Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

 

Peter K. Johnson 65, Gary, MN, died Saturday May 23, 2015, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile MN. The funeral will be at 1:00PM Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Gary Lutheran Church, Gary, MN. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be at Sundal Lutheran Cemetery, rural Gary, MN.

 

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Lois K. Noah, 84, of Crookston , MN , passed away at her home Monday, May 18, 2015. Lois was born on April 4, 1931 at Bismarck , ND , the only child of Arnold and Helen (Eggert) Klick. She grew up at Hebron , ND and graduated from Hebron High School in 1949. She was a proud graduate of the University of North Dakota earning a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. Lois was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority and played trombone in the marching band. After graduation she moved to Crookston. Lois worked for Polk County as a social worker for several years.  Lois met the love of her life at Maple Lake on Memorial Day, 1956.  On September 8 of that year she was united in marriage to Thomas James "Jim" Noah at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston.  Over ten years their marriage would be blessed by the births of seven children. Together, Lois and Jim raised them in the Catholic faith and supported their many activities. Lois was a lifelong "Fighting Sioux" hockey fan. Sadly Jim passed away on April 22, 1994. Lois remained comfortably settled in her home where she loved and spoiled her two cats, solved the Sunday crossword puzzles, and was an avid reader. She became very adept at keeping up with family and friends through Facebook.   Lois was a loving and wise Grandma, who was her grandchildren’s biggest fan. Her sense of humor was laugh out loud funny. Loving family members include her seven children: Kathy and Marty Duchscher of Silver Bay, MN, Tom and Terri Noah and Bill and Diane Noah of Crookston, Dan and Janet Noah of Riverview, FL, Karen and Jim Broekemeier of Crookston, Susan Noah and Erik Harms of Bloomington, MN, and Jim and Shannon Noah of Crookston; 12 grandchildren: Kimberly and Kyle Duchscher, Joe and Nick Noah, Jacqueline (Chris) Cournia, Joshua Noah, Christine (Eric) Johnson, Tayler, Jessica, and Nicholai Broekemeier, and Luke and Gabriel Noah; 4 great-grandchildren: Parker Noah, and Caitlyn, Johnny, and Ian Cournia, Lindsay (Brett) Anderson, and their children; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jon and Carolyn Noah of Amery, WI; a sister-in-law, Carol McKibben of Altoona, IA; and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family. Lois was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 37 years, Jim; and her parents, Arnold and Helen Klick. Blessed be the memory of Lois Noah.
Mass of Christian Burial for Lois K. Noah will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation with the family will be from 1-2:00pm. Inurnment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Lois' name to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or the Humane Society of Polk County in Crookston.
Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com   

 


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Etta Borkenhagen, 84, of Crookston, formerly of Argyle, died Monday, May 18, 2015, at Villa St. Vincent.
Etta Mary Jane Nelson was born on August 7, 1930, in Argyle, Minnesota, the daughter of Olaf and Elsa (Mattson) Nelson.  She attended school in Argyle, graduating from Argyle High School on May 27, 1948.  Etta furthered her education by attending Bethesda School of Nursing and received her LPN license.  She went on to work for Bethesda, and later Riverview Hospital. In January of 1950, Etta married William H. Thompson, and they were blessed with two children.  On June 3, 1968, Etta married Darrell Richard Borkenhagen in Crookston. Etta enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting and sewing.
Etta is survived by her two children, Eugene Thompson of Crookston and Debra Myatt of Illinois; two grandsons, Nathan and Bryan Hoffman; and two great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Nash Hoffman.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell; her siblings; and a grandson, Andrew Hoffman.
Funeral Services for Etta will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, with visitation from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, and the Rev. Tim Bhajjan officiating.  Interment will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
Online Registry:  www.StenshoelHouske.com

 


