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Sister Regina Hansmann O.S.B., 93, of Crookston, MN, passed away Monday morning, May 22, 2017, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Mass of Christian Burial for Sr. Regina will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the Chapel of Mount St. Benedict, Crookston, MN, with The Very Rev. Mike Foltz, presiding. Visitation will be at Mount St. Benedict on Monday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and visitation also for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will follow at the Mount St. Benedict Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are with Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home.
Norman Elwood Arneson and Loretta Irene Arneson passed from this world just three days apart after a lifetime of love and devotion. They were married in Fargo, North Dakota, on August 3, 1951, and celebrated 65 years together surrounded by family and friends last summer.Norm passed away at Heritage Memory Care Cottages on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the age of 88. He is preceded in death by his parents, Sigvart and Hanna Arneson, five brothers, andsix sisters. Loretta passed away at Heritage Memory Care Cottages at the age of 90 on Friday, May 19, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Jessie Swisher, one brother, and one sister. Norman and Loretta are lovingly remembered by their daughter Charlotte Peterson (Marty) of Park Rapids, Minnesota; son Clark Arneson (Mary) of Maple Grove, Minnesota;daughter Nancy Neal (Dave) of Plymouth, Minnesota; son Scott Arneson (Nina) of Red Wing, Minnesota; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; Norman’s sister Temple Fossell of Montevideo, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.Norm was born at home in Fairdale, North Dakota on May 30, 1928. He graduated from Fairdale High School in 1946 and went on to earn a two-year Teacher’s Certificate from Mayville State College in 1948. Through summer school Norm attained his four year degree. In 1955 Norm earneda Master’s Degree from the University of North Dakota. He worked as an elementary school principal in Crookston, Minnesota.Norm enjoyed wood carving, flea markets, lake life at Union Lake and Long Lake, Bridge Club in Crookston, and spending winters at Trail Riders Park in Mesa, Arizona. He loved playing cards in retirement and was an avid international traveler. In 1993 he was given the Experienced American Award. Norm was a longstanding member of the Crookston Lions Club. He was honored as a two-time District Governor for Lions and a Melvin Jones Fellow. He was inducted into the Lions Hall of Fame in 2005.Norman and Loretta were active in the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston. Later in life they were members of Riverside Methodist Church in Park Rapids and Velda Rose Church in Mesa.Loretta was born at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota on April 19, 1927. She graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1944 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Dakota State Universityin 1948 and a Master’s Degree from the University of North Dakota in 1971. She worked as a teacher in Crookston, Minnesota at Central and Mt. St. Benedicts.Loretta enjoyed international travel, lake life at Union Lake and Long Lake, winters at Trail Riders Park in Mesa, Arizona, and card playing of any kind. She especially enjoyed playing Bridge (and beating Norm at Cribbage). She was a member of the choir and bell choir at First Presbyterian Church in Crookston, where she also directed the children’s choir and served as an Elder and a Deacon. Loretta was a member of the Crookston Women’s Club and Chapter AX of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, regularly donated blood, and was recognized as a Melvin Jones Fellow for her work with Norm’s Lions Club. In 1993 she received the Experienced American Award.The celebration of life for Norman and Loretta will be at Cease Funeral Home, 710 West First Street, Park Rapids, Minnesota, on Thursday, May 25, 2017 with Reverend Lori Nielsen officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM and the service of remembrancewill follow at 11:00 AM. Those attending are encouraged to wear bright colors that day in celebration of the full and beautiful life of Norm and Loretta. A lunch at Cease Funeral Home will follow the service. Norman and Loretta will be laid to rest together at Greenwood Cemeteryin a private internment on Thursday, May 25 after the lunch.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Crookston Lions Club or the P.E.O. Project for Continuing Education. Condolences for the family may be offered online at www.ceasefuneralhome.com.
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age 99, died peacefully at Inver Glen Senior Living in Inver
Grove Heights, MN on May 13, 2017.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 26, 2017 at St Joseph Catholic Church, Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Red Lake Falls, MN.
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday at the church.
