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Ethel Ruebke, 97, Ada, Minnesota, died Friday, June 24, 2016, at her home with her family by her side. Funeral: 11:00AM, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Monday June 27, 2016 from 5-7PM with a prayer service at 7pm at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, Minnesota. Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.  Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
www.fredriksonfh.com

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Dr. Lloyd A. Sanders, 96, Ada, Minnesota, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Twin Valley Living Center, Twin Valley, MN. Lloyd Ardel Sanders was born April 20, 1920, in Grand Forks, ND, the son of J. John and Jennie (Haugen) Sanders. He moved with his family to Ada in 1923, where he grew up and attended public school. In high school he worked with his family in their implement business. He graduated from Ada High School in 1938 and later attended college at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis. Lloyd served in the United States Army during World War II and was honorably discharged. He was united in marriage to Eileen “Scotty” Scott on September 7, 1946, in Syracuse, NY. They moved to Little Falls, MN, for a few years before moving to Ada. Lloyd opened his dental practice and continued for many years before retiring in the early 1980’s. Lloyd was very active in the Ada business community over the years and served on the boards for the Chamber of Commerce, Heart of the Valley Golf Club, and Ada VFW Club. After he retired from his dental practice, he worked part time for the golf course and Ada Cenex. He was also on the move and volunteered many hours on beatification projects around the Ada parks, school, and golf course. He received several awards from the Chamber and other organizations for his efforts. In addition he also cared for several lawns of private homeowners. Lloyd had lived in his home until 2013, when he became a resident of the Twin Valley Living Center. Lloyd is survived by his son, David, granddaughter, Jessica Carter (Ron Roy), Twin Valley, MN, two grandsons, Hunter and Colton, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Scotty in 1986, his daughter Jenny Lyn Sanders in 2003, and four brothers, Clement, Raymond, Donald, and Myron. Memorial Gathering: 2:00PM, Friday, June 24, 2016, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the funeral home. Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
www.fredriksonfh.com

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Ione Anne Suedbeck made her first appearance in rural Adrian, Minnesota, the fifth of seven children born to Frank and Mary (Schutz) Suedbeck. She attended rural schools in the Adrian vicinity and a public school in Slayton, Minnesota. After high school, she worked on the family farm, a bookkeeper at a produce, billing typist at a wholesale plant and as the bookkeeper at the Murray County Oil Coop.
After becoming acquainted with the Crookston Benedictines who taught at a catechetical school in Slayton, Ione entered Mount Saint Benedict in 1951 where she became known as Sister Constance. Sister Constance attended summer school sessions pertaining to primary education at Mount Saint Benedict, Marillac College in Saint Louis, the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, and she graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.
Praying the Liturgy of the Hours, attending daily Eucharist and singing in the Mount choir were very important to Sister Constance. Her first love was working with little children, and doing manual labor was a close second. Energetic, with her tall, gaunt frame, she spent her strength and all the time she could spare in the gardens and with fresh vegetables. During the growing seasons, this ministry claimed most of her time and attention. In addition to education and gardening, her ministries were wide and varied: as dietary supervisor at Saint Francis Hospital in Crookston, laundry supervisor at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Detroit Lakes, convent housekeeper and cook at Saint Elizabeth School in Lefor, North Dakota, a nurse aide at Villa Saint Vincent, a home health aide in Fargo, bookkeeper at Care and Share Center in Crookston and as a volunteer at the Crookston Public Library.
Sister Constance will be remembered by many who were blessed to have her as a creative teacher at Saint Joseph School, Moorhead, Cathedral Elementary School, Crookston and Assumption School, Barnesville. Sister Constance also taught religious education classes at Carrizo Springs, TX and helped in the summer program in Moorhead for children of migrant farm workers. After joining the Crookston Foster Grandparent Program in 1989, she served at Highland Middle School, Rainbow Village Day Care and Lincoln School. Sister Constance expressed her love of these years when she wrote, “I love working with little children. They are so open and appreciative.”
Sister Constance quoted her Foster Grandparent Director as saying: “Each of us is like a tea bag. We don’t realize our strength until we get into hot water.” Sister Constance was seldom out of hot water. She believed every person’s primary duty was to stay healthy by eating a healthy diet—including garlic, onions, vinegar and spinach. She preached this belief to anyone who would listen. This is what got her into hot water much of the time.
When her health began to fail, she became a resident in assisted living at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in 2003, but continued to enjoy working in the garden as her strength permitted. In 2016, she moved to Villa Saint Vincent.
Sister Constance was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Esther Johnson, Raphie Vande Velde, Florence Disch, Lollie Engebretson and Elvira Dommeyer and a brother, Archibald. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and the members of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. Reception of the body of Sister Constance will be at 4:30, p.m. Tuesday, June 21 with visitation from 5:00 until the wake service at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 Wednesday, June 22. All services will be at Sacred Heart Chapel, Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 Summit Ave., Crookston, MN.
Memorials in honor of Sister Constance may be given to Mount Saint Benedict Foundation, 620 Summit Avenue, Crookston, MN. 56716

 

