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Polk County, Minnesota Obituary Collection

Polk County, Minnesota Obituary Collection - 1

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Date: Sunday, 11 April 2010, at 3:46 p.m.

Lucille Irene Reitmeier, January 24, 2004
Lucille Irene Reitmeier, 83, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Saturday afternoon, January 24, 2004, at the Riverview Hospital in Crookston, with her family at her bedside. Lucille was born on the family farm, near Fisher, Minnesota, on August 31, 1920, to Amos and Martha (Ross) Wagner. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and was a 1938 graduate of Fisher High School. On February 20, 1940 Lucille was united in marriage to Edward William Reitmeier at Los Angeles, California. Ed and Lucille farmed in the Crookston area all their married lives. In 1974 they moved into Crookston. Over the years they were able to enjoy lots of traveling throughout the United States and overseas, the fruits of a lifetime of hard work. They enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and bowling in a mixed-doubles league. Lucille also bowled in a women's league for many years and was a longtime member of the Fanny Home Study Club. She was an avid gardener and spent many happy hours tending her beautiful flowers.
Lucille was a faithful member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and very active in the Ladies Aid, the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the Church choir, and as a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was devoted to her family and she and Ed followed with great pride and enthusiasm the athletic accomplishments of their four grandchildren. Very sadly, he passed away on April 21, 1998. However, the last few years brought continued blessings to Lucille as she was able to meet the newest members of her growing family- her six great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed and very lovingly remembered by her family and many friends.
Family members include her son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Julianne Reitmeier of Fisher, MN; four grandchildren, Jasen Reitmeier of Fisher, Denise Anderson and her husband, Darrin, of Berlin, ND, Lance Reitmeier and his wife, Jennifer, of Fisher, and Laura Pearson and her husband, Kevin, of Fergus Falls, MN; six great-grandchildren, Greta and Isaac Anderson, Hayden and Ella Reitmeier, and Lily and Paige Pearson; a brother, Willis Wagner, of Crookston; a sister-in-law, Maxine Wagner of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Besides her husband of fifty-eight years, Ed, Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Alvin Wagner; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Wagner.
The funeral service for Lucille Irene Reitmeier will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2004, at 10:30AM, in Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston with the Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-7PM at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, with a 7PM prayer service, and also at the church for an hour before the funeral. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Fisher, Minnesota.

Melbern Edward "Mel" Hoeft
Melbern Edward "Mel" Hoeft, 74, of Euclid, Minnesota, died very unexpectedly Monday morning, January 26, 2004, at his home. Mel was born in Crookston on July 2, 1929, the son of Edward and Evelyn (Ross) Hoeft. His first years were spent in Crookston and then at the age of seven he moved with his family to Euclid. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith, attended elementary school at Euclid, and was a 1947 graduate of the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston. On October 14, 1948 he was united in marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Rosie Biever, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Euclid. Mel farmed in the Euclid area all his life and together, he and Rosie, owned and operated Mel's Service Station during the late 1950's and early 1960's. He retired from farming in the late 1980's but continued to be concerned with the crop outlook and how everyone else was getting along. In semi-retirement he had worked for Tiedemann Farms and was looking forward to putting in the Spring crops. Mel was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing and hunting, especially ice-fishing. He enjoyed time spent with his family and friends and never missed an opportunity to "socialize." Despite some health problems in later years he always maintained that "life was a blast." He was very active in St. Mary's Catholic Church and had served on several of the church's committees. He had been on the Euclid Town Board for over thirty-five years and was a member of Crookston Eagles Aerie #857 for the past thirty-five years as well. Mel had a heart of pure gold, a generous nature, and a fun-loving spirit. He will be remembered with love and forever missed by his family and many, many friends.
Family members include his wife of fifty-five years, Rosie, who he called his "Rosebud;" four daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry and Bill O'Gorman of Sioux Falls, SD, Lindy and Cliff Schulz and Julie and Gale Tiedemann, of Euclid, MN, and Donna and Frank Ostermann of Ocala, FL; eight grandchildren, Heather O'Gorman of Minneapolis, MN, Mike O'Gorman of Grand Forks, ND, Chris (Jen) Schulz of Euclid, Stacy Schulz of Steamboat Springs, CO, Ian (Jessica) Tiedemann of Warren, MN, Melanie Tiedemann and her fianc/, Chad Oakes, of Crookston, MN, and Megan Ostermann and Frankie Ostermann of Ocala. Mel also leaves five great-grandchildren, Jessica Schulz, and Shawn, Casey, Cole, and Max Tiedemann; a brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Pat Hoeft of Crookston; a sister and brother-in-law, Jeannie and Ron Cournia of Stafford, VA; a sister-in-law, Sandy Hoeft of Vancouver, WA; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his three-year old son, Mikey, who died in July of 1964; his parents; and two brothers and a sister-in-law, Allen "Piggy" and Vonnie Hoeft, and Edward Hoeft.
The funeral service for Mel Hoeft will be held at 10:30AM, Thursday, January 29, 2004, in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Euclid, Minnesota with Rev. David Super and Deacon Dennis Bivens, co-presiders. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston on Wednesday from 5-7PM, with a 7PM prayer service, and also at the church for one hour before the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Crookston.

