Miscellaneous Douglas County, Minnesota Obituaries


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Esther Zimmerman, 89
Esther A. Zimmerman was born on March 16, 1910, the daughter of Emil and Augusta Freier in Miltona Township, Minnesota. Esther was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in West Miltona where Esther had been a lifetime member. Esther was united in marriage to Ed Zimmerman on April 10, 1943. The couple made their home in Chicago.
Esther later moved to Alexandria. She was famous for her cooking and baked goods at Travelers Inn where she had been employed for 18 years. Esther was a volunteer at Bethany Home and the Senior Center. She was remembered last year with a surprise birthday party given to her by her special friends.
Esther died on January 30, 2000 at the age of 89. She is survived by a step-son Gerald and wife Barbara Zimmerman of Oak Lawn, Illinois; step-grandchildren; sister-in-law Helen Freier of Fergus Falls; nieces and nephews; and many, many friends in the Alexandria area. She is preceded in death by her husband Ed; brothers: Emil, Fred, Paul, Frank; and sisters: Gusstie, Tes, Emma, Hilda and Elnora.
A memorial service was held on February 3, 2000 with Reverend Daniel Woodring officiating. Music was provided by Deb Joachim.
Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Worth, Illinois.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Ella Wilcox, 88
Ella Wilcox was born on April 18, 1911, the daughter of Eddie and Minnie (Olson) Hedstrom in Solem Township, Minnesota. Ella attended and graduated from school in rural Kensington. She worked for families in the Kensington area and later worked at North American Creamery where she met Paul "Scotty" Wilcox. In June, 1936, Ella and Scotty were united in marriage. She also worked as a cook and waitress and later became a Nurses Aide at Bethany Home for 23 years. Ella retired in 1986.
Ella was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church. She enjoyed doing handiwork and loved to dance. She also enjoyed spending time with family.
Ella died on February 2, 2000 at the age of 88. She is survived by son, Richard Hedstrom of Kensington; daughters: Sharon Muzik of Alexandria; Jean (James) Dockendorf of Cold Spring; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lenor Hedstrom of Fergus Falls; two sisters: Grace Culross of Los Angeles, CA and Elaine and husband Clarence Perkins of Santa Barbara, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband Scotty on August 4, 1992, brother Leonard Hedstrom and sister Elsie Bjorklund.
A funeral service was held on February 5, 2000 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Reverend Marvin Larson officiating. Music was provided by Sandy Buckner.
Interment was in Oscar Lake Cemetery in Holmes City Township. Pallbearers included Ella's grandsons Tim Dockendorf, David Dockendorf, Tom Hedstrom and great-grandsons Joel Bruss, Jason Bruss and Jamie Bruss.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.

Rosalie H. Johnson, 60
Rosalie H. Johnson, 60, a resident of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, died on Saturday, February 5, 2000 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota.
She was born on February 16, 1939 at the Wright's Hospital in Fergus Falls, the daughter of Howard and Ramona (Mavis) Hoff. She was baptized and confirmed at Aastad Lutheran Church in rural Fergus Falls. Rosalie grew up on the family farm in Aastad Township, attended Country School No. 157 and graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1957. After high school she attended Alexandria Technical College where she graduated with a degree in LPN Nursing.
On June 17, 1967, she married Norman Johnson at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. After their marriage the couple made their home in Alexandria. In 1994 they moved to Fergus Falls. Rosalie worked at the Regional Treatment Center in Fergus Falls from 1988 until she was forced to retire due to her illness in 1998.
She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, flowers, traveling and her cats and dogs.
Preceding her in death was her father Howard.
Survivors include her husband, Norman, of Fergus Falls; her mother, Ramona Hoff of Fergus Falls; two uncles, Milton (Bess) Hoff and Lawrence (Leanna) Mavis all of Fergus Falls; and an aunt, Vivian Hoff of Garfield. Also surviving are numerous cousins.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls with Reverend Paul Nelson and Reverend Nancy Windels officiating. Interment was in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, Fergus Falls.
Arrangements were with the Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls.