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Diane Sauve, of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at her rural Red Lake Falls, MN home surrounded by her loving family. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM at St Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls with Father Bill DeCrans Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at St. Joseph Catholic Church and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Diane Marie Sauve was born October 31, 1962, daughter of Mike and Marlene (Wald) Majeres at Crookston, MN. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. She attended St. Joseph School until 8th grade and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1981. On August 6, 1982, Diane was united in marriage to Randy Sauve at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. The couple moved to Virginia while Randy served his country. They returned to Red Lake Falls, MN where they have resided since. Diane started a Signature Home Styles business and was very successful for 18 years, she earned numerous vacations with the company which gave her the opportunity to meet and make some very dear friends. For the past year and half she was employed at the Red Lake County Credit Union. She enjoyed spending time at the camper, spending time sitting and relaxing in the sun, and the evening campfires. Diane was always taking care and making sure everyone else was taken care of before herself. She is survived by her husband Randy of Red Lake Falls, MN; children Jonathan (Sheila) Sauve of Moorhead, MN and Ashley Sauve of Red Lake Falls, MN, special niece and nephew Naomie Wardle and Aaron McClendon both of Utah; grandchildren Elaina and Jameson of Moorhead, MN; parents Mike and Marlene Majeres of Red Lake Falls, MN; siblings Margaret (Joe) Fox of Blaine, MN, Michelle (Steve) Hulst of Crookston, MN, David (Shawn) Majeres of Thief River Falls, MN, Mary Jo (Jim) Peltier of East Grand Forks, MN, Steven Majeres of Aspen Glenn, CO, Greg (Sylvia) Majeres of Plummer, MN: along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Diane is preceded in death by her grandparents Michael and Christine Wald, Michael and Cecile Majeres; nephew Christopher Majeres; uncles Dick Dufault, Jerry Majeres, Bob Grabanski, Richard Wald, Allan Wald and aunt Betty Nettum.

 

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Adeline Fontaine, 84, of Aitkin, formerly of Crookston, MN, passed away on May 16, 2015 at her home. Adeline was born to Andrew and Marie (Oistad) Melhouse on November 10, 1930 at her parents’ home near Trail, MN. She was raised in the Crookston area, graduating from Crookston High School in 1948.  She worked in the Polk County Treasurer’s Office for a short time. Shortly thereafter, she met the love of her life, Lawrence (Larry) Fontaine. They were married on January 21, 1950 in Crookston.  Eleven children were born to Larry and Adeline. She spent her life being a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker in Crookston. Larry passed away in July of 1986.In 2009, she moved to Moorhead, MN and in 2012, she made her home in Aitkin, MN. Adeline enjoyed traveling, keeping up with current events, completing crossword puzzles, listening to NPR, and taking long drives with her children.  Her greatest pleasure came in spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her children:  Paul (Becky), Elmira, OR; Cheryl Schreck, Gentilly, MN; Lynn (Don) Gardner, Rochester, MN; Larry (Heather), Aitkin, MN; Susan (John) Klopstein, Middleton, WI; Bonnie (Mark) Sperling, Wadena, MN; Laurie, Fargo, ND; Amy, Robbinsdale, MN; and Carrie (Henning) Petersen, Glyndon, MN.  She  is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Martin and George; sisters, Mabel, Frances, and Emerald; her husband; two sons, Mark and Steven; one grandson, Nevin; and son-in-law, Craig Schreck. Mass of Christian Burial:  2:00 PM Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston, with visitation from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at the church.
Interment:  Calvary Cemetery, Crookston
Online Registry:  www.StenshoelHouske.com

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Glen Eugene Kroshus, 88, Fargo, ND, formerly of Perley/Borup and Gary, MN, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Sanford Palliative Care, Fargo, ND.
Funeral will be at 11:00AM Monday, May 18, 2015, Winchester Lutheran Church, Borup, MN. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the church. Burial will be at Winchester Lutheran Cemetery, Borup, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home.

 

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Mary Katherine Visser, infant daughter of Bradley Visser and Dena Bishop, Ada, MN. was born and died Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Essentia Health, Fargo, ND. Private family services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Ada with burial in the Ada Municipal Cemetery.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home

 

