Polk County Obituaries
Dale Michael Hoffmann
(September 17, 1945 - December 14, 2014)
Dale M. Hoffmann, 69 of East Grand Forks, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday December 14, 2014 with his wife, children and grandchildren by his side.
Dale Michael Hoffmann was born September 17, 1945 in Devils Lake, North Dakota the son of Michael and Madelyn (Wirth) Hoffmann. He attended school in Munich, North Dakota and graduated from Munich High School in 1963. As a student, he was active in basketball, baseball and was a member of the High School Band. Following his graduation, Dale enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard, which he served in for several years. During this time, he was employed with the First State Bank of Munich. He worked and served the community of Munich until 1981.
Dale was united in marriage to Mary Beth Downs on October 19, 1968 and had three children, Rayanne, Ryan and Ronda, "Triple R's". The family moved to Stephen, Minnesota in the winter of 1981 when they bought a Coast to Coast Hardware Store. The family closed the store in 1989. In 1992, Dale and Mary Beth picked up their house and moved it to East Grand Forks, Minnesota, where Dale continued to work in the hardware business until he retired. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and many car clubs. He spent his time buying, trading and restoring cars for himself, his children and grandchildren, fixing and doing home repair at everyone's houses and spending weekends at the Larimore Dam.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth; children, Rayanne Hoffmann, Ryan (Cheryl) Hoffmann, Ronda (Jared Rardin) Hoffmann, all of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; grandchildren, Marcus, Chris, and Emily Hoffmann, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Lincoln and Nikie Hoffmann, East Grand Forks, Minnesota; step- grandchildren, Matti (Laura) Roinila and Jari Roinila, all of Grand Forks, North Dakota; his mother, Madelyn Hoffmann, Grand Forks, North Dakota; a sister, Maureen (Gary) Mork of Petersburg, North Dakota and many nieces and nephew.
He was preceded in death by his father Michael.
The family of Dale request that memorials be given to The Sunshine Memorial Foundation, 4200 James Ray Drive, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202 or Miracles For Vets, 3415 Mill Road, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203
Memorial Mass: 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 19, 2014 in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Family Greeting: One hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Friday.
Honor Guard: Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Bishop Provencher Assembly 1578.
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.
Source: Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Joseph Andrey Goulet
Joseph Andrey Goulet, 74, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully early Friday morning, January 9, 2015, at his residence with his loving wife, Roxanne, and many of his family at his side.
Andy, as he was best known, was born on October 12, 1940 at Walhalla, North Dakota, the son of Joseph Arthur and Lena Mae (Bartlett) Goulet. He was baptized at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Walhalla, attended country school near Walhalla, and furthered his education at the Detroit Lakes (MN) Technical School studying small engine repair. On April 7, 1979 Andy was united in marriage to Roxanne Thomas at the home of her parents in Bloomington, Minnesota. His working career was spent as an iron worker, and was always considered to be a jack of all trades. Andy enjoyed bowling, and spending time with Roxanne and their family camping, boating, taking traveling vacations, and visiting casinos. To family and friends he was known as the "Big Dog", and though he enjoyed being a prankster and sometimes scaring people and dogs alike, he had a heart of gold and was at his best and happiest when able to help others in need.
Andy is survived by Roxanne, his beloved wife and best friend of 35
years; 7 children: Julie (Jon) Garcia of Waupaca, WI, Bobbi Jo Goulet,
Jeremy Andre Goulet, and Kelly Lynn Goulet, all of Crookston, Mi, Brett
Allen Goulet of Bismarck, No, Barry Scott (Jessica) Goulet of Valley City,
No, and Stacie Duggan of Arkansas; 16 grandchildren; and eight
great-grandchildren. He also leaves 12 siblings: Joseph M. (Linda) Goulet of Ray, No, Deloris Chambers of Crookston, Dorothy Schell of Page, No, Joseph Earl (Paula) Goulet of Tomah, WI, Donna (Kermit) Gunsolley of Walhalla, No, Mona (Gene) Hoffman of Crookston, Joseph Marvin Goulet of Mahnomen, Mi, Joseph Marlin Goulet of Crookston, Joseph Lloyd (Angie) Goulet of Ogilvie, Mi, Judy Ann (Freddy) Cook and Gerald Dean (Denise) Goulet of Walhalla, and Joseph Rodney Goulet of Crookston; a sister-in-law, Pam Goulet of Grand Forks, No; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lena Goulet; three
sons: Darby and Darren Goulet, and Poncho Patton; a grandson, Jesse Arthur
Andrey Mendoza; two brothers, his twin, Joseph Audrey Goulet, and Louis
Andrew Goulet; a sister and her husband, Louise Leola (Stan) Foster; and by
two brothers-in-law, Jim Chambers and Earl Schell.
May God richly bless the memory of Joseph Andrey Goulet.
A Cultural Ceremony celebrating Andy's life will be held at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston led by Lloyd Goulet. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service.
Online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Anne (Grenier, Weber) St. Yves
Anne (Grenier, Weber) St. Yves, 99, of Crookston, Minnesota, died on
December 27, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston.
Anne, the daughter of Eugene and Alyda (Laliberte) Grenier, was born
on October 28, 1915 in rural Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. She graduated
from Red Lake Falls Highs School in 1934 and went on to get her teaching
certificate. She taught for several years around the area. She met Harold
Weber while working for P. A. Brule. They were united in marriage on April
10, 1939 at St. Joseph's church in Red Lake Falls. They moved a few times
before Settling on their farm in Fairfax Township where they raised their
Anne was very busy, not only helping on the farm, but also working at
Sears and being a substitute bus driver. She was active in the Top 20 Home Makers Club, Who's Who 4-H Club, and The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception's Ladies Aid.
Three years after Harold's death she sold the family farm, moved to Crookston and then to Red Lake Falls. On February 6, 1978 she married Wallace (Wally) St. Yves. They spent their winters in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, she continued to go even after Wally's death in 1983. Eventually she moved to Texas to live year round where she continued with her hobbies of sewing, quilting, crafting, and playing cards.
Anne returned to Crookston in 1998, after her brief marriage to William Threlkeld III. Due to Anne's declining health, she moved to the Villa St. Vincent nursing home in 2010.
Anne is survived by her children: Richard (Jeanne) Weber of Ramsey Minnesota, Geraldine "Geri" (Don) Swem of Neosho MO, Karen (Richard) Knutson of Rosemount Minnesota, Wayne (Rose) Weber of Crookston Minnesota, and Keith Weber of Lake Park IA; step children: Duane St. Yves, Theresa St. Yves, and Debbie (Wayne) Dohman all of Grand Forks; grandchildren: Richard "Cliff" (Leanna) Weber, Angela Jackson, Susan Swem, Brenda (Duane) Chester, Daniel (LaShay) Swem, Scott (Mary) Knutson, Jennifer Knutson, Robert (Jenipher) Weber, Terri (Travis) Johnson, Corrina Doyea, Rebecca (Paul) Collette, Roxanne (Charles) Johnson, Valerie (Kevin) Leiser, Harold Weber, Cynthia (Jared) Wentz, Tim Weber, Mike (Misty) Weber, Mindy Weber, David Weber, and Aaron Weber; Step grandchildren: Joseph Dohman, Travis Dohman, and Nick Dohman; 31 great grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Gilbert Weber; sister-in-law, Lillian Grenier; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husbands' Harold and Wally, Anne was preceded in
death by her parents, Eugene and Alyda Grenier; two brothers, John "Bob"
and Donald Grenier; two sisters, Cecile Magnan and Eileen Grenier; one
daughter-in-law, Linda Weber; three granddaughters: Laurie, Deanna, and
Sheri Weber; two grandsons, Dennis Swem and Patrick Weber; and one
great-grandson, Nicholas Collette.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Anne will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 3, 2015, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday 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 in Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com.
Allan Adolph Wigand
Allan Adolph Wigand, 77, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Thursday, December 25, 2014, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota after a brief illness.
Allan was born in Crookston on May 12, 1937, the son of Adolph and Edythe (Saunders) Wigand, and was a graduate of Crookston Central High School. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in March of 1960 and served with Minnesota's 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry, for over 20 years. During his career with the Guard Allan was awarded the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Minnesota State Service Medal with 20 Year Clasp, the M16 Sharpshooter Badge, and the 81 mm Mortar Expert Badge. He received his honorable discharge, with the rank of MSGT, on September 1, 1981. In civilian life Allan was the Minnesota sales representative for the Cutler-Magner Salt Company for over 30 years, until his retirement in 2002. He was united in marriage to Emilee Anderson at Crookston and from their union 3 sons were born: Allan Jr. who died at the age of 5 days on November 23, 1958, Wesley, and Erick.
Allan was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, and also held memberships in the Crookston VFW and American Legion Posts. He was also a longtime member and past-president of Eagles Aerie 873. Several years ago Allan helped found the Crookston Gun Club and was a past-president of that organization. Over the years he won several awards for his expert marksmanship at trap shooting events around the area. Allan will be very sadly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his soul-mate of 22 years, Lorraine VanderWeg of Crookston, Minnesota; sons, Wesley of Moorhead, Minnesota and Erick of Bemidji, Minnesota; two granddaughters, Brittney and Kjersten; sister, Sandra Skornicka of Crookston; niece, Laura Skornicka and her children, Brian, Kaitlyn, and Aiden, of Climax, Minnesota; and Lorraine's children: Carolyn (James) Taylor of Hartland, WI, Lee O'Malley of South Milwaukee, WI, Laurie Wozniak of Columbia, SC, Michael VanderWeg of South Milwaukee, and Nancy (Larry) Bores of Milwaukee, WI; and other relatives.
