Gerald Leonard Glende, 78, of Crookston, MN, passed away in Altru Hospital, in Grand Forks, ND, Thursday morning, November 30, 2017.
Gerald was born on May 12, 1939 in Battle Lake, MN to Leonard and Selma Glende (Bakken). Gerald spent his childhood growing up with his mother in Glyndon, MN, until Selma would pass away in 1983. Then Gerald would move to Crookston, MN and live with his sister Deb, for about fifteen years before moving into several different homes through REM. Since moving to Crookston, Gerald worked for the DAC for over 30 years, where he would help clean several different locations throughout the community, such as Trinity Lutheran Church, and the UMC campus. However, when at UMC, Gerald could be seen spending more time talking with the students in and out of their classes, than time actually spent cleaning. Gerald loved music, and all the dancing, and singing that went along with it. He also loved the outdoors, where he would spend lots of time camping, such at Camp Confidence in Brainerd, MN, or fishing trips in Bemidji, MN at Fishing with No Boundaries. When camping, Gerald loved to be the one collecting the firewood, and would spend much of his time around the campfire, where he enjoyed his favorite camping food, “weenies”. Gerald also not only performed in the Special Olympics, but he won almost every race he was in, even while stopping to waive at friends and family in the stands, there to watch him run. However, most of all Gerald loved the time he could spend with his family. Whether it was traveling the country or letting his great sense of humor shine when teasing his nieces, even if he claimed he had done nothing wrong. Gerald brought a smile to everyone’s face that he met and will be missed dearly by all whom had the chance to share a laugh with him.
Gerald is survived by his sisters, Janice (Donald) Volker, and Debbie (Stuart) Magsam; brother, DuWayneGlende; and seven nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and great nephews. He is preceded in passing by his parents, Leonard and Selma; sister, Barbra; step-dad, Ludvig Johnson; brother-in-law, Lloyal Burnside; sister-in-law, Carol Glende; and his Grandparents.
A memorial service will be held to honor Gerald’s life Monday, December 4, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, at 1:00PM. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to services. The family of Gerald will be holding a private burial at a date to be determined. Pastor Bill Reck will be officiating.
age 97, of Erskine, MN, passed away on Friday, January 19th, at Riverview Hospital in Crookston, MN. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27th, at Rodnes Lutheran Church, rural Erskine with the Rev. Joel Smeby officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Friday, January 26th, at the Carlin Funeral Home in Erskine. There will also be reviewal for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Memorials may be designated to Rodnes Church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at.
Marian Charlotte Paulson was born on March 4, 1920 in Erskine, Minnesota, the daughter of Albert and Selma Olberg Paulson. Marian was baptized and confirmed in Rodnes Lutheran Church and she was raised to be a devoted church member. She grew up in Woodside Township, rural Erskine where she attended the Sylvan Nook rural school. She graduated from Mentor High School in 1937 and loved playing basketball for the school.
Marian was married to Clifford Bakken on June 9, 1938 in Rodnes Church. They resided on the Bakken farmstead until Clifford died in 1965. The following winter Marian and her daughter, Cheryl, started spending summers on the farm and winters in Erskine until she sold the farm in 1969 and moved into Erskine.
Marian married Edward Varnson on September 20, 1969 at Rodnes Church. They resided in Erskine. Ed died in 1985.
Marian worked at Pioneer Memorial home in the activities department and as the housekeeping supervisor for over 20 years. She retired when she was 72 years old.
Keeping busy was Marian’s lifestyle. She enjoyed playing Rummikub and Shanghai with friends and watching the Twins play ball was a favorite pastime. She was involved in ceramics, made woodworking projects each Christmas for family, did beautiful embroidery work and was an avid baker. For several summers she would get up very early in the morning, have cookies, bread, and bars made and sell them out of the trunk of her car around Maple Lake. She was known for her Aunt Sally cookies and butter knot rolls.
Marian was an active member of Rodnes Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, held offices in the ladies aid, was active in circle and served on the church board for many years. She loved Rodnes and would do anything for the welfare of the church including handywork and baking as much as she could for the Fall sales.
She loved spending time with her family; gatherings of any kind involving loved ones. There were 30+ years of Paulson family reunions at Farmer’s Union Camp that she looked forward to every August.
Marian passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018. She had been residing at Country Place assisted living in Erskine for four years where she enjoyed the friendship of staff and tenants living there. She enjoyed the afternoon games of Bingo.
Survivors include one son, Myles Bakken and wife Shirley of Erskine; one daughter, Cheryl Harms of Bemidji; son-in-law, Lowell Bennes and wife Sheryl of Moorhead; step daughter, Arliss Abrahamson of New York Mills; seven grandchildren, Eric, Christopher, Mark, Stefanie, Mitchell, Tamara and Kristi; four step grandchildren, Brian, Laurine, Daidre and Ann; eight great grandchildren, Bjorn, Jakob, Liv, Sofia, James, Linus, Sonia Marian and Hobey; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Clifford and Edward; her daughter, Marlene; two sons-in-law, Abe and Bill; five brothers, Alfred, Leonard, Harold, Walter and Stanley; and three sisters, Connie, Myrtle and Bernice.
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Yvonne Rose Boucher, of Mentor, MN passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Riverview Hospital in Crookston. Yvonne Rose Boucher was born September 8, 1946 daughter of Charles and Rose (Asselin) Lessard at Crookston, MN. She was raised in the Oklee area where she attended school graduating in 1965. She moved to Milwaukee, WI where she worked at Patrick Cudahy meat processing plant and a photo lab. She returned to Oklee in 1967 where she worked at Third Base in Brooks, MN until 1976 when she moved to Mentor. Yvonne managed the Municipal Liquor store in Mentor for many years retiring in 2008. She also worked at Arctic Cat for a short time. Yvonne enjoyed cooking and baking, flower and vegetable gardening, feeding and watching birds, fishing, road trips, watching her grandchildren playing basketball, and spending time outdoors. She was a people person who loved to visit. Most of all she loved the time spent with family and friends. Yvonne is survived by loving companion Chuck Schear of Mentor, MN; children Eric (Lisa) Gustafson of Lester Prairie, MN, Kory (Tara) Gustafson of Littlefork, MN, Melanie (Darin) Glass of Mentor, MN, and Tony (Marcy) Gustafson of Littlefork, MN; grandchildren Nik (Kelsey) Gustafson, would have become a great grandma in July; Amy (Tanner) Keitzman, Ashley Glass, Blake Glass, Keegan Gustafson, KoDee and KamBree Gustafson; sisters-in-law Mary Lessard, Ione Lessard, Louise Lessard, Lou Lessard; brother-in-law Phillip Tougas and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings Delores (Frederick) Berberich, Ray (Mary Ann) Lessard, George (Dorothy) Lessard, Theresa (Elmer) Champagne, Vern Lessard, Maurice Lessard, Marie (Melvin) Mercil, Kenneth Lessard, Walter Lessard, Marcella (Ernie) Tougas, Harold Lessard, Robert “Terry” Lessard, and Sharon Tougas. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee with Father Adam Hamness Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery at Oklee, MN. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018, from 5 – 8 PM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday.