Polk County Obituaries
Dwight Allen Bakke
(July 22, 1953 - January 15, 2010)
Dwight Allen Bakke, 56, of Mahnomen, Minnesota, died on Friday, January 15,
2010, at the MeritCare Hospital, Fargo, North Dakota.
He was born on July 22, 1953, to Orton and Hallis (Nansen) Bakke, in
Fargo, North Dakota. Dwight graduated from the Moorhead School District
in 1971. Following his schooling, he worked as a roofer and served with
the National Guard. In 1976, Dwight married Loretta Martin in Fargo; they were blessed with a son, Nathan.
He joined the Air Force in 1980, where he did radio and radar repair. Over the 25 years of service, Dwight lived in Guam, South Korea, Germany, Bosnia, Rapid City, SD and Omaha, NE. In 1986, Dwight married Char Weeks; they were blessed with a daughter, Syndyl. Dwight retired from the Air Force in 2000, and settle in Mahnomen, Minnesota.
During retirement, he worked at the Shooting Star Casino and managed an apartment. Dwight enjoyed bowling, watching the Vikings, working on old radios, carpentry and gambling. He also loved to be outdoors fishing and hunting. He had a wonderful ability to remember names and develop relationships with just about anyone. It has been said, "if you need it, and Dwight had it, it would be yours." May God bless the memory of Dwight Bakke.
Dwight is survived by one son, Nathan (Frances), Kennewick, WA; one daughter, Syndyl Bakke, Powell, WY; father, Orton, Fertile; one brother, Gary, Fargo, North Dakota; and one sister, Cheryl (Gus) Swenson, Ulen, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his mother, Hallis.
Funeral services will be on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at 11 am in the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial will be in the Lima Cemetery, rural Winger, Minnesota.
Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota
Darlene LaVonne (Titcomb) Thiesfeld
January 24, 1939 - February 26, 2014
Darlene L. (Titcomb)(Galstad) Thiesfeld age 75 of East Grand Forks,
Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at Altru Hospital
in Grand Forks, North Dakota, surrounded by her family.
Darlene LaVonne Thiesfeld was born on January 24, 1939 in LaCrosse,
Wisconsin the daughter of Marlon and Pearl Titcomb. Darlene grew up and
attended school in LaCrosse and graduated from La Crosse Central High
School. She was raised by her brother Roger and his wife Janet Titcomb
as she was growing up. In 1957 she married Irvin Galstad in LaCrosse,
Wisconsin and shortly thereafter they moved to Minneapolis when Irvin
attended dental school. While in Minneapolis she worked for Honeywell
Company before moving to Roseau, Minnesota, in 1966.
While in Roseau Darlene was a Foster Parent for a number of years.
Darlene loved kids. In 1972 she moved to East Grand Forks, Minnesota,
and worked as a volunteer at the Good Samaritan Home in East Grand Forks.
On June 21, 1974 she was united in marriage to Marvin Thiesfeld in East
In 1978 they moved to Las Vegas, NV, where Marvin worked at
the Nevada Nuclear test site for the United States Government and Darlene
worked as a nurse's aide before returning back to East Grand Forks in 2004.
While in East Grand Forks she devoted her time to being a housewife and
cheering on her grandchildren at various sporting events. Her grandchildren
were her pride and joy and her exuberance at sporting events will be greatly
missed. Darlene also looked forward to church each Sunday and as Marvin said
"she would talk to anybody that would give her a half a smile."
Loving family members of Darlene include her husband Marvin of East
Grand Forks; children, Ron (Stacey) Galstad, Rick (Cathy) Galstad, Randy
(Cathy) Galstad and Rhonda (Richie) Mosher all of East Grand Forks,
Minnesota; seventeen grandchildren; Ian, Rachel, Matt, Emily, Danny,
Karli, Marina, Madi, Shaelyn, Jackson, Delano, Erika, Tim, Kristina,
Cheryl, Shane and Sean and seven great-grandchildren; Thurman, Gavin,
Brooklyn, Sarah, Rhett, Ander and Isaac; step-daughters, Andrea Delzotti
of Las Vegas, NV and LuAnne (David) Wroughton of Olathe, KS along with
many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Darlene is preceded in death by her parents Marlon and Pearl; brothers,
Roger and Marlon; sister, Marlys; sister-in-law Janet; infant daughter
Linda and her nephew John.
Memorial Service: 11:00 AM on Monday, March 3, 2014 in First Lutheran
Church, 203 5th St. NW, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
Ruby Geneva (Larson) Thune
December 31, 1914 - November 11, 2014
Ruby G. Thune, age 99 of Moorhead, Minnesota, and formerly of Climax,
Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Eventide Nursing
Home in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Ruby Geneva Larson was born on December 31, 1914 in Bygland Township,
Polk County, Minnesota, the daughter of Andrew and Emma (Brokke) Larson.
Ruby grew up and attended school in Climax, Minnesota, graduating with
the Class of 1932 from Climax High School. On November 18, 1938 she was
united in marriage to Norman Thune in Climax, Minnesota. Following their
marriage they farmed until 1947 when they started Thune Store in Climax.
They owned and operated the grocery store until their retirement in 1981.
On October 27, 1988 Norman Thune passed away. Ruby was an active member
of Climax Lutheran Church and involved in the community garden club and
the Town & Country Quilters. Ruby moved to assisted living in Moorhead
Family members of Ruby include her children, Nina (John) Rausch of
Fargo, North Dakota, Rita (James) Mauritson of Moorhead, Minnesota, Ray
Thune of Ontario, OR and Corinne Cline of Granada Hills, CA; eleven
grandchildren; twenty one great-grandchildren and three
great-great-grandchildren; one sister Joan (Robert) Beckman of Salem, OR.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman Thune; infant
brother, Abner Larson; sister, Lois Hendrickson and step-brother, Grant
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Climax Lutheran Church
Monday November 17, 2014, 11:00 AM at Climax Lutheran Church
Monday November 17, 2014 at Bergit Cemetery
October 7, 1920 - December 20, 2008
Erwin Vanek, 88, of Rural East Grand Forks, Minnesota, died Saturday,
December 20, 2008 at his home. Erwin Vanek was born October 7, 1920 in
Warren, Minnesota, the son of Frank and Eleanora (Filipy) Vanek. He
attended country school and graduated from East Grand Forks Central High
He married Evelyn Love on November 24, 1942 at the Fisher Catholic
Church, Fisher, Minnesota. He was a dairy farmer his entire life in rural
East Grand Forks. He was the president and founder of the Minnesota, Milk
Producers, a member of the Nisbet Township Board for 40 years, and an
Officer of the Minnesota, Township Officers Association. He was also
a dealer and service Technician for N-Tech Co., Barron, WI.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn of East Grand Forks, 1 daughter
Bonita (James) Westberg of Willernie, Minnesota, 4 grandchildren, Darren
and Kristen Vanek, Melinda (Paul) Fierro and Jennifer Westberg; two
great-grandchildren: Austin and Lorelei Fierro; daughter-in-law: Janet
Vanek of Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
He is preceded in death by his parents and 1 son Donald Vanek.
Wednesday December 24, 2008, 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Tuesday December 23, 2008, 5:00 - 7:00; 6:30 Prayer Serv at Stennes
Wednesday December 24, 2008 at Resurrection Cemetery.
October 16, 1926 - March 16, 2009
Our father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother,
brother-in-law, uncle and friend died on Monday, March 16, 2009 at Altru
Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota, after a brief illness.
Leonard was born as the youngest child of Rudolph and Mary (Gust)
Vonasek of rural East Grand Forks, Minnesota, and grew up on the family
homestead farm along with 3 sisters and one brother. After completing
his education, he began his first career, farming, with his father and
brother. On June 8, 1948 he married Martha (Sirek) and they established
their home on the Rudolph Vonasek farmstead where they spent the next 44
years raising grain, dairy cattle and a busy family of five children.
Along with farming, he also worked seasonally in construction and later
at American Crystal Sugar. In the early 1970's he retired from farming and
continued his full time career at American Crystal as sugar warehouse
foreman. In 1992 he and Martha moved from the family homestead into East
Grand Forks, he retired from American Crystal and began working with all
three of his sons at Projects Unlimited, a company owned by his son Len.
When he retired there in 2000, he then devoted his amazing energy to
family and his home in East Grand Forks where he took pride in using
farming skills to have a beautiful yard and garden. He was very involved
in leadership roles at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Tabor, the Eagles
350 in East Grand Forks and in later years, maintained active memberships
at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks, the Knights of
Columbus, Men's Catholic Order of Foresters, Modern Woodmen, and the Eagles.
Leonard is remembered by his children as a devoted husband and father
who had a great talent for detail and persistence in everything he did.
He his remembered by his grandchildren in their younger years for being
a "soft touch" who always had a stick of gum or piece of candy in his
pocket, or maybe some of Grandma's cookies or special apples just for
"the kids". In their later years, his grandchildren learned to appreciate
Grandpa's sense of humor, good jokes and his love for all things, including
his grilling at family gatherings to compliment Grandma's good cooking, and
all things Chevrolet and Minneapolis Moline!
Preceded in death by his parents, his brother Henry and his sisters
Emily Brda and Helen Novak and, in 2006 by his wife Martha.
