Polk County Obituaries
Part 054



Mata Amelia (Wandschneider)



Born: February 25, 1920
Died: March 25, 2015

Mata Kilborn, age 95, of Fosston, Minnesota, and formerly of Lengby, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, March 26th, at Cornerstone Nursing Home in Fosston.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30th, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lengby with the Rev. Mark Faugstad officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at carlinhoialmen.com.

Source: carlinhoialmen.com website, 26 MAR 2015


Mata Amelia (Wandschneider) Kilborn

Born: February 25, 1920
Died: March 25, 2015

Mata Kilborn, age 95, of Fosston, Minnesota, and formerly of Lengby, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, March 26th, at Cornerstone Nursing Home in Fosston. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30th, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lengby with the Rev. Mark Faugstad officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at carlinhoialmen.com.

Mata Amelia Wandschneider was born on February 25, 1920 in Rabey, Minnesota, the fifth of seven children, to parents William and Mathilda Steindorf Wandschneider. She was baptized in Rabey and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lengby. She moved with her family to Lengby in 1931, attended the Lengby school and graduated from Fosston High School in 1937. Following high school, she worked with her sister, Jeanette, in Minneapolis.

Mata was united in marriage to Roger Orville Kilborn on May 2, 1947 in Rapid City, South Dakota. They lived in Moorhead, Minnesota where Orv was a maintenance supervisor and Mata was head Teller at a bank in Moorhead. They moved to Lengby in 1960 and farmed hogs and grain near Lengby until 1975. Mata also worked as a Teller at the Farmer's State Bank in Fosston from 1963 until her retirement in 1984. Orv passed away on January 3, 1986. After his passing, Mata enjoyed traveling with her friend, Devona, making many wonderful memories. Due to health issues, she moved to Fosston in 1999.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was active in Ladies Aid and as a Friday and Sunday School teacher. She was also a member of the Lengby Improvement Club and her bowling team. She enjoyed picking blueberries and spending time with her sisters. She is dearly loved by her sisters and her many nieces and nephews.

Survivors include two sisters, Jeanette Fenske and Phronie Olson, both of Fosston; and her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; siblings, Herb, Martin and Walt, and an infant sibling; two brothers-in-law, Ralph Fenske and Al Olson; and three sisters-in-law, Ethel, Joyce and Barb Wandschneider.

Source: Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home

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Agnes Edna (Asseltine) Sweet


At the home, just north of the village of Fisher, Thursday, February 13, 1902, Agnes Edna, Beloved wife of E. A. Sweet, Age 55 years and 16 days. Mrs. Sweet was one of the best known and most loved woman in the village, knowing everybody and always having a kind word of greeting when meeting people in the street, she became endeared, not only to the younger generation, but also to those of middle age.

Deceased was born in Frontenac Co, Ontario, near Moscow, January 28, 1847, and was married at her home May 29, 1873, to E. A. Sweet. The couple lived at Selby, Ont., the next eight years when they moved to the United States and settled in Polk Co. April 1, 1881, and since then have lived in Bygland and Fisher, The latter few years making this village their home.

For some months passed Mrs. Sweet had been troubled with diabetes, or Bright's Disease, but up to about ten weeks ago no serious results were feared, and at that time she consulted a physician, but he could give her no hopes, for the poison resulting from the disease had so spread through her system that it was impossible to fight successfully. At the time of her death she was all prepared to go, in fact was to leave yesterday for the sanitarium at Battle Creek, Mich., for a course of treatment in hopes of prolonging her life.

Wednesday she was taken worse and on Thursday morning all hopes were giving up, and she passed away about ten O'clock that morning, Suffering a great deal of pain, but unconscions.

Mrs. Sweet was a noble Christian woman, a staunch member of the Methodist Church, and one whom it was a pleasure and honor to greet. Always motherly and with a hearty "how-do-you-do," No one realized the pain and sickness their friend was undergoing. Her death is a loss to us all, but no one realized her worth till to late to appreciate the past.

Beside a bereaved husband, who is well-known through out the county, she leaves a family of four children, Mrs. Mabel Van Leuven, of Moscow, Ont., and Arthur, Cyrus, Miss Edna and Harry, of this village, who will all be here to see their mother to-morrow for the last time, and also as many of her brothers and sisters as possible will be present.

There was one other child born, Geo. H., who died while a babe in the fall of 1878.

The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon, Feb. 16, leaving the home at 2 o'clock, going from there to the Methodist Church, and thence to Oak Hill cemetery.

Everyone in this part of the country sympathize with the bereaved husband and children.

Source: Fisher Bulletin; Feb. 15, 1902

Submitted to MNGenWeb by Peggy and Bruce Ogan,
Sept 24, 2003

See entry for her in the Polk County Biographies section, for additional information and photos.

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William Smith


Register William Smith of the Crookston land office died Sunday morning. He had been sick about a year.

Transcribed from microfilm copy of newspaper at Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Minnesota.

SOURCE: The Douglas County News, Alexandria, Minnesota,
Thursday, February 23, 1888, page 8, col. 2.

Submitted by j.watne@attbi.com, Nov. 16, 2002

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Albert Rude


"Albert Rude, 67, a resident of Fertile and Beltrami area, died Sunday, January 10, in a Crookston hospital. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 pm at Little Norway Church of Fertile, Minnesota. Mr. Rude made his home at the Alfred Rude home for the past 35 years. The Erickson-Vik Funeral Home of Fertile was in charge of arrangements."

Source: The Fertile Journal for January 13, 1960.

NOTES: The Minnesota Death Certificates Index shows:
Albert Rude
Born: 6 NOV 1892, Minnesota
Mother's Maiden Name: Blavarp
Died: 10 JAN 1960, Polk county
CERTID: 1960-MN-014522

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Nora (Rude) Johnson


"Mrs. Nora Johnson, a life-long resident of the Fertile community, died May 15 at Fair Meadow Home at the age of 83 years. She was born January 26, 1890 in Garfield Township, daughter of Ole and Karina Rude. She was baptized and confirmed in Little Norway Lutheran Church. March 10, 1912 she married C. O. Johnson. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid and was a Gold Star Mother.

She is survived by eight sons: Rudolph, John and Olaf of Fosston; Alfred of Fertile; Walter, Hjalmer and Leonard of Crookston; Kenneth of Gary; 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two sons. She was the last remaining member of the Ole Rude family.

Funeral services were held Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. with Rev. Carl Anderson officiating. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery. Erikson-Vik Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."

