Miscellaneous Douglas County, Minnesota Obituaries


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Alfred Bjorstrom, 99 
Alfred Bjorstrom, age 99, of Osakis, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, December 26, 1997 at the Community Memorial Home in Osakis. 
Alfred Gerhard Bjorstrom was born on June 13, 1898 in Little Sauk Township, Todd County, Minnesota to Robert and Inga (Ingebretson) Bjorstrom. 
On September 6, 1924 Alfred was united in marriage to Judith Olson in Minneapolis. They lived and worked in the city for 12 more years. Alfred worked as the lead man for a construction crew and in the evenings as an elevator night watchman. In 1936 they moved back to the area where Alfred grew up and began farming. They farmed and lived in Little Sauk Township for their remaining 65 years of marriage. Judith died November 29, 1989. Alfred lived on the farm another seven years until January of 1997 when he moved to the nursing home in Long Prairie and then to the Osakis Memorial Home in March of 1997. 
Alfred was a member of the Long Bridge Lutheran Church in Little Sauk and served on the church and cemetery boards. He also was the one who took care of the communion set for many years. 
Alfred had a life long interest in woodwork and made many woodworking projects over the years. He liked doing lathe work and made many beautiful pieces of furniture. He will be remembered for his green thumb each pumpkin season, raising some record size. The largest weighed in at a whopping 227 pounds. He loved country living and spending time with his family. He almost always had a wad of snoose between his lip and gum and could be found working on jigsaw puzzles in his later years. He was a hardworking, loving father, grandpa and brother who will be fondly remembered by his family and friends. 
He is survived by his sons, Ray and Velma Bjorstrom of Osakis, Alden and Dorothy Bjorstrom of Long Prairie and Gary Bjorstrom of Osakis; five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; two sisters, Edna Bjorstrom and Ida Blaylock, both of Minneapolis. 
Preceding him in death are his parents, wife Judith, an infant daughter, four brothers and six sisters. 
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 31, 1997 at the Long Bridge Lutheran Church with Reverend Steve Hilde officiating. Music was provided by organist, Alvina Vickstrom and soloists, Ray and Nora Mikkelson. 
Casketbearers were Ray, Gary, Alden, Bob, Arlan and Larry Bjorstrom. 
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home, Osakis.

Orlyn Holen, 78 
Orlyn M. Holen, age 78, of Alexandria, Minnesota, formerly of Lowry, died at her home in Alexandria. 
A memorial service was held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Hoplin Funeral Chapel. Interment was in the St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Lowry. 
Orlyn was born on the family farm January 1, 1920 in Reno Township, Pope County, of the parents Alfred and Minnie (Loftingmoe) Anderson. After graduating from Glenwood High School in 1938 she attended St. Cloud Teacher's College and received her teaching degree from the University of Minnesota. Orlyn was united in marriage to Oscar A. Holen on June 24, 1956 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lowry. She taught at several schools including rural Lowry, Benson and Roseville until her retirement. 
Orlyn served as church organist for many years. She enjoyed playing the organ, reading romance and WWII novels and reading the Bible and devotional books. 
Orlyn is survived by her sister Lorraine (Elmer) Anderson of Lowry; sisters-in-law, Norma (Art) Jorgenson of Bismarck, ND; Ruth Larson of Williston, ND; nephews: David Anderson of New Brighton, Dennis (Andrea) Anderson of Perry, OH; nieces: Susan (Greg) Odel of Bismarck; Jane (Mark) Koski of Alexandria; 12 great nephews and nieces; one great great niece; and one cousin Lois (Myron) Bredeson of Robbinsdale. 
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Oscar in 1990 and nephew, Daniel Anderson. 
Arrangements were with the Hoplin Funeral Home.

