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  • Debra Anne Theisen, 71

    Jul 20, 2024

    Roseau- Debra Anne Theisen passed away on July 13, 2024 at the age of 71 at Greenbush Lifecare Manor in Greenbush. Debra "Deb" Anne Theisen was born July 25, 1952 in Seattle, Washington to Gordon and Lorene (Hirst) Grissam. She had one older sister Janet (Grissam) Van Winkle. Deb graduated from Auburn Senior High School in 1972. She also attended Bismarck State College later on in life. At a young age she enjoyed roller skating, spending time with her many cousins and swimming and hanging out...

  • Penny Marie Erickson, 61

    Jul 20, 2024

    Roseau- Penny Marie Erickson passed away July 11, 2024, after over a year-long battle with Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Most of Penny's life has been spent with her husband, Jeff, and raising her family of three children; Amy, Mark, and Ryan. Penny grew up in Roseau alongside her brother, Rod Eastman. She was raised by Robert "Bob" and Bonita "Bonnie" Eastman. She enjoyed many hobbies growing up such as reading and riding her mini bike. What grew to be her biggest passion began...

  • Crystal Yvonne Brandt Byfuglien, 88

    Jul 20, 2024

    Roseau- Crystal Yvonne Brandt Byfuglien passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at Valley Senior Living, Grand Forks, N.D. She was born on September 23, 1935, the youngest of 11 children born to Gust and Lena (Lisell) Brandt. Her journey began as the first carhop at the Tasty Freeze Drive-In, Roseau where she met the love of her life Kenneth Byfuglien. Kenny and Crystal were married on December 27, 1952. Their union of over 60 years was blessed with nine children, 26 grandchildren, 27...

  • Lavern C. Johnson, 84

    Jul 13, 2024

    Roseau- Lavern C. Johnson of Roseau passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2024 at the age of 84. Lavern (Red) Johnson was born August 4, 1939 to Clarence and Margaret (Bolme) Johnson. Red went to school in Ross through the sixth grade and he went to high school in Roseau. After high school he went into the US Army for two and a half years. Then he went to live in Minneapolis and lived there for ten years. Red met Jean Franke and they fell in love and were married. From that union came Debra, Kaila...

  • Leslie Raymond Swanson, 70

    Jul 13, 2024

    Roseau- Leslie Raymond Swanson was born on September 13th, 1953 in Warren, the son of Raymond A. Swanson and Alice M. (Chruszch) Swanson. He was raised in Warren, confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and graduated from Warren High School in 1971. He graduated college from the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, N.D. with a degree in architectural drafting in 1975. He was united in marriage with Gayle Lund in 1980 and they built their home in Spruce Township in 1984. Les drafted the blu...

  • Betty Ann Thompson, 99

    Jul 13, 2024

    Thief River Falls- Betty Thompson passed away on July 02, 2024 at the TRFCC in Thief River Falls. Betty Ann Ingvalson was born on June 1, 1925, to Joseph and Ella Ingvalson in Beltrami. In 1941 her family moved to Roseau County. She graduated from Badger High School in 1942. On Oct. 17, 1944, she married Andrew Thompson. In 1947 Betty and Andrew bought a farm in Stokes township. They farmed and supplemented their income by working the potato fields in North Dakota in the fall and the beet...

  • Laurie Hart, 68

    Jul 6, 2024

    Greenbush- Laurie Hart, 68, of Greenbush passed away peacefully next to her husband Ian on May 11, 2024 at LifeCare Medical Center. Laurie Kim Hart was born on October 27, 1955, to Kennis and Lila (Lorenson) Anderson in Greenbush. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church in Greenbush, and attended Greenbush School, graduating in 1973. After another couple of years in the area working at Greenbush Nursing Home while back at the school getting a chemistry qualification, Laurie...

  • Don Brekke, 65

    Jun 29, 2024

    Greenbush- Don Brekke, beloved son of Menford and Ruby Brekke, passed away on June 18, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer at Rochester Mayo Clinic in Rochester at the age of 65. He was born May 6, 1959. His birthday became a small holiday within the Brekke family when two of his nieces also came along in 1985 and 1987. Don was raised in Greenbush, where he left an indelible mark on the community. Don pursued his education at Dunwoody College of Technology and forged a successful career...

