Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

John Thomas Farley, age 82, of Fertile, MN passed away on April 26, 2017 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. John was born on June 30, 1934 in Portland, OR to Ross and Eleanor (Johnson) Farley. He grew up in Oregon attended school in Carlton, OR. On January 23, 1993, John married Mary LaDema Ryan in Crookston, MN. They lived in Polk County from 1993 to the present. From 1999-2015 they lived on a wildlife refuge in Fertile, MN. John served his country in the Air Force for a period of time after high school, and was based in Greenland. He was then a tuna fisherman in the San Francisco Bay, and then logged in Alaska in the 1950’s. After that, he worked for the railroad for some time and then spent the last 40 years working as a welder for the gas and oil pipeline. John was a very patient man and had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed being sarcastic and loved to tease. He always kept life interesting and loved to fix things. If he couldn’t fix something, no one could. John was always there for anyone who needed help, treating everyone as equals. He spent a lot of time volunteering and would give anyone the shirt off his back. John loved children and had housed foster children. He also loved animals, especially his beagle, Molly. John also enjoyed reading, fishing, and gardening, especially roses, his cigarettes, and his coffee. He was also famous for his chicken noodle soup. John always carried his bible with him. John is survived by his wife, Mary; son, James Farley of Cottonwood, CA; stepchildren, Kari (Brad) Wessman of Fargo, ND, Jay (Tina) Huseby of Bemidji, MN, Jon “Lars” (Annie) Huseby of Bemidji, MN, and Kelly Doda of Crookston, MN; grandchildren, Melody, Laurel, Rachael, Mary, Carma, Megan, Jeremiah, Jens, Page, Janna, Abby, Mya, Jeron, Joey, Jack, and Jacob; great-granddaughter, Scarlett; brother, Chuck Farley of Bend, OR; sister Anne (Jim) Wilbur of Terrebone, OR; and brother-in-law, Jerry VanLoo of Bend, OR. He is preceded in death by his sisters, Kathleen VanLoo and Viola Ramage. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017 with a visitation one hour prior to service at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN.

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Ellen Gertrude Moon, 95, Moorhead, MN, formerly of Ada, MN, died Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Arber Park Assisted Living, Moorhead, MN. 
The funeral will be at 2:00PM, Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Visitation will take place one hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place 10:30AM, Monday, May 1, 2017, Twin Valley Memorial Garden Cemetery, Twin Valley, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)  www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Patricia Ellen (Pat) Dorle,
67, of Greensboro, NC and Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
Pat was born on October 17, 1949 at Pipestone, MN to Jim and Ann (Costello) Paul. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1967. On June 7, 1974 Pat was united in marriage to Thomas W. Dorle at Cresco, IA. That same year, she graduated from nursing school in Rochester, MN. A hospital and clinic nurse for 36 years, Pat was frequently recognized by patients, co-workers and physicians for her exceptional care and dedication to the vocation she loved.
Pat is preceded in death by her father, Jim, and brother, Doug. She is survived by her beloved husband, Tom Dorle of Greensboro, NC; sons, Chris Dorle of Detroit, MI and Ben (Sarah) Dorle of Shelby Twp, MI; grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Conor of Shelby Twp, MI; her mother, Annie Paul of Crookston, MN; and siblings: Jim Paul of Seattle, WA, Marie (Dick) Welch of Cambridge, MN, Ted (Joyce) Paul of Phoenix, AZ, David (Bonnie) Paul and Mike (Peggy) Paul  of Crookston, Margaret Pickett of The Villages, FL, Colleen (Jeff) Mauch of Battle Lake, MN, and John Paul of Grand Marais, MN; as well as many nieces and nephews. Blessed be the memory of Pat Dorle.
Mass of Christian Burial for Patricia Ellen Dorle will be held at 10:30AM, Thursday, April 27, 29017, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN with The Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the Mass. Inurnment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given in Pat’s name to the Memory Care Unit, Villa St. Vincent, 516 Walsh Street, Crookston, MN 56716, in recognition of the excellent care the team provided her.
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Kathleen (Kathy)  Lynn Paul, 64, of rural Beltrami, MN, died on Saturday, April 22, 2017, after a five year battle with a rare immune disease at the Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.
Funeral Service: 2 PM Friday, April 28,2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Beltrami, MN. Visitation: 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN. Burial: Will be at a later date in Pleasant View Cemetery, rural Lockhart, MN.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com

 

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Claire Eleanor Conneran, 94, of Crookston, MN, passed away Friday evening, April 21, 2017, at RiverView Health in Crookston. She found great comfort in her faith and the love of her family, who were at her side throughout her last days.
