Miscellaneous Wadena County, Minnesota Obituaries - 1999

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Ann K. Brunner.
Aug. 6, 1911–Aug. 19, 1999
Rites were at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 23, from Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes for Ann K. Brunner.
Miss Brunner, 88, died at St. Mary’s Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes on Thursday, Aug. 19.
Fr. Jerry Rogers officiated at the funeral.
Interment was at Holy Rosary Cemetery, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Nieces and nephews were the pallbearers.
Ann K. Brunner was born Aug. 6, 1911, at Bird Island and moved to Callaway with her family in 1916, where she attended grade school and then attended Detroit Lakes High School.
She worked for many years in Fargo and then moved to Vallijo, Calif., at the outbreak of World War II and worked for the U. S. Navy at Mare Island.
Miss Brunner, whose father died in 1922, moved home to be with her mother, who died in 1948, and later moved to Minneapolis, where she was a drill press operator for Scott Atwater and helped in assembling outboard motors for 11 years.
She returned to Callaway to live with a brother who died in 1973 and lived there until 1989 when she moved to the Silver Birch Apartments in Detroit Lakes. Miss Brunner never married.
Surviving are four sisters–Irene (George) Jasken, Ogema; Helen Hanson, Valley City, N. D.; Dorothy, Norfolk, Nebr., and Ethel Marie Haverkamp, Mountain Iron. There are many nieces and nephews.
Her parents, two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Lawrence Everett "Larry" Solum
Dec. 21, 1918–Aug. 20, 1999
Lawrence Everett "Larry" Solum, 80, formerly of Detroit Lakes, died at Richfield on Friday, Aug. 20.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from the Prairie Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie.
Interment was at the Crystal Lake Cemetery in Minneapolis, with the Huber Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Lawrence Everett Solum, son of Knut and Esther Solum, was born at Detroit Lakes on Dec. 21, 1918, attended school in Detroit Lakes and served with the U. S. Army during World War II.
A truck driver in the construction material industry for Mapco, Inc., he belonged to American Legion Post No. 290 at Cambridge and was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 906 and of the Disabled American Veterans at Hutchinson.
Mr. Solum also served as a volunteer driver with McLeod County Social Services and the Veterans Administration Medical Center/Clinic in Minneapolis. He also belonged to the Sons of Norway and was a member of the Prairie Lutheran Church at Eden Prairie.
Surviving are his wife–Gloria O. Solum; a daughter–Jeanne (Donald) Severson; six step-children–Vivian (Robert) Kyhn, Marlene (Richard) Nassen , Terry (Steve) Sutherland, David Swanson, Brenda (Terry) DeSchepper and Annette (Steve) Wildenauer; three sisters–Alvina (Charles) Lemon, Port Orchard, Wash.; Blanche England, Detroit Lakes, and Alette (Glen) Arneson, Fargo, and a brother–Arnold Solum, Detroit Lakes. There are two grandchildren, a great-grandson, 12 step-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
His parents, a brother (Clifford), a sister (Luverne Singleson) and his first wife (Lucille) preceded him in death.

Melvin Helgerson
June 29, 1913–Aug. 21, 1999
Melvin Helgerson, 86, died at Emmanuel Nursing Home on Saturday, Aug. 21, where he had been a resident since 1995.
The funeral was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24, from the Emmanuel Nursing Home Chapel, with Vicki Marthaler, chaplain at the facility, officiating. Vicki Marthaler was the organist and the soloist was Kim Schnitzer.
Interment was at First Lutheran Cemetery at Audubon, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Clayton Schott, Keith Zick, Jim O’Gorman, Jerry Zick, Wallace Johnson and Fred Kittelson.
Melvin Helgerson, son of Martin and Gunhild Johnson Helgerson, was born at Baltic, S. D., on June 29, 1913, grew up and attended school in South Dakota and at Thief River Falls and then farmed with his family in South Dakota and near Audubon.
During World War II, Mr. Helgerson served with the U. S. Army and then continued to farm near Audubon after receiving his discharge from the armed forces.
He later quit farming, managed a service station in Wadena, was a security guard in Phoenix, Ariz., and then was a custodian at Bemidji State College.
Mr. Helgerson and Ruth Lee were married on Dec. 20, 1969, at Bemidji.
The Helgersons lived at Bemidji until he retired in 1978 and then moved to Island Lake and later to Big Floyd Lake.
A member of First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, Mr. Helgerson enjoyed fishing, hunting and travelling.
Surviving are his wife–Ruth, along with many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mr. Helgerson in death were his parents, three sisters and a brother.

Eldon R. "Shorty" Johnson
Feb. 23, 1907–Aug. 20, 1999
Services were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 23, from First Lutheran Church in Audubon for Eldon R. "Shorty" Johnson.
Mr. Johnson, 92, who founded Shorty’s Resort on Big Cormorant Lake and who was a noted fishing guide, died at St. Mary’s Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes on Friday, Aug. 20.
The Rev. Galen Kuhens officiated at the funeral, Audrey Savig was the organist and the soloist was Kim Schnitzer.
Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Darrell Ohman, Vickie Strom, Sheldon Johnson, Jerry Sandys, Laurie Olson and Henry Meyers.
The honorary pallbearers were Jodi Olson, Chris James, Jennifer Olson and Tony James.
Eldon R. Johnson, son of August and Adella Heddington Johnson, was born Feb. 23, 1907, in Audubon and grew up and attended school in Audubon.
He founded Shorty’s Resort and was known as a great fishing guide.
Mr. Johnson and Georgia Johnson were married on Dec. 7, 1926. They retired from the resort business in the early 1980’s and continued to live at Big Cormorant Lake until he entered the nursing home in 1992.
Surviving are his wife–Georgia, and a daughter-in-law–Lorraine Johnson, Hibbing. There are two granddaughters, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were a son (Eugene Johnson), his parents, three brothers and five sisters.

