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Juneth “Junie” Rose Pearl Palmer, age 87, passed away peacefully in her daughter’s home, with her family by her side, on September 6, 2016.Juneth was born on August 2, 1929, to Oscar and Marvel Sather at the Sather Homestead in Rural Mentor, MN. She went to rural school for eight years, followed by 4 years at Mentor High School.  After graduation, Juneth moved to Crookston and worked for a short time as a nursing assistant at the Villa St. Vincent.  She then took a full time job as a telephone operator at Northwestern Bell.  During that time, she lived with her sister, Lorraine.   In 1949, she met Dwane Palmer at the ice arena in Crookston and they were married at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on June 6, 1950. Nine months later, they welcomed their first son, Leslie. At that time she cut back to part-time hours at Northwestern Bell. When daughter Julie was born, Juneth stayed home full time and rented rooms out to people who worked at St. Francis Hospital. Juneth enjoyed staying at home and being a full-time mother to Les, Julie, Kim, Dan, and Marc.  When daughter Kristi was born in 1965, she worked as an evening receptionist at St. Francis Hospital until they closed. In 1970, started working as a secretary at the AgassizValley School of Practical Nursing. In 1975, they welcomed their 7th child Kari. Junie loved going to all her children’s activities and attending her Church Circle. Juneth retired from the School of Nursing in 1993, and enjoyed every year after her retirement.  She enjoyed their lake home in Maple bay where she spent her summers, watching the loons, raising pigs and geese and planting flowers and canning delicious vegetables grown from the garden.  She enjoyed bringing flowers and canned goods to the Fertile Fair, where she won Best of Show for her dill pickles, clematis and a bouquet of flowers in a yellow hat. She enjoyed bingo, pull tabs, playing cards with family, spending time visiting with family and friends and cooking nice meals for her family. Every summer, she  enjoyed having a reunion with faculty members from the School of Nursing. Juneth had the ability to make everyone feel like someone special. She had unconditional love for her family, friends, and all animals. She was a fun-loving, giving, joyful, and very selfless person who will be greatly missed by many. Juneth is survived by her beloved husband, Dwayne, her children, Leslie Palmer of Crookston, MN, Julie (Tom) Glass of Maryland, Marc (Sue) Palmer of Crookston, MN, Kristi (Jeff) Widseth of Minnetrista, MN, and Kari (Chad) Hitchen of Winger, MN; grandchildren, Nikki (John) Lee, Heather (Kevin) Waller, Angie (Jeff) Brekken, Katie (Zach) Zwack, Sally (Jeremy Yunis) Palmer, Emily (Kris) Perreault, Joey Palmer, Lester Swenson, Megan Stewart, Carissa and Benjamin Widseth, Hunter, Kimberly, and Katrina Hitchen; seventeen great-grandchilren; sisters, Ida (Paul) Martinson of Bemidji, MN, Maxine Sather of St. Paul, MN, and Joyce Johnson of St. Paul, MN; daughter-in-laws, Bonnie Palmer and Laurie Straw; sister-in-law, Jean Bakken, and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. She loved her dog, Taco and cat, Tommy very much. She is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Marvel Sather; mother and father-in-law, Alvin and Martha Palmer; sons, Kim and Danny; granddaughter, Tiffany Glass; sisters Gloria and Lorraine and many loved pets.  There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral & Cremation Service in Crookston, MN. The memorial mass will be at 2 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. May God bless Juneth’s memory.