Claire was born at Crookston, MN on July 4, 1922, one of seven children of the union of Adolphe and Cora (Page) Dubuque. She grew up on the family’s farm, near Gentilly, was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith, and attended country school. For several years she remained home to care for her ailing father, and was later employed at Woolworth’s in Crookston from 1942 to 1944. On October 26, 1944 Claire was united in marriage to Lester John Conneran at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Crookston. The couple lived on their farm, west of Fisher, MN, working together and raising their 6 children in a very loving home. Sadly, Lester passed away on June 27, 1963. Claire continued to manage the farming operation until retiring in 1977 and moving to Crookston. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church while living at Fisher, and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception after her move to Crookston. Claire was a great cook , wonderful baker, and exceptional housekeeper; but most importantly, a wonderful mom, grandma, and great-grandma. Always at the center of her busy family, she was famous for hosting reunions that are still talked about to this day. Her loving heart, infectious smile, and sense of humor are but a few of the reasons why Claire’s memory will be forever cherished by a family so grateful to have been part of her life. 
Claire is  loving survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law: Mary Jo and Lanny Anderson of Vadnais Heights, MN, Kathy and Robert Altringer, and Sue and Gary Menard of Crookston, MN; daughter-in-law, Linda Conneran of Grand Forks, ND, and in spirit, her son, John Conneran, and daughters, Jeanne Conneran and Paulette Hartlich and her husband, Richard. Claire also leaves 11 surviving grandchildren: Robert (Sheri) Hartlich, Becky (Eric) Carpenter, Jon Anderson, Chad (Laura) Conneran, Brian (Melanie) Altringer, Amy Menard, Sarah (Brad) Altepeter,  Rachael (Cory) Oehlke, Tim (Sam) Conneran, Brittany (Patrick) Such, and  Joe Conneran; and in spirit, 2 grandchildren, Tracy Lynn Altringer and Bill Hartlich. She will also be missed by her 16 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Cel Dubuque of Fountain Valley, CA; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Claire is now reunited with her beloved husband, Lester, son John, daughters and son-in-law, Paulette and Richard, and Jeanne, and grandchildren, Tracy and Bill; and as the last living child of her family, her 4 brothers and 2 sisters: Raymond (Dorothy), Reome (Cecile), Willard (Helen), Richard, Vivian (Sarge) Morgan, and Pauline (Gordon) Lundeen. May God richly bless the memory of Claire Eleanor Conneran.
Mass of Christian Burial for Claire Conneran will be held at 2:00PM, Friday, April 28, 2017,  at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation with her family will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Inurnment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
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Kevin D. Hansen
, 61, Ada, MN, formerly of Hillsboro, ND, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. Memorial Service: 5:00PM Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN.  Visitation: For one hour before the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Claire Marguerite Rhode, 70, of Crookston, MN, and formerly of Mentor, MN, died unexpectedly of natural causes at her home Thursday morning, April 20, 2017. Claire was born at Fosston, MN on March 8, 1947, one of 4 children of the union of Donald and Ruth (McDonald) Hanford. She grew up in the family home on Maple Lake, near Mentor, and was a 1965 graduate of Mentor High School and member of Faith Lutheran Church. Her mother passed away when Claire was 12 years old and her father later in life married Lucille Sykes. On December 20, 1969 Claire was united in marriage to Rodney Robert Rhode of Mentor. The couple made their home in Mentor and their marriage was blessed by the births of 3 children: Tracy, Jim, and Bob. For many years Claire was a First Responder for the Mentor Fire Department and was the first female to become a firefighter with the Department. Sadly, Rodney passed away on January 20, 1988. Claire moved to Crookston in the fall of that year and was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was very proud to have received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Marketing and Management in 2004 from the University of Minnesota-Crookston. On August 26, 2012 Claire and Jerome “Jerry” Amiot of Crookston joined their lives together in a ceremony of commitment at Maple Lake.  Through the years Claire was employed by various businesses and her last years were spent as a homemaker. She enjoyed doing crafts such as coloring, painting, and sewing. She will long be remembered for the stash of tootsie rolls she kept in her purse and in a jar at her house, that were for her granddaughters. Claire loved spending time at Maple lake enjoying the sun, lake activities, and the peacefulness. Claire’s granddaughters were the light of her life and a source of great pride and joy. She attended all of their Lady Pirate hockey games and could always be found sitting in the same spot. She made sure she came early so she never missed a minute of play. Claire leaves her family with many precious memories and she will be very sadly missed. Loving family members include her companion, Jerome “Jerry” Amiot of Crookston, MN; her daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Todd Allrich of Crookston; 2 sons, Jim Rhode of Tucson, AZ and Bob Rhode of Jamestown, ND; 5 grandchildren: Tori Rhode, and Erica and Jayden Allrich of Crookston, Kaylee Rhode of Pahrump, WA, and Cassie Bies of Grand Forks, ND; 3 great-grandchildren: Jayla and Brianna Sharp and Brooke Bies; Jerry’s children: Sheila Champagne, Jay and Aaron Amiot, of Crookston, and Joel Amiot of FL; and Jerry’s grandchildren: Mandi Myrold and Nick Amiot of Minneapolis, Sarena Amiot of Denver, CO, Lainee Myrold of Chicago, IL, and Cadin, Maxim, and Dominic Champagne. She also leaves her step-mother, Lucille Hanford of Mentor; a brother and sister-in-law, Hugh and Connie Hanford of Coon Rapids, MN; sister-in-law, Bonnie Hanford Holter of Danbury, WI; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to her beloved husband, Rodney, Claire was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Ruth; brother, Bruce Hanford; sister, Mary Hanford; and 2 nieces, Debbie Hanford and Tammy Spitzley. May God richly bless Claire’s memory. The funeral service for Claire Rhode will be held at 10:30AM, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston withy The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-7PM, with a 7PM prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral service. A graveside service will be held at 1PM at the Rosehill Cemetery, rural Mentor, MN.
