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William Jon “Bill” Noah, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017 at RiverView Hospital in Crookston, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  Bill faced each challenge with his signature sense of humor and expressed love of family. 
Bill was born on August 29, 1960 at St. Francis Hospital, in Crookston, to parents Thomas James “Jim” and Lois (Klick) Noah.  He was a 1978 graduate of Mount St. Benedict High School and a member of the Blue Wave hockey team.  On April 8, 1983, Bill was united in marriage to Diane Gail Pederson at the Cathedral in Crookston.  Bill was a proud and loving parent to their two children, Joshua and Christine.
Bill was employed as a cook at Villa St. Vincent until he resigned in February due to his health issues.  Bill made many good friends at the Villa and was very appreciative of the benefit the staff held for him in his honor.
Bill was an avid Viking, Wild, and Sioux hockey fan.  He enjoyed following his son’s hockey games and more recently watching his grandson Parker play hockey.  Bill also enjoyed golfing with family and friends.  Bill will be remembered for his contagious smile, sense of humor and his big heart.
Bill is survived by his wife of 34 years, Diane Noah; son Joshua Noah of Crookston, much treasured grandson Parker Noah of Bemidji and his daughter Christine Johnson and son-in-law, Eric Johnson of Fertile.
He is also survived by his sisters and brothers, Karen (Jim) Broekemeier, Tom (Terri) Noah, Jim (Shannon) Noah of Crookston, Dan (Janet) Noah of Riverview, Florida, Susan Noah (Erik Harms) of Eagan, and Kathy (Marty) Duchscher of Silver Bay.  Bill also leaves behind many great lifetime friends, nieces, nephews and many extended family members.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Lois.  His family was Bill’s greatest joy. 
Bill’s family would like to thank all those who have supported him on his cancer journey the past eight months.  A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at the Crookston Eagles on Wednesday, September 27 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Blessed be Bill’s memory.

 

