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Emilie Genevieve Skjerven, 78 of Plummer, MN went home to her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, while enjoying life with one of her close friends, Carol. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, November 20, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, MN with a 7:00 P.M. prayer service and at the church for one hour prior to services on Tuesday.  Funeral service to celebrate Emilie’s life will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer.  Burial will follow at Emardville Cemetery, rural Plummer, MN. Emilie Genevieve Flatgard was born on January 19, 1939 in Mountain Lake, MN, the daughter of Ingman Anton and Annie Theoline (Larson) Flatgard.  She was baptized at Bethany Lutheran Church near Bergen, MN and was confirmed in 1954 at Salem Lutheran Church of rural Oklee, MN.  She attended a country elementary school near Windom, MN and in 1948 moved with her family to Oklee, MN.  Emilie graduated from Oklee High School with the class of 1957 and then took her Teachers Training in Thief River Falls. On July 11, 1959, Emilie was united in marriage to Jerry Skjerven at Salem Lutheran Church near Oklee, MN.  To this union 5 children were born, Michael, Melanie, Kathy, Karen and Jerry.  They eventually settled on a farm in Emardville Township where Emilie lived the rest of her life. Emilie taught music and worked as a Teacher’s Aide at Plummer Elementary School prior to owning and operating the Homeplate Café and Laundromat from 1974-1984 in Plummer, MN.  She also cooked for 19 years at Oakland Park Nursing Home in Thief River Falls, MN. Emilie loved her family and friends, and spending time with her grandchildren!  She was always there for their sporting events and enjoyed cheering them on - WHOO, WHOO, WHOO, WHOO!  Emilie enjoyed quilting, baking, polka dancing, playing whist & bingo, and admiring her gazing balls in her flower gardens.  She was always smiling, laughing and led a very social life.  Emilie had an infectious laugh!  With her there was never a dull moment, her personality was fun and energetic.  She had a loving heart and a giving soul. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer where she was active teaching Sunday School, quilting, church choir and Ladies Aid.  She was very active in several other Plummer social groups, too numerous to mention. Survivors include her loving children: Michael Skjerven of Jacksonville, FL, Melanie (Bob) Parise of Shoreview, MN, Kathy (Randy) Helmbrecht of Grand Rapids, MN, Karen (Tim) Bakken of Thief River Falls, MN and Jerry Skjerven of Plummer, MN; grandchildren: Sydney (Matt) Linder; Joey, Ryan & Alyssa Parise; Jenny, Josh (Laura) & Laura Helmbrecht; Kailey (James) Martin; Emily, Riley & Kaden Bakken; and Tristen Skjerven;  great-grandchildren: Hudson & Beckett Helmbrecht and Emilie Martin; Sister: Elaine (Loren) Mathson of Dickinson, ND; sister-in-law: Loretta (Oren) Syrtveit of Oklee, MN; four brothers-in-law: LeRoy Skjerven of Plummer, MN, Roger Skjerven of Plummer, MN, Don (Nancy) Skjerven of California, and John (Margaret) Skjerven of Arizona; one sister-in-law, Gayle Skjerven Peterson of Plymouth, MN; several loving nieces and nephews, special friend Glenn Wagner, along with many dear friends.She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; her parents; brother, Irvin Flatgard; brother-in-law, James Peterson; sisters-in-law, Jean McCrary & Pollie Skjerven.
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Patricia Ann Renslen, 68, a lifelong Crookston, MN resident, passed away at her home Monday evening, November 13, 2017, comforted by loving family members who were by her side. She had been bravely battling cancer for the last few months. Pat was born in Crookston on July 3, 1949, one of 8 children of the union of Oscar “Ike” and Margaret (Stainbrook) Berglund. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith, attended Cathedral Elementary School, and graduated from Mount St. Benedict High School. During her working years Pat was employed at several Crookston businesses including Country Kitchen, Handy Farms, Northland Industries, Marlo’s Furniture, and the Isaacson Insurance Agency. She later spent 12 years with the housekeeping department of RiverView Hospital, and then 8 years as a cashier at I. C. Muggs. Pat retired from her position as a cashier at Hugo’s most recently because of failing health. Pat was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and her favorite pastimes included walking, reading, crocheting, baking, and going to rummage sales and thrift stores. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and siblings, and will be dearly missed. Pat is survived by her son and daughter, Troy Renslen and special friend, Kim Ellis, of Denver, CO and Kari Trudeau and husband, Dwight, of Red Lake Falls, MN; 3 grandchildren: Dylan Renslen and Carter and Colin Trudeau. She also leaves 7 sisters and brothers: Bonnie (David) Isaacson and Mary Lynn Johnson of Crookston, Mike (Mary Elizabeth) Berglund of Woodbury, MN, John (Claudia) Berglund of Crystal, MN, Sandy and Mike Sullivan of Andover, MN, Cindy and Steve Marple of Columbia Heights, MN, and Pammy Messinger of Coon Rapids, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ike and Margaret Berglund; and a nephew, John Johnson. Blessed be the memory of Patricia Renslen. A memorial service for Pat Renslen will be held at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, November 21, 2017, in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Deacon Dennis Bivens, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service.
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Carol Gerardy, 79 of Plummer, MN passed and joined the love of her life on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM with a 5:00 PM prayer service on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral mass on Monday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 PM on Monday, November 20, 2017 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding.  Burial will be at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Plummer, MN. Carol Cecilia Davis was born on August 20, 1938 on the family farm near Brooks, MN the daughter Charles and Dorilda (Cariveau) Davis.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee, MN.  She attended school in Oklee, MN and graduated with the class of 1957. On April 12, 1958 Carol was united in marriage to Jerome Gerardy at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee, MN. The couple made their home on the Gerardy family farm North of Plummer where they raised their 8 children.Carol had many hobbies and interests which included gardening, baking, cooking, canning and spending time with her family.  Sunday dinners and holiday gatherings with family was a priority for Carol.  Family was always first. Carol and Jerry raised 8 children and still found time to take in numerous foster children, who still were a part of their lives as they grew older. They also welcomed anyone else that needed food or a place to stay. She always had a pot of coffee and homemade donuts for the adults and candy in the cupboard for the kids. Carol and Jerry taught their children many traditions, such as making sausage and horseradish.  They enjoyed making lefse, donuts and cookies together to share with friends and family during the holidays and coleslaw for many community events.  Carol was a kind, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to so many.  She was a strong woman of her faith.  She will be missed by so many. She looked forward to her Saturday outings with her life-long friend, Emilie Skjerven. Carol was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls. Carol is survived by her loving children:  Tammy, Charles (Cheryl), Kevin, Nancy Wallberg, Peter (Mary), Tony (Sheila), Barbie Konickson (Mike), David; grandchildren:  Kyle (Whitney) and Jeremy, Joshua Gerardy, Matthew (Melissa), Chris (Sarah), Nicholas Wallberg, Rachel and Hannah Gerardy, Mallory (Charlie) Bernstrom, Brett (Hannah) and Abigail (special friend Logan) Gerardy, Gabrielle and Briana Gerardy, Dylan and Rylee Gerardy; great grandkids: Bella Gerardy, Emmersyn & Karolyne Gerardy, Dakota Wallberg, Aubrey & Lyla, Briar Bernstrom; sisters: Ella Peterson, Mary Lou (LeRoy) Mersenski, Jenny (Joel) Vattendahl and brother, Charles (Janette) Davis; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry on February 21, 2017; parents; and brother-in-law, Warren Hanson. Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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John Risch, age 74, resident of Union Lake, and formerly of Crookston, MN, passed away on Tuesday, November 14th at his home. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18th, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Erskine with the Rev. Timothy Lundeen officiating.  Family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.
He was born in Crookston, Minnesota to parents Howard and Mayme (Johnson) Risch on march 17, 1943. He served in the National Guard Reserve from 1963-1969. He retired from Bemis in 2005 after a 40 year career. John loved to fish, hunt, hike, canoe and most of all spending time at the lake with his family and friends. John was a patient, humble and genuinely kind man who always put others first and was happy with a day enjoying the view of the beautiful water.
He is survived by his son, Troy (Renee) Risch of Frisco, TX; sibling, Mary Carlson of Hastings, MN; 5 grandchildren, McKenna Risch, Haley Risch, Skylar Risch, Elle Risch and Jake Risch; nephews, John (Pam) Carlson of Fargo, ND, Mike (Carolyn) Carlson of Louisville, KY, and Bob (Shelley) Carlson of Big Fork, MT; nephews, Kay (Joe) Caturia of Hastings, MN, Jody Bouchard of Gordon, WI, and Kari (Tim) McCord of Hastings, MN

