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Lee Edward Schafer, age 88, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully at his home early Thursday morning, January 22, 2015. Lee was born in Crookston on November 4, 1926 to Leo G. and Reona (Werkman) Schafer, and named after his father, Leo, and grandfather, Reinder Edward Werkman.
Lee graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1944. Soon after graduation, he entered the US Army and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII. After receiving his honorable discharge on August 28, 1946, he returned home and enrolled at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1949. Lee later attended, and taught, at the University of Denver, graduating from there with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1960.
Over a period of many years, Lee enjoyed an exciting career in the hospitality industry. He was engaged in the capacity of either senior executive or consultant for luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants, domestic and foreign airlines, and passenger steamships, as well as hospitals, universities, colleges, schools, and the Alaska pipeline construction camps. His life’s work provided the necessity, and opportunity, to enjoy extensive domestic and foreign travel. In 1999, Lee returned to Crookston, where he enjoyed maintaining the 120 year-old home of his boyhood, and pursuing his love of gardening.
Lee is survived by his friend and companion of 40 years, past business partner and brother in Christ, Howard Williams; his beloved sister, Carol Jean Fay, and her two daughters, Cindy Lee Arnich and Susan Carol Fay Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents. May God richly bless Lee’s memory.  
The life of Lee Edward Schafer will be celebrated at a memorial service to be held at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 5718 36th Street SW, Fargo, ND, with Pastor Greg Hoadley, officiating. A memorial service will also be held in Crookston at a later date. Memorials may be given in Lee’s name to: Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, PO Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174-001
Online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com. .

 

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Herbert G. Johnsen, 98, Virginia, MN, formerly of Ada, MN, died Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at St. Michaels Health and Rehab Center in Virginia. Herb was born January 17, 1917 in Le Mars, Iowa, to Louis and Mary (Osterbuhr) Johnsen. He moved to Lockhart with his family as a young boy. On December 10, 1938, Herb married Elsie Merkens in Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.  Herb had been involved in farming, automotive work as a mechanic, and some carpentry. Over the years, he worked for Anderson Lumber and Simpson Motors of Ada. Herb was a quiet, faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he used his gifts and talents to serve the Lord. His carpentry skills can still be observed around the church. Elsie passed away in 1993. Herb married Bernice in 1994, and in 1997, they moved to Embarrass in the Iron Range of Minnesota. They lived in the country on a section of land for a time before he entered the nursing home in 2005. Bernice passed away in 2013. Herb is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Marcella Kappes, Marilyn Gunderson, Milton Luchau, Jean Brewster, LeRoy Luchau, and Steve Luchau. He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Elsie and Bernice; and siblings Lou Wayne Johnsen and Evelyn Luchau Johnson.  
Graveside services were held on Friday, January 23, at the Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.  Arrangements are with the Fredrickson-Ganje Funeral Home.

 