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Rosalinda Oliva,
63, of Crookston, MN, died at her home early Monday morning, April 17, 2017, with her loving family at her bedside. She had been in ill health for several years.Rosalinda was born in Saginaw, MI on October 4, 1953, the daughter of Santos and Manuela Maria (Velasquez) DelaCruz. She traveled the country with her family for several years as they worked in the agricultural fields and orchards of many states. In 1979 the family settled in Miami, FL, and in 1981 Rosalinda moved to East Grand Forks.  On November 14, 1983 she was united in marriage to Pedro “Peter” Oliva Jr. in Crookston. In 1993 Rosalinda, Peter, and their family moved from East Grand Forks to Angus, MN, and then to Grand Forks in 1998. For 15 years she was employed in the factory of the American Crystal Sugar Company. In 2013 she and Peter moved to Crystal City, TX and then to Crookston in October of 2016.
Rosalinda loved to laugh and make people smile, and had a passion for dancing, singing, and being outdoors. She was very devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all of her family, and they will miss her dearly.
Rosalinda is survived by her beloved husband of 33 years, Pedro “Peter” Oliva Jr. of Crookston, MN; 3 children: MaryAnn Zertuche and her husband, Victor Delgado, of Crookston, Jennifer Delacruz of Crookston, and Ramon Figueroa III of Crystal City, TX; 3 step-children: Nicholas, Mariam, and Olivia Oliva of Alma, MI; 27 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers: Rojelio Delacruz of Grand Forks, ND, Adolfo Delacruz  of San Antonio, TX, and Juan Mauricio (Kim) Delacruz of Terrall, TX;  4 sisters: Elia Torrez of Brownfield, TX, Maria (Alfredo) Torrez of Angus, MN, Yolanda Sandoval of Traverse City, MI, and Leticia (Jesse) Ortiz of Warren, MN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Santos and Maria; a daughter, Marsha Delacruz; sister, Frances Hernandez; and 2 brothers, Raul Delacruz and Robert Delacruz. May God bless Rosalinda’s memory.
Mass of Christian Burial for Rosalinda Oliva will be held at 2PM, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Augie Gothman, presiding. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Monday from 5-7PM, with a 7PM prayer service, and for one hour prior to the funeral mass on Tuesday. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
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Margaret Mary Jacobson, 97, Ada, MN, formerly of Hendrum, MN, died on Friday, April 14, 2017, at Mission Court Assisted Living in Ada.  She was born on September 8, 1919, to Theodore and Mathilda (Versdahl) Natwick in Leonard, ND.  Margaret attended school in Leonard, ND and Ada, MN. On August 2, 1941, Margaret was united in marriage to Rueben Jacobson at his parent’s rural home in Hendrum with Rev. J.J. Jacobson officiating.  They lived in Hendrum and were blessed with four children: Jerald, Barbara, Ronald, and Deb.  Margaret cared for her family until the children were older before beginning work at the Hendrum Post Office as a clerk and eventually being named Hendrum Post Master in 1979.  She retired in 1988.  Margaret cherished family gatherings and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren always brought a special sparkle to her eyes.  She and Rueben enjoyed traveling, especially with family.  Over the years, Margaret was blessed with many wonderful friends and warmly anticipated coffee time with her “Coffee Group”.   Hendrum church and community life was like an extension of her family.  She loved and cared about many residents over the years. Margaret loved lutefisk and lefse; she fed the birds and was an avid bird watcher, weather facts keeper and an excellent knitter and crocheter.  Watching the Minnesota Twins, Days Of Our Life and news programs interested her.  She kept her mind sharp by reading, using her wit and being as independent as possible.  For her 90th and 95th birthday, Margaret was given a ride around Hendrum on a Harley motorcycle.  She will be missed by all.  Blessed be the memory of Margaret Jacobson.  Margaret is survived by her children: Barbara Elseth Pamperin (Ralph) of Chanhassen; Ronald (Mary) Jacobson of Shakopee; and Deb Jacobson of Thief River Falls; one daughter-in-law, Judy Jacobson, South Pasadena, FL; grandchildren: Jason (Amanda) Jacobson of Seminole, FL; Sara (James) Whitcomb of Cold Spring, MN; Capt. Jeremy (Janna) Jacobson, US Army of Dothan, AL; Lt. Col. Erik (Kristi) Jacobson, US Air Force of Las Vegas, NV; Jill (Jason) Coniglio of Ocean Springs, MS; and Ross Jacobson of Shakopee; great-grandchildren: Jonas Jacobson and Cheyenne Rokicki; Seth and Annika Whitcomb; Gunnar, Halle, Hanna and Megan Jacobson; Emily and Spencer Jacobson; Kayla, Sierra and Alexa Coniglio.  Margaret is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rueben (1993); son, Jerald (2009); siblings: Alvin Natwick, Bernice Radke, and Irene Sandbeck.
