Area Death Notices

Dan “Danny” Stensrud, 59    
    Thief River Falls
–  Dan “Danny” Stensrud, 59, of Thief River Falls, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at Villa St Vincent in Crookston.
    Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at United Methodist Church in Thief River Falls with Pastor Jeff Gustafson officiating.  
    Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Ecklund-Holmstrom American Legion Post 117, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2793 and Minnesota National Guard Honor Guard.
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Ina Jensen, 91    
    Thief River Falls
–  Ina Jensen, 91 of Thief River Falls, formerly of Highlanding, died peacefully of old age on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls.
    Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Ekelund Lutheran Church, rural Goodridge, with Rev. Kristin Ostercamp officiating. Burial will follow at Highlanding Cemetery west of Highlanding.
    Visitation was held Friday, May 12, and will also be held on Saturday, May 13, one hour prior to the funeral at Ekelund Lutheran Church.
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Gail D. Ziegler, 70    
    Valley City and Grand Forks, ND
–  Gail D.  (Sailors) Ziegler, 70, of Valley City, ND formerly of Grand Forks, ND passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at home in Valley City, ND.
    Her mother Myrtle A. (Hanson) Sailors was born and raised in Newfolden, MN.
    Memorial service will be held at a later date in Thief River Falls, and burial will follow at the Folden Cemetery near Newfolden.
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Gail D. Claffy, 82    
    Rochester and Thief River Falls
– Gail Dianne (Lendobeja) Claffy entered fully into the presence of her Lord and Savior Tuesday May 9, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester surrounded by her loving family.
    A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2124 Viola Rd. NE, Rochester, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment with be held at Grandview Memorial Gardens.
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Miranda Skaaren, 98    
    Bemidji & Thief River Falls
–  Miranda Skaaren, 98 of Bemidji, formerly of Thief River Falls, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 15, 2017 at Cedar Cottage in Bemidji.
    Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, with Rev. John Voelker officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
    Visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the church.
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Dale R. Stoe Sr., 74    
–  Dale Russell Stoe Sr., 74, of Crookston, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND with his family at his side.
    A memorial service for Dale Stoe Sr. will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston with Rev. Greg Isaacson, officiating.
    Visitation with the family will be from 12-2 p.m. Funeral arrangements are with Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home. Memorials to the family preferred.