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God’s newest Angel, Brooklyn Rae Sylvester, was born 4lbs 9ozs and 18 ˝”, to Nick and Danielle “Dani” (Persson) Sylvester, without a heartbeat early Monday morning, October 27, 2014, at RiverView Health in Crookston. In addition to her loving and heart-broken Mom and Dad, Brooklyn Rae would have been just as lovingly welcomed into the world by her grandparents, Dave and Debby Sylvester and Tim and Kim Persson of Crookston; aunts and uncles: Brittany (Shawn) Goos of Roseau, MN, Mandie Persson of Crookston, Tara (Jerred) Copp of Warren, MN, and Angie (Ryan) St. Michel of Crookston; cousins, Ryder, Ryker, Tynley, Ethan, Kailee, and Chandler; great-grandparents: Charles Sylvester of Fisher, MN, Ken and Mary Lou Amiot, William Persson, Donald (Judy) Perreault and Diane Walker, all of Crookston; and other extended family members. A private family service will be held.
Online condolences www.stenshoelhouske.com.  

 

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Dominic August “Dom” Herkenhoff, 27 of Crookston, MN, died early Sunday evening, October 26, 2014, in a traffic accident in Crookston. Dom was born in Princeton, MN on November 9, 1986, the son of Michael "Mick" and Sandy (Johnson) Herkenhoff. He grew up in Elk River, MN, where he graduated from high school. Throughout his life Dom suffered from severe depression and anxiety. He tried his best to overcome the toll it took on his mind and body, but the illness was incurable.
Dom moved to Crookston after high school and was employed with Minn-Dak Asphalt for two years. He then went on his own, and for the past five years had been the proud owner of his own seal-coating business, known as Git-R-Done Asphalt Seal Coating. He also provided lawn care and snow removal services to the community, and as holder of a CDL license hauled sugar beets every fall during the harvest.
Dom's favorite pastimes included jet-skiing and tubing at Grandma and Grandpa Herkenhoff's lake cabin, and enjoying Grandpa Herkenhoff's spaghetti with his special sauce and Grandma Baird's Stuffed French Toast Strata. He was very mechanically talented, and liked loud classic pick-ups, fireworks, and anything that made a lot of noise. Most of all, Dom loved to help people and do whatever was needed to ease someone's burden. He hardly ever went anywhere without his constant companion- his pet dog and best friend, "Smokey Bear." May God bless Dom's memory and give him peace.
Dom will be very sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his parents, Mick and Sandy Herkenhoff of Crookston; his two sisters and brothers-in-law, niece and nephew: Amy and Mike Meyer and their children, Grace and Noah of Sioux Falls, SD, and Bridget and Travis Meidinger, also of Sioux Falls; his grandparents: Carol Baird of Crookston, Jean Herkenhoff of St. Cloud, MN, and Don Johnson of Climax, MN; and great-grandmother, Evelyn Scully of Crookston. Dom also leaves several aunts and uncles: Carol (Jeff) Ous of Stillwater, MN, Robert Herkenhoff of Crookston, Linda (Kelly) Brown of St. Joseph, MN, Thomas Herkenhoff of St. Cloud, Peggy (Tom) Jivery of Hibbing, MN, Jerry (Annette) Baird of Crookston, Robert (Natalie) Baird of Crookston, Robyn Conkins of Fargo, ND, Brian Johnson of Buffalo Creek, CO, Shelly Trudeau of Plymouth, MN, and Kim (Jim) Cote of Oronoco, MN; and many cousins and extended family members. Dom was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Fred Herkenhoff and John Baird.
Mass of Christian Burial for Dominic August Herkenhoff will be held at 10:30am, Friday, October 31, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, presiding, and Deacon Dennis Bivens, homilist. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Thursday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston.

Online registry www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Karen A. Helgaas, 71, Fertile, MN, died Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Sanford Health, Fargo, ND. 
Funeral: 11:00 Monday, October 27, 2014, Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN.
Visitation: Sunday from  5-7PM  with a 6:30PM prayer service at Erikson-Vik Funeral Home.
Fertile, and one hour before the funeral at the church.
Burial: Faaberg Lutheran Cemetery.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com. 


