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Polk County, Minnesota Obituary Collection

Polk County, Minnesota Obituary Collection - 8

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Date: Sunday, 11 April 2010, at 5:02 p.m.

Gerald (Jerry) Newhouse
Gerald "Jerry" Wayne Newhouse, 57, Walnut, Calif., and formerly of Crookston, died Oct. 5, 2001, at his home after losing his battle with cancer.
A memorial service was held July 9, 2002, at Pitt Community Church in Baudette with the Rev. Tom Williamson presiding. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Baudette.
Jerry was born in Crookston to Earl and Louise Newhouse on June 27, 1944. As he was growing up, he was an energetic person. He had a paper route for many years and worked for several Crookston businesses. He was president of the Crookston Grinders Club and earned enough merits to become an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Crookston Central High School and received an appointment from the governor of Minnesota to either West Point or Annapolis. He was not able to attend due to an auto accident. He attended the University of Minnesota and Fullerton College for his undergraduate degree and Loyola University of West Los Angeles for his law degree.
Jerry was admitted to the California Bar in December 1975. He had his law practice in Laguna Hills and lived in Mission Viego. In 1998 he moved his law office to West Los Angeles County.
As a lawyer, Jerry was known for his honesty and compassion. Jerry had many loving friends and gave willingly of his time to anyone in need. Jerry was a dedicated Boy Scout Master enabling many to become Eagle Scouts. He was also the founder and member of the Retired Men's Hockey Team in West Covina, Calif. Jerry was a life member of the Professional Harley Davidson Motorcycle Owner's Club. He volunteered many hours for charity with the Harley group.
Jerry loved and enjoyed his family and friends. He appreciated nature and anything beautiful. Jerry took hundreds of photos of nature and his loved ones. His dogs, Cheyeene and Katcina, were constant companions.
He is survived by his son, Terry and Blanch of Whittler, Calif.; his mother, Louise, and his father, Earl; and sisters Janet Cole of Colo., Darlene Gripne and Mike of Minneapolis, Peggy, and Barbara Newhouse of San Diego. Loving and caring uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and friends will also miss Jerry.

Lloyd A. Patton
Lloyd A. Patton, age 30, of Blaine, died accidentally on March 6, 2003.
A funeral service will be held today at 4 p.m. at the Methven-Taylor Funeral Home Anoka Chapel, 850 E. Main St. Visitation Monday will be from 2 to 4 p.m.
Patton was preceded in death by his brother, Darby Lee and grandfather, Gail Patton.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, April; parents, Lloyd and Alberta Patton, and Roxanne and Joseph Goulet; grandparents, Claude and Susie Thomas and Esther Patton; brothers and sisters, Kevin, Brian, Julie, Jay, Bobbie Jo, Kelly, Brett, Barry; uncle and best friend, Troy Thomas; his lovable cat "Doc"; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Ardona "Donnie" Lauf
Ardona Faye "Donnie" Lauf, 49, a well-known Crookston educator, died late Thursday afternoon, March 6, 2003, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo from injuries received in a car accident that had occurred shortly before she died, near Glyndon.
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 11, at 2 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, with the Rev. Marsha Smith officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service and also for an hour before the funeral. Interment will be at the High Prairie Lutheran Cemetery at LaMoure.
Donnie was born at LaMoure, N.D., on Feb. 22, 1954, the daughter of Donald and Arlene (Botner) Lauf. She lived in LaMoure through her sixth-grade year of school and then moved with her family to Bismarck, where she attended the seventh and eighth grades. Her high school years were completed at South High in Fargo.
After high school Donnie attended North Dakota State University in Fargo where she received a bachelor's degree in physical education. While a student at NDSU she competed on the women's volleyball and softball teams for four years. She was voted the MVP in both sports in 1975 and 1976. Donnie was later honored as an inductee into the NDSU Hall of Fame in 1991, following in the footsteps of her uncle, Bob Lauf, and her grandmother, Gladys (Bockwoldt) Lauf. After college Donnie accepted her first teaching and coaching position at a junior college in Wyoming. A year later she decided to go back to school to complete a master's degree in administration.
Some of Donnie's favorite competitive experiences came during her high school and college summers when she played for the Fargo Nodak Softball Team. She would later serve as varsity volleyball coach at Moorhead High School (1976), head women's volleyball coach at NDSU (1977), assistant volleyball coach at NDSU (1984, 1986) and head softball coach at Moorhead State University (1985).
In 1987 Donnie began her teaching career at Crookston's Central High School, starting as a special education classroom teacher. In 1993 she became the Assessment Coordinator of Special Education for Crookston School District #593. She also coached the track, volleyball, and softball teams, and one of her greatest thrills was coaching her daughter, Nicki, on the softball team for six years. Donnie also officiated basketball, volleyball, and softball. She was a very active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and was a scripture reader, member of the Altar Guild, and a Praise Singer. When Nicki was younger Donnie was a big part of the Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and Day Camp programs. She was a true advocate for people who struggled in life and she was always on the "frontlines" for them. Her commitment and dedication to her chosen field ensured that they would have a fair chance, and she had a tremendous influence on all she came in contact with.
Donnie enjoyed doing the outdoor type things around her house - yard work, taking care of her flowerbeds, grilling, and keeping her home 'looking good.' She was a collector of out of the ordinary things, such as the 7-foot piece of driftwood she found on a trip to Florida and brought home with her on a Greyhound bus. Donnie was always ready to offer a helping hand when needed, and never hesitated when asked to do some babysitting. She was a true-blue Crookston Pirates fan and loved attending sporting events of all kinds. She enjoyed being with her family and friends, and sharing life and laughter with them. However, Donnie's greatest joy was reserved for the love of her life - her daughter, Nicki. Her heart filled with pride as she watched Nicki participate in life's activities and she delighted in her accomplishments. Not only were they mother and daughter but best friends as well. As a mom, daughter, sister, teacher, coach, or friend, Donnie will be truly missed and very lovingly remembered. Her living legacy was the donation of her organs.
Loving family members include her daughter, Nicki, a student at MSU-Moorhead; her parents, Don and Arlene Lauf of Ulen; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Bobbie Monroe of Normal, Ill., Jeri Wilmore of Battle Lake, and Mari and Dave Grafsgaard of Ulen; two brothers, Greg Lauf of Omaha, Neb. and Rod Lauf of Denver; two aunts, Margaret Sandness and her husband, Sig, of LaMoure and Doris Lauf of Fargo; 15 nieces and nephews; and many cousins and other relatives.
Donnie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Louis and Gladys Lauf and Albert and Myrtle Botner; and three uncles and two aunts, Bob and Iris Lauf, Ken and Audrey Botner; and Sheldon Schmidt.