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James Phillip “Jim” Kujawa, 85, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday evening, November 12, 2017 from Cancer, with his wife, Mary, and many of their children and grandchildren at his side.  Jim was born in St. Cloud, MN on April 24, 1932, one of 11 children of the union of Vincent and Mary (Gapinski) Kujawa. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith, attended St. Cloud’s St. John Cantius Catholic School, and graduated from St. Cloud Tech with the Class of 1950. Jim entered the U.S. Army on June 12, 1953 and served with the 8th Division during the Korean War. For his service to his country he was awarded the National Defense, United Nations, and Korean Service Medals, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation. Following his honorable discharge on May 12, 1955 he returned home, and on June 11, 1955 was united in marriage to Mary Glieden at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud.  The couple lived in St. Cloud for a year before coming to Crookston to make their home. Their marriage was blessed by the births of 9 children who they raised in a very loving home. Jim was first employed at Northern Plumbing until 1967 when he started his own business, known as Kujawa Plumbing. In 1973 he began working for the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in the Plant Services Department, retiring from there in 1996. Jim will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Mary, his beloved wife of 62 years; their 9 children and spouses: James “Beau” and Laura Kujawa of Park Rapids, MN; Mike and Bonnie Kujawa of East Grand Forks, MN; Mona and Tim Korsmoe of Grand Forks, ND; Jaci and Glen Wilder of Crookston, MN; Paul and Sarah Kujawa of Detroit Lakes, MN; Tim and Kara Kujawa of East Grand Forks; Julie and Jeff Bigger of Alexandria, MN; Lee “Harv” Kujawa of Crookston; and Michelle Kujawa and Shane Johnson of Alexandria; 26 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Retta Venables of Orlando, FL ; sister-in-Marian Glieden Sakry and her husband, Jack of Minneapolis, MN; brother-in-law, Doug Larson of Roseville, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 grandchildren; and 9 siblings. May God richly bless the memory of Jim Kujawa. The Mass of Christian Burial for James Phillip Kujawa will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2017, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Bryan Kujawa, presiding. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Thursday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and for one hour prior to the Funeral Mass on Friday. Inurnment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and the Moorhead, MN National Guard Honors Unit.
Memorials may be given in Jim’s name to the Grand Forks Altru Cancer Center or Altru’s Hospice or the Altru’s Home Care.
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Marilee Dawn Purrington, age 62, longtime resident of Hibbing, died peacefully in her home on Monday, November 13, 2017, following a 3 ½ year battle with cancer.  She was born March 30, 1955, in Ada, MN, the daughter of Leslie and Jean (Hubbell) Ness.  She graduated from Ada High School and went on to obtain a degree as a Registered Nurse from St. Luke’s School of Nursing.  Marilee was united in marriage to Steve Purrington on July 31, 1976 in Ada, MN. Marilee worked as an RN with the Adams Clinic (now Essentia Health) until her retirement in 2010.  She attended the Abundant Life Church in Hibbing.  Marilee enjoyed family camping trips to Voyageurs National Park, fishing, spending time with her church friends, her clinic friends, and above all, her grandsons.  She was raised in a close, loving family environment and held fast to family and loved them dearly until her death. Marilee is survived  by her husband: Steve; sons: Patrick (Kristen) Purrington of Bemidji, MN, and Matthew (Teresa) Purrington of Cottage Grove, MN; grandsons: Dylan, Logan, Michael, and Andrew; mother: Jean (Roald) Josephson of Ada, MN; brother: Dan (Kim) Ness of Ada, MN, sisters: Pam (Bill) Thompson of Dent, MN, Julie (Brian) Borge of Ada, MN, and Wendy (Jim) Cox of Sarasota, FL; and numerous friends and extended family. She was preceded in death by her sister:  Karen; and her father: Leslie.
Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Anderson-Daniels Funeral Home in Hibbing.  A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 2 pm at the Grace Lutheran Church in Ada.  Pastor Bill Thompson will officiate.  A visitation will be held for 1 hour prior to the service at the church. 
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
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Marlys M. Lee, 85, of Ada, MN, died Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Benedictine Care Community in Ada. Marlys Mae Echternach was born January 6, 1932, in Traverse County, MN, near Wheaton, the daughter of Carl and Lillian (Templin) Echternach. She attended school in Wheaton for younger years before attending high school at the University of Minnesota-Morris Ag School.  Marlys graduated from nursing school at North Dakota State School of Science, at Wahpeton, ND.  Marlys accepted a nursing position with the Ada Municipal Hospital in 1952 and soon afterwards met Marvin Lee of Perley, MN. Marlys and Marvin dated for about 8 months prior to Marvin leaving for Korea in the Army.  They were married one month after he got home on September 5, 1954, in Wheaton, MN. They would make the Ada area their home where they raised a family of five children. Marlys worked full time and stayed busy with the children’s activities including school, church, and 4-H. She also enjoyed times with church circle, church quilting, sewing, and Hardunger. Marlys retired in 1995 from a long career in nursing with the Ada Municipal Hospital and John Wimmer Nursing Home. She enjoyed her retirement years, spending time with friends and family. After some health setbacks, she became a resident of Benedictine Care Community where she resided the last 4 years. Marlys is survived by her husband, Marvin, her children, Richard (Beverley) Lee, Cando, ND; Cindy Gill, Moorhead, MN; David (JoAnn) Lee, Farmington, MN; Kari (Russel) Muscha, Casselton, ND; and Kristie (Nathan) Riepe, of Ada. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; Laura Gill (Ross Haymaker), Eric Gill, Julie Gill (Chad Selcer), Kira Lee, Douglas Lee, Jacob Lee, and Ryan Muscha; three great grandchildren, Emmie and Chloe Gill, and Harrison Haymaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, and a sister Maxine Jorschumb. 
Funeral: 11:00AM Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM Wednesday, November 15, 2017, with a 6:00PM prayer service at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home in Ada.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)

