Miscellaneous Wadena County, Minnesota Obituaries - 2000

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Richard B. Ratzlaff
Aug. 30, 1916–May 28, 2000
Richard B. Ratzlaff, 83, died Sunday, May 28, at the Aberdeen (S. D.) Living Center.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, with the Rev. Ronald Jensen officiating.
Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen, with the Miller-Huebl Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Richard B. Ratzlaff, son of Johnny and Ethel McKenzie Ratzlaff, was born Aug. 30, 1916, in Jamestown, N. D.
He moved with his family to a number of towns in North Dakota and Montana as a child and graduated from Ellendale (N. D.) High School (Class of 1934).
Mr. Ratzlaff earned a bachelor of science degree at North Dakota State College in Ellendale in 1941 and served with the U. S. Coast Guard during World War II.
He and Lorene Zinter were married at Ellendale on June 8, 1941.
In 1951, he earned a master of science degree at the University of North Dakota and he continued his education at the University of Wyoming, Northern State College, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Dakota State College.
Mr. Ratzlaff taught at the Aliceton Consolidated School in Lisbon, N. D., and at public schools in Ryder, N. D., St. Ignace, Mich., and Monango, N. D., before moving to Aberdeen, S. D., in 1957, where he taught at Monroe and Holgate Junior High for 22 years.
His wife died April 17, 1965, and he married Naomi Locken at Aberdeen on Nov. 26, 1965.They continued to live in Aberdeen.
Mr. Ratzlaff retired in 1979 after 38 years of teaching. He also worked in the summer with the North Dakota ASCS committee, the Pete Bradbury Construction Co. and at Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.
A member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, he taught Sunday School there. He also belonged to the North Dakota Education Association, the National Education Association, PDK, the Aberdeen Teachers Association, Cosmopolitans, Sons of Norway, McKenzie Clans of America, the Aberdeen Area Retired Teachers Association and the American Heart Association.
He had traveled in all 50 states, as well as in Mexico, the Scandinavian countries and Canada and enjoyed biking, reading, gardening, collecting poems, bird watching and athletics.
Surviving are his wife–Naomi, Aberdeen; three daughters–Jackie (Larry) Jones, Detroit Lakes; Lynette (Robert) Rombs, Mandan, N. D., and Robin (Rob) Sandquist, Aberdeen, and a sister–Ethel Thiele, Park River, N. D. There are four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his first wife, Mr. Ratzlaff also was preceded in death by his parents and a son (Richard).

Betty J. Bergstrom
Sept. 12, 1933–May 26, 2000
Betty J. Bergstrom, 66, died Friday, May 26, at her home at Rochert.
The funeral was at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, from the West-Kjos Chapel in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Bill Meyer officiating. Harriet Davis was the soloist.
Interment was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Shell Lake Township of Becker County, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Cecil Adams, James Wilson, Allen Knopf, Loren Danielson, Melvin Wilson and Laurel McKenzie.
Betty Cartwright, daughter of Earl and Arvilla Johnson Cartwright, was born Sept. 12, 1933, in Detroit Lakes.
She grew up in Shell Lake Township and, as a young woman, worked with her brothers in peeling pulp from trees for use in making paper products.
On May 25, 1954, she and Gustave Bergstrom were married in Detroit Lakes.
Following their marriage, she worked at the Swift & Co. Processing Plant in Frazee for 16 years and, after leaving the Swift firm, she worked for the RDO Potato Harvesting firm in Park Rapids. She retired in 1994.
A member of Wolf Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary No. 8165, she enjoyed raising chickens and turkeys and also baby-sitting neighbor children.
Surviving are her husband–Gustave "Billy" Bergstrom, Rochert; a daughter–Linda (Mark) Nord, Rochert, and a brother–Joseph Cartwright, Portland, Ore. There are two grandchildren.
Preceding Mrs. Cartwright in death were her parents, two brothers and a sister.

Edna Laverne Grindberg
July 25, 1915–May 28, 2000
There will be a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, from St. John’s Lutheran Church at Height of Land for Edna Laverne Grindberg.
Mrs. Grindberg, 84, a resident of Fargo, died at Dakota Heartland Hospital in Fargo on Sunday, May 28.
Interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, with the Boulger Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Edna Jahnke, daughter of Erick and Lucy Senkbeil Jahnke, was born July 25, 1915, in Belfield, N. D.
She moved to Minnesota at the age of three, attended rural school near Frazee and married Eddie Grindberg at Frazee in 1936.
She worked for a telephone company, for Lutheran Social Services and Bethany Homes in Fargo until retiring in 1986.
Mrs. Grindberg enjoyed her flower garden and making quilts.
Surviving are four sons–Ralph (Belva), Rochert; Arnold (Jane) and Wayne (Pat), both of Fargo, and Conrad (Valira), Mapleton, N. D.; two daughters–Janice Grindberg, Fargo, and Alice Heille, Detroit Lakes, and a brother–Erick Jahnke, Newton, Ia. There are 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Wednesday, May 31, 4-7 p.m., Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo, with prayer service at 7 p.m.

Glenn S. Christofferson
Jan. 19, 1914–May 25, 2000
Glenn S. Christofferson, 86, died Thursday, May 25, at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, from Lake Grove Lutheran Church, rural Waubun.
Rev. Melody Kirkpatrick officiated at the funeral, Sue Heisler was the organist and special music was by Lloyd Benson.
Interment was at the church Cemetery, with the Mattson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Bud Heisler, Tom Fritz, Al Stangle, Allen Hanson, Don Peterson and Pete Christofferson.
Grandchildren served as the honorary pallbearers.
Military rites were by Isaacson-Bjorge American Legion Post No. 31 of Mahnomen.
Glenn Christofferson, son of Gunder and Clara Sorenson Christofferson, was born Jan. 19, 1914, at Esplie and moved as a child with his family to the Waubun area..
He grew up and attended school there, graduated from Waubun High School (Class of 1932) and then farmed with his father near Waubun. He also served with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as foreman of an overhaul and repair shop at Park Rapids.
Mr. Christofferson served with the U. S. Army from 1942-45 and then returned to Waubun and became an electrician journeyman.
On June 20, 1952, he and Jeanette Heisler were married in Waubun, where they made their home.
Mr. Christofferson worked in Moorhead, then at Lee Electric in Mahnomen and then attained a master electrician’s license after which he became an electrical inspector for the State of Minnesota in the early 1970’s and continued in that position until the time of his death.
A member of Lake Grove Lutheran Church, he also belonged to the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, Isaacson-Bjorge American Legion Post No. 31 of Mahnomen and the Trailblazers Snowmobile Club.
Surviving are three sons–William "Bill" (Renee), Hawley; Peter (Sue), Navarre, Fla., and John (Dayna), Napa, Calif.; two daughters–Stella (Len Beil) Ley, Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Joanne (Greg Gilbert) Mittet, Lisbon, N. D., and four sisters–Florence Fritz, Detroit Lakes; Verna Peterjohn and Verona Gordon, both of Minnetonka, and Joy (Bob) Agrimson, St. Paul. There are six grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Christofferson in death were his parents, his wife (who died in 1998) and a brother (Dick).

Sheila M. England
Dec. 2, 1950–May 25, 2000
Sheila M. England, 49, the former Sheila Dodds of Detroit Lakes, died at Meritcare Hospital in Fargo on Thursday, May 25.
The funeral was at 12 noon on Monday, May 29, from St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo.
Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fargo, with the Boulger Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Sheila Mary Dodds, daughter of William Clark and Mary Ann Hage Dodds, was born at Detroit Lakes on Dec. 2, 1950.
She grew up in Detroit Lakes, graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1969), attended Moorhead State and St. Cloud State and married Michael England at Detroit Lakes in 1973.
They lived in Moorhead a few years before moving to Fargo, where Mrs. England operated a daycare service in her home.
Surviving are her husband–Michael; two sons–Nicholas, Fargo, and Jacob, Longley, Tex.; her father–Dr. William C. Dodds, Detroit Lakes, and four sisters–Martha (Bob) Sumada, Minneapolis; Barbara (Carroll) Rasch, St. Louis Park; Kathy Lynch, Bozeman, Mont., and Betsy (Terry) Taves, Detroit Lakes.

Hugo Allen Hendrickson
Feb. 14, 1929–April 30-, 2000
Hugo Allen Hendrickson, 71, a resident of Milwaukie, Ore., and formerly of this area, died Sunday, April 30.
There was a memorial service on Sunday, May 7, from the Milwaukie Center, with the Rev. Seppo Heikkila officiating.
Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rapids.
Hugo Allen Hendrickson, son of Allen and Mary Haanpaa Hendrickson, was born at Butte, Mont., on Feb. 14, 1929.
He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1947) and served with the U. S. armed forces during the Korean War.
He earned a doctorate in education and worked for 35 years in public school systems as a teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent.
Mr. Hendrickson taught at Waubun and Baudette and also in Rialto, Calif., was a counselor in Rialto and in Grand Rapids, served as superintendent of schools at Sundance, Wyo., at Round Mountain, Calif., and at Albany, Ore., and served as principal at Chisholm and at Portland, Ore.
He was a longtime member of the Finnish Lutheran Church, as well as the Finnish Brotherhood.
Surviving are a son–Todd, Milwaukie; a daughter–Cheryl, Milwaukie; a brother–Melvin, Arizona, and three sisters–Vivian, Chisholm; Viola, Billings, Mont., and Mabel, Colorado. There are three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Hendrickson in death were his parents and a son (Steven).
Memorials: Preferred to the American Cancer Society.

