Polk County Obituaries
Mildred (Jeffrey) Myerchin Overgaard
November 19, 1917 - January 29, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Mildred Myerchin Overgaard, 95, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully early Tuesday morning, January 29, 2013, at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston with family at her bedside.
Mildred was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota on November 19, 1917 to Albert and Roseanne (Burton) Jeffrey. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and grew up on the family farm south of East Grand Forks, Minnesota. She attended Timberline District 93 country school, and the Sacred Heart Grade School and High School in East Grand Forks.
On November 5, 1935 Mildred was united in marriage to Walter F. Myerchin at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The couple farmed near Warren, Minnesota, and together raised ten children. In 1955 they moved to Crookston Township where they farmed until Walter's passing on December 20, 1963. Mildred continued to make her home on the farm, and completed the work to earn her GED high school diploma. She then attended the AVTI in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, where she took a six-month business course specializing in bookkeeping. Following that, Mildred spent a year in 1967 working as a home health aide. She was united in marriage to Albert G. Overgaard on October 26, 1968 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, and they made their home on Mildred's farm.
From 1968-70 she was employed in the bookkeeping department of the Crookston National Bank, and then from 1971, until her retirement in 1978, worked in the office of Proulx Refrigeration and Heating. In June of 2006, after having lived on her farm for 51 years, Mildred and Al became residents of the Summit Apartments at the Villa. Sadly, Albert passed away on August 4, 2008. Mildred was a devoted member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the Sacred Heart Circle, and Catholic Daughters. She also held a longtime membership in the Crookston-Parnell Homemakers Club. She enjoyed baking; spending time outdoors tending to her garden, plants, and flowers; and the companionship of their pet dog, Lady. Mildred loved family gatherings and looked forward to all the commotion that went along with having five generations come together for family celebrations. She will be lovingly remembered and very sadly missed.
Mildred's family members include her 9 living children: Dennis (Delores) Myerchin of Crookston, Minnesota, Audrey (Patrick) McNulty-Mangan of Westminster, CO, Dale Myerchin of Crookston, Joyce (Gary) Klava of Austin, TX, Theodore Myerchin of Alta Loma, CA, Mary Beth (Donald) Solheim of Crookston, Harvey (Carolyn) Myerchin of Crookston, Debra (Greg) Nelson of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Sheldon (Diana) Myerchin of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota; a son-in-law, Sherman Hirsch of North Platte, NB; 29 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Norman Torkelson of Cumberland, Wisconsin; and a sister-in-law, Doris Jeffrey of Orion, IL. She also leaves two step-children, Earl (Faye) Overgaard and Marlys (Vern) Demarais, both of Crookston; a step-daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Overgaard of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; many step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other extended family.
In addition to her husbands, Walter and Albert, Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Roseanne Jeffrey; a daughter, Marilyn Hirsch; a son-in-law, Martin McNulty; two daughters-in-law, Jean Myerchin and Cindy Myerchin; a granddaughter, Rene' Myerchin; a great-grandson, Matthew LeBlanc; a step-son, Larry Overgaard; a step-daughter, Dianne Engelstad and her husband, Kelly; a brother, Clifford Jeffrey; and three sisters: Adorine Nelson and her husband, Norman, Mary Lou Torkelson, and 5-year old, Vivian. May God bless Mildred's memory.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Mildred Myerchin Overgaard will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013, 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 on Friday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the Mass. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston.
Tiffany Lynn (Burke) Shear
November 12, 1979 - July 23, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Tiffany Lynn Shear, age 33, Crookston, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at her home in Crookston.
Tiffany Lynn Burke was born on November 12, 1979 in Kankakee, Illinois, daughter of Warren and Rhonda Burke. She grew up and was educated in Kankakee, graduating from high school there. She moved to Minnesota in January of 2003, settling in the McIntosh-Erskine-Trail (MN) area. She was united in marriage with Josh Shear on June 20, 2008 in Crookston. Tiffany loved her cat, Sammy that she had for nine years and her dog, Eva that she had for seven years. She loved decorating and keeping up their home. They moved to Crookston in September of 2012.
She is survived by her husband: Josh; her son: Chase; her mom: Rhonda Burke of Bradley, IL; her dad: Warren Burke of Kankakee, IL; and her in-laws: Suzanne & Jeff Shear of McIntosh.
The memorial service for Tiffany will be at 11 AM, Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston. Visitation will be for one hour before services at the funeral home.
Mary Ann (Stroot) Pahlen
January 4, 1924 - June 5, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Mary Ann Pahlen, age 89, Crookston, Minnesota, and former longtime
Euclid, Minnesota resident, died Wednesday morning, June 5, 2013 at
Riverview Health in Crookston with her loving family at her side.
Mary was born on January 4, 1924 to Frank and Emma (Klos) Stroot in
Belgium Township, where she also was raised and attended school. Mary was
united in marriage with Jacob Pahlen on Nov. 14, 1945 and dedicated her
life to raising their eleven children on their farm near Euclid. Jake died
on April 24, 1971. Mary continued living on the farm until she moved to
Crookston in 1992.
Mary enjoyed sewing, embroidery, cross stitch, quilting and making lap robes for veterans and the nursing home. She was a volunteer at the Riverview Nursing Home and for the Sisters of St. Benedict. She was a member of the Birthday Club, St. Mary's Church Altar Society, Catholic Daughters and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family playing cards, especially Smear and Double Solitaire. Mary was known for baking and sharing her homemade bread and other goodies.
She is survived by her children: Bill (Lois) Pahlen of Euclid, Joyce (Walt) Christensen of Crookston, Kathy (Skip) Cormican of Battle Ground, WA, Lois (Jim) Chandler of Crookston, Carol (Neil) Parkin of Euclid, Dan (Judy) Pahlen of Warren, Margaret (Chuck) Huston of Crookston, Jerry (Julie) Pahlen of Roseau, Mary Kay (Chris) Plante of Crookston, and Mark (Maria) Pahlen of Roseau; a daughter-in-law: Les Pahlen of Grand Forks; 26 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 15 great great-grandchildren; two brothers: Bernard of Crookston and Bob of St. Michael; a sister: Clarice Ellingson of St. Michael; a number of in-laws, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Irene Fitzsimmons and Dorothy Westphal; brothers: David, Leo, Walter, Jerome, Joe, Francis, and Bill; her husband: Jacob Pahlen; a son: Ken in 2008; grandchildren: Lisa Weiland and Jamie Mercier; great-grandchildren: Marik Peterson and Hannah Chandler.
Mary's funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, June 10, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Euclid, Minnesota. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Sunday from 5-7 PM, with a 7 PM prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be at Prairie View Cemetery, Euclid.
Robert "Bob" Delaney
February 20, 1930 - March 13, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ROBERT DELANEY HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013, AT 2:00 PM, WITH VISITATION FOR ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE SERVICE.
Robert "Bob" Delaney, age 83, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Bob was born on February 20, 1930 in Devils Lake, North Dakota, son of Frank and Julia (Parkos) Delaney. The family moved to Bemidji, when Bob was fourteen and he attended school there, graduating from Bemidji High School in 1947. He then served four years in the US Air Force stationed in Anchorage, Alaska in the Supply Depot. He returned to Bemidji where he worked at the hardware store sharpening chainsaws and then at the boating center working as a salesman and doing small engine repair. He was united in marriage with Gladys Johnson on September 9, 1955 in Bemidji. In 1967, the family moved to Crookston, where Bob worked with Don Peterson at Crookston Marine in sales.
He was united in marriage with Rita Klasen on July 1, 1972 in Crookston. He later worked at Westgate Marine from 1982 until retiring in 1995 from marine sales. He worked for a few years at the Cenex Station following retirement and then did odd jobs repairing boats out of his garage to keep busy.
Bob enjoyed tinkering, making windmills out of old parts, splitting wood, snowmobiling and his 1983 Honda Goldwing motorcycle. As a young man, he enjoyed waterskiing and played violin in a band with his brothers. He fixed up a 1947 Dodge grain truck and drove a 1985 Dodge Horizon. He also enjoyed watching Lawrence Welk, Dolly Parton and the Hee Haw Show.
Bob is survived by his wife: Rita of Crookston; six children: Linda (Jerel) Lindgren of Park River, Alan (Karen) Delaney of Bremerton, WA, Steve Delaney of Crookston, Christine (Blayne) Twamley of Drayton, Ken (Kellie) Delaney of Park Rapids, and Bobbi (Jason) Klinnert of Crookston; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters: Lyle (Christine) Delaney of Blackduck, Duane (Shirley) Delaney of Nebish, Lloyd Delaney of Bemidji, Bonnie Bundy of Bemidji, Donna Hegland of Bemidji, and Judy (Jim) Frost of Fort Mohave, AZ. Bob was preceded in death by his father: Frank; his mother: Julia; step-dad: Manford Wilbur and his first wife: Gladys.
The memorial service for Bob Delaney will be held at 2 PM, Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, in Crookston, on Sunday 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 Calvary Cemetery, Crookston (at a later date).
Mark Elliot Dale
November 27, 1955 - March 26, 2013
Resided in Tempe, Arizona
Mark Elliot Dale, age 57, Tempe, Arizona, and formerly of Crookston,
Minnesota, died on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at his home in Tempe.
Mark was born on November 27, 1955 in Crookston, Minnesota, son of
Chester and Josephine (Demarais) Dale. After the death of his mother at
the age of 1 he moved in with his Uncle Raymond and Aunt Alice Dale in
Crookston who then raised him. He grew up in Crookston and graduated from
Central high school in Crookston. He worked for D&B Furnishings for many
years, before moving to Arizona thirty years ago. He worked as a jack of
all trades and also followed the rodeo circuit, riding bulls breaking many
bones. He owned his own record company, Laurel-Mark Records and recorded
a record, "Santa, He's A Cowboy" and "The Silent Sound of A Whisper" and
wrote many others, Mark was definitely a cowboy. Most recently, he owned
and operated a lawn service.
Mark is survived by his daughter: Chelsea (Daniel) Schmidt of Judsonia,
Arkansas; his son: Rob (Sarah) Dale of Johnston, Iowa; three grandchildren:
Weslee, Dani-Lynn and Emily; three sisters: Joey (Marlin) Schweich of
Hermann, Missouri, Carol Dale of Minneapolis, and Karen (Mark) Dahl of
Valrico, Florida: his aunt: Alice Dale of Crookston; and her children:
Susan (Dennis) Larson of Maple Grove, Raymond (Sharon) Dale of Woodbury,
Mary (Clayton) Briggs of Crookston, Greg (Edna) Dale of Wichita, Kansas,
Pam Dale of Grand Forks, Richard (Brenda) Dale of Crookston, Ronald Dale
of Crookston and David (Brenda) Dale of Fargo.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Chester & Josephine; his
uncle: Raymond; and a niece.
