Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)
 

D. Gene Williams, 84, Berkley, MI, died Sunday, September 25, 2016, in Royal Oak, MI. Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, September 30, 2016, at Highland Park Baptist Church, Southfield, MI. Burial: To be held at a later date in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141)
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Yvette Louise Boutain, 39 of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at her residence in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Funeral service will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN at 2:00 PM Friday, September 30, 2016 with Father Bob Schreiner, Officiating.  Private family burial will be held at a later time at St. Dorothy Catholic Cemetery at Dorothy, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
Yvette Louise Duciaume was born on October 28, 1976 at Devils Lake, ND daughter of Dale and Holly (Holsinger) Duciaume. She was raised in Devils Lake where she attended school, was in the ROTC and graduated in 1995. Following graduation Yvette moved to Grand Forks, ND where she was employed at Stamart. On September 22, 2000 she was united in marriage to Barry Boutain at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls. To this union two children were born Barette and Malanna. They made their home in Red Lake Falls where she worked at numerous places in the area and was currently employed at the ODC in Thief River Falls, MN.
She enjoyed kayaking, painting, carving and woodwork, motorcycles, spending time with friends and family, she was very family orientated. Yvette was an avid collector of many different things and lately enjoyed attending auction sales. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Red Lake Falls. Yvette wasn’t herself without her jewelry.
Yvette is survived by her children Barette and Malanna of Red Lake Falls, MN; mother Holly Duciaume of Red Lake Falls, MN; father Dale (Gigi) Duciaume of Devils Lake, ND; grandmothers Mary Ann Holsinger of Mayville, ND and Mildred Duciaume of Wales, ND; brother Tim (Cassie) Duciaume of Devils Lake, ND; nephews Kingston and Silas; step-sister Reanne Pederson and kids of Devils Lake, ND; father of her children Barry (Heidi) Boutain of Red Lake Falls, MN; many aunts uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandfathers George Duciaume and H. Lee Holsinger; uncles Zane and Rex Holsinger; nephew Avery Pederson.



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Mark W. Hohman, 63,
of Ada, MN, died suddenly of natural causes on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at his home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM, Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with Fr. Joseph DeCrans, officiating. Friends may call at the Cathedral for 1 hour prior to the Mass on Saturday.
Mark William Hohman was born on April 25, 1953 in Greenbush, MN to James W. and Helen (Kile) Hohman.  He was raised and educated in Crookston and was a 1971 graduate of Crookston Central High School.  He then attended the University of Minnesota – Crookston.  Mark was united in marriage to Deb Wise on July 26, 1975 in Crookston.  He was employed at Montague’s Floral in Crookston for several years.  Mark and Deb purchased the Montague Flower Shop in Ada, MN and operated it until 1981.  He worked for Three Keys Floral in Fargo and in 1988 began employment with U. S. West, today known as Century Link.  During Mark’s years with the telephone company he became a member of the President’s Club and received several commendations.  Mark enjoyed fishing, especially trips to Canada and the Upper Red Lake, hunting, tinkering, garage sales, auctions, and his pets. He was known for his jovial personality and for picking on his nieces and nephews.  He was willing to help anyone who needed a hand.
Survivors include his wife and best friend, Deb, of Ada, MN; mother, Helen Hohman of Crookston, MN; his pets, Marlo, Pal and Kitty; brothers and sisters: Louis Hohman of North Carolina, Carole Hohman of St. Hilaire, MN, Matthew (Terra) Hohman of Fergus Falls, MN, Peter (Cheryl) Hohman of Columbia Falls, MT, Thomas Hohman of White Fish, MT, Karin (Jason) Perkovich of Thief River Falls, MN; brothers –in-law, Jay (Rose Marie) Wise of Eldred, MN and Jerry (Candy) Wise of Crookston, MN; several nieces and nephews; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.  Mark was preceded in death by his Father, James, and his grandparents.  The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements.
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Kathleen (Quigley) Keislar
, 94, of Minneapolis, MN, and formerly of Crookston, MN, died May 31, 2016. Kathleen was born on November 18, 1921, the daughter of Frank and Dolly Quigley. She was raised on her family’s farm near Fisher, MN, and graduated from Mount St. Benedict High School in Crookston. Kathleen went on to earn her Register Nurse degree from St. Michael’s School of Nursing in Grand Forks, ND in 1942. After working at Miller Hospital in St. Paul, Kathleen moved to Los Angeles, CA due to a shortage of nurses during WWII. She was employed as a surgical nurse at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital and returned to Crookston in 1979.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Henry Keislar; sisters, Jeanne Hollands and Betty Ludescher; and brothers, Virgil and Patrick Quigley. She is survived by a sister, Eleanor Gregory; step-daughter, Gretchen (Jim) Greene; step-grandsons, Jonathon and Ryan; and many adoring nieces and nephews.
A family service and burial will be held at a later date at the Greenwood Cemetery, Fisher, MN.
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Laurie Skalsky Sams, 60, Columbia Heights, MN, formerly of Dilworth, MN, died Friday, September 23, 2016, at Crest View Lutheran Homes, in Columbia Heights.
Laurie Lynae Skalsky was born on July 1, 1956, in Ada, MN, the oldest and only daughter to Larry and Gloria (Cirks) Skalsky. She later moved with her family to the Dilworth area where she graduated from Dilworth High School with the class of 1975. She had worked as an aid in nursing homes in Fargo-Moorhead for a number of years. Laurie was united in marriage to Robert Ackerland and they lived in Idaho and Montana. Robert died in 1985. Laurie later moved to the Minneapolis area and resided in Columbia Heights for the last several years. She had married Jeffrey Sams, but they later divorced. Laurie enjoyed art and music. She would play the piano at the nursing home and for senior events. She is survived by her parents: Larry and Gloria of Dilworth, MN, her brothers: Kevin (Marianne), Joel (Carole), Todd (Chris), Jason, all of Dilworth, and Timothy (Kirsten) of Parkers Prairie, MN, 9 nieces and nephews, and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and two children, Timothy Jason Ackerland and Scott Adam Ackerland.
Memorial Service will be 11:00 Friday, September 30, 2016, at Dilworth Lutheran Church, Dilworth, MN with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Ada Municipal Cemetery in Ada. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home of Ada. 218-784-4600 www.fredriksonfh.com



