Miscellaneous Douglas County, Minnesota Obituaries


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Roselyn (Giles) Dagenais, 73 
Roselyn was born on February 19, 1924 in Little Falls, Minnesota, the daughter of Stanley and Johanna (Nowak) Yourczek. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith. Rosie graduated from Brainerd High school. 
Roselyn was united in marriage to Richard Giles, to this union three sons were born: Richard Jr., Mike and Tony. During her lifetime Rosie worked as a cook at three different restaurants. She was known to many as Mama Rosa. 
Rosie will always be remembered as an excellent mother, whose children always came first. She will also be remembered for her generosity, cooking Thanksgiving dinner at the Salvation Army. 
Roselyn died on Wednesday, January 7, 1998. She is survived by three sons: Richard Giles Jr., Mike Giles, Tony Giles; two sisters: Virginia (Jean) Dotzler, Isabelle (Issie) Callahan; two brothers: Adrian (Bud) Yourczek, Jerome (Jerry) Yourczek; and two grandchildren, Terri and Tommy. 
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, January 10, 1998, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Gregory Mastey officiating. 
Pallbearers were Ken Walsh, Fred Callahan, Bill Dotzler, Joann Apling, Mary Hubert and Orville Schnetzer. 
Interment was at St. Mary's Cemetery. Services were directed by Petermeier's Alexandria Funeral Home.

Lester Griesert, 67 
Lester R. Griesert, 67, resident of Parkers Prairie, Minnesota, died on January 4, 1998 at Yuma Medical Center in Yuma, Arizona. 
Lester was born July 15, 1930 to Emil and Grace (Terhark) Griesert in Tracy. He grew up in Marshall where he attended school through the 8th grade. As a teenager he moved with his family to Glenwood. In February of 1951 he entered the United States Army and served three years as a paratrooper at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. On May 11, 1952 he married Jean Anderson at the Glenwood Lutheran Church in Glenwood. They made their home in Glenwood and Minneapolis before moving to the farm near Parkers Prairie in January of 1958. Lester worked as a brick layer until he retired. Lester was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in West Miltona. He worked for the Laborers of Christ, building churches and Christian schools after his retirement. In 1994 he sold his hobby farm and moved to his present home on Lake Irene where he enjoyed fishing and hunting. 
Lester is survived by wife Jean Griesert of Parkers Prairie; daughters: Vicky (Brian) Arvidson of Eagle Bend; Beverly Griesert of Cannon Falls; Cynthia (Craig) Rostamo of Bloomington; Wanda (Joe) Frieler of Savage; son: CSM2 E5 Michael (Robin) Griesert of Atlantic Beach, Florida; 10 grandchildren; sisters: Donna Hagen of Detroit Lakes; Dorothy (Pat) Rugh of Los Osos, CA; Marie (Bill) Ogdahl of Glenwood; brothers: Merlin Griesert (Bev) of Healdsburg, CA; Delbert Griesert (Bev) of Robbinsdale; Dale Griesert of Milton, FL; and several nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter Sharon. 
Funeral services were on January 10, 1998 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, West Miltona with Pastor Daniel Woodring officiating. Organist was Katie Jahnke and soloist Lynn Sutherland. Interment was in the St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, West Miltona. 
Pallbearers were Steven Hagen, Wm. Curt Ogdahl, Nathan Arvidson, Bonnie Rostamo, Jeremy Arvidson and Don Anderson. 
Honorary pallbearers were Roger Affeldt, Neil Garrett, Ed Faber, Joe Hellerman, Charles Betterman and Dale Downing. 
Arrangements were with the Markham-LaMere Funeral Home, Parkers Prairie.

