Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

Debra Lynn Owens, 52 of Euclid, MN passed away suddenly, December 20, 2014 at Riverview Hospital in Crookston, MN. Debra Lynn Effhauser was born August 4, 1962 in Grand Forks, ND the daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Sweningson) Effhauser.  She graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic High School, East Grand Forks, MN in 1981.  Debra married Randy Owens on April 12, 1996 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  She enjoyed spending time at the lake fishing, knitting and crocheting. 
She is survived by her husband, Randy Owens; her mother, Barbara Effhauser East Grand Forks, MN; sisters, Lori (Jim) Bushaw, Grand Forks, ND, Kerri (Chad) Erickson, East Grand Forks, MN and a brother, Don (Kristine) Effhauser, Duluth, MN.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Effhauser and a sister, Julie Effhauser. 
Mass of Christian Burial will be at
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 23 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in East Grand Forks. Visitation will be one hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Tuesday.
Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Melo Lutheran Cemetery, Angus. The online memorial registry may be signed at www.normanfuneral.com.  


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Barbra C. Hassel, 74, Twin Valley, MN, died peacefully with her family at her side, on Friday, December 19, 2014, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad.
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funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 27 at the Faaberg Lutheran Church, in Rindal, MN.
Visitation will be Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, in Fertile, and one hour before the funeral at the church. Burial will be held at the Norman Lutheran Cemetery, in rural Fertile. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik Funeral Home

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Loren O. Hammer, 78, Halstad, MN, died Thursday, December 18 at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND.  The funeral will be held at 11:00a.m. on Tuesday, December 23 at the Halstad Lutheran Church, in Halstad. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be held at the Halstad North Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home.


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Carilee “Chee-Chee” Jean Flikke, 70, of Fertile, MN, died on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at St Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN. 
Funeral: 11:00AM, Monday, December 21, 2014, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile.  Visitation:  3-5PM, Sunday with a 5PM prayer service at the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile MN. Burial: Baxter Cemetery, Baxter, MN in the spring. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Gladys Roselle (Storsved) Forseth, 93, passed away peacefully in her Moorhead home the morning of December 12, 2014.
Gladys was born to Rachel and John Storsved of rural Hendrum, Minn. on September 9, 1921. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanual Lutheran Church in Hendrum, Minn. and married Arthur Everett Forseth of Halstad, Minn. July 16, 1945 also at Immanual Lutheran Church.
Gladys was a caring, hard-working lady who showed a great affection for life. She loved her family, gardening, baking, crafting, sewing and ceramics. She enjoyed working on the farm, raising her four children, taking care of grandchildren, and worked outside the home for most of her life in many capacities: grocery clerk at Stole’s, driving beet truck, finishing off her working career with 10 years at the Red River Electric Coop from where she retired leaving many friends and fond memories.
Gladys is survived by her children, Kenneth Forseth, Creal Springs, Ill., Sharon Joelson, Moorhead, Minn., Shirley Bouchard, Sabin, Minn., and Phil (Char) Forseth, Rogers, Ark.;  siblings: Floyd (Dorothy) Storsved, Alton Storsved, John (Nida) Storsved,  Glenora (Chuck) Hintze, grandchildren Greg Forseth, Nathan Gade, Gerilynn Crawford, Heather Grant, Al Joelson, Tim Forseth, Sara Joelson, Patrick Forseth, Andy Bouchard and seven great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.
Gladys is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, her parents, Rachel and John Storsved, brothers: James, Clifford, and Irving Storsved, sisters-in-law Patricia, Vivian and Margaret Storsved and nieces Karen Kuyava and Kristi Onsgard.
Funeral:  11:00 Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN. Visitation: 5-7PM Tuesday with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikon Valley Funeral Home, Halstad. Burial: Halstad South Cemetery. Arrangements with Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000) www.fredriksonfh.com.