Edward Lynn Keifenheim was born in Red Lake Falls to Edward and Edna (Gray) Keifenheim on June 8, 1917. Lynn graduated from Lafayette High School in 1935. Lynn worked at his father's grocery store, served one year in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington, and for the U.S. Postal Service prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army. Lynn completed Officer Candidate School in 1942 and served as a captain in the South Pacific in Hawaii, Kwajalein, and Enewetak during World War II and received a bronze star.
Lynn married Marion Gerardy in Plummer on April 12, 1945. Lynn and Marion lived in Fort Bliss,TX and Fort Leavenworth, KS before Lynn separated to the Army Reserve and returned to Red Lake Falls in 1946. Lynn returned to work at the post office in Red Lake Falls as a clerk from 1946-59 and as a rural mail carrier from 1959-78. Lynn continued his military service in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1946-59, during which time he received a promotion to major, and in the Minnesota National Guard from 1959-64.
Lynn was active and provided leadership in many organizations in Red Lake Falls. He served as Commander of Gunder Austad American Legion Post 22 in 1948; Chairman of the 9th District Legion Conventions in 1949 and 1976; Park Board member and President from 1964-69, during which time the Cardin-Hunt arena was completed; President and Secretary-treasurer of the Sportsmen's Club; President and Board member of the Oak Knolls Golf Club for 3 years; Chairman of the centennial celebration in 1976; and Board member and President of the St. John's Hospital Board. Lynn was honored by the Red Lake Falls Civic and Commerce Association in 1985 as "Man of the Year". In addition, Lynn led the color guard in Red Lake County's observance of Memorial Day for many years.
Following retirement from the post office Lynn and Marion spent 23 winters in Mesa, AZ. They travelled to Europe, Hawaii, and Alaska. Marion died in 2003 and Lynn married Geraldine Nance on April 9, 2005. Lynn played amateur baseball when he was younger and he was an avid outdoorsman and golfer. Among his accomplishments was shooting his age when he was in his 70's. Lynn continued with deer and duck hunting until age 90. Lynn continued his generosity during his retirement by frequently helping neighbors and friends with repair projects.
Lynn is preceded in death by his wife, Marion, second wife, Geraldine, his parents, brothers, William and Donald, and sisters, Shirley Walach and Marjorie Sullivan.
Lynn is survived by his 6 children who all live in Minnesota: James (Linda), Minneapolis, Gary (Mary), Elk River, Carole Hennig (Volker), White Bear Lake, Patrice Katzenmaier (James), West St. Paul, Bruce (Martha), East Grand Forks, Charles (Dana), Buffalo, 15 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. Lynn will be remembered by the many people he touched, especially his children and their families. Memorials to the Red Lake Falls American Legion in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
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Doris Adeline Pederson,
age 90, of Crookston, MN passed away on May 17, 2017 at Riverview Hospital in
Doris was born on March 26, 1927 in Shelly, MN to Gust and Nettie (Eggen) Ueland. She attended school at the Lincoln Rural School of Good Hope Township. Doris was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Shelly, MN.
On October 8, 1949 Doris married Warren R. Pederson in Red Lake Falls, MN. They had three children, Roger, Susan, and Diane. They lived in Lockhart, MN before moving to Crookston, MN.
Doris was employed by Bethesda Nursing Home, and later by St. Francis Hospital. She then worked for Sekula’s Hotel and Restaurant. Doris’s hobbies included fishing, art, painting, and sewing. May God bless Doris’s memory.
Doris is survived by her children, Roger (Corinne) Pederson of Whitehall, MT, and Diane (William) Noah of Crookston, MN; sister, Marion Hitner of Aroura, MN; brother, Gene (Margaret) Ueland of Ada, MN; six grandchildren, Jeremy and Jesse Nelson, Nicole Ogeda and Travis Pederson, and Joshua and Christine (Eric) Johnson; great-grandchildren, Emma Rae and Ethan Nelson, Kayla, Lydia, and Wade Nelson, and Parker Noah.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Warren; her parents, Gust and Nettie; daughter, Susan Nelson; and her sister, Dorothy.