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Ardis L. Rockstad, 96, of Ada, MN, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at Viking Manor Nursing Home, Ulen, MN. Memorial Service: 2:00PM Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home in Ada. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Audrie Ann Perina, age 75, of Crookston, MN, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN.
Audrie was born on November 29, 1941 in New York City, NY to Alfred and Madeline (Goodwin) Jagusch. She grew up and attended grade school in New York City, and at age 16, she moved to New Rochelle, NY and attended Mable Dean Vocational High School. She was also a nanny during her time there. She then moved back to New York City when she was 18.
On November 30, 1963 Audrie married Robert Perina and they had two children, Edith and Robert Jr. Audrie and the children later moved to Minnesota. They lived in Underwood and the Fergus Falls area before coming to Crookston, MN.
Audrie was a member of the Church of Christ in Crookston, MN.
She loved her cat, Patches, and also enjoyed watching television. Audrie volunteered at the Crookston DAC for several years, working with clients and staff who became dear friends.  She also worked for a short time at Happy Joe’s clearing tables. Audrie became a resident at the Villa St. Vincent in 2010. Audrie also had many great friends where she lived at Oak Court and at the Villa.  She was well known for her extreme generosity. 
She will be missed at the Villa and especially by Deanna Patenaude who was her friend and mentor for many years.
Audrie is survived by her children, Edith Mae Perina and Robert Charles Perina, Jr.; one granddaughter and two grandsons; and sister, Alberta Jagusch of Florida.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Madeline; sisters, Betty Smith and Madeline Jagusch; and brother, Alfred (Denise) Jagusch, Jr.  May God bless Audrie’s memory.
A memorial service for Audrie will be held at 1:30 pm at the Church of Christ, 321 5th Ave So., Crookston on Wednesday, September 27th, with visitation 1 hour prior.
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Duaine Edwin Kaiser, 87, of Crookston, MN died at home on Monday, September 18, 2017. Duaine was born on March 15, 1930, the son of Stella (Perreault) and Frank Kaiser in Crookston, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. He attended Catholic grade school.
Duaine served honorably in the United States Marine Corp. He attended boot camp at Camp Pendleton, CA before being sent to Korea in the early 1950s. Duaine was united in marriage to Nona Rose Montreuil on May 31, 1952.  When he returned home from Korea he joined his wife and their new son, Duane Jr. in Crookston and began working at Peterson-Beddick.  Over the years four more sons joined the family, Mark, Timothy, Ronald, and Randy.
In 1967, Duaine began working for Crookston Grain and worked there for 33 years until his retirement in November 1996. Duaine walked to work most days to pick up his delivery truck and enjoyed driving and delivering fuel and visiting with his customers.
In his younger days he flew model airplanes, went square dancing with his wife, and delivered the Minneapolis Star Tribune on early Sunday mornings. Duaine enjoyed fishing with his Dad and sons—especially trips to Canada, deer hunting in the fall, tractor rides, tinkering on engines, visiting his boys at their homes and farms, and cruising in his 1952 Buick Special that he and Nonie restored. Duaine and Nonie enjoyed traveling to South Dakota over the years to visit his Marine buddy, Elmer and his wife Dolly Musch.
Duaine and Nona took a few special trips abroad and to Alaska and Hawaii in their retirement, but home is where he loved it best.  He was always up for a visit with friends and neighbors. Sundays you would find him and Nonie in church and then he would watch the NASCAR race.  Duaine’s family will fondly remember his laugh, facial expressions, and nicknames he gave everyone.
Duaine was proceeded in death by his wife of 63 years, Nona Rose; brother Jim; brother Gene (Joey); and parents. He is survived by his five sons, Duane Jr. (Vivian) of Bemidji, MN; Mark (Denise) of Climax, MN; Tim of Crookston, MN; Ron (special friend, Marva Bakken) of Crookston, MN; and Randy of Rosemount, MN; nine grandchildren, Taunya (Brian) Thoeny, Dustin (Sarah) Kaiser, Blake (Lois) Kaiser; Sara Rose Kaiser, Bethany (Josh) Moe, Sam (Kamil Zapasnik) Kaiser; Alex (special friend Larissa Kurpius-Brock) Kaiser, Ramona Kaiser; and Chelsea Kaiser; seven great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, Pete (Marcy); Caesar (Suzie); Rozzie (Paul) Arness; and Dennis; loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, and dear friends and special neighbors.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Duaine Edwin Kaiser on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Crookston, MN, at 10:30am. Burial will follow immediately at Calvary Cemetery in Crookston, MN.  A visitation will be held the night before, Friday, September 22, 2017, at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN, from 5:00-7:00pm, with a prayer service to follow at 7:00pm.  The Reverend Augie Gothman is presiding.
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Evelyn Marion Audette, age 96, of Crookston, MN passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN.
Evelyn was born in Crookston, MN on January 22, 1921 to Philias and Caroline (Dufault) Brule. She was raised on a farm near Gentilly, MN.
Evelyn attended Kripple Kreek School through 8th grade. She later attended the Victorian School of Beauty in Grand Forks, ND, graduating in 1938. She was employed part-time at the Powder Puff Shop and Dikel’s shop in Crookston, MN.
On November 6, 1939 Evelyn married Eldrick Audette at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN. They lived in several different areas, wherever work was available. From 1942-45 they lived in St. Paul, MN, where Eldrick worked at Huot Mfg.
They moved back to the Red Lake Falls, MN area and started farming, while raising their family. Evelyn worked at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Red Lake Falls, MN from 1960-67. They then moved back to St. Paul, where Eldrick again worked at Huot Mfg. and Evelyn at Mando Photo for 13 years.
In October of 1978 Eldrick and Evelyn took one month off of work and toured many states in their motorhome, going down as far as Key West, FL. This was their last trip together.
After retirement they moved back to Crookston, MN on July 4, 1981. Sadly, Eldrick passed away on September 24, 1981. Evelyn kept busy by sewing for Lady Slipper Design from 1982-85.
Evelyn belonged to Cathedral Church circles; first St. Bernadette, then St. Anne’s, St. Ann Ladies Sodality, Catholic Foresters Ct. #547, Catholic Daughters Bishop Schenk #2010, Gentilly Seniors Card Club, Golden Link Senior Center, and bowling with the Experienced Americans of Crookston area. Evelyn was also the Recording Secretary for several years for the C.D.A. and Gentilly Seniors. She also did a lot of volunteer work for the organizations and caregiving for family.
Her yard and flowers were very important to Evelyn.  So was having all of her family over during the Christmas holidays; the last time being in 1994, when there were 45-50 family members. After that year the house could hold no more, so she had to give that up.
Evelyn took many bus tours with friends and many trips with family to special occasions. Playing cards and bowling with friends were always special times in her life.
Evelyn will always be remembered for her gentle, quiet spirit, which brought out the best in each person she touched.   
Evelyn is survived by her children, Beverly Perreault of Crookston, Janna (Roger) Cayler of Barnsville, MN, Dean (Bonnie) Audette of Cedar, MN, and Richard (Heidi) Audette of East Grand Forks, MN; sister-in-law, Elaine (Ray) Miller of Mora, MN; 20 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Eldrick; parents, Philias and Caroline Brule; brothers, Aime, Adrian, and Noel Brule; sister, Delia Lanctot; daughter-in-law, Beverly Audette; grandson, David Audette; great-grandson, Dylan Cayler; father and mother-in-law, Paul and Delima Audette, 6 sisters-in-law; and 5 brothers-in-law. May God bless Evelyn’s memory.
There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. There will be a funeral mass at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Gentilly, MN.
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John W. Baker, 64, Ada, MN, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at his home. Funeral: 2:00PM, Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Friday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)    
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Esther “Dily” Bergeson
, age 100, of Fosston, MN, passed away on Monday, September 11th, at Cornerstone Residence Extended Care in Fosston. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16th, at First Baptist Church in Clearbrook, MN with Pastor Verlyn Strenge officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, rural Clearbrook. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.