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George Allen Delage, 54, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home on Monday, September 19, 2016.
George was born on July 4, 1962, to Clarence and Dorita “Mickey” (Prudhomme) Delage in Crookston, MN.  He attended school in Crookston, MN and graduated in 1980.  On May 3, 1985, he married Kristi Lorraine Glas.
George held various jobs in the area, including working at KFC in Crookston, MN then transferred to Grafton, ND for a manager position, where he met Kristi.  He also worked at Happy Joes, New Flyer, and Phoenix Industries.   His most recent job, for the last 15 years, was at the American Crystal Sugar Company in Crookston, MN.  He also served as the shift steward for BCTGM Local267G at American Crystal Sugar.
George was a member of the St. Peters Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN.  He belonged to the Knights of Columbus and was a former Cub Scout Leader.
George was always willing to help anyone out.  He had a wonderful sense of humor, was a kidder, and had a way of making you laugh.  He was very proud of his children, his new son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and his grandchild.  He will be remembered for many things including his love of animals, especially his dog Rex. He loved to play games with his family.  He would spend hours playing his favorite card game, Pinochle.  George loved hunting, fishing, camping at the lake with his loving wife and family.  He loved to watch Monday and Tuesday night wrestling.  He loved taking his wife to the casinos.  He enjoyed ranger riding with his grandson Gage, whom he nicknamed his “goober gobbler”.  George will be dearly missed.
George is survived by:  his loving wife, Kristi of Gentilly, MN; a son, Shaun (Elizabeth) Delage; a daughter, Kayla (Daniel) Luoma; his grandson, Gage; brothers, Roger (Dee) Delage; sisters, Caroline (Randy) Green, Cheryl (Scott) Mantuefel, all  of Crooskton, MN; brother-in-law, Mike (Brenda) Glas of Fergus Falls, MN; nieces and nephews, Dave Bowman, Christie Wisk, Jim Bowman, Rickey Green, Crystal Ray, Todd Mantuefel, Jarvis and Austin Glas; aunts, Elaine Lilga and Rosemary Tate; grandmother-in-law, Gladys Baier; great nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and DoritaDelage; brothers, David, Kevin, and Elmer Delage; and a nephew, Rory Delage.  May God bless George’s memory.
The Funeral Service for George Delage will be on Saturday at 10:30 A.M.  at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly. Visitation will be Friday, September 23rd, 5 – 7 P.M., with a 7 :00 Prayer Service at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston.
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George Walter Meyer, 84, of Crookston, MN, died early Wednesday morning, September 14, 2016, at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. George was born in Crookston on February 5, 1932, one of six children of the union of Johann Theodor and Marie (deWall) Meyer. He grew up on the family farm in Fairfax Township and was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Crookston. George first attended a nearby country school, and went on to graduate from Crookston’s Central High School in 1949. He began his farming career while still in high school, receiving his first government allotment to raise sugar beets in 1947. George entered the U.S. Army on February 24, 1953 and served in Germany with the Medical Corps, 39th Infantry, 9th Regiment. Prior to his honorable discharge on February 18, 1955 he was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. George then returned to the farm and resumed his farming career. On April 20, 1958 he was united in marriage to Glorene Marie Kuehl at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. The couple made a very loving home on their farm in Fairfax Township, and together raised five children: Cindy, David, Jon, Robert, and Lisa. In 1997 George proudly turned the farm over to his sons, David and Jon, but continued to remain actively involved in its operation to the present. The kids would all say that he “officially” retired when he drew his last breath. Glorene passed away on April 30, 2011, and the family finds great comfort in knowing that she and George are together again.
George was a devoted, lifelong member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He was past-chairman of the Board of Trustees, served as a Board member for many terms, and was an usher for several years. George served as an advisor on the local board of Midland Cooperative from 1962 – 1979, and was instrumental in the founding of Crookston Valley Cooperative where he served primarily as board secretary from 1979 - 1996. He was the Supervisor of the Fairfax Town Board for many years as well. George was extremely proud of the award he and his family received from the American Crystal Sugar Company and the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Grower’s Association, recognizing the Meyer family as 50-year sugar beet growers. He enjoyed the years he spent bowling with the Wednesday night men’s league, and was a longtime member of Nels T. Wold American Legion Post #20.
George will always be remembered for his diligence, accuracy, precision, and LOVE when it came to anything he did – whether it was farming, woodworking, gardening, or making the holiday fudge. George made countless pans of fudge for RiverView Auxiliary’s annual Cookie Walk, for his friends, and at least one Christmas tin for each of his kids and grandkids every year.
George will be very lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his family and many friends.
George leaves five children: Cindy Grandbois of Fargo, ND, David (Judith) Meyer and Jon (Siri) Meyer, of Crookston, MN, Robert (Kristi) Meyer of Detroit Lakes, MN, and Lisa Meyer of Crookston; and nine grandchildren: Elliott Meyer (Jessica Primus) of Crookston, Emily (James) Brue of Ada, MN, Evan Meyer of Crookston (Courtney M. Anderson of Roseville, MN,) Easton Meyer of Crookston, Alexandra Meyer, Anthony Meyer, and Amy Grandbois of Fargo, ND, and Eliza Meyer and Clara Meyer of Crookston. Also surviving are two sisters, Harriet (Lloyd) Wagner of Fisher, MN and Dorothy Beiswenger of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to Glorene, his beloved wife of fifty-three years, George is preceded in death by his parents, Johann and Marie; brother, Henry (Norma) Meyer; sisters, Johanna (John) Koolstra and Martha Carter; brother-in-law, Ed Beiswenger; father-in-law, Earl Kuehl; mother-in-law, Eliza Kuehl Weiss, step father-in-law, Eldo Weiss; and sister-in-law, Ardyce (Walter) Cymbaluk. May God richly bless George’s memory.
The memorial service for George Walter Meyer will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 29, 2016, in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Crookston, with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and at the church for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and the Minnesota National Guard.
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Lyle Wayne Solie, 65, of Fertile, MN, died on Monday, September 19, 2016, at his residence.
Lyle was born on May 7, 1951, at Crookston, MN, to Vernon and Erma (Gudvangen) Solie.  He attended school in Fertile.  Following his schooling, Lyle began working for the City of Fertile doing maintenance. On June 29, 1974, Lyle was united in marriage to Vickie Olson at Elim Lutheran Brethren Church, Clearbrook, MN.  Lyle worked at American Crystal in Crookston and Supersweet Feed in Fertile.  In 1985, Lyle began working for Lee’s Nursery, Fertile, being employed there until 2009.  Lyle was a currently employed at Kaste Seeds Inc. of Fertile.  Lyle was a lifelong active member at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile. Lyle was gentle and quiet with a subtle sense of humor.  He loved teasing his nieces and nephews.  Gardening vegetables, manicuring the yard, and gathering with family and friends brought Lyle a lot of joy and pride.  Lyle loved the outdoors, spending many times camping and fishing with family and friends.  He always put others before himself and would help when others had a need.  More than anything, Lyle was a family man who cherished his family.
Lyle is survived by his wife: Vickie, Fertile, MN; two sons: Chris and Nick, Fertile, MN; sisters: Shirley (Monty) Halgrimson and Audrey (Randy) Olson, of Fertile; one brother-in-law, Larry Hassel, Fertile; uncles, aunts and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Judy Hassel.
Funeral: 10:30AM Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN with visitation one hour before the services at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Burial will be at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141) www.eriksonvikfh.com



