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Ronald Bjerke

Marine Sgt. Ronald Douglas Bjerke, 80, passed away September 22, 2022, in his home. 


He was born December 12, 1941, in Bagley, MN to Ole and Edna (Anderson) Bjerke. He received his education in Clearbrook, MN and was raised in the Lutheran faith. He married Annette Rhen of Leonard, MN in 1961.  


After being drafted, he joined the Marine Corps in 1966, serving in the Vietnam War with the VMA-311 Tomcats in Chu Lai. He was honorably discharged in June of 1969. 


After his Service, Ronnie and Annette moved to Columbia Falls, Montana. They raised two daughters near Glacier National Park where he enjoyed the beauty of the mountains and the goats at Goat Lick Overlook. He loved his job hauling logs for Royal Logging and hauling wood chips in his Kenworth for Plum Creek. 


He later married Judy (Olson) Wiggins in December of 1989. They made their home in Bemidji, MN where he gained 3 bonus daughters and their families. He spent the rest of his career driving his own red, white, and blue Kenworth Liberty Limited Edition semi-truck. Ron retired in 2005 but “kept on truckin’” by driving cars for Dondelinger in Bemidji as the Dealer Trade Head Driver. In his spare time, he loved to make toy wood trucks, bulldozers, kitchens, and cradles for his grandchildren. He also enjoyed telling stories and teasing and making all who knew him laugh. 


Ron made a lasting impression on everyone he crossed paths with by his charm, which was only surpassed by the size of his heart. We will all miss the joy, laughter, and love he brought into our lives. 


Ron is survived by his wife of 32 years, Judy, five daughters: Nicole Reagan, Rachel (Casey) Bjerke Dasen, Rita (Mike) Drews, Kim (Bob) Holub and Shelley (Terry) Ausk; brother Gary (Janet) Bjerke of Clearbrook, MN; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. 


A private military graveside service was held on September 28, 2022, at Seljord Church Cemetery in Clearbrook, MN. 


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Orlin Holm

Orlin Wayne Holm, 88, of Bagley, Minnesota, formerly of Leonard, MN, died on Monday, September 26, 2022, at Essential Health in Fosston, MN. 


A time of remembrance will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 10:00 a.m.  to Noon at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, Minnesota. Interment will be held at Bagley City Cemetery at a later date. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Orlin was born on March 16, 1934, in Clearbrook, Minnesota to Clifford and Agnes (Melhus) Holm. He grew up working on the family farm with his dad. As a teenager, he raised and showed sheep earning several awards. Orlin wore many hats throughout his life and career. He began working with Ray Ambuehl drilling wells out of Clearbrook and later with his brother, Dennis. For two seasons, he worked on the ore boats on the Great Lakes. Along with his friend, Junior Christensen, Orlin hauled timber for a few years around the Leonard area. He also worked on the pipeline construction out in North Dakota. Lastly, he worked for Alvin Peterson hauling milk from farms to the creamery in Fosston. Orlin later purchased part of the business and operated independently.


Orlin was united in marriage to Mary Lou Hesby on November 6, 1957, in Clearbrook, MN. Together they made a home and raised their four children. After retiring, Mary Lou and Orlin enjoyed traveling to visit family. One of their favorite places to visit was House on the Rock in Wisconsin, which they visited numerous times. One year, they even made the trek to Oregon to visit cousins. He and Mary Lou had a passion for firearms and could often be found at area gun shows. Orlin loved spending time in the woods or on the lake, especially deer and grouse hunting as well as fishing. When his kids were young, he would even clean their tiniest catches. Orlin was a hard worker, but he always made a point to have fun and spend time with his family. He will be missed.


He is survived by his children, Valerie (DeWayne) Smith, Rosalie Marty (Walter Hartmann), and Michael Holm; 7 grandchildren, Robert (Amber) Smith, Joshua Smith (Amy Ogaard), Justin (Michelle) Smith, Anthony (Allissa) Marty, Jr., Tyler Marty (Cassie Nelson), Kayla Holm, and Clinton Holm; 7 great grandchildren with one on the way; sister-in-law, Polly Holm; brother-in-law, Duane Hesby; and many other family and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Agnes Holm; his wife, Mary Lou Holm; his son, Clinton Holm; his brother, Dennis Holm; and his sister, Phyllis Wiltse.


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Ila Lene

Ila Rae (Langseth) Lene, 68, of Grand Forks, ND died unexpectedly on Monday, September 12, 2022, in Englewood, Florida while on vacation.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall in East Grand Forks, MN (option to attend via Zoom ID: 2028997922 and passcode:1918). A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Leonard, MN.