Source: The Fertile Journal for May 23, 1973

NOTES: The Minnesota Death Certificates Index shows:
Nora Ovedia Johnson
Born: 26 JAN 1890, Minnesota
Mother's maidenname: Blovarp
Died: 15 MAY 1973, Polk County, Minnesota
CERTID: 1973-MN-012865

NOTE: The Minnesota Historical Society's microfilms of The Fertile Journal start with 1940, so I couldn't find an obit for Karine (1927). Albert's and Nora's death certificates list their parents as Ole A. Rude and Karene Blovarp. Karine's d.c. lists her parents as Christian Blovarp and unknown. Karine was buried at Little Norway Lutheran Church cemetery too.

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Paul Paulson



Death of Paul Paulson
After a Long and Honorable Life

Died, at the home of his son, Carl, in this village, on February 10, 1919, Paul Paulson, aged 83 years and five months. He had been in his usual good health and retired to his sleeping room as usual, and no doubt went to sleep like a tired child, but he never rose from his slumber, but died in peaceful rest, to all appearances without pain or suffering. After a long, busy life he died as he had lived honored, trusted, and respected.

He reared his own monument, while he lived in the hearts of those nearest and dearest to him. He was a man of good habits, moral character, and sturdy constitution, and he continued to be active in his daily pursuits till long past the age at which men ordinarily drop out of the ranks of busy people. To this end there is no doubt that his active life and pleasant disposition largely contributed.

But he is gone. Another name is stricken from that ever lessening roll of our old settlers, and his accustomed place in the household is vacant, a good home is left to attest how badly they will miss him. It must be so- these tender human ties cannot be severed without a pang. Yet, in such a death there is really no cause for grief. His life's toil was done, and well done. Like a weary traveler who has reached his destination post, tired of life's duties and cares, he laid down to rest.

Deceased, born in Sweden in 1834, and came to this country with his family in 1882; was one of the first settlers on a claim in the town of Eden in the early 80s and continued to reside there until a few years ago when he retired from farming and moved to this place. Mrs. Paulson died about 8 years ago. The daughters are: Mrs. Louis Olson, Mrs. Carl Martinson of Eden, and Mrs. C.A. Kjos, of Montana. The sons are: Carl and Nick of Gully, Paul of Eden, and Lars of Trail. Funeral services were conducted at the house Thursday forenoon and at 1 o'clock at the Olga church, interment taking place there, with Rev. Stensgaard the officiating clergyman.

Submitted by Joy Paulson, October 2006

Source: Gully Advance, February 14, 1919

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Anna Paulson



Mrs. Paul Paulson, Long-time
Resident of Gully Vicinity, Dies

Funeral Services Held in Lund's Church on Monday

Ranks of the pioneers of the Gully community were again thinned by the death of one of its best known residents, Mrs. Paul Paulsen, who passed away at the age of 73 years Friday at the Fosston Hospital after an extended illness.

Her condition was critical for more than a week and death was not unexpected. The body was taken to Gonvick and later removed to Gully where funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Monday at Lund's Lutheran Church, of which she was a charter member and also of the affiliated organizations -- Ladies Aid and Luther League.

The funeral address was delivered by Rev. M.E. Arneson before a large assemblage of relatives, friends, and neighbors. Active pallbearers were Anton Haugen, Bernt Sorenson, Halvor Kjensmo, Ben Brekke, L.H. Aos and Henry Berg. Interment was made in Lund's cemetery.

Mrs. Paulsen had resided in Eden Township since 1896 -- the year when she and her husband came with early settlers and located on the homestead that was destined to be her home for nearly 50 years. Previous to her extended residence in the vicinity of Gully, she had lived at Buxton and other points in North Dakota.

Before her marriage to Mr. Paulson August 19, 1890, at Hillsboro, N.D., she was Anna Maria Vang, born September 9, 1871, in Fillmore county, Minn. As a child she was baptized and confirmed in the Norwegian Lutheran Church. In its affairs she was active for a long period of years or until illness made inroads in her health.

She was the mother of ten children, four of whom were summoned before her. The surviving members of the family besides the husband are (Lizzie) Mrs. Charles Hovland, Climax, Minn.; (Esther) Mrs. Severt Bagne, Gonvick; (Gladys) Mrs. C.M. Owens, Spokane, Wash.; (Myrtle) Mrs. Lawrence Haugen, Bemidji; Clifford and Manly of Gully.

Other survivors include eleven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; also a sister, Mrs. Clarence Gordon of Hillsboro, N.D., and two brothers, Edwin of Hillsboro and Albert Vang of Bemidji.

Source: 13 Towns, May 4, 1945, page 1

Submitted by Joy Paulson, October 2006

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Garfield Paulson



An Eden Boy Drowned

Garfield, the ten year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicolas Paulson, was drowned last Saturday close to his home and within view of his mother and others of his family who were unable to save him.

Garfield and a brother of nearly the same age were engaged in fishing thru the ice, close to their home and near the shore. It appears that Garfield decided he could do better if he had a separate hole in the ice by himself in which to fish, and, taking an axe, walked further out from land. With the first blow however, the ice gave way and the boy sank in water above his depth. His mother and sister saw him go down and hastened to help him, the girl herself getting into the water and was only saved from drowning with the aid of a garden rake. But the body of the boy was not recovered until after life was extinct.

It was a terrible blow to his parents who have universal sympathy in their great sorrow.

Source: Thirteen Towns, November 27, 1908, p1

Submitted by Joy Paulson, October 2006

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Florence Evelyn (Preisler) Nyhus


Born: November 24, 1936
Died: March 26, 2015

Florence Nyhus, age 78, of Fosston, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, March 26th, at Essentia Health Living Center in Fosston. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston.

Source: Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home


Born: November 24, 1936
Died: March 26, 2015

Florence Nyhus, age 78, of Fosston, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, March 26th, at Essentia Health Living Center in Fosston, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 2nd, at Kingo Lutheran Church in Fosston with the Rev. Aage Carlsen officiating. Interment will be in Landsverk Cemetery, rural Fosston, at a later date. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at carlinhoialmen.com.

Florence Evelyn Preisler was born November 24, 1936, in Mahnomen, Minnesota, the daughter of Jerry and Lillian (Brtek) Preisler. She was baptized and confirmed at Immaculate Conception Church in Bejou, Minnesota, and she graduated in 1954 from Mahnomen High School. After high school, Florence moved to Crookston, Minnesota, and worked for Ben Franklin store. Florence was united in marriage to Ordell Nyhus on June 29, 1955 and moved to Fosston. Florence and Ordell enjoyed spending time together and driving the countryside.