Ellsworth L. Erickson
March 2, 1913–Aug. 19, 1999
The funeral for Ellsworth L. Erickson, a rural Detroit Lakes resident, was at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 23, from Richwood Lutheran Church.
Mr. Erickson, 86, died at his home in Detroit Township on Thursday, Aug. 19.
The Rev. John W. Lee officiated at the funeral, Jean Erickson was the organist and Paul Coughlin was the soloist while accompanied by Joyce Atwood.
Interment was at the Richwood Lutheran Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Wayne Lundberg, Jeff Erickson, Scott Landa, Dan Zimmerman, Kyle Erickson, Jesse Wallace, Tim Erickson and Jon Erickson.
Granddaughters and great-grandchildren were honorary pallbearers.
Ellsworth L. Erickson, son of Walter and Marian Leegard Erickson, was born March 2, 1913, in Detroit Township, grew up near Westbury and attended rural Becker County schools.
He and Alice Coughlin were married in Detroit Lakes on Feb. 2, 1938.
Mr. Erickson farmed in Detroit Township until retiring in 1984, although he continued working with his son on the farm until 1995, when he was 82 years of age. The farm, a Century Farm, was homesteaded by his grandfather and has been in the family over 100 years.
A lifelong member of Richwood Lutheran Church, he served as a trustee and was active in the choir and the men’s chorus. He also belonged to the Sons of Norway and was active in the Farmer’s Union and the NFO.
Surviving are his wife–Alice, Detroit Lakes; three sons–Dave (Jean) Erickson, Curt (Janelle) Erickson and Milton (Marcella) Erickson, all Detroit Lakes; four daughters–Lois (Douglas) Landa, Bloomington; Judy Wallace, Rochert; Karen (Roger) Lundberg, Detroit Lakes, and Barb (Wayne) Zimmerman, Rapid City, S. D.; a brother–Wallace (Alice) Erickson, Detroit Lakes, and a sister–Ceata Folstrom, Linton, N. D. There are 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
His parents, a brother (Walfred) and a son-in-law (Jim Wallace) preceded him in death.

Cythia Benson
March 11, 1917–Aug. 21, 1999
Cythia Benson, 82, the widow of Frank Benson, died at St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes on Saturday, Aug. 21.
The funeral was at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Dave Peterson officiating. Juliette Gunderson was the organist and the soloist was Kim Schnitzer.
Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
James Johnson, Rodney Rosentreter, Arnie Schmidt and Michael Schmidt were the pallbearers.
Born in Bridgend, England on March 11, 1917, she spent her childhood there and worked at various jobs before becoming a civil defense worker during World War II.
She met her husband-to-be–Frank Benson–at a St. Patrick’s Dance and they were married at Salisbury, England, on July 10, 1944.
Proud to be a war bride, she and her husband came to the United States following the war and Mr. Benson earned a master’s degree in education at the University of North Dakota.
Mr. Benson spent 30 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent of schools and the family lived in various North Dakota communities.
He retired in 1976 and they moved to Detroit Lakes, then moved to Boston, Mass. (in 1983) and returned to Detroit Lakes five years later. Mr. Benson died March 13, 1991.
Mrs. Benson enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting and doing crossword puzzles.
Surviving are a son–Frank (Elia) Benson, Boston, Mass.; two daughters–Michelle (Arnie) Schmidt, Inver Grove Heights, and Kathie (Rodney) Rosentreter, Vergas; a sister–Doris Richards, London, England, and a brother–Stan Thomas, Birmingham, England. There are six grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Benson also was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Leslie Eldon Alanen
Oct. 29, 1954–Aug. 23, 1999
Leslie Eldon Alanen, 44, Osage, died Monday, Aug. 23, at St. Joseph’s Area Health Services in Park Rapids.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, from the Cease Chapel in Park Rapids, with the Rev. Art Skoog officiating.
A private burial will be held at a later date, with the Cease Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Leslie Eldon Alanen, son of Ale and Elsie Haataja Alanen, was born Oct. 29, 1954, in Park Rapids.
He grew up at Snellman, attended school at Park Rapids through the eighth grade and then began working. He also attended the Detroit Lakes Area Vocational Technical Institute.
Mr. Alanen worked in the copper mines in Arizona for about two years and also worked in Fargo, Minneapolis and on the Iron Range as an iron worker and sheet rock worker in building construction.
Injured while on the job, he returned to Snellman to live in 1991 and spent the winter months in Arizona. He enjoyed hunting and trapshooting.
Surviving are two sisters–Beatrice (Michael) Hilden, Snellman, and June (Paul) Niemela, Sioux Falls, S. D. There are several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Visitation: Wednesday, Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m., at Cease Chapel in Park Rapids and one hour prior to funeral on Thursday.

