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Genevieve Aslagson, 81
Genevieve Aslagson was born November 7, 1916 on the family farm in Holmes City Township of Douglas County, Minnesota. Genevieve was baptized and confirmed at Trysil Lutheran Church and attended the Pocket Lake School District #4. Following graduation from Alexandria Central High School in 1935, Genevieve was employed at Bethany Nursing Home until 1941. At that time she moved to Port Orchard, Washington and resided with her aunt and uncle, Reverend A.T. and Ida Moen.
Genevieve was united in marriage with Edwin Loftus on February 7, 1945 at First Lutheran Church of Port Orchard by her uncle, Reverend Moen. A daughter and son were born to the couple. In addition to caring for her family, Genevieve worked at the Retsil Nursing Home and later at the Puget Sound Navel Shipyard.
Following Edwin's death in 1972 Genevieve was reacquainted with Alden Aslagson. They were married March 25, 1978 at the home of her daughter Cheryl. The couple returned to Minnesota and made their home in Holmes City Township. They would have observed their 20th wedding anniversary in a short time.
Genevieve's Christian faith was evident in her daily life. She was involved in many church activities including choir, the Ladies Aid, and sewing quilts for mission projects. Genevieve enjoyed doing handwork, crocheting, embroidery and working crossword puzzles.
A quiet, peaceful death came to Genevieve at her home in Holmes City Township. On January 19, 1998 she was received into the loving arms of her Savior with the confidence of eternal life.
Preceding her in death were here parents; her first husband Edwin Loftus; three brothers: Orville, Milford and Vernon Gulbranson.
She is survived by her dear husband Alden Aslagson of Holmes City Township; daughter Cheryl and husband Ron Kinney of Port Orchard, WA; son, Noel and wife Pat Loftus of Cibolo, TX; a step-son, Paul and wife Joni Aslagson of Alexandria; two step-daughters: Joan and husband Jerry (Albers) of Villard; Carol and husband Gerald Garrelts of Alexandria; two brothers: Iver and wife Evelyn Gulbranson of Alexandria; Irvin Gulbranson of Port Orchard, WA; four grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and 9 step-great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held January 24, 1998 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Holmes City with Reverend Shelly Olson officiating. Jan Myhr served as organist and Harland Angen was the vocal soloist. Honorary pallbearers were Iver Gulbranson, Irvin Gulbranson and William Guiles. Interment will be in the Sunset Lane Cemetery in Port Orchard, WA.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home Alexandria.

Harold Hertel, 68
Harold (Bud) W. Hertel, 68, of Alexandria, Minnesota and formerly of Bertha passed away at the Community Memorial Home in Osakis on Saturday, January 24, 1998.
Harold was born in Moran Township near Bertha on August 25, 1929, the son of Harold H. and Carrie A. (Dittus) Hertel. He spent his grade school years in country schools, graduating from Bertha High School. Before and after serving 21 months in the Army in Korea he worked with his father as a carpenter/mason.
On June 17, 1956, Harold was joined in marriage to Evelyn Voge of Bertha. He worked for a wholesale grocer in Wadena, later Bertha for a few years before moving to Alexandria where he worked for Ludke Co., Inc. Wholesale Grocer for over 30 years delivering to stores in Alexandria and working in the warehouse and freezer departments.
He has been a member of the Methodist Church all his life, first at the Moran Church, the South Bertha Church and later the Alexandria United Methodist Church.
His hobbies were gardening, fishing and being outdoors watching nature. Spending time with his family was very important to him.
Preceding him in death were his parents Harold H. and Carrie A. Hertel and two brothers, Phillip and Robert.
Harold is survived by his wife Evelyn; daughter, Alice of Plymouth; three sons: Calvin (Mary) of Sauk Rapids; Richard of Brooklyn Center; Douglas (Wendy) of Pensacola, FL; three grandchildren: David, Lorena and Jessica; one sister Katherine Sanderson of Lakeland; and one aunt Wilma Swanson of Eden Prairie.
Funeral services were held at the United Methodist Church on Wednesday, January 28 at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Bill Rowen officiating.
Pallbearers were Roger Hertel, Mike Bernstetter, Dale Paine, Tony Faust, Bernie Korkowski, and Lamont Mounsdon. Honorary pallbearers were family and friends.
Interment was in the Kinkead Cemetery. Services were directed by Petermeier's Alexandria Funeral Home.

