CHARLES WALTER KELM
Charles Walter Kelm, age 81 of Austin, died Monday morning, Aug. 20,
at Austin Medical Center. He was born Oct. 20, 1919 in Chanhassen Township,
Carver County, to Herman A. and Lydia (Prodahl) Kelm. He attended Albany
schools and helped on the family farm until entering the U.S. Army August
31, 1942. Attaining the rank of Tech 5th grade with Battery B533 anti-aircraft
artillery, he served in the European Theater. After he was discharged Nov.
1, 1945, Charles returned to Minnesota where owned and operated a trucking
business. He moved to Austin in 1975 and continued to drive truck until
his retirement. A member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sargeant, he also
enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and playing cards. Survivors include
his very dear love, Jeanette Lemke of Austin; sons, Gerald "Jerry" Kelm
of Hopkins; Robert Kelm of Hopkins; Dennis Kelm of Eden Prairie; Ronald
Kelm of Waite Park; four grandchildren; sister, Erma Hodel of Foley; sisters-in-law,
Verna Kelm and Loretta Kelm, both of Minneapolis. He was preceded in death
by his parents; two brothers, Earl and Harold Kelm; grandson, Jason Kelm.
Memorial services were Saturday, Aug. 25 at St. John's Lutheran Church
in Sargeant with Pastor Ron Prigge officiating. Worlein Funeral Home is
in charge of arrangements. Military rites by American Legion Post 91 and
VFW Post 1216.
STEPHAN J. FROELICH
Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 21 at the VA Medical Center Chapel
in St. Cloud for Stephan J. Froelich, 76, of St. Cloud, who died Friday,
Aug. 17 at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in St. Cloud. The
Rev. Al Stangl officiated and burial was in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery
in Waite Park. Stephan was born in Albany to Henry and Mary (Novak) Froelich.
He married Lucy P. Ahles on Aug. 21, 1945, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church
in Albany. He has lived in the St. Cloud area since 1950. He worked for
30 years at the VA medical Center in St. Cloud as a plumber and Engineer
service. He is a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Waite Park.
He is also a member of the Waite Park American Legion Post # 428 and the
St. Cloud VFW Post # 4847. Survivors include his children and their spouses,
Jerome and Dianne, Nicholas, Beth and Ernest Fruth, Joenie, Susan and Andy
Neu, all of St. Cloud, Anthony and Rose Mary of Rice, and Christopher and
Patty, and Earl and Betty, both of Sauk Rapids; brother and sisters, Deloris
Rieschl of St. Joseph, Eugene of Little Falls, and Hildigard Sorrenson,
Barbara Pierz, Alice Stefen, Mary Lou Haberkorn, Florance Johnson, Joseph,
Sally Wessley, Therresa Hart, Rose Mary Jufts, Marcella Krogstad, all of
the Twin Cities area; 24 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lucy Froelich; sons, Francis
& Benedict; sister, Monica Rassmuson; brother, Sylverster; and grandson,
Eric Froelich. Pallbearers were grandchildren: Justina, Jim, Stephan, Jerry,
Lucy, Damon, Peter, Joshua, and Jessica Froelich, Melissa and Joe Fruth,
Lee Heltemes, Tammy Schmidt, Lori Keeville, and Karen and Stacey Evenrude.
RAYMOND G. SCHINDELE
Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 24, at St. Peter's Catholic Church
in St. Cloud for Raymond G. Schindele, age 75, formerly of St. Cloud, who
died on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Gregory Lieser
officiated. Burial was in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis,
with full military honors. Raymond was born on May 28, 1926, in Watkins,
to William and Barbara (Wiedel) Schindele. He was a veteran of the U.S.
Army Air Corps during WWII. He was employed by Nelson and Shodeen Construction
Company for 28 years, retiring in August of 1986. He married Agatha Danzl
Becker on May 27, 1978, in St. Cloud. He was a member of St. Peter's parish,
VFW Post 428, American Legion Post 428 of Waite Park, Knights of Columbus
Council 5548 and a past member of the Moose Lodge. Survivors include his
wife, Agatha; stepchildren, Beverly Metzger of Isanti, Dan Becker of Brightwood,
Oregon, and Joyce Genung of Monticello; 5 step-grandchildren; and 3 step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 9 brothers, and 3 sisters.
Jeffrey Whiting, 17, of Windom died June 12, 1999, in a car-train accident
in Windom. Services will be held today (Wednesday) at the Windom Area High
School in Windom with Pastor Byron Emmert, Pastor Dennis Siebert, Pastor
Michael Emmert and Pastor Jeffrey Hansen officiating. Special music will
be provided by Mary LaCanne, Molly Mix, Simone Sunderman and Rachel Ward
accompanied by Dustin Stavens and the Windom Chordhustlers. Pallbearers
will be Mike Foley, Mike Wojahn, Kent Mickelson, George Bakalyar, Ken Fast
and Roger Hoehne. Honorary pallbearers will be the ’50s group. Interment
will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Windom. Jeffrey Nathan Whiting, son of
Michael and Patricia (Smith) Whiting, was born June 19, 1981, in Atlanta,
Ga. He was received into the Christian Faith through Baptism at the Assmbly
of God Church in Mt. Lake. Jeff lived in several communities in his lifetime
and most recently moved to Windom with his family in 1996. Jeffrey was
home schooled at his home in Mt. Lake for part of his elementary education
and also attended Mt. Lake Elementary. In May of 1999, Jeffrey graduated
from Windom Area High School. He attended the Missionary Alliance Church
and was a ctive in church plays and singing in the choirl Jeffrey was also
very active during his high school years including One-Act Plays, speech
and he took fifth place at state speech his junior year, choir in which
he was a letter winner, ’50s group, choir section leader, choir vice-president
his senior year, fall musicals, Fiddler on the Roof in 1995, Oklahoma in
1996 and The Sound of Music in 1997, playing the lead, Captain Von Trapp.
He was also a letterwinner for the fall musica’s D.A.R.E. role model his
senior year, Citizenship Award his junior year and senior class speaker
for the senior class of 1999. Jeff also had been working at Nasby Agri-Systems
in Windom for the past year. Survivors include his parents, Michael and
Patricia Whiting of Windom; brothers, Josh and Tim Whiting at home in Windom;
grandparents, Keith and Geraldine Whiting of Ringsted, Iowa and Sara P.
Watson of Cuba, Mo.
Duane Olson, 66, of Mt. Lake died June 11, 1999, at his home. Services
were held Tuesday at the Trinity Lu-theran Church in Mt. Lake with the
Rev. Robert Gardner officiating. Special music was provided by Misty Karschnik,
organist. Pallbearers were Harvey Enns, Marvin Enns, Arnold Oeltjen-bruns,
Emil Oeltjenbruns, Walter Oeltjenbruns and Carl Rickert. Honorary pallbearers
were his grandchildren, Daniel Olson, Brandi Olson, Jacob Olson, Justine
Olson, Derek Olson, Marc Olson, Amber Olson and God children, Gregory Hildebrandt,
Keith Oeltjenbruns, Kelly Chester, Alison (Svalland) Poch, Derek Olson,
Amber Olson, board members of the Cooperative Oil Association of Mt. Lake,
Western Co-op Transportation, and Land O’ Lakes Regional. Interment was
at the Mt. Lake Cemetery. Duane Maynard Olson, son of Maynard and Goldie
(Dorman) Olson, was born April 2, 1933, in Hartley, Iowa. He received his
education in a country school near Mt. Lake and he graduated from the Mt.
Lake High School in 1951. Duane was baptized in 1933 in Hartley, and he
was confirmed in 1948, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake. After
high school he worked for area farmers and businesses before serving in
the United States Army. He was honorably discharged in 1962. In 1957, Duane
married Dorathea Anni Hildebrandt at the Trinity Lutheran Church. They
have been partners in farming near Mt. Lake since their marriage and he
worked at Balzer Manufacturing in Mt. Lake. Duane was a member of the Mt.
Lake V.F.W. Post #9072, the Donald Larson V.F.W. Post #9607, on the board
of directors for Mt. Lake Cooperative Oil Association, Land O’ Lakes and
Western Co-op Transport. Duane was also active on the church council. He
was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Dorathea
Olson of Mt. Lake; four sons, Douglas (Linda) Olson of Dumont; Daryl Olson
of Mason City, Iowa; Deland (Deborah) Olson of Savage and Dean (Julie)
Olson of River Falls, Wis.; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Corinne
Carlblom of Herman-town.