Harold D. Nebosis
Dec. 21, 1925–Aug. 15, 1999
Harold D. Nebosis, 73, Frazee, died at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo on Sunday, Aug. 15.
The funeral was at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Fr. Joe DeCrans officiating.
Interment was at the church Cemetery, with the Furey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Harold David Nebosis was born at Osceola, Nebr., on Dec. 21, 1925, and grew up and attended school there.
He served as a military policeman with the U. S. Army during World War II and was married to Betty Herold at Columbus, Nebr., on Aug. 24, 1950.
Mr. Nebosis was employed by Consumer Public Power as an electrician and then moved to Frazee in 1961, where he worked for Ratz Electric in Detroit Lakes and also for Jim Mayer in Frazee. He also was self-employed as an electrician.
Surviving are his wife–Betty, Frazee; three daughters–Kathryn (Don) Peichel, Frazee; Jeanne Krejci, Vergas, and Teri (Paul) Lindseth, Bemidji; three sons–David (Debra), Frazee; Mike (Jan), New York Mills, and Mark (Deidra), Bowling Green, Ky., and a sister–Mildred Rohde, Monrovia, Calif. There are 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Nebosis in death were his parents, a brother (Walter) and a sister (Emma).

Edwald W. "Ed" Schultz
Nov. 4, 1921–Aug. 14, 1999
Services were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, from St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Detroit Lakes, for Edwald W. "Ed" Schultz.
Mr. Schultz, 77, died at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes on Saturday, Aug. 14.
The Rev. Ellsworth Wippich officiated at the funeral, Rose Wendt was the organist and the soloist was Melanie Erickson.
Interment was at the church cemetery in Height of Land Township, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Richard Schultz, Greg Tessier, David Noah, Duane Wirth, Bob Bernier and Ernie Dow Jr.
Military rites were by Jess-Omundson Post No. 1676, the Detroit Lakes unit of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Edwald Schultz, son of Albert and Liffie Arnold Schultz, was born Nov. 4, 1921, in Toad Lake Township of Becker County, grew up there and attended school in Toad Lake Township.
He served with the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II and saw duty in Norwich, England. He married Dora King there on Dec. 23, 1944.
They moved to Anthony in 1945, where they owned and operated a grocery store, and then moved to Felton, where they had a grocery store and hardware store. In 1954, they moved to Cotton Lake, where they farmed, and then moved to Detroit Lakes in 1983 when retiring.
A member of Jess-Omundson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1676, Mr. Schultz also was a volunteer driver for Mahube and Becker County Transit. He enjoyed woodworking and also planted hundreds of pine trees over the years.
Surviving are his wife–Dora; a son–Richard (Sandra) Schultz, Frazee; three daughters–Susan (Duane) Wirth, Detroit Lakes; Sally (Greg) Tessier, Rochert, and Sarah (Bob) Bernier, White Bear Lake, and four brothers–Oscar (Angie) Schultz, Grand Rapids; Ferdinand (Elizabeth) Schultz and Chester (Marge) Schultz, both South Bend, Ind., and Albert (Audrey) Schultz, Hubbard. There are nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Schultz in death were his parents, two sisters and a brother.

Esther Theresa Feda
Oct. 28, 1922–Aug. 12, 1999
Esther Theresa Feda, 76, died at the Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids on Thursday, Aug. 12, where she had resided since 1998.
The funeral was at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, from the Jones-Pearson Chapel in Park Rapids, with the Rev. Don Nickolauson officiating.
Interment was at the Menahga Cemetery, with the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Jeff Longtine, Art Brissett, Lorin James, Delbert Pickett, Bob Pickett Sr. and Duane Hensel. Grand-daughters were honorary pallbearers.
Esther Zurn, daughter of Nicholas and Helena Gusgregen Zurn, was born at Callaway on Oct. 28, 1922, and attended school in that area.
She and John Albert Litzau were married in Audubon on Oct. 11, 1941, and lived in Watertown, S. D., while Mr. Litzau was in the armed forces.
They moved to the Park Rapids area in the early 1950's and operated a second hand store for over 30 years.
Mr. Litzau died on Jan. 19, 1972, and she married Albert Feda in Menahga on June 5, 1976. He died in July, 1982.
A member of Assumption of Our Lady Catholic Church in Menahga, she enjoyed reading western novels and was an excellent cook, baker and seamstress.
Surviving are seven children–Helene (Larry) Newman, Nevis; Carole (John) Sterle, Parkville; Linda (Robert) Danks, William (Wanda) Litzau and Jennifer (John) Dumont, all Park Rapids; Nicholas (Marlene) Litzau, Mounds View, and Cynthia (Steve) Bassarear, Menahga; a brother–Elmer Zurn, Burns, Ore., and two sisters–Theresa Clark, Minneapolis, and Dorothy Kugler, Washington. There are 22 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, Mrs. Feda also was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter (Annie, who died in 1990), four brothers and sisters, a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.