Mathias Klimek, 94
Mathias Klimek, age 94, of Urbank, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday, January 24, 1998 at the Veterans Hospital in St. Cloud.
Mathias Joseph Klimek was born on August 12, 1903 in Leaf Mountain Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, to Peter and Lucy (Klimek) Klimek. He was the first boy baptized at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Urbank by Father Urbanke. He attended Sacred Heart Elementary School. He attended Little Falls Business College and graduated in 1922. He served for 22 years in the Army Air Force, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the American Defense Service Ribbon during WWII as a Communications Chief, serving in Honolulu and the Fiji Islands. After his retirement from the military, Math worked as a motel clerk in Kansas City for many years. He retired and had spent the last 27 years back in Urbank.
He was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Parish. Math was the one who sent in the daily cards with poems or riddles for the KXRA radio birthday club. He was an avid football and baseball fan, who had played a lot of baseball himself when he was young.
He is survived by his brother, Nicholas Klimek of Sauk Rapids and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers: Theodore, Paul, Alexander and Andrew Klimek; four sisters: Anne Guenther, Theresa Woida, Sr. Perpetua, O.S.F., and Mary Klimek.
Mass of Resurrection was held on Tuesday, January 27, 1998 at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church in Urbank with Father Jeff Ethen officiating. Lector was Joe Dorn Jr. and crossbearer was Kevin Suchy. The giftbearers were Kayla Kelly. Melissa Waldorf, Julie and Kami Jesnowski. The Eucharist minister was Joseph Klimek, and the servers were Isaac Dorn, Ryan Suchy, Jason and Justin Fiedler. Musicians were organist, Tonya Klimek who also sang a duet with the soloist, Lisa Bitzan.
Pallbearers were Vernon, Dennis and Tobby Klimek, Maynard Guenther, Wilfred Woida and Matthew Kelly.
Interment was at the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Millerville Legion.
Arrangements were with the Markham-LaMere Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie.

Fred J. Kuhn, 89
Fred was born on November 17, 1908 in Millerville, Minnesota, the youngest son and last survivor of John and Mary (Renkes) Kuhn. Fred was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and attended Catholic School in Millerville through the ninth grade.
Fred was united in marriage to Julitta Otto on March 30, 1937 in Urbank. The couple farmed for many years and Mr. Kuhn also did some carpenter work. In 1972 he sold the farm to his son, Ken, but continued to help him until 1980. In 1980 he took over full time as janitor at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church.
One of Mr. Kuhn's proudest accomplishments was upgrading the Millerville Cemetery. He and Julitta spent many hours trimming trees and fixing monuments. He retired as janitor and caretaker two years ago.
Fred was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and Knights of Columbus. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Mr. Kuhn died on Saturday, January 24, 1998 in Alexandria. He is survived by his wife, Julitta; five children: Howard and wife Gladys of South Charleston, West Virginia; Leon and wife Carol of Palmer, Alaska; Ken and wife Mary Ann of Millerville; Greg and wife Mary of Cambridge; Melissa and husband LeRoy Bitzan of Alexandria; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Mary Jane Koep on August 9, 1966; parents; and eight brothers and sisters.
Parish Prayer service was held on Tuesday, January 27, 1998, 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and a Catholic Order of Foresters and Knights of Columbus Rosary at 8:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, January 28, 1998, 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church with Father Eugene Lemm officiating. Musical selections were by Greg and Mary Kuhn, Rosella Korkowski and Carol Hughes.
Honorary Pallbearers were Phil Roers, Ralph Roers, Nick Otto, George Bitzan, Herb Haiden, Verle Moore, Dick Schnettler and George Holthaus.
Pallbearers were his grandchildren Steve Kuhn, Dan Kuhn, Jeff Kuhn, John Kuhn, Joel Kuhn, Michelle Behm, Lisa Bowman, Lori Evers, Tanya Smith, Karen Kuhn, Aaron Kuhn, Matthew Kuhn and DeAnna Kuhn.
Interment was at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Cemetery. Services were directed by Petermeier's Alexandria Funeral Home.