There will be a funeral service and celebration of Doris’s life at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN
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Allen M. Aanenson
died on May 19th, 2017, at Sanford Hospital, Fargo,
ND, due to lung cancer, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Anthony Township on Thursday, April 7th, 1932, to Albertina (Opgrand) and Theodore Aanenson. And was baptized and confirmed at the East Marsh River Lutheran Church. Allen attended country school until the 8th grade. He was an Army man at heart and enlisted on January 21st, 1953 and served as a corporal in Thule, Greenland until he was honorably discharged on January 20th, 1955. During this time he earned his GED. Allen had a saying about Thule that he would have wanted to share: “Thule: Where there was a woman behind every tree. And there were no trees.”
Allen then worked as a farm hand for Harold Hage and John Hellerud. The next chapter of Allen's life was blessed by his marriage to Virginia Ann Schultz in Jackson County at Immanuel Lutheran Church, witnessed by family and loved ones. Upon their return to Ada, Allen worked for Lawrence Keppler and eventually for Great Plains Lumber yard followed by his impressive 28 year stretch at the City of Ada Public Works Department, where he retired in October 1994. He was an excellent handyman and enjoyed creating things in his workshop, while indulging in the occasional cigarette. He also loved to play cards with his whole family and laughter filled the house!
Allen enjoyed traveling across the country with his wife Virginia, and with his family. Some of the places they traveled to included Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, Boston, Washington D.C. and many “camping adventures” in Itasca State Park and the surrounding areas. He was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church and was proud to serve in Ada's V.F.W. Honor Guard.
He will be sorely missed by his wife, Virginia, and children: Kari, Molly, Eric and Anne, as well as his grandchildren: Adam, Hannah and Ismael (Izzy). He loved every single niece, nephew, first cousin, second cousin, co-worker and friend! He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Albert, Norman, Arthur, Tenny, Gladys, Millie and Elmer. God bless the memory of Allen Aanenson.
Funeral: 2:00PM, Friday, May 26, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Thursday, May 25, 2017, from 5-7PM with a prayer service at 6:30pm at the church. Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com
Diane Jean Rosenberg, 73, of Mentor, MN, passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 16, 2017, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND, with her family at her side. She had been bravely struggling with a recent cancer diagnosis. Diane was born at Crookston, MN on March 8, 1944, the daughter of Paul and Ruth (Jensen) Wilkens. She grew up on the family farm near Brooks and graduated from Plummer High School in 1962. Diane was united in marriage to Lowell J. Johnson on June 9, 1962 at Plummer, MN. The couple made their home in Crookston where they raised their 3 children: Cori, Shane, and Brian. Very sadly, Brian, passed away unexpectedly on August 10, 2016. Diane was employed at various Crookston businesses over the years, including the Crookston Airport and Jerry’s Flying Service. Lowell passed away on January 9, 1986 after a lengthy illness. In 1989 Diane moved to rural Mentor, MN and on October 22, 1994 she married Lowell Rosenberg at their Mentor farm. Diane and Lowell spent their time together doing over-the-road trucking and Diane also worked with him running his crop spraying business at Red Lake Falls. He passed away on July 3, 1996. For several years Diane served as Mentor’s City Clerk and at the present time had been employed as the area auditor for the State of Minnesota’s pull tab agency. She loved to play bingo, and enjoyed spending time outdoors in her vegetable garden, canning much of the produce (a passion she passed on to her sons.) Diane will be remembered as a hard-working, strong woman who loved her family. Loving family members include Diane’s daughter and son-in-law, Cori and Jeff Brown of Perham, MN; son and daughter-in-law, Shane and Belinda Johnson of Crookston; 6 grandchildren: Laura (Brady) Jorud, Lindsey (Blaine) Goering, Jared Johnson, Tanner Johnson (fiancé, Tanesha) and Nathan and Devan Black; 3 great-grandchildren: Joseph and Ashlyn Goering, and Ava Johnson; 2 brothers, Dennis Wilkens (special friend, Mary Barnes) of St. Hilaire, MN and Daryl (Cathy) Wilkens of Grand Forks, ND; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. In addition to her husbands, Lowell Johnson and Lowell Rosenberg, and son, Brian, Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Ruth Wilkens; and sister-in-law, Sheryl Wilkens. May God richly bless Diane’s memory. Visitation with Diane’s family will be held from 3-5pm, Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston. There will be no service. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given in Diane’s name to the charity of the giver’s choice.