Betty Eileen Nordlum
Betty Eileen Nordlum, 74, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Saturday afternoon, April 5, 2003, at the Riverview Hospital in Crookston.
Betty was born at Detroit, Michigan on January 21, 1929, the daughter of Oliver and Clara (Durdahl) Nordlum. As a young girl she moved with her family to Beltrami, Minnesota and attended country schools. The family later moved to Crookston where Betty attended Central High School and was baptized and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Throughout her life Betty volunteered her time and was recognized for her efforts in acquiring Campbell Soup labels for the elementary schools. She loved doing latch work projects and working on puzzles of all kinds. She enjoyed music and had a wonderful doll collection and salt and pepper shaker collection. Betty was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Loving family members include two sisters and brothers-in-law, Margie and Alfred Olson of Beltrami, MN, and Lois and Truman Solheim of Portland, OR; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Bill Nordlum of Apache Junction, AZ, and Jerry and Arlene Nordlum of Naselle, WA; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Nordlum of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by them all. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Kermit and Laurie; a sister, Doris; an infant brother; a sister-in-law, Elaine; and a niece, Nancy Johnson.
The funeral service for Betty E. Nordlum will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 10, 2003 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with Rev. Marsha Smith, officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home and at the church for an hour before the funeral. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.

Adeline Boerger
Adeline Elsie Boerger, 82, of Scandia, Minnesota, and formerly of Crookston, Minnesota, died early Sunday morning, January 4, 2004, at the Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center in Wyoming, Minnesota, with many of her family at her bedside. Adeline was born at Ryder, North Dakota on July 28, 1921, the daughter of Clifford and Ethel (May) Severance. She lived with her parents on a farm near Palermo, North Dakota until the age of five. For the next few years the family lived in the states of Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Arizona. After Clifford's death in 1931, Adeline, her mother, and her brother, Gordon, moved to Grygla, Minnesota, where her sister, Evelyn, was born later in the year. Adeline's mother married Hans Strom of Grygla in 1932. Adeline was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, and attended grade school there and high school at Goodridge. On March 21, 1945 Adeline was united in marriage to Elmer Strom at Grygla. The couple made their home on a farm nearby, and twin sons, LeRoy and LaVern, were born to their union. For several years Adeline worked at local stores and restaurants and then was employed as a cook at the Grygla School for eleven years. Following Elmer's death on November 14, 1967 Adeline moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota, where she received her GED and attended business college. She then worked in Minneapolis for a short time before moving to Crookston in the late 1960's, where she was employed as a secretary for the Crookston Coca-Cola Bottling Company. On November 14, 1970 Adeline was united in marriage to Nicholas "Nick" Boerger at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston. After twelve years with Coca-Cola Adeline retired so she and Nick could do some traveling, and enjoy more of one of their favorite pastimes, dancing. Adeline was very active in the Auxiliaries of the VFW and American Legion, and was a past-president of both organizations. She also belonged to the DAV Auxiliary and the International War Veterans Alliance. She was a tireless volunteer for the Auxiliaries doing whatever was needed, and for many years she chaired the annual Blood Drive for the organizations. In 1982 Adeline was honored by Professional Secretaries International of Crookston as its Secretary of the Year. Sadly, Nick passed away on November 11, 1991. In January of 2000 Adeline moved to Scandia, Minnesota and spent her days visiting with family and friends, crocheting, and cooking. She must have sensed that the end was near when, just a few weeks ago, she passed on her incredible skill for making lefsa to her granddaughter, LeAnne, and her grandniece, Sam. Adeline's legacy was her kind nature and gentle spirit and she will be very deeply missed by her family and many friends.
