Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)
Lorraine Elizabeth Steffen, age 90, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully
Tuesday afternoon, April 22, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent, with several loving
members at her side. Lorraine was born in Crookston on September 5, 1923, and
was the daughter of Gordon F. and Grace (Stainbrook) Leguee. She grew up in
Crookston, was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate
Conception, and graduated from Cathedral High School. On December 14, 1940
Lorraine was united in marriage to Charles Hugh Steffen at the Cathedral.
Charles was employed by the Great Northern Railroad and the couple made their
home in Crookston throughout their lives. To Charles, Lorraine was known
affectionately as "Queenie", and their marriage was blessed by the
births of 16 children. Devoted wife, loving mother, and busy homemaker were all
accurate ways to describe Lorraine. She was dedicated to her family and kept
everything calm and under control as the kids were growing up. Somehow she also
found time to work at Sidney's Café for a number of years during the 1950's. In
1968 Lorraine began employment with the Polk County Public Library as a library
assistant. She absolutely loved working with the patrons of the library, simply
because she loved people, she loved reading, and she loved books. This was her
legacy to her kids to the extent that most are avid readers to this day. Charles
passed away on February 6, 1988. Lorraine appreciated all types of music, but
was drawn to an eclectic mix of recordings by Pavarotti, Ricky Martin, Engelbert
Humperdinck, and Tom Jones. She was an accomplished seamstress, and enjoyed
doing "fancy work" throughout her life. She was an avid baseball fan
and cheered on the NY Yankees through good times and bad. Lorraine loved to
travel and looked forward to visiting her children around the country. She was
especially thrilled to take a trip in 1971 with 3 of her daughters to England,
Wales, and Greece. Lorraine was a lifelong member of the Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception parish, belonged to the St. Francis Circle, and was also a
longtime member of the Trainman's Auxiliary. For many years she volunteered her
time to the Polk County Historical Society and formed many wonderful friendships
from her time there. Lorraine's life was a blessing to her family and friends
and her memory will be forever treasured.
Family members include Lorraine's 15 living children: Elizabeth "Betty" Spears Miller of Chicago, IL, Katherine (William) Hulst of Crookston, MN, Michael Dean "Casey" Steffen of Crookston, Scharleen (Daniel) Obregon of Grand Forks, ND, Patrick Joseph Steffen of Oklahoma City, OK, John (Sharon) Peters of Frazee, MN, Brian Gordon Steffen of Minneapolis, MN, Lisa (John) Nuss of Fargo, ND, Rosemary Steffen of Fargo, Marguerite (Sam) Levick of Oklahoma City, Jill (Robert) Baron of Eagle, CO, Craig (Laurie) Steffen of Johnstown, CO, Rebecca Jo Steffen (Jay Howard) of Phoenix, AZ, Terence Steffen of Minneapolis, and Sara Jane Steffen of Eagen, MN; and a daughter-in-law, Susan Moore of Dallas, TX, whose husband, Mark Steffen, died on August 16, 1996. She is also survived by 36 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Ardis Leguee of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to her husband, Charles, and son, Mark, Lorraine was preceded in death by a 2-year old great-granddaughter, Ashley, who died on June 17, 1989; her parents, Gordon and Grace Leguee; her parents-in-law, Hugh and Flora Steffen; brother, Gordon Dean Leguee; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Otis and Gloria Steffen, Glenna and Walt Mueller, John and Inez Wigand, Mary and Frank Clayton, Dorothy and Alfred Rasmussen, and Bernice and Floyd Ranz.
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Lorraine Elizabeth Steffen will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements. Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, at a later time. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given in Lorraine's name to Hospice of the Red River Valley or the Villa St. Vincent for special projects. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Ann Bouwman, 64,
of Baxter passed away at her home on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 surrounded by
her family after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. Private family
services with burial at Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, MN.