  • Kenneth (Pinky) Kjos, 80

    Jun 29, 2024

    Badger- Kenneth (Pinky) Kjos passed away May 27, 2024, at LifeCare Manor in Roseau. He was born April 30, 1944 and was the 2nd youngest child of Oscar and Anna Kjos of Greenbush. Ken graduated from Greenbush High School in 1962 and traveled to Eastern Montana with a friend to help him find work. Ken found farm work in Peerless, Montana and ended up staying there most of his adult life. He moved back to the Greenbush area in 2021. Ken met Ellen Hames in 1964 and they married in 1965. They have 4...

  • Robert Gordon York, 71

    Jun 29, 2024

    Grand Forks, N.D.- Robert "Bob" G. York, age 71, of Grand Forks, N.D., died on Friday, June 21, 2024 in his home. Robert Gordon York, a son of Gordon and Elizabeth (Hoff) York, was born on October 27, 1952 at St. Cloud. At a young age he moved with his parents to Grand Forks. Bob was reared and attended school in Grand Forks, graduating from Grand Forks Central in 1970. After his education he moved to Roseau and began working at a grain elevator there. Later he moved to Beulah, N.D. and began wo...

  • Gale Einar Bergren And Lois Yvonne (Bergren) Makoni

    Jun 22, 2024

    Roseau- Gale Einar Bergren passed away peacefully May 7, 2024, at LifeCare Roseau Manor at the age of 70 after fighting multiple health conditions over the past few years. He was born in Roseau on May 19, 1953, to Einar and Thyle (Wiegel) Bergren. Gale had one older sister, Lois Yvonne Bergren. Lois was born in Roseau on July 13, 1949. She passed away from cancer, with Gale at her side, at her home in California on 5/30/2018. Gale graduated from Roseau High School in 1971 and then attended...

  • Morris John Hulst, 84

    Jun 8, 2024

    Roseau- Morris John Hulst was born June 19, 1939 to John and Anna (Skog) Hulst in Roseau. He grew up in Stafford Township and attended country school through 6th grade, then Roseau Public School, graduating in 1957. On June 27, 1964, he married Joan Evans at Salem Church in Malung. He and his dad built the home in Stafford that they have lived in since 1970. He began his career working on roads and bridges with the State Highway Department in 1957. His career continued at the Roseau County...

  • Jean Marie (Kofstad) Johnson, 83

    Jun 8, 2024

    Warroad- Jean Marie Johnson passed away peacefully at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D. on May 29, 2024 at the age of 83 with her devoted husband, Jerry, by her side. Jean was born on October 14, 1940 in Roseau to Nels and Sophie (Vistad) Kofstad. Jean and her siblings attended primary elementary school in Warroad for a couple years and finished her elementary and high school years in Roseau. Growing up in Roseau, Jean babysat for various local families and later worked as a CNA at the...

  • Cassie Hanson, Age 45

    Jun 8, 2024

    Cassie Hanson, Age 45 Formerly of Roseau passed away at her home in Moorhead on February 28th, 2024. A celebration of life for Cassie will take place at The Roseau Community Church at 2:30 on Tuesday June 11, 2024...

  • Jack Olson, March 3, 1952 - November 16, 2023

    Jun 8, 2024

    SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT A Memorial Service for Jack Olson Will occur on June 15, 2024 at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau at 1:00 p.m. With a visitation an hour prior....

  • Dorothy Brewster, 91

    Jun 1, 2024

    Warroad- Dorothy Brewster passed away December 20, 2023 at the age of 91. Dorothy was born on February 8, 1932 at the Warroad Hospital to Harbe (Herb) and Ida (Larson) Halvorson. She attended country school in Swift through the 6th grade when she transferred to Warroad High School, graduating in 1950. Dorothy was married to Jed Brewster for 25 years. They had five children. She was a homemaker for many years, also working at the Marvin office until retirement. She loved to sew and sewed a lot of...

  • Paul Eddie Arveson, 45

    Jun 1, 2024

    Thief River Falls- Paul Eddie Arveson, 45, passed unexpectedly doing what he loved. He was full of life and wisdom, there was never a dull moment when Paul was around. He was loved by all, and meant so much to everyone in his life. When Paul was young his sense of adventure and thrills started early. He had a need for speed and enjoyed jumping his bike into the river as soon as the ice cleared! He had a passion for sports. He played hockey in his youth and then switched to football when hockey...