William O. "Bill" Rolstad
Sept. 14, 1908–May 23, 2000
William O. "Bill" Rolstad, 91, a former Detroit Lakes resident, died Tuesday, May 23, at his home in Pendleton, Ore.
The funeral was from the Burns Chapel in Pendleton on Tuesday, May 30.
William O. Rolstad, son of John and Randi Aspen Rolstad, was born at Audubon on Sept. 14, 1908, and married Evelyn Erickson at Detroit Lakes on March 30, 1932.
Mr. Rolstad enjoyed playing the fiddle and belonged to the Old Time Fiddlers Association of Richland, Wash., and of the Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers of Eastern Oregon. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Surviving are his wife–Evelyn; a son–Edward Rolstad, Pendleton; three daughters–Betty Reynolds, Walla Walla, Wash.; Grace Crosson, Sacramento, Calif., and Joyce Dickonson, Chicago, Calif.; three brothers–Calvin Rolstad, Hugo; Robert Rolstad, Milaca, and Stanley Rolstad, Mora, and two sisters–Agnes Telander, Mankato, and Esther Thompson, Yuciapa, Calif. There are 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Marie Holl
Sept. 27, 1908–April 20, 2000
Marie Holl, 91, a longtime Waubun area resident, died Thursday, April 20, at St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, from St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Waubun.
Fr. Mietek Bejek, O. M. I., officiated at the funeral, while special music was by Lea Stech.
Interment was at the church Cemetery, with the Mattson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Edwin Scherping, Raymond Bisek, Albin Scherping, John Rassel, Bill Stalboerger and Victor Eiynck.
Marie Weihs, daughter of John and Anna Wenker Weihs, was born Sept. 27, 1908, at St. Cloud.
She attended school at St. Cloud and Brainerd and–following the death of her father when she was eight years of age–lived with her grandparents in Freeport.
Upon completing her schooling, Marie lived in St. Paul and was employed as a cook at a girls’ college.
On April 28, 1928, she and Anthony "Tony" Holl were married in St. Paul.
They made their home and farmed in Popple Grove Township of Mahnomen County (near Waubun).
Mrs. Holl cared for their handicapped daughter (Carolyn) for 28 years until her death in 1976. The Holls moved into Waubun in 1981 and Mr. Holl died in 1986.
Mrs. Holl was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and its Ladies Aid.
Surviving are three sons–Ted, John (Marge) and Bob (Kathy), all of Waubun,. and two half-sisters–Katy Eide, Brainerd, and Lorraine Bradley, New Braunfels, Tex. There are seven grandchildrn and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and her daughter, Mrs. Holl also was preceded in death by her parents, another daughter (Elaine) and a granddaughter.

Elmer W. Nickolauson
May 20, 1931–April 22, 2000
Elmer W. Nickolauson, 68, a retired construction firm co-owner, died at his home at Detroit Lakes on Saturday, April 22.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, from the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Donald Nickolauson and the Rev. Bill Meyer officiating.
Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Walt Lenius, Ken Post, Russell Post, Herb Wallace, Jim O’Sullivan, Kevin Nickolauson, Wayne Nickolauson and Eric Nickolauson.
The honorary pallbearers included Kelly Carlson, Jeremy O’Sullivan and Craig Jariz.
Elmer Nickolauson, son of Gustaf and Hazel Clark Nickolauson, was born May 20, 1931, in Sisseton, S. D.
He moved to the Detroit Lakes area with his family as a child, attended country school near Height of Land Lake and served with the U. S. Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Nickolauson and Myrna Hastings were married at Larimore, N. D., on Jan. 19, 1957, and lived in the Frazee-Detroit Lakes area.
He was a heavy equipment operator for various road construction firms and, in 1975, he and Walt Lenius purchased the McCarty Construction Co. of Frazee and operated it as Lenius-Nickolauson Construction Co. until Mr. Nickolauson retried in 1993.
Surviving are his wife–Myrna, Detroit Lakes; three daughters–Vicki O’Sullivan, St. Joseph; Cheri (Marc) Jariz, Eden Prairie, and Jill Ziegler, Hinckley, and three brothers–Arvin (Gladys), Frazee; Verlin (Sandy), Detroit Lakes, and Donald (Carol), Osage. There are three grandchildren.

Theresa Shaide
May 23, 1923–April 22, 2000
Theresa Shaide, 76, died Saturday, April 22, at Sunnyside Nursing Home east of Lake Park, where she had been a resident since 1997.
There was a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, from the White Earth Assembly of God Church, with Rev. Tim Brown officiating.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were Custer Wilt, Dale Neumann, Galen Olson, Kirk Field, Nathan Millage and Kyle Olson.
The David-Donehower Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Theresa Weaver, daughter of Wallace and Eloise Johnson Weaver, was born May 23, 1923, in White Earth.
She was raised and attended school in White Earth and married Gerald Rogers in White Earth in 1940.
Following the death of Mr. Rogers, she married Termaine Shaide in Callaway on Dec. 21, 1946. They moved to Borup in 1946 and he died in 1963.
Mrs. Shaide moved to Waubun in 1964 and lived there until entering Sunnyside.
Surviving are a son–Dale (Lynda) Rogers, Park Rapids; two daughters–Margaret Rogers (Custer Wilt), Waubun, and Geraldine "Gerry" Rogers, Lake Park, and a brother–Jimmy (Judy Gonzolas) Weaver, Waubun. There are 10 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, Mrs. Shaide also was preceded in death by a son (Robert Shaide).

Myrtle Benson
March 28, 1915–April 24, 2000
Myrtle Benson, 85, a longtime resident of the Otter Tail Nursing Home in Battle Lake, died there on Monday, April 24.
The funeral was at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, from Lake Grove Lutheran Church, rural Waubun.
Rev. Melody Kirkpatrick officiated at the funeral, Sue Heisler was the organist and special music was by Lloyd Benson.
Interment was at the church Cemetery, with the Mattson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Roger Benson, Verlyn Skersick, Jerome Benson, Wayne Benson, Lenny Swanson and William Gomall.
Myrtle Benson, daughter of Ben and Hannah Pederson Benson, was born March 28, 1915, near Waubun.
She attended the Adams School near Waubun and lived on the family farm for many years before becoming a resident of the nursing home.
Miss Benson was a member of Lake Grove Lutheran Church.
Surviving are two brothers–Walter (Cecelia) and Vernon (Edna), both Waubun, and a sister–Lillian (Vernon) Holo, Madison, Wis.
Myrtle Benson was preceded in death by her parents and a sister (Nelly).

Mary E. Speed
June 5, 1951–April 17, 2000
Rites were at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, from St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Wadena for Mary E. Speed.
Mrs. Speed, 48, died at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena on Monday, April 17.
Fr. Tom Knoblach and Fr. Al Holmes officiated at the funeral.
Interment was at the Wadena Cemetery, with the Bielema Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Mark Pearson, Brian Erickson, Joseph Berning Jr., Edward Berning, Thomas Berning and Daryl Mattson.
The honorary pallbearers included Shawn Speed, Charley Speed, Jonas Stumbo and Jason Berning.
Mary E. Berning, daughter of Jerome and Betty Bower Berning, was born at Browns Valley on June 5, 1951.
She attended school in Beardsley, received a licensed practical nursing degree at Fergus Falls Community College and took medical secretary training at Northwest Technical College in Wadena.
On Nov. 14, 1971, Mary Berning and Brad Speed were married in Wadena.
The Speeds operated Time Jewelry Store in Brainerd and in Staples and she also worked at various medical facilities.
She enjoyed collecting angels.
Surviving are her husband–Brad; her parents–Jerry and Betty Berning, Wadena; three daughters–Christina (Jason) Blair, Wadena; Heather (Robert) Spolarich, Palisade, and Monica (Aaron) Hagen, Aitkin; a son–Craig (Olivia) Speed, Aitkin; a sister–Cheryl (Tom) Speed, Wadena, and two brothers–Ron (LuAnne) Berning, Detroit Lakes, and Darrell (Debra) Berning, Watertown, S. D. There are eight grandchildren.

Mary B. Kappel
June 10, 1930–April 27, 2000
Rites were at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, from Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes for Mary B. Kappel.
Miss Kappel, 69, died at her home in Detroit Lakes on Thursday, April 27.
Fr. Jerry Rogers officiated at the funeral.
Interment was at Holy Rosary Cemetery, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mary B. Kappel, daughter of Nick and Agnes Coyle Kappel, was born at Detroit Lakes on June 10, 1930.
She grew up in Detroit Lakes, graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1948) and graduated from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul as a medical technician in 1952. She was employed at the Dakota Clinic in Fargo as a cyto technologist from 1955 until retiring and moving to Detroit Lakes in 1992.
A member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, she was a volunteer at the St. Mary’s Nursing Center. She belonged to the Church of the Nativity in Fargo and the Catholic Daughters.

Thomas P. McCarthy
March 15, 1935–April 27, 2000
An interment service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2, at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Detroit Lakes for Thomas P. McCarthy.
Mr. McCarthy, 65, died in St. Paul on Thursday, April 27.
The funeral was at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 1, from the St. Paul Cathedral.
The O’Halloran and Murphy Funeral Home had charge of arrangements in St. Paul and the David-Donehower Funeral Home had charge of arrangements in Detroit Lakes.
Thomas P. McCarthy, son of Clarence and Catherine Fraser McCarthy, was born at Detroit Lakes on March 15, 1935.
He grew up here, graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1953) and served with the U. S. Army. During his working years, he lived in Winona and St. Paul.
Surviving are two sons–Michael (Martha Benda) and Tim (Deveny), both St. Paul; three daughters–Colleen (Kieren) Hannigan and Kathleen McCarthy, both Minneapolis, and Megan McCarthy, Chicago, Ill.; two brothers–Joe (Ethel), Albany, and Jim (Elizabeth), Detroit Lakes, and four sisters–Mary Brandser, Hawley; Liz Schiller, Detroit Lakes, and Rosemary Bliss and Pat (Milt) Kraemer, both St. Cloud. There are four grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. McCarthy in death were his parents, two brothers (Frank and George) and two sisters (Kate and Marlene).

Helen Marie Askelson
Dec. 22, 1934–April 20, 2000
Helen Marie Askelson, 65, died Thursday, April 20, at her home in Faribault.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, from the Faribault Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. Tomm Byrtus officiating.
Interment was at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park in Faribault, with the Boldt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Helen Marie Blegen, daughter of Merwyn W. and Nora A. Blegen, was born Dec. 22, 1934, in Decorah, Ia.
She married Harlan Askelson of the Felton area on Feb. 27, 1955, and they graduated from the Minnesota Academy for the Deaf at Faribault.
Surviving are her husband-Harlan, Faribault; a son–David (Irene) Askelson, Owatonna; two brothers–Oris (Arlene), Mora, and Cletus (Dorothy), Alexandria and two brothers-in-law–Donald (LaVonne) Askelson, Lake Park, and Clair (Sharon) Askelson, Felton. There is one granddaughter and a number of nieces and nephews.