Velma Seaman, 87
Velma Florence Seaman, 87, of 800 East 14th Street, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died January 24, 1998 in Good Samaritan Center where she had been a resident for one and one-half years. Velma Churchill was born November, 1, 1911 in Maidenrock, Wisconsin. She graduated from Red Wing High School and later attended Teacher's College in Winona, Minnesota and business school in Minneapolis, Minnesota
She married Kenneth Seaman June 2, 1933 in Red Wing. She worked at International Multifoods as a telephone operator for three years and later was a real estate agent for Spring Realty in Minneapolis. Velma lived in Edina, Minnesota for 20 years. She and her husband retired in 1969 and moved to Lake Carlos where they lived for 25 years before moving to Sioux Falls in 1994.
In addition to her husband of 64 years, survivors include: one daughter, Lynne Mall of Hemet, California; two sons, Richard of Sioux Falls and Ron of Minneapolis; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Monday, January 26, 1998, 10 a.m. in Miller Funeral Chapel with burial of the cremated remains in Woodlawn Cemetery.
The family requests that memorials be directed to The Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Arrangements are with the Miller Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Vernon Lehn, 78
Vernon C. Lehn was born on March 2, 1919 at the home farm in Brandon Township, the son of Mike and Bertha (Pehan) Lehn. Vernon was baptized and confirmed at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Brandon. He attended and graduated from the Brandon High School.
Vernon was united in marriage to Joyce Strom on February 17, 1958 at Brandon. He spent his whole life farming the home farm. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and visiting with family and friends. He also served 30 years on the Brandon Township Board as Treasurer.
Mr. Lehn died at his home on Tuesday, January 27, 1998 at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife, Joyce of Brandon; two sisters-in-law: Alice Lehn of Bloomington; Ruby Lehn of San Antonio, TX; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Leo and Denis.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, January 31, 1998 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Brandon with Father Eugene Lemm officiating. The organist was Evelyn Lanners and the soloist was Bernie Thoennes.
Pallbearers were Clarance Lehn, Paul Lehn, Jack Korkowski, Steve Myrin, Paul Strom and Todd Strom.
Interment was at Chippewa Cemetery in Brandon. Services were directed by Petermeier's Alexandria Funeral Home.

