Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week

John Loiland, age 73, of Fosston, MN, passed away on Monday, July 24th, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 29th, at Calvary Free Lutheran Church in Fosston with the Rev. Alan Arneson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Friday, July 28th, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Fosston. There will also be reviewal 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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 Joan K. Peterson, 66, Lockhart, MN, died Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada.
Funeral: 10:30AM Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Tuesday July 25, 2017, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada. Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, rural Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com

 


 

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Jerrold “Jerry” Schalesky, 53, Halstad, MN, died on Monday, July 17, 2017, at his home, under the care of his family and Hospice of the Red River Valley.  Memorial Service: 11:00am, Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Resurrection Free Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN. Visitation:  One hour before the service. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000)       
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Ethan Michael Hegge, 22, of Crookston, MN, passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at his home. Ethan was born in Grand Forks, ND on January 5, 1995, the son of Kenneth Allen and Kay Ann (Henre) Hegge. He grew up at Mentor, MN and was baptized at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. He received his elementary education at the Cathedral School in Crookston and graduated from Crookston High School as a member of the Class of 2013. As a youngster Ethan enjoyed playing peewee hockey. He was an exceptional student academically, and earned a letter while participating in Knowledge Bowl, where he was additionally honored for having the funniest answers. Ethan was also a member of the Varsity Robotics team for 3 years, earning multiple letters, and serving as Captain during his Junior and Senior years. The team made the regional championship rounds during his first 2 years of competition, and in his Senior year they bested 75 other teams at the Duluth regional competition to capture 1st Place. They went on to State, and had a tremendous showing to finish in 5th Place.  Ethan was a gifted musician, lettering in both saxophone and piano with the Crookston High Concert Band, and receiving star ratings for performances in both several times at regional and state music competitions.  He enjoyed intellectual banter, was very witty, and had a great sense of humor. Ethan was always right there when someone needed assistance, and that certainly included helping his mother out at the old Cathedral and the Thrift Shop. He was also a fantastic cook who just happened to love physics, and all things Stephen Hawking. Ethan was a guru when it came to computer science and information technology. His parents proudly said he could fix anything that needed fixing, and was a natural born mechanic when it came to trouble-shooting anything with an engine. Ethan was continually using both sides of his brain as his thought processes constantly revolved around physics and science, spirituality and music, and he sometime simply wore himself out mentally. He will be very sadly missed and lovingly remembered. Ethans’s surviving family members include his father, Ken Hegge of Mentor, MN; his mother, Kay Hegge of Crookston, MN; two sisters, and a niece and nephew: Maj. Sara Hegge, US Army, and her husband, Grant Louiseau, of Rockport, MD, and Lydia Hegge of Crookston, and her children, Ariana Narvaez and Christopher Goodrich; a step-sister, and 2 step nieces: Rachael Lester, US Navy Ret, and her husband, Lt. David Lester, US Navy, of Round Lake Beach, IL, and their children, Myanna and Amelia Lester. Ethan also leaves his grandmother, Alice Hegge of Grand Forks, ND; Godparents, Vicki Henre of Crookston, Judith Anderson of Red Lake Falls, MN, and David Hegge of Climax, MN; several aunts and uncles: Dennis Hegge of East Grand Forks, MN, Carol and Roger Beiswenger of Fisher, MN, Betty Ann Overgaard of Fargo, ND, Paul and Gail Henre and Chuck and Vicki Henre of Crookston; and many cousins and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Orris Hegge, and Dean and Marlene Henre; a step-brother, Steve Hegge; and 3 uncles: Larry Overgaard, Kurt Henre, and Donald Hegge. May Ethan’s memory be blessed. A memorial service for Ethan Michael Hegge will be held at  2:00 pm, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Very Rev. Vincdent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7:00 pm, with a  7:00 pm prayer service led by Deacon Dennis Bivens, and visitation also at the church for one hour prior to the memorial service. www.stenshoelhouske.com


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Carolyn Theresa Miller, 67, of Centennial, CO, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2015. Carolyn was born in Crookston on January 8, 1948, the youngest child  of Emil and Theodosia Klava. She grew up in Crookston, was raised in the Catholic faith, and graduated from Mount St. Benedict High School. Carolyn loved her family, friends, and extended families dearly, and always enjoyed  Christmas gatherings at her home during the holidays. Carolyn was a loving wife of 28 years to David Miller; proud mother of Todd Mykleby and his wife, Karen Rodgers; doting grandmother of Kaitlin Charlotte and Chase Eric; and beloved sister of 3 older brothers and a sister: Cyril Klava, Emil Klava, Gary Klava, and Virgean Flakne. May God bless Carolyn’s memory. A graveside service for Carolyn Miller will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston with Deacon Dan Hannig of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception officiating.  www.stenshoelhouske.com