Elna Karger, 86 
Elna Karger, age 86, of Parkers Prairie, died Monday, January 5, 1998 at the St. Williams Living Center in Parkers Prairie. Funeral services will be Friday, January 9, 11 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. Interment will be at the Elmo Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Markham-LaMere Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Melvin Kracht, 72 
Melvin was born on December 15, 1925 in Courtney, North Dakota, the son of Eric and Emma (Krueger) Kracht. He was baptized and confirmed in Courtney. As a young man his family moved to Minnesota. 
He married Arlene Nelson on September 9, 1950 at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria. The couple farmed north of Nelson in the early years of their marriage on the farmplace Melvin owned for 45 years. They moved to Nelson in 1961. Melvin later took courses to earn his GED. He became a plumber-pipefitter and worked at this trade until his retirement in 1987. 
Melvin passed away on Monday, January 5, 1998. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Arlene; children: Richard (Irene) Kracht of Dubuque, Iowa; Judy (Larry) Ahlbrecht of Nelson; John (Betty) Kracht of Columbia Heights; Randy (Paulette) Kracht of Alexandria; Susan (Steven) Proell of Greenwald; 12 grandchildren; and sister, Betty Judkins of Sun City, Arizona. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eric and Emma; brothers: Ernie, Herbert and twin brother Alvin; and an infant granddaughter Sarah. 
Mr. Kracht was an active resident of the City of Nelson serving in city government for 25 years as mayor, councilman and city clerk. He was a member of the Nelsons Men's Club and worked in his retirement years as the city maintenance person doing the towns mowing and snow removal. 
Melvin was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and served over the years on the boards of education and church properties. Melvin was especially proud of his grandchildren and their achievements. 
He was an avid gardener, planting a large variety of trees. He also enjoyed following the Carlos baseball team. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. 
Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 8, 1998, 11:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Reverend Stephen Bruening officiating. Organist was JoNette Brogaard. 
Pallbearers were his nephews Gary Kracht, Larry Kracht, Ray Kluver, Gary Nelson, David Nelson and Clyde Nelson. 
Interment was at the Sunset Memorial Park in Alexandria. Services were directed by Petermeier's Alexandria Funeral Home. 

Rose Middendorf, 50 
Rose Mary H. Middendorf, age 50, of Melrose, Minnesota, died on Tuesday, January 6, 1998 at her home. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 9, 1998 at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. The Reverends Art Hoppe, Vincent Lieser and Greg Lieser officiating with burial at Saint Rose of Lima Cemetery in Saint Rosa. 
Rose Mary was born September 27, 1947 in Lake Henry, Minnesota to Alfred and Julitta (Meyer) Lieser. She was united in marriage to Lawrence "Lorney" Middendorf on May 28, 1966 in Lake Henry. The couple lived in the Saint Rosa area and Rose Mary was employed by Kraft Foods West in Melrose for 13 years. She was a member of the Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Saint Rosa. She was also a member of the Saint Rosa Catholic Aid Society, the Saint Rosa Christian Mothers, the Melrose Hospital Auxiliary, the Melrose American Legion Auxiliary, the Albany Sportsmen's Club and the Roving Hillbillies Snowmobile Club. 
She is survived by: husband Lawrence "Lorney" Middendorf of Melrose; five children: Bruce Middendorf and wife Teri of Alexandria; Scott Middendorf and wife Sandra of Saint Cloud; Brad Middendorf of Minnetonka; Ryan and Nathan Middendorf at home in Melrose; six sisters and four brothers: Eldred Lieser and wife Marilyn of Paynesville; Lee Lieser and wife Kathy of Farming; Gary Lieser and wife Sandi of Saint Martin; Fred Lieser and wife Sandy of Saint Joseph; Rita Nietfeld and husband Ray of Belgrade; Marlene Athmann and husband Norm of Paynesville; Julie Fischer and husband Vic of Paynesville; Dellie Walz and husband Duane of Foley; Pat Schoenberg and husband Tom of Saint Cloud; Sharon Christen and husband Dennis of Albany; and grandchildren: Miranda and Bailey Middendorf. 
She was preceded in death by her parents. 
Casket bearers were Doug Walz, Kelly Schoenberg, Amy Tschida, Eric and Tobe Lieser and Randy Athmann. 
Cross bearer was Ben Christen. 
Honorary bearers were Mary Toenyan, Char Westendorf, Judy Ritter, Rosie Kerfeld, Jeanette Kerfeld, Sue Toenyan, Irene Boeckermann, Diane Kerfeld, Verla Herzog, Linda Bauer and Judy Hennen. 
Arrangements were with the Patton-Schad Funeral Service of Melrose.

Iona Julia Norden, 79 
Iona Julia Norden was born May 17, 1918 in Spruce Hill Township, Douglas County, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Francis and Olga (Johnson) Engstran. Iona attended rural school and graduated from Alexandria High School. Prior to her marriage, Iona worked as a cashier at the Andria Theater in Alexandria. 
On December 4, 1941 Iona was united in marriage with Dr. Laverne Norden at Svea Lutheran Church, Alexandria. Following his discharge from military service in 1946 the couple made their home in St. Paul where Dr. Norden established his dentistry practice. The couple moved to Alexandria in 1976. Dr. Norden died in 1982 and Iona continued to live at their home on Maple Lake until her death. 
Iona had a musical talent and enjoyed playing the piano. She was very interested in politics. Her home on Maple Lake afforded her the opportunity and enjoyment of caring for animals. 
Iona is survived by two sisters: Mabel Aaser of Osakis and Doris (Mrs. Larry) Fender of Cedaredge, CO; sister-in-law Maxine Engstran of Minneapolis and several nieces and nephews. 
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband and brother Warren Engstran. 
A funeral service was held January 10, 1998 at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria with Reverend Dan Christ officiating. Kim Byrne provided music. 
Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery with Tim Aaser, Dan Aaser, Jon Fender, Reed Engstran, Ross Engstran and Judd Hoff acting as pallbearers. 
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home. 