Leonard is survived by: children Becky (Ron) Jensen of Bloomington,
Minnesota, their sons Andy (Lesley) Jensen of Shakopee, Minnesota, and
Matt Jensen of Crystal, Minnesota; Len (Gayle) Vonasek of EGF, their
children Katie (Jim) Normandin of EGF and their children Ashley, Lauren
and Jared; Blayne (Emily) Vonasek of EGF and their daughter Haley, and
Abby Vonasek of EGF; Wayne (Toni) Vonasek of EGF and their children,
Michael of EGF and Teresa of Orange City, IA: Susan (Del) Streitz of
Grand Forks, North Dakota, and their children Adam Streitz of Karlstad,
Minnesota, and Danielle Streitz of Bismarck, North Dakota, Terry (Shirl)
Vonasek of the family homestead near EGF and their sons Tyler and Kyle.
He is also survived by one sister, Elsie Marek of EGF and one sister-in-law
Anna Vonasek (the late Henry) of Warren, Minnesota; many nieces, nephews
The children wish to give special thanks to Dr. Bakke and his nurse
Rosemary at Altru Clinic, Dr. Pettit and the fifth floor staff at Altru
Hospital. Dad was a special patient for many, from nursing, dietary and
housekeeping staff there. We also thank his caregiver Kim for her time
and care during his last weeks. Also to Frs. Larry and Bill from Sacred
Heart Church and Fr. Bernie from Altru Hospital who helped Dad and his
family on this short but amazing journey to his eternal home.
Friday March 20, 2009, 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
Friday March 20, 2009 at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery,
Lois Elaine (Benson) Thompson
July 31, 1931 - September 22, 2011
Lois Elaine Thompson, 80, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, passed away
on September 22, 2011 at home surrounded by her family.
Lois was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on July 31, 1931 the daughter
of Bennie and Inga Benson. She attended school in Grand Forks and graduated
from Central High School in 1949. Lois married her high school sweetheart,
Ron Thompson, on June 28, 1952, at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks,
North Dakota. Lois and Ron lived in Cavalier, North Dakota, where Ron
taught high school history, coached football, basketball and track, and
Lois worked for a local dentist.
Lois moved to East Grand Forks, Minnesota, in 1957, when her
husband, Ron, accepted teaching and coaching positions
with the East Grand Forks School District. Lois went to work for Home of
Economy where she remained employed for 37 years. Lois loved working at
Home of Economy and referred to "The Store" as her second home and
co-workers her second family.
Lois had many gifts but perhaps the strongest was the ability to
entertain family and friends in her home. Lois graciously welcomed
family and friends, sometimes even strangers, and entertained people
with humorous stories. People knew that even when they dropped in
unannounced, Lois would easily organize and serve food and refreshments
as if she had planned for their visit.
Lois also loved sports and was a devoted fan of all University of
North Dakota, athletics and the Minnesota, Twins and Vikings. Lois was
a faithful member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, East Grand Forks.
However, Lois's biggest joys in life included spending time with her
family, especially her grandchildren, Hannah, Daniel and Emily.
Lois is survived by sons Rodney "Rip" Thompson and David Thompson,
daughter Sue Thompson (Bob Graham) all of East Grand Forks, sister
Bette (Virg) Austreng, of Palm Springs, CA and several nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron, parents and
sisters Amber, Lorraine, Ethel Mae and Maxine and brother Kenneth "Red"
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in memory of Lois to
Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
Funeral Services: 10:30, Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Our Savior's
Lutheran Church, East Grand Forks.
Tuesday September 27, 2011, 5-7 PM, with a 6 at Our Savior's Lutheran
Wednesday September 28, 2011, 11:30 AM at Resurrection Cemetery, East
Grand Forks, Minnesota.
Michael James Thomas
April 10, 1952 - May 19, 2010
Michael James Thomas, 58, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, died May 19, 2010 unexpectedly in his home in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Michael was born the son of Vernon and Muriel (Sorenson) Thomas on April 10, 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Minneapolis then moved to East Grand Forks, Minnesota, where he graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School in 1970. Michael then attended UND and graduated with a masters degree in counseling in 1976. He moved to Seattle working as a counselor. Michael married Theresa Knox on May 31, 1981 in Leavenworth, WA. They moved to Grand Forks in 1989 where he continued vocational counseling. He then worked for Northwest Technical College as a counselor until 1998. Michael enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, reading and spending time with his sons.
Michael is survived by his children: Bernie (Natasha) and Jeffrey Thomas, both of Grand Forks, North Dakota; and their mother Theresa Knox of Grand Forks, North Dakota; father: Vernon Thomas and his wife Irene Campbell of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; brother: Stephen (Jackie), East Grand Forks, Minnesota; sisters: Mary (Mike Burbach) Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Ann (Keith) Brundin, Sioux Falls, SD. He is preceded in death by his Mother: Muriel; and brother: Douglas.
Memorial Service: 10:30 A.M. Monday, May 24, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
Burial/Inurnment: Resurrection Cemetery, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
Monday May 24, 2010, 11:30 AM
Shirley June (Baker) Tack
June 6, 1919 - November 24, 2012
Shirley June Tack, 93, passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2012 in
Shirley Baker Tack was born on June 6, 1919 the daughter of Leroy
and Nell Baker. She attended East Grand Forks, Minnesota, schools, and
married Floyd "Bud" Tack on June 6, 1937 in East Grand Forks. They farmed
in the East Grand Forks area until 1965. Shirley was employed by the East
Grand Forks school system and was involved with Mendenhall Presbyterian
Church, and the VFW Auxiliary.
She is survived by sons, John L. (Lois) Tack of Mission, Texas,
Daniel V. (Sharon) Tack of Dilworth, Minnesota, Bennett Tack of Logan,
Ut; daughter Cleo Rae (Tom) Lealos of Powell, WY; 19 grandchildren;
45 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sisters Mickey
(Harry) Schroeder Waseca, Minnesota, and Nell (John) Cash of Bemidji,
She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd "Bud"; one son,
Phillip; four brothers; and by three sisters.
Memorials may be sent to Mendenhall Presbyterian Church, 528
10th Street NW, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, 56721.
Friday November 30, 2012, 10:00 AM at Mendenhall Presbyterian Church
Thursday November 29, 2012, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Dahl Funeral Home
Thursday November 29, 2012, 6:30 PM at Dahl Funeral Home
Friday November 30, 2012 at Resurrection Cemetery, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
Daniel Eugene Thiel
October 24, 1930 - October 26, 2008
Dan Thiel, 78, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, passed away at home
surrounded by his family on Sunday, October 26th, 2008.
Dan was born October 24, 1930, to Carl & Clara (Holte) Thiel in Valley
City, North Dakota. The family later moved to Grygla, Minnesota, and then
East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Dan served in the Army during the Korean
Conflict as an Artillery Sergeant and was a lifetime member of the VFW #3817,
and an American Legion member with Post #157. Following his discharge in
1954, he worked for Collins Construction as a transport driver until 1959.
He married Nancy Martinson in December 13, 1958, and they resided in
East Grand Forks where he worked for the East Grand Forks Public School
system from 1959 though 1968. His work as a Boiler Engineer then took him
to the Grand Forks Public School system from 1969 until 1984 when he retired
due to disability. During the cold weather, he worked many stormy nights at
individual schools, making sure that all of the school's heating systems
were operating properly.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Dan loved the outdoors and spent many days
in the north woods of Beltrami Forest and the Minnesota, lakes. Ruffed
grouse, whitetail deer, and large mouth bass were favorites of his, and
he spent a lot of time with his brothers and later in life with his kids
hunting and fishing with them along with other wildlife.
He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, Past President
and member of the EGF Rod & Gun Club and a member of the Minnesota, Deer
Hunters Association. In later years, he maintained and mowed the East Grand
Forks Rod & Gun Club shooting lanes and helped host many events at the site.
Dan is survived by his wife, Nancy, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota,
daughter Terri Thiel (Dale Christman) of Dickinson, North Dakota, son
Tim (Sue) of Washburn, North Dakota, and son, Dan (Becky) of Bismarck,
North Dakota, grandchildren, Kayli and Bryan Thiel of Washburn, North
Dakota, one brother, Merril (Ruth) of Bemidji, Minnesota, three sisters,
Ramona (Jerry) Chealander, of Merced, CA, Janet (Jack) Galvin, of Andover,
Minnesota, Jean Ryan, of Marion, NC and Shirley (Jerry) Froseth, of
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Vernon and
Russell and one sister, Blanche.
Memorials are requested to the United Lutheran Church, Grand Forks,
Funeral Service: 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 30, 2008 in United
Lutheran Church, 324 Chestnut St., Grand Forks, North Dakota
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 with a 6:30 Prayer Service on Wednesday,
October 29, 2008 in United Lutheran Church, 324 Chestnut St., Grand
Forks, North Dakota
Thursday October 30, 2008, 2:00 P.M. at United Lutheran Church
Thursday October 30, 2008, at Resurrection Cemetery, East Grand Forks,
Arthur Frank Huot
(June 22, 1925 - January 2, 2015)
Art Huot, 89, Grand Forks, ND passed away peacefully at home surrounded
by his loving family on Friday, January 2, 2015.
Arthur Frank Huot was born on June 22, 1925, the son of Homer and Lydia
(de Rivoire) Huot in Fosston, Minnesota, where he was raised. He was one of seven
children. After completing high school he went directly into the Navy and
served during World War II. In 1948, he married Mary Holovnia and had four
children. In 1958, he married Barbara Nagle-DeGagne, who had two children
from a previous marriage. Art and Barb together then had two children. He
worked as an engineer for the Great Northern/Burlington Northern Railroad
for 40 years and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 157.
