Polk County Obituaries
Janelle Therese Fortier
June 10, 1954 - October 26, 2013
Resided in Moorhead, Minnesota
Janelle Fortier, age 59, Moorhead, Minnesota, and formerly of Crookston,
Minnesota, died Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Vibra Hospital in Fargo.
Janelle Therese Fortier was born on June 10, 1954 in Crookston, Minnesota
to Maurice (Morrie) and Beatrice (Bea) Fortier. She graduated from Mount
Saint Benedict High School in 1972. After high school she moved to Moorhead,
Minnesota and graduated from Moorhead Area Vocational Technical Institute
in 1973 with a secretarial degree. She began working at NDSU College of
Pharmacy after graduation and retired after 30 years of service.
After retiring from NDSU, she worked at Goldmark Properties for a
number of years. She was also an Avon representative for 30 years. She
was involved with Professional Secretaries International and served as
Chapter President. She also enjoyed volunteering at St. Joseph School and
at Touchmark Retirement Community. Janelle is preceded in death by her
father and mother. She is survived by a half-brother Jim (Katie) Mishler,
Grand Forks and many relatives and friends that will miss her immensely.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorials can be given to the YWCA Shelter
in Fargo, North Dakota or the MCTC Foundation at Minnesota State Community
and Technical College Moorhead.
Janelle's funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October
31, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, with
the Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be for one hour
before services at the church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery,
Gladys Bernadine (Eagleson) McCauley
January 15, 1921 - October 20, 2014
Gladys Bernadine McCauley, age 93, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully Monday morning, October 20, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston with her daughter, Janice, and son, Dennis, at her side.
Gladys was born on January 15, 1921, on the farm of her parents, Ben and
Olive (Bendelow) Eagleson, near Union, North Dakota. She grew up on the
farm, attended grade school in Union, and high school at nearby Milton,
North Dakota. As a teenager Gladys did light housekeeping for several neighboring
On October 5, 1938 she was united in marriage to Juel R. McCauley
at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston. The couple moved to
Portland, OR where he worked in the shipyards in support of the World War II
defense effort. They returned to the area in 1944 and Juel began his career at Park River, North Dakota, as a grain buyer and elevator manager with Harvest States. He was later transferred to Angus, Minnesota, and in 1961 he, Gladys, and the kids moved to Crookston. Juel continued to make the commute to Angus. With the kids getting older, Gladys began working at Eagle Drug, retiring from there after 21 years. Retirement meant more time to enjoy her home and growing family. Gladys loved spending time working in her yard and garden. One of her favorite pastimes was canning: jams, jellies, and watermelon pickles, and generously sharing her bounty with family and friends. In the evenings she liked to do craft work while sitting and visiting with Juel. Sadly, he passed away on December 2, 2002.
Gladys was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church and Esther Ruth Circle, and also held memberships in the Red Hatters and Eagles Aerie Auxiliary. She was a tireless volunteer at the Golden Link Senior Citizens Center; generous of her time and talents, and always looking forward to visiting with friends. Gladys will be remembered by her family for her love, humor, and the way she made each of them feel very special.
Grateful to have shared in her life are her two children, Janice Johnson of McGregor, Minnesota, and Dennis (Darlene) McCauley of Thief River Falls, Minnesota; five grandchildren: Terry (Sharon) Johnson of Champlin, Minnesota, Scott (Julie) Johnson of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Renee (Brian) Rautio of Cambridge, Minnesota, Amber (Jamie) Wark of Fargo, North Dakota, and Kimberly (Jordan) Graff of Forest Lake, Minnesota; eight great-grandchildren: Ashley, Briana, Caitlyn, and Delaney Johnson, Cassandra Rautio, twins-Max and Alex Johnson, and Amalya Graff; sister-in-law, Joyce Eagleson of Renton, WA; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to Juel, her beloved husband of sixty-four years, Gladys was preceded in death by a son, Terrance Wayne McCauley, who died in 1956; her parents, Ben and Olive Eagleson; brother, Glen Eagleson; and sisters: Joyce Fisher, Alice Hall, and Donna Flack. May God bless the memory of Gladys Bernadine McCauley.
The funeral service and celebration of the life of Gladys McCauley will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston with The Rev. Darrel Cory, officiating. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements.
Esther Lorraine (Qualley) Vandervort
October 9, 1923 - August 9, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Esther Lorraine Vandervort, 90, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully Saturday afternoon, August 9, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
Esther was born at Leonard, North Dakota, on October 9, 1923, and was the seventh of eight children of the union of Lewis and Henrietta (Swenumson) Qualley. Her early childhood years were spent on the family farm until moving with her parents to Mentor, Minnesota, in the early 1930's. She attended Mentor Public Schools.
On January 31, 1942 Esther was united in marriage to Marvin Vandervort
at Crookston, and the couple lived and farmed near Mentor. During those early years of marriage, winters were spent at Blackduck, Minnesota, where Marvin did logging, and then at Calumet, Minnesota, where he was employed in the iron ore mines. Marvin and Esther moved into Crookston in 1948, while maintaining their farming operation. It was definitely a partnership with Esther bringing meals to the field and doing all of the bookkeeping, while running a busy household that included looking after their three children. Marvin also helped out on several area farms as well, until their retirement from farming in 1980. Esther later became a day care provider at the University of Minnesota-Crookston Children's Center. She absolutely loved her day care kids, and they adored her as another "grandma" in their young lives. Sadly, Marvin passed away on December 29, 1992. Esther and Marvin had celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary earlier that same year.
Esther was a devoted member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and the Ladies Afternoon Guild. She was a very kind, gentle and humble lady; always there when someone was in need, and welcoming into her home those who needed a "family life". She was a good listener, with a calm, even disposition, and offered her counsel without judgement. Esther was a loving wife, mother, and friend who will be deeply missed. May God richly bless her memory.
Grateful to have shared in Esther's life are her son and two daughters,
Wayne Vandervort and Sandra Vandervort, both of Crookston, and Joan
Lindquist, 4065 Pioneer Drive, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 58201; her son-in-law,
Bruce Lindquist of Minneapolis, Minnesota; a brother, Harold Qualley of
Jackson, Minnesota; a sister, Lillian Schuett of Bloomington, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to her beloved husband, Marvin, Esther was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Henrietta Qualley; a grandson, Eric Michael Lindquist, who passed away this past January; three brothers, Andrew and John, and infant, Alfred; and two sisters, Betsy Kjelvik and Josephine Dordal.
The funeral service honoring the life of Esther Lorraine Vandervort will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston, Minnesota, with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will take place in the Hafslo Cemetery, rural Crookston, Minnesota.
Jeanette M. (Perreault) Caillier
April 9, 1926 - June 21, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Jeanette Perreault Caillier, age 88, Crookston, died Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, with her loving family at her side.
Jeanette M. Perreault was born on April 9, 1926 at Terrebonne, Minnesota, daughter of Joseph and Aurora (Cardinal) Perreault. She grew up and attended country school at Terrebonne, before starting at the Red Lake Falls (Minnesota) High School. She had worked as a waitress and at the bakery in Red Lake Falls. During WWII, she worked for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle. She was united in marriage with Paul E. Caillier on May 13, 1947 at St. Joseph's Church in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. They made their home on the farm near Gentilly, Minnesota. She was a homemaker and mother of 12 children, voted "Mother of the Year" by her family from 1948 to 2014. Over the years, she sold Tupperware and Slim Jim Exercise Equipment.
She loved her family and all people. Jeanette was known for her adventurous spirit. She enjoyed riding fast motorcycles and driving fast snowmobiles. She also enjoyed gardening and playing cards. She was a prankster and her family will remember her playfulness and contagious laugh. Over the years, she and Paul were members of St. Peter's Church in Gentilly, St. Joseph's Church in Red Lake Falls and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston.
Jeanette is survived by her husband of sixty-seven years, Paul; twelve children: Linda (Merle) Knott of Trego, WI, Marlan (Pam) Caillier of Monticello, Minnesota, Nancy (Bob) Katzenberger of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Mac (Joyce) Caillier of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, Renae (Dennis) Donarski of Crookston, Minnesota, Mike (Claire) Caillier of Crookston, Minnesota, Dean (Cathy) Caillier of Davenport, No, Joan (Charlie Egeberg) Caillier of Hastings, Minnesota, Paula (Mike Tschida) Caillier of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Curt (Laurie) Caillier of Crookston, Chad (Becky) Caillier of West Fargo, No, and Terri (Kevin) Hearnen of New Hope, Minnesota; thirty-eight grandchildren and thirty-five great grandchildren; a sister: Laura Gervais of Grand Forks, No and a brother: Leonard Perreault of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents: Joseph and Aurora Perreault; siblings: Paul Perreault, Maurice Perreault, Lorraine Langlois, Alma Mornville, Eva Perreault, Fred Perreault and Louis Perreault.
Jeanette's Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am, Friday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, with the Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. The visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm, Thursday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, with a prayer service at 7 pm also the visitation will continue Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Interment will be at St. Peter's Cemetery, Gentilly. Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Duane Arthur Arness
January 25, 1933 - April 23, 2014
Resided in Mentor, Minnesota
Duane Arthur Arness, 81, of Maple Lake, near Mentor, Minnesota, died Wednesday afternoon, April 23, 2014, at the Burn Center in Regions Hospital, Saint Paul, Minnesota, with loving family members at his side. He had been injured in an outdoor accident at his home on Tuesday morning the 22nd.