 


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Joseph Lawrence Hollcraft, 22, of Phoenix, AZ, and formerly of Crookston, MN and Chico, CA, passed away on August 30 in Phoenix, AZ.  Joseph was born in Chico, CA on July 16, 1994, the second of six children, to Ray and Monica Hollcraft.  He was baptized at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Chico.  When Joseph was three years old, he moved with his family to Crookston, MN.  Joseph was educated at home for grades K-11, and attended his senior year at Crookston High School, where he graduated from in 2012.  Joseph was a very active member of his church, school, and community.  He received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, where he was a member of the Life Teen Program, as well as an ‘Apostle’ for the Edge program and staff leader for the St. John Paul II Camp. Joseph participated in Crookston city and Pirate athletics, including football, basketball, and baseball – baseball was his favorite! In his senior year, Joseph enjoyed becoming a part of the Crookston High School drama program by participating in the One Act Play Tracks and a production of Cinderella.  He was runner-up of the high school’s Mr. CHS contest.  After high school, Joseph moved back to his hometown of Chico, CA, where he reconnected with lifelong family friends and made many new ones, while becoming a part of his Uncle Joe and Aunt Jackie Hollcraft’s family. From August of 2014 to May of 2015, Joseph served with NET (National Evangelization Teams) ministries, traveling around the United States bringing the love and Word of Christ to teens and their families.  It was on NET that Joseph met his ‘Favorite,’ Mariah Butcher. Joseph remained with his family in Crookston for the summer months of 2015 before returning to Chico. While in Chico, both before and after NET, Joseph – always the servant – shared his love for God through ministry with the Life Teen and Edge Programs, Seeds of Truth Ministries, and Catholic Newman Outreach.  In June of 2016, Joseph moved to Phoenix, AZ, where he loved spending more time with Mariah and her family, and continued to share his love with teens through the Life Teen program at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Scottsdale, AZ.
Joseph was a humble, simple, selfless young man, who left an impression on everyone he met; he sought peace with the Lord and was a calming presence to those around him; by his example he inspired people to be their best and had a way of making everyone feel special and loved; he had a pure radiating  joy that spilled over, filling those he loved – family, friends, neighbors and strangers.
So grateful to have shared in Joseph’s life are his parents, Monica Hollcraft and Ray Hollcraft; siblings Shen Maria, Aaron, Rachel, Hannah, and Gianna; grandmothers Barbara White and Maureen Hollcraft; numerous aunts and uncles, 53 cousins, his godmother Debbie Rosales and his dearest love, Mariah Butcher.  He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Lawrence White and Robert Hollcraft, cousin Bobby Hollcraft, baby brother Isaac Anthony Hollcraft, and godfather Steve Rosales.  Joseph will be sadly missed by so many, whose lives he touched by his selflessness, love, pure joy in life, and goofy sense of humor. 
Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Friday from 4-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, and also for one hour prior to the funeral. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting the Hollcraft family with arrangements. www.stenshoelhouske.com.