He excelled at his job and loved training others in the profession.
Art had a passion for hunting and fishing, and loved camping and travelling around in his RV with his family. He spent many winters in Texas to get out of the cold and to work on his tan. Art was a very compassionate man and enjoyed helping others. Throughout his life he gave everyone lots of things to talk about and many stories to pass on. He was a man of deep faith, regularly attended Saint Michaels Church, and was loved by many.
Art is survived by eight children; Mike (Elaine) Huot, Louisville, KY, Pauline DeGagne-Gibbs, Colton, CA, Robert (Sue) Huot, Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Duane (Sally) DeGagne, Bovey, Minnesota, Aggie Huot, Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Lydia (Kevin) Reimer, Sartell, Minnesota, Frank Huot, Grand Forks, ND, Dan Huot, Garrison, ND; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Violet Schultz, Prairie Du Sac, WI; his companion of 21 years, Aggie Hagstrom, Grand Forks, ND and many close friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; his parents; sisters, Marie, Bernice, Doris and Ethel; a brother, Leo and brother-in-law, Marvin Schultz.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 524 5th Ave. North, Grand Forks, ND.
Visitation: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday with a 6:30 p.m. vigil service in the Historic Norman Funeral Home - Gregory J. Norman Funeral Chapel. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Tuesday.
Burial: Calvary North Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND in the spring.
Military Honors: Accorded by members of the American Legion Post 157, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3817 and the North Dakota Army National Guard at the time of burial
Source: Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, North Dakota -- www.normanfuneral.com/
Alma Vernice (Johnson) Davis
Alma Vernice Davis, age 88, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully late Sunday evening, December 28, 2014, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, with her loving family at her side.
Alma Johnson was born on February 11, 1926 at Holt, Minnesota, one of seven children of the union of Gilbert and Clara Johnson. She grew up at Holt and attended school there. On November 23, 1945 Alma was united in marriage to Ernest H. Davis at Halma, Minnesota. Alma and Ernest made their first home at Warren, Minnesota where she and her sister owned the Spot Café and he worked as a heavy equipment operator. They later moved to Grand Forks and then in the early 1960’s to Crookston with daughters, Rosemary and Ramona. Alma helped with the potato harvest for a few years and eventually became one of the first employees to work at the new potato processing plant in Crookston called Jiffy Fry. The company later became known as J.R. Simplot. After a fire caused the company to shut down local operations, Alma began employment with the housekeeping department of Riverview Hospital. She retired in 1980 due to health issues. Ernest passed away on August 26, 1987.
Throughout her life one of Alma's favorite pastimes was “digging in the dirt” and growing beautiful flowers that were the envy of the neighborhood. She looked forward to spending time with her family, baking for them, and embroidering towels for ‘everyone’! She spoiled her pet kitty called “Kitty”, and considered her to be a part of the family as well. Alma was baptized at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Crookston and dedicated her life to their work and all of the wonderful friendships she formed there. Her love for her family was unconditional and through her faith Alma lived a life of quiet strength, tenderness, and wisdom. May her memory be blessed.
Alma’s family members include her daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Larry Gruhot of Crookston, Minnesota; Nancy Pilger of Willow River, Minnesota, who she considered to be a daughter; a son-in-law, Julius "Jib" Shimpa of Erskine, Minnesota; 8 grandchildren: Renae (Dan) Sistad of Fosston, Minnesota, Robert (Margaret) Shimpa of Hutchinson, Minnesota, Julie Gund of Lumberton, TX, Joy Larson of Crookston, Heather (Blaine) LeNoir of Grand Forks, ND, Heidi (Clifford) Mann of Phoenix, AZ, Holly (John) Evitts of Roseau, Minnesota, and Nick Gruhot of Crookston; 16 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Ernest, her beloved husband of 41 years, Alma was preceded in death by her daughter, Ramona “Dollie” Shimpa; parents, Gilbert and Clara; and 6 siblings: Clifford and Olaf Johnson, and Gertie Robison, Polly Peterson, Gilma Boucher, and Anna Flake.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Alma Vernice Davis will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, January 2, 2015, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1727 Widman Lane, Crookston, Minnesota, with Larry Peterson, presiding.
Online registry: www.stenshoelhouske.com
Orpha Mathile Borslien
(November 3, 1928 - October 1, 2013)
Orpha Mathile Borslien, 84, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, October 01, 2013, at the Riverview Health Care Center, Crookston, Minnesota.
She was born on November 3, 1928, in Godfrey Township, rural Fertile, to Bernhard and Clara (Dale) Borslien. She was baptized and confirmed at First Evanger Lutheran Church, Fertile. Orpha attended Pleasant View Rural School #86, near her home.
Orpha spent her entire life on the family farm. This allowed her to develop a close relationship with her mother and they enjoyed sewing together making clothes and quilts. After her parents deaths, Orpha and her brother, Erwin, continued to live and work on the family farm, raising dairy cattle and farmed small grains. She also loved spending time with her beloved cats. Orpha also worked seasonally for Lee's Nursery of rural Fertile for many years. She was a hard worker and got by with the essentials in life. She was a life time member of First Evanger Lutheran Church, Fertile where she enjoyed being a member of the ladies aid. In November of 2011, she became a resident of Riverview Health Care Center, Crookston, Minnesota.
Orpha is survived by two sisters-in-law: Elva Borslien, Fertile, and Emma Borslien, Crookston, Minnesota; and six nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: Nelfred, Gilmore, and Erwin; and one sister, Adella Christianson.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013, at 11 am in the First Evanger Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial will be in the First Evanger Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota.
Alice (Anderson) Abbott
(November 7, 1919 - March 26, 2011)
Alice Abbott, 91, formerly of Mentor and Fertile, Minnesota, died on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Pioneer Nursing Home, Erskine, Minnesota.
Alice Anderson Abbott, daughter of Gustav Anderson and Hilma Carlsen Anderson was born November 7, 1919 into a family of 12 children in Mentor, Minnesota. She grew up and attended school in the Mentor area. On May 9, 1938 she was united in marriage to Earl Abbott of Mentor. They were married 57 years and four children were born to this marriage: Audrey, Eugene, Phyllis, and Norman. Alice and Earl lived in the Mentor area all their lives, except for a brief period spent in Idaho and Oregon.
After retirement, Alice and Earl traveled extensively. Alice was a housewife and mother, as well as operating her own business offering home services. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor and Concordia Lutheran in Fertile, Minnesota. Shortly after the death of her husband, Alice moved into the Summerfield Retirement Village in Fertile and due to declining health moved to Pioneer Nursing Home, Erskine, Minnesota, February 2007. Alice is survived by three children; Audrey (Dennis) Flemming of Urbandale, IA, Phyllis (Dean) Kittleson of Mentor, and Norman (Jan) Abbott of Seattle, WA. Also surviving are six grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Alice follows her parents, loving husband Earl, December 12, 1995 and son Eugene, December 3, 2000, into the arms of our Lord. Blessed be her Memory
Memorial services will be on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 2 PM in the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Inurnment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, rural Mentor, Minnesota.
Ardis (Toensing) Bakke
(December 2, 1924 - December 7, 2011)
Ardis Bakke, 87, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at the Riverview Care Center, Crookston, Minnesota.
She was born on December 2, 1924, to Henry and Ida (Feig) Toensing at Alexandria, Minnesota. Ardis was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Alexandria. She graduated from the Alexandria High School in 1942 and Northwest Institute Technology in 1945. Ardis was employed at Northwest Clinic in Crookston from 1945 until her marriage.
On June 18, 1948, Ardis was united in marriage to Oscar Bakke at Alexandria. For the next several years Ardis stayed busy with being a farmer's wife and raising her children. In 1969, when her children were raised, Ardis returned to Northwest Clinic in Crookston working in the lab, as an orthopedic assistant, and helping in welfare accounts. She retired in 1989. Since her retirement, Ardis has remained busy in the community, at Little Norway Lutheran Church, holding several offices and serving as Sunday school teacher, many organizations and as a mother and grandmother. Oscar died in July of 1995.
She was a tremendous advocate for the elderly in our area. Ardis was involved with arranging programs, meals on wheels, assisting with transportation and paperwork and any other way of caring for those who couldn't care for themselves. She also enjoyed the Red Hatters club, Homemakers, Bible Study, and volunteering at the Agassiz Nature Center. Ardis was a unique and engaging person. Facing situations and life's circumstances as they are instead of what she wanted them to be was a tremendous asset for her and her family. Her faith in Jesus was a confidence that went beyond words and ideas to a lifestyle that reflected God's work in her life. She enjoyed tending to her yard and flowers, crossword puzzles, the arts of any kind, shopping for a bargain, being outdoors, fishing, travelling and reading. However, Ardis' greatest pass time was attending her grandchildren's events—sports, music, or drama.
Ardis is survived by two sons: Bradley (Jean), and Brent, Fertile, Minnesota; one daughter, Barbara (Tom) Kaiser, Springfield, OH; five grandchildren; one sister, Leone Raap, Alexandria, Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Oscar, and a brother, Allen.
