Sundby, Shirley Ann (Deleski) (1935-2018)

from DuBore Funeral Home

Shirley Sundby, 83, of Argyle, MN, passed away peacefully in her home in Warren, MN, on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

Shirley Ann was born on May 30, 1935, in Warren, the only child of Tony and Helen (Witkowski) Deleski. She was raised in Argyle and graduated from high school in the Class of 1953. During high school she worked at the local movie theater and she was married to Arden Sundby in August following her graduation. The young couple made their home in Argyle, and Shirley was a stay at home mother.

Once all the children were in school, Shirley worked several different jobs including cooking at the school, working for Floyd and Tommy Sczepanski during potato harvest, Valley Coverall, Sundby’s Cafe, and The Farmer Dell. She was a lifelong member of St. Rose Catholic Church and was active in parish life, serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. She enjoyed bowling, visiting with her Catholic Daughter and Red Hat Society friends, reading, and putting puzzles together. She particularly enjoyed her card group: both in playing the games and in cooking meals for the ladies. Her family being nearby was so important in her life and she especially enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow up; attending all their school activities without fail; and cooking for them, including her famous Polish “kluski” dumplings.

Shirley is survived by her children, Lynn (Pam) Sundby, Becky (Alvin) Nybladh, Craig (Tammy) Sundby, Terry ( Patty) Sundby, and Dawn (Allen) Erickson; grandchildren, Jenna Grabowska, Jesse and Jaden Sundby, Traci Kroll, Tara Jarshaw, Tamara Benitt, and Tina Safranski, Austin and Jacob Sundby, Stephanie Woods, Cody and Mason Sundby, Heidi Wesolowski, and Dillon Erickson; and 19 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandchildren, Blake and Jordan Sundby, and Jamie Erickson; and twin great-granddaughters, Nicole and Natalie Kroll.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, September 14, 2018, at 10:00 AM, in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Argyle, MN.
VISITATION: Thursday, September 13, from 5:30 PM, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM, in the church; and one hour prior to Mass.
INTERMENT: St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Argyle, MN.

Kowalski, James Leo (1941-2018)

from DuBore Funeral home

ames Kowalski, 77, of Stephen, MN, passed away on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2018 at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center in Hallock, MN.

James Leo Kowalski was born on February 13, 1941 in Stephen, the son of Leo and Amelia (Osowski) Kowalski. He was a lifetime resident of the Stephen area who attended Eagle Point Country School and graduated from Stephen High School in 1961. On June 28, 1965, he was united in marriage to Mary Osowski. They made their home in Eagle Point Township where he was a life long farmer. They moved to Stephen in 1993.

He was very active in his community belonging to St. Stephen Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Stephen Lions, Eagle Point Township Board and the American Crystal Sugar Beet Growers Association Board.

Jim loved spending time with family (especially deer hunting), playing pinochle, working in the shop, taking drives to check the crop and visiting with family, friends and strangers.

Left to mourn his passing are his wife of over 53 years, Mary; children, Michael (Mary) Kowalski of East Grand Forks, MN, Steven (Connie) Kowalski of Sioux Falls, SD, Darrin Kowalski of Stephen, MN, Mark Kowalski of Layton, UT, Amy Kowalski and John (Holly) Kowalski all of Stephen, MN; grandchildren, KateLynn, Christopher, Brandon (Liz), Sean, Ashley, Allyson, Ty, Kylee, Bryce, and Finn, and twins on the way; three brothers, Clarion (Marie) Kowalski, Francis (Shirley) Kowalski and Dennis (Marlys) Kowalski and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Sophie Grzadzielski, Leona Ebertowski, Isabell Rasmussen, Ernestine Crafton, Dorothy Miller and Henrietta Gerszewski.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 10:30 AM on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stephen, MN.
VISITATION: After 5:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Friday at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stephen and one hour before services at the church.
INTERMENT: St. Stephen’s Catholic Cemetery, Stephen, MN

Anderson, Halward Eugene (Hal) (1934-2018)

from Johnson Funeral Services

Halward Eugene Anderson was born in Viking, MN on January 3, 1934 to Carl and Mildred (Engen) Anderson.  He went to Green Valley Elementary School through 8th grade.  He graduated from Newfolden High School in 1951.  Except for a brief stint in Chicago and Thief River Falls, Hal resided in Viking for the majority of his life.

