Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Jane Trushenski > Mother

     Leona (Ganske) Trushenski passed away May 14, 2018 in Alexandria MN at her home in Nelson Gables a few days after suffering a stroke. Her goal for several years was to live to 100 and she met that goal in January.  She was born January 9, 1918 in Carrington ND to August and Freida (Sonnabend) Ganske. Ten months later her pregnant mother died in the deadly flu epidemic. For the next 7 years Leone lived with her Aunt Ida and Uncle John Kerr in Villard MN. She reunited with her father, brother (Gordon), step-mother (Sophie) and step sister (Vannie) in Montevideo MN where she graduated in 1936. After graduation she worked in a hospital in Chicago for a few years until moving to St Cloud MN.
She met Paul Trushenski while living in St Cloud. Paul’s enjoyment of dancing, hunting and fishing were particular attractions. They married November 12, 1944 while Paul was serving in the Navy. While living in St. Cloud her first two children (Scott and Jane) were born. Shortly after moving to Alexandria, MN in 1950 her third child (Tony) was born.
She liked to sew and made prom dresses and other clothing for her family. Her braided rugs have been used for more than 30 years.  She made choir gowns for Zion Lutheran Church and organized a group to make quilts for those in need. Leone was noted for her cooking and baking but she was especially proud of her lefse making skills. She was active in Zion’s Evening Guild and Altar Guild for 50+ years. She loved card games especially bridge. She and Paul were active in the same 500 Club for over 50 years. She was always proud of the produce from her garden and often canned 100 quarts in the summer. Leone was an administrative assistant for the State of Minnesota, Emergency Services Division from 1961 until retirement in 1982.
She loved her lake home of 32 years on Lake Carlos because it was a natural gathering point for her 3 children and 4 grandchildren. She looked forward to traveling to new locations with friends and family. She even traveled to Egypt in 1991. From 2000-2011 she enjoyed the fellowship of the residents of the Senator Condominiums. Following a broken leg in 2012 she moved to Nelson Gables where she enjoyed the  outstanding staff of that facility.
Leone is preceded in death by her parents, step sister, brother, husband of 64 years, great grandchild Nathaniel Trushenski and nearly all of her 85 cousins. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Scott (Sharon) Trushenski, Jane (John) Floden and Tony (Catherine) Trushenski; her four grandchildren (Todd (Pam) Trushenski, Matt (Tami) Floden, Ryan (Julie) Trushenski and Amy Floden) She also has 7 surviving great grandchildren (Adam Trushenski, Connor Floden, Anna Trushenski, Kaitlyn Trushenski, Emma Trushenski, Dillon Floden and Blake Trushenski).
Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Anderson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.  Memorial service will be held on Monday, May 21, 2018, 11:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

CLASSMATE > Ed Fluegel 04.23.2018

Ed Fluegel  was born in Alexandria on May 25, 1949. He attended Lincoln and St.
Mary’s grade schools, and Central Jr. High. He graduated from Jefferson High
School in 1967 and attended Moorhead State University where he received his
Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1971.
After graduating from college Ed completed post-graduate work in Ohio and then
returned to Minnesota and entered the world of restaurant and food service. He
worked at the Holiday Inn, Arrowwood, and Old Broadway. He managed the
American Legion supper club, and spent many years as the head of food service
for the Alexandria Golf Club.
Ed was an amateur athletic sports fan. He had a passion for Gopher athletics and
was a well-known contributor to the ‘Gopher Hole’ blog entering 15,000 posts.
He was highly regarded in the world of Minnesota Gopher sports. Ed was also an
avid NCAA tournament bracket participant.
Preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary, Ed is survived by his sister
Barbara and his many friends.
Ed will be laid to rest on June 28, 2018 at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 10:00 am.
There will be a celebration of life at the Alexandria Golf Club on Friday June 29,
2018 from 3 to 5.

Monday, April 9, 2018

CLASSMATE > Clifford L Bisek

Clifford L. Bisek died 03-29-18 in Tampla FL
He served 8+ years in the Army (Viet Nam Vet)
He will be buried in the VA National Cemetery at Bay Pines, FL

Dan Hovland > Mother


Evelyn Eileen (Rust) Hovland was born on October 6, 1920, in Lismore, Minnesota to William and Irene (Knips) Rust. She was the first born of four children and grew up on a farm near Lismore. Evelyn went to grade school in Lismore and graduated from Adrian Public School in 1938.