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Ronald Osmondson, Red Lake Falls, MN, age 60 died on Monday, May 11, 2015 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN with his loving family at his side. Ronald Owen Osmondson was born on February 22, 1955 the son of Conrad and Olga (Bakke) Osmondson.  He was baptized and confirmed at the Union Lake Lutheran Church and attended school in Fertile, MN graduating with the class of 1973.  
On March 17, 1978, Ron was united in marriage to Betty Landman at St. John Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.  The couple made their home in Red Lake Falls and to this union four children were born, Sharleen, Kevin, Ryan and Kristin.  Betty passed away in 2001. Ron worked at Wang Trucking, Bradshaw Gravel and most recently at Homark Homes in Red Lake Falls. On November 30, 2002, Ron was united in marriage to Marlys Olson at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls.  The couple continued to live and enjoy life in Red Lake Falls together until Marlys passed away on May 28, 2012.  
Ron enjoyed 4-wheeling and camping at the family farm, playing with his dog Ella, relaxing on his deck, playing with his grandchildren and cookouts with his family.  Ron was always there to help someone in need and he also liked to joke around and give people grief.
Survivors include his four children, Sharleen (Ira) Hill of Erskine, MN, Kevin (Jennifer) Osmondson of West Fargo, ND, Ryan Osmondson of Erskine, MN and Kristin (Scott) Hornbuckle of Erskine, MN; six grandchildren, Calvin & Jon Hill, Arianna, Jocelyn & Kathryn Osmondson, and Riley Kochmann; special friend, Rose Heater of Red Lake Falls, MN; two brothers, Jerry (Carol) Osmondson of  Fertile, MN and Greg Osmondson of Maple Bay, MN; sister-in-law, Carol Osmondson of Fertile, MN; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his two wives, Betty and Marlys; parents; sister, Linda Osmondson; and brother, Roger Osmondson.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM service on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN with Rev. Timothy Lundeen officiating.  Burial will follow at Immanuel Cemetery, Wylie, MN.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Harold Hinrichs, Red Lake Falls, MN, age 83, died on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Oakland Park Nursing Home in Thief River Falls, MN.
Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Red Lake Falls, MN with Reverend Jonathan Bumgardner officiating.  Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Red Lake Falls. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5 – 8 PM, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Red Lake Falls, with a Prayer Service at 7 PM and visitation also one hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday at the church.Harold Roland Hinrichs was born January 5, 1932 in Red Lake Falls, MN, the son of August and Florence (Gale) Hinrichs.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Red Lake Falls, MN.  He attended rural school and attended LaFayette High School, Red Lake Falls through the 9th grade.In December of 1952, Harold entered the United States Army and served his country until September of 1954.  Upon his discharge he returned to Red Lake Falls.In February of 1955, he and his brother Alfred purchased the family farm, where they raised grain and cattle. In 1993, Harold retired from farming. He worked also at Detroiter, Red Lake Falls for 3 years and the sugar beet factory, also for 3 years.Harold was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Red Lake Falls, where he served as Trustee and head usher for many years.  He also was secretary for St. John’s Men’s Club for 2 years.  He held membership with the Red Lake Falls American Legion.  Harold enjoyed all kind of ball games, mainly the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.  He liked flower gardening, spending a little time at the casino and after his retirement, he like to jump in the car and drive around and look at crops.Survivors include a sister Delores Page, Crookston, MN and brother Darrell (Jane) Hinrichs, Albany, OR, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by parents, sister Phyllis Bell, brothers Duane and Alfred and Larry in infancy, and a brother-in-law Ray Page.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

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David McCleary, 87, of East Grand Forks, formerly of Fisher, died Friday, May 8, 2015, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.  David Elliot McCleary was born near Fisher, MN on May 19, 1927, the son of Elliot and Ellen (Merrill) McCleary.  He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith and attended Fisher High School, graduating in 1945.  In the middle of his senior year, Dave enlisted in the Navy, leaving for the Great Lakes Naval Station at the age of 17.  His parents received his diploma in his absence.
While in the Navy, Dave graduated from radio school at the University of Wisconsin.  After his honorable discharge in 1946, he returned and attended the University of North Dakota.  He was united in marriage to Arlyne Sawyer in Crookston.  They lived in Fisher, where they raised their four children. 
Dave was a life member and past commander of the Fisher American Legion and was a member of the Fisher Lutheran Church.  He managed Fisher Municipal for two years and was manager of the Farmers Oil Company in their first year of operation.  David was employed at Northern Plumbing Supply of Grand Forks for over thirty years.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and card playing.
He will lovingly be remembered by his wife of 65 years, Arlyne of East Grand Forks; four children, Vicki (Steve) Klaers of White Bear Lake Twp., MN, Lee (Kathy) McCleary of Moorhead, Dean (Natalie) McCleary of Moorhead, and Linda (Randy) Steinwand of Farmington; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill McCleary; sister-in-law, Jeanne Sawyer; brother-in-law, Lloyd Sawyer; and many special cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Courtland and John; sisters-in-law, Marge McCleary, Doris McCleary, and Loy Sawyer; and brother-in-law, Bob Sawyer.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, May 15, 2015 at Fisher Lutheran Church with the Rev. Karen Young Trenne officiating.  Visitation will be held from 5 – 7 PM Thursday, with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service, at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston.  Military Honors will be provided by the Fisher American Legion.  Inurnment will take place in Greenwood Cemetery, Fisher.
Online registry at www.StenshoelHouske.com

