Roger & Lois Fjerkenstad

Lois Fjerkenstad died Monday, April 19, 2021 at her home in rural Dawson at the age of 87.

Roger Fjerkenstad died on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Johnson Memorial Health Services at the age of 88.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Baxter with Pastor Lori Wold officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

A walk through visitation will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Baxter from 6-8 p.m. Social distancing will be observed and masks are required.

Lois Ann (Kruger) Fjerkenstad was born on August 17, 1933 in Rheiderland Township, rural Clara City to George and Anna (Gerdes) Kruger. She was baptized on September 10, 1933 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City and confirmed there on March 30, 1947. She graduated from Clara City High School in 1951.

Roger E. Fjerkenstad was born in  Ten Mile Lake Township, Lac qui Parle County on March 29, 1933 to Palmer and Lucille (Danielson) Fjerkenstad. He grew up in the Boyd and Dawson area and graduated from Dawson High School in 1951. He entered the U.S. Army and served his country. He returned to the Dawson area to farm.

Roger and Lois were married on September 26, 1954 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City. They made their home in rural Dawson. Lois and Roger had four girls – Carla, Anita, Gail and Mary. Most of all they cherished the time spent with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lois was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Baxter and was active as a Sunday School teacher and in the Women of the ELCA group. She also participated in homemakers club. Lois enjoyed crocheting, reading, gardening, and walking. Lois’ handiwork was not only a hobby, but a labor of love. Her crocheted hats, potholders, washcloths, afghans and sewn quilts were not only special gifts for her children and grandchildren. She spent years crocheting hats, scarves, potholders and dishcloths; sewing quilts and pillowcases; and donating these items to others in need. While the EXACT number will never be known, she modestly kept a count for only a portion of the time she produced these items and family members found it after her passing. We can safely assume that the number of items she handmade and donated was in the thousands.

Roger was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Baxter and served as Church Council President and Treasurer.  He actively sat on the boards of MCP, Farmers Elevator, the township, Dawson VFW, and Baxter Lutheran for many years. Roger’s favorite past time was woodworking and inventing things in the shop. One of those inventions was a snow blower that he built from scrap metal.  Roger spent much of his spare time after retiring from farming as a self-taught woodworker. He crafted several furniture pieces for their home and other family members including a complete bedroom set for each of his four daughters.

Together they helped establish Minnesota Corn Processors and the Hope Cancer Network. They were also active in seniors group in Dawson and loved to play cards.  They loved to travel with their 5th wheel camper attending area polka festivals and visiting friends from Minnesota to the southern states.

They are survived by their children – Carla (David) Estling of Dawson, Anita (Ronnie) Borg of Clarkfield, Gail (Allen) Hanson of Clarkfield, Mary (Greg Brown) Olson of Montevideo; grandchildren – Courtney (Troy) Hanson, Jason (Tracy) Estling, Ethan Borg, Kaya Borg, Adam (Eva) Hanson, Joshua (Leah) Hanson, Seth Hanson, Aric Olson, Kelsey Olson, and Lindsey Olson; great-grandchildren – Claire, Carlee and Rylee Hanson, Bryce and Bryant Estling, Ella, Andrew, and Eden Hanson, Audrey, Avery, and Adelynn Hanson, and Braxton, Kylen, and Graham Olson; sisters-in-law – Margaret Kruger and Lorna Kruger; Roger’s sister, Diane (Roger) Seefeld; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Anna Kruger; and brothers – Delmer (Shirley) Kruger, Dean Kruger, and Harold Kruger. He was preceded in death by his parents, Palmer and Lucille Fjerkenstad; step-father, Amos Bjerstedt; and a sister, Eleanor Weber.

Blessed be their memory.

Posted online on May 03, 2021