Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

 

Richard “Dick” Maves, 80, of Crookston passed away unexpectedly July 3, 2015 at Riverview Hospital with family by his side. Services are pending at this time.

 

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Eugene “Frenchy” LaJesse, 68, of LaMoure ND, passed away July 1, 2015 at the St. Rose Care Center in LaMoure. Funeral Mass will be 2PM Tuesday July 7, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, with visitation one hour prior. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

 

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Vernon R. Strand, 88, of Shelly, MN, died Tuesday, July 2, 2015 at Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. Funeral Service will be at 2:00PM, Friday, July 10, 2015 at Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church, Shelly, MN.
Visitation will be from 5:00PM to 7:00PM Thursday at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN. Burial will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Shelly, MN. Arrangements are with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
 

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Edith Rocker, 89, Ada, MN, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Funeral will be at 11:00 Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada. Visitation will be from 5:00PM to 7:00PM Monday with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada. Burial will take place at Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada.  Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home

 

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Cecile Surprenant
of Grand Forks, ND, formerly Red Lake Falls, MN, 85, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Valley Eldercare Center, Grand Forks, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bill DeCrans presiding.  Burial will be at St. Anthony Cemetery in Terrebonne, MN. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Monday, July 6, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Cecile Teresa Fournier was born on April 5, 1930 on the family farm in Terrebonne Township the daughter of Xavier and Marie (Derosier) Fournier.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Terrebonne, MN.   She attended rural country school and Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls, MN. Cecile worked on the farm and various retail jobs in Terrebonne and Crookston. On October 21, 1952, Cecile was united in marriage to Vern Surprenant at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Terrebonne, MN.  The couple made their home in Washington DC for two years while Vern served in the United States Army and then returned to the Surprenant family farm near Terrebonne.  To this union seven children were born, Emily, Allen, Dale, Laurie, Joan, Janet and Randy. Cecile enjoyed raising her children and worked alongside of her husband, Vern on the dairy farm.  She raised a large garden and filled her pantry with her canned produce.  Cecile loved cooking and baking, especially her butter horn rolls and brownies.   She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and to her faith. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church until its closing, and then became a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls.  Cecile was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society. Survivors include her children, Emily Surprenant of Grand Forks, ND, Allen Surprenant of Fargo, ND, Dale (Diane) Surprenant of Moorhead, MN, Laurie (fiance, Dennis Duray) Surprenant of Grand Forks, ND, Joan Skiple of Bismarck, ND, Janet (Darrell) Wiskow of Red Lake Falls, MN, and Randy Surprenant of Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Kayla (James) Walter, Christopher Surprenant, Kate (Jay) Puterbaugh, Matthew (Amy) Surprenant, Nicole (Zach) Jones, Britnee Surprenant, Travis Skiple, Jennifer (Patrick) Niemackl, Sarah (Nick) Brilz, Melissa (Justin) Nagel, Brandon Wiskow, Mikayla Wiskow, Grace Surprenant, Joshua Surprenant; great-grandchildren, Jayden and Allison Walter, Brody Puterbaugh, Emma and Avery Niemackl, Braden Nagel; sister, LaVonne Pearson of Naperville, IL; brothers-in-law, John “Bud” (Bernie) Surprenant of AZ and Tim Baril of WI; sister-in-law, Margaret Fournier of Grand Forks, ND; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Vern in 2013; parents; siblings, Anne (Leonard) Roy, Rheaume Fournier, Obeline (William) Jolly, Lily (Gale) Lerum, Norman Fournier, Thomas Fournier, Louis Fournier, Richard (Marge) Fournier, Cleone (Ben) Barnes, Earl Fournier, Sam Fournier, and infant siblings, Marie and Robert; and brother-in-law, Robert Pearson.
Condolences may be sent at
www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.

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Alice Carriere of Crookston, MN, formerly Red Lake Falls, MN, age 96, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Villa St. Vincent, Crookston, MN with her loving family at her side.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 6, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bill DeCrans presiding.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN.Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.Alice Viola Normandin was born on February 3, 1919 in Gentilly, MN the daughter of Joseph and Eva (Degrossillier) Normandin.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN and attended country school.Alice quit school when she was 13 years old to take a job working for the county to clean various buildings.  She gave that money to her father for him to make the loan payment in order to keep the family farm working.  As a young woman, Alice also worked for area farmers during harvest.  After leaving home, she moved to Crookston and worked at St. Francis Hospital as a nursing assistant. In 1941, Alice was engaged to Mark Carriere and he went to serve in the United States Army in the European Theater during World War II.  The couple was married on November 12, 1945 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN and they made their home in Red Lake Falls, MN.  To this union seven children were born, Charlotte, LeRoy, Leo, Timothy, Albert, Jeannette, and Benita.Alice enjoyed raising her children while they were growing.  The family also had beef and dairy cattle, chickens, and a huge garden.  She loved picking wild blueberries, playing cards, crocheting, going for walks and even taught her son, Tim how to walk on homemade stilts.  Later in life, she worked at St. John’s Hospital in Red Lake Falls and after the hospital closed she worked in the dietary department at the school and Sunset Court.  Alice also did child care for a local family.She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, volunteered on the Ambulance Crew for over ten years, and belonged to the VFW Auxiliary all in Red Lake Falls.Survivors include her children, Charlotte Cruz of Sierra Vista, AZ, LeRoy Carriere of Roseau, MN, Leo Carriere of Roseau, MN, Tim (Carol) Carriere of Red Lake Falls, MN, Albert Carriere of Red Lake Falls, MN, Jeannette (Alan “Moe”) Ste. Marie of Red Lake Falls, MN and Benita (Larry) Quast of Hutchinson, MN; grandchildren, Alice, Carolyn, Mark and Elizabeth Cruz, Justin Carriere, Paul (Mary) Carriere, Dominic (Jenae)  Ste. Marie, Jill (Alex) Dowdle, Felicia Quast; great grandchildren, Madeline Carriere, Rylan and Autumn Ste. Marie; sister, Leah Audette of Cambridge, MN; sisters-in-law, Alice Ann Normandin of Detroit Lakes, MN and Doris Normandin of Crookston, MN; and many other relatives and friends.She is preceded in death by her husband, Mark on March 31, 1975; parents; brothers, Orphier (Leah), Harvey (Florence), Albert (Agnes), Jerome and Maurice Normandin; son-in-law Manual Cruz; grandson, Manual Cruz; brother-in-law, Lester Audette.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.