Lois Grinstead, 85
Lois Grinstead, age 85, of Osakis, Minnesota passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2000 at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria where she had been a resident since 1996.
Lois Mae Reynolds was born on June 2, 1914 in Penora, Iowa to Elmer and Inez (Parsons) Reynolds. When she was only two years old, her mother died, and at the age of five Lois moved with her father to Redwood Falls. On November 18, 1941 Lois was united in marriage to Raymond Grinstead in Seaforth. They lived at Morgan until 1956 when they moved to the Osakis area. Lois worked as a nurses aid at the Douglas County Hospital for 23 years before retiring in 1979.
Spending her time helping others was important to Lois. She was a volunteer at the Community Memorial Home, a helper at the Senior Citizen Popcorn Wagon, a cook for the local Nutrition Center and also donated her time and talents working on the mission quilts made by her church. She was a member of Osakis Lutheran Church and belonged to Rebekah Circle.
One of her favorite activities, however, was just being home baking pies and other treats for when her grandchildren would come over. She liked to spend as much time with them as she could. She also enjoyed doing all kinds of hand work. Whether it was a crochet project, knitting, embroidery or sewing, she could do it all. She especially looked forward to the warm weather when she could work out in her garden, tending her many flowers. A day or evening of fishing or playing whist with friends also brought her much pleasure. Traveling and reading were some of her other favorite pastimes.
Lois is lovingly survived by her children: Gary and Betty Grinstead of Osakis; Roger and Elaine Grinstead of Stillwater; Ardella and Robert Schluender of Osakis; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Reynolds of Iowa; two sisters: Elsie Borth of Redwood Falls and Dorothy Wise of Talatka, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Raymond in 1981; four brothers: Clarence, Robert, Melford and Eldon Reynolds; and sister, Florence Borth.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 11 a.m. at the Osakis Lutheran Church with Reverend Ron Calvert officiating. Organist Vicki Hinrich accompanied soloist, Dana Hetland. Interment was at the West Evergreen Cemetery in Osakis.
Arrangements were with the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home, Osakis.

Stanley Hagedorn, 69
Stanley "Bud" Hagedorn was born on November 12, 1930, the son of Stanisley and Augusta (Horst) Hagedorn in Millerville, Minnesota. He attended rural school in Millerville and grew to manhood in the Brandon and Millerville area. Stanley took over the family farm in rural Brandon when his father died. Stanley later owned and operated Bud's Drey in Brandon. Later he entered the United States Air Force and served four years. Shortly after his discharge, Stanley started working at First National Bank in Alexandria.
Stanley was united in marriage to Marjorie Steidl on August 6, 1957 in Belle River Church. He continued working at the bank until 1962 when he transferred to First National Bank in Spring Valley. In 1980 the couple moved to Battle Lake where Stanley worked at First National Bank for several years before working in the crop insurance business in Henning.
Stanley enjoyed fishing, cribbage, playing the accordion and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Church of Our Lady of Seven Dolors and the Knights of Columbus.
Stanley died on February 5, 2000 at the age of 69. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Brandon; sons: Michael Hagedorn of Orlando, FL; Greg Hagedorn of Alexandria; Tom and wife Kathryn Hagedorn of Maplewood; Robert Hagedorn of Kasson; Matt Hagedorn of Colorado Springs, CO; Chris Hagedorn of Millerville; daughters: Sue Iverson of Mantorville; Julie and husband Tim Teig of Detroit Lakes; 11 grandchildren; step father John Daas of Evansville; brothers: Jerry Hagedorn of Brandon; Donald and wife Bev Hagedorn of Preston; Jim Daas of Brandon; sisters: Betty and husband Reuben Henke of Brandon; Rose and husband Dewey Steidl of Miltona; and Marge and husband Mike Clare of Bloomington. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Daniel Teig.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on February 8, 2000 at the Church of Our Lady of Seven Dolors with Reverend Eugene Lemm and Reverend Paul Folsom officiating. Music was provided by Rose Korkowski, as organist, and Casey Lankow, soloist.
Interment was in the Church of Seven Dolors Cemetery. Pallbearers included Stanley's sons: Michael, Greg, Tom, Robert, Matt and Chris Hagedorn.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Edith (Alm) Yohan
Edith was a former resident of Rose City and Alexandria, living the last years in San Diego, California. She passed away February 4, 2000.