 

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Lorraine Bernice Olson,  64, of Crookston, MN, died unexpectedly at her residence Sunday, December 14, 2014. Lorraine was born at Crookston on November 4, 1950, and was one of eight children of the union of John and Alice (Fries) Gruhot. She grew up at Crookston, was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and graduated from Central High School with the Class of 1968.For several years Lorraine was employed as a nurses’ aide at the Riverview Hospital. After her marriage to Virgil Olson at Crookston, the couple moved to Illinois. In 1979 a son, Reese, was born to them, but sadly died when just two-weeks old. Life was later blessed by the births of daughters, Darcy and Tamara. After a few years, Lorraine and the girls returned to Crookston, where for a time she sold Avon products.
Lorraine enjoyed collecting dolls, and cooking and baking for her family. She was also a very talented seamstress and sewed many dresses and outfits for her girls as they were growing up. Lorraine was dedicated to her family, and her love for her daughters and grandchildren, and the tenderness by which she nurtured them all, was reflected back by them just as intensely. They will remember her with pride, joy, and tears, while comforted in knowing that she is at peace.
Family members include Lorraine’s daughters: Darcy Litzinger and her husband, Steve, of Kindred, ND, and Tamara Addai of Crookston, MN; three grandchildren, Riley Olson-Austreng, and Destiny and Devon Addai; and Darcy and Steve’s pets who Lorraine affectionately called her “furry grandkids”- Piper, Faith, Mocha, and Pink. Lorraine also leaves her mother, Alice Gruhot of Crookston; brothers and sisters: JoAnn (Duane) Berger of Crookston, Diane (Mike) Laniel of Minneapolis, Raymond Gruhot of Lakeville, MN, Angela Thaemert of Crookston, and Betty (Curt) Jensrud of Farmington, MN; a sister-in-law, Monica Gruhot of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her father, John Gruhot; infant son, Reese; brother, Michael Gruhot; sister, Maryann Reep, and her husband, Phil; great-nephew, Morgan; her grandparents; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. May God richly bless the memory of Lorraine Bernice Olson. 
A memorial mass for Lorraine Olson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements. Online registry www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Beatrice Irene Solie, 77, went home to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Saturday December 13, 2014, at her home in rural Fertile, MN.  Beatrice Nordby was born on July 30, 1937, to Barney and Hattie (Patterson) Nordby in rural Erskine, MN.  Beatrice was baptized and confirmed in the Erskine Methodist Church in Erskine.  She started school in rural Erskine, then for several school years attended in Erskine, MN.  Beatrice returned to Erskine, graduating in 1956.
On June 23, 1956, Beatrice was united in marriage to Walter Solie at the Erskine Methodist Church.  The lived in several places in rural Fertile before buying the home farm.  Along with working with Walter in the sodding, trucking and farming business, and keeping the books up to date, she worked as a cook at Sonie’s Café for many years.
Beatrice attended Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile, when she was able. As her health deteriorated, Beatrice was unable to be as active.  She enjoyed reading history and biographies, drawing and painting, caring for her flower gardens and spending time with her many nieces and nephews, dogs and cats.