In addition to his infant son, Allan Jr., he was preceded in death by
his parents, Adolph and Edythe; a brother-in-law, Edward Skornicka;
Lorraine's son-in-law, Lt. Col. Arthur Wozniak, and son, Peter VanderWeg,
who was killed in action in Viet Nam.
The funeral service for Allan Adolph Wigand will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston with The Rev. Michelle Miller, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and the Minnesota National Guard Honors Unit, Moorhead, Minnesota. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, in the spring. Online registry at www.stenshoelhouske.com..
Loren O. Hammer
(August 15, 1936 - December 18, 2014)
Loren O. Hammer, 78, Halstad, Minnesota, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Sanford Health, Fargo, North Dakota.
Loren was born the oldest child to Earl and Eleanore (Larson) Hammer on August 15, 1936, near Fertile, Minnesota. He was baptized at Varness Lutheran Church near Fertile and confirmed at Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church, Shelly, Minnesota. He grew up in the Red River area on farms. After his school years, he worked on area farms and at the Crystal Sugar plant for many years in Crookston, Minnesota.
For health reasons he retired early and lived in Halstad until he was diagnosed with cancer. He was a member of the Halstad Lutheran Church which he attended faithfully every Sunday. Loren enjoyed all things "farming" horses, tractors, trucks, farm machinery, and the crops. He was very grateful for all the kindness and good care he received at the Halstad Living Center for the past three years.
Loren is survived by his four sisters, Sylvia Hammer, Babbitt, Minnesota, Lilly (Richard) Berg, Fargo, North Dakota, Marilyn (Paul) Anderson, Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and Doris (Curt) Hagness, Moorhead, Minnesota; his aunt, Blance (Larson) Orvik; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Arnie and Donald;
and one sister, Ruby Hanson.
Funeral: 11:00AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, Minnesota.
Burial: Halstad North Cemetery.
Beatrice Irene (Nordby) Solie
(July 30, 1937 - December 13, 2014)
Beatrice Irene Solie, 77, went home to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Saturday December 13, 2014, at her home in rural Fertile, Minnesota.
Beatrice Nordby was born on July 30, 1937, to Barney and Hattie (Patterson) Nordby in rural Erskine, Minnesota. Beatrice was baptized and confirmed in the Erskine Methodist Church in Erskine. She started school in rural Erskine, then for several school years attended in Erskine, Minnesota.
Beatrice returned to Erskine, graduating in 1956. On June 23, 1956, Beatrice was united in marriage to Walter Solie at the Erskine Methodist Church. The lived in several places in rural Fertile before buying the home farm. Along with working with Walter in the sodding, trucking and farming business, and keeping the books up to date, she worked as a cook at Sonie's Cafe for many years. Beatrice attended Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile, when she was able. As her health deteriorated, Beatrice was unable to be as active.
She enjoyed reading history and biographies, drawing and painting, caring for her flower gardens and spending time with her many nieces and nephews, dogs and cats. Beatrice is survived by her husband, Walter, Fertile, Minnesota; sisters: Janice (Lyle) Johnson, Superior, WI; Sandra Gulbranson, Cottage Grove, Minnesota; and JoAnn (Dave) Lyngholm, Electric City, WA; one aunt, Louise Hoyum, Bemidji, Minnesota; one uncle, Louie Patterson, Erskine; and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: Donald and Gordon as children; mother and father-in-law, three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.
Congregational Hymns "Amazing Grace" "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" "How Great Thou Art"
Pallbearers: Craig Gulbranson, Dustin Raaen, Brent Solie, and Brian Solie
Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014, at 11 am in the Erskine United Methodist Church, Erskine, Minnesota; pastor Michelle Miller, Officiating.
Burial will be in the Erskine Synod Cemetery, Erskine, Minnesota.
Lorraine Eunice (Roed) Berhow
(June 13, 1928 - May 22, 2014)
Lorraine Eunice Berhow, 85, of Fertile, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Essentia Health in Fosston, Minnesota.
She was born on June 13, 1928, to Nels and Olga (Ruud) Roed, in Godfrey Township, Polk County, rural Fertile, Minnesota. Lorraine attended several country schools and graduated at the age of 17 from Fertile High School in 1945. She moved to Detroit, Michigan for a short time, returning to Thief River Falls, Minnesota to attend teachers' training for one year. She taught country school for three years.
On June 13, 1951 (her birthday), Lorraine was united in marriage to Cyril "Chuck" Berhow at Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile. She began a busy life of cooking, baking, sewing, farm chores, and raising a large family of six sons and three daughters. Chuck and Lorraine also had two daughters pass away as infants. Even with her full schedule, Lorraine still found the time to participate in all the women's groups at Maple Lake Church, of which she was a lifelong member. Once the children were grown, Lorraine continued to be very active. She began work as a cook at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, where she remained employed for several years. She traveled to Michigan, Arizona, Colorado, Canada and Norway. Her creative talents were demonstrated in her beautiful oil paintings and quilts. She made a quilt for each of her grandchildren for graduation, and made sure before she passed away that she had sewn ones for the younger children she wouldn't live to see graduate.
One of Lorraine's favorite things to do in her "spare time" was play board games. It was quite a feat to beat her at any of them. Lorraine's story wouldn't be complete without mentioning her donuts, for which she was well known in the area. She kept track of how many she had made in the past five years and the total came to 43,116! She took great joy and pride in her family, writing in "Lorraine's Life Story," which she gave her children and grandchildren… "How can I be so blessed to have such a great family? So many times families don't get along when they get together.
It is always a joy for me to see how you all enjoy one another. Thanks for always being there for me, too! I feel I've had a good life in spite of some rough times—but because of family support, and faith in God, I keep going on!" Lorraine was everything a mother and grandmother should be… strong, spiritual, resilient, full of fun, giving, and loving.
She will live in our hearts forever. May God Bless the Memory of Lorraine Berhow Lorraine is survived by her six sons: Timothy, Grand Forks, North Dakota; Dale (Linda), Erskine, Minnesota; Mark, Fertile; Luther (Colleen), Fertile; Thomas (Suzanne), Portland, TX; and Nathan (Melody), Silt, CO; three daughters: Nancy (Scott) Parkinson, Somerset, WI; Susan (Jeff) Kronschnabel, Fertile; and Joan (Kevin) Huot, Park Rapids, Minnesota; 21 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Carlton (Hazel) Roed, Mentor, Minnesota; a sister, Arloene Stevens, Minneapolis, Minnesota; three sisters-in-law: LilyAnn Roed, Detroit Lakes; Yvonne Berhow, Fertile; and Ora Berhow, Wisconsin; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins, as well as many dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; the father of her children, Cyril "Chuck," in 2005; two daughters: Julie Ann and Donna Mae; great-granddaughter, Aurora King; great-great grandson, Paul Colucci; daughter-in-law, Judy Berhow; brother, Orvis Roed; sisters: Margaret Scales and Helen Roed.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, Minnesota. Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 27, at the church, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be at the Maple Lake Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Fertile, Minnesota. Pallbears will be Brent Berhow, Kaleb Strand, Jorgen Berhow, Oliver Berhow, Gunnar Berhow, Aaron Kronschnabel, Samuel Huot and Michael Colucci.
Officiating Pastor Phil Larsen and Pastor Dan Morton
Tom Hovland, Organist Congregational Hymns "On Eagle's Wings" "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" "The Old Rugged Cross"
Pastor Phil Larsen, Soloist "The Lord's Prayer" "Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam
Myrtle Anne "Myrt" Blasey-Klukas
(February 27, 1940 - August 28, 2011)
Myrtle Ann Blasey-Klukas Myrtle Ann Blasey-Klukas of Omaha, Nebraska passed away at age 71 in Bemidji, Minnesota. Myrt had fought ovarian cancer for three years before succumbing to the illness. It was her wish to spend her final days in her retirement home on Lake Andrusia. Myrt was hospitalized for a brief time at the Bemidji Hospital until her peaceful passing on Sunday, August 28th, 2011.
Myrtle Ann was born in Crookston, Minnesota on February 27, 1940. Her
parents were Ethel (Kitchell) Blasey and Joseph Blasey. The Joseph Blasey
family included sister Patricia, brothers Joseph, John and Robert, sister
Kathy and brother Daniel. "Myrtie Ann" as Ethel called her was baptized,
later confirmed, and married at St. Joseph's church in Ada. She was raised
on a dairy farm near Ada. Myrt graduated high school in 1958 as a Ada "Viking". Myrt continued her education at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. She obtained a bachelor of science in Foods and a minor in Journalism from the "U" in 1963. At the University she met her husband Rich Klukas and married, June 10,1961.
Myrt and Rich worked three seasons for the Gallatin National Forest as lookouts in a fire tower north of Yellowstone Park, 1961-1963. This was a great wilderness experience they treasured. Myrt was the first fire carded woman on that Forest. Myrt helped support Rich in his graduate studies that later led to an opportunity to begin a career with the Park Service at Everglades National Park in 1965 They started their family in December of 1963 in St. Paul with son Thomas. Later, their second son, Timothy was born in the Everglades of Florida in 1965. Myrt's career was a professional homemaker while the family lived in Flamingo and later Pine Island. Nearly every weekend was spent on the water in the "Florida Keys".
Myrt's family life changed with a move to Colombia, South America as she Rich and the boys became Peace Corps volunteers. Their generation had a desire to get out and make the world a better place and preserve the environment, so this was a unique opportunity to do just that. For a few years, the family worked in the national park system of that country and with food and nutrition science programs. This rich experience gave Myrt some excellent training in Spanish that later helped her teach the language. The term of the Peace Corps tour came up and Myrt's family moved back to the United States to Atlanta, Georgia for a few years. Myrt continued working out of the home and did some work in department stores with the food and kitchen appliance divisions while Rich was again with the Park Service. She also did some substitute teaching at the nearby elementary school.
