Polk County Obituaries
Kay Ardell (Hoiseth) Goosen
November 11, 1942 - November 5, 2013
Resided in Thompson, North Dakota
Kay Ardell Goosen, age 70, of rural Thompson, North Dakota, passed away peacefully at her home early Tuesday morning, November 5, 2013, with her husband, Boyd, and daughter, Shelly, at her side. She had been battling cancer with great grace and courage for the past two years.
Kay was born at Crookston, Minnesota, on November 11, 1942, one of five
children of the union of Lloyd and Hazel (Steinbrink) Hoiseth. She grew up
on the family farm northwest of town, attended Crookston schools, and
graduated from Central High School with the Class of 1960. While in her
senior year of high school Kay began working for the Northwestern Bell
Telephone Company in Crookston as a cord board operator. During her
42-year career with the company she spent 12 of those years traveling
back and forth to Fargo, North Dakota. Kay retired from the company,
known as Century Link, in 2000.
On April 29, 1961 she was united in marriage to Boyd Dale Goosen in a ceremony that took place at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston. Their marriage was blessed by the birth of a daughter, Rachelle. Crookston was home to the family until moving to Grand Forks in 1982. In 1999 Kay and Boyd moved to their new home near Thompson. They were members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in East Grand Forks. Throughout her life Kay enjoyed flower gardening and visiting area nurseries choosing which flowers to plant. Decorating her home was another of her passions. Favorite pastimes also included reading magazines and looking at catalogs, and pursuing hobbies that included collecting dolls and cookbooks. Foremost in Kay's life was her Christian faith, and her deep and abiding love for her family.
Kay will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by her beloved husband of 52 years, Boyd; their daughter and son-in-law, Rachelle (Shelly) and Doug Wahlberg of Blaine, Minnesota; grandchildren, Nolan Boyd Wahlberg and Madison Kay Wahlberg; sister, Marian Bakken, brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Carol Hoiseth, and sister-in-law, Diane Hoiseth, all of Crookston; an uncle, Gilbert Weber of Crookston; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, David and Linda Goosen of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Hazel Hoiseth; brother, Jerry, who died on August 9, 2013; sister, Linda, who died at the age of 5; a brother-in-law, George Bakken; her parents-in-law, Ben and Lois Goosen; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mavis and Fritz Hoefs. May God richly bless the memory of Kay Ardell Goosen.
A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Kay Goosen will be held at 2:30pm, Saturday, November 9, 2013, at The Bible Baptist Church, rural Crookston, officiated by Pastors Preston Hoiseth, Clayton Doss, and Matthew Johnson. Visitation with Kay's family will be for one hour prior to the funeral. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Judge Philip A. Anderson
Funeral services for Judge Philip A. Anderson, 65. of Crookston, Minnesota,
will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church at Crookston Friday at 10:30 a.m.
The Rev. James Hanson will officiate and burial will be in Greenwood
Cemetery, Bemidji. The Stenshoel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Anderson, probate and juvenile judge in Polk County since 1947
died unexpectedly in a Crookston hospital Tuesday,
He was born at Lengby, Minnesota June 11, 1906. the son of Erick and
Mary Anderson. He graduated from the Fosston High School and Gustavus
Adolphus College at St. Peter and did graduate study at the Universities
of Minnesota and North Dakota.
His marriage to the former Linnea Sandberg took place at Bemidji
July 14, 1933.
Surviving besides his widow, who lives at 232 Lincoln, Crookston; are a
son, Gerald of Minneapolis; and three brothers: Carl of Erskine, Ernest of
Fosston and Stanley of Lengby.
Before being named probate and juvenile judge, Judge Anderson taught
in rural schools of Polk County, was high school principal and superintendent
at Lyle, Middle River and principal of the Carman school at Crookston and
assistant county superintendent of school in Polk County from 1937 to 1947.
He was past president of Minnesota Association of Probate Judges; past
president of Northwest Mental Health Center and Pioneer Memorial Home,
Erskine; first president of the Northwest Council on Drug and Alcohol
Judge Anderson was appointed by the governor of Minnesota to serve on
the advisory board on handicapped, gifted and exception children and was
active in many organizations in the Crookston area and was presented the
Book of Golden Deeds in Crookston in 1953.
SOURCE: Bemidji Pioneer, Thursday, March 2, 1972, Bemidji, Minnesota
(Research Credit: S. Bell)
Dorothy Harriet Kliner
Dorothy Harriet Kliner
May 21, 1930 - July 27, 2014
Resided in Euclid, Minnesota
Dorothy Harriet Kliner, age 84, a longtime Euclid, Minnesota resident, died
peacefully early Sunday morning, July 27, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent
Dorothy was born at rural Thief River Falls, Minnesota on May 21, 1930 at
the home of her parents, Hjalmar and Clara (Berg) Kalsnes. She
was a 1948 graduate of Crookston's Central High School and furthered her
education at the Teachers College in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. She then taught
at a country school in the Polk County School District until her marriage
to Harvey James Kliner on June 21, 1950 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in
Euclid. Dorothy and Harvey lived and farmed at rural Euclid where they
raised their three children: Diane, Floyd, and Henry. Dorothy loved her life
on the farm and pitched right in where ever needed, but she especially
enjoyed combining the grain harvest. The couple retired from farming in
1981, and Harvey passed away on December 26, 1985.
Dorothy was a devoted member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She also
belonged to the Catholic Daughters of America, Euclid American Legion
Auxiliary, ABBE Birthday Club, Town and Country Homemakers, and several
other organizations. Favorite pastimes included gardening, and giving of
her time as a volunteer at Church and anywhere help was needed. She was
honored by the City of Crookston in December of 1997 when Mayor Don Osborne
presented her with the Volunteer of the Year Award. Dorothy was a very
loving wife and mother, but her most treasured roles were those of grandma
and great-grandma. Blessed be Dorothy's memory.
Dorothy is survived by her three children and their spouses: Diane and Gary
Y. Bush of Fargo, ND, Floyd and Jeanette Kliner of Euclid, Minnesota, and Henry
and Hazel Kliner of Warroad, Minnesota; nine grandchildren: Gary S. Bush of Fargo,
Chris (Trista) Bush of Ft. Campbell, KY. Tammy Bush of Elizabeth City, NC,
Betty Jo (RJ) Shook of Hyde Park, NY, Benjamin (Miriah) Kliner of Grand
Forks, ND, Anna Kliner of Crookston, Minnesota, Patrick (Ashley) Kliner of Grand
Forks, Danell Eklund of Belle Plaine, Minnesota; and Jaclyn (Joseph) Kennedy of
Coon Rapids, Minnesota; 16 great-grandchildren: Thomas and Kyle Shook, Jakob
Blais, Simon Bush, Jackson Bush, Zayden Bush, Jacob Kliner, Joshua Kliner,
Jessaca Kliner, Taylor Sanders, Noah Meyeraan, Bodi Meyeraan, Mae Kennedy,
Richard Kennedy, Clare Kennedy, and Henry Kennedy, She also leaves two
brothers and sisters-in-law, Alton (Evelyn) Kalsnes of Forest Lake, Minnesota
and Donald (Marlene) Kalsnes of Turtle Lake, Wisconsin; six sisters-in-law: Joyce
Olson, Myrna Kalsnes, Bernie Klasnes, Eva Boman, Ethel Safranski, and
Gladys Stroot; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
In addition to Harvey, Dorothy's beloved husband of 35 years, she was
preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Cassandra Robinson;
an infant sister, Betty Ellen; and four brothers, Arnold, Harold, Harvey,
and Merle Kalsnes.
Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy Harriet Kliner will be celebrated
at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Euclid, Minnesota at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August
1, 2014, with The Rev. Emmanuel Sylvester, presiding. Visitation will be
at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Thursday from 5-7:00 p.m., with
a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to
the funeral. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, Minnesota.
Laurice Ann "Laurie" (Jobe) Holtz
March 4, 1928 - July 24, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Laurice Ann Holtz, 86, of Crookston, Minnesota, passed away peacefully
Thursday afternoon, July 24, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston,
with her family at her side.
Laurie, as she was affectionately known, was born on March 4, 1928 at
Eldred, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Irene (Wachter) Jobe. She grew up
in Eldred with her 3 sisters and 2 brothers, was baptized and confirmed
in the Lutheran faith, and attended the Eldred Consolidated School and
Climax High School. It was while keeping score for baseball games in
Eldred that she met a handsome young man named "Bunny." On March 4,
1947 Laurice Ann Jobe and Charlton "Bunny" Holtz were united in marriage
at Eldred. Bunny would later say Laurie married him so she wouldn't have
to record so many of his errors. But she didn't go along with that at all,
actually giving him more!
The couple made their home in Crookston where they lovingly raised their daughter, Jaclynn, known best as "Jackie". Through the years Laurie was employed at the New York Store, Lincoln Elementary School, and the Polk County Auditor's Office. She retired in 1997, after serving for many years as Administrative Assistant for the NW Regional Correctional Center. Retirement meant having even more time to spend with their best friends, Jackie and her husband, Arne. Sadly, Bunny passed away in 2003.
Laurie was a devoted member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and taught Sunday school there for 9 years. She was also a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries, and loved quilting, evidenced by her memberships in the Fargo and Grand Forks Quilters Guilds, and the Log Cabin and Headwaters Quilters Guilds in Bemidji. Laurie was a diehard Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan, rarely missing a game on television. She loved talking about Twins and Vikings with her Grandson, Eric.
Some may remember her demo-ing goodies for Hugo's Grocery Store in Crookston. Laurie moved to Bemidji in 2007 to do "kid sitting" for her great-granddaughters, Amanda and Emily, who were the loves of her life. She shared many suppers and much fun with Missy and her husband Steve. She returned to Crookston in 2012 and became a resident of the Summit.
Laurie leaves her daughter, Jackie Roseland of Crookston, Minnesota; 2 grandchildren, Melissa "Missy" and Steve Barrus of Crookston, and Eric Roseland of New Hope, Minnesota; 2 great-granddaughters, Amanda and Emily Barrus; 3 sisters: Maxine Wagner and LaVonne Hinkley of Crookston, and Joyce Zahler of Monticello, Minnesota; a sister-in-law, Mary Jo Jobe of Crookston; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to Bunny, her husband of 56 years, she was preceded in death by her beloved son-in-law, Arne Roseland, who passed away in 2009; her parents; brothers, Eldo and Arlyn Jobe; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law: Alvin Wagner, Richard Zahler, Newman Hinkley, and Emily Jobe. May God richly bless Laurie's memory.