Duane was born to Arthur and Clara (Larson) Arness on January 25, 1933, on their farm in Roome Township, near Fisher, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at the Fisher Lutheran Church, attended a nearby country school, and graduated from Fisher High School in 1951. While in high school Duane was active in music, theater, and played on the varsity basketball team. He attended the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks to major in accounting. His studies were interrupted when he entered the U.S. Army on September 25, 1953. Duane served overseas in Verdun, France, where he was a member of the military band that performed for royalty and military leaders throughout Europe. For his service to his country Duane was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, and received his honorable discharge on August 30, 1955.
He returned home to resume his studies at UNorth Dakota. He became a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. In 1957 he earned a BS degree in Business Administration and began working for the Arthur Anderson Company in Minneapolis. In 1958, he became the financial manager for Toro Company in Windom. On August 23, 1958 Duane was united in marriage to Marilyn Espe at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. The couple made their home in Windom. Duane soon became financial manager for Peter J. Schweitzer (later known as Kimberly-Clark), and remained with the company until his retirement in 1993. Their marriage was blessed by the births of three children: LeAnn, Richard, and Allison. While in Windom the family was active in the American Lutheran Church.
Duane was involved in local musical theater productions, various choral groups and served on the school board for eleven years. In 1985, Duane's job was transferred to Grand Forks. They made their new home in East Grand Forks and were members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. In 1996 the couple moved to Maple Lake. They remodeled the family lake home to accommodate their growing family. Duane and Marilyn were active members of Faith Lutheran Church. For several years Duane served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine.
Music was Duane's passion throughout his life. He played the tuba from his high school days, up to as recently as several weeks ago. He loved to play with the 9th District American Legion Band, not only for the music but for the brotherhood and friendships he shared. He even enjoyed playing in the "Arness band", made from three generations of the family. They gathered every other Christmas to play carols that may have been hard on the ear but filled the family with joy and lots of laughter.
Duane's greatest musical gift was his voice. He will always be remembered for his beautiful singing voice and he used his instrument to bless many many people. His singing career began at the young age of 7years, as a wedding soloist, until his last beautiful solo at church on Palm Sunday, only 10 days prior to his death. Duane was fortunate to have his own personal accompanist for 56 years. Marilyn played for him for most of his performances.
He sang in many choirs over the years. He remained an active member of the Greater Crookston Area Mens Chorus until his death. Duane shared the gift of his voice at every family gathering and milestone, including weddings, baptisms and funerals, but he was just as pleased to sing 'Happy Birthday". He treasured singing duets with Jacky, and Derek joined them to trio. His voice was further enriched when three of his "girls", Allison, Natalie and Amy played their flutes. Duane sang and Allison played often at her church when he visited Wisconsin.
Travel played a large part in Duane's life. He enjoyed multiple trips overseas, especially to Norway. He generously took several family members with him as travel companions, but especially enjoyed a Norway trip taken with both of his girls. During recent years, Duane's travels weren't as distant, but he loved to visit family and frequently drove to Wisconsin or Fargo to watch his grandchildren in their activities. When at home, he enjoyed hours of reading about history and travel. He frequently met his "coffee clutch" in the morning to start his day.
The Arness men are hunters and Duane learned everything he knew from his son Richard. The annual deer camp rivaled the major holidays. Duane's life philosophy of putting others before himself was even evident in the woods when he was more thrilled to watch his comrades fill their tag than to fill his own.
Duane was a kind and generous man. He was honest and sincere, with a wonderful sense of humor. He was a gentle soul who loved life on this earth, but knew this was only the beginning of his journey. Duane loved his family dearly, and together with Marilyn, instilled in his children a faith strong enough to see them through all of life's trials. He touched many lives and will be very dearly missed.
Duane leaves Marilyn, his beloved wife and best friend of fifty-five years; their three children: LeAnn (Brad) Wages of Fargo, North Dakota, Richard (Amy) Arness, of Fargo, Allison (Peter) Kurth of New London, WI, and an exchange student fourth child, Roy (Ann-Merete) Bremnes, MD, of Tromso, Norway; seven grandchildren: Tyler and Alex Pearson, Jacky and Derek Arness, Natalie, Ryan, and Brayden Kurth, and Eirik, Erlend, Emil and Elise Bremnes; two sisters-in-law, Georgine Arness of Crookston, Minnesota, and Carolyn "Dyno" Selmanson of Union Lake, near Erskine, Minnesota; a nephew, Craig (Rehka) Arness, a niece, Heather Stromsodt; and other relatives. Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Clara Arness; a brother, Alton Arness, and a son-in-law, Duane Pearson. May God richly bless the memory of Duane Arthur Arness.
The funeral service celebrating the life of Duane Arness will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. Visitation will be from 5-7PM Friday at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, with a 7PM prayer service and time of sharing, and visitation also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by Theodore Stalemo American Legion Post 242 of Fisher, Minnesota, the Crookston Veterans Council, and the Minnesota, National Guard Honors Unite of Moorhead, Minnesota. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
Roy Osburn Waters
January 14, 1927 - February 2, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Roy Osburn Waters, 87, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Sunday, February 2 at Valley Transitional Care in Grand Forks, North Dakota, following a brief battle with cancer.
Roy was born January 14, 1927 in Salt Lake City, UT. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and graduated from high school in The Dalles, OR. He received his BS Degree at the University of Oregon, and his MA in Psychiatric Social Work from the University of Chicago.
He served in the Aleutian Campaign in Alaska during World War II, from 1943 -- 1944, and in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952 -- 1954.
Roy was married to Frances Pauline (Paula) McBryde on June 14, 1957 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. They had two children, Eric Anthony and Karen Lynn. Roy and Paula moved to Crookston in 1964. Roy served as Program Director for the NW Mental Health Center for 21 years prior to his retirement. In that role, he was instrumental in the creation of Glenmore Treatment Center and the NW Regional Corrections Center in Crookston. His community service includes the Tri County Corrections Board, Polk County DAC Board, Riverview Hospital Board, American Legion Board, and membership in many fraternal organizations.
Roy is preceded in death by his parents, Patricia M. Waters and Ray L. Waters; a sister, Margaret Bobisud Weed, and two brothers, Jack and Jerry Waters. He is survived by his wife, Paula; son Eric (Pam) Waters, Minnetonka, Minnesota; daughter Karen (Randy) Lee, Circle Pines, Minnesota; grandchildren, Jennifer Lee, Hopkins, Minnesota, David Lee, Orlando, FL and Ben (Meghan) Becker, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and sister Lois May (Sally) Graham, Tacoma, WA.
Roy's Memorial Service/Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 8 at 2 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the First Presbyterian Church, NW Mental Health Center, or the charity of your choice. Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with arrangements.
Karen Marie (Cowlishaw) Brouillard
December 25, 1938 - January 30, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Karen Marie Brouillard, age 75, Crookston (formerly International Falls, Minnesota), died Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
Karen Marie Cowlishaw was born on December 25, 1938 at Waterloo, Iowa. She grew up at New Hampton, Iowa, graduating from high school. She trained as a beautician and worked for a short time as a hairdresser. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona and in the late 1980's moved to International Falls, Minnesota, where she worked at the Hideaway as a clerk for many years. She was united in marriage with James Brouillard on December 2, 1989 at International Falls. They lived there until moving to Crookston in 2013. She and James worked weekends at a senior home in International Falls during the summer. Karen was known for her love of people and exercise, walking daily up to three miles.
She is survived by her husband of twenty four years: James Brouillard; three sons: Tim Rogers of Phoenix, Terry Rogers of Phoenix and Ted Rogers of Tempe; two brothers: Joseph Cowlishaw of Scio, OR and James Cowlishaw of International Falls, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sibling.
Karen's funeral mass will be held at 2 PM, Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston, with the Rev. Vincent Miller presiding. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the church. Inurnment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. Stenshoel-Houske, Crookston is assisting with the arrangements.
Alice Marie (Ruther) Dale
March 11, 1925 - January 12, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Alice Marie Dale, 88, of Crookston, Minnesota, died late Sunday evening, January 12, 2014, in the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota, with several of her family at her side.
Alice was born at Crookston on March 11, 1925, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Von Holdt) Ruther. She grew up and was educated in rural Crookston. She was united in marriage with Roy Erving Morvig on June 23, 1944. Alice and Roy then moved to Texas until his death in early 1945, while serving his country. Alice then returned to the Crookston area. She was united in marriage with Raymond Maxwell Dale on October 4, 1947 in Climax, Minnesota. They lived at rural Crookston beginning in 1953. Alice spent the early years of her marriage raising and caring for her family. As the children got older, she worked at the Marvin Johnson Egg Farm, then for Simplot and Luckows Potato Farm and from 1984 to the present she worked with the Polk County Historical Society.
Alice cared for many family members' children over the years, taking them in and raising them along with her own children. She cared for her cousins, Bernice Lehman and Kenny Lehman for thirty-five years and took great pleasure in providing this special care. When her children were young, they remembered her baking bread or her famous fry bread and the smell would draw them home, the butter melting on the warm slices. She would bake a quad or quint batch of cookies and the boys would "help" eat them. Alice collected dolls of many kinds, including Barbie's, American Girl Dolls, Little House on the Prairie Dolls and Madame Alexander Dolls. She did needlepoint, rosemaling, painting, knitting and ceramics.
She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, she was a member of the choir and especially enjoyed the "I Believe Cantata" that was done for several years at Christmas time. She served as an adult leader for 4-H, receiving recognition for Meritorious Service to 4-H, the Experienced American Award in August of 1993. She was also involved with the Crookston American Legion. She enjoyed flower gardening at home and at the museum. She received the Lifetime Member Award in November of 2012 and was named Museum Director Emeriti in July of 2013 in recognition of her hard work and dedication to the Polk County Historical Society, serving as a Board Member for 25 years and as the Museum Director for 20 years, serving at the museum for 30 years. Alice was a very sweet lady, she was always there for you. She will be greatly missed, but lovingly remembered by all who knew her.
