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Walter Van Eps, age 83, of East Grand Forks, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 at his home, with his family at his bedside. Walter was born on May 2, 1927 in Holland, the son of Walter and Kate (Evink) Van Eps. He grew up in southern Minnesota. On Oct. 12, 1950, he was united in marriage to Clazina VerSteeg in Hancock. They lived in that area until 1956, when they moved to northern Minnesota, settling in East Grand Forks in 1961.
Katherine A. Holden, age 97, of Beardsley, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at Grace Home in Graceville. Funeral mass will be Thursday, Dec. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Beardsley, with Father David Breu officiating. Music will be provided by organist Nita Holker and vocalists Sue Sykora and Stacey Borgheiinck. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be all of her grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be Roger Hendricks, Kenny Hendricks, Shawn Gigrich, Scott Gigrich, Kevin Gigrich, and Joe Doperalowski.
Funeral services for Ben Mikkelson of Hancock will be held Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 10:30 AM at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, MN with Father Tim Baltes officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. He will be buried in St. Malachy Cemetery in Clontarf, MN. Vincent John "Ben" Mikkelson, son of Hans and Rosilia (Daniel) Mikkelson, was the youngest of 10 children. He was born December 26, 1920 in Clontarf, Minnesota.
Funeral services for Gladys L. Kopitzke of Morris, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris. Rev. Dell Sanderson will be officiating. Visitation will be held Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, and for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will take place at the Summit Cemetery in Morris. Gladys Louise Teigen, daughter of Peder and Minnie (Dahl) Teigen, was born May 3, 1920 in Cyrus. Gladys grew up on a farm in the Cyrus area, where she was also baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith.
Funeral services for Ernie Gades will be held on Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holloway with Pastor Donald Klatt officiating. Jackie Schmidt is the organist and accompanied the congregation in the singing of the hymns. Honorary bearers are all other grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Casketbearers are Greg Gades, Aaron Gades, Jason Petrella, Adam Petrella, Collin Gades, Tanner Ludvigson, Matthew Gades, and Anthony Gades. Interment was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Ernest Robert Gades was born Oct.
The funeral for Albert Joos, of Hancock, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the Apostolic Christian Church, near Morris. Visitation will be on Monday from 4 to 8 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and on Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Apostolic Church Cemetery, near Morris. Albert Joos, son of Otto and Rose (Traub) Joos, was born on Dec. 23, 1915 at Stark County in Illinois. When Albert was a young boy, the family moved to a farm near Tinney, Minnesota.
Sheryl "Sherry" Cline, age 53, formerly of the Morris area, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Norden, S.D. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 at Geise Funeral Chapel in Lake Norden. She is survived by one daughter, Geri Timm (Justin) of Watertown, S.D.; two grandchildren; one sister; and four brothers. A complete obituary may be viewed at www.geisefuneralhome.com
Roger David Dufault age 48, of Morris, passed away Oct. 21, 2010. During this holiday season Jennifer, Joseph and Mitchell remember their husband and dad as they embark on the annual trip to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. Much loved, present in spirit and watching over us from heaven, he will be missed. Roger was born May 11, 1962, son of Donald and Jeanne (Morinville) Dufault. Raised in Columbia Heights, Roger graduated in 1980 from Columbia Heights Senior High, going on to earn a degree in Architectural Drafting at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park.
Funeral services for Diana Dickinson of Hancock, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Hancock Christian Reformed Church in Hancock. Reverend Harrison Newhouse will be officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5 to 8 with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Lakeside Cemetery near Hancock. Diana Solberg, daughter of Reuben and Sibyl (Nelson) Solberg was born on Oct. 27, 1929 at St. James.
Memorial services for Elverna Myers of Hancock will be held Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in Hancock, MN. Reverend Julius Miller will be officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. There will be a private family internment. Elverna Delores "Jerge" Jergenson, daughter of Carl and Anna (Simonson) Jergenson, was born December 3, 1922 in Benson, Minnesota, where she grew up and attended school. Jerge graduated from Benson High School in 1940. Following graduation, she worked in Benson till she was married.