The funeral service celebrating the life of Laurice Ann Holtz will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 28, 2014, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
Agnes Caroline (Sevald) Rost
May 3, 1913 - July 7, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Agnes Caroline Rost, 101, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully late Monday evening, July 7, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
Agnes was born to Peder S. and Pauline (Peterson) Sevald in Garden
Township of Polk County, near Winger, Minnesota, on May 3, 1913. She was raised on the family's farm, baptized and confirmed at the Union Lake Free Lutheran Church, and attended the nearby Hazel Hill Country School. Her high school years were spent boarding at the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston. She graduated from the School in 1931. On September 26, 1936 Agnes was united in marriage to Oliver Englbret Rost at Fertile, Minnesota. Their marriage was blessed by the births of 3 children: Oris, Shirley and Alvin. The couple lived and farmed in Garden Township until moving to Crookston in 1957.
For the next 28 years Agnes was employed by the Bethesda Nursing Home, first in the housekeeping department and later as an aide. She retired in 1985. Sadly, Oliver passed away on January 24, 1978. Beginning in the mid-1980's Agnes became very active in the Foster Grandparent program of Crookston Public Schools. Being among so many children just starting their school years kept her young, and the kids loved her just as much as she loved them.
Agnes was very appreciative of nature and the outdoors and looked forward every spring to seeing butterflies do their graceful dance among the flowers. She was an avid reader, enjoyed knitting, and during her lifetime crocheted countless numbers of crosses for the world's mission children and our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Agnes always wanted to do what she could for the community and was a longtime blood donor, giving as recently as age 98. She was a lifelong member of the Union Lake Free Lutheran Church, and also held memberships in the Morgensol Chapter of the Sons of Norway, the Crookston Garden Club, and the Golden Link Senior Citizens Center. Agnes moved to the Villa from her Oak Court Apartment in 2002, and over the years formed many friendships among the staff and her fellow residents. She will be dearly missed by all who shared in her life.
Loving family members include her 3 children: Oris Rost of Circle Pines, Minnesota, Shirley Rubenstein of Dallas, TX, and Alvin (Susan) Rost of Park Rapids, Minnesota; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren including: Thomas (Beth )Rost -Madeline and Leah, Timothy (Donna) Rost-Casey and Brandon, Vince (Kyong) Rost-Oris and Tiger, Michael (Karen) Rubenstein, Alyssa(Jon) Marker-Madeline and Jack, Michelle Rost, Douglas Rost, and Jennifer (Eric) Zeltwanger-William and Henry; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Oliver, her beloved husband of 41 years, she was preceded in death by her parents, Peder and Pauline Sevald; son-in-law, David Rubenstein; daughter-in-law, Hazel Rost; and four siblings: Cora Irwin, Sanford Sevald, Perry Sevald, and Helen Larson. May God bless Agnes' memory.
The funeral service celebrating the life of Agnes Caroline Rost will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, Minnesota, with Pastor Don Edlund, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at the Union Lake Free Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Winger, Minnesota.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
Debra Jean Dufault
January 8, 1959 - June 15, 2014
Resided in Fosston, Minnesota
Debra Jean Dufault, age 55, of Fosston, Minnesota, and formerly of
Crookston, Minnesota, died early Sunday morning, June 15, 2014, at
Essentia Health in Fosston after a short illness. Debbie was born in
Crookston on January 8, 1959, the daughter of Norman and Virginia (Melbye)
Dufault. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and grew up
on the family farm near Gentilly, Minnesota. Debbie attended Special Education
classes in the Crookston Public Schools.
In October of 1979 she moved to
Fosston to become a resident of the REM group home there, and for many
years participated in the programs of the East Polk County DAC. Debbie
was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fosston. She eagerly
anticipated visits with her family, and especially looked forward to
the big gatherings that took place at Christmas and the 4th of July.
She loved attending live musical performances and listening to recordings by
her favorite singer, Tom Jones, who she once traveled to see in concert at
Winnipeg. Debbie was cared for long and lovingly by the staff of the Fosston
REM group home, the East Polk County DAC, and the entire Fosston community.
Debbie leaves two sisters and their spouses: Patricia and Daniel Gramer of Land O'Lakes, FL, and Catherine and Douglas Munn of Bloomington, Minnesota; five brothers and their spouses: James and Susan (Morinville) Dufault of Crookston, Minnesota, Gregory and Mary Kay (Stainbrook) Dufault of Howard, SD, Timothy and Marlene (Laney) Dufault and Jeffrey and Debbie (Lyczewski) Dufault, of Crookston, and William and Sandra (Domogalla) Dufault of Savage, Minnesota; fifteen nieces and nephews; nine great-nieces and nephews; an aunt and uncle, Donna and Douglas Beiseker of Crookston; and many cousins, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Virginia; grandparents, Ralph and Emma Melbye and J.B. and Alma Dufault; and many aunts and uncles. May God bless Debbie's memory.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Debra Jean Dufault will be held at 1:00 p.m.Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation will be at the Cathedral for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at St. Peter's Cemetery in Gentilly. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given in Debbie's name to the East Polk County DAC, 326 Mark Avenue North, Fosston, Minnesota 56542.
James Dale "Jim" Huot-Vickery
March 27, 1951 - June 27, 2014
Resided in Ely, Minnesota
James Dale Huot-Vickery, 63, of Ely, Minnesota, author, woodsman, national
park ranger and Quetico-Superior canoe guide, died peacefully Friday
morning, June 27, 2014, in Essentia St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth,
Minnesota, surrounded by family and friends.
Jim was born at Thief River Falls, Minnesota on March 27, 1951 to Ella Mae
Huot-Vickery and James McAllen Vickery. He lived his early years in
Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, and Crookston, Minnesota, attending elementary school
at St. Joseph's in Red Lake Falls, and the Cathedral Grade School,
Cathedral High School, and Mt. St. Benedict High School in Crookston,
where he played both football and hockey, and graduated in 1969. He
then went to Collegeville, Minnesota, and earned his Bachelor's Degree at
St. John's University, graduating in 1973.
After graduation Jim worked for Glenmore in Crookston and was the first caretaker of Camp Corbett on Big Elbow Lake for the Diocese of Crookston. There he began a freelance writing career by publishing articles for "Backpacking Journal", "Wilderness Camping", and the "New York Times". His writing brought him to Ely, Minnesota, to interview Sig Olson in the mid-1970's. Soon he moved to Lindskog's Resort on Burntside Lake with a pack full of writing assignments for magazines, as well as, working as a feature writer for the Ely Echo from 1979 to 1981. In 1982 he became a contributing editor for Canoe magazine, a position he held for the next five years.
Jim was fortunate enough to purchase land and a cabin on Browns Lake by Ely in 1983. He named his land "Hocoka" – which is Sioux for "center of the circle".
While there he continued his writing career and trained as a national park ranger. His first book, Wilderness Visionaries, was published in 1986 while he was working as a ranger at Redwood National Park in California. He returned to Hocoka in 1986 to resume his writing and working on his cabin. He also began studying aviation, aerial photo interpretation, general forestry, and search, survival and rescue.
In January, 1987, Jim's article "The Land Is Alive With Wolves" appeared in Audubon magazine together with wolf paintings by national artists. The following spring he researched and wrote a general history of the Ely area for the Ely Centennial Book, covering the area's geology, voyageurs, iron mining, logging, taconite development, and the evolution of recreation as a quest to know the essence of the Quetico-Superior experience.
In 1988 Jim began working as a National Park Ranger for the Apostle Islands, a position he held till 1998. In 1991 he published his second book, Open Spaces, which won him the Sigurd F. Olson nature writing award, and in 1998 his third book, Winter Sign, was published He was in the process of writing another book, Blue Waters, that recounts the adventurous journey he took, following the flow of water from his cabin to Hudson Bay using the untraditional route of the Nelson River.
For a time Jim was also involved with the River Keepers of Fargo, North Dakota, completing the entire Red River Millennial Tour tracing the length of the Red River from Wahpeton, North Dakota, to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and then receiving their "River Keeper of the Year" award. He was also a participant in a two-part Metis trail ride that took place in Canada.
Jim was an avid local sports fan attending events or listening to them on the radio. He sold his land in 2009 and moved into Ely where he currently lived. He was presently researching the journals of Henry David Thoreau.
Jim is survived by his loving family including: sister, Jennifer Martin (Brian), Fargo, North Dakota; his beloved nieces and nephews, Angel Normandin (Rick), Bagley, Minnesota, Mari Bjorkman, Moorhead, Minnesota, Anja and Kaija Martin, Fargo, North Dakota, Autumn Hanson (Jack), Crookston, Minnesota, Sara Dykstra (Steve), Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, Serena Fredericks (Lee), Crookston, Minnesota, Kristie Nelson (Chris), Anchorage, AK, Tammy Burton, Williamsburg, KY, Dominique Brule (Carrie), Tucson, AZ, Jacques Duquette (Dorothy), Bovey, Minnesota, Scott Sirek, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Bob Sirek, Reynolds, North Dakota, Tony Sirek (Jackie) , East Grand Forks, Minnesota, and Andy Sirek (Cassandra), East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ella Mae, father, Jim, sisters, Joan and Josita, as well as, a niece, Elizabeth Ann. May God bless Jim's memory.
James Dale "Jim" Vickery, 63, of Ely, Minnesota, and formerly of Crookston, Minnesota, died Friday morning, June 27, 2014, at Essentia St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. A memorial Mass for Jim will be held at 10:00AM, Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation with his family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-7:00PM, with a 7:00PM prayer service followed by the Rosary. There will also be visitation at the Cathedral for the hour before the funeral. Inurnment will be in the St. Dorothy Cemetery at Dorothy, Minnesota at a later date.
Charles Matthew Conati
December 20, 1933 - June 13, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Charles Matthew "Chuck" Conati, husband, father, grandfather, card shark, woodworker, and longtime Minnesota businessman, was called home early Friday morning, June 13, 2014, with Collette, his loving wife of 55 years at his side.
Chuck was born in Wahpeton, North Dakota, on December 20, 1933, and grew up in Crookston with his parents, George and Cecile (Mercil) Conati. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and was a graduate of Cathedral High School. Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 19, 1951. He served in the Bering Straits of Alaska for two years aboard the USS Electra and took part in getting US forces to the mainland of Korea during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge on October 20, 1954 Chuck returned home and enrolled at St. John's University. He later attended The Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis earning a degree in accounting.
On August 2, 1958 he was united in marriage to his best friend, Collette Maehren, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Their marriage would ultimately be blessed by the births of six children: Tony, John, Tom, Bill, Catherine, and Patty. Chuck and Collette made their first home in Fisher, Minnesota while Chuck was employed at Sanitary Dairy in Crookston, a business owned by his father. They soon relocated to Minneapolis where Chuck was employed at the Jasperson Dairy. Chuck, Collette and the kids than moved to Rapid City, SD and Chuck took on the duties of accountant, along with other positions, for a concrete company there. In 1966 the Conati family moved to East Grand Forks where Chuck managed the Valley Dairy, and a year later settled in Crookston after purchasing the local Bridgeman Creamery franchise. He owned and operated the very successful business until retiring in 1994.