Harry Loe-wen, 85, of Mt. Lake died June 13, 1999, at Abbott-Northwestern
Hospital in Minneapolis. Services were held today (Wed-nesday) at the Bethel
Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake with the Rev. George O’Reilly officiating.
Harry J. Loewen, son of Jacob F. and Helena (Dick) Loewen, was born in
Carson Township, Cottonwood County, on Feb. 2, 1914. He was raised on a
farm near Mt. Lake and attended Country School District 80E, finishing
the eighth grade in the spring of 1929. The next year he attended Mt. Lake
German Bible School. After that he helped on the farm and also worked for
some neighbors. He was baptized in 1935, and joined the Bergfelder (Gospel)
Mennonite Church. In 1941, he was drafted and chose to go to civilian public
service at Denison, Iowa, where he served four years doing conservation
work. In 1942, he married Verna Schroeder. In 1943, Harry became a member
of the Bethel Mennonite Church. After the term of service at Denison, they
moved to the farm in 1945, where they continued to live. Verna died in
1957. In 1958, Harry married Mildred Etta Rogers. They continued to farm
until 1979, when Harry had his first heart attack. Harry served on the
Mt. Lake Shipping Association Board for many years, Mennonite Aid Society
and Mennonite Property Aid. He was active in the Bethel Church serving
as an usher for many years and also as treasurer and trustee. He also managed
the Care and Share Store in Mt. Lake from its beginning in 1980 until 1985.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Verna; a daughter, Janlee Ruth
Blosser; two brothers, Abram J. and Jacob J. Loewen; and five sisters,
Marie Heide, Frieda Wilmoth, Esther Loewen, Alma Loewen and Helen Loewen.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Loewen of Mt. Lake; a daughter, Velma
Jane Loewen of Normal, Ill; three grandchildren; three sisters, Linda Nickel
of Mt. Lake; Laura (Francis) Saeger of Bemidji; and Leona (David) Dick
of Mt. Lake.
Ellsworth Pietz, 76, of West-brook died June 9, 1999, at the McKennan
Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. Services were held Saturday at the Grace
Lutheran Church in Westbrook with the Rev. Gordon Trelstad officiating.
Special music was provided by organist Betty Rupp, and soloist Eunice Christensen.
Pallbearers were Nick Meyer, Vernal Wahl, Vernal Horkey, Leon Mischke,
Richard Meyer, Richard Burns, Duane Mischke and Harvey Carlson. Honorary
pallbearers were Maurice ahd Hilda Mitchell, Earl and Maureen Leverty and
Delbert and Betty Jensen. Interment was at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in
Rosehill Township, Westbrook. Ellsworth Louis Pietz was born Oct. 23, 1922,
in Rosehill Township, Cottonwood County, to Edward and Martha (Mischke)
Pietz. He was baptized and confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rosehill
Township. He attended country school. He served in the United States Navy
during World War II. After the service he returned to Westbrook where he
started farming in Rosehill Township. In 1946, Ellsworth married Gloria
Clark at Faith Lutheran Church in Westbrook. The couple farmed in Rosehill
Township until retirement. Gloria died in 1983. In 1984, Ellsworth moved
into Westbrook. In 1984, Ellsworth married Joyce Zinnef. The couple resided
in Westbrook. Ellsworth worked for the A.S.C. and the county committee
for many years. He served on the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Board. He was
a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook. He was a member of the
Short Horn Cattle Assn., a member of the Dundee Rod and Gun Club, the Westbrook
V.F.W. and the Storden American Legion. He was preceded in death by his
first wife, Gloria; and one sister, Avis. Survivors include his wife, Joyce
Pietz, of Westbrook; three children, Ricky (Cindee) Pietz of Charlotte,
N.C.; Lynn (Susan) Pietz of Faribault; and ValRee (Glen) Graff of Sanborn;
12 grandchildren; one great-grandson; three step-children, Steven Zinnel
of Stillwater; Lorelei Hafey Francke of San Antonio, Texas; and David Zinnel
of Phoenix, Ariz.
Lois Tilton, 72, of Storden died June 12, 1999, of a heart attack at
her home in Storden. Services will be held today (Wednesday) at the Bethany
Lutheran Chuch in Storden with the Rev. Alan Buresh officiating. Honorary
pallbearers will be the Legion Auxiliary Post 391 and Storden American
Legion Post 391. Interment will be at a later date and time. Lois L. Tilton,
daughter of Anton "Tony" and LuLu Nielsen, was born in Arco, April 5, 1927.
She attended school in Arco and graduated from Ivanhoe schools. She married
Robert Tilton in 1949. After their marriage, the couple lived in Willmar
before moving to Storden in the summer of 1965. After moving to Storden,
Lois worked for the Campbell Soup Company in Worthington. After working
for Campbell’s Soup, Lois began working for the Fingerhut Company in Windom
and worked for them until her retirement. After retirement, Lois babysat
for several years for the Gary Gillis family in Storden. She was preceded
in death by one son. Survivors include her husband, Robert, of Storden;
children, Bob (Ellen) Tilton of Champlin; Richard (Cindy) Tilton of Mankato;
Tom Tilton of Porterville, Calif.; Jerry (Jane) Tilton of Waukegen, Ill.;
Toni (Bill) Quade of Storden; Marie (Ron) Koehn of Clinton, Okla.; a brother,
C.R. "Ric" (Del) Nielsen of Addison, Ill.; a sister, Martha (Maurice) Smith
of St. Cloud; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Leland Johnson, 70, of Mt. Lake died June 9, 1999, at the Good Samaritan
Village in Mt. Lake of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Services were held
Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake with the Rev. Robert Gardner
officiating. Special music was provided by Lois Anderson, organist. Pallbearers
were Lloyd Carlson, David Dick, Paul Harder, Alfred Johnson, Steve Johnson
and David Olson. Interment was at Mt. Lake Cemetery. Leland Stanford Johnson,
son of Otto and Jennie (Loof) Johnson, was born April 25, 1929, at the
Bethel Hospital in Mt. Lake. He received his education at Cottonwood County
District #67 country schol and the Mt. Lake Public School. Leland was baptized
at the Christian Reformed Church of Mt. Lake and in 1980 transferred his
membership to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Lake. In 1952, Leland
married Verna Rempel. They made their home and farmed together north of
Mt. Lake for most of his life. Over the past years he served as a Sunday
School teacher, Elder and Deacon in the Christian Reformed Church. He also
served as Church Treasurer and particiated in the church choir at Trinity
Lutheran Church. He also served on the Mt. Lake Elevator Board of Directors,
the Midland Cooperative Board of directors and he was a former member of
the Mt. Lake Lions Club. He was preceded in death by four brothers, John
Otto, Harm, Elmer Johnson and one in infancy; and two sisters, Gertrude
Harder and one in infancy. Survivors include his wife, Verna Johnson, of
Mt. Lake; five children, Barb (Jim) Quiring of Chanhassen; Larry (Gemma)
Drees of Red Lake Falls; Susan (Mike) Lucht of Tuscon, Ariz.; Doug Johnson
of Denver, Colo.; and Diane (Scott) Ling of Champlin,; eight grandchildren;
a brother, Lawrence (Caroline) Johnson of Windom; four sisters, Ella Olson,
Grace Peters, Irene Loewen and Verna (Raymond) Oeltjenbruns, all of Mt.
Elizabeth Hill, 88, of Auburn, Iowa, died June 10, 1999, Our House
Hospice in Slayton. Services were held Monday at St. Mary’s in Auburn with
Father Mark E. Harrington officiating. Special music was provided by Pastor
Barry Hill, Angie Heezen, Karen Gray, Dean Palmer, Gail Palmer, Norma Simmons
and Rob Hill. Pallbearers were Don Palmer, David Palmer, Glen Herrig, Mark
Herrig, Chris Herrig, Steve Herrig, Scott Hill and Kelly Hill. Honorary
pallbearers were Anita Tipton, Barb Metz, Kathy Schuck, Debi Sheets, Denise
Ling, Michelle Baumhoefner, Pamela Epley and Jennifer Hill. Interment was
at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Auburn. Elizabeth Rose O’Tool, daughter of James
and Theresa (Schulte) O’Tool was born Feb. 24, 1911, in Breda, Iowa. She
received her education and graduated from Auburn Public School in 1919
and received a teaching certificate from Cedar Falls Teachers School. She
married Lawrence Hill in 1934. Following their marriage they farmed in
Auburn, Cylinder and the Emmetsburgs, Iowa, area. They then settled in
the Auburn area and farmed for 18 years. In 1957, they moved to Iona, retired
and returned to Auburn in 1971. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Altar
Society in Auburn; St. Ann’s Council of Catholic Women and the Chat and
Sew Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; brothers,
Lawrence, Leonard and James O’Tool; sister, Laurellia Haubrich; four grandchildren
and three great-grand- children. Survivors include her children, Richard
(Alda) Hill of Blue Springs, Mo.; Daniel (Maggie) Hill of Mt. Lake; Janice
(Don) Palmer of LeMars, Iowa; Harold (Virginia) Hill of Windom; Marilyn
(Ed) Herrig of Wilmont; Lawrence Jr. (Linda) Hill of Independence, Mo.;
Robert (Mary) Hill of Hadley; a sister, Cordellia Steffes of Carroll, Iowa;
22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren
and three step-grandchildren.