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Doris Adeline Tuseth, age 85, a longtime Beltrami-Fertile, Minnesota resident, died at the Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks, ND on Thursday evening, January 22, 2015, with her loving family at her bedside.  Doris was born on her parents farm, near Nielsville, MN, on November 17, 1929, one of eight children born to the union of Tom and Sena (Skretvedt) Waale. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Nielsville and graduated from Climax (MN) High School in 1947. During her high school years Doris worked at several cafes, and did housekeeping and child-care for local families. She was later employed by the telephone office in Climax, working with her sister, Gladys. During the potato harvest she helped out on a few of the neighboring farms. In March of 1950 Doris was united in marriage to Charles Tuseth at Beltrami. The couple made their home on a nearby farm and were blessed with three children: Dianne, Calvin, and Dennis. Sadly, Charles died in a hunting accident in November of 1953. Doris and the kids moved into Beltrami, where she later married Kenneth Sannes in 1955. To their union four boys were born: David, Les, Ken Jr., and Ron. While raising the kids, and managing a busy household, Doris also found time to sell Avon products and greeting cards. She was a devoted member of Beltrami’s Trinity Lutheran Church, taught Sunday school, sang with the choir, served as president of the Ladies Aid, and participated in the ladies circles. Doris was a great softball player, absolutely loved the game, and for many years played successfully on several Beltrami teams. In 1975 Doris was united in marriage to Horace Tuseth at Beltrami. She lovingly welcomed into her life Horace’s four sons: Pat, Tim, Tony, and Perry. In 1980 Doris began working in the Beltrami Mall Café, where she served with a smile for over 20 years. Horace passed away in September of 1999. In 2011 Doris moved to an apartment in Fertile, and then on November 5, 2014 became a resident of Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks.
Doris was a familiar figure at sporting events, concerts, and other school activities over the years. She provided support, encouragement, and cheers to her kids and grandkids, and loved keeping stats for all the games. She was an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan, and could be counted on to share the progress of each game she was watching with whoever was around. Doris enjoyed making quilts for her family and the church, and a favorite pastime was singing and playing the piano. Family reunions were a highpoint in her social life and through them she was able to meet and host several of the ‘cousins’ from Norway. Several years ago she and her sister, Lorraine, made a trip to Norway visit them and tour the beautiful country.
Doris was at the center of a large and very loving family. Nothing gave her greater pleasure than the time she spent with them all, and she will be remembered with great affection for being such a wonderful, nurturing mom, grandma, and great-grandma.
Doris is survived by four children: Dianne (Wes) Brandt of Audubon, MN, Les (Janet) Sannes of Mentor, MN, Ken (Leanne) Sannes Jr. of Beltrami, MN, and Ron (Lori) Sannes of Fertile, MN; twelve grandchildren: Chad (Megan) Brandt, Shawn (Tanya) Brandt, Mandi (Mike) LaChapelle, Kelly (Virginia) Brandt, Carla Roy, Jennifer (Trent) Berg, Sarah Wall, Annika Sannes, Dillon Sannes, Nate (Abby) Sannes, Kent (Sarah), Sannes, and Taylor (Amber) Sannes; and many great-grandchildren. She also leaves four step-sons: Pat Tuseth of Rochester, MN, Tim Tuseth (Judy Davis) of Arkansas, Tony (Mickie) Tuseth of Stewartville, MN, and Perry (Kris) Tuseth of White Bear Lake, MN; together with several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Stella Gast of Ada, MN and Lorraine (Earl) Knutson of Glenwood, MN; a brother, Ole Waale of Thief River Falls, MN; two sisters-in-law, Alice Tuseth of Minneapolis, and Mary Tuseth of Crookston, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family. In addition to her husbands, Charles and Horace, Doris was preceded in death by sons: Calvin, David, and Dennis; great-granddaughter, Josie LaChapelle; parents, Tom and Sena Waale; sisters: Alice Sistad, Ina Braaten, and Gladys Sistad; and brother, Hans Waale. May God bless the memory of Doris Adeline Tuseth.            
The funeral service for Doris Tuseth will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, January 30, 2015, at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile, MN, with The Rev. Philip Larsen, officiating. Visitation will be at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Beltrami, MN on Thursday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service and time of sharing. Visitation will also be at Concordia Lutheran Church on Friday for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, rural Beltrami. Online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Carole Engelstad, 82, Mentor, MN, died on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Riverview Health Care Center, Crookston, MN.  She was born on March 20, 1932, in Starkweather, ND, to Christ and Marie (Svidalsnes) Berg.  Her parents raised a tight-knit Norwegian family, which transcended down into Carole’s children and grandchildren.  She attended school in Starkweather until 10th grade, at which time she and her family then moved to Moorhead, MN. She graduated from Moorhead High School in 1949 and from Concordia College in 1953 with majors in Business Education and Physical Education, with a minor in Psychology.  Her first teaching assignments were at the McIntosh and Fargo High Schools where she taught Business, Physical Education, and Drivers Training.  
 On June 18, 1956, Carole was united in marriage to Clayton Engelstad at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead, MN.  They lived and farmed northwest of Fertile. She, also, taught Physical Education and coached a trampoline team at Fertile-Beltrami High School for a few years. Carole’s following years were spent raising her children until 1971, when she returned to teaching at the Fertile-Beltrami High School, teaching Business Education and Psychology classes. Carole developed and supervised the FB Ski Club, introducing many local teens to the sport.  In 1973, Carole was nominated as the “Teacher Of The Year” and was one of ten Teachers who were recognized by the Governor of Minnesota. During her teaching years, Carole touched many students’ lives with her belief that every young person can excel in life.  In 1981, Carole left teaching and pursued employment at various jobs, including office manager at the Area Special Education Cooperative,  secretary at Polk County DAC, and parish secretary of the Little Norway/Faith Parish.
In the early 1980’s, she and Clayton assisted with the Teens Encounter Christ movement in our region as well as in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana.  Throughout the years, she was active in the League of Women’s Voters, Fertile Saddle Club, Christian Women’s Club, Fertile-Beltrami School Board, and Quilt Club.  In 1981, she and Clayton hosted a foreign exchange student, David Duncan, from Australia.  She was very active in Little Norway Lutheran Church as a Sunday School teacher, Bible Study and Luther League leader, a circle and council member, and a WELCA officer.  Carole’s Little Norway Church family was very special to her. Carole continued to spread her strong faith in Christ wherever she went.
  In her spare time, Carole was a busy quilt maker—she created hundreds of beautiful and intricate quilts that she gave to her family and friends.  Working with her family on the farm, in both her childhood and adult life, held many fond memories for Carole and her family.  Family and friends gathered with Carole and Clayton whether it was for work on the farm or enjoyment at the lake. Carole’s grandchildren have many fond memories at the lake from fishing, swimming, catching frogs, and eating a smorgasbord of food. Carole  taught her children and grandchildren to constantly strive to do better and become the best at whatever life may bring them.   May God bless the memory of Carole Engelstad.
 Carole is survived by her husband, Clayton, Mentor, MN; children: Craig (Cindy), Fertile, MN; Marie (David) Johnstad, Beltrami, MN; Jean (Scott) Tollefson, Fertile, MN; Paul (Machelle), Fertile, MN; and Eric (Tracee), Fertile, MN; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson; brothers and sisters: Bjarne (Hazel) Berg, West Fargo, ND; Norma Vanderpan, Brookings, SD; Lois (David) Anderson, Mayville, ND; and Ann (Ed) Ellenson, Henning, MN; and several nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers: Monrad Berg, Haldor Berg, and Clarence “Chris” Berg.
Funeral services will be on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 11:00 AM in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation will be on Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN, from 6-8:00 PM with a prayer service at 8:00 PM. Burial will be in the Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN. Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Connie Lee (Tschosik) Dale, 56, of rural Winger, MN, died on Monday, January 19, 2015, at her residence.  She was born on May 24, 1958, to Leo and Pauline (Horner) Kuntz in Linton, ND—10th of 12 children.  Connie attended the Linton School until her senior year, when she moved to Wahpeton, ND.
On October 18, 1975, Connie was united in marriage to Alan Tschosik in Wahpeton.  Their son, Doug, was born on March 12, 1976, in Breckenridge, MN, and their daughter, Rosalynn, was born on January 27, 1979, in Mandan, ND.  Connie decided to obtain her GED and work toward a college degree at NDSCS in Wahpeton.  She graduated as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.  They moved to Fertile, MN, in September of 1988, where Connie began working at the Fertile-Beltrami School District as a COTA.
On August 15, 1992, Connie was united in marriage to Jeff Dale of rural Winger, MN, in Medora, ND.  Together they settled at their home, west of Winger, until her passing.
Connie’s degree in OTA was a perfect match with her passion in life—assisting others to improve their lives.  Helping the young or old become more independent brought Connie a lot of joy.  As a friend to many, Connie will be remembered for her generous heart, kind smile, and infectious laugh.  Since Connie was a child, she and her family enjoyed riding, training and competing with their horses.  Being outdoors was refreshing, especially sitting on her porch looking over the lake.  Travelling to the mountains and camping was a great memory.  Connie’s grandchildren meant the world to her.
Connie is survived by her husband, Jeff, rural Winger, MN; one son, Doug (Stephanie) Tschosik, Fertile, MN; and one daughter, Rosalynn (Carl) Berg, Park Rapids, MN; 5 grandchildren: Jacob, Braeden, Amelia, Aliyah, and baby girl Berg; 10 brothers and sisters: Patty McCarthy, Anoka, MN; Leo Kuntz, Linton, ND; Edward Kuntz, Linton, ND; Frank (Shelly) Kuntz, Linton, ND; David (Kay) Kuntz, Hankinson, ND; Wendelin “Wendy” (DeeDee), Kuntz, Bismarck, ND; Karleen (Charles) Weigel, Napoleon, ND; Felicia (Tom) Rocholl, Fergus Falls, MN; Joseph Kuntz, Wilton, ND and Jerry Kuntz, Linton, ND; several nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Robert Kuntz, 2012, and one brother-in-law, Bomac McCarthy, 1987.
Services are planned for a later date.
Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home