Memorial services will be held on 10:30am on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at in the Little Norway Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 13, 2011, from 5:00-7:00pm, with a Prayer Service at 6:30pm at the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Marian Joyce (Evans) Anderson
(February 7, 1938 - July 3, 2013)
Marian Joyce (Evans) Anderson, 75, of Fertile, Minnesota, died
Wednesday July 3, 2013, at the Pioneer Memorial Care Center, Erskine,
Marian was born on February 7, 1938, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota to
Osborn and Barbara (Lee) Evans of Ulen, Minnesota. She attended school in Ulen graduating in 1956. Marian moved to Fargo, North Dakota after graduation and worked at Fargo National Bank. On November 13, 1959, Marian was united in marriage to Kenneth Anderson in Fargo, North Dakota. In 1967, Marian, Ken and their three daughters moved to Southern California for several years before returning to Minnesota in 1972. They moved to Fertile in 1973. Marian was the assistant librarian at the Fertile Public library for twelve years. She also was superintendant of Arts and Crafts open class for thirty five years at the Polk County Fair. She was employed at the Fertile Journal for thirty years as typesetter/bookkeeper, retiring in 2011.
Marian moved into the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in 2011, lived there for two years before moving into Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine. Marian was a longtime member of Concordia Lutheran Church. Her Christian faith was a very important part of her life. She was an avid reader and loved to write poetry. She was very interested in genealogy, writing her family history book "From the Trunk to Twigs." She was on the Centennial Book Committee for the "These Our Roots". Her love of gardening began early, on the family farm in Ulen. She enjoyed her Red Hat ladies and exercise groups, having coffee with friends, and, most of all, spending time with family.
Marian is survived by her daughters: Jenny (Bob) Rine, Edina, Minnesota; Cindy (Lee) Abrahamson, Fertile, Minnesota; Becky (Kyle) Tucker, Gary, Minnesota; five grandchildren and one great- granddaughter; two brothers: Ron (Twillia) Evans, Ulen, Minnesota; David Evans, Ulen, Minnesota; two sisters: Joan (Bill) Strand, Ulen, Minnesota; Judy (Randy) Farabee, Aurora, CO; one sister-in-law: Beth (Rev. Chuck) Bunnell, Chatsworth, CA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Kenneth.
Funeral services will be on Monday, July 8 2013, at 11 am in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota; Pastor Phil Larsen, Officiating.
Pallbearers: Daniel Abrahamson, Austin Tucker, Eric Anderson, and Jason Hoekstra
Interment: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery Fertile, Minnesota
Thorvald Dovrus "Ted" Andersen
(January 10, 1922 - November 11, 2010)
Ted Andersen, 88, Beltrami, Minnesota, died Thursday, November 11, 2010, at Riverview Hospital in Crookston, Minnesota.
Thorvald Dovrus, "Ted", was born January 28, 1922, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, to Hans and Dorothy (Williams) Andersen. He graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1940. On September 26, 1942, Ted enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in the Pacific at Saipan and Tinian during WWII and was honorably discharged on January 12, 1945. On May 16, 1946, he married Shirley Fritz from Bath, SD. In 1951, they moved to Beltrami, Minnesota, where he worked as manager of the Farmers Union Central Exchange LP gas plant.
In 1958, Ted became the Cenex LP Department State of Minnesota Supervisor. He also served as Mayor of Beltrami for 20 years. As mayor, he promoted getting city water installed in the city and helped promote establishing a community Fire Department. He was active in the United Methodist Church, Beltrami, for many years. In his later years, Ted loved woodworking and, for many years, Ted and Shirley made craft items to sell at "Christmas in the Mall", in Beltrami, and to give as gifts to family and friends.
He also loved to travel and visited every state in the union except Alaska. Ted's open and friendly spirit became obvious when he greeted you with a hug. Often he would whistle loudly to let you know where he was, regardless of where you were. Ted loved spending time with family and friends and, in recent years, loved having his four great-grandchildren sit in his lap and share his M&M's and other candy with him.
Ted is survived by his wife: Shirley Andersen, Shelly, Minnesota; children: Craig (Sonja) Andersen, Shelly, Minnesota, Lynne (Mark) Gullickson, Fertile, Minnesota, John (Darlene) Andersen, Wickenburg, AZ, and Kim (Jill Kuntz) Andersen, Beltrami, Minnesota; six grandchildren: Nicolle (Dan) Richter, Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Elise (Dan) Pforr, Fargo, North Dakota, Laura Gullickson, Fertile, Minnesota, Robert Andersen, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, John Gullickson, Fertile, Minnesota, and Michael (Michelle) Gullickson, Fargo, North Dakota; four great-grandchildren, Alex Rivard, Danica Pforr, and Ben and Jami Richter; step-brother, Ray (Gelene) Gullekson; two nieces, Laurie Andersen, Tucson, AZ, and Richelle (Tim) Bender, Snowflake, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two half brothers and one half sister, and two step brothers and two step sisters.
Funeral Services held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 15, 2010 United Methodist Church Beltrami, Minnesota Pastor Grant Speece, Officiating
Special Music: "On Eagle's Wings" "Marine Hymn"
Pallbearers: John Gullickson, Michael Gullickson, Dan Pforr, Robert Andersen, and Dan Richter.
Honorary Pallbearers: Nicolle Richter, Elise Pforr, Laura Gullickson, and Michelle Gullickson.
Interment: Fairview Cemetery Beltrami, Minnesota
Dolores A. (Hylden) Aas
(October 29, 1923 - December 2, 2010)
Dolores Ann Aas, 87, of Hendrum, Minnesota, died December 2, 2010, at Rosewood on Broadway, Fargo, North Dakota.
She was born on October 29, 1923, to Lars and Anne (Phelan) Hylden at East Grand Forks, Minnesota. She was the eighth of 11 children. Dolores grew up and attended school in Park River, North Dakota, graduating in 1941. She continued her education at Moorhead State Teacher's college at Moorhead, Minnesota, receiving a two year teaching certificate. After several years, Dolores attended Mayville State College, Mayville, North Dakota, receiving a four year Bachelor of Science degree in education. On June 10, 1950, Dolores was united in marriage to John Aas at Hope, North Dakota. Her brother, Fr. Joseph Hylden, officiated at the ceremony.
Dolores taught school in Hope, North Dakota, Hendrum, Minnesota, and for 24 years at Little Flower School in Rugby, North Dakota. Dolores and John were blessed with four daughters who were raised in Rugby. Dolores' outgoing personality allowed her to be a tremendous member of several organizations: Girl Scouts, American Legion Auxiliary, Literacy Club, President of North Dakota Chiropractic Auxiliary, General Federation of Women's Club, Christian Mothers, and Altar Society, as well as others. She served as President in many of the organizations. Dolores had the ability to engage perfect strangers and in minutes have a new friend. She was generous, kind, loving, and genuinely interest in others. She loved to sew, bake, collect cook books and be involved with her church. She especially loved her family and was dearly loved in return.
Dolores is survived by her husband, John, Hendrum; four daughters: Mary Jo Welch and her husband, Les, Roseau, Minnesota, Laura Hopkin, New Prague, Minnesota, Kristen Galbreath and her husband, Randy, Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, and Sara Parke and her husband, Ken, Dilworth, Minnesota; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Shannon Dostal and her husband, Daniel, and their children, Isaac, Andy, and Julia; Bryon Welch and his wife, Sara, and their children, Ethan and Daken; Anne Peters and her husband, Damon; Michael Welch; Ian and Nicole Hopkins; Nathan, Alysha, and Kacie Galbreath; Briana Scearcy and her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Carly; and Michelle Parke; sisters: Mary Don Linneman, Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, Loretto Ludowese, Atwood, Minnesota, and Audrey Corcoran and her husband, Donald, Fallbrook, CA; many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Maurice, Margaret, Harold, Father Joseph, Lloyd, Frances, Donald, and Larry.
Memorial Service: Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at 11 am in the Holy Family Catholic Church, Halstad, Minnesota.
Burial: Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, Minnesota
(January 12, 1910 - May 18, 2010)
Ival Bennes, century-long resident of the Fertile area passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at Fairview Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be Monday, May 24, 2010, at Little Norway Church at 1:00 pm. Visitation will be 5-7 pm Sunday, May 23, 2010 at Erikson Vik Funeral Home in Fertile with prayer services at 7:00 pm. Ival Signor Bennes was born January 12, 1910 in rural Fertile.
He was the son of Bernt and Marget (Nesset) Bennes. He attended Lake View Rural School near his home and was confirmed at Little Norway Church. He married Wanda Fuglseth, June 30, 1943 in Fertile. He farmed in the area for many years. He also worked at the Sugar Beet plant several winters, the Crookston Cattle Ranch as a hired hand, Sand Hill Gravel Pit, did various trucking jobs, graded roads and custom silage chopping. He was always willing to assist neighbors with all kinds of farming activities in their time of need.
He retired in Fertile and lived in his own home until his 100th birthday. He enjoyed rides in the country, around town and to the Polk County Fair grounds. Ival and his dog, Mr. Bennes, were seen around town daily on his golf cart -- weather permitting. Ival enjoyed music and dancing, especially the Lawrence Welk Show, learning to play the piano by ear. He enjoyed woodworking and his grandchildren have many treasured pieces of his craftsmanship. Ival was inventive and mechanical, always figuring out away to fix it or make it work.