Birth date: 3 Jan 1934
Death date: 23 Jul 2018

Transcribed: WCS

Westphal, Albert (1870-1950)


Funeral services for Albert Westphal, 80, who passed away Monday afternoon at his home in Marshall county, were held Wednesday in the Gulbranson Mortuary with Rev. V. G. Sorenson of Holt officiating. Burial was made in the Silver Creek cemetery in Excel township.

Mr. Westphal was born April 20, 1870 in Germany, coming to Dorchester, Wisc. with his parents in 1883. In 1896 they moved to Marshall county and homesteaded in Excel township, where he has since farmed and made his home.

Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Johanna Bothke of Rice Lake, Wisc. and Mrs. Emma Notbohn of Owen, Wisc. and two brothers, William of Abbotsford, Wisc. and August of Wausau, Wisc. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

Wetterlund, Gordon Clifford, Sr. (1923-2012)

Gordon C. Wetterlund Sr., 89, of Warren, MN passed away at North Valley Health Center in Warren, MN on Saturday October 6, 2012 with family at his side.

He was born on January 4th 1923 to Carl and Hilda (Nordin) Wetterlund in Springbrook Township of Kittson County. He attended school in Nelson Park Township of Marshall County until he was 10 years old. At that time the family moved to Jupiter Township in Kittson County where he attended the Grant school through the 8th grade. He also attended high school at Karlstad. He was inducted into the United States Army on Oct. 17th 1944 at Fort Snelling.

He married his beloved sweetheart B.M.J. on Feb. 15 1945. After the wedding he left with the 25th infantry – Lightning division for the Philippine Islands, and after the surrender he served in the occupation forces in Japan. He was honorably discharged Nov. 9th, 1946.

After he returned from the service, Gordon and B. purchased a farm east of Warren, MN in 1948; where he lived until his passing. There they raised small grain and had a dairy operation. He received multiple awards for his farming, ‘Honored Dairyman Award’ Red River Valley in 1977 and the ‘Master Farmer Award’ in 1993. He was a member of the Warren Assembly of God church for many years, along with a long time member of the American Legion. Gordon was a proud father to four sons.

Left to mourn his passing is his wife, B. of 67 years; brothers R. (V.) W. of Spring Lake Park MN and R. (C.) W. of Mission TX; sons C. (J.) W. of Buffalo WY, J. (C.) W. of East Grand Forks MN, J. (M.) W. of Hackensack MN, G. W. Jr. of Warren MN; his grandchildren P.R., C.R., C.S., H.W., T.S., T.S., A.W., and C.W.; and his great grandchildren L.R., O. & I.S., L. and S.S.; special family member, R. S. of Argyle MN;

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Hilda Wetterlund and his grandson, Troy Wetterlund.

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

White, Charles S. (1833-1896)

Charles S. White breathed his last at 2 o’clock on Monday morning, Feb. 17, 1896, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A.M. Shaw of this city, aged 62 years and a few months.

Deceased was born in Braintree, Vermont, on Aug 13, 1833. About 40 years ago he came to River Falls, Wis., where he was married and continued to reside, until about 13 years ago when he and his family moved to the Red River valley, settling on a farm near Crookston. More recently he was the manager of Mr. Winchester’s farm at Angus. Mr. White’s health had been poor for a number of years. About six years ago he suffered a shock of apoplexy from which he never fully recovered. During his well days he was a man of striking personality, intelligence and force. Since the death of a daughter a little over a year ago, Mr. and Mrs. White have made their home with their daughter, Mrs. A.M. Shaw of this city. Another daughter resides here also, being Mrs. Dr. Wattam.

The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon from the home under the auspices of the Masonic society, of which deceased was a respected member. The community extends their sincere sympathy to the bereaved widow, her family and relatives.

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

White, Rhecordo (Sherburne) (1838-1916)

Mrs. Rhecordo White died after a short and apparently painless illness at 2:00 o’clock on Sunday morning, the span of her life being nearly 78 years.