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Dale Russell Stoe Sr.,
of Crookston, MN, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Altru Hospital in Grand
Forks, ND with his family at his side. He was born June 6, 1942 in Badger, MN,
the youngest of 10 children of the union of Clarence and Anna (Holter) Stoe. He
grew up in the Roseau-Badger area where he attended country schools. Dale worked
for farmers around his home area until moving to Crookston in the early 1960s.
On November 21, 1965 he married Audrey Brault at Trinity Lutheran Church. Audrey
and Dale made their home in Crookston where they raised their 5 children: Tammy,
Rob, John, Dale Jr., and Jeanne. Through the years Dale was employed at Elk
River Concrete, Red River Alfalfa, and other Crookston businesses. For the last
several years he was self-employed, traveling around the area collecting scrap
iron and various collector items. He loved meeting people and getting to know
about them. Dale was an avid hunter and fisherman and looked forward to time
spent on the local lakes and rivers, reeling in the “big ones.”
Dale is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Audrey; their 5 children: Tammy Stoe, Rob (Tammy) Stoe, John Stoe, Dale Stoe Jr., and Jeanne Stoe (Jay Amiot), all of Crookston, MN; 8 grandchildren: Dustin and Tasha Orendorf, Dylan Mendez, Andrew ( Jessica Kvidt ) Stoe, Brittany (Danny) Okstad , Christina (Charlie) Clark, Alexander Stoe (Mandie Persson) and Cameron Stoe; 3 great-grandchildren: Emmy Johnson, Merric Wold, and Luna Stoe; 4 sisters: Florence Hillyer and Eleanor Wellen of Thief River Falls, MN, Adeline (Curtis) Olson of Wannaska, MN, and Donna Roland of Scobey, MT; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Anna; step-fathers, Dewey Anderson and Harry Sage ; a sister, Lorraine Jerome; and 4 brothers: Kenneth, Orville, Lloyd, and infant, Delford. May God bless Dale’s memory.
A memorial service for Dale Stoe Sr. will be held at 2PM, Friday, May 19, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation with the family will be from Noon until 2PM. Funeral arrangements are with Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home. Memorials to the family preferred.
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Frank Michael Barnes, 78, died Saturday,
May 13th, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks surrounded by family. He
lost his battle against lymphoma. Frank was born on October 28th,
1938, to Frank
and Eleanor (Knudsen) Barnes in Spokane WA. He graduated from North Central
High School where he excelled at basketball and baseball and served on the
Student Council. Frank was selected for both All-State basketball and All-State
baseball. He also played on All-City basketball and baseball teams. He
attended Seattle University where he also played basketball and baseball; he
received his degree in physical education and history. Through the years he
played on multiple baseball teams and eventually signed with the Cincinnati
Reds, playing with the Seattle Rainiers. In 1959 he married Diane (Carmen Diane)
O’Neil and they were blessed with three children; Steve, Tony, and Katie. Frank
worked for the JCPenney Company in various management positions in Seattle, WA,
Wolf Point, MT, and Havre, MT. Through the years he coached both Little League
and Babe Ruth baseball, started a soccer league for boys and girls in Port
Orchard, WA, and did volunteer work for the Seattle World’s Fair and United
Way. Frank served as treasurer of the Kitsap Pee Wee league, was a member of
the Wolf Point City Business Assoc., coached the American Legion baseball team
in Wolf Point, was president of the Havre shopping mall board, and served on the
Chamber of Commerce. Sadly, Diane died of cancer after 27 years of marriage.
