Lawrence (Bud) and Marvin.
HONORARY PALLBEARERS: All of Ken’s children and grandchildren.
Norma Ross, 81, of Crookston, MN, died
Friday, February 21, 2014, at the home of her daughter, Kristin, in East Grand
Forks. With great grace and peace, she
courageously battled leukemia for the past several weeks. Norma Jean Hovelsrud
was born in Crookston on May 23, 1932, the fifth of six children of the union of
Lawrence and Anne (Carlson) Hovelsrud. She was baptized and confirmed in the
Lutheran faith, and grew up on the family farm, south of Crookston. Norma
attended Crookston public schools and graduated from Central High School in
1950. For several years she held a clerical position with Polk County Social
Services in Crookston before transferring to the Hennepin County Social Services
Department in Minneapolis in 1954. On April 15, 1955 Norma was united in
marriage to Gerhard Arthur Ross. The couple lived and farmed near Fisher, MN,
and together raised six children. Five of the kids came in their first seven
years of marriage, with the baby...Kelly, arriving six and a half years later.
Needless to say, Norma had her hands full, but would not have traded places with
anybody. For many years the couple's lives centered around farming. Sunday
mornings would find the family faithfully attending Trinity Lutheran Church in
Fisher, and the rest of the week keeping up with school activities including
basketball, football, and volleyball games; band concerts and PTA meetings. An
immense sadness came to the entire Ross family in 1987 when Kelly was diagnosed
with leukemia. After months of treatments, hope and then heartache, Kelly passed
away on October 2nd. Three and a half years later Gerhard retired from farming,
turning over the operation to his sons. He and Norma moved to Crookston, and
became devoted members of Crookston's Trinity Lutheran Church. Norma was active
in the Mary Guild Bible Study and WELCA, served on the building committee during
the planning for Trinity's new addition, and later chaired the church's kitchen
remodeling project. Norma was welcomed into the Crookston Chapter of PEO, a
Sisterhood devoted to providing educational opportunities for young women. From
this organization many wonderful friendships were formed. She was a member of
the RiverView Hospital Association Auxiliary and for several years chaired the
cookie-walk, held each December. Norma belonged to the Home Study Club for many
years, and was past president of the West Polk County Home Study Council. She
also held memberships in the Auxiliaries of the American Legion and DAV,
volunteered for RSVP, and participated in Golden Link activities. Norma and
Gerhard enjoyed travel in the United States, along with trips to Norway and many
other European countries. Gerhard passed away on August 26, 2011. Norma remained
at the heart and center of her growing family, trusting Jesus for daily guidance
and the ability to serve her Lord by serving others for as many years as he
would choose to give her. Her legacy of love, generosity, compassion and energy
for service will be very lovingly remembered and forever missed by her family
and all who shared in her life. Norma leaves five children and their spouses:
Kevin and Debra Ross of Fisher, MN, Janna Ross and her husband, John Clark, of
Maplewood, MN, Joel and Kristi Ross of East Grand Forks, MN, Kristin and Grant
Schiller of East Grand Forks, and Jay and Jennifer Peterson-Ross of Crookston,
MN; grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Andrew (Michelle) Ross, Travis
(Jessica) Ross, Evan (Bailey) Dimke, Bria Dimke, Katherine (Peter) Duane, Thomas
Rohrer, Brian (Audrey) Clark, Allen Clark, Kevin Clark, Alyssa (Luke) Wentz,
Jessica Christenson, Nicole (Ross) Johnson, Jake Schiller, Jaelynn Ross, Lacee
Peterson, Lexie Peterson, Luke Peterson, and Maretta (Calvin) McMullen; two
great-grandchildren, Broden and Brielle Ross. She is also survived by four
siblings: Lorraine Tattle of St. Cloud, MN, Morris (Twyla) Hovelsrud of
Crookston, Lois Bagley of Crookston, and Joan Westlake of Detroit Lakes, MN; and
many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Besides, Gerhard, her beloved husband
of fifty-six years, and their dear daughter, Kelly, Norma was preceded in death
by her parents, parents-in-law, Arthur and Elizabeth, and sister, Betty Armacost.
Blessed is the memory of Norma Jean Ross.
