Elvira M. Dimmick, 89
Elvira M. Dimmick, 89, a resident of Fergus Falls,
Minnesota for 34 years, died Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at Broen Memorial
Home where she had lived since 1985.
She was born on April 29, 1910, to August and
Minnie Swenson of rural Alexandria, the youngest of their 11 children.
Elvira (or Babe as she was called) married M. Walter Dimmick in 1936; he
preceded her in death in 1951. They adopted a daughter, Dianne in 1944.
Babe obtained her beautician's license in Fargo,
North Dakota and worked there for several years in the Powers Hotel beauty
shop. She and her husband moved to South San Francisco in 1943 and she
continued to work there after she was widowed for another 14 years. She
moved to Fergus Falls in 1965 and worked in a beauty shop there. After
retiring she continued to give haircuts and perms to friends in nursing
She is survived by her daughter, two grandchildren;
five great-grandchildren; and 14 nephews and nieces. Her parents and her
10 brothers and sisters all preceded her in death, as did another nephew,
Willis Swenson of rural Alexandria, but his widow, Mrs. Brigitte Swenson
and their children John, Rick and Roger Swenson survive her.
Funeral services were held on Saturday at 11
a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Burial was in the Kinkead
Cemetery at Alexandria.
Arrangements were with the Olson Funeral Home,
Eugene Edwin Hagedorn, 100
Eugene Edwin Hagedorn, age 100, formerly of rural
Miltona, Minnesota, died on January 25, 2000 at Community Memorial Home
in Osakis. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on January 29, 2000
at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria with Reverend Al Ludwig officiating.
Music was provided by Carol Hagan, organist and Jane Herth, soloist. The
cross bearer was Jerry Keller.
Eugene Hagedorn was born on December 14, 1899
in Brandon Township, Minnesota to August and Emily (Hupfeld) Hagedorn.
On May 12, 1925 Eugene was united in marriage to Lydia Koeplin.
Eugene loved to hunt, fish, dance and garden.
He also loved guiding fishermen. He was a true outdoorsman. Eugene loved
to reminisce, tell stories and spend time with his family and friends.
Eugene is survived by two daughters: Irma and
husband Alex (Gus) Anderson of Sauk Centre; Ruth Bylund of Alexandria;
10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren;
brother: Ferdinand Hagedorn of rural Alexandria; and many nieces and nephews.
Eugene is preceded in death by his wife Lydia, grandson Robert Anderson,
great-granddaughter Bethany Keller, great-great-granddaughter Kaitlynn
Lanus and son-in-law Gerald Bylund.
Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Alexandria.
Pallbearers included James Anderson, Charles Anderson, Bill Anderson, Marvin
Lanus, Paul Vendel, Bruce Larson, Dick Kline and Alan Hagedorn. Honorary
pallbearers were Lynn Lanus, Gwen Kline, Geri Larson, Devona Vendel, Cheryl
Keller, Janet Anderson and John Anderson.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home,
Irene M. Elias, 97
Irene was born on February 13, 1902, in Hayfield,
Minnesota the daughter of George and Ann Marie (Hanson) Mortensen. She
attended school through the 8th grade.
Irene was united in marriage to Charles Elias
on March 10, 1922, in Dodge Center. The Elias' lived in Dodge Center after
their marriage and in 1945 moved to Alexandria. Irene and Charles owned
and operated a restaurant in Alexandria which is now known as the Coffee
Pot. The couple retired in 1962.
Mrs. Elias was a member of the Rebeccas and very
active in her church.
Irene died on Monday, January 24, 2000. She is
survived by two daughters: Vivian Loken and Vern of Clearwater, FL; Fern
Bahr of Clearwater, FL; six grandchildren: Gary Loken of Punedin, FL; Lon
Loken of Severna Park, Maryland; Tom Loken of Salt Lake City, Utah; Stacy
Callaghan of Fort Worth, TX; Amy Callaghan of Colorado Springs, CO; Randy
Ewan of San Francisco, CA; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held on Friday, January
28, 2000, 1 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center, Minnesota with
Reverend David Mead officiating.
