Polk County Obituaries
Robert Ray "Bob" Remark
(February 19, 1924 - December 1, 2010)
Robert (Bob) Remark, 86, of Fertile, Minnesota, died Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at Riverview Hospital, Crookston, Minnesota.
He was born on February 24, 1924 in Ada, Minnesota to Alfred and Clarice
(Pfund) Remark. In 1942, Bob graduated from the Ada High School, joining
the US Army during World War II along with many of his classmates. After
serving at a training base in Florida, Bob requested overseas duty. He
soon landed in Naples, Italy, and was transported to a forward operating
base near Rome. Bob was scheduled to join a combat team at the front lines
but the night before the transfer, an officer came through the camp asking
if anyone could type. Bob raised his hand and became a clerk for the
remainder of the war. His typing skills saved his life, since all the
men in his tent were killed in action by a Nazi Messerschmitt Fighter
on their way to the front. Bob returned to Ada after the war and
graduated with an accounting degree from the University of North
Dakota in 1950.
He married Sharon Austinson of Fertile, Minnesota, on November 8, 1952. After working as a sales rep for Dakota Electric for several years, Bob decided to study law at the University of North Dakota, graduating in 1958. He joined Sharon's father, Joseph Austinson, at his Fertile Law Office, practicing law in for 37 years. He served as Assistant Public Defender for the State of Minnesota for several years. Bob was president of the Fertile-Beltrami School Board, Concordia Lutheran Church Board, and served on the Fertile city council. Bob loved to sail his 16' Hobie Cat Catamaran at several lakes where he and Sharon had a travel trailer.
He took up photography as a hobby. For years, he took pictures of the local high school sports teams, eventually adding weddings gigs to his weekends. He was handy with a chainsaw and loved to spend time outdoors at he and Sharon's place near the Sand Hill River.
Bob is survived by his wife, Sharon; son Richard (Deanna) and their daughters: Trisha, Lindsey, Juliana, Brittney; son Paul and his sons, Joe and Matt; son Steve (Dianna) and their daughter, Hayley; son Roger (Megan) and their daughter Sydney, and son Gavin; sister Betty Johnson of Ada; brother Louis (Dorothy) of Moorhead.
Bob was preceded in death by granddaughter Jordan Remark, and his parents.
Memorial services will be on Monday, December 6, 2010, at 10:30 am in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota; Pastor Carl Hansen, Officiating.
Military Rites Fertile American Legion Post #237
Intement Concordia Lutheran Cemetery Fertile, Minnesota In the spring.
Timothy Eric Omlid
(January 1, 1962 - January 14, 2012)
Timothy "Tim" Omlid, 50, of Gary, Minnesota, died on Saturday, January 14, 2012, at his residence in rural Fertile, Minnesota.
Timothy Eric Omlid was born January 1, 1962, to Halvor and Gladys (Erstad) Omlid in Crookston, Minnesota. He was the seventh of eight children who grew up on the family farm near Sundal. Tim was baptized and confirmed at the Sundal Lutheran Church. He attended Gary Public School; graduating in 1980. After High School he went to work custom combining for the summer. He moved to Texas and worked in the oil tool business for a year before returning to Gary.
After a life changing accident in 1982, Tim went to Georgia and then on
to California where he lived until 1988. He then moved back to the family
farm in Gary and lived there until his death. Tim played football and
basketball in school and was a tough competitor. He loved to ride
motorcycles and snowmobiles; he enjoyed anything with a motor. He liked to
work on his cars and trucks. Tim also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Some of
his most favorite times were spent with his hunting buddies out at Rydell
Refuge. His love for the outdoors was strong, even if it meant just sitting
on the front porch in the sunshine. He loved his yard and wore out a couple
lawnmowers proving it.
Tim was well known and loved going for drives around the neighborhood with
his faithful dog, Angel. He enjoyed chatting on the phone with so many of
his good friends and relatives, as long as you did not call during the
Viking game or if there was a NASCAR race on TV. He would then make the
conversation rather short. Tim was a bachelor all of his life.
He had many nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews. He always looked forward to family get togethers and the dinners that came with them. He was a great cook and always happy to get a new cook book. Being very proud of his Norwegian heritage, Tim always said the dinner prayer before each meal, in Norwegian. He had just moved in to his new house and was very proud of it.
Tim is survived by three brothers: Chuck (Dona), San Antonio, TX, James (Mei), Freemont, CA, Thomas (Colleen), Lake George, Minnesota; three sisters: Carol (Stan) Andvik, Fargo, North Dakota, Margo (Virgil) Ollila, Menahga, Minnesota, Terese Michaels, Doylestown, PA; one sister-in-law: Arlene Omlid, St. Cloud, Minnesota; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Daryl who died in 2010, and a great nephew, Brett McArthur.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at Sundal Lutheran Church, Rindal, Minnesota Visitation will be Friday, Jan 20th from 5:00-7:00PM with a Prayer Service at 7:00pm at the church.
Burial will be at Sundal Lutheran Cemetery. Pastor Jon Ahola, Officiating.
Blanche Olson (Sulerud)
(March 8, 1913 - July 9, 2012)
Blanche Olson, 99, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Monday, July 9, 2012, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.
She was born March 8, 1913, to Christ and Emily (Rishof) Sulerud of Gary, Minnesota. She was baptized and later confirmed at the Gary Lutheran Church. Blanche attended District #100 Country School in Strand Township, Norman County. Following her schooling, Blanche helped with household and farm work for her family and neighbors.
On September 27, 1941, Blanche was united in marriage to Oliver B. Olson at McIntosh, Minnesota. They lived west of Fertile on a farm till they retired in 1970, and then moved to Fertile. Oliver and Blanche always had their home open to friends and those in need. Oliver died in 1977. Blanche was a long time member of Concordia Lutheran Church, where she was active in the circles, quilting and church choir. She was a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and was given an award for 25 years of service.
Blanche was a longtime member of the 4-H program and the adult 4-H leadership program. Blanche loved life. She lived an active life keeping up with all kinds of sports -- baseball, volleyball, basketball and wrestling. She had a wonderful flower bed filled with flowers of all kinds. Baking cookies and pies for family and friends, especially neighborhood children, brought joy to Blanche. Volunteering at the nursing home and checking up on friends allowed her to stay involved in caring for those she loved. May God bless the memory of Blanche Olson.
Blanche is survived by her son, Byron, Fertile; and daughter, Jeanette (Gary) Renstrom, Kimball, Minnesota; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Byron II (Nikki) Olson, Clear Lake, South Dakota; and their children, Jerra, Cameron, McKenna and Garett Olson; and Andy (Patty) Olson, Red Lake Falls, Minnesota; and their children, Ashtin and Hunter; one brother, Ellsworth (Alta) Sulerud, Fertile; several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers: Russell, Herbert, and Earl; three sisters: Olive Eid, Mildred Rice, and Muriel Laabs. Pastor Dan Watland, Officiating
Pallbearers: Ron Bergemann, Leon Sulerud, John Lehman, Byron Olson II, Verdell Olson, and Andy Olson.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 10:30 am in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota. Visitation will be one hour before the services
Burial will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota
Warren Allen Willms
(October 6, 1936 - May 3, 2012)
Warren Allen Willms, 75, of Gully, Minnesota, died on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at the Villa St Vincent Care Center, Crookston, Minnesota.
He was born on October 6, 1936, to Jacob and Clara Willms in St. Paul, Minnesota. Warren grew up in the cities and spent many summers with his grandparents in Ulen, Minnesota. Following his schooling, Warren entered the United States Air Force May 11, 1954 and was honorably discharged on July 25, 1956.
Warren began working for Boeing in Seattle, Washington, moving back to Hastings, Minnesota, in the 1980's. In July of 1998, he and Rose Ranz moved to Gully, Minnesota, where they have lived since.
In early May, 2012, Warren entered the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Reading books and fishing kept Warren busy and Rosie's family shared their love with him.
Warren is survived by his beloved, Rosie Ranz, Fertile, Minnesota; her children: Joyce Rhode, Owatona, Minnesota, Bucky and Joyce Wright, Fertile, Linda and Rick Sanders, Gasburg, VA, Susan and Vance Balstad, Bemidji, Minnesota, Bob and Kathy Wright, Goodhue, Minnesota, Pearl and Paul Freude, Bemidji, Minnesota, and Butch Wright, Nerstand, Minnesota; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be on Friday May, 11, 2012, at the Erikson-Vik
Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota. Burial will be in the Bethlehem West
Cemetery, Ulen, Minnesota.
Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota,
Vincent Leroy "Vince" Wastweet
(December 29, 1926 - March 13, 2012)
Vince Wastweet, 85, Fargo, North Dakota, formerly Gary, Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at the Fargo VA Health Care System, Fargo, North Dakota.
