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


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Howard A. Hanson, 90, of Crookston, MN, died early Friday morning, September 12, 2014, at RiverView Health in Crookston with his wife, Evelyn, and their family at his bedside. Howard was born on his parents’ farm near Fisher, MN, on June 3, 1924, one of five children of the union of George and Mabel (Strande) Hanson. At the age of five, he moved with his parents and family to a farm in Fairfax Township, near Crookston, and attended a nearby country school. He later began working on the farm with his father and brothers. These years were the forerunners of what was to come when he began his own farming operation. On August 16, 1947 Howard was united in marriage to Evelyn Brekken. Over the years their marriage was blessed by the births of eight children. Howard was employed by Kelly Oil in Crookston for six years before he started to farm. He took great pride in having his son, Duane, farm with him, knowing that everything would be in good hands when he retired. That day came in 1989 when he and Evelyn moved to their new home in Crookston.
Howard was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish, and a longtime member of Crookston Eagles Aerie #873. Additionally he belonged to the Red River Valley Sugar beet Growers’ Association, and was a former board member of Crookston Valley Co-op. When the Red River Valley Winter Shows was still an annual event in Crookston, Howard handled admissions and ticket sales, and enjoyed being an “ambassador” welcoming visitors from near and far. Most important to Howard throughout his long and very contented life were his family, the farm, his faith, fishing, spending time with friends and playing cards. He will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
Howard is survived by Evelyn, his beloved wife of 67 years, three sons: Robert (Rene`) Hanson of Springfield, MO, Duane (Karen) Hanson of Crookston, MN, and James (Nancy) Hanson of Okemos, MI; four daughters: Beverly (Andrew) Tucker of Lexington, KY, Kathleen Hanson of Eden Prairie, MN, Connie (Brian) Schendel of West Fargo, ND, and Susan (Jon) Ewers of Inver Grove Heights, MN; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a son-in-law, Donald Martodam of Hawley, MN; 2 brothers, Orland Hanson, and George Hanson and his wife, Nancy, of Crookston; two sisters-in-law, Wanda Brekken of Crookston and Barbara Brekken of Baxter, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Sadly, their daughter, Sandra Martodam, passed away on June 1, 2001. In addition to Sandy, Howard was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mabel; sister, Dorothy and her husband, Mervin “Sock” Wagner; brother Gilman Hanson and his wife, Maxine; and sister-in-law, Vivian Hanson.     
A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Howard Hanson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 15, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Sunday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. led by Deacon Dennis Bivens. Visitation will also be held at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. Memorials may be given in Howard’s name to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception or the American Heart Association. Online registry:
www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Ann M. Evans, 88, of Crookston, MN, died early Wednesday evening, September 10, 2014, at RiverView Health in Crookston, with her family at her side. Ann was born on her family’s farm near Gentilly, MN on May 11, 1926, the daughter of Joseph and Helena (Scharmer) Page. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly and attended a nearby country school. On September 27, 1945 she was united in marriage to Maurice Hasty and to this union three daughters were born.
On April 21, 1956 Ann was united in marriage to Wallace Evans at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston. The couple made their home in Crookston and had been happily married for forty-nine and a half years at the time of Wally’s passing on January 11, 2006. Ann was employed at St. Francis Hospital in Crookston from 1956 until 1970. When the hospital closed she worked for a short time at JC Penney’s and Riverview Hospital, and then in 1972 started working for Food Services at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. In 1981 she began employment at Mount St. Benedict, retiring in 1992 after eleven years with the Sisters of St. Benedict. Even in retirement Ann found that she wanted to remain busy, and began cleaning homes for several Crookston families. From 2006 until 2011 she was a Foster Grandparent for Tri-Valley, and was a much loved grandma to her many ‘babies.’ She had moved to the Villa St. Vincent in February of 2013. Sadly, Ann’s daughter, Shirley Bouwman, recently passed away on April 20, 2014.
Ann was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, WELCA, and the Hannah bible study group; and a former member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. She was also a longtime member of the Auxiliaries of VFW Post 1902, American Legion Post 20, and Eagles Aerie 873. Ann greatly enjoyed doing yard work and tending her vegetable and flower gardens. In her younger days she made quilts and was known for her beautiful embroidery work. Ann will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by everyone whose life she touched.