Phyllis J. Manselle.
Dec. 26, 1922–Aug. 12, 1999
Services were at 12 noon on Monday, Aug. 16, from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Detroit Lakes for Phyllis J. Manselle.
Mrs. Manselle, 76, died at Dakota Heartland Hospital in Fargo on Thursday, Aug. 12.
The Rev. Bruce Moore and the Rev. Charles Nethercott officiated at the funeral, Joanne Strom was the organist and the soloists were Yvonne McTaggart and Robert Klein.
Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Clarence Alder, Larry Burgeson, Virgil Krogstad, Wesley Nelson, Stacy Kraemer and Don Strom.
Phyllis Steffen, daughter of Alfred and Hazel Christenson Steffen, was born at Detroit Lakes on Dec. 26, 1922, grew up and attended school in Detroit Lakes and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1940).
She attended Moorhead State Teachers College and taught two years in Becker School District No. 107, two years at Washington Elementary in Detroit Lakes and two years in Ogema, where she also was the principal.
On Aug. 1, 1947, she and Howard Crum were married in Detroit Lakes and moved to St. Paul, where she was employed by the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation as a child care worker and later as director, a position in which she served for 25 years. Mr. Crum died in 1970.
On June 30, 1972, she and Harold Manselle were married in St. Paul and moved to Detroit Lakes in 1987.
Mrs. Manselle was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Detroit Lakes and also belonged to the Emmanuel Nursing Home Auxiliary and the Retired Educators Association.
Surviving are her husband–Harold; a daughter–Jane (David) Koopman, Little Canada; three stepdaughters–Dianne (Richard) Ulmen, Brainerd; Deborah Manselle, Burnsville, and Denice (Sanford) Bergh, Lakeville; three stepsons–Darrell Manselle, Motley; Donald (Mary) Manselle, Annandale, and Dwight (Peggy) Manselle, Anoka, and a foster brother–Richard Ringstad, Detroit Lakes. There are 16 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a niece and four nephews.
In addition to her first husband, Mrs. Manselle also was preceded in death by her parents and a brother (Wayne).

Florida E. Ploen
Dec. 29, 1902–Aug. 15, 1999
Rites will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 20, from Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes for Florida E. Ploehn.
Mrs. Ploehn, 96, formerly of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, Aug. 15, at Dakota Heartland Hospital in Fargo.
Fr. Jerry Rogers will officiate at the funeral, Scott Mehlhaff will be the organist and the soloist will be Sr. Patrice Eblen.
Interment will be at Holy Rosary Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Florida E. Ruelle, daughter of Henry and Claircy Fontainne Ruelle, was born Dec. 29, 1902, in Bottineau, N. D., and was the youngest of eight children in the family.
She grew up and attended school at Bottineau and then worked as a dental assistant, a newspaper assistant and deputy clerk of courts in Bottineau County.
On July 28, 1928, she and Alfred Ploehn were married at Willow City, N. D., and farmed near Omemee, N. D., and then for 15 years at Gardener, N. D.
While a resident of Gardener, she helped initiate construction of St. William's Catholic Church at Argusville in the early 1940's.
The Ploehns moved to the Detroit Lakes area in 1952 and farmed until 1982.
Mrs. Ploehn moved into the Twin Valley Lutheran Memorial Home in 1991 after living with a daughter (Jean) since 1986. She enjoyed fishing, singing, reading and sewing.
Surviving are a son–Robert, Billings, Mont., and two daughters–Jean (Vertis) Bonrud, Dilworth, and Carol Ploehn, Wadena. There are seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband (who died Dec. 10, 1984), her parents, three brothers and four sisters.
Visitation: Thursday, Aug. 19, 5-8 p.m., Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with rosary at 7:15 and a prayer service at 7:30. Also one hour prior to funeral on Friday.

Ralph J. Galbrecht
Dec. 11, 1921–Aug. 12, 1999
Ralph J. Galbrecht, 77, Frazee, died Thursday, Aug. 12, at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 16, from St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Evergreen, with the Rev. Anthony Cloose officiating.
Interment was at the Toad Lake Cemetery in Toad Lake Township, with the Furey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ralph James Galbrecht, son of Herman and Elizabeth Anderson Galbrecht, was born Dec. 11, 1921, in Silver Leaf Township of Becker County.
He was raised and attended school there and worked on the family farm after completing school.
On Oct. 10, 1945, Mr. Galbrecht and Clara Radel were married.
They had a dairy and beef farming operation and Mr. Galbrecht also worked at the Broberg and Glander Sawmill, hauled June grass with Henry Wacker and did carpentry work with neighbors Adam Friedrick and Leo Tessman.
Surviving are five sons–Russell (Darlene), Minnetonka, and Steve (Kathy), Lyle (Lynn), Larry (Donna) and Jeff (Renae), all of Frazee; a daughter–Connie, Dilworth; a sister–Evelyn Esenrich, Maple Grove, and a brother–Lawrence, Frazee. There are 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mr. Galbrecht in death were his wife (who died Aug. 26, 1991), his parents and a brother (Herman Jr.).

Rauha Jemiina Aho
Aug. 25, 1911–Aug. 14, 1999
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 20, from the Spruce Grove Apostolic Lutheran Church at Wolf Lake for Rauha Jemiina Aho.
Miss Aho, 87, died at her rural Wolf Lake home on Saturday, Aug. 14.
The Rev. Elmer Yliniemi and the Rev. Arvi Aho will officiate at the funeral and Marge Kumma will be the organist.
Interment will be at Balmi Cemetery, with the Cardini-Behrens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Elias Aho, Reuben Aho, Raymond Aho, Joshua Aho, Harry Aho and Harvey Aho.
Rauha Jemiina Aho, daughter of Jacob and Anna Rosendahl Aho, was born in Becker County on Aug. 25, 1911.
She was raised and attended school in Becker County and then worked the family farm the rest of her life.
She was a member of the Spruce Grove Apostolic Lutheran Church.
Surviving are three brothers–Arvo (Jacob) or Jaako Aho and Joel Aho, both Wolf Lake, and Raphael (Linda) Aho, Menahga, and a sister-in-law–Elsie Aho, Wolf Lake. There are many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, four sisters (Helmi, Anna, Ilma and Alli) and five brothers (Uno, Urho, Toivo, Hugo and Paul).
Visitation: Thursday, Aug. 19, 4-9 p.m., Cardini-Behrens Funeral Home in Menahga.