The memorial service for Mark Dale will be held at 2 PM, Sunday,
April 7th at Our Saviors Church, Crookston, Minnesota, with visitation
for one hour before services at the church.
Robert Louis Winand
November 26, 1934 - March 16, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Robert Louis Winand, age 78, Crookston, Minnesota, died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at his home in Crookston, surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born on November 26, 1934 in Manheim Township, York County, Pennsylvania, son of Walter and Pauline (Fridinger) Winand. He grew up and attended rural schools in Pennsylvania and entered the US Army, serving from 1958-1959 and 1961-1963 in Texas and Greenland.
He was united in marriage with Farrell Bolstad on March 4, 1961 in Temple, Texas. They made their home in Tuckerton, NJ, Alexandria, VA, Duluth, Minnesota, Gonvick , Minnesota and Trail, Minnesota, before moving to Crookston in 1970. He had worked as a plumber with Associated Plumbing and Heating in Crookston for many years, retiring in 1996. His most recent job was custodian at the rest stop, Fisher's Landing, where he had been employed for the last 10 years. His wife, Farrell, died on September 19, 1999.
Robert loved traveling to various Heritage Festivals in the region, including Cajun Fest at Walker, Minnesota, he loved to take his grandkids to Rib Fest at Cass Lake, Minnesota, and taking in car shows in the area. He had a 1963 Ford Pickup which he enjoyed working on and restoring. He was an avid reader and loved old movies, especially British movies and sitcoms. He was a volunteer at the Rollag Steam Thresher's Reunion held annually over Labor Day weekend. He and his son, Don, used to deer hunt together. Robert also enjoyed meeting his "coffee buddies" during the week.
He is survived by his children: Judi (Steve) Krueger of Crookston, Glynnis Winand of Fargo, and Don (Tracy) Winand of Brooks; twelve grandchildren: Nicole (Brent) Massmann, Kelly (Rene) Lucio, Paula Krueger, Joe Krueger, Arthur Rocha, Sally Sirjord, Solveig Sirjord, Colton, Carter and Quinn Winand, Bryce Hyland and Tyler Sandahl; eight great grandchildren: Anna, Luke and Leah Massmann, Shaina Stromquist, Amelia Aguilar, Julie Lucio, Lydia Lucio and Courtney Winand; a brother: Richard (Joan) Winand of Buchanan VA; special niece/caregiver: Elaine Jenson; and many other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Walter and Pauline; a sister: Patricia Thomas; his wife: Farrell; and two grandchildren: Tomas and Tavish Sirjord.
The memorial service for Robert Winand will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5-7 PM, Wednesday, March 20, 2013 with a prayer service at 7 PM, and also on Thursday for one hour before services at the funeral home.
Robert Allen "Bob" Cournia
December 7, 1945 - November 7, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Robert Allen "Bob" Cournia, 67, of Crookston, Minnesota, died very unexpectedly of natural causes Thursday morning, November 7th, 2013.
Bob was born in Crookston on December 7, 1945, the son of Delmont and Lorraine (Chappuis) Cournia. He was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1963. He went on to attend Hanson Mechanical Trade School in Fargo, North Dakota, graduating from there in 1965. During this time Bob also served with the National Guard for a number of years and trained at Grand Forks, North Dakota.
On October 28, 1967 he was united in marriage to Linda Morrisey at the Cathedral.
Their marriage was blessed by the births of three children: Michelle, Christopher, and Rebecca. Bob was a very proud lifelong area farmer who started out working with his father, Del, before eventually taking over the operation. During those early years his winter employment was with Dahlgren's and the Crookston Arena. In later years Bob was the exhibit coordinator for the Red River Valley Winter Shows and the International Sugarbeet Institute. Several years ago he was extremely pleased to welcome his son, Chris, to the farm and to mentor him as he began his career in farming. In 1968 Bob joined the Crookston Firefighters' Association as a member of the volunteer fire department. He was honored as 'Fireman of the Year' in 1999, and after a rewarding 40 year "other career," retired in 2008.
His favorite ways to relax included spending time with Linda and the family at Potato Lake, near Park Rapids, Minnesota; checking on the fields; and enjoying a cup of coffee at the Fire Department or with his many farm friends.
Bob was a devoted, lifelong member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; served as a eucharistic minister for the Church; and was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He also held membership in Crookston Eagles Aerie #873, and served on the board of Crookston Fuel from 1990-2007 as a director and past president. Bob was honored as West Polk County King Agassiz in 1985-86. He will long be remembered for his spirit of volunteering and giving back to his community. His legacy to his family will be his love of the land, because no matter what the season he was always planting, fertilizing, harvesting, or planning the next crop. "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." Bob will be very lovingly remembered by his family and many, many friends.
Grateful to have shared in Bob's life are his beloved wife of 46 years, Linda; their 3 children: Michelle (Rod) Erdmann and Christopher (Jacqueline) Cournia of Crookston, Minnesota, and Rebecca Cournia (Ray Broadwell) of Grand Forks, North Dakota; his dear sister, Barbara Cournia of Crookston; 7 grandchildren: Amber, Justin, and Ashleigh Erdmann, Lindsay (Brett) Anderson, and Caitlyn, Ian, and Johnathan Cournia; great-grandchildren: Landon Kraft, Ella Anderson, and Baby Anderson, due to arrive in June; and many "adopted" kids and grandkids.
Bob also leaves several aunts and uncles: Louis and Nancy Cournia of Crookston, Ester Johnson of Chicago, IL, Marvin and Rose Marie Torgerson of Racine, Wisconsin, Art and Gloria Pretory of Hemet, CA, and Melvin Podevels of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and many cousins and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Del and Lorraine; parents-in-law, John and Dorothy Morrisey; sister-in-law, Sharon Morrisey; and grandparents, Paul and Martha Chappuis, and Louie, Ann, and Jenny Cournia. May God richly bless the memory of Bob Cournia.
A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Robert Allen Cournia will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Monday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service and time for sharing of memories, and visitation also for one hour prior to the funeral service. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. Memorials may be given in Bob's name to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception or the Crookston Firefighters Association.
Pamela Kay (Tronnes) Davis
May 1, 1970 - December 18, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Pamela Kay Davis, age 43, Crookston, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at
Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Pamela Kay Tronnes was born on
May 1, 1970 in Dumas, Texas, the daughter of Gary and Louise (Day) Tronnes. The
family moved to Crookston when she was ten, at age fifteen she had her son
Joseph, at age seventeen she had her son Adam, at age nineteen her son
Bradley, at age twenty-two her son Robert, Jr. and then at age twenty-five
her son Deven. She had worked at Taco Johns and at Phoenix Industries in
Crookston and was kept busy with her household and being mom. Pamela
also provided childcare for her sister, Joann. She enjoyed reading. Her
family came first and foremost, she was the "rock" for her family, holding
things together during tough times and serving as a source of support to
her family and friends.
Pamela is survived by her significant other: Robert Rosas, Sr. of
Crookston; sons: Joseph Davis, Bradley Davis, Robert Rosas, Jr., and
Deven Rosas, all of Crookston; granddaughter: Raven Davis of Crookston;
parents: Gary & Louise Tronnes of Denison, TX; sister: Joann Heinle-Graves
of Crookston; brother: Justin Tronnes (Amanda Szczech) of Crookston; grandmother: Mary Day of Denison, TX; father-in-law: Armando Rosas of Crookston; mother-in-law: Virginia Rosas of Crystal City, TX; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friends: Melissa Myer of Devils Lake, Barb Blow and Kelly Goulet of Crookston. She was preceded in death by her son: Adam Davis; brother: Bradley Davis at age 6 weeks of SIDS in 1968; grandparents: Joseph Day, Irvet & Dorothy Tronnes; brother-in-law: Isaac Contreras in 1996; and brother-in-law: Llewelyn Heinle-Graves on October 21, 2008. May God richly bless the memory of Pamela Kay Davis.
Pamela's funeral service will be at 11 AM, Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, with the Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour before the service.
Margaret A. Kasprick
February 3, 1924 - January 17, 2013
Resided in Tacoma, Washington
Margaret A. Kasprick, 88, of Tacoma, WA, and formerly of Angus, Minnesota, died peacefully Thursday morning, January 17, 2013, at the Olympia Adult Family Home in Lakewood, WA.
Margaret was born in Roseau County, near Badger, Minnesota, on February 3, 1924, one of six children of the union of Max and Mary (Taus) Kasprick. At the age of four she moved with her family to a farm in Angus Township, near Warren, Minnesota. She attended elementary school at a nearby country school, and high school in Warren, graduating as a member of the Class of 1940. In 1943 Margaret moved to Tacoma, Washington. Her career was spent in the business world as an executive secretary for the St. Paul and Tacoma Lumber Company, where many life-long friendships were formed. Margaret thoroughly enjoyed her life in Tacoma-the panoramic scenery, and many outings made with friends to the nearby mountains and ocean. She also liked to travel, spending time in Hawaii and other distant and interesting places.
Her favorite pastimes included dancing, walking for exercise, club memberships, and participating in various social activities. Trips back to Minnesota to visit her family often included a trip to Duluth, Minnesota and the North Shore of Lake Superior, where she enjoyed gazing out over the "big water." Margaret was a lady of great faith, and a longtime member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Tacoma. Over the years she took part in many church activities and volunteered her services in any way she could. Margaret touched many lives and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Loving family members include her sister, Ruth Beiswenger of Crookston, Minnesota; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Lloyd and Adelaide Kasprick of Angus, Minnesota, Lyle and Kathleen Kasprick of Wayzata, Minnesota, and The Rev. Roger Kasprick, O.S.B., of Collegeville, Minnesota; a sister-in-law, Anne Kasprick of Angus; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Mary; a brother, Harold, who died in September of 1984; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Beiswenger, who died on June 18, 2008.
Mass of Christian Burial for Margaret A. Kasprick will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 8, 2013, in the Chapel of the Mount St. Benedict Monastery, Crookston, Minnesota, with The Very Rev. Roger Kasprick, O.S.B., presiding. Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be given in Margaret's name to the Sisters of St. Benedict or a charity of your choice.
Josephine Nora (Hogan) Vaudrin
April 30, 1920 - April 3, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Josephine N. Vaudrin, age 92, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Wednesday morning, April 3, 2013 at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston, Minnesota.