Family members include her daughter and son-in-law, Marlys and Kerry McFarlin of Crookston, MN; five grandchildren: Tracy Peterson, Lisa (Brian) Schumacher, Sherry (Steele) Senske, Christopher Peterson, and Michelle (Kevin) Johnson; seven great-grandchildren: Allison, Heather, Kyle, Sierra, Katy, Steele, and Samuel; a sister, Leona (David) Braaten of Paulden, AZ;  two sisters-in-law, Delores Page of Crookston, and Audrey (Sam) Blatter of Anaheim, CA; two brothers-in-law, Ray Fahrenkopf of Simi Valley, CA and Lindy Herberg of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to her beloved husband, Wally, and daughter, Shirley, Ann was preceded in death by a 16 year-old  daughter, Emily Jean, who died on March 16, 1968; her great-granddaughter, Brittny Lisa Schumacher, who died on August 8, 1991; her parents, Joseph and Helena Page; six sisters, Clara Desrosier, Laura Delage, Maria Desrosier, Delia Page, Rose Herberg, and Margaret Martell ; and two brothers, George Page and Raymond Page. May God richly bless the memory of Ann M. Evans.
The funeral service for Ann Evans will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
Online registry:
www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Donald Alfred “Rewind” Peterson, 84, a longtime Crookston, MN businessman, died early Saturday evening, September 6, 2014, at RiverView Health in Crookston, with his wife, Betty, at his side.  He had been battling illness for several months.
Don was born on January 17, 1930 at Grand Forks, ND, the son of Peter A. and Minnie (Johnson) Peterson. He grew up in Grand Forks, was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and graduated from Grand Forks Central High School with the Class of 1949. He attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks for a short time and then worked for Acme Electric. When the Korean War started Don enlisted in the US Army on March 4, 1951, serving stateside with the Signal Corps at Camp San Luis Obispo, CA for most of his tour. His sweetheart, a young Crookston girl by the name of Betty Lorraine Paasche, joined him at San Luis Obispo where the two were united in marriage on July 12, 1952. Following his honorable discharge from active duty on March 3, 1953, Don and Betty settled in Crookston and Don founded his business known as Crookston Electric in 1954. It was from these days of selling motors, and refurbishing some by rewinding them that he gained the nickname, “Rewind.” This became how everyone for miles around affectionately knew him. During these early years of married life Don and Betty were blessed by the births of daughter, Deborah, in 1955, and son, Gregory, in 1958. In 1964 Don moved his business to a new location in Crookston and expanded it to include the sales of Honda motorcycles. He sold so many he earned two trips to Japan which he gave away. In 1979 Don changed the business over completely, going away from motors and dedicating it entirely to motorcycle and marine sales, and naming it Crookston Marine. He took great pride in creating the 3rd largest Glastron boat dealership in the world. Based on sales Don and Betty received trips to Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Brazil, and Mexico. As a dealer for Mercury boat motors as well, Crookston Marine ranked in the top 10% for sales among all Mercury dealers in the US and Canada for 5 years running. In 1986 Don sold the business, and three years later started Crookston Boat Mart. He successfully operated that business until retirement in 1993 after a long and very rewarding career. Great sadness was visited upon Don, Betty, and their family with the passing of daughter, Debbie, on May 6, 2010 after a courageous battle against cancer. Professionally Don served on several advisory boards for Coleman and Mercury Marine; was elected to the Mercury Dealer Congress for 5 years running; and was an Ambassador for the Lund Boat Company. Don was a devoted member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, and also held memberships in Eagles Aerie 873, American Legion Post 20, the Crookston Lions Club, and the Order of Elks. He became very involved with the entertainment and building committees of the Crookston Golden Link Senior Citizens Center and served on the Board for many years, including 3 terms as Board president. He provided leadership and support to the statewide chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as several other youth organizations. He had many favorite pastimes throughout his life, including fishing, hunting, playing golf, keeping his yard and flower gardens immaculate, and of course settling in at the card table for the ‘occasional’ game of Smear. Don loved Betty and his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids with all his heart and dedicated his life to them. He will be missed beyond measure.
Don is survived by Betty, his beloved wife and best friend of 62 years; their son, Gregory Peterson of Alexandria, MN; 6 grandchildren: Troy, Hollie, Kendra, Jessica, Jonathan, and Madison; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Clarice Kuhlman and Marjorie Lennox of Grand Forks, ND; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Kathy Peterson of Erskine, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends. In addition to his daughter, Deborah Wenner, Don was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Minnie; and 3 brothers: Orville, Morris, and Chester. Blessed be the memory of Donald Alfred “Rewind” Peterson.       
A memorial service celebrating the life of Don Peterson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston with military honors provided by the Crookston Veterans Council.  Online registry:       www.stenshoelhouske.com