Curtis Lee Stone Jr.
Aug. 5, 1978–July 30, 1999
Curtis Lee Stone Jr., 20, Callaway, died Friday, July 30, as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident that occurred near Bagley.
Mr. Stone was the lone occupant in the crash which occurred 14 miles south of Shevlin on Clearwater County Road No. 2 and was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:45 a.m.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, from the Pine Bend Methodist Church at rural Mahnomen, with the Rev. Tim Brown officiating.
Interment was at the church Cemetery, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Curtis Stone Sr., Paris Stone, Darin Stone, James Gordon, Pat Aspinwall, LaVern Arthur Sr., LaVern Arthur Jr. and David Arthur.
Mike Gordon, Bill Gordon, Stacy Gordon, Christina Gordon, Brian Eagle, Brian Arthur and Terry Arthur were honorary pallbearers.
Curtis Lee Stone, son of Curtis and Donna Gordon Stone, was born at Detroit Lakes on Aug. 5, 1978.
He attended the Callaway Elementary School, Detroit Lakes Junior High School and the Center School in Minneapolis. At the time of his death, he was employed at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen.
Surviving are his parents–Curtis Stone, Minneapolis, and Donna Stone (Pat Aspinwall), Callaway; a brother–Darin Stone, Callaway, and a grandmother–Marcella Gordon, Detroit Lakes.

Amy E. Zayic
Jan. 15, 1921–Aug. 2, 1999
Amy E. Zayic, 78, Detroit Lakes, died Monday, Aug. 2, at St. Mary's Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 6, from Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Fr. Jerry Rogers officiating.
Interment will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, with the David-Donehower Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Amy Esther Korinta, daughter of Rudolph and Esther Korinta, was born at Detroit Lakes on Jan. 15, 1921, and was raised at Ogema, where she attended rural schools.
She and James V. Zayic were married on Oct. 23, 1942, and farmed near Callaway for a time and then lived for some years at Seattle, Wash.
A member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Mrs. Zayic sang in the Adult Choir and the Resurrection Choir. She also volunteered at St. Mary's Regional Health Center and St. Mary's Nursing Home and belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Surviving are a daughter–Fern (Mike) Olson, Detroit Lakes; a brother–Raymond Korinta, Ogema, and a sister–Iva Molacek, Callaway. There are two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mrs. Zayic in death was her husband, who died Jan. 5, 1986.
Visitation: Thursday, Aug. 5, 4-8 p.m., David-Donehower Funeral Home, with parish prayers at 7. Also one hour prior to funeral on Friday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

William T. Bell
July 18, 1916–Aug. 2, 1999
William T. "Tom" Bell, 83, Detroit Lakes, died Monday, Aug. 2, at his home.
There was a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, from the West-Kjos Chapel, with the Rev. Tim Cook officiating.
The West-Kjos Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
William T. Bell, son of William John and Lillie May O'Bryan Bell, was born at Delaware, Okla., on July 18, 1916.
He graduated from Chanute (Kan.) High School (Class of 1935) and went to work as a welder. Before he entered the U. S. Army in May, 1945, he was employed by Lathem-Smith Shipbuilders in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., for three years.
Mr. Bell and Isabelle Goetz were married at Nowata, Okla., on June 11, 1935.
Following World War II, he worked as a union welder in various communities in the Midwest and–in 1954–the family moved to Oxnard, Calif.
Prior to his retirement in 1977, he was welding superintendent for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California. His wife died that year and he moved to Detroit Lakes.
Mr. Bell enjoyed boating, hunting, fishing, piloting and woodworking.
Surviving are two sons–Carmen (Lynn) Bell, Frazee, and Carl Bell; a daughter–Barbara (Bob) Korne, Dana Point, Calif.; a special companion–Geraldine Jackson, Detroit Lakes; a brother–Donald (Mary) Bell, Rogers, Ark., and a sister–Bernice (Dick) Hablitzel, Red Bluff, Calif. There are seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Bell also was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Robert Sowa
Robert Sowa, 63, Detroit Lakes, died at his home on Monday, Aug. 2.
(David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes).

Bernard Otto Kahle
April 7, 1921–July 11, 1999
Bernard Otto Kahle, 78, a Detroit Lakes native, died on Sunday, July 11, at his home in Yakima, Wash.
There was a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 15, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Yakima. The Valley Hills Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Bernard Otto Kahle, son of William and Anna Grieve Kahle, was born at Detroit Lakes on April 7, 1921, and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1939).
He moved to Washington after high school graduation and married Dorothy Mackner at Ellensburg in 1942.
Mr. Kahle worked at various jobs in the Kittitas Valley, served with the U. S. Navy during World War II and worked at Hanford for 35 years following the war.
He purchased farmland in the Columbia Basin Project and was one of the first to farm Block One.
He and his wife spent the winter months in Mesa, Ariz., and summered at Yakima. He enjoyed golf.
Surviving are his wife–Dorothy; a brother–Bud Kahle, Sacramento, Calif.; a sister–Delores Schmid, Vergas, and two daughters–Sandra (John) Larson and Kathleen (Tim) O'Connor, both Yakima. There are nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Preceding him in death were three sons (who died in infancy), a daughter, a sister, four brothers and two grandchildren.