Services were directed by Petermeier's Alexandria
Lawrence Harlo Irgens, 70
Lawrence Harlo Irgens was born on October 14,
1929 in Alexandria to Lawrence Henry Irgens and Tomena (Lee) Irgens. He
grew up in Fergus Falls and Madison, Minnesota. In 1947 he graduated from
Madison Senior High School where he was class valedictorian, quarterback
for his football team and captain of his basketball team. He attended Luther
College and later the University of Minnesota. In 1950 he received Bachelor
of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University. He continued
his studies at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where he
earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 1957, and was elected as a Graduate
Fellow of the Psi Omega Dental Fraternity. In 1971 Dr. Irgens completed
a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota where
he focused on the study of dental services in small communities.
During his 43 years of practice, Larry served
the dental community in many capacities. He was a Governor Appointee to
the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry for four years and served on the
Regional Board of Dental Examiners for 12 years. He worked as the Director
of Dental Services for the Minnesota Department of Public Health and as
the President of both the West Central District of Dentistry and the University
of Minnesota Dental Alumni Association. In 1986 he was elected to the Pierre
Fauchard Academy of Dentistry. In 1987 and 1989 respectively, he was elected
Fellow of the International College of Dentists and Fellow of the American
College of Dentists. He practiced dentistry in Roros, Norway in 1971, serving
as a District Dental Officer at the invitation of The Royal Norwegian Ministry
of Social Affairs. He promoted the introduction and use of fluoride in
the drinking water in Norway as well as Minnesota and conducted a clinic
in the Alexandria area for the early detection and diagnosis of oral cancer.
On June 17, 1960, he married Patricia Marie Litsheim
in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Together they lived in Moorhead, Glenwood, Roros
(Norway), Minneapolis and Alexandria. Between 1961 and 1969 they had four
children: Caroline, Stephen, David and Teddy. In 1972 they moved to Alexandria
and Larry opened a new practice. In 1974, following a brief illness, Patricia
died of breast cancer.
On February 18, 1977, Larry married Ruth (Pedersen)
Anfinsen and became step-father to Peter, Mary and Jana Anfinsen. They
raised their seven children in Alexandria and watched with pride and joy
as each found his or her place in the world.
Larry was long active in community organizations,
serving as a member of Kiwanis, Rotary International and Toastmasters.
Always active in his church he taught the Bethal Bible Series at Glenwood
Lutheran Church, served on several stewardship committees and served two
terms on the First Lutheran Church Council. He loved sports, history, literature
and the performing arts. His particular love was the symphony and he played
violin in the community orchestra and at First Lutheran Church.
On January 25, 2000, Larry suffered a fatal cardiac
arrest. He is survived by his wife Ruth; sister Lee Ann (Irgens) Torlakson;
children and step-children: Peter and Holly Anfinsen, Caroline (Irgens)
and Chris Roback, Mary (Anfinsen) and Ken LeBlanc, Stephen and Sue Irgens,
David Irgens, Jana (Anfinsen) and Michael Hanson and Ted Irgens; and 13
grandchildren: Andrew, Alecia, Brandon, Sara, Jonathan, Rachel, Anna, Amy,
Megan, Elena, Zachary, Ian and Lee.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, January
29, 2000 at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Interment was in the Kinkead
His family asks that any memoriums be made to
either First Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home,
Richard Oleson (Rick), 44
Richard W. Oleson (Rick) was born March 7, 1955
in Watertown, South Dakota, the son of Darrell and LaVonne (Christianson)
Oleson. Rick spent the majority of his life in Owatonna, Minnesota, where
he was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church and in 1973 graduated from
Owatonna High School. Following graduation Rick worked for National Tree
Association and then Commonwealth Electric, which put him in Nebraska,
Richard and Debra Maloney were married August
30, 1980 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria.
In 1980, with Deb and his daughter, Maigen, Rick
began his employment with Ottertail Power Company as a lineman at Hallock.
Angela was born there in 1981. His job transferred him to Canby where he
was a service representative. Lindsey was born there in 1985. In 1988 Rick
and his family moved to Dawson where they have lived for 12 years. He continued
to work for Ottertail, this being his 20th year.
Rick and his family enjoyed their extended family
weekend getaways at the lake. Rick enjoyed most being with friends, laughing,
and his favorite activities of fishing, hunting and golf.
Rick died at his home on Friday, January 28,
2000 following an 18-month battle with cancer.