Myrt's bags were packed again in 1976 where she moved to Hot Springs, S.D.. She liked to travel to the Bighorn Mtns. on camping trips and to Minnesota to be with her family in Ada. Her life became very active with the teaching community in Hot Springs as a substitute and later a full time teacher. She tackled her teaching credentials by attending college courses at Dakota Wesleyan College in Mitchell, S.D. to obtain degrees in language arts and a minor in Spanish. Myrt presided and participated in various teacher groups, the national organization of women, and even got in the political arena in 1982 by running for Secretary of State of S.D. Her teaching career was continuous from 1979 to 1991 at the high school. She taught and coached debate, taught English, and Spanish. She supported track and cross country meet functions her sons participated in and missed very few of those events.
Some of her students in Debate and Speech obtained national recognition.
Her teaching contributed to students obtaining scholarships and expanding
their horizons. Myrt made lots of great friends in the community and in the
high school. Most of her son's friends would gladly join in a supper at
the Klukas house as they commented it was like going to a international
restaurant. Her cooking skills were greatly appreciated by all who stayed
and visited her home. Myrt and Rich raised their boys through High School
in Hot Springs and got them through their secular and religious education
needs. The boys were supported by their parents to pursue athletics,
hunting, fishing, hiking, education and travel.
Myrt and Rich encouraged
healthy debate and discussion at the family table. At one time, all of the
family had "red cards" for fire fighting. Myrt did not drive and was known
by many of her students as the teacher that walked very fast. For years
she walked or rode a bike to her job. Later, Rich worked in Yellowstone
Park. while Myrt continued to teach at Hot Springs. At Yellowstone Park,
she did a lot of touring, hiking and fishing during the summer months.
Myrt and Rich moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1992 where she got started teaching Spanish at the all girls Roman Catholic Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart until 2005. Myrt had some great classes of kids to teach and people to work with. Myrt got started in taking some of her students to Spain on field trips in the summer. She thoroughly enjoyed those trips and her sister in-laws and daughter in-law participation on those trips. Before retiring in her career, Myrt and Rich began exploring the lakes of Minnesota during their summer months. She caught plenty of fish on those trips and was able to see more of her family in the Cass Lake area.
Following retirement, Myrt turned her attentions to traveling around the world to various locations with Rich. She continued to sponsor some trips to Spain with the Academy. Traveling to see her family, going to reunions became some of her key activities. Antiquing and selling antiques kicked into overdrive as a hobby. She also began knitting caps for newborns as an evening hobby while watching "Judge Judy" and other TV series. Myrt and Rich took the plunge to get a retirement home at Lake Andrusia in 2006. This became her "new home". Myrts travels and other items of interest Myrt traveled to six of the seven continents. She traveled to Canada, Costa Rica, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, China, Australia,Mexico, Spain, Morocco, Colombia, South America. She lived in Ada, St. Paul, Lookout Mtn., Montana; Everglades National Park, Florida; Armenia, Colombia; Atlanta, Georgia; Hot Springs, S.D.; Yellowstone National Park,WY; Omaha, NE; Lake Andrusia, Minnesota.
Her hobbies were collecting unique Seminole dolls, antique cookware and
furniture, recipe books, spoons, wattware, Mickey Mouse items, Mexican
pottery, and Yellowstone memorabilia. She was skilled at sewing, knitting,
and crochet. She played a guitar in the early 70's and played an accordion,
and also a drum. Trout and freshwater fishing were some sports she did well
at. Myrt liked to hike with a ladies club in Yellowstone Park. She liked
organizing events and having fun with the ladies card group at Lake
Andrusia. Photography became one of her later interests. Board games,
card games and trivia were other things she liked.
Myrt was an avid reader and had the ability to read several books in a week.
Cooking was a gift Myrt had and she got this in part from her mother, Ethel. She was
an apple and cherry pie baking champ of the state of Minnesota. She made
a pie at a benefit auction that sold for $1,000, and in the late 50's one
of her pies sold for $100. She taught friends and family to cook and was
really skilled like a Julia Childs and Paula Dean. Even though she had
cooking prowess, it never carried on her and she encouraged and taught
healthy eating to those around her. Her degree gave her skills in nutrition
sciences which benefitted so many people.
Myrt was a person that appreciated collecting and seeing unique things.
She moved households quickly and efficiently. Packing a car was a specialty
she had that could impress a magician. Seeing and doing new things did not
intimidate her in any country. She was in Spain during a Basque terror
bombing attack of her hotel post 9-11. She organized and evacuated all
of her students to safety. In Everglades National Park Rich got carried away cutting some brush with a machete and nailed himself pretty good. Rich came home while Myrt was away and he was in rough shape needing first aid. He gave his kids instructions to not report the incident to Myrt as everything would be alright. Myrt returned home and sensed something was up. Her kids could not hold out as she quickly noted the blood trail into the house and the boxers in the wastebasket made into a tourniquet indicated otherwise. The boys always knew "Mom" had eyes in the back of her head from that moment on. Also during this time period, Myrt was out at sea with the family during some high swells offshore in the 8 to 10 foot range. She held her kids and kept them inline so Rich could pilot the boat. At some point she told the kids, "everything would be ok", but told Rich, "you better get us in pretty soon". He did just that and many more adventures at sea and abroad were had.
Spending time with younger students, relatives, and grandchildren is something Myrt really liked to do. It was a great gift that helped her be a wonderful teacher and friend to many of her students. Her nephews, nieces and grandchildren received her attention and interest. Myrt liked the internet, was not fussy about new music, and was "hip" a long time ago.
Myrt is survived by her husband Rich and her two sons Tom and Tim. Tom's family of wife Kathy and children Steven Faifer and Krystal Morrell live in the Dallas and Tulsa area. The Peter and Krystal Morrell family have a daughter, Alexandra. Tim's family of wife Veronika and daughter Meteja and son Brennan live in Cody, Wyoming. Myrt's immediate surviving Blasey family members are brothers, Joe, John, Bob and Daniel along with sisters Patty and Kathy. Myrt has been enjoying watching all of her grandchildren grow up and niece and nephew Bryan and Sarah compete in their sports.
The funeral service is to commence at 11:00 am on Friday, September 2nd. The mass will be held at St. Joseph's church in Ada, Minnesota. The celebrants of the mass are Father James Buckley of St. Patrick's of Omaha and the parish priest, Father Joe DeCrans. Myrt's final resting place will be at the Ada Municipal Cemetery in Ada next to her parents.
Adeline Nina Bolstad
(February 10, 1917 - May 6, 2012)
Adeline Bolstad, 95, of Fertile, Minnesota died on Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, May, 10, 2012, at 11am, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Visitation will be Wednesday, from 5:00-7:00pm, with a Prayer Service at 6:30pm at the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial will be in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota.
Elva Glendora (Hauge) Borslien
(August 18, 1933 - July 18, 2014)
Elva Borslien, 80, of Fertile, Minnesota, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.
Elva Glendora (Hauge) Borslien was born August 18, 1933, to Thomas and Alma (Christianson) Hauge in Woodside Township, Polk County, Minnesota. She attended Woodside Country School, District 156, for three years. She transferred to Mentor Public School, after the country school closed, graduating in 1952. After a few years working as a Nanny in Grand Forks, Elva took employment as a nursing assistant, at Pioneer Memorial Care Center, Erskine, Minnesota, where she worked for several years.
On November 16, 1974, Elva was married to Nelfred Borslien of rural Fertile. The couple engaged in farming until retiring and moved to Fertile. Nelfred and Elva worked at the Steam Thrashers Reunion in Rollag, Minnesota and enjoyed going to local events at churches, museums and towns. Elva entered the Riverview Care Center, Crookston, Minnesota, in December 2010. She transferred to the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in April 2012, where she resided until death.
Elva was preceded in death by her husband, Nelfred (2011), her parents, brothers: Sidney, Aurel, and Efnor; and a sister Lillian Moen.
She is survived by two brothers, Trygve (Beatrice) Hauge and Carrol (Mavis) Hauge, both in the Twin Cities, sister-in-law, Emma Borslien, Crookston, Minnesota, several other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Elva was an active member of Maple Bay Lutheran Free Church, where she was baptized, confirmed, and married. She enjoyed doing crafts, especially with ceramic figurines. In her later years she worked on word search puzzles. She remained active until the last few months and was a joy to the nursing home staff. Elva will be sorely missed by the family and all those who came to know her. While earthly sadness prevails the heavens are rejoicing that another dear saint has come home to joyful bliss.
Funeral: 11:00AM Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Maple Bay Free Lutheran Church, Maple Bay, Minnesota.
Burial: First Evanger Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota.
Pallbearers: Morris Klinger, Kari Moen Klinger, Wyman Christianson, Teresa Christianson, Karen Christianson, and Lunak Bennie Christianson.
Valborg (Ostun) "Val" Burslie
(September 19, 1918 - February 11, 2014)
Valborg "Val" Burslie, 95, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.
Val was born on September 19, 1918, to Helmer and Christina (Neslund) Ostun in Liberty Township, rural Fertile. She was baptized and confirmed at Varnes Lutheran Church, rural Fertile. Val attended country school at Sunny Brook District 67, near her home. After her schooling she worked at Johnson's Cafe, in Fertile.
On September 30, 1942, Val was united in marriage to Larry Burslie in Fertile. She had worked at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. During World War II, she and Larry moved to Mt. Vernon, WA, returning to Fertile shortly before the end of the war. She worked as a tax accountant, a cook at the Top Notch Drive In, and with Larry at home in their tax and insurance office.
Val was a life-long member of Concordia Lutheran Church, where she served with the Altar Guild, Ladies Aid, Circle, and Fair Meadow Guild. She was also a member of the Fertile American Legion Auxiliary. Val was awarded Citizen of the Year in 1986.