Loving family members include her eight children: Susan (Dennis) Larson
of Maple Grove, Mi, Raymond (Sharon) Dale of Woodbury, Mi, Mary (Clayton) Briggs of Crookston, Mi Greg (Edna) Dale of Wichita, KS, Pamela Dale of Grand Forks, No, Richard (Brenda Jo) Dale of Crookston, Ronald Dale of Crookston and David (Brenda Sue) Dale of Fargo, No; twenty-two grandchildren: Scott (Tari) Larson, Kevin Larson, Christine (Brandon) Schrader, Lee (Elizabeth) Briggs, Tiffany Briggs, Mark Dibble, Alice Georgette Dale, Alan (Noemi) Dale, Erik Dale, Robert Dale, Andrew (Sarah) Dale, Brian (Sarah) Dale, Krystle Dale, Robbie (Sarah) Dale, Chelsea (Dan) Schmidt, Thomas Horgeshimer, William Horgeshimer, Serena Dale, Joshua Dale, Kylie Dale, Kelsey Dale, and Matthewscott Dale; fifteen great-grandchildren: Jack and Bailey Larson, Madison Dubuque and Rhys Briggs, Meleah and Emma LaJesse, John Kendall Angust, Skylar Dale, Kiera Dale, Devin Dale, Weslee, Dani-Lynn and Emily Schmidt, Aidyn and Keigyn Dale. Alice was known as Nana and as Grandma Alice by many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Alice was preceded in death by her first husband: Roy Morvig; Raymond Dale, her beloved husband of 43 years; a son: Mark; four grandchildren: twins, Debra Sue and Denise Carol Larson, Christopher Dale and Kaitlyn Dale; her parents: Henry and Anna Ruther; and her siblings: Elizabeth (Ted) Miller, an infant sister, Loretta, Emma (Harvey) Kruse, Herman (Dorothy) Ruther, Theodore (Dorothy) Ruther, an infant sister, Edna Gina, Gustav (Clara) Ruther.
The funeral service for Alice Marie Dale will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, January 18, 2014, in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Crookston, with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service, and in the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will take place in the First Evanger Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota. Memorials are preferred to the Polk County Historical Society, Hafslo Church Fund, Crookston, Minnesota.
Betty Lorraine (Moore) Hanson
Betty Lorraine Hanson, 90, of Sacramento, CA, and formerly of Nielsville, Minnesota, died in Sacramento on October 22, 2013.
Betty Lorraine Hanson was born in Tolnah, North Dakota, on April 14, 1923 to David and Lulu B. Moore. She had one brother and three sisters. She married Alfred M. Hanson on July 2, 1943 while he was on medical leave and having his appendix removed. They made their home in Nielsville, Minnesota, and raised their four children there. Betty was a homemaker but went to work in a nearby library in 1967 until her retirement when they began spending their winters in Mesa, AZ and eventually moved there permanently. She was an accomplished seamstress and loved collecting "ideas" of crafts and projects to do once she had the time.
She was a leader in 4H, a lifelong member of the American Legion Auxiliary, St. Petri Lutheran church in Nielsville and Redeemer in Mesa, AZ, as well as a Gold Star Mother. She spent her last years in CA and died on October 22, 2013. Betty and Allie had four children: Sharon Seegmiller, Renee Troselius (and spouse John), David Hanson and Alan Hanson, who was killed during the Viet Nam Conflict. She loved having grandchildren and great grandchildren in her life. Alan and Laura Seegmiller and their children, Evelyn and Stellan. Justin and Susan Knight and their children, Sterling and Carmel.
Betty's graveside service will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, June 21st at the St. Petri Cemetery at Nielsville, with the Rev. Valerian Ahles, officiating. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home will be assisting with those arrangements.
June 4, 1929 - April 9, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Stanley Davis, 84, of Crookston, Minnesota, died at his home Wednesday, April 9, 2014 with his loving family at his side. He had been struggling with cancer for the past several months.
Stan was born in Crookston on June 4, 1929, and was the fourth of five children of the union of William "Bill" and Lillian (Flewell) Davis. He grew up on a farm at Harold Station, near Crookston, and attended country school. As a teenager, Stan was employed locally by Welter Plumbing and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Later he worked for a custom combining crew, traveling down south to help with the grain harvests, and then for REA, erecting power lines in Tennessee. He returned to the area and began driving for the Haugen Truck Line in 1950. On September 18, 1951 Stan was drafted into the United States Marine Corp and was deployed to South Korea during the Korean War. He was wounded in action on November 30, 1952 and awarded the Purple Heart. In early 1953 Stan came home on leave to visit his mother, who was gravely ill.
During this brief stay, he married the love of his life, Doris Houfburg,
on March 28, 1953 at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston. Doris was
able to join Stan for a short time in Fallbrook, CA upon his return to
active duty. Though she had to return to Crookston, Doris was soon able
to rejoin Stan and be with him until their return to Crookston following
his honorable discharge on September 17, 1953. For his patriotism and
service to his country, Stan was awarded the National Defense Medal,
the Korean Service Medal with three Stars, the UN Service Medal, and the
He resumed his employment with Haugen Trucking until 1960 when he
began working as a driver for Glendenning Motorways. Stan and Doris
raised four children: Michael, Gail, Kathryn, and Brian. Stan and son,
Michael, were baptized on the same day in October of 1954 at the First
Presbyterian Church. Very sadly, at the age of 19, Michael died in a car
accident on August 5, 1973 near Red Lake Falls. Stan retired from
Glendenning in 1989, and in semi-retirement was employed for a short
time at the Crookston Arena, then as a custodian at the Bremer Bank for
nine years, followed in 1999 by twelve years as a caretaker for the
Stan's favorite pastime was gardening and he took great joy in sharing the fruits of his labor. He was a humble man, never one to boast, a hard worker, and coupled with his many talents, the person who could fix anything. Throughout his life, these were but a few of the traits that endeared him to family and friends alike. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Nels T. Wold American Legion Post #20, and a former member of VFW Post #1902 and Eagles Aerie #873. Stan treasured his sixty-one years of marriage to his beloved, Doris, and was very proud of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.
Stan leaves behind Doris; their three children: Gail Welle of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Kathryn (Michael) Moe of Hawley, Minnesota, and Brian (Jean) Davis of Maple Grove, Minnesota; six grandchildren: Aaron (Alani) Welle, Jared Welle, Robin (Karl) Berg, Lindsey (Lyal) Held, Ben and Taylor Davis; and three great-grandchildren: Reise and Kendal Berg, and Brody Held. He is also survived by three brothers and a sister: Bernard Davis of Laramie, WY, Lester Davis of Duluth, Minnesota, Frank Davis of Hamel, Minnesota, and Marian Knipe of San Diego, CA; Robert and Joanie Houfburg of Lake Miltona, Minnesota, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, along with several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to his son, Michael Jon, Stan was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lillian; a son-in-law, Brian Welle, who died in 2007; and his parents-in-law, Ivar and Olive Houfburg. May God bless Stan's memory.
The funeral service and celebration of the life of Stanley Davis will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston with The Reverend Trey Everett officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and interment will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorials may be given in Stan's name to the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, North Dakota, or the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston.
Marlys Gwen (Trandem) Manole
March 27, 1938 - January 23, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Marlys Gwen Manole, 75, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Thursday morning, January 23, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston. She had been residing at the Villa since June 14, 2013.
Marlys was born at Mentor, Minnesota, on March 27, 1938, one of three daughters of the union of Melvin and Grace (Camp) Trandem. She graduated from Mentor High School in 1956 and went on to attend Bemidji State College. On July 8, 1961 she was united in marriage to Harry Newman Manole at the Rodnes Lutheran Church, near Erskine, Minnesota. Marlys and Harry made their home in Crookston where they raised their two daughters, Jerri and Jennifer. Her 26-year working career was spent as a library assistant for the Crookston Public Schools until retirement in 2000.
Marlys was a longtime member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and WELCA. Since the early 1960's the Manole family spent many enjoyable summers at their cabin on Union Lake, creating memories that would last a lifetime. Favorite pastimes included reading and cooking for her family and friends. Her potato salad and potato chip chicken were everyone's favorite dishes and the number one request at all gatherings. She was very proud of her family and their accomplishments and was delighted to be able to provide daycare to two of her grandchildren, Elise and Dokken, during their first years. Marlys was always ready to lend a helping hand whenever needed, and will be dearly missed by all whose hearts and lives she touched.
Left to cherish Marlys's memory is Harry, her beloved husband of 53 years; their two daughters, Jerri (Craig) Moe of Eau Claire, WI, and Jennifer (Chad) Erdmann of Crookston, Minnesota; four grandchildren: Tyler and Connor Moe, and Elise and Dokken Erdmann; two sisters, Yvonne (Gale) Christopherson of Maple Valley, WA and Ruth (Roger) Clifton of Lake City, FL; as well as, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Grace Trandem, and parents-in-law, Harry and Alice Manole Sr. May God bless Marlys Gwen Manole.
The funeral service for Marlys Manole will be held at 11:00AM, Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7PM, with a 7PM prayer service, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the spring at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
Mavis Jean (Paulsen) Sprague
July 20, 1931 - November 30, 2014
Mavis Jean Sprague, 83, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Sunday afternoon,
November 30, 2014, at RiverView Health in Crookston with her family
at her side. She had been experiencing ill health for many months.