Josephine Nora Hogan was born on April 30, 1920 in Emo, Ontario, Canada, daughter of William Enos and Senja Wilhemena (Ristanen) Hogan. She began school at Emo, then moved to Gentilly, Minnesota to live with her sister, and attended the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston. From 1937 to 1942, Jo worked at St. Vincent Hospital and George Peters Grocery. In 1942, she went to Seattle, WA, where she worked in a Safeway Grocery Store.
She was united in marriage with Leopold "Paul" Vaudrin on May 9, 1943 in Long Pine, Nebraska and she returned to Crookston when Paul was on his way overseas in 1943. She raised her children. She became a US Citizen on July 25, 1945 at Crookston. From 1970 to 1984, Jo worked at H&R Block and also worked at Coast to Coast doing book work for Gale Lerum. After retiring from H&R Block and Coast to Coast, she would volunteer during tax time at the Senior Center, doing taxes for the seniors there.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Emo, St. Anne's Catholic Church in Crookston until the church closed and joined the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. She was a member of the National Catholic Society of Foresters, serving as treasurer for several years. She also worked with the funeral guilds at church. She was involved with several different card clubs over the years. She loved to play cards, doing crafts with plastic canvas, making many different things for her friends and family. Every Saturday, she would bake cookies and homemade bread. She loved to go fishing with Dad, whenever they had the chance and they liked to travel. She loved to tend to her garden, especially her raspberries, that she would share with family and friends.
She is survived by her children: John Vaudrin of Westminster, CO, Rosemary Vaudrin of Fargo, Robert (Jeri) Vaudrin of Fargo, David Vaudrin of Fort Worth, TX, Maureen (James) Laughery of Crookston; son-in-law: Jerry Duphorn of Crookston; grandchildren: Michael (Amy) Vaudrin, Christopher, April & Larry Vaudrin, all of Idaho, Justin (Amanda) Vaudrin & Monique Vaudrin, all of Colorado, Troy (Sara) Duphorn of Grand Forks, Darin (Kara) Duphorn of Bloomington, Kristin (Andrew) Slavik of Kentucky, Patricia Vaudrin of Iowa, Matthew & Mark Vaudrin of Fargo, Dana (Jeremy) Williams of Sugar Land, TX, Jill (Ryan) Keams of Chicago, Matthew (Karina) Vaudrin of Texas, Mike (Brandi) Vaudrin of Savannah, GA, Kelly, Julie, Josh, Adam Laughery of Crookston; step-grandchildren: Todd, James & Anthony Thompson; 26 great-grandchildren, 9 step great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandson & 2 step great great-grandsons; sisters: Patricia Schiebel of Kitchener, Ontario and Monica -- Sister Mary Columba of Chatham, Ontario.
She was preceded in death by her parents: William & Senja; her husband: Paul on March 31, 2001; son: James on Feb 4, 2009 and an infant son who died in October, 1959; daughter: Mary Duphorn on July 30, 2007; daughter-in-law, Diane Vaudrin, who died in July, 2012; grandson: Nathan Lindsley on April 1, 2002; 8 brothers and 7 sisters-in-law: Joseph & Mary Kathleen (Kay) Hogan, Arthur & Verna Hogan, Gordon & Mabel Hogan, Bernard & Loretta Hogan, Leo & Marie Hogan, Andrew (Andy) & Kathleen (Kay) Hogan, William & Phyllis Hogan, and an infant brother, Francis; 6 sisters and 4 brothers-in-law: Murial & James Overend, Senja & William Faber, Lillian & Michael (Mitch) Wicheruk, Phoebe Hogan, Doreen and Jean (John) Desrochers, and an infant sister, Margaret Hogan; and a brother-in-law: Mello Schiebel.
Josephine's funeral service will be held at 2 PM, Monday, April 8, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston, Minnesota, with The Rev. Vincent Miller presiding. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM, Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the church with a prayer service at 7 PM. Visitation will also be for one hour before services at the church on Monday. Burial will be at St. Peter's Cemetery, Gentilly, in the spring.
Douglas Robert Patenaude
August 22, 1960 - May 4, 2013
Resided in East Grand Forks, Minnesota
Douglas Robert Patenaude, age 52, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, died at his home late Saturday evening, May 4, 2013, of natural causes. Doug had been in ill health for several years.
He was born in Crookston, Minnesota on August 22, 1960, the son of Robert Dean and Ellen Theresa (Fortier) Patenaude. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Anne's Catholic Church, and received his education at Carmen Elementary School, Highland Middle School, and Central High School, graduating in 1978. He earned an Associate Degree in Mechanics from Bemidji (MN) Technical College, and later in life a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. As a 17-year old high school junior, Doug enlisted in the National Guard. In 1980, he was inducted into the U.S. Air Force where he served in Korea and at several United States Air Bases.
In 1989, Doug was critically injured in a bicycle/car accident while stationed at Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, UT. Subsequently, he received a medical discharge from the Air Force in 1990 with the rank of SSG-T. After several months of very specialized hospital care in Salt Lake City, UT, he was transferred to the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. With additional recovery time, Doug was able to return to Crookston to live with his parents. He later purchased a home in East Grand Forks, and had been living independently to the present time.
In spite of physical limitations, Doug lived a full and active life. He was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and participated in the Men's Prayer Group. He was a member of East Grand Forks VFW Post 3817 and East Grand Forks American Legion Post 157. Doug was especially proud of his Life Membership in the DAV (Disabled American Veterans), and the distinction of serving as North Dakota Commander during 2004-05. He enjoyed visits with his mother, and time spent with brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. The camaraderie of fellow Air Force veterans, and those who served in other branches of the military, played a large role in Doug's life, and he was very proud of his service to his Country.
Doug's memory will live forever in the hearts of his loving mother, Ellen Patenaude of Crookston, Minnesota; 5 siblings: Dan and Chris Patenaude of Perley, Minnesota, David and Jill Patenaude of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Kathy and John Bressler of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Karen Sherf of Bemidji, Minnesota, and Karla and Craig Flisk of Fargo, North Dakota; 10 nieces and nephews: Holly Patenaude, Ashley, Andrew, and Aryn Sherf, Nicolas, Lucas, Malia, Marissa, and Michael Patenaude, and Savannah Tumlinson; and other relatives. Doug was preceded in death by father, Robert "Bob" Patenaude, who died on July 18, 2006.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Douglas Robert Patenaude will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks, Minnesota with The Rev. Larry Delaney, presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston 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 Mass. Military Honors will be conducted at the Church after the Mass by the East Grand Forks VFW and American Legion Posts and DAV Chapter 2 of Grand Forks. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston on Friday at 3:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Doug's name to the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 2, PO Box 6144, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58206 or to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks, Minnesota 56721
Arlen Sylvester Hansen
May 28, 1943 - May 10, 2013
Resided in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota
Arlen Sylvester Hansen, 69, of Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, and a former Crookston, Minnesota, resident, died Friday, May 10, 2013, at his residence of natural causes. Arlen's funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2013, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Larry Delaney, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
William Owen "Bill" Crane
March 21, 1935 - May 16, 2013
Resided in Eldred, Minnesota
William Owen "Bill" Crane, age 78, of rural Eldred, Minnesota, and a former longtime Crookston, Minnesota resident and businessman, died Thursday afternoon, May 16, 2013, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
Bill was born on March 21, 1935 at Winona, Minnesota, the son of William and Otelia (Quamme) Crane. As an infant he moved with his family to Crookston, where he grew up and was confirmed at the Evangelical Covenant Church. Bill's education began as a member of the first ever lst grade class at Eugene Field Elementary School. He graduated from Central High School with the Class of 1953. While in high school Bill played baseball and football, delivered newspapers in Sampson's Addition, and started working at Northern Hardware and Plumbing. After graduation he continued his employment with Northern Plumbing, while also enlisting in the Minnesota National Guard. He served with the Guard from 1953-61, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.
On July 25, 1959 Bill was united in marriage to Marilyn Yvonne Mellom at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. Their marriage was blessed by the births of two children, Dan and Diane. Bill later began working for Associated Plumbing in Crookston. In 1965 he established his own business, Crane Plumbing and Heating. With Marilyn at his side, assisting as needed, Bill operated his very successful business until 1990. For the next five years he served as the Maintenance Supervisor for American Crystal Sugar in Crookston, before becoming Field Supervisor for Industrial Contract Services of Grand Forks. Very sadly, Marilyn passed away on August 16, 2007 after a lengthy illness. Bill retired from ICS in 2012 due to his own declining health.
He was a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a former president of the congregation. He was a member of the UMC Athletic Boosters, and a member and past president of the Crookston Jaycees and Chamber of Commerce. Bill was a 49-year member of Eagles Aerie #873, and belonged to the Crookston Masonic Lodge-Pierson Chapter, and Kem Temple Shrine of Grand Forks. As a young man Bill enjoyed racing stock cars. But after a rather serious crash during one of his races, Marilyn told him it was either "me or racing." Bill made the intelligent choice, and the result was a happy life. He also found a new way to channel some of his boundless energy by restoring early model Fords.
Bill and Marilyn were both avid bowlers, and participated in a mixed doubles league together, while also bowling in their own leagues. Over the years Bill enjoyed golfing, deer hunting with friends, and company fishing trips to Caribou Lake in Ontario, Canada. Bill and Marilyn were very active in the Pirate Boosters and Blue Line Club, and for several years Bill worked the penalty box for Pirate Hockey home games; only locking his son, Dan, up once. Bill and Marilyn enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, while also making trips to Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. Bill's greatest joy was always his family. He was very proud of Dan and Brenda, and Diane and Rick, and enjoyed nothing more than keeping up with his granddaughters' successes in sports and other activities. Bill had many great friends and he will truly be missed by all who shared in his life.
Loving family members include his son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Brenda Crane of Crookston, Minnesota; daughter, Diane Crane, and her special friend, Rick Halverson, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; three granddaughters, Elizabeth, Caitlin (fiance', Max LaCoursiere), and Madison Crane; two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law: Lois Miller of Oxbow, Sask., Canada, Carole and Bill Nelson of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, and Ralph Mellom of Greenville, SC; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Marilyn, his beloved wife of forty-eight years, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Otelia; and an infant brother. May God bless Bill's memory.
Bill's life will be celebrated during a memorial service to be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, Minnesota, with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation with family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston, with Military Honors provided by the Crookston Veterans Council.
Aaron Mark Applequist
September 4, 1957 - December 29, 2012
Resided in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aaron Mark Applequist died on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at the
Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Mn of natural causes,
at age 55.