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Hazel Rystad, Oklee, MN age 92 died on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN.
Funeral services will 10:00 AM on Monday, October 27, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service in Oklee, MN with Pastor Tim Lundeen officiating.  Burial will be at Salem Cemetery, rural Oklee, MN.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Monday at the funeral home.
Hazel Christianson was born February 19, 1922 in Trail, MN to Henry and Julia (Tvedt) Christianson. She was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church, Oklee, MN and attended Equality Country School. On November 25, 1939 she was united in marriage to Olaf Rystad in Oklee. Together they purchased a farm in Equality Township. After Olaf died in 1948, Hazel moved into Oklee and worked at several restaurants and operated a small daycare service.
Hazel loved to spend time embroidering, gardening, playing cards and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she was active with the Ladies Aid.
Hazel is survived by children, Ordean Rystad, Oklee, MN, Myonye Edna Sanders, Arlington, TX, Elaine Audrey Bordman, Sheboygan, WI, and Orlando Dale, Brooks, MN; grandchildren, Nancy, Justin, Carmen, David, Colleen, Cole, Maria, Amber, Penny; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Loraine and Eunice; brothers, Orvin, Lawrence, and Clarence as well as several nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Wanda May; brothers, Herbert, Gilbert, Selmer, George and Joe; and sisters, Johanna, Annie, Lilly, Bernice and Lyla, and twin girls Delores and Darlene.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

 

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Herman Vincent Schultz, age 68, of Red Lake Falls, MN, passed away at his home on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Rev. Gary Graff officiating.  Burial will be held at the Immanuel Cemetery at Wylie, MN. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday at Bethany Lutheran Church.
Herman Vincent Schultz was born on September 9, 1946 in Thief River Falls, MN the son of Louis and Orissa (Prestegaard) Schultz.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Herman attended grade school in Dorothy, MN and graduated from Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls, MN in 1964.  Following graduation he went to work for Vigen Construction in East Grand Forks, MN. Herman enlisted into service with the United States Marine Corps in 1966.  He did basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA and his Military Occupation Specialty training at Camp Lejeune, NC as a Combat Engineer.  He was stationed in Puerto Rico and was honorably discharged in 1968. In June of 1969, Herman was united in marriage to RoseMary Theroux  in Red Lake Falls, MN where they made their home.  To this union five children were born, Wayde, Chad, Robbie, Angel & Danielle. Following his military service, Herman returned to work for Vigen Construction in East Grand Forks.  He started out as a laborer and after a few years, became superintendent with his own crew.  Over the next forty plus years he helped build or repair most elevators in the state of North Dakota.  He also worked in Minnesota and Oklahoma.  Herman retired in 2009 but continued to work part-time for Vigen Construction.  He loved his work. In 1998, while working on an elevator project in Fessenden, ND, Herman met Sandi Kittelson.  Since then, they have been inseparable. Herman enjoyed gardening, cooking, tinkering in his shop, hunting, fishing, being outdoors, happy-hour with his buddies, and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.  He had a quick wit and great sense of humor.  Herman enjoyed being the center of his family.
Survivors include his loving companion, Sandi Kittelson of Red Lake Falls; 5 children, Wayde Schultz of Minneapolis, MN, Chad (Michelle) Schultz of East  Grand Forks, MN, Robbie (Jacqi) Schultz of Sartell, MN, Angel Schultz of Bemidji, MN and Danielle (Darin)Morrison of Champlin, MN; step-children, Dawn (Tim) Beck of Fessenden, ND and Blake (Mandi) Kittelson of Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Brody, Brock, Blake, Rylan, Alyssa, Gaven, Hope, Brooklyn, Jack, Hayden, Emily, Bridger and Britain; brother, Louis Schultz, Jr. of Dorothy, MN; sister-in-law, Laura (Curt) Beyer of Red Lake Falls, MN; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Delbert Schultz. Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com