Mavis was born in Crookston on July 20, 1931, the daughter of Emil
and Gunna (Frandsen) Paulsen. She was baptized and later confirmed at
the Trinity Lutheran Church, and moved with her family to Owatonna, Minnesota,
at the age of 5. The Paulsens returned to Crookston in 1940 and Mavis
graduated from Central High School in 1949. She went on to attend
Moorhead (Minnesota) State Teachers College and Macalaster College in Minneapolis,
earning her teacher's certificate in 1952.
On December 5, 1952 Mavis was united in marriage to John Russell Sprague
at Camp Stoneman, CA, where Russ was stationed with the U.S. Air Force.
While he was sent overseas to Okinawa during the Korean War she taught
kindergarten in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Crookston, and established the first
Park and Rec Summer Program for Crookston boys and girls. Upon Russ'
return to the states he was stationed at the Duluth (Minnesota) Air Base where
Mavis joined him and taught in the Duluth school system. The family
eventually settled in Crookston and became members of the Trinity
Lutheran Church. Mavis once again taught kindergarten before becoming
a teacher in the local Head Start Program, and a tutor at Central High
School. During these years she furthered her education at Moorhead State
College and Bemidji (Minnesota) State College. At the same time, she and Russ
were kept very busy raising their four children: Tim, Julie, Tony, and Sue.
For several years Mavis was actively involved with the Crookston Girls
Drum and Bugle Corps, coached a team of ten-year olds in Park and Rec
hockey, was a charter member and chairman of the Board of Directors of
the Crookston Hockey Boosters, today known as the Blueline Club, was a
charter member and organizer of the Crookston Community Theater, active
in the Crookston Civic Music League, and a Bluebirds and Cub Scout Leader.
In 1970 Mavis was elected to the Crookston School Board and re-elected
twice more. She served as Regional Representative to the Minnesota, High
School League Assembly, and at different times was District and Regional
Representative to the ECSU Minnesota State Board of Directors. In 1981
Mavis became the first chairperson of the United Way Fund Drive, and
from 1982-95 served as the executive director of the United Way of
Crookston. Sadly, Russ passed away on September 24, 1991.
In 1996 she was elected alderman for Ward 4 and served with
distinction on the City Council for several years. She became the
first woman to ever run for Mayor of Crookston, and though unsuccessful
in her bid, was one of the women who had great influence in making Crookston
a great place to live, work, and raise a family. She was named Crookston's Experienced American in August, 1999, and was presented many awards and honors from Crookston School District #593, the City of Crookston, and the many organizations that were enriched by her thoughtful and passionate leadership. Mavis enjoyed fishing and gardening throughout her life, and in later years, playing cards with friends at the Golden Link Senior Center. She maintained her lifelong interest in politics and continued to read and keep up with everything to the present time. Her smile and laugh will be missed by her family and friends, but she will remain in their hearts always.
Mavis is survived by her four children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild: Tim (Ginger) Sprague of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and children, Jonathan, Kayla, and Taylor; Julie Sprague of Crookston and daughter, Alyssa (Trey) Johnston and their son, Bowen; Tony Sprague of Crookston and his children, Brady and Trevor; and Sue (Mark) Anderson and children, Casey, Christian, and Courtney; sister-in-law, Bonnie Sprague of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; and other relatives. In addition to Russ, her beloved husband of 38 years, Mavis was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Gunna; sister, Dr. Janet Paulsen; and brothers-in-law, Richard and Joel Sprague. May God bless the memory of Mavis Jean Sprague.
A memorial service and celebration of the life of Mavis Sprague will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, December 6, 2014, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the funeral.
James R. Carlson Jr.
June 1, 1950 - August 18, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
James R. Carlson Jr., 64, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Monday morning, August 18, 2014, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Jim was born at Miles City, Montana, on June 1, 1950, the son of James
and Nora (Hartse) Carlson Sr. He grew up in Miles City and graduated from
Custer County High School. He attended St. Johns University in Minnesota
where he received his degree in Political Science. Jim then attended the
University of Montana Law School where he received his law degree, with honors. While attending law school, Jim married Diana Wells, his high school sweetheart, also of Miles City on February 2, 1974. Following completion of Law School, Jim and Diana moved to Helena, MT where Jim clerked for the Montana Supreme Court before opening a private practice in Miles City. Jim served as the County Attorney in Hysham, MT. Jim started a second career after attending Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where he received a Masters Degree in Library Science. He was a librarian at the University of Idaho Law School while Diana worked on her doctorate in Mathematics at Washington State University. Upon Diana's graduation, they moved to Grand Forks, No where Diana taught at the University of North Dakota, and Jim worked in the library system. Sadly, Diana passed away on December 27, 2007. Jim moved to Crookston a year later and was a librarian for the University of Minnesota, Crookston until his death.
An issue of the Idaho Law Review was dedicated to Jim for his accomplishments in 1992. The dedication sums up what many students and faculty saw when they interacted with him in the library: "an infinite cheerfulness and a genuine zest for intellectual challenges". He had a genuine love of research and learning that was infectious. The educational setting was natural to Jim where he could help others with their investigations, work with students of all ages, and keep himself and the library abreast of all the newest technology. Because of his exceptional work with faculty, staff, and students at UMC, in 2009, Jim was awarded the Distinguished Professional and Administrative Award and was later featured in the student paper. His love of technology, students, information and learning showed through. Anyone who met Jim, was also introduced to his sense of humor. He had a way of cheering everyone up and making their day better. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Diana, his mother Nora (Pat) Hartse Carlson, his father James R Carlson Sr, his brother Michael Carlson, and his sister Laurie Carlson Trusty. He is survived by his nephew Paul Trusty and niece Jennifer (Tug) Trusty, his siblings Mary Rieley and sons Michael and Patrick of Helena MT, Amy (Jim) Strecker of Billings, MT, John (Judi) Carlson and their children Christopher, Kaili, and Markus of Kennewick WA, David (Nancy) Carlson and daughter Ellen, of Billings, MT, Kathleen "Kitty" (Tim) Carlson of Elk River, Minnesota, Joan (Doug) Hatch and children Nathan, Emily, Sarah and Kelli of Fort Collins, CO and Charles "Charlie" (Beth) of Billings, MT, and his aunt Sister David and uncle Walter Carlson.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Jim Carlson will be held at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral
Home at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014, with Deacon Dennis Bivens, presiding. A time for
greeting his family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Saint John's Abbey Cemetery at Collegeville, Minnesota. Blessed be the memory of James R. Carlson Jr.
Edith Virginia (Olson) Hanson
June 9, 1918 - September 30, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Edith Virginia Hanson, 96, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Tuesday afternoon, September 30, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
Edie was born at Lockhart, Minnesota, on June 9, 1918, one of 10 children of the union of Alfred H. and Hilda R. (Sauer) Olson. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Beltrami High School in 1936. On December 28, 1940 she was united in marriage to Robert Magnus Hanson at Crookston. The couple made their home on their farm near Gary, Minnesota, and together raised four children: Evelyn, Truman, Judith, and Reynold. After the kids had all graduated from high school Edie began working at the cafe in Gary and later at a cafe in nearby Fertile. Sadly, Robert passed away on February 17, 1976. Later that same year Edie moved to Crookston and began working at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home. She retired in 1986.
Edie loved music and as a young girl taught herself to play the guitar, accordion, and piano. She and her sister, Verna, were both gifted vocalists and back in the 30's performed on radio station WDAY in Fargo and at Fargo's State Theater. When Edie came to the Villa to make her home on October 31, 2008 she looked forward to entertaining fellow residents by playing their favorite songs on the organ. Her most enjoyable pastimes included crafting, and spending time outdoors. Edie was always at her best when she felt needed. Her generous nature included chauffeuring friends to all their appointments while she was still able to drive. In her younger years Edie's home was always a gathering place for family and friends, and she was "mom" to not only her kids, nieces, and nephews, but a few "strays" who showed up as well. Edie touched so many lives and she will be dearly missed.
Loving family members include Edie's four children: Evie Johnson of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, Tim Hanson of Bemidji, Minnesota, Judi Farden of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Rey Hanson of Chaumont, NY; her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Kerry (Sharon) Wollin and children- Justin, Jordan, Danielle; Alan (Anna) Hanson; Mark Hanson and his children-Colton, Taylor, and Bailey; James (Jessica) Hanson and his daughter, Megan; Bobby Hanson; Barb (Chris) Scholler, and Rebecca (Mike) Guitard; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and extended family who were very special to Edie, her step-great grandkids-Travis and Madison Underwood.
In addition to her beloved husband, Robert, Edie was preceded in death by her parents; two sons-in-law, Jim Johnson and Marcus Farden; and three grandsons: Kevin Wollin, Chad Cooper, and Terry Hanson. The last of her family, Edith was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers: Mildred Boelter, Frances Bergsgaard, Bernice Stine, Shirley Boelter, Verna Brault, and Glenard, Alfred, Harold, and Roger Olson. May God richly bless the memory of Edith Virginia Hanson.
The funeral service celebrating Edie Hanson's life will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, October 6, 2014, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, rural Beltrami, Minnesota.
Linda Lou (Lendabarker) Lemka
May 10, 1952 - June 25, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Linda L. Lemka, age 62, Crookston, Minnesota, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the Hope Center with her husband, Carl, at her side.