He was quiet, patient, loving, kind hearted and easy going, usually saying he was doing "just fine." Ival was always proud of his Norwegian heritage and its food, especially Lutefisk. He was still cooking, baking bread and cookies until his tender age of 100. He was a long time member of Little Norway Church and a good friend to many. Highlights for his last year were riding in the 4th of July parade as the oldest member of his church, having January 12, 2010 declared a day in his honor in Fertile, and receiving a call from relatives in Norway on his birthday. Ival loved his children, grandchildren and his extended family. He was very interested in his grandchildrens activities and proud of their accomplishments, and they held a special place in his heart.
Ival is survived by his children, Byron (Justine Billing) of Bismarck, North Dakota and their children, Matthew and Amanda, Sharon (Jim Burkholder) of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and many nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his extended family Jackie (Jenni) Storie, Superior, WI, David Jenni (friend Linda), Mpls, Minnesota, Dan Menke (Friend Lucy), Moorhead, Minnesota, Stephen (Natalie) Menke, Hibbing, Minnesota, Maxine-Micki (Greg) Newhouse, Crookston, Minnesota and Karla (Dale) Broughton, White Bear Lake, Minnesota and extended grandchildren of 14, great-grandchildren of 8 and gr-greatchildren of 2 and his little dog, Mr. Bennes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Wanda, his brothers Melvin, Henry, Edwin, his sisters Mable, Selma (Solheim) Bennes, Alida (Solheim) Kaste and his long time friend, Jeanette Menke. Ival had a long interesting life and he will be truly missed and lovingly remembered by all those he touched.
Funeral services will be on Monday, May 24, 2010 at 1 PM in the Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, Minnesota. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 23, 2010, from 5-7 PM with a prayer services at 7 PM in the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial will be in the Little Norway Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota. Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota www.eriksonvikfh.com Pastor Carl Hansen, Officiating Lucille Fuglseth, Organist
Pallbearers: Jim Larson, Don Larson, Carsten Hovland, Matthew Bennes, Steven Menke, and Dan Menke.
Harriet (Lindberg) Lundby
Harriet Lundby, 92, Fertile, Minnesota, died suddenly on Friday, January 2, 2015, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Harriet was born on July 16, 1922, in Fertile, the daughter of Herman and Mabel (Danielson) Lindberg. She attended Pleasant View School-District #97. Learning came easy for Harriet, so she was allowed to skip a grade, resulting in high school graduation from Mentor (MN) High School at age 16 with Salutatorian honors. She went to teacher's training class in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, which provided her a license to teach in a country school. She was hired at District #156 in Woodside Township at $65.00 per month for an 8 month school year. She taught 17 students, grades 1-8, all in one room for 2 years.
On June 14, 1942, Harriet was united in marriage to Paul Lundby in Tacoma, WA. Four daughters were born to this marriage. After Paul returned from his military service obligations in the Aleutian Islands, they rented a few small farms in Woodside Township. They bought the Rolland farm in Garfield Township northeast of Fertile, where they lived from 1956-1996, making many improvements to "Make their house a home."
Harriet worked for the Crop Reporting Service of Minnesota from 1972 until she retired in 1992, interviewing farmers to gain agricultural statistics. In 1996, Fertile became their home together until Paul died on October 2, 2000. She continued to live there until moving to assisted living in October 2013, followed by a move to Fair Meadow Nursing Home in January 2014.
Harriet was known to all as happy, upbeat, and a positive person of strong faith. She was involved in many activities at Little Norway Lutheran Church. She loved reading, doing crossword puzzles and quilting. She also loved cooking and baking for her family. She was always willing to help, to listen and to share. Her family looked forward to the annual "lefse-making" weekend. Visits from her family and friends always brought her great joy.
Harriet is survived by Sharon (Allan) Englestad, Mentor, Minnesota, Barb Brosowske, Fargo, North Dakota, Becky (Dave) Hunter, Groton, SD, George (Nancy) Dahl, Fergus Falls, Minnesota; her 12 grandchildren and spouses; 12 great-grandchildren, and soon to be 13; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father in 1966, her mother in 1974, husband Paul, one brother Dennis in 1987, daughter LoAnn in 1983, son-in-law Steve Brosowske in 1998, and son-in-law Rob Luecke in 2007.
"God bless the memory of this great woman of faith."
Funeral: 11:00 Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, Minnesota. Visitation: Monday from 5-7PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, and one hour before the funeral at the church. Burial: Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile, Minnesota. Arrangements with Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota 218-945-6141 www.eriksonvikfh.com
(July 16, 1922 - January 2, 2015)
Harriet was born on July 16, 1922, in Fertile, Minnesota, the daughter of Herman and Mabel (Danielson) Lindberg. She attended Pleasant View School-District #97. Learning came easy for Harriet, so she was allowed to skip a grade, resulting in high school graduation from Mentor (MN) High School at age 16 with Salutatorian honors. She went to teacher's training class in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, which provided her a license to teach in a country school. She was hired at District #156 in Woodside Township at $65.00 per month for an 8 month school year. She taught 17 students, grades 1-8, all in one room for 2 years.
On June 14, 1942, Harriet was united in marriage to Paul Lundby in Tacoma, WA. Four daughters were born to this marriage. After Paul returned from his military service obligations in the Aleutian Islands, they rented a few small farms in Woodside Township. They bought the Rolland farm in Garfield Township northeast of Fertile, where they lived from 1956-1996, making many improvements to "Make their house a home." Harriet worked for the Crop Reporting Service of Minnesota from 1972 until she retired in 1992, interviewing farmers to gain agricultural statistics. In 1996, Fertile became their home together until Paul died on October 2, 2000. She continued to live there until moving to assisted living in October 2013, followed by a move to Fair Meadow Nursing Home in January 2014.
Harriet was known to all as happy, upbeat, and a positive person of strong faith. She was involved in many activities at Little Norway Lutheran Church. She loved reading, doing crossword puzzles and quilting. She also loved cooking and baking for her family. She was always willing to help, to listen and to share. Her family looked forward to the annual "lefse-making" weekend.
Visits from her family and friends always brought her great joy.
Harriet is survived by Sharon (Allan) Engelstad, Mentor, Minnesota, Barb Brosowske, Fargo, North Dakota, Becky (Dave) Hunter, Groton, SD, George (Nancy) Dahl, Fergus Falls, Minnesota; her 12 grandchildren and spouses; 12 great-grandchildren, and soon to be 13; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father in 1966, her mother in 1974, husband Paul, one brother Dennis in 1987, daughter LoAnn in 1983, son-in-law Steve Brosowske in 1998, and son-in-law Rob Luecke in 2007.
Funeral: 11:00 Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile;
Pastor Phillip Larsen, officiating.
Active Pallbearers: Garth Kaste, Paul Kaste, Mark Gullickson, Chuck Schulstad, Aaron Rongen, James Larson, and Donald Larson.
Honorary Pallbearers: All of Harriet's grandchildren and
great-grandchildren: Denise, Ross, Hans, Angie, Steven, Jon, Joe,
Suzanne, Paul, Chelsey, Austin, Hannah, Kayla, Nels, Bjorn, Grace,
Brielle, Tanner, Lars, Joren, Jonathan, James, Finley, Oliver, and Braxton.
Burial: Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile.
Debra Lynn (Effhauser) Owens
(August 4, 1962 - December 20, 2014)
Debra Lynn Owens, 52, of Euclid, Minnesota, passed away suddenly, December 20, 2014 at Riverview Hospital in Crookston, Minnesota.
Debra Lynn Effhauser was born August 4, 1962 in Grand Forks, North Dakota the daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Sweningson) Effhauser. She graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic High School, East Grand Forks, Minnesota in 1981. Debra married Randy Owens on April 12, 1996 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time at the lake fishing, knitting and crocheting.
She is survived by her husband, Randy Owens; her mother, Barbara Effhauser East Grand Forks, Minnesota; sisters, Lori (Jim) Bushaw, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Kerri (Chad) Erickson, East Grand Forks, Minnesota and a brother, Don (Kristine) Effhauser, Duluth, Minnesota.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Effhauser and a sister, Julie Effhauser.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 23, 2014 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
Visitation: One hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Tuesday.
Burial: 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Melo Lutheran Cemetery, Angus, Minnesota.
Source: Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, North Dakota -- www.normanfuneral.com/
Gordon O. Skretvedt
(October 21, 1923 - January 2, 2015)
Gordon Skretvedt, age 91, died January 2, 2015, at Benedictine Care Community in Ada, Minnesota.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at1:00pm at Grace Lutheran Church in Ada. Internment ceremony with full military honor guard, provided by the Ada Veterans Honor Guard, will be held at the Ada Cemetery at a later date.
Gordon was born in Nielsville, Minnesota, second son of Thom and Lillian Skretvedt. He attended and graduated high school from Caledonia, North Dakota. Following high school he enlisted in the Navel Service and was initially stationed in New London, Connecticut. During this time he met and married his sweetheart, Janet Lee of Gary, Minnesota. Their married life began on May 12, 1945. During his military service he was also stationed in Oakland, California and became Radioman 3rd class in the submarine service. He received an honorable discharge on March 6, 1946.
Gordon and Janet raised five children: Ronald Leslie 1946, Craig Bryant 1948, Colleen Rochelle 1952, Meridee Jo 1955, and Kristi Lee 1962. Gordon was acting City Clerk for Ada from 1957 until he retired in 1984.