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Thomas “Tom” Allen Nelson, 62, of Mentor, MN, passed away at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, on Saturday, November 11, 2017, with his family by his side. Tom was born on February 8, 1955, to Leonard and Judith (Jacobson) Nelson in Crookston, MN. The youngest of six children, he grew up in Fertile and graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1973. After high school, he attended college at the University of Minnesota Crookston for a short time.  He then started working for the Beltrami Farmers Elevator (later West Central Ag).  On June 26, 1982, Tom was united in marriage to Debra Jo Werpy at Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile.  They were blessed with two children, April and Adam.  They enjoyed many family activities including camping trips and snowmobiling excursions with family friends.  They resided in Beltrami until moving to Fertile in 1998. Tom was an active volunteer of the church and community throughout the years.  He served as a member and chief of the Beltrami Fire Department and later as a member of the Fertile Fire Department.  He also served on the Sandhill River Golf Course Board of Directors.  In his spare time, he enjoyed deer hunting, ice fishing, golfing, spending time with his yellow lab, Nelly, and living life to the fullest with his friends and family. Tom loved the lake, spending many summers at Roy Lake growing up.  He bought a home on Maple Lake in Mentor in 2012.  In addition to a home, he also acquired wonderful neighbors who became very dear friends.  He enjoyed many pontoon rides and campfires with friends and family.  He officially retired from managing at the elevator in Beltrami in 2016 after 42 years of dedication and service to the farming community. Tom was very proud of his children and their activities and accomplishments.  His grandchildren were a deep source of happiness for him.  He was kind-hearted in nature; always taking a genuine interest in others and their well-being.  His gentle ways, twinkling eyes, warm smile and occasional subtle sarcasm will be remembered by all those who knew him.  Blessed be his memory.Tom is survived by his children, April (Brian) Grunhovd, of Fertile and Adam Nelson, of Beltrami; four grandchildren, Lexie, Bennett, Hailey and Kendall; his brothers, David (Cecilia), Red Lake Falls, MN, Raymond (Sylvia), Fertile, MN; his sisters, Connie (Vernon) Rasmussen, East Grand Forks, MN, Nancy Vaughn, Fargo, ND, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Sandra.    Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, November 17, 2017, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM Thursday, November 16, 2017, with a 7:00PM prayer service at the church.
Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN
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David Balboa Rodriguez, 61, of Crookston, MN, died at his home Sunday morning, November 12, 2017 surrounded by his family. David was born in Idaho Falls, ID on September 20, 1956, the son of Juan and Carmen (Balboa) Rodriguez. He lived in several states while growing up and working with his family, as a migrant worker. In May of 1975 David married Rosa Maria Avrigo in Brackettville, TX. He was educated as a welder at the Northland Colleges in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, and at the Detroit Lakes Technical College. David was employed for many years at Dee Incorporated, and later for New Flyer Inc, both in Crookston, until retiring in 2009 due to ill health. David and Rose Mary made their home in Crookston and also spent time over the years at their residences in Brackettville and Crystal City, TX. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish in Crookston.
David is survived by his loving wife, Rose Mary; mother, Carmen Rocha of Crystal City, TX; 3 children: Victoria and Joseph Ramirez of Crookston, MN, David Rodriguez Jr. of Denver, CO, and Veda Deliah and Jeremy Lane of Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren: Desiree, Joseph, Isaac, and Dukessa Ramirez; 4 siblings: Juan (Sylvia) Rodriquez, and Lupe Cardenas (Manuel Cardenas) of Crystal City, Carmen Rocha of San Antonio, TX, and Anna (Jack) Diaz of Carrizo Springs, TX; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Juan Rodriguez Sr.; step-father, Max Rocha; sister, Gloria Terrazas; brother, Raymond Rodriguez; in-laws, Victoriano and Guadalupe Abrego, and his grandparents.
David loved life, loved to ride, loved to party, and lived life to the fullest in his healthier days. He loved his motorcycles and traveling across the states with the wind in his hair. He loved spending time with his family in Crystal City, Texas. He was a hard worker; it was important to him to work hard every day, his momma instilled this value in him. Every year he got ready to drive beet truck. He loved the State of Florida and if he could, he would have made that his place to retire, “fun in the sun”.  He would love to spend time with his grandchildren, feeding them any and all the junk food he could find. David’s body was no match for his strong spirit, now his spirit can once again be free and wild with no bounds in heaven.  David will be truly missed by his family and friends.
A funeral service for David Rodriguez will be held at 7:00pm, Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Fr. Mario Prada, presiding. Visitation will be from 5-7:00pm.
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James Phillip “Jim” Kujawa, 85, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday evening, November 12, 2017. The Mass of Christian Burial for James Phillip Kujawa will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2017, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Bryan Kujawa, presiding. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Thursday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and for one hour prior to the Funeral Mass on Friday. Inurnment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and the Moorhead, MN National Guard Honors Unit. The Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with funeral arrangements. www.stenshoelhouske.com
 