Linda Lou was born on May 10, 1952 in Hammond, Indiana, the daughter of Howard and Marion (Wheeler) Lendabarker. She grew up in Calumet City, Illinois and graduated from high school there. Linda drove long haul over-the-road as a cattle hauler for twenty years. She then attended Kaplan Community College in Highland, Indiana and worked as an LPN with Dr. Ramani, traveling and providing hospice care. She later worked at a pediatric clinic associated with Northlake Methodist Hospital in Gary, Indiana. She was united in marriage to Carl Lemka on June 27, 1986 in Highland, Indiana. On their fifteenth anniversary the couple recommitted themselves in a church ceremony. Carl and Linda moved from the Calumet City/Chicago area just over three years ago to Billings, Montana, and then to Crookston, Minnesota.
Linda enjoyed time spent with her family; playing with the grandkids, camping and motorcycle riding. She liked to take an occasional horseback ride and care for animals. She even had a raccoon named Rocky as a pet for four years. Linda's favorite pastimes included baking, flower gardening, and crocheting.
Survivors include her beloved husband of twenty-eight years, Carl; her children: Dan (Theda) Quinn of Wheatfield, IN, Denise (John) Mack of Merrillville, IN, Lisa VanNorman of Hammond, IN, James VanNorman of Hammond, IN, Amy Jo Williams of Independence, MO; her adopted children: Jeremy Slowinski of Oak Grove, MO, Miles Livingston of Wheatfield, IN, BobbiJo Novak of Saukvillage, IL, and Justin Lemka of Lee's Summit, MO; nineteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; her father, Howard Lendabarker of Eads, TN; three siblings: Pat Lendabarker of Eads, TN, Mark (Stephanie) Lendabarker of Lake Village, IN; and Mary (Scott) Cokeing of Eads, TN. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marion.
Linda's memorial service will be at 1 PM, Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, with Deacon Dan Hannig, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Calumet City, IL. Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with the services. www.stenshoelhouske.com
Marilyn (Bartz) Garry
August 1, 1936 - May 1, 2014
Resided in Euclid, Minnesota
Marilyn Bartz Garry, 77, passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2014.
She was born on August 1, 1936 in Lockhart, Minnesota, to Alfred and Gladys (Gunderson) Bartz. Marilyn grew up in Lockhart, Minnesota, attended school in Lockhart, and graduated from Ada High School in 1954. She married John R. Garry in Crookston, Minnesota, on December 27, 1958. The couple was happily married for 55 years, and farmed in the Euclid area for over fifty years. Marilyn worked with the Euclid 4-H Club for many years, writing Share-the-Fun scripts and helping members prepare fair exhibits. She also found many years of enjoyment working in the offices of The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. Marilyn's feisty spirit, compassionate personality, and love and devotion to her family and friends are her enduring legacy.
She is survived by her husband, John; sons, Patrick Garry of Grand Forks; Michael Garry, his wife, Kit Brady, their daughters, Hannah and Caroline, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; daughters, Michelle and her husband, Jeff Tack, their children, Bradley, Nathan and Ashley of Salt Lake City, Utah; Barbara and her husband, Jerry Ward, their children, Samantha and Riley of Edina, Minnesota, and sister, Judy Dugan and her husband, Dan of Ventura, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Gladys Bartz of Lockhart, Minnesota.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Marilyn Garry will be held at 2:00PM, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 702 Summit Avenue, Crookston, Minnesota, with The Very Rev. Bob Schreiner, presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Monday from 5-7:00PM, with a 7:00PM prayer service, and will continue at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Romeo Ramirez Jr.
June 15, 1971 - December 13, 2014
Romeo Ramirez Jr., 43, of Crookston died at his home Saturday morning, December 13, after bravely battling ill health for the last several years. A memorial mass for Romeo Ramirez Jr. will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the mass.
Bessie Marie (Lee) Anderson
March 22, 1928 - June 16, 2014
Bessie Marie Anderson, 86, of Crookston, Minnesota, died at her home on Monday, June 16, 2014.
Bessie was born in Crookston on March 22, 1928, the daughter of Willard and Mary (Berglund) Lee. She grew up in Crookston and graduated from Central High School. Bessie was united in marriage to John W. Anderson on October 2, 1948. Bessie and John made their home in Crookston and together raised their son, Jerry. During her working career she was employed at Jiffy Fry and then for several years as a cook for the Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Joseph's Provincial House. Bessie was a loving wife and mother and was especially proud of her three grandkids, Brooke, Maxx, and Jared. One of her favorite pastimes was writing poetry, and throughout her life her words gave her great joy and comfort. Bessie will be very sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who were part of her life.
Bessie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry W. and Patty Anderson of Perham, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Brooke Elizabeth Anderson of Los Angeles, CA, Maxx Ryan Anderson and his wife, Lori, of Shafer, Minnesota, and Jared Thomas Anderson (Kendra Bosche) of Fargo, North Dakota; two great-grandchildren, Gabriella and Camille Anderson; a brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Kay Lee of Plymouth, Minnesota; two sisters-in-law, Edna Bendickson and Helen Lyczewski, both of Crookston, Minnesota; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Bessie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John; parents, Willard and Mary Lee; parents-in-law, Oscar and Augusta Anderson; and siblings: Glenn, Samuel, and Wilbert Lee, Florence Tate, Ruth Radke Hagemeister, Hazel Fahy, and Margie Brooks. May God bless Bessie's memory.
The funeral service for Bessie Marie Anderson will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, June 20, 2014, in the First Presbyterian Church, Crookston, with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be at the Church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements.
Vivian Mary (Gleason) Hanson
June 20, 1929 - April 13, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Vivian Hanson, age 84, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Riverview Health in Crookston, Minnesota, with her loving family at her side.
Vivian Mary Gleason was born on June 20, 1929 at White Earth, Minnesota
to Frank and Pauline (Oppegard) Gleason. Vivian grew up on the family
farm in Lengby, Minnesota. She attended the Antell School in Lengby and graduated
from Mahnomen High School. After graduation from nursing school in
Minneapolis, she worked at Franklin Hospital and as a private nurse
for a few years before returning to Lengby to help take care of her
Dad and Grandfather. In 1951, Vivian moved to Crookston and worked at St. Francis Hospital and Northwestern Bell. She was united in marriage with Orland "Orlie" Leonard Hanson on April 15, 1953 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston, Minnesota. The couple lived on their farm in Fairfax Township, south of Crookston. Orlie and Vivian moved from the farm to town in 1988, when Orlie retired from farming. Vivian enjoyed gardening and together they spent time at their cabin on Leech Lake relaxing and enjoying fishing and boat rides with their family and friends. Vivian always liked taking Sunday afternoon drives with Orlie that often included a stop at a Dairy Queen and making deliveries to the field.
Vivian loved her family and friends and her kind soul was felt by all who knew her. Sharing a smile and putting others first was a natural response for her. Vivian was so proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she enjoyed attending any event they were involved in. She cherished lifelong friendships she made with her Birthday Club Group, weekly coffee group, lunches with her Northwestern Bell group and C & G Red Hatters. Organizations Vivian served as a member of include, the St. Francis of Assisi Circle Group, Catholic Daughters of America, Villa St. Vincent Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and the Eagles. Vivian was a longtime member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, where she served as a co-chairperson of the Cathedral Funeral Guild.
Loving family members include her beloved husband of 61 years, Orlie;
six children: Bruce (Jody) Hanson of Crookston, Corky (Marilee) Hanson
of Crookston, Dean Hanson of Rogers, Minnesota, Diane (Steve) Rice of Ham Lake,
Minnesota, Gerilynn Hanson of West Fargo, North Dakota, Joyce Hanson of Fargo, North Dakota; 13
grandchildren: Karna (Scott) Rhodes of Billings, Montana, Brock Hanson,
Seth Hanson, Marley (Sam) Melbye, Wade Hanson, Wes (Crystal) Hanson,
Wyatt Hanson, all of Crookston, Natalie Hanson of Winter Haven, Florida, Nicholas Hanson of Rogers, Minnesota, Nate (Tricia) Hanson of Ramsey, Minnesota, Jordan Rice and Alexis Rice of Ham Lake, Minnesota, Lucy Hanson-Richter of Fargo, North Dakota; four great-grandchildren: Jace and Drake Rhodes, Elianah and Greg Hanson. Also left to mourn Vivian's passing is her sister: Hazel (Donald) Weber of Moorhead, Minnesota; and two brothers: Francis Gleason of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and James (Francy) Gleason of Naytahwaush, Minnesota; two brother-in-laws: Howard (Evelyn) Hanson and George (Nancy) Hanson, both from Crookston; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In addition to a son, Rodney and a daughter, Mary Beth, Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Pauline; and a sister Patricia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Lowell Storlie; Gilman and Maxine Hanson, Mervin and Dorothy Wagner.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Vivian Hanson will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with the Very Rev. Vincent Miller presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston from 5-7:00pm, Monday, with a prayer service at 7:00pm and also for one hour before the service at the church. Interment will take place in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with the arrangements.
Timothy Edward Yates
August 2, 1962 - January 31, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Timothy E. Yates, age 51, known as "Red" of Crookston, died Friday, January 31, 2014. Tim was born on August 2, 1962 in Crookston, son of Roy and Adeline (Barnes) Yates. He grew up and was educated at Crookston, graduating from high school here. He worked a variety of jobs including Lamperts Lumber, D&C Auto, Ray Pierce Washer & Dryer Repair, Leever's Meats as a meat cutter, E&S Standard and Yates Oil.
He worked in the Twin Cities for a short time doing landscaping and cleaning, before returning to Crookston, where he worked for Skinner Roofing, the Lube Center, Taco Johns, Hardees and later Arbys. He lived in Crookston, rural Red Lake Falls, Buffalo, Minnesota, returned to Crookston. He had worked with Pool's Tree Service, Red Owl, Dee Industries, Phoenix Industries, Dahlgren Seed, Jerry's Sand Blasting, UMC and with the Parks and Rec in Crookston. He was united in marriage with Vickie Lunak on December 11, 2000 in Crookston.