Irene Hermodson
Irene Elenor Hermodson, 85, of Fertile, died on Thursday, March 6, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.
Funeral services will be on Monday, March 10, at 11 a.m. in Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 9, from 3-5 p.m. with a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. in the Erikson-Vik Funeral Home, Fertile. Burial will be in the Scandia Lutheran Cemetery, rural Beltrami.
She was born on Feb. 22, 1918, to Selma (Nomes) and Mayne Mauritson at Shelly. Following graduation from the Climax High School, Climax, in 1934, she attended Moorhead Normal School and taught in county schools in Anthony Township, Norman County, and Scandia Township, Polk County, for five years. On Sept. 15, 1940, at Shelly, Irene was united in marriage to Nels Hermodson of Beltrami. They farmed near Beltrami until his death in 1969. Irene moved to Fertile in 1970, with her family, and worked in the office at Christian Farm Service and Feed until her retirement in 1983. She also taught piano lessons and volunteered extensively in her church and community. Irene was a long time member of Concordia Lutheran Church, where she served in many capacities. She was also a longtime volunteer at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home, Fertile.
Music was an extensive part of Irene's life. She was the accompanist of the Concordia Lutheran Church Choir for many years and was very supportive of school music programs. Irene was comfortable leading in groups, though she never enjoyed the "limelight." She was an adviser and friend to many; she loved to help others become the best they could be. Family members and friends will recall the many letters they received from Irene as she stayed in touch with them. Fertile honored her with its "Citizen of the Years Award" for her many contributions to our community. Irene could always be found in the kitchen making food to serve those who visited her.
Irene is survived by two sons, Mark (Susan), West Lafayette, Ind.; and Warren (Mavis) Eau Claire, Wis.; three daughters, Kathleen (Ken) Huntley, Duluth; Lucille (Gary) Thrasher, Moorhead; and Vema (Don) Fricke, Red Wing; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Dyer, Moorhead; two brothers, Herbert and Chester (JoAnne) Mauritson, Shelly; and many nephews and nieces.
Her parents, husband, one infant sister, Lorraine, and one brother, James, preceded her in death.

James William Hohman
James William Hohman, 78, of Crookston, died unexpectedly Friday morning, April 5, 2002, at the Riverview Hospital in Crookston.

Orphier Joseph Normandin
Orphier Joseph Normandin, 91, of Crookston, died early Saturday morning, April 6, 2002, at the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in Crookston.

Delia Amiot
Delia Amiot, 81, of Crookston, died Saturday, April 6, 2002 at Riveview Hospital in Crookston.

Lillie Ostrem
Lillie Ostrem, 98, of Ada died December 5, 2001, in the Bridges Care Community at Ada.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Bridges Care Community Chapel in Ada. Visitation is one hour before the service. Burial will be in the Ada City Cemetery.
Fredrickson Funeral Home in Ada is in charge of arrangements.
Lillie Tufte was born December 22, 1902, in Ada, Minn., to Hans and Marie Tufte. She married Ingman Ostrem December 14, 1925. He died in 1949.
She was employed by J.C. Penney in Crookston and Ada and at the Ada Bakery for 30 years.
Lillie was best known for her weekly column in the Norman County Index, called "The Wimmer Home Notes," which she began writing after entering the nursing home at age 86. It always began, "Welcome to our corner," and reported the news and events from the Wimmer Nursing Home in Ada and the surrounding area.
Lillie continued to write her column for the Index from nursing homes in Crookston and Halstad after being evacuated from Ada during the flood of 1997. She became the contact person for all the Wimmer Nursing Home evacuees scattered to nursing homes throughout the area.
She continued to write until the age of 96. She was most appreciative of the great number of faithful readers who responded with cards and letters.
She is survived by a niece, Barbara Larson (G. Paul) of Grand Forks, N.D.; nephews, Wayne Luchau (Karen), Eden Prairie, Minn.; Dale Luchau (Jo Ann), Ada, and Clark Tufte (Harriet) of Moorhead, Minn. She was a great-aunt to 11 and great-great aunt to eight.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ingman; her parents; a sister, Esther Luchau; and brothers, Ray, Fred Hank and Matt.

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