Ila Rae was born on January 29, 1954, in Wolf Point, MT to Glen and Betty (Voxland) Langseth. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. Ila Rae graduated from Clearbrook High School in 1972. On July 22, 1973, Ila Rae was united in marriage to Wallace Lene in Leonard, MN. They welcomed three children; Ryan, Rayme and Rachel and later divorced. Ila Rae attended Aakers Business College and obtained her degree in accounting. She worked the majority of her career at ECOLAB, US Foods and retired from Altru in 2020.


While married, Ila Rae became a member of the Jehovah’s Witness faith. She was very passionate about her faith for Jehovah God.  She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 8, 1976. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and was always willing to try new things. Ila Rae recently celebrated her 50th high school reunion and enjoyed visiting her many lifelong friends. Ila was an easy person to be around and always had a way of making you feel welcome and at home in her presence. This was one of the many qualities that made Ila Rae the best travel companion. She enjoyed many vacations with her close friends.


Ila Rae devoted her life to her family. From giving rides to giving the best life advice she was always there. Ila Rae called her mother daily and spent any weekend she could in her hometown of Leonard, MN. She was very proud of her grandchildren and always had photos and stories to share. Ila Rae was selfless in her care for her children and grandchildren. She always made sure to provide everything they needed in order for them to succeed. Ila Rae was the heart of our family, the calm stability we often needed, and she will be missed dearly.


She is survived by her son, Ryan (Mallory) Lene of Grand Forks, ND, Rayme Prather of Grand Forks, ND, Rachel Lene of Grand Forks, ND; her grandchildren, Mia, Bailey, Chloe, Ethan, Levi, Alysa, Rylee; her mother, Betty Langseth of Leonard, MN; her sister, Lee Ann (Rick) Viktora of Bagley, MN; her sister in law, Diane Langseth of Leonard, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her father, Glen Langseth and her brother, Richie Langseth.

Judy Fradenburgh

Judy will be buried at 1:00 p.m. on October 8, 2022, at the Moose Creek Cemetery south of Shevlin. 


Judy was born on February 9, 1938, in Bagley, MN to Merle and Corrine (Stage) McDonald. She grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Bagley High School.


Following graduation, she married Albert Fradenburgh on June 23, 1956. Their family grew to include five children, Steve, Lorie, Scott, Cindy, and Shawn. Life took them and their family to many locations. They first moved to Havre, MT for a couple years and then ended up in Wisconsin. After the loss of their daughter, Lorie, the family returned to Minnesota. Later they moved to Arizona and then back to Montana and finally to Baker. Later in her career with MDU she transferred to Rapid City, SD where Judy and Al lived until she retired., Then Judy and Al moved to Garrison ND until his health led them to move to Bismarck to be closer to the medical facilities. After his passing in 2012 she moved, back to Baker to be with family and friends.


Julia had a way with numbers and bookkeeping, she had various places of employment over her years. In her free time, she enjoyed sewing and bowling with family and friends. In the kitchen Judy loved baking and her specialties were lefse and homemade bread.


Judy and Albert’s family continues to grow with ten grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. Julia is loved and will be missed by sons, Steve (Connie), Scott (Brenda), Shawn; daughter, Cindy (Ernie); grandchildren, Anthony (Jessica), Lori (Justin “JJ”), Ryann (Morgan), Kyle (Brittney), Daniel (Katelin), Dustin (Chelsea), Dillon (Sonya), Darin (Skyler), Molly (Blake), Matthew (Lindsey); 16 great grandchildren; sisters, Carrie Harmon, Hazel (Denny) LaCroix. Preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Corrine: husband Albert; daughter, Lorie; sister, Mary Rothwell; brothers, William McDonald, James McDonald.

Joseph Rivera

Joseph Edward Rivera, age 76 passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2022.


Joseph was born July 13, 1946, in Bagley, Minnesota. Joseph is survived by their spouse, Diana Rivera; their son Joseph Rivera II (Lisa Rivera); their daughter Dina Gray (Matt Gray); and their daughter Gina Johnson (Jake Johnson); their brother David Rivera, their brother Daniel Rivera and their sister Gwen Rivera-Dougherty; their grandson Joseph Rivera III, their granddaughter Sophia Gray and their granddaughter Charlotte Rivera.


Joseph was preceded in death by their brother Roger Rivera and their brother Lance Rivera.