Rick is survived by his wife, Deb; daughters:
Angela and Lindsey in Dawson and Maigen Oleson of Kasson; parents: Darrell
and LaVonne Oleson of Owatonna; mother-in-law, Rose Ann Maloney of Alexandria;
brother: Randy Oleson of Owatonna; sisters: Deb (Jurgen) Duhr of Clinton,
IA; Tammy (Tom) Harber of Blooming Prairie; Lori (Brian) Markham of Medford;
Jill Dahl of Owatonna; brother-in-law, Pat (Jennifer) Maloney and sister-in-law
Renae (Tom) Hills of Alexandria; and other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents
and father-in-law Gene Maloney.
Rick will be remembered most for his sense of
humor and his love of being with his friends. He enjoyed fishing and could
never have enough fishing tackle or power tools.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday,
January 31, 2000 at Grace Lutheran Church in Dawson with Pastor Paul Christopher,
Father Robert Goblirsch and Sister Vivian Peterson officiating. Vocal soloist
was Jennifer Maloney and organist Mary Walsh accompanied the congregation
Members of the Dawson Fire Department were honorary
casketbearers and Bob Walsh, Jeff Fish, Jim Heinrich, Wayne Johnson, Larry
Stangeland, Merle Schwenzfier, Jim Hotzfield and Kirk Costin were active
casketbearers. Interment was in the Dawson Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Hanson and Dahl Funeral
Home of Dawson.
Blanche Ording, 95
Blanche Kapphahn Ording, age 95, of Hibbing,
Minnesota and formerly of Alexandria, Monmouth, Illinois and Moorhead died
Friday, January 28, 2000 in Leisure Hills of Hibbing. She was born August
25, 1904 in Hudson Township, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry J. and Anne
(Fisher) Kapphahn. She graduated from Alexandria High School and was married
to Karl Erick Ording on July 2, 1940 in Elbow Lake.
Following their marriage Karl and Blanche moved
to Moorhead where they lived for nearly 20 years. They then moved to Monmouth,
Illinois and in 1967 returned to Alexandria. Blanche later moved to Hibbing
where she has lived since 1986.
Blanche was a homemaker, a member of the Hibbing
Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and was involved in several church
circles and sewing clubs.
She is survived by her daughter Judy (Leon) Cross
of Hibbing; two granddaughters; Laurie Lynne Cross of Eden Prairie; Debra
Lee Cross of Waite Park; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two
brothers: Leon and Wilson; and three sisters: Lora, Marge and Ethel.
Funeral Service was on Monday, January 31, 2000
at 11 a.m. in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Hibbing with
Reverend Todd Block officiating. A spring interment is planned in the Sunset
Cemetery in Alexandria.
Family services are provided by Anderson-Daniels,
a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Hibbing. Memorials are preferred.
Kyle Westphal, 13
Kyle Westphal was born in Alexandria, Minnesota,
on January 5, 1987, the son of Gary and Diane (Van Peursem) Westphal. He
was baptized at the Faith Community Reformed Church in Alexandria and attended
schools in Alexandria.
His brothers and parents remember Kyle as a good
natured, energetic, strong-willed, determined and courageous boy. He was
influenced by his brothers to play hockey and for the past five seasons
was the goalie on the Alexandria traveling teams, currently playing for
the Alexandria Pee Wee "A" team. He also played other sports including
soccer, baseball and golf and also enjoyed hunting and fishing. While he
loved his athletic activities, he recently confided to others that his
greatest memories were of his family vacations.
Kyle died on Friday, January 28, 2000, at his
home after his courageous battle against his illness.
He is survived by his parents, Gary and Diane
Westphal of Alexandria; brothers: Brad Westphal and Corey Westphal both
of Alexandria; grandparents: Harold and Betty Westphal of Spring Valley
and Harriet Van Peursem of Pipestone. Also surviving are several aunts
and uncles. Kyle was preceded in death by his grandfather Elmer Van Peursem
and aunt Marlys Van Peursem.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January
31, 2000 at 3:30 p.m. at the Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria.
Organist was Donna Anderson. Vocalist was Kim Byrne and Deb Bouwman served
as song leader. Pallbearers were Kyle's friends with interment at the Kinkead
Cemetery in Alexandria.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home.
Warren Lorenz Oakstrom, 72
Warren Lorenz Oakstrom, 72, of Alexandria, Minnesota,
passed away on Monday, January 31, 2000. Warren was born February 20, 1927
in Lien Township, Grant County, Minnesota to Lorenz and Mildred (Watson)
Oakstrom. He was baptized and confirmed in the Barrett Covenant Church.