 

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Geraldine Flage, of Red Lake Falls, MN age 92 died peacefully on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls, MN with her loving family at her side.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 19, 2015 at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Rev. John Bumgardner officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Monday at church.
Geraldine Elsie Busse was born the youngest child of eleven on April 11, 1922 on the family farm in Browns Creek Township, Red Lake County, MN to Henry and Louise (Weiss) Busse who were of German heritage.  She was baptized into the Lutheran faith and confirmed on July 11, 1937 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wylie, MN.  Geraldine attended country school and high school in Red Lake Falls. 
On June 25, 1946, Geraldine was united in marriage to Lester Vernon Flage at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wylie, MN. They made their home on a farm in Browns Creek Township and to this union six children were born Pamela, Penny, Anthony, Debra, Lon and John.  In 1963 they moved to a farm in Gervais Township in Red Lake County where they continued to reside until 1974 when they moved into Red Lake Falls. 
Geraldine enjoyed being a homemaker while her children were young and then went to work in 1974 at Washington Elementary School as a cook for the next ten years.  At this time Geraldine wanted to be home to spend time and care for her grandchildren. 
Geraldine enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, walking, dancing, singing, crochet, canning, preparing food for her family, and especially enjoyed time with her family.  She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she sang alto in the choir, taught Sunday School, and served with the Ladies Aide for over 60 years.  She was very strong in her faith and enjoyed a trip to the Holy Land.  She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. 
Survivors include her loving children, Pamela (Gerald) Nelson of Red Lake Falls, MN, Penny (Roger) Dardis of Glenwood, IA, Anthony “Chuck” Flage of Red Lake Falls, MN, Debra (Larry) Grebin of East Bethel, MN, Lon (Lynette) Flage of Cavalier, ND and John Flage of Red Lake Falls, MN; grandchildren, Brian (Lisa), Micheale (Paul), Branden (Shelly), Kelsey (Jordan), Paul (Anna), Ben, Heather, Jordon, Alex (Lily), Isaac, Adam, Sarah (Elliot), Jeremy, and Kari; great-grandchildren, Allison, Matthew, Jenna, Nolan, Emily (Martin), Olivia, Chase, Boe, Zoey, Gavin, Gabby, Cash, Charlie, one great-grandchild and one great-great grandchild on the way; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband in 1987; granddaughter, Jennifer Flage; and siblings, Sophie (Ed) Tischard, Adolph Busse, John (Tillie) Busse, Freida (Louis) Zutz, Albert (Lilly) Busse, Alma (Bill) Zwingleberg, George (Elsie) Busse, Marie (Arnold) Lehrer, Lucille (Reuben) Lehrer, Harold (Louette) Busse.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.

 

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Teresa Roseland Hendrickson, age 58, of Bagley, MN, died at her home Sunday morning, January 11, 2015, with her husband, Miles, and family at her bedside. She had been very courageously battling cancer since last April.
Teresa was born on November 12, 1956 at Anchorage, AK, the daughter of Paul and Bernice (Sterbakken-Field) Roseland. Her earliest years of schooling were in Anchorage until the family moved to Crookston, where she continued her education, graduating from Central High School. After working at Mount St. Benedict for a few years Teresa attended college locally and became an LPN. On November 12, 1981 she was united in marriage to Miles Hendrickson at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. A few years later they moved with firstborn daughter, Tess, to Anchorage where Dana was born in 1984. Teresa worked as a nurse at Charter North Hospital. Miles, Teresa, and the girls eventually moved back to Crookston and Teresa returned to school to earn her RN degree. In 1988 the family settled in Bagley and Teresa was employed as an RN at hospitals and nursing homes throughout the area. In April of 2014 she was diagnosed with cancer and forced to give up the career she so loved.
Throughout her life Teresa was an avid reader, and enjoyed sewing, quilting, listening to music, and dancing. She also liked to go shopping, antiquing, and adding to her collection of purses. Teresa loved her family dearly, and her caring and thoughtfulness knew no bounds. She found great joy in doing for others, and that is the legacy she leaves with Miles and their family.
Teresa is survived by her loving husband, Miles; their two daughters, Tess (Christopher) Joy of Bemidji, MN and Dana (Brian) Morgan of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; grandson, Rhys Morgan; father, Paul Roseland (Diann Sewald) of Anchorage, AK; mother, Bernice Roseland of Crookston, MN; brother, Ron (Jennifer) Roseland of Beaverton, OR; sister, Lori (Danny) Newquist of Crookston; sister-in-law, Jackie Roseland of Crookston; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. Teresa was preceded in death by her brother, Arne Roseland; and parents-in-law, Arne and Edith Hendrickson. May God richly bless the memory of Teresa Hendrickson.
The funeral service for Teresa Roseland Hendrickson will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, January 17, 2015, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at the Nora Township Cemetery, rural Bagley, MN, in the spring. Memorials may be given in Teresa's name to the American Cancer Society. Online registry
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Robert G. Brule, 83, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Sunday evening, January 11, 2015, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Bob was born on the family farm near Gentilly, MN on November 30, 1931, the son of Eldage and Leontine (Reopelle) Brule. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Catholic Church and attended a nearby country school. For several years Bob and his brother, Andrew, worked for their father on the farm, and he also served with the National Guard. On April 24, 1952 Bob was united in marriage to Darlyne Youngquist at St. Peter's. The couple's first home was in Gentilly and their marriage was soon blessed by the births of four children: Patsy, Deb, Larry, and Mary. After living in Gentilly for three years, Bob, Darlyne and their growing family moved into Crookston. Bob and his brother, Andy, farmed together for several years and also operated a gravel business. Bob later drove a semi for Arden Leas and then went on his own with Brule and Son Trucking. In the 1970's he began carpentering and established Brule Builders. As his working career was coming to a close he was employed by Structures Inc. of Grand Forks doing building construction until his retirement. Sadly, Darlyne passed away on April 17, 1975. In 1993, Bob moved to the Remer-Longville, MN area and purchased a home on Lake Trelipe, which he spent several years remodeling and turning into quite a showplace. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, restoring antique jeeps, and tinkering with small engines. Bob returned to Crookston in January of 2014 to be closer to his family, and became a resident of the Summit at Villa St. Vincent. He will be very fondly remembered for his sense of humor, which was very much in evidence as he joked with his family, doctors, and nurses right to the end. He will be sadly missed by his kids and their families, and his many friends.
Bob leaves four children: Patsy Fallon of Mentor, MN, Deb Lamoreux of North Mankato, MN, Larry Brule of Crookston, MN, and Mary (Philip) Swenson of Fertile, MN; ten grandchildren: Monica Fallon (Jason Johnson), Melissa Fallon, Bill Lamoreux, Jaci (Craig) Hanson, Nicole (Tom) Lindo, Joshua (Jamie) Brule, Justin Brule, Nick Swenson, Eric (Jamie) Swenson, and Nathan (Krystal) Swenson; and fifteen great-grandchildren: Fallon and Autumn Johnson, Cole, Grant, Will, Max, and Grace Hanson, Kayden, Brady, and Kenzie Lindo, Emily and Brynlee Brule, Olive Swenson, and Carter and Logan Swenson. He is also survived by a sister, Lorraine Amiot of Crookston; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Brule and Doris (John) Polley, of Crookston; two brothers-in-law, William "Duke" (Joann) Youngquist and Don Youngquist of Crookston; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to his beloved wife, Darlyne, Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Eldage and Leontine Brule; three brothers, Maurice, Harvey, and Andrew Brule; a granddaughter, Jaime Lamoreux; parents-in-law, Lawrence and Alice Youngquist; and two sisters-in-law, Shirley Youngquist and Dolly Youngquist. May God bless Bob's memory.
The celebration of the life of Robert G. Brule will be held at 10:30 am, Monday, January 19, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Philip Larsen, officiating. Visitation with Bob's family will be for one hour before the memorial service. Inurnment will take place at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston this spring. 
Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Clarice E. Lovas, 92, died Friday, January 9, 2015, surrounded by her loving family, at Benedictine Care Community in Ada, Minnesota.  A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 17 at the Grace Lutheran Church, Ada. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be at the Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada. Arrangements are with the Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home.