Ray Lund, 79
Ray Milton Lund was born in Alexandria Township, Douglas County, Minnesota, on September 10, 1918. Ray, the son of John W. and Nettie (Knudson) Lund was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church. He attended School District 83 near Nelson and Central High School in Alexandria.
Ray was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps for two years. He joined the National Guard and in 1940 entered the US Army, stationed at Camp Hahn, California. He fought and was wounded in action at the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1943, Ray worked in Minneapolis. He then returned to Alexandria where he owned and operated a resort on Lake Cowdry. He also worked construction in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.
Ray and Mary Ostrom were united in marriage in Iowa on May 14, 1953 and made their home in Alexandria. Ray established the Alexandria Hearing Aid Service for 28 years and for the past 14 years operated a book store, specializing in out-of-print collectable books. Customers from 40 states and seven foreign countries took advantage of his expertise as they built their collection of books. Reading and studying history were special interests of Raymond.
Ray had served as a Boy Scout leader for several years. He enjoyed reading and playing guitar for his own enjoyment and was also willing to share his talent with the Bethany Home residents. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and active in the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars for 50 years.
Ray died January 28, 1998 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Cloud. He was 79 years of age. Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers: Norman and Clinton Lund; three sisters: Rose Lund, Myrtle Clark and Florence Franzen; and a nephew, David Clark. Surviving him are his wife, Mary Lund of Alexandria; a sister Mable Peterson of Alexandria; sister-in-law, Evangeline Lund of Alexandria; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held January 31, 1998 at Fahlun Lutheran Church, Nelson with Reverend Merlin Bartelt officiating. Barb Sather was the organist and violin music was played by Linda Iverson.
Interment followed in the Nelson Cemetery with Curt Berger, Jaime Warnert, Scott Berger Richard Peterson, Phillip Peterson and Mark Peterson serving as pallbearers. Military honors were provided by American Legion Post #87 and VFW Post #936.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Leslie Mattson, 79
Mr. Leslie L. Mattson, 78, of Kensington, Minnesota passed away in Glenwood on Friday, January 30, 1998. Funeral services were held on Monday, February 2, 1998 at Solem Lutheran Church, Kensington with Reverend James Radatz officiating. Burial was at the Wennersborg Cemetery, Kensington. Music was provided by LaVonne Rosdail, organist and Maynard Nordquist, soloist.
Casketbearers were Lyle Mattson, Earl Thompson, Noel Doran, Joel Blank, Daniel Blank and Roger Blank.
Leslie LaVerne Mattson was born February 25, 1919 in Forada, the son of John and Ellen (Johnson) Mattson. Mr. Mattson was baptized and confirmed as a youngster and attended rural school near Forada. On August 24, 1940, he was united in marriage to Ethel Nordin in Alexandria. The couple farmed for 17 years in the Hoffman area. Mr. Mattson then worked for the Conner Company of Bloomington in the shipping, receiving and engineering departments. The couple lived in Belgrade and moved to Kensington in 1989. Leslie enjoyed fishing and crossword puzzles.
Mr. Mattson is survived by his wife Ethel of Kensington; daughter Joyce Pasche of Tucson, Arizona; son Gene Mattson of Edina; three grandchildren: Kelly Mattson and Nicole Mattson, both of Grand Forks, North Dakota; Lezlee Pasche of Albuquerque, New Mexico; brother Dale of Arizona and sisters Veonna of Oklahoma and Ardell of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Ellen Mattson, brother Clair and sister Adeline.
Arrangements were with the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Elbow Lake.

Elmer Peterson, 83
Elmer C. Peterson, 83, was born January 8, 1915 in Alexandria, Minnesota and died January 26, 1998 in Spokane, Washington.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn at the home; step-daughter, Anna Stephens of Spokane; step-son, Mark Gorski of Billings, MT; four grandchildren, Desiree Faller of Palmer, AK; Bryan Stephens of Everett, WA; Michael Gorski of Redlands, CA and James Gorski of Billings, MT; five great grandchildren; two sisters, Mabel Engen of Waite Park, MN and Selma Wilke of Mesa, AZ; two brothers, Axel Peterson of Seattle, WA and Clarence Peterson of Rochester, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a 52 year resident of Spokane, and a former 23 year resident of Alexandria. He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran, life member of the VFW Post #1435, Spokane, member of the American Legion Post #87, Alexandria and sheet Metal Worker's Union Local #66.
A memorial service was on Friday, January 30, 1998 at 11 a.m. at the Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, Spokane, with Pastor Gregory Smith officiating. Military honors were by VFW Post #1435.

Bernice Baker, 87
Bernice W. Baker, 87, resident of Boulder, Colorado, died on January 27, 1998 at the Frasier Meadows in Boulder.
Bernice was born on May 20, 1910 in Balaton, Minnesota to Nels and Ella (Swanson) Johnson. She was united in marriage to Max Baker on February 27, 1937 in Slayton. He preceded her in death in 1976. She had lived in Boulder since 1995 coming from Alexandria. She was a retired school secretary.
Bernice was a member of the First Congregational Church of Alexandria and of Eastern Star. Among her hobbies were gardening, square dancing, bridge, needlework and sewing. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.
She is survived by two daughters: Sandra Backlund of Boulder, CO; Drexel Pearson of Dallas, TX; eight grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, David in 1985.
Memorial services were held in the Philips Chapel, Frasier Meadows Manor in Boulder on Friday, January 30, 1998 at 7 p.m. with Chaplain Jean Scott of Hospice of Boulder County officiating. Services were concluded at the Kinkead Cemetery, Alexandria, MN.
Arrangements were with the Crist Mortuary in Boulder, Colorado.

