Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)
Clarence Gruhot, 51, of Ashburn,
VA, and a Crookston, MN native, died accidentally at his home on Saturday, April
12, 2014, while working on his classic Camaro. Dan was born in Crookston on
September 24, 1962, the son of David and Delores (Pokrzywinski) Gruhot. He was
baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and while growing up on the family
farm attended Lincoln Elementary, Highland Middle School, and Central High
School in Crookston. Dan enlisted in the US Army on July 16, 1980 and served
overseas in Germany for nearly all of his tour of duty. For his service to his
country he was awarded the Expert Rifleman Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas
Service Ribbon, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge. He received his honorable
discharge on July 16, 1983 and returned home. Dan later moved to Salt Lake City,
UT and was employed in the construction business, both there and in Arizona.
After moving to Ashburn, VA Dan began working for the Telos Corp as an OEM
(Original Equipment Manufacturer) manager. He had been with the Company for the
past 23 years and was a very valued employee who will be sadly missed by his
supervisors and co-workers. Dan had been sharing a home in Ashburn with his best
friend of 34 years, Adam Warmsbecker, a native of the McIntosh, MN area.
Dan was a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings; exhibited by the fact that he wore some kind of Viking t-shirt or jersey every day of his life, named his dog, “Viking”, and it was rumored that his blood flowed purple. He also enjoyed working on, and driving, his 1980 Chevrolet Camaro. Dan remained loyal to his hometown and kept up with the news from Crookston everyday by going online to find out what was happening. He called his mother, Delores, every Tuesday without fail, and spoke with his brothers and sisters regularly as well. Everyone, family and friend alike, loved Dan, and he will be remembered for always living his life according to the Golden Rule. May God bless Dan’s memory.
Dan is survived by his mother, Delores Gruhot, of Crookston, MN; 3 brothers and 5 sisters: David (Sandi) Gruhot of Fargo, ND, Louis (Debbie) Gruhot of West Valley City, UT, Jeanette (Kevin) Pierce of Grand Forks, ND, his twin sister, Diane (Ron) Martin of Grand Forks, Kathy (Curt) Aamot of Crookston, Robert (Heidi) Gruhot of Gaithersburg, MD, Patsy Clement (fiance’ David Rynestad) of Grand Forks, and Sue (Dave) LeGare of Dilworth, MN; his best friend, Adam Warmsbecker of Ashburn, VA; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Dan was preceded in death by his father, David T. Gruhot, who died on September 20, 2001; his grandparents, Stanley and Lucille Gruhot, and Florian and Helen Pokrzywinski.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Daniel Clarence Gruhot will be held at 2:00pm, Monday, April 21, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, with military honors provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Hanson, age 84, Crookston, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Riverview Health
in Crookston, MN with her loving family at her side. Vivian Mary Gleason was
born on June 20, 1929 at White Earth, MN to Frank and Pauline (Oppegard)
Gleason. Vivian grew up on the family farm in Lengby, MN. She attended the
Antell School in Lengby and graduated from Mahnomen High School. After
graduation from nursing school in Minneapolis, she worked at Franklin Hospital
and as a private nurse for a few years before returning to Lengby to help take
care of her Dad and Grandfather. In 1951, Vivian moved to Crookston and worked
at St. Francis Hospital and Northwestern Bell. She was united in marriage with
Orland AOrlie@ Leonard Hanson on April 15, 1953 at the Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception, Crookston, MN. The couple lived on their farm in Fairfax
Township, south of Crookston. Orlie and Vivian moved from the farm to town in
1988, when Orlie retired from farming. Vivian enjoyed gardening and together
they spent time at their cabin on Leech Lake relaxing and enjoying fishing and
boat rides with their family and friends. Vivian always liked taking Sunday
afternoon drives with Orlie that often included a stop at a Dairy Queen and
making deliveries to the field. Vivian loved her family and friends and her kind
soul was felt by all who knew her. Sharing a smile and putting others first was
a natural response for her. Vivian was so proud of her children, grandchildren
and great-grandchildren and she enjoyed attending any event they were involved
in. She cherished lifelong friendships she made with her Birthday Club Group,
weekly coffee group, lunches with her Northwestern Bell group and C & G Red
Hatters. Organizations Vivian served as a member of include, the St. Francis of
Assisi Circle Group, Catholic Daughters of America, Villa St. Vincent Auxiliary,
VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and the Eagles. Vivian was a longtime
member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, where she served as a
co-chairperson of the Cathedral Funeral Guild.