 

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Frances "Franny" Victoria Gudvangen, 76, Fertile, MN, died on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN. Funeral services will be on Friday, January 16, 2015, at 10:30 AM in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 15, 2015, from 5-7 PM at the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Burial will be in the Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN.  Arrangements are with the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home of Fertile.

 

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Arlene Edlund, 81, of Fertile, died on Monday, December 22, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent nursing home in Crookston.  Muriel Arlene was born on August 30, 1933, to James and Verna (Kaffka) Hawley in KauKauna, WI.  She was baptized in Whittier, CA, and later confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Fertile.  After graduating from Whittier High School in 1951, she worked at Sears in the accounting department and later in the office at Helm’s Bakery.  Arlene met Arne in California through a mutual friend.  They were married on October 22, 1954, and settled on the Edlund farm south of Fertile. Their five children were raised on a working family farm growing a variety of crops, tending dairy cattle and chickens, along with haying, gardening, and canning.   
Arlene worked a variety of jobs while an active partner with the farm and family: waitress at the Town and Country Cafe, driving potato truck for Brandt farms near Ada, MN, clerking at Eide’s Store for 20 years, and later working at Variety Plus in Fertile.  While she raised her children, she served as Girl Scout leader, Sunday school and VBS teacher, and Release Time instructor, sharing her love of God with many.  Arne and Arlene were foster parents to three at-risk girls in their home for a few years, as well. This great love of children led her to volunteer in the Foster Grandparent Program at the Fertile-Beltrami School.  She endeared herself to many young students through her love and attention to their education and personal well-being.
Arlene was an energetic big-city girl who grew to love the ways of Minnesota farm life.  She prospered both in the rural setting and in the small town environment.  She spent her days actively engaged in the daily work of the farm, in her large productive gardens, and at her jobs in town.  Above all, she kept her family first, dedicating herself as a wife, mother, and grandmother and accepting and caring for each person with gentleness and patience.  She will be remembered for her positive attitude of laughter, hugs, and selfless action.  She was intent on making everyone feel special.  Her passion for sewing, knitting, and quilting became a personal mission of outreach to her family and countless others in need.  Baby quilts and knitted baby sweaters found their way far and wide.  She made it a point to acknowledge her many blessings and was openly grateful for them. She cherished her husband and loved her family deeply and unconditionally. In later years as her health declined, she continued to be the hub of the family as they cared for her and gathered around her. Arlene was a compassionate, prayerful Christian woman who witnessed for Christ through her example of strength, kindness and faith.  Blessed be her memory.
Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arne, son Rick, brother Jerry Hawley, son-in-law Steven Josephson, brother-in-law H.R. Rouse, brother- and sister-in-law Walter and Lucille Johnson.
Surviving family members are:  daughters Sue (Lowell) Ostenson; Sharon Josephson; Sandy (Dean) Rasmussen; son Donovan (Dawn) Edlund.  Fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren survive: Kris (Chad) Smith and Valerie; Angie (Jay) Morgan and Evan; Ryan Edlund and Calissa, Adler, and Birdie; Eric Ostenson; Scott Ostenson and Mikkel; Kelsi and Houman Ghajari and Zal; Danielle Edlund and Madilyn; Beth (Erik) Fladhammer; Joey Rasmussen (fiancée Leslie); Katie (James) Inlow; Isaac (Hollie) Edlund; Hannah (Ethan) Pilger and Thorvin; Josh Edlund; Luke Edlund; and other cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Also surviving are brother James (Lois) Hawley, Brush, CO; sister Priscilla Rouse, Stigler, OK; sister-in-law Annette (Ogden) Farder, Erskine, MN.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015, at 2:30 PM in the Resurrection Free Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN.
Visitation will be one hour before the Memorial service at the church. Burial will be in the spring at the South Side Cemetery, rural Fertile. 
Arrangements are with the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home of Fertile.

 

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Delores “DeeDee” Luverne (Hamre) Grant, 86, of Fertile, MN, died on Saturday, January 10 at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.  A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile. Pastor Phil Larsen will officiate.
Arrangements are with the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home of Fertile.

