Current Obituaries - (Obituaries are posted for one week)

Sister Mary Fay, 93, died October 11, 2016 at Villa Saint Vincent in Crookston, MN. Sister Mary was born February 27, 1923, in Moorhead where her family was among the early settlers in the area. Mary was the second of four children of James and Emma (Thedens) Fay. She attended Saint Joseph’s School in Moorhead where she was taught by the Benedictine Sisters from Crookston. In the second grade she set her heart on being a sister like her teachers. Sister Mary said that as she “grew in age and foolishness” she decided she did not want to be a sister. Her eighth grade teacher said to her, “Well, I think you have a religious vocation.” Sister Mary was not entirely convinced, and she said that she was dismayed and she told Jesus, “If you want me to become a sister, I will – someday. But for now, I’m going to have all the fun I can.” Before long she began to feel excited about the prospect of becoming a sister. When she mentioned to her parents that she was leaning toward entering the monastery they allowed her to attend Mount Saint Benedict Academy. While in high school she became excited and looked forward to giving herself completely to God as a sister of Saint Benedict. When she was invested as a novice she received the name, Sister Pius (she later resumed her baptismal name – Mary). She made her first profession of obedience, stability in the community and fidelity to the monastic way of life in 1941 and her final profession in 1944. Her first assignment was to the teaching ministry which ended in critical illness. By the time she recuperated, plans for building Saint Francis Hospital in Crookston were in progress and nurses were needed. She received nurses’ training and then served for 45 years in health care institutions sponsored and staffed by the community.—in emergency rooms, laboratories, obstetrical floors, x-ray and medical records departments. She claims she did what she would never have done on her own initiative. Sister Mary served at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes, Saint John’s Hospital in Browerville, Saint Vincent’s Rest Home and Villa Saint Vincent in Crookston. Then Sister Mary was asked to serve in the archives of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. During this time she wrote the community history: A Time for Remembering, published in 1994. She described her experience of community as living and working with Benedictine sisters – “very ordinary women, seeking to love and serve God together through prayer and service.” In 1998, she wrote that her years as archivist at the Mount gave her the opportunity to enrich her monastic life through prayer, interpersonal relationships, and meaningful work, thereby fulfilling the dreams of her youth. Sister Mary is preceded in death by her parents James and Emma Fay, her brothers William and James and her sister-in-law, Elizabeth. She is survived by her sister Margaret Olich from Aptos, CA, her sister-in-law Beverly Fay of Moorhead, many nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston. Reception of the body of Sister Mary will be on Monday, October 17 at 4:30, p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18. All services will be at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 620 Summit Ave., Crookston, MN.

 

 

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Leone Viehauser, 87, of Crookston, MN, and formerly of East Grand Forks, MN, died early Saturday morning, October 8, 2016, at the RiverView Care Center in Crookston. Leone, daughter of Aanond and Sigri Rystad, was born on her parent’s farm in Lessor Township, north of McIntosh, MN, on September 25, 1929. She grew up on the farm and attended school in McIntosh. She was later united in marriage to Russell W. Viehauser and the couple made their home in Grand Forks, ND. They moved to Minneapolis, where Leone was employed by the Minnetonka Moccasin Company for several years. Leone and Russell returned to Grand Forks and he passed away in 1991. Leone then made her home in East Grand Forks until becoming a resident of the RiverView Care Center in 2015. Friends were a very important part of her life, along with the company provided by her pet cats.
Leone is survived by 3 nieces: Joan (Charles) Anderson of Edina, MN, Susan McDonald of Ossian, IA, and Mary (Robert) Bushey of Emerado, ND; 3 nephews: John (Valerie) McDonald and Darryl (Cindy) McDonald, all of Larimore, ND, and Mark McDonald of Valley City, ND; and other extended family members and friends. In addition to her husband, Russell, she was preceded in death by her parents, Aanond and Sigri; 4 brothers: Selmer “Sam”, Howard, Obert “Tex”, and Alvin ; 5 sisters: Selma “Sally”, Josephine, Tillie, Thelma, and Olga.; 3 infant siblings; a niece, Shirley Voxland; and 2 nephews, Allen Voxland and Conrad Hougom. May God bless Leone’s memory.
A memorial service for Leone Viehauser will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2016, at RiverView Health, Meeting Room 4, in Crookston (please use the Rehab entrance). The Rev. Greg Isaacson will officiate. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND.
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Clifford Carl Niemela, 90, Deer River, MN died September 28, 2016 in Deer River MN after a courageous battle with Cancer.
Clifford was born on September 10, 1926 in Bowstring, MN, to parents Charles and Anna Niemela. He was united in marriage to Karen Jensen on September 30, 1961. Clifford drove school bus for 55 years for district 317 and also logged for part of this time. He was a member of Bowstring Presbyterian Church.
Preceded by parents Charles & Anna, siblings Hilma, Anna, Archie & Mayme.
Survived by wife of 54 years Karen Niemela; sons Richard (Denise) Niemela of Crookston, MN; Robert (Edy) Niemela of Deer River, MN; daughter Roxanne (Rob) Niemela of Cohasset, MN; grandchildren Sadie, Kyle, Kollin, Cameron, Brandon, Lynsie & Mitchell; brother Louie (Anna) Niemela; special companion Charlie; and many nieces & nephews along with many friends.
Visitation: One hour prior to the service at the church. Service: Saturday, October 8, 2016, 11:00 a.m., Bowstring Presbyterian Church, Bowstring, MN.
Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, Minnesota.

