Miscellaneous Douglas County, Minnesota Obituaries

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Emma A. Shoemaker, 94
Emma Adelia Shoemaker was born on August 23, 1905, in North Dakota, the daughter of Andrew and Bertha Hausken. She was united in marriage to Henry T. Shoemaker on May 19, 1922, and the couple lived in the Brandon area before moving to Alexandria. Emma worked at the North American Creamery in Alexandria and also as a nurse's aid at the Shogren Nursing Home on 6th Avenue and later at the Bethany Home. Following her retirement she volunteered at the Klothes Kloset in Alexandria. Emma enjoyed children, baking bread and collecting dolls. She died on Saturday, February 19, 2000 at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria at the age of 94 years.
Emma is survived by her grandchildren: Larry (Mary) Shoemaker of Alexandria; Susan (Kenneth) Schleif of Minneapolis; great-grandchildren: Wendy (Marc) Townsend of Plymouth; Kim Shoemaker of Alexandria; Dawn Shoemaker of Alexandria; Matthew Schleif of Minneapolis; Amy Schleif of Minneapolis; great-great-granddaughter, Hayley Faith Townsend; daughter-in-law Dorothy Shoemaker of Minneapolis; and great niece Marlys (Dale) Nichols of Alexandria.
Emma was preceded in death by her parents; sons: Harvey Shoemaker of Minneapolis and Arlington Shoemaker of Alexandria; five brothers: Tony, Edwin, Alfred, Lawrence and George Hausken; sister, Ida; daughter-in-law, Helen Shoemaker and three infant children.
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 21, 2000 at 11 a.m. from the Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Reverend Keith Forrester officiating. Organist was Becky Worley and soloist was Harland Angen. Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Alexandria.
Pallbearers were Otto Vendell, Larry Shoemaker, Bill Johnson, Bruce Erickson, Kenneth Schleif and Matthew Schleif.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.
 
Ruby Nelson, 78
Ruby Nelson, age 78, of Kensington, Minnesota, passed away.
Funeral service was on Saturday, February 26, 11 a.m. at the Oscar Lake Lutheran Church in Farwell.
Ruby was preceded in death by her husband Edrald; son Keith; two grandchildren; four brothers; and one sister.
She will be deeply missed by children: Linda (Dennis) Brozek; Sandi Bennett (special friend Ray Bakke); Mark (Debbie) Nelson; Paul (Jackie) Nelson; daughter-in-law Georgia Nelson; sisters; Pearl Anderson, Della Stavos, Luella Gulbransen, Fran Blehr; 16 grandchildren: Scott Brozek, Shaun Brozek, Greg Bennett; Sue Acker, Fred Bennett, Brandt Nelson, Shannon Nelson, Jason Nelson, Ryan Nelson, Jessica Nelson, Kelly Nelson, Justin, Jared, Dillon Nelson, Austin Nelson and Sierra Nelson.
Interment was at the Oscar Lake Cemetery in Farwell.
Arrangements were made by Methven-Taylor Funeral Homes in Columbia Heights.
 
Anna Wagner, 100
Anna Wagner was born on March 14, 1899, to Anton and Mary (Roers) Koeplin. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church of Millerville. Anna attended country school through the eighth grade.
Anna was united in marriage to Michael Korkowski on July 1, 1924. To this union a daughter was born. Michael died in February of 1925.
In 1930, she was married to Cyril Wagner and the couple moved to his farm. To this union four children were born. Cyril died in April of 1954. In 1962 Anna moved to Millerville and in 1979 she moved to Alexandria. Mrs. Wagner loved to quilt, garden, play cards and enjoyed bingo. She was a member of Christian Mothers.
Anna died on Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home. She is survived by four children: Elreen and husband Bob Coates of Alexandria; Marlene and husband Richard Suchy of Underwood; Roger Wagner and wife Shirley of Brandon; Marvin Wagner and wife Darlene of Brandon; 26 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Clara Lorsung, Kate Lorsung of Alexandria, Vern Polaski of St. Cloud; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands; son, Dale; parents; two sons-in-law; four sisters; two brothers; one grandchild; and four great-grandchildren.
Christian Mothers Rosary was held on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 7 p.m. with a parish Prayer Service at 8 p.m. at Petermeier's Alexandria Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, March 1, 2000, 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria with Father Al Ludwig officiating. Musical selections were by Carol Wagner and Kim Byrne.
Pallbearers were Steve Wagner, Don Wagner, Bob Wagner, Curt Thompson, Ron Thompson and Bryan Klimek.
Interment was at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Cemetery in Millerville.
Services were directed by Petermeier's Alexandria Funeral Home.