Florence and Ordell raised four children: Larry, Fort Worth, Texas, Steve, Fosston, Minnesota, Randy, Fort Worth, Texas and Patti, Bemidji, Minnesota. They were blessed with three grandchildren: Cassie (Alex) Clark, Valrico, Florida, Mandee Nyhus, Brandon, Florida, and Halle Nyhus, Fort Worth, Texas; and one great-grandson, Jaxen Ordell, Valrico, Florida.

Florence enjoyed telling stories about growing up on the farm in Bejou. Florence also spent her time cooking, baking and gardening. She loved spending quality time with her family and enjoyed playing card games.

Florence will live lovingly in the hearts of those she left behind. She has been a long time member of Kingo Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her children; grandchildren; great-grandson; her sister Dory (Ed) Pavek; and by three nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mildred, husband, brother-in-law, Bob Olien, sister-in-law, Lorraine Olien and niece, Debbie Olien.

Source: Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home

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Hilda Maria Paulson



Death of Miss Hilda Paulson at Her Home in Eden

DIED- at her home in Eden at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, September 7, 1919, Miss Hilda Maria Paulson, beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Paulson, aged 27 years, six months, her death being due to heart disease. One day, when about 17 years old, Miss Hilda was operated on for appendicitis, and while she survived the operation in fairly good condition, nevertheless she never fully recovered her former good health and strength, and from time to time since that unlucky date in her cheerful, useful life, deceased had subject to heart disease, on some occasions light, while at other times still more serious. Her last severe illness from the dread disease was only one week's duration, when death brought her pain and sufferings to an end on date as above stated.

All the care and love that skilled hands and an anxious household could devise and supply for her comfort and assistance were brot into play, but the will of Him who rules our incomings and outgoings had been issued, and after a brief struggle, and despite the prayers and entreaties of all who knew and loved her, their appeals were overruled, and when the beautiful Sunday evening's sun was going down on the horizon, the sufferer's spirit took its flight to that home which the Christian believes is the fulfillment of life everlasting.

While Hilda's journey of life was short -- however, her path was marked with deeds of kindness and cheer. Flowers, not thorns -- sunshine, not black clowds, did she scatter everywhere. Truth and uprightness were the inspirations of her being. Was not her life and the good points she exemplified its great worth? Her last words were expressive in peace with Christ, the Redeemer of the world, with whom she had often prayed to and was a faithful believer in, and no doubt she found hope and inspiration in the words: "Though I Walk Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Will Fear No Evil; For Thou Art with Me; Thy Rod and The Staff They Comfort Me." Thus closed the life of this noble young woman.

The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon, at 2 o'clock at the house, and 3 o'clock in the Gully church, Rev. Stensgaard, efficiating, giving a high tribute to the memory of the deceased. The casket was covered with the most beautiful floral designs from loving hands, all of which spoke of peace, purity, and immortality. Besides the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Paulson, to mourn Hilda's sad death, are four sisters. Mrs. Hoveland of Leonard, Mrs. Bagne of Gonvick, and Misses Gladys and Myrtle, and two brothers Clifford and Manly.

    "She fought the fight, she kept the faith.

    Her name shines bright and clear,

    And her memory lives in all our hearts

    Which we will hold forever dear"


We hereby wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who so kindly assisted us during sickness and death of our beloved daughter, Hilda. Also out many thanks for all the beautiful flowers for the decoration of the church, as well as heartfelt thanks to Rev. O.M. Stensgaard for his many visits and kind and comforting words spoken to our beloved and departed Hilda on her sick-bed.


Source: Gully Advance, September 12, 1919, p1

Submitted by Joy Paulson, October 2006

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Milton Paulson



On Sunday morning, February 1st, the Angel of Death made its inevitable call to Milton, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Paulson, in his youthful prime of nineteen years and nine months.

The end did not come unexpectedly. Almost six weeks had elapsed since he was taken severely ill with tubercular peritonitis of the stomach. He made a brave attempt to recover, but seeing that he gradually grew weaker, gladly gave up all claims to this life and while waiting his deliverance lived and died in that blessed assurance of a joyous hereafter.

The deceased left behind him to mourn his early departure a loving father and mother, five sisters and three brothers: Lizzie (Mrs. Hovland), Hilda, Esther, Gladys, Lyman, Myrtle, Clifford, and Manly. The first name resides at Neilsville, while the others remain at home. The funeral was held the following Tuesday, one o'clock, at the home, and they laid him to rest in his last resting place in the Synod cemetery at Gully. Rev. Stensgaard officiated both at the home and at the church. Among those attending from a distance were Mrs. John Hovland and daughter, Charlotte, and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hovland, of Neilsville; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Vang, of Hillsboro, N.D., and Mr. Albert Vang of Buxton, N.D.

Source: 13 Towns, Fosston, Minnesota, Friday, February 13, 1914, p1

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Archie Olson


Archie Olson Dies in Jap Prison Camp

Brother of C.F. Olson
Prisoner of Japs in Fall of Bataan -- Died February 12, 1945.

Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Olson received word during the past week that his brother, Archie Olson, who was employed here prior to the war, and was well known by a large number of local people, had died in a Japanese prisoner camp on February 12, 1945.

The following account of his death appeared in last week's issue of the Fosston Thirteen Towns.

Archie Olson of the Fosston-Trail area was the first man from this area to be taken prisoner during the war. He became a prisoner of the Japs when Bataan fell. Little news was heard from him during the remainder of the war except that it was known he was being held in Japan towards the end of the war.

Recently the family had word from the war department that he had died in a prison camp about a year ago. Last week the family received the following letter from the commanding officer:

Dear Mrs. Quam:

  I was Archie's C.O. in Japan. We were at the Fukuolsa No. 3 camp, which you can find on the map at a place called Moji, at the tip of the island called Kyushu. Archie was a grand big man, a man the men loved, he was quiet, easy going and happy. He did not suffer, he became ill, went into a coma and then passed away.

  I do not recall that he ever was a victim of beatings, and as for food, he received enough of what we had to normally get along. I believe that he just happened to be a victim of war. It most likely was from malaria that he died.

  His doctor was Captain Charles Armstrong of Fletcher General Hospital, Cambridge, Ohio. Dr. Armstrong was a very wonderful young officer, who worked hard for his men. He took care of Archie.

  With every wish I remain.

    Sincerely yours,

    John L. Curran, O.P.

(Red Lake Falls Gazette, March 21, 1946, p1)

Submitted by Joy Paulson, October 2006

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Sister Helen Margaret Obermiller


November 21, 1918 - March 21, 2015

Resided in Crookston, Minnesota


Sister Helen Margaret Obermiller died peacefully at Villa St. Vincent on Saturday, March 21st, 2015. Helen Margaret was born in Faith, Minnesota on November 21, 1918 to Francis and Josephine (Rubash) Obermiller, the youngest of 27 children. Her father had eleven previous children and her mother brought thirteen siblings to the union which concluded with another brother, Stan, and lastly Helen Margaret. Stan remembers that "it was standing room only in the playpen".