Evelyn Loudermilk, 82, of Windom died June 8, 1999, at the Immanuel
Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato. Services were held Friday at the First
United Methodist Church in Windom with the Rev. Jeffrey Hansen officiating.
Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery in Estherville, Iowa. Evelyn Marie Swartz,
daughter of Walter and Fern (Wood) Swartz, was born in Estherville, Iowa,
on May 17, 1917. She was received into the Christian faith through baptism
at the Terril Methodist Church in Terril, Iowa. After living a few years
in Estherville, Iowa, Evelyn moved with her family to Terril where she
graduated from high school in 1934. Evelyn was active in her church and
4-H Club as a young person and she worked in private homes. In 1941, Evelyn
married Teddy L. Loudermilk. After their marriage, Evelyn was a houswife,
mother and worked for Ted’s relatives. Later Evelyn worked in the Lakefield
Hospital for four years and after moving to Windom, she began to work for
the Sogge Good Samaritan Home in Windom for six years until she was disabled
in 1973. In 1985, Evelyn and her husband moved to their current residence
in Bingham Lake. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church
in Windom and of the Memorial Committee Committee of the United Methodist
Women and a Sunday school teacher. She was preceded in death by a daughter,
Marie VanNorman; one grandchild and one great- grandchild. Survivors include
her husband, Teddy Loudermilk of Bingham Lake; children, Dale Loudermilk
of St. James; Sybil (Wally) Minion of Bingham Lake; Rhonda (Howard) Friesen
of Pemberton; sisters, Beth (Eugene) Huebner of Gnadenhutten, Ohio; Eileen
(Dale) Blunt of Terril, Iowa; 17 grandchildren; and 15-great-grandchildren.
Eugene ‘Gene’ Sames, 62, of Loveland, Colo., died June 9, 1999. Services
were held Saturday at Allnutt Hunter Chapel in Loveland with the Rev. Kim
Latterell officiating. Interment was at Gunnison County Cemetery. Eugene
Sames, was born April 28, 1937, at Lakefield to Mathew Nicholas and Caroline
(Erkens) Sames. He graduated from Windom High School in 1955. In 1965,
he married Doris J. Brown. He was a computer program analyst at Western
State College in Gunnison, Colo., and at Northeastern Jr. College in Sterling,
Colo., before retiring in 1992. He was preceded in death by his wife. Survivors
include a son, Michael Sames of Sunnyvale, Calif.; a daughter, Diane (Michael)
Hellbusch of Loveland; sisters, Donna (Robert) Colhour of Loveland; and
Georgia (Melvin) Rients of Lakefield; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services for Gerard “Gardy” Richter, age 81, of Perham, Minn.,
will be Friday, September 7, 2001 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham
with Father David Rieder officating. Visitation will be Thursday, September
6, 2001 at the Schoeneberger Funeral Home in Perham, from 4-8 p.m. with
prayers at 5 p.m. Gardy died Tuesday, September 4, 2001 at the Perham Memorial
Home. Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, Minn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Funeral services for Florence L. Caughey, age 93, formerly of Perham
and Bemidji, Minn., will be Thursday, September 6, 2001 at the United Methodist
Church, Perham, Minn., beginning at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Elaine Foote-Blum
officiating. Burial will follow in the Perham Village Cemetery, Perham,
Minn. Visitation at Schoeneberger Funeral Home in Perham is one hour prior
to the funeral at the church. Florence died Sunday, September 2, 2001 at
Haven Homes Nursing Home in Maple Plain, Minn. Florence L. Caughey was
born Florence Lillian Johnson on November 26, 1907 in Fergus Falls, Minn.,
the daughter of Andrew and Freda (Lekman) Johnson. She graduated from Perham
High School and subsequently married Lyle G. Caughey in Perham on September
1, 1926. Florence graduated in June 1944, with a B.S. degree in art from
Bemidji State Teachers College (Bemidji State College), Bemidji, Minn.
She was an accomplished painter and a published poet and was invited to
join the International Society of Poets of which she was a distinguished
member at the time of her death. Florence and Lyle lived in Bemidji for
many years while owning and operating the Bemidji Candy Company until its
sale in 1975. In 1976, they moved to Brainerd, Minn., after purchasing
the Johnson Cigar Company there. They retired from business in 1981 and
returned to Bemidji. Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle;
two brothers, Floyd A. Johnson and Russell J. Johnson, both of Perham,
Minn. and a grandson, Jeff Bell. Surviving Florence is her daughter, Shadya
of Oceanside, Ore.; one sister, Marilyn (Don) Hanson of Fargo, N.D. and
one grandson, Tim Bell of Bozeman, Mont. In lieu of flowers memorials can
be sent to the United Methodist Church of Perham, The American Cancer Society
or Parkinsons Disease Research. Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, Minn.,
is in charge of the arrangements. Thomas Turgeon
Thomas Gabriel Turgeon, 83, Vergas, Minn. died on Wednesday, August
29, 2001 in MeritCare Hosptial, Fargo, N.D. Private family services will
be held on Saturday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes, Minn.
with Father Jerry Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Lake Sybil Cemetery,
Vergas. Thomas Gabriel Turgeon was born the ninth of sixteen children of
Edward and Malvina (Emond) Turgeon on October 3, 1917 in North East Minneapolis,
Minn. There he was raised and attended Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School
in Minneapolis and one year of De LaSalle in Minneapolis. He then attended
Edison High School in Minneapolis graduating in 1937. At the age of 24,
he entered the United States Navy in 1942 and served during WWII until
June of 1945. He was united in marriage to Edna Bruhn on May 14, 1949 in
Incarnation Catholic Church in Minneapolis. They resided and raised their
family in South Minneapolis. He was employed as a tool and die machinist
for American Machine and Tool in Minneapolis and then retired from Ideal
Manufacturing in Bloomington, Minn. Thomas and Edna retired to Vergas in
1980. Thomas was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit
Lakes. He enjoyed watching the birds and made sure they had breakfast,
lunch and supper every day, so they would stick around to visit him and
Edna. He is survived by his wife, Edna of Vergas, one daughter, Marie of
Vergas, two sons, John (Janet) of Perham, Minn., Brian (Lori) of Coon Rapids,
Minn., two sisters, Sister Marguerite of Sister Joanne both of Minneapolis
and one brother, David of Apple Valley, Minn. He is also survived by three
grandchildren, Michael, Jacob and Valerie. He was preceded in death by
his parents, seven brothers, Richard at infancy, Philip, Raymond, Maurice,
Andre, Joseph and Father Bob and four sisters, Eveline, Adrienne, Marian
and Sister Dorothy. Arrangements are with the Furey Funeral Home, Vergas,
Funeral services were held for Evelyn Vuori on Thursday, August 30,
2001 at the Karvonen and Son Funeral Home in New York Mills, Minn. with
Pastor Timothy J. Newman officiating. The hymns were sung by Andy and Janet
Tumberg. Evelyn was laid to rest in the Dallas Cemtery in Dallas, Wis.
with grave side services by Pastor Richard Flaa. Evelyn Louise Vuori was
born on May 10, 1907 in Dallas, Wis., the oldest daughter of Henry and
Inga (Petersen) Hanson. Evelyn grew up and attended faithfully the elementary
school. She completed high school in 1927 and graduated from the Barron
High School in Barron, Wis. Following high school, Evelyn attended Rice
Lake, Wis. Normal School for Teachers from which she graduated in 1928.
Having taught school at Minong, Wisc., before she went as a Christian Missionary
to Finland in 1929. In Finland, Evelyn met Reverend Arthur Vuori, who taught
her the Finnish language and was also doing Christian Missionary work there.