Borghill Nordstrom, 105
Borghill "Brownie" was born on June 17, 1894 in Worthington, Minnesota the daughter of Hans and Bertha (Hanson) Myrum. She attended grade and high school in Worthington.
On September 21, 1923, Borghill was united in marriage to Carl Nordstrom in Logan, Iowa. After their marriage the couple moved to Sioux City, Iowa where they lived until Carl's retirement in 1960. While living in Sioux City, Brownie was a volunteer for the American Red Cross during the floods. In 1961 the Nordstroms moved to Alexandria. Mr. Nordstrom died in 1982.
Brownie was a member of the P.E.O. in Sioux City, Eastern Star, a volunteer at Knute Nelson for many years and a member of First Lutheran Church in Alexandria.
Mrs. Nordstrom died on Sunday, February 6, 2000 at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home. She is survived by two sisters: Viola Torbeck of Worthington, Mable Flagg of Worthington; nieces and nephews: Mary Rasmussen and husband Lowell, Susan, Alan and Don Wells, Janet Shaffer; several great nieces and nephews and special friend Lillian Norland.
She was preceded in death by her husband Carl; four sisters and two brothers.
Funeral services were held on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria.
Pallbearers were Gregg Vieregge, Milo Widmark, Owen Miller, Phil Jesness, Douglas Wallace and Garrett Visser.
Interment was at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria.
Services were directed by Petermeier's Alexandria Funeral Home.

Alma Sara Vogt, 91
Alma Sara Vogt, age 91, of Parkers Prairie, Minnesota, died Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at the St. William's Living Center in Parkers Prairie.
Alma was born May 28, 1908 to William and Wilhelmina (Schoenthall) Alexander in Fort Dodge, Iowa and as a young girl moved with her family to Leaf Valley Township. She attended country school in Effington Township. Alma was united in marriage to Albert Vogt on June 6, 1925 in Leaf Valley Township, Douglas County. They moved to St. Paul where Alma was employed by Brown and Bigelow for 32 years. After her retirement she continued to live in St. Paul until 1988 when she returned to Parkers Prairie. She was an active member of Esther Lutheran Church.
Alma is survived by one brother Alfred Alexander of Parkers Prairie and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Albert who died May 6, 1973, her parents and four brothers.
Funeral services were on Saturday, February 12, 2000 at Esther Lutheran Church, Eastern Township, Otter Tail County, with Pastor Kenneth Thiele officiating. Organist was Myrtle Arvidson and soloist, Gene Inwards.
Casketbearers were Anthony Alexander, Timothy Alexander, Alfred Vogt, Daniel Vogt, Richard Vogt and Billy Johnson. Interment was in Parkers Prairie Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Markham Funeral Home, Parkers Prairie.

Shirley Ann Robideaux, 52
Shirley Ann Robideaux, 52, of Villard, Minnesota, died on Thursday at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis.
Funeral services were on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Villard Methodist Church in Villard. Private family interment in Lake Leven Cemetery will be in the spring.
Shirley "Snookie" was born September 19, 1947 in Starbuck to the parents Albin and Delores (Larson) Olson. She married Ronald Robideaux on November 29, 1980 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Villard.
She is survived by her husband Ronald Robideaux, Villard; three children; Mike Lindeen, Melrose; Lisa (Daniel) McDonough, Belgrade; Tina (Mike) Lindeen, Melrose; four step-children: Kim (Dave) Massmann, Alexandria; Kae (Dean) Eblen, Villard; Kris (Mike) Massmann, Osakis; Ryan (Amy) Robideaux, North St. Paul; 14 grandchildren; mother Delores Olson, Starbuck; brothers: Alan "Beaner" (Mary) Olson, Alexandria; David (Roxy) Olson, Lowry; Danny (Lori) Olson, Starbuck; sisters: Jeannie (Bruce) Mattson, Chanhassen; Mary "Tootie" (Roger) Ward, Glenwood; aunts; uncles; nieces, nephews and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Albin Olson; granddaughter, Amber Robideaux; and grandson, Tye Massman.
Arrangements were with the Hoplin Funeral Home, Glenwood.