Donald Kremin, 69 
Donald William Kremin was born November 9, 1928 to Erwin and Minnie (Schaffran) Kremin in Underwood Township, Redwood County, Minnesota. He was baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church in Vesta and attended country school in District 66. He was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran in 1942 and graduated from Milroy High School in 1946. 
Following graduation he served two years in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific. 
Don married Phyllis Meier on November 7, 1948 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Vesta. They lived in Redwood Falls where he worked at Gambles as a manager trainee until 1950. From 1950 through 1969 he worked for Midland Cooperatives managing gas station and fertilizer operations at Scenic City Co-op in Redwood Falls and Marshall County Co-op in Warren. 
On November 1, 1969 Don and his family moved to Glenwood where he bought a plumbing and heating firm which he owned and operated for 23 years before retiring in 1992. 
Don had a great love for traveling, construction and all things mechanical. He enjoyed his retirement years wintering in the Rio Grande Valley of Southern Texas. 
Out of love for his Savior Don led an active church life, serving on church boards and councils at St. John's Lutheran of Vesta, St. John's Lutheran of Redwood Falls and Calvary Lutheran of Glenwood where he was treasurer and Sunday school teacher for many years. He enjoyed the privilege of serving as a delegate to two Synod conventions; one at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and the other, this past summer, at Watertown, Wisconsin. 
Don is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 49 years; three sons and one daughter: Barry Kremin and Kim, Steve Kremin and Diane, and Boyd Kremin all of Glenwood and Denise Smith and Kim of Rapid City, South Dakota; six grandchildren:: Sara and Krista Kremin, and Abby and Mitchell Kremin all of Glenwood, and Wyatt and Kelly Smith of Rapid City; his mother Minnie Kremin of Litchfield; two brothers, Orville Kremin of Vesta and Warren Kremin of Redwood Falls; and one sister, Leora (Mrs. Willard) Erickson of Litchfield. 
He was preceded in death by an infant son in 1963; father Erwin Kremin in 1969; two sisters, Ardyce McDermott in 1986 and Doris Kraemer in 1996; and brother LeRoy Kremin in 1990. 
Funeral service was Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Glenwood. Interment was in the Glenwood Cemetery. 
Arrangements were with the Hoplin Funeral Home, Glenwood.

Ginette Krook, 71 
Ginette Krook, 71, of Glenwood, Minnesota, died on Tuesday at the Glacial Ridge Hospital. 
Funeral services were on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Glenwood Lutheran Church. Interment was in the Glenwood Cemetery. 
Ginette was born in Oran, Algeria on March 24, 1926, of the parents Michael and Marie (Gourion) Polonsky. Ginette came to the United States in September of 1946 to marry Lynn Krook. She was baptized on December 3, 1946 at Glenwood Lutheran Church and married Lynn on December 7, 1946, also at Glenwood Lutheran Church. She lived her entire married life in Glenwood. 
Ginette was active in the VFW Auxiliary and women's group at Glenwood Lutheran Church for many years. She also taught French for one school year at Villard High School. She enjoyed camping, fishing. bowling, playing bingo and card parties with her friends and spending time with her family. 
Ginette is survived by her husband, Lynn of Glenwood, sons, Allen (Deborah) of Maple Grove and Craig (Terry) of Eagle Lake, daughters, Vickie (Bruce) Store of Alexandria, Pat (David) Perryman of Glenwood and Michelle (Mark) Halls of Brooten, 16 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, brother, Marcel Chen of Paris, France, cousin, Roland (Arlette) Chouraqiu of Limeil Brevannes, France and many nieces, nephews and friends. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Rene and twin great granddaughters. 
Arrangements were with the Hoplin Funeral Home, Glenwood. 

Norma Maus, 84 
Norma Maus, age 84, of Osakis, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 1997 at the Community Memorial Home in Osakis. 
Norma Minnie Harth was born on February 4, 1913 in Waite Park to Frank and Edith (Bartel) Harth. On May 1, 1936 Norma was united in marriage to Jess B. Maus in Sauk Centre. They farmed for over 50 years on their farm east of Osakis. Norma had just moved into town to the Manor Apartments in June of this year. She had entered the nursing home the last week before she died. 
Norma was a member of the Osakis Lutheran Church and belonged to the Rebekah Circle. She was a past Sunday school superintendent at the Sauk Valley Lutheran Church. She was an Avon representative for many years and had worked for four years in the housekeeping department at the Community Memorial Home. 
Norma had many interests and friends. she loved to play cards, especially crazy cinch and belonged to a homemakers group. She was happy living and working in the country. She raised a big garden each year and canned many fruits and vegetables to feed her family all year. She was an excellent cook who always had fresh baked goodies on hand to feed all who stopped in to visit. She was a loving mother and grandma who will be dearly missed by her family and friends. 
She is survived by her children, Dwayne and Faye Maus of Osakis, Marlys Anderson of Port Charlotte, Florida, Phyllis and Roger Christianson of Brandon, Darwin and Carol Maus of Osakis; 11 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. 
Preceding her in death are her parents, stepfather, John Emmeck; husband, Jess on October 7, 1995; granddaughter Karen Christianson; son-in-law, Arnold Anderson and three brothers, Norbert, Rolland and Jerold Harth. 
Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 3, 1998 at 2 p.m. at the Osakis Lutheran Church with Reverend Ron Calvert officiating. Music was provided by organist, Pat Converse and soloists, Ray and Nora Mikkelson. Interment was at the East Evergreen Cemetery in Osakis. 
Arrangements were with the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis.