The funeral service for Norma Ross will be held at 10:30 am, Monday, March 3, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Greg Isaacson and The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Sunday from 4-6:00 pm, with a 6:00 pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorials may be given in Norma's name to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 South Broadway, Crookston, MN 56716. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Harriet E. Grandbois, 96, of Red Lake Falls, MN died on Sunday, February
23, 2014 at Oakland Park Nursing home in Thief River Falls, MN. Harriet E.
Grandbois was born on
August 10, 1917 daughter of the late Clarence and Elizabeth (Murphy) Hall in
Brooks, MN. She grew up and attended school in the Brooks area. Harriet was
united in marriage to Paul Grandbois on June 22, 1943 at St. Joseph Catholic
Church in Brooks, MN. The couple lived and famed in Browns Creek Township for
fifty-four years. They moved to Thief River Falls in November 1997. After Paul's
passing, Harriet continued to live in Thief River Falls until June 2007 when she
moved to Sunview Center in Red Lake Falls, MN. In 2012, Harriet moved to Thief
River Falls where she spent her remaining years.
She enjoyed listening to the Minnesota Twins,
reading, playing cards and bingo.
Harriet is survived by her two children: Richard (Kathryn) Grandbois of St. Hilaire, MN and Patricia (Ron) Woods of Portage, PA; five grandchildren Deborah Carlson, Dorinda (Alan Krueger) Grandbois, Devon (Emelyn Fredrickson) Grandbois, Danielle (Kyle) Miller, Melissa (Michael) O'Connor; and ten great-grandchildren Alexander, Liam, Laura, Avery, Cameron, Braden, Shaan, Dhru, Bowen, Kimberlee: also survived by son-in-law James Spurrier of Burnsville, MN; sister-in-laws Albina Grandbois of Cucahy, WI, Elveria Hall of Santa Ann, CA and Mary Grundhaus of Thief River Falls, MN along with many nieces and nephews. Harriet is preceded in death by her husband Paul in 1998, infant son Philip, daughter Elizabeth (Betty), infant brother and sister, parents and brother Clarence (uncle Buster).
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father Chuck Huck Officiating. Burial will be held in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held from 5 - 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Johnson Funeral service in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to services on Friday. In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the St. Joseph Catholic Church building fund. Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.
Jeanne Marie Conneran,
65, of Crookston, MN, died Friday, February 21, 2014, at the RiverView Hospital
in Crookston surrounded by her family. Jeanne had
been diagnosed with MS in 1981, and her positive attitude toward life was a
source of constant inspiration to her family and friends.
Jeanne was born in Crookston on November 20, 1948,
the daughter of Lester and Claire (Dubuque) Conneran. She was baptized and
confirmed at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Fisher, and grew up on the
family farm near Fisher. She received her early education at the Fisher
Elementary School, and then attended St. Joseph's Academy in Crookston
graduating with the Class of 1966. After high school Jeanne began working for
Salem Motors as the secretary-bookkeeper. Her beloved son, Chad, was born in
1971. Because of declining health Jeanne retired from Salem's in the early
1980's. She moved to East Grand Forks in 1989 and lived at Sunrise Terrace. In
December of 1998 Jeanne returned to Crookston and moved into the Villa St.
Vincent. Over the years she formed many wonderful friendships among the staff
and her fellow residents. Jeanne's passions in life were reserved for Elvis, the
Vikings, and anybody who beat the Packers! She enjoyed crocheting, and that
talent led to the creation of over 50 colorful afghans. Jeanne will long be
remembered for her love of life, the joy she got from teasing others and being
teased in return, and the big smiles of sheer happiness during visits with
family and friends. May God richly bless the memory of Jeanne Marie Conneran.
Surviving family members include her son, Chad Conneran of Thief River Falls, MN; her mother, Claire Conneran of Crookston, MN; three sisters, Mary Jo (Lanny) Anderson of Vadnais Heights, MN, Kathy (Robert) Altringer and Sue (Gary) Menard of Crookston; sister-in-law, Linda Conneran of Grand Forks, ND; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Jeanne was preceded in death by her father, Lester; sister, Paulette Hartlich and her husband, Richard; brother, John Conneran; and special niece and nephew, Tracy Lynn Altringer and Bill Hartlich.
A memorial service celebrating Jeanne's life will be held in the Chapel of the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston at 10:30 am, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, in the spring. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Jan L. Delage,
MN, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at RiverView Hospital, Crookston, MN.