Val was noted for her good cooking. She especially enjoyed sharing her lefsa, baking goodies, fudge and divinity candy with friends and neighbors. Always energetic, even into her late eighties she could be found outside blowing snow in the winter and manicuring her lawn in the summer. As she became older she could still be found volunteering at the Fair Meadow nursing home and helping those friends who were not as spry as she was.
She enjoyed visiting her family wherever they were stationed whether in Panama, Germany or on the East Cost. She and Fertile provided a stable home base while they were in the Army. She will be remembered by family and friends for her hospitality and generous spirit.
Val is survived by one son, Bruce Burslie, and her daughter-in-law Yolanda, Burke, VA, two grandchildren, Melissa (Keith) Talbot and Kristina (John) Culkin, four great grandchildren, Ethan and Lucila Talbot and Lorelei and Colin Culkin, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Larry; infant son,
Jason; and her sisters: Mildred Roragen, Signe Walters, Hilda Habedank,
and Agnes Keith; and her brothers: Henry, Alfred, and William.
Funeral: Monday, February 17, 2014, at 11 A. M. at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile.
Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, in the spring.
Gifts and memorials may be made to the Fair Meadow Foundation.
Merlin H. Dale
(May 10, 1923 - November 14, 2012)
Obituary Desk Merlin H. Dale
Merlin H. Dale, 89, Shelly, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012, after a long battle with cancer, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fargo, North Dakota.
Merlin was born May 10, 1923, at Climax, Minnesota, the son of Henry and Ida (Rudd) Dale. He attended school in Climax before enlisting in the US Navy, serving during World War II. After his discharge he returned to the area. He was united in marriage to Arlene Gjerstad and they raised five children, Wayne, Craig, Bruce, Debra, and Terry. They had lived in Minneapolis and Crookston, Minnesota, before coming to Shelly in 1958. He operated the Shelly Meat Market for many years before retiring. Merlin was an active member of the Nielsville American Legion Post and Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church. He always cared for his vegetable garden and shared the harvest with many neighbors and friends.
Merlin is survived by his children, Wayne (Nancy) Dale, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Craig (Rose) Dale, New Ulm, Minnesota, Bruce (Julie) Dale, Lincoln, NE, Debra Dale, Sunnyside, WA, and Terry (Stephanie) Dale, Portland, North Dakota, one sister, Gladys Chandler, Portland, North Dakota, 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Arlene; and three
brothers: Harvey, Edgar, and Duaine.
Memorial Service: 10:30AM Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church, Shelly, Minnesota.
Burial: Marsh River Cemetery, Shelly, Minnesota.
Military Rites: Hubbard American Legion Post #336, Nielsville, Minnesota, and the Moorhead, Minnesota, National Guard Honors Unit.
Arrangements with Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home Halstad, Minnesota, (218-456-2000)
Lela Mae Fisher Dokken
(September 24, 1914 - April 10, 2012)
Lela Dokken, age 97, Beltrami, Minnesota, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Bridges Care Community Ada, Minnesota.
Lela Mae Fisher was born on September 24, 1914, to Reuben "Harry" and Ada (Bowman) Fisher in Raymond, Illinois. Lela moved with her family to Lockhart when she was 2 1/2 years old and later into Beltrami, Minnesota. She attended school at Lockhart through the 8th grade, and graduated from Beltrami High School in 1933. She continued her education and graduated in 1935, from a secretary course. On May 25, 1940, Lela was united in marriage to Harold Dokken at Crookston, Minnesota.
They farmed for a few years in the Beltrami area. During WWII, Lela worked in Fargo and Mississippi. As a writer, Lela wrote the Beltrami News article for the Fertile Journal for over 20 years and operated the Beltrami switch board for a period of time. She was a long time member of the Methodist Church of Beltrami. With a warm smile and gentle twinkle in her eye, Lela drew people to her. She enjoyed playing keyboard and sewing.
Lela is survived by one daughter, Phyllis Dokken, Beltrami; and a son, Bruce (Lucille), Thief River Falls, Minnesota; and three grandchildren: Harold (Kristine), Roseau, Minnesota, Matthew (Melody), Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and Monte, Thief River Falls, Minnesota; and one great-grandson, Austin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 1988; and by her
brothers: Ralph, Wayne, Earl, and Paul.
Funeral services will be on Friday, April 13, 2012, at 11 am in the Resurrection Free Lutheran Church, Beltrami, Minnesota.
Visitation: will be on Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 5-7 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm in the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial Fairview Cemetery, Beltrami, Minnesota,
Chase Charles Christianson
(February 3, 1990 - December 8, 2011)
Chase Charles Christianson, 21, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Thursday, December 8, 2011, in Fertile.
He was born on February 3, 1990, to Spencer and Lisa (Dupree) Christianson at Fargo, North Dakota. He was baptized Norman Lutheran Church and confirmed at Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, Minnesota. Chase graduated from the Fertile-Beltrami High School in 2008. From an early age to passing, he had actively worked with his family's beekeeping business. Throughout his life, Chase was active in many sports, wrestling and playing some baseball in high school. He also played basketball and football with friends. During the summer evenings he was either at the golf course snipin shots or at the softball field playing leftyball.
In autumn and winter he enjoyed hunting with family, especially his cousins Cole and Aaron, ice fishing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling Since he was a young child, Chase was playful with a joyful attitude that was infectious to all around him. You would often find him wearing flannel shirt, with a huge smile that drew everyone in to join in the fun. Always up for having a good time with friends, Chase was an entertaining fan at sporting events, rallying other to cheer the players to victory. Encouraging and caring for others allowed friends and family to see Chase's tender side. More than anything, Chase loved hanging with family and friends, who loved him no matter what shenanigans he got himself into. May God bless the memories we have of Chase.
Chase is survived by his parents, Spencer and Lisa Christianson, one brother Derek, and one sister Amanda, all of Fertile, grandparents Lyla Christianson of Twin Valley, Minnesota, Rosie Dupree of Nampa, ID, and Charles (LaVonne) Dupree of Breckenridge, Minnesota; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Stanley, 2004; and
godparents, Michael and Beverly Phelps; and one uncle, Charles Dupree Jr.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, December 15, 2011, 11 AM at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota. Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM with a prayer service at 8 PM Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota. Burial will be in the Norman Lutheran Cemetery, Norman County, Minnesota.
Aurora Catherine (Gervais) Deziel
(October 3, 1930 - March 1, 2014)
Aurora C. Deziel, 83, Mentor, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at her home in Maple Bay.
Aurora Catherine Gervais was born October 3, 1930, in Red Lake County, Minnesota. Her parents were Albert and Bertha (Truedeau) Gervais. She attended country school in Red Lake County. Aurora was united in marriage to Harry Deziel on October 5, 1949, in Gentilly, Minnesota. They raised their family in Grand Forks until they moved to Maple Lake. She had worked at Valley Memorial in Grand Forks and retired from the UND Rehab Center. In 1984, she became a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, in Fertile, Minnesota.
Aurora is survived by her children, Jean Jeffrey, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Gary (Kathy) Deziel, Thompson, North Dakota, Yvonne (Tim) Murray, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Cathy (Wayne) Strand, Las Vegas, NV, Tammy (Garry) Hillier, Thompson, North Dakota, Jack (Diane "Duke") Deziel, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Pat (Roxanne "Rocky") Deziel, Mentor, Minnesota, Keven (Ann) Deziel, Mentor, Minnesota, 18 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, two brothers, John (Joyous) Gervais, Mesa, AZ, Albert Jr., Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, one sister, Teresa LaPlante, Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry; son Dale;
grandson, Gregory Jeffrey; son-in-law, Dale Jeffrey;, and siblings, Andrew,
Norma, Gerard, Rita, Joe, and Paul.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00am, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in St Joseph Catholic Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.
Burial will be at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Gentilly, Minnesota,
Mae Elaine (Rodahl) Christianson
(October 21, 1928 - September 1, 2012)
Mae Elaine Christianson, 83, of Crookston, and formerly of rural Maple Bay, Minnesota, died on Saturday, September 1, 2012, at the Riverview Care Center , Crookston, Minnesota.
Mae was born on October 21, 1928, to Olaus and Josephine (Vigen) Rodahl in Holt, Minnesota. Mae grew up and attended Busy Bee Country School near her home, and moved to Oklee, Minnesota, where she attended Pleasant View Country School. Mae graduated from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, in 1947. While working at a Kife's Cafe in Thief River Falls, Mae met Arnold Christianson.
On November 23, 1952, Mae was united in marriage to Arnold Christianson at Thief River Falls. They made their home and raised their family on the farm in rural Mentor, Minnesota. She was employed by Lee's Nursery for 11 years, but for the most part, Mae was a wonderful farm wife and mother. They farmed until moving to Crookston in January of 2006; and Mae entered the Riverview Care Center in February 14, 2009. Mae was a former member of Hitterdal Lutheran Church, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and with the Ladies Aid. She was a current member of Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile and its ladies aid. Mae was also active in the Maple Bay Birthday Club, gathering with area women to celebrate birthdays together.
Eating homemade lefse, doughnuts and farm raised chicken dinners brought Mae's family and friends a lot of joy. Mae enjoyed nurturing her flower and vegetable gardens. Music, especially gospel music, soothed Mae's soul and encouraged her, along with her strong faith and trust in God. At the core of Mae's personality was her helping nature. Mae's deep love for her family, especially her grandchildren, was seen in her giving of herself to care and comfort. Spending time with family was her greatest joy.