Blanche Murray, 82 
Blanche Murray was born on April 21, 1915, in Hartland, North Dakota, the daughter of Albin and Inga Larson. Blanche was raised in North Dakota, attending country school. 
In 1935 Blanche was united in marriage to Russell B. Murray in Sannish, North Dakota. The couple moved to Minnesota in 1937 near Hoffman and in 1957 the family moved to the state of Washington until 1961 when they moved back to Minnesota. Russell died in 1963 and Blanche continued to live in Hoffman until 1980 when she moved into the Bethel Manor Apartments in Alexandria. In 1985 Blanche moved into the Bethany Home where she continued to live until her death on January 2, 1998. Blanche loved to play cards, crocheting, crafts and especially enjoyed growing her roses. 
Blanche was preceded in death by her parents; two sons: Ricky and Neddy; husband Russell; brothers and sisters: Alice, Bernice, Lawrence, Floyd, Marvin and Virgil. 
She is survived by children: Donnie Murray of Wenatchee, Washington; Janet Swor of Alexandria; Lennie (Jane) Murray of Alexandria; Barry (Joyce) Murray of Maple Grove; Terry (Jean) Murray of Grand Forks, ND; Dale Murray of Alexandria; brothers: Harold Larson of Hoffman; Bobbie Larson of Okanogan, Washington; sisters: Delores Ducette of Dos Palos, CA; Betty Wilberg of Alexandria; Elaine Moon of Okanogan, WA; Doris Waughn of Barrett; Donna Torgerson of Hoffman; Mary Ann Haagenson of Bloomington; special friend: Ruth Fulweiler of Wenatchee, WA; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. 
Funeral service was held on Sunday, January 4, 1998 at 7:30 p.m. at the Anderson funeral Home Chapel, Alexandria with Reverend Dan Christ officiating. Dan Olson was the soloist and Diane Alveshere the organist. 
Interment was in the Land's Lutheran Cemetery, Hoffman. 
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Lilian Nattestad, 83 
Lilian J. Nattestad was born on April 15, 1914 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the daughter of Otto G. and Agnes (Olson) Johnson. She graduated from Brandon High School in 1932 and then attended and graduated from the Duluth School of Nursing in 1935. On December 23, 1938 Lilian was united in marriage to Fredric I. Nattestad in Brandon. The couple then lived in Des Moines, Iowa for a short time before moving to Minneapolis when Lilian began her career as an industrial nurse for Prudential Insurance Company where she was employed for 23 years. 
Lilian spent much time tending for her roses (gardening) and also pursued travel throughout her life. In August of 1986 she moved to the Knute Nelson Memorial Home where she continued to live until her death on December 31, 1997. 
Lilian is survived by brother: Winston Johnson of Brandon; four nieces and two nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Warren Curtis Johnson and her husband Fredric who died on July 31, 1971. 
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 5, 1998 at First Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park at 11 a.m. Interment was in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis. Officiating was Reverend John Hinderlie. Organist was Leonard Danek and soloist, Dorothy Danek. 
Pallbearers were Paul Johnson, David Johnson, Loren Bailey, Susan Johnson, Ruth Hystead and Karen Johnson. 
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Vernon Olson, 87 
Vernon Olson, 87, of Minnetonka and formerly of Alexandria, died January 4, 1998 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria with Reverend Ken Thiele officiating. Interment will be in Kinkead Cemetery. Friends may call at the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

