Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

Kenley U. Chapman, 79, of Crookston, MN, died Thursday, August 11, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston with family members at his side. The memorial service for Kenley will be held at 1:00p.m., Monday, August 15, 2016, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Hafslo Cemetery, rural Crookston.



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Jordyce Yvonne Waxler, 90, of Crookston, MN, died Monday evening, August 8, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Jordyce was born at Hunter, ND on January 8, 1926, the daughter of Carl and Annie Skue. She grew up at Hunter and during her high school years was employed at the local Gamble’s Store where she continued working after her graduation from Hunter High School in 1944. On May 21, 1947 Jordyce was united in marriage to James Edward Waxler at Hunter. Over the years their marriage was blessed by the births of four children: Bruce, Kathy, Brian, and Brent. Very sadly, Brent passed away on October 13, 2007. From 1951 to 1953 Jordyce and Jim made their home in Harwood, ND before moving to Fargo. In 1959 they came to Crookston where they continued to raise their family. Jordyce began working for St. Francis Hospital as a ward clerk in 1968, and from 1970 until her retirement in 1987 was a ward clerk and scheduling secretary at Riverview Hospital, today known as RiverView Health.
Jordyce and Jim were longtime members of Trinity Lutheran Church. In 1997 they were honored as Crookston’s Experienced Americans. The couple enjoyed many warm and wonderful friendships, and were saddened as the years went by and those friends began to pass. Time spent with their family was a treasure; sharing in their many accomplishments an absolute joy; and rewarding them with her famous scotcharoos was “really special.” May God bless Jordyce’s memory.
Cherished family members include Jordyce’s beloved husband of 69 years, Jim; their children and spouses: Bruce and Mary Jo Waxler of Bartlett, IL, Kathy and Mike Spence of Golden Valley, MN, Brian and Denise Waxler of Crookston, MN, and daughter-in-law, Nadine Waxler of Champlin, MN; 10 grandchildren: Brad (Amy) Waxler, Matt (Rebecca) Waxler, Jamie (Alan) Dean, Jeff Dorman, Angie (Nate) Griffin, Heath Waxler, Ben Waxler, Annie Mae (Tim) Strader, Suzanne (Drew) Hasian, and Erich Waxler; 11 great-grandchildren: Mya, Layla, Danika and Levon Strader, Madigan Waxler, Lexie and Lily Waxler, Aubrey Hasian, Adelyn Griffin, and Maddox and Tully Dean; a sister-in-law, Alice (Chuck) Bowman; brother-in-law, Kenny Waxler; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to her son, Brent, Jordyce was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Livia Waxler; her parents, Carl and Annie Skue; and her siblings and their spouses: Glenn and Gladys Juno, Dick and Cornelia Fatland, Craig and Louise Worsley, Frances Skue, Chris and Dorothy Jensen, and Gordon and Helen Skue.
The memorial service for Jordyce Yvonne Waxler will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, August 13, 2016, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN with The Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and also at the church for an hour before the funeral. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given in Jordyce’s memory to the organization of the giver’s choice.
www.stenshoelhouske.com  

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Donald (Don) Edwin Jensrud, age 86, of Crookston, MN, passed away August 7, 2016 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Don was born on June 13, 1930 in Crookston, MN to Gilbert and Eva Chapman Jensrud. He attended country school and obtained his GED from Crookston Central in 1984. He married Alma Desrosier in 1951 and together they had 7 children. In 1981, he married Geri Dalrymple, gaining 2 more children and together they raised their joint family.  Throughout his life Don lived in various Minnesota communities, but Crookston was where he always considered his home. Don had various jobs, but he was a farmer by heart. He also owned Jensrud and Son Trucking Company, and worked at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception until his retirement. After retirement, he drove school bus for many years. Don joined the Crookston National Guard in 1947 along with his brothers and other local friends and relatives. He was a sergeant during the Korean War serving as a training sergeant in Alabama and was honorable discharged from the military in 1952. He belonged to the American Legion, Trinity Lutheran Church, and was an active member of the Hafslo Lutheran Cemetery Association, spending time helping with upkeep and mowing for many years. Don loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. Many people remember Don as being their bus driver. He loved children and had a helpful heart. He would help any child that needed a hand, whether it was a neighbor or a stranger.Don had a strong love of music.  He would be seen many times playing the harmonica or guitar at family gatherings.  He taught many others to play as well.  Don also loved to dance, especially at the American Legion on Friday nights.  In retirement, “Donnie” could be seen at RBJs or McDonald’s enjoying his morning coffee with many of his lifelong friends.Donald is survived by his children, Merle (Kim) Jensrud of New Rockford, ND, Bonnie (John) Bjorsness of New Folden, MN, LaVonne Brown of Grand Forks, ND, Curt (Betty) Jensrud of Farmington, MN, Monica (Ralph) Nicklay of Moorhead, MN, Bill (Wendi) Dalrymple of Crookston, MN, Sharon (Dave) DeNiear of Golden, CO, Leslie (Kevin) Altepeter of Crookston, MN, and Randy Jensrud of Crookston, MN; 2 brothers: Ervin (Margaret) Jensrud of Litchfield, MN and Jack (Sue) Jensrud of Ada, MN; 4 sisters: Agnes Demarais of Monticello, MN, Shirley Johnsen of White Bear Lake, MN, Vi (Ralph) Kaus of Bemidji, MN, and Charlotte Smith of Isanti, MN; sixteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.Donald is preceded in death by his wife; his parents; mother and father-in-law, J. Sherman and Ethel Olsen; son-in-law, Gene Brown; brothers: Orville, Marvin, Harvey, and Duane; and other relatives who have passed beforehand in the family. The will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston, MN. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at 1 p.m. at Hafslo Lutheran Cemetery in Rural Crookston, MN.