Arliss Jern Fadden, 53
Arliss Fadden was born on July 7, 1946, the daughter of Conrad and Georgianna (Swanson) Jern in Alexandria, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at East Moe Lutheran Church. Arliss was raised in Alexandria and graduated from Jefferson High School. She furthered her education at Moorhead State University. She married Jeff Fadden in December, 1970. Arliss made her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a few years before moving to Minneapolis where she worked for Allied Van Lines. For the past 12 years she was employed for the U.S. Postal Service. She worked in Alexandria, St. Cloud and Parkers Prairie before moving to the Brainerd area where she has been employed for seven years.
Despite a struggle with Multiple Sclerosis for the past 33 years, Arliss was able to live a normal life and was a hard worker. She enjoyed bowling, auto races and country music.
Arliss died unexpectedly from the result of a car accident on February 5, 2000 at the age of 53. She is survived by three sisters, Barbara and husband DuWayne Nelson of Alexandria; Elizabeth (Betty), and husband Allan Clarke of New York Mills; Linda and husband Richard Anderson of Alexandria; sister-in-law Joyce Jern of Alexandria; several nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Clinton in infancy and Clayton in 1990.
A funeral service was held on February 11, 2000 with Reverend Kathryn Rothman officiating. Music was provided by Diane Alveshere, organist and Lisa Henrichs, soloist.
Interment was in East Moe Lutheran Cemetery in rural Garfield. Pallbearers were Arliss' nieces and nephews: Dwayne Clarke, Anthony Clarke, Victoria Penner, Heidi Hanson, Jody Anderson, Mike Anderson, Julie Anderson, Jason Jern, Jennifer Drussel and Kimberly Jern.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Clifford W. Jacobson, 84
Clifford "Cliff" Jacobson was born November 24, 1915 in Hibbing, Minnesota to Hilma M. (Hogan) Jacobson and William A. Jacobson. He received his education in the Hibbing schools and in Moe Heights District No. 5, in rural Douglas County.
Clifford joined the peacetime Army and served in the horse cavalry until he had a service related injury. Upon discharge he went to work in the Seattle, Washington shipyards. In 1940 he was married to Barbara Ball of Great Falls, Montana. In 1942 he was drafted into the U.S. Army Infantry. He served in the Marianas Island Invasion of 1944 and was seriously injured in battle. After a lengthy convalescence he worked in construction in Great Falls, Montana.
In 1949, upon the death of his father, he came back to the family farm in Moe Township. In 1968 Clifford was diagnosed with glaucoma which resulted in blindness. However, he still led an active and productive life; not letting his handicaps slow him down. He suffered a stroke in 1988 which eventually placed him in several nursing homes; the last one being the Howard Lake, Minnesota, Good Samaritan Center. He passed away suddenly on February 4, 2000.
Clifford is survived by an aunt, Esther (Hogan) Holst of Chicago; brother: Lawrence and sister-in-law Elaine Jacobson of Santa Barbara, CA; sister: Ellen (Jacobson) Wood and brother-in-law Bill Wood of Mesa, Arizona; two nephews: Richard Jacobson and Travis Wood; three nieces: Sheila Currie, Patricia Ball, Lorelei Wood; numerous cousins; other relatives; and many friends. Clifford is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Earl and Raymond Jacobson.
Clifford will be remembered by his family and friends for his cheerful personality and unfailing good humor in spite of his disabilities. A funeral service was held on Friday, February 11, 2000 at 2 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria, with Reverend Richard Bahe officiating. Interment was in the Kinkead Cemetery. Military honors were provided by the VFW Post 936.
In lieu of flowers, Clifford's family requests all donations be made to their local American Cancer Society chapter.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Cora Ovida Nelson, 91
Cora Ovida Sanders was born February 9, 1909 in Moe Township on a family farm near Brandon, Minnesota, the daughter of Olaus and Regina (Monson) Sanders. She was the ninth child born in a family of 12 children. Cora was baptized and confirmed at Chippewa Lutheran Free Church in Brandon. She attended District 84 country school through eighth grade. She was graduated from Brandon High School in 1928. Following school she continued to work on her parents farm and her neighbors farms.
In 1929 she met and began working for a widower, Gust Nelson, who had lost his wife to cancer. They were joined in marriage on July 14, 1931. Gust had four children from his first marriage. In addition to raising her new step children Cora and Gust raised four more children born to them.
The couple rented many different farms until the late 1930s when they moved to a farm near Lake Latoka in LaGrande Township. They purchased this farm two years later and held it until July of 1973 when it was sold to her son, Gerald. They moved into the city of Alexandria where Gust died in September of the same year. Cora then bought a house at 913 Kenwood in Alexandria. She lived there until becoming a resident at Crestview Manor in Evansville and later moving to Bethany Home in Alexandria.
Cora enjoyed making bread, lefse and rosettes at Christmas time. She took pleasure in reading, babysitting and doing embroidery work. She worked on many quilts, was a member of the Golden Glowers and Naomi Circle for many years. Cora's faith and church were always central in her life. In addition to raising Gust's children and their children together she also raised her son Gerald's two boys, Mark and Jerry. Cora's family was most important to her. She remembered everyone's birthday. Her wonderful memory, her strength of spirit and the love she gave as a mother were an inspiration to all of her family.
On February 12, 2000, Cora died at Bethany Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gust; two daughters: Diane Stoeckel and Dorothea Doerner; two sons: Norman and Lawrence Nelson; one grandson, John Lindstrom; six brothers: Oscar, Clarence, Vernon, Phillip and twin infant boys; four sisters: Esther Sanders, Ruth Bredeson and twin infant girls.
She is survived by three sons: Gordon and wife Shirley Nelson of Minneapolis; Gerald Nelson and friend Debra Wilson of Alexandria; Gary Nelson of Alexandria; one daughter: Margarite Lindstrom of Minneapolis; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; many nieces and nephews and her sister and companion Verna Bjoralt of Alexandria.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, February 15, 2000 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Reverend Marvin Larson was the officiant. Music was provided by Becky Worley and Dwayne Soderholm. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Alexandria. Pallbearers were Cora's grandsons, Jerry Nelson, Mark Nelson, Rick Nelson, John Stoeckel and Mike Born. Honorary pallbearers included all of Cora's granddaughters.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria.