Evelyn was married January 17, 1942, at the Presbyterian Church in Wilmont, Minnesota to Leo Hovland. The couple was blessed with four children, Jimmie, Larry, Danny and Jill. The family lived in several communities before settling in Alexandria, Minnesota in 1957. Evelyn held a variety of jobs. She did housework for neighbors and relatives, worked at an A&W in Denver, CO and on family farms in Minnesota, was an egg candler in Alexandria, and spent over 17 years as a nursing assistant at Bethany Home, working nights on the very floor where she lived out her last years.
Evelyn enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, photography, cooking, traveling and visiting family. She also was a very active volunteer at First Congregational Church, U.C.C. Evelyn was very creative and generous and made countless sets of doll clothes, baby bibs and other handmade items for church bazaars and her family.
Evelyn passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 01, 2018, at Bethany Home in Alexandria at the age of 97. She is survived by her sons, Jim (Lynn) Hovland, of Tampa, FL and Dan (Marlene) Hovland of Willmar, MN; daughter, Jill (Bryan) VandenBosch of Orange City, IA; daughter-in-law, Judith Hovland of LaFayette, GA; 15 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild; sister, Lois Nienkerk of Fairmont, MN; sister-in-law, Marilyn Rust of Springdale, AR; and several nieces and nephews. Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband, Leo; son, Larry; parents, William and Irene Rust; infant sister; brother, Kenneth Rust; and brother-in-law, Merle Nienkerk.
A funeral service was held on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the First Congregational U.C.C in Alexandria with Reverend Scott Keehn officiating. Interment was held in Evergreen Cemetery in Alexandria.
Memorials are preferred to Hospice of Douglas County or the First Congregational U.C.C. in Alexandria.
Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. www.andersonfuneral.net


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

CLASSMATE > Kenneth Dyrstad 01.26.18

Kenneth D Dyrstad DOB: 03.26.1949 ~ DOD:   01.26.2018 / Tulsa OK / Heart related (confirmed by family).   
No other information is available at this time.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Majel Brekke > Mother 12.28.17

Eleanor M Brekke  passed peacefully on December 28, surrounded by family at her side.
Memorial service will be held Friday Jan 5, 11:00 AM at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria.
Visitation one hour prior to service at First Lutheran Church.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Ken Dyrstad > Mother 10.25.2017

    Violet (Ley) Dyrstad, age eighty-nine, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at her home in Nelson Gables.
Vi was born July 3, 1928 to Rudy and Nora Ley. She spent eight years at country school #77, and later graduated from Alexandria High School in 1946. Vi was employed at Alexandria Lumber Company, where she met Donald Dyrstad. They were united in marriage in 1948 at the "old" First Lutheran Church on the corner of 13th and Fillmore. Vi was busy with her family of four children, working at H. Boyd Nelson's and also Douglas County Courthouse for many years. Don passed away in 1979, and Vi purchased Lakes Motel, (with not a penny in her pocket). She also owned Skyline Motel.
Vi was a good cook, she made everything, from lefse to krumkaka and caramel rolls, her son said she made the best chocolate chip cookies in Douglas County!  She loved to sew, crochet, knit and make quilts. Her hands were always busy making gifts for her family. Her saying was "I never charge my family," and she never did. Vi volunteered her time for many years at Knute Nelson Memorial Home and Senior Center.
She is survived by her children, Ken Dyrstad, Curt (Diane) Dyrstad, Carol (Kevin) Larsen and Connie (Rick) Rosengren; three granddaughters, Amanda (Chris) Szczodroski, Jennie (Paul) VonderHaar and Katie Jo Rosengren; four grandsons, Josh (Sheila) Dyrstad, Ryan (Katherine) Rosengren, Riley (Nicole) Rosengren and Tony (Janie) Dyrstad; and twelve great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald; brother, Milton Ley; Diane Dyrstad - Ken's wife, nephew, Keith Ley; and grandson, Jeremiah Dyrstad.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Anderson Funeral Home. Vi's cremated remains were laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery that day. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.