Shirley was born on October 13, 1949 to Ann (Page) Evans and Wallace Harding Evans in Crookston, Minnesota. She grew up in Crookston, Minnesota graduating from Crookston Central High School in 1967. Shirley's most cherished memories were with Family and Holiday gatherings. Other Hobbies included Vacations / traveling, Reading, Embroidery work and Playing Pogo on her computer.
Her favorite vacations included her trips to Branson, Missouri and her trips to South Dakota. Highlights of her Branson trip included the iconic Wax museum and Winery with her daughters. Her fond memory of South Dakota was her walk up Crazy Horse Mountain (Volksmarch). She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren whether it be baking, camping and her love of fishing. Shirley had an amazing work ethic regardless of what task was in front of her. She took great pride in working for everything she had.
Shirley spent 23 years working at the University of Minnesota - Crookston after she moved back to Crookston in 1973. She also worked for 10 years at Mt. Saint Benedict as a nurse's aide. Most recently she worked at the Manor Nursing Home and Hospital beginning in 1997 until she became ill.
Shirley is survived by her mother, Ann Evans of Crookston, MN; daughters, Lisa (Brian) Schumacher of Crookston, MN, Sherry Senske (Steele) of Glyndon, MN, Michelle (Kevin) Johnson of Baxter, MN; seven grandchildren, Allison, Heather, Sierra, Steele, Samuel, Kyle, and Katy; sister, Marlys (Kerry) McFarlin of Crookston, MN. She was preceded in death by her father, Wallace Evans; sister, Jean Hasty, and grandchild, Brittny Schumacher. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN. Brenny Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services www.brenny.com 800.824.5051
Lorraine E. Steffen, age 90, of Crookston, MN, died Tuesday afternoon, April 22, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Lorraine's life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Marc Chaput, Red
Lake Falls, MN age 45, died at his home near Red Lake Falls, on Sunday, April
20, 2014. Marc Anthony Chaput was born June 24, 1968 at St. Francis Hospital in
Crookston son of Roma and Marie (Proulx) Chaput. He was raised on the family
farm south of Red Lake Falls. He attended school in Red Lake Falls graduating
from Lafayette High School in 1986. He worked on the family farm for a time and
later at Marvin Windows in Warroad, MN. He worked for St. Hilaire Elevator at
the Sunflower plant. He then worked at New Flyer in Crookston, Digi-Key in Thief
River Falls, for various farmers in the area and most recently at the Cenex
fertilizer plant in Red Lake Falls. On August 9, 1997 he was united in marriage
to Laurie DeHaan at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. The couple
made their home SW of Red Lake Falls where they have continued to live. Marc
enjoyed hunting, fishing, 6-wheeler rides, gardening, most of all he enjoyed the
time spent with his family.
He is survived by his wife Laurie Chaput of Red Lake Falls, MN; children Samantha (fiancé Matt Stengrim) DeHaan, Joseph and Emma Chaput all of Red Lake Falls, MN; granddaughter Maddilynn; mother Marie Chaput of Red Lake Falls, MN; brothers and sisters, Debbie (Dennis) Hanson, Cynthia Johnson, Michelle (Guy) Kruse, Rick (Peggy) Chaput, Tim (Shelly) Chaput, Lisa Hanson, Craig (Carole) Chaput, Ed (Cherie) Chaput, Dennis (Eileen) Johnson; along with many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Roma Chaput and son Josh Chaput.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM in St. Peter Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN with Father Robert Schreiner and Deacon Denny Bivens Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Peter Catholic Cemetery at Gentilly, MN. Visitation will be held from 5 -8 PM on Thursday, April 24, 2014 with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN and also one hour prior to service at the church on Friday. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.