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Joseph Andrey Goulet, 74, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully early Friday morning, January 9, 2015, at his residence with his loving wife, Roxanne, and many of his family at his side.
Andy, as he was best known, was born on October 12, 1940 at Walhalla, ND, the son of Joseph Arthur and Lena Mae (Bartlett) Goulet. He was baptized at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Walhalla, attended country school near Walhalla, and furthered his education at the Detroit Lakes (MN) Technical School studying small engine repair. On April 7, 1979 Andy was united in marriage to Roxanne Thomas at the home of her parents in Bloomington, MN. His working career was spent as an iron worker, and was always considered to be a jack of all trades. Andy enjoyed bowling, and spending time with Roxanne and their family camping, boating, taking traveling vacations, and visiting casinos. To family and friends he was known as the ”Big Dog”, and though he enjoyed being a prankster and sometimes scaring people and dogs alike, he had a heart of gold and was at his best and happiest when able to help others in need. 
Andy is survived by Roxanne, his beloved wife and best friend of 35 years; 7 children: Julie (Jon) Garcia of Waupaca, WI, Bobbi Jo Goulet, Jeremy Andre Goulet, and Kelly Lynn Goulet, all of Crookston, MN, Brett Allen Goulet of Bismarck, ND, Barry Scott (Jessica) Goulet of Valley City, ND, and Stacie Duggan of Arkansas; 16 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. He also leaves 12 siblings: Joseph M. (Linda) Goulet of Ray, ND, Deloris Chambers of Crookston, Dorothy Schell of Page, ND, Joseph Earl (Paula) Goulet of Tomah, WI, Donna (Kermit) Gunsolley of Walhalla, ND, Mona (Gene) Hoffman of Crookston, Joseph Marvin Goulet of Mahnomen, MN, Joseph Marlin Goulet of Crookston, Joseph Lloyd (Angie) Goulet of Ogilvie, MN, Judy Ann (Freddy) Cook and Gerald Dean (Denise) Goulet of Walhalla, and Joseph Rodney Goulet of Crookston; a sister-in-law, Pam Goulet of Grand Forks, ND; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lena Goulet; 3 sons: Darby and Darren Goulet, and Poncho Patton; a grandson, Jesse Arthur Andrey Mendoza; 2 brothers, his twin, Joseph Audrey Goulet, and Louis Andrew Goulet; a sister and her husband, Louise Leola (Stan) Foster; and 2 brothers-in-law, Jim Chambers and Earl Schell. May God richly bless the memory of Joseph Andrey Goulet.A Cultural Ceremony celebrating Andy’s life will be held at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston led by Lloyd Goulet. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. 
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Clarice Lindberg-Aagenes, 88, of Fertile, MN, died on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.  Clarice Angeline Gunderson was born in Fosston, MN, to Carl and Alice (Johnson) Gunderson on December 21, 1926.  They lived east of Bejou, MN, before her parents bought a farm near Fosston (Clarice’s brother, Walter, still lives there today).  Clarice graduated from the Fosston High School in 1946, and she began working at the Fosston Hospital.
On June 5, 1948, Clarice was united in marriage to Raymond Lindberg.  They lived in Fertile, MN, where their son, Wayne, was born.  As a family they moved to a farm northeast of Fertile -- Ray was a partner with his brother, Leo, in a hay business.  They attended St. John’s Lutheran Church, south of Fertile, where Clarice was active as a Sunday School Teacher and in her circle. In 1983, Ray passed away of a sudden heart attack.  She had a second chance at love when she met Don Aagenes and they were married on June 18, 1994.  They enjoyed dancing, cross country skiing, eating out, and volunteering, especially with the Meals on Wheels, Concordia Lutheran Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Agassiz Sand Hill Nature Center.  In 2013, Clarice and Don moved to Summerfield Apartments, Fertile, and, later, Clarice moved to Fair Meadow Nursing Home in 2014.
Clarice loved being a wife and mother.  She loved everything about family and homemaking.  Baking, cooking, cleaning, gardening, canning and serving her family came naturally to her.  Traveling around the country, with her friends and family developed treasured memories for her