 

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Dennis E. Aamodt, 74, Halstad, MN, died Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN. The funeral will be at 11:00AM Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Augustana Lutheran Church, rural Halstad, MN. Visitation: Monday from 5PM to 7PM at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad.
Burial: Augustana Lutheran Cemetery, rural Halstad. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home


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Delia Lanctot, 106, of Crookston, formerly of Gentilly, died Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Villa St. Vincent. Delia Rose Marie Brule was born on September 23, 1908 in Gentilly Township, MN, the daughter of Philias and Caroline (Dufault) Brule.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly.  Delia attended Kripple Kreek country school near Gentilly, through the eighth grade. On May 21, 1929, Delia married Eddie Lanctot at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Delia and Eddie lived on a farm in Crookston Township before moving to Gentilly in October of 1937 with their three children.  There, they owned and operated a Hartz store for 12 years.  During that time, Eddie also managed the Gentilly Dairy Association and Delia assisted him with the bookkeeping.  After Eddie’s sudden death in 1951, and the death of her father in 1953, Delia asked her mother to live with her.  During this time, Delia took part in an adult education typing class at Central High School, obtained a certificate in filing, bookkeeping and accounting, by correspondence from Seattle, and learned how to drive.  Delia took care of her mother for 24 years, before Caroline moved to the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in 1977.  After living in Gentilly for 64 years, Delia moved to the Villa Summit Apartments on July 2, 2001, and in 2005, to Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home, where she has since resided. Delia enjoyed gardening, canning vegetables, baking, flowers, crocheting, and listening to music.  Most of all, she enjoyed the company of family and friends, and playing cards with them.  She served two terms as president of St. Anne’s Sodality, was a member of the National Catholic Society since 1940, and also belonged to the Gentilly Senior Citizens Club.  She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Sister Joan (Madeline) Lanctot, CSJ of Crookston; two sons, Vernon (Hazel) Lanctot of San Antonio, TX, and Edwin (Linda) Lanctot of Payson, AZ; eight grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Audette of Crookston; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. In addition to her parents, Delia was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie; three brothers, Aime, Noel, and Adrian Brule; sisters-in-law, Lucille Brule and Helen Brule; and great-granddaughter, Acacia Joy Lanctot. Funeral Mass for Delia will be 10:30 AM Thursday, May 14, 2015, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, with Father Vincent Miller and Deacon Dennis Bivens officiating.  Visitation will be from 5 – 7 PM, with a 7 PM Prayer Service, Wednesday, at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, and one hour prior to mass at the church.  Interment will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.
Home. Online registry:  www.StenshoelHouske.com

 