On February 1, 1930 Evelyn and Arthur were united in marriage in Salo,
Finland. Evelyn assisted her husband in the Lord’s work in Finland, as
well as in the United States for a number of years amongst the Finnish
people. Reverend and Mrs. Arthur Vuori were called from Finland to become
the Pastors of the New York City Finnish Pentecostal Church in 1931. After
having been in New York City pastoring amongst the Finnish people, Sister
Vuori followed and assisted her husband in the Finnish work in the following
cities in different Finnish Churches, namely: Fitchburg, Mass.; Dafter,
Mich.; Ashtabula, Ohio and New York Mills, Minn. and also into Canada.
God used Mrs. Vuori, especially in Sunday School work with the youth, in
music and vacation bible school. In 1948, after Evelyn and Arthur moved
to New York Mills, Minn., Evelyn returned to the teaching profession, since
this was a pioneer in Mills. She taught in several rural school districts
near New York Mills for seven years. Following that she taught 1st grade
in Remer, Minn. and also nine years in the same grade in North Branch,
Minn. until 1967. Evelyn also taught 19 years in all public schools in
Wisconsin and Minnesota besides teaching Sunday School. In June of 1967,
Reverend and Mrs. Arthur Vuori returned to retire in their old home in
New York Mills, Minn. Sister Evelyn cared for her husband for 2 1/2 years,
before his death on January 25, 1970. Evelyn’s deepest desire was to serve
Christ, her Savior. The world offered no joys to her soul, only Jesus could
satisfy. She was deeply interested in Missionary work and especially the
Finnish people and loved their language. On Sunday, August 26, 2001 Evelyn
passed away at North Haven in New York Mills, Minn. at 94 years of age.
She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Preceding Evelyn in
death were her parents; two sons: Irving Arthur and George; daughter, Ruth
Elizabeth. Evelyn is survived by two daughters: Esther (Maurice) Olson
of Milwaukee, Wis. and Judy (Ralph) Hetland of Alexandria; seven grandchildren;
four great-grand- children; three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters:
Myrtle (Richard) Flaa of Cameron, Wis.; Lila Miller of Poskins, Wis.; brother,
Lester (Eleanor) Hanson of Cameron, Wis.; many other relatives and a host
of friends. Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen and Son Funeral
Home of New York Mills, Minn.
Harlan "Butch" Bahr of New Strawn, Kan. died suddenly on Thursday,
August 30, 2001. Funeral services will be held in Burlington, Kan. He is
survived by his wife Madeline (Gardner) Bahr, her children Sue (Mel) Ellis
of Foxhome, Minn., Robert Gardner of Rochester, Minn. and Elen Bahr of
Minneapolis and their grandchildren, Joshua, Heide, Chris and Katherine.
Condolences may be sent to Madeline Bahr, 344 5th Street, New Strawn, KS
Funeral services were held for John Milton Mansigh on Wednesday, August
29, 2001 at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills, Minn. with
Pastor Don Salo officiating. The hymns were sung by Andy and Janet Tumberg,
accompanied by Louise Amberg. The pallbearers were Russell Jacobson, Floyd
Perala, Alvin Amberg, Albert Tervo, Martin Mursu and Harold Karvonen. Milton
was laid to rest in the Leaf Lake Finnish Cemetery, Henning, Minn. John
Milton Mansigh was born on June 22, 1926 in New York Mills, Minn. His parents
were the late John E. and Esther (Mack) Mansigh. Milton graduated from
the New York Mills High School with the class of 1945. After high school
Milton attended two years of college at Jamestown College in Jamestown,
N.D. He served in the United States Army from November 25, 1930 to August
24, 1953. Milton then worked for the Ritchie Engineering Company in Minneapolis
for 37 years, retiring in 1989. In 1991 Milton moved to New York Mills.
On August 25, 2001 Milton passed away at the Elders’ Home in New York Mills,
Minn. at 75 years of age. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Milton is survived by two sisters: Marcella Johnson of Seaside, Ore.; Mary
Ann (Corrie) Karlsen of Livermore, Calif.; nephews: Terence and Michael
Johnson and James and Samuel Carmichael; nieces: Sharon Johnson and Susan
(David) Doerr; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Arrangements
were provided by the Karvonen and Son Funeral Home of New York Mills, Minn.
Funeral services for Mary Theresa Baumgartner, age 95, of Petersburg,
Neb., were Monday, August 20, 2001, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Rush
Lake, rural Perham, Minn. The Reverend Jerry Nordick officiated. Burial
was in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Petersburg, Neb. Mary died at her
daughter Betty’s home near Perham, Minn., on August 17, 2001. Mary was
born on March 27, 1906, near Petersburg, Neb., to John and Anna Mary (Koch)
Majerus. On April 26, 1933, she married Joseph J. (J.J.) Baumgartner at
St. John the Baptist Church in Petersburg. They farmed west of Petersburg
until 1963 when they moved into Petersburg. J.J. died March 11, 1970. Mary
loved the outdoors and flowers. She had a huge garden filled with every
kind of flower. Mary was known to everyone as Grandma B. Surviving Mary
are her children, Anna Mary Carrlson of New York Mills, Minn., Peter Joseph
(Helen) Baumgartner of Petersburg, Neb, Elizabeth Joan (John) Werner, of
Perham, Minn., and Joseph Richard (Flor) Baumgartner of Columbia, South
America; one sister, Elizabeth Voichahoske; 25 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mary in death are her parents; her husband; brothers, Joseph
Majerus, John Majerus and Peter Majerus; son-in-law, John Carrlson; grandson,
Lyle Baumgartner and great-grandsons, Jacob Carrlson and Derek Frandsen.
Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, Minn., was in charge of the arrangements.
Funeral services for Dollie June White, age 84, of Wadena, Minn. were
Friday, August 24, 2001 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Rush Lake, rural
Perham, Minn. The Reverend Jerry Nordick officiated. Burial followed in
the Perham Village Cemetery, Perham, Minn. Dollie died Monday, August 20,
2001 at the Perham Memorial Hospital in Perham. Dollie was born June 14,
1917, to William and Vera (Kaldenberg) Pitcock, in Iowa. As a young child,
she moved with her family to Winona, Minn. where she attended school. In
1934, Dollie married Melvin White in Austin, Minn. Melvin, their nine month
old son, Eddie and Dollie’s oldest sister, Edna Dennison, died in a car
accident near Sauk Centre, Minn., in 1941. On September 21, 1941, Dollie
married Melvin’s brother, Jesse White, in Michigan. They moved to a farm
near Perham, Minn., on the Toad River in 1945 where they farmed. Upon retirement,
they moved to New York Mills, Minn. and then to Wadena, Minn. Jesse died
in 1980. Dollie sold her home and moved into Humphrey Manor in Wadena in
the late 1980’s. In Nov. 1999, Dollie moved to Shady Lane in Wadena and
then to Perham Memorial Hospital and Homes in Perham on June 29, 2001.
Dollie loved to read, sing, play the organ, be the center of attention,
and spend lots of time with her great-grandchildren. Dollie was very family-oriented.
She enjoyed visiting, playing cards and she loved red roses. Surviving
Dollie is one daughter, LaVerne Gleason and fiancé, Phillip Scott
of Perham, Minn.; special friend and companion, Rodney Hass of Wadena,
Minn.; grandchildren, Kathy Havnes of Menahga, Minn., John (Connie) Gleason
of New Ulm, Minn. and Dan (Franci) Gleason of Perham, Minn.; two sisters,
Nell Roe of Hayfield, Minn. and Florence Pearl (Joe) Sternhagen of Rose
Creek, Minn.; ten great- grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding Dollie in death are her parents; two spouses, Melvin and Jesse
White; infant son, Eddie White; two brothers, William and Tony Pitcock
and two sisters, Edna Dennison and Willena “Dutch” Kiefer. Schoeneberger
Funeral Home, Perham, Minn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Funeral services for Herbert F. Huwe, age 82, of Perham, Minn., were
Saturday, August 25, 2001 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Corliss Township,
rural Perham, Minn. The Reverend Del Meyer officiated. Burial followed
in the church cemetery. Herb died in the early morning hours of August
21, 2001 at the Perham Memorial Nursing Home in Perham. Herbert Otto Ferdinand
Huwe was born on April 20, 1919, in Corliss Township, Perham, Minn., the
son of Otto Huwe and Anna (Butzke) Huwe. On May 18, 1919, he was baptized
in to the hope of Christ’s resurrection and on April 19, 1936, he publicly
professed that same faith when he was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran
Church, Corliss Township, rural Perham, Minn., where he was a member for
his entire life. Herb and his four siblings have all stayed in the Perham
area. Herb farmed with his father before entering the armed forces of our
country. Serving in the U.S. Army, Herb saw action during WWII in the Panama
Canal and later in both the European and African theater. He received numerous
military honors for his service. After returning home, Herb farmed with
his brother, Art, until 1981, when they both retired from farming, and
also, married Malinda (Rosen) Brasel. Herb and Malinda lived in Corliss
Township until they moved into Perham shortly before his death. Herb will
be remembered for his quiet nature, as well as his love of deer hunting,
fishing, especially spearing, and playing cards. Surviving Herb is his
wife, Malinda; two step-daughters, Lavaun (Pat) Griffin of Rockford, Ill.