He is survived by his wife: Vickie; three brothers: Greg and Pat Yates, both of Crookston, Elgin Yates of Buffalo, Minnesota; two brothers-in-law: Alfred (Brenda) Lunak of Alexandria, Minnesota, and John Lunak of Woodbury, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents: Roy and Adeline Yates; and a brother: Sterling in 1965.
Tim's memorial service will be held at 2 PM, Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston. Visitation will be for one hour before the service. Inurnment will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, Minnesota. Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with the arrangements.
Clarence Edgar "Frenchie" Vaudrin
April 6, 1933 - October 13, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Clarence Edgar "Frenchie" Vaudrin, age 81, of Gentilly, Minnesota, died Monday afternoon, October 13, 2014, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota, with his loving family at his side. Frenchie peacefully left this world for another after courageously battling failing health for many months.
He was the fifth of seven children of the union of Albert and Mary (Derosier) Vaudrin; born on the family's farm in Kertsonville Township, near Gentilly, Minnesota, on April 6, 1933. Frenchie was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Gentilly and attended nearby country school. He then worked on the farm with his family for several years.
On March 31, 1959 he was united in marriage to Marlys St. Marie at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. Frenchie and Marlys settled on the farmstead he grew up on and together they raised five children: Darrell, Vicki, Gary, Kevin, and Cherie. For several years Frenchie worked for the Rene Amiot, Vern Jensen, and Eickhof and Sons Construction Companies. In 1978, he established his own business known as 'Frenchie's Woodworks.' His reputation as an artist in woodworking grew by leaps and bounds, and, to this day, evidence of his creativity and fine craftsmanship can be found in countless numbers of area homes and businesses. In fact, it became commonplace for his many customers to brag to others, "Frenchie made this for me." He physically retired a few years ago, but in spirit went to his shop every day.
Frenchie had a lifelong passion for archery and took great pride in bow hunting with his sons and Vicki, target shooting with them, and scouting the woods together. He was instrumental in establishing the Crookston Archery Club many years ago, teaching and welcoming new young archers to the sport. Frenchie enjoyed sharing stories of the hunt with friends, and throwing the occasional horseshoe. He liked to play all sports while growing up, but hockey was special. Not only did he play the game very well, but was a coach who helped mentor his kids and some of the grandkids as well. He shared 55 wonderful years with his beloved wife and best friend, Marlys, and gave thanks everyday for waking up to the sun rising on the homestead on which he lived his entire life. Frenchie's passion, humor, faith, and contentment, will be treasured by his family. His son-in-law, Mark, summed up his legacy best of all, "The world was a better place because Frenchie was in it!"
Frenchie takes leave of his wife, Marlys, and their five children: Darrell Vaudrin of Crookston, Vicki (George) Walters of Erskine, Minnesota, Gary (Barb) Vaudrin of Park Rapids, Minnesota, Kevin Vaudrin of Crookston, and Cherie (Mark) Steinmetz of Paradise Valley, AZ; nine grandchildren: Richard, Jessica, Elizabeth, Mady, and Ally Vaudrin, McKayla and Kyle Walters, and Amanda and Sydney Steinmetz; sister, Irene Skelly of Tacoma, WA; sister-in-law, Verna Vaudrin of Weslaco, TX; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Mary; an infant brother, Theodore; three sisters: Florence (Louis) Maygra, Lucille (Bill) Demarais, and Jeanette (Russell) Glass; brother, Delbert Vaudrin; and brother-in-law, Lewis Skelly. Blessed be Frenchie's memory.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Clarence "Frenchie" Vaudrin will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Gentilly, Minnesota, with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding, and Deacon Dennis Bivens, homilist. Visitation with the family will be held at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Friday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also for one hour before the memorial service Saturday. Inurnment will be in St. Peter's Cemetery.
Pamela Kay Thomas
September 29, 1945 - December 12, 2013
Resided in St. Cloud, Minnesota
Pamela Kay Thomas, 68, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, died Thursday,
December 12, 2013 at the Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine,
Minnesota. She is survived by her daughter, Lori Thomas, and mother,
Princella Hiller, both of Crookston, Minnesota. A private funeral
service will be held.
Ronald Edward Parkin
November 19, 1937 - December 2, 2013
Resided in Fisher, Minnesota
Ronald Edward Parkin, 76, of Fisher, Minnesota, died peacefully Monday evening, December 2, 2013, in the Luther Memorial Home in Mayville, North Dakota with members of his family by his side.
Ron was born in Crookston, Minnesota on November 19, 1937 to Harold and Grace (Yuergens) Parkin. He grew up in the Angus-Warren, Minnesota area. Ron attended Warren High School and graduated in 1955. On February 28, 1956 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served stateside until his last year of service when he was assigned duty as a General's attache aboard the USS Toledo and USS Roanoke where he toured the world. He was honorably discharged on February 27, 1958 with the rank of Corporal. Ron continued to serve with the 9th Marine Corps Reserve until February of 1962.
Ron was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. He was united in marriage to Beverly Stroot at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Euclid, Minnesota on February 28, 1959. Their marriage was blessed by the births of 4 children: Cindy, Timothy, Lynette, and Brian. Ron was a man of many talents and throughout his life he worked as a plasterer and farmer, finding his true passion while working in sales. He put forth his best efforts in everything he did and was very proud of his achievements.
He was a faithful member of St. Francis's Catholic Church in Fisher. He also held membership in Fisher's Theodore Stalemo American Legion Post #242. He was a very loving husband, father, and grandfather; and was especially proud to have had his son, Brian, and grandson, Ben, follow in his footsteps, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. Whether family or friend, all who knew Ron were grateful to have been a part of his life, and he will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
Ron is survived by his loving wife and best-friend of 54 years, Beverly; three children: Cindy (Marlin) Ingebretson of Mayville, North Dakota, Lynette (Wade) Borth of Fargo, North Dakota, and Brian Parkin of Fisher, Minnesota; 5 grandchildren: Erica (Brandon) Speidel, Ben (Cherity) Lunak, Ethan Parkin, McKenna Parkin, and Josh Borth; and 3 great-grandchildren: Ella and Lauren Speidel and Adam Lunak. He also leaves 3 sisters: Janice Nordenstrom of DeForest, Wi , Annette (Warren) Strandell of East Grand Fork, Minnesota, and Carol (Ronald) Loeslie of Warren, Minnesota ; sisters-in-law, Gloria Parkin of Land O Lakes, FL, Joan Parkin of Palm Desert, CA, and brother-in-law Gene Johnston of Angus, Minnesota; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Very sadly, Ron is preceded in death by his son, Timothy John, who died just a few weeks ago on November 2nd; his parents, Harold and Grace; brothers, Dale and Orville; and a sister, Jean Johnston. May God richly bless the memory of Ronald Edward Parkin.
Ronald Parkin's life will be celebrated at a Mass of Christian Burial which will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 9, 2013, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Fisher, Minnesota, with The Rev. Craig Vasek, presiding. Visitation will be in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, Minnesota on Sunday from 2-4:00 p.m., with a 3:30 p.m. prayer service, and visitation also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by Theodore Stalemo American Legion Post #242 of Fisher, and interment will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery, Fisher, in the spring.
Marlene F. (Przybylski) Gray
June 4, 1947 - October 12, 2013
Resided in Climax, Minnesota
Marlene F. Gray, age 66, rural Climax, died Saturday, October 12, 2013 at her home.
Marlene F. Przybylski was born on June 4, 1947 in Warren, Minnesota, daughter of Gordon and Eleanor (Borowicz) Przybylski. She spent her early years in Argyle, Minnesota and the family moved to Crookston, where she began grade school. She went to high school at Mount St. Benedict and attended UMC, where she got her degree as an LPN. She went to St. Luke's School of Nursing in Fargo and got her Registered Nursing Certificate. Marlene worked at RiverView Health in Crookston, United Health in Grand Forks (now Altru) and with Valley Memorial in Grand Forks. She was united in marriage with Cameron "Butch" Gray on June 28, 1975 at the Sand Hill Lutheran Church in Climax. They made their home in rural Climax.
Marlene put passion into what gave her the most pleasure: her cooking and decorating, her work with her patients, and most of all her family, children and grandchildren. Affectionately known to many as Busha, she looked forward to having her family around her for holidays and fun gatherings held at "da farm." Her compassion and loving nature could be seen in her family and friends' smiling faces when they unwrapped special gifts, enjoyed her favorite dishes, or played games. Her secret love of animals was not known to many but animals gravitated to her and she gave them their own special treatment. To try and say all that was wonderful about Marlene is difficult other than the world is a very different place without her. Her wisdom, humor, quick wit, and compassion will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband: Butch; three daughters: Lynnette (Terry Shanks) Gray of Foristell, MO, Kristen Vesledahl of Regent, North Dakota, and Stephanie (Jim) Kappel of Waconia, Minnesota; six grandchildren: Hannah Vesledahl, Jenna Solheim, Tanner Vesledahl, Madeline Vesledahl, Jack Kappel and Max Kappel; her mother: Eleanor Solberg of Warren, Minnesota; seven siblings: Mary Przybylski of Brookyn Park, Minnesota, Leonard (Lori) Przybylski of Eagan, Minnesota, Gordon (Yvonne) Przybylski of Indianapolis, IN, Tom (Elizabeth) Przybylski of Cedar Falls, IA, Dave Przybylski of Overland Park, KS, Dan Przybylski of Fargo, North Dakota, and John Przybylski of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; sister-in-law: Aldine Ellisor of Moundview, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her father: Gordon Przybylski; and her in-laws: Cameron Gray and Marian Gray.