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Clarence Guzek
, 81 of Thief River Falls, MN formerly of Terrebonne, MN died on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Villa St. Vincent, Crookston, MN with his loving family at his side. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding.  Burial will follow at St. Bernard’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Saturday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Clarence Francis Guzek was born January 19, 1935 near Dorothy, MN the son of Albin and Cecelia (Cota) Guzek.  He was baptized into the Catholic faith at St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church, Dorothy, MN.  Clarence attended country school in a one room school house and graduated from Lafayette High School, Red Lake Falls, MN in 1953. Clarence was united in marriage to Lorraine Marie Koralewski on August 10, 1957 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN.  They made their home in St. Hilaire, MN until June 25, 1958, when Clarence entered the United States Army, serving at Fort Lewis, WA where their daughter, Sheryl was born.  Clarence was later stationed in Alaska as a Medical Specialist.  Following his Honorably Discharge on June 24, 1960, the family made their home in St. Hilaire, MN and then rural Brooks, MN.  In 1969 to 1995 the family moved to Terrebonne, MN where Clarence and his family served as caretakers for St. Anthony’s Catholic Church for 26 years.  In 1995, they moved to Thief River Falls, MN. Clarence was employed at American Crystal at Crookston, MN for 44 years.  After retirement he was a courier at Northern State Bank.  He also worked part-time at Red Lake Falls Silo Company and Brooks Cheese Factory. Clarence was hard working and loyal to family and friends.  He was also a cancer survivor and always made sure to keep his faith in God close to his heart.  He experienced Life in the Spirit Seminar, Marriage Encounter, Cursillo and Agassiz Valley TEC #17. Clarence also brought his jokester persona with him and could find humor in almost any situation.  Clarence enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings, was a Minnesota Twins fan, playing cards, puzzle books and the Guzek Fantasy Football League.  Clarence mostly loved to spend time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Clarence is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Lorraine; children, Sister Sheryl Guzek of Hudson, WI, Greg (Barb) Guzek of Thief River Falls, MN, Becky (Bill) Routier of Thief River Falls, MN, Scott (Janelle) Guzek of Farmington, MN, Jason (Shelly) Guzek of Newfolden, MN; grandchildren, Brittany (Bryce) Campbell, Lindsey Guzek, Sarah (Derek) Casavan, Amanda Routier, Alyssa Guzek, Breanna Guzek, Kaitlyn Guzek; step-grandson, Travis (Kelly) Moen; step-granddaughter, Taran Moen; great-grandson, Luke Dahlquist; great-granddadughter, Jocelyn Casavan; step-great granddaughters, Brynn Moen & Hadley Moen; siblings, Rosemary Stuckey, Joe (Joyann) Guzek, Louie (Nancy) Guzek & Jeanette Guzek; sisters-in-law, Rosalie (Sheldon) Pigeon & Carolyn Koralewski; brothers-in-law, Val (Donna) Koralewski, Gordon (Joanne) Koralewski & Donald Seifert; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.Clarence is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Alton (Phyllis) Guzek; infant daughter; grandson, Nathan Guzek; step-grandson, Taylor Moen; brother-in-law, Adolph Koralewski; sisters-in-law, Veronica Seifert & Adeline Koralewski; nephews, Anthony Koralewski & Johnny Koralewski; and many uncles and aunts.
Condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