Chuck and Collette were longtime members of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and Chuck was a Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus. The couple helped establish the TEC movement for the Crookston Diocese and for many years were leaders of the organization. Chuck was also a member of Crookston American Legion Post #20, and was on the board of the Crookston Jr. Chamber of Commerce. Professionally, he received many special honors during his years of association with Bridgeman Creameries.
Chuckie was a giver of "Atta-Boys" and pats on the back. He was known for his quirky "Chuckie" dance and quick wit comments. He will live on in the handiwork he did in all of his children's home improvement projects over the years. Grandpa will always be remembered by his grandchildren as a champion card player and relentless teaser. Chuck will forever be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends.
Chuck leaves his loving wife and best friend of 55 years, Collette; theirsix children and spouses: Marc Anthony "Tony" and Lisa Conati of Scottsdale, AZ, John and Julie Conati of Big Rapids, MI, Tom and Becky Conati of Fisher, Minnesota, Bill and Mary Conati of Gilbert, AZ, Catherine and Ron Monson of New London, Minnesota, and Patty and Joel Gratz of Atwater, Minnesota; 15 grandchildren: Nick, Lauren, Alex, Christian, Claire, Trace, Cameron, Katelyn, and Natalie Conati, Anna and Matthew Monson, and Andrew, Tony, Jacob, and Joseph Gratz; a brother, Jon and Bonnie Conati of North Branch, Minnesota; and a sister-in-law Marcia Maehren and Mark Blackwood of Redding, CA; and many other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Cecile Conati; a brother, Paul Conati; and 2 sisters, Trudy Altepeter and her husband, Jerry, and Rita Ann Conati. May God bless Chuck's memory.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Charles Matthew Conati will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, with The Fr. Vincent Miller, presiding. Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, Fr. David Super, and Deacon Dennis Bivens will concelebrate.
Visitation with Chuck's family will be at the Cathedral church Monday from 5-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service and time of sharing led by Deacon Dennis Bivens. A visitation will also be held at the Cathedral one hour prior to the funeral service. Inurnment will take place at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston at 2 pm, June 24th, with Military Honors provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and the Minnesota National Guard Honors Unit. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given in Chuck's name to the Cathedral Building Fund
Richard Allen "Rick" Danielson
March 23, 1959 - June 16, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Richard Allen "Rick" Danielson, 55, of Crookston, Minnesota, passed away
peacefully at his home Monday afternoon, June 16, 2014, while surrounded
by his loving family. Rick had been bravely battling ALS since long before
being officially diagnosed in September of 2012.
Rick was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 23 1959, and was raised by his
parents, Conrad and Edith Danielson, on the family farm near Euclid, Minnesota. He
was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Euclid, and
graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1977. Rick farmed with
his father in Fanny Township, and on April 9, 1983 was united in marriage
to Karen Montreuil at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. Rick and
Karen made their home in Crookston and over the next several years welcomed
into their lives daughter, Kari, and son, Ryan.
Rick left farming in 1997
and for several years was employed in construction while also trucking for
M Bar D. After his ALS diagnosis Rick had to retire from those jobs and
began farming for Tiedemann Farms at Euclid. Throughout the farming season
of 2013 he worked every day doing what he loved most, seeing the crops
through from spring planting to harvest. By November he was getting so
weak that he had to settle for going to the farm and watching what was
going on. To his last breath his passion was for farming, and the fighter
in him meant never giving up the hope of getting right back out there.
Sadly, it was not meant to be on this earth, but faith helps his family
believe he is out in the fields of heaven right now.
Rick and Karen were longtime members of the Trinity Lutheran Church.
While growing up he was introduced to snowmobiling by his mom and dad.
His enjoyment for the sport lasted well into his life, and he was a
member of the 'Gentilly Snowriders' for several years. He had a kindly
nature and would be the first to lend a helping hand when needed. Rick's
life was a treasure to his family, and as a husband, dad, grandpa, son,
brother, uncle, and friend, he was loved beyond words and will be missed
Rick is survived by Karen, his loving wife of 31 years; their daughter,
Kari Danielson (Eric Gudmundson) and their 2 children, Devin and Keira of
Euclid, Minnesota; their son, Ryan Danielson, living on the family farm near
Euclid; and his mother, Edie Danielson, on the farm near Euclid as well.
He also leaves a brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Bev Danielson of
East Grand Forks, Minnesota; a sister, DeLila Danielson of Minneapolis, Minnesota;
his mother-in-law, Arlene Montreuil of Crookston; a sister-in-law,
Diane Dale of Andover, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles,
cousins, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father,
Conrad, who died in 1993; his father-in-law, Ernest Montreuil, who
died in 2010; and a brother-in-law, Keith Montreuil, who died in 1999.
May God bless Rick's memory.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Rick Danielson will be
held at 3:00 pm, Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church
in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be at
the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Thursday from 5-7:00 pm, with a
7:00 pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to
the funeral. Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
Darrel Duane Blow
August 12, 1947 - June 7, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Darrel D. Blow, age 66, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Saturday, June 7, 2014 at RiverView Hospital in Crookston, Minnesota.
Darrel was born on August 12, 1947 at Grafton, North Dakota, son of Thomas and Myrtle (Gonyo) Blow. The family moved to Crookston when he was young. He graduated from Crookston Central High School in the 1965. He was a hot-rod enthusiast, enjoyed his Chevelle and Friday night races in Grand Forks. As a young man, he also enjoyed fishing. He was united in marriage with Linda Fetting on January 28, 1972 in Ada, Minnesota. He worked as a mechanic at Brost Chevrolet and then with Crookston Marine, before starting with the Minnesota Highway Department, where he worked for thirty years, retiring ten months ago. Darrel served in the Army National Guard from 1966 to 1972. He enjoyed gardening and working outside.
He is survived by his wife of over forty years: Linda; three children: Terri (Steve) Follingstad of Moorhead, Bryan Blow of Fargo, and Scott Blow of Crookston; four grandchildren: Mya Follingstad, Ethan Kamranian, Jasmine Blow and Mari Follingstad. Darrel was preceded in death by his parents: Thomas and Myrtle Blow; three brothers: Leonard Blow, Marvin Blow and Rodger Blow.
Darrel's funeral service will be at 10:30 am, Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, with the Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm, Wednesday, with a prayer service at 7 pm, visitation will continue Thursday morning for one hour before the service. Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with the arrangements.
Elaine Norma Eichhorst
February 23, 1936 - January 31, 2014
Resided in Hillsboro, North Dakota
Elaine N. Eichhorst, age 77, Hillsboro, North Dakota, died Friday,
January 31, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Hillsboro.
Elaine was born on February 23, 1936 at St. Michael's Hospital in
Grand Forks, daughter of Walter and Alyce (Kleven) Eichhorst. Her early
years were spent in Grand Forks, the family moved to Larimore, North Dakota, where
her mother taught country school. Her mother met and married Alvin Suldahl
and the family moved to a farm near Eldred, where Elaine attended a two
story country school.
She attended high school in Climax and following graduation attended Mayville State College for two years and then got her degree going to summer school at Moorhead State College. She taught first grade at Park River for a year and then at Fertile for three years. She attended fall semester at Moorhead State College and began teaching second grade in Little Falls, Minnesota in January at the Charles E. Lindbergh School. Elaine loved teaching, but following a harsh winter, set her sights on California and applied to teach on the Monterey Peninsula and started teaching there in the fall of 1962. She continued to teach first grade for thirty three more years in California and enjoyed traveling up and down the West Coast and to Chicago, where cousins lived and showed her their beautiful town, including the zoo, museums, concerts and plays.
Elaine enjoyed church music choirs, biking, skiing, skating and bowling. She also worked with the Hospital Auxiliary, the Monterey Choral Society and the Monterey Symphony. Following retirement, she joined the Friends of the Monarch Butterfly and served on their board of directors and as an art docent in the park. She also had served on the Board of California Retired Teachers in Monterey County as public relations chairman and on the Board of the Monterey County Democratic Club as events chairman. She moved to Hillsboro, North Dakota, in October of 2012 after spending fifty years in California.
Elaine is survived by her sister: Karen Suldahl of Climax, Minnesota; nieces: Val (Ray) Uffman of Wayland, Michigan and Pam (Joel) Bishop of Wyoming, Michigan: great- nieces: Sarah and Susan; great-nephew: Kyle; 2 great great nieces and 2 great great nephews. She was preceded in death by her father: Walter Eichhorst; her mother: Alyce Suldahl; step-father: Alvin Suldahl; her sister: Marlene Hopewell, died in July of 2013 and a nephew: Stephen Hopewell.
Ralph R. Peterson
February 28, 1944 - May 28, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Ralph R. Peterson, 70, of Crookston, and formerly of Seattle, WA, died peacefully at the Villa St. Vincent early Wednesday evening, May 28, 2014. He had been bravely battling cancer for the past three years.
Ralph was born in Crookston on February 28, 1944, one of four children of the union of Edwin C. and Wilma (Strome) Peterson. After graduating from Central High School he went on to further his education at college and then moved to Seattle, WA. While living most of his life in Seattle, Ralph managed an apartment complex and worked as a realtor. Following the recent death of his friend and companion of twenty-five years, Rita, Ralph returned to Crookston three months ago to spend the time he had left with his family. They will be forever grateful to the staff at the Villa for showing their brother and uncle such kindness and for giving him very wonderful care during his last months.
Loving family members include his brothers and their wives, Richard and Vivian Peterson of Crookston, Minnesota, and Robert and Peggy Peterson of Phoenix, AZ; his sister, Marian Struebing of Toledo, OH; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to his friend, Rita, he was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Wilma. May God bless Ralph's memory.
A graveside service for Ralph R. Peterson will be held at 3:30 pm, Friday, June 6, 2014, at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating.
Doris Johanna Heuer
January 11, 1911 - December 10, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Doris Johanna Heuer, age 102, of Crookston, Minnesota, died early Tuesday morning, December 10, 2013, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
Doris was born on January 11, 1911 in Crookston, the daughter of August and Hilda (Engstrom) Thurn, immigrants to the United States from Sweden in 1903. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, educated in Crookston public schools, and a graduate of Central High School. Doris continued to make her home in Crookston and was united in marriage to Harold Henrickson on April 4, 1937.
That same year she began working in the Polk County Treasurer's Office in Crookston. Harold died on October 4, 1961. Doris later married John Fridfrinnson in Crookston in 1962. John passed away several years later. In 1969, after 29 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Polk County, Doris retired as Deputy Polk County Treasurer. On July 24, 1985 she was united in marriage to John A. Heuer in a ceremony that took place in Mercer, Wisconsin. John and Doris made their home in Crookston. Sadly, John died on November 9, 2004.