He was born September 4, 1957 to Rudolph A. Applequist and Marjorie
[Rustad] Applequist in Crookston, and was baptized and confirmed in the
Hafslo Lutheran Church, rural Crookston. His mother was stricken ill in
1959 and he went to live with an aunt and uncle, Mayme and George
Gilbertson, at Duluth, Mn. He later came back to rural Crookston to
live with his siblings and uncles, Melvin and John. He graduated from
Fertile School in 1975. He lived in the Minneapolis area after graduating,
with many of those years spent working for a landscape contractor. In the
late 1980's he became disabled, yet still worked part time at various jobs.
Despite his illness he was a kind, very friendly, thoughtful, and gentle
GIANT, with a deep faith in God.
Left to mourn Aaron is a special friend, Francie Riehm of Minneapolis; siblings: Rudy Applequist, Judy Magsam [Jerry Sandberg], and Howard and Pam Applequist, all of Crookston, Richard and Connie Applequist of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jacalyn and Bob Clark of Keshena, Wi, and Janine Applequist (Tim Badley) of San Jose, Costa Rica; nieces and nephews: Rhonda and Larry Amundson and Crystal, Geffery and Lillie Magsam, Alyshea and Garrett, Gwen and Dale Feist, Lee and Tiara Applequist and Oliver, Cami Applequist, Cori Applequist, Laura Clark and Alaster and Robert Clark; and an aunt, Orella Rustad Of Crookston. Also many special cousins including those who were more like siblings, Janice and Mike Sullivan and family, and Jim Gilbertson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marjorie in 1961 and Rudolph in 1962, a brother-in-law, George Magsam; uncles, Melvin and John Applequist, and Orville Rustad; aunts and uncles: Mayme and George Gilbertson, Arnie and Dorothy Rustad, Cleo and Bill Charchenko, Julia Temanson, and Margaret Pett. May God richly bless the memory of Aaron Applequist.
We wish to thank everyone who was a part of Aaron's life including those who lifted him in prayer. Thanks also to Stenshoel Houske Funeral Home for your help in our grief.
A grave side service of memories will be held Monday, May 27, 2013, at 2:00 pm at the Hafslo Cemetery, rural Crookston. Memories can be sent to Cami Applequist at 255 East Kellogg Blvd #510, St. Paul, Mn 55101, officiant for the service.
Dale H. Wagner
May 22, 1937 - June 23, 2013
Resided in Springfield, Missouri
Dale H. Wagner, age 76, of Springfield, MO, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, at his home.
Dale was born on May 22, 1937 at rural Fisher, Minnesota, one of four children of the union of Herbert and Olga (Ross) Wagner. He grew up on the family farm, was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and attended Fisher schools, graduating from Fisher High School in 1955. He served with the U.S. Navy during the mid-1950's and returned to Fisher following his honorable discharge.
On July 3, 1959 Dale was united in marriage to Sharon Johnson at Fisher. He spent 35 years working as a field engineer for the railroad before retiring.
After retirement Dale developed a passion for gardening; and looked forward to the first day of planting, the first day of picking, and best of all, the first day of enjoying. Among his many accomplishments through gardening were his beautiful assortments of roses, and growing delicious red and white potatoes, sweet peas, green beans, and much more.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Sharon; two daughters, Sheila Mata, and Michelle (Robert) Stout of Springfield, MO; three grandchildren: Jeremy Stout, Justin (Samantha) Stout, and Alesha (Jeff) Scott; and four great-grandchildren: Karlee Stout-Scott, Kaydyn Stout, Paityn Stout, and Annabelle Blanks-Fisher. He also leaves a sister, Etta McDonald of Fisher, Minnesota; two brothers, William (Helen) Wagner of Roseau, Minnesota, and Roger (Cheryl) Wagner of Fisher; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. May God richly bless Dale's memory.
The funeral service for Dale Wagner will be at 2 p.m., Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Fisher Lutheran Church, Fisher, Minnesota, with The Rev. Karen Young Trenne, officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the Funeral. Interment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery, Fisher, with military honors provided by Theodore Stalemo American Legion Post #242 of Fisher.
Kent Allen Bushard
May 2, 1958 - July 2, 2013
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
May 2, 1958 -- July 2, 2013
Kent A. Bushard, age 55, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Tuesday morning, July 2, 2013 at his home in Crookston, with his wife and sister at his side. Kent was born on May 2, 1958 in Bismarck, son of Ronald and Roseann (Anderson) Bushard. He grew up there and went through eighth grade, when he moved to Driscoll, North Dakota, where he graduated from high school. He worked on a farm and drove truck over-the-road for a few years.
He also worked on the Mississippi River out of the Twin Cities on a tow boat (a favorite job of his career). He moved to Crookston with Wanzek Construction, while working on construction at the Crystal Sugar factory and continued to work with Wanzek as a field superintendent for twenty-two years, working on the Ralph Engelstad Arena, the Alerus Center, bridges throughout the region and wind farms in Florida, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. He worked for a short time as a welder. He and his wife, Linda, have been together for twenty-five years and raised four children together.
He enjoyed motorcycle riding including a trip to Denver 9-11 Freedom Rally: Colorado Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride, charity runs for diabetes, heart and teddy bear runs, and a number of benefit rides. He enjoyed camping, fishing, ice fishing and spending time with family. He was a member of ABATE of Minnesota and the Crookston Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife: Linda of Crookston; four children: Trevor Bushard (Danielle Renwick) of Bradenton, FL, Shane Bushard of Moose Lake, Michael Jensen of Grand Forks, and Laura Jensen of Crookston; former daughter-in-law and friend: Tara Bushard of Crookston; eight grandchildren: Maribel, Nico, Jasmine, Revan, David, Simon, Bane & Bree; two siblings: Debbie Bushard of Crookston and Rodnee Bushard (Rachelle Cartier) of Crookston; his dog: Gizmo; and his cat: Bailey. He was preceded in death by his parents: Ronald & Roseann Bushard; and all of his grandparents.
Kent's funeral will be held at 3 PM, Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, Minnesota. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 PM, Saturday at the funeral home.
Clarence H. Sargent
July 5, 1922 - August 18, 2013
Resided in Osakis, Minnesota
Clarence H. Sargent, 91, of Osakis, Minnesota and formerly of Crookston, Minnesota, died Sunday, August 18, 2013, at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, Minnesota.
Clarence was born on July 5, 1922, the third child of J. Howard and Ethel (Rose) Sargent of Crookston, a farming family in the Red River Valley of northern Minnesota. As a boy he learned how to farm from his father, and also showed hogs at the Red River Valley Winter Shows. He attended high school at the Northwest School of Agriculture, which today is known as the University of Minnesota--Crookston, and graduated in 1941.
Clarence was united in marriage to Edna Adell Paulsrud on October 19, 1945 at Nielsville, Minnesota. Together, Clarence and Edna farmed and raised Holstein cattle and Poland China hogs for several years until health issues caused him to give up farming. Clarence then became a banker, first in St. Paul, Minnesota for the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank, before settling in Osakis, Minnesota in 1958, where he worked as an agricultural loan officer for First National Bank of Osakis, eventually becoming vice president.
Clarence was a long time member and supporter of the First Presbyterian Church in Osakis, serving several terms as an elder of the church. He was a past-president of the Osakis Chamber of Commerce, and worked tirelessly to promote the city. Clarence was also a member of the initial search committee, responsible for bringing a nursing home facility to Osakis, and was very proud of that success. He was an original member of the Osakis Lions Club, served several terms as the local Salvation Army representative, was president of the State 4-H Federation, and also served on the Northwest School of Agriculture Alumni Board. In addition, Clarence was a member to the Valley Dairyman's Association, served as the Douglas County representative for the Glacial Ridge Trail, and was also co-chair for Osakis Achievement Days.
Over the years Clarence enjoyed bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing and woodworking. In recent years poor vision and hearing had curtailed those activities. Clarence was a strong supporter of the local school, especially as a fan at many of the sporting and fine arts events. The Sargent's also supported many local charities and scholarships. Clarence and Edna enjoyed several wonderful trips, including travel to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, England, Alaska and a Rhine River Cruise. Clarence also traveled twice to Africa to photograph wild animals, and to Italy on an agricultural tour.
Clarence is survived by his wife of 67 years, Edna Sargent of Osakis; a son, James (Diane) Sargent of Brookfield, Wisconsin, three daughters, Margaret (John) Gunderson of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Diana Moon of Fargo, North Dakota and Janna (Dennis) Warcup of Fargo, North Dakota; 4 grandchildren, David (Elaina) Moon of Yakima, WA, Elizabeth (Robert) Engle of St. Louis, MO, Katherine (Zachary) Sattler of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Deborah Moon of Seattle, WA; and a sister, Marlys (Orvis) Engelstad of Florence, AL. Preceding him in death are his parents; a brother, J. Edward Sargent; and two sisters, Lois (Ray) Smith and Marion (William) Barron. May God richly bless the memory of Clarence Sargent.
The funeral service for Clarence H. Sargent will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church in Osakis, Minnesota with The Rev. Tim Sutton, officiating. Organist is Ellen Bangtson. Honorary pallbearers are Don Enger, Bob Ferris, Dennis Leaunart, George Bischoff, James Adams, James Carpenter, Lillian Clark and Helen Botzet. Active casket bearers are Chub Hensley, Jason Leaunart, Wayne Olson, Mark Reicks, Ron Eldred and Gary Mikkelson. An additional visitation will be held at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, Minnesota from 11am -- 1 pm, Friday, August 23rd, followed by a graveside service at 1:15pm at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston. Casket bearers will be Douglas and Randy Paulsrud, Dennis Ayotte, Craig Fontaine, Eugene and Bruce Hanson.
Greg S. Schreck
March 7, 1953 - January 3, 2014
Resided in Gentilly, Minnesota
Greg S. Schreck, age 60, Gentilly, Minnesota, and formerly Euclid,
Minnesota, died Friday, January 3, 2014, with his loving wife and sister
at his side. Greg was born on March 7, 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota,
son of Paul and Penelope (Erickson) Schreck. He grew up in Coon Rapids
and Blaine and graduated from the Coon Rapids Senior High School in 1972.
He enlisted in the US Army and served from 1972 until 1979, working with
small arms repair. Following discharge from the Army, he returned to
Minneapolis and then to Champlin. He attended Anoka Votech and graduated
from their mechanic's program. He owned and operated at resort on Lake
of the Woods for a few years, before selling the resort and moving to
Fourteen years ago, he moved to Crookston, where he lived for a short
time before finding a small acreage near Euclid, where he could raise
chickens and Scottish Highland cattle. Over the years, he had worked
as a mechanic, repairing pumps at service stations and had also worked
at a gun club, repairing guns. Greg enjoyed hunting, was a fanatic about
fishing (especially on his favorite lake, Cass Lake) and loved to be
outdoors all summer long. During deer season, he also was known for his
skill at meat processing.