Frank married Sharon (Johnson) Remick in 1986 and gained two stepsons, Leigh and
Jeff. After retirement they moved to Minnesota to live at Maple Lake and later
moved into Crookston. They enjoyed 20 years together before Sharon died of
cancer. In 2007 Frank married Kathie (Petersen) Carlson and gained three more
children; Brian, Lori, and Jana. He enjoyed many travels across the United
States, Hawaii, and a trip to Scandinavia. Frank was a man of great faith and
was actively involved in any church to which he belonged. He touched many lives
with his love and kindness. In return he was loved by many and will be so
deeply missed. Frank is survived by his wife Kathie, sons Steve (Teri) Barnes of
Rupert, ID and Tony (Melissa) Barnes of Kent, WA, and daughter Katie (Ken)
Hoffman of Yokoto Air Base, Japan, stepchildren Leigh (Jamie) Remick of
Louisville, KY, Jeff (Ingrid) Remick of Crookston, MN, Brian (Susan) Carlson of
Grand Forks, ND, Lori Carlson of Fountain City, WI, and Jana (Paul) Hedlund of
St. Paul, MN. He also leaves grandchildren Kolter (Jessica) Barnes, Landon
(Rachel) Barnes, Jessica Barnes, Jennifer Barnes, Michael Hoffman, Matthew
Hoffman, Mark Hoffman, John Hoffman, Ryan Remick, Kristin Remick (fiancé Logan
Block), Aaron Remick (fiancée Lauren Kolker), and Cecilia Carlson,
great-granddaughter Paisley, and brother Rick (Joy) Barnes. He was preceded in
death by his parents, his wives Diane and Sharon, and his sister and her
husband, Carol and James Windle. A memorial service will be held on Thursday,
May 18th, at 3:00 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Crookston, with
visitation from 5 – 7 pm on Wednesday, May 17th, at Stenshoel-Houske
Funeral Home, prayer service at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, Frank requested that
memorials be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Altru Cancer Center, or a
charity of your choice.
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Barbara M. Short, age 78, of Fisher, MN died peacefully in her home on Thursday, May 11, 2017.
Barbara Margaret Short was born August 24, 1938 in Grand Forks, ND, the daughter of Arley and Alma (Thorson) Aslakson. She attended rural school in Bygland, MN and graduated from Central High School in East Grand Forks, MN in 1956. Barbara attended Concordia College for one year, then worked at Ness Epko Camera Store for ten years. She returned to college at UND and earned her bachelors degree. She then taught elementary school in Fisher, MN for 29 years until her retirement in 1999. Barbara was the organist at Bygland Lutheran Church for 60 years (and missed maybe five Sundays in all those years). She played at countless weddings, funerals, and accompanied soloists. She was an active member of WELCA, Bygland Quilting Group, MEA-NEA, Fisher Chamber of Commerce, Fisher Lions Club, the Area Community Fund Committee, and West Polk County Home Council. She was a volunteer teacher at Fisher School for many years after her retirement. Her passion was serving others, and she did this her entire life.
She is survived by her son Steven of Fisher, MN; brothers Harvey (Barbara) St. Louis Park, MN; Paul (Linda) East Grand Forks, MN; and several nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by parents Arley and Alma Aslakson.
The funeral service will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Bygland Lutheran Church, rural East Grand Forks, MN with visitation at 5:00 to 7:00 with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN and also one hour prior Funeral Service on Thursday in Bygland Lutheran Church. Interment is at Bygland Lutheran Cemetery.
Arrangements by Dahl Funeral Home of East Grand Forks.
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Charles Stephens of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at his home in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating and Deacon John Bruggeman. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service and also one hour prior to the service on Monday.