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Myles Phillip Drellack, 94, of Crookston, MN, passed away peacefully Friday morning, November 10, 2017, in the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, with his loving family at his side. Myles was born in Fork Township of Marshall County, MN on August 7, 1923, the son of Charles and Esther (Vary) Drellack. He attended the Marshall County School and went on to graduate from the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston as a member of the Class of 1940. For the next several years he worked on the family farm in Marshall County. Myles was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Pahlen on October 26, 1949 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Euclid, MN. The couple made their home in Crookston and together raised their 3 children: Larry, Diane, and Sharon. During those early years Myles worked for Gruhot Motors, DeWard Motors, and Nelson Motors. In 1970 he began employment with the Otter Tail Power Company, which he said was the smartest move he ever made. In 1972 he transferred to the plant in Fergus Falls, MN, working there as a transportation maintenance mechanic. During his long and successful career with Otter Tail, Myles was honored many times by the Company’s Employee Suggestion Plan (ESP) committee for his ideas, suggestions, and concepts; all put into practice to make certain company protocols safer, more efficient, and just plain better. After his retirement from Otter Tail in 1989, he and Pat returned to Crookston. Sadly, Pat passed away on May 6, 1993. Myles just had to keep busy, so for several years he operated a small engine repair shop in his garage, using his smarts and experience to fix cars, trucks, lawn mowers, garden tractors, snow-blowers, and many small appliances, making everything run like new. He also drove a truck during the potato harvest for several years. Myles was especially proud of his Indian motorcycle and spoke of it with great affection, while making sure it was always in tip-top shape. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory parish in Fergus Falls, while living there, and presently a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Myles proudly held the distinction of being the oldest member of Crookston Eagles Aerie #873. He was adored by his family, and they couldn’t tell him enough just how much they appreciated his wisdom and guidance throughout their lives, and how much they loved him. Myles leaves his 2 daughters, Diane (Joe) Ensrud of Grand Forks, ND and Sharon (Wayne) Abrahamson of Crookston, MN; 2 granddaughters, Lisa Ensrud of Fargo, ND and Tamye Stanley of West Jordan, UT; 2 step-grandchildren, Joe (Karen) Ensrud of Fargo and Janelle (Ron Norman) of Grand Forks; 2 great-grandsons, Grayson and Hayden Stanley of West Jordan; and 2 ‘furry pet’ grandchildren, Shadow and Baby (Sharon’s.) He is also survived by his brother, Elmer Drellack of Moorhead, MN; 2 sisters-in-law, Dorothy Drellack and Rena Pahlen of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and special friends. In addition to Pat, his beloved wife of 43 years, Myles was preceded in death by his son, Larry, who passed away on June 11, 1999; his parents, Charles and Esther; sister, Adele (Lawrence) Vedbraaten; brothers, Vincent (Elsie) Drellack and Rapheal (Ray) Drellack; and sister-in-law, Florence Drellack. May God richly bless the memory of Myles Phillip Drellack. A Memorial Mass for Myles Drellack will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 14, 2017, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Augie Gothman, presiding. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Inurnment will take place in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
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Keith Danks, age 81, of Erskine, MN, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 4th, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11th, at Rodnes Lutheran Church, rural Erskine with the Rev. Joel Smeby officiating. Interment will be in Poplar Lake Cemetery, rural Fosston. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Friday, November 10th, at Rodnes Lutheran Church. There will also be reviewal for one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.