Throughout his life, Gordon was an active and generous member of the church and community. He was always there for his family and adored his grandchildren! Those who knew Gordy, loved his ability to tell a good story or Norwegian joke. He was also an avid reader, wood craftsman, gardener, and together with his wife, travelled many places. Music moved Gordon; when he felt a good beat he couldn't resist tapping his foot or getting up to dance.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother Vernon, and his spouse Charlotte, daughter Colleen, and sons Ronnie and Craig. He is survived by his wife Janet, devoted wife of 69 years, brothers Spencer (Zelda) of California City, CA, and Merlin (Daphne) of St. Lois, MO; sister Arlene Miller of Moorhead, Minnesota; daughters Meridee Hodges, Chicago, IL, and Kristi (Jack)Tsahalis, Eagan, Minnesota; grandsons Andrew (Jane), John (Rachel), Philip, Jackson; and great-grandchildren Paul, Jacob, and Jillian.
Gordon's family is requesting people to share a special memory they have of Gordon to be used as part of the memorial service. If you would be so kind to send these by January 17th to firstname.lastname@example.org or the Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home website. www.fredriksonfh.com
May his memory be eternal, "Kan hans minne vaere evig" Memorial Service: 1:00PM Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, Minnesota.
Visitation: One hour before the service at the church.
Burial: At a later date in Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, Minnesota.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
Roger Dale Osmondson
(June 5, 1952 - December 27, 2014)
Roger Dale Osmondson, 62, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at the Sanford Health, Fargo, North Dakota.
He was born on June 5, 1952, to Conrad and Olga (Bakke) Osmondson in Crookston, Minnesota and grew up on the family farm near Union Lake. He attended and graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1970. Roger went on to attend Moorhead Technical College, graduating in 1973 with a degree in diesel mechanics. After graduation, he was hired by Caterpillar in Denver, Colorado, as a diesel mechanic.
On October 28, 1973, Roger was united in marriage to Carol Gredvig at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile. They lived in Aurora, CO until December 1976, when they returned to Fertile. At that time, Roger and his brother Greg operated Beltrami Diesel and Auto for a couple of years. On May 18, 1981, a daughter, Kari, was born. In the 1980's Roger worked for Melvin Wang Trucking as a mechanic. Since then, he was a self-employed mechanic and worked for area farmers. Roger enjoyed fishing on area childhood lakes, hunting, camping, and watching old western movies and TV shows. He took pride in planting and caring for the vegetable garden, especially measuring row width for straightness. Mechanics came naturally to Roger.
Intuitively, Roger would know what was needed to fix, restore, and create mechanical things. Being outside enjoying the seasons, observing the wildlife, and watching the sunrise and sunset was where Roger was most comfortable. He often took his best canine friend, Remy, on four-wheeler rides touring the countryside. Roger appreciated a simple and unpretentious lifestyle and was kind and generous, always helping others. He cherished his family, especially his daughter, Kari. Roger is survived by his wife, Carol, Fertile; one daughter, Kari Osmondson, St. Cloud, Minnesota; three brothers: Jerry (Carol), Fertile, Minnesota; Ron, Red Lake Falls, Minnesota; and Greg, Erskine, Minnesota; two aunts: Joyce Sannes, Fertile, and Grace Pederson, Minneapolis, Minnesota; several nephews, nieces, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda (2000).
Memorial services will be on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at 10:30 am at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Visitation will be on Friday, January 2, 2015, from 5-7 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial will be in the spring at the Union Lake Free Lutheran Cemetery, rural Winger, Minnesota.
Carilee Jean (Liebeg)
(June 10, 1944 - December 16, 2014)
Carilee Jean "Chee-Chee" Flikke, 70, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on
Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at St Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota.
Chee-Chee was born on June 10, 1944, in Brainerd, Minnesota, to George
and Palma (Horton) Liebeg. She attended school in Brainerd, where she
graduated from High School. She moved to Des Moines, Iowa to work. On
June 17, 1968, Chee-Chee was married. They moved to Minot, North Dakota,
then to Fargo, North Dakota and on to Tucson, AZ. In 1980, the family
returned to rural Fertile and in 1981 moved into town. She owned and
operated "Chee-Chee's Variety Store" and later "Chee-Chee's Ceramics".
In the mid 1980s, Chee-Chee began attending Moorhead State University,
Moorhead. She graduated with a Psychology degree in 1991. Following her
schooling, she worked at group homes for the disabled. In the late 1990s
Chee-Chee cared for her three older granddaughters - Nicole, Amanda, and
Valerie. After Perkin was born, Chee-Chee also assisted with care. When
Walmart opened in Crookston, Minnesota, in 2007, Chee-Chee was one of
the first employees hired. Many customers and fellow employees became
friends with Chee-Chee over the years and she was employed there until
the time of her death. Chee-Chee was very creative. Ceramics, painting,
writing, drawing and crocheting were her hobbies. Over the years, she
wrote and published several books. She loved gardening, flowers, and
plants of all kinds. Lilies and irises were her favorites.
Education was a must for Chee-Chee and her family. Chee-Chee was an
excellent cook and seemed to know just what to add to make a dish stand
out. Chee-Chee loved celebrations and any excuse to have a party. Most of all, Chee-Chee dearly loved her children and grandchildren. May the memory of Chee-Chee remain with us forever.
Chee-Chee is survived by her children: Steven Liebeg, Duluth, Minnesota; Jennifer Flikke, Fertile, and Susan (Craig) Gorder, Fertile; four granddaughters: Nicole Cortese, Amanda Liebeg, Valerie Liebeg, and Perkin Gorder; two sisters: Kaye (Robert) Liebeg, Brainerd, Minnesota; and Karen (Mike) Mead, Ocala, FL; two brothers: Lawrence Liebeg, NV, and Gary Liebeg, AK; many nephews and nieces.
Funeral: 11:00AM, Monday, December 22, 2014, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile.
Visitation: 3-5PM, Sunday, December 21, 2014 with a 5PM prayer service at the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile Minnesota.
Burial: Baxter Cemetery, Baxter, Minnesota in the spring.
Delores Luverne (Hamre)
(July 10, 1928 - January 10, 2015)
Delores "DeeDee" Luverne (Hamre) Grant, 86, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
She was born on July 10, 1928, to Benjamin and Josephine (Christianson) Hamre on a farm near Beltrami, Minnesota. Delores was baptized and confirmed in Scandia Lutheran Church, rural Beltrami. She attended White Dove Country School near Beltrami, and the Northwest School of Agriculture at Crookston, Minnesota, majoring in music (piano and choir).
After graduating, she and her roommate moved to San Francisco, CA, where she worked in a Brokerage Company. Over the years, DeeDee had several secretary and telephone operator jobs. In May of 1959, DeeDee was united in marriage to William "Bill" Grant in Sacramento, CA. They travelled to many states and eventually bought the Idaho Press Newspaper Company in Wallace, ID.
Dee Dee handled the circulation and advertisement, while Bill was the editor. Together, they published the "Jubilee Edition" that was later placed in the Library of Congress. They moved back to Benicia, CA in 1965, and DeeDee was employed by PBX as an operator and receptionist. She was also responsible for conference calls, appointments, and arranging travel arrangements for employees. In 1978, Bill died and in 1987, DeeDee moved to Fargo, North Dakota.
She worked as a receptionist for the Fargo Forum for two years, when DeeDee moved to Ada. While in Ada, DeeDee attended Grace Lutheran Church, where she participated in the choir and bible study. She also sang with the "Inspiration Music Group". DeeDee entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in November of 2006. Over the past eight years she has met and enjoyed many friends. DeeDee used her musical talents to encourage many over the years, especially those in nursing homes. She was a loving and kind person who was stylish and taught many life lessons to those around her.
DeeDee is survived by one son, Paul (Linda) and two grandchildren, Lauren and Evan, Mt. Laurel, NJ; two brothers, Philip (Janet) Hamre, Moorhead, Minnesota; and Dean (Sandy) Hamre, Andover, Minnesota; one sister, Barbara (Rodney) Oistad, Fertile; several nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Josephine Hamre; and her siblings, Marian Haugen, Rolland Hamre, Adelle Haas, Margaret Webster, and Jerome Hamre.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota. Visitation will begin at 5 PM until 6:30 PM at Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota. Pastor Phil Larsen will officiate.
Beverly Jean (Williams) Peltier
Beverly Jean Peltier, 83, of Crookston, Minnesota, died early Friday morning, December 26, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. She had been a resident of the Villa since August of 2012.
Beverly was born in Crookston on April 9, 1931, the only child of
Lawrence and Mildred (Schuler) Williams. She was baptized and confirmed
in the Lutheran faith and received her early education in the Crookston
public schools. Bev spent her junior and senior years as a student at
Bethany Lutheran High School in Mankato, Minnesota, graduating in 1949.
She returned to Crookston and was employed at Montague's Flower Shop
until her marriage to Duane Byron Peltier on October 7, 1950. Their
marriage was blessed by the births of 4 children: Larry, Jim, Kathy,
and Lori. Bev was very involved in all of the kids activities while they were growing up. As they were getting older she spent 10 years working as a dental assistant for Dr. Frank Jung. Sadly, Duane passed away on July 7, 2006.
Beverly was a devoted member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. She enjoyed baby-sitting her grandchildren, and the special times spent with Duane and all the kids at Lake McConaughy, near Ogallala, NB. Her favorite pastimes included knitting afghans and dishcloths, reading biographies and mysteries, working crossword puzzles, and baking. Beverly's life was a blessing to her family and she will be missed beyond measure.