A funeral service with military honors for Joseph will be held Friday, September 23, 2022, at 2:00 PM at Northern California Veterans Cemetery, 11800 Gas Point Rd., Igo, CA. Following the funeral service with military honors will be a celebration of life and luncheon at 3:30 PM at Anderson River Park, 2600 Rupert Rd., Anderson, California.


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Gloria Merschman

Gloria Mae (Ferrie) Merschman, 94, of Bagley, Minnesota, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at the Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine. 


Funeral services will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Bagley (Ebro Corner), on Monday, September 26, 2022, at 2 pm, with fellowship following.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral. Christian burial will take place at 3:30 pm at the Bagley City Cemetery. 


She was born February 22, 1928, in rural Bagley to Gardie and Anna (Vigoren) Ferrie.  She attended country school, graduating from Bagley High School in 1946.  On October 4, 1947, Gloria was united in marriage to Eugene Merschman at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bagley.  Together they raised three sons:   Dale, Dennis, and Jim.  Memories of camping, fishing and family gatherings carried on as each of the sons enjoyed those same activities with their families.


Gloria helped her parents on the farm until moving to Bagley to finish High School.  She worked various jobs including the Clearwater County Treasurer’s Office, the Bagley Bakery and retired from the Bagley Public Schools as a cook.  In retirement, Gene and Gloria loved to fish and camp in Minnesota, as well as Canada.  They looked forward to their Sunday night bowling league.   Guests were always welcome at Gene and Gloria’s, whether for coffee or a meal.  She was a fabulous hostess and cook for family and friends.  They moved to Cornerstone Senior Living in 2011 when Gene’s health was deteriorating.   She continued living there after his death in 2013.   She loved to play cards and games.  She loved to have her ladies come to her apartment every week and play cards!  She was a private person but felt strongly about supporting the Legion Auxiliary and was a lifetime member of that organization.  


Gloria is survived by her sons Dale and Bernice (Baudette, MN), Dennis and Jacki (Bagley, MN) and daughter-in-law Jane (Bagley, MN); 7 Grandchildren:  Becky (Steve) Westereng, Billy (Denise) Merschman, Tony (Beth) Merschman, Peter (Amy) Merschman, Janelle Speerschneider, Janice (Tom) Hawkins, and Jared (Kimberly) Merschman; 16 Great-grandchildren: Drew, Madeline (Dakota), Camille, Abigail, Jarret, Gavin, Brett, Torrey, Sloan, Grant, Charlotte, Taya, Emma, Paityn, Conner and Owen; 2 Step-great-grandchildren:  Nick and Emily Frazer.


Gloria was preceded in death by her husband Gene, son Jim, brother Donald, sister Marlys, granddaughter Christina Merschman, and grandson-in-law Mark Speerschneider.


The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


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Audrey Boe

Audrey Boe, 82, went to Heaven peacefully on Sunday September 11, 2022, in Keller Texas, embraced by her family at her side. She was known as “Oma” to all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her laughter, listening ear, and advice will be missed greatly.


On August 25, 1940, on a farm in Benson, MN., a girl named Audrey was born to Cora (Rud) and Orville Thompson. She grew up with her sisters, Wanda and Roselie, and brother LuVerne. She attended and was confirmed at the First English Lutheran Church in Marshall, MN.


Audrey graduated Marshall High School in 1958. In 1959, she married her high school sweetheart, Roger Boe. Together they brought four children into this world, Katrina, James, Candance, and Cassandra. Throughout their 63 years of marriage, she supported Roger in his advancement in the Woolworth Corporation, and lived in Marshall, MN., Crookston, MN., Duluth, MN., Minot, ND., Bismark, ND., Devils Lake, MN., Burlington, IA., Mitchell, SD., Mason City, IA., Madison, WI., Saint Cloud, MN., Fargo, ND., Oklahoma City, OK., Shreveport, LA., Stillwell, KS., Bedford, TX., Schaumburg, IL., Yardley, PA., and finally Keller, TX.


After graduating in 1958, Audrey worked in the computer division of the Honeywell Corporation, Crookston Daily Times, State of North Dakota for Governor Guy (by computerizing the state tax systems), JoAnn Fabrics and then earned her paralegal degree specializing in Napoleonic Law in Shreveport, Louisiana.