 

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Elizabeth (Betty) M. Swartz, age 78, went to the open arms of Jesus on Saturday, November 4 at 6:30 a.m. Betty was born February 4, 1939 in Devils Lake, ND, the oldest of 10 children, the daughter of George and Irma (Hanson) Ziegler. She was baptized in the Catholic faith. A faith that sustained her all her life, even at the worst of times.
Betty grew up on the family farm, attended country school in Noonan Township and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Devil's Lake in 1957. She married Frank Kirchoffner and the couple moved to Crookston, MN. On October 15, 1977 she married LeRoy Swartz.
Betty worked in the secretarial field for 29 years. In Crookston she worked at the West Polk County ASCS Office, the Northwestern Mental Health Center and the Office of Christian Service at the Diocese of Crookston. She was chosen as Secretary of the Year in 1984 by the local chapter of Professional Secretaries International. She retired in 1993.
Betty enjoyed sewing, quilting, painting, making greeting cards, playing cards, traveling, reading, Imagehunting, fishing and best of all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Loving family members include her son, Steven Kirchoffner(and his wife Julie), Grand Forks, ND; daughter, Joan Coauette, St. Paul, MN; four grandchildren, Ben(and his wife Jenna), Elliott, Mindy(and her husband Jared), and Nathan; five great-grandchildren Emma, Colin, and Jasper Sachs, Axel and Cameron Coauette . Also surviving are sisters Lois Vestch(and her husband John), Coleharbor, ND; Margie Ringling(and her husband Ray), Lake Andes, SD; Karen Olson(and her husband Allen), Harvey, ND. Surviving brothers are David Ziegler, Baraboo, WI; Bill Ziegler(and his wife Diana), New Rockford, ND, Don Ziegler, Washburn, ND; Roger Ziegler, Aurora, CO; and Ray Ziegler(and his wife Terri), Bismarck, ND, and many other relatives.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy; father, George Ziegler; mother, Irma Ziegler; and brother, Martin Ziegler.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Betty Swartz will be at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm. with visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will take place at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis next to her husband LeRoy.
Arrangements made by the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception or the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home.

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Ilene Lucille Lindholm went to be with the Lord on October 28, 2017 at the Riverview Care Center with family by her side where she had been residing since December 2015 at the age of 86. Don’t be sad because I, Ilene Lindholm, left for “Home” on October 28, 2017.  I am with my dad, Leon McMahon, my mom, Alice (Coan) McMahon, my husband, Clifford Lindholm, brother, Hilton McMahon and many others.  They were all waiting for me with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  My walker, my wheelchair, and medication were checked at the pearly gates, no longer needed. While God created the Earth and said it was good, Heaven is so much more!  My time on Earth was full and complete. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 7th at 11:00 am at Bethel Assembly, 34647 410th St SE, Fosston, MN with Pastor Seth Johnson officiating.  Burial will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN at 4:00 PM. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7pm on Monday, November 6th with a service to follow at 7pm, at Bethel Assembly Fosston, MN. Ilene (McMahon) Lindholm was born at home in Martin, ND on December 16, 1930; she attended country school west of Highlanding, Mn and Goodridge High School through the 10th grade. Ilene Lindholm was married to Norman Fimrite and later married to Matt Kruchowski, and on September 1968 was united in marriage to Clifford Lindholm for 44 years before his passing on September 9, 2012. The couple lived in Brooks, MN area for 2 years before moving to Cloquet, MN.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, cooking and baking.  She was an active member of her church and always willing to share her faith. Ilene was baptized November 1994 at the Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle. May of 2008 Cliff and Ilene sold their home of almost 40 years and moved to an apartment in Crookston, MN.  After the passing of Cliff in 2012 Ilene moved in with her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and David.   December 2014 she moved into an assisted living center in McIntosh, MN., and December 2015 she moved into the Riverview Care Center in Crookston, MN because of her declining health and increase of dementia. Ilene is survived by her children: David (Linda) Fimrite of St Cloud, MN;  Karen (David) Rock of Mentor, MN;  Duane (Kay) McMahon of St Paul, MN;  Brian (Bridget) Kruchowski, of St Paul, MN;  Michael, (Jeanne) Kruchowski of Cloquet, MN;  Patrick (Lori) Kruchowski of Brooks, MN; Keith Lindholm of Thief River Falls, MN;  step-son, Kenny Lindholm of Denver, CO;  brother, Leo (Joyce) McMahon of New London, MN;  29 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Ilene is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clifford, her brother, Hilton McMahon, step-son, Raymond Lindholm, step-daughter, Jean Thompson, and great-grandson, Kole Skartvedt. The family would like to thank all those who prayed for, visited, and cared for Ilene.  Special thanks to the Riverview Care Center for the wonderful care given to our mother and grandmother.

 