Richard Rude, 66 
Richard (Dick) James Rude, age 66, died at his home in Alexandria on January 6, 1998. Dick was born September 27, 1931 at Perley, Minnesota the son of Iver and Martha (Qualley) Rude. Following graduation from the Borup High School in 1949, Dick worked on farms in the area. He then began employment with the American Crystal Sugar Plant in Moorhead. 
On April 10, 1959, Richard and Ruth Rasmussen were united in marriage at Twin Valley. Three daughters, Rhonda, Renae and Roselyn were born to them. 
Dick worked for the Farmers Union Oil Company at Ulen until 1961 and then began management of the company's station in Browerville. The family moved to Starbuck in 1966. In September of 1976 Dick started his work at the Farmers Union Oil Company in Morris and the family moved there in 1977. During the 29 years that he worked for Farmers Union Dick delivered propane gas, serviced furnaces and did chemical spraying. He later worked for the Boelke Plumbing and Heating as an appliance serviceman until being diagnosed with cancer in 1988. Dick and Ruth became residents of Alexandria in November of 1997. 
Dick had many interests including fishing, hunting, gardening and sports. He also spent considerable time volunteering as a driver for senior citizens and assisted them with income tax preparation. He was known as the family handyman, but the time he spent with his grandchildren was of foremost importance to him. 
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Irwin; and two sisters: Irene Snyder and Doris Merkins. 
Surviving him are his wife, Ruth; three daughters: Rhonda and husband Doug Navratil of Alexandria; Renae and husband Bill Nepper of Glenwood; Roselyn and husband Dan Codner of Isanti; four brothers: Joe Rude of Temple, TX; Chester Rude of Ada; Donald Rude of Borup; Iver Rude of Sun Lakes, AZ; sister: Helen and husband Pete Hekman of Ada; eight grandchildren: Andy and Aaron Navratil; Kalyn Nepper; and Adam, Jason Darren, Lisa and Linsey Codner; and also many nieces, nephews and friends. 
A funeral service was held on January 9, 1998 at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria with Loren Quick and Craig Winquist officiating. Vocal duet music was provided by Rodney and DeLoris Larson accompanied by Ruth Anderson. DeLoris Larson also served as organist. 
Darrell Gulbrandson, Hans Ekman, Richard Bullick, Curtis Beckler, Paul Anderson and Daryl Quick served as pallbearers. Interment was in Kinkead Cemetery. 
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Beatrice Yell, 85 
Beatrice Yell, 85, resident of Parkers Prairie, Minnesota died on January 7, 1998 at the Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood. 
Beatrice was born December 25, 1912 to Conrad and Gertrude (Stoleaas) Peterson in Cooperstown, North Dakota where she attended school. She was united in marriage to Floyd Yell on January 3, 1931 at Kensington. They lived in Kensington, Herman and Barrett before moving to Parkers Prairie in 1956 where they lived until entering the Glenwood Retirement Village in 1996. She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. Beatrice enjoyed her family and loved their get-togethers. 
She is survived by her husband Floyd Yell of Parkers Prairie; daughters: Mona (Lloyd) Johnson of Clear Lake; Eunice (Arlen) Anderson of Glenwood; Beverly Lee of Alexandria; Linda Yell of Minneapolis; sons: Dennis (Sue) Yell of Kasson; Arlen (Cynthia) Yell of Alexandria; 16 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; sister Lillian Harris of Porterville, CA; brother, Johnny Peterson of Everett, WA; and nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Kenneth Peterson and sister Pauline. 
Funeral services were held on January 10, 1998 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Pastor Jim Gronewold officiating. Organist was Ethel Lorine. Interment was in the Swedish Lutheran Cemetery, Parkers Prairie Township. 
Pallbearers were her grandchildren Gary Johnson, Dana Anderson, Mark Anderson, Scott Lee, Wayne Anderson, Mitchell Anderson, Garrett Yell, and Grant Yell. 
Arrangements were with the Markham-LaMere Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie.