Beatrice is survived by her husband, Walter, Fertile, MN; sisters: Janice (Lyle) Johnson, Superior, WI; Sandra Gulbranson, Cottage Grove, MN; and JoAnn (Dave) Lyngholm, Electric City, WA; one aunt, Louise Hoyum, Bemidji, MN; one uncle, Louie Patterson, Erskine; and many nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: Richard and Gordon as children; mother and father-in-law, three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014, at 11 am in the Erskine United Methodist Church, Erskine, MN. Visitation will be one hour before the services in the church. Burial will be in the Erskine Synod Cemetery, Erskine, MN. Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Romeo Ramirez Jr., 43, of Crookston died at his home Saturday morning, December 13, after bravely battling ill health for the last several years.
Romeo was born in Laredo, TX on June 15, 1971, the son of Romeo and Juanita Ramirez Sr. He lived in Laredo until moving to Crookston in the summer of 1998 and completing his general education. His family meant everything to him and he was the one to make them laugh, to confide in, and be there in times of need. Spending time with his nieces and nephews was very special to Romeo and he was always organizing projects for them to do. He will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
Survivors include his mother, Juanita Ramirez of Crookston; brothers and sisters: Diana (Justino) Sanchez, Elisa Ramirez, Velma (Javier) Nieto, Marisa (Octavio) Rodriguez, Rogelio Ramirez, and Melissa (Santos) Arguelles; and many nieces and nephews. Was preceded in death by his father, Romeo Ramirez Sr; his grandparents, Pascual and Apolonia Rodriguez Jr; and uncle, Pascual Rodriguez. Blessed be Romeo’s memory.
A memorial mass for Romeo Ramirez Jr. will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the mass.  Online registry www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Gladys Roselle (Storsved) Forseth,  93, passed away peacefully in her Moorhead home the morning of December 12, 2014. Gladys was born to Rachel and John Storsved of rural Hendrum, Minn. on September 9, 1921. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanual Lutheran Church in Hendrum, Minn. and married Arthur Everett Forseth of Halstad, Minn. July 16, 1945 also at Immanual Lutheran Church.
Gladys was a caring, hard-working lady who showed a great affection for life. She loved her family, gardening, baking, crafting, sewing and ceramics. She enjoyed working on the farm, raising her four children, taking care of grandchildren, and worked outside the home for most of her life in many capacities: grocery clerk at Stole’s, driving beet truck, finishing off her working career with 10 years at the Red River Electric Coop from where she retired leaving many friends and fond memories.
Gladys is survived by her children, Kenneth Forseth, Creal Springs, Ill., Sharon Joelson, Moorhead, Minn., Shirley Bouchard, Sabin, Minn., and Phil (Char) Forseth, Rogers, Ark.;  siblings: Floyd (Dorothy) Storsved, Alton Storsved, John (Nida) Storsved,  Glenora (Chuck) Hintze, grandchildren Greg Forseth, Nathan Gade, Gerilynn Crawford, Heather Grant, Al Joelson, Tim Forseth, Sara Joelson, Patrick Forseth, Andy Bouchard and seven great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.
Gladys is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, her parents, Rachel and John Storsved, brothers: James, Clifford, and Irving Storsved, sisters-in-law Patricia, Vivian and Margaret Storsved and nieces Karen Kuyava and Kristi Onsgard.
The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN.
Visitation will be from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service at Fredrikon Valley Funeral Home, Halstad. Burial will be held at  the Halstad South Cemetery. Arrangements are with Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home