Loving family members include her beloved husband of 61 years, Orlie; six children: Bruce (Jody) Hanson of Crookston, Corky (Marilee) Hanson of Crookston, Dean Hanson of Rogers, MN, Diane (Steve) Rice of Ham Lake, MN, Gerilynn Hanson of West Fargo, ND, Joyce Hanson of Fargo, ND; 13 grandchildren: Karna (Scott) Rhodes of Billings, Montana, Brock Hanson, Seth Hanson, Marley (Sam) Melbye, Wade Hanson, Wes (Crystal) Hanson, Wyatt Hanson, all of Crookston, Natalie Hanson of Winter Haven, Florida, Nicholas Hanson of Rogers, MN, Nate (Tricia) Hanson of Ramsey, MN, Jordan Rice and Alexis Rice of Ham Lake, MN, Lucy Hanson-Richter of Fargo, ND; 4 great-grandchildren: Jace and Drake Rhodes, Elianah and Greg Hanson. Also left to mourn Vivian=s passing is her sister: Hazel (Donald) Weber of Moorhead, MN; and two brothers: Francis Gleason of Minneapolis, MN and James (Francy) Gleason of Naytahwaush, MN; two brother-in-laws: Howard (Evelyn) Hanson and George (Nancy) Hanson, both from Crookston; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. In addition to a son, Rodney and a daughter, Mary Beth, Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Pauline; and a sister Patricia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lowell Storlie; Gilman and Maxine Hanson, Mervin and Dorothy Wagner.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Vivian Hanson will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with the Very Rev. Vincent Miller presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston from 5-7:00pm, Monday, with a prayer service at 7:00pm and also for one hour before the service at the church. Interment will take place in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with the arrangements. Online Registry at: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Teggatz died on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Sleepy Eye Care Center, in Sleepy
Eye, MN, surrounded by her family at the age of 91 years.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, April 21, 2014 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Mentor, MN with Father Joe Richards presiding. Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Mentor, MN.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Josephine Theresa Schindler was born January 6, 1923 on the family farm in Red Lake Falls Township, the daughter of John and Mary (Schmitz) Schindler. Josephine attended country school in Red Lake Township. Following high school in Red Lake Falls Township, she completed Teachers Training in Crookston MN. She then taught country school near Marcoux Corner, MN until 1945.
On July 24, 1945 Josephine was united in marriage to Eugene Teggatz in Red Lake Falls. The couple worked on their farm near Mentor, MN, while raising their family. She started teaching again in 1965 in Terrebonne, MN until the school was closed. She continued her education at Bemidji State University earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Josephine then taught Kindergarten, 1st Grade and Special Education until 1979. At that time she retired from teaching and she and Gene started traveling spending winters in Arkansas from 1979 to 1988. When health and age prevented them from traveling they moved to New Ulm, MN. After her husband’s death, Josephine continued living in New Ulm until she moved to the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye, MN, in 2011.
Josephine enjoyed making trips up North to visit her many relatives. In the Fall she enjoyed collecting flower seeds for her flower gardening. She sewed many sweatshirts and sweat suits, of many colors, for all of her grandchildren!! Baking cookies and taking “short orders” in “Grandma’s Restaurant” was one of her favorite things. She also enjoyed playing cards with Eugene and her grandchildren. Josephine enjoyed tutoring (playing school) with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Josephine is survived by 5 children: Beverly Bean, New Ulm, MN; Nancy Taylor, North Port, FL; Elaine (Steve) Hudok, Anoka, MN; Carolyn (John) Meyer, New Ulm, MN; Earl (Susan) Teggatz, Oak Park, IL. 22 grandchildren: Robert, Stephanie, Anthony (Amanda); Mark (Lisa), Eric (Jen), Paul; Nancy Melissa, Russell (Belinda), Christopher (Tanya), Zachary (Andrea), Mary (Brian); Michelle (Mike), Michael, Daniel; Benjamin, Kate, Kristen, Douglas, Andrew (Kristin); Tyler (Amy), Abigail (Dylan), Nikolas. 11 Great-Grand children: Lauren, Courtland, Tori; Anya, Lyla; Lucas; Victoria; Caleb; Cameron, Forrest; Zoey. 2 Great-Great Grandchildren: Amiyah, Ariana. Brothers and sister: Mary Ann Schafer, Vernon (Mary), Theodore, Valentine (Delores) Schindler. Sisters-in-law: Patricia Schindler, Lyda, Dorothy, Lily and Bernice Teggatz. She is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene on February 7, 2001, 2 sons: John and infant son Eugene Michael; Son-in-law Bobby Don Bean; Grandchildren: Theresa, Joseph: Great Grandchild Liam; her parents; Siblings: Edward, Louise, Louis, Veronica, Raymond, Bernard and Eugene.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.