While raising her four children, she was heavily involved in all their numerous academics, sports, and activities. Once they were grown, Audrey worked at the Xerox Corporation and GE Capital. She retired in 2012. After that she volunteered to work with her grandson, Devin, and spend time with her grandchildren at their business. Audrey was always up for adventure, field trips, and sporting events with her grandchildren.


Audrey loved reading historical romance novels, crocheting, drinking tea, and most of all spending time caring for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She has left a legacy of love. ~


Preceded in death by her son, James Boe, brother LuVerne Thompson, brother-in-law Joseph Sommerfield, and parents Cora and Orville Thompson.


As this chapter of her book is done, she is left to be remembered by her husband, Roger, daughter Katrina and son-in-law Bill Phillips, daughter Candance and son-in-law Darrell Fitch, daughter Cassandra and son-in-law Kade Bower, sister Wanda Sommerfield, and sister Roselie and brother-in-law Gary Nelson. 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  


Celebration of Life will be held October 9, 2022, 1:00-3:00 at her Keller home and another (date to be determined) at her lake home in Frazee, MN.


Special thanks to Desirea, Neil, Leonard, and Daysha with Solaris Hospice.


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Jeanette Halcrow

Jeanette Halcrow of Bemidji, MN died Thursday, September 15, 2022.


Mass of Christian burial will be 12:00 p.m., Saturday, September 24, 2022, at St. Philips Catholic Church, Bemidji. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2022, at St. Philips Catholic Church with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be 11:30 a.m., Monday, September 26, 2022, at the Calvary Cemetery, Grand Forks, ND.


Jeanette Van Camp Halcrow, born the daughter of Herbert M. and Helen (Hublou) Van Camp in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and St. James High School in Grand Forks before attending Marquette University and graduating from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Speech Therapy and later a master’s degree in Communication Disorders. She married John Harold Halcrow on June 8, 1963. Jeanette liked to travel, read, play bridge, and tend her flower gardens, and enjoy her friends.


She is survived by her husband, John, and daughter, Jennifer, of Minneapolis, and her sisters, Marian Dornheim Kadlec and Nancy Holcomb. She was preceded in death by her father and mother.


Memorials may be directed to: St. Mary’s Mission and School, Red Lake, MN; Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area; Bemidji Area Arts Endowment of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation; or charity of donor’s choice.


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Elizabeth Shuka

A visitation will be held Friday evening, September 23, from 6-8 pm at Heartland Baptist Church, 3333 Stange Rd, Ames.  


A Celebration of Elizabeth’s life will be Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 1:30 pm at City Church of Ames-Des Moines, 2400 Oakwood Road, Ames.


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Margaret Shellum

Margaret Shellum, 96, of Shevlin, Minnesota died on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center ICU.


Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bagley with Father JohnMelkies Suvakeen officiating with a visitation one hour prior to the services at the church. Visitation will also be on September 16, 2022, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 7:00 p.m. at the St. joseph’s Catholic Church in Bagley, Minnesota.  Interment will be held at the Our Lady of Victory Cemetery in Shevlin following the funeral service.


Margaret was born on April 11, 1926, at Shevlin, Minnesota the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Shereck) Bednar.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith.  Margaret attended the Shevlin School.  She worked part-time at the Shevlin Store and picked potatoes in North Dakota.  Margaret married Robert Shellum on 5-20-1950 at Wilton, Minnesota after World War II. Robert and Margaret were married for 72 years and don’t remember having a fight.  They worked well together with respect, caring and love. Margaret was a homemaker, working on the farm raising their two children, Kenneth and Sharon.  Margaret was very active in her church.  She and Robert were members of the Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Shevlin until it closed in 1998.  They then became members of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bagley.  Margaret was very active in both churches with the Ladies Guild and teaching Sunday School.  She carried her cross well.  Margaret enjoyed mowing the lawn, baking, cooking, and gardening. In her earlier years, she enjoyed riding motorcycles and snowmobiles.  Family was very important to her and she loved having everyone over on Christmas eve. Margaret also liked to go fishing every Sunday on either Moose Lake or Minerva Lake.  Puppies made her happy and she relished being around them.


Margaret is survived by her husband – Robert Shellum of Shevlin; Son – Ken (Anita) Shellum of Shevlin; Daughter – Sharon (Earl) Harwood of Bagley; Grandchildren – Philip, Jessica, Angela, Jacob, Sarah, Melissa, and Michael; Great grandchildren – Brandon, Logan, Jasmine, Kadin, Lilly, Hunter, Tyler, Jacob, Chevelle and Dallas; numerous nieces and nephews


She was preceded in death by her parents, her uncle Frank, and many cousins.