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Allen Robert Pedersen, 101, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, on July 13th, 2017.  Allen was born on May 22, 1916 at his parents’ farm in Marsh Township, near Valley City, ND, the son of Fred A. and Eliza “Lizzie” (Fagerstrom) Pedersen. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, grew up on the farm, and graduated from Valley City High School. Allen went on to attend Valley City State College where he played football and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. He later completed 2 years of work on his Masters. Allen’s first teaching position was at Zeeland (ND) High School where he was also the boy’s head basketball coach. He met a young lady by the name of Freda Louise Mellin, who was a fellow teacher and just happened to be the girl’s head basketball coach. They were united in marriage on July 30, 1937. With the start of WW II, Allen went into the U.S. Army on August 20, 1942, and served overseas in the European and Pacific Theaters of Operations. He spent time during his tour of duty in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Philippines in the Pacific. For his service to his country, our grateful nation awarded Allen the WWII Victory Medal with 5 stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the European, African, and Middle Eastern Theater Ribbons, a Meritorious Unit Citation, Marksman’s Badge, and Good Conduct Medal. Allen and Freda lived in Valley City after WW II until moving to Crookston in 1948, where Allen became the District Manager for the J.I. Case Company. In 1956, he was transferred and the couple moved to Aberdeen, SD. They returned to Crookston in 1971 and Allen became the business manager for Glenmore, a regional addiction counseling and treatment center. Sadly, Freda passed away on April 9, 2012, just 3 short months before they would have celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. Allen’s record of service to others was well recognized: He was a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church, a Volunteer for the American Cancer Society, a member of the Crookston Rotary Club for over 57 years, a member of the Mason’s, Shriners, American Legion, VFW, DAV, TRIAD, RSVP, Golden Link, Eagles, Elks, Chamber of Commerce, and had served on the City Council. On September 17, 2016, Valley City State College dedicated a Gazebo on the front lawn of the College and honored Allen for his large part in making it possible.  Additionally, Allen and Freda contributed to a perpetual vegetable garden at the U of M, Crookston, with funds for aspiring interns at “The Garden”.  Allen was a life-long hunter, outdoorsman and master gardener.  He loved sharing with others and to serve others especially his friends and dear family.
Loving family members include many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins, and other relatives including:  Wayne (Sharron) Pedersen of  Slayton, MN, Ron (Connie) Pederson of Bismarck, ND, Nancy (Alan) Sorensen, Neil (Kelly) Pederson, and Dean (Amy) Pederson, all of Valley City, ND,Linda (Lynn) Janisch of Moorhead, MN, Janet Hanson of Seaside, CA, Marlene Knutson of Tioga, ND, and cousins: DuWain (Delores) Fagerstrom of Moorhead, MN, Elaine Walls of Valley City, ND, Gary Pederson of NC, and ShirleyAnn Carlson of MN.
In addition to his beloved wife, Freda, Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Lizzie Pedersen; parents-in-law, Bern and Minnie Mellin; brothers and sister- in-laws, Marian (Mabel) Pederson, Floyd (in childhood), Vernon (Margret) Pederson and Dale (Marcyne) Pederson; and a nephew, Lyle Pederson. May God richly bless Allen’s memory.
The funeral service for Allen Robert Pedersen will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, July 17, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston, MN, with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. A graveside service will be held at 3:30PM Monday, July 17th, at the Memory Garden Cemetery, near Valley City, ND.
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Wayne E. Duckstad, 66, Fertile, MN, formerly of Moorhead, MN, died Friday, July 7, 2017, after a short illness at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.
Wayne Elmer Duckstad was born on April 7, 1951, in Crookston, MN, to Elmer and Bertha (Nephew) Duckstad. His mother passed away when he was 6 years old and he went to live with his aunt and uncle; Alice & Gordie Austinson, until he was 16. He became like a brother to Carol and Doug. When his dad retired from the railroad, he went to live with him. He attended school in Fertile and graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1970. Wayne attended tech school for a couple years at Moorhead Technical College and studied welding. After graduating, he worked for a short time for Spiels Cable Company, He was united in marriage to Joan Nelson in 1984 and they were blessed with two daughters, Stacy and Kelli. They later divorced.
He worked for American Crystal Sugar as a boiler operator/welder for over 37 years before he retired in 2014. Wayne was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed trips on his Harley Davidson, and spending time fishing, racing, and following the Twins. He loved special times with his daughters and grandchildren.
Wayne is survived by daughters, Stacy Rood, and Kelli Duckstad, both of Fargo, three grandchildren, Carter, Colton and Ariana, and his close cousin, Carol (Dale) Mackowick, of Fertile. He was preceded in death by his parents
Memorial Service: 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Ruth O. Larson, 95, Fertile, MN, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.
Ruth Opal Ofstedal Larson was born on December 16, 1921, to Peder S. Ofstedal and Gina Amalia Hogenson Ofstedal near Rindal, Minnesota.
She was preceded in death by husband of 74 years, Harold S. Larson, Sr., her daughter Regina A. Larson, her son Harold S. Larson, Jr., son-in-law Terry Haltiner, and all of her siblings:  Clarence (Myra Jackson), Marvin (Agnes Turnbom), Palmer (Myrtle Viker), Lloyd (Elizabeth Dorset), Milton (Clara Danielson), Galena (James Snyder), Ernest, Thelma (Arley) Jonish, Arnold (surviving: Olga Berg) and Howard (surviving: Jewell Lively); several nieces and nephews.
Ruth is survived daughters: Virginia “Ginny” Radke (Deane), Linda Black (David) and Jeanette Larson; daughter-in-law Sherry Mosher Larson; grandchildren: Andrew (Kim) Black, Lisa (Chad) Lorz, Mark Radke, Craig Radke (Deanna), Jennifer Larson, and Mitchell Larson, six great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Olga Berg and Jewel Lively; and many nephews and nieces.
Harold and Ruth enjoyed traveling, predominantly car or RV trips. They frequently wintered in Texas and San Diego.  In 1974, Harold, Ruth and Jeanette enjoyed a three-week train ride for visits with Ruth’s sister in Walla Walla, Washington, Harold’s sister in the San Francisco area and Ginny in San Diego.
Harold and Ruth were members of Little Norway Lutheran Church, International Organization of Good Templars and The Farmers’ Union.   They were volunteer caretakers at the Lake Sarah Farmers’ Union Park and Campground.  Ruth and Harold were members of the Sand Hill Twirlers, a local square dancing club.
Ruth was a farmer but also was employed at the Gamble’s Hardware store in Fertile and Fair Meadow Nursing Home in the activities department.  She was active in the Fertile Garden Club, including competitions with the Crookston and Beltrami Garden Clubs at the Polk County Fair in Fertile.
Funeral: 11:00AM Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service on Monday July17, 2017, at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial: Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN. Memorials preferred to Fair Meadow Nursing Home Guild Fertile, Minnesota. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN
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 Lorna M. Johnson, 97, of Crookston, MN passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, July, 12, 2017 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. 