and Ardes (Kim) Yearout of Albuquerque, N.M.; one brother, Art (Evelyn)
Huwe of Perham, Minn.; two sisters, Cora Brasel and Elva Brasel, both of
Perham, Minn.; four step- grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
Preceding Herb in death are his parents, and one sister, Pauline Wendt,
who died just two months ago. Herb will also be remembered by many other
relatives and friends who mourn his death. Schoeneberger Funeral Home,
Perham, Minn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Funeral services for Elroy Carl Betterman, age 85, of Dent, Minn.,
were held Wednesday, September 5, 2001 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dent,
Minn., with the Reverend Larry Schmidt officiating. Burial followed in
the church cemetery. Elroy died at the Frazee Care Center, Frazee, Minn.,
Monday, September 3, 2001. Elroy was born March 29, 1916 to Fred and Emma
(Guderjahn) Betterman in Ottertail, Minn. He was baptized in Ottertail
and later confirmed in West Miltona, Minn., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
After attending school in West Miltona, Elroy worked in farming and then
went into construction. On December 18, 1935, Elroy was united in marriage
to Leona Josephine Froemming at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Leaf Valley,
Minn. They made their home on a farm near Lake Ida for seventeen years,
then moved to Garfield, Minn. where they lived for four years. In 1963,
Elroy and Leona moved to Tenter Lake, near Dent, Minn. where they have
resided for the past 38 years. Elroy enjoyed fishing and hunting and, in
his retirement years, took pleasure in working in his workshop and playing
cards. Surviving Elroy is his wife, Leona of Dent, Minn.; three daughters,
Sandy (Ted) Smith of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Ellouise (Pat) Coates of Marysville,
Wash. and Ann (Marvin) Hexum of Dent, Minn.; seven sons, Derald (Jodi)
of Seattle, Wash., Bill (Marlene) of Alexandria, Minn., Tom (Rolly) of
Isanti, Minn., Chuck (Kathy), of Garfield, Minn., Mike (Bette) of Long
Prairie, Minn., Joe (Debbie) of Dent, Minn. and Ray (Denise) of Philadelphia,
N.Y.; 32 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild;
one sister, Erna Brueske of Garfield, Minn. and one brother, Wilfred of
Garfield, Minn. Preceding Elroy in death are his parents; daughter, Margie;
two sisters; one brother and five grandchildren. Schoeneberger Funeral
Home, Perham, Minn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Donald Edward Pederson, 81, of rural Benson died Friday, Aug. 17, at
his home at the Oak Lawn Farm, after a short illness with cancer. Funeral
services were held Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church
in Benson with the Rev. Dennis Bushkofsky officiating. Pallbearers were
Phillip Aslagson, David Pederson, Luther Pederson, Linto n Levin, Erik
Pederson and Nathan Pederson. Honorary pallbearers were Art Hulberg, Joel
Lee, Alexander Pederson, Arvid Sylvester, John Kjera, Oliver Lundebrek,
Andrew Pederson, Conrad Urke and Thov Svinge. The soloist was Sarah Anderson,
and the organist was Mary Savelkoul. There was special music by the Pederson
Quartet made up of Linden Pederson, Mark Pederson, Luther Pederson and
Matthew Pederson. Interment was in Lake Hazel Lutheran Cemetery in rural
Benson. He was born on Feb. 18, 1920, to Edward A. and Inga (Lien) Pederson
in Benson Township, Swift County. He was baptized by the Rev. J.S. Strand
at Lake Hazel Lutheran Church and later confirmed by the Rev. Herman Jorgenson
of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Benson. He grew up on the family farm and
attended School District 15 through the eighth grade, after which he continued
farming with his father and brothers. He was married to Carolyn Kjera of
rural Starbuck on Oct. 16, 1954, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Prairie
Township, Pope County. They lived at Oak Lawn Farm where he was engaged
in farming. He was also employed at Dokken Machine Works and Lorenz Manufacturing
in Benson. Later, they were agents for AFLAC Insurance. During his retirement
years, he remained active in native American history, hunting, making improvements
to the farm with his son, Edward, and enjoying family activities with his
brothers and sisters, wife, children and grandchildren. During his younger
years he enjoyed hunting and fishing, singing in the Lake Hazel choir,
men’s chorus, Lake Hazel/Pederson Brothers Quartet and playing and watching
all sports, especially baseball. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two
sons, Randall and Jeannie Pederson of Glenwood and Edward Pederson of Oak
Lawn Farm, rural Benson; one daughter, Kristine and Mark Anderson of Eden
Prairie; six grandchildren, Erik, Andrew, Alexander and Stephanie Pederson
and Sarah and Ben Anderson; four brothers, the Rev. Oliver and Margaret
Pederson of Minneapolis, Michael and Marcene Pederson of Benson, Arne and
Carol Pederson of Starbuck and Leland Pederson of Glenwood; one sister,
Florence and Harold Cole of Boulder, Colo.; two sisters-in-law, Bernice
Pothen of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Rita Pederson of Glenwood; and many nieces
and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Telford,
Elmer and Ove; and one sister, Lillian Pederson.
Charles N. Nepper, 59, of Fergus Falls died Friday, Aug. 17, at Lake
Region Nursing Home in Fergus Falls after a battle with cancer. Funeral
services were held Monday, Aug. 20, at St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church
in Mantador, N.D., with the Rev. James Gross officiating. Interment was
at the church cemetery. He was born Aug. 25, 1941, in Hankinson, N.D.,
the youngest of six children born to Herbert and Magdalene (Pausch) Nepper.
He attended grade school at Mantador and graduated from St. Francis Academy
in Hankinson in 1959. While he was going to school, he worked for the Jentz
brothers, and following graduation he worked in Minneapolis for a year
at a go-cart factory and a service station. He then returned to work for
the Jentz brothers in the implement shop. On Feb. 11, 1960, he married
his high school sweetheart, Margo Krause. They moved to Barney, N.D., and
he worked for Schuler Grain Co. In the spring of 1963, the couple moved
to Omaha, Neb., where he worked for Cargill and then owned and operated
a Sinclair service station and a used car lot. He later worked for Roger
Poster in the poured concrete business. In the spring of 1970, the family
moved near Battle Lake. He worked for Fergus Dodge as a body man. In 1971,
they moved to their present address west of Fergus Falls where he operated
Chuck’s body Shop until his health failed. He enjoyed fishing, pheasant
hunting, playing cards and spending time with his children, grandchildren
and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Margo of Fergus Falls;
his daughter, Renae Nepper of Fort Worth, Texas; his son, William “Bill”
and Renae Nepper of Glenwood; grandchildren, Trisha and Paul Hansen, Amy
and Jeramy Brady and Molly Wolfswinkel, all of Fort Worth, Texas, and Kalyn
Nepper of Glenwood; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Hansen and Raven Brady;
a sister, Lorraine and Virgil Olson of Battle Lake; a brother, John and
Joyce Nepper of Superior, Wisc. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Herbert and Magdalene Nepper; sisters, Margaret and Anna; and a brother,
Beverly Ann Nelson
Beverly Ann (Boettcher) Nelson, 62, of Hancock died Sunday, August
19, at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris. Funeral services
were held Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church
in Hancock with t he Rev. Gregg Bitter officiating. Pallbearers were Donald
Spencer, Lowell Nelson, Nick Kill, John Larson, Marlyn Sundheim and Robert
DeGier. The organist was Holly Svea and the soloist was Maurine Nelson.
Interment was at the Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock. She was born July 20,
1939, to Martin and Nettie (Eklund) Boettcher in Hancock. She was baptized
on Sept. 10, 1939, by H.C. Duehlmeier and confirmed on May 24, 1953, at
St. Paul’s in Morris. She graduated from Morris High School in 1957. On
June 29, 1957, she was united in marriage to Delray Nelson at St. Paul’s
Evangelical Lutheran Church by the Rev. Elton Hallauer. They had five sons
and one daughter. She was involved with St. John’s in the ladies’ society,
Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society, teaching Sunday School and Bible School.