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Kelly Thronson, 61, Ada, MN, died Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, MN, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Funeral: 11:00AM, Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: Tuesday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:30PM prayer service at the church. Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)
www.fredriksonfh.com

 

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Hazel Engen, age 105, from Crookston, MN passed away on August 1, 2016 at Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN. Service times are pending.

 

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Diane Sharon Walker, 71, of Crookston, MN, died peacefully at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, on Thursday, July 28, 2016 after a long battle with COPD. Diane was born in Crookston, MN on February 28, 1945, the daughter of Virgil Aubol and Fern ( Davis) Ogaard .  She spent most of her life in Crookston, and also lived for a time in Filmore, CA and Little Falls, MN. Diane married Bruce Walker on December 20, 1991 in Las Vegas, NV.  Sadly, Bruce passed away on February 20, 2007. Diane was a cherished and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her passions were attending her children's and grandchildren's many sports and activies including being a devoted hockey mom and president of the Blue Line Club. Diane spent many hours working in the concession stand.  She was an avid reader and loved challenging her mind by solving a variety of puzzles. Diane is survived by her former husband and the father of her children, Donald Perreault; children:  Mark (Annie) Perreault of Walker, MN, Kimberly (Tim) Persson of Crookston, MN, Kenneth (Angela) Perreault of Bemidji, MN, and Jeff (Melissa) Perreault of Crookston, MN;  grandchildren:  Brittany (Shawn) Goos, Danielle (Nick) Sylvester, Mandie Persson, Dylan Perreault, Sophia Perreault; great-grandchildren:  Ryder Goos and Cason Sylvester; brother, Randy Aubol of Denver, CO; sister,  Darla  Pashman  of Topeka, KS; step-mother, Jan Aubol of Thief River Falls, MN, and many nieces, nephews , and other relatives. Diane was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bruce; her parents; brother, Rick Aubol;  sister, Denise Sewill; and granddaughter, Brooklyn Rae Sylvester. May God bless Diane's memory. A private family graveside service will be held.   


                                                                                                                               
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Laurel Haake, age 66 of Fisher, MN passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Valley Memorial Homes, Transitional Care Unit in Grand Forks, ND with her family at her side.Laurel Jean Haake was born August 15, 1949 in Crookston, MN the daughter of Ervin and Marian (Rutherford) Gunstinson.  Laurel grew up in Fisher.   She attended school where she graduated with the Fisher High School, Class of 1967.  On January 28, 1967 she was united in marriage to Lynn Haake in Fisher Lutheran Church.  She worked at Griffiths Department Store in Grand Forks, ND.  She was the Parish Secretary for Fisher Lutheran Church for a number of years, and was also the City Clerk of Fisher for 20+ years.  She was the Minnesota State President of City Clerks and Finance Offices and she was also Council President for Fisher Lutheran Church.  She then began employment for Ralph Engelstad Arena and worked there for 14 years.  Laurel sold real estate for Century 21 Red River Reality in Grand Forks and eventually bought the business.  She was a First Responder for the City of Fisher.  Laurel supported Lynn on the farm for many years.  She was a member of the Fisher American Legion Auxiliary for 35 years.  She was a member of the Crookston area Women’s Choir, and also the Gunstinson Trio accompanied by Bill and Carol Heimer. She is survived by her loving husband Lynn of 49 years; three sons, Kyle Haake of Fisher, MN, Noel (Cheri) Hakke of Crookston, MN and Jeremy Haake of Fisher, MN; four grandchildren, Josh, Jarret, Danielle and Jayden along with two great-grandchildren, Chloe and Grant; sister, Paula (Duane) Isaacson of Fisher, MN and brother James (A. Mary) Gunstinson of El Cajon, CA. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Marian Gunstinson and her brother Thomas.Blessed be the memory of Laurel J. Haake Memorial Service:  10:30 AM on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in Fisher Lutheran Church, Fisher, MN. Visitation:  5:00 to 7:00 with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in Fisher Lutheran Church and also one hour prior Memorial Service on Wednesday in Fisher Lutheran Church. Inurnment:  Fisher Lutheran Cemetery, Fisher, MN. Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com