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Emma Borslien, 85, recently of Twin Valley, MN, and a former longtime Crookston, MN resident, passed away at the Twin Valley Living Center early Monday morning, October 30, 2017. Emma and her twin sister, Evelyn, were born on April 11, 1932 at Wibaux, MT to Casper and Elise (Lund) Bondley. Emma was baptized in the Lutheran faith and at the age of 3 moved with her family to Plummer, MN. A year later the family moved to their new homestead near Thief River Falls. Emma was confirmed at the Silverton Lutheran Church and attended Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls. On May 21, 1950 she was united in marriage to Gilmore Iver Borslien at Thief River Falls. Through the years they would be blessed by the births of their 6 children: Bernhard, Lester, Paul, Tony, and twins, Janet and Jane. Emma and Gilmore moved from Thief River Falls to Owatonna, MN in 1951, and then to Crookston in 1954. Emma led a very busy life as wife, mom, and homemaker, while also working as a nurse’s aide at the Bethesda Hospital. In 1972 she realized her long-held dream of becoming a nurse, earning her degree as an LPN from the St. Francis School of Practical Nursing in Crookston. Emma continued her employment at Bethesda Hospital, later known as Riverview Hospital, in her new role, until retiring in 1994. In semi-retirement she did private duty nursing in the Crookston-Grand Forks area for several years.
Emma was a devoted member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Evening Guild. She was also a member of the church’s Sewing Club, where she enjoyed the fellowship of many good friends until several months ago when her health began to fail. In past years, Emma had also been active in the local Red Cross Blood Drives and the American Legion Auxiliary. Emma and Gilmore enjoyed traveling, including trips as far away as Norway and Sicily. Sadly, Gilmore passed away on July 6, 2011. Emma continued to devote her life to her faith and her family. Always willing to help wherever and however she could. She enjoyed many hobbies: sewing, quilting, crocheting and her favorite, (like her mom) knitting. This hobby also brought her to craft shows where she would sell some, make new friends, and learn new ideas. She would also bless her family with these creations. Another of Emma’s favorite pastimes was her lifelong love of growing plants and flowers throughout her gardens.
Emma will be sadly missed by her 6 children: Bernhard (Dorothy) Borslien of Beltrami, MN, Lester (Gloria) Borslien of Andover, MN, Paul Borslien of Fertile, MN, Tony (Rose) Borslien of West Fargo, ND, Janet Amiot of Bagley, MN, and Jane (Dale) Kennedy of Crookston, MN; 22 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters, her twin, Evelyn Hruby of Thief River Falls, MN and Myrtle Robison of Fargo, ND; a sister-in-law, Deloris Bondley of Fergus Falls, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to Gilmore, her beloved husband of 61 years, Emma was preceded in death by her parents, Casper and Elise Bondley; a sister, Annette Carlson; and 3 brothers: Carl, Martin, and Roy Bondley. May God richly bless the memory of Emma Oline Borslien.
The funeral service for Emma Borslien will be held at 10:30am, Friday, November 3, 2017, in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Thursday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. A graveside service will be held in the First Evanger Lutheran Cemetery in Fertile, MN at 1:30 pm Friday.
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Debra Jo Martinez, born July 28 1954 to Ordean and Delores Nelson of Crookston MN, peacefully joined her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday October 28, 2017 after a long battle with cancer.  She was surrounded by her husband of 41 years, José Pablo Martinez, her daughters, and grandchildren.
Debra met José in July of 1976 and they wed six weeks later! They went on to have many adventures, with their love growing stronger every day. Together, Debra and José had two beautiful daughters, and watched their family grow over the years to include, two son in laws, six wonderful grandchildren, and two beautiful great granddaughters.
Debra dedicated her life to serving the Lord and sharing her faith in Jesus with everyone she met. She loved spending time with her husband and family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, daughter, and sister. Debra loved knitting and making all kinds of crafts and gifts for her friends and family. She had a contagious laugh and infectious smile. Debra was a blessing to all who knew her, and will be so very greatly missed.
A celebration of Debra’s life will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the First Assembly of God Church, in Crookston, MN, at 11:00am.  Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to services.  Pastor Bill Humiston will be presiding.

 

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Charlotte (Polson) Skjerven (“Pollie”) was called home by The Lord on Friday, October 28, 2017 at the Thief River Care Center with her loving family at her side. A Celebration of Pollie’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, MN with Rev. Jonathan Dodson officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at church.  Burial will follow at Emardville Cemetery, rural Plummer, MN. Pollie was born on April 16, 1937 to Walter and Hannah (Huggett) Polson and she was raised near and in Plummer, MN.  Pollie graduated from Pershing High School in 1955 and married Roger Skjerven on November 4, 1956.  The couple lived in Plummer and raised three wonderful children, Peggy (Kermit) Genereux, Lorie (Andrew) Gildea and Jim (Jenifer) Skjerven. Pollie was a devoted wife and mother and committed to her family, her faith and her flag.  Her first priority was always her family and she was a fierce advocate for them.  Pollie was very proud of all her family’s accomplishments and enjoyed attending all of their events.  She loved to sew, garden, decorate cakes and hunt for, find and refinish antiques.  Before her retirement, Pollie worked for more than two decades as a bookkeeper at Pamida in Thief River Falls. She was active in her church, Immanuel Lutheran, her entire life, participating in Ladies Aid, Circle, Bible Study and quilting groups and taught Sunday School.  Pollie was also very involved in making her community better.  She was the first woman to serve on the Plummer School Board, was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, serving as its President, and a leader in the Red Lake County Republican Party. Pollie is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Hannah and her grandmother, Annie Westlake Huggett.  She is survived by Roger, her loving husband of 61 years, her three children, two delightful grandchildren, Kyla (Benjamin) Bays and Lucas Genereux and two endearing great-grandchildren, Aaron Bays and Emma Jo Bays. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Thief River Care Center or Hospice of the Red River Valley.Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Emma Borsleen, 85, of Twin Valley, MN, and a former longtime Crookston, MN resident, passed away at the Twin Valley Nursing Home early Monday morning, October 30, 2017. The funeral service for Emma will be held at 10:30am, Friday, November 3, 2017, in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Thursday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. A graveside service will be held in the First Evanger Lutheran Cemetery in Fertile, MN at 1:30 pm Friday. www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Mary Ellen Schenkey, 71, Erskine, MN, died Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Cross Roads Assisted Living, in Erskine, MN.  
Memorial Service: 11:00AM Tuesday, October 31, 2017, Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN.  Visitation: One hour before the service. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN   218-945-6141 www.eriksonvikfh.com