The memorial service for Marlene will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Sand Hill Lutheran Cemetery, rural Climax, Minnesota.
Larry A. Overgaard
August 13, 1946 - January 18, 2013
Resided in East Grand Forks, Minnesota
Larry A. Overgaard, 66, East Grand Forks, died Friday, Jan 18th at Altru Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Larry was born on Aug. 13, 1946 in Crookston, Minnesota, son of Albert and Belva (Berg) Overgaard. Larry was born and raised in Gentilly, Mn, attended Gentilly grade school and graduated from Central High School in Crookston in 1964. He worked at Jiffy Fry until 1967 when he joined the US Navy and served on the USS Wainwright during the Vietnam war.
He was married in Crookston on May 16, 1970 to Elizabeth Ann Hegge of Climax. Larry worked for the US Government for 27 years, Vigen and Simplot for the past 12 years. "Larry's greatest loves were traveling with his best friend and wife Elizabeth (Betty) Ann, caring for and spending time with his grandkids, and their dog Hannah. He also loved cars and anything with a motor. Larry was a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church."
Survivors include his wife: Elizabeth; son: Matthew (Stephanie) and three grandchildren: Isabella, Braxton & Emma, Fargo, North Dakota; siblings: Earl (Faye) Overgaard, Crookston, Marlys (Vern) Demarais, Crookston; stepmother; Mildred (Myerchin) Overgaard, Crookston; mother-in-law: Alice Hegge, EGF; sister-in-law: Carol (Roger) Beiswenger, Fisher; brothers-in-law: Kenneth Hegge, Mentor, Dennis Hegge, EGF, and David Hegge, Climax; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Albert & Belva; sister: Dianne Engelstad; brother-in-laws: Kelly Engelstad and Donald Hegge; father-in-law: Orris Hegge; Nephew: Steven Hegge.
The funeral service for Larry Overgaard will be held at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Crookston, with the Rev. Rolf Preus, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Tuesday from 5-7 PM, with a 7 PM prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Eldred Cemetery, Eldred.
Sister Marie Germaine Perreault
August 6, 1923 - December 28, 2012
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Sister Marie Germaine Perreault, CSJ, 89, of Crookston, Minnesota, member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, entered into eternal life on December 28, 2012 at Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Sister Marie Germaine (Marie Elizabeth Zelia) was born on August 6, 1923 to Napoleon and Amanda (Paradis) Perreault of Terrebonne.
Zelia attended grade school in Red Lake County and high school at St. Joseph's Academy in Crookston. She joined the Congregation of St. Joseph on September 3, 1940 and on April 24, 1941 received the religious habit and was given the name Sister Marie Germaine. Following her profession of First Vows on August 10, 1942, Sister Marie Germaine's first mission was to serve as community housekeeper at St. Rose Convent in Argyle, Minnesota. Her qualities of caring and compassion led the community leaders to direct her to begin studies in the health care field.
Sister Marie Germaine earned her R.N. degree in 1946 at St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minnesota and then earned a certificate as a registered nurse anesthetist at St. Mary's Hospital School of Anesthesia in Duluth, Minnesota in 1947. Thirty-two years of devoted nursing care followed at St. Joseph's Hospital, Park Rapids, Minnesota, Trinity Hospital in Baudette, Minnesota, and Holy Family Hospital in Superior, Wisconsin.
A change of location and pace occurred in 1977-78 when Sister Marie Germaine served as nursing director of Glenmore Foundation, Crookston, and then as a public health nurse for Polk County from 1979-1986.
Her avocation as a massage therapist began in 1986 with study at the Northern Lights School of Massage in Minneapolis. She then spent 3 months interning in an established clinic before opening Healing Hands, a wholistic care clinic in Stillwater. She felt that her ministry was a direct answer to Jesus' call to touch others in His name and heal them, and that this ministry was very much in keeping with the charism of her congregation. Swedish massage, acupressure and reflexology were among the techniques she used in order to relieve tension and pain for her clients.
In May 1997, Sister Marie Germaine moved to Marywood Residence in Crookston and resided there until May 2004 when she and 6 other Sisters of St. Joseph moved to the Summit Apartments. She and another sister introduced recycling to Summit residents but it is her ability to revive dying plants and to grow beautiful African violets for which she is best remembered.
Sister Marie Germaine was preceded in death by her parents and 3 brothers, Harvey, David, and Vern. She is survived by the Sisters of St. Joseph; 4 sisters, Lucy Gauthier of New London, Minnesota, Louise Oxley of St. Albans, WV; Martha (Mike) Harty of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Theresa (Don) Swenson of Crookston, Minnesota; and brother, Leo of Morris, Minnesota. In addition, Sister Marie Germaine is survived by sisters-in-law Merlyn Perreault and Virginia Perreault, as well as by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
The Prayer Service for Sister Marie Germaine will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:30pm and will be followed by a Visitation until the celebration of the funeral Mass at 2:00pm., Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, presider. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Congregation of St. Joseph.
Allen Francis Girodat
February 8, 1930 - January 2, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Allen Francis Girodat, age 82, Crookston, died Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 at Riverview Health in Crookston, Minnesota.
Allen was born on February 8, 1930, in Mt. Carmel, North Dakota, son of Frank and Loretta (Barnard) Girodat. He grew up and was educated at Mt. Carmel. He was united in marriage with Lorraine Hoffarth on November 18, 1959 at Langdon, North Dakota. They moved to Grand Forks, where they lived until five years ago, when they moved to Crookston. While living in Grand Forks, Allen worked for Consolidated Construction and for a short time at Thief River Falls. He worked at Ellertsons, where he worked for 26 years. He worked for Fuglebergs and then with Valley until his retirement in 1993.
Allen collected John Deere Tractors, enjoyed doing crossword and word-find puzzles. The family enjoyed camping at Maple Lake in Polk County and at Mt. Carmel, North Dakota on the Fourth of July holiday. He also built model farm houses for the kids to play with and around. He loved spending time with his grandkids.
He is survived by his wife: Lorraine of Crookston; son: Shane (Alisan) Girodat of Crookston; daughter: Renee (Richard) Voss of Crookston; four grandsons: Brandon Gartner, Bradley Gartner, Devin Girodat and Connor Girodat; two granddaughters: Shayla Girodat and Haley Voss; three sisters: Dolores Hoffarth of Langdon, Grace Hoffarth of Grand Forks, and Fern (Walter) Simonson of St. Paul; and many nieces and nephews.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents: Frank and Loretta Girodat; and brothers: Matthias and Cliff Girodat.
The memorial mass for Allen Francis Girodat will be held at 2 PM, Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston with visitation for one hour before the service.
Earl Alton Radi
November 7, 1921 - January 26, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Earl Alton Radi, age 91, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2013, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota, with several of his family, and his pastor, at his side.
Earl was born in Lowell Township of Polk County, near Crookston, on November 7, 1921, and was the son of Emil and Selma (Reitmeier) Radi. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston, and was a lifelong member of the church. As a youngster he and his family moved to Yacolt, WA, returning to Lowell Township in 1930. Earl attended country school and later worked for his father on the family farm.
On November 24, 1946 he was united in marriage to Eleanor Isabelle Olson at St. Paul's. The couple made their home in Crookston and together raised two daughters, Sheila and Brenda. Earl was employed as a milkman for 32 years, working for Supreme Dairy, the Farmers Co-op Creamery, Valley Dairy, Sanitary Dairy, and at the end of his career for Bridgeman-Land O'Lakes Dairy. In semi-retirement he spent 8 years, from 1980 through1988, as a Polk County Commissioner, serving on many county committees during these years as well. Earl became a resident of the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston last March
Earl and Eleanor enjoyed many fun summer vacations when the girls were younger, and during their golden years had great memories while traveling from the Florida Keys to Canada's Banff National Park, and many points in between. They also spent 17 winters at Trophy Gardens Park in Alamo, TX until about 7 years ago. Summers would find the couple at Lake Winnibigoshish, Red Lake, or Springsteel Island on Lake of the Woods. Earl and Eleanor absolutely loved spending time with their family and enjoying the great outdoors; whether it be camping, hunting, or fishing.
Favorite pastimes around the house included flower and vegetable gardening and tending to his raspberries and rhubarb; or tinkering in the garage fixing just about anything. Earl truly loved people and could make anyone laugh. Wherever he went he was constantly making new friends. Earl's faith was one of the most important things in his life. In addition to being one of the oldest members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church; he sang in the choir, gave other 'seniors' rides to church, served on the Board of Deacons, and was Sunday school superintendent for many years. He also helped out regularly with the Home Delivered Meals program. Earl will be very sadly missed by his family and many friends.
Earl is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Eleanor; 2 daughters, Sheila (Randy) Hanson of Crookston, Minnesota and Brenda (Kim) Nelson of Sioux City, IA; 2 grandsons, Christopher Hanson of New Hope, Minnesota and Michael Hanson (Nerissa Sperling) of Crookston; and a great-grandson, Conner Hanson of Crookston. He also leaves a brother, Lloyd (Rita) Radi of Crookston; a sister-in-law, Marilyn (Charles) Arneson of Watertown, South Dakota; an uncle, Delbert (Dulice) Reitmeier of Moorhead, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Selma; a brother, Dallas Radi; and an infant brother. May God bless Earl's memory.