Donald Benschoter, 85
Donald Benschoter, 85, resident of Alexandria, Minnesota, died on Thursday, February 5, 1998. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Clara Grothen, 95
Clara Grothen, age 95, died at St. Williams Living Center in Parkers Prairie, Minnesota on February 4, 1998. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Markham-LaMere Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie.

Nina Jamison, 83
Nina Katheryn Jamison was born January 5, 1915 in Rockford, Illinois, the daughter of Melvin and Bertha (Gibbs) Strang. She attended school and was married in Rockford to Norman Bleile in February of 1932. A daughter Norma was born to the couple.
In August of 1939, Nina and Vivian were married at Dubuque, Iowa. The couple moved to Alexandria in 1966. Vivian died in 1987 and Nina became a resident of Bethany Home in March of 1991.
Nina died at Bethany Home February 2, 1998 shortly after her 83rd birthday. She lived an active life, enjoying fishing, dancing and playing bingo. She liked being a homemaker and particularly enjoyed canning and preserving foods.
In addition to her husbands, Nina was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, three brothers, a great grandchild and a great great grandchild.
Surviving her are her daughter, Norma and husband Rudy Nelson of Alexandria; step-daughter Berneda and husband Nicholas Silletti of Rockford, IL; two brothers, Fred Strang of Rockford, IL and Melvin (Bud) Strang of New Milford, IL; four sisters: Jane Krieg and Mildred Godfrey of Rockford, IL; Helen Fulfer of Miami, FL; Francine McCloud who lives in WI; three grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and a special friend, Wally Bergstrom.
A funeral service was held at the First United Methodist Church of Alexandria on February 4, 1998 with Reverend Bill Rowan and Reverend Dan Christ officiating. Music was provided by Kathleen Haining and Darlene Hendricks.
The pallbearers at the interment service in Kinkead Cemetery were Randy Nelson, Bruce Lindquist, Scott Rudd, Shawn Rudd, Ryan Nelson and Reuben Sibell.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Glen Johnson, 83
Glen H. Johnson, 83, of Evansville, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, February 1, 1998 at Crestview Manor in Evansville.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 5, 1998 at 11 a.m. at the Erdahl Lutheran Church with Reverend Allyne Holz officiating. Burial was at Erdahl Lutheran Cemetery, rural Elbow Lake. Julie Ritter was the organist and Scott Swenson was soloist.
Casketbearers were Jeffrey Ostenson, Curtis Ostenson Tony Zickur, Jerry Wiese, John Wiese and Mike Christianson.
Glen Harold Johnson was born January 26, 1915 in Pelican Lake Township, Grant County, Minnesota to Andrew and Hulda (Thornberg) Johnson. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed in 1928 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Evansville. He attended country school in District #38. On November 23, 1938 Glen was married to Liela Mahla in Elbow Lake. He farmed in Erdahl Township all of his adult life, retiring in 1980. He and Liela remained in their home on the farm until 1987 when the moved to Alexandria.
Glen was a natural at mechanics and could repair anything. He completely restored two old tractors, was an excellent welder, enjoyed carpentry and working in his shop. He also enjoyed fishing. Glen was a member of the Erdahl Lutheran Church and served on the church council and cemetery board.
Glen is survived by his wife, Liela Johnson of Evansville; son Larry Johnson of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, daughter Gwynne Nichols of Spicer; grandson Troy Johnson; one great granddaughter, Brittany; brother Vernon Johnson of Ashby; two sisters, Hazel (Walter) Ostenson of Elbow Lake; Gloria (Kermit) Zickur of Evansville and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Hulda Johnson, an infant brother Vernie and one infant grandson.
Arrangements were with the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home in Elbow Lake.