Vincent Leroy Wastweet was born December 29, 1926, to Harry and Emma (Martinson) Wastweet near Fisher, Minnesota. Vince was the 4th of 8 children. Vince was raised on a farm north of Crookston until the family moved in 1939, to a farm Northeast of Gary. He attended country school through 8th grade near Fischer, Minnesota, and graduated from Gary High School in 1944. V
Vince began farming with his Dad, until he passed in July 1951. He was then drafted to serve in the Korean War in 1951, but received deferment for one year because his Dad died. He then left for the service October 1952. Vince stayed on in Korea and served until his discharge in 1954. Vince returned to the family farm near Gary for a couple years following the war. He had corresponded with Mary Ann Hagford of Northeast Minneapolis while in the war and she was attending nursing school. In the fall of 1956, he moved to Minneapolis, where he worked for Sanitary Dairy as a milk delivery man.
The couple was married on September 7, 1957, at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis. In the summer of 1957, Vince began working as a driver for a mason contractor Axel Ohmann in Minneapolis. The couple built their home in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, in 1958. They had four kids while living there; Kathy, Terry, Russ and Todd. The young family moved to the Wastweet family farm near Gary in February 1964, where they had four additional children; Sherry, Cindy, Ann and Julie. In early years, Vince worked for Russell Krogstad as a carpenter building homes in Crookston.
During their years on the farm Vince worked milking cows, raising cattle & hogs, grain farming among various jobs in the community; for Dennis Lindberg at Lakeland Seeds, TDS in Fertile. He was very active in serving the Lord at Sundal Lutheran Church over the years. Vince was also active in the Gary American Legion where he served as Commander and Financial Officer. In 1987 two families from across the world merged at the Wastweet Farm and the family grew by three more beautiful Brazilian daughters: Viviana, Stefania and Melissa. Vince and MaryAnn were able to travel to Brazil in 1998 to visit them and their parents. They also traveled around the country in their retirement years visiting cherished friends and family. Playing Shanghai Rummy all along the way!
Vince's pride and joy are his 15 grand kids: Chris, Tom, Erik, Cassie, Kayla, Cami, Andrew, Kelsey, Brittany, Shelby, Jane, Claire, Alex, Jake, Josh. Vince and MaryAnn moved to Edgewood Vista Senior Living in Fargo in January 2008. Vince took Jesus' hand to go on to Glory on March 13, 2012. Survived by his wife of over 54 years, MaryAnn (Hagford) Wastweet, Fargo, North Dakota; sons Terry (Carol), Barnesville, Minnesota; Russell, Fargo, North Dakota; Todd, Gary, Minnesota; son-in-law Peter Urseth, Minneapolis, Minnesota; daughters Sherry Wastweet, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Cindy (Todd) Kiester, Clinton, IA; Ann (Todd) Kukowski, Aitkin, Minnesota; and Julie (Paul) Wilson, Bismarck, North Dakota; 15 grandchildren; three sisters: Verla (Kenny) Johnson, Gary; Gladys Smith, Fertile; Janice (Richard) Koski, Fargo; one brother, Arlan (Carol), Audubon, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Emma (Martinson) Wastweet, daughter Katherine Urseth 2005; sisters: Elda Ranz, Evelyn Wastweet, and brother Alton Wastweet.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at at Sundal
Lutheran Church, rural Gary, Minnesota. Visitation will be Friday,
March 16th from 5-7 with a 6:30 Prayer Service at the Erikson-Vik
Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday, March 19th at 11:45am.
Alton L. Torkelson
(December 27, 1915 - October 11, 2010)
Alton L. Torkelson, 94, Ada, Minnesota, died Monday, October 11, 2010, at Bridges Care Community, Ada, Minnesota.
Alton Torkelson was born December 27, 1915, the son of Tubal and Sophie (Abrahamson) Torkelson, at home near Shelly, Minnesota. He grew up near Shelly and attended country school. As a young man, Alton enjoyed earning extra money by trapping near the farm. After his schooling he started working with his family on the farm. He later worked in construction. Alton was united in marriage to Rhoda Riggers on July 12, 1953, in Lockhart, Minnesota. They resided in rural Shelly until they started their family in 1954 and moved to rural Hendrum, Minnesota. They later moved to Lockhart before they settled in Ada where he has resided since.
He had worked for the Climax, Minnesota, school, Johnson Farms near Ada, and Felske-Erickson Farms, near Lockhart, before retiring. He enjoyed staying active in mechanical work, tinkering with woodworking, fishing, and his gardens. He was a member of the Eagles Club in Crookston, Minnesota.
Alton is survived by three sons: Robert (Anita), Hendrum, Minnesota, Stewart, Ada, Minnesota, Bruce (Debbie Linder), Twin Valley, Minnesota, five grandchildren: Michael, Amanda, Jeremiah, Joe, and Kay, one sister, Stella Hess, Phoenix, AZ, and several nieces and nephews. Alton was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Rhoda, and one sister, Theone Opdahl.
Funeral: Friday, October 15, 2010, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, Minnesota.
Visitation: 5:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, with a Prayer Service at 6:30 PM at Fredrikson Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada.
(March 14, 1914 - November 11, 2010)
Leonard Swanson, 96, of Ocala, Florida, formerly of Fertile, Minnesota, died Thursday, November 11, 2010, in Ocala, FL.
Mr. Swanson was born March 14, 1914, at Fertile, Minnesota, the son of Theodore and Elizabeth (Lundeen) Swenson. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church near Fertile. Leonard attended Roadside Country School. He moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he worked as a carpenter in Civilian Conservation Camps in southern Minnesota. In 1935, he moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he worked he attended Fletcher Aircraft School. He then moved to Pasadena, CA, where worked at Lockheed Aircraft as a toolmaker and machinist.
In Fertile on June 18, 1940, he married Charlotte Gullickson. They lived in California for a short time and then relocated to Wichita, KS, where they raised their family and lived nearly 30 years. Leonard was employed at Cessna Aircraft Company while in Kansas. In 1971, they returned to Fertile, where they farmed their land in Norman County until retirement in 1985. In 2001, they moved to Ocala, FL.
Leonard was a former member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Wichita, KS and when they returned to live in Fertile, he became a member of Little Norway Lutheran Church near Fertile. After retiring, they purchased a cabin on Leech Lake, near Walker, Minnesota, where they enjoyed fishing and gardening in the summer. Leonard enjoyed fishing, gardening, and woodworking. He was very active in his garden this summer in Ocala, FL.
Leonard is survived by his two daughters: Lavon Joyce, Lewes, Delaware, and Cheryl Davis, Ocala, Florida; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, of 62 years, seven brothers: Adolph, Albin, August, Bernard, Carl, William, and Raymond; three sisters: Evelyn McBurney, Elaine Sirjord, and Esther Swenson; and a granddaughter, Angela Brooke Davis.
Funeral services will be at 11:00am on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at Little Norway Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota. Visitation will be one hour before the services at the church. Burial will be at Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery.
Matthew Charles Wang
(March 17, 1966 - April 23, 2014)
Matthew Charles Wang, 48, Fertile, Minnesota, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in his home. He was born on March 17, 1966, to Stanley and Barbara (Riley) Wang in Mahnomen, Minnesota. He grew up in Fertile and attended Fertile-Beltrami School District, graduating 1984.
Matt applied for his first job at the age of five, but actually became employed as a young teen. He worked various jobs that included: Christian Motors, the Chicken Ranch, Melvin Wang Truck Shop, Erickson Service, Roger's Plumbing and Heating, Winger, Minnesota. From 1998-2001, Matt was on the road with a cell tower crew, working in North Carolina, Iowa and Illinois. After returning to Fertile, he worked as an independent contractor in plumbing and heating.
Matt was an avid NASCAR Racing fan and enjoyed NBA basketball. He enjoyed woodworking projects, working on cars, reading (especially history), and yard work. Matt always had a pet cat to pamper. Riding his three-wheeler around town and in the country, as well as discovering old burial sites in the area, kept Matt busy. He had a generous and caring heart toward anyone he met. Living in Fertile, amongst family and friends, was comfort to Matt.
Matt is survived by his mother, Barbara, Fertile, Minnesota; one sister, Lisa Liden and one brother, Stanton (Jessica) Wang, both of Fertile, Minnesota; several nieces and nephews: Cati, Sarah and Donny Liden, Brittany and Christopher Wang, and Keyton and Kade Wang; aunts, and uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley in 2006, a brother, Michael and sister-in-law, Carol, in 1997.
Funeral Services will be 10:30, Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial will be at East Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota; Pastor Phil Larsen, Officiating. Pallbearers: Mike Berg, Nathan Stuhaug, Guy Mosher, Kenny Vesledahl, Jason Benbo, Steve Benbo,
Jerry Hegre, and Matt McCollum.
Olga Allene Tyssen
(May 26, 1912 - January 6, 2010)
Olga Tyssen, 97, Fertile, Minnesota, died Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile.