 

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Donald Duane Rau, 79, of Crookston, MN, passed away on September 16, 2016 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, surrounded by his family.
Donald was born on April 12, 1937 in Appleton, MN to Walter and Alice Rau. He went to school in Appleton, MN.
Donald married the love of his life, Monna Haggerty, on June 14, 1958 in Moorhead, MN. They had two children, Cindy and Brent.
Donald worked at Clark Irrigation in Appleton, MN. In 1982, he and his family moved to Crookston, MN. He then worked at the Ray Jorgenson Farm and later at Napa Crookston Welding before his retirement in 1999.
Donald was an active member of the Eagles for many years.
He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and going to the lake. He especially liked going out on the boat with his son, Brent. Donald also loved spending time with his family, and enjoyed carving the turkey on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Donald is survived by his wife, Monna; children, Cindy (Bruce) Meyer of Crookston, MN, and Brent Rau of Crookston, MN; grandchildren, Melissa Meyer of Fargo, ND, David (Maria) Meyer of Aberdeen, SD, Tandra (Fred) Landman III of Red Lake Falls, MN, Jason (Tasha) Meyer of Crookston, MN, Crystal (Cory) Cabana of Garfield, MN, Tammy (Scott) Wallace of Crookston, MN, and Justin (Jami) Meyer of Crookston, MN; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Alea, Saya, Skyler, Zack, Kelsey, Freddy, Hunter, Claudia, Ella, AJ, Kaitlyn, Dillynn, JoJo, Dylan, Devin, Justice, and Jordin; great-great grandchild, Haley; sisters, Carol Sachs of Montevideo and Deb (Mark) Boraas of Appleton, MN; and other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Alice Rau; grandparents, Olga and Oscar Anderson, and Gustav and Emma Rau; and brother-in-law, Craig Sachs. May God bless Donald’s memory.
There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral & Cremation Service in Crookston, MN. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., with a visitation one hour prior to service on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston.

