Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

Raymond “Ray” W. Stoltenow, 90, Ada, MN, died Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada. Funeral: 1:00PM Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Wednesday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 

 

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Melvin Lyle Amundson, 80, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, February 17, 2017, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Melvin had become a resident of the Villa in early December and was valiantly struggling to overcome recent health problems that had resulted in two separate surgeries. It was his hope to return to his home until learning recently it would not be possible.
Melvin was born on his parents’ farm near Mentor, MN on December 7, 1936, the only child of Herb and Ella (Skalet) Amundson. He was soon diagnosed as having cerebral palsy. His mother home-schooled him because his disability prevented him from attending school in those days. In 1954 Melvin studied the bible and was baptized as one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Maple Lake. In 1972 the family moved to Crookston, where he continued his schooling and training at the Development Achievement Center, known as the DAC. In 1974 he received his GED through the Crookston Central High School.  Through an interest he developed in ham radio, Melvin earned his general class license as an amateur radio operator. Later, through the Handi-Ham program of Camp Courage at Maple Lake, MN or Lake George, MN, he achieved the rating of Extra Class, the highest level of licensing in amateur radio. Worlds that he might have been denied, were it not for his driving ambition, were opened to him and through the years he developed friendships over the radio waves and met many fellow operators personally.
Despite his lifelong affliction, Melvin proudly lived independently in his home with some assistance from home health aides. For nearly 30 years he worked as a clerk at the Occupational Development Center (ODC) in Crookston. His congregation, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and amateur radio, were his life and his passions. His computer made many things possible for him, and he taught himself programs that controlled various different functions of his home. His deep and abiding faith, can-do attitude, vitality, and spirit, were an inspiration to so many who were a part of his life.
Melvin considered his fellow members of the Kingdom Hall in Crookston, and amateur radio operators from near and far, as his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herb and Ella Amundson.
A memorial service for Melvin Amundson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1727 Widman Lane in Crookston, MN, with Scott Boyer, speaking. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Faith Lutheran Cemetery, Mentor, MN, in the spring. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Vernon “Vernie” L. Skalsky, 87, formerly of Ada, MN, died Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Valley Home Assisted Living & Memory Care, Thief River Falls, MN. Vernon “Vernie” Lester Skalsky was born October 23, 1929 in Ada, the son of Joe & Helena (Kroca) Skalsky.  He attended country school near their farm.  After his schooling, he farmed with his dad for a few years.  Vernie was united in marriage to Virginia Anne Cross on October 23, 1951, at Winchester Lutheran Church, Borup, MN.  They were blessed with four boys, Rick, Kenny, Bruce and David.  They resided on their farm north of Ada and Vernon farmed in partnership with his brother Bob for many years in the summers and worked at various businesses in the winters; Ada Produce Co., Leseman Machinery and Norman County Implement.  He also worked for Loyal Sip farm and then Ray Bitker farms for several years before retiring. Vernie and Ginny lived at Valley Home in Thief River Falls, MN in later years.  He enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips with family and friends, and took pride in his farming skills over the years. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Vernie is survived by his wife, Virginia, Thief River Falls, MN; four sons, Rick (Connie) Minot, ND; Kenny (Sue) Powell, Wyo; Bruce (DelRae), St.  Hilaire, MN; David, Williston, ND, 11 grandchildren: Carmen (Omar) Collazo, Courtney Skalsky, Caylee (Chris) Debruyn, Jory Skalsky, Jalyssa (Adam) Sorenson, Jessica (JW)  Heny, Joey Skalsky, Zachary (Lorrisa) Skalsky,  Joshua (Michelle) Skalsky, Isaac (fiancé-Ashley) Skalsky, Ann Skalsky, 7 great grandchildren,  James, Jenna, Elliana, Nora, Rose, Sola, and Restan. Vernie is preceded in death by his parents, Joe & Helena Skalsky, and two brothers, Leo and Robert.
Funeral will be at  11:00AM, Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN and the visitation will take place on Wednesday, February 15th from 5:00-7:00PM, with a Prayer Service at 6:30PM, at the Church and the burial will be at the  Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 

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Teresa “Tess” Morkassel, 90, formerly of Ada, MN, died Monday, February 13, 2017, at Perham Living Center, Perham, MN,
Teresa Marie Morkassel was born August 20, 1926 to Joseph and Agnes (Adamski) Donarski in Wright Township, near Strandquist, MN. She met her future husband, John, while waitressing at a café in Warren, MN. They were married on June 28, 1948. They have three daughters, Lois, Sonya, and Lenee. They made their home in Warren, MN; Thief River Falls, MN; Riverdale,ND; Ada, MN. On August 19, 1973 John passed away. Tess continued to live in Ada. She enjoyed working at different jobs in Ada, always trying to stay in contact with people. She put her heart into working at the church, Grace Lutheran, and found much comfort working for the Lord. Her pride and joy was her family as the girls married and families enlarged. She was blessed with four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild along with many “furry” grandchildren. She moved to Vergas Assisted Living April 2014, and in June of 2016 moved to Perham Living. At both places she received wonderful care and love from both staff and residents. She was always known for her hugs and smiles and greeting anyone that came in the residences.
Tess is survived by her daughters: Lois (Mike Ellingson) of Fargo, Sonya (Myron) Gunderson of Vergas, Lenee (Doug) Wrede of GA; grandchildren Bobbi (Jason) Hestdalen, John Wrede, Hayley Wrede; great grandchildren Courtney, Carah, Matthew , Lydia Hestdalen; and great greatgrandson Logan. Her sister Loretta Donarski, and inlaws Jean Hanson, Dianna Morkassel, Mary (Adolf) Hapka, Benno Christiansen, Neil (DuRae) Morkassel  and numerous neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, parents, grandson Jeremy, brothers and sisters, Raymond, Conrad, Stanley Bernard, Mary, Katherine. Her family thanks the staffs of Vergas Assisted Living and Perham Living and her medical care providers for the care and friendship they gave her.
Funeral: 10:30AM, Friday, February 17, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: Thursday, February 16th from 5:00-7:00PM, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.
Burial: 2:00PM Friday at Greenwood Cemetery, Warren, MN.

 

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Sidney H. Erstad, 88, Ada, MN, died Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Twin Valley Living Center, Twin Valley, MN.
Sidney H. Erstad was born on March 17, 1928 to Nils and Asta Erstad of Sundal Township, MN.  He was baptized at Sundal Lutheran Church on April 29, 1928.  Sidney went to a country school near Sundal, later to Borup Elementary and then a country school near Ada, MN.  He obtained his GED in 1964. Sidney worked for various farmers in the Ada area until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952.  Following basic training at Fort Riley, KS, he served during the Korean Conflict until 1954 when he was injured.  Upon returning from the war he worked at the Ada Feed and Seed.  In 1964 he started working at the U.S. Post Office in Ada.  In 1975 he transferred to the U.S. Post Office in Wahpeton until transferring again in1978 to the U.S. Post Office in Crookston. There he retired in 1991.  All through these years he also worked part-time at Standard Oil, as a freight-hauler, a mower repairman, and at the Norman County Implement.  He was also a part-time custodian at Grace Lutheran church.  During his retirement, he was happy to work outdoors doing field work for 7 more years. Sidney continued to live in Ada throughout his life.  He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the Veterans of Foreign War, and the American Legion.  He was dedicated to church life attending regular bible studies and especially men’s morning bible studies.  Sidney enjoyed regular morning coffee and dice with his best friends.  He also enjoyed summer travel and lake vacations.  Sidney traveled throughout the United States and many times to California to visit family.  And, he especially enjoyed day trips and taking the younger grandchildren on many adventures. On June 16, 1951, Sidney married Ardell Woltjer at First Lutheran (Grace Lutheran) Church.  To this union, four children were born:  Carey (Gary) Johnston, Angus, MN; Nathan (Peggy) Erstad, Fargo, ND; Jane (Rodney) Backlund, Fargo, ND; and Ruthann (Jim) Svir, Badger, MN.  Sidney has 12 grandchildren, Jason (Liane) Johnston, Gretchen (Cory) Schmaltz, Leslie (Brad) Shirek, and Lane (Mindy) Johnston; Erik (April) Erstad, Katie (Brandan) Ressler; Zachary (Jenna) Svir, Raichl (Luke) Ratchenski, and Amy Svir; Dillan, Samantha, and Chase Backlund; 2 step-grandchildren, Nikki (Jeremy) Keller and Jeffrey (Whitney) Wright, 12 great-grandchildren, Callie and Andrew Johnston; Kylie, Adlyn, and Kody Schmaltz; Laney and Claire Shirek; Turner and Sydney Erstad; Aubreyanna and Isabell Ressler; Emma Ratchenski; and 3 step-great-grandchildren, Logan and Berkley Oakstad and Willard Keller.
He is survived by his wife, Ardell and sister, Carol (Alex) Wika.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Asta and Nils Erstad; step-brothers Walter and Myron Erstad; brothers Clifford and Alan Erstad; sisters Nina Pagel and Mildred Brooks, sister-in-law Kay Erstad, and grandson, Jason Johnston.
Funeral: 3:00PM, Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: Thursday from 2:00PM to 3:00PM with a 2:00PM prayer service at the church.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.


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Gail Boice
, 72, of Thief River Falls, MN died suddenly on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls, MN.
Memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service led by Rev. Sheila Michaels, on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. 
Gail William Boice was born on November 28, 1944 in Milbank, SD the son of Burdette and Gladys (Hills) Boice.  He was baptized at the Marvin Baptist Church.  He graduated from South Shore High School in South Shore, SD.  Following high school, Gail entered into service with the United States Air Force.  He was stationed at Grand Forks, ND, Tucson, AZ, Denver, CO and did two tours in Vietnam.  Gail was Honorably Discharged. On June 5, 1966, Gail was united in marriage to Sandra Nord at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, MN.  To this union came eight children, Martin, George, Sheila, Dawn, Teresa, LeRoy, Della, and Jason.  The family made their home in Red Lake Falls, MN where Gail was very active in church and community. Gail was a mechanic at Falls Equipment in Red Lake Falls where he later owned and operated the business.  It was later known as RLF Equipment Inc.  Following the closing of the business, Gail attended UND Aviation where he became an Instrumental Flight Instructor.  After UND he taught aviation at the Thief River Falls Airport.  From 1989-1994, Gail worked as an airline pilot for TWA in St. Louis, MO.  Gail then went to work as the general manager at Falls Diesel.  Gail was a Technical Writer at Arctic Cat for ten years and then retired for a short time before returning in a part time capacity. Gail’s love for people brought him back to work. On December 28, 2013, Gail was united in marriage to Patricia Jordan in East Grand Forks, MN.  The couple resided in Thief River Falls. Gail had a tremendous sense of humor, had the gift of gab, was known to elaborate on one or two stories and knew how to spin a tale.  He was a beloved friend who had a huge heart and loved people.  He was an extremely hard worker and also liked to play.  He was passionate about cooking, spending time outdoors, riding his Harleys, being at the hunting cabin, feeding the birds, camping, traveling, fishing on Lake Of The Woods.  Gail loved his country and loved to honor fellow veterans by serving on the Minnesota Patriot Guard. 
Survivors include his loving wife Tricia of Thief River Falls; children, Martin (Terri) Boice of Clinton, UT, George (Blanca) Boice of Warroad, MN, Sheila Michaels of Thief River Falls, MN, Dawn (Paul) Nelson of Dalton, MN, Teresa (David) Haugen of Plummer, MN, LeRoy (Roxanne Iverson) Boice of Thief River Falls, MN, Della Boice of Grand Forks, ND, and Jason Boice of Red Lake Falls, MN; mother of his children, Sandra Boice of Crookston, MN; grandchildren, Jeromy, Amber, Josh, Jordan, Scott, Jordan, Sarah, Mariah, Paige, Shania, Shelby, Lora, Zach, Amy, Amber, Tyler, Wyatt, Logan, Dawson and Tucker; great-grandchildren, Payten, Billy, and one on the way in April; brothers, David (Marjorie) Boice, Clarence (Shirley) Boice and Duane (Lois) Boice; and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents. Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
Military honors will be provided by the Ecklund-Holmstrom American Legion Post 117, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793, Minnesota National Guard Honor Guard & the Minnesota Patriot Guard
Memorials are appreciated to Eagle’s Healing Nest, information may be found at www.eagleshealingnest.com and the Minnesota Patriot Guard.

 

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Diane Dorothy Luckow Michel
, born May 31, 1942, Crookston, Minnesota, died December 5, 2016, at North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 18, 10:00 am, at Northern Cemeteries MacQuarie Park, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia.