Olga Allene Viken was the fifth of eight children born to Otto Joel and Rose (Morvig) Viken on May 26, 1912, in Fertile, Minnesota. She was baptized at Little Norway Lutheran Church, and later confirmed at Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile. It was the height of the depression and jobs were scarce. Olga decided to move to Grand Forks and worked as a housekeeper.
Olga was united in marriage to Olaf Viken and they made their with Olaf's elderly mother in Fertile. Olga took over the tasks of keeping house and cooking.
In 1941, they moved to New Orleans, Louisiana since Olaf was offered a job with a large contracting firm. They lived there until 1945, when Olaf was asked to work in the plumbing business in Fertile.
Olga went on hunting and fishing trips with Olaf; she enjoyed fishing the most. She liked to cook, bake and entertain. The neighbor ladies would often come for afternoon coffee.
Olga is survived by one daughter, Carole Thompson, Phoenix, AZ; two sons, James Tyssen, Honolulu, HI; and Gene Tyssen, Pasco, WA; one sister, Orpha (Viken) Edgar, Conroe, TX. She was preceded in death by her husband, Olaf, 3 brothers, Albert, Otis, George, 2 sisters, Agnes Ostgarden and Dora Glemmen.
Services will be held at Little Norway Lutheran Church in June of 2010.
Arrangements with Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota,
Avis Kathleen Froirak Tufte
(July 1, 1932 - March 6, 2012)
Avis K. Tufte, 79, Ada, Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Essentia Health, Fargo, North Dakota.
Avis Kathleen Froirak was born July 1, 1932, at McIntosh, Minnesota, the daughter of Sam and Clara (Oppegaard) Froirak. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran church in McIntosh. Avis graduated from McIntosh High School in 1950.
She attended college at Bemidji State College for a time before she was united in marriage to Davis Tufte on November 18, 1954, at St. John's Lutheran Church near Ada, Minnesota. They lived on a farm near Ada and raised their children. Avis was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ada.
She was a homemaker and was known to be a great cook and baker. She raised vegetables in her gardens and enjoyed the special times when her children and grandchildren would gather at the farm. Avis was fond of her many pets and devoted a lot of time to care for them. She also enjoyed music and dancing.
In September of 2010, Avis was injured from a fall and moved to the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, Minnesota. She continued to live there until her recent hospitalization.
Avis is survived by three sons, Bruce (Mary), Borup Minnesota, Blair (Paula), Ada, Minnesota, Brent (Kathy), Twin Valley, Minnesota; one daughter, Pam (Sam) Larson, Ada, Minnesota, ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Davis, one son, Brian, her brother, Duane Froirak, her sister-in-law, Donna Froirak, and a son-in-law, Darrell Miller.
Memorial service: 10:30AM, Monday, March 12, 2012, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ada, Minnesota.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, Minnesota.
Viola (Lee) Sollie
(January 15, 1924 - April 27, 2013)
Viola Sollie, 89, Fertile, Minnesota, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
She was born January 15, 1924, to Even and Ragna (Noto) Lee, at Gary, Minnesota. She graduated from Gary High School and was united in marriage to Lester Sollie on November 18, 1945, at Gary. She was a seamstress and loved to bake bread and make lefsa. She also loved making quilts and afghans for all her family. Vi was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, in Fertile. She belonged to the Ladies Aid and enjoyed working at the fair stand and baking pies. She also served on the Fair Meadow Nursing Home Guild. In her later years, she was a member of the exercise group, the Red Hats, and volunteered at the Nature Center and Meals on Wheels. Viola adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved making gifts for them.
Viola is survived by her children, Susan (Bruce) Carlson, Maple Grove, Minnesota, Timothy (Marcia) Sollie, Tacoma, WA, Daniel (Kim) Sollie, Maple Grove, Minnesota, Alden (Lynnell) Sollie, Moorhead, Minnesota, Marla (Greg) Stuhaug, Fertile, and Terrie (John) Enlow, Glyndon, Minnesota, 19 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, two sisters, Janet (Gordon) Skredtvedt, Ada, Minnesota, and Lavon Rice, Fertile, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lester in 2003, her daughter, Nancy, great grandson, Jaden Karsten, two brothers, and one sister.
Funeral: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Hope Evangelical Free Church, Fertile, Minnesota; Pastor Dennis Wadsworth, Officiating. Pallbearers: all of Viola's grandchildren
Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota.
Charles James Vind
(October 15, 1929 - July 16, 2013)
Charles James Vind, joined our father in heaven on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at the Riverview Hospital, Crookston, Minnesota, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
Chuck was born on October 15, 1929, to Hans and Katie (Baughman) Vind in Jackson, Minnesota. In the early 1940's he moved with his family to Crookston, Minnesota. Chuck attended high school at the Northwest School of Agriculture where he was a goalie on the school hockey team. Chuck also played football and his senior year served as co-captain on an undefeated team. During high school Chuck worked with his father as meat cutter and in Plentwood, Montana on a Ranch.
On March 17, 1951, Chuck was united in marriage to Merna Berg at Faith Lutheran Church in Mentor, Minnesota. In that same year Chuck was drafted into the United States Army, where he served as a medic in Japan during the Korean Conflict. Following his term in the U.S. Army he joined the National Guard and retired as a Master Sergeant in 1974. In 1959 Chuck moved his family to Salinas, CA, working at Streater Store Fixtures until 1970 when he moved to Fertile, Minnesota.
In Fertile, Chuck purchased the Fertile Meat Locker where he worked alongside his wife and children. In 1984 Chuck sold the business and took a job as a custodian with Fair Meadow Nursing Home. Chuck spent the remainder of his working career teasing and entertaining nurses and residents with his one of a kind sense of humor. Chuck was recognized as Citizen of the Year in 1982, in 2007 Chuck and Merna were awarded Crookston's Experienced American award, in 2008 Chuck was honored with an Outstanding Alumni Award from the Northwest School of Agriculture. While civil service was a source of great honor and pride for Chuck, his greatest sense of pride rested squarely on his family. Chuck and Merna were blessed with five children, 13 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Merna, Fertile Minnesota; his children: Chuck (Deb), Hayward, WI; Linda (Ron) Hanson, Fertile, Minnesota; Jean (Mario) LaPlante, Crookston, Minnesota; Mark (Lisa) , Menomonie, WI; Bruce (Laura), Lonsdale, Minnesota; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Lessard, and one brother, Gordon (Pat) both of Crookston Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews and close friends Barry Robertson and Jerry Friest.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Roger and Tom; and sisters: Henrietta Hill, Charlotte Stinar and Verna Faye Johnson.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the
Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota. Visitation will be on
Friday, July 26, 2013, from 5-7 PM with a prayer services at 7 PM in the
Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota. Burial will be at a later
date. Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota, www.eriksonvikfh.com
Duane A. "Dewey" Walsberg
(March 5, 1925 - May 21, 2012)
Duane "Dewey" A. Walsberg, 87, Borup, Minnesota, died Monday, May 21, 2012, at the Fargo Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Dewey was born on March 5, 1925, in Grand Forks, N.D, the son of Victor Alfred and Yvonne (Gregoire) Walsberg. He moved to Thief River Falls, Minnesota, with his parents and later finished high school at the Northwest School of Agriculture, Crookston, Minnesota. He joined the army in 1944, during World War II. He was severely wounded at the Battle of the Bulge, in Belgium and received the Purple Heart. He spent time recovering from his injuries in the United States and was honorably discharged in 1945. After the service he entered Moorhead State College, Moorhead, Minnesota.
Dewey was united in marriage to Beverly Babler on December 26, 1954 in the parsonage at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Moorhead, Minnesota. He worked for many years at the Welu Dental Laboratory in Fargo. They resided in Moorhead, Fargo, South Twin Lakes, and Borup. After his retirement he worked part time for four years for the Ada Dental Lab.
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW, and Disabled American Veterans. He belonged to the American Legion Drum Corps for many years and the Nightriders Snowmobile Club. He was also a member of NeeGonNee Lutheran Church at Roy Lake and associate members at Winchester Lutheran Church in Borup. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, carpentry, refinishing furniture and reading. He was very active in community events. He was an excellent wood carver. His specialty was birds.
He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly, sisters and brothers: Colleen Lazarz, Yvonne Johnson, Victor R. Walsberg, Carol Jerde, Judy Badgely, Ralph Walsberg, Jeanette Walseth, Virginia Anderson, JoAnn Wold, Dennis Walsberg, Mary Ellen Johnson, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Russell Walsberg; and a sister Gertrude Mason.
Memorial service: Saturday, May 26, 2012, in Winchester Lutheran Church, Borup, Minnesota.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, Minnesota.
Barbara Ann (Herringer) Weber
(March 7, 1928 - November 20, 2010)
Barbara Weber, 82, of Ada, Minnesota, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at Bridges Care Community, Ada.
Barbara Ann (Herringer) Weber was born on March 7, 1928, to Clayton and Margaret (Parson) Herringer, in Crookston, Minnesota. Barb was baptized at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston on May 17, 1928. When she was 3 years old she moved to Ada and was raised by her aunt, Nora Roesch. Barb was confirmed on June 30, 1940 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ada.