She was a devoted member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and WELCA. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for more than 60 years, and for many years of the Nels T. Wold American Legion Post Auxiliary, the International War Veterans Alliance, and the EX-POW Organization together with her husband, John Heuer, who was a World War II POW. She was very civic-minded and served in the community as a Campfire Girls leader, member of the Humane Society, and was actively involved in the Guilds of Bethesda Hospital and RiverView Hospital. Over the years Doris knitted hundreds of baby caps for the babies born at the hospital, and also made countless scarves and mittens that were placed under the Hospital's Christmas tree every year for those in need. She received many honors from these organizations recognizing the generosity of her time and talents.
Doris will be very lovingly remembered by her family including grand-nephews, Fred Mattila (Natalie) and family of Mounds View, Minnesota, and John Mattila (Michelle) of Stacy, Minnesota; grand nieces, Julie Mattila Vry (Walter) and family of Menagha, Minnesota, and Debra Mattila Mann (Scott) and family of Sebeka, Minnesota. She also leaves a niece, Geraldine Mae Hanson Thurn of Homestead, FL; grandniece, Nancy Carol Thurn Kitchens of Key Largo, FL, great-grand niece, Nicole Alexis Thorn of Portland, OR; and the Families of Harold Henrickson, John Fridfrinnson, and John Heuer. In addition to her husbands, Doris was preceded in death by her parents, August and Hilda Thurn; sister, Edla Thurn Graf; brother, Karl Folrad Thurn; niece, Arlene Graf Mattila; and nephew, Follard Ellis Thurn. Blessed be the memory of Doris Johanna Heuer.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Doris Joanna Heuer will be held at 10:30AM, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation with Doris's family will be for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
Julie Ann Brouse
December 5, 1960 - May 17, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Julie Ann Brouse, age 53, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully at her home early Saturday morning, May 17, 2014, comforted by having her loving family at her side. She had been dealing with cancer for the past two years with great grace and dignity, knowing always that with the support of her family, close friends, and caregivers she was never alone.
Julie was born on December 5, 1960 at Fairfield, Iowa, the daughter of
Leonard and Bonnie (Carlton) Matthies. She was baptized and confirmed in
the Lutheran faith and spent her early years growing up in Eldon, Iowa. When
Julie was 9 years old her mother passed away from cancer and the family
moved to Centerville, Iowa where she completed her education, graduating
from Centerville High School in 1979.
On November 12, 1980 Julie was united
in marriage to Steve Brouse at Albia. Julie and Steve made their home in
Albia until moving to Jamestown, North Dakota, in 1983, and then to Crookston in
1990. During her Crookston years she was employed at the RiverView
Hospital as an aide, and later at different times as a housekeeper
for the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home.
Most recently Julie had been providing Day Care in a safe home away
from home, to her Day Care kids. She loved spending time outdoors and
fall was her very favorite time of year.
For Julie family meant everything, and being with her soul-mate,
Steve; whether they were going places or just hanging out with the
kids and grandkids brought her so much joy. She was very proud of her
grandchildren, and spoiling them was just what a grandma was put on
earth to do. Julie's heart still had room to encompass her love for
the pet dogs who shared their home over the years as well. She will
be very sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her family and friends.
Julie leaves her beloved husband of 33 years, Steve; their children
and spouses, Joshua (Kristine) Brouse of Valley City, North Dakota, and Shelly
(Luke) Pahlen of Crookston, Minnesota; 3 grandchildren: Dominick, Isabel, and
Nathan Pahlen; and 2 brothers and 2 sisters: Len (Jobe) Matthies of
Des Moines, Iowa and Alan (Kimberly) Matthies of Smithville, MO, Deborah
Wissler and Lori (Mark) Milligan, both of Fremont, IA. Also surviving
are her parents-in-law, James Brouse of Detroit Lake, Minnesota and DeLayne
Ganser of Jamestown, North Dakota; Steve's siblings: Michael (Candace) Brouse
of Mentor, Minnesota, Jim (Julie) Brouse of Frazee, Minnesota, and David (Kristi)
Brouse of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her 2 year-old son, Michael James, who died
of cancer on January 23, 1983; her parents, Leonard and Bonnie Matthies;
and a sister, Peggy Jespersen. May God bless the memory of Julie Ann Brouse.
A memorial service celebrating Julie's life will be held at 2:00 p.m.,
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston, Minnesota with
The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for
one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place in the Oakview
Cemetery at Albia, Iowa.
Sister Agnes Kraft
September 19, 1924 - November 5, 2014
Sister Agnes Kraft, 90, died unexpectedly at Mount Saint Benedict
on November 5, 2014. She was born in Karlsruhe, North Dakota, on September
19, 1924, the oldest of twelve children born to Johanna (Jennie Merck) and
Fred Kraft. Influenced by the example of Sister Bonaventure Merck, her
aunt, Agnes began thinking about being a sister when she was in the
fourth grade, but she never spoke about her dream until she was about
17 years of age. Agnes entered Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in 1942
and made her final profession on July 11, 1947.
After entering the monastic community her practical and orderly ways
quickly became apparent, and her first assignment was as cook for the
sisters in Rosen, Minnesota. She recalled that she learned to bake something
new for the sisters to enjoy each day after school. Succeeding assignments
were to Mahnomen, Barnesville, and Red Lake Falls, where she also was a
teacher's aide and had been dietary supervisor in the Red Lake Falls
Hospital. A later appointment was as manager of the kitchen at the
Bishop's house for twelve years. Sister Agnes had many opportunities
to exercise her ever growing artistic and culinary talents. She used
to say "we eat with our eyes" and would always have food attractively
arranged and served.
Sister later graduated from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Manitowac, Wisconsin, with a degree in home economics. After some twenty years in food service Sister Agnes accepted some part-time positions at Saint Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lake, Minnesota and in two assisted living centers. Sister wrote, "I helped with the food preparation and waited on table. It was the joy of my life." The whole burden was not on her.
When Sister Agnes returned to the Monastery she assumed charge of the monastery gift shop. There she used her talents in quilting and making jellies and marmalade for the sisters and for sale.
Sister Agnes took every opportunity for growth in her professional and spiritual life. She also enjoyed quiet days at the cottage where she appreciated nature and the opportunity to rest, read and pray. Sister also enjoyed taking piano lessons from Sister Victorine. Sister Agnes was also an avid basketball fan.
Sister Agnes is survived by Jean Gefroh of Bismarck, North Dakota, Alice Gustafson of Billings, MT, Colette (Gerald) Hamele of Papillion, NE, Clair (Gerry) Kraft of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Arnold (Betty) Kraft, Karlsruhe, North Dakota, Jim (Eileen) Kraft, Minot, North Dakota, Fred (Della) Kraft of Bismarck, North Dakota, and many nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Saint Benedict.
Sister Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, David and Bonaventure and two sisters, Hedwig and Vickie.
Reception of Sister Agnes's body will be at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, followed by visitation until the 7:00 p.m. prayer service. Her funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2014, with Msgr. Roger Grundhaus presiding. All services will be in Sacred Heart Chapel, Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 Summit Ave. Crookston, Minnesota.
Gifts in memory of Sister Agnes are preferred to Mount Saint Benedict Foundation.
James Edward 'Jim' Prosje
James Edward "Jim" Prosje, 57, of Crookston, Minnesota, died early Sunday morning, November 2, 2014, after a long and courageous battle against cancer. His wife, Peggy, and family were at his side bringing him comfort as he finished his earthly journey far too soon.
Jim was born in Crookston on July 3, 1957, one of three children of the union of Clarence and Wanda Jean (Buerstetta) Prosje. He attended Crookston schools and graduated from Central High School in 1975. He then attended Wahpeton (North Dakota) State School of Science where he earned an Associate Degree in Architectural Drafting. Jim was united in marriage to Peggy Marlene Dubisar on February 10, 1984 in Crookston, and for many years had been employed at Phoenix Industries. He was a longtime member of the Christian Reformed Church. Jim had a wonderful sense of humor and took great pleasure in making people laugh. He adored Peggy and their family and treasured time spent with them. He will be very lovingly remembered and missed.
Jim is survived by Peggy, his beloved wife of 30 years; their daughter, Sarah Jean Prosje of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; three step-children: Nate (Jessica ) Ellingson of Fertile, Minnesota, Nicole (Joe) Amundson of New Prague, Minnesota, and Jamey Ellingson of Elk River, Minnesota; and six grandchildren: Olivia, Norah, and Sophia Ellingson, Dayton and Leif Amundson, and Jacob Kyle Ellingson. He also leaves his sister, Janet Blokzyl and her husband, Keith, of Gentilly, Minnesota; brother, Tim Prosje and his wife, Lorrie, of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Wanda Jean; uncles, Albert and Pete Prosje; and grandparents, Peter and Sadie Prosje. May God richly bless the memory of James Edward Prosje.
A memorial service in celebration of the life of James Edward Prosje will be held at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 6, 2014, with Pastor Douglas Shank, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service and burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
Dominic August Herkenhoff
November 9, 1986 - October 26, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Dominic August "Dom" Herkenhoff, 27, of Crookston, Minnesota, died
early Sunday evening, October 26, 2014, in a traffic accident in Crookston.
Dom was born in Princeton, Minnesota on November 9, 1986, the son of Michael "Mick"
and Sandy (Johnson) Herkenhoff. He grew up in Elk River, Minnesota, 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, Minnesota, and Don Johnson of Climax, Minnesota; and great-grandmother, Evelyn Scully of Crookston.
Dom also leaves several aunts and uncles: Carol (Jeff) Ous of Stillwater, Mi, Robert Herkenhoff of Crookston, Linda (Kelly) Brown of St. Joseph, Mi, Thomas Herkenhoff of St. Cloud, Peggy (Tom) Jivery of Hibbing, Mi, Jerry (Annette) Baird of Crookston, Robert (Natalie) Baird of Crookston, Robyn Conkins of Fargo, North Dakota, Brian Johnson of Buffalo Creek, CO, Shelly Trudeau of Plymouth, Mi, and Kim (Jim) Cote of Oronoco, Mi; 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.
Brooklyn Rae Sylvester
October 27, 2014 - October 27, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
God's newest Angel, Brooklyn Rae Sylvester, was born 4 lbs 9 ozs and
18 ½", 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, Minnesota,
Mandie Persson of Crookston, Tara (Jerred) Copp of Warren, Minnesota, and
Angie (Ryan) St. Michel of Crookston; cousins, Ryder, Ryker, Tynley,
Ethan, Kailee, and Chandler; great-grandparents: Charles Sylvester of Fisher,
Minnesota, 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.