Lorna was born May 27, 1920 in rural Strandquist, MN and was the youngest of four children of Peter and Aggie Hougard.  Lorna spent her childhood on the family farm outside of Strandquist where she also graduated from Strandquist Consolidated High School.  She then moved to Minneapolis, MN and attended the Vocational School of Nursing where she graduated in 1942.  Lorna was united in marriage to her high-school sweetheart, Russell W. Johnson, on April 4, 1942 in Yuma, AZ.  Russell was inducted into the Army Air Force and served in the Korean Conflict for three years.  Lorna returned to Minneapolis for a short time before moving back to Strandquist where she was employed at 1st National Bank as a cashier.  When Russell was discharged in 1945, they established their home in Stephen until 1953 when they moved to Crookston, MN where their three children grew up.  Lorna remained a homemaker in addition to selling Avon and sewing for many others.  In the early 60’s she did alterations for Town & Country, a ladies apparel store, before changing employment 1965 to a full-time bookkeeper and retail clerk at Erickson Electric.  In 1978 the family was shocked by the sudden passing of her husband, Russell.  Lorna would continue to work at Erickson Electric until she retired in 1982.  Following retirement Lorna then began traveling where she met Albert Peterson, her loving companion and together they both continued to travel and visit friends and family. 
In her spare time Lorna loved to sew and bake as well as go camping with family.  She was also a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school, helped in the kitchen and served in the Alter Guild for 8 years.  During that time she also made confirmation stoles and baptismal towels.  Lorna was also a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary.
Lorna is survived by her two sons, Ken (Debra) Johnson of Prescott Valley, AZ and Gene (Barbra) Johnson of Crookston and one daughter Connie Jedrzejewski of Irvine, CA.   Also surviving are her six grandchildren:  Kristopher, Benjamin, Joe, Meghan, Jennifer and Jason along with 6 great grandchildren.   Family members who have preceded Lorna in death include her husband Russell, parents Peter and Aggie, sisters Irene and Fern (Percy), brother Raymond (Emphrie), sister-in-law Leona , son in-law David  and loving companion, Albert Peterson.
A memorial service for Lorna will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Gregory Isaacson presiding.  Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service with burial to follow at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston. The family would also like to thank the Villa staff and Hospice for their special care.
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Ricardo Hernandez Jr, 50, of Crookston, MN, passed away at his residence of natural causes Monday, July 3, 2017. Ricardo was born in Brownsville, TX on March 1, 1967, the son of Ricardo and Amparo Hernandez Sr. He was raised and educated in Brownsville before moving to the Crookston area 20 years ago. He had been employed on area farms since that time.
Ricardo is survived by his soulmate, Becky Erickson of Crookston, MN; a son, Christopher; a brother, Arturo; 6 sisters: Bertha, Elva, Gloria, Dora, Guadalupe, and Rosa; and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents and other family members.
A funeral service for Ricardo Hernandez Jr. was held in Brownsville, TX on Saturday, July 8, 2017, with burial there.
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(Written by John Vraa, submitted by Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service)
Art Vraa was fat, mean and ugly, or at least that’s what he would say if you asked how he was. Art arrived at the party on June 26th, 1926, son of Sander and Ida Vraa, on the family farm south of Climax. During WWII with older brother Oscar Pete at war, and Sander’s health failing, 16 year old Art and younger brother Ivan kept the family farm running. When Pete returned, Art raised and sold chickens, eggs and strawberries, and mopped floors and even sold his blood to put himself through college. He graduated in 1950 from Concordia College in Moorhead with a degree in Biology and Education, and where he proudly played on the football team and sang in the choir.
Art was drafted for the Korean war, and served as a lab technician at Murphy Army Hospital in Massachusetts. He went on a blind date with an army nurse named Luella Gillin. She thought he was a drip but her heart melted when she saw Art’s gentle kindness while drawing blood from a frightened little girl. Art, the Norwegian Lutheran farm boy, and Lue, the Irish Catholic city girl, were married in 1951 and shipped out to Japan. Five kids followed: Mary Lue (Lue), David, John, Paul and Eric who all learned to sing “I See the Moon” gathered around Dad and his guitar.
Dad taught at Argyle, Hollister, CA, Kennedy, the Crookston A.C. and at Climax. After the Climax school burned down in 1954, he started the High School Football program with borrowed equipment and no money. His longest tenure was at Fisher as the High School Principal, and Assistant Football Coach, teaching Biology, Civil Defense, and Driver’s Ed. During the summers he farmed and ran sugarbeet youth crews for the Employment Office, back when sugarbeets were thinned and weeded with a hoe. We all helped him bale a lot of hay, too! After he retired, Dad drove school bus for Climax and fondly remembered all of the students who rode his bus.
Lue died in 1987, and in1989, Dad married Doris Hennings from Carrington. Dad said he was lucky to have had two great marriages in his lifetime – he couldn’t have had a better mother for his children, or a better retirement companion in Doris until she died in 2009.
While Dad lay dying we gathered around his hospital bed and Dave’s fiancé, Rocio, leaned in close, said a prayer, and kissed him on the forehead. Dad had not stirred for awhile, but instinct kicked in and with a deft turn and pucker of the lips he planted one on Rocio. You don’t get to be a 91 year old guy without learning important life lessons such as when a pretty girl kisses you, kiss her back!
When you met Dad, you were his friend. You would hear his silly songs and jokes, and his stories, like when he fell out of his deer stand and landed on the back of a big bull moose and rode it back to camp. He said you could steer it like a big Harley if you just leaned on the antlers.
When we were kids, Dad was the smartest guy who was friends with everybody and knew everybody’s name. We learned it was way better to have lots of friends than to have lots of stuff. During our teenage years, Dad got stupider and stupider, but as we matured, Dad grew smart again. Dad knew that we had all been specially invited to this party, and that alone should make us happy. We should make the most of our time here and when it’s time to go home, leave with thankfulness and grace, and don’t take things too seriously – Enjoy the party.
Dad said he had a good, long run, and was ready to go. We should count ourselves fortunate: We had Dad at the party for 91 years, but still, it wasn’t nearly enough.
Dad leaves behind a whole slew of inlaws and outlaws including: Brother Ivan, Sisters in law Barbara and Lee, kids and co: Mary Lue, Dave and Rocio and Cheri, John, Paul and Heather, Eric and Mary, Doris’s kids Jode Hennings, Fern Hennings and Paulette Leik, grandkids Erin and Mathew Tate, Zeb and Amanda Vraa, Bethany Vraa and Matthew Marshall, Paul McCormick, Alicia Wolf, and it sure seems like Sean Nichols should be in here, too. Great Grandkids Elizabeth and Cayleb Tate, and Ean and Maddison Vraa, nephews and nieces Tom Parks and family, Kevin, Keith, Karen and Mike Vraa and families, Kim and Collin Gillen and Bridget Smith and all their families, wonderful friends and neighbors Keith and Julie Dale,and lots more inlaws, outlaws and friends we’ve forgotten to mention. You know who you are. Art loved you all.
Please join us at 3pm on Saturday, July 22nd at the Climax Lutheran Church to remember Art.
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Helen Sargent, 77, Ada, MN, died Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at Essentia Health, Fargo, ND. Memorial Mass: 11:00AM, Monday, July 10, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM Sunday with a 7:00PM prayer service at the church. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com