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Henrietta Bedeau

Henrietta Marie Bedeau, 72, of Bagley, Minnesota died on Sunday, August 28, 2022, at her home in Bagley, Minnesota.


Services will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Old Pine Point School in Ponsford, Minnesota. A wake will begin on Friday, September 2, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. at the Old Pine Point School and continue until the time of the service. Interment will be held at St. Theodore’s Cemetery in Ponsford, Minnesota. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Henrietta was born on October 18, 1949, in Ponsford, Minnesota to Florence Bedeau and Elsworth Barstow.  Henri, as she was affectionately called, was a proud Native American Woman and a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Henri moved to Minneapolis as a child.  After school, she became a mother and a homemaker. Later in adulthood, she went on to further her education studying at Bemidji State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She then went on to the University of Minnesota Duluth where she received her master’s degree in Native American Liberal Arts. She worked for many years for White Earth before retiring in 2009.


While enjoying retirement, she loved to travel, go to the casino to play Bingo, sewing, beading, and making Native American Arts and Crafts. A lady who loved her culture and traditions, Henri thrived in learning and practicing her Native heritage. She loved her family most of all! Always there to take a hand in raising her grandchildren. She also loved her furry four-legged friends, especially her dogs, Bella, Smokey, JoJo, and Josie. If ever anyone treated their pet as their own children, it was Henri, right down to the “time out” her dogs might incur.


Henrietta is survived by her loving children, Lisa (Paul) Donovan, Patrick (Stacy) Donovan II, Brady (Nancy) Donvan, Troy (Crystell) Donovan, Dena Iron Cloud, Laurel Iron Cloud, and Shalene (Reginald, Sr.) Brown; her sisters, Sandrea and Jolene; 24 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and her forever friend, Patrick Donovan, Sr.


She was preceded in death by her father, Elsworth Barstow; her mother, Florence Bedeau; her husband, Robert “Tote” Iron Cloud; her siblings, Alfred, Kenny, Evelyn, Theresa, and Leona; and her grandchildren, Lynette, Shaylene, Angel, and Avishai.


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Kenneth Evenwoll

Kenneth “Ken” M. Evenwoll, 77, of Solway, Minnesota died on Sunday, August 28, 2022, at Sanford Fargo Medical Center.


Memorial services will be held on Friday, September 9, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cease Funeral Home in Bagley, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will be held at a later date at Clearwater Lutheran Cemetery in Shevlin, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Ken was born in Bagley, Minnesota on May 4, 1945, to Herb and Florence (Vic) Evenwoll.


He graduated from Bagley High School and went on to attend school in Michigan. Ken started working with sheet metal, heating, air conditioning and filtration. In 1980 Kenny, along with his brother, Charles, opened EvenAire Systems, Inc. Kenny later sold his shares to Charlie in 1987. Ken also enjoyed farming, raising cattle and pigs for several years. He loved his little dogs and especially his dog, “Baby”. Kenny loved to go boating, camping, deer hunting, snowmobiling and especially enjoyed socializing with his friends. He was very smart and mechanically creative. Ken will be remembered for his kind heart, generous spirit, and sense of humor.


He is survived by his children Kevin (Carmella) Evenwoll and Cindi (Steve) Ballard; his grandchildren, Sarina Trego, Joe (Allie) Trego, Tamara (Cyrus) Kliner, Alexis (Trevor) Rogstad, Aliyah, Skylar, and Carter Ballard; his great grandchildren, Lorraina Trego and Kinsley Rogstad; his siblings, David (Pat) Evenwoll and Janice Marsh; his sister-in-law, Pearl Evenwoll; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Herb and Florence Evenwoll; his brother, Charles Evenwoll; his brother-in-law, Bruce Marsh; his nephew, Dusty Marsh; and his life partner, Char Wynkoop.


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David Evenwoll

David Evenwoll, 74, of Lake Itasca, Minnesota died on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at the Sanford Bemidji Hospital with his family by his side. 


Funeral Mass Services will be held on Monday, September 19, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1-hour prior at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bagley, Minnesota with Fr. John Melkies Suvakeen Officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022, from 2:00-4:00 pm at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment will be held at the Clearwater Lutheran Cemetery in Shevlin, Minnesota. Military Honors will be accorded by the Irvin Blix American Legion Post #16 of Bagley, Minnesota.