E. "Don" Page, age 80, of Erskine, MN, and formerly of Crookston,
Maple Lake, and Fertile, died Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014, at the Pioneer
Memorial Care Center in Erskine. Don was born in Crookston, Minnesota on
September 7, 1933, one of four children of the union of Eli and Marie (Tripanier)
Page. He grew up at Gentilly, Minnesota, near Crookston, and attended the
Gentilly school. In 1951 Don was united in marriage to LaVonne Rivard at
Somerset, WI. Throughout his life Don was a very successful businessman and
entrepreneur. He and LaVonne made their home in Crookston where he owned The
Diamond, a popular local supper club. In 1971 Arlene Johnson became a big part
of Don's life, and as his companion they moved to Cooperstown, ND in the 1970's
to own and operate The Coachman Inn. After returning to the area and settling at
Maple Lake, near Mentor, MN, Don began dealing in antiques. Of all his
businesses perhaps the one he loved the most was the Page Gravel Company, which
he ran for several years. He was an animal lover all his life, and
"Morris" the cat became a big part of his life during these years,
with a personality nearly as big as Don's. Don and Arlene moved into Fertile, MN
in 2005, and then as his health began to fail he became a resident of the
Pioneer Memorial Care Center in 2010. Don was a wonderful companion, father,
grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be very lovingly remembered and
sadly missed by his family and many friends.
Don is survived by his partner and companion of 43 years, Arlene Johnson of Crookston, MN; 5 children: Vickie Stockamp of Riverside, CA, Nancy (Kevin) Page-Grabau of Hudson, WI, Sherry (Rick) Hinz of New Richmond, WI, Patsy Peltier of Stillwater, MN, and Steve Page of Crookston; 9 grandchildren: Cassandra Stockamp, Dawn Cordova, Shaun Page, Amy Tollefson, Lisa Hill, Mandi Haas, Tiffany Vier, Derek Hinz, and Monique Hinz; 7 great-grandchildren: Chelcee Page, Scottie Cordova, Amelia Cordova, Noah Vier, Kaelyn Vier, Isabella Haas, and Sam Haas; 2 sisters, Marcella Violette of Riverside, CA and Rose Dufault of East Grand Forks, MN; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Marie; son-in-law, William Stockamp; sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Clarence Brault; brothers-in-law, Norman Dufault and Walter Violette; and nephews, Walter, Robert, and Michael Brault. May God bless Don's memory.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Donald Eli Page will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Deacon Dennis Bivens, presiding. Visitation with Don's family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at St. Peter's Cemetery in Gentilly, MN at a later date. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Clarence Gruhot, 51, of Ashburn,
VA, and a Crookston, MN native, died accidentally at his home on Saturday, April
12, 2014, while working on his classic Camaro. Dan was born in Crookston on
September 24, 1962, the son of David and Delores (Pokrzywinski) Gruhot. He was
baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and while growing up on the family
farm attended Lincoln Elementary, Highland Middle School, and Central High
School in Crookston. Dan enlisted in the US Army on July 16, 1980 and served
overseas in Germany for nearly all of his tour of duty. For his service to his
country he was awarded the Expert Rifleman Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas
Service Ribbon, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge. He received his honorable
discharge on July 16, 1983 and returned home. Dan later moved to Salt Lake City,
UT and was employed in the construction business, both there and in Arizona.
After moving to Ashburn, VA Dan began working for the Telos Corp as an OEM
(Original Equipment Manufacturer) manager. He had been with the Company for the
past 23 years and was a very valued employee who will be sadly missed by his
supervisors and co-workers. Dan had been sharing a home in Ashburn with his best
friend of 34 years, Adam Warmsbecker, a native of the McIntosh, MN area.
Dan was a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings; exhibited by the fact that he wore some kind of Viking t-shirt or jersey every day of his life, named his dog, “Viking”, and it was rumored that his blood flowed purple. He also enjoyed working on, and driving, his 1980 Chevrolet Camaro. Dan remained loyal to his hometown and kept up with the news from Crookston everyday by going online to find out what was happening. He called his mother, Delores, every Tuesday without fail, and spoke with his brothers and sisters regularly as well. Everyone, family and friend alike, loved Dan, and he will be remembered for always living his life according to the Golden Rule. May God bless Dan’s memory.