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Duane L. Kjensrud, 68, Halstad, MN, died Monday, June 22, 2015, at Sanford Hillsboro Care Center, Hillsboro, ND. Memorial Service will be at 2:00pm Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN. Visitation will be from 5:0-7:00PM Friday, July 10, 2015, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
 

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Robert "Bob" Wayne Patenaude, 72, of Red Lake Falls, passed away June 13th, 2015. He was born in Crookston on May 30th, 1943 to John and Marion (Korvela) Patenaude. Beginning his education in Red Lake Falls, he completed his senior year of high school in Crookston. Bob attended Bemidji State University for three semesters before joining the army reserve where he served as a cook for six years. Later, while working as a carpenter and landlord in Minneapolis, he married Deanna (Hansen) on August 1st, 1970. After having their first son, Dana, Bob and Deanna returned to rural Red Lake Falls to farm with Bob's father. Three more children followed, Jessica, Eric, and Ryan.
Through the years, Bob had a zest for life and enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, reading and gardening. He loved to bless his children and grandchildren with an occasional fish fry and display of fireworks. His bountiful garden produce was generously shared with friends, family, neighbors and church members. He was an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Crookston, participating in jail ministry and door to door evangelism of the Gospel.
Bob is survived by his mother, Marion, of Brainerd; his children, Dana (Nedra) Patenaude of Mankato, Jessica (Brian) Christensen of Crookston, Eric (Rebecca) Patenaude of Bloomington, and Ryan (Stephanie) Patenaude of Plymouth along with 16 grandchildren; sisters Doreen (Rick) Mahoney, Deb Barnett, Jan (Robert) Patenaude Jamison, Suzanne (Ron) Gramer, and Jodi (Tim) Williams; brother Tim(Lisa) Patenaude; and his former spouse and "wife of his youth," Deanna Patenaude. He is preceded in death by his father John and three siblings: Katherine, John "Jackie," and Dennis.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 pm Thursday, June 18th at Stenshoel- Houske Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 pm. A funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, June 19th at the Church of Christ, 321 5th Avenue So, Crookston. A private inurnment at Oakdale Cemetery will be held at a later date.
Memorials are preferred to Altru Hospice Program, Altru Health System, PO Box 6011, Grand Forks, ND 58206-9932.

 

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Robert “Bob” Janorschke Sr, 79, of Crookston passed away peacefully surrounded by family, June 14, 2015.
He was born June 10, 1936 in Mentor MN to Anton and Josephine (Hoffman) Janorschke. Graduated from Mentor Public School in 1954, after graduating Bob joined the United States Air Force. On December 23, 1957 Bob married Nancy Webster at St. Andrews Church in Mentor MN. Together they raised their children; Tammy, Bob, Pat, Kathy, Jodi, Merrie, Jerry and Jennifer.
Bob was a proud member of the Crookston Police Department from 1967 until retiring as the chief of police in 1992.  He was also a skilled carpenter, security guard at UMC for basketball games, real estate agent, and dedicated member of the Noon Day Lions Club in Crookston.
He enjoyed fishing with his children, deer hunting over the years, family vacations visiting relatives and weekends at the lake cabin.
Bob will be remembered for his sense of humor, the time he cherished with family, and being quick to hug everybody he came to meet.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years Nancy; children, Tammy (Todd) Welter, Bob (Jackie) Janorschke, Pat (Cathie) Janorschke, Kathy (Jay) Stene, Jodi (Paul) Dragseth, Merrie (Jon) Nelson, Jerry (Shannon) Janorschke and Jennifer Janorschke; grandchildren, Leasa Welter, Katie (Ryan) Lariviere, Juston & Kevin Welter; Jerek, Jacie, JaLynn and Jillian Janorschke, Robert & Tanner Janorschke, Steven Stene, Whitney (Wes) Miller, Cole (Annie) Ricard, Brandon Stene, Drew & Noah Dragseth, Amber (Kyle) Swenson, Lyndsey (Josh) Hill and Matthew Maves; great-grandchildren, Oliver Janorschke, Hayden & Bennett Ricard; siblings, Alice F. Sebenaler, Joan (Bill) Renner; sister-in-law, Shirley Caulfield; brother-in-law, Jerry Josten, with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Alby Janorschke; sister, Marie “Mickey” Josten; brother-in-laws, Ron Sebenaler & Jack Caulfield; nephew, Richard Sebenaler and granddaughter, Victoria Dragseth.
A Memorial Service will be 2:00 pm Saturday June 20 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 1:00 pm. Reception will be held at the Crookston American Legion after services.

 

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