 

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Alvin F. Jensen, of Oklee, MN, died peacefully on Thursday, February 09, 2017 at Ecumen Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, MN, at the age of 89. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 18, 2017 Zion Lutheran Church, Oklee, MN, with Reverend Margaret Jacobus and Pastor Troy Bates co-officiating.  Interment will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service in Oklee, MN. Alvin Frederik Jensen was born July 27, 1927 at Oklee, MN the son of Arthur F. and Olianna (Garnes) Jensen.  He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Oklee.  He attended school in Oklee. Alvin enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1945 and began serving his country at the end of World War II, and continued his service for 8 years. He then went to school for 2 years at Marine Engineering college where he received his Marine Engineering License. He worked for 6 years with that license in New York, Baltimore, and sailing to Europe and South America, making many passages through the Panama Canal. Alvin returned home to Oklee where he and Bonnie Jean Nelson were united in marriage on July 19, 1953.  Together they raised their 9 children and started Jensen Mink Ranch. Alvin sold mink at the Hudson Bay Company until 1985 when the fur industry nearly collapsed.  During the first war in Iraq Alvin became recertified as an engineering officer and sailed for the US Navy, sailing to the Persian Gulf for 2 years. Afterwards he continued to serve as an engineering officer for 5 more years for a cruise line based in Hawaii. When Alvin retired from sailing he returned to Oklee where he drove school bus for the school district for 12 years.  During that time he also worked on the pipeline driving bus for different companies until his retirement. Alvin was a member of the Masons/Shriners, served as a Red Lake County Commissioner for 12 years and served as Mayor of Oklee for 8 years. Alvin enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by wife of 63 years, Bonnie Jean Jensen, Oklee, MN; children: Ludeen (Guy) Rice, Fond du Lac, WI, Joani (Arlen) Marquis, Trial, MN, Connie (Bruce) Kriel, Chandler, AZ, Pastors Donna (Philip) Larson, Princeton, MN, Alan Jensen, Oklee, MN, Pastor Barry (Adrianne) Jensen, missionaries to Ukraine, Diane (Michael) Johnson, Cave Creek, AZ and Eric Jensen, Texas; grandchildren, Gavin Rice (Danielle Ford, special friend), Andrea (Dan) Dobogai, Collin (Samantha) Rice, Aleisha Rice, Tera (Stuart) Carter, Garett (Christina) Marquis, Averre (Erica) Marquis, Shandrae (Nick) Kazmierczak, Britanne (Justin) Edevold, Prestan Marquis, Nathan (Elizabeth) Kriel, Luke Kriel (Thao Duong, special friend), Mackenzie (Andrew) Gaither, Lindsay (Ben) Cournia, Eleeya (Jeremy) Palmer, Meredith (AJ) Kind, Anna, Aliena, and Sophie Jensen, Benjamin, Raymond, and Elliot Jensen, Alec and Lauren Johnson; great-grandchildren, Bennett and Brynlee Rice, Ridley and Griffin Carter, Andrew, Caleb, and Owen Marquis, Peyton and Sloane Marquis, Damian and Mason Kazmierczak, Jackson Edevold, Reese and Lilly Kriel, Cameron and Ryan Gaither, Lucy and Lincoln Cournia, and Silas Palmer; sister, Alice Bergeron, Owatonna, MN; and many other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by a 17 year-old daughter Sharon in 1983; infant granddaughter, Lilliann Jensen in 2003; parents; brothers, Willard and Raymond Jensen; sisters-in-law, Catherine Jensen Jorgenson and Lois Jensen Eck; brother-in-law, Howard Bergeron.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
CASKETBEARERS: Grandsons, Gavin and Collin Rice, Garett, Averre and Prestan Marquis, Nathan and Luke Kriel, and Benjamin, Raymond and Elliot Jensen HONORARY CASKET BEARERS: Harold Cyr, Frankie Cyr, Steve Dahlen and Elmer Hanson, the Mason’s and Shriners.

 

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 Yvonne Rose “Bunny” Ogaard, 82, of Crookston, MN, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND, with her loving family at her side.  Yvonne was born on November 20, 1934 at Minneapolis, MN, the youngest of 6 children born to the union of Martin and Mary (Grones) Ziehl. Bunny, as she came to be affectionately known, grew up in Minneapolis; was baptized and confirmed at the Ascension Catholic Church; and attended Minneapolis schools. As a young woman, she was at the Marigold Ballroom one evening and met a young man from Crookston, Vernon Ogaard, who was employed by the Scott Atwater Company in Minneapolis. If it wasn’t love at first sight, it soon grew and blossomed into what would become a lifetime of devotion to each other. Bunny and Vern were united in marriage at the Ascension Church on September 29, 1951. The couple moved to Crookston in 1952 to create a loving home in which to raise their 9 children: Chris, Scott, Tom, Julie, Mark, Mike, David, Dennis, and Cheryl. While maintaining a very busy household, Bunny still found time to work in the Central High School cafeteria. She was later employed for many years as the bookkeeper for Ivan Fisher at Munn’s Jewelers.
Bunny was a very humble, soft-spoken woman with a deep and abiding faith, which she passed on to her children. She taught them all so much about life, including how to enjoy the successes and never let the disappointments rule the day. In her words, “If something is wrong, fix it; if it can’t be fixed, be quiet about it.” Her family was her world and she and Vern never missed any of her kids sporting events or school activities. Visits from them all, especially the grandkids, meant everything, particularly during the last weeks of her illness. For the kids memories of long ago winter Saturdays and skating on a pond near their home included coming home to Mom’s  tomato soup, mounds of grilled cheese sandwiches, and a huge pot of hot chocolate. The big cookie tin in the kitchen was viewed by them as one of the most valued possessions she (or they) had. Bunny made the most amazing molasses cookies ever, and that tin was always full. It still, to this day, makes an appearance at every family gathering.
Bunny was a devoted member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish, and the St. Rose of Lima Circle. She attended Mass every morning, and could always be found performing little tasks around the church. She and Vern bowled in a mixed couples league in Crookston for several years, and in February of 2007 were honored as Crookston’s Experienced Americans of the Month. Very sadly, Vern passed away on October 10, 2010. Bunny was an avid quilter, expertly making them and gifting them with love to her family. She loved to garden, and volunteered countless hours of her time to the Polk County Historical Society and the Villa St. Vincent, where she enjoyed doing hair styling for the residents.    
Yvonne’s memory will be forever cherished by her 9 children and their spouses: Chris and Jenny Ogaard of Plymouth, MN, Scott and Debbie Ogaard of North Richland Hills, TX, Tom and Mary Kay Ogaard of Broomfield, CO, Julie and Bryan Miller of Buffalo, MN, Mark and Carrie Ogaard of Stillwater, MN, Mike and Jeanne Ogaard of Mankato, MN, David and  Kathy Ogaard of Coon Rapids, MN, Dennis Ogaard of Allen, TX, and Cheryl and Steve Dahl of Ham Lake, MN; 26 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She also leaves 2 sisters-in-law, Toki Ziehl of Marysville, CA and Vivian Arel of Crookston, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
In addition to her beloved husband of 59 years, Vern, Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Mary; and 5 siblings: Rita (Richard) Anderson, James Ziehl, Patricia (Art) Pratt, and Wallace and Kenneth Ziehl, who died as boys. Blessed be the life of Yvonne “Bunny” Ogaard.
Mass of Christian Burial for Yvonne Rose Ogaard will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 11, 2017, with The Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be held at the Cathedral on Friday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also for one hour prior to the Funeral Mass on Saturday. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
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Ron James “RJ” Nelson, age 79, of Grand Forks, ND passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Aneta Parkview Hospital in Aneta, ND. Ron was born on September 24, 1937 in Grand Forks, ND to Lyle and Doris (Buck) Nelson. He graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1956. He spent his entire life in Grand Forks, ND.
On February 28, 1972 Ron married the love of his life, Armella Gawrylow. They had four sons, Jim, Tim, Steve, and Randy. His dogs, KC and Peaches were also a big part of his family.
Ron worked as a line man for the railroad when he graduated from high school. He then went to work for the Grand Forks Fire Department for twelve years. After that, Ron went back to working for the railroad, first as a brick man and then later as a conductor, until his medical retirement in 1990. He was also a member of the J.C.’s.
Ron loved his boys and enjoyed going to the lake with them. He also liked to play around with CB radios and woodworking. Ron enjoyed visiting and learning about the west coast. He was also a very good husband to Armella.
Ron is survived by his wife, Armella; his sons, Jim (Mo) Nelson of Thief River Falls, MN, Tim (Mary Sue) Nelson of Rockford, Il., Steve (Heidi) Nelson of Red Lake Falls, MN, and Randy (Crystal) Nelson of Jamestown, ND; grandchildren, David, Amanda, Reid, Tiffaney, Alexa, Derek, Garrett, Ian, and Cara; great-grandchildren, Savannah, Ryken, Wayne and Aubree; sisters, Diane (Bobby) Sedillo of Albuquerque, NM, and Marijo (Dave) DeMott of Bismarck, ND; and nieces and nephews; Robert and Kirk Sedillo, April and Tami DeMott.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Doris Nelson; and his brother, Bobby Nelson.
There will be a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2017 with a visitation one hour prior to service at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN in the spring.

 

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Donna Marie Hamlin, 68, of Fargo, ND, and a former longtime Crookston, MN resident, died unexpectedly of natural causes at her residence on Saturday, February 4, 2017.
Donna was born on February 23, 1948, one of six children of the union of Arnold and Bernice (Ramstad) Hendricks. They lived on the family farm near Fertile, MN and later moved to Winger, MN then on to McIntosh, MN. Donna graduated from McIntosh High School with the Class of 1966. In November of 1966 she celebrated the birth of her daughter, Missy. Donna was united in marriage to Ronald Hamlin in June of 1970. The family moved to Crookston and welcomed daughter, RoseAnn, in October of 1971. Once both girls entered school, Donna began working in the Crookston School system in 1979. She began as the “recess lady” and over the years her role expanded to include secretarial and special education paraprofessional duties. Since she didn’t drive, Donna will be fondly remembered as someone always seen walking from her home near downtown Crookston to the schools.  In May of 2011 she retired after 32 years of dedicated service to Crookston Public Schools, and a month later moved to Fargo.
Family meant everything to Donna, and she simply glowed when in the company of her daughters, grandkids, and great-grandkids. She looked forward to time spent with her sisters and twin brother, and enjoying the fun shared during their excursions and adventures. As a doting aunt to her nieces and nephews, she became the keeper of family memories and the “glue” that kept everyone together.
Donna is survived by her 2 beloved daughters and sons-in-law, Missy and Todd Janssen of Crookston, and RoseAnn and Darin Ulness of Moorhead, MN; her 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren: Megan (Craig) Hruby and their children of Jimmy and Eden of Red Lake Falls, MN, Derek Janssen and his fiancé, Katlyn Rajchel, of Fisher, MN, and Allison Ulness of Moorhead, MN; 4 siblings: Linda Barstad of McIntosh, MN, twin-brother, Dennis Hendricks of Tioga, ND, Debbie (Chet) Nelson of Fosston, MN, and Sheila (Steve) Vigoren of Burnsville, MN; 11 very special nieces and nephews; and several cousins and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Bernice; sister, Lorie Hendricks; brother-in-law, Gene Barstad; sister-in-law, Cindy Hendricks; and niece, Shannon Vigoren Bonicatto. May God richly bless Donna’s memory.
A Memorial Service for Donna Marie Hamlin will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 10, 2017, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Michelle Miller, officiating.  Visitation with her family will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and for one hour prior to the funeral Friday. Inurnment will be in the Rindal Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN. www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Doretta Mae Miller, 96, of Mesa, AZ and Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully at Santé of Mesa early Tuesday morning, January 31, 2017 following a short illness.  Doretta was born on June 21, 1920 at Lamberton, MN, the daughter of John and Ella (Roth) Marben. She was raised in Lamberton, and graduated from Lamberton High School. On June 23, 1939, Doretta was united in marriage to L. Eugene (Gene) Miller in Lamberton, MN.  Doretta was employed by Lyle Porter Accounting in Tracy, MN from 1949 until moving to Crookston, MN in 1962.  In Crookston, she worked at Town and Country as their bookkeeper until her retirement in 1981.  She and Gene spent their summers at their home located at Ballard’s resort at Lake of the Woods and starting in 1983, their home in Mesa, AZ.  Sadly, Gene passed away on February 2, 1999.  Doretta continued to winter (late Sept. to May) in Mesa, AZ following his death and lived with her daughter, Nancie, in Crookston during the summer months.
Doretta will be remembered as a very feisty and adventurous woman, she went parasailing in Mexico at age 89 and tubing behind a speed boat at Maple Lake at age 94.  In 2007 she and her daughters traveled to Germany to visit family including two first cousins whom she met for the first time.  She loved golfing (she played her last round on December 8, 2016 despite having been legally blind for over 20+ years), swimming, bowling, reading (listening to books), watching Baseball (MN Twins) and basketball (Phoenix Suns).  She was the water aerobics instructor at Park Place Resort for many years and continued to be the first one in the pool on most mornings, right up until December of 2016.  She was a loving, beautiful woman and all who knew Doretta will remember a very classy lady.
Doretta was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary and Eagles Auxiliary.  Doretta will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her 2 daughters: Sheryl (David) Spencer, Tracy, MN and Nancie Hoerner, Mesa, AZ/Crookston, MN; 5 Grandchildren: Dawn (Denny) Schroeder, Tracy, MN, Brian (Shannon) Voges, Sioux Falls, SD, T. J. (Krista) Voges, Morris, MN, Tara (Troy) Olson, Bismarck, ND and Brett (Leanne Woodward) Hoerner, St. Louis Park, MN, 11 Great Grandchildren, Brianna (Adam) Dolney, Brandon Schroeder, Keisha Voges, Kelsey Voges, Trevor Voges, Tylie Olson, Taya Olson, Tessa Olson, TJ Olson, Owen Hoerner and Elena Miller, beloved Great Great Grandson Abel Dolney, her brothers and sisters-in-law,  Art (Carmen) and Bob (Grace) and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Doretta was preceded in death by her husband, Gene; parents, John and Ella Marben; brothers Darrel and John, and sisters, Lucille and Margery.  Arrangements are with Sonoran Skies Mortuary, Mesa AZ.  A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.  Burial of cremains will be in Tracy, MN.  Memorials should go to Minnesota Library for the Blind; or any charity of your choice.