 

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Karen Stromstad, 73, Beltrami, MN, died Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN. Funeral: 10:00AM  Friday, September 15, 2017, at Resurrection Free Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN. Visitation: 5:00-7:00PM Thursday, September 14, 2017 with a 6:30PM prayer service at Resurrection Free Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN. Burial: Scandia Cemetery, rural Beltrami, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141)
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Jean L. Burgess, 88, Twin Valley, MN, died Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the Twin Valley Living Center. 
Burial:  The Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141)
www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Jean Hoppe, 95, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, September 9, 2017, at the RiverView Hospital in Crookston, surrounded by her loving family. Jean was born at Crookston on May 4, 1922, one of 5 children of the union of Emil Arthur and Ada Cordelia (Lymburner) Johnson. She grew up on the family farm near Crookston, and began her education at the District 68 country school before attending Crookston Central High School, where she graduated with the class of 1940. She took business courses at Crookston’s Northwest School and was employed there from 1943-1944. On May 19, 1944 Jean was united in marriage to Raymond Howard Hoppe at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston. Settling into life together on their Fairfax Township farm, they not only shared the responsibilities of operating a successful farming operation, but together raised their 5 children: Curtis, Loren, Carolyn, David, and Linda in a very loving Christian home. They retired from farming in 1988.
Jean’s family, her church and community, meant everything to her. She was a devoted member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Afternoon Guild. She taught Sunday School and Release Time for many years, and participated in the activities of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and the church’s quilting group. Jean was active in 4-H, serving as Treasurer of the 4-H Leadership Council, and enjoyed the fellowship of many good friends of the East Fairfax Homemakers Club. She could always be counted on when help was needed and volunteered much of her time to charitable causes. She enjoyed baking, gardening, and sewing, but home-life was centered on her devotion to Ray, their children, and the family that grew to include many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jean and Ray loved traveling and making wonderful memories, including the “trip of a lifetime” they took to the Holy Land, Greece, and Egypt in 1993. Sadly, Ray passed away on March 5, 2008. Jean later moved to the Summit Apartments in Crookston, where she enjoyed making many new friends.
Grateful to have shared in Ray and Jean’s life and love, are their children: Curtis and Norma Hoppe of Crookston, MN, Loren Hoppe and Blas Valero of Northfield, MN/Zaragoza, Spain, Carolyn and Wayne Schenck of Crookston, David and Ida Hoppe of Crookston, and Linda and Jim Erickson of Bemidji, MN; 11    grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois (Jerry) Kicker of Vergas, MN; brother-in-law, Herman Prudhomme of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. In addition to Ray, her beloved husband of 63 years, Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Ada Johnson; brother, Marvin (Pat) Johnson; and twin sisters, Margaret Prudhomme and Barbara (George) McGrane. Blessed be Jean’s memory.
The funeral service for Jean Hoppe will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 6:30 pm prayer service, and also in the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorial may be given in Jean’s name to the Summit and Villa St. Vincent Activities Funds.
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Donald George Peterson, 94, of Crookston, MN, passed away Sunday morning, on September 3, 2017, at the Villa St. Vincent, in Crookston, MN. Don was born November 15, 1922 to Oscar and Viola (O’Neill) Peterson in Sioux City, Iowa.  He attended Silver Lake High School through the 8th grade before moving to Bemidji in 1929. There he attended Bemidji High School were he played football for 3 years and was the team captain his senior year, graduating in 1942. Following graduation Don would attend Bemidji State University for one year before being drafted to serve in the United States Navy.  Don served his country from July 20, 1943 to February 25, 1946, and was a 3rd Class Fire Controlman. Don served on the USS Honolulu, which had been struck by three torpedoes and one kamikaze plane during WWII. Upon his return from his service in the Navy, Don continued his education at Bemidji State University where he was a member of the football team for four years and was named team captain his junior year, while also working as a boat builder, and later graduating with his degree in teaching. It was during this time he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Patricia (Wallgren) on July 30, 1949, in St. Paul, MN. The couple would move to St. Paul in 1950 where he would work as a carpenter building custom homes until moving to Strandquist, MN, in the fall of 1951.  