 

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John Ole Menton Wahlin, 86, Rindal, MN died on Monday, December 8, 2014, at his residence.  John was born on January 24, 1928, to Fritz Ludwig and Olga Juliet (Sandberg) Wahlin at his home in Rindal.  At the age of 8, his family moved to a farm two miles from Rindal.  He graduated from the Fertile-Beltrami High School.  John continued to dairy farm on the same farm he grew up on until he retired at the age of 65.
On June 21, 1952, John was united in marriage to Franciska Marie Ramstad.  They were blessed with four children: John Reid, Shelley Sue, Christopher Todd, and Gail Franciska.  John was a lifelong member of the Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal; he was also a member of the Fertile Lions Club for many years.
As the rock of the family, John had a deep love for each and every one of them.  As a follower of Jesus Christ, John’s faith was evident as he worked with Teen’s Encounter Christ program, served in the church and lived out his daily life.  Fanny and John were privileged to host and unconditionally love Jairo Guttierrez and his sister, Maria, and several foster children at their home.  His loving heart reached out to anyone who was hurting, never giving up hope.  John carried many of their burdens in his heart.
Over the years, John and Fanny were active in the National Farmer’s Organization and Farmer’s Union, fighting for fair prices for the products they grew.  One of the produce John loved to grow was sweet corn and there was no better corn than “Johnny Corn”.  In his retirement years, John worked with Rural Outreach assisting those in need.  He also demonstrated a deep love and tender spirit as a Foster Grandparent at the Fertile-Beltrami School.  John reached out to many school children in need assisting them with their school work and assuring them of their worth.  Several of these children were especially dear to John and he thought of them like his own grandchildren.  He loved sports and kept track of what all the grandchildren were involved in and was so looking forward to watching his grandsons, Ben and Graham, play their final season of High School basketball.  John made everyone feel special and had an unconditional love for all.  We pray his legend of love is carried on through his children, grandchildren, and all of whom his life touched.  Blessed be John’s life.
John is survived by his wife, Franny, Rindal, MN; children: John Reid Wahlin, Fertile, MN, and his children: Jesse (fiancé, Alicia Bodway) and Joshua (Jennifer) and Taydem; Shelley Wahlin Quinlan (Robert), McIntosh, MN and children: Benjamin Tuseth and Brionna and Taryn, Melissa Meyer (Joshua), Aubrey, Kolton and Emery, and  Joseph Tuseth; Christopher (Karla), Crookston, MN, and their children: Katrina (special friend Brent Halfmann), Kenley (Mandi), Kayla Benson (Jersey), Kamille; and Gail Sauve (Randy), Barnesville, MN and their children: Alex (Amanda) and Crosby, Claire Grunewald (Tyler), Maggie and Harrison, Jonas (special friend Denage Braaten), Peter, Benjamin and Graham, James Sauve, Issac and Kaylee Ann; step granddaughter, Katie (Quinlan) (Justin) Vaccari and their son Samuel; two brothers: Kenneth (Val) Wahlin, Mentor, MN; Joseph (Joyce) Wahlin, Superior, MT; one sister: Joan (David) Wensloff, Roseau, MN; numerous nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Robert, and his cat, Annie.
Memorial services will be on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 11 AM in the Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN.
Visitation will be on Friday, December 12, 2014, from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM in the Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN.
Burial will be in the spring at the Faaberg Lutheran Cemetery, Rindal, MN.

 