Charles Arthur Stephens was born January 15, 1929 son of Casper and Arlene (Beiseker) Stephens at Harvey, ND. He attended public school in Grand Forks, ND graduating in 1946 from Grand Forks Central. He volunteered in the US Army and spent one year with occupation forces in Japan. He held numerous jobs during his life and graduated from UND in 1952, thanks to the G.I. Bill of Rights. Charles was a social worker in Walker, MN for 3 years. He moved his family to Red Lake County, where he was Welfare Director in Red Lake Falls, until retiring in 1987. Chuck married Madonna Mae Derrick on July 23, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Grand Forks, ND. To this union seven beautiful children were born. Madonna passed away on May 25, 1962. Chuck married Monica Louise Schmitz on June 6, 1964 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, and together they raised seven children. He enjoyed competition and was active in many sports. His favorites were marbles, playing ball, roller skating, tennis, ping-pong, golf, billiards, bowling, fishing, hunting and all card games. Chuck and Monica spent many happy years gardening and traveling. Chuck was very civic-minded, serving with many committees and non-profit boards in Red Lake Falls and other cities in Northwestern Minnesota. He was a lifelong social worker and enjoyed working with and for people. He was instrumental along with other community members in developing Oak Knolls Golf Course, and in establishing Hillcrest Nursing Home. He was a volunteer fireman. Chuck was very active at St. Joseph Catholic Church, serving as a Lector and on the St. Joseph Catholic School Board. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Monica of Red Lake Falls, MN; children Cheryl (Don) Abram of Whitefish, MT, Richard (Teresa) Stephens of Red Lake Falls, MN, Linda (Tom) Ronchetti of Aurora, MN, Karen (Kent) Schultz of Ulen, MN, Mary Beth (Jeff) Lien of Gonvick, MN, Michael (Iris) Stephens of Kalispell, MT, Jill (Jeff) Tunberg of Thief River Falls, MN; 23 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Marilyn Stephens of Florida; siblings James (Helen) Stephens of Chicago, IL, Kaye BeauLac of Texas along with many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Madonna, parents Casper and Arlene, brother Richard and sister Helen Bogan, brothers-in-law Louis Bogan and Jack BeauLac, and nephew Danny Bogan. In Lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Red Lake Falls Ambulance, Red Lake Falls Food Shelf, St. Joseph Catholic Church or a memorial of your choice.
Arrangements with Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN.
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Kade “Kader” Rian Stene, 3, Moorhead, MN, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. Funeral: 3:00PM, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Norman County East Elementary Gymnasium, Gary, MN.Visitation: Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 5-7PM with a prayer service at 6:30PM at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Agnes Irene Cowell Johnstone,
of Ada, MN, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, May 8, 2017, at the
Benedictine Living Community of Ada. Agnes had been a resident there since
August 24, 2016.
Prior to living in Ada, Agnes had spent 11 years as a resident of The Summit Assisted Living, in Crookston, MN. Agnes was born at Eldred, MN near Crookston, on October 16, 1922, the daughter of Gerrit and Clara (DeYoung) Brolsma. Agnes grew up near Eldred and Beltrami on the farm; she received her early education in the country schools near Eldred and Beltrami; and later earned her GED from Crookston’s Central High School. As a young woman she was employed as a housekeeper for farm families in the Crookston area. In 1941, at the age of 19, Agnes went to Oakland, CA to work as an electric welder at Moore Shipyards, on many of the naval warships being built in support of the war effort. In 1945 she returned to Crookston and worked as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell. On June 1, 1946 Agnes was united in marriage to John Cowell. The couple made their home east of Crookston, near the Red Lake River, where they raised their family. After the children were in school Agnes worked for Jiffy Fry of Crookston from 1958-1972. John passed away on June 21, 1971. On June 8, 1974 Agnes married Sheldon Johnstone of Browerville, MN. In 1977 they moved from rural Browerville to a home on Lower Hay Lake near Pine River, MN, and in 1992 they moved to Pokegema Lake near Grand Rapids, MN. They settled in Crookston in 2003, and Sheldon passed away on August 19, 2009.
Agnes was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for many years. One of Agnes’ passions was making things grow; be it vegetables, strawberries, or the beautiful flowers she raised wherever she lived. Agnes’ biggest joy was her family.
She entertained her grandchildren with many favorite lake activities, and always made sure to have her favorite treats for her family, whenever they came to visit.
Agnes leaves 2 surviving children and their spouses: David and Karen Cowell of Dubuque, IA, and Coleen and Jerry Bitker of Halstad, MN, and son-in-law, Michael Danielson of Viroqua, WI; Grandchildren: Jyl(John) McIntosh, Jake(Sharnel)Bitker, Katie(Corey)Starr, and Jonathan(Amy)Danielson; Great-Grand Children: Michaela and John G. McIntosh, Lillian, Elzetta, Sharlet, and Adeliza Bitker, Landen and Blake Starr, and Evan and Claire Danielson.