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Doris Claire Matzke, 89, of Crookston, MN, passed away on Monday, September 5, 2016. Her kind and loving heart gave out after a long life of service.
Doris and her twin sister, Edith, were born on August 2, 1927, in St. Paul, MN, to Clarence and Edith Amundson. The talented twins spent their summers throughout their teens tap dancing at county fairs throughout the upper Midwest. Doris
graduated from Monroe High School in St. Paul in 1944. She met the love of her life, Bill Matzke, at Luther League, and while he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Doris attended Macalester College from 1944-46. They were married on September 13, 1947 in St. Paul, and moved to Crookston in 1948. Two children were born to their union, Steven and Marjorie. Doris and Bill were lifelong, active and involved residents of Crookston, and were married for 64 years, until Bill’s passing in 2012. Doris was a longtime and highly skilled executive secretary, who worked at the University of Minnesota-Crookston from its inception until her retirement in 1992. She and Bill were very devoted and involved members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Her “church family” was very important to her, and she served them in many ways, including as choir director, Bible study leader, and president of the Ladies Aid.
Both Bill and Doris were instrumental in bringing the Civic Music League Allied Concert Series to Crookston in the 1950’s, and both were enthusiastic participants in numerous Crookston Community Theater productions. Though Bill was typically the one in the spotlight, Doris occasionally overcame her modest nature to strap on her tap shoes, and helped out doing everything from makeup to programs. The couple spent countless hours entertaining local nursing home residents.
Doris is survived by her son, Steven Matzke, of Crookston, MN, and daughter, Marjorie Baumrucker, of Cottage Grove, MN; 2 grandsons, David Baumrucker of Missoula, MT and Michael Baumrucker of Cottage Grove; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents, Clarence and Edith; and her identical twin sister, Edith.
The memorial service for Doris Matzke will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2016, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Crookston, MN, with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with Doris’ family will be at the church from 12 Noon until the time of the service. Inurnment will be in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the church or charity of the donor’s choice.
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Elmer John Delage, 51, of Crookston, MN, died unexpectedly Saturday, September 3, 2016. Elmer was born on October 16, 1964, in Crookston, MN to Clarence and Doritta (Prudhomme) Delage.  He attended Crookston Public Schools, and remained in Crookston his whole life.  Elmer held various jobs in the community, which included working at Gary’s Body Shop, Joe Delage Construction, Phoenix Industries, New Flyer of America, and most recently at Boll Farms. Elmer was a member of St Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly, MN.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and talking with his friends.  He especially liked his ice fishing trips with Pat Bruggeman to Lake of the Woods.  He had a great love for his dog, Tootsie.  He was the kind of person that would always be there for you, no matter what. Elmer was a special man with many traits.  He will be missed by family, friends, and even people at the Snowsled Inn.  Let me tell ya he even kept the doors open himself just going there.  We will definitely have an empty spot in our hearts for him.  We will miss the laughs and silly stuff we all remember from Elmer, as a father, uncle, brother, etc. Elmer is survived by a daughter:  Crystal Ray of Crookston, MN;  brothers, Roger (Dee) Delage and George (Kristi) Delage;  sisters, Caroline (Randy) Green and Cheryl (Scott) Manteufel, all of Crookston, MN. Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Doritta Delage;  brothers, David and Kevin Delage; and a nephew, Rory Delage.  May God bless Elmer’s memory. There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral and Cremation Service in Crookston, MN. Inurnment will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.

 

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Philip “Tony” Podenski, 67, of Red Lake Falls, MN passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at his home in Red Lake Falls, MN. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 10:30 AM in Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Reverend Gary Graff Officiating. Private family burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held Monday 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at Bethany Lutheran Church in Red Lake Falls and also one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Philip Anthony “Tony” Podenski was born September 8, 1948 at Slayton, MN son of Lyeon and Gay (Norton) Podenski. He was raised there and graduated from Slayton High School in 1966. He completed the License Communication Technician Program in Jackson, MN. He then began working at Stromberg Carlson of Rochester, New York. In 1968 he entered the US Army and served in Vietnam until his honorable discharge in 1970. He returned to work for Stromberg Carlson working throughout the country, before moving to the Red Lake Falls area in 1979 and began working for Garden Valley Telephone where he continued until his retirement in 2007. Tony was united in marriage to Gail Kalbakdalen in 1982 at the Presbyterian Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. To this union two daughters were born Leah and Tara. They lived in Red Lake Falls where Tony enjoyed Ice fishing, Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Twins. He also enjoyed the time spent doing yard work and his garage time. He loved Jumble Puzzles, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandkids and family. He was a proud member of the NRA and a member of the Red Lake Falls American Legion. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Gail of Red Lake Falls, MN; daughters Leah (Justin) Halvorson of Stanley, ND and Tara (Mathew) Lake of East Grand Forks, MN; grandchildren Wyatt Podenski, Dominic Halvorson and Sawyer Lake; God-children Aaron Hollis and Brianna Kalbakdalen; mother and step-father Ray and Gay Metz of Slayton, MN; sister Merry (David) Hollis of Slayton, MN and brother Tom (Kari) Podenski of Rochester, MN; several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Lyeon Podenski and sister Nancy Griffith. Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.
 