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Earl Henry Lucht, 88, of Bemidji, MN, and a former longtime Crookston, MN resident, passed away peacefully at Trillium Memory Care in Bemidji on Thursday, December 4, 2014, with family at his side. Earl was born at New Rockford, ND on December 23, 1925, one of six children of the union of John Henry and Alma (Sievers) Lucht. He grew up in New Rockford, was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and attended school there. He then worked in his father's business for a few years before being employed at the local bakery. Earl entered the US Marine Corps on February 25, 1944 and was stationed overseas during WWII in the South Pacific. He trained with the infantry and served primarily as a baker and mess sergeant. Following his honorable discharge on May 17, 1946, with the rank of Sergeant, he returned home and was assigned to the US Marine Corps Reserve. He once again worked at the local bakery and also the bakery in nearby Harvey , ND . On July 2, 1949 Earl was united in marriage to Delores Ramona Filler at New Rockford. Their marriage would be blessed by the births of six children: Marsha, Gloria, Stephen, Janet, Jeffery, and Kristie. Earl and Delores settled in Lisbon where they owned and operated a bakery. With the start of the Korean War Earl was called to active duty once again on December 16, 1950 and deployed to Korea. He returned home following his second honorable discharge, with the rank of Staff Sergeant, on December 21, 1951. He attended the Dunwoody Trade School in Minneapolis from 1953 to 1954, adding to his self-acquired knowledge of the art and science of baking. In 1955 Earl, Delores, and their growing family moved to Crookston and established the Crookston Bakery. For a time they also had a second location in Crookston known at the Bake Shop. Eventually they merged the two and became the Bake Shop. With help from their children, Earl and Delores successfully operated their business until 1974. At that time a new super market, known as Hugo's, was just opening in town and Earl accepted the position of bakery department manager. He also took on the added responsibilities of super market assistant manager. He retired in 1992.
Earl was a very talented carpenter, with skills in framing, decking , and cabinetry. He could also do dry-wall installation, along with plumbing, electrical, and concrete work. He built the family's home in Crookston and also their lake home on Union Lake , near Erskine , MN . Lake time was family time, which was so important to Earl and Delores, and also meant more time to fish, which was Earl's passion in life. They also enjoyed spending winters in Florida . Sadly, after a courageous battle against cancer and it’s complications, Delores passed away on March 6, 1994. Earl's subsequent years continued to center on the kids and their families. As he visited each of them he would put his carpentering skills to good use doing whatever projects were needed to enhance their homes. He called it his "labor of love." Winters would continue to be spent in Florida. Earl moved to Bagley, MN in 2012 and a year later became a resident of Trillium in Bemidji.
He was a faithful member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston and served as an usher for many years. Earl was extremely proud of his service to his country and held longtime memberships with Crookston's VFW Post 1902 and American Legion Post #20. Over the years he participated with the Crookston Veterans Council in providing funeral military rites to honor many of his fallen comrades. He was also a member and past-president of Crookston Eagles Aerie 873. Earl leaves his family with a legacy of abiding love, steadfast faith, and the values of hard work and pride in our country. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.
Earl is survived by his six children: Marsha Brown of Hastings, MN, Gloria Hendrickson and husband, Mark, of Bagley, MN, Stephen Lucht of North Mankato, MN, Janet Creelman and husband, Brian, of Colorado Springs, CO, Jeffery Lucht and wife, Mary, of Shoreview, MN, and Kristie Schulz of Hastings, MN; twelve grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He also leaves a brother, Marty (Eloise) Lucht of New Rockford, ND; sister, Dory Thompson of Fargo, ND; sister-in-law, Marlys Keller of Harvey, ND; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Delores, his beloved wife of forty-four years, he was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alma; sisters, Erna Lucht and Ruby (Bill) Bass; brother-in-law, Mick Thompson; and infant brother, Roy. May God richly bless the memory of Earl Henry Lucht.
The funeral service and celebration of the life of Earl Lucht will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 12, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council, and interment will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorials may be given in Earl's name to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 South Broadway, Crookston, MN 56716.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com   

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Lorraine D. Aronson, 92, Halstad, Minnesota, passed away peacefully with her family at her side, at the Halstad Living Center in Halstad, Minnesota on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Funeral: 10:30 on Monday, December 8, 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hendrum. Visitation: Sunday, December 7th, from 5:00-7:00pm with a Prayer Service at 6:30pm at the Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home, Halstad, Minnesota. Burial: Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hendrum, MN.