The funeral service and celebration of the life of Earl Alton Radi will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 1, 2013, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Thursday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Columbarium of Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
David Allen Doda
August 29, 1968 - March 23, 2013
Resided in Bismarck, North Dakota
David Allen Doda, 44, of Bismarck, North Dakota, and a Crookston, Minnesota native, died unexpectedly in Bismarck on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
David was born at Crookston on August 29, 1968, and was the son of Donald and Jean (Sweningson) Doda. He grew up on the family farm in Parnell Township, was baptized and confirmed at St. Dorothy's Catholic Church at Dorothy, and graduated from Crookston Central High School with the Class of 1986. He worked on area farms for a few years, and was then employed with Heck Harvesting of Warren, Minnesota, doing custom combining from here to Texas. David later worked for Gerald DeBoer as a welder, building outdoor wood heating stoves, before going to Associated Plumbing and Heating in Crookston, working in the plumbing part of the business. Ten years ago he moved to Bismarck, where he had been employed by Bauer Plumbing and Heating.
His favorite pastimes were fishing on the Missouri River, gardening, and following NASCAR. He will be very loving remembered and sadly missed.
Family members include his parents, Don and Jean Doda of Crookston, Minnesota; 4 brothers and sisters-in-law: Mitch and Deanne Doda of Crookston, Mark and Nancy Doda of Moorhead, Minnesota, Daniel and Diane Doda of Rochester, Minnesota, and Jason and Kelly Doda of Crookston; 9 nieces and nephews: Kelly, Sara, Lauren, Ben, Molly, Rosie, Joey, Jack, and Jacob Doda; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mike and Freda Doda, and Julian and Yvonne Sweningson. May God bless the memory of David Allen Doda.
The Mass of Christian Burial for David Doda will be held at 11:00am, Monday, April 1, 2013, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00am Monday until the time of the funeral, with interment to follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
Myrtle Irene (Hegge) Moen
September 19, 1919 - December 8, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Myrtle I. Moen, age 94, Crookston, died Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
Myrtle Irene Hegge was born on September 19, 1919 in Adams, Minnesota,
daughter of Klemmet and Rachel (Hippie) Hegge. The family moved to Eldred,
Minnesota, when Myrtle was a year old and she grew up and attended school
there. She was confirmed in the First English Lutheran Church at Eldred.
She was united in marriage with Henry Moen on June 11, 1939 on the Moen
family farm (now in its fourth generation of family ownership). When her
children were young, Myrtle helped with the Band Mothers Club at the Climax
She served with the Sand Hill Ladies Aide as Secretary and was also
active in the church. They farmed together until Henry's death on January
16, 1964. Following Henry's death, Myrtle worked at Lil's Cafe in Climax,
then at the Pizza Plaza in Crookston and then at the Hardware Store in
Climax. She enjoyed gardening, canning and baking. She was an accomplished
seamstress and enjoyed doing needlework. She moved into Crookston in 1981
and was living in the Nimens Espegard apartments before entering the
Villa St. Vincent. While at Nimens, she volunteered in the kitchen,
drove others around town for appointments and shopping and helped a
neighbor upstairs with her daily eyedrops.
Myrtle is survived by her children: Mylan (Janet) Moen of Bemidji,
Minnesota, Sandra (Fabian) Yanez of Campbell, Minnesota, Rick (Judy)
Moen of Climax, Minnesota, Diane (David) Morken of Fisher, Minnesota,
Bonnie (Joseph) Munn of Crookston, Minnesota, Julie (Keith) Dale of
Climax, Minnesota and Karen (Ronald) Vedbraaten of Fosston, Minnesota;
a daughter-in-law: Phyllis Moen of Minneapolis, Minnesota; a son-in-law:
Ervin Fahrenkrug; twenty-two grandchildren and twenty-three
great-grandchildren; a sister: Elsie Higgins of Shawnee, KS; a
sister-in-law: Alice Hegge of East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Klemmet and Rachel Hegge;
her husband: Henry; five brothers and four sisters; a son: Arnold Moen;
a daughter: Janice Fahrenkrug; and a grandson: Eric Munn.
Myrtle's funeral service will be at 11 AM, Saturday, December 14, 2013
at the Sand Hill Lutheran Church, rural Climax, with the Rev. Joy Grainger,
officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in
Crookston on Friday from 5-7 PM, with a prayer service at 7 PM and also
at the church for one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Interment
will be in the Sand Hill Lutheran Cemetery, rural Climax. Stenshoel-Houske
is assisting with the arrangements.
Mabel Inger (Thoreson) Wollin
January 6, 1921 - October 26, 2013
Resided in Eldred, Minnesota
Mabel Inger Wollin, age 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at her home in Eldred, Minnesota, of natural causes.
Mabel was born on January 6, 1921, in Bagley, Minnesota, to Anton and
Emelia (Nelson) Thoreson. She was raised and attended school in Rindal,
Minnesota. As a young woman, she moved to the Eldred/Climax area to be
near her sister, working as hired help on a number of local farms.
She met and married Loren Wollin in 1941 while he was serving in the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Snelling. After Loren's overseas service and discharge in 1946, they returned to Eldred. Mabel and Loren worked and farmed in the area for the next forty years. In addition, they ran the Eldred Post Office from 1970 until its closing in 1981.
Mabel took great pride in setting up and running her own business where she worked for local residents painting, wood staining, refinishing, and wallpapering their homes. She derived much satisfaction from a job well done.
She was active in the community, and a lifetime member of the First English Lutheran Church of Eldred. Mabel belonged to the Ladies Aid, Homemakers, and was a fifty-year member of the Crookston VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Mabel and Loren travelled the western states, spending many winters in Yuma, Arizona. Besides sightseeing, they enjoyed cards, board games, and Yahtzee. Mabel especially relished the challenge of golfing with her friends.
She is survived by her daughters, Patricia (Gerald) Gunstinson of Santa Barbara, CA and Lynn (Gordon) Browne of Altamonte Springs, FL; grandsons Kerry (Sharon) Wollin and Stephen Gunstinson; great-grandchildren Justin, Jordan, and Danielle Wollin, as well as many nieces and nephews who all showed her kindness and love. Mabel was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Loren; son Larry and grandson Kevin Wollin.
A memorial service for Mabel will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, the Rev. Steve Bohler officiating. Visitation with Mabel's family will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Inurnment will take place at a future date in the Eldred Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the First English Lutheran Cemetery Fund for the upkeep and care of the cemetery.
James O. Stainbrook
January 3, 1926 - July 22, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
James O. Stainbrook - Obituary
Jim Stainbrook, age 87, Crookston, died Monday, July 22, 2013 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. Jim was born on January 3, 1926 in Crookston, Minnesota, son of Frank and Angeline (Willette) Stainbrook. He grew up and attended school at Cathedral Grade School and High School. He enlisted in the US Navy at age 17 and served in the South Pacific.
He was united in marriage with Lorraine Roy on June 25, 1949 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Crookston. They made their home in Crookston and Jim worked with Barlow Furniture for twenty-five years and then was part-owner of Crookston Paint and Glass with his brothers, Jerry and Roger, until his retirement in the late 1980's. Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting and the cottage at Maple Lake. He also loved playing with his grandchildren. He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, the Eagles, the Elks and the Knights of Columbus. He was a lifetime member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He especially enjoyed morning coffee at Arby's with the "Sidewalk Superintendents".
Jim is survived by his wife: Lorraine of Crookston; three children: David (Yvonne) Stainbrook of Greensboro, NC, Mary Kay (Greg) Dufault of Howard, South Dakota and Rick (Deb) Stainbrook of Park Falls, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; five siblings: Mary Tuseth of Crookston, Rosie Wolf of Coon Rapids, Karen "Cookie" (Glen) French of Loveland, CO, Ron (Pat) Stainbrook of Denver, CO, and Dennis Stainbrook of Crookston. Jim was preceded in death by his parents: Frank and Angeline Stainbrook; five brothers: Jerry, Norman, Dale, John "Jack", and Roger Stainbrook; and a sister: Margaret Berglund.
The Celebration of Jim's Life will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, July 27, 2013 at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston, with the Very Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding and Deacon Dennis Bivens giving the homily. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM, Friday at the church with a prayer service at 7 PM, and also for one hour before the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
Alice Dorothy (King) Carlson
May 13, 1917 - November 5, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Alice Dorothy Carlson, age 96, Crookston, Minnesota, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Bemidji.
Alice Dorothy King was born on May 13, 1917 at Euclid, Minnesota, daughter of John Francis and Miranda (Hunter) King. She grew up at Euclid and attended grade school there, she later attended and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Crookston. Alice was united in marriage with Albert Levy Carlson on December 23, 1941 at Fisher, Minnesota. They continued to live at Euclid until 1947, when they moved in to Crookston. Alice enjoyed knitting, sewing and her flower garden. She also enjoyed carpentry, helping to build three homes including their lake cabin. Alice was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her husband, Albert, died on January 12, 2008. She had recently moved to the Long Lake Loon Lodge in Bemidji.
She is survived by her daughter: Kathleen (Harley) Crocker of Crookston; two grandchildren: Kevin (Leah Oakes) Crocker of Erskine and Kellie (Jordan) Lindquist of Pennington, Minnesota; two great-grandchildren: Kolton Crocker and Maya Lindquist. Alice was preceded in death by her parents: John and Miranda King; nine siblings: Katherine Obrecht, Nell Thomas, Clara Hansen, William King, Mary Schwartz, John King, Hazel Needham, Edward King and Esther Kirk; and her husband: Albert.
Alice's funeral will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, November 11, 2013 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, with visitation for one hour before the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
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