"DON PETERSON DIED--BOAT FOR SALE."

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Ruth G. Nelson, 96, Ada, MN, died Sunday, September 14, 2014, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.
Funeral: 11:00AM Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: On Thursday for one hour before the funeral at the church.
Burial:  Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, rural Shelly, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
www.fredriksonfh.com  

 

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Neil Arvid Edmunds, 70, Ada, MN, died Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Fargo, ND.  The funeral will be at 11:00AM Monday, September 8, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service all at Grace Lutheran Church.
Burial will be at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN. Arrangements are with Fredrikson Funeral Home in Ada, Minnesota www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Donald “Don” Jorstad, 76, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at his home in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM in Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Pastor Tom Potter Officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
Donald “Don” Harold Jorstad was born June 14, 1938 in Thief River Falls, MN, the son of Harold and Gladys (Nelson) Jorstad. He was baptized at Telemarken Lutheran Church, Kratka, MN and confirmed at Mavie Lutheran, Mavie, MN. He attended Knox Elementary School in Thief River Falls, MN and graduated from Lincoln High School, Thief River Falls. Don then went on to Brown Institute and vocational classes at Bemidji State.
Don served 9 years with the Minnesota and North Dakota National Guard and was on active duty from 1961-1962 with the 231st Medical Company.
On March 25, 1961, Don was united in marriage to Marilyn Odegaard. To this union 4 sons were born. He married Pat Venema on July 3, 1993. He married Joyce Legg Olson on June 24, 2012.
Don worked for radio and TV in 13 different markets, also worked in sport sales, was the “voice” of the Cross County Snow-mobile, of the Pioneers and DMC Moto-Cross. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, fishing and doing sports games. He held membership and served as Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis, President of Thief River Golf Club 1991-1992, member of American Legion Ecklund-Holstrom Post #117 and member of Homeland Security RRC3.
Survived by wife Joyce, Red Lake Falls, MN; sons: Steven (Elaine), Fargo, ND, Roby Dale (Jennifer), Ft. Campbell, KY, Scott, Thief River Falls, MN and Bradley (Traci) Maryville, TN; grandchildren: Tyson, Noah, Brady, Rileigh, Jacob, Nick (Andrea), Justin, Ethan, Carrie, Delainie and Abbie; great grandchildren: KayCee and KarLee. Joyce’s children Tron (Kelly) Olson, of Wildrose, ND, Brent (Cansandra) Olson of Thief River Falls, MN, Tricia (Brent) Gaffke of Cushing, MN their children Aaron Olson, Jennifer (Rick) Bourassa their children Alyssa and Tate, Garrett Olson of Thief River Falls, MN, Kyle Olson of Thief River Falls, MN, Chalsey (Paige) Olson and Blaine Olson of Thief River Falls, MN, Desmond Janousek of San Antonio, TX, Devin Janousek of Thief River Falls, MN, Beau Janousek of Cushing, MN.
Preceded in death by parents, grandparents, Oscar and Annie Nelson and Hans and Ingaborg Jorstad, brothers, Robert and Ralph and a sister-in-law, Diane.
Family condolences may be sent at
www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