Mrs. Rhecordo White was born (of New England parentage) at Bangor, Maine, Dec 13, 1838. She moved with her parents to Wisconsin when thirteen years of age and was married to Charles S. White of River Falls, Wisconsin, on May 2, 1858. They resided near River Falls, Wisconsin until 1879, when they moved to Polk county, Minnesota, where they lived on a farm until 1894, in which year they came to Warren. Deceased was mother of five daughters only one of whom, Mrs. Ruth Shaw, survives. Her husband, Charles S. White died in Warren in 1896, since which time she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Shaw, or with Dr. Wattam.

Mrs. White is survived by an only brother, Jackson Sherburne, of Clarkston, Washington. She is also mourned by daughter Mrs. Shaw, her grand children, Mrs. George G. Johnson, of Thief River Falls, Miss Anna Shaw, and Charles, William, Harry and Kenneth Wattam, by Dr. Wattam, husband of a deceased daughter, and by a large circle of friends.

Deceased was a member of the Eastern Star and under the auspices of that order the funeral was conducted on Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, from the home of Dr. Wattam. Rev. L.W. Barthalow preached a short sympathetic sermon in which he alluded to the noble womanly virtues and Christian character of her who had passed away. Her life was gentle and full of human sympathy and love. The handsome casket was weighted down with a profusion of beautiful floral tributes, that attested the love and esteem in which the departed was held by those who knew her best. At the grave the Eastern Star lodge conducted the services according to the ritual of the order, consigning to Mother Earth the mortal remains of Grandma White. Her gentle and unselfish life will always remain a memory sweet to those who learned to know and to love her.

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

Wikstrom, Viola Adeline (Lundell) (1921-2016)

Viola Wikstrom
Viola Wikstrom, from TRF Obituaries

Viola Wikstrom, 95, of Thief River Falls formerly of Grygla died Thursday December 22, 2016 at Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, December 30, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church, Grygla, MN, with Rev. Vicki Worthington officiating. Interment will follow at St. Petri Lutheran Cemetery, Grygla, MN.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Friday.

Viola Adeline Lundell was born February 25, 1921 at Minot, ND, where her father was employed as a carpenter. Her parents were Edna (Swanson) Lundell and Lewis M. Lundell. They moved to rural Argyle, MN, where Viola attended country school District #50 with about 30 pupils and one teacher. She attended high school at Stephen, MN, where she worked for her room and board, only coming home once a month.

On June 3, 1939, Viola was united in marriage to Vernon Wikstrom, by Judge Nels Hanson. The first year the couple lived in Kennedy, MN, where they both worked. Viola worked in a restaurant where she was paid $5.00 a week. The couple moved to Grygla, MN in 1940, where they farmed and raised their 4 children. When Vernon died in July 1999, Viola continued to live on the farm almost 10 years longer, after which she moved to Grygla in Senior housing in 2008. The family were members of Minnesota Farmer’s Union Association, where Viola held various offices for many years. They also were members of Marshall County Democratic party, where Viola was chairwoman over 16 years. She also served as 7th District Vice chairwoman for many years. She was a member of Lull Awhile Home Makers for over 65 years. She was a homemaker, loved to cook and bake, especially pies and buns and raised a large garden and had a large strawberry patch.

Viola loved the farm and would help Vernon with haying and at harvest time. She worked 6 seasons at the turkey plant in Thief River Falls. In her older years, she embroidered and made many quilts. Every new baby got an embroidered quilt and she won many Grand Champion Ribbons at the fair.

Vernon and Viola loved to travel by car or bus. They visited every state except Hawaii and every province in Canada. They enjoyed one trip overseas, visiting Sweden, Norway, Germany and Denmark. Viola loved when her family came to visit and all family gatherings.

Viola is survived by children: Allan (Phyllis), Baxter, MN, Jeanne Johnson, Thief River Falls, MN, Dianne (Derwin) Tabor, Maple Plain, MN and Keith (Yvonne), West Fargo, ND; 13 grandchildren; 1 step-grandson, 31 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; sister: Joanne Lucius, Alexandria, MN; sister-in-law: Dorothy Anderson, Osseo, MN; many cousins, nieces, nephews and Vernon’s extended family.