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Alice Marie Mattson, age 88, of Fisher, MN passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Riverview Nursing Home in Crookston, MN.
Alice was born on October 10, 1928 in Sleepy Eye, MN to Joseph and Frances (Prokosch) Earl. She went to St. Mary’s school in Sleepy Eye and graduated in 1946.
On May 21, 1949 Alice married Harley Mattson. Sadly, Harley passed away in 1989.
After graduation, Alice went to work for First Bank in St. Paul, and became a bank supervisor until her retirement.
In 1991, Alice moved to Fisher, MN to be closer to her family. She was a member of the St. Francis Catholic Church in Fisher, MN.
Alice is survived by her sister, Muriel Nentl of Fertile, MN; nieces, Janis (Steve) Williams and Cherie (Larry) Jacobson; and nephew, Jon Earl.
She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and brother, Ralph Earl.
The will be a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m., with a visitation one hour prior to service, on Friday, July 7, 2017 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Fisher, MN. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Fisher, MN.
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Pedro Ruiz III, 22, Halstad, MN, died Monday, June 26, 2017, at his home from an accident. Pedro was born on January 27, 1995, in Fargo, ND, to Pedro Ruiz Jr. and Virginia M. Ramirez. He lived with his mom and sisters in McAllen, TX, and later with his grandmother Maria V. Martinez, before moving to North Dakota to live with his foster parents, Sara & Rick Almer. He attended school in Fargo and graduated from West Fargo High School. After high school he started working for BNSF Railroad, where he had been employed for the last four years. Pedro met MonaLisa Perez in 2012 and fell in love, had their first child, Aaliyah Virginia Ruiz in 2014, and are expecting their second child in September. He loved his family time, being one of the most important things  he valued. Just hanging out and sharing meals with family and watching movies. Pedro also loved music. It was everything to him, when he was happy, mad, sad, he would turn on his music for relaxation. He always said his peace was driving and listening to music. Everyone that knew him, knew that he never hesitated to try something new, always pushing things to their limits. Pedro is survived by his loves; girlfriend of 5 years, MonaLisa and daughter, Aaliyah, his son due in September, Pedro Ruiz IV, sister, Princess Victoria Ruiz, Crookston, MN, half sisters, Jeanelle Nicolce Roma, Crystal City, TX, Mary (Al) Ramirez, McAllen, TX, Virginia Ramirez, McAllen, TX, father Pedro Ruiz Jr., grandfather, Pedro Ruiz Sr., grandmother, Maria V. Martinez, several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother and grandmother. Funeral: 1:00PM, Friday, June 30, 2017 at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home Chapel, Fargo, ND Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000)  
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James (Jim) Alex Sterger, 69, of Crookston, MN died Monday, June 26, 2017 at the Valley Eldercare, Grand Forks, ND.
Jim Sterger was born April 5, 1948 in Crookston, MN the fourth child of Andrew and Ida (Butenhoff) Sterger.   He had many obstacles to hurdle and many footprints to follow.  He was baptized in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, of Crookston.  He attended Lincoln Grade School and Central High School in Crookston, MN.  He was manager of the Football and Basketball teams at Central High School until graduating in 1967.
During high school he worked for the Crookston bakery. After completing high school he moved to Grand Forks, ND where he obtained his driver’s license, and secured a job working at Associated Potatoes for 20 years. While at Associated he explored numerous and varied job duties. He was later employed by Spicer Trucking as a truck driver, for 3 years before moving to the Valley Elder Care, in 2011 due to health problems. 
Jim and his mother Ida, after the yearly potato harvest, would deliver potatoes on a “potato run”, with stops in Renville, MN, the Twin Cities, Staples, MN and then back to Crookston. They would deliver potatoes to Jim’s sister Donna, his aunts, and many nieces and nephews. His big heart would not allow him to take any money for gas, nor keep any potatoes for himself.  He enjoyed doing things for others and refused anything in return.  During his many visits to his sister Donna’s farm in Staples, MN he learned to drive tractor, almost going over backwards, but never gave up.  I guess it was that farming blood instilled in him while a child that made him want to be helping with farming.
Jim was a lovable and very well liked person, making many friends in Grand Forks and the Eldercare home where he lived his last few years.  Numerous friends would stop to visit him and spend many hours with him even after he lost both legs to diabetes. Throughout life and health struggles, he continued to enjoy living and never gave up.
He is survived by his two sisters Donna (Lawrence) Schmidt of Staples, MN, Doris Sterger of Crookston, MN, and one brother Allen (Linda) Sterger of Oceanside, CA, and two sister-in-laws, Sandy (Tom) Sterger of Pueblo, CO, and Boonsong (Roger) Sterger, of Crookston, MN. Along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews, and one terrific card playing cousin Carole Juvrud of Crookston, MN.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Ida (Butenhoff) Sterger, 2 brothers, Roger and Thomas, 2 nephews Brent and Mandell Ferrian and brother-in-law Greg Coklas along with aunts and uncles.
Celebration of Life:  3:00 PM, Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 701 Eickhof Blvd, Crookston, MN. Visitation: 1 hour before services at the Church. Inurnment:  Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, MN. Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