John 'Roger' Moe, 73 
John Roger Moe was born on July 18, 1924, the son of Johnnie and Mabel (Ranstedt) Moe. He attended grade school in Solem Township and graduated from Kensington High School. 
Roger was united in marriage to Grace Russell on February 14, 1965. Throughout his lifetime Roger worked as a carpenter and helped others with their projects. 
Mr. Moe died on Friday, January 2, 1998 in Alexandria. He is survived by his wife, Grace of Farwell; step children: Carol Hanson of Malvem, Pennsylvania; Arlys Smith of Laguna Vista, Texas; Sharon Munoz of Grafton, North Dakota; Wallace Russell of Apple Valley; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; two brothers: Lyle Moe of Willmar and David Moe of Kensington. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and step son, Wayne Russell. 
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 6, 1998, 2 p.m. at the Solem Lutheran Church in Solem Township with Reverend James Radatz officiating. 
Honorary Pallbearers were Delmore Gustafson, Clifford Peterson, George Volkert, Bob Volkert, Bob Torgerson and Einar Bakke. 
Pallbearers were his grandsons: David Phelps, Randy Phelps, Brent Phelps, Craig Phelps, Kevin Russell, Mark Russell, Bob Russell and Tim Russell. 
Interment was at the Solem Lutheran Cemetery. Services were directed by Petermeier's Alexandria Funeral Home.

Rholene Salisbury, 76 
Rholene Salisbury was born October 4, 1921 in Clinton, Minnesota to Henry and Rhobie (Schell) Haas. 
On June 6, 1942 she married Richard Nelson of Ortonville. From this union was born a son, Richard Nelson, Jr. Following the death of her first husband she married Elery Salisbury on June 26, 1946. From this union three daughters and six sons were born. 
After her children were grown she owned and operated Taco John's in Alexandria for seven years. She then served as a cook and companion for seasonal residents in Alexandria. 
Rholene enjoyed many athletic activities, such as softball, golf, bowling, fishing and was an avid Twins fan. 
Her strongest conviction was her faith. After accepting Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade she dedicated her life to service and ministry which included short-term mission trips to Florida and Mexico as well as supporting a child in India through World Vision. 
Her generosity and service to others was represented by the many lives she touched. After raising her own children she became involved with the Foster Grandparent program and served as a foster parent and opened her home as an emergency shelter. Her life demonstrated what Christ taught His followers. She will have many jewels in her crown. 
Rholene passed away on December 26, 1997 at her son's home in Big Lake. 
Rholene is survived by sons: Richard Nelson, Jr. (Beth) of Orono; Lynn (Carolyn) Salisbury of Big Lake; Lee Salisbury of Hoffman; Neil (Janet) Salisbury of Ellsworth, Maine; Noel Salisbury of Dallas, Texas; David (Pat) Salisbury of Alexandria; Alan Salisbury of Montrose; daughters: Ardee Craig-Rosencrantz and husband Jim of Rockford; Lori Keller of Oakdale; brothers: Henry Haas of Mahtomedi; Donald Haas of Sun City, Arizona; David Hass of Plano, Illinois; sisters: Helen Mikkelson of Harvard, Illinois; Naurine Stenzel of Rockton, Illinois; Donna Doll of Ravensdale, Washington; 20 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 
Preceding Rholene in death were her parents, daughter Ellen, and two brothers, Robert and Richard. 
Funeral services were held Monday, December 29, 1997 at the First Baptist Church in Alexandria at 11 a.m. Interment was in the Clinton Cemetery, Clinton. Reverend Daryl Knappen officiated with Jim Pennie, organist and Dwayne Soderholm, soloist. 
Pallbearers were Reed Salisbury, Kevin Salisbury, Gene Haas, Dwayne Haas, Eric Jergenson, and Gary Elvecrog. 
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

John Schmitz, 28 
John Patrick "Pat" Schmitz, 28, of North Mankato, Minnesota, formerly of Villard died on Sunday, January 4, 1998 at Immanuel St. Joseph Hospital, Mankato from injuries sustained in a fall. 
Pat was born in Glenwood on October 7, 1969 to John and Jean (Swenman) Schmitz. He graduated from Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Florida and attended Moorhead State College and South Central Technical College. He worked for Farm and City Construction in St. Clair for several years and was currently employed with Gosewisch Construction. He enjoyed being with friends, working, snowmobiling, motorcycling, lifting weights, basketball, football and hunting. He was a member of the Villard Methodist Church. 
Pat is survived by his fiancee, Sharon Studinski of North Mankato; parents, Jean Schmitz of St. Petersburg, FL and John Schmitz and special friend Nancy Lyman, both of Cyrus; son, Anthony Frederick of Glenwood; sister, Jill (Steven) Blashack of Alexandria; brother, David Schmitz of Stillwater; grandparents: August Schmitz of Villard and Evelyn O'Toole of St. Petersburg., FL; and niece and nephews: Zachary Blashack, Christopher and Corey Schmitz and Travin and Valerie Schmitz. 
He was preceded in death by grandmother, Ada Schmitz; brother, Michael; and uncle Art. 
Patrick touched many by his zest for life and genuine concern for others. 
Funeral service was on Thursday, January 8, 1998, at 2 p.m. at the Villard Methodist Church. Interment was in the Lake Amelia Cemetery. 
Arrangements were with the Hoplin Funeral Home, Glenwood.