Survivors include: his wife, Cheryl; his mother, Penelope Schreck of
Cambridge, Minnesota; sister, Christy Woster of Cambridge, Minnesota;
two brothers, Peter (Claudia) Schreck of Isanti, Minnesota and Karl
(Christine) Schreck of Shafer, Minnesota; step-children: Jody (Nathan)
Morlan of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Stephanie Strom of Denver, CO, and
Alanna Strom of Crookston, Minnesota; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father: Paul Schreck; brother-in-law:
David Woster and step-son: Nevin Strom.
A Gathering Time in Greg's Memory will be held from 1 to 3 PM, Saturday,
February 8th at the Crookston American Legion. Stenshoel-Houske is assisting
Dr. Howard M. Wikoff
December 23, 1915 - January 6, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Dr. Howard M. Wikoff, 98, of Crookston, Minnesota, a longtime Internal
Medicine specialist with the Northwestern Clinic, died peacefully at his
home Monday evening, January 6, 2014, with members of his family at his
A memorial service for Howard will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday,
January 10, 2014, in the Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston
with The Rev. Michelle Miller, officiating. Visitation with the family
will be for one hour prior to the service. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral
Home is assisting with funeral arrangements.
Clarence Ervin Reitmeier
September 18, 1917 - April 11, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Clarence Ervin Reitmeier, 96, of Crookston, Minnesota, died at his rural home on Friday afternoon, April 11, 2014, with his loving wife, Doris, and their children at his side. Clarence was born at Crookston on September 18, 1917, the son of Fred and Katherine (Wigand) Reitmeier. He grew up on the family farm in Fanny Township, was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston, and attended the Fanny Township Country School, otherwise known as the 'Tin Schoolhouse.'
It can be truthfully said that Clarence was a farmer from the time he could first walk. During the early years he worked the soil using horse drawn equipment covering a few acres a day, and eventually drove huge multi-horsepower tractors and other equipment that could plant and harvest hundreds of acres a day. He was grateful to have been mentored by his father, Fred, and especially proud to have mentored his son, Jim, and son-in-law, Dan, as they began their own lives as farmers. During his career Clarence was always optimistic about what lay ahead during the coming year, and the ones to follow; and it can also be truthfully said that he didn't retire until drawing his last breath on Friday.
Clarence was united in marriage to Doris A. Ross on November 14, 1940
at the home of her parents, Ferdinand and Minnie Ross of Fisher, Minnesota.
Scripture used for their ceremony included the verse, "I will never leave
thee or forsake thee", a creed that they embraced throughout 73 years of
marriage. Clarence and Doris called their farm in Fanny Township home to
the present time, and is where, together, they raised five children:
Jeanette, Elaine, Carol, Connie, and Jim. Very sadly, their son, Calvin,
died just a few days after birth in 1945. While the kids were growing up,
showing horses became one of their passions.
Though Clarence may have had a hard time understanding why they would
want to be out in the hot sun showing horses instead of lazing by the
lake, swimming and fishing, he rarely ever missed one of their events.
Fishing and hunting were favorite pastimes, almost as important to him
as breathing, and he loved those times spent with family and friends.
In his younger days he taught himself to play the harmonica, and
played his entire repertoire by ear. In later years, as it became more
difficult to get up and down from the tractor, Clarence became more of
a gardener, surprising his kids by leaving boxes of things he grew on
Clarence and Doris were longtime members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church
and he served several terms as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Clarence
was also on the Fanny Township Board for many years, and belonged to the
Farmers Union. Faith, family, farming, and friends were the hallmarks of
his life. He was patient, forgiving, and a smile or word of encouragement
was never far from his lips. He leaves Doris and their family with the
knowledge that he is OK and they will all be together again. In the
meantime, "enjoy the moment." Blessed be Clarence's memory.
Loving family members include his beloved wife, Doris; five children:
Jeanette "Jan" and Dick Hanson of West Chicago, IL, Elaine and Corky
Miller, Carol and Tom Hunt, Connie and Dan Cooley, and Jim and Robin
Reitmeier, all of Crookston, Minnesota; 11 grandchildren: Lori (Alex)
Munoz, Lisa (Jim) Gardner, Bryan (Denise) Hanson, Jessica (Casey)
McKenna, Orion Miller, Katie (Andy) Fee, Clarence "Carl" (Dawn) Hunt,
Sarah Cooley, Kristi (Erik) Griffin, Jackie (Brandon) Otway, and Kelly
Reitmeier; and 17 great-grandchildren: Amanda (Conor) Grealsh, Cristie
and Alexandria Munoz, Emily and Eddie Forsythe, Jon, Hannah, and Quyn
Gardner, James and Cathryn Hanson, Hannah Cook, Hayley, Kylie, Nicole
and Daniele McKenna, and Addie and Kelby Fee. He also leaves a sister,
Alice (Curtis) Pierce of Benson, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews,
and other relatives.
In addition to his son, Calvin, Clarence was preceded in death by
his parents, Fred and Katherine; and two sisters, Edna Reitmeier and
The funeral service and celebration the life of Clarence Ervin Reitmeier will be held at 10:30am, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-7PM, with a 7PM prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Memorial may be given in Clarence's name to the Our Savior's Lutheran Church School.
Charles William Hoff
December 16, 1954 - April 1, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Charles William Hoff, 59, of rural Crookston, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, April 1, 2014, of natural causes while at work in the shop at MinnesotaDOT headquarters in Crookston where he had been employed since 1988.
Charles was born on December 16, 1954 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the son of Ernest George Hoff and Eunice (Nieness) Hoff. Following the death of his father when he was 10 years old, Charles and his family lived in other area communities before settling in Middle River, Minnesota, where he graduated from Middle River High School. Charles then took courses in carpentry at the Thief River Falls AVTI and began working in construction. In 1982 he enlisted in the US Army National Guard and proudly served for 21 years, retiring in 2003.
On August 18, 1984 Charles was united in marriage to Wendy Meyer at Argusville, North Dakota. At that time he was working for the American Crystal Sugar Company in Hillsboro, North Dakota, and the couple made their home in Hillsboro. Over the next several years their marriage was blessed by the births of three children: Adam, Megan, and Toni. The family later moved to Crookston, Thief River Falls, and Crookston again. Charles began his employment with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in 1988 and had been with MinnesotaDOT as a highway technician to the present time.
Charles was a longtime member of Crookston's Nels T. Wold American Legion Post #20, and the MinnesotaDOT Union. In the past he served as a local Boy Scout leader. He enjoyed doing art and crafting projects with his children when they were younger. Charles was a great husband and father, who will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his family and many friends. May God bless his memory.
Grateful to have shared in Charles' life is his beloved wife of 29 years, Wendy; their three children: Adam, a student at UMC in Crookston, Megan of Crookston, and Toni, at home; a granddaughter, Elliona Angel May; 2 brothers, Tim (Kay) Hoff of Cummings, North Dakota and Tom (Joy) Hoff of Minot, North Dakota; a sister, Carolyn Johnson of Middle River, Minnesota; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Eunice; brother-in-law, Delmar Johnson; and parents-in-law, Kenneth and Sally Meyer.
The funeral service for Charles William Hoff will be held at 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston with The Rev. Michelle Miller and The Rev. Bill Humiston, co-officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4:00 p.m., with a 4:00 p.m. 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 the Minnesota National Guard Honors Unit from Moorhead, Minnesota, and interment will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, in the spring.
James E. Mix, Sr.
February 9, 1959 - March 28, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
James E. Mix, Sr., known as Jim, age 55, of Crookston, died Friday, March 28, 2014 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Jim was born on February 9, 1959 at Belle Fourche, SD, son of Hubert and Nomia (Browning) Mix. The family moved around quite a bit from Wyoming to Minnesota, then on to Illinois and Mississippi. After attending Manteno High School, Jim worked with Clark Oil in Illinois, Iowa and Florida.
Jim then moved to Crookston and was united in marriage to Nancy Hale in 1981. Unfortunately, Nancy passed away from diabetic complications in May of 1986, shortly after they had moved to Florida. Jim returned to Crookston in 1988 and was united in marriage to Kimberly Lopatowski on April 20, 1990. Jim worked at Hardee's, SuperAmerica, IC Muggs, and for the last ten years at Cenex in Fisher as the convenience store manager. Jim also enjoyed his two years as a Cub Scout Troop Leader.
He is survived by his three daughters and a son: Kayse Mix, Amber (Michael) Kunstleben, Taylor Mix, and James Mix, Jr., all of Crookston, Minnesota: three grandchildren: Cadin Rubischung, Alexis Ibarra and Janessa Ibarra; siblings: Bonnie (Reidus) Johnson of Minto, North Dakota, Beverly (Eugene) Hudson of Shawneetown, IL, Tommy (Kathy) Mix of Crookston, Minnesota, and Richard Mix of Rochester, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents: Hubert and Nomia Mix; a sister: Debra Ann (Mix) Thrasher and his first wife: Nancy.
Jim's funeral will be held at 3 PM, Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, with the Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with arrangements.
Clifford Navel Oftelie
November 13, 1926 - March 22, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Clifford Navel "Cliff" Oftelie, 87, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully early Saturday morning, March 22, 2014, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
Cliff was born at Fargo, North Dakota on November 13, 1926, the oldest of five sons of the union of Knute and Helen (Classen) Oftelie. He came with his parents to Crookston as an infant, and received his education at the Lincoln School. Cliff enlisted in the United State Marine Corps in 1945 and served stateside at Parris Island, SC, Camp Lejeune, NC, and Washington, DC. On April 12, 1947 he was united in marriage to Verleth Hattie Finneman at St. Olaf's Catholic Church in Minneapolis. The couple made their home in Crookston until 1950 when they moved to Puyallup, WA. Cliff was employed there for a few years before the family returned to Crookston in 1953. He worked as a self-employed contractor and painter until retiring in 1988, and gained a solid reputation as an honest, trustworthy man, and a very hard worker.
Cliff was a 52-year member of Crookston's Nels T. Wold American Legion Post #20, and a former member of Eagles Aerie 873 and the Sons of Norway Morgensol Lodge. He was a history buff; enjoyed going to farm sales and finding collectibles; loved being outdoors; and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Cliff also had a hobby farm near Mentor, where he and Verleth would spend time. He would get to drive his 1942 Ford tractor around, and together they would tend the garden. Cliff was a wonderful husband to Verleth, and always took care of his family. He will be very sadly missed.