 

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Simone “Billie” Rector, 89, formerly of Ada, MN, and Waubun, MN, died Sunday, February 5, 2017, at Serenity Assisted Living, Dilworth, MN. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com


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Marjorie Eleanor Geiselhart, 87, Halstad, Minnesota, died January 31, 2017, at the Halstad Living Center in Halstad.
Funeral: 11:00AM, Friday, February 10, 2017, at Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN. Visitation: Thursday, February 9, 2017, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN. Burial: Halstad South Cemetery, Halstad, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000) www.fredriksonfh.com


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Bernice Emelia Sannes, 90, Fertile, MN, died Monday, January 30, 2017, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.  She was born on March 18, 1926, to John and Ida (Bennes) Ashling in Garden Township, East of Fertile, MN.  Bernice attended school near her home.  In 1942, Bernice moved to Fertile and worked until she married.
On September 27, 1947, Bernice married Ray Sannes at Fertile.  She worked candling eggs and at Sonie’s Café both of Fertile.  For most of her adult life, Bernice cared for the home and her family.  She was a longtime member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, and active in its Circles and WELCA.  Her daughter, Sheila, died in 2002 and her husband, Ray, died in 2009.
Bernice was fun to be around; she had a great sense of humor!  Canning vegetables from the garden gave her a lot of satisfaction-- her family especially remembers the “mouthwatering” pickles.  Cross Stitching and Crocheting were hobbies she enjoyed.  During the Polk County Fair, Bernice worked making pies for the Concordia food stand.  Bernice appreciated her life and all the experiences that touched her heart.  She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bernice is survived by a son, Grant Sannes, Fertile; son-in-law, Mike (Bunnie) Messelt, Fargo, ND; two granddaughters: Jill (Cody) Miller and Molly (Chad) Olson, and four great-grandchildren: Savannah Miller, Ashleigh Miller, Chase Olson and Charley Olson; one sister, Hazel Nelson, Fertile; a brother-in-law, Kenneth (Shirley) Sannes, Fertile; and many nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ray, daughter, Sheila Messelt and, brothers, Walter and Lester.
Funeral: 11 AM Friday, February 3, 2017, Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.
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Elvern Gunderson,
79, Bejou, MN, died Friday, January 27, 2017, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice. Funeral: 11:00AM Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN. Visitation: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 5:00-7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at the church. Burial: Norman Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) 
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Willard Harold “Bill” Williams, 85, of Crookston, MN, died early Wednesday morning, January 25, 2017, at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home.
Willard was born at Fargo, ND on October 6, 1931 and was the son of Carl and Edythe Hedlund. His father, Carl, died when Willard was 3 years old, and he moved with his mother and siblings to Hallock, MN, where they lived and farmed. Willard’s early education was at the elementary school in Hallock. He later attended and graduated from high school at the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston. In 1952 Willard furthered his education while studying auto mechanics at the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He met the love of his life, Patricia Ann Stevens, while they were both roller skating at the same rink one evening. On September 16, 1952 he entered the US Army and was stationed state side at Ft. Benning, GA. While on leave he and Pat were united in marriage on January 26, 1953 in Minneapolis. Pat joined him at Ft. Benning where they lived until his honorable discharge on September 15, 1954. The couple then settled in Hallock where Bill farmed and later began working for the US Soil Conservation Service. In 1960 Bill, Pat, and family moved to Crookston when he was transferred to the local office of the Conservation Service. After his retirement he drove beet truck for a few years during the harvest, and then became an over-the-road trucker, traveling the country with Pat as his co-pilot. Pat later found employment within the US National Park system. Bill left trucking to join her and became a tour-bus driver, showing tourists the sites in Flamingo National Park in Florida, Denali National Park in Alaska, Flag Ranch National Park in Wyoming, and the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. They eventually returned to their home base in Crookston.
Bill and Pat enjoyed many great vacation trips, including a cruise to the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal, taking a houseboat trip down the Mississippi River, and 3 visits to Hawaii. He was a former member and trustee of the Episcopal Church in Crookston, and he and Pat had been attending the Evangelical Covenant Church in Crookston.  Bill loved doing carpentry work around their home, and jumping in the car with Pat to make a road trip. In declining health, Bill moved to Valley 4000 in Grand Forks in August, 2016. A few months later, in December, he became a resident of the Villa.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Pat, and sadly, he died one day short of what would have been their 64th wedding anniversary. He also leaves 2 daughters, Patricia Norwood of Kewanee, IL and Priscilla (Ray) Swatzell of Mesa, AZ; 5 grandchildren: Mary Nogowski, Troy (Tasha) Hendrickson, Travis Smith, April Stewart, and Michael Swatzell; 7 great-grandchildren: Harley, Jake, Gabe, and Zita Hunt, Wyatt McNelis, Karina Smith, and Leo Stewart; and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Howard Williams; brother, Sonney Hedlund; and sister, Jenall Nelson. May God bless Bill’s memory.
A memorial service for William “Bill” Williams will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Pastor Bill Humiston, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Military honors will provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Inurnment will take place in Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, in the spring.
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Gerald George LeBlanc
, age 88, of Crookston, MN passed away with his family by his side on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Riverview Health in Crookston, MN.
Gerald was born on December 12, 1928 in Crookston, MN. He was the son of Delphis and Emma (Caouette) LeBlanc. He lived on the family’s farm and attended nearby rural schools. Graduated from Crookston Cathedral High School in 1947.
From January 15, 1951 to December 1, 1952 Gerald served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his discharged he then served seven years in the National Guard, leaving the unit as a Master Sergeant.
Gerald worked for two winters in Minneapolis, and on September 15, 1954 he started working for the American Crystal Sugar Company for twenty-four years and also farmed for his entire life. Gerald was a trustee at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly for six years and served on the Gentilly township board for twenty-two years. He was also on the Cenex Board of Directors in Crookston for six years.
On June 2, 1956 Gerald married Marilyn Yon and recently celebrated their 60th in June, 2016. They lived in Crookston for eight years and then moved to the family farm and built a new house in 1967. In 1996 they moved back to Crookston and sold the farm to Greg and Marlene LeBlanc.
Gerald was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and the Eagles. He received the 100 year Century Farm in 2010 and the Golden Link Experienced American (1983) awards.
Gerald loved his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Greg (Marlene) LeBlanc of Crookston, MN, Dan LeBlanc of Tualatin, OR, Michael LeBlanc of Crookston, MN, Suzanne (Jeff) Srnsky of Sun Prairie, WI, Janine (Jim) Dragna of Sacramento, CA, John LeBlanc of Grand Forks, ND, Duane LeBlanc of Charlotte, NC, and Lori (Kieth) Carlson of Eden Prairie, MN; thirteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Claudia Knox of Fisher, MN; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Peggy and Louis “Chico” Bray of Portland, OR; and sister-in-law, Lucille Pier of Dickinson, ND.
Gerald is preceded in death by his parents, Delphis and Emma; daughter, Katherine LeBlanc; brother, Vernon LeBlanc; sister, Vivian LaChance; brothers-in-law, James Knox, Bob Yon and Harry LaChance; and sister-in-law, Barb LeBlanc.
There will be a visitation from 5-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. The funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Monday, January 30, 2017 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN. Interment will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Gentilly, MN in the spring.
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Clayton “Jake” W. Jacobson, 85, Ada, MN, formerly of Perley, MN, died Sunday, January 22, 2017, at Essentia Health, Fargo, ND. Clayton William Jacobson was born July 21, 1931, at home, rural Perley, MN, in Lee Township. His parents were William and Margaret (Reierson) Jacobson. He attended school in Perley before graduating from Hendrum (MN) High School. He was active in the Riverside 4-H club during his school years. After his school years, Jake farmed with his family. Jake was united in marriage to Beverly Hoff on January 23, 1960, in Fergus Falls, MN. They made their home in the Perley area where he continued farming and later worked for American Crystal Sugar in the Moorhead plant. Over the years, Jake enjoyed socializing with his family and many friends over coffee. He was a civic and church leader and served on the Perley City Council and as the Mayor for many years. He was active in Kirkebo Lutheran Church serving on council and as treasurer. He also volunteered with the Perley Fire Department for many years.  Jake stayed active up until his health declined, attending family activities, and countless school events and games for his cherished grandchildren. He enjoyed taking them camping, fishing, and hunting. He loved to dance and followed the Twins and Vikings for many seasons, including winning a car at the old Twins stadium. He could be seen in the bleachers for many Norman County West and Ada Borup sporting events.Jake is survived by his wife, Beverly, Ada, MN, two daughters, Karen (Roger) Egeberg, Argusville, ND, Rene (Don) Miller, Ada, MN, four grandchildren, Laura Egeberg, Dani Miller, Rachel (Zach) Lee, and Brian (Brandy) Miller, one sister Doris (Clayton) Mjolsness, Detroit Lakes, MN, and 2 nieces and 2 nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials preferred to: Kirkebo Lutheran Church and Perley Fire Department. 
Funeral: 11:00AM Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Kirkebo Lutheran Church, Perley, MN.  Visitation: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 7:00PM prayer service at the church. Burial: Kirkebo Lutheran Cemetery, rural Perley.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
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Lillian Therese Karboviak, 96, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully at Villa St Vincent with her loving family at her side early Monday morning, January 23, 2017. Lillian was born on August 16, 1920 at Greenbush, MN, the daughter of Edward and Louise Miksatko. She was raised on the family’s farm, baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leo, near Greenbush, and attended a nearby country school. On November 3, 1945, Lillian was united in marriage to Edmund Karboviak at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Kroze near Lancaster, MN. Together they raised their family on a farm near Lancaster, moving to Crookston in 1974. Lillian was employed by Tri-Valley in Crookston for over 10 years. Sadly, Edmund passed away on July 23, 1992.
Lillian was a devoted member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and was also a member of the Catholic Daughters, Funeral Guild, and the Holy Rosary Circle. She was a loving, beautiful mother whose profound faith was passed on to her four children. She and Edmund began the custom of daily rosaries prayed by all the family on a daily basis. All who knew Lillian will remember a kind and loving person.
Lillian will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her 4 children: Karen Pietrusinski of Chicago, IL, Cindy (Bruce) Altepeter and Loren Karboviak of Crookston, MN, and Lynette Karboviak of Moorhead, MN; 8 grandchildren: Michael Pietrusinski, Alexis (Tom) Mann, Brian Pietrusinski, Kristin Altepeter, Brad (Sarah) Altepeter, Barry (Margaret) Altepeter, Alan (Kayla) Altepeter, and Erika Altepeter, 8 great-grandchildren, Jenny (Bob) Manias, Andrew Nelson, Kaitlin, Jacob, Hailey, Aspen, and Aaron Altepeter, and Kryton Mesrour; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund; parents, Edward and Louise Miksatko; first-born son, Jerry, who died at birth; beloved grandson, Adam Altepeter, who died on August 23, 2004; son-in-law, John Pietrusinski, who died on January 22, 2005; 2 sisters, Annie Miksatko and Mary Rauenbuehler; 2 brothers, Edward and Wentzel Miksatko; and a nephew, Louis Miksatko. May God richly bless Lillian’s memory.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Lillian T. Karboviak will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Friday from 5-7PM, with a 7PM prayer service officiated by The Rev. Augie Gothman. Visitation will be also for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. In lieu of flowers, memorials may given in Lillian’s name to the Villa Foundation.
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Charles Edward Sampson, 82, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, January 21, 2017, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fargo with his loving wife, Mary, at his side. Charles was born in Chicago, IL on January 14, 1935 to Mr. and Mrs. James Sampson. He graduated from high school there and then served with the US Army from August 12, 1954 until his honorable discharge on March 9, 1957. During his tour of duty he was stationed overseas in Korea and Viet Nam. He later enrolled at the prestigious Northwestern University in Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Charles worked in the shipyards at Seattle, WA for a time before moving to California where he was employed in the restaurant business. There he met and married his wife, Pam. Sadly, she died 6 years later. Charles then lived and worked in the states of Oregon and Florida, and from there traveled to Bemidji, MN. He had been a resident of Crookston since 2007. He soon met and courted Mary Wendt and the two were united in marriage in April of 2008. He had most recently been employed by McDonald’s where he enjoyed his work very much.
Over the past several years Charles and Mary had enjoyed traveling. In 2008 they honeymooned at Mount Rushmore and revisited those places on their 5th anniversary. The couple enjoyed fishing together and especially with Pastor Jim Schaar from Valley Christian Fellowship, which was the church Charles attended. He greatly enjoyed the time he spent in his Pastor’s company, and working and helping out at the church. He was quite proud of the stage he built in the church while working alongside his good friend, Leon. He was a jokester with his friends, and a very loving husband to Mary, and will be dearly missed by all.
Charles leaves his beloved wife, Mary, of East Grand Forks, MN; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Joan Sampson of Bolingbrook, IL; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pam; and his parents. May God bless his memory.
The funeral service for Charles Edward Sampson will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Valley Christian Fellowship, 209 North Main Street, in Crookston, with Pastor James D. Schaar, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Charles requested that his body be donated to the University of North Dakota Medical School after his funeral.
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A celebration of life for Karla Lind who died Nov. 23, 2016 will take place on Tuesday, January 31st from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Crookston Eagles club.  Karla wished her friends to get together to visit, share memories and laughs.  Only your presence is required.  No cards or gifts please.
 