Mae is survived by her, one son, Wyman (Teresa), rural Mentor, Minnesota, and their children, Eric, Bennie, Laura, Racheal, and Samantha; two daughters: Vonnie Christianson, Crookston, Minnesota, and Karen (Matt) Lunak, rural Mentor, Minnesota, and their children: Mariah and Savannah; and great-grandchildren: Jackie, Sarah, Katelyn, and Alex; Paxton, Parker, and Penny; Stormi, Vada and Axel; and; one sister, Gladys West, Whittier, CA; and several cousins, nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold, on September
6, 2008; one grandson, Jason Christianson, July 14, 2012; her siblings:
Norman, Orris, Lester, Julian, Clarice Clemmons, Eleanor Hopper, Victor,
Cora Johnson, and LeRoy.
Funeral services will be in the Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, Minnesota, at 11 AM on Thursday, September 6, 2012.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 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 Hitterdal Lutheran Cemetery, Maple Bay, Minnesota.
Dale Allen Deziel
(February 14, 1953 - March 26, 2013)
Dale Allen Deziel, 60, of Mentor, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Altru Health Systems, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Dale was born February 14, 1953, in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, to Harry and Aurora (Gervais) Deziel. He was the third of nine children.
Dale married Sheila O'Halloran in 1978, and lived in Arizona. They have one son Eric. Dale moved back to Minnesota, where he lived at Maple Lake, until he passed away.
He is survived by his mother, Aurora, his son, Eric, eight siblings: Jean (Dale) Jeffrey, Gary (Kathy) Deziel, Yvonne (Tim) Murray, Cathy (Wayne) Strand, Tammy (Garry) Hillier, Jack (Duke) Deziel, Pat (Rocky) Deziel, Keven (Ann) Deziel and friend, Sheila Deziel.
Dale was preceded in death by his father Harry.
Memorial service will be on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 2 PM in the St Joseph Catholic Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial will be at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Gentilly, Minnesota
Fr. Joe Richards, Celebrant
Pallbearers: Julian Trudeau, Dick Paquin, and Dave Paquin.
Honorary Pallbearers: Bobby Deziel, Jeffrey Deziel, Corey Deziel, Paul Deziel, Jeffrey Deziel, Jason Deziel, Billy Murray, Andy Hillier, Kenny Deziel, Blake Deziel, Derek Deziel, Dylan Deziel, and Nate Deziel.
Interment: St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery Gentilly, Minnesota,
Lorraine Charlotte Carlson
(March 24, 1924 - March 15, 2011)
Lorraine Charlotte Carlson, 86, of Fertile, Minnesota, formerly of Beltrami, Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at Riverview Care Center, Crookston, Minnesota.
She was born March 24, 1924, in Crookston, to Fred and Mary (Zeibeck)
Heidrich. She attended Crookston High School, graduating in 1942. On
April 21, 1945, Lorraine was united in marriage to Ray Carlson at First
Presbyterian Church, Crookston. They made their home on the family farm
north of Beltrami. Lorraine started her career as an operator for North
Western Bell Telephone Co., and then concentrated her efforts as mother
After her boys entered school she worked as a sales clerk for Sears
and Roebuck later moving to Ben Franklin. In 1989, Ray and Lorraine moved
to Northwood, North Dakota. After Ray passed away in 1992, Lorraine followed family
to Fertile, Minnesota, in 1993. She was well known for the pies she baked at Eats
and Antiques Restaurant. Lorraine entered Riverview Care Center October 2010.
Riverview's staff blessed her with their wonderful care. Hospice of the
Red River Valley complimented her care as Lorraine's cancer progressed.
Lorraine had a secure faith in Jesus Christ and was a member of Beltrami
United Methodist Church. Her church family was near and dear to her heart.
Actively involved in the Beltrami United Methodist Women's society, engaged
in serving, quilting and spending time with other Christian women.
Lorraine lived an active life, camping, traveling, sewing, embroidering,
baking, gardening, playing cards, cooking meals and mowing her own lawn
with a push mower well into her 80's. At times she could be extremely
independent, determined to accomplishing things on her own. With a laugh,
genuine smile, and twinkle in her eye, she always let others know exactly
what she thought. Lorraine truly enjoyed gatherings and being surrounded
by family. She was very intentional with her grandchildren and
Lorraine is survived by her son, Dwain (Gail) Carlson, Warroad, Minnesota;
two daughters-in-law: Connie (Dan) Korynta, Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Peggy
(Don) Gallagher, Crookston; grandchildren: Scott and Shane Carlson, Warroad;
Luke (Reinette) Carlson, Woodland, CA; Lorrie (Tim) Prosje, Crookston;
Joshua (Jennifer) Carlson, The Woodlands, TX; Joy (Bill) Dale, Moorhead,
MN; Anna Carlson, Crookston; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, and
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray (1992); two sons, Gary
(1997) and Donald (2000); two brothers, Otto Heidrich and Carl Heidrich;
and one sister, Kathryn Yuergens.
Funeral Service held on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at United Methodist
Church in Beltrami, Minnesota
Pastor Grant Speece, Officiating Scripture Reading Isaiah 40:12-31, Ecclesiastics 3:1-15 John 14:1-3, 18-19, 25-27
Pallbearers: Scott Carlson, Shane Carlson, Luke Carlson, Lorrie Prosje, Joshua Carlson, Joy Dale, and Anna Carlson.
Interment Fairview Cemetery Beltrami, Minnesota, In the spring.
Cody Warren Christianson
(August 14, 1996 - February 26, 2013)
Cody Warren Christianson, 16, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at Riverview Hospital, Crookston, Minnesota.
He was born on August 14, 1996, to Jon and Lindi (Reese) Christianson at Crookston, Minnesota. Cody was baptized at Norman Lutheran Church, Bear Park, Minnesota, and confirmed his faith on June 17, 2012, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile. He attended the Fertile-Beltrami School District until the winter of 2013, when he transferred to Red Lake Falls High School, Red Lake Falls, Minnesota.
Cody was an active young man. Working with his father and brother, Cole, and several friends, in the family business, "Christianson Custom Services", brought him great pride and a sense of accomplishment. Being outdoors was Cody's life. Hunting deer, ducks, and geese were fall passions. Winter brought out the snowmobiles, snowboards, and hockey skates. Swamp logging, wakeboarding and tubing were summer activities. Animals of all kinds, especially Sandy (Cody's dog) and horses, revealed the gentle side of Cody. He was very athletic enjoying football, hockey, basketball, and leftyball. Cody had a tremendous love for his family and friends that was seen in his allegiance and presence in good and bad times.
Cody leaves behind his parents, Jon and Lindi, Fertile; his brother, Cole, Fertile; grandparents, Matt and Cheryl Reese, Mentor, Minnesota, and Lyla Christianson, Twin Valley, Minnesota; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is united with his grandfather, Stanley Christianson; aunt and uncle, Beverly and Michael Phelps; cousin, Chase Christianson; and great-grandparents: Warren and Elsie Miller, William and Mary Reese, William and Alma Leines, and Bennie and Nellie Christianson.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 4, 2013, at 11 AM in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Visitation will be on Sunday, March 3, 2013, from 3-5 PM with a Prayer Service at 4:30 PM at the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial will be in the Norman Lutheran Cemetery, Bear Park, Norman County, Minnesota.
Pastor Phil Larsen, Officiating
Pallbearers: Cole Christianson, Derek Christianson, Brandon Brough, Aaron Vatthauer, Brad Evans, Adam Reese, Brandt Lenz, and Trent Vesledahl.
Verla Mae (Billing) Doeden
(November 2, 1936 - August 16, 2013)
Verla Doeden, 76, of Nielsville, Minnesota, went to be with her Savior on Friday, August 16, 2013 at the Halstad Living Center in Halstad, Minnesota.
Verla Mae Billing was born November 2, 1936, near Fertile, Minnesota, one of eight children of Rudy and Ruth (Balstad) Billing. She was baptized at the Varnes Lutheran Church, rural Fertile and later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Beltrami, Minnesota. She attended school and graduated from Fertile High School. She started singing at a very young age and music continued to be a big part of her life, including teaching herself to play piano and singing at various events and in church.
Verla was also a talented softball player where her team won the
championship game when she was 16 years old. Verla was united in marriage
to Elmer Doeden on August 28, 1954, in Beltrami. They first lived in
Cummings, North Dakota, followed by Grand Forks, and in 1960 moved to Nielsville,
MN where they lived the remainder of their lives, and together raised
their three daughters, Penny, Sandy, and Linda. She worked for various
area farmers during the harvest season, as a Nielsville School cook
where many students remember her smiling face, and for the Postal
Service from 1987 to 2004 as Postmaster in Nielsville. She was a
devoted member of St. Petri Lutheran Church in Nielsville where she
held many positions of leadership and taught Sunday School for many
Verla was also active in community organizations, American
Legion Auxiliary, and a 4-H leader. Her passions in life were her
family, friends and her faith. She was an exceptional gardener and chef,
and took pride in keeping a tidy house and yard. She graciously welcomed
visitors into her home where they were always served a full meal or at
least coffee, sandwiches, and many of her delicious baked goods. She
always made time for her family and friends and always had a kind word
about everyone. She was a knowledgeable, generous, yet humble woman.
In her spare time, Verla was a faithful Minnesota, Twins fan, watching every game she could. After Elmer's death, she continued to live at home before health problems caused her to enter the Halstad Living Center in February of 2013. Verla was a kind, compassionate, and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She touched the lives and hearts of so many and will be dearly missed.