Surviving step-children: Alice Harris, Hondo, TX, David(Diane)Johnstone, Browerville, Linda Miller, Alexandria, and Donna(Terry)Zimmer, Nelson. Step—Grandchildren: Chris(Sara)Johnstone, Michael Johnstone, Josh Johnstone, Brenda Miller, Becky(Tim)Ness, and Kayla(Ryan)Bachand, and Kelly Zimmer. Step-Great Grandchildren, Ronnie, Mary, Maria, Nicholas, Selena, Kihley, and Siri Johnstone, Meli Finstad, Blake, Elijah, and Camden Ness.
Agnes is also survived by her brother John (Margaret)Brolsma of Bloomington, and sister Charlene Terpstra of Crookston. In addition to her husbands, John Cowell and Sheldon Johnstone, Agnes was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Patricia Danielson; parents Gerrit and Clara Brolsma, and brothers, George(Jessie), Herman(Lillian) and Allen(Leah) Brolsma, and sister Sady(Ben) Newell. Also preceding Agnes in death, brother-in-law Ernest Terpstra, son-in-law, Willie Harris, and great-granddaughter Kristin Johnstone. May God bless the memory of Agnes Irene Cowell Johnstone.
The funeral service for Agnes Cowell Johnstone will be held at 2:00pm, Sunday, May 14, 2017, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Pastor Karen Finnegan of Faith United Church, Ada, MN, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will follow the service in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
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Diane Omundson, age 66, of Fosston, MN, passed away on Friday, May 5th, at Essentia Health Hospital in Fargo, ND. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15th, at Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston with the Rev. Paul Maglessen officiating. Interment will be in Poplar River Cemetery, Fosston. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Sunday, May 14th, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Fosston. Family will also greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com. Diane was born in Fosston, Minnesota on June 26, 1950 to parents Elden Irvin Kildal and Grace Rosella Myhrum. Diane graduated Fosston High School in 1968, then went to pursue her LPN nursing degree at Bemidji State University and Crookston School Of Practical Nursing. After college she started working at the Fosston Hospital from 1970-1973, then went to work at St. Luke's Hospital in Fargo from 73-74, then returned to work back at the Fosston Hospital from 1974-1985. While in this time she meet Wayne Omundson. On February 19, 1977 they united in marriage at Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston. To this union, two children, Kristina and Jonathan were born. She continued to work at the Fosston Nursing home from 90-95, then returned to the Hospital from 96-2016 and had to retire due to illness. Over the years Diane was involved with Athenian club, Heritage center, United Blood services, Hope Lutheran church alter guild, school alumni, Car seat safety, 4-H, among other things over the years. Diane also had a daycare for a couple of years. Family was everything to her. She loved being a mother as well as a grandmother. Diane loved to bake, quilting, gardening, reading and spending time with her grandkids. On Friday May 5th, 2017 Diane passed away at the age of 66 years. Survived by one daughter Kristina (Bruce)Klicker of Lengby, MN ; one son, Jonathan (Tiffany) Omundson of Erskine, Mn; six grandchildren Brandon, Grace, and Conner Klicker and Scott, Faith, and Hope Omundson; one sister, Patti (Tim) Brosseau of Bottineau, ND; and one brother Bruce (Debbie) Kildal of Crookston, MN; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by infant daughter, her husband Wayne, and her parents, Elden and Grace Kildal.
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Edgekoski, age 92, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully with her loving
family by her side on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Villa St. Vincent in
Helen was born in 1924 in Jamestown, ND, daughter of John and Hilda (Slaatenhus) Spidahl. She grew up in Jamestown and graduated from high school in 1942. She worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Jamestown, Grafton, ND, Thief River Falls, and Crookston, MN, where she retired in 1981.
After retirement she volunteered at the Polk County Museum, Crookston Library, and then the Golden Link Senior Center.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Judy (Richard) Moen of Climax, MN; son, Michael Edgekoski of Boise, ID; seven grandchildren, Schaun, Lenny, Kelli, Henry, Aaron, Bradley, and Emily; eight great-grandchildren, Eric, Brittany, Jayden, Alex, Amelia, Jonathan, Donavan, and Geneva; and three great-great-grandchildren, Tryston, Ava, and Mason; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Bernard and Robert; and five sisters; Eunice, Eleanor, Evelyn, Esther, and Thelma; and other relatives and friends. May God bless Helen’s memory.
There will be a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. www.stenshoelhouske.com
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