Helen Margaret had a happy childhood with much praying, singing, dancing, skating, reading, and teasing! Since either her mom or an older brother was always on the country school board, sister remembers that they had "the magic key [that] could always open our way to good library books". In school (and later in the convent), she was known as the giggler.

She began thinking of religious life as an 8th grader because of the love of liturgy she acquired from Father Charles Cannon, her pastor, the Benedictine sisters who taught at St. Michael's in Mahnomen, and her mother who took Helen Margaret with her to daily Mass. She entered community in January of 1936 and made final profession on July 10, 1940.

Sister's early years of ministry included teaching elementary education in many schools around the diocese including Thief River Falls, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, and in Mahtomedi and Lefor, North Dakota. She received a three-year normal diploma for this ministry at Viterbo College, where she later also received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education before going on to graduate studies in the teaching of English at North Dakota State University. Sister's ministry then included teaching high school English at Sacred Heart High School, Lefor Public School, and Mount Saint Benedict High School. Sister Helen Margaret seemed to have a passion for classic literature including Shakespeare, because on a postcard from England to the monastery in 1979, she wrote, "Greetings from Shakespeare! Like Simeon of old, 'I am ready to die', I have seen Stratford".

In addition to teaching, another of Sister Helen Margaret's talents was as a gifted writer; she was a member of the Crookston Benedictine staff and also wrote much poetry. She wrote poems in honor of her mom, her brother Stan, members of her monastic community and others, as well as about nature and things such as her "Ode to an Onion" written below:

When asked in autobiographical information about her greatest recognition or honor, however, she replied, "I have always received recognition for my greatest talent, namely that of cleaning". She remembered her contributions to community as "teaching and scrubbing".

Sister Helen Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers and sisters: Paul Obermiller, Albert Obermiller, Edward Obermiller, Benedict Obermiller, Mary Obermiller, Agnes Obermiller, Alvina Obermiller, Theresa Obermiller, Cecilia Obermiller, Leona Obermiller, Vera Obermiller, John Rubash, Fred Rubash, William Rubash, Bill Rubash, Harry Rubash, George Rubash, Lambert Rubash, Lawrence Rubash, Raymond Rubash, Mary Rubash, Margaret Rubash, Anne Rubash, Evelina Rubash, Ida Rubash, and Stan Obermiller. She is survived by family members, friends, and the members of her monastic community.

Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Helen Margaret Obermiller will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Crookston, Minnesota. Visitation will be there from 5-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also be for one hour prior to the funeral mass. Interment will be in the Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery later this spring. Memorials in honor of Sister Helen Margaret can be given to Mount Saint Benedict Foundation, 620 Summit Avenue, Crookston, MN 56716.

Source: www.stenshoelhouske.com

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Anna Belsheim


Born in Norway in 1880. Died of TB on June 28th 1892. She was the daughter of Osten and Martha Belsheim, who farmed in Popple Township, Clearwater (at that time Beltrami) County. She had a sister, Betsy who was born in Renville County, Minnesota, on Dec 17th 1883. She also died and was buried at St. Petri in the 1890's but we don't know when exactly (probably prior to 1895). The graves are not marked, but we do know the location of the Belsheim lot.

Source - Sexton of St. Petri Cemetery; Tim and Laura Johnson Sept 2008.

NOTES: Anna Belsheim also spelled Belsem, but Belsheim is the way it was written in all the early records.

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Adele P. (Chwirut) Driscoll


September 1, 1923 - March 27, 2015

Adele P. Driscoll, 91, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks.

Adele was born on September 1, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York the daughter of Joseph and Helena (Lucia Bogucka) Chwirut. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from PS 102 High School in Bay Ridge, New York. She graduated from Washington Business College in 1942 and worked as a secretary for Burgelle Press Clipping Bureau, the Swan Finch Oil Co., Shawinigan Products Inc. (Located in the Empire State Building) and the Crosley Public Opinion Polls all in New York.

She married Jerome Driscoll on February 8, 1948 at Our Lady of Angels Church in Brooklyn, New York. They then moved to East Grand Forks where they farmed their entire life. They also enjoyed 20 years of winter vacations in Florida and Mexico. She enjoyed gardening, word games and puns, and collecting old oriental china.

Adele is survived by her sons, Kevin Driscoll, Maple Grove, Minnesota; Randall (Cindy) Driscoll and Bruce (Cynthia) Driscoll, all of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; Blane (Karen) Driscoll, Dassel, Minnesota; daughter, Meredith (Glenn) Faken, Greer, SC; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Driscoll, parents, and brother, Theodore.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the donor's choice.

Funeral Service: 11:00 am, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Interment: Resurrection Cemetery, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Source: Dandahlfuneralhome.com

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Clark Bill Solem



November 6, 1956 - March 26, 2015

Clark Bill Solem, 58, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at his home in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Clark was born on November 6, 1956 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to the late Elton and Irene (Gonsorowski) Solem. He was raised in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, graduating from East Grand Forks Senior High School in 1975. Afterwards, he worked a variety of jobs including managing a Simonson's gas station, working at the grain elevator, and mostly as a drywall installer until an unfortunate workplace accident left him physically disabled and unable to continue in that profession. Most recently he worked as a clerk at the Eastside Express convenience store.

Clark is survived by sister, Elta (Kenneth) Stalboerger of New London, Minnesota; brothers, Kevin (Carol) Solem of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Robin (Paulla) Solem of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; sister in law, Blanca Solem of Grand Forks, North Dakota; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Clark was predeceased by his parents and brother, Tracy Solem.

Funeral Service: Monday, April 6, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Visitation: One Hour Prior to Service.

Interment: Resurrection Cemetery; East Grand Forks, Minnesota -- Spring 2015.

Source: Dandahlfuneralhome.com

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Marian A. (Engen) Frei


February 20, 1923 - March 25, 2015

Marian A. Frei, 92, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Valley Eldercare, Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Marian Frei was born February 20, 1923 in Warren, Minnesota, the daughter of Annar and Anna Marie (Hendrickson) Engen. She graduated from Warren High School. She worked at the Warren, Minnesota, hospital until 1954. She married Paul Frei in Oslo, Minnesota, on October 9, 1954. They lived in Stephen, Minnesota, for many years where they farmed. They moved to East Grand Forks in 1986.

She is survived by a son, Wayne Frei of Crookston, Minnesota, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband on July 4, 1991, five brothers and three sisters.

Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M., Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Dahl Funeral Home, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Visitation: One Hour before Service

Internment: Salem Lutheran Cemetery, Stephen, Minnesota; Spring 2015

Source: Dandahlfuneralhome.com

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Nadine Fay (Peters) Kotowicz


November 27, 1947 - March 23, 2015

Nadine Fay (Peters) Kotowicz, 67, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Good Samaritan in Warren, Minnesota, following a long battle with Cancer.

Nadine was born in Windom, Minnesota, on November 27, 1947 to the late Henry and Leora (Lepp) Peters. She grew up in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, and moved to Fosston in 1955 where she graduated high school in 1965. Afterwards, she attended Business College in Colorado Springs, CO, and worked for ITT for a number of years. On July 3, 1969 she was married to Bodo Kotowicz in Colorado Springs, CO. The family then moved to Fort Bragg, NC in 1973 and finally to East Grand Forks, Minnesota, in 1974, where she worked as a computer operations manager at the University of North Dakota until her retirement in 2008.

Nadine is survived by her sons, Kelly (Natasha) Kotowicz of Alvarado, Minnesota, and Jason (Heidi) Kotowicz of Grand Forks, North Dakota; grandchildren, Caitlin, Brittany, Joelle, Kane, and Rayne; siblings, Garnet Aanenson of McIntosh, Minnesota; LaVerda (Clayton) Lamaack of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; Carmen Peters of Arizona; Gordy (Pat) Peters of Burnsville, Minnesota; and Curtis (Edna) Peters of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law Ordell Aanenson, and granddaughter Sophie.

She loved gardening, flowers and all her grandchildren, and helped many people in the AA Community.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Warren, Minnesota, Good Samaritan or the Altru Cancer Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Funeral Service: 10:30 am, Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Gospel Outreach Ministries, 321 Belmont Rd, Grand Forks, North Dakota, with visitation one hour prior to service.

Visitation: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday, March 27, 2015 at Gospel Outteach Ministries with a prayer service at 7:00 pm.

Internment: Resurrection Cemetery; East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Arrangements By: Dahl Funeral Home; East Grand Forks, Minnesota

Source: www.dandahlfuneralhome.com

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Annette Gail (Berg) Gust


April 14, 1958 - March 22, 2015

Annette G. Gust, age 56 of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Annette Gail Gust was born on April 14, 1958 in Grand Forks, N. Dakota, the daughter of Leonard A. Jr. and Marilyn (Severtson) Berg. Annette grew up and attended school in Fisher, Minnesota, graduating with the Class of 1976. Following high school she attended the East Grand Forks AVTI and Moorhead Technical Institute. She worked for numerous Insurance Agencies in Crookston, Minnesota, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota. She most recently worked for Bremer Insurance in Grand Forks.

Family members who survive Annette include her husband, Randy of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; daughter, Samantha Gust of Fargo, N. Dakota, and her mother, Marilyn Berg of Fisher, Minnesota; siblings, Loran (Nancy) Berg of Plano, Texas, Diane (Randy) Rapacz of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Karen (Gary) Paulson of Crookston, Minnesota, and Darrin (Michelle) Berg of Fisher, Minnesota.

Annette is preceded in death by her father Leonard A. Berg Jr.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Altru Cancer Center, and Altru Hospice.

Funeral Service: 2:30 PM on Friday, March 27, 2015 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1515 5th Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Interment: Resurrection Cemetery; East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Source: Dandahlfuneralhome.com

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Bernadine T, (Vorachek)
"Bunny" Mahon


August 17, 1941 - March 20, 2015

Bernadine T. "Bunny" (Vorachek) Mahon, age 73, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Bunny was born on August 17, 1941, to the late Emmett and Margaret (Hodny) Vorachek in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She grew up in Lankin, North Dakota, and graduated from Lankin High School. She then attended Mayville State Teachers College earning a Bachelor of Science with majors in Business and English, and a minor in Music. She then taught in Sharon, North Dakota, and Osnabrock, North Dakota, before moving to Grand Forks and working for Boeing at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. She married Kenneth Mahon and moved to Bloomington, Minnesota, for a time until she returned to East Grand Forks in 2001 where she was a very active member of the community.

Bunny is survived by her sister, Lynette (Michael) O'Linn of New Baltimore, Michigan, and several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Kenny.

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 27, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church 200 3rd St NW, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Interment: Private -- Spring 2015

Source: Dandahlfuneralhome.com

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Mrs. John Bolstad


Funeral Monday for Mrs. Bolstad, Pioneer Resident

Funeral services for Mrs. John Bolstad, 75, pioneer of the East Grand Forks district who died Monday evening at her home in Sullivan township, were held Monday afternoon at 1:30 from the home and at 2:30 from the Grand Marais church, Rev. O.T. Ness officiating. Burial was made in the Grand Marais cemetery.

Mrs. Bolstad was born in Norway, April 18, 1850, and came to this country in 1879, settling near Willmar. Shortly after she moved to this city and has been a resident here for the past 45 years.

She had been ill for about three weeks, and her death was not entirely unexpected. Her husband, John Bolstad, a son, Norval, both of whom are at the family home, and Mrs. Martin Haugen of this city, a sister, survive her.

Source: EGF Weekly Record, 10/23/1925

Submitted by Joy Paulson, October 2006

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Bolstad, Tillie


Wednesday afternoon the funeral of Miss Tillie Bolstad was held from the family residence to the Grand Marais Church, Rev. Hulteng conducting the funeral service.

Source: East grand Forks Valley View, 3/15/1907
Submitted by Joy Paulson, October 2006

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Sister Agnes (Evelyna) Blasey


Aug. 1, 1906 -- Nov. 7, 1991

Sister Agnes (Evelyna) Blasey, 85, died Thursday, November 7, 1991.

She was born August 1, 1906, near Ada, Minnesota, the daughter of Charles and Sarah (Carman) Blasey. She attended country school in District 48 and attended Cathedral High School in Crookston for two years and graduated from Ada High School.

She entered the novitiate at Mount St. Benedict in 1924, receiving the name Sister Agnes. She made her final profession of vows in 1928. She began her ministry as aa teacher in Bemidji and took nurse's training at St. Vincent Hospital in Crookston. She completed her work for her R.N. Degree at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth.

For 35 years she worked at St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes, St. Anthony Hospital in Mahnomen, St, John's Hospital in Red Lake Falls and St. John's Hospital in Browerville. She retired from hospital work in 1975 and began home nursing while living at the monastery. After a time she retired completely and resided at the Health Care Unit at Mount St. Benedict.