The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


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Don Engdahl

Arvid Donald Engdahl, known to all as Don or Donny, passed away peacefully at the age of 95 on Monday, August 15, 2022, at Sanford Hospital in Bemidji, MN.


Private family services will be held at a later date. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Don was born on February 9, 1927, in Leonard, MN to Arvid Engdahl and Betty Nelson. He had five siblings: Norris, Wallace, Devona, Edla and half-sister, Gladys. Don attended school at Happy Hollow Country School and then graduated from Clearbrook High School. He continued his education at Bemidji State Teachers College, where he acquired his degree after serving in the United States Navy during World War II, from which he was honorably discharged. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a merchant marine. With his degree he taught in one-room rural schoolhouses in eastern Montana and North Dakota for many years; after which, he worked as a DHIA supervisor. During his tenure with the DHIA, he also dedicated his time, along with his wife Joann, to breed and raise Morgans, Clydesdales and Collies at his farm. He continued working as a custodian at Itasca State Park for a few years, then he decided to employ his time in up keeping his farm, which he loved so much.


Don is survived by his daughter Gayle Ballek from his first marriage to Edna Anderson, by his son Arvid J. Engdahl from his second marriage to Joann Marie Brothers, by his youngest sister Edla Ridley Hoffert, numerous nieces and nephews, and by his dear friend Carol Satterfield.


Don was preceded in death by his wives Edna and Joann, his parents Arvid and Betty, his half-sister Gladys, his brothers Norris and Wallace, sister Devona, his grandson Jimmy Ballek, and his niece Robin Gunning. Don, known for his gentle, humble, and quiet nature, will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends.


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Debora Strande

Debora Ann (Smith) Strande, age 66, of Crookston, MN, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2022, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, at her home with her family by her side.


Debbie was born on September 26, 1955, in Bagley, MN, the daughter of the late Ralph and Mary (Kincaid) Smith. She graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1973. She married Lee Bendickson on September 10, 1977, in Reno, NV.  Debbie obtained two associates degrees from the University of Minnesota Crookston in 1985. She married Jewel Strande on April 29, 1989, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. 


Debbie worked in various positions at Polk County Social Services during her 31-year career. She also found fulfillment as a foster parent, a rewarding journey of 21 years where she opened her home to countless children, from newborns to teens.


Debbie was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the VFW Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Crookston Police Reserve. In her free time, she enjoyed bingo, camping, canning, traveling, and especially watching her grandchildren’s activities and spending time with her family.


Debbie is survived by her daughters and their spouses, Stacey and Chris Bruggeman of Crookston, Ashley and David Rye of Buxton, ND; grandchildren: Carter, Halle, Madilyn, Teegan, Blair, Bexley, and Holland; siblings and their spouses: Linda and Larry Thomas of Highlands Ranch, CO; Randy Smith, Sharon Bartrum, and Susan and Marc Palmer, of Crookston; sister-in-law, Jaclyn Smith of Bemidji, MN; brother-in-law, Rodney Gilbertson of DeSmet, SD; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.


She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Steven Smith; sister, Vicki Gilbertson; and Jewel Strande.


A memorial service celebrating Debbie’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, with a time of visitation one hour before. The Rev. Gregory Isaacson will officiate. The funeral will be livestreamed by going to Debbie’s obituary page at and clicking on the prompt to view. Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m. at Alida Cemetery near Shevlin, MN.  

Jacob Boomgaarden

Jacob John Boomgaarden, 92, of Clearbrook Minnesota, passed away on August 12, 2022.  He was born to Albert and Ella Boomgaarden in Pitt, Minnesota on November 13, 1929.


Jacob graduated from Baudette High School in 1947. He attended Bemidji State Teachers College for 2 years, taught at Pitt country school for a year, and then returned to graduate from Bemidji State Teacher’s College in 1951. After graduation, Jacob joined the Marine Corps. He was commissioned as an artillery officer and served in Korea. Before shipping out, he married his love, and lifelong partner, Clarice Ames. His daughter Diane was born while he was in Korea.


Upon returning stateside, Jacob taught for a year in Stephen, MN and then moved to a teaching position in Clearbrook in 1955, where his sons, Bradley and Mark, were born. He and Clarice made Clearbrook their lifetime home.


Jacob continued his military service for several more years as an officer with the National Guard. He was President of the Northern Division of the Minnesota Education Association and served as a delegate to the National Education Association Assembly in New York City. He also returned to Bemidji State College where he earned a master’s degree in English. Jacob was very active with the City of Clearbrook and served on the city council and as mayor.