Florence Shippey, 86 
Florence Evelyn Swenhaugen was born November 14, 1911 in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, the daughter of Paul and Nettie (Howe) Swenhaugen. She attended school in White Bear Lake. As a young woman she worked as a waitress at restaurants in Starbuck for Henry Hanson. Later she worked at Traveler's Inn at Alexandria. Florence was joined in marriage to Delbert Shippey in Alexandria. She worked for the JC Penney Company as a sales clerk for 40 years and worked another 10 years at Bon Jos in Alexandria before retiring. 
Florence was a former member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and doing crafts. 
Florence died at Bethany Home in Alexandria on Thursday, January 1, 1998 at the age of 86. She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert. Florence is survived by two sisters, Arlene Lofquist of Glenwood and Olive Dahlquist of Starbuck; three brothers, Marvin Swenhaugen of Seneca, IL; Arvid Swenhaugen of Ottawa, IL; and Mayland Swenhaugen of Sun City, AZ; and her special friends, Leo Doebber and Barbara Dehne. 
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 1998 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ with Reverend Lanning Johnson officiating. Music was provided by Marcie Vickerman, soloist and Audrey Palmquist, organist. 
Interment followed in the Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria. Pallbearers were Wayne Dehne, Jake Dehne, Michael Berninghaus, Jerry Lanigan, Larry Gasperlin and Leighton Dahlquist. 
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Leila Starkey, 85 
Leila Starkey, age 85, of Fargo, North Dakota, died December 24, 1997 at Elim Nursing Home in Fargo, North Dakota. A memorial service was held on Monday, December 29, 1997 at First Lutheran Church in Fargo. 
Leila Pilversack was born at Markesan, Wisconsin on May 13, 1912. She grew up and attended school in Miltona, Minnesota. She married John Starkey on July 12, 1931 in Rochester. They farmed near Parkers Prairie. Her husband John died in 1966 at which time she moved to Fargo. Leila was the House Mother at the Theta Chi Fraternity at NDSU from 1968 through 1970. She then worked as the Resident Director at St. Luke's School of Nursing in Fargo from 1972 through 1982 when she retired. 
She is survived by two daughters: Jan (Ted) Shelver, Devils Lake, ND and Jeri (Ken) Magnuson, Fargo; sisters: Grace Nelson, Wayne, NJ; and Elva Pilversack, Winter Park, Florida; three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 
Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo, North Dakota, was in charge of arrangements.

Lenora Strehlo, 88 
Lenora Strehlo departed for her heavenly home on Wednesday, December 24, 1997. Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 27, 1997 at 2 p.m. at the Erdahl Lutheran Church with Reverend Ruth Hetland officiating. Burial was in the Erdahl Lutheran Cemetery. 
Providing music were Renee Mohagen, organist and Dean Ellis, soloist. 
Casketbearers were Greg Ellingson, Thomas LeSage, Steven Gerhardson, Shawn Simonson, Jeff Driggins and Gordon Lea. 
Lenora was born on All Saints Day, November 1, 1909 in Erdahl, Minnesota to Carl Annaus and Ida (Thompson) Westboe. She was baptized and confirmed in the Erdahl Lutheran Church. Lenora graduated from high school in Elbow Lake in 1927 and continued her education at Park Region College for teacher training in 1928. She taught for two years at District 44 and three years at District 58 in rural Erdahl. On January 31, 1934, Lenora was married to Arnold G.W. Strehlo in Elbow Lake. The couple lived in Erdahl for many years. Mr. Strehlo passed away on September 26, 1972. Lenora lived in the Tower Apartments, then Southview Apartments and most recently a resident of the Crestview Manor in Evansville. 
Mrs. Strehlo enjoyed the community of Erdahl, her church, and loved writing. She was a Sunday school teacher for many years, an ELCW officer, 4-H leader and Study Club charter member. 
She is survived by her children, Lou Ann (Mrs. Arlie) Ellingson of Evansville, Beverly (Mrs. Gordon) Gerhardson of Brooklyn Center, and Arlen (Sheila) Strehlo of Lindstrom; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Doris Driggins of Morris, three sisters-in-law, Irma Barrett of Cambria, Evelyn Strehlo of Minnesota Lake and Grace Strehlo of Evansville. 
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, one brother in infancy, brother Kenneth Westboe and one great grandson, Lucas Moll. 
Arrangements were with the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Elbow Lake.