Dan is survived by his mother, Delores Gruhot, of Crookston, MN; 3 brothers and 5 sisters: David (Sandi) Gruhot of Fargo, ND, Louis (Debbie) Gruhot of West Valley City, UT, Jeanette (Kevin) Pierce of Grand Forks, ND, his twin sister, Diane (Ron) Martin of Grand Forks, Kathy (Curt) Aamot of Crookston, Robert (Heidi) Gruhot of Gaithersburg, MD, Patsy Clement (fiance’ David Rynestad) of Grand Forks, and Sue (Dave) LeGare of Dilworth, MN; his best friend, Adam Warmsbecker of Ashburn, VA; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Dan was preceded in death by his father, David T. Gruhot, who died on September 20, 2001; his grandparents, Stanley and Lucille Gruhot, and Florian and Helen Pokrzywinski.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Daniel Clarence Gruhot will be held at 2:00pm, Monday, April 21, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, with military honors provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Hanson, age 84, Crookston, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Riverview Health
in Crookston, MN with her loving family at her side. Vivian Mary Gleason was
born on June 20, 1929 at White Earth, MN to Frank and Pauline (Oppegard)
Gleason. Vivian grew up on the family farm in Lengby, MN. She attended the
Antell School in Lengby and graduated from Mahnomen High School. After
graduation from nursing school in Minneapolis, she worked at Franklin Hospital
and as a private nurse for a few years before returning to Lengby to help take
care of her Dad and Grandfather. In 1951, Vivian moved to Crookston and worked
at St. Francis Hospital and Northwestern Bell. She was united in marriage with
Orland AOrlie@ Leonard Hanson on April 15, 1953 at the Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception, Crookston, MN. The couple lived on their farm in Fairfax
Township, south of Crookston. Orlie and Vivian moved from the farm to town in
1988, when Orlie retired from farming. Vivian enjoyed gardening and together
they spent time at their cabin on Leech Lake relaxing and enjoying fishing and
boat rides with their family and friends. Vivian always liked taking Sunday
afternoon drives with Orlie that often included a stop at a Dairy Queen and
making deliveries to the field. Vivian loved her family and friends and her kind
soul was felt by all who knew her. Sharing a smile and putting others first was
a natural response for her. Vivian was so proud of her children, grandchildren
and great-grandchildren and she enjoyed attending any event they were involved
in. She cherished lifelong friendships she made with her Birthday Club Group,
weekly coffee group, lunches with her Northwestern Bell group and C & G Red
Hatters. Organizations Vivian served as a member of include, the St. Francis of
Assisi Circle Group, Catholic Daughters of America, Villa St. Vincent Auxiliary,
VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and the Eagles. Vivian was a longtime
member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, where she served as a
co-chairperson of the Cathedral Funeral Guild.
Loving family members include her beloved husband of 61 years, Orlie; six children: Bruce (Jody) Hanson of Crookston, Corky (Marilee) Hanson of Crookston, Dean Hanson of Rogers, MN, Diane (Steve) Rice of Ham Lake, MN, Gerilynn Hanson of West Fargo, ND, Joyce Hanson of Fargo, ND; 13 grandchildren: Karna (Scott) Rhodes of Billings, Montana, Brock Hanson, Seth Hanson, Marley (Sam) Melbye, Wade Hanson, Wes (Crystal) Hanson, Wyatt Hanson, all of Crookston, Natalie Hanson of Winter Haven, Florida, Nicholas Hanson of Rogers, MN, Nate (Tricia) Hanson of Ramsey, MN, Jordan Rice and Alexis Rice of Ham Lake, MN, Lucy Hanson-Richter of Fargo, ND; 4 great-grandchildren: Jace and Drake Rhodes, Elianah and Greg Hanson. Also left to mourn Vivian=s passing is her sister: Hazel (Donald) Weber of Moorhead, MN; and two brothers: Francis Gleason of Minneapolis, MN and James (Francy) Gleason of Naytahwaush, MN; two brother-in-laws: Howard (Evelyn) Hanson and George (Nancy) Hanson, both from Crookston; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. In addition to a son, Rodney and a daughter, Mary Beth, Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Pauline; and a sister Patricia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lowell Storlie; Gilman and Maxine Hanson, Mervin and Dorothy Wagner.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Vivian Hanson will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with the Very Rev. Vincent Miller presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston from 5-7:00pm, Monday, with a prayer service at 7:00pm and also for one hour before the service at the church. Interment will take place in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with the arrangements. Online Registry at: www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Teggatz died on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Sleepy Eye Care Center, in Sleepy
Eye, MN, surrounded by her family at the age of 91 years.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, April 21, 2014 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Mentor, MN with Father Joe Richards presiding. Burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Mentor, MN.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Josephine Theresa Schindler was born January 6, 1923 on the family farm in Red Lake Falls Township, the daughter of John and Mary (Schmitz) Schindler. Josephine attended country school in Red Lake Township. Following high school in Red Lake Falls Township, she completed Teachers Training in Crookston MN. She then taught country school near Marcoux Corner, MN until 1945.