Barb attended Ada Public Schools. When she was a sophomore in high school she started working for the telephone company in Ada, as an operator. She graduated from Ada High School in 1946. She then was employed by Northwestern Bell of Fargo, for one year. Barb, along with a friend, decided to move to Des Moines, IA, where she worked in an insurance office for six months. In 1948, Barb decided she liked living in Ada better so she moved back. She worked for many years for implement dealers in Ada first with Burrill Implement from 1948 to1964, then Berg Implement from 1964 to1986, and finally for Konkins John Deere, until her retirement.
She worked for these John Deere dealerships for a total of 53 years as a bookkeeper. At one time she leased and operated the bowling alley in Ada. Barb also had the motor vehicle license bureau for a couple of years. During the Korean War she was a draft board clerk. Barb enjoyed bowling and was on a league. She also enjoyed golfing for many years. Barb loved reading romance and mystery novels. Another favorite pass time for Barb was watching the judge shows on TV. Barb had two cats that meant everything to her, Muffin & Lovey.
Barb married Richard Weber on May 7, 1960. He died Jan. 20, 1992. Barb was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She was also a life member of the Ada Ladies VFW Auxiliary. Barb became a resident of Bridges Community Care in 2005 and was resident of the month in July of 2008.
Barb is survived by Jim (Marlys) McCrank and Larry (Ruth) McCrank and their families and many friends. She was preceded death by her parents and husband.
Memorial Mass: December 4, 2010, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ada. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church. Burial: Ada City Cemetery, Ada, Minnesota.
Dwight Hager Williams
(April 2, 1937 - October 14, 2014)
Dwight Hager Williams Jr., 77, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on October 14, 2014, at Sanford Health, Fargo, North Dakota.
Dwight Jr. was born on April 2, 1937, in Spearfish, South Dakota, to Dwight Williams Sr and Rhoda (Vaughn) Williams. They moved to Washington DC, where Hager lived until his mother died. Hager returned to Spearfish to live with his aunt and uncle. He entered South Dakota, State University at Brookings, South Dakota. He graduated with a teaching degree and then enlisted into the United States Army in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1962. After his discharge, Hager remained in Guam where he taught in a military school. He return to the states and was employed with the Fertile-Beltrami Public School District in 1968.
Over the years, Hager taught classes, and later, became the Student Counselor. He retired in 1998. In the early 2000's, Hager entered the Riverview Care Center in Crookston, Minnesota. He was transferred to the Thief River Falls Care Center, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, in 2012. Throughout Hager's life, he collected and traded guns, gold, silver and coins. He was proud of his years of teaching, especially his counseling years. He enjoyed visits with friends in the Fertile community.
Hager is survived by one nieces, Joan Chevez, and 2 grand nieces; and several friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Curtis.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at the
Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota. Burial will be at a later date.
Bernice (Schroeder) Vanderlinden
(September 11, 1921 - January 16, 2014)
Bernice Vanderlinden, 92, Ada, Minnesota, died Thursday, January 16, 2014, at Benedictine Care Community, Ada, Minnesota.
Bernice was born at home near Twin Valley, Minnesota, on September 11, 1921, to John and Marie (Bauman) Schroeder. She attended country school until the 8th grade, then assisted at home with her siblings. Bernice was united in marriage to Clifford Vanderlinden on December 27, 1939, in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mahnomen, Minnesota. They made their home in the Twin Valley and Gary, Minnesota, area all their life. Bernice worked at the Ada Bakery and for various potato farmers in the area every fall. She also did babysitting for family and many friends when needed.
Bernice was raised in the Lutheran faith. She was a member of First Evanger Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid in Fertile, Minnesota, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved gardening, sewing, crafts and baking. She was known as the "Donut Lady" making donuts for Gary Bingo and friends.
She is survived by five sons: Clifford Jr. "Lindy" of Rexburg, Idaho,
Clayton "Larry" (Laurie) of Elbow Lake, Minnesota, Claire "Sonny" of Ada,
Curtis (Connie) of Elk River, Minnesota, and Craig "Bub" (Lana) of Ada;
one daughter, Carole "Sue" (Douglas) Munson of Gary, Minnesota; two
sisters, Eileen (William) Burns, and Mildred "Babs" Johnson, Marysville,
WA; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren,
several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded by her parents; husband Clifford; two brothers,
Burton Schroeder and John Schroeder; two sisters, Beulah Turner and
Lucille Schroeder; her son, Conrad "Butch;" and three grandchildren:
Angela Vanderlinden, James Vanderlinden, and Troy Munson.
Memorial Service: Monday, January 20, 2014, at Mission Court Chapel at the Benedictine Living Community of Ada.
Burial: First Evanger Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota.
Kathryn Cecelia Tadych
(July 10, 1942 - November 4, 2014)
Kathryn Cecelia Tadych, 72, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile.
Kathy was born July 10, 1942, to Chester and Esther (Britung) Waldack in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended school in Hopkins, Minnesota. On May 6, 1961, Kathy married Richard Leon Tadych at Zion Lutheran Church, Hopkins, Minnesota. They moved to rural Fertile in 1971, where they raised their 7 boys. Kathy stayed home with the boys until they were older and then she began working at the SandHill Supper Club. Over the years, she worked in several local businesses. Richard died on December 7, 1995.
In 2010, Kathy lost her eyesight and moved in with her son, James. The next four years allowed her children to express their love for their mother by caring for her. She entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home on September 3, 2014. She was a longtime member of St. Johns Lutheran Church of rural Fertile. Kathy enjoyed the thrill and anticipation of the Shooting Star Casino. She made numerous crafts and art projects. Prior to her blindness, Kathy loved reading books and afterward, she listened to many books on tape. Kathy's greatest love was her family.
Kathy is survived by her children: Richard (Karen); Troy, James, Mark, Christopher (Lisa), Aaron (Tracy) all of Fertile, Minnesota; and Nathan (Sylvia), Winger, Minnesota; 9 grandchildren; brothers and sister: Robert, Leo, Charles, John, Emily, and Thomas; several nephews, nieces, and in-laws.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers: Richard and Jim.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Concordia
Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota. Burial will be in the Fertile City
Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota,
Clinton Sjoholm Gustav Swenson
(May 28, 1924 - August 29, 2013)
Clinton Swenson, 89, Fertile, Minnesota, died Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
Clinton Sjoholm Gustav Swenson was born at home on May 28, 1924, near Fertile, the son of Per Elof and Hannah (Sjoholm) Swenson. He was baptized on August 2, 1924 and later confirmed on September 12, 1937 in St John's Lutheran Church in Fertile. Minnesota. He grew up and attended Giant Oak Country School in Bear Park Township. After his school years, he worked at Bergeson Nursery and on the family farm.
Clinton met the love of his life, Marian Larson, in July of 1949, at the Polk County Fair in Fertile. He recently attended his 89th Polk County Fair. Clinton and Marian were married on December 18, 1949. They were blessed with four children, Linda, Loretta, Philip, and Monica. Clinton worked at the Rindal locker plant for about 10 years and continued to farm.
He served as the St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery sexton, and on the Church Council. He also served as 4-H adult leader for the Bear Park Beavers 4-H Club and treasurer of the International Order of the Good Templers. His passion in life was farming and the dairy (Holstein) animals. He also enjoyed fishing and ice fishing, driving tractor and combine, woodworking, and spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Clinton is survived by his wife, Marian, three daughters, Linda (Leland) Raaen, Loretta (Mike) Hitchen, both of Fertile, Monica (Larry) Wieers, Argusville, North Dakota, one son, Philip (Mary) Swenson, Fertile, 11 grandchildren, Chad (Kari) Hitchen, Loren Raaen, Matthew (Lana) Hitchen, Nicholas Swenson, Brandon (Elizabeth) Conkins, Eric (Jamie) Swenson, Nathan (Krystal) Swenson, Lynae (Ben) Sather, Stacy (Nathan) Stuhaug, Breanne (Shane) McCarthy, and Brittany Wieers, 17 great grandchildren, Maren, Caleb, Ryan, Michael, Tyler, Tysen, Christian, Blake, Hunter, Kimberly, Katrina, MacKenzie, Kaylee, Kora, Carter, Logan, and Olive. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, David (Bonnie) Larson, and sisters-in-law, Shirley (Robert) Bormes and Norma Swenson, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and sisters-in-law, August (Clarine), Carl (Marie), and infant brother Harry, several other brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and three nephews.
Funeral service: Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile.
Burial: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile.
Laura Louise Widrig
(August 12, 1920 - March 26, 2014)
Laura Louise Widrig, 93, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.
Laura was born on August 12, 1920, to Paul and Alvina (Paul) Treichel at home in Lockhart, Minnesota. She grew up an attended in Lockhart Public School. Moved to Crookston, Minnesota, to live with relatives, where she did house keeping.