Verla's memory will be forever cherished by her three daughters: Penny
(Mike) Morse, Moorhead, Minnesota, Sandy (Myles) Efta, Greenbush, Minnesota, and Linda
(Jerry) McBain, Moorhead, Minnesota; 12 grandchildren:, Angie Baird, Chris (Amy)
Efta, J.J. (Leslie) Efta, Dusty Efta, Danielle (Josh) Gunderson, Deven
(fiance Kimmy) Efta, Dayne (Briana) Efta, Erin Efta, Brittney (fiance
Reed) McBain, Brandon McBain, Jordyn McBain, and Tanner McBain; seven
great-grandchildren: Sonya, Kassie, Aryk, Jon, Alize, Finley, and Jade;
one brother, Darrell (Fannie Jean) Billing, Wichita Falls, Texas; two
sisters, Sheryl (Gary) Cariveau, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, and Diane
Bradley, Dalton Gardens, ID, three sisters-in-law, Carolyn Billing,
Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Jolene Billing, Crookston, Minnesota, and Theresa Billing,
Beltrami, Minnesota, two brothers-in-law, Leroy (Jan) Doeden, West Fargo,
ND, and Fred (Dee) Doeden, Dilworth, Minnesota, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Elmer; a sister,
Bonnie Webster; four brothers: Orelin, Eugene, Sherm, and a baby brother,
Jerry; and by a grandson, Ricky Efta.
May God richly bless the memory of Verla Mae Doeden. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of Halstad Living Center and Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Funeral Service: 11:00AM Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at St. Petri Lutheran Church, Nielsville, Minnesota, with the Rev. Valerian Ahles, presiding.
Visitation: Tuesday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service all at Fredrikson Valley Funeral Home, Halstad.
Burial: Sundet Cemetery, rural Nielsville, Minnesota.
Muriel Arlene (Hawley) Edlund
(August 30, 1933 - December 22, 2014)
Arlene Edlund, 81, of Fertile Minnesota, died on Monday, December 22,
2014, at the Villa St. Vincent nursing home in Crookston, Minnesota.
Muriel Arlene was born on August 30, 1933, to James and Verna (Kaffka)
Hawley in KauKauna, Wisconsin. She was baptized in Whittier, Calif., and
later confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Fertile. After
graduated from Whittier High School in 1951, she worked at Sears in the
accounting department and later in the office at Helm's Bakery.
Arlene met Arne in California through a mutual friend. They were married on October 22, 1954, and settled on the Edlund farm south of Fertile. Their five children were raised on a working family farm growing a variety of crops, tending dairy cattle and chickens, along with haying, gardening, and canning. Arlene worked a variety of jobs while an active partner with the farm and family: waitress at the Town and Country Cafe, driving potato truck for Brandt farms near Ada, Minnesota, clerking at Eide's Store for 20 years, and later working at Variety Plus in Fertile.
While she raised her children, she served as Girl Scout leader, Sunday school and VBS teacher, and Release Time instructor, sharing her love of God with many. Arne and Arlene were foster parents to three at-risk girls in their home for a few years, as well. This great love of children led her to volunteer in the Foster Grandparent Program at the Fertile-Beltrami School. She endeared herself to many young students through her love and attention to their education and personal well-being.
Arlene was an energetic big-city girl who grew to love the ways of Minnesota, farm life. She prospered both in the rural setting and in the small town environment. She spent her days actively engaged in the daily work of the farm, in her large productive gardens, and at her jobs in town. Above all, she kept her family first, dedicating herself as a wife, mother, and grandmother and accepting and caring for each person with gentleness and patience. She will be remembered for her positive attitude of laughter, hugs, and selfless action. She was intent on making everyone feel special. Her passion for sewing, knitting, and quilting became a personal mission of outreach to her family and countless others in need. Baby quilts and knitted baby sweaters found their way far and wide.
She made it a point to acknowledge her many blessings and was openly grateful for them. She cherished her husband and loved her family deeply and unconditionally. In later years as her health declined, she continued to be the hub of the family as they cared for her and gathered around her. Arlene was a compassionate, prayerful Christian woman who witnessed for Christ through her example of strength, kindness and faith. Blessed be her memory.
Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband Arne; son Rick;
brother Jerry Hawley; son-in-law Steven Josephson; brother-in-law H.R.
Rouse, brother- and sister-in-law Walter and Lucille Johnson.
Surviving family members are: daughters Sue (Lowell) Ostenson; Sharon Josephson; Sandy (Dean) Rasmussen; son Donovan (Dawn) Edlund. Fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren survive: Kris (Chad) Smith and Valerie; Angie (Jay) Morgan and Evan; Ryan Edlund and Calissa, Adler, and Birdie; Eric Ostenson; Scott Ostenson and Mikkel; Kelsi and Houman Ghajari and Zal; Danielle Edlund and Madilyn; Beth (Erik) Fladhammer; Joey Rasmussen (fiancee Leslie); Katie (James) Inlow; Isaac (Hollie) Edlund; Hannah (Ethan) Pilger and Thorvin; Josh Edlund; Luke Edlund; and other cousins, nieces, and nephews. Also surviving are brother James (Lois) Hawley, Brush, CO; sister Priscilla Rouse, Stigler, OK; sister-in-law Annette (Ogden) Farder, Erskine, Minnesota.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, January 16, 2014, at 2:30 PM in the Resurrection Free Lutheran Church, Beltrami, Minnesota.
Burial will be in the spring at the South Side Cemetery, rural Fertile.
Jason Lloyd Christianson
(June 21, 1984 - July 14, 2012)
Jason Lloyd Christianson, 28, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, formerly of Mentor, Minnesota, died on Saturday, July 14, 2012, due to a traffic accident.
He was born on June 21, 1984, to Wyman and Lorna (Solberg) Christianson in Crookston, Minnesota. He attended school in Mentor, Fertile, Minot, North Dakota, and graduated from Irondale High School, the class of 2002, in New Brighton, Minnesota. Jason explored many career options in the first years after high school: telemarketing, Honey production, potato processing, tree cutting and landscaping.
He eventually was employed in the metal fabrication industry and found his niche. Jason served a four year apprenticeship for the Local #10 Sheet Metal Union. While working in Williston, Jason earned his Journeyman license. He was presently employed by Dakota, Metal Fabrication. Jason's artistic abilities were reflected in the work he did and the art he produced. He could draw blue prints and layouts to be fabricated and installed. Lately, Jason was developing a site on the family farm his family and friends call, "Jason's Place". He was an excellent pool player and enjoyed playing darts. Bowling and bonfires with friends and relatives filled some of his free time. Marilyn Monroe couldn't have had a bigger fan as Jason loved everything about her.
Flirting with women and "sleeping in until noon" on days off were activities he greatly enjoyed. Above all, Jason's willingness to help others in need shined above all else.
Jason is survived by his dad, Wyman (Teresa), Mentor; and his mother, Lorna Solberg; Crookston; his grandmother, Mae Christianson, Crookston; grandfather: Elroy Frank (Connie) Palmer, Minneapolis, Minnesota; paternal aunts: Karen (Matt) Lunak, Mentor; and Vonnie Christianson, Crookston; maternal aunts and uncles: Clifford (June) Palmer, Hawley, Minnesota; Charleen (Darin) Bekkedahl, Mentor; Loren Palmer, Spearfish, SD; Brian Palmer, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Jennifer (Patrick) Cross, Fort Collins, CO; Lorena (John) Merseth, Westin, OH; siblings: Eric (Michelle), Crookston; Laura (Brandon) Nienaber, Mentor; Bennie, Mentor; Crookston; Amber Maygra, Fargo; Amanda Maygra and David Maygra, both of Crookston; Samantha (Mark) Skibicki, Mentor; and Racheal Skibicki, Fertile; cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Arnold; maternal
grandmother, Avis Fredrickson; great uncle, Lloyd Christianson; and cousin,
Funeral services will be on Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 11 AM on the Christianson Family Farm, rural Mentor, Minnesota.
Burial will be at the Hitterdal Lutheran Cemetery, Maple Bay, Minnesota.
Pastor Phil Larsen, Officiating
Pallbearers: Billy Feltus, Chuck Ness, Bennie Christianson, Brandon Nienaber, Mark Shaver, Mike Matchett, David Maygra, Jason Horton, Brandon Eastman, and Eric Christianson
Marion Elenore Efteland
(December 28, 1918 - September 18, 2014)
Marion Elenore Efteland, a native of Shelly, Minnesota, passed away September 18, 2014 at the Halstad Living Center, at the age of 95.
Marion Elenore Efteland was born December 28, 1918 to Henry and Ida (Moe) Efteland in rural Shelly. She grew up on the family farm, attended Climax High School and graduated from Moorhead State Teachers College, Moorhead, Minnesota. Marion taught elementary school for many years. Her early career included positions in Rush City, Minnesota, and LaFayette, Minnesota. She later moved to Brainerd, where she taught third grade for thirty years. In early 1980's, Marion retired from teaching and returned to Shelly, where she was an active member of the community, including the former Zion Lutheran Church.
Senior suppers and playing whist, every Monday, kept her active in her later years. She also loved the reminiscence and keep up with to Minnesota, Twins and Minnesota, Vikings. Marion volunteered in the local library for several years.
Marion was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Duane; a sister, Helen Sandberg; and a nephew, Brian Sandberg. She is survived by a nephew, Richard Sandberg of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Funeral Service: Monday, September 22, 2014, at 11:00am in Shelly Marsh River Lutheran Church, Shelly, Minnesota.
Visitation: One hour before the service at the church.
Burial: Shelly Cemetery, Shelly, Minnesota.
Roger Allan Ek
(January 7, 1947 - November 23, 2013)
Roger A. Ek, 66, Fertile, Minnesota, died Saturday, November 23, 2013, at his residence.
Roger Allan Ek was born January 7, 1947, at Ada, Minnesota, the son of Orville and Winona (Olson) Ek. He was baptized and confirmed at Gary (MN) Lutheran Church. He graduated with the class of 1966 of Gary High School. Following high school, he worked near St. Cloud, Minnesota, at a turkey plant for a few years. He entered the United States Army and served until in Germany until his discharge in 1973.