There he would teach shop, phy Ed, science, and coach football at the Strandquist High School. While having their home in Strandquist Don and Patricia had their first of three sons Craig in 1951.   In the fall of 1953 Don and Patricia moved to Crookston, MN where the couple was blessed with two more boys, Todd in 1954, and Aaron in 1961. In Crookston Don spent 32 years as a teacher for the Crookston High School, teaching many different classes, which included, Jr. High shop, machine shop, welding, small engines, automotives, and was also the assistant basketball coach. During the summers he would stay busy by continuing his work on building custom homes. In 1985 Donald would retire from teaching but his passion for carpentry would remain until about 1995. Don was the president of the Industrial Arts Club for Northwest, MN and also was president twice for the “Valley Wood Carvers”.  He was the Grand Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge #342 from 1974-1975 and was also named Elk of the year in 1984. Don had many hobbies and interests such as reciting poetry, hunting, fishing, and golfing. He also enjoyed his antique 1921 Model T and 1930 Model A, which he used in many parades and on special occasions.  Don was an amazing carver and some of his talents can be seen throughout the town as he carved the “Welcome to Crookston” signs, as well the Minokwa & Dental Health Center signs. Don is survived by his son Aaron (Kim) Peterson, of Bemidji, MN; Daughter-In-Law, Shirley Peterson, of Moorhead, MN; 6 Grandchildren, Kristin, Nick, Heather, Dustin, Beau, and Raielle; as well as 9 Great-Grandchildren, Katelyn, Mitchell, Sylvia, Seth, Marlee, Austin, Mckenzie, Dawson, and Mikhal. He is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Viola; his wife, Patricia; sons, Craig and Todd; and Great-Grandchildren, Hanah and Kami Jo. A funeral service will be held to celebrate Donald’s life on September 8, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, at 10:00am, with burial to follow at 12:00PM at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN. Visitation will be held the night before, September 7, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, from 5:00-7:00PM, with prayer service to follow at 7:00PM.
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Trevis Allen Knutson, 43, of Crookston, MN passed away Saturday September 2, 2017, and is now in his Lord and Saviors arms.  Trevis was born in Warren, MN on January 25, 1974 to Allen and Jeanette (Novak) Knutson. He grew up in Warren, where he also graduated from the Warren High School in 1993. Following high school Trevis continued his education at Northland Technical & Community college in East Grand Forks, MN. There he received his Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. He would then continue to further his education at the University of Minnesota Crookston, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science. While attending Northland College in East Grand Forks, Trevis met the love of his life, Amy. Together as a couple they would move to Moorhead, MN, before moving back to East Grand Forks, MN, where the two would be united in marriage on June 17, 2000.  From there Trevis and Amy would move to Crookston, MN, where they would settle and build their home. Trevis and Amy were blessed with two beautiful children, their daughter Madelyn, and son Luke. There was nothing Trevis loved more than being able to spend time with his family. Trevis worked for the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo school system where he was a behavioral specialist and was adored by all the children that he was able to help. He had a strong relationship with his Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, and was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Crookston, MN.  Trevis enjoyed reading his bible and listening to Christian music.  He was also very passionate about physical fitness, where he would keep to a strict diet and weight lifting routine. He was an avid fan of the Miami Dolphins football team and had a love for rock music from the 1980’s, so much so, that he could name any song that was played for him. Trevis could make almost anyone laugh. His sense of humor was one of a kind. Trevis was all of the nieces and nephews favorite and they looked up to him and forever will.  All of these passions made Trevis the kind, caring, fun, and loving man that he was, but most importantly, husband and father. Trevis is survived by his beloved wife, Amy; children, Madelyn, and Luke; mother, Jeanette; brothers, Brian and Scott (Tammy) Knutson; sisters Brenda Donarski, Sherri Johnson, and Tina Knutson. Also surviving Trevis are his mother and father in-law Darrell and Cindy Payment, Amy’s siblings as follows. Danny and Jami Payment, Nick and Annie Waldal, and Josh and Amanda Shuck; along with many nieces and nephews, which include, Chris, Kayla, Ashley, Savanna, Channing, Thea, Derrek, Jeremiah, Andrea, Lincoln, Brooklyn, Xavier, Aubree, Eli, and Wilder.  Trevis is preceded in death by his father Allen; and nephew David.  A celebration of his life will be held to honor Trevis on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 11:00AM, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with Pastor Timothy Bhajjan presiding. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to services with burial immediately following services at Oakdale cemetery in Crookston, MN.