Norman W. Glander
Oct. 10, 1928–April 21, 2000
Norman W. Glander, 71, died Friday, April 21, at his home in Frazee.
The funeral was at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, from Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Ted Barthels officiating.
Interment was at Mount Olive Lutheran Cemetery, with the Furey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Norman William Glander, son of William and Bertha Tobeck Glander, was born Oct. 10, 1928, in Toad Lake Township of Becker County.
He was raised and attended a country school in Toad Lake Township and worked with his father and a brother (Duane) in the Glander Saw Mill in Toad Lake Township most of his life. He retired from his duties at the saw mill due to health reasons in 1993.
Mr. Glander and Shirley Gamer were married at Evergreen on Dec. 28, 1956.
He was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church.
Surviving are his wife–Shirley, Frazee; a son–Scott (Ann), Frazee; three daughters–Linda (Mike) Lage, Audubon; Karen Glander, Detroit Lakes, and Julie (Brian) Adams, Frazee; two sisters–Elaine (William) Oelfke and Mildred (Norman) Quittschreiber, both Frazee, and a brother–Duane (Ann), Detroit Lakes. There are five grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Glander in death were a daughter (Lori Kay, who died in infancy), and his parents.

Marjorie P. Norum
June 2, 1916–April 25, 2000
Marjorie P. Norum, 83, the wife of P. A. "Art" Norum and formerly of Detroit Lakes, died at Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead on Tuesday, April 25.
There was a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 28, in the Bottolfson Centrum at Eventide Nursing Home. The Wright Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Marjorie Bergland was born at Osnabrock, N. D., on June 2, 1916, attended elementary school in Walcott, N. D., and attended high school in Hazen, N. D., and in Bismarck, N. D.
On Nov. 2, 1934, she and P. A. "Art" Norum were married in Bismarck.
They lived in Bismarck, Kenmare and Harvey in North Dakota, at Sidney and Plentywood in Montana and in Detroit Lakes while Mr. Norum was employed by the J. C. Penney Co. Mr. Norum was manager of the store in Detroit Lakes for many years.
Upon Mr. Norum’s retirement in 1974, they moved to Arizona and lived there until returning to Minnesota in 1999.
Surviving are her husband; a son–Richard, Peoria, Ariz.; two daughters–Janice (Paul) Knutson, Nevis, and Mary (Jim) Edmister, Moorhead, and a sister–Fran Froeschle, Atlanta, Ga.. There are five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

LaForrest "Frosty" Kemper
Jan. 5, 1947–April 24, 2000
Rites were at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 28, from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Mahnomen for LaForrest "Frosty" Kemper.
Mr. Kemper, 53, died Monday, April 24, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N. D.
Fr. Rick Lambert officiated at the funeral, Lavon Slette was the organist and special music was by Monica Winter.
Interment was at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery in Waubun, with the Mattson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Joe Reller, Jerome Kemper, Jeff Bettels, Pat Bettels, Elmer Schoenborn and Rick Kemper.
Mr. Kemper’s nieces and nephews were honorary pallbearers.
LaForrest Kemper, son of Joseph and Lorraine Haider Kemper, was born at Mahnomen on Jan. 5, 1947.
He grew up and attended school in Waubun, graduated from Waubun High School (Class of 1965) and then worked on the family farm for many years until his health forced him to find other employment.
He sold seed for the Peterson-Biddick Co., the Wensman Seed Co. and R. J. Hunt Seeds, all of Wadena, and then started selling Old American-Mid-American insurance–including property, casualty, life, health and crop hail–for the Lake Park and Cuba Insurance Agency. Mr. Kemper also had his own agency and sold for multiple carriers.
A member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Waubun, he also belonged to the Mahnomen Lions Club, the Mahnomen Area Sportsman’s Club, the Waubun Wildlife Club and Ducks Unlimited. One of his paintings once was one of the top 15 contenders for a state duck stamp.
Surviving are his parents–Joseph and Lorraine Kemper, Waubun; five brothers–LaMonte (Wanda), Bozeman, Mont.; Michael (Colette), Mahnomen; Ron (Jane), Waubun; Thomas (Julie), Moorhead, and Kenneth (Karri), Isanti, and a sister–Kathleen (John) Grise, Waubun. There are many nieces and nephews.

Thomas P. McCarthy
A former Detroit Lakes resident, Thomas P. McCarthy, 65, died unexpectedly in St. Paul on Thursday, April 27.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 1, at the St. Paul Cathedral.
Interment will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2, at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Detroit Lakes.
The O’Halloran and Murphy Funeral Home has charge of arrangements in St. Paul and the David-Donehower Funeral Home has charge of arrangements in Detroit Lakes.

Ervin W. Swapp
June 12, 1923–April 30, 2000
There was a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3, from First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes for Ervin W. Swapp.
Mr. Swapp, 76, a retired Detroit Lakes painter, died at Dakota Heartland Hospital in Fargo on Sunday, April 30.
The Rev. Mervin Thompson officiated at the service, Juliette Gunderson was the organist and the soloist was Clint Felker.
Interment was at Aspelund Lutheran Cemetery at Flom, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the honorary pallbearers were Sam Sumner, Jerry Simonson, Waldo Johnson, Mike Olson, Ron Chapman and Allen Knopf.
Ervin Swapp, son of William and Addie Thompson Swapp, was born June 12, 1923, at Enderlin, N. D.
He moved with his family as a young boy to Fargo, joined the North Dakota National Guard while in high school and served in the South Pacific during World War II.
Following the war, Mr. Swapp settled in Detroit Lakes and worked for the Madison Silo Co. and the Addison-Miller Ice Co.
On March 18, 1951, he and Mavis Sanden were married in Detroit Lakes.
Mr. Swapp worked as a painter for Wes Johnson, later for Kent Freeman and then went into business on his own. He retired in 1985.
Mr. Swapp enjoyed the outdoors, birds, animals and fishing.
A life member of Jess-Omundson Post No. 1676, the Detroit Lakes unit of Veterans of Foreign Wars, he also belonged to the Fargo American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans. He earned the Presidential Unit Citation Badge and organized and worked on creating a memorial in Fargo to honor the 164th Infantry.
Surviving are his wife–Mavis, Detroit Lakes, and three sisters–Betty Elofson, Fargo; Marion Moe, Frazee, and Mavis (Monroe) King, Horace, N. D. There are several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother (Robert) and a sister (Doris Johnson).

Russell Houkom
Feb. 23, 1921–April 28, 2000
Russell Houkom, a former Detroit Lakes resident, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 28, in Arizona. He was 79.
There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 5, from Sonland Lutheran Church, 432 Ocotilla, Casa Grande, Ariz. There also will be a memorial service at Detroit Lakes at a future date.
Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Moorhead.
Russell Houkom, son of Joe and Claire Houkum, was born in Grand Forks, N. D., on Feb. 23, 1921, attended the University of North Dakota and then served during World War II as a pilot stationed in Iran with the U. S. Army Air Corps.
He settled in Detroit Lakes after being discharged from the armed forces and worked as a contractor and also remodeled homes, working in the Detroit Lakes area during the summers and in the Phoenix, Ariz., area during the winters.
Mr. Houkum belonged to the Elks and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Surviving are a brother–Duane, Lago Vista, Tex., and three step-children–Chip (Judy) Skauge, Minneapolis; Tim (Belinda) Skauge, Moorhead, and Linda (Scott) Sheryak, Pelican Rapids. There are five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two nieces and a nephew.
Preceding Mr. Houkum in death were his parents and his two wives (Lois Allen and Louella Skauge).

Delores Howe
Aug. 3, 1935–April 27, 2000
Services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, from the Furey Chapel in Vergas for Delores Howe.
Mrs. Howe, 64, died at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo on Thursday, April 27.
Interment was at the Lake Sybil Cemetery, rural Vergas, with the Furey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Delores Ann Splinter, daughter of Delbert and Ruth Nelson Splinter, was born Aug. 3, 1935, in Steger, Ill., was raised there and graduated from Crete Monee High School in Illinois.
Miss Splinter and Bruce Edward Howe were married Feb. 22, 1955 in Charleston, S. C. She attended nursing school at Prairie State College in Chicago.
Mr. Howe died Aug. 14, 1989, and she then moved to Pelican Rapids, where she owned and operated Strom’s Resort on Pelican Lake. She moved to Vergas in 1996.
Surviving are a son–Rodney (Betty), Chicago, and two daughters–Doreen (William) Odom, Steger, Ill., and Cindy (Charles) Dillon, Greenville, S. C. There are five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Howe also was preceded in death by her parents and a son (Brion).

Edward L. Eidenschink
Dec. 7, 1913–April 23, 2000
Rites will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 28, from Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes for Edward L. Eidenschink.
Mr. Eidenschink, 86, a longtime Detroit Township farmer, died Sunday, April 23, at St. Mary’s Nursing Home.
Fr. Jerry Rogers will officiate at the funeral and the Resurrection Choir will provide the vocal music.
Interment will be at the church Cemetery, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Shawn Eidenschink, Jeff Eidenschink, Eric Eidenschink, Lisa Eidenschink, Anthony Eidenschink, Sarah Jenson, Bob Jenson and Randy Jenson.
Edward Louis Eidenschink, son of George and Catherine Stein Eidenschink, was born Dec. 7, 1913, at Detroit Lakes and was raised and attended school in Detroit Lakes.
On Aug. 21, 1939, Mr. Eidenschink and Lillian Duckstad were married in Detroit Lakes and farmed their entire married life in Detroit Township.
Surviving are his wife–Lillian, Detroit Lakes; two sons–Steve (Elizabeth) and Mark (Gail), both Detroit Lakes; two daughters–Susan Eidenschink, Auburn, Wash., and Ann (Roger) Jenson, Detroit Lakes; two brothers–Lawrence, Madison, Wis., and Norbert (Anita), Detroit Lakes, and three sisters–Clara (Lloyd) Schoenberger, Marcella Eberhardt and Leona Maldeney, all of Detroit Lakes. There are eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Eidenschink in death were his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Visitation: Thursday, April 27, 6-8 p.m., at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Knights of Columbus rosary at 6:45 and parish prayers at 7.

Henry J. "Hank" Teiken Jr.,
Nov. 14, 1929–April 22, 2000
Henry J. "Hank" Teiken Jr., 70, died at his home at rural Ogema on Saturday, April 22.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, from St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in White Earth, with Fr. Mietek Bajek, O. M. I., and Fr. Martin Machovek, O. M. I., officiating.
Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in White Earth, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Nathan Teiken, Jesse Lindsay, Jody Lindsay, Dan Teiken Jr., Jedidiah Hanson, Mae Ann Hedlund, Bobbi Jo Teiken and Shawn Teiken.
Henry John Teiken Jr., son of Henry and Ann Jasken Teiken, was born Nov. 14, 1929, in Ogema and was raised and attended school in Ogema.
On Sept. 15, 1951, Mr. Teiken and Trula Caye were married in White Earth and farmed at rural White Earth.
Mr. Teiken served on the ASCS committee for many years, worked for the Soo Line Railway Co and also for R. D. Offut, along with serving as a part-time policeman in Ogema.
Surviving are his wife–Trula, Ogema; two sons–Dan (Carol), Ogema, and Jim, Cass Lake; a daughter–Patsy (Russ) Hanson, Ogema; three brothers–Leonard, Littleton, Colo.; Maurice "Boots," Ogema, and Dave, Olympia, Wash., and five sisters–Marie Lohman and Lorraine (Louis) Trujillo, both of Littleton, Colo.; Doris Reller, Detroit Lakes, and Marge (Darwin) McArthur Sr. and Elaine "Pon" (James) Hoban, both of Ogema. There are eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Teiken in death were six brothers and sisters.
Visitation: Wednesday, April 26, David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, 4-8 p.m., with parish prayers at 7. Also one hour prior to funeral on Thursday at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church.