Janet Eleanor Hawkins
August 16, 1940 - September 4, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Janet Eleanor Hawkins, 74, of Crookston, Minnesota, died unexpectedly at her home Thursday morning, September 4, 2014, with her husband, Chuck, at her side.
Jan was born on August 16, 1940 at Virden, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter
of Leslie and Elizabeth (McNab) Shoemaker. She grew up in Virden, graduated
from high school there in 1958, and went on to receive a degree from the
University of Manitoba. On July 16, 1960 Jan was united in marriage to
Charles Nathan Hawkins at the Knox United Church in Virden. The couple
made their home in Crookston all their married lives and were members
of the First Presbyterian Church. Their marriage was blessed by the
births of three children: Deborah, Richard, and Robert. During her
first years in Crookston Jan was employed in the office of a local
attorney. She later taught Sunday school while her kids were young.
Once they were through elementary school she began employment with
the American Crystal Sugar Company, serving as payroll coordinator from
1976 until her retirement on January 1, 1998. Jan was a longtime member
of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Her family fondly remembers Jan as the person who was always there for them. No matter what was going on in her busy life she always had time for everyone. Just as she raised her children to be caring, loving, and respectful adults, she passed on these same attributes to each of her grandchildren. Special times together were spent playing cards and games, camping, fishing, four-wheeling, and taking family vacations that created a lifetime of lasting memories. Nothing meant more to Jan than Chuck and their family, and she will always remain in their hearts and be forever missed.
Jan takes leave of Chuck, her beloved husband of 54 years; their three children and spouses: Deborah and William Solheim of Erskine, Minnesota, Richard and Hazel Hawkins of Crookston, Minnesota, and Robert and Terri Hawkins of Coon Rapids, Minnesota; 8 grandchildren: Amber Solheim, Kent (April) Solheim, Ryan (Sarah) Hawkins, and Tyler, Sammie Jo, Jessica, Lisa, and Katelyn Hawkins; 2 great-grandchildren, Kyanna and Keegan Permann; a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Helen Shoemaker of Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada; and many other relatives and friends. Jan was preceded in death by her parents, Les and Beth Shoemaker; grandson, Christopher Solheim; nephew, Todd Shoemaker; and parents-in-law, Vernon and Louise Hawkins. May God richly bless the memory of Janet Eleanor Hawkins.
The funeral service celebrating the life of Janet Hawkins will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston with The Rev. Darrel Cory, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
June E. Shaver
June 10, 1920 - August 26, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
June E. Shaver, 94, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at her Summit Apartment in the Villa St. Vincent.
June was born on June 10, 1920 at St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of Willis
H. and Harriet (Ridley) Shaver. Her early years were spent at Gladstone,
Minnesota where she attended school through the 8th grade. She and her family then
moved back to St. Paul, and June graduated from Johnson High School in 1938.
After studying business and accounting at Globe Business College in
St. Paul, she was employed in the offices of the American Linen Company
in St. Paul.
In 1949 June moved to Crookston and in 1953 became the Clinic
Administrator for Northwestern Clinic. During the 1970's she completed a
course of study at the University of Minnesota-Crookston and earned an
Associate Degree in Business. June continued in her position at
Northwestern Clinic until her retirement in 1983.
June was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston
and served as treasurer of the church for over 25 years. Professionally,
she was a past-president of the State Clinic Managers Association, and
was the first treasurer of the National Medical Group Management Association.
As an active member of the Crookston community, she held memberships in
the Lions Club, the local chapter of Business and Professional Women;
served on the Crookston Planning Committee for nine years; and was recipient
of the RiverView Hospital Association's "Reaching Out to Serve Award."
The University of Minnesota-Crookston was a big part of June's life, and
she was honored to receive the University's prestigious Torch and Shield
award. She was an avid fan and supporter of UMC athletics and was not only the
first recipient of the UMC Teambacker Award, but the first to ever receive
a Teambacker lifetime pass. Several years ago she established the Shaver
Butterfly Garden at the University in honor of her family, and it has
become a popular spot for visitors to stroll by. June had visited the
Garden with her good friend, Jerry Knutson, just a few days before her
passing. In her younger days (but not all that many years ago) she
enjoyed skiing, golf, and traveling.
As her eyesight began to fail,
June relied more and more on the assistance of another very dear friend,
Annette Hegg, to help her conduct her business and get to places she
needed to be. June was a kind, generous, and very special person, not
afraid to speak her mind if she thought it called for. She was a revered
member of the community who will be remembered as one of its treasures.
June leaves two sisters-in-law, Elaine Shaver of Kentucky, and Marjorie
Shaver of St. Paul, Minnesota; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives;
and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis
and Harriet Shaver; sisters, Betty Mastio and Mary Lewis; and brothers,
Donald and Thomas Shaver. May God bless the memory of June E. Shaver.
A memorial service celebrating the life of June Shaver will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 6, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston, with The Rev. Darrel Cory, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7PM, with a 7PM prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Inurnment will take place in the church's columbarium. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers June's own wish was that memorials be given to the UMC Foundation.
Mildred (Rude) Hanson
January 10, 1916 - August 31, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Mildred Hanson passed away peacefully on August 31, 2014, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota, with her family by her side.
Mildred was born on January 10, 1916 to Christian and Marie Rude in
Grygla, Minnesota. Mildred grew up here, and she attended Grygla Elementary
School. In her teenage years, Mildred was one of the 35 students at Climax
High School to graduate in 1935, where she excelled in academics, sports,
and music. In fact, her nickname was "The Babe", because of her ability
to hit the ball farther and run faster than anyone. Because her mother,
Marie, used her egg money to pay for Mildred's piano lessons, she was
able to be involved in The Lutheran Church of Grygla's services sharing
her talents. She also had a beautiful singing voice, and the church choir
consisted of her, her mother, and her brother Melvin.
Mildred had big aspirations for her life, which she began by going to
Hairdresser and Cosmetology School in Fargo, North Dakota. She graduated in
1936, where she went on to work for DeLendrecies Department Store. Mildred
was not only licensed in North Dakota, but she received her beauticians'
license in Minnesota as well.
During this time, she met the love of her life, Henry Clifford Hanson, through a mutual friend. They were married thereafter on November 20, 1937, in Crookston, Minnesota. Mildred and Henry moved to rural Polk County, where they worked on their farm, and attended Hafslo Lutheran Church. During that time, Mildred became a mother to Myrna, Joyce, and her first set of twins: Dennis and Delores. She felt the importance of staying home from work to raise her kids, and that is what she did.
In the 1950's, Mildred, Henry, and their children moved to Crookston, Minnesota, where Mildred became a mother to her second set of twins, Denise and Debra. She went on to work at many different places, which included the Grill Café, Sunny Rest Sanatorium, and Bethesda Hospital. Finally, Mildred spent the majority of her working life at JR Simplot, where she was a production worker.
Mildred was talented in many things, as evidenced in her occupational history. She was a master at creating afghans, and knitted one for each child that came into her family. She also liked to show her Norwegian heritage by making Lefse and Sweet Soup, as well as an incredible apple pie that is quite popular in her family! Mildred was a major baseball fan since she was a child, and she was an avid fan of Minnesota's Major League Baseball team, the Twins. She even attended a game at the Metrodome with her children, but from then on decided she preferred to watch the games from the comfort of her living room.
Mildred is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Hanson; parents, Christian and Marie Rude; her five sisters, and her three brothers. Mildred is survived by her children, Myrna (Ed) Henrickson of Moorhead, Minnesota, Joyce (Bill) Moehn of Springerville, Arizona, Dennis (Debbie) Hanson of Crookston, Minnesota, Delores (Charles) Szekacs of Springfield, Ohio, Debra (Thomas) Hirsh of Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Denise (Merwin) Carlson of Moorhead, Minnesota; 22 Grandchildren; 43 Great-Grandchildren; and one Great-Great-Granddaughter.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of Mildred will be held on Friday, September 5th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, Minnesota at 1:30 p.m., with Rev. Greg Isaacson presiding. There will be a visitation with the family one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at Oakdale Cemetery immediately following the funeral service. Stenshoel Houske Funeral Home will be handling the funeral arrangements.
Jason Eugene Perala
August 22, 1981 - August 26, 2014
Resided in Fargo, North Dakota
Jason Perala, 33, passed away unexpectedly and all too soon, on August 26, 2014 at his home in Fargo, North Dakota.
Jason was born on August 22, 1981 in Crookston, Minnesota, to Warren and
Cheryl Perala. They knew from an early age what an independent and fun spirit he was, which followed him throughout his childhood and adult life. Jason grew up in Crookston, and was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church. He graduated from Crookston High School, where he was involved in baseball, football, and excelled in wrestling.
Jason did so well, he took home 2nd place in the Minnesota State Wrestling
Tournament. He also loved to deer hunt, go fishing on Minnesota's beautiful
lakes, and spend time with his brothers David and Isaac. After high school,
Jason attended North Dakota State University, where he majored in engineering
and made many dear friends. After college, Jason spent some time living in
Williston working at the oil rigs, and eventually returned to live in
Crookston and spend time close to his family. On his last move back to
Fargo, Jason was able to do what he loved, which was spend his time
outdoors working in landscaping as well as concrete work.
Jason was well known not just in Crookston, but in Fargo as well. He was known for being willing to "give his shirt off his back to anyone, even in the middle of winter". Jason was especially drawn to children, evidence of his fun personality and big heart. Everybody who encountered Jason experienced his kind, giving, and hard-working spirit. Because of that, Jason was loved by all.
Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents, Toivo and Arlene Perala; and great-grandparents, Milton and Dorothy Helgeson, and Clarence and Evelyn Ulseth. Jason is survived by his parents, Warren and Cheryl Perala of Crookston, Minnesota; brother David and sister-in-law Samantha Perala of Crookston; brother Isaac Perala of Grand Forks, North Dakota; grandparents Roger and Donna Ulseth of Crookston; aunts and uncles: Pam Grove of Climax, Minnesota, Marc and Rose Ulseth of Crookston, Kathy Ulseth-Tenold of Fargo, Martene Olson of San Jose, California, Carolyn Hultquist of Owatonna, Minnesota, and Shelden and Cheryl Perala of Boise, Idaho; nieces and nephews Christopher, Angelica, Jasmine, Lucas, Gabrielle, and Natalie Perala; and many close cousins.
There will be a memorial service celebrating the life of Jason Perala on Thursday, September 4th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, Minnesota at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Jo Gast officiating. A time to greet Jason's family will be one hour prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Crookston Youth Wrestling Association.