Adella L. Mohn
May 6, 1900–July 28, 1999
Adella L. Mohn, 99, died Wednesday, July 28, at Sunnyside Nursing Home east of Lake Park, where she had been a resident since 1998.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, from the Lake Park Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Philip A. Johnson officiating. Audrey Savig was the organist.
Interment was at the Lake Park Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Gary Feir, Bradley Feir, Gregory Feir, James Feir, Daniel Mohn, Bill Mohn, Thomas Anderson, Ronald Mohn, Kevin Mohn and Robert Mohn.
Adella Ristvedt, daughter of Adolph and Hannah Thune Ristvedt, was born at Lake Park on May 6, 1900, grew up and attended school there and then worked at the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo for four years.
On Sept. 25, 1920, she and Thomas Mohn were married at Lake Park and lived and farmed at Buxton, N. D., until moving to Lake Park in 1924. They continued farming there and then moved to a farm at rural Detroit Lakes in 1941.
Mrs. Mohn was a member of Lake Park Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid.
Surviving are two daughters–Dorothy Feir, Park Rapids, and Ginny (Lyle) Anderson, Fargo; two sons–Warren (Betty) Mohn and Richard Mohn, both Detroit Lakes; two sisters–Hazel Ristvedt, Lake Park, and Lenore (Willis) Elsholtz, Minneapolis, and three brothers–Earl Ristvedt, Wadena; Lester (Emerald) Ristvedt, Moorhead, and Donald Ristvedt, Lake Park. There are 18 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mrs. Mohn in death were her husband (who died June 27, 1981), four brothers (Melvin, Arnold, Leander and Waldo) and three sisters (Lila Basten, Delores Elhardt and Louella Nelson).

Richard Gordon Canning Sr
March 22, 1912–July 22, 1999
Richard Gordon Canning Sr., 87, died Thursday, July 22, at the Santa Rita Care Center at Green Valley, Ariz.
Richard Canning, son of James Harry and Helen Gordon Canning, was born at Hendrum on March 22, 1912.
A grain and sugar beet farmer in the Hendrum area, he was also involved in numerous organizations.
He served as chairman of the Hendrum School Board for 11 years, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention, served as chairman of the Minnesota Water Resources Board, served as president of the Minnesota Farm Managers Association and was a founding member of the Red River Valley Sugar Beet Growers Association.
Mr. Canning had lived in Arizona for the past 21 years.
Surviving are his wife–Lillian, Green Valley, Ariz.; two daughters–Elizabeth Payson and Sara Canning, both of Seattle, Wash., and two sons–Charles Canning, Sartell, and Richard Canning Jr., Seattle, Wash. There are five grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a son (James Harry Canning).

Eleanor Olson
Feb. 14, 1925–July 26, 1999
Eleanor Olson, 74, a former resident of the Bejou-Mahnomen area, died Monday, July 26, in Mesa, Ariz.
There will be a memorial service at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1, from the Circles of Faith United Church of Christ in Waubun.
Rev. Frank Rodgers will officiate at the service, special music will be by Rhonda and Jacob Swiers and readings will be by Anita Olson, Elaine Swiers and John S. Swiers.
The Mattson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Eleanor Swiers, daughter of John H. and Phyllis DeMaster Swiers, was born at Faribault on Feb. 14, 1925, moved with the family to Benson and then to Roseland, where her parents were employed by Jim Vateraba, a farmer.
Mr. Vateraba, an immigrant from Yugoslavia, made an offer of $1,000 to buy Eleanor and promised to raise her in a Catholic boarding school, but her parents refused the offer. Mr. Vateraba later made plans to sell the farm to them, but died and the family moved to Bejou in 1927.
Eleanor Olson attended elementary school at Bejou, graduated from Mahnomen High School (Class of 1943) and also worked as a clerk at Hallstrom's General Store in Bejou.
She earned a teaching certificate at Moorhead State Teachers College, taught at Roseau and Wheaton and married Arling "Cobb" Olson on Jan. 25, 1948.
The Olsons operated a cafe in Ottertail, moved to Minneapolis where Mr. Olson did construction work and she did home decorating and then moved to Mesa, Ariz., where they formed the Sagebrush Realty Co.
Surviving are three daughters–Lynette (Rick) Kirkham, Tennessee; Leah (Daniel) Greenberg, New York, and Diane (Mark) Hutchins, New Jersey; two sons–Devin (Sandy), Colorado, and Darin (Tian), Arizona; three sisters–Elaine (Lester) Emmons, Oregon; Phyllis (Wayne) Nelson, New Jersey, and Elizabeth (Don) Rosentreter, Oregon, and two brothers–John S. (Elaine) Swiers, Bejou, and Larry (Bonnie) Swiers, Waubun. There are eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mrs. Olson in death were her husband and her parents.