On July 5, 1941, Laura married Miron Widrig in Ada, Minnesota. They made their home on a farm west of Fertile. Laura helped out with milking cows, tending gardens, canning, fieldwork and picking potatoes. She also helped Miron with his trapping business. In the later years she raised strawberries and raspberries, selling to friends and neighbors. After the children left home, Laura used her knack for baking and cooking in many local cafes and restaurants in the area. She was well known for her doughnuts and pies.
Laura enjoyed handiwork - she made crocheted tablecloths for each of her children, as well as many handmade items for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also took pride in making hooded sweaters for the little ones. She was a longtime and devoted Minnesota, Twins fan. More than anything else; Laura was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, aunt and mother-in-law. She had a kind and loving temperament and was always thoughtful toward everyone.
In 2001, Laura and Miron moved into Fertile. Miron died in 2008 and Laura entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in 2008. Laura connected with the staff, always telling them she loved them and appreciated their care.
Laura is survived by her children: Gloria (Marlen) Peterson, Ada, Minnesota; Marlys Visser, Gary, Minnesota; Karen Helgaas, Fertile, Minnesota; RoseMary (Lew) Modahl, Moorhead, Minnesota; and Mike (Linda) Widrig, Fertile, Minnesota; 22 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; and several nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, grandchildren: Matt Helgaas, 1996 and Cindy Modahl, 1970; son-in-laws: Harvey Helgaas, 2002 and Gerald Visser, 2002; grand son-in-law: Richard Stene, sisters: Isadora Schurdevin, Nora Lively, brothers: Edwin, Henry and Leonard.
Funeral services will be on Monday, March 31, 2014 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota. Burial will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota.
Keith David Webster
(September 6, 1924 - December 24, 2010)
Keith David Webster, 86, Beltrami, Minnesota, died on Friday, December 24, 2010, at the Villa St. Vincent, Crookston, Minnesota.
Keith was born on September 6, 1924, to Clifford and Elmira (Johnson) Webster at Crookston. Keith attended school in Beltrami, graduating from the Beltrami High School in 1942. Keith began farming with his father and continued working with his son, Greg, the land Keith's grandfather established. Over the years, they grew various grains and raised cattle and hogs. Keith worked with his son until moving to the Villa in 2008.
On November 30, 1946, Keith was united in marriage to Margaret Hamre at Beltrami. They have been married for 64 years. He was very active at Trinity Lutheran Church, Beltrami, serving for a time as president of the church council. He also served as mayor of Beltrami. Farming was Keith's love. It allowed him the opportunity to be doing the things he truly enjoyed -- planting, nurturing, and being around animals. He hunted pheasant with his father as a young man, and when his children were young, Keith was involved with 4-H club. Reading Westerns, usually delivered by the bookmobile, was a great pastime.
He also read information about current events and appreciated a good conversation about what was going on in the world. Keith always liked music, especially older music. In his later years, Keith and Margaret began singing with the Inspirations. He will always be remembered for his warm smile, hearty laughter and generous ways. Keith loved his family, especially his beloved Margaret.
Keith is survived by his wife, Margaret, Crookston, Minnesota; one son, Greg (Gay), Beltrami; four daughters: Kaye (David) Coburn, Garretson, South Dakota; Mary Jo (Jim) Erickson, Ashton, ID; Elizabeth (Mike) Bennes, Chaska, Minnesota; and Lynn (Dennis) Krogstad, Savage, Minnesota; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Mark Webster; two brothers: R. Terrance "Terry", and John "Jack".
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, December 30, 2010, at Trinity
Lutheran Church Beltrami, Minnesota; Pastor Carl Hansen, Officiating.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Keith's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Interment at Fairview Cemetery Beltrami, Minnesota.
Alvin Andrew Von Holdt
(February 18, 1930 - October 5, 2014)
Alvin A. Von Holdt, 84, of Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota, formerly of Fertile, Minnesota, died Sunday, October 5, 2014, at Grand Village Memory Care, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Alvin Andrew Von Holdt was born at home on February 18, 1930, near Beltrami, Minnesota. His parents were Andrew and Bertha (Jenson) Von Holdt. He was baptized and confirmed at Hafslo Lutheran Church near Beltrami and attended country school in Onstad Township. He later earned his G.E.D. He worked for Spring Gravel Company near Beltrami and also farmed. Alvin joined the United States Army and served one year stationary in Washington State. After that period, he was in the Army Reserves. He was called into active duty, served in Korea in the 49th F.A. 17 Regiment 7th Division in 1950-51. He was a survivor of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign and decorated for his service. He was proud to have served his country.
He attended Hanson Trade School in Fargo, before working for Carmi Carson Mine at Hibbing, Minnesota, for 5 years. Alvin was united in marriage to Evelyn Hedrich on February 8, 1958. They lived in Embarrass, Minnesota, for 5 years and moved to Hoyt Lakes where they lived for 51 years. Alvin retired from Erie Mining-LTV Mining, as a train operator after 33 years of service. Alvin was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hoyt Lakes. He was also a member of the Chosin Few and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Alvin is survived by his wife: Evelyn, of Hoyt Lakes, two children: Bruce (Lori) Von Holdt, Bemidji, Minnesota, and Lori (Scott) Karppinen, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, 5 grandchildren: Eric (Jennifer) Von Holdt, Alexandria, Minnesota, Nickolas (Bryna) Von Holdt, Bemidji, Minnesota, Andrew Karppinen, St. Paul, Minnesota, Jessica VonHoldt, Boise, ID, Ethan Karppinen, Bemidji, Minnesota, 4 great grandchildren: Lucas, Eliana, Claire, Molly, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, five sisters-in-law, Betty Von Holdt, Fosston, Minnesota, Helen Nelson, Hillsboro, North Dakota, Dorothy Hanson, Ada, Minnesota, Marcella Olson, Crosby, Minnesota, and Orville Hedrich, Hill City, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents: Andrew and Bertha, a brother; George, and sister: Dorothy.
Funeral: Friday, October 10, 2014, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota.
Mary Caye (Poehler) Tyrrell
(February 10, 1962 - December 1, 2010)
Mary Caye (Poehler) Tyrrell, 48, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, died suddenly of heart failure while traveling home from a fund raiser near Crookston, Minnesota, on Wednesday, December 1, 2010.
She was born to Bob and Hellen (Ruebke) Poehler on February 10, 1962, at Crookston, Minnesota. Mary was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Ada. She attended and graduated from the Ada High School in 1980, and continued her education at North Dakota, State School of Science, Wahpeton, North Dakota, graduating with degree in nursing.
On June 2, 1984, Mary was untied in marriage to William Tyrrell at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada . They moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota, where Mary worked for Good Samaritan Nursing Home until 1997. She has worked in the Gastroenterology Department at Altru Clinic Main until the present. Over the years, Mary was very active in the Professional Nurses Committee and apart of many charitable fund raisers for the Clinic. She and Bill followed UNorth Dakota, Sioux hockey closely and all events, especially athletic activities, at UMC Crookston, where Bill works. Socializing with friends and family reflects of the heart of Mary's life.
Developing and maintaining these relationships motivated Mary in her daily activities. She brought stimulating conversation, humor, insight, and encouragement to all she met. Her infectious smile and enthusiastic spirit drew others to her. Mary deeply loved her husband, Bill and her two children, Ryan and Brittany, as well as her extended family. After her mother passed away in 2008, Mary became the "keeper of the family", organizing family events and keeping in touch with each other.
Mary is survived by her husband, William (Bill) of, Grand Forks, North Dakota, one son Ryan, Grand Forks, North Dakota, and one daughter, Brittany, Grand Forks, North Dakota; her father, Bob Poehler, Ada, Minnesota, two brothers, Tim (Kris) Poehler, Ada, Minnesota, and Tom (Melanie) Poehler, Lafayette, LA, one sister, Sara (John) Proznik, Buxton, North Dakota; mother-in-law, Esther Tyrrell, Bismarck, North Dakota; and H J Ruebke, Ada, Minnesota; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen, January 22, 2010, and father-in-law, William Tyrrell Sr.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at
Grace Lutheran Chruch in Ada, Minnesota. Burial will be at memorial
Park Cemetery, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Gladys Marion (Rice) Stuhaug
(January 12, 1924 - November 15, 2012)
Gladys Marion Stuhaug, 88, died on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
She was born on January 12, 1924, to Anton and Nellie (Inglebretson) Rice at home in Garden Township, rural Fertile. Gladys attended Willow Creek Country School near her home. Following her schooling, Gladys began working at a cafe in Fertile.
On October 25, 1947, Gladys was united in marriage to Charles Stuhaug at her parent's home. They lived in Fertile, where they raised two sons: Greg and Rick. While being a mother and wife, Gladys also received calls on the telephone and kept the books for "Charles Stuhaug Trucking" business. At the age of 60, she began working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.