Roger started working for Abbot, Arne & Schwindt Construction Company for a few years and then for Barbarossa Sewer and Water Construction Company of Osseo, Minnesota. He later worked for American Crystal Sugar during the harvest seasons. In 1991 he started working at Dee Inc. of Crookston, Minnesota, where he worked for 18 years until he retired in 2009. He had lived most of his years around Fertile as he worked for the various companies.
Roger enjoyed times getting together with his family and friends, playing whist, and dice games. He also enjoyed his hunting and fishing trips and all of his pairs of cowboy boots.
Roger is survived by his brothers, Ronald (Linda) Ek, McIntosh, Minnesota, and Robert (Ann) Ek, Fairfax, VT, his sisters, Randi (Trafton) Munson, Fertile, Rosalie (Mark Orre) Ek, Monticello, Minnesota, Renee Goodin, Fertile, and Roxanne (Dale) Scully, Salisbury, NC, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins, and special friends, Dennis and Sharon Johnson, Twin Valley, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his parents; by a nephew, Anthony Ek; and by
a niece, Staci Lyn Munson.
Funeral service: Gary Lutheran Church, Gary, Minnesota
11:00 am, Friday, November 29, 2013
Officiating: Pastor John Ahola and Pastor Norm Gullingsrud.
Pallbearers: Kevin Ek, Sheldon Ek, Dean Olson, Dan Geray, Mark Morinville, and Brad Erickson
Burial: Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Twin Valley, Minnesota.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Twin Valley.
Saundra Janean (Brock) Christensen
(January 25, 1940 - March 30, 2012)
Saundra Janean Christensen, 72, of Fertile, Minnesota, formerly of Kansas,
died on Friday, March 30, 2012, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home,
She was born in Joplin, Missouri, to Everett and Dorothy
(McIntosh) Brock on January 25, 1940. Saundra attended and graduated
from Plainview High School, Wichita, Kansas, in 1958. Saundra was united
in marriage to Gary Christensen in Wichita, KS. They lived in Dallas,
Texas and Garland Texas, before moving back to Kansas in the early 1990's.
In the early 2000's, Saundra moved to Fertile, Minnesota. Saundra had
a deep love for family and friends. She attended Hope Evangelical
Free Church, Fertile. Baking, sewing, working puzzles and collecting
cabbage patch doll's and angels filled her time. Saundra is survived
two brothers: Larry (Dolores) and Jimmy (Becky) both of Wichita, KS;
several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Special friends in the community
are members of Hope Evangelical Free and Norma and Nikki Rodvik,
Fertile. Services are pending in Kansas.
Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, MN; www.eriksonvikfh.com
James Russell Erikson
(March 5, 1924 - January 23, 2014)
James Russell Erikson, 89, died on January 23, 2014 at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
He was born at home in rural Fertile, Polk County, on March 5, 1924, to Herman and Elma (Erickson) Erikson. James grew up and attended Nelson Country School, District #70, in his home. After graduation from grade school, James attended Northwest School of Agriculture, he graduated in 1942. James farmed with his father until he purchased the farm. This farm was homesteaded by James' grandparents who emigrated from Sweden. When he started farming, they used horses; then in the 1930s, bought a GP John Deere with steel wheels. In 1940, they bought an H John Deere and, in 1948, they bought their first John Deere combine. James also did custom corn picking for area farmers. He had a herd of Hereford cattle he took pride in. For many years, James sold Pioneer Corn seed to area farmers. In 1956, James traveled to Norway and Sweden, visiting relatives in Sweden.
In 1973, he traveled to Germany, where James purchased a Mercedes car and traveled to Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. He shipped the car back home and still owns the car. James also took many trips throughout the United States with the Farm Union bus tours. In 1980, James designed a home and had it built on the farm. He retired from farming in 1990, and planted apple trees and made a container garden. He continued to live on the farm until entering the Fair Meadow Nursing Home.
In December of 2013, James received salvation and requested to be
baptized. James traveled to Alaska 16 times to fish salmon and halibut
and, sometimes, hunted moose. Tony Jagol and he canned salmon in pint and
quart jars to bring home. He had the opportunity to fish in the Baltic
Sea, off Virgin Island, Mexico, Canada and in Minnesota. One of his
favorite lakes was Pike Lake, where he got his largest walleye. James
hunted pheasants in South Dakota, Nebraska and here. He always hunted
duck and goose, as well as, deer in the area. Several times, James
hunted moose in Canada for many years with friends. He had spent time
canoeing in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota.
James was an easy person
to visit with, had a great sense of humor and was a friend to many. James
was a lifetime member of the International Order of Good Temples. He was
active in Farmers Union, he served on the Garfield Township Board for
many years, volunteer at Sr. Meals, Sr. Club, and Fair Meadow Nursing
Home. He served on Southside Cemetery board as president. He was an
avid collector of fox figurines.
James is survived by two sisters: Glendora Ficken and Betty Floan,
both of Fertile; nephews: Art (Eileen) Gundell, Bob (Beverly) Gundell,
Wayne (Karen) Floan, and Brian(Pam) Floan; nieces: Wanda (Kenny) Visser,
Brenda (Steve) Johnson, and Julie Rensland and great nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Herman and Elma; niece Judy
Reinke and nephew Bert Floan.
Memorial service 2:00pm Monday, January 27, 2014 at Erikson-Vik Funeral
Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Inurnment: South Side Cemetery, rural Fertile, Minnesota.
Donald Leroy "Donnie" Ellegard
(March 3, 1927 - March 19, 2010)
Donald Leroy "Donnie" Ellegard, 83, Fertile, Minnesota, died Friday,
March 19th 2010, in his home.
Donnie was born on March 3, 1927, in the village of Fertile, to Andrew
and Julia (Halvorson) Ellegard. He was baptized and confirmed at Concordia
Lutheran Church of Fertile. He attended school in Fertile until February
20th, 1945 when he then entered the U.S Navy at the age of 17. He served
in the Pacific Theater at the end of World War II and was discharged from
the Navy on July 12, 1946. He then returned to Fertile and high school
through 1948. He was employed by Northern Pacific Railroad and U.S Post
On June 22, 1957, he was united in marriage to LaZona Anderson at Union Lake Church near Winger. Donnie worked at the Fertile Hatchery and Culligan until 1974 when Don and LaZona purchased the Gambles Hardware Store. "Don's Gambles" was open until 1983. Don was a rural mail carrier for the post office from 1983 until his retirement in 1998. LaZona passed away on November 27, 2000.
Donnie was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, the American Legion, the Fertile Jaycees & the Community Club. Donnie served the Fertile Baseball Association for 15 years, the Fair Meadow Nursing Home Board for 10 years, served as the City Clerk of Fertile for 15 years, and a member of the Fertile Fire Department for 22 years. Donnie will be remembered for his love of family times, growing huge gardens, taking care of his birds, and his endless supply of jokes and stories.
Donnie is survived by two sons, Todd (Holly) of Harwood North Dakota, Nathan (Jayne) of Plymouth Minnesota, a daughter Sheri (Rick) Reilly of Fargo North Dakota, two grandsons- Connor and Tyler, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; by his parents; by two sisters,
Esther and Viola; and by six brothers: Wallace, Alvin, Elmer, Walter, Stanley, and Goodwin.
Funeral Service: 11:00AM Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota
Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota, (218-945-6141)
Howard Milton Erickson
(September 3, 1922 - January 27, 2014)
Howard Milton Erickson, 91, died on January 27, 2014, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Howard was born in Herman, Minnesota, on September 3, 1922, to Oscar and Edna (Johnson) Erickson. He moved with his family to Dilworth, Minnesota, where he attended school and graduated from Moorhead High School, Moorhead, Minnesota. He enlisted in the US Army in 1942, and was later honorably discharged. In 1946, Howard began teaching in Fertile-Beltrami School District.
On March 31, 1947, Howard was united in marriage to Mona Sandberg at Fertile. They operated the H&M Grocery Store until 1956, when they moved to Hawley, Minnesota, and Howard taught Social Studies and coached basketball. In 1959, they moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota, and Howard taught Social Studies, as well as some coaching. He attended Mankato State Teachers College while working in Albert Lea, where he received his MA degree in Guidance Counseling. He then, in 1966, moved to and began working in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, as a guidance counselor, until he retired in the mid 1980's.
After retirement, they made their home in Sun City West, AZ. Mona died in 2005 and Howard moved to Summerfield apartments in Fertile in 2006. He entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in 2009. Howard was on the Board of Home Owner Association at Sun City West, AZ and a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile. He liked all sports: golf, baseball (Twins), football and basketball. He was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking. Being an avid walker, Howard stayed fit and was able to meet and see many things.
Howard is survived by one son, William (Judie) Erickson, San Diego, CA; two granddaughters: Kara (John) Lamerato and Kate Erickson, both of San Diego, CA; one great granddaughter, Stella Lamerato; sisters-in-law: Karen Johnson, Joyce Downs, both of Fertile and Patti Schumann, Glenburn, North Dakota; and many nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mona; a sister, Phyllis Lasley; and
by a twin brother, Harold.
Services will be at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota. at 11:00am, Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Inurnment: Concordia Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota, immediately after service and lunch immediately after cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Fair Meadow Foundation or Concordia.
Arnold Harris Edlund
(June 20, 1927 - January 14, 2011)
Arnold Harris Edlund died on Friday, January 14th, 2011, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile, Minnesota.
He was born at the home of his parents, Albert and Helga (Mehle) Edlund on June 20th, 1927. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Fertile. Arne attended Oak View country school and graduated from Fertile High School in 1945. He was drafted into the US Army Signal Corp, serving 22 months until his honorable discharge in August 1947.