Gerald Roy "Jerry" Johnson
June 27, 1941 - August 28, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Gerald Roy "Jerry" Johnson, 73, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully Thursday evening, August 28, 2014, at his home after a lengthy illness.
Gerald was born on June 27, 1941 at Greenbush, Minnesota, the son of
Harold Sidney and Carol Fay (Keuhn) Johnson. He grew up in Greenbush, was
baptized and confirmed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and graduated
from Greenbush High School in 1959. Jerry enlisted in the US Navy just
a few weeks later on June 25th. He served aboard the USS Luiskno out of
the US Naval Station at Newport, RI, and spent time at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy on June 20, 1962,
Jerry returned to the area and attended Mayville (North Dakota) State Teachers
College. He later transferred to Moorhead (Minnesota) State Teachers College,
where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in 1966.
On December 26, 1965 he was
united in marriage to Pearl Mavis Gunderson at the Ness Lutheran Church
at Gary, Minnesota. Over the years their marriage was blessed by the births of
three children: twins, Janelle and Julie, and son, Paul. Jerry and Pearl
made their first home at Detroit Lakes, Minnesota and Jerry's first teaching
position was with the Olivia, Minnesota, Public Schools. In 1968 the
Johnson family moved to Crookston, and Jerry began teaching in the
Industrial Technology Department of Central High School. He was
extremely proud of his students over the years as he mentored them
through the process of building 25 high quality homes that were sold
to local homebuyers.
Jerry did post-graduate study through Bemidji
(Minnesota) State College, and summers were spent doing silo construction,
grain bin construction, and tending the strawberry farm he and Pearl
operated for many years. After a long and very rewarding career in
education Jerry retired in 1999.
Jerry was a longtime member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the American Industrial Arts Association, the National Education Association, the Retired Educator's Association, and Crookston American Legion Post #20. While growing up, Jerry enjoyed hunting with his parents, and eventually sharing that same passion with his son and grandsons. Snowmobiling trips with family and friends were always a highlight of the winter season, and camping and traveling with Pearl, the kids, and grandkids was a great way to spend spring, summer, and fall. One of his favorite pastimes was making furniture for their home and the homes of his daughters and son. In recent years Jerry and Pearl had been spending winters at Apache Junction, AZ. Jerry was a very loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, and will be greatly missed by all who shared in his life. May God richly bless his memory.
Jerry leaves his beloved wife of 48 years, Pearl; their three children: Janelle (Steven) Thompson of Fargo, North Dakota, Julie (Matthew) Johnson of Champlin, Minnesota, and Paul (Tracy) Johnson of Port St. Lucie, FL; and six grandchildren: Daniel and Jacob Thompson, and Jarod, Anna, and Heather Johnson, and Marin Johnson. He is also survived by four sisters: Myrna Johnson of Greenbush, Minnesota, Sharon (David) Hanson of Seattle, WA, Bonnie (John) Nordstrom of Frazee, Minnesota, and Janine (David) Schneider of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Carol Johnson.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Gerald Roy Johnson will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service and time of sharing. Visitation will also be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery at Greenbush at 3:00 pm Wednesday with Military Honors provided by the Greenbush American Legion Post #88.
Engbert "Bert" DeYoung
(August 12, 1921 - August 14, 2010)
Engbert "Bert" DeYoung, 89, of Chino, CA, formerly of Beltrami, MN, died on August 14, 2010 in Chino Valley Hospital, Chino.
He was born on the home farm in rural Crookston, MN, to Louis and Tilda (Schat) DeYoung on August 12, 1921. Bert attended rural school near his home. Following his schooling, Bert entered the United States Army, serving as a paratrooper. He served during WWII and was held as a prisoner of war for 11 months. He was discharged and returned to Crookston. In 1946, Bert married Ida Swenson at the parsonage in Shelly. Bert held several jobs over the next few years, before moving to Louisiana. In 1954, they returned to Beltrami and farmed until 1965, when they moved to Azusa, CA. Ida died in 1969. Bert worked as an auto mechanic for GM until his retirement in 1986.
He married Jessie Contreras in 1971, at Azusa and she past away in 1990. Bert was fortunate to meet and later marry Mildred Workman in Chino. They have lived together since 1993. In his retirement years, Bert volunteered at a local church, the Historical society, and an area women’s club. He was very successful as a vegetable gardener. Bert enjoyed shooting rifles with the gun club and was a member of the NRA. He was famous for “doing things his way”. In the last years, Bert was devoted to the well being of his beloved, Mildred.
Bert is survived by his wife, Mildred Workman, Chino, CA; two sons: Wayne and his wife, Delores “Dee”, Shelly, MN, and Robert, Upland, CA; one step daughter, Corrine and her husband, Chris Workman, Ontario, CA; four grandchildren, four step grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren; one sister, Sady Skalet, Beltrami, MN; and several nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, wives, Ida, Jessie, one grandson, Curtis Workman, one great-grandson, Joseph Lujon, and sister, Kathryn Blokzyl.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 23, 2010, in the Shelly
Marsh River Lutheran Church, Shelly, MN. Visitation will be on Sunday,
August 22, 2010, from 5-7 PM in the Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home,
Halstad, MN. Burial will be in the Shelly Cemetery, Shelly, MN; Pastor
Valerian Ahles, Officiating.
Congregational Hymns "Old Rugged Cross", "Amazing Grace", "How Great Thou Art"
Pallbearers: Gary Brenden, Cory Brenden, Larry Navarro, Randy Moorhart,
Perry, Doerfler, and Bruce Doerfler.
Military Honors: Ada Honor Guard Ada, Minnesota
Interment: Shelly Cemetery, Rural Shelly, Minnesota
Arrangements with Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home Halstad, Minnesota
March 27, 1918 - August 22, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Henry Goodyke, 96, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Friday afternoon,
August 22, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
Henry was born on March 27, 1918 at Blendon, MI, the son of Richard and
Hattie (Gebben) Goodyke. At the age of two his family moved to rural
Crookston, where he grew up and attended country school. Henry started
working on the family farm as a youngster, and loved to tell the story
of moving cattle from south of Crookston, thru the City to the farm in
Parnell Township, by himself at 9 years of age! On May 18, 1942 he
enlisted in the US Army Air Corp. He was extremely proud of the fact
that a man with only an 8th grade education was selected to be an
instructor throughout most of service at the Army Gunnery School at
Harlequin, TX. Having served for four years was a very important time
in Henry's life and he kept in contact with many of his Army buddies
throughout the years. Following his honorable discharge on January 19,
1946 he returned home.
On May 23, 1946, he was united in marriage to Mayme H. Solheim. Henry
and Mayme settled on a farm in Fanny Township, near Crookston, where they
raised their three children: Richard, Dennis, and Nancie. Henry farmed
in Parnell Township for many years with his brothers, Andrew, Anton and
John, and from the early 1970's with his brother, John, and sons, Richard
and Dennis. Even though he retired at age 65, he still kept a close eye
on the farming operation of his sons. His red PT Cruiser could always
be spotted traveling around the area checking their crops or headed to
town for groceries. Winters were spent in McAllen, TX with Mayme until
her passing on August 15, 1995. Henry continued going to McAllen until
2012. He loved being with his friends and showing his visitors around
nearby Padre Island, where his service friends would spend time, and
how much everything had changed since those days.
Henry remained on his homestead to the present time and was fiercely independent, with a 'little assistance' from his family. He never let the fact that he had difficulty getting around, without the use of a walker or his scooter, get him down. Rather, he focused on the fact that he could 'still get around'. He loved watching the birds, and saw to it that several birdhouses were put up outside his window. He also tended a large garden, which he would hoe by going alongside the rows of corn on his scooter, anxiously awaiting that first cob. Henry liked to tinker in his shop, and had bolts in his pocket to his last working day of August 17, 2014. He will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
Family members include his sons, daughter, and daughter-in-law: Richard and Kathy Goodyke and Dennis Goodyke, of Crookston, Minnesota, and Nancie Goodyke of Brighton, CO; 3 grandchildren: Darren Goodyke of Crookston, Kelly Plummer (fiancé, James Mitchell) of Hankinson, North Dakota, and Jaime (Russell) Delzer of Climax, Minnesota; 3 great-grandchildren: Erica and Ian Plummer, and Katelyn Delzer, and a great-grandson soon to be born to Jaime and Russell. Henry also leaves a sister, Helen Michaelson of Crookston; sister-in-law, June Goodyke of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Mayme, his beloved wife of 49 years, Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Hattie; three brothers, Anton and his wife Clair, John, and Andrew; and a brother-in-law, Luvern Michaelson. May God bless Henry's memory.
The funeral service for Henry Goodyke will be held at 10:30am, Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-7 pm, with a 7 pm prayer service, and for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, with Military Honors by the Crookston Veterans Council.
James R. Carlson Jr.
June 1, 1950 - August 18, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
James R. Carlson Jr., 64, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Monday morning,
August 18, 2014, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Jim was born at Miles City, Montana, on June 1, 1950, the son of James
and Nora (Hartse) Carlson Sr. He grew up in Miles City and graduated from
Custer County High School. He attended St. Johns University in Minnesota
where he received his degree in Political Science. Jim then attended the
University of Montana Law School where he received his law degree, with
honors. While attending law school, Jim married Diana Wells, his high
school sweetheart, also of Miles City on February 2, 1974. Following
completion of Law School, Jim and Diana moved to Helena, MT where Jim
clerked for the Montana Supreme Court before opening a private practice
in Miles City. Jim served as the County Attorney in Hysham, MT.
Jim started a second career after attending Catholic University of America
in Washington, DC where he received a Masters Degree in Library Science.
He was a librarian at the University of Idaho Law School while Diana
worked on her doctorate in Mathematics at Washington State University.
Upon Diana's graduation, they moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota, where Diana taught
at the University of North Dakota and Jim worked in the library system.
Sadly, Diana passed away on December 27, 2007. Jim moved to Crookston
a year later and was a librarian for the University of Minnesota Crookston
until his death.
An issue of the Idaho Law Review was dedicated to Jim for his
accomplishments in 1992. The dedication sums up what many students
and faculty saw when they interacted with him in the library: "an
infinite cheerfulness and a genuine zest for intellectual challenges".
He had a genuine love of research and learning that was infectious. The
educational setting was natural to Jim where he could help others with
their investigations, work with students of all ages, and keep himself
and the library abreast of all the newest technology.