 

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Jerry Larson, age 72, of Climax, MN passed away on Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. Jerry Larson was born in Grand Forks, ND, March 6, 1944, to the late Joseph and Blanch (Knutson) Larson.  He grew up in rural Climax, MN, and graduated from Climax High School in 1962.  He enlisted in the US Army on June 23, 1965 to June 22, 1967.  He farmed and grew seed potatoes, beans and wheat. . He married Carole Kragness in Hillsboro, ND on August 3, 1979. During his many years of potato farming, Jerry served on many boards and received many awards including: President of the Red River Valley Potato Growers Association from 1976-1977, Meritorious Service Award from Red River Valley Potato Growers Association in 1983, he served as National Potato President from 1983-1984, North American Seed Potato Grower of the Year in 1991, Potato Man of All Season in 1999, and environmental Stewardship Award in 2000. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Carole of Climax, MN, 3 sons, Nathan (Michelle) Lindgren of Moorhead, MN, Daniel (Renae) Lindgren of Argyle, MN, and Benjamin (Tonya) Larson of Winston Salem, NC,11 grandchildren, 1 geat granddaughter, brother, Darrel (Kate) Larson of Grand Forks, sister Dianne (Paul) Brokke of Bozeman, MT and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Blanch Larson. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials are preferred. Funeral Service:  11:00 am ~ Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Climax Lutheran Church in Climax, MN. Visitation:  One Hour Before Service. Inurnment:  Birgit Cemetery ~ Climax, MN  Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota

 

 