DeWitt 'Gene' Carlson, 69
DeWitt "Gene" Carlson, age 69 of Miltona, Minnesota, died at his home on Wednesday, February 23, 2000.
Gene was born February 26, 1930, to Enoch and Sarah (Barrett) Carlson in Newell, South Dakota where he attended school. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on May 26, 1946 and was honorably discharged on April 19, 1949. He then attended one year of college at Spearfish, South Dakota. Gene was united in marriage to Eleanor Richerson on May 12, 1955 in Igloo, South Dakota. For 27 years he worked for the sheriff's department of Denver, Colorado and then for Martin Marreitta Corporation as security officer. Gene's hobbies included fishing, hunting, gun smithing and painting. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Miltona and the Alexandria American Legion Post #87.
Gene is survived by his wife Eleanor M. Carlson of Miltona; daughter LouAnn Thornberg and husband Dennis of Lakeville; three sons: Eugene Carlson of Alexandria; Craig Carlson and wife Juanita of Tucson, Arizona; Eric Carlson and wife Linda of Miltona; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild, Connor Bedeaux; two sisters: Helen Mattox and husband Harold of Riverton, Wyoming; Norma Richerson and husband Don of Susanville, California; and two brothers: Curtis Carlson and wife Nancy of Tonophah, Idaho and Richard Carlson and wife Alice of Alaska. He is preceded in death by his son Brad Carlson-Moren and his parents.
Funeral services were held February 26, 2000 at 11 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church in Miltona with Pastor Kenneth Thiele officiating. Organist was Kevin Lee.
Pallbearers were Eric Carlson, Craig Carlson, Eugene Carlson, Dennis Thornberg, Joshua Thornberg and Thomas Bedeaux.
Military Rites were by the Alexandria American Legion Post #87. Interment was in Spruce Hill Lutheran Cemetery, Spruce Hill Township.
Arrangements were with the Markham Funeral Home, Miltona.

Jessie Wilke, 100
Jessie M. Wilke celebrated her 100th birthday among friends and relatives at Bethany Home this past May, 1999. She was born on May 11, 1899 in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, the daughter of William and Emma (Kemp) Keene.
After many years in the grain elevator business in North Dakota and Minnesota, the Wilkes moved to Garfield, Minnesota upon retirement. They lived there for 25 years. Jessie enjoyed reading and fishing. She was active with the Senior Citizens and St. Luke's Church. Ernest died in 1984. Jessie moved into Bethany Home in 1989 where she participated in the Senior Council.
Jessie died on February 20, 2000. She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest of 56 years; brothers: John and Walter Keene; sisters: Jessie's twin sister Bessie Valenta, Myrtle Wood, Mable Smith and Ruth Wyatt; two grandsons: one great-grandson; and son-in-law Leon Strickler. Jessie is survived by son Bernard and wife Jeanne of North St. Paul; daughter Jane Strickler of Battle Lake; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; nephew Wallace and wife Carol Valenta of Bella Vista, AZ; and a niece Marjorie Sitz of Marion, ND.
A funeral service was held on February 23, 2000 at the Bethany Home Chapel in Alexandria with Reverend David Gran officiating. Music was provided by Kathy Kasten, organist and Lawrence Erickson, soloist.
Interment was in St. Luke's Cemetery in Garfield. Pallbearers were Donald Ogren, Howard Linser, Richard Strickler, James Babcock and Laura Kleinschmitt.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.
 
John Romain Lake, 73
John Romain Lake, age 73, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, died suddenly February 7, 2000 in Phoenix, Arizona.
John was born in Grenora, North Dakota on April 22, 1926. He spent his childhood in North Dakota and Alexandria, Minnesota. He graduated from Alexandria High School in 1944. He served honorably in the Naval Air Corps and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1948. He was a life-long teacher. He taught mathematics at Cloquet High School until 1958 when he moved to White Bear Lake. He taught at Mahtomedi High School until 1967 when he moved to Lakewood Community College after receiving his M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Arizona. He taught mathematics there until his retirement in 1986.
He married Dagny Johnsrud on September 29, 1950 and they had two sons Jack and Philip. John and Dagny lived in White Bear Lake for 42 years and were members at First Lutheran Church for this entire period. John served previously on the Church Council and many other church committees. In their retirement they spent winters in Phoenix, Arizona. John and Dagny were blessed by their four granddaughters, Katrina, Chelsea, Natalie and Naomi. They loved to travel and enjoyed the company of many friends and very special relatives.
John will be greatly missed by his wife of 49 years Dagny; sons: John and wife Mamiko, Minneapolis; Philip and wife Vanessa of Chicago, IL; 4 granddaughters; brother Rollo and sister-in-law, Ann of Underwood; sister, Janet Norquist of Batavia, Illinois and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gustav and Anna Lake.
John will be remembered for his commitment to public education, his devotion to his wife and family and his gift for good conversation with family and friends, old and new.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at First Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake.
Arrangements were with the Havenor Funeral Chapel.