Ronald K. Goodrich
May 1, 1946–April 21, 2000
Ronald K. Goodrich, 53, Hawley, died Friday, April 21, at his home.
The funeral was at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, from Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes.
Fr. Jerry Rogers officiated at the funeral, Sr. Patrice Eblen was the organist and vocal music was by the Resurrection Choir.
Interment was at Holy Rosary Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were John Evenson, Craig Ouse, Greg Campbell, Paul Evenson, Robert Rudh and Mike Graver.
Ronald K. Goodrich, son of Kenneth and Patricia Goodrich, was born May 1, 1946, in Aberdeen, S. D., and moved to Fullerton, N. D., as a young boy, where he grew up and graduated from high school.
From 1964-68, he served with the U. S. Air Force and was stationed at Minot, N. D.
Mr. Goodrich and Barbara Sherlin were married in 1969 and lived in Rothsay, where he operated the truck stop and later drove truck for G. N. Evenson and Minn-Dak Transport of Pelican Rapids.
On Aug. 25, 1990, Mr. Goodrich and Cheryle Hansen Stanford were married in Detroit Lakes.
They lived in Pelican Rapids, where he was employed as a truck dispatcher, and then moved to Grafton, N. D., where he worked as a dispatcher for Tri-Campbell Farm of Grafton. They moved to Hawley in 1997, where he worked as a self-employed trucker.
Mr. Goodrich enjoyed antique cars and flying airplanes.
Surviving are his wife–Cheryle; a step-daughter–Ronda (Jeffrey) Ellingson, Pelican Rapids; a step-son–Gerald (Gina) Stanford,Pelican Rapids; his mother–Patricia Goodrich, Audubon; two brothers–Richard (Diane) Goodrich, Detroit Lakes, and Steven Goodrich, Omaha, Nebr., and five sisters–Marlene Hanson, Jamestown, N. D.; Karen (Larry) Wischnak and Patty Goodrich, both Detroit Lakes, and Joanne (Calvin) Steeke and Diane (Gene) Steeke, both Frazee.
Preceding Mr. Goodrich in death was his father.

MariAnne P. Anderson
Feb. 16, 1913–April 21, 2000
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 28, from the West-Kjos Chapel in Detroit Lakes for MariAnne P. Anderson.
Mrs. Anderson, 87, died Friday, April 21, at St. Mary’s Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes.
Rev. Mark R. Olson will officiate at the funeral and the soloist will be Clint Felker.
Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Jon Anderson, Dennis Anderson, Mark Anderson, Debbie Anderson, Kathy Lormis, James Anderson, Tami Heille, Jolene Peterson, GeriAnn McDermond, Lonnie Kinnischtzke, Leisha Walth, Twyla Barth, Joel Anderson and Jody Wheeler.
MariAnne Preston, daughter of Wilbur and Nettie Doyle Preston, was born Feb. 16, 1913, in Adrian, Mich.
She moved to Big Falls as a young girl, where she grew up and attended school and–on Oct. 20, 1930–married Clarence T. Anderson at Detroit Lakes.
The Andersons lived in the Audubon and Frazee areas during their entire married life. Mrs. Anderson worked for a number of years in distribution of the Minneapolis Star Tribune in the Detroit Lakes area.
She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary No. 612 of Fergus Falls.
Surviving are three sons–Clarence M. "Andy" (Bertha) Anderson and William "Gerry" (Freda) Anderson, both Detroit Lakes, and Patrick "Bernie" (Sharon) Anderson, Frazee. There are 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mrs. Anderson in death were her husband (who died Dec. 2, 1991), her parents, five brothers (Charles, Wilbur, Elmer, Willis and Willett) and two great-grandsons.
Visitation: Thursday, April 27, West-Kjos Funeral Home, 4-8 p.m.

David Eberhardt
Sept. 3, 1942–May 5, 2000
David Eberhardt, 57, who grew up in the Detroit Lakes area, died Friday, May 5, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9, from Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Larpenteur and Kennard in St. Paul.
Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, with the Mueller Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
David Eberhardt, son of LeRoy and Marcella Eberhardt, was born at Seattle, Wash., on Sept. 3, 1942.
He grew up at Moorhead and Detroit Lakes, graduated from the Moorhead Vocational Technical Institute and served with the U. S. Air Force.
A retired diesel mechanic, he belonged to Teamsters Local 120 and lived at St. Paul and Chippewa Falls, Wis.
A country western dance instructor, he had belonged to Alchoholics Anonymous for 28 years. He enjoyed dancing, skiing and hunting.
Surviving are his wife–Sue; nine children–Renee (Jeff) Orn, Carol, Chris, Cliff (Peggy), Russ, Ken, Chuck, Darlene and Nick; his mother–Marcella Eberhardt, Detroit Lakes, and two brothers–Gary and Kevin (Debbie). There are nine grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his father and a brother (Roger).
Memorials: Preferred to Maplewood of Chippewa Falls Alano, or to cancer research.

Jerome "Jerry" Flom
July 23, 1933–May 3, 2000
Jerome "Jerry" Flom, a former teacher and principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, May 3, at Minnewaska District Hospital in Glenwood. He was 66.
The funeral was on Saturday, May 6, from Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck, with the Rev. Bruce Nelson and intern pastor Eric Thorson officiating.
Monica Gosseling was the organist and the soloists were Leonard Buysse and Rochelle Anderson.
Interment was at the church Cemetery, with the Starbuck Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Bruce Gilbertson, Mark Hedner, Ernest Janisch, Robert Frank, Ed Rasmussen Jr. and Michael McCalip.
Jerome Flom, son of John and Viola Kyllander Flom, was born in Norman County on July 23, 1933. He grew up in the Gary area and graduated from Gary High School.
Mr. Flom earned a teaching degree and a master of education degree at Moorhead State and served with the U. S. Army from 1955-58 when he saw duty as a security agent in Germany.
Jerome Flom and Joyce Aaallerud were married at Fertile on June 9, 1957.
The Floms lived at Gary and then came to Detroit Lakes when Mr. Flom was named a fifth-grade teacher and principal at Lincoln Elementary School upon the retirement of Marie Anderson. They moved to Starbuck in 1973, where he continued his duties as a school administrator and he served as a teacher and administrator for 33 years until retiring in 1991.
A member of Fron Lutheran Church, he also belonged to the Lions Club, American Legion and Elks. Mr. Flom served as a Boy Scout leader, belonged to the Lowry Friday Night Card Club, the Starbuck Lucky Ducks and enjoyed cutting wood, collecting coins and taking fishing trips to Canada.
Surviving are his wife–Joyce, Starbuck; three sons–Dan Flom, Bemidji; Tim (Deanne) Flom, Isle, and Peter (Heidi) Flom, Starbuck; two daughters–Joy (Kelton) Carlson, Farmington, and Carol (Brian) Sutton, Starbuck; two brothers–James (Verna) Flom, Hatton, N. D., and David Flom, Spokane, Wash.; a sister–Veronica (Charles) McCalip, Bemidji, and a brother-in-law–Ed Rasmussen, Minneapolis. There are eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers and a sister.

James T. Hardy
March 11, 1940–May 11, 2000
There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 15, from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Mahnomen for James T. Hardy.
Mr. Hardy, 60, died Thursday, May 11, at his home.
Rev. Tim Cook will officiate at the service. The David-Donehower Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
James T. Hardy, son of Melvin and Mildred Johnson Hardy, was born March 11, 1940, in Marshall, was raised and attended school in Marshall and graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings in 1963.
During the summer months and for a time following graduation from South Dakota State, he worked in the western states for the Bureau of Public Roads.
He then moved to Mahnomen, where he was district conservationist for the ASCS until retiring in 1989.
Mr. Hardy belonged to the Mahnomen Volunteer Fire Department, was an EMT for the Mahnomen Ambulance, was a member of Mt. Tabor Masonic Lodge of Detroit Lakes, the El Zagal Shrine and the Detroit Lakes Shrine Color Guard.
Following his retirement from the ASCS, he was a realtor with Great North Investors Land Co. in Mahnomen.
On May 23, 1988, James T. Hardy and Marcia K. Zschiesche were married in Titusville, Fal.
Surviving are his wife–Marcia, Mahnomen, and a daughter–Sherry (Darryl) Bisson, Milford, N. H. There are two grandchildren.
Visitation: Monday, May 15, one hour prior to service at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

William "Billy" Clark
There will be a graveside service at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 15, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes for William "Billy" Clark.
Mr. Clark, 39, who lived in St. Paul and formerly lived in Audubon, died in Minneapolis on Sunday, Jan. 16.
A memorial service was held in Minneapolis.
William Clark was the son of Loren and Lorna Clark, former Detroit Lakes area residents.
(David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes).

Garmen E. "Gus" Wegner
July 18, 1930–April 30, 2000
Services were at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, from the West-Kjos Chapel in Detroit Lakes for Garmen E. "Gus" Wegner.
Mr. Wegner, 69, died Sunday, April 30, at the Mendota Community Hospital in Mendota, Ill.
Fr. John Husband officiated at the funeral.
Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Garmen E. Wegner, son of Gustav and Gertrude Nelsen Wegner, was born July 18, 1930, in Hartland.
He grew up and attended school in Freeborn, graduated from Freeborn High School and served from 1948-52 with the U. S. Navy and saw action during the Korean War.
On July 12, 1953, he and Mary White were married in St. Louis Park.
Mr. Wegner graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1956 and worked for U. S. Steel for 31 years when the Wegners lived in various cities throughout the United States.
He retired in 1986 while they lived in the Chicago area and, upon retiring, the Wegners spent time traveling in their recreation vehicle.
Surviving are his wife–Mary; two daughters–Lori (Bruce) Anthony, Pine Island, and Cindi Wegner, San Antonia, Tex.; a son–Todd (Sue), Northbrook, Ill.; a brother–Robert (Lois Lee) Wegner, Elmore, and a sister–Ione (Les) Biesterfeld, Albert Lea. There are five grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents.