He returned to Fertile to work the family farm and raise dairy cattle. During this time, he spent two winters in California where he would meet his future wife, Arlene Hawley. They were married on October 22nd, 1954. Settling back on the farm south of Fertile, they raised their five children. After 1977, when Arne sold his dairy herd, he worked winters at Dahlgren's and American Crystal Sugar in Crookston, while continuing to farm. In 1992, he rented out his farm and helped his son, Don, with the sugar beet harvest. He also was a seasonal employee for Wild Rice Electric as a rural meter reader.
Arne enjoyed hunting and fishing in his earlier years, and later developed a real flare for gardening, growing flowers, and baking. He loved watching and caring for animals of all kinds. It was common to see a favorite cat in his lap. He kept watch on the farm crops and the weather and loved driving around the countryside to see the progress of the seasons and the wonders of nature. His heart was in the soil of his land, and it was difficult for him to leave that behind when he moved into the nursing home in November of 2010. Family and rural life were his true passions and the values of caring for the land and people, being honest and hard working, were lessons passed along to others by his daily living. A man of enduring patience and kindness, he always took an interest in others, ready to help without hesitation.
Through the years, he taught and lived a Christian life of humility, gratitude, and abiding love for God's creation. His many grandchildren and great grandchildren were a source of deep pride and happiness for him. His gentle ways, twinkling eyes, and warm smile leave an endearing presence on all those who knew him. Blessed be his memory.
Arne is survived by his wife of 56 years, Arlene; daughters Sue (Lowell) Ostenson of McIntosh; Sharon (Steve) Josephson, Fertile; Sandy (Dean) Rasmussen, Fertile; Donovan (Dawn) Edlund of Crookston. Fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Kris Edlund, Angie Edlund, Ryan Edlund (Calissa and Adler), Eric Ostenson, Scott (Erin) Ostenson (Mikkel), Kelsi Ostenson, Danielle Edlund (Madilyn), Beth Rasmussen, Joe Rasmussen, Katie Edlund, Isaac Edlund, Hannah Edlund, Josh Edlund, and Luke Edlund; two sisters survive; Lucille Johnson, Crookston; and Annette (Ogden) Farder of Erskine, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Surviving in-laws include: Priscilla Rouse, Stigler, OK; James and Lois Hawley, Brush, CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Rick, in 2003; two
brothers-in-law, H.R. Rouse and Walter Johnson.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, January 21, 2011, at 2:30 PM in the Resurrection Free Lutheran Church, Beltrami, Minnesota; Pastor Dale Finstrom, officiating.
Burial will be in the spring at the South Side Cemetery, rural Fertile.
Military Rites Fertile American Legion Post #237 Dean Rasmussen, Taps
Alf Rognald Eide
(November 4, 1922 - May 17, 2012)
Alf Rognald Eide, 89, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Thursday May 17, 2012 (den Syttende Mai), at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile. He was born November 4, 1922, one of eight children to Clara (Nelson) and Odd Eide. He was baptized November 5, 1922, and confirmed at Concordia Lutheran Church. He graduated from Fertile High School in 1940 and attended University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.
Alf returned to Fertile in 1941 and worked for his father in Eide Mercantile Co. He took over the business in 1952 with his brother Anders. His family's business celebrated a 100th Anniversary in 1982 and he retired in 1997 after serving the community for 115 years. In retirement he enjoyed visiting with family and friends and relaxing out at the cabin on Union Lake.
Alf married Verna Marie Sanden, daughter of Anna (Hillesland) and Roy Sanden on August 24, 1952 at 1st Lutheran Church in Mahnomen, Minnesota. They were blessed with children: Helen Jean, James, John & Lisa. Alf was active in the Fertile community in Cub and Boy Scouts, Concordia Lutheran Church where he was a member of the board of trustees, Sunday school teacher and Luther League advisor. He was a member of the Fertile Community Club where Alf was president and director and in 1981 was chosen as Citizen of the Year. Alf was a charter member of the Fertile Lions Club and has served as secretary, director and named Melvin Jones Fellow. He was a member of the Minnesota, Grocers Association. He was involved with the Ski Devil ski area as an initial investor, and in later years as a volunteer at the Fertile Environmental Center.
Alf is survived by his wife, Verna, sons James (Sally Jo), West Fargo, North Dakota; John (Lina), Fargo, North Dakota; a daughter, Lisa Bartholomew (John Bartholomew) Richland, WA; four grandchildren David & Thomas Eide, Maxwell & Isabel Bartholomew, many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Odd & Clara; brothers: Arne,
Anders, Arvid & Roald; sisters: Anna, Alfhild, and Agnes; and by two
daughters, Helen Jean and a baby daughter.
Funeral: Tuesday May 22, 2012, at 11AM in Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile Minnesota.
Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota,
Audrey Lorraine (Simley) Gilbertson
(July 15, 1924 - April 25, 2010)
Audrey Lorraine (Simley) Gilbertson, 85, of Fertile, Minnesota,
formerly of Finley, North Dakota, died on Sunday, April 25, 2010, at the
Riverview Hospital, Crookston, Minnesota.
Audrey was born on July 15, 1924, to Melvin and Josephine (Hogen) Simley
at Finley, North Dakota. She attended Finley School District, graduating
in May of 1942, as Valedictorian of her class. While in school, Audrey
drummed for marching bands and contests of all sorts. She also served
as the secretary for the Superintendent all through high school. After
graduating, she worked various jobs in the courthouse for her Dad, since
he was County Judge and Clerk of Court for 16 years. In 1944, Audrey and
three girlfriends went to San Francisco looking for work.
Since the war was on, they found good jobs with the Navy. Her stay was
shortened because she became engaged to Arvid Gilbertson before she left.
They were married on June 7, 1946, in Finley. They made their home on a
farm, where they raised cows, sheep, and grain. Their family was blessed
with the two children—Kathleen and Mark. After the children were in high
school, Audrey was employed in various part time jobs—secretary of Finley
Farmers Elevator, Steele County Treasurer, and at First State Bank of Sharon for 12 years. Arvid passed away on November 3, 1984, on the home farm they loved so much. Audrey continued to live on the farm for the next six years with the help of Mark and Kathy's families. In 1990, Audrey moved to Finley for the next several years. She moved to Summerfield Apartments, Fertile, in September of 2001, and entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in August of 2005. Audrey enjoyed making things out of cloth with her fingers and sewing machine. She made clothing for herself and family and church quilts for people all over the world. She crocheted and knitted doilies and afghans, as well as fancy dish towels. Audrey also enjoyed texture painting. To say Audrey appreciated her family is an understatement—she loved and adored them.
Those who survive Audrey are her two children, Mark and Cyndy, Belgrade, MT, and Kathy and Glenn Netland, Fertile, Minnesota; six grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Alice Simley, Finley, North Dakota, Mabel Anderson, Finley, North Dakota, Helen Oby, St. Thomas, North Dakota, and Della McKenzie, Denver, CO; several nephews, nieces and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, Truman Simley, two sisters, Ethelyn Vareberg, and Mildred Roske.
Funeral Services held Thursday, April 29, 2010, Concordia Lutheran Church Fertile, Minnesota; Pastor Carl Hansen, officiating.
Pallbearers: Audrey's Grandsons: Scott Netland, Timothy Netland, Daniel Netland, Kory Gilbertson, David Riegert, and Travis Westervelt.
Honorary pallbearers: Kelsy Gilbertson, Amanda Riegert, Jan Netland, Laura Johnson -- Audrey's great-grandchildren.
Interment Pastor Denise Parrello, Officiating Ostervold Lutheran Cemetery Finley, Minnesota,
Stanley D. Foldoe
(June 16, 1931 - September 21, 2012)
Stanley D. Foldoe, 81, Anoka, Minnesota, died Friday, September 21, 2012, in Minneapolis.
Born June 16, 1931 and was raised in Mentor, Minnesota, and passed away Sept. 21, 2012. He was a proud Marine who served in Korea and later had a long career at Midland Coop in Fridley, Minnesota, and worked part time at Totino Grace High School.
Preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Anna (nee Linder): two sisters and three brothers.
Survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley (nee Geddes); daughters, Kim (Dan) Ness, Shawn Foldoe; sister, Wilma (Anton) Olesen; brother, Les (Elaine) Foldoe; grandchildren, Dustin (Karen) Ness, Blair Ness (friend Katie Gross), Kristina Ness; great-grandchildren, Elliot Ness, Flynn Ness.
Memorial Service: 1:30 PM Friday, September 28, 2012, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, rural Ada.
Robert Leroy Gnadt
(March 10, 1924 - December 4, 2013)
Robert "Bob" Gnadt, 89, longtime McIntosh, Minnesota, resident, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at McIntosh Senior Living.
Robert Leroy Gnadt was born to John and Laura (Gilsoul) Gnadt on his family's farm south of Beltrami, Minnesota, on March 10, 1924. He was raised and educated in Ada, Minnesota. Robert enlisted in the US Navy during WWII, as a Seaman First Class. He served in the Pacific from 1942 to 1944, before his honorable discharge. Upon his discharge, he returned to Minnesota, where he went into his life-long profession as a barber. He also enjoyed spending time fishing and woodworking. Robert married Doreen Bennefeld in 1945. To this union, two daughters were born, Jeri and Janie.
Preceding Robert in death were his parents, John and Laura, brothers, John (Jack), Charles "Chuck", and Laurence "Pete", and two sisters, Hazel Gnadt Oslund, and Raima Gnadt Doeden. He is survived by his daughters, Jeri Knudtson, Colorado Springs, CO and Jane (Tony) Bauer from Nisswa, Minnesota, many nieces and nephews, and one sister-in-law, Orlaine Gnadt, of Ada, Minnesota.
Funeral: 1:00 Friday, December 27, 2013, at Fredrikson Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota.
Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home.
Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, rural Ada, Minnesota.
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