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Jeanne Elayne Sawyer, 91, of Crookston, MN, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, where she had been a resident since September of 2016. Jeanne was born in Crookston on March 18, 1925, one of 4 children of the union of William G. and Mary (Erickson) Sawyer. Jeanne grew up in Crookston, attended Washington Elementary School, and graduated from Central High School in 1943. She spent her entire life in Crookston and her first employment was at the Ben Franklin Store, and later in the office of Al’s Body and Auto Shop. For over 30 years Jeanne was the friendly voice on the telephone and the first person to greet visitors to the Polk County Veterans Service Office in the Courthouse. She enjoyed her position and the Veterans Service Officers and people she worked with. But most of all Jeanne was grateful to provide assistance to the many veterans and their families that she met over those many years. Jeanne was a lifelong member of the VFW Auxiliary. She was a very gracious and humble person, generous to everyone, and especially to her sister and brothers, and their families. She will long be remembered and very sadly missed.
Loving family members include her sister, Arlyne McCleary of East Grand Forks, MN; brother, Lloyd Sawyer of Ankeny, IA; and many nieces and nephews and their families who were grateful to have been a part of Jeanne’s life. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Sawyer; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Geraldine “Jerry” Sawyer; brother-in-law, David McCleary; sister-in-law, Loy Sawyer; a cousin, James (Nellie) Erickson, who was raised by William and Mary and was more like a brother; and her very special friend, William “Bill” Welsh. May God bless Jeanne’s memory.
The funeral service for Jeanne E. Sawyer will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Fisher, MN, in the spring.
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Edna Gladys Bendickson,
95, a lifelong resident of Crookston, MN, died Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at the RiverView Care Center in Crookston, with loving family at her bedside. Edna was born in Crookston on October 30, 1921, one of 4 children of the union of Oscar and Augusta (Ladhoff) Anderson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and graduated from Central High School. After graduation she moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked as a secretary for one of the government agencies. Upon her return to Crookston, Edna was employed by her uncle, John Ladhoff, at his business called Cab 17.  It was while working there that she met and fell in love with one of the drivers, Carroll Bendickson. Carroll was called to active duty with the US Army during WWII and stationed at Ft. Knox, KY. Edna joined him there and they were united in marriage on June 5, 1943. She came back to Crookston and began working as an operator for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. After his honorable discharge, Carroll rejoined Edna and together, they began raising their family, which over the years grew to include 4 children: David, Carol, Sandy, and Kay. While Edna managed their busy household, Carroll began working for Maves Optical. In 1950 the family moved to St. Cloud, MN where he worked for Lantz Optical. In 1954 they returned and he resumed working for Russell Maves. During the late 1960’s, and after all the kids were in school, Edna began working at St. Francis Hospital in the Medical Records Department. She was later employed at Northwestern Clinic taking care of medical records and as switchboard operator. Sadly, their daughter, Carol Morris, passed away on November 15, 1986. Edna retired in 1989 so that she and Carroll could enjoy their golden years together, which they did. Life was saddened once again by the passing of Carroll on July 8, 1996 and son, David, on January 11, 2014. In semi-retirement Edna began working for Crookston Job Services, where they were able to keep her busy with part time employment. In 2009, at the age of 88, she finally decided it was time to step aside and turn things over to the young people. In June of 2011 Edna became a resident of the RiverView Care Center, where the kind and caring staff became her extended family, and for which her daughters and grandchildren were very grateful.
Edna was a devoted member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; very active in WELCA, co-chair of the work and serve group, taught in the Sunday school and Bible school programs for many years, and served on the church council. If it could be called a hobby, then her hobby was making cakes for any and all occasions for family and friends. She loved to spend time with her family, visit with friends, and go road-tripping with her sister and best friend, Helen. May God richly bless the memory of Edna Gladys Bendickson.
Edna was grateful to share her life with her 2 daughters and son-in-law, Sandy Bendickson of Crookston, MN and Kay and Jeff Arthur of Moorhead, MN; daughter-in-law, Marty Bendickson of Davenport, IA; son-in-law, Tom “Skip” (Celeste) Morris of Crookston, MN; 11 grandchildren: Christy (Alan) Perkins of Syracuse, NY, Robin (Trent) Baker of Lincoln, NB, Troy (Tammy) Bendickson of Davenport, IA, Chad Morris of Sauk Rapids, MN, Cathy (Chris) Demarais of Crookston, Bryan (Sara) Morris of Byron, MN, Scott Bailey of Sartell, Shaun Bailey of Grand Forks, ND, Sarah (Paul) Rasmussen of East Grand Forks, MN, and Jake (Alisa) Leas and Ashley (Ryan) Brekken of Crookston; 24 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Lyczewski of Crookston, MN; sister-in-law, Barbara Thomas of Crookston, MN; family members: Steve Bailey, Bruce Parr, and Jason Leas;  and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Carroll; daughter, Carol; son, David; parents, Oscar and Augusta Anderson; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Clarence and Luella Anderson and John and Bessie Anderson; brother-in-law, Norbert Lyczewski; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lloyd and Sally Bendickson, Roy and Gladys Bendickson, and Clarence Bendickson.
The funeral service for Edna will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour before the funeral. Interment will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, in the spring.
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Robert N. Olson,
95, Halstad, MN, formerly of Shelly, MN, died Monday, January 16, 2017, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.  No services are scheduled at this time. Burial will be at Shelly Cemetery, rural Shelly, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home. Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 

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Pauline Ann “Polly” Strem,
76, of Crookston, MN, passed away Monday morning, January 16, 2017, at her home, with loving family members and friends at her side. Polly was born to William and Anna (Swartz) Jensen at Fertile, MN on October 16, 1940. She grew up at Fertile, was baptized and confirmed at the Concordia Lutheran Church, and while attending Fertile High School was active in band, debate, and cheerleading before her graduation in 1958. Polly went on to attend the Bethesda School of Nursing in Crookston, earning her LPN Degree in 1959. That same year she was united in marriage to the love of life, Jean Lynn Strem, on September 26th at the Concordia Lutheran Church. In l960 Polly, Jean, and their first-born son, Jan, moved to South Milwaukee, WI where second son, Todd, was born. Polly was a nurse in the OB Department of Trinity Memorial Hospital there until the family returned to Fertile in 1964. She opened a dress shop in Fertile in 1965 and ran it until the family moved to Crookston in 1967. Polly then worked at the RiverView Hospital, and in 1975 welcomed the birth of their third son, Cory. Polly and Jean purchased the Irishman’s Shanty in 1976 and operated it until 1980. Nursing remained her passion so Polly returned to the RiverView OB Department, later leaving to do clinical nursing at the Northwestern Clinic, today known as Altru Clinic. Sadly, Jean passed away on July 2, 2002, and several years later son, Jan, passed on November 23, 2009. Polly retired in 2010 after a long and rewarding career in nursing. She found joy in spending time with her family, and keeping up with her grandkids activities and taking great pride in their achievements. Shortly before her death Polly left a note for her family that read in part, “…have a big party and I will do the same with Dad and Jan.” Polly’s memory will be forever treasured by her daughter-in-law, Leslie Strem of Rochester, IN; sons and daughters-in-law, Todd and Julie Strem of Crookston, MN and Cory and Courtney Strem of Solon Springs, WI; 8 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter: Jaron and Logan Strem of Indianapolis, IN, Cole Strem of Grand Forks, ND, Tye, Kenzie, and Macy Strem of Crookston, and Faye and Chloe Strem of Solon Springs; her precious great-granddaughter, Teaghan Strem of Crookston; aunt, Donna Jensen of Crookston; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, LaVonne and Alden Jallo of Fertile, MN; and other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her beloved husband, Jean, and son, Jan, Polly is preceded in death by her parents, William and Anna Jensen. A memorial service celebrating the life of Pauline “Polly” Strem will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the funeral.
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Verleth Hattie Oftelie, age 86, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN.
Verleth was born on March 18, 1930 in Rockville, MN, to Hubert and Adeline (Burger) Finneman. She went to Cold Spring Public Schools.
On April 12, 1947, Verleth married the love of her life, Clifford Oftelie. They had three children, Sandi, Carole, and Clifford Jr. They moved to Puyallup, WA and lived there for two years before moving to Crookston, MN.
Verleth worked for several retail businesses in Crookston, MN, including the Sweet Shop, the Grill Café, and the Ben Franklin Five and Dime. She then worked for the Crookston Police Department for twenty-one and a half years as a meter maid, among other duties. Verleth retired from the Crookston Police Department in 1988. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for many years.
Verleth loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed taking care of her husband, Clifford. She loved to cook, and spend time outdoors in her garden and going camping. She also enjoyed spending time and swimming with the ladies at the Golden Link Community Center.
Verleth is survived by her children, Sandi Oftelie of Moorhead, MN, Carole (Gaylord) Christle of Moorhead, MN, and Clifford Oftelie Jr. of Detroit Lakes, MN; grandchildren, Eric Swenson of Raleigh, NC, Shannon Wollertson of Wichita, KS, Ashley Wollertson of Wichita, KS, and Matthew Oftelie of Detroit Lakes, MN; five great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Clifford; her parents, Hubert and Adeline; and her brother, David Finneman. May God bless Verleth’s memory.
There will be a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN in the spring.

 

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Mavis Joy LaChance, 74, of Fargo, ND, and formerly of Crookston, MN, died early Monday morning, January 16, 2017, at Sanford Health in Fargo. A memorial service for Mavis will be held at a later date.
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Patricia Rose King, 52, of Crookston, MN, died of natural causes at her residence on Thursday, January 12, 2017. Patti, as she was affectionately known by her family and friends, was born at St. Paul, MN on January 9, 1965, to her birth-mother, Ramona “Noni” Paulson. On January 19th she was adopted by her loving parents, Ralph and MaryJane (Delorme) Hagen, of Crookston. While growing up in Crookston, Patti was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and graduated from Central High School in 1983. She was united in marriage to Jeffrey Lynn King on March 14, 1997 at Indianapolis, IN. Throughout her life Patti had lived and worked on both coasts of the United State and places in between, including California, North Carolina, Indiana, Arkansas, Minnesota, and elsewhere. She was employed as a photographer, worked for a carnival, and for 10 years was with Digi-Key in Thief River Falls. In recent years Patti also attended the University of Minnesota-Crookston before transferring to Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, MN, where she earned an Associate Degree with Academic Excellence in 2013. She was proudly inducted into Phi Theta Kappa there in 2012.  Patti found her birth-mother in February of 2013. They and their families were delighted to get to know each other. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and was always excited to see them. She had a cat named Teddy that she loved very dearly. Patti was very loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed.
Loving family members include her daughter: Rebecca Lynn Strand (Jeremiah Smith) of Thief River Falls, MN; granddaughter, Gracelynn Marie Strand; step-son, Jeffrey King Jr. (Megan Martin) of Newfolden, MN; step-grandchildren: Alana, Mariah-Jane, and Cameron King; father, Ralph Hagen of Crookston, MN; birth-mother, Noni Bordwell of Albuquerque, NM; siblings: Kenneth Hagen (Lori Kinney) of Coon Rapids, MN, Duane (Kerri) Hagen of Langdon, ND, and Ruth Hagen (Christian Carrico) of Strandquist, MN; half-brother and sisters, Ginger (Cameron) Lacy of Mountain View, CA, Pepper (Marz) Cooper of Albuquerque, and Danny Bordwell of Palmer, AK; dear friends, Jan Smit and Bruce Christensen of Crookston, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her mother, MaryJane, who died on July 6, 2013; 6-month old granddaughter, Aurora Rose King, who died on August 19, 2013; step-father, Ross Bordwell, who died on May 9, 2014; and an infant sister, Mary Hagen. May God bless Patti’s memory.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Patricia Rose King will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN, with The Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston in the spring.