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Marvin H. Reitmeier, age 94, of Crookston, Minnesota passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Riverview Hospital in Crookston.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Crookston, Minnesota with Pastor Steve Bohler officiating.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday evening at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m.  Burial will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, Minnesota. Marvin was born on March 17, 1922 to Edward and Ida (Wentzel) Reitmeier, Sr.  in rural Lowell Township. He attended country school.  He was united in marriage to Aldores Jorgenson on July 14, 1946 in Fisher, Minnesota, and made their home on a farm south of Crookston, MN. Marvin spent his life farming raising grain and sugar beets. He was especially proud to have been recognized for having the highest sugar per acre for his beet crop in 1981 over the entire region. He stayed connected with his brothers and nephews over the years by going fishing, and hunting at “deer camp”.  He was elected Polk County Commissioner and served 16 years in that capacity having a seat on various boards in the county.  He was also a board member of the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Hammond Township Board, and served many years on the Crookston Farmers Co-op Elevator Board. Marvin spent many winters in Texas with his wife Aldores.  He loved meeting his neighbors and friends at RBJ’s for coffee and toast in the mornings where he rolled dice for the bill.  He loved his family and joined in on many trips with them in his later years.  He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and even attended a game last summer !  Marvin’s final years were spent living at the Summit Assisted Living apartments in Crookston where he thrived with the wonderful care he received there.Marvin is survived by his children, Janice (Ed) Beil of West Fargo, ND, Leroy (Shirley) Reitmeier of Crookston, MN, LouAnne (Larry) Olson of Crookston, MN, Jolene (Greg) Bebo of Torrington, WY; grandchildren, Paula (Patrick)Hawes, Jeffrey (Gretchen) Beil, Patrick (Michelle) Beil, Shauna Reitmeier (Denny Jacobs),  Shelby Reitmeier, Mark (Eri) Reitmeier, Casey Moen, Ryan (Brittany) Moen, Lisa Olson (Michael) Cole, Matt (Chessica) Olson, Paul Olson, Jeremiah Bebo, Nathanael Bebo, Daniel Bebo, Jessica Bebo, Matthew Bebo; and great-grandchildren, Dylan Hawes, Allyson Beil, Kaitlyn Beil, Cecilia Beil, Zachary Reitmeier, Isaiah Ramirez, Emari Reitmeier, Hazuki Reitmeier, Madisyn Sanders, Caden Sanders, Brittyn Sanders, Duncan Jacobs, and Douglas Jacobs; three special neighbors, Karlie, Kayla, and Kendra Brekken; brothers, Lloyd Reitmeier and Ervin “Mike” Reitmeier; sister-in-laws, Joyce Reitmeier, Ardella Jorgenson, Clorise Jorgenson; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded  in death by his parents; his wife, Aldores; brothers and sister-in-laws, Arnold (Millie) Reitmeier, Willard (Grace) Reitmeier, Edward (Lucille) Reitmeier Jr., Ernest Reitmeier; one sister, Meda (Mike) Buness; sisters-in-law, Audrey Reitmeier and Barbara Reitmeier; niece, Pauline Reitmeier; and nephew, Michael Reitmeier; brothers-in-law, Robert Jorgenson, Sheldon Jorgenson, and Wallace Jorgenson, Raymond Jorgenson; and sister-in-laws, Mary Jorgenson and Mildred Stroble.

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Sherry Kankel, 79, passed away on Saturday, May 28th in her home in Red Lake Falls after losing her courageous battle with cancer.  Her body may have given up, but her spirit lives on in the lives of those she touched. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 18th at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN, with Father Bob LaPlante presiding.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN. Visitation will be held one hour before the funeral mass, from 8:00 am to 9:00 am on June 18th, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. Sherry Lynn Rose Hince was born in a log cabin in Equality Township near Oklee, MN, the second of eight children born to Elmer and Marie Hince.  She graduated from Oklee High School at the age of 16 and went to work at the local bank. In 1959, Sherry married Dave Kankel from Red Lake Falls, and as she would often say, she moved from one end of the county to the other.  After a brief time in Thief River Falls, Sherry and Dave made their home in Red Lake Falls, where they raised six children.Sherry was an avid reader and student of history.  An active member of the Red Lake County Historical Society, Sherry partnered with Anne Healy to author/edit the Red Lake County History Book, published in 1976 to coincide with the Red Lake Falls Centennial celebration. A loving mother and wife, Sherry always put everyone else first.  She opened her home to many and hours of games, laughter, tears and plenty of coffee were enjoyed with her at the kitchen table. Sherry is survived by her children Kris (Dennis) Thorfinnson of Gillette, WY, Tracy Erickson of Andover, MN, Nancy Kankel (Ginny Staudt) of Lakeville, MN, Carol Jo of Red Lake Falls, MN, Erika (Ron) Knips of Lakeville, MN, and Karl (Marlo) Kankel of Lakeville, MN;   her seven grandchildren, Kayleigh (Kyle) Burns, Dane Erickson, Tanner Thorfinnson, Hannah Thorfinnson, Rylee Knips, Brody Knips, Reese Kankel, and Kellan Kankel; sisters Kathleen (Bill) McDonald, Mary (Rudy) Gunderson, brother Don (Erika) Hince; and many other relatives and friends. Sherry was preceded in death by her husband, David Kankel; parents, Elmer and Marie Hince; sisters Bonnie Roisland, Joan Lien, Margaret Hince; brother Robert Hince; and granddaughter Elizabeth Marie Thorfinnson.

 

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