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Sister Rita M. Bonneprise, CSJ, passed away quietly at Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, Minnesota on Monday, May 4, 2015. Sister Rita Marie was born January 10, 1929 to Joseph and Matilda (Kromrey) Bonneprise in Osceola, Wisconsin.  Her early formative years were spent in Osceola with her sister Joan and brothers, John and Ben.  Her parents enrolled her at St. Joseph’s Academy in Crookston, where she graduated in May of 1946.
Having great admiration for the sisters who taught her, Rita Marie entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph on July 22, 1946.  She received the religious name of Sister Mary Michael; in 1948 she pronounced her First Vows and made her Final Profession in 1951.
Teaching and administering schools were great loves of Sister Mary Michael.  Between 1949 and 2000, she ministered at St. Rose School, Argyle, MN; St. Joseph’s Academy, Crookston, MN; St. Peter’s School, Park Rapids, MN; St. Anne’s School, Somerset, WI; St. Joseph’s School, West St. Paul, MN: St. Joan of Arc School, Minneapolis, MN; and St. Richard’s School, Richfield, MN.
When new fields of ministry became an option for sisters, Sister Mary Michael’s pioneering and adventurous spirit became apparent.  Returning to her baptismal name and after further training, she branched out as a religious educator in Strandquist, MN and Fargo, ND; she served as a family therapist at Glenmore Recovery Center in Crookston, MN.  Later, she served the Hmong Community in St. Paul, MN as a pastoral minister.  In Brooklyn, NY, Sister Rita Marie befriended women who had formerly been incarcerated, and at Marian Care Center in St. Paul, she helped the elderly.  Her personal experiences and encounters with people with various ages and cultures and the charism of the Congregation of St. Joseph have been the inspiration of her work, relationships and energies.
While recuperating from a heart attack, Sister Rita Marie lived at Marywood, where she began writing a book of poems.  “New Horizons” was published in 2011 after her move to the Summit Apartments.
Sister Rita Marie is survived by the Sisters of St. Joseph; her sister, Joan (Jerry) Felling of Osceola, WI; brothers, John Bonneprise of Osceola and Ben (Evelyn) Bonneprise of Tucson, Arizona; niece, Rita McKee of Rochester, MN; as well as other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  Sister Rita Marie’s parents preceded her in death.
Services for Sister Rita Marie Bonneprise will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015, at the Villa St. Vincent Chapel in Crookston, MN.  A Wake Service will be held at 3:00 PM, and the Mass of Resurrection celebrated at 4:00 PM.
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, an 11:00 AM Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at Assumption Church in Farmington, WI.  Interment will be in the family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Farmington.
Memorials preferred to the Congregation of St. Joseph, Mission Advancement Office, 3134 Hundred Oaks Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808-1541.
Online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Gladys Mary Thorp, of Crookston, MN, died at her home Friday afternoon in the arms of her loving husband, Bill. She had been fearlessly battling cancer for more than a decade.
Born May 19, 1942 in Ada, MN to Albert and Josephine (Boutain) Brantl, Gladys graduated from Ada High School in 1960 and then attended St.Francis School of Nursing in Crookston. Upon earning her LPN degree, she was employed as a nurse at St.Francis Hospital. On June 28, 1963, she was united in marriage to William “Bill” Thorp at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ada. She continued to work at St.Francis until her children were born, and then joined Northern Paving/J & S Gravel (later becoming Anderson Paving) as the office manager, a position she held for more than 30 years. Following retirement, she volunteered her time to the American Legion Auxiliary (past president), Crookston Library Board and as a local election judge.
Gladys could be summed up in one word: selfless. This shone through in her long battle with cancer. Though her illness was serious and often trying, she never once complained about her plight, yet was always concerned about the well-being of others. She loved life and all living things, particularly enjoying gardening, bird watching, planting trees and rescuing the occasional stray cat. Other passions included cooking, reading, knitting, crocheting, watching old movies and discussing politics. She was happiest seated in her three-season room with a crossword puzzle in hand, surrounded by family and the sights and sounds of nature.
Gladys is survived by her husband, Bill; their two sons, David (Sheila) Thorp of Parker, CO and Jonathan (Jennifer) Thorp of Fargo, ND; four grandchildren: Zachary, Alex, Cecelia and Milo; sisters Alice Wagner of Ada and Rose (Jim) Bredman of Crookston; brothers Mike Brantl of Minneapolis, MN and John (Brenda) Brantl of Palm Desert, CA; sisters-in-law: Victoria Thorp of Crookston, Theresa Brantl of Breckenridge, MN and Sharon (Bill) Ofstedahl of Walker, MN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Josephine Brantl; brothers, Norman and Paul Brantl; brother-in-law, Richard Wagner; parents-in-law, Harry and Lucille (Lalonde) Thorp; sister-in-law, Marlys (Thorp) Beauchamp; and brother-in-law, John Beauchamp.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Gladys Thorp will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 11, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, presiding, and The American Legion Auxiliary, participating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be given in Gladys’ name to the Crookston Altru Clinic Infusion Center.
Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com

