Newfolden – Leanna Bengtson, 62, of Newfolden, died Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D., in the presence of her loving family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Newfolden. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Newfolden.
Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Wednesday.
Leanna Lynn (Sather) Bengtson was born on Aug. 8, 1950 in Thief River Falls, the daughter of William and Gladys (Swanson) Sather. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Newfolden.
Leanna attended school in Newfolden, graduating in 1968 and received her Associates Degree in Business from Northland Community College in Thief River Falls.
On April 19, 1969 Leanna was united in marriage to Lloyd Bengtson. Leanna and Lloyd lived in Bemidji and Thief River Falls before making their home on the Bengtson Family Farm near Newfolden. There they raised their children, Brian and Denae. Leanna was considered a mother by all family members and many others as she operated a home daycare for many years.
Leanna enjoyed making crafts and owned and operated her own business “The Main House.” She was currently employed by the Greater Minnesota Housing Authority in management, working throughout Northwestern Minnesota and primarily in the Warren and Roseau areas. Leanna was also the secretary for Bethlehem Church.
Leanna’s favorite pastimes included reading, and gardening. She was always willing to lend a helping hand, never turning anyone down. Leanna had a heart of gold, always concerned with the cares and interests of those around her. She was the rock that her family and friends could lean on. Always the center of any family gathering, Leanna was instrumental in organizing and hosting any event.
Leanna’s family will remember her as perfect, an angel, and the best wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend.
Leanna is survived by her loving husband, Lloyd; children, Brian Bengtson of Newfolden, and Denae Bengtson (Cy Burrill) of Redmond, Wash.; sisters and brothers, William (Karen) Sather of Lakeville, Linda Culp of Hinckley, Gail Sather of Minnetonka, Kristi McMillan (David Anderson) of Durham, N.C., and Jon Sather of Farmington; brother-in-law, Vernon (Lois) Bengtson of Newfolden; sisters-in-law, Bernice Ueland, of Newfolden, Darlene Chapman of Newfolden, Sandra Bengtson of Middle River, and Marge Bengtson of Gary; aunt, Loretta Prenevost of Red Lake Falls; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.
Leanna was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Alby; nephew, Shane Alby; brothers-in-law, Leonard Bengtson, Arnold Bengtson, and David Culp; many aunts and uncles.
Strandquist – Karen Skadsem, 68, of Strandquist, died Saturday, March 30, 2013 at her home.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Strandquist. Interment will follow at Opdahl Cemetery, rural Newfolden.
A private family visitation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls. Public visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. also at the funeral home, and for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Thursday.
Karen Elizabeth Hendrickson was born in Strandquist on June 4, 1944, the daughter of Elmer and Arlene (Wayne) Hendrickson. She grew up in Strandquist and attended school there.
Following high school, Karen and her husband, Dennis Skadsem lived in Newfolden, before moving to Buffalo, Wyo. In 1972, Karen and her family moved back to the Newfolden area. In 1985, Karen was united in marriage to Willis Skadsem. The couple spent a lot of time traveling for Willis’s work. They retired close to the same time and lived in Strandquist.
In her younger years, Karen worked as a waitress at the Busy Bee Café in Buffalo, Wyo., and also worked at the Newfolden Café. She was employed by Northwest Community Action, Artic Cat in the sewing department and for the Digi-Key Corportation in Thief River Falls.
Karen’s family always came first in her life. She had a heart of gold and was always there to lend a helping hand. Some of her interests included sewing, bingo, playing cards with family, and traveling.
Karen is survived by her children, Brian (Tami) Skadsem of Chisholm, and Jason Skadsem of Newfolden; stepchildren, LuJean Newell of Lengby, Lorna (Scott) Cantrall, Williston, N.D., and Lonnie (Autum) Skadsem of Newfolden; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Skadsem of Newfolden; grandchildren, Corey, Craig, and Jake Skadsem, Zachery Lavinder, Tara and Cole Skadsem, and Savannah Skadsem; step-grandchildren, Nick, Jay, and Kaitlyn Maurstad, Andrea (Nick Jorstad) Maki, Evan Maki, and Hunter, Hallie, Ashley and Keira Skadsem; great-grandchildren, Gage, Kylee and Kayci, Kaycee and Karlee; brothers, John, Larry, and Donovan Hendrickson; uncle, Art (Sharon) Wayne; cousin, Ervin Hendrickson; mother-in-law, Lucile Skadsem, and many other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death is her father and mother; husband, Willis; son, Charles, and her sister, Lois Hendrickson.
Arrangements made by www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.