 

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Arturo Aguilar Alcozer, 61, of Crookston, MN, died Sunday, October 2, 2016, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Arturo was born in Milwaukee, WI on July 30, 1955, the son of Santos and Maria (Aguilar) Alcozer. He grew up in Crystal City, TX, where he received his education. He later moved to the northern United States and was employed driving trucks over the road. He later settled in Crookston and for several years drove truck for area farmers during the sugar beet harvest.
Arturo loved his kids and grandkids dearly. He especially enjoyed sleep-over nights with the grandkids, telling them stories about his life,  watching spooky movies together, and then scaring them as they screamed and laughed with delight. He will be remembered as a man who loved the ladies, and will be sadly missed.
Arturo is survived by 11 children: Johnny Ramirez (Dawn Goulet) of Crookston, MN, Bobby Ramirez of East Grand Forks, MN, Jessica Alcozer of Crookston, Arturo (Melissa) Alcozer of Red Lake Falls, MN, Maria Alcozer of St. Hilaire, MN, Cathy Alcozer of Thief River Falls, MN, Santos Bower of Crookston, Alesha Sirek of Crookston, Crystal (Gary) Anderson of Fargo, ND, Florencio Hampton of Warren, MN, and Loretta Bower of Thief River Falls; 25 grandchildren; a brother, Santos “Stormy” (Mary) Alcozer of East Grand Forks, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Santos and Maria; the mother of his children, Kathy Brady Alcozer; a sister, Carmen; and a brother, Florencio.
Visitation for Arturo Alcozer will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 5-7:00 p.m., at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service, Deacon Dennis Bivens, presiding. There will not be a separate funeral service. www.stenshoelhouske.com


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Burton D. Rockstad, 84, rural Ada, Minnesota,  passed away at home on October 3, 2016.  Burton was born in Ada on June 21, 1932, to Gust and Petra (Ramstad) Rockstad.  They raised Burton, along with his sisters and brother, on the farm in Hegne Township.  That farm was Burton’s home for his entire life.  Burton was confirmed at Concordia Lutheran Church (rural Hendrum, MN) on November 18, 1945.  He attended Franklin Rural School No. 73, and he graduated from Ada High School.  After graduation, he started farming full time.  In 1955, Burton was drafted into the United States Army.  He served in the Signal Corps at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.  After discharge, Burton returned home to the farm and continued farming.
Burton married Lorna Kragnes on August 14, 1960, at Concordia Lutheran Church (rural Kragnes, MN).  Together they made a home and raised their three children on the farm. Burton and Lorna were members of Concordia Lutheran Church (rural Hendrum), where he served as Financial Secretary for 30 years, and Treasurer of the Parsonage Corporation for 20 years.  After Concordia closed, he and Lorna joined Grace Lutheran Church in Ada, where he also served on the Church Council.  Burton served his community.  His public service includes nearly 60 years as a Hegne Township Supervisor, and 45 years as a member of the Red River Valley Development Association, representing Norman County.  He was a Jaycee, a member of the Board of Directors for the Ada-Beltrami Coop, and a Norman County ASCS Committeeman.  Burton strongly supported 4-H youth programs and, in 1990, the Minnesota Cooperative Extension Service honored him with a State 4-H Alumni Recognition Award.
Burton was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Marion.  He is survived by his wife, Lorna, of Ada; his sons Kent (Kate), Moorhead; Erik (Gretchen), Ada; and Neil (Elizabeth), Ada; his grandchildren Nolan, Greta, Olivia, Ella, Isabelle, Andrina, Gannon, Nora, and Hazel; his sister Shirley Rockstad, Ada; and his brother Howard Rockstad, Thousand Oaks, CA. The family expresses sincere gratitude to the many caregivers who made it possible for Burton to stay at home during his illness, including a devoted family friend and nurse together with the professionals from Hospice.
Funeral will be at 11:00 AM Monday, October 10 at Grace Lutheran Church in Ada, MN with visitation Sunday from 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 PM at the church. Internment will at Ada City Cemetary in Ada, MN. Arrangements with Frederickson-Ganje Funeral Home in Ada. 218-784-4600. www.fredricksonfh.com