 

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Kenneth Neil Egeland, 64, of Crookston, MN, died unexpectedly from natural causes on Monday, January 9, 2017. Kenny was born on May 7, 1952 in Thief River Falls, MN, one of 10 children of Nels and Philomena (Feist) Egeland. As a young boy he moved with his family to East Grand Forks where he attended school. For many years, Kenny was employed as an over the road semi driver, working for Useldinger’s and Paul Aslakson Trucking. Prior to his retirement he worked as a heavy equipment operator throughout the upper Midwest. While living in Grand Forks, he worked for Close Construction and ICS. He moved to Crookston in 2013. In December of 1980 he was united in marriage to Carol Moe. They had two children, Christopher and Melissa. As a young man he raced stock cars at the Grand Forks Speedway and remained an avid sprint car racing fan throughout his life, attending many races around the country. Kenny will always be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor. He will live on in our hearts as a father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Kenny will be lovingly remembered by his son, Chris Egeland (Desiree Tessier) of Grand Forks, ND; daughter, Melissa (Chad) Starkey of Cabot, AR; 3 grandchildren: Waylon, Joslyn, and Maddyn Starkey; 5 brothers: John Egeland and Martin (Roxine) Egeland of East Grand Forks, MN, Wayne Egeland of Grand Forks, Mike (Georgia) Egeland of Fisher, MN and Patrick Egeland of East Grand Forks; 3 sisters: JoAnne (Robert) Juneau of Longmont, CO, Norma Gregoire of Puyallup, WA, and Diane Legvold of East Grand Forks; sister-in-law, Marilyn Egeland of East Grand Forks; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nels and Philomena; and brother, Robert “Berger” Egeland. Blessed be Kenny’s memory. A memorial graveside service for Kenneth Egeland will be held at 10:30am, Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Bygland Cemetery, rural East Grand Forks, MN. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
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Carol Ann Hoiseth, 73, of Crookston, MN, passed away at her home Sunday morning, June 25, 2017, with loving family at her side. Carol was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 16 months ago, and during every day of her brave journey since then took strength from her deep and abiding faith and the support of very caring family and friends.
Carol was born in Crookston on February 22, 1944, one of 4 children of the union of Orren and Dora (Doyea) Cassavant. She attended grade school at Dorothy, MN and Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls, MN. On February 14, 1961 Carol was united in marriage to Robert Lloyd Hoiseth in Dorothy. Carol and Bob lived in the Crookston area their entire married lives and together raised 3 children: Brian, Craig, and Connie. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; and loved her family dearly. Throughout her life she enjoyed giving her time and talents to various causes in the Crookston community.
Carol was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Crookston, and received the Lord Jesus Christ as her own personal Saviour in 1976. She was passionate about serving as a Sunday School teacher, and sharing bible study at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center. She loved being able to pass on her Christian faith and values to others, and continued to serve the Lord faithfully until he called her to her eternal home in glory. Carol’s beautiful life could best be summed up as, “Christ-first, Family and others-next, Me-last.” She will be forever missed.
Carol leaves her beloved husband of 56 years, Bob; their 3 children: Brian Hoiseth of Crookston, Craig Hoiseth and his wife, Tami, of Crookston, and Connie Sherlock and her husband, Dan, of Crestwood, KY; 7 grandchildren: Heidi (Casey) Rossetti of Dallas, TX, Christopher Valley of Minneapolis, MN, Preston (Karen) Hoiseth of Bemidji, MN, Angela Valley of Crestwood, KY, Todd (Kim) Hoiseth of El Dorado, KS, Kari Hoiseth of Fort Collins, CO, and Kalin Hoiseth of Denver, CO; and 6 great-grandchildren: Cameron, Raelynn, and Madilyn Hoiseth, Makayla Gadson, Charlotte Hoiseth, and Cora Rossetti. She is also survived by 2 siblings, Susan Sylvester and James Cassavant, both of Crookston; 2 sisters-in-law, Sharon Naplin of Thief River Falls, MN, and Marian Bakken of Crookston; brother-in-law, Boyd Goosen of Thompson, ND; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many friends.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Orren and Dora Cassavant; brother, Louis Cassavant; great-granddaughter, Lily Hoiseth; parents-in-law, Lloyd and Hazel Hoiseth; brother-in-law, George Bakken, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry and Diane Hoiseth; and sisters-in-law, Kay Goosen, and Linda Hoiseth, who passed away at the age of 5.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Carol Ann Hoiseth will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Bible Baptist Church, rural Crookston, MN, with Pastor Clayton Doss, presiding. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Blessed be Carol’s memory.
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Donald Daniel Jagol, 95, of Crookston, MN, passed away Tuesday morning, June 20, 2017, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile, MN. 
Don was born Sept. 21, 1921 near Grassy Butte in western North Dakota, to Carl and Thelma (Kostenko) Jagol, immigrants from Kiev, Ukraine.  His siblings were Alec, Mary Lakedon Haugen, Nellie Biesiot, Rose Gaber, George, John, Steve, Amy Andersen, Anton, Peter and Matt.
 He attended the Little Knife Butte School near the family farm.  In 1934, because of the depression and severe drought, the family moved to Minnesota. They lived in Wylie and Dorothy.  Don was confirmed at the Black River Church near Red Lake Falls where he also worked for farmers in that area including Steigers, Hallstroms and Molines.  He enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps, Cutfoot Sioux Camp F-14/Company 707 and worked in the power plant there, forestry, and building roads.  Don also served in the Army from 1942-1945 and was stationed in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.  While he was in the service, his brothers John and Steve, were killed in World War II and his family relocated to Fertile.  On June 4, 1945, Don Jagol and Frances “Betty” Erickson of Hawley were married on the family farm east of Fertile.  They were married for 61 years.  They made their home in Crookston were they so enjoyed their Sampson Street neighbors and life-long community friends.  Betty was a bookkeeper for Bridgeman Creamery for 30 years and Don worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation for 36 years as a heavy equipment operator. 
They were long-time members of Trinity Lutheran Church, where they volunteered in various service activities.  They enjoyed fishing and after retirement spent many summers at their trailer home at Spring Steel Island, Warroad. Don also enjoyed fishing trips to Canada and Alaska.  He liked to hunt and hunted deer through the 2015 season (with a bit of help from his nephews the last couple years).  In addition to Betty, Don’s other true love was working in the woods. He loved to cut, split, stack and burn wood.  Don and Betty did not have children of their own, but were godparents to many nieces and nephews and had special relationships with almost all of their 30-plus nieces and nephews, continuing down to the next generation of great-nieces and nephews, and also children in their neighborhood and church family.
Don is survived by his sister-in-law, Inez Jagol; along with many nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces, and great nephews.   He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; parents, Carl and Thelma; brothers, Alec, George, Peter, Steve, John, Anton, and Matthew; and his sisters, Nellie, Mary, Rose, and Amy.
A funeral service for Donald Daniel Jagol will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, with Pastor Isaacscon presiding. Visitation with the family will be for two hours prior to the service.  Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, in Minneapolis, MN, at 12:30PM. www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Frank Arthur Schmidt, Jr. passed away at home on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the age of 78.
The Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN at 1:30 PM with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating. Burial will be held St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Frank was born on April 7, 1939, to Frank and Angela (Scheifert) Schmidt. He grew up in rural Red Lake County, northeast of Red Lake Falls, where he helped out on the family farm. At 18, Frank enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard for 3 years. During that time, Frank traveled to Japan, India, Hong Kong, Hawaii, and Papua New Guinea. Upon returning home, Frank helped construct missile silos in North Dakota and buildings in the Twin Cities. Eventually returning to Red Lake Falls, Frank worked for Red Lake County, then Northwest Medical Center. He was formerly married to Phyllis (Cusey) Schmidt for 25 years and raised two children. He also owned Frankie’s Refrigeration for many years before retiring. Most recently, he resided with Marlis Burian at the family homestead. Frank was an energetic and skilled worker who enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Lynette Schmidt; son, Matthew Schmidt; granddaughters Sara Tibbetts and Sydney Olds; and siblings Margaret, Andrew, and Evelyn; in addition to in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings Raymond, Harold, and Harriet.
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Ellsworth Todd,
63, Ada, Minnesota, died Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN. Funeral: 1:00PM Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial: Pontoppidan Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
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Jeffery A. Voeltz
, 63, Ada, MN, died after a short illness, at his residence on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Funeral: 3:00 PM Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Schuller Family Funeral Home, Verndale, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial: Greenlawn Cemetery, Verndale, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  
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Doreen E. Nord, age 94 of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN. Memorial Services will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM with Reverend Gary Graff Officiating. Burial will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held on Friday 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Doreen Eliza Nord was born October 27, 1922 in Baker, ND, the daughter of Dewitt and Hazel (Watson) Huffman.  She lived in Minnewaukan, ND until she graduated in 1941.  After high school she attended Minot State Teachers’ College.  She taught school before and after being united in marriage on July 6, 1943 at Presidio Army Chapel in San Francisco, CA to Victor J. Nord.  They had 8 children and lived in Battle Creek, MI until WWII ended.  They farmed near Devils Lake, ND until 1955 when they moved to Plummer, MN to continue farming after their farm was cover by the rising lake.  They moved to Red Lake Falls, MN in 1969.Doreen was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, MN.  She served as President of the Ladies Group, taught Sunday school and was Superintendent of Sunday school for 5 years there as well as Release time classes on Wednesdays.  She also was a member of the Legion Auxiliary and served as President.  She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church since 1969 and served 2 terms as President of WELCA and also 7th grade confirmation teacher. Survivors include her children, her son David (Myrna) Nord of Warroad, MN; her daughters, Sandra Boice of Crookston, MN, Pauline Nord of Spring Park, MN, Cindy (Herb) Gosse of Staples, MN, Kay Nord of Fosston, MN; her 27 grandchildren; her 33 great Grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; her brothers Lyle Huffman and Earl Huffman; her sisters Joyce Nord of  Devils Lake, Ruth Larson of Wahpeton, ND. Preceded in Death by her Husband Victor in February 2011; parents Dewitt and Hazel (Watson) Huffman; Sons Lyle Nord in 1982 and Kenneth Nord in 1997; Daughter Sherry Barlow in 2004; grandson Jonathan Nord in 1985; Brother Duane (Fay) Huffman; Sisters Evelyn Sheets in 1992 and Pearl Plummer in 2005; Son-in-law Bill Barlow in 1999; sisters-in-law Claris (Earl)Huffman,  Mavis (Lyle) Huffman; brothers-in-law Bud Dickinson, Sidney Nord, Darwin Plummer, Zina Sheets, Chester Larson; Nephew Rodney Huffman in 1998. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials are suggested
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Margaret Rosendahl, 97, Ada, Minnesota, died Thursday, June 15, 2017, at First Care Living Center, Fosston, MN.
Memorial Service: 10:30AM, Saturday July 8, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Friday July 7, 2017, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 7:00PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com

 

 