Cliff leaves his beloved wife, Verleth, a resident of the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston; son, Clifford Oftelie Jr. of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; daughters, Sandi Oftelie and Carole (Gaylord) Christle of Moorhead, Minnesota; 4 grandchildren: Eric Swenson of Raleigh, NC, Shannon Wollertson of Wichita, KS, Ashley Wollertson of Ft. Myers, FL, and Matthew Oftelie of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; 4 great-grandchildren: Kyler, Dillon, Beth, and Bailey; 2 sisters-in-law, Doris Oftelie of Huntington Beach, CA and Judy Oftelie of Maple Lake, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Knute and Helen; and his 4 brothers: Burton, James, Gerald "Jerry", and Larry. Blessed be Cliff's memory.
The funeral service for Clifford Oftelie will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council and interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, later this spring.
Ingman E. Thoreson, Jr.
April 17, 1927 - March 17, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Ingman E. Thoreson, Jr., age 86, Crookston, died Monday, March 17, 2014 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Ingman was born on April 17, 1927 at rural Climax, son of Ingman, Sr. and Emma (Eken) Thoreson. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school. He was united in marriage with Patricia "Pat" Ryan on June 12, 1947 at the Trinity Lutheran Church parsonage in Crookston by Pastor Haugen. The couple made their home on his parent's farm in Roome Township, rural Climax, until purchasing a farmstead in Tynsid Township, near Climax and moving there in 1950. They farmed in the Climax area until retiring in 1990 and moving into Crookston in October of 1997.
Their farm was recognized as a Century Farm in 1976. He and Pat traveled in a motor home for a while and spent winters in Florida, Texas, California and Arizona and also took a couple of trips to Hawaii. Following the move to Crookston, Ingman received the first "Good Neighbor Award" for helping his neighbors by blowing snow out of driveways and off sidewalks. Ingman and Pat were faithful members of the Sand Hill Lutheran Church. His wife, Pat, died on November 19, 2012.
Ingman is survived by his son: Tom (Jan) Thoreson of Moorhead, Minnesota; daughter-in-law: Lynn (Paul) Strodtbeck of Grand Rapids, MI; five grandchildren: Wayne (Lisa) Thoreson of Climax, Shari (Greg) Wiersma of Allendale, MI, Mikell (Jennifer) Thoreson of Mayville, WI, Chad (Jennifer) Thoreson of West Fargo, North Dakota and Lori (Scott) Rush of Grand Rapids, MI; nine great-grandchildren: Alexis, Logan, Garrett, Gabrielle, Hallie, Parker, Lily-an, Levi and Caden; siblings: Arlone Cymbaluk of Crookston, Delano (Janice) Thoreson of Climax, JoAnn (Gerald) Johnson of East Grand Forks; brother-in-law: Eddie Moser of Medina, North Dakota; sister-in-law: Diane (Everett) Marshall of Thief River Falls; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Ingman, Sr. and Emma; his wife of 65 years: Pat; a son: Gary, who died in 1971; a sister: Delores Smith Moser; a sister-in-law: Kay Askeland; brothers-in-law: Ed Askelund, Warren Smith and Marvin Cymbaluk; and a sister-in-law & brother-in-law: Gloria & Veril Hagen. May God richly bless the memory of Ingman Edward Thoreson, Jr.
Ingman's funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Monday at Sand Hill Lutheran Church, rural Climax. Rev. Joy Grainger will officiate. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and also for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in the Sand Hill Lutheran Cemetery, rural Climax.
Ronald M. Solheim
March 1, 1934 - March 16, 2014
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Ronald M. Solheim, known as Ron, age 80, Crookston, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Villa St. Vincent with his loving family at his side. Ron was born on March 1, 1934 in Crookston, Minnesota, son of Julius and Ida (Skretvedt) Solheim. He attended country school. He worked for area farmers and Elk River Concrete in Crookston from 1953 to 1955, before joining the army. He earned his GED while serving in the US Army. Following his time in the army, he returned to Elk River Concrete, where he worked from 1958 to 1968.
He was united in marriage with Mary Jane Urness on February 21, 1959 at the Hafslo Lutheran Church, rural Crookston. They lived at rural Crookston until moving into Crookston in October of 1977. He attended the Weber Data Processing School in Fargo in 1968, after which he worked for Minnekota Power in Grand Forks, North Dakota as a computer operator and later became the operations supervisor, working there for twenty-five years, retiring in 1994. Following retirement, he and Mary enjoyed traveling. He and Mary were long time members of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Ron is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Solheim of Crookston; six children: Cindy (Mark) Meyer of Crookston, Wanda (Tom) Proulx of Crookston, Rick Solheim of Crookston, Mike (Brenda) Solheim of Bemidji, Bruce (Stacey) Solheim of Eagan and Kim (Chris) McMenamy of Marengo, IL; fourteen grandchildren: Carisa (Scott) Wright, Brett Meyer, Jennifer (Joseph) DelVecchio, Emily Meyer, Shannon Ringstad, Nicole (Kris) Nelson, Heather (Ryan) Palm, Shane Proulx, Tanner & Amber Solheim, Kaleigh & Allie Solheim, and Maisie & Jack McMenamy; eight great-grandchildren: Emma & Ashton Wright, Katelyn & Kamryn Ringstad, Ryker, Rylee & Reid Nelson and Brodie Meyer; three brothers: Harvey (Janet) Solheim of Crookston, Eugene (Carol) Solheim of Crookston, Don (Mary Beth) Solheim of Crookston; a sister-in-law: Marilyn Solheim of Crookston; and a brother-in-law: Ronald Urness of West Fargo.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents: Julius and Ida Solheim; and infant brother, who died in 1935; a brother: Ardel, who died in 1973 and a sister-in-law: Ila Urness.
Ron's funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston, with Rev. Jo Gast and Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston from 5 to 7 PM, Friday, with a prayer service at 7 PM and also with visitation for one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at the Hafslo Cemetery, rural Crookston in the spring. Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston is assisting with the arrangements.
Ivah Gladys Drumheller
August 20, 1921 - May 9, 2014
Resided in Grand Forks, North Dakota
Ivah G. Drumheller, age 92, Grand Forks, North Dakota (formerly Fisher, Minnesota) died of cancer Friday, May 9, 2014 at Maple View Memory Care in Grand Forks. Ivah Gladys Newhouse was born on August 20, 1921 in Crookston, Minnesota, daughter of William "WC" and Grace (Avery) Newhouse. She grew up in Crookston and was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston.
Ivah was united in marriage with Alexander Drumheller on September 24, 1941 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston. They lived at Fisher, Minnesota, while Alex continued to work for the Great Northern Railroad. They owned and operated the Fisher Confectionary Shop in Fisher from 1957 to 1961. Ivah worked in the sugar beet and potato harvests and also was an Avon Representative. She lived at the Good Samaritan Center in East Grand Forks from 2004 to 2013. Her husband, Alex, died on September 3, 2005. She entered the Maple View Memory Care in Grand Forks in 2013.
Ivah was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fisher, the Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid. She had also been involved with the Kittson 4-H.
Survivors include her daughter: Judy (Phillip) Yagla of Grand Forks; her son: Dennis Drumheller of Columbia Falls, MT; five grandchildren: David, Dan and Steve Yagla, Megan and Michelle Drumheller; five great-grandchildren: Alex, William and Charles Yagla, Andrew and KayLee Yagla; sisters-in-law: Lyla Newhouse of Crookston, Verna Newhouse of Grand Forks, and Rosemary Nelson of Virginia, Minnesota. Ivah was preceded in death by her parents: William and Grace Newhouse; brothers: Earl, Harold, Glenn, Kenneth and Irvin Newhouse; sister: Luella Whitney; great-grandson: Jonathan Yagla, niece: Joyce Tanguay; nephews: Gerald Newhouse and Randy Newhouse.
Ivah's funeral service will be at 11 AM, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fisher, Minnesota, with The Rev. David Laue, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, Minnesota. Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with the arrangements.
Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church, Fisher or the American Cancer Society.
Daniel Clarence Gruhot
September 24, 1962 - April 12, 2014
Resided in Ashburn, Virginia
Daniel Clarence Gruhot, 51, of Ashburn, Virginia, and a Crookston,
Minnesota native, died accidently at his home on Saturday, April 12, 2014,
while working on his classic Camaro.
Dan was born in Crookston on September 24, 1962, the son of David and
Delores (Pokrzywinski) Gruhot. He was baptized and confirmed in the
Catholic faith and while growing up on the family farm attended Lincoln
Elementary, Highland Middle School, and Central High School in Crookston.
Dan enlisted in the US Army on July 16, 1980 and served overseas in Germany
for nearly all of his tour of duty. For his service to his country he was
awarded the Expert Rifleman Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service
Ribbon, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.
He received his honorable discharge on July 16, 1983 and returned home.
Dan later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and was employed in the construction
business, both there and in Arizona. After moving to Ashburn, Virginia,
Dan began working for the Telos Corp as an OEM (Original Equipment
Manufacturer) manager. He had been with the Company for the past 23
years and was a very valued employee who will be sadly missed by his
supervisors and co-workers. Dan had been sharing a home in Ashburn with
his best friend of 34 years, Adam Warmsbecker, a native of the McIntosh,
Dan was a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings; exhibited by the
fact that he wore some kind of Viking t-shirt or jersey every day of
his life, named his dog, "Viking", and it was rumored that his blood
flowed purple. He also enjoyed working on, and driving, his 1980 Chevrolet
Camaro. Dan remained loyal to his hometown and kept up with the news from
Crookston everyday by going online to find out what was happening. He
called his mother, Delores, every Tuesday without fail, and spoke with
his brothers and sisters regularly as well. Everyone, family and friend
alike, loved Dan, and he will be remembered for always living his life
according to the Golden Rule. May God bless Dan's memory.