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Norman Morris Hanson, 84, Fertile, MN, died on Monday, August 29, 2016, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile. Norman was born on September 7, 1931, to Philip and Christine (Motteberg) Hanson at home in Fertile.  Norman attended the Fertile-Beltrami Public School, before entering the United States Army on September 16, 1952, serving in Korea.  He was honorably discharged on June 19, 1954, and returned to Fertile. Norman was married and they had one daughter.  They moved close to Minneapolis where Norman worked road construction.  He returned to Crookston, before moving to Fertile to care for his mom.  Norman worked in custodian supervisor at the Polk County Court House for many years.  He entered the Fair Meadow Nursing Home on December 12, 2013.  Norman is survived by one daughter, Kristi (Rob) Meyer, Detroit Lakes, MN; one sister, Fran (Alvin) Gigler, Fertile, MN; nephews and nieces: Brad Bramer, Princeton, MN; Doug (Lisa) Gigler, Fargo, ND, Debi (Larry) Hagen, Moorhead, MN, and Pixi Macicek, Texas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Phyllis Bramer, one brother-in-law, John Bramer and two infant sisters. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 2 PM in the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.
Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home of
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Norman Morris Hanson, 84, Fertile, MN, died on Monday, August 29, 2016, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile.
Funeral services will be on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 2 PM in the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile, MN. Burial will be in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Fertile, MN.
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Diane M. Page, 73, of East Grand Forks, MN died peacefully on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks, ND with her loving family at her side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Bob Schreiner presiding.   Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Diane Margaret Mary Page was born on March 31, 1943 in Crookston, MN the daughter of Florio and Esther (Grandbois) Page.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN.  Diane attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Lafayette High School both in Red Lake Falls.
Following her school years, Diane worked as a nanny in Grand Forks, ND for several years and Whitey’s Restaurant in East Grand Forks for 18 years.   After the flood in 1997, Diane went to work as a Foster Grandmother at the Development Achievement Center in East Grand Forks until her health began to fail. 
She collected stuffed animals and currently had 160 of them; she loved children and enjoyed her role as an active foster grandparent.  Diane knew what she wanted and knew how to get it. 
She liked to stay connected, socializing, playing cards & bingo, jigsaw puzzles, listening to bluegrass music, going to the movies and she loved to be taken out to eat.  Diane enjoyed Tuesday’s with her friends from Town Square attending the Cowboy Church in Twin Valley, MN.  She looked forward to all family events as family was most important of all.  She loved to share stories and photos of her family. Diane will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.
Survivors include siblings, Vernon (Nancy) Page of Farmington, MN, Genevieve (Howard) Hanson of Silver Lake, WA, Lucille Weiss of Red Lake Falls, MN, Dorothy Grover of Longview, WA, Darlene Pollard of Sacramento, CA, Shirley Konikson of Sioux Falls, SD, Larry (Karen) Page of East Grand Forks, MN, Carol (Jack) Bechly of Woodland, WA, Darrell (Linda) Page of East Bethel, MN, Allan (Pam) Page of Red Lake Falls, MN; and many nieces & nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Florio and Esther Page.
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Floyd W. Hovland, 91, Ada, Minnesota, died Sunday, August 28, 2016, at Halstad Living Center Halstad, MN. Funeral: 11:00AM, Thursday, September 1, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: One hour before the service. Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)


 