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LilyAnn Evelyn (Flermoen) Roed, 92, of Brooklyn Center, MN, formerly of Winger, MN, died on Monday, April 17, 2017, in Brooklyn Center, MN.  She was born on  April 7, 1925, in St. Paul, MN, the first of children born to Olaus Llewellyn "O.L." and Ellen Ester (Erickson) Flermoen.  As a small child, LilyAnn moved with her family to the Winger, MN area.  LilyAnn graduated from McIntosh High School, McIntosh, MN, in 1942.  LilyAnn went on to Teacher Training in Brainerd, MN.  In the summer of 1940, LilyAnn met Orvis Jerome Roed, while they both worked for a farmer during the summer.
On June 19, 1945, LilyAnn was united in marriage to Jerome Roed (it was his 22nd birthday) in Gosen Lutheran Church, rural Winger.  Their son, Jerome Kenneth Roed, was born May, 2, 1946.  Shortly after, 1947, they moved to Detroit, MI, where Orvis worked for Ford Manufacturing.  In 1949, they moved back to Minnesota to the farm.  Their second son, Leon Orvis, was born February 3, 1950, but unfortunately he died of a heart defect at three days of age.  Their third child, Carol Ellen, was born March 22,1951, in Crookston, MN.  In 1955, the family moved to Halstad, MN, where Orvis worked at the Farmers Elevator, later becoming the manager.  LilyAnn taught at Herberg School, a one room school house, teaching 1-5 grade.  February of 1960, Orvis and family moved to Gully, MN, where Orvis managed the elevator and LilyAnn taught in a one room school, Trail Grade School, grades 1-3.  In 1965, the family moved to Moorhead, MN.  LilyAnn took college classes in Bemidji, MN and Moorhead State University, graduating the same year as her son, Jerry, in 1968 with a degree in Early Education, Special Education and Library Science.  She commuted to Hunter, ND, in 1968 and changed her career path to working in Moorhead, Fargo, and the NDSU libraries until Orvis' death in 1978.  His death shook LilyAnn and she took a job at MSU Food Service (to have a mindless, physical job).  After getting on her feet, she took a teaching/Library job in Argyle, MN, until she retired in 1990.
In 1995, LilyAnn had a once-in-a-lifetime trip with her daughter, Carol.  The Lutheran Heritage Tour with the Wold family members toured Germany West and East, Denmark, and a cruise boat to Norway visiting Oslo and Bergen.  After retirement, she lived in Erskine,MN, Moorhead, MN and Detroit Lakes, MN, then lastly, in Brooklyn Center, MN, in a memory care unit.  She died after a brief time on Hospice.
In LilyAnn's early retirement years, she was always active in church and community life.  She organized the church library, served on the board of Christian Women, organized her 70th Class Reunion, was a Befriender, and always a Bible Study Leader.  She loved her Poodle Mitzi.  LilyAnn loved her family, instilling Christian Values, she forgave easily, loved freely, always organized, a faithful friend and will be missed by all.
LilyAnn is survived by her daughter, Carol Ellen Dyrdahl, Roger, MN; five grandchildren: Anthony "Tony" (Yichen) Rogers, MN; Jorgan Kory (Rochelle), Las Vegas, NV; Jeffrey (Shisha) Lee, Lewiston, ID; Indika (John) Elliot, Las Vegas, NV; Brandon Lee, West Fargo, ND; 15 great-grandchildren: LilyAnn, Xidan Fix; Michael, Zachery, Tyler, Deaton Roed; Trent, Jaden, Lawson, Jordan Lee; Ashton, Preston Elliott; and Ceres, Teigan, and Kasen Lee; three sisters-in-law: Joyce, Shirley, and Arloene; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Orvis; sons, Leon and Jerome, her parents, and five siblings.
Memorial Service: 2 PM Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial: Maple Lake Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN  www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

 