She is survived by a brother, Clem of Nielsville; and two sisters, Mary Anne Seifert of Grey Eagle, and Sister Loretta Blasey of the Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Crookston.

Interment: At Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Crookston

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Alanson Conner & Family


Alanson Conner died in Bagley, Clearwater County, Minnesota on November 19, 1907.

NOTES: It will probably be hard to find an obit for Alanson, due to the fact that there was no county paper at that time. The death cert. indicates he was born in France ? in 1830.

Elvira Conner died on October 15, 1938 in Bagley. They had a son, Johnny Conner.

Johnny would dress up in a dark, long coat and walk the streets in Bagley carrying a kerosene lantern and umbrella. Back in the 1940s Johnny Conner lived in a small building south of the railroad tracks at the end of Clearwater Ave. near the Olson slaughterhouse and the Bartz residence.

He worked for O. M. Kolb (a former banker), who owned a gas station and a wood yard. Johnny was Kolb's handyman and errand person. Very little is really known about him.

It has been said he moved from Fosston to this area and years earlier his brothers and sisters had died from diptheria.

Some say his mother was a gypsy and his father was a Civil War veteran. He is said to have been a mystic- maybe a person that arouses curiosity or wonder. Also, Johnny was a person who claimed the ability to predict the future from reading coffee cup grounds.

Johnny was a quiet, humble and mysterious man that is part of the county history.

Alanson's death cert. says his mother's maiden name was Halvorson.

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Ingeborg Sovick

1847 - ??

Ingeborg Sovick was born in Norway, on April 4, 1847. Her maiden name was Frostad. She was the second wife of Lars Sovick. She died of influenza (Le Grippe, in the parlance of that day) on May 4th 1891, and was buried on Lars Sovick's farm as there was not yet any church or cemetery.

In Februaryof 1892, Lars Sovick donated the land around Ingeborg's grave for a church and cemetery. In 1899 there was an agreement with Sovick for a piece of land on the south side that abutted the road. This required the reburial of those persons buried north of the new line. Ironically, Ingeborg Sovick was one that had to be moved.

She was the mother of eight children: Peter, Ole*, Hans*, Edwin, Henry, Carolina (Bjorke), Juliana (Holden), and Emma (Halkinrud). Henry was adopted out after his mother died and went by Henry A Berg.

Source - Sexton of St. Petri Cemetery, Tim and Laura Johnson; Sept 2008.

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Sister Winifred (Cecilia) Deffe


April 30, 1918 -- February 15, 2010

Sister Winifred Deffe, age 91, died at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, Crookston, Minnesota, on February 15, 2010.

Cecilia Deffe was born at Hankinson, North Dakota, the fifth of seven children whose parents were Anna (Wolfe) and Frank Deffe. They had both come from Austria. When she was only four years old, Cecilia thought of becoming a sister after the sisters from Hankinson visited her home. She and her parents, along with her two brothers and two sisters moved to a farm east of Detroit Lakes when Cecilia was in third grade.

Her mother died when Cecilia was only fifteen. She then became a mother to her two brothers. While attending high school and living with her older sister Betty, she was asked if she still wanted to become a sister. Cecilia felt that her dad needed her at home, but a housekeeper was hired and Cecilia made her first trip to Mount Saint Benedict. According to her autobiography, when she came to the Mount her sister Betty said, "Well, Sis, here is where you are planted and here is where you will grow." She replied, "So here I've been nurtured and growing ever since. So be it, Lord!"

Cecilia entered the novitiate of Mount Saint Benedict in 1937 and was given the name Sister Winifred. Sister Winifred made her final profession July 11, 1941. She completed nurses' training at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota, and was trained in coronary care in Saint Paul. She lived with the sisters in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls before being assigned to Saint Mary's Hospital, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, for twenty-six years and nine years at Saint John's Hospital in Browerville, Minnesota. During those years she taught surgical nursing to LPN students and was director of nursing in both locations. She was called home to the monastery in 1988 to be the night nurse in the Health Care Center. In 1993 when she was 75 years old, she asked to be relieved of her health-care duties.

Sister Winifred had a keen sense of humor. In her autobiography, written in 1998, she tells how, as a small child, she was knocked down by a huge dog and started holding her breath. The neighbor and her father revived her by slapping and pouring cold water on her. She quipped, "I started breathing, and have been doing so for seventy-nine years." Regarding her task of preparing vegetables for the kitchen she said, "I help feed the hungry by cleaning vegetables." In writing about the different types of vehicles she had ridden in, she ended with "Most everything but a hearse. I'm saving that for the end."

Sister Winifred was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers who died in infancy, a brother Ed and two sisters Betty Cummings and Catherine Johnson. She is survived by a brother Gregory (Joan) who lives in Great Falls, Montana, several nieces and nephews and the members of her monastic community.

Source: Crookston Times newspaper

Interment: Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Crookston, Minnesota.

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Alice Pearl Paulson



Mr. and Mrs. Paul P. Paulson, of Eden, mourn the sudden taking away of their daughter, Alice Pearl, aged 5 years, on Monday night.

Their little girl had been ill but a few days and the end came unexpectedly. The complaint from which she died was infantile paralysis.

Source: 13 Towns, 1/12/1910, p7

Submitted by Joy Paulson, October 2006

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Sister Roland (Helen Marie) Hauber


Sister Roland Hauber, OSB, 90, died August 24 at Riverview Hospital, Crookston.

Helen Marie Hauber was born in Melrose, Minnesota, the second of three children in the family of Paul B. and Leona (LaRiviere) Hauber. While Helen was still very young, her family moved to Minneapolis where she attended Saint Stephen School. After high school, she was enrolled in the Cadet Nursing Program at Saint Mary's Hospital in Minneapolis. While visiting her aunt, Sister Fidelis Hauber at Saint Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes, Helen was greatly inspired by Father Roland Kapsner, a Benedictine monk who died while a patient in the hospital. After working for a short time as a registered nurse at Saint Mary's Hospital in Minneapolis, she joined the Sisters of Saint Benedict in Crookston in 1946, receiving the name, Sister Roland.

Sister Roland served as a nurse for five years at Saint Francis Hospital in Crookston, and for 35 years at Saint Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes. After receiving special training in coronary care, she served as supervisor of the coronary care unit at Saint Mary's hospital where she also developed and taught an emergency first-aid course to hospital employees until her retirement in 1991.

In her professional work, Sister Roland was well known for her proficiency, droll wit and unfailing sense of humor. Her sisters remember her for her faithful attendance at the Eucharist and Community prayer, even after working late hours in the hospital. During her leisure time, Sister Roland enjoyed many hobbies -- fishing, gardening, cooking, baking and various crafts. Her basic philosophy of life was simple, "Just live it and let it go at that."