Jan L. Desautel was born on July 31, 1937 in Crookston, MN, daughter of Leo and
Edith (Ebert) Desautel. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic
faith and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1955. She was united in
marriage with James H. Delage on September 14, 1957 at the Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception in Crookston. They made their home in Crookston,
until moving to Gentilly in 1969. Jan trained as a X-ray and lab tech and
worked in that profession at St. John’s Hospital in Red Lake Falls, in Grand
Forks and then with the Agassiz Clinic in Crookston until it closed in 1983.
She then worked with the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council with their Housing
Program working with low-income housing. She received an award for her
work there in the 1980’s and retired from Tri-Valley on August 28, 2003.
She then worked with the RSVP program and was very passionate and creative about
the program. She spent time serving as a Walmart greeter. She was a
member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, serving on the Pastoral
Council and as a Minister of Holy Communion. She was also involved with
the Homemakers Club, Toastmasters, and Bridge Club. She kept up with
current events and was passionate about her opinions, especially social justice
issues. She loved spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed a
good party, gardening, camping, traveling. She also enjoyed cooking and
baking. She loved her animals. Her husband, James, died on December 16,
Jan is survived by her sons: Glenn (Rachel) Delage and Joel Delage, both of Crookston; grandsons: Bryce, Brett and Brandt Delage; two sisters-in-law: Louise Desautel of Albany, MN and Elaine (Alton) Lilga of Apple Valley, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents: Leo & Edith Desautel; brother: James; sister: Harriet; and her husband: James.
Jan’s funeral service will be Monday, February 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Gentilly, MN. Visitation will be at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 5 to 7 PM, with a prayer service at 7 PM, and also with visitation for one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Interment will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Gentilly, MN. Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with arrangements. Online Registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
“Larry” Hagl of Red Lake Falls, age 66, died on Tuesday, February 18,
2014 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Larry was baptized and
confirmed into the Catholic faith at Saint Joseph Church in Red Lake Falls,
Minnesota during his youth.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM with visitation one hour prior at the Church.
A Wake will be held from 5 – 8:00 PM on Friday, February 21, 2014 with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Larry was born on December 31, 1947 at Crookston Hospital in Crookston, MN the son of George and Amelia (Desautel) Hagl. He attended St. Joseph School; growing up he worked on several farms in Red Lake Falls County.
As an adult, Larry worked as a janitor at St. Joseph Church & School in Red Lake Falls, MN; and the Human Nutrition Lab in Grand Forks, ND. He also was a handyman and liked to do woodwork and remodeling projects. He was a very giving soul and loved to do what he could for others; Christmas was his favorite time of the year. He had a very blessed relationship with his niece, Georgia (who was inflicted with spinal bifida and lived to be 35 years of age) and his nephew Henry. In his later years, Larry lived at St. Anne’s Guest House in Grand Forks for two years and then Borg Home in Mountain, ND where he spent the last years of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Larry is survived by two sisters, Donna Presnell of Grand Forks, ND and Beverly Wander of Detroit Lakes, MN; and many nieces and nephews. Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
Luverne E. Hviding, age 79, Crookston, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the Villa St. Vincent, Crookston, with her family at her side. Luverne Ethel Hviding was born on February 28, 1934 in her home east of Borup, Minnesota, daughter of Anton and Ella Dahl. She grew up and was educated at Golden Rod Country School and Borup High School. She graduated in May 1951. On June 26, 1954 she married Kenneth Reuben Hviding. She joined Ken through his Army years living at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Fort Hood, Texas. Following two years in Lichfield, North Dakota, they moved to Crookston, Minnesota where she spent the rest of her life.As a housewife and mother, Luverne spent the early years of her marriage raising her four children. In later years, she spread her wings through many hours employed at Dalhgren’s. She and Ken enjoyed many days together as volunteers at the Polk County Historical Society and the Rydell National Wildlife Refuge. Along with her family, she spent many years enjoying the Hviding family farm south of Mentor, Minnesota.Throughout her life she was actively involved in the Crookston Covenant Church. There she served as organist and accompanist, Sunday School teacher and was actively involved with the ministries of Covenant Women. Through these roles friends came to know and cherish her quiet and gentle spirit and her steady consistent faith in God. While Luverne also enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting, and Suduko, her greatest joys came from quiet reading, holding a new born baby, and spending time with the family she loved.
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