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Beverly Elin Radi,
age 76, of Fisher, MN, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, ND.
Beverly was born on June 15, 1940, in Crookston, MN, to Steve and Frances (Meier) Johnson. She attended Crookston Public School and graduated from Crookston High School in 1958.  On November 14, 1969, Beverly eloped in marriage to Orville Radi of Fisher, MN, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. They made their family home in Fisher, MN.
Bev worked as a nurse’s aide at Bethesda Hospital after graduating from high school until her and Orville started their family in 1970. Later when her children were teenagers, she worked in the kitchen for Fisher Public School.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, in Fisher, and many groups including Homemakers, Fisher Chamber of Commerce, Trinity Lutheran Church quilting, Bethesda Hospital Reunion, and all activities her children were involved with such as 4-H and Music Boosters.  Bev was a very devoted mother and wife.  Her and Orv would travel all over the area supporting their children in their sporting and music activities. She loved harvest time in the fall and bringing supper out to the harvest crew.  Her passion was sewing, including quilts, appliqued sweatshirts, baby blankets, booties, & soft books, mending and altering items for others, and her famous casserole carriers.  Many of her projects including her homemade apple jelly were proudly entered at the Polk County Fair.  Later in life, Bev cherished her time with her coffee friends and loved staying close to home to watch her grandchildren grow.
Bev is survived by her husband of 47 years, Orville; son, David Radi of Fisher, MN; daughter, Melanie (Jeff) Holbeck of Crookston, MN; daughter-in-law Nichelle Radi of Grand Forks, ND; seven grandchildren, Reese and Brenna Radi; Jayson and Mikey Holbeck; and Madison, McKenzi, and Maci Radi; and brother, Stephan “BZ” Johnson of Grand Forks, ND.
She was preceded in death by her parents Steve and Frances Johnson, and her son Todd Radi.
There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Friday, June 16, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fisher, MN. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Fisher, MN.
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Orland “Orlie” Hanson, age 95, died Friday, June 10, 2017 peacefully at his home in Crookston, MN. 
Orlie was born July 1, 1921 in Fisher, Minnesota to George and Mabel (Strande) Hanson.  Orlie grew up on the family farm in Fisher.  He attended rural school and also Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, MN.  During WWII Orlie served in the U.S. Army in the 4025th Signal Corp overseas station in Manila in the Philippine Islands.  After the war he returned to Crookston.  Orlie farmed with his Dad for a couple years.  In 1950 Orlie and his brother George took over the family farm in rural Crookston.  On April 15, 1953 he was united in marriage to Vivian Gleason in Crookston, MN.  The couple lived and farmed in Fairfax Township, south of Crookston until retiring in 1988 at which time they moved to town.  Orlie was on the Town Board in Fairfax Township for twenty years, was a member of the Sugarbeet Growers Association, American Legion member, life member of the VFW and the Eagles 873.
Family, Farming and Friends were all very near and dear to Orlie. He did what he could to help them grow over the years, taking on new roles as he aged the way only Orlie could; with a twinkle, a wink and warm hugs all around. After “retiring” from actively farming, his trips to the field were a welcome sight, delivering Dilly Bars and pops even up to his last days.  He always liked a good game of cards, and shaking dice while visiting with his coffee buddies at RBJ’s.Orlie really enjoyed “living the good life” fishing and spending time at their cottage on Leech Lake. Wherever he went he would make new friendships and many of those being lifelong.  Both Orlie and Vivian loved their family and nothing made them happier than having them all together.  You could never have too many “one more times”. 
Loving family members include six children:  Bruce (Jody) Hanson of Crookston, Corky (Marilee) Hanson of Crookston, Dean Hanson of Rogers, MN, Diane (Steve) Rice of Ham Lake, MN, Gerilynn Hanson of West Fargo, ND, Joyce Hanson of Fargo, ND; 13 grandchildren:  Karna (Scott) Rhodes of Billings, Montana, Brock Hanson, Seth (Molly) Hanson, Marley (Sam) Melbye, Wade (Jessie) Hanson, Wes (Crystal) Hanson, Wyatt Hanson, all of Crookston, Natalie Hanson of Colorado Springs, CO, Nicholas Hanson of Rogers, MN, Nate (Tricia) Hanson of Ramsey, MN, Jordan Rice and Alexis Rice of Ham Lake, MN, Lucy Hanson-Richter of Fargo, ND; 5 great-grandchildren: Jace and Drake Rhodes, Elianah, Greg and Jocelin Hanson.  Also left to mourn Orlie’s passing is two sister-in-laws, Evelyn Hanson of Crookston, Hazel (Donald) Weber of Moorhead, MN; two brother-in-laws, Francis Gleason of Mahnomen, MN, James (Francy) Gleason of Naytahwaush, MN; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.  He was proceeded in death by his wife of 61 years Vivian, a son, Rodney and a daughter, Mary Beth; his parents, George and Mabel; and brothers and sister-in-laws Gilman and Maxine Hanson, Howard Hanson, George and Nancy Hanson, sister and brother-in-law Mervin and Dorothy Wagner; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lowell and Patricia Storlie.
Funeral service will be 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 15th at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Visitation from 5-7 pm with a prayer service to follow on Wednesday, June 14th at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home.  Burial at Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Dale Bauer, 84, of Fertile, MN, and Kountze, TX, died Thursday, June 8, 2017, after a short illness with his family by his side at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. Memorial Service: 10:30 AM Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: 5-7 PM Monday, June 12, 2017, at the church. Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home of Fertile, MN
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Cary Berberich, age 42, of Fosston, MN, passed away on Wednesday, June 7th, as a result of an motorcycle accident. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 12th, at Bethel Assembly Church in Fosston with Pastor Seth Johnson officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Brooks, MN. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Sunday, June 11th, and for one hour prior to the service on Monday. All visitation will be held at Bethel Assembly Church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com. Cary Robert Berberich was born on August 24, 1974 in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota to parents Robert and Eleanor Kostrzewski Berberich. He grew up in Brooks, Minnesota and graduated from Oklee High School in 1993. Cary furthered his education at the Technical College in Wadena, Minnesota, graduating with a degree in telephone repair and telecommunications. He then worked for a short time in Lake Mills, Iowa before moving back to the area, eventually settling in Fosston. Cary has been a dedicated employee for Garden Valley Telephone Company since February 3, 1997. In his spare time, Cary liked fishing, riding motorcycle, dirt-biking with his son, the outdoors, working on home improvement projects, and Menards dates with his fiancé . Most of all, he loved his children and his fiancé dearly. They were excited about planning their wedding day for December 20th of this year. Cary was currently Assistant Fire Chief with Fosston Fire and Rescue.Survivors include his fiancé, Jennifer Fletcher- Nelson of Thief River Falls, MN and her children, Haley, Mariah and Katie; Cary’s daughters, Tashia, Isabelle and son, Isaiha; his parents, Robert and Eleanor Berberich of West Fargo, ND; siblings, Kristi (Mark) Brockberg of Onalaska, WI, Jason (Casey) Berberich of Grand Forks, ND, and Tera (Bob) Christianson of West Fargo. Nieces and nephews, Matt, Josh, Asa, Kael, Jonas, Kellen, Kiley, Brynlee, Hadley and Joely. Aunts, uncles and cousins. Also surviving are Jennifer’s parents, Ken and Joanne Fletcher of Thief River Falls; and her siblings, Michele (Randy) Audette of Viking, MN and Tony Fletcher of Thief River Falls; her nieces and nephews, Shelby, Abigail, Austin, Trey and Khloe. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frederic and Delores Berberich, and Roman and Helen Kostrzewski; godfather, Roger Berberich; and other aunts, uncles and cousins

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Brenda Thomas, age 50, of Fosston, MN and formerly of Crookston, MN, passed away on Saturday, June 3rd, at her home surrounded by her family. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10th, at Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston with the Rev. Paul Magelssen officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Friday, June 9th, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Fosston. Family will also greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are pending with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Brenda Kay Boucher was born on December 22, 1966 in Crookston, Minnesota to parents Valerian and Lucille Amiot Boucher. She grew up in Crookston and graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1986. After high school, she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston for 14 years. During this time, she also attended Thief River Falls Technical College, receiving her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1999.
Brenda was united in marriage to Andrew Thomas on July 21, 2000. They lived in Crookston where Brenda worked as an LPN at Riverview Nursing Home. They moved to Fosston in 2012. Since that time, Brenda has been caring for the residents of Essentia First Care Living Center in Fosston. In February of 2015, she was diagnosed with cancer but continued her work at Essentia until March of this year.
To Brenda her job was more than just a job, it was her calling. As Jeanne Rains put it, “she was a walking servant of God.” She was fiercely dedicated to her work and the people she cared for. She was the kind of person that always put others above herself.
In her spare time, Brenda enjoyed gardening, quilting, knitting and made many baby blankets. She also loved nature and enjoyed anything that had to do with the outdoors. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include her husband, Andrew, of Fosston; three children, Megan (Jasper) Blokzyl of Bemidji, MN, Joshua Thomas of Bemidji, MN, and Ashley Thomas of Grand Forks, ND; two grandchildren, Makenzie and Jameson; three brothers, Dan (Libby) Boucher of Crookston, MN, Doug Boucher of Fargo, ND, and Larry (Teena) Boucher of Fort Myers, FL. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
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Crystal Rose Scott, 34, suddenly passed away on June 3rd, 2017.
Crystal Rose Scott was born to Wayne and Lisa (Fellman) Scott on October 11th, 1982, in Fosston, MN. Crystal was raised and received most of her schooling in Crookston, MN however she graduated from Langdon High School in 2001. During her senior year in Langdon Crystal met the father of her three children, Richard Keim. Crystal and Rich spent many years together in Langdon and Crookston creating a family.
Crystal’s greatest love was for her children. She also had a great love for nature, especially animals; dogs being her very favorite. She frequently experimented in the kitchen, often using produce from her father’s garden. Crystal was fun loving and full of life. She loved being with people, making friends wherever she went.
Crystal is survived by her three children, Enreque, Izabella and Aubriella Keim of Crookston, MN; father, Wayne Scott of Crookston, MN; mother, Lisa Bodnar of Langdon, ND; siblings, Amy (Joe Isum) Scott, Brent (Vanessa) Scott and Steven Scott of Crookston, MN; Dannielle (Christopher) Lill of West Fargo, ND; nieces and nephews, Adriana, Deondre, Isaiah, and Kylie Isum; Landon, Brielle, and Emmett Scott; Wesley, Avery and Winston Lill.
She is preceded in death by grandparents: Alvin and Jackie Scott, Andrew Fellman and Bonnie-Lee Johnson; Aunt, Kathy Hedlund; Uncles, Dennis Scott and Daniel Fellman and boyfriend Noel Schmieg.
We will always carry your memory in our hearts.
Funeral Service will be held at Stenshoel-Houske funeral home in Crookston, MN on Thursday June 8th at 6:00 p.m. with a family visitation at 4:00 p.m. and public visitation at 5:00 p.m.