Elmer Van Den Einde
Sept. 14, 1913–July 28, 1999
Elmer Van Den Einde, 85, died Wednesday, July 28, at his home near Gary.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 2, from the Mattson Chapel in Mahnomen.
The Rev. Frank Rodgers will officiate at the funeral, Carol Christensen will be the organist and special music will be by Edie and John Mattson.
Interment will be at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Mahanomen, with the Mattson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Walter Van Den Einde, Ted Van Den Einde, Allen Rude, Scott Van Den Einde, Steve Rude, David Van Den Einde, Ole Van Den Einde, Ronald Van Den Einde, Gerald Van Den Einde, Bruce Van Den Einde, Darrin Rude, John Van Den Einde Jr. and Wesley Van Den Einde.
The honorary pallbearers will include Carol Berger, Sharon Spaeth, Mylla Marwitz, Liana De Salle, Tony Jagol, Jim Erickson and Vern Erickson.
Elmer Van Den Einde, son of Herman and Lizzie Bosch Van Den Einde, was born at Prinsburg on Sept. 14, 1913, and moved with his family to Norman County in 1916, where he grew up on the family farm and attended rural school.
Mr. Van Den Einde moved to a farm in Waukon Township of Norman County in 1942 and farmed there through the harvest of 1998.
He wintered in Florida and California and enjoyed travel, visiting South America, China, Europe, Australia and Africa. He made numerous hunting trips to Alaska, enjoyed cards and dancing and also played baseball in his younger days.
Surviving are two brothers–Marvin, Bejou, and Roy (Annie), Fertile, and a sister–Hermina Rude, Bejou. There are many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mr. Van Den Einde in death were his parents, a brother (John) and a sister (Josie).
Visitation: Sunday, Aug. 1, 4-7 p.m., Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen.

Constance I. Krapu
May 6, 1929–July 27, 1999
Constance I. Krapu, 70, Frazee, died Tuesday, July 27, at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes.
There was a memorial service at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 30, at her home at Adams Point on Rose Lake near Vergas. The Furey Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Constance Irene Eide, daughter of Palmer and Laura Adams Eide, was born at Fargo on May 6, 1929. She married Ernest Krapu and they lived at Adams Point on Rose Lake.
Surviving are her husband–Ernest, Frazee; two daughters–Debra Helmke, Mendota Heights, and Kimberly (Thomas) White, Becker; a son–Jeffrey (Andrea), Lakeville; her mother–Laura, Vergas, and a brother–Gene Eide, Frazee. There are five grandchildren.

Bernard Otto Kahle
April 7, 1921–July 11, 1999
Bernard Otto Kahle, 78, a Detroit Lakes native, died on Sunday, July 11, at his home in Yakima, Wash.
There was a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 15, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Yakima. The Valley Hills Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Bernard Otto Kahle, son of William and Anna Grieve Kahle, was born at Detroit Lakes on April 7, 1921, and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1939).
He moved to Washington after high school graduation and married Dorothy Mackner at Ellensburg in 1942.
Mr. Kahle worked at various jobs in the Kittitas Valley, served with the U. S. Navy during World War II and worked at Hanford for 35 years following the war.
He purchased farmland in the Columbia Basin Project and was one of the first to farm Block One.
He and his wife spent the winter months in Mesa, Ariz., and summered at Yakima. He enjoyed golf.
Surviving are his wife–Dorothy; a brother–Bud Kahle, Sacramento, Calif.; a sister–Delores Schmid, Vergas, and two daughters–Sandra (John) Larson and Kathleen (Tim) O'Connor, both Yakima. There are nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Preceding him in death were three sons (who died in infancy), a daughter, a sister, four brothers and two grandchildren.

Adella L. Mohn
May 6, 1900–July 28, 1999
Adella L. Mohn, 99, died Wednesday, July 28, at Sunnyside Nursing Home east of Lake Park, where she had been a resident since 1998.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, from the Lake Park Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Philip A. Johnson officiating. Audrey Savig was the organist.
Interment was at the Lake Park Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers were Gary Feir, Bradley Feir, Gregory Feir, James Feir, Daniel Mohn, Bill Mohn, Thomas Anderson, Ronald Mohn, Kevin Mohn and Robert Mohn.
Adella Ristvedt, daughter of Adolph and Hannah Thune Ristvedt, was born at Lake Park on May 6, 1900, grew up and attended school there and then worked at the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo for four years.
On Sept. 25, 1920, she and Thomas Mohn were married at Lake Park and lived and farmed at Buxton, N. D., until moving to Lake Park in 1924. They continued farming there and then moved to a farm at rural Detroit Lakes in 1941.
Mrs. Mohn was a member of Lake Park Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid.
Surviving are two daughters–Dorothy Feir, Park Rapids, and Ginny (Lyle) Anderson, Fargo; two sons–Warren (Betty) Mohn and Richard Mohn, both Detroit Lakes; two sisters–Hazel Ristvedt, Lake Park, and Lenore (Willis) Elsholtz, Minneapolis, and three brothers–Earl Ristvedt, Wadena; Lester (Emerald) Ristvedt, Moorhead, and Donald Ristvedt, Lake Park. There are 18 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mrs. Mohn in death were her husband (who died June 27, 1981), four brothers (Melvin, Arnold, Leander and Waldo) and three sisters (Lila Basten, Delores Elhardt and Louella Nelson).