Funeral:  Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11 AM in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hendrum, MN.
 
Visitation:  Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 3-5 PM with a Prayer Service 4:30 PM at the Mission Court Chapel, Ada, MN. 
Burial: St. Pauli Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN. 
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Terry Lynn Hukriede, 49, Hendrum, MN, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.  Funeral: 2:00PM, Friday, April 21, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN.  Visitation:  Friday from12:00Noon to 2:00PM at the funeral home. Burial: Halstad North Cemetery, Halstad, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Halstad, Minnesota (218-456-2000)
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William Arthur Persson, age 90, of Crookston, MN passed away at Riverview Health on Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Bill was born on May 8, 1926 in Perham, MN to Arthur and Edna (McGrann) Persson. He graduated from high school in 1944 from Aberdeen, SD. In March of that same year Bill enlisted in the A.A.F. and served in the South Pacific with the Army Air Corp as a navigation/radio operator on a cargo transport plane. He was honorable discharged in November 1946 at the rank of Sergeant. After WWII Bill attended NDSU.
On August 25, 1951 Bill married the love of his life, Marjorie Marie Moran, in Red Lake Falls, MN. They had six children, Preston, Bill, Tim, Tamera, Tom, and Jerry. They lived in Fargo, ND for a number of years before moving to Red Lake Falls, MN. They then moved to Grafton, ND, which was where most of the children graduated from. In later years, they moved to Bismarck, ND, where Bill retired. After retirement they moved to West McDonald Lake in Minnesota and wintered in Alamo, TX. Before retirement, Bill worked as a territory sales manager for Occidental Petroleum and Twin City Roofing.
Bill was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, and a 45-year member of the Elks. He received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Theater Service Medal, the Army of Occupation (Japan) Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Victory Medal.Bill enjoyed golfing and swimming and spending time with family at his lake home at West McDonald Lake in Minnesota. He and Marge also enjoyed being “Winter Texans” at their second home in Alamo, TX. Bill was known for his quick wit and charm.
Bill is survived by his children, Preston (Mary) Persson of Williston, ND, Bill (RuthAnn) Persson of Shorewood, MN, Tim (Kim) Persson of Crookston, MN, Tamera (Scott) Meyers of Detroit Lakes, MN, Thomas Persson of Fargo, ND, and Jerry (Theresa) Persson of Crookston, MN; grandchildren, Tyler, Kelli, William, Brittany, Danielle, Mandie, Alex, Zack, Tiffaney, Ashley, and Kalie; great-grandchildren, Ryder, Bryden, Blake, Bladen, Cason, Xavier, April, Dezyk, Zaelyn, and Luna; and sister, Mary Ellen (Clifford) Kropp of Jamestown, ND.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; sister, Laverne Fleming; grandson, Preston (PJ); and granddaughter, Brooklyn.
There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. with a visitation starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at St. Joseph’s St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Arrangements with Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Services. www.stenshoelhouske.com


 


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Robin Brown
, age 69, of McIntosh, MN, passed away on Tuesday, April 4th, at McIntosh Senior Living. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21st, at the McIntosh Community Center with the Rev. Timothy Lundeen officiating. A time of visiting and a light lunch will follow the service. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
August 27, 1947-April 4, 2017 Robin was born in Illinois and raised in Wisconsin. He spent many years doing what he loved, working as a cowboy and living life by his own terms. That life took him to Canada for many years, where he married and was blessed with two daughters.
He spent his final years in the company of his beloved brothers and sisters in Minnesota.
He is survived by his two daughters, Mimi (Scott) and Danielle (Taylor), three grandsons, Curtis, Kent, Felix and a fourth grand-baby on the way, seven sisters and two brothers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grace and Daniel Brown, and his sister, Sharon Hale. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.