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Gladys Bernadine McCauley, age 93, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully Monday morning, October 20, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston with her daughter, Janice, and son, Dennis, at her side. Gladys was born on January 15, 1921, on the farm of her parents, Ben and Olive (Bendelow) Eagleson, near Union, North Dakota. She grew up on the farm, attended grade school in Union, and high school at nearby Milton, ND. As a teenager Gladys did light housekeeping for several neighboring families. On October 5, 1938 she was united in marriage to Juel R. McCauley at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston. The couple moved to Portland, OR where he worked in the shipyards in support of the WWII defense effort. They returned to the area in 1944 and Juel began his career at Park River, ND as a grain buyer and elevator manager with Harvest States. He was later transferred to Angus, MN, and in 1961 he, Gladys, and the kids moved to Crookston. Juel continued to make the commute to Angus. With the kids getting older, Gladys began working at Eagle Drug, retiring from there after 21 years. Retirement meant more time to enjoy her home and growing family. Gladys loved spending time working in her yard and garden. One of her favorite pastimes was canning: jams, jellies, and watermelon pickles, and generously sharing her bounty with family and friends. In the evenings she liked to do craft work while sitting and visiting with Juel. Sadly, he passed away on December 2, 2002. Gladys was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church and Esther Ruth Circle, and also held memberships in the Red Hatters and Eagles Aerie Auxiliary. She was a tireless volunteer at the Golden Link Senior Citizens Center; generous of her time and talents, and always looking forward to visiting with friends. Gladys will be remembered by her family for her love, humor, and the way she made each of them feel very special. Grateful to have shared in her life are her two children, Janice Johnson of McGregor, MN and Dennis (Darlene) McCauley of Thief River Falls, MN; five grandchildren: Terry (Sharon) Johnson of Champlin, MN, Scott (Julie) Johnson of Maple Grove, MN, Renee (Brian) Rautio of Cambridge, MN, Amber (Jamie) Wark of Fargo, ND, and Kimberly (Jordan) Graff of Forest Lake, MN; eight great-grandchildren: Ashley, Briana, Caitlyn, and Delaney Johnson, Cassandra Rautio, twins-Max and Alex Johnson, and Amalya Graff; sister-in-law, Joyce Eagleson of Renton, WA; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to Juel, her beloved husband of sixty-four years, Gladys was preceded in death by a son, Terrance Wayne McCauley, who died in 1956; her parents, Ben and Olive Eagleson; brother, Glen Eagleson; and sisters: Joyce Fisher, Alice Hall, and Donna Flack. May God bless the memory of Gladys Bernadine McCauley.    
The funeral service and celebration of the life of Gladys McCauley will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston with The Rev. Darrel Cory, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements. Online registry:  www.stenshoelhouske.com 

 

