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    Middle River - Fern Curtiss, 87, Middle River, died on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at her home in Middle River.
     Funeral services were held  Saturday, Dec. 22 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Thief Lake, with Rev. Craig Bowyer officiating. Burial will follow at Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery, Thief Lake.
    Fern Rachel Curtiss was the daughter of the late Edward and Nellie (Maish) Johnson. She was born on Feb. 4, 1925 in rural Beltrami County near Blackduck. She attended Macy country school in Hornet Township. Her family moved to rural Thief River Falls, in 1944. Fern graduated with the Class of 1944 from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls.
    On Dec. 22, 1945, Fern was united in marriage to Carroll Curtiss in Thief River Falls. Their journey of farming began in Whiteford Township in Marshall County. They farmed together for more than 50 years. After retiring from farming, Fern always looked forward to the spring transplanting at Honker Flats Green House. She loved plants and her co-workers were the best.
    She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and was actively involved with the Women's Group and was a past Sunday School Treasurer. She looked forward to meeting with the Senior Citizen's and the Middle River Community Club. Other past interests were the Homemaker's Group and 4-H Leader.
    Fern is survived by three daughters: Geraldine Hodne (Howard), Pamela Nelson (Roger), both of Middle River and Rhonda Beito (Delray), Strathcona. Special niece, Charlene Kuntz (Tom), Grand Forks, N.D.; grandchildren: Paula Peterson, Corey Hodne (Jessica), Kerry Walton, Kelly Nelson, Boe and Bobbi Beito; great-grand children: Erika, Brandon and Brooke Peterson, Paige Hodne and Cooper Walton; sisters: Elsie Vernlund?of Hitchcock,Texas, Eva Krogstad of Grand Forks, ND; brother: Ed Johnson (Gladys), Newfolden; in addition to nieces, nephews and other special relatives and friends.
    She was preceded in death by: husband Carroll; parents, Ed and Nellie Johnson; sisters; Gertrud Hagen, Florence Osmundson and Rose Westrem; brothers: Art, Clarence and Walter Johnson.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Middle River Thief Lake Living at Home Block Nurse Program (Middle River Thief Lake LAH-BNP), P.O. Box 94, Middle River, MN. 56737.
    Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.