Rodney Johnson, 43 
Rodney Lee Johnson died at the age of 43 in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 10, 1998 of cancer. 
He was born in Osakis to Ivan and Esther Johnson. Rodney battled kidney disease as a child and spent much time in and out of hospitals and foster care. He loved to play horseshoes and drew many blue ribbons. He also enjoyed fishing. Rodney will be missed by his family and friends. 
He is survived by his special friend, Barb Quinn of Minneapolis; his mother Esther Johnson of Washington, formerly of Alexandria; sisters and brothers: Faye and Roger Helms of Kerkhoven; Darrell and Cathy Johnson of Tacoma, WA; Thelma Johnson of Alexandria; Jeanette and Rueb Moser of Princeton; Genny Johnson of Milaca; Mike Johnson of Mississippi; Everette Johnson of Princeton; Arvilla and Joe Wheelhouse of Rapid City SD; and many nieces and nephews. 
Rodney is preceded in death by his father Ivan; great grandparents; grandparents; niece Gail; and uncles, Cliff, Raymond, and Bill Johnson. 
Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 15, 1998 at Living Word Compassion Center in Minneapolis. Burial was at Lakewood Cemetery.

Judith Kari, 42 
Mrs. Carl (Judith) Kari, 42, of rural Elbow Lake, Minnesota, passed away Monday, January 12, 1998 at the Grant County Health Center in Elbow Lake. Funeral services were held on Friday, January 16, 1998 at 1 p.m. at the Country Bible Church, rural Ashby, with Reverend Steven R. Quernemoen officiating. Burial was in the Erdahl Cemetery, Laurel McDonald was soloist and special music was also provided by the Country Bible Church Worship Team. 
Pallbearers were Micah Beaumia, Michael Beaumia, Chad Danzeisen, Brad Deutschman, Dan Goergen and Gene Hanson. 
Judith Kay (Nordquist) Kari was born September 29, 1955 in Wadena, Minnesota to Martin F. and Louise (Henry) Nordquist. Judy was baptized as an infant at home in Sebeka and water baptized as an adult at the Country Bible Church, Ashby. On February 14, 1976, Judy was married to Carl Orin Kari in Clarissa. Judy was a devoted wife to her husband Carl and mother to her son Ryan. Her mother and extended family were also very important to her. 
Judy was very active in her church. What she enjoyed doing the most was sharing her faith in Jesus Christ. She did this through personal street ministry, teaching Sunday school, prayer meetings and local Bible studies. Judy was attending Country Bible Church School of Ministry and would have graduated in May of 1998. She also enjoyed flowers, both inside her home and in the garden; she looked at them as thoughts from her heavenly Father. 
Judy will be sadly missed by her husband Carl and son Ryan Lee Kari of Elbow Lake; her mother Louise Tullis of Wadena; four brothers: Dwaine Nordquist of Elk River; Larry (Brenda) Nordquist of Clarissa; John (Julie) Nordquist of Vergas; David (Melanie) Nordquist of Wheaton; two sisters: Cheryl (Chuck) Butler of Elk River; Nancy Moske of Wadena; 30 nieces and nephews and many, many friends. 
She was preceded in death by her father Martin Nordquist, an infant brother, and maternal and paternal grandparents. 
Arrangements were with the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home in Elbow Lake.

Ida Krueger, 104 
Ida Krueger was born May 12, 1893 in Holloway, Minnesota, the daughter of Herman and Mathilda (Ruether) Krueger. She grew up in Holloway and attended high school there. After graduating from high school she worked at the Fisher Department Store in Holloway and later at the Leader Store in Appleton. In 1928, she moved to Osakis and began working at the Herberger's Store there. When Herberger's Department Store was built in Alexandria, Ida accepted a transfer. She became the buyer for ready-to-wear clothing for ladies and children. She also did the purchasing for the draperies department. After 27 years with Herberger's in Alexandria, Ida retired. 
She has been a member of Calvary Lutheran Church since 1945. Ida entered Bethany Home in March of 1988 where she died January 12, 1998. She had recently celebrated her 104th birthday. 
Preceding Ida in death were her parents; three brothers: Herman, Otto and William Krueger and a sister, Elizabeth Schulz. 
Surviving Ida are a niece, Lucille and husband, David Knapp, Sr. of San Jose, CA; and three great nephews: David Jr. and wife Mary Knapp of San Jose, CA; Gregory and wife Linda Knapp of Morgan Hill CA; and Dr. Jonathan Knapp of San Jose CA. 
Funeral services were held January 15, 1998 at Calvary Lutheran Church with Reverend Keith Forrester officiating. Music was provided by Becky Worley, organist and Sandy Buckner, soloist. 
Interment followed in Kinkead Cemetery with Murville Huberty, Herman Felt, Earl Olson, Pete Barthelemy, Jon Barthelemy, Lester Olson and Harland Angen serving as pallbearers. 
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