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Rosemary E. Menard, age 90, of Crookston, MN, died Monday morning, October 20, 2014, at RiverView Health in Crookston, with members of her family at her side. Rosemary was born on June 10, 1924 at Dickinson, ND, the daughter of John L. and Anna (Kampa) Gauer. She grew up in Dickinson where she was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick's Catholic Church; attended St. Patrick's Elementary School, and was a 1941 graduate of Dickinson Central High School. Rosemary next attended the College of St. Benedict at St. Joseph, MN, and then enrolled in the St. Cloud (MN) School of Nursing. She received her degree as a Registered Nurse in 1945. From 1942 until 1945 she also served with the Cadet Nurse Corps in St. Cloud in support of our nation during WWII.
Rosemary's first position as an RN was at St. Vincent's Hospital in Crookston. On April 26, 1948 she was united in marriage to a young man Crookston man, Joseph Burke Menard. The ceremony took place at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dickinson. Rosemary and Burke made their home in Crookston and together raised six sons and a daughter. After working as a surgical nurse at Crookston's Bethesda Hospital for several years, Rosemary became the head nurse on the surgical floor of St. Francis Hospital in Crookston. From 1971 until her retirement in 1994 Rosemary was a home health care nurse for Polk County Nursing Service. Professionally, she was appointed by the State Board of Nursing to the Task Force for the Ladder Concept of Nursing Education, and also served on the Task Force for the Implementation of the Ombudson Program for the Elderly. Rosemary and Burke enjoyed many golden years spending time with family and friends. Sadly, Burke passed away on July 29, 2003, and their oldest son, Michael, died unexpectedly on July 13, 2011, after a brief illness. With the strength gained through her faith, Rosemary continued to persevere. Her favorite pastimes included reading, flower gardening, and writing poetry. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit, and time spent in conversation with her was sure to be a highlight of the day. Rosemary was a devoted member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish, where she sang in the Cathedral and Resurrection Choirs, and also held memberships with the Catholic Daughters, American Legion Auxiliary, the Ministry of Befrienders, and the Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Crookston, and was an Oblate of the Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery in St. Joseph, MN. Rosemary's family and many friends will remember her with great love and affection. Blessed be her memory.
Rosemary is survived by her five sons and daughter: Tim Menard of Crookston, MN, John Menard and wife, Patricia Kent, of St. Paul, MN, Mark Menard and wife, Sheila, of Crookston, James Menard of Buffalo, MN, Patrick Menard and wife, Doris, of St. Cloud, MN, and Margot Reps and husband, Michael, of Oak Grove, MN; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She also leaves a sister-in-law, Pearl Gauer of Havre, MT; a brother-in-law, Curt Hendrickson of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to Burke, her beloved husband of 55 years, and son, Michael, Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Gauer; brothers, Gervase and John Gauer; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Fred "Fritz" and Donna Menard, Harriet Hendrickson, and Lilah and Ervin "Hap" Tiedeman.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Rosemary Elaine Menard will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Thursday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour before the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given in Rosemary's name to the Cathedral School, Care and Share, North Country Food Bank, or Polk County Humane Society.

Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Dorothy M. Venn, 98, Halstad, MN, died Sunday at the Halstad Living Center. Dorothy's funeral service will be 2:00PM Thursday, October 23, 2014, at Kirkebo Lutheran Church, Perley, MN, with visitation for one hour before the funeral at the church. Burial will be at Kirkebo Lutheran Cemetery, rural Perley, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com 

 