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George Rene’ Kiperman, 77, of Crookston, MN, passed away unexpectedly at his home Thursday, April 13, 2017. George was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 9, 1939. He grew up in Buenos Aires, where he received his education, eventually earning a Master’s Degree in Engineering. He served as a pilot with the Argentine Air Force and later continued to do some flying for pleasure. George came to Los Angeles, CA where he met, and was united in marriage to, Rachel Lydia Becerra on August 25, 1969. Their marriage would be blessed by the births of 2 children, daughter, Lucy, and son, Rene’. George owned and operated his own business in the LA area known as Armex Air Conditioning. In 1981 the family moved to Tampa, FL where he continued his business under the same name. Sadly, Rachel passed away on December 1, 1997. Following his retirement, George helped his son for a time with his air conditioning business. In 2016 he moved to Crookston, MN and had been making his home with his children. George loved to tell his family stories about what it was like to grow up in Argentina. He was very close to his granddaughters and extremely proud of them. His 3rd granddaughter was born on the day he passed so he was never able to see and hold her. George will be dearly missed.
Loving family members include his daughter and son-in-law, Lucy and Fidencio Yanez, and his son and girlfriend, Rene’ Kiperman (Tiffany Aswell), all of Crookston, MN; 3 granddaughters, Olivia, Avita, and Harper Kiperman of Crookston; and other relatives. In addition to his beloved wife, Rachel, George was preceded in death by his parents; and 3 siblings, Hugo, Rene’, and Anita. May God bless George’s memory.
A private family memorial service will be held. The Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with arrangements.
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Sady G. Newell, 91, a resident of Fergus Falls, formerly of Crookston and Fertile, died peacefully on April 12, 2017, at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls, under the care of LB Hospice.
Sady was born December 15, 1925, to George and Clara (DeYoung) Brolsma in Eldred.  She grew up near Crookston and attended school there. 
On October 20, 1942, she married Bennie C. Newell in Crookston.  They lived in Gentilly, Beltrami, Crookston, Albuquerque, NM, and many years in Fertile, MN.   Sady worked at a variety of positions during her career ending as the administrative assistant to the president at the University of MN and Northwest Experiment Station in Crookston, retiring in 1987. Sady and Ben enjoyed several winters in Arizona after retiring. Sady moved to Fergus Falls in November of 2009 living at Pioneer Pointe, Mill Street and moving to PioneerCare in February of 2014. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the care givers and staff at PioneerCare for the loving attention given Sady these last three years.
Sady was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile where she was active in their Ladies Aid.  She was a strong, independent person with a quick wit.  She enjoyed crocheting, reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards (especially whist and pinochle) traveling, and was an avid Minnesota Twins fan.  She collected Delft dishes from her parents’ native Holland and loved collecting spoons from the places she visited.    During her days at PioneerCare Sady was well known for her affinity for M&M’s and never turned down a chance to have ice cream and chocolate. 
Preceding her in death were her parents, George and Clara Brolsma; her husband, Bennie in 1997; one son, Darrel in 2009; brothers, George, Allan, and Herman.
She is survived by two sons, Ronald (Caroljean) of Mapleton, MN and Norman (Ann) of Dalton and daughter-in-law Linda of Green Valley, AZ.  Eight grandchildren, Michael, Meghan, Lance (Karin), Ryan (Kelly), Monessa, Eric (Rebecca), Marc (Kari), David (Alicia), and 14 great-grandchildren Otis, Ridley, Alexander, Caden, Isabel, Savanna, Katherine, Amelia, Parker, Sawyer, Kya, Macia, Siri, Lyra.  Two sisters, Charlene Terpstra of Crookston, Agnes Johnstone of Ada; one brother, John (Margaret) Brolsma of Bloomington; sister-in-law, June Geddes, of Sun City, AZ; and several nieces and nephews. 
Memorials preferred to LB Hospice or the PioneerCare Foundation. 
Visitation one hour prior to the service at the PioneerCare Celebration Center, the service will be at 1:00 PM Monday, April 17, 2017, at the PioneerCare Celebration Center in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, with Chaplain David Strom. Graveside service will be at 1:00 PM Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, Minnesota with Pastor William Beck.  Refreshments will follow. Arrangements are with the Olson Funeral Home of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, condolences may be sent to www.OlsonFuneralHome.com.