Clarice is survived by her husband, Donald, Fertile; one son, Wayne (Janis) Lindberg, Minnetonka, MN; step-children: David (Patricia) Aagenes, Britt, MN, and Vickie Parise, Eveleth, MN; one brother: Walter Gunderson, Fosston, MN; one sister-in-law, Gladys Lindberg, Fertile; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; several nephews, nieces, and cousins.  She is preceded by her parents and husband, Raymond.
Funeral services are planned for Tuesday, January 13, 2014 at 11 am, Visitation beginning at 10 am, at the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.
Burial will be in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN. Arrangements are with the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home of Fertile, MN. Visit www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Gordon O. Skretvedt, age 91, died January 2, 2015, at Benedictine Care Community in Ada, Minnesota. 
Gordon was born in Nielsville, Minnesota, second son of Thom and Lillian Skretvedt. He attended and graduated high school from Caledonia, North Dakota.  Following high school he enlisted in the Navel Service and was initially stationed in New London, Connecticut.  During this time he met and married his sweetheart, Janet Lee of Gary, Minnesota.  Their married life began on May 12, 1945.  During his military service he was also stationed in Oakland, California and became Radioman 3rd class in the submarine service.  He received an honorable discharge on March 6, 1946.
Gordon and Janet raised 5 children: Ronald Leslie 1946, Craig Bryant 1948, Colleen Rochelle 1952, Meridee Jo 1955, and Kristi Lee 1962.  Gordon was acting City Clerk for Ada from 1957 until he retired in 1984.
Throughout his life, Gordon was an active and generous member of the church and community. He was always there for his family and adored his grandchildren! Those who knew Gordy, loved his ability to tell a good story or Norwegian joke.  He was also an avid reader, wood craftsman, gardener, and together with his wife, travelled many places.  Music moved Gordon; when he felt a good beat he couldn’t resist tapping his foot or getting up to dance.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother Vernon, and his spouse Charlotte, daughter Colleen, and sons Ronnie and Craig.   He is survived by his wife Janet, devoted wife of 69 years, brothers Spencer (Zelda) of California City, CA, and Merlin (Daphne) of St. Lois, MO; sister Arlene Miller of Moorhead, MN; daughters Meridee Hodges, Chicago, IL, and Kristi (Jack)Tsahalis,  Eagan, MN; grandsons Andrew (Jane), John (Rachel), Philip, Jackson; and great-grandchildren Paul, Jacob, and Jillian.
Gordon’s family is requesting people to share a special memory they have of Gordon to be used as part of the memorial service.  If you would be so kind to send these by January 17 to ktsahalis@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us or the Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home website
www.fredriksonfh.com. May his memory be eternal, “Kan hans minne vaere evig”
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Harriet Lundby, 92, Fertile, MN, died suddenly on Friday, January 2, 2015, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN.
Harriet was born on July 16, 1922, in Fertile, the daughter of Herman and Mabel (Danielson) Lindberg.  She attended Pleasant View School-District #97. Learning came easy for Harriet, so she was allowed to skip a grade, resulting in high school graduation from Mentor (MN)
High School at age 16 with Salutatorian honors. She went to teacher’s training class in East Grand Forks, MN, which provided her a license to teach in a country school. She was hired at District #156 in Woodside Township at $65.00 per month for an 8 month school year. She taught 17 students, grades 1-8, all in one room for 2 years.
On June 14, 1942, Harriet was united in marriage to Paul Lundby in Tacoma, WA. Four daughters were born to this marriage. After Paul returned from his military service obligations in the Aleutian Islands, they rented a few small farms in Woodside Township. They bought the Rolland farm in Garfield Township northeast of Fertile, where they lived from 1956-1996, making many improvements to “Make their house a home.”
Harriet worked for the Crop Reporting Service of Minnesota from 1972 until she retired in 1992, interviewing farmers to gain agricultural statistics. In 1996, Fertile became their home together until Paul died on October 2, 2000. She continued to live there until moving to assisted living in October 2013, followed by a move to Fair Meadow Nursing Home in January 2014.
Harriet was known to all as happy, upbeat, and a positive person of strong faith. She was involved in many activities at Little Norway Lutheran Church. She loved reading, doing crossword puzzles and quilting. She also loved cooking and baking for her family. She was always willing to help, to listen and to share. Her family looked forward to the annual “lefse-making” weekend. Visits from her family and friends always brought her great joy.
Harriet is survived by Sharon (Allan) Englestad, Mentor, MN, Barb Brosowske, Fargo, ND, Becky (Dave) Hunter, Groton, SD, George (Nancy) Dahl, Fergus Falls, MN; her 12 grandchildren and spouses; 12 great-grandchildren, and soon to be 13; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father in 1966, her mother in 1974, husband Paul, one brother Dennis in 1987, daughter LoAnn in 1983, son-in-law Steve Brosowske in 1998, and son-in-law Rob Luecke in 2007.
“God bless the memory of this great woman of faith.”
Funeral: 11:00 Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, MN. Visitation: Monday from 5-7PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, and one hour before the funeral at the church. Burial: Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN.  Arrangements with Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, MN   218-945-6141 www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Evelyn (Kroshus) Gilbertson, age 84 of Ada, MN passed away suddenly on Monday, December 29, 2014, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.
Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, January 2, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Friday from 9:30am until the time of the funeral at the church. Burial:  Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota. www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Alma Vernice Davis, age 88, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully late Sunday evening, December 28, 2014, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, with her loving family at her side.
Alma Johnson was born on February 11, 1926 at Holt, MN, one of seven children of the union of Gilbert and Clara Johnson. She grew up at Holt and attended school there. On November 23, 1945 Alma was united in marriage to Ernest H. Davis at Halma, MN. Alma and Ernest made their first home at Warren, MN where she and her sister owned the Spot Café and he worked as a heavy equipment operator. They later moved to Grand Forks and then in the early 1960’s to Crookston with daughters, Rosemary and Ramona. Alma helped with the potato harvest for a few years and eventually became one of the first employees to work at the new potato processing plant in Crookston called Jiffy Fry. The company later became known as J.R. Simplot. After a fire caused the company to shut down local operations, Alma began employment with the housekeeping department of Riverview Hospital. She retired in 1980 due to health issues. Ernest passed away on August 26, 1987.
Throughout her life one of Alma’s favorite pastimes was “digging in the dirt” and growing beautiful flowers that were the envy of the neighborhood. She looked forward to spending time with her family, baking for them, and embroidering towels for ‘everyone’! She spoiled her pet kitty called “Kitty”, and considered her to be a part of the family as well. Alma was baptized at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Crookston and dedicated her life to their work and all of the wonderful friendships she formed there. Her love for her family was unconditional and through her faith Alma lived a life of quiet strength, tenderness, and wisdom. May her memory be blessed.
Alma’s family members include her daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Larry Gruhot of Crookston, MN; Nancy Pilger of Willow River, MN, who she considered to be a daughter; a son-in-law, Julius “Jib” Shimpa of Erskine, MN; 8 grandchildren: Renae (Dan) Sistad of Fosston, MN, Robert (Margaret) Shimpa of Hutchinson, MN, Julie Gund of Lumberton, TX, Joy Larson of Crookston, Heather (Blaine) LeNoir of Grand Forks, ND, Heidi (Clifford) Mann of Phoenix, AZ, Holly (John) Evitts of Roseau, MN, and Nick Gruhot of Crookston; 16 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Ernest, her beloved husband of 41 years, Alma was preceded in death by her daughter, Ramona “Dollie” Shimpa; parents, Gilbert and Clara; and 6 siblings: Clifford and Olaf Johnson, and Gertie Robison, Polly Peterson, Gilma Boucher, and Anna Flake.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Alma Vernice Davis will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, January 2, 2015, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1727 Widman Lane, Crookston, MN, with Larry Peterson, presiding.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Juan A. Gomez age 49 of Crookston, MN passed away on Saturday at his home in Crookston.
Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Resurrection Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MN Visitation:  4:00 to 8:00 with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 in Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN Online Guestbook at www.dandahlfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