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Laura Perreault Gervais, age 94 Red Lake Falls, Minnesota died Friday October 17, 2014 at Valley Elder Care in Grand Forks, ND, with her loving family at her side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN with Father Vincent Miller presiding and Deacon Denny Bivens.  Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Thursday at St. Peter Catholic Church.
Laura Marie Perreault was born on February 5, 1920 at Terrebonne, Minnesota, the daughter of Joseph and Aurora (Cardinal) Perreault.  She grew up and attended country school in Terrebonne.  Laura worked for many neighbors doing child care and housework. During WWII, Laura worked for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle.  She was united in marriage to Norman W. Gervais on April 9, 1945 in Gentilly, Minnesota. They made their home on a farm in rural Red Lake Falls, where they raised their seven children.  In this union, she was a homemaker and devoted mother.  She enjoyed working on the farm where she gardened, milked cows and raised chickens. She also always made lunches to bring to the men working in the fields. In the later years she worked as a cook at Marcoux Corner and Roberts Restraunt in Crookston.  Laura sold Fuller Brush for many years, going around the neighborhood making sales and building many friendships.
Norman passed away in December 12, 1981, which is when Laura started to snowbird to Arizona. She would spend winters in Apache Junction with many of her brothers and sisters they would enjoy making a trip or two to Laughlin or Las Vegas for a little gambling fun.
Laura eventually sold the farm and moved in to Red Lake Falls.  Living in her house there for several years and later moving into Sun view Manor where she would spend many afternoons and evenings playing cards.
Over the years she was a member of St.Peters Church in Gentilly and St. Joseph Church in Red Lake Falls. She was a member in the St. Ann Sodality and Catholic Daughters.
Laura moved to Valley Elder Care Center in September 2013. She made many more new friends there and enjoyed all the activities and played lots of cards.
Laura is survived by 6 children, Joyce Goats (Alan) of Boaz, AL; Russell (Carolina) Gervais, Red Lake Falls;  Kenny Gervais (Deb) Thief River Falls; Myrna (Jerry) Flint East Grand Forks; Lester (Karen) Gervais Red Lake Falls; and Gayla (Dan) Miller Mentor. Ten grandchildren; Scott, Brian, Erica, Nicolette, Kenneth, Benjamin, Jenny, Mistie, Kristen and Lynsey. Eleven great-grandchildren; Zachery, Addyson, Tori, Avery, Brody, Mia, Zoey, Taylr, Elijah, Claire and Blake. Brother Leonard (Lenore) Perreault Grand Rapids, and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband Norman, daughter Mary Lou, grandsons Michael and Jason. Parents Joseph and Aurora Perreault, siblings Paul Perreault, Maurice Perreault, Lorraine Langlois, Alma Mornville, Eva Perreault, Fred Perreault, Louis Perreault and Jeanette Caillier.
The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses, CNA’s and activities staff who took great care of our mother for the past year she lived at Valley Elder Care.
Honorary Pallbearers are Laura’s brother, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Henry E. Gredvig, age 95, of Edina, MN, and a former longtime Crookston, MN resident, died Thursday morning, October 16, 2014, at The Willows of Vernon Terrace in Edina. Henry was born to G.H. and Clara (Morvig) Gredvig on November 12, 1918 in Garfield Township, rural Fertile Minnesota. He grew up on the family farm and was a graduate of Fertile High School. Henry was a WWII veteran, having served with the US Army in the South Pacific. On December 31, 1945 he was united in marriage to Mernie Kaste at the Little Norway Lutheran Church near Fertile. Henry and Mernie lived in Chicago for a few months while Henry went to school and then came to Crookston in the fall of 1946 to make their home. He served as Polk County Assessor for twenty-seven years before retiring in 1984. Professionally, he was a two term president of the State Assessor’s Association, and secretary of a seven state area Council of Assessors. Henry and Mernie enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family. Mernie passed away on May 27, 1999.
As a proud contributor to the community of Crookston, Henry was active in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston Lions Club, Polk County Historical Society, and the Boy Scouts. He served on the City Council for several years and devoted countless hours of service dedicated to the nurturing and promotion of the Crookston community. He was very proud of his Norwegian roots in the farming community of Fertile where he grew up, working and playing with his six sisters and five brothers. Henry celebrated his heritage as a longtime member of the Sons of Norway Morgensol Lodge in Crookston.
Several years ago Henry moved to Edina, MN to be near his daughter, Karen, and her family. He delighted in the accomplishments of his granddaughters, Clara and Emma, and was generous in his support of their endeavors. At age 93 he began painting with an art therapist, and the scenes he painted were almost all those of his beloved Fertile, the Sand Hills, and Crookston. Special thanks are extended to the staff of The Willows of Vernon Terrace and Fairview Hospice for their kindness and care.
Henry is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Douglas Boyum of Edina, MN; granddaughters, Clara and Emma Boyum of Minneapolis, MN; 2 brothers, Paul (Lorraine) and Arthur (Gelaine) Gredvig of Fertile, MN; 4 sisters-in-law, Marge Gredvig of San Diego, CA, Esther Wolf of Cottage Grove, MN, Marilyn Lecy of Red Wing, MN, and Gayle Kaste of Northport, WA; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to Mernie, his beloved wife of 54 years, Henry is preceded in death by his parents, G.H. and Clara Gredvig; 6 sisters: Alida (Cyrus) Sannes, Olava (Olaf) Christian, Hilma (Art) Rongen), Mildred (Philip) Kilpatrick, Mabel (Ralph) Sather, and Ida (Arnold) Erickson; and 3 brothers: Arnold, George (Clara), and Walter Gredvig. Henry was a kind, generous and wise man with a delightful sense of humor. Our memories of him are precious and blessed.
The funeral service and celebration of the life of Henry E. Gredvig will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place in the Concordia Cemetery at Fertile, MN.
Memorials may be given in Henry’s name to The Trinity Lutheran Church, Polk County Historical Society Museum, Sons of Norway Morgensol Lodge, or the Concordia Cemetery Association.

Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com 

 

 

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