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 John Martin Bratrud
, 83, of Crookston, MN, died Saturday afternoon, August 27, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston with his loving family at his side.
John was born in Crookston on October 1, 1932 to Norman and Lulu (Peltier) Bratrud. He attended Crookston schools before enlisting in the U.S. Navy on April 9, 1952.  Much of John’s tour of duty was spent on the east coast at the U.S. Naval Station, Newport, RI, and aboard the USS A. T. Harris. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and following his honorable discharge in March of 1956 he returned to Crookston. He remained committed to the Naval Reserve until 1962. While serving his country John earned his GED, and then furthered his education by training and studying refrigeration at the Wahpeton, ND State School of Science for two years from 1957 through 1958. On December 2, 1959 John was united in marriage to Patricia Lou Bock at Wilton, MN. John and Pat made their home in Crookston where they raised their three children: Martin, Karen, and Beth. John was employed by Crane Plumbing and Heating for most of his working career in a span covering twenty-six years. He then spent ten years as a custodian at Highland Middle School before retiring in 1998. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, and held sixty-year membership in Nels T. Wold American Legion Post #20.
John’s favorite pastimes included fishing, hunting, woodworking, telling stories, and going to auctions. He enjoyed inventing, and fabricating replacement parts to give old things new life. Basically, John could fix, not just anything, but everything. He and Pat, and their growing family, enjoyed spending time together at Union Lake, and were very proud of their kids accomplishments and the joy of getting to know their grandkids. He will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
Grateful to have shared in his life is Pat, his beloved wife of fifty-six years; their three children: Martin (Sharon) Bratrud of Valley City, ND, Karen (Ruben) Marichalar of Baxter, MN, and Beth (Travis) Hoiseth of Gold River, CA; five grandchildren: Connor, Ethan, and Ashley Marichalar, Arie Bratrud, and Logan Hoiseth; three siblings: Jean (John) Thomforde, and Norma (Jim) Buckmiller of Crookston, MN, and Douglas (Mary) Bratrud of Erskine, MN; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Lulu of Crookston; parents-in-law, A. Arnold and Flora Bock of Puposky, MN; and a niece and nephew, Joan Mercil and Mark Menge. May God bless John’s memory.
A memorial service for John M. Bratrud will be held at 2:00pm, Friday, September 2, 2016, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service and military honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Inurnment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.


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Edward Allen Pester, 76, of rural Fisher, MN, died peacefully Friday, August 26, 2016, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND, with his loving family at his side.  Edward was born in Crookston, MN on September 1, 1939, the son of Harlan H. and Erin M. (Biever) Pester.  He grew up on the family farm west of Crookston and attended Fisher Public School through the 3rd grade, then moved to Crookston where he completed his education as a 1957 graduate of Crookston’s Northwest School of Agriculture.   On November 15, 1958, he was united in marriage to Vera Lorraine Hannah at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, MN.  Edward and Vera returned to the family farm west of Crookston and together raised six children: Diana, Barbara, Todd, Colin, Cynthia, and Nancy. 
Edward had passion for his faith, caring for people, and farming.  He was an active, life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston and openly shared his beliefs with those he encountered.  Edward was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  He adored Vera, from their first roller-skate dance through their 57 years of marriage; their love endured and grew deeper with each passing year.  He also had a close relationship with each of his children and grandchildren, taking every opportunity to listen, teach, and care for them.  Edward farmed for 27 years and thoroughly enjoyed preparing the soil, planting seeds, nurturing the crops, and harvesting what God provided, which paralleled his personal relationships.  While farming, Edward served on the Minnesota Wheat Council and enjoyed playing cards, bowling, raising livestock, and deer hunting.  Later in life, Edward operated a trucking company.  He always enjoyed traveling, seeing new places, and meeting new people.  In retirement, he enjoyed gardening, wood working, and raising chickens.  Most importantly, though, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren by visiting with them, helping with projects, watching school activities, playing cards, and deer hunting.  Through each interaction, he shared love, laughter, and compassion.
Edward will be lovingly remembered by Vera, his beloved wife; their six children: Diana Pester of Apple Valley, MN, Barbara (Richard) Krueger of East Grand Forks, MN, Todd (Dawn) Pester of Dardenne Prairie, MO, Colin (Marlys) Pester of East Grand Forks, MN, Cynthia (John) Farthing of Farmington, MN, and Nancy (John) McDonald of Fisher, MN; fourteen grandchildren: Nathaniel, Jeremiah, Hannah, Rebekah, and Jonathan Krueger, Hayden and Lara Pester, Carson and Blake Pester, Coleman, Justine, and Alyssa Farthing, and Adam and Elizabeth McDonald; his sister, Beverly J. Bergman of Edina, MN; and many extended family members and friends.  He was preceded in death by an infant son; his parents, Harlan and Erin; and brother-in-law, Bruce Bergman.  May God richly bless Edward’s memory
The funeral service for Edward Allen Pester will be held on Friday, September 2, at 10:30 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Crookston, with The Rev. Darrel Cory officiating.  Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Thursday, September 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., with a 7:00 P.M. prayer service.  There will also be a visitation at the church for one hour prior to the funeral.  Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.