Denis Lee Taus, age 51, Crookston, MN, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Sanford Medical Center, Bemidji, with his loving family at his side.Denis was born on April 26, 1962 in Crookston, MN, son of George L. and Mary A. (Morlan) Taus. He was named after his uncles, Dennis and Virgil Lee Taus. The family lived in Crookston, McIntosh and Oslo, before moving to Climax in 1970, where Denis attended school. In school, Denis was in track and played football and basketball. Following his senior year, the family moved back to Crookston. Denis had worked for local farmers while in school and at Perkins. During his sophomore year, at the age of 16, Denis was severely injured in a head on collision when he was hit by a drunk driver and suffered lifelong ongoing health issues which greatly altered his life. An avid outdoors man, he enjoyed cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles and fishing with family. He especially enjoyed Ox Cart Days in Crookston with the Classic Cruizers car exhibition, where annually he entered his "parade car," a 1985 Cutlass Supreme that he had refinished in Silver and Gold. He loved music and enjoyed following the bands of his brother George and brother-in-law Mark, attending all their gigs when he was in better health. He also enjoyed attending the annual Moon Dance Jam weekends at Walker, MN. He loved spending time with his nieces and nephews and regularly took them to the circus when it was in the area.
"Jo" Larson, age 75, died
Thursday, April 10, 2014 at RiverView Health in Crookston, with her loving
family at her side.
Jorene Ann Zink was born on December 1, 1938 at Carrington, ND daughter of Harold and Erna (Peterson) Zink. She grew up on the family farm near Carrington. She attended school at Rosehill Country School and graduated from Carrington High School. After graduation she attended Interstate Business College in Fargo for bookkeeping and worked for an accounting firm in Fargo following her graduation. She was united in marriage with Charles E. Larson on March 29, 1958 at Carrington Federated Church, Carrington, ND. After their wedding, they made their first home in Montevideo, MN. They returned to Fargo in 1959 and lived there until 1972 when the family moved to Bottineau, ND. In 1975, the family moved to Crookston and settled into their forever home on Golf Terrace Drive. Jo’s career was taking care of her family. When her children were young, Jo served as Cub Scout, Campfire, Girl Scout, and 4-H leader. She truly was her children’s biggest fan. As grandchildren arrived, she shared her love with them and enjoyed watching their concerts, games, plays, and spending time at lake with them making memories. In Crookston, Jo headed up a bowling team and 17 years ago organized a card club. She enjoyed quilting at Trinity and was a creative craft person. She put together beautiful jewelry Christmas trees with her Mom that she gave to each of her children. Jo was the Mom of the neighborhood and always had popsicles and treats available for the neighbor kids when they stopped by to visit. She enjoyed playing cards, games, and dice with her friends and family. Jo loved and celebrated every holiday; preparing fabulous meals, decorating her home inside and out, and enjoyed collecting Villages that lit up her home through the winter holiday. Jo especially enjoyed her beautiful flower beds in her yard that she planned and planted with Cory. Jo was active with her work at Trinity with the community food basket program and also enjoyed helping with the community theatre working behind the scenes getting the props ready for the play. She was known to have an impeccable home and shared that gift with others as well helping them clean, paint, wallpaper, and organize. Jo had a very big heart that would do anything for anyone.