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Roger D. Osmondson, 62, of Fertile, MN, died on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at the Sandford Medical Center, Fargo, ND.  He was born on June 5, 1952, to Conrad and Olga (Bakke) Osmondson in Crookston, MN and grew up on the family farm near Union Lake. He attended and graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1970.  Roger went on to attend Moorhead Technical College, graduating in 1973 with a degree in diesel mechanics.  After graduation, he was hired by Caterpillar in Denver, Colorado, as a diesel mechanic.
On October 28, 1973, Roger was united in marriage to Carol Gredvig at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile.  They lived in Aurora, CO until December 1976, when they returned to Fertile.  At that time, Roger and his brother Greg operated Beltrami Diesel and Auto for a couple of years. On May 18, 1981, a daughter, Kari, was born.  In the 1980’s Roger worked for Melvin Wang Trucking as a mechanic. Since then, he was a self-employed mechanic and worked for area farmers.
Roger enjoyed fishing on area childhood lakes, hunting, camping, and watching old western movies and TV shows. He took pride in planting and caring for the vegetable garden, especially measuring row width for straightness.  Mechanics came naturally to Roger.  Intuitively, Roger would know what was needed to fix, restore, and create mechanical things.  Being outside enjoying the seasons, observing the wildlife, and watching the sunrise and sunset was where Roger was most comfortable. He often took his best canine friend, Remy, on four-wheeler rides touring the countryside.  Roger appreciated a simple and unpretentious lifestyle and was kind and generous, always helping others.  He cherished his family, especially his daughter, Kari.
Roger is survived by his wife, Carol, Fertile; one daughter, Kari Osmondson, St. Cloud, MN; three brothers: Jerry (Carol), Fertile, MN; Ron, Red Lake Falls, MN; and Greg, Erskine, MN; two aunts: Joyce Sannes, Fertile, and Grace Pederson, Minneapolis, MN; several nephews, nieces, and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda (2000).
Memorial services will be on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at 10:30 am at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN.  Visitation will be on Friday, January 2, 2015, from 5-7 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Burial will be in the spring at the Union Lake Free Lutheran Cemetery, rural Winger, MN. Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Anne (Grenier, Weber) St. Yves, 99, of Crookston, MN died on December 27th 2015 at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston.
Anne, the daughter of Eugene and Alyda (Laliberte) Grenier, was born on October 28, 1915 in rural Red Lake Falls, MN.  She graduated from Red Lake Falls Highs School in 1934 and went on to get her teaching certificate.  She taught for several years around the area.  She met Harold Weber while working for P. A. Brule. They were united in marriage on April 10, 1939 at St. Joseph’s church in Red Lake Falls.  They moved a few times before Settling on their farm in Fairfax Township where they raised their five children.
Anne was very busy, not only helping on the farm, but also working at Sears and being a substitute bus driver.  She was active in the Top 20 Home Makers Club, Who’s Who 4-H Club, and The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception’s Ladies Aid.
Three years after Harold’s death she sold the family farm, moved to Crookston and then to Red Lake Falls.  On February 6, 1978 she married Wallace (Wally) St. Yves.  They spent their winters in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, she continued to go even after Wally’s death in 1983.  Eventually she moved to Texas to live year round where she continued with her hobbies of sewing, quilting, crafting, and playing cards.
Anne returned to Crookston in 1998, after her brief marriage to William Threlkeld III.  Due to Anne’s declining health, she moved to the Villa St. Vincent nursing home in 2010.
Anne is survived by her children: Richard (Jeanne) Weber of Ramsey MN, Geraldine “Geri” (Don) Swem of Neosho MO, Karen (Richard) Knutson of Rosemount MN, Wayne (Rose) Weber of Crookston MN, and Keith Weber of Lake Park IA; step children:  Duane St. Yves, Theresa St. Yves, and Debbie (Wayne) Dohman all of Grand Forks; grandchildren:  Richard “Cliff” (Leanna) Weber, Angela Jackson, Susan Swem, Brenda (Duane) Chester, Daniel (LaShay) Swem, Scott (Mary) Knutson, Jennifer Knutson, Robert (Jenipher) Weber, Terri (Travis) Johnson, Corrina Doyea, Rebecca (Paul) Collette, Roxanne (Charles) Johnson, Valerie (Kevin) Leiser, Harold Weber, Cynthia (Jared) Wentz, Tim Weber, Mike (Misty) Weber, Mindy Weber, David Weber, and Aaron Weber;  Step grandchildren:  Joseph Dohman, Travis Dohman, and Nick Dohman; 31 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; brother-in-law:  Gilbert Weber; sister-in-law:  Lillian Grenier; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husbands’ Harold and Wally, Anne was preceded in death by her parents:  Eugene and Alyda Grenier; two brothers:  John “Bob” and Donald Grenier; two sisters:  Cecile Magnan and Eileen Grenier; one daughter-in-law:  Linda Weber; three granddaughters:  Laurie, Deanna, and Sheri Weber; two grandsons:  Dennis Swem and Patrick Weber; and one great grandson:  Nicholas Collette.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Anne will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 3, 2015, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, presiding.  Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday 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 Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Allan Adolph Wigand, 77, of Crookston, MN, died Thursday, December 25, 2014, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND after a brief illness. Allan was born in Crookston on May 12, 1937, the son of Adolph and Edythe (Saunders) Wigand, and was a graduate of Crookston Central High School. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in March of 1960 and served with Minnesota’s 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry, for over 20 years. During his career with the Guard Allan was awarded the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the MN State Service Medal with 20 Year Clasp, the M16 Sharpshooter Badge, and the 81 mm Mortar Expert Badge. He received his honorable discharge, with the rank of MSGT, on September 1, 1981. In civilian life Allan was the Minnesota sales representative for the Cutler-Magner Salt Company for over 30 years, until his retirement in 2002. He was united in marriage to Emilee Anderson at Crookston and from their union 3 sons were born: Allan Jr. who died at the age of 5 days on November 23, 1958, Wesley, and Erick.
Allan was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, and also held memberships in the Crookston VFW and American Legion Posts. He was also a longtime member and past-president of Eagles Aerie 873. Several years ago Allan helped found the Crookston Gun Club and was a past-president of that organization. Over the years he won several awards for his expert marksmanship at trap shooting events around the area. Allan will be very sadly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his soul-mate of 22 years, Lorraine VanderWeg of Crookston, MN; sons, Wesley of Moorhead, MN and Erick of Bemidji, MN; two granddaughters, Brittney and Kjersten; sister, Sandra Skornicka of Crookston; niece, Laura Skornicka and her children, Brian, Kaitlyn, and Aiden, of Climax, MN; and Lorraine’s children: Carolyn (James) Taylor of Hartland, WI, Lee O’Malley of South Milwaukee, WI, Laurie Wozniak of Columbia, SC, Michael VanderWeg of South Milwaukee, and Nancy (Larry) Bores of Milwaukee, WI; and other relatives. In addition to his infant son, Allan Jr., he was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Edythe; a brother-in-law, Edward Skornicka; Lorraine’s son-in-law, Lt. Col. Arthur Wozniak, and son, Peter VanderWeg, who was killed in action in Viet Nam.  May God bless Allan’s memory.    
The funeral service for Allan Adolph Wigand will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston with The Rev. Michelle Miller, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and the Minnesota National Guard Honors Unit, Moorhead, MN. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, in the spring. Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com..