 

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Solange (Asselin) (Beauchane) Radke
, 94 of Crookston, MN passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2016 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN.
Solange was born on April 7, 1922 in Crookston, MN to Fred and Clemence (Gousse) Asselin. She attended St. Joseph’s Academy and later Fisher Public School. She graduated from Fisher High School in 1939. At the age of 50 she went to Agassiz Valley School of Practical Nursing and graduated with an Associate Degree in nursing in 1973.
On February 19,1941 Solange married Alton Beauchane in Red Lake Falls. They had five children, Kenneth, Daniel, Dorothy, Ronald and Richard.
Solange worked for Woolworth’s in Crookston until the mid-1950’s. She then worked with Alton in construction until 1973. After nursing school she went to work for Riverview Nursing Home as a Licensed Practical Nurse from 1974-1987 and retired on May 22, 1987.
On January 5, 1980 she married Elmer Radke in Crookston.
She is survived by her children Kenneth (Patricia) Beauchane, of Fertile, MN; Daniel Beauchane of Owensville, IN; Dorothy (Ernest) Franklin of Orange Park, FL; Ronald (Monica) Beauchane of Red Lake Falls, MN and Richard Beauchane of Red Lake Falls, MN. Grandchildren Jody (Stacy) Beauchane, Chad (Jeannette) Beauchane, Eric Franklin, Ann (Randal) Gillund, Elliott (Tara) Franklin, Justin (Ruth) Beauchane, Deborah (Samuel) Higginbotham, Michelle (Anthony) Touketto, Christopher (Nichole) Beauchane; 23 great grandchildren, with three more on the way; five step children, Dean (Ginny) Radke, Connie (Robert) Nichols, Greg (Karen) Radke, Ken Radke, and David (Sandy) Radke.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; parents, Fred and Clemence; brother, Robert Asselin and his wife, Virginia; sister, Simone Audette and her husband, Walter; infant brother, William Eli Asselin; nephew, Don Audette; and niece Dolores (Audette) Ricard and her husband, Tom .
There will be a visitation from 5-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. The funeral mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Crookston, MN in the spring.
Solange was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart Circle and a former Hospice volunteer. She loved playing cards, walking and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

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Dennis Erickson, 74, died on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls, MN.
Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN, with Larry Myhrer officiating. A private burial will be held in the Spring at Rosewood Cemetery, New Solum Township, Marshall County, MN.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM, on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.
Dennis Willard Erickson was born on August 21, 1942 in Thief River Falls, MN, the son of Willard and Bernice (Johnson) Erickson.  He attended school in Thief River Falls. Dennis joined the United States Army and proudly served his country.  After his service he moved to the Twin Cities where he worked for Keys Well Drilling Company.  A few years later he moved back to Thief River Falls.  Dennis purchased his grandfather’s drilling rig and started Erickson Well Drilling where he drilled for over four decades. He later met Geraldine Joy Olson and they were married on December 10, 1972 in Goodridge, MN. They made their home in Thief River Falls along with their four children:  Wade, Kim, Marla, and Ranada. Dennis loved to hunt, socialize, and dance. As a third generation well driller, his passion was well known.  He was a member of the American Legion in Thief River Falls.  Dennis will always be remembered as a kind, generous, helpful, honest, and ethical man who will be dearly missed. 
Dennis is survived by his special friend, Darlene Clark of Lengby, MN;  his children, Kim (Mark Haugen) Foster, of Thief River Falls, MN, Marla (Jason) King of Thief River Falls, MN, Ranada Erickson of Denver, CO; 3 grandchildren, Samm Foster, Andrew Anderson, Ryan King; 2 great-grandchildren, Teagan Foster and Paxton Wilson; sisters, Diane Erickson of Thief River Falls, MN, and Debra Hagman of Fargo, ND; brother-in-law, Lloyd Olson, Fallon, NV, and several nieces and nephews.
Dennis was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Erickson; son, Wade Foster; parents, Willard and Bernice Erickson; infant brother, David Erickson; brothers-in-law, Ivan Olson, Harvey Olson, and LaVerne Olson.

 

 

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Alice J. Merkens,
95, Ada, Minnesota, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017, after a brief illness and surrounded by her family at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Funeral: 10:30AM Monday, January 16, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM, with a 6:30PM prayer service on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada. Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, rural Lockhart, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Kenneth Neil Egeland, 64, of Crookston, MN, died at his Oak Court apartment on Monday, January 9, 2017. A memorial graveside service for Kenny will be held at the Bygland Cemetery, rural East Grand Forks, MN at a later date. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Wilson Galland 94, of Mentor, MN passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine surrounded by his loving family. Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM in Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor, MN with Reverend Mike Sletto Officiating and guest speaker Pastor Leslie Galland. Burial will be held in the Faith Lutheran Cemetery, Mentor, MN. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 5 – 7 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor and also one hour prior to the service on Friday. Wilson Orlando Galland was born August 1st, 1922 on the family farm at Mentor, MN to Orin and Stena (Strand) Galland. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. He attended school in Mentor. Wilson was a farmer most of his life raising grain and cattle. On March 14th, 1943 he was united in marriage to Clara Sveningson. They have resided on the home farm where he was born for almost 73 years. When the farming wasn't too good, he and his brother, Chester, decided to find jobs elsewhere. In 1952 he started construction work to help build American Crystal Sugar beet factory in Crookston. When that was finished he worked on road construction between Fisher and Crookston. He also helped with construction of Trinity Church in Crookston and Riverview Hospital. His last 29 years of working out was at Central Bi-Products, Red Lake Falls. He retired because of his health. After retirement he loved going to garage sales. He became a real wheeler dealer. He had a sale every summer for about 10 years and enjoyed everyone. He especially liked to get old furniture. When that was getting hard to purchase, he quit but would keep busy with the yard work. He liked to have a big garden when he was able to take care of it. He never liked to sit around, he always wanted to work. In July of 2016 Wilson and Clara were awarded the Polk County Century farm award. Wilson entered the Pioneer Memorial Care Center in November of 2016. Wilson is survived by his loving wife of 73 years Clara at Mentor;  daughter Sharon (Bob) Wolf, of Crookston, MN, Sons Bruce (Lorraine) Galland of Bagley, MN and Reggie (Janis) Galland. of Mentor, MN; Ten Grandchildren, Becky (Paul) Kalvik, Karen Pruett, Jenny (Todd Cummings) Hanson, Chad, Melissa and Crispen Galland, Marcia (Jason) Sorensen, Jill (Leif) Kolstoe, Amy (Arick) Broden, Katie (Jason Bachmeier)  Galland. Ten precious Great-Grandchildren, Michael Galland, Paige, Megan & Grace Hanson, Hailey, Riley & Gunnar Broden, Natalie Bachmeier, Hunter Sorensen and Ava Kolstoe, along with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Chester, Raymond and infant brother Wilson. Four sisters, Viola Grimstad, Nell Bergh, Clara Bouffleur, Berdie Erickson.

 

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Bethel P. Visser, 93, Ada, Minnesota, died Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Funeral: 11:00AM Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Faith United Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM, with a 7:00PM prayer service on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com



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M. Beatrice Benson Foster, 92, Ada, Minnesota, died Monday, January 2, 2017, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. May Beatrice Monson was born at home on October 12, 1924, in Winchester Township, near Ada. She was the oldest daughter of Bert and Mabel (Halverson) Monson. She was baptized on November 16, 1924, by Rev. Jordal and later confirmed at First Lutheran in Ada by Rev. E.G. Larson.  She attended country grade school and graduated from Borup (MN) High School. “Bea” worked at various Ada businesses, retiring Ada Municipal Hospital where she worked as receptionist for 18 years. She was united in marriage to Bloyd Benson in April of 1946 and together they raised 3 sons. She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Ada VFW Auxiliary. Bloyd died in 1992.  Bea was united in marriage to Duane Foster in 1993, and they made their home in Ada. Bea was very talented in crochet, embroidery and fine needlework. She brought home many blue ribbons from the Norman County Fair craft show. Without hesitation she would donate or give away most of her work to anyone interested.  Bea loved her flower and vegetable gardens. You could tell by their beauty all the T.L.C. they had received. This was very evident in her and Duane’s lifestyle with their involvement with the less fortunate and hospitality showed to anyone that stopped for a visit.  Duane died in 2010. Bea had lived at home until moving the Benedictine Care Community in 2013. Bea is survived by two sons, Bruce (Dawn) Benson, and Brian (Jill) Benson, both of West Fargo, ND, her grandchildren, Kristopher (Nicole) Benson, Gretta (Chad) Johnson,  Marni (Andrew) Moch, Gretchen Wagendorf, Greta (Dave) Hatton, and Bennett Benson, two step daughters, Robin (Jay) McNamar, and Nancy Foster, two step grandchildren, Andrea Loe and Jaime (Tyrone) Canaday, four sisters, Elaine (Delmer) Hellerud, Harbor City, CA, Joyce Scott, Fargo, ND, Arleen Braaten, Felton, MN, Dorothy (Wayne) Hasz, Lester Prairie, MN, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands; Bloyd and Duane, and one son Blair. Funeral: 11:00AM Monday, January 9, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: For one hour before the funeral at the church. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com



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Mary Arlene West, 82, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017, at her home on the farm near Fertile, MN.  Mary was born to Bernard and Mary Elizabeth (Kanz) Campbell on March 11, 1934, at Big Fork, MN.  She graduated from Bigfork High School in 1952.  While in High School, she worked as a nurses aid.  After graduation, she entered the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, MN. On the eve of her graduation, September 9, 1955, Mary married Clayton West at Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis.  They met in 1954, when Clayton got out of the Army.  They lived in St. Paul for two years where they had their first child, Terence, at the hospital where Mary was employed.  Mary and Clayton left St. Paul and moved to Burbank, CA where Mary had another son, Timothy, and later a daughter, Michelle.  She worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank until they decided to move to the home farm near Fertile.  Mary worked at Riverview Hospital in Crookston, MN, for a time.  Mary then worked in nursing homes in Twin Valley, Fosston and Crookston, where she was the Director of Nursing.  While Mary was working, at age 40, she attended Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Social Services.  Mary's last and most favorite job was Quality Assurance at Villa St. Vincent's Nursing Home in Crookston, MN.  Mary retired in 1996.  She loved the residents, as she loved her church family at Maple Bay.  Mary loved the Lord and devoted much of her life working for her Savior, Jesus Christ.  Clayton and Mary read devotions every morning.  Mary read her Bible at every opportunity.  She enjoyed teaching Bible Studies at home and parochial school in Fertile, where she was aided by Clayton to keep the youngsters in line.  Both Clayton and Mary loved their time together at Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church.  They especially loved the warm welcome they received when they began attending there 15 years ago.  Her main interests were reading books and writing.  They were so happy with the Pastors and wonderful piano and organ players.  Mary greatly enjoyed her fall trips with Clayton to the North Shore of Lake Superior to take in the beauty of God's creation and to visit family.  Christmas at the farm, when all the family would visit, was a very special time for her.  We were all blessed by her wealth of knowledge and her godly wisdom. Mary is survived by her husband, Clayton, Fertile, MN; three children: Terry (Roxanne), Moorhead, MN, Tim, Beltrami, MN and Michelle (Marc) Holman, Neche, ND; seven grandchildren: Anthony West, Sharell (Jeff) Wilson, Ryan Holman, Kayla (Luke) Grittner, Allison (Matt) Baker, Karlee West, and Tanner West; four great-grandchildren: Mason West, Jasiah, Jordan, and Journey Wilson; siblings: Barbara (Ken) Smith, Blaine, MN, Russell, Shevlin, MN, and Ron (Nancy), Hermantown, MN; several nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Gordon, Darell, Bill, and Jim, and two sisters, Margie Yurrick and Jean Irving. Visitation: 5-7 PM with a prayer service 6:30 PM, on Friday, January, 6, 2017, at the Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, Maple Bay, MN. Funeral: 11 AM Saturday, January 7, 2017, Maple Bay Free Church, Maple Bay, MN. Burial: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile. Pastor Bruce Dalager, Officiating. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141
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Linda Antoinette Hanson, 63, of rural Fisher, Minnesota, died December 27, 2016 at her home in Lowell Township.
Linda was born December 21, 1953 at Crookston, the daughter of Marvin and Chrisse (Wentzel) Hanson. She attended grade school in Fisher until the fall of 1962 when she moved with her parents to Blaine, Minnesota. Linda was a 1972 graduate of Coon Rapids High School.
She held several jobs in Minneapolis. In 1981 she moved with her parents to rural Fisher and attended Aaker’s Business College in Grand Forks.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Chrisse, December 1, 1992 and her father, Marvin, August 17, 2002, and her grandparents, Michael and Nettie (Eickhof) Wentzel and Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Hanson.
There will be a memorial service for Linda on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. with a visitation starting at 3:30 p.m. at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston, Minnesota. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, Minnesota in the spring.