On July 24, 1945 Josephine was united in marriage to Eugene Teggatz in Red Lake Falls. The couple worked on their farm near Mentor, MN, while raising their family. She started teaching again in 1965 in Terrebonne, MN until the school was closed. She continued her education at Bemidji State University earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Josephine then taught Kindergarten, 1st Grade and Special Education until 1979. At that time she retired from teaching and she and Gene started traveling spending winters in Arkansas from 1979 to 1988. When health and age prevented them from traveling they moved to New Ulm, MN. After her husband’s death, Josephine continued living in New Ulm until she moved to the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye, MN, in 2011.
Josephine enjoyed making trips up North to visit her many relatives. In the Fall she enjoyed collecting flower seeds for her flower gardening. She sewed many sweatshirts and sweat suits, of many colors, for all of her grandchildren!! Baking cookies and taking “short orders” in “Grandma’s Restaurant” was one of her favorite things. She also enjoyed playing cards with Eugene and her grandchildren. Josephine enjoyed tutoring (playing school) with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Josephine is survived by 5 children: Beverly Bean, New Ulm, MN; Nancy Taylor, North Port, FL; Elaine (Steve) Hudok, Anoka, MN; Carolyn (John) Meyer, New Ulm, MN; Earl (Susan) Teggatz, Oak Park, IL. 22 grandchildren: Robert, Stephanie, Anthony (Amanda); Mark (Lisa), Eric (Jen), Paul; Nancy Melissa, Russell (Belinda), Christopher (Tanya), Zachary (Andrea), Mary (Brian); Michelle (Mike), Michael, Daniel; Benjamin, Kate, Kristen, Douglas, Andrew (Kristin); Tyler (Amy), Abigail (Dylan), Nikolas. 11 Great-Grand children: Lauren, Courtland, Tori; Anya, Lyla; Lucas; Victoria; Caleb; Cameron, Forrest; Zoey. 2 Great-Great Grandchildren: Amiyah, Ariana. Brothers and sister: Mary Ann Schafer, Vernon (Mary), Theodore, Valentine (Delores) Schindler. Sisters-in-law: Patricia Schindler, Lyda, Dorothy, Lily and Bernice Teggatz. She is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene on February 7, 2001, 2 sons: John and infant son Eugene Michael; Son-in-law Bobby Don Bean; Grandchildren: Theresa, Joseph: Great Grandchild Liam; her parents; Siblings: Edward, Louise, Louis, Veronica, Raymond, Bernard and Eugene.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.