Bev leaves her 4 children: Larry (Sarah) Peltier of Cashton, WI, Jim (Mary Jo) Peltier of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Kathy (Bruce) Boland of Brainerd, Minnesota, and Lori (Don) Morgan of Crookston, Minnesota; 8 grandchildren: Nicole (Jack) Morrison, Natalie, Nathan, and Colton Peltier, Drew and Maggie Boland, and Josh and Eric Morgan; and 3 great-grandchildren: Maya, Marayah, and Jackson. May God richly bless the memory of Beverly Jean Peltier.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Beverly Peltier will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Wesley Joseph Bakkum
(February 22, 1951 - June 3, 2010)
Wesley J. Bakkum, 59, of Ada, Minnesota, formerly of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, in his home.
Wesley Joseph Bakkum was born on February 22, 1951, at Bemidji, Minnesota, the son of Raymond and Bonnie (Healy) Bakkum. He grew up in East Grand Forks and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in EGF. He worked construction for a time and later earned a degree from Bemidji State University in industrial engineering. He had moved to Ada a few years back and worked for area farmers.
Wesley is survived by a daughter, Katy (Matt) McKinney, Marlow, OK, his father, Raymond, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, one brother, Steve (Louise) Alexandria, Minnesota, three grandchildren; Natalie, Jacob, and Ashlea, and one niece, Allison Bakkum, of New York.
Memorial Service: 5:00PM Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at Stennes Funeral Home, East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Visitation: One hour before the service. Burial: Bemidji, Minnesota. Arrangements with Fredrikson Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota and Stennes Funeral Home, East Grand Forks, Minnesota
Charles A. Benbo
(October 9, 1914 - November 14, 2012)
Charles A. Benbo, 98, of Winger, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at Essentia Health complications from cancer, Fosston, Minnesota.
Charles Adrian Adair was born on October 9, 1914 to Norman and Mary (Still) Benbo in rural Fertile, Minnesota. He attended the Scott and Hoffe Country Schools near his home. Following his schooling, Charles worked in the area. In 1941, he moved to California to work for Boeing Aircraft. In 1942, he entered the United States Army and served until 1945. He returned to Fertile and worked in road construction.
On January 6, 1951, Charles married Bernice Johnson in Fertile. Charles worked road construction for area contractors in Minnesota. He primarily operated a Cat and was referred to as the "Cat Skinner". During the winter months, Charles kept busy with odd jobs and keeping the birds fed. Charles retired in the early 1980's. After his son, Wayne, began his ice saw business, Charles assisted in the saws production. His son, Leslie, died in 2005, and his wife, Bernice, died 2011.
Charles was an avid reader of newspapers & magazines. Watching current events on the various news channels kept Charles aware of issues and events, both locally and nationally. Playing whist with Mae (his sister) and Con made some great memories. Guests to Charles' home always had good conversation. He loved holiday meals and would comment after eating, "I'm full as a tick".
Charles is survived by: two sons, Bruce (Gwen) Benbo; Wayne Benbo, both of Winger, Minnesota, one daughter, Annette (LeRoy) Halstad, Fertile, Minnesota, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren; one brother, Alonzo, Winger, Minnesota; and nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Bernice and a son, Leslie Adair Benbo, brother, Bernard, and two sisters: Mae Chase and June Revi.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 10:30 at Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, Minnesota; Pastor John Ahola, Officiating.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, from 5-7 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm in the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Pallbearers: Ryan Benbo, Caleb Benbo, Travis Krzyzaniak, Lance Krzyzaniak, Brandon Halstad, and Austin Simonson
Military Rites Fengestad-Solie Post #200 American Legion Winger, Minnesota
Burial will be in the Faaberg Lutheran Cemetery, Rindal, Minnesota.
Richard Orvis "Dick" Berhow
(May 25, 1934 - May 6, 2014)
Richard Orvis "Dick" Berhow, 79, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on May 6, 2014, at his home.
He was born on May 25, 1934, to Emmet and Olive (Alm) Berhow at their home in Garden Township, rural Fertile.
He was baptized and confirmed at the Maple Lake Lutheran Church, near his home. Dick attended country school until 8th grade and graduated from the Fertile High School in 1952. On November 19, 1954, Dick entered the United States Army. He served as a radio operator in Korea. On November 18, 1956, he was honorably discharged and returned home. Dick purchased the family farm where he milked cows at Grade A level.
On July 16, 1960, Dick was united in marriage to Yvonne Baatz at
St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Mentor, Minnesota. They were blessed
with five children: Ann, Joe, Carol, Judy, and John. In 1970, Dick
began Berhow Plumbing and Heating. In 1982, he earned his "Master
Plumber License". Dick continued to provide plumbing and heating
services until he could no longer do so. He served on the County
Committee (formerly the ASCS committee) for 9 years and the Garden
Township Board. At St. Joseph Catholic Church, Dick was a member and
served as usher, Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and men's
Dick enjoyed life and cherished his wife Yvonne and his family
and friends. He was proud to have 120 first cousins and enjoyed his
family heritage and traveling to family reunions to visit with his
relatives. When it came to sports, Dick especially liked to watch
the Minnesota Twins and the Vikings. He also thoroughly enjoyed
watching his children and grandchildren play. He hunted water fowl,
upland birds, deer, elk and moose and loved to go fishing, especially
spearing Whitefish!! His hunting and fishing trips covered Minnesota,
Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, Alaska and Canada.
He loved to read and enjoyed his vegetable garden and flowers of
all sorts. He always loved his dogs and trips to the Dairy Queen.
It was always a beautiful day for a drive (regardless of the weather)
and he traveled to all 50 states as well as Canada, South America,
Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands.
Dick is survived by his wife, Yvonne, Fertile; children: Ann (Jaysen) Nephew, Fertile; Joseph (Lisa), Alvarado, Minnesota; Carol (Bruce) Cameron, East Walpole, MA; Judy Berhow, St. Paul, Minnesota; and John (Kari), Fertile; five grandchildren: Andrew Nephew, Christopher, Brian, and Nathan Cameron, and Nicole Nugent; one great-grandchild, Greyson Nugent; three sisters-in-law: Ora Berhow, Wisconsin, Lorraine Berhow, Fertile, and DeVonna Berhow, Erskine; many cousins, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers and sisters: Myrl Moland, Verna Rasmussen, Robert Berhow, Stanley Berhow, Cyril Berhow, Virgil Berhow, and Donald Berhow.
Funeral mass will be on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 2:30 PM in the St Joseph Catholic Church Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota.
Bernice Arloween (Johnson) Benbo
(March 9, 1928 - August 14, 2011)
Bernice A. Benbo, 83, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Sunday, August 14, 2011, at First Care Nursing Home, Fosston, Minnesota.
Bernice Arloween Johnson was born on March 9, 1928 to Edwin and Gurie (Larson) Johnson in Winger, Minnesota. She grew up and attended country school near her home. Bernice married Charles Benbo on January 6, 1951, in Fertile, Minnesota. She was able to stay at home raising their family while Charles worked on road construction.
Bernice was a member of Faaberg Lutheran Church, where she was active in the ladies aid and circle. She had a large garden and canned her produce. She loved to cook and bake. Bernice always made sure her children had fresh baked goods every day after school. A favorite snack was left over bun doe boiled in water served with sugar and cream; it was called "Pig".. She enjoyed sewing her children's clothes, quilting and embroidery. After her children were grown she found playing cards, especially whist, a favorite pastime. She also enjoyed shopping with her daughter, Annette. Bernice loved being at home and cherished times spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Bernice is survived by her husband, Charles Benbo, Winger, Minnesota, two sons, Bruce (Gwen) Benbo; Wayne Benbo, both of Winger, Minnesota, one daughter, Annette (LeRoy) Halstad, Fertile, Minnesota, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son, Leslie Adair Benbo in 2005.
Funeral services will be on Friday, August 19, 2011, at 10 am in the Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, Minnesota. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 18, 2011, from 5-7 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm in the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota. Burial will be in the Faaberg Lutheran Cemetery, Rindal, Minnesota.
Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota www.eriksonvikfh.com
Orton Clifford Bakke
(March 10, 1926 - July 16, 2012)
Orton Clifford Bakke, 86, of Fertile, Minnesota, died Monday, July 16, 2012, at Essentia Health, Fosston, Minnesota.
Orton was born on March 10, 1926, in Winger, Minnesota, to John and Marie (Krogstad) Bakke. Orton attended and graduated from McIntosh High School. Following his schooling he entered the US Army during WWII. On February 13, 1948, Orton was united in marriage to Hallis Nansen in McIntosh, Minnesota. Orton worked as a carpenter for Meineke-Johnson Company, in the Pelican Rapids, Fargo, and Fertile areas for many years; as well as doing private jobs for people around Fertile. On August 29, 2001, Hallis passed away. Orton married Charlotte Borseth on June 23, 2012 in Fertile, Minnesota.
Orton enjoyed wood carving, carpentry, cribbage, going to the casino and playing cards with family. He also loved being outside; whether it was going to the lake, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, ice fishing or just sitting outside listening to the neighbor's daycare kids playing. He always looked forward to the Polk County Fair. Orton was always ready to have a cup of coffee and visit with friends and family. A nightly routine was to drive around and look at deer. He would sit outside and admire the surroundings and remark, "Mother Nature paints a pretty picture." Spending time with his grandchildren was always something he looked forward to.