Jack Mooney, 34
Jack LeRoy Mooney was born March 20, 1963 in Alexandria, Minnesota. He died on January 24, 1998 in Kent, Washington.
He attended schools in Lowry, Minnesota and North Hollywood, California. He graduated from Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria in 1987/88 with a degree in Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Robotics. In March of 1989 he relocated to Fresno, California and was employed as a sales representative for Hydraulic Controls, Inc.
In May of 1997 he relocated to Kent, Washington and at the time of his death, which was caused by a massive coronary, he was employed as a sales representative for Berendsen Fluid Power.
He is survived by his maternal grandmother, Myrtle Kalina; mother Shirley Eaton; sons: T.J. and Travis Mooney; twin sister Julie Porter; brothers: Mike Hodges, Tim Hodges and Aaron Eaton, as well as his girlfriend of nine years, Andrea Calabretto, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Wencil Kalina and father Jack Mooney, Sr.
Memorial services are pending in California and Lowry, Minnesota. He will be greatly missed by all.

Ethel Olson, 96
Ethel Evelyn Olson was born May 5, 1923 in Moe Township of Douglas County, Minnesota, the daughter of Albert and Jenny (Johnson) Julin. Ethel was baptized as an infant and later confirmed her faith at the First National Evangelical Lutheran Church of Moe Township.
On June 30, 1943, Ethel and Morris Olson were united in marriage by Reverend A.J. Scheldahl at the Farwell church parsonage. They resided near Holmes City and were members of Solem Lutheran Church where Ethel was active in the Ladies Aid. Caring for her garden and flowers were among her favorite tasks.
Her husband died in 1984 and for the past 12 years Ethel has been a resident of the Hoffman Good Samaritan Home. Ethel died on Sunday, February 1, 1998 at the Good Samaritan Home. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters, two brothers and several nieces and nephews including Mae and husband Vern Pocharst of Barrett.
A funeral service was held February 4, 1998 at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria with Pastor Jim Radatz officiating. Interment was in Solem Lutheran Cemetery at Holmes City.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Sue Remarcik, 56
Sue Remarcik, 56, of Alexandria, Minnesota died on February 1, 1998 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Services will be held Saturday, February 7, 1998 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria with Reverend Greg Mastey officiating. Interment is in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation is at the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Francis Roering, 33
Francis C. Roering, age 33, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, formerly of Osakis, passed away on Monday, February 2, 1998 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Francis Clarence Roering was born on May 18, 1964 in Alexandria to Richard and Irene (Feldewerd) Roering. He attended school in Alexandria and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1983. He attended St. Cloud Tech School for Auto Body work and was hired by Kline Motors in St. Cloud.
Francis was baptized and confirmed at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Osakis. He had many hobbies and interests. He was an avid snowmobiler who looked forward to each winter snow season to get out and go sledding. He also liked to hunt each fall and was an avid Vikings football fan.
He is survived by his parents, Richard and Irene Roering of Osakis; six brothers: Donald Roering of Alexandria; Marvin and Nila Roering of Osakis; Roger and LeAnn Roering of Richfield; Darwin Roering of Osakis; Dean Roering of Alexandria; Mark Roering of Prior Lake; his grandmother Veronica Feldewerd of Sauk Centre; a special friend, Julie Thompson of St. Cloud; and many nieces and nephews.
Francis is preceded in death by his grandfather, Henry Feldewerd and his grandparents, Nick and Bernadine Roering.
A Mass of Resurrection was held on Thursday, February 5, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Osakis with Father Victor Kinzer officiating. Music was provided by organist Charmaine Hartmann and the adult choir. Interment was at the Calvary Cemetery in Osakis.
Pallbearers were Donald, Marvin, Darwin, Dean and Mark Roering and Kenny Marthaler.
Arrangements were made by the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home, Osakis.