  • RLou Berenice Norquist, 83

    Jun 1, 2024

    Altadena, Calif.- RLou Berenice Norquist was born March 1, 1941 to Eldor and Olga Norquist (Wicklander) in Roseau. She attended school in Roseau, graduating in 1959. Following graduation, she entered the work force as an employee with Schwintzenberger Insurance Company where she remained for approximately three years. In 1962 RLou left the insurance company to take a position as a bank teller with Citizens State Bank in Roseau, and remained in their employ until she relocated to Southern Califor...

  • Craig M. Bakken, 64

    Jun 1, 2024

    Roseau- Craig Bakken was born on September 20, 1959 in Roseau to Barbara Knochenmus and Torris Bakken. He attend Roseau High School and graduated in 1978. While attending he was a baseball pitcher and football player. He married Beth Appelbaum on April 26, 1986. They had two children Jackie Bakken and Brittany Bakken. He worked at Polaris Industries and after that he worked in the construction field. This brought him to work at both Grand Forks & Minot Air Force bases. He lived in Louisiana for quite a few years doing various construction...

  • Cody Warne, 36

    Jun 1, 2024

    St. Paul- Cody was born on Dec. 10, 1987, to Mylan and Becky Losse in Roseau, joining older brother Brandon in a clan that eventually grew to seven (and a half) over the years. A little over a year later, the duo was joined by a sister, Kati, and ultimately Taylor, Tanner, Kali, and DyAnna. Through marriage, step-brother Connor also joined the fold later on. When Cody was four, he was adopted into the Warne family by Scott and was welcomed by another family that treated him as their own. This... Full story

  • Gladys Marie (Sather) Provance, 98

    Jun 1, 2024

    Roseau- Gladys Marie (Sather) Provance passed away at LifeCare Roseau Manor on May 25, 2024, where she was affectionately referred to as "Gladdy," a moniker coined by one of her favorite caregivers, Robert. Gladys was born to Severin A. Sather and Sophie (Anderson) Sather on April 23, 1926 on the family farm just NE of Starkweather, North Dakota. It was there she grew up, attending school in Royal School No. 2 and Starkweather High School. She continued her education in the College of Home...

  • Peter Loutit Calder, Jr., 79

    May 25, 2024

    Coleraine- Peter Loutit Calder, Jr., age 79, of Coleraine, formerly of Warroad, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2024, at St. Lukes Hospital, Duluth. Peter was born March 31, 1945, in Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada to Peter Loutit and Margaret (Sinclair) Calder. He grew up in Fort Frances and attended Fort Frances Schools. At a very young age Peter began his logging career at a logging camp in Atikokan, Ontario. Because of his young age he started out as camp cook, until he was "old enough" to...

  • Honi Laine Gust, 48

    May 25, 2024

    Strathcona- Honi Laine Gust, 48, of Strathcona passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family on Monday, May 13, 2024 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, N.D. Honi Laine Gust was born October 30, 1975 in Grand Forks, N.D. the daughter of Vernon and Ruby (Folden) Gust. She grew up in East Grand Forks and graduated from East Grand Forks High School in 1993. Honi married the love of her life, Jeremy Kenneth Gust on August 14, 2009 at Hayes Lake State Park by Wannaska. They lived in Grand For...

  • Sheila Marie (Funk) Schmitz, 58

    May 25, 2024

    Spirit Lake- Sheila Marie (Funk) Schmitz, was born July 23, 1965, in Richardton, North Dakota to Nicholas and JoAnn Funk. They later moved their growing family to Red Lake Falls, where Sheila graduated from Lafayette High School. She attended Moorhead State University in Moorhead and received her degree in Elementary Education. On May 27, 1989, Sheila married her high school sweetheart Steve Schmitz, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls. They lived in Roseau, where Sheila began a...

  • Douglas "Doug" Peterson, 77

    May 25, 2024

    White Bear Lake- Peterson, Douglas "Doug", 77, of White Bear Lake, passed away unexpectedly on 5/14/2024. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria (nee Olson); parents, Lawrence and Clarice; and siblings, Roger, Leland, and Colleen. He is survived by his daughter, Kristi (David) Hall; and other family and friends. Doug was born in 1947 and grew up in Roseau. He was a member of the Sons of Norway and enjoyed going to the VFW to watch the games. A celebration of his life was held on...

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