Gladys Viola Strock
March 24, 1907–April 22, 2000
Gladys Viola Strock, 93, died Saturday, April 22, at her home in Santa Maria, Calif.
Services were held both in Santa Maria and in Detroit Lakes.
Born on March 24, 1907, she married Henry Strock in 1927 and they farmed in the Felton area until retiring in 1959 after which they lived in Detroit Lakes and in Sarasota, Fla.
She and her husband traveled and made two trips around the world prior to his death in 1979.
Mrs. Strock then lived in Grand Forks, N. D., and Minot, N. D., and taught classes on knitting by machine. She also was known for her hand-crochted afghans.
She moved to Santa Maria in 1989.
Surviving are four daughters–Dolores Sundet, Detroit Lakes; Roberta Krim, Farwell; Lois Larsen, Waubun, and Patricia Viker, Santa Maria, Calif., and a son–William, Bellingham, Wash. There are 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

John E. Wacker Sr
Jan. 27, 1912–May 5, 2000
Services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 8, from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Evergreen for John E. Wacker Sr.
Mr. Wacker, 88, a longtime resident of Evergreen Township in Becker County, died Friday, May 5, at St. Mary’s Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes.
The Rev. Anthony Cloose officiated at the funeral.
Interment was at the church Cemetery, with the Furey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
John Ernest Wacker, son of Detrich and Anna Tessman Wacker, was born in Toad Lake Township (rural Frazee) on Jan. 27, 1912.
He was raised and attended country school in Toad Lake Township and–on July 31, 1940–was married to Sigrid Nelson at Evergreen.
They lived in Toad Lake Township for two years before moving to Evergreen Township, where he lived the remainder of his life.
Over the years, Mr. Wacker was primarily involved in farming and carpentry, although he spent his early years in logging. He belonged to the Toad Lake and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Mr. Wacker enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, woodworking and yardwork. He suffered a stroke in February, 1955, and lived at home until entering St. Mary’s Regional Hospital this past April 14.
Surviving are his wife–Sigrid, Frazee; three sons–Merlin, St. Paul; John (Kathy), Frazee, and James (Terri), Coon Rapids; two daughters–Lois (Rodney) Wiese, Isanti, and Diane (David) Fiedler, Perham, and two sisters–Arlene (Herman) Blauert, Bovey, and Anna Cutler, Bellingham, Wash. There are 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Wacker in death were his parents, five brothers and six sisters.

Richard "Dick" A. Palan
Jan. 27, 1928–May 5, 2000
Richard "Dick" A. Palan, 72, a resident of Frazee and formerly of Deer Creek, died Friday, May 5, at Dakota Heartland Hospital in Fargo.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9, from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee.
Rev. Del Stohs officiated at the funeral.
Interment was at Inman Cemetery, rural Henning, with the Furey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Richard Arthur Palan, son of Arthur Roy and Melvina Henrietta Randolf Palan, was born in Inman Township (rural Deer Creek) on Jan. 27, 1928.
He was raised in Inman Township and served with the U. S. Army during World War II.
Following his discharge from the armed forces, Mr. Palan and Elsie Jampsa were married in Miles City, Mont., on July 14, 1948.
They moved to Colorado, where he worked as a brick layer in Lakewood and Grand Junction and he then became a mason contractor and owned and operated Palan Masonry.
Mr. Palan and his brother (Roger) worked throughout the United States as they set marble on commercial buildings.
The Palans moved to Henning in 1991 and to Frazee in 1996.
A private pilot, Mr. Palan enjoyed remodeling houses and woodworking.
Surviving are his wife–Elsie, Frazee; a son–Rick, Portland, Ore., and two brothers–Morris (Janice), Deer Creek, and Roger (Marluys), Parker, Colo.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a son (Randall).

Herbert H. Dill
Oct. 23, 1912–May 2, 2000
Herbert H. Dill, 87, died Tuesday, May 2, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Tex.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 5, from The Congregational Church of Detroit Lakes.
Rev. Mark Kuether officiated at the funeral, Anne Jorgenson was the organist and the soloist was Roland Sandman.
Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Steve Helle, Mike Helle, Chris Helle, Bruce Pederson, Daniel Pederson and Joey Dill.
Herbert H. Dill, son of Homer and Evelyn Dill, was born Oct. 23, 1912, in Iowa City, Ia., attended school in Iowa and received a degree from the University of Iowa.
Mr. Dill began a career as a wildlife biologist for the U. S. Department of the Interior and was recognized as an expert on the Giant Canada Goose and wrote a book and over 50 scientific articles for publication on the subject.
He also invented the Cannon-net-trap, a device for catching geese and other animals for the purpose of marking and study. That tool was used in the Walt Disney movie entitled The Footloose Goose.
A veteran of service with the U. S. Navy during World War II, Mr. Dill established and managed many wildlife refuges in the states of Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Illinois and Missouri.
Mr. Dill was married to Elizabeth Bestick of Detroit Lakes and–following her death in 1974–married Hazel Dahlke in 1975.
A member of the Masonic Lodge, he had recently received the organization’s 50-year membership pin. He also belonged to the Lions Club.
Surviving are his wife–Hazel; a son–John Dill; three daughters–Patricia Pederson, Zoe Ann Helle and Donna Kuda, and two step-daughters–Rosaline Menton and Teresa Ainsworth. There are 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his first wife, Mr. Dill also was preceded in death by his parents.

Michelle Albrecht
July 25, 1959–April 28, 2000
Michelle Albrecht, 40, a sister of two Detroit Lakes men, died at her home in Casper, Wyo., on Friday, April 28.
The funeral was at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 8, from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Argyle.
Rev. Tim Noah officiated at the funeral, Norita Beaudry was the organist and vocal music was by the St. Rose Choir.
Interment was at St. Rose Cemetery in Argyle, with the Quanrud-Dubore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Harlan Iverson, Robert St. Germain, Charles Labine, Conrad Lubarski, Gayle Stoltman and Robert Olson.
Michelle Marie Labine, daughter of Lawrence and Mary Gothenberg Labine, was born at Crookston on July 25, 1959.
She attended St. Rose of Lima Elementary School, graduated from Argyle High School (Class of 1977) and married Robert Albrecht in 1978.
They moved to Hallock in 1982, where she was a pre-school teacher, director for the Hallock Tiny Tots and a para-professional at the Hallock Elementary School.
Surviving are a daughter–Nicole Albrecht, Moorhead; two sons–Brett Albrecht and Kellen Albrecht, both of Hallock; her parents–Lawrence and Mary Labine, Argyle; two brothers–Michael (Brenda) Labine and Jon (Cynthia) Labine, both Detroit Lakes, and two sisters–Andrea (Curt) Erickson, Springfield, and Allison (Rich) Neuschwander, Argyle. There are many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her grandparents.

Gordon D. Priem
Sept. 1, 1939–May 5, 2000
Gordon D. Priem, 60, died Friday, May 5, at his home in Detroit Lakes.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 8, from Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Ken Vollmers officiating. Betty Kohler was the organist and the soloist was Robert Kohler.
Interment was at the Lake Ida Cemetery at Cormorant, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Dan Stanley, Jack Dretsch, Bill Super, Jim Brogren, Bob Schmit and LeRoy Boland.
The honorary pallbearers included Devid Schreiber, Russell Vogt, Charlie Strom, Roger Askelson, Merle Earley and Wallace Barry.
Gordon D. Priem, son of Walter and Alice Johnson Priem, was born Sept. 1, 1939, in Candor Township of Otter Tail County, grew up at rural Vergas and attended School District No. 149 through the eighth grade.
He attended Frazee High School for three years and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1957).
Mr. Priem worked for the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Detroit Lakes and Timbermen Construction and–on Nov. 19, 1960–was married to Joyce Heimark at Pelican Rapids.
They lived in Detroit Lakes and he was employed by the Albert Hill Construction Co. for three-and-a-half years before he worked for the Daggett Truck Line from 1963-67.
Beginning in 1967, Mr. Priem was employed by Snappy in Detroit Lakes. He retired in August, 1999, after being employed as a production worker for 10 years and for the remaining years as a supervisor.
Surviving are his wife–Joyce; a son–Alan, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two daughters–Laurie Thomas, Conroe, Tex., and Tammie (Darrell) Schreiber, Fergus Falls; a brother–Jerome (Arlyss) Priem, Detroit Lakes, and five sisters–Genevieve Craft and Virginia Earley, both Detroit Lakes; Lillian Wischnak, Perham; Beverly (Maurice) Morrison, Deer Creek, and Leona (Milan) Tingelstad, Pelican Rapids. There are five grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Priem in death were his parents, a sister (Norma Priem) and two brothers (Delano and John).

Linnea A. Read
Aug. 23, 1920–May 6, 2000
Services were at 2 p.m on Wednesday, May 10, from the West-Kjos Chapel in Detroit Lakes for Linnea A. Read.
Mrs. Read, 79, died at Emmanuel Nursing Home on Saturday, May 6, after being a resident there since March of this year.
Rev. Jill Steichen officiated at the funeral, Joyce Anderson was the organist and the soloist was Kim Schnitzer.
Interment was at the Holmesville Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Linnea Olson, daughter of Oscar and Ruth Larson Olson, was born in Holmesville Township (rural Detroit Lakes) on Aug. 23, 1920.
She grew up in Holmesville Township, attended School District No. 77 and School District No. 87 and then graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1939).
Linnea Olson earned a teaching degree at Moorhead State Teachers College and taught elementary school for 20 years at Callaway, Ogema, Frazee, Barnesville and Waubun.
On May 10, 1958 she and Burt Read were married in Detroit Lakes.
They farmed for many years in the Ogema area and she moved into Detroit Lakes in 1994 following the death of her husband on Feb. 7, 1994.
Mrs. Read enjoyed photography and gardening.
Survving are a son–George (Shirley) Read, Ogema; two brothers–Oscar (Jean Carol) Olson, Cottage Grove, and James (Beverly) Olson, Twin Valley, and two sisters–Maria Read and Martha Haaland both Detroit Lakes. There are several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Read also was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters (Victoria Olson and Gladiola Dahlsad).