Dan is survived by his mother, Delores Gruhot, of Crookston, Minnesota;
three brothers and five sisters: David (Sandi) Gruhot of Fargo, North
Dakota, Louis (Debbie) Gruhot of West Valley City, UT, Jeanette (Kevin)
Pierce of Grand Forks, North Dakota, his twin sister, Diane (Ron) Martin
of Grand Forks, Kathy (Curt) Aamot of Crookston, Robert (Heidi) Gruhot
of Gaithersburg, MD, Patsy Clement (fiance' David Rynestad) of Grand Forks,
and Sue (Dave) LeGare of Dilworth, Minnesota; his best friend, Adam
Warmsbecker of Ashburn, VA; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles,
Dan was preceded in death by his father, David T. Gruhot,
who died on September 20, 2001; his grandparents, Stanley and
Lucille Gruhot, and Florian and Helen Pokrzywinski.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Daniel Clarence Gruhot will be held
on Monday, April 21, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
in Crookston with The Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be
for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary
Cemetery, Crookston, with military honors provided by the Crookston
Almor LeRoy Halvorson
Born: November 05, 1934
Died: January 18, 2015
Almor Halvorson, age 80, of Trail, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday,
January 18, 2015, at Essentia Health Hospital in Fosston. Funeral services
will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 26th, at the Carlin-Hoialmen
Funeral Home in Fosston with Pastor Dawn Hanson officiating. Interment
will be in Sand Valley Lutheran Cemetery, Trail, at a later date.
Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Monday
evening at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the
National Guard Honors Team and arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen
Funeral Home of Fosston. Messages of condolence may be sent at
Almor LeRoy Halvorson was born on November 5, 1934 in Trail,
Minnesota to parents Raymond and Ingella Berg Halvorson. After his father
passed away at a young age, Almor was raised by his mother and step-father,
Alf Lund. He grew up and attended school in Trail.
Almor entered the United States Air Force in December of 1951. He served
four years in Japan during the Korean War. He then re-enlisted and spent
nearly two more years in Europe. He received his honorable discharge in
March of 1956 and returned to the States. He worked various jobs in
California, the oil fields in Texas, and did custom combining in Montana
and North Dakota. He was mostly known as a "Jack of all trades" with the
ability to build or fix about anything.
After his step-father, Alf, passed away, Almor moved back to Trail to
take care of his mother. Since that time, he has been a resident of Trail.
Almor loved children and animals and enjoyed going to flea markets. He was
always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Almor passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Essentia Health
Hospital in Fosston at the age of 80 years.
Survivors include his sister, Valerie (Bill) Fritz of McIntosh, Minnesota;
brother, Ronald (Colene) Halvorson of Redding, CA; sister-in-law, Sara
Halvorson of Placerville, CA; and many nieces, nephews, great and
great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father; brothers, Roger,
Merrill, and Raymond; sister, Virginia Barstad; sister-in-law, Donna
Halvorson; and niece, Julie Fritz.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home
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Fosston, MN 56542
Carole Marie (Berg) Engelstad
March 20, 1932 - January 20, 2015
Carole Marie Engelstad, 82, Mentor, Minnesota, died on Tuesday,
January 20, 2015, at the Riverview Health Care Center, Crookston, Minnesota.
She was born on March 20, 1932, in Starkweather, North Dakota, to
Christ and Marie (Svidalsnes) Berg. Her parents raised a tight-knit
Norwegian family, which transcended down into Carole's children and
grandchildren. She attended school in Starkweather until 10th grade,
at which time she and her family then moved to Moorhead, Minnesota.
She graduated from Moorhead High School in 1949 and from Concordia
College in 1953 with majors in Business Education and Physical Education,
with a minor in Psychology. Her first teaching assignments were at the
McIntosh and Fargo High Schools where she taught Business, Physical
Education, and Drivers Training.
On June 18, 1956, Carole was united in marriage to Clayton Engelstad
at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead, MN. They lived and farmed northwest
of Fertile. She, also, taught Physical Education and coached a trampoline
team at Fertile-Beltrami High School for a few years. Carole’s following
years were spent raising her children until 1971, when she returned to
teaching at the Fertile-Beltrami High School, teaching Business Education
and Psychology classes. Carole developed and supervised the FB Ski Club,
introducing many local teens to the sport.
In 1973, Carole was nominated as the "Teacher Of The Year" and was one
of ten Teachers who were recognized by the Governor of Minnesota. During
her teaching years, Carole touched many students’ lives with her belief
that every young person can excel in life. In 1981, Carole left teaching
and pursued employment at various jobs, including office manager at the
Area Special Education Cooperative, secretary at Polk County DAC, and
parish secretary of the Little Norway/Faith Parish.
In the early 1980’s, she and Clayton assisted with the Teens Encounter
Christ movement in our region as well as in North Dakota, South Dakota,
and Montana. Throughout the years, she was active in the League of Women's
Voters, Fertile Saddle Club, Christian Women's Club, Fertile-Beltrami
School Board, and Quilt Club. In 1981, she and Clayton hosted a foreign
exchange student, David Duncan, from Australia. She was very active in
Little Norway Lutheran Church as a Sunday School teacher, Bible Study and
Luther League leader, a circle and council member, and a WELCA officer.
Carole’s Little Norway Church family was very special to her. Carole
continued to spread her strong faith in Christ wherever she went.
In her spare time, Carole was a busy quilt maker—she created hundreds
of beautiful and intricate quilts that she gave to her family and friends.
Working with her family on the farm, in both her childhood and adult life,
held many fond memories for Carole and her family. Family and friends
gathered with Carole and Clayton whether it was for work on the farm
or enjoyment at the lake. Carole's grandchildren have many fond memories
at the lake from fishing, swimming, catching frogs, and eating a smorgasbord
of food. Carole taught her children and grandchildren to constantly strive
to do better and become the best at whatever life may bring them. May God
bless the memory of Carole Engelstad.
Carole is survived by her husband, Clayton, Mentor, Minnesota;
children: Craig (Cindy), Fertile, Minnesota; Marie (David) Johnstad,
Beltrami, Minnesota; Jean (Scott) Tollefson, Fertile, Minnesota; Paul
(Machelle), Fertile, Minnesota; and Eric (Tracee), Fertile, Minnesota;
14 grandchildren and one great-grandson; brothers and sisters: Bjarne
(Hazel) Berg, West Fargo, North Dakota; Norma Vanderpan, Brookings,
South Dakota; Lois (David) Anderson, Mayville, North Dakota; and Ann
(Ed) Ellenson, Henning, Minnesota; and several nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers: Monrad
Berg, Haldor Berg, and Clarence "Chris" Berg.
Funeral services will be on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 11:00 AM in
the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.
Visitation will be on Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Little Norway
Lutheran Church, rural Fertile, Minnesota, from 6-8:00 PM with a prayer
service at 8:00 PM.
Burial will be in the Little Norway Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fertile,
Robert G. Brule
November 30, 1931 - January 11, 2015
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Robert G. Brule, 83, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully Sunday evening, January 11, 2015, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Bob was born on the family farm near Gentilly, Minnesota, on November 30, 1931, the son of Eldage and Leontine (Reopelle) Brule. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Catholic Church and attended a nearby country school. For several years Bob and his brother, Andrew, worked for their father on the farm, and he also served with the National Guard.
On April 24, 1952, Bob was united in marriage to Darlyne Youngquist at St. Peter's. The couple's first home was in Gentilly and their marriage was soon blessed by the births of four children: Patsy, Deb, Larry, and Mary. After living in Gentilly for three years, Bob, Darlyne and their growing family moved into Crookston. Bob and his brother, Andy, farmed together for several years and also operated a gravel business. Bob later drove a semi for Arden Leas and then went on his own with Brule and Son Trucking. In the 1970's he began carpentering and established Brule Builders. As his working career was coming to a close he was employed by Structures Inc. of Grand Forks doing building construction until his retirement.
Sadly, Darlyne passed away on April 17, 1975. In 1993, Bob moved to
the Remer-Longville, Minnesota, area and purchased a home on Lake Trelipe,
which he spent several years remodeling and turning into quite a showplace.
He enjoyed fishing, gardening, restoring antique jeeps, and tinkering with
small engines. Bob returned to Crookston in January of 2014 to be closer
to his family, and became a resident of the Summit at Villa St. Vincent.
He will be very fondly remembered for his sense of humor, which was very
much in evidence as he joked with his family, doctors, and nurses right
to the end. He will be sadly missed by his kids and their families, and
his many friends.
Bob leaves four children: Patsy Fallon of Mentor, Minnesota, Deb Lamoreux of
North Mankato, Minnesota, Larry Brule of Crookston, Minnesota, and Mary (Philip) Swenson
of Fertile, Minnesota; ten grandchildren: Monica Fallon (Jason Johnson), Melissa
Fallon, Bill Lamoreux, Jaci (Craig) Hanson, Nicole (Tom) Lindo, Joshua
(Jamie) Brule, Justin Brule, Nick Swenson, Eric (Jamie) Swenson, and
Nathan (Krystal) Swenson; and fifteen great-grandchildren: Fallon and
Autumn Johnson, Cole, Grant, Will, Max, and Grace Hanson, Kayden, Brady,
and Kenzie Lindo, Emily and Brynlee Brule, Olive Swenson, and Carter and
Logan Swenson. He is also survived by a sister, Lorraine Amiot of Crookston;
two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Brule and Doris (John) Polley, of Crookston;
two brothers-in-law, William "Duke" (Joann) Youngquist and Don Youngquist
of Crookston; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition
to his beloved wife, Darlyne,
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Eldage and Leontine Brule;
three brothers, Maurice, Harvey, and Andrew Brule; a granddaughter, Jaime
Lamoreux; parents-in-law, Lawrence and Alice Youngquist; and two
sisters-in-law, Shirley Youngquist and Dolly Youngquist. May God bless
The celebration of the life of Robert G. Brule will be held at 10:30 am,
Monday, January 19, 2015, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston
with The Rev. Philip Larsen, officiating. Visitation with Bob's family
will be for one hour before the memorial service. Inurnment will take
place at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston this spring.
Lee Edward Schafer
November 4, 1926 - January 22, 2015
Resided in Crookston, Minnesota
Lee Edward Schafer, age 88, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully at
his home early Thursday morning, January 22, 2015.
Lee's life will be celebrated at a memorial service to be held at 11:30
a.m., Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church,
5718 36th Street SW, Fargo, North Dakota, with Pastor Greg Hoadley,
Lee Edward Schafer 1926-2015
November 4, 1926 - January 22, 2015
Resided in Fargo, North Dakota
Lee Edward Schafer was born on November 4, 1926, to his beloved parents
Leo and Reona. Lee was named after his father, Leo, and his grandfather,
Reinder Edward Werkman. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday,
October 1, 2015 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston.
Lee graduated from Crookston High School in 1944, served in the
army of the United States of America in World War II, and after
honorable discharge, he attended and graduated from the University
of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1949. He later attended and taught at
the University of Denver graduating with a Master's Degree in business
administration in 1960.