Jo is survived by her husband of fifty-six years; Chuck, five children: Cory (Jeff) Nielsen of Crookston, Nancy Larson (Darcy Birkholz) of Fargo, Craig (Melinda) Larson of Crookston, Julie (Wes) Staigle of Fargo, and Janelle (Chris) Hetzler of West Fargo; five grandchildren: Christopher and Allison Larson, Cole and Nathan Staigle, and Charlee Jo Hetzler; siblings: Joyce (Lyle) Paulson of Fargo, Judy (John) Greene of Fargo, Richard Zink of Carrington, Merlin (Elaine) Zink of Baker, Montana, and Marlene (Duane) Anderson of Fargo; sister-in-law: Beverly Sprenger of Fargo; brother-in-law: Kurt (Connie) Larson of Wayzata, MN and sister-in-law: Sylvia (Arlan) Mostue of Fargo; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Erna Zink, in-laws Carl and Ethel Larson, and son-in-law Terry Hanson. May God richly bless the memory of Jorene Larson, amazing wife, mom, and friend!
The funeral for Jo will be at 11 AM, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston, with The Rev. Gregory Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston from 5 to 7 pm, Wednesday, with a prayer service at 7 pm and also for one hour before the service at the church. Inurnment will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Quilting, Beautification, or Community Food Basket Program. Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with the arrangements. Online Registry at:
Ervin Reitmeier, 96, of
Crookston, MN, died at his rural home on Friday afternoon, April 11, 2014, with
his loving wife, Doris, and their children at his side. Clarence was born at
Crookston on September 18, 1917, the son of Fred and Katherine (Wigand)
Reitmeier. He grew up on the family farm in Fanny Township, was baptized and
confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston, and attended the Fanny
Township Country School, otherwise known as the 'Tin Schoolhouse.'
It can be truthfully said that Clarence was a farmer from the time he could first walk. During the early years he worked the soil using horse drawn equipment covering a few acres a day, and eventually drove huge multi-horsepower tractors and other equipment that could plant and harvest hundreds of acres a day. He was grateful to have been mentored by his father, Fred, and especially proud to have mentored his son, Jim, and son-in-law, Dan, as they began their own lives as farmers. During his career Clarence was always optimistic about what lay ahead during the coming year, and the ones to follow; and it can also be truthfully said that he didn't retire until drawing his last breath on Friday.
Clarence was united in marriage to Doris A. Ross on November 14, 1940 at the home of her parents, Ferdinand and Minnie Ross of Fisher, MN. Scripture used for their ceremony included the verse, "I will never leave thee or forsake thee", a creed that they embraced throughout 73 years of marriage. Clarence and Doris called their farm in Fanny Township home to the present time, and is where, together, they raised five children: Jeanette, Elaine, Carol, Connie, and Jim. Very sadly, their son, Calvin, died just a few days after birth in 1945. While the kids were growing up, showing horses became one of their passions. Though Clarence may have had a hard time understanding why they would want to be out in the hot sun showing horses instead of lazing by the lake, swimming and fishing, he rarely ever missed one of their events. Fishing and hunting were favorite pastimes, almost as important to him as breathing, and he loved those times spent with family and friends. Clarence was an avid Twins fan, and never gave up on them no matter how the season was going. In his younger days he taught himself to play the harmonica, and played his entire repertoire by ear. In later years, as it became more difficult to get up and down from the tractor, Clarence became more of a gardener, surprising his kids by leaving boxes of things he grew on their doorsteps.
Clarence and Doris were longtime members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and he served several terms as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Clarence was also on the Fanny Township Board for many years, and belonged to the Farmers Union. Faith, family, farming, and friends were the hallmarks of his life. He was patient, forgiving, and a smile or word of encouragement was never far from his lips. He leaves Doris and their family with the knowledge that he is OK and they will all be together again. In the meantime, "enjoy the moment." Blessed be Clarence's memory.
Loving family members include his beloved wife, Doris; five children: Jeanette "Jan" and Dick Hanson of West Chicago, IL, Elaine and Corky Miller, Carol and Tom Hunt, Connie and Dan Cooley, and Jim and Robin Reitmeier, all of Crookston, MN; 11 grandchildren: Lori (Alex) Munoz, Lisa (Jim) Gardner, Bryan (Denise) Hanson, Jessica (Casey) McKenna, Orion Miller, Katie (Andy) Fee, Clarence "Carl" (Dawn) Hunt, Sarah Cooley, Kristi (Erik) Griffin, Jackie (Brandon) Otway, and Kelly Reitmeier; and 17 great-grandchildren: Amanda (Conor) Grealsh, Cristie and Alexandria Munoz, Emily and Eddie Forsythe, Jon, Hannah, and Quyn Gardner, James and Cathryn Hanson, Hannah Cook, Hayley, Kylie, Nicole and Daniele McKenna, and Addie and Kelby Fee. He also leaves a sister, Alice (Curtis) Pierce of Benson, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to his son, Calvin, Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Katherine; and two sisters, Edna Reitmeier and Helen Romuld.