 

 

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Amanda Jo Johanneck, 27, of Shoreview, MN passed away unexpectedly August 30, 2017.  Mandi was born on December 1, 1989 in Grand Forks, ND to Dan and Jodi Johanneck of Crookston, MN. 
She attended elementary school in Red Lake Falls and Ada, MN, then moved to Somerset, WI where she graduated from high school.  She attended the University of Wisconsin Stout.  Mandi then moved to Crookston, MN where she began working at Walmart; she obtained her pharmacy technician certification while working in the pharmacy there.  In 2014 she went to work at the pharmacy at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN and was currently employed there. 
Anyone who knew Mandi was graced with her wonderful sense of humor, kindness and extensive conversation.  Mandi’s wit was one of her most endearing qualities and will be greatly missed by all.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends traveling, talking, shopping, and going for walks.
Mandi is survived by her parents Dan and Jodi Johanneck; siblings Staci (Michael) Collison of Duluth, MN, Nathan and Leah; nephews Emmett and Theo; grandparents Herb and Lois Johanneck of Red Lake Falls, MN, Helen Moen, Gordon Moen both of Grand Forks, ND; loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and her dog, Jasmine. 
A Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Amanda Jo Johanneck will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday September 8, 2017, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with Rev. Vincent Miller.  Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00-7:00 pm with a 7:00 pm prayer service. 

 

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