Over a period of many years, Lee enjoyed an exciting career in the
hospitality industry engaged in the capacity of either senior executive
or consultant for luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants, domestic and foreign
airlines, passenger steam ships, as well as hospitals, universities,
colleges, schools, and construction camps. This work provided the
necessity, and opportunity, to enjoy extensive domestic and foreign travel.
In 1999, Lee returned to his boyhood home in Crookston where he enjoyed
maintaining his family home of 100 years and pursuing his love of gardening.
Lee believed that the Bible alone and in its entirety is the infallible
and divinely inspired Word of God, that all mankind is accountable for
their sins against a Holy Creator God, and that there is salvation alone
through the Grace of our Soverign Loving Heavenly Father and His sacrifice
on the cross by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In the last decade of his life, Lee was associated with and a member
of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church which adheres to the Reformed faith
of the great Puritan theologians of past centuries. At death he was a
member of Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Fargo, North Dakota, a
fellowship of like-minded believers which brought great joy into his life.
Lee is survived by his friend and companion of 40 years, his past
business partner and brother in Christ, Howard Williams. He is also
survived by his beloved sister, Carol Jean Fay, and her two daughters,
Cindy Lee Arnich and Susan Carol Johnson.
Because of his compassionate love of God and country, he has elected
to close his obituary with the following Scripture:
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and the people whom He hath
chosen for His own inheritance."
Source: Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home website
Doris Adeline (Waale) Tuseth
November 17, 1929 - January 22, 2015
Resided in Grand Forks, North Dakota
Doris Adeline Tuseth, age 85, a longtime Beltrami-Fertile, Minnesota, resident, died at the Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks, on Thursday evening, January 22, 2015, with her loving family at her bedside.
Doris was born on her parents farm, near Nielsville, Minnesota, on
November 17, 1929, one of eight children born to the union of Tom and
Sena (Skretvedt) Waale. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Nielsville and graduated from Climax (MN) High School in 1947. During her high school years Doris worked at several cafes, and did housekeeping and child-care for local families. She was later employed by the telephone office in Climax, working with her sister, Gladys. During the potato harvest she helped out on a few of the neighboring farms.
In March of 1950 Doris was united in marriage to Charles Tuseth at Beltrami. The couple made their home on a nearby farm and were blessed with three children: Dianne, Calvin, and Dennis. Sadly, Charles died in a hunting accident in November of 1953. Doris and the kids moved into Beltrami, where she later married Kenneth Sannes in 1955. To their union four boys were born: David, Les, Ken Jr., and Ron. While raising the kids, and managing a busy household, Doris also found time to sell Avon products and greeting cards.
She was a devoted member of Beltrami's Trinity Lutheran Church, taught Sunday school, sang with the choir, served as president of the Ladies Aid, and participated in the ladies circles. Doris was a great softball player, absolutely loved the game, and for many years played successfully on several Beltrami teams. In 1975 Doris was united in marriage to Horace Tuseth at Beltrami. She lovingly welcomed into her life Horace's four sons: Pat, Tim, Tony, and Perry. In 1980 Doris began working in the Beltrami Mall Café, where she served with a smile for over 20 years. Horace passed away in September of 1999. In 2011 Doris moved to an apartment in Fertile, and then on November 5, 2014 became a resident of Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks.
Doris was a familiar figure at sporting events, concerts, and other school activities over the years. She provided support, encouragement, and cheers to her kids and grandkids, and loved keeping stats for all the games. She was an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan, and could be counted on to share the progress of each game she was watching with whoever was around. Doris enjoyed making quilts for her family and the church, and a favorite pastime was singing and playing the piano. Family reunions were a highpoint in her social life and through them she was able to meet and host several of the 'cousins' from Norway. Several years ago she and her sister, Lorraine, made a trip to Norway visit them and tour the beautiful country.
Doris was at the center of a large and very loving family. Nothing gave her greater pleasure than the time she spent with them all, and she will be remembered with great affection for being such a wonderful, nurturing mom, grandma, and great-grandma.
Doris is survived by four children: Dianne (Wes) Brandt of Audubon,
Minnesota, Les (Janet) Sannes of Mentor, Minnesota, Ken (Leanne) Sannes Jr.
of Beltrami, Minnesota, and Ron (Lori) Sannes of Fertile, Minnesota; twelve
grandchildren: Chad (Megan) Brandt, Shawn (Tanya) Brandt, Mandi (Mike)
LaChapelle, Kelly (Virginia) Brandt, Carla Roy, Jennifer (Trent) Berg,
Sarah Wall, Annika Sannes, Dillon Sannes, Nate (Abby) Sannes, Kent (Sarah),
Sannes, and Taylor (Amber) Sannes; and many great-grandchildren. She also
leaves four step-sons: Pat Tuseth of Rochester, Minnesota, Tim Tuseth (Judy
Davis) of Arkansas, Tony (Mickie) Tuseth of Stewartville, Minnesota, and
Perry (Kris) Tuseth of White Bear Lake, Minnesota; together with several
step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Stella Gast
of Ada, Minnesota and Lorraine (Earl) Knutson of Glenwood, Minnesota; a
brother, Ole Waale of Thief River Falls, Minnesota; two sisters-in-law,
Alice Tuseth of Minneapolis, and Mary Tuseth of Crookston, Minnesota;
and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
In addition to her husbands, Charles and Horace, Doris was preceded
in death by sons: Calvin, David, and Dennis; great-granddaughter, Josie
LaChapelle; parents, Tom and Sena Waale; sisters: Alice Sistad, Ina Braaten,
and Gladys Sistad; and brother, Hans Waale. May God bless the memory of
Doris Adeline Tuseth.
The funeral service for Doris Tuseth will be held at 11:00 am, Friday,
January 30, 2015, at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Fertile, MN, with
The Rev. Philip Larsen, officiating. Visitation will be at the Trinity
Lutheran Church in Beltrami, Minnesota, on Thursday from 5-7:00 pm, with
a 7:00 pm prayer service and time of sharing. Visitation will also be
at Concordia Lutheran Church on Friday for one hour prior to the funeral.
Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, rural Beltrami.
Source: Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home
Merlyn Victor Rhen
Merlyn Victor Rhen, 80, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, died Thursday,
January 8, 2015 in his home.
Merlyn "Punk" Rhen was born on December 11, 1934 in Clearbrook, Minnesota,
the son of Vern and Myrtle (Holm) Rhen. Merlyn grew up and attended school
in Clearbrook, Minnesota, graduating from Clearbrook High School with the
Class of 1952. At a young age Merlyn began to learn the craft of bricklaying
as an apprentice to his father, and became a member of the International
Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers in 1951.
On December 8, 1956 he was united in marriage to Nora Larson in Fosston,
Minnesota. Following their marriage they moved to Thief River Falls, but
eventually settled in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, in 1964. Merlyn honed
his craft as a bricklayer for numerous construction companies before
retiring in 1997. He served as president of Bricklayers Local #3 in
Grand Forks for many years, and was honored as a lifetime member of the
Union in 2001. Evidence of Merlyn's bricklaying skill is present throughout
the area, but he was especially proud of having the opportunity to come out
of retirement and work on the columns in the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
"Punk" was known for his dry sense of humor and quick wit. Practical
jokes were second nature for him and no one was out of bounds. Merlyn was
an avid sports fan, and he especially enjoyed watching his grandson's
hockey games. He was also a dedicated deer hunter who did not miss an
opening day with his son. Having grandchildren really softened Merlyn
and he loved spending time with them and attending their many events.
He was extremely proud of all that his children and grandchildren
Merlyn is survived by his wife Nora Rhen of East Grand Forks, Minnesota;
his children, Sheryl (Mark) Smith of Grand Forks, Minnesota, Shawn (Lisa)
Rhen of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and Ravon (Tim) Useldinger of Grand
Forks, North Dakota; his six grandchildren, Sarah Useldinger, Aaron (Cozy)
Smith, Katie (Harchie) Figuerres, Jake Useldinger, Erick Rhen and Amanda
Smith; and his siblings, Vivian (Robert) Rouland of Clearbrook, Minnesota,
Charles (Sue) Rhen of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and sister-in-law, JoAnn Rhen of
East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Roger Rhen.
Funeral Service: 11:00 AM, Monday, January 12, 2015 at the Dahl Funeral
Home, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
Interment: Resurrection Cemetery, East Grand Forks, Minnesota
Derrek Justin Stokaluk
July 1, 1980 - January 9, 2015
Derrek J. Stokaluk, age 34 of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, January 9, 2015.
Derrek Justin Stokaluk was born on July 1, 1980 in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada the son of Paul and Debra (Warring) Stokaluk. Derrek grew up in Thunder Bay and worked Heavy Construction in Canada. In 2005 he moved to Superior, WI. On August 16, 2006 he was united in marriage to Carrie Wuolu in Duluth, Minnesota. They moved to East Grand Forks in 2007. He worked for LM Glass Fiber, Strata Company and most recently for Opp Construction in Grand Forks, ND.
Family members of Derrek include his wife Carrie of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; children, Libby and Wyatt at home in East Grand Forks; his mother and stepfather Debra and Dave Dysievick of Grand Forks, ND; grandparents, Ron and Marlene Warring of Tempe, AZ and one sister, Melissa (Matt Helstad) Dysievick of Thompson, ND.
Funeral Service: No Funeral Services are planned
Marie Ann (Kuznia) Kozel
December 8, 1935 - January 21, 2015
Marie A. Kozel age 79 of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Marie Ann Kozel was born on December 8, 1935 in Argyle, Minnesota, the daughter of Louis and Elizabeth (Gostanczik) Kuznia. Marie grew up and attended ,school in Argyle, Minnesota, where she graduated from Argyle High School with the Class of 1953. On June 22, 1954, she was united in marriage to Marvin Kozel in Argyle, Minnesota. Marie was employed at Western Potato, International Co-op, and Simplot for 40 years. Following her retirement she worked for Century Elementary School in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Family members of Marie include her children, Debra (Mark) Misialek of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Cindy (Pete) Blue of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Donna (Dan) Driscoll of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Kim Vigen of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Bryan (Diane Olson) Kozel of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Jackie Johnson of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Shannon (Paul) Solem of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, and Lee (Shannon) Kozel of Grand Forks, ND; nineteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Evelyn (Wallace) Feltman of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Theresa Nelson of Argyle, Minnesota.
Marie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marvin on January 4, 1997; son, Marvin Kozel Jr.; daughter, ShaunDella Kozel; grandson, Brandon Kozel and one brother Raymond Kuznia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Altru Cancer Center
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 24, 2015 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Tabor, Minnesota.
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service on Friday, January 23, 2015 in Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, and also one hour prior Funeral Service on Saturday in Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
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