 

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Valorie Delores Bennes, 92, of Fertile, MN, died on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.  She was born on April 5, 1925, in rural Fertile, to Jasper and Grace (Oswald) Anderson.  She was baptized and confirmed at the Union Lake Free Lutheran Church near her home.  Val attended country school near her home in Garden Township and graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1944.
On September 27, 1944, Valorie was united in marriage to Harvey Holmvik, at Union Lake Free Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN.  They moved to Moorhead, MN, and began their family.  Val and Harvey were blessed with three children: Kelsey, Marty, and Greg.  On July 14, 1949, Harvey died in a car accident.  Val moved her family back to Fertile and lived with Joyce and Juel Tollerud.
On October 27, 1951, Val was united in marriage to Milton Bennes at Fertile.  They lived in Fertile and were blessed with two sons: Michael and Donavin.  Val worked as an aid at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home for many years and, later, at the Rexall Drug Store.  For many years, Val and Milt assisted the staff with daily work at the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile.  Milton died on December 13, 2006.  Val continued to live in her home until August of 2016, when she moved to Fair Meadow Nursing Home. 
Val was a longtime active member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, in Circles and as a Sunday School Teacher.  She had a servant’s heart and was willing to help in any way she could.  Val enjoyed her home, which had to be immaculate, and flower gardens.  As a youth, Val enjoyed singing and sang in many area churches.  She was especially proud of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  She enjoyed hearing of their adventures and worried about them when things weren't going well; she loved, prayed and cared for each one.  Family times were meaningful to Val, especially the large family Christmas celebrations.  She enjoyed the Oswald family reunions, which included a reunion in Norway.  And, she delighted in her cousins who came every summer.
Val is survived by her children: Kelsey (Dick) Braun, Fertile, MN; Marty Nolte, Fertile, MN; Greg (Sue) Holmvik, Ada, MN; Michael (Liz), Chaska, MN; and Donavin (Sara Memmott), Ypsilanti, MI; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Adorine Bennes, Fertile, MN, Eunice Turnbon, Fertile, MN, Gladys Boril, Virginia, MN, and Louise Anderson, Blaine, MN; and several nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son-in-law, Doug Nolte, brothers, Donavin, Dallas and Lynn Anderson, and sister, LaZona Ellegard.
Funeral service: Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN 10:30 AM Friday, June 9, 2017. Visitation: Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN, Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 5-7 PM with a Prayer Service at 6:30PM. Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN. Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN, www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Helen Fisher died on June 4th, 2017 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN at the age of 91 years, 2 months and 23 days.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father Joe Richards Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Cemetery at Plummer, MN. Visitation will be held Thursday June 8, 2017 at 5–8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service with Father Bob Schreiner Officiating at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN and also one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Helen Fisher was born on March 12th, 1926 to John L. Dukart and Elizabeth (Urlacher) in Dickinson ND.  She was baptized in Sheffield, ND.  She grew up 16 miles South East of New England, ND where they were farmers and ranchers. Helen was the second oldest of 5 Siblings.  Her siblings, oldest to youngest, are Katie, Philip, Juliann and Jerome.  They also had a brother named Dominic who went to heaven at two weeks of age.
Helen worked hard on the farm.  She attended a country school until fourth grade and then attended St. Pius Catholic School in Sheffield, ND from fifth grade to eighth grade. Helen lived at Sister School during the week and went home for weekends.  When Helen turned 19 she left the family home and worked at a Hotel in New England as a maid where she cleaned rooms and ironed beddings for $10.00 a week plus room and board.  Helen sent most of her money home to her family. 
Helen was united in marriage to Joseph Fisher on November 5th, 1947 at St Pius Church in Sheffield, ND.  They started out in a sod house in Stark County.  After a year, they moved to Billings County, ND, south of Belfield, ND where they farmed for 20 years.  They raised 13 children in their ND home.  In 1967 they moved to a farm NE of Plummer, MN.  They had a grain, beef and dairy farm.  They had 2 more children which completed their family of 15 children, 11 boys and 4 girls.  Helen dedicated her life raising their 15 children, taking care of her home and reading the bible and praying for her children.  Helen also used her special God given gift of playing the organ to serve others.  Besides playing endless hours in her home, many times with her children around her singing, she also played at her church in Plummer MN.  She played by ear and worked hard preparing for each service where she humbly played each Hymn.  Helen never stopped sharing this gift.  She played for residents at Sunview Apartments, where she and Joseph resided after moving off the farm in August 2007.  After Joseph passed away she moved to The Country Place in Erskine, and finally to Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine. She continued to share her talent by playing organ for the residents to the very end. 
Helen is survived by 14 children:  Clara (Bruce) Olson, Plummer, MN and her children Sean Everson, Todd Everson, Kelly (Jace) Nelson;  Charles Fisher, Red Lake Falls, MN; James Fisher Santa Barbara, CA; Raymond (Marilyn) Fisher, Plummer, MN and their children:  Emily (Matt) Knutson, Erica (Shannon) Miller, Ryan (Emily Johnson) Fisher; David (Shari) Fisher, Chisholm, MN,  and their children Jessica (Paul) Valento, Corissa (Eric) Raatsi; Thomas (Brenda) Fisher, Thief River Falls, MN and their children Korbi (Chris) Thompson, Hayley Fisher; Linda (Brent) Hemly, Plummer, MN, and their children Lindsey (John) Remakel, Riley (David) Johnson; Gerald (Melanie) Fisher, LaQuinta, CA and their children, Clayton and Cody Fisher; Harvey (Marcie) Fisher, Holt, MN and their grandson Holden Engman; Diane (Jon) Anderson, Twin Valley, MN and their children Michael (Allie) Anderson, Matthew Anderson; Kenneth (Ruth) Fisher, Minnetonka, MN and their children Katrina, Tom, Abby Fisher and Lauren Larsen; Bonnie (Bob) Vidlund, and their children Zachary, Hanna and Cameron Vidlund; Eugene (Renee) Fisher, Chaska, MN and their children Braxten Fisher and Meadow and Meghan Leisen; John (Angela) Fisher, and his children Isabel and Emilia Fisher; 29 Grandchildren, and 19 Great Grand Children with 1 baby due in July and 1 baby due in November, 3 Siblings, Katie, Philip, and  Jerome. Helen was preceded in death by her husband Joseph, one son, Paul Fisher, Helen’s parents, sister, Julieann and brother Dominic, son-in-law Bruce Olson. 

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