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Mavis J. Sprague,83, of Crookston, MN, died Sunday afternoon, November 30, 2014, at RiverView Health in Crookston with her family at her side. She had been experiencing ill health for many months. Mavis was born in Crookston on July 20, 1931, the daughter of Emil and Gunna (Frandsen) Paulsen. She was baptized and later confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church, and moved with her family to Owatonna, MN at the age of 5. The Paulsens returned to Crookston in 1940 and Mavis graduated from Central High School in 1949. She went on to attend Moorhead (MN) State Teachers College and Macalaster College in Minneapolis, earning her teacher’s certificate in 1952. On December 5, 1952 Mavis was united in marriage to John Russell Sprague at Camp Stoneman, CA, where Russ was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. While he was sent overseas to Okinawa during the Korean War she taught kindergarten in Grand Forks, ND and Crookston, and established the first Park and Rec Summer Program for Crookston boys and girls.  Upon Russ’ return to the states he was stationed at the Duluth (MN) Air Base where Mavis joined him and taught in the Duluth school system. The family eventually settled in Crookston and became members of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Mavis once again taught kindergarten before becoming a teacher in the local Head Start Program, and a tutor at Central High School. During these years she furthered her education at Moorhead State College and Bemidji (MN) State College. At the same time, she and Russ were kept very busy raising their 4 children: Tim, Julie, Tony, and Sue. For several years Mavis was actively involved with the Crookston Girls Drum and Bugle Corps, coached a team of ten-year olds in Park and Rec hockey, was a charter member and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Crookston Hockey Boosters, today known as the Blueline Club, was a charter member and organizer of the Crookston Community Theater, active in the Crookston Civic Music League, and a Bluebirds and Cub Scout Leader.
In 1970 Mavis was elected to the Crookston School Board and re-elected twice more. She served as Regional Representative to the Minnesota High School League Assembly, and at different times was District and Regional Representative to the ECSU Minnesota State Board of Directors. In 1981 Mavis became the first chairperson of the United Way Fund Drive, and from 1982-95 served as the executive director of the United Way of Crookston. Sadly, Russ passed away on September 24, 1991. In 1996 she was elected alderman for Ward 4 and served with distinction on the City Council for several years. She became the first woman to ever run for Mayor of Crookston, and though unsuccessful in her bid, was one of the women who had great influence in making Crookston a great place to live, work, and raise a family. She was named Crookston’s Experienced American in August, 1999, and was presented many awards and honors from Crookston School District #593, the City of Crookston, and the many organizations that were enriched by her thoughtful and passionate leadership. Mavis enjoyed fishing and gardening throughout her life, and in later years, playing cards with friends at the Golden Link Senior Center. She maintained her lifelong interest in politics and continued to read and keep up with everything to the present time. Her smile and laugh will be missed by her family and friends, but she will remain in their hearts always.
Mavis is survived by her 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild: Tim (Ginger) Sprague of Grand Forks, ND and children, Jonathan, Kayla, and Taylor; Julie Sprague of Crookston and daughter, Alyssa (Trey) Johnston and their son, Bowen; Tony Sprague of Crookston and his children, Brady and Trevor; and Sue (Mark) Anderson and children, Casey, Christian, and Courtney; sister-in-law, Bonnie Sprague of East Grand Forks, MN; and other relatives. In addition to Russ, her beloved husband of 38 years, Mavis was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Gunna; sister, Dr. Janet Paulsen; and brothers-in-law, Richard and Joel Sprague. May God bless the memory of Mavis Jean Sprague.
A memorial service and celebration of the life of Mavis Sprague will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, December 6, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the funeral.    
Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com.

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Lauria Neys passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN, at the age of 96. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30PM on Tuesday December 2, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brooks, MN. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Brooks, MN. Visitation will be from 12:00PM- 1:30PM at the church.

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Bruce “Brutus” Fritz, Park Rapids, MN formerly of McIntosh, MN age 59 died on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at his residence in Oklee, MN with his brother, John at his side.
Funeral service to celebrate the life of Bruce Fritz will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service in Oklee, MN with his brother, Bob Fritz presiding.  Burial will be at Emardville Cemetery, Plummer, MN.  Military honors will be provided by the Plummer American Legion Honor Guard.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer serviceon Friday, November 28, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service in Oklee, MN.
Bruce Arthur Fritz was born on June 13, 1955 in Bagley, MN the son of William “Bill” and Beryl (Poppler) Fritz.  He was baptized into Christian faith and confirmed at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church in McIntosh, MN and also attended school in McIntosh.
In 1973, Bruce enlisted into service with the United States Army and in December was deployed to Germany where he spent the remainder of his duty.  Following his Honorable Discharge, Bruce returned to McIntosh briefly before embarking on a lifetime of many adventures.  Some of those adventures include truck driving, construction, and painting water towers.  He was a talented woodworker and machinist and could even build a house. 
His most recent job was a caretaker and jack-of-all-trades at Campers Paradise near Nevis, MN, this was a job which Bruce dearly loved.  This job led to a gift of two camping lots from Bruce’s employer to invite family to celebrate his birthday.  This annual event which started in 2006 has grown in eight years to almost 100% family attendance and is now referred to as “Uncle Bruce’s Gathering Of The Kin.”
Bruce traveled throughout the United States on his Harley Davidson motorcycle and rode with the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club Chapter 42.  Bruce was proud of his sobriety.  He also enjoyed camping, fishing, bow hunting and riding and training horses.  His nieces & nephews and great-nieces & nephews were the joy of his life.
Survivors include his mother, Beryl Fritz of McIntosh, MN; father, Bill (Eva) Fritz of Osage, MN; siblings, Bev Aakhus of Plummer, MN, Bill (Valerie) Fritz, Jr., Bob (DeeDee) Fritz all of McIntosh, MN, Bud Fritz of Fargo, ND and John (Dawn Tepley) Fritz of St. Paul, MN; brother-in-law, Paul (Laura Evans) Aakhus of Erskine, MN; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces & nephews, relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Michael Poppler, Blanche Poppler, Alex Fritz & Viola Howard; and niece, Julie Fritz.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.