Denis Lee Taus, age 51, Crookston, MN, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Sanford Medical Center, Bemidji, with his loving family at his side.Denis was born on April 26, 1962 in Crookston, MN, son of George L. and Mary A. (Morlan) Taus. He was named after his uncles, Dennis and Virgil Lee Taus. The family lived in Crookston, McIntosh and Oslo, before moving to Climax in 1970, where Denis attended school. In school, Denis was in track and played football and basketball. Following his senior year, the family moved back to Crookston. Denis had worked for local farmers while in school and at Perkins. During his sophomore year, at the age of 16, Denis was severely injured in a head on collision when he was hit by a drunk driver and suffered lifelong ongoing health issues which greatly altered his life. An avid outdoors man, he enjoyed cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles and fishing with family. He especially enjoyed Ox Cart Days in Crookston with the Classic Cruizers car exhibition, where annually he entered his "parade car," a 1985 Cutlass Supreme that he had refinished in Silver and Gold. He loved music and enjoyed following the bands of his brother George and brother-in-law Mark, attending all their gigs when he was in better health. He also enjoyed attending the annual Moon Dance Jam weekends at Walker, MN. He loved spending time with his nieces and nephews and regularly took them to the circus when it was in the area.
"Jo" Larson, age 75, died
Thursday, April 10, 2014 at RiverView Health in Crookston, with her loving
family at her side.
Jorene Ann Zink was born on December 1, 1938 at Carrington, ND daughter of Harold and Erna (Peterson) Zink. She grew up on the family farm near Carrington. She attended school at Rosehill Country School and graduated from Carrington High School. After graduation she attended Interstate Business College in Fargo for bookkeeping and worked for an accounting firm in Fargo following her graduation. She was united in marriage with Charles E. Larson on March 29, 1958 at Carrington Federated Church, Carrington, ND. After their wedding, they made their first home in Montevideo, MN. They returned to Fargo in 1959 and lived there until 1972 when the family moved to Bottineau, ND. In 1975, the family moved to Crookston and settled into their forever home on Golf Terrace Drive. Jo’s career was taking care of her family. When her children were young, Jo served as Cub Scout, Campfire, Girl Scout, and 4-H leader. She truly was her children’s biggest fan. As grandchildren arrived, she shared her love with them and enjoyed watching their concerts, games, plays, and spending time at lake with them making memories. In Crookston, Jo headed up a bowling team and 17 years ago organized a card club. She enjoyed quilting at Trinity and was a creative craft person. She put together beautiful jewelry Christmas trees with her Mom that she gave to each of her children. Jo was the Mom of the neighborhood and always had popsicles and treats available for the neighbor kids when they stopped by to visit. She enjoyed playing cards, games, and dice with her friends and family. Jo loved and celebrated every holiday; preparing fabulous meals, decorating her home inside and out, and enjoyed collecting Villages that lit up her home through the winter holiday. Jo especially enjoyed her beautiful flower beds in her yard that she planned and planted with Cory. Jo was active with her work at Trinity with the community food basket program and also enjoyed helping with the community theatre working behind the scenes getting the props ready for the play. She was known to have an impeccable home and shared that gift with others as well helping them clean, paint, wallpaper, and organize. Jo had a very big heart that would do anything for anyone.
Jo is survived by her husband of fifty-six years; Chuck, five children: Cory (Jeff) Nielsen of Crookston, Nancy Larson (Darcy Birkholz) of Fargo, Craig (Melinda) Larson of Crookston, Julie (Wes) Staigle of Fargo, and Janelle (Chris) Hetzler of West Fargo; five grandchildren: Christopher and Allison Larson, Cole and Nathan Staigle, and Charlee Jo Hetzler; siblings: Joyce (Lyle) Paulson of Fargo, Judy (John) Greene of Fargo, Richard Zink of Carrington, Merlin (Elaine) Zink of Baker, Montana, and Marlene (Duane) Anderson of Fargo; sister-in-law: Beverly Sprenger of Fargo; brother-in-law: Kurt (Connie) Larson of Wayzata, MN and sister-in-law: Sylvia (Arlan) Mostue of Fargo; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Erna Zink, in-laws Carl and Ethel Larson, and son-in-law Terry Hanson. May God richly bless the memory of Jorene Larson, amazing wife, mom, and friend!