The funeral service and celebration the life of Clarence Ervin Reitmeier will be held at 10:30am, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-7PM, with a 7PM prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorial may be given in Clarence's name to the Our Savior's Lutheran Church School. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
Diane C. Borgen, 65, Dilworth, MN, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Essentia Health Hospital, Fargo, ND. Memorial Service: 7:00PM Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Fredrikson Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Visitation: Saturday from 5-7PM at the funeral home. Burial: Bethania Lutheran Cemetery, rural Perley, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com
of Crookston, MN, died at his home Wednesday, April 9, 2014 with his loving
family at his side. He had been struggling with cancer for the past several
Stan was born in Crookston on June 4, 1929, and was the fourth of five children of the union of William “Bill” and Lillian (Flewell) Davis. He grew up on a farm at Harold Station, near Crookston, and attended country school. As a teenager, Stan was employed locally by Welter Plumbing and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Later he worked for a custom combining crew, traveling down south to help with the grain harvests, and then for REA, erecting power lines in Tennessee. He returned to the area and began driving for the Haugen Truck Line in 1950. On September 18, 1951 Stan was drafted into the United States Marine Corp and was deployed to South Korea during the Korean War. He was wounded in action on November 30, 1952 and awarded the Purple Heart. In early 1953 Stan came home on leave to visit his mother, who was gravely ill. During this brief stay, he married the love of his life, Doris Houfburg, on March 28, 1953 at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston. Doris was able to join Stan for a short time in Fallbrook, CA upon his return to active duty. Though she had to return to Crookston, Doris was soon able to rejoin Stan and be with him until their return to Crookston following his honorable discharge on September 17, 1953. For his patriotism and service to his country, Stan was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Korean Service Medal with 3 Stars, the UN Service Medal, and the Bronze Star. He resumed his employment with Haugen Trucking until 1960 when he began working as a driver for Glendenning Motorways. Stan and Doris raised four children: Michael, Gail, Kathryn, and Brian. Stan and son, Michael, were baptized on the same day in October of 1954 at the First Presbyterian Church. Very sadly, at the age of 19, Michael died in a car accident on August 5, 1973 near Red Lake Falls. Stan retired from Glendenning in 1989, and in semi-retirement was employed for a short time at the Crookston Arena, then as a custodian at the Bremer Bank for nine years, followed in 1999 by twelve years as a caretaker for the Summerfield Apartments.
Stan’s favorite pastime was gardening and he took great joy in sharing the fruits of his labor. He was a humble man, never one to boast, a hard worker, and coupled with his many talents, the person who could fix anything. Throughout his life, these were but a few of the traits that endeared him to family and friends alike. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Nels T. Wold American Legion Post #20, and a former member of VFW Post #1902 and Eagles Aerie #873. Stan treasured his sixty-one years of marriage to his beloved, Doris, and was very proud of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.
Stan leaves behind Doris; their three children: Gail Welle of Fergus Falls, MN, Kathryn (Michael) Moe of Hawley, MN, and Brian (Jean) Davis of Maple Grove, MN; six grandchildren: Aaron (Alani) Welle, Jared Welle, Robin (Karl) Berg, Lindsey (Lyal) Held, Ben and Taylor Davis; and three great-grandchildren: Reise and Kendal Berg, and Brody Held. He is also survived by 3 brothers and a sister: Bernard Davis of Laramie, WY, Lester Davis of Duluth, MN, Frank Davis of Hamel, MN, and Marian Knipe of San Diego, CA; Robert and Joanie Houfburg of Lake Miltona, MN, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, along with several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to his son, Michael Jon, Stan was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lillian; a son-in-law, Brian Welle, who died in 2007; and his parents-in-law, Ivar and Olive Houfburg. May God bless Stan’s memory.
The funeral service and celebration of the life of Stanley Davis will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston with The Reverend Trey Everett officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and interment will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorials may be given in Stan’s name to the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, ND or the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
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