She is preceded in death by husband Vernon; parents, step-father John Anderson, sister Amy and husband Helmer Lind, sister Eunice and husband Smiley Holmes, brother Milo Lundell and wife Barbara, brothers-in-law, Don Lucius, Truman Strand, step-sister Alice and husband LeRoy Adams, step-brother Leonard Anderson, son-in-law Leroy Johnson, daughter-in-law Mable Wikstrom and 2 nephews Loren and Jerry Holmes.

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Wilcox, Charles Richard (1931-2008)

Charles Wilcox, 76, died on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at his home in Thief River Falls, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 14 at the Evangelical Free Church in Newfolden, with Rev. Gary Barrett officiating. Casket beares included Charles’ grandsons. Honorary casket bearers included Charles’ granddaughters. Interment was held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Newfolden.

Charles Richard Wilcox was born on December 2, 1931 to Charles Edwin and Bessie Harriet (Randal) Wilcox in Chouteau, Montana. He spent his boyhood in Montana and then moved to Minnesota. He was thankful for his childhood, growing up with the sheep herders and horses in Montana and the grain farmers in Minnesota. He “got the best of both worlds.” He attended school in Gary.

He was united in marriage to Gertrude TenBos, the mother of his children. They raised their children in Newfolden and Thief River Falls. He drove truck for City Dairy and Holsum Bread. He did janitor work for the employment office. He drove truck for Arctic Cat and retired from Schneider Transport. He then worked part-time for the City of Thief River Falls and also drove school bus.

Charles loved golfing and watching sports. He was a sports nut. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Playing cards with his friends was always enjoyable. He spent many winters in Pharr, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Stratton, Dallas, Texas; five daughters, Peggy (Vernon) Gunderson, Newfolden, Patricia (Jerome) Nelson, Newfolden, Jamie (Michael) Distel, Viking, Julie (Corey) Skjerven, Thief River Falls, Tami Wilcox, Newfolden; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sharon (Wayne) Anderson, White Bear Lake and Joy (Louis) Husman, Becker.

Charles was preceded in death by his son, Charles David Wilcox; parents, brother James Wilcox, and one granddaughter.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

Berggren, Iris Clarinda (Larson) (1926-2018)

Iris Berggren, of Strandquist, MN, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Karlstad Senior Living, Karlstad, MN, at the age of 92

Funeral Service for Iris will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN, with Rev. Elise Pokel officiating. Interment will take place at the Holt Cemetery, Holt, MN.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Iris Clarinda (Larson) Berggren was born on July 21, 1926 to Clarence and Bertha (Moe) Larson, at Golden Valley, a part of Mud Lake, which is now the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge. She grew to an adult in the Holt area. In 1944 she graduated from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, MN. Furthering her education was important to Iris as she was determined and destined to be a teacher.

While obtaining her two-year teaching degree, she met Duane M. Berggren, the love of her life. They were married in June 1951. They made their home on the Berggren family farm, Strandquist, MN. As a farm wife, Duane bragged that there was no one better at forming a perfect haystack. Her son, Gus was born on November 6, 1953.

With her two-year degree complete and family started, Iris began teaching in various schools in Eastern ND and Northwestern MN, She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1962 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and her master’s degree from Moorhead State. She taught public school for nearly 30 years until she was forced to retire due to complications related to arthritis.

In retirement, Iris continued her passion for teaching at Sunday and Bible School at Bethesda Lutheran. She also assisted several people to complete their GED. Bible study was an increased area of interest and she took training in lay ministry. She could often be found cooking, entertaining friends and family, enjoying a Twins game, and caring for others in the Strandquist community.

Iris is survived by her son, Gus (Sue Taylor); acquired daughter, Marian Berggren; grandsons, Anders and Daniel (Jennifer); great-grandchildren, Alison, Haddie and Luke Berggren; sisters, Eileen Johnson and Ardelle Daly; brothers, Clayton and Glen (Marlene) Larson; along with nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Duane; siblings, Vernon and Virgil, Chester, Eleanor, Vivian and Marian.

Funeral Service
Saturday, August 11, 2018 3:00 PM
Johnson Funeral Service – Thief River Falls

Transcribed by: WCS