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Herbert R. Law, 85, of Beltrami, MN, died peacefully at his rural home Tuesday afternoon, April 11, 2017. Herb was born in Crookston, MN on January 6, 1932 and was the son of Eli and Lyda (Elsie) (Wehmhoefer) Law. He was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Beltrami and grew up on the family farm in Reis Township. Herb’s education began in a country school for one year and the Beltrami School through the 8th grade. He then attended the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, where he received his high school diploma. Herb enlisted in the US Army on March 24, 1953 and proudly served his country in Korea during the Korean War. Prior to his honorable discharge on January 31, 1955, CPL Herbert R. Law was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and Korean Service Ribbon. He returned home and took over the reins of the family farming operation from his father. On September 3, 1966 he was united in marriage to Delores Goschke at Langdon, ND, and together they became parents to a daughter, Lisa Marie in 1968 and son, Darrin Michael in 1970. Sadly, Delores passed away August 24, 1972. Herb continued to farm and on November 8, 1975 married Margaret Oistad of Karlstad, MN. He retired several years ago after a farming career that spanned 60 years.
Herb had some unique hobbies that included his quite large collections of ball-point pens, John Deere toy tractors, and rocks that he found to be particularly pleasing to his eye. He had been a lifetime member of the Beltrami United Methodist Church. The greatest source of joy and pride for Herb was his farm and the farm life, which he shared with his family and loved ones generously. Twenty-four/seven, 365 days a year, Herb’s mind and heart were on his farm.
Herb is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Paul Hatlestad of Erskine, MN; son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons, Darrin and Diane Law of Grand Forks, ND and Dane and Daniel; sister, Elaine Westling of Drayton, ND; nephew and great-nephew, Lee (Laurie) Westling and Eli of Grand Forks; and niece and great niece Beverly Lemke and Alesha, and nephew and great niece and nephew Roger Lemke and Jenna and Brandon, all of Sacramento, CA. In addition to his first wife, Delores, Herb was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Lyda; brother-in-law, Rolland Westling; sister, Helen Gustafson and her husbands, Bert Lemke and Len Gustafson; and nephew, Jerome Lemke. May God bless Herb’s memory.
The funeral service for Herbert R. Law will be held at 7PM, Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with visitation prior to the service from 5-7PM. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council.
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Anita Yanez Gayton, 73, of Crookston, MN, passed away early Friday morning, February 24, 2017, at her granddaughter’s residence in Fargo, ND. Anita had been valiantly battling cancer for the past several months.
She was born at Palacios, TX on July 11, 1943, one of 6 children of the union of Fabian and Luisa (Rodriguez) Yanez. Anita was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and moved with her family to Nielsville, MN in 1959. After attending Climax High School, and later earning her GED, Anita was united in marriage to Edward Gayton at Houston, TX in 1970. The couple first lived in Grand Forks, ND for a short time before returning to Houston. In the late 1970’s Anita and her 3 children: Charles, Susanne, and Lori moved to Nielsville, and for many years she was employed by her father in his local business known as Fabian’s Tavern. She also worked for Spokely Farms helping with the potato harvest and processing. Anita later moved to Fargo, ND and for 10 years was a CNA for the Fraser Limited Group Home. Several years ago Anita came to Crookston and became a caregiver with Eagle’s Nest Group Home for 18 years, and then for REM, where she was worked until just 6 weeks before her passing. Anita enjoyed playing bingo, visiting area casinos, and going thrift store shopping. Her greatest joy in life was being with her kids, grandkids, and their families, and they are comforted knowing that she has been reunited with her beloved parents, brothers, and sister.  
Anita is survived by her 3 children: Charles (Tammy) Yanez of Hope, ND, Susanne Gayton of Crookston, MN, and Lori Zaleski of Fargo, ND; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Dora Yanez of Tacoma, WA; brother, Fabian (Sandra) Yanez of Campbell, MN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fabian and Luisa Yanez; brothers, Jesse and Robert Yanez; and sister, Hope DeLa Garza. Blessed be the memory of Anita Gayton.
A memorial service for Anita Yanez Gayton will be held at 2PM, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
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Elsie Ann Stroot, 99, of Crookston, MN, and formerly of Euclid, MN, passed away Monday morning, April 10, 2017, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, with her loving family at her side. Elsie moved from her home to the Summit Apartments in 2009 and then to the Villa in January of 2016. She was born at Euclid on October 29, 1917, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Jenni) Jeuch. Elsie was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith, grew up on her parents farm in Euclid township, and attended a nearby country school. On October 3, 1947 she was united in marriage to Joseph Donald Stroot. Home for the couple was their farm in Belgium Township, near Euclid, where they raised their 4 children: Beverly, Marlene, Joseph Jr., and Carolyn. For 45 years Elsie and Joe also opened their hearts and home to over 200 foster children, ranging in age from newborns to teen-agers. Life on the farm, and with all the kids around, made for a busy life. She enjoyed cooking and looking after everyone, and still found time for her favorite pastimes, including sewing and crocheting without a pattern. Elsie loved being outdoors, spending time in the garden and tending her chickens and ducks. She was a multi-tasker in a big way! For many years Elsie and Joe belonged to a square dancing club, and loved to bring the kids with them on their night out. She was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Euclid, and a very devoted and loving Wife and Mom. Sadly, Joe passed away on October 25, 2008, just a few days after they celebrated their sixty-first wedding anniversary. Her family finds comfort in knowing that Mom and Dad are together once again. Grateful to have been a part of Mom’s life are her four children and their families: son, Joseph Stroot Jr. and Terri, of Euclid, MN; daughters, Beverly Parkin of Fisher, MN, Marlene Kalsnes and her husband, Don, of Turtle Lake, WI, and Carolyn Myerchin and her husband, Harvey, of Crookston, MN; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her beloved husband, Joe, Elsie was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Ron Parkin, who died on December 2, 2013; her parents, John and Elizabeth; her parents-in-law, Frank and Emma Stroot; grandson, Tim Parkin; and 3 siblings: John (Francis) Jeuch, Josephine (Ernest) Johnson, and Emma Jeuch. May God richly bless Elsie’s memory. The Mass of Cristian Burial for Elsie Ann Stroot will be held at 11:00AM, Monday, April 17, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Euclid, MN with Fr. Emmanuel Sylvester, presiding. Visitation will be at St. Mary’s on Monday morning for one hour prior to the funeral mass. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston.
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Clarice Erickson Bryant was born November 13, 1942 to Clarence and Francis (Lambert) Erickson of Clearbrook, MN, where she grew up and attended school. She moved to Bemidji where she worked at the truck stop, and there met her precious George. They were married January 13, 1962 and then went trucking. The couple settled in Crookston in 1965, and is where they spent their lives. Clarice enjoyed reading, sewing, and crocheting. She was well-known for her afghans, baby sweaters, and her love of crafting. Clarice loved to shop! If there was a sale or she had a coupon, off she went. She was a social butterfly who loved people, and they loved her. Clarice loved to play games and was the reigning Marble champion. She and George were also foster parents. Clarice was a long-term member of the Bible Baptist Church, where she was a faithful Sunday school and junior church teacher, as well as, a teacher of Home Ec at the Christian School. Clarice loved the Lord and became a child of God on March 21, 1968.
Clarice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; brother, LeRoy; and sister, Sally. She leaves behind her beloved grandchildren: Benjamin, April and Jay, Adam, and Georgi; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Darrell and sister-in-law, Caroline Erickson; sister, Ilene and brother-in-law, Gary Nichols; brothers, Leslie and Dale (Smiley) Erickson; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves her only child, Sheila Dawn and son-in-law, Kevin Jerik. Clarice went to be with the Lord on April 8, 2017 at her daughter’s home.
The funeral service for Clarice Bryant will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Bible Baptist Church, rural Crookston, MN, with Pastor Clayton Doss, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. A private family graveside service will be at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
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Pearl Necola Laines, 97, passed away at the Halstad Living Center in Halstad, MN, on Thursday, December 29, 2016.
Pearl was born to Paul and Anna (Hanson) Laines, on August 27, 1919 in Crookston, MN.  She attended Crookston Public School.  She later attended Paul’s Hairdressing Academy in Minneapolis, MN.  Pearl and her sister Mildred owned and operated the Laines Beauty Shop in Crookston for 40 years.
Pearl was a lifetime resident of Crookston, MN, lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, member of the Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aide, and a member of the Sons of Norway.
Pearl was a wonderful baker of delicious Norwegian goodies and orange marmalade.  She was very warm hearted and a great friend to all.
Pearl is survived by a nephew, David (Diane) Morken; great nephew, Jason (Kristin); great nieces, Cathleen (Greg) Krauter, Sarah (Jeremy) Lee, and Rachel (Donovan) Larson; great-great nephews, Jacob and Simon Krauter, and Benjamin, Ethan, and Logan Lee.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Anna; sister, Mildred Morken; and brother-in-law, Stanley Morken.
May God bless the memory of Pearl Necola Laines.
There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2017 with a visitation one hour prior to service at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN
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 Michael D. Lee, 69, Moorhead, MN, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Pioneer Memorial Care Center, Erskine, MN.
Funeral: 2:00PM Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com  

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Steven Mark Nelson, age 59, of Crookston, MN passed away unexpectedly at his home on April 5, 2017. The will be a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile, MN. Inurnment will follow at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Crookston are in charge of the arrangements. www.stenshoelhouske.com

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George L. Allison age 78 of Crookston, MN, passed away March 20, 2017 in Orange City, FL. He was born in Minneapolis, MN on December 7, 1938 and served in the US Army Reserves. George graduated in 1959 from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, with a Bachelor's in art. He retired in 1995 from the LeJune Steel Co., where he worked as a structural steel manager. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston, The Lion's Club, Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. George enjoyed building things and drafting, playing poker and bowling. He was predeceased by brother James Allison. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marcia; sons, Jeffrey Allen Allison, Michael John Allison and Thomas Robert Allison, all of MN; daughter, Lynn Marie Peterson (Joel) of MN; brother, Gordon Allison (Lois) of MN; sister, Patricia Annette Johnson (Ed) of MN; 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grand-children.   A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 5:00 P.M. Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home in Deland, Florida is in charge of the arrangements.