Joan Rutgerson, 55
Joan Olson Rutgerson was born August 21, 1942 in Alexandria to Donald L. and Evelyn (Schultz) Olson. She graduated from Alexandria High School in 1960 and continued her education at the University of Minnesota.
Joan was married to Kern Rutgerson in 1965 in Richfield. They made their home in the Twin Cities area and were the parents of two children, Bradley and Angela. Following Kern's death in 1990, Joan returned to Alexandria where she resided until her death.
Joan was blessed with a beautiful singing voice. She won the talent competition as she represented Alexandria as Viking Queen and Miss Alexandria in the Minneapolis Aquatennial festivities and the Miss Minnesota pageant. She had a special love of animals and enjoyed caring for her pets. She especially enjoyed her travels to Mexico.
Joan died unexpectedly on January 29, 1998. She was 55 years of age. Preceding her in death were her father Donald L. Olson and husband Kern Rutgerson.
She is survived by her mother Evelyn Olson of Alexandria; Bradley Rutgerson of Rochester; daughter, Angela Rutgerson of Minneapolis; sister Judy and husband Blake Jaskowiak of Bloomington; and her special friend Darrell Freidlund of Alexandria. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, February 4, 1998 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ with Reverend Lanning Johnson officiating. Audrey Palmquist was the organist and soloist. Interment was in Kinkead Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Baldwin Svendsen, 76
Baldwin Warren Svendsen, age 76, of Ashby, Minnesota, passed away Friday, January 30, 1998 at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Ashby with Reverend Allyne M. Holz officiating. Burial was in the Erdahl Cemetery at Erdahl.
Baldwin Warren Svendsen was born February 14, 1921 in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Baldwin Peter and Marie Veronica (Fadden) Svendsen. He attended Farnsworth grade school, Cleveland Jr. High and St. Paul Johnson High School. Like his father, brother and uncles, Baldwin went into the electric trade after two years of technical school and completing his apprenticeship. During WWII Baldwin served in the Seabees 75th Naval Construction Battalion in the South Pacific. He was a 35 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the VFW Post #1635 in St. Paul and the Ashby American Legion Post #357. He had a passion for old cars and loved collecting them. His restored 1931 Model A Ford earned Outstanding Vehicle Award in 1995 at Alexandria from the Vintage Car Club of which he was a member.
On June 15, 1946, Baldwin was married to Lillian Eloise Alvstad in St. Paul at Arlington Hills Presbyterian Church. They made their home in St. Paul and raised five children there. Summers were spent at the cabins he and his family built on Big Pelican Lake north of Brainerd. He kept his wife and children busy with the many projects he concocted. A horse, motorbike, canoes and boats were added to make these years rich in memories. He took a deep interest in his nine grandchildren and encouraged them in their ventures and schooling.
Baldwin was actively involved in the T.B.E.W. local union over the years and also helped out in his brother-in-law, Reverend Emery Barrette's campaign for the Legislature.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian of Ashby; children, Kathryn Marie (Carter) Watkins of White Bear Lake and their two children, Jonathon and Allison; Karen Svendsen of Dellwood and her daughters, Erin and Sarah Notley; Karla (Kenny) Johnson and their three children, Jesse, Jacob and Megan of St. Paul; Kay (Owen) Hall and their two children, Nicholas Zisk and April Hall of Lino Lakes; son, Keif of White Bear Lake; an aunt, Ruby Svendsen of Maplewood and a sister Audrey Barrette of Mahtomedi and her children, Michelle, Grant and Scott Barrette.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Baldwin Peter and Marie Svendsen and a brother, Howard. Baldwin was loved deeply and dearly by his family and they will all miss him daily.
Arrangements were with the Glende-Johnson-Nelson & Nilson Funeral Home of Ashby.