Because of his
exceptional work with faculty, staff, and students at UMC, in 2009, Jim
was awarded the Distinguished Professional and Administrative Award and
was later featured in the student paper. His love of technology, students,
information and learning showed through. Anyone who met Jim, was also
introduced to his sense of humor. He had a way of cheering everyone up
and making their day better. He will be greatly missed by everyone who
had the pleasure of knowing him.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Diana, his mother Nora (Pat)
Hartse Carlson, his father James R Carlson Sr, his brother Michael Carlson,
and his sister Laurie Carlson Trusty. He is survived by his nephew Paul
Trusty and niece Jennifer (Tug) Trusty, his siblings Mary Rieley and
sons Michael and Patrick of Helena MT, Amy (Jim) Strecker of Billings,
MT, John (Judi) Carlson and their children Christopher, Kaili, and Markus
of Kennewick WA, David (Nancy) Carlson and daughter Ellen, of Billings,
MT, Kathleen "Kitty" (Tim) Carlson of Elk River, Minnesota, Joan (Doug)
Hatch and children Nathan, Emily, Sarah and Kelli of Fort Collins, CO
and Charles "Charlie" (Beth) of Billings, MT, and his aunt Sister David
and uncle Walter Carlson.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Jim Carlson will be held at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral
Home at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014, with Deacon Dennis Bivens, presiding. A time for
greeting his family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Saint John's Abbey Cemetery at Collegeville, Minnesota. Blessed be the memory of James R. Carlson Jr.
David Anthony Goering
August 27, 1931 - November 9, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
David A. Goering, age 82, Crookston, Minnesota, died Saturday,
November 9, 2013 at Riverview Health, Crookston, surrounded by his
loving family. David Anthony Goering was born on August 27, 1931 at
Brandon, Minnesota, son of Jacob and Hortulana (Kracher) Goering. He grew
up and was educated at Brandon. He was united in marriage with Shirley
Felling on April 18, 1955 at Elrosa, Minnesota. They made their home in
Alexandria and Cold Spring, before moving to Crookston in 1963. He
worked for the Great Northern Railroad (now BNSF) for fifty years
working on Buildings and Bridges or B&B. David enjoyed woodworking,
gardening, fishing, canoeing and camping (near Brandon, Minnesota). He
also enjoyed turtle hunting. He loved spending time with his family. He
was an honorary member of the Brandon (MN) Knights of Columbus.
David is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children: Brenda (Al) Hagemeier
of Fargo, North Dakota, Roberta (Roger) Valley of Red Lake Falls, Minnesota,
David (Kelly) Goering, JR of Plymouth, Minnesota, Charles (Kim) Goering
of Crookston, Minnesota, Donald Goering of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Craig
(Kristy) Goering of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Duane (Alice) Goering of
Peyton, Colorado, Edward (Doris) Goering of Colorado Springs, Colorado,
and Tracy (Jeff) Musolf of Shawnee, Kansas; twentyfive grandchildren and
nine great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: James (Gina) Goering of
Crystal, MN, Cyrilla Brixius of St. Cloud, MN, Lanie Van Sloun of
Minneapolis, MN, Edward (Kay) Goering of St. Cloud, MN, Daniel (Lorelie)
Goering in Lexington, South Carolina, Chris (Dennis) Korkowski of Cold
Spring, MN and Rebecca (Wayne) Chounard of Cold Spring, MN; a
sister-in-law: Marita Goering of St. Cloud, MN.
David was preceded in death by his parents: Jacob and Hortulana
Goering; two sisters: Johanna Lambertz and Charlotte Goering; and two
brother: Charles Goering and Cloud Goering.
David's funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, November
14, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston.
Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston
on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 5 to 7 pm, with a prayer service
at 7 pm, and also visitation at the church for one hour before the
service on Thursday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
David Allen Johnson
November 20, 1951 - November 15, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
David Allen Johnson, 61, of Crookston, Minnesota, died at his home
peacefully of natural causes on November 15, 2013.
David was born in Crookston on November 20, 1951, and was the son of
Reuben and Luverne (Urness) Johnson. He was baptized and confirmed in the
Lutheran faith and attended Crookston schools, graduating from Central
High School in 1971. A few weeks later on July 23rd David enlisted in
the US Navy. He served as a cook aboard the USS Roosevelt as it sailed
the Pacific, and was awarded the National Defense Medal for his service
to his country. David was honorably discharged on July 18, 1975 and
returned to Crookston. He continued his service as a member of the
Naval Reserve until July of 1977.
From 1975 until 1987 he was employed by the American Crystal Sugar
Company in Crookston. He then spent two years working at the M & H Gas
Station, while also doing seasonal work for the Crookston Park and Rec
Department. From 1991 through 1997 David was employed at Grove Heating,
before becoming custodian at the VFW and IC Muggs. He retired in 2000.
For the past several years he had been doing maintenance and yard work
for his good friend, Willie Nephew. David was a member of the Trinity
Lutheran Church, and VFW Post 1902. He enjoyed traveling; visits with
his sister, Eileen, and her family; and spending time tending his flower
garden and yard. He was the first to lend a hand to his neighbors whenever
help was needed, and will be very sadly missed by those who shared in his
Loving family members include David's four siblings: Dennis (Sandy)
Johnson of Mesquite, TX, Donny Johnson, Eileen (Jim) Langlois, and Rick
Johnson, all of Crookston, Minnesota; several nieces, nephews, and cousins;
and a very good friend, Jan Charchenko of Crookston.
He was very recently preceded in death by his sister, Bonnie Johnson,
who passed away at Aurora, Colordo, on November 11th, 2013; his parents,
Reuben and Luverne; and a half-sister and two half-brothers, Sonny Ostgard,
Darrell Ostgard, and Linda "Lindy" Engebretson. May God bless David's memory.
A memorial service for David Johnson will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. Visitation with David's family will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be accorded by the Crookston Veterans Council and inurnment will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
Jean Louise (Tiedemann) Strickler
May 27, 1921 - December 6, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Jean Strickler, 92, of Euclid, Minnesota, passed away on December 6th,
at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, Minnesota.
Jean Louise Tiedemann was born on May 27, 1921, near Euclid, Minnesota,
the daughter of Emil and Marie (Schuler) Tiedemann. She attended country
school near Euclid and graduated from Crookston High School. On September
25, 1939, she married William Strickler. They made their home in Angus
Township where they raised two children. Jean dedicated her life to her
family as a homemaker and lovingly supported William in all phases of
farming. Jean also had great pride in the Black Angus cattle that William,
her children and grandchildren raised and showed throughout Minnesota and
North Dakota. William died July 24th, 2003.
She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Euclid. She taught Sunday School and was a 4-H Leader. She was a member of the Sew and So Homemakers Club and Farm Bureau. She especially took pride in her garden and yard. In her younger years, she and William enjoyed square dancing and playing cards with friends.
Jean was a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She spent her life caring for others. She was an excellent cook and baker, specializing in apple pies, birthday cakes and homemade buns. The grandchildren especially loved 7-Up floats at grandma's house. Jean also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and quilting, sharing her handcrafted items as gifts. For many years, she spent special time on the school bleachers, cheering on her grandchildren during their sporting events.
Grateful to have shared in Jean's life are her daughter and son in law, Marilyn and Stan Sirek, Wahpeton, ND, and son and daughter in law, Don and Ellen Strickler, Euclid, MN; eight grandchildren, Joel and Tami Sirek, Jason Sirek all of Wahpeton, Deanna Pederson of Bloomington, IL, Brent Strickler, Kaydi and Brad Grunhovd all of Euclid, Kari and Chris Kujava, Ada, MN, Kristen and Steve Kehr, Coon Rapids, MN, Becky and Selmer Moen, Minnetrista, MN. 10 great grandchildren: Parker and Brooklyn Sirek, Payton and Taylor Kujava, Hayden and Olivia Strickler, Ava and Grace Kehr, Harrison and Josie Moen, sister in law, Dorothy Tiedemann, Euclid, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William, brothers, Donald (Doris) Tiedemann, Robert Tiedemann and sister, Vera (Paul) Schreder.
Jean's funeral service will be at 11 AM, Friday, December 13, 2013 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Crookston, with Pastor Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 5 to 7 PM, with a prayer service at 7PM, also visitation for one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. May God bless the memory of Jean Louise Strickler.
Madonna Elizabeth "Donna" (Shimek) Estenson
August 21, 1916 - November 29, 2013
Resided in Climax, MN
Madonna Elizabeth Estenson (Shimek) of Climax, Minnesota passed November 29th, 2013 at the age of 97 years, while in the care of Altru Health Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Donna was born in the greater East Grand Forks, Minnesota, area on
August 21, 1916, to Albert and Clara Shimek. She grew up as an only child
on a rural farm, attending a one-room school house a few miles away. As
a child, Donna passed the time by making up games to play, as well as,
playing with the family dog "Pal" who would sometimes pull her on a
sleigh in the winter.
The family later moved from the farm into East Grand Forks, where her
father Albert became a member of the police department. She attended Sacred
Heart School for two years and enjoyed singing in the choir.
On October 23rd, 1937 Donna married Haakon Morris Estenson of Climax, Minnesota at the
Sacred Heart Rectory. During over 57 years of marriage they lived in a number of places
including Crookston, Minnesota, where they had a small filling station, construction
company, and Donna worked at Red Owl. They also resided in Los Angeles, California, on
Figueroa Avenue, where Haakon worked for the Wilmington Shipyards; and later at
Minneapolis, where Haakon worked in other war related interests, while Donna was employed at a local drug store on Lyndale Avenue. During their time in Minneapolis they experienced the
"blackouts" familiar to large cities during World War II. Ultimately, Donna and Haakon settled
near family on their rural Climax, Minnesota farm in 1949. They spent the remainder of their
lives together raising their three sons: Roger, Richard and Lionel. Lionel passed away on the
farm at 3 years of age after a brief illness.
Donna and Haakon both enjoyed polka music, watching Lawrence Welk, and dancing at the
Eagles Aeries in both East Grand Forks and Crookston, Minnesota, where they were longtime
members. Donna was a member of the Catholic Church, attending masses in Crookston at
the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, where she was very charitable to the congregation, and at Sacred Heart in East Grand Forks and St. Michaels in Grand Forks. Throughout their time together, she and Haakon enjoyed traveling to Long Beach, California in the winter months
where they had an apartment. They attended the Minnesota state picnics there often during the
They later spent their winters in South Texas and the Houston area, visiting both of
their sons, Roger G. Estenson Sr. and Richard A. Estenson, and their families. During her later
years Donna enjoyed taking car rides to see familiar places around the Grand Forks and
Crookston areas. She would pass the time at home listening to Lawrence Welk, watching
wildlife in her yard, playing with the family cat, Whiskers, and attending Notre Dame Sunday
Mass on her television.
Donna is survived by sons, Roger Gaylord Estenson Sr. and Richard A. Estenson; grandsons,
Roger Gaylord II and Richard D. Estenson and granddaughters, Courtney and Hailey Estenson;
as well as, a great-grandson, Aiden Estenson She was preceded in death by her husband Haakon, and infant son, Lionel.