Loving family members include her son, LaVern Strom, and his friend, Carla, of Elk River, MN; her step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Nick and Barbara Boerger of Crookston, MN; her step-daughter, Carolyn Albertson of Moorhead, MN; three grandchildren, LeAnne Bruggeman and her husband, Kris, of Scandia, MN, Joe Arthur Strom of Burnsville, MN, and Christopher Boerger and his wife, Jodi, of Crookston; and five great-grandchildren, Ryan, Jason, and Nicholas Bruggeman, and Todd and Emma Boerger. Also left to mourn her passing are two sisters and a brother-in-law, Evelyn Rupprecht of Mesa, AZ, and Don and Irene Gibson of Greers Ferry, AR; a brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Rose Strom of Deerwood, MN; a sister-in-law, Eva Severance of Hibbing, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Besides her husbands, Elmer and Nick, Adeline was preceded in death by a son, LeRoy Clifford Strom; her parents and step-father; two brothers, Gordon Severance, and an infant brother, Calvin; and an infant sister, Angie.
The funeral service for Adeline Elsie Boerger will be held at 2:00PM, Thursday, January 8, 2004, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston, Minnesota with the Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. At that time there will also be a special presentation by Crookston VFW Auxiliary #1902. Interment will follow at the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5-7PM, with a 7PM prayer service, and also at the church for an hour before the funeral.

Alfonso Jalan
Alfonso Jalan, 78, of Crookston, Minnesota, and formerly of Grafton, North Dakota, died Wednesday morning, January 7, 2004 at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Alfonso was born on March 11, 1925, at Socorro, Texas, the son of Clemente and Juanita (Rodriguez) Jalan. He grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and later came to this area. On November 17, 1976, Alfonso was united in marriage to Amy Wallace at Crookston. The couple made their home in Grafton before moving to East Grand Forks, and then to Crookston in 1994. Alfonso worked many years as a foreman in construction and also helped during many sugar beet harvests. Spending time with his family was most important to him, and he enjoyed fishing, bingo, and watching game shows on television. Alfonso was a great source of encouragement and never judged anyone. He had a wonderful gift of being able to make everyone around him smile. Alfonso will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and many friends.
Loving family members include his wife, Amy; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Tony and Danielle Jalan of Grand Forks, ND, and Alonzo Jalan of Crookston, MN; seven daughters, Juanita Jalan, Michelle Jalan, Amanda Jalan, Yolanda Jalan, Sara Jalan, Rachel Jalan, and Angelita Jalan all of Crookston; two grandchildren, Anthony and Tyra; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Alfonso was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; a brother; and an infant son.
The funeral service for Alfonso Jalan will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 10:30 A.M., at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, 620 Summit Ave. Crookston, MN. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Friday from 5-7:00 P.M., with a 7:00 P.M. prayer service, and also for an hour before the funeral. Memorials may be sent to the family at 716 North Main, Crookston, Minnesota 56716.

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