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 Pearl Necola Laines, 97, passed away at the Halstad Living Center in Halstad, MN, on Thursday, December 29, 2016.
 There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. on April 15, 2017 with a visitation one hour prior to service at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN.



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Mary Arlene West, 82, Fertile, MN, died Sunday, January 1, 2017, at home in Fertile. Visitation will be 5-7 PM with a prayer service 6:30 PM, on Friday, January, 6, 2017, at the Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, Maple Bay, MN. Funeral is set for 11 am on Saturday, January 7, 2017, Maple Bay Free Church, Maple Bay, MN with Pastor Bruce Dalager officiating. Burial will be at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home. Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141)
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Clara Agnes Gabrielson,
93, Ada, MN, died Friday, December 23, 2016, at Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. 
Funeral: 11:00AM Thursday January 5, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: One hour before the service at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  

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Raymond Albert Thielke, 81, of Crookston, MN, died Monday morning, December 26, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. In failing health he had entered the Villa the Friday before his passing.
Ray was born at Fisher, MN on March 14, 1935, the son of William and Clara (Wagner) Thielke. The family moved from Fisher to McIntosh where he graduated from high school in 1953. Ray later moved to East Grand Forks and was employed as a master mechanic at Absey Lincoln Mercury in Grand Forks. In 1968 he began working for Rydell Chevrolet in the same capacity, retiring from there in 1997. In semi-retirement Ray was a receptionist at the Villa St. Vincent from 2007 to2014.
Ray enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also an avid nature and wildlife photographer, and his specialty was photographing whitetail deer. He owned a cabin in Beltrami County and took great pride in working on it and finishing the interior spaces. It was his special place to spend time, and one of his fondest memories was of the big buck he shot one deer hunting season on the 40 acres he owned around the cabin.
Ray was a devoted member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston where he served on the Board of Trustees, and was head usher for 21 years. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Minnesota Deer Hunters’ Association, Minnesota Conservation Federation, and a life member of the North American Hunting Club.
Ray is survived by cousins: Charles Frisbie of Washougal, WA, Gerald and William Thielke of Willmar, MN, Marvin Thielke of Kandiyohi, MN, and Velma Schlick of Charles City, IA; and many 2nd cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Clara; brother, Roy Thielke; and other relatives. May God bless Ray’s memory.
The funeral service for Raymond Albert Thielke will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2016, at Our Savor’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will take place at the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, in the spring. Memorials may be given in Ray’s name to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Russell Lee Porter, 55, of rural Euclid, MN, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home early Saturday morning, December 24, 2016.
Russell was born at Crookston, MN on October 20, 1961, one of 5 children of the union of Dennis and Carol (Magsam) Porter. He grew up at Euclid and attended Crookston Central High School. Russ worked on the Henry Vasek and Brad Pulkrabek farms in the East Grand Forks-Euclid area for a few years, and then for the Garry Gravel Company at Euclid. He was later employed by the American Crystal Sugar Company in Crookston as a truck driver for over 20 years until his retirement. A daughter, Nicole, was born to Russ and her mother, Judy Boman.
Russ was an avid outdoorsmen and hunter, gardener, and fisherman. He enjoyed making sausage, taking trips to the casino, and riding his four-wheeler. However, his greatest passion was spending time with his grandkids and his 2 dogs, Baby and Shadow. Russ will be very lovingly missed.
Family members include his daughter, Nicole Porter (Brandon Meine) of Crookston, MN; son, Brent Boman of Euclid, MN; 6 grandchildren: Kaylee and Kyla Boman, Kaleb Armstrong, Bella Meine, Allyson Boman, and Allyza Meine; 2 brothers and a sister: Bruce (Shannon) Porter, Merle Porter, and Martha (Mark) Gust, all of Euclid; as well as, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Carol; daughter, Patricia “Trish” Boman; and sister, Justina “Tyke” Porter. Blessed be the memory of Russell Lee Porter.
A memorial service for Russ Porter will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. www.stenshoelhouske.com  

 

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Donald A. Hausten, 75, Ada, MN, died Monday, December 26, 2016, at his home. He was born to Richard and Evelyn (Rehn) Hausten in Fargo, ND, on May 31, 1941. Donald attended school in Ada. On August 6, 1965, Donald was united in marriage to Sandra Haaland at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. He held several positions as a mechanic before joining his mother and father in the family hardware store. Donald and Sandy took over the store in 1976 and operated it until 1992. From 1992 until 2009 he worked at United Power Equipment in Fargo.Don enjoyed working with people and was active around the community. In addition to the store, he was a volunteer firefighter for 25 years, a member the Lions, Jaycees, the American Legion and other organizations. He enjoyed coffee groups, fishing and traveling with friends and family. After retirement, Don worked in his shop repairing lawn equipment, woodworking and tinkering. He enjoyed the lake, spending time with Sandy, and their children and grandchildren. He will be remembered as friendly, caring and helpful. Donald is survived by Sandra, his wife of 51 years; children Kimberly Thompson, Ada; Eric (Tammy), Detroit Lakes, MN; grandchildren: Jordan Thompson, Katie Thompson, Jonathan Hausten and Morgan Hausten; brother, Richard, Burnsville, MN; sister Cynthia (Richard) Drevlow, Rothsay, MN; sister-in-law Zola Ste. Marie, Red Lake Falls, MN; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marion Schumacher, brothers-in-law Ray Schumacher, Donald Ste. Marie, Clifford Volkerding and Noel Haaland; and sisters-in-law Rosanne Hausten and Flo Volkerding.
Memorial Service: 11:00AM Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home

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Wyman Ellsworth Holland, age 85 of Fargo, North Dakota, formerly of Ada, Minnesota passed away peacefully on December 27, 2016 following a Christmas surrounded by family.  Wyman was born on March 9, 1931 in Mayville, North Dakota, where he grew up and graduated from high school before attending Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and serving in the United States Army.  Wyman played trumpet in the 89th Army Band.  He graduated from Concordia College in 1955.  He met his wife, Helen Schiefer, while attending Concordia and they were married in Kenmare, North Dakota on July 22, 1956.  Wyman taught instrumental and vocal music in Finley, North Dakota and Lisbon, North Dakota public school systems.  Following this he taught instrumental music in Ada, Minnesota.  He retired in 1993 after teaching for 38 years.  Wyman was a member of The American Federation of Musicians, The National Education Association, Music Educators National Council, The American Legion, and Grace Lutheran Church in Ada, Minnesota.  He enjoyed many hobbies, especially fishing, hunting, golf, and tennis.  He also enjoyed trips to Arizona with Helen during winter months. Most of all Wyman loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and cherished time spent with his wife, Helen.  He was preceded in death by parents Walter and Elizabeth (Seim) Holland, sister Elnor (Holland) Hoople, and brother-in-law Allyn Hoople.  He is survived by his wife Helen; children Paul (Jane) Holland, John (Emilie) Holland, David (Tracy) Holland, Mary (Dan) Hamann; grandchildren Connor, Caylie, Tatum, Griffin, Carlyn, Kristin, and Laura (Toby) Anheluk; and great-granddaughter Holland Anheluk.
Funeral: 10:00AM Friday, December 30, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: On Friday for one hour before the funeral at the church.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
www.fredriksonfh.com

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Lillian Thompson, 86, Ada, MN, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada. A service will be held at a later date at the Ada Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com

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Leo LaCoursiere of Brooks, MN, passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2016 at Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls, MN. Memorial services will be held on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Johnson Funeral Service, Oklee, MN with Larry Myhrer officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service on Friday at the funeral home in Oklee. Leo Louis LaCoursiere was born on January 10, 1937 in Lambert Township, rural Oklee, MN, the son of Paul Joseph and Irene Cecelia (Mercy) LaCoursiere.  He attended country school in Lambert Township. Leo proudly served his country in the United States Army.  Upon his honorable discharge, he returned home to start farming. Leo was united in marriage to Darlene Ellefson.  To this union was born one son, Lyle. Leo farmed for many years.  He also worked at the Brook Cheese Factory, American Crystal Sugar, and the Red Lake County Highway Department.  Leo was mechanically minded and enjoyed fixing things wherever he worked. On July 18, 1998 Leo was married to Shirley (Beiswenger) Eckstein.  In the winter months Leo and Shirley enjoyed the winters in Texas. Leo is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Lyle (Cecilia) LaCoursiere of Clovis, NM; 6 step-children, Sherryl, Cal (Mary), Rick, Randy (Elaine), Steve (Sandy), Chad (Shirley); grandchildren, Lace and Ethan LaCoursiere; 8 step-grandchildren; 4 step great-grandchildren; sisters, Darleen (Art) Overbye, Marcy (Ron) Baitinger, Judy LaCoursiere, Diane Rautanen, Linda Genteman, and Annette (Doug) Rodich; many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Jackie Baker and Mary Chrapla. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Oklee Ambulance Service. Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Rosella Schuette, 89, Ada, MN, formerly of Hopkins, MN, died Saturday, December 24, 2016, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada. A memorial service will be held in Hopkins, MN followed by a graveside service at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Raymond Albert Thielke, 81, of Crookston, MN, died Monday morning, December 26, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. The funeral for Ray will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2016, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, in the spring. www.stenshoelhoukse.com.

 

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Russell Lee Porter, 55, of rural Euclid, MN, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home early Saturday morning, December 24, 2016.
A memorial service for Russ Porter will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service.


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Verna Marie Eide, 86, Fertile, MN, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.
Verna was born on February 21, 1930, to Roy and Anna (Hillesland) Sanden at home in rural Mahnomen, MN. Verna attended country school near her home and graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1948. She continued her education at Bethesda Nursing School in Crookston, MN, graduating with an LPN degree in 1949. She worked at Bethesda Hospital in Crookston, MN until 1952.
On August 24, 1952, Verna married Alf Eide at 1st Lutheran Church in Mahnomen, MN. They were blessed with four children: Helen Jean, James, John and Lisa. Verna and Alf settled in Fertile and operated Eide Mercantile with Alf’s brother Anders. Verna cared for her children until they were in school, then joined Alf and Anders at the store. Eide Mercantile served the community for over 115 years, closing in December of 1996 when Verna and Alf retired.Verna enjoyed volunteer work, especially at Concordia Church in Fertile. She was active in the Concordia Quilters, Service Groups, Circle, Concordia Ladies Aid Food Stand and Luther League. She also enjoyed Study Club, Homemakers and Fair Meadow Guild. Verna and Alf volunteered at the Agassiz Environmental Learning Center during the winter and summer months, at the Polk County Fair and assisted folks with trips to the store or doctor. She was a tremendous cook and enjoyed sharing with others. Especially popular were her lemon pies and bars. She was an avid bird watcher and loved feeding and identifying birds. She enjoyed wildlife of all kinds, squirrels not so much! Verna volunteered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at a grass roots level performing water quality surveys for nearly 40 years on Union Lake.  She enjoyed spending time at the family cabin on Union Lake, listening to the loons and watching the eagles. She loved to visit with people and spend time with her family and friends.
Verna is survived by her children: James (SallyJo), West Fargo, ND, John (Lina), Fargo, ND; and Lisa (John) Bartholomew, Richland, WA; four grandchildren: David and Thomas Eide, Maxwell and Isabel Bartholomew; Sisters: Clarice DeBoer, Crookston, MN; and Ruth Ann (Jack) Kennedy, Edinburg, TX; brothers: Boyd (Dianne) Sanden, Moorhead, MN; and Dale (Sandee) Sanden, Thief River Falls, MN; and many nieces, nephews and longtime friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alf (2012), two daughters, Helen Jean and a baby daughter, brother LeRoy, and sister, Randi Wendt.
Funeral is 11 AM Wednesday, December 28, 2016, Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN with visitation 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, in the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will be at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com

 


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Beverly Joyce Hams (Floberg), 84 of Shelly, MN, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Lincoln, NE.
Funeral: 11:00 AM, Friday, January 6, 2017, at Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church, Shelly, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN. Burial: Shelly Cemetery, rural Shelly, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 