 

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Franciska Marie Wahlin was born December 13, 1928, in Moorhead, MN, to Victor and Alpha (Kirkhorn) Ramstad--the first of 5 daughters.  She died at the Sauve home in Barnesville, MN, Thursday, April 30, 2015.  She grew up in Wahpeton, ND, where her father was a pharmacist.  The family also enjoyed a cabin at Battle Lake MN, where Fran enjoyed summers with her family and friends.  She worked in her father’s drugstore helping at the soda fountain and other duties.  Significant influences growing up in Wahpeton were her parents, grandparents, belonging to “Temple Builders” (a grade school group at Her Bethel Lutheran Church) and Luther League.  She was also a Girl Scout and later a Girl Scout Leader.  She was baptized January 9, 1929 and later confirmed in the Lutheran Faith.  Fran graduated from Moorhead State Teacher’s College in 1950, and taught school in Grand Forks, ND, for one year prior to her marriage to John Wahlin on June 24, 1952, in Bethel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton.  She continued teaching and learning from her children and grandchildren.  Fran and John were blessed with four children, John Reid, Shelley Sue, Christopher Todd and Gail Franciska. 
Fran was an active member of Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN.  She taught Sunday school for many years and was a member of WELCA.  She served faithfully.   She was active in Teen’s Encounter Christ program, where she shared and grew in faith.  She also belonged to the League of Women Voters and served on the Bear Park Township Board.  John and Fran were active in the National Farmer’s Organization and Farmer’s Union, fighting for fair prices for the products they grew.  Fran and John were privileged to host Jairo Guttierrez (Foreign Exchange Student) and later his sister, Maria.  Fran taught Maria the English language.  They welcomed several other children into their home.  John and Fran loved to square dance and downhill ski.  There are good memories of several ski trips with the friends and family.  Fran made sure all of her children learned to swim.  They spent as much time as possible at Strawberry Lake near Detroit Lakes.  They were dairy farmers until they retired so they taught their children the value of hard work.  Fran had a love for reading anything she could get her hands on.  Her Bible was worn and she knew scripture by heart.  She was confident in the Grace, Love and Forgiveness of Jesus Christ.  She also had an architect class in college and designed a beautiful addition to their home. 
Fran was an Emergency Medical Technician with County EMS for many years.  She comforted and helped her friends and neighbors when they were in health crisis.  Many times John would drive Fran right to the scene. 
Her family has wonderful memories of “Mom” in the kitchen and garden.  She was a great cook and always had dinner ready for her children when they got off the bus.  Always the first word when coming home from school were “Mom, where are you?”  She took care of her grandchildren whenever called upon, helping her children to work, further their careers or just take a little vacation.
Franciska is survived by her children: Shelley Wahlin Quinlan (Robert), McIntosh, MN,  Christopher Wahlin (Karla), Crookston, MN, and Gail Sauve (Randy), Barnesville, MN;  grandchildren: Benjamin Tuseth- Brionna and Taryn, Melissa Meyer (Josh) – Aubrey, Kolton, Emery, Joseph Tuseth; Josh Wahlin (Jennifer- Taydem, Jesse Wahlin (fiancé Alecia), Katrina Wahlin (fiancé Brent), Kenley Wahlin (Mandi), Kayla Benson (Jersey), Kamille Wahlin, Alex Sauve (Amanda)- Crosby and Ellie Mae, Claire Grunewald (Tyler)- Maggie, Harrison, Jonas Sauve (fiancé Denage), Peter, Graham and Ben Sauve; step granddaughter, Katie (Quinlan) (Justin) Vaccari-  Samuel;  two sisters: Shirley (Jack) Neese, Battle Lake, MN, and Verona (Douglas) Betlach, Perham, MN, numerous nieces and nephews and her cat, Annie, who now lives with Jesse.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, her son Reid, sisters Mina and Sue.
Memorial services will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015, at 11:00 am in the Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN.
Visitation will be on Sunday, May 10, 2015, from 4-6 PM in the Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, MN.
Burial will be in the Faaberg Lutheran Cemetery, Rindal, MN.
Arrangements are with the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, MN.


 

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