Sister Roland was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Paul. She is survived by her sister Maxine Elizabeth (Betty) Nelson from New Hope, Minnesota, several nieces and nephews and the members of her religious community.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at Mount Saint Benedict Chapel on Tuesday, August 30. Arrangements by Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home.

Interment: Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Crookston, Minnesota

Source: Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home

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Keith Lloyd Brovold


Born: February 06, 1958
Died: March 27, 2015

Keith Brovold, age 57, of Fosston, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, March 27th, at his home with his family by his side, following a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 6th, at Kingo Lutheran Church in Fosston with the Rev. Dan Cole and Rev. Paul Magelssen officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Sunday, April 5th, at Kingo Lutheran Church. Family will also greet friends for one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinhoialmen.com.

Keith Lloyd Brovold was born on February 6, 1958 in Havre, Montana to parents Lloyd Brovold and Shirley Carver. He lived in the Gully and Gonvick area until the age of 10 when his family moved to Hayfield, Minnesota for two years. They returned to the Fosston/Gully area where he resided and graduated from Fosston High School in 1976. Keith was united in marriage to Lucia Sorenson on June 22, 1996.

Keith was a hard working and dedicated person. From the years 1970-1976 he worked for Hove Farms; 1976-1978 Northern Pipeline; 1978-1983 Muller Pipeline; 1983-1985 Fosston Motors; 1985 to the present Lenes Sand and Gravel; from1985 to the present he was an accomplished business owner who owned and operated Brovold Wells Inc.

Keith enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, playing golf, deer and pheasant hunting, fishing, gardening, endless hours of tormenting Taylor and her friends pulling them behind the boat, and spending time with family and friends.

Keith passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015 at his home near Fosston, at the age of 57.

He is survived by his wife Lucia; daughter, Taylor; son, Jacob Brovold; mother and stepfather, Shirley (Allen) Carver of McIntosh, Minnesota; and mother-in-law, Bernadette Sorenson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Also surviving are his brothers, Kent (Tina) Brovold of Tacoma, Washington, and Steven (Denise) Brovold of Lakeville, Minnesota; brother and sister-in-law, Tristan (Stacy) Sorenson of Lengby; stepsister Kim (Duane) Anderson of Wilton, Minnesota; stepbrother Craig (Wendy) Carver of Prosper Texas; and nephews and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Lloyd Brovold; and father-in-law Rick Sorenson.

He will be dearly missed by family, friends and customers.

Source: Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home

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Ruby Pearl (Syverson) Heideman


Born: November 17, 1928
Died: March 30, 2015

Ruby Heideman, age 86, from McIntosh, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, March 30th at Essentia Health First Care Living Center in Fosston, Minnesota.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 4th at 10:00 AM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in McIntosh with Rev. Melody Kirkpatrick and Rev. Gordon Syverson officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 5:30 PM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in McIntosh, and there will also be reviewal for one hour before the funeral at the church on Saturday morning. Interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery, rural McIntosh. The Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home serving McIntosh is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolence may be sent to carlinhoialmen.com.

Ruby Pearl Syverson was born on November 17, 1928 in Hill River Township, rural Trail, Minnesota, to parents Theodore and Linda (Christianson) Syverson. She was baptized and confirmed at Vernes Lutheran Church. Ruby attended Lindsay School and graduated from McIntosh High School.

Ruby was united in marriage to Curtis “Hector” Heideman on October 8, 1950 at Vernes Lutheran Church. Other than a year in Nebraska they made their home in McIntosh, Minnesota. Ruby worked as the secretary/bookkeeper of the McIntosh Winger School District from 1966 until her retirement in 1993.

Ruby was very active in the church and community, including leadership positions at Our Saviors Lutheran Church where she was both the first female vice- president and later president of the congregation. Ruby enjoyed spending time with her neighborhood coffee “klatch”, grandchildren and family members. Ruby was known for her large family meals, baking and Norwegian goodies. Her interest in flowers and gardening was evidenced by the numerous potted geraniums she placed in her yard year after year. Curtis passed away in 2002 and later Ruby moved into the Poplar Meadows Apartments in McIntosh which enabled her to be closer to many life-long friends.

Ruby passed away on March 30, 2015 at First Care Living Center in Fosston at the age of 86.

Ruby is survived by daughter Deb (Rick) Stainbrook of Park Falls, WI, son David (Lori) Heideman of Moorhead, Minnesota; grandchildren Adam (Jenna) Stainbrook of Wausau, Wisconsin, Matt (Fiancé Rachel Williams) Stainbrook of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jessica (Jory) Gennett of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Lauren (Noah) Nash of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Joshua Heideman of Fargo, North Dakota and Austin Heideman of Moorhead, Minnesota; and great grandchildren- Keegan and Isaiah Nash.

Also surviving are siblings Ardell (Lloyd) Opdahl, Entrip (Sharon) Syverson, Bernice (Jerome) Voxland, Gloria (Mark) Morque, Viola (Richard) Georgeson; sisters-in-law Delores Syverson, Conne Syverson, Corky Syverson, brother-in-law Morris Hendrickson; and many nieces and nephews.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; husband Curtis; siblings Floyd Syverson, Verna Syverson, Lorraine and her husband Rueben Brekke, infant twins Morris and Doris, Eleanora Hendrickson, Arnold Syverson and Karsten Syverson; brothers-in-law, Clarence, Arnold and John Heideman, and sisters-in-law, Inez Heideman, Evelyn Wertish, Loretta Shoholm and Lorene Johnson.

Source: Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home

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Pearl Thorine (Lee) Johnson


(September 22, 1921 - March 30, 2015)

Thorine Johnson, 93, of Fertile, Minnesota, died on Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, Minnesota.

Pearl Thorine Johnson was born September 22, 1921, to Gilbert and Tomina (Pederson) Lee. Thorine was baptized on October 2, 1921, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and confirmed on November 17, 1935 at Maple Lake Lutheran Church, rural Fertile. Thorine grew up with six siblings and one cousin on the Lee family farm north of Fertile in Godfrey Township.

Thorine attended Woodland Nook Country School, near her home, through the 8th grade. She then worked for neighbors doing housework, until she moved to Minneapolis. For six years, Thorine worked at a retired teachers home, a laundry/cleaner business and a factory. For one year, she attended evening classes at the Lutheran Bible Institute of Minneapolis, while working her day job. Prior to going to the cities, Thorine had met a tall, handsome young man by the name of Alton. Were they meant to be together? Not yet, life took them in different directions. Thorine worked in Minneapolis and Alton went into the service. It was 9 years before Alton and Thorine reunited.