She worked at the nursing home until she was 78 years old. Charles died on October 21, 1997. Gladys entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home on July 22, 2008. Gladys was an immaculate house keeper and very detailed in all she did. She was an excellent cook and did a some drawing. Gladys was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, where she was active in WELCA and taught Sunday School.
For a time Gladys was a Cub Scout Leader. Gladys is survived by her sons: Greg (Marla), Fertile, and Rick (Kathy), Moorhead, Minnesota; six grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Vernon (Brigitta) Rice, Blaine, Minnesota; and several nephews, nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parants, husband, a great-grandson, Jaden Karsten, three brothers: Arlen, Chester, and Harold, and two sisters: Alpha Pilger and Evelyn Lee.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at the Hope
Evangelical Free Church, Fertile, Minnesota; Pastor Dennis Wadsworth,
Officiating. Burial will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile,
Pallbearers will be: Nathan Stuhaug, Shawn Stuhaug, Jason Karsten, Aaron Broden, Marcus Young, and Terry Molter
Erma Audrey (Gudvangen) Solie
(December 17, 1931 - November 5, 2014)
Erma Audrey Solie, 82, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, Minnesota.
She was born on December 17, 1931, to Willie and Julia (Dale) Gudvangen in Godfrey Township, rural Fertile. Erma was baptized and confirmed at the Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile. She attended country school near her home.
On December 22, 1949, Erma was united in marriage to Vernon "Bud" Solie at the Concordia parsonage in Fertile. Together, Erma and Bud farmed and raised their children north of Fertile. Erma worked with Bud on the farm doing chores, growing vegetables for canning, making jelly and sewing clothes for the family. Erma developed very good sewing skills and blessed many with her work. Erma was a gentle and quiet person who had a deep Christian faith. Playing piano and accordion was a hidden talent that those close to her knew. Erma was excellent cook; her specialties were ham soup with dumplings and her famous donuts. Her grandchildren loved going to Grandma's so they could have a special donut. Keeping her home spotless allowed her to keep a beautiful dwelling place for her family. Her life revolved around her family and their families, as she had a tremendous love and grateful heart for each one of them.
Erma is survived by her children: Lyle (Vickie), Shirley (Monty) Halgrimson, and Audrey (Randy) Olson, all of Fertile; one son-in-law, Larry Hassel, Fertile; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Doris Michaels, Fertile; Wilber (Francis) Gudvangen, Fertile; and Maynard (Adrienne) Gudvangen, Fort Myers, FL; many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bud (1990), daughter, Judy Hassel (2009), sisters and brothers: Norma Nephew, Willie "Buddy" Gudvangen, LeRoy Gudvangen, and Corrine Berhow.
Funeral services will be on Monday, November 10, 2014, at Concordia
Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota,
Galyn Lyle "Cob" Smith
(September 28, 1952 - September 3, 2010)
Galyn Lyle "Cob" Smith, 57, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Friday, September 3, 2010, at the St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester Minnesota.
Cob was born on September 28, 1952, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Lyle Schumacher and Gladys (Wastweet) Smith. He was adopted by his dad, Ralph Smith, in 1961. Cob attended elementary school until 3rd grade in Fertile and Gary, Minnesota. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, Bloomington, Minnesota, in 1970. Over the years, Cob spent most summers in the Fertile area with relatives, especially his aunt and uncle, Elda and Walter Ranz. A year after graduation, Cob entered the United States Army serving in Hawaii. He was honorably discharged and returned to Horace, North Dakota, to farm with Ralph. Cob met Cindy on a blind date, which she said afterwards, that he was a big jerk.
However, he put on the charm and asked Cindy to marry him in 1974. Boating over a flooded driveway, and walking down the "aisle" in their bare feet, July 6, 1975, Cob was united in marriage to Cynthia Mitchell. He called the wedding, "Entertainment at its finest." They moved to Ada, Minnesota, in 1979, where Cob worked for Lynn Johnson as a farm laborer. They had three children. Their son, Tyrel, died in a car accident on March 26, 2000. They moved to rural Fertile in August of 2000. Cob finally felt like he was home. Cob was employed at the Fertile-Beltrami School District as a para-professional, a bus driver, summer recreation director, and whatever else he could do.
He had commented that he found his real passion for life in the school setting. Working with Norma Hoppe in a special education classroom brought fulfillment to Cob. He was involved with wrestling and football for many years, as mentor, coach, ball boy, and anything else he could. He chaperoned many school activities, including school dances, and was always present on the school grounds. Despite his inability to work, Cob remained Vice-President of the Wrestling Club. Cob has always enjoyed working with children. In Ada, he was president of "They're Friends", a Big Brother/Big Sister Program. Cob was a mentor and friend to little brother, Aaron Tucker. "I like being there for these kids.
It's important that everyone have a place to be, where they feel welcome." Cob and Cindy lived by the philosophy: There's always room for one more. Cob was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer in 1993 and went through chemo and radiation. Cob's heart was damaged during radiation treatments. In 2006, he was told that his heart was failing and he would need a transplant. In January, 2010, Cob had an LVAD inserted that put him higher on the transplant list and improved his quality of life. Monday, August 30, 2010, Cob was called at 5:45 AM saying they had a donor match and to get to Rochester. During a difficult 12 hour surgery Monday, August 30th, Cob suffered from a massive stroke. He was placed on life support, Cob passed away when machines were removed on Friday, September 3.
Cob lived life to the fullest. He was, "living life, having fun and pestering the good folks of Fertile." Cob treated everyone equally. His gruff mannerism at times masked his tender, compassionate heart, especially for those who were less fortunate. Cob would say, "I guess I am a bit rough around the edges." Cob had an innate ability to build and fix things that came naturally to him. He loved fishing, hunting, and being outdoors. In his last article to the Fertile Journal he wrote, "I think a lake in Canada is signaling me through my electronic gear." Cob got to go to Canada and returned home recently. Cob loved children, especially his grandchildren. He was a great storyteller and they gave him plenty of new material to use. "Never a dull moment in this house."
Cob was survived by his wife, Cindy, Fertile; two daughters, Jacque (Jim) Flynn, Fertile, and Katie Tadych, East Grand Forks, North Dakota; three grandchildren: Alexander Smith, JT "Buck" Flynn, and Jenna Flynn. Dallas Mell, Erik Flynn, Janette Ortiz, and Rosita Ortiz. Special friends: Bob Thorson, Fertile and Derrick Duckstad, Crookston. His mother, Gladys Smith, Fertile; one brother, Steven (Kristin) Smith, Des Moines, IA; one sister, Kandy Heiman, Minneapolis, Minnesota; several aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Smith; his son, Tyrel; his aunt, Elda Ranz; and his uncle, Walter Ranz. "I can see me forgetting someone and I would feel like a dunce again." If we forgot anyone, we are truly sorry.
Cob had many family and friends. "Friends are a wonderful thing to have." Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, from 4-7 PM, in the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held at the Fertile-Beltrami School Gym, Fertile, Minnesota, on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, at 5 PM. Coffee will be served in the cafeteria following the service. Burial will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota. We thought about writing this like one of Cob's articles. The last one sort of thing, but when we sat down to write something we realized that it was impossible. No one can think like that man could. "My nine-year-old (now ten) grandson said, "It's a Cobbie thing." Yo, paramedics, I won't be back.
Curtis Ordean Simmons
(June 3, 1928 - June 13, 2012)
Curtis Ordean Simmons, 84 , died on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, surrounded by his family at Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile, Minnesota. He was born on June 3, 1928, to Truman and Dagny (Erickson) Simmons in Crookston, Minnesota. Curt was baptized at Hafslo Lutheran Church, rural Crookston; he attended the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston and one year of college at University of Minnesota, Crookston. And attended Bradley University of Illinois for watch making. On February 20, 1951, Curt entered the United States Army. After serving in Korea, he was honorably discharged on January 27, 1953.
On June 18, 1960, Curt was united in marriage to Joan Halstensgard at Faaberg Lutheran Church in Rindal, Minnesota. Curt worked at Standard Oil in Fertile for 6 years; he owned and operated a trucking business for 7 years; and worked for along time at Spring Gravel, rural Fertile, for many years. He retired and lived in Fertile. Joan died June 15, 1981 and Curt continued to live in town. He entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in May 2012.
When the Minnesota, Twins were playing, Curt was either listening or watching the game. Playing "smear" and drinking coffee with friends created fond memories of laughter and stories. Fishing and dancing the Waltz were activities he enjoyed in his entire life. Watching birds and teasing squirrels was a great pastime. All will miss his friendly smile, word of encouragement and hearty laugh. Family, especially his grandchildren, were Curt's pride and joy.
Curt is survived by five children: Craig (Karen), Waseca, Minnesota, Brent (Bonnie Muggli, Special Friend), Warroad, Minnesota; Holly (Terry) Geeck, White City, OR; Jody (Darrin) Rude, Reiles Acres, North Dakota; and Wendy (Stacy) Pellett, West Fargo, North Dakota; four grandchildren: Erik Simmons, Kari Simmons, Kirstin Simmons, , and Cullen Pellett; one sister-in-law, Ruth Simmons, Gilbert, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Joan, and one brother, Robert.