Jacob enjoyed hunting, fishing, maple syruping, reading, music, singing, whistling, teaching, telling stories, and spending time with his family. He appreciated a variety of humor and was well versed from satire to limerick.


Jacob taught at Clearbrook for 52 years. He initially was the Band Director but spent most of his career teaching English and Advanced Literature. He also directed school plays and was the speech coach for many years. “Mr. Boomgaarden” would want to leave behind, sincere appreciation for the many students who blessed and enriched his life over the years. Teaching was his passion and his purpose.  “A good teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Mr. Boomgaarden was dedicated to inspiring the love of learning and it gave him great joy and satisfaction.


Jacob was preceded in death by his mother, Ella; his father, Albert; his sister, Vera; and his brothers, Albert, Marvin, DeWayne, Leon, and Eldon. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Clarice; his daughter, Diane Saar; his sons, Bradley (Paula) Boomgaarden and Mark (Laura) Boomgaarden; his brother, Steven;  his 8 grandchildren; and his 4 great grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday August 27th, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Elim Lutheran Brethren Church in Clearbrook, Minnesota with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will be held at the Elim Lutheran Brethren Cemetery in Clearbrook, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


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George Bowman

George Arthur Bowman, 92, of Blackduck, Minnesota died on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at the Blackduck Good Samaritan Center in Blackduck, MN. 


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Blackduck with the Reverend Philip Houser officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, August 19, 2022, at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Blackduck from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Lakeview Cemetery in Blackduck, MN.


George was born on April 25, 1930, at Nore Township, the son of Arthur and Anna (Anderson) Bowman.  George graduated from Blackduck High School in 1948. On September 15, 1956, George married the love of his life, Dorothy Shingler, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Blackduck, Minnesota. They made their home on the Bowman family homestead farm, where they raised their three children, Timothy, Brenda and Mark.  Farming and logging were a big part of George’s life.  Above all, George was hard-working.  He had a strong work ethic and loved his farm, a trait which was handed down to his children and grandchildren.  George and Dorothy raised many farm animals, but their favorite was raising calves.  George also worked the fields and raised crops.  One of George’s adored pastimes was being outdoors. He relished driving around the farm, checking fence and keeping an eye on his animals. George was an avid outdoorsman and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He shot oodles of deer around his many acres of land.  George is featured in the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota being interviewed on his farm, about the surplus of Timberwolves in the area.  George also liked bowling and golfing in his earlier years. Countless conversations were brought up about the Twins and the Vikings which he followed very closely. Family was central in his life. His wife, Dorothy, was his caretaker for the last 11 years after suffering a stroke in 2011. George’s kids and grandkids always put a smile on his face and a sparkle in his eye.


George was very involved in his community.   He was honored for 43 years of service as a Chair Supervisor for Nore Township and he was also State Fire Warden for 60 years.  George was a member of the Minnesota Timber Producers Association, a member of the FFA, the Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, and the Past President of the Chamber of Commerce in Blackduck.  George’s faith and love of God was tremendously important to him.  He was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where he was very active had held several different offices throughout the years.


He is survived by his wife of 66 years– Dorothy Bowman of Blackduck. Son – Timothy (Linda) Bowman of Baxter, MN. Daughter – Brenda (Todd) Gabrelcik of Bagley. Son – Mark (Kelly Cease) Bowman of Solway. Grandchildren – Heather Bowman, Jared Gabrelcik, Kara Cease Bowman, Kyle Cease Bowman, Kaden Cease Bowman, and Tyler Gabrelcik. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.


He was preceded in death by his parents, and 4 sisters – Delphie Nance, Harriet Granbeck, Janet Kuhne and Audrey Stein. 


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Myron Katzenmeyer

Myron L. Katzenmeyer, 78-year-old resident of Fort Ripley, MN, passed away Friday, August 12, 2022, at his residence with his family by his side. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at Holy Family Catholic Church at 10:30 A.M. Visitation will be on Monday, August 22, 2022, at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, MN, from 4:00-7:00 P.M., and again on Tuesday, from 9:30-10:30 A.M. at the church. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, near Camp Ripley. Caring for Myron and his family is the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Little Falls.


Myron Katzenmeyer was born February 22, 1944, to Alvin and Dorothy (Hardel) Katzenmeyer. He grew up at the Lake Itasca family farm with his 7 siblings and graduated from Bagley High School in 1962. Myron attended the University of Minnesota and served in the United States Army 1965 to 1967, spending most of his service time in Germany.