 

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Dennis Yell, 71, Mentor, MN, died Friday, July 29, 2016, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice. Memorial Service: 11:00AM Thursday, August 4, 2016, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service at the church.  Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota


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Doris Alma Reitmeier, 96, of Crookston, MN, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016,  in RiverView Health, Crookston, with her loving family at her side.  Doris was born in Fisher, MN on June 17, 1920, the thirteenth of fourteen children of the union of Ferd and Minnie (Wentzel) Ross, and was baptized and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church.  She attended school in Fisher, where she was affectionately given the nickname “Sugarbeet” and graduated as a proud member of the class of 1938.  Doris was united in marriage to Clarence Ervin Reitmeier on November 14, 1940 at the home of her parents.  Scripture used for their ceremony included the verse, “I will never leave thee or forsake thee”, a creed they embraced throughout seventy-three years of marriage.  Doris and Clarence called their farm in Fanny Township home and is where 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; and while it may not necessarily have been Doris’s, her pride in their success was without measure.
Doris and Clarence created a home filled with love and a deep and abiding faith.  Her family always came first, and as more generations were added she continued selflessly and humbly her life’s work of nurturing, whether in her role as wife, mother and grandmother, or more recently as great-grandmother.  Their home was the place where everyone wanted to be and Doris always made sure everyone had a chair, and a bed if need be.  Sunday dinners, and holidays were celebrated with such joy that no one wanted to miss a minute of the fun.  She loved to cook, and her family, with laughter and affection, recalled how her roasts were always “well-done”, even though she rarely, if ever, had a bite herself.
Doris was a devoted member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, and taught both Sunday school and vacation bible school for many years.  She was also a member of the Homemakers Club, and she and Clarence bowled in couples leagues for many years with several dear friends.  Playing cards was one of her abiding passions and smear and gin rummy were her favorite games.  Doris seemed to always win, and when playing with her family the grandkids would have friendly arguments over who would get to be grandma’s partner.  As the years went by things began to slow down a bit, and the family was deeply saddened by the passing of Clarence on April 11, 2014.  Knowing that Doris and Clarence are now together again gives great comfort and their memories will be forever cherished.
Grateful to have shared in her life are her 5 children and their spouses: 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; 11 grandchildren: Lori (Alex) Munoz, Lisa (Jim) Gardner, Bryan (Denise) Hanson, Jessica McKenna, Orion Miller, Katie (Andy) Fee, Clarence “Carl” (Dawn) Hunt, Sarah Cooley (fiance’ Kevin Rivera), Kristi (Erik) Griffin, Jackie (Brandon) Otway, and Kelly Reitmeier (fiancé’ Michael Beiswenger); and 20 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, Addie and Kelby Fee, Brynlee Hunt, Lily Griffin and Noah Otway.  It was always Doris’s wish that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren learn the old German prayer “Now I lay me down to sleep”, and they are doing just so to honor her.  Doris is also survived by many nieces and nephews and other relatives.
In addition to her beloved husband, Clarence, and son, Calvin, Doris is preceded in death by her parents, Ferd and Minnie Ross; and all 13 of her siblings: Clara Ross, Arthur (Elizabeth) Ross, Martha (Amos) Wagner, Laura (Henry) Beiswenger, Ida (William) Beiswenger, Walter (Bertha) Ross, Olga (Herb) Wagner, Erma (Ervin) Bauer, Edna (Arne) Hanson, Ella (Ervin) Maruska, Minna (Alfred) Johnstad, Elmer (Ruth) Ross, and Ferd (Wanetta) Ross.  May God bless the memory of Doris Alma Reitmeier.
The funeral service for Doris Reitmeier will be held at 10:30 am, Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating.  Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
www.stenshoelhouske.com.

 

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Wanda Marie Opheim, 56, Indianapolis, IN, died Thursday July 21 2016, at Community North Hospital, Indianapolis, IN.
Funeral service:  Friday, July 29, 2016, at Fall Creek Baptist Church, Indianapolis at 2:00PM. 
Graveside Service: 11:00AM, Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at First Evanger Cemetery, Fertile, MN.

Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home

 

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