 

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Beverly Jean Peltier, 83, of Crookston, MN, died early Friday morning, December 26, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. She had been a resident of the Villa since August of 2012. Beverly was born in Crookston on April 9, 1931, the only child of Lawrence and Mildred (Schuler) Williams. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and received her early education in the Crookston public schools. Bev spent her junior and senior years as a student at Bethany Lutheran High School in Mankato, MN, graduating in 1949. She returned to Crookston and was employed at Montague’s Flower Shop until her marriage to Duane Byron Peltier on October 7, 1950. Their marriage was blessed by the births of 4 children: Larry, Jim, Kathy, and Lori. Bev was very involved in all of the kids activities while they were growing up. As they were getting older she spent 10 years working as a dental assistant for Dr. Frank Jung. Sadly, Duane passed away on July 7, 2006.
Beverly was a devoted member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. She enjoyed baby-sitting her grandchildren, and the special times spent with Duane and all the kids at Lake McConaughy, near Ogallala, NB. Her favorite pastimes included knitting afghans and dishcloths, reading biographies and mysteries, working crossword puzzles, and baking. Beverly’s life was a blessing to her family and she will be missed beyond measure.
Bev leaves her 4 children: Larry (Sarah) Peltier of Cashton, WI, Jim (Mary Jo) Peltier of East Grand Forks, MN, Kathy (Bruce) Boland of Brainerd, MN, and Lori (Don) Morgan of Crookston, MN; 8 grandchildren: Nicole (Jack) Morrison, Natalie, Nathan, and Colton Peltier, Drew and Maggie Boland, and Josh and Eric Morgan; and 3 great-grandchildren: Maya, Marayah, and Jackson. May God richly bless the memory of Beverly Jean Peltier.  
A memorial service celebrating the life of Beverly Peltier will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

 

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Mildred Julia Stene, 89, Ada, MN, died on December 24, 2014, at the Benedictine Care Community, Ada, MN.  She was born on October 23, 1925, to Theodore and Albertina (Opgrande) Aanenson at home in Anthony Township, Norman County.  Millie was baptized and confirmed at the East Marsh River Lutheran Church, Anthony.  She attended District 103 Country School near her home.  Following her schooling, Millie worked on the farm and in the Halstad and Ada area.  Millie worked and managed the Green Lantern Restaurant, in Ada, with her sister, Gladys in the 1950’s.
On March 23, 1957, Millie was united in marriage to Adolph Stene at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada.  They lived in the rural Halstad area until 1969, when they moved to Ada.  She worked at various jobs before being employed at the Ada Hospital as a cook in the early 1970’s.  Millie worked there until retiring in 1990.  Adolph died on June 26, 1999, and Millie entered the Benedictine Care Community in 2011.
A smile greeted everyone Millie met.  Her uplifting spirit was contagious and she always wanted to know all about the person she met.  Making fantastic donuts, lefse, and white sugar cookies kept her busy and other’s smiling.  The Senior Citizens Center was a joy and great time for Millie to visit with family and friends.  In all that Millie did, she had family in mind.  As a family they gathered at one another’s homes often to celebrate an occasion or just to be in each other’s presence.
May God richly bless her memory in our hearts.
Millie is survived by two daughters, Lisa (James) Moen, Brooklyn Park, MN; and Linda (Rick) Bollaert, Chaska, MN; a son, David Allen Stene, Ada; two granddaughters: Lauren and Taylar Bollaert; one brother, Allen (Virginia) Aanenson, Ada, MN; and many nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and four brothers: Norman, Arthur, Tennie, and Elmer, and one sister, Gladys Renfrew.

 

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Barbra C. Hassel,  74, Twin Valley, MN, died peacefully with her family at her side, on Friday, December 19, 2014, at Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.  She was born on February 4, 1940, to Lloyd and Bertha (Flaw) Ystenes in Mahnomen, MN.  Barbra was a baptized and later confirmed at Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal.  She attended Oak Grove Country School near her home until 1951, when she continued her education and graduated from the Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1958. On July 5, 1958, Barbra was united in marriage to Lloyd Hassel at Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN.  They moved to Minneapolis, MN, in 1962.  Barbra cared for her children, while working at various part time jobs.  In 1963, she graduated from the Minneapolis Business College.  Barbra began a long career, about 25 years, working at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis.  In 1981, her husband, Lloyd, died.  Barbra moved to North Hollywood, CA, for three years before returning to Minneapolis in 1989.  She was employed by the Federal Reserve Bank and retired in 1995.  Barbra moved to a home she bought near Twin Valley, MN.  In 2004, Barbra earned her Licensed Practical Nursing degree and worked in area nursing homes. Being in the outdoors always brought life to Barbra.  She loved her gardens of vegetables and flowers.  Caring for her lawn and trees gave her a sense of accomplishment.  Dogs were a big part of Barbra’s life and she loved each of them.  In the early mornings, she would sit on her back porch as the sun rose over the horizon and watch the deer graze.  Her greatest love in life has been her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Barbra is survived by two sons: Lynn, Minneapolis, MN and Bryan (Shirley), Bejou, MN; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; her longtime companion, Joe Walker, Twin Valley; three sisters: Lenora Hanson, Detroit Lakes, MN; Linda (Roger) Hagen, West Fargo, ND; and Charlotte (Raymond) Kraft, Gary, MN; and several nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two infants: baby girl Hassel (1962) and baby boy Hassel (1965) and one brother, Lloyd Ystenes Jr.
Funeral: 11:00 Saturday, December 27, 2014, Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN.
Visitation: Friday from 5-7PM at Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, and one hour before the funeral at the church.
Burial: Norman Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, MN

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