Marie O. Helberg, 90
Marie O. Helberg, 90, of Kensington, Minnesota, died Wednesday at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris.
Marie Olivia (Larson) Helberg was born in Nora Township, Pope County, January 27, 1910 to the parents Olaus and Ruby (Hagen) Larson. She was baptized February 20, 1910 with sponsors being Grandpa and Grandma Hagen, Mina Braaten and Knut Larson. She was confirmed at Nora Lutheran on October 5, 1924. She was united in marriage to Emil Adolph Helberg on March 29, 1933 at the Cyrus parsonage.
Marie's mother and aunts taught her the fine arts of being a strong woman, a true help-mate to her husband and a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Marie was, above all things, a woman devoted to her Triune God and lived her life in a quiet, conservative and God-fearing manner. She repeatedly answered her call to serve by being an active member in the Nora Ladies Aide, holding offices including president of the organization; teaching Sunday school for many years as well as being superintendent of Sunday school, Luther League advisor, singing in the church choir, sewing countless quilts for missions and making wonderful baked goods and hearty dishes for church events. Marie truly enjoyed being a part of the Kensington area community which, in her later years, included the companionship of peers at the local 50+ Club where she volunteered often for kitchen duties. Marie and her husband Emil were named Douglas County Senior Citizens for their active roles in the local and county community.
Marie loved to go fishing with her husband, Emil, and made the most wonderful fried sunfish and crappies. She had a green thumb that was second to none as anyone who ever saw her gardens could attest. Marie was a hard-working woman who always had time to help someone else. She loved family gatherings and was truly in her element surrounded by her relatives and friends while serving them her wonderful comfort foods of hot dishes, meats, home-grown vegetables, fresh-from-the-oven white bread and sweet desserts including Jello with fruit in it. Marie was the ultimate hostess, always ready and waiting for guests to drop by.
Marie is survived by her daughter, LaVerne (Marvin) Edblom of Hoffman; son, Roger (Audrey) Helberg of Hoffman; seven grandchildren: Sheila Haack, Nancy (Bryan) Anderson, Paul Hagstrom, Cynthia (Matt) Revering, Mark Hagstrom, Darwin (Sue) Helberg and Jeanine (Joe) Peyerl; eight great-grandchildren: Crystal (Matt) Gapp, Kyle Haack, Ashley, Joshua, Lindsey Satre, Darion and Colden Helberg and Brandon Anderson; four sisters: Myrtle Luthi of Hancock, Pearl (Omer) Christianson, Emma Barsness of Bloomington and Florence (Norman) Schwendeman of Inver Grove Heights; brother-in-law Harold (Bonnie) Backlund; two sisters-in-law, Mabel Helberg and Beverly Larson; and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Emil in 1986, two sisters, Clarice Larson and Edna Backlund, brother, Leonard Larson, two brothers-in-law, Everall Barsness and Albert Luthi, grandson-in-law, Daryl Haack, two great-grandchildren and twin grandsons.
Funeral services were on Monday at 2 p.m. at Nora Lutheran Church, Kensington with Reverend James Radatz officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Hoplin Funeral Home in Glenwood.

Mary Ripley Hibbard, 82
Mary Ripley Hibbard was born on July 30, 1917, in Riceville, Iowa, the daughter of H.E. "Slim" and Lucy (Hendricks) Ripley. Mary's parents moved to Alexandria, Minnesota in 1920 where she attended school and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1935. She was a member of the Alexandria Drum and Bugle Corps throughout her high school years. She attended St. Cloud Teachers College and taught school in a one room school house in Alexandria.
Mary was united in marriage to Gordon A. Hibbard on June 9, 1943.
Mary passed away at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida on February 19, 2000 at the age of 82. Mary had spent the last 25 winters in Largo, Florida. She spent 17 of those years as President of the Town and Country Seminole Shuffle League. Mary was also on the Board of Directors at Town and Country Mobile Park.
Surviving are her four children: John (Cheryl) Hibbard of Minneapolis; Mary Anne (David) Estenson of Minneapolis; James (Laurie) Hibbard of Eagan; Margaret (James) Hernlem of Red Wing; nine grandchildren; sister Dawn R. Wolliscroft of Largo; and one sister-in-law Millie Ripley of Brainerd. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gordon and brother Doug Ripley.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, February 25, 2000 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria with Reverend Al Ludwig officiating. Music was provided by Carol Hagen, Tom Mulder and Kim Byrne.
Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Alexandria. Pallbearers included her nine grandchildren James, Erica, Nicholas and Gretta Hernlem and Cory, Ryan, Kelly, Molly and Travis Hibbard.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.


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