Funeral services will be on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 2:00pm in the Hope Evangelical Free Church, Fertile, Minnesota. Visitation will be one hour before the services
Burial will be in the First Evanger Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota.
Norma (Lyseng) Sannes
(February 19, 1927 - March 2, 2012)
Norma Lyseng Sannes passed away on Friday, March 2, 2012, last of her generation of a great family from Hitterdal, Minnesota.
The youngest of twelve children born to Gustav and Elizabeth (Odegaard)
Lyseng, she was a descendant of Norwegian immigrants. Norma Lucille's life
began on February 19, 1927 in Highland Grove. She graduated from Hitterdal
High School and later Moorhead State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Throughout her 37 years as a proud educator in the Fertile-Beltrami and Twin Valley Public Schools, Norma focused on attention to detail and a sense of accomplishment and success for each student.
When Norma began her teaching career in Fertile, Minnesota, area, she met her future husband, Arthur Sannes. They were married on June 10, 1950. Art and Norma were devoted members of Concordia Lutheran Church, where they served in many capacities. Norma fulfilled her many roles as wife, mother, homemaker, and teacher with style, grace and wisdom. She enjoyed discussions with friends and dedicated a lot of time to reading on favorite subjects. She always advocated strongly for young people to obtain a good education and contributed generously to the educational pursuits of many. Some of her favorite memories were of her many students.
She took great pride in their accomplishments and appreciated their well-wishes of gratitude for the influence she had on their lives. After her retirement, Norma enjoyed traveling and spent many enjoyable winters in Mesa, AZ.
Left to celebrate her memory are her children, Jane (Dennis) Swenby of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Bette Bermel of Java, South Dakota, and Dale Sannes of Fertile, Minnesota; Grandchildren: Sarah (Dennis) Richter, Nathan (Kristen) Swenby, Heath Bermel, and Great Grandchildren: Benjamin Richter and soon-to-be-born Baby Swenby; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Loved ones passed before her are her husband of 35 years, Arthur, her parents, six sisters: Mable, Estelle, Gladys, Alma and Alice, five brothers: Gilman, Gerhard, Mervin, Grant and Arley.
Blessed be the memory of Norma Sannes. She has enriched our lives beyond measure, and leaves a legacy grounded in faith and love. Until we meet again, Norma, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Memorial service: 10:30AM, Saturday, March 10, 2012, in Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Memorials: An educational scholarship will be established in honor of Norma and Arthur Sannes.
Mildred Pauline (Kindseth) Wentner
(December 2, 1918 - December 26, 2012)
Mildred Wentner, 94, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on December 26, 2012, at McIntosh Senior Living, McIntosh, Minnesota.
Mildred Pauline Wentner was born December 2, 1918 to Peder and Marie (Olsen) Kindseth near Faith in Norman County. She was baptized and confirmed at St.Olaf Lutheran Church and attended Marsh Creek Country School and Mahnomen High School. Mildred lived in Minneapolis for a number of years, where she worked at the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota, Board of Education. During World War II she was employed by the FBI in Washington D.C. In 1951, she joined the U.S. State Department Foreign Service. Prior to departure for her first overseas assignment, she attended orientation and training at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington D.C.
Millie served as a Foreign Service Staff Officer in the American Embassies in Helsinki, Finland; Ankara, Turkey; Vienna, Austria; Taiz and Sanaa, Yemen; Oslo, Norway; Amman, Jordan; and Tehran, Iran. Summers were spent in London and Paris. Millie was an active member of churches in the various countries in which she lived, including the American Lutheran Church in Oslo and the Church of the Pilgrims in Washington D.C. In the other countries she was a member of nondenominational or interdenominational churches. While living in the Middle East, Millie developed a great interest in Biblical and ancient history, and she became an active member of the Jordanian Friends of Archaeology Society. Upon moving to Fertile, Millie joined Concordia Lutheran Church and was active in the WELCA circles and committees.
She was a member of the Study Club for 19 years. Her interest in international issues continued following her retirement, and she remained a member of the American Foreign Service Association. Millie passed away December 26, 2012 at McIntosh Senior Living where she received excellent care.
She was preceded in death by her sister Olga (2005) and brother-in-law, Herbert Sulerud (1990); and her nephew, Jerome Sulerud (1967).
She is survived by her nephew, David (Dianna) Sulerud, Green Valley, Arizona; two nieces, Sylvia Sabri and Janice Sulerud, Minneapolis; great-niece, Nadia Sabri, San Diego, California; and great-nephew, Zachary (Shelley) Sabri, Saint Paul, Minnesota; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, in
the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota. Burial will be
in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota.
Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, Mn www.eriksonvikfh.com
Daniel Ervin Trontvedt
(January 16, 1964 - February 1, 2013)
Daniel Erwin Trontvedt, 49, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2013 at his home in Grand Forks.
He was born on January 16, 1964, at Bethesda Hospital in Crookston, Minnesota, the son of Ervin and Leora (Stai) Trontvedt. He was baptized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, both in Crookston. Dan attended Crookston Public Schools thru 11th grade and graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1982. While in high school, he worked at various restaurants including A&W and at his Dad's Top Notch Steak House and Drive-In in Fertile. In 1984, Dan was a Student Assistant Manager at UMC Food Service in Crookston. He worked at RBJ's Restaurant several times over the years. He was a manager at Giovanni's Pizza in Grand Forks and served as Dining Room Manager for a time at the Northland Inn in Crookston. In 1986, Dan received an AA Degree from UMC in Restaurant Management. In 1989, he received an AA Degree in Fashion Merchandising.
He also attended and received a cosmetology license from the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis. He lived in Arizona, California, New York and Hawaii working at various restaurants or salons. He enjoyed spending time at the beach and seemed happiest in Hawaii. Dan loved the restaurant business as was evidenced by his 30+ years in the food service industry. Dan especially loved spending time with family and friends and was always generous. He seldom visited without bringing gifts of food, plants, flowers or treasures he found along the way. Dan's favorite past times included thrift shopping, rummage sales and dumpster diving, often finding brand new items. He enjoyed going out for Chinese, Thai or Japenese food and loved making Hawaiian 'Saimin' soup and Pico de Gallo for friends and family. He was a very good cook, was artistic and had a natural gift for decorating. He loved cats and his favorite was "Boomer."
Dan was preceded in death by his mother, half-sister Kathleen Rindahl, half-sister Constance 'Connie' Copeland step-mother Ruby Trontvedt and step-sister Yvonne Muellner.
He is survived by his Father, Ervin Trontvedt, half-sister Sandra (Warren C.) Juengel, Sanford, MI, half-brother, Michael (Robin) Rindahl, Mebane, N.C. many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews. He is also survived by step brother-in-law Ron Muellner of Brainerd Minnesota, step-sister Lois (Ralph) LeBlanc of Fertile Minnesota, step-sister Georgia (Steve) Gullickson of Bejou Minnesota, step-sister Jane (Leroy) Opdahl of Fertile Minnesota, step-brother Richard Rude of Kalispell MT and many nieces and nephews. Dan is also survived by two lifetime friends Jodi Senske and Jayme Hobbs (Senske).
Memorial services will be on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at the
Faaberg Lutheran Church, Rindal, Minnesota.
Susan ReNaye Stromstad
(August 20, 1951 - December 6, 2012)
Susan Stromstad, age 61, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, went to be with the Lord on December 6th at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Minneapolis, after a courageous fight with Cancer.
Susan ReNaye Stromstad was born August 20, 1951 at Crookston, Minnesota, to parents, Raymond & Marvie Stromstad. She attended school in Beltrami and later in Fertile. She graduated in 1969 from the Fertile-Beltrami High School. She attended the Anne Carlson School in Jamestown and then worked for three years at the Crookston Library in the 1970's. She spent time at Camp Courage in the summers of her youth and later stayed at Courage Center in Minneapolis where she received computer training. She lived at a Mary T Home for handicapped and was employed at Rise Inc. where she used her computer skills. Just this past October she was awarded the "Rising Star" Award for her dedicated work at Rise Inc. She so enjoyed her work that she hoped she wouldn't have to retire at 65.
She attended church services at The Turning Point Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Her co-workers and care-giver were impressed with her work ethic and her determination to do well. She was a collector of dolls, stuffed animals, Christmas tree ornaments, decorative plates and Hummel figurines. She was an avid Minnesota, Twins and Vikings fan. A co-worker said she had learned contentment by watching Sue.
Susan is survived by her parents and siblings, Cindy (Mark) Johnson of Minneapolis; Ron (Tina)Stromstad of Corona CA; Todd (Darlene)Stromstad of Kennewick, WA.;Tim (Dena) Stromstad of Atenas, Costa Rica and Lisa (TJ) Shockley of Lemmon, South Dakota.
She is survived also by many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins who will all miss her.