 

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Lonie Dargon, St. Hilaire, MN, age 97, died Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Pioneer Medical Care Center, Erskine, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding.  Burial will follow at the Community Cemetery in St. Hilaire, MN. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM service on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Tuesday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Lonie Marie Gaber was born July 23, 1919 at the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Prodahl) Gaber.  She was baptized at Millerville, MN and confirmed at Euclid, MN.  She attended country school at Euclid and Dorothy, MN. On February 5, 1937, Lonie was united in marriage to Rayton Duane Dargon Sr. in the Parish House in Dorothy, MN.  They resided in the Dorothy and Wylie, MN area for many years and in 1964 made their home in St. Hilaire, MN. She worked at the Lefse Factory in St. Hilaire; then the couple purchased a Standard Station in St. Hilaire which they operated for a few years; Lonie cooked at El Ceritos and her last job was working for the Green Thumb Program. She was a homemaker, loved flower gardening, birds, visiting with people, raising her children and helping with the grandkids. She always had baked goods (Grandma bars) for her family and visitors, and Lonie could make a meal out of nothing. Lonie is survived by her loving children, Janet Vasek and Rayton Dargon Jr. of East Grand Forks, Duane (Vicki) Dargon formerly of Red Lake Falls, Gary Dargon, Beatrice (Larry) Kruse, Karen (Allan) Young and Kathy Sorrels all of St. Hilaire, Brenda (Richard) Schmitz of Red Lake Falls; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Shirley Gaber; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by husband, Rayton Dargon, Sr; son, John Dargon; grandsons, Rayton “Bubs” Dargon III and Michael Gervais; great-grandsons, Matthew and Nathanial Kruse; son-in-law, Albert Vasek; brothers, Adam (Rose), Joseph, Edward (Teresa “Tre”), Louis, Victor (Agnes), Raymond, Dominic (Gertrude), David “Jack” and George; and Gary’s fiancé, Sharon Gilbertson. Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

 

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Lowell Emil Bernd, 77, of Alexandria, MN passed away on August 22, 2016 at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, MN.
Lowell was born on June 4, 1939 to Omar and Ellen (Nemitz) Bernd. He attended South St. Paul High School and graduated in 1957. He then went to NDSU in Fargo and obtained his B.S. in ME in 1961. Then he went to the U of M and received his MBA in Engineering.
During Lowell’s life he lived in St. Paul, MN, Rockford, IL, Jacksonville, FL, Denham Springs, LA, and Alexandria, MN.
He worked for Lockhead Aviation for three years, where he worked with the space program, St. Paul’s 3M Corporation for thirteen years, Sunstrand Aviation in Rockford, IL, Roux Laboratories in Jacksonville, FL for a year, Allied Chemical, Paxton Polymers, and Exxon Mobile while in Baton Rouge, LA.
Lowell belonged to the Escapee’s Organization in Texas and the R.C. Club in Stillwater, MN.
He enjoyed various outdoor recreation activities; including hunting, fishing, RC airplanes, sailboating, RV camping, and traveling after his retirement. In his earlier years he owned his own airplane and was a private pilot. He also enjoyed handyman projects of all sizes.
Lowell is survived by his daughter, Kellet (Paul) Ose of Ramsey, MN; son, Chris (Nicole) Bernd of Crookston, MN; grandchildren, Nathen Ose, Nicholas Ose, Sawyer Bernd, and Kristine Bernd; and sister, Patty Reski of Rim Rock, AZ.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Geraldine Bernd; and brother-in-law, John Reski.
There will be a private graveside service and burial at General Lutheran Cemetery in South Saint Paul on September 9, 2016.