Shortly after his return to Minnesota he met Sandra LeBlanc and they were married April 18, 1969, at Holy Family Catholic Church near Little Falls, MN. They raised their 3 sons Darin, Cory and Marty on their small farm near Camp Ripley. This was where Myron instilled his work ethic, integrity, fun-loving nature, love of silly songs and love of the natural world in his children. Fishing was a way of life and trips to the Great Lakes, Canada, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans were among his favorites. Family trips were often planned with fishing along the way. A passion for adventure led him on hunts to Alaska, Texas and across the western states. He enjoyed taking Sandy with when chasing prairie dogs and wild hogs.


Myron spent most of his career as an insurance agent in Little Falls, taking great pride in the service he provided his clients. The friendships and personal connections that he made over the years were treasured. He was a member of the Little Falls Rotary Club and also enjoyed passing on his knowledge as a 4-H Shooting Sports and Firearm Safety Instructor. As a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, he also served on the parish council.


Myron was a man of many talents and boundless energy. This led to continuous home improvements, wildlife habitat projects and his in-depth storytelling. That energy also helped when he was doting on his grandchildren.


Myron is survived by his wife, Sandy; sons, Darin (Lisa) Katzenmeyer; Cory (Lissa DeRycke) Katzenmeyer; Marty (Bridget) Katzenmeyer; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Anna, Aubree, Kaleb, Mason, Everly; great-granddaughter, Mae; mother, Dorothy Katzenmeyer; sister-in-law, Linda Katzenmeyer; sister, Carol (Ed) Knaeble; sister, Darlene Geller; brother, Jerry (Shelley) Katzenmeyer; sister, Marilyn (Bill) Lanners; sister, Sandy (Ken) Thole; brother, Jim (Jill) Katzenmeyer; and many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Katzenmeyer; brother, John Katzenmeyer; father-in-law, Bert LeBlanc; sister-in-law, Linda LeBlanc; brother-in-law, Jack Geller; nephews, Lee Geller and Jim Knaeble; and niece Kim Knaeble.


Edna Marsh

Edna Marsh, 86, of Shevlin, Minnesota passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 17, 2022, surrounded by family at Colleen’s Caring Hands in Bemidji, Minnesota.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, August 22, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Clearwater Lutheran Church in Shevlin, Minnesota with Pastor Mark Kuleta officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior at the church. Interment will be held at Clearwater Lutheran Cemetery in Shevlin, Minnesota. Lunch will follow at the church.


The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with arrangements.


Edna was born November 6, 1935, to Paul and Ida Mittag in Leonard, MN.  Edna married Lewis Rauk Marsh in Leonard, MN on May 19, 1956.  They purchased the Marsh Family Farm and remained there throughout their lives, celebrating Century Farm status in 2016.


Edna was a member of Clearwater Lutheran Church and served in the lady’s church group.  She was a 4H leader for many years, teaching her love of sewing, gardening, crafting, and cooking to future generations.  Edna always looked forward to the Clearwater County Fair and assisted the judging of produce for many years.  She was a Shevlin Garden Club member for many decades, earning the Golden Leaf Award.  She loved participating in their meetings and events.  Both she and Lewis enjoyed a yearly reunion of the Combat Engineer Group that Lewis served with in Korea, hosting the reunion twice.  Edna worked at Minnesota Wood Products many years making wreaths for Christmas season.


Edna and Lewis valued family, friends, and faith above all else in life.  Each did whatever they could to operate their farm and raise their children.  Although she suffered for many years from severe arthritis, Edna never let that keep her from doing what she wanted to do.  Her work ethic was an inspiration to all who knew her.  Often up until late at night, busy with one thing or another, she would be up again at 5:00 am to milk cows.  She worked in the fields and prepared meals for many hired hands when they were harvesting the potato crop.  In 2003 Lewis and Edna were named Valley Farmer and Homemaker.


Edna is survived by her children, Byron (Renae) Marsh, Kathy (Mike) Denzel, LouAnn (Bruce) Gunderson, Carla (Todd) Beecher, Shelly (Steve) Ward, her sisters Ruth Mattson and Shirley (Bob) Engen, 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 65 years (Lewis), her parents (Paul and Ida Mittag), two brothers (Ralph and Earl Mittag) and twin grandchildren (Emma and Natasha).

Edna’s family would like to express their appreciation to Colleen, all the staff at Colleen’s Caring Hands and Sanford Hospice for their exceptional and loving care of Edna in her final days.


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