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Blake Larson, 25, Nielsville, MN, died Saturday November 15, 2014, near Shelly, MN, from injuries in a hunting accident.
Funeral: 1:00PM, Friday, November 21, 2014, Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church, Shelly, MN. Visitation: Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 5PM to 7PM, with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home, Halstad, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home, Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000) www.fredriksonfh.com  


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Evelina Casavan of Red Lake Falls, MN age 93 died peacefully on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at McIntosh Senior Living in McIntosh, MN.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bill DeCrans presiding. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Evelina Zhorela was born on February 9, 1921 in Farley Township, Polk County near Tabor, MN to parents Joseph and Nettie (Kovar) Zhorela. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. She grew up on farms near Tabor and Euclid, MN and attended country school.
She was united in marriage to Jesse Casavan Sr. on May 11, 1939 in Crookston, Minnesota. They lived in Crookston a few years and later moved to farm in Louisville and Wylie Townships in Red Lake County. She spent most of her time home working on the farm and raising their family of 8 children. In 1956 they moved off the farm to Red Lake Falls, MN. She was employed there at St. John’s Hospital as a dietary aide, in which she specialized in her cooking and baking. She took pride in her work. She loved working with the Sisters of St. Benedict and staff. She spent 28 years working at the hospital until it closed in 1984, she then retired.
She was a member of the St. Joseph Ladies Guild and St. Anne’s group. In later years she took the opportunity to travel and go on outings when she had the chance with family whether it was near or far. She and her family referred to her as a “roadrunner.” She worked hard as a homemaker gardening, cooking, and canning. When Evelina was cooking or doing dishes she would hum “Blue Skirt Waltz” or “Nicolina”. She enjoyed spending time socializing with her children and families. She took pride in putting together great meals for family gatherings and you could always expect to see one of her specialty jello salads served. She loved her sweets and ice cream and would be sure to share it with her company. She had a genuine way about her leaving us with her memorable life sayings; such as “a woman’s work is never done” and “not everyone can be the winner”. In her 93 years of life she always made a conscious effort to maintain good health and a strong heart.
Evelina lived in her home in Red Lake Falls until she moved to McIntosh Senior Living in June of 2013.
She is survived by seven children, Helen Wavra of Crookston, Gloria (Ray) Delorme of Red Lake Falls, Jesse Jr. (Dianne) Casavan of Red Lake Falls, Carol (Larry) Fontaine of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Larry Casavan of Red Lake Falls, Ed Casavan of Red Lake Falls, John (Janet) Casavan of Salol, MN; 24 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Jesse Sr.; daughter Marlene; 4 brothers, Albert, Joseph, Willie, Frank Zhorela; 7 sisters, Lily Barvzak, Albina Vasek, Annie Jacobs, Francis Jeuch, Elise Fillian and two infant sisters Emily and Milly; son-in-law Kenneth Wavra; and granddaughter Brenda Wavra.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com
Pallbearers, Evelina’s Grandsons; Honorary Pallbearers, Evelina’s Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren & Great-great grandchildren.

 


 

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