In the community, she was involved with PTA, all Sports Boosters, Wrestling
Boosters, Music Mothers, 4-H leader, Kozy Klan and Hancock Homemakers Clubs,
Saddle Club, Women’s Pork Producers, Morris Toastmasters, Stevens County
Cancer Society and had a special love for Stevens County Hospice Program.
She enjoyed doing many kinds of needlework and loved music. She and her
family greatly enjoyed their association with the Communicating for Agriculture
exchange program and other youth exchange programs over the years. A most
special joy in her life was spending time with her 14 grandchildren. She
is survived by five sons, James and Angela Nelson of Tularosa, N.M., Charles
and Lisa Nelson, Douglas and Leah Nelson, Barry and Sandra Nelson and Brett
and Maurine Nelson, all of Hancock; one daughter, Barb and Mike Arndt of
Greenfield, Wisc.; 14 grandchildren, Erin and Luke of New Mexico, Alex,
Justin and Lauren, Joshua, Evan and Morgan, Austin, Andrew and Avery, Seth
and Emma of Hancock and Mallorie Grace of Wisc.; her mother, Nettie Boettcher;
three brothers, Donald Boettcher of Brooklyn Park, David and Diane Boettcher
of Morris and Joel and Deb Boettcher of Morris; and several nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Martin; brother, Gerald;
sister, Wendy; husband, Delray; and her grandparents.
Funeral services for Lorraine Thompson of Cyrus were held today, Monday,
Aug. 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus with the Rev. John Smith officiating
and interment in St. Petri Cemetery. Lorraine Frances Steuck, daughter
of William and Eda (Teinert) Steuck, was born Dec. 5, 1929, in Chokio.
She grew up on a farm near there and graduated from Alberta High School
in 1947. In 1951 she graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead. She then
taught in Fulda and Hancock. On April 17, 1954, she married Kenneth Thompson
in Chokio. They lived in the Twin Cities area until 1963, when they moved
to Cyrus to start Thompson Insulation. She did accounting for the business
until the time of her death. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran
Church where she served on the church council, was a member of the Women
of the ELCA and a member of the “Godly Women” cast. She was also active
in the Sons of Norway, Homemakers Club, the Pope County Historical Society
board and a member of the C400 Club at Concordia College. She enjoyed traveling,
crafts, working in her yard and sports, especially the Minnesota teams.
She also loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends.
She died Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the St. Cloud Hospital at the age of 71.
Surviving are her son, Daniel and Robin Thompson of Kensington; two daughters,
Judy and Lee Sloneker of Monticello and Janet and Kevin Swenson of Fergus
Falls; six grandchildren, Nathan, Maren and Aaron Sloneker, Jennifer and
Christopher Swenson and Chelzee Thompson; a brother, Earl and Grace Steuck
of Chokio; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by
her parents; her stepmother, Lucinda; her husband; and two brothers, Roger
and Oliver Steuck. Pallbearers were Paul Thompson, Scott Thompson, Barry
Schaffer, Tim Kannegeisser, Mike Steuck and Steve Mullins. Phyllis Helgeson
was organist; Connie Solvie was soloist.
Olive "Ollie" Swanson
Olive “Ollie” Swanson, 87, of Starbuck died Thursday, Aug. 23, at the
Minnewaska Lutheran Home. Funeral services were held today, Monday, Aug.
27, at the First Baptist Church in Glenwood with the Rev. Charles Horsager
officiating and interment in the Glenwood Cemetery. Linda Wharton was the
soloist; pianist was Helen Butler. Casketbearers were Tom Haavik, Gordy
Stock, Earl Jenks, Ron Vliem, Ken Elvehjem and Blaine Pederson. The congregation
sang “In the Garden” and “When the Roll Is Called up Yonder.” Olive Swanson,
the daughter of Olaf and Anna (Anderson) Johnson,was born in Minneapolis
Aug. 14, 1914. She married Allan Swanson on June 29, 1935. They lived in
Island Park from 1946-1974 where they raised their children. She was a
member of the Island Park Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. She and her
daughter, Jill, owned Ollie and Jill’s in Navarre. They lived in Lowry
for a short time before buying their home in Starbuck. She served the community
through volunteer work and was activities director at Minnewaska Lutheran
Home for a time. She was an active member of the Minnewaska Auxiliary until
her death. She was also an active member of First Baptist in Glenwood and
served as a deaconess. Surviving are her children, Jilane Legus of Henning,
Dale and Diane Swanson of Prior Lake and Linda and John Davis of Victoria;
her grandchildren, Jim and Susan Jarvey, Kevin and Susan Jarvey, Kristin
and Mark Kuhne, Craig and Penny Swanson, Tony Morrison and Lori Campbell;
great-grandchildren, Danny, Layla and Elizabeth Dodge, Ellen, Phillip and
Trey Jarvey, Lailah and Lilly Kuhne and Marina Campbell Vargas; and a sister,
Lailah and Bud Cofield of Glenwood. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Allan; her parents; and a grandson, Chad Morrison.
Ernest I. “Ernie” Clausen, 75, of Arden Hills died Saturday, Aug. 11.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 14, at The Lutheran Church of
the Resurrection in Roseville. Interment was in the Morningside Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Diane and Jerry Larson
of Fridley, Joyce and Kendy Parker of Fridley, Dean and Diane Clausen of
Lino Lakes and John and Nancy Clausen of Sedan; 10 grandchildren; sisters,
Florella and Walter Tollefson, Gloria and Charlie Knight and Joanna and
Richard Nelson; brothers, Glen and Joanne Clausen and David and Karen Clausen;
and many aunts, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded
in death by his first wife, Mary, and sisters, Evelyn Skeates and Myra
Gudrun “Goody” Steffenson, 84, of Benson, formerly of Starbuck, died
Sunday, Aug. 12, at Homestead Place. Funeral services were held Thursday,
Aug. 16, at Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck with the Rev. Benjamin Johnson
officiating. Interment was at the Kviteseid Lutheran Cemetery near Milan.
Pallbearers were her 25 grandchildren. The organist was Monica Gosseling.
The soloists were Arne Pederson and Laurel Eide. The daughter of Oluf and
Mathea (Paterson) Eide, she was born Dec. 13, 1916, at her parents’ farm
near Hancock. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. While
growing up, her family lived in various locations throughout Minnesota
and South Dakota. On Sept. 18, 1937, she married Albert Steffenson in Sisseton,
S.D. They made their home near Milan, where they lived and farmed until
1951. They moved to the Cyrus area, where they continued farming until
their retirement in 1965. Soon after retiring from farming, they moved
to Starbuck and worked various part time jobs in the area. He died on Dec.
28, 1987. After his death, she moved into the Minnewaska Apartments in
Starbuck, where she remained until entering Homestead Place-North in Benson
on Sept. 17, 2000. She was a member of Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck.
She always loved listening to music, but her greatest joy came from time
spent with her family and friends. She is survived by two daughters, Edith
and Don Thompson of Willmar and Iola and Virgil Thielke of Benson; one
son, Martin and Jeannette Steffenson of Hancock; nine grandchildren, Laurie
and Roger Olson, Valerie and David Wensauer, Mark and Vickie Thompson,
Jodie Kent, Jeffrey and Jayne Thielke, Jennifer and David Ebert, Peggy
and Terry Nohl, Chuck and Sue Steffenson and Julie and Tom Milander; 25
great-grandchildren; two brothers, Oren and Irene Eide of Fergus Falls
and Lester and Gladys Eide of Montevideo; two sisters-in-law, Gertrude
Eide of Watson and Anna Steffenson of Montevideo; and several nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two grandsons;
one grand-daughter; one grandson-in-law, Arnie Kent; and three brothers,
Joe, Palmer and Iver Eide.
Inga Gunelda Brown, 86, of Starbuck died Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Minnewaska
Lutheran Home in Starbuck. Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 17,
at the Hoplin Funeral Home with the Rev. David Grant officiating. Pallbearers
were her sons. The organist was Barbara Ask. The vocalist was Dr. Randall
Pederson. Interment was in the Lake Amelia Cemetery at Villard. The daughter
of Peder O. and Anna (Dalen) Teigen, she was born Jan. 17, 1915, in Cyrus.