                                                                                                                               
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Jean Kathleen Solheim, 88, of Crookston, MN passed away on August 20, 2016 at Riverview Hospital surrounded by her family. Jean was born on November 13, 1927, the daughter of Frank and Una (Briden) DeBoer. She grew up on a farm east of Crookston with her four siblings. She attended Crookston schools throughout her education and graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1945. On December 8, 1946, Jean married Everett Solheim. They resided on a farm east of Crookston, where they raised their five children. They raised beef cattle and farmed until 1981 when Everett became ill, and at which time their son Elliott took over the farming operation. Jean then became the caregiver for Everett and cared for him with the utmost dignity and love until his passing in 1997. Jean and Everett celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1996. Everett and Jean moved off of the family farm in 1989 and moved into Crookston. Jean lived in her own home until 2011, when she moved into the Assisted Living Center at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. In 2013, she was transferred to the Memory Care Unit at the Villa, where she was well cared for until her passing. Jean was a homemaker working hard to provide meals to the men working in the fields, keeping her lawn, garden and flowers in flawless shape, raising her five children and supporting Everett. Jean was known for her strength, patience, hard-work ethic and her limitless love and kindness that was evident with everyone she encountered. Everett and Jean helped start the Crookston Agro Boosters and were active in the Crookston Hockey Boosters and in the Agassiz Riders Inc. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Afternoon Guild, Martha Bible Study and Sewing Group. She was also an active member in the Riverview Auxiliary Nursing Home Guild, East Fairfax Homemakers Club and Four Corners 4H Club. She loved being with her family and her many interests included birds, flowers, and being a caregiver. Jean is survived by her daughter Janet Solheim of Fargo, ND; JoAnn and Scott McFarlin of Mentor, MN; Julie and Paul Hagen of Dayton, KY; Elliott and Michelle Solheim of Crookston, MN and Janelle and Joseph Coop of Estes Park, CO; 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; her sister-in-law Clarice DeBoer, her sister Pearl Radi, her brother and sister-in-law Francis and Colene DeBoer and her sister Vivian Berg; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Everett and her brother Claire DeBoer. There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., with a visitation one hour prior to service on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN. Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jean’s honor to the Villa St. Vincent, Riverview Foundation or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

 

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Beatrice Ramona Merkens
, 87, of Halstad, MN, died on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN.  She was born on May 26, 1929, to Arne and Carville (Olson) Anderson at Halstad, MN.  Beatrice attended school in Halstad, graduating at the Halstad High School.
On June 22, 1947, Beatrice was united in marriage to Merlyn Merkens at Augustana Lutheran Church, rural Halstad.  They lived St. Paul, MN, for a short time before returning to Lockhart, MN. In the late 1940’s, they moved to rural Halstad, where they farmed and raised their three children.  Beatrice sold Fuller Brush and worked for Aalgaard Studios, Ada, MN, colorizing photos.  Beatrice assisted with farming in the early years and cared for the home and family as the years went by.  She was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church and served as an officer with the ladies aid.  She also volunteered at the Halstad Living Center, working in the beauty shop.  They moved to Halstad in 2006, after the farmstead had been flooded several years in a row. Merlyn died in 2010 and Beatrice moved to the Heritage House in 2012.
Beatrice and Merlyn traveled throughout the country and had many adventures while traveling.  Together, Beatrice and Merlyn enjoyed dancing, visiting with family and friends, and spending time at their lake home on Lake Maud, near Audubon, MN.  Beatrice loved and adored her family, especially her grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
Beatrice is survived by two sons and a daughter: Bradley (Tammy), Halstad, MN, Chaun Merkens, Kindred, ND, and Blayne (Gayle), Halstad, MN; five grandchildren:  Jacob, McKeag (Fiancé, Rachel Arneson), Stuart (Katie), Quinn, and Bryer; and three great-grandchildren: Alex, Olivia, and Charlie Borne; one sister: Carol Hansen, Moorhead, MN; and several nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Merlyn, and brother, Wayne Anderson. 

Funeral will be Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 2 PM in the Augustana Lutheran Church, rural Halstad, MN. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at the Halstad Living Center, Halstad, MN, from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM. Burial will be held at Augustana Lutheran Cemetery, rural Halstad, MN.
Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Halstad, MN
www.fredriksonfh.com

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