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Signe Gladys (Olson) Boucher, 85, passed away very unexpectedly in New Orleans, LA on Thursday, September 15, 2016, while on a bus trip with her daughter, Peggy, and sister, Beverly. Gladys was born on November 10, 1930 (also her father's birthday) to Helmer and Margaret (Duffy) Olson in Baudette, MN and was raised in a two-bedroom log home.  She was baptized and confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in Baudette where she was a devoted member, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, and active in the Luther League. As a child she loved spending time with her five siblings and spending time at her grandparents and uncles farms in Carp, MN. She attended Baudette High School and graduated in 1949. Gladys was very active in school, participating in choir, school plays, and was a cheerleader for 4 years. She loved to dance and attended dances weekly. After graduating she went to work for the Lake of the Woods Welfare office.  Gladys later moved to Minneapolis and was employed at the Hennepin County Welfare office. She met her future husband, Robert Boucher, in Minneapolis, and moved to Crookston, transferring to the Polk County Welfare Office. Gladys and her 6 girlfriends from high school kept in touch for over 60 years with their round robin letter. She attended Baudette's school reunions every year to meet up with her friends.
Gladys was united in marriage to Robert Boucher on August 27, 1955 at St. Anne's Church in Crookston. They briefly lived in Lowell Township where Robert and his brothers farmed. Shortly after, they built a home in Andover Township where they farmed and raised their 5 children: Tim, Tom, Mark, Peggy and Kristie.  Gladys was a busy farm wife, cooking for the many men on the farm and delivering meals to the field during harvest. She also kept busy with all her children's activities, her church club, and Catholic Daughters. She was a member of Lowell Homemakers Club from 1957 to the present, and an active volunteer for the past 35 years in the Villa St. Vincent Auxiliary, serving as president for 6 years. She also held membership with the Eagles Club and was a lifetime member of the VFW. Gladys was a hockey fan from the time she could skate at an early age. She was an avid bowler for over 40 years. Cecilia Plante, a good friend, and Gladys, started the Red Hat Chapter in Crookston/Gentilly, known as the C & G Red Hatters. Gladys loved the colors red and purple and wore them proudly. She loved going to the casino with her friends and also enjoyed reading and playing cards.
Most of all she enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who affectionately called her Grandma GG. She seldom missed any of their activities and always had a twinkle in her eye when speaking about them, which she often did.  Gladys and Robert were fortunate to do a lot of traveling over the years, whether it be on bus trips, or with friends and family.  They spent 2 years wintering in Arizona and 27 years in Weslaco, TX. Sadly, Robert passed away on January 21, 2005, and her son, Tommy, on November 15, 2006. Gladys continued to live on the farm until March, 2013 when she moved to the Summerfield Apartments in Crookston. Her calendar was always full of activities and her family joked that they had to call her just to make sure she was home so they could come and visit.
Left to mourn Gladys are her children: Timothy (Beth) Boucher, Mark Boucher, Margaret "Peggy" (Rick) Chaput, Kristie (Tim) Palmer, all of Crookston; grandchildren: Erica (Dusty) Uttermark, Crookston; Andrea (Randy) Kraft, East Grand Forks, MN; Bryan (fiancé, Jenny Dubay) Boucher, Brainerd; Kelsey (Zachary) Johnson, Thief River Falls; Monique (Jared) Hollands, Crookston; Dylan Boucher, Duluth, MN; Mykl Palmer, Crookston; great-grandchildren: Jayde and Korynn Uttermark, and Odin and Augusta Johnson; step great-grandchildren: Nathan, Julie, Sarah, and Jacob Kraft, East Grand Forks, MN; sister, Beverly (Gayle) Becklund, Baudette, MN; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her four Godchildren: Diane (Hanson) Rice, Mary (Boucher) Pierre, Jerry Paulson and Kelly Ricard-Koerner. Gladys is preceded in death by her husband of 49½ years, Robert; son, Thomas (Tommy); parents, Helmer and Margaret; brothers: Clifford Olson, Raymond Olson and Vernon Olson; and sister, Helen Arthur. Gladys will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her family and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial for Gladys Boucher will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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William “Bill” R. Lee, 92, Ada, Minnesota, died Thursday, September 15, 2016, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice.
William Roger Lee was born April 25, 1924, at home on a farm near Perley, MN, the son of Hector and Inanda Lee. He attended rural school at the Live Wire District #20 School. Bill graduated from Borup (MN) High School before attending North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND.  He started working in the United States Navy shipyards at Bremerton, WA, as an electrical assistant. He met his future wife, Margaret Slininger and they were married on June 2, 1944, in Ada. Bill enlisted in the United States Army in February of 1945 and served in the Philippines until October 1, 1946. After his discharge, he returned home to Minnesota and started farming with his father. He later purchased a neighboring farm and farmed for over 40 years. Bill and Margaret spent over “20 years as snowbirds” in Arizona and enjoyed 2 trips to Norway visiting relatives. They moved to a home in Ada in 1989 and he continued with volunteer work.
Bill is survived by his wife, Margaret, 3 daughters and 3 sons, Jeanie (Monty) Todt, Tampa, FL, Karen (Rev. Stan) Synstelien, Fergus Falls, MN, Marilyn (Jerry) Stordahl, Halstad, MN, Steven (Judy) Lee, Anoka, MN, Wayne (Lynn) Lee and Barry Lee, both of Perley, MN, one sister, Garnet Holm, Moorhead, MN, one brother-in-law, Burton Slininger, one sister-in-law, Florence Erickson, both of Twin Valley, MN, 16 grandchildren, Christopher Todt, Erik Todt, Jason Synstelien, Jennifer Synstelien, Corey Synstelien, Amy Eichler, Tiffany Lee, Mike Boone, Eddy Boone, Anthony Lee, Merecedes Lee, Raina Stordahl, Wyatt Stordahl, Dustin Lee, Nicole Lee, and Kristin Lee, 13 great grandchildren, Ethan Synstelien, Emily Synstelien, Brian Synstelien, Mark Synstelien, Alex Eichler, Dylan Synstelien, Taylor Synstelien, Kyndra Synstelien, Sawyer Lee, Lincoln Lee, Emma Lee, Jazmine Boone, and Kolby Boone. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Irene Gilbertson, and two brothers, Orville and Grant.
Funeral: 11:00 Friday September 23, 2016, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hendrum, MN.
Visitation: Thursday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM Prayer Service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.
Interment: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN.  Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)