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 Clarence Amiot, of Thief River Falls, MN, passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at his home at the age of 88.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN, with Rev. John Golv and Rev. Ale Tulu officiating.  Interment will follow at Bethania Cemetery, Newfolden, MN.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Clarence Amiot, age 88, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully, in his sleep at his home in Thief River Falls, with his wife, Betty, by his side. 
Clarence Amiot was born July 5, 1928 in Gentilly, MN to Armand and Liza (Corbin) Amiot.  He was baptized at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gentilly and was confirmed at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls.  He attended elementary school at a rural Gentilly schoolhouse.  His family moved to Thief River Falls, where he attended St. Bernard’s Catholic School and Lincoln High School. 
In 1946, Clarence enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, where he achieved rank of sergeant and was voted president of the NCO Club.  While stationed in Guam, he served as a flight surgeon’s medical assistant, performing land and sea rescue missions.  Clarence was honorably discharged from the military in 1949. 
On August 7, 1954, Clarence was united in marriage to Betty Bakke at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls.  They made their home in Thief River Falls, where they raised their daughter, Shari, and sons, Douglas and Bryan.  Betty was his loving wife for 62 years, a length of commitment made possible by his strong will to live and Betty’s devotion to his health care.  He was very grateful to have enjoyed so many more special memories by being able to live a long, full life. 
Following Clarence’s discharge from the military, he worked for the Soo Line Railroad from 1949-1969.  He then opened an antique store in Thief River Falls, and continued to be self-employed through various businesses: a tree service, excavating service, exterior painting, and snow removal. 
Clarence held memberships at Zion Lutheran Church, American Legion Ecklund-Holmstrom Post #117, and the Thief River Falls VFW Post #2793.  He was the manager of the Thief River Falls Thieves hockey team during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. 
Clarence loved spending time with his family and going for car rides with Betty to visit friends and relatives.  One of his favorite pastimes was gathering at the hunting cabin with family and
dear friends - Clarence and Diane Dahl.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, dancing, reading, watching sports and news on TV, gardening, bird watching, and collecting antiques.
Clarence had a wonderful sense of humor.  He was always optimistic, generous, and was a friend to all.  He showed great pride in both his and his family’s military service and he enjoyed recounting his many life’s adventures.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Betty, Thief River Falls, MN; daughter: Shari (Mark) Larson of Thief River Falls; sons: Douglas (Dana) Amiot of Thief River Falls, and Bryan (Melinda) Amiot of Staples, MN; eleven grandchildren: Carissa (Charles) Larson Conduah, Benjamin (Holly) Larson, Rebecca (Dustin) Larson Isaak, Andrew Larson, Stephanie Amiot, Kourtney Amiot, Karee Amiot, Syrie Amiot, Rachel (Matt Kaiser) Amiot, Katie (Trevor) Enberg, and Tiffany (Ryan) Johnson; great-granddaughter: Ella Enberg and a great-grandson due in November.  He is also survived by his sister: Ursula Dahl; brother-in-law: Dennis (Joanie) Bakke; sisters-in-law: Vi Amiot, Tessie Amiot, Ann Katarzy, Vernice Nelson, and Janette Weber, as well as many dear nieces, nephews, and friends.  He was also survived by his sister, Theresa Dougherty, who passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2016. 
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Lloyd, Gilbert, Dewey, Harry, Marvin, Leodore, Armand, Roland, and Eli in infancy; sisters: Rosalie Hanson, Elaine Kjonaas, and Vicki Hermes; brothers-in-law: Orville Dahl, Ray Dougherty, Duane Hanson, Ray Kjonaas, Jerry Hermes, Douglas Weber, and Leo Nelson.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com



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Alvin A. Holm, 68, Ada, Minnesota, died Sunday, October 2, 2016, at Essentia Health Hospital in Ada.
Alvin was born on May 15, 1948, in Ada. He was baptized and confirmed at Concordia Lutheran Church, near Hendrum, MN. He graduated from Hendrum High School in 1967. Growing up, Alvin stayed busy working on the family farm near Hendrum. After his school years, he continued farming on his own and with his uncles, and later for neighboring farmers including Maurice Aronson, Tommerdahls, Nepstads, and for the past several years until his death for Terry Guttormson.
Alvin was a kind, likable, and caring man, who would help out anyone as needed. Even though he suffered from hearing loss for many years, Alvin would find a way to communicate in his own way and really appreciated texting with people on his modern cell phone. For many years, he was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed following Dale Earnhardt Sr. He also had a special passion for the Minnesota Vikings, anything Chevrolet, and watching professional wrestling in person or on TV. Alvin’s pride and joy were his grandchildren and he enjoyed all the time he could spend with them.
Alvin is survived by his sons, Ryan (Sarah) and Cory (Brittany) both of Ada, 5 grandchildren; Anthony, Adrien, Jesse, Adyn, and Abigail. He was preceded in death by his mother, Selma, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral: 10:30AM, Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN. Visitation: 5:00PM to 7:00PM with a 6:00PM prayer service on Wednesday at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home in Ada. Interment: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendrum, MN. Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home Ada, Minnesota (218-784-4600)   www.fredriksonfh.com 


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