She grew up in the Cyrus area and attended country school. On Aug. 20,
1932, she married James Milo Brown in Starbuck. They farmed near Sedan
until 1946, when they moved to Westport Township where they made their
home and raised 15 children. Following the death of James in 1983, she
moved to Glenwood. She had been a resident at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home
in Starbuck for the past three years. She enjoyed flower gardening, playing
cards, watching television and reading. She is survived by 12 children,
Ray and Violet of Westport, Dorene Miller of Minneapolis, Doris Shaw of
Minneapolis, Robert and Blanche of Lake City, Gilman of Grand Rapids, Richard
and Delores “Dode” of Anoka, Donald and JoAnne of Grove Lake, Ronald and
Janice of Long Prairie, Alan and Jean of Sauk Rapids, Donna Aaberg of Starbuck,
Bruce and Linda of Milaca and Joyce Moen of Cyrus; 47 grandchildren; numerous
great-grandchildren and great-great-children; three sisters, Lillian Davidson
of Benson, Lila Eliason of Starbuck and Gladys Kopitski of Morris; and
several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents;
three sons, Jerome, Harley and Gary; two sisters, Myrtle Moran and Tilda
Teigen; two brothers, Olaf and Melvin.
LeRoy K. Hanson, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, at his home in Massachusetts
after a long illness. He was a lifelong member of Chippewa Falls Lutheran
Church and his remains will be interred in the family plot at Chippewa
Falls Cemetery in Terrace at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. All friends are
welcome to gather for the service and reception.
Jacob A. Mathsen, infant, died Monday, Aug. 13 at Bergan Mercy Medical
Center at Omaha, Neb. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 18, at
the funeral home. Interment was in Lake Leven Cemetery near Villard. He
was born on Aug. 11 in Omaha, Neb. to Chris E. and Lori J. (Jensen) Mathsen.
He is survived by his parents, Chris and Lori Mathsen of Boys Town, Neb.;
grandparents, Arthur and Mary Jensen of Green Valley, Ariz., and Ronald
and Lillian Mathsen of Fargo, N.D.; great-grandmothers, Elma S. Grussing
of Sauk Centre and Helen Johnson of Valier, Mont.; and many other relatives
Harold H. Blumke
Mr. Harold H. Blumke, 75, of South Haven died Friday, October 15, 1999
at his residence. Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 19
at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fair Haven with Pastor Norman Hanan officiating.
Burial followed at the church cemetery with full military honors provided
by VFW Post #428. He is survived by his wife, Lillie of South Haven, five
children and their spouses, Dennis and Sharon of Spicer, David and Mary
of St. Cloud, Susan and Mike Michalski of Clearwater, Robert and Paula
of St. Cloud, Kris and Dan Moeller of Clearwater, two brothers and their
wives, Lenhard and LaVerne of Mesa, Ariz., Elvin and Bonnie of South Haven,
four sisters, Eleanor Kriedeman of South Haven, Gertrude Stueve of Kimball,
Mabel Kennedy of Fair Haven, Loretta Hokkala of Kingston, and 15 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter. Harold H. Blumke was born
May 10, 1924 in Fair Haven Township, Stearns County to Carl and Annie (Renken)
Blumke. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and married Lillie Lueders
May 8, 1949 in Fair Haven. He lived in St. Cloud from 1956 until 1985,
when he moved to Clearwater Lake. He was a heavy equipment operator and
mechanic, working for various construction contractors for 38 years, retiring
in 1985. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, St. Cloud VFW Post
#428, and Union Local #49 of Minneapolis. Pallbearers: grandchildren, Eric,
Aaron, Malia, Darrin, Sondra, Tara, Nancy, Laurie, and Darcy Blumke, Jeff,
Paul, and Adam Michalski, Mandy, Cole and Levi Moeller.
Earle D. Shenton
Earle D. Shenton, 88, of rural Maple Lake, died at Park View Care Center
in Buffalo on Monday, October 11, 1999. Funeral services were held on Sunday,
October 17 at the Silver Creek Reformed Church of Silver Creek. Rev. Bob
Vandevord and Rev. Bob Rusert officiated. Interment followed at Riverside
Cemetery in Monticello. He is survived by his son, Alfred, of rural Maple
Lake; and sister Dorothy Reiderer of Beach, N.D. He was preceded in death
by his parents; wife Hazel in 1990; two sisters Gertrude Cain and Elizabeth
McGowan; and two brothers, Hubert Shenton and Stacey Shenton. Earle was
born on June 11, 1911 in Monticello Township to Alfred L. and Nora B. (Clepper)
Shenton. He grew up in the Hasty area where he attended Carter School.
He then farmed with his father near Buffalo, before purchasing his own
farm in Silver Creek Township in October of 1945. On October 20, 1945,
he was united in marriage to Hazel Jensen in St. Cloud. Earle farmed his
entire life, until retiring in 1973. He then worked for Greenview as a
rest area attendant at the Weaver Lake (Maple Grove), Enfield, and Fuller
Lake (Clearwater) rest areas. He was a former member of the Hasty/Silver
Creek Sportsmen's Club. Casket bearers: Tom McGowan, Scott McGowan, Lowell
Jensen, Jeremy Jensen, Chris Jensen, Tim Jensen, Joel Carlson and Dave
Collins. Honorary casket bearers: Elvin Fieldseth, Marjorie LaCasse, Bart
LaCasse, Dean and Bonnie Hoglund, Gary and Janet Spence, and Jim and Lorraine
Leona A. Streu
Mrs. Leona Anna Augusta (Klitzke) Streu, 93, of Annandale died Saturday,
October 16, 1999. Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 19 at Zion
Lutheran Church, Annandale with Rev. Thomas Queck officiating. Burial followed
at Woodlawn Cemetery, Annandale. She is survived by son, Richard Streu
of Minneapolis, daughters-in-law, Jacqueline Streu of New Mexico, Helen
Streu of Alaska, four grandchildren, Gretchen of Zimmerman, Douglas and
James of Annandale, Lisa Flory and her husband, Craig of Alaska, two great-grandchildren,
Jack Flory of Alaska, and Daniel Spaulding II of Zimmerman. She was preceded
in death by her husband and son, John. Leona A. Streu was born June 13,
1906 in Buffalo Lake to August and Bianca (Keicker) Klitzke. She was raised
in the Buffalo Lake and Glencoe areas. As a teen, she worked as a nanny
for a pair of twins and later as a waitress. She married Erwin J. Streu
June 12, 1927 in Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis and he preceded her
in death on July 19, 1990. She raised her two sons in north Minneapolis,
moving in 1949 to a farm in French Lake Township, Wright County where she
and her husband farmed until 1969. She had the misfortune of a cerebral
hemorrhage in 1966 and was unable to speak since then. She, however, never
lost her happy, pleasant, positive, loving personality and attitude. After
her husband died, she lived independently for eight years at Centennial
Villa Apartments in Annandale. After a hip fracture, she became wheelchair
bound and moved back to the farm where her grandson, Doug and she lived
together until she became too much care for one person. She also attended
the Buffalo Adult Day Care Center on weekdays, which she enjoyed immensely.
Special thanks to all those in Wright County who saw that she was so well
cared for in her last years, including her grandson, Doug, the Buffalo
Adult Day Care Center, Jackie and Al Streitz, and Archie and Sue Archuleta.
Pallbearers: Leonard & Randy Lindberg, David Lorenz, Merlin Schwecke,
Michael Gudmunson, and Douglas Swanson. Organist: Kathy Queck.
The Douglas Cty News, Alexandria, Douglas Cty, MN, Thurs. Feb 24,
1881 page 5, column 2.
OSAKIS. The funeral of Hiram Curtis, who died of brain
fever, was held at the Union church on Monday last, conducted by Rev. F.
I. Fisher. (Transcribed from microfilm copy of newspaper at Minnesota History
Center, St. Paul, MN).
The Douglas County News ~ Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota,
Thursday, March 3, 1881, page 5, col. 3.
In Memoriam. Hiram L. Curtis
By his death, Osakis has lost one of its early settlers. He was born
in Livingston county, NY, April 23, 1819. In 1838, he came with his parents
to Porter county, Ind., where in 1854 he married Mary V. Curtis, their
union being blessed with ten children, one of which had already preceded
him to the spirit land. He made a profession of religion and became of
member of the M.E. church in 1857 of which he was still a member. In 1868,
he came with his family to Osakis where he had ever since resided. Physically
delicate, yet ambitious, he toiled bravely till the Death angel beckoned
him over the dark river. He bore his sickness with christian fortitude
and as he yielded trusting to his Father's call to come up higher. Left
the warm precincts of the cheerful day. Nor cast one longing, lingering
look behind. Sad and lonely are the hearts that now gather around the once
cheerful hearthstone. The vacant chair tells but too eloquently that a
kind father and husband has been called hence to be here no more. He is
only gone before, and in the joyful reunion beyond the tomb, the now broken
circle will again be complete.