He attended rural school District 14, graduated from Barrett High School
in 1944 and attended the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus.
He worked for the Grant County D.H.I.A. for five
years after which he started farming with his father. In 1967 he took over
the operation of the farm. He sold Farm Bureau Insurance and was a De Kalb
seed corn dealer for many years. Warren moved to Alexandria in 1994.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church,
Alexandria. Also Warren was an active member of the Odd Fellows in Herman
for many years.
Survivors include a sister Janice and husband
Tallack Johnson of Detroit Lakes; a nephew Leland and wife Tracy, children:
Anna and Emma Johnson of Coon Rapids; nieces: Rebecca and husband Rick,
children: John and Melissa Windom of Mankato; Marie and husband Gregory
Ready, Fort Walton Beach, Florida; and Wanda and husband Daniel Feela,
North Pole, Alaska.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, February
5, 2000 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Alexandria with Pastor
William Rowen officiating. Organist was Kathleen Haining.
Pallbearers were Rick Windom, Leland Johnson,
Charles Johnson, Ronald Johnson, Robert Lindblom and LeRoy Lindblom. Interment
was at Barrett Covenant Cemetery.
Services were directed by Petermeier's Alexandria
Robert A. Theriault, 77
Robert A. Theriault, age 77, passed away February
1, 2000 at his home on Fish Hook Lake near Park Rapids, Minnesota.
Bob was born December 5, 1922 to Elmar and Marie
(Freiert) Theriault in Wadena. He attended Wadena Public School and graduated
in the spring of 1940. After graduation he enlisted in the United States
Navy Air Corps. In 1941 he was called up to attend flight prep school at
St. Olaf College in Northfield as a Pilot Aviator. He served his country
for nearly three years during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1945.
On September 3, 1950, Bob was united in marriage
to Marian Jordahl in Wadena. This union was blessed with one son, Mike,
and two daughters, Kathy and Connie. He was employed first as a salesman
and later a manager for the Gas Company in Wadena and Alexandria. He was
also employed by Investors Diversified Services for several years. He also
set up and managed a plumbing business in Marshall. In 1973 Bob bought
a NAPA Store in Wadena which he ran until his retirement in 1984. In November
of 1985, Bob and Marian moved to the Park Rapids area and bought a home
on Fish Hook Lake. Bob was an avid fisherman and hunter. Though very weak
in October of 1999 he climbed up on his stand and shot a deer - his family
was so glad God gave him this last great thrill.
Bob was a member of the Otto Hendrickson American
Legion Post #212 and attended Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids. Above
all he dedicated his life to his family whom he loved with all his heart.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of
nearly 50 years, Marian; three children: Michael (Sue) Theriault of Maiden
Rock, WI; Kathy Hall of Wadena; Connie (Gary) Stelzer of Menahga; seven
grandchildren whom he loved so much: Sara, Mandy and Jason Hall, Jill Leyh
and Kayla Stelzer and Summer and Becky Theriault, as well as other dear
He was preceded in death by his parents Elmar
and Marie, and his sister Connie Pritchett.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February
4, 2000 at Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids with Reverend Marty Giese
and Reverend Russ Paulson officiating. The organist was Jane Wolff and
the soloist, Angela Ahrendt.
Casketbearers were Wayne Kopp, Wally Mueller,
Ray Achter, Mike Freeman, Tom Idso, Ted Fischer, Clarence Steffens, Dale
Pritchard, Gary Tigue, Tom Nyberg, Skipp Tullgren, Jim Thompson and Russ
Wilcox. Military honors were conducted by the Otto Hendrickson American
Legion Post #212 of Park Rapids. Ray Vaadeland played Taps and the Naval
Anthem. Interment was at the Wadena City Cemetery in Wadena.
Arrangements were with the Jones-Pearson Funeral
Home in Park Rapids.
Michael Kugler, 20
Michael Eric Kugler was born on September 29,
1979, the son of Matthew and Susan (Bertram) Kugler in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
The family moved to the Alexandria area when Michael was in the second
grade. He was confirmed in May, 1996 at Bethesda Lutheran Church. After
graduating from Jefferson High School in 1998, Michael attended North Dakota
State University studying business. During the summer months, he worked
with Lee's Construction for four years.
Michael's enthusiasm for sports included playing
basketball, tennis, golf and later playing volleyball, softball and intramural
football at college. Michael coached children at the YMCA and was a referee.