www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 

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DeWayne Roger Miller, 69, Gary, MN, died Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.  He was born on January 17, 1947, to Selmer and Lorraine (Jacobson) Aune at Ada, MN.  DeWayne attended school in Gary, graduating from the Gary High School in 1965. On February 6, 1966, DeWayne was united in marriage to LaVonne Stene in Ada, MN.  They lived in the communities of Moorhead, MN, Ada, MN, and Fertile.  DeWayne delivered grain and other products as an over the road truck driver.  He delivered many loads of grain to the Ports of Duluth, MN and Superior, WI.  On September 19, 1992, he was united in marriage to Barbara Smeby at Sundal Lutheran Church, rural Gary.  In 1993, DeWayne began working at the Shooting Star Casino, where he worked until the present as a Slot Lead.  He was diagnosed with lung cancer in July of 2016. DeWayne was a kind, talkative, and adventurous man.  He loved Semi-Trucks and Trailers, old cars, four wheeling and driving his convertible.  Church life at Sundal Lutheran Church was very meaningful and encouraging for DeWayne.  Often, DeWayne could be heard Whistling songs that came to mind.  He treasured his family, especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. DeWayne is survived by his children: Scott Stene, Omaha, NE; Darcy (Joy), Ada, MN; Sandra (Bruce) Williams, Thief River Falls, MN; Holly (Paul Eckstein) Crandall, St Hilaire, MN; and Dustin, Thief River Falls, MN; 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; siblings: Stanley (Ramona) Aune, Gary, MN; Arlene (Dale) Sip, Ada, MN; and Peggy (Eugene) Hanson; several cousins, nephews and nieces.  DeWayne was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral: 11:00AM Monday, September, 19, 2016, at Sundal Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN. Visitation: 3:00-5:00PM Sunday with a 5:00PM prayer service at Sundal Lutheran Church, Fertile. Burial: Sundal Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile

Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home
Fertile, Minnesota (218-945-6141)

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Sister Irene Lemire, CSJ, died peacefully at Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, Minnesota on September 12, 2016.
Irene Louise Lemire was born on January 16, 1923 in Somerset, Wisconsin to Gasper and Rosa Lemire.  She was the sixth child in a family of nine all of whom had a lively spirit and filled their French-Canadian home with laughter and fun.  After finishing 8th grade in Somerset, Irene attended St. Joseph’s Academy in Crookston; during that time she requested to enter the Sisters of St. Joseph of Bourg, France and was accepted in 1938.  Having been given the religious name of Sister Rose Marie, Irene and 3 companions traveled to Bourg, France in 1939 for their religious training.  Due to the outbreak of World War II, all 4 sisters were “stranded” there for 7 years.
Sister Irene returned to the United States in February 1946 and served as homemaker in communities of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Crookston, Kilkenny, Stewart and Minneapolis, Minnesota, Superior, Wisconsin, and Rainy River, Ontario, Canada.
Between 1962 and 1970, Sister Irene was the receptionist at St. Joseph’s Academy and also served as house mother to the Spanish-speaking girls from Mexico who attended SJA to learn English.
Care for the sick and elderly became Sister Irene’s next mission after she completed a nurse aide course in New Richmond, Wisconsin.  She ministered as a nurse aide at San Haven State Sanatorium in Dunseith, North Dakota, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Park Rapids, Minnesota and for Hubbard County until 2004.
Sister Irene became a resident of the Summit Assisted Living Apartments in Crookston in 2004. In May 2015 she moved to the Villa St. Vincent due to declining health.
Surviving relatives of Sister Irene include sister-in-law Marlyn Lemire of Somerset, Wisconsin and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.  Sister Irene is also survived by the members of her community, the Congregation of St. Joseph.
Preceding her in death include parents Gasper and Rosa (Campeau) Lemire; brothers Edward, Andy, Maurice, Ben and Duane; sisters Doris (Campeau), Ella (Frandson) and Betty Ann (Neumann).
Services for Sister Irene Lemire will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Villa St. Vincent Chapel in Crookston.  A Wake Service will be held at 1:00pm; the Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 2:00pm.
Interment will be in the Lemire family plot in St. Anne’s Cemetery in Somerset, Wisconsin at a later date.

 

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George Meyer, 84, of Crookston, MN, died early Wednesday morning, September 14, 2016, at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. A memorial service for George will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 29, 2016, in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Crookston, with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and at the church for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and the Minnesota National Guard. A complete obituary will be released early next week. www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Linda Lou Boerner passed away on Monday, September 12, 2016. 
Linda was born on October 17, 1940, in Crookston, MN to Marcel and Clarabell (Londo) Peet.  Growing up, Linda attended the Crookston Public Schools. 
Linda married James George Boerner on April 21, 1971, in St. Paul, MN.  Linda and Jim lived in St. Paul for many years.  After retiring, they moved full time to their lake home in Annandale, where they lived for 20 plus years, before moving to Crookston, MN.
Linda worked for Midway Sheridan for many years.  She especially loved working at Country Meadows Group Home for Men.  After she retired, she volunteered for the Meals-on-Wheels program.
Linda enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She especially loved to give them all hugs and kisses and lots of attention.  She loved her dog “Buddy”.  Linda also enjoyed spending time with her sisters. Linda enjoyed occasional trips to the casino and traveling.
Linda is survived by her children:  sons, Michael (Loraine) Garson of Garrison, MN, Thomas McQueen of Hutchinson, KS, Lee (Ginny) McQueen of Hutchinson, KS;  daughters, Cathryn Lampi of Crookston, MN, and Teresa (Dan Janisch) McQueen of Crookston, MN;  11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren;  a brother, Edwin Peet of Grand Forks, ND;  sisters, Arlen Sherman, and  Betty Bone, both of Crookston, MN, Ruthie Cantin, Sharon Rausch, JoAnne Walker, and Cindy Yankovec, all of Blaine, MN.
Linda was preceded in death by her husband James;  her parents;  sisters, Elizabeth (Tootie) Watson , Jean Moreno, and  Betty , who passed away in 1934; brother Dennis Ray Peet.  May God bless Linda’s memory.
There will be a memorial service at 1:00 p.m., with a visitation one hour prior to service on Saturday, October  1, 2016 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN.