The funeral for Jo will be at 11 AM, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston, with The Rev. Gregory Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston from 5 to 7 pm, Wednesday, with a prayer service at 7 pm and also for one hour before the service at the church. Inurnment will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Quilting, Beautification, or Community Food Basket Program. Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with the arrangements. Online Registry at:
Ervin Reitmeier, 96, of
Crookston, MN, died at his rural home on Friday afternoon, April 11, 2014, with
his loving wife, Doris, and their children at his side. Clarence was born at
Crookston on September 18, 1917, the son of Fred and Katherine (Wigand)
Reitmeier. He grew up on the family farm in Fanny Township, was baptized and
confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston, and attended the Fanny
Township Country School, otherwise known as the 'Tin Schoolhouse.'
It can be truthfully said that Clarence was a farmer from the time he could first walk. During the early years he worked the soil using horse drawn equipment covering a few acres a day, and eventually drove huge multi-horsepower tractors and other equipment that could plant and harvest hundreds of acres a day. He was grateful to have been mentored by his father, Fred, and especially proud to have mentored his son, Jim, and son-in-law, Dan, as they began their own lives as farmers. During his career Clarence was always optimistic about what lay ahead during the coming year, and the ones to follow; and it can also be truthfully said that he didn't retire until drawing his last breath on Friday.
Clarence was united in marriage to Doris A. Ross on November 14, 1940 at the home of her parents, Ferdinand and Minnie Ross of Fisher, MN. Scripture used for their ceremony included the verse, "I will never leave thee or forsake thee", a creed that they embraced throughout 73 years of marriage. Clarence and Doris called their farm in Fanny Township home to the present time, and is where, together, they raised five children: Jeanette, Elaine, Carol, Connie, and Jim. Very sadly, their son, Calvin, died just a few days after birth in 1945. While the kids were growing up, showing horses became one of their passions. Though Clarence may have had a hard time understanding why they would want to be out in the hot sun showing horses instead of lazing by the lake, swimming and fishing, he rarely ever missed one of their events. Fishing and hunting were favorite pastimes, almost as important to him as breathing, and he loved those times spent with family and friends. Clarence was an avid Twins fan, and never gave up on them no matter how the season was going. In his younger days he taught himself to play the harmonica, and played his entire repertoire by ear. In later years, as it became more difficult to get up and down from the tractor, Clarence became more of a gardener, surprising his kids by leaving boxes of things he grew on their doorsteps.
Clarence and Doris were longtime members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and he served several terms as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Clarence was also on the Fanny Township Board for many years, and belonged to the Farmers Union. Faith, family, farming, and friends were the hallmarks of his life. He was patient, forgiving, and a smile or word of encouragement was never far from his lips. He leaves Doris and their family with the knowledge that he is OK and they will all be together again. In the meantime, "enjoy the moment." Blessed be Clarence's memory.
Loving family members include his beloved wife, Doris; five children: Jeanette "Jan" and Dick Hanson of West Chicago, IL, Elaine and Corky Miller, Carol and Tom Hunt, Connie and Dan Cooley, and Jim and Robin Reitmeier, all of Crookston, MN; 11 grandchildren: Lori (Alex) Munoz, Lisa (Jim) Gardner, Bryan (Denise) Hanson, Jessica (Casey) McKenna, Orion Miller, Katie (Andy) Fee, Clarence "Carl" (Dawn) Hunt, Sarah Cooley, Kristi (Erik) Griffin, Jackie (Brandon) Otway, and Kelly Reitmeier; and 17 great-grandchildren: Amanda (Conor) Grealsh, Cristie and Alexandria Munoz, Emily and Eddie Forsythe, Jon, Hannah, and Quyn Gardner, James and Cathryn Hanson, Hannah Cook, Hayley, Kylie, Nicole and Daniele McKenna, and Addie and Kelby Fee. He also leaves a sister, Alice (Curtis) Pierce of Benson, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to his son, Calvin, Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Katherine; and two sisters, Edna Reitmeier and Helen Romuld.