Music interests included singing in the church choir and playing trombone
in the high school jazz band and marching band. He also enjoyed hunting
and fishing. Michael's dream was to finish college with a business degree
and operate his own sporting goods store.
Michael's presence was known when he entered
a room with his 6'6" frame and will always be remembered for his caring
and compassion of others.
Michael died unexpectedly on January 30, 2000,
at the age of 20, following surgery for appendicitis. Michael's family,
including his aunts, uncles and cousins were important to him. He is survived
by his parents and a brother, Brad, of rural Miltona; grandmothers, Lois
Bertram of Elk River and Patricia Kugler of Waconia; great uncle Jerome
Lyden; aunts and uncles, Sandra Bertram, Julie Wood, Greg and Janice Gramith,
Thomas and Kim Bertram, David Kugler, Robert Kugler, Jeff Kugler, Terry
Kugler, Karen Kugler; cousins, Meg and Shayne Simon, Eric and Jacob Bertram
and Jennifer Gramith.
Michael is preceded in death by his grandfathers,
Harold Bertram and Matthew G. Kugler.
A funeral service was held on February 2, 2000
at the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Reverend Peter Martinson
officiating. Music was provided by Carol Jacobson, organist, Sue Edwards,
vocalist and the Bethesda Church Choir.
Pallbearers included Shayne Simon, Mike Swalley,
Eric Salmi, Todd Ferguson, Mark Odland, Erik Halverson, Greg Thompson,
Eric Vogensen, Dustin Jundt and Kevin Binger.
Interment will be private.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home,
Louis Loeffler, 90
Louis Loeffler, age 90, of Osakis, Minnesota,
passed away on Tuesday, February 1, 2000 at the Douglas County Hospital
Louis Joseph Loeffler was born on August 14,
1909 in Leaf Valley to Jacob and Catherine (Gappa) Loeffler. He married
Hildegard Stariha on October 25, 1932 in Millerville. They farmed near
Millerville and Louis also worked as a feed grinder at the Flour Milling
Company in Millerville. In 1958 they moved to Minneapolis where Louis worked
for the Creosote Pole Company. He then changed jobs and went to work as
a second class engineer for the Minneapolis Gas Company. On April 4, 1970
Louis married Marion Fredrick in Minneapolis. After 12 years with the gas
company Louis retired and returned to Central Minnesota to live on Lake
Darling in Alexandria. In 1992 he and Marion moved to the Latoka Apartments
and then in 1999 they moved again to the Terrace Heights Apartments in
Because his faith was very important to him,
Louis was an active member of the church wherever he lived. He first belonged
to the Seven Dolors Parish in Millerville and was a member of the choir.
When they moved to Minneapolis he joined Our Lady of Victory Church. Upon
returning to the Alexandria area he became a member at St. Mary's and when
they made their final move to Osakis he joined the Immaculate Conception
Parish. Louis was a 70 year member of the Knights of Columbus and also
belonged to the Catholic Aid Association. He also had served on the District
43 school board while farming in Millerville.
Louis had many interests, first among them was
his love for music and singing. He also had a green thumb and enjoyed working
in his garden. He was a very social person and loved to get out bowling
with his friends or just meet for a game of cards. In the summers he could
be found out on the lake trying to catch some fish or home cheering for
his favorite baseball team.
He is lovingly survived by his wife, Marion Loeffler
of Osakis; children: Austin (Darlene) Loeffler of Brooklyn Park; Harriet
Sibell of Osakis; Irene (Bruce) Heath of Minneapolis; stepson: Roger Fredrick
of Minneapolis; 10 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; sister: Helen
Wagner of Alexandria; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents; first
wife, Hildegard; son-in-law: Sheldon Sibell; brothers: James, Edward and
George Loeffler; sisters: Mary, Anna and Elizabeth Klimek; Katherine Wagner
and Mathilda Hammer.
A Mass of Resurrection was held on Saturday,
February 5, 2000 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria
with Father Al Ludwig officiating. Music was provided by organist, Lynn
Lynch and soloist Adolf Wagner. Interment was at the Seven Dolors Cemetery
Honorary pallbearers were the members of the
Knights of Columbus.
Active pallbearers were John and Thomas Loeffler,
Kevin and Chad Heath, David Crotteau and Jeff Arkfeld.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Roy-Hetland
Funeral Home, Osakis.