Delores H. Earley
Feb. 2, 1923–May 7, 2000
Delores H. Earley, 77, Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, May 7, at Emmanuel Nursing Home.
Her death came less than a month after that of her husband, who died Tuesday, April 11.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 12, from First Baptist Church in Detroit Lakes.
Rev. Jim Hinson will officiate at the funeral, Priscilla Hinson will be the organist and the soloist will be Mark Kiser.
Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Lake View Township, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Ryan Earley, Lee Bahls, Richard Earley, Merle Earley, John Matson and Dale Matson.
The honorary pallbearers will be Hugh Long, Pete Matson, Karl Hagen and Chuck Standal.
Delores Grobe, daughter of Fredrick and Emma Tietgens Grobe, was born Feb. 2, 1923, in Fargo and moved with her parents to Dunn Township of Otter Tail County (rural Detroit Lakes).
She attended Joint District No. 1 Rural School, graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1941) and then worked at Fair Hills Resort on Pelican Lake.
On April 20, 1945, Delores Grobe and Lawrence C. Earley were married at Detroit Lakes and lived in Detroit Lakes while raising their family.
Mrs. Earley worked at Emmanuel Nursing Home for five-and-a-half years, retiring at the age of 62, and then did volunteer work at Emmanuel.
A member of First Baptist Church, she enjoyed knitting and doing other crafts.
Surviving are seven sons–Jerry, St. Paul; David (Kathy), Audubon; Steven (Debbie), Detroit Lakes; Bruce, Portland, Ore.; Robert, Cedar Falls, Ia.; Kevin, Baker, and Jeffrey (Pat), Mission Viejo, Calif., and two daughters–Marcia (Henry) Amos, St. Paul, and Shawna (Arlin) Bahls, Vergas. There are 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and 11 nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mrs. Earley in death, in addition to her husband, were her parents, a grandson, a great-grandson, a brother and a sister.
Visitation: Thursday, May 11, 4-8 p.m., West-Kjos Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 7:30. Also one hour prior to funeral on Friday at First Baptist Church.

William Ommodt
June 22, 1902–May 8, 2000
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 12, from Aspelund Lutheran Church in Flom for William Ommodt.
Mr. Ommodt, 97, died Monday, May 8, at Lutheran Memorial Nursing Home in Twin Valley.
Rev. Terry Hagenson will officiate at the funeral, Carol Johnson will be the organist and Lowell Bromander and Kristine Runck will provide musical selections.
Interment will be at the church Cemetery, with the Anderson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Rebecca Blascyk, Daniel Blascyk, Teresa Blascyk, Andrew Bromander, Brian Bromander, David Blascyk, Matthew Bromander, Nathan Blascyk, William Runck and Kristine Runck.
William Ommodt, son of John and Anne Anderson Ommodt, was born June 22, 1902, in Pittsville, Wis., and moved with his family to Butterfield and then to Bowman, N. D. They moved to a farm northeast of Flom in 1914 and Mr. Ommodt attended school in Flom.
On Dec. 5, 1925. William Ommodt and Nolda Kvidt were married at rural Twin Valley. They lived and farmed northeast of Flom until the early 1960’s when they moved into Flom.
While living on the farm, Mr. Ommodt drove school bus for a short time and worked the farm until he was in his 80’s with Kenny Bromander, his son-in-law.
The Ommodts moved into Twin Valley in 1990 and lived at Valley Pines Apartments.
A longtime member of Aspelund Lutheran Church, he served on the church board for several years. He also was a 4-H leader, enjoyed playing cards and reading.
Surviving is a daughter–Arla Bromander, Twin Valley. There are four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his wife (who died Sept. 1, 1996), his son-in-law (Kenny Bromander) two sisters and seven brothers.
Visitation: Thursday, May 11, 4 p.m. until prayer service at 7:30, Anderson Funeral Home in Twin Valley. Also one hour prior to funeral Friday at Aspelund Lutheran Church.

Elsie A. Olson
Oct. 22, 1913–May 8, 2000
Elsie A. Olson, 86, a longtime Detroit Lakes resident, died at St. Mary’s Regional Health Center on Monday, May 8.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, from Zion Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dan C. Abrahams officiating.
Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Mrs. Olson’s grandchildren.
Elsie A. Reese, daughter of Frederick and Amelia Peters Reese, was born Oct. 22, 1913, in Grandview, Man., Canada.
She spent her early years in Canada, then moved to Red Wing with her parents and was married to Ernest C. Olson on June 14, 1936.
They lived in various places before settling in Detroit Lakes, where they raised their seven children and various foster children.
Mrs. Olson worked as a waitress and cook in many restaurants and, in retirement, was known as the Teddy Bear Lady since she made as many as 300 teddy bears for various people.
Survivors include four sons–Duane (Mary Ann), Lake Park; Loren (Kimberly), Portland, Ore.; Harley, Detroit Lakes, and Keith, Sterling, Va., and two daughters–June Knopp, Fergus Falls, and Sharon (Ken) Davidson, Avon Lake, Ohio. There are 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Olson was preceded in death by her parents, her husband (who died Feb. 14, 1976) and a son (Paul, who died May 23, 1980).
Visitation: Friday, May 12, 5-8 p.m., West-Kjos Funeral Home and also one hour prior to funeral Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church.
Memorials: Preferred to Zion Lutheran Church and Sunnyside Care Center.

Blanch L. Ehnert
Nov. 29, 1927–May 1, 2000
Blanch L. Ehnert, 72, died Monday, May 1, at St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 5, from Zion Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dan C. Abrahams officiating.
Grandchildren and their spouses will be the pallbearers, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Blanch Schermerhorn, daughter of Julious and Hannah Schermerhorn, was born at Herman on Nov. 29, 1927.
She and Herbert Ehnert were married in Frazee on Oct. 5, 1947, and lived and farmed there for many years before she became a case worker for the Minnesota State Welfare Department.
She retired in 1986 and, following retirement, lived in Vergas for a number of years before moving to Detroit Lakes and becoming a resident at the nursing facility.
Mrs. Ehnert held several offices, including that of president, of the Jess-Omundson Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1676 Auxiliary in Detroit Lakes. She also belonged to the Eagles, volunteered her time at the Senior Citizens Center and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Surviving are two sons–Steve (Carmen) Ehnert, Vergas, and Larry Ehnert, Fargo; two brothers–Dale (Maggie) Schermerhorn, Markesan, Wis., and Harold (Jan) Schermerhorn, Rockford, Ill., and six sisters–Sharon Rock, Fargo; Darlene (Glenn) Olson, Delores Crane and Elaine (Richard) Kertscher, all Detroit Lakes; June (Ronny) Joy, River Falls, Wis., and Cora Crow, Minneapolis. There are five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mrs. Ehnert in death were her parents, a brother and two sisters.
Visitation: Thursday, May 4, David-Donehower Funeral Home, 4-8 p.m., with prayer service at 7. Also one hour prior to funeral on Friday at Zion Lutheran Church. 
Thomas J. Fox
Thomas J. Fox, 58, a resident of Bow, N H,., and a native of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, May 12.
The funeral was at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, from St. Peter’s church in Concord, N. H., with Rev. Mitchell J. Wanat officiating.
Interment was at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord, with the Waters Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Thomas J. Fox, son of John and Margaret McNulty Fox, was born Aug. 28, 1941 in Detroit Lakes, graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1959) and graduated from the U. S. Air Force Academy (Class of 1963). He earned a master of business administration degree at the Harvard Business School in 1970.
Mr. Fox was a grain trader for the Continental Grain Co., was president of the Stockton Roller Mill Co.and served as a senior consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc.
In addition, he was president of the Zurbach Steel Co. of Salem, N. H., and general manager of the Nutmeg Plumbing Supply Co. of Danbury, Conn. Most recently, he served as manufacturing manager of the Small Business Development Center of New Hampshire.
A member of St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Peter’s Church, he was a communicant and also was a member of Council No. 112, Knights of Columbus. He belonged to the Princeton Parents Club, was a volunteer hockey coach at Bishop Brady High School and enjoyed reading, farming, sports and fly fishing. He also was a prize pumpkin breeder.
Surviving are his wife–Marie Gallivan Fox, Bow, N. H.; three daughters–Collen Alice Fox, a graduate student at the Harvard School of Public Health; Kathleen Margaret Fox, a senior at Princeton University, and Maureen Elizabeth “Molly” Fox, a freshman at Bishop Brady High School; three sons–Lt. (jg) John Peter Fox, Panama City, Fla.; Second Lt. Patrick Michael Fox, Grand Forks, N. D., and Timothy James Fox, a freshman at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and two brothers–Jerry (Barbara), Detroit Lakes, and Charles (Carolyn), Mankato. There are four nephews and three nieces.
Memorials: Preferred to St. John Regional School Memorial Fund, 61 South St. St., Concord, N. H. 03301.