Evangeline F. Wagner, 91
Evangeline F. Wagner, 91, formerly of St. Cloud died on Friday at the St. Benedict's Center. Funeral services were at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2000 at St. Benedict's Center Chapel in St. Cloud with Reverend Jeffrey Ethen officiating. Interment was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley near Little Falls with full military honors.
Evangeline was born on May 26, 1908 in Brandon, Minnesota to John S. and Elizabeth (Kraemer) Wagner. She served in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII. She was employed as a dental assistant at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in St. Cloud from 1948 to 1970. She was a member of St. Paul's Parish, VFW Post 428 Auxiliary, Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6993 and NARFE.
Survivors include her sister, Agatha Smith of Gresham, OR and caregiver niece Millie Dombrovski of St. Cloud and also nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her three brothers and four sisters.
Arrangements were with the Daniel Funeral Home and Cremation Service of St. Cloud.
Fern Herness, 84
Fern Herness, 84, died Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at her farm home in rural Battle Lake with her daughters by her side.
Fern was born April 6, 1915 near Ashby and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She made her home with her aunt and uncle, Stella and Willie Ohren, and attended school in Ashby, District 3 and District 114.
In 1938 she and Lyman Herness were united in marriage and in 1943 purchased their farm in Clitherall Township where they raised their five children. She was a homemaker and helped with their dairy and farming operation.
She was a wonderful cook and baker and her family especially enjoyed her Christmas cookies and delicious pies. She was a very honest, sympathetic and hard working person. She enjoyed nature, loved animals and flower gardening. Reading was her favorite pastime. She will be sadly missed by her family.
She is survived by her daughters: Lavay Thompson of Battle Lake; Janet (Perry) Kugler of Willmar; Judy (David) Johnson of Battle Lake: grandson: Blaine Johnson of St. Cloud; and granddaughter; Lisa (Randy) Hohbein of Oak Grove, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her husband Lyman on November 7, 1999; daughter Donna in 1994; son Jerry in 1971; son-in-law, Harley Thompson in 1988; her mother and stepfather, Annie (Pederson) Winter and Ed Winter and Stella and Willie Ohren.
Funeral service was held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Lutheran Church in rural Ashby with Reverend Wes Moir officiating. Burial was in the Trefoldighed Lutheran Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Glende-Johnson-Nelson & Nilson Funeral Home of Battle Lake.

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