Mary Tolifson, 90 
Mary Tolifson was born on November 9, 1907 at Melvin, Iowa the daughter of George and Gertie (Lutterman) Defries. In 1919 she moved with her parents to Windom, where she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. 
On December 24, 1938 she married Ernest Tolifson. They farmed in the Windom area until 1949 when they moved to Alexandria. There they owned and operated the Maryland Resort on Lake Mary. In 1956 they moved to the Brandon area where they farmed and had different interests. 
Mary died on December 24, 1997 at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria at the age of 90. She is survived by four sons and one daughter: Nathan and wife Madeline of Alexandria; Russell and wife Shirley of Kensington; Donald and wife Belinda of Phoenix, Arizona; Gerald and wife Sonia of Glenwood; Doris and husband Roger Garmon of St. Cloud; 15 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; two sisters and one brother. 
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Ernest, four brothers and one sister. 
Funeral service was held on Monday, December 29, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church in Brandon with Reverend Alden Backman officiating. Music was provided by Bernie Thoennes who served as soloist and Audrey Palmquist, organist. 
Interment was in the Brandon Cemetery. Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria, was in charge or arrangements.

Effie Zavadil, 85 
Effie Zavadil was born on September 24, 1912 in Iowa the daughter of P.O. and Anna Wickstrom. She attended school in Iowa and later rural District 50 near Alexandria. She grew to womanhood in the Alexandria area and later moved to South Minneapolis where she worked at Swedish Hospital, retiring in 1977. Effie moved back to Alexandria in 1996. She was a very religious lady who was an active member of Assembly of God - Lake Street Tabernacle Church. She died on December 26, 1997 at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria at the age of 85 years. 
Effie is survived by son: Darwen (Yvonne) of El Cajon, California; sister: Viola Sellin of Minneapolis; grandchildren: Pam (Todd) Rothenberger of Alexandria; and Mark (Lori) Zavadil of El Cajon, California. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Lee, Allen, Rolland and Carl; and three sisters: Elsie, Betty and Eleanore. 
Funeral service was held on December 30, 1997 at 10 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend James Resa officiating. Kim Byrne provided the music. 
Interment was in the Kinkead Cemetery. Anderson Funeral Home of Alexandria handled the arrangements.

Elsie Anderson, 94 
Elsie Mae (Rayl) Anderson was born on April 14, 1903 in Iowa, the daughter of Alvin and Mary Jane (Reevis) Rayl. She attended grade and high school in Iowa and received her degree in nursing. 
Elsie was united in marriage to William E. Anderson in 1928 in Grant County. 
Mrs. Anderson died on Friday, December 12, 1997 at the Grant County Health Center in Elbow Lake. She is survived by three children: Chuck Anderson of Boyceville, WI; Alma Warlich of White Bear Lake; Wilma Oss of Columbia, Missouri; six grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and two sisters: Ruth and Edna. 
Memorial services were held on Monday, January 5, 1998, 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Elbow Lake with Reverend Louis Koerselmann and Reverend William O. Gilbert officiating. 
Inurnment will be at the Lawrence Cemetery in Wendell. Services were directed by Petermeier's Alexandria Funeral Home. 

Sidonia Brueske, 88 
Sidonia Brueske, 88, of Alexandria and formerly of Garfield, died January 4, 1998 at the Douglas County Hospital. A funeral service will be held Friday, January 9, 1998, 11:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria with interment to follow in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery at Garfield. Visitation will take place on Thursday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Charles Chan, 93 
Charles Matthew Chan was born February 20, 1904 in Lake Reno Township to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Chan. He attended rural school and then began his life's work as a farmer. 
Charles passed away December 23, 1997 at the Pelican Lake Nursing Home in Ashby. He was 93 years of age. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel. Charles is survived by three children: Jerry Chan of Minneapolis, Harlan Chan of Cyrus and Kathy Strand of Morris. Also surviving him are 11 grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren. 
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home of Alexandria.

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