The funeral service and celebration the life of Clarence Ervin Reitmeier will be held at 10:30am, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-7PM, with a 7PM prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorial may be given in Clarence's name to the Our Savior's Lutheran Church School. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
Diane C. Borgen, 65, Dilworth, MN, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Essentia Health Hospital, Fargo, ND. Memorial Service: 7:00PM Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Fredrikson Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Visitation: Saturday from 5-7PM at the funeral home. Burial: Bethania Lutheran Cemetery, rural Perley, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600) www.fredriksonfh.com
of Crookston, MN, died at his home Wednesday, April 9, 2014 with his loving
family at his side. He had been struggling with cancer for the past several
Stan was born in Crookston on June 4, 1929, and was the fourth of five children of the union of William “Bill” and Lillian (Flewell) Davis. He grew up on a farm at Harold Station, near Crookston, and attended country school. As a teenager, Stan was employed locally by Welter Plumbing and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Later he worked for a custom combining crew, traveling down south to help with the grain harvests, and then for REA, erecting power lines in Tennessee. He returned to the area and began driving for the Haugen Truck Line in 1950. On September 18, 1951 Stan was drafted into the United States Marine Corp and was deployed to South Korea during the Korean War. He was wounded in action on November 30, 1952 and awarded the Purple Heart. In early 1953 Stan came home on leave to visit his mother, who was gravely ill. During this brief stay, he married the love of his life, Doris Houfburg, on March 28, 1953 at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston. Doris was able to join Stan for a short time in Fallbrook, CA upon his return to active duty. Though she had to return to Crookston, Doris was soon able to rejoin Stan and be with him until their return to Crookston following his honorable discharge on September 17, 1953. For his patriotism and service to his country, Stan was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Korean Service Medal with 3 Stars, the UN Service Medal, and the Bronze Star. He resumed his employment with Haugen Trucking until 1960 when he began working as a driver for Glendenning Motorways. Stan and Doris raised four children: Michael, Gail, Kathryn, and Brian. Stan and son, Michael, were baptized on the same day in October of 1954 at the First Presbyterian Church. Very sadly, at the age of 19, Michael died in a car accident on August 5, 1973 near Red Lake Falls. Stan retired from Glendenning in 1989, and in semi-retirement was employed for a short time at the Crookston Arena, then as a custodian at the Bremer Bank for nine years, followed in 1999 by twelve years as a caretaker for the Summerfield Apartments.
Stan’s favorite pastime was gardening and he took great joy in sharing the fruits of his labor. He was a humble man, never one to boast, a hard worker, and coupled with his many talents, the person who could fix anything. Throughout his life, these were but a few of the traits that endeared him to family and friends alike. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Nels T. Wold American Legion Post #20, and a former member of VFW Post #1902 and Eagles Aerie #873. Stan treasured his sixty-one years of marriage to his beloved, Doris, and was very proud of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.
Stan leaves behind Doris; their three children: Gail Welle of Fergus Falls, MN, Kathryn (Michael) Moe of Hawley, MN, and Brian (Jean) Davis of Maple Grove, MN; six grandchildren: Aaron (Alani) Welle, Jared Welle, Robin (Karl) Berg, Lindsey (Lyal) Held, Ben and Taylor Davis; and three great-grandchildren: Reise and Kendal Berg, and Brody Held. He is also survived by 3 brothers and a sister: Bernard Davis of Laramie, WY, Lester Davis of Duluth, MN, Frank Davis of Hamel, MN, and Marian Knipe of San Diego, CA; Robert and Joanie Houfburg of Lake Miltona, MN, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, along with several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to his son, Michael Jon, Stan was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lillian; a son-in-law, Brian Welle, who died in 2007; and his parents-in-law, Ivar and Olive Houfburg. May God bless Stan’s memory.
The funeral service and celebration of the life of Stanley Davis will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston with The Reverend Trey Everett officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and interment will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorials may be given in Stan’s name to the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, ND or the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston. Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
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