 

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Norma Lillian Brown, 89, entered into eternity on Monday, September 12, 2016, at Riverview Care Center in Crookston, MN, surrounded by her loving family.  Norma was born on August 19, 1927 in Fosston, MN, the daughter of Andrew and Ingeborg (Rodland) Anderson. She graduated from Fosston High School on May 31, 1945.  Norma was united in marriage to Donald Allen Brown on October 29, 1949 at the St. Petri Lutheran Church in Bagley, MN.  The couple moved to Crookston in 1950, where together, they raised their five children. Norma was employed for a number of years at Dahlgren and Company, but her greatest joy and accomplishment was raising and being there for her children and grandchildren. Sadly, Don passed away on his 49th birthday, May 23, 1978. Norma loved the Lord and was a shining example of faith to all who knew her.  She had a quick wit, wonderful sense of humor, and filled our lives with laughter even to the end.
Norma is survived by her 5 children: Ronald (Carol) Brown of Blaine, MN, Paul (Naomi) Brown of Rochester, MN, Valerie Brown of Crookston, MN, Darlene (John) Scheving of Greeley, CO, and recently of Crookston, and Kelvin aka “Kelly” ( Linda) Brown of St. Joseph, MN; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.  Also surviving are three brothers: Robert (Marilyn) Anderson, Norman Anderson, and Erling Anderson, all of Fosston, MN; two sisters, Esther Carlson of Park River, ND and Elsie Gullekson of Fertile, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  In addition to her beloved husband, Don, Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Ingeborg Anderson; her brothers: Joseph, Ingvald, and Alf Anderson; and sisters: Agnes Potter, Thelma Hanson, and Mabel Anderson.
The family would like to thank the Riverview Care Center for their unending, dedicated, and loving care given to our sweet mother.  May God richly bless the memory of our precious mother.
The funeral service for Norma Lillian Brown will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 19, 2016, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, with visitation for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
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Hazel Agnes Engen, 105, of Crookston, MN, died Monday, August 1, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, with loving family members at her side.
Hazel was born at Watertown, SD on April 15, 1911 to Charles and Laura (Baker) Johnson. She grew up in Watertown and graduated from the Watertown High School with the Class of 1930. She was united in marriage to Walter L. Engen on November 11, 1937 at Watertown. They first moved to Warren, MN, and then to Crookston in 1940. Together, the couple raised six children and Hazel was a loving wife, mom, and homemaker for a very busy household. Walter was employed as a millwright for the Crookston Milling Company and later worked on the construction of the American Crystal Sugar factory. For several years, until his retirement, he was a machinist at Crystal. Hazel enjoyed doing crafts, and raising African violets.  She and Walter liked to travel, often attending area fiddle contests where he would play with great success. Walter passed away on September 29, 1990.  Hazel moved from her home to the Summit Apartments in March of 2006, and became a resident of the Villa on June 10, 2013. She was a longtime member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid, and also belonged to Homemakers’ Club. Hazel was recently honored at the Villa by her family and friends as they celebrated her 105th birthday.
Loving family members include her 6 children: Dennis (Rosie) Engen of Grand Forks, ND, Larry (Judeen) Engen of Karlstad, MN, Darwin (Helen) Engen of Spokane, WA, Linda Ness of St. George, UT, Irvin (Eva) Engen of Spokane, and Rick Engen of San Francisco, CA; 15 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Walter, Hazel was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Harvey Ness; grandson, Jeffrey Engen; great grandson, Mark Renfandt;  her parents, Charles and Laura; brothers , Chauncey (Lucille) Johnson and  Harris (Ann) Johnson; and sister, Carrie Johnson. May God richly bless Hazel’s memory.
A Memorial Service for Hazel Engen will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be take place at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
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