The Douglas County News ~ Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota,
Thursday, February 24, 1881, page 5, col. 2.
The funeral of Hiram Curtis, who died of brain fever, was held
at the Union church on Monday last, conducted by Rev. F. I. Fisher.
The Douglas County News, Alexandria, Minnesota, Thursday, April 13,
1893, page 1, col. 2.
Died, at Mrs. Martha Curtis in the village of Osakis, of old
age, Mrs. Tannehill, mother of Mrs. Curtis, Mrs. J. B. Johnson, Mrs. W.
P. Long of Osakis, and Mrs. W. H. Bowman of Fullerton, Neb. The funeral
will occur today (Tuesday) at 2 o'clock p.m. from the M. E. church, Rev.
Pickard officiating. Mrs. Tannehill came to Minnesota from Ohio in 1867,
her husband having died in Ohio. They bought the farm now owned by O.O.
Johnson, but for many years the old lady has lived with her children, spending
a part of the time with her daughter in Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Bowman
were notified by telegraph and they arrived in Osakis on Monday morning.
(Transcribed from microfilm copy of newspaper at Minnesota History Center,
St. Paul, MN)
From the Crookston Daily Times, April 11, 2001
Cheryl R. Swift Wehrly
Cheryl Rose Swift Wehrly, 52, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, of Olivoponto
Memorial services were held Saturday, April 7, at Shepherd King Lutheran
Church, in Lubbock, Texas.
Cheryl was born Sept. 5, 1948 and was baptized and confirmed in the
Lutheran Faith at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston. She played
first chair violin for the Crookston Central High School Orchestra.
After graduation, Cheryl worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C. from
1966 to 1968. She married Charles Barber in July of 1968. From 1968 to
1982 she worked for a telephone company. In 1982, she moved with her husband
to Lubbock, Texas. During the following years she took on hobbies that
included singing, painting, gardening, and above all, helping the less
fortunate. While enjoying these activities she met and then married Paul
Wehrly. Cheryl retired from Southwestern Bell in April of 1999.
Survivors include her husband, Paul, of Lubbock, her son, Todd Barber
of Moorhead, daughter Angela Barber of Lubbock, step-daughter, Stephanie
Wehrly of Lubbock, Cheryl's father, Hugh Swift, Sr. of Big Lake, Minn.,
her mother, Eleanore Swift of Crookston, stepchildren Sarah (Clint) Trowbridge,
Sean, Aaron, Paul II, and Tonya; five brothers, Hugh Swift, Jr. of Farmington,
Minn., Ernest Swift of Atlanta, Ga., James Swift of Loveland, Colo., Lyle
Swift, of Harrison, Ohio, and Thomas Swift of Aurora, Colo., along with
several nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials be given to Vista Care Family Hospice,
7606 University Ave., Suite C, Lubbock, Texas, 74923.
Elroy Salvhus, 64, of Crookston died late Monday evening, April 9, 2001
at Riverview Hospital in Crookston.
A graveside service will be held at a later date.
Elroy was born on Sept. 25, 1936, the son of Osmund and Hilda (Dahl)
Salvhus. He grew up and attended school in the Clearbrook, Minn. area.
Elroy later moved to East Grand Forks, Minn. and worked for area farmers
for several years. He then began his employment at the Old Dutch Potato
Chip Factory in East Grand Forks where he worked for many years.
Elroy is survived by a sister, Mavis Schledewitz of Sydney, Mont.;
four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Willie and Helene Salvhus of Bagley,
Minn., Duane and Nancy Salvhus of Chester, MA, Norman and Evelyn Salvhus
of Cloquet, Minn., and Clayton Salvhus of Erskine, Minn.; a sister-in-law,
Dorothy Salvhus of East Grand forks, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews, and
Elroy was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Orlean,
Kenneth, and Gerald; and a sister, Bernice Riley.
John S. Schmit
John Stephen "Jack" Schmit of Lindstrom, 97, died Wednesday, April 4,
at Fairview-Lakes Hospital.
Funeral services were celebrated by Fr. Charles Brambilla on Friday,
April 6, at St. Bridget of Sweden Church in Lindstrom. Burial was in Fairview
Jack was born December 5, 1903, at Crookston to John and Genevieve
Schmit. He graduated as Salutatorian with the Class of 1921 at Cathedral
High School in Crookston. He graduated in 1933 with a degree in engineering
from the University of Minnesota (U. of M.). He also took annual continuation
studies through U. of M. He married Vivian Sanders at Crookston on Feb.
Jack was Assistant County highway engineer in Polk County and Kittson
County highway engineer from 1935 to 1939, Sterns County engineer from
1939 to 1946, Kittson County engineer from 1946 to 1955, and Chisago County
engineer from 1955 until his retirement in 1973. He was a member of the
national Association of County Engineers and was a member and served in
all offices, president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer and executive
board, of the Minnesota Association of Professional Engineers. He was a
member of the Chisago County Planning Commission, the Elks Club, a charter
member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Hallock, Minn. where he was a
member for over 50 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for
He was awarded the distinction of being listed in the Community Leaders
of America (permanent record in the Library of Congress and the Minnesota
State Library). He received an award of merit in traffic safety engineering
for Chisago County in March of 1962. He authored various articles in National
Construction and Highway Magazine, and he spoke to groups in and out of
Minnesota. He did special research work in his profession. Jack served
as chairman of the National, Minnesota, and County Highway Committees.
He traveled to Washington twice to testify before Congress on flood control
for the counties along the Red River in Northern Minnesota and he was a
delegate from Hallock to the Highway 75 convention in Tulsa, Okla. where
he was the northern most delegate for the Highway 75 project. He served
on several civil defense committees, was on the Chisago County Kichi Saga
Watershed Steering Committee, and was a member of the Chisago County Park
He enjoyed fishing, watching sports, especially football, baseball,
and hockey. He enjoyed doing special research in highway engineering.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife Vivian Sanders Schmit, parents,
sisters Dorothy Hagen, Margaret Kirtland, and brother Fred Schmit. He is
survived by daughters Jean S. Redberg and her husband James of Elkhorn,
Neb., Janet Lacy and her husband Phil of Jacksonville, Fla., Janice M.
Skoog and her husband Donald of Lindstrom, Kathryn Plaisted and her husband
Allen of White Bear Lake, 11 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.
Erven (Dewey) Kittelson, formerly of Fertile, died March 23, 2001 in
St. Paul. Interment was at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Mr. Kittelson
was a retired truck driver. He was born July 22, 1929, the son of Ole and
Gunda Kittelson of rural Fertile. He attended schools in Fertile and at
the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston. He was a veteran of the
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother John H. Kittelson.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Evelyn Kittelson and nephews of Babbitt,
Minn. and many "skyway friends," and Char Kapoun and Lois Torvi.
From the Crookston Daily Times, June 18, 2001
Millie Arness, 86, of Palisade, Minn., died Friday, June 15, at her
Funeral services will be at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in
Aitkin, with Rev. Lonnie Lee officiating. Interment will be in the Waukenabo
Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home before the services on Monday.
Arness was born on March 23, 1915 in Crookston to John and Emma (Moe)
Gudanger. She attended schools in Crookston and rural Fisher. She married
Jens Arness in Polk County on March 21, 1934. They moved to Duluth and
then to the Bain area in 1945. Millie came from a family 17 children and
family was important to her. She raised 17 children and enjoyed her family,
gardening, cooking, baking, and crossword puzzles.
She is survived by seven daughters, Beverly Pappas of Glendale Hts,
Ill., Arlene Casey of St. Cloud, Joyce Rovelle of Hurst, Texas, Corrine
Greeley of Bloomington, Sandra Anderson of Bremerton, Wash., June Patterson
of Hudson, Wisc., Joan Sherlock of Manvel, N.D., five sons, Jerry of Blaine,
Minn., Gary of Palisade, Bobby of Secour, Ala., John of Aitkin, and Greg
of Pueblo, Colo., 31 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren, 5 sisters,
Agnes Stenson and Mae Gudvanger, both of Grand Forks, N.D., Florence Baker
of Lake Park, Minn., Helen Wagner of Palisade and Esther Gudvanger of Bloomington,
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jens, children
Jeanettte, Marilyn, Bonnie, Alice, and Shirley.