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Wayne Hoselton of Red Lake Falls passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at his home in Red Lake Falls, MN. Funeral service will be held on Monday, October 30, 2017, at 10:30 AM at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 29, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls.  Additional visitation will be available one hour prior to the service on Monday. Terrence Wayne Hoselton was born on a farm on November 20, 1937, near Bowesmont, ND, the son of Raymond and Ruby (Pettis) Hoselton.  He was raised at the family’s Nowesta farm, Northwest of Drayton, ND.  He attended country school through 8 grades and graduated from Drayton High School in 1955.  He attended Nashville Auto Diesel College in Nashville, TN.  Upon completion, he worked at farm equipment dealerships in Drayton, ND, Cando, ND, and traveled Northwest Minnesota, North Dakota and Eastern Montana for Allis Chalmers Mfg. Company as a district Service Specialist for seven years.  Wayne also owned and operated Interstate Equipment Inc. in Glendive, MT from 1972 to 1975 and Wayne’s Service in Red Lake Falls from 1983 until 1987.On November 17, 1972, he was united in marriage to Johanna Faulhaber in Dickinson, ND.  They moved to Red Lake Falls in 1975 where they raised their family.  There he continued to work at farm equipment dealerships Falls Equipment in Red Lake Falls and Anderson Power and Equipment in Thief River Falls until retiring in 2003.  After retirement, he enjoyed working part-time for Seeger farms. Wayne enjoyed tinkering with anything he could find, as well as volunteering with “Dial A Ride” and “Meals On Wheels.”  Wayne was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, including participating as a church elder, choir member and building committee member.  He enjoyed visiting and playing cards, and attending weekly bingo at the Legion and Senior Meals site. Wayne is survived by his children Douglas Hoselton of Grand Forks, ND, Harrison (Jennifer) Hoselton of St. Michael, MN, and Jocelyn Hoselton of Monticello, MN; grandchildren Tyler, Kale, Lauren, Abigail, Joseph, Wyatt and Cameryn of St. Michael, MN; sister Carol Martinez of Lafayette, IN; sisters-in-law Saralee Hoselton of Drayton, ND and Linda Hoselton of Grafton, ND; an aunt and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, brothers Leonard (died at birth) Eugene, Warren, brother-in-law Al Martinez, and sister-in-law Marcia Hoselton.

 