Mary Ann VonDerHeide, 83
Mary Ann VonDerHeide, 83, of Pekin, Illinois died on Tuesday, February 3, 1998 at Pekin Hospital. She was formerly of Alexandria, Minnesota. Born May 19, 1914 in Pekin, she was a daughter of William J. and Marie E. Albertsen Reardon. Her marriage to Richard E. VonDerHeide occurred on April 2, 1964 in Alexandria.
Surviving are her husband of the Veterans Home in Minneapolis, MN; three sons: Michael Carrington Simpson of Fayetteville, NC; Peter Reardon Simpson of Fairfax, CA; Vincent William Turner of Ivanhoe, MN; three daughters: Anne Marie Turner of Redwood City, CA; Jane Turner of St. Paul, MN; Barbara Elizabeth Sampson of Minnetonka, MN; one step-son, Charles Daniel VonDerHeide of Manito, IL; seven grandchildren; and one brother William J. Reardon of Pekin.
Mrs. VonDerHeide was a 1931 graduate of Pekin Community High School and received her bachelor of science degree in home economics from St. Mary of the Woods College in St. Mary of the Woods, IN. She served her dietitian internship at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. She worked as a registered dietitian for hospitals in New Jersey, California and at the Station Hospital at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indiana. For many years she was a dietitian at Pekin Hospital.
There will be no service or visitation. Cremation will be accorded and inurnment will be in Alexandria, Minnesota. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pekin Public Library or the Douglas County Public Library in Alexandria.
Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

David Wahlin, 95
David F. Wahlin, age 95, of Evansville, Minnesota, passed away Friday, January 30, 1998 at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Evansville with Reverend Irving Arnquist officiating. Burial was in the Mound Grove Cemetery in Evansville.
David Francis Wahlin was born November 10, 1902 in Lund Township of Douglas County, to Frank and Amanda (Johnson) Wahlin. He attended Kron country school in Lund Township and also attended Northwestern College in Fergus Falls for three years.
On August 26, 1926, he married Hermina Johnson at the home farm in Lund Township. They lived in Minneapolis where David was a street car conductor. They returned to the Evansville area and farmed. David worked for Land O Lakes Dairy in Alexandria for five years, then returned to Evansville and operated Wahlin's Grocery Store. He retired in 1962 and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, returning to Evansville in 1972 where he has lived since. David worked for Bruce and Rudi Nilson at the Nilson Funeral Home in Evansville for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Hermina of Evansville; two daughters, Delores Wahlin of Evansville and Shirley (William) Hart of Las Vegas, Nevada; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons; three sisters and five brothers.
Arrangements were with the Glende-Johnson-Nelson & Nilson Funeral Home of Evansville.

Gordon Anderson, 76
Gordon Philip Anderson was born October 30, 1921 at Granite Falls, Minnesota, the son of Hans and Mary (Bothum) Anderson. He attended school in Granite Falls, graduating in 1940. Two years later, Gordy entered the U.S. Navy where he served as a Navy pilot and instructor. In 1946, he became a member of the Naval Reserve.
On May 10, 1945, Gordy was united in marriage with Jeanette Haugum in Atlanta, Georgia. Four children were born to them. They made their home in Montevideo where Gordy taught flying and later worked at the Canton Lumber Company. He then became a sales representative for the BF Nelson Roofing Company which was later known as the Certainteed Company. Alexandria has been the family home since 1956. Gordy retired in 1983. Since 1986 he and Jeanette have wintered at McAllen, Texas.
Gordy belonged to First Lutheran Church, the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star. He was also a 54 year member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and belonged to the Elks Lodge.
Gordy passed away at McAllen, Texas on January 28, 1998 at the age of 76. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters. Gordy will be deeply missed by his loving family and many friends.
Surviving him are his wife Jeanette; children: Bonnie and husband Keith Melville of Brandon; Grady and wife Belinda of Big Lake; Caryn and husband, Mark Bongard of Eden Prairie; Julie and husband David Palloch of Owatonna; brother Alvin Anderson of Granite Falls; sister Hazel Halvorson of Montevideo; six grandchildren: Heather and Amber Melville; David and Ali Bongard; and Ashley and Brittany Palloch.
A funeral service was held February 2,. 1998 at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Pastor Ron Otterson and Pastor Keith Lentz officiating. Music was provided by Marlene Lentz and Pastor Lentz.
Interment was in Kinkead Cemetery with Warren Halvorson, Gary Halvorson, Larry Halvorson, Pete Anderson, Michael Halvorson and John Anderson serving as pallbearers. Military Honors were provided by American Legion Post 87 and the VFW Post 936.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.


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