Cedric Austin Pressnall
Cedric Austin Pressnall, 85, a native of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, April 22, at the Camelot Care Center in Forest Grove, Ore.
The son of Purl and Lelah Austin Pressnall, he was born in Detroit Lakes on Feb. 5, 1915, and moved with his family at an early age to homestead a farm in northern Montana. They later returned to Detroit Lakes, where he attended school.
He operated a radio and fix-it shop and worked with his father as a carpenter.
On Sept. 22, 1940, Mr. Pressnall and Grace Elizabeth Maulsby were married and moved to Tacoma, Wash., where he worked in a co-op.
During World War II, he was employed as an electrician and welder at the Todd Shipyards on Puget Sound.
The Pressnalls later moved to Auburn, Wash., where he was a machinist at the Auburn Seventh-day Adventist Academy Furniture Factory and they also lived in Puyallup, Wash., for a number of years and then moved to Gaston, where they purchased a farm and raised Charolais cattle.
Mr. Pressnall also worked at the Laurelwood Furniture Factory and set up machines so students could earn their way through school. He also invented jigs and other items to improve and speed up work at the factory before retiring in 1978.
They lived in Hillsboro for a number of years after he retired and moved to Beaver in 1995 so he could enjoy fishing on the Big Nestucca River. They moved to Forest Grove in 1999.
A member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, he enjoyed playing the accordion, the mouth organ and listening to music. Until the age of 60, he was able to walk on his hands up and down stairs.
While in Detroit Lakes, Mr. Pressnall lived across from the high school skating rink and sharpened skates and was said to have skated enough to equal a trip around the world.
Surviving are his wife–Grace; two sons–Don (Judy) Pressnall, Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and Ron (Jeanne) Pressnall, Forest Grove, and a sister–Zelda (Viv) Andrus, Puyallup, Wash. There are six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were two brothers (Art and Leonard).
At his request, there was no funeral service. The Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Eleanor Ann “Elly” Peterson
Eleanor Ann “Elly” Peterson, 70, a prominent Staples resident and the former Eleanor Bengtson of Audubon, died at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena on Tuesday, May 16.
There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 22, from the Staples-Motley High School Centennial Auditorium, with Rev. Randy Tabor officiating.
Interment will be at Richwood Lutheran Cemetery north of Detroit Lakes, with the Cremation Society of Minnesota in charge of arrangements.
Eleanor Peterson, daughter of Oscar and Helen McKeegan Bengtson, was born in Fargo on Jan. 23, 1930, and moved with her family to Lake Park at an early age.
She attended a rural one-room school through the fourth grade and then attended school in Audubon, graduating from Audubon High School as the class salutatorian.
Following high school graduation, she attended the Detroit Lakes Business College and worked from 1949-90 as a secretary, accounting clerk and administrative assistant.
Eleanor was diagnosed with scoliosis and ataxia at the age of two-and-a-half and underwent a series of stays at Gillette Hospital in St.Paul, where she would live from 9-12 months at various intervals until she was a high school freshman. She seldom saw her parents during those stays.
After completing business college, she worked at the State Bank of Lake Park, at the Peterson-Biddick Co. in Wadena and for the Wadena Clinic. She was a secretary and administrative assistant in the Staples School District for 22 years and worked and lived in Wadena before moving to Staples.
Eleanor Bengtson and Richard I. Peterson, a retired U. S. Air Force veteran, were married in 1966. He died in 1980.
She was an active community volunteer in Staples and worked on a wide variety of projects for over 30 years. She compiled historical information for the Staples Diamond Jubilee celebration (1964) and the Staples Centennial (1989) and worked on the all-school reunions in 1989 and in 1995. Mrs. Peterson also was involved with the Reunion 2000 committee at the time of her death.
Her other project involvements included the Centennial Auditorium, Staples Jaycees and Staples Rotary projects, serving as a volunteer coordinator for the Staples Food Shelf, the Star City project and with the Republican party.
In 1984, she was the first recipient of the Outstanding Layperson in Education award given by the Staples Education Association and she also received a special recognition from the Minnesota Arts Council in 1998 for her work with Arts Across Minnesota.
Two cousins survive.
In addition to her husband, she also was preceded in death by her parents and several cousins. Among those who preceded her in death were a cousin (Phil Bengtson), who served as an assistant coach and as head coach of the Green Bay Packers football team, and an uncle (J. P. Bengtson), who once served as assistant secretary of state for Minnesota.

Lena M. Walberg-Luthi
Lena M. Walberg-Luthi, 91, died at her home in Detroit Lakes on Wednesday, May 17.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 22, from Bakke Lutheran Church.
Rev. John W. Lee will officiate at the funeral, Jennifer Turnwall will be the organist and the soloist will be Farey Enget.
Interment will be at Bakke Lutheran Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Richard Walberg, Bob Walberg, Tom Walberg, Steve Walberg, Sandy Westerman, Kathy Walberg, Nancy Nelson, Scott Walberg and Sharon Ferguson.
Lena Moser, daughter of John and Margaret Kahl Moser, was born Sept. 10, 1908, in Holmesville Township of Becker County and grew up and attended the District No. 77 School near Rochert.
On Nov. 12, 1927, she and Carl Robert Walberg were married at Lake Park and farmed in Richwood Township at rural Detroit Lakes. Mr. Walberg died July 24, 1975.
She moved into Detroit Lakes and was married to William Luthi in Detroit Lakes on Feb. 28, 1981.
Lena Walberg-Luthi was a member of Bakke Lutheran Church.
Surviving are three sons–Milton (Joan) Walberg, Arlington Heights, Ill.; James Walberg, Mounds View, and Jerome (Pat) Walberg, Detroit Lakes, and a brother–George (Bess) Moser, Clear Lake. There are nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her first husband, she also was preceded in death by her parents, her second husband (who died July 1, 1993), six brothers and a sister.
Visitation: Sunday, May 21, 4-8 p.m., at West-Kjos Funeral Home and also one hour prior to funeral at Bakke Lutheran Church.

Norma E. Rossbach
Services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, from the West-Kjos Chapel in Detroit Lakes for Norma E. Rossbach.
Mrs. Rossbach, 80, died at Dakota Heartland Hosital in Fargo on Tuesday, May 16.
Rev. Tim Cook officiated at the funeral.
Interment was at the Canaan Fellowship Cemetery in Height of Land Township of Becker County, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
The pallbearers included Mike Malm, Richard Jones, Kenneth Cole, Dustin Cole, Darvin Jahnke and Ira Jahnke.
Norma Jones, daughter of Joseph and Myrtle Smith Jones, was born in Fertile on Nov. 7, 1919, and moved with her family to Fargo at the age of five. The family moved to Moorhead and then to St. Paul when she was nine and she graduated from St. Paul Mechanic Arts High School (Class of 1937).
She was employed by Montgomery Wards in St.Paul and–on Sept. 16, 1939–married Wallace J. Rossbach in Hudson, Wis.
Mrs. Rossbach was employed by A.O. Smith in St. Paul during World War II and, while her husband served with the U. S. armed forces, they lived in Louisville, Ky.; West Point, Ky.; Salzburg, Austria; Fort Knox, Ky., Duluth; Tacoma, Wash., and Anchorage, Alaska, before returning to St. Paul
The Rossbachs owned and operated the Little Club, she worked at First National Bank for seven years, then had Norma’s Dairy Store and–for eight years–owned and operated Norma’s Encore Store (a clothing store), all in St. Paul.
Mrs. Rossbach retired in 1976 and they moved to Height of Land Lake. She entered St. Mary’s Nursing Center on April 8, 1998.
Surviving are her husband–Wallace, rural Detroit Lakes, and a sister-in-law–Violet Jones. There are two nieces and a nephew.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a daughter (Maxine, who died Oct. 25, 1989), a sister (Carol Whitcomb, who died April 12, 1994), and a brother (Richard Jones, who died April 2, 1997).

Irene Brakob
Services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, from Zion Lutheran Church at Twin Valley for Irene Brakob, a lifelong Norman County resident.
Mrs. Brakob, 78, died at MeritCare Health Center in Fargo on Wednesday, May 10.
Interment was at Syre Lutheran Cemetery, rural Twin Valley, with the Anderson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Irene Thoreson, daughter of Ole and Anna Olson Thoreson, was born north of Syre on May 27, 1921.
She attended School District No. 70 (the Sandy Lane School), graduated from Twin Valley High School and married Hans Brakob in Strand Township on Feb. 9, 1946, and they lived in Strand Township.
Mr. Brakob died in 1965 and she continued to live there until entering Lutheran Memorial Retirement Center in Twin Valley in 1992.
In addition to being a homemaker, Mrs. Brakob was employed as a housekeeper at Lutheran Memorial Retirement Center and Nursing Home, she cleaned for the Twin Valley School System each summer and assisted with the potato harvest at Ada each fall.
A member of Zion Lutheran Church of Twin Valley, she belonged to the ELCA circles and enjoyed cooking, canning, baking and gardening.
Surviving are three sons–Lyle (Margaret), Newport Beach, Calif.; Edward (Kathy) Chesapeake, Va., and Hans, Albuerque, N. M.; four daughters–Anna (Curtis) Pribula, Fridley; Colleen Boe, Ada; Carol Halvorson, Hendrum, and Carolyn Halvorson, Bismarck, N. D., and two step-children–Herman (Colleen) Brakob, Plymouth, and Doris (Arly) Volker, Crookston. There are 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a number of step-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Brakob also was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, sisters and a step-son.

John Illg
Services were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23, from Immanuel Lutheran Church at Shell Lake (rural Osage) for John Illg.
Mr. Illg, 84, rural Frazee, died Friday, May 19, at his home.
Rev. Bill Meyer officiated at the funeral.
Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes, with the Furey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
John Adam Illg, son of Adam and Anna Frederick Illg Jr., was born in Silver Leaf Township of Becker County on Feb. 15, 1916.
He was raised and attended school there and then worked on the family farm.
On Dec. 31, 1935, Mr. Illg and Selma “Sally” Feldt were married at rural Frazee.
In addition to farming, he drove truck for a few years and he and his wife also operated a greenhouse from 1978-85.
Mrs. Illg died Dec. 14, 1995.
Surviving are a son–Ken (Kathy), Frazee, and a sister–Caroline (Harvey) Pankonin, Minneapolis. There are two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Illg also was preceded in death by his parents, a son (who died in infancy), a daughter (who died in infancy) and a grandson.

Manfred A. Skulstad
There was a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at First Lutheran Church in Audubon for Manfred A. Skulstad.
Mr. Skulstad, 82, a well-known resident of the Audubon/Hamden area, died in Las Cruces, N. M., on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999.
Born at Velva, N. D., on Sept. 26, 1917, he moved with his family to Tumuli Township (near Dalton) in 1922, graduated from School District No. 231 at Underwood in 1932 and moved with his parents to Hamden Township of Becker County in March, 1934.
He enlisted in the U. S. Army on April 24, 1939, and saw combat duty at the Ardennes, the Rhineland and in central Europe during World War II as a member of the Third Army’s 87th Division, which was commanded by Gen. George Patton. He was discharged on Oct. 5, 1945, at Camp Stewart, Ga.
Mr. Skulstad and Mary Fuller Kolb were married at Kenyon on May 14, 1988. They wintered at Las Cruces and spent the summer months in Minnesota.
Surviving are his wife–Mary, and a sister–Helen Houge, Detroit Lakes. There are two step-children, six nieces and two nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother (Herbert) and two sisters (Clara Johnson and Agnes Rogne).

Rev. Henry W. Mueller
Rev. Henry W. Mueller, 94, who served at three area Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LC-MS) churches during his lifetime, died at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids on Sunday, April 30.
The funeral was at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, from Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Backus.
Interment was at the Ponto Lake Cemetery.
Henry Mueller, son of Heinrich and Mathilda Mueller,was born at Kimmswick, Mo., on Dec. 19, 1905, and married Lauretta Gosch in Sioux River, Ia., on Dec. 26, 1933.
During his years in the ministry, Rev. Mueller served Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Evergreen and Zion Lutheran Church at Toad Lake, along with many other congregations.
Surviving are three sons–Henry, St. Cloud; John, Backus, and Richard, Hominy, Okla.; a daughter–Carolyn Whitson, Blaine; a brother–Winifred, San Diego, Calif., and two sisters–Dorothy, Corte Madera, Calif., and Henrietta Medcalf, Richfield. There are 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his wife, two brothers (Renautus and Adelbert) and two sisters (Mathilda Bowman and Adeline Mueller).

