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Hazel Agnes Engen,
105, of Crookston, MN, died Monday, August 1, 2016, at the Villa St. Vincent in
Crookston, with loving family members at her side.
Hazel was born at Watertown, SD on April 15, 1911 to Charles and Laura (Baker) Johnson. She grew up in Watertown and graduated from the Watertown High School with the Class of 1930. She was united in marriage to Walter L. Engen on November 11, 1937 at Watertown. They first moved to Warren, MN, and then to Crookston in 1940. Together, the couple raised six children and Hazel was a loving wife, mom, and homemaker for a very busy household. Walter was employed as a millwright for the Crookston Milling Company and later worked on the construction of the American Crystal Sugar factory. For several years, until his retirement, he was a machinist at Crystal. Hazel enjoyed doing crafts, and raising African violets. She and Walter liked to travel, often attending area fiddle contests where he would play with great success. Walter passed away on September 29, 1990. Hazel moved from her home to the Summit Apartments in March of 2006, and became a resident of the Villa on June 10, 2013. She was a longtime member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid, and also belonged to Homemakers’ Club. Hazel was recently honored at the Villa by her family and friends as they celebrated her 105th birthday.
Loving family members include her 6 children: Dennis (Rosie) Engen of Grand Forks, ND, Larry (Judeen) Engen of Karlstad, MN, Darwin (Helen) Engen of Spokane, WA, Linda Ness of St. George, UT, Irvin (Eva) Engen of Spokane, and Rick Engen of San Francisco, CA; 15 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Walter, Hazel was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Harvey Ness; grandson, Jeffrey Engen; great grandson, Mark Renfandt; her parents, Charles and Laura; brothers , Chauncey (Lucille) Johnson and Harris (Ann) Johnson; and sister, Carrie Johnson. May God richly bless Hazel’s memory.
A Memorial Service for Hazel Engen will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be take place at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
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.
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.
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. www.stenshoelhouske.com.
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.
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
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 Fertile, MN www.eriksonvikfh.com.
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.
Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home , Fertile, MN. www.eriksonvikfh.com
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