Funeral service will be on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 11 AM in the Resurrection Free Lutheran Church, Beltrami, Minnesota.
Burial will be in the Scandia Lutheran Cemetery, rural Beltrami, Minnesota.
Erikson-Vik Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota, www.eriksonvikfh.com
Marvin Russell Skaug
(May 30, 1922 - December 24, 2011)
Marvin Russell Skaug, 89, died Saturday, December 24, 2011 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
He was born May 30, 1922 to Huldah (Olson) and Reis Skaug in Crookston, Minnesota. He attended Beltrami Public School and graduated in 1941. Marvin was united in marriage to Ann Gladys Mjolsness on May 10, 1945. Two days later, Reis unexpectedly passed away. Immediately Marvin became in charge of the family farm. The farm charter homestead date is 1886 and remains in the family to this day. Marvin was a visionary. He was instrumental in the development of the Beltrami Mall. His farming operation adopted new changes with many modern techniques.
He was on the church council when the Beltrami Trinity Church was built. Marvin was a lifetime member of Beltrami Lutheran Church and served in various board positions. He was actively involved in many agriculture organizations. After almost forty years of building a successful farming business, Marvin and Ann built a home and moved to Fertile in 1984. He continued to work with his son on the farm. Having more free time, he began a hobby of woodcarving and carved over 200 items.
He will be remembered for his strong work ethic, story-telling, enjoying a good joke, love of dogs and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Ann, McIntosh, Minnesota; children: Kathleen (John) Swanson, Mentor, Minnesota, Kathryn (Paul) Brue, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Marilyn (Joel Burstein) Remark, Salinas, CA, Carolyn (Todd) Christian, Fertile, Minnesota, Michael (DeAnn) Skaug, Beltrami, Minnesota, and Joan (Ross) Kroeker, Carmel, CA, seventeen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, his sister, Margaret Orvik, and her children Jill and Mark(Sue) of Fairbault, Minnesota. Blessed be the memory of Marvin.
Funeral service: Thursday (Dec. 29, 2011) at Trinity Lutheran Church, Beltrami, Minnesota. Visitation: Wednesday 6-8PM with a 7:30PM prayer service at Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile, Minnesota. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Beltrami, Minnesota.
Janet Faye Scott
(November 5, 1949 - December 26, 2011)
Janet Faye Scott, 62, of Fertile, Minnesota, died Monday, December 26, 2011, at her home.
She was born on November 5, 1949, to Robert and Betty Jo (Sampson) Berhow in Chicago, IL. At the age of 5, she moved with her family to Fertile, where she attended school. Janet graduated from the Fertile-Beltrami High School in 1967.
On September 2, 1967, Janet was united in marriage to Michael "Mick" Scott at Varnes Lutheran Church, rural Fertile. They lived on the farm, where Mick was raised, the majority of their married life. Janet was employed in various positions in the Fertile area while her children were growing up. In the mid 1980's, she began working at Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile as an LPN. Janet continued her nurses training and became an RN in the mid 1990's, when she took a position as an ER nurse at Riverview Hospital, Crookston, Minnesota. For many years, Janet was a volunteer with County EMS as an EMT and later became a Paramedic.
She was member of Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Fertile. For many years Janet served as chairwoman for the Relay For Life organization in Polk County. Janet's dedication inspired many to get involved with raising funds for support of the American Cancer Society. Janet had a large part in developing the annual fund raising event at the University of Minnesota, Crookston that has grown over the years into a group of several hundred participants. Her team has been lovingly called "Janet's Angels", and, as a Relay, they set several records for raising money for the cause of fighting cancer.
Janet's huge smile conveyed the genuine spirit of love and care she had for others. She enjoyed people and people enjoyed her. Collecting angels, loons and lighthouses kept her busy. Watching hummingbirds feed on her porch, listening to loon's call, and sitting in the sun with her daughter relaxed her. Whenever there was an opportunity to travel, Janet was willing to go. She ventured to the both East and West coasts, took a cruise in the Caribbean, and visited family and friends whenever possible. Janet cherished her grandson, Blake, deeply loved her son and daughter, and was devoted to her beloved "Mick".
May God Bless the memories of Janet Scott.
Janet is survived by her husband, Michael "Mick", Fertile; son, Matthew, Denver, CO; daughter, Janelle Frankeberger and her husband, Steve, and their son, Blake, Minneapolis, Minnesota; three brothers: Dale (Brissa) Berhow, Irving, TX; Leon Berhow, Duncan, OK; and Aubrey (Linda) Berhow, Crandall, TX; one brother-in-law, Gordy Gudvangen, Fertile, Minnesota; several nephews, nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Connie Gudvangen, 2008.
Funeral service will be 11:00am on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Burial: Scott Family Cemetery rural Fertile, Minnesota,
Jeff James Scherschligt
(November 10, 1955 - August 18, 2012)
Jeff James Scherschligt, 56, of Mentor, Minnesota, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, August 18, 2012.
Jeff was born on November 10, 1955, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Fred and Viola (Barta) Scherschligt. He grew up in Woonsocket, South Dakota, where he attended grade school. He graduated from Wessington Springs High School, Wessington Springs, South Dakota, in 1974. Jeff lived in Arizona following high school.
On August 23, 1985, Jeff was united in marriage to Pamela Bergstrom in Grand Forks, North Dakota. They moved to Maple Lake, near Mentor, where they have lived since. Together with their three children, Jeff and Pam owned and operated Lakeview Resort for the past 31 years. To meet Jeff was to enjoy him. He had a colorful personality and told some pretty funny jokes. His interests included riding motorcycle and snowmobiles, pheasant hunting in South Dakota, spending time on the lake and golfing. He also enjoyed his time in Arizona. However, Jeff's interests had to involve his family and friends to be meaningful to him. Jeff was a wonderful husband, father and friend. Words cannot express how greatly he will be missed.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Pam, and his three children, Jenna, Mitch and Kali, all of Mentor; his mother, Viola Scherschligt, Wessington Springs, South Dakota; three sisters: Teresa (Larry) Fiala, Custer, South Dakota; Annette (Darnell) Madsen, Aberdeen, South Dakota; and Kathy (David) Bauer, Ipswich, South Dakota; several in-laws, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Fred, 2010.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at 11 AM in the Grace Lutheran Church, Erskine, Minnesota; Pastor Tim Lundeen, Officiating.
Burial with be in the Faith Lutheran Cemetery, Mentor, Minnesota.
Pallbearers: Kurt Larson, Isaac Larson, Don Simonson, Corey VanBockern, Kim Schultz, Darnell Madsen, and Tim Bergstrom.
Mildred Lillian (Erickson) Swanson
(February 6, 1921 - April 16, 2012)
Mildred Lillian Swanson, 91, of Mentor, Minnesota, died on Monday April 16, 2012 at Poplar Meadows Assisted Living Center in McIntosh, Minnesota.
She was born on February 6, 1921, to Emil and Clara (Kaste) Erickson on the family farm in Garfield Township, rural Fertile. Mildred was baptized and confirmed in Norwegian at Little Norway Lutheran Church and attended Lakeview Rural School near her home.
On December 8, 1944, Mildred was united in marriage to John Swanson. They lived in Fosston before moving to a farm in rural Mentor in 1948 where they farmed and raised their family. They were active members at Maple Lake Lutheran Church for many years. She was known for her excellent cooking skills, hospitality, generosity, and unwavering faith in God. Their home was often the gathering place for family and friends. She and John were master gardeners for the University of Minnesota. They tested and evaluated new experimental varieties of vegetables. Both enjoyed exhibiting at the Fertile County Fair; winning thousands of ribbons was a bonus. When John started working at American Crystal, Mildred milked cows, took care of other livestock, baled hay, hauled grain, and did anything else that needed to be done on the farm.
Mildred is survived by one son John (Kathleen) Mentor, Minnesota; and one daughter, Jan Jodock (Darrell) Minneapolis, Minnesota; six grandchildren: Lynnette Showers (Patrick) White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Patricia Ross (Corey) Longview, TX , John David Swanson (Mary Beth) Mentor, Minnesota, Steven Swanson (Nicole) Vicenza, Italy, Erik Jodock, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Aren Jodock (Hazel) Cincinnati, OH; seven great grandchildren: Jesiah, Adriel, Eliah, & Malachi Showers, John Thomas Swanson, Sage and Torsten Jodock; one sister June Erickson; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband John on August 27, 2001; one sister Evelyn Erickson, three brothers Clifford (Bernice), Gilman (Caroline), and Arnold (Ida); and her parents.
Funeral services will be Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, Minnesota. Visitation will be on Friday April 20, 2012 from 5:00 -- 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM at the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home in Fertile, Minnesota. Burial will bein Maple Lake Lutheran Cemetery rural Fertile.
Pallbearers will be: John David Swanson, Erik Jodock, Aren Jodock, Steven Swanson, Dan Qualley, Jerry Erickson, and Charles Schulstad
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