Irene Fern Monchamp Hall
Irene Fern Monchamp Hall, 98, formerly of Detroit Lakes, died at Mesa, Ariz., on Tuesday, May 9.
There was a memorial service from St. George Catholic Church in Gold Canyon, Ariz., and interment was in Seattle, Wash.
Born at Richwood on March 7, 1902, she was the daughter of O. J. and Lucy Monchamp.
She and Harlan J. Hall were married at Detroit Lakes on Sept. 25, 1928, and lived here until moving to Seattle in 1953. Mrs. Hall was employed at the L. J. Norby Co. while living in Detroit Lakes.
Mrs. Hall lived in Seattle until 1994 when she moved to Arizona to be near her two daughters.
Surviving are two daughters–Mary Lou Sanderson, Gold Canyon, Ariz., and Elizabeth Fennell, Mesa, Ariz., and Auburn, Wash. There are 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, four sisters, three brothers, her husband and a daughter (Rita Hall Weldon).

Fredrick L. “Pat” Brune
Fredrick L. “Pat” Brune, 72, Frazee, died Sunday, May 21, as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident near Frazee.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 26 from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee, with Fr. Joe DeCrans officiating.
Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery, with the Furey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Fredrick Louis Brune, son of Louis and Agnes Dickdudt Brune, was born in Waseca County on March 13, 1928.
The family lived at Ellendale for a short time and, when he was five years of age, moved to Burlington Township of Becker County (near Frazee), where they farmed.
Mr. Brune attended School District No. 32 in Burlington Township and continued to work on the family farm after attending school.
On Sept. 13, 1950, Fredrick Brune and LaVaun Cook were married at Detroit Lakes.
They farmed and he also worked for North Star Dairy in Detroit Lakes. Upon retiring from dairy farming in 1990, he delivered newspapers for DL Printing of Detroit Lakes.
Mr. Brune enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and reading and was especially interested in history.
Surviving are his wife–LaVaun, Frazee; four daughters–Sharon (Allen) Strom and Catherine (Justin) Osterman, both Frazee; Debra (James) Scott, Dresser, Wis., and Nancy (Lloyd “Bub”) Erickson, Detroit Lakes, and four sons–James (Joyce) and Patrick (Heidi), both Frazee; John “Jack” (Lorraine), Larimore, N. D., and Raymond (Noreen), Orr, N. D. There are 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Brune in death were two sons (Dennis and Edward), his parents and two brothers (James and Lowell).
Visitation: Thurdsday, May 25, Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, 4-8 p.m., with prayer service at 7. Also one hour prior to funeral on Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Margaret M. Stearns
Margaret M. Stearns, 82, died at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes on Monday, May 22.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, from Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Interment was at the Senjen Cemetery, rural Rochert, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Rodney Eastman, Jesse Eastman, Ron Stearns, Steve Stearns, Ron Delaske, Roger Vizenor and Mike Sandberg.
Margaret Vizenor, daughter of Arthur and Angeline Trotterchaud Vizenor, was born at White Earth on March 20, 1918, graduated from Park Rapids High School (Class of 1939) and served with the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during World War II.
On Dec. 24, 1943, she and Earl H. Stearns were married at Ponsford.
They lived in Erie Township (near Cotton Lake) during which time Mrs. Stearns was employed at Emmanuel Nursing Home, at Swift & Co. in Detroit Lakes and at American Crystal Sugar Co. in Moorhead.
A member of the Royal Neighbors of America, she belonged to the Pride & Joy Homemakers Club and St. Ann’s Circle at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Mr. Stearns died in 1987 and she moved to Lamplighter Manor in 1993 and to Emmanuel Nursing Home last February.
Surviving are two sons–Paul (Cheryl), Detroit Lakes, and David (Kathleen), Rochert; two daughters–Joyce (John) Anderson and JoAnn (John) Lien, both Rochert; a brother–Arthur (Lucille) Vizenor, Madras, Ore., and four sisters–Myrtle (Willard) Delaske, Little Falls; Pearl Kastel, Spokane, Wash., and Virginia Salo and Georgianna Sandberg, both Detroit Lakes. There are seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she also was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Florence M. Husby
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May, 25, from the United Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes for Florence M. Husby.
Mrs. Husby, 95, died Sunday, May 21, at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, where she had resided since 1988.
Rev. Bill Meier will officiate at the funeral, Tom Falks will be the soloist and the organist will be Mary Jo Suttie.
Interment will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Princeton, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be David Husby, Christine Pearce and Charlene Bakken.
The honorary pallbearers will include Heather Bakken, Leah Bakken, Michelle Bakken, Patrick Bakken, Wesley Bakken, Ashley Pearce, Tabitha Pearce, Jaimee Pearce and Angela Pearce.
Florence Margaret Gesch, daughter of Herman and Alvina Sager Gesch, was born May 16, 1905, at rural LeCenter and married Osborn Husby in Mille Lacs County (near Princeton) on May 19, 1932.
They farmed near Princeton and Mrs. Husby also worked for the Weisbroad Bakery and the Fingerhut Corp.
She and her sister (Katherine) also operated a cafe in Princeton for many years.
Mr. Husby died Oct. 13, 1976.
She moved to Detroit Lakes in 1983 and then entered Emmanuel five years later.
Surviving is a son–Duane (Reva), Detroit Lakes. There is one grandson, two granddaughters and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Husby also was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers.
 

Florence Kvamme
Florence Kvamme, 79, died at her home in Pelican Rapids on Monday, May 22.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 26, from Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Pelican Rapids.
Rev. Bob Satterlie will officiate at the funeral, Carol Johnson will be the organist and the soloist will be Vern Baardson.
Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes, with the Larson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Andrew Kvamme, Peter Kvamme, Paul Kvamme, Thomas Kvamme, Jonathan Sannes and Scott Kvamme.
Florence Irene Nelson, daughter of Albert and Esther Kollin Nelson, was born in Detroit Lakes on Sept. 28, 1930, graduated from Detroit Lakes High School and attended Interstate Business School in Detroit Lakes.
She worked at a doctor’s office in Detroit Lakes for several years and was married to Albert Kvamme in Detroit Lakes on April 18, 1953.
They lived in Minneapolis from 1953-56, returned to Detroit Lakes and lived here until 1963 before moving to Moorhead. The Kvammes moved to Prairie Lake near Pelican Rapids in 1979 and lived there until moving into Pelican Rapids in 1998.
Mrs. Kvamme enjoyed sewing, quilting, handwork and cooking.
Surviving are her husband–Al, Pelican Rapids, and a son–Phillip (Valerie), Moorhead. There are five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother (Donald).

Oscar M. “Kep” Kepler
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 26, from the United Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes for Oscar M. “Kep” Kepler.
Mr. Kepler, 80, died Thursday, May 11, at St. Mary’s Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes.
Rev. William F. Meier will officiate at the funeral, Mary Jo Suttie will be the organist, Solveig Nordsletten and Tom Faix will be the soloists and vocal music also will be by the Detroit Lakes Skipper Chorus.
The West-Kjos Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Oscar M. Kepler, son of Rev. Charles and Pearl Ranck Kepler, was born June 20, 1919, in Makoti, N. D., and grew up and attended schools in the Minot, N. D., area. His family moved several times since his father was a Methodist minister.
Mr. Kepler graduated from Lansford, N. D., High School (Class of 1937), attended junior college in Bottineau, N. D., and attended the University of North Dakota.
While attending school, he served as a supply minister in the North Dakota communities of Benedict, Thompson and Makoti.
On Dec. 28, 1942, Oscar Kepler and Maxine Marshall were married in Minot, N. D., and lived in Grenora and Edmore (both in North Dakota) while he continued to serve as a minister.
They later moved to Minot, where he was employed by the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home and also attended Minot State Teachers College, graduating in 1949.
Over the years, Mr. Kepler taught high school music, band and chorus in the North Dakota towns of Max, McVille, Bisbee, Northwood, Fairmount, Wyndmere and Underwood.
The Keplers moved to Detroit Lakes in 1969 and he taught band in Detroit Lakes for a year and then taught in the Ulen-Hitterdal school system.
Mr. Kepler retired from teaching in 1973, worked for the Daveau Music firm in Fargo, for Strand’s Hardware Store in Pelican Rapids and for the Coast to Coast Store in Detroit Lakes.
He also worked in security at St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes and then, most recently, was employed by the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.
A member of the Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church since 1969, he also belonged to the Detroit Lakes Skipper Chorus and the Lakes Harmony Quartet, was a member of the Masonic Lodge, belonged to the First Lutheran Brown Baggers, the Golden Agers and the High Mileage Club. In addition, he was a volunteer in the Meals on Wheels program and also at the Becker County Courthouse and the AARP.
Surviving are his wife–Maxine; a son–Glen, and a brother–Donald.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother (Harold).

Margaret L. Ford
Margaret L. Ford, 89, the widow of R. W. “Bob” Ford and a former Detroit Lakes resident, died at Park River Estates in Coon Rapids on Sunday, May 21.
Mrs. Ford had been a resident at Park River Estates since December, 1996.
The funeral was at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, from the United Methodist Church.
Rev. William F. Meier officiated at the funeral, Mary Jo Suttie was the organist and the soloist was Robert Melick.
Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Mark Dahle, Sarah Vedo, Becky Ramacher, Rick Ramacher, Brian Cooper, Nathan Ford, Tony Merschman, John Dahle, Josh Vedo, Helena Ford, Angela Cooper and Michelle Ford.
Margaret Svobodny, daughter of Frank and Hazel Coffman Svobodny, was born at Graceville on April 26, 1911, grew up and attended school there, graduated from Graceville High School and then attended nursing school in Devils Lake, N. D.
She worked as a registered nurse at Walker and–on July 26, 1940–was married to Robert W. Ford.
They lived in Moorhead (1940-50) before moving to Detroit Lakes, where her husband owned and operated Nu-Cleaners and Service Cleaners.
Mrs. Ford became a resident at Emmanuel Nursing Home in February, 1996, and lived there until moving to Park River Estates.
A member of the United Methodist Church, she also belonged to the Order of Eastern Star.
Surviving are two daughters–Kathy (Jim) Dahle, Coon Rapids, and Peg (Tom) Cooper, New Brighton; a son–Robert (Carol) Ford, Park Rapids, and a brother–Harold (Vivian) Svobodny, Moorhead. There are nine grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Preceding her in death were her husband (who died July 11, 1986), her parents and two brothers (Raymond and Frank).


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