Mass of Christian Burial for Madonna Estenson will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 6,
2013 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Mario Prada,
presiding. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Calvary
Cemetery at Crookston.
Helen Marjorie (Englehart) Bye
February 16, 1928 - November 18, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Helen Marjorie Bye, 85, of Crookston, Minnesota and formerly of
Devils Lake, ND, died at her residence Monday morning, November
18, 2013. For the past year she had been making her home with her
daughter and son-in-law, Toby and Dennis Magsam.
Helen was born in Devils Lake on February 16, 1928, the daughter of
Henry and Barbara (Steffen) Englehart. She grew up there, was baptized
and confirmed at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and attended Devils Lake
schools. Helen was employed at the Woolworth's Store in Devils Lake until
her marriage to Howard Rudolph Bye on October 7, 1947. Their marriage
was blessed by the births of nine children. The couple farmed northeast
of Crary, ND for a few years before moving to the Euclid, Minnesota area,
settling on a farm east of town.
In addition to the farming operation, they also had dairy cattle and did custom combining. Helen was a devoted member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Euclid, and a founding member of the Crookston Chapter of the Catholic Daughters. From 1973 to 1976, Helen and Howard also owned and operated Barb's Cafe in Angus, Minnesota. After retiring from farming in 1990 they moved back to Devils Lake, and enjoyed life together until Howard's passing on June 5, 1993.
Helen remained in Devils Lake where she spent countless hours volunteering her time and talents at St. Joseph's. She also served as a sacristan to the parish priest for 5 years, and was a member of St. Jude's Circle. In October of 2012 Helen moved to Crookston in order to be closer to her family. She had been attending the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception during her time in Crookston. Helen was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary, through which she had been recognized as a Gold Star Mother for the past 45 years.
Helen lived a life in which her family came first. When describing their mother, her kids spoke proudly about her as a gentle, yet strong woman, a "one of a kind" mother, and a very special presence in their lives. Her love for her children, grandchildren and great-grand children, also grew to embrace her many "adopted" kids as well. Helen's memory will be forever treasured by all who were touched by her life.
Loving family members include her children: Mikal Bye (daughter-in-law)
of Leesburg, FL, Chuck (Sue) Bye of Montevideo, Minnesota, Carol
(Jim) Futch of Wheatland, WY, Toby (Dennis) Magsam of
Crookston, Minnesota, Darrell (Joanne) Bye of Cambridge, Minnesota, Rick
(Carol) Bye of Warren, Minnesota, Jan (Jeff) Gustafson of Cambridge,
MN, and Bill (Tracy) Bye of Andover, Minnesota; 17 grandchildren:
Dawn Marie (Jason) Helton, Roy (Dalice) Estes, Jason (Lisa) Bye,
Darin (Belinda) Bye, Shawna Johnson, Nikki (Harvey) Holter, Sheila
(Pat) Duffy, Matt Futch (Micah), Troy (Staci) Magsam, Tracey (Justin)
Knutson, Heather (Kevin) Kollbaum, Amber Lamb, Todd (Molly) Bye, Brian
Bye, Eric (Stacy) Kramer, Angela Kramer (Jeremy), and Brittany Maijala;
and 26 great-grandchildren. Helen is also survived by two sisters and a
brother: Fran (Don) Farmen of Costa Mesa, CA, Jenny Pulst of Devils
Lake, ND, and Bob (Carolyn) Englehart of Fergus Falls, Minnesota;
several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bud Eng of Thousand
Oaks, CA, Sylvia Conlon of Devils Lake, Duane (Marge) Bye of
Devils Lake, Gen Estenson of Danville, CA, and Glady Brand of
Minot, ND; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
In addition to Howard, her loving husband of 45 years, Helen
was preceded in death by 2 sons, Robert "Skip" Bye and Ronald
Bye; her parents, Henry and Barbara Englehart; two sisters and two
brothers: Jeanne Axtman, Charles Englehart, Henry Englehart Jr.,
and Vivian Eng.
May God bless the memory of Helen Marjorie Bye.
Helen Bye's life will be celebrated at a Mass of Christian Burial
to be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013, at the Cathedral
of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with visitation for one hour
prior to the funeral. Visitation for Helen will be held in her hometown
of Devils Lake, ND at the Gilbertson Funeral Home on Friday, November
29, 2013 from 4-8:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service. Interment
will take place in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston.
Joan Yvonne (Siversen) Ness
January 22, 1937 - November 20, 2013
Resided in Fisher, Minnesota
Joan Yvonne Ness, 76, of Fisher, Minnesota, died early Wednesday morning, November 20, 2013, at RiverView Health in Crookston with her family at her side.
Joan was born at Duluth, Minnesota on January 22, 1937, and was the
daughter of Sigurd and Olga (Jacobsen) Siversen. She was baptized at the
Lakeside Bethany Lutheran Church, and was confirmed at the First Lutheran
Church in Duluth. She graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1955
and was active in the band (flute), marching band and choir. Joan attended
the University of Minnesota-Duluth where she received an Associate Degree
and Certification as an x-ray technologist. She then came to Crookston,
Minnesota to join the Crookston Clinic x-ray department and to train
On August 29, 1959 Joan was united in marriage
to Jerome Ness, a Fisher area farmer. The ceremony took place at the
First Lutheran Church in Duluth and was performed by her future
brother-in-law, Pastor Orlin Ness. Joan and Jerome made their home on
their farm in Roome Township, near Fisher. With the birth of her first
child, Joan left the employ of the Clinic to look after her family.
Being a "city girl" she learned the farm life quickly and without
hesitation would pitch right in whenever help was needed. Joan could
load beet trucks and drive farm equipment with the best of them.
She was a faithful member of the Fisher Lutheran Church and WELCA, and participated in the quilting club of the church for several years. She also enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens, crafting, and cross-stitching. Additionally, she held memberships in the Fisher Homemakers Club and the Farm Bureau. Joan was a very accomplished baker and won several Farm Bureau baking competitions at the county level, going on to participate at state competitions where she did quite well. Over the years Joan and Jerome took several wonderful trips with Farm Bureau friends, visiting Hawaii, Florida, California, Texas, and Missouri. They also experienced three memorable cruises to the Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, and Panama Canal. Joan was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who touched the lives and hearts of many.
Joan is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, Jerome; three sons and a daughter, 7 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild: Joel and Becky Ness of Fisher, Minnesota and their children, Stephanie, Eric, and Sara; Janeen and Mike Swann of Prosper, North Dakota, and their daughter, Megan (fiance', Brian Moser), and Megan's son, Treyton; Rick and Pam Ness of Thompson, North Dakota, and their children, Jessica (Tyler) Kjemhus, and Hannah and Ryan; and Kyle Ness of Fisher. She also leaves a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Bill McGann of Duluth, Minnesota; a niece and 3 nephews: Cindy, Nick, Brad, and Cooper; and many cousins and other relatives. Joan was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Barbara Jean; and brother-in-law, Pastor Orlin Ness. May God richly bless Joan's memory.
A memorial service for Joan Yvonne Ness will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Fisher Lutheran Church in Fisher, Minnesota, with The Rev. Karen Young Trenne, officiating. Visitation with Joan's family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Fisher Lutheran Cemetery.
Gerald Eugene Brekken
April 26, 1955 - August 6, 2014
Resided in Fernley, Nevada
Gerald Eugene Brekken, 59, of Fernley, Nevada, and a Crookston, Minnesota,
native, died unexpectedly at his home of natural causes on Wednesday, August
Gerald was born in Crookston on April 26, 1955, the son of Albert and
Wanda (Pester) Brekken. He was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral
of the Immaculate Conception, attended Cathedral School, and graduated
from Mount St. Benedict High School in 1973. While in high school, Gerald,
or "Jonce" as he was known to his classmates and friends, participated in
hockey, football, drama club, choir, and sang with the 'Belles and Beaus'.
He also worked on the family farm with his dad and brothers. Gerald
furthered his education at St. John's University at Collegeville, Minnesota,
where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in 1977.
He was united in marriage to Bridgett Bergan on June 3,
1978 at St. Cloud, Minnesota. Four children were born to their union: Jonathan,
Leah, Joshua, and Catherine. The growing
family made their home in Richfield, Minnesota until moving to Carson City, NV
on March 13, 1987. Gerald taught Junior High English in Carson City for
a year and then at Swope Middle School in Reno from 1988 until his
retirement in 2009.
Gerald was a member of the Nevada Education Association and the Arbor Day Foundation. In 2010 he moved to Fernley. A favorite pastime was playing on-line scrabble with family members. He also enjoyed reading, gardening, and landscaping, and kept up with the news from Crookston via the Times and KROX websites. Gerald remained a loyal Twins and Vikings fan despite his many years spent in Nevada. He will be remembered as a very caring father and grandfather who gave his all for his kids.
Gerald leaves his four children and three grandchildren: Jonathan Brekken and
wife, Lauren, and children, Avery and Eloise, of Houston, TX, Leah Brekken
and daughter, Emma, of Carson City, Nevada, Joshua Brekken and fiance, Erin
Hoffman, of Woodbury, Minnesota, and Catherine Fernandez and Arturo of Carson
City. He is also survived by his mother, Wanda Brekken of Crookston, Minnesota;
seven brothers and three sisters: Roger (Edie) of Emily, Minnesota, Dennis (Bev)
and Vincent (Marie) of Crookston, David (Shirley) of Birchwood, Wisconsin, Greg
(Maggie) of Goldsborg, NC, Mark (Jody) of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Phil of
Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Marcie (Pat) McConville of Pinckney, Michigan, Chris (Bob)
Olson of Paramount, CA, and Michelle (Elliott) Solheim of Crookston; a
sister-in-law, Kristie Brekken Ricard of Crookston; an aunt and uncle,
Howard and Evelyn Hanson of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, other
relatives, and friends. Gerald was preceded in death by his father,
Albert; brother, Curtis, and nephew, Jeremy. May God bless the memory
of Gerald Eugene Brekken.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Gerald Eugene Brekken will be held at
10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate
Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation
will be at the Cathedral on Monday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer
service and time of sharing. Visitation will also be for one hour prior to
the funeral service. Inurnment will take place at the Calvary Cemetery in
Marion I. Larson
August 8, 1917 - August 6, 2014
Resided in Grand Forks, North Dakota
Marion I. Larson, age 96, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and formerly of rural
Climax, Minnesota, died late Wednesday afternoon, August 6, 2014, at
Woodside Village in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The funeral service celebrating the life of Marion Larson will be
held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the Sand Hill Lutheran
Church, rural Climax, Minnesota, with the Rev. Joy Grainger, officiating.
Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston
on Friday from 5 to 7 PM, with a 7 PM prayer service, and also at the
church for one hour prior to the funeral.
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