On June 2, 1951, Thorine was joined in marriage to Alton Johnson at Maple Lake Lutheran Church. They made their home on 404 E. Main Ave, Fertile, for their entire married life. Alton worked in maintenance at the Fertile-Beltrami School and Thorine committed her free time to teaching Sunday School and Release Time at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile. In 1990, Alton became sick and Thorine cared for Alton during his illness until he died of a brain tumor in 1992. Thorine continued to live in their home keeping busy with church activities, riding her bike, going to Red Hat Ladies events and staying active in the community exercise class. In 2012, at the age of 91, she sold her house and moved into Summerfield Place. On February 10, 2015, Thorine became a resident of Fair Meadow Nursing Home.

Thorine had a good life and was forever grateful to God for her many blessings. She taught release time classes for over 30 years and helped many young people learn about God and the Christian Faith. Alton and Thorine did a lot of traveling in their years together– trips to California, Florida, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Canada. Shortly after Alton’s death, Thorine was given the opportunity to visit the Holy Land with a group led by her niece, Sharon and husband, Pastor Todd Olson. This was a highlight in her life; one that she never thought possible at the age of 72! She kept those memories alive in her scrapbook, one of many that she made as a hobby over the years. Thorine was grateful for her family, friends and neighbors!

She found a new home at Fair Meadow and said she was treated so well by everyone. She was happy to be in Fertile, and as she put it, “there is no better place to be, outside of heaven!”. Several years ago when Thorine was asked what she would like to have included in her obituary she said it would be pretty short, but she wanted everyone to know how much she loved her Lord Jesus Christ.

Thorine is survived by her family members: brother, Orville (Ede) Lee, of Mentor, Minnesota; sister, Gladys Swengel, Vadnais Heights, Minnesota; sisters-in-law: Nancy Lee, Frances Lee and Karen Johnson; brothers-in-law: Arlie (Beverly) Johnson, Helmer “Bud” (Sharon) Johnson, and David Proctor; many nieces and nephews and grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Alton, sisters: Bernice Bakken and Carrie Lee; brothers, Arnold and Gilbert “Gib”; double cousins, Bennie Lee and Peter Lee; brothers-in-law: Vernon Swengel, Arnold Bakken, Norris Johnson, Harvey Johnson and sister-in-law, Beverly Proctor.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 11 AM, in the Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, Minnesota.

Visitation will be one hour before the services in the church.

Burial will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, Minnesota.

Source: Fredrikson Funeral Home website

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Marie B. (Stennes) Hoyt


(August 30, 1920 - March 24, 2015)

Marie B. (Stennes) Hoyt, 94, of Erskine, Minnesota, and formerly of Hendrum, Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Pioneer Memorial Care Center, Erskine, Minnesota.

A graveside service will be held at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, Minnesota, at a later date.

Source: Fredrikson Funeral Home website

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Paul E. Caillier


October 11, 1925 - March 30, 2015

Resided in Crookston, Minnesota

Paul E. Caillier, 89, of Crookston, Minnesota, died unexpectedly on Monday, March 30, 2015, at his home.

Paul was born on October 11, 1925 at Gentilly, Minnesota, one of thirteen children of the union of Edward and Maria (LaFramboise) Caillier. He grew up on the family farm, was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Gentilly, and attended District 105 school in Gentilly Township. For several years Paul worked for farmers in the local area.

He was united in marriage to Jeanette M. Perreault on May 13, 1947 at St. Joseph's Church in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. Soon after their marriage the couple moved to Boron, CA, with Paul's brothers, and he worked as a mechanic at a truck stop owned by his brother, Robert. Paul and Jeanette returned to Gentilly later and where he owned and operated a garage and blacksmith shop. He soon began farming with his brother, Steve, and later bought a farm of his own north of Gentilly, where he and Jeanette raised their twelve children. Paul worked winters at American Crystal Sugar as a boiler operator. During these years he was also a sales representative for the Pioneer Seed Company and Sigco Sunflowers, and as a result of his "top sales" he earned several awards, including trips to Hawaii, Jamaica, and Las Vegas.

From 1968 until 1975 Paul was the local dealer for Chaparral Snowmobiles. Following his retirement from farming in 1985 he did custom combining and drove for Transystems Trucking Company. In 1995 Paul and Jeanette moved to Crookston. They enjoyed winters in Arizona. Over the years they were members of St. Peter's Church in Gentilly, St. Joseph's Church in Red Lake Falls, and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. He was a longtime member of the Cathedral Choir, singing for Masses and funerals. Sadly, Jeanette passed away on June 21, 2014.

Born to a life of farming, Paul never tired of watching the process of sowing the crops in the spring and harvesting them in the fall. Gardening was another of his passions, and he loved growing raspberries and vegetables and sharing his bounty with family. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and one of his greatest joys was helping many of his 12 kids work on their homes. He was a friend to everyone he met and a loving father always focused on providing for his family. He possessed a spirit of great strength, and strove for excellence in all that he did. May God bless Paul's memory.

Grateful to have been part of Paul's life are his twelve children, their spouses, and families: Linda (Merle) Knott of Trego, WI, Marlan (Pam) Caillier of Monticello, Minnesota, Nancy (Bob) Katzenberger of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Mac (Joyce) Caillier of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, Renae (Dennis) Donarski of Crookston, Minnesota, Mike (Claire) Caillier of Crookston, Minnesota, Dean (Cathy) Caillier of Davenport, ND, Joan Caillier (Charlie Egeberg) of Hastings, Minnesota, Paula Caillier (Mike Tschida) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Curt (Laurie) Caillier of Crookston, Chad (Becky) Caillier of West Fargo, ND, and Terri (Kevin) Hearnen of New Hope, Minnesota; thirty-eight grandchildren; and thirty-seven great-grandchildren. He also leaves four siblings: Josephine Boucher, and Steve (Betty) Caillier, of Crookston, Elayne Hannah of Mentor, Minnesota, and Bonnie (Frank) Marra of Scottsdale, AZ; a brother-in-law, Leonard Perreault of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

In addition to Jeanette, his beloved wife of sixty-seven years, Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Maria; four brothers: Bob, Jerry, Norman, and infant, Joseph; and four sisters: infants, Lorraine and Lucy, Annette Fournier, and Marion Plante.

Mass of Christian Burial for Paul E. Caillier will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, with the Rev. Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Monday from 5-7 pm, with a 7 pm prayer service, and also at the Church for one hour prior to the Funeral Mass. Burial will be at St. Peter's Cemetery, Gentilly.

Source: http://www.stenshoelhouske.com/

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