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June E. Shaver, 94, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at her Summit Apartment in the Villa St. Vincent. June was born on June 10, 1920 at St. Paul, MN, the daughter of Willis H. and Harriet (Ridley) Shaver. Her early years were spent at Gladstone, MN where she attended school through the 8th grade. She and her family then moved back to St. Paul, and June graduated from Johnson High School in 1938. After studying business and accounting at Globe Business College in St. Paul, she was employed in the offices of the American Linen Company in St. Paul. In 1949 June moved to Crookston and in 1953 became the Clinic Administrator for Northwestern Clinic. During the 1970’s she completed a course of study at the University of Minnesota-Crookston and earned an Associate Degree in Business. June continued in her position at Northwestern Clinic until her retirement in 1983.
June was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston and served as treasurer of the church for over 25 years. Professionally, she was a past-president of the State Clinic Managers Association, and was the first treasurer of the National Medical Group Management Association. As an active member of the Crookston community, she held memberships in the Lions Club, the local chapter of Business and Professional Women; served on the Crookston Planning Committee for 9 years; and was recipient of the City’s “Reaching Out to Serve Award.”  The University of Minnesota-Crookston was a big part of June’s life, and she was honored to receive the University’s prestigious Torch and Shield award. She was an avid fan and supporter of UMC athletics and was not only the first recipient of the UMC Teambacker Award, but the first to ever receive a Teambacker lifetime pass. Several years ago she established the Shaver Butterfly Garden at the University in honor of her family, and it has become a popular spot for visitors to stroll by. June had visited the Garden with her good friend, Jerry Knutson, just a few days before her passing. In her younger days (but not all that many years ago) she enjoyed skiing, golf, and traveling. As her eyesight began to fail, June relied more and more on the assistance of another very dear friend, Annette Hegg, to help her conduct her business and get to places she needed to be. June was a kind, generous, and very special person, not afraid to speak her mind if she thought it called for. She was a revered member of the community who will be remembered as one of its treasures.
June leaves 2 sisters-in-law, Elaine Shaver of KY and Marjorie Shaver of St. Paul, MN; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Harriet Shaver; sisters, Betty Mestio and Mary Lewis; and brothers, Donald and Thomas Shaver.  May God bless the memory of June E. Shaver.
A memorial service celebrating the life of June Shaver will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 6, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston, with The Rev. Darrel Cory, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Inurnment will take place in the church’s columbarium. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers June’s own wish was that memorials be given to the UMC Foundation. 
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Burial Services and Celebration of Life for Beverly Luettjohann will be held Sunday August 31 at 3:00 pm at the First English Lutheran Church Cemetery, Eldred MN, buried near her husband William (1927-2005), Father and Mother-in-law (Frieda Jurchen Luettjohann 1900-1994 and Ernest Luettjohann 1897-1932) and Grandfather In-law (August Jurchen 1869-1943, who helped build the Eldred Church). Pastor Steven Bohler will officiate at the Inurnment.
Beverly passed away December 14, 2013, at LifeStream Hospice, Sun City AZ with her two daughters near by. Beverly endured complications of COPD and donated her body to Science Care for medical research.
Beverly Lee Luettjohann was born August 13, 1929 in Bygland, Minnesota to Gunder and Bella (Sannes) Lee. Beverly was baptized and confirmed at Bygland Lutheran Church. She attended grade school in Bygland, later moving with her family to East Grand Forks and graduating from Central High School. Beverly married William Luettjohann on November 21, 1949 in Crookston MN and lived in Grand Forks, ND where she continued to work for Herbergers Department Store. They later moved to Minneapolis and in 1972 to Phoenix AZ and after retirement to Sun City AZ.
Beverly was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church where she attended regularly until her health no longer permitted it and was than visited weekly by a loving church member/friend Sue Schaunberg.
Bev will be greatly missed by her family for her sense of humor, card playing enjoyment, her smile and un-debatable love for Family and God! Surviving family members include daughters Lynda of Glendale, AZ and Sandra (Robin) Grube, Granddaughter Allison (Shinichi) Katsumoto and great-granddaughters Maya and Niina of Boise ID. Sisters Gladys (Roger) Sondrol of River Falls WI, Mildred Smith of Bemidji MN, and Thelma (Wayne) Frovarp of Rathdrum, ID, sister-in-law Shirley (Orville) Lee of Mandan ND and Brother-in-law Leo (Delores) Lunski of Fargo ND plus many nieces and nephews.
Bev was preceded in death by her husband William Luettjohann, parents Gunder and Bella Lee, sister Delores, brothers Kenneth, Orville and Norman, brother-in-law Richard Smith and sister-in-law June (Whisler) Lee.


 

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