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Dorothy J. Bartz, 89, of Ada, MN, died Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Mission Court of the Benedictine Living Community in Ada. Funeral: 11:00AM Friday, October 27, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home in Ada. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
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Daniel C. Skanson, 74, Fertile, MN, died Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND.
Memorial Service: 10:00, Monday, October 30, 2017, at Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, Maple May, MN. Visitation: 5:00-7:00PM Sunday, October 29, 2017 with a 6:30PM prayer service at the church.
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Arthur Huber, 94, of Fosston, MN, and formerly of Crookston, died at the Cornerstone Residence in Fosston, Thursday, October 19, 2017. Art was born at Bluegrass, ND on May 15, 1923, the son of Christ and Christina (Redman) Huber. He grew up at Bluegrass and attended the Union District School. He later entered the US Army on June 20, 1946 and served with the 2nd Division at Fort Lewis, WA as an ambulance driver. Art received his honorable discharge on July 26, 1947. He was then employed by General Mills in Lodi, CA. Art married Mae (Johnson) Bergquist on December 24, 1966 at Reno, NV. Over the next several years the couple lived in the Minnesota communities of Wadena, Moorhead, Frazee, and Hoffman, and Twin Falls, ID, before retiring and coming to Crookston in the early 1990’s. Art was a member of the Grain Millers Union and the Crookston American Legion Post. In past years, while living near the ocean, his greatest passion was deep sea fishing, and among his most memorable catches were a 70-pound sturgeon and a 20-pound salmon. He also enjoyed pheasant and quail hunting.
Family members include his wife, MaE of Crookston, MN; step-daughter, Diana Thompson and her husband, Daryl, of Crookston; 2 step-granddaughters, JoElle (Michael) Boucher and Amy (Michael) Theis, of Crookston; 4 great-grandchildren: Harrison and Callie Boucher, and Jared and Gretchen Theis; a sister, Ruth Decker, of Lodi, CA; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Christ and Christina Huber; and 5 siblings: Lidia Wetzel, John Huber, Albert Huber, Alma Matel, and Susie Vewald, all of Lodi. May God bless Art’s memory. 
The funeral service for Arthur Huber will be held at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston at 2:00pm, Tuesday, October 24, 2017, with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Military honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council.
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Dalton Hofius (“Hofie”), Red Lake Falls, MN, age 88, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 16, 2017 at his home in Red Lake Falls, MN surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church, Red Lake Falls, MN with Tim Denney 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 time of sharing on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church.
Dalton Howard Hofius was born May 18, 1929 at Plummer, MN, the son of Howard and Amanda (Whiteley) Hofius.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Presbyterian Church in Brooks, MN.  He attended Poplar River Grade School near Brooks, MN and graduated Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls with the class of 1947.
On June 24, 1950, Dalton was united in marriage to Leona Miller in Red Lake Falls, MN, and to this union six children were born:  Linda, Jim, Ron, Dave, Chuck and Patti.
Dalton was owner/operator of Hofie’s Standard Service from 1950-1966, Hofius Oil Company from 1963-1979, a rural mail carrier from 1951-1985 and school bus driver from 1985-1991.
He enjoyed baseball, golf, hunting, fishing, playing cards and volunteering in the community.
Hofie served as a church elder and deacon, worked at the Red Lake Falls Fire Department, both as Chief and assistant Fire Chief, belonged to the rural Letter Carrier’s Association and was a member of the Red Lake Falls Sportsmen’s Club and served as President.
Survived by wife Leona; children: Linda Johansen, Fargo, ND; Jim (JoAnn) Hofius, Steamboat Springs, CO; Ron (Theresa) Hofius, Albuquerque, NM; Dave (Jennefer) Hofius, Big Lake, MN; Chuck (Terry) Hofius, Perham, MN; and Patti (Dean) Grandstrand, St. Cloud, MN; 16 grandchildren: Tricia (Dave) Jorgenson, Shawn Cassatt (Jason Barron), Alexis (Aaron) Abbott, Travis Hofius (Jennifer Sullivan), Misty (Matt) Petrocelli, Curt Henderson (Ludy Gomez), Sam (Jenna) Hofius, Kai Hofius, DJ Hofius, Garrett Adrover, Ashley Hofius (Terry Vanlith), Tanner Hofius, Connor Van Emmerik, Chelsie Grandstrand, Kegan Grandstrand and Dalton Grandstrand; great grandchildren: Alex Jorgenson, Tevon Cassatt, Emmy Barron, Rocco & Isla Petrocelli, Nikolas Hofius, Liam Bartscher, and AshleyJo Dahl; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by a grandson: Dustin Hofius, his parents: Howard and Amanda Hofius, brothers: Marvin Hofius and Milo Hofius; and a sister: Lois Lines.
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Lenore Lillian Seeger, went to heaven at the age of 88, on October 12, 2017, surrounded by family at Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston, MN.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church,  112 Edwards Ave SW, Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Lenore was the only child of Walter and Frances “Sweetie Pie” Torgerson  and was born on December 2, 1928, near St. Paul.  She was doted on by her aunt Violet and  “Little Grandma” Annie Torgerson.  She was baptized and confirmed on March 29, 1942, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.  Lenore received honors at Mechanic Arts High  School , class of 1946 ;  she participated in Student Council, Yearbook, Quill and Scroll, and Drama.
Lenore and Richard Phillip Seeger were joined in the sacrament of marriage on September 30, 1950, at the Cathedral of St. Paul.  She quickly joined the successful Seeger family floral business, answering the phone and taking orders for holidays, weddings and funerals.  Lenore spent many nights making hundreds of bows for the next day’s business.  Seeger’s Dale St. Greenhouse was St. Paul’s oldest greenhouse, operating in the same location since 1896, and Lenore claimed, “It was built when Paul Revere rode by!”  She and her family were members of St. Agnes parish for decades, and her children attended school at St. Agnes from kindergarten through high school.  The dear friends of a multiple couple group became their closest friends and provided years of social and family connections.  Lenore also managed charitable games at Pot O’ Gold Bingo, Arden Hills, MN with proceeds improving the quality of life for St. Paul-Ramsey Nursing Home residents.
Summers were spent at Borde Du Lac Lodge and later the Shores of Leech Lake Campground and Marina near Walker, MN.  Lenore attracted people and before long had a Happy Hour Group specializing in taking care of and treasuring one another.  Lenore and Richard also joined St. Agnes Parish in Walker.  Lenore and Richard could frequently be found fishing all day aboard Cranberry ( their boat) in Walker Bay, at Goose Island, or in Sucker Bay.  Lenore was an excellent and tireless fisherwoman of Leech Lake.
Leisureville in Boynton Beach, FL,  became home after retirement in the early 1990s.  Lenore was a parishioner at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and President of the Council of Catholic Women, heading many social ministries.  If there today, she would be selling tickets after Mass for the Annual International Festival.  Her many Florida friends have passed on, and chances are Lenore is supervising a heavenly gathering and delegating tasks.
After Richard experienced an accidental fall in Florida, the couple moved into their son Richard’s home in Red Lake Falls, MN to be helped by family.  Lenore feared they lost their paradise but in fact found a new “small-town paradise” with close family, parish and community connections.  She joined St. Joseph Catholic Church and became a member of Court St. Cecelia, Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  Sunview Senior Center provided a new, all-inclusive location for independent living, warm friendships, and support.  With daughter, Liz, close by and son, David, handling the finances from Texas, life smoothed out once again.  Quiet holidays in Florida turned into RLF hullabaloos.  She inspired her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with her verbal wit, humor, and engaging conversations.  After a few years, Richard and Lenore moved into Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN, where her claim to fame was being the “Cross-word Puzzle Queen.”
At the Villa, Richard and Lenore shared their floral skills by helping create a Rose Rosary for a Mass at the Shrine of the Virgin Mary in Huot, MN.  These two love birds were declared the Valentine’s Couple of the Year due to their mutual support and deep love for each other.  Surrounded by great-grandchildren galore, they recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary with a country barbecue.  They reminisced about their cruises to seven cultural capitals of Europe and Russia, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Caribbean.   Richard and Lenore made their room at Villa St. Vincent their home with many compassionate helping hands and frequent family visits from their daughter and her family from Winnipeg, and other close family members from Red Lake Falls, Crookston, and Grand Forks, ND.
Lenore is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Frances Torgerson;  her aunt, Violet Runnberg; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alfred and Lillian Seeger; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Thomas Seeger, Gerald and Charlotte Seeger, Elizabeth and Wilfred Seeger, Rosemary and Oliver Gross .
Lenore is survived by her devoted husband, Richard P. Seeger, Crookston, MN. She is remembered with love by her three children: daughter, Elizabeth (Gerald) Hogan, Winnipeg, MB; sons, Richard W. Seeger, RPh  (Barbara) , Red Lake Falls; David  Seeger, PhD (Claire) , Spring, TX, Grandchildren:  Kate Holden (Scott), Winnipeg, MB; Dr. Grant Seeger (Rebekah), Grand Forks, ND;  Chris Lindeberg (Marcus), Gothenburg, Sweden; Gerald Hogan (Mia Del Gallo), Winnipeg, MB, Lance Hogan (Jade), Winnipeg, MB; Alayna Christensen (Eric), Bismarck, ND; Drew Seeger, PhD (Ashley), Morris, MN, Great grandchildren: Sadie Holden; Haakon, Marit, Thor, Synneva, Aksel, Freya Seeger; Atlas Lindeberg; Tristan Hogan;  Aquiliana, Mireya, Levi, Aemos Wolf;  Dominic, Charles Christensen; Aurora, Orion Seeger, Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law, Alfred and Nancy Seeger, Shoreview, MN; Sister-In-Law, Emma Seeger, Hastings, MN

 

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