Richard Gordon Canning Sr
March 22, 1912–July 22, 1999
Richard Gordon Canning Sr., 87, died Thursday, July 22, at the Santa Rita Care Center at Green Valley, Ariz.
Richard Canning, son of James Harry and Helen Gordon Canning, was born at Hendrum on March 22, 1912.
A grain and sugar beet farmer in the Hendrum area, he was also involved in numerous organizations.
He served as chairman of the Hendrum School Board for 11 years, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention, served as chairman of the Minnesota Water Resources Board, served as president of the Minnesota Farm Managers Association and was a founding member of the Red River Valley Sugar Beet Growers Association.
Mr. Canning had lived in Arizona for the past 21 years.
Surviving are his wife–Lillian, Green Valley, Ariz.; two daughters–Elizabeth Payson and Sara Canning, both of Seattle, Wash., and two sons–Charles Canning, Sartell, and Richard Canning Jr., Seattle, Wash. There are five grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a son (James Harry Canning).

Eleanor Olson
Feb. 14, 1925–July 26, 1999
Eleanor Olson, 74, a former resident of the Bejou-Mahnomen area, died Monday, July 26, in Mesa, Ariz.
There will be a memorial service at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1, from the Circles of Faith United Church of Christ in Waubun.
Rev. Frank Rodgers will officiate at the service, special music will be by Rhonda and Jacob Swiers and readings will be by Anita Olson, Elaine Swiers and John S. Swiers.
The Mattson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Eleanor Swiers, daughter of John H. and Phyllis DeMaster Swiers, was born at Faribault on Feb. 14, 1925, moved with the family to Benson and then to Roseland, where her parents were employed by Jim Vateraba, a farmer.
Mr. Vateraba, an immigrant from Yugoslavia, made an offer of $1,000 to buy Eleanor and promised to raise her in a Catholic boarding school, but her parents refused the offer. Mr. Vateraba later made plans to sell the farm to them, but died and the family moved to Bejou in 1927.
Eleanor Olson attended elementary school at Bejou, graduated from Mahnomen High School (Class of 1943) and also worked as a clerk at Hallstrom's General Store in Bejou.
She earned a teaching certificate at Moorhead State Teachers College, taught at Roseau and Wheaton and married Arling "Cobb" Olson on Jan. 25, 1948.
The Olsons operated a cafe in Ottertail, moved to Minneapolis where Mr. Olson did construction work and she did home decorating and then moved to Mesa, Ariz., where they formed the Sagebrush Realty Co.
Surviving are three daughters–Lynette (Rick) Kirkham, Tennessee; Leah (Daniel) Greenberg, New York, and Diane (Mark) Hutchins, New Jersey; two sons–Devin (Sandy), Colorado, and Darin (Tian), Arizona; three sisters–Elaine (Lester) Emmons, Oregon; Phyllis (Wayne) Nelson, New Jersey, and Elizabeth (Don) Rosentreter, Oregon, and two brothers–John S. (Elaine) Swiers, Bejou, and Larry (Bonnie) Swiers, Waubun. There are eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mrs. Olson in death were her husband and her parents.

Elmer Van Den Einde
Sept. 14, 1913–July 28, 1999
Elmer Van Den Einde, 85, died Wednesday, July 28, at his home near Gary.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 2, from the Mattson Chapel in Mahnomen.
The Rev. Frank Rodgers will officiate at the funeral, Carol Christensen will be the organist and special music will be by Edie and John Mattson.
Interment will be at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Mahanomen, with the Mattson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Serving as the pallbearers will be Walter Van Den Einde, Ted Van Den Einde, Allen Rude, Scott Van Den Einde, Steve Rude, David Van Den Einde, Ole Van Den Einde, Ronald Van Den Einde, Gerald Van Den Einde, Bruce Van Den Einde, Darrin Rude, John Van Den Einde Jr. and Wesley Van Den Einde.
The honorary pallbearers will include Carol Berger, Sharon Spaeth, Mylla Marwitz, Liana De Salle, Tony Jagol, Jim Erickson and Vern Erickson.
Elmer Van Den Einde, son of Herman and Lizzie Bosch Van Den Einde, was born at Prinsburg on Sept. 14, 1913, and moved with his family to Norman County in 1916, where he grew up on the family farm and attended rural school.
Mr. Van Den Einde moved to a farm in Waukon Township of Norman County in 1942 and farmed there through the harvest of 1998.
He wintered in Florida and California and enjoyed travel, visiting South America, China, Europe, Australia and Africa. He made numerous hunting trips to Alaska, enjoyed cards and dancing and also played baseball in his younger days.
Surviving are two brothers–Marvin, Bejou, and Roy (Annie), Fertile, and a sister–Hermina Rude, Bejou. There are many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mr. Van Den Einde in death were his parents, a brother (John) and a sister (Josie).
Visitation: Sunday, Aug. 1, 4-7 p.m., Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen.

Constance I. Krapu
May 6, 1929–July 27, 1999
Constance I. Krapu, 70, Frazee, died Tuesday, July 27, at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes.
There was a memorial service at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 30, at her home at Adams Point on Rose Lake near Vergas. The Furey Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Constance Irene Eide, daughter of Palmer and Laura Adams Eide, was born at Fargo on May 6, 1929. She married Ernest Krapu and they lived at Adams Point on Rose Lake.
Surviving are her husband–Ernest, Frazee; two daughters–Debra Helmke, Mendota Heights, and Kimberly (Thomas) White, Becker; a son–Jeffrey (Andrea), Lakeville; her mother–Laura, Vergas, and a brother–Gene Eide, Frazee. There are five grandchildren.


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