John Lacore, 47 
John Kenneth Lacore was born December 15, 1950 at Luverne, Minnesota, the son of Kenneth and Colleen (Kontz) Lacore. He attended St. Anthony's Catholic School in Lismore and graduated from Adrian High School in 1968. He then continued his education at Worthington Junior College and St. Cloud State University. Jack served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge from the Navy he attended the University of Minnesota at Morris and the University of Minnesota at St. Paul, graduating with a degree in soil science. 
Jack was united in marriage to Agnes "Aggie" Wagner on September 8, 1973 at Millerville. They lived in Floodwood where they renovated an old farmhouse and buildings. From 1977 to 1980 he was employed by the Soil Conservation Service in Little Falls and Aitkin. While in Aitkin he managed Pro Farm Supply. In 1984 they moved to Arkansas where Jack worked for the Farmer's Home Administration. They moved to Sioux Falls in 1985 and Jack continued working for FmHA in Parkston, South Dakota. Later in 1985 he became employed by the Corps of Engineers in Idaho, where he conducted elk mitigation studies. He then managed a limestone quarry for the Nez Perce Indian Tribe in Idaho. They moved to Golden Valley, North Dakota where Jack was an environmental specialist for the Indian Head Mine in Zap, North Dakota. In 1992 they returned to Aitkin where he was engaged in organic farming on their acreage. He was also an organic farm certification inspector and conducted soil surveys and mappings. 
Jack enjoyed reading, playing cards and many outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, camping and gardening. 
Jack died Wednesday, January 14, 1998 near St. Cloud having attained the age of 47. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth P. Lacore in 1994. 
Those grateful for having shared his life are: his wife, Aggie, Aitkin; his mother, Colleen Lacore, Sioux Falls, SD; one brother, Kevin and his wife Sheri, Denver, CO; four sisters: Jeanne Obele and husband Bob, and Ann Marie Sehr and her husband, Richard all of Sioux Falls, SD; Lisa A. Waldkirch and her husband, Mark, Winchester, KY, and Shannon Lacore, Mankato; 25 nieces and nephews; and five great nieces and nephews. 
Christian Memorial Mass was held on Monday, January 19, 1998 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with Monsignor James Andraschko and Father David Krogman officiating. 
Special music was provided by Barb Evans, Carol Nasser and Susie Rallis. 
Pallbearers were his nephews. Interment was in St. Anthony's West Catholic Church in Lismore. Graveside services were conducted by servicemen of the VFW and American Legion. 
Arrangements were with the Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Dorothy Eilers, 85 
A funeral service For Dorothy Eilers was held Monday, January 19, 1998 at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria, Minnesota. Pastor Dan Christ officiated and Kim Byrne served as soloist and pianist. 
Honorary pallbearers were Curt and Lila Drager, Herb and Anice Beseman, Lowell Drager and Kayla Sobiech. Interment will be at the Springbrook Cemetery in Swanville. 
Dorothy was born to Daniel and Clara (Edden) Campbell on June 5, 1912 on her grandparents' homestead in Culdrum Township near Little Falls. She attended a neighborhood country school through grade 8. Upon graduation she devoted her time to caring for her elderly parents. 
Dorothy was married to Emmett Eilers on October 2, 1940 and together continued farming the original Campbell homestead until their retirement. At that time Dorothy assumed a part-time position at the Swanville post office in Morrison County. 
Dorothy especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and traveling the country, both with her children and brothers and sisters. The family shared many years of happy memories with Dorothy from family gatherings at the home place. She enjoyed camping and fishing at Lake Winnebigoshish and tending to her garden and yard. She remained on the Century Farm until the fall of 1995 when she moved to Bethel Manor in Alexandria. At the time of her death on January 17, 1998 she was a resident of Bethany Home. 
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Emmett; and brother Howard Campbell. 
Dorothy is survived by her son, Terry and wife Pauline Eilers; daughter, Clarice and husband Gerald Getz, all of Alexandria; a brother Leland and wife Vollie Campbell of St. Cloud; two sisters: Mabel Drager of Swanville; Evelyn Christle of St. Cloud; sister-in-law, Iris Campbell of Sauk Centre; four grandchildren: Amber Getz and Jason Eilers both of Alexandria; Coreen Schoep of Montevideo and Taryn Gease of Coon Rapids; and two great grandchildren, Danielle and Colton Schoep. 
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

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