Orton is survived by his wife, Charlotte, Fertile, Minnesota, one son, Gary, Fargo, North Dakota; one daughter, Cheryl (Gus) Swenson, Ulen, Minnesota, 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, four step daughters, Denise (Donnie) Higbee, Houston, TX, Desiree Kise, Ada, Minnesota, Sarah Borseth, Badger, Minnesota, Shelah (Patrick) Gust, Strathconca, Minnesota, 11 step grandchildren, three sisters, Joyce Sannes, Olga Osmondson, both of Fertile, Minnesota, and Grace Peterson, Mpls, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Hallis, a son, Dwight Bakke, three brothers, Leonard, Walter and Melvin.
Funeral service: 11:00 am, Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Union Lake Free Lutheran Church, rural Winger, Minnesota.
Visitation: Friday from 5:00-7:00pm with a 6:30 Prayer Service at Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial: Lima Cemetery, rural Winger, Minnesota
Dean Alan Solheim
February 14, 1963 - February 3, 2014
Resided in Crookston, MN
Dean Alan Solheim, age 50, of Crookston, Minnesota, passed away at his
home on Monday, February 3, 2014, with members of his loving family by
his side. Throughout Dean's courageous battle against a rare form of
cancer called carcinoid, he found comfort in his faith, and the love
and support of his wife, children, parents, and other family and friends.
Dean was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 14, 1963, and grew up
in Crookston with his parents, Eugene and Carol (Demarais) Solheim. He was
baptized and confirmed in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, and graduated from
Crookston's Central High School in 1981. During high school Dean worked
for Applequist Farms, rural Crookston.
On September 2, 1983 he was united in marriage to Diane Marie Aitchison
of Fisher, Minnesota, in a ceremony that took place in St. Paul's Lutheran
Church. Dean attended the AVTI in East Grand Forks, MN where he received
an Associate of Arts degree in diesel mechanics in 1985. The couple then
moved to Bottineau, ND, where he worked at the John Deere implement
dealership. Son, Jared, was born to them in 1987. Dean, Diane and
Jared later moved to Grafton, ND and he was employed at Case IH.
Daughter, Mandy, was born at Grafton in 1988. In 1990 the family came
to Crookston and Dean was service manager for Crookston Implement.
Several years later he worked at Butler Machinery in Grand Forks,
followed by service manager positions in later years with Cokato
Equipment in Cokato, MN and for over 9 years at Evergreen Implement
Company in Warren, MN. Since March of 2012 to the present time Dean
had been the service manager for Zeigler Equipment in Crookston.
Dean and Diane have been active members of the Fisher Lutheran
Church in Fisher. Dean was an avid hunter and fisherman for most of
his life, and greatly enjoyed motorcycling and four-wheeling. Dean and
Diane loved camping and boating, and have spent many wonderful summers
at Long Lake, near Park Rapids, MN, enjoying life near the water, while
forming many new friendships. Dean takes leave of a family he loved so
dearly, and they are left with treasured memories of him that will live
on in their hearts forever.
Family members include Diane, his beloved wife of 30 years; son, Jared
Solheim, and his wife, Ceara, of Moorhead, Minnesota, and their son expected
in April; daughter, Mandy Solheim, and her fiance', Aaron Horak, of Fisher,
Minnesota; parents, Eugene and Carol Solheim of Crookston, Minnesota;
sister, Susan (Greg) Spillman of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; two brothers,
John (Carolyn) Solheim of Eagan, Minnesota, and Steven (Kelly) Solheim
of Burnsville, Minnesota; and a niece and two nephews: Vivian Spillman,
Tyler Solheim, and Nick Solheim.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Vivian and Lewie
Demarais, and Julius and Ida Solheim. May God richly bless the memory
of Dean Alan Solheim.
The celebration of the life of Dean Solheim will be held at 10:00
a.m., Saturday, February 8, 2014, in the Fisher Lutheran Church, Fisher,
Minnesota, with The Rev. Karen Young Trenne, officiating. Visitation
will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Friday
from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service and sharing of memories at 7 p.m.,
and visitation also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral.
Interment will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery, Fisher.
Luverne Ethel (Dahl) Hviding
February 28, 1934 - February 19, 2014
Resided in Crookston, MN
Luverne E. Hviding, age 79, Crookston, died Wednesday, February 19,
2014, at the Villa St. Vincent, Crookston, with her family at her side.
Luverne Ethel Hviding was born on February 28, 1934, in her home east of
Borup, Minnesota, daughter of Anton and Ella Dahl. She grew up and was
educated at Golden Rod Country School and Borup High School. She graduated
in May 1951. On June 26, 1954 she married Kenneth Reuben Hviding. She joined
Ken through his Army years living at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Knox,
Kentucky, and Fort Hood, Texas.
Following two years in Lichfield, North Dakota, they moved to Crookston,
Minnesota where she spent the rest of her life. As a housewife and mother,
Luverne spent the early years of her marriage raising her four children.
In later years, she spread her wings through many hours employed at
Dalhgren's. She and Ken enjoyed many days together as volunteers at the
Polk County Historical Society and the Rydell National Wildlife Refuge.
Along with her family, she spent many years enjoying the Hviding family
farm south of Mentor, Minnesota.
Throughout her life she was actively involved in the Crookston Covenant
Church. There she served as organist and accompanist, Sunday School teacher
and was actively involved with the ministries of Covenant Women. Through
these roles friends came to know and cherish her quiet and gentle spirit
and her steady consistent faith in God. While Luverne also enjoyed cooking,
sewing, knitting, and Suduko, her greatest joys came from quiet reading,
holding a new born baby, and spending time with the family she loved.
Luverne is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth of Crookston; Two
brothers and one sister: Allen (Naomi) Dahl of Borup; Jerry (Jewel) Dahl
of Felton; Elaine (Paul) Gustafson of Rochester; Sister in law: Doris Dahl
of Borup; Children: Randy Hviding of Crookston; Brenda (Mark) Schibilla of
Blaine; Arlen (Bonnie) Hviding of Lino Lakes; Merlin (Wendy) Hviding of
Mora; Grandchildren: Jennifer Schibilla, Andrew Schibilla, Tyler Hviding,
Kevin Hviding, Jordon Hviding, Rebecca Hviding, Riley Hviding and Emily
Hviding; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Ella Dahl; by a
sister, Dorthy Mae Dahl; and by her brothers, David Dahl and Leland Dahl.
Although Luverne loved flowers, she loved people more. In lieu of
flowers, please consider memorials to Evangelical Covenant Church or
Covenant Women, Crookston, Minnesota or Bluewater Covenant Bible Camp,
Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
The funeral service for Luverne Hviding will be held at 11:00 a.m.,
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 520
Fisher Avenue, Crookston, MN 56716, with Pastor Timothy Bhajjan,
officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the spring at the Rodnes Cemetery, rural Erskine, MN.
Stella G. (Larson) Berhow
(March 3, 1923 - January 14, 2012)
Stella G. (Larson)(Larson) Berhow
Stella G. (Larson) Berhow, 88, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Saturday, January 14, 2012, at the Riverview Hospital, Crookston, Minnesota.
She was born on March 3, 1923, to Amund and Dora (Johnson) Larson in
rural Fertile. Stella was baptized and confirmed at Faaberg Lutheran
Church, Rindal, Minnesota. She attended Willow Creek Rural School near
her home. Following her schooling, Stella helped care for her younger
siblings and work on the family farm.
On August 31, 1940, Stella was united in marriage to Clarence Larson
at the Faaberg Lutheran Church parsonage, Rindal. They lived in Bear Park,
Minnesota, and farmed before moving to Beltrami. They eventually bought a
farm north of Beltrami, where they raised their children. Throughout the
years, Stella was a busy lady. Along with raising five children, Stella
did cooking, baking, and serving in many capacities around the area. She
was known for her wedding cakes and cooking at the Winter Show in Crookston.
For many years, Stella cooked at the Beltrami Mall Cafe and worked in the
kitchen at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile. In 1975, Clarence died as
a result of a farm accident.
She met Marvin Berhow and was later married to him on October 12, 1979, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Beltrami. They continued to live at the farm until Marvin passed in 2002, and in 2004, Stella moved to Fertile. She entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in January of 2011. From spring to late fall, Stella kept busy with her "Huge" garden. She would can up to 1000 quarts of produce every year. Her apple pies (she was known to make 50 to 101 pies per year) in the fall were a special memory for those who received them. Embroidery allowed her to keep busy in the later years. Most of all, Stella loved to be with her family. Working together, playing games, or eating with family was what brought Stella the most joy. Her home was always open to everyone and the coffee was always on.
Stella is survived by five children: Laurel (Duane), Ostgarden, Portland, OR; Janice (David) Lamberson, Fertile, Minnesota; Kristy (Mark) Langved, Beltrami; and Kurt (Heidi) Larson, Mentor, Minnesota; one daughter-in-law, June Larson, Moorhead, Minnesota; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great granddaughter; and a great-great grandson to be born in February; one brother, Maynard (Elaine) Larson, Fertile; two sisters; Norma Monson, Crookston, Minnesota; and Francis (Wilbur) Gudvangen, Fertile; many nephews, nieces and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, one son, Roger, 1992, brothers, Arthur, Harley and Armen Larson.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, January, 19, 2012, at 11 AM in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Beltrami, Minnesota.
Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Beltrami, Minnesota. Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota www.eriksonvikfh.com
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