 

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Howard William Heitman, 93, Ada, MN, died Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND.
Howard William Heitman was born to William John and Clara (Letness) Heitman in Crookston, Minnesota on February 11, 1924. Howard was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Pleasant View Church, near Hadler.
Howard started his education in a country school and then, at the mere age of 13, attended Northwestern School of Agriculture in Crookston. Howard lived in Crookston, at the school, during the winter months and then returned to the farm in the spring to help out. Howard graduated in 1941. He then worked on the farm until he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944, where he served honorably. He was discharged in 1946 and returned again to the farm.
On February 18, 1948, Howard married Delores Benesh, on her parents' wedding anniversary, at the First Lutheran Church of Ada. Together Howard and Dottie farmed southwest of Ada until 1978. Although he moved into town and turned the management of the farm over to his sons, Howard was a farmer until the end. He had a love of hunting, fishing, and animals, which he passed on to his children and grandchildren. Howard and Dottie enjoyed their retirement winters at Estero Island, Fort Myers, Florida, where they spent their time visiting with friends and walking the beach. They loved to travel and explored most of the country by car. Summers were spent at Ada Beach on Elbow Lake, surrounded by friends and family. Howard seemed most at peace when near the water. Dottie and Howard recently made their home at the Summerfield in Ada, where he continued to keep watch over Ada looking out the window from his favorite chair. He was an avid supporter of Ada-Borup arts and athletics. Even when no longer able to attend all of the events, he loved listening to broadcasts on KRJB.  Howard was strong, hardworking, funny, intelligent, generous, and loving. There was nothing more important to him than his family.
Along with his wife Dottie, Howard is survived by their five children, their spouses and families: Dianne Ray (Scott) Marysville, Washington, Dean (NeNe) Detroit Lakes, Dwight (Mary Lou) Ada, David (Liz) Dilworth, Dennis (Cindy) Ada, as well as 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Vernice Geddes.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or the Ada-Borup Booster Club.
"Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matt 28:20
Funeral: 11:00AM Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada. Visitation: From 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service on Monday, April 3, 2017, 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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Anna Peterson, age 101, of Erskine, MN, passed away on Saturday, March 25th, at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 2nd, at Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine with the Rev. Timothy Lundeen officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, rural Erskine. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Saturday, April 1st, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Erskine. There will also be reviewal for one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
Anna Marie Peterson was born on September 19, 1915 near Erskine, Minnesota to parents Nils and Theoline Bohn Peterson. She was baptized and confirmed at what was at the time, the “new” Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine. Anna was among the first to be baptized and confirmed in the church. She attended rural school near Erskine and graduated from Erskine High School with the class of 1935.
After high school, Anna worked in Minneapolis for several years and then attended teacher’s training in East Grand Forks. She taught grades 1-8 at rural schools near Erskine, Winger and Fosston. She lived on the farm until 1965 when she moved into town with her mother. She worked in the grocery store, post office and for Garden Valley until her retirement in 1980. She lived in her house in Erskine until 2008 when she moved to community housing in Erskine. From there she lived in The Country Place and then the Pioneer Memorial Care Center where she has been since November of 2016.
Anna loved to travel. In 1956, Anna and Esther and their mother went to Norway by boat and spent three months. Anna and Esther made many trips in the United States and Canada. She also enjoyed driving around with her friends, oil painting, embroidering, flower gardening, reading, and going out to eat. She was a life-long member of Grace Lutheran Church.
Anna passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center at the age of 101 years, 6 months and 6 days.
She is survived by nieces and nephews, Sharon (Ole) Gray of Cambridge, MN, Rene Peterson of Minneapolis, MN, Shirley Smith of Castro Valley, CA, Dale (Linda) Peterson of Bemidji, Jackie (Linda Holmes) Peterson of Erskine and George Ramberg of Bonney Lake, WA; many great nephews and nieces; and cousins, Ragnhild Bohn (Jorgen) Trandem, Thorleif (Bjorg) Bohn, and Arne Bohn, all of Norway, and Helge and Gerd Bjornson of Sweden.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nils and Theoline; sisters, Cora (Ray) Davis and Esther Peterson; brothers, Carl (Fay) Peterson and Albert (Alice) Peterson; and half sister and brothers, Alma (Kristian) Ramberg, Ernest (Lillian) Peterson, Oscar (Letha) Peterson, and Edgar Peterson.

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