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Muret Carrol Berhow, 99,  was born to Oliver (August) and Alma (Overland) Berhow on May 20, 1917 in Liberty township northwest of Fertile, Minnesota.  He was the oldest of seven children.
Muret was baptized and confirmed at Varnes Lutheran Church, Liberty Township.  He attended Lakeview School and Liberty School near Fertile, MN.  As a child he was an avid hunter and trapper. While a young man Muret farmed with his parents NW of Fertile. During the depression, at 17 years of age, he left home for 3 years to join the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) and in 1942 at the age of 24 he joined the United States Navy. Muret sailed on the USS Joseph Hewes, USS LST 173, and USS Waukesha. He survived the sinking of the Joseph Hewes during an attack at Casablanca and hid along the shore of Africa until being rescued.  Muret did tours taking him to Africa, Italy, France, England, Hawaii, Okinawa and the Philippines. While on the USS Waukesha he was present for the Japanese surrender and participated in the occupation of Nagasaki, Japan after the atomic bomb was dropped there.  He was honorably discharged on February 28, 1946 with the rank of Chief Ship Fitter. While on leave in Washington DC he met Dorothy Pilger.  They married in 1946 and made their home on the family farm NW of Fertile.  Here they raised two daughters, Patrice and Terese.  Muret was active in Varnes Church his entire life.   Muret also served on the Fertile Beltrami Schoolboard, and was an active member of the National Farmers Organization. Muret had a knack for problem solving, designing, and building things.  One of his favorite projects was a functioning four wheel drive tractor made from scratch. His retirement found him enjoying his projects in the shop. Muret especially loved his wife Dottie and his kids and grandkids, often telling them he loved them more than they’d ever know.  He was thrilled to get to know his great granddaughters Louisa and Eva in his very old age.  He also loved his nieces and nephews, friends, his Norwegian descent, and farm life.  Building things in his shop, visiting with friends or family, telling a good story, and making new acquaintances were his favorite pastimes.
Muret is survived by his daughters Pat Wilson (Jim), Terry Hest (Jim); grandchildren: Michael Wilson, Katherine Wilson, Ben Hest (Kelsey); two great granddaughters, Louisa and Eva Hest; nieces, nephews and many grandnieces and grandnephews. Muret was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, father August, and mother Alma; Siblings: Burnice  (Elden) Engelstad, Marvin (Stella) Berhow, Carna (Ward) Trager, (Bill Russell), DeLoris (Don) Doak, Arlene (Bill) Blewett, Leon (Corrine) Berhow.  Nephews and nieces: Gary Doak, Alex and Bob Toebbe, Kelly and Dianne Engelstad, Wayne Berhow, and one Grandnephew: Chris Doak.
Funeral will be at 11 AM on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN with visitation from  5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM on Monday, December 26, 2016, at the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will be at  Varnes Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141)
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Joyce Elaine Pierson,
84, Fertile, MN, died Sunday, December 18, 2016, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.  She was born on March 1, 1932, to Emil and Josephine (Lecy) Sonstelie in rural Winger, MN.  Joyce was confirmed at Sand Hill Lutheran Church, rural Winger.  In 1950, she graduated from the McIntosh High School, McIntosh, MN.  Following her schooling, Joyce moved to Fertile and worked at Ole’s Café, and later as a grocery clerk.
On June 7, 1951, Joyce was united in marriage to Arvin Pierson at Webster, SD.  After having three boys, Joyce stayed home to care for them until 1966.  Arvin and Joyce bought Stenberg’s Hartz Grocery Store.  Together they operated the store until October of 1989, when they sold the business to their son, Allen and his wife, Laura. During their retirement years, Joyce and Arvin travelled to Arizona during the winter months and enjoyed camping and fishing in the summer months on Upper Red Lake, Lake of the Woods, and Canada.  She was a longtime member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile American Legion Auxiliary and the Crookston VFW Auxiliary. Joyce and Arvin enjoyed life together.  Raising a family of boys stretched Joyce’s personality in a great way.  Fishing with her family and camping developed tremendous memories for her and the family.  Planting seeds and watching them grow into nutritious vegetables and colorful flowers gave Joyce a sense of accomplishment.  Cooking for her family, especially around the holidays, was a joy for Joyce, as she loved to gather, play games and laugh with her children and grandchildren.  Joyce will be greatly missed by all.
Joyce is survived by her sons: David (Debra), Wadena, MN, Allen (Laura), Fertile, MN, and Keith (Deborah), Grand Forks, ND; three granddaughters: Amanda (Mike) Syverson, Fertile, MN, Caty (Terry) Larson, Fertile, MN, and Mariah (Matthew) Simonson, Grand Forks, ND; great-grandchildren: Willow, Koa, and Wren Larson, all of Fertile; and several nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Arvin, sister, Cordelia Slusser, and brother, Orvin Sonstelie.
Funeral will be 11 AM Friday, December 23, 2016 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN with visitation one hour before the service.  Burial will be at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141)
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Michael Majeres
of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at his home in Red Lake Falls surrounded by his loving family.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Dorothy Catholic Cemetery at Dorothy, MN.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 21, from 4 – 7 PM with a prayer service at 6 PM at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.
Michael Joseph Majeres Jr, was born on August 22nd, 1936 the son of Michael Sr. and Cecilia (Schmitz) Majeres. He grew up in Red Lake Falls MN and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1956. Michael Joined the Army National Guard in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1964. He worked for Deboer Farms in Crookston and then took a job with Detroiter Mobile Homes (Homark) in Red Lake Falls and worked there for 30+ years. After his retirement from Homark he kept busy with maintenance at the Altru Clinic and mowing for the Catholic Church of Red Lake Falls.
Michael met the love of his life Marlene Wald, and they married on August 5th, 1961. To this union they had 8 children. Together they loved to bowl and play cards with friends.   You could always find Mike out in his garage tinkering with something or in the yard on his mower. He loved to watch football, Hockey and baseball. He loved his MN Gophers. Mike was a volunteer with the Red Lake Falls Ambulance Service and the Blue Line Club. He was very active in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, as a lector, communion minister and with home bound ministry.  He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. The Majeres family was the Knights of Columbus Family of the Year in 2011.
He loved the Lord, his wife and family. There was always a happy smile when his children and grandchildren came for a visit.
He is survived by his wife Marlene of 55 yrs., children Margaret (Joe) Fox, Blaine MN,  Michelle (Steve) Hulst, Crookston MN, David (Shawn) Majeres, Thief River Falls MN, Mary Jo (Jim) Peltier East Grand Forks MN, Steven Majeres, Elk River MN, Greg (Sylvia) Majeres, Plummer MN, Son In-law Randy Sauve, Red Lake Falls MN; Grandchildren Jonathan (Sheila) and Ashley (Conrad) Sauve, Emily Fox, Megan (Derek) Brault, Hunter Hulst, Mariah Carr, Nathanial (Brittany) and Colton Peltier, Ihle Majeres, Shawna, Ethan, Vanessa, and Nickolas Majeres.  Step Great Grandchildren Elaina and Jameson Dombeck; Brothers and Sisters Don(Mary Jean) Majeres, Barbara Dufault, Ted (Joan) Majeres,  Yvonne (John) Garman. Sister In-Laws Joyce Grabanski and Marilyn Wald, Brother In-Law Victor (Kathy) Wald.
He is preceded in death by Infant son Joseph Majeres, daughter Diane Sauve, infant grandson Christopher Majeres, Parents Michael and Cecilia Majeres  and in-laws Mike and Christine Wald. Brother Gerald Majeres. Brother and Sister In-Laws Richard Dufault, Jerilyn Majeres, Pete Wald, Robert Grabanski, Allan Wald, Richard and Ione Wald, Betty Ann Nettum.


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Muret Berhow, 99, Fertile, MN, died Monday, December 19, 2016 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center, Erskine, MN. Funeral: 11 AM on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM on Monday, December 26, 2016, at the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial: Varnes Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile.  Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com


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Jack C. Pratt, age 75, died peacefully at home in Hopkins, MN surrounded by his family on December 5, 2016 after living with cancer for two years. He was born February 3, 1941 in Grand Rapids, MN to parents Ann and Gerald Pratt. He grew up in Crookston, MN and moved to the Twin Cities in 1965. He served his country in the Navy, and served his hometown community of Hopkins as a police officer for 30 years. Even in retirement, he could be found ‘patrolling’ the neighborhood by making rounds to check in on friends and family, offering hugs or a helping hand. He was a fan of cappuccino, travel, foreign language, garage sales, spending time with family, and thrived on performing random acts of kindness. He could often be found in his workshop, doing projects around the house and yard, or picking up the grandkids for a Saturday morning adventure. He was a tall guy with a huge heart, optimistic spirit, hearty laugh, and a glimmer in his eye. He was a devoted husband and well-loved brother, father, grandfather, and uncle. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ann and Gerald, and brother, Jerry. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Susan; sons, Michael (Julie) and Sean (Julie Kesti); grandchildren, Dan, Kaija and Millie; sister, Barbara (Phil) Wright; nieces, Mikki Morin, Jody Wait, and Ali DeCamillis; nephew, Paul Morin and their families along with numerous cousins. Jack was a friend to many and a stranger to none. Memorial service Tuesday, December 27 at 11 AM at Gethsemane Lutheran, 715 Minnetonka Mills Rd. Hopkins, MN and visitation one hour before. Followed by a luncheon. Memorials preferred to: Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Open Arms MN, or Methodist Hospital Hospice.

 

 

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Russell Sundet,
passed away peacefully on December 16, 2016 at Riverview Memory Care in Crookston.  He was 99 years old.  Russ was born on July 28, 1917 in Crookston to Ole and Beata “Bertha” (Morgan) Sundet, the 3rd of 4 children, and baptized and confirmed at the former English Lutheran Church.  He attended Central High School where he played both offensive and defensive guard in football, and graduated in 1935.  While in high school he worked at the Lyric and Grand Theaters.  Russ volunteered into the U.S. Army in 1942 and attended basic training at Hammer Field in Fresno and placed into the Engineer Corps.  After training Russell was transferred overseas to Burma as part of the 1891st Engineer Aviation Battalion in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  In 1944 he travelled over the Burma Road to China and the home of the Flying Tigers.  He served as 1st Sergeant, building forward airstrips and bridges.  In 1945 Russell returned to the U.S. and was Honorably Discharged in 1946. After meeting in a blind date, Russell and Helen Mae Schmidt were married on June 21, 1949.  They had two children, Richard and Judy.  Sadly Helen passed away on November 22, 1998. After returning to Crookston from the Army, Russell went back to work as manager of the Lyric, Gopher and Grand Theaters.  In 1958 he opened “Sundet’s Toy and Hobby Shop” and continued for that first year to work at the hobby shop during the day and theaters in the evening.  He was “the hobby shop man” to many generations of Crookston children, keeping them well supplied with school supplies, toys, models, and lots and lots of candy.  He loved to pull tricks and gags on the children and adults alike that entered his shop, and magically pulled coins out from behind many ears.  He sold the shop and retired in 1980.  He also worked as a professional photographer from the late 1940’s to early 1960’s, including photographing and designing family Christmas cards and developing them in the basement of his home. Russell was considered a local historian of events in the Crookston and Red River Valley area.  Between 1987 and 1995 he wrote numerous articles for the Golden Link monthly newsletter, several of which were also published in the “Red River Valley Memories.”  In 1998 Russ purchased his first computer, which led to the compilation of his stories into a small book entitled “Reminiscing with Russ,” with about 300 copies distributed to friends and relatives. Around this time he also taught himself the Norwegian art of rosemaling, spending many hours in the basement creating pieces from wood which were later transformed into works of art.  He took great joy in presenting these pieces to everyone he knew. Both Russ and Helen loved to travel and attended several reunions of the 1891st Engineering Battalion. They also made numerous trips to Alaska, the West coast, the East coast, and Disney World.  After retirement they spent most of their summers at Lake Sarah where Russ found plenty of projects to work on. Russ was very proud of his hometown of Crookston and served on numerous boards and committees, including the City Council as Alderman of the First Ward from 1969-74, Chairman of the Polk County Library Board, Building Chairman of the new library, Chairman of the Board for Polk, Norman and Marshall Counties Boy Scouts, Advisory Committee for the Northern Lights Boy Scout Regional Council, Valley Crossing Arts Council, “Art in the Park”, President of the Model Airplane Club, and President of the Crookston Collector Club.  He was considered an expert in rare coins and stamps, and often called upon by estates to estimate the value of stamp and coin collections.  In addition he arranged the start-up of the Girl Scouts in Crookston in the early 1970’s, assisted the City of Crookston during numerous flood fights, and taught classes on Bible archeology. Russ was honored as “Outstanding Volunteer” in 1984 and “Experienced American in 1989. He was long-time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was never afraid to learn something new no matter how challenging. But Russ will perhaps best be remembered for his sense of humor and jokes, some good and some not so good and some that leave the recipient wondering why he even remembered such a joke.  He will be greatly missed by all whom he touched. Russell leaves behind his son Richard (Kathrin) and their two sons, Tomas and Jamie of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter Judy (Sundet) Keasler and her son Lyon of Crookston; sister Maxine Sundet of Crookston, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Alice Smith, brother Wallace Sundet, his loving wife Helen, and son-in-law Gene Keasler. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the care givers at Riverview Memory Care for their years of caring for Russell. There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m with a visitation starting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. 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Darlene E. Reinarz, age 73, of Clearbrook, MN passed away in her home, with her family by her side, on December 15, 2016.
Darlene was born in Clearbrook, MN on February 10, 1943 to Elmer and Anna (Jacobson) Erickson. She attended Clearbrook Public School and obtained her G.E.D. in 1985. Darlene married Donald J. Peterson on December 26, 1959, and they had five children together; Delilah, Delmar, Doug, Daryl, and Darin. Donald passed away in 2004. On July 5, 2008 Darlene married Hubert Reinarz and was blessed to have his son, Hubert the fourth, join the family.
Darlene lived in Bygland from 1964-1989 before moving to Fisher, MN. She then moved back to Clearbrook in 2006. Darlene cooked all of her life. She worked in numerous food services until 1985. From 1985 until her retirement in 2005, she was the head cook at the Fisher Public School.  Darlene was famous for her caramel rolls and breadsticks, which she would make once a week for the school children. She also fed her grandchildren well and protected them at school. Darlene was a member of the Fisher Bygland Lutheran Church and later attended the Sam Hill Church.
Darlene loved to remodel. She was known for tearing down walls and working on various construction projects. Darlene would give all of her grandchildren cookbooks which would include recipes for all of their favorite foods that she would make for them. Later in life, she enjoyed going to casinos. She would always win and never lost. Darlene was known by everyone to be a tough, but very loving and self-sacrificing person who would do anything for her loved ones.
Darlene is survived by her husband, Hubert; her children, Delilah (David) Strand of Fisher, MN, Delmar (Cathryn) Peterson of Fisher, MN, Doug (Stacey) Peterson of Fisher, MN, Daryl (Jacob) Rocca of Pakistan, Darin Peterson of Fisher, MN,  and Hubert (Nichole) Reinarz of St. Cloud, MN; grandchildren, Travis, Amy, Alyssa, Bryon, Nichole, Ashley, Cocoa, Blake, Mallory, Jordan, Tanner, Lucas, Shelby, Kaylie, Devin, Anikka, Miranda, Chloe, and Avery; twelve great-grandchildren, with three on the way; siblings, David (Cheryl) Erickson of Clearbrook, MN, Terry (Penny) Erickson of Leonard, MN, Nancy (Kenny) Eck of Proctor, MN, Mickey (Randy) Sunquist of Gonvick, MN, Mark Erickson of Gonvick, MN, and Elmer Erickson Jr. of Gonvick, MN.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Anna; and her brother, Gary Erickson. May God bless Darlene’s memory.
There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the Fisher Lutheran Church in Fisher, MN. Interment will be at the Fisher Lutheran Cemetery.
 

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John Fournier, Oklee, MN, age 62 died On Wednesday December 14, 2016 at First Care Living Center, Fosston, Mn. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Monday December 19, 2016 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Oklee, MN with Father Adam Hamness Officiating. Burial at St Francis Xavier Cemetery, Oklee, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
John Isaac Fournier was born March 24, 1954 in Red Lake Falls, Mn. He was the son of Paul Fournier and Ida (Desrosier) Fournier. He was raised in and attended school in Mentor, Mn.
He had a happy life in his small home in Oklee, Mn. He owned his own boat and enjoyed his favorite pastime of fishing. John worked 30 years for American Crystal Sugar Company in Crookston, Mn.
John was survived by his brother Ronald Gene Fournier (wife Donna) of White Bear Lake, Mn and Paulette Januszewski of Erskine, Mn. His nine nieces and nephews and 10 grand nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Paul and Ida, his infant sister Juliette, his brother in law, Stanley Januszewski Sr, and his niece Connie (Januszewski) Brekke.
John Fournier or Fred to many of his friends, was a real character. He will be missed by us all.
The Family of John Fournier would like to thank you for your kindness and sympathy. Please join us for the lunch and fellowship in the church basement following the burial at St. Francis Xavier Church Cemetery, Oklee, Mn.

 

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Elizabeth J. Volker, 60, Crookston, died Monday, December 12, at her home.  Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Monday, December 19 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Crookston with Reverend Steve Bohler, officiating. There will be a spring burial at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN.
Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Elizabeth Jean Knudson was born September 19, 1956 in Devils Lake, ND to Donald and Sybil (Kelly) Knudson.  She moved to Crookston, MN with her family as a young girl and is a 1975 graduate of Crookston Central High School.  She worked for many years in the admitting department at Riverview Hospital and spent her recent years as a stay at home mom.  Elizabeth was united in marriage to Arlin Volker May 30, 2003 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Crookston
Elizabeth enjoyed jewelry making, photography, decorating her home, and traveling.
Survivors include her husband, Arlin Volker of Crookston, 2 sons: Heath Waxler of Grand Forks, ND, Ben Waxler of Moorhead, MN, 2 granddaughters: Lexia and Lilliana Waxler, 2 brothers: Greg (Jeanine) Knudson of Louisville, CO, Brad Knudson of Crookston, 2 sisters: Kathy (Dan) Tuseth of Crookston and Caryl (Craig) Forseth of Sun City, AZ; and sister-in-law, Karen Knudson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, Livia and a brother, Mark.  Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is serving the family.

 

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Teri Jeanne Engel, 69, of Fisher, MN passed away at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 with her loving family by her side. She was diagnosed with cancer shortly before Thanksgiving.
Teri was born in Crookston, MN on August 19, 1947, the daughter of Ray and Jeanne (Quigley) Hollands. She grew up in Fisher, was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Church, and graduated from Fisher High School in 1965. She then attended cosmetology school in Grand Forks and earned her license as a cosmetologist. On April 22, 1967 Teri was united in marriage to Roderick Engel at St. Francis Catholic Church. The couple made their home in Fisher all their married lives and together raised 4 children: Roderick, Nicole, Scott, and Heidi. Teri’s life centered on her kids and grandkids. She never missed any of their sporting events and school activities and loved being involved in their lives.  All of Teri’s kids, grandkids, and many referees were very familiar with Teri’s voice during sporting events.  She was always passionate about rooting for her loved ones.
Teri loved the outdoors.  She spent countless hours fishing with her husband, her kids, grandkids, and friends on Lake of the Woods and took as much joy in watching others catch fish as she did herself.  She also enjoyed hunting deer, ducks, geese, and grouse with her father and husband when she was younger. Not only did Teri love and appreciate the outdoors, she and Rod instilled a great love for the outdoors in their children too.
Teri leaves behind her husband of 49 years, Rod; their 4 children and spouses: Roderick (Karen) Engel of Pelican Rapids, MN, Nicole (Jason) Wardner of Crookston, MN, Scott (Janna) Engel of Ada, MN, and Heidi (Nick) Hawkins of Fargo, ND; 10 grandchildren: Shari Olson and Katie (fiancé, Ryan Smith) Hanson, Erik and Austin Engel, Cody, Logan and Brianna Wardner, Ryan and Morgan Engel, and Nicholas Hawkins, Jr.; 3 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Grace, and Fynn; a brother and sister-in-law, Merle and Pat Hollands of Fisher, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Jeanne Hollands; brother, William Hollands; and nephew, Lance Hollands.
A visitation with Teri’s family will be held at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 5-7:00 P.M., with a 7:00 P.M. prayer service and time of memory sharing. At Teri’s request there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given in her name to the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, ND or Hospice of the Red River Valley in Grand Forks, ND. 
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Jane Grega, 56, of Grand Forks, ND, formerly of Warren, MN, passed away on December 12, 2016, surrounded by family at Altru Cancer Hospital, Grand Forks, ND. Jane Marilyn Grega was born on July 28, 1960, in Warren, to John and Mae (Engelstad) Grega. She grew up in rural Warren, being baptized in Our Savior's Lutheran Church on September 18, 1960. She was confirmed there on May 18, 1975, and graduated from Warren High School in 1978. After graduation, Jane attended the AVTI in East Grand Forks, graduating in 1980 with a secretarial degree. In 1986, Jane moved into Grand Forks. She worked for most of her career at University of North Dakota, starting in the Econ. Dept. and later working in UND Medical Records, the Chester Fritz Library, and the Thormodsgard Law Library. She retired in 2008, and after that worked as a “stay-at-home auntie.” In January of 2013, Jane received a cancer diagnosis and made the most of her final years. Jane was a lifelong lover of music. Whether it was singing in the All-State Lutheran Choir, the OSL Youth Choir, singing in church, or just listening to her record collection, she always had a song in her heart. This contrasted a bit with her passion for sports; primarily yelling at the TV over football, hockey or NASCAR. She loved her family, and enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews and attending their events. She will be remembered in a special way this Christmas, for how she reveled in the season of giving and decorating. She is survived by her siblings, Merlin "John" (MaryEllen) Grega of Black Hawk, SD, Marlyce (Ron) Thompson of Ortonville, MN, Marcia (David) Meine of Crookston, MN, Joan (Gary) Peterson of Warren, and Janice (Skip) Berndt of Warren; nieces and nephews, Michael (Michelle) Persson, Matthew (Jess) Thompson, Elizabeth (Danny) Fischer, James (Nicole) Thompson, Crystal Meine, Brandon (fiancee, Nicole) Meine, John, Grant, and Jarrod Peterson, Keith (Lisa) Janicke, Kent Janicke, and Bonnie Janicke; great-nieces and great-nephews, Kamryn, Kaleb, Kennedy, Zachary, Brooke, Kianna, Bella Rose, Kaylee, Kylah, Parker, Masynn, Mikayla, Molly, Maddi, Michael, Joey, Craig, Jasmine, and Mya; and close friend, Ann Mondry. Jane was preceded in death by her parents; many aunts and uncles; and brother-in-law, Allan Janicke.
Visitation: Friday, December 16, 2016, from 5-7:00 PM, with a prayer service at 6:30 PM, in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Warren, MN; and one hour before the funeral service.
Funeral Service: Saturday, December 17, at 10:30 AM, in Our Savior's, Warren.
Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Warren, MN.
Arrangements By: DuBore Funeral Home of Warren.

 

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Vance D. Schipper, 86, a lifelong resident of rural Crookston, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly at Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, Minnesota, on December 13, 2016. 
Vance was born in Crookston on May 8, 1930 to Edward and Sylvia (Frisbie) Schipper. He grew up on the family’s farm, and even as a young boy began working with his father and brothers helping with everything from spring planning to fall harvest. Vance received his education in a Polk County country school and the Crookston public schools, and graduated from Central High School in 1948. At the age of seventeen, he enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard and was stationed at Camp Rucker, Alabama in 1950. He received his honorable discharge from the US Army in 1952. Vance was united in marriage to June Marion Segler of Dothan, Alabama on June 12, 1954, in a ceremony that took place in Dothan. The young couple purchased a farm in Parnell Township, rural Crookston, and Vance began his own farming operation. Together, Vance and June raised four children: Ila, Quinn, Vana and Leah. During these years Vance also worked on the construction of the American Crystal Sugar Company factory in Crookston. After Crystal opened, he was employed as a chemist in the lab during the winter campaign season for the next twenty-five years. Vance was very interested in alternative energy sources and became a ‘solar energy pioneer.’ He and June built an energy efficient house on their farm in 1981, with the technology receiving a lot of regional attention. After his retirement from farming, Vance entered into a partnership with his cousin, Bryan Schipper, operating a used car and utility trailer business. He eventually went on his own with the trailer part of the business and became well known throughout the area as “The Trailer Man”. In 2004 Vance and June moved from the farm to a home in Crookston Township, near Crookston.
Vance had been very active in the Church of Christ since his childhood. He served as an Elder and Chairman of the Church Board for many years. He also served on the Boards of the Oakdale Cemetery Association and the Polk County Historical Society. He was a longtime member of Crookston Masonic Lodge 141 AF & AM and the Order of Eastern Star, and served terms as Lodge Master and Worthy Patron. He was also a member of Crookston’s American Legion Post #20. As one of the founders of the local Habitat for Humanity, he helped build several houses in Crookston. The City of Crookston honored Vance and June as “Experienced Americans” in February 1999. To Vance’s many friends he was known as a hard worker and good neighbor; always cheerful despite adversity, and ready to greet you with his signature “Happy Day!” To his family he became a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather. Vance’s beloved great-granddaughters became God’s sweetest gift in his declining years.
Vance leaves his loving wife of 62 years, June; their four children: Ila (Luis) Martinez of Wylie, TX, Quinn (Becky) Schipper of Stillwater, OK, Vana (Peter) Buckland of Webb City, MO, and Leah (Steve) Hanson of Council Grove, KS; six grandchildren: Brenna Kelley of Wylie, TX, Casey (Sarah) Pahlen of Ft. Worth, TX, Skylar Schipper of Carlsbad, CA, Audrey Buckland of Baltimore, MD, Austin (Leah) Buckland, and Alex Buckland of Webb City, MO; six great-granddaughters: Naomi Kelley (Tyler Stiles), Savannah and Karma Kelley, and Madison, Katelyn June and Taylor Pahlen; and a great-great-grandson Nathan Stiles. He is also survived by his sister, LaVada Hanson of Detroit Lakes, MN; two sisters-in-law, Walda Schipper of St. Louis Park, MN, and Audrey Schipper Murphy of Scottsdale, AZ; a brother-in-law, Sid B. Segler of Palm Bay, FL; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Sylvia; June’s parents, Jack and Eula Segler; two brothers, Burl and Dale Schipper; two half-sisters Josephine Raymond and Vernadine McIver; and two nephews, Scott and Todd Schipper. May God bless the memory of Vance Duane Schipper.
The memorial service celebrating the life of Vance Duane Schipper will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, December 19, 2016, at the Church of Christ, 321 5th Avenue South, in Crookston, with Pastor